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Volume 25 Issue 5 - February 2020

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Visions of 2020! Sampling from back to front for a change: in Rearview Mirror, Robert Harris on the Beethoven he loves (and loves to hate!); Errol Gay, a most musical life remembered; Luna Pearl Woolf in focus in recordings editor David Olds' "Editor's Corner" and in Jenny Parr's preview of "Jacqueline"; Speranza Scappucci explains how not to reinvent Rossini; The Indigo Project, where "each piece of cloth tells a story"; and, leading it all off, Jully Black makes a giant leap in "Caroline, or Change." And as always, much more. Now online in flip-through format here and on stands starting Thurs Jan 30.

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●●7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Hansel and Gretel. See Feb 6. Also Feb 15, 16(2pm), 19, 21. ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. What Makes It Great?®: Mendelssohn String Octet. U of T Strings (Timothy Ying, violin; Erika Raum, violin; Masumi Rostad, viola; Shauna Rolston, cello); Rolston String Quartet; Rob Kapilow, conductor. 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. Wednesday February 12 ●●12:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Noonday Organ Recital. William Maddox, organ. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free. ●●5:30: Canadian Opera Company. Jazz Series: X Marks the Spot. Works by Gil Evans, Miles Davis, Marty Patch, and others. Humber X Ensemble; Mike Downes, bass. 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: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. U of T Jazz Ensembles. Upper Jazz Studio, 90 Wellesley St. W. 416-978-3750. Free and open to the public. Set 2 starts at 8pm. ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Vocalini. Graduate singers. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-378-3750. Free and open to the public. ●●8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. TD Jazz Concerts Series: Oscar Peterson’s AFRICA. Benny Green, piano; Christian McBride, bass; Lewis Nash, drums; All-Star Big Band; John Clayton, conductor. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408- 0208. -5. Thursday February 13 ●●10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. Opera for Young Audiences: Hansel and Gretel. Music by Engelbert Humperdinck, libretto by Adelheid Wette. Sung in English. Jamie Groote, mezzo (Hansel); Anna-Sophie Neher, soprano (Gretel); Joel Allison, bass-baritone (Peter); Simona Genga, mezzo (Gertrude); Matthew Cairns, tenor (The Witch); Lauren Margison, soprano (Sandman/Dew Fairy); Johannes Debus, conductor; Joel Ivany, stage director. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. -9. Tickets half-price for children under 16. Suitable for Grades 4 and up. Also Feb 15(2pm). ●●12:30: York University Department of Music. Faculty Spotlight Series. Accolade Trio (Patricia Wait, clarinet; Mark Chambers, cello; Elizabeth Acker, piano). Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St. 416-736-2100 x20054. Free. ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. U of T Jazz Orchestra. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-378-3750. Free and open to the public. ●●8:00: New Music Concerts. Serious Smile. Alexander Schubert: Serious Smile; Keiko Devaux: Salt, for string quartet; Corie Rose Soumah: Litanies pour un retour; Brandon Chow: Regnvejr I Skoven; Ligeti: Chamber A. Concerts in the GTA Serious Smile THU.FEB.13 HARBOURFRONT THEATRE www.NewMusicConcerts.com Concerto. New Music Concerts Ensemble; Eve Agoyan, piano; Rolston String Quartet; Brian Current, curator & director. Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-961-9594. ; $25(sr/arts workers); (st). 7:15pm: pre-concert talk. Friday February 14 ●●12:10: Music at St. Andrew’s. Noontime Recital: A Time for Love and a Time for Song. Romantic love songs from the Great American Songbook. Tanya Wills Quartet (Tanya Wills, vocals; Bill Bridges, guitar; Jordan Klapman, piano; Ron Johnston, bass). St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (Toronto), 73 Simcoe St. 416-593-5600 x231. Free. ●●7:30: Opera by Request. Das Rheingold. Music by Richard Wagner. Michael York, baritone (Wotan); Peter Bass, baritone (Alberich); Opera by Request in collaboration with Berlin Wagner Gruppe Present... F e b r u a r y 1 4 - 1 7 , 2 0 2 0 T O R O N T O Richard Wagner's The Ring Cycle S u n g i n G e r m a n w i t h E n g l i s h s u p e r t i t l e s tickets now available! RINGSIDE | ADV INDIVIDUAL | $25 Erin Armstrong, mezzo (Fricka); Oliver Dawson, tenor (Mime); Lenard Whiting, tenor (Loge); and others; William Shookhoff, music director. College St. United Church, 452 College St. 416-455-2365. /$25(adv); (Cycle). In concert with English supertitles accompanied by piano and selected orchestral instruments. ●●7:30: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Rachmaninoff & Scheherazade. Ogonek: as though birds (Canadian première); Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.2; Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade. Stephen Hough, piano; Jonathan Crow, violin; Elim Chan, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. . Also Feb 15(8pm), 16(3pm). ●●7:30: Vesuvius Ensemble. Lu Primmo Ammore: Serenades from the Old Country. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 416-921- 3802. ; free(under 12). ●●8:00: Caliban Arts/Trane Live Events. Trilogy Part 3 - Raise the Spirit Tour 2020. Kahil El Zabar, percussion; Corey Wilkes, trumpet; Alex Harding, saxophone. 918 Bathurst Centre for Culture, Arts, Media and Education, 918 Bathurst St. 918bathurst.com. ; (adv until Jan 26). ●●8:00: Chorus York. Romantic Melodies - 3rd Annual Fundraising Gala. Works by Cole Porter, Rogers and Hammerstein, and the Beatles, along with other romantic favorites. Angela Gibbon, soprano; Natalie Wong, violin; Drew Henderson, guitar; Stéphane Potvin, conductor; Asal Iranmehr, piano. Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St., Richmond Hill. 905-787-8811 or rhcentre.ca. (with tax receipt). 7pm cocktails, appetizers, cash bar. ●●8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. RCO Concerts Series. R. Strauss: Don Juan Op.20; Keiko Abe: Prism Rhapsody; Beethoven: Symphony No.7 in A Op.92. Zuri Wells, percussion; Johannes Debus, conductor. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408- 0208. $25-. Prelude Recital at 6:45pm. Pre-concert chat at 7:15pm. Saturday February 15 ●●2:00pm: Canadian Opera Company. Opera for Young Audiences: Hansel and Gretel. Music by Engelbert Humperdinck, libretto by Adelheid Wette. Sung in English. Jamie Groote, mezzo (Hansel); Anna-Sophie Neher, soprano (Gretel); Joel Allison, bass-baritone (Peter); Simona Genga, mezzo (Gertrude); Matthew Cairns, tenor (The Witch); Lauren Margison, soprano (Sandman/Dew Fairy); Johannes Debus, conductor; Joel Ivany, stage director. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. -9. Tickets half-price for children under 16. Suitable for Grades 4 and up. Also Feb 13(10:30am). ●●4:00: Toronto Operetta Theatre. Glamorous Nights Cabaret. A tribute to Ivor Novello. Edward Jackman Centre, 947 Queen St. E., 2nd Floor. 416-366-7723 or stlc.com. . ●●6:00: Opera by Request. Die Walküre. Music by Richard Wagner. Andrew Tees, baritone (Wotan); Miriam Gordon-Stewart, soprano (Brünnhilde); Vanessa Lanch, soprano (Sieglinde); Peter Furlong, tenor (Siegmund); Jillian Yemen, mezzo (Fricka); Gene Wu, bass (Hunding); and others; William Shookhoff, music director. College St. United Church, 452 College St. 416-455-2365. /$25(adv); (Cycle). In concert with English supertitles with piano accompaniment and selected orchestral instruments. ●●7:30: Aga Khan Museum/Rumi Canada. Hayiran Ensemble by Rumi Canada. Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr. 416-646-4677. ; (sr/st). ●●7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Hansel and Gretel. See Feb 6. Also Feb 16(2pm), 19, 21. ●●8:00: Richmond Hill Philharmonic Orchestra. Broadsway. Works by Berlin, Porter, Sondheim and Larson. Heather Bambrick; Julie Michels; Diane Leah; Jessica Kun, conductor. Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St., Richmond Hill. 905-787-8811. ; (sr); (st); (child). rhpo.ca. ●●8:00: TO Live. Quiana Lynell. Meridian Arts Centre (formerly Toronto Centre for the Arts), 5040 Yonge St., North York. 1-855- 985-2787. . ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Rachmaninoff & Scheherazade. Ogonek: as though birds (Canadian première); Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.2; Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade. Stephen Hough, piano; Jonathan Crow, violin; Elim Chan, conductor. Roy 46 | February 2020 thewholenote.com

Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. . Also Feb 14(7:30pm), 16(3pm). Sunday February 16 ●●2:00: Canadian Opera Company. Hansel and Gretel. See Feb 6. Also Feb 19, 21. ●●2:00: Opera by Request. Siegfried. Music by Richard Wagner. Miriam Gordon-Stewart, soprano (Brünnhilde); Andrew Tees, baritone (Wanderer); Rob Martin, tenor (Siegfried); John Holland, baritone (Alberich); Oliver Dawson, tenor (Mime); and others; William Shookhoff, music director. College St. United Church, 452 College St. 416-455-2365. /$25(adv); (Cycle). In concert with English supertitles with piano accompaniment and selected orchestral instruments. ●●2:30: VOICEBOX: Opera in Concert. Kamouraska. Music by Charles M. Wilson. Sung in English. Jennifer Taverner, soprano (Elizabeth); Cairan Ryan, baritone (Dr. George Nelson); Matt Chittick, tenor (Antoine Tassy); Opera in Concert Chorus; Robert Cooper, conductor & chorus director; Guillermo Silva- Marin, dramatic advisor and designer. Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366-7723 or 1-800- 708-6754 or stlc.com. ; (sr); (st). ●●3:00: Burlington Symphony Orchestra. Love at the Opera. Works by Verdi, Bizet, Puccini and others. Jessica Lane, soprano; Romulo Delgado, tenor; Peter Bass, baritone; Denis Mastromonaco, conductor. Burlington Centre for the Performing Arts, 440 Locust St., Burlington. 905-681-6000. -. ●●3:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Rachmaninoff & Scheherazade. Ogonek: as though birds (Canadian première); Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.2; Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade. Stephen Hough, piano; Jonathan Crow, violin; Elim Chan, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. . Also Feb 14(7:30pm), 15(8pm). Monday February 17 ●●3:00: Opera by Request. Götterdämmerung. Music by Richard Wagner. Susan Sagkaris, soprano (Brünnhilde); Rob Martin, tenor (Siegfried); John Holland, baritone (Alberich); Jillian Yemen, mezzo (Waltraute); Dylan Wright, bass (Hagen); and others; William Shookhoff, music director. College St. United Church, 452 College St. 416-455-2365. /$25(adv); (Cycle). In concert with English supertitles piano accompaniment and selected orchestral instruments. Tuesday February 18 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Chamber Music Series: Chamber Connections. Artists from the Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Performance Residency Program at The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School. 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. Rising Stars Recital featuring students from the Glenn Gould School. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. 416-241-1298. Free. Donations welcome. ●●7:30: Array Space. Graham Campbell Chamber Ensemble. 155 Walnut Ave. 647-238- 9342. ; (st). February 18 at 8 pm FRANCESCO PIEMONTESI pianist ●●8:00: Music Toronto. Francesco Piemontesi, Piano. Bach/Busoni Prelude in E-flat “Nun komm der Heiden Heiland” BWV659, Cantata No.140 “Wachen auf, ruft uns die Stimme”; Italian Concerto, BWV971; Bach/ Kempff: Siciliano from Flute Sonata in E-flat BWV1031; Fugue in E-flat; Debussy: Images Book II; Liszt: Sonata in b. Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366-7723. .50-; (st). Wednesday February 19 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Jazz Series: Studies in Jazz. Humber Enriched Jazz Ensemble; Kirk MacDonald, 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. ●●12:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Noonday Organ Recital. Nicholas Schmelter, organ. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free. ●●3:00: Nadina Mackie Jackson. Ophelia Gets Mad. Vivaldi: Concerti in F and E-flat; Lussier: Le dernier chant d’Ophélie; Mellits: Dark Matter; Jurecka: On the Roof; Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now; and other works. Nadina Mackie, solo bassoon; Rebekah Wolkstein and Drew Jurecka, violins; Rachel Desoers, cello; Joe Phillips, bass. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 416-453-7607. ; (sr/ st); (child). ●●7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Hansel and Gretel. See Feb 6. Also Feb 21. ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Beethoven Pastoral with OSM. Berlioz: “Royal Hunt and Storm” from Les Troyens; Dusapin: Waves: Duo for Organ and Orchestra; Beethoven: Symphony No.6 “Pastoral”. Olivier Latry, organ; Orchestre symphonique de Montréal; Kent Nagano, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872- 4255. . Thursday February 20 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. World Music/Dance Series: Mysticism and Meditation. Traditional Persian and Sufi music and dance. Sayr Ensemble. 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. ●●8:00: Art of Time Ensemble. Take This Waltz. J. Strauss II: Emperor Waltz; Shostakovich: Waltz from Jazz Suite No.1; Liszt: Mephisto Waltz; Bill Evans: Waltz for Debby; Ravel: La valse; and other works. Sarah Slean, singer; Erika Raum, guitar; Rob Piltch, guitar; Juan Gabriel Olivares, clarinet; Andrew Burashko, piano; and others. Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973- 4000 or artoftimeensemble.com. $25-. Also Feb 21 & 22. ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Majestic Bruckner. Wagner: Siegfried Idyll; Bruckner: Symphony No.7. Donald Runnicles, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. . Also Feb 22. Feb 20 only: 6:45pm pre-concert performance by TSO Chamber Soloists. Friday February 21 ●●12:10: Music at St. Andrew’s. Noontime Recital. Schumann: Bilder aus Osten Op.66; Fauré, Dolly Suite; and works by Beethoven. Emily Chia-Lin Chiang & Nicole Agostino, piano (four hands). St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (Toronto), 73 Simcoe St. 416-593- 5600 x231. Free. ●●7:00: Music at St. Andrew’s. Going Back to New Orleans: Mardi Gras 2020. Patrick Tevlin, trumpet; Jordan Klapman, piano; The Happy Pals. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (Toronto), 73 Simcoe St. 416-593- 5600 x231. -$25. Reception follows. ●●7:00: Winterfolk XVIII Blues and Roots Festival. Two venues, five stages. More than 100 blues, rock, jazz, country, folk, and roots artists including Lynn Miles, Jack de Keyzer, Swamperella, Wendell Ferguson, Tony Quarrington, and many more. The Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave; The Annex Hotel, 296 Brunswick Avenue. Festival wristbands $25. www.winterfolk.com. From 7pm to 1am; also Feb 22 (1pm to 1am) and Feb 23 (1pm to 10pm). ●●7:30: Attila Glatz Concert Productions. Skyfall in Concert. Meridian Hall (formerly Sony Centre), 1 Front St. E. meridianhall.com/ calendar-event-details/?id=631. -. Also Feb 22. ●●7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Hansel and Gretel. See Feb 6. ●●8:00: Art of Time Ensemble. Take This Waltz. J. Strauss II: Emperor Waltz; Shostakovich: Waltz from Jazz Suite No.1; Liszt: Mephisto Waltz; Bill Evans: Waltz for Debby; Ravel: La valse; and other works. Sarah Slean, singer; Erika Raum, guitar; Rob Piltch, guitar; Juan Gabriel Olivares, clarinet; Andrew Burashko, piano; and others. Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000 or artoftimeensemble. com. $25-. Also Feb 20 & 22. ●●8:00: Confluence Concerts. Bullet Train/ Witch on Thin Ice. Madeleine Thien: Bullet Train (dramatic reading); Alice Ping Ye Ho: Witch on Thin Ice. Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster, actor; Gregory Oh, piano; Beverley Johnston, percussion. Aki Studio, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. E. 647-678-4923. ; $25(sr); (30 and under). Pre-concert talk(7:15pm). Also Feb 22. ●●8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Invesco Piano Concerts Series: Daniil Trifonov. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. SOLD OUT. ●●8:30: Aga Khan Museum/Embassy of the Republic of Senegal in Canada. Baaba Maal: Duniya Salaam. Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr. 416-646-4677. -; - (sr/st). Also Feb 22(8pm). Saturday February 22 ●●11:00am: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The Composer Is Dead. Stookey: The Composer Is Dead. Kevin Frank, host; Eugene Ye, cello; Simon Rivard, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. . Also March 1(2 & 4pm). Feb 22: Relaxed performance. ●●1:00: Winterfolk XVIII Blues and Roots Festival. Two venues, five stages. More than 100 blues, rock, jazz, country, folk, and roots artists including Lynn Miles, Jack de Keyzer, Swamperella, Wendell Ferguson, Tony Quarrington, and many more. The Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave; The Annex Hotel, 296 Brunswick Avenue. Festival wristbands $25. www.winterfolk.com. From 1pm to 1am; also Feb 21 (7pm to 1am) and Feb 23 (1pm to 10pm). I N C O N C E R T FEB 21 & 22 meridianhall.com SKYFALL LICENSED BY METRO GOLDWYN MAYER STUDIOS INC. SKYFALL © 2012 DANJAQ, LLC AND METRO-GOLDWYN-MAYER STUDIOS INC. SKYFALL, AND RELATED JAMES BOND INDICIA © 1962-2020 DANJAQ, LLC AND METRO-GOLDWYN- MAYER STUDIOS INC. SKYFALL, AND RELATED JAMES BOND TRADEMARKS ARE TRADEMARKS OF DANJAQ, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. thewholenote.com February 2020 | 47

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Volume 25 Issue 5 - February 2020
Volume 25 Issue 4 - December 2019 / January 2020
Volume 25 Issue 3 - November 2019
Volume 25 Issue 2 - October 2019
Volume 25 Issue 1 - September 2019
Volume 24 Issue 8 - May 2019
Volume 24 Issue 7 - April 2019
Volume 24 Issue 6 - March 2019
Volume 24 Issue 5 - February 2019
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Volume 24 Issue 2 - October 2018
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Volume 22 Issue 1 - September 2016
Volume 21 Issue 9 - Summer 2016
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