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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.

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the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Sq. 416-578-6602. ; free(under 12). Also May 5(7:30pm, Trinity College Chapel). ●●3:00: Chorus York, Richmond Hill. Spirited & Jazzy. A matinée program featuring favourites in the genres of jazz and spirituals. Stéphane Potvin, director; Christina Faye, piano. Thornhill Presbyterian Church, 271 Centre St., Thornhill. 905-884-7922. (family); ; (sr); (st); free(under 10). ●●3:00: Islington United Church. Music at Islington: A Song for Spring. Classics from opera to Broadway. Jennifer Taverner, soprano; Andrea Van Pelt, piano. 25 Burnhamthorpe Rd. 416-239-1131. PWYC. Food Bank donation appreciated. ●●3:00: Oakville Chamber Orchestra. Concerto Competition Grand Prize Winners Concert. St. Simon’s Anglican Church (Oakville), 1450 Litchfield Rd., Oakville. 905- 483-6787. ; (sr); (st); free(12 and under). Also May 5(7:30pm, St. John’s United Church). ●●3:00: St. Paul’s Bloor Street Anglican Church. Organ Recital. Sarah Svendsen, organ. 227 Bloor St. E. 416-961-8116. Free. ●●3:00: Syrinx Concerts Toronto. In Concert. Mozart: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A, K526; Schumann: Three Romances, Op. 94; Kreisler: Viennese Rhapsodic Fantasietta; McIntyre: A Wild Innocence; Franck: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A. Jean-Luc Therrien, piano; Mai Tategami, violin. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 416-654-0877. ; (st). Reception following. ●●3:30: St. Anne’s Anglican Church. Celebration of Composer C.H.H. Parry. Parry: A. Concerts in the GTA anthems, hymns, and other choral and instrumental selections. Guests: chamber orchestra; Junction Trio. 270 Gladstone Ave. 416-536-3160. PWYC. ●●3:30: Tafelmusik. Beethoven Pastoral Symphony. See May 3. ●●4:00: Church of St. Mary Magdalene (Toronto). Organ Fireworks. Andrew Adair, organ. 477 Manning Ave. 416-531-7955. Free. ●●4:00: Toronto Classical Singers. Music of Transcendence. Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem. Lesley Bouza, soprano; Matthew 2017 / 2018 Ensemble! with Adleisia Oriana is delighted to share the stage with Montreal Women’s Chamber choir Adleisia Sunday, May 6, 2018 ~ 2 pm Grace Church on-the-Hill 300 Lonsdale Road, Toronto Tickets available at www.orianachoir.com or Hart House Tickets at 416-978-8849 ORIANA Women’s Choir gratefully acknowledges the financial assistance of www.orianachoir.com Jean-Luc Therrien piano Mai Tategami violin Sunday May 6 3pm SyrinxConcerts.ca info@orianachoir.com Zadow, baritone; Jurgen Petrenko, conductor. Guests: Talisker Players Orchestra. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-444- 7863. . ●●7:00: Canadian Children’s Opera Company. Chip & His Dog and All The King’s Men. Music by Gian Carlo Menotti and John Anthony Bennett. Canadian Youth Opera Chorus; Teri Dunn, music director; Autumn Smith, stage director. York University, Joseph G. Green Studio Theatre, 4700 Keele St. 416-366-0467. ; (sr/st); (under 6). ●●7:00: Toronto Lyric Opera Centre. Così fan tutte. Music by Mozart. Libretto by Lorenzo da Ponte. Gwenna Fairchild-Taylor, soprano; Martina Myskohlid, soprano; Danielle Nicholson, mezzo; Jean-Phillipe Lazure, tenor; Jacob Feldman, baritone; Korin Thomas- Smith, baritone; David Bowser, conductor. Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church, 427 Bloor St. W. 647-865-4040. ; (sr/under 30). Monday May 7 ●●12:15: Music Mondays. Payadora Tango Ensemble. Works by Jurecka and Horvath; Argentinian and folk music forms. Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Sq. 416-598- 4521 x223. PWYC ( to suggested). Tax receipts and up. ●●7:30: Elmer Iseler Singers. Get Music! Educational Gala. Toronto secondary school guest choirs; Lydia Adams, conductor, mentor and clinician. Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), 56 Queen St. E. 416-217-0537. ; (st). Educational Outreach Initiative in memory of John C. Bird. Tuesday May 8 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Piano Virtuoso Series: Impromptus and Improvisations. Works by Poulenc, Rachmaninov, Gieseking and Fauré. Linda Ippolito, 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. Lunchtime Concerts Pay-what-you-can May 7- Payadora Tango Ensemble May 14 - Andrea Gerhardt & Michael Franklin May 21 - Warren Nicholson & Mark Whale May 28 - Michael Bridge & Kornel Wolak Church of the Holy Trinity www.musicmondays.ca ●●12:10: Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation/ Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Lunchtime Chamber Music: Dongso Julia Kim, cello. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. 416-241-1298. Free; donations welcomed. ●●3:00: Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music. Historical Performance Class of the Glenn Gould School. Works by Corelli, Muffat, Uccellini, Marini, Castello and others. Kathleen Kajioka, baroque violin. Mazzoleni Concert Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-2824 x322. Free. ●●7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Anna Bolena. See May 3. Also May 11, 16, 20(2pm), 24, 26. ●●7:30: Toronto Community Orchestra. Dancing With the Stars: A Journey through Classical, Folk and All That Jazz. Dvořák: Romance for violin and orchestra; Rimsky-Korsakov: Fantasia on Serbian Themes; David: Trombone Concertino; Sibelius: Andante Festivo; Kander (arr. Ricketts): Chicago; Holst: Planets (Jupiter). Alessia Dismino, violin; Alex Redman, trombone; Alexandra Bourque, conductor. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. 416-658-1565. Free. Wednesday May 9 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Jazz Series: The Abeng. Repertoire from the album Abeng. Rich Brown, bass. 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. ●●12:30: Organix Concerts/All Saints Kingsway. Kingsway Organ Concert Series. Mark Himmelman, organ. All Saints Kingsway Anglican Church, 2850 Bloor St. W. 416-571- 3680. Freewill offering. ●●12:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Noonday Organ Recital. William Maddox, organ. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free. Thursday May 10 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Chamber Music Series: Beautiful Minds. Takemitsu: Rain Coming; Schafer: Hymn to Night for soprano and large ensemble; Mayo: exploration of the works of filmmaker Arthur Lipsett for large ensemble and electronics (world premiere). Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble; Brian Current, conductor. 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. ●●1:30: Serenata Singers. Songs In Our Hearts. Porter: Another Op’nin’, Another Show from “Kiss Me Kate”; Rogers and Hammerstein: It’s a Grand Night for Singing from “State Fair”; Mary Poppins Medley. Leanne Piller, conductor; Stan Farrow and Phyllis Russell, piano. Toronto Korean Presbyterian Church, 67 Scarsdale Rd., North York. 647-655-5533. /(adv). Also May 11(7:30pm). ●●2:00: Northern District Public Library. Orchardviewers. Joan Zarry, piano. Room 224, 40 Orchard View Blvd. 416-393-7610. Free. ●●7:00: Brampton Folk Club. Flowers in Your Hair. Mark Yan, Brian Gladstone and Glen Hornblast. Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives, 9 Wellington St. E., Brampton. 905- 791-4055. Free with museum admission. ●●7:30: Canadian Opera Company. The 46 | May 1 – June 7, 2018 thewholenote.com

Nightingale and Other Short Fables. See May 1. Also May 12(4:30pm), 13(2pm), 15, 19. ●●7:30: Eybler Quartet. Late Masterpieces. Mozart: Clarinet Quintet in A K581; Beethoven: String Quartet in B-flat Op.130. Aisslinn Nosky and Julia Wedman, violins; Patrick Jordan, viola; Margaret Gay, cello; Tindaro Capuano, clarinet. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 416-463-2154. ; (sr); (st/artsworkers). ●●8:00: Art of Time Ensemble. All We Are Saying: An Abridged History of Protest Music, Songs Program. Songs by Marvin Gaye, John Lennon, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Randy Newman and others. Colin James, vocalist/ guitar; Jackie Richardson, vocalist; Shakura S’Aida, vocalist; Rob Piltch, guitar; Lina Allemano, trumpet; and others. Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416- 973-4000. -; (rush tickets, 30 and under). Also May 12. ●●8:00: Continuum Contemporary Music. Hockey Noir. Ristic. Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal (Pascale Beaudin, soprano, Marie-Annick Béliveau, mezzo, Michiel Schrey, tenor, Pierre-Etienne Bergeron, baritone and others). Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366-1656. ; (sr/arts workers); (st). Also May 11(mat & eve). Jordi Savall & Carlos Nunez & Friends THURSDAY, MAY 10, 8PM KOERNER HALL TICKETS ON SALE NOW! 416.408.0208 WWW.RCMUSIC.COM/PERFORMANCE ●●8:00: Royal Conservatory. Jordi Savall & Carlo Nunez & Friends. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. -0. ●●8:00: Tapestry Opera. Songbook VIII. Highlights from Tapestry’s 38-year collection of absurd, tragic and beautiful Canadian repertoire. Emerging artists perform alongside operatic masters. Ernest Balmer Studio (315), Distillery District, 9 Trinity St. 416-537-6066 x243. . Limited seating. Also May 11 & 12. ●●10:00: Small World Music/Globetrotter/ Architextures. 16th Annual Asian Music Series: Bollywood Beat. Electronic music collective immerses the dancefloor in a mashup of world beats. DJ medicineman; DJ Amita; VJ SEKS. The Round, 152 Augusta Ave. 416-841- 0487. . Friday May 11 ●●12:10: Music at St. Andrew’s. Noontime Recital. Liszt: Two Legends; Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.21 in C Op.53 “Waldstein”; Debussy: Estampes. Vlad Soloviev, piano. St. Andrew’s Church (Toronto), 73 Simcoe St. 416-593- 5600 x231. Free. ●●2:00: Continuum Contemporary Music. Hockey Noir. Ristic. Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal (Pascale Beaudin, soprano, Marie-Annick Béliveau, mezzo, Michiel Schrey, tenor, Pierre-Etienne Bergeron, baritone and others). Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366-1656. ; (sr/arts workers); (st). Also 8pm; May 10(eve). ●●7:00: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Friday Night Jazz. Lady Be Good. 288 Bremner Blvd. 647-351-3474. ; .25(sr/age 6-13); (age 3-5). ●●7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Anna Bolena. See May 3. Also May 16, 20(2pm), 24, 26. Friday May 11 stjamescathedral.ca ●●7:30: Cathedral Church of St. James. The Last Night of the Proms. Elgar: Land of Hope and Glory; Parry: I Was Glad; First World War medley; The Maple Leaf Forever; Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks. The Choirs of St. James Cathedral; The Band of the Royal Regiment of Canada; Robert Busiakiewicz, conductor; Kevin Anderson, conductor; Hannah French, host. 65 Church St. 416-364- 7865. ; (st). ●●7:30: Serenata Singers. Songs in Our Hearts. Porter: Another Op’nin’, Another Show from “Kiss Me Kate”; Rogers and Hammerstein: It’s a Grand Night for Singing from “State Fair”; Mary Poppins Medley. Leanne Piller, conductor; Stan Farrow and Phyllis Russell, piano. Toronto Korean Presbyterian Church, 67 Scarsdale Rd., North York. 647-655-5533. /(adv). Also May 10(1:30pm). ●●7:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Some Other Time: An Evening with John McDermott, Guido Basso and Friends. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. . Fundraiser for the YPBC Refugee Program. ●●7:30: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. What Makes It Great?®: Vivaldi The Four Seasons. Vivaldi: “Spring” and “Summer” (from The Four Seasons). Timothy Chooi, violin; Rob Kapilow, conductor & host. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. .75–.75. Also May 12. TS Toronto Symphony Orchestra What Makes it Great? ® Vivaldi The Four Seasons May 11 & 12 Rob Kapilow, conductor & host Timothy Chooi, violin TSO.CA SEASON PRESENTING SPONSOR ●●8:00: Art of Time Ensemble. All We Are Saying: An Abridged History of Protest Music, Classical Program. Beethoven: “Eroica” (excerpts); Crumb: Black Angels; works by Weill, Shostakovich and Dylan. Rolston String Quartet; Andy Maize, instrumentalist; Josh Finlayson, instrumentalist. Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416- 973-4000. -; (rush tickets, 30 and under). Festival runs May 11-13. ●●8:00: Continuum Contemporary Music. Hockey Noir. Ristic. Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal (Pascale Beaudin, soprano, Marie-Annick Béliveau, mezzo, Michiel Schrey, tenor, Pierre-Etienne Bergeron, baritone and others). Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366-1656. ; (sr/arts workers); (st). Also 2pm; May 10(eve). ●●8:00: Etobicoke Philharmonic Orchestra. Classical Brilliance. Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin; Elgar: Cello Concerto; Brahms: Symphony No.4. Joseph Johnson, cello (Principal Cello, Toronto Symphony Orchestra). Martingrove Collegiate Institute, 50 Winterton Dr., Etobicoke. 416-239-5665. ; (sr)/(adv); (st). ●●8:00: Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Toronto. Vesuvius Ensemble: 20th Century Naples - ‘900 Napoletano. Italian popular songs. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 416-356-5016. ; (sr/st); free(children under 12). ●●8:00: Small World Music. 16th Annual Asian Music Series: Foonyap/Holy Hum. Asian folk electronica and a new ambient, neo-classical project with no musical boundaries. Carol Foon Yap, vocals, looped violin/mandolin; Andrew Yong Hoon Lee, vocals, guitar. Small World Music Centre, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St. 416-536-5439. /(adv). Also May 12. ●●8:00: Tapestry Opera. Songbook VIII. Highlights from Tapestry’s 38-year collection of absurd, tragic and beautiful Canadian repertoire. Emerging artists perform alongside operatic masters. Ernest Balmer Studio (315), Distillery District, 9 Trinity St. 416-537-6066 x243. . Limited seating. Also May 10 & 12. ●●8:00: Thin Edge New Music Collective. Launching: A Fundraising Concert. Works by Jason Doell, Linda Catlin Smith, Kaija Saariaho, Steven Webb, Rebecca Leonard, and others. Array Space, 155 Walnut Ave. 647- 456-7597. PWYC ( suggested). ●●8:00: Ton Beau Concerts. Spanish Impressions. Boccherini: Quintet for Guitar and Strings g448; Tadesco: Quintet for Guitar and Strings Op.143; Turina: La Oracion del Torero Op. 34. Raffi Altounian, guitar; Ton Beau String Quartet. Agricola Lutheran Church, 25 Old York Mills Rd. 647-525-3161. ; (sr/st/arts worker). TORONTO BACH FESTIVAL TWO BRANDENBURG WITH LOVE Fri May 11 @ 8 pm TorontoBachFestival.org ●●8:00: Toronto Bach Festival. Two Brandenburg with Love. Bach: Concerto for Oboe d’amore BWV105; Brandenburg Concerto No.4 BWV1049; Brandenburg Concerto No.2 BWV1047; Orchestral Suite No.4 BWV1069. John Abberger, oboe d’amore; Julia Wedman, violin; Alison Melville, recorder; Scott Wevers, natural horn. St. Barnabas Anglican Church, 361 Danforth Ave. 416-466-8241. -5(festival pass); -(individual ticket). Festival runs May 11-13. ●●8:00: Upper Canada Choristers/Cantemos Latin Ensemble. The Magic Of Music. Carrillo: La Rosa de los Vientos (The Wind Rose) (lyrics by Salcedo); Cayabyab: Kay Ganda ng Ating Musika (Our Music is Beautiful); Robinovitch: Noche de Lluvia (Rainy Night); Rutter: The Music’s Always There With You; Morricone: Nella Fantasia (I Have a Fantasy) (arr. Fraser); and other works. Hye Won Cecilia Lee, piano; Laurie Evan Fraser, conductor. Guests: Bradley Christensen, baritone; Junior and Chamber Choirs of Allenby Public School (Alison Bannerman, conductor). Grace Church onthe-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd. 416-256-0510. ; free(child/accompanied teen). Patrons are invited to bring a non-perishable item for the Daily Bread Food Bank. ●●8:30: Aga Khan Museum. Inner Journey IV: Amir Koushkani and Friends. Amir Koushkani, ethnomusicologist; Sirishkumar Manji, tabla; Sardar Mohammadjani, oud, Zohreh Shahbazy, daf and percussion; Siavash Kaveh, kamancheh; Koroush Babai, kamancheh; Rumi Canada Whirling Dervishes. 77 Wynford Dr. 416-646-4677. . Saturday May 12 ● ● 1:30: University Settlement Music & Arts School. Concert & Masterclass featuring Tiefenbach & Kortgaard. Rachmaninov: Waltz thewholenote.com May 1 – June 7, 2018 | 47

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