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Volume 13 - Issue 4 - December 2007

EARLY Musicby Frank

EARLY Musicby Frank NakashimaHighlights of the past month included the Academy Concert Series'November 17 program of sonatas by Vivaldi played on recorder,oboe, chalumeau, violin, cello, organ and harpsichord and OperaAtelier' s visually-stunning Return of Ulysses in late October.One highlight of the coming month is certain to be TafelmusikChamber Choir performing Bach's Christmas Oratorio andMagnificat on December 1, 2, a little earlier in the year than theoriginal performances, which occurred between Christmas Day andthe Feast of the Epiphany in 1734-35. The performances will includefour outstanding soloists: Ann Monoyios (soprano), Daniel Taylor(countertenor), Rufus Millier (tenor), and Tyler Duncan (baritone).Also noteworthy, The Toronto Consort will guide us throughthe irresistibly infectious rhythms and melodies of 16th and l 7thcentury Spanish and Latin American villancicos, ensaladas, xacarasand romances, including rarely heard masterpieces from BaroqueMexico and Guatemala (December 7, 8).Special guest percussionist Graham Hargrove joins the innovativeI Furiosi Baroque Ensemble in a program which includes Bach'sSonata No. 2 in a minor, Monteverdi's lntroduzione al Balla aswell as music by Tobias Hume, Sigismondo D'lndia and Handel(December 8).The Toronto Chamber Choir, with guest soloists Michele DeBoerand Jason Nedecky, honours the 300th anniversary of Buxtehude'sdeath with his delightful Christmas work, Das Neugebor'ne Kindeleinalong with Bach's beloved Cantata 140, Sleepers, Wake, and music bySchiltz, Schein and Hassler (December 15).On December 15 The Tallis Choir re-creates a high mass inRome on Christmas Day in 1607 with the glorious music ofPalestrina's Missa Hodie Christus Natus Est and the motet OMagnum Mysterium, as well as Orlando di Lasso's Mass ofChristmas Day.On four evenings, from December 19-22, the TafelmusikChamber Choir and Orchestra will perform Handel's Messiah,directed by lvars Taurins, with soloists Gillian Keith (soprano),Matthew White (countertenor), Colin Balzer (tenor), and PeterHarvey (baritone). And if you feel like helping, you can join theSing-Along Messiah on December 23 .Heaven Touching Earth: Two Medieval English Plays for theAdvent Season (December 21 , 22) is a presentation of the SineNomine Ensemble for Medieval Music and the Poculi LudiqueSocietas, the medieval and renaissance drama company of theUniversity of Toronto. These two plays depict in lively and dramaticways Gabriel's visit to Mary, and the heavenly debate and planningwhich preceded it, with a prologue offering some of the loveliestMusicPad.ca0..• Store your entiresheet music library• Scan your existing sheetmusic into the MusicPad• Hands-free page turning• File browse, search, annotate• Runs on battery or AC power• Service to sca n and/or convertsheet music to MusicPadformat available for a nominalfeewww.musicpad.camusictablet@gmail.com647-722-43188:00 pm Sat., Dec. 8, 2007 atThe Blue Barracks, Fort YorkNational Historic SitePre-concert ca1mon firing 7 :45prn Tickets / (905)-277-9928Info www.claviersbaroques.comseasonal music from 15th-century England. www.pims.ca/amici/sinenomine.htmlWear your tuxedo or evening gown to the Musicians in Ordinary'sNew Year's Day Concert, "Music from Vienna in the l 7th Century," vocal and dance music performed by soprano Hallie Fisheland lutenist John Edwards, violinists Christopher Verrette andCristina Zacharias, and gambist Laura Jones.The Toronto Continuo Collective is an interesting new group ofmusicians dedicated to the art of continuo playing, on lutes,theorbos, Baroque triple harp, harpsichord and violas da gamba,under the direction of Lucas Harris and Borys Medicky. The groupperforms early l 7th century music from Italy, Spain, Austria andPoland on January 11, 12, and 13. Believe it or not, the programincludes several North American debuts! With the collective will bea great line-up of soloists, including violinists Valerie Sylvester,Genevieve Gilardeau and Sheila Smyth, sopranos Amy Dodington,Jenni Hayman and Katherine Hill, and baritone Andrew Mahon.On January 19 the Academy Concert Series is back, bringing usthe Windermere String Quartet - Rona Goldensher and GenevieveGilardeau, violins; Anthony Rapoport , viola; Laura Jones, cello;with guest fortepianist Sharon Burlacoff, recreating of a congenialMendelssohn family musical soiree, with music of Felix, the youngprodigy.Finally, Tafelmusik violinists Christopher Verrette, JuliaWedman and Aisslinn Nosky will perform nine of Biber' s fifteenMystery Sonatas, based on the Mystery of the Life of Christ, someof the most poignant, challenging and unique pieces in the violinrepertoire. (January 24-27).Frank T. Nakashima (Jranknak@interlog.com) is the President ofthe Toronto Early Music Centre, a non-profit charitable organizationwhich promotes the appreciation of historically-informedperformances of early music www.interlog.com/-temc~ocriCONSORtJCHORUS & ORCHESTRAST. MATTHEW PASSIONby J.S. BachSOPRANOMonica WhicherTENORSLa wrence Wiliford EvangelistColin Ainsworth AriasCONDUCTORYannick Nezet-SeguinToronto Children's ChorusCONTRALTOElizabeth TurnbullBASSESAlex Dobson JesusRussell Braun AriasFriday, February 15, 2008 at 7:30 pmEglinton St. George's United Church35 Lytton Boulevard, TorontoTICKETS (including beverage): per personDRESS REHEARSAL T ICKETS: To reserve tickets, call 416-481-1141, ext. 250Visa and MasterCardProceeds shared by youth programmes of Eva 's Ph oenixand Toronto Symphony Adopt-A-PlayerFor more information on t he Ba ch Consort, visit Ba chconsort.net22 WWW. THEWHOLENOTE, COM D ECE MBER l 2007 - F EB RUAR Y 7 2008

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