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Volume 7 Issue 10 - July/August 2002

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CONCERT NOTES QlDDUBEf EARLY" . byAllanPulker · MUSIC WholeNote 's seventh season is over; our first octave ascended. · We have come this far because of by Frank Nakashima the collective support of the Okay, it's suinmertime in Toronto, and hundreds of music presenters who there isn't a lot of early music happenshared our vision of a publication ing here, except for Music Mondays that impartially celebrates them Lunchtime Concert Series in which ail. Their support has been Jennifer ~ranci'iCO & Michael Franklin rewarded: by better attendance at will appear am perform instrumental am < their concerts; and by the sense of vocal music, European traditional, mecoherency the magazine gives to dieval & renaissance (August 19). the extraordinary range of While I cfun'texpect an historical apendeavours that together make up proach in Soulpepper Theatre's con- Toronto 's classical and post- cert performance of The Beggar's Opclassical music scene. era by John Gay (Aug 6,10,14), I'.d Prior to WholeNote 's emer- still recommend it as an opportunity to gence on the scene, many people's hear some good tunes and see how diprevpiling sense of Toronto was rectorTedDykstraandhis talented cast that musically it was a three~ or interpret this early opera favourite. four-horse town. That we have Outsidethecityit'sadifferentstory. assisted in building an awareness In early July (5 to 7), in the Buehlow of the strength of their own Barn, near Ayr (in Ontario), you will comrriWiity among peiformers and find the Grand River Baroque Festipresenters is a great satisfaction. val( Standing together this way, we are early music progranis (see Festival Listeach of us harder to dismiss. ings, page 26). Speaking &j "big horses" within On the afternoon of July 6, for exthe last few days has cor:ze the ample, the Festival's period instrument news of Four Seasons Hotels' ense.mble will sw~ you away to the contribution of million to a fanciful world of 17 -cenrury Italy. The bona fide house for the COC __ young countertenor Daniel Cabena "The Four Seasons Centre for the (aren't all counterten~~ other th'.111 Peiforming Arts". As corporate James.Bowman young) IS the spec1~ names go it's not bad. Easier to guest ma concert ~t ~ludes m1:18~c rationalize from a classical point by GasteII.o, G~b:1elh, l!ccelhm, of view than "Best Western " would ~onteverdi, MarmJ, Cavalli, and. Fahave· been, for example. nna. Another program (July 6) ~ea- All cavils aside, it's a big day tures Karen BaW?gartel, sopran?, ma for the'COC __ a reward for pro~rai:n that .mcludes mus1c"b~ incredible tenacity in the face of Albu_io~, C?1;lli, ~I (Cantata ~ uncertainty; proof positive that to palplta il ~or ), Vivaldi ( everything there is a season. B_ f/a1 ma1or RV 548 for oboe & ~o- . fin) and Lorenzo Gaetano Zavaten. If you're still awake at 11 :00 p.m., you can also catch violinist Farran James in an intimate evening of fantastic solo Returning to my beginning point -­ this summer marks the end of seven years of challenge for this little magazine; of tenacity in t/;le face of uncertainty. Doubtless greater challenges C1f'1_ more uncertainty lie ahediL The WholeNote is a bU.Siness and does not, therefore, tompete with the music community eitherby giving income tax deductible receipts or by receiving governmental arts funding. So our next octave starts, as the previous one did, with "doh" not "dough." No hotelier in shining annour is going to come riding to our rescue! ... unless . . . "The Four Seasons WholeNote" ... hmmm. Margery, get me Mr Sharp on the line. music -:- Tartini's variations on the Gavotta from Corelli'sSonata#lOop.5 from L 'arte de/ arco; Biber's Passacaglia, and Bach's Chaconne from the Partita in D minor. Tenor Section Lead Position To begin in September 2002 Saint Thomas's Anglican Church 383 Huron Street, Toronto Thur$day evening rehearsals; Sunday services , at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. and some special weekday services. f:;ontact John Tuttle, O rganist&· C hoirmaster: 416-979-2323 · Genevieve So'ly Canada's largest and longest-running annual classical mu5ic festival, The Lanaudiere Festival (June 28 to August 1), takes place in Joliette (a 45- minute drive from downtown Montreal) See ' Among their several early music offerings is Gluck's Oifeo ed Euridice in concert, with Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Quebec, conducted by Bernard Labadie (July 19). Two of Quebec's finest singers take the title roles: contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux who recently made her COC debut in Handel's Julius Caesar; and li!lliMi. October 18 December 6 In tlie ~th ~ mrr.OJO.U.T'SCOdNCIL C.ONUh. OUAl\T'SOl L'QH'T,t.l !O torontdartsbounci I 12 July 1 - September 7 2002

Mozart (August 6 and 7), newly-ed- . ited by David Bourque. Apparently this source material, dated 1835, was riddled with inconsistencies and mistakes, and considered "spurious" by some. Are they really Mozart's works? The featured work at "The Sound" this year is Bach's St. John Passion (July 9) - Annette Betanski, soprano; Marion van den Akker, mezzo; Alan Bennett & Mark DuBois, tenors; Russell Braun, baritone; Thomas Goerz, bass & other performers. Earlier in the day, you can attend an open rehearsal as well as a lecture-discussion with Rabbi Joel Wittstein and Rev. Bill Boyd on anti-Jewish thought in the Passion narrative of St. Johri, and also a lecture-discussion with Jeffrey Stokes on the musical aspects of Bach's St. John Passion. Frank T. . ( is President of the non-profit charitable Toronto F.arly Music Centre CH0!\£. SCENt by Larry Beckwith The two big choral events of the year - Pcx:lium 2002 and The Joy of Singing Festival - are now history and the time seems ripe for taking stock and celebrating our achievements, thus far this year. 1 By all reports Podium 2002 was a grand success, with magnificent performances from the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, National Youth Choir, the Toronto Children's ChoniS; !he Canadian Children's Opera Chorus, and Exultate Chamber Singers. I had the pleasure of being quite actively involved in the Joy of Singing Festival which had so many highlights, it's hard to remember them all. From the opening all-Penderecki gala (conducted by the composer himself) to Alto and Bass Choral Leads required for September Go0d sight-reading skills and choral experience required For information and audition time contact William Wright Deer Park United Church (St. Clair & Avenue Road) Tel~phone 416-923-2764 CONCERT NOTES Howard Dyck Ho~~d Dyck's colossal performance of Schmidt's Das Buch. mit 'seben Seelen on the closing night - both with all-star Canadian soloists - Toronto enjoyed a feast of performances by local, national and international choirs. Artistic Director Niki Goldschmidt openly admits that a festival such as this gives Canadians a chance to shine CONTINUES AUDITION'5 , for f'ID'5 PAX CHRISTI CHORALE'S newly formed Childreo's Choir is seeking choristers ages 9 -14. Rehearsals will be Tuesdays 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. at Calvin Presbyterian Church (near Yonge & St. Clair). To arrange an audition: . ~-,,'f'~. or 416"489-4362 iiillfl' ,: c-,,.,. , .... ~ : the Oriana ~ingers WILLIAM BROWN ARTISTIC DIRECTOR NEW MEMBERS WELCOME AUDITIONS BY APPOINTMENT Call 416-491-6254 for information 2002-2003 Concert Series * CHRISTMAS WITH RUTH WATSON HENDERSON A 70th Birthday Celebration Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002 Veronica Tennant, narrator Albert Greer, tenor Earl Haig Chamber Choir * SONGS.· SAYINGS· SONNETS Saturday, Mar. 1, 2003 Bach - Telfer - Glick Gardner - MacLean * Nat King COLE Porter A tribute through Song Two of the Greatest Saturday, May 10, 2003 The Oriana Stage Band THE ORIANA SINGERS 250 Verobeach Blvd. Toronto, Ont. M9M 1 R6 416-742-7006

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