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Volume 17 Issue 1 - September 2011

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Beat by Beat / Classical

Beat by Beat / Classical & BeyondSummer On, Fall InSHARNA SEARLEFinally, you say, the fall concert season has arrived! No morelovely, warm, breezy … windblown, rain-drenched, too-hot/too-cold, outdoor venues, right? Time to put away your festivalfolding chairs, straw hats and sunscreen and head for the comfort ofthe concert hall. Not so fast. There remain a few summer series andfestivals “in the game,” reminding us, in the words of Yogi Berrathat, “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” However, for those of you itchingto put away your daypack of festival gear, do not despair; there’s aseasons, ready to lure you inside.FALL FLYERSMooredale Concerts’ September 25 season opener at Walter Hallwill be a milestone moment in Canadian music history. It willmark the return of celebrated cellist Ofra Harnoy to the concertstage after a 10-year hiatus. For The WholeNote’s “On the Road”project, Mooredale’s artistic director, Anton Kuerti, himself aneminent pianist, told us this when asked about his plans beyond thesummer: “I will perform at the opening Mooredale Concert … withthe extraordinary cellist Ofra Harnoy, who has not performed inCanada for about 10 years, and whom I have long admired but neverplayed with.” Now is his chance. At 3:15pm, Harnoy will begin theprogramme with Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suite No.3in C Major. Kuerti will then join her in a performance ofBeethoven’s Cello Sonata in A Major Op.69 and César Franck’sCello Sonata. Earlier, at 1:15pm, Harnoy and Kuerti will offer an5 to 15 year olds. Welcome back Ofra!In contrast to Harnoy’s 10-year sabbatical, distinguished actorChristopher Plummer has continued to grace the stage, non-stop,when the Toronto Symphony Orchestra opens its season with aHenry V, onSeptember 22.Music Toronto marks the beginning of its 40th season onSeptember 15 with the Tokyo String Quartet and pianist MarkusGroh performing works by Brahms, Debussy and a world premiereby MT composer advisor Jeffrey Ryan; (and then, cannily, invitesGroh back for a solo recital on September 20).the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society’s opening concerton September 4. KWCMS begins its jam-packed season with pianistonly does KWCMS produce eight concerts in September, alone; itpresents over 70 a year! And they’re held in the KWCMS MusicRoom — a large room in a private home in Waterloo, with an 1887Toronto Music Garden.GERA DILLON14 thewholenote.comSeptember 1–October 7, 2011

Sunday September 25, 2011Introduction 7 15 • Concert 8 pmOpening Gala Concert at Glenn Gould Studio • 250 Front St. WestJoseph Macerollo and Ina Henning accordionsAccordes quartet • Gregory Oh piano • Ryan Scott solo percussionXin Wang soprano • NMC Ensemble • Robert Aitken directionAnn Southam (Canada 1937–2010) Quintet for piano and strings (1986) NAndrew Staniland (Canada 1977) Pentagrams: 5 Pieces for 2 accordions (2010) NAlice Ping Yee Ho (Hong Kong/Canada 1960) Ballade for An Ancient Warrior (2011) NNicolaus A. Huber (Germany 1939) Auf Flügeln der Harfe for accordion (1985)Hope Lee (Taiwan/Canada 1953) Secret of the Seven Stars (2011) N World premiere | N NMC commission AN INCOMPARABLE OPERA 416-363-8231Rachel Harnisch, Love from Afar, Vlaamse Opera, 2010. Photo: Annemie Augustijns. Creative: EndeavourSUBSCRIPTIONS FROM 0ON SALE NOWRIGOLETTOVERDIA FLORENTINE TRAGEDY/GIANNI SCHICCHIZEMLINSKY/PUCCINITHE TALES OF HOFFMANNOFFENBACHLOVE FROM AFARSAARIAHOSEMELEHANDELTOSCAPUCCINIIPHIGENIA IN TAURISGLUCKSeptember 1–October 7, 2011 15

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