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Volume 15 Issue 6 - March 2010

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GREAT CHAMBER MUSIC DOWNTOWNURSULA OPPENSBeethoven and JohnCorigliano –is this theseason’s most interestingpiano recital programme?Tuesday March 2at8pmHUGO WOLFQUARTETTMozart, Webern, SchubertToronto debut ofsensational German quartetThursday March 11at8pmTWO OPERA LEGENDSPERFORM IN CONCERT FORTHE FIRST TIME IN NORTH AMERICADMITRI HVOROSTOVSKYBaritoneSONDRA RADVANOVSKYSoprano“Radvanosky is a true Verdian, with abig juicy, vibrato-rich sound”- London TimesRACHEL KIYOIWAASA, pianistCosmophony andGeorge CrumbThursday March 18at8pmTickets just $15 for thisnew music rising star“One of the most remarkableinternational vocal careers... his voice is luxury”– New York TimesSTÉPHANELEMELIN, pianistThe late Schubert sonatasTuesday March 23at8pmONTARIO ARTSCOUNCILCONSEILDES ARTS DELONTARIO ’atCanadianHeritagePatrimoinecanadienFavourite Arias & Duets From Tosca,La Traviata, Simon Boccanegra & More!Featuring The Orchestre de la FrancophonieLed By Jean-Philippe TremblayConstantine Orbelian, ConductorONE NIGHT ONLY!Saturday March 20/10 @ 8 PMRoy Thomson HallFor Tickets 416.872.4255 1-800-708-6754order online at www.stlc.comPresented byshowoneproductions.ca12 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COMMarch 1 - April 7, 2010

PHOTO LUC DELISLEMooredale and MoreMooredale Concerts, under artistic director Anton Kuerti, issecond to none in bringing artists of the highest standardfrom Canada and beyond to its main concert series. As well,it’s a nurturing force for young musicians through its MooredaleYouth Orchestras and Music and Truffles concerts. The nextprogramme well illustrates the series’ various facets: on March 7,Mooredale will bring Les Violons du Roy to town.Now in its 25th-anniversary season, this chamber orchestra wasfounded by music director Bernard Labadie and is based in QuebecCity. Through its many concerts, broadcasts, recordings and muchtouring the orchestra has developed an international reputation forthe energy and vitalityof its performances.Its repertoire iswide ranging – frombaroque to presentday – and always performedin the stylisticmanner most appropriateto each era. Whenplaying music fromthe baroque andclassical periods, themusicians use moderninstruments, but alsocopies of period bowsLes Violons du Roy.SIMONE DESILETSto conform with theperformance practiceof the era.Their March 7 concertsare dedicated to the vibrant string concertos of Vivaldi. You’llhear why this group is so renowned: each of its members is a soloistin his or her own right, and almost all of them will be featured assuch in these concerts.Yes, I do mean the plural – “concerts.” A unique and charmingfeature of Mooredale Concerts is Music and Truffles: a one-hour,interactive version of the 3:15pm concert, taking place at 1:15pmand designed for children. But you don’t have to be a child to attend;all you need is the curiosity to learn more about the great music andartists being presented that day.Please note, too, that there’s yet another chance to hear LesViolons du Roy in the southern Ontario area this month, as they’llbe presenting the same programme in London on March 6. You’llfind the details in our Beyond GTA listings.… and more!It’s hard to know how to continue describing the early music scenethis month, as March is turning out to be such a treasure trove ofriches. Some of this has to do with the approaching Christian holydays of Easter weekend, which have inspired an enormous wealth ofmusical creativity throughout the ages. You’ll discover music (mostoften involving voices) that is not heard at any other time of year.Several other concerts this month have to do with Bach, as his devoteeshave a penchant for celebrating his birthday (March 21) byperforming his music.Here are some concerts you might not want to miss:March 5 and 6: The music of the early German Baroque is repletewith magnificent sacred works for massed forces of voices and instruments.The Toronto Consort presents heartfelt works of anguishand redemption from this era in their programme “From Praetoriusto Bach: Visions of Darkness and Light.” You will revel in thesounds of a large ensemble of rarely heard instruments includingFACULTY OF MUSICU of T Symphony& The National Balletof Canada OrchestraDavid Briskin, conductorRussell Hartenberger & Ed Reifel, timpaniShostakovich Festive OverturePhilip Glass Concerto Fantasy for Two Timpanistsand OrchestraBerlioz Symphonie Fantastique3/28 (2:30 pm). MacMillan Theatre.Tickets: (*). Call 416-978-3744WindscapeThe virtuosic woodwind ensemble from New Yorkperforms Reicha Quintet in E-flat major, Eight Moravian Folk Songs, Ligeti Six Bagatellesand Piano Sextet in A major (transcribedfrom Op. 81) with pianist Lydia Wong.3/8 (7:30 pm). Walter Hall. ($15*)Chopin CelebrationFACULTY ARTIST SERIESCelebrating Chopin’s 200th birthday, faculty pianistHenri-Paul Sicsic gives a sampling of nearly everygenre of the composer’s output for solo piano. Aseries finale not to be missed!3/12 (6:00 pm). Walter Hall. ($15*)Jazz Orchestras“THANK YOU, PAUL!”A tribute to Paul Read, retiring Director of GraduateJazz Studies, featuring his compositions performedby the 10 O’Clock and 11 O’Clock Jazz Orchestras,directed by Terry Promane and Jim Lewis.3/17 (7:30 pm). MacMillan Theatre. (*)Gryphon TrioCHAMBER MUSIC SERIESThe Juno Award-winning ensemble performsChopin Piano Trio, and Brahms Piano Quartet inA major, with Steven Dann, viola.4/5 (7:30 pm). Walter Hall. ($15*)BOX OFFICE: 416.978.3744*senior/student pricesFaculty of Music, University of Toronto, Edward JohnsonBuilding, 80 Queen’s Park (Museum subway stop) 1 - April 7, 2010 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM 13

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