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Volume 21 Issue 1 - September 2015

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  • September
  • Jazz
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Paul Ennis's annual TIFF TIPS (27 festival films of potential particular musical interest); Wu Man, Yo-Yo Ma and Jeffrey Beecher on the Silk Road; David Jaeger on CBC Radio Music in the days it was committed to commissioning; the LISTENING ROOM continues to grow on line; DISCoveries is back, bigger than ever; and Mary Lou Fallis says Trinity-St. Paul's is Just the Spot (especially this coming Sept 25!).

MARCO BORGGREVE; Kirill

MARCO BORGGREVE; Kirill Gerstein I took in six concerts, one dress rehearsal, two masterclasses and a lecture over the 25 days of the festival and barely scratched the surface. Highlights included the well-devised “American Avant-Garde” program devoted to Cage, Feldman, Ives and Zorn with the personable pianist Pedja Muzijevic and the irrepressible Afiara String Quartet; Ohlsson’s Scriabin; the Danish String Quartet’s playing of Adès’ audacious Arcadiana; the Borromeo String Quartet’s complete Bartók cycle in one evening, preceded the day before by first violinist Nicholas Kitchen’s illuminating lecture on the week he once spent exploring Bartók’s original manuscripts in Budapest; Finnish lyric soprano Soile Isokoski’s memorable masterclass; Botos’ exuberant tribute to Oscar Peterson in the presence of Peterson family members at a rollicking, jam-packed Heliconian Hall; Brueggergosman’s touching and extraordinarily beautiful Summertime. Further details on TSM 2015 can be found on thewholenote.com. September is here. The TSO begins its 2015/2016 season with a crowd-pleasing program headed by guest soloist Itzhak Perlman in Bruch’s dazzling Violin Concerto No.1. With its gorgeous melodic lines and virtuoso passages seamlessly integrated, it’s one of the most popular concertos in the violin canon. Having just turned 70, Perlman will celebrate that milestone as well as his ongoing relationship with the TSO (which goes back to 1966) in Roy Thomson Hall, beginning at 7pm September 24. The orchestra then jumps into the deep end with a rousing program featuring the legendary Three B’s. Following Leopold Stokowski’s arrangement of Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor the TSO moves on to the rich and melodious Double Concerto of Brahms with TSO concertmaster Jonathan Crow and principal cellist Joseph Johnson as soloists. Post-intermission comes Beethoven’s iconic Symphony No.5. If you have never heard this piece live, get yourself down to RTH September 25 or 26 or experience it September 27 in the glorious acoustics of the George Weston Recital Hall. If you haven’t heard it recently, now’s the time. A live reacquaintance with this music is essential at least once every decade. September 30, Shostakovich’s jaunty Suite for Variety Orchestra (which may be familiar to some readers for its use in Stanley Kubrick’s final film, Eyes Wide Shut) is joined on the program with Gershwin’s challenging Concerto in F. The mulit-faceted Russian-born, American Kirill Gerstein is the piano soloist and the guest conductor is the gifted American James Gaffigan. October 1 and 3 Prokofiev’s indispensable Symphony No.5 augments the program, making for a full musical evening indeed. QUICK PICKS Sept 13: Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society. South African pianist Petronel Malan’s program includes Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata. Sept 16: KWCMS. The New Orford String Quartet opens its program with Beethoven’s String Quartet No. 3, Op.18, No.3 before moving on to the seminal Op.130 and its original ending, the Grosse Fugue, Op. 133. Sept 18: Prince Edward County Music Festival (PECMF). The New Orford String Quartet performs Brahms’ String Quartet No.2, Beethoven’s Grosse Fugue Op.133 and Gary Kulesha’s String Quartet at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene. Sept 19: PECMF. The Gryphon Trio’s concert includes Beethoven’s Archduke Trio at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene. Sept 19, 20, 21: KWCMS. Georgy Valtechev, violin, and Lora Tchekoratova, piano, perform all ten of Beethoven’s sonatas for violin and piano in a series of three concerts. Sept 20: RCM. Glenn Gould School faculty-member, 80-year-old John Perry’s big program for a Sunday afternoon includes Mozart’s divine Piano Sonata K.333, three Brahms Intermezzi, Op.117, Beethoven’s penultimate piano sonata, Op.110 and Schubert’s melodic masterpiece, his final sonata, D960. Sept 25: PECMF. “Inspired by Clara” – chamber music by Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann and Brahms at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene. Sept 26: RCM. The ARC Ensemble’s ambitious program includes the sublime clarinetist Joaquin Valdepeñas in Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet K581, Shostakovich’s Piano Quintet Op.57 and Weinberg’s Sonata No.1 for Violin and Piano Op.12. You’ll need a ticket, but it’s FREE, part of Culture Days. Sept 26: PECMF. An evening of German and French cabaret songs with Patricia O’Callaghan at the Regent Theatre. Paul Ennis is the managing editor of The WholeNote.` 2015–16 where words & music meet 1 2 3 4 renovated rhymes October 27 & 28, 8 pm Songs for grown-up children high standards Jan. 10, 3:30 pm & Jan. 12, 8 pm The best of the American songbook spirit dreaming March 1 & 2, 8 pm Creation myths from around the world cross’d by the stars May 3 & 4, 8 pm Tales of true love, doomed by the fates Talisker Players Music @TaliskerPlayers tickets 416-978-8849 / uofttix.ca www.taliskerplayers.ca 18 | Sept 1 - Oct 7, 2015 thewholenote.com

i ❤ Brahms stéphane lemelin artistic director september 18-27, 2015 picton, ontario Celebrating the ultimate master of chamber music – Johannes Brahms. His muses, followers, and more! Gryphon Trio, New Orford String Quartet, Arion Baroque Orchestra, Patricia O’Callaghan and others... pecmusicfestival.com Glionna Mansell Corporation Presents 15 A Music Series unlike any other www.organixconcerts.ca February 13 – November 6, 2015 ORGANIX 15 is Toronto's tenth annual organ festival presenting a series of concerts performed by some of the world's finest organists. Don’t Miss Our Fall Events! Friday Sept. 18, 7:30 Jennifer Loveless St. Basil’s Catholic (U of T), 50 St. Joseph Street Friday Oct. 23, 7:30 William O’Meara and Bill Findlay (Cello) St. Clement’s Anglican, 70 St. Clements Avenue Friday Nov. 6, 7:30 Renée Anne Louprette Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic, 3055 Bloor Street West This concert, originally scheduled for Oct. 2, will be an inaugural gala performance on the newly restored world-famous Casavant organ. Order tickets today www.organixconcerts.ca 416-769-3893 thewholenote.com Sept 1 - Oct 7, 2015 | 19

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