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Volume 24 Issue 4 - December 2018 / January 2019

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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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an Ontario government agency The WholeNote VOLUME 24 NO 4 | DECEMBER 2018 / JANUARY 2019 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 Social Media Editor | Danial Jazaeri Listings Editor | John Sharpe listings@thewholenote.com jazz@thewholenote.com SALES, MARKETING & MEMBERSHIP Concert & Event Advertising / Membership | Karen Ages members@thewholenote.com Advertising Art /Production Support / Operations Jack Buell | adart@thewholenote.com Classified Ads | classad@thewholenote.com Website/Systems Support | Kevin King systems@thewholenote.com Circulation/Subscriptions | Chris Malcolm circulation@thewholenote.com SUBSCRIPTIONS per year + HST (9 issues)* *international subscriptions: additional postage applies THANKS TO THIS MONTH’S CONTRIBUTORS Beat Columnists Wendalyn Bartley, Brian Chang, Paul Ennis, Christopher Hoile, Jack MacQuarrie, Jennifer Parr, Lydia Perović, Colin Story, Andrew Timar, Steve Wallace, Matthew Whitfield Features Wende Bartley, Paul Ennis, Vivien Fellegi, Robert Harris, David Jaeger, David Perlman CD Reviewers Alex Baran, Stuart Broomer, Max Christie, Daniel Foley, Raul da Gama, Richard Haskell, Tiina Kiik, Roger Knox, Barry Livingston, Lesley Mitchell-Clarke, David Olds, Ted Parkinson, Ivana Popovic, Terry Robbins, Andrew Scott, Sharna Searle, Michael Schulman, Andrew Scott, Colin Story, Bruce Surtees, Andrew Timar, Ken Waxman, Dianne Wells. Proofreading Sara Constant, Paul Ennis, Danial Jazaeri, John Sharpe Listings Team Ruth Atwood, Tilly Kooyman, John Sharpe, Colin Story, Katie White Design Team Kevin King, Susan Sinclair Circulation Team Lori Sandra Aginian, Wende Bartley, Beth Bartley / Mark Clifford, Jack Buell, Sharon Clark, Manuel Couto, Paul Ennis, Robert Faulkner, Terry Gaeeni, Gero Hajek, James Harris, Micah Herzog, Jeff Hogben, Bob Jerome, Chris Malcolm, Luna Walker- Malcolm, Sheila McCoy, Lorna Nevison, Garry Page, Andrew Schaefer, Tom Sepp, Dagmar Sullivan, Julia Tait, Dave Taylor, Randy Weir BEAT BY BEAT 22 Choral Scene | BRIAN CHANG 26 Classical & Beyond | PAUL ENNIS 30 Art of Song | LYDIA PEROVIC 32 Jazz Notes | STEVE WALLACE 34 Music Theatre | JENNIFER PARR 37 On Opera | CHRISTOPHER HOILE 39 Early Music | MATTHEW WHITFIELD 42 World View | ANDREW TIMAR 44 Bandstand | JACK MACQUARRIE 72 Mainly Clubs, Mostly Jazz | COLIN STORY LISTINGS 46 A | Concerts in the GTA 66 B | Concerts Beyond the GTA 70 C | Music Theatre 73 D | In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz) 75 E | The ETCeteras DISCOVERIES: RECORDINGS REVIEWED 81 Editor’s Corner | DAVID OLDS 83 Strings Attached | TERRY ROBBINS 85 Keyed In | ALEX BARAN 87 Vocal 88 Classical and Beyond 90 Modern and Contemporary 91 Jazz and Improvised Music 95 Pot Pourri 96 Something in the Air | KEN WAXMAN 97 Old Wine, New Bottles | BRUCE SURTEES MORE 6 Contact Information 7 Upcoming dates and deadlines 77 Classified Ads 30 un organisme du gouvernement de l’Ontario an Ontario government agency un organisme du gouvernement de l’Ontario 6 | December 2018 - January 2019 thewholenote.com

FOR OPENERS | DAVID PERLMAN This Time I’ve Got Nothing (So Thank Goodness for Our Columnists) When is a trumpet like a motorcycle in a dressage ceremony? Jack MacQuarrie has the answer in Bandstand. And whose songs will Danika Lorèn be singing in Toronto’s inaugural songSLAM January 16 at Walter Hall – an event that threatens to singe the eyebrows off that often sober-sided venue? Lydia Perović reveals all in Art of Song. As of the date of writing this (November 26 2018) how many times has conductor Johannes Debus conducted Messiah? Brian Chang has the handle on that in Choral Scene. Pianists can be a handful. Which one is quoted in this month’s magazine as saying “If I were only to play Saint-Saëns for the rest of my life, I think I’ll stop playing the piano”? And how many pianists in a handful, anyway? You can find out in Paul Ennis’ Classical and Beyond. What instrument (or should that be implement?) will Marco Cera wield in addition to his usual oboe in Tafelmusik’s Harlequin Salon commencing January 16? Matthew Whitfield explains in Early Music. And what is it about the three CD sets from Mosaic Records that Steve Wallace is thinking of buying for himself for Christmas, if no-one else does, that makes them a bargain at 4 (U.S.)? Read Jazz Notes if you dare. You may well never have wondered what Bernice means to singer Robin Dann. And how many Danns can safely fit in one column anyway? Colin Story answers that one in Mainly Clubs. Come January, Rose is arose in Rose and Jenny Parr can hardly wait. There’s pepper for the soul in Music Theatre, guaranteed. How many Brünnhildes does it take to change an Elektra? According to Chris Hoile in On Opera we are about to find out. And what under the sun are a dizi, yangqin, zamba, chacarera and kamanche? And which of them does Andrew Timar (World View) try to use in Scrabble? From all of us at The WholeNote to all of our readers, our best wishes for this thing called the holiday season. Don’t look for a new issue in print at the beginning of January. In case you haven’t noticed, this is (for the 24 th consecutive time, actually) a combined December/ January issue. You can however expect to hear from us in all our other media, digital and social, including HalfTones, our mid-month e-letter. And you’ll see us in print again at the end of January. publisher@thewholenote.com Upcoming Dates & Deadlines for our February 2019 edition Free Event Listings Deadline Midnight, Tuesday January 8, 2019 Display Ad Reservations Deadline 6pm Tuesday January 15 Advertising Materials Due 6pm Thursday January 17 Classifieds Deadline 6 pm Friday January 25 Publication Date Tuesday January 29 (online) Thursday January 31 (print edition) Volume 24 No 5 “FEBRUARY” will list events February 1 through March 7, 2019 WholeNote Media Inc. accepts no responsibility or liability for claims made for any product or service reported on or advertised in this issue. Printed in Canada Couto Printing & Publishing Services Circulation Statement NOVEMBER 2018 30,000 printed & distributed Canadian Publication Product Sales Agreement 1263846 ISSN 14888-8785 WHOLENOTE Publications Mail Agreement #40026682 Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to: WholeNote Media Inc. Centre for Social Innovation 503–720 Bathurst Street Toronto ON M5S 2R4 COPYRIGHT © 2019 WHOLENOTE MEDIA INC thewholenote.com thewholenote.com December 2018 - January 2019 | 7

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Volume 24 Issue 3 - November 2018
Volume 24 Issue 2 - October 2018
Volume 24 Issue 1 - September 2018
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Volume 23 Issue 7 - April 2018
Volume 23 Issue 6 - March 2018
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