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Volume 5 Issue 5 - February 2000

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

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V;e~~=·~"~ Its time once again for the February Blats! There s a veritable feast of Brass band music on offer this month. k Conductor Bram Gregson and the Sunday February 6, 2000 mar s band will be 'oined by the Arkan the Inaugural Concert of the J . . . H fi rd Street y, th B d. Dance Company and thetr arttsbc anna o ou an . . S h' h' Th e d. tree to r o f mustc . o fth' ts new dtrector, Danovta . tee ts m. b rass ba n d ts . tr om bo ms . tit u b' ts tl The . programme . wtll ky feature p k fi mustc . ed uca to r La rry Sh' te ld s. mustc . by Tchatkovs , ro o tev, 1 Th . 'sed f b Borodm, G tere, . R' tms k e group ts compn o rass . y 1 ' 6 rtee t tw ty Korsakov, Shostakovtch & Payers age ou .~ 0 en - Mussorgsky. The concert is on one who have audtboned for a S d F b 12 200 o 8·00 spot m · t h e b an d . Th e conce rt atur ay, th e Gl · ' G ld ' St · d' · · f p m. at e enn ou u to, wdl feature the world premtere o 2SO F t St W 205-5555 Paul Ashwell's "Hannaford ron · ., · Youth March". Guest artists on the HYSB concert include pianist Canadian Composer, Allan Bell's Frank Falco, featured in a brass "From Chaos to the Birth Of A band arrangement of Ashwell's Dancing Star" is just one of four "Reverence". The piece was contemporary classics the originally composed for jazz Toronto Wind On:hestra will orchestra, so it should be perform February 12, 2000 at 8 interesting to hear it in this new P.M. at the Church of the version. The Hannaford Street Redeemer. This concert, the Silver Band's Stewart Laughton Hear and now, will also appear as a soloist with continued from page 15 the Youth Band. The concert at the myriad beauties of our starts at 2:00 p.m. at Walter Hall existence and is a breathtaking in the Edward Johnson Building showpiece for the soloist. Also on at the University of Toronto, 80 the programme is the complete Queen's Park . . Tickets are / music from Mendelssohn's adults, /seniors & children "Midsummer Night's Dream". under 12. Call 978-3744 or 503- 8673 for more info. The world famous Black Dyke Band is returning to Toronto on Monday, February 7, 2000 after a thirty year absence. This long overdue appearance is being sponsored by The Hannaford Street Silver Band. The Black Dyke Band have been named "Band Of The Century'' by Brass Band World Magazine, and is the only brass band named to the list of the top 100 music makers of the century in England. The programme will feature marches, overtures, virtuoSo solos, and other selections from the band's recent recordings. The concert will be at The John Grabb Theatre, Cedarbrae ,Collegiate, 550 Markham Rd. on Monday February 7, at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for this very special event are priced at /. If you'd lik~ more information, check out the Hannaford Street Silver Band's website at http:// The .Intrada Brass are featuring some of my favourite comwsers in their Russian Festival concert. A recipe for a successful chamber music programme might readtwo portions of masterpiece and a dash of something new. On February 26, the toneART Ensemble presents "Three Voices of the 20th Century" at the Heliconian Hall. Schoenberg's "Phantasy for Violin and Piano, Op. 4 7" and Shostakovitch 's resounding second piano trio will be separated by a more recent work, Michael Baker's "Symmetries for Violin and Piano" (1998). Piano trios remain front and centre when Music Toronto's "Contemporary Classics" series presents The Gryphon Trio on February 29. This busy ensemble - which premiered a new trio by Omar Daniel and completed a successful European tour in the fall - also performed Kelly Marie Murphy's "Give Me Phoenix Wings to Fly" at the Canadian Music Centre's 40th Anniversary Concert back in November. Women composers again feature on this Music Toronto programme, with Joan Tower's "And They're Off. .. " and Rebecca Clarke's "Piano Trio" sandwichsecond of the TWO's season will feature flutist Carol Ann Savage performing Henk Bading's "Concerto for Flute and Wind Symphony". The other two works on the programme are "Three Piano Pieces, Op. 11 - No. 2" by Arnold Schoenberg, arranged by Kevin .Sharyk; and Igor Stravinsky's "Octet for Wind Instruments". Tickets are available by calling 603-9339, and they're a bargain at adult/ seniors & children. The Annual Unionville Wind Conductor's Symposium is coming up on March 4, 2000. This years clinicians are H. Robert Reynolds from The University of Michigan, and Michael Haithcock from Baylor University. The workshop is open to all music educators and university students interested in. improving their knowledge of the wind band literature and their skills as effective musical ing the world premiere of a commissioned work by Toronto's own Chan Ka Nin. Superb musiCianship, .personality and energy - this evening should be marked down as a "don't miss". "Mystery and Majesty" is the title of the Elora Festival Singers' concert March 5 -an intriguing blend of old and new spiritually inspired music. Christos Hatzis has created a new piece for the occasion, and John Taverner's "Thunder Entered Her" will receive its first Canadian hearing, on a programme that also includes Gregorian chants, and music by Durufle and Part. A number of WholeNote readers will remember Hatzis' mesmerizing "Kyrie" several years ago, and will be eager for his latest choral work. Shut-in due to weather or flu? New Music Concerts, Toronto's oldest contemporary music presenter, goes "virtual" in February with "Radiophonics", whic.h will air Sunday evenings at 6:00PM on CJRT (9l.l FM). New Music Concerts general manager David Oids hosts a four~ part series featuring Canadian works commissioned and created specifically for radio broadcast. The series opens February 6 with Glenn Gould's seminal "polyphonic" documentary, "The Idea of North" - created for CBC during our centennial year . The leaders. The day includes demonstrations, discussions and optional participation in a conducting master class. Call (905) 479-2787 ext. 363 for more info. You should also be able to find the registration forms at either St. John's Music in Toronto, or Harknett Music in York Region. Merlin Williams is a woodwind performer and.teacher based in Toronto. He is co-leader of the jazz repertory group, "Rockin ' In Rhythm " and leader of his own saxophone quartet. His playing has been featured on radio broadcasts, recordings, commercials and film soundtracks. Merlin has also transcribed and arranged music for a wide variety of ensembles, from quartet to orchestra. He can be reached at (416) 489-0275, byemail,, or on the web, -merlinw. · second programme [February 13] airs "Footprints in, New Snow" by Christos Hatzis, a work which won the Prix-Italia, as well as Yves Daoust's "Fantasie", a collage celebrating 50 years of Radio Canada in Quebec. The late Michel-Georges Bregent's sound-exploration of the lost city of Atlantis, "Atlantide", and Hildegard Westerkamp's "Talking Rain", a soundscape designed for CBC Radio in Vancouver; will be heard on February 20. And works by Serge Arcuri, alcides Ianza, and Norma Beecroft will complete the final show (Febru- , ary 27). Beecroft's "The Dissipation of Purely Sound", an "opera for tape and time warp", features sound poet Paul Dutton. Those feeling starved for even more new music on radio will be delighted this winter, since yet another of Toronto's regular live presenting companies is turning its attention to radio production. "Opera Zone" is being launched on CIUT FM (89.5), Monday's from 12:00-1:00 PM, and will r present what's new and cool in . avant garde opera. Hosted by Autumn Leaf's artistic director Thorn Sokoloski, "Opera Zone" focuses on the state of contempo- I rary opera creation and performance both at home and abroad. Daid G.H. Parsons is Ontario .Regional Director; Canadian Music Centre

~T~h:e~CJR::;T~So:u:n:d~o:f~T::o:ro:n~t=ofiiijj~~~~~~~-'~~ AU'~~~~-~F~e~b~ru:a~ry~8~a~t~8~.0~0~p:.m~. ~C~a:ro~l~;;;;.;;;;;;;~ Jazz at the Ontario Science . A%% (./ t' ~f-es Weisman and Friends will Centre will present two offer an evening of· swing, pop concerts this month. These by Jim Galloway and jazz. The friends will concerts are consistently goOd include Peter Appleyard, Guido and Ted O'Reilly is to be commended on the Basso and Phil Dwyer and it all happens at the choice and quality of music which he has pre- Glenn Gould. Studio, 250 Front Street West. sented over the years in support of local musi- 205-5555. Admission is .00 cians. Think nice thoughts about Ted. On the 20th at 2.00p.m. Harbourfront Centrellrnan ' February 7 will see the Chris Mitchell Cosmetics will host the Sharron McLeod Quintet Quartet on stage. Chris is a versatile saxophone with guest poet Ahdri Zhina Mandiela in a melange player and if you like your music on the contemporary side, . make this your destination. spirituals. York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay of samba, ska and reggae with jazz, blues and February 21 is a showcase for one of the West. 973-3000. Admission free. • veteran pianists on the local scene, Ralph Fraser. Be prepared to be impressed if you are not familiar with his playing. Ralph is a very fine musician who has combined a busy "jobbing" career with his love of jazz. Ontario Science Centre Auditorium, 770 Don Mills Road, 416- 595-0404 .. Admission is .00 and parking is free. On Wednesday February 2 at 8:00p.m., the Humber Music Jazz Series continues with a special concert in their· Artist Week Showcase, with drummer,Steve Houghton and trumpeter Ingrid Jensen. Also appearing will be Pat LaBarbera's Jazz Ensemble and Alastair Kay's Big Band, reason enough alone to make the · evening worthwhile. Bill King of The Jazz Report will host. The series continues on Wednesday February 23rd. with a Modern Jazz Night featuring the Humber College Fusion Ensemble and guitarist Ted Quinlan's Jazz Quintet. Humber Music Jazz Series, Humber College Lakeshore Auditorium, 3199 Lakeshore Blvd. West, 1 block West of Kipling. Admission .00 and .00 for students and sen~ors. 675-6622 ~xt ..3427. . On February 2 and 9 at 8.00p.m. and closer to home, if you live downtown, University of Toronto Faculty of Music will present Small Jazz Ensembles. Walter Hall, 80 Queens Park Cresc. 978-3744. Admission· free. If you are partiill to latin jazz, might I suggest an evening at Massey Hall on February 12 at 8.00p.m. Long established as one of the major contributors to jazz with a latin · flavour, and with an amazing care~r . which began with local latin bands in his native New York during the 30's, Tito Puente will be· at the Hall bringing with him his Latin jazz Ensemble. Toronto based keyboard player and vocalist Ivana Santilli will open the show. Tito Puente ha8 over I 00 albums imd four grammies to his credit. Those of you who are not familiar with him as a latin jazz musician might still find him familiar - he has been featured on "The Bill Cosby Show", "The Late Show with David Letterman" and in the movies "The Mambo Kings" and Woody Allen's "Radio Days". In 1997 Puente was inducted into the Jazz Hall of Fame, in the' company of such names as Nat Kir;'g Cole and Miles Davis. An evening with his music is a good way to lose the winter blahs. Massey Hall. Tickets .50, .SO, ~.50 _and .50 at Roy Thomson Hall Box Office or·call 872-4255. Two club/concert events well worth catching this month are the appearances of two .important contemporary pianists at the Montreal -Bistro. >From the lstto the 5th Joanne Brackeen and bassist Nett Swainson will make beautiful music together, while at the tail end bf February, from the 22nd to the 26th Cedar Walton, in the company of Dave Young on bass and Barry Elmes on drums. Both pianists are.significant contnbutors to modern jazz piano and the intimate setting of the Bistro is just one more good reason for getting out to hear them. Montreal Bistro, 65 Sherbourne Street. 363- 0179. ~over charge. A happy New Year to. our Chinese readers. For those of us who go by the Gregorian calendar, this is a leap year with February having 29 days. ( Can anyone tell me why, in a leap year, the extra day is added on to February and not some other month? ) It wOuld have made a difference to Jimmy Dorsey who was born on February 291904. presents an International Guest Artist Event: ·rhe Black Dyke-Band Brilliant, Brassy &·Bold Monday, February 7th,. 2000, 8:00 p.m. John Grabb Theatre, Cedarbrae Collegiate 550 Markham Road (at Lawrence) The HSSB is pleased to present a concert by the world famous Black Dyke Band under the baton of their charismatic Music Director, James Watson. This will be the first appearance of the Black Dyke Band in Canada in over 30 years. Marches, overtures, virtuoso solos and selections from their recent recordings will be heard. With its wealth of contest successes, memorable broadcasts,- world-wide concerts and tradition of rehearsing in the same band room since 1 B55, the name Black Dyke Band · holds a mystique unequalled in the music world. HSSB subscribers will receive a 20% reduction off the cost of tickets to this memorable event. Tickets may be ordered by calling the St. Lawrence Centre Box Office at (416) 366-7723. Sponsored py Raymond and Alexandra Tizzard Classical & Jazz Radio Toronto! 24-hour member-supporteil radio! Program Highlights JAZZ "The Jazz Scene" with Ted 0 'Reilly Mon.-Fri. 3-7 p.m. ''Portraits in Jazz " with Doug Watson Sat. 6 a.m.-Noon "Jazz with Bob Parlocha" Mon.-Fri. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. "Night Beat" with Mary Lou Creechan Sat. & Sun. 10 p.m -1 a.m: "Big Bands" Sun. 7-10 p.m. "Swing" SaL 5-7 p.m. with Glen Woodcock PLUS ... ' Folk, Blues & World Music Cfassica[ Music 6-11 a.m. Mon.~Fri. with Peter Keigh 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Mon.-Fri. with Adriane Markow 1-6a.m. daily with Peter Van de Graaf · plus ... Sundays ... 'l!Inrlll' ~usic Records in Review, Opera . A Prairie Home Companion - BBC news M-F 8 & 10 a.m. Telephone: 416-595-0404 1-888-595-0404 Website:

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