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Volume 5 Issue 5 - February 2000

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  • February
  • Toronto
  • Theatre
  • Arts
  • Choir
  • Jazz
  • Singers
  • Glenn
  • Gould
  • Violin

Choral · Scene,

Choral · Scene, contin~ed from page· 1 3 featuring readings by Veronica Tennant. Looking into March the great programming continues. On the 3rd, the Exultate Chamber Singers perform four of Bach's motets. On the 5th, the Elora Festival Singers team up with the Victoria Scholars to present Mystery .and Majesty, an unusual programme of choral works by Tavener, Widor, Durufle and Part, as well featuring a new work by Canadillll Christos 'CHORUS members wanted!

l-Ie~.- ~.-.~ .-.~.v Toronto's contemporary music calendar by David G.H. Parsons You can chase away the chills of our recent January cold snap with several "hof' contemporary music events during the month of February. Many of these offerings promise an excellent way to beat those mid-winter "blahs". The big question is whether works from the last century still qualify as new music! I anticipate that a number of adventurous compositions from the 20th century will fast become "old friends" as we move forward into the new millennium. A great example of just such a concert is The Juilliard Quartet on February 3. This renowned ensemble will present Bartok's "Quartet No. 2" and Shostakovitch's magnificent and tragic final quartet, No. 15, on a concert with Beethoven's Opus 132. Don't miss these three masterpieces! Early in the month, Estonia and Canada exchange new repertoire and choral expertise when Soundstreams mounts the next installment of its "Encounters" series. February 4, the Estonian Philhannonic Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, under the leadership of Tonu Kaljuste, perform Arvo Plirt's "Canon of Repentance" on a programme that includes music by J. S. Bach. Two days later (February 6), an extravagant "4 Choirs Concerf' adds the Elmer Iseler Singers, MacMillan Singe~s and Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir to the mix for the world premiere ofRandolph Peters' "Five Keys to the Unseen". This commission is also part of the Music Canada Musique 2000 Festival, a yearlong celebration of Canadian creation spearheaded by impresario-extraordinaire Nicholas Goldschmidt. Two concerts somewhat "off the beaten path" promise intriguing music and strong performances. On February 4, the second in a series entitled "The New Guitar" features the guitar duo of Jeffrey McFadden and Michael Bracken in music by Edward Arteaga, William Beauvais, John Weinzweig, among others. The next night (February 5), .the . talented team of Marc Sabat (violin) and· Stephen Clarke (piano) play works by Ruth Crawford, Arvo Plirt and Claude Vivier, plus the world premiere of a commission by Toronto's Chris Paul Harman, as part their ongoing exploration of 20th century violin and piano repertoire. Many contemporary music fans will be attempting to Pe in Kitchener-Waterloo from February 3-5 for "Makrokosmopolitan", a three day celebration of the music of the great American composer George Crumb produced by NUMUS Concerts. Performances, lectures, meet-the-composer opportunities, and a master class with Crumb make this a once-in-a-life-time event. Hear & Now has learned that tickets are going extremely fast, with visitors booking in from far afield. Featured repertoire by George Crumb includes: "Ancient Voices of Children", "Makrokosmos", "Music for a Summer Evening", and the string quartet "Black Angels". For WholeNote readers who are unfamiliar with Crumb, he is well represented on commercial recordings, and all these pieces are available on CD:' I recommend an advance sampling of "Ancient Voices" and "Music for a Summer Evening" [NON 7941], and the Kronos Quartet's superb rendition of "Black Angels" {NON 7942]. Canadian works on this festival include Harry Somers' "Kuyas", Barbara Monk Feldman's " Two Pianos", Alfred Fisher's " Fantasy Pieces", R. Murray Schafer's "String Quartet No. 4", and a world premiere by Barbara Croall. So get your snow tires in shape!. .. it's going to be worth it. For information on this out-of-towner: 519-579-1232. The Royal Conservatory Orchestra of the Glenn Gould Professional School embarks on an ambitious concert on February 11, when they present "Gitanjali" by R. Murray Schafer. This setting for soprano and orchestra of five of Rabind'ranath Tagore's "ecstatic" mystical poems from the collection of the same name was composed by Schafer in 1991. The shimmering score captures the poet's wonderment Continues, next page February 2000 TUESDAY FEBRUARY 1 '-'AMES HULLICK: PIANO 4 I CCMC SATURDAY FEBRUARY 5 THIS MOMENT I AM TUESDAY FEBRUARY 8 SOUNDS LIKE FLUXUS: CCMC SATURDAY FEBRUARY 12 AISHA ANGELA TAYLOR WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 16 NISHIKAWA WORKSHOP FRIDAY FEBRUARY 4 EARSHOT#!: a Ia carte SUNDAY FEBRUARY 6 EARSHOT#!: a Ia carte FRIDAY FEBRUARY 11 ACADIA I 'CONTINUUM TUESDAY FEBRUARY 15 '-'AMES HULLICK: PIANO 4 I CCMC THURSDAY FEBRUARY 17 NISHIKAWA ENSEMBLE FRIDAY TO SUNDAY FEBRUARY 18 TO 20 SIMPLY SONDHEIM THURSDAY TO SATURDAY FEBRUARY 24 TO 26 ARRAYMUSIC: HISTORY IN MOTION www.interlog.com/ -musicgal 179 RICHMOND STREET WEST-WEST OF UNIVERSITY AVENUE•ALL PERFORMANCE~ BEGIN AT 8PM UI\!~~SS INDICATED OTHERWISE• FOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION CALL 416.204.1080

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