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Volume 24 Issue 4 - December 2018 / January 2019

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  • Toronto
  • December
  • January
  • Jazz
  • Symphony
  • Arts
  • Theatre
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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.

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Arts Guild and Pan4Christ Steel-Pan Band. St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave. 416-769-5686. Contributions appreciated. Also 4pm Choral Evensong. ●●7:00: Burlington Performing Arts Centre. John McDermott Christmas. Guests: Dala. Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Community Studio Theatre, 440 Locust St., Burlington. 905-681-6000. .50; .50(members). ●●7:00: 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 1. ●●7:00: Runnymede United Church. A Reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Choirs of Royal York Road and Runnymede United; Jeff Douglas, Robin Duke, Mary Lou Fallis, Barbara Gordon, Anwar Knight, Nancy Palk and William Webster, readers. 432 Runnymede Rd. 416-767-6729. . All proceeds in support of The Stop Community Food Centre. Refreshments for everyone in Memorial Hall will follow. ●●7:00: St. Thomas’s Anglican Church. Advent Carols. Matthew Larkin, music director. St. Thomas’s Anglican Church (Toronto), 383 Huron St. 416-979-2323. Free. ●●7:30: Gallery 345. Payadora. Tango and Argentine folk music. Rebekah Wolkstein, violin; Drew Jurecka, bandoneon; Robert Horvath, piano; Joe Philips, bass; Elbio Fernandez, vocals. 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-822-9781 or info@gallery345.com. ; (st). Cash only. Tickets available online at Eventbrite.ca. ●●7:30: Toronto Beach Chorale. Great Joy. J.S.Bach Cantata 147, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben; Buxtehude Magnificat, music by Hassler, Bruckner, Reger and Rachmaninov, and carols. Virginia Hatfield, soprano; Lillian Brooks, mezzo-soprano; Charles Davidson, tenor; Ryan Moilliet, bass; Mervin Fick conductor. Kingston Road United Church, 975 Kingston Rd. 416-699-6634. .50-.00. ●●8:00: Music Gallery. Emergents I: Grace Scheele + Xuan Ye. The Music Gallery, 918 Bathurst St. 416-204-1080. -. ●●8:00: New Music Concerts. Celebrating Michael Koerner: Michael Koerner’s Choice. A. Concerts in the GTA Celebrating Michael Koerner @ 90 KOERNER’S CHOICE Sunday December 2 BETTY OLIPHANT THEATRE www.NewMusicConcerts.com Carter: Rigmarole; Stravinsky: Octet; Ives: selection of songs; Schafer: String Quartet No.6 “Parting Wild Horse’s Mane”; Milhaud: La création du monde. Ben Heppner, tenor; John Hess, piano; David Hetherington, cello; Max Christie, bass clarinet; Accordes String Quartet; Jonathan Krehm and Evonne Tan, tai chi chuan performers; New Music Concerts Ensemble; Robert Aitken, director. Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis St. 416-961-9594. ; (sr/arts workers); (st). 7:15pm: pre-concert talk. Monday December 3 ●●12:30: York University Department of Music. Music@Midday: Instrumental Masterclass in Concert. Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, YU, 4700 Keele St. 416-736-5888. Free. ●●7:30: Chorisma. Joy of Christmas. Susan Ryman, soprano; Alexa Ball, flute; Damon Richard, percussion; Robert Richardson, conductor; Lona Richardson, accompaniment. Thornhill United Church, 25 Elgin St., Thornhill. 905-731-8318. Food donation and freewill offering. In aid of Thornhill Christmas Assistance Program. ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Guitar Orchestra. Jeffrey McFadden, director. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. Free. Tuesday December 4 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Vocal Series: Wirth Vocal Prize In Recital. Anna-Sophie Neher, soprano; Magdalena von Eccher, piano. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. Free. First come, first served. No late seating. ●●12:10: Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation/ Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Lunchtime Chamber Music. Gillian Chreptyk, trumpet. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. 416-241-1298. Free. Donations welcome. ●●1:00: Cathedral Church of St. James. Music at Midday. Nick Veltmeyer, organ. 65 Church St. 416-365-7865. Free. Donations welcome. Toronto Mendelssohn Choir FESTIVAL OF CAROLS Guest Conductor Howard Dyck December 4 & 5 tmchoir.org ●●7:30: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Festival of Carols. Stephanie Martin: An Earthly Tree; Alban Berg: Es ist ein Reis enstsprungen; Mendelssohn: Ave Maria; Maria durch ein Dornwald ging (arr. Stefan Claas); and audience sing-along of popular Christmas carols. Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Canadian Staff Band of the Salvation Army; Toronto Youth Choir; Howard Dyck, guest conductor. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. 416-408-0208. -; (Voxtix for patrons 30 and under). Also Dec 5. ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Contemporary Music Ensembles. Wallace Hallady, director. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. Free. ●●8:00: Civic Theatres Toronto. Jazz at the George: Dianne Reeves - Christmas Time Is Here. Holiday music. Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St., North York. 1-855-985- 2787. -. ●●8:00: Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall. Chris Botti, Trumpet. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. .75-9.75. EL EC T R IC MESSI A H IV DECEMBER 4–6 THE DRAKE HOTEL UNDERGROUND WWW.SOUNDSTREAMS.CA ●●8:00: Soundstreams. Electric Messiah IV. Handel’s great masterpiece with inspir- EM Wholenote ad.indd 1 2018-11-19 5:10 PM ations from jazz, gospel, blues, hip hop and of course, classical. Jonathan MacArthur, tenor; Aviva Chernick, vocals; Alex Samaras, baritone, jazz-singer; Adam Scime, music director; Christopher Bagan, analog and electric harpsichord; Jeff McLeod, electric organ; Joel Schwartz, electric guitar; SlowPitchSound, turntablist and resident DJ; Lybido, dancer. The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen’s St. W. 416-504-1282. /(adv). Also Dec 5, 6. Wednesday December 5 ● ● 12:30: Organix Concerts/All Saints Kingsway. Kingsway Organ Concert Series. Aaron James, organ. All Saints Kingsway Anglican Church, 2850 Bloor St. W. 416-571-3680. Freewill offering. 45-minute concert. 48 | December 1, 2018 – February 7, 2019 thewholenote.com

●●12:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Noonhour Organ Recital. Imre Olah, organ. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free. ●●5:30: Canadian Opera Company. Jazz Series: Music from the Claudia Quintet Playbook. McGill Jazz Sextet; John Hollenbeck, director. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. Free. First come, first served. No late seating. ●●7:00: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Festival of Carols. Stephanie Martin: An Earthly Tree; Alban Berg: Es ist ein Reis enstsprungen; Mendelssohn: Ave Maria; Maria durch ein Dornwald ging (arr. Stefan Claas); and audience sing-along of popular Christmas carols. Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Canadian Staff Band of the Salvation Army; Toronto Youth Choir; Howard Dyck, guest conductor. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. 416-408-0208. -; (Voxtix for patrons 30 and under). Also Dec 4. ●●7:30: Nathaniel Dett Chorale. An Indigo Christmas: Black Virgin…Great Joy. Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, Accolade East Building, 4700 Keele St. nathanieldett.org. ; (sr); (st). ●●7:30: Royal Conservatory of Music. Rebanks Family Fellowship Concert. Mazzoleni Concert Hall, Royal Conservatory, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. Free (ticket required). ●●7:30: Toronto Choral Society. Navidad Nuestra (Our Christmas). Ramirez: Misa Criolla. Geoffrey Butler, conductor; Cassava (Latin ensemble); Ernesto Cárdenas, tenor. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. -. ●●8:00: Harbourfront Centre. Asheq: Ritual Music to Cure a Lover. Music by Sina Bathaie. Habib Meftahboushehri and Mohsen Sharifian, musicians; Shahin Sayadi, artistic director. Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000. .85- $24.50. Also Dec 6, 7, 8(4pm & 7pm). ●●8:00: Soundstreams. Electric Messiah IV. Handel’s great masterpiece with inspirations from jazz, gospel, blues, hip hop and of course, classical. Jonathan MacArthur, tenor; Aviva Chernick, vocals; Alex Samaras, baritone, jazz-singer; Adam Scime, music director; Christopher Bagan, analog and electric harpsichord; Jeff McLeod, electric organ; Joel Schwartz, electric guitar; SlowPitchSound, turntablist and resident DJ; Lybido, dancer. The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen’s St. W. 416-504-1282. /(adv). Also Dec 4, 6. Thursday December 6 ●●2:00: Northern District Public Library. YC Lee in Solo Recital @ OrchardViewers Fall 2018. Art Song & Opera. YC Lee, tenor; Ann Sublett, piano. Room 224, 40 Orchard View Blvd. 416-393-7610. Free. Seating is limited, arrive early. ●●7:00: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. PianoFest. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. Free. Also Dec 8(7pm) & 9(2:30pm). ●●7:30: Canadian Music Centre. CMC Presents: Germaine Liu and Sarah Hennies, Percussion. Works by Liu and Hennies. 20 St. Joseph St. 416-961-6601 x201. General: /(adv); CMC Members/arts workers: /(adv); Students: /(adv). ●●7:30: Gallery 345. Chelsea McBride’s Socialist Night School’s Annual Holiday Spectacular! 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-822-9781. ; (st). Cash only. ●●7:30: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Home Alone in Concert. Resonance Youth Choir; Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375. -6. Also Dec 7, Dec 8(mat), Dec 8(eve). ●●8:00: Harbourfront Centre. Asheq: Ritual Music to Cure a Lover. See Dec 5. Also Dec 7(8pm); 8(4pm & 7pm). December 6 at 8pm GRYPHON TRIO ●●8:00: Music Toronto. Gryphon Trio. Frehner: Bytown Waters (Toronto premiere); Brahms: Piano Trio in C Op.87; and works by Mozart, Silvestrov and Pärt. Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366-7723. .50- ; (st). ●●8:00: Soundstreams. Electric Messiah IV. Handel’s great masterpiece with inspirations from jazz, gospel, blues, hip hop and of course, classical. Jonathan MacArthur, tenor; Aviva Chernick, vocals; Alex Samaras, baritone, jazz-singer; Adam Scime, music director; Christopher Bagan, analog and electric harpsichord; Jeff McLeod, electric organ; Joel Schwartz, electric guitar; SlowPitchSound, turntablist and resident DJ; Lybido, dancer. The Drake Underground, 1150 Queen’s St. W. 416-504-1282. /(adv). Also Dec 4, 5. Friday December 7 ●●12:00 noon: University Settlement Music & Arts School. End of Term Student Concert. St. George the Martyr Church, 30 Stephanie St. 416-598-3444 x243. Free; donations welcome. Charitable Tax receipts available for all donations over .00. Also Dec 8(11am; 1:30pm). ●●7:30: Brampton Folk Club. Friday Folk Night: A Very Foggy Christmas. Coffee-housestyle folk music concert. The Foggy Hogtown Boys. St. Paul’s United Church (Brampton), 30 Main St. S., Brampton. 647-233-3655. ; (sr/st). ●●7:30: Burlington Performing Arts Centre. The Nutcracker. Music by Tchaikovsky. National Ballet Theatre of Odessa. Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Community Studio Theatre, 440 Locust St., Burlington. 905-681-6000. .50; .50(members); (18 and under). Also Dec 8(2:30 & 7:30). ●●7:30: Church of the Holy Trinity. The Lage Lund, guitar. 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-822- 9781. ; (st); Cash only. ●●8:00: Harbourfront Centre. Asheq: Ritual Music to Cure a Lover. See Dec 5. Also Dec 8(4:00 & 7:00). ●●8:00: Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. Tartan Terrors Christmas. 130 Navy St., Oakville. 905-815-2021 or 1-888-489-7784. -. ●●8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Classical Concerts Series: Paquito D’Rivera with the Harlem Quartet. Bolcom: Three Rags for String Quartet; Debussy: String Quartet in g Op.10 Mvt 2 - Assez vif et bien rythmé; Weber: Clarinet Quintet in B-flat Op.34; D’Rivera: Suite aires tropicales, A Farewell Mambo and others. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. -. ●●8:00: Upper Canada Choristers/Cantemos Latin Ensemble. Christmas Cheer. Works by Britten, Rutter, Courtney, Zéspedes, Velasco and others. Valerie Abels, narrator; Christian Sharpe, bassoon; Hye Won Ceilia Lee, piano, Laurie Evan Fraser, conductor. Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. 416-256-0510. ; Free(teen/child acc. by adult). Saturday December 8 ●● Christmas Story. Hour-long Christmas 1:30: Oakville Choir for Children and HTCS_WholeNote_2018_FNL_01.indd 2018-11-23 1 1:48 PM pageant. 19 Trinity Sq. 416-598-4521 x301. Suggested donation: ; (child). Also Dec 8(4:30), 9(4:30), 14(7:30), 15(4:30), 16(4:30), 21(7:30), 22(4:30 & 7:30), 23(4:30 & 7:30 pm). ●●7:30: County Town Singers. Jingle Alleluia. Sacred and secular Christmas music. Trinity Pentacostal, 900 King St. E., Oshawa. 647- 981-2205. ; ; . Also Dec 8(mat). ●●7:30: Surinder Mundra. A Choral Christmas from Across Europe. St. George’s Anglican Church (Pickering Village), 77 Randall Dr., Ajax. 905-683-7981. . Reception post concert, cash bar. ●●7:30: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Home Alone in Concert. See Dec 6. Also Dec 8(2:00 & 7:30). ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Ridout: Jubilee; De Falla: Siete canciones populares españolas; Glazunov: Violin Concerto No.1 in a Op.82; Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.1 in g Op.13 “Winter Dreams”. Gena van Oosten, mezzo; Julia Mirzoev, violin; Uri Meyer, conductor. MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. ; (sr); (st). ●●8:00: Alliance Française de Toronto. The Soul of the Cello: Tribute to Pablo Casals. Works by Bach, Casals and Cassado. Christian-Pierre La Marca, cello. Spadina Theatre, 24 Spadina Rd. 416-922-2014 x37. ; (sr/ st); (members). ●●8:00: Etobicoke Community Concert Band. A Classic Christmas. Jean Augustine, reader; Andrew Scott, guest MC. Etobicoke Collegiate Auditorium, 86 Montgomery Rd., Etobicoke. 416-410-1570. ; Free(child under 12). ●●8:00: Exultate Chamber Singers. Winter’s Night with You. Quartel: A Winter Day; Raminsh: In the Night We Shall Go In; Webb: The Winter Lakes; Lightfoot: Song for a Winter’s Night. Mark Ramsay, artistic director. St. Thomas’s Anglican Church (Toronto), 383 Huron St. 416-971-9229. ; (sr); (st). ●●8:00: Gallery 345. Hide the Moon and Stars Album Release Concert. Bryn Roberts, piano; Youth. Community Carol Concert. Guest: Lianne Tan, organ. St. John’s United Church (Oakville), 262 Randall St., Oakville. 905-337- 7104. ; (sr); (under 13). Also 4pm. ●●2:00: County Town Singers. Jingle Alleluia. Sacred and secular Christmas music. Trinity Pentacostal, 900 King St. E., Oshawa. 647- 981-2205. ; ; . Also Dec 7(eve). ●●2:00: National Ballet of Canada. The Nutcracker. Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, with libretto by James Kudelka. James Kudelka, choreographer/librettist. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-345-9595. and up. Opens Dec 8, 2pm. Runs to Dec 30. Days and times vary. Visit national.ballet.ca for details. ●●2:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Home Alone in Concert. See Dec 6. Also Dec 8(7:30). ●●2:00: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Annual City Carol Sing. Alex Pangman & Her Alleycats; Hogtown Brass Quintet; Yorkminster Park Baptist Church Choir; VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto; That Choir; Hedgerow Singers; Kevin Frankish, host; and others. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free. A collection • THE ANNUAL CITY • CAROL SING In collaboration with City SATURDAY, DEC. 8 - 2:00 PM YORKMINSTER PARK BAPTIST CHURCH WITH SPECIAL GUESTS ALEX PANGMAN & HER ALLEYCATS KEVIN FRANKISH FREE ADMISSION thewholenote.com December 1, 2018 – February 7, 2019 | 49

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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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