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Volume 26 Issue 7 - May and June 2021

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Meet some makers (of musical things) - a live filmed operatic premiere of a Handel oratorio?; 20 years of Summer Music in the Garden, short documentary film A Concerto is a Conversation; choirs Zooming in to keep connection live; a watershed moment for bridging the opera/musical theatre divide; and more than 100 recordings listened to and reviewed since the last time.

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Events by Date | May 1 to July 7, 2021 A concert of women composers. Dr. Rosephanye Powell: To Sit and Dream; Sarah Quartel: Snow Angel; Carlotta Ferrari: O Splendid Gem (arrangement of O splendissima gemma by Hildegard von Bingen); Vittoria Aleotti: Two Renaissance Madrigals; Elaine Hagenberg: The Music of Stillness; and other works. Laurie Evan Fraser, conductor; Hye Won Cecilia Lee, piano. Visit uppercanadachoristers. org, or call 416-256-0510. Free. Donations welcome. Streamed from Grace Church onthe-Hill, Toronto. Visit YouTube at youtu. be/C8SBY7Q_FsU or Facebook at e/3jCg0V4b3. ONLINE ● Jun 26 8:00: Array Music. Situated Sounds III: Sound as Contact. Visit for details. ONLINE ● Jun 26 8:00: Kindred Spirits Orchestra. Grace, Fire and Beauty. Tan Dun: Concerto for Piano and orchestra “The Fire”; Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Op.100. Christina AWARDS & COMPETITIONS ● May 10-30: International Music Festival & Competition. Piano, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, harp, guitar, percussion, conducting, composition, chamber music, masterclasses. Jury members from University of Toronto, York University, Royal Conservatory of Music, Glenn Gould Professional School, and musicians from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Canadian Opera Company Registration deadline: May 16. Visit, email, or call 905-604-8854. ETCETERAS ● Arts@Home. A vibrant hub connecting Torontonians to arts and culture. Designed to strengthen personal and societal resilience through the arts. Visit to learn more about this exciting collaborative initiative. 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: 613-234-8008 or visit chamberfest. com. ONLINE ● Soundstreams. Composer Spotlight: Melissa Hui. Watch two movements from Map of Reality for string quartet, Ecology of Being for violin and piano, and listen to (1) Lacrymosa for soprano, clarinet and piano; (2) And blue sparks burn for violin and piano; and (3) Come as you are for pipa and nine instruments at ONLINE ONLINE BLOGS ● 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. New & Continuing ETCeteras Petrowska-Quilico, piano; Kristian Alexander, conductor. Call 905-604-8339 or visit or . ONLINE ● Jun 28 12:15: Music Mondays. The Waters Unfolding at Daybreak. Giuliani: Preludes Op.83; Bach: Partita in b BWV1002; McDonald: The Waters Unfolding at Daybreak. Andrew Paul MacDonald, guitar. Visit a440. live/artists/5f1754aaeec7ff3ace0cdcbe. PWYC. Suggested donation . ONLINE ● Jun 30 7:30: Music Toronto. Virtual Concert Series. A new Haydn discovery. Lecture/demonstration followed by a complete performance of Hadyn: String Quartet Op.20 No.5. St. Lawrence String Quartet. Visit Free. ONLINE ● Jul 05 12:15: Music Mondays. The Nankunda Experience. Gloria Gift Nankunda, vocalist; Martin Kuwawi, guitar; Natalie Wong, violin. Visit for details. PWYC. Suggested donation . ONLINE. Visit for further information. ONLINE ONLINE GROUPS ● 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 at for meeting times, information and registration. ONLINE PODCASTS ● The Glenn Gould Foundation. The Gould Standard. Visit ONLINE WORKSHOPS ● Array Ensemble. 33rd Young Composers’ Workshop & Concert. June 7–July 16, 2021. With Raven Chacon, 2020/21 YCWC Composer Mentor. For early-career composers of any age who have completed their basic studies in composition. This year’s virtual workshop will focus on composition for solo instruments in three, two week sessions. Four composers will work intensively with mentor composer Raven Chacon to create new works for members of The Array Ensemble for public broadcast on July 16, 2021. There is no tuition or fee for the program. Interested composers should apply via email to with “Young Composers Workshop Submission” as the subject line. Deadline: May 17, 2021. Successful applicants will be notified by May 24, 2021. More information at ONLINE STILL AVAILABLE ● Array Music. Living Room Talk: Joseph Petric. Continuing Array’s Living Room Talks series, Canadian accordionist Joseph Petric talks about his solo performance on the Array Presents series. Joseph’s first professional performance in Toronto was with Arraymusic 40 years ago this season. Joseph chats about this history of the accordion in Europe and North America and his long career commissioning new works from Canadian composers. Watch the interview at ONLINE ● Esprit Orchestra. Soundbites: RBC Associate Composer/Conductor Eugene Astapov in Conversation with New Wave Composer Stephanie Orlando. Find out more about Orlando’s artistic processes and philosophies, and her upcoming Esprit commission which will be premiered as part of Esprit’s New Wave Festival. for details. ONLINE ● Esprit Orchestra. Toothpaste: The Opera. Composer Alexina Louie and librettist/comedian Dan Redican created the mini-opera Toothpaste and subsequently teamed up with film director Larry Weinstein and Alex Pauk conducting Esprit, to turn it into a groundbreaking 6-minute opera for TV. Starring Barbara Hannigan and the famous Kids in the Hall comedian Mark McKinney (lip-synching to the wonderful voice of Doug McNaughton). Visit for details.. ONLINE ● FabCollab. Women in Song: A Celebration of International Women’s Day. Amanda Martinez featuring Canada’s Ballet Jörgen Dancers Adrián Ramírez Juárez and Akari Fujiwara; Jessica Hana Deutsch; Maryem Tollar; Tamar Ilana featuring Indigneous fancy shawl dancer Cotee Harper. Visit fabcollab. ca. Free. ONLINE ● Kevin Barrett. Live from Lockdown. Kevin Barrett does a live-streamed set of solo guitar tunes, coming directly from his Lockdown studio. Tune in to Kevin’s Facebook page on Friday at 4pm If you can’t join live, the video will be available afterwards on Kevin’s page with each week’s episode archived on his YouTube channel Eb_cgnAMKTNHgPiNATLYffRk3O. YOUTUBE & FACEBOOK ● 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 virtual performance, please click watch?v=F2eVauBqiAY. For more information on the Kingston Symphony, please visit ONLINE ● New Music Concerts. Sonic Grace: An NMC Audio Diary. Lynn Kuo, Canadian violin virtuoso and Assistant Concertmaster of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra has made her mark as one of Canada’s most celebrated performers. Listen to Synchronisms No. 9 for Violin and Tape by Mario Davidovsky at ONLINE ● Tafelmusik. Musik in Motion Video. Tafelmusik cellist Keiran Campbell performing the Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite no. 1 in G on our home stage at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre in Toronto. Some solace until we can meet again, or, if you are new to Tafelmusik, a taste of the intimacy and character for which our home venue performances are known. Visit ONLINE ● Tafelmusik. Musik in Motion: Mozart Requiem Music Video. Alex McLeod, an artist concerned with “simulation and the transition of matter” was drawn to Tafelmusik’s recording from Mozart’s Requiem: K. 626: III. Sequenz, 6. Lacrimosa—a piece, in McLeod’s words, “shrouded in mystery, re-imagining, and death—which are all elements that fuel the inspiration for my visual practice”. Visit ONLINE ● Thirteen Strings! Virtual Concert. Purcell: Excerpts from The Fairy Queen. Handel: Concerto grosso, Op. 6, No. 5 in D. Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (Marc Djokic, violin). Elgar: Serenade for Strings. Visit . Free. ONLINE ● 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 Free. ONLINE ● 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 Susanna - Juliana Krajčovič (Susana); 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 watch?v=qPYZiVd1iS0. Free. ONLINE ● 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); Escamillo: Danlie Rae Acebuque/Luke Noftall (Escamillo); Sandra Horst, conductor & piano; Michael Patrick Albano, director. Visit Free. ONLINE ● 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); Andrea Grant, music director/piano; Mario Pacheco, director. Bon Appétit: Alexandra Fee, mezzo; Andrea Grant, music director/ piano; Mario Pacheco, director. Visit youtube. com/watch?v=y1tTpcD-eYc. Free. ONLINE ● 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); Escamillo: Danlie Rae Acebuque/Luke Noftall (Escamillo); Sandra Horst, conductor & piano; Michael Patrick Albano, director. Visit Free. ONLINE. ● University of Toronto Faculty of Music. UofT Opera Student Composer Collective: Escape Room. Libretto by Michael Patrick Albano. Sandra Horst, conductor; Mario Pachero, director. Now available on youtu. be/YuRMx0FxsFs. ONLINE ● Wychwood Clarinet Choir. A New Performance Video. The last Sunday of every month, the WCC releases a new concert video performance, preceded by a live chat with Michele Jacot and Roy Greaves. This month we present two recordings both arranged by our own Roy Greaves. Prelude to La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi, and the classic sea shanty, What shall we do with a Drunken Sailor. Visit Free. LIVESTREAM ONLINE 26 | May and June 2021

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