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Volume 23 Issue 9 - June / July / August 2018

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PLANTING NOT PAVING! In this JUNE / JULY /AUGUST combined issue: Farewell interviews with TSO's Peter Oundjian and Stratford Summer Music's John Miller, along with "going places" chats with Luminato's Josephine Ridge, TD Jazz's Josh Grossman and Charm of Finches' Terry Lim. ) Plus a summer's worth of fruitful festival inquiry, in the city and on the road, in a feast of stories and our annual GREEN PAGES summer Directory.

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Summer’s Child Ben Heppner MJ BUELL Ben Heppner’s unmistakable voice, warm and relaxed, is instantly familiar to CBC listeners as the host of Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, and Backstage with Ben Heppner, sharing his great love for this music and a wealth of stories about the musical lives involved. Heppner first gained national attention in 1979 as winner of the CBC Talent Festival and went on to become one of the world’s most celebrated dramatic tenors, renowned for heroic performances in a wide range of the most challenging operatic and concert repertoire – Wagner in particular. A Companion of the Order of Canada, Heppner is the recipient of numerous other awards and honours as a performer and recording artist. The Ben Heppner Vocal Academy, a TDSB elementary school in Scarborough is named for him, as is the main street in Dawson Creek BC – Ben Heppner Way. Heppner announced his retirement from singing in 2014, but still performs occasionally. This summer he will headline the Lowville Festival on June 9, alongside the Lowville Festival Choir, and he has two summer festival engagements with the Toronto Mass Choir in a gospel program called “O Happy Day,” concerts which return to the music of his childhood. Heppner is the youngest of nine children born in 1956 to a Mennonite farming family in Murrayville BC (now part of the city of Langley).Today he lives in Toronto with his wife, Karen. I’ve had a very interesting career as an opera and concert singer. I’ve travelled extensively and got to sing with some of the best singers, conductors and orchestras in the world. Now I’ve gone to the dark side and CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS! TICKETS: I’m going back to my roots a bit and singing some gospel music … “O Happy Day” is a joyous celebration of traditional and contemporary gospel music featuring the Toronto Mass Choir and Ben Heppner. This concert is presented by the Elora Festival on July 14, and Toronto Summer Music on July 26. MARION ANDERSON has won a pair of tickets for July 14; KWAN-WAH INGLIS and MARY MARSHALL have each won a pair of tickets for July 26. WE ARE ALL MUSIC’S CHILDREN have a career as a broadcaster. I love riding my Honda Gold Wing motorcycle and spending time with my five grandkids. About your childhood home life? My dad (Ben) worked out in the barn and the fields and my mom (Kae) held down the fort with the kids and domestic concerns. I was what people called an “afterthought.” (after, they wished they’d thought). I’m five years younger than my next sibling. It’s complicated but, by the time I was nine or ten I had the house all to myself. My family moved to the Peace River region of BC when I was two and a half. First we lived in a remote place called Clayhurst. But after I burned down the house we relocated to the bustling hamlet of Doe River. My dad retired from farming when I was eight years old and we moved to the metropolis of Dawson Creek. (Trust me it’s not like the TV show!) I graduated from the South Peace Senior Secondary School in 1973. How did music fit into your childhood? In my childhood home you would have been given away to another family if you couldn’t sing. We sang in church, doing the dishes and even driving in the car. Music was something that was made not listened to. There was no record player at home: I heard vinyl LPs only at other people’s houses, or the library. It was at the library that I found things to satisfy my music cravings. First recollections of making music? When I was about three my family was asked to sing in church. I practised with my Mom and my brother and sisters all week long. When it was time for my family to sing – I was told to stay behind in the pew with Dad. I was bummed. But once the music started, I stood like a tin soldier on the church pew and belted out the alto part. I remember a solo with the kids’ RECORDINGS: The recording ship has sailed – but I’m happy kept busy recording my shows on CBC Music. My two favourite recordings of mine are: My Secret Heart and Mahler’s Eighth. JOAN ZAMORA and EILEEN BEST each win a copy of My Secret Heart: Songs of the Parlour, Stage and Silver Screen. (RCA Red Seal 09026635082): Heppner in 1999 singing with his heart on his musical sleeve, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jonathan Tunick, conductor. CBC TODAY, WHILE THE BLOSSOMS STILL CLING TO THE VINE… There’s no new contest for the summer, when everyone should be trying to get outside: hearing, making and sharing live music; making sunny musical memories that sustain. Here’s one of mine. I wasn’t really camp material when I was seven. But I got better at it over time and learned a lot of important things because while it wasn’t a music camp there was lots of singing. I learned a song that first summer that I still sing, that I sang to my own kids when they were babies. Here's the last verse: I can’t be contented with yesterday’s glory I can’t live on promises winter to spring Today is my moment and now is my glory I’ll laugh, and I’ll cry, and I’ll sing … So here’s the challenge: seize the days and nights; find music wherever this summer takes you; and find something you can take away, for keeps. We’ll have a new contest in September: your suggestions are welcome. choir at church: I stuffed my hands in my pockets and refused to look up. Do you remember seeing an orchestra for the first time? An opera? I remember standing in front of the TV and imitating the conductor. Remember – I grew up in Dawson Creek – so there were no shows to see. Quite frankly I detested opera. It wasn’t until I started to train at the U of T Opera School that I started to like it. Do you remember thinking you’d do something else? After the policeman/fireman stage I thought of being a minister. That’s why I went to theological school first. After a year of theology in Regina I mounted my campaign to conquer the world from the University of BC I thought I would be a high school music teacher. How did music fit into your own children’s lives? We sang a lot – like when I was growing up. I made the kids take piano lessons and we encouraged any type of music they liked. Country music is forbidden, however. … Ben Heppner’s full interview can be read at PETER LANGBALLE and LEONARD ROSMARIN each win a copy of Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in E-flat Major – Symphony of a Thousand (Decca 4786130): Heppner in 2013 with Jane Eaglen, Anne Schwanewilms, Ruth Ziesak (sopranos), Sara Fulgoni, Anna Larsson (contraltos), Peter Mattei (baritone), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (bass); Prague Philharmonic Choir, Netherlands Radio Choir, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, conducted by Riccardo Chailly. June | July | August 2018 | 71

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