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Volume 6 Issue 10 - July/August 2001

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y Allan Pulker . ·. Quartetto Gefato . comes home . Asked why he invited the . versatile c .anadian ensemble, ' Quartetto Gelato, to perforin at his H.OF (Historic Qld . Toronto) Summer Music festival, artist manager-turned-impresario, Robert Missen replied without · hesitation: "They exemplify the spirit of our festival, a classical .· summer festival that r~flects the lightness and brightness of . To~onto's summer. They are · superb musicians who provide an . entertaining evening of music." To the same. question John Miller, artistic tlireetor of the new Stratford Summer Music Festival, (who has engaged QG to do four concerts at Stratford) replied: "They're unique. They're fun to be with, fun to heai and they're audience favourites. People love them!" And the pariel that awarded Quartetto Gelato Perjorrruince Today's "Debut Arti~t. ofthe Year" award in 1996 had a similar . opinion, describing the quartet as "an amazing ensi;mble that, . achieves the nearly impossible: they play Salon music with real style and cl!issical music with'real precision: great chops and a commitment in fill that they play." · Style, precision, commitment and versatility have catapulted them into the ranks of the se)ect few chamber ensembles who actually make a living from perlorming. They're far from your standard quartet. Cynthia Steljes . ' •:• CONCERT Nons •:•OVERVIEW plays oboe and English horn; Joseph Macerollo a vast array of , accordions; George Meanwell cello, guitar and mandolin; and I,>eter De Sotto not only plays violin,and mandolin but also contributes a soulfuf tenor to the QG·eplectic mix. Whatever the magic is, it's working. With around 200 performances last year, ranging from Canada and the USA to Korea, China and Japan, QG doesn't play at home much any · more, so these few performances in Ontario: this summer are a rare opporttinity for us to he~ them. See the listings for details. H. 0. T . continues after the , July 24 QG curtain raiser with ·ari intriguing concert by Missen's festival co-founders, The Ginger TrypTych Productions was founded in 1999 by tenors, Lenard Whiting and Edward Fraflko ·and pianist/director, William Shookhoff: with the mission to ·~present concerts, ·theatre and · opera'fea:turing.the best of Canadian vocal talent and to provide educational opportunities for young and upcoming singers, non-professional and profes: slonal." Anyone who has been . following their activities over the past couple of seasons will be aware of the energy and dedication with which they have t>een realizing their· mission. Astonishingly, they don't seem to bi: · slowing down for the, summer .. months, but moving ahead with equal vig9ur. . .) A highlight of Toronto's summer concert season will be Tryp'Fych Productions' Evening with Allari Mohk on August 11. Canadian baritone, Allan Molli

in numerous productions. He has . sung many lead roles in Canadian Opera Company productions over a period of twenty years. He has also established himself as an accomplished recitalist, which is how we will be hearing him in this rare Toronto appearance on August 11. While the three directors of TrypTych, are very excited about Monk's performance under their auspices, this concert is far from being their only undertaking ofthe summer. Their production of La Voix Humaine will run from July 5 to 15 at the Fringe Festival. Their producti6n of Gian Carlo Menotti's The Medium will run from August 4 to 12. As if all this were not enough they have a twoweek Stephen Sondheim Workshop from August 11 to 27. Organists Competition at Christ · , by Quebec City organist, Denis Church Deer Park. • Bedard, in a concert at St. James' Sunday evening, July 8, the Cathedral, and on Wednesday, Elmer Iseler Singers, who, July 11 Lebanese-French organist, according to one report,."are, Naji Hakim, will give a.recital at iinder Lydia Adams' direction, , Lawrence Park Community getting better and better" will sing Church. In addition there are a in a Festival Service at which the nuniber of daytime performances distinguished liturgical scholar, by outstanding international artists Marva Dawn, will preach. as well as the finals of the Young · The next three evenings the Organists Competition on Festh'.al's major performance Tuesday, July 10 at 1: 15. even.rs will take place. On Everything you could want to Monday, July 9, Toronto trum- know about the Festival can be peter, Sttiart Laug~ton will join found on its web-site - just do a the best known organist of our ' search for "Toronto Organ time, Dame Gillian Weir, ill a Festival" - or call the ticket concert at St. Paul's Church. On. reservation number, 905-294- Tuesday, July 10 Toronto's 4621. ' award-winning all male choir, the · Victoria Scholars will be joined Overview continues on page 33 by Frank Nakashima There ar.e a couple of programs at the Elora Festival that will appeal to the seeker of early music. performance. Soprano Sharla Nafziger gives a recital ("Raising Our Voices" - July 19), spanning 250 years of music, that will include the music of Bach and H~del . And another singer, . Carolyn Sinclair, accompanied by harpsichordist Michael Jarvis will perform the music of Caccini, Calestal}.i, Frescobaldi, Purcell, Blow, Duphly and Bach - a sampler of glorious music of the 16th to mid-17th centuries from: Italy, England, France and Toronto Organ . Festival 2001 Every two years the Royal Canadi~n College of Organists, the natiOnal association of professional organists, holds a . major conference to provide professional development, networking and performances for its members and interested "' members of the public. · This year that event, the biggest one yet, the product of three years of planning by a committee of Toronto organists, is · to be held in Toronto from July 7 to_, 13. And what an event it will be: the events open to the public begin on Saturdl}y, July 7 with the semi-finals of the National Young wqc !Unsir Q!qamb~r 217 Danforth Ave. (416) 406-1641 New.and Used Classical and Jazz CDs Trade-ins Accepted

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