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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.

Boundaries / Collapsing

Boundaries / Collapsing Divisions through Song. Texts by Linda Hogan. Works by Beauvais and García Lorca; and Catalan folksongs. Maria Soulis, mezzo; Tanya Charles, violin; William Beauvais, guitar. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 647-739-9844 or bemusednetwork.com/events/detail/502. /(adv). 21C MusiC Festival a FaR CRY WitH siMONe DiNNeRsteiN FRI., MAY 25, 8PM PRE-CONCERT TALK 7PM KOERNER HALL TICKETS ON SALE NOW! 416.408.0208 WWW.pErfOrmANCE.rCmuSIC.CA ●●8:00: Royal Conservatory. 21C Music Festival: A Far Cry with Simone Dinnerstein. Glass: Symphony No.3; Bach: Keyboard Concerto in g BWV1058; Orchestral Suite No.2 DENIS MASTROMONACO MUSIC DIRECTOR & C O N D U C T O R A. Concerts in the GTA in b BWV1067; Glass: Piano Concerto No.3. Simone Dinnerstein, piano. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. -. 7pm: pre-concert talk. ●●8:00: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. SING! Rocks the House. Rockapella; The House Jacks. Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416- 366-1656. -. MONTEVERDI’S ORFEO May 25 & 26 at 8pm | May 27 at 3:30pm Great seats available for only ! Buy online at TorontoConsort.org ● ● 8:00: Toronto Consort. Monteverdi’s Orfeo. Opera in concert. Charles Daniels, tenor (Orfeo); La Rose des Vents. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337. -. Also May 26(8pm); 27(3:30pm). ●●8:00: York Symphony Orchestra. Showtime at the Movies. Music from Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Dances with Wolves and James Bond. Trinity Anglican Church (Aurora), 79 Victoria St., Aurora. 416- 410-0860. ; $23(sr); (st). Also May 27 (7:30pm, Richmond Hill). ●●10:30: Royal Conservatory. 21C Music Festival: Anthony de Mare’s Liaisons - Reimagining Sondheim from the Piano (Part 2). 21C After Hours. Vigeland: Merrily We Roll Along; Rakowski: The Ladies Who Lunch (Company); Iverson: Send in the Clowns (A Little Night Music); Bates: Very Put Together (after Putting It Together from Sunday in the Park with George); Turnage: Pretty Women (Sweeney Todd); and other works. Anthony de Mare, piano. Temerty Theatre, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. . Saturday May 26 ●●10:00am: Islington United Church. Music at Islington: Doors Open Toronto. Variety of instrumental and vocal music mini-recitals throughout the day. 25 Burnhamthorpe Rd. 416-239-1131. Free. Lemonade & cookies. ●●12:00 noon: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. Free Concerts. A variety of a cappella groups performing a range of musical genres. Distillery Historic District, 55 Mill St. 416-364-1177. Free. Also May 27. ●●2:00: New Horizons Band of Toronto. The Beat Goes On 2018. Beginner, Concert and Symphonic Bands. North Toronto Collegiate Institute, 17 Broadway Ave. 647-217-9067. Ticket price TBA. Refreshments to follow. ●●5:00: Royal Conservatory. 21C Music Festival: 21C Cinq à Sept - Dinuk Wijeratne with Kinan Azmeh. Bartók (arr. Azmeh/Wijeratne): After Béla; Azmeh: November 22nd; Ibm Arabi’s Postlude; Airports; Wijeratne: This Way Up; and other works by Azmeh and Wijeratne. Dinuk Wijeratne, piano; Kinan Azmeh, clarinet. Temerty Theatre, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. . ●●6:30: Durham Girls’ Choir. Joyful Song: Music from around the World. Choir alumni invited to attend 45th anniversary performance. Niska Banja; Olde Irish Blessing; Nomali; Un Canadien Errant; Pembala. Salvation Army Church, Oshawa, 570 Thornton Rd. N., Oshawa. 905-434-7269. ; (sr/st). ●●7:00: Brampton Folk Club. Annual Showcase Concert. St. Paul’s United Church (Brampton), 30 Main St. S., Brampton. 647- 233-3655 or 905-874-2800. ; (sr/st). ●●7:00: Mississauga Festival Youth Choir. Simple Gifts. Choral repertoire with piano accompaniment. Youth choristers and instrumentalists. Hammerson Hall, Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga. 905-306-6000. ; (sr/child under 12). ●●7:30: Canadian Children’s Opera Company. The Monkiest King (World Premiere). Ping Yee Ho/Chan. Children and Youth of the CCOC; chamber orchestra of Chinese and Western instruments; Xi Yi, dance; Nina Lee Aquino, stage director; Teri Dunn, conductor. Lyric Theatre, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. 1-855-985-2787. ; (sr); (st). Also May 27; school shows: May 25, 10am and 1pm. ●●7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Anna Bolena. See May 3. ●●7:30: Music at Metropolitan. Show Tunes for 200. Music for the theatre from 1818 to 2018. Charles Davidson, tenor; and others. Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), 56 Queen St. E. 416-363-0331 x26. ; (18 and under). ●●7:30: York Chamber Ensemble. European Masterpieces. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2; Mendelssohn: String Symphony No.8; Gal: Serenade for Strings; Fauré: Requiem. Soloists from the Festival Chorus; John Clements, organ; Ian Clarke, violin; Sasha Weinstangl, guest conductor. Trinity Anglican Church (Aurora), 79 Victoria St., Aurora. 905-727-6101. ; (sr/st). ●●8:00: Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra. Subscription Concert #5. Copland: An Outdoor Overture; Appalachian Spring Suite for Orchestra; Bach: Concerto for Two Pianos in c BWV1060; R. Strauss: Four Last Songs. Mila Ionkova, soprano; Ken Gee and Norman Reintamm, piano. P.C. Ho Theatre, Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E., Scarborough. Cathedral Bluffs SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Norman Reintamm Artistic Director/Principal Conductor Saturday May 26, 2018 8 pm SEaSON FINaLE COPLAND An Outdoor Overture; Hoe-Down; Variations on a Shaker Melody BACH Concerto for 2 Pianos in C minor, BWV 1060 with pianists Ken Gee & Norman Reintamm RICHARD STRAUSS Four Last Songs with soprano Mila Ionkova TICKETS: from ( student/senior; children under 12 are free) ORDER ONLINE cathedralbluffs.com BY PHONE 416.879.5566 P.C. HoTheatre 5183 Sheppard Ave E (1 block east of Markham Rd), Scarborough cathedralbluffs.com | 416.879.5566 52 | May 1 – June 7, 2018 thewholenote.com

416-879-5566. and up; (sr/st); free(under 12). 7:15pm: pre-concert talk. ●●8:00: Exultate Chamber Singers. We Sing and Connect! Celebrating the retirement of Hilary Apfelstadt. Guests: Miles Nadal JCC Chamber Choir (May 26 only). St. Thomas’s Anglican Church (Toronto), 383 Huron St. 416-971-9229. . Also May 25. ●●8:00: Labyrinth Musical Workshop Ontario. Qureishi and Ahmet Ihvani: Two Concerts in One. Qureishi: Afghan rabab; Ahmet Ihvani: Turkish baǧlama. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. 647-702- 8680. . ●●8:00: Mississauga Symphony Orchestra. Last Night of the Proms. The Band of the Royal Regiment of Canada; Kevin Anderson, music director. Hammerson Hall, Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga. 905-306-6000. -; -(sr); (youth); (15 and under); 0(family). ●●8:00: Royal Conservatory. 21C Music Festival: Vox Clamantis and Maarja Nuut & HH Celebrate Estonia’s Centennial. Gregorian hymn: Veni Creator Spiritus; Pärt: Kleine Litanei; Gregorian introit: Spiritus Domini; Pärt: Alleluia-Tropus; I Am the True Vine; and works by Pérotin, Kreek, Lang, Tulve and Kaumann. Vox Clamantis; Maarja Nuut, violin and electronics. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. -. 7pm - Pre-concert talk. ●●8:00: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. O Canada: Twentysomething. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of three of Canada’s most influential and highly celebrated a cappella groups. Toronto Northern Lights Chorus; Cadence; and Retrocity. Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366-1656. -. ●●8:00: Small World Music Society/The Music Gallery. 16th Annual Asian Music Series: Tatsuya Nakatani Gong Orchestra. Tatsuya Nakatani, handmade gongs, bows and other instrumentation; 14 local players on Nakatani’s handmade gongs, bows and other instrumentation. Music Gallery at 918 Bathurst, 918 Bathurst St. 416-204-1080. /(adv); (members/st). ●●8:00: St. Jude’s Celebration of the Arts. Tuba Mirabilis. Music for choir, organ and brass. Intrada Brass of Oakville; Choir of St. Jude’s. St. Jude’s Anglican Church, 160 William St., Oakville. 905-844-3972. . ●●8:00: Toronto Consort. Monteverdi’s Orfeo. Opera in concert. Charles Daniels, tenor (Orfeo); La Rose des Vents. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337. -. Also May 25(8pm); 27(3:30pm). ●●8:00: Toronto Northern Lights Chorus/ Retrocity/Cadence. O Canada Twentysomething. Jane Mallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366- 1656. -. ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Tovey: Ancestral Voices; Brahms: Violin Concerto; Elgar: Variations on an Original Theme “Enigma”. Marion Newman, mezzo; James Ehnes, violin; Bramwell Tovey, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. .75–8.00. ●●9:00: Alliance Française de Toronto. Griot Traditions of Mali. Tapa Diarra. 24 Spadina Rd. 416-922-2014 x37. ; (sr/st/member). CCOC; chamber orchestra of Chinese and Western instruments; Xi Yi, dance; Nina Lee Aquino, stage director; Teri Dunn, conductor. Lyric Theatre, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. 1-855-985-2787. ; (sr); (st). Also May 26; school shows: May 25, 10am and 1pm. ●●2:00: Canzona Chamber Players. In Concert. Anais Abreu, singer; Yunior Lopez, viola; Annex Quartet. St. Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church, Cibola Ave., Toronto Island. 416- 822-0613. ; (brunch & concert). Also May 28(7:30pm, St. George the Martyr Anglican Church). ●●3:00: Durham Chamber Orchestra. A Salute To Our Youth. Sarasate: Zigeunerweisen; Rossini: William Tell Overture; Zimmer/Badelt: Pirates of the Caribbean; Dvorak: Symphony No.9 (mvt.4); Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.5 “Emperor” (mvt.1); Morricone: Gabriel’s Oboe. Andrew Sords, violin; Melody Fung, piano; Melissa Warner, oboe; Auriele Diotte, Metis dancer. Forest Brook Community Church, 60 Kearney Dr., Ajax. 905-852- 1141. ; free(under 12). ●●3:00: Islington United Church. Music at Islington: Pentecost Hymn Festival. Seasonal hymns and songs. 25 Burnhamthorpe Rd. 416-239-1131. Free with Food Bank donation. ●●3:00: Weston Silver Band. Kingdom of Dragons. A celebration of the music of Wales. Traditional Welsh music including Hyfrydol, Twm Sion Cati , Sosban Fach, Cwm Rhondda, and All Through the Night. Special guests: Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir. Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. W. 1-866-908-9090. /(adv); /(sr/adv); /(st/ adv). ●●3:00: Royal Conservatory. 21C Music Festival: Katia and Marielle Labèque. Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (original version for 2 pianos); Dessner: El Chan; Glass: Four Movements for 2 pianos. Katia and Marielle Labèque, piano duo. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. -. ●●3:30: North Toronto Community Band. Spring Rhythms. Marches, show tunes, big band and more. Danny Wilks, conductor; Sharon Smith, vocalist; Natalie Nazar, clarinet and tenor sax. Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, YU, 4700 Keele St. 416-736-5888. ; (children 12 and under). Silent auction. ●●3:30: Toronto Consort. Monteverdi’s Orfeo. Opera in concert. Charles Daniels, tenor (Orfeo); La Rose des Vents. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337. -. Also May 25 & 26(both 8pm). Sunday May 27 ●●12:00 noon: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. Free Concerts. A variety of a cappella groups performing a range of musical genres. Distillery Historic District, 55 Mill St. 416-364-1177. Free. Also May 26. ●●1:30: Mingjia Chen, Vocals/James Fernando, Piano. In Concert. Seicho-No-Ie Toronto, 662 Victoria Park Ave. 416-690- 8686. ; (st); free(under 12). Please bring a non-perishable item for the Daily Bread Food Bank. ●●2:00: Canadian Children’s Opera Company. The Monkiest King (World Premiere). Ping Yee Ho/Chan. Children and Youth of the ● ● 3:30: Wychwood Clarinet Choir. Sounds of Spring. Canteloube (arr. Moore/Greaves): Songs of the Auvergne (selections); Puccini (arr. Greaves): O mio Babbino Caro; Quando me’n vo; Macdonald: Haida Nation Suite (premiere); Mozart (arr. Greaves): Serenade in E-flat; and other works. Christina Haldane, soprano; Michele Jacot, artistic director. thewholenote.com May 1 – June 7, 2018 | 53

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