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Volume 18 Issue 3 - November 2012

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FOR OPENERS | DAVID PERLMANRoadmaps and RantsTrue to the spirit of the individual and organization inquestion, the announcement from Jeanne Lamon camefirst not as a press release but as a letter to Tafelmusik’ssubscribers. “After more than thirty years at the helm ofTafelmusik, I feel it is time for me to move on to the nextstage. You, as a member of our audience, are one of ourmost loyal supporters and I wanted you to be among the first to know.”What she wanted us to know was that in 2014 she will be steppingdown as full-time music director of Tafelmusik “to focus more on ourartistic training programs which are at a very exciting crossroads.”And she went on to talk about a “national and international searchfor a successor” and ambitious plans for the next two years, including“acoustical renovations to our beloved home venue at Trinity-St. Paul’sCentre, more great recordings on our new Tafelmusik Media label, andthe establishment of the Tafelmusik International Baroque Academy.The latter has been a long-standing dream of mine and it will take alot of dedication, time and commitment to take this initiative to thenext level. I feel very passionate about this undertaking and want todevote the time it fully deserves.”So I had been all set this month to launch this opener with a paeanof praise for Jeanne Lamon. But then I saw that my colleague, CD Discoverieseditor David Olds, had already beaten me to the punch, inEditor’s Corner on page 61. So I think I will let it go, for now. Besides,right now I am green with envy at the thought of anyone having a successionroadmap that stretches all the way out to 2014. The only thingI know clearly about 2014, for crying out loud, is that sometime in thecourse of that year I will throw away my 2013 calendar.For another thing, having followed Lamon’s, and Tafelmusik’s, fortunesfor the better part of three decades, I am quite sure she’s goingto remain so busy and so involved, for the foreseeable future, that prematureeulogies will look ridiculous. So instead I’m going to jumpthe gun and talk about another pioneer who is about to step down,after 40 years of incalculable service to Canadian music, on Monday,December 31, 2012—CBC producer extraordinaire David Jaeger.Jaeger joined the CBC in 1973, hot out of a Masters Degree in compositionat University of Toronto. He worked first as a programmer forthe program Sounds Classical, and a year later, moved on to produce acontemporary music program called Music of Today (hosted by NormaBeecroft). From the ten programs he produced with Glenn Gould onthe music of Arnold Schoenberg, soon after arriving at the CBC, to hisrole in the commissioning and production of John Cage’s seminal work,A Lecture on the Weather, a radio-phonic work observing the Americanbicentennial, to the almost 30 years he produced the program TwoNew Hours, contemporary music was the backbone of his CBC career.The numbers alone are staggering. He had a hand in commissioningmore than 300 new works, and over 1,200 concert recordings. But theThe WholeNote The Toronto Concert-Goer’s GuideVOLUME 18 NO 3 | NOV 1 – DEC 7, 2012720 Bathurst St., Suite 503Toronto ON M5S 2R4MAIN TELEPHONE 416-323-2232FAX 416-603-4791SWITCHBOARD & GENERAL INQUIRIES Ext 21Chairman of the Board | Allan Pulkerdirectors@thewholenote.comPublisher/Editor In Chief | David Perlmanpublisher@thewholenote.comAssociate Editor | Paul Enniseditorial@thewholenote.comCD Editor | David Oldsdiscoveries@thewholenote.comEvent Advertising/MembershipKaren Ages | members@thewholenote.comAdvertising/Production Support/OperationsJack Buell | adart@thewholenote.comDirector of MarketingGarry Page | marketing@thewholenote.comListings DepartmentSharna Searle | Listings Editorlistings@thewholenote.comOri Dagan | Associate Editor: Jazz, The, etc@thewholenote.comWebsiteBryson Winchester | systems@thewholenote.comCirculation, Display Stands & SubscriptionsChris Malcolm | circulation@thewholenote.comPatrick Slimmon | patrick@thewholenote.comOMDC AND THE ONTARIO ARTS COUNCILARE AGENCIES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIOTHANKS TO THIS MONTH’S CONTRIBUTORSBeat ColumnistsART OF SONG | Hans de GrootBANDSTAND | Jack MacQuarrieCLASSICAL & BEYOND | Sharna SearleCHORAL SCENE | Benjamin SteinDISCOVERIES | David OldsEARLY MUSIC | Simone DesiletsIN THE CLUBS | Ori DaganIN WITH THE NEW | David PerlmanJAZZ NOTES | Jim GallowayMUSICAL LIFE | mJ buellMUSIC THEATRE | Robert WallaceON OPERA | Christopher HoileWORLD VIEW | Andrew TimarFeaturesPaula Citron, Rebecca ChuaCD ReviewersStuart Broomer, Max Christie, Hans de Groot,Daniel Foley, Janos Gardonyi, Nic Gotham,Richard Haskell, Tiina Kiik, Terry Robbins,Michael Schwartz, Bruce Surtees, Andrew Timar,Robert Tomas, Ken Waxman, Dianne WellsProofreadingSharna Searle, Paul Ennis,Karen Ages, Ori DaganListingsOri Dagan, Sharna Searle, Adam Weinmann,Richard Haskell, Ondrej GoliasLayout & DesignUno RamatSUBSCRIPTIONS per year + HST (10 issues)Upcoming Dates & DeadlinesFree Event Listings Deadline6pm Thursday November 15Display Ad Reservations Deadline6pm Thursday November 15Advertising Materials Due6pm Saturday November 17Publication DateFriday November 30DOUBLE ISSUE!!N.B. 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facts behind the numbers are even more impressive. In 1975 he wasnamed the English Radio Coordinator of the National Radio Competitionfor Young Composers, a post he held for 27 years. He representedCBC English Radio as a delegate to the International Rostrum of Composers(IRC) in Paris for more than 20 years and, from 2002 to 2008,was the only non-European ever to preside over that body.He commissioned R. Murray Schafer’s iconic String Quartet No.3 forTwo New Hours, produced Schafer’s Wolf Music at Wildcat Lake in theHaliburton Forest & Wildlife Reserve, and Schafer’s opera, The Palaceof the Cinnabar Phoenix, in the woods near Pontypool, Ontario. Hecreated the CBC partnership with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestrato establish their New Music Festival and initiated live broadcastingof that event all the way up to 2006. He also created the partnershipwith Soundstreams Canada to establish their Encounters series inGlenn Gould Studio, a series of radio-sponsored concerts with worksby high-profile international composers sharing the stage with musicby significant Canadian composers.It is not possible to overstate the importance of his role in givingpresence and heft to contemporary music in Canada.For him, as for Lamon, the kudos will undoubtedly follow. ForLamon, I predict, the highest praise will be in the extent to whichTafelmusik continues to build upon the foundation she laid.I sure wish I could hope the same for the CBC.—publisher@thewholenote.comNovember 1 – December 7, 2012 7

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