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Volume 3 Issue 5 - February 1998

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  • Toronto
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John McGuigan is currently youthfulness of the fine musicians in this group was apparent the administrative secretary and impressive. A feature of this concert was the new work of the Canadian Band Associ- by Eric Whitacre called Ghost Train Tryptic h. This featured ption (Ontario Chapter). His solo work on clarinet by Phi! Nimmons and on piano by main function is the editing Mark Carnilleri. What a daring and audience~thrilling piece of 'the quarterly magazine . of programming! "Fanfare " and to maintain Both of these groups will be presenting concerts records and offices for the in the near future and I highly recommend them to you. If association. He also owns you enjoy wind band music this is the best that Toronto and operates "COMPRINT" has to offer and it is of a highly entertaining and satisfying a publishing house for new nature. If you are a music lover who has heretofore not Canadian music. Currently this catalogue contains 28 Band been a .fan of wind literature, these are your best opportunities publications and 24 Choral publications. to experience the idiom. Take my advice and see for yourself. There is much to recommend in the performing of good wind literature. The dynamic potential, the gorgeous rich Two Premium Bands Vie for sound of multi-winds and brasses mixed with the salt and pepper of precocious percussion not always subtly applied Attention in TO makes these presentations a feast for the ear in novel ways that an orchestra is not able to present. On Friday, March 611t, 1998, nearly 200 musicians will perform on George Weston Recital Hall stage (... but I had the pleasure of listening to two fine band concerts last month and found them to be interesting contrasts in band philosophy. The first was a concert by the Toronto Wind Orchestra under guest conductor Tania Miller. The second was a concert at MacMillan Theatre by the Toronto Youth Wind Ensemble under its own conductor Colin Clark. Both of these ensembles boast fine musicians to start with and the choice of repertoire and fine conducting made. them both concerts of imp essive standards. It was in comparing the content of the two concerts that I found great differences. The first concert on November 28th by the Toronto Wind Orchestra was a presentation of standard well known works for band impressively presented by a group of professional adult musicians who knew which end of the horn to blow into. The playing was very fine and the conducting by the strikingly youthful Tania Mil!e( from the University of Michigan was superb. It is wonderful to see young conductors arriving on the scene who can take control and wield a baton in front of seasoned musicians and make them take th'e music seriously. Shostakovitch 's Festive Overture, Grainger's Shepherd's Hey, Hoist's Jupiter and Hindemith 's Symphonic Metamorphosis all came across with exitement and enthusiasm. Miss Miller incidentally was born in rural Saskatchewan . This is irrelevant but it is a compliment to our Canadian band scene that such a fine young conductor is emerging. · In contrast, the November 30th concert by the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra and its feeder band, the Toronto Youth Concert Winds, was distinguished by its attention to the newer composers of literature for the Wind Ensemble. I guess this is very appropriate since the not at the same time - thank goodness!) The Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra will join musical forces with the University of Toronto Wind Symphony, and the fearless men and women of the United States Air Force Band of Liberty, in a presentation suitably called Wind Band Spectacular! Executed by three top-notch ensembles, the evening will feature presentations of some of today's most innovative and exciting selections for wind band, and will be hosted by one of Canada's most popular music personalities, Bobby Herriot. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the Ford Centre Box Office or by calling Ticketmaster at (416) 872-2222. This is a concert you don't want to miss! The Toronto Wind Orchestra is breaking new groun'd by presenting two concerts in bars next month. On Friday, February 13 the Hargrave Bar on the Danforth will host a presentation of Walton 's Far;ade, Stravinski's · L'Histoire du Soldat and Weill's Little Threepenny Music. Concerts are at 9:00 pm and will be very interestingly narrated by Peter Tieffenbach from CBC. The same concert will be presented at the Barcode on Queen St. on the following night The Toronto scene is blossoming wjth quality band music as these groups plan their fine band repertoire. Keep I in mind also the Greater Toronto Area Teacher's Wind Ensemble which is planning a grand concert for April 18. More about this in a future column. Do you know about band-related events Wholenote readers would be interested in? Phone or fax John McGuigan at 90.5-826-5542 or email TORONTO'S ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY CLASSICAL & CONTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE

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