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Volume 23 Issue 8 - May 2018

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  • Choir
  • Toronto
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  • Choral
  • Singers
  • Arts
  • Theatre
  • Concerts
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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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May’s Child Andrea Ludwig MJ BUELL Andrea Ludwig was born and raised in Regina SK. Her mother was a nurse and her father was a German Lutheran pastor. In her childhood home were three brothers and two sisters who each played an instrument and they all sang. Their mother entered them in the Kiwanis Music Festival as a small ensemble “kind of like the Von Trapps.” After high school Ludwig moved to Toronto with the intent of working for a year or two and then going to U of T for piano but entered the vocal performance program three years later. Today the JUNO-nominated mezzosoprano performs in concert with a wide range of presenters and has sung numerous roles with the Canadian Opera Company, Edmonton Opera, Philadelphia Opera, San Francisco Opera and the Festival d’Aix-en- Provence. Recently The Landlady in The Overcoat (Canadian Stage/Tapestry), she’s currently singing the same role at Vancouver Opera. Upcoming recordings include Galicians 2 with the Ukrainian Art Song Project and Ana Sokolović’s Sirens for the ATMA label (summer 2018). Do you remember that childhood photo being taken? I do! I loved to dance to records in my living room. My uncle, Gerald Langner, who used to be the head of choral music at the University of Saskatchewan, happened to be visiting that day and saw how much fun I was having. So I danced to his playing the guitar! Feeling carefree, joyful, content. Your earliest memories of hearing music? My mom told me that as a baby, I would bop my head in precise rhythm to whatever music was playing. It seems as though my childhood centred around music at home, at school and at church. I think we listened to CBC Radio a fair amount but primarily it was through records at home and of course singing in choirs at church and in high school. CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS! Ukrainian Art Song Project presents a Spring Salon Concert (May 24 at 7pm, Gallery 345): “From the Roots of Ukrainian Art Song to a Galician Experience.” Works by six composers will be sung by Andrea Ludwig, Laura McAlpine and Andrew Skitho, with Robert Kortgaard at the piano. A pair of tickets is waiting for CHRIS HOMONYLO and SG KULAK. Ukrainian Art Song Project WE ARE ALL MUSIC’S CHILDREN Taken at a dress fitting – I think it reflects the fun-loving nature in my childhood picture! First recollection of making music? Playing with my toys and making up songs as the toys went along on their toy business. I also loved sitting at the piano and dreaming about taking lessons. I made my singing debut at age two on audio cassette, singing a German Christmas carol, with my siblings humming in harmony in the background. I started piano lessons at the age of four. Experiences that helped to form your appetite for staged works? Definitely… going on tours with my high school choir, both as a singer and an accompanist. When I was in Grade 10, I played piano in the band for the school’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, and I remember how thrilling it was to be a part of that. When did you begin to think of music as a career? I was still in high school. I always wanted to be a concert pianist. I loved to sing as well but at the time, piano was my thing. I never dreamt that one day my vocation would be as a singer. At 19 I started voice lessons and a spark was started. Does teaching/mentoring fit into your current musical life? Absolutely. I really enjoy working with children’s choirs, and I am also starting to do more vocal coaching with people of all ages. Where does music fit into your life at home? My home is my workspace so making music and hearing music is ever present, both for work and pleasure. Both of my kids are involved in music. What would you say to parents hoping their young children will grow up to love and Soundstreams presents The Little Match Girl Passion (June 6 and 7, Crow’s Theatre): David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize-winning work for four voices, based on Hans Christian Andersen’s fable. The program also includes the world premiere of James Rolfe’s I Think We Are Angels for voices and accordion. Singers Vania Chan, Andrea Ludwig, Colin Ainsworth, Stephen Hegedus and accordionist Michael Bridge are led by music director John Hess, with Jennifer Tarver, stage director. JOHN BROOKER and LIDA H each win a pair of tickets. JAMIE ROBLIN NEW CONTEST Who is SUMMER’S CHILD? Heldentenor stance already in the making! Doe River BC, 1961 Born in Langley BC, his large family sang all the time for fun: he didn’t find his way to the opera until university. But how can you keep them down on the farm … after they’ve seen Valhalla! These days he’s at the opera (and backstage) every Saturday afternoon. And OH HAPPY DAY there will be two opportunities to hear him sing this summer – that’s the gospel truth. Know our Mystery Child’s name? WIN PRIZES! Send your best guess by May 25 to musicschildren@thewholenote.com Previous artist profiles and full-length interviews can be read at thewholenote.com/musicschildren make music? Nurture their love for music. Be encouraging and supportive. Know that music is a universal language, that everything we do in life is interconnected and music always ties into every facet of our lives. Whether they decide to be a performer or a music educator, know that it is a worthy vocation. Andrea Ludwig lives in Toronto’s Oakwood Village, with her 12-year-old son Lucas, who is in Grade 7 and sings with the Canadian Children’s Opera Company. Beyond music, some of her other pleasures/ pastimes include playing the piano, reading, exercising and binge-watching Netflix. Her full interview can be read at thewholenote.com/musicschildren Symphony Nova Scotia’s recording Schubert, featuring Andrea Ludwig and conducted by Bernhard Gueller, is nominated for the 2018 East Coast Music Awards’ “Best Classical Recording of the Year.” It includes Symphony No. 3 and several of his best-loved orchestrated songs. A copy each goes to JOAN SAYER and MARY LOUIS. thewholenote.com May 2018 | 65

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