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Volume 15 Issue 7 - April 2010

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F O R O P E N E R S / C O L I N E A T O C KVariations on a Festive ThemeOUR OLYMPIC COVERAGE got off toa good start last month, with WholeNotepublisher David Perlman’s personalmusings on the subject. Now the WinterOlympics are over – but it seems theywere an inspiration to some of our columniststhis month. Three of our regularwriters have referred to the Vancouvergames, in various ways. Lest anyone thinkthis represents some kind of intentional“theme” in this issue of The WholeNote,rest assured that nothing could be further from the truth. Our writersmake no attempts to coordinate their columns – in fact, we’venever even had them all in same room at the same time.Similarly, I’m sure there was no co-ordinated attempt, by variousmusical presenters around town, to transform the spring into aseason of festivals. Yet that’s what seems to have happened.First out of the gate is the Hannaford Street Silver Band’s 7th annual“Festival of Brass,” from April 9 to 11, at the St. LawrenceCentre. This three-day event features youth and community bandsfrom Canada and the USA, competing for the highly coveted HannafordCup. And the following week, from April 14 to 22, the TorontoSymphony Orchestra mounts a Sibelius Festival: five concerts featuringall seven of this composer’s symphonies, conducted by ThomasDausgaard. Soundstreams also gets into a festive spirit, with the returnof “Cool Drummings” from April 27 to 29. This year’s featuredguest is American composer Steve Reich, with Nexus percussion ensembleplaying a full programme of his music.The Toronto Silent Film Festival isn’t a musical event per se, butfrom April 11 to 15, there will be screenings of such films as TheBlack Pirate and The Adventures of Prince Achmed, with live musicby various local musicians, including organists William O’Mearaand Andrei Streliaev. Speaking of organists, the Organix Festivalopens on May 3, with a fundraising concert. (The festival runsfor all of May, so most of the listings will be in next month’s magazine.)Also beginning in May, the Classical Music Consort presentsHandel @ St. James, a week of (mostly) free concerts at St. James’sCathedral.Easter falls in April this year, and in Benjamin Stein’s choral column,you’ll find information on Easter music from April 2 to 4. Butthere’s another commemoration happening this month, just a fewdays later. From April 7 to 11, Tafelmusik anticipates the 40th anniversaryof Earth Day with “Forces of Nature,” a planet-themed audio-visualprogramme.As well, April is usually a busy time for opera, and this year isno exception. There are plenty of big productions on the boards: theCOC’s Flying Dutchman and Maria Stuarda, Opera Atelier’s Marriageof Figaro and Opera Hamilton’s La Bohème.But one smaller show that has especially caught our eye – and isfeatured on the front cover of the magazine this month – is Giiwedin(“North Wind”) by composer/librettist Spy Dénommé-Welch andcomposer Catherine Magowan. The production, staged at TheatrePasse Muraille, from April 8 to 24, is a collaboration between twocompanies that specialize in the work of native peoples: An Indie(n)Rights Reserve and Native Earth Performing Arts. Appearing inthe leading role of Noodin-Kwe, a 150-year-old native woman fightingfor her land in Northern Ontario, is mezzo-soprano MarionNewman (herself of native ancestry). It looks like a unique operaticexperience.Colin Eatock, managing editorThe WholeNote The Toronto Concert-Goer’s GuideVOLUME 15 No 7 | AprIL 1 – may 7, 2010720 Bathurst St, Suite 503, Toronto ON M5S 2R4MAIN TELEPhONE 416-323-2232Fax 416-603-4791Switchboard & GenerAL INQUIrIEs Ext 21Publisher/Editor In Chief | David Perlmanpublisher@thewholenote.comManaging Editor | Colin Eatockeditorial@thewholenote.comEditorial Assistant | Nick Tortiwmieditor@thewholenote.comCD Editor | David Oldsdiscoveries@thewholenote.comEvent Advertising/MembershipKaren Ages | members@thewholenote.comProduction Liaison/Retail & Classified/Educational AdvertisingJack Buell | adart@thewholenote.comListingsColin Eatock | listings@thewholenote.comJazz ListingsOri Dagan | jazz@thewholenote.comWebsiteBryson Winchester | systems@thewholenote.comCirculation, Display Stands & SubscriptionsChris Malcolm | circulation@thewholenote.comPatrick Slimmon | patrick@thewholenote.comProduction ManagementPeter Hobbs | production@thewholenote.comThANKs to this month’s contrIBUTOrsBeat By BeatBANDsTAND | Jack MacQuarrieChorAL | Benjamin SteinEarLY MusIC | Simone DesiletsJazz | Jim GallowayNew MusIC | Jason van EykmusIC theatre | Terry RobbinsOPEra | Christopher HoileOrchestra & ChAMBEr | Allan PulkerWorLD MusIC | Karen AgesMusICAL LIFE | mJ buellbookshelf | Pamela MarglesFeaturesDianne Wells, Ori DaganCD ReviewersAlex Baran, Geoff Chapman, Ori Dagan,Colin Eatock, Daniel Foley, John S. Gray,Richard Haskell, Tiina Kiik, Roger Knox,Pamela Margles, Cathy Riches,Terry Robbins, Michael Schwartz,Bruce Surtees, Ken Waxman, Dianne WellsProofreadingSimone Desilets, Karen AgesListingsColin Eatock, Richard Haskell, Ori DaganLayout & DesignVerity Hobbs, Brian Cartwright, Uno RamatSubscrIPTIONs per year + GST (10 issues)www.thewholenote.comUpcoming Dates & DeadlinesFree Event Listings Deadline6pm Thursday April 15Display Ad Reservations Deadline6pm Thursday April 15Advertising Materials Due6pm Saturday April 17Publication DateThursday April 29Next issue is Volume 15 No 8, coveringMay 1 – June 7, 2010WholeNote Media Inc. accepts no responsibilityor liability for claims made for any product orservice reported on or advertised in this issue.Printed in CanadaCouto Printing & Publishing ServicesCirculation StatementMarch 2010: 30,000 printed & distributed.Canadian Publication ProductSales Agreement 1263846IssN 14888-8785 WHOLENOTEPublications Mail Agreement #40026682Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to:WholeNote Media Inc.503-720 Bathurst StreetToronto ON M5S 2R4COPYright © 2010 WhOLENOTE Media, INC6 www.thewholenote.comApril 1 - May 7, 2010

Canada’s Bechstein Selection CentreYoung Chang Piano GalleryWorld Class Repairsto all musical instruments10 Via Renzo Drive, Richmond Hill(east side of Leslie St., just north of Major Mackenzie Dr.)905.770.52221.800.463.3000cosmomusic.caA Music Festival unlike any otherORGANIX CONCERTSwww.organixconcerts.ca416-241-9785May 3 – May 31, 201010William O’Meara and Gordon D. Mansell – Artistic DirectorsWhat is the month of Maywithout ORGANIX?ORGANIX 10 is Toronto’s fifth annual festival featuring thethrilling sound of the pipe organ, “The King of Instruments.”Visit www.organixconcerts.ca for all the details!ORGANIX presents exciting organ and ensemblerecitals. Don’t miss the Monday lunch time series atHoly Trinity. May 3 features Rheinberger’s Suite forOrgan, Opus 149. showcasing the talents of SamuelBisson; cello, Alexa Wilks; violin and WayneCarroll; organ. The middle three Monday's of MayFrédéricChampion.include advanced performancestudents from U of T, McGill andOberlin Conservatory. May 17 features music fororgan & strings by Corrette and Respighi with theUnionville Secondary School String Orchestra (dir.Larry Beckwith). May 24 virtuoso Jacob Streetfrom Oberlin Conservatory performs a solo recital. James DavidChristieMay 31 features Patricia Wright;organist, and Sanya Eng; harpist, inHandel’s Organ Concerto, Opus 4 - No.6 andGrandjany’s Piece in Classical Style. Ross McDonaldplays pops favourites on the theatre organ at CasaLoma and at St. John’s York Mills,Andrei Streliaevaccompanies “The Eagle” a 1925 silent film starringEugenio MariaFagiani Rudolph Valentino.Together with our esteemed artistsof the International Series - Frédéric Champion(France), James David Christie (USA) and Eugenio Fagiani (Italy)your ORGANIX month will be full of great music, great architecture andgreat people to meet! Visit www.organixconcerts.ca for details.Holy Trinity – Eaton CentreFree concerts 12:15 – 1:00May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31Theatre OrganMonday May 3, 8:00Casa LomaRoss McDonaldSilent Film “The Eagle”Saturday May 22, 7:30St. John’s Anglican, York MillsAndrei StreliaevInternational Artist SeriesFriday May 7, 7:30Metropolitan UnitedFrédéric ChampionSunday May 23, 3:00Our Lady of SorrowsJames David ChristieSunday May 30, 7:00All Saints KingswayEugenio Maria FagianiLaverne and Doris Carroll Memorial Foundationand the Dr. Wayne D. Carroll Scholarship FundGlionna Mansell Corporationwww.glionnamansell.comWilliam O’Mearawww.casavant.caMusicMondayswww.organixconcerts.ca416 241-9785Church of the Holy Trinityhttp://holytrinitytoronto.org/www.torontoartscouncil.orgIstitutoItalianodiCulturaApril 1 - May 7, 2010 www.thewholenote.com7

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