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Volume 14 - Issue 8 - May 2009


112 TH SEASONMUSIC0910IN THEAFTERNOONSTORIONI TRIOOCTOBER 22, 2009 • 1.30 PMBart van de Roer, pianoWouter Vossen, violinMarc Vossen, celloTRUE NORTH BRASSDECEMBER 3, 2009 • 1.30 PMJoan Watson, French horn; Scott Irvine, tuba;Alastair Kay, trombone; Richard Sandals, trumpet;Raymond Tizzard, trumpetISABEL BAYRAKDARIAN, sopranoSEROUJ KRADJIAN, pianoat Koerner Hall, The Royal Conservatory of MusicFEBRUARY 25, 2010 • 1.30 PMConcert sponsor: WMCT Centennial FoundationPENDERECKI STRING QUARTETMARCH 25, 2010 • 1.30 PMThe PSQ premières a new string quartet byCanadian composer Glenn Buhr,commissioned by the WMCTJANINA FIALKOWSKA, pianoAPRIL 29, 2010 • 1.30 PMArtist’s sponsor:Five concerts for 5Early-bird five concerts available May 1-31, 2009 – 0Avoid disappointment - subscribe nowTickets for Ms Bayrakdarian's concert in Koerner Hall,February 25, 2010, will be on sale from June 1, 2009For information and to subscribe call 416-923-7052Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, Museum SubwayAll artists and programmes are subject to change without notice.“...THE FLAGSHIP OFDUTCH CULTURE...”NRC, 2006Support of the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Toronto through the Toronto ArtsCouncil is gratefully 416-923-7052thrilling experience. If there is anything that separates them from theother fine musicians that I have worked with, it is their attention tothe importance of the text. If you don’t convey the sense of the textyou are singing, you might as well be reading a shopping list.”In briefMonteverdi’s Coronation of Poppea continues (May 1, 2), tracingthe story of Poppea’s ascent from Nero’s mistress to Empress ofRome. A superb international cast of singers awaits you in this OperaAtelier production. www.operaatelier.comThe Musicians in Ordinary perform Music of the Courtesans of15th and 16th Century Italy (May 2). According to reports, Italiancourtesans were known to write poetry and philosophy, often actingas muses for poets and composers, singing their songs, accompanyingthemselves, and entertaining everyone within hearing distance.Soprano Hallie Fishel and lutenist John Edwards bring this musicalstory to you. www.musiciansinordinary.caTafelmusik’s performance of The Creation (May 29, 31), is partof the “World Creation Project” when choirs and orchestras allaround the world will perform this work in honour of the 200th anniversaryof Haydn’s death. Tafelmusik also reprises their JunoAward performance of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos (May 9, 10,12-15) which brought them international acclaim. Website:www.tafelmusik.orgBach’s Cantata BWV 150 is performed as part of Toronto ChamberChoir’s innovative Joan and Geoffrey Riggs Bach Cantata Series.Conductor Mark Vuorinen offers insight, analysis, background,as well as a full performance with orchestra and soloists. Website:www.torontochamberchoir.caWhat better way to celebrate Mothers’ Day than with Folia, andBaroque music about mothers (May 11), from the ideal, the VirginMary, to one of history’s least successful mothers, Medea. The music,by Biber, Merula, Caldara, Turini and more, features LauraPudwell, mezzo-soprano; Linda Melsted and Patricia Ahern, baroqueviolins; Laura Jones, viola da gamba; Borys Medicky, harpsichord;Lucas Harris, lutes, and the Toronto Continuo Collective.The Toronto Continuo Collective (lutes, theorbos, triple harp,harpsichord, and viola da gamba) performs music from 17th-centuryRome in their own concert (May 25, 26), including a staged performanceof Luigi Rossi’s cantata Noi siam tre donzellette. Website:www.continuo.caOne of Canada’s finest choral ensembles, The Exultate ChamberSingers, closes the season with a celebration of the 350th anniversaryof the birth of Henry Purcell, one of England’s most prolific andrenowned composers (May 22). Website: www.exultate.netA special fundraising concert for the Nota Bene Period Orchestraincludes some of their all-time favourites by Bach, Telemann,Handel, Purcell, and others - Telemann’s La Bizarre, excerpts fromPurcell’s Fairy Queen and Marais’ Alcione (May 16). Website:www.nbpo.netBEAT BY BEAT: IN WITH THE NEWBy the time May rolls around, we can be sure that warmer andsunnier days are here to stay. So, it’s no surprise that many ofToronto’s new music performers and presenters are pursuing naturethemes for this month’s concerts.Running throughout the month is New Adventure in SoundArt’s Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art, whichtakes as its theme “Ecology: Water, Air, Sound.” In this era ofclimate change and global warming, we’re all alerted to environmentalindicators of temperature, air and water quality, as well as light(UV index) and soil (waste disposal and brownfields). However,one environmental element to which we pay exceedingly little attentionis sound. Most people would be surprised to know that we areaffected by noise exposure more than any other environmental stressor.Yet, because the associated health effects of noise are not conbyJason van EykBack to Nature14 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COMMAY 1 – JUNE 7 2009

Feedback Fred (aka Benoît Maubrey) “feeds back” his own voice throughthe interaction of his wearable PA system. Marie-Josée Chartier,throughinteraction of movement with light sensors, produces an “audio ballet”.sidered as immediately life-threatening as those for other environmentalelements, it is regularly pushed to the bottom of the priority list.By highlighting sound as part of our ecology, through performances,installations, broadcasts, workshops, a Youth Radio residencyand the Radio Without Boundaries conference, Deep Wireless mayhelp change our appreciation of this subject. Performances start onMay 3 with the Dawn Chorus at the Lakefront Promenade Park inMississauga, where the audience will be led by Mark Cranford ofthe South Peel Naturalist Club and SOUNDwalkers Darren Copelandand Nadene Thériault-Copeland to the western headland to hear nature’ssymphony: sounds initiated by birds at sunrise. Performancesdriven by the ecological theme continue on May 7, 8, 10, 22-24 and26-30, including works by leaders in the field of sound like BrandonLabelle, Matt Rogalsky, Kristen Roos and many others. For fulldetails, including this year’s commissioned artists and guest speakers,visit sounds take on a new shape at the Music Galleryon May 7 in a double-bill concert showcasing leading experimentalmusician Francisco López and local creator Joda Clément. López is ahighly prolific artist who to date has created 180 sound works, performedhundreds of concerts, and completed numerous projects,workshops and sound installations in 60 countries on five continents.He is particularly known for creating intense and immersivesonic experiences that draw on a myriad of original sources collectedfrom all over the world, from rainforests and deserts to factories andbuildings. These natural and industrial sound worlds are melded andmanipulated into unique environments through years of studio workand compositional development.Toronto-based Joda Clément is a relative newcomer, having composedand performed experimental music in Canada for just over 10years (he began his earliest experiments at age 14). Since then, hehas been developing unique methods and techniques for workingcreatively with sound. His work incorporates analog and acousticinstruments, the human voice, found objects and non-descript soundsrecorded from the natural and urban landscapes, blurring the distinctionbetween created sound and those found in the everyday environment.Clément integrates these elements into compositions, improvisations,installations and performances that have been presentedthroughout Canada and in the USA. Audiences should be warnedthat blindfolds may be required for some of the listening experiences.For more info visit sounds of nature are taken in a somewhat more representationaldirection on May 12 at the Glenn Gould Studio when pianistChristina Petrowska Quilico performs a set of new and newlyrevisedworks by composer and long-time collaborator Ann Southam.The concert celebrates the launch of Southam’s latest double-CD, Pond Life, performed by Quilico for the Centrediscs label.Following on the public and critical success of her concert-lengthRivers series – written for and performed by Quilico and also availableas part of Centrediscs’ Composer Portraits Series – Pond Lifeincludes four new swift, virtuosic pieces inspired by rivers. In comparison,the two substantial Spatial View of Pond I and II, which areinspired by a painting of the same name by Japanese-Canadian artistAiko Suzuki, are much more quiet, open and reflective.CONTINUES NEXT PAGEWith three generations of experience and internationalreputation, we continually strive to fulfill the exactingrequirements of players, teachers and progressingstudents alike.Whether you are a student, professional artist or enthusiast,we can help you with all your musical requrements.Each of our instruments are carefully seclected to ensurethe finest quality, sound and performance at every level.REMENYI.COMSTRINGS PIANOS PRINT MUSIC GUITARSMAY 1 – JUNE 7 2009 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM15

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