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Volume 25 Issue 2 - October 2019

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Long promised, Vivian Fellegi takes a look at Relaxed Performance practice and how it is bringing concert-going barriers down across the spectrum; Andrew Timar looks at curatorial changes afoot at the Music Gallery; David Jaeger investigates the trumpets of October; the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution (and the 20th Anniversary of our October Blue Pages Presenter profiles) in our Editor's Opener; the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir at 125; Tapestry at 40 and Against the Grain at 10; ringing in the changing season across our features and columns; all this and more, now available in Flip Through format here, and on the stands commencing this coming Friday September 27, 2019. Enjoy.


BLUE PAGES 2019/20 SECTION II: ARTS MANAGERS AND PUBLICISTS ●●International Resource Centre for Performing Artists (IRCPA) For over 35 years, the IRCPA, a unique, charitable, service organization has provided resources to emerging young professional musicians. Our goal is to enable them to achieve sustainable fulfilling careers that meet or exceed their goals in the search for excellence. For the jazz trio or string quartet that feels stuck in its development and is keen to reach new audiences, the singer who has completed his or her training but isn’t clear on the next steps to take, the pianist looking beyond winning competitions - for all of these situations and more, the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists aims to help turn potential into accomplishment and employment. We provide workshops and roundtable discussions for networking and information on the workings of the industry, which are not easily available. Encounters with seasoned experienced artists for savvy solutions to challenges, including financial planning are tools the new professional receives only with experience. Public performances build audiences and fan bases. Membership and most events are without charge. Please visit our website - our charitable number is: 100220417 RR0001. Ann Summers Dossena 416-362-1422 ●●Linda Litwack Publicity Having begun her career as a summer reporter on the Winnipeg Tribune, arts publicist Linda Litwack is a long-practised matchmaker between artists and the media. Her services include various forms of writing and editing – from media releases and bios to radio spots, online postings and CD booklets – working with designers, photographers and other professionals, and, of course, liaising with the media. In addition to media, music and other contact lists, she maintains a list of friends, usually offering discounts for special events. Since leaving CBC Publicity (20 years in radio and 3 in TV), she has collaborated with numerous creative people on intriguing projects, mostly in classical music but also in theatre, TV documentaries, books and the visual arts. Longtime clients have included Show One Productions, pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico and soprano Denise Williams. Linda ran the Toronto Jewish Folk Choir for several years, and chaired its Program Committee. She is also a board member of the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists. Linda Litwack 416-782-7837 linda-litwack-15371320 ●●Rebecca Davis Public Relations Rebecca Davis Public Relations provides publicity, media and communications services to musicians, arts organizations and record labels, specializing in classical, jazz and other niche genres. From offices in New York and Florida, RDPR brings a respected and enthusiastic voice, indepth musical knowledge and broad promotional expertise to help artists achieve meaningful visibility in both mainstream and specialist press. We boast a network of relationships with members of the media in print, on-air and online that we reach through targeted pitching and creative storytelling. Our holistic approach to a client’s communications strategy involves refining and amplifying messaging to effectively reach audiences across all channels from websites and press materials to social media. Rebecca Davis PR has implemented successful media campaigns for instrumentalists, singers, composers, ensembles and institutions, including: Renée Fleming, Jonas Kaufmann, Danielle de Niese, Elīna Garanča, Bryn Terfel, Giancarlo Guerrero, Tessa Lark, Yuja Wang, Cantus and the Calidore String Quartet as well as institutions including the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the Nashville Symphony. Rebecca Davis 347-432-8832 ●●Speak Music SPEAK Music is a Canadian publicity and promotions company based in Toronto, Ontario. Our mission is to help discover new musical talent and reconnect established artists with the everchanging Canadian media landscape. We specialize in genres from folk to indie, world music to jazz, country and blues to pop, and everything in between. With a focus on artist development, SPEAK Music has been providing encouragement and professional support to performing musicians, independent record labels, distributors, festivals, not-for-profit organizations, and music charities since March 2003. SPEAK Music has you covered in the media landscape, including press releases and album servicing, consulting, media training, reviews, features, interviews, premieres, non-commercial radio, and tour press. We want your music to be heard by as many media and music tastemakers as possible. Director and PR professional Beverly Kreller has extensive media and artist relations, publicity, special event, and production experience. Beverly has strong communications and writing skills, and is highly organized, motivated, enthusiastic, and results-oriented. She is also a musician; performing and touring regularly, in her widelyacclaimed duo HOTCHA!. Bev Kreller 416-922-3620 WHO’S WHO at Visit and look for “Who’s Who” at the top right-hand corner of our home page. You’ll find a drop-down menu for our directories, published annually in our print magazine, and available online all year round: • THE BLUE PAGES ANNUAL DIRECTORY OF MUSIC MAKERS | printed in October; • SPECIAL FOCUS: SUMMER MUSIC EDUCATION | printed in February & March; • ANNUAL CANARY PAGES CHORAL DIRECTORY | printed in May; • GREEN PAGES SUMMER MUSIC GUIDE | printed in Summer (June/July/August) The WholeNote’s useful and interesting directories include profiles for a diverse cross-section of our music community. If you’re interested in joining one or more directories, please contact Karen at for more information. B28 | theWholeNote 2019/20 PRESENTER PROFILES

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 52. 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 55. D. IN THE CLUBS (MOSTLY JAZZ) is organized alphabetically by club. Starts on page 57. 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 59. 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 November 1 to December 7, 2019. All listings must be received by 11:59pm, Tuesday October 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 Tuesday October 1 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Vocal Series: The Maiden and the Nightingale. Vanessa Vasquez, soprano; Milos Repický, 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. Lunchtime Chamber Music. David Potvin, piano. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. 416-241-1298. Free. Donations welcome. ●●12:10: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Voice Performance Class: Master’s, ACP, Artist Diploma and DMA Singers in Performance. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free and open to the public. ●●6:00: Jazz Bistro. In Concert. 6pm: Junior and the Seniors; 7:30pm: The Geriatrix; 9:45pm: Cuba Gooding Twoshoes. 251 Victoria St. 555-555-5555. Wednesday October 2 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Vocal Series: The Art of Song. Songs by R. Strauss and others. Marjorie Owens, soprano; Michael Shannon, 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. ●●12:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Noonday Organ Recital. Angus Sinclair, organ. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free. ●●7:00: Noriko Matsuo. Tempei Nakamura, Piano. Nakamura: original works. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 647-877-2142. PWYC. ●●7:30: Fall for Dance North. Fall for Dance North. Meridian Hall (formerly Sony Centre), 1 Front St. E. 416-907-4334. . ●●7:30: Fall for Dance North. Program 1. Meridian Hall (formerly Sony Centre), 1 Front St. E. 1-855-872-7669. . Also Oct 3. ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Chamber Music Concert Series. Beethoven: String Quartets Op.74 (Harp), Op.18 No.2, and Op.131. Calidore String Quartet. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416- 408-0208. ; $25(sr); (st). U of T students admitted free with a valid TCard, space permitting. ●●9:30: Danie Friesen. Opera Revue. Opera classics, art song and other works. Danie Friesen, soprano; Claire Harris, piano; and others. The Emmett Ray, 924 College St. 647- 637-7491. PWYC. Also Nov 6, Dec 4. Thursday October 3 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Chamber Music Series: Ode to an Earworm. Tabea Debus, recorder; Alon Sariel, lute. 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. ●●12:30: York University Department of Music. Music @ Midday: Student Showcase. Martin Family Lounge, Accolade East, YU, 4700 Keele St. 416-736-2100 x20054. Free. ●●1:30: Women’s Musical Club of Toronto. Music in the Afternoon: Trio Fibonacci. A. Concerts in the GTA Arbós: Three Original Pieces in Spanish Style; Maxime McKinley: New work for piano trio; Rachmaninoff: Vocalise; Marie- Pierre Brasset: L’amoureux; Beethoven: Piano Trio Op.70 No.1 “Ghost”. Trio Fibonacci (Julie-Anne Derome, violin; Gabriel Prynn, cello; Steven Massicotte, piano). Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-923-7052 or . ●●7:30: Fall for Dance North. Program 1. Meridian Hall (formerly Sony Centre), 1 Front St. E. 1-855-872-7669. . Pre-show artist talk 6:30pm. ●●7:30: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi - In Concert. Steven Reineke, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375. From .90(partial view) and (full view). Also Oct 4(7:30pm), 5(12:30pm, 7:30pm). ●●8:00: Arraymusic/University of Toronto. James + Jerome: Piano Tales. James Monaco, spoken word; Jerome Ellis, piano. Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. 416-532-3019. or PWYC. Also Oct 4. ●●8:00: Gallery 345. Art of the Piano: Raviv Leibzirer. Works by Schumann, Prokofiev; Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue. 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-822-9781 or or $25; (st). Cash only at the door. ●●8:00: Soundstreams. Top Brass. R. Murray Schafer: Trumpet Aubade; Takemitsu: Paths; Telemann: Concerto for Three Trumpets; Ligeti: Mysteries of the Macabre; and world premieres of works by Brian Current and Anna Pidgorna. Ole Edvard Antonsen, trumpet; Ingrid Jensen, trumpet; Jens Lindemann, trumpet; Virtuoso String Orchestra, Joaquin Valdepeñas, conductor. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. $25-. ●●9:00: Hispanic Canadian Arts & Cultural Association. Latin Festival 2019. Amanda Martinez. Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. 413- 363-5299. . OCT. 3+4 | 8 PM JAMES + JEROME: PIANO TALES OCT.24 | 8PM LINDA BOUCHARD: ALL CAPS NO SPACE / pwyw @The Array Space 155 Walnut Ave. Toronto October 2019 | 41

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