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Volume 9 Issue 8 - May 2004

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WholeNote has an Editorial Special every month! Jun~'s focus is an overview of , Summer· Music Festivals In June we publish Profiles of music ~ y festivals, as well as general information on \ ' ; \ !, .• . , ! \ l the festivals in chart form along with maps to help r~aders plan their summer music activities. ~f you are a Summer Music Festival wishing to be included in this issue and have not heard from us by May 3, ~ . please call 416-323-2232 or contact us at July{ August features D_etailed Listings for Summer Music Festivals including Summer Festival concert schedules and performers, separate from the regular daily listings (we do the same in the June issue for Festivals with events in Ju.oe). Deadline for receipt of listings for the July/August issue is June 14 (or May 12 for the June issue). Listings may be sent to Focus in September: Music Education Listings: Simone Desilets li& 416-323-2232 Advertising Reiervations: Allan Pulker or Karen Ages 416-323-2232 Editorial: Davia Perlman 416-603-3786 Canada~ foremost Violin Specialists 201 Church Street Toronto, ON MSB 1Y7, e-mail EARLY MUSIC by Frank Nakashima 1 under the artistic direction of Larry Beckwith, the long-awaited Toronto Masque Theatre's inaugural production, "Masques of Orpheus," is an innov,ative program exploring the Greek myth of Orpheus through two very different yet closely related works - the Canadian premiere of a 17th-century masterpiece, La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers (The Descent of Orpheus into the Under­ ~orid), by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, and the world premiere of Orpheus and Eurydice by the Canadian creative team of James Andrea Bellefeuille Rolfe, composer, and Andre singing songs by Monteverdi, Alexis, librettist, with dancers Dowland, Caccini, and others and orchestra on period instru- (May 20). Bassoonist Nadina ments, featuring the gamba duo Mackie Jackson performs the six Les Voix Humaines (May 13, 14). sonatas of Corrette's Les Delic- . d es de la Solitude, accompanied Opera Ateher's original pro uc- by Mr. Jenkins and assisted by tion of Persee premiered in the fail of 2000. Composed by Jean Fraser Jackson, contrabassoon Baptiste Lully for Louis XIV, (May 7) · Persee is widely recognized as The Bach Consort's annual Lully's greatest creation and was Spring Benefit Concert (May 7) considered the crowning achieve- features some Bach "lollipops" ment of 17th century French such as the Concerto in dfor Two music theatre. French conductor Violins; the Coffee Cantata; as Herve Niquet has returned to con- well as a few lesser known works duct the Tafelmusik Baroque Or- -the Mass in g BWV 236; and chestra and Chamber Choir. Only the Mass in F BWV 233. Solo two shows left - May 1,and 2. violinists Julia Wedman & Later in the monOi (May 15), the Ai~slinn Nosky, soprano Moni­ Aradia Ensemble ends its sea- ca Whicher, alto Vicki St. Pierre, tenor Colin Ainsworth, baritone son with a comparison of two 17th S W t d d t century masters - Lully (France) ean a son, an con uc or and Purcell (England)_ with ex- Ivars Taurins, donate the procerpts from Lully operas, Atys, ceeds to Habitat for Humanity. Armide, Cadmus, Acis et Gala- Circle May 15 for a consummate tee, and music of Purcell from quintet of early music players Don Quichote, King Arthur, In- doing what· they do best. Badian Queen. roque Music Beside the Many have found the playing of Grange's The Franco-Caledonil Furiosi Baroque Ensemble to an Connection offers up music pe infectious if not intoxicating, by Playford, Oswald, Munro, but you will certainly find their Lambert & Hotteterre, served up latest program "Gloriously by Alison Melville, traverso & Drunk" (May l4) Handel's re-· recorder; Colin Savage, recordcently discovered "Gloria," pep- er; Sylvain Bergeron, lute & bapered with songs of debauchery roque guitar; Betsy MacMillan, and the alcoholic pleasures that viola da gamba; and Charlotte Nethe coming of spring affords us diger, harpsichord. all. website: Tafelmusik's grand season finale of Mozart's dramatic Mass Musical constant companion in C Minor, features the orches- (harpsichordist/pianist) Paul tra, choir, and the stunning Ca­ Jenkins accompanies soprano Andrea Bellefeuille in a lunch- nadian soprano Karina Gauvin. time program which includes Also on the program is Haydn's music by Clerambault, Purcell and Saint Nikolaus Mass (May 19- Handel (May 6); and a few weeks 23). _later, soprano Andrea Gerhardt WWW,JHEWHOLENOTE . COM MAY 1 - ]UNE 7 2004

More music by Mozart and Haydn, as well as Albrechtsberger and Eybler, can be heard in a program entitled-"Nothing.before 1750," presented by Duo L'lntemporel (Mylene Gilay, baroque flute; David Sandall, harpsichord) with musicians Thomas Georgi (viola d'armre), Patricia Ahem (violin), Pat Jordan (viola), Pablo Mahave-Veghlia (violoncello), and Joelle Morton (violone) on May 29. The Duo will also be participating in the Toronto Early Music Centre's free admission "Musically Speaking" series (May 2). Kevin Komisaruk performs a recital' of treasures from Baroque Germany, "Leipzig to Halle - Organ works by Samuel Scheidt and J.S. Bach" on the 1973 Brunzema Casavant organ at Walter Hall (May 21). Free Admission. See his website: www Gary An° Toronto's Center 1 for Clarinets and Oboes ·SALES * REPAIR * RENTAL Following their critically acclaimed duo recital in 2002, world-renowned countertenors James Bowman and Daniel Taylor reunite for a special concert (May 18). This recital will feature solos and duets by John Dowland, Robert Jones, Henry Purcell, and John Blow's emblematic Ode on the Death of Henry Purcell. Much of the evening's repertoire is reprised . from a recent BIS recording by Bowman and Taylor. James Bowman's unparalleled career began in London in 1967, when he was invited by composer Benjamin Britten to sing at the opening concert of the new Queen Elizabeth Hall . . Bowman quickly ascended to the world's most prestigious stages, including La Scala, La Fenice, and Glyndebourne, where he was the first countertenor to appe(\r with the festival. In demand at the highest international level, Daniel Taylor is considered to be one of the finest countertenors on the world stage today. Taylor now has more than 50 recordings to his credit, including his Juno-nominated disc, Handel Love Duets, with soprano Suzie LeBlanc. Frank T. Nakashimn ( is the President of the Toronto Early Music Centre, a non-profit charitable organization which promotes the appreciation of historically-informed performances of early music www. torontoearlymusic. org . / '~~.~ , ! CCISUICI .. . L ·· musi

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