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Volume 16 Issue 2 - October 2010

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their spring concert. If you are available Wednesday mornings andwould like to try your hand at making this kind of music, experienceis not necessary. Group instruction is part of the package. Contactthem at or call 416-588-7886.Both groups stressed that playing in such ensembles was alsovery much a social activity. Members were encouraged to get toknow their fellow members and consider forming trios and quartetsto practise together outside of regular rehearsal times and hone theirskills with the challenges of playing these more intimate forms.As for other new groups for more experienced players, we haveedmembers already with a good distribution of instruments. Theirrehearsals are on Thursdays at 7:30pm at Roselawn Public School, These annual weekends provide an opportunity for musicians fromboth old and new, under the leadership of expert conductors. As partBand will be acting as hosts this year. Check-in starts at 7:30pm Fridayand is followed by a social gathering. Saturday will be devotedto rehearsals under the batons of no fewer than six conductors.The massed band will perform the concert on Sunday afternoon.-is Dundas and Islington, and the school is a manageable walk fromboth Royal York and Islington subway stations. For full detailsDefinition DepartmentThis month’s lesser known musical term is fermoota: a note of dubi-readers. Let’s hear your daffynitions.Coming EventsNorman Reintamm and Friends Recital. St. Timothy’s Anglican Joint Effort Autumn Classics. Calvin Presbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Ave. Rose Theatrein Brampton.Down the RoadSubscription Concert No.1. Jack MacQuarrie plays several brass instruments, and hasperformed in many community ensembles. He can be contacted at:KAREN AGESBy now, the concert season is well under way – and the worldhighlights.Virtuoso banjo player JaymeStone launches a new CD with across-Canada tour that includesRoom. Room of Wonders is a wonderfulmusical romp inspired byfolk dances from around the world.I’ve had a sneak preview of the album,and this promises to be a livelyevening of superb musicianshipnyckelharpa and other instrumentsin a kind of Appalachian “old-timemeetsthe rest of the world” scenario.Represented are dance tunesfrom Bulgaria, Ireland, Brazil, Norwayand elsewhere. There’s even anarrangement of a Bach French suite.Jayme Stone.Prior to this latest venture, Stone’s previous CD, Africa to Appalachiawas a collaboration with Malian kora player and singerMansa Sissoko, the result of a stay in Mali where Stone researchedthe banjo’s African roots. This Juno award-winning album led to awill soon launch a new website and a short documentary on the makingof Room of Wonders, which will also include free lessons for aspiringbanjoists! In the meantime, visit undergoing two years of extensive renovations, the SonyCentre re-opens this month with some exciting programming. Sure12, 13) features the Beijing Friendship Dance Company in their interpretationof one of China’s most revered works of literature by thesame name. Described as a “Chinese Romeo and Juliet love story,”the production blends classical ballet and traditional Chinese dance,with a score by Academy Award-winning composer Cong Su (bestoriginal score, The Last Emperor), 80 dancers and 800 costumes!The show is presented in celebration of 40 years of diplomatic relationsbetween China and Canada.Also, touted as “the Bob Dylan of Iran,” controversial musicianMohsen Namjoo fuses traditional Persian music with western bluesa full live orchestra. Namjoo is a master vocalist, composer and setarplayer, who originally trained at and was later expelled from theTehran University music programme for refusing to toe convention-joo’scareer took off due to internet exposure. Now based in California,he is free to create music that resonates with Iran’s youth, whileappealing to audiences regardless of background.30 thewholenote.comOctober 1 - November 7, 2010

Toronto based Yiddish singer Lenka Lichtenberg says, “after alittle breather, to allow space for several members’ individual projects(namely CD releases), The Sisters of Sheynville are gettingback into the groove and a regular rehearsal mode. The plan is toprepare a lot of new material this fall, and work towards a new CDin the spring.”Upcoming gigs for this all-female Yiddish swing/klezmer bandkahad a well attended CD release concert of her own recently at lastmonth’s Ashkenaz Festival, and you can read a review of Fray in theSeptember WholeNote. She’s also been engaged in a unique syna--her life. She calls it “Songs for the Breathing Walls,” and hopes tocontinue with it for years to come. For more about Lichtenberg, Queen St. W. Dedicated to performing and preserving the folk musicof Naples and southern Italy, the group is led by Italian tenor Fran-be joined by Marco Cera (oboist with Tafelmusik who also playsbaroque guitar, chitarra battente, and ciaramella – a type of Italianup and running too: check out ahead to November, Toronto’s own Nagata ShachuJapanese taiko drumming ensemble presents a new programme titled“Iroha” (colour), November 5 and 6 at Fleck Dance Theatre, 207Queen’s Quay West. The production is directed by long-time mem-will be more choreography. “people might describe the same colour differently depending ontheir mental and emotional associations with it. In Japan, wherethe four seasons are distinct, people experience each time of yearthrough colours in nature. I hope people will discover the illuminat-iroha.” Nagatathey perform on a host of other traditional Japanese instruments aswell, creating a variety of sonic textures. It will be interesting to seehow they illustrate the notion of colour! “Planet Music,” a course for musicians and non-musicians alike,exploring the musical cultures of West Africa, Portugal, Belize,Zimbabwe, India, Scandinavia and South America. It’ INDEXABA Music and Arts 56Aldeburgh Connection 41Alexander Singers and Players 26Amadeus Choir 45Amici 36Amoroso 48Anthony St. Pierre 54Atma 5Aurora Performing Arts Group 37Bloor Cinema 67Bryson Winchester 55Canadian Music Therapy Trust 53Capella Intima 42Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Chamber Music Society ofMississauga 38Chinese Cultural CentreInternational Piano Christ Church Deer Park JazzVespers 28Church of St Simon the Apostle 31Cosmo Music 15Denise Williams 54Gallery 345 33Georgetown Bach Chorale 14Glionna Mansell 7, 61James Brown 54Jean-Paul Reymont 43John Laing Singers 25Larkin Singers 42Lawrence Park CommunityChurch 45Le Commensal 55Living Arts Centre 12Liz Parker 53Lockwood ARS 55Long & McQuade 30Metropolitan United Church 41Mississauga Symphony 20, 34Music Gallery 17Nagata Shachu 44New Music Concerts 11, 34Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation 44Norm Pulker 55Pasquale Bros. 51Pax Christi Chorale 40Peter Mahon 26Philharmonic Music Ltd. 56Royal Conservatory 18Samantha Chang Productions 52Sinfonia Toronto 27Sing Rutter’s Gloria at Carnegie Sound Advice 51Soundstreams 20Spanish Centre 52St Clement’s Anglican Church 35St. Philip’s Anglican Church JazzVespers 28Steve’s Music Store 27Sue Crowe Connolly 54Tafelmusik 72Talisker Players 43Tallis Choir 35The Flute Studio 68The Sound Post 26Tokai String Quartet 36Toronto Childrens’ Choir 38Toronto Classical Singers 26Toronto Consort 23Toronto Sinfonietta 41U of T Faculty of Music 22Vesnivka Choir 25Via Salzburg 12Visual and Performing ArtsNewmarket 22Women of the Four Directions 42Yamaha Music School 54The Church ofSt. Simon-the-ApostlePresentsCelebration MusicFeaturing:The Yorkminstrels Show ChoirPatricia Haldane, AltoJohn Sheard, Jazz Pianowith VocalistsMichelle Willis & Cherie Camp◆Come celebrate the joyof music with us7:30 p.m. FridayNovember 12, 2010525 Bloor Street East(Sherbourne subway) ( students)416-923-8714, Ext 208Visa/MasterCardAccepted in advance by phoneCash only at the doorOctober 1 - November 7, 2010 31

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