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Volume 18 Issue 4 - December 2012

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elease, while Rizikov, in her first publicessay at contemporary Canadian repertoire,tackled “Riffs” and “Escape Velocity”from composer John Burge’s Studiesin Poetry. Burge, via the miracle (to aLuddite like me) of a technology knownas “Mondo Pad” listened in and watchedfrom, I think, Kingston and participatedin a conversation with the pianist andthe audience.A second example: Friday December 1,soprano Suzie LeBlanc, with pianist DinukWijeratene, has sold out the space for anintimate fundraiser for something calledthe Elizabeth Bishop Legacy RecordingProject, essentially a series of art songs,commissioned by LeBlanc, based onBishop’s poetry, by composers ChristosHatzis, Alasdair MacLean, John Plantand Emily Doolittle. Interestingly, therecording is a project of the Nova ScotiaElizabeth Bishop Society and LeBlanc herself,not of Centrediscs, but the way theproject meshes with the CMC’s mandateis at the very least serendipitous. Expect to hear a lot more about thegoings on at this interesting new venue.All Too Brief: In the tiny bit of space left to me, here is a glimpseinto some of the other events relevant to this beat uncovered in mysearch through the listings in this double issue. (I have arranged themby theme, but if flipping back and forth to the listings is too much ofa chore, use the genre search function in our online listings! It maymake life easier.Korean Festival: December 6, 7:30: Royal Conservatory. GlennGould School New Music Ensemble. Celebration of Korean music;December 7, 8:00: Music Gallery. Emergents II: Claudia Chan, piano+ Veronique Mathieu, violin; December 9, 2:30 and 8:00: New MusicConcerts. Korean Music Festival: The Korean Music Project (2pm),and Sukhi Kang and His Class (8pm).At and by the Music Gallery: December 1, 8:00: Music Gallery/Manifesto Arts. Jazz Avant Series: House of Spirit: Mirth – PheeroanakLaff with Ian Kamau; January 19, 8:00: New Music Concerts.Ensemble SurPlus; February 2, 8:00: Music Gallery. Emergents III:Maylee Todd & Jesse Futerman.Improvisers: January 5, 8:00: Arraymusic. Array Session #15;January 18, 8:00: York University Department of Music. ImprovSoiree; February 1, 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society.Annual CIA Program: Composer andImprovisers; February 7, 8:00: TorQPetrowska Quilico.Percussion Quartet. Off the Page.U of T New Music Festival:January 20, 2:30: University of TorontoFaculty of Music. Opera StudentComposer Collective. Modern adaptationof Sophocles’s Antigone;January 21, 6:30: Luciano Berio 1925–2003: A Retrospective: The CompleteSequenzas; January 23, 7:30: Nexus+ 2x10; January 24, 12:10: ChamberMusic of Steven Mackey; January 25,12:10: Electroacoustic Music Concert;January 25, 7:30: Karen Kieser Prizein Canadian Music. January 26, 12:10:Chamber Music of Steven MackeyII; January 27, 7:30: deVah StringQuartet Concert.And more: December 2, 8:00: RobertBruce Music. Classical Nouveau;December 7, 7:30: Canadian OperaCaravassilis.Company. The Brothers Grimm;December 14, 7:30: Alliance Française deToronto. LunAnimation. January 23, 7:30: Soundstreams. Salon 21:Instruments of the Middle East – Then and Now; January 27, 3:00:Soundstreams. The Three Faces of Jerusalem; January 29, 12:00 noon:Canadian Opera Company. Piano Virtuoso Series: Meditations andMiniatures; February 3, 8:00: New Music Concerts. Canadian Music:Past, Present and Future; February 5, 7:30: University of TorontoFaculty of Music. Student Composers Concert; February 7, 3:00: YorkUniversity Department of Music. CageSpace. Multi-disciplinary celebrationof John Cage’s 100th birthday.David Perlman can be reached at grazziniViolins, violas, cellos & bowsComplete line of strings & accessoriesExpert repairs & rehairsCanada’s largest stock of string musicFast mail order servicethesoundpost.cominfo@the soundpost.com93 Grenville St, Toronto M5S 1B4416.971.6990 • fax 416.597.9923Visit our treasure troveof gifts for string players& lovers of string music26 December 1 – February 7, 2013

Beat by Beat | Art of SongThree Facesof JerusalemHANS DE GROOTPraise the Lord, O Jerusalem! Praise thy God, O Zion!—Psalm 147Allah, May He Be Praised, said of Jerusalem: You are myGarden of Eden, my hallowed and chosen land.—Ka’ab al-AhbarI will not cease from mental fight,Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand,Till we have built JerusalemIn England’s green and pleasant land.—William BlakeAnd come forth from the cloud of unknowingAnd kiss the cheek of the moonThe New Jerusalem glowing—Leonard CohenJerusalem is sacred to three faiths: Judaism, Christianityand Islam. On January 27 at 3pm, in Koerner Hall,Soundstreams will explore music and poetry centeringon the city ofJerusalem. The singerwill be FrançoiseAtlan, who was bornin a Sephardic familyin France but nowlives in Morocco. Shehas performed andrecorded severalkinds of medievalmusic: Sephardic,Arabic and Spanish.Tabassian.In the Soundstreams concert she will perform Sephardic songs as wellas a new work by James Rolfe. Persian music will be represented bythe setar playing of Kiya Tabassian, a musician born in Iran, who nowlives in Montreal. As for the Christian tradition, there will be a performanceof Claudio Monteverdi’s motet Lauda Jerusalem, Dominum,a setting of Psalm 147. There will also be poetry readings from Blake,Cohen and John Asfour as well as new poetry by André Alexis. Themusical direction will be in the hands of David Fallis, well known toToronto readers as the artistic director of the Toronto Consort and themusical director of Opera Atelier.Around the venues: The Aldeburgh Connection will present its season’ssecond concert, “Madame Bizet,” December 2. The performers areNathalie Paulin, soprano, and Brett Polegato, baritone, with readingsby Fiona Reid and Mike Shara. The music is by Bizet, Debussy, Raveland Hahn. The third concert in the series will take place January 27. Itstitle, “Valse des Fleurs,” is an allusion to Sacheverell Sitwell’s evocationof Imperial Russia. In this concert the singers are Leslie Ann Bradley,soprano, Anita Krause, mezzo, and Andrew Haji, tenor (with readingsby Ben Carlson). The music is by Glinka, Borodin, Mussorgsky andTchaikovsky. Both concerts are at Walter Hall at 2:30pm.The Canadian Opera Company announces three free concerts in itsVocal Series: “GrimmFest,” arias and duets inspired by the BrothersGrimm, December 4; music by Mozart and Salieri, January 8; songson the theme of travel and homeland, January 24. All three concertsare in the Richard Bradshaw Auditorium in the Four Seasons Centreat 12 noon.Opera Five presents “Waking up the Senses,” with works byHindemith, Rachmaninoff, and Granger at Gallery 345, December 4, 5and 6 at 7:30pm.There will be a recital of French carols and other Christmas musicwith singers Aurélie Cormier, mezzo, and Bruno Cormier, baritone, afreewill offering at the Newman Centre on December 7 at 7:30pm.At the Heliconian Hall on December 8 at 7:00pm, Carla Huhtanen,soprano, and Heidi Saario, piano, will perform Finnish songs fromSibelius to Saariaho.Also at the Heliconian Hall, on December 16 at 2:00pm JacquelineGélineau, contralto, and Brahm Goldhamer, piano, with John Holland,baritone, and Darlene Shura, soprano, will perform works by Brahms,Reichenauer and Handel.Bravissimo: On December 31 at 7:00pm at Roy Thomson Hall youcan hear “Bravissimo,” an anthology of opera’s greatest hits rangingfrom Don Giovanni to La Bohème. Two of the soloists are Canadian,the tenor Gordon Gietz and the baritone Gregory Dahl. The others arethe Spanish soprano Davinia Rodriguez, the Italian mezzo AnnalisaStroppa and the Korean tenor Ho-Yoon Chung. I remember Dahlfrom a fine performance in Britten’s Paul Bunyan when he was stilla student at the University of Toronto Opera School; Gietz made hisdebut at the Met in the role of the Nose in Shostakovitch’s opera ofthat name (I suppose we can call it the title role). On New Year’s Dayat 2:30pm, also at Roy Thomson Hall, there will be a performance of“A Salute to Vienna,” with soprano Elena Dediu and tenor AlexandruBadia as soloists.Layla Claire: EveryJanuary at Roy ThomsonHall the TSO presents amini-Mozart Festival. Thisyear the series is titled“Mozart At 257” and willAtlan.Claire.include two concertswith the soprano LaylaClaire. On January 9 at6:30pm, Claire will singSusanna’s recitative fromThe Marriage of Figaro,“Giunse alfin il momento,”but she will then not goon to the aria “Deh vieninon tardar,” but willsubstitute the aria whichMozart wrote for the 1789revival of the opera: “Al desio di chi t’adora.” In the January 10 concertat 2pm, she will also sing an aria from La Finta Giardiniera. TheCLAIRE: Lisa Marie MazzuccoDecember 1 – February 7, 2013 27

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