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Volume 9 Issue 6 - March 2004

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EARLY MUSIC by Frank Nakashima One of the world's greatest cru- An Aradia co-production with saders of the baroque cello, An- Opera in Concert (March 27, 28) ner Bylsma, returns to Toronto - offers a rare opportunity to hear to join Tafelmusik in celebration Handel's opera Rinaldo, in its origof th'eir 251h anniversary season. inal Italian, with wonderful solo­ This longtime dear musical friend is ts Kimberly Barber, Jane will perform selections from the Archibald, Sean Watson, Barbara several cello concerto recordings Hannigan, and, of course, the Arathat they have made together - dia Ensemble; conducted by Kevin music by Vivaldi, Boccherini and Mallon. Leonardo Leo (March 10 - 14). Be prepared to be moved (how A few weeks later, they present about entranced and enthralled?) if music fit for a king - Handel's you plan to hear the Musicians in Music for the·Royal Fireworks. Ordinary (soprano Hallie Fishel And to launch the next quarter and John Edwards, theorbo and cen.tury, they also bring a new Baroque guitar) perform early 17th initiative "The Folia Project" de- century .Italian Baroque music signed by bassist Alison Mackay. (April 3). Apparently, the new af­ The folia theme was a favourite . fective style of that time could make among many baroque composers, even the rocks weep according to • including Vivaldi, Corelli and contemporary descriptions ofper­ Geminiani, to create exciting sets formances by singers such as Adrio{ variations for solo instruments B ·1 d F c · · ana as1 e an rancesca acc1m. and for orchestra. On this occa- This 8pm concert, at Church of sion Tafelmusik will create its the Redeemer, 162 Bloor Street W. own set of 25 variations on the includes music by Claudio Monfolia theme, composed by mem- teverdi, Giu1io and Francesca Cacbers of the orchestra and well- cini, Biagio Marini, Alessandro known composers and musicians. Piccinini and others. Visit (March 27-April 4). Website: www. tafelmusik. org · Ossia, the Classical-Romantic period instrument chamber ensemble, presents a concert of masterworks, both sublime and silly by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (March 19). The Quintet in Eb, K.452 for piano and winds, Quintet in A, K.581 for basset clarinet and strings, and Divertimento in F, K.522 "Ein Musikalischer Spafi" for horns and strings, will be performed on "original instruments," meaning the kind that would have been heard when the music was new, including the most authoritative reconstruction yet made of a period basset clarinet, heard here for the first time in Canada. visit 16 Gary An Toronto's Center for Clarinets and Oboes SALES * REPAIR * RENTAL You have a choice ahead: Bach's "St. John Passion" as performed by The Exultate Singers (April 2) - under the direction of John Tuttle, with Michiel Schrey, an excellent choice for the role of the Evangelist, and Toronto's Aradia Ensemble (see website: - or by Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Quebec under·the direction of Bernard Labadie - with a stellar cast of soloists - Benjamin Butterfield (tenor), Stephen Varcoe (baritone), Rosemary Joshua (soprano), David Daniels (countertenor), Alan Bennett (tenor), and Curtis Streetman (bass) (April 3). Either way, you're in for a special treat. OR ng Wood"}:inds Ltd. " 1612 Queen Street West (east of Roncesvallcs) Though unfairly neglected, l 7d'-century French composer Marc­ Antoine Charpentier ranks highly among the gre\it musicians who flourished during the reign of Louis XIV. The Toronto Chamber Choir, under the direction of David Fallis, introduces an array of Charpentier's exquisite music - opera choruses fromActeon and David et J onathas, excerpts from Le Malade Inuzgirzaire, selections from s I d Ell Ossia: tephen Fox, c arinet an . en Meyer, the Messe de Minuit, and keyboard, pictured, will be joined by Laura motets and psalms for Jones (cello), Valerie Sylvester and Sheila the Vespers service Smyth (violins), Mary McGeer (viola), Gillian (March 28). ' Howard (oboe), David Klausner (bassoon), and Trevor Wagler and Elke Eble­ Streisslberger (horns) · Continuing in the celebration The Toronto Early Music Cenof French baroque music this tre's continuing series"'Musically month, Duo L'lntemporel (flut- Speaking" this month features The ist Mylene Guay and harpsichord- · Recordare Ensemble (March 14) ist David Sandall) invites guest - Avery M\icLean, Stephanie Marsinger Anne L'Esperance, violin- tin, and Michael Franklin- which ist Cristina Zacharias and gambist explores the versatility and virtu­ Laura Jones to join in their musi- osity of the recorder. Enjoy three cal visit to Versailles with music centuries of music for solo rycordby Fran9ois Couperin, Cleram- er and recorder consort. A few bault, and Monteclair (March 6). weeks later, you can hear "Music · for Voice and Theorbo" (April 4) In a special noon-hour presen- _ a program in which Jenni Haytation, a blend of court, country man (soprano) and John Edwards and theatre dance from l 7d'-centu- (theorbo) perform music by Sebastry France interspersed with musi- ien le Camus, Michel Lambert, cal intermezzi and commedia Bendetto Ferrari, Frescobaldi, dell'arte sketches (April 8), the music from Chrisophe Ballard's A~adia Ensemble colla_borates Book of "Brunetes out petits airs w~th baroque _dancers Mane-Nathahe Lacours1ere (Montreal) and . 1 Edgar Tumak (Ottawa). Follow- eye e. ing this Toronto performance, Ara- tendres" and also a Playford song Frank T. Nakashinuz dia wi'll be taking this programme ( is the to the US for a appearance as part President of the Toronto Early of the Renaissance and Baroque Music Centre, a non-profit char- Society series in Pittsburgh. 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