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Volume 25 Issue 2 - October 2019

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Long promised, Vivian Fellegi takes a look at Relaxed Performance practice and how it is bringing concert-going barriers down across the spectrum; Andrew Timar looks at curatorial changes afoot at the Music Gallery; David Jaeger investigates the trumpets of October; the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution (and the 20th Anniversary of our October Blue Pages Presenter profiles) in our Editor's Opener; the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir at 125; Tapestry at 40 and Against the Grain at 10; ringing in the changing season across our features and columns; all this and more, now available in Flip Through format here, and on the stands commencing this coming Friday September 27, 2019. Enjoy.

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Origins and Evolution of Puccini’s Turandot. Led by musicologist Anthony Sheppard. A special guest will perform one of their favourite arias from Turandot. Education Centre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.). Reserve free tickets in advance by visiting OperaInsights or calling the COC Box Office at 416-363-8231. ●●Oct 03 3:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Graduate Colloquium in Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Theory. Anthony Sheppard (Williams College). Room 130, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free and open to the public. ●●Oct 10 3:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Graduate Colloquium in Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Theory. Marié Abe (Boston University). Room 130, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free and open to the public. ●●Oct 17 7:00: North York Public Library. Erika Nielsen: Sound Mind. Renowned cellist Erika Nielsen shares her book Sound Mind, chronicling her battle with bipolar disorder and her road to mental health. In conversation with music critic Stephen Cera. Q&A and book signing to follow. North York Public Library Auditorium, 5120 Yonge St., North York. 416-395-5535. Free. ●●Oct 19 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. Music and Wellness – Yoga. Feel the integration of live music and movement as a singer and pianist weave melody into this unique yoga experience designed for all levels of ability. Bring your own mat. All instructors are accredited. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.). Reserve tickets in advance by visiting or by calling the COC Box Office at 416-363-8231. All tickets must be purchased in advance. ; (st). ●●Oct 19 6:00: The Music Gallery. X AVANT XIV: Panel - The Future of Creative Music in Toronto. David Dacks, moderator; Michael Rancic; Jessica Cho aka Korea Town Acid; Amanda Smith; Rich Brown. 918 Bathurst St. 416-204-1080. Free. ●●Oct 20 6:00: The Music Gallery. X AVANT XIV: Panel - Forward Together. Del Cowie, moderator; Cheryl Duvall; Ange Loft; Chelsea McBride; Keysha Fresh. 918 Bathurst St. 416- 204-1080. Free. ●●Oct 23 5:00: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. A New Dawn for Art Song Performance. Performance, panel discussion and Q&A. Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978- 3750. Free and open to the public. ●●Oct 24 3:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Graduate Colloquium in Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Theory. Alan Dodson (Mount Allison). Room 130, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free and open to the public. ●●Oct 28 7:00: Canadian Opera Company. Opera Insights: Music and Mental Health Lecture-Recital. In this casual evening music therapist and registered psychotherapist SarahRose Black explores the art and science of music’s effect on our physical, mental and emotional health. Learn about the role of music therapy in the healthcare industry and the practical applications of music to promote well-being. Education Centre, Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.). Reserve free tickets in advance by visiting E. The ETCeteras OperaInsights or calling the COC Box Office at 416-363-8231. ●●Oct 29 10:00am: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Just Breathe! A Voice Pedagogy Symposium. Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free and open to the public. Master Classes ●●Oct 23 12 noon: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Master Class with Eric Owens, Bass-Baritone. John R. Stratton Visitor in Music. Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978- 3750. Free and open to the public. ●●Oct 24 1:10: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Master Class with James Gourlay (brass chamber). Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free and open to the public. ●●Oct 24 5:00: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Master Class with James Gourlay (low brass). Boyd Neel Room, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free and open to the public. Scholarships ●●Oct 11. Canadian Music Therapy Fund. The George Stroumboulopoulos Music Therapy Scholarship. Application deadline is Oct 11. For eligibility and further information, contact Tours ●●Oct 06 10:30am: Canadian Opera Company. 90-Minute Tour of the Four Seasons Centre. Led by a trained docent. Visit 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. Tours available in French on select dates. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. (adults); (sr/st). Workshops & Classes ●●Oct 01 7:00: Vera Causa Opera. Sing Your Heart Out! This workshop series makes learning to sing fun and accessible by exploring pop, jazz, rock, and classical music with games, activities and exercises. For anyone looking to improve singing or public speaking skills, try something new, or just have fun! Cambridge Centre for the Arts, 60 Dickson St., Cambridge. Sign up at Search/sing-your-heart-out/. (members); (non-members) for 5 sessions. Also on Oct 8, 15 & 22. ●●Oct 03 6:45: Vera Causa Opera. Language Lessons: Language Quartet - Learn How to Pronounce Italian, Latin, German, and French. Through spoken and written exercises, participants will develop beginner language and diction skills for each language. A great class for those looking to expand their horizons and learn more about public speaking, languages, and culture. Clemens Mill, 50 Saginaw Parkway, Cambridge. Sign up at . Also on Oct 10, 17 & 24. ●●Oct 08 5:00: Canadian Opera Company. Youth Opera Lab: Movement and Dance., a familiar fairytale about a beautiful mermaid who falls in love with a human prince. Discover how ballet is cleverly used in Dvořák’s Rusalka to highlight the divide between the human world and the supernatural. No previous experience in opera is necessary. Participants are selected based on interest and relevance shown in their online application. Free to ages 16-24 and includes dinner, an interactive workshop with a professional artist, and a glimpse at the first rehearsal with orchestra. Participate in the lab and receive WholeNote CLASSIFIEDS can help you recruit new members for your choir, band or orchestra; find a new music director or accompanist; sell your banjo! Starting at only /issue. INQUIRE BY OCTOBER 26 for the NOVEMBER Issue. AUDITIONS & EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ANGLICAN CHURCH OF PENETANGUISHENE requires an ORGANIST for Sunday service plus funerals and weddings, to start immediately. Ability to direct a choir preferred. Remuneration based on experience. Email resume to anglicanparish@ or deliver to church office at 1 Peel Street, Tuesday to Friday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Available pro bono positions with the KINDRED SPIRITS ORCHESTRA: Horn, Trumpet, Violins, Violas, Violoncellos and Contrabasses. For information, visit or email MUSIC DIRECTOR, GLEN ACRES BAPTIST CHURCH. WATERLOO; part-time (10 hours/ week). See wp-content/uploads/2019/09/Music- Director-vfinal.pdf for further details and to apply. NAVAL RESERVE BAND IN DOWNTOWN BUSINESS CLASSIFIEDS Economical and visible! Promote your services & products to our musically engaged readers, in print and on-line. BOOKING DEADLINE: OCTOBER 23 Classified Advertising two free tickets to the dress rehearsal of Rusalka on Thurs, Oct 10, 2019. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.). Registration begins Sept 18. Complete the application available at by Sept 26 or email education@ for more information. ●●Oct 20 2:00: CAMMAC Toronto Region. Readings for Singers and Instrumentalists of Schubert’s Mass in E-flat. Mervin Fick, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 647-458-0213. ; (members). TORONTO IS LOOKING FOR MUSICIANS: Clarinet, French Horn, other positions available. Take pride and join. Get paid to play. Email PORT HOPE UNITED CHURCH seeks a creative, passionate and technically proficient (piano and organ) Music Director. Immediate and contract position. Contact phunited@ THE WYCHWOOD CLARINET CHOIR is seeking enthusiastic clarinetists! Contact to arrange an audition. Rehearsals on Wednesdays evenings. TENOR AND BASS SECTION LEADERS NEEDED, for Anglican Church in Unionville. Paid positons. Contact BUY & SELL CLASSICAL RECORD AND CD COLLECTIONS WANTED. Minimum 350 units. Call, text or e-mail Aaron 416-471-8169 or A@A31.CA FRENCH HORN: double horn in excellent condition. 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I take just one dog at a time and give it a very special vacation. Your dog will pull you to my door on repeat visits! Call or text Sheila at 416-574- 5250 or RESTORE PRECIOUS MEMORIES lost on old records, tapes, photos etc.? Recitals, gigs, auditions, air checks, family stuff. on 78’s, cassettes, reels, 35mm slides etc?. ArtsMediaProjects will lovingly restore them to CD’s or DVD’s. Call George @ 416-910-1091. MUSIC CONSULTANT 30+ yrs experience in USA, Canada & Europe. Publicity - Contracts - Recording - Counsel for all music career matters. Affordable rates. 416.703.1543 VENUES AVAILABLE / WANTED ARE YOU PLANNING A CONCERT OR RECITAL? Looking for a venue? Consider Bloor Street United Church. Phone: 416-924- 7439 x22. Email: GREAT CONCERT VENUE – HOPE UNITED CHURCH. Amazing acoustics, with two grand pianos, Keats Pipe Organ. Accessible, near parking. 2550 Danforth (Main subway stn). 416-691-9682. Email HopeUnitedChurch@ Excellent Recording Venue: Humbercrest United Church 416-767-6122 Steinway Grand Available Sessions as short as 4 hours NEED HELP WITH YOUR TAXES? Specializing in personal and business tax returns including prior years and adjustments HORIZON TAX SERVICES INC. • free consultation • accurate work For CRA stress relief call: 1-866-268-1319 MJ BUELL WATCH FOR A NEW CONTEST IN NOVEMBER! October’s Child IS Elisa Citterio Music Director of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra since 2017, Elisa Citterio moved from her native Italy to live in Toronto with her partner and their child, three-year-old Olivia. Elisa and Olivia Where does making music fit into your child’s life? Music is a form of play for me and Olivia, we do it every day at home. We sing together, we play with small instruments, as well as on a small violin. We pretend to do lessons in a very fun way. She has attended group music classes since age two, and we are planning to start regular violin lessons soon. Olivia also comes to Tafelmusik concerts and rehearsals and joins us on tours, so she is surrounded by music and musicians. What would you say to people hoping the young children in their lives will grow up to love and make music? As a child, I fell asleep with the sound of Chopin or Bach or Mozart playing on the radio. Musical language enters children’s brains on a subliminal, cellular level. My parents never insisted that we play or study music. It was in the air we breathed. Music education is very important, especially if it is sensitive and subtle. I would love to see families with young children attending live concerts of any kind on a regular basis. We had a great experience with this recently at Tafelmusik’s Fall Social, a family friendly concert, and I was glad to see so many children there. Music, especially live music, has a deep effect on children, both cognitively and emotionally. In addition to developing cognitive capacities, music provides an important example: watching a group of musicians performing together instills an understanding of a collective effort towards a single goal. continues on next page CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS! Elisa Citterio directs Tafelmusik’s “Baroque Roots” (Oct 16-Oct 20, Jeanne Lamon Hall). This concert explores the music of a time when the radical Baroque sound was sending shock waves through Europe. And in Vienna, composers inspired by their Italian counterparts, were making this “new music” their own. You’ll hear solos, duos and trios along with pieces for the full orchestra, including a concerto by Vivaldi (living in Vienna at the end of his life) and a world premiere by (living) Italian composer Guido Morini, reflecting Tafelmusik’s season theme “OLD meets NEW.” TICKET WINNERS: Miguel Prohaska Elisa Citterio, Music Director and Annette Lalonde Vivaldi Con Amore “Vivaldi’s music speaks unambiguously to people’s hearts,” says Elisa Citterio, about this brand-new Tafelmusik recording. It’s their first with Citterio directing. The all-Vivaldi album showcases Citterio and members of the orchestra in concertos for violin, oboe, bassoon and lute, which celebrate the remarkable level of virtuosity across the whole ensemble. Citterio is featured in Vivaldi’s love-themed concertos “L’amoroso” and “L’amato bene.” (Recorded in Humbercrest United Church, Toronto). CD WINNERS: Rosemary Schmidt, Susan Barak, May Webster and Wini Stoddart. October 2019| 61 October 2019 | 61

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