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Volume 17 Issue 2 - October 2011

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noise …. And the hands, are, with the besttechnique … relative.” With an easy laugh, hecouldn’t resist adding, “You know, the olderI get, the more mysterious this becomes.”He also maintained that success at thepodium has everything to do with theconviction of the conductor and the abilityto convey the feeling of the music “with theeyes, with the body, with the soul.”Mayer also talked about his role as amentor and what the future may hold forhim. On mentoring: “I was extremely luckyto be influenced by some magical peoplewho were very generous with their time inguiding me. Because of them, I am what Iam. I will be always indebted to them fortheir warmth and wisdom …. So, if somebodycomes to me, with questions or foradvice … I am more than delighted to help.I feel it’s a privilege and an obligation. AndI do it with all my heart and commitment.On future plans: “I enjoy every day asit comes. Right now, I’d like to put thisorchestra on the map …. So, we are going toshow what we can do and hopefully peoplewill come and listen to us.” You’ll have towait though! The TPO performs its seasonopener, an all-Mozart programme, onJanuary 25.Mayer was very generous with histime and we covered much territory — toomuch to include here. For those inclined,go to for thefull interview.GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award WinnersJuilliardString Quartet“A fluid, high-energy performance...the difference between a polished walkthroughand a thoughtful interpretation.”(The New York Times)Juilliard String Quartet is the definitiveclassical quartet in North America whohave consistently demonstrated thestrength of their interpretations, purityof melodic line, contrapuntal exactitudeand structural clarity.Joseph Lin (violin), Joel Krosnick (cello),Ronald Copes (violin), Samuel Rhodes(viola), present two intimate programswhich include Haydn’s “Quartet in GMajor, Op. 54, No. 1”, Elliot Carter’s“Quartet No. 5”*, Donald Martino’s“Quartet No. 5”** and Beethoven’s“Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 130with Grosse Fuge”.AND NOWTO SOMEOTHER NEWAPPOINTEES:Judith Yan willmake her debuton October23, as the newconductor/artisticdirector of theGuelph SymphonyOrchestra, inall-Russianprogrammefeaturing worksby Mussorgsky,Glazunov andGlinka, with guestviolinist, JacquesIsraelievitch (TSOconcertmaster1988–2008).Speaking ofToronto SymphonyOrchestra concertmasters, Jonathan Crow,the TSO’s newly appointed one, will befeatured as soloist in two TSO programmes.On October 1 (at Roy Thomson Hall) andOctober 2 (at George Weston Recital Hall),Crow performs Beethoven’s Romance No.2for Violin and Orchestra; as an added bonus,he’ll chat with TSO music director, PeterOundjian, from the stage, following bothperformances. Also, pianist Emanuel AxSimon performingBrahms’ PianoConcerto No.1on the samebill. The secondprogramme, onOctober 15 and16, will featureCrow as soloistin a performanceof Bach’sConcerto forOboe and Violinand BrandenburgConcerto No.5,under the batonof TSO conductorlaureate, AndrewDavis, at RoyThomson Hall.Unless you’replanning a trip toSaskatchewan inthe near future,you won’t likely hear cellist Simon Fryer inhis new appointment as principal cello withthe Regina Symphony. However, if you’re indowntown Toronto on October 27, you’ll getto hear him perform Haydn and Weber trioswith flutist Robert Aitken and pianist WalterDelahunt, and a new work for flute and celloby Chris Paul Harman, commissioned bythe Women’s Musical Club of Toronto. Theconcert takes place at Walter Hall, and is apresentation of the WMCT’s long-standing,afternoon chamber series, of which Fryer isthe artistic director.Leaving the world of shiny, new appointmentsfor something a bit older, I would beremiss if, in closing, I did not provide atleast a brief “Liszting” — I know. Ouch! — ofsome concerts marking the 200th anniversaryof the birth of Franz Liszt (b. October22, 1811):• October 1, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony,André LaPlante, piano, Centre in theSquare, 101 Queen St. N., Kitchener;• October 6, University of Toronto Facultyof Music, Jacqueline Mokrzewski, piano,MacMillan Theatre, 80 Queen’s Park;• October 7, Gallery 345, Alejandro Vela,piano, 345 Sorauren Ave.;• October 16, Royal Conservatory,Louis Lortie, piano, Koerner Hall,273 Bloor St. W.;• October 22, Christopher Burton, piano,Oriole York Mills United Church, 2609Bayview Ave.; also performing November6, Women’s Art Association of Canada, 23Prince Arthur Ave.; and• October 22, Lenard Whiting, tenor, BrettKingsbury, piano, Christ Church Deer Park,1570 Yonge St.Enjoy this new and exciting season!COURTESY OF WWW.SIMONFRYER.COMWednesday, March 28Markham Theatre**Markham, ON, 905-305-7469www.markhamtheatre.caFriday, March 30Centre for the Arts, Brock University*St. Catharines, ON, 1-866-617-3257www.Arts.BrockU.caSharna Searle trained as a musicianand lawyer, practiced a lot more pianothan law and is listings editor at TheWholeNote. She can be contacted thewholenote.comOctober 1 – November 7, 2011

SONG OF THE EARTH / RED SEAThursday, October 6, 2011 • 8 PMGlenn Gould Studio, TorontoKimberly BarberDas Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahlerarr. Arnold SchönbergKimberly Barber, mezzo-sopranoAdam Luther, tenorwith the NUMUS Orchestra conducted by Paul PulfordRed Sea (Song of the Earth) by Glenn Buhralso featuring pop vocalist Sarah SleanFor • 416.872.4255Presented by NUMUS • • 519.896.3662Adam LutherOctober 1 – November 7, 2011 13

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