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Volume 6 Issue 9 - June 2001

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during a pivotally transitional time in music history, this concert · is a prime example of ambitious, early-20th century music, and a clear highlight of the symphony season. Claude Vivier And on June 21, 22 & 23, Autumn Leaf Performance presents a 3~day run of Claude Vivier's (1948-1983) Kopemikus, a chamber opera for seven voices and eight instrumentalists. The story concerns Agni, a woman on the verge of transforming her life. Thr9ughout the.opera, the mythic beings of her dreams ' appear before her: Lewis Carroll, Merlin, the Queen of Night, Tristan and Isolde, Mozart,· Copernicus himself, and his ' mother. As if in a "mystical fairy tale", they encourage her to see life anew. · Other concerts of note (see the listings for details): *June 02 8:00: Soundstreams Canada/CBC Radio Two. Serinette. Opera by Harry Somers & James Reaney. *June 07 8:00: rioT Trio/CBC Radio Two. New Works. *June 15 8:6o: Collaborations. Samskara. Works by Attariwala, Cardy, Hatzis, and Rosen *June 22 8:00: Music Gallery: Glass Orcflestra. CONCERT Nons •:• JAzz Nons, BAND STAND by Merlin Williams People sometimes ask me why I play in community bands, when so many musicians prefer to look to orchestras as a performing outlet. Simple answer: You get to do more playing in a band. My wife has discovered the same thing. When she rehearses with. a community orchestra she makes sur\! to take a novel. Things can get awfully boring in the percussion section during a symphony. She ,gets a lot less reading done (of fiction, at least) during a band rehearsal. I've taken td playing percussion as well lately, just so we can spend some time together. There's also something intrinsically gratifying about whacking a three foot gong with a big mallet. Makes you feel like you've really made a difference to the audience. · Even when I play in the woodwind section, there's something very' satisfying about being busy playing. You don't sit around in the clarinet section for very long. Clarinets are the violins of the band - you get lots of notes. So why the big pitch for bands then? The issue of extracurricular activities in schools remains a hot topic in the press. Newspaper articles and radio commentators bemoan the lack of after school programs for secondary students. So why don't I see more high school students in community bands? Have you got a high school student at home complaining about no band practices after school? Send them Gennady Gefter Copland, Gershwin, Karl King and Canadian composer Andre Jutras. The Festival Wind Orchestra was founded in November 1996, by a group of local musicians wishing to pursue their musical interests in an I organized community band. Gennady Gefter, an accomplished professional flautist, has served as the Festival to a community band. Get them Wind Orchestra's conductor and out there for the summer season. mus1ca · 1 d irector since its incep- They' ll get a performance . tion. Born in the Ukraine, Mr. opportunity that can't be matched Gefter received his Master's by most school programs. degree with Honours from the Most of the really satisfying , Kharkov Institute of the Arts in playing I did while I was in_ high 1974 and later polished his school w_as actually done with conducting skills with Ilya Musin ~ommu?Ity bands. And, as an at the Leningrad State Conservamterestmg and unexpected tory. After performing with benefit, I got to meet adults who various symphony. orchestras in valued my contributions and the former USSR, he taught flute tr_eat~d me as an equal. Get your and conducting with the kids mvolved. Zaporozhye State Musical College, The Festival Wind Orchestra is presenting its "Summer Serenade" Concert on Tuesday, June 12 at Fairview Library Theatre. The program features guest vocalist Mark Ruhnke, horn soloist Avram Selick and trumpet soloists Jan Buneta and Cathy Kalisiak. The program includes music by Winetasflng. Concert & Dinner in the Yineyards Mr. Gefter and his family came to Toronto in 1991. He is currently teaching music at Earl Haig,Secondary School. In addition to conducting the Festival Wind Orchestra, he directs the North York Flute Choir and the Flautandia Flute Ensemble: His wife, SALES - $ENTALS - 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.5. 370 Main St.N' ( 416)588-7886 (416)663-8612 (416)439-8001 (905)434-1612 (90 5)450-4334 Where the Music Begins. llugust 19 - a one-day dream vacaflon on the Niagara escarpment overlool!lng Lal!e Ontario at the beauflful IJllSTOBU IJSTllTIJS WINBef'. 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Genya, teaches piano and their son, Igor, plays cello in the New York Philharmonic. There are a number of free outdoor concerts in the month of June. The Thornhill Community Band with conductor Bobby Herriot perform at Mel Lastman Square on June 19. The Weston Silver Band plays a program · titled "Marching and Waltzing" at Little Park, also on June 19. The Etobicoke Community Concert Band plays a Twilight Concert-in-the-Park at Applewood Homestead, 450 The West Mall on June 20, and again on July 4. Back to Mel Lastman Square on June 28 for the North York Concert Band playing light classics and big band music. The Etobicoke Community Concert Band is also playing for Canada Day celebrations on July 1 at Centennial Park in Etobicoke. John Edward Liddle will give the downbeJt at noon. Community bands! - get your suminer schedules to me ASAP for the July/August issue. It's always more fun to play park concerts to a big crowd ... Merlin Williams is a woodwind performer, arranger, teacher and music copyist based in Toronto. If you would like an upcoming band event to be featured in" the Bandstand column, feel free to contact him at (416) 489-0275; by e-mail, merlinw@attcanada.ca; on the web, http: //members .attcanada. ca/ -merlinw/. by Jim Galloway Instead of my usual thousand words or so being the extent of WholeNote 's jazz coverage, this month's WholeNote gets ambitious! You get three jazz-related features in the one issue. Our first jazz feature this month (starting on page 32) is a partial transcript of a discussion · between Guido Basso, Phil Nimmons and myself. We got together to share memories of Moe Koffman, who will be honoured at at this year's Downtown Jazz Festival, and found ourselves in a wide-ranging conversation on our own personal jazz roots. Phil Nimmons is an artist,. composer, educator and performer, a founding member of the Canadian League of Composers, Director, co-founder with Oscar Peterson and Ray Brown of the Advanced School of Contemporary Music, Toronto, 196Q- 1966. He conducted extensive tours throughout Europe and Canada in the 1970s, including a World Tour as representative of Canada under the auspices of the then Governor General Roland Michener. Phil Nimmons, and Nimmons 'N' Nine I Nimmons 'N' Nine Plus Six conducted extensive tours throughout / Europe and Canada. Guido Basso was born in Montreal, Quebec, and began playing the trumpet at age 8. He decided to settle in Toronto because of the Koffman high musical standards available there. Besides TV work, he played in Toronto clubs. He was in Rob McConnell's first quintet at the' First Floor Club and the House of Harnbourg. When McConnell formed the Boss Brass, Basso was a charter member. He is one of the most lyrical players in jazz. (Our full conversation is on-the WholeNote website at www.thewholenote.com.) Second feature -­ jazz routes June ushers in a season, extending through the summer and into early September, when jazz becomes almost Toronto's mainstream music. It's a time when, in addition to the usual jazz venues, dozens of other • venues are roped into service. In our second feature, Phil Ehrensaft (page 34) looks beyond the seasonal main stream, in the first part of an inquiry into some of jazz's newest directions. And rounding out the trio, Wally Wood, in "Musicians in Our Midst" (page 36) profiles an up-and-coming performer with jazz in her veins . . Read. Enjoy. And then make this your month to take in some music live and in person! Hear the clour of • IDid$ummeJt IDusiCBv tbeLake Gloria Saarinen, B.Mus., LR.S.M., A.R.A.M. Artistic Director And International Guest Faculty August 20- 26, 2001 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tuition 0.00 plus GST held al The RCM in Mississauga, Adamson Estate on the shores of Lake Ontario, MJSSJSSA VGA, ONT ARIO SUMMER WORKSHOP *BACH & BEYOND *ALL INSTRUMENTS INDIVIDUAL & ENSEMBLE COACHINGS WITH FIRST CLASS PERFORMER-TEACHERS *COMPOSITION *IMPROV *JAZZ PERFORMANCE* PRACTICE TIME *RECORDING SEMINAR HERITAGE WALKS *RECREATION TIME *MAXIMUM 40 PLAY, PLAY, PLAY FOR THE FUN OF IT! At MidSummer Music we work hard and we play hard! SPONSORS Drs. Ray & John Bozek, Orthodontists I Frid & Russell/ Kelly Culin Insurance Agency Ltd. Pocket Press I Royal & SunAlliance Financial For Information or Brochures: 905.825.1475 or 905.333.3357 Email hamoline@home.com Website: http:!/members.home.net/gsaarinen QJqc ~usi.c 'Q!qamhcr 217 Danforth Ave. (416) 406-1641 Newand Used Classical and Jazz CDs Trade-ins A~cepted JuNE 1, 2001 - JuLv 7, 2001 wholenote 17

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