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Volume 22 Issue 2 - October 2016

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  • October
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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!

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Rich Brown. Artword Artbar, 15 Colbourne St., Hamilton. 905-543-8512. /PWYC. Wednesday November 2 ●●12:00 noon: Midday Music with Shigeru. In Concert. Works by Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff. Alyssa Wright, cello; Marilyn Reesor, piano. Hi-Way Pentecostal Church, 50 Anne St. N., Barrie. 705-726-1181. ; Free(st). Thursday November 3 ●●12:00 noon: University of Guelph College of Arts. Thursday at Noon: Ken Aldcroft Threads Quintet. Goldschmidt Room, 107 MacKinnon Bldg., 50 Stone Rd. E., Guelph. 519-824-4120 x52991. Free. ●●7:30: Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club. Archie Fisher. Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling St., London. 519-473-2099. /(adv). Friday November 4 ●●12:30: Don Wright Faculty of Music. Fridays @ 12:30 Concert Series. Works by Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn and Alma Mahler. Magali Simard-Galdès, soprano; Olivier Hébert-Bouchard, piano. Von Kuster Hall, Music Building, Western University, 1151 Richmond St. N., London. 519-661- 3767. Free. ●●8:00: Don Wright Faculty of Music. Fall Opera Gala. Opera and musical theatre. Graduate and undergraduate students in the Western opera program. Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College, Western University, 1151 Richmond St. N., London. 519-661-3767. ; (sr/st). Also Nov 5. ●●8:00: Jeffery Concerts. In Concert. Works by Schubert, Schumann, and Kreisler. William Preucil, violin; Arthur Rowe, piano. Wolf Performance Hall, 251 Dundas St., London. 519- 672-8800. ; (sr); (st). ●●8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society. Toronto Serenade Quartet. Castillon: Piano Quintet in E-flat Op.1; Bax: Piano Quintet in G Minor GP167. Arkady Yanivker and Terry Holowach, violins; Ethan Filner, viola; Britton Riley, cello; Su Jeon Higuera, piano. KWCMS Music Room, 57 Young St. W., Waterloo. 519- 886-1673. ; (st). ●●8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Nat King Cole Songbook. Unforgettable; Route 66; Embraceable You; L-O-V-E and others. Denzal Sinclaire, vocals; Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, conductor. Centre in the Square, 101 Queen St. N., Kitchener. 519-745-4711 or 1-888-745- 4717. -. Also Nov 5(mat & eve). ●●10:00: Jimmy Jazz. Run With The Kittens plus GUH. 52 Macdonnell St., Guelph. 519-767- 1694. Free; PWYC. Saturday November 5 ●●2:30: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Nat King Cole Songbook. Unforgettable; Route 66; Embraceable You; L-O-V-E and others. Denzal Sinclaire, vocals; Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, conductor. Centre in the Square, 101 Queen St. N., Kitchener. 519-745-4711 or 1-888-745- 4717. -. Also 8:00; Nov 4. ●●7:00: Hassan Law Community Gallery. From Rio. Magisterra Soloists. 142 Dundas St., London. 519-432-4442. . ●●7:30: Chorus Niagara. Elijah. Mendelssohn. Russell Braun, baritone (Elijah); Leslie Ann Bradley; Anita Krause; Adam Luther, Niagara Symphony Orchestra; Redeemer College Alumni Choir. FirstOntario Performing B. Concerts Beyond the GTA Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul St., St. Catharines. 1-855-515-0722 or 905-688-5550 x0722. ; (sr); (st); (under 30); (child). 6:30: pre-concert chat. Concert sponsored by Josephine Henderson. ●●7:30: Stratford Concert Choir. Concert I: In Remembrance. Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass. Catherine Sadler, soprano; Anna Tamm Relyea, alto; Mathias Memmel, tenor; Gary Relyea, bass; Ian Sadler, conductor. St. James Anglican Church (Stratford), 6 Hamilton St., Stratford. 519-393-6879. /(adv). ●●8:00: Don Wright Faculty of Music. Fall Opera Gala. Opera and musical theatre. Graduate and undergraduate students in the Western opera program. Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College, Western University, 1151 Richmond St. N., London. 519-661-3767. ; (sr/st). Also Nov 4. ●●8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Nat King Cole Songbook. Unforgettable; Route 66; Embraceable You; L-O-V-E and others. Denzal Sinclaire, vocals; Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, conductor. Centre in the Square, 101 Queen St. N., Kitchener. 519-745-4711 or 1-888-745- 4717. -. Also 2:30; Nov 4. Sunday November 6 ●●2:30: Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. Violin Festival Series: The Klezmer Violin. Elvira Misbakhova, violin; Kleztory. 390 King St. W., Kingston. 613-533-2424. - ; -(faculty/staff); (st). ●●3:00: Dundas Valley Orchestra. Spotlight Dundas. Tuk: Fanfare for Brass and Percussion; Mozart: Overture to the Magic Flute; Thomas: Birds Flying Over Dundas Peak; Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Mandolins in G RV532; Ariga: An Ordinary Day of Dundas; and other C. Music Theatre These music theatre listings contain a wide range of music theatre types including opera, operetta, musicals and other performance genres where music and drama combine. Listings in this section are sorted alphabetically by presenter. ●●Acting Up Stage. UnCovered: Queen and Bowie. Music director Reza Jacobs and a company of great Canadian musical theatre performers bring songs of Queen and Bowie to life in a way that makes you hear them again for the first time. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St.W. 416-927-7880. -0. Opens Nov 1, 8:00pm. Also Nov 2-3. ●●Canadian Opera Company. Norma. Music by Vincenzo Bellini, libretto by Felice Romani. Sondra Radvanovsky/Elza van den Heever, sopranos (Norma); and others; Kevin Newbury, director. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363- 8231. -5; $22(under 30). Opens Oct 6, 7:30pm. Also Oct 15, 18, 21, 26, 28(all 7:30); 23(2:00), Nov 5(4:30). ●●Canadian Opera Company. Ariodante. Music by George Frideric Handel. Alice Coote, mezzo (Ariodante); Jane Archibald, soprano (Ginevra); Varduhi Abrahamyan, mezzo (Polinesso); and others; Richard Jones, director. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. -5; $22(under 30). Opens Oct 16, 2:00pm. Also Oct 19, 25, 27, 29, Nov 4(all 7:00); Oct 22(4:30). ●●Canadian Stage. All But Gone. A new work juxtaposing Samuel Beckett’s short plays with Toronto’s best operatic voices. Jonathon Young, performer; Shannon Mercer, soprano; Krisztina Szabó, mezzo. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St. 416-368-3110. -. Opens Oct 11, 8:00pm. Runs to Nov 6. Tues- Thurs/Sat(8:00pm), Fri(7:00pm), Wed/Sat/ Sun(1:00pm). **Note: Not Oct 12 1pm ●●Curtain Call Players. Oliver! Music and lyrics by Lionel Bart, based on the novel by Charles Dickens. Fairview Library Theatre, 35 Fairview Mall Dr. 416-703-6181. . Opens Nov 4, 8:00pm. Runs to Nov 12. Days and times vary. Visit curtaincalltoronto.com for details. ●●Don Wright Faculty of Music. Fall Opera Gala. Opera and musical theatre. Graduate and undergraduate students in the Western opera program. Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College, Western University, 1151 Richmond St. N., London. 519-661- 3767. ; (sr/st). Opens Nov 4, 8:00pm. Also Nov 5. ●●Drayton Entertainment. Marathon of Hope: The Musical. Music and lyrics by John Connolly. Book by Peter Colley. World premiere musical based on the story of Terry Fox. St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, 40 Benjamin Rd. E., Waterloo. 1-855-372-9866. -. Opens Oct 5, 2:00pm. Runs to Oct 30. Wed/ Thurs/Sat/Sun(2:00pm), Wed-Sat(7:30pm). ●●Drayton Entertainment. Footloose: The Dance Musical. Music by Tom Snow, lyrics by Dean Pitchford, with additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman. Book by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie, based on the screenplay by Dean Pitchford. Dunfield Theatre Cambridge, 46 Grand Ave. S., Cambridge. 1-855- 372-9866. -. Opens Oct 12, 2:00pm. Runs to Oct 30. Tues/Wed/Thurs/Sat/ Sun(2:00pm), Wed-Sat(7:30pm). ●●Etobicoke Musical Productions. Anything Goes. Music and lyrics by Cole Porter. Book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay, and Russel Crouse. Meadowvale Theatre, 6315 Montevideo Rd., Mississauga. 905-615-4720. ; (sr/st). Opens Oct 21, 8:00pm. Runs to Oct 30. Thurs-Sat(8:00pm), Sun(2:00pm). Also Oct 29, 2:00pm. ●●Grand Theatre. Joni Mitchell: River. Conceived and directed by Allen MacInnes, music arranged by Greg Lowe. Featuring Louise Pitre, Emm Gryner, Brendan Wall. Grand Theatre, 471 Richmond St., London. 519- 672-8800. .95-.50. Opens Oct 18, 7:30pm. Runs to Nov 5. Tues-Thurs(7:30pm), Fri/Sat(8:00pm), Sat/Sun(2:00pm). Also Nov 2(1:00pm). ●●Lower Ossington Theatre. Mary Poppins. Music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman, George Stiles and Anthony Drewe; book by Julian Fellowes. The Lower Ossington Theatre, 100A Ossington Ave. 416-915-6747. .99-.99. Opens Oct 1, 7:30pm. Runs to Nov 20. Thurs-Sat(7:30pm), Sat/Sun(3:30pm). ●●Midday Music with Shigeru. In Concert. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Trios from The Marriage of Figaro and Così fan tutte. Andrea Cerswell, Sharon Tikiryan and Gene Wu, vocalists; William Shookhoff, piano. Hi-Way Pentecostal Church, 50 Anne St. N., Barrie. works. Ross Colborne, guitar; Steve Parton, guitar; Michael Schulte, violin; Babbage Industries; and others. St. Augustine Catholic Church, 58 Sydenham St, Dundas. 905-387- 4773. Free; donations welcome. Please note change in venue. ●●3:00: Stratford Concert Band. In Remembrance: Canadians in Conflict. Stratford Police Pipes and Drums Band. Avondale United Church, 194 Avondale Ave., Stratford. 519-301-2516. ; (st). Monday November 7 ●●6:00: Don Wright Faculty of Music. Chamber Music Showcase. Potpourri recital featuring groups in the chamber music program at Western. Von Kuster Hall, Music Building, Western University, 1151 Richmond St. N., London. 519-661-3767. Free. Also Nov 8. 705-726-1181. ; free(st). Oct 5, 12:00pm. ●●Mirvish. Roald Dahl’s Matilda: The Musical. Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, book by Dennis Kelly, based on novel by Roald Dahl. Ed Mirvish Theatre, 244 Victoria Street. 416-872- 1212. -5. Ongoing. Tues-Sat(7:30pm), Wed/Sat/Sun(1:30pm). ●●Mirvish. A Night with Janis Joplin. Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the queen of rock and roll. Kacee Clanton (Janis Joplin). Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St.W. 416-872-1212. -9. Opens Oct 14, 8:00pm. Also Oct 15(2:00pm and 8:00pm). ●●Opera by Request. Les Femmes Fatales. Haydn: Arianna a Naxos; Berlioz: La mort de Cléopâtre; Poulenc: La voix humaine. Katharine Dain, soprano; Catharin Carew, mezzo; William Shookhoff, piano and music director. College Street United Church, 452 College St. 416-455-2365. . Oct 8, 7:30pm. ●●Opera Atelier. Dido and Aeneas. Music by Purcell. Wallis Giunta (Dido); Christopher Enns (Aeneas); Meghan Lindsay (Belinda); Laura Pudwell (Sorceress); Cory Knight (Sailor); and others; Marshall Pynkoski, stage director; Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, choreographer; Artists of Atelier Ballet; Toronto Children’s Chorus; Tafelmusik Baroque HENRY PURCELL OCT. 20-29 ELGIN THEATRE 50 | October 1, 2016 - November 7, 2016 thewholenote.com

Orchestra; David Fallis, conductor. Elgin Theatre, 189 Yonge St. 1-855-622-2787. -4. Runs Oct 20 to 29 (Start times vary). ●●Opera by Request. Der Freischutz. Music by Carl Maria von Weber, libretto by Friedrich Kind. In concert with piano accompaniment. Sarah Hood, soprano (Agathe); Michelle Danese, soprano (Annchen); Ryan Harper, tenor (Max); Jay Lambie, tenor (Killian/Ottokar); John Holland, baritone (Kaspar/Hermit); Domenico Sanfilippo, baritone (Cuno); William Shookhoff, piano and music director. College Street United Church, 452 College St. 416-455-2365. . Oct 21, 7:30pm. ●●Opera York. Tosca. Music by Giacomo Puccini, libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. Romulo Delgado, tenor (Mario Cavaradossi); Nicolae Raciciu, baritone (Baron Scarpia); Sabatino Vacca, artistic director; Giuseppe Macina, stage director. Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St., Richmond Hill. 905-787- 8811. -; (st). Opens Nov 3, 7:30pm. Also Nov 5. ●●Scarborough Music Theatre. The Music Man. Music, lyrics and book by Meredith Willson. Scarborough Village Community Centre, 3600 Kingston Rd. 416-267-9292. ; (sr/ st); (ch). Opens Nov 3, 8:00pm. Runs to Nov 19. Thurs-Sat(8:00pm), Sun(2:00pm). Note: Nov 19 show at 2:00pm. ●●Soulpepper Concert Series. Manhattan: Midtown – 42nd Street and Broadway. Albert Schultz, writer and host. Mike Ross, music director. Young Centre for the Performing Arts, 50 Tank House Lane. 416-866- 8666. -. Opens Oct 31, 7:30pm. Runs to Nov 5. Mon/Thurs-Sat(7:30pm). ●●Toronto Operetta Theatre. Waltz Rivals. A tribute to Kalman and Lehar. Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366-7723. -. Nov 6, 3:00pm. ●●University of Toronto Faculty of Music. VOCALIS Masters/DMA Series: A Night at the Opera. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 416- 408-0208. Free. Oct 21, 7:30pm. ●●University of Waterloo Department of Music. Noon Hour Concerts: Verdi, Strauss, Dvořák, Greer. Amy Waller Prince, soprano. Conrad Grebel University College, 140 Westmount Rd. N., Waterloo. 519-885- 0220 x24226. Free. Oct 26, 2:30pm. ●●Voicebox/Opera in Concert. Shakespeare 400: A Tribute Benefit Concert. An operatic celebration of drama, comedy and melody of Shakespeare-inspired music. Guest: Michael Nyby, baritone; Robert Cooper, chorus director; Michael Rose, music director. St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366-7723. $22-. Oct 30, 2:30pm. ●●Well Seasoned Productions. That’s Life. A musical revue exploring the joys and challenges of ageing. Aki Studio Theatre, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St.E. 416-531-1402. ; (sr). Opens Sep 30, 8:00pm. Also Oct 1(8:00pm), Oct 2(2:00pm). ●●Well Seasoned Productions. Funny Bones. Comedy sketches and songs with a tonguein-cheek look at life 50+. Aki Studio Theatre, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St.E. 416-531- 1402. ; (sr). Opens Nov 4, 8:00pm. Also Nov 5(8:00pm), Nov 6(2:00pm). Music at Metropolitan Oliver! M u s i c at Metropolitan Beat by Beat | Mainly Clubs, Mostly Jazz! Butter Knives to Buckets, continued from page 34 Lemon Bucket Orkestra I was just a little taken aback by the fact that the first person to mention Lemon Bucket Orkestra (LBO) – the self-described Balkanklezmer-gypsy-party-punk-superband – to me since I was invited to go see them three years ago, was not a fully grown person from Toronto, but a child from Picton. But then again, why should I be surprised? I can’t see why LBO wouldn’t appeal to everyone; in addition to being a well-executed musical performance combining elements of various Eastern European musical traditions with a touch of punk rock (but not so much that it’s inaccessible to those who don’t like punk rock), LBO puts on a dazzling visual performance, including dancing, a certain degree of acting, and outfits which are both figuratively and literally colourful. Theirs is a performance which implicitly but aggressively invites audience participation. LBO has often made their shows a surprise: they once performed a concert on a plane, apparently on a whim, when a flight was delayed; they have set up in the streets of Toronto and played without any heads-up for fans. They draw big crowds and sell out venues fast. It’s no mystery. They’ll be performing every Wednesday in October, in true LBO fashion, somewhere in Toronto. The venues are not to be announced until the day before. Unfortunately for LBO, however, The Rex – and by extension, The WholeNote – has revealed where the penultimate of their Wednesdays in October series will be held. You can’t buy tickets ahead of time, though, so you may as well go early and line up. I have been absent from most clubs these last couple of months. I do intend to rectify that. If you see me – the guy in the loud sweater, most likely – at a concert I’ve recommended, I encourage you to recommend another upcoming concert to me. I may like it, write about it here and learn about someone new while there. So on and so on. See you in the clubs. Bob Ben is The WholeNote’s jazz listings editor. He can be reached at jazz@thewholenote.com. D. In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz) Oliver! A celebrated musical for all ages, presented by the Metropolitan family and friends Admission: /10 ages 18 and under Family Pass: for 2 adults and up to three children, sold in advance only. Friday, November 11 at 7:30 pm Saturday, November 12 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm Metropolitan United Church 56 Queen Street East (at Church Street), Toronto Tickets 416-363-0331 (ext. 26) www.metunited.org Tickets also available at the Estore www.metunited.org 120 Diner 120 Church St. 416-792-7725 120diner.com (full schedule) All shows: PWYC (- suggested) October 1 6pm Beverly Taft Sings Frank Loesser; 9pm Denielle Bassels. October 2 6pm Gary Krawford: “One Lucky Son of a Gun”; 8:30pm Melissa-Marie Shriner. October 4 6pm Leslie Huyler; 7:30pm Annie Bonsignore; 9:30pm Chris Birkett. October 5 6pm Genevieve Marentette & Robert Scott; 8pm Lisa Particelli’s Girls’ Night Out Jazz Jam. October 6 6pm Julie Michels with Kevin Barrett. October 7 6pm The Sinners Choir. October 8 6pm Joanne Powell. October 11 6pm Leslie Huyler; 7:30pm Annie Bonsignore; 9:30pm Chris Birkett. October 12 6pm Genevieve Marentette & Robert Scott; 8pm Lisa Particelli’s Girls’ Night Out Jazz Jam. October 13 6pm Ryley Murray; 9pm Sophia Perlman. October 14 Jennifer Ryan & Jordan O’Connor. October 15 6pm Marla Lukofsky. October 16 6pm Ori Dagan sings Nat King Cole; 8:30pm Judith Lander & Roberta Hunt. October 18 6pm Leslie Huyler; 7:30pm Annie Bonsignore; 9:30pm Chris Birkett. October 19 6pm Genevieve Marentette & Robert Scott; 8pm Lisa Particelli’s Girls’ Night Out Jazz Jam. October 20 6pm Debbie Fleming. October 21 6pm Heidi Lange & Peter Campbell. October 22 6pm 4 Skor; 9pm X Jazz Festival. October 23 6pm June Garber; 8:30pm Gavin Hope. October 25 6pm Leslie Huyler; 7:30pm Annie Bonsignore; 9:30pm Chris Birkett. October 26 6pm Genevieve Marentette & Robert Scott; 8pm Lisa Particelli’s Girls’ Night Out Jazz Jam. October 27 6pm Kat Leonard. October 28 6pm Bruce Moore. October 30 6pm Rielle Braid & Sarah Strange; 8:30pm Ryan G. Hinds & Renee Strasfeld. thewholenote.com October 1, 2016 - November 7, 2016 | 51

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