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Volume 24 Issue 5 - February 2019

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In this issue: A prize that brings lustre to its laureates (and a laureate who brings lustre to the prize); Edwin Huizinga on the journey of Opera Atelier's "The Angel Speaks" from Versailles to the ROM; Danny Driver on playing piano in the moment; Remembering Neil Crory (a different kind of genius)' Year of the Boar, Indigeneity and Opera; all this and more in Volume 24 #5. Online in flip through, HERE and on the stands commencing Thursday Jan 31.

Beat by Beat | Classical

Beat by Beat | Classical & Beyond February Heats Up (Musically Anyway) PAUL ENNIS MUSACCHIO & IANNIELLO ACCADEMIA NAZIONALE DI SANTA CECILIA Escape the February doldrums and get a taste of spring! The National Arts Centre Orchestra is planting musical seeds with its February 23 concert at Roy Thomson Hall by making Schumann’s Symphony No.1 “Spring” the program’s centrepiece. Two years after he composed it, Schumann sent a letter to the conductor Wilhelm Taubert, in Berlin: “If only you could breathe into your orchestra, when it plays, that longing for spring! It was my main source of inspiration when I wrote the work in February 1841. I should like the very first trumpet call to sound as though proceeding from on high and like a summons to awaken. In the following section of the introduction, let me say, it might be possible to feel the world turning green; perhaps . . . a butterfly fluttering; and in the Allegro the gradual assemblage of everything that belongs to spring. However, it was only after I had completed the composition that these ideas came to my mind.” Before intermission, Jocelyn Morlock’s Cobalt, a concerto for two violins and orchestra, sets the table for French pianist David Fray who joins conductor Alexander Shelley and the NACO for Chopin’s Piano Concerto No.2 with its lyrical Larghetto. Chopin was 19 when he wrote this elegant work. February is a busy month for the TSO. Brahms’ final work for orchestra (1887), his Double Concerto for Violin and Cello showcases the considerable talents of concertmaster Jonathan Crow and principal cellist Joseph Johnson on February 6, 7 and 9. Conductor Sir Andrew Davis has recorded all nine of Dvořák’s symphonies so we can look forward to an insightful performance of the Czech master’s Sixth Symphony (1880). It may not have the cachet of the Eighth or Ninth, but Dvořák’s inimitable tunefulness is delightful in its own right. And its Brahmsian nature makes a good pairing with the concerto. The force of nature that is Barbara Hannigan brings her immersive soprano voice and burgeoning conducting chops to a program that places Haydn’s Symphony No.86 squarely in the middle of a 20th-century mindset (Debussy’s sinewy Syrinx for solo flute and Sibelius’ ominous and icy tone poem for soprano and orchestra, Luonnotar, open the program). From Haydn to Berg brings Hannigan into her comfort zone with the Suite from Lulu. Bill Elliot and Hannigan’s arrangement of Gershwin tunes, Suite from Girl Crazy, brings the February 13 and 14 evening’s entertainment to a rousing finish. The orchestra even joins in to sing the chorus of Embraceable You. When Casablanca was released in 1942 it marked the beginning a Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca. beautiful friendship between moviegoers and this Hollywood classic. Currently No.2 on the American Film Institute’s Greatest Films List, this romantic tale of a cynical American expat/nightclub owner whose idealism triumphs over his broken heart has never lost its lustre – Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman head the indelible cast. Max Steiner’s score subtly supports the movie’s mood without intruding on the action or the dialogue; but when called upon, as in the Paris flashback, its lush nostalgia rises to the occasion. The Austrian-born composer (his godfather was Richard Strauss) scored more than 300 films, from King Kong and Gone with the Wind to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Strategically programmed post-Valentine’s Day on February 15 and 16, the TSO’s live accompaniment to the film will make for a memorable cinematic experience. February 20 and 21, Seattle Symphony principal guest conductor and music director-designate, Thomas Dausgaard, leads the TSO in Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, one of the touchstones of the 20th century. Before intermission, American cellist Alisa Weilerstein brings her intensity and sensitivity to Shostakovich’s profound Cello Concerto No.2. Reminders Now to several February concerts that I wrote about more extensively in our December/January issue. The renowned klezmer violinist/vocalist/composer, Alicia Svigals, performs her original score to the 1918 silent film, The Yellow Ticket, along with virtuoso pianist Marilyn Lerner, at FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre in St. Catharines on February 7, the Burlington Centre for the Performing Arts on February 8 and the Oakville Centre for the Arts on February 16. The Heath Quartet returns to Mooredale Concerts on February 3 following their memorable Toronto debut two years ago. Their program includes Mozart’s Dissonance Quartet (one of his most famous string quartets), Britten’s First String Quartet and Beethoven’s iconic String Quartet No.3, Op.59 No.3 “Razumovsky.” Celebrated Finnish pianist, 37-year-old Juho Pohjonen – praised by The New York Times for “his effortless brilliance” – appears on the Jane Mallett stage February 5 playing Rameau, Mozart and Beethoven. Even more celebrated are the musicians in Music Toronto’s February 14 recital. After an early Beethoven quartet and a newly commissioned work by Lembit Beecher, the latest incarnation of the legendary Juilliard String Quartet is joined by the illustrious pianist, Marc-André Hamelin, for a performance of Dvořák’s sublime Piano Quintet in A Major, Op.81, one of the greatest piano quintets ever written. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Hamelin play chamber music! The Royal Conservatory presents rising star, violinist Blake Pouliot, in a free (ticket required) concert in Mazzoleni Hall, February 3. The appealing program includes music by Mozart, Janáček, Kreisler and Saraste. Later in the afternoon of February 3, but in Koerner Hall, RCM presents Charles Richard-Hamelin in a recital of Schumann and 18 | December 2018 / January 2019

KOERNER HALL 10 th ANNIVERSARY 2018.19 Concert Season Johannes Debus conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra FRI., FEB. 8, 8PM / PRELUDE RECITAL 6:45PM PRE-CONCERT TALK 7:15PM KOERNER HALL Tickets start at only Canadian Opera Company Music Director, Johannes Debus, conducts The Glenn Gould School’s Royal Conservatory Orchestra for this special performance, which includes Mozart’s Overture to The Magic Flute, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E Minor, and Emily Phernambucq (flute) in Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major, K. 313. Part of the Temerty Orchestral Program Seiler & Chung SUN., FEB. 24, 2PM MAZZOLENI CONCERT HALL Tickets: BBC Music Magazine states, violinist “ Mayumi Seiler brings an exceptional blend of precision with tonal generosity, finesse with enthusiasm.” She performs with pianist Jeanie Chung. Taylor Academy Showcase Concert SAT., FEB. 9, 4:30PM / SAT., MAR. 9, 4:30PM MAZZOLENI CONCERT HALL Free tickets for Feb 9 concert will be available starting Fri. Feb. 1, 2019 The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists presents concerts by leading young classical musicians in Canada. Hear the stars of tomorrow! Noa and Mira Awad SAT., MAR. 2, 8PM KOERNER HALL Tickets start at only Partners in creating the song “There Must be Another Way” for 2009’s historic Eurovision Song Contest, these two astonishing singers from the Middle East share the stage and “show a situation that we believe is possible if we just make the necessary effort.” Generously supported by the Sir Jack Lyons Charitable Trust Farruquito THURS., MAR. 7 & FRI., MAR. 8, 8PM KOERNER HALL Tickets start at only Flamenco dancer Farruquito, “heir to one of the most renowned flamenco dynasties in Spain” (The New York Times), is joined on stage by some of the finest flamenco singers and guitarists on the scene. The Magic Flute THE GLENN GOULD SCHOOL OPERA 2019 WED., MAR. 20 & FRI., MAR. 22, 7:30PM KOERNER HALL Tickets start at only The gifted vocal students from The Glenn Gould School and The Royal Conservatory Orchestra present The Magic Flute, Mozart’s masterful comedy about love, truth, and the pursuit of enlightenment, conducted by Nathan Brock and directed by Joel Ivany. Part of the Price Opera Program TICKETS & SUBSCRIPTIONS ON SALE NOW! 416.408.0208 RCMUSIC.COM/PERFORMANCE 273 BLOOR STREET WEST 237 (BLOOR ST. STREET & AVENUE WEST RD.) (BLOOR TORONTO ST. & AVENUE RD.) TORONTO ´ ´ ´ ´

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