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Volume 13 - Issue 2 - October 2007

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wholenote ..The Toronto Concert-Goer's GuideVolume 13 #2 , October 1 - November 7, 2007Copyright© 2007 WholeNote Media, Inc.720 Bathurst Street, Suite 503 , Toronto ON M5S 2R4General Inquiries:416-323-2232 x21 fax 416-603-4791Publisher: Allan Pu Iker x27 publisher@thewholenote.comEditor-in-Chief: David Perlman x28 editorial@thewholenote.comCoordinator, Sales and Marketing:Carolyn McGee x33 carolyn@thewholenote.comNational & retail advertising:Allan Pulker x27 publisher@thewholenote.comEvent advertising/membership:Karen Ages x26 members@thewholenote.ccmProduction liaison/education advertising:Jack Buell x25 adart@thewholenote.comClassified Advertising; Announcements, Etc:Simone Desilets x29 classad@thewholenote.comListings department: x21 listings@thewholenote.comJazz Listings: Sophia Perlman x28 jazz@thewholenote.comCirculation, Display Stands & Subscriptions:416-323-2232 x27; circulation@thewholenote.ccmProduction: 416-351-7171; Fax: 416-351-7272Production Manager: Peter Hobbs,production@thewholenote.comLayout & Design: Verity Hobbs, Rocket Design (Cover Art)Systems Manager: systems@thewholenote.ccmWebmaster: Colin Puffer, webmaster@thewholenote.comContributors:Discoveries Editor: David Olds, discoveries@thewholenote.comBeat by Beat: Quodlibet (Allan Pulker); Early (Frank Nakashima); Choral (AllanPulker); World (Karen Ages); New Music (Jason van Eyk); Jazz (Jim Galloway);Band (Jack MacQuarrie); Opera (Christopher Hoile); Musical Life (mJbuell); Books(Pamela Margles)Features (this issue): mJbuell, Pamela MarglesCD Reviewers (this issue): Eli Eisenberg , Seth Estrin, Daniel Foley, Janos Gardonyi,John S. Gray, Wallace Halladay, Richard Haskell, Tiina Kiik, Pamela Margles,Heidi McKenzie, Lesley Mitchell-Clarke, Frank Nakashima, Ted O'Reilly, JamesParker, Terry Robbins, Bruce Surtees, Andrew Timar, Robert Tomas, Ken Waxman,Dianne WellsProofreaders: Simone Desilets, Karen Ages, Sheila McCoyListings: Richard Haskell, Joyce Leung, Sophie BissonDATES AND DEADLINESNext issue is Volume 13 #3 covering Nov. 1 - Dec. 7, 2007Display Ad Reservations Deadline: 6pm Monday, Oct 15, 2007Free Event Listings Deadline: 6pm Monday, Oct 15, 2007Advertising Materials Due: 6pm Wednesday, Oct 17, 2007Publication Date: Tuesday, October 30, 2007foR OPENERS •••What's New about ClassicalFor openers, what's new about classical this month is the word"New" itself, affixed to the front of the name of the radio station thatMoses Znaimer bought last year, has been tweaking every since,and officially launched Tuesday September 18 with a 20-hour partythat will be remembered for a very long time.Yes, folks , it's now official. Classical 96.3 fm is now " rnE NEWCLASSICAL 96.3 FM". It says so right there in the logo. And for thoseof you who, like me, still think of the station by its call sign, CFMX,well that's been taken care of too. CFMX is now, also officially,CFMZ - easier initials for the station's new owner to remember.Only two degrees of separation, you could say, but a world ofdifference.One of the things MZ did at the station quite early on, that made mesit up and take notice, was instituting what I'd call ambush broadcasts- "We interrupt regularly scheduled programming to bring you, livefrom our lobby at 550 Queen East, the following specialpresentation ... ". And what would follow would be a half hour miniconcert/interview,hosted, as often as not, by the broadcaster whowould have been on air anyway, featuring one or another remarkableperformer or ensemble. I was invited to one with "Prima Donna"Mary Lou Fallis and regular cohort Peter Tiefenbach, and it wasgreat.The lobby in question is a tiny space, featuring a spiral staircase anda grand piano. Forty or fifty people in it constitute a throng and theaction spills over into the adjacent offices and meeting rooms,commandeered for a green room, and for food and drink, bothabundant. But what was as interesting as the performance was themix of people in attendance - media mooches like me, hands-ful ofthe station's advertisers and partners, the station's own personnel,both those who work on-air and the many more who work behind thescenes. A chance to get up close and personal, a great little concert,and, best of all, that little extra frisson - getting to play audience for areal live broadcast.Calling the September 18 station relaunch a "20-hour party " is aserious misnomer, though. It was like one of the little ambushconcerts I just described, multiplied by twenty - one concert for eachhour of the station's broadcast day, starting at 5.00am and onlywinding down at 1 :OOam. And what a line-up! A whole series ofwonderful performers (I counted eleven that have gracedWholeNote's coverover the years) came to perform, and then, asWHO'S READING WHOLENOTE?WholeNote Media Inc. accepts noresponsibility or liability for claims made forany product or service reported on oradvertised in this issue.'li'i' CCAB Qualified Circulation,lilliR March 2005: 30,000 printed and_y distributedCanadian Publication Product SalesAgreement 1263846ISSN 14888-8785 WHOLENOTEPublications Mail Agreement #40026682Return undeliverable Canadianaddresses to:WholeNote Media Inc.503-720 Bathurst StreetToronto ON M5S 2R4Printed in Canada by CoutoPrinting and Publishing Serviceswww.thewholenote.comproduction ofThe Marriageof Figaro.LOG ON TO WIN!See printed version of survey on page 57,or respond online at WWW. THEWHOLENOTE,COM O CTO BER 1 · NOVEMBER 7 2007Back to Ad Index

often as not lingered to listen to whomever came next, becoming partof the lively throng, the buzz that rolled around the little lobby and thewarren of adjacent rooms, whenever the event was not "live to air"(and occasionally, it must be said, even when it was).During the time I was there (7-10 pm approximately) MeashaBrueggergosmanjousted entertainingly with host John van Driel anddelivered an extraordinary little three-song set from her new CDwhich, yes, she got to mention several times. (The half-year's worthof "ambush concerts" seem to have provided a great opportunity forthe station's announcers to fine-tune their craft, Van Driel kept upbeat for beat with the mercurial Brueggergosman, even when theexchanges sounded more like something you'd hear on the ShoppingChannel than the Classical 96 of old.)After her, the Gryphon Trio laid in a lovely little layered set(Schubert to Silvestrov), followed by Sondra Radvanovsky, one of theworld's great living Verdi sopranos - try La Scala with Domingo foran example of the company she gets to keep - who just happens to liveright here. Brueggergosman was still there, half way up the spiralstaircase, when Radvanovsky sang, and that is the image I carriedaway from the evening - the young Canadian already soaring in herown right, leaning on the railing of the stairs, drinking in throughevery pore the artistry of a stellar peer, and as a result glimpsing herown future (and what it will take to get there) a little more clearly.It's amusing to compare the image the New Classical 96.3 presentson the inside back cover of this issue of WholeNote with the way ithas put itself forward in print over the years. The first time round, inMarch 1996, classical Indian dancer Menaka Thakkar was on ourcover, John van Driel and Alexa Petrenko were already on air withthe station, and it was, as the tagline to the ad informed us , "Radiofor Grown-Ups" . By December '97, the tagline was "TimelessRadio"; by March '99, it was "enriching, eclectic, entertaining - thesound of a different drummer."Mind you, today's taglines are not that much more informative, cometo think of it - "The greatest music of all time" is one; "Yesterday'shits. Today's classics" is another. (You could rationalize a steady dietof the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix with either.)Back in 1996-97, when WholeNote was still Pulse, and Classical 96.3was "Radio for Grown-Ups" Moses Znaimer was at the other end ofQueen Street standing the world of independent tv on its ear."TV is not a problem to be solved, but an instrument to be played " hesaid at the time. And did.I can't wait to hear the sound of this new instrument.David Perlman, editorCALENDAR OF WboleNot8 DIRECTORIESWholeNote Magazine is celebrated for its series ofDirectories, published in print and online, connecting andstimulating musical communities across the full continuumfrom presenters to concert-goers. Canary(yellow) Pages, Green Pages, Blue Pages, and more - allworth their weight in GOLD!October:WholeNote Members Issue Blue Pages(Presenters, Performers, Venues)November: Community Band DirectoryMarch:May:June:Summer Music Education DirectoryChoral Directory Canary PagesSummer Music Festival Directory Green PagesGREAT CHAMBER MUSIC DOWNTOWNGryphon TrioBeethoven, Sylvestrov,RavelTuesday October 16at8pmQua tu orBozziniVivier, Stiegler,BrahmsThursdayNovember 1,at8pmtorontdartsbounci IAna,m's lengthbodyo!1heCUyofToronto~ ,1+1 ~:~;:~:n ::~!:1:l~eTakacs StringQuartetHaydn, Janacek,BrahmsThursday October 112007, at 8 pm.Janina FialkowskaMendelssohn, Schubert,ChopinTuesday October 23at8 pmBlfB Canada Council Conseil des Artsc::E> for the Arts du Canada~ ~ ONTARIO ARTS COUNCILTOlloN1& j~ ne Mall:;~·;·~·;:; St. LAWRENCE CENTRE 1i'. 1\RTS416-366-7723 • 1-800-708-6754order online at www.stlc.comO CTO BER 1 - NOVE M BE R 7 2007 WWW. TH EWHOLENOTE. COM 7Back to Ad Index

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