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Volume 8 Issue 5 - February 2003

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Q U Q D L I BET singing personality at this event. Feb- by Allan Pulker TAKING MY CUE from Colin Eatock's T. 0. Musicd Diary iri the previous WholeNote, I thought I would look this month at what T.0. has to.offer in the way of its other "concert milieu," the "usually unglamorous affaits given in churches and modest halls arounl town by local musicians," most, if not all, of whom are extremely good. Personally I cherish this milieu because to me 'it is the core of the musical scene here - musicians making_ music not because they have to in order to make a living (no one makes a living presenting small concerts), but because they need to in order to flourish as artists. VOCAL RECITALS soprano, Valerie Siren, pianist, Cecilia ruary 13 offers two noon-hour recit- Ignatieff, and cellist, Stefan Glick (the als: soprano Tracy Smith Bessette at composer's son) will perfonn music GlennGouldStudioandbaritoneMat-· by Glick, Sibelius and Brahms in a thew Leigh at Walter Hall. recital at the Heliconian Hall (March Later in the month, on February 22 2). Ms. Siren is an authority on the the Aldeburgh Connection continues 110 songs of Jean Sibelius, and conits tribute to the genius of Hugo Wolf tributed a chapter on them to a book with perfonnances of his settings of entitled A Sibelius Compani.on. the poetry of Goethe, Morike and CHAMBER MUSIC Eichendorff by Catherine Robbin and February brings an abundance of very other singers. And teoor Benjamin Butterfield (who, we have heard, has just high calibre chamber music, more removed to TorontO) along with so- ally than can be mentioned in this colprano Anne Grimm and pianists Inna umn. Some highlights include the Les Amis Series February 4 concert by Perkis & Boris Zarankin, will be the soloists on both western and Chinese perfonners at the Off Centre Salon's instruments with the Canadian Sineighth anmaI Schubertiad on February fonietta at the Markham Theatre; on 23. Soprano Mary Enid Haines and tenor J.R. Fralick will give us a rare February 7 Via Salzburg bringing us opportunity to hear songs by tum-of- an ensemble of stellar string players, the-

Quintet by Carl Nielsen, with Amici on February 28. CONCERTS WITII A CAUSE Several concerts this month will help to support various worthwhile causes: the Silvestrov Group's Februacy 14 concert of music by a fascinating array of 20th and 21st century composers is in support of the "Babes with Babes Project" which is helping to house and feed infants "whose parents are themi;;elves yet children". The same evening University Settlement presents a fundraiser for the Out of the Cold Pro­ ~ . Also, too late for us to list, the TSO has announced that on February 2Q, seven TSO musicians will perform Beethoven's Septet in e minor, Opus 20 in support of Habitat for Humanity, in a special concert appropriately named "0The House that Beethoven Built", at 6:30, right before the TSO's regular concert that evening. And on March 7 Nora Shulman and Judy Loman will perform at First Unitarian in support of the work of Amnesty International. VALENTINE'S DAY The reverberation begtin by Valentine, the Roman Christian priest who broke the law by performing marriages for Roman soldiers and paid for his insubordination with martyrdom, continues to this 1 day. Valentine's Day related concerts include one by Music at Metropolitan on February 8, and two recitals by Classical saxophonist, Daniel Rubinoff, the first, in Hamilton, on February 9, the second on February 15. There are also several concerts, in addition to those already mentioned, on Valentine's Day: the Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra's "Scottish Lovers" concert at which violinist, Nancy Dahn, will perform Max Bruch's enchanting Concerto in G, based on traditional Scottish melodies; the Mississauga Symphony Orchestra' s "lrvingBerlinAlways" concert, a tribute to a composer whose music often celebrated romantic love; a concert for beloved violin teacher, Lorand Fenyves' eighty-fifth birthday; and a choral concert titled "The Things We Do for Love", given by two choirs from the Faculty of Music at U. ofT. THE UNIVERSITIES For those of us who can fit York University into our itineraries, on February 5 the York University Middle Eastern Ensemble will perform. at 12:30 at McLaughlin Hall, and at the same time on February 12 the York Percussion Ensemble will perform in the same verue. Music by student composers will be featured in a concert in Alliance Fran~aise de Toronto FRENCH LANGUAGE AND CULTURAL CENTRE New sessions starting throughout the year Free evaluation Toronto: 416-922-2014 North York: 416-221-4684 , Mississauga: 905-272-4444 Part-time French courses at all levels groups • private • companies • conversational writing • business • legal • babies •children www. alliance-francaise. com February 1 - March 7 2003 · the same venue on February 26, and in the evening of the 27th ensembles from York's lively music program will present a concert of improvised music. On March 5 the York Music Department's Chinese Orchestra will present a noon hour co~rt. York's counterparts at the University of Toronto also have plenty of events to choose from, many, but not all, of which have already been mentioned - check the listings and the Faculty of Music's ad for details. CHAMBER ORCHESTRAS Sinfonia Toronto is presenting concerts on February 1 and March 1. At the second of these they will be perfonlling Samuel Barber's wonderful Adagio for Strings, 90nducted by Nurhan Arman. Also on March 1 the University of Toronto Chamber Ensemble, collducted by Raffi Armenian, will perform an interesting program, including Five Pieces for Strings ,by Paul Hindemith. +Guitars +Music books +Amps +Digital pianos +Keyboards +Lessons +Accessories +Music software YAMAHA&~y 4 Area Locations: +2431 Yonge St., Toronto 416-485-8868 +Scarborough Town Centre 416-296-8840 +Square One Mississauga 905-896-7766 +349 King St. W., Oshawa 905-576-2414 CLASSICAL GERMANY Munich, Dresden & Leipzig May 22 - June 2, 2003 • 86.00 CLASSICAL ITALY Verona, Ravenna, Tuscan)', Rome, Amalfi Coast July 1 - 12, 2003 - 56.00 , CLASSICAL RUSSIA St. Petersburg, Moscow & Klin · • August 6 - 17, 2003 - 95.00 CLASSICAL EASTERN EUROPE Prague, Vienna & Budapest October 2 - 13, 2003 - 26.00 Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include air' fare from Toronto, breakfast and dinner daily, first class hotels, tour escort and manager, entrances and premier seating at the opera houses and concert halls. etailed itinerary call Karen Ket;tiel'. Carlson Wagonlit Travel Source Mill Rd. Suite 305, Toronto, ON M: :416-449-0931 - Toll Free: 1-800-265-2 email: 'sit us at

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