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Volume 9 Issue 8 - May 2004

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QUODLIBET by Allan

QUODLIBET by Allan Pulker Symphony Watch Former TSO conductor, Gunter Herbig returns to the hehn of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on May 19 and 20, conducting a program that includes Wagner's Siegfried Idyll and Bruckner's._Symphony#4 in Ejln.t mnjor. Over the-years I have heard from various people'-the opinion that the TSO never sounded, better than in the years that Herbig ' was its music director (1988-94), so this concert will perhaps provide an opportunity to hear where the Symphony is coming from; the opportunity to hear where it is going will occur on June 2, 3 and 5 when its new conductor, Peter Oundjian, conducts. If you cannot get out to hear Herbig, he will be back on October 6 and 7 and agam in May 2005. The TSO has several other events of interest coming up, including a program, with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the Toronto Children's Chorus, that includes Walton's Henry V and ?.adok the Priest on May 5 and 6, conducted by the eminent English conductor, Michael Lankester. There will be two other collaborations: a "Kids' Klassics" program on May 8 with Quarteno Gelato and on May 29 the second annual "Sonic Bloom" concert, co-presented with Umversal Music and Warner Music Canada, with the Barenaked Ladies, Margo Tnrmins, Matt Dusk, and Sarah Slean. Toronto Senior Strings For many years Victor Feldbrill was associated with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as its "resident conductor" in the 1970s and frequently as a guest conductor after that. One of his retirement projects has been the Toronto Senior Strings, Toronto's orchestra for retired stringed Symphony Tours Victor Feldbrill instrument players. On May 6 at 2:00 the Toronto Senior Strings will present a "Galil 80th Birthday Concert in Honour of Maestro Victor Feldbrill and Founder Ruth Budd" at St. Andrew's Church across from Roy Thomson Hall. The guest soloist will be pan flutist, Kevin Budd, the son of t;he Orchestra's founder, Ruth Budd, herself a veteran of many years in the bass section of the TSO. Associates of the TSO Two members of the string section of the TSO, and tWo colleagues outside the TSO, the Amaro String Quartet, will performmusic by Haydn, Malipiero and Brabrm at the Associates of the TSO concert May 31. Nadina Mackie Jackson It is not every day that one gets to hear a solo recital by a bassoonist, but on May 7 bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson with harpsichordist Paul Jenkins and her husband, contrabassoonist, Fraser Jackson will perform Les De/ices de lil Solitude, 6 sonatas for bassoon and basso continuo, by the 18th century French composer, Michel Corrette. May7 Ms. Mackie Jackson's concert is one of 12 on May 7; two of them are benefits for worthy causes :- Helena Bowkun's solo piano recital at Yorkminster Park Church to support the fight against AIDS in Africa and the Bach Consort's Spring Concert to support the work of Habitat for Humanity. The chamber music ensemble, Amici, will perform with soprano MeashaBrueggergosman(onourcover), Fridays ·at Eight will present a program of European choral music, tivo other choirs, Quodlibet and North 44° each have concerts and the Climax Dixieland Jazz Band will performat Islington United Church. Gryphon Trio The Gryphon Trio have just been honoured with a Juno A ward for their CD "Canadian Premieres" (Analekta FL 2 3174), of music by four Canadian composers, Kelly Marie Murphy, Chan Ka Nin, Christos Hatzis and Gary Kulesha. About a month before that the ensemble received the award for "Favourite Classical ArtistJGroup" at the 4th annual Canadian Independent Music Awards, part of Canadian Music Week for 2004. On May' 10 the group will perform music by Maurice Ravel at the Jane Mallen Theatre in a concert presented by Music Toronto and called "Music that. Speaks to You" with commentary by the always engaging Gary Kulesha. The second concert, June 7, features the Gryphons playing Chopin. Looking North I had a chat a couple of weeks ago with David ~g. a versatile musician who is a baritone in the Elmer Iseler Singers, conducts All the King's Voices and. is director of music at Willowdale United Church. "~y don't you do something on all the performances in North York?" he asked. "We (All the King's Voices) aren't the only thing that's going on in this part of the city, yqu know. There are· lots of things going ori and people qon't realize." Well, guess what - he is right! I counted 47 events in North York, northern Scarborough and Etobicoke and in York Region. David's choir, All the King's Voices, performs at his church, Willowdale United, 349 Kenneth Ave. east of Yonge between Sheppard and Finch. Its final concert of the season will be on May 8. This church is also used by Mooredale Concerts as one of its regular Venues. Mooredale Concerts artistic director and cellist, Kristine Bogyo and her husband, pianist Anton Kuerti, will do a special benefit concert there on May 9 to raise ftrn.ds to support the human rights cause ofMordechai Vanunu. Toronto Centre for the Arts The major performing arts space in North York is of course the Toronto Centre for the Arts, even after the demise of the Recital series. Th!! big user this year of the TCA has been Royal Opera Canada which by the end of this season will have given 20 performances there. Four of those will be of Giuseppe Verdi's 1870 blockbuster opera, Aida, May 6, 8 13 and 15. Other users of the facility are the Toronto Philharmonia, which performs there on May 6 in the Weston Recital Hall; Encore Entertainment, from May 6 to May 16 in the Studio Theatre; the Amadeus Choir, May 15; and the Bach Children's Chorus, to whose perfonnance on May 8 everyone with young children should go (see listings for details)! East Meets West . Another sign of intelligent life north of the 401 is the "East Meets West" Festival at St. Timothy's Church in Agincourt. Beginning on Friday evening May 28 with a recital by pianist Valerie Tryon, it continues with a variety of events all day Saturday, including an evening concert by the George Gao Ensemble - a 3 days of world class Ballet, Opera, Symphony & Theatre ... . New York City Ballet-Russian Tribute including Mozartiana (Tschaikovsky/Balanchine) Evening includes gourmet, buffet dinner and pre-performance talk with Robert Maiorano. OPERA- Bryn Terfel performing excerpts from Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg with the Boston Symphony Orcflestra followed by July 16-18, 2004 Beethoven's Symphony No. 8. Shakespeare & Company Call Toll Free: 1-866-796-7469 for information performs "As You Like It". 14 WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM MAY 1 - )UNE 7 2004

must! - and concluding with choral "Matins" on Sunday morning. This is roughly 15 performances of the 47 I mentioned earlier. So consult the listings-, and broaden your horizons. pianist Robert Kortgaard. And on May 18 the Canadian Women's Foundation will present a fundraiser with singers Maria Antonakos , Molly Johnson & Patricia O'Ca~aghan , to support work to end Vocal Recitals violence against women & help build · The Aide burgh Connection economic self-sufficiency for wompresents two concerts: a "Schuberti- en and their children. Again, there ad" on May 2 with soprano, Jennie are others, so as ·always, read the Such, tenor, Eric Shaw, baritone, listings! A vocal recital that is a little out Peter McGillivray and pianists Bruce · Ubuk ta d St h R 11 t W I of the ordini!ry occurs on May 16. a an epen asa a- - ter Hall; and on May 12, the won- This will be given by Patrizia, the derful Canadian baritone, Brett Po- rock singer who became turned on legato at Glenn Gould Studio. to opera and now combines the two May 9, Roy Thomson Hall genres. She will perform works by presents the world renowned . so- Mozart, Bizet, Verdi, Bellini & Orff. Patrizia, with her rock band at the prano, ·Sumi Jo, accompanied by Opera House, 735 Queen St. East. Women's Musical Club of Toronto Subscribe to Music in the Afternoon 2004-2005 Season Five great concerts for the early-bird price ofl5 (ajier May 30'" 0) Thursday afiernoons at 1.30 p.m. Viva Voce, chamber choir October 14, 2004 Measha Brueggergosman, soprano November 25, 2004 " Sonia Chan, piano February 3, 2005 Lark Quartet, strrng quartet March I 0, 2005 · Eve Egoyan, piano, with dancers from Dancemakers April 14, 2005 Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building U. of T., 80 Queen's Park For more information or to subscribe, call 416-923-7052 www.wmct.on.ca ''Daie to relax. Dare to experience ... " PieUls ef

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