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Volume 5 Issue 10 - July/August 2000

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  • Theatre
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  • August
  • Toronto
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September and June, but

September and June, but what is being presented in July and August looks very interesting. The Ginger Group, -l. to r. Lona Davis, Kristine Anderson, Renee Bouthot The Toronto Symphony Orchestra gets things off to a flying start with fuur different concerts on July 1, 4 and 5 at · Centre Island. What better way to escape the stifling summer heat and do something you can't do most of the rest of the year, hear orchestral music in the open air. These are paywhat-you-tan concerts,Jor which the TSO is suggesting $10 for adults and for children. The conductor for these concerts will be Boris Brott, whose winning ways with orchestras have helped make his Brott Summer Music Festival in Hamilton such a great success. Another of the peripatetic Brott' s recent successes was to conduct a performance of Leonard · Bernstein's Mass in Rome, with Pope John Paul in the audience. Another series of outdoor.concerts gets under way 'on July 2 at the Music Garden (right across from Centre Island) at three in the afternoon, with cellists, Blair Lofgren & Trevor Fitzpatrick. That series continue throµghout the summer on Sunday afternoons, with performers from the Glenn Gould Professional School. And on July 3 the "Music Mondays" noon-hour concert series, which !Jegan in June, will continue with a performance by soprano, Linda Eyman: violist, Julian Knight and guitarist, William Beauvais. This musical oasis in pie heart 0f downtown, at Holy Trinity ~hurch, right beside the Eaton Centre, will continue to the end of August. Also on July 3, at 3pm at Roy ,Thomson Hall, the eleventh annual concert of choral music by Latvian composers will take place, with the music of 22 composers sung by a 300-voice choir. And that evening, soprano Mary Lou Fallis, opens her Primadonna 's First Farewell Tour at Canadian Stage (see Music Theatre Spotlight). On July 6, Soundstreams Canada, CBC radio Two will present a concert by ten outstanding youth choirs from around the world at the Barbara Frum Atrium in the CBC Broadcast Centre. The ten award-winning choirs from Spain, New Zealand, Slovenia, Northern Ireland, Newfoundland, Albania, Iceland, Estonia and Ontario will sing as one, 400-voice ensemble. Saturday July 8 looks like another terrific summer day for music-lovers in the city. AfroFest in the Park, an open air performance of African music, whose appeal is so universal there is probably not a single person in Toronto that wouldn't enjoy this show, will transform Queen's Park, starting at 2pm. Among the performers will be Sinbongile Nene, · who, as the guest artist at Cantores Celestes' April 29 concert, got the whole audience singing! At 3pm the same day, tile Scarborough Philharmonic will join forces with the Hot Latkes Klezmer Band for a cool crossover afternoon on ' the lawn of Metro Hall .. And in the evening the Canadian Music Competitions final gala concert of its finalists with full orchestra , will take place at the Glenn Gould Studio. The Canadian Music Competitions are· an organization with a mission, which is to support young 9anadian talent to make it to the top. It deserves our support, as do th

organized ·a couple of concerts with the Elmer Iseler Singers for Canada Day. In the spring of 1999 he did some scouting around Toronto Islands. in search of suitable venues for such a venture. The Islands did in fact have several possible locations. The one he found the most appealing was little St. Andrew's-by-the-Lake Church, with its vaulted wood-panelled ceiling, hardwood floor and generally friendly atmosphere. So on July 30 St. ' Andrew's will be the location of an all Bach ,concert; given by Tafelmusik's Charlotte · Nediger and Linda Melsted, on the 250th anniversary, almost - to the day, of ,Bach's death. -Another of the historic venues Missen and Bouthot have chosen is Hart 'House Theatre, where on July 29 a concert celebrating Kurt Weill's lOOth birthday will take place. An interesting connection is that Hart House Theatre was opened in 1919 when Kurt BEETHOVEN MARAT THE COMPLETE PIANO CO .wthAnton Kuerti, Pian JULY 1 2 8c 1 3, Du Maurier Ltd. Centre, H BEETHOVEN'S NINTH; AUG~ 19TH. Hamilton Place 3 concerts for 9. 50 ! price. Book Now! Weill was still a young man. It Chair of the Music department is easy to imagine the Three- - of Simpson College in penny Opera and Mahagony Redding, California. having their Canadian premieres while still very new in this theatre when it too was new! In any case, hats off to theHOT Music Collective and its vision of a summer music festival for Toronto which will promoJe Canadian music and Canadian history. · Monday, July 31 the National Youth Orchestra under the baton of Kazuyoshi Akiyama will make its annual appearance at the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts and on Tuesday, August 1', the Icelandic Canadian Club will present its "Vikings in Canada Gala'', which will combine music, art, film, science and literary readings at the Glenn Gould Studio. Among the performers will be Paul Thorlakson, an ·alumnus • of the Royal Conservatory of Music and the U. of T. Faculty - of Music, who is now the In August things really do get quiet, but on August 11 both City Centre Musical Productions in Mississauga and Summer Opera Lyric Theatre open their runs of The King and I and Bernstein's Candide. You can find full details oil these shows in the music . theatre listings. The Canadian Opera Company's popular '"Altamira No Load" opera excerpts concerts will be at Harbourfront on August 22, 23 - and 24. Most of Harbourfront' s other musical events this summer will be part of its "Rhythms of the World" festival, which will bring to its stage performers from around the world. On August 27 the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra will d~ something no other orchestra, at least in recent memory, has done - perform Camille Saint-Saens' Carnival of th{! Animals at the Metro Toronto Zoo - so obvious, so original, and what. a great way to bring: summer to an end! MEANWHILE, OUT OF TOWN ••• ~EE PAGE 29 University Settlement nusic & Arts Scbool Establls/le

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