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Volume 13 - Issue 4 - December 2007

2008Opera-IS

2008Opera-IS CoursesTours & Seminarswithlain ScottINTRODUCTORY COURSEAll courses are held on Tuesdays 2.30- 4.30 or 7.00- 9.00at the Royal Canadian Yacht Club, 141 St. George St.Opera 102 - Other Forms of Opera Jan. 8 - 22, 2008Key things to listen for in French, German 3 Weeks I 0and Russian operas2 APPRECIATION COURSESReconsidering Puccini March 18 -April 6, 2008A reappraisal for his 150th birthday 4 Weeks I 0Late Editions - Creativity in Later Life July 14 - 18, 2008Monteverdi, Strauss, Janacek, 5 summer afternoons I 0Wagner, & Verdi2 WEEKEND SEMINARSAll Seminars include two lunches.Tannhiiuser - Sex and ReligionAt the Rosedale Golf Club, top of Mt. PleasantOpera Before MozartAt the Royal Canadian Yacht ClubJan. 19 - 20, 20082 Days I 0Feb. 23 - 24, 20082 Days I 0OPERA TOURS IN 2008with New Wave Travel. Itineraries are on website below.Wagner Weekend in California 4 Nights, Jan. 24 - 28, 2008Tannhauser (San Diego), David Hackney's Tristan und Isolde (L.A.)Winter Week: Munich & Vienna 7 Nights, Feb. 4 -11Fledermaus, Der fliegende Hollander, Nabucco, Norma, Cosi, AidaSpringtime in Barcelona, Valencia, & 11 Nights, Feb. 25 - Mar. 7Madrid Lucrezia Borgia, Elektra, Orlando & La GiocondaVerdi's Italy (7th Annual) 11 Nights, Apr. 29 - May 11Carmen, La Sonnambula, Previn's 1984, NormaLa Scala! Verona! La Fenice! 9 Nights, June 22 - July 1Andrea Chenier & The Joker, Nabucco, Tosca, Death in VeniceGlimmerglass Weekend (Cooperstown, NY) 3 Nights, Aug. 21 - 24Geo.11; D~ & Co. LimitedCONSERVATORS & PURVEYORSOF Fine & Rare ViolinsWorld Viewby Karen AgesThe coming months bring music from Japan, South America, India,North America, China and various Jewish traditions.While Japanese taiko is known for its sonic energy and large barreldrums, Toronto's own Nagata Shachu's performance on December1 at Ryerson Theatre will also incorporate some quieter traditionalinstruments such as bamboo flutes, lutes, bells and shakers. Theprogram titled Tsuzure (tapestry) premieres new works, and celebratesfounder Kiyoshi Nagata' s 25 years as a taiko performer. Kiyoshi'sU of T taiko ensemble will perform solo on December 3, andwith the U of T Game Ian and Klezmer ensembles December 5. Bothconcerts are at noon in the Edward Johnson Building.Since arriving in Toronto ten years ago from Venezuela, singer/songwriterEliana Cuevas has made a name for herself, as "Canada'semerging Latin music queen," winning many awards, most recently aToronto Independent Music Award. Cuevas will be releasing her secondCD, Vidas, December 5 at Glenn Gould Studio, a collection of her ownoriginal compositions she describes as "gifts received from lives thathave crossed my path." Cuevas sings in Spanish, sometimes Portugueseand English, with back-up from some of Toronto's best known musicians.I've had a sneak preview of the CD and loved it!Also on December 5, two of Toronto's best known "bands,"autorickshaw, and Foggy Hogtown Boys share the stage at theLula Lounge, brought together by The Weather Task Force, analliance of groups and individuals dedicated to creating awarenessabout global warming. Autorickshaw's blend of traditional Indianmusic and jazz has won them international acclaim, including a Junonomination (2004). With three CDs under their belt, and cross-Canadatours, Foggy Hogtown Boys has also been nominated in twoCanadian Folk Music A wards and has an amazing ten nominationsfor Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards.December 7, again at the Lula Lounge, Rick Lazar's SambaSquad, one of Toronto's best loved Brazilian percussion groups,celebrates the release of their DVD "Samba Squad: Drums WeLove". Beginner dance lessons start at 9 pm followed by a performance,or, you can go for the dinner/dance lesson/show package for. In any case, bring your earplugs!The Ashkenaz Foundation, best known for its biennial Festival ofYiddish Culture, has begun programming events year-round, and onDecember 8 presents "Hip Hop Hanukah" with SoCalled, at the ModClub. Deemed "one of the most deliciously demented minds in the beatscience" (Village Voice), Montreal-based DJ/rapper/instrumentalistSoCalled (Josh Dolgin) combines hip-hop, rap and funk with Yiddishtheatre tunes and traditional Klezmer picked up from old 78rpm records.Ashkenaz will also present legendary "renaissance man" , TheodoreBike), star of song, stage and screen, February 2 at the George WestonRecital Hall, his first performance in Toronto in over 20 years. Born inVienna in 1924, Bike! has had an illustrious career as an actor, operasinger, folk singer, author and civil rights advocate. He'll be joined byhis partner and long-time musical director/pianist Tamara Brooks andToronto's Beyond the Pale Klezmer ensemble, in a mix of music includingYiddish, Hebrew, Ladino, Russian and English.The Miles Nadal JCC presents Musica Cuba, "Hanukah in Havana,"on December 16, with some of Toronto's top Jewish andCuban musicians, including Hilario Duran, David Buchbinder andAmanda Martinez. There will also be a photography exhibit of Jewishlife in Cuba, by photographer Tatiana Santos Mendez, who willspeak before the concert. Proceeds will go to support the Cuban JewishCommunity.Looking ahead to the New Year, New Tang Dynasty TV presentsthe 2008 Chinese New Year Spectacular, featuring dance and music,January 18, 19 and 20 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.I hope you all have a good holiday season. See you in February!1620 1 Church St. , Toronto, ON. MSB IY7 E mail: ghcl @idircct.comTel: 416-363-0093 • F.ix: 4 16·363-0053www.georgeheinl.c omCanada's foremost violin experts.Pro u

Jan 28GRYPHON TRIOThe award-winning trio opens the Festival with GaryKulesha Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano (2004), ValentinSilvestrov "Fugitive Visions of Mozart" (2007), StudentCompositions from Claude Watson School at Earl HaigCollegiate and University of Toronto Schools, GeorgeTsantakis Piano Quartet No. 3, (2005)7:30 pm. Walter Hall. (*)Jan 29TSONTAKIS AT THE COCAn introduction to the music of George Tsontakis.Excerpts from Knickknacks for violin and viola,Piano Quartet No.3, Ghost Variations for solo piano.Performers to include the Gryphon Trio,David Hetherington, Greg Oh, and Lynn Kuo.12 pm. COG Amphitheatre. FreeCOMPOSERS FORUMGeorge Tsantakis discusses his music7:30 pm. Geiger Tore! Room. FreeJan 30MUSIC FOR CLARINET & ELECTRONICSJean-Guy Boisvert, clarinet.Alexandre Burton, Radar 2for Clarinet and Digital SignalProcessing (2007); Sean Ferguson, An Cu/loch Bim forClarinet and Computer (2007); Laurie Radford, Deflectorfor Clarinet and Digital Signal Processing (2003-06);D. Andrew Stewart, C/alinetsfor Clarinet and DigitalSignal Processing (2007); Scott Wilson, New Work forClarinet and Digital Signal Processing (2007)12:10 pm. Walter Hall. FreeJan 30CONTEMPORARY MUSIC FOR CELLODavid Hetherington, cello; Peter Longworth, piano;Alexander Sevastian, accordion. Music by JacquesHetu, Helmut Lachenmann, Brian Clierney, AlgirdasMartinaitis, Christopher Pierce, Sofia Gubaidulinaand Henri Dutilleux.7:30 pm. Walter Hall. (*)Jan 31LECTURE BY GEORGE TSONTAKIS12:10 pm. Walter Hall. FreeSTUDENT COMPOSERS CONCERT7:30 pm. Walter Hall. FreeFeb 1OPERA SCENES BY STUDENT COMPOSERSWorks by Scott Brubacher, Glenn James, Fiona Ryan.Directed by Joel lvany. Conducted by Sandra Horst.12:10 pm. Walter Hall. FreeKAREN KIESER PRIZE IN CANADIAN MUSICPRESENTATION ANO CONCERTFeaturing the Kieser Prize winning compositionUghtenings by Fuhong Shi and works by graduatestudent composers. Pianist Greg Oh will performTsantakis Ghost Variations.7:30 pm. Walter Hall. FreeFeb 2UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAFeaturing Tsantakis' Violin Concerto No. 2 withviolinist Erika Raum7:30 pm. MacMillan Theatre. ()D EC EMB ER 1 2007 - FEBR UARY 7 2008 WWW. TH EWHOLENOTE.COM 17

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