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Volume 21 Issue 3 - November 2015

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"Come" seems to be the verb that knits this month's issue together. Sondra Radvanovsky comes to Koerner, William Norris comes to Tafel as their new GM, opera comes to Canadian Stage; and (a long time coming!) Jane Bunnett's musicianship and mentorship are honoured with the Premier's award for excellence; plus David Jaeger's ongoing series on the golden years of CBC Radio Two, Andrew Timar on hybridity, a bumper crop of record reviews and much much more. Come on in!


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For more information, contact music@ or (647) 302-2074 SEEKING A CHORAL CONDUCTOR/ DIRECTOR. Effective immediately. Jewish women’s ensemble (SSAA), meets once/ week in North York. Conductor to be paid on a per rehearsal basis. Please send resume to ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS is 4 days in a good recording studio / 3 hours of massage therapy / 2 people to clean up my apartment while I’m away on tour / and 1 dog walker for those long rehearsal days... WholeNote CLASSIFIEDS can advertise your SERVICES or your HELP WANTED needs. Inquire now for the December & January combined issue Introducing BUSINESS CLASSIFIEDS! Ideal for ongoing promotion of your services and products to the WholeNote’s musically engaged readership, in print and on-line. Book by November 21 for Dec/Jan! Classified Advertising | INSTRUCTION & COURSES CHILDREN’S PIANO LESSONS: Friendly, approachable - and strict! Contact Liz Parker at 416-544-1803 or liz.parker@ Queen and Bathurst area, Toronto. 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Reasonable rates and location, all levels. 416-706-8161, VOCAL JAZZ LESSONS: Study with jazz singer Faith Amour - Joyful and Easy-going! Toronto/Scarborough. All Ages! | 647.882.4848. WARMHEARTED PIANO TEACHER with sterling credentials, unfailing good humor, and buckets of patience. Royal Conservatory washouts and nervous learners especially welcome. Lovely Cabbagetown studio. “Best teacher ever!” - Beaches tween. “Beats studying with those Quebec nuns!” - Rosedale senior. Peter Kristian Mose, 416.923.3060. My students have never won any prizes, except for love of music. (And loyalty.) RESTORE & PRESERVE YOUR MEMORIES Recital and gig tapes | 78’s & LPs | VHS and Hi8 | 35mm Slides |News clippings | Photos & more, transferred to digital files: CD’s, DVD’s, or Video slideshow ArtsMediaProjects 416.910.1091 FOR SALE / WANTED CLASSICAL RECORD AND CD COLLECTIONS WANTED. Minimum 350 units. Call, text or e-mail Aaron 416-471-8169 or A@A31.CA. WHATS IN YOUR CLOSET? 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WE ARE ALL MUSIC’S CHILDREN November’s Child Johannes Debus MJ BUELL NEW CONTEST! Who is December’s Child? Johannes Debus lives in Toronto and Berlin with Elissa Lee, Jonah and Noah. Some of his other passions and pastimes include riding the family Brompton, baking pancakes grandma-style, taking nonsense photos, trying to understand the intricate rules of baseball. BOHUANG.CA Johannes Debus was appointed Music Director of the Canadian Opera Company in 2009 after an acclaimed 2008 COC debut – War and Peace. Recently at the COC: Falstaff, Die Walküre, Bluebeard’s Castle / Erwartung. In the current season he’s conducting the world premiere of Canadian Barbara Monk Feldman’s Pyramus and Thisbe (onstage through Nov 7), Siegfried (Jan 23 to Feb 14) and The Marriage of Figaro (Feb 4 to Feb 27). Beyond the COC: in November he’ll conduct the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the San Diego Symphony. In February he’ll conduct the Royal Conservatory Orchestra; in April The Cunning Little Vixen for the Frankfurt Opera; The Marriage of Figaro in May for the Komische Oper in Berlin; the Cleveland Orchestra at the Blossom Festival in the summer. Debus’ TSO debut was part of their 2013 Mozart@257 – “Pure joy, driven like the wind” (Robert Harris’ response in The Globe and Mail.) Called upon to step in for James Levine at Tanglewood and for Sir Colin Davis at Symphony Hall, Debus conducts, internationally, repertoire of every kind. Between opera houses and symphony halls one hopes he will find time for a little winter skating here in Ontario. Where were you born? Speyer am Rhein, in a lovely region called Palatinate, southwest of Germany, close to Alsace in France. I would like to call it the German Tuscany. I grew up in Speyer and attended high school in Speyer. And right after high school? I went to Hamburg to study conducting. When you look at that childhood photo today, what do you think about? Happy childhood memories! I remember the wobbly feeling being on ice skates for the first time in my life. It was a lot of fun, though, enjoying really cold winters in such a way. Your earliest musical memory? My mom singing whilst changing my diapers. Now you can say either I have a very good memory or I wore diapers significantly longer than others! She sang this beautiful German folksong “Der Mai, der Mai, der lustige Mai...” We all got to sing, we all got to play the recorder (hooray) and we all learned other instruments. My younger brother is a fine jazz musician - he is the really talented one. Where did listening to music fit in? All sources were important to me: the radio, even the TV at times, recordings in various Look who’s in charge of getting his own show on the road! !! Born in Penticton BC, grew up “in Kelowna, Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa …” !! His December Messiah will go against the grain for some. !! He’ll bring a Requiem to life in January. !! He’ll reconquer Carmen in April and invite us all to get a little too cozy in the spring. !! Circa 1984 at Great-Uncle Gogo and Auntie Lean’s cottage, Bala ON. (nowadays vintage) formats (MC, LP, CD). I remember subscription concerts of regional symphony orchestras, lots of very fine concerts by renowned orchestras, ensembles, and organists at the cathedral – memorable also just because of the 12 seconds reverberant sound, which gave certain pieces a slightly unusual soundscape. But at the end it was about being able to play music myself. First memories of making music? Singing was in fact the first way to make music myself. I don’t think there is a more elementary and better way to start. It is also an elementary experience to sing with others. I remember the great community and spirit we had in the choir when I was a young boy. It obviously also trains you to listen, and in particular to listen to others. And instruments? After maltreating everyone’s ears with the unavoidable recorder, I continued with playing the piano. Don’t know if it helped to reconcile those I might have offended with the recorder. The most painful years of my early life involve three years of violin lessons. I regret that I wasn’t patient enough to continue. Instead I went on with the organ and played a lot in the local churches – not the worst move – ask my piggy bank. How did conducting first enter the picture? I loved to conduct the LP player and didn’t care if I made a fool of myself. Ask my siblings! Where does music fit into your family life at home today? Isn’t family life an opera in itself?! You are invited to read an expanded interview at CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS! Johannes Debus conducts Wagner’s Siegfried (Jan 23 to Feb 14), directed by François Girard, with Stefan Vinke (Siegfried), Christine Goerke (Brünnhilde), Alan Held (Wanderer), Phillip Ens (Fafner), Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Mime) and Chrisropher Purves (Alberich). TICKETS! LIDA H. Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro (Feb 4 to Feb 27), directed by Claus Guth, with Josef Wagner (Figaro), Jane Archibald (Susanna), Erin Wall (Countess), Russell Braun (Count), Emily Fons (Cherubino), Michael Colvin (Basilio), Robert Pomakov (Bartolo), Helene Schneiderman (Marcelina), Doug MacNaughton (Antonio). TICKETS! PHOEBE CLEVERLY. The Royal Conservatory Orchestra, at Koerner Hall (Feb 12, 8pm) – Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No1 with Edward Zhou and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade. TICKETS! RHODA SION. Debus says he’d choose the Brandenburg Concertos for road music on a long drive. LINDA BRANSCOMBE wins this lovely recording by Tafelmusik. Nov 1 - Dec 7, 2015 | 61

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