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Volume 11 Issue 1 - September 2005

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~infqnia 1oronlo NURHAN ARMAN MUSIC DIRECTOR Toronto's Premier Chamber Orchestra Celebrating Mozart 250 and playing for Peace ROBERT SILVERMAN, Pianist Saturday, Oct. 15, 8 pm Grace Church on-the-Hill 300 Lonsdale Road or­ BIBER Battalia MOZART Piano Cto No. 14 BARBER Adagio DVORAK American Quartet chestral version (Arman) , , ETSUKO KIMURA Violinist Saturday, Nov. 12, 8 pm Grace Church on-the-Hill 300 Lonsdale Road WIREN Serenade MOZART Violin Cto No. 1 SHOSTAKOVICH Sinfonia SHOSTAKOVICH 4 Preludes , , CHRISTMAS CONCERT GIUSEPPE LANZETTA, Conductor Saturday, Dec. 3, 8 pm Walmer Church, 188 Lowther VIVALDI The Four Seasons PENTLAND Holiday Suite MANFREDINI Christmas Cto Christmas Carols , , Buy online or call 416 499 0403 Subscribe and save 7-concert Masterpiece Series 9, 9 & 4-concert Mozart-in-Jeans & A Viennese Masked Ball March 25, Arcadian Court 0 before Dec.25 cover stories (11) Andrew Ager Composerin-Residence by Allan Pulker IN J ULY at the National Gallery in Ottawa, I participated in a panel discussion on the future of / classical music, organized by the "' ,,.___________ Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, with retired CBC producer, Suzanne King as moderator. The question, we agreed, was not whether there was a future for classical music but rather what kind of a future: what do we need to do now to create the conditions for it to thrive? With eight panelists there was no shortage of ideas! One audience member, I am pleased to say, praised WholeNote for helping create a supportive environment for classical music; I emphasized education, especially starting singing at a very young age; and, not surprisingly, there was general agreement that festivals like Ottawa make an important contribution to the creation of a bright future for classical music. Music festivals, however, do not "happen" by themselves: they need somebody at the wheel who can recognize and avoid the roadblocks. With Barrie's Colours of Music Festival on the horizon, I asked Andrew Ager, who is its composer-in-residence this year, to share with me his thoughts on that festival's man at the helm, Bruce Owen. "Bruce Owen is a visionary soul," is how he began. "To mount a festival in a small city so close to Toronto is to see a possibility that nobody else has seen. It is a brilliant, intrepid undertaking!" Engaging Ager as his composer-in-residence is a typically deft touch on Owen's part. Ager is an accomplished pianist and organist; largely self-taught as a composer, his works are getting widely performed. Colours of Music will provide a number of opportunities to hear his music, beginning with The Exultate Singers' festival-opening program which contains two arrangements by Ager of Nova Scotia folksongs. Clarinettist James Campbell and violist Rivka Golani will perform part of a suite Ager is writing for them; and the Penderecki Quartet will perform a set of three of his dances. And there's more: in London (England) during the summer his "London Songs" Cycle was premiered by the gifted young English tenor, Nick Jenkins. Ager will return for three weeks in April and May to accompany the Acadia University Chapel Choir, participate in a chamber music concert and do an organ recital at All Hallows Barking, right across the street from the Tower of London. Back in Canada Kathryn Tremills will perform his piano concerto with the Georgian Bay Symphony on October 22; on October 28 the Exultate Chamber Singers and the Penderecki Quartet will perform his "Invisible Harp," a setting of poetry by James Joyce; on November 11 his oratorio, "The Unknown Soldier" will be performed at St. James' Cathedral; and on January 24 soprano Shannon Mercer will premiere his song cycle, settings of texts by Shakespeare. AGER HAS ALSO rnsr ADDED another composer residency to his multifeathered cap at St. James' Cathedral. Music director Michael Bloss has put Ager in charge of planning the Music at Midday weekly recitals and Twilight Recital Series. (Ager will also perform in both in September.) He will also compose anthems and arrangements for use in services, conduct choir concerts and fill in as required for Michael Bloss. Allan Pulker's column QuodLibet on page 16 has more on Colours of Music and other festivals, along with commentary on some of the month's other orchestral and chamber offerings. 12 WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM SEPTEMBER 1 - O CTOBE R 7 2 005 Back to Ad Index

October 16, 2005 French Salon: Voices of the Canadian Opera Company The stars of the COC Ensemble both former and current are back by popular demand! Soprano Joni Henson, mezzo soprano Krisztina Szabo and bass baritone Olivier Laquerre join violinist Jacques lsraelievitch and pianists Inna Perkis and Boris Zarankin in the annual French Salon featuring the music of Ravel, Poulenc and Berlioz. November 6, 2005 Schubertiad: Of Marriage and Fish! Two husband and wife teams and four Toronto Symphony Orchestra principals will surely catch Schubert's Trout! Dutch soprano Anne Grimm and Canadian tenor Benjamin Butterfield, pianists Inna Perkis and Boris Zarankin, violinist Jacques lsraelievitch, cellist Winona Zelenka, violist Teng Li and double bassist Joel Quarrington come together in what promises to be (as usual) a season highlight! December 4, 2005 Laughing Musically: Greeting Winter "Off Centre" style Could there be a better way to celebrate the holiday season than with a prima comedian and a good dose of musical cheer? Greet the winter in the company of soprano Mary Lou Fallis, pianists Peter Tiefenbach, Inna Perkis and Boris Zarankin and double bassist Joel Quarrington. January 22, 2006 German Salon: Musicists and Physicists (A Tribute to Albert Einstein) "If I were not a physicist," said the famous Einstein, "I would probably be a musician". Michail Gantvarg, a violinist of the Great Russian tradition (in his Toronto debut) joins baritone Jason Nedecky in bringing to life the music of Einstein's favourite composers. March 5, 2006 Russian Salon: Kirov meets Off Centre* Our fruitful collaboration with the Mariinsky Theatre continues! Clarinet virtuoso Viktor Kulik and two exciting young Russian opera stars join pianists Inna Perkis and Boris Zarankin in a triple-debut with Off Centre. April 2, 2006 Doctors and Music II: "We've Got Rhythm" What kind of music does your heart make? Literally. Join baritone Giles Tomkins, pianists Inna Perkis and Boris Zarankin, and percussionists John Rudolph and David Kent, in an exciting season finale devoted to the relationship between music and the human heartbeat. A dance through life's various rhythms including those of Bart6k's Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussions. You are cardio-lly invited ... 2005; 2006 SEASON Ovcr 100 cvcnts ra11gi11gfi·om tho11ght-provohi11g lcct 11rcs to chamber nwsic concerts, master classcs, jct'ZZ, world music, 11cw n111sicfcstivals, choral conccrrs, anclfu/1 scctlc opera prod11ctio11s. Visit 011r website for a fi,11 I is ting of our cvcnts. FACULTY 2'~ UNIVERSITY OFTORON'J'O • Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet • Borromeo String Quartet • Russell Braun • Gryphon Trio • Susan Hoeppner • Beverley Johnston • International Bach Festival with Helmuth Rilling • Steve Reich • Shauna Rolston • Renee Rosnes • Fred Sherry and Friends • St. Lawrence String Quartet SEPTEMB ER 1 - O CTO BE R 7 2005 WWW , THEWHOLENOTE.COM 13 Back to Ad Index

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