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Volume 14 - Issue 1 - September 2008

18WSQConcert Series4

18WSQConcert Series4 Sundays at 3:00OCT 5: Mozart, Schubert. with Nicolai Tarasov, clarinetNOV 16: Vachon, Arriaga, MozartFEB 22: Haydn, Mozart, BeethovenMAY 10: Haydn, new commission by William RowsonSt. Olave's Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave.Uust south of Bloor, between Runnymede &Jane/S. Kingsway), s/s , 4-concert Series: , s/s For more information call 416-769-7054,email info@windermerestringquartet.com, or visitwindermerestringquartet.com, purchase tickets online,,l I N'DE .RNII~-RES1 1 ll ING (llT,t\Rp-f:Erfon period instrumentsGala ItaliaMonday, November 3 at 8 pmRoy Thomson Hall, TorontoORCHESTRA INTERNAZIONALED'ITALIAKerry Stratton, ConductorClaudio Marcotulli, Guitarist plus singers T.B.A.ProgramCelebrating Puccini's 150th anniversary plusRossini, *Boccadoro, *Podio, Rodrigo*Canadian premieres commissioned by RAJ TradeTickets: ; Seniors I Students 416-872-4255 www.roythomsonhall.comInfo:416-362-1422Under the auspices of the Consulate General of ItalyOn the occasion of the 13th edition of "Italian Wine Tasting"andInternational Touring ProductionsInternational Resource Centre for Performing ArtistsCanadian Debut TourNov. 2 Port Hope, Nov. 4 Welland, Nov. 5 OrilliaNov. 6 Markham, Nov. 7 Milton, Nov. 8 BarrieNov. 9 Richmond Hill, Nov. 10 MontrealWith the support ofPresidenza Marche Regional CouncilCities of Ascoli Piceno, Fermo and PescaraDomodimonti Cantinacredit goes Tafel 's way, but only that success incubates success.Several former and current members ofTafelmusik's orchestraand choir have created new early music ensembles. Larry Beckwithfounded the Toronto Masque Theatre. Larry was also a foundingmember of the now dormant trio Arbor Oak, and of violinist ChrisReibling's Aradia Ensemble. Once considered Toronto's numbertwo Baroque orchestra, the leadership of former Tafelmusik violinistKevin Mallon has given Aradia a new impetus and an enviablereputation thanks to numerous recordings and ongoing projects onthe Naxos label.Singer Peter Mahon is now the conductor of The Tallis Choir ofToronto and also makes frequent appearances with Les Violons duRoy and The Toronto Consort. Lutenist Lucas Harris and harpsichordistBorys Medicky are co-directors of The Continuo Collectiveof Toronto. Singer Richard Cunningham is the conductor ofthe Renaissance Singers (Cambridge). Tafel violinists Julia Wedmanand Aisslinn Nosky are founding members of the I FuriosiBaroque Ensemble, and the Kirby Quartet. Violinist GenevieveGilardeau is a member of the Windermere String Quartet. Recorderplayer Alison Melville was co-founder of Baroque MusicBeside the Grange, now also, alas, dormant, and of EnsemblePolaris (very much alive!) Other Tafel regulars perform with OperaAtelier, the Nota Bene Period Orchestra, the Toronto ChamberChoir, the Academy Concert Series, and in Joelle Morton's Scaramellaconcerts. Who have I missed?Obviously, there is a lot of musical talent here. In hindsight allwe needed was a little push in the right direction. And clearly, whenpush came to shove, Tafelmusik was there! However it happened,we can be thankful that it did, and hope that early music performancecontinues to flourish in Toronto and beyond.Frank T. Nakashima (franknak@interlog.com) is the President ofthe Toronto Early Music Centre, a non-pro.fit charitable organizationwhich promotes the appreciation of historically-informed performancesof early music.ALLSAINTS'KING SWAYANGLICANCHOR CHmonthly sunday concertsat 4 pm followed by dinnerP R E S E N T SSEPTEMBER 21'Trio Bravo'PIANO, VIOLA, CLARINCTNo dinner, with regretsOCTOBER 19'Vocalise'FEATURINGMARGARET BARDOS,MEZZO-SOPRANOSllAWN GRENKE, PIANONOVEMBER 16;Choral E11ensong'WITH TH E All SAINTS'CHO IR AND GUESTSDECEMBER 21'Magnificat'ANNUAL CHRISlMASICONCERT WITH GUESTSOLOISTS AND MASSED CHOIR2850 Bloor St. W .• Toronto. ON(Royal York Subway Station I Prince Edward/Bloor Intersection)www.allsaintskingsway.caCONTACT SHAWN GRENKE, DIRECTOR OF MUSIC ATmusic@allsaintskingsway.ca • 416-233-1125WWW, THEWHOLENOTE. COM SEPTEMBER 1 - O CTOBER 7 2008

In With the NewAnd now for something completely differentby Richard MarsellaIt's great to be back for another exciting season of contemporary musicin Toronto . In this column we'll get up close with some of itsmore interesting practitioners. This month, I had a refreshing conversationwith Jerry Pergolesi, Toronto percussionist and artistic directorof CONT ACT contemporary music, talking about the evolutionof CONTACT, in particular their annual New Music Marathon.Jerry Pergolesi graduated in 1996 from University of Toronto'sFaculty of Music . Shortly after, he took a road trip with an influentialmusician, percussionist Bev Johnston, who advised him that oneof the most inspiring byproducts of music is travel , not necessarilyto make any money, but to share great music with new audiences.Johnston also advised that it's almost a wasted effort to travel thepath of the popular, and to do your own thing is always more rewarding.Pergolesi took this advice to heart.The story of CONT ACT begins organically some time in the late1990s, as friends helping friends with their individual recitals, somethingfamiliar to most budding classical musicians. But in the end,this particular group of friends decided to build ONE collective recitalunder the name CONTACT.Originally a mismatched quartet of piano, harpsichord, clarinet andpercussion, the resident ensemble now consists of: Sarah Fraser Raff(violin), Wallace Halladay (saxophones), Rob MacDonald (guitars),Peter Pavlovsky (double bass), Jerry Pergolesi (percussion/artisticdirector), and Allison Wiebe (piano/keyboards) .In common was the feeling that when they went to a concert, therewas a detachment between audience, composer, and performer. So,initially, they began doing concerts in people's living rooms, andthen extended the living room feeling to the concert hall, always remaininginformal .. .. hence the name CONTACT, better-connectingthe various players in any given musical experience.CONTACT is curated collaboratively, under the artistic directionCONTACT pe,jorming at the Royal Ontario Museum as part of thesoundaXis Festival in June 2008of Jerry Pergolesi, with other artists from the community-includingcomposers/performers Juliet Palmer, John Burke, and Lori Freedman,to name a few. Their very first event was held at the Art Galleryof Ontario, featuring Canadian repertoire that they felt complementedthe artwork hanging on the walls. Since then, they've doneconcerts in alternative locations including subway stations, atriumsand on street corners. Their Dadaist motto is to play where the peo­ple are, plain and simple.CONTINUES NEXT PAGESaturday November 1, 2008 [ Generation 2008 at the Music Galle1yEnsemble contemporain de Montreal - Veronique Lacroix, directorMusic by Canadian Composers Michael Berger I Scott Good I Fuhong Shi I Brian HarmanSaturday November 15, 2008 [ The Montreal Stockhausen Project at the Enwave TheatreLise Daoust [ Genevieve Deraspe [ Chloe Labbe [ Franc;ois Duval [ Marie-Helene BreaultPART OFQuebec Now!0 Harbourfront centreA celebration of contemporaryQulibecartsandculture~m Toronto \&\,ISunday November 30, 2008 [ Sydney Hodkinson, Hope Lee and David Eagle at the Music GalleryAccordes string quanet I Fujiko Imajishi violin I New Music Concerts Ensemble I + Centrediscs CD releaseSubscriptions $ 135 I I Pick 3 (or more) each: I I .50Call NMC @ 416 96 1-9594Repertoire, d ates a nd artists subjec t to c hangeIntroductions @ 7: 15 I Concerts @ 8:00www.NewMusicConcerts.com~ Canada Council Con,ell de> Arts 1-*-I© for the Arts du Canada ...,..CanadianHeritageSaturdayJanuary 17, 2009 [ Duo Diorama at the Music GalleryMinghuan Xu violin, Winston Choi piano perform music byJohn Austin I Brian Current I Bright Sheng I Marcos Balter I Elliott Carter I John MelbySunday March 29, 2009 [ Roger Reynolds & His Proteges at Isabel Bader TheatreDavid Swan I Robert Aitken I NMC Ensemble with electroacoustic processingReynolds I David Felder I Chaya Czemowin I Juan Campoverde I Antonio Borges-CunhaSaturday April 18, 2009 I The Wit of Jiirg Wyttenbach at Glenn Gould StudioMonday April 20, 2009 [ Jiirg Wyttenbach lecture/recital at Gallery 345 - 345 Sorauren Ave.Patrlmoine l>A.canadlenUN r M IO ARTSCOUIJCIL}'J\ COll ~EIL DES ARTS DE l'OllTAHIOtorontdartsbouncil S .. OCANIf• tl lMl0"-S EPTEMBER 1 - O CTOBER 7 2008 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM 19

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