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Volume 10 Issue 1 - September 2004

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Canada's Premier Professional Brass Band SUBSCRIBE TODAY! 2004/2005 Season SUNDAY, o!r!. .!.A! THEATRE Welsh Rare Bits SUNDAY, NOVEMB ER 7, 2004, 3 P.M. JANE MALLETI THEATRE The Great Toronto Carol Sing TUESDAY, DEC . 14, 2004, 8 P.M. ST. JAMES' CATHEDRAL Fiesta SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2005, 3 P.M. JANE MALLETI THEATRE SUNDAY, MARCH !o!_iJaALLETI THEATRE A Lighter Shade of Brass . SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2005, 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 = EO. by Colin Eatock A Few Modest Proposals August is the time when Toronto's concert presenters gear up for the corning year, with press-release announcements about the corning season. Having scanned the communiques, brochures and web-sites, I offer a few suggetions - based entirely on my personal druthers. August 10, 2004: Now here's a bit of welcome news in my e-mail: the Moscow Virtuosi will be appearing in Toronto on October 30 at the George Weston Recital Hall. This performance will bring to a close the foreign-orchestra drought that parched Toronto's concert season last year. And, as it turns out, the Virtuosi aren't the only orchestra corning to town. After a year's hiatus, Roy Thomson Hall is back in the orchestra business, presenting St. Petersburg's Kirov Orchestra in two different programmes at RTH on April 21 and 22. Even the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is getting in on the act, presenting the China Philharmonic on March 16 - although the main attraction on that concert will be the sensational young pianist Lang Lang. As well, Quebec City's Les Violons du Roy will grace the stage of RTH on October 26, and the TSO will host Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra on November 20. If not exactly "foreign" orchestras, these ensembles are a welcome addition to the season. August 12, 2004: Speaking of the TSO, I picked up one of their brochures today. They're obviously out to make a big splash this fall, with back-to-back concerts featuring Yo-Yo Ma and Renee Fleming on October 1 and 2, respectively. Wagner fans will also want to mark Jane Eaglen's December 2 and 4 TSO engagements on their calendars. But this year the orchestra has more to offer than the usual parade of guest artists: this is Peter Oundjian's inaugural season as the TSO's new music director - and his every move, on stage and off, will be scrutinized by the press and public. The Canadian Opera Company's brochure also offers some enticing fare this season. The Handmaid's Tale, composed by Pou] Ruders and based on a novel by Margaret Atwood, has finally made its way to Toronto (September 23 - October 9). In Denmark, the UK and the USA it's received enthusiastic reviews, so it should be worth looking into. The COC's Ring. cycle; which got off to a promising start last year, continues with Siegfried (January 27 - February 11). And tucked away at the end of the sason (April 1 - 16) Tancredi, an early Rossini masterpiece, in its Toronto premiere. August 17: A little internet surfing reveals a few more gems ill Toronto's concert calendar. Tafelmusik will end its season with a rarity, Handel's oratorio Deborah, (May 5 - 8); and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir will wrap up with The Dream of Gerontius (April 26). As for vocal recitals, rm looking forward to Isabel Bayrakdarian at Roy Thomson Hall (May 8). As well,'the Aldeburgh Connection will present two of Canada's top .singers: Gerald Finley (April 14) and Michael Schade (May 25). In the realm of chamber music, Music Toronto opens its season in fine style with the Emerson Quartet (October 7) - and the Anton Kuerti Beethoven recital (November 16) should be a safe bet. But the most intriguing Music Toronto offering this year looks to be Toronto composer Christos Hatzis' Constantinople (November 10 - 13). This ambitious multi-media work has been performed in bits and pieces over the ·last few years, and I, for one, want to see how it finally turns out. 12 The Hannaford Street Silver Band is grateful for the assisiance received from its corporate and its many individual donors, and from the following: B1fB .... ....... .... ... · :..!...'.;:.. OY!f!. !iii Tlil' SOCAN Fo1111datiot1 la Fom1n1io11 SOCAN (.;-:-•»11! :·-.-:t: Md1.i\ll Cr,1it.\t.: F;,ltion long & McQuade Music.1llnstumentl Deloitte. I could go on, but I'm running out of space. So I'll end on a cautionary note: I've never believed it's a critic's role to review performances before they happen. But I think it's fair to say that the above-mentioned events ought to be worth attending. At least I hope so - and I look forward to finding out! Colin Eatock is a composer and writer in Toronto who contributes to the Globe and Mail and other publications. His T.O. Musical Diary is a regular monthly feature of The WholeNote magazine. WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM .SEPTEMBER 1 ·OCTOBER 7 2004

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