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Volume 15 Issue 10 - July/August 2010

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10/11 Concert SeriesANDREW BURASHKO, ARTISTIC DIRECTORTickets & Subscriptions are nowavailable at artoftimeensemble.comPlease join us for our exciting newseason of performances:Robert Schumann1810–2010Sept 17 & 18, 2010Shakespeare:If Music Be…Dec 9–11, 2010Take This WaltzFeb 4 & 5, 2011Become a subscriber:The War of the Worlds(in association withHarbourfront Centre’s World Stage)March 31 – Apr 3, 2011The Songbook 5featuring Sarah SleanMay 24 & 25, 2011• Save up to 20% off regular ticket prices• Subscribe early and get the best seats in the house• Meet the artists at our post-concertcocktail receptions• Free ticket exchangeA Tale of Two CitiesJ a S o n v a n e y kYou’d do well to keep your frequent flyer card handy over thenext two months. I know I will. We new-music seekers are goingto be bouncing between Toronto and Ottawa a lot if we wantto catch all the excellent programming promised by the mainstay festivals,as well as a few new offerings in a sizzling summer concertcalendar.We’ll start in Toronto with the 12th edition of New Adventuresin Sound Art’s Sound Travels festival, which has a healthy run fromJune 26-September 26. Sound Travels takes a more grounded focusto sound and space than other NAISA festivals, bringing together amix of interactive installations, performances, sound walks and workshopsat their home in the Artscape Wychwood Barns. Featured artistsinclude Toronto’s own Rose Bolton alongside Marcelle Deschênes,David Eagle, Ned Bouhalassa, D. Andrew Stewart, Satoshi Moritaand Rob Cruickshank, among others. Full programming details areavailable at, we bounce over to Ottawa, where the adage seems to be“enough is never enough.” While our nation’s capital is already hometo the world’s largest chamber music festival, it will welcome a newcontender this summer, Music and Beyond. Running from July 5-14,Music and Beyond’s 85 concerts will forge links between music andother art forms in concerts featuring some of the greatest names inclassical music. While new music from many countries can be foundthroughout the festival programming, those of us looking for a “bangfor our buck” will want to pay attention to the mid-festival dates.On July 8, CBC Radio 2,the National Gallery of Canadaand Music and Beyond will unveilthe results of their GalleryProject – the culmination of anational contest to choose fiveworks of art from the Galleryto inspire new compositions.The programme includesworks by a cross-country collectionof Canadian composers,including Jocelyn Morlock,Denis Bédard, Michael ConwayBaker, Colin Mack, ScottMacmillan, Elizabeth RaumComposer and conductorGary Kulesha.and Kelly-Marie Murphy. The following day, Music and Beyond partnerswith the Ottawa New Music Creators to celebrate local composersGabor Finta, Steven Gellman and Patrick Cardy at the Churchof St. John the Evangelist. Across both days, the National Arts CentreOrchestra will open its afternoon rehearsals to the public with twonew music reading sessions. Conductor Gary Kulesha will lead theorchestra in explorations of new orchestral works by both emergingand established Canadian composers. For full Music and Beyond festivaldetails, and to purchase passes, visit in Toronto, the lovely Queen of Puddings Music Theatre willunveil its latest project from July 29-31 at the Young Centre for thePerforming Arts. Beauty Dissolves in a Brief Hour comprises threedistinct chamber operas sung in three languages (Mandarin, Englishand medieval French), exploring three cultures and three historicalperiods within the music of three Canadian composers: Fuhong Shi,John Rea and Pierre Klanac. Written for soprano, mezzo-soprano andaccordion, these three premiere pieces are connected by the universaltheme of love, and will be presented as one fully staged opera work.Two Toronto new opera pros, soprano Xin Wang and mezzo KrisztinaSzabo, share the stage with accordionist John Lettieri. Ticketsto Beauty Dissolves in a Brief Hour can be purchased through or 416-866-8666. To learn more about Queen of Puddingsvisit THEWHOLENOTE.COMJuly 1 - September 7, 2010

Meanwhile, running parallel to Beauty Dissolves is the Ottawapremiere of Christos Hatzis’ wildly successful Constantinople, featuringthe Gryphon Trio with the extremely talented cabaret/opera singerPatricia O’Callaghan and renowned world music vocalist MaryemTollar. This multimedia, concert-length chamber work, which hasbeen presented to sold-out audiences on two continents, is a featurepresentation of the 17th Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival,on July 29.While the Ottawa festival gets underway on July 24, the real newmusic activity starts up on August 2 with the annual New MusicMarathon. This year’s version offers no less than six concerts underthe New Music Dialogues banner, all housed at the handsome St.Brigid’s Centre for the Arts near Ottawa’s bustling Byward Market.Highlights include the world renowned Penderecki String Quartetperforming new music by Canadian composer Marjan Mozetich;the world premiere of 9 Dances for Flute and Accordion by Torontobasedcomposer Juliet Palmer; Alexina Louie’s spellbinding Take theDog Sled for two Inuit throat-singers and ensemble; and the GryphonTrio performing works by Gary Kulesha. Adventurous listeners willwant to explore the Late Night at St. Brigid’s series, where Montrealcomposer Nicole Lizée pushes musical boundaries with turntablist DJP-LOVE and the maverick trio Toca Loca. Full festival details, ticketsand passes are available through, we return to Toronto, where the Toronto Summer MusicFestival will be underway July 20 – August 14. July 30 seems to bea very popular date in the festival calendar. This time, we get to hearthe Penderecki String Quartet, strong champions of new music, ina programme of five new string quartets. Waterloo-based composerGlenn Buhr gets special attention in this year’s festival: the Pendereckiswill perform his Quartet No. 4 and the composer himselfwill give a pre-concert talk on all five new works. (I was hoping thatwe would get an earful of the results from Toronto Summer Music’sComposer Workshop, but this young addition to their academy programmingseems to have been inexplicably and sadly cancelled.) OnAugust 7 at the University of Toronto’s MacMillan Theatre the festivalwill premiere Buhr’s Song of the Earth, a companion piece to the wellknown and loved Mahler song-cycle. Both will appear in versions forchamber ensemble with soloists Roxana Constantinescu and GordonGietz. For full festival details, and to purchase tickets, visit all of our city and concert-hopping, we can finally take advantageof the late summer weather and rest up for the concert seasonahead. But not for too long! New music makes its return on September26 with the Toronto New Music Marathon – eight hours of continuousand contemporary sounds from Toronto’s new music creatorsin the lively Yonge-Dundas Square.Jason van Eyk is the Ontario Regional Director of the CanadianMusic Centre. He can be contacted at:’SNEWEST CLASSICALPRINT MUSICHEADQUARTERSDedicated RCMexam requirementbook sections forTheory, Piano, Strings,Brass & Woodwinds.Diverse repertoire, method,& study selection for allinstruments.Full selection of electric andacoustic guitars,keyboards,drums,and accessories including amplifiers& public address systems/dj equipment.Band and string instrument sales.Ask about our teacher discount program.415 Queen Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2A5store: (416) 593-8888 www.stevesmusic.comeducational@stevesmusic.com2010/11 SEASON PREVIEWX AVANT FESTIVAL V: “WHAT IS REAL?”Curated by Gregory OhJeff MillsMyra Davies’ 50 Minute RingJohn Oswald’s DoubleriteThe Halo BalletThe Well Tempered AudienceGRAPHIC SCORES CONCERTFEATURING Eve Egoyan+ Quartetto GraphicaJAZZ AVANT SERIESChicago Underground DuoKeith Rowe + Owen AmbarchiTony Wilson SextetNEW WORLD SERIESDJ/RuptureGirma Wolde MichaelDublab Collective: TonalismAmir Amiri / Galerie StratiquePOST-CLASSICAL SERIESDonatienne Michel-DansacNOW EnsembleFringe PercussionA Tribute to Norma BeecroftOn the Trail of Kaija SaariahoPOP AVANT SERIESBen FrostArthur’s LandingClimax Golden TwinsTeen Sleuth & the Freed Cyborg ChoirBECOME A MUSIC GALLERY MEMBER AND SAVEON TICKET PRICES! Email info@musicgallery.orgThe Music Gallery • 197 John St. • Toronto M5T 1X6416-204-1080 • www.musicgallery.orgJuly 1 - September 7, 2010 THEWHOLENOTE.COM 19

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