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Volume 25 Issue 6 - March 2020

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FEATURED: Music & Health writer Vivien Fellegi explores music, blindness & the plasticity of perception; David Jaeger digs into Gustavo Gimeno's plans for new music in his upcoming first season as music director at TSO; pianist James Rhodes, here for an early March recital, speaks his mind in a Q&A with Paul Ennis; and Lydia Perovic talks music and more with rising Turkish-Canadian mezzo Beste Kalender. Also, among our columns, Peggy Baker Dance Projects headlines Wende Bartley's In with the New; Steve Wallace's Jazz Notes rushes in definitionally where many fear to tread; ... and more.

Remembering. McTee:

Remembering. McTee: Circuits; Lauridsen: O Magnum Mysterium; Bayolo: Last Breaths; Colgrass: Winds of Nagual. Korin Thomas- Smith, baritone; Gillian MacKay, conductor. MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. ; (sr); (st). U of T students admitted free with a valid TCard, space permitting. ●●7:30: York Chamber Ensemble. Beethoven 250! Beethoven: Coriolan Overture; Piano Concerto No.5 “Emperor”; Symphony No.8. Coral Solomon-Berkovsky, piano; Michael Berec, conductor. St. Paul’s Anglican Church (Newmarket), 227 Church St., Newmarket. 416-931-7899. ; (child). ●●8:00: Canadian Sinfonietta. Chamber Concert III: 20th and 21st Century Music for Voice and Strings. Debussy: Chansons de Bilitis (arr. Jake Heggie); Ravel: Duo for violin and cello; Caravassilis: Four Songs from the Age of Rebetiko. Maria Soulis, mezzo; Joyce Lai & Alain Bouvier, violins; Ian Clarke, viola; Andras Weber, cello. Heliconian Hall, SWING INTO SPRING Sat March 28, 8pm with Laila Biali — launching her new recording Out of Dust with a fabulous 7-piece band. TICKET INCLUDES ADMISSION TO THE AGA KHAN MUSEUM 77 Wynford Drive, North York jazzcentre.ca A. Concerts in the GTA 35 Hazelton Ave. 647-812-0839. ; (sr); $25(st). ●●8:00: Jazz Performance and Education Centre. Album Launch: Swing into Spring with Laila Biali. Aga Khan Museum Auditorium, 77 Wynford Dr. jazzcentre.ca. ; (st). Includes admission to museum. ●●8:00: Mississauga Symphony Orchestra. Music by Request. Music selected by the audience. Works by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Tchaikosvky. Guest: winner of MSO Youth Concerto Competition. Living Arts Centre, Hammerson Hall, 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga. 905-306-6000 or mississaugasymphony.ca. -. ●●8:00: Nagata Shachu. Taiko X Turntables! Featuring DJ Dopey. Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina Ave. dj.brownpapertickets.com. -; (sr/st). ●●8:00: Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. Celebration: 250th Anniversary of Beethoven’s Birth and 40th Anniversary of the SPO. Bruckner: Te Deum; Beethoven: Symphony No.9 in d, Op.125 “Choral”. Guests: Toronto Choral Society. Salvation Army Scarborough Citadel, 2021 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough. ; (sr); (st/musicians); (child). Info and tickets available in advance online at spo.ca or at the door. Free parking. ●●8:00: St. Jude’s Celebration of the Arts. Defying Gravity. Works by Pellet, Piazzolla, Piaf, Tiger Rag and others. Quartetto Gelato. St. Jude’s Anglican Church, 160 William St., Oakville. 905-844-3972. ; (st). ●●8:00: Voices Chamber Choir. Sorrowful Song. Caldara: Stabat Mater; Lotti: Missa pro defunctis; and other works for Lent. John Stephenson, organ; Ron Ka Ming Cheung, conductor. St. Martin-in-the-Fields Anglican Church, 151 Glenlake Ave. 416-519-0528. ; (sr/st). Sunday March 29 ●●1:00: Falun Dafa Association of Toronto. Shen Yun: 5,000 Years of Civilization Reborn. See Mar 24. ●●2:00: Canzona Chamber Players. English Music for Clarinet and String Quartet. Works by Arthur Bliss, York Bowen and Arnold Cooke. Jessica Tong, Csaba Koczo, violins, Rory McLeod, viola; Robin Howe, cello; Jonathan Krehm, clarinet. St. Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church, Cibola Ave., Toronto Island. bemusednetwork.com/groups/member/100. ; (concert + 12:30pm brunch). Also Mar 30(7:30pm, St. George the Martyr, Toronto - concert only). ●●2:00: Missisauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble. Jazz at the Legion. Port Credit Legion, 35 Front St. N., Port Credit. 905-270-4757. PWYC. ●●2:00: Onstage Uxbridge. The Mikado. See Mar 26. Also Apr 2(7:30pm); 3(7:30pm); 4(2pm & 7:30pm). ●●2:00: Toronto Mozart Players. Leopold & Wolfgang. W.A. Mozart: Twelve Duos for Horns K487; Leopold Mozart: Trumpet Concerto in D; David Bowser: The Forest; W.A. Mozart: Requiem K626. Andrew McCandless, trumpet; Amy Moodie, soprano; Rachel Miller, mezzo; David Walsh, tenor; Wesley Hui, bass; Pax Christi Chamber Choir; Toronto Mozart Players; David Bowser, conductor. Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor St. W. 647-478-7532 or mozartproject.ca. ; (sr); (st). ●●2:00: VPAN - Three for the Show. Rivka Golani & Angela Park. Newmarket Theatre, 505 Pickering Cres., Newmarket. 905-953- 5122. ; $25(sr); (st). ●●2:30: Array Space/Frank Horvat. Earth Hour Music: An Introspective Piano Experience in the Dark. See Mar 25. ●●2:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Choirs in Concert: Wake Into Voice. Works by Britten, Schubert, Brahms, Runestad and others. MacMillan Singers; Women’s Chorus; Women’s Chamber Choir; Men’s Chorus; David Fallis, Elaine Choi, Lori- Anne Dolloff and Mark Ramsay, conductors. MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. ; (sr); (st). U of T students admitted free with a valid TCard, space permitting. ●●3:00: Amici Chamber Ensemble. Cinema. Revisiting the tradition of silent films with live music. Films: Man Ray: Emak-Bakia; Guy MUSICAL BOOKENDS mfchoir.com Mississauga Festival Chamber Choir explores music on similar themes and texts from the Baroque and modern eras, covering 400 years of choral music. SATURDAY MARCH 28, 2020 • 7:30 PM FIRST UNITED CHURCH, 151 LAKESHORE ROAD W, MISSISSAUGA ON cinema MARCH 29, 2020 | 3PM REVISITING THE TRADITION OF SILENT FILM WITH LIVE MUSIC AMICIENSEMBLE.COM Maddin: Heart of the World; Buster Keaton: The Playhouse. Music by Milhaud, Kradjian, Poulenc, Rota, Saint-Saëns. Guest: Yahonatan Berick, violin; Amici Chamber Ensemble (Joaquin Valdepeñas, clarinet; David Hetherington, cello; Serouj Kradjian, piano). Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W. 416-408- 0208. ; (sr); (under 30); (st). ●●3:00: Vesnivka Choir. Kobzar. Kateryna Khartova, soprano; Jurij Hryhorash, baritone; Ukrainian Male Chamber Choir. All Saints Kingsway Anglican Church, 2850 Bloor St. W. 416-763-2197. ; $25(sr/st). ●●3:00: York University Department of Music. York U Wind Symphony. William Thomas, conductor. Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St. 416-736-5888. ; (sr/st). ●●3:30: Tafelmusik. Bach St. John Passion. Jana Miller, soprano; Krisztina Szabó, mezzo; Charles Daniels, tenor; William Sharp, baritone; Andrew Mahon, bass-baritone; Tafelmusik Chamber Choir; Ivars Taurins, conductor. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. From (Thur, Fr, Sat)/ from (Sun); discounts for sr/under 36/under 19. Also Mar 26, 27, 28 (all eve). ●●5:00: Nocturnes in the City. Radka Hanáková, Piano. Bach: Goldberg Variations. St. Wenceslaus Church, 496 Gladstone Ave. 416-481-7294 or nocturnesinthecity.com. $25; (st). Monday March 30 ●●12:30: York University Department of Music. Music at Midday: Instrumental Masterclass in Concert. Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St. 416-736-2100 x20054. Free. ●●7:30: Associates of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The Small Concerts: Folk Tunes Made Classic. Czerny: Piano Trio Op.211 No.2; Martin: Trio on Irish Folk Songs; Dvořák: Piano Trio in e Op.90 No.4 B166 “Dumky”; Athos: Two Spanish Pieces Op.1. Zephyr Piano Trio (Terry Holowach, violin; Edward Hayes, cello; Ilona Damasiute-Beres, piano). Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-221- 8342 or associates-tso.org. $25; (sr/st). ●●7:30: Canzona Chamber Players. English Clarinet Quintets. Works by Arthur Bliss, York Bowen and Arnold Cooke. Jessica Tong, 58 | March 2020 thewholenote.com

Csaba Koczo, violins, Rory McLeod, viola; Robin Howe, cello; Jonathan Krehm, clarinet. St. George the Martyr Church, 30 Stephanie St. bemusednetwork.com/groups/member/100. . Also Mar 29(2pm, St. Andrewby-the-Lake, Toronto Island). ●●7:30: Soundstreams. Encounters: Songs and Intimacy. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. 416-504-1282. PWYC. ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Contemporary Music Ensemble: New Masterworks. Edward Johnson Building, Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free. Open to the public. ●●8:00: Pocket Concerts. Bach at Bellwoods - Part 4. Bach: Cello Suites No.2 & 3. Joseph Johnson, cello. Bellwoods Coffee and Gelato, 1006 Dundas St. W. 647-896-8295. ; (youth/child). Tuesday March 31 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company/ Against the Grain Theatre. Vocal Series: Unbound. In celebration of the International Transgender Day of Visibility. Works by John Coltrane. Breanna Sinclairé, transgender lyric soprano. 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 UofT Faculty of Music. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. 416-241-1298. Free. Donations welcome. ●●12:30: York University Department of Music. Music at Midday: Classical Piano Showcase. Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St. 416-736-2100 x20054. Free. TENEBRAE MOSAIC Canadian Vocal Ensemble Soloists Soprano: Emily Canning, Cellist: Samuel Bisson March 24 and March 31 ●●7:30: Mosaic Canadian Vocal Ensemble. Tenebrae Religious Service. Members of St. Michael’s Choir School Alumni. St. Leo’s Catholic Church, 277 Royal York Rd., Etobicoke. 416-571-3680. Freewill offering appreciated. ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. U of T Percussion: Past Reset II. Edward Johnson Building, Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free. Open to the public. March 31 at 8 pm BENJAMIN GROSVENOR pianist ●●8:00: Music Toronto. Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano. Rameau: Gavotte and Variations in a; Beethoven: Sonata in E-flat Op.7; Liszt: Berceuse in D-flat S174 (2nd version); Liszt: Sonata in b S178. Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366-7723. .50-; (st). Wednesday April 1 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Jazz/World Music Series: Heart and Soul. OKAN. 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: Organix Concerts/All Saints Kingsway. Kingsway Organ Concert Series. Damien Macedo, organ. All Saints Kingsway Anglican Church, 2850 Bloor St. W. 416-571- 3680 or organixconcerts.ca. Freewill offering appreciated. ●●12:30: York University Department of Music. Music at Midday: New Music Ensemble. Matt Brubeck, director. Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St. 416-736-2100 x20054. Free. ●●12:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Noonday Organ Recital. Rashaan Allwood, organ. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free. ●●7:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Discovery Series: Glenn Gould School Chamber Competition Finals. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. Free(ticket required). Tickets available a week prior to concert date. ●●7:00: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Upper Jazz Concerts: U of T Jazz Ensembles. Upper Jazz Studio, 90 Wellesley St. W. 416-978-3750. Free. Open to the public. Also at 8pm. ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Lisiecki Plays Beethoven’s Emperor. Apr 1 & 2: Beethoven: Leonore Overture No.3, Piano Concerto No.5 “Emperor”; Schoenberg: Pelleas und Melisande. Apr 4 & 5: Beethoven: Leonore Overture No.3, Piano Concerto No.3 & 5 “Emperor”. Jan Lisiecki, piano; Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (Apr 1 & 2: Overture only); Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872- 4255. From . Also Apr 2, 4, 5(3pm, Meridian Arts Centre). Thursday April 2 ●●1:30: Women’s Musical Club of Toronto. Music in the Afternoon: Beverley Johnston WOMEN’S MUSICAL CLUB OF TORONTO APRIL 2, 2020 | 1.30 PM BEVERLEY JOHNSTON & FRIENDS 416-923-7052 wmct.on.ca & Friends. George Kontogiorgos: Axion esti; Bach: Bach on Marimba; Christos Hatzis: Arctic Dreams; Russell Hartenberger: New work for percussion quartet; Julie Spencer: Everybody Talk About Percussion; and other works. Beverley Johnston, percussion; Gordon Fry, percussion; Aiyun Hung, percussion; Russell Hartenberger, percussion; Susan Hoeppner, flutes; Marc Djokic, violin. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-923-7052 or wmct.on.ca. . ●●7:30: Onstage Uxbridge. The Mikado. See Mar 26. Also Apr 3(7:30pm); 4(2pm & 7:30pm). ●●8:00: Art of Time Ensemble. S’Wonderful. George & Ira Gershwin: Someone to Watch Over Me; Lorelei; He Loves, She Loves; instrumental works by George Gershwin; and music from Porgy and Bess. Jackie Richardson, John Southworth, Sarah Slean, Billy Newton-Davis, Gregory Hoskins, singers; Andrew Burashko, piano; and others. Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000 or artoftimeensemble. com. $25-. Also Apr 3, 4. ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Lisiecki Plays Beethoven’s Emperor. Apr 1 & 2: Beethoven: Leonore Overture No.3, Piano Concerto No.5 “Emperor”; Schoenberg: Pelleas und Melisande. Apr 4 & 5: Beethoven: Leonore Overture No.3, Piano Concerto No.3 & 5 “Emperor”. Jan Lisiecki, piano; Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (Apr 1 & 2: Overture only); Jukka-Pekka Saraste, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872- 4255. From . Also Apr 1, 4, 5(3pm, Meridian Arts Centre). Friday April 3 ●●11:00am: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award Concert. Edward Johnson Building, Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free. Open to the public. ●●12:10: Music at St. Andrew’s/Guitar Society of Toronto. Noontime Guitar Recital. Falla: Seven Spanish Songs; William Beauvais: Rounding the Human Corners. Beauvais- Soulis Duo, guitar and mezzo. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (Toronto), 73 Simcoe St. THE ASSOCIATES OF THE TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Monday, March 30, 2020, 7:30 p.m. FOLK TUNES MADE CLASSIC Carl Czerny Piano trio Op. 211 #2 Frank Martin Trio on Irish folk songs Antonín Dvořák Piano trio ‘Dumky’ in e minor Op. 90 #4, B. 166 Fernandez Arbos Two Spanish pieces Op. 1 Tickets $25, Seniors & Students Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre 427 Bloor St. W. Box Office: 416-221-8342 http://associates-tso.org thewholenote.com March 2020 | 59

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Volume 25 Issue 3 - November 2019
Volume 25 Issue 2 - October 2019
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