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Volume 17 Issue 1 - September 2011

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Steinway. Is there a nicer way to hear chamber music?of the Canadian Opera Company’s 2011/12 Free Concert Series, onSeptember 27, artists of the COC Orchestra will perform music byDebussy, Mozart and Puccini, in a tribute to their late, great andamphitheatre that bears his name.SUMMER REFRAINAnd now back to summer. The one series that braves the elements inSeptember is Summer Music in the Garden, hosting its 12th seasonin the enchanting Toronto Music Garden. The series winds up withthree concerts in September; there’s one on the 8th, followed by twocellist, Kate Bennett Haynes, performing Bach’s UnaccompaniedCello Suite No.1 in G Major, the piece that was the inspiration forthe design of the Toronto Music Garden! ( Mondays has four concerts on offer this month, indowntown Toronto’s acoustically superb Church of the Holy Trinity,bringing their extended 20th anniversary season to a close onand Angela Park, piano, perform works by Debussy, Shostakovichand Bizet.The following summer festivals serve up an impressive array ofchamber music and all three take place beyond the GTA, where thesound of music festivals in September!For its 10-day event (September 23 to October 2), Barrie’sColours of Music has assembled outstanding recitalists and chambermusicians in ensembles ranging from duos to orchestras. A fewhighlights: the Ames Piano Quartet plays works by Saint-Saëns,Valerie Tryon will tackle Milhaud, Brahms and Schumann onTryon and Sinfonia Toronto in works by Turina, Vaughan Williams,for more.With the “dream team” of artistic director/violinist Mark Fewerand guest directors, cellist Roman Borys and clarinetist JamesCampbell, programming this year’s SweetWater Music Festival, youAnnalee Patipatanakoon and pianist John Novacek, and others, toperform works by Dohnanyi, Schulhoff, Messiaen, Bach, Mozart,Tchaikovsky, Turina and Cam Wilson’s A Tribute to 20th CenturyJazz Violin.Over in Picton, the Prince Edward County Music FestivalSokolovic as composer-in residence. On September 23, at the Oenoto catch SweetWater’s Fewer, again, this time with the SuperNovaString Quartet, playing Ravel’s String Quartet and Beethoven’sString Quartet Op. 59 No.3; another SuperNova member, recentlynamed TSO concertmaster, Jonathan Crow, will also be inof the COC orchestra, will join the ubiquitous Fewer and his othertwo SuperNova mates, violist Douglas McNabney and cellist DenisePiano Quintet in A Major.Clearly, there is much from which to choose in these latter daysof summer and early days of autumn. Can’t decide? Here’s a suggestion:Drop everything, right now, hang a “GONE FISHIN’” signMusic’s concert of the same name. It includes works by Gershwin.With any luck, maybe they’ll play Summertime.Sharna Searle trained as a musician and lawyer, practised a lotmore piano than law and is Listings Editor on The WholeNoteteam. She can be contacted at thewholenote.comSeptember 1–October 7, 2011

Artistic Directors: Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata30Years Celebrating the Art of SongThe 30th Anniversary GalaSunday, February 19, 2:30 pmKoerner Hall, TELUS Centre forPerformance and Learning,273 Bloor Street West, Toronto8Sixteen of our starriest singers joinus to celebrate:Colin Ainsworth, Benjamin Butterfield,Michael Colvin, Tyler Duncan,Gerald Finley, Gillian Keith,Shannon Mercer, Nathalie Paulin,Susan Platts, Brett Polegato,Catherine Robbin, Lauren Segal,Krisztina Szabó, Giles Tomkins,Monica Whicher, Lawrence WilifordVisit or call 416.408.0208(after September 19)The 30th Anniversary Sunday SeriesOctober 16: Clair de lune (songs of Gabriel Fauré)November 27: The Great Comet (Franz Liszt at 200)March 18: Schubert and the EsterházysApril 29: A Country House Weekend (an English idyll)All concerts at 2:30 pm in Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building,80 Queen’s ParkVisit or call 416.735.7982September 1–October 7, 2011 17

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