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Volume 16 Issue 4 - December 2010

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TMBLUE PAGES UpdateThe WholeNote’s BLUE PAGES Directoryis published every October, updatedregularly online, and accepts new membersyear round. A warm welcome this issue to:All Saints Kingsway AnglicanChurchPAGESThe All Saints’ Choir providesmusical leadership at weekly Sundaymorning Eucharists, Festival Evensongs,The talent is here.e.updated onlinenCommunity Out-Reach Projects and concertsthroughout the year. The choir hasTHEWHOLENOTE.COMtoured the UK, has recorded 2 CDs, and has performed at variousevents throughout Toronto. Most recently, the choir performed theCanadian premiere of Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater as well as RuthWatson Henderson’s ‘From Darkness to Light.’ Upcoming Choralconcerts include “Sure on this Shining Night” (Dec. 19).Shawn Grenke, Director of Music,, www.allsaintskingsway.caThe Aurora Cultural CentreChurch Street School (1886) has recently been transformed into afabulous state-of-the-art cultural centre. With three art galleries,instructional art studios, museum archives and corporate rentalspaces, the Centre’s jewel is a new Yamaha C7 Grand Piano, andperformance space seating 120 in Brevik Hall. Already home tofolk, classical, jazz and rock n’ roll performances, poetry readingsand theatre, the Centre launches its inaugural classical piano serieswith Anton Kuerti in February 2011!22 Church Street, Aurora, ON L4G 1G4, 905, www.auroraculturalcentre.caMPC Musiclabel, most recently “50 Years – the NORMAN AMADIO trio”,recorded at Glenn Gould Studio. MPC has been involved in supportingthe Variety Club of Ontario; Hip Hip Hooray, an event ofthe Orthopaedic Foundation; Project Scarecrow, an event bringingawareness to the perils of drinking and driving, Toronto West Rotaryand many other projects that support our, information@mpcmusic.comNUMUS Concertsis a presenter and producer of contemporarymusic programs in theKitchener-Waterloo area. Throughoutits 26-year history, NUMUShas made a large contribution tothe cultural life of the area, commissioningnew musical works andperforming contemporary musicfrom all genres drawn from theentire spectrum of contemporarymusic. In 2009 Glenn Buhr wasappointed as Artistic Director.He oversaw the 25th anniversarycelebrations in 2009-10 which alsocoincided with a renewed broadvision of contemporary musicprogramming.519.896.3662info@numus.on.cawww.numus.on.caFor full-length profiles of theseand more than 180 other musicpresenters visit PROFILES 2010/2011THEBLUEINSTRUCTION, continuedTHEORY, SIGHTSINGING, PIANO (jazz andclassical), EAR TRAINING . All grades, all ages,RCM exam prep (piano, rudiments, harmony,history, counterpoint) Easy and effective methods!Peter Ness, ARCT, 416-767-9747VIOLIN SCHOOL: Have fun learning violin!Individual and group lessons for children andadults. 38 years teaching experience. For registrationcall Nelly Dios at 416-323-3481 (Yongeand St. Clair).WARM EXPERIENCED AMERICAN PIANOTEACHER with sterling credentials, unfailinggood humor, and buckets of patience. RoyalConservatory washouts and adult learners especiallywelcome. Lovely Cabbagetown studio,with easy parking/TTC access. Testimonials:“Now there’s a teacher!” R.D., age 13. “Deeppleasure. Sure beats studying with those Quebecnuns!” S.A., age 50+. Peter Kristian Mose,416-923-3060 Mystudents have never won any prizes, except forlove of music. (And loyalty.)FOR SALEEUPHONIUM: Classic Besson,.4 valve, com-FRENCH HORN – MUST SELL: Double hornmade by Reynolds for Selmer circa 1978. Oneof a kind, excellent condition, wonderful sound.Suitable for advanced student or professional.Call jack 416-721-4940.YAMAHA UPRIGHT PIANO: made inbench included. Excellent quality and condition.,800.00 call 705-739-1017.MUSICIANS AVAILABLEBARD – EARLY MUSIC DUO playing recorderand virginal available to provide backgroundatmosphere for teas, receptions or other functions– greater Toronto area. For rates and infocall 905-722-5618 or email us at mhpape@interhop.netClassified AdvertisingMUSICIANS WANTEDNYCO Symphony is looking for the followinginstruments to play in subscription concertsstarting immediately. Rehearsals Wed nights atYork Mills C I, Don Mills: Trombone, Trumpet,Cello, Double Bass, Violin. Please phone 416628-9195 or email info@nyco.on.caSERVICESACCOUNTING AND INCOME TAX SERVICEfor small business and individuals, to saveyou time and money, customized to meet yourneeds. Norm Pulker, B. Math. CMA. 905-251-0309 or 905-830-2985.The PERFORMING EDGE Performanceenhancement training in tension management,concentration, goal setting, imagery.Individualized to meet your performancesituation. Kate F. Hays, practisingclinical and performing arts psychology.416-961-0487,www.theperformingedge.comVENUESARE YOU PLANNING A CONCERT or recital?Looking for a venue? Consider Bloor StreetUnited Church. Phone: 416-924-7439 x22Email: tina@bloorstreetunited.orgETOBICOKE CONCERT HALL 516 TheKingsway (corner Kipling). Excellent acoustics,Allen concert organ, seating 500, free parking.Plast Toronto Huculak Centre (formerly St.Luke’s Church). Call 416-236-9998.REHEARSE OR PERFORM IN A BRANDNEW FACILITY Lawrence Park CommunityChurch offers excellent performance and rehearsalspaces, for groups from small (an intimatemusic studio) to large (performance spacenewly renovated facility. Ample free parkingavailable. TTC. Geothermally heated and airconditioned! For information contact Rene Bignell,416-489-1551 or email:rene@lawrenceparkchurch.cawww.lawrenceparkchurch.caOther categories also availableclassad@thewholenote.comALEXANDER KATS (416) 340-1844alexander.kats@sympatico.ca64 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011

Book ShelfPAMELA MARGLESVictor Feldbrill: Canadian Conductor Extraordinaireby Walter Pitman; Dundurn Press; 432 pages, photos; Canadian conductor Victor Feldbrill has leadso many premieres of Canadian compositionsand promoted so many Canadian works aroundthe world that his impact on music in Canadahas been immeasurable, as Walter Pitman showsin this thorough biography. Pitman, who haschronicled the lives of Canadian musicians,takes a close look at what motivated Feldbrill tosupport Canadian composers and performers sofor him. “His position,” writes Pitman, “was that tifthemusicitselfthe itselfhad integrity and was skilfully written, it must be played.”By all accounts, Feldbrill was an accomplished conductor in allkinds of repertoire. “Why then,” asks Pitman, “weren’t orchestrasfrom around the world clamouring for his services?” Placing valueon “competence, reliability and collegiality,” Feldbrill avoidedthe “wildly entertaining, shocking and melodramatic” styles ofconductors who stamp their personalities on their interpretations.But because he was reluctant to impose a personal vision, he didn’tgenerate the kind of charisma that makes a conductor get noticed.What’s more, Feldbrill stayed in Canada. There’s a crop ofyounger Canadian conductors today, like Yves Abel, Kwame Ryan,Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Julian Kuerti, who have achieved remarkablesuccess. But they are all pursuing their careers outside Canada.Pitman has done extensive interviews with Feldbrill, who wasborn in Toronto in 1924, as well as with musicians who worked withhim. He has also made full use of letters and archival documents.He is, however, more concerned with how Feldbrill was able toaccomplish what he did than with matters of musical interpretation.A discography and a list of his premieres would have been usefulto document the “incredible history of composition” that Feldbrill’sperformances and recordings of Canadian music represent, especiallysince many of the recordings are unavailable today. Even whatPitman calls Feldbrill’s “crowning achievement,” his recording ofHarry Somers’ seminal opera, Louis RielPitman’s engaging, detailed biography goes a long way to illuminatethe history of Canadian composition that Felbrill’s premieres andrecordings represent. And it has a particularly lovely back cover– a portrait of Feldbrill, baton in hand, painted by his grandson,Benjamin Koffman.Listen to Thisby Alex Ross; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 381 pages; The Rest Is Noise, musiccritic Alex Ross took an ambitiously sweepingapproach to the whole history of 20 th centuryclassical music. His new book, Listen toThis, is just as ambitious, as the title makesclear. But this time, happy to leave loose endsand open questions, he offers a collection ofTheNew Yorker magazine. They seem to have beenchosen not because they are his best, but because setheyofferasamsamplingof the broad range of music and musicians that Ross feels passionateabout, from Brahms to Björk.Ross’s goal here is to knock down the walls separating differenttypes of music. Discussing Björk, he depicts a musical utopia where“the ideologies, teleologies, style wars, and subdivisions that havethe musicians and music that inspire him. There’s the “free-wheelingspirit” of early-music performers like Richard Egarr, and the joy thatJoin us in celebrating the publication ofWeinzweig: Essays onHis Life and MusicJohn Beckwith and Brian Cherney, editorsThursday, January 13, 201Lobby of Koerner HallRoyal Conservatory of MusicTelus Centre273 Bloor Street West(near Bloor and University)Toronto, ON Theatre Books will be selling books at the eventrsvp clare@press.wlu.caCo-sponsored by Published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press Includes audio CD ALSO OF INTERESTIn Search of Alberto GuerreroJohn Beckwith Music Traditions, Cultures, and Contexts Wilfrid Laurier University Presst oll-free 1-800-565-9523 | | 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 65

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