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Volume 22 Issue 2 - October 2016

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In this issue: David Jaeger and Alex Pauk’s most memorable R. Murray Schafer collabs, in this month’s installment of Jaeger’s CBC Radio Two: The Living Legacy; an interview with flutist Claire Chase, who brings new music and mindset to Toronto this month; an investigation into the strange coincidence of three simultaneous Mendelssohn Elijahs this Nov 5; and of course, our annual Blue Pages, a who’s who of southern Ontario’s live music scene- a community as prolific and multifaceted as ever. These and more, as we move full-force into the 2016/17 concert season- all aboard!


BLUE PAGES 2016/17 concert series takes place in the warm acoustic and intimate atmosphere of St. Olave’s Anglican Church in Toronto’s west end. Concerts from the series have been recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio. The quartet’s first CD, The Golden Age of String Quartets, was released in the 2011/12 season to critical acclaim. In addition to its own concert series, the quartet has also performed at the Toronto Music Garden, Academy Concert Series, Royal Ontario Museum, Nuit Blanche, Musically Speaking, Stratford Chamber Music, the Lake MacDonald Music Centre, Music at Port Milford and New Hamburg Live!, and is regularly appointed as the quartet-in-residence at summer festivals. Anthony Rapoport 416-769-0952 ●Women’s Musical Club of Toronto Through its Music in the Afternoon concert series, the 119-year-old Women’s Musical Club of Toronto presents chamber music concerts featuring musicians on the threshold of international recognition, as well as established artists and ensembles. Concerts are held Thursday afternoons at 1:30pm at Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park, Toronto. Artists for the 119th (2016/17) season include tenor Issachah Savage (Thursday October 6); James Sommerville with Scott St. John and Peter Longworth (Thursday November 24); Trio Shaham Erez Wallfisch (Thursday March 9); Aizuri String Quartet (Thursday April 6); and WMCT 2015 Career Development Award winner Charles-Richard Hamelin (Thursday May 4). Member/subscriber benefits include Tuning Your Mind, a free pre-concert lecture series presented in partnership with the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto, on a topic related to the day’s concert. Masterclasses this season are to be announced. Neva v. Wasilewski, arts administrator 416-923-7052 ●Wychwood Clarinet Choir Established in 2009, the Wychwood Clarinet Choir is directed by clarinetist and conductor Michele Jacot. Members of the choir include skilled clarinetists of all ages who share a love of music-making, friendship and fun. The group rehearses weekly and performs on a regular basis in Toronto’s St. Clair and Wychwood area. The instrumentation of the WCC extends from the contrabass clarinet to the E-flat sopranino. The choir’s repertoire includes many compositions and arrangements written by the group’s own Composers’ Collective, and by the choir’s late Composer and Conductor Laureate, Howard Cable. The Wychwood Clarinet Choir embraces the ideal of “music for life” and is committed to sharing the musical experience in educational settings and in the wider community. Choir members are admitted by audition and pay a modest annual membership fee. Margaret Jacot ●York Chamber Ensemble The York Chamber Ensemble (YCE) has been presenting concerts to Aurora audiences since 2001. This season we invite two guest conductors: Mark Chambers and Trevor Dearham. Join us for our 2016/17 concert season as we begin a “musical tour of the world.” Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7:30pm: Mark Chambers, conductor, “North American Strings” featuring Canadian and US composers Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Harry Somers, Bernhard Hermann and more. Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 7:30pm: Trevor Dearham, conductor, “Christmas from the World’s Great Composers” with Trinity Festival Chorus. Featuring choral excerpts from Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria. Also enjoy works by J.S. Bach and Vaughan-Williams. Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 7:30pm: Mark Chambers, conductor, “The New World” presenting Dvořák’s New World Symphony and Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto with soloist Patricia Wait. Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 7:30pm: Trevor Dearham, conductor, “A Night in Vienna” with Trinity Festival Chorus. Strauss waltzes, excerpts from Haydn’s Little Organ Mass, and Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy. Tickets are available at the door: for adults, for seniors/students. Concert locations: Trinity Anglican Church, 79 Victoria St., Aurora ●York University Department of Music York University’s Department of Music presents more than 100 public events each season. This year our Faculty Concert Series spotlights pianist Casey Sokol, as well as saxophonist and composer Sundar Viswanathan. Classical chamber concerts and performances by the York U Concert and Chamber Choirs are offered alongside electroacoustic explorations and original student compositions. Our annual world music festival celebrates global traditions from Caribbean and Middle Eastern music to West African drumming and Chinese orchestra. The Music at Midday series offers free lunchtime performances featuring guest artists, faculty and student talent. Masterclasses by leading Canadian and international artists are frequently open to observers. Each term concludes with showcase performances by the York U Symphony Orchestra, Gospel Choir and Wind Symphony, as well as a four-day jazz festival. Performances take place in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall or the informal setting of the Martin Family Lounge in the Accolade East Building at York’s Keele campus. Matt Vander Woude, chair Rob Bowman, associate chair Mark Chambers, graduate program director Judy Karacs, events and promotions coordinator Box office: 416-736-5888 ●Yorkminster Park Baptist Church Yorkminster Park is synonymous with magnificent music. Whether it’s the choir accompanied by the majestic Casavant organ or the congregation lifting their voices in hymns of praise, vocal and instrumental expressions of faith are integral in the Yorkminster Park experience. The senior choir, under organist and music director William Maddox, enjoys a reputation as one of the best congregational choirs in the city of Toronto. Yorkminster Park presents a series of free organ recitals at 12:30pm, every Wednesday from September through June, with performers from around the world. We have a wide variety of unique musical events throughout the year but Yorkminster Park is renowned for its special seasonal concerts. The quality and dedication of the music ministry at YPBC is never more evident than during Advent and Holy Week and these services have become community traditions: City Carol Sing, Carols by Candlelight, the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, Passiontide Devotion during Holy Week and traditional Evensong services three times a year. Our sanctuary is frequently made available to other choral and concert groups, which draw appreciative audiences from all over Southern Ontario. William Maddox, organist and director of music 416-922-1167 Updated online at B28 | theWholeNote 2016/17 PRESENTER PROFILES

The WholeNote listings are arranged in four sections: A. GTA (GREATER TORONTO AREA) covers all of Toronto plus Halton, Peel, York and Durham regions. B. BEYOND THE GTA covers many areas of Southern Ontario outside Toronto and the GTA. Starts on page 47. C. MUSIC THEATRE covers a wide range of music types: from opera, operetta and musicals, to non-traditional performance types where words and music are in some fashion equal partners in the drama. Starts on page 50. D. IN THE CLUBS (MOSTLY JAZZ) is organized alphabetically by club. Starts on page 51. E. THE ETCETERAS is for galas, fundraisers, competitions, screenings, lectures, symposia, masterclasses, workshops, singalongs and other music-related events (except performances) which may be of interest to our readers. Starts on page 54. A GENERAL WORD OF CAUTION. A phone number is provided with every listing in The WholeNote — in fact, we won’t publish a listing without one. Concerts are sometimes cancelled or postponed; artists or venues may change after listings are published. Please check before you go out to a concert. HOW TO LIST. Listings in The WholeNote in the four sections above are a free service available, at our discretion, to eligible presenters. If you have an event, send us your information no later than the 8th of the month prior to the issue or issues in which your listing is eligible to appear. LISTINGS DEADLINE. The next issue covers the period from November 1 to December 7, 2016. All listings must be received by Midnight Saturday October 8. LISTINGS can be sent by e-mail to or by fax to 416-603-4791 or by regular mail to the address on page 6. We do not receive listings by phone, but you can call 416-323-2232 x27 for further information. LISTINGS ZONE MAP. Visit our website to see a detailed version of this map: Lake Huron 6 Georgian Bay 7 2 1 5 Lake Erie 3 4 8 City of Toronto LISTINGS Lake Ontario A. Concerts in the GTA IN THIS ISSUE: Aurora, Brampton, Etobicoke, Markham, Milton, Mississauga, Newmarket, North York, Oakville, Richmond Hill, Scarborough, Sharon, Toronto, Woodbridge Saturday October 1 ●●12:00 noon: Royal Conservatory. Koerner Hall Free for All. Come and go as you please. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. Free. Also at 5pm. ●●2:00: MCS Chorus Mississauga. MCS Chorus Celebrates Doors Open Mississauga. Works by Mendelssohn, Wesley and others. Mervin W. Fick, conductor. Dixie Presbyterian Church, 3065 Cawthra Rd., Mississauga. 416- 762-7103. Free. ●●4:30: Beach United Church. Jazz and Reflection: Love. Michael Lalonde Trio; Dylan Bell, piano; Bill McBirnie, flute. 140 Wineva Ave. 416-691-8082. Freewill offering. ●●5:00: Royal Conservatory. Koerner Hall Free for All. Come and go as you please. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. Free. Also at 12noon. ●●7:00: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Lest We Forget. Performance in honour of Veterans and service personnel. John McDermott, tenor; Hedgerow Singers; R.H. Thomson; and others. 1585 Yonge St. 416- 922-1167. . Fundraiser for Toronto Artillery Foundation. ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. U of T Symphony Orchestra. Ridout: Fall Fair; Butterworth: Six Songs (A Shropshire Lad); Britten: Four Sea Interludes (Peter Grimes); Vaughan Williams: Symphony No.2 in G “London”. Adam Harris, baritone; Uri Mayer, Chad Heltzel, conductors. MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. ; (sr); (st). ●●8:00: Aga Khan Museum. World Music Series: Huun Huur Tu. Blend of electronica, funk and the ancient songs of south central Siberia. Radik Tyulyush, throat singer. 77 Wynford Dr. 416-646-4677. and up/10% discount(members). ●●8:10: Marc B. Young and Gordon Murray Present. Gutters and Skies: Eros to Death (reprise). An evening of music and verse. Works by Rachmaninoff; poems original and represented. Marc B. Young, voice; Gordon Murray, piano. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre (Chapel), 427 Bloor St. W. 416-631-4300. . Sunday October 2 ●●2:00: Royal Conservatory. Interlude Concert. Allison Au Quartet. Mazzoleni Concert Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408- 0208. Free (ticket required). ●photo: Melissa Sung Sunday October 2, 3:00 ● 3:00: Windermere String Quartet. Songs Inside the Darkness. Mani Jafarzadeh: Songs Inside the Darkness; Haydn: Quartet Op.103; Beethoven: Quartet Op.131. St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave. 416- 769-0952. , (sr); (st). On period instruments. ●●4:00: Church of St. Mary Magdalene (Toronto). Organ Recital. Works by Bach. Andrew Adair, organ. 477 Manning Ave. 416- 531-7955. Free. ●●4:00: Cathedral Church of St. James. Organ Recital. Ian Sadler, organ. 65 Church St. 416-364-7865. Free. ●●4:00: St. Philip’s Anglican Church. Jazz Vespers. Bernie Senensky’s Tribute to Moe Koffman. Bernie Senensky Quintet. All Saints Kingsway Church, 2850 Bloor St. W. 416-247- 5181. Freewill offering. N.B.: Temporary venue change. ●●4:30: Christ Church Deer Park. Jazz Vespers: Tribute to Bill Evans. David Restivo, Neil Swainson and Brian Barlow. 1570 Yonge St. 416-920-5211. Free. Donations accepted. Monday October 3 ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Enrico Elisi, Piano. Works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Berg, Debussy and Liszt. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. ; (sr); (st). Tuesday October 4 ●●12:10: Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation/ Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Lunchtime Chamber Music: David Potvin, Piano. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. 416-241-1298. Free. Donations accepted. ●●12:30: York University Department of Music. Music @ Midday: Student Showcase. Martin Family Lounge, Accolade East, York October 1, 2016 - November 7, 2016 | 35

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