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Volume 9 Issue 9 - June 2004

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•Music at Sharon SOUTH

•Music at Sharon SOUTH CENTRAL relentless heat and smog. And now I hear the Island Airport expansion and fixed link plan is still alive and well, threatening to drive what could be the last nail into the.coffin of breathable air in Toronto, and ironically, make it one of the last places on earth anyone would want to visit. ... Anyway, given these unpleasant realities, the Festival's directors, Lenard Whiting and Edward Franko have wisely chosen the airconditioned comfort of the Toronto Centre for the Arts' Studio Theatre as the venue for the entire festival. Musically the Festival gives us plenty of reasons to want to stay in Toronto for the first weekend in July, bringing performers like clarinetist James Campbell (see cover story), the Penderecki String Quartet, flutist Bonita Boyd, guitarist Nicholas Goluses, baritone John Fanning (see April cover story) to name a few . Kudos to Franko and Whiting for making it happen. Music AT SHARON If a musical day trip only 60 or so km. north of the city appeals to you then Music at Sharon's concerts Ol!June 12, June 27 and August 29 make a good destination. Ti].e June 12 concert will be a recital by the young tenor, Colin Ainsworth, now well known in Toronto as a veteran of several Aldeburgh Connection concerts The Sharon Temple National Historic Site presents MUSIC AT SHARON 2004 A diverse program that ranges from classical lo folk lo jazz of the highest quality. Summer concerts June 13 and 27, Aug. 29 TrypTych Canada's Passionate Advocate of the Vocal Arts will be presenting the SecondAnnual Toronto International Chamber Music Festival, July 2 - 4, 2004 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Some of, the many highlights of the festival are the appearances of tht< Penderecki String Quartet, one of the world's most acclaimed chamber ensembles, world-renowned clarinetist James Campbell, Metropolitan Opera Star baritone John Fanning, acclaimed flutist Bonita Boyd and Air Farce star Luba Goy (whq will narrate Saint­ Saen's Carnival oftheAnimals). Also featured in this international line-up of talent are the exciting Piano Duo Anagnoson and Kinton, violinist Moshe Hammer, vocalists Lenard Whiting, Nina Scott-Stoddart, and Edward Franko in music ranging from classical to contemporary. One of the only classical music celebrations to be held in Toronto during the sumn;ier months, the Festival provides a real feast of delights for instrumental chamber music lovers who also enjoy vocal music. Co-Artistic Director William Shookhoffbelieves the high quality of the performers and the dynamic musical programs will establish the Festival as the top summer musical event in Toronto. "We feel the festival will attract the same kind of enthusiastic audiences enjoyed by chamber music festivals in other cities sucn as Ottawa" says fellow co- artistic directors Lenard Whiting and Edward Franko. "We expect many people will find The Toronto International Chamber MtJsic Festival a truly memorable experience''. Tickets are available by calling Ticketmaster at 416 872-1111, at any Ticketmasteroutlet or are available at the Centre's box office. Our summer afternoon concerts offer musicians and audiences an experience that is truly unique. Performers and visitors from around the world praise the combination of the historic Temple's extraordinary architecture and sublime acoustics. This season we celebrate a diversity of vocal music styles and feature soloists from York Region and beyond! Come early, enjoy a picnic lunch under the Temple maples and lour our historic buildings. As we like lo say, the Sharon Temple is "music and history in perfect harmony." Tickets are and lor seniors and students Sunday, June 13, 2 pm Colin Ainsworth, followed by a Strawberry Social (included in the ticket price). This critically acclaimed young tenor has performed around the world and gained a major national following. Sunday,June27, 2pm Kaitlyn Killoran and Ruth Yateman Musical gems of the Baroque 1 era, opera highlights and a nostalgic tribute lo Judy Garland! Sunday, August 29, 2 pm Laura Bowes, Karine White and Samantha Taylor A mix of classical favourites, folksongs and a salute to Broadway Music al Sharon continues in September with three more vocal concerts: Septemter 17, 2 pm Jessica Muirhead October 3, 2 pm Alex Crowther and Adam Miceli 18974 Leslie Street, Sharon, Ontario LOG I VO 905-478-2389 www.sharonlemple.ca 26 WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM June 1 - July 7 2004

and who recently, had major roles in Opera Atelier's Persee and Toronto' Masque Theatre's Masques of Orpheus, and who, of course, was interviewed in last month's WholeNote. Ainsworth, with his lyrical supple voice and superbly communicative stage presence is at the beginning of what I expect will be a highly successful singing career, so don't wait until it will take your entire concert budget for a month to hear him -do it now! GREAT CANADIAN TOWN BAND FESTIVAL The Great Canadian Town Band Festival is exactly that, an opportunity to hear community bands from many different places: Toronto, Clarington, Cobourg, Pickering, to name a few. But it also offers professional-calibre music-making as well, the RCMP' s Musical Ride for example and trombonist, compos_er and conductor, Alain Trudel's innovative ensemble, ."Le Kiosque a Musique," ("The Bandstand") an artistic tribute to the Canadian musicians of the beginning of the last century who organized concerts on bandstands with whatever instruments that they had at their disposal to perform well-known overtures and works by important Canadian composers like Calixa Lavallee. Ensemble KIOSQUE, using the same instrumentation as Stravinsky's Histoire du Soldat, which is what brought its members together in the first place, brings this tradition to life with brilliant musical arrangements placed in a historical narrative framework. The festival takes place June 18- 20 in Orono on Highway 35-115 just north of the 401about15 km. east of Oshawa. NEAR NORTH HUNTSVILLE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS There are a number of festivals taking place north of Toronto. The Festival of the Sound, of course, which is part of our cover story, the Muskoka Lakes Festival and the Collingwood Music Festival, which I will write about in the July I August issue, and the, Huntsville Festival of the Arts, which starts early in July. As the name suggests this festival includes much more than just \ Come and celebrate 200 years of brass and woodwind bands in Canada in the village of Orono on the weekend of .J:une 18, 19 & 20. 1esT1VAL of the Enjoy a spectacular Military Tattoo pn Friday evening, June 18 1 \ featuring the RCMP Musical Ride, the Band of the Royal Marines Association, Cobourg, the Toronto Signals Band, Toronto Scottish Regiment and the Pickering Conc.ert Band. On Saturday, June 19'\ start the day with a pancake break-fast in the park with a concert by the Clarington Concert Band. This is followed by a parade and 12 hours of continuous concerts that include Alain Trudel and Le Kiosque a Musique, the Royal City Saxophone Quartet, Oshawa Brass Band and Hannaford Youth Orchestra. Finish your day with an evening of jazz as Rob McConnell and Tentet follow the Jazz Cats. Su11day morning there will be an outdoor church service and concert of praise featuring the Peterborough Temple Salvation Army Band. Ticket prices: Friday Night Adult .00, child (12 and under) .00 Saturday Adult .00,.child (12 and under) free with adult Sunday free, donations accepted. The village of Orono is in Clarington, just east of · Oshawa. ' For information visit our website: www.townbandfestival.com Phone 1-905-5518 or 1-800-294-1032 Email townbandfestival@rogers.com The Huntsville area in the summer is a wonderful place to be. In addition to the beautiful lakes, world class resorts, Algonquin Park, and sonie of the finest golf courses in the country, the Huntsville Festival of the Arts, for the past eleven years, has provided top notch local, National, and International artists on their stage. From its early beginnings as a classically based music festival based at Deerhurst Resort, the Festival has grown and diversified to present artistic offerings in the fields of jazz, pop, choral, Celtic, country, orchestral, and· classical music as well as theatre, written word, poetry, and the visual arts. 2004 will see a continuation of this successful schedule with the return of Cape Breton's 'Queen of the Fiddle' Natalie MacMaster. Also on the bill this season is sultry jazz singer Emilie Claire Barlow with noted sCIXophonist Phil Dwyer, and the exciting sounds of the Taiko drum as presented by the Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble. For the twelfth straight season Maestro Kerry Stratton will conduct the fully professional Festival Orchestra over two evenings, the first featuring pianist David Jalbert performing Grieg's Piano Concerto and the orchestra performing Dvorak's Symphony #8. The second evening features Rossini's light comic opera, The Barber of Seville, featuring Baritone Alexander Dobson and Soprano Marion Newman. Classical music will be well represented on the program with the presentation of the award winning Gryphon Trio, Canada's finest piano trio. As well, we are pleased to celebrate our neighbouring festival, the Festival of the Sound's 25 1 h Anniversary, through the presentation of the Festival Winds, featuring clarinetist Jam es Campbell. For tickets and information contact: Phone: 705-788-2787 · E-mail: inlo@huntsvillefestival.on.ca Web: www.huntsvillefestival.on.ca Junel - July 7 2004 WWW. TH EWHOLENOTE.COM 27

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