Volume 6 Issue 5 - February 2001


concerto for erhu, which will be played by

Toronto virtuoso George Gao. Another is Feb

8 at U. of T. 's Scarborough College: the

Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble with guests Ritesh

Das, Kwasi Dunyo & Zhou Wei performs a

program of Japanese music. Then, Feb 15,

Nishikawa Ensemble performs a program of

traditional and contemporary Asian and

Western music as part of the Music Gallery's

offerings. And Feb 16, also presented by the

Music Gallery, the Rothko Trio performs a

program called "East-West", with works by

Asian composers as well as by Maurice Ravel.


by Frank Nakashima

In April last year, Early Music Ameri~a and

The Dorian Group, Ltd., announced the

winners of the second Dorian/EMA Recording

Competition. From an entry pool of 50

previously-unrecorded early music ensembles,

the trio known as Masques, based in Montreal,

was awarded the grand prize, a clebut CD, to

be recorded and distributed by The Dorian

Group, Ltd. for their program of "Consorts of

Two Parts for several friends" by Matthew

Lo.eke ( 1621122-1677). ·

Friday Feb 2, they make their

Toronto debut with a program of music by

Locke, Jenkins, Lawes and Cooper. With an

admission price of only $10, this has to be one

of the best deals in town on that day!

Voices of Influence - There aren;t too many

bass voices with the agility, range, and -

burnished radiant tones of Paul Grindlay (now

Jiving in Calgary, but managing to get back

here often). Feb 3 he joins baroque trumpeter

Norman Engel, Rona Goldensher & Julie

Baumgartel (fine baroque violinists, both),

Mary-Katherine Finch (cello), and Christopher

Dawes (on a chamber organ considerably

smaller than his usual St. James ' giant). Mr.

Grindlay will perform cantatas and arias by G.

P. Telemann and theatre music byBenry


A new initiative of the Toronto Early Music

Centre (T.E.M.C.) in cooperation with the

AGO is the presentation of historical performance

events the first Sunday of the month,

"Family Sundays". Feb 4, La Belle Danse

(director Daniel Gari.epy) presents a delightful

costumed display of 17th-century French

baroque.dance. The time has not yet been

confirmed, so check with the AGO first -

(416) 979-6610, or www.ago.net

Do you know T.E.M.P.O.? It stands for the

Toronto Early Music Players' Organization.

They hold monthly workshops at which

members are invited to hone their skills and/or

participate in a~ early music "jam session". At ·

the next one, Sunday Feb 4, Prof. David

Klausqer guides the workshop in music of the

Renaissance at Lansing United Church, 49

· Bogert Avenue. For information about

T.E.M.P.O., call: (416) 487-9261.



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Tafelmusik's next program, Music for War

and Peace (February 7-11), features

Dandrieu's Caracteres de la Guerre and

Handel's glorious Utrecht Te Deum, performed

by the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir and

Orchestra, joined by guest soloist brilliants

British tenor Charles Daniels (The Tallis

Scholars, The Orlando Consort). And

harpsichordist Charlotte Nediger (often subtly

obscured in the "rhythm section" of the ·

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra) finally gets to

strut her stuff in Bach's Harjisichord Concerto

in D (February 7) in a program which features

works by "Big Daddy" J. S. Bach anll his


The irrepressible "a cappella" Renaissance

trio, The MadriGALS, presents a Valentine's

Day concert, "Renaissance Love Safari" - a 3-

voice journey through five stages of Jove in

words and song, here in Toronto! Most of

their recent performances have been out of

town. So, catch them while you can. They

hav.e a website that you can visit. It is - http://

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Crit~cal Mass is a musical initiative to help

the homeless (freewill offering to the "Out of

the Cold" program). It presents Cristobal de

Morales' Missa de beata virgine at St. Thomas

Church (Feb 27 at 12:10). It's an opportunity

of hearing some very beautiful, rarely

performed renaissance choral works. Mocontinues

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