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Volume 27 Issue 1 - September / October 2021

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Blue pages and orange shirts; R. Murray Schafer's complex legacy, stirrings of life on the live concert scene; and the Bookshelf is back. This and much more. Print to follow. Welcome back from endless summer, one and all.

Cathedral Bluffs

Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Returns with Exciting 2021–22 Season! 1. Saturday Oct. 2, 2021 8 pm guest conductor Pratik Gandhi Beethoven Symphony No. 6 (“Pastorale”) Schumann Cello Concerto with guest soloist Samantha Yang 2. Saturday Nov. 6, 2021 8 pm guest conductor Christine Fong Brahms Symphony No. 3 Dvorák In Nature’s Realm 3. Saturday Dec. 11, 2021 8 pm guest conductor Martin MacDonald Abigail Richardson-Schulte The Hockey Sweater Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with guest soloist Eva Lesage 4. Saturday Feb. 12, 2022 8 pm Schumann Symphony No. 1 (“Spring”) Mahler Songs of a Wayfarer with guest soloist Danielle MacMillan (winner of the 2019 CBSO Clifford Poole Vocal Competition) 5. Saturday April 9, 2022 8 pm Holst The Planets Barbara Croall Nimkii N’gamwin (Thunderbird Song) with Odawa First Nations composer and soloist Barbara Croall Sibelius Finlandia 6. Saturday May 28, 2022 8 pm Dvorák Symphony No. 8 Glenn Buhr Akasha Robert Rival Northwest Passage Variations | 416.879.5566 String Players Wanted Call us and join the excitement! Subscribe Today & Save! What alchemy produced the wonderful piano concerts? I’m especially pleased that you will be bringing Benjamin Grosvenor back for a fourth time. We are pleased and proud to present both Stephen Hough and Marc-André Hamelin, giants of the Hyperion label, in one season – thanks in Stephen’s case to Vanessa Benellli Mosell COVID re-dating. And we have liked Benjamin Grosvenor since we first heard him in 2014; we are delighted he is sharing his rise into the stratosphere with us. David Jalbert is an established Canadian virtuoso whom we have enjoyed hearing, and Vanessa Benellli Mosell is a rising star especially in Europe as recitalist, chamber musician, orchestral soloist and conductor. We like variety in repertoire and interpretation. How will the current COVID protocols affect your recitals? Will all attendees need to be double vaccinated? Will mask wearing be required? We have just been informed that we are allowed 50% capacity of the Jane Mallett Theatre, so seating is not as limited as we feared. The St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts is owned by the city and managed by TO Live; we will be following all the public health advice and regulations. Proof of full vaccination will be required (or a valid medical exemption); masking and social distancing will be required; there will be no concession service – and no intermission cookies! Will there still be an intermission? Yes (the call of nature…). How many seats are you permitted to sell? Absolute max 250, but probably fewer because of seating patterns and distancing. The Parker Quartet’s program includes works by Schubert, Di Castri and Schumann. As well as the Kelly-Marie Murphy world premiere, David Jalbert will perform a selection of Debussy, Ligeti and Prokofiev. RCM Presents The first time violinist Gidon Kremer heard Astor Piazzolla play, he was deeply moved. He was watching a videotape with Manfred Gräter of the West German Radio and Television Network. Gräter was a good friend and the person who introduced Kremer to Piazzolla’s music. Whenever Kremer Gidon Kremer was on tour in Europe, he never missed an opportunity to stop off in Cologne and dig around in Gräter’s videotheque, “a treasure trove stored in a dark room.” Gräter offered to arrange a meeting with Piazzolla once he realized the excitement Piazzolla’s music generated in Kremer but died before the meeting could take place. Kremer wrote the booklet 18 | September and October 2021

notes – excerpted from his book Obertöne – for his first recording of Piazzolla’s music for Nonesuch in 1997. The first time Kremer heard Piazzolla play, on that videotape, and later at a concert in Paris, he felt “enveloped in an atmosphere full of energy – a truly unbelievable force which only a few contemporary composers elicit.” “When I play his music,” Kremer wrote, “I try to understand it from within in order to create a unity with the composer… In my view Astor’s music represents an enormous playing field in which the most divergent emotions are expressed in highly artistic yet simple ways. Piazzolla was daring, honest and uncomplicated, all at the same time… I believe in [Astor Piazzolla’s] music because it evokes a better world through the language of nostalgia. All of that – in one single tango.” On October 31, Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica’s Koerner Hall program – from Bach to Piazzolla – will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Astor Piazzolla and 75th birthday of Kremer with a special homage to Glenn Gould. The Kremer concert is one of more than 90 (including 40 rescheduled from the 2020/21 lineup) in the recently announced 2021/22 season. Keep your ears open for the Dover Quartet’s recital on October 24 with Beethoven’s Op.18 No.2 and Op.130 quartets bookending Samel Barber’s touching setting of Matthew Arnold’s poem Dover Beach (sung by baritone Davóne Tines). The Dovers will perform Op.130 (with its ineffable Cavatina) finishing up with the Grosse Fuge. On November 5, the acclaimed Jerusalem Quartet will team up with Pinchas Zukerman and Amanda Forsyth for sextets by Brahms and Dvořák. Over the next several months look for Jan Lisiecki’s sixth Koerner Hall appearance which mixes Chopin’s etudes with his nocturnes, juxtaposing them in an unusual way; also the Danish String Quartet; Joshua Bell in recital with Peter Dugan; Joyce DiDonato; and Gautier Capuçon accompanied by Jean Yves Thibaudet. Music in the Afternoon and more chamber music The venerable Women’s Musical Club of Toronto (WMCT) begins their 124th season on September 30 with a recital by violinist Blake Pouliot and pianist Hsin-I Huang. This recital is a delayed celebration of Pouliot’s WMCT Career Development Award, a welcome opportunity for the Music in the Afternoon audience to experience the passion, technique and romantic fervor Pouliot brings to his musical approach. The program features music by Bach, Janáček and Prokofiev and is available in-person or as a livestream. Music at St. Andrew’s – at the corner of Simcoe and King – resumes its 45-minute free noontime series on October 1, with Younggun All concerts take place in the George Weston Recital Hall at the Meridian Arts Centre 5040 Yonge St., Toronto Kim at St. Andrew’s Bösendorfer Imperial grand piano. The program includes a Haydn sonata. INNERchamber Ensemble welcomes autumn on September 19 at Revival House in Stratford. The program features Schumann’s Fantasiestücke Op.73 (arr. Aribert Reimann), Ibert’s Deux Interludes for flute, viola and harp Blake Pouliot and works by Paul Raede, Bizet and others, performed by Liesel Deppe, flute; Peter Shackleton, clarinet; Julia Seager Scott, harp; and Judith Davenport, viola. Available in-person or livestream. FRIDAYS OCT. 1 - NOV. 12 12:10 P.M. WE’RE BACK! FRIDAY NOONTIME RECITALS OCT 1 Younggun Kim piano Haydn, Sonata E-flat major OCT 8 Jordan Klapman jazz piano Seasonal favourites OCT 15 Brian Hsu piano Liszt, Années de pèlerinage II OCT 22 Bedford Trio violin, cello & piano Schubert, Piano Trio, Op. 100 OCT 29 The Ezra Duo viola & piano Schumann, Märchenbilder, Op. 113 FREE! Donations welcome. JOIN US IN PERSON: COVID protocols apply. Register in advance. OR WATCH ONLINE, post recital. Visit for information. St. Andrew’s Church 73 Simcoe St., Toronto (King & Simcoe) OPUS 3 ARTISTS September and October 2021 | 19

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