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Volume 6 Issue 8 - May 2001

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The Musicians in Ordinary present a concert of music (May 18) from the Italian Renaissance and in particular from the court of Isabella d'Este. Soprano Hallie Fishel and lutenist John Edwards are joined by violinist Christopher Verrette. The Musicians in Ordinary are dedicated to exploring the solo song and vocal chamber music of the 16th and 17th centuries, and are known for their meticulous attention to historical techniques of the period. The vibrant cultural life of 18th-century Dublin was second only to London in the British Isles, and the flourishing concert scene was home to outstanding local and European musicians such as Geminiani and Matthew Dubourg, with extended visits paid by Handel and Arne. Kevin Mallon & Genevieve Gilardeau (violins), and Paul Jenkins (harpsichord), choose from the remarkable abundance of music for theatre, concert hall and drawing room, to recreate a glimpse of Dublin's golden age (Baroque Music Beside the . Grange, May 20). Saturday morning CONCERT NOTES unperformed at its composer's death, Lucas et Cecile was only completed in the 1980's by Canadian composer John Beckwith. With a newlycommissioned Englishlanguage libretto by Brad Walton, the sparkling charming music of Quesnel/ Beckwith, will be presented fully-staged, with orchestra and early 19th century cos- · tumes. Critical Mass - a musical initiative to help the homeless (suggested donation of , a freewill offering, goes to the "Out of the Cold" program), presents Machaut's Mass of Notre Dame at the Church of the Redeemer (May 29). Visit the website: criticalmass There will be a rare opportu- To summon the summer, I nity to hear Les Coucous Furiosi Baroque Ensemble Benevoles performing Baroque performs upbeat works by Biber, and contemporary chamber works Purcell and Bach in a program (May 23). Elissa Poole, baroque · entitled "Mad Naked Summer flute; Linda Melsted, baroque Night" (June 1), including songs violin; Allen Whear, baroque from the halls of Bedlam itself - cello; Colin Tilney, harpsichord ·with special guests: Kris Ingles are among the finest you'll ever (trumpet) and Greg Ingles hear, playing the music of (sackbut). Be cool. Catch this LeClair, Telemann, C.P.E. Bach, group while they're hot! and others. The Toronto HarpFest 2001 Opera Anonymous and the (running June 1 to 3) features Aradia Ensemble are pleased to mostly Celtic harps but features announce the English-language several local and visiting talented world premiere of Joseph players - Janet Gadesky, Sahra Quesnel' s Lucas et Cecile (May Hutchings, Malcolm Sinclair, 25). Written in 1808, and left Anneliese Caqieron, Gisele & Hit the web. Join the future with Linda Maguire @ opera chats at 1 Oam-11 am. Lessons, coachings, consultations E-MAIL Also, don't miss.... · www.OperaHouse2000.cof1!. 12 Wholenote MAY 1, 2001 - JUNE 7, 2001 •:• EARLY Music, CHORAL SCENE The Musicians in Ordinary's Hallie Fishel and John Edwards Robin (Paraguaya~ harp duo), Moira Nelson, Mary Muckle, Elena Jubinville, Alys Howe, The Ottawa Harp Choir, Sharlene Wallace, Angelica Ottewill, Jubal's Daughters, The Essex Harp Ensemble. Jamie Thompson will be demonstrating the consequences of changes in flute design, from bamboo flutes to keyed instruments at'the Spadina Historic House & Gardens (June 3). Frank T. Nakashima ( is the President of the Toronto Early Music Centre, a non-profit charitable organization which promotes the appreciation of historically-iriformed peiformances of early music and which·would be extremely grateful (and will issue a tax receipt) for any donations that you would be willing to make. The Toronto Early Music Centre is located at 427 Bloor Street West, Box 17, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1X7, tel: (416) 966-1409, e-mail: Website - http:// www.interlog. com/ -temc May's a busy month of choral singing for the leading choirs in Toronto, and the month for hearing new and unusual reperotire, sometimes more than once! For example, Aaron Copland's brilliant masterpiece for choir and mezzo soloist In The Beginning gets two performances this month. The Rosedale Singers, conducted by Wayne Strongman, perform it May 6 with the sensational Jean Stilwell taking the solo. Also on that program is the world premiere of a piece by Derek Holman entitled Labyrinth of L:ove. Later in the month, David Fallis' Toronto Chamber Choir perform the Copland with mezzo soprano soloist Laura Pudwell. That program also includes excerpts from Purcell's delightful Fairy Queen and Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb. All The King's Voices, conducted by David King, presents an evening of opera, operetta and Broadway on May 5. The same night, Lee Willingham's Bell'arte Singers perform two 20th cehtry French classics: Poulenc's Gloria and Durufle's Requiem. The following afternoon, Concertsingers, led by Peter Tiefenbach, examine Canadian folksong arrangements and Jurgen Petrenko's Toronto Classical Singers perform Beethoven and Haydn with the omnipresent Talisker Players. The following weekend, the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir Quentin Playfair ~°P 0 MAKER OF VIOLINS, VIOLAS & CELLOS Toronto Canada (416) 466-1389 email

performs a rarity by the Bohemian Baroque composer Jan Dismas Zelenka, a student of Fux, Lotti, and probably Alessandro Scarlatti. Zelenka was Dresden and Prague, writing fascinatingly quirky chamber music and larger choral works. The Missa Dei Filii places great technical demands ori the choir, but I'm told lvars Taurins' Tafel-crew have been working overtime in preparation ~or what promises to be a stellar run of performances from May 9-13. Also on the program is J.S. Bach's Lutheran Mass in G with a magical lineup of soloists. That same weekend, the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus, under the direction of · their new leader Ann Cooper Gay, presents a remount of John Greer's charming musical take on Hans Christian Anderson's The Snow Queen. On May 13, the Echo Women's Choir launches a new CD in a concert entitled "Gonna Sing and Shout", featurmg folksongs from around the world and a new work from Andrew Ager. The Toronto Children's Chorus teams up with the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir to celebrate Derek ' Holman's 70th birthday on May 15 with a liberal selection of 'Holman's choral music. His list of works features dozens of gems and choirs would do well to program more of his music. Happy birthday, Dr. Holman! At the end of the month, the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir remounts an interesting eveing of music and film with the screening of Carl Dreyer' s 1927 fascinating The Passion of Joan of Arc with music by the American contemporary minimalist composer Richard Einhorn. The composer is featured in conversation with Dr. Derek Holman Rick Phillips before the event. · And finally, not to be missed this month are two appearances of the Diva herself, MaryLou Fallis. She performs with the award-winning Exultate Chamber Singers on May 11 (with rumours of a guest appearance by the Swedish Chet) and she teams up later in the month With the Mississauga Chamber Society. Thanks to those of you who responded to my call for new and interesting choral repertoire ·ideas. The lines are still very much open, so please e-mail me , at the address below! We'll start publlishing your suggestions from next month. (Larry Beckwith ... r-- 'lloice d. ~iano .fessons In your own home given by a qualified teacher -Reasonable Rates -R&B, POP, Classical -Conservatory Grades (416)767-8779 PHILIP L. DAVIS Luthier formerly wit/J J.J. Scl1r6der: Frankfurt, Hest Germany A FJne Selection of SmaJJ and FuJJ Sired Instruments and Bows • Expert Repairs · WOW! 8,000 Sheet Music Titles! Canada's largest selection of sheet music . titles for strings. Avail d convenient mail-ord As a fall-service string shop we offer the following: + Violins • Violas • Cellos + Repair, Restoration, a · + Strfogs Accessories, B 26 Cumberland, 2nd Floor. Tel: 1-416-960-8494 F.mail1 ~ THE CHORAL STORE INC Pe rf orm W i t h t he B e st Free Parking! Open Mon.-Sat. 10--0 Thurs. until 8 pm. , 1 70 The Donway West, Suite #411 Toronto, Ontario M3C 2G3 Telephone: (4 16) 446-7440 • Fax: (4 16) 446-7640 Toll Free: (800) 394-6527 E-mail: Lo,ng & McQuade MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS ww w . l on g·m cq ua d e . co m SALES - RENTALS - REPAIRS · lN STORE FINANCING TRADES - USED INSTRUMENTS BOUGHT & SOLD Toronto North York Scarborough Oshawa Brampton 925 Bloor St. W. 2777 Steeles Av. W. 1133 Markham Rd. 380 Simcoe St.S. 370 Main St.N. (416)588.-7886 (416)663-8612 (416)439-8001 (905)434-16 12 (90 5)450-4334 (416) 466-9619 67 l«Jlvcrleigh Blvd., 1oronw. Qnt. Ganada. M4J 1 R6 M AY 1, 2001 - JUNE 7, 2001 Whole note 13

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