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Volume 19 Issue 7 - April 2014

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Canadian Institute for Czech Music will include Biblical Songs andLove Songs by Dvorak and Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde as well asselections from Das Knaben Wunderhorn. The soloists are DanielleDudyucha, soprano, Jenny Cohen and Kristine Dandavino, mezzo,Dillon Parmer, tenor, and John Holland, baritone at the College StreetUnited Church.On April 12 at Metropolitan United Church, Bach’s B minor Masswill be performed jointly by the Amadeus Choir and the ElmerIseler Singers. The soloists are Meredith Hall, soprano, CatherineWyn-Rogers, mezzo, Colin Ainsworth, tenor, and Nathaniel Watson,bass-baritone. The conductor is Lydia Adams.Music at Metropolitan presents Bach’s St. John Passion on April 18(Good Friday). Charles Davidson will be the Evangelist and ClarenceFrazer the Christus. The arias are sung by Lesley Bouza, soprano,Daniel Taylor, countertenor, Christopher Mayell, tenor, and JamesBaldwin, baritone. The conductor is Patricia Wright.At the Canadian Music Centre, April 25, Matthew Zadow, baritone,with Dina Namer, piano, will perform songs by Branscombe,Coulthard, Morawetz, Daly, Mercure, Martin, Pépin and others.Also on April 25, at Koerner Hall, the mezzo Beste Kalender willsing R. Murray Schafer’s Adieu Robert Schumann with the RoyalConservatory Orchestra conducted by Uri Mayer. The concert will alsoinclude music by Debussy and Brahms.On April 25 and 26 the Toronto Masque Theatre will explore themyth of Europa as presented in a baroque cantata by Monteclair andin a new work by James Rolfe. Suzie LeBlanc is the soprano soloist atTrinity-St. Paul’s Centre.Music inspired by love will be performed by the Toronto SymphonyOrchestra with Yulia Van Doren, soprano, and Wallis Giunta, mezzo;arias and duets by Mozart, Offenbach and Delibes at Roy ThomsonHall, April 26 and 27.On May 4 at Glenn Studio, Off Centre Music Salon will presentmusic by Rachmaninoff, Medtner, Gretchaninov and Rebikov. Thesingers are Erica Iris Huang and Michèle Bogdanowicz, mezzo, EdgarErnesto Ramirez, tenor, and Peter McGillivray, baritone.And beyond the GTA: On April 12 at West Highland Baptist Church,Hamilton, the mezzo Jennifer Enns-Modolo will perform withthe Mohawk College Community Choir, Fanshawe Chorus and theRedeemer University Sinfonia. The program will include Stabat Materby Jenkins, Nänie by Brahms and Eclogue by Finzi.There will be a performance of Handel’s Messiah by the Nota BeneBaroque Players with soloists Agnes Szigovics, soprano, Daniel Taylor,countertenor, Michael Schade, tenor, and Sean Watson, bass-baritoneApril 12 and 13 at the First United Church, Waterloo. The April 12performance is a Sing-Along Fundraiser.On April 18 the Georgetown Bach Chorale features baritone BobKnight in Fauré’s Requiem and in Five Mystical Songs by VaughanWilliams at St. George’s Anglican Church, Georgetown.Also on April 18, at Centre in the Square, Kitchener, the GrandPhilharmonic Choir and the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony performBach’s St. John Passion with Colin Ainsworth as the Evangelist andGeoffrey Sirett as the Christus. The arias will be sung by MelanieRussell, soprano, Lauren Segal, mezzo, and Daniel Lichti, bass.A Postscript: I was much taken with the recent concert performanceof Gagliano’s Dafne, jointly produced by Capella Intima and theToronto Continuo Collective. It featured six singers and an orchestraconsisting of lute, baroque guitar, archlute, four theorbos, violada gamba and harpsichord. Seven plucked instruments! I askedBud Roach, the director of Capella Intima, what the difference wasbetween an archlute and a theorbo. He said it was about ,000.Hans de Groot is a concert-goer and active listener who alsosings and plays the recorder. He can be contacted at TO TORONTO FOR 7 DAYS ONLYApril 4 to 12 (Open Sunday April 6; 12-5 pm for this event)A ONCE-IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY TO ACQUIRE A FINE PRE-OWNEDSTEINWAY PIANOA Never-before Seen Selection of “Like-New” Grands & Uprights. Including rare one-of-a-kindart case masterpieces. Superbly restored, fully guaranteed. Save up to 50% against new210 BLOOR ST. WESTCity Parking off Bedford Rd.(416) 961-3111www.remenyi.com24 | April 1 – May 7, 2014

Beat by Beat | Early MusicComings andGoingsDAVID PODGORSKIIt’s good to get out of the cityonce in a while. The Torontoearly music scene is now bigenough that rather than simplystaying home and welcomingguest artists from elsewhere,our own artists are starting tomigrate and perform on theoutskirts of the GTA and occasionallyfurther out – reallyas far as one could reasonablyexpect to drive in the courseBoris Medickyof one day. I really hope thisis a positive development for both the musicians and the cities theyvisit. If you live in say, Stratford or Hamilton, you can get a little morevariety in entertainment and nightlife, and if you’re a Toronto-basedartist, you can tour not too far from home and get a chance to makesome more money with a program you would otherwise only get toperform in town.Vesuvius: If you live in St. Catharines, you might want to catch anoutstanding Toronto group playing early this month. The VesuviusEnsemble, founded by singer and guitarist Francesco Pellegrino,is devoted to playing traditional music from Italy, and they areperforming at St. Barnabas Anglican Church at 2pm April 6 in aprogram of renaissance and baroque music. Painting a vivid pictureof 17th-century Naples, the Vesuvius Ensemble will show the life ofan exotic city and its surrounding countryside heavily influenced byArabic and Spanish culture but with its own distinct culture that setit apart from the rest of Italy and Europe. This group also plays on awide variety of traditional Italian instruments and guitars as well asmore conventional baroque instruments, so you’ll definitely enjoy thisprogram if you’re an Italianophile or just a gearhead.Medicky: Another Toronto artist who has expanded outside the GTAis harpsichordist Borys Medicky. A co-founder of the Toronto ContinuoCollective, Medicky has found something of a home away from homein Kitchener-Waterloo, where he leads the Nota Bene Baroque Players.April 12 Nota Bene will be putting on a fundraising concert at FirstUnited Church in Waterloo, performing Handel’s Messiah (which, Inote as a musicological aside, is traditionally a concert celebratingEaster, not Christmas). Nota Bene is going all-out with this concert,which features soloists Daniel Taylor and Michael Schade, with JohnThiessen on trumpet and Jan Overduin as a guest harpsichordist. Andif that isn’t enough to draw a crowd, it’s also a sing-along and shouldbe a blast. (There is a regular performance April 13.)Lully: Closer to home, a must-see event is Opera Atelier’s run ofJean-Baptiste Lully’s Persée, which they’ll be performing at the ElginTheatre on April 26, 27, 29, and 30 as well as May 2 and 3. OperaAtelier has the singular honour of being the early music group responsiblefor reviving the classic Lully opera, which had its last performancein Versailles in the 1770s and had never been heard since untilthe group dug up the work in the 1990s. While it isn’t the first timeOpera Atelier has done Persée, they will be taking the show backto Versailles after this run in Toronto, so this is a great chance toexperience the work of a local group that is among the top ranks ofperforming artists worldwide.Toronto Consort: Italian opera in the 17th century wasn’t nearly asglamorous as the operas playing at Versailles (it’s hard to match theAN OPERA IN CONCERTThe single most popular opera of the 17 th century,Cavalli’s Giasone is an irreverent telling of the storyof Jason and the Golden Fleece.FRIDAY, APRIL 4 & SATURDAY, APRIL 5, 8PMSUNDAY, APRIL 6, 3:30PMTrinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. WestTICKETS - • CALL 416-964-6337ONLINE AT TORONTOCONSORT.ORGGenerously supported by Vivian April 1 – May 7, 2014 | 25

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