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Volume 15 Issue 1 - September 2009

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for openersTen BumpsMost

for openersTen BumpsMost calendars say that the year officiallycommences on January 1 – butin the musical world, September is thetime for beginnings. Brochures areprinted, tickets are sold, and a newseason takes its first steps. With this inmind, some of The WholeNote’s regular“beat” columnists have examinedwhat the 2009/10 season has to offer.In the following pages you’ll find theirthoughts son what looks promising.I’ve also done some perusing of the coming season, and I’ve comeup with a few events that might not receive the attention they deserve.No doubt, the big events with big publicity budgets will takecare of themselves – but every year there are a handful of worthyperformances that could use a little help. Here are ten “bumps” forten concerts in the next ten months.September 14 8:00: Gallery 345. The Art of the Piano: Dan Tepfer.Tepfer is a jazz pianist who will interpret Bach’s Goldberg Variations.This sounds intriguing.October 26 8:00: Glenn Gould Foundation. Simón Bolivar YouthOrchestra of Venezuela. This huge event, at the Four Seasons Centre,has received astonishingly little publicity so far. Let’s hope itgets some.November 5 7:30: University of Toronto. Il Mondo della Luna.When was the last time you saw a Haydn opera?December 4 8:00: Art of Time Ensemble. Brasil. This programmeof Brazilian music by Villa Lobos and others, could easily get lost inthe Christmas rush. But Brazilian music in December sounds like agood idea to me.January 17 2:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Bryan Epperson,cello, with Dianne Werner, piano. With so much attention focussedon the new Koerner Hall, let’s hope that concerts like this one, in theRCM’s smaller Mazzoleni Hall, aren’t forgotten.February 4 12:10: University of Toronto. Brahms Piano Quintet.Pianist Henri-Paul Sicsic and a quartet of string teachers from U ofT will give this performance. Again, this is the sort of concert thatcould easily be overlooked, but shouldn’t be.March 20 8:00: I Furiosi Baroque Ensemble. The Noiseless Footof Time. Furiosi’s guest on this occasion is Lucas Harris, who playsthe lute and theorbo. Personally, I think the theorbo is a fascinatinginstrument.April 29 8:00: Soundstreams Canada. Cool Drummings: Steve Reich.Maybe this concert, at Koerner Hall, doesn’t need a bump – butI’m giving it one anyway.May 16 8:00: Esprit Orchestra. No Reason to Panic. I don’t knowmuch about the works by Andriessen, Schmidt and Nas on this programme.What I do know is that the final work, R. Murray Schafer’sGitanjali, is well worth the price of admission.June 20 3:00: Hannaford Street Silver Band. Brass Belles. Thisconcert is the grand finale of the International Women’s Brass Conference,and features an all-female cast of soloists and composers.Despite the silly title, this is an idea whose time has come.Finally, I should note that The WholeNote’s publisher, David Perlman,got into the spirit of things as well. You’ll find his two centsworth on this topic in “Counterpoint – the Publisher’s Perch,” onpage 29.Colin Eatock, Managing EditorTHE TORONTO CONCERT-GOER’S GUIDEVolume 15 #1, September 1 - October 7, 2009Copyright © 2009 WholeNote Media, Inc.720 Bathurst St, Suite 503, Toronto ON M5S 2R4Thanks to this month’s contributorsBeat by Beat:Early Music – Simone DeslietsNew Music – Jason van EykOpera – Christopher HoileOrchestra and Chamber – Allan PulkerChoral – Elizabeth ShannonJazz – Jim GallowayBandstand – Jack MacQuarrieWorld Music – Karen AgesMusical Life: mJ buellFeatures: Ori Dagan, Colin Eatock, Phil EhrensaftCD Reviewers: Ori Dagan, Colin Eatock, Daniel Foley,Janos Gardonyi, Wallace Halladay, Richard Haskell,Tiina Kiik, Cathy Riches, Terry Robbins, Bruce Surtees,Robert Tomas, Ken Waxman, Dianne WellsProofreading: Simone Desilets, Karen AgesMain Telephone: 416-323-2232Fax 416-603-4791Switchboard and General Inquiries: Ext. 21Publisher/Editor in Chief: David Perlman –publisher@thewholenote.comManaging Editor: Colin Eatock –editorial@thewholenote.comEditorial assistant: Nick Torti –wmieditor@thewholenote.comCD Editor: David Olds –discoveries@thewholenote.comEvent advertising/membership:Karen Ages – members@thewholenote.comProduction liaison/retail & classified/educational advertising:Jack Buell – adart@thewholenote.comListings department:Colin Eatock – listings@thewholenote.comJazz Listings:Ori Dagan – jazz@thewholenote.comWebsite:Bryson Winchester – systems@thewholenote.comCirculation, Display Stands & Subscriptions:Chris Malcolm – circulation@thewholenote.comProduction Management:Peter Hobbs, production@thewholenote.coUPCOMING DATES AND DEADLINESFree Event Listings Deadline:6pm Tuesday September 15Display Ad Reservations Deadline:6pm Tuesday September 15Advertising Materials Due:6pm Thursday September 17Publication Date:Thursday September 29Next issue is Volume 15 #2covering October 1 - November 7, 2009WholeNote Media Inc. accepts no responsibility orliability for claims made for any product or servicereported on or advertised in this issue.Circulation Statement,September 2009: 30,000 printed and distributedPrinted in Canada byCouto Printing and Publishing ServicesCanadian Publication Product Sales Agreement 1263846ISSN 14888-8785 WHOLENOTEPublications Mail Agreement #40026682Return undeliverable Canadianaddresses to:WholeNote Media Inc.503-720 Bathurst StreetToronto ON M5S 2R4Listings: Colin Eatock, Felix Deak, Richard Haskell, OriDaganLayout and design: Verity Graphics, Brand New Ideas(cover)Subscriptions: per year + GST (10 issues)www.thewholenote.com6 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM September 1 - October 7, 2009

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