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Volume 3 Issue 7 - April 1998

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John McGuigan is

John McGuigan is currently the administrative secretary of the Canadian Band second half of the program. This program was highlighted by an exciting performance of McBeth's Of Sailors and Whales. I have played this piece and was surprised at the Association (Ontario emotional wallop it can create in the hands of an Chapter). His main function is the editing of the quarterly magazine "Fanfare" and to maintain records and offices for the association. He also owns and operates "COMPRINT" a publishing house for new Canadian music. accomplished group of musicians like this one. Major Alan Sierichs can be very proud of his musicians who let us know what kind of musical excitement this wind band can generate. Music audiences of Toronto are going to be ....----------------. encouraged, in this column, to attend these A MONTH OF GREAT wonderful concerts in the BAND CONCERTS future. I see a renaissance of wind bands growing in this city and am encouraged and enthused each time I attend. Be A happy bus load of musicians aware (beware) Toronto, I have enjoyed a fine month of concerts and need to tell you about this cornucopia of band performances. The preliminary contests of the MUSICFEST competitions took place this .month and I was able to take in the day of events listed in the photo at the bottom of this page. This is an event of importance to young people across the province. They look forward to this day of travel and performance with anticipation and with much hard work at rehearsals. This is very evident judging by the happy teeners I saw this day in Collingwood. Several of you to enjoy. Wind Bands are here for TWO MORE CONCERTS FOR APRIL April looks like another good month for wind band these two day events take place each spring and --!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!'!!" audiences. On April the 5th at our young musicians look forward to the 3:00 pm the marvelous knowledgeable judgements of three judges from Hannaford St. Silver Band across the nation. If they do well they can be invited will perform under the able to the national finals which take place this year in hands of Gary Kulesha and Vancouver. What an incentive! with guest performers Joseph The playing level of these high school Macerollo on the accordion, bands is outstanding and I highly recommend your and the Royal Canadian Air attendance for a few hours next year when this Farce Sympathy Orchestra? event takes place again in your district. This final performance of the season will take place at the Another fine concert of band music was the annual Jane Mallett Theatre. Phone 416-366-7723 for tickets. WIND BAND SPECTACULAR at the George Weston The evening of April 18th will bring an outstanding Recital Hall in North York. Three outstanding bands put performance of the Greater Toronto Area Teachers' Wind on a fine display of outstanding band literature to entertain Ensemble to the Trinity Presbyterian Church at Bayview a fine audience of band and the 401. Featured is a new work by Nancy Telfer for fans. The U of T Wind flute orchestra and concert band Visions of Heaven. Guests Symphony under Steve will be the Toronto Youth Flute Orchestra. This is an Chenette, and the ambitious program played by some outstanding music Toronto Youth Wind teachers in our hometown. Music by Van der Roost Orchestra conducted by (Flashing_ Winds), Mellilo (Thf First and Last), Herberman Colin Clarke played the (Green Shadows in the Woods), Barker (Concerto for first half of this program Trumpet, Flugelhorn and Cornet), Kalinnikov (Finale and hosted the United Symphony #1 in G minor), and Wagner (Eisa's Procession . States Air Force Band of to the Cathedral) are planned. Phone 905-826-5542. Liberty in a superior If you have information of interest to banders or performance during the otherwise wish to contact us, phone or fax 905-826-5542 MONTHLY CLASSICAL CONTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE

Recording orchestras: Looking back to see how far we've come In the early days (1900-25), recordings took place in specially designed studios with walls of very live soundreflective material, so little sound energy was lost. The rooms could seat up to 20 sitting in a semi-circle on wooden tiers, floor to ceiling, all playing toward several horns protruding from an end wall. · The sound coming through the horns caused a needle to vibrate and cut grooves into a wax master. The recording engineers of the time had to predetermine seating distances and heights within the room to balance the instruments on the recordings. Also for the sake of balance, much-despised production assistants were hired to follow the score and pull singers back from the recording horns during certain passages! There was little to no bass drum and cymbals, since they tended to blur the recording. By 1925 microphone technology had arrived, with sound waves being converted Yip's Childrrnfs CHoral & Performing Arts Centre , •.. . . into electrical signals. This electrical output could be amplified resulting in better control of the grooves cut into the wax masters. This dramatically increased the frequency response of recordings, and rendered the horn studios obsolete. Now it was possible to record a full orchestra in an actual performance hall, picking up a balanced mix of the orchestra, and a blend of natural reverberation as well. INCREDIBLE ADVANCES The last seven decades have provided incredible advances in recording and playback technologies. In recent years, microphone technologies have really taken off. Of note is the Soundfield Mark V, a single point stereo and surround sound microphone system, not only viable for today's recordings, but also perfectly suited to emerging DVD (Digital Versatile Disk) surround sound playback technology. WINDOR TEST Recently I had the opportunity to put the Mark V to the test recording the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Susan Haig. The recordings took place in two venues: Assumption University Chapel, a 300-seat somewhat reverberant chapel with a raised stage area AudioFile continues, page 18 A part-time Assistant to Director/Music Coordinator General duties include all administrative functions and events coordination. Candidates wi rh relevant and solid experience in arts administration and music preferred. Fluency in English· is a prerequisite and good Chinese language skills (both spoken and written) are an , asset. Working schedule: Four-day work on weekdays (9 a.m.-2 p.m. or 10. a.m.-3 p.m.) Plus Saturday: 1-6 p.m. · Interested parties may write to the Personnel Office, ~~-i;l;;:i· •. t rc>wn Steel Drive, Unit 19-21, Markham, Ontario, Canada L3R 9YI Fax: (90 5) 513-0979 I A SINGING VACATION IN ENGLAND! Join us every weekday morning for two weeks this summer as we sing in Oxford's Balliol College Chapel, July 24 to Aug. 8, 1998. Total cost, including air, single college room with ensuite bath, weekday meals, side-trips, tuition, music and taxes, is 75. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim Elia at Oxford Churchmusic 209 Howard Park Ave. Toronto, ON M6R 1V9. TEL/F AX : (416) 766 - 1572. Effeaive agent liaison Professional career guidance "Good business management frees artists to achieve their goals." stinction Successful grant preparation Experienced tour co-ordination - Sherri Keirstead, CMC · ph: 4 I 6-260-60 90 fx : 4 I 6-260 -6141 . e - mai l pro d man@inte 2 1 1- 680 Queens Quay W est, To.ronto. O N MSV 2Y9 TORONTO'S ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY CLASSICAL & CONTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE

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