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Volume 9 Issue 1 - September 2003

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ROYALlorlRA !CANADA AIDA FESTIVAL CHORUS AUDITIONS Rehearsals for Aida Festival Chorus begin January 2004 2003-2004 Season Carmen :Nabucco Oct 2(s), 4, 5(m), 7, 9, 11 LAC Oct 14(s), 16, 18, 23, 25 TCA Tfie Magic J'fute Feb 19(s), 21, 22(m), 24, 26, 28 LAC Mar 2(s). 4, 6, 11, 13 TCA Nov 13(s). 15, 16(m), 18: 20, 22 LAC Nov 25(s). 27, 29 Dec 4, 6 TCA .Jlida Apr 22(s). 24, 25(m), 27, 29, May 1 LAC May 4(s), 6, 8, 13, 15 TCA (s) designates performance for students (m): Matinee LAC: Living Arts Centre TCA: Toronto Centre for the Arts To arrange an audition date and time please e-mail or fax 416-482-7044 ROYA Llor£R.A Jc AN A DA MADAMA BUTTERFLY COMPETITION April /f!iay 2004 Madama Butterfly Centenary Performances in Toronto and Italy things," he modestly asserts. "I'm an actor first, who can sing, and who can't dance to save his life." Those who've seen Dykstra in action may disagree. l-ater on in the season, mid-November sees an amazing set of openings. First up is a remount of one of Toronto's most enduring original shows for kids, Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang, running November 8 to January 4 at Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People. Next is the CanS.tage production of Cookin ' at the Cookery - The Music and Times of Alberta Hunter by Marion J. Caffey, running from November 10 to December 6. It's about blues singer Alberta Hunter, billed in her day as the "Sweetheart of Dreamland". She was a colleague of the likes of Paul Robeson, King Creole, Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong, and among her distinctions is that she was the first African-American singer to be backed up by a white band. Tarragon Theatre steps up to bat from November 11 to December 14 with Hello. Hello, the Karen ("Pochsy") Hines show that was nominated in the Independent Theatre division of the Dora Awards for Outstanding New Play or Musical last June. Subtitled "A Romantic Satire", it has a musical score by Greg Morrison. From November 13 to December 15 Ted Dykstra takes the director's chair for one of this season's few premieres, the Mexican-tinged Tequila Vampire Matinee, produced by Rat-A-Tat-Tat in association with Theatre Passe Muraille. Loosely based on Pagliacci, it features the music of Kevin Quain of the group Mad Bastards. Then there's the show we've all been waiting for, the.Toronto opening of the Broadway hit The Producers, coming to the Canon Theatre for what will likely be a good long run beginning on November 18. Moving right along, in December, Damien Atkins reprises his Real Live Girl from December 9 to 21 at Buddies in Bad Times, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this season. Ross Petty's annual panto production returns from December 2 to 31 with Cinderella, one of the more enjoyable takes on the time-honoured tradition (last time around, Petty had real live ponies to draw the magic coach!) In the new year, CanStage offers another local premiere, Pelagie, An Acadian Odyssey, from April 5 to May 1, with book and lyrics by Vincent de Tourdonnet (Snappy Tales) and music by Allen Cole (Hush, The Crimson Veil, The Juniper Tree and others). Can­ Stage's next show in the season, The Last Five Years, is also a musical. This bittersweet love tale runs from April 19 to May 29. Rounding out the season Guy Mignault of the Theatre fram;ais de Toronto promises another of his fine musical pastiche shows, this one titled Autour du Kurt Weill, from April 28 to May 15. Mirvish Productions brings us New York's multiple Tonywinning Hairspray, opening May 1, and Buddies in Bad Times gives us a further installment in the career of the world's spunkiest secretary with Susie Goo For Prime Minister, running from June I to 13. SarahB. Hood'snewbookToronto: The Unknown City, is now available. Sarah and her co-auJhOr Howard Akler will be signing copies at the Arsenal Pulp Press booth at Word On the Street on Sunday, September 28. ROC in collaboration with the Lucca (Italy) Centenary Celebration of Madama Butterfly, will be holding a competition to select 2 casts to sing performances of Madama Butterfly with ROC in Ontario and Italy January- March 2005. The artists will be selected by a jury consisting of Artistic Directors from Europe ~nd ROC. For administration reasons, telephone requests cannot be answered. Please write, fax or email to receive an application form. Autumn 2003 All courses conclude with a public performance Language courses are 12 sessions; all others are 7 Courses begin early October and end late November Exact scheduling is done in consultation with the participants Performance Technique • Audition Arias for Sopranos • Die Zauberf!Ote (excerpts) • Le Nozze di Figaro (excerpts) Lied •Wolf - Morike • Schubert Languages • Singing in German • Singing in Russian 34 ' Royal Opera Canada, 5040 Yonge Street, Toronto M2N 6R8 E-mail Fax: 416-482-7044 Register Now For more information or to register contact: (416) 876-5859 or The Vocal Art Forurn www.t September 1 - October 7 2003

Education Front by David Perlman "Increasing the educational value" Q,fWholeNote, as we see it, is a threefold exercise: one part is taking steps to into the hands of more and more people who can make educational use of it; the second is to add useful educational material to the mix whenever we can; and the third is to call atterition to the astounding stuff that already just happens to be there! On all three counts, this is a quite a month! WHOLENOTE TO EXPAND HIGH SCHOOL DISTRIBUTION WholeNote Magazine by virtue of its content is a valuable educational resource. We distribute thousands at the universities and hundreds more to community colleges and high schools. But we. know the potential exists for much wider circulation in schools. We have, therefore, set ourselves the goal of expanding circulation between now and December by making up to 3000 more copies available for school use. High school music teachers interested in receiving sets of WholeNote for student use purposes should contact our distribution manager, Sheila McCoy at416-928-9191 about receiving copies. ANNOUNCING ·GIVE ME FIVE! There are a lot of presenters out there, we know, offei;ing great deals for students. The Coalition of New Music Presenters, for one is about to relaunch a "CheapSeats" pass for . students, based on a ticket price; Music Toronto, for another has offered a student ticket for years. We're cin the bandwagon! Starting next month, WholeNote will list in a special "GIVE ME FIVE" feature all presenters du~ing the month offering a five dollar or cheaper student price! EDUCATION FRONT CONTINUES ON PAGE FORTY SIX Septe mber 1 - Octobe r 7 2003 "Amici's music feeds the soul" Toronto Star 1 ·6TH SE.A..SC>N SUBSC:RIBE TC>D.AV! Art1ici proudly presents special friends: ' VIOLINISTS, IDA KAVAFIAN, SCOTT ST. JOHN AND ERIKA RA.LIM ' SOPRANO, MEASHA 8RUEGGERGOSMAN NOVEMBER 14, JANUARY 23 MARCH 5, MAY 7 if'.@¥%$tit@To subscribe, call 416-368-8 7 43 Or e-mail- musicians@a~} F 0 u R c 0 N c E RT s E RI Es - REGULAR- 2, SENIORS· i. STUDEN~S- VIOLIN LESSONS C

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