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Volume 9 Issue 1 - September 2003

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"The finest brass band on th~ continent" North American Record Guide SUBSCRIBE TODAY! 2003/2004 Season Celebration J983-2003 SUNDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2003, 3 P.M. JANE MALLETI THEATRE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9~2~R.~~!~~NE MALLETI THEATRE The Great Toronto Carol Sing TUESDAY, DEC. 16, 2003, 8 P.M. ST. JAMES' CATHEDRAL Pageantry & Processions SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2004, 3 P.M. JANE MALLETI THEATRE Celtic In Brass SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 2004, 3 P.M. JANE MALLETI THEATRE Virtuoso Brass SUNDAY, MAY 30, 2004, 3 P.M. JANE MALLETI THEATRE 4/5/6 concert packages Special rates for students and seniors Call the St. Lawrence Centre Box Office 416-366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754. The Hannaford Street Silver Band is grateful for the assistance received from its corporate and its many individual donors, and from the following: ,................................. -Im Long & McQuade Musicallnstuments University of Toronto, I graduated with a degree in Engineering. Science/Quantum Physics - with honours - and still not a clue as to what I was going to be when I grew up. I knew I didn't want to sit in front of a computer screen for the rest of my life, so I decided to take a year off, travel to Brazil witq a rock and roll band, do some freelance work both playing and writing music, and generally tread water. Just about that time I was given a chance to conduct a rehearsal of the Mooredale Youth Orchestra, and it just clicked. I knew that this is what I wanted to do, and that I was good at it. I began studying conducting the next summer at the Pierre Monteux School under Michael Jinbo, and in Toronto with Errol Gay. I now live in Berlin, Germany, where I am completing a master's degree in conducting under Lutz Kohler at the Universitat der Kunste. Right now I am just finishing up my first, wonderful summer as a conducting class Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Centre. I have had the chance to conduct in Masterclass for many of the visiting conductors of the Boston Symphony Orchestra this summer, including Kurt Masur, Rafael Frilhbeck de Burgos, Christoph von Dohnanyi and Robert Spano. Our class is directed and taught here by Michael Morgan, who has also arranged for us to have meetings and discussions with everyone from the Artistic Administrator of the BSO to the very noteworthy Sir Roger Norrington. During the eight weeks spent here, I have worked with many ensembles, one of the highlights being a performance of Saint-Saens' "Carnival of the Animals" to a soldout audience during Tanglewood on Parade. My next project will be in Toronto, where I will be creating, together with Mooredale Concerts, the Canadian premiere of a relatively unknown opera by Josef Haydn -La Fede/ta Premiata. We will be presenting an in-concert version of this charming opera with four excellent young Canadian singers. Strange that this opera never saw the light of day here? Not really - the plot is one of the most confusing and unlikely stories ever written. There are so many twists and jumps and logistical questions, that it would seem a nightmare to actually mount a staged production. Unfortunately, that means the music has never been given the benefit of being heard, which is in my opinion unforgivable. Haydn himself considered this one of his finest masterpieces - symphonies and string quartets included - and in his lifetime it was performed more than any of his other operas. It will be given two performances, on Sept. 27 at 8 PM, Willowdale United Church, and Sept. 28 at 3 PM Walter Hall (University of Toronto Faculty of Music). A couple more questions: sparked by your "touring Brazil with a rock band" comment, I'm wondering, first, about your personal musical likes and dislikes; and second, I'm interested in what studying conducting has done to your sense of where personal likes and dislikes fit into the scheme of things. In terms of repertoire, I happen to be lucky in that I don't have any strong dislikes. Sure there are some composers that I feel I can relate to and serve better than others, but that doesn't mean that I prefer them to the ones that I don't quite feel comfortable with. Any piece of music that I happen to be working on, I approach with the attitude that it is my job to discover/uncover the creative work and the originality that went into writing it. It's a constant process of discovery, and the chance to begin to understand the composers from the inside out. There is nothing as rewarding as gleaning another piece of insight into one of the great minds of the literature. I suppose what I wrote above applies to the second question as well - although I can approach this from another angle; when I· was a violinist playing in orchestras, there were certain symphonies that I enjoyed playing, and others that I somewhat dreaded. When I came to these pieces later as a conductor, it was not with entirely fresh eyes, and I had to work a little bit to overcome the old prejudices. But at the same time I was able to see how the uncomfortable violin passages were important and actually necessary to produce the end result. SNAP SHOTS CONCLUDES ON PAGE TWENTY FOUR 10 September 1 - October 7 2003

m0infqnia ioronlo NURHAN ARMAN MUSIC DIRECTOR 2003-200~ 5th Anniversruy Season Glenn Gould Studio· Octobel- 25,' 2003, Bpm · Very Violin Corey Cerovsek, Violinist . HARMAN Fantasia · SCHUBERT Rondo WIEfiJIAWSKY ROSSINI Faust Fantasy · Sonata No. 4 MENDELSSOHN Sinfonia No. 7 November 22, 2003, 8 pm The Khachaturian Centenary Movses Pogossian, Violinist MIRZOYAN KHACHATURIAN ARUTUNIAN SHOSTAKOVICH KHACHATURIAN Poem: Epitaph 'Nocturne' from ·Masquerade . Violin Co~certo Sinfonia, Op. 118a Gayane Suite December 7, 2003, 3 pm A Baroque Christmas Jonathan Tortolano, Ce({ist Lawrence Park Community Church SCHIASSI TORELLI BOCCHERINI LOCATELLI ~Christmas Symphony , Christmas Concerto Cello Concerto in 8-flat Christmas Concerto ' February 7, 2004, 8 pm Four Centuries of Melpdy David Jalbert, Pianist · CORELLI Suite BACH Piano Concerto ·in d minor AGER Intermezzo ROSSINI Sonata No. 5 ELGAR Introduction and Allegro March 6, 2004, 8 pm A Breath of Fresh Air Leslie Newman, Flutist BENDA Sinfonia in C BRUGE Forgotten Dreams · MERCADANTE Flute Concerto ARUTUNIAN . Sinfonietta BEETHOVEN Quartet op. 95, "Serioso" ' April 3, 2004, 8 pm Sp;:ing Romance· ELGAR · . Serenade / ROSENBERG Swedish Folk Melodies BARTOK Rumanian Folk Dances RESPIGHI Ancient Airs and Dances DVORAK · Serenade May 8, 2004, 8 pm Mozart Forever Etsuko Kimura, Violinist ·. Eric Paetkau, Violist MOZART Cassation No.1 MOZART Sinfonia Concertante MOZART Symphony No. 29 ~e)tJJ'J~ ~~e)pl~'~ Ce)nc~~ for ages 5 to 100 ... Four one-hour concerts with narration and demonstration. Sundays at L.awrence Park Community-Church. . October 19, 2003, 3 pm Rhythm and Melody November 30, 200!J, 3 pm .A Baroque Christmas ,I ( ' February l, 2004, 3 pm Meet A Compos~r March 28, 2004, 8 pm Music and Dance Main Series 0 adults, 5 seniors, students Young People's Series adult/senior; child/youth · 416-499-0403 September 1 - O ctober 7 2003 · 11

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