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Volume 15 Issue 6 - March 2010

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CANADIAN CHOPINFESTIVAL 2010Third Canadian ChopinPiano CompetitionFebruary 26 to March 6, 2010Mississauga, OntarioFEATURING PERFORMANCES, LECTURES,WORKSHOPS and MASTER CLASSES PRESENTED BY:William Aide James Anagnoson Krzysztof JablonskiLeslie Kinton Lee Kum Sing Janet LopinskiKent McWilliams Jennifer Snow Alan WalkerLi Wang Avan Yu Thomas Yuand the Lechowia Polish Dance Ensemblericher for what she is doing.Now let’s look beyond the Greater Toronto Area, where, if youlook at our listings, you’ll see there is no shortage of music. Thereare ten listings this month for the Kitchener-Waterloo ChamberMusic Society. If you have never been to one of their concerts, youreally must, as the venue – a large (22- by 32-foot) living room thatseats 85 in the home of Jan and Jean Narveson in Waterloo – is idealfor listening to chamber music. The society, which was founded in1974, began presenting its concerts in local churches and other publicvenues, but in the 1980-81 season chose to present all its eventsin the “Music Room.” What struck me as I read the society’s listingsthis month was the variety: two string quartets, a piano trio, asstring trio, a quartet of ancient Chinese instruments, two pianists, aguitarist and a saxophone, viola, piano trio.The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra is also very active.Pushing the envelope of the pops concert tradition, it will presentthree concerts celebrating St. Patrick’s Day (two in Kitchener, one inGuelph), entitled “From the Rock,” acknowledging the Irish presencein Newfoundland, with guest soloist, accordionist Bernard Philip.March is really the last full month of the academic year, and sois a busy time not only for student ensemble concerts and solo recitalsbut also for concerts and recitals by the professional musicianswho are on faculty. This is as true at McMaster University and theUniversity of Western Ontario as it is at the universities in Toronto,so you may want to look at their listings. Something that caught myflutist’s eye was a performance of Howard Hanson’s Serenade forflute, Harp and Strings with the McMaster Chamber Orchestra – awonderful work that’s not often enough performed, especially in itsorchestrated version, although I have heard it with flute and piano.If you live in Toronto but don’t have the time or energy to breakthrough the city’s force of gravity,all is not lost: music from beyondthe GTA is coming to town,in the form of “The Three Cantors,”three singing Anglicanclergymen and their organ- andpiano-playing accompanist, fromLondon, Ontario. For the lastdozen or so years, they’ve beencharming audiences all over thecountry – and in so doing haveThe Three Cantors.raised over million for The Primate’s World Relief and DevelopmentFund. In other words, their audiences love them not only becausetheir voices blend, but also (according to their website) becausetheir concerts “are a tour-de-force of everything from belovedmusic of the church, contemporary anthems, spirituals, andnew, original compositions, to folk songs and the best of Broadway.”They will be in Toronto at St. Anne’s Church on March 26.Finally, this year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of FrédéricChopin – in fact my Grove Dictionary indicates, with a questionmark, that his birthday may have been March 1, so look forconcerts featuring his music – there are quite a few!currently serves as Chairman of The WholeNote’s board of directors.He can be contacted at Winners ConcertSunday, March 7, 2010For more information please visit:www.chopinfestival2010.com20 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COMMarch 1 - April 7, 2010

Beginnings and EndingsJASON VAN EYKI’m not one who likes to start on a sad note, but the world of newmusic brings us some upsetting news of late. For, as the TSO’sNew Creations Festival comes to a close on March 3, we will hearthe last work ever created by one of Canada’s pioneering composers– Jacques Hétu – who passed away at his home on February 9 after avaliant battle with cancer.Hétu pursued a distinguished career as both a composer andteacher. His catalogue of more than 80 works includes commissionsfrom Canada’s majorsoloists and ensembles anddemonstrates a love forlyrical, poetic and emotionalmusic. He instructed formore than 40 years at LavalUniversity, l’Université deMontréal and l’Université duQuébec à Montréal, sharinghis unique musical voicewith the many generationsof musicians he encounteredthrough his teaching.The departure of Hétuleaves a great void in themusical world of Canada,but his memory will live onJacques Hétu’s Symphony No. 5 willbe premiered by the TSO on March 3.through his music, which hedefined himself as a mergingof neo-classical forms andneo-romantic expressions,rooted in the language of the 20th century. Audiences will experiencehis great ability to sculpt sound and create strong musical structureswhen the TSO gives the world premiere of his Symphony No. 5on March 3 at Roy Thomson Hall. Hétu had hoped to be in attendanceand so I suspect we will feel his spirit in the hall that night.Another “end of an era” comes to be on March 20 at the GlennGould Studio when Nexus, the venerable Canadian percussion ensemble,pays tribute to founding member Robin Engelman on his retirementfrom the group after almost 30 years of dedication. Nexuswill be joined by pianist Midori Koga and percussionists Paul Ormandyand Ryan Scott to perform a mixed programme inspired byEngelman’s own musical interests, including the world premiere ofR.E.member-ing by another Nexus founder, William Cahn, as wellas the Canadian premiere of Handmade Proverbs by Toru Takemitsu– a longtime friend of the group and creator of one of their signatureworks, the concerto . Theprogramme also includes John Cage’s Credo in US, a piece whichEngelman introduced to the ensemble many years back, and RobinEngelman’s own Remembrance, Lullaby for Esmé, and his arrangementsof some Takemitsu songs. Tickets for “Tribute” are availableonline through the Roy Thomson box office at Please make special note of the 7:30 pm start time.But I don’t want to lead you to believing that this month is allabout endings. In fact, there are a number of firsts also filling theMarch new music calendar. Among them is the appearance of theflux Quartet, who will perform at the Music Gallery on March 13.Dubbed “one of the most fearless and important new-music ensemblesaround,” the flux Quartet takes their experimental “anythinggoes” ethos in part from the 60s fluxus art movement. To thatend, flux has always been committed to projects that defy aestheticcategorization.For this Toronto concert – in part a homecoming for the quartet,given that flux violist Max Mendel hails from here – the quartettakes inspiration from the storied meeting of Morton Feldman andRobert Aitken, artistic directorSaturday April 10, 2010A Tribute to Gilles TremblayBetty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis St.Aventa EnsembleWilliam Linwood, directorMusic by* Gilles Tremblay * Dániel Péter Biró* Wolf EdwardsFriday March 12, 2010Jonathan HarveyBetty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis St.POSTPONEDsee March 12 listing for free HarveyDocumentary screening detailsFriday May 28, 2010Brian’s PicksThe Music Gallery, 197 John StreetMusic by* Nicole Lizée, Oliver SchnellerBruno Mantovani, Fabien LevyEnno Poppe, * Analia LlugdarConcerts @ 8:00 | Introductions @ 7:15Reservations 416.961.9594www.NewMusicConcerts.comThe Ontario Arts Councilis an agency of theGovernment of OntarioMarch 1 - April 7, 2010 WWW.THEWHOLENOTE.COM 21

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