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Volume 6 Issue 6 - March 2001

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•. Toronto · . Percussion Ensemble Percussionists, more than any other instrumentalists, need to be able to play an enormous number of instruments, including tuned instruments like the marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel and vibraphone. What they do with these instruments can be both dazzling and mesmerizing. Toronto is home to one of the planet's best percussionists, ~ Beverley Johnston, our cover story in April 1998; she is part of the Toronto Percussion Ensemble; which will provide a musical context for the poetry of A.A. Milne, part of the Cushion Concerts Series at Harbourfront onMarchllatl:OO. ' The Toronto Centre for the Arts The George Weston Hall has received rave reviews for its fine acoustics, but since Livent's demise has fallen on inglorious days, frequently characterized by the word "mothball". Our hopes for this fine facility were somewhat raised by the announcement of an 18-concert series for 2001-2002, and the seven events there this month are also an encouraging sign. Besides the two already mentioned, the Canadian Opera Company will be there on Mar~h 11, the Toronto Cantata Chorus on March 18, the toronto Symphony on March 20 ant! 21, and the Toronto Philharmonia on March 22. ·:· CONCERT NOTES ·:·OVERVIEW CONTINUED Beverley Johnston, percussion Eaton Auditorium Reprise? Speaking of concert halls whose fate defies normal hiiman reason (a Toronto specialty apparently), we have a magnificent hall here, the Eaton Ailditorium, that actually has some history, being the venue where many of the great artists of the first half of the 20th century performed when they came to Toronto and wnere Glenfi Gould made 35 recordings. Now an organization called The Friends of the Eaton Auditorium is determined to do something about thiS forgotten treasure; and is presenting an event on March 20 at the Heliconian Club on Hazelton Aye. to support the preservation of both the H~liconian Hall and the Eaton Auditorium. The event will / include a short concert and an illustrated presentation by Eleanor Koldofsky, president of the Friends of the Eaton Auditorium. Builders of historical keyboard instruments . ijarpsichords Clavichords FortePianos Sales & Rentals Services & Tuning CLAVIERS BAROQUES We are Agents for The Paris Workshop · Instru,ments for builders · (416) 538-3062 (416) 538-3376 FAX Email: mail@claviersbaroques.com h~p://www.claviersbaroques.com/ J "Monster" cQncert The Rciyal Conservatory of Music has an event coming with the catchy title, "Monster Piano · Concert"., with the decidedly ·unmonstrous ticket price of ( for students and seniors). Among the performers '-':in be the young and very talented Hungarian pianist, Tamas Erdi. The concert, which is on March 17, begins at 7:00. . The Troubadour of Provence Zsolt Bede from'the Parameter Club called the other day to tell WholeNote about a performance on'March 18 at the club's facility on the 6th floor of 695 Coxwell Avenue. The guest artist will be a remarkable Provenc;al musician, Miqueu or Michel M9ntanaro, who "plays almost all musical instruments", often several at the same time., equalling "the effect of a whole musical group" '· The event sounds interesting, as does the Parameter Club, which n;gulai'ly presents performances by musicians of variou~ genres. For details, please see Honourable Mention, at the end of our main concert listings. Harpist · Jacqueiine Goring Perhaps you remember a couple of years ago hearing about a harpist whose harp was stolen from a locked van. The harpist 1 was Jacqueline Goring, who will be performing Claude Debussy's Danse sacree et da.nse profane with the string section of the. Gary A :Toronto's center for Clarinets & Oboes Sales * Repairs Bras~wind *Rentals* Toronto Philharmonia on March 22. On March 23 she will give a solo recital in Milton. (See · Further Afield at the ened of our main listings.) · I Random Acts of Music One of Toronto's best flute players, Susan Hoeppner, has launched, with TSO violist, Kent Susan Hoeppner Teeple, and bass player, Cynthia Wood, a trio they are calling "Random Acts of Music", after the bumper sticker "Practise random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty." The trio plan to donate their earnings fi;om these performances to altrui'stic causes. Their first concert at Eastminster Church March 23 will help support "Sµings across ihe Sky", the initiative created by TSO violinist, Andrea Hansen, to make string instruments and instruction available to Inuit children in Northern Canada. 720 Bathurst St .. Suite 502 L< (Just south of Bloor) .,,,,,, Tel: 416-535-{)000 Toll-free 1-800-356-4025 Warranty Repair Depot Used instruments bought & sold Olnm-byFOX f. Lorie; 10 wholenote MARCH 1, 2001-APRIL7, 2001

Srul Irving Glick Local Composers We are fortunate in Toronto to have many fine composers. Three in particular stand out in this issue of WholeNote. A concert at Beth Tikvah Synagogue on March 27 will consist entirely of music by Srul Irving Glick. Proceeds of the concert will be donated to H.A.A.D.D. and REENA, organizations which help autistic and develqxnentally handicapped adults. The Sonata for Cello and Piano by Toronto composer, Laryssa Kuzmenko, will be performed by cellist,' Jeremy Findlay and pianist, Elena Braslavsky at the Women's Musical Club's final concert of this season ori March 8. Their last two concerts have been sold out; let's hope if!is one is too!. Mooredale Concerts will revive last year's production of Kuzmenko's The Song of Lilith on March 14. The compositions of another Toronto composer, Eleanor Daley, have become very popular with choirs. One of her compositions, a Requiem, will be performed three·times in the space of about sixteen hours on March 31 and April 1: see the listings for details! Difficult Decisions March 27 exemplifies the sorts of dilemmas our magnificent musical season presents concert-goers. Not only will the concert, already mentioned, of Srul Irving Glick's music take place, but also concerts by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra with Matthias Goerne (whose concert last year at the Weston Recital Hall received superlative reviews) at Roy Thomson Hall and Les Violons du Roy at the Glenn Gould Studio, as well as several other perhaps less illustrious but no less interesting events. Despite the anguish .tl}.is may cause some of our readers, we still contend that it is better to make de.cisions based on knowledge rather than ignorance! Guitars Lovers of the guitar can hear the Mississauga Guitar Quartet at the Royal Bank Theatre in .Mississauga on March 31, trios for two guitars and bass at the New Guitar concert on April 6 and chamber music featµring the guitar at the New Guitar concert on April 7, both at the Heliconian Hall. Risen from the Ashes Way back in July 1997 we published a ·photograph of the ruins of the Church of the Holy Family, destroyed by fire in June 1997, and, coincidentally, referred to in an article about liturgical music tiy John Tuttle in' the June issue of WholeNote. The church, located on King Street West in Parkdale, has now been rebuilt an'd is, according to our informants, "a beautiful, bright space, with a clear, attractive acoustic." A newly-formed e~emble of Parkdale musicians, calling themselves "The Parkdale HW!t" - soprano, Alexa Wing, mezzo, Nina Scott-Stoddart and OVERVIEW continues Long & McQuade Musical Instruments Wtiere th1e Mus.ic Begins · ? ~ We carry 'a selection of woodwind, . .:'/ brass and percussion instruments e:~St for student~ and professionals ~~ r- 925 Bloor St. W. Toronto, Ontario (416)588-7886 1133 Markham Rd. Scarbor?ugh, ·Ontario (416) 439-8001 2777 Steeles Ave. W. North York, Ontario (416) 663-8612 370 Main St. North Brampton, Ontario (905) 450-4334 380 Simcoe St. S. Oshawa, Ontario (905) 434-1612 . M ARCH 1, 2001 - APRIL 7, 2001 wholenote 11

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