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Volume 12 - Issue 4 - December 2006

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10GREAT ARTISTSNATIONAL ARTS CENTRE WIND QUINTETJoanna G'froerer fluteCharles Hamann oboeKimball Sykes clarinetChristopher Millard bassoonLawrence Vine hornMusic of Debussy, Hetu, Reicha & HarbisonFRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 8 PMRCM Concert Hall90 Croatia Street (Bloor & Dufferin) adults, students & seniorsGroup rates available416.408.2824, ext. 321FREE CONCERTSNEW MUSIC ENSEMBLEBrian Current conductorMusic of Sokolovic, Vivier, Webern & moreFRIDAY, DECEMBER 8, 8 PMRCM Concert Hall90 Croatia Street (Bloor & Dufferin)NOON HOUR CONCERTSToronto Chamber Brass (Brass Quintet)WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6Continental Piano (2 pianos, 4 hands)WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31The Royal Conservatory of Music, Room 30590 Croatia Street (Bloor & Dufferin)416.408.2824, ext.•••Canacllankerlia!=lePatrimoinecanadien~;Hoekman has distinguished himself as an orchestral, chamber and soloperformer. He is currentl y principal cellist with Sinfonia Toronto.These details merely brush the surface of the accomplished andeclectic backgrounds of these musicians. United, they form one of themost impressive and promising forces on the Canadian chamber musicscene. And united is the operative word-their playing harmonisesuncannily.Alon Nashrnan for his part, has a substantial, varied and inspiredbackground in theatre, television and film. His work ranges from largescaleHollywood productions such as Cinderella Man and Dark Waterto intimate and groundbreaking exercises in theatre such as the recentThe Song at TPM and Kafka and Son at the Ashkenaz and WorldStage Festivals. The Tokais relished the opportunity to work with him."It's great to get to know someone who has been on the performingscene for a while and learn from his experience," explains Koczo. " Hisenthusiasm and energy inspires us." Hoekman adds, " His clear vision ofthe project is having a huge impact on our performance of the music .His instincts for how he thinks we should sound have been right on,every time."The Snow Queen's composer Patrick Cardy died in March of lastyear at the age of 51. " It's a shame that we never got to meet him,"comments Hoekman. " He was a huge talent and it's a big loss for Canadianmusic." Cardy was also a renowned teacher at Carleton University.Asa composer he was known for his ability to combine lyricismwith a strong dramatic sense. "He seems to have had a thorough understandingof the relationship between music and text," says Hoekman.At the end of January, The Tokai Quartet will be playing a concert forthe Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music society featuring Shostakovich,Beethoven and Bartok. This is perhaps a return to their core repertoire­Hoekman and Koczo both point to Shostakovich as an audience favourite-butthey see their eclecticism as central to their identity as a quartet."In today's world it seems everybody has to specialize in something," Koczoobserves. "We haven't had to do that yet and hopefully we can keep upthe variety. We are trying to keep a balance between the known masterworksthat the audiences love hearing and some lesser-known classicalquartets and discover new Canadian works and composers:'"We recently learned a new piece by Katarina Curcin who is definitely oneof the next giants in Canadian music," adds Hoekman. "\e're going toperfonn her piece several times on our Debut Atlantic tour (March 2007)."Clearly audiences have much to look forward to from these risingtale nts. In the meantime, January's performance provides satisfyingcontrast with The Snow Queen. The two concerts together evoke theJanus-face of winter: the colourful and jovial face of the Christmasseason and the sterner face of the months which follow.There will be two performances of The Snow Queen in Toronto atthe Al Green Theatre o n December 17th. See the listings for detail s.Readers are also encouraged to check out the Quartet's the guestbook.Give the gift of Music"WholeNote is the best way to reach discerningand educated music lovers directly . "Every month WholeNote gives the gift of music.You can tool Concert tickets and/or asubscription to WholeNote make great gifts. Aphone number for concert presenters is part ofevery concert listing. For a subscription, phone416-406-5055 or contact us atsubscriptions@thewholenote.comWWW. THEWHOLENOTLCOM EBRUARY 7 2 7

The Majesty of ChristmasMonday, December 18, 2006, 8 p.m.The Cathedral Church of St. James, 6S Church Street, TorontoRichard Bradshaw, Guest ConductorThe Canadian Children's Opera Chorus & Youth ChorusAnn Cooper Gay, Director; Micheal Bloss, Organ SoloistThe HSSB's annual Christmasconcert at the CathedralChurch of St. James hasquickly become a Torontotradition. The combination oforgan, brass and children'sCanadian Children's Opera Choruschorus in the acousticsplendour of the Cathedral is majestically combined with the heartfeltsinging of the 800 audience members. This year, in addition tobeloved carols, we will present John Burge's setting of 0 Come, 0Come, Emmanuel and A Dickens of a Christmas by Errol Gay ..Richard Bradshaw"Toronto's brass band par excellence"William Littler, The TorontoStarCall the St. Lawrence Centre Box Office416-366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754or book on-line www.stlc.comVisit us at www.hssb.caThis concert generously sponsored by GOOD1i'EARGoodyear Canada Ltd.'j7torontoorhcouncil.. ,., ' ,. ~- .........'"' ''"" OY_A_MAHAILong = uade NSKMusical lnstumentsJUPITrn.St. Michael's Choir School67th Annual Christmas ConcertDecember 15 & 16, 2006, 8:00 p.m.Massey Hall, TorontoTickets: 416-872-4255www.masseyhall.comDECEMBER 1 2006 - FEBRUARY 7 2007WWW. TH EWH O LE NOTE. COM

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