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Volume 16 Issue 5 - February 2011

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Naturally we like to hear from readerswho like what we are doing,but more importantly we like tohear from musically engaged readerswho like what they are doing – especiallywhen they have good ideas to share!A recent call, inquiring if TheWholeNote might be able to providecirculation to a group in the Orillia area,was especially interesting in the wake ofOri Dagan’s December story about MargCameron and The Toronto Music Lovers.We are increasingly aware of the groundswell of people gettingtogether for the particular pleasures of enjoying live performance inthe diverse company of other music-loving companions.Elsie Leskew’s call gave me the opportunity to chat with aninteresting new reader, and she followed up our conversation with aletter.…I have been involved in music my entire professional life, andonly in the last year discovered your magazine through Albert Greerdirector (recently retired) of the Cellar Singers here in the Orilliainformation about concerts, reviews, and so many articles about allaspects of music and musicians….Pianist Elsie Leskew studied with Clifford Poole, Mona Bates,Reginald Godden in Hamilton and Toronto; and Edith Oppens inAspen, Colorado and New York. As well as performing in recitals,she was also involved in chamber music. Eventually music educationin the school system became a part of her life, and she studiedat the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, graduating with aMasters degree in Music Education. She taught high school music inBracebridge and was Music Consultant for the Muskoka Board forseveral years before retiring in1989.I continue to be involved in music here in Orillia, with many80 Acadia Avenue, Unit 309, Markham ON L3R 9V1SalesViolin Viola Cello BowsRepair and RentalProfessional violin maker andString instrument rental serviceM U S I C A L L I F EMusic Appreciation En MassePhilharmonic Music Ltd.SchoolPrivate lessons and examsViolin Viola Cello Bass905-784-2028 www.philharmoniccanada.comMJ BUELLOrillia Arts Group on the steps of the AGO.friends who have been part of the OrilliaArts Group which I created, in a ratherinformal way in 1998. It was the resultof my offering a “music appreciation”series of evenings to introduce classicalmusic to a handful of non-musicianfriends...Their desire to attend a concert inToronto led them to a TSO Beethovenconcert back in June of 1998, andthe rest is history. Today Ms Leskewco-ordinates a list of over 90 namesfrom Orillia, Barrie, Gravenhurst, and Bracebridge, and concertexpeditions are a regular event. A concert is chosen and The ArtsGroup hires a small bus accommodating only 22 people each trip –together for an evening, share some wine and hor d’oeuvres, andMs Leskew talks about the music they are going to hear. They listento recordings. On the day of the concert they have their own driver,provided by Hammond’s Transportation in Bracebridge, who deliversthem to their concert venue, and returns them safely home againat the end of a wonderful evening. Often they plan an art galleryvisit or restaurant meal before the concert.…For your interest and information I include a list of the performanceswe have attended in the last 12 years. Reading in yourpublication about all the events surrounding the GTA, I am surewe will expand our musical horizons and discover other delightfulevents…The Orillia Arts Group’s list of concerts over the past 12Hummingbird and later at the Four Season Centre, performancesby the National Ballet, and most recently the September 2010 TSOconcert with guest pianist Lang Lang. Where will these intrepidmusic lovers and their trusty bus venture next?Koerner Hall. I think we may attend the Mozart Mass in C Minor,on May 11, but I’m going to listen to it again before we decide… Mysang I attended The Aspen School of Music in Colorado one summer,as quite a young person. Walter Susskind was the conductor. It wasyour spine…from music. I heard the Mozart Mass again years laterat the Salzburg Festival and it thrilled me all over again.The last part of my conversation with Ms Leskew was about thebeyond the GTA,which previously her group might not have known about. Theseare becoming increasingly visible in the WholeNote’s listings andto the Orillia area was a really good place to start.Calling All Concert Companions!Don’t miss a beat of the live music you love.You can have complimentary copies ofThe WholeNote delivered for your group!circulation@thewholenote.com416-323-2232 ext 33ALL the live listings,ALL the time.THE52 thewholenote.comFebruary 1 - March 7, 2011

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