' Jazz Concert Quick Picks Here's a quick guide to the jazz related concerts in the comprehensive listings starting on page 24. Dec 2 · 1 :30pm CAMMAC/McMichael Gallery. Rosemary Galloway and Friends. Dec 2 · Bpm: Music Gallery. Baker/Kye Marshall Duo. CD release concert for Chiaroscuro Dec 3 · Bpm: Jazz.FM91. Sound of Toronto Jazz. George Gallus Trio Dec 5 · 8:30pm: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. A Night of Vocal Jazz Solos Dec 7 ·B • Bpm: Toronto Centre for the Arts. An Evening with Branford Marsalis Dec 7 ·Bpm: Toronto Jazz Orchestra/Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra. Dec 8 · Bpm: Classic Jazz Society of Toronto. Marty Grosz & His Orphan Newsboys Dec 8 ·Bpm: Millpond Centre. Christmas Jazz Dec 9 · 7pm: Mississauga Big Band Jazz Ensemble Dec 13 · Bpm: Royal Conservatory of Music Community School. In Voice. Dec 14 · Spm: JANG Arts & Entertainment. Nathaniel Oett Chorale: An Indigo Christmas Dec 14'· 9pm: TR/lNZAC. Club Ojango Sextet. Dec 17 · Bpm: Jazz.FM91. Sound of Toronto Jazz. Barry Elmes Ouintet 'Dec 19 · Bpm: Nathaniel Dett Chorale. An Indigo Christmas Jan 7 · Bpm: Jazz.FM91. Sound of Toronto Jazz. Heather Bambrick & Trio Jan 7 · Spm: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Club Swing · Jan 9 · 2 & Spm: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Club Swing Jan 16 · 8:30pm: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Small Jazz Ensembles Jan 21 · Bpm: Jazz.FM91. Sound of Toronto Jazz. Tony Ouarrington Trio Jan 23 · 8:30pm: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Small Jazz Ensembles Jan 25 , 8p1J1: CBC Radio Jazz Beat. The Sax Summit. Seamus Blake, Phil Dwyer, Andre Leroux, Mike Murley, P.J. Perry & other musicians . Jan 30 · 8:30pm: University of Toronto Faculty of Music. Small Jazz Ensembles WOODWIND REPAIR flutes, clarinets, and saxophones •Fast, excellent service • Emerge11cy? No problem Keith Campbell . _BAND STAND by Merlin Williams THE HOLIDAYS seem to be rapidly approaching once again, and I'm sure there are plenty of you who need some guidance in buying gifts for the band musician in your life. Herewith are some ideas, hopefully good ones: A metronome. If you know a mm~ician who doesn't own one of these, get it for them. Make them use it. Please. The new· ones are small, convenient, electronic, and usually have an earphone' jack to minimize the annoyance to friends and family. An electronic tuner. Ditto 94 Billings Ave. everything I said about the Toronto, ON metronome. A practice mute (for brass M4L 294 players). OK, this sort of counts .•.. as a gift for yourself. 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My bassoon doesn't get so cold on the way to rehearsals in the winter, and it's got backpack straps so I can free niy hands up to carry other things. Recordings! The True North Brass Quintet has just released "A True North Christmas" on Opening Day Records (ODR 9323). I highly recommend it both for the excellent playing and the sparkling arrangements. Al Kay's setting of "Silver Bells" as a Brazilian Samba has to be heard to believed! Still stuck? I have it on good authority that very few of them will tum up their nose at a bottle of single malt Scotch. . ON TO THE CONCERT HIGHLIGHTS of the month. Please check the listings for complete info, venues, ticket prices etc. -Scarborough Community Concert Band is performing seasonal music, including singalongs on Dec 3, 10, 16 & 17. All four events are free. -East York Concert Band and conductor Erllie Walker are - .presenting a concert of popular seasonal favourites at an unusual venue, The Blue D~ube Restaurant, on Monday Dec 3. -The Etobicoke Youth Band and their guests, the Etobicoke Suzuki Strings are presenting their Decemf?er Musicale concert on Saturday Dec 8. -Saturday Dec 8, the University of Toronto Wind Symphony,. & Concert Band are presenting perhaps the only band concert · that ~oesn't centre around holiday music this month. The program includes Tower's Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman & Schoenberg's Theme and V ariatioris. The Hannaford Street Silver Band seems to be the ensemble of choice for Toronto's top · choirs. Sunday Dec 9 the HSSB is in Season's Greetings - Festival of Carols with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. On Saturday Dec 15, the band join forces with 0 the Amadeus Choir for their Glad Tidings concert. -The Festival Wind Orchestra and guest vocalists Tracey Wilkins and Mark Ruhnke perform a programs of classics , and carols on Dec 11 at St. John's Rehabilitation Centre. -The Northdale Concert Band · are presenting Band Music for the Holidays at Church of the Redeemer on Dec 15. This is a good band, and it should be a , treat to hear them in this venue: -The Slide Rule Trombone Ensemble is presenting their annual holiday concert on Wed. Dec. 19 at Saint Thomas Church. It's my fer\tent hope that I'll finally be al;>le to c.atch this group in concert this year. Merlin Williams is probably going to get a lump of coal in his stocking this Christmas. If you 'd like to let him know about an upcoming band. event, he can be reached at (416) 803-0275 (cell), or on the web at www.attcanada.ca/-merlinw or by e-mail: merlinw@attcanada. ca .. 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Music THEATRE SPOTLIGHT . Christmas in Bethlehem and New Year~ s Eve in Heidelberg WINTER SHOWS OFFER WORLDS OF SONG By Sarah B. Hood CELEBRATIONS OF THE SEASON take so many fonns that I'm sure you will pardon my straying a bit more widely. than usual from this column's musical·theatre turf! Parties and plays, concerts and festivals abound. If you've read my column in past years you'll know I'm fond of Ross Petty; s annual Pantomime at the Elgin Theatre. This year it's Snow White and the Miignificent Seven, and Petty pla;ys the evil Queen. Melissa Thomson (Beauty in Beauty and . the Beast) is Snow White, and Graham Abbey, who played Henry V at Stratford, is Prihce Channing. "I think it's perfect for a first theatre production," he comments. He should know; he grew up in Stratford, and got hooked-on theatre very young.· Snow white runs from December 4 to January 6. I To JUDGE BY their newly released · CD (reviewed in this issue), you should try to catch Humbercrest . United Church's The Star of Bethlehem on Friday, December 9. The church, whose junior and senior'choirs demonstrate real skill, is located at 16 Baby Point Road in Etobicoke. Also on the community front, since WholeNote is produced in the Kensington Market neighbourhood many of ...................................................... .;.... ............ _ The project consists of: 1. A development phase . including musical, linguistic and dramatic . coaching. · 2. A production phase leading to performances in Autumn 2002, for which there will be no additional fee ' Audition Now For more information contact Peter Neff at: (416) 876-5859 or firstname.lastname@example.org Elizabeth DeGracia (seen here in Jane Eyre) and Stuart Howe.(tenor lead in Tapestry's Iron Road) headline Romberg's The Student Prince, as Toronto's Operetta Theatre continues its tradition of ushering the old year out with offerings from the classical light opera repertoire. us will be heading off to the numbers not found in the film - magical Kensington Festival of like Bill Sykes' sombre "My Lights, which commemorates Name", which is only uoted as Hannukah, Christmas, the Solstice, the New Year and other seasonal world observances with a percussion-driven pageant/ parade/festival on December 21, the longest night of the year. (For more information, call 416-596- 7179.) '. CHARLES DICKENS is so associated · with Christmas that it's not much of a stretch to classify the Civic Light Opera Company's production of Oliver! as seasonal fare. The 1968 movie version was nominated for 11 Oscars and won five, including Best Music, and no wonder; it's a memorable score. The stage version (which came first), includes a few Drama-in-Music Project Summer 2002 Fully staged productions with orchestra of: L'Egisto by Francesco Cavalli (1654) Xerxes by George Frederic . H~ndel (1738) • ·~ The Vocal Art Forum ' a leitmotif in the soundtrack. Otherwise, they're pretty silnjlar, and the show is a good choice for an amateur company because it has so many parts that everyone can shine. Oliver! runs from . December 13 to 23 at the pleasant little Fairview Library Theatre in Scarborough. The December 13, 15, 16 and. 22 performances are already sold out. · Finally, Toronto Operetta Theatre welcomes in 2002 with its annual New Year's Eve Gala at the St. Lawrence Centre, including a reception, Heidelberg Buffet Dinner and Champagne Dance Party. The food may be delicious, but the true main course will be the evening's DECEMBER 1, 2001 - JANUARY 31, 2002 wholenote 21