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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.

Apr 14 at P.C. Ho

Apr 14 at P.C. Ho Theatre, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E. For details, visit or call 416-292-9293 x229. ●●International Music Festival and Competition. Piano, voice, guitar, harp, strings, woodwinds, brass, conducting, and composition. Competition dates: May 23-June 2, at Cornell Recital Hall 3201 Bur Oak Ave., Markham. Application deadline: April 12. For details, visit or contact 905-604-8854 or ●●Yip’s Music Festival Competition. Piano, violin, musical theatre, and chamber music. Competition dates: Apr 13-14, 27-28, May 4-5. Application deadline: Feb 19. For details, visit or call 905-948-9477 x2211. Film Screenings ●●Feb 07 7:30: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre. Alicia Svigals: The Yellow Ticket. Live score for a screening of the 1918 silent film The Yellow Ticket featuring Pola Negri. Alicia Svigals, composer/violin; Marilyn Lerner, piano. 250 St. Paul St., St. Catharines. 905- 688-0722. ; (member); (st). ●●Feb 11 6:30: Toronto International Film Festival. Divine: A Jessye Norman Tribute. The Tales of Hoffman (1951), directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W. 1-888-599- 8433. ; .50(sr/st); (child/youth). ●●Feb 12 8:30: Toronto International Film Festival. Divine: A Jessye Norman Tribute. Jessye Norman Sings Carmen (1989), director Albert Maysles’ behind-the-scenes documentary of Norman’s recording of Bizet’s opera with conductor Seiji Ozawa; followed by Oedipus Rex (1993), director Julie Taymor’s theatrical adaptation of Stravinsky’s operaoratorio featuring Jessye Norman as Jocasta. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W. 1-888-599- 8433. ; .50(sr/st); (child/youth). ●●Feb 13 6:30: Toronto International Film Festival. Divine: A Jessye Norman Tribute. Diva (1981), an exhilarating fusion of high culture and pulp thriller directed by Jean-Jacques Beineixta. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W. 1-888-599-8433. ; .50(sr/st); (child/youth). ●●Feb 26 6:30: Royal Conservatory of Music. E. The ETCeteras Good Thoughts, Good Words, Good Deeds: The Conductor Zubin Mehta. Germany, 2016, 98 min. Filled with stirring performances and interviews with friends, family, and colleagues, this is a dazzling tribute to the international career of musical maestro Zubin Mehta. On his 80th birthday, join his son Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of Performing Arts at The Royal Conservatory, for a magnificent tribute to one of the world’s greatest living conductors. Q&A hosted by well-known critic and teacher William Littler with Mervon Mehta. Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor St. W. Tickets at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema box office or at each (Members: //Free). Galas and Fundraisers ●●Feb 02 2:00: Amadeus Choir. Songs From a Celtic Heart Annual Fundraising Event. Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Dr. For tickets: 416-446-0188. , , , off on tickets purchased before Jan 15. Also at 7pm. ●●Feb 16 4:00: Toronto Operetta Theatre. Doyle à la Carte Part II. Music from Gilbert & Sullivan operas. Henry Ingram, MC. Edward Jackman Centre, 947 Queen St. E., 2nd Floor. 416-366-7723. . Cabaret-style fundraising concert. ●●Feb 17 7:00: Gallery 345/New Music Concerts. New Music Concerts Special Non-subscription Event: An Evening with Moritz Ernst. Stockhausen: Klavierstück X; and works by Mike Egerton, Arthur Lourié, Miklos Maros, and Sandeep Bhagwati. Moritz Ernst, piano. Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-961-9594. 0/2 for 0. Reservations required. Includes door prizes and refreshments. Proceeds to benefit New Music Concerts; charitable receipts for CRA allowable portion. ●●Mar 01 7:30: Melos. Venetian Carnevale Fundraiser. Join Melos in Baroque Venice for a raucous evening of music, drama, food, drink and all-round revelry while helping to support Melos’ ongoing educational outreach and excellent period performances! Silent auction featuring art and music lessons, gift packages, weekend getaways in Prince Edward County, and more! Italo-Canadian Club, 1174 Italia Lane, previous experience with opera is necessary. Participants are selected based on the interest and relevance demonstrated in their online applications. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.). Participate in the lab and you will receive two free tickets to the dress rehearsal of Così fan tutte on Sunday, Feb 3. To apply, complete the application available at or e-mail for more information. ●●Feb 12 6:30: Toronto International Film Festival. In Conversation with…Jessye Norman. This in-depth conversation between Jessye Norman and Canadian Opera Company general director Alexander Neef will focus on Ms. Norman’s tremendous career in opera, her own experience in film, and the ability of gifted filmmakers to translate the operatic art form into the medium of cinema. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W. 1-888-599- 8433. .75; .25(sr/st). ●●Feb 12 7:30: Toronto Duke Ellington Society. General Meeting. Jack Chambers will make a presentation titled “The Human Voice Is Not Disdained”. An evening of vocals and special songs taken from Ellington’s vast works. Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke. For further information, visit or call 416- 239-2683. Membership is (single) or (couple). First visit is free. ●●Feb 14 7:00: Canadian Opera Company. Opera Insights: Fashion and Fantasy - Costumes and Wigs. Costume Supervisor Sandra Corazza and Wig and Make-Up Supervisor Sharon Ryman share how they balance unbridled imagination with stage and historic requirements to bring the director’s vision to life. Education Centre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.). Reserve free tickets in advance by visiting or calling the COC Box Office at 416-363-8231. ●●Feb 16 11am-5pm: Toronto Reference Library. Black Opera: Uncovering Music History. Presented in partnership with the Glenn Gould Foundation, this symposium traces the heroic struggles of pioneering artists of African origin to enter the operatic world, their fight for acceptance and recognition, their triumphs and accomplishments. This event is part of a week of celebrations in Toronto for Jessye Norman, winner of the Twelfth Glenn Gould Prize. 11am-11:30am: Opening concert with soprano Nadine Anyan, soprano; Tristan Scott, tenor; Korin Thomas-Smith, baritone; and Angela Park, piano. 11:30-12:30: Black Voices in the Opera. A conversation between Dr. Naomi André (University of Michigan) and Dr. Gregory Hopkins (Artistic Director of the Harlem Opera Theatre), moderated by Dr. Melanie Zeck (Centre for Black Musical Research, Columbia College) Inspired by Dr. André’s book Black Opera, this conversation on the history of black opera will explore how artists and composers have used opera to reclaim black people’s place in history. 1:00-2:00: Three Scenes from Black Opera That Changed the History of Music. Gregory Hopkins will present a selection of key performances from the history of Black Opera. 2:30-3:30: Not Your music: A Conversation on Cultural Appropriation. Robert Harris and Naomi André discuss cultural appropriation in the opera and the performing arts, and explore recent examples. 3:45-4:00: Second concert. Presented by the Glenn Gould Foundation. 4:00-4:45: 12th Glenn Gould Prize Laureate: Jessye Norman. A Conversation with Jessye Norman About Her Life in Opera. All events are at the Toronto Reference Library, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon, 789 Yonge St. 416-393-7175. This day of events is free, but you must register to attend. Please call 416-393-7175 for further information. ●●Feb 24 2:00: Classical Music Club Toronto. Masaaki Suzuki’s Bach. A major recording project of the 21st century was completed in 2014: a 55-volume set of the complete church cantatas of Bach by the Bach Collegium Japan led by its founder and conductor Masaaki Suzuki. We will experience a selection of audio and video performances from his vast recorded legacy. For further information, visit classicalmusicclubtoronto. org or contact John Sharpe at 416-898-2549 or Annual membership: (regular); (sr/st). Free for Piano, Voice, Guitar, Harp Strings, Woodwinds, Brass Conducting, Composition Awards, Prizes and Scolarships Recitals, Concerts, Workshops Career advancement Marketing and promotions JURORS Christina Petrowska-Quilico (YorkU), Dr. Lynn Kuo Gary Kulesha (UofT), Dr. Jeffrey McFadden (UofT) Leslie Newman (UofT), Dr. Michael Berkovsky (RCM) Kristian Alexander, Andrew Ascenzo, Andrea Ludwig Dr. Teresa Suen-Campbell, Michael Fedyshyn | 905.604.8854 | Don’t miss the opportunity! 60 | February 1 – March 7, 2019

first-time visitors. Donations accepted for refreshments. ●●Mar 01 7:00: Yorkminster Park Speakers Series. Rites of Passion: The St. Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach. A lecture by musicologist Rick Phillips. Yorkminster Park Church, 1585 Yonge St. Admission is or PWYC. Visit ●●Mar 04 7:30: Confluence. Walter Unger Memorial Salon. Words and music in a warm space, featuring a short lecture by Canadian composer and historian John Beckwith on his long association and friendship with the great Hungarian-Canadian composer Istvan Anhalt (1919–2012). The Shaftesbury Atrium, 21 Shaftesbury Ave. at the door or preorder at detail/611. Masterclasses ●●Feb 01 10:00am: Royal Conservatory Violin Masterclass. Led by Jinjoo Cho. Mazzoleni Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. Free admission. All are welcome to attend. For further information visit Also at 2pm. ●●Feb 15 3:00: University of Toronto. Jessye Norman Master Class. Jessye Norman, John R. Stratton Visitor in Music, is one of the world’s most celebrated performing artists and a passionate advocate of arts education. Ms. Norman will lead a rare public 3-hour masterclass for Voice and Opera students from University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music. The masterclass is open to the public. University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. Free general admission. Readings ●●Feb 14 7:00: The Music Gallery, Public Recordings, A Different Booklist and Art Metropole. today with all its hopes and sorrows: a reading by IONE. Composer Pauline Oliveros’ long-time collaborator and spouse: author, director, and text-sound artist IONE. A Different Booklist, 770 Bathurst St. 416-538- 0889. or PWYC. No advance tickets, pay at the door only. Sing-alongs, Jams, Circles ●●Feb 02 12:30: Recollectiv. Rekindling and rediscovering joy through music for people with memory challenges. Southern Cross Room, Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave. Free with advance registration at participate. Also Feb 9, 16, 23, Mar 2. Tours ●●Feb 03 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. 90-Minute Tour of the Four Seasons Centre. Led by a trained docent. Includes information and access to the Isadore and Rosalie Sharp City Room, the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre and R. Fraser Elliott Hall, as well as backstage areas such as the wig rooms and dressing rooms, the orchestra pit, and other spaces that only a stage door pass could unlock. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416- 363-8231. (adults); (sr/st). Also Feb 10 and Mar 3. A tour is available in French on Feb 17. Workshops ●●Feb 02 9:30am: Don Wright Faculty of Music. Music Education Teacher Workshop: Eva Saether. Join us for a series of music education workshops (open to teachers) presented by the Music Education Department at the Don Wright Faculty of Music. For the complete schedule and information about other music education workshops, visit the Music Education Workshops webpage. Western University, Talbot College, Room 307, London. ●●Feb 02 10:30am: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Singsation Saturday Choral Workshop. Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Associate Conductor Ezra Burke presents Songs of Milk and Honey, a sing through of music drawn from the Hebraic tradition, including excerpts from Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Handel’s Israel in Egypt and contemporary works. Bring your voice, we provide the music. Cameron Hall, Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. 1585 Yonge St. More info at fee includes refreshments. ●●Feb 03 1:30: Toronto Early Music Players Organization. Workshop coached by viol player Elin Søderstrom. St. Leonard’s Church, Canon Dykes Memorial Room, 25 Wanless Ave. Bring your early instruments and a music stand. 416-779-5750. . ●●Feb 07 9:00: Moodset. Live Writing Project. Combining elements of both a workshop and showcase, the Live Writing Project brings the creative process to the forefront for an interactive evening. Moodset, a jazz and R&B collaborative quintet comprised of students and alumni from the University of Toronto’s jazz performance program, will create new arrangements based on suggestions provided by the audience. Moodset is Alexa Belgrave, keyboards; Jacqueline The, vocals; Madeleine Ertel, trumpet; Caleb Klager, bass; and Mackenzie Read, drums. Yauca’s Lounge, 755 Dovercourt Rd. Tickets: . For more information, visit ●●Feb 08 7:30: Toronto Recorder Players Society. Renaissance and Baroque Workshop for Recorders and Other Early APPLY TODAY! TAFELMUSIK BAROQUE SUMMER INSTITUTE JUNE 2–15, 2019 TORONTO, CANADA An intensive 14-day residency in instrumental and vocal period performance. Deadline: March 1, 2019 TAFELMUSIK BAROQUE SUMMER INSTITUTE SPONSOR YIP’S Music Festival COMPETITION ,000 in trophies and prizes! Piano Violin Musical Theatre Chamber Music 2019 Competition Dates: Apr 13/14, 27/28, May 4/5 Application Deadline: Tues, Feb 19, 2019 (905) 948-YIPS (9477) x2211 Celebrating Today’s Talent Nurturing Tomorrow’s Stars RITES OF PASSION – THE ST. MATTHEW PASSION BY J. S. BACH A LECTURE BY RICK PHILLIPS Writer and broadcaster Friday, March 1, 2019 | 7:00pm Yorkminster Park Church Admission: or ‘pay what you can’ at the door. Offering continuing education lectures by outstanding speakers on topics of general interest to the wider community CAMERON HALL Yorkminster Park Church 1585 Yonge Street (2 blocks north of St. Clair Ave.) For more information visit February 1 – March 7, 2019 | 61

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