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Volume 25 Issue 4 - December 2019 / January 2020

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Welcome to our December/January issue as we turn the annual calendar page, halfway through our season for the 25th time, juggling as always, secular stuff, the spirit of the season, new year resolve and winter journeys! Why is Mozart's Handel's Messiah's trumpet a trombone? Why when Laurie Anderson offers to fly you to the moon you should take her up on the invitation. Why messing with Winterreisse can (sometimes) be a very good thing! And a bumper crop of record reviews for your reading (and sometimes listening) pleasure. Available in flipthrough here right now, and on stands commencing Thursday Nov 28. See you on the other side!

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woodwinds; Fern Lindzon, piano/vocals; George Koller, bass; Ethan Ardelli, drums. St. George the Martyr Church, 30 Stephanie St. bemusednetwork.com/groups/member/100. . Also Feb 2(2pm, St. Andrew-by-the- Lake, Toronto Island). ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Vocalis: A Few Figs from Thistles. Masters and doctoral level singers; Danika Lorèn, curator. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 416- 978-3750. Free. Open to the public. Tuesday February 4 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. New Music Series: Clear Things May Not Be Seen. Bob Becker: Never in Word; To Immortal Bloom; Cryin’ Time; Clear Things May Not Be Seen. Lindsay Kesselman, soprano; Andrea Ludwig, soprano; with string quartet, clarinets, piano and percussion. 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: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Student Composer Concert. Edward Johnson Building, Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free. Open to the public. ●●7:30: Canadian Opera Company. The Barber of Seville. See Jan 19. Also Feb 7. Wednesday February 5 ●●5:30: Canadian Opera Company. Vocal Series: An Evening of Song. Brandon Cedel, bass-baritone; Sandra Horst, 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. ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. UofT 12tet. Edward Johnson Building, Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free. Open to the public. Thursday February 6 ●●12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Piano Virtuoso Series: For the One Who Listens in Secret. Scriabin: Piano Sonata No.2; Schumann: Fantasie in C. Jingquan Xie, 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: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Thursdays at Noon: Bob Becker and Guests: Clear Things May Not Be Seen. Bob Becker: Never in Word; To Immortal Bloom; Cryin’ Time; Clear Things May Not Be Seen. Lindsay Kesselman, soprano; Andrea Ludwig, soprano; with string quartet, clarinets, piano and percussion. Edward Johnson Building, Walter Hall, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-3750. Free. Open to the public. ●●7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Hansel and Gretel. Music by Engelbert Humperdinck, libretto by Adelheid Wette. Emily Fons, mezzo (Hansel); Simone Osborne, soprano (Gretel); Russell Braun, baritone (Peter); Krisztina Szabó, mezzo (Gertrude); Michael Colvin, tenor (The Witch); Anna- Sophie Neher, soprano (Sandman/Dew Fairy); Johannes Debus, conductor; Joel Ivany, stage director. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. -25. Runs Feb 6-21. Start times vary. A. Concerts in the GTA FEB. 6 – 21, 2020 416-363-8231 | coc.ca ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Wind Ensemble Concerts: Sharing. Björk: Overture to Dancer in the Dark; Kulesha: Streets of Fire (double trombone concerto); Maslanka: A Child’s Garden of Dreams. Vanessa Fralick and Gordon Wolfe, trombones; Gillian MacKay, conductor. Guests: Central Band of the Canadian Armed Forces; Captain John Fullerton, conductor. MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. ; (sr); (st). U of T students admitted free with a valid TCard, space permitting. Elisa Citterio, Music Director DREAMING JUPITER Feb 6–9, 2020 Jeanne Lamon Hall tafelmusik.org ●●8:00: Tafelmusik. Dreaming Jupiter. Marais: La Rêveuse; Forqueray: Jupiter; and works by Lully, Rebel, Marais and Rameau; Vittorio Ghielmi: World premiere. Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; Vittorio Ghielmi, guest director and viola da gamba. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337. From . Also Feb 7(8pm), 8(8pm), 9(3:30pm). ●●8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Joshua Bell with NACO. Boulanger: D’un soir triste; Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto; Morlock: My Name Is Amanda Todd; Prokofiev: Symphony No.3. Joshua Bell, violin; National Arts Centre Orchestra; Alexander Shelley, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255. Starting at . Friday February 7 ●●12:10: Music at St. Andrew’s/Guitar Society of Toronto. Noontime Guitar Recital. St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (Toronto), 73 Simcoe St. 416-593-5600 x231. Free. Harriet Tubman: The Opera Fri. Feb. 7, 2020 7:30pm nathanieldettchorale.org B. Concerts Beyond the GTA ●●7:30: Nathaniel Dett Chorale. Voices of the Diaspora - Harriet Tubman: The Opera. Nathaniel Dett Chorale; Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, conductor. Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, YU, 4700 Keele St. 416-736-2100 x33068. ; $25(sr); (st). ●●7:30: Canadian Opera Company. The Barber of Seville. See Jan 19. ●●7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Wind Symphony Concerts. Mctee: Notezart; Whitacre: Cloudburst; McAllister: X2 Concerto for Saxophone Quartet; Bedford: Sea and Sky and Golden Hill; Nelson: Courtly Airs and Dances. Karisyg Saxophone Quartet; Jeffrey Reynolds, conductor. MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. ; (sr); (st). U of T students admitted free with a valid TCard, space permitting. ●●8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Susan Aglukark and Lacey Hill. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. -. ●●8:00: Tafelmusik. Dreaming Jupiter. Marais: La Rêveuse; Forqueray: Jupiter; and works by Lully, Rebel, Marais and Rameau; Vittorio Ghielmi: World premiere. Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra; Vittorio Ghielmi, guest director and viola da gamba. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337. From . Also Feb 6(8pm), 8(8pm), 9(3:30pm). IN THIS ISSUE: Ancaster, Barrie, Belleville, Brantford, Cobourg, Dryden, Dundas, Elmira, Elora, Fergus, Guelph, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, London, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Norwood, Orangeville, Ottawa, St. Catharines, Stratford, Wasaga Beach, Waterloo, Welland. Sunday December 1 ●●1:30: Don Wright Faculty of Music. New Horizons Band 20th Anniversary. Roy Ernst, guest conductor. Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College, Western University, 1151 Richmond St. N., London. 519-661-3767. Free. ●●2:00: Choralis Camerata. Handel’s Messiah. Melissa-Marie Shriner, soprano; Christina Stelmakovich, mezzo; Laurence Wiliford, tenor; Michael York, bass; Lynn Honsberber, accompanist. Welland Centennial Secondary School, 240 Thorold Rd., Welland. 905-646- 9225. ; (st). ●●2:00: Les AMIS. In Concert. Works by Debussy, Chopin, Ravel, Lavallée and Šipuš. Erika Crinó, piano. Cobourg Loft, 201 Division St., Cobourg. 905-372-2210. . ●●2:30: Kingston Symphony. Beethoven and Rachmaninoff. Rzewski: Coming Together; Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.1; Beethoven: Symphony No.4. Avan Yu, piano; Evan Mitchell, conductor. Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, 390 King St. W., Kingston. 613-546-9729 or 613-530-2050. -. ●●3:00: Achill Choral Society. Glorious Sounds Christmas Concert. Chilcott: Gloria; and other works. Audience sing-along. Shawn Grenke, conductor. Westminster United Church (Orangeville), 247 Broadway Ave., Orangeville. 905-857-2737 or achill.ca. $25; (13-17); (child). ●●3:00: Guelph Chamber Choir. Guelph Chamber Choir’s Christmas Lessons and Carols with Brass Quintet. Charlene Pauls, conductor. St. George’s Anglican Church (Guelph), 99 Woolwich St., Guelph. 519-763- 3000. $25/4 for ; (st/30 and under); (youth 14 and under). ●●3:00: Guelph Concert Band. Holiday Traditions. Hallelujah Chorus; Russian Christmas Music; ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime; Greensleeves; Nutcracker Suite (selections). Chris Cigolea, conductor; guest choirs. E.L. Fox Auditorium, John F. Ross Collegiate Institute, 21 Meyer Dr., Guelph. 416-357-2813. (family); ; (sr/st); (under 12). ●●3:00: Musicata. With One Accord. Works by Piazzolla, Luengen and Chatman. Michael Bridge, accordion. Central Presbyterian Church (Hamilton), 165 Charlton Ave. W., Hamilton. 905-531-0345. $25; (sr); (st). ●●3:00: Westben. A Westben Christmas Carol. Rob Winslow; Soloists; Westben Youth, Teen and Festival Choruses. Norwood United Church, 4264 Hwy 7, Norwood. 705- 653-5508 or 1-877-883-5777. (ad/sr); (under 30); (youth). Also Nov 23(1pm, Campbellford), 24(3pm, Campbellford), 30(3pm, Peterborough). ●●7:00: Barrie Concert Band. Christmas at the Beach. Lighthouse Community Church, 800 Sunnidale Rd., Wasaga Beach. 705-735- 0720. Donation to the local food bank. Proceeds to the Wasaga Beach Ministerial Food Bank. Sponsored by Waterside Retirement 64 | December 2019January 2020 thewholenote.com

Lodge and Lighthouse Community Church. ●●8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society. Chamber Music Concert. Debussy: Cello Sonata; Fauré: Three Pieces for Violin and Piano (Berceuse Op.16; Romance Op.28; Andante Op.75); Ravel: Trio. Kayaleh/ Dolin/Ouellet Trio (Laurence Kayaleh, violin; Elizabeth Dolin, cello; Claire Ouellet, piano). KWCMS Music Room, 57 Young St. W., Waterloo. 519-569-1809. ; (st). Monday December 2 ●●7:30: Don Wright Faculty of Music. Contemporary Music Studio. Von Kuster Hall, Music Building, Western University, 1151 Richmond St. N., London. 519-661-3767. Free. Tuesday December 3 ●●12:30: Don Wright Faculty of Music. Western University Wind Ensemble. Works by Stetner, Khachaturian, Stamp and Ticheli. Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College, Western University, 1151 Richmond St. N., London. 519- 661-3767. Free. ●●12:30: Don Wright Faculty of Music. Electroacoustic Music Compositions. Von Kuster Hall, Music Building, Western University, 1151 Richmond St. N., London. 519-661-3767. Free. Wednesday December 4 ●●12:30: Don Wright Faculty of Music. Western University Symphonic Band. Works by Barnes, Ticheli, Can der Roost, Holst and George. Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College, Western University, 1151 Richmond St. N., London. 519-661-3767. Free. ●●7:30: Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club. Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews. Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling St., London. 519-319-5847. $25/(adv). Thursday December 5 ●●12:15: St. George’s Cathedral (Kingston). Advent Concert. Douglas Handforth, violin; Jennifer Tindale, cello; Fran Harkness, piano. 270 King St. E., Kingston. 613-548-4617 or stgeorgescathedral.ca. Freewill offering. ●●8:00: Wolf Performance Hall. Sultans of String Christmas Caravan. Caribbean Sleigh Ride; Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring; Little Drummer Boy; Greensleeves; Django Christmas. Guests: Rebecca Campbell and Shannon Thunderbird. 251 Dundas St., London. 5196- 661-5120 or wolfperformancehall.ca. $25. In support of the United Nations Agency for Refugees. Friday December 6 ●●12:00 noon: Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Music at the Library: Brass Holiday Concert. Hamilton Public Library, 55 York Blvd., Hamilton. 905-526-7756 or hpo.org. Free. ●●7:30: Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. To Gini with Love. Works by Beethoven, Brahms and Dvořák. Gryphon Trio. 390 King St. W., Kingston. 613-533-2424 or queensu.ca/theisabel/tickets. -; -(faculty/staff); -(st). ●●7:30: Melos Choir and Period Instruments. In Dulce Jubilo. German Advent & Christmas music, 12th-18th centuries. Medieval chants, familiar carols, and music of Schutz, Praetorius and Bach. St. George’s Cathedral (Kingston), 270 King St. E., Kingston. 613-767-7245. $25; (st). ●●7:30: Octave Theatre. Sultans of String Christmas Caravan. Caribbean Sleigh Ride; Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring; Little Drummer Boy; Greensleeves; Django Christmas. Guests: Rebecca Campbell and Lynn Miles. 711 Dalton Ave., Kingston. 613-353-6650 or livewiremusicseries.ca. /$25(adv). In support of the United Nations Agency for Refugees. ●●8:00: TD Sunfest World Music & Jazz Series. A Charlie Brown Christmas. Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St. E., London. sunfest.on.ca. /(adv). Saturday December 7 ●●11:00am: Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. Celebrate! Holidays of the Global Village. Recommended for ages 6 to 12. Chris McKhool and Friends. Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, Rehearsal Hall, 390 King St. W., Kingston. 613-533-2424 or queensu.ca/theisabel/tickets. ; (faculty/staff); (st). Post-concert workshop: Storytelling and Throat Music. ●●2:00: Barrie Concert Band. A Christmas Chocolate Box. Collier Street United Church, 112 Collier St., Barrie. 705-735-0720. $25; (st); free(under 13). ●●2:30: Lyrica Chamber Choir of Barrie. I Will Light Candles This Christmas. Works by Atnesen, Gjeilo and others. Guests: Tost String Quartet; Steve Winfield, conductor; Brent Mayhew, piano. Burton Avenue United Church, 37 Burton Ave., Barrie. 705-722- 0271 or lyricachoir.ca. ; (sr/st). Also 7:30 pm. ●●4:00: Hamilton Children’s Choir. Somewhere in My Memory. HCC seasonal favourites. Alumni will be welcomed on stage to join in the singing of music from their time in the choir. Ryerson United Church (Hamilton), 842 Main St. E., Hamilton. hamiltonchildrenschoir.com. $25-; (sr); (alumni); (st/child). ●●7:00: Brownman Akoustic 4-Tet. Holiday Concert! Frosty the Snowman; We Three Kings; Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer; Jingle Bells; Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire. Brownman Ali, trumpet; Nick Maclean, piano; Ben Duff, bass; Jacob Wutzke, drums. Midtown Stage, 34 Whyte Ave., Dryden. 416-389- 2643 or eventbrite.ca/e/75188038447. . ●●7:30: Bach Elgar Choir. Handel’s Messiah. With choir and orchestra. Melrose United Church, 86 Homewood Ave., Hamilton. 905- 527-5995. ; (sr); (st). ●●7:30: Chorus Hamilton. Christmas Concert. Respighi: Laud to the Nativity. The Concert Sinfonia; David Holler, conductor; Erika Reiman, accompanist. St. Paul’s United Church (Dundas), 29 Park St. W., Dundas. 905-318- 9381 or chorushamilton.ca. $25; free(under 18). ●●7:30: Grand Philharmonic Choir. Messiah. Handel. Mireille Asselin, soprano; Maude Brunet, mezzo; Asitha Tenekoon, tenor; Samuel Chan, baritone; Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony; Grand Philharmonic Choir. Centre in the Square, 101 Queen St. N., Kitchener. 519- 578-5660 x5290. -; (st/under 30); (child/HS student). ●●7:30: Lyrica Chamber Choir of Barrie. I Will Light Candles This Christmas. Works by Atnesen, Gjeilo and others. Guests: Tost String Quartet; Steve Winfield, conductor; Brent Mayhew, piano. Burton Avenue United Church, 37 Burton Ave., Barrie. 705-722-0271 or lyricachoir.ca. ; (sr/st). Also 2:30 pm. ●●7:30: Niagara Symphony Orchestra. A Symphonic Bon-Bon: The Nutcracker in Concert. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (complete music from the ballet). Chorus Niagara Children’s Chorus; Amanda Nelli, chorus director; Bradley Thachuk, conductor. FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul St., St. Catharines. 905-688-0722 or 1-855- 515-0722. ; (sr); (30 and under); (arts worker); (st/child); (eyeGO). Also Dec 8(2:30). ●●7:30: Peterborough Symphony Orchestra. Christmas Fantasia: A Holiday Concert for the Entire Family. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Christmas Carols; Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Suite; and other works. Toronto Children’s Chorus; Bradley Christensen, baritone; Michael Newnham, conductor. Showplace Performance Centre, 290 George St. N., Peterborough. 705-742-7469 or showplace. org. ; (st). ●●8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber Music Society. A Renaissance Christmas. Capella Intima Vocal Quartet: Sheila Dietrich, soprano; Jennifer Enns Modolo, mezzo; Bud Roach, tenor; David Roth, baritone. KWCMS Music Room, 57 Young St. W., Waterloo. 519- 569-1809. ; (st). ●●8:00: Wayne Gilpin Singers. Never Been a Night Like This! Handel’s Messiah reimagined with jazz quartet; Christmas carols and songs. Andrew Gilpin, piano; Bob Brough, saxophone; Russ Boswell, bass; Ernie Porthouse, drums. St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church, 23 Water St. N., Kitchener. 1-800-867-3281. ; (sr/st). Sunday December 8 ●●2:30: Canadian Celtic Choir. Christmas Concert. Special guests: Celtic Shift. Lambeth United Church, 4268 Colonel Talbot Rd., London. celtichoir.ca. $25/(adv). Also Nov 30(Royal View Church). ●●2:30: Niagara Symphony Orchestra. A Symphonic Bon-Bon: The Nutcracker in Concert. Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (complete music from the ballet). Chorus Niagara Children’s Chorus; Amanda Nelli, chorus director; Bradley Thachuk, conductor. FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul St., St. Catharines. 905-688-0722 or 1-855- 515-0722. ; (sr); (30 and under); (arts worker); (st/child); (eyeGO). Also Dec 7(7:30). ●●3:00: Bach Elgar Choir. Messiah Sing-along. Join the members of the Bach Elgar Choir for this biannual tradition. Melrose United Church, 86 Homewood Ave., Hamilton. 905-527-5995. . ●●3:00: Rosewood Consort. Six Christmas Stories. Nameth: Magnificat; Rivers: Ecce Dominus Veniet; and others. John Terpstra, narrator; David Federman, director. Grace Lutheran Church (Hamilton), 1107 Main St. W., Hamilton. 905-648-5607 or rosewoodconsort.ca. By donation at the door. Tax receipts upon request for donations of or more. ●●3:00: Victoria Hall. Sultans of String Christmas Caravan. Caribbean Sleigh Ride; Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring; Little Drummer Boy; Greensleeves; Django Christmas. Guest: Rebecca Campbell. Victoria Hall, Cobourg, 55 King Street W., Cobourg. 855-372-2210 or tinyurl.com/y6ykdg67. + fee. In support of the United Nations Agency for Refugees. ●●7:30: Elora Singers. Singers Messiah. Elora Singers Festival Orchestra; Mark Vuorinen, conductor. St. Joseph’s Church (Fergus), 760 St. David St. N., Fergus. 519-846-0331. . Monday December 9 ●●3:00: Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Seniors’ Symphony Experience: Brass Holiday Concert. St. Joseph’s Villa, 56 Governors Rd., Dundas. 905-526-7756 or hpo.org. Free. ●●7:30: Edison Singers. In the Bleak Midwinter. Esenvald: In the Bleak Midwinter; Darke: In the Bleak Midwinter; Gjeilo: In the Bleak Midwinter; Britten: Ceremony of Carols. Noel Edison, conductor. Court House Theatre, 26 Queen St., Niagara-on-the-Lake. 226-384-3100. . Also Dec 11(Toronto), 15(4pm, Elora). Tuesday December 10 ● ● 12:00 noon: City of St. Catharines. 29th Annual Civic Christmas Carol Concert. Area secondary school choirs and brass; Ross Stretton, conductor. St. Thomas Anglican thewholenote.com December 2019January 2020 | 65

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Volume 25 Issue 3 - November 2019
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