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Volume 3 Issue 4 - December 1997/January 1998

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RIUSIC RIITRIX affordable administrative services for composers, performers, and presenters of music Grant Preparation Financial Management Promotional Materials New! Significant Hourly Rate Subsidy for Small Ensemble members of AC0/00 (Association of Canadian Orchestras/Orchestras Ontario) Membership lnfo: 416-366-8834 by appointment: Lauren Pratt at 416-785•7075 416-785-8849 fax mu matrix@ http://www A not-for-profit corporation. Financial assistance for these services Is provided by The Ontario Arts Council, The Municipality of Metropol~an Toronto and The Toronto Arts Council. Composer-Companion , Canadian Music Centre manager, David Parsons, has come up with a dynamite idea for bridging the gap between contemporary music and audiences. Ticket holders to concerts by eight major new music presenters can now arrange to be accompanied at their concerts by a composer, who will help them understand what is going on musically. I arranged a composercompanion to accompany wholenote listings editor, Simone Desilets and me to the Made in Canada Festival concert Thursday, November 6, at which the Jules Leger Prize for chamber music composition was awarded. Our companion was Toronto composer, Jeff Ryan, whose work, Ophelie, had been performed by the T .S.O. just the night before. Over the course of the evening we shared our thoughts on what we were hearing. With a little prompting from Jeff we began to focus more and more on musical form as the pivotal element in the aesthetic experience. The degree to which the composers succeeded in giving their music a sense of movement or progression by clear transitions from one musical episode to the next seemed to be what made the experience less or more interesting and satisfying. As the evening progressed our attention to this dimension of the music helped us to listen more critically and less judgementally. This, I began to realize, was how Jeff had been listening all the time. PER OS MUSIC STUDIOS SPECIALIZING IN CLASSICAL CD RECORDING PROJECTS eros Music Studios unique All-Inclusive Packages make CD recording projects an exciting possibility. Our All-Inclusive Packages include: All recording, production and mixing by our Juno Award winning producer All artwork/graphics and CD cover design by Canada's top graphic designers 11 printing of full colour CD covers anufacturing of all CD or cassette product FREE DISTRIBUTION of your CD to major music stores (National & Worldwide optional) FREE Media Consultation to promote your recording Peros Music will also arrange for licensing of any copyright material on your behalf YOUR PRODUCT IS OUR PRODUCT We do not just leave you stuck with a CD, we will work with you to promote your CD and to have it succeed. Peros Music' s long background in every facet of the music business allows us to offer this unique All-Inclusive service at an Incredible Price. If you are considering a CD recording project call: PEROS MUSIC STUDIOS (905)814-8555 TORONTO'S ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY CLASSICAL & CONTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE

.. Musician in our midst: portrait #7 . On our cover this month: Valerie Kuinka Her first love, musically speaking, is chamber music. The demands of life, however, have frequently put her in the pit as a violist with the Canadian Opera Company and National Ballet Company orchestras, and on stage with the Esprit Orchestra. A Toronto native, she studied first at the U. ofT. Faculty of Music with Terry Hellmer and Rivka Golani and then at the University of Michigan with Doriald Mclnnes. In addition to her musical talent Valerie also has a very resourceful side. Soon after joining the McGill Club a couple of years ago she noticed an ad in its newsletter for "volunteer professional musicians." Undaunted by the implicit suggestion that professional musicians were happy to volunteer their professional services - how, she mused, would an ad for "volunteer professional lawyers" have been received? - she contacted the phone number in the ad. The end result - a series of five Sunday brunch chamber music concerts - given by paid professional musicians at the McGill Club, starting in February, 1996. The series resumes in the new year on January 18 (see listings for details.) Just last year she was invited to run a chamber music series at Harbourfront. In the new series, called "Collaborations", which began last year she has been able to experiment, combine standard chamber music repertoire with dance, poetry or visual effects: for example last February's concert brought together narrator, Veronica Tennant, percussionist, Beverly Johnston and choreographer, Robert Campanella in a performance on the theme of water, including Patrick Cardy's The Little Memzaid. An outstanding feature of this series is that it always includes a work composed especially for the event. The Collaborations Series continues in 1998 with a concert on January ' 11, "Introspection, a voyage of introspection from a woman's point of view, expressed through music of various styles, movement and some use of the spoken word." In addition to her work as an orchestral and chamber musician, she is adding opera stage direction to her repertoire. " For me this move," she explained, "is really a logical artistic progression. I have always thought visually about the music so I find the opera score suggests staging ideas to me." Valerie has just returned from Belgium where she has been apprenticing with director, Guy Joosten. This winter she will be directing Opera York's production of Leoncavallo's La Boheme and in July she will direct the Pacific Opera Company's production of Un Ballo in Maschera in Victoria. Valerie is a musical dynamo, who is making a unique contribution to the classical music resurgence in Toronto. Musicians in Our Midst is photographed by Michael Shaw, ASHLEY & CRJPPEN PHOTOGRAPHERS 200 DAVENPORT ROAD (416) 925-2222 ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY CLASSICAL CONTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE JOHN FEAT~ Recorder Center sheet music -:- recorders 984 Dovercourt Rd. Toronto, Ont. M6H 2X5 (416) 534-7931 everything for the recorder player

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