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Volume 18 Issue 9 - June/July/August 2013

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Compiled and edited by Sara ConstantOnce again, it’s that time of year where we cast our nets wideand ask Canadian musicians across our community whatthey’re looking forward to this summer, both as listeners andperformers, and what their plans are for the season ahead.Every year it’s the same four questions — and yet, they callforth an array of responses as varied and unique as the musiciansthemselves. For example: bassoonist Nadina Mackie Jackson andoboist John Abberger, instrumentalists who would typically sit onlya few seats apart in your average orchestra, are putting miles ofdistance between them in their summer travels. Here follows a tasteof what they’re up to during the coming summer months.Nadina Mackie JacksonCanada’s most visible bassoonist, Nadina MackieJackson has drawn attention and accolades bothfor her vivid style and extraordinarily musicalperformances. A popular teacher, Nadina workswith the University of Toronto and the Glenn GouldSchool of the Royal Conservatory.What are we interrupting (i.e. what musicrelatedactivity are we taking you away from towrite this)?Well, it is after midnight, yet in my fantasies, I really should bemaking a new reed or practising one of the concerti that I have to playnext season ... or the wild, wonderful music for the upcoming TorontoSummer Music Festival!What, if anything, are you most looking forward to as an audiencemember between now and September 7?Hearing the hot new band Alabama Shakes live at Echo Beach onJune 20! The lead singer Brittany Howard is raw and gorgeous and theband is tight and beautiful ...they are electric in live performance. (alabamashakes.com/audio/)How about as a music maker/player?I have a lot to be excited about ... playing a Vivaldi concerto in aCalifornia winery in June for the International Double Reed conferenceand playing chamber music at the TSMF with some of myabsolute favourite wind players and André Laplante. Oh, and acameo appearance with the folk star Valdy on September 7 at theRose Theatre in Brampton!Music at Port MilfordSummer Chamber Music Concerts and FestivalLinden String QuartetFriday, July 19 • 7:30 pmTokai String QuartetFriday, July 26 • 7:30 pmEnsemble Made in CanadaFriday, August 2 • 7:30 pmMPM Faculty ArtistsFriday, August 9 • 7:30 pmIncluding Marie Berard,Canadian Opera Concert Master,and Peter Longworth, pianistSt. Mary Magdalene335 Main Street, PictonStudent Matineesjuly 20 + 27 • august 3 + 10Details at mpmcamp.org(914) 439-5039 • (613) 476-7735 SummerDiscoverPrince EdwardCountysummer in ontarioWorld-Class MusicBeaches • Bike ToursArtists • VineyardsTickets sold at the door andat www.mpmcamp.orgWhat are you already preparing for musically beyond the summer?And (how) do your summer plans tie in with these longer term plans?The summer is the best time to imagine that I have enough time to getready for everything! I am most excited about having eight concerti toperform next season, including three premieres ... a bassoonist’s dream!Other fun projects include reviving my nascent recorder-playing skillsin the double concerto (Carnets de Voyages) by Alain Trudel for GuyFew and me that we will play with Orchestra London in the fall. Lotsof teaching and touring the Berio Sequenza XII to a number of US andQuebec universities in the fall. Next season will also bring me someinspiring new collaborations, including a series of shows with Valdy(“Folk to Baroque”) and a show for two percussionists and bassoonwith Bev Johnston and Mark Duggan. And of course many concerts andtours with my cherished trumpeter and pianist Guy Few ... this summeris giving me some valuable preparation time for a lot of traveling andperforming next season.John AbbergerJohn Abberger, one of North America’s leadingperformers on historical oboes, is principal oboistwith Tafelmusik and the American Bach Soloists.John serves on the faculty at the Universityof Toronto and has taught at the City Collegeof New York.I am at present in London, England, and have justplayed a short recital at the Handel House Museumthis afternoon. Those who have seen Tafelmusik’s“House of Dreams” program will be familiar with the fact that thetownhouse where Handel lived in the London neighborhood of Mayfairis now a museum, and the museum regularly presents concerts ofchamber music in one of the larger rooms that was used as a rehearsalroom by Handel. I was joined by my friend and colleague, the harpsichordistDongsok Shin from New York, and we played a short programof Hotteterre, Handel, Telemann and C.P.E. Bach. Before arriving inLondon, my group, Four Centuries of Bach, presented an all-Bach concertat the Tage Alter Musik in Regensburg, one of the premier early musicfestivals in Europe.As an audience member, I am looking forward to hearing the concertsthat will be performed by students and faculty as part of the Tafel musikBaroque Summer Institute. There will be student performances on June13 and 14 and a Grand Finale with students and faculty performingtogether on June 16.As a performer, I am looking forward to quite a few performancesthat will take place between now and the end of the summer. I will beparticipating in faculty concerts at the Tafelmusik Baroque SummerNAISAPresentsFESTIVAL OFSOUND ARTSound SculpturesConcerts free to Jul 20, Aug 3, 14, 15, 16, 17SoundTravelsToronto ElectroacousticSymposium Aug 14-17Keynote Francis DhomontYouth Sound Art Camp(/5 days), Jul 15-19Sound Travels Intensive(5/5 days), Aug 20-24Barry Truax, Francis Dhomontwww.soundtravels.ca July 15- August 24, 2013Call 416-652-5115 or naisa@naisa.ca for more infosian richards8 | June 7 – September 7, 2013 thewholenote.com

Institute and performances of Handel’s L’Allegro, Il Penseroso ed IlModerato with the Mark Morris Dance Company at the Luminato FestivalJune 21 to 23. I will be performing at the Music and Beyond festival inOttawa in early July; and on August 17 and 18, 2013, Tafelmusik willreturn to Stratford Summer Music to perform two all-Bach programs,which include the “Wedding” and “Peasant” cantatas.After all of the activities listed above I’m looking forward to relaxing abit, but I will also be thinking ahead about preparations for the upcomingseason with Tafelmusik, which will include, in addition to many interestingconcerts on the regular subscription series, a tour of Japan inNovember, a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York in March, areturn trip to Versailles with Opera Atelier in May and an exciting tripto perform Bach at the Leipzig Bachfest in June.With dozens of similar replies from correspondents bothreturning and brand-new, and more responses pouring inevery day, what follows are excerpts from some more of this year’s“On-the-Roaders.”To view everyone’s full responses, as well as some video links andbrief biographies, head on over to thewholenote.com/ontheroad.The online version will continue to be updated throughout the year,so be sure to check in to see where these musicians’ summer travelstake them.Shannon Butcher, JAZZ VOCALIST & SONGWRITER“[Looking forward to] “Joni: A Portrait in Song–ABirthday Happening” at Massey Hall. I’ve beena fan of her artistry since I first discovered hermusic. It’s felt like a long winter this year so I’malso looking forward to hearing some live musicin the great Toronto outdoors. I’ll be performingout at the Royal Botanical Gardens for the firsttime on June 19. What a gorgeous setting for agig! ... planning to release some new recordings in the fall, so that meansa lot of work in the next couple of months. It’s an exciting time!”Matthias Maute, CONDUCTOR, COMPOSER & FLUTIST“I’m preparing the final score for the opera Motezumathat Ensemble Caprice is premiering on June21 in Montreal and that I co-wrote with ... AntonioVivaldi (most of his music for this opera is lost)![Also looking forward to] “Baroque Goes Wild,” amultimedia event at the Montreal Baroque Festivalcontinued on page 612013AUGUST 15Oscar Peterson’sNight Trainwith Dave Youngand Robi BotosAUGUST 16The Jensen SistersAUGUST 17“The Canadian Songbook”with Phil Dwyerand Laila BialiAUGUST 18Benn y Goodman atCarnegie Hall re-creationREGENT THEATRE, PICTON, ONBox office 613-476-8416 ext 28 or 1-877-411-4761www.pecjazz.orgthewholenote.com June 7 – September 7, 2013 | 9

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