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Volume 3 Issue 9 - June 1998

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BY DAVID OLDS Aficionados of Toronto's new music scene will recognize the name "Hear & Now" from its previous incarnation, a broad sheet produced by New Music Concerts. That excellent concert guide now makes its home here in WholeNote. SHADES OF THINGS TO COME? Music Toronto announced recently that the Gryphon Trio would be one of two ensembles in residence for the 1998/99 concert season. On June 2 the dynamic young ensemble performs "In the Eagle's Eye", written for them by Canadian composer An drew P. MacDonald along with works .of Beethoven and Ravel. ·BEETHOVEN AS NEW MUSIC? Four of the programs in the Toronto Symphony's Beethoven F~stival also include works by living composers. Kelly Marie Murphy, whose cello concerto for Shauna Rolston was one of the highlights of the Made in Canada Festival last - Novemb~r, is featured June 3, 4 and 6. Peter Paul Koprowski, winner of last year's Chalmers National Music award, will have two concertos performen as the . orchestra gears up to record them for · compact disc release: Rivka. Golani plays Koprowski's Viola Concerto on June 13, . and Robert Aitken is featured in the Flute Concerto in a matinee performance on June 15. Finnish composer Jukka Tiensuu's "Puro" (Stream) for. clarinet and orchestra will open for Beethoven's Ninth on June 17, 18, 20 and 21. One final note: on June 27 Bramwell Tovey, artistic director of the Winnipeg Symphony is guest conductor in the TSO's final concert·of the season, which inCludes John Adams' "Short Ride in a Fast Machine" and "Dreaming Tracks" by the WSO's resident composer Randolph Peters. SOME (117) STRINGS ATTACHED! The Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan will be joined by a host of guest artists performing on a variety of stringed instruments in concert on June 5 at the Glenn Gould Studio. Harpist Erica Goodman will perform a new work by Andrew P. MacDonald .. Also featured are works by Smith & Smith (Linda C. and Ron that is), Bill Parsons, and John Gzowski, who will play the Cat's Cradle, a microtonal instrument of his own design. HEAVENL V VOICES For more conservative tastes, on that same evening the Orpheus Choir of Toronto is presenting "Songs of Light and Darkness". Brainerd Blydon-Taylor conducts this accomplished choir in a mostly contemporary program featuring works by Raminsh, Rutter, Wood and Williamson. St. James' Cathedral, June 5. THE NEXT GENERATION ••• Sir David Willcocks is guest conductor for the Toronto Children's Chorus' annual International Conductors Concert. The program includes works by Englishmen Willcocks and Britten, and Canadians Harry Freedman and Ruth Watson Henderson. St. James' Cathedral, June 7 at 2:00. CANADIAN BRASH, OR THANK GOODNESS IT'S MONDAY? Loolting for a way to let off some steam after work? Check out the True North Brass and their late afternoon CD Launch Concert. Stuart Laughton, Ray Tizzard, Joan Watson, Alastair Kay and Scott lrvine are joined by Mary-Lou Fallis and Peter Tiefenbach for what promises to be a rousing time. Featuring original compositions by lrvine, Gary Kulesha and Howard Cable. tEnoch Turner School House, June 8 at 5:30. CLOSE ENCOUNTERS FOR THE THIRD TIME ... Encounters, . Soundstreams Canada's annual pairing of significant Canadian ~oices with composers from the International scene, presents its third and final concert of the season June 9 at the Glenn Gould Studio. The music of Gary Kulesha, composeradvisor to the Toronto Symphony, is presented alongside that pf American Joan Tower. Soloists include Robert Cram, Ryan Scott, Joaquin Valdepenas, Stephen Clarke and Jamie Parker. WHAT'S FOR DESSERT? Queen of Puddings Music Theatre Company is presenting a new opera by James Rolfe called "Beatrice Chancy" which features a libretto by George Elliott Clarke. The Music Gallery, June 18-20. THE PIONEERS Violinist Vivian Waters and pianist Carol Birtch perform music by four important pioneers of Canadian music: Healey Willan, Jean Vallerand, John Weinzweig and Oskar Morawetz,. The Remenyi Room of the Royal Conservatory of Music, June 21. NOT WITH A BANG, BUT A TINKLE ... Toronto's inimitable silicon savants The Glass Orchestra provide a "percussive soundscape of associative imagery" in an all-too-rare performance at the Music GaHery on June 27. David Olds is a classical music programmer and the resident contemporary music expert at CJRT-FM 91.1, listener-supported Fine Arts Radio. Quick: New compiled by Lauren Pratt This quick guide to new music In WholeNote's concert listings (pages 31- 36) was compiled with the help of the Music Matrix Conflict Calend~r, an aid to sched1.ding new music events In Toronto. True North Brass June 1: Church of the Holy Trinity June 1: Arkell Schoolhouse June 1: 3 Storey Cabaret June 2: Columbus Centre June 2: Music Toronto June 2: Jewish Music- Toronto June 2: Music Toronto June 3.4, 6, 10, 11, 13, 15, 17, 18, 20, , 21, 22,27: Toronto Symphony June 4: Toronto Senior Strings June 4: Dexter Roberts & Rufat Amiraliev June 5: Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan June 5: Orpheus Choir of Toronto June 6 & 7: Toronto Camerata June 7: Toronto Children's Chorus June 7: Amadeus Choir June 8: Church of the Holy Trinity June 8: True North Brass June 8 & 9: DOMusic June 9: Lunch Hour at St. James' June 9: Soundstreams Canada June 13: Caledon Chamber Music June 14: Victoria Scholars June 15: Church of the.Holy Trinity June 18,19& 20: Queen of Puddings Music Theatre Company June 18: Compositions/Improvisations June 21: R CM String Department June 21: Maza Meze June 23: du Maurier Downtown Jazz June 27: Glass Orchestra July 1: Elmer lseler Singers TORONTO'S ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY CLASSICAL & CONTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE

aoNCERT COMPANION ~ 11 Encounters 11 : tomorrows classics BY LAWRENCE CHERNEY Classical music wasn't always "classical": once it was fresh, exuberant and challenging. Encounters is "the new classics" -­ music of today that will become the classics of tomorrow. TI1e Encounters series is all about savoriilg the creative process. Composers talk about their music from the stage before it is performed, giving the audience valuable clues about what to listen for. Little can match the excitement of hearing a work for the first time, or a composer one has never encountered before! Encounters is international. ,On every programme a significant Canadian composer is paired with an important international · figure for in-depth musical profiles performed by some of the best musicians in the country. On Tuesday June 9 Encounters presents two consummate artists in Joan Tower (USA) and Gary Kulesha. Both bring the gift of imagination and the practicality of the working musician to their compositions. Joan Tower, a talented pianist, formed the Da Capo Chamber Players in 1969, and played with the group for 15 years. The group. won a Naumberg Award in 1973, and premiered works by her and many other Americans during that period. Perhaps her career as a pianist is what has mad~ her so sensitive to the creative nuances of instrumental writing. From 1985-1988 she was composer in residence with the St. Louis Symphony, and was the first woman to win the biggest prize in contemporary - music, the 0,000 Grawemeyer Award in 1990 for the orchestral work Silver Ladders. The concert features three works of hers: Island Prelude (oboe and string orchestra), Stepping Stones (originally a ballet, score for 2 pianos), and Fantasy (clarinet and piano). All . · Continued riext page 7111 • mU-SIC ...... 3 STOREY CABARET MONDAY, "UNE 1, 7PM THE URBAN TALK SHOW FRIDAY, "UNE 5, 7PM DOMUSIC MONDAY, ·"UNE 8, 7PM DOMUSIC TUESDAY, "UNE 9, 7PM ANDREA KOZIOL WEDNESDAY, "UNE 10, 8PM gallery BEATRICE CHANCY THE OPERA THURSDAY, FRIDAY + SATURDAY, "UNE 18, 19+ 20, 8PM MAlA MEZE SUNDAY, "UNE 21, 8PM CCMC TUESDAY, "UNE 23, 9PM SPIRITUAL ALIGNMENT FRIDAY, "UNE 26, 8PM THE GLASS ORCHESTRA 'SATURDAY, "UNE 27, 8PM JVIUSICVVORKS 179 Richmond St. W., Toronto ON M5V 1V3 phone: (416) 977 3546 fox: (416) 204 1084 email.: http:/ / -musicgal 179 RICHMOND STREET WEST•WEST OF UNIVERSITY AVENUE • ALL PERFORMANCES BEGIN AT 8PM UNLESS INDICATED OTHERWISE • fOR TICKETS + INFORMATION CALL 416.204.1080 TORONTO'S ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY CLASSICAL & CONTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE

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