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Volume 11 Issue 6 - March 2006

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instruments. The Consort is noted for its unique interpretation and thrilling technique that gives listeners an unforgettable experience with new sounds, perhaps similar to the experience of the Japanese who heard the instrument for the first time in the 16th century? Yukimi Kambe Viol Consort website: www A Third Passion? Did J.S. Bach really write a third great Passion? Well, yes! Okay, actually, the libretto is all that survived of the St. Mark Passion, and this is what has provided clues for scholars who assembled choruses, chorales, and arias from one of Bach's earlier funeral cantatas, in order to re-create this work. The missing piece of the St. Mark Passion puzzle was the music for the recitatives. Knowing that Bach himself was a great recycler of his own music, Simon Heighes, the musical architect of a 1993 reconstruction, borrowed recitatives from a "St Mark Passion" composed by Bach's contemporary, Reinhard Keiser, with whom Bach was familiar. The result has convinced even the most critical musicologists! The Canadian premiere of the Heighes/Keiser version was given by the Cantata Singers of Ottawa in 2000, and the Toronto Chamber Choir performance (March 11) marks this version's Toronto premiere. Soloists for this performance include fast-rising soprano Catherine Webster; Grammy-nominated countertenor Matthew White; tenor Lawrence Wiliford as the Evangelist; and baritone Andrew Mahon. Website: torontochamberchoir (And for more Bach, look no further than Tafelmusik (April 6 - 9). The Wedding Cantata with soprano Gillian Keith, Cantata 82 !ch habe genug, harpsichord concerto (Charlotte Nediger, soloist), and oboe concerto (John Abberger, soloist), offer something for every Bach lover. Website: Early Oratorio Carissimi's Jephte, considered one of the earliest examples of an oratorio, contains some of the most moving vocal music of the early Baroque. Canada's own Suzie Le­ Blanc, stars as Jephte's daughter in this Toronto Consort concert presentation of an historically important work (March 3 and 4). With many guest singers and play- ers, they will also delve into the dramatic motets and oratorios of the late Renaissance by Lasso, Schiltz, and Merula. Website: Face From the Past Combining the multifarious talents ofrecorder/tlute/banjo player Janet Beazley and soprano/composer Moira Smiley, this Scaramella program (March 9) digs deep into the spectrum of the human voice, celebrating and exploring the parallels between 17th century music (including Playford songs and dances) and folk traditions where street singing, improvisation and wild harmony and rhythm are interwoven into a 21st century musical vocabulary. www. scaramel la. ca Website: 250th Birthday When would you ever celebrate someone's 250th birthday? Crazy, eh? Join the festivities (March 23- 26) with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra - Mozart's Coronation Mass & Jupiter Symphony, with the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir; Karina Gauvin, soprano; Kirsten Sollek, alto; Alan Bennett, tenor; Nathaniel Watson, baritone; and guest conductor Bruno Weil. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (1525-1594) This man became well-known by the name of the town in which he was born, Palestrina. Today, his music is studied as the model of 16th century counterpoint. His remarkable output of 105 masses and some 250 motets provide great examples. You have two opportunities this month to hear some music by Palestrina. Studio Sixteen performs his sacred choral works for eight voices (March 11) - Missa Papae Marcelli, Stabat Mater and Surge illuminare. Website Later (March 18), the Tallis Choir presents a program, "Holy Week in the Renaissance" which includes music by Palestrina, Allegri, and Victoria. Website: www And also associated with Holy Week, watch for the beautiful Ler;ons de tenebres by Frarn;ois Couperin, plus French Baroque instrumental music, performed by Michele DeBoer & Teri Dunn, sopranos; Lucas Harris, theorbo; Joelle Morton, viola da gamba; and Borys Medicky, organ (April I). Mozart Triumphant: Coronation Mass & Jupiter Symphony Thurs - Sat March 23 - 25, 2006 at 8pm Sun March 26 at 3:3opm Trinity-St. Paul's Centre 427 Bloor Street West Bruno Weil, Guest Conductor Karina Gauvin, soprano Kirsten Sollek, alto Alan Bennett, tenor Nathaniel Watson, baritone Join us for a free public pre-concert lecture one hour before this concert. Morgan A spectacular finale to ou r Mozartfest celebrations - the thrilling Coronation Mass and Mozart's final symphony, the Jupiter. Celebrate Mozart's very best with the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and Orchestra. J.S. Bach Wedding Cantata Featuring Gillian Keith, soprano Norman Engel, trumpet soloist Thurs - Sat April 6 - 8, 2006 at Spm Sun April 9 at 3:3opm Trinity-St. Paul's Centre 427 Bloor Street West Tues April 4 at Sp m George Weston Recital Hall 5040 Yonge Street Welcome spring with the music of Bach and the sparkling voice of Canadian soprano Gi llian Keith. Also on the programme is Bach's celebratory Cantata No. 51 .· ':"'>­ Jauchzet Gott and concertos for harpsichord and ob~\~ @\RR.I~ Dml(s@ MARGARET AND ]IM F~~:K P.aul's Centre tickets call M AR CH 1 - A PR IL 7 2006 WWW. TH EWHOLENOTE.COM 21

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