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Volume 22 Issue 1 - September 2016

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  • September
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Music lover's TIFF (our fifth annual guide to the Toronto International Film Festival); Aix Marks the Spot (how Brexit could impact on operatic co-production); The Unstoppable Howard Cable (an affectionate memoir of a late chapter in the life of of a great Canadian arranger; Kensington Jazz Story (the newest kid on the festival block flexes its muscles). These stories and much more as we say a lingering goodbye to summer and turn to the task, for the 22nd season, of covering the live and recorded music that make Southern Ontario tick.

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listener’s ears to hear these lines, he is most successful in reaching the thick, large chords that texturize his music later on. Appropriately, the word “lush” is most often used to describe his work. A perceptive listener will notice that incremental semi-tone movement both up and down amongst his lines will create a sparkling essence to the music. Invariably, the sparkle resolves towards the end of the piece, leaving a consonant sound. Most often, it is that Gjeilo introduces the start of a chord with its dominant note before providing the full chord one or two bars later. It’s an accessible, pleasing way that music hits the ear. Craving Nostalgia: As a child in The Four Lads the early 90s, I grew up listening to the Motown records my father played frequently. Doo-Wop and golden age pop have influenced my musical tastes since then. Remarkably, many of these groups that began in the 50s and 60s continue to perform. ARB Productions, a Toronto based company, specializes in nostalgia performers. ARB presents the Four Lads and the Four Aces at the Palais Royale on September 26 at noon and 7pm for a full meal and dinner. The Four Lads are homegrown talent having gone to St. Michael’s Choir School and most found fame with their hit Moments to Remember and No, Not Much. The Four Aces hail from the U.S.A. and have had their share of hits including Love is a Many-Splendored Thing and Stranger in Paradise. This should prove to be a lovely lunch or dinner at an unparalleled historic location. Lunch, martini, a dance or two right on the waterfront – it sounds lovely! Choir Open Houses With all this great fun ahead for the start of the musical season, you should join a choir! Many choirs host open houses to see how rehearsals go, check out the conductors and experience the overall vibe of a choir. Most choirs will be happy to welcome spectators for the first few rehearsals. Consider going and more importantly, joining! A few I know about are: Hart House Singers, September 12 and 19, 7:45pm Hart House Great Hall, University of Toronto. Orpheus Choir, September 13, 7pm, Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Etobicoke Centennial Choir, September 13, 7:30pm, Humber Valley United Church. Westeros: Finally, later this year, on March 4, 2017 for one night only, Westeros will descend on the Air Canada Centre. I’m mentioning this early as this event already has incredible buzz and will completely sell out, so you will thank me later! Featuring a full orchestra and a full, mixed-voices choir set to a multimedia show including pyrotechnics, this isn’t an event to miss. Tickets available on Ticketmaster. Follow Brian on Twitter @bfchang Send info/media/ tips to Elora Festival Singers in Concert: presented by Toronto Mendelssohn Choir October 16th | 3:00 pm Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto tickets available at Valiant Hearts Oct. 30th | 3:30 pm | St. John’s Church, Elora Messiah Dec. 11th | 3:00 pm | St. Joseph’s Church, Fergus Festival of Carols Dec. 20th | 5 & 7:30 pm | St. John’s Church, Elora Festival of Carols Dec. 21st | 5 & 7:30 pm | St. John’s Church, Elora Bach Motets April 2nd | 3:00 pm | St. Joseph’s Church, Fergus 32 | September 1, 2016 - October 7, 2016

TRANSPORT YOURSELF 2016/17 EXPERIENCE A SEASON OF INSPIRING CHORAL MUSIC Single tickets on sale September 6. Or subscribe and save with 3 concerts. Elora Festival Singers in concert Palestrina and Morlock Oct 16 at Church of the Holy Trinity Mendelssohn Elijah with American bass-baritone David Pittsinger Nov 5 at Koerner Hall Festival of Carols with the Canadian Staff Band Dec 7 at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church Messiah with the TSO Dec 21 at Roy Thomson Hall Sing Joyfully! Hymn sing and anthems Mar 4 at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church Sacred Music for a Sacred Space Apr 12 & Good Friday Apr 14 at St. Paul’s Basilica Photo by Brian Summers Celebrating Noel Edison’s 20th season as artistic director. For single tickets, call RCM Tickets at 416-408-0208 To subscribe, call 416-598-0422, ext 221 September 1, 2016 - October 7, 2016 | 33

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