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Volume 11 Issue 10 - July 2006

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also performing at the

also performing at the Indian River Festival, along with La Ragazze Girls Choir (who provide music for a showing of the 1929 classic silent film "Phantom of the Opera"). In Toronto, the Toronto Children's Chorus gives a pre-tour concert on July 11. They are spending a week and a half in Austria and Slovakia later in July. And for fans of the lighter side of choral music, the Canadian Singers appear on the Musical Mondays concert series at the Church of the Holy Trinity on July 24. Many of our stellar choirs have announced their seasons for 2006- 07 and would welcome your subscription order! If you have a favourite, or would like to try out a new choir, check WholeNote's Canary Pages online at www . for website information, or peruse the advertisements adjacent to this column for more information. And I would be remiss if I didn't continue to encourage our readers to give choral singing a try. This is audition and sign-up time, so if you are interested in singing, please give in to the urge and contact a choir. ... most if not all of the choirs in this city welcome new members and now is the perfect time. Wishing you all a musical and restful summer! 200•·200, SEASON AUDITIONS Under the dynamic leadership of Artistic Director Robert Cooper, Orpheus is moving forward! I'm enjoying the choir enormously, and finding it a learning experience. / like Bob's demanding, high standards. Nancy Ackerman, choir member In the short time since Robert Cooper became its conductor, the Orpheus Choir of Toronto has reinvented itself as one of the most innovative programmers of large-scale choral works in the city .... a choir to take another look at. Larry Beckwith, WholeNote Magazine Expand your repertoire with new music, enjoy familiar pieces in a fresh light, and be challenged by the unusual. JOIN THE ORPHEUS CHOIR, a vibrant organization in its 42nd year, and experience a rewarding time with a warm and welcoming group of singers. NOW AUDITIONING IN ALL VOICE PARTS. PLEASE CALL 416 530-4428 FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO BOOK AN AUDITION Orpheus Choir of Toronto: Expect something different MALE LEAD SOLOISTS WANTED Lead soloists (tenor and bass) needed for St. John's United Church (Victoria Park and 401) Available Thursday e vening practice and Sunday m orning service Contact N eill Kernohan 4 16-49 1- 1224 or neill@ Back to Ad Index Summer is finally here, and while the regular concert season is over till the fall, there's still much to take in musically, both in and out of doors, and in and out of town. Toronto's Habour front Centre is of course burgeoning with activity all summer long. Each weekend through September 4th, the venues around 235 Queens Quay West host a variety of free WORLD View by Karen Ages musical, dance, film, food etc. events representing different world cultures. One ticketed event, featuring Malian Afro-pop star Salif Keita, takes place July 6. Weekend highlights include: Ritmo y Color, music and dance of Mexico (July 21 -23); Island Soul (Caribbean culture, August 4-7); Ho­ Hai-Yan (Taiwanese Cultural Festival, August 18-20); and Ashkenaz : A Festival of New Yiddish Culture (August 31-September 4). Also at Harbourfont, on the water front between Bathurst and Spadina, the Toronto Music Garden is host to an outdoor concert series, Thursdays and Sundays through September 17th. Curated by Tamara Bernstein, the series features several traditional world music ensembles. See listings for July 6, 16, 20, August 3 and 17 for details on concerts of Indian, Chinese, Persian, Yiddish and Japanese music . Visit www. for details. There are also many events all summe r at Yonge-Dundas Squa re, including the Global Grooves concert series, featuring world music in a more popular vein. For complete schedule, visit For those wishing to stay indoo r s : St. Luke' s Anglican Church presents the South Wales Choir, featuring Welsh classics, hymns and ballads, July 5. The T oronto T a bla Ensemble presents a concert of North Indian music with bansuri flute master G.S. Sachdev and tabla virtuoso Swapan Chaudhuri, July 15 at Glenn Gould Studio; and M-Do Autorickshaw, featured in September 2005 WholeNore; several upcoming dates at Stratford Summer Music (home of the Toronto Tabla Ensemble) presents an evening of the same genre, with Ranajit Sengupta, sarod, and Subhajyoti Guba, tabla, both from Kolkata (Calcutta) India, July 29 at 50 Spadina. And on a similar theme but coming from the South Indian tradition, Toronto based fusion band Tasa performs at the Red Guitar August 8. Small World Music presents the third annual Global Cafe, July 7-16, at the Lula Lounge, Gypsy Co-op and the Mod Club. Featured are artists from the US, Cuba, Cape Verde, Nigeria, Iran, Serbia and Senegal. Visit www And Old Time music fans should check out the Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championships, presented by the Shelburne Rotary Club, August 10-12 in Shelburne, Ont. If you're interested in dance and spectacle, Kawa :hi Dance Theatre presents Living Ritual: World Indigenous Dance Festival, including performances by Tewa Dancers from the North, Rulan Tangen, Le-la-la Dancers and others plus workshops, panel discussions and master classes, at York University , Ju ly 14 -16. See www And the Hummingbird Centre presents Bombay Dreams, a la rge-scale musical-theatre work set in the Bollywood film scene, with lavish costumes, da nce numbers and music by film composer A.R. Rahman (also Lord of the Rings stage version), August 16-20. T he Chinese Performing Arts Festival presents Of Heaven and Earth, August 23-26 at the Toronto Cen- WWW. THEWH O LENOTE.COM U L Y 1 - EPTEMBER

Maryem Tollar tre for the Arts. (I have no more details at this time). At the festivals ...... . If you're itching to get out of town, don't forget to check out our Summer Music Festivals listings. More festivals are including world music concerts these days . The Collingwood Music Festival presents Maryem Tollar and her Arabic Ensemble on July 13, and Klezmer Gypsy Band on the 14th. Another Klezmer ensemble with a busy summer, Montreal based Kleztory will perform with I Musici de Montreal at Le Domaine Forget International Festival on July 7, at the Indian River Festival in PEI on July 21, and at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival on July 28 and 29. Across the lake at the Eastman School of Music, you can hear Balinese Gamelan in concert on July 10, and Arabic Music with our own Dr. George Sawa and his wife Suzanne Meyers Sawa, on the 13th. Toronto based Indian-jazz fusion band autorickshaw performs several times at Stratford Summer Music in late July, at Westben Arts Festival Theatre on August 5, and at Kincardine Summer Music Festival on August 6. Also at Stratford, Beyond the Pale Klezmer ensemble performs several times in August, and the Yiddish Swing Quartet performs August 12. The Mill Race Folk Festival in Cambridge offers a variety of music and dance from various cultures, August 4-6 (sorry, we have no listings) . And Western Union Sunfest presents A Celebration of World Cultures July 6-9; some of the groups included will be Les Amazones de Guinee, Samba Squad, Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble (Japanese Taiko drumming), and Tandava (see CD review this issue). Have a fun and relaxing summer, and see you in September! j ULY 1 - SEPTEMBER 7 2 006 Back to Ad Index SoME THING New by Jason van Eyk continuing to prepare for the MG's season launch festival, X Avant, in September. Recuperate? NEVER!" Meanwhile, his partner in artistic crime, John Gzowski, will be up to "a little travel, a little composing, some performing and maybe even some time off. I'm finishing up music for Red Sky's full length dance piece, Shimmer, with native dancers from Australia, Canada and Mexico at Banff, touring some festivals with Indo-fusion group Tasa and then taking a few weeks off before I start up working with Jonny on Music Gallery business. I'm very excited to be gearing up towards fully fo­ -----------, cusing on the Gallery this fall , Given that the Toronto new music concert season ramped up to a rousing close with the soundaXis festival, I was curious to know what our local new music community would be doing with its couple of "free" months ahead. To that end, I asked several artistic directors to give us a snapshot of their summer schedules. In light of the gauntlet of high quality concerts that filled out the soundaXis schedule (June 1-11), I figured that rest and relaxation would be top priority. But for those who are passionate about new music, as all of these directors are, creative drive overrides the need for recuperation. When I asked J ul iet Palmer, guest curator of Continuum Contemporary Mus i c, what her summer months held, she said "Outside of Continuum, my collective urbanve sse l (writer Christine Duncan Anna Chatterton, architect Christie Pearson and myself) will be in residence at Toronto's Theatre Centre developing a new interdisciplinary work for multiple sewing machines and vocalist Christine Duncan. We're also creating and rehearsing with choreographer Yvonne Ng our new work SLIP, for the Harrison Street Baths (performances Sept 20- 22). This new site-specific work features dancers Louis Laberge-Cote and Susanne Chui; singers Christine Duncan, Vilma Vito ls and Aki Takahashi; and percussionist Jean Martin. " The Co-Artistic Directors of the Music Gallery are clearly on a busy summer schedule. Jonathan Bunce explained "I will be taking a twoweek trip to the U .K. to visit family and friends; performing shows with my band Republic of Safety, including the Hillside Festival in Guelph, an opening set for Mission of Burma (the greatest rock band of all time, in my humble opinion) at the Horseshoe Tavern July 26th, and our own headlining concert the following night at the Gladstone Hotel; working on songwriting and commencing recording on our first full-length; editing submissions for the anthology "The State of the Arts: Culture in Toronto" , for Coach House Books, and as we continue our turnaround. We are finally able to start implementing all our big plans, so I'm looking forward to a few weeks of holiday be- fore the fun really starts again this September." New Music Concert's General Manager, David Olds, sent in his Artistic Director's response, seeing as Robert Aitken is already overseas performing. He said "Here's a brief overview of Bob's summer as I understand it. He is in Vilnius, Lithuania until June 23, where he will rehearse with the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra for public performances and recording sessions of four flute concertos by Johann Stamitz (to be released by Naxos). On June 25, Bob returns to Canada for teaching, masterclasses and performances at Mount Orford, where he will stay until July 8. Then he will take a week ., .,.,1 WWW.TH EWHOLENOTE. COM John Gzowski: joins Jonathan Bunce this year as co-artistic director of the Music Gallery or so at the family cottage, where activities will definitely include fishing and golf. July 24 - 28 entails solo and chamber performances at the Festival of the Sound. August 10 - 13 sees Bob at the National Flute Association's convention in Pittsburgh, where he is on the Board of Directors, and from which he received the association's Lifetime Achievement A ward in 2003 . At the end of August through the first week of September, Bob will be a featured performer at Toshio Hosokawa' s Takefu International Music Festival in Japan. I'm looking forward to seeing Bob back in Toronto mid-September ... " Finally, I heard from Darren Copeland of New Adventures in Sound Art. He responded by saying "Unlike most new music organizations, summer is actually mid-season for us. It is the time for the Sign Waves installations and Sound Travels performances. Work is underway on two sound sculpture commissions for Toronto Island by Barry Prophet and the team of Kristi Allik and Robert Mulder. 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