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Volume 3 Issue 1 - September 1997

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  • Toronto
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20~~~~~~~~~~~~~ september '97 wholenote I WHOLENOTE MEMBER PROFILES CHINESE CANADIAN MUSIC SOCIETY continued from page 19 Peace. A regular feature of our concert season is the Toronto Chinese Youth Orchestra concerts, one in December and another in Spring. . Watch for details of the above ; concerts in Wholenote. CLASSICAL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA Music Director: Peter Wong; Address: 24 Burnhamthorpe Rd, Suite 307, Etobicoke ON, M9A 1G8; Tel & Fax: 416-233-4200 The Classical Chamber Orchestra is a training orchestra which was started in 1991. Our mission is to educate young musicians in the art of performing and to contribute to the Greater Toronto musical life. Our orchestral experience develops . character, leadership, confidence, global awareness and a strong sense of commitment to excellence. All members of the C.C.O. are encouraged to perform c~ncerts with the orchestra. As well as givip:g 3 concerts a year, we offer master classes by guest conductors and other leading professionals. 45% former members of the orchestra have gone on to pursue studies in music at major Canadian universities. We have openings for string, woodwind and brass players. To arrange for an audition, please call Peter Wong (music director) at 416- 233-4200. In September 1997, a fourth division - The High Park Boys' Choir (including boys with changed voices) - will be added, bringing the total number of choristers to over 200. The HPGC will make its second European tour in July, 1998, visiting Holland, Germany, Austria and Greece. The Choir's Winter Concert will be presented twice on December 6, 1997 (4:00 and 7:30) at Grace Church-on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Ave., Toronto. Adults: ; students & seniors: . The programme will include a costumed Mediaeval celebration and traditional favourites, as well as Derek Holman's Sir Christemas featuring harpist Julia Seager. MUSIC AT ST. JOHN'S Mailing address: 288 Humberside Ave, Toronto, M6P 1 L5; Artistic Director: Tim Dawson; Administrator: Linda Ward; Tel: 763-2393 Enjoy the superb acoustics, informal ambience and high quality performances at Music At St. John's' series of 3 concerts: Saturday December 13, 8:00: Judy Loman and the Toronto Children's Chorus; Saturday January 31, 8:00: The Bach Consort with soprano Monica Whicher, baritone Kevin MacMillan and players from the TSO, the Cleveland Orchestra and Tafelmusik; Johnson New Music Concerts' 27th season opens Sept. 28th with Guitar Evolutions, featuring quintets by Omar Daniel and Tim Brady with the Penderecki String Quartet and interactiv~ solo works by Wende Bartley and Roger Tessier. A Nov. 2nd concert of Canadian vocal music, Voix, features classics by Vivier, Garant, Bouchard and Hetu and more recent works by Andrew Stewart and Pierre-Kresimir Klanac. Spirit of Hong Kong, a concert of chamber works by composers from that city, takes place on Dec. 7th. On April 5th NMC hosts the eminent American composer Elliott Carter in a special Jubilee concert in celebration of his 90th year. The Basle Percussion Trio with Canadian pianist Daniel Cholette arrives on April 19th with a highly entertaining evening of music theatre, La Revue Burlesque. The season closes May 20th with Lost Composers III, , featuring works by Weiner, Schulhoff and Smit with readings by Anne Michaels, author of the awardwinning novel Fugitive Pieces. For a season brochure please call 416-961-9594. . PERFORMANCE WITHOUT FEAR Director: Elisabeth Pomes; Associate: Jo Stevenson; Mailing Address: 306 South Kingsway, Suite #3, Toronto, ON M6S Saturday April 4, 8:00: Joan Watson, 3T9; Tel/Fax: 416-769-8511 Associate Principal french horn of the The mission of Performance TSO. Without Fear is to help musicians Additional single concerts include: and artists deal with stress and pain. HIGH PARK GIRLS' Saturday October 25, 8:00: folk-rock Anxiety can have a devastating effect singer Susan Hookong (proceeds to when it is caused by fear of CHOIR OF TORONTO Tel: 416-245-8232;Fax: 416-245-8245; Don Jail outreach program, Just Us); performance; the repetitive motion of ·E-Mail: ldshaw@sympatico.ca; Artistic and For Children, the TSO double playing an instrument can cause pain .Director: Ann Cooper Gay; Music Staff: bass quartet also known as in the body, tension in the muscles, Errol Gay, Judtih; Ginou, John Govedas; BASStiality (date to be announced). bursitis; tendinitis and carpal-tunnel .Administrator: Linda Shaw; Mailing Address: 22 Lippincott St. West, Weston, ON M9N 184 Music at St. John's is a parishbased concert series, providing fine music in the Bloor West Village. syndrome and more. Performance Without Fear offers special techniques for: Founded in 1986 by Ann Cooper Proceeds will be shared with HAAD, Camphill Village Ontario (groups for *relief of body tension and pain *improvement in posture and body Gay, the HPGC now totals 180. girls, adults with disabilities) and St. John's alignment aged 7 to 19, in three divisions. The Daycare. Location: St. John's West *exercises for focusing the mind Choir has performed in more than 15 Toronto, corner of Humberside and * re-channeling nerves into powerful languages and its repertoire ranges Quebec Avenues, 2 blocks north of the performance energy from Hildegard von Bingen to Oscar Peterson and Harry Freedman. It is High Park subway station. * relaxation, breathing and · h 1 th featured on two "Classical Kids" NEW MUSIC CONCERTS visualization exercises to e p · e performer find the quiet place within recordings, has been seen on national Address: 20 St. Joseph St, Chalmers where everything is possible CBC and YTV television, and will House, Toronto ON, M4Y 1J9; Tel: 961- Performance Without Fear format: make its third appearance with the 9594; Fax: 961-9508;Artistic Director: *Private sessions tailored to the Toronto Symphony in April, 1998. Robert Aitken; General Manager: Lorraine Jl.fember Profiles continue on page 22 TORONTO'S ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY CLASSICAL & C?NTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE

wholenote september '97 HEARING LOSS, A MUSICIAN 1 S NIGHTMARE continued from page 6 relation between noise and hearing loss, and there are laws and regulations regarding the maximum level a person can be exposed to. Most often workers are protected by wearing hearing protectors, in the form of muffs or plugs. There are more than 400 different types, shapes, etc. in the market, so there is always a product that is appropriate for a particular user. Many people, however, assume that noise is dangerous at work only. They don't think of power tools at home (such as snow blowers or lawn mowers) as being devices that could eventually cause hearing loss, and blithely expose themselves to recreational noise hazards they would never tolerate at work. The same thinking applies to recreational music. There have been many articles regarding the potential hazard from listening to music at very high levels -- pointing out that people, especially youngsters, keep on listening with the volume high, on top of attending discos or a rock concerts, that are potentially hazardous for their hearing. (And indeed exposure to this type of loud music is particularly harmful, especially to waiters, barkeeps, disc jockeys, etc. because of the length and frequency of · their exposure.) But it is for exactly these reasons -- length and frequency of exposure -­ that all musicians need to be on guard. The damage being done has nothing to do with whether or not the music in question is aesthetically noxious! And music does not have to be "deafening" to be loud enough to do damage. As we mentioned before, hearing loss as a consequence of exposure to noise does not appear from one day to the other. It is a slow process that may take several years before it becomes noticeable. When, finally, one decides to do so, an audiometric test shows a considerable loss of hearing that cannot be recovered: what is lost is lost and the only thing one can do is to try to conserve what hearing is left. In a future article I will examine what can be done to prevent hearing loss. The change-ringei"S 1 all·t comes to Toronto 21 PHOTO: MICHAEL HUDSON. The twelve bells of St. James' Cathedral. They are named after the first ten parishes in Yorh - Little Trinity, St. James All Saints, St. Andrew, St. Bartholomew, Holy Trinity, St. Paul, St. Peter, St. Simon and Redeemer and the two chapels in the cathedral - St. George and Our Lady. continued from page 4 which sets them back in the opposite direction. Each bell is pulled by a single person. The ringer holds and pulls the "sally," coloured woolen tufts, to create the handstroke. The "sally" bobs down to the floor, then takes the rope up to the ceiling. There is also the backstroke as the bell rotates in the other direction. Change ringing is very difficult, and it will take local beginners some time before perfection is reached. After four months ringing I am still a beginner! As the ringers get ready to ring, the lead ringer calls out, "Stand clear,.trebles four, she's gone." Everyone starts to pull, and the bells make their music. (The park around the cathedral is a good place to listen to the bells. ) Make wholenote a habit! Wholenote is distributed free throughout the GTA courtesy of over 300 book stores, record stores, restaurants and cafes as well as public libraries and other public facilities which have agreed to make it available. For a complete list or to identify a convenient location for you, please call 416-406-6758. If you would like your place of business to become a distribution point or would like to suggest one, please call us at the same number. The following have been added to our distribution network this month: Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place, 978- 2895 Government of Ontario Tourist Office, Eaton Centre Level One, 314- 5900 Levity Bakery & Cafe, 1331 Danforth Ave. 463-0438 Travellers' Aid Society, 5 locations: • Union Station, lower level west end; • Bus Terminal, 610 Bay St. • Toronto International Airport, Terminals 1, 2 & 3. 366-7788 Performing Arts lodge, 11 0 The Esplanade, 777-9674 Tourism Toronto, 207 Queen's Quay West, Suite 509. 203-2600, 1-800-363-1 990 Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W. 203-2600 The Tourism Toronto Travelling Van, 203- 2600 Trinity College, 5 Hoskin Ave. 978-2522 Toronto School of Music, 366 Bay St. 366-6699 TORONTO'S ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY CLASSICAL & CONTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE

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