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Volume 23 Issue 3 - November 2017

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In this issue: conversations (of one kind or another) galore! Daniela Nardi on taking the reins at "best-kept secret" venue, 918 Bathurst; composer Jeff Ryan on his "Afghanistan" Requiem for a Generation" partnership with war poet, Susan Steele; lutenist Ben Stein on seventeenth century jazz; collaborative pianist Philip Chiu on going solo; Barbara Hannigan on her upcoming Viennese "Second School" recital at Koerner; Tina Pearson on Pauline Oliveros; and as always a whole lot more!

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an Ontario government agency The WholeNote VOLUME 23 NO 3 | NOVEMBER, 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 publisher@thewholenote.com Chairman of the Board | Allan Pulker directors@thewholenote.com EDITORIAL Managing Editor | Paul Ennis editorial@thewholenote.com Recordings Editor | David Olds discoveries@thewholenote.com Digital Media Editor | Sara Constant editorial@thewholenote.com Listings Editor | John Sharpe listings@thewholenote.com Club Listings Editor | Bob Ben jazz@thewholenote.com SALES, MARKETING & MEMBERSHIP Concerts & Events/Membership | Karen Ages members@thewholenote.com Advertising/Production Support/Operations Jack Buell | adart@thewholenote.com Classified Ads | classad@thewholenote.com Website/Systems Support | Kevin King systems@thewholenote.com Circulation/Subscriptions | Chris Malcolm circulation@thewholenote.com SUBSCRIPTIONS per year + HST (9 issues) THANKS TO THIS MONTH’S CONTRIBUTORS Beat Columnists Wendalyn Bartley, Brian Chang, Paul Ennis, Christopher Hoile, Jack MacQuarrie, Jennifer Parr, Lydia Perović, Andrew Timar, Steve Wallace, Matthew Whitfield Features Wendalyn Bartley, Paul Ennis, Vivien Fellegi, David Jaeger, David Perlman CD Reviewers Alex Baran, Stuart Broomer, Max Christie, Daniel Foley, Raul da Gama, Janos Gardonyi, Hans de Groot, Richard Haskell, Tiina Kiik, Roger Knox, Lesley Mitchell-Clarke, David Olds, Allan Pulker, Cathy Riches, Terry Robbins, Michael Schulman, 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. BEAT BY BEAT 16 Art of Song | LYDIA PEROVIĆ 18 On Opera | CHRISTOPHER HOILE 20 Classical & Beyond | PAUL ENNIS 22 In with the New | WENDALYN BARTLEY 24 Jazz Notes | STEVE WALLACE 26 Early Music | MATTHEW WHITFIELD 28 Choral Scene | BRIAN CHANG 32 World View | ANDREW TIMAR 34 Music Theatre | JENNIFER PARR 36 Bandstand | JACK MACQUARRIE LISTINGS 38 A | Concerts in the GTA 54 B | Concerts Beyond the GTA 57 C | Music Theatre 59 D | In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz) 60 E | The ETCeteras DISCOVERIES: RECORDINGS REVIEWED 66 Editor’s Corner: DAVID OLDS 68 Strings Attached: TERRY ROBBINS 70 Keyed In: ALEX BARAN 72 Vocal 75 Classical and Beyond 76 Modern and Contemporary 78 Jazz and Improvised Music 81 Pot Pourri 82 Something in the Air | KEN WAXMAN 84 Old Wine, New Bottles | BRUCE SURTEES MORE 6 Contact Information 7 Upcoming dates and deadlines 62 Classified Ads 26 an Ontario government agency un un organisme du du gouvernement de de l’Ontario 6 | November 2017 thewholenote.com

FOR OPENERS | DAVID PERLMAN Rear View Mirror: NINE PRIME NOVEMBERS The theme of this month’s opener is, I confess, a bit of a happy accident; I recently noticed posters announcing the imminent arrival in town (courtesy Mirvish) of a musical based on a book I like enough that my curiosity at how the heck someone managed to make it into a stage play is locked in mortal combat with my fear of coming away feeling that they killed the book. The book is called The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon and in it (just one of many insights into the mind of the narrator) the chapters are numbered not in the usual fashion, but as prime numbers in sequence: 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17,19, 23 and so on. As the book’s narrator explains, “Prime numbers are what is left when you have taken all the patterns away. I think prime numbers are like life. They are very logical but you could never work out the rules, even if you spent all your time thinking about them.” (One could suggest that music is endless logic sonically infused with emotion, but that would be the beginning of another essay.) In any case, this just happens to be the 23rd November since we launched this publication in September 1995. So here for your amusement are the covers of our other eight “Prime Novembers.” You can dip into them at your leisure by going to our website, where under the “About Us” tab you will find complete flip-through editions of all 218 issues in our history to date. Depending on the personal memories and musical interests you bring to doing so, you will find the exercise an inexhaustibly patterned experience. Next “Prime November” won’t be till Volume 29 – our 2023/24 season – so our next “Rear View Mirror” will have to use a different excuse for dipping into the memory pool. publisher@thewholenote.com Vol 2: Doug Sanford and East York Symphony (now Orchestra Toronto); Vol 3: Joel Quarrington and Raymond Luedecke; Vol 5: Robert Aitken; Vol 7: Penderecki String Quartet; Vol 11: Jim Montgomery; Vol 13: Anton Kuerti; Vol 17: Richard Greenblatt and Ted Dykstra; Vol 19: Suzie LeBlanc Upcoming Dates & Deadlines Free Event Listings Deadline Midnight Wednesday November 8 Display Ad Reservations Deadline 6pm Wednesday November 15 Advertising Materials Due 6pm Friday November 17 Classifieds Deadline 10pm Friday November 24 Publication Date Tuesday November 28 (online) Thursday November 30 (Print) Volume 23 No 4 “DECEMBER & JANUARY” is a two month combined edition covering December 1, 2017 – January 30, 2018 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 October 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 thewholenote.com thewholenote.com November 2017 | 7

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