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Volume 24 Issue 4 - December 2018 / January 2019

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  • Toronto
  • December
  • January
  • Jazz
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When is a trumpet like a motorcycle in a dressage event? How many Brunhilde's does it take to change an Elektra? Just two of the many questions you've been dying to ask, to which you will find answers in a 24th annual combined December/January issue – in which our 11 beat columnists sift through what's on offer in the upcoming holiday month, and what they're already circling in their calendars for 2019. Oh, and features too: a klezmer violinist breathing new life into a very old film; two New Music festivals in January, 200 metres apart; a Music & Health story on the restorative powers of a grassroots exercise in collective music-making; even a good reason to go to Winnipeg in the dead of winter. All this and more in Vol 24 No 4, now available in flipthrough format here.

The WholeNote listings

The WholeNote listings are arranged in five sections: A. GTA (GREATER TORONTO AREA) covers all of Toronto plus Halton, Peel, York and Durham regions. B. BEYOND THE GTA covers many areas of Southern Ontario outside Toronto and the GTA. Starts on page 66. C. MUSIC THEATRE covers a wide range of music types: from opera, operetta and musicals, to non-traditional performance types where words and music are in some fashion equal partners in the drama. Starts on page 70. D. IN THE CLUBS (MOSTLY JAZZ) is organized alphabetically by club. Starts on page 73. E. THE ETCETERAS is for galas, fundraisers, competitions, screenings, lectures, symposia, masterclasses, workshops, singalongs and other music-related events (except performances) which may be of interest to our readers. Starts on page 75. A GENERAL WORD OF CAUTION. A phone number is provided with every listing in The WholeNote — in fact, we won’t publish a listing without one. Concerts are sometimes cancelled or postponed; artists or venues may change after listings are published. Please check before you go out to a concert. HOW TO LIST. Listings in The WholeNote in the four sections above are a free service available, at our discretion, to eligible presenters. If you have an event, send us your information no later than the 8th of the month prior to the issue or issues in which your listing is eligible to appear. LISTINGS DEADLINE. The next issue covers the period from February 1 to March 7, 2018. All listings must be received by 11:59pm, Tuesday January 8. LISTINGS can be sent by email to listings@thewholenote.com or by using the online form on our website. We do not receive listings by phone, but you can call 416-323-2232 x27 for further information. LISTINGS ZONE MAP. Visit our website to search for concerts by the zones on this map: thewholenote.com. Lake Huron 6 Georgian Bay 7 2 1 5 Lake Erie 3 4 8 City of Toronto LISTINGS Lake Ontario Saturday December 1 ●●11:00am: Canadian Opera Company. Opera for Young Audiences: WOW Factor - A Cinderella Story. Music by Gioachino Rossini, libretto by Joel Ivany, musical adaptation by Stéphane Mayer. Members of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. Imperial Oil Opera Theatre, 227 Front St. E. 416-363- 8231. ; free(under 12). Also Dec 1(2pm), 2(11am & 2pm). ●●2:00: Canadian Opera Company. Opera for Young Audiences: WOW Factor - A Cinderella Story. Music by Gioachino Rossini, libretto by Joel Ivany, musical adaptation by Stéphane Mayer. Members of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. Imperial Oil Opera Theatre, 227 Front St. E. 416-363- 8231. ; free(under 12). Also Dec 1(11am), 2(11am & 2pm). ●●2:30: Bel Canto Singers. Christmas Traditions. Leanne Piller, conductor; Jacqueline Mokrzewski, piano. Scarborough Bluffs United Church, 3739 Kingston Rd., Scarborough. 905-837-7584. . Also 7:30. belcantosingers.ca. ●●3:00: Singing Out. Re-Gifted: Out Holiday Favourites. Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. singingout.com. / at the door; (st). Also 7:30pm. ●●4:00: Pax Christi Chorale. Children’s Messiah. Handel’s work adapted for children and families. Favourite choruses and arias in a casual setting. Orchestra of professionals and students; David Bowser, conductor. Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor St. W. 647- 345-7743. PWYC(minimum encouraged); free(under 12). ●●6:30: VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto. Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols. Myriam Blardone, harp; L’Arche Sol Express, dancers. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416- 788-8482. ; (sr/st). ●●7:00: Music at St. Andrew’s. Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Dramatic readings with musical interludes. Michael Enright, Rick Phillips and Neema Bickersteth, readers; Daniel Bickle, organ; Wallace Halliday, saxophone. St. Andrew’s Church (Toronto), 73 Simcoe St. 416-593-5600 x231. Freewill offering. Donations support St. Andrew’s Out of the Cold program. Gingerbread and hot apple cider reception to follow. ●●7:00: Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. The Nutcracker and More: A Family Holiday Concert! Rowson: Fanfare: A Sesquie for Canada’s 150th; Royer: Fantasia on Canadian Carols; Miller & Jackson (arr. Mark Hayes): Let There Be Peace on Earth; Cable: Christmas Songbook; Traditional Music and Carols Sing-Along; Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Act I. SPO Women’s Choir; St. Paul’s L’Amoreaux Youth and Adult Choirs; Sistema Toronto Youth Choir. Special guest: Jaclyn Holmes. Ronald Royer, conductor. Salvation Army Scarborough Citadel, 2021 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough. spo.ca. ; (sr); (st); (child). Pre-concert singalong (6:15pm). Free underground parking available at the Citadel. Free outdoor parking also available on the northeast and southeast corners of Lawrence and Warden. ●●7:30: Bel Canto Singers. Christmas Traditions. Leanne Piller, conductor; Jacqueline Mokrzewski, piano. Scarborough Bluffs A. Concerts in the GTA United Church, 3739 Kingston Rd., Scarborough. 905-837-7584. . Also 2:30. belcantosingers.ca. ●●7:30: Canadian Men’s Chorus. Not Another Christmas Concert. Nickel: In Bleak Midwinter; MacDonald: Winter Sun; Murray: The Christmas Night; Martin: Atheists Don’t Have No Songs. Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor St. W. 416-922-4948. -. ●●7:30: Cantores Celestes Women’s Choir. Divine Light. Sato: Magnificat; Rutter: Visions; Vivaldi: Gloria (excerpts); Gjeilo: Gloria. Jacqueline Gording, harp; Clare Pellerin, violin, Emperor String Quartet, Matthew Coons, organ; Kelly Galbraith, conductor and others. Runnymede United Church, 432 Runnymede Rd. 416-655-7335. . ●●7:30: Echo Chamber Toronto. Transfigured Night; An Evening of Chamber Music and Contemporary Ballet. Beethoven: String Quartet Op.18 No.1; Schoenberg: Second String Quartet “Entrückung”; Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night); Hindemith: Gottes Tod. Lauren Eberwein, soprano; Aaron Schwebel and Sheila Jaffe: violin; Theresa Rudolph and Keith Hamm, viola; and others. Artscape Sandbox, 301 Adelaide St. W. 647-780-9040. -. Also Dec 2. ●●7:30: Georgetown Choral Society. Christmas through the Ages. An evening of regal music to celebrate 65 years since the crowning of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Georgetown Christian Reformed Church, 11611 Trafalgar Rd., Georgetown. 905-877-7795. (family); ; (st/child). ●●7:30: Incontra Vocal Ensemble. Welcome Nowell! Works by Britten, Miathias, Chilcott, Sirret, Brubacher and others. Matthew Otto, artistic director; Sarah Maria Leung, assistant conductor; Stephen Boda, organ. Knox College Chapel, 59 St. George St. 416-979- 2331 x260. (tax receipts available for a portion of ticket price). Fundraiser for the Institute for Christian Studies. ●●7:30: Jubilate Singers. Golden Jubilee Concert. Works by Victoria, Bruckner, Casals, Lauridsen, Rutter and others. Sherry Squires, accompanist; Isabel Bernaus, conductor. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. info@jubilatesingers.ca. ; (sr); (st); free(under 13). ●●7:30: Mississauga Festival Choir. Gloria. Vivaldi: Gloria; and other works. Hammerson Hall, Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga. 905-306-6000. ; (sr/st). ●●7:30: Singing Out. Re-Gifted: Out Holiday Favourites. Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. singingout.com. / at the door; (st). Also 3pm. ●●7:30: Tallis Choir. A Gabrielli Christmas. Poly-choral works by Gabrielli and his contemporaries, with period brass, strings and organ. Gabrieli: Hodie Christus natus est; O Jesu mi dulcissime; O magnum mysterium; Salvator noster a 15. Peter Mahon, conductor. St. Patrick’s Church, 131 McCaul St. 416-598- 3269 / 416-286-9798 / 416-978-8849. ; (sr); (st). ●●7:30: Toronto Chinese Orchestra. Scenic Sojourn: A Night of Chinese Music. Lu: Yu Mode; Wu: Taiwan Folksong Rhapsody; van Driel: White Out; Koumoulas: Reincarnation Suite. Angela Xu, yangqin; Charlotte Liu, dizi. Yorkminster Citadel, 1 Lord Seaton Rd., North 46 | December 1, 2018 – February 7, 2019 thewholenote.com

York. 647-546-9201. ; (st/child). ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. U of T Wind Ensemble: Floating and Flying. Hammell: Skyline; McCune: High Water Rising; Bedford: The Sun Paints Rainbows on the Vast Waves; McAllister: Freebirds. Guests: Queen’s University Wind Ensemble; Jonathan Wong and Jason Han, clarinets; Dan Tremblay, conductor. MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408- 0208. ; (sr); (st); free(UofT st). ●●7:30: York Chamber Ensemble. Christmas in the Age of Elegance. Handel: Harp Concerto; Corelli: Christmas Concerto; Handel: Messiah (excerpts); Rutter: A Candlelight Carol and Christmas Lullaby; sing-along. Ying Ying He, harp; Sasha Weinstangel, conductor. Trinity Anglican Church (Aurora), 79 Victoria St., Aurora. yorkchamberensemble.ca. ; (sr/st); (child under 10). ●●7:30: York University Department of Music. York University Gospel Choir. Karen Burke, conductor. Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, Accolade East Building, 4700 Keele St. 416-736-5888. ; (sr/st). Also Nov 30. ●●8:00: Gallery 345. Bow to String: Winona Zelenka, cello & Jamie Parker, piano. Works by Bach, Pärt, Jaeger, Taverner, Demenga, Ligeti and others. 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-822- 9781. ; (st); Cash only. ●●8:00: Healy Willan Singers. Carols and Lullabies. Annual Christmas concert. Ron Cheung, conductor; John Stephenson, accompanist. St. Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church, 151 Glenlake Ave. 416-519-0528. ; (sr/st). ●●8:00: Kindred Spirits Orchestra. Alegria: Symphonic Anniversary Concert. Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances; Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody Nos.1 & 2 Op.11; Vivaldi: Winter from The Four Seasons; Grieg: Piano Concerto in a Op.16; Kirculescu: Musical Moment for Piano and Orchestra. Alexander Gangurean, violin; Alexandru Burca, piano; Kristian Alexander, conductor. Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W. 416-606-9402 or alegriasymphonicconcert.eventbrite.ca. -. ●●8:00: Music Gallery. Speculation with special guest Laurie Brown & Pondercast. Leslie Ting; Ben Smith, piano; Laurie Brown. The Music Gallery, 918 Bathurst St. 416-204-1080. -. Accessible to all levels of vision. Also Nov 30. ●●8:00: Ontario Pops Orchestra. It’s Christmas! Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus; Adam: O Holy Night; Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite; A Charlie Brown Christmas; sing-along. Carlos Bastidas, conductor. Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd., Etobicoke. 647- 939-7129. . ●●8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Marcus Roberts. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. -0. ●●8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. TD Jazz Concerts Series: Marcus Roberts. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. -0. ●●8:00: Toronto Concert Orchestra. Holiday Celebration: Harps on the Hill. Andrew Chan, harp; Anastasia Pogorelova, harp; Kerry Stratton, conductor. Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St., Richmond Hill. rhcentre.ca. . ●●8:00: Tradicious. Allegria. Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances; Enescu: Romanian Rhapsody No. 1, 2, Op.11; Vivaldi: Winter (from The Four Seasons); Grieg: Piano Concerto in a, Op.16; Kirculescu: Musical moment for piano and orchestra. Alexandru Burca, piano; Alexander Gangurean, violin; Kristian Alexander, conductor. Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W. 416-606-9402. -. Sunday December 2 ●●11:00am: Canadian Opera Company. Opera for Young Audiences: WOW Factor - A Cinderella Story. Music by Gioachino Rossini, libretto by Joel Ivany, musical adaptation by Stéphane Mayer. Members of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio. Imperial Oil Opera Theatre, 227 Front St. E. 416-363- 8231. ; free(under 12). Also Dec 1(11am & 2pm), 2(2pm). ●●12:00 noon: Toronto Children’s Chorus. Sing Loo! Seasonal carols. Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel lobby, 123 Queen St. W. 416-932- 8666 x231. Free. Donations welcome. Concert runs to 4 pm, come and go as you please. ●●1:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Tom Allen’s The Judgment of Paris. Works by Debussy and Ravel. Mazzoleni Concert Hall, Royal Conservatory, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408- 0208. Free (ticket required). ●●1:00: The Sound Post. Fall Salon Concert: Mark Fewer, Joseph Johnson and Friends. Kodály: Duo for violin and cello Op.7; Jazz set. Mark Fewer, violin; Joseph Johnson, cello. 93 Grenville St. events@thesoundpost.com. ; free(under 16). Admission includes cd. Reception follows concert. ●●1:15: Mooredale Concerts. Music and Truffles Kids Concert Series: Artistic Directors’ Trio. Works by Schumann, Handel, and others. Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violin; Wei-Yang Andy Lin, viola; Wonny Song, piano. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-922-3714 x103. . ●●2:00: Canadian Opera Company. Opera for Young Audiences: WOW Factor - A Cinderella Story. Music by Gioachino Rossini, libretto by Joel Ivany, musical adaptation by Stéphane Mayer. Members of the Canadian CHRISTMAS AT ST PETER AND ST SIMON’S Advent Lessons and Carols • SUNDAY DECEMBER 2, 4pm Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol • SUNDAY DECEMBER 9, 4pm Not-So-Silent Night Children’s Musical • SUNDAY DECEMBER 16, 3pm Nine Lessons and Carols • SUNDAY DECEMBER 23, 4pm Christmas Eve Candlelight Service • MONDAY DECEMBER 24, 10pm Christmas Day Joyful Celebration • SUNDAY DECEMBER 25, 10:30am DO JOIN US! Opera Company Ensemble Studio. Imperial Oil Opera Theatre, 227 Front St. E. 416-363- 8231. ; free(under 12). Also Dec 1(11am & 2pm), 2(11am). ●●2:00: Martin Luther Evangelical Lutheran Church. Refugee Support Concert. Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir; Guest: Kelly Sloan, vocalist. 2379 Lakeshore Blvd. W. 416-251- 8293. ; (st); (sponsor-includes charitable donation). ●●2:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. For the Joy of Singing. A tribute to Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt. Works by Orbán, Balfour and Pinkham. Choirs of Faculty of Music; Elaine Choi, Trevor Dearham, Lori- Anne Dolloff and Mark Ramsay, conductors. MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. ; (sr); (st); free(UofT st). ●●3:00: Peter Margolian and Friends. Chamber Music Concert. Music for voice, strings, winds, piano and percussion. Works by Scarlatti, Goosens, Skalkottas, Xenakis, and others. Canadian Music Centre, 20 St. Joseph St. 647-980-5475 or 416-250-5475. Free. ●●3:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and More. Tchaikovsky: Polonaise from Eugene Onegin; Suite No.1 from The Nutcracker; Symphony No.4. Earl Lee, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375. .75-4. Also Nov. 28, 29, 30. ●●3:00: York University Department of Music. York University Wind Symphony. Bill Thomas, director. Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, YU, 4700 Keele St. 416-736-5888. ; (sr/st). ●●3:15: Mooredale Concerts. Artistic Directors’ Trio. Works by Schumann, Handel and others. Tien-Hsin Cindy Wu, violin; Wei- Yang Lin, viola; Wonny Song, piano. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-922-3714 x103. ; (under 30). ●●4:00: Cathedral Church of St. James. Twilight Recital. Ian Sadler, organ. 65 Church St. 416-365-7865. Free. Donations welcome. ●●4:00: Church of St. Mary Magdalene. Seven Allegorical Pictures by Sverre Eftestøl. Andrew Adair, organ. Church of St. Mary Magdalene (Toronto), 477 Manning Ave. 416-531-7955. Free. ●●4:00: Church of St. Peter and St. Simonthe-Apostle. Advent Lessons and Carols. Choral music of Holman, Cashmore, Mans and Palestrina. 525 Bloor St. E. 416-923- 8714. Free. Fruit Cake and Sherry Reception follows. ●●4:00: Oakham House Choir Society. The Glow of Christmas. Gjeilo: Sunrise Mass; Chilcott: Little Jazz Mass; Lauridsen: Sure on This Shining Night; Christmas carol singalong. Christina Haldane, soprano; Oakham House Choir; Toronto Sinfonietta; Concert Band of Ryerson; Matthew Jaskiewicz, conductor. Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Ave. 416-960-5551. /(adv); (st); free(under 13). ●●4:00: Penthelia Singers. Penthelia A Capella. Des Prez: El Grillo; Passereau: Il et Bel et Bon; Nicks: Landslide; Harrison: Here Comes the Sun and others. Rosedale Presbyterian Church, 129 Mt. Pleasant Rd. 416- 587-8394. . Children 12 and under pay their age. ●●4:00: St. Olave’s Church. Christmas Lights. Choral Evensong for Advent Sunday. St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave. 416-769-5686. Contributions appreciated. Religious service followed at 5pm by light music and entertainment by St. Olave’s Arts Guild. ●●4:00: Toronto Mandolin Orchestra. Carnaval de Mandolin. Latin flavored pieces for orchestra; Slavic repertoire; Brazilian Choro Music; Amarado for domra and accordion. Ira Erokhina, domra; John Lettieri, accordion; Tio Chorinh; Toronto Mandolin Orchestra; Alexander Veprinskiy, conductor. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-533-2725. ; (st). ●●4:30: Joel Sheridan. Joel Sings Cole & Cole! Musical tribute to Nat King Cole and Cole Porter. Joel Sheridan, vocals; Richard Whiteman, piano; Jordan O’Connor, bass. Tilted Dog, 424 Parliament St. 416-961-9425. PWYC(- suggested). ●●5:00: St. Olave’s Church. Christmas Lights. Light music and entertainment. Wenceslas by Britain’s Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy; dramatic readings from The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. Performers include St. Olave’s Violins, violas, cellos & bows Complete line of strings & accessories Expert repairs & rehairs Canada’s largest stock of string music A treasure trove of gifts for string players thesoundpost.com info@the soundpost.com SUNDAY DECEMBER 2ND, 1 PM FALL SALON CONCERT Mark Fewer, Joseph Johnson and Friends. Kodaly Duo, Jazz set. Reception to follow. admission includes CD | Under 16 free. Limited seating. 93 Grenville Street. Reservations: events@thesoundpost.com thewholenote.com December 1, 2018 – February 7, 2019 | 47

Volumes 21-24 (2015-2018)

Volume 24 Issue 4 - December 2018 / January 2019
Volume 24 Issue 3 - November 2018
Volume 24 Issue 2 - October 2018
Volume 24 Issue 1 - September 2018
Volume 23 Issue 9 - June / July / August 2018
Volume 23 Issue 8 - May 2018
Volume 23 Issue 7 - April 2018
Volume 23 Issue 6 - March 2018
Volume 23 Issue 4 - December 2017 / January 2018
Volume 23 Issue 3 - November 2017
Volume 23 Issue 2 - October 2017
Volume 23 Issue 1 - September 2017
Volume 22 Issue 9 - Summer 2017
Volume 22 Issue 8 - May 2017
Volume 22 Issue 7 - April 2017
Volume 22 Issue 6 - March 2017
Volume 22 Issue 5 - February 2017
Volume 22 Issue 4 - December 2016/January 2017
Volume 22 Issue 2 - October 2016
Volume 22 Issue 1 - September 2016
Volume 21 Issue 9 - Summer 2016
Volume 21 Issue 8 - May 2016
Volume 21 Issue 6 - March 2016
Volume 21 Issue 5 - February 2016
Volume 21 Issue 4 - December 2015/January 2016
Volume 21 Issue 3 - November 2015
Volume 21 Issue 2 - October 2015
Volume 21 Issue 1 - September 2015

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