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Volume 4 Issue 1 - September 1998

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s t 'I AN INVITATION TO

s t 'I AN INVITATION TO Take the King to Luncl1 YIP'S MUSIC CENTRE FALL MUSIC THEORY COURSES FALL TERM DATES Sept 18, 1998-Dec 10, 1998 Sept 18, 1998-May 7, 1999 Preliminary Rudiments Rudiments I Rudiments II Harmony III History III Harmony IV History IV Counterpoint IV HarmonyV History V Analysis V 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Theory Courses will be offered on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays at the Richmond Hill Campus (Leslie~ Hwy 7) and at our Yonge & Finch Location. Previous North York Campus at Willowdale Ave. is now closed.) For more information, please call (905) 764-9339 or (416) 223-9477 BY CHRISTOPHER DAWES When Beethoven first referred to the organ as "The King of Instruments", the instrument had already easily the largest repertoire, and the longest history of any instrument he could have considered. But incredibly considering the instrument's stature, impressive credentials and enthusiastic support from the likes of him, Torontonians can "take the King to lunch" three times a week in Toronto for FREE. While weekly Lunch Hour organ recitals have been a Toronto tradition for much of this century, the three of the city's largest and most historic churches which continue them today have histories starting in the late 1970's, when St. Paul's Church, then Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, and fmally St. James' Cathedral, instituted them. Each can boast one of its city's greatest organs, and an annual roster of local, regional, national and even international performers playing some of the world's richest and stirring music. At St. Paul's (227 Bloor Street E .. of Church), the .23rd season of weekly Thursday concerts conimences September lOth at 12: lOpm, and like the first recital in each following month, it's performed by St. Paul's organist, Eric Robertson. At Yorkminster Park Baptist Church (1585 Yonge Street at Heath), the 22nd annual season of Wednesday "Noonday Recitals", currently under the direction of William Maddox, begins September 16th at 12:30pm. This series is a descendent of a similar series begun by former YPBC organist Catherine Palmer in the 1950's at the Church of the Holy Trinity. The Tuesday "Lunch Hours at St. James' Cathedral" (King Street at Church) restarts in its 19th year on September 15th at lpm under the direction of yours truly. In recent years, the Cathedral's series bas featured its resident organists in the oeuvre of some of the organ's greatest names: Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms - and in this season, a double bill of French composers Maurice DuruflO and Jehan Alain. The organ's historic connection with the church, besides giving it some of the most uniquely spiritual music available to any instrument, has another benefit for patrons of lunch hour recitals ... they're offered free of charge for the enrichment of their communities. Audiences are a mix: business people wanting a bit of peace and inspiration in the middle of their work day; students and colleagues seeking performers, repertoire and sounds otherwise never heard; tourists, shoppers, parishioners, school groups -- at St. James', even some of the homeless and poor who make use of the Cathedral's Tuesday Drop-In. So, if you're one of the happy past-patrons of this offering, welcome back to our new seasons! If you haven't been, why not take the King to lunch? It is a hidden Toronto musical treasure which is-- well, fit for a King. CHRISTOPHER DAWES is a freelance performer, writer and broadcaster based at St. James' Cathedral, and Artistic Director of Organ Alternatives. TORONTO '5 ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY CLASSICAL & CONTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE

~~"r vM• ... L•r• Wr• .... CANADIAN MUSIC CENTRE The Canadian Music Centre's recording label Centrediscs reissues ·one of its finest recordings on digital compact disc. Entitled Vickers, the recording features the great tenor Jon Vickers, accompanied by pianist Richard Woitach, performing songs by seven Canadian composers. F:or further information contact the Canadian Music Centre Distribution Service, 961- 6601. DUO Margot Rydal! and Ivan Zilman report that their new CD DUO has been receiving enthusiastic radio response, including regular airplay on CJRT's "Morningmusik" and Jurgen Gothe's "Disc Drive" on CBC Radio 2. As well, HMV has listed DUO as number 8 of their top 15 independent releases for the month of July. ESPRIT Esprit successfully completed its June tour of Western . Canada with performances at Calgary's Eckhardt-Grammatte Hall, Vancouver's Chan Centre for the Performing Arts, The Banff Centre's Rolston Recital Hall and Edmonton's Winspear Centre. The tour featured music by Canada's R. Murray Schafer, Alexina Louie, John Rea, Jose Evangelista and Colin McPhee. MUSIC TORONTO Music TORONTO introduces the Toronto String Quartet. Martin Beaver and Annalee Patipatanakoon, violinists, Roman Borys, cellist and David Harding, violist, having played the quartet repertoire informally and in performance for many years, have officially become a string quartet. This season they are featured as one of. Music TORONTO's Ensemblesin-Residence. ORCHESTRAS CANADA CDS of the following chamber groups are available from the ENSEMBLES CANADA Chamber Music Record Mart: Caliban Bassoon Quartet; Hannaford Street Silver Band; Music Camerata Montreal; Nexus; Toronto Tabla Ensemble; Trio Lyra. Each CD: .00 plus .00 postage. Call 366- 8834 for details and to order. TAFELMUSIK Tafelmusik's 20th Season is off to a flying start - on tour! Tafelmusik's touring plans in August and September include our annual pilgrimage to the Klang und Raum Festival in Irsee, Bavaria for our sixth year as orchestra-in-residence, and a debut at the prestigious Lucerne International Music Festival in Switzerland. TORONTO CONCERT SERIES 1998-99 Yehonatan Berick violin joaquin Valdepefias clarinet Prokofiev: Kodaly: Shostakovich: joaquin Valdepefias clarinet Mayumi Seiler violin Marie Berard violin Brahms: Dvorak: Arnold Steinhardt violin David Hetherington cello Chan Ka Nin: j. S. Bach: Messiaen: Scott St john violin Steven Dann viola joaquin Valdepefias clarinet Michael Sweeney bassoon Rossini: Frank Bridge: Berwald: jeffrey Ryan: David Hetherington cello Patricia Parr piano Sonata in D major, op.94 Duo,op. 7 Trio in E minor, op.67 Patricia Parr piano David Hetherington cello Terence Helmer viola Quintet in B minor, op.llS Quintet in A major, op.81 joaquin Valdepefias clarinet Patricia Parr piano Soulmate for solo cello Sonata in E major, BWV 1016 Quartet for the End of Time joel Quarrington bass David Hetherington cello joan Watson horn Patricia Parr piano Sonata No.5 Phantasy in F sharp minor Grand Septet Commissioned Work nA TORONTO CHILDREN'S CHORUS The Toronto Children's Chorus announces the investiture of its Founder/Music Director, Jean Ashworth Bartle, to the Order of Ontario and the Order of Canada. The choir also received the Outstanding Choral Recording Award by the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors for its recent CD release, A Boy Was Born.

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