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Volume 21 Issue 1 - September 2015

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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!).

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BO HAUNG Arraymusic will present Love Shards of Sappho, with music by Barbara Monk Feldman, and Hieroglyphs by Linda Catlin Smith. October 6 is “Alma Innamorata,” a free program of Italian baroque music about love, composed by Handel, Corelli and Scarlatti. Free. The Friends of Gravity perform The Seven Deadly Sins, a “ballet chanté,” composed by Kurt Weill to a text by Bertolt Brecht, on September 25 and 26 at St. Bartholomew Anglican Church, with Stephanie Conn singing the main part. This work was first performed in Paris in 1933 with Weill’s wife Lotte Lenya taking the main role of Anna. It has since been recorded several times by Teresa Stratas, Ute Lemper and Anne Sofie von Otter. The role of Anna is split between two performers: Anna One, a singer, and Anna Two, a dancer. The full title of the work is The Seven Deadly Sins of the Petty Bourgeoisie: it is Anna’s virtues that are considered sins. Other Events: September 10 traditional Welsh folk music will be performed at the Tranzac Club. The singer will be Bethan Rhiannon. September 13 Missa Septem Dolorem, a new composition for two sopranos and organ by Philip Fournier, will be performed at The Oratory, Holy Family Church. Free. September 16 to 20 Tafelmusik opens its 2015/16 season with “The Human Passions.” The mezzo Mireille Lebel will sing arias by Handel and Vivaldi; the concert will also include instrumental work by Bach and Vivaldi at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre. September 20 instrumentalists of Ensemble Caprice and vocal soloists from the Theatre of Early Music will perform works by Handel and Vivaldi. This is a fundraising event for the Early Music/Historical Performance of the University of Toronto. On September 27 music students from the Baroque Academy will perform. Both events are in Adrianne Pieczonka the Trinity College Chapel. There are several events at the University of Toronto. On September 22 Michael Albano will lead a performance class for singers which will concentrate on the relationship between song and the spoken word. On September 24 there will be a discussion of the mythic, literary and visual art sources that inspired Barbara Monk Feldman’s opera Pyramus and Thisbe (to be premiered by the Canadian Opera Company later in the fall). With Professors Caryl Clark, Holger Schott Syme, Alison Syme and Robin Elliott and composers Barbara Monk Feldman and Norbert Palej. On September 29 graduate students in vocal music will perform. All three events are free and take place in Walter Hall. October 1 the baritone Wilbert Ward will sing a free concert at Metropolitan United Church. Free. Also on that day there will be a concert of traditional songs from Mali and of the sounds of ancient Africa mixed with blues and rock. The singers are Vieux Farka Touré and Julia Easterlin at Revival Bar. October 1 and 2 Tim Albery and David Fallis will explore the dangers of looking too long or too closely, inspired by the Baroque repertoire at The Black Box Theatre. PWYC. October 4 Kripa Nageshwar, soprano, and William Shookhoff, piano, will perform works by Dvorák and Kaprálová at St. Wenceslaus Church. And beyond the GTA: October 7 Jennifer Potter, soprano, and Keiko Kuepfer, piano, will perform in the “Midday Music with Shigeru” concert at Hi-Way Pentecostal Church, Barrie. Hans de Groot is a concertgoer and active listener who also sings and plays the recorder. He can be contacted at 2015-2016 Making a Scene! Robert Cooper, C.M., Artistic Director Edward Moroney, Accompanist PHANTOM OF THE OPERA Oct. 30, 2015 7:30 p.m. Experience the drama of the 1925 silent horror film Phantom of the Opera featuring Lon Chaney as the mad, disfigured composer. The Orpheus Choir, with organist Edward Moroney’s inspired improvisations, performs a live, original choral soundtrack. WELCOME CHRISTMAS Dec.15, 2015 7:30 p.m. Rejoice in the spirit of the season with Orpheus, the Hannaford Street Silver Band and JUNO-nominated jazz and gospel songstress Jackie Richardson for a glorious Christmas celebration. SOUND OF ETERNITY Bach Mass in B Minor March 6, 2016 4:30 p.m. Rediscover Bach’s Mass in B Minor with German filmmaker Bastian Clevé’s dramatic film Sound of Eternity, 27 short episodes moving from alpine mountains to glaciers to peaceful valleys and pulsating metropolitan cities. A Canadian premiere of this breath-taking choral and cinematic tour-de-force. SUCH STUFF AS DREAMS ARE MADE ON! The Lyrical Shakespeare April 23, 2016 7:30 p.m. Revel in the genius of Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies and sonnets through words, music and song featuring Stratford Festival star Geraint Wyn Davies. Orpheus spotlights the choral-drama No Mortal Business, created by Canadian composer Allan Bevan, inspired by The Tempest. an Ontario government agency un organisme du gouvernement de l’Ontario Subscriptions and tickets on sale now! 30 | Sept 1 - Oct 7, 2015

September is Building Time! BRIAN CHANG An unusual but fantastic summer has just passed, filled to the brim with culture and sport. With Toronto playing host to the Pan Am and Parapan Am games, the concurrent Panamania cultural events truly allowed our city to showcase its diversity and love of music. Unprecedented energy filled many corners of the GTA as facilities opened their doors and neighbourhoods flew their colours and opened their arms in welcome. Choirs from across the GTA were highlighted across the GTA, from the University of Toronto Scarborough to Nathan Phillips Square to Ajax and the Milton Velodrome. The Element Choir was everywhere, supporting Polaris Prize winner Tanya Tagaq in her transformative music on several occasions. Perennial favourite, Beat by Beat | Choral Scene TanyaTagaq and Joseph Boyden in Al Purdy Was Here the inclusive, open concept Choir! Choir! Choir! also featured in a Panamania event in the Distillery District with their pop culture approach to choral music. And who can forget the fantastic Hamilton Children’s Choir singing “Shine Your Light” in front of a sold-out Rogers Centre and millions on TV? Apocalypsis: For those of us lucky enough, the beginning of summer was enriched by the revelatory powerhouse that was Luminato’s presentation of Apocalypsis. As a tenor in the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, I sang in one of the 12 choirs that made up the second half of this grand masterpiece of art. One thousand performers brought this uniquely conceived piece to fruition for only the second time since its premiere in 1980. Unfortunately, the choristers caught only a brief glimpse of the staging and choreography. I wonder if the audience was even aware of about 400 of us entering towards the end of the first act as Babylon is crumbling. I relished this moment, entering into the darkness of the dim balcony amidst the cacophony of thick chain metal crashing as the Seven Seals of Myth are broken; and then, in the residue of the broken world, an old woman emerged. I never saw her but the privilege of hearing her was humbling: Tanya Tagaq in her 2015 / 2016 SnowAngel Sun., Nov. 22, 2015 ~ 3:00 pm In Praise of Music Sat., Feb. 27, 2016 ~ 8:00 pm East Meets West Sat., June 4, 2016 ~ 8:00 pm Concerts take place at Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto. Box Office: 416-978-8849 NEW SINGERS WELCOME! Sept 1 - Oct 7, 2015 | 31

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