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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.

Church of St. Michael

Church of St. Michael and All Angels, 611 St. Clair Ave. W. 647-668-8943. ; (sr); (st/child). ●●4:00: Luke Welch. Piano Recital. Beethoven: Rondos Op.51; Sonata Op.26; Chopin: Scherzo No.1 and No.3. Luke Welch, piano. St. Barnabas Anglican Church, 361 Danforth Ave. 416-463-1344. ; (sr/st). ●●4:00: TO.U Collective/Music. Potpourri. Hindemith Trio for Viola, Saxophone and Piano; Kancheli: Caris Mere for Viola and Soprano; Fuhong Shi: Solo for Guitar; Hosokawa: Three Songs for Guitar and Soprano. Xin Wang, soprano; Ethan Filner, viola; Wallace Halladay, saxophone; Steph Chua, piano; Rob MacDonald, guitar. Rosedale Presbyterian Church, 129 Mt. Pleasant Rd. 416-921-1931. ; (st). Reception to follow. ●●4:00: University Settlement Music & Arts School. Chamber Program Concert. TBC. St. George the Martyr Church, 197 John St. 416- 598-3444 x243. Free with donation. ●●4:30: Christ Church Deer Park. Jazz Vespers. Colleen Allen Trio. 1570 Yonge St. 416- 920-5211. Freewill offering. Religious service. ●●5:00: Nocturnes in the City. Emil Viklicky Jazz Trio. Restaurant Praha, Masaryktown, 450 Scarborough Golf Club Rd. 416-481-7294. ; (st). May 27@6 RCM Mazzoleni Hall VIVIER ■ HARMAN ■ REYNOLDS www.NewMusicConcerts.com ●●6:00: New Music Concerts/21C New Music Festival. Zipangu! Reynolds: Not Forgotten; New work for flute and string quartet; Vivier: Zipangu for string orchestra; Harman: to dash against darkness. Accordes Quartet; Iris Ensemble; New Music Concerts String Ensemble; Robert Aitken, flute and direction. Mazzoleni Concert Hall, Royal Conservatory, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. . 5:15pm: pre-concert talk. ●●6:00: VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto. Ensemble ... Together. Gala Dinner & Concert fundraising event. Emma Hannan, soprano; Laura McAlpine, mezzo; Cory Knight, tenor; ensembles and soloists from the VIVA! choirs. Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm St. 416- 788-8482. 5. ●●7:00: Estonian Music Week. Kadri Voorand Quartet; Elizabeth Shepherd; and Kaili Kinnon. Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W. 416-533-5483 or hughsroomlive.com. . ●●7:00: Jewish Music Week in Toronto. A. Concerts in the GTA Opening Night featuring Blue Desert. Middle Eastern music. Yossi Fine; Ben Aylon. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. 416-638-4492. /(adv). ●●7:00: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. A Woman’s Work. Girl Pow-R; Penthelia Singers; Blisk; Jordana Talsky; The Willows; Suba Sankaran, host. Dancemakers Studio, Distillery Historic District, 9 Trinity St. 416- 367-1800. . ●●7:30: Resa’s Pieces Concert Band. Concert Band Gala. Featuring rock and roll, classical music, jazz standards and marches. Audience encouraged to clap, cheer and sing along. Resa Kochberg, conductor. Flato Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Blvd., Markham. 416-730-9721. . ●●7:30: Victoria Scholars. Scholars’ Choice. An international program of music for men’s voices chosen from the Victoria Scholars’ favourites performed over the last 25 years. Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3055 Bloor St. W., Etobicoke. 416-761-7776. /(adv); (sr/st)/(adv). ●●7:30: York Symphony Orchestra. Showtime at the Movies. Music from Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, Harry Potter, Dances with Wolves and James Bond. Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St., Richmond Hill. 905-787-8811. ; (sr); (st). Also May 25 (8pm, Aurora). ●●8:00: Boom Jazz Quartet. Sunday Night Jazz. Works by Davis, Parker and Monk, and other classic jazz of the 50s and 60s. Jeff Skrypek, guitar; Dale Scaife, piano; Vinnie Venkov, bass; John Collin, drums. No One Writes to the Colonel, 460 College St. 647- 295-1235. . Monday May 28 ●●12:15: Music Mondays. Double-Double Duo. Baroque, classical, and worldly folk music. Michael Bridge, accordions; Kornel Wolak, clarinet. Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Sq. 416-598-4521 x223. PWYC ( to suggested). Tax receipts and up. ●●7:30: Associates of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The Small Concerts: Brahms - 20/40. Brahms: Piano Trio No.1 in B Op.8; Piano Quartet No.3 in c Op.60. Shane Kim, violin; Theresa Rudolph, viola; Joseph Johnson, cello; Philip Chiu, piano. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-419-7507. ; (sr/st). ●●7:30: Canzona Chamber Players. In Concert. Anais Abreu, singer; Yunior Lopez, viola; Annex Quartet. St. George the Martyr Church, 197 John St. 416-822-0613. . Also May 27(2pm, St. Andrew by-the-Lake Anglican Church). THE ASSOCIATES OF THE TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Monday, May 28, 2018, 7:30 p.m. BRAHMS: 20/40 Johannes Brahms Piano Trio No. 1 in B major Op. 8 Johannes Brahms Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor Op. 60 Tickets , Seniors & Students Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre 427 Bloor St. W. Box Office: 416-419-7507 www.associates-tso.org KRISTJAN RANDALU TRIO + Genevieve Marentette Monday, May 28 Mazzoleni Hall estonianmusicweek.com ●●7:30: Estonian Music Week/Royal Conservatory. Kristjan Randalu Trio. With Genevieve (Gigi) Marentette, singer; and Eric St. Laurent, guitar. Mazzoleni Concert Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. estonianmusicweek. ca or 416-408-2824. . ●●7:30: Jewish Music Week in Toronto. A Yiddish Lied’l: The Music of “Yiddish Broadway”. Binyumen Schaechter; Aviva Chernick; Mitch Smolkin; Hazzan Tibor Kovari; the Beth Tikvah Synagogue Choir accompanied by the BT Klezmorim; Alexander Veprinskiy, conductor. Beth Tikvah Synagogue, 3080 Bayview Ave. 416-221-3433. /(adv). Tuesday May 29 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Chamber Music Series: 2018 Festival Preview. Featuring leading artists and music from the Toronto Summer Music Festival; Jonathan Crow, artistic director. 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: Jewish Music Week in Toronto. Best of The Barry Sisters. Ault Sisters. Al Green Theatre, 750 Spadina Ave. 416- 638-4492. . ●●12:10: Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation/ Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Lunchtime Chamber Music: Sophia Szokolay, violin. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. 416-241-1298. Free; donations welcomed. ●●2:00: Jewish Music Week in Toronto. The Musical World of the Mendelsons. Cantorial, Yiddish, Israeli and opera works. Jack and Fredda Mendelson, cantors. Yamaha Recital Space, Atelier Rosemarie Umetsu, 310 Davenport Rd. 416-638-4492. Free. ESTONIAN VOICES + QUARTETTO GELATO Tuesday, May 29 Lula Lounge estonianmusicweek.com ●●7:30: Estonian Music Week. Closing Concert. Estonian Voices; Quartetto Gelato. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. 416-588-0307 or lula.ca. . Limited dinner reservations available. ●●7:30: Jewish Music Week in Toronto. Crossroads: Tradition Re-envisioned Featuring the Best in Jewish a cappella. The Ruach Singers; 613. Guests: Amanda Levine; Eric Moses, cantor; Gideon Zelermeyer, cantor. Beth Shalom Synagogue, 1445 Eglinton Ave. W. 416-783-6103. -. ●●7:30: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. Crossroads: Tradition Re-envisioned - The Best in Jewish A Cappella. The Ruach Singers; Six13; Amanda Levine, vocalist. Beth Shalom Synagogue, 1445 Eglinton Ave. W. 416- 783-6103. -. ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Love, Lust, and Rock & Roll. Porter: I’ve Got You Under My Skin; Elton John/Bernie Taupin: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road; Freddie Mercury: Somebody to Love; and other works. Storm Large, vocals; Le Bonheur, band; Steven Reineke, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. .75–7.00. 54 | May 1 – June 7, 2018 thewholenote.com

Also May 30(mat & eve), 31(eve). Wednesday May 30 ●●12:00 noon: Jewish Music Week in Toronto. Touch of Klez. Traditional European and American Klezmer music from early to mid-20th century. Charlotte Price, violin; Rick Black, soprano, sax and clarinet; Jordan Abraham, accordion and piano; Greg Street, double bass. Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Atrium, 610 University Ave. 416- 638-4492. Free. ●●12:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Noonday Organ Recital. Imre Olah, organ. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free. ●●2:00: Jewish Music Week in Toronto. Payadora Tango Ensemble. Traditional modern tango, Yiddish tango and Argentinian folk music. Rebekah Wolkstein, violin; Drew Jurecka, bandoneon; Robert Horvath, piano; Atilla Darvas, bass. Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-638-4492. Free. ●●2:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Love, Lust, and Rock & Roll. Porter: I’ve Got You Under My Skin; Elton John/Bernie Taupin: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road; Freddie Mercury: Somebody to Love; and other works. Storm Large, vocals; Le Bonheur, band; Steven Reineke, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. .75–7.00. Also 8:00; May 29(eve), 31(eve). DMITRI LEVKOVICH & AGNE RADZEVICIUTE Piano Recital Solo and 4 Hands May 30, 7pm ●●7:00: Dmitri Levkovitch and Agne Radzeviciute. Piano Recital: Solo and Four Hands. Works by Chopin, Ravel, Schubert, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. ticketscene.ca. ; (st). ●●7:00: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. Art Battle @ SING! Pairing live competitive painting by 12 professional artists with performances by Countermeasure, Beatsync and SoundCrowd. Opera House, 735 Queen St. E. 416-466-0313. . ●●7:30: Jewish Music Week in Toronto. Musicians of Tomorrow. Works by Mendelssohn and Wienawski; Ladino folk songs; Klezmer music; and other works. Manya Suissa, piano; Ronnie Arbitman, violin; Lavi Zarfati, clarinet. Holy Blossom Temple, 1950 Bathurst St. 416- 789-3291 x224. ; (under 19). ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Love, Lust, and Rock & Roll. Porter: I’ve Got You Under My Skin; Elton John/Bernie Taupin: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road; Freddie Mercury: Somebody to Love; and other works. Storm Large, vocals; Le Bonheur, band; Steven Reineke, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. .75–7.00. Also 2pm; May 29(eve), 31(eve). ●●8:00: Westwood Concerts. The Winds of Spring. Mozart: Quintet for piano and winds K452: Nielsen: Wind Quintet, Mascall: Dreadlocks; Dreidel; and other works. Kenneth Hall, flute; Heather MacDonald, oboe; Michael Westwood, clarinet; Kevin Harris, bassoon; Iris Krizmanic, french horn; Megumi Okamoto, piano. Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-822-9781. ; (sr/st). Thursday May 31 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. World Music Series: Artistry of the East. Contemporary and historic works covering all parts of the Arab world. Canadian Arabic Orchestra. 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: Jewish Music Week in Toronto. Soon We Will Become the Song (Od M’At Na’afoch L’Shir). New songs written by Israeli singers and songwriters, inspired by texts of fallen Israeli soldiers and citizens. UJA ShinShinim. Bernard Betel Centre, 1003 Steeles Ave W. 416-638-4492. Free with ticket (www.jewishmusicweek.com). ●●2:00: Jewish Music Week in Toronto. Songs of The Pianist. Works by Wladyslaw Szpilman. Wendy Lands, piano. Bernard Betel Centre, 1003 Steeles Ave W. 416-638-4492. Free with ticket (www.jewishmusicweek.com). ●●6:00: Trent Severn. In Concert. Folk trio that sings contemporary songs about Canada’s people and places. Lindsay Schindler, fiddle; Dayna Manning: guitar/banjo; Emm Gryner, bass. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 416-960-1568. . ●●7:30: Jewish Music Week in Toronto. Six Decades of Popular Hits. Music of the Beach Boys, Neil Sedaka, Michael Jackson, the British Invasion, Bruno Mars and others. Simon Spiro; Jackie Richardson; Thom Allison; Lorraine Lawson. Lyric Theatre, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. 416-638-4492. -0. ●●8:00: Lula Music and Arts Centre/ CIUT/Exclaim! Lulaworld 2018: Opening Night. Paloma Castro + Leang Manjarrés with Ruben Esguerra & New Tradition + TDot Batu & Olodum’s Mestre Memeu. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. 416-588-0307. /(adv). ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Love, Lust, and Rock & Roll. Porter: I’ve Got You Under My Skin; Taupin: Goodbye Yellow Brick Road; Mercury: Somebody to Love; and other works. Storm Large, vocals; Steven Reineke, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. .75–7.00. Also May 29(eve), 30(mat & eve). Friday June 1 ●●12:00 noon: Jewish Music Week in Toronto/Zoomer Media/Canada-Israel Culture Foundation. Classical Jazzed-Up! Live from Zoomer Hall: Berkovsky-Mirzoev-Sarid Trio. Works by Israeli composers. Lyric Theatre, Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. 416-638-4492. Free with ticket (www. jewishmusicweek.com). On-air live radio performance for The New Classical 96.3 FM. ●●2:00: Jewish Music Week in Toronto. Sicilian Jewish Jazz Project. Works highlighting the 15th century contribution of Jews to Sicilian culture and music prior to 1492. Michael Occhipinti. Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, 194 Queen St. W. 416-638-4492. Free. Refreshments available for purchase. ●●7:30: Gallery 345. A la vie, à l’amor. An evening of French and Spanish sounds, celebrating life and love. Works by Bizet, Délibes, Granados and others. Melanie Taverna, soprano; Alvaro Vasquez Robles, tenor; Angela Maria Sanchez, soprano; Jennifer Tung, piano. 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-822-9781. By donation. ●●7:30: Italian Canadian Heritage Foundation. Omaggio a Puccini. Puccini: selection of arias from his operas. Jonelle Sills, soprano; Christopher Dall, tenor; Coro San Marco; Rolando Nicolosi, conductor. St. Peter’s Church (Woodbridge), 100 Bainbridge Ave, Woodbridge. 905-850-2269. or PWYC. ●●8:00: Lawrence Park Community Church. Fridays @ 8. Rutter: Gloria; hymn arrangements. North York Temple Band (Glenn Barlow, conductor); Choir of Lawrence Park Community Church (Mark Toews, conductor). 2180 Bayview Ave. 416-489-1551 x28. . ●●8:00: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. SING! Celebrates Gospel. Resound; University of Toronto Gospel Choir; The Chitans. Little Trinity Church, 425 King St. E. 416-783- 6103. Free. ●●10:30: Lula Music and Arts Centre. Lulaworld 2018. Rojitas and Yani Borrell. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. 416-588-0307. ; (dinner). 9pm: Dance lesson by Afrolatino Dance Company. Saturday June 2 ●●9:45am: SING! The Toronto Vocal Arts Festival. The Ruach Singers at Shabbat Beth Sholom. Beth Sholom Synagogue, 1445 Eglinton Ave. W. 416-783-6103. Free. Saturday morning religious service. ●●2:00: Festival Wind Orchestra. Bernstein’s Birthday Bash! Bernstein: Slava!; Candide Suite; A Simple Song (from Mass); Gilliland: Fantasia on Themes from West Side Story; Bass: Casey At The Bat (featuring Dan Riskin, narrator). Keith Reid, conductor. North Toronto Collegiate Institute, 17 Broadway Ave. n/a. ; (sr/st); free(under 13). ●●2:00: Oliver Peart. Piano Recital. Oliver Peart, piano. St. Barnabas Anglican Church, 361 Danforth Ave. 416-463-1344. ; (sr/ st). ●●6:30: VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto. Ambe...Welcome! Featuring VIVA!’s six choirs for singers from the age of 4 to adults. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-788- 8482. ​5; $​20​(sr/st). ●●7:30: Etobicoke Centennial Choir. Oh Canada! Celebrating diverse repertoire by Canadian composers and arrangers. Glick: Sing unto the Lord a New Song; Hatfield: Selected songs; Halley: Selected songs; Chatman: Songs of a Prospector. Angela Schwarzkopf, harp; Carl Steinhauser, piano; Stephen Hatfield - selected songsHenry Renglich, conductor. Humber Valley United Church, 76 Anglesey Blvd., Etobicoke. 416-779-2258. . Jubilate singers CHORAL Bridges Mendelssohn, Gerald Finzi, Paul Simon & others ... Saturday June 2, 7:30 pm St. Simon-the-Apostle Church jubilatesingers.ca thewholenote.com May 1 – June 7, 2018 | 55

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