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Volume 6 Issue 3 - November 2000

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1 .. 0verView by Allan Pulker 1) AMERICAN MUSICOLOGICAL SOCIETY November 2000.is remarkable iri that more. than 400 concerts are listed in this issue of tlie ·magazine. IfWholeNote is'a barometer of the creative musical vitality here, then it has surpassed all previous records. O,f course one reason for the surge in listings is the ,' American Musicological Society's "Tmonto 2000: Musical Intersections" conference, which has organized 35 free concerts at 'the Sheraton and Hilton Hotels froi;n November 2 to 5. According to Professor Timothy McGee of the U. ofT. Faculty of Music, virtually every music professor from North · America and a good number from Europe , will be in attendance. We welcome them and hope that while they are here they will be, able to sample some of the musical wealth that Toronto has to offer. · 2) WORLD MUSIC Ten of the AMS-organized concerts are of the music of non-western cultures: T. Viswaniithan, flute-player and singer with .mrdangam master, Trichy Sankaran, Traditional Music of Bhutan and Music of Turkey; all on November 2; Balinese Gamelan music, and Arabic music on November 3; Tradit.ional and Conte111porary Korean music, and South and North Indian music, ancient Celtic music performed by the· Altramar Medieval Mu.sic Ensemble and Music of the Americas, all on November 4. · These are just the begim;1ing of another very good month· for world music: On November 2 Massey Hall will reverberate to the sounds of traditional flamenco music and danci:ng; on Novemb~r 3 sitar-player, Kartik Seshadri will perform at Eastminster Church .an~ on November 8 guitarist, John McLaughlin, and tabla-player, Zakir Hussain, will blend Eastern and Western musical traditions at Roy Thomson Hall. The very next evening, November 9, the Toronto Tabla' Ensemble will integrate Indian rhythms with the music ·Of many traditions at the Meeting Place at Scarborough College. On November 12 Mazameze with special guests, percussionist, John Wyre, and violin-lyra-Yayli Tari.bur- . ' player, Beth Cohen, will bring us music from Greece and Turkey. "Yiddish diva", T-heresa Tova will by joined by New York's Waletzky Trio to celebrate a millennium of Yiddish at the Toronto Centre for the Perf~rffiing Arfs on November 19 and on November 24Music Umbrella Cancerts will bring us "An Evening ofKlezmer'.' at Eastminster, where a week later, on December l the Loretto Reid/Brian Taheny Band will ;erform Celtic instruim;ntal music. CONCERT NOTES •!• OVERVIEW Music Days 2000, and event consisting of panel discussions, workshops and a concert to be held at University College on November 16 and 17 to celebrate native North Ame~ican music of today. It wili'provid,e a much needed opportunity to gain understanding of the place•music had in the life, · including the spiritual life, of the North American aboriginal peoples and even to . gain some first hand experience by participating in the men's or women's singing or the flute workshops. Composer, Barbara Croall, is the artistic director of the event, which is a co-presentation of the Canadian Studies and the Aboriginal Studies programs of the Uni.versity of Toronto. Musicians in Ordinary 3) EARLY MUSIC Those of us who watched the first instalment of"Canada: A People's History" either .learned or were reminded that the first meetings ofCanada's Aboriginal People and Europeans occurred in the sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries, long before Bach, Handel and Vivaldi, not to mention Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert. The European music' of that time, which we now refer to as ;'early music", has been the subject of considerable research and study, because the performance tradition is broken. Wear~ · fortunate in Toronto to have a growing number of ensembles who are presenting the ."lost" music of the European generations that discovered and settled in North America. pngland's critically acclaimed all male a capella vocal quartet, the Orlando Consort, ·will ~ake its Toronto debut with one performance of its program, "New Strawberries, New Mulberries", music from late medieval and early renaissance Europe, One of the most excitip.g " World Music" at Trinity-St. Paul'.s Church on November 3. events- of November will be the Aboriginal The music on the program, with titles like 10 Wholenote NOVEMBER 1, 2000 • DECEMBER 7, 2000 1.,' . . i Von Eyern (Of Eggs) and Adieu ces hons vins, is all related to food and drink, and the program notes will even include authentic · recipes from the period. The Toronto · Consort, who are presenting this appearance of the Orlando Consort, has advised us: "Contrary to what Hollywood would have us believe, the medieval diet consisted of much more than grey slops." Similarly, their notes point out, there is much mcire variety in . medieval and early renaissance music.than · the stereotypical "strolling minstrel". This concert will he)p us form a truer idea of what · · late medieval and early' renaissance Europe was really like. ' ' . On N.ovemb,er 5 Baroque Music Beside the Grange will reveal connections between traditional and art music in l 8thcentury Scotland by performing music from James Oswald's l3~volume collection of Scots tunes. for flute. Again music wi11 bring uS: an antidote to our. stereotypical images of . Scottish life. . ' A new voiCe, as it were, on the . ·, Toronto concert scene, York Universit)''s Glendon College, will present a concert by Montreal viola da gamba duo, Les Voix · Humaines, at the Gle11don Gallery on November 6. If you loved the music for the . film, Taus !es matins du monde,. this is a concert not to miss! November 11 brings two early music concerts, the first (alphabetically), a new ensemble called "I Furiosi", will be joined by percussionist, Graham Hargrove, in a program of mus.ic by Handel and Purcell, called "Death and Remembrance". The second is a program of music by J.S. Bach presented by Mooredale Concerts. On November' 17 organist, John Tuttle, in commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the death of J.S. Bach, will perform J.S. Bach's Prelude and Fugue in£flat Major and the large chorale settings from the Klavier ubung (part III), both works from the mature period of the composer's musical life. The Arbor Oa)

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