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Volume 24 Issue 9 - June / July / August 2019

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In this issue: The Toronto Brazilian bateria beat goes on; TD Jazz in Yorkville is three years young; Murray Schafer's earliest Wilderness forays revisited; cellist/composer Cris Derksen's Maada'ookkii Songlines to close Luminato (and it's free!); our 15th annual Green Pages summer music guide; all this and more in our combined June/July/August issue now available in flipthrough format here and on stands starting Thursday May 30.

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GREEN PAGES Arts, 1339 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal, QC This season marks the beginning of a three-year project by the Montreal Chamber Music Festival to celebrate the life of the great Ludwig van Beethoven, entitled “Beethoven Chez Nous!” In 2019, 2020 and 2021, the festival will feature cycles of complete works by Beethoven, some with a very special twist! Highlights this year are the Beethoven Violin Sonatas performed by 2019 Grammy winner James Ehnes and pianist Andrew Armstrong; and the Beethoven Symphonies as transcribed for piano by Franz Liszt, with six outstanding pianists from across the world. The festival opens with a new show by Quebec’s star entertainer Gregory Charles, an exuberant survey of the past 250 years in music. This year we also showcase star tenor Joseph Kaiser and the best young talent in “BMO Hottest Classical Artists Under 30!” 514-489-7444 MUSIC AND BEYOND ➤ July 4 to 18 Ottawa, ON Music and Beyond is a classical music and multidisciplinary arts festival that takes place July 4 to 18 in Ottawa. It presents classical music in all formations and pursues links between other art forms, cultural disciplines and music, including visual art, drama, poetry, dance, architecture, circus, magic, science, comedy, law, food and wine, and even yoga! Music and Beyond is virtually unique in the international field of music festivals by making this a core part of its mandate. By tying together a wide range of cultural disciplines, the festival creates a more “festive” atmosphere, helping to attract an even broader audience to music. 613-241-0777 MUSIC MONDAYS ➤ May 6 to Sept 2 Church of the Holy Trinity, Toronto, ON A lunchtime concert series at the Church of the Holy Trinity - welcome to our 28th season! Music Mondays has served as a launching pad for emerging talent since its inception in 1992. Our concerts take place in the warm acoustics of Holy Trinity Church, just steps away from the Eaton Centre. We feature an eclectic mix of everything from classical solo and chamber music to jazz, fusion and world music. Our goal is to provide the highest possible musical experience to a pay-what-you-can downtown Toronto audience. Suggested donation . Please join us and bring your lunch - and a friend - every Monday at 12:15pm from May to Labour Day. 416-598-4521 x223 MUSIQUE ROYALE ➤ June to September Across Nova Scotia Since 1985, Musique Royale presents a province-wide summer festival, touring incredible musicians to some of the provinces most far off and precious venues. In store for 2019, the summer festival includes emerging artists Aureas Voces with romantic Nova Scotian folk arrangements, Bach and Vivaldi Sonatas with violinist Mark Fewer and harpsichordist Hank Knox, The Best of Boxwood’s annual salute to the Canadian Maritimes dance music, heartfelt “And So It Goes” with baritone Brett Polegato and Robert Kortgaard, flashy artistry on the violin with “Two Davids,” and “Pres du Soleil” exploring Medieval and Oriental Music with Montreal’s Ensemble Caprice and Constantinople. Concerts are across Nova Scotia in over 25 beautiful and historic venues. Stay tuned at www.! 902-692-8081 NYO CANADA - ODYSSEY TOUR ➤ July 21 Ottawa, ON – presented by Chamberfest July 22 Montreal, QC – Maison symphonique de Montréal July 25 Parry Sound, ON – presented by Festival of the Sound July 27 Stratford, ON – Presented by Stratford Summer Music July 29 Toronto, ON – Koerner Hall The National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO Canada) celebrates its 59th season with a 5-city Canadian tour, preceding the orchestra’s first trip to Spain. The country’s preeminent training orchestra, NYO Canada is comprised of 100 gifted musicians between the ages of 16 and 28, who come together each summer to attend an 8-week intensive training institute, followed by a national and international tour. This year’s orchestra includes musicians from nine provinces. British conductor Michael Francis leads the summer tour, which features Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet; Manuel de Falla’s The Three Cornered Hat; Mahler’s Symphony No. 5; Sinfonia Sacra by Andrzej Panufnik; and a new work by Canadian composer Jared Miller. 416-532-4470 OPERAMUSKOKA FESTIVAL ➤ August 20 to 23 Bracebridge and Windermere, ON The OperaMuskoka Festival celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year. We are pleased to welcome Toronto City Opera’s production of Verdi’s La Traviata to the Rene M. Caisse Memorial Theatre in Bracebridge on August 20, 2019. On August 21, we have scheduled our annual “Stars of Tomorrow” Concert which will feature very talented young performers from around Ontario. The third day, August 22, will be an instrumental masterclass and concert with the Mississauga Youth Orchestra. For our closing day, August 23, we have scheduled a piano and vocal masterclass, followed by an evening concert featuring the very talented Jennifer Tung. 705-765-1048 ORCHESTRA BREVA - EROICA: A SESQUICENTENNIAL TRIBUTE TO LAURA SECORD ➤ May 25, 26 and June 20, 21, 23 Windsor, Tecumseh, Ingersoll, Brantford, Niagara, ON Laura Ingersoll Secord’s remarkable and significant contributions to our country’s history are recognized in this concert celebration highlighting her heroic acts and life’s journey, illustrated through music significant to her time and circumstance. All who have served humanity in times of war and peace, through acts of bravery and sacrifice, will be honoured. Featuring classical musicians, Indigenous artists, local historians, new works and Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, conducted by Melanie Paul Tanovich. May 25, 8pm: Assumption Hall, Windsor; May 26, 8pm: Paroisse Ste Anne Parish, Tecumseh; June 20, 8pm: Ingersoll Cheese Museum, Ingersoll; 50 | Summer 2019

June 21, 8pm: Sanderson Centre, Brantford; June 23, 2pm: Queenston Heights, Niagara-on-the-Lake. 519-980-1113 OTTAWA CHAMBERFEST ➤ July 25 to August 8 Ottawa, ON This year presenting violinist James Ehnes, Canadian Brass, pianists Janina Fialkowska, Hinrich Alpers, and Angela Hewitt, a celebration of baroque composer Barbara Strozzi’s 400th birthday, Art of Time Ensemble performing the Beatles’ Abbey Road, the Netherlands’ Syrène Saxophone Quartet, Dover Quartet, and many more! Celebrating 25 years, Ottawa Chamberfest brings together the boldest names in ensemble and solo performance for musical celebration in the nation’s capital throughout the year with a Concert Series and Community Engagement and Education programming, culminating in the Chamberfest summer festival. The world’s largest festival of its kind, the Ottawa Chamberfest summer festival is a 2019 Festivals and Events (FEO) Ontario “Top 100” and winner of seven consecutive Lieutenant-Governor’s Awards for the Arts. 613-234-6306 PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL ➤ September 13 to 22 Church of St. Mary Magdalene, Picton, ON The 16th annual PEC Chamber Music Festival will warm up with a free familyfriendly outdoor concert on Saturday September 7 at 2pm, featuring The True North Brass at Macaulay Heritage Park. The Festival takes place over 2 weekends, September 13-22, and will celebrate the piano in Chamber Music. First weekend features the New Orford String Quartet with violist Alosysia Friedman, esteemed pianists Jon Kimura Parker and Jamie Parker (in a rare 2-piano concert) and the famed Gryphon Trio. Second weekend features soloists from the highlyregarded Quebec ensemble Les Violins du Roy, mezzo-soprano and CBC broadcaster Julie Nesrallah, and Charles Richard-Hamelin, silver medallist in the 2015 “Chopin Competition”. Tickets available at the door or online on our website. 613-393-3798 PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY JAZZ FESTIVAL ➤ August 13 to 18 Picton, Prince Edward County, ON The Prince Edward County Jazz Festival is proud to present a fresh and wideranging mix of performances encompassing Newport and Cuba, big bands and small, new faces, recent Juno winners and nominees, and a pivotal year when transcendent albums shook jazz to its foundations. The all-star cast of performers are simply Canada’s best. Wednesday: “Jazz Overture” dinner with the John Sherwood Trio. Thursday matinee: Commodores Big Band featuring Hanna Barstow. Thursday: “1959 Jazz Transformed” - featuring Colleen Allen Quintet. Friday, Jane Bunnett and Maqueque. Saturday matinee: Robi Botos and Jodi Proznick. Saturday evening: Jodi Proznick’s Sun Songs and the Mike Murley Trio. Sunday: Brian Barlow Big Band spotlighting Oscar Peterson’s Canadiana Suite. Free performances throughout several venues in the county. 1-877-411-4761 Ottawa Chamberfest Ottawa, ON SOMETHING ELSE! FESTIVAL ➤ June 20 to 23 The Rock on Locke, Church of St. John the Evangelist, 320 Charlton Ave. W., Hamilton, ON (+ Free event Friday noon to 4pm only: Whitehern House & Garden, 41 Jackson St. W., Hamilton, ON) Zula Presents: Something Else! Tickets: (-25 adv.) Passes: (0/125). Info: Something Else! has established itself as one of North America’s most vital exploratory music festivals. Each day offers an adventure in sound, embracing beloved visionaries alongside emerging voices; longtime partnerships alongside spontaneous collaboration. Its sixth year is headlined by virtuoso vocalist/ violinist Iva Bittová, clarinet innovator Don Byron, and percussionist Hamid Drake (alongside his trio Indigenous Mind featuring Joshua Abrams & Jason Adasiewicz). The festival’s international cast also includes William Hooker, Sara Schoenbeck, Harris Eisenstadt, Sam Newsome, Joanna Duda, Eucalyptus, Yves Charuest, EAR-CAM (Glen Hall, Tomasz Krakowiak, Christine Duncan, John Oswald), Géraldine Eguiluz Trio & more. 289-993-1993 SOUTH COAST JAZZ ➤ August 17 to 18 Port Dover Community Centre, 801 St. George St., Port Dover, ON 6th annual South Coast Jazz & Blues – Norfolk County. Beachside Port Dover, rural Lake Erie. Tickets and information at Live music, catered farm fresh food and fun! Saturday August 17 – Main Stage: Port Dover Community Centre, 801 St George Street, 5-11pm – Powder Blues Band, Dave Restivo, Alison Young, Eric St. Laurent, Juliann Kuchocki & more! Sunday August 18 – Brant Hill Inn, 30 John Street, Port Dover, dinner show and river cruise, 5:30-8pm. Email or call 519-774-2787 (ARTS). Indoor and outdoor venues. Norfolk County’s official premier event. Past headliners include Holly Cole, David Sanborn, Jane Bunnett, Gene DiNovi and hundreds more! Come stay and play, and make a memory that will last a lifetime! 519-774-2787 Summer 2019 | 51

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