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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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and Romance; Six Morceaux (excerpts); piano duo works by Davies, Poulenc and Stravinsky. University Settlement Piano Students; Peter Tiefenbach; Robert Kortgaard. St. George the Martyr Church, 197 John St. 416- 598-3444 x243. ; (under 19). Proceeds support School programming. Charitable tax receipt available. TORONTO BACH FESTIVAL BACH’S INSPIRATION RACHEL MAHON, solo organ Sat May 12 @ 2 pm TorontoBachFestival.org ● ● 2:00: Toronto Bach Festival. Bach’s Inspiration. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D BWV532; Buxtehude: Toccata and Fugue in d BuxWV155; and other works. Rachel Mahon, A. Concerts in the GTA organ. Holy Family Roman Catholic Church, 1372 King St. W. 416-466-8241. -5(festival pass); -(individual ticket). Festival runs May 11-13. ●●2:30: Village Voices. Celebrate Love. Lojeski: Medley from Les Miserables; Gjeilo: Across the Vast Eternal Sky; Christensen: Light Everlasting; Arnesen: Searching Love; Elder: Lullaby from Three Nocturnes. Village Voices Community Choir; Oksana Vignan, conductor; Robert Graham, piano; Guest: Grenadier String Quartet. Markham Missionary Church, 5438 Major Mackenzie Dr. E., Markham. 905-471-4464. ; (sr). Also 7:30pm. ●●4:00: Toronto Singing Studio Celebration Choir. To You, With Love. Choral concert with musical guests. Linda Eyman, conductor. Bloor Street United Church, 300 Bloor St. W. 416-455-9238. ; (sr/st). ●●4:30: Canadian Opera Company. The Nightingale and Other Short Fables. See May 1. Also May 13(2pm), 15, 19. ●●7:00: Reaching Out Through Music. 10th Anniversary Concert. Works by Stephanie Martin, Murray Schafer and Bill Richards. Julie Nezrallah, mezzo; John Sheard, piano; Dan Hill, singer-songwriter; Common Thread Community Chorus (Isabel Bernaus, conductor); Piya Chattopadhyay, host. Eglinton St. George’s United Church, 35 Lytton Blvd. 416- 465-8856. 0(Gold Patron); 0(Patron); ; (sr/st). 6pm - Silent auction. A portion of proceeds shared with 3 other nonprofit organizations. ●●7:00: St. Elizabeth Scola Cantorum Choir. Spring Concert. Bach: Jesu, meine Freude; BACH CHILDREN’S CHORUS and the BACH CHAMBER YOUTH CHOIR Charissa Bagan, Artistic Director James Pinhorn, BCYC Conductor Eleanor Daley, Pianist and other choral works. William Maddox, organ; Renee Anton, violin; Imre Olah, conductor. St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, 432 Sheppard Ave. E. 416- 300-9305. ; (st). Reception follows. ●●7:30: Bach Children’s Chorus and Bach Chamber Youth Choir. Music That Moves. Charissa Bagan, artistic director; James Pinhorn, Bach Chamber Youth Choir conductor; Eleanor Daley, piano. Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St., North York. 1-855-985- 2787. -. ●●7:30: Burlington Performing Arts Centre. Heather Bambrick. Jazz vocalist. Burlington Performing Arts Centre, Community Studio Theatre, 440 Locust St., Burlington. 905-681- 6000. . Series discount available. ●●7:30: Daniella Theresia. The Eternal Feminine. Art songs dedicated to women. Works by Debussy, Laitman and Schumann. Daniella Theresia, mezzo; Suzanne Yeo, piano. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 647-642-0333. /(adv). ●●7:30: St. Aidan’s Anglican Church. Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir. Traditional Welsh favourites, hymns, Canadian folk tunes and contemporary show tunes. William Woloschuk, conductor; Mathew Coons, piano. St. Aidan’s Anglican Church (Toronto), 70 Silver Birch Ave. 416-691-2222. . ●●7:30: St. Dominic Church. Mother’s Day Concert. Solo and choral pop and classical music. Coro San Marco and soloists. 625 Atwater Ave., Mississauga. 905-278- 7762. . ●●7:30: Tallis Choir. Milestones. 40th anniversary concludes with music from first season and commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the death of Healey Willan’s. Works by Canadian composers Larkin, Gould and Dusatko. Peter Mahon, conductor. St. Patrick’s Church, 141 McCaul St. 416-286-9798. ; (sr); (st). ●●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 11. ●●7:30: Village Voices. Celebrate Love. Lojeski: Medley from Les Miserables; Gjeilo: Across the Vast Eternal Sky; Christensen: Light Everlasting; Arnesen: Searching Love; Elder: Lullaby from Three Nocturnes. Village Voices Community Choir; Oksana Vignan, conductor; Robert Graham, piano; Guest: Grenadier String Quartet. Markham Missionary Church, 5438 Major Mackenzie Dr. E., Markham. 905-471-4464. ; (sr). Also 2:30pm. ●●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 10. ●●8:00: Gallery 345. Art of Improvisation. Six musicians perform in different setups exploring musical boundaries. Bill Gilliam, piano; Rick Sacks, percussion; Bill McBirnie, flute; Eugene Martynec, laptop; Glen Hall, reeds; Brian Abbot, guitar. 345 Sorauren Ave. 416- 822-9781. ; 10(st). Cash only. ●●8:00: Labyrinth Musical Workshop Ontario. This Tale of Ours Quartet. Ross Daly, lyra, tarhu, rabab; Pedram Khavarzamini, tomabak; Araz Salek, tar; Kelly Thoma: lyra. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. 647-702-8680. . ●●8:00: Oakville Symphony Orchestra. Celebrating the Genius of Leonard Bernstein @ 100. Guests: Rachel Mercer, cello; Yehonatan Berick, violin; Sheridan College Music Theatre Singers. Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, 130 Navy St., Oakville. 905-815-2021. -. Also May 13(2pm). ●●8:00: Opera by Request. La Favorita. Donizetti. Catharin Carew, mezzo-soprano (Leonora); Cian Horrobin, tenor (Fernando); Michael Robert-Broder, baritone (King Alfonso); Will Ford, tenor (Don Gasparo); and others; William Shookhoff, piano and conductor. College Street United Church, 452 College St. 416-455-2365. . ●●8:00: Small World Music. 16th Annual Asian Music Series: Foonyap/Holy Hum. Asian SATURDAY MAY 12, 2018 AT 7:30PM Toronto Centre for the Arts 5040 Yonge Street Tickets at the box office or 1-855-985-2787 (ARTS) Director Peter Mahon Milestones Music from contemporary Canadian composers and the man who inspired many of them are featured in this final concert of our 40th Anniversary Season. Saturday, May 12, 7:30 pm St. Patrick’s Church 141 McCaul St. Tickets: , Seniors: , Students with ID: (only at the door) Info: 416 286-9798 Order online: boxoffice.tallischoir.com Photo by Kinson Leung; used under licence. 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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 11. ●●8:00: Sony Centre For The Performing Arts. Sutra by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Music by Szymon Brzóska. A spectacle of athleticism, exploring the philosophy of faith behind the Shaolin tradition. Buddhist Monks from the Shaolin Temple. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E. 1-855-872-7669 or 416-916-7878. -5. ●●8:00: Tafelmusik. Bach Motets. Works by J.S. Bach and J.Ch. Bach. Christina Mahler, violoncello; Alison Mackay, double bass; Charlotte Nediger, organ; Cristina Zacharias, violin; Tafelmusik Chamber Choir; Ivars Taurins, director. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337. -. ●●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 & 11. -. Also May 12(8pm). ●●2:30: Surinder S. Mundra. Spring Concert: Musical Morsels & Afternoon Tea. Works by Dowland, Mozart, Beethoven, Piazzola and Mascagni. Anne Kolosowski, flute and piccolo; Dobrochna Zubek, cello; Vanessa Oude- Reimerink, soprano; Surinder S. Mundra, harpsichord and piano. St. George’s Anglican Church (Pickering Village), 77 Randall Dr., Ajax. 905-683-7981. . Raffle prizes. Afternoon tea follows. ●●3:00: Mississauga Symphony Orchestra. Mississauga Symphony Youth Orchestra: A Mother’s Day Treat. Hammerson Hall, Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga. 905-306-6000. . ●●3:00: Ontario Pops Orchestra. Mother’s Day Concert - Music For Mom. Beatles: Yesterday; Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik; Pachelbel: Canon in D; Velázquez: Bésame Mucho. Carlos Bastidas, conductor. Zoomer Hall, 79 Jefferson Ave. 416-543-9891. . A flower will be given to every mom attending the concert. ●●3:00: Symphony on the Bay. From Rags to Riches. Works by Bach, Gershwin, and others. Catherine Wilson, piano; Claudio Vena, conductor. Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 440 Locust St., Burlington. 905-681-6000. ; .50(sr); .50(16-24); (under 16). TORONTO BACH FESTIVAL Anniversary Gala Concert. Biebl: Ave Maria; Bruckner: Locus iste; Os justi; Elder: Ave Maria; Gjeilo: Dreamweaver; and new works by Matthew Emery and participants in the New Works Development Program. Craig Pike, conductor. Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Sq. 416-419-1756. ; (sr/ arts); (st). Monday May 14 ●●12:15: Music Mondays. A Medieval Spring. Troubadour and Minnesänger songs; works by Hildegard of Bingen; dances. Andrea Gerhardt and Michael Franklin, harp, flute, recorders, hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes and percussions. Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Sq. 416-598-4521 x223. PWYC ( to suggested). Tax receipts and up. ●●7:30: Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre. Micah Barnes at the Sands. A tribute to the classic era of Vegas. Micah Barnes; Billy Newton-Davis; Charlotte Moore. Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina Ave. 416-978-8849. . Benefit for MNjcc’s Music Scholarship and Innovation Fund. Tuesday May 15 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Chamber Music Series: Viola Quintets. Mozart: String Quintet No.3 in C K515; Brahms: String Quintet No.2 in G Op.111. Artists of the COC 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: Christopher Burton, piano. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. 416-241-1298. Free; donations welcomed. ●●7:00: Toronto Youth Choir. On Fire! Celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the Toronto Youth Choir. Music from tour to New York City where choir sang with The King’s Singers at Carnegie Hall. Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Sq. 416-932-8666 x231. ; (sr/ st); (child). ●●7:30: Canadian Opera Company. The Nightingale and Other Short Fables. See May 1. Also May 19. ●●8:00: Ear Candy. Beat It. Ryan Scott, percussion; Leslie Newman, flute; Andrew Staniland, composer/performer; James O’Callaghan, composer/performer. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St. 416-975- 8555. //(adv). ●●8:00: Harbourfront Chorus. Songs of Peace and Love. Waterfront Neighbourhood Centre, 627 Queen’s Quay West. n/a. Free. Wednesday May 16 ●●12:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Noonday Organ Recital. Paul Grimwood, organ. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free. ●●7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Anna Bolena. See May 3. Also May 20(2pm), 24, 26. ●●7:30: St. Anne’s Anglican Church. Mystery Concert featuring the Junction Trio. 270 Gladstone Ave. 416-536-3160. PWYC. ●●7:30: Toronto Choral Society. The Music of The Beatles. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. torontochoralsociety. org. . ●●7:30: Organix Concerts/Istituto Italiano di THE LAST CHACONNE A star-studded array of performers comes together for a farewell celebration. 12 May 2018 ●●8:00: Toronto Masque Theatre. The Last Chaconne: A Celebration. Works by Blow, Burry, Handel, Alice Ping Yee Ho, Purcell and others. Monica Whicher, Shannon Mercer, Vania Chan, Agnes Zsigovics, sopranos; Laura Pudwell, mezzo; other vocalists and instrumentalists; Derek Boyes, Martin Juien, actors; Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière, Stéphanie Brochard, dancers; Larry Beckwith, musical director and violin. Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 1-855-872-7669. -. Sunday May 13 ●●2:00: Canadian Opera Company. The Nightingale and Other Short Fables. See May 1. Also May 15, 19. ●●2:00: Oakville Symphony Orchestra. Celebrating the Genius of Leonard Bernstein @ 100. Guests: Rachel Mercer, cello; Yehonatan Berick, violin; Sheridan College Music Theatre Singers. Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, 130 Navy St., Oakville. 905-815-2021. CANTATAS AND A PASSION Sun May 13 @ 3 pm TorontoBachFestival.org ●●3:00: Toronto Bach Festival. Cantatas and a Passion. Bach: Christ lag in Todes Banden BWV4; Der Herr denket an uns BWV196; Schütz: St. John Passion. Ellen McAteer, soprano; Simon Honeyman, alto; Nils Brown, tenor; Joel Allison, bass; John Abberger, conductor. St. Barnabas Anglican Church, 361 Danforth Ave. 416-466-8241. -5(festival pass); -(individual ticket). Festival runs May 11-13. ●●4:30: Christ Church Deer Park. Jazz Vespers. Russ Little Quintet. 1570 Yonge St. 416- 920-5211. Freewill offering. Religious service. ●●8:00: Small World Music Society/Martin Atkins/Jafri Music. 16th Annual Asian Music Series: Gaelynn Lee with Special Guest Ali Jafri. Gaelynn Lee, violin; Ali Jafri, guitar, sitar, vocals, percussion. Small World Music Centre, Artscape Youngplace, 180 Shaw St. 416- 536-5439. /(adv). ●●8:00: That Choir. That Choir 10th THAT CHOIR c o n d u c t e d b y C r a i g P i k e THAT CHOIR 10th ANNIVERSARY GALA Church of the Holy Trinity (10 Trinity Square) TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THATCHOIR.COM thewholenote.com May 1 – June 7, 2018 | 49

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