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Volume 17 Issue 7 - April 2012

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members of some of these groups willcompete in the band’s annual SlowMelody contest. The winner of thiscompetition will perform with the HSSBon Sunday. On Saturday evening, theCanadian Staff Band of the SalvationArmy, under the direction of bandmasterJohn Lam returns to the festival.As soloist, tuba showman extraordinaire,Patrick Sheridan, will dazzle the audiencewith his virtuosity .As in past seasons, the grand finalewill be the Sunday afternoon concert,Hannaford Street Silver Band.“Dreaming of the Master.” Here, Sheridan will switch roles fromsoloist, and make his debut as guest conductor of HSSB. In thisconcert there will be two soloists. Canadian trumpet virtuoso, JensLindemann, will return to the Hannaford stage in a performanceof Canadian composer, Allan Gilliland’s Dream of the Master forTrumpet and Brass Band. The other soloist will, of course, be thewinner of the Youth Band’s Solo competition.As if this were not enough, this year HSSB has added some newfeatures. On Thursday April 12 there will be “Education Concerts”for students at 11am and 1pm at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.We have heard rumours that the morning event is already sold out.The other new event will be a masterclass on Saturday April 14 at9:30am at the Jane Mallett Theatre. This will be a free public eventwhere Lindemann and Sheridan join forces to impart their wealth ofmusical performance expertise to all in attendance.The Hannaford Street Silver Band is to be congratulated for itsefforts in bringing the unique sounds of the brass band to a wideraudience, and for its outstanding contribution to the enrichment ofthe musical lives of the participants in their junior bands.For a very different kind of band music we have the SilverthornSymphonic Winds and their concert offering of “Ballet, Broadway,and the Big Screen.” This concertwill feature the world premiere ofa new transcription of SherwoodLegend, for solo French horn and windensemble, by Canadian composer andoboist Elizabeth Raum. This transcription,commissioned by SilverthornSymphonic Winds, will feature artistin-residenceChristopher Gongos onFrench horn. The concert takes place at2pm, Sunday April 22 at the RichmondHill Centre for the Performing Arts. Afree pre-concert talk with composerRaum and Gongos will begin at 1:15pm.Another event of interest to band musicians offered by SilverthornSymphonic Winds is a free public music clinic, in conjunction withthe Westmount Collegiate Music Department and Arts WestmountMusic. Led by Gongos, “Brass Boot Camp and Beyond” willprovide tips on musicianship, technique and ensemble playing.The clinic takes place on Thursday April 12, 7pm, at WestmountCollegiate Institute, 1000 New Westminster Dr., Thornhill.Brass musicians should bring their instruments to participate inan ensemble led by Gongos. Other musicians will also benefit fromthe clinic and are encouraged to attend as audience members. Thecontent of the clinic will be geared toward high school instrumentalistsand adult amateur musicians. It is free and open to the public.For more information, contact pr@silverthornsymphonicwinds.ca.This is the kind of effort which could, and should, be undertaken bymore community musical groups. It is the sort of initiative that willfrequently qualify for funds from granting agencies and will endearthe band to the community at large.The Royal Regiment of Canada, the biggest Reserve regiment inthe Canadian Army, is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year(which they didn’t tell our listings department about, alas). In anycase, on Sunday, April 15, 2pm, the Regimental Band will presentits “150th Anniversary Gala Concert” at Koerner Hall at the RoyalConservatory. The concert will feature the Band of The RoyalRegiment of Canada, emcee Jacquie Perrin of the CBC, and specialguests the Pipes and Drums of the 48th Highlanders of Canada,singer-songwriter Jon Patterson, vocalist Danielle Bourré, and aspecially-formed Regimental Chorus composed of Afghanistanveterans and other serving infanteers. To dovetail with the concert,the Band of The Royal Regiment of Canada will be releasing a newdouble-CD, Saeculum Aureum (Golden Age), their sixth recording inthe last 15 years. And there will be a pre-concert luncheon in HartHouse on the University of Toronto campus.Who said that community bands were dead? Last month I reportedon the formation of the new Aurora Concert Band, and hope to visitthem some Sunday evening soon. Now, a few days ago, I heard froma band that has been operating for over a year, but has just contactedus. The Columbus Centre Concert Band, under the direction ofLivio Leonardelli was formed in November 2010 and has grownto more than 40 regular musicians. They performed five concertsin 2011 and have currently booked for five in 2012. Their diverserepertoire ranges from Verdi and Puccini through Count Basieand Sinatra, to Broadway musicals. They rehearse every Tuesdayevening from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Columbus Centre and areparticularly interested in attracting a few more low brass players.For information contact Fred Cassano at fred.cassano@ca.pwc.comor at 416-828-3733.DEFINITION DEPARTMENTThis month’s lesser known musical term is The Right of Strings: TheManifesto of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Violists.We invite submissions from readers. Let’s hear your daffynitions.Jack MacQuarrie plays several brass instruments andhas performed in many community ensembles. He canbe contacted at bandstand@thewholenote.com.Photo Robert Divito34 thewholenote.com April 1 – May 7, 2012

La Fille du RégimentSun, Apr 1, 2:30 pm. MacMillan TheatreThe Opera Division presents the final OperaTea featuring a special abridged versionof Donizetti’s Daughter of the Regiment, adelightful comedy of an orphan girl raisedby a regiment of musical soldiers.UTSO Season FinaleThurs, Apr 5, 7:30 pm. MacMillan TheatreDavid Briskin conducts the UTSO in its finalconcert of the season featuring Tchaikovsky’ssymphonic fantasia Francesca da Rimini,Prelude for Orchestra by student composerElisha Denburg and Beethoven’s ViolinConcerto, with James Kruspe, violin.Felix Galimir AwardMon, Apr 23, 7:30 pm. Walter HallSince 2000, the Felix Galimir Chamber MusicAward has helped launch the careers of suchensembles as the Tokai and Cecilia Quartets.This concert features the 2012 Award winner.Proceeds will benefit the Felix Galimir ChamberMusic Award Scholarship. Pay what you can.INDEX OF advertISERSAcademy Concert Series 48Aldeburgh Connection 49Alexander Kats 62Amici Chamber Ensemble 45Amoroso 76Annex Quartet 42Aradia Ensemble 25Art of Time Ensemble 29Associates of the TSO 50ATMA 5Aurora Cultural Centre 47Bach Children’s Chorus 24, 61Beaches Presbyterian Church 22Canada Sings 62Canadian Children’s Opera Company61Canadian Men’s Chorus 53Canadian Opera Company 18Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra41Chamber Music Society ofMississauga 41Christ Church Deer Park Jazz Vespers33Church of St. Andrew, Scarborough52Church of St. Mary Magdalene 37Colleen Kennedy 53Cosmo Music 34David Occhipinti 49DCAT Chorus 62Diana McIntosh 46Elmer Iseler Singers 23Elora Festival Singers 55Ensemble Vivant 42Eybler Quartet 45Gallery 345 37George Heinl 24Grace Church on-the-Hill 41Guelph Youth Singers 62Heliconian Hall 63Humbercrest United 38I FUriOSI Baroque Ensemble 40John Laing Singers 23Jubilate Singers 62Kindred Spirits Orchestra 52Larkin Singers 44L’atelier Grigorian 67Leon Belov 64Liz Parker 62lizpr 56Long & McQuade 32Markham Theatre 19Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall 80Metropolitan United Church 39Miles Nadal JCC 46Mississauga Festival Choir 51Mississauga Symphony 20Mooredale Concerts 37Music Toronto 7, 13, 38New Music Concerts 27, 47Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation 38No Strings Theatre 60Nocturnes in the City 42Norm Pulker 64Northdale Concert Band 48Oakham House Choir 47Off Centre Music Salons 52Orchestra Toronto 43Organix 17Oriana Women’s Choir 53Orpheus Choir 51Our Lady of Sorrows 38Pasquale Bros 63Pattie Kelly 64Pax Christi Chorale 21Peter Mahon 22Reaching Out Through Music 48Remenyi House of Music 8Richmond Hill Centre for thePerforming Arts 50Royal Conservatory 9ScatCat Productions / Ori Dagan 57Sheila McCoy 64Show One Productions 79Silverthorn Symphonic Winds 45Sine Nomine 47Sinfonia Toronto 16Sing! Toronto Vocal Arts Festival 19Soundstreams 50St. John’s Music 33St. James’ Cathedral 22St. Olave’s Church 45St. Philip’s Jazz Vespers 32St. Stephen in-the-Fields AnglicanChurch 16St. Thomas’ Church 60Steve’s Music Store 31Sue Crowe Connolly 64Syrinx Sunday Salons 39Tafelmusik 2, 3Tafelmusik Media 4Talisker Players 43Tallis Choir 51TD Toronto Jazz Festival38, 57, 59The Sound Post 20Toronto Centre for the Arts 36Toronto Chapter, American HarpSociety 44Toronto Classical Singers 52Toronto Consort 26Toronto Dance Theatre 14Toronto Mendelssohn Choirs 39Toronto Philharmonia 47Toronto Symphony Orchestra 77University of Toronto, Faculty ofMusic 35, 59Via Salzburg 40viva! Youth Singers 39, 61VOCA Chorus 21Vocal Arts Academy at RyersonCommunity School 19Wilfrid Laurier University Press 28Windermere String Quartet 48Women’s Musical Club of Toronto 15Yamaha Music School 64York University Baroque Ensemble 43April 1 – May 7, 2012 thewholenote.com 35

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