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Volume 5 Issue 6 - March 2000

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ELMER ISELER SINGERS

ELMER ISELER SINGERS Lydia Adams) conductor Millennium Concert Sunday April 2, 2000 at 8 pm Rosedale United Church Roxborough & Glen, Toronto regular, senior/student Lydia Adams and Wayne Strongman, conductors Special Guests: Rosedale United Church Choir; Beverley Johnson, percussion; Erica Goodman, harp. Repertoire Includes: Two World Premieres by Canadian Composers , j f . CHRISTOS HATZIS !11 Memoriam Elmer lselrr SRUL IRVING GLICK Psalm Elegy and LEONARD BERNSTEIN Chichester Psalms The Elmer Iseler Singers salute the Millennium by looking forward to the next one! True to the legacy of Dr. Elmer Iseler, who regularly championed new compositions by Canadian composers, we will be premiering two major new works in this concert. Both works are dedicated to the memory of our founderconductor, and the Hatzis has been commissioned through grants from Musicanada 2000 and the Canada Council. For this concert we will join forces with the Rosedale United Church Choir and Rosedale Concerts, an exciting new professional concert organization under the direction of Wayne Strongman, Artistic Director of Tapestry New Opera Works. tORONtO aRtS COUNCIL ····[(l ,,.. 4 .. c."'' ., ,... (. ' .. ' TOIOHTO A COLLABORATION WITH THE ROSEDALE CONCERTS Tun CANADA CouNCil llt! CoNSBrL ou Ans J'O.k nu. ARTS SlNC£ l9S7 I)U CANAOA OF.PUIS" 19S7 For information or to order tickets call (416) 217-0537 1 ' l-Ie~.- Nan ""' ~"~ "~.v Toronto's contemporary music calendar by David G. H. Parsons Hear & Now opens with some sad news for the entire Canadian new music community. Two of our most prominent senior women composers passed away last month - Barbara Pentland, O.C. (at age 87 on February 5), and Violet Archer, O.C. (at age 86 on February 21). A champion of modemist teclmiques in Canadian music and a fascinating and engaging individual, Barbara Pentland was bom in Wiimipeg, studied in Montreal, Tanglewood and New York, and had Hindemith and Copland among her teachers. Pentland's works are typified by a marvelous economy of material, employment of serialist teclmiques, and an austerity that is reminiscent of the music of Anton Webem (a composer whom she greatly admired). A number of her later pieces were inspired by a concem about larger political and social issues, including the need for protecting our natural environment. Pentland taught at the University of British Columbia from 1949-1963, received the Dip lome d'hotmeur ( 1977), two honourary doctorates, and the Order of Canada. New Music Concerts will pay tribute to Barbara Pentland on May 14, when Robert Aitken and Erica Goodman add "Trance" for flute and harp to t11at society's next Toronto programme. Violet Archer, an incredibly prolific artist, wrote more than 252 works in virtually all media. Among her distinguished teachers were Claude Champagne, Bartok and Hindemith, and she earned her Masters Degree from Yale. Archer was composer-inresidence at North Texas State College and taught at several American universities, before moving to the University of Alberta in 1962 where she taught until her retirement in 1978. Described as "a master of complex dissonant counterpoint," Archer was also often inspired by simple folk materials, showing the lasting influences of her teachers. She had a particular enthusiasm for creating high quality music for children to play. Among her many awards were three honourary doctorates and the Order of Canada. In 1987 the Prairie Region of the Canadian Music Centre named the Violet Archer Library in her honour. Both these women will be greatly missed by their munerous friends, students and musical colleagues. "Mystery & Majesty" is the combined effect when the Victoria Scholars and the Elora Festival Singers combine under the direction of Noel Edison for a programme of spiritually inspired music on March 5. Featured is the Canadian premiere of Jolm Tavener's "llumder Entered Her", Charles Marie Widor's "Messe pour deux choeurs et deux orgues", plus works by Durufle, Arvo Part and some Gregorian chant. A highlight will be the world premiere of a new choral work from Christos Hatzis. On March 7, Music Toronto showcases pianist Eve Egoyan. TI1is outstanding exponent of 20th century music has chosen composers Alvin Curran (UK), Michael Finnissy (USA), Michael Longton and Linda C. Smith (CAN), as well as pieces by Erik Satie and Alexander Scriabin. ll1ere will also be a world premiere by

'"" penRFW66%5i Toronto composer James Rolfe. Several of the works selected for this concert appear on her new CD, "the things in between" [ART 019], a recording that has been making big soWld waves in the music world ever since its laWlch at BRAVO in October last year. Egoyan is a master of pianistic nuance and explores the full possibilities of her instrument's shading and colour in" ... intriguing, often unfamiliar, and magical ways." This is a concert not to be missed. As periodically occurs, however, the available choices on March 7 will be tough for new music fans, from the introspection of solo piano to the massive sonorities of chorus and orchestra. In the latter category, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is giving the Canadian premiere of Krzystof Penderecki's recent "Credo" (involving double chorus, soloists and extensive percussion forces). The concert also has Glenn Buhr's "Gloria" (commissioned by the choir). Buhr will discuss his work during a pre-concert chat with CBC Radio's Rick Phillips. The stellar line-up includes Meredith Hall and Hemiette Schellenberg, sopranos; Linda Maguire and Judith Forst, mezzos; Robert Pomakov, baritone; with Jacques Lacombe and Noel Edison both conducting. The Hannaford Street Silver Band explores Japan on March 12. Its aftemoon concert of contemporary brass music, with guest euphonium soloist Shoichiro Hokozono, at the Jane Mallett Theatre, includes pieces by a number of Japanese composers. Programmed are a munber of works that have not been heard in Toronto before- h1agki, "Tirree Japru1ese Folk Songs"; Tsuken, "Legend for Euphonium"; Takemitsu, "In The Garden Rain"; and Ellerby, "New World Dances". That same evening (March 12) you can head over to Trinity Square for the latest in the engaging informal series "Salon des Refuses". This installment features selected art songs by Toronto composers Gerald Berg and Colin Eatock, among others. The Toronto String Quartet, one of Music Toronto's resident ensembles, performs again on March 21. A progrrumne of quartets by Mozart and Verdi is enlivened by the Toronto premiere of"Quantum Mechrulics" by Jeffrey Ryan, popular composer-advisor with Music Toronto and host of their "Contemporary Classics" series. While it will be the first time local audiences will have a chance to hear this strong new work in its entirety, a portion was presented last month at the du Maurier Theatre as a "teaser". Its energy, technical demands, ru1d clever structure (the piece is based on physics, containing musical interpretations of such reactions as fission and fusion) should make it a hit with chamber music audiences. Science buffs take special note! On March 24, the Esprit Orchestra presents the third concert of the season, exploring ail ongoing theme of music either inspired by, or composed in, the Far East. Works on the prograiiUne include Maki Ishii's "Concertante" for solo marimba ru1d six percussionists (Canadian premiere), ru1d Jose Evangelista's "Alap & Gat" - inspired by North h1dian musical fonns. "Jose has been strongly influenced by Asian cultures, and this 1998 composition is no exception, plus it's an extremely channing work as well," says Esprit's artistic director Alex Pauk. "We've done some fantastic, electric larger orchestral pieces by Maki Ishii in ti1e past, and I believe I've fow1d a work on a smaller scale that canies the srune pw1ch. It's also a tour-de-force for marimba soloist Ryru1 Scott," he adds. Pauk stresses his enthusiasm for Ishii, and it should continue over ti1e next two seasons with more of his orchestral music being programmed. "Pulau dewata", Claude Vivier's most widely perfonned piece, has a flexible instnunentation, existing in several versions. Esprit will be playing ti1e arrangement ·by Jolm Rea. "An emphasis in titese selections, including ti1e Vivier," says Pauk, "is the idea that Esprit maintains relationships with composers, introduces different works by ti1em, ru1d gives repeat perfonnances." On April2, it is possible to spend a whole day immersed in 20th century choral music. At 3pm, Hear & Now continues ~ ·1u M 11 .: ~~ S I C ••••••• m March2000 THURSDAY MARCH 2 TSA ARTIST LECTURE SERIES FREE SUNDAY MARCH 5 DAVID MOTT I RONDA RINDONE I TUESDAY TO THURSDAY MARCH 7 TO 9 N.O~M.A. I SATURDAY + SUNDAY MARCH 11 + 12 FIDES KRUCKER $ 12 1 TUESDAY MARCH 14 JAMES HULLICK: PIANO 4 I CCMC PWVC THURSDAY MARCH 16 TORONTO JAZZ ORCHESTRA PWVC FRIDAY MARCH 17 MARILYN LERNER I SATURDAY MARCH 18 CANADIAN ELECTRONIC ENSEMBLE I FRIDAY MARCH 24 TO FRIDAY APRIL 7 THE EMOTIONALISTS I PWVC www.interlog.com/-musicgal 179 RICHMOND STREET WEST•WEST OF UNIVERSITY AVENUE•ALL PERFORMANCES BEGIN AT 8PM UNLESS INDICATED OTHERWISE-fOR TICKETS AND INFORMATION CALL 416.204.1080 2&

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