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Volume 4 Issue 6 - March 1999

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8 B;ONCERT ~NOTES CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 performance each of Bach and Schiltz's St. Matthew Passion (March 27 & 28), the North American premiere ofLully's opera, Thesee, (March 23) and Handel's little known Easter Oratorio, La Resurrezione presented by Opera Atelier (March 31). CHAMBER MUSIC When one thinks of chamber music one tends to think first of string quartets. Composing for ·string quartet really got under way in the classical period with Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, but ~j:ontinues to be a favourite combination of composers ihroughout the nineteenth and into the twentieth Century. On March 2 the Toronto String Quartet will be joined by pianist, Angela Cheng, in their Music Toronto Concert. Three European quartets will be perfonning here tlus montl1 - the Amati Quartet on March 18 at 1:30 (Women's Musical Club), the Martinu Quartet on March 18 .at 8:00 (Music Toronto) and the St. I ' .,_) Petersburg Quartet on March 28 (Ford Centre). And if a musical excursion to tl1e beautiful cow1tryside around Guelph appeals to you, tl1e Penderecki String Quartet is performing Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ witl1 TACTUS Vocal Ensemble in Guelph on· March 27. Two excellent piano trios will also be taking to tl1e stage in • March. On March 7 violinist, Erica Rawn, cellist, Kristine Bogyo and pianist, Francine Kay present an afternoon concert at tl1e Koffier Centre and on March 23 the Gryphon Trio will be at tl1e Jane Mallett TI1eatre as part of Music Toronto's series. Erica Rawn can also be heard in recital with pianist, Lydia Wong on March I b as part of t11e Mozart Society series: And if tl1e idea of coffe witl1 your chamber music appeals to you, check out ~e Cafe Espresso Sunday Afternoon Music Series at the Academy of Spheri'ial Arts on March 7. EAR TO THE FUTURE TI10se interested in hearing good music today (while perhaps glimpsing future greatness) should check out the Kiwanis Festival Showcase of Stars concert march 2 at the Ford Centre. And you might also want ;-t---, to be at the Canadian Music ' Competitions concert on March . ,217 Danforth Ave. 7. Also plan to attend the I ' ft (Between Chester • MER Associates oftl1e Toronto Symphony March 29 concert, which will present ensembles composed of Toronto Youth Symphony Orchestra members. March also signals tl1e start of tl1e greatest single sustained outpouring of music of · the year. March and April are student recital time at the music schools in town. At tl1e University of Toronto FacultyofMusic, we are told, there are four recitals a day most days in March and · April. TI1ey are always interest-. ing, frequrently very very good, · and ... admission is free. TI1e number to call for infonnation is 978-3750. Titere are also recitals given by students at York University's Music Department. Tite number to call tltere is 736- 5186. . G!,JITAR This is one of those months tlmt have anabundance of solo guitar events. Acclaimed Toronto guitarist, Alvin Tung will open tlte Music Around us Series for March on March 4 at tlte Gletm Gould Studio remem~er, phone first!) at noon. On March 6 anotlter Toronto guitarist, Liona Boyd will play at Roy Thomson HaiL March II the Romeros Guitar Quartet will be at tl1e Ford Centre and on March 13 tl1e Guitar Society of Toronto will present a recital by David Trumenbaum. Guitarist, Lymt Harting-Ware, will perf()rm Rogrigo's Fantasia para un gentilhombre with Symphony Hamilton (note:tlte Rodrigo is a late program change). SPRING AND SoNG At the time of writing it is about minus fifteen, but we have several' concerts on hand to . prove that spring is in the air. On March 6 Music at Metropolitan atld on March 7 the Toronto Sinfonietta present concerts with solo singers to herald better things to come. Other song recitals to take note of are: a March 7 Sw1day matinee .stellar foursome, courtesy tlte Aldeburgh Connection, presenting songs of Rossini; soprru1o Isabel Bayrakdarian on March II for Music Toronto; and anot11er quartet of singers (Stephanie Bogle, Barbara, Sadcgur, Guillenno Silva-Marin, and Paul Oros) in a benefit concert for Epilepsy Ontario and the Blodrview Epilepsy Research Program, at the Ford . Centre,Sttldio Theatre on March 21. THE CLASSICS Tite Mendelssohn violin concerto is a magical work, tltat always seems new and fresh. 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I'JJONCERT l'JNOTES Left: MazaMeze soloist, and then I Virtuosi dl Toronto on March 28 with soloist, Mayumi Seiler. Otl1er orchestras presenting some of t11~ great 19tll Century symphonic repertoire are tl1e North York Symphony, tl1e Cathedral Bluffs Symphoi1y Orchestra and t11e New Hamilton Symphony, all on March 20, and the York Symphony Orchestra aild the Counterpoint Cmmmmity Orchestra on March27. PIANO RECITALS Piano recitals seem to have been among tl1e concerts most amenable to rescuing in t11is year's star-crossed Ford Centre series. (Perhaps tlu!: logistics are simpler for soloists who don't even have to transport tl1eir own insthunents.) Who:s complaining tl1migh when tl1is montl1 brings us tl1e likes ofYefim Bronfinan on March 4, Garrick Ohlsson on March 13, and Andras Schiff on March 25. And on March 26 tl1e Royal Conservatory of Music will be celebrating one of Canada's. great pianistic talents, Marak Jablonski, as part of its "Celebrating Lifetimes in Music" series. 1l1e event will feature the artist in conversation witl1 RCM president Peter Simon.(The ot11er event in the same series scheduled for tl1is month, a celebration of Canadian composer Harry Somers on March 5, has regrettably been cancelled because Mr. Somers is not well.) DEFYING CLASSIFICATION Some oftl1is month's concerts are ~efinitely one of a kind. Maza Meze is an 11- piece Arabic and Greek music ensemble playing music highlighted by latered, winding vocals, instrumental excursions Sgu~b MOBILE RECORDING FACILITY live multitrack recording for: • Club gigs & concerts • Remote studio sessions • Broadcast mixhig & recording RECORD YOUR NEXT RElEASE OR DEMO L/)!ef Classical Pop Rock Choral jazz Gospel 416.410.4918 and driving hand percussion. 1l1ey appear tlus month at Eastminster United March 13 as part oftl1e Music Umbrella series. March 6 the Scarborough Philharmonic, conducted by Canadian music legend Howard Cable presents music for Female Vocal Trio witl1 Orchestral Accompaniment. And on March 23 Dance Oremus Danse presents its Concert Notes continues on page 12 WORLD CLASS , DIGITAL RECORDING CD MASTERING . & MANUFACTURING ... the very essence of fidelity." Alan Lofft, Sound and Vision It's music to your ears! YAMAHA DI.GITAL PIANOS from just ,795 Monthly payments from just .86 ( On approved credit) • . YAMAHK mnova DIGITAL PIANOS Pick the First Choice of The Royal Conservatory of Music. WALTERS MUSIC ·CENTRES SQUARE ONE YORKDALE SCARBOROUGH (905)896-7766 (416) 785-7444 (416) 29678840

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