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Volume 6 Issue 7 - April 2001

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•!• CONCERT NOTES •!• by Allan Pulker Noon-hour concerts Besides the regular noon-hour · organ recitals at the three big downtown churches - Y orkmin~ ster Park, St. Paul's and St. James'- Christ Church Deer Park has a series of short concerts on Thursdays at 12:30 beginning on April 19. In April there will be an abundance of fascinating noonhour concerts at York University - "a little out of the way, a lot out of the ordinary," to quote· the carpet dealer's slogan! Music Gallery ~·res just like old times: CCMC (the Music Gallery?s resident · improvisational ensemble) playing Tuesday at their temporary digs, St. George-the"Martyr Church," is how the Music Gallery's press release introduced the announcement of CCMC's concert on April 17. Do I hear a little nostalgia there for "the good old days" at Richmond Street West, Queen Street West and maybe even St. Patrick Street, if anyone can remember that far back? As the months go by I keep hoping for an announcement from the Music Gallery that it has found a new space. Meanwhile, down on Portland Street, between King and Wellington, Artword Theatre is doing much the same sort of thing the Music Gallery does, even presenting some of the same performers, like clarinetist Rhonda Rindone, who is at Artword on April 1 and at the Music Gallery on April 2 and 20. Getting back to "the good old days" som~ of you may remember the "Bohemian Embassy," whose actual date of closing has been obscurecl by the mists of time, at least in my memory. Well, Don Cullen, the Embassy's founder, is ,still alive and well and living in Toronto, at least for one night, April 18, when he will emcee Bohemian Embassy Nite, a blast from the past at Artword Theatre. Orchestras Theres's lots of news on the orchestral front this month. On April 4 Rhombus Media will present the North American premiere screening of Ravel's Brain, a benefit for the Esprit Orchestra. The film, directed by Larry Weinstein, features an original score by Alex Pauk and Alexina Louie, and "portrays the inner being of a great artist (Maurice Ravel) who [for the last five years of his life] was rendered incapable of communicating with the outside world" by his affliction with aphasia and apraxia. It will be shown on "Bravo" television on May 5. On May 5 and· 6 the Toronto Symphony will hold its National Piano Competition at Walter Hall. What a great place to hear some excellent piano playing and support the next generation of Canadian pianists. Tickets are free and can be reserved at 416- 593-7769 ext. 358. This year is the thirtieth anniversary of the Toronto Philharmonia. John McDermott, "Canada's favourite lyric tenor," will perform with the orchestra on May 4 in a special benefit concert to celebrate the occasion. Another Chris Reibling, B.A. MA, Ph.D. Sales Representative HomeLife Cholkan Realty Corp. Avoid Discord! Tune in to the market with an agent who really knows the score. Buy or sell. Free Market Analysis. Call Today! Bus: 416-236-7711 (24 hr. pager) E-mail: 8 Wholenote APRIL 1, 2001 - MAY 7, 2001 guest artist with the Philharmonia will be Robert Silverman, who, as regular readers may remember, completed a series of recitals of Be~thoven ' s complete Piano Sonatas a couple of years ago at the Glenn Gould Studio, and has also recorded them. His night with the orchestra is April 26, when he will perform Tchaikowsky's Piano Concerto No. l in B fla,t minor, op. 23 . Silverman will also be giving a solo recital at the beautiful Arkell School~ house on April 21. The Vienna Mozart Orchestra will take its audience at the Hummingbird Centre on April 25 when it will perform a program in period costume "in keeping with the concert-hall tradition of 18th century Vienna .. . of single movements from symphonies or concertos, alternating them with arias and duets from Mozart's beloved operas." Soloists with the orchestra will be coloratura soprano Claudia Ema Camie, baritone Sebastien Holecek and violinist Eszter Haffner. Two other orchestral performances of note are the premiere performance of the new Millennium Youth Orcl;testra at the City Playhouse in Vaughan on May 5 and the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra on April 29 at the George Weston Recital Hall. Worlds of Music In WholeNote you can find music from traditions other than just the Western classical qadition: Orkestra Keyif, a Middle Eastern and Balkan music ensemble will bring us the sountls of Istanbul's eclectic musical · heritage on April 6. On April 7 Raag-Mala Music Society will present sitar-player Ustad Shujaat Khan and tabla-player Shri Vijay Ghate. On April 11 York University will present a noonhour concert by mrdangam virtuoso Trichy Sankaran, with his students and his daughter, · singer Suba Sankaran; and on April 12 Worlds of Music Toronto will bring us "two explosive rhythmic traditions," the Afro-Cuban, represented by Ire _Omo and the Indian, represented by Tala Vadya, which combines the No~ Indian tabla, the South Indian mrdangam ;µid the tavil, an Indian folk drum. ' Holy Week and Good Friday The week between Palm Sunday and Easter, called, "Holy Week" (this year from April 8 to 14) is the time of the most solemn observance in the Christian tradition, and has given rise to some of the most serious music, mostly choral, of that tradition. Many choirs will bring us some , of the wonderful music composed . for this time. Some will perform major works, like the Choirs of. Bloor Street and Trinity-St. Paul's United Churches (J.S. 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Schiltz' St. Matthew Passion), and Kingsway Baptist Church (Heinrich Schiltz' Seven '"'. ords of Christ on the Cross). Others, like Yorkminster Park Baptist Church and St. Olave's Church, will bring us. a variety of smaller works. St. Michael's Choir School will observe the occasion with the service'Of Tenebrae, readings, prayers, candles an:d sacred song that tells the Good Friday/Easter story. Brass and Wood Toronto has a new brass choir, the Toronto Symphonic Brass, which will perform "a concert of great brass music, old and new" on April 6. Toronto Symphopy trumpet player James Gardiner, will perform as a soloist twice in April, first with Sinfonia Toronto on April 7 in an all Shostakovich program and on April 29 with the Northdale Concert Band. Slide Rule Trombone Ensemble will join the I:Iumbercrest United Church Choir for two performances of selections from Mozart's Requiem, April 11 at Trinity College Chapel, U.ofT. and April 13 at Humbercrest. On April 23 · the Niagara Brass Ensemble will perform at the Knox College Chapel, also at U. of T. Music Umbrella's final concert oftlie season will 'be music performed on wooden in5truments (well, almost - Carol Ann Savage will play a silver flute with a wooden head joint). The progr~ will · inciude a trio for flute, harp and ·viola by Canadian composer Heather Schmidt, commissioned by Music Umbr.ella three years ago. Canada Laura Adlers Director Spring Festivals · What an appealing prospect - a short trip out of town to Georgetown or Niagara-on-the-Lake to experience spring in a less urban setting and to hear some music. The "Sounds of Spring Festival" in Georgetown is a five-concert series from April 8 to April 28, with ·everything from jazz to lieder to orchestral music. ·"Music-on-the-Lake" is a series of three concerts on May 4, 5 and 6 in Niagara-on-the-Lake, in the School of Philosophy's Music . Room, overlooking the school's beautiful property. Scott St. John Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award Gala Concert The Felix Galimir Chamber Music Award was· conceived and established this year by U. of T. Faculty· of Music professors Lorand Fenyves and Scott St. John, to be awarded to the most t Management Artist Representation Grantwriting Project Coordination i SINFONIA TORONTO ·roronto's premier chamber orchestra! . BETRAYAL AND DENIAL 8 pm, Sat, Apr 7 Intensity, passion and· irony.• . Provocation, betrayal and denial. The music of Shostakovich RICHARD RAYMOND Pianist TWO FTRST PRIZE WINNERS/ 8 pm, Sat, May 5 : Program: Boccherini, Haydn and Mozart Nikki Chooi, violinist, Kelowna, BC, age 12 Soohyun Nam, ce)list, Toronto, ON, age 17 . First prize Winners of the Sinfonia f oronto National Concerto Competition . Sponsored by ~~Canada Glenn Gould Studio 416~205-5555 · .Adults I Seniors I 'Students Box 'office operi 1-6 Mon-Fri; 2 hrs before concerts 2001-2002 season October 27 Mostly Mozart - Andre Laplante, pianist November 17 Baroque Hits - Etsuko Kimura, violinist _ . February 9 Transformed by Love - Sibelius~ Grieg March 2 All Haydn - Symphonies 44, 45 and 49 April 6 Magical Miniatures - Mo~art, Bach, Schubert . May4 , Chopin Spring - Robert Silverman, pianist · Six superb Saturday evenings in Glenn Gould Studio Adults 0, Seniors 8, Students Subscriptions: Sinfonia Toronto 416-499-0403 264 Bloor Street West, Torontp, M5S 3C5 Fax 416-499-0403 to ront~a rtspou n c i I ~ ~TCanada nm GLOl\E AND MAIL APRIL i, 2001 - MAY 7, 2001 Whole note 9 ...

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