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Volume 24 Issue 8 - May 2019

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What a range of stuff! A profile of Liz Upchurch, the COC ensemble studio's vocal mentor extraordinaire; a backgrounder on win-win faith/arts centre partnerships and ways of exploring the possibilities; an interview with St. Petersburg-based Eifman Ballet's Boris Eifman; Ana Sokolovic's violin concert Evta finally coming to town; a Love Letter to YouTube, and much more. Plus our 17th annual Canary Pages Choral directory if all you want to do is sing! sing! sing!

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 55. 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 58. D. IN THE CLUBS (MOSTLY JAZZ) is organized alphabetically by club. Starts on page 59. 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 62. 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 is our combined summer edition, covering the period from June 1 to September 7, 2019. All listings must be received by 11:59pm, Wednesday May 8. LISTINGS can be sent by email to 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: Lake Huron 6 Georgian Bay 7 2 1 5 Lake Erie 3 4 8 City of Toronto LISTINGS Lake Ontario Wednesday May 1 ●●12:30: Organix Concerts/All Saints Kingsway. Kingsway Organ Concert Series. Andrew Adair, organ. All Saints Kingsway Anglican Church, 2850 Bloor St. W. 416-571- 3680 or Freewill offering. 45-minute concert. ●●12:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Noonday Organ Recital. Sharon L. Beckstead, organ. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free. All welcome. ●●12:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Organ Recital. Sharon Beckstead, organ. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free. ●●5:30: Canadian Opera Company. World Music Series: Stomp the Floor. Métis Fiddler Quartet. 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. ●●6:30: Tongue in Cheek Productions. Democracy in Action. Natalya Gennadi, Teiya Kasahara, sopranos; Krisztina Szabó, Julie Nesrallah, mezzos; Romulo Delgado, tenor; and others. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. 647-825-3151. ; (arts worker). ●●8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Peter Serkin. Mozart: Adagio K540; Piano Sonata K570; Bach: Goldberg Variations. Peter Serkin, piano. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. 0. 7pm - Pre-concert talk. SOLD OUT. Thursday May 2 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Chamber Music Series: 2019 Festival Preview. Toronto Summer Music Festival; Jonathan Crow, artistic 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. WOMEN’S MUSICAL CLUB OF TORONTO MAY 2, 2019 | 1.30 PM ROLSTON STRING QUARTET 416-923-7052 ●●1:30: Women’s Musical Club of Toronto. Music in the Afternoon: Rolston String Quartet. Mozart: String Quartet No.19 in C K465; R. Murray Schafer: String Quartet No.2; Beethoven: String Quartet No.13 in B-flat Op.130. Ralston String Quartet (Luri Lee, violin; Emily Kruspe, violin; Hezekiah Leung, viola; Jonathan Lo, cello). Walter Hall, Edward A. Concerts in the GTA Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-923-7052 or wmct. . ●●7:00: North York Central Library/University of Toronto Faculty of Music. The Music of Rajasthan. Abhishek Iyer, singer; Sushant Anatharam, harmonium; Tanmay Sharma, tabla. North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge St. 416-395-5639. Free. Registration required. LA BOHÈME Puccini APRIL 17 – MAY 22 ●●7:30: Canadian Opera Company. La bohème. Music by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. Angel Blue/Miriam Khalil, sopranos (Mimì); Atalla Ayan/Joshua Guerrero, tenors (Rodolfo); Andriana Chuchman/Danika Lorèn, sopranos (Musetta); Lucas Meachem/Andrzej Filończyk, tenors (Marcello); Brandon Cedel/ Önay Köse, baritones (Colline); Donato Di Stefano, bass (Benoit/Alcindoro); Phillip Addis/Joel Allison, baritones (Schaunard); John Caird, stage director. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. -5. Runs Apr 17-May 22. Start times vary. ●●7:30: TO Live. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in Concert. Movie screening with live symphony orchestra. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E. 1-855- 872-7669. -1. Also May 3-4. ●●8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Anoushka Shankar. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. -0. ●●8:00: Spectrum Music. Coding Chaos. Works by Mason Victoria, Chelsea McBride, Jackson Welchner, and Suzy Wilde. Guest composers: Nebyu Yohannes and Harrison Argatoff. Bruce Cassidy, EVI; Larnell Lewis, electric drums; and Chris Pruden, keyboards. The Tell, 401 Richmond St. W. spectrummusic. ca. /(adv); (st)/(st /adv). Preconcert chat with software artist Ryan Kelln at 7:30pm. Friday May 3 ● ● 12:10: Music at St. Andrew’s. Noontime Recital. R. Strauss: Violin Sonata in E-flat Op.18; Schubert: Rondo in b for violin and piano D895 Op.70 “Rondo brillant”. Royce Rich, violin; Jeanie Chung, piano. St. Andrew’s 42 | May 1 - June 7, 2019

Church (Toronto), 73 Simcoe St. 416-593- 5600 x231. Free. ●●7:00: Canadian International Organ Competition. The Piping Hot Rematch! Liszt: Liebestraum No.3; Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances (Non allegro mvmt); Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries; Glass: Satyagraha (Act III: Conclusion); Rossini: Overture to William Tell. Alcee Chriss III, Nicholas Capozzoli, Yuan Shen, Thomas Gaynor, organ. St. Paul’s Bloor Street, 227 Bloor St. E. 514-510-5678. ; (reserved seats with VIP post-concert artist meet-and-greet cocktail). OTELLO Verdi APRIL 27 – MAY 21 ●●7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Otello. Music by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Arrigo Boito. Russell Thomas, tenor (Otello); Gerald Finley, baritone (Iago); Tamara Wilson, soprano (Desdemona); Andrew Haji, tenor (Cassio); Carolyn Sproule, mezzo (Emilia); Owen McCausland, tenor (Roderigo); Önay Köse, bass (Lodovico); Johannes Debus, conductor; David Alden, stage director. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. -5. Runs Apr 27-May 21. Start times vary. ●●7:30: Opera by Request. Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night and Waterbird Talk. Music by Dominick Argento. Brianna DeSantis, soprano (Miss Havisham); Parker Clement, baritone (The Lecturer); Claire Harris, keyboard; William Shookhoff, pianist/music director. College St. United Church, 452 College St. 416-455-2365. . Also May 4(Windsor, 7pm). ●●7:30: Scarborough Concert Band. Spring Concert. Keith Bohlender, conductor. Wilmar Heights Centre, 963 Pharmacy Ave., Scarborough. . ●●7:30: TO Live. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in Concert. Movie screening with live symphony orchestra. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E. 1-855- 872-7669. -1. Also May 2-4. ●●8:00: Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company. Impulso. El Sonido de mi Alma (Taranta); Torontontero (Tangos); Garnata (Granaina); El Camino (Alegrias); A mis padres (Rondeña); and other works. Esmeralda Enrique and José Maldonado, choreographers; Caroline Planté, Benjamin Barrile, guitars; Manuel Soto, Marcos Marin, vocalists; Derek Gray, percussion. Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000. -; -(sr/st). Wheelchair accessible. Also May 4(8pm), 5(3pm). ●●8:00: Luke Jackson. Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage. Small World Music Centre, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St. 647-339- 5853. . ●●8:00: Music Gallery. Emergents IV: Din of Shadows - Material Mythology. Works by Julia Mermelstein, Quinn Jacobs, Domenic Jarlkaganova, Ming-Bo Lam, Ann Southam, and John Cage. Angela Blumberg, choreographer. Music Gallery at 918 Bathurst, 918 Bathurst St. 416-204-1080. ; (members/st). ●●8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Art of Time Ensemble: Doghouse Roses - The Words and Music of Steve Earle. Andy Maize, vocals; Susie Ungerlieder, vocals; Tom Wilson, vocals; Gregory Hoskins, vocals; Michael Ondaatje, reader; Rick Roberts, reader; Andrew Burashko, piano. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. -. ●●8:00: Sinfonia Toronto. Hatzis and Beethoven. Hatzis: Arabesque for Violin, Piano and String Orchestra; Beethoven: Sinfonia Op.127a. Andréa Tyniec, violin; Nurhan Arman, conductor. George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge St. 416-499-0403 or online at ; (sr); (st). ●●8:00: Tempus Choral Society. A Musical Celebration. Tempus4Us Children’s Choir; Tempus Jazz Choir; Brian L. Turnbull, music director; Jane Wamsley, accompanist. Clearview Christian Reformed Church, 2300 Sheridan Garden Dr., Oakville. 647-967- 6704 or . Also May 4(3pm). 2018-2019: The Colours of Early Music NIGHT GAMES MAY 3 & 4 at 8pm | May 5 at 3:30pm Tickets starting at $ 29! ● ● 8:00: Toronto Consort. Night Games. An irreverent evening of madrigal comedy. Works by Vecchi and Banchieri. Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière, director/actor/dancer; Katherine Hill, artistic director/gamba/soprano; Michele DeBoer, soprano; Kirk Elliott, mandolin/violin/accordion/bladder pipes; Ben Grossman, colascione/hurdy-gurdy/percussion; and others. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337. -. Also May 4, 5(3:30pm). Saturday May 4 ●●2:30: Bel Canto Singers. Royal Game of Thrones. Mozart: Mass in C; Beethoven: Hallelujah; Handel: Zadok the Priest; Wonder: Isn’t She Lovely; Beatles: Ob la di Ob la da and others. Scarborough Bluffs United Church, 3739 Kingston Rd., Scarborough. 416-737- 1475. ; (child under 12). Cash only at the door. Wheelchair accessible. ●●2:30: Music4Life Ensemble. Music for a Cure. Forest Brook Community Church, 60 Kearney Dr., Ajax. 647-409-2274. ; (sr); (st); free(child 12 and under); (Music4Life Supporter - goes to orchestra); (Music4Life Supporter - goes to orchestra). Concert benefit for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Free reception post-concert. ●●2:30: Village Voices. Joy of Singing: 30th Anniversary Concert. Hoagy Carmichael, A Choral Portrait; Moonglow; River of Judea; The Ground; Afternoon on a Hill; and other works. Village Voices Chamber Choir; Village Voices Community Choir; Oksana Vignan, conductor; Robert Graham, piano. Markham Missionary Church, 5438 Major Mackenzie Dr. E., Markham. 905-471-4464 or ; (sr); (st); free(child under 12). ●●3:00: Toronto Children’s Chorus. In Remembrance. Works by Bach, Brahms and others. Members of the Toronto Children’s Chorus. Guest: Krisztina Szabó, mezzo-soprano. Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St., North York. 416-932-8666 x231. .50-.50. ●●4:30: Canadian Opera Company. La bohème. See May 2. Also May 5(2pm), 7(7:30pm), 11(2pm), 11(7:30pm), 22(7:30pm). ●●7:00: Array Music. A Celebration of Music from the Baroque to the Present. Kellie Masalas and Holly Chaplin, sopranos; Gennady Grebenchuk, baritone; Brahm Goldhammer, piano. Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. 647-746-5708. . ●●7:00: Gallery 345. Magisterra on Tour 2019: Eight. Brahms: Sextet; Theriot: String Octet; Suski: New commission. Guests: Jutta Puchhammer, viola; Pablo Mahave-Veglia, cello. 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-822-9781 or ; (sr); (st). Cash only at the door. ●●7:00: Singing Together 2019. A Celebration of Cultural Diversity. Multicultural choral concert with 7 choirs from different ethnic backgrounds. Chinese Canadian Choir of Toronto (Cantonese); Coro San Marco (Italian); Joyful Singers (Korean); Nayiri Armenian Choir of Toronto (Armenian); Noor Children’s Choir (Armenian); Toronto Taiwanese Choir (Mandarin); Guest: Filipino Choral Group. St. Paschal Baylon Church, 92 Steeles Ave. W., Thornhill. 416-399-9053 or 647-289- 1954. . ●●7:30: Bel Canto Singers & Ruckus Choir. Royal Game of Thrones. Mozart: Mass in C; Beethoven: Hallelujah; Handel: Zadok the Priest; Wonder: Isn’t She Lovely; Beatles: Ob la di Ob la da and others. Scarborough Bluffs United Church, 3739 Kingston Rd., Scarborough. 416-737-1475. ; (child under 12). Cash only at the door. Wheelchair accessible. ●●7:30: Cor Unum Ensemble. Dido & Belinda. OperaQ; Ryan Patrick McDonald, countertenor (Dido); Camille Rogers, mezzo (Aeneas); Rebecca Genge, soprano (Belinda); Cor Unum Ensemble; Ruth Denton, conductor. Trinity College Chapel, U of T, 6 Hoskin Ave. 416-371- 6999 or ; (st/ arts workers). Also May 5. ●●7:30: Durham Youth Orchestra. Spring Concert. Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto in e; Beethoven: Symphony No.5. Samantha Cardwell, violin. Hebron Christian Reformed Church, 4240 Anderson St., Whitby. 905-579- 2401. . ●●7:30: Georgetown Choral Society. Play It Again Sam. Chris Dawes, accompanist. Georgetown Christian Reformed Church, 11611 Trafalgar Rd., Georgetown. 905-877- 7795. . ●●7:30: Heather Dale. Sphere CD Release. Heather Dale, vocalist, piano, Irish folk instruments; Ben Deschamps, guitars, bass, keyboards; John Stadtlander, percussion; Amphis Chamber Strings. Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Sq. 416-931-4724 or -. Self-select pricing. Choose the price you can afford. ●●7:30: Milton Philharmonic Orchestra. May The Fourth Be With You. Works by John May 1 - June 7, 2019 | 43

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