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Volume 23 Issue 2 - October 2017

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In this issue: several local artists reflect on the memory of composer Claude Vivier, as they prepare to perform his music; Vancouver gets ready to host international festival ISCM World New Music Days, which is coming to Canada for the second time since its inception in 1923; one of the founders of Artword Artbar, one of Hamilton’s staple music venues, on the eve of the 5th annual Steel City Jazz Festival, muses on keeping urban music venues alive; and a conversation with pianist Benjamin Grosvenor, as he prepares for an ambitious recital in Toronto. These and other stories, in our October 2017 issue of the magazine.

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an Ontario government agency The WholeNote VOLUME 23 NO 2 | OCTOBER, 2017 Centre for Social Innovation 720 Bathurst St., Suite 503, Toronto ON M5S 2R4 PHONE 416-323-2232 | FAX 416-603-4791 Publisher/Editor In Chief | David Perlman Chairman of the Board | Allan Pulker EDITORIAL Managing Editor | Paul Ennis Recordings Editor | David Olds Digital Media Editor | Sara Constant Listings Editor | John Sharpe Club Listings Editor | Bob Ben SALES, MARKETING & MEMBERSHIP Concerts & Events/Membership | Karen Ages Advertising/Production Support/Operations Jack Buell | Classified Ads | Website/Systems Support | Kevin King Circulation/Subscriptions | Chris Malcolm SUBSCRIPTIONS per year + HST (9 issues) THANKS TO THIS MONTH’S CONTRIBUTORS Beat Columnists Wendalyn Bartley, Paul Ennis, Christopher Hoile, Jack MacQuarrie, Jennifer Parr, David Perlman, Lydia Perović, Andrew Timar, Matthew Whitfield Features Sara Constant, Paul Ennis, David Jaeger, Roger Knox, David Perlman CD Reviewers Alex Baran, Larry Beckwith, Stuart Broomer, Max Christie, Raul da Gama, Janos Gardonyi, Hans de Groot, Richard Haskell, Tiina Kiik, Pamela Margles, Lesley Mitchell-Clarke, David Olds, Allan Pulker, Cathy Riches, Terry Robbins, Michael Schulman, Andrew Scott, Bruce Surtees, Andrew Timar, Robert Tomas, Ken Waxman, Dianne Wells Proofreading Sara Constant, Paul Ennis, John Sharpe Listings Team Ruth Atwood, Bob Ben, Tilly Kooyman, John Sharpe, Katie White Design Team Kevin King, Susan Sinclair Circulation Team Lori Sandra Aginian, Wende Bartley, Beth Bartley / Mark Clifford, mJBuell, Sharon Clark, Manuel Couto, Paul Ennis, Robert Faulkner, Gero Hajek, James Harris, Micah Herzog, Jeff Hogben, Bob Jerome, Tiffany Johnson, Gail Marriott, Lorna Nevison, Garry Page, Tom Sepp, Patrick Slimmon, Dagmar Sullivan, Dave Taylor. an Ontario government agency un un organisme du du gouvernement de de l’Ontario BEAT BY BEAT 18 In with the New | WENDALYN BARTLEY 20 On Opera | CHRISTOPHER HOILE 23 Art of Song | LYDIA PEROVIĆ 25 Classical & Beyond | PAUL ENNIS 27 Early Music | MATTHEW WHITFIELD 30 Choral Scene | DAVID PERLMAN 32 World View | ANDREW TIMAR 34 Music Theatre | JENNIFER PARR 35 Bandstand | JACK MACQUARRIE LISTINGS 38 A | Concerts in the GTA 49 B | Concerts Beyond the GTA 51 C | Music Theatre 53 D | In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz) 55 E | The ETCeteras SPECIAL SECTION B1-B27 THE BLUE PAGES The WholeNote’s 18th Annual Directory of Music Makers (right after page 36) DISCOVERIES: RECORDINGS REVIEWED 58 Editor’s Corner: DAVID OLDS 60 Strings Attached: TERRY ROBBINS 62 Keyed In: ALEX BARAN 64 Vocal 65 Classical and Beyond 66 Modern and Contemporary 68 Jazz and Improvised Music 70 Pot Pourri 71 Something in the Air | KEN WAXMAN 73 Old Wine, New Bottles | BRUCE SURTEES MORE 6 Contact Information 7 Upcoming dates and deadlines 56 Classified Ads 18 TH ANNUAL BLUE PAGES PRESENTER PROFILES 2017/18 B1-B27 6 | October 2017

FOR OPENERS | DAVID PERLMAN A is for Abecedarium An abecedarium (or abecedary) is an inscription consisting of the letters of an alphabet, almost always listed in order. Typically, abecedaria (or abecedaries) are practice exercises. Truth be told, I’ve never been much for practising, but let’s see how far we get …. is for Abecedarium; also for Artword Artbar, which Ron Weihs A talks about with a great deal of clarity in our Q&A (Mainly Clubs, Mostly Jazz, page 16), thereby sparing you from having to listen to me expound in this Opener on the important difference between talking about “making some place into a real music city” and talking about what needs to be done to “keep it real.” A is also for Anniversary (of which there seem to be an unusually large number dotted throughout these pages this month). None can match the Toronto Women’s Music Club’s 120 years (see Classical and Beyond, page 25). But the longevity of so many of our other musical organizations and ensembles is noteworthy. As remarked in our cover story (page 8), Esprit and Soundstreams, two of the three presenters espousing Claude Vivier’s music this season, are both in their 35th seasons. New Music Concerts who will present Vivier’s Zipangu next May, was already into their tenth year of existence when they commissioned it from him in 1980. The Canadian Children’s Opera Company turns 50 this year. Toronto Children’s Chorus turns 40 in 2018. Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor who will grace the Music Toronto stage on November 7 (see interview, page 10) is, at 25, 20 years younger than the presenter is. The WholeNote is 23 this year (which means that if we counted significant anniversaries in prime numbers rather than as boring multiples of five and ten, we’d be just about to throw one helluva party!) Maybe we will anyway. So stay tuned. is, of course, for Blue Pages, the 18th edition of which sits snug in B the middle of this issue, “after page 36” as it says in the table of contents. The twelve dozen or so presenters who grace the Blue Pages are a very big part of why we are still around in our 23rd season. If you are reading this, our heartfelt thanks for your continued vote of confidence. Speaking of Abecedaria, you’ll notice (perhaps to your chagrin) that there’s no published table of contents to the Blue Pages (although the profiles themselves are in alphabetical order), so you can’t simply cut straight to the presenters you already know. It’s the music that we stumble across that sometimes turns us upside down – that shakes what we thought we already knew we liked (or didn’t) into startlingly new configurations. So browse at your leisure, or dip in at random. You’ll find a bunch of anniversaries I neglected to mention. And a lot more. is for CD section, and if our deeply valued CD review editor for the C past 15 years, David Olds, had not booted off to someone’s cottage this sweltering September weekend, I would be pointing out to you, esteemed reader, that sometime within the next month or so we will pass a mentionable milestone – some astonishingly specific number of thousands of individual CDs reviewed in our pages. What a team! could be Das Lied von der Erde, which Art of Song columnist DE Lydia Perović confesses to “worship impatiently” (page 23). Or it could be David and Elisha, as in David Jaeger and Elisha Denburg, whose conversation about World New Music Days, coming to Canada for the first time in more than 30 years, is the through line in David Jaeger’s contribution to this month’s magazine (page 12). And F is for “finished” with that particular little game for now. We actually had a bit of a conversation about the headline to Jaeger’s piece a little while ago this evening. “Shouldn’t it be ‘ISCM2017 Goes to Vancouver’ rather than ‘Comes’?” was the question. It felt good to decide that “comes” was the right word, even though the physical distance that separates our cities is greater than that between Toronto and the eye of any of the hurricanes sweeping through our headlines this uneasy summer. Despite all the distances, physical and emotional, that will doubtless still be left for our children to bridge when we are gone, there is much more in Canada that has the potential to bind rather than divide us. Embracing all the music made, coast to coast to coast, as ours is a step in the right direction. Clarification: The opening to the story on the Kensington Market Jazz Festival “Here Goes the Neighbourhood!” by Kensington Market Jazz Festival co-producer Ori Dagan in Volume 23 No 1 of The WholeNote, was editorially altered to draw explicit comparisons between future challenges facing the Kensington Market Jazz Festival and those facing the Toronto Jazz Festival. Mr. Dagan did not mention the Toronto Jazz Festival at all in the story he submitted. The WholeNote regrets any and all misunderstandings caused by this editorial overreach. LENA GROSSMÜLLER Upcoming Dates & Deadlines Free Event Listings Deadline Midnight Sunday October 8 Display Ad Reservations Deadline 6pm Monday October 16 Classifieds Deadline 10pm Saturday October 23 Advertising Materials Due 10pm Wednesday October 18 Publication Date Monday October 30 (online) Wednesday November 1 (Print) Volume 23 No 3 “NOVEMBER” covers November 1, 2017 - November 30, 2017 WholeNote Media Inc. accepts no responsibility or liability for claims made for any product or service reported on or advertised in this issue. Printed in Canada Couto Printing & Publishing Services Circulation Statement September 2017: 30,000 printed & distributed Canadian Publication Product Sales Agreement 1263846 ISSN 14888-8785 WHOLENOTE Publications Mail Agreement #40026682 Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to: WholeNote Media Inc. Centre for Social Innovation 503–720 Bathurst Street Toronto ON M5S 2R4 COPYRIGHT © 2017 WHOLENOTE MEDIA INC October 2017 | 7

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