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Volume 23 Issue 8 - May 2018

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In this issue: our sixteenth annual Choral Canary Pages; coverage of 21C, Estonian Music Week and the 3rd Toronto Bach Festival (three festivals that aren’t waiting for summer!); and features galore: “Final Finales” for Larry Beckwith’s Toronto Masque Theatre and for David Fallis as artistic director of Toronto Consort; four conductors on the challenges of choral conducting; operatic Hockey Noir; violinist Stephen Sitarski’s perspective on addressing depression; remembering bandleader, composer and saxophonist Paul Cram. These and other stories, in our May 2018 edition of the magazine.

LISTINGS The WholeNote

LISTINGS The WholeNote listings are arranged in five sections: A. GTA (GREATER TORONTO AREA) covers all of Toronto plus Halton, Peel, York and Durham regions. B. BEYOND THE GTA covers many areas of Southern Ontario outside Toronto and the GTA. Starts on page 57. C. MUSIC THEATRE covers a wide range of music types: from opera, operetta and musicals, to non-traditional performance types where words and music are in some fashion equal partners in the drama. Starts on page 59. D. IN THE CLUBS (MOSTLY JAZZ) is organized alphabetically by club. Starts on page 60. E. THE ETCETERAS is for galas, fundraisers, competitions, screenings, lectures, symposia, masterclasses, workshops, singalongs and other music-related events (except performances) which may be of interest to our readers. Starts on page 62. FESTIVAL CLASSICA Montreal, QC SAINT JOSEPH’S ARTSFEST 2018 May 27 to June 10 Hamilton ON L8P 2H9 ! Saint Joseph’s ArtsFest brings music and theatre performances to the GTHA area. In the superior acoustics of Saint Joseph’s Church in Hamilton, this year’s festival brings together artists not only from Canada, but also from Estonia and the Czech Republic. Both of these European countries are celebrating their 100th anniversaries. Highlights of the Festival will include the Prague Mixed Choir (Conductor: Ji`ŕí Petrdlík) and Aare Tammesalu (cellist from Estonia). We are also pleased to present A Man for All Seasons under the stage direction of Lana Borsellino. Featured will be works by Haydn, Smetana, Arvo Pärt, and the sublime Miserere by Allegri with Julie Ludwig. Come to a concert or stage play, then enjoy an evening meal on trendy Locke Street in Hamilton. 905-528-0019 SUMMER MUSIC PRESENTERS! Like what you see? The WholeNote’s annual Green Pages Summer Music Guide is an excellent and inexpensive vehicle for promoting your festival to music lovers in Ontario and beyond, published in our upcoming SUMMER print edition (June/July/August; 30,000 copies) and online at You get a 120-word profile of your festival, a photo accompanying the online profile plus optional web links and embedded video links. You get the opportunity to submit and update daily concert and event listings, and discount opportunities for additional print advertising. Daily listings information (events June 1 through Sept 7) must be emailed to by MAY 8. For The Green Pages contact Karen Ages at 416-323-2232 x26 or – print edition deadline: MAY 11 A GENERAL WORD OF CAUTION. A phone number is provided with every listing in The WholeNote — in fact, we won’t publish a listing without one. Concerts are sometimes cancelled or postponed; artists or venues may change after listings are published. Please check before you go out to a concert. HOW TO LIST. Listings in The WholeNote in the four sections above are a free service available, at our discretion, to eligible presenters. If you have an event, send us your information no later than the 8th of the month prior to the issue or issues in which your listing is eligible to appear. LISTINGS DEADLINE. The next issue is our combined summer edition, covering the period from June 1 to September 7, 2018. All listings must be received by 11:59pm, Tuesday May 8. LISTINGS can be sent by email to or by using the online form on our website. We do not receive listings by phone, but you can call 416-323-2232 x27 for further information. LISTINGS ZONE MAP. Visit our website to search for concerts by the zones on this map: Lake Huron 6 Georgian Bay 7 5 Lake Erie 3 4 2 1 8 City of Toronto Lake Ontario 42 | May 2018

Tuesday May 1 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Vocal Series: An Afternoon of Bel Canto. Sondra Radvanovsky, soprano; Liz Upchurch, piano. 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. ●●12:10: 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. THE NIGHTINGALE AND OTHER SHORT FABLES STRAVINSKY APR 13 – MAY 19 ●●7:30: Canadian Opera Company. The Nightingale and Other Short Fables. Stravinsky (arr. Lepage). Jane Archibald, soprano (the Nightingale). Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363- 8231. -5. Opera runs to May 19. Start times vary. Wednesday May 2 ●●12:00 noon: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Organ Recital. Sharon L. Beckstead, organ. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free. ●●12:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Noonday Organ Recital. Sharon L. Beckstead, organ. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free. ●●7:30: Canadian Opera Company. The Nightingale and Other Short Fables. See May 1. Also May 10, 12(4:30pm), 13(2pm), 15, 19. ●●8:00: Gallery 345. Magisterra Soloists. String Chamber Works. Verdi: Quartet in e; Bruckner: Quintet in F. Annette-Barbara Vogel, violin; Mikela Witjes, violin; Jordan Clayton, violin; Matt Antal, viola; Ethan Filner, viola; Joel Tangjerd, cello. 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-822-9781. ; 10(st). Cash only. ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Mozart & Bruckner. Mozart: Piano Concerto No.12 in A, K414; Bruckner: Symphony No.8 in c (ed. Hawkshaw) (Canadian premiere). Leon Fleisher, piano; Peter Oundjian, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. .75–8.00. 7:15: pre-concert chat with Tom Allen, North Lobby. Also May 3(2pm), 6(2:30pm, Montreal), 7(8pm, Ottawa). A. Concerts in the GTA TS Toronto Symphony Orchestra Mozart & Bruckner May 2 & 3 Peter Oundjian, conductor Leon Fleisher, piano TSO.CA SEASON PRESENTING SPONSOR Thursday May 3 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Vocal Series: Les Adieux - The Natural World. Ravel: Histoires naturelles; R. Strauss: Mädchenblumen. Danika Lorèn, soprano; Bruno Roy, baritone. 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. ●●12:00 noon: Encore Symphonic Concert Band. In Concert. Big Band swing, jazz, film scores, classical favourites and military marches. Wilmar Heights Centre, 963 Pharmacy Ave., Scarborough. 416-346- 3910. . Coffee and snacks provided. WOMEN’S MUSICAL CLUB OF TORONTO MAY 3, 2018 | 1.30 PM CELLODRAMA! Simon Fryer, cello, with seven guest cellists and special guest Shannon Mercer, soprano 416-923-7052 ● ● 1:30: Women’s Musical Club of Toronto. Music in the Afternoon: Cellodrama! Barrière: Sonata for 2 cellos in G; Penderecki: Capriccio per Siegfried Palm for solo cello; Morlock: The Violet Hour for 4 cellos; Bach (arr. Varga): Chaconne from Violin Partita in d BWV1004; Queen: Bohemian Rhapsody; and other works. Simon Fryer, cello. Guests: Ariel Barnes, Minna Rose Chung, David Hetherington, Paul Marleyn, Katie Schlaikjer, Paul Widner, Thomas st. joe’s ArtsFest 2018 Norman Reintamm artistic director SUN May 27 4 pm Festival Opening Night PRAGue MIxeD CHOIR with conductor Jiří Petrdlík Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Czech Republic and the 50th anniversary of the Prague Spring Selections from works by DVORAK, JANACeK, eBeN & SMeTANA FRI June 1 7:30 pm Artistic Director’s evening A Celebration of estonian Connections with members of Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra Special guest cellist Aare Tammesalu (from Estonia) ERIk kREEm Quintet for String Orchestra (premiere) ARvo PäRT Spiegel in Spiegel (Aare Tammeslu cello), Summa (St. Joe’s Quartet) J.S. BAcH Concerto for 2 Pianos in c (Norman Reintamm & Stillman Matheson) SAT June 2 & 9 7:30 pm Theatre at St. Joe’s — 2 performances A MAN FOR ALL SeASONS Robert Bolt author Lana Borsellino stage director THURS June 7 7:30 pm FeSTIVAL TRIO Sadie Fields violin (from Brussels, Belgium) Paul Pulford cello (from New Brunswick) Ken Gee piano (Guelph Musicfest director) GRIeG Violin & Cello Sonatas MeNDeLSSOHN Trio in D minor FRI June 8 7:30 pm JAZZ at St. Joe’s “Cool jazz on a summer’s night” MIKe MALONe & FRIeNDS Mike Malone trumpet Nancy Walker piano Kieran Overs bass Kevin Dempsey drums SUN June 10 4 pm Festival Closing Concert HAYDN St. Nicholas Mass Allegri, Miserere Mei (soloist Julie Ludwig) TCHAIKOVSKY Rococo Variations (soloist Aare Tammesalu) with members of Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra Saint Joseph’s RC Church 260 Herkimer St, Hamilton 905.528.0019 or 416.550.6465 concert admission suggested donation May 1 – June 7, 2018 | 43

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