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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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February’s Child is Beverley Johnston Born and raised in Lachine, Quebec, dynamic percussionist Beverley Johnston began her music studies at Vanier College in Montreal and was then accepted into the U of T Faculty of Music to study music education. Johnston is recognised as a “Canadian Music Centre Ambassador” for her ongoing commissioning and engaging performance of Canadian music. She tours and performs frequently in Canada and internationally as a soloist and chamber musician. Featured in several documentaries, Johnston has recorded six solo CDs and collaborated on numerous others. She has been an instructor at the Banff Centre and currently teaches at the U of T Faulty of Music. About your childhood photo… my 5th birthday party, at home in Lachine, Quebec, with all my friends from the street and my sister. This photo makes me realize that I have not lost that sense of concentration that happens when immersed in the sound of a musical instrument. Playing an instrument is one of the most satisfying activities… the ability to create your own sounds with your own body…as opposed to just listening. Your absolute earliest memory of hearing music? I think the most connected memories would be when my mother would sing to me. She seemed so happy then. She would imitate the sound of castanets with her tongue which always used to make me laugh! We listened to my mother and father’s small but varied collection of LP records which included opera and some wonderful Danny Kaye records with him imitating different voices and characters. It wasn’t like I went out of my way to listen to music when I was a child, it was just there: listening to the radio, watching television, and attending local church or school musical events. Your first recollection of making music? Making music started in the kindergarten rhythm band…playing the triangle. It’s ironic that playing the triangle was probably one of the biggest sources of income for me when I first became a professional WE ARE ALL MUSIC’S CHILDREN MJ BUELL Pictured here at the 2017 Festival of the Sound (Parry Sound) Beverley Johnston lives in a rural part of Uxbridge, Ontario where she is able to make as much noise as she wants in her music studio, to the delight of the surrounding deer, rabbits, foxes and livestock! She is married to Canadian/Greek composer Christos Hatzis. Besides enjoying an active musical career, Bev also enjoys walks in the forest with her husband, watching old movies on TCM (without her husband) and cooking up a storm for family and friends. Although she has some beautiful natural surroundings at her home, she actually does NOT enjoy gardening and lets nature take its natural course. musician….one of the first gigs I had was playing mostly triangle for the National Ballet Orchestra! An important first music teacher? I did not enjoy my piano lesson teacher…she was a bit harsh. But the first real influence on my musical life was Iwan Edwards, my music teacher at Lachine High School, just up the street from where I lived. My music experience there was awesome…thanks to Iwan who was brilliant and very encouraging. First time you performed for an audience? I first performed as a percussionist in my high school band in Grade 7…that would be in 1969. The band only had minimum percussion gear…the usual snare drum and bass drum…and then a set of chimes. We did an arrangement of “Black Magic Woman” and there was a bells part (probably supposed to be played on glockenspiel) which I ended up playing on the chimes with one mallet. Interesting!!! What would you say to parents/grandparents hoping their young children will grow up to love and make music? Extracurricular activities which involve music – the sound world and the ability to create your own sounds with your own body are among the most important activities one can take part in. Music is a special way to connect in a communal environment with other human beings and is so important for our mental health and brain development. It is a shame that some governments feel that these music education activities are not that necessary to fund. Beverley Johnston’s full-length interview can be read at PHOTO: MARK RASH WHO IS MARCH’S CHILD? Christmas 1978, Toronto, drumming on a rainbow. Only four but music is already a family affair where new and old traditions resonate. Music will take her all over the world: she’s on the trail of indigo – in this issue! In May the mandala will be her guide. Vocally and instrumentally hers is the music of confluence Know our Mystery Child’s name? WIN PRIZES! Send your best guess by March 22 to Previous artist profiles and full-length interviews can be read at Or -– you can view them in their original magazine format by visiting our online back issues CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS! Feb 21 & 22 – Confluence Concerts presents “Bullet Train / Witch on Thin Ice” – a dynamic reading of Madeleine Thien’s gripping short story Bullet Train, along with the world premiere of Alice Ping Yee Ho’s Witch on Thin Ice: music inspired by the life and work of Yoko Ono. The evening features actor Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster, pianist Gregory Oh and percussionist Beverley Johnston (who says that the piece requires about five different percussion set-ups on the stage!). TANYA LONG and BOB KLEIN, who each win a pair of tickets. Apr 2 – Women’s Musical Club of Toronto series “Music in the Afternoon” presents “Beverley Johnston and Friends”, with Johnston joined by colleagues from the U of T Faculty of Music: Aiyun Huang and Russell Hartenberger, percussion; Susan Hoeppner, flutes; Marc Djokic, violin. The program will include the premiere of a WMCT commissioned work for percussion quartet by Hartenberger. A pair of tickets is waiting for RHODA SION February 2020 | 61

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