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Volume 13 - Issue 4 - December 2007

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wholenote-The Toronto Concert-Goer's GuideVolume 13 #4, December 1, 2007 - February 7, 2008Copyright© 2007 WholeNote Media, Inc.720 Bathurst Street, Suite 503, Toronto ON M5S 2R4Fine Instrument Experts, Makers and DealersCOMMITTED TO THE MUSICAL COMMUNITYTHROUGH INTEGRITY, QUALITY ANDTRADITION SINCE 1890416-323-2232 info@thewholenote.com fax 416-603-4791General Inquiries: Extension 21Publisher: Allan Pulker, extension 27; publisher@thewholenote .comEditor: David Perlman, extension 28; editorial@thewholenote.comNational & retail advertising:Allan Pulker, extension 27; publisher@thewholenote.comEvent advertising/membership:Karen Ages. extension 26; members@thewholenote.comProduction liaison/education advertising:Jack Buell, extension 25; adart@thewholenote.comClassified Advertising; Announcements, Etc:Simone Desilets, extension 29; classad@thewholenote.comListings department: extension 21 ; listings@thewholenote.comDavid Perlman, Sophie Bisson, Richard Haskell. Joyce LeungJazz Listings: Sophia Perlman. extension 28; jazz@thewholenote.comCirculation, Display Stands & Subscriptions:Chris Malcolm, extension 23; circulation@thewholenote.comProduction: 416-351-7171; Fax: 416-351-7272Production Manager: Peter Hobbs. production@thewholenote.comLayout & Design: Verity Hobbs, Rocket Design (Cover Art)Systems Manager: systems@thewholenote.comWebmaster: Colin Puffer, webmaster@thewholenote .com6~ -STEINWAY &SONSSTRING INSTRUMENTS MUSIKIDS SHEET MUSIC GUITARS... EVERYTHING INSTORE FOR THEMUSIC LOVERGet reacfy far this holiday season with savings in all departments.From discounted student ouifits and accessories, to holiday sheetmusic and gifts ideas. Our MusiKids department also offersgreat stocking stujfers to excite and inspire musical minds!*Don't forget to tune and prep y our instruments for winter.Have your piano sounding great for this holiday season andbook a tuning or winter prep package today.www.remenyi.com210 Bloor St. West, Toronto (Across from the ROM Crystal) 416.961.31111455 16th Ave. # 6, Richmond Hill (Just West of Leslie St.) 905.881.3400:fContributors:Discoveries Editor: David Olds, discoveries@thewholenote.comBeat by Beat: Quodlibet (Allan Pulker); Early (Frank Nakashima); Choral (AllanPu Iker); World (Karen Ages); New Music (Jason van Eyk); Jazz (Jim Galloway);Band (Jack MacQuarrie); Opera (Christopher Hoile, Phil Ehrensaft); Musical Life(mJ Buell); Books (Pamela Margles)Features (this issue): mJ Buell, Pamela MarglesCD Reviewers (this issue): Larry Beckwith, Don Brown, Seth Estrin, Daniel Foley,Janos Gardonyi, John S. Gray, Richard Haskell, Tiina Kiik, Pamela Margles, HeidiMcKenzie, Frank Nakashima, Cathy Riches, Terry Robbins, Bruce Surtees, AndrewTimar, Robert Tomas, Ken Waxman, Dianne WellsProofreaders: Karen Ages, mJ Buell, Simone DesiletsListings: Sophie Bisson, Richard Haskell, Joyce LeungDATES AND DEADLINESNext issue is Volume 13 #5 covering February 1- March 7, 2008Display Ad Reservations Deadline: 6pm Wednesday, January 16, 2008Free Event Listings Deadline: 6pm Tuesday, January 15, 2008Advertising Materials Due: 6pm Friday, January 18, 2008Publication Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2008WholeNote Media Inc. accepts noresponsibility or liability for claimsmade for any product or servicereported on or advertised in this issue.Circulation Statement,November 2007:30,000 printed and distributedPrinted in Canada by Couto Printingand Publishing ServicesCanadian Publication Product SalesAgreement 1263846ISSN 14888-8785 WHOLENOTEPublications Mail Agreement#40026682Return undeliverable Canadianaddresses to:WholeNote Media Inc.503-720 Bathurst StreetToronto ON M5S 2R4www.thewholenote.comWWW. THEWHOLENOTE,COM 0 ECEMBER1 2007 - FEBRUARY 7 2008

fOR OPENERS •••Two-faced Janus ... andwelcome to WholeN ote' s world"The first concert they gave in Toronto didn't exactly start with abang. But the second one definitely will. Harpsichordist SandaMajurec and soprano Nina Kobler came from Croatia last Mayand presented a concert of baroque music to over a hundred oftheir fellow Croatians in a rented room at the Toronto FacultyClub. Not a bad turn-out in Toronto. But performing forCroatians was not the point ... . . "So kicked off by far the most entertaining bit of promotional writingabout an upcoming concert to cross my desk in a good long while. Bythe time I got to "Torches will mark the path to the Blue Barracks atFort York National Historic Site and instead of a pre-concert chatthere will be a pre-concert cannon firing at 7:45 pm sharp" I waslaughing out loud, for sheer pleasure at the way things work inWholeNote's world - at the way things unfold when you live amusical life.The musical "life-liver" in this case is one Dawn Lyons, whomWholeNote readers with only short-term memory loss willremember as the author of an entertaining occasional series in thismagazine called "Behind the Scenes" (which is where she often is,being also one half of a team of harpsichord menders, makers, andproviders to venues large and small). In fact that's how the Sanda/Nina connection came to pass."The Croatian Consulate - which, by the way, occupies a modestsuite in a medium-rise Mississauga office building - had rented theharpsichord [for the first visit} from us. And since we keep some ofour rental fleet at Fort York National Historic Site's Blue Barracks,Sanda and Nina went there several times to rehearse . ... This timethey knew who to call for a harpsichord. And had decided that FortYork's Blue Barracks would be perfect for a concert. So could wearrange that?Well, yes they could, actually. Dawn explains: Since the music isfrom the Fort's time period (built in 1793 don't you know?) the Fortoffered to include the concert in their Authentic Music ExperienceSeries. So the girls' return is set for December 8, a co-presentation ofthe Croatian Consulate in Mississauga, Toronto Culture Fort York andus. Period costumes 'admired but not required', music by Handel,Bach and Pergolesi, Durante and Majurec - yes, Sanda is a composeras well. The Blue Barracks will be decked in its Christmas finery andthere will be candles everywhere ... . " (And of course, that big bang,which none of you must tell Sanda and Nina about. It's supposed to bea surprise.)Teetering between canons and cannons, high art and damned goodfun. Welcome to WholeNote's world, where it is still possible to livea musical life.GREAT CHAMBER MUSIC DOWNTOWNYINGSTRINGQUARTETHaydn, MusicalDim Sum, RavelThursdayDecember 13 at 8 pmRICHARDGOODEBach, Chopin, BeethovenDebussy, FaureTuesdayJanuary 15 at 8 pmPHILHARMONIAQUARTETTBERLINShostakovich, BeethovenThursdayJanuary 24 at 8 pmPianistWONNYSONGGranados, Hetu,BeethovenThursdayJanuary 31 at 8 pmI want to take this opportunity to wish our readers the best possibleuse of this double (dare I say "two-faced") issue of WholeNote.You'll get good use out ofit in December, I have no doubt. It's yourperfect guide to the season's Handelian excesses.to ro ntdartsb o u n c i I•o a,m·, 1..,g1,oc

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