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Volume 4 Issue 3 - November 1998

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ETERA NoVEMBF.R 1998 !' z ·sa ... Announcements, lectrnes, master classes, workshops, etcetera .... ANNOUNCEMENTS November 8 2:00: Montgomery's Inn. Oldfashioned sing-along. Led by Margaret Hollywell of the Etobicoke Senior Entertainers. 4709 Dundas St. West. 394-8113. ; friends of Etobicoke's Heritage free. Advance registration suggested. December 4 6:30: Classic . Jazz Society ·of Toronto/Blade & Firkin Pub at The Beatrice Gardens, York University. Second Annual Christmas Cruise. New Orle_ans style jazz by Kid Bastien's Happy Pals & The Silverleaf Jazzmen (plus special guests). Includes Christmas dinner, dancing & other features. Blade & Firkin Pub, York University, 4700 Keele St. 661-5900 ext.251. . LECTURES November 12 12:00 noon: Is it Authentic, and Why Should I Lecture by Dr. Timothy McGee, presented by the Women's Musical Club of Toronto in partnership with the U. of ·-,. 732 Spadina Avenue (at Bloor West) Learn to Sing! classes Young Singers (10-16) Opera Workshop Sight Singing Private Instruction 960-0472 Toronto Faculty of Music. 923-7052. Room 330, Edward Johnson Bldg .. 80 Queen's Park. Free. November 12 1:00: Made. in Canada Festival. Composers in Person. Featuring John Corigliano, Henry Kucharzyk, Barbara Croall & Paul Steenhuisen in an open discussion moderated by Gary Kulesha. Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen's Park. 978-3744. November 20 8:00: Royal Canadian College of Organists, Toronto Centre, presents European Or.gans. Slide show & discussion of the history of Baroque organs such as Silbermann & Schnitge~, given by William Wright; background of The Toulouse Organ Festival & discussion of the restoration of organs in .the south-west of France, given by Thomas Pitches. St. Clement's· Anglican Church, 59 Briar Hill Ave. ; free to R.C.C.O. members. November'24 7:30: Les Dialogues dp Cannelites. Lecture on the Poulenc opera given by Father Owen Lee. NeWman Centre Chapel, 89 St. George. 979-2468. Free. November 26 3:30: Popular Music: Arl and Commerce. Dr. Daniel Levitin, of the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University. Senior Common Room, 021 Winters College, York University, 4700 Keele St. 736-5186. Free. November 30 8:00: Fiction Takes on the Gesamtkunstwerk at the end of the Nineteenth Century. Lecture by Grace Kehler treating fiction's often trenchant criticism of Wagner's icieals. Arts & Letters Club, 14' Elm St. Donation ( - suggested). MASTER CLASSES November 3 12:00 noon: Masterclass with baritone Louis Quilico. Walter HaJJ., 80 Queen's Park. 978-3744. Free. ' November 11 1:30: TEMPO niasterclass with Claire Guimond, flute & recorder player from Montreal. Location TBA. 932-8167. November 17 ll:OOam: Piano ·masterclass with pianist Emanuel Ax. Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park. 978- 3744. Free. November 17 12:00 .noon: Singing through Neuro- · Linguistic Programming - what is it? Lecture & masterclass with Bernard Turgeon. Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park. 978-3744. Free. WORKSHOPS November 11:30: TEMPO workshop with Janos Ungvary, Hungarian recorder player. Players of all early instruments welcome. Lansing United Church. 932- 8167. November 5 & 6, 9:30am - 5:30pm: Orchestras Canada Small Ensembles Program presents: The Essential M!lSician - A Changing Arts Practice Communication & Peiformance Development Workshop For Professional S1nall Ensembles. Led by Peter Wiegold, with Lise Vaugeois. Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 . Bloor St. West. Registration deadline: October 26, 1998 (limit of 25 participants). Contact Dorith Cooper, Small Ensembles Coordinator, 416-366-8834 ext.225. ,. November 5 12:00 noon: - Jazz Improviztion clinic & concert led by artists of the jazz studies program. Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park. 978- 3744. Free. November 6, 7:30: Recorder Players Society. Amateur musicians who rheet to explore recorder repertoire from the Renaissance to modern times. 968-1559. November 8 4:00: Dulcimer · Workshop. With Kathy Reid, Sandy Byer & Debbie Carroll. Oasis, 294 College St. 905-841-1879. November 12 2:30: Graduate Colloquium in Music: Fan Shang-E demonstrates fingering techniques & performance styles for his instrument, the zheng. Senior Common Room, 021 Winters College, York University, 4700 Keele St. 736-5186. Free. November 14 9:30am - 1:00pm: WordY atid Music. Choral workshop with Don Besig and Nancy Price. Erin Mills United Church, 3010 · The Collegeway, Mississauga. 905-820-9446. . November 22 1:30: ORMTA Central Toronto Branch. Canadian . Contemporary Repertoire for the Piano. Charlene Biggs, presenter. Yamaha Music School, 5075 Yonge St. North, lOth floor. 944-9260. to . November 22 2:00: CAMMAC music reading for singers & instruments of Handel's Judas Maccabaeus. Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, conductor. Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Y onge St. ,. ' November 27 7:30: Recorder Players Society. Amateur . musicians who meet to explore recorder repertoire from the Renaissance to modern times. 968-1559. TORONTO'S ONLY COMPREHENSIVE MONTHLY CLASSICAL & CONTEMPORARY CONCERT LISTING SOURCE

TOO LATE TO LIST & HONOURABLE MENTION, 4255. to . •November 16 8:00: Celebration in Song with Brenda Sullivan and Friends. 50th birthday concert with music from light classical to Celtic country. Featuring Carolynne Godin, David Wilson, Brenda Massey, Ron Renner & The Grew Crew. Profits donated to selected children's arts programmes. Trinity-St. Paul's Church, 427 Bloor St. West. 652-8352. ,.50. •December 1 8:00: Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. Stuart McLean & The Vinyl Cafe with Quartette. 130 Navy St., Oakville. 905-815-2021..99. •December 2 5:00 & 7:30: Living Arts Centre. Magic School Bus: A Bright Idea. Children's entertainment. Hammerson Hall, 4141 Living Arts Drive. 905-306- 6000. ,. •December 3 5:00 & 7:30: Living Arts Centre. Magic School Bus: A Bright Idea. Hammerson Hall. See Dec 2. •December 6 2:00 & 4:00: Markham Theatre for Performing Arts. Judy & David in Concert. Interactive concert for children.171 Town Centre Blvd. 905- 305-7469. .99,.50. B. NoN-TRADITIONAL CONCERT VENUES: •November 1 7:30: CTM/Mariposa/Fiying Cloud. Sketches of Scotland in harmonious words & music. Archie Fisher, vocals; Zeke Mazurek, fiddle/mandolin; Rick Fielding, acoustic guitar. Tranzac . Club, 292 Brunswick. !tOS-884-5184. .: door; 8 advance; 5 Flying Cloud members. •November 12 8:00: MadriGALS CD Launch Party. The MadriGALS, a cappella Renaissance trio; Hobnail, Celtic music; Cecile Denis, harp; Craig Downie, pipes; Nonesuch, folk band; members of Arbor Oak Trio. 642 King St. West, Ste. 4oo. 588-5480. Free. , •November 17 8:30: Burashko Plays Prokofiev. Prokofiev: Piano Sonata #6; Romeo & Juliet Suite. Andrew Burashko, piano. Bar Code, 549 College St. 351- 8188. Free. •November 27 9:30: Not at the Opera. Weill, Porter & others. Vilma Vitols, singer; Benjamin Stein, keyboard. Free Tim11s Cafe, 320 College St. 588-6679, cover. •Mezzetta Cafe Restaurant, 681 St. Clair W. 658-5687. cover. Mediterranean cuisine and live music each night at 9:15 & 10:30: November 4: Norm Liyota, solo guitar November 18: Arlene Smith, vocals; Reg Schwager, guitar December 2: Stephanie McLean, vocals; Jake Langley, guitar continued from page, 17 on, is a whole lot easier. In England the Protestant Reformation changed music, · more restrictions on what was played in church. So composers wrote secular music. Bull, Byrd, Gibbons, Farnaby, all the great talents of the day, wrote for the virginal, a small personal harpsichord popular in England. The Fitzwilliam Virginal Book has a thousand pages, over 300 pieces, all ·REAL music. ME: (inspiringly) Uh huh? DEN: The harpsichord is VERSA TILE . . Throughout Europe, it was a part of every musical ensemble: It was the conductor's instrument, they set the tempo with it. It was the home entertainment centre for three centuries.. Little · 'virginals were taken on picnics and boating excursions. Composers who wrote operas also wrote harpsichord transcriptions -- Handel transcribed ALL of his overtures, and the edition is still available. A lot of the · music pianists already know was _written for the harpsichord. and makes MUCH more sense on its original instrument. And there's more: The harpsichord is a SOCIABLE instrument. Most of the music BEHIND THE SCENES: DEN ·CIUL written for harpsichord is for composers were keen on amateurs to play for their own selling their compositions to pleasure and usually with the widest possible market. friends; · most of the familiar Handel and Telemann -- did music of the 19th-and 20th you know he invented the centuries was written for score-of-the-month club? -- professionals to perform after and a lot of others wrote music years of training and hours or "for melody instrument and days of rehear~. Baroque continuo". Gc;>t a flute? No? ensembles are hospitable to How about a violin, recorder, differing skill levels; guitar, harmonica, voice? beginners can manage the Continuo can be a harpsichord, basic line, more skilled players gamba, bassoon, cello or any improvise ornaments and combination. Figured bass, a modulations and riffs, it's like common,Baroque notation for playing jazz. A piece can be continuo, consists of the bass different every time you play line and perhaps a number or it. Baroque music is meant to two, signifying the harmony to be fun, does not require a 1 be played by the right hand; a conductor, and the pieces are third is assumed, a 4 means short! What could be nicer for play the fourth, etc. Handel playing with friends? tells how to -do it in his figured (No stopping him now) bass exercises, #12 in Dover Press's "Early Music Series". DEN: Harpsichords are . Figured bass makes · QUIET. A concert grand transposing easy, since there's piano is intended to be heard only' one line to move. in a 2,000 seat concert hall. And harpsichord is Historic keyboards make a INEXPENSIVE. For more personalcsized sound. ,000, the price of a good Your harpsichord will not grand piano, or, for that annoy your·neighbors. If you matter, a concert-quality are playing in an ensemble, the euphonium, you can have a other musicians will thank you concert quality French or for not drowning them out. A Flemish double harpsichord for friend of ours recently late music, AND an Italian acquired a clavichord. He single for early stuff and plays it at night, after his continuo AND a clavichord family has gone to bed. AND a virginal. Baroque music is ACCESSIBLE. Baroque He looks at me earnestly. COMPREHENSIVE CONTEMPORA~Y CONCERT You really NEED a virginal if you want to play virginal music." · ME: (scribbling furiously): Well, I:m convinced, how do I get some of these things? DEN: I'm glad you asked. You can buy one from a big company, Way-DuComet or Hubbard. I'm a Way-du Cornet agent, but I like Hubbard instruments, too. You can buy one from· a local "scratch" builder, like me in Toronto or Yves Beaupre of Montreal. Used ones are sometimes available, one of our·clients got a wonderful little Flemish single for free, others have paid too much for, well,,junk. Way/Zuckermann (I'm ·a Zuckermann agent, too) and Hubbard have been making kits since the 50's. •Their designs are good and the kits build reliably. Prices for a kit? K to K complete, K to K if I build it for you. But the MOST FUN is to build one yourself. There is nothing else that you can put so much of yourself into and get so much back, every day, for as long as you live. (He considers.) Well, kids are close, but then they leave home and don't phone. You ALWAYS know where your harpsichord is.

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