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Volume 26 Issue 6 - March and April 2021

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96 recordings (count’em) reviewed in this issue – the most ever – with 25 new titles added to the DISCoveries Online Listening Room (also a new high). And up front: Women From Space deliver a festival by holograph; Morgan Paige Melbourne’s one-take pianism; New Orleans’ Music Box Village as inspiration for musical playground building; the “from limbo to grey zone” inconsistencies of live arts lockdowns; all this and more here and in print commencing March 19 2021.

Events by Date |

Events by Date | March 19 to May 5, 2021 visit rcmusic.com/performance. . CUR- RENTLY AT CAPACITY. ONLINE VIRTUAL CONCERT SERIES April 15 at 7:30 pm CASTALIAN QUARTET ● Apr 15 7:30: Music Toronto. Chamber Music Concert. Haydn: String Quartet in C Op.76 No.3 “Emperor”; Brahms: String Quartet in a Op.51 No.2. Castalian Quartet. Visit music-toronto.com. Free. ONLINE ● Apr 16 8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. RCO Concerts Series: Gábor Takács-Nagy conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra. Beethoven: Overture from King Stephen Op.117; Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No.5 in F Op.103 “Egyptian”; Borodin: Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor; Kodály: Háry János Suite. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. Call 416-408-0208 or visit rcmusic.com/performance. -. TO BE CONFIRMED ● Apr 17 7:00: VOCA Chorus of Toronto. VOCA Cabaret & Silent Auction. A variety of vocal & instrumental folk, pop, jazz, classical & musical theatre selections. Jenny Crober, artistic director; Elizabeth Acker, piano; Emily Vick Agnew & Tom Roedding, co-hosts. Call 416-931-8224 or visit vocachorus.ca/cabaret. . ONLINE ● Apr 21 7:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Discovery Concert Series: Glenn Gould School Chamber Competition Finals. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. Call 416- 408-0208 or visit rcmusic.com/performance. Free. TO BE CONFIRMED ● Apr 22 7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. U of T Opera: Opera in Miniature. Massenet: Le Portrait de Manon. Sacha Smith (Aurore); Parker Clements (Des Grieux); Lindsay Connolly (Jean); Angelo Moretti (Tiberge); Vlad Soloviev, piano; Russell Braun, conductor; Michael Patrick Albano, director. Visit uoftopera.ca/productions. Free. Zoom link will be provided closer to the date. ONLINE ● Apr 23 7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. U of T Opera: Opera in Miniature. Wolf-Ferrari: Il segreto di Susanna & Mozart: Der Schauspieldirektor. Il segreto di KINDRED SPIRITS ORCHESTRA Susanna - Juliana Krajčovič (Susanna); Alex Mathews (Gil); Andrea Grant, music director/ piano; Mario Pacheco, director. Der Schauspieldirektor - M Herz: Heidi Duncan (Mme Herz); Noelle Slaney (Mme Silberklang); David Walsh (Vogelsang); Vlad Soloviev, piano; Sandra Horst, conductor; Michael Patrick Albano, director. Visit uoftopera.ca/productions. Free. Zoom link will be provided closer to the date. ONLINE ● Apr 24 2:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. U of T Opera: Opera in Miniature. Bizet: La Tragédie de Carmen. Mélissa Danis (Micaela); Elias Theocharidis (Don Jose); Alex Hetherington/Alessia Vitali (Carmen); Danlie Rae Acebuque/Luke Noftall (Escamillo); Sandra Horst, conductor & piano; Michael Patrick Albano, director. Visit uoftopera.ca/ productions. Free. Zoom link will be provided closer to the date. Also Apr 25. ONLINE ● Apr 24 7:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. U of T Opera: Opera in Miniature. Walton: The Bear & Hoiby: Bon Appétit. The Bear - Renee Fajardo (Popova); Nicholas Higgs (Smirnov); TBA (Luka); Andrea Grant, music director/piano; Mario Pacheco, director. Bon Appétit: Alexandra Fee, mezzo; Andrea Grant, music director/piano; Mario Pacheco, director. Visit uoftopera.ca/productions. Free. Zoom link will be provided closer to the date. ONLINE ● Apr 24 8:00: Array Music. Array Ensemble – Baroque Reflections: Sheila Jaffé. Ligeti: Sonata for Solo Viola; Bach: Chaconne in d; Saariaho: Frises for violin and electronics. Sheila Jaffé, violin& viola. Visit livestream. com/accounts/15801205/events/9559498. ONLINE ● Apr 24 8:00: Tapestry Opera/The Piano Lunaire. A Joke Before the Gallows. Libretto by David James Brock. Chopin: Four Scherzi. Adam Sherkin, piano; Tom Diamond, director. Visit youtube.com/user/Tapestrynewopera. Free. ONLINE ● Apr 25 2:30: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. U of T Opera: Opera in Miniature. Bizet: La Tragédie de Carmen. Mélissa Danis (Micaela); Elias Theocharidis (Don Jose); Alex Hetherington/Alessia Vitali (Carmen); Danlie Rae Acebuque/Luke Noftall (Escamillo); Sandra Horst, conductor & piano; Michael Patrick Albano, director. ONLINE. uoftopera.ca/productions. Free. Zoom link will be provided closer to the date. Also Apr 24 @ 2:30pm. ONLINE ● Apr 29 7:00: Magisterra Soloists. Women Composers. Pejačević: Piano Quintet; Schumann: Piano Trio; Auerbach: T’filah; Sokolovic: Tempo rubato; Richardson: World premiere of commission. Russell Braun, baritone; Martin Karlíček, piano. Museum London Theatre, 421 Ridout St. N., London. 519-615- 0163 or visit magisterra.com. ; (sr); (student with id); (child under 10); (young adult pass-30 years and under); (streamed tickets-adult). All tickets must be purchased in advance. ● May 01 8:00: Kindred Spirits Orchestra. Melodies of Emotion. Chopin: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.1; Prokofiev: Symphony No.5. Coral Solomon, piano; Kristian Alexander, conductor. Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St., Richmond Hill. 905-604-8339. -; .50- (sr); -(youth). 7:10 pm: Pre-concert recital; 7:20 pm: Pre-concert talk. ● May 01 8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Music Mix Series: SongBird North. Temerty Theatre, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208 or rcmusic.com/performance. . TO BE CONFIRMED ● May 02 7:30: Royal Conservatory of Music. Taylor Academy Concerts Series: Academy Chamber Orchestra. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. Call 416-408- 0208 or visit rcmusic.com/performance. Free. TO BE CONFIRMED ● May 03 7:30: Royal Conservatory of Music. Discovery Concert Series: Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble: Sometimes the Devil Plays Fate. Frehner: Sometimes the Devil Plays Fate (world premiere); Works by Bhagwati. Temerty Theatre, Telus Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. Call 416-408-0208 or visit rcmusic.com/performance. Free. THEODORE BAERG, Canadian Baritone Andrea Grant, pianist ENCOUNTER • MAY 21, 2021, 10am - 5pm CONCERT • JUNE 4 (tbc), 2021, 7:30pm - 10pm Sign-up NOW at www.ircpa.net TEL: 416.362.1422 / EMAIL: info@ircpa.net 26 | March and April 2021 thewholenote.com

● Arts@Home. A vibrant hub connecting Torontonians to arts and culture. Designed to strengthen personal and societal resilience through the arts. Visit artsathome.ca to learn more about this exciting collaborative initiative. ONLINE ● Esprit Orchestra. Soundbites: RBC Associate Composer/Conductor Eugene Astapov in Conversation with New Wave Composer Stephanie Orlando. Eugene Astapov sits down with composer Stephanie Orlando, whose upcoming Esprit commission will be premiered as part of our New Wave Festival. Find out more about Orlando’s artistic processes and philosophies, and what she is currently working on for Esprit audiences! Visit espritorchestra.com. ONLINE ● Kingston Symphony. Finale of Beethoven’s Third Symphony (Eroica). Forty members of the orchestra perform the finale of the Eroica, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 while in isolation in their homes. To view the New & Continuing ETCeteras virtual performance, visit youtube.com/ watch?v=F2eVauBqiAY. ONLINE ● Ottawa Chamberfest. Chamber Chats: At Home / Chez vous. Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm. Hosted by celebrated broadcaster/ writer Eric Friesen. Interactive episodes combine chat with pre-recorded and live performances and feature guest artists and lecturers from all over the world. For information call 613-234-8008 or visit chamberfest.com. ONLINE ● Recollectiv: A unique musical online meeting group made up of people affected by memory challenges caused by illness (such as dementia) or brain injury (stroke, PTSD, etc.) and their care partners. Volunteers of all ages also form part of the band, providing a positive intergenerational experience for all. Participation is free with pre-registration. Contact Recollectiv by email here for meeting times, information and registration. ONLINE ● Toronto Consort. Explorer: Discovering the World of Early Music. Explorer is a blog for the curious; a place of learning, sharing, and community. This all-new offering will present an assortment of curated content in a range of formats, like original short- or long-form articles, original video and audio recordings, and educational content on relevant topics relating to Early Music, history, and world music, as they relate our beloved repertoire. Visit torontoconsort.org for further information. ONLINE ● Toronto Operetta Theatre. Video Excerpt: The Merry Widow. Performance from April 2019. Lucia Cesaroni, soprano (Hanna Glawari). Visit torontooperetta.com. ONLINE ON DEMAND ● On demand until Mar 25: Music in the Afternoon. Piano Recital. Schubert: Sonata in A D959; Chopin: Preludes No.4 in e & No.17 in A-flat from Op.28. Eric Lu, piano. Visit wmct. on.ca for tickets and information. ONLINE ● On demand until Apr 1 Toronto Symphony Orchestra. On Demand: Vivaldi Four Seasons. Curated by Jonathan Crow. 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