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Volume 15 Issue 10 - July/August 2010

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ig place.)The closest spot to Toronto tohear orchestral concerts this summeris Hamilton, where many Brott Festivalconcerts feature Boris Brott’sNational Academy Orchestra. Programmingis varied, ranging froma Gershwin concert (July 7) andan Elvis tribute (August 4) to Mahler’sSymphony No. 4 (July 17), withBeethoven’s Symphony No. 9 as agrand finale (August 20). A total of10 orchestral concerts are presentedin venues in and around Hamilton –see Festival Listings for details.Some other festivals, while notprimarily orchestral in their focus,do put together some orchestral performances.Included in this category Conductor Boris Brott.are the Elora Festival, the Festival of the Sound (in Parry Sound) andthe Highlands Festival (in Haliburton).Elora presents its own Festival Orchestra (July 7), in an all-Beethoven programme: the Symphony No. 7 and the Mass in C, withthe Elora Festival Singers under the baton of Noel Edison. This orchestrareturns to the stage on July 23 in an opera gala featuring tenorRichard Margison and other singers. As well, Les Violins du Roy willpay Elora a visit (July 17) with a programme that departs from theirusual baroque fare: music by Rossini, Schubert, Brahms and Canadiancomposer Michael Oesterle. Eric Paetkau conducts.In Parry Sound, the Festival Chamber Orchestra will performwith the Elmer Iseler Singers in Bach’s B Minor Mass (July 30), underthe baton of Lydia Adams. And at the Highlands Festival, KerryStratton’s Grand Salon Orchestra presents “Vera to Victory,” a World-War II-themed tribute to the singer Vera Lynn. On this occasion thefeatured vocalist will be Barbara Sadegur.And for those who are unable to take in the National Youth Orchestraof Canada in Toronto, there are a few more opportunitiesthroughout in the area this summer. They’ll be playing in London(July 24), and two days later they’ll perform in Kingston. (See ListingsBeyond the GTA for details.) And Stratford Summer Music has aspecial NYCO concert (July 25), featuring tenor Ben Heppner singingWagner highlights. Also in Stratford, the Stratford Symphony Orchestraplays a programme with the Madawaska String Quartet and clarinetistJerome Summers (July 10).Where else? Quebec’s summer festivals usually feature the province’sleading orchestras, and this year is no exception. The QuebecSymphony Orchestra plays at the Lanaudière Festival, at Joliette(July 17), and at Domaine Forget, east of Quebec City (July 23). Andthe Montreal Symphony Orchestra appears at the Orford Festival, inthe Eastern Townships (August 5 and 8), led by Kent Nagano. Orfordalso presents its own Academy Orchestra (August 4 and 15).Furthermore, orchestras from beyond Quebec’s borders are oftenpresented at the province’s festivals (something that rarely happens inOntario). This year, Lanaudière hosts the Pittsburgh Symphony (July24) and also the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen (July 30-August1). And Tafelmusik’s only appearance in Canada this summer(on the morning of August 8) takesplace at the Orford Festival.The elephants are out there– you just have to know where tofind them.Colin Eatock is a Torontobasedcomposer and writer,and managing editor of TheWholeNote. Allan Pulker, ourregular Classical & Beyondcolumnist, returns to the magazinein September.12 THEWHOLENOTE.COMJuly 1 - September 7, 2010

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