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Volume 23 Issue 7 - April 2018

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In this issue: we talk with jazz pianist Thompson Egbo-Egbo about growing up in Toronto, building a musical career, and being adaptive to change; pianist Eve Egoyan prepares for her upcoming Luminato project and for the next stage in her long-term collaborative relationship with Spanish-German composer Maria de Alvear; jazz violinist Aline Homzy, halfway through preparing for a concert featuring standout women bandleaders, talks about social equity in the world of improvised music; and the local choral community celebrates the life and work of choral conductor Elmer Iseler, 20 years after his passing.

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●●1:30: Music at Metropolitan. Marg and Jim Norquay Celebration Concert: Mystery of the Unfinished Concerto. Works by Corelli, Vivaldi and others; also new compositions created on the spot. Musicians on the Edge; Rezonance Baroque Ensemble. Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), 56 Queen St. E. 416-363- 0331 x26. ; (18 and under). ●●2:00: Canadian Opera Company. The Nightingale and Other Short Fables. See Apr 13. Also May 1, 2, 10, 12(4:30pm), 13(2pm), 19(4:30pm). ●●2:00: Jacqueline Gelineau. J.S. Bach: Oster-Oratorium. Jacqueline Gelineau, contralto; Darlene Shura, soprano; John Holland, baritone; William Ford, tenor; and others; Brahm Goldhamer, conductor and harpsichord. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 416- 922-3618. Free; donations welcomed. ●●2:00: Oakville Choral Society. A Classical Spring. Celebrating the many moods of choral music – joyful, poignant, triumphant. Works by Pergolesi, Durante, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven. Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, 2302 Bridge Rd., Oakville. 289-351-1574. /(adv); (st); Sun. 22nd April at 4 p.m. Choral Evensong for St. George’s Eve plus St. George’s Tea and at 5: THE BEST OF CANADIANA St. Olave’s Arts Guild and guests with music by Joni Mitchell and Neil Young; prose by L.M. Montgomery; poetry by Pickthall and Kogawa; and an exploration of Toronto's history – as we continue our year-long celebration of Canada 150 St. Olave’s Church Bloor and Windermere 416-769-5686 A. Concerts in the GTA free(under 13). Also Apr 21(7:30pm). ●●3:00: Opera Atelier. The Return of Ulysses. See Apr 19. Also Apr 24, 27(both 7:30pm), 28(4:30pm). ●●3:00: Orchestra Toronto/Essential Opera. A Night at the Opera. Puccini: Gianni Schicchi (in concert). Maureen Batt, soprano (Lauretta); JP Décosse, baritone (Gianni Schicchi); with Erin Bardua and Beth Hagerman, sopranos, and Catharin Carew, mezzo; Kevin Mallon, conductor. George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge St. 416-733-0545. ; (sr); (under 29). 2:15pm: pre-concert chat. ●●3:00: Roy Thomson Hall. Itzhak Perlman, Violin & Rohan De Silva, Piano. 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. .50–9.50. Gerald Finley with Julius Drake SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018 3PM PRE-CONCERT TALK 2PM KOERNER HALL TICKETS ON SALE NOW! 416.408.0208 WWW. RCMUSIC.COM/PERFORMANCE ●●3:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Vocal Concerts: Gerald Finley with Julius Drake. Works by Schubert, Rachmaninov, Tchaikovsky and Beethoven; a selection of favourite folksongs. Gerald Finley, baritone; Julius Drake, piano. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. -. 2:00: pre-concert talk with Rick Phillips. ●●3:00: Southern Ontario Chapter of the Hymn Society. How Can I Keep From Singing? Mark Ruhnke, leader. St. Andrew’s United Church (Bloor St.), 117 Bloor St E. 416- 694-6436. Free. 2:30: refreshments. ●●3:00: York Symphony Orchestra. Russian Champions. Borodin: In the Steppes of Central Asia; Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No.2; Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade. Vivian Chen, piano. Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St., Richmond Hill. 905-787-8811. ; (sr); (st). Also Apr 21 (eve, Aurora). ●●4:00: Cathedral Church of St. James. Organ Recital. Manuel Piazza, organ. 65 Church St. 416-364-7865 x234. Free. Donations welcomed. ●●4:00: St. Olave’s Anglican Church. The Best of Canadiana. Choral Evensong for St. George’s Eve, followed by works by Mitchell and Young, prose by L. M. Montgomery, poetry by Pickthall and Kogawa, and other works. St. Olave’s Arts Guild and guests. 360 Windermere Ave. 416-769-5686. Free. Donations welcomed. 5:00: St. Olave’s Arts Guild presentation. St. George’s Tea to follow Evensong. ●●4:30: Christ Church Deer Park. Jazz Vespers. Amanda Tosoff Quartet. 1570 Yonge St. 416-920-5211. Freewill offering. Religious service. ●●5:00: Nocturnes in the City. Piano Recital. Works by Mozart, Rachmaninoff, Chopin and Ravel. Karolina Kubálek, piano. St. Wenceslaus Church, 496 Gladstone Ave. 416-481- 7294. ; (st). Monday April 23 ●●7:30: Associates of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The Small Concerts: Taste of Dark Chocolate. Schubert: String Quintet in C Op.163 D956; Brahms: String Sextet No.1 in B-flat Op.18. Etsuko Kimura, violin; Paul Meyer, violin; Gary Labovitz, viola; Kathleen Kajioka, viola; Marie Gélinas, cello; Britton Riley, cello. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416- 419-7507. ; (sr/st). ●●7:30: Toronto Masque Theatre Salon Series. The Means of Grace: Seven Monologues on Music. Beckwith: personal narrative on the transcendent power of music. Derek Boyes, director. Guest performers. Atrium, 21 Shaftesbury Ave. 416-410-4561. . ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award Concert. Features this year’s prize-winning ensembles. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. PWYC. Tuesday April 24 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Chamber Music Series: Close Encounters in Vienna and Madrid. Works by Vanhal, Mozart and Boccherini for oboe and string trio. Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416- 363-8231. Free. First-come, first-served. Late seating not available. ●●12:10: Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation/ Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Lunchtime Chamber Music: Rising Stars Recital. Students from the Glenn Gould School. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. 416-241-1298. Free; donations welcomed. ●●1:00: Cathedral Church of St. James. Music at Midday. Simon Walker, organ. 65 Church St. 416-364-7865 x234. Free. Donations welcomed. ●●7:30: Opera Atelier. The Return of Ulysses. See Apr 19. Also Apr 27, 28(4:30pm). Wednesday April 25 ●●11:00am: Tafelmusik. Close Encounters ... in Vienna and Madrid. Chamber music performance. Works by Vanhal, Boccherini and Mozart. John Abberger, oboe; Christina Zacharias, violin; Patrick Jordan, viola; Margaret Gay, violoncello. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 416-964-6337. . Also Apr 21 (2pm, Temerty Theatre). ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Dance Series: UNBXBL 2. Apolonia Velasquez, Offilio Portillo, dancers and choreographers. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. Free. Firstcome, first-served. Late seating not available. ●●12:00 noon: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Organ Recital. Andrew Adair, organ. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free. ●●12:30: Organix Concerts/All Saints Kingsway. Kingsway Organ Concert Series. Ian Grundy, organ. All Saints Kingsway Anglican MUSICIANS ON THE EDGE AND REZONANCE BAROQUE ENSEMBLE Mystery of the Unfinished Concerto SUNDAY APRIL 22, 1:30PM ANNUAL MARG AND JIM NORQUAY MEMORIAL CONCERT Improvised playing in the style of Baroque and Galant court musicians; works by Corelli, Vivaldi, Telemann and others. New compositions created on the spot! FOR ADULTS / FOR YOUTH (UNDER 18) For more information, contact Dr. Patricia Wright at or 416-363-0331 ext. 26. 56 Queen Street East, Toronto • MetUnited Music MetUnitedMusic THE ASSOCIATES OF THE TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Monday, April 23, 2018, 7:30 p.m. TASTE OF DARK CHOCOLATE Franz Schubert String Quintet in C major, Op. 163, D 956 Johannes Brahms String Sextet No. 1 in B flat major Op. 18 Tickets , Seniors & Students Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre 427 Bloor St. W. Box Office: 416-419-7507 52 | April 1 – May 7, 2018

Church, 2850 Bloor St. W. 416-571-3680. Freewill offering. 45-minute concert. ●●7:30: Royal Conservatory of Music. Taylor Academy Series: Academy Chamber Orchestra. String students from The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. Free. ●●9:00: Swing Out Productions. Playing With Fire. Featuring jazz, broadway, and contemporary pop. Joel Sheridan, vocals; Eric St- Laurent, guitar. Mezzetta Restaurant, 681 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-658-5687. . Reservations recommended. Thursday April 26 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Vocal Series: Collaborations. A program of arias and ensembles. Singers from the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio and the Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. Free. Firstcome, first-served. Late seating not available. ●●2:00: Northern District Public Library. Orchardviewers. Amina Holloway, cello. Room 224, 40 Orchard View Blvd. 416-393- 7610. Free. ●●7:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Discovery Series: Glenn Gould School Chamber Competition Finals. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. Free. ●●8:00: Gallery 345. Art of the Piano: Robert Silverman plays Chopin. Chopin: Prelude in c-sharp Op.45; Sonata No.2 in b-flat Op.35 “Funeral March”; Ballade No.1 Op.23; Polonaise Fantaisie Op.61; 3 Waltzes Op.64; Ballade No.4 Op.52. 345 Sorauren Ave. 416- 822-9781. ; 10(st). Cash only. ●●8:00: Room 217 Foundation. Voices That Care. A musical evening to benefit Room 217 Care Through Music. Dan Hill, Jill Barker, Murray McLauchlan, Sylvia Tyson, Ezra Jordan, Denise Donlan, and special guests. Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. W. 705-852-2499 or 844-985-0217. 5. 7pm hors d’oeuvres and cocktail reception. ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Bernstein’s Candide (1993 concert version). Tracy Dahl, soprano (Cunegonde); Judith Forst, mezzo (The Old Lady); Nicholas Phan, tenor (Candide); Richard Suart, baritone (Pangloss & others); Members of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Bramwell Tovey, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. .75–8.00. Also Apr 28. ●●8:30: Tafelmusik. Haus Musik: The Classical Alternative. Works by Mozart and Rolfe. Tafelmusik Musicians; ACOTE, modular synth artist; Amanda Smith, director. The Great Hall, Longboat Hall, 1087 Queen St. W. 416- 964-6337. /(adv). Friday April 27 ●●12:10: Music at St. Andrew’s. Noontime Recital. Bach: Arias and duets. Allison Angelo, soprano; Dan Bickle, organ. St. Andrew’s Church (Toronto), 73 Simcoe St. 416-593- 5600 x231. Free. ●●7:00: Brampton Folk Club. Friday Folk Night. Flamenco Music and Dance. Roger Scannura and Ritmo Flamenco. St. Paul’s United Church (Brampton), 30 Main St. S., Brampton. 647-233-3655 or 905-874-2800. ; (sr/st). ●●7:00: TD Toronto Jazz Discovery Series/ Gallery 345. Jazz at the Gallery. CD Release: "Blued Dharma". Farrugia: New and previously unrecorded works; explorations of jazz standards. Adrean Farrugia, piano; Joel Frahm, saxophone. Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-822-9781. ; 15(st). Cash only. ●●7:30: Heliconian Club. Bachanalia. J.S. Bach: arias and duets with obbligato from the Cantatas and Passions; Double Violin Concerto in d BWV1043; J.C. Bach: Quartet in C Op.19 No.1; Marshall: Bach Blues. Hill Chamber Players; Heliconian String Quartet; members of the Heliconian Club and friends. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 416-922- 3618. ; (visually impaired). Visually impaired audience members especially welcomed; blind soprano Susanna McCleary featured performer. ●●7:30: Opera Atelier. The Return of Ulysses. See Apr 19. Also Apr 28(4:30pm). ●●7:30: Opera by Request. Madama Butterfly. Puccini. In concert with piano accompaniment. Deena Nicklefork, soprano (Cio-Cio-San); Will Ford, tenor (Pinkerton); Keith O’Brien, baritone (Sharpless); Madison Arsenault, mezzo (Suzuki); Colin Frotten, tenor (Goro); William Shookhoff, piano and music director; and others. College Street United Church, 452 College St. 416-455- 2365. . ●●7:30: St. Andrew’s Humber Heights. Halton Hills Concert Band. Hollywood movie hits and music favourites. Daniella Baryla, conductor; Frank Iacino, organ. 1579 Royal York Rd., Etobicoke. 905-824-4667. ; (st). ●●7:30: Trio Arkel. Die Forelle. Schubert: Die Forelle. Guests: Stewart Goodyear, piano; Jeffrey Beecher, bass. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-409-6824. ; (st). ●●8:00: Alliance Française de Toronto. Dance, Dance! The Transformation of the World. Works by Couperin, Rameau, and others. Jean Rondeau, harpsichord. 24 Spadina Rd. 416-922-2014 x37. ; (sr/ st/member). ●●8:00: Cathedral Church of St. James. Serenade to Music. Vaughan Williams: Serenade Cidel Asset Management TRIO Sponsors: Marie Berard - Teng Li - Winona Zelenka Presents Die Forelle Guest Artist Stewart Goodyear, Piano Jeffrey Beecher, Bass Friday, April 27 th , 7:30 PM Trinity St.Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor St.W organist DaviD Briggs in concert with the Choir of st James CatheDral Friday april 27 2018 8:00pm to Music; Overture to The Wasps; Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; Mass in g; and Sacred Motets. Choir of St. James Cathedral; David Briggs, organ. 65 Church St. 416-364- 7865. /(adv); (st)/(adv). 7pm - pre-concert talk by David Briggs. ●●8:00: Let There Be Music Community Choir. Spring Concert: Songs That Entertain. Salvation Army Temple (Rexdale), 2152 Kipling Ave. 416-745-0352. . ●●8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Chamber Music Series: Amici Chamber Ensemble 30th Anniversary with Isabel Bayrakdarian and Friends. Works by Respighi, Dohnányi and Bernstein; and other works. Joaquin Valdepeñas, clarinet; David Hetherington, cello; Serouj Kradjian, piano. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. -. ●●8:00: Toronto Operetta Theatre. The Beautiful Helen. Music by Jacques Offenbach. Beste Kalender, mezzo; Adam Fisher, tenor; ADREAN FARRUGIA & JOEL FRAHM BLUED DHARMA CD RELEASE CONCERT FRI APR 27 8:00PM A TD DISCOVERY SERIES SPECIAL PROJECT Stuart Graham, baritone; Peter Tiefenbach, conductor; Guillermo Silva-Marin, stage director; and others. St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366-7723. - . Also Apr 28(8pm); Apr 29(3pm). Saturday April 28 THE GEORGE BROUGH MEMORIAL FUND THE MUSICAL ARTS Clare Longendyke, piano Banff Centre George Brough Memorial Endowment recipient, 2017 SATURDAY, APRIL 28 2PM ●●2:00: George Brough Memorial Fund. The Musical Arts: Recital by Pianist Clare Longendyke. Schumann: Papillons Op.2; Liszt: 3 Sonetti del Petrarca; Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet (excerpts); Feldman: Michelle; Takemitsu: Golden Slumbers; Williams: Cineshape 4. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 416-926- 1578. PWYC. ANNA BOLENA DONIZETTI APR 28 – MAY 26 ●●4:30: Canadian Opera Company. Anna Bolena. Donizetti. Sondra Radvanovsky, soprano (Anna Bolena); Eric Owens, bass-baritone (Henry VIII); Keri Alkema, soprano (Giovanna Seymour); Allyson McHardy, mezzo (Smeton); and others; Stephen Lawless, director. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. -5. Opera runs Apr 28-May 26. Start times vary. ●●4:30: Opera Atelier. The Return of Ulysses. See Apr 19. ●●6:00: Toronton Pelimannit. 10th Anniversary Concert: Tule Mukaan – Join Us. A variety of Finnish folk music. Toronton April 1 – May 7, 2018 | 53

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