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Volume 21 Issue 4 - December 2015/January 2016

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  • December
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What's a vinyl renaissance? What happens when Handel's Messiah runs afoul of the rumba rhythm setting on a (gasp!) Hammond organ? What work does Marc-Andre Hamelin say he would be content to have on every recital program he plays? What are Steve Wallace's favourite fifty Christmas recordings? Why is violinist Daniel Hope celebrating Yehudi Menuhin's 100th birthday at Koerner Hall January 28? Answers to all these questions (and a whole lot more) in the Dec/Jan issue of The WholeNote.

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For more information visit or e-mail Jobert Sevilleno at THE CELTIC FIDDLE ORCHESTRA OF SOUTHERN ONTARIO is looking for additional musicians: violin, viola, cello, bass and flute. We practice twice a month on Sunday afternoon at the QEPCCC in Oakville. Please contact Byron Grant at 905-469-1417 or email COUNTERPOINT COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA ( welcomes volunteer musicians for Monday evening rehearsals, downtown Toronto. We’re especially looking for trombones and strings. Email DO YOU LOVE TO SING? Are you looking for a choir that performs every type of sacred music, from Byrd to Britten, Howells to Hogan? The Anglican Church of St. John the Baptist seeks all voice types to enhance their Mass Choir. Services take place on Sundays at 10:30 AM in the Beaches, one of Toronto’s most active and artistic neighbourhoods. For more information, contact music@ or (647) 302-2074 ORGANIST WANTED FOR SMALL NORTH TORONTO UNITED CHURCH Required for Sunday service and one weekly choir practice (accompaniment only). Maximum 11 hours weekly including 5 hours practice time. PASQUALE BROTHERS PURVEYORS OF FINE FOOD Additional hours for Christmas and Easter. Some experience preferred. Send questions or resume to arleighquesnelle@sympatico. ca. INSTRUCTION & COURSES CHILDREN’S PIANO LESSONS: Friendly, approachable - and strict! Contact Liz Parker at 416-544-1803 or liz.parker@ Queen and Bathurst area, Toronto. FLUTE, PIANO, THEORY LESSONS. RCM exam preparation. RCM certified advanced specialist. Samantha Chang, FTCL, FLCM, Royal Academy of Music PGDip, LRAM, ARCT. Toronto, Scarborough 416-293-1302, com PIANO LESSONS: personalized instruction by experienced teacher, concert pianist EVE EGOYAN (M. Mus., L.R.A.M., F.R.S.C.). All ages and levels. Downtown location. eve.egoyan@ or 416- 603-4640. 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For more details or to book a showing/playing call Pat 519-265-0329 (Guelph Ontario). TRINITY COLLEGE CELTIC BOUZOUKI (i.e. large octave mandolin) in like-new condition. Glossy black top, a round sound-hole and a warm, rich tone. The current retail price is 9. Asking 0 with a hard-shell case and a soft gig bag. WHATS IN YOUR CLOSET? Sell your unused instruments or donate them to an educational charity with a WholeNote classified ad! Are your band days just a hazy memory? Someone out there would love to give your nice old guitar, flute, tuba (etc) a new life. Contact classad@thewholenote. com. STOLEN FROM CAR – Lorée OBOE & ENGLISH HORN: 0 reward for information leading to return. Serial #’s: oboe TA 78, English horn HV 25. Please call Karen 416-656-4312 or 416-323-2232 x.26 MUSICIANS AVAILABLE BRING MODERN ELEGANCE TO YOUR NEXT EVENT – Arvelis Jazz Band now booking for winter and holiday parties! Master your mind. Mental Skills for Performing Artists Lisa Chisholm Children’s Piano Lessons Friendly, approachable — and strict! Liz Parker Queen and Bathurst area, Toronto. HITCH’em & PITCH’em! I Do you play in a party band? If you provide live music for wedding & wakes, roasts & retirements, and all kinds of occasions, you can advertise your ensemble right here for as little as plus tax!! Contact by January 25 to book your ad for the February edition! SERVICES ACCOUNTING AND INCOME TAX SERVICE for small business and individuals, to save you time and money, customized to meet your needs. Norm Pulker, B. Math. CMA. 905-251-0309 or 905-830-2985 CD LINER NOTES, PROMO MATERIAL, CONCERT PROGRAMS, LIBRETTI, WEB SITE CONTENT AND MEMOIRS need proofreading and editing for correct spelling and grammar, clarity and consistency. Contact Vanessa Wells,, for a copy editor with a music background. Quick turnaround and reasonable rates! VENUES AVAILABLE / WANTED ARE YOU PLANNING A CONCERT OR RECITAL? Looking for a venue? Consider Bloor Street United Church. Phone: 416-924- 7439 x22. Email: PERFORMANCE / REHEARSAL / STUDIO / OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE: great acoustics, reasonable rates, close to Green P Parking, cafés & restaurants. Historic church at College & Bellevue, near Spadina. Phone 416-921-6350. E-mail SPACES AVAILABLE FOR RENT - sizes range from 220 to 1600 square feet, at Hillcrest Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) 2 Vaughan Rd at Bathurst, 1 block south of St. Clair. TTC Bus & subway accessible. Rehearsal/Concert space, main floor meeting room with kitchenette. Lower level meeting rooms with kitchen. Contact 416-654-0311 or by email NEED HELP WITH YOUR TAXES? 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TARA MCMULLEN WE ARE ALL MUSIC’S CHILDREN December’s Child Joel Ivany MJ BUELL The photo was taken in Bala, Ontario, at the vacation home/cottage of my great Uncle Gogo and Auntie Lean. Joel Ivany was born in Penticton, BC. His family moved around a lot – to Kelowna, and after that Toronto, Montréal, Ottawa. He is one of four children – he has an older sister and a younger sister and brother – and remembers watching and hearing musicals with them: The Sound of Music, Oliver!, Mary Poppins and Babes in Toyland. Both of his parents, ordained ministers, worked with the Salvation Army, and Ivany’s early musical experiences included playing the cornet and eventually the tuba, going to music camps in the summer, and singing in choirs all the way through high school. The first opera he remembers watching was a video of La Bohème, with Luciano Pavarotti, which took up three whole high school classes. The teenaged Ivany may not have felt much connection at the time, but it’s interesting how that opera re-emerged when, as a young director, hungry to make stories with music resound in new ways, Ivany began to reimagine operas with his present-day company, Against the Grain Theatre. Ivany has also directed for the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble, Minnesota Opera, the Aventa Ensemble, the Canadian Children’s Opera Company, the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy, the U of T Opera Division, Wilfrid Laurier University, Music Niagara, Opera Nuova, Western University, the Royal Conservatory of Music, the Banff Centre and Vancouver Opera. Ivany’s music degree is from Western University. Opera wasn’t much on his radar in university, although theatre and music theatre were strong interests. But an opportunity to watch rehearsals of Wagner’s Ring Cycle (for the opening of the Four Seasons Centre) had a big impact on his thinking about music and storytelling. After some apprenticing as a director in Canada and Europe, he returned to Toronto where an introduction to director and mentor Michael Albano led eventually to an artist diploma in Opera Directing at U of T Opera School. La Bohème, Against the Grain’s first production in 2011, was set and produced in a bar in Toronto – the Tranzac Club. They were real “starving artists” doing what they do in a place they could afford, for an audience of about 120 people who could have a beer (or two) during the show - and could afford to because the opera ticket hadn’t emptied their pockets. Today Ivany and Against the Grain continue to adapt and innovate, bringing operas with new librettos to courtyards, bars, wedding halls and other non-traditional venues. Last season #Uncle John, inspired by Mozart’s Don Giovani was presented in Toronto at the Great Hall (and then at the Ottawa International Chamber Festival), followed by a double-bill mashup “Death and Desire” — Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin and Messiaen’s Harawi featuring Stephen Hegedus and Krisztina Szabó, presented in a Toronto west-end gallery. NEW CONTEST! Who is February’s Child? Practicing at home in Nanjing A hot summer day, circa 1990 ~ ~ This little girl is no shrinking violet, and her first instrument no second fiddle. ~ ~ First chair from the age of 21, she’s equally at home in our symphony, in her trio and chamber collaborations and solo works. ~ ~ 1939 (a rough time for humanity, a remarkable time for music). Know our Mystery Child’s name? WIN PRIZES! Send your best guess by January 22 to Against the Grain Theatre first shook up (or stirred) Handel’s Messiah in 2013 at a rock and roll hall called the Opera House, with a show that “walked the line between edgy and faithful.” It was all Handel all the time, but no tuxedos, no music stands, and a lot of surprises. Building on that creative and critical success, their 2015 Messiah will be costumed and barefoot, newly choreographed, and performed in a theatre – Harbourfront Centre – in partnership with Massey/Roy Thomson Hall. In another departure from the conventional, Ivany will direct a semi-staged Mozart Requiem for the Toronto Symphony in January, conducted by Bernard Labadie. This project was workshopped last spring at the Canadian Stage Company with support from the TSO . Think you don’t ever need to see another production of Carmen? You might want to reconsider in time to get a ticket for Ivany’s mainstage directing debut with the Canadian Opera Company – April 12 to May 15, conducted by Paolo Carignani. Doubtless the mezzo will still die at the end, but your journey at her side may be a ride like no other to date. Meanwhile let’s begin imagining Against The Grain’s #ALittleTooCozy which is the third of their Mozart updates. Ivany’s new English libretto of Così fan tutte reimagined as “a reality TV dating show” was workshopped last summer at The Banff Centre. Coming to Toronto in spring 2016.To an as-yet undisclosed Toronto venue… You are invited to read Joel Ivany’s interview about his childhood music and theatre experiences and influences CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS! Against the Grain Theatre’s Messiah (December 16 to19) “This is not your grandma’s Messiah (but she would love it, so bring her)” Co-presented by Massey Hall at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre. These performances of Handel’s intact score, performed costumed and choreographed feature soloists Stephen Hegedus, Miriam Khalil, Owen McCausland and Andrea Ludwig. Directed by Joel Ivany and choreographed by Jennifer Nichols, with a 16 member chorus and chamber orchestra led by music director Christopher Mokrzewski. TICKETS! JOAN SAYER Mozart Requiem (Jan 21 to 23, at Roy Thomson Hall) (Mozart/completed by Robert D. Levin) K626 has been reimagined as a semi-staged theatrical event, directed by Joel Ivany. Bernard Labadie conducts the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, with Lydia Teuscher, soprano; Allyson McHardy, mezzo-soprano; Frédéric Antoun, tenor; Philippe Sly, bass-baritone; the Amadeus Choir, the Elmer Iseler Singers. TICKETS! RICHARD SMITH December 1 2015 - February 7, 2016 | 65

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