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Volume 4 Issue 8 - May 1999

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JliONCERT L!JNOTES CONTINUED FROM PAGEI7 a concert venue, having been used for the past five or six years by the Sine Nomine Ensemble for Medieval Music. But this May's . programming looks more like that of the Music Gallery than the domain of medieval scholars! The Artemis Cafe From April 30 to ~y 9 music by Toronto cellist and composer, Brenda Muller fills the air at St. Stephen's. Called The Artemis Cafl, the piece is described by its creator as "an inter-arts cabaret" and a "ritual of healing, a journey of transformation." Performers include the Ardeleana Trio, actor and "MadriGAL" Abby Zotz, eileen O'Toole and mezzo soprano, Nancy DeLong (this months ''Musician in Our Midst", page 18). vivie' vinfent Montreal harpsichordist, vivie' vin~ent, a true original, makes a very old musical instrument sound very, very new. She reviles the harpsichord, calling it unmusical, because the only element of music it can produce is pitch. The harpsichord, she proclaims with semi-malicious enthusiasm, cannot even produce a crescendo or a diminuendo. For (Between Chesler & Broa!Niew) (416) 406·1641 Specializing in the Sale of New and Used Compact Discs Featuring Classical and Jazz Offering Gift Certificates, Trade-Ins and Special Ordering that reason, after a year-long personal crisis over the excruciating limitations ofher chosen medium, vin~ent realized that extending the instrument's capabilities electronically was probably the best way to achieve her artistic aims. She will be at St. Stephen's May 14, joined by, among others, no less than composers John Beckwith and Bruce Mather. A word of caution -don't expect the baroque! THE ART OF THE CANTOR Three world-renowned cantors, Yaakov Motzen, Shlomo Simcha Sufrin and special guest, Israel Rand from New York's Hampton Synagogue, will present their work in concert at Shaarei Shomayim Congregation on PHOTO:ELLEN VESTERDAL Artemis cafe writer/creator Brenda Muller, cello with actor Abby Zotz Wednesday, May 26, accompa- GRIT LASKIN nied by Cantor Daniel Gil dar from Grit Laskin, maker and player of Philadelphia and the Shaarei guitars, has garnered worldwide Shomayim Choir led by David accolades for both, such as Young. Repertoire will include "Simply the most intelligent Cantonal, Hebrew, Chassidic and concert we've ever heard." and operatic pieces. Congregation "ranks in the top 3 of all time!" Shaarei Shomayim welcomes The waiting list for his guitars is everyone who is interested to this four yearsc Toronto entrepreneur, event. matchmaker and creator of RAAG-MAIA The Raag-Mala Music Society of Toronto produces several concerts oflndian music each year. On May 15 they will present sitar maestro, Ustad Shahid Parvez with tabla player, Subhen Chatterjee and tanpura player, Apema Bhattacharyajee at the Medical Sciences Auditorium at the University of Toronto. possibilities, Sharyn Gunter, has persuaded Laskin to give a lecture-demonstration-concert on Sunday, May 16 at the Zionist Centre. OLUSTYMAY Saucy lyrics plus a full consort of viols, things we don't often get to hear in Toronto, will be heard when the Toronto Consort and Les Voix Humaines join forces on May 7 at Trinity-St. Paul's! FESTIVALS · As usual, June's WholeNote will feature our annual roundup of summer music festivals across the province CoNTINUED ON PAGE 15 TRACEY WILKINS JAZZ VOCALIST AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS ABSOLUTE SOUNDS PHONE (416) 767-9451 FAX (416) 767-2476

in connection with the Angels from the Vatican exhibition. The Bach Chamber Youth Choir, under the direction of Linda Beaupre, is on the move! Starting this September, the choir will rehearse at Bellefair United Church in the Beacharea.Forinformation call416431-D790. The Canadian Children's Opera Chorus introduces a Junior Apprentice Chorus for 5 - 6 year olds. Choral music, drama and movement will be taught through a unique programme of eurhythmics and singing games; a wonderful opportunity for young children to develop music and acting skills! Information, call 416-366-D467. DUO partners Margot Rydall and Ivan Zilman will be "in residence" teaching and performing at CAMMAC's Cedar Glen Summer Music Centre, July 25th to August I st. In addition to their flute and guitar classes, Margot will conduct the flute choir and Ivan will direct the Jazz ensemble. Another first for the Etobicoke Community Concert Band as it takes to the recording studio this month to produce its first compact disc. Programming includes highlights of the Band's recent concerts and features performances by some of the Band's many popular and prominent guest artists. Scheduled for release in September. Roy Thomson Hall announces that distinguished Canadian composer, conductor and arts administrator, Louis Applebawn, is the recipient of the 1999 Roy Thomson Hall Award. The award, established to honour creative, administrative, volunteer or philanthropic accomplislunents, is presented annually in recognition of outstanding contribution to the musical life ofToronto. InMarchSINENOMINE was on the road: a short Alberta tour, including Calgary and Edmonton performances· of the Medieval Musical Bestiary programme. May and June will see a number of performances at the AGO, Last fall Zebra Schwngk attended the International Competition of Young Culture in Dusseldor( earning a unanimous first prize among ten finalists. They also successfully premiered Bruce Nicol's opera Dymphna, Patron Saint of the Insane. Next season they will premiere a piece by Rick Sacks, commissioned through the Laidlaw Foundation. more on n1ernbcrs at www. thewholenote. com 37 of THE . BEST CANADIA-N SONGS sung by DAVID MILLS CANADIAN CLASSICAL SONGS ( CD 25970) REFLECTIONS ( CD 19704) GEMSTONE RECORDS Available at fine record stores everywhere Distributed by: on DISTRIBUTION FUSION Ill

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