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Volume 7 Issue 5 - February 2002

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EARLY MUSIC by Frank Nakashima Les Boreades de Montreal, period instrument ensemble plays works by Haydn, Mozart, Sperger and Vanhal (February 21). Francis Colpron, recorder; Helene Plouffe, violin & viola; Olivier Brault; viola; Susie Napper, baroque cello; David Sinclair, double bass. Richard Birney-Smith directs the Te Deum Singers, For early birds, Peter Tiefenbach brings his story-telling skills to the next Toronto Consort program . (Feb 1 & 2). Lands of Ice and with soprano Beverly Leslie, in a Fire offers Scandinavian tales and concert of sacred and secular yarns accompanied by early music music (Feb 22) illustrating the of Norway, ~weden, Finland and versatility of several (mostly Iceland. English) composers - such as Feb 8, I Furiosi Baroque Orlando Gibbons, William Byrd, Ensemble is joined by world- and Thomas Morley. Mr. Birney- iJ renowned virtuoso violinist Smith also contributes a composi- · Mayurni Seiler in La Giovinnetta., a , tion of his own, and includes a concert of works of the Italian few by Healey Willan. masters. The Glory of Mozart is a Toronto Early Music program of sacred choral gems Centre presents "Musically (Feb 21-24), featuring the Speaking," a free, one-hour, Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and enlightening program of historical Orchestra under the direction of performance at the Church of the guest director Sigiswald Kuijken. Holy Trinity on the second Sunday You'llhave a chance to hear of each month. Next in the series Haydn's Symphony No. 26 is Paris: Thf! "Out-of-Court" Set- "Lamentatione" and a treasury of tlement (Feb 10) which feature~ Mozart's choral masterworks. Visit the music of Bia vet, Philidor and their website: WWW. Leclair, performed by Duo One of several masses based· L'lntemporel (Mylene Guay, ba- on the well-known (in the 15'h roque flute, and David Sandall, century) tune "L'homme arme," harpsichord). The program title composed by Jacob Obrecht pun: after the death of Louis XIV, (c.1450-1505) will be sung by the most important music-making Critical Mass (Feb 26). · began to take place in Paris, Admission by freewill offering; outside of the courts of Versailles. proceeds to "Out of the Cold." Academy Concert Series presents Music of a Heroic Age on March offers tough choices: : Feb 16 - works by Beethoven & Ensemble Anonymus, from - other early Romantic music on historical instruments. The featured en­ challenge of illustrating the Quebec City, takes up the semble, Trio Con Brio, includes fascinating worlds of medieval Christina Mahler, cello; Nicolai music for modem audiences. Their Tarasov, clarinet; and Glenn free program, Musica mundi - Hodgins, piano. Mundana, Humana, Builders of historical keyboard instruments Instrumentalis, March 1, includes vocal and instrumental works from the 12 111 to the 14 111 centuries. And on the same evening, The Dufay Collective, a medieval ensemble from England, makes their Canadian debut with Troubadour: The Art of Medieval Poet-Musicians. Dufay Collective March 2 is even to1,1gher with four stellar concerts available. Baroque Music Beside the Grange presents Music of Restoration Lor:idon featuring especially wonderful music by Purcell, Matteis, Finger, Ecdes & Boyce. Carolyn Sinclair, soprano; Julie Baumgartel, violin; Colin Savage, recorder; Michael Jarvis, • harpsichord; and Margaret Gay, cello, are featured. Music for the Merry ·Monarch features Musicians in Ordinary --soprano Hallie Fishel and lutenist John Edwards entertaining the merry monarch, Charles II, with music by Purcell, Blow, Draghi, Locke and others - assisted by ba'roque violinists Christopher Verrette and Linda Melsted. Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra adds a reprise one of their series concerts, The Genius of Bach, at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Charlotte Nediger, Hank Knox, Rejean Poirier, and Olivier Fortin are featured harpsichordists. And, to complete the March 2 madness, Innermusica presents A Countertenor Extravaganza with Daniel Taylor and James Bowman, together with period instrument ensemble The Theatre Of Early Music (founded by Taylor), making its Toronto debut. (See our cover story 8. And for more information visit Moving on, the second in the Arbor Oak Trio's "Great Composer" series (March 6) highlights the music of Frani;ois Couperin, performed by Michele DeBoer and GabrielleMacLaughlin (sopranos), Larry Beckwith (violin), Felicity Deak (cello), and Stephanie Martin (harpsichord). Website: www. And, looking just beyond our listings, March 8 has a gem in store -- "virtuosic voices and sparkling strings" - Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers (Vespro de/la BeaJa · Vergene) performed by the Exultate Chamber Singers, Aradia Ensemble, and the English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble. More on that one next issue! Frank T. Nakashima ( is the President of the Toronto Early Music Centre, a non-profit charitable organizaJion which promotes the appreciaJion of historical/y-informed performances of early music. Hmpsichords Clavichords Forte Pianos Sales & Rentals Services & Tuning CLAVIERS B.AROQUES We are Agents for The Paris Workshop Instruments for builders .(416) 538-3062 (416) 538-3376 FAX Email: http:/ /ww\ DA VlD JENSEN Harpsichord Maker CUSTOM MADE HARPSICHORDS, VIRGINALS &CLAVICHORDS Repairs, Restorations, Tuning and Regulation since 1976 (905) ~73-1314 & (905) 529-2527 12 www.the,whole February 1 -- M arch 7 2002

AT 4T. Ql!ORQlt THI: MARTYR The Music Gallery at St. George the Martyr offers a wonderful space to rent for your: - concerts - rehearsals - recordings Central location, great acoustics, two grand pianos, box office services, recording engineers and rates with the independent artist in mind. · 197 Jqhn St. (one block north of Queen St.) phone: (416) 204-1080 e-mail: Come join us for a Musical Banquet The Toronto .Choral Society is presenting Alexander's Feast by G. F. Handel If you were inspired listening to Handel's Messiah over the holidays, why not become a part of the experience? · The Toronto Choral Society is a non-auditioned community choir that rehearses every Wednesday evening at Eastminster United Church on the Danforth (near Chester). The choir, under the musical guidance of conductor (Jeoffrey Butler and accompanist William O'Meara offers training in music theory and choral technique, in a safe, friendly environment. Come share in the joy of making music with the Toronto Choral Society and experience the For more information, visit our website at or phone 416 410-3509. February 1 -- M arch 7 2002 13

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