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Volume 17 Issue 5 - February 2012

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  • February
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D. The ETCeteras

D. The ETCeteras Classified Advertising | classad@thewholenote.comMark Bell, songleader; Marjorie Wiens, piano.St. Lawrence Market, North Market, 92-95Front St. 416-778-0796. Free, donations accepted.www.canadasings.ca•Feb 24 7:00, Feb 25 1:00 and 7:00, Feb 267:00: Sing-Along-A. Sing-A-Long-A Grease.Reitman Square, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 KingSt. W. 416-599-8433 or 1-888-599-8433..75; (sr/st); (13 and under).ANNOUNCEMENTS•Mar 1 application deadline: Kindred SpiritsOrchestra. Composers Workshop with BrianCurrent. Workshop to take place March 31–April 2, 2012; limited to 10 active participantsand 10 auditors. to enter. Successful applicantswill be notified by March 7, 2012; feesare 0 for active participants and 0 forauditors. SEE AD ON PAGE 20. For more infocontact Jobert Seveilleno at info@KSOrchestra.ca.ETCETERA: MISCELLANEOUS•Feb 29 7:00: Soundstreams. Salon 21: Electronica.Meet and greet, followed by performanceby turntable artist/composer Nicole Lizée.Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park. Free, donationswelcome. Limited seating; register onwebsite: www.soundstreams.ca•Mar 06 7:00: Soundstreams. Salon 21: PeterEötvos on Jazz and Opera. Meet and greet, followedby discussion by composer/conductorPeter Eötvos about his interest in jazz andopera, with live and recorded examples. GardinerMuseum, 111 Queen’s Park. Free, donationswelcome. Limited seating; register on website:www.soundstreams.caAUDITIONS / MUSICIANS WANTEDCOUNTERPOINT COMMUNITYORCHESTRA (www.ccorchestra.org)welcomes volunteer musicians. Mondayevening rehearsals, downtown Toronto.All sections especially violins. Email info@ccorchestra.orgMARKHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAhas openings for Concertmaster, Strings,Woodwinds, Brass. All Pay-Per Servicepositions. Please send resume tomarkhamsymphony@yahoo.ca.www.msocanada.comNYCO SYMPHONY is looking for the followingto play in 4 subscription concerts each season.Rehearsals Wed nights at York Mills CI,Don Mills. Trumpets, Trombones, ViolasBasses. For contact info visit NYCO.on.caTHE CABBAGETOWN CLASSICALYOUTH CHOIR is auditioning for its annualproduction of Menotti’s “Amahl and theNight Visitors” in December 2012. Approx.20 soloists between the ages of 11 and21 are needed to sing both principal andchorus roles. The production will includesets, costumes and a 16-piece orchestra.Call Maestro Daniel at 647-701-5033 toarrange an audition and to discuss details.YOUR AD COULD BE HERE.Contact classad@thewholenote.comINSTRUCTIONCONCERT PIANIST EVE EGOYAN(M. Mus., L.R.A.M., F.R.S.C.) offerslessons to committed musicians as well asreturning adults (emu@interlog.com,416-894-6344, www.eveegoyan.com).FLUTE INSTRUCTION: Margot Rydall flutestudio. RCM Examiner / 40 yrs RCM Teacher.Performance & Exam preparation. Flute forfun! All ages, all levels. www.duomusic.ca;416-463-1011; margot@duomusic.caFLUTE, PIANO, THEORY LESSONS: RCMexam preparation. Samantha Chang, RoyalAcademy of Music PGDip, LRAM, ARCT.416-293-1302, samantha.studio@gmail.comwww.samanthaflute.comHARPSICHORD LESSONS: Beginner,intermediate. Style, ornamentation, theory,figured bass. All ages. No previous keyboardexperience necessary. Competitive rates.www.music.laeducation.ca, luke@laeducation.caMAKING MUSIC WITH THE RECORDER.After 30 years at The Royal Conservatory,Scott Paterson has opened his own studio. Allages; private lessons and ensembles. Centrallocation. Mus. Bac. Perf. (U of T), ARCT,member ORMTA. 416-759-6342(cell) 416-268-1474) wspaterson@gmail.comPIANO LESSONS: Beginners – advanced.All levels Royal Conservatory of Musicand beyond. Intensive course for adults.Lessons are given on a 9 foot Steinwayconcert grand. 416-449-1665STUDY JAZZ SINGING WITHORI DAGAN! Scat, swing, improvisation,repertoire development, performance skills.scatcatstudios@gmail.com 416-509-3137www.oridagan.comSTUDY SAXOPHONE with Bruce Redstone.M.M. in Performance, B.A. in Education, 25+years experience, 6 years university instructor,reasonable rates, convenient location, alllevels and styles. bredstone@rogers.com or416-706-8161.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 or pkmose@planeteer.com. Mystudents have never won any prizes, except forlove of music. (And loyalty.)WISH YOU WERE SINGING? Experienced“professional” amateur, sliding scale. CallJohanne 416-461-8425FOR SALECLASSIC BUSCHER TROMBONE: lacquerfinish, includes case. 416-964-3642.USED STEINWAY PIANOS: models K, S,M, O, L, A, B www.ontariopianos.comMUSICIANS AVAILABLEBARD – EARLY MUSIC DUO playing recorderand virginal available to provide backgroundatmosphere for teas, receptions or otherfunctions – greater Toronto area. For ratesand info call 905-722-5618 or email us atmhpape@interhop.netSERVICESACCOUNTING 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.DO YOU HAVE PRECIOUS MEMORIESLOST ON OLD RECORDS, TAPES, PHOTOSetc? Recitals-gigs-auditions-air checks-familystuff. 78s-cassettes-reels-35mm slides-etc.ArtsMediaProjects will restore them on CDs orDVDs. Call George @ 416 910-1091EXPERT EDITING of concert programs,flyers, brochures, websites, liner notes, etc.rtilley.editor@gmail.com, 416-427-2179VENUESARE YOU PLANNING A CONCERT or recital?Looking for a venue? Consider Bloor StreetUnited Church. Phone: 416-924-7439 x22Email: tina@bloorstreetunited.orgYOUR AD COULD BE HERE.Contact classad@thewholenote.comComprehensive · . ResidentialSoundproo ? ng SolutionsQuality Audio Recording Servicesfor Classical and Acoustic Music647 349 6467lockwood.frank@gmail.comwww.LockwoodARS.comleon 416-995-4016Love To Sing?TrySENSIBLE VOCAL TRAINING!Breathe new life into your voicewith this uniquely kinestheticapproach to vocal pedagogy.Come to the “Vocal Gym!”Phone Pattie Kelly (905) 271-6896info@vocalsense.ca www.vocalsense.caCLAIM YOUR VOICEOrganic and functional vocal training to gainaccess to your full range, resonance and vocalfreedom. For singers, public speakers, teachers,clergy, or if you just want to enjoy using yourvoice.claimSue Crowe ConnollyHamilton Studio 905-544-1302Toronto Studio 416-523-1154info@cyvstudios.ca www.cyvstudios.cavoiceSTUDIOSEYE-CATCHINGFor economical insertionsof 3x, 5x and 10xNow available in colour.Interested?jack@thewholenote.com416-323-2232 ext 2556 thewholenote.com February 1 – March 7, 2012

We Are All Music’s ChildrenFebruary’s Child Shannon MercerMJ BUELLWho is March’s Child?Already so composed! Withfive senses explore the arrayof possibility a musical lifeaffords. While music stirs,strikes, grips and turns us on,you’ll find that esprit is whatconnects us all. Say Farewellto Heaven as you ride thisnew wave into concert halls,galleries, movie theatres,schools and the occasionalhanging garden.Think you know whoour mystery child is?Send your best guess tomusicschildren@thewholenote.com. Please provide yourmailing address just incase your name is drawn!Winners will be selected byrandom draw among correctreplies received by Monday,February 20, 2012.Lady of Spain at a SwanseaPublic School concert.Toronto, circa 1954.“… My father’s mother was leftin a basket on the steps of anorphanage in June of 1913 inGelligaer, Glamorgan, SouthWales. My father immigratedto Montreal in 1967 alongwith my mother and my threeeldest siblings. Later thefamily moved to Ottawa wheretwo additional children wereborn — the youngest was me.My father always showed apassion and love for music …”(liner notes: Wales – The Landof Song)Born in ottawa, sopranoShannon Mercer grewup in Manotick, Ontario,on the Rideau Canal. Sheattended Canterbury Arts High School inOttawa, and graduated from McGill University:Vocal Performance, and Early Music VocalPerformance and History). Then, after oneyear in the Opera School Diploma program atthe University of Toronto, she was acceptedinto the Ensemble Studio with the CanadianOpera Company.Mercer’s busy schedule of opera, concert andrecital engagements reflects in particular her appetitesfor both baroque and contemporary music.Featured last season by Queen of Puddings MusicTheatre, in Ana Sokolovic’s one-woman operaLove Songs, Mercer returns to Queen of Puddingthis month for Beckett: Feck-it! (see below).Recent appearances include: a role in AlexinaLouie’s opera film Mulroney: The Opera, a seriesof concerts with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra,Bach’s St. John Passion with the Arion BaroqueOrchestra and Les Voix Baroques (recorded byATMA Classique and just released!), and performanceswith the Portland Baroque Orchestra,Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Mercury Baroquein Houston and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.Recent touring includes her Wales – Land of Songprogramme with Skye Consort, and a programmedevoted to Francesca Caccini,with Luc Beausejour.Tell us about your AldeburghConnection, and their 30thAnniversary Gala on February19. I first met Stephen Rallswhen I was at Opera School atthe University of Toronto in1999 and he was the Head ofthe Opera Department. Afterleaving school to join theEnsemble Studio I was invitedto sing with the AldeburghConnection series in one oftheir famous Schubertiades.Since then, I’ve sung withthem many times — includinga program of Purcell/Britten,an Elgar program and mostrecently a program of all Fauré.I’ve also had the opportunity to sing at theirBayfield Festival as a guest soloist in recital whichwas a thrill!Opportunities to sing song repertoire seemto be few and far between and the AldeburghConnection gives us opportunity. I have a largelist of song repertoire thanks to these wonderfulcollaborations! Stephen and Bruce are such a classact and always come up with interesting themesand anecdotes about the composers, making eachconcert such an interesting and informative collaboration.It is my honour to be asked to sing attheir 30th Anniversary amongst so many incredibleCanadian singers.Anything you would like to tell the little personin your childhood photo? People in the future willembrace your craziness and energy instead of tryto bottle it up and calm you down!!! Be proud ofall of your accomplishments and take time to bein the moment.Your earliest musical memory? I would ask mysister to play Boogie Woogie Dancing Shoes, adnauseum, which we owned as a 45 …Shannon Mercer’s entertaining interviewcontinues at www.thewholenote.com.CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS! HERE’S WHAT THEY WONAt the Aldeburgh Connection’s 30th Anniversary Gala, at Koerner Hall (Feb 19), co-artistic directorsStephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata will preside at two pianos for a glorious programme of classicalsong. Gerald Finley, Nathalie Paulin, Gillian Keith, Michael Colvin and Brett Polegato will be joined byColin Ainsworth, Benjamin Butterfield, Tyler Duncan, Shannon Mercer, Susan Platts, Lauren Segal,Krisztina Szabó, Giles Tomkins, Monica Whicher and Lawrence Wiliford. Hosts: Catherine Robbin andChristopher Newton. DAVE LINFOOT will be there too! Queen of Puddings Music Theatre’s Beckett:Feck-it! Samuel Beckett’s shorter plays with contemporary classical Irish music. Actors Laura Condlln, MichalGrzejszczak, Tom Rooney, and Sofia Tomic, with soprano Shannon Mercer and trumpet player Michael Fedyshyn.Directed by Jennifer Tarver, with Dáirine Ní Mheadhra & John Hess (music direction), in association withCanadian Stage (Feb 17–25). A pair of Feb 20 tickets each for KATIE LARSON and VANESSA GOYMOUR!Francesca Caccini: O Viva Rosa: Shannon Mercer, with Sylvain Bergeron (theorbo, baroque guitar), Luc Beauséjour(harpsichord, organ) and Amanda Keesmaat (cello) illuminate the music of Florence-born, baroque composer FrancescaCaccini. (AN 2 9966). This prize goes to FRANCES GILES. Wales – The Land of Song: Shannon Mercer says “This is theculture that shaped my path in life and fills me with so much love for music and song …” A recording of traditional Welshfolk songs and classical music, with the Skye Consort. (AN 2 9965) This prize goes to ANNA MARSH.Music’s Children gratefully acknowledges Francine, Moira, Queen of Puddings, Muriel, Kenneth, Geoff, Sebastien, Elena and Davids.February – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 57

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