Page 28 • March 1 - April 5 1997 WORLD-CLASS WESTON continued from PAGE 8 Some noteworthy recordings made here include the Bach Cello Suite #4 in Eb played by Yo Yo Ma to be released on the Sony Classics label later this year, the first ever recording by the Canadian Opera Company of "Rarities by Rossini and Verdi" released on the CBC's SM 5000 recording label; and the Juno nominated recording of selected piano works of Szymanowski performed by Janina Fialkowska, released on Op.ening Day Recordings. . Recently, I had the good fortune to produce a recording session for a meeting of the Toronto Audio Engineering Society, designed to showcase the hall and the recording facilities. With various manufacturers and suppliers providing state of the art/ recording and monitoring equipment, I .was able to make an uncompromised recording in this world class I, hall. I must say that when all the obstacles have been anticipated and removed, it becomes quite easy to zero in and concentrate on capturing the best sound balance with the performers coming through bright and clear, and the hall providing a smooth, warm ambience. On other occasions, I have been a member of the audience, and I have found that the hall is simply fabulous for chambet recitals, choral and symphonic concerts. The sound is never edgy and regardless of the size of the musical forces involved, everything is clearly audible at a comfortable listening level. As for the selection of performances coming up in the hall, well, take your pick! ·Among the many of note are, Garrick Ohlsson in an all Chopin piano recital (his fifth in a series of six in the hall) on March 1. March 13 will see the first performance in the Greater Toronto area by acclaimed violinist Gil Shaham, with Orli Shaham, piano. On March 16, as part of Schubert's 200th anniversary celebrations, tenor Peter Schreier with pianist Andras Schiff will perform "Die Schone Mtillerin". For many more, · consult your copy of Pulse. The George Weston Recital Hall is located in the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts at 5040 Yonge St. in the centre of North York. For those coming by transit, the hall is just a short, indoor walk from the North York Centre subway station Gust follow the "Walk of Stars"). The Hall is accessible to the handicapped with three seating locations for those in wheelchairs with their . companions, and there is a wireless earphone system available for the hearing impaired. I would strongly urge you all to take in a concert at the George Weston Recital Hall at some point; we are fortunate to have this world class facility right here in our midst. (Qncert ~es CONTINUED FROM PAGE 7 BEST OF THE FOURS Music Toronto continues to bring us the finest string quartets: Prague's Prazak Quartet performs March 20 and the Borodin Quartet from Moscow perform on April 3. The Borodin's program will include the Quartet No. 3 by Shostakovich, a composer with whom the quartet worked in its early days. AFFORDABLE MOOREDALE Cellist Kristine Bogyo spends her summers teaching and performing at a music school in British Columbia. From September to June in Toronto, besides playing and sharing the conducting duties of the Mooredale Youth Orchestra, she runs a series called Frank Lockwood can be reached at Mooredale Concerts. http: I I www.candisc.com I jl I These affordable concerts are always held in pairs, the , first on Saturday night at .....-----------------------------------. Willowdale United Church ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF PRESENTERS, VENUES AND ENSEMBLES: MARCH 1997 CONTINUED FROM .PAGE 27 Toronto Latvian Concert Association 19 Toronto Mandolin Orchestra 30 Toronto Sinfonietta Brass Choir 8 Toronto Symphony Orchestra 5, 7,8, 17, 18, 19,22,23,27,2 9 Toronto Symphony Orchestra Classic Matinees 6 Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra 25 Toronto Tabla Ensemble 15 Toronto Theatre Organ Society 10 Trinity-St. Paul's United Church 21,22,23,28 Trinity-St.Paul' s United Church 6,7,8,9,20 Trio Sonnerie 19 U of T Choral Lab Choir 20 U of T Faculty of Music Concert Band 23 U of T Scarborough 23 University of Toronto Artist Diploma Recital 24 University of Toronto Chamber Orchestra 1 University of Toronto Contemporary Music Ensemble 26 University of Toronto Faculty of Music 9,20 University of Toronto Historical Performance Ensembles 21 University of Toronto Opera · Division 7,8,9,14,15 University of Toronto Thursday Noon Series 6, 13,20,27 University of Toronto Vocal Jazz Concert 19 University of Toronto Vocal Performance Class 4,11 University of Toronto Wind Symphony & Concert Band 22 University of Toronto World Music Ensembles 25 University Settlement Music & Arts School 7,14,21 Vancouver Chamber Choir 9 Victoria College Chapel 14,21 Victoria College Chorus 21 Victoria Scholars 27 Village by the Grange 7, 14,21 VOX Choir 8 Walter Hall 1 ,2,4,6,9, 11 '13, 16, 19,20, 21 ,24,25,26,27 . Water's Edge Cafe 9, 16,28,30 Willowdale United Church 1 Wind Soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe 5 Wolpe Trio 5 Worlds of Music Toronto 30 York Symphony 22,23 York University Choir and Chamber Choir 24 York University Faculty of Fine Arts 5,12 York University Music at Noon 19,26 York University Music Students' Association 11,12,13,14 York University Student Recital 13,25,27 York University Vocal and String Ensembles 31 and sunday afternoon at Timothy Eato·n Memorial Church. The emphasis in her programs is always on a.ccessible repertoire and top-rank musicianship. And the professionals that Ms. Bogyo regularly uses for these events are always joined by an outstanding young musician, either a student or recent music school graduate. At this month's concerts March 1 & 2, the featured professional will be Erika Raum, who performed last year in the Women's Musical Club series, and whose violin virtuosity is earning her a stellar reputation.
The 57 previously published member PROFilES listed here are available by mail, fax, e-mail, and on the world wide web at www. pulsetoronto. com See page 2 for numbers. Academy Concert Series, Aldeburgh Connection, Amadeus Choir, Amadeus Ensemble, Aradia Baroque Ensemble, Arbor Oak Trio, Artword Theatre, Associates of the TSO, Bach Children's Chorus, Canadian Children's Opera Chorus, Canadian Music Centre, Canadian Music Competitions Chamber Music by Candlelight, Concentus Arts, East York Symphony, Elmer lseler Singers, Elora Festival, Ensemble Unterwegs, Esprit Orchestra, Ford Centre for the Performing Arts, Hannaford Street Silver Band, High Park Girls Choir, International Resource Centre for Performing Artists, Mississauga Choral Society, Mooredale Concerts, Muse Productions, Musica Viva Music at Metropolitan, Music Gallery, MUSIC TORONTO, Music Umbrella, National Music Camp of Canada, new music concerts, New School of Vocal Studies, Ott Centre Music Series, Opera Atelier, Opera Anonymous, Opera Division (U. of T.), Organ Alternatives, Orpheus Choir of Toronto, St Andrew Chorale, Scarborough Philharmonic, Shevchenko Musical Ensemble, Sine Nomine Ensemble, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Tallis Choir of Toronto, Toronto Canadian Chinese Artists Centre, Toronto Consort, Toronto Early Music Centre, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir, Toronto Mozart Society, Toronto Operetta Theatre, Toronto Senior Strings, Toronto Sinfonietta, Women's Musical Club of Toronto, · Yip's Children's Choir A warm welcome to our three newest members We welcome three new members this month. Toronto Latvian Concert Association's annual co'ncert series will be of great interest to all musiclovers. 1 Music at the Big Church is a new and innovative concert series under the artistic direction of pianist,· George Vona. St. Paul's Anglican Church on Bloor St. E. is known not only for the quality of the choral and organ music which it produces but also for the splendid musical events by visiting artists, the weekly organ recitals and special concerts like the one given last year by the choir ot Westminster Abbey. MEMBERSHIP: SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS While our comprehensive concert listings are free to all presenters, members or not, our members occupy a special place in our scheme of things. For example, members are invited, upon joining and every summer thereafter, to submit for publication a short PROFILE of themselves and their plans. Previously published profiles are available on request. Additionally, members enjoy significant discounts on display advertising throughout the season. MUSIC AT THE BIG CHURCH c/o NovaTer Artists 6 Adelaide St. E. #303 Toronto, Ontario M5C 1H6 Phone: 214-2288 Fax: 214-2290 Artistic Director: George Vona Contact Person: Judith Alltree )l "Music at the Big Church" is a new concert series started by the awardwinning Toronto-based Canadian piano duo, Popov and Vona, and the NovaTer Artists. The series aims to accomplish two things. ()ne is to present a concert series in one ofT oronto's finest yet March I ~ April 5 1997 • Page '29 underutilized performance spaces, St. Paul's Anglican Church at 227 Bloor St. E. The other aim is to present artist of international calibre who have not yet been able to get engagements in Toronto's major performance series. This season three artists were presented. Piers Adams, the outstanding British recorder virtuoso and the critically acclaimed piano · quintet, the Schubert Ensemble of London, made their Toronto debuts on the series. Popov and Vona will conclude the series with a concert on Saturday, April 12. Tickets are very affordable too! Information about the series can -be obtained by calling Judith Alltree at NovaTer Artists, 416-214-2288. TORONTO LATVIAN CONCERT ASSOCIATION 65 Rivercourse Drive Islington, Ontario M9B 4Y8 Artistic Director: Arvid Purvs Administrator: Artur Jansons _Telephone: 481~8616 The Toronto Latvian Concert Association was founded in 1959 by three prominent Latvian-Canadian musicians: composers Talivaldis Kenins and Janis Cirulis and singer Mariss Vetra. Their goal was to establish a regular subscription series that would provide a venue in Toronto for Latvian performers and give Toronto audiences a-n opportunity to hear works by Latvian composers. Now in its 38th season, the association has organized more than 155 concerts featuring Latvian performers from around the world. In keeping with the original mandate, each concert also includes at least one work by Latvian composers. The Association receives no government funding and is a registered non-profit organization · run by a volunteer board. The last concert of the 1996 I 7 season will take place on March 19 at the Jane Mallett Theatre and features flautist, Dita Krenberga, tenor, Ingus Petersons and pianist, Ventis Zilberts, all Latvian 0 0 0 c==:C> )l