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Volume 13 - Issue 7- April 2008

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CLASSIFIEDSavailable for review at: www.waterloo.un itarians.ca . Deadline for applications:May 15th.MUSIC DIRECTOR/ORGANIST WANT­ED: Mayfield United Church is a vibrant, urban/ruralchurch community on the north edgeof Brampton. We are seeking an energetic musicdirector to lead our youth and adult choirs aswell as play the organ and piano during services.We are a congregation that appreciates all typesof music. If interested, please e-mail a resumeto mayfieldsec@mycybernet.net or call GailAnderson at 905-843-2475 for more information.The UN IVERSITY OF TORONTO'sHART HOU SE SYMPHONIC BAND issearchi ng for a new Artistic Director to lead our60 person, mixed level wind ensemble, beginningwith the 2008-2009 season. For more information,please visit http://hhsb.sa.utoronto.ca. Application deadline is April 30,2008.SERVICESACCOUNTING AND INCOME TAXSERVICE for small business and individuals,to save you time and money, customized to meetyour needs. Norm Pulker, B. Math. CMA. 905-251-0309 or 905-830-2985.IMPROVE POSTURE, POISE & AP­PEARANCE. Resolve stiffness, limitations &pain. Enhance performance skills. Call GraemeLynn, STAT certified Alexander Techniqueteacher. 416-964- 7026. www.intelligence-inaction.caMASSAGE TH ERA PY WITH ANDREWINNES, RMT. Offering the highest possiblestandards of personal and therapeutic care. Diaphramaticrelease, rib springing, postural alignment,relaxation, and many other treatment typesavailable. Experience in working with singers.Call bodyone clinic: 416-516 -2114www.bodyone.caThe PERFORMING EDGE Performanceenhancement training in tension management,concentration, goal setting, imagery. Individualizedto meet your performance situation. Kate F.Hays, practising clinical and performing artspsychology. 416-961 -0487,www.theperformingedge.comMusic Pad.ea~~• 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 scan and/or con vertsheet music to MusicPadformat available for a nominalfeewww.musicpad.camusictablet@gmail.com647-722-4318FOCUS on operaEmpire theatres in the Atlanticprovinces, this indicates aCanadian audience considerablysurpassing market penetrationin the U.S.Not only are the HD broadcastsbringing in people new toopera, willing to test theircuriosity via tickets that are" more modestly priced than liveperformances, just as usefulfor Cineplex, they 're hearingfrom opera fans who say theyhave not been to a movie thea-tre in years, but are becoming curious again after thisexperience.On another point, the gnawing anxiety for regionalopera companies, that the Met broadcasts might eatinto their audience base, seems, on the basis of anecdotalreports, groundless. Local opera companies arereporting new ticket sales to people who becamecurious after testing things out at the cinema. TheMet itself is reporting higher attendance, though thedata is not in yet to indicate how much of this is aspinoff of the HD broadcasts.But this is, thankfully, not only about numbers incommercial theatres. There is a concerted effort toget the broadcasts into universities and other nonprofitsettings. Most interesting of all are broadcastsinto inner city high school auditoriums, where studentsman ticket booths and act as elegant Met ushersto replicate the opera hall experience.More than the visual glitz, getting the sound right(from movie theatre sound systems optimized for carchases and the like) has been the triumph to date,thanks to Met tech wizard Schubin, and the diligentcare the Met took to get things just right. Met audioexperts visit different cinemas to listen to how theatresound systems are set for the broadcasts, and offertheir counsel on how to improve things. There arealso "golden ear" advisors who give feedback to theMet's expert staff (including one Tomlinson Holman,who is none other than the TH in the THX surroundsound that is heard in theatres across the planet) -theatres that will, I have no doubt, keep "Live fromthe Met" a catch-phrase for a whole new generationon the other side of the latest great technologicaldivide.continued from page 28At the Met, as someone veryinterested in the acting dimensionof opera singing, Ienjoy leaving my opera glassesin their case and focussingexclusively on the overallorganization of movement onthe stage. (When I do reachfor the glasses I often findmyself wondering what I ammissing in terms of overallcontinuity.) In some way, thebroadcast offers the best ofboth worlds, in that I get to sit back, knowing that thechoice of when to catch a close focus of the singerswill be made by a skilled opera video director. (Afterreviewing dozens of Met productions on VHS andDVD, I'm quite confident in their choice of directors.)Watching and listening to the audiences duringintermissions at the various sold-out venues I'vefrequented in downtown and suburban Montreal hasbeen very instructive. The buzz outside the door hasbeen a combination: enthusiasm from hooked operafans who would love to be right at the Met, buthaven't had time or money; and astonishment fromothers, new to opera, who are evidently going to becoming back for more.The most interesting conversations I overheardwere at an entirely different venue- a college theatrein deepest suburban Montreal where the OrchestreSymphonique de Laval was performing. In the seatsall around me, and at the coffee bar during intermission,I heard enthusiastic anticipations of the upcomingMet HD broadcast, and advice to friends whohadn't tried it out yet to get a ticket while they could.I asked the director of press relations for Cineplexin Toronto, Georgia Soutzis, whether they had doneany surveys on the audience for the new Met broadcasts.Don't need to, she said. They have all the datathey need: tickets continue to sell out, even as newvenues are added, both in major metropolitan marketsand also outlying smaller cities where the enthusiasmwas not predicted.By my count, 70 of the 131 cinemas in the CanadianCineplex chain showed Peter Grimes and Tristanund Isolde, and that figure is an undercount, becausesome venues opened up second halls to accommodateoverflow crowds. The Ontario list includes placeslike Sudbury, Cornwall, North Bay and Brockville.Very encouraging.The equivalent figure for U.S. cinemas is slightlyover 300. So even before adding in the 10 exhibitingMapleson 's Hom: high tech 1901

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