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Volume 7 Issue 4 - December 2001/January 2002

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QUICK GUIDE TO Messiah

QUICK GUIDE TO Messiah performances Performances are complete unless otherwise indicated. For details consult our compre~ ' hensive concert listings, commencing on page 24 o GTA Dec 07 8:00: Elmer lseler Singers Dec 08 7:30: Arcady Choir an~ Strings Dec 08 7:30: Village Voices (Part 1} Dec 08 8:00: Massey Hall. Les Violons du Roy Dec 08 8:00: Mississauga Festival Choir (part 1 and Hallelujah Chorus} Dec 09 2:00: Toronto Philharmonia (excerpts}. Dec 09 4:00: Toronto Classical Singers (highlights} Dec 10 8:00: Markham Theatre for Performing Arts. Elmer lseler Singers Dec 12 7 :30: Arcady Choir and Strings Dec 13 8:00: Sacred Music Society/World Youth Day Choir Dec 14 8:00: Georgetown Choral Society Dec 15 7:00 TSO/Toronto Mendelssohn Dec 16 2:00: Calvin Presbyterian Church Dec 16 3:00: Mississauga Choral Society Dec 18 8:00: Toronto Mendelssohn/TSO Dec 19 8:00: Nathaniel Dett Chorale (arrangements} Dec 20 8:00: TSD/T oronto Mendelssohn Dec 20 8:00: T afelmusik Dec 21 8:00: Brott Autumn Music Festival Dec 21 8:00: T afelmusi~ Dec 22 8:00: Tafelmusik Dec 23 2:00: Tafelmusik. Sing-Along Dec 23 3:00: TSO/Toronto Mendelssohn Further afield , Dec 07 7:30: Arcady Choir and Strings Dec 08 8:00: Brampton Symphony Orchestra . (excerpts} Dec 08 8:00: Elora Festival Singers Dec 09 7:30: Friends of Music_ Les Violons du Roy Dec 14 8:00: JANG Arts & Entertainment. Nathaniel Oett Chorale (arrangements} Dec 16 7:30: Mohawk Singers (selected choruses from Part One} Dec 17 8:00: Brott Autumn Music Festival. CONCERT NOTES by Frank Nakashima DECEMBER Quick starters can get a sneak preview of a new recording in preparation for the Naxos label,; catch the latest Aradia project involving three of the In nativitatem Domini canticum motets of Marc-Antoine Charpentier (December 1). The Aradia Ensemble, under the direction of Kevin Mallon, is joined by guest soloists Tracy Smith Bessette, Christine Stelmacovitch, John Tessier, Brian Duyn, and Robert Stewart. • Sartorio's Giulio Cesare in Egitto (performed in Italian, December 3, 5, & 7 at 8:00, December 9 matinee at 2:00), is probably the first staged performance of this masterpiece, since the 17m century, and will showcase the young talent of the Canadian Opera Company Enseml11e Studio, including Roger Hoµeywell, Krisztina Szab6, Colleen Skull, Martha Guth, and Shannon Mercer. This presentation was made possible with generous support from the Baroque Opera Fund founded by the late Peter E. Sandor. Tom Diamond directs, and Gary Thor Wedow is music director. The Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra presents Viva L 'Italia, a concert packed with Italian concertos (December 6 - 9) by Vivaldj, Marcello (Oboe Concerto ind), Locatelli, dieminiani and Albinoni (Oboe Concerto ind). John Abberger, Marco Cera, baroque oboes. OH, WHAT SHALL I DO on Saturday, December 8? So many PHILIP 1L. 1DAVIS Lut.hier formerly with J.J, Schroder: Rrmkfuit, West Germany A Fine Selection of Small and Full Sized Instruments and Bows • Expert Repairs (416) 466-9619 67 Wolverleigh Blvd., Toronto; Ontario, M4J 1 R6 12 wholenote DECEMBER 1, 2001 - JANUARY 31, 2002 •!• EARLY MUSIC choices! The first Canadian performance of Monteverdi's Vespers of the Five Laudates will be given by The Tallis Choir, soloists and orchestra. Duo L'Intemporel (Mylene Guay, baroque flute and David Sandall, harpsichord) invites baroque violinist Deborah Paul Howell to join them in a program of Bach, Leclair & Handel. The Pax ~ Christi Chorale, directed by f); Stephanie Martin, sing carols and ul < . . x Ren;ussance motets from Christ- ~ mas past with the Recordare Early 0 Music Ensemble. Deer Park Concerts' program, A Gentle Christmas, includes wonderful · choral music by Charpentier and Pergolesi. And lately the most exciting rr;terpretations of Handel's Messiah have been performed by Les Violons du Roy with La Chapelle de Quebec under the direction of Bernard Labadie (this time at Massey Hall). The outstanding soloists on this occasion are Isabel Bayrakdarian, soprano; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; Benjamin Butterfield, tenor; Peter Harvey, baritone. A MUSICAL MIX of old and new can be heard in a concert, Mother and Child, by Te Deum Orchestra & Singers, with soloists - Beverly Leslie, soprano; Paul Schillaci, tenor; Terry Ball, bass (December 14). This Hamilton program includes Arcangelo Corelli: Christmas Conceno; J.S. Bach: Nun komm, der . Heiden Reiland (BWV 61); Basque Carols: The Infant King and Ga{Jriel's Message; Arvo Part: Magnijicat; Clarence ~atters: To us in Bethl'em city. A MEDIEVAL CHRISTMAS is the Toronto Consort's Yuletide offering this year (December 14 g Q. Sine Nomine, December 21 I & 15), Welcome my Lord Sir Christemas, featuring the music of Hildegard of Bingen and Guillaume Dufay, and early carols. You won't want to miss the sumptuous big screen visuals (back by popular demand) - i.e. projected images of the Christmas story from the fabulous world of medieval illuminations, paintings and sculpture. THE DELIGHTFUL Music of Holborne, Senft, Sermisy, Tye & others (December 16) can be heard in a concert entitled Make We Merrie in the Baroque Music Beside the Grange series. Alison Melville, A very Maclean, Colin Savage & Stephanie Archer, recorders; Katherine Hill, soprano. A VENETIAN VESPERS service will take place on December 16 at the Church of the Redeeme.i:. 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CONCERT NOTES •:• EARLY MUSIC Venice), the Musicians in Ordinary present all the music, plainchant and chanted readings from a Venetian Vespers circa 1630. Hear psalms by Grandi, motets by him and Monteverdi, sonatas by Marini and other music performed as an actual service! Hallie Fishel (soprano) and John Edwards (lutenist) are joined by Nancy DeLong (mezzosoprano), Esteban Cambre (bass), Christopher Verrette (violin), Paul:-Grimwood (organ), and a ritual choir for the plainchant. A collection will be taken. IN A SEASON FILLED with Messiah performances (see our comprehensive guide, page 14) Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra & Choir contribute a few (Dec 20 - 22) with soloists Karina Gauvin, soprano; Catherine Robbin, mezzo; Rufus Millier, tenor; followed by thejr famous Singalong Messiah (December 23) with the inimitable !vars Taurins in his.role as Maestro Handel. And motets from the 14th century & other music for the season are on the musical menu (December 21) when Sine Nomine Ensemble for Medieval Music presents Ab oriente tux: ,Medieval Music for Advent. HERE ARE A FEW OF THE MANY free events this month: --Early choral & instrumental ·music of the season will be performed by the Riverdale Youth Singers (December 17) in a program called Personent Bodie, with special guests - Axeff Janos Ungvary & Avery Maclean, recorders; Felicity Deak, viola da gamba; John Govedas, harpsichord; Andre Rakus; organ; Mark Bell, conductor; David Tamblyn --Student performers of the Early Music Ensembles at U of' T are featured in a free noon-hour concert (December 6); --If you're not doing anything on Christmas Eve (other than waiting for Santa Claus to arrive), you might consider catching an Organ recital of Christmas music performed by William Wright; --A charitable initiative known as Critical Mass presents Clemens non Papa's Missa pastores quidnam vidistis (December 11) • and admission is by freewill · offering (okay, well, a donation is suggested), with proceeds going to "Olft of the Cold." , JANUARY Mooredale Concerts presents the I Furiosi Baroque Ensemble in a program including music from the Middle Ages to the Baroque (January 12 &13). Baroque bassoonist Michael Mccraw is back in town and joins Barbara Kallaur, Alison Melville (flutes) and Michael Jarvis (harpsichord) in the program For Emperors and Kings (January 13) presented by Baroque Music Beside the Grange. Telemann: .· Quartet in d; trios by Hotteterre, Quantz & others. The next day, he appears at St. Andrew's United Church for A Baroque Miscellany, a program of music f9r violin, harpsichord & bassoon. The Grand Tour: A Musical Journey - Visit the great musical capitals of baroque Europe with Tafelmusik as your guide - Paris, Versailles, Rome, Venice, Berlin, and also London (January 16. - 20). Handel's Entrance of the Queen of Sheba; Marais: excerpts from Alcione; works by Corelli, Vivaldi, Telemann and the Bach family; readings of anecdotes of 18th century Europe. Ah, so you didn't realize there was such a thing as a baroque clarinet? Well, the Academy Concert Series presents The Art of the Baroque Clarinet (January 26) - works by Handel, Molter, Baldassare and others - featuring Nicolai Taras9v on the baroque clarinet. The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir is best known for their interpretations of the baroque choral repertoire. However, who knows what their free noon-hour program, The French Connection (January 29) will bring? On the same day, Critical Mass presents William Byrd's Mass for 5 Voices. V alhaila played havoc with the destinies of mortals. Story-teller Peter Tiefenbach brings these wondrous yams to life with music, by the Toronto Consort, taken from both early music sources and traditional music of Norway, Sweden, .Finland and Iceland. I Furiosi Baroque Ensemble is joined by world-renown~d violinist Maytimi Seiler whose refined virtuosity is certain to grace the works of the Italian masters on this program (February 8), La Giovinetta. Frank T. Nakashima (franknak@interlog.com) is President of the Toronto Early Music Centre, tel: (416) 966- 1409, a non-profit charitable organization which promotes the EARLY FEBRUARY appreciation of historicallyinfonned perfonnances of early Lands of Ice and Fire: Tales of the Norse (February 1 & 2) - music. Donations are taxdeductible and and may be made '{he Middle Ages was a great period of story-telling in Europe, to TEMC, 427 Bloor Street West, and some of the most fantastic Box 17, Toronto, Ontario M5S and raucous tales come from 1X7. E-mail: temc@interlog.com; , Scandinavia where the gods of _ web www.interlog.com/-temc WOW! 8,000 Sheet Music Titles! Canada's largest selection of sheet music titlesfor strings. 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