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Volume 14 - Issue 1 - September 2008

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wholenoteMThe Toronto Concert-Goer's GuideVolume 14 #1, September 1 - October 7, 2008Copyright© 2008 WholeNote Media, Inc.720 Bathurst Street, Suite 503, Toronto ON M5S 2R4Main Tel: 416-323-2232 Fax 416-603-4791Switchboard and General Inquiries: Extension 21Publisher: Allan Pulker - publisher@thewholenote.comEditor: David Perlman - editorial@thewholenote.comCD Editor: David Olds - discoveries@thewholenote.comEvent advertising/membership:Karen Ages - members@thewholenote.comProduction liaison/retail & educational advertising:Jack Buell - adart@thewholenote.comClassified Advertising; Announcements, Etc :Simone Desilets - classad@thewholenote.comListings department:Colin Eatock - listings@thewholenote.comJazz Listings:Ori Dagan - jazz@thewholenote.comCirculation, Display Stands & Subscriptions:Chris Malcolm - circulation@thewholenote.comProduction Management:Peter Hobbs - production@thewholenote.comProduction Tel: 416-351-7171; Fax: 416-351-7272Thanks to this month's contributorsBeat by Beat: Early (Frank Nakashima); Choral (mJBuell); World (KarenAges); New Music (Richard Marsella); Jazz (Jim Galloway); Orchestraand Band (Jack MacQuarrie); Opera (Christopher Hoile); Musical Life(mJ Buell); Books (Pamela Margles); Encore! (Colin Eatock)Features: Pamela Margles, Allan Pulker, Bruce Surtees, Sterling BeckwithCD Reviewers: Seth Estrin, Daniel Foley, Janos Gardonyi, John S. Gray,John Keillor, Tiina Kiik, Pamela Margles, Cathy Riches, Terry Robbins,Bruce Surtees, Robert Tomas, Diane WellsCopy-editing and photo research: Catherine MuirEditorial research: Roxanne MastromatteoProofreading: Catherine Muir, Simone DesiletsListings : Colin Eatock, Richard Haskell, David PerlmanLayout and design: Verity Graphics, Rocket Design (cover)Distribution: Chris Malcolm, Gero Hajek, Joyce Leung , and ourindefatigable driver/hopper team!UPCOMING DATES AND DEADLINESNext issue is Volume 14 #2 covering October 1 - November 7, 2008BLUE PAGES season profiles deadline: 6pm Monday September 8Free Event Listings Deadline: 6pm Monday September 15Display Ad Reservations Deadline: 6pm Wednesday September 17Advertising Materials Due: 6pm Friday September 19Publication Date: Tuesday September 30Whole Note Media Inc. accepts noresponsibility or liability for claims madefor any product or service reported onor advertised in this issue.Circulation Statement,September 200830,000 printed and distributedPrinted in Canada byCouto Printing and 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.comEDITOR'S OPENERHAULING OUT THE TRUSTY OLD BIKE at 6:30 am this morning (Aug25) for a brisk ride to the office for this final production shift ofthe first issue of the new season (happy 14th, WholeNote!),there was, surprisingly, enough of a chill in the air that Istepped back inside to grab a fleece for the ride.The chill was a bit of a relief, actually-a reminder that,yes, we still do have seasons. It used to be that the rhythms ofthe concert season contributed to the sense of seasonal change,but this year, more than any I can remember, the lines betweenthe "regular" concert calendar and its hyper-kinetic summertwin have become blurred.Chief culprit for this onset of blurriness, here in Toronto,was without doubt Agnes Grossmann, whose Summer MusicAcademy and Festival weighed in through July and August withconcert after concert of high season heft, and an astonishinglygood fully-staged opera (Ariadne auf Naxos), at the U of T'sMacMillan Theatre, that would not have been out of place threesubway stops further down the University/Spadina line (wherethe Canadian Opera Company holds court for the other threeseasons).And now, just as we gear up for the transition back to "businessas usual", we find the lines being blurred again, but thistime in the opposite direction-in the form of high quality outof-townfestivals (Colours of Music, Sweetwater, Guelph Jazz)that will tempt us onto the road again, prolonging the summerjust when we should be knuckling down to work.Speaking of getting to work, my regular cycling routetakes me up a long lane from College to Harbord. Cats,feral and otherwise, used to be its only daylight denizens,but now, day and night, raccoons roam, foraging endlessly.I'm told it's because their previous nocturnal habits havebeen disrupted by the introduction to urban life of green bins,preventing them from raiding the garbage for easy pickings.No more feasting all night and sleeping all day.To my eye they're looking better for it! Leaner, morepurposeful, with a constant appetite. Maybe, after all,there's something to be said for the trend toward a yearroundconcert diet, minus its cyclical highs and lows.I get to see a lot of trends from this particular perch atWholeNote, sometimes quite early in their emergence. Here'sone. Those of you who resort regularly to our concert listings asyou forage endlessly for live music will be familiar with theabbreviation (sr/st) near the end of a WholeNote concert listing,signifying that the ticket price just stated is for seniors and students.A single (sr/st) price used to be the trend, but I'm noticingthat increasing the two are becoming untwinned, with thestudent discount remaining encouragingly substantial, but withthe senior price creeping closer to the regular ticket price.I think I understand the rationale: the target group - seniorswho can afford the higher price - is definitely on the rise. Butwhat of those who can't? There's a grim corollary to the term"target group"-namely "collateral damage". Worth pondering,I'd say.And for seniors adversely affected, there's one sure way tobuck the trend: make this the year to take the plunge, registerfor that course or class you've always meant to take, and wavethat student card at the box office instead.David Perlman6 WWW. THEWHOLENOTE.COM S EPTEMBER 1 · O CTOBER 7 2008

INAUGURALCONCERTSunday, September 28, 2008 2:00pmROYAL CONSERVATORY ORCHESTRAMARIO BERNARDI conductorANDREW McCANDLESS trumpetMozart Jupiter SymphonyHaydn Trumpet ConcertoSunday, October 26, 2008 2:00pmANTON KUERTI pianoFriday, November 7, 2008 8:00pmARC (ARTISTS OF THE ROYALCONSERVATORY)Friday, November 14, 2008 8:00pmMARTIN BEAVER violin andLI WANG pianoSunday, November 23, 2008 2:00pmJUDY LOMAN harp andNORA SCHULMAN fluteWednesday, December 3, 2008 8:00pmLEON FLEISHER solo piano, 2nd half withmembers of ARC (Erika Raum, Marie Berard,Steven Dann, Bryan Epperson)Friday, December 12, 2008 8:00pmPAUL KANTOR violin, VIRGINIA WECKSTROMpiano, joined by BRYAN EPPERSON celloand JOAQUIN VALDEPENAS clarinetSunday, January 18, 2009 2:00pmMONICA WHICHER soprano andLIZ UPCHURCH pianoSunday, January 25, 2009 2:00pmLI WANG pianoSunday, February 8, 2009 2:00pmANDREW McCANDLESS trumpetwith members of the GLENN GOULDSCHOOL BRASS FACULTYSunday, March 1, 2009 2:00pmANAGNOSON & KINTON piano duoSunday, March 8, 2009 2:00pmNADINA MACKIE JACKSON bassoonGUY FREW trumpet, with members ofGLENN GOULD SCHOOL STRINGSFACULTYFriday, April 17, 2009 8:00pmATIS BANKAS violin andDIANNE WERNER pianoTICKETS FOR ALL CONCERTSAdults I Students ALL CONCERTS LISTED AT MAZZOLENI HALLOF THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY273 BLOOR STREET WESTTICKETS AVAILABLEAT THE DOOROR BY CALLINGTHE RCMBOX OFFICE416.408.2824 x321rcmusic.caTHE GLEN\JGOULDSCHOOLTHE ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC

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