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Volume 18 Issue 6 - March 2013

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FOR OPENERS | DAVID

FOR OPENERS | DAVID PERLMANSea to Shining SeaAs editor of this magazine I have spent a significant portion ofthe last 18 years attempting to see to it that we have the resourcesat hand for some 3,600 to 5,000 concert listings a year tobe harvested, sorted alphanumerically, arranged in such a fashionthat they can be readily found by whomever is looking for them, andjudiciously divided up as fodder for a dozen or so writers, so that themagazine is not riddled with repetition.You’d think that under those circumstances filing and sorting wouldhave become second nature after a while and even, after a fashion, asource of pleasure. Well, maybe for some, but not, alas, for me. Simpledecisions about where things are supposed to go can throw me into astate of crisis for longer than you would believe — longer, for example,than it takes Tristan (or any of Wagner’s other moral-fine-motor-skilldeficientheroes for that matter) to explain to the love of his life thathe’s promised her to a buddy and, even though he’s really broken upabout it, a promise to another guy is a promise that has to be kept.World domination? Take the table of contents on the previous page,for example. Does my little piece on page 15 about our Conversationsat The WholeNote video series really constitute a “feature”? And whyis Ian Alexander’s “West Coast Report” on page 30 listed under theheading Beat by Beat when we have no plan in place (yet) to make ita regular column?In less time than it takes me to agonize through things like this,Brünnhilde could have written a whole “tips for rookie travellers”guide for Siegfried, alerting him to the dangers of letting strangerspour your drinks.As for calling Alexander’s “West Coast Report” a beat column, callit an exercise in wishful filing, if you like. After all there should be away for the kind of gleaning and broadcasting of musical listings thatwe do to take root and flourish, coast to coast to coast, especially inthis age of digital media.So here’s to the ceremonial planting of The WholeNote’s “first spike”on Vancouver Island! The task of marshalling an army of coast to coastWholeNote beat correspondents is under way! Can world dominationbe far behind? (But don’t tell Mr. Alexander the grand scheme. I don’twant to scare him off.)Agent Orange? It’s not just in the area of live concert listings thatthis addled and aging editor finds himself dreaming of spreading thegood word far and wide. The Orange Pages in this issue, commencingon page 59, is our first full-blown attempt to come up with a forumfor schools and teachers, summer camps and programs to get the wordout about who they are and what they offer. Taken along with RebeccaChua’s piece about her inspirational visit to the Sistema Toronto program,page 56, the death of the music we follow seems less than thesure thing it is so often predicted to be.Hats off to musical nation building I say! Sea to shining sea. Classby class and beat by beat. Category by category!Awards: The subject of categories brings us by what James Joycecalled a “commodius vicus of recirculation” to the topic of award shows,something more than usually on the collective radar at this time of year.Nominees have been announced for the April 21 annual JUNOs, thisyear coming from the Brant Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan. As usualThe WholeNote’s DISCoveries team has done itself proud. Of the 20nominated albums in the four classical categories the JUNOs offer, TheWholeNote had already reviewed 17 prior to the announcement of thenominees. A proud record, that one! In the three jazz categories, wereviewed nine of 15, also no mean feat. As is our custom, we will poston our website a full list of nominees in these seven categories, alongThe WholeNote Volume 18 No 6 | mar 1 – APR 7, 2013Centre for Social Innovation720 Bathurst St., Suite 503Toronto ON M5S 2R4phone 416-323-2232 | Fax 416-603-4791Publisher/Editor In Chief | David Perlmanpublisher@thewholenote.comChairman of the Board | Allan Pulkerdirectors@thewholenote.comEDITORIALAssociate Editor | Paul Enniseditorial@thewholenote.comListings Editor | Sharna Searlelistings@thewholenote.comRecordings Editor | David Oldsdiscoveries@thewholenote.comClub Listings Editor | Ori Daganjazz@thewholenote.comSALES, MARKETING AND MEMBERSHIPConcerts & Events/Membership | Karen Agesmembers@thewholenote.comRetail Sales/Marketing | Garry Pagemarketing@thewholenote.comDirectories | Adam Weinmanneducation@thewholenote.comAdvertising/Production Support/OperationsJack Buell | adart@thewholenote.comClassified Ads | classad@thewholenote.comWebsite/Systems | Bryson WinchesterBryson Winchester | systems@thewholenote.comCirculation/Subscriptions | Chris Malcolmcirculation@thewholenote.comSubscriptions per year + HST (10 issues)Thanks to THIS MONTH’s CONTRIBUTORSBeat ColumnistsART OF SONG | Hans de GrootBandstand | Jack MacQuarrieChoral scene | Benjamin Steinclassical & beyond | Sharna Searlediscoveries | David OldsEarly Music | Simone Desiletsin the clubs | Ori Daganin with the new | Wendalyn BartleyJazz notes | Jim GallowayMusical life | mJ buellON Opera | Christopher Hoilewest coast notes | Ian AlexanderWorld VIEW | Andrew TimarFeaturesPaula Citron, Pamela Margles, Rebecca ChuaCD ReviewersAlex Baran, Larry Beckwith, Stuart Broomer,Hans de Groot, Jim Galloway, Janos Gardonyi,Nic Gotham, Richard Haskell, Tiina Kiik,Lesley Mitchell-Clarke, Roger Knox,Christina Petrowska Quilico, Allan Pulker,Terry Robbins, Bruce Surtees, Ken Waxman,Dianne WellsProofreadingSharna Searle, Karen Ages, Paul EnnisListingsSharna Searle, Ori Dagan, Adam Weinmann,Ondrej Golias, Richard Haskell,JennieLea McLeish, Ruth AtwoodLayout & DesignUno RamatThe Ontario Arts Councilis an agency of the Government of OntarioUpcoming Dates & DeadlinesFree Event Listings Deadline6pm Friday March 15Display Ad Reservations Deadline6pm Friday March 15Advertising Materials Due6pm Monday March 18Publication DateSaturday March 30Next issue, Volume 18 No 7 coversApril 1 to May 7, 2013WholeNote Media Inc. accepts no responsibility orliability for claims made for any product or servicereported on or advertised in this issue.Printed in CanadaCouto Printing & Publishing ServicesCirculation StatementFebruary 2013: 30,000 printed & distributedCanadian Publication Product Sales Agreement1263846ISSN 14888-8785 WholenotePublications Mail Agreement #40026682Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to:WholeNote Media Inc.Centre for Social Innovation503–720 Bathurst StreetToronto ON M5S 2R4Copyright © 2013 WholeNote Media Incthewholenote.com6 thewholenote.com March 1 – April 7, 2013

with handy links to our reviews.And still on the topic of awards, a tip of the hat to Toronto’s MychaelDanna, featured in last month’s issue of The WholeNote. Danna, asmost of you will be aware, took the Oscar for his score for Ang Lee’sLife of Pi. I expect that many who saw the film and stayed through thecredits were awed by the sheer number of people involved in bringingit to the screen. (I think the number 14,000 was mentioned in thecredits themselves.) It would be interesting to figure out how that compares,for example, to the number of people it takes to put on all theconcerts listed in a single issue of this magazine. Or to the number ofpeople singing regularly in choirs across this land. A fair bit of sortingand filing that would take. I’d better get started.But before I do, one last award-related note, this time in connectionwith the Glenn Gould Foundation’s announcement, February 21,that the tenth winner of the prestigious prize is none other than Quebec’sRobert Lepage.It’s a boldly interesting path that the GGF is on. The awarding of theninth prize to Leonard Cohen last time out signalled an increase in thefrequency of the prize and also a significant broadening of eligibilitycriteria for prize winners, from a fairly narrow classical base (OscarPeterson being the one previous exception) to a less category-drivenview of music’s place in “the arts.” The leap from Cohen’s Montreal toLepage’s Quebec City might not be significant in terms of miles. Butas an affirmation of the GGF’s intention to cast off the chains of rigidcategorization in deciding whom to honour, there could be no moreworthy honoree than the risk-taking, genre-defying Lepage.Each GGF prize winner also selects a “protégé” to receive an award.Cohen’s was none other than the Sistema Toronto project mentionedearlier in this opener. It will be fascinating, as events unfold, to see whoLepage selects. After all, from small beginnings ... sea to shining sea.—David Perlman, publisher@thewholenote.comNEW MUSIC CONCERTS 2013Saturday April 6, 2013 Gallery 345 @ 8:00Six Hundred Year AnniversariesTo celebrate the centenaries of some of New Music Concerts most distinguishedguest composers in a gala evening of music, words and pictures, a number ofnoted musicians and musical friends will play and reminisce about John Cage,Barbara Pentland, John Weinzweig, Witold Lutosławski and Henry Brant.The evening will feature an auction of André Leduc photographs from our archives,fine food, and wine of course, plus a tribute to American rhythmic pioneer ConlonNancarrow. Proceeds will benefit New Music Concerts, with charitable receipt forthe CRA allowable portion. Tickets 0, 2 for 0 | RSVP 416.961.9594Saturday April 27, 2013Gallery 345 @ 8:00Louise Bessette:A Tribute toGilles TremblayAn evening of piano music devised and performed by Louise Bessette in honourof Gilles Tremblay’s 80 th birthday. The recital includes Canadian worksby Tremblay, Michel Gonneville, Silvio Palmieri and Walter Boudreau.Concert Tickets | seniors/arts workers| studentsReservations: Call NMC @ 416.961.9594April 27 only: Introduction @ 7:15pm | Concert @ 8:00pmwww.NewMusicConcerts.comMarch 1 – April 7, 2013 thewholenote.com 7

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