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Volume 20 Issue 1 - September 2014

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MUSICAL LIFE: CONCERT DO’S AND DON’TSClassified Advertising | classad@thewholenote.comDis-ConcertingStuffDAVID PERLMANThose of you who read me know I like to feign rage from time totime about certain concert behaviours that I think mess up theshow for other patrons. Pet among my peeves over the years are:The Walking Ovationists, The Pre-Mature Ejaculators and the DecibelligerentShushers.The Walking Ovationists are of course those who leap to their feetthe instant the performance is over and then with varying degreesof subtlety start a sidelong sidle for the exits (toes of their row-matesbe damned).The Pre-Mature Ejaculators are the ones with such a desperate needto prove they knew the piece was over (and that it was great for them)by bellowing BRAVO! into the first micro-second of God-given silencethat should be the true ending of any piece of music.The Deci-belligerent Shushers are the self-appointed guardiansof the classical concert-hall’s code of silence, hissing their hatred ateven the minutest muttered transgression (while somehow failing torealize that their shushes rip the listening envelope to shreds morecompletely than any other utterance could).Oh, I could go on and on and on! Swarming like jackals aroundthese three are the Mid-Movement Crinkly Candy Unwrappers;the Why-The-Hell-Are-You-Here-If-You’re-That-Sick Coughers; theBalcony Texters, the Baleful Glarers … You get the picture.But there is one group you have NEVER heard me rail at in thesepages: namely the people who know so little about the “rules” ofconcert hall behaviour that they applaud in the wrong places.And here is a story that illustrates perfectly why.It was a performance of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra back inthe spring (early May), with an audience that seemed less well-trainedin concert etiquette than usual, right from the start, and proved it afew times in the first half. Peter Oundjian was conducting, and thework after intermission was to be Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.6 “ThePathétique.” At the start of the second half, as he is affably wont todo, the Maestro stepped forward, like any good Maitre D’, to chat for amoment with the guests in his house about what was on the menu.I won’t try to replicate his words. But the gist of it went somethinglike this: that this possibly greatest of all Tchaikovsky’s symphonieswas typical in some way – four clearly defined separate movements– but that it was also atypical in some other interesting ways. Amongthem was that it didn’t follow the expected roadmap. Instead of thefour movements following a pattern that goes fast, slower, fast-ish,fastest, Tchaikovsky’s Sixth hits its peak of fast and loud in the thirdcontinues on page 62AUDITIONS & OPPORTUNITIESALTO AND TENOR WANTED FORSEPTEMBER for the semi-professionalchoir of St. George’s on the Hill AnglicanChurch. High church liturgy with innovativerepertoire. Remuneration to be negotiated.Contact Karen Rymal, organist/choirdirector at arabesque1@sympatico.caAVAILABLE PRO BONO POSITIONS FORMUSICIANS at the KINDRED SPIRITSORCHESTRA: Sectional Horn, PrincipalTrumpet, Associate (or 2nd) Trumpet,Associate (or 2nd) Trombone and 3rd (bass)Trombone, as well as sectional Violinists,Violists, Cellists and Contrabassists. TheKSO is an audition-based communityorchestra that rehearses once a week(Tuesday evenings) at the state-of-the-artCornell Recital Hall in Markham (407ETR and 9th Ln). Led by the charismaticMaestro Kristian Alexander, the Orchestrais enjoying an enormous popularity amongYork Region’s residents and continuesto attract avid audiences across theGTA. Interested musicians are invited toe-mail General Manager Jobert Sevillenoat and visit for more information.BASS SECTION LEAD POSITION - LeasideUnited Church, Toronto, with Thursdayevening rehearsal and Sunday morningservice. Contact or 416-696-6051.BASS/BARITONE SECTION LEAD neededat THE CHURCH OF INCARNATION (Bayviewand Sheppard area) to assist the choirduring weekly and special seasonal worshipservices. This paid, renewable contractposition begins Sept 2014 or as soon aspossible, and ends June 2015 (currentterm). The expected time commitment isapproximately 3-4 hours a week includinga Thursday night rehearsal and Sundaymorning service. Prior vocal and/orinstrumental music experience and training,good sight-reading skills, a positive andteam-oriented attitude, and familiaritywith the Anglican order of service are allpreferred attributes of potential candidates.BEL CANTO SINGERS ARE LOOKING FORNEW MEMBERS! We are a 40 voice SATBchoir, under the direction of Linda Meyer.Repertoire includes classical, music theatre,folk, jazz and pop tunes. Rehearsals areTuesdays at St. Nicholas Anglican Church.Website: ContactElaine Joly at 416-699-4585.BELL’ARTE SINGERS. OPEN REHEARSAL onSep 13, 1:00 for experienced choral singers.Join the choir for one hour to experience thegroup and some of its repertoire. All voicetypes are welcome; choristers are auditionedbefore membership is finalized. Music room,Riverdale Collegiate, 1094 Gerrard St. CIVIC CHORALE IS HOLDINGAUDITIONS for new choir membersinterested in singing classical, baroque,opera, folksong, Broadway and vocal jazzselections. Contact Gary Fisher at 905-632-2085. ALL LADIES WHO LIKE TO SINGA CAPPELLA MUSIC! Scarborough Chorus(Sweet Adelines) is holding an Open Houseon Wednesday Sept 3 at St Paul’s L’AmoreauxChurch at 3333 Finch Ave E (basement)in Scarborough. For more informationcontact Dianne Clare at 647-290-4397or Check us out or see ourFacebook page.CHOPS FLOPPY? SIGHT READING GONE?Why not come down to the 48th Highlandersof Canada Brass & Reed Band, and get backin shape? We need clarinets and saxophonesand the odd trombone. Tubas more thanwelcome. There are minimal military hasslesand we have fun doing what we all love to do –PLAY. Call Mike at 905 898-3438 Moss ParkArmouries, Tuesday nights from 8-10.COUNTERPOINT COMMUNITYORCHESTRA ( volunteer musicians forMonday evening rehearsals, downtownToronto. We’re especially looking fortrombones and strings. Email YOU DRIVE? DO YOU LOVE THEWHOLENOTE? You can share the loveand earn a little money at the same time.The WholeNote occasionally adds newdrivers with vehicles to our list of stalwartwonderful people who reliably deliver ourmagazines, 9 times a year, rain or shine(or snow!) to locations in the GTA and wellbeyond. If you’d like to be on the list pleasecontact HANNAFORD YOUTH BANDS WILLHOLD AUDITIONS on Saturday, September13. For brass and percussion playersbetween the ages of 10 and 24, these bandsprovide excellent opportunities to developmusical skills in the brass band world:Hannaford Junior, Hannaford Communityand Hannaford Youth Band. Weeklyrehearsals, performances & competitionsopportunities. Info at hannafordyouth.caKAWARTHA YOUTH ORCHESTRA ISHOLDING AUDITIONS for all orchestralinstruments on Sept 6, various times. Youngmusicians from 12 to 24 are invited to apply.Sadlier House, 751 George St., Peterborough.To book: 705-931-7539. BROADWAY SONGS? HAVEMUSICAL THEATRE EXPERIENCE? TheYorkminstrels Show Choir wantsyou! SATB, under direction of Judy Scott-Jacobs. Repertoire mostly Broadway,plus contemporary selections, oldies,seasonal music. Perform off-book withsimple choreography; 12-15 concerts perseason. Rehearsals Wednesday evenings.Willowdale/Cummer area. Info: 416-229-9313 or horwitz@rogers.comWebsite: www.yorkminstrels.comMUSIKAY IS HOLDING AUDITIONS FOREXPERIENCED choristers interested insinging Renaissance and baroque music.Minimum three years choral experience andexceptional choral skills expected. 905-825-9740. For details: | September 1, 2014 – October 7, 2014

NORTH YORK CONCERT ORCHESTRA isinterested in welcoming new players forthe 2014-15 season. We are a communityorchestra which rehearses throughoutthe year on Weds. nights, York MillsCollegiate in Don Mills. There are foursubscription concerts and several outreachopportunities. Especially interested inhearing from violinists and string bassplayers. Please contact for further information.OASIS VOCAL JAZZ Toronto’s longestrunning close harmony group is looking for adeep bass. Should have strong background inchoral singing with some exposure to singingvocal jazz. A minimum one year commitmentrequested. SYMPHONY AUDITIONSfor community instrumental musicianson September 10th at 7pm, other dates byappointment. Call 705-742-1992 or info www.thepso.orgSENSIBLE VOCAL TRAINING Build.Restore. Refurbish your Voice. Whetheryou just want to tone and tune up, or have aburning desire to raise the bar and advanceyour vocal abilities, this training is ideal!Call for an introductory session. If you’rea beginner, no worries; we build fromscratch!! Phone Pattie Kelly (905)271-6896vocalsense.caTHE CELLAR SINGERS WELCOME NEWMEMBERS! All rehearsals open (ability toread music preferred) and under directionof Mitchell Pady. First rehearsal: Wed, St.Paul’s United Church Orillia, 7:15pm; thenGravenhurst to December when we returnto Orillia. Website: orInfo@TheCellarSingers.comTHE GLEE IN ME! Enjoy singinggorgeous four-part arrangements, ledby David Warrack. Music provided, plusrecordings to help you learn: Mozart’s AveVerum, Beethoven’s Bless the Lord, Medleyfrom Les Miserables, plus other popularstandards. Performing opportunities inthe community. Tuesday night class startsOctober 7. www.avenueroadartsschool.comTHE WYCHWOOD CLARINET CHOIR( enthusiastic clarinet players toaudition for a place in our group. All ageswelcome. Tuesdays 7:30-10 PMTORONTO BEACH CHORALE ANNOUNCESITS “CHORAL SCHOLARS PROGRAM”TBC inaugurates its “Choral ScholarsProgram” offering one FREE YEAR of choirmembership. All voices between 19 & 24years of age eligible to audition. First rehearsal:Sept.3rd - Wednesdays 7-9:30pm, KingstonRoad United Church (975 Kingston Rd.)FOR SALE / WANTEDFOR SALE - CONCERT BAND MUSICSCORES AND PARTS: a wide selectionis available in a variety of genres (opera,marches, show tunes, anthems, Italianrepertoire). For list of titles and prices,please contact Emily 905- 547-4390, e-mail:emilydeben@sympatico.caFRENCH HORN FOR SALE: One-of-a-kinddouble horn (Reynolds prototype for Selmer),one owner since 1978, excellent condition.Suitable for advanced student or workingmusician. jack@thewholenote.comWHILE YOUR GUITAR GENTLY WEEPS:Garage band days just a hazy memory?Your lovely old guitar / violin / clarinet iscrying out to be played! There’s someoneout there who’d love to love it, and give itnew life. Sell your unused instruments witha WholeNote classified ad: contact GUITAR LESSONS: beginnerto advanced from one of Toronto’sfinest classical guitar instructors andnationally renowned author of manyguitar publications. Located in midtownToronto., SIMPLY SINGWORKSHOP with Vocal Coach & AuthorTammy Frederick Sun Sept 28, 1 – 2 RSVP: 416-850-0972.EAST YORK HOUSE OF THE ARTS: Flute,piano, guitar, theory lessons, RCM andaudition preparation. Contact 647-801-3456,,www.alhelipimienta.wix/eastyorkmusic.comFLAMENCO GUITAR LESSONS with awardwinning professional Spanish CanadianFlamenco guitarist. Roncesvalles/High Parkarea. Contact jorge@jorgemiguel.comFLUTE, PIANO, THEORY LESSONS, RCMEXAM PREPARATION: Samantha Chang,Royal Academy of Music PGDip, LRAM, ARCT.416-293-1302, ACCEPTING PRIVATE STUDENTS:international concert pianist with 30 years’experience (Royal Conservatory of Music,University of Toronto). All ages and levelswelcome, central location., LESSONS: personalized instructionby experienced teacher, concert pianistEVE EGOYAN (M. Mus., L.R.A.M., F.R.S.C.).All ages and levels. Downtown location. or 416- 603-4640.for the sung monologue. Yonge and Eglintonarea, call for exact location. 416-483-9532.(participant)/(auditor).www.singingstudio.caVOICE LESSONS – experienced, professional& supportive teacher. All ages & levels, adultbeginners welcome. Contact: Grant AllertB.mus. 416-910-9605,grantallert@hotmail.comMUSICIANS AVAILABLEBARD – EARLY MUSIC DUO playing recorderand virginal available to provide backgroundatmosphere for teas, receptions or otherfunctions – greater Toronto area. For ratesand info call 905-722-5618 or email us PLAYER AND SINGER seeksensemble (standards/jazz/soul/blues/pop).Phone Mark at 416-803-5531.E-mail:mark@ markwalkermw.comSERVICESACCOUNTING AND INCOME TAX SERVICEfor small business and individuals, to saveyou time and money, customized to meetyour needs. Norm Pulker, B. Math. CMA.905-251-0309 or 905-830-2985.DO YOU HAVE PRECIOUS MEMORIES LOSTON OLD RECORDS, TAPES, PHOTOS etc.?Recitals-gigs-auditions-air checks-familystuff. 78’s-cassettes-reels-35mm slides-etc.ArtsMediaProjects will restore them on CD’sor DVD’s. Call George @ 416-910-1091.MUSIC ENGRAVING/COPYING: FORPERFORMANCES, RECORDINGS, ETC.:well-laid-out, publisher-quality scores andparts; also transposition, piano reductions,proofreading.;www.gregorymillar.netVENUES AVAILABLE / WANTEDARE YOU PLANNING A CONCERT ORRECITAL? Looking for a venue? ConsiderBloor Street United Church. Phone: 416-924-7439 x22. Email: / REHEARSAL / STUDIO /OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE: great acoustics,reasonable rates, close to Green P Parking,cafés & restaurants. Historic church atCollege & Bellevue, near Spadina. Phone416-921-6350. E-mailststepheninthefields@gmail.comTORONTO BEACH CHORALE has openingsfor all voices. We are a concert choirrehearsing and performing in the Beach andparticipating in community events. Are youan enthusiastic singer wanting to enhanceyour vocal skills and expand your knowledgeof music? Contact Brian (416) 817-2606www.torontobeachchorale.comPRIVATE LESSONS IN ALL LEVELS OFRUDIMENTS, THEORY AND PIANO incentral Burlington. Please contact Natalie at888-359-5670.SINGING STUDIO OF DEBORAH STAIMAN –introductory masterclass on Sept 28 at 2pm.Musical theatre/audition preparation, usingtextual analysis and other interpretative September 1, 2014 – October 7, 2014 | 61

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