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Volume 27 Issue 2 - November 2021

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Live events on the up and up while creative live-and livestreamed hybrids continue to shine. October All-star Sondheim's Follies at Koerner Hall headlines the resurgence; Zoprana Sadiq brings MixTape to Crow's Theatre; Stewart Goodyear and Jan Lisiecki bring piano virtuosity back indoors; Toronto Mendelssohn Choir's J-S Vallee in action; TSO finds itself looking at 60 percent capacities ahead of schedule. All this and more as we we complete our COVID-13 -- a baker's dozen of issues since March 2020. Available here in flipthrough, and on stands commencing this weekend.

Events by Date | October

Events by Date | October 27 to December 17, 2021 guest conductor. P.C. Ho Theatre, Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Toronto, 5183 Sheppard Ave. E., Scarborough. 416- 879-5566 or cathedralbluffs.com or cbsoboxoffice@gmail.com. -; -(sr/ st); Free(under 12). ● 3:00: Trio Arkel. Fantasia. Jean Cras: String Trio; Schubert: Fantasia (arr. for piano quartet); Lekeu: Piano Quartet. Marie Bérard, violin; Winona Zelenka, cello; Rémi Pelletier; viola; Philip Chiu, piano. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. admin@trioarkel. com or 647-229-6918. Suggested donations: (live); (stream). A limited number of seats available for the live performance on a first-come, first-served basis. Streamed ondemand Nov 14-28. LIVE & STREAMING Tuesday November 9 November 9 at 8 pm STEPHEN HOUGH ● 8:00: Music Toronto. Stephen Hough, Piano. Rawsthorne: Bagatelles; Schumann: Kreisleriana; Hough: Partita; Chopin: Ballade No.3 in A-flat, Two Nocturnes, Scherzo No.2. St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366-7723. .50-. Wednesday November 10 ● 12:30: ORGANIX Concerts. Thomas Fitches, Organ. All Saints Kingsway Anglican Church, 2850 Bloor St. W. 416-571-3680 or organixconcerts.ca. Freewill offering - suggested. ● 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. A Welcome Return: Gimeno & Your TSO. Anthony Barfield: Invictus (Canadian première); Haydn: Overture to L’isola disabitata (The Desert Island); Hindemith: Concert Music for Strings and Brass; Schubert: Symphony No. 5. Gustavo Gimeno, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375 or 1-855-593-7769. Starting at . Also Nov 11, 13. Also available as a live stream Nov 10-8pm. TSO.CA/Livestreams. LIVE & ONLINE ● 9:00: Jazz Bistro. Diane Roblin’s Life Force Band. Diane Roblin, keyboards/compositions; George Koller, bass; Bruce Cassidy, EVI; Kevin Turcotte, trumpet; Jeff LaRochelle, tenor sax/ bass clarinet, Tim Shia, drums. 251 Victoria St. dianeroblin.com. cover. Thursday November 11 ● 7:00: Magisterra at the Museum/Museum London. Bohemian Journey. Martinu: Bergerettes; Beethoven: Trio Op.14 “Gassenhauer”; Smetana: Trio in g. Brett Kingsbury, piano. Museum London, 421 Ridout St. N., London. Visit eventbrite.ca/e/magisterraat-the-museum-bohemian-journey-tickets-120292980543. ; (sr); (st with id); (young adult pass-30 and under); from (streamed tickets). All tickets must be purchased in advance. ● 8:00: New Music Concerts. Broadcast: Aulos. Broadcast from Koerner Hall. Works for flutes by Maurice Ohana, Hitomi Kaneko, Yoshihisa Taitra, Toru Takemitsu, Hilda Paredes, and others. Dianne Aitken, flute; Robert Aitken, flute. Available on Facebook and You- Tube. newmusicconcerts.com or 416-961- 9594. Also Nov 18 & 25. ONLINE ● 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. A Welcome Return: Gimeno & Your TSO. Anthony Barfield: Invictus (Canadian première); Haydn: Overture to L’isola disabitata (The Desert Island); Hindemith: Concert Music for Strings and Brass; Schubert: Symphony No. 5. Gustavo Gimeno, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375 or 1-855-593-7769. Starting at . Also Nov 10, 13. Available as a live stream Nov 10-8pm. TSO.CA/Livestreams. LIVE & ONLINE Friday November 12 ● 12:15: Music at St. Andrew’s. Friday Noontime Recital. Haydn: Sonata in D Hob.XVI:51; Scriabin: Two Poèmes Op.32; Two Etudes Op.2 No.1 in c-Sharp & Op.42 No.8 in E-flat; Sonata No.2 in g-sharp “Sonata-Fantasy” Mvmts I (Andante) & II (Presto); Bach (arr. Busoni): Chaconne from Partita in d for solo violin. Tristan Savella, piano. St. Andrew’s Church (Toronto), 73 Simcoe St. standrewstoronto.org or 416-593-5600 x231. Free. Donations welcome. LIVE & ONLINE ● 1:00: Shaw Festival. A Christmas Carol. Original book by Charles Dickens. Adapted and originally directed by Tim Carroll. Original music and original music direction by Paul Sportelli. Graeme Somerville (Scrooge); Jason Cadieux, Peter Fernandes, Patty Jamieson, Andrew Lawrie, Marie Mahabal, and other performers; Molly Atkinson, stage director; Ryan deSouza, music director. Royal George Theatre, 85 Queen St, Niagara-onthe-Lake. 1-800-511-SHAW (7429) or shawfest.com. -. Runs Nov 12-30. All dates except Nov 12 sold out. Limited seating available for Nov 12. ● 8:00: Crow’s Theatre. Mixtape. Written and performed by Zorana Sadiq. Chris Abraham, director. Streetcar Crowsnest, 345 Carlaw Ave. crowstheatre.com or 647- 341-7390 x1010 or boxoffice@crowstheatre. com. -; BMO Virtual Stage tickets . Runs Nov 12-28. Tue-Sat 8pm; Wed, Sat, Sun 2pm. ● 8:00: Music at Met. All Together Now! A global event celebrating local theatre. Live broadcast and in person concert of new musical theatre revue with professional soloists from the Toronto music community and band. Charles Davidson, Kirsten Fielding, Nicholas Higgs, Gisele Kulak, Derrick Paul Miller, and others. Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), 56 Queen St. E. metunited.ca/ATN. -. Tickets required. ● 8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage Series: Artemis. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208 or rcmusic.com/performance. -. Proof of vaccination required. ● 8:00: Sinfonia Toronto. Healing Classics: Beethoven & Mozart. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No.2; Kuzmenko: A Prayer; Mozart: String Quartet No.23 (orchestral version). Jarred Dunn, piano; Nurhan Arman, conductor. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-499-0403 or sinfoniatoronto.com. Inperson: ; (sr); (st); Livestream: . LIVE & ONLINE ● 8:00: That Choir. That Choir Remembers. St. Anne’s Anglican Church, 270 Gladstone Ave. 416-419-1756 or info@thatchoir.com or thatchoir.com. PWYC. Also Nov 13. Saturday November 13 ● 7:13: Canadian Opera Company. Espiral. By OKAN. Selections from Espiral, OKAN’s 2021 Juno Award-winning album, fusing jazz, folk, and global rhythms with Afro-Cuban roots. OKAN: Elizabeth Rodriguez, vocals/ violin; Magdelys Savigne, vocals/percussion; Jeremy Ledbetter, piano; Roberto Mederos, bass; Frank Nodarse, drums. coc.ca/watch. ONLINE ● 7:30: Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts. Sultans of String: Refuge and Sanctuary. Partridge Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul St., St. Catharines. 905- 688-0722. ; (st/youth with id). ● 7:30: Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. Beethoven’s Eighth. Bruckner: Three Pieces for Orchestra; Andrew Balfour: Kiwetin-acahcos (North Star); Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn and strings; Beethoven: Symphony No.8. Lawrence Wiliford, tenor; Jessie Brooks, horn; Stephen Sitarski, conductor. FirstOntario Concert Hall, 1 Summers Ln., Hamilton. 905-526-7756 or hpo.org. In-person: - ;-(sr); (age 5-17). Live stream . Live stream and on demand viewing available. LIVE & ONLINE ● 8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Music Mix & Canada on Stage Series. Skratch Bastid with Special Guests Andrew Forde & re.verse. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208 or rcmusic. com/performance. -. Proof of vaccination required. 13th SEASON THAT CHOIR REMEMBERS conducted by Craig Pike NOVEMBER 12 & 13 | 8PM St. Anne's Anglican 270 Gladstone Ave www.thatchoir.com ● 8:00: That Choir. That Choir Remembers. St. Anne’s Anglican Church, 270 Gladstone Ave. 416-419-1756 or info@thatchoir.com or www.thatchoir.com. PWYC. Also Nov 12. ● 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. A Welcome Return: Gimeno & Your TSO. Anthony Barfield: Invictus (Canadian première); Haydn: Overture to L’isola disabitata (The Desert Island); Hindemith: Concert Music for Strings and Brass; Schubert: Symphony No. 5. Gustavo Gimeno, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375 or 1-855-593-7769. Starting at . Also Nov 10, 11. Also available as a live stream Nov 10-8pm. TSO.CA/Livestreams. LIVE & ONLINE Sunday November 14 ● 1:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Charles Settle. De Mey: Musique de tables; Akiho: (intuition) (Expectation); Assiginaak: Waaban; Saariaho: Ciel étoilé; Becker: Mudra. Mazzoleni Concert Hall, Royal Conservatory, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208 or rcmusic. com/performance. . Also 2pm. Proof of vaccination required. ● 2:30: OperOttawa. Acis & Galatea. Music by Handel. Alexander Cappellazzo (Acis); Erinne-Colleen Laurin (Galatea); Iain Macpherson (Damon); Norman E. Brown (Polyphemus); Patricia Beckett (Solo Voice); Frederic Lacroix, piano; Gerard Nieuwenhuis, recorder;. First Baptist Church Ottawa, 140 Laurier Ave. W., Ottawa. norman_e_ brown@rogers.com. . PREMIERes ONLINE SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2021 at 3 pm ANNEXSINGERS.COM ● 3:00: The Annex Singers. What Will Remain. An exploration through words and music of themes of past and present, war and peace, memory, separation and hope. Works by Ešenvalds, Paulus, Case, Lennon & McCartney, and U2. Melanie Conly, Isabel Matwawana, Joshua Clemenger and Jason Fowler, soloists; Maria Case, conductor. annexsingers.com. Donations appreciated. Available until Dec 5. ONLINE ● 5:00: Bedford Trio. Silver Screen: Classical Music in Cinema. Schubert: Trio No.2 in E-flat for piano, violin, and cello D929 (“Barry Lyndon”); Ravel: Piano Trio for piano, violin, and cello (“Birdman”); Beethoven: Symphony No.7 (“The King’s Speech”); Tchaikovsky: Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker (“Fantasia”), and others. Alessia Disimino, violin; 24 | November 2021 thewholenote.com

Andrew Ascenzo, cello; Jialiang Zhu, piano. Ernest Balmer Studio (315), Distillery District, 9 Trinity St. eventbrite.ca/o/bedfordtrio-17584435400. . Monday November 15 ● 7:30: Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. Gryphon Trio with Patricia O’Callaghan. 390 King St. W., Kingston. 613- 533-2424 or ibcpaboxoffice@queensu.ca. -; free(online). Proof of vaccination required. LIVE & ONLINE Tuesday November 16 ● 2:00: Shaw Festival. Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. Music & Lyrics by Irving Berlin. Carla Bennett (Stella); Kyle Blair (Jim Hardy); Wren Evans (Charlie Winslow); Kristi Frank (Linda Mason); Elodie Gillett (Rose/Radio Quartet); Kyle Godemba (Ted Hanover); and other performers; Kate Hennig, stage director. Shaw Festival Theatre, 10 Queen’s Parade, Niagara-on-the-Lake. 1-800-511-SHAW (7429) or shawfest.com. -. Runs Nov 16-28. Wednesday November 17 ● 12:30: ORGANIX Concerts. Imre Olah, Organ. Our Lady Of Sorrows Catholic Church, 3055 Bloor St. W. 416-571-3680 or organixconcerts.ca. Freewill offering - suggested. ● 1:00: Shaw Festival. Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. See Nov 16. Runs until Nov 28. ● 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. String Showcase. Caroline Shaw: Boris Kerner; Dinuk Wijeratne: “A Letter from the After-life” from Two Pop Songs on Antique Poems; Kelly-Marie Murphy: Rains of Ash and Embers; Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No.5; Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) (String Orchestra Version, 1943). Gustavo Gimeno, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375 or 1-855-593-7769. Starting at . Also Nov 18. Thursday November 18 ● 1:00: Shaw Festival. Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. See Nov 16. Runs until Nov 28. ● 7:00: Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. Imagine Online Festival: Theatre, Dance, and More. Michael Capon, Gord Love, Movement Market Collective, Inner Harbour Collective, Bridge & Wolak. Isabel Digital Concert Hall. 613-533-2424 or ibcpaboxoffice@queensu.ca. Free. ONLINE CANCELLED November 18 at 8 pm ST. LAWRENCE QUARTET ● 8:00: Music Toronto. St. Lawrence String Quartet. Haydn: Quartet Op.76 No.4 in B-flat “Sunrise”, No.2 in D “Quinten”, No.5 in C “Largo”, No.3 “Emperor”. St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366-7723. .50-. CANCELLED ● 8:00: New Music Concerts. Broadcast: Aulos. Broadcast from Koerner Hall. Works for flutes by Maurice Ohana, Hitomi Kaneko, Yoshihisa Taitra, Toru Takemitsu, Hilda Paredes, and others. Dianne Aitken, flute; Robert Aitken, flute. Available on Facebook and You- Tube. newmusicconcerts.com or 416-961- 9594. Also Nov 11 & 25. ONLINE ● 8:00: Tafelmusik. Spotlight 15. Fifteen soloists and fourteen concertos in this mix-andmatch showcase of Tafelmusik. Pisendel: Allegro from Concerto for 2 oboes & bassoon in E-flat; Bach: Allegro from Concerto for viola in E-flat after BWV1053 (premiere of a new transcription by Brandon Chui); Telemann: Grave - Allegro from Concerto for 2 violins in G; Telemann: Siciliano - Allegro from Concerto for oboe d’amore in A; Adagio - Allegro from Telemann: Concerto for 2 violins & bassoon in D; and other works. Elisa Citterio, director. info@tafelmusik.org or 1-833-964-633. ONLINE ● 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. String Showcase. Caroline Shaw: Boris Kerner; Dinuk Wijeratne: “A Letter from the After-life” from Two Pop Songs on Antique Poems; Kelly-Marie Murphy: Rains of Ash and Embers; Mahler: Adagietto from Symphony No.5; Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) (String Orchestra Version, 1943). Gustavo Gimeno, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375 or 1-855- 593-7769. Starting at . Also Nov 17. Friday November 19 ● 12:00 noon: Music at Met. Friday Noon at Met Concert Series. Works by Buxtehude, Scheidemann, and Pepping. Cari Astleford, organ. Metropolitan United Church (Toronto), 56 Queen St. E. metunited.ca/live. Free. LIVE & STREAMED ● 1:00: Shaw Festival. Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. See Nov 16. Also at 7pm. Runs until Nov 28. ● 7:30: Bravo Niagara! Festival of the Arts. TD Jazz Series. Robi Botos Trio with Special Guest Joanna Majoko. Robi Botos, piano; Mike Downes, bass; Larnell Lewis, drums; Joanna Majoko, vocals. Partridge Hall, FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, 250 St. Paul St., St. Catharines. 905-688-0722 or 289-868-9177. ; (st/youth with id). ● 7:30: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Winds, Brass & Percussion Spotlight. Joan Tower: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No.1; Dvořák: Serenade in d; Steve Reich: Music for Pieces of Wood; Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1947 revision); Morawetz: Sinfonietta for Winds and Percussion. Gustavo Gimeno, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375 or 1-855-593-7769. Starting at . Also Nov 20(8pm). ● 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. Awakenings. Berlioz: Les nuits d’été; Sokolović: Ringelspiel; Tomasi: Fanfares liturgiques. Julie Boulianne, mezzo; Andrei Feher, conductor. 519-745-4711 or 1-888- 745-4717. -0 per stream. Available Nov 19(8pm) to Nov 21 (11:59pm). Purchase 1 stream per household. ONLINE ● 8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Royal Conservatory Orchestra & Canada on Stage Series: Earl Lee Conducts the Royal Conservatory Orchestra. Beethoven: Overture from King Stephen Op.117; Walker: Lyric for Strings; Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No.5 Op.103 (“Egyptian”); Borodin: “Polovtsian Dances” from Prince Igor; Kodály: Háry János Suite. Thomas Torok, piano. Earl Lee, conductor. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208 or rcmusic.com/performance. -. Proof of vaccination required. ● 8:00: Soundstreams. Love Songs. Music that contemplates our place in the universe. Works by Claude Vivier and Christopher Mayo. Tickets at soundstreams.ca. Free. ONLINE Saturday November 20 ● 4:30: Royal Conservatory of Music. Taylor Academy Concerts Series: Taylor Academy Showcase Concert. Concert by leading young classical musicians. Mazzoleni Concert Hall, Royal Conservatory, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408- 0208 or rcmusic.com/performance. Free. Proof of vaccination required. ● 6:00: Shaw Festival. Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn. See Nov 16. Runs until Nov 28. ● 7:30: Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. A Celebration of the Violin. St. Georges: Sonata for Two Violins; Ysaÿe: Sonata Solo Violin; Brahms: Sonatensatz; Moszkowski: Suite for Two Violins and Piano. Jonathan Crow, David Baik, violin; Philip Chiu, piano. 390 King St. W., Kingston. 613- 533-2424 or ibcpaboxoffice@queensu.ca. -; free(online). Proof of vaccination required. LIVE & ONLINE ● 7:30: Slow Rise Music/Canadian Music Centre. Hanging By a Thread. Works by Anika-France Forget, Tristan Zaba, and Isaac Zee. McKenzie Warriner, soprano and piano; Tristan Zaba, bass and electric guitar. fb.me/ e/14dHrC4Eu. ONLINE ● 8:00: Acoustic Harvest/Live Music East. RPR. St. Paul’s United Church (Scarborough), 200 McIntosh St., Scarborough. acousticharvest.ca. . No walk-in patrons. Following distancing measures, seating will be limited and restricted. ● 8:00: Royal Conservatory of Music. Quiet Please, There’s a Lady on Stage Series: Rosanne Cash. Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208 or rcmusic. com/performance. -0. ● 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Winds, Brass & Percussion Spotlight. Joan Tower: Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No.1; Dvořák: Serenade in d; Steve Reich: Music for Pieces of Wood; Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments (1947 revision); Morawetz: Sinfonietta for Winds and Percussion. Gustavo Gimeno, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-598-3375 or 1-855-593-7769. Starting at . Also Nov 19(7:30pm). Sunday November 21 ● 2:00: Peter Margolian and Friends. Chamber Music Concert. Music by English composers for voice, winds, strings, percussion and piano. Works by Purcell, Gay, G. Bush, Berkeley, Whettam, and Ireland. Victoria College Chapel, 91 Charles St. W. Pre-register at 647- 980-5475 or peter.margolian@gmail.com. Free. Please observe COVID-19 precautions thewholenote.com November 2021 | 25

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