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Volume 6 Issue 9 - June 2001

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•:• CONCERT Nons •:• OVERVIEW coNT1Nurn •:• EARLY Music concert. New Venues Just a couple of months after its by Allan Pulker opening, the Isabel Bader Theatre Earf y Bird· at Victoria University at U of T As Larry Beckwith points out in has become a great hit with the his Choral Scene, the first musical community. This month . weekend of June is a choral you can hear Kammermusik cornucopia. In fact, this weekend Toronto there on June 1, the is just as busy as any weekend at Toronto Sinfonietta with Natalie the height of the concert season: · Choquette on June 10, and, the evening of Friday, June 1, in starting on June 26, and continuaddition to five choral concerts . ing until August 4, a nearly new offers a "Soiree de belle musique" musical, Dream a Little Dream: for violin, soprano and piano, a - the nearly true story of The concert by Random Acts of Mamas and the Papas. Denny Music that brings together some Doherty, former lead singer of of the city's most brilliant The M~ and the Papas, musicians, Juan de Marcos , conceived and created the show Gonzalez and the Afro-Cuban with playwright, Paul Ledoux, All Stars, and the first of three and stars in this production. So, concerts in Toronto HarpFest whether you're an "aging 2001. boomer" with a heart aching to There will be seventeen hear Monday, Monday and concerts on Saturday, June 2, California Dre'amin' one more . including a collaborative, in- time or a "gen-X-er" who would concert production of Puccini's just like to understand what the Tosca, by All the King's Voices sixties were all about, Dream a and TrypTych Productions, an Little Dream, "wryly delivered organ recital by Hwaeja Lee, the postcards from the far-out edges . Canadian Electronic Ensemble, of the sixties" is a show not to Hatry Somers' opera, Serinette, miss! the Toronto Tabla Ensemble and Anot)ler new venue will open the second Harpfest concert. this month, the Assembly Hall in On Sunday you could spend Etobicoke. ·Situated at the souththe entire afternoon and evening east comer of Kipling and listening to music, beginning with Lakeshore Boulevard West, the a carillon recital at Hart House, renovated former meeting place of continuing with a vocal recital at patients at the Lakeshore Mental Hart House, the sixth annual Hospital, is a 200-seat auditorium Rupert Schieder Concert or and general-purpose room. The Arraymusic's Young Composers' opening day ceremonies will Workshop, and after dinner feature performances by the True ~eading down to Harbourfront North Brass, the Etobicoke Centre for the Toronto Tabla Youth Choir, the DNIPRO Ensemble's second concert of the Ukrainian Dance Ensemble and weekend or to Artword Theatre the. Etobicoke Community for the Geordie McDonald Jazz Concert.Band. On June 23 Ensemble or over to the Tranzac Lakeshore Arts will 'present the Club for Routes' CD release superb Gryphon Trio (two Gary A Toronto's Center for Clarinets · and Oboes SALES * REPAIR * ===-- 10 wholenote JuNE 1, 2001 - JuLv 7, 2001 6-535-6000 Warranty Repair Depot members of which live just a few blocks away from the Assembly Hall) in a program which will include a new, commissioned work by composer and Etobicoke resident, Gary Kulesha. Chamber Music Joanna Jordan, who describes herself as .a "classical, jazz, rock harpist ... with a comic twist" She has a degree in harp performance from the University of Toronto, injazz from Humber College and developed her bent for comedy at Second City. She has toured extensively in North America, making her Carnegie Hall debut in May 2000 and has received a number of awards, including the prestigious "Concert Artist Award" from the American Harp Society (1998) and the "Gordon Delamont Award" for her compositions in 1996. This is There are a few other chamber music concerts that deserve a mention: the Associates of the Toronto Symphony final concert of the season on June 4 of music by composers from the British Isles and performed by TSO members, should be wonderful. The Riverdale Ensemble, which usually specializes in the music of one talented lady! British composers will perform on On June 13 harpist, Moira June 9. The energetic, young Nelson, who is also one of the Onyx Wind Quintet, is doing a performers in HarpFest 2001, will Fathers' Day performance on June perform at the Assembly Hall as 17, just a couple of months part of the WillowMyst Trio, before flying to Europe to play in which also includes flautist/tenor the International Competition of saxophonist, Kathryn Moses and the A.R.D. in Munich, Germany. cellist/singer, Elena Jubinville. On June 23 pianist, Ka Kit Tam, Their program will include violinist, Thomas Williams, original compositions as well as cellist, Erik Williams and soprano, classical and salon mus'ic. Spadina Agnes Chan-Wong will perform· House, near Casa Loma, will be music by Vivaldi, Mozart, Chopin · the setting for a concert of music and Arensky at the Glenn Gould for harp and viola on June 17, and Studio. The ensemble apparently composer/pianist, John Farah, will does not have a name, but its be including several original members have strong academic compositions for harp in his and performance backgrounds. concert on June 20. · John Farah explained to me: Harp "I have long been influenced by As I mentioned, there are three Arabic classical music and have concerts, presented by HarpFest been interested in improvising in 2001 on the first three days of Maqam (Arabic/Persian modes), June, of music for harp. Harp but the limitations of the piano's music will be back four more tuning have forced me to search times fu June. The first of these for instrumerits capable of scales four is a concert on June 5 by with quarter tones. I have We buy your classical LP collection (like Beethoven, Mozart, Stockhausen) we travel anywhere for good collection 314 CHURCHILL AVE. NORTH YORK, ONTARIO M2R 1E7 CANADA Fax No: (1) 416-224-2964 Phone No: (1) 416-224-1956 MIKROKOSMOS

discovered that by retilning a few notes on .the harp it is able to perform several Maqam, and wrote The Olive Tree for Julia Seager to play on the harp tuned in this way." Percussionist, Jeff Wilson will join John and.Julia for several other works on the program. Summertime As summer arrives in the city, some musicians are moving either outdoors or into venues associated with the warmer months of the year. Spadina House, as already mentioned, has a series of informal concerts on Sunday afternoons. The Music Garden's concerts are up and running. On June 21 violinist, Erika Raum, and cellist, Tanya Prochazka, will 1 perform music by Bach, Bart6k and Kodaly. The Music Gallery has a summer music series, "Island Music Series" that takes place at Gibraltar Point, and begins with concerts on June 14, 21 and 28. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra will also do a series of five concerts on Toronto Island from July 1st to 5th, with a different program for each concert. Other Orchestral Speaking of orchestras, never forget that all those superb T.S.O. musicians were once aspiring youngsters learning their art in youth bands and orchestras and wherever ~lse somebody would give them an opportunity to play. Consider supporting today's young musiciarrs - tomorrow's professionals - by getting out to hear them play. The Mooredale Youth Orchestras, conducted by Kristine Bogyo and Clare Carberry, which will perform a demanding program the afternoon of June 10. Members of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra will be included in the Bobby McFerrin concert just mentioned, and the Etobicoke Youth Band will give its end of season concert on June 2. Head for the Hills (of Campbellford) One of the most innovative musical events in June is the premiere run of performances of Brian Finley's Samson, which will begin ihe second season of the Westben Summer Music Festival near Campbellford, Ontario. The creative team of Brian Finley and Donna Bennett have mobilized about 140 Campbellford and area residents to participate in every way imaginable in this new opera, and designer, Caroline Langill has integrated the rural environment around "The Barn" /Theatre into the set. The action in the piece, according to Finley "takes place amidst raucous wedding feasts and banquets, betrayal of trust and retaliation, visions of angels, love, death and rebirth." The music, he says, is melodic, dramatic and powerful, with elements of rock and even Gilbert and Sullivan. He has orchestrated it for seven instruments, including electric guitar, and the lead roles of Samson and Delilah will be played by tenor, Mark DuBois and soprano, Donna Bennett .. This is a remarkable .initiative - · definitely worth a trip to Campbellford! · ' by Frank Nakashima It's only June, but the I Furiosi Baroque Ensemble is ready to . summon the summer with a program entitled "Mad Naked Summer Night" (June 1). Sounds pretty hot and steamy, doesn't it? Hear these upbeat players performing upbeat works by Biber, Purcell and Bach, including songs from the halls of Bedlam itself - with special . guests: Kris Ingles (trumpet), Greg Ingles (sackbut). , You could think of it as an opportunity to hear what a visit to Heaven could be like, but the Toronto HarpFest 2001, which begins on June 1 ", features many harpists of mostly the Celtic type. Performers include: Janet Gadesky, Sahra Hutchings, celtic harps; Malcolm Sinclair, baritone; Anneliese Cameron, celtic harp & voice; Gisele & Robin, ·Paraguayan harp duo; Moira Nelson, Mary Muckle, harp and voice; Elena Jubinville, cello and voice; Alys Howe, celtic harp; The Ottawa Harp Choir; Sharlene Wallace, celtic harp; Angelica Ottewill, celtic harp and voice; Jubal's Daughters, harp and flute; The Essex Harp Ensemble. "Music in the Orchard" is a series of presentations at Spadina Histori.c House & Gardens. Flutist Jamie Thompson (June 3) demonstrates the consequences of changes in flute design, from bamboo flutes to keyed instruments. Later in the month (June 17), a combo known as Ursa Major plays arrangements from the Celtic & Jewish traditions with harp & viola. The new girl in town is soprano Jenni Hayman (June 12) presenting quite a diverse program of early vocal music - Heaven'& Earth.- Songs and duets by Dowland, Morley, Cesti, Strozzi, Clerambault, Handel & others. She will be joined by mezzo Elaine Robertson, keyboardist Christopher Dawes, and lutenist John Edwards. continues Builders of historical keyboard instruments David Tambly"' CLAVIERS BAROQUES We are Agents for The Paris Workshop Instruments for builders (416) 538-3062 (416) 538-3376 FAX Email: .. Canada •s foremost Violin Specialists 201 Church Street Toronto, On. MSB 1Y7 email www.georgeheinl.com_j 14 Fifth S+..eet To,.ot\to '.:Jsla"d O"+a,.io Ca"ad. M532B9 Tel, 416-203-0789 cxq .. isite Bows +-la"d"'ade i" the F .. ei.d, T .. aditio" JuNE 1, 2001 - JuLv 7, 2001 wholenote 11

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