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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!


WholeNote CLASSIFIEDS can help you recruit new members for your choir or band/ orchestra or find a new music director! Advertise your help wanted needs or promote your services starting at only /issue. INQUIRE BY NOV 24 for the combined DEC & JAN issue. AUDITIONS & EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Available pro bono positions with the KINDRED SPIRITS ORCHESTRA: Oboe, Horn, Trumpet, Bass Trombone, sectional Violins, Violas, Violoncellos and Contrabasses. The KSO is an auditionedbased civic orchestra in residence at Flato Markham Theatre. For information, visit or e-mail COUNTERPOINT COMMUNITY ORCHESTRA – now in our 33 rd season. We invite volunteer musicians in all sections to play with us. Monday evening rehearsals. Our next concert is on December 9. Contact PLAYERS NEEDED for children’s concert band program at St. Albans Boys and Girls Club. Age 9+. All levels welcome. Wednesdays from 6-7:30 starting September 20th. 0 for 12 week session. 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We offer on-site karaoke services for your private party, team-building event, or fund-raiser. All equipment provided plus a skilled and friendly karaoke host to run things smoothly and make your guests feel like stars. Sing musical theatre favourites, Frank Sinatra and Billie Holiday, Beatles, Queens of the Stone Age, and everything in between. Contact jason@ or call 416-809-4311. RESTORE PRECIOUS MEMORIES lost on old records, tapes, photos etc.? Recitals, gigs, auditions, air checks, family stuff. on 78’s, cassettes, reels, 35mm slides etc?. ArtsMediaProjects will lovingly restore them to CD’s or DVD’s. Call George @ 416-910-1091. WEDDINGS, ROASTS & RETIREMENTS! Do you provide music services? Advertise right here for as little as plus tax! INQUIRE BY NOV 24 for the combined DEC & JAN edition. VENUES AVAILABLE / WANTED ARE YOU PLANNING A CONCERT OR RECITAL? Looking for a venue? Consider Bloor Street United Church. Phone: 416-924- 7439 x22. Email: PERFORMANCE / REHEARSAL / STUDIO SPACE AVAILABLE: great acoustics, reasonable rates, close to Green P Parking, cafés & restaurants. Historic church at College & Bellevue, near Spadina. Phone 416-921-6350. E-mail ADVERTISERS TAKE NOTE NO SEPARATE JANUARY MAGAZINE! Our next edition, as always, combines December & January. Event listings and advertising will include concerts from December 1, 2017 through to early February, 2018 62 | November 2017

WE ARE ALL MUSIC’S CHILDREN November's Child Peter Mahon MJ BUELL NEW CONTEST Who is December’s Child? Toronto-born countertenor Peter Mahon is both a singer and a conductor. Still a member of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir after 36 years, he became the artistic director of the Tallis Choir of Toronto in 2003 after singing with them for many years. Mahon conducts the Vespers Choir at St Michael’s Cathedral, and for the past 11 years has worked at St. Michael’s Choir School as a rehearsal conductor and voice coach. H is currently as the interim Senior Choir director. As a singer Mahon has also performed with La Chapelle de Québec and the Theatre of Early Music, as a soloist in concerts and on recordings with Toronto Consort, Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, Aradia Ensemble, Montreal Early Music Festival, Montreal Chamber Music Festival, Toronto Chamber Choir and the Grand River Chorus. Mahon and his wife, soprano Katharine Pimenoff, have six children: four sopranos, one tenor and one bass. Four are professional singers and one is an organist. Do you remember that childhood photo being taken? It was probably just before the high mass at St. Mary Magdalene’s Church. My parents joined the parish and the choirs very shortly after coming to Canada in 1948. My mother was a soprano in the Gallery Choir and my father was the cantor in the Ritual Choir. Most Sundays we would find ourselves following Dr. David Ouchterlony’s beautiful Bentley as he chauffeured Dr. Willan to SMM. On one of those Sundays when we arrived at the same time, someone with a camera asked us to pose with Dr. Willan. Your earliest memory of hearing music? There was never a time when I did not hear music. Hearing my parents sing every week in church, it was just a part of our life. Peter Mahon on tour with St Michael’ Choir School in Germany. Peter Mahon lives in Toronto with his wife, Katharine and toy poodle, Molly. Away from music he enjoys sports, both watching (football, hockey and soccer), and as a participant (cycling, tennis and golf). He also enjoys undertaking home renovation projects. This summer, with major help from his son Andrew, he replaced all the hardwood floors in their house. Your first memory of making music? Singing in school when the itinerant music teacher would visit the class once a week for 30 minutes: it was always something that the whole class enjoyed. Where did you grow up, and go to school? I was born in Toronto and grew up with my four sisters in a small house in Willowdale. My dad (Albert) was a life insurance salesman and my mother (Anne) was a full-time homemaker when we were younger and then a legal secretary when were old enough to take care of ourselves. My sisters all took up instruments in the school orchestra – I was the only one who sang on a regular basis and only because Walter MacNutt, the director of music at St. Thomas’s Church on Huron St. made a special trip over to St. Mary Magdalene one Sunday after mass to recruit me. I was not very interested until he said all the choristers got paid. Of course my next question was, “How much?” Autumn 1979, Truro, Nova Scotia Equally comfortable in pants or an elegant gown, and with a nimble penchant for risky high places, she’s still sweeter than a nightingale, fun like a case of (Johann) Strauss champagne, and has the grit to simultaneously combine a busy international career with family life. She’s singing three roles, including two debuts, in the 2017/18 Canadian Opera Company season. Know our Mystery Child’s name? WIN PRIZES! Send your best guess by November 24 to Previous artist profiles and interviews can be read at What would you say to parents hoping their young children will grow up to love and make music? Put them into a choir. Private lessons are great but practising tends to be a solitary activity. Singing in a choir is a social activity that can be shared with friends and this will often make taking private lessons – and all the practising that goes with it – easier to take. We never pushed our children into music but we did insist that they all join the church choir when they turned six as part of their education. They were not enthusiastic but neither was I. Once they started, they really enjoyed it. Please read Peter Mahon’s full-length interview at CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS! The Tallis Choir of Toronto celebrates their 40th anniversary this season! Lucky MARUTA FREIMUTS wins a grand three-concert prize pack: a pair of tickets for “Forty! Forty! Forty!” (Nov 25); “Lenten Treasures” (Mar 3); “Milestones” (May 12); also a copy of the Tallis Choir’s’ CD Splendours of the High Renaissance & A Tudor Pageant. LISE FERGUSON and GREER ROBERTS each win a pair of tickets to “Forty! Forty! Forty!” The choir will be joined by alumni and friends for music of Thomas Tallis including the remarkable 40-part Spem in Alium and the work believed to have inspired it, Striggio’s 40-part Ecce Beatam Lucem. GAIL MARRIOTT and CLAIRE LERICHE each win a pair of tickets for Messiah (Dec 13) with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, and guest soloists, conducted by Ivars Taurins. Peter Mahon will be in his usual alto section spot. NANCY MARTIN and MARY LOUIS each win Tafelmusik’s “Sing-Along Messiah” DVD. Peter Mahon has made numerous recordings with Tafelmusik, including this one. Try it at home with all your singing friends – while savouring the magnificent soloists. SUZANNE DE GRANDPRE wins a pair of tickets to “Christmas at Massey Hall” (Dec 2) presented by St. Michael’s Choir School, joined by the Schola Cantorum Orchestra, members of True North Brass and a stellar list of special guests. Peter Mahon conducts the Senior Choir. November 2017 | 63

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