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Volume 6 Issue 2 - October 2000

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  • Toronto
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CoNCERT NoTES •!• HEAR AND Now, continued •!• JAZZ NoTES •!• OuR MEMBERS WRITE herdistinctive warm, husky, melodious voice she is definitely worth the price of admission! And let us not forget that Ray Charles, one of America's national treasures, is also coming to town! He is on a Star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame. His bronze bust is enshrined in the Playboy Hall of Fame. He has been presented with a bronze medallion, cast and pres~nted to him by the French Republic on behalf of its people. Oh, and he's in the Halls (plural) of Fame: Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, .Rock & Roll, gold records and 12 Grammys "I was born with music inside me. Music is nothing separate from me. It is me ... You'd have to remove the music surgically," he says. Need I say more? Other "mentionables" this month include: The Pn$ervation Hall Jazz Band's annual puilgrimage to Roy Thomson Hall; In The Mood, Sounds of the big band era with The Toronto All­ Star Big Band and the Serenaders; Zygmunt Jedrzejek, artistic director; Victor Bateman, Renee Malamed & Bob Fen ton, October 2 at Theatre Passe t t t Member profiles, 2000, continued from page 76 THE NEW GUITAR 'Artistic Directors: Michael Bracken and JamesBrown Address: 54 Tenth Street, Toronto, Ontario M8V 3E8 Tel: (416) 252·4792 Fax: (416) 229-9237 Website: Founded in 1992, The New Guitar has established itself as an innovative concert,series dedicated to showcasing the talents of Canadian guitarists and composers. This year's season features three concerts that will take place at Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazel ton Ave. There will also be a benefit fund-raiser at the Edward Day Gallery, 33 HazeltonAve., onDecember 1. February 9, 2001 will feature the Canadian guitarist Danielle Cumming and the Lorne Lofsky I Robert Piltch Duo. On April6, 2001 Vincea McCielland returns to Toronto from France to premiere a new Work by Timothy Sullivan. Ted Quinlan and Kieran Overs will play original music in ,the intimate setting of guitar and bass. On April?, 2001 Vancouver guitarist Michael Strutt will perform solo and chamber music works. This year's season will also feature workshops and master classes to be given by the visiting artists. Call (416) 252-4792 or visit the Website to order tickets. Muraille; Jaap Blonk & Paul Dutton, October 7 at St. George the Martyr Church; and University of Toronto Faculty of Music Small Jazz Ensembles on October 11 and 18. Next month's article will be posted from Europe, which means that rather than write about events in Toronto I'll tell you a little about what's happening in Britain and France. A la prochaine! s. Bandstand by Merlin Williams I'm often surpris;d by the number of players in community bands who don't seem to take advantage of every opportunity they can to become better musicians. I'm not saying that everyone has to rush out and sign up for private lessons - but why not take advantage of the many clinics that are ptit on by music retailers during the fall and winter? Gary Armstrong Woodwinds has just such an event on Friday, Oct 13. They're calling the event "Friday the 13th in Bb", (it's a CLARINET clinie) and at a cost of only per head, it's an NORTH TORONTO WOMEN'S CHAMBER CHOIR Artistic Director: Anne Yardley Phone: (416) 485-2259 This growing women's chamber choir in the North Toronto area gives women who love to sing an opportunity to develop their choral singing skills in a small group of 16 to 20 singers. Our repertoire is varied and interesting, including madrigals, folk songs, Masses for women's voices, contemporary and Canadian. Emphasis is on good choral blend and choral technique, and presenting ·performances that are both stylistic and musical. We perform 2 to 3 major concerts a year at the Church of the Transfiguration, as well as at Seniors' Homes. Our concerts have been enthusiastically received by all of our audiences. We perform music that is both fun and challenging. There are some opportunities for members to sing solos within various works. Some music reading ability is required. The North Toronto Women's Chamber Choir rehearses at the Church of the Transfiguration Anglican Church, 111 Manor Rd. E., Toronto Wednesdays 7:30 to 9:30p.m. Please call485-2259. . ORPHEUS CHOIR of TORONTO Artistic Director: Brainard Blyden· Taylor Address: P.D. Box 662 Station F,. Toronto, ON M4Y 2N6 Telephone: (416) 530-4428 Website: The Orpheus Choir of Toronto has been bringing a wide range of choral music to Toronto audiences for more than 35 years. The 2000-2001 concert season offers a wide range of music from the Latin styling of Ariel Ramirez's Miss a Criolla to the American influences of Aaron Cop land's In the Beginning. Our first concert on Friday November 3rd celebrates the centenary of Copland's birth. The varied program will include his Motets and American Songs. Our traditional Christmas Concert on December 8th is a programme of seasonal music and readings. Friday March 9th is an opportunity to hear the rarely performed Requiem by Charles Villiers Sllinford. For our final concert of the season, enjoy the sounds of a Latin music ensemble performing Missa Criolla by Ramirez and Toronto composer Milton Barnes' Adioses on Friday, June 1st. Season Tickets are .00. Individual concert tickets are$ 20.00. All concerts begin at 8 pm. excellent deal. The clinic runs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Waiter Hall in the Edward Johnson Building at the University of Toronto. Participants and clinicians include Joaquin Valdepenas (Principal Clarinet) and David Bourque (Bass Clarinet) from the Toronto Symphony, and Francois Kloc of Buffet­ Crampon/Boosey & Hawkes. If you'd like to get more information on this clinic, call Gary Armstrong Woodwinds at (416)535-6000. Also keep an eye out for Long & McQuade's annual clinic series - they generally run a series of four in November and another four in February. The clinics are usually free, and feature local and international guest artists. If you aren't on their mailing list, get in touch with the band department at 588-7886. One of the things that has always puzzled me about community bands is their reluctance to market themselves. Orchestras and chamber groups seemed to have learned to use advertising (free and paid) and subscriptions to boost their audiences; why don'tbands do the same? Does your band have a publicity person? What do they do to market the band? Do they know about The PEROS MUSIC Inc. (905)814-8555 or 1-800-529-1696 Peros Music Inc. is a company committed to supporting classical music in Canada. Peros Music provides a unique all-inclusive CD recording package for classical groups or artists, which includes recording, production and manufacturing, artwork /design, printing, and distribution of the CD to stores. Peros Music also acts as a booking agent for special and corporate events, representing a line of children's musical shows as well as classical singers and ensembles. Peros Music has booked shows across Southern Ontario in various venues, and is currently working on an original musical production. Peros Music draws on years of experience in both the artistic and business side of music in Canada to work with artists to make their projects a success. Peros Music represents classical artists' to movie producers for the use of their music in movie sound tracks. 18 Wholenote OCTOBER 1, 2000 • NOVEMBER 7, 2000 Member Profiles continued on page 37 t t t

Wholenote? If your band has a publicity person who doesn't know about this magazine, hand them the copy you're reading. All of the contact information they need is right inside. I can also be reached directly- my e-mail address and number are in the last paragraph of the Bandstand column each month. Listings can be faxed ore-mailed to Wholenote - make sure to get them in early. For example, my deadline for this column is usually two weeks before the publication date, and by that time, the listings are pretty much complete for the issue. If your band's circumstances change (rehearsal day, time, location, etc.) make sure to contact me. I want to keep the list of bands as up to date as possible. Last night's news had stories about several youth sports teams that have given up using schools because of the hikes in the fees this year. If your band is forced to relocate, please let me know, and I'll make sure to mention it in this column .... There are a few noteworthy concerts this month. Don't forget about the Hannaford Street Silver Band's Oct 2 concert "Strike Up The Band" in celebration of Howard Cable's 8oth birthday. For those of you who like their bands really big, the nth Annual Massed Military Band Spectacular is on at Roy Thomson Hall on Oct 15. The Etobicoke Community Concert Band presents "Made In Canada" on Oct 27 & 28 at the Etobicoke Collegiate Auditorium. Please check the listings section of Wholenote for full details about these and many other concerts. Merlin Williams is a woodwind performer, arranger, teacher and music copyist based in Toronto. If you would like an upcoming band event to be featured in the Bandstand column,Jeelfree to contact him at (416) 489-0275; bye-mail, '; on the web, -merlinw. YOU ARE INVITED to join the many friends, colleagues and fans for the HOWARD CABLE 80th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION Monday, October 2, 2000 presented by the Hannaford Street Silver Band DINNER at 5:30 PM Hot House Cafe, 25 Church Street, Toronto STRIKE UP THE BAND CONCERT 8:00 PM, featuring the HSSB · conducted by Howard Cable and the premiere of two new works by Howard Cable St. Lawrence Centre, Jane Mallet Theatre POST CONCERT RECEPTION Jane Mallet Theatre lobby Sponsored by the Canadian Band Directors Association RESERVE YOUR TICKETS TODAY Dinner, Concert and Reception only per person Call HSSB at (416) 425-2874 or email REEL lE l 8 MOVIES FOR * • MEMBERSHIP REQ'D Available at any Festival Cinemas box office FOX CINEMA 2236 QUEEN ST. E. KINGSWAY CINEMA 3030 BLOOR ST. W. MUSIC HALL CINEMA 147 DANFORTH AVE. PARADISE CINEMA 1006 BLOOR ST. W. REVUE CINEMA 400 RONCESVALLES AVE . ROYAL CINEMA 608 COLLEGE ST. FOR SHOWS & TIMES: 416-690-2600 OCTOBER 1, 2000 - NOVEMBER 7, 2000 Whole note 19

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