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Volume 22 Issue 6 - March 2017

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On our cover: Owen Pallett's musical palette on display at New Creations. Spring brings thoughts of summer music education! (It's never too late.). For Marc-Andre Hamelin the score is king. Ella at 100 has the tributes happening. All; this and more.

FOR OPENERS | DAVID

FOR OPENERS | DAVID PERLMAN The Time-Traveller’s Toothbrush Springing Sweetly into Summer: It takes a fair bit to make me smile during the dog days of the March magazine production cycle. Nowhere is the pain of the fact that February is three days shorter than some months more sharply felt than right now - the last 48 hours before going to press. But one smile got wrung out of me earlier today, while giving our annual “Orange Pages” summer music education special section (it starts on page 58) a quick last look before press time. It’s not a section that lays claim to being comprehensive. February would need 280 days for that to happen. It’s more like a geologist’s rock sample - a rough crystal refracting the light of just how much opportunity there is out there for music lovers wanting, in the words of the little intro to this year’s section, “to engage in summer music making … when the restraints of our regular schedules have been lifted.” I’ll confess that reading the section itself is always a bit of a bittersweet thing for me. No matter when in the year we publish it, it always feels as though it’s either too early or too late - either “How on earth do you expect me to plan that far ahead?” or “I wish I had known about that months ago!” But however practical or wistful the read-through, I always come away from skimming through the 35-or-so profiles in it with a sense of vicarious pleasure. And on this occasion, with a sweetly accidental moment of amusement. All the entries in the section are structured in a similar way, offering an anecdotal description in the provider’s own words of what the opportunity is all about, preceded by nuts-and-bolts information about the what, where and when of it all, and for whom it’s intended. It was one of those “who it’s for” descriptors that did it! (I won’t tell you which profile it was in - you’ll have to find it yourself.) “All ages 10 to 90!” it said. Maybe it’s just that my funny bone is tingling from too-long days of leaning on my elbows during this all-too-short production cycle, or just that, as all regular readers of this Opener will both know by now, my sense of humour is a bit aslant at the best of times! But I read “All ages 10 to 90!” and the picture jumped immediately to my mind of one particular columnist reading it and sputtering in indignation “What the hell do you mean I’m too old for that!?” Slight as this little story may be, it speaks to a good kind of complexity, in my view of the world we live in. Namely this: that almost anything one says, especially in fun, can be taken differently than one intended. “All ages, 10 to 90” is clearly intended as a way of speaking playfully to the broad inclusiveness of the offering. It takes a darkly perverse view of things to interpret it as a deliberately ageist attempt to exclude nonagenarians from the joys of campfire life. (Hmm maybe there’s a charter challenge there somewhere. Any nineyear-olds with awesome finger-pickin’ chops want to join in?) It’s a bit of a stretch to argue that the above anecdote serves as a reminder of how endless (and sometimes painfully rewarding) the process is of reinventing our language and re-examining our assumptions, musical and political. Happily (if not necessarily comfortably), this sesquicentennial year offers the opportunity for the same kind of soul-searching on a much grander and more fundamental scale. Tiptoeing the Sesquicentennial Party Line: The Toronto Consort’s “Kanatha/Canada: First Encounters” (February 3 and 4 continues The WholeNote VOLUME 22 NO 6 | MARCH 1, 2017 - APRIL 7, 2017 Centre for Social Innovation 720 Bathurst St., Suite 503, Toronto ON M5S 2R4 PHONE 416-323-2232 | FAX 416-603-4791 Publisher/Editor In Chief | David Perlman publisher@thewholenote.com Chairman of the Board | Allan Pulker directors@thewholenote.com EDITORIAL Managing Editor | Paul Ennis editorial@thewholenote.com Recordings Editor | David Olds discoveries@thewholenote.com Digital Media Editor | Sara Constant editorial@thewholenote.com Listings Editor | John Sharpe listings@thewholenote.com Club Listings Editor | Bob Ben jazz@thewholenote.com SALES, MARKETING & MEMBERSHIP Concerts & Events/Membership | Karen Ages members@thewholenote.com Record Industry Sales/Marketing | Thom McKercher thom@thewholenote.com Advertising/Production Support/Operations Jack Buell | adart@thewholenote.com Classified Ads | classad@thewholenote.com Website/Systems | Bryson Winchester systems@thewholenote.com Website/Systems Support | Kevin King kevin@thewholenote.com Circulation/Subscriptions | Chris Malcolm circulation@thewholenote.com SUBSCRIPTIONS per year + HST (9 issues) THANKS TO THIS MONTH’S CONTRIBUTORS Beat Columnists Paul Ennis, Wendalyn Bartley, Christopher Hoile, David Podgorski, Lydia Perović, Andrew Timar, Jack MacQuarrie, Ori Dagan, mJ buell, Bob Ben, Brian Chang Features David Perlman, Wendalyn Bartley, Paul Ennis, David Jaeger CD Reviewers David Olds, Terry Robbins, Alex Baran, Vanessa Wells, Hans de Groot, Robert Tomas, Bruce Surtees, Tiina Kiik, Jack MacQuarrie, Roger Knox, Raul da Gama, Janos Gardonyi, Daniel Foley, Allan Pulker, Michael Schulman, Andrew Timar, Will Pearson, Lesley Mitchell-Clarke, Ted Quinlan, Stuart Broomer, Ken Waxman, Sharna Searle Proofreading Vanessa Wells, Jennifer Liu, John Sharpe, Paul Ennis, Sara Constant Listings John Sharpe, Bob Ben, Tilly Kooyman, Ruth Atwood, Simone Desilets, Jennifer Liu, Katie White Circulation Team Abram Bergen, Beth Bartley / Mark Clifford, Bob Jerome, Dagmar Sullivan, Dave Taylor, Garry Page, Gero Hajek, Jack Buell, James Harris, John Dodington, Jeff Hogben, Jonathan Spencer, Lorna Nevison, Manuel Couto, Micah Herzog, Patrick Slimmon, Paul Ennis, Robert Faulkner, Sharon Clark, Tiffany Johnson, Tom Sepp, Vanita Butrsingkorn, Wende Bartley an Ontario government agency un organisme du gouvernement de l’Ontario Upcoming Dates & Deadlines Free Event Listings Deadline 6pm Wednesday March 8 Display Ad Reservations Deadline 6pm Wednesday March 15 Classifieds Deadline 6pm Friday March 24 Advertising Materials Due 6pm Friday March 17 Publication Date Tuesday March 28 (Online) Thursday March 30 (Print) Volume 22 No 7 covers April 1, 2017 - May 7, 2017 WholeNote Media Inc. accepts no responsibility or liability for claims made for any product or service reported on or advertised in this issue. 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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS 5 at the First Chamber Music Series.............................49 Academy Ballet Classique/SlanT.....................................51 Adam Sherkin............................................................. 34, 48 Aga Khan Museum............................................................39 All Saints Kingsway Anglican Church............................12 Analekta........................................................................70, 72 Art of Time Ensemble....................................................... 27 ArtsMediaProjects........................................................... 57 Associates of the TSO....................................................... 37 ATMA................................................................................5, 70 Aurora Cultural Centre...............................................41, 42 Canadian Children’s Opera Company..................... 31, 35 Canadian Chinese Society for the Arts.......................... 17 Canadian Opera Company............................................. 88 Cantemus Singers.............................................................39 Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra.........................38 Choirs Ontario/Ontario Youth Choir............................. 61 Christ Church Deer Park Jazz Vespers........................53 Church of the Holy Trinity..........................................38, 47 Civic Light Opera...............................................................45 Continuum Contemporary Music..................................43 Dave Young......................................................................... 74 Eglinton St. George’s United Church ............................ 47 Elmer Iseler Singers.................................................. 30, 44 Ensemble Vivant......................................................... 32, 48 Esprit Orchestra............................................................4, 48 Etobicoke Centennial Choir.............................................46 Exultate Chamber Singers..............................................43 GMP Productions.............................................................. 74 Horizon Tax......................................................................... 57 Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts...3, 50, 51 Jazz Performance & Education Centre.............18, 41, 55 Jubilate Singers.................................................................35 Judith Owen/Gallery 345.................................................48 Kindred Spirits Orchestra................................................13 Lake Field Music camp.....................................................63 Leaf Music Inc..............................................................72, 83 Les Amis Concerts........................................................... 50 Long & McQuade................................................................21 Masterworks of Oakville Chorus & Orchestra............46 Miles Nadal Jcc..................................................................65 Mississauga Festival Choir..............................................44 Mississauga Symphony....................................................43 Mooredale Concerts........................................................ 37 Mozart Project...................................................................44 Music at Metropolitan.......................................................31 Music at St. Andrew’s.......................................................35 Music Gallery .....................................................................39 Music Toronto.....................................................9, 15, 41, 42 Musicians in Ordinary......................................................45 Nagata Shachu..................................................................49 New Music Concerts..................................................10, 44 Off Centre Music Salon.................................................... 47 Opus 8..................................................................................70 Orchestra Toronto............................................................36 ORMTA - Central Toronto Branch.................................. 57 Peterborough Symphony.................................................51 Remenyi House of Music...................................................15 Roy Thomson Hall....................................................... 39, 49 Roy Thomson Hall (Massey Hall)....................................23 Royal Canadian College of Organists............................ 19 Royal Conservatory.......................................29, 40, 46, 85 Scarborough Philharmonic............................................46 Soundstreams...................................................................34 Stand Up Guy...................................................................... 57 Steinway Piano Gallery.....................................................13 Syrinx Concerts Toronto................................................. 37 Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra........................... 2, 43, 48 Talisker Players........................................................... 25, 45 Toronto Chamber Choir....................................................41 Toronto Children’s Chorus...............................................56 Toronto Consort...................................................... 7, 25, 35 Toronto Masque Theatre.......................................... 38, 39 Toronto Mendelssohn Choir........................................... 27 Toronto Symphony Orchestra........................... 43, 46, 87 U of T Faculty of Music .................................................... 40 Ukrainian Art Song Project......................................40, 66 Universal Music...........................................................70, 72 Univox..................................................................................42 Victoria Scholars Men’s Choral Ensemble...................36 Voicebox - Opera in Concert...........................................44 Weston Silver Band........................................................... 47 Windermere String Quartet........................................... 47 Women’s Musical Club.............................................. 38, 48 thewholenote.com March 1, 2017 - April 7, 2017 | 7

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