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Volume 9 Issue 5 - February 2004

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. HEAL TH FOCUS CONTINUED FROM PAGE 30 A concerted effort please! the concert season coincides with departed at all, but was lying prone lioz' Symphoni'e Fantastique. BY JJM TENNYSO:'\ Back in the days when I taught the worst weather of the year means on the pew, his head in his friend's "Much of it is rubbish, "said Sir high school my class and I made a that of course everyone has a cold, lap '?'ith a beatific look on his face E, "but the ... march to the guilloyearly field trip to hear the TSO at but why medical researchers have as his buddy lightly rubbed his tat- tine is really tremendous." Roy Thomson Hall. I plopped. ignored the fact that a concert is too. Was I appalled? Not a bit: my I'll let Mackenzie pick up the myself in the middle of my little one of the most.effective expeoto- sight lipes improved 100 % story. " ' .. by the tjme the march · herd and those happy hours were rants known, is a mystery to me. . IrJ fact I r_eally don't care what to the gallows had been reached. the only time I have ever exerted Carnegie Hall has in fact installep they do as long as they are quiet he was sweating profusely and . complete control over the behav- cough drop dis- about'it. And t.he muttering to himself 'Oh my god! iour and deportment of a concert pensers through- MEDICAL RESEARCHERS young are often My GOD'' so loudly that the seri-· audience, or at least the part with out the auditorium HAVE IGNORED THE FACT quite fine ... un- ous minded woman in front of us which I was intimately involved. where you can get orthodox but turned round and hushed him." It was bliss! I had my class well a free .... and I'm THAT A CONCERT IS ONE fine. It's the 'Now Mackenzie '1 am going to .and truly ~arned, " Remember!" not making this OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE boomers, bless' mark the rhythm for you on your · I intoned, in a voice of doom" this up ... Hall's in the em, who really knee.' As a matter of fact he is real life: you know, REAL vir- Hall. I note that EXPECTORANTS KNOwN don't "play well marked it in my knee, my ribs and tual reality: you cari see them and Toronto audience with others. " on the arm of the stall ... Then h~ they· can see you. I know several members are becoming more proac- Technology in particular seems to got worried by the way the cymorchestra members and if you kids tive in this regard too. I recently defeat them: that silent vibrate ring- bals were being played. embarrass me in front of them I'll sat beside a gent who coughed his ing function on their cell phone is 'Not like that!' he exclaimed clappush you into the percussion sec- way through· the first few selec- completely beyond· their ken. ping his hands in the style of the tion." It worked like a charm. If tions at which point the woman in Think of that anecdote about the cymbalist 'Like THIS you fool!' they began to chatter I poked them front, turned, looked over her 19'h century pianist and conductor putting his left arm over his right with my programme. If they glasses, and offered the gent a can- . Hans Von BulQw, who stopped as he wanted them played. By this coughed I handed them a candy. dy, which, in supreme act of ma- a concert, transfixed a poor worn- time most of the people in front If they fidgeted and kicked the seat cho renunciation he refused! I an in the. front row who was fan- were turning round to glare and in front of them I mouthed the should have taken it myself he- ning herself and said " Madame! hushes came along the'line. They words " Fal·ling term II)ark'' in their cause my ·suppressed giggles set How do you expect me to beat 4/ might as well have tried to· hush general direction. It was iny con- me off on a mild coughing jag. 4 time while you are FANNING Vesuvius in full eruption." cert-going Eldorado.. IN THREE!!!" Lucky for both BuT n's A NEW MILLENNIUM and ~~J ~~~e~e\~ ~~~n~gr~s~~~ ~~r~ BEING A MEMBER of a live audience customs change: in the 18'h centu- And the moral? Often the best performance is NOT on the­ (is there such thing as a DEAD ry audiences, and in particular op- nasal rendition of Fur Elise he audience?) is often the artistic equiv- era aud1·e· nces acted as· if they were gramme. Fasten your seat belt: at ' would have had to be physically alent of flying charter to Australia: attend1'ng a gala soiree especially a concert you never can tell. . . . · ' restrained by the concert master. a group of. unrelated adults m the f11rtat1ous ante.rooms of the But of course being cuckolded by crammed into an overbeated and boxes. And we seem m som.e waySi. Richard Wagner tends to make one badly ventilated space with ipade- to be recovering the romantic past. t t quate seating all with the goal of Since many concerts these days take · es Y · being transported on the wings of place in churches, deportment and So I THINK CONCERTS HAVE always. song to some personal happy posture, to wax 18th century for a been sort of a rough ride ax:id often place, ae.sthetically speaking. And moment, can undergo a certain de- from the most impeccable sources miraculously we often we arrive at gree of modification. After inter- of trouble, as it were. Even in just that destination, (Platonic Air- mission recently at a wonderful Ba- fact from an icon of the stature of lines will be landing in Ultimate roque concert, I noticed that the Sir Edward Elgar. One afternoon Truth shortly). But the stories tall young man in front of me who in 1923 he hauled the novelist (and we have to tell about our seatmates . sported a diverting Celtic tattoo on founder of The Gramophone Magfill hours of dinner table conversa- his bald spot, had vanished at in- azine) Compton Mackenzie off to tion. termission, yet strangely his friend a concert in Queen's HaJ.l in Lon- And like flights, health issues remained. It was when I leaned don after Mackenzie had let it be · loom very very large. The fact that forward that I realized he had NOT known he had never heard Ber- 'O )> a. 3 Al and Malka Green Artists' Health Centre at Toronto Western Hospital 399 Bathurst Street (at Dundas) fo book an appointment, call 4 16-603-5263 An integrated & comprehensive health care centre created by artists -. for ar~ i st s For information about our services, contact: The Artists' Health Centre Foundation 41 6-35 1-0239 • Call ur slup by: ~---~ Chris Gordon, CFA 1715 Lakeshore Rd. W. 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ANNOUNCEMENTS, LECTURES/SYMPOSIA, ANNOUNCEMENTS *February 6 & 7 6:45: Toronto Consort · Board of Oirectors.MidwinterMarvel Silent auction. Bid on a variety of items including ticket vouchers for musical & theatrical events, gift certificates etc., before The Splendour of Burgundy concerts or during intermission !see daily listings). Gymnasium, Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor West. 416-530-4735. *February 14 6:00: Knights of Columbus. Music of the Knight. St. Valentine's Day fundraising event. Live & silent auction, cocktail reception, dinner & musical entertainment by the Toronto Youth Wind Orchestra and jazz & classical pianist, Gene DiNovi; dancing to the Hart Wheeler Band with vocalist Michelle lurman. Le Pare, Leslie & Hwy 7, Markham. 416-4474403. 0. lnsupportof Columbus Boys' Camp. *February 14 7:30: Burlington Civic Chorale. Valentine Magic Cabaret & Silent Auction .. Solo & choral performances of contemporary vocai jau, popular show tunes, silent auction, desserts. St. Christopher's Church, 662 Guelph Lirie, Burlington. 905-333-5342. ·,. . •February 14: Northumberland Orchestra and Choir. A Valentine Affair. Annual dinner & pops concert with dancing. Cobourg Lions' Centre, Elgin Street, Cobourg. 905-342-9295. . *February 21 6:00: High Park Choirs of Toronto. Family Fun Carnival & Giant Silent Auction. Musical guests, performances by the Children's & Senior Choirs; Karaoke, craft stations & more. Toronto Argonaut Rowing Club, 1225 Lakeshore Blvd. West. 416· 762-0657. , (sr/child). Proceeds to support the George Gay Memorial Fund. *February 22· 7:30: Royal Canadian College of Organists, Hamilton Centre. Tune My Heart -300 Years of Hymns from World Methodism. Come to sing old and new Methodist hymns from' North America, Britain, Argentina and Zimbabwe. Dr. John Ambrose, narrator. Ryerson United Church, 842 Main St. East, Hamilton. 905-549-5897. Retiring Offering taken to support the work of Wesley Urban Ministries, Hamilton. *February 24 B.:00: National Jazz Awards. Performances by Holly Cole, Denny Christianson Sextet, Humber College Big Band, Peter Appleyard, Roberto Occhipinti Nonet & others; hosts: Denzal Sinclaire and Ranee Lee. 7:00: VIP cocktail reception. Winter Garden Theatre, 189 Yonge St. 416-872-5555. , (includes reception). WORKSHOPS, ETCETERA *February 27, 28 & 29: Toronto Downtown Jazz. Toronto Downtown Jazz Party. Featuring over a dozen jazz musicians playing mix & match in a series of informal jam sessions. Jim Galloway, artistic director. Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen St. West. 416·928-2033, 1-800-205· 7638: Weekend pass 0, daily rates available. *February 28 1:00: Royal Canadian College of Organists. Young Organists Competition. Lawrence Park Community Church, 2180 Bayview Ave. 416-576-7228. Free. •March 3 6:00: Canadian Opera Company. Fifth Annual Fine Wine Auction. Live auction conducted by Stephen Ranger ofRitchie's Auctioneers and Appraisers; raffle tickets. Sheraton Centre Toronto, 123 Queen St. West. 416-306-2398. each or 5 for 0. •Festival Wind Orchestra. Open Piano Competition. Featured work: Grieg: Piano Concerto in a. For details and an application to audition, phone 416-491-1683. Applications must be received by February 26, 2004. *Toronto Sinfonietta Art Boutique is collectin"g classical and jazz CO's, plus old or broken musical instruments which will be used by invited artists to create pieces of art.To donate CD's and instruments, bring them to our concerts (Feb 29, 3:00-see daily listings) or call 416- 763-8746 for pick-up. *TransforMusic International Competition for Composers. Serious TLC for . . musicians by a musician Endurance • Breath Posture • Muscle Release Dr. Katarina Bulat, Chiropractor Clinic: Back in Motion 1370 Danforth Ave. Tel: 416-461-2225 compositions of 10-20 minutes based. on a light music piece, for optional instruments from solo to symphony orchestra. Gala concert of winning entries and announcement of prizes take place in Budapest, Hungary in spring 2005. Submission deadline: 31 August 2004. For more information: kiiras.htm , LECTURES/SYMPOSIA *February 11 6:15: University ofToronto Faculty of Music. Mozart and His Influences. Lecture by Caryl Clarke. Room 130, Edward Johnson Bldg, 80 Queen's Park. 416-978-3744. Free. *February 1212:10: University ofToronto Faculty of Music. The Beggar's Opera: Across the Centuries. Discussion by members of the creative team of John Gay's original ballad opera and of Britten's realisation, with excerpts performed by members of the cast. Chaired by lain Scott. Walter Hall, 80 Queen's Park. 416- 978-3744: Free. *February 15 2:00: Toronto Opera Club. Mozart Heroes and Heroines I Have Known. Audio presentatioo by guest speaker mezzo. soprano Diane Loeb. Room 330, Edward Johnson Bldg, 80 Queen's Park. 416-924-3940. Non· members . *February 27 7:30: Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Toronto. A speaker will talk about the musical Showboat, with soloists & group singing. Skey Room, Parish Hall, St. Ame's Clmh, 270 Gladstone Ave.416-221-4864. F11!e. *March 112:00 noon: University of Toronto at Scarborough. Japanese music lecture/demonstration with Kiyoshi Nagata. 1265 Military Trail. 416-287 · 7076. Free. WORKSHOPS *February 11:30: Toronto Early Music Players' Organization. Daniel Gariepy, baroque dancer. Open to dancers and/or players of recorders, viols & other early instruments. Lansing United Church, 49 Bogert Ave. 416-487· 9261.. . *February 7 2:00: long & Mc Quade.Helpful Hints for Saxophone. Paul Brodie discusses saxophone history & technique. For all levels of players. Bring your instrument. 933 Bloor St. West. 416-588- 7886. Free. First come, first ser:ved. *February 14 2:00: Long & McQuade. Extreme Clarinet. Instrument clinic with Phil Nimriins. Bring your instrument. 933 Bloor St. West. 416-588- 7886. Free. First come, first ser:ved. *February 21 2:00: Long & Mc Quade. Good Habits VS. Bad Habits. Informative session wiih trombonist Gordon Wolfe. Bring your instrument. 933 Bloor St. West. 416-588- 7886. Free. First come, first served. •February 24 8:00: Toronto Folk Singers' Club. Informal gathering with the purpose of performing & exchanging songs. T ranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave. 416-537-7422. *February 25 7:30: Toronto Early Music Centre. Vocal Circle. Recreational reading of early choral music. Ability to read music desirable but not essential. 166 Crescent Rd. 416-920-5025. (non-members). *February 28 2:00: Long & McOuade. Jupiter Product Session. Merlin Williams, woodwinds; Alex Kundakcioglu, brass. Bring your mouthpiece for your chance to try out these wonderful instruments. 933 Bloor St. West. 416- 588-7886. Free. First come, first served. CONTINUES NEXT PAGE

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