R..eVJVL eat • drink • talk • llsten JAzz Notes CONTINUED The Jazz. FM9 l Sound of Toronto Tommy Flanagan and Hank Jones were among his influences, as evidenced by his lyrical approach lO his music. Jazz Series continues on March 7th Last month I wrote about New with Jane Bunnett & Strings and on York and J made mention of Dizthe l 6th with the Humber Music Jazz Series, a Latin Jazz Night which will feature the student ensembles of Hilario Duran & Rick Lazar. Brad Barker will host the evening. On March 11 Jazz.FM91 Sound of Toronto Jazz Series. this time at the Royal Ontaio Museum will have Pat Wheeler's Absolute Faith Orchestra and Cherie Marshall on vocals. These are only a few of the musical highlights to brighten up the grey March evenings. There are regular detailed listings in this issue, including the club programming, but one of the "don't miss" events is the solo piano engagement of Kenny Barron at the Montreal Bistro for three . nights from March 3rd. Kenny has a solid following - and so he should; long considered one of the finest jazz pianists of his generation, he came to the fore playing with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Yusef Lateef and Stan Getz. If you were to ask him, he'd tell you that zy's, the recently opened jazz club in the Jazz At Lincoln Center complex. You enter the imposing lobby of the Time-Warner building at Columbus Circle - the piped background music is jazz - take an elevator to the 5th floor and step into the world of jazz. Lincoln Center style. To say the least it's a far cry from the 52nd Street of the late 30s. The club is elegant without being ostentatious and laid out with good sightlines and can comfortably accommodate 140 people. There are lots of wooden surfaces, all of them curved (helps with the sound, you know). The bandstand is situated in front of a window wall, so the band i playing in front of a view of the Manhattan skyline. Pretty impressive. Guess what? It is not inexpensive. Average cover charge is .00, average drink, $10.00. We tend to forget what a bargain Toronto is. Happy (live) listening. IN THE JAZZ LISTINGS Alex Dean's Humber student ensemble This month sees two of Toronto's fantastic jazz education programs highlighted at the Rex. U of T Student Ensembles are featured on the first three Monday nights of the month, as well as a Sunday afternoon workshop every weekend, hosted by Chris Donnelly. Then, on March 2811', Humber College takes the stage, beginning with an evening of mainstream jazz featuring the student ensembles of Alex Dean and Pat LaBarbera, and a Tuesday ni·ght performance by the latin ensembles of Rick Lazar and Hilario Duran. Some other notable performances in the clubs this month include brilliant pianist/composer David Braid at Top 0' the Senator (Mar 1-6) with his sextet, and the continuing Tuesday night Diva Series at the Honey Supper Lounge including a special performance by June Garber (Mar 29). Details of the jazz month in the clubs can be found on pages 59 and 60. Sophia Perlman MARCH 1 - APRIL 7 2005
On OPERA by Christopher Haile The Toronto Consort presents ORYEO BY LUIGI ROSSI in concert \ ' , March 11 & 12, 2005 at Bpm Lyne Fortin and Russell Braun are featured in Opera Ontario's Don Giovanni in February 2006 T11E 2005-06 SEASO is shaping up lombe and runs November 5-12. to be an exciting one. On February "Orfeo" (1607), with Daniel Belch- 11. Opera Ontario announced its er in the title role, includes Novacek, plans for next year closely followed Ainsworth. Whicher, Laquerre and by Opera Atelier's announcement counter-tenor Matthew White and on February 16. Both suggest that runs April 15-23, 2006. opera is in very good health in Ontario. A major cause for optimism is Opera Ontario's plan to increase the number or its performance . In aduition to the three performam:es per opera in Hamilton. the number or performances in Kitchener will rise from one to two, the second heing a much-needed matinee. of Tafelmusik and David Fallis of the Toronto Consort. While the multi-disciplinary festival is prima rily inspired by the tales of transfor mation recounted in Ovid's '·Metamorphosis", it also highlights tales The Opera Ontario season starts with Gounod's "Romeo et Juliette" starring Laura Whalen and John Bellemer (Hamilton, October 15-22; Kitchener, October 28-30), showing While these season announcements make us look aheau to next year. there is much operatic activity in Toronto just this March. Three of at least seven operatic events this month are pan of the city-wide Metamorphosis Festival, the brainchild of Artistic Directors Alison Mackay the company' continued commit- of change from many other cultures. ment to the French repertory. Then • The tirst opera featured is Han- 2006 begins with Mozart's "Don del's "Semele" performed by the Giovanni" featuring a starry Cana- University of Toronto Opera Didian line-up inc:luding Russell Braun vision March 4-5 and 11-12. Hanin the title role, Lyne Fortin, Ben- del wrote "Semele" as an opera to a jamin Butterfield, Sally Dibblee and libretto by Restoration playwright Gary Relyea (Kitchener, February William Congreve in 1744, but due 3-5; Hamilton, February 11-18). to costs and changing tastes in Lon The tinal opera is Verdi's "La Tra- don, it was first performed as an viata" with Jeanine Thames, Roger oratorio. As one might expect, Con Honeywell and John Fanning (Ham- greve turns Ovid's tale of hubris into ilton, April 29-May 6; Kitchener, May 12-14). Opera Atelier celebrates its 20th anniversary season with two new productions-Monteverdi's "Orfeo" and the North American premiere of Lully's "Armide". "Armide" (1686), regarded as Lully's supreme masterpiece, is based on an episode in Torquato Tasso 's influential Crusader epic: "Gerusalemme Liberata" (1575). It stars Stephanie ovacek as the Muslim princess of the ti 1 tle, Colin Ainsworth, Monica Whicher, Olivier La uerre and Alain Cou- a atirical fable of gods. mortals and their vanity. The Theban princess Semele longs for immortality and forsakes her mortal lover for the love of Jupiter. Tricked by Jupiter's wife Juno, Semele refuses Jupiter's advances unless he appears to her in his godly form. When he does so Semele is consumed by flames. The work has a string of familiar arias, the best-known of which is Jupiter's "Where'er you walk". Director Tom Diamond will recontigure the Mac Millan Theatre tage as a thrust stage CONTINUES NEXT PAGE MARCH 1 - APRIL 7 200-5 WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM . First performed at the French Royal Court in 1647, Luigi Ro si's Orfeo is one of the grandest of an early baroque operas. Written for the young Louis XIV, Ro si's extravagant version of the Orpheus legend combine dramatic intensity and comic nourish in a breathtaking combination of recitative, arias, trios and powerful choruse . David Fallis leads an orchestra of strings. lutes, guitars, harp ichord and organ, and full cast of singers, featuring Ann Monoyio as Euridice and Christine Abraham a Orfeo. For Tickets call 416-964-633 7 Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, 42 7 Bloor St. West Opera Division University of Toronto You are cordially invited to attend the marriage of l\ilard1 I., !i, 11, 12 at 7}Hl pm MacMillan Theatre, Faculty of l\lw.ic Tickets $ 2()/ J(j (seniors ;incl st11clcnts) 11. 1G.97 8.:·P1J .• 1.