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Volume 6 Issue 7 - April 2001

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promising string or piano chamber music group(s) in the Faculty of Music's chamber music program. The first award will be presented at a gala concert on April 29 and will feature performances by the recipients and their mentors. Proceeds from the concert will help to support the Faculty's Ensemble-in-Residence, The month begins with the last concert of Tafelmusik' s series of performances of •!• CONCERT NOTES •!• OVERVIEW, CONTI NUED the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus and Collaborations Conc~rt Series. Margison's friends, ail luminaries in their own right, include mezzo-soprano Jean Stilwell, qancer Veronica Tennant, violinists Erika Raum and Mark'Fewer, flutist, Susan ' Hoeppner, violist Valerie Kuinka, the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus under their new conductor Anne Cooper Gay, and pianist Bruce Ubukata. Bruce Ubukata will be Mozart's Exultate with soprano soloist Karina Gauvin, on April performing the next evening as 1st. On April 6 Celebrity Italian well, April 19, with the illustritenor Andrea Bocelli will make ous Canadian counter-tenor, the rafters of the Air Canada Daniel Taylor. They will perform · Centre ring. Soprano Narelle arias by Handel in the second half Martinez will join Calyx ensem- of the program. In the first half ble, ·in a concert of lieder and of the program Taylor will sing chamber music by German English lute songs and folk songs, composers on April 8. Canadian accompanied by luteilist, Sylvain tenor Michael Schade, "ac- - Bergeron. Bergeron will be in claimed ... worldwide as one of Toronto with· his early music 1 the great Mozartian tenors of his ensemble, La Nef, which joins generation," will sing the titll! the Toronto Consort on April 6 role in the Canadian Opera and 7 for their concert, In Search Company's production of the of the Black Madonna. Kudos to rarely performed ldomeneo, the people at Music Toronto for which runs from April 7 to 22. combining such a remarkable Schade will stay.fa Toronto a few group pf musicians in one concert. more days to sing Schubert~s song cycle, Die SchOneMiillerin, On April 27, the Canadian on April 26 - part of The Aideburgh Opera Company is presenting a Connection series. On concert many of you will not April 29 The Aldeburgh Con- . want to miss. Soprano. Isabel riection presents tenor Colin Bayrakdarian and baritone James Ainsworth and baritone Robert Westman will be joined by the Stuart, with the Elora Festival ;' COC orchestra, conducted. by Singers. Another of our renowned Richard Bradshaw. Canadian tenors, Richard Margison, who has recently been , made an Officer of the Order of Canada, will be the headline performer for' "An Evening with Richard Margison and friends," ~ fund-raising concert for both Looking ahead to May, soprano Wendy Maxwell'will perform with friends at Runnymede United Church on May 5 and soprano Patricia Sonego wjll give a recital at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts on May 6. byFrankNakashima . One doesn't often have the opportunity to hear an. opera by' Handel, even in a concert version! Early in the month, the Jane Mallett Theatre will be venue for Opera in Concert's presentation of Handel's Ariodante (April 1) - featuring some of the very finest of Canadian vocal talent - Kimberly Barber, Jackalyn Short, Barbara Hannigan, Daniel Lichti, and Allyson McHardy. - conducted by Gary Thor Wedow. And the same day Alexa Wing and Nina Scott-Stoddart will be siriging Pergolesi's Stabat Mater (April 1) in the beautiful rebuilt Holy Family Church (the original church was totally destroyed by fire in .the Spring of 1997). Instrumentalists from the Talisker Players, plus harpsichord, will provide the accompa- . niment. This performance is a Lenten meditation and will be followed by Solemn Vespers. Admission is a free will offering . On April 7 you can experience the elegance and grandeur of the French Baroque with the I Furiosi Bar~que Ensemble, and special guest harpsichordist Bernard Gordillo, when they present a program entitled "Les Precieux" at Knox College Chapel at the U ofT. In Search of the Black Madonna (April 6 & 7) uses words and music to explore the cult surrounding the mysterious and controversial Black Madonna (statues of the Virgin Mary, the most famous of which has resided for centuries in a medieval abbey ' i in the town of Montserrat, Spain), The Toronto Consort and La Nef (from Montreal) join forces to present a program featuring Cantigas de Santa Maria (a 13th century illuminated collettion of 400 songs in praise of the Virgin Mary) and other vocal and instrumental music from the 12th through 15th centuries. Masque . A year ago~ Early Music America and The Dorian Group, Ltd., announced the winners of the secorid Dorian/EMA Recording Competition. From an entry pool of 50 previously-unrecorded early music ensembles from both the.United States and Canada, the winner, Masques, was chosen for their outstanding performance and creative progralllming. This trio, based in Montreal - Timothy Haig · (baroque violin), Elin SOderstrom (viola da gamba), Olivier Fortier (harpsichord) - was awarded the grand prize, a debut CD, to be Paul Hodge Design • Recording • Editing • Live Sound phone 416-533-6102 web eni'ail 10 Wholenote APim 1, 2001 - MAv 7, 2001

ecorded and distributed by The Dorian Group, Ltd. for their · program of "Consorts of Two Parts for several friends" .by Matthew Locke (1621/22-1677). For their concert on April 14, "Music from Saint Mark's Square," they perform music by Castello, Marini, Fontana and Vivaldi. Among Canadian-born, Montreal-based singer Daniel Taylor's most recent coups are performances at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, and at New York's Metropolitan Opera. His recent recording projects include the critically acclaimed Rinaldo for the Decca recording label (with Cecilia Bartoli!), and Deutsche Gramophon's series of Bach Cantatas conducted by John Eliot Gardiner. Mr. Taylor is simply one of the most sought-after countertenors in the world today. The first half of his Toronto (April 19) recital features a selection of English lute songs and folk ballads accompanied by Montreal lutellist Sylvain Bergeron. The second half is devoted to arias by Handel, accompanied on keyboard by Bruce Ubukata. The same date (and the following three) violinist Monica Huggett is both a guest soloist and director in her appearance with the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra (April 19, 20, 21, 22): On the program is Mendelssohn's Octet for Strings and other works. Taking a break from busking at St. Lawrence Market, performing at weddings, etc., Voyces Past (a group which focuses primarily on the secular and sacred music of European Renaissance composers) will present its first full-length concert Daniel Taylor (April 22), performing best known and loved madrigals, favourite sacred and secular songs, as well as music by contemporary Canadian composers such as R. Murray Schafer, Imant Raminsh, Nancy Telfer, and Keith Bissell. Members of this a cappella vocal quartet are Michele DeBoer, Karen Elkin, Suba S~aran, and Penny Sparling. Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643) was perhaps the most influential composer of the early Baroque. Although he composed a considerable amount of music, he didn't write many Masses. For a donation to the "Out of the Cold" program, you can hear his Missa a 6 voci da cappella (Aprif 24). There's· a lot of early music performance happening in Toronto, but not much is heard of the works from the 15th century court of the Dukes of Ferrara (Music at the Court of Ferrara - April 27). The medieval music ensemble, Sine Nomine, with guest sackbut player Cameron Walter, presents a program of this long-lost music. Possessing one of the loveli~st lyric voices in fown, Thinking of recording? Uncover the possibilities at Open 7 days I wk (416) 596-9364 655 Bay St. , Toronto (entrance on Elm) 2 hours FREE PARKING after 6pm Weekends and Holidays FREE PAR~NG anytime. Licensed for Wine and Beer. APRIL 1, 2001 - MAY 7, 2001 Wholenote 11

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