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Volume 27 Issue 5 | March 4 - April 15, 2022

"Hard to watch and impossible to ignore"--on the Russian invasion of Ukraine; Tafelmusik goes live again in a tribute to Jeanne Lamon; TSO MD reunion as Centennial Countdown kicks off; PASS=Performing Arts Sunday Series at the Hamilton Conservatory of the Arts ...; crosstown to the TRANZAC, Matthew Fava on the move; all this and more ....


WHO’S WHO? ONLINE DIRECTORIES INDEX For those of you who may be new to The WholeNote, or as a reminder to long-time readers, we have a wealth of information online that doesn’t get printed in the magazine. Our Who’s Who section at is where you’ll find detailed profiles of music presenters (the Blue Pages), choirs (the Canary Pages), Summer Music Education, and Summer Music Festivals (the Green Pages). These directories are open for submissions on an ongoing basis, and are updated regularly as new submissions arrive. At this time, as we start to make plans for musical activities over the summer months, whether for ourselves, our children, or the entire family, we’d like to welcome some “early bird” submissions to our 2022 Summer Music Education directory. You can read full profiles at under our Who's Who tab - look for "2022 Summer Music Education" in the drop-down. You'll notice that we've left our 2021 directory intact for now, for information purposes. We'll be taking this down soon, as the 2022 directory continues to grow. For more information on how to join our Summer Music Education directory, Summer Festivals, or other directories, please contact Karen at SUMMER MUSIC EDUCATION 2022 ● Interprovincial Music Camp – “Celebrating 61 years in 2022! IMC offers programs for orchestra, band, rock, jazz, choir, musical theatre, and songwriting…” ● Music at Port Milford – “Established in 1987, Music at Port Milford brings together promising young musicians with internationally renowned faculty to create an inspiring chamber music summer camp…” ● Stratford Summer Music Vocal Academy – “Co-Artistic Directors Emily Hamper and Phillip Addis lead an internationally recognized faculty in professional vocal training…” Classified Advertising | WholeNote CLASSIFIEDS can help you promote workshops or classes; find an orchestrator, arranger, music director or accompanist; sell your banjo. 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DISCOVERIES | RECORDINGS REVIEWED DAVID OLDS The iconic American composer George Crumb died peacefully, at home with his family on February 6. He was 92. Of the many worldrenowned composers I had the privilege to meet during my two-decade tenure at New Music Concerts, Crumb was among the most affable, knowledgeable and accomplished. In 2003 he spent most of a week working with NMC musicians, accompanied by his wife Elizabeth, son Peter and daughter Ann, who was the soloist in our Canadian premiere performance of Unto the Hills. It was a magical week and one that remains a cherished memory. Crumb had a long relationship with NMC and on a previous visit in 1986 he supervised the first performance of An Idyll for the Misbegotten, performed by its dedicatee Robert Aitken and three percussionists. You can find NMC’s recording of that work among others on George Crumb (Naxos American Classics 8.559205 In a tribute published by NMC, Aitken says “The music of George Crumb has the quality of an elixir, which keeps drawing you back through intricacies in time to a world you feel you know and look forward to enjoying but as many times as you have experienced it, the slightest change takes you to a different place, somewhere you have never been before and never thought of, but will never forget.” I said something similar in a July 2020 review of Metamorphoses Book I: “There are many references to Crumb’s earlier compositions and in many ways these new works sound familiar. One sometimes wonders ‘Why does Grandpa keep telling the same stories?’ but listen carefully; you’ll find vast new worlds buried within them.” In December Bridge Records released Volume 20 in their ongoing series devoted to Crumb’s complete works (BRIDGE 9551). Metamorphoses Books I & II features a remastering of Book I (2015-2017) and the first recording of Book II (2018-2020) performed by Marcantonio Barone, to whom the second book is dedicated. Subtitled Fantasy Pieces (after celebrated paintings) for amplified piano, each of the 20 depicts a different painting by such artists as Picasso, Chagall, Dali and Gauguin. In the excellent and extended booklet notes by Crumb scholar Steven Bruns we learn that “Rather than aiming for precise musical analogs, Crumb responds to the ethos, the characteristic tone of the painting, and often to the title as well. The music explores a dazzling expressive range, and Crumb positions the movements in each Book with the What we're listening to this month: mastery of an expert gallery curator.” You can read my impressions of those in the first book here: booksrecords2/editorscorner/30201-editors-corner-july-2020. Book II opens with two paintings by Paul Klee and includes others by Andrew Wyeth, Simon Dinnerstein, Gustav Klimt, Georgia O’Keeffe and the abovementioned Gauguin, Picasso and Chagall. The set ends with a stunning and ethereal interpretation of van Gogh’s The Starry Night. As always with amplification in Crumb’s pieces, the purpose is not to produce loud effects, although there are a few jarring interpolations, but rather to make the most subtle effects audible. The pianist is required to venture inside the piano to pluck and strum and dampen strings, use fists and other implements, vocalize and employ a variety of small instruments to expand the solo piano into a real orchestra of timbres. Barone worked extensively with Crumb for two decades and his understanding of the sensibility, and his command of the techniques required, and often invented, by the composer makes this recording definitive. Bridge Records here provides an exhilarating tribute and important addition to the recorded legacy of this master composer. The Complete George Crumb Edition now numbers 21 CDs and one DVD and is currently available at a special price (US0) from the Bridge Records website ( The oratorio Am I Born by David T. Little with libretto by Royce Vavrek (Bright Shiny Things BSTC-0152 is another spectacular work that finds its inspiration and context in a painting. The painting in question is Francis Guy’s 1820 Winter Scenes in Brooklyn, depicting a neighbourhood destroyed for the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. Originally composed in 2011 for the Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Am I Born was the first collaboration between Little and Vavrek, who went on to great success with the operas Dog Days and JFK. This SATB version of the oratorio was commissioned by Trinity Church Wall Street where it premiered in 2019. Opening with big bass drums blazing and full fortissimo chorus reminiscent of Carmina Burana, the listener is captivated immediately. Throughout its half-hour duration the drama does not let up, although there are moments of respite along the way and beautiful soprano solos by Mellissa Hughes before the haunting denouement. The libretto draws on Ananias Davisson’s 1816 hymn Idumea with its lyric Golden Dolden Box Set Paul Dolden Have you ever wondered how 400 tracks of individually recorded acoustic instruments sound together? If curious: SYLVIUS LEOPOLD WEISS Alan Rinehart The accomplished guitarist brings the beauty and liveliness of Baroque’s climactic period to life through these adapted lute works. HERITAGE Aisha Syed Castro Aisha has brought together a program of works including extracts from ‘West Side Story’, and well-known little masterpieces by Piazzolla, Granados and Albeníz. Lennox in Paris Emmanuel Bach Music for violin and piano by Lennox Berkeley, Lili Boulanger and Francis Poulenc March 4 – April 15, 2022 | 37

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