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Volume 24 Issue 8 - May 2019

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What a range of stuff! A profile of Liz Upchurch, the COC ensemble studio's vocal mentor extraordinaire; a backgrounder on win-win faith/arts centre partnerships and ways of exploring the possibilities; an interview with St. Petersburg-based Eifman Ballet's Boris Eifman; Ana Sokolovic's violin concert Evta finally coming to town; a Love Letter to YouTube, and much more. Plus our 17th annual Canary Pages Choral directory if all you want to do is sing! sing! sing!

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Williams. FirstOntario Arts Centre, 1010 Main St., Milton. 905-875-5399. ; (sr/st/ child). ●●7:30: Mississauga Festival Choir. Building Bridges. Music from South Africa, South Asia, and Canada's First Nations communities. Guests: Autorickshaw. Hammerson Hall, Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga. 905-306-6000 or livingartscentre.ca. ; (sr/st); (under 12). ●●7:30: St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Islington. Saturday Night at the Movies. Thomas Gonder, organ. 3962 Bloor St. W., Etobicoke. 416-231-4014 or saintmatts.ca. . ●●7:30: Tallis Choir. Light Divine. Works by Elgar, Harris, and Whitacre; Gregorian chant and Byzantine chant. Peter Mahon, conductor. St. Patrick’s Church, 131 McCaul St. 416-286-9798 or tallischoir.com. ; (sr); (st). ●●7:30: TO Live. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in Concert. Movie screening with live symphony orchestra. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E. 1-855- 872-7669. -1. Also May 2-3. ●●8:00: Academy Concert Series. A Poe Cabaret. Alexina Louie: The Raven, for narrator, harp and string quartet; Caplet: Conte fantastique; Debussy: String Quartet. Tom Allen, narrator; Lori Gemmell, harp; Sheila Jaffé, violin; Bethany Bergman, violin; Emily Eng, viola; Kerri McGonnigle, cello. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. 416- 629-3716. ; (sr/st); (under 18). ●●8:00: Chorus York. Classics in the Spring. Vivaldi: Gloria; and works by Tallis, Boyce and Byrd. Angela Gibbon, soprano; Kira Braun, soprano; Stéphane Potvin, conductor; Richard Hansen, organ. St. Matthew’s United Church, 333 Crosby Ave., Richmond Hill. 905- 884-7922. (family); ; (sr); (st); free(under 10). Reception following concert. Also May 5 (3pm, Thornhill). ●●8:00: Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company. Impulso. El Sonido de mi Alma (Taranta); Torontontero (Tangos); Garnata (Granaina); El Camino (Alegrias); A mis padres (Rondeña); and other works. Esmeralda Enrique and José Maldonado, choreographers; Caroline Planté, Benjamin Barrile, guitars; Manuel Soto, Marcos Marin, vocalists; Derek Gray, percussion. Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000. -; -(sr/ st). Wheelchair accessible. Also May 3(8pm), 5(3pm). ●●8:00: Fonitika Vocal Ensemble. Spring Forth! Works by Palestrina, Hindemith, R. Murray Schafer, Rodgers & Hammerstein and excerpts from Star Wars. Sarah Maria Leung, soprano; Lydia Harper, alto; Arieh Sacke, tenor; Joshua McFaul, bass. Assembly Theatre, 1479 Queen St. W. 647-631-2047. - or PWYC. ●●8:00: Oakville Symphony. Musical Paris. Gershwin: An American in Paris; Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.2 in c Op.18; and arias by Puccini and Charpentier. Christopher Goodpasture, piano; Tessa Laengert, soprano. Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, 130 Navy St., Oakville. 905-815-2021. - . Also May 5(2pm). ●●8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Robi Botos and Friends. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. -. A. Concerts in the GTA ●●8:00: Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra. Classic Film Music and New Animated Shorts. Williams: Suite from Star Wars; Mancini: Theme from The Pink Panther (arr. Calvis Custer); Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé Suite Op.60; Korngold: Violin Concerto in D Op.35; and new works by Samuel Bisson, Bruno Degazio, Ronald Royer, and Sergei Kofman to accompany short films by top Sheridan College students. Aaron Schwebel, violin; Ronald Royer, conductor. Salvation Army Scarborough Citadel, 2021 Lawrence Ave. E., Scarborough. spo@spo.ca or spo.ca. ; (sr); (st/musician); (child under 10). Free parking. ●●8:00: Tempus Choral Society. A Musical Celebration. Tempus4Us Children’s Choir; Tempus Jazz Choir; Brian L. Turnbull, music director; Jane Wamsley, accompanist. Clearview Christian Reformed Church, 2300 Sheridan Garden Dr., Oakville. 647-967- 6704 or tickets@tempuschoralsociety.com. . Also May 3(8pm). ●●8:00: Toronto Consort. Night Games. An irreverent evening of madrigal comedy. Works by Vecchi and Banchieri. Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière, director/actor/dancer; Katherine Hill, artistic director/gamba/soprano; Michele DeBoer, soprano; Kirk Elliott, mandolin/violin/accordion/bladder pipes; Ben Grossman, colascione/hurdy-gurdy/percussion; and others. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337. -. Also May 3, 5 (3:30pm). Sunday May 5 ●●11:00am: Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble. MBBJE Live Big Band Recording with Guest Vocalists. Whitney Ross-Barris, Sam Broverman, Glenn Chipkar, Suzanne McKenney, Denise Leslie, vocalists. Port Credit Legion, 35 Front St. N., Port Credit. 905-270-4757. Free. ●●1:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Turkwaz. Mazzoleni Concert Hall, Royal Conservatory, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. Free(ticket required). ●●2:00: Canadian Opera Company. La bohème. See May 2. Also May 7(7:30pm), 11(2pm), 11(7:30pm), 22(7:30pm). ●●2:00: Corey Gemmell, Tom Mueller & Friends. Bach, Beethoven and Die Bande: A Fund-Raising Recital for Orchestra Toronto. Bach: Suite for Solo Cello No.1 in G BWV 1007; Solo Violin No.1 in g BWV 1001; Beethoven: Septet in E-Flat Op.20 for violin, viola, cello, bass, clarinet, horn and bassoon. Tom Mueller, cello; Corey Gemmell, violin; special guests from Orchestra Toronto. Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-467-7142. ; (for 2). Concert to benefit Orchestra Toronto. Cash bar; cash raffle. ●●2:00: Oakville Symphony. Musical Paris. Gershwin: An American in Paris; Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.2 in c Op.18; and arias by Puccini and Charpentier. Christopher Goodpasture, piano; Tessa Laengert, soprano. Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, 130 Navy St., Oakville. 905-815-2021. - . Also May 4(8pm). ●●3:00: Chorus York. Classics in the Spring. Vivaldi: Gloria; and works by Tallis, Boyce and Byrd. Angela Gibbon, soprano; Kira Braun, soprano; Stéphane Potvin, conductor; Richard Hansen, organ. Thornhill Presbyterian Church, 271 Centre St., Thornhill. 905-884-7922. (family); ; (sr); (st); free(under 10). Also May 4 (8pm, Richmond Hill). ●●3:00: Encore! Chorus. Summer of ‘69: Voices of a Generation. Dee Lawrence, conductor; George Vandikas, piano. Bethel Community Christian Reformed Church, 333 Davis Dr., Newmarket. 905-722-6535. ; (sr/ st). ●●3:00: Esmeralda Enrique Spanish Dance Company. Impulso. El Sonido de mi Alma (Taranta); Torontontero (Tangos); Garnata (Granaina); El Camino (Alegrias); A mis padres (Rondeña); and other works. Esmeralda Enrique and José Maldonado, choreographers; Caroline Planté, Benjamin Barrile, guitars; Manuel Soto, Marcos Marin, vocalists; Derek Gray, percussion. Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000. -; -(sr/ st). Wheelchair accessible. Also May 3(8pm), 4(8pm). ●●3:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Mussorgsky (arr. Rimsky-Korsakov): Prelude to Khovanshchina; Prokofiev: Suite from The Love of Three Oranges; Shostakovich: Symphony No.10. Simon Rivard, RBC Resident Conductor & TSYO Conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375. -. ●●3:00: Uxbridge Chamber Choir. Lord Nelson’s Mass and MacMillan’s Miserere. Haydn: Mass No.11 in d “Missa in Angustiis”; J. Mac- Millan: Miserere. Grace Rogers, soprano; Don Willmer, baritone; Imre Olah, organ. St. Paul’s Anglican Church (Uxbridge), 59 Toronto St. S., Uxbridge. 905-642-2096. . ●●3:00: Weston Silver Band. Afternoon at the Proms. Canadian and British repertoire. Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. W. 905- 691–2744. /(adv); (sr)/(adv); (st)/(adv). on period instruments Alpha & Omega Haydn Op. 0 Mozart K. 387 Beethoven Op. 135 Sunday May 5, 3pm ●●3:00: Windermere String Quartet. Alpha and Omega. Haydn: Quartet in E-flat Op.1 No.0; Mozart: Quartet in G K387; Beethoven: Quartet in F Op.135. St. Olave’s Anglican Church, 360 Windermere Ave. 416- 769-0952. ; (sr); (st). On period instruments. ●●3:30: Toronto Consort. Night Games. An irreverent evening of madrigal comedy. Works by Vecchi and Banchieri. Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière, director/actor/ dancer; Katherine Hill, artistic director/ gamba/soprano; Michele DeBoer, soprano; Kirk Elliott, mandolin/violin/accordion/bladder pipes; Ben Grossman, colascione/hurdygurdy/percussion; and others. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337. -. Also May 3, 4(8pm). ●●4:00: Church of St. Mary Magdalene. Organ Fireworks. Andrew Adair, organ. Church of St. Mary Magdalene (Toronto), 477 Manning Ave. 416-531-7955. Free. ●●4:00: Toronto Classical Singers. A Whirlwind to Heaven. Mendelssohn: Elijah. Talisker Players; Lesley Bouza, soprano; Danielle MacMillan, mezzo; Zachary Rioux, tenor; Matthew Zadow, baritone; Sara Schmidt-McQuillan, soprano; Jurgen Petrenko, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416- 444-7863. . ●●5:00: Show One Productions. Unity Songs. M. Turetsky Choir; Soprano Vocal Group. Mel Lastman Square, 5100 Yonge St., North York. 416-726-6992 or russiantix.com or torontovka.com. Free. PAYADORA Tango Ensemble with guest vocalist, Elbio Fernandez SUNDAY MAY 5 7-9:30PM www.payadora.com ●●7:00: Jazz Bistro. Payadora Tango Ensemble. Tango and Argentine folk music. 251 Victoria St. 416-363-5299 or payadora.com. . ●●7:00: Oakville Symphony Youth Orchestra. Capriccio Brilliante. Luke Welsh, piano. Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, 130 Navy St., Oakville. 289-815-0018. ; (sr); (young adult to 35); (st). ●●7:30: Cor Unum Ensemble. Dido & Belinda. OperaQ; Ryan Patrick McDonald, countertenor (Dido); Camille Rogers, mezzo (Aeneas); Rebecca Genge, soprano (Belinda); Cor Unum Ensemble; Ruth Denton, conductor. Trinity College Chapel, U of T, 6 Hoskin Ave. 416-371- 6999 or corunumensemble.com. ; (st/ arts workers). Also May 4. ●●8:00: Mississauga Symphony Youth Orchestra. Symphony at the Movies. Living Arts Centre, Hammerson Hall, 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga. 905-306-6000. . Monday May 6 ● ● 12:15: Music Mondays. A Spring Story. Beethoven: Violin Sonata No.3; works by Kreisler, Rachmaninoff, Massenet and Saint- Saëns. Alice Haekyo Lee, violin; Todd Yaniw, 44 | May 1 - June 7, 2019 thewholenote.com

piano. Church of the Holy Trinity, 19 Trinity Sq. 416-598-4521x223. PWYC( suggested). ●●7:30: Elmer Iseler Singers. Get Music! Educational Gala. Works by Canadian and International composers. Lydia Adams, conductor; Guest conductors from participating secondary schools and choirs. Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), 56 Queen St. E. 416-217- 0537. ; Free(season subscribers). Tuesday May 7 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Vocal Series: A Few of My Favourite Things. Artists of the COC; Liz Upchurch, piano. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. Free. First come, first served. No late seating. ●●12:10: Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation/ Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Lunchtime Chamber Music: Rising Stars Recital. Students from the Glenn Gould School. Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge St. 416-241-1298. Free, donations welcome. ●●2:30: Glenn Gould School, Royal Conservatory of Music. Historical Performance Class of the Glenn Gould School. Works by Corelli, Muffat, Biber, Schmelzer, Marini and Albinoni. Members of the Historical Performance class; Kathleen Kajioka, baroque violin and conductor. Mazzoleni Concert Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-2824 x322. Free. ●●7:30: Canadian Opera Company. La bohème. See May 2. Also May 11(2pm), 11(7:30pm), 22(7:30pm). ●●7:30: Toronto Community Orchestra. Rhythm of the Hours: A Musical Journey Through the Day. Gershwin arr. Whitney: An American in Paris; Mozart: Clarinet Concerto; Bryant: Dusk; Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain; Ponchielli: Dance of the Hours. David Marshall, clarinet; Leonidas Varahidis, conductor. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. 416-358-0783. Free. Wheelchair accessible. ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Queens of Soul. Brie Cassil, vocalist; Melissa May 6 - Alice Lee & Todd Yaniw May 13 - Daniel Arthur Trio May 20 - Penny Johnson May 27 - Anthony D'Alessandro Trio feat. Chase Sanborn www.musicmondays.ca McMillan, vocalist; Shayna Steele, vocalist; Jeff Tyzik, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375. .75-7. Also May 8(mat), 8(eve). Wednesday May 8 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Chamber Music Series: Louis Spohr: Chamber Music for Strings. Spohr: Double String Quartet and other works. Artists of the COC Orchestra. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. Free. First come, first served. No late seating. ●●12:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. Organ Recital. William Maddox, organ. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free. ●●2:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Queens of Soul. Brie Cassil, vocalist; Melissa McMillan, vocalist; Shayna Steele, vocalist; Jeff Tyzik, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375. .75-.75. Also May 7, 8(eve). ●●5:00: Jazz Performance and Education Centre (JPEC)/Aga Khan Museum. Dinner Jazz at Diwan. Students from University of Toronto and York University Jazz programs. Diwan Restaurant, Aga Khan Museum, 77 Wynford Dr. 416-646-4670 or diwan.agakhanmuseum.org. Call restaurant for reservations. Also May 22. ●●7:30: TO Live. SPIN. Songs played live on a vintage bicycle takes the audience on an innovative musical journey. Evalyn Parry, theatre artist. St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 1-800-708-6754. -. ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Queens of Soul. Brie Cassil, vocalist; Melissa McMillan, vocalist; Shayna Steele, vocalist; Jeff Tyzik, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375. .25-7. Also May 7, 8(mat). ●●9:00: Music Gallery/East End Arts. Departure Series: Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die + Not the Wind Not the Flag. Jaimie Branch, trumpet; Lester St. Louis, cello; Jason Ajemian, bass; Chad Taylor, drums. St. Matthew’s Clubhouse, 450 Broadview Ave. musicgallery.org. /(adv); (members). Thursday May 9 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Chamber Music Series: Between Sound and Silence. Helmut Lachmann: Movement; and other works. Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble; Brian Current, director. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. Free. First come, first served. No late seating. ●●7:00: Holy Trinity School. Tiffany Yeung Violin Recital. Brahms: Violin Concerto in D; Franck: Violin Sonata in A; Lutoslawski: Subito; Massenet: Meditation from Thaïs; Ponce/Heifetz: Estrellita. Tiffany Yeung, violin; Victor Cheng and Christopher Yeung, pianos. 11300 Bayview Ave., Richmond Hill. 905-737-1114. Free. ●●7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Otello. Music by Giuseppe Verdi, libretto by Arrigo Boito. Russell Thomas, tenor (Otello); Gerald Finley, baritone (Iago); Tamara Wilson, soprano (Desdemona); Andrew Haji, tenor (Cassio); Carolyn Sproule, mezzo (Emilia); Owen McCausland, tenor (Roderigo); Önay Köse, bass (Lodovico); Johannes Debus, conductor; David Alden, stage director. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. -5. Runs Apr 27-May 21. Start times vary. ●●8:00: Art of Time Ensemble. Best of Words and Music. Excerpts from 2 Pianos, 4 Hands, poetry by Margaret Atwood set to original music, scenes from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, and other works. Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano; Sarah Slean, singer; Martha Burns, actor; Rick Roberts, actor; Jonathan Crow, violin; Ted Dykstra, piano; Richard Greenblatt, piano. Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000. - ; (st/under 30). Also May 10, 11. BACH MAGNIFICAT May 9–12, 2019 Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre tafelmusik.org ●●8:00: Tafelmusik. Bach Magnificat. Bach: Magnificat; Zelenka: Missa Divi Xaverii. Jana Miller, soprano; Meg Bragle, mezzo-soprano; Colin Ainsworth, tenor; Tafelmusik Chamber Choir; Ivars Taurins, conductor. Koerner Hall, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. and up. Also May 10, 11, 12(mat). ●●8:00: Show One Productions/TO Live. Eifman Ballet: Tchaikovsky. PRO et CONTRA. Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, 1 Front St. E. 1-855-872-7669. .75-6.50. Preshow talk 7pm. Also May 10, 11. ●●9:00: Ara Arakelyan. Armenia Meets Cuba at Jazz Bistro. Guest: Hilario Duran, piano; Ara Arakelyann, saxophone/keyboards; Madiana Torosyan, kanun; Armen Matosyan, duk/pku; Joaquin Nunez Hidalgo, drums and others. Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. 416-363-5299. . Friday May 10 ●●12:10: Music at St. Andrew’s. Noontime Recital. Works by Bach, Czerny, Albéniz, Debussy and Liszt. Brian Hsu, piano. St. Andrew’s Church (Toronto), 73 Simcoe St. 416-593-5600 x231. Free. ●●7:30: Living Arts Centre. Sharron Matthews Superstar! RBC Theatre, Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga. 905-306-6000. -; .95-0.95 (dinner & show package). ●●7:30: Upper Canada Choristers. 25th Anniversary Concert: How Can I Keep from Singing? On the theme of love. Stephen Chatman: Teasdale Love Songs (world premiere); Eric Whitacre: Five Hebrew Love Songs; Laurie Evan Fraser: Blessing-Bendicion; a cappella arrangements of Beatles songs; and other works. Children of Maurice Cody Junior thewholenote.com May 1 - June 7, 2019 | 45

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Volume 24 Issue 6 - March 2019
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Volume 24 Issue 2 - October 2018
Volume 24 Issue 1 - September 2018
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