Volume 17 Issue 5 - February 2012

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Baroque Orchestra and Chamber ChoirJeanne Lamon, Music Director | Ivars Taurins, Director, Chamber Choir11.12Concert SeasonHouse of DreamsDirected by Jeanne LamonConceived, scripted and programmedby Alison MackayStage Direction by Marshall PynkoskiProduction Design by Glenn DavidsonProjections Design by Raha JavanfarNarrated by Blair WilliamsWed Feb 8 at 7pmThurs Feb 9, Fri Feb 10,Sat Feb 11 at 8pmSun Feb 12 at 3:30pmTrinity-St. Paul’s CentreFrom the creator of The Galileo Project:a magical journey to the meeting placesof baroque art and music — five Europeanhomes where exquisite works by Bach,Handel, Vivaldi and Marais were playedagainst a backdrop of paintings byVermeer, Canaletto and Watteau.Includes stage direction, narration,and stunning projected images.A Co-production with The Banff CentreJan Vermeer, The Music Lesson, c. 1662-1665. Photo Credit: HIP/Art Resource, NYVirtuoso Vivaldiwith Marion Verbruggen, recorderDirected by Jeanne LamonThurs Feb 23, Fri Feb 24,Sat Feb 25 at 8pmSun Feb 26 at 3:30pmTrinity-St. Paul’s CentreTues Feb 21 at 8pmGeorge Weston Recital Hall“Her artistry was nothing shortof breathtaking.” CHICAGO TRIBUNESpring comes early with brilliant musicby the world’s favourite Italian baroquecomposer, featuring Marion Verbruggen –the high-spirited Dutch recorder virtuosobeloved by audiences around the world.Viva Vivaldi!Feb 23 & 25 Sponsored byTrinity-St. Paul’s:416.964.6337tafelmusik.orgGeorge Weston Recital Hall:1.855.985.ARTS (2787)ticketmaster.caGWRH Concert Supported by:Margaret and Jim FleckSeason Presenting Sponsor


“A Feast for the Earsand the Eyes!”- Classical 96.3FMTHE GGS CONCERTOCOMPETITION FINALSThurs., Feb. 9, 2012 2pm Koerner HallHear the talented solo performersof The Glenn Gould School competefor the opportunity to perform aconcerto with the Royal ConservatoryOrchestra during the 2012-13 season.MALEK JANDALISun., Feb. 12, 2012 3pmMazzoleni Concert HallSyrian composer and pianistMalek Jandali blends Arabic andWestern music. “Dazzling and magicalperformances of his piano compositions[are] delivered with precision andpassion." (Forward Magazine)HIROKO KUDOAND TOBIAS BÄZThurs., Feb. 9, 2012 7:30pmMazzoleni Concert HallGGS Fellowship Residents pianistHiroko Kudo and cellist Tobias Bäzperform works by Brahms,Martinů, and the solo pianowork Fantasia Baetica byManuel de Falla.ROYAL CONSERVATORYORCHESTRA WITHLEON FLEISHER AND URI MAYERFri., Feb. 17, 2012 8pm Koerner HallLegendary pianist Leon Fleisher leadsthe RCO in Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin,Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, and willperform Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 4with Uri Mayer conducting.ELIOT FISKFri., Feb. 24, 2012 8pm Koerner HallGuitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk has transformedthe repertoire of the classical guitar andwill give a mesmerizing performance ofPaganini, Kurt Schwertsik’s Eine kleinesRequiem (dedicated to Eliot Fisk), and more.Supported by the Aaron Brock Foundationin memory of Aaron Brock. Presented inassociation with The Toronto Guitar Society.JORDI SAVALLThurs., March 1, 2012 8pmKoerner HallRenowned for his work on thesoundtrack to the film Tous les matinsdu monde, The New York Times hascalled Jordi Savall “the Catalan stringvirtuoso”, a “virtuoso viol player andinventive ensemble director,” and oneof the “Best of 2010."BEETHOVEN AND YOUR BRAINWITH DANIEL LEVITINSat., Feb. 25, 2012 8pm Koerner HallDaniel Levitin (This Is Your Brain on Music)and Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony MusicDirector Edwin Outwater take us to thenext level in their exploration of whathappens to your brain when you hearBeethoven's Fifth Symphony.IAN BOSTRIDGEWITH JULIUS DRAKESun., March 4, 2012 3pmKoerner Hall“Voices just don’t get much moredistinctive than that of Ian Bostridge.”(The Baltimore Sun) Acclaimed Englishtenor Ian Bostridge and pianistJulius Drake perform works by RobertSchumann and Johannes Brahms.TICKETS ON SALE NOW! rcmusic.ca 416.408.0208Mohammad andNajla Al Zaibak273 Bloor St. W. (Bloor & Avenue Road) Toronto


Volume 17 No 5 | February 1 – March 7, 2012FOR OPENERS6. When Is a Festival … Not? | DAVID PERLMANFEATURES8. Adamantly Off-Centre: Music Theatre | ROBERT WALLACE11. Aldeburgh in the Vocal Spotlight | DAVID PERLMAN14. Getting to Know … Henri-Paul Sicsic | ALLAN PULKERBEAT BY BEAT15. Classical & Beyond | SHARNA SEARLE18. On Opera | CHRISTOPHER HOILE20. In With the New | DAVID PERLMAN21. Early Music | SIMONE DESILETS23. World View | ANDREW TIMAR25. Choral Scene | BENJAMIN STEIN26. Jazz Notes | JIM GALLOWAY28. Bandstand | JACK MacQUARRIE51. Jazz in the Clubs | ORI DAGANLISTINGS30. A | Concerts in the GTA48. B | Beyond the GTA51. C | In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz)54. D | The ETCeterasMUSICAL LIFE57. We Are All Music’s Children | MJ BUELL58. Bookshelf | PAMELA MARGLESDISCOVERIES: RECORDINGS REVIEWED59. Editor’s Corner | DAVID OLDS59. Vocal60. Early & Period Performance61. Classical & Beyond63. Modern & Contemporary62. Strings Attached | TERRY ROBBINS65. Jazz & Improvised65. It’s Our Jazz | GEOFF CHAPMAN66. Something in the Air | KEN WAXMAN66. Pot Pourri67. Old Wine, New Bottles | BRUCE SURTEESMORE6. Contact Information & Deadlines29. Index of Advertisers56. Classified AdsIn This IssueACD2 2611ACD2 2650BACHJOHANNES-PASSIONLes Voix BaroquesArion Baroque OrchestraLes Voix Baroques andArion Baroque Orchestra combine theiroutstanding talents for this new ATMArecording of the St. John Passion byBach, under the direction of organist andconductor Alexander Weimann.DOWLAND IN DUBLINLa Nef • Michael Slattery TENORIn putting together this project,La Nef chose to concentrate on themore light-hearted side of Dowland andstripped down some of Dowland’s Ayresof their complex, contrapuntalaccompaniments to give them a simple,Celtic flavor.DOWNLOAD DIRECTLY ATATMACLASSIQUE.COMSelect ATMA titles now on saleALDEBURGH SPOTLIGHTpage 11SIMPLY STEGERpage 21FEBRUARY’S CHILDpage 57


When is a Festival … Not?few weeks back an announcement appeared on the Capital OneA BlackCreek Summer Festival website, suspending operationsfor the coming summer in order to “ensure the execution of a newfinancing strategy that would provide long-term financial stability andnear-term cash flow for the festival.” BlackCreek’s “staff, crew, suppliers,media partners, sponsors, chorus and musicians” (i.e. its creditors,The WholeNote among them) are “congratulated for their achievementsin launching the festival,” and “thanked for their patience during thistrying financial period.” We are informed that a further announcementwill be forthcoming by March 31.If the above had been the full text of the BlackCreek apologia, I’dprobably have kept my mouth shut, at least until March 31. But thenext bit got my goat. I quote:“The BlackCreek Summer Music Festival is Canada’s only summerlongmusic festival. BlackCreek was conceived on the similar premisethat provided the foundation of the wonderful summer music festivalsin the US, such as Tanglewood in Massachusetts, Ravinia, north ofChicago and Wolf Trap near Washington, DC. There are over 100summer music festivals in the US, but before BlackCreek, not one inCanada. Unlike these major summer music festivals, BlackCreek isnot a not-for-profit organization, and unlike every major arts festivalin Ontario, did not receive government funding which certainly acceleratedthe financial challenges.”I’ll leave it to you to parse the differences in what “summer” meanseach of the four times it is used in the above paragraph, differences thatpoint to gaps in logic large enough to drive a monster truck through.The word in the above paragraph that gets me yapping away at thispoint is “Festival.” Because whatever else it might have been, 17, um15, er, make that 12, concerts, spread out over three and a half monthsFOR OPENERS / DAVID PERLMAN(i.e. with gaps between them large enough to drive a monster truckthrough) may well constitute a summer series, but, baby, a festival itain’t. Understanding the difference might just make the difference ifthe Capital One BlackCreek Summer Something shows its eyes abovethe water after March 31.And that’s enough of that.VOCAL MUSIC ACADEMY ANNOUNCEDIt’s rather fitting, I think (albeit in a somewhat meandering way), that theToronto District School Board should choose February, Black HistoryMonth, to make the announcement that two Vocal Music Academies(one out of Ryerson Community School at Bathurst and Dundas, oneout of Heather Heights Junior Public School in Scarborough) are to belaunched in fall 2012. The two are among nine “special focus” academiesto be launched, all housed within existing schools, with focusesranging from “Boys’ Leadership” and “Girls’ Leadership” to “Sportsand Wellness” and “Health and Wellness.”“When you have 550 schools, they don’t all have to be the same,” saidTDSB Director Chris Spence to the National Post’s Peter Kuitenbrouwer.“Sameness is not equal to excellence. I believe the biggest issue isn’tunderachievement. It’s disengagement. It is our hope that engagementwill increase now.”It’s a comment reflective of the reasoning Spence brought to bearin response to criticism of the TDSB’s establishment of its AfricentricAlternative School, out of Sheppard Public School, last fall. I can’tthink of a better focus than vocal music to affirm distinctiveness andaspiration, across the human family, all in one breath. Let the singingbegin.—David Perlman, publisher@thewholenote.comThe WholeNote The Toronto Concert-Goer’s GuideVOLUME 17 NO 5 | FEB 1 – MAR 7, 2012720 Bathurst St, Suite 503,Toronto ON M5S 2R4MAIN TELEPHONE 416-323-2232FAX 416-603-4791SWITCHBOARD & GENERAL INQUIRIES Ext 21Chairman of the Board | Allan Pulkerdirectors@thewholenote.comPublisher/Editor In Chief | David Perlmanpublisher@thewholenote.comCD Editor | David Oldsdiscoveries@thewholenote.comEvent Advertising/MembershipKaren Ages | members@thewholenote.comAdvertising/Production Support/OperationsJack Buell | adart@thewholenote.comListings DepartmentSharna Searle | Listings Editorlistings@thewholenote.comOri Dagan | Jazz Listings Editorjazz@thewholenote.comWebsiteBryson Winchester | systems@thewholenote.comCirculation, Display Stands & SubscriptionsChris Malcolm | circulation@hewholenote.comPatrick Slimmon | patrick@thewholenote.comOMDC AND THE ONTARIO ARTS COUNCILARE AGENCIES OF THE GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIOTHANKS TO THIS MONTH’S CONTRIBUTORSCover PhotoSN BiancaBeat ColumnsBANDSTAND | Jack MacQuarrieBOOKSHELF | Pamela MarglesCLASSICAL & BEYOND | Sharna SearleCHORAL SCENE | Benjamin SteinDISCOVERIES | David OldsEARLY MUSIC | Simone DesiletsIN THE CLUBS | Ori DaganIN WITH THE NEW | David PerlmanJAZZ NOTES| Jim GallowayMUSICAL LIFE | mJ buellMUSICAL THEATRE | Robert WallaceOPERA | Christopher HoileWORLD MUSIC | Andrew TimarFeaturesRobert Wallace, Allan Pulker, David PerlmanCD ReviewersAlex Baran, Larry Beckwith, Geoff Chapman,Daniel Foley, Janos Gardonyi, Richard Haskell,J. 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Artistic Directors: Stephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata30Years Celebrating the Art of SongThe 30th Anniversary GalaSunday, February 19, 2:30 pmKoerner Hall, TELUS Centre forPerformance and Learning,273 Bloor Street West, TorontoSponsored by:Sixteen of our starriest singers joinus to celebrate:Colin Ainsworth, Benjamin Butterfield,Michael Colvin, Tyler Duncan,Gerald Finley, Gillian Keith,Shannon Mercer, Nathalie Paulin,Susan Platts, Brett Polegato,Catherine Robbin, Lauren Segal,Krisztina Szabó, Giles Tomkins,Monica Whicher, Lawrence WilifordVisit rcmusic.ca or call 416.408.0208The 30th Anniversary Sunday SeriesOctober 16: Clair de lune (songs of Gabriel Fauré)November 27: The Great Comet (Franz Liszt at 200)March 18: Schubert and the EsterházysApril 29: A Country House Weekend (an English idyll)All concerts at 2:30 pm in Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building,80 Queen’s ParkVisit aldeburghconnection.org or call 416.735.7982~E TO|oNTOCºNSO|tpresentsª MUSICALBESTIARYMarch 23 & 24 at 8 pmA program in honour of the world of animals,including some magnificent mythical beasts.Recorder virtuosa Alison Melville curates thisprogram of music from Renaissance Europe,including “The Ape, the Monkey, and Baboon”,“The Counterpoint of the Animals”,“Le chant des oyseaux” and much more!For Tickets call 416-964-6337 or order onlinetorontoconsort.orgTrinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. WestFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 7


MUSIC THEATREAdamantly Off-CentreObeah Opera and Dani GirlUntil the last few years,musical theatre buffs inToronto and the GTA had to relyon commercial theatres to satisfytheir tastes, looking to companieslike Mirvish Productionsto keep them up-to-date withBroadway and West End hits.Today, things have changed tothe point where musical theatreregularly appears in the city’snot-for-profit (NFP) theatresin forms new and old. Andperformers who cut their teethin shows produced by Mirvish,Dancap and (the now-defunct)Livent Corp. are achieving marqueestatus with new and differentaudiences.Nowhere is this more evident than in a big show co-produced by two of thecity’s smallest theatres that opens on February 22 at the 918 Bathurst Centrefor Culture, just north of Bloor St. Loosely based on historical texts of theinfamous witch-hunts in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts, Obeah Operaviews the trials through a Caribbean filter. “Producing this piece solidifies ourmandate to present works from the [Black] Diaspora inspired by a Caribbeanunderstanding,” says Rhoma Spencer, artistic director of Theatre Archipelago,one of the producing companies. Co-producer ahdri zhina mandiela, founderand artistic director of b current Performing Arts, and the show’s director, iseven more emphatic with her endorsement: “Obeah Opera renews creativeand cultural pride for both companies, our artists, and much of the audience.”Nicole Brooks, who wrote the book, libretto and music for Obeah Opera,echoed mandiela’s sentiments in a chat we shared in early January. “The storythat interests me takes place at the beginning of the witch trials, when the womenare accused, because, of course, there’s very little known about them. I mean,they were slaves, so they barely figure in historical records.” She pauses, as ifrecognizing the contradiction implicit in her statement. “These women weresilenced. Very little of what they said, if they were allowed to speak at all, hasbeen documented. I have taken the liberty of giving them voices to tell theirstories in their own way …”Ironically, this led Brooks to opera, a form rarely connected with Blackmusic. Rather that retreat from the challenge, she embraced it, but added atwist: “I adhere to the definition of ‘opera’ in its true terms, as ‘a play that issung’; but I don’t feel that restricts me to classical music. What each characterhas to say leads me to a different genre of music, which also becomes part ofthat character’s voice …” Ultimately, she suggests, “the music in the piece is ascontemporary as it is historical … the references are all over the place.”Director mandiela agrees: “The music is the spine of Obeah Opera … mixingtraditions of jazz, blues and spirituals from a myriad of Black cultures …‘in themanner of the chapel,’ otherwise known as a cappella style. It’s like a game ofmusical telephone played cross centuries into now …”Obeah Opera is a huge undertaking for Brooks: her first play, her first score,her first opera. And she performs one of the five leads — Candy, a Salem slavewith oratorical skills and the ability to read. After Tituba, another slave, is accusedof practising the outlawed rituals of obeah on and with young white girls,she and Candy, along with three other women, are confined by the town’s eldersto a cell where each shares her personal account of the events that led to her arrest.Through the telling of their stories, the women form a bond strong enoughto initiate a ceremony that conjures up a powerful presence — freedom — whichBrooks uses to structure the endingof her show.In transforming the witchesof Salem to healers with variousspiritual beliefs, Brooks tacklesthe taboo of obeah with thesteadiness of vision she bringsto her project in general. Neithercondemning nor celebrating thecontroversial practice, she aimsto create “a tribute to all thosespiritual practices that had to gounderground to survive: they dolive today, but you have to lookto see them. And that’s their truetriumph — that they didn’t diewith the people they represent ...”Nevertheless, she worriesabout her own mother’s reactionto the show, a fear she confesses with laughter. “When I toldher I was working on the piece, she said ‘so, you’re an obeahwoman now, practising witchcraft …?’”Brooks shakes her head: “Mercy, what have I done?”Obeah Opera may not practise witchcraft, but it promisesmagic nonetheless. Requiring a cast of 15, the show wouldtax the resources of Toronto’s largest theatres, let alone twoof its smallest. To meet the challenge, Spencer and mandielahave gathered a stellar group of women to perform allthe roles, male and female. To play the five arrested slaves,Brooks is teamed with Ella Andell from Trinidad and Tobago,and Canadians Joni NehRita, Saphire Demitro, and SaidahBaba Talibah, who also can be seen (and heard!) this monthin Honey Jam — Then and Now, an all-female showcase atHarbourfront’s Brigantine Room on February 3. Joining themin the ten-member chorus are Kanika Ambrose, Sheila Boydand Jessica Brown, all well-known singers in their own right.For Brooks, mandiela supplied a dramaturge as well as aSaidah Baba Talibah and Nicole Brooks;at b current’s Wychwood Barns studio.musical director, and guidedher through a processof development that theneophyte writer couldn’texpect to find at manytheatres, which she is firstto acknowledge. “What’sgood about b current, andsmall theatre in general, isthe opportunity to spreadyour wings and explore.The [usual] problem isyou don’t have the luxuryof four or five months torehearse …” She reflectsfor a moment. “And, youknow, this is why I appreciatethe [production] incrementsthat ahdri mademe go though. If, fromthe beginning, she had// ROBERT WALLACEb current’s ahdri zhinamandiela.SN BIANCA8 thewholenote.comFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012


Dani Girl’s Gabi Epstein and Jonathan Logan.Music TORONTOWALLIS GIUNTA, mezzo sopranoSTEVEN PHILCOX, pianistsaid ‘Write the whole thing,’ I don’t think we would be here.Instead, she said ‘Start with ten minutes’; then she got us into[Buddies in Bad Times] Rhubarb! Festival, where we had 20minutes; then she asked me for 30 minutes. Finally she said,“Nicole, write the whole damn thing; you can do it.”Unlike Obeah Opera, which is totally Canadian, Dani Girlwas created by Christopher Dimond (book and lyrics) andMichael Kooman (music), a creative dynamo at the vanguard ofAmerican musical theatre. The show, which opens at TheatrePasse Muraille on February 16, has “a very lengthy and solidbook,” explains Richard Ouzounian, its director, with “musicalnumbers used to elaborate feelings, or to create the mood ofthe fantasy sequences” that it employs throughout. “The showlargely follows conventional traditions of musical theatre (songs,reprises, etc.) but uses pastiche in the fantasy sequences. Themore realistic songs are presented in a style that, while not‘old-fashioned,’ avoids the clichés of rock, etc.” Like ObeahOpera, Dani Girl was first produced in Canada by a smalltheatre with minimal resources — Talk is Free Theatre, inBarrie. Arkady Spivak, TIFT’s enterprising producer, hiredOuzounian, best known as a theatre critic for the TorontoStar, to direct the piece last January. For this month’s Torontoremount, Ouzounian replaces Jake Epstein from the originalcast, with Jeff Madden, who won a DORA award in 2009for playing Frankie Valli in the Dancap production of JerseyBoys. Joining him and Amanda LeBlanc are the two stars ofthe original cast, Jonathan Logan and Gaby Epstein who wona DORA nomination for her performance in To Life (a musicalrevue by Avery Saltzman and Tim French that the HaroldGreen Jewish Theatre, another NFP company, premiered inToronto last year). And the calibre of the production team forDani Girl matches the pedigree of its cast.Like Caroline, or Change, the ambitious musical thatActing Up Stage Company and Obsidian Theatres opened atthe Berkeley St. Theatre last month, Dani Girl is noteworthyfor the ways it uses the conventions of musical theatre tocommunicate a socially relevant plot that potentially is as depressingas it is odd. After losing her hair to leukemia, Dani,a precocious nine-year-old girl, embarks on a magical journeyto try to get it back. Writing for a cast of four, Dimond andKooman structure her quest as a dramatic comedy, going sofar as to allow the two leads to be played by adults or children.The roles Dimond has written, like Kooman’s music, appealto performers who want to act as well as sing, to step outsidethe box of musical theatre as it traditionally is figured toparticipate in an experience that is, in the words of ArkadySpivak, “off-centre.”Spivak uses the term “off-centre music theatre” to describe“musicals that are not initially or obviously intended for commercialproduction, that offer a higher proportion of artisticambition over commerce, or are simply under-produced.” Forhim, “these range from things like Ride the Cyclone [themusical/cabaret by Victoria’s Atomic Vaudeville that ActingUp co-produced with TPM last November] to failed musicalsby major writers — something like Dear World by JerryHerman — shows that were done on Broadway but didn’t suc-ED GASS-DONNELLY SUSAN BENOITWallis sings English song –and Rufus Wainwright’sSongs for LuluThursday, March 1 at 8 pmCanadianHeritageatPatrimoinecanadienTuesday,March 6at 8 pmwww.music-toronto.com416-366-7723 1-800-708-6754order online at www.stlc.comPHOTO: TOBIN GRIMSHAWTickets just$21.50The inimitable pianistRICHARD GOODEplays Schumann and ChopinFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 9


ceed. In other words, material you wouldn’t expect a large regionaltheatre to program with an eye to increasing its ticket revenues …”Certainly, a musical about childhood cancer would seem to qualify.More to the point, a musical that allows the audience to view the subjectwithout succumbing to tears — maybe, even to laugh about it — seemsdoubly appropriate. This is not to say that Dani Girl treats its subjectlightly. Indeed, for Richard Ouzounian, Dimond and Kooman’s “inventiveand honest” approach is what sustains his interest in the remount.“I am deeply touched by the theme,” he points out, “which, ultimately,is about how we all have to deal with the issue of death, whether itcomes early or late.”Ultimately, Dani Girl does what musicals do best: provide joy inthe face of unhappiness. This is one of the reasons Spivak was ableto attract Show One Productions to co-produce the project. “What’sunique here,” he tells me, “is that we’re a not-for-profit theatre andthey’re a commercial promoter, so this venture is new to both of us.”Another reason he won Show One’s involvement is the runaway successof TIFT’s production of Assassins by Stephen Sondheim — an exampleof “off-centre music theatre” par excellence: “We produced Assassinswith Toronto’s Birdland Theatre, both in its original run in 2010 andits remount in Toronto in 2011. I am certain that the Dani Girl transfer,while solid on its own merits, is an extension of the success of Assassins.”Spivak might just as well cite the success of Parade (Jason RobertBrown and Alfred Uhry) that Studio 180 produced last season, or TheLight in the Piazza (book by Craig Lucas, music and lyrics by AdamGuettel) that Acting Up mounted in January 2010: both shows areadamantly “off-centre” in their aesthetics and history, and each hascontributed to the flurry of activity in Toronto’s NFP theatres that nowis so wide-spread it attracts the attention of independent producers.You can do it. These days, the attitude inspires the creation of musicaltheatre all across the GTA.Based in Toronto, Robert Wallace writes about theatre and performance.He can be contacted at musictheatre@thewholenote.com.Looking for more “off-centre” music theatrethis month? Check out any of the following,and you won’t be disappointed.Since its founding in 1995, Queenof Puddings Music Theatre has beenacknowledged as “boundary-bursting”for its innovative creations, “anexciting artistic force within the communityof Toronto theatre companies,”as Matthew Jocelyn, the artistic andgeneral director of Canadian StageTheatre, recently put it. No wonder,then, that Canadian Stage is co-producingBeckett: Feck-it, the Puddings’new project that Jocelyn calls “a feisty,original exploration … anchored by thework of an incomparable playwright.”He’s referring, of course, to SamuelBeckett, the prolific Irish writer whoborrowed techniques from music compositionto structure some of the mostprovocative novels and plays of the 20th century, works whosemordant wit revels in ridiculous irreverence even as it mines adeep reservoir of melancholia. This new production, opening atthe Berkeley St. Theatre on February 17, reunites Jennifer Tarver,a Canadian director renowned for her Beckett productions, withDáirine Ní Mheadhra and John Hess (music direction), to showcasea dynamic Canadian cast: Laura Condlln, Michal Grzejszczak,Sofia Tomic, and the marvellous Tom Rooney whose multi-layeredperformance of Malvolio in Twelfth Night won accolades this pastseason at Stratford.Beckett: Feck-it in rehearsal:director, Jennifer Tarver,with a model of the set.continued on page 70SHAWNA CASPIPLAYING FOR CHANGEFebruary 16, 2012 8 PMPresented byMarch 23, 2012 7:30 PM March 23, 2012 8 PM April 5, 2012 8 PMwww.livingartscentre.ca905.306.6000 or 1.888.805.88884141 LIVING ARTS DRIVE, MISSISSAUGA, ON L5B 4B8 ◆ HWYS 403 & 10, WEST OF SQUARE ONE10 thewholenote.comFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012


VOCAL SPOTLIGHTSThe Aldeburgh Connection at 30// DAVID PERLMANRalls and Ubukata, Aldeburgh, 1977.In october 1995, in the second ever issue of this magazine (thenknown as Pulse), we ran as a cover image, not a photograph buta kind of abecedarius — a stylized alphabetical list consisting forthe most part of presenters, performers or composers featuredin the issue’s concert listings. The Penderecki Quartet came toour rescue for both P and Q. For Z we resorted to jazZ (wherewere you that month, Winona?), which was a bit lame. And A was asproblematic as Z, but for the opposite reason — too many candidatesrather than too few.Aradia Ensemble, Academy Concert Series, Amadeus Ensemble,Autumn Leaf Performance and the Amadeus Choir (worthycandidates, all) had concerts, but were the five we didn’t choose.Stephen Ralls’ and Bruce Ubukata’s Aldeburgh Connection was theone we did.When I sat and chatted with pianists Ralls and Ubukata, inpreparation for this story, it’s not surprising that they could notremember who their guests had been on October 10, 1995. Afterall, the Aldeburgh Connection had already been going strong for 13years before this magazine came into existence. In those 13 yearsprior and the 17 since, an astonishing 187 singers have appeared intheir series, many of them more than once. “A starry constellation”as Ubukata describes them. Even more astonishing is that Ralls andUbukata over and over again spotted these stars while they were stillin the making.Now, on February 19, 2012, 16 “starry” Aldeburgh vocal alumnaewill join Ubukata and Ralls at Koerner Hall for a gala concertcelebrating the series’ 30th anniversary. It’s a bigger venue thantheir norm, as befitswhat promises to bea fittingly grand andheartfelt occasion.Don’t be surprisedthough if ticketsturn out to be inshort supply. No twoindividuals in thiscity have played amore important rolein ensuring the placeof art song in thecountry’s musicallife, and the audiencecan expect thehosts for the evening,mezzo Catherine Robbin and actor/director Christopher Newton, toweave a significant and personal storyline through the event.Robbin, for one, can trace her own Aldeburgh connection almostall the way back to the time of Ralls’ and Ubukata’s own first meeting— at Benjamin Britten’s and Peter Pears’ Aldeburgh Festival inSuffolk, England, in 1977. And Newton, best known as the artisticdirector of the Shaw Festival, has been a long-time Aldeburghcollaborator, repeatedly helping to give voice to the meticulouslycrafted, always evocative storylines that are one hallmark of anAldeburgh Connection event.BEETHOVEN, BEVANAND THE BARD February 1 – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 11


The best news is that after February 19’sKoerner Hall fireworks, there will still betwo, more typical Aldeburgh events thisseason, in the somewhat cosier confinesof Walter Hall, their usual venue. March18’s programme is titled “Schubert and theEsterhazys”; April 29 brings “A CountryHouse Weekend.”The first of these carries forward whathas been an Aldeburgh Connection traditionsince January 1997 (the 200th anniversaryof Schubert’s birth) — namely some kindof Schubertiad. That first AldeburghSchubertiad honoured harpsichordist/pianist Greta Krause, a great champion ofSchubert’s work and peerless art song collaboratorand teacher. This year’s event, asalways, will be rededicated to her memory.As for the April 29 “Country House”Wallis Giuntaconcert, it points two ways. For one thing,it harkens back to the bucolic Suffolk surroundsof Ralls’ and Ubukata’s own first“Aldeburgh connection.” For another, italso, perhaps, gives a little nod to the future,namely Ralls’ and Ubukatas’s now annualJune Bayfield festival near their countryhome on the shores of Lake Huron. But that,as the saying goes, is a story for another day.For now, readers interested in hearing (andviewing) more of my recent visit with Rallsand Ubukata will find the full 20 minuteconversation at www.thewholenote.com.(And, for the record, that particularconcert in October 1995, almost 17 yearsago, featured a couple of relative young ’uns,Michael Schade and Norine Burgess, in arecital of songs and duets by Mendelssohn,Brahms, Schubert, Debussy and Chabrier.)Since i have just spoken about our videoseries, Conversations@TheWholenote,I will mention that there’s also an interviewin the series that I did last December 29with rising, Ottawa-born mezzo, WallisGiunta, whohas yet to gracethe Aldeburghstage, butwhom some ofyou will haveheard recentlyin Attila GlatzProductions’“Bravissimo”opera gala atRoy ThomsonHall this pastNew Year’sEve. It was herfirst appearanceon that stage(well, first officialappearance,anyway, asshe confides inthe interview).An alumnaof the COCEnsembleStudio, Giunta is now ensconced in theMetropolitan Opera’s counterpart of theCOC Ensemble, namely the LindemannYoung Artist Development Program, whichmeans fewer chances to hear her in Toronto.All the more reason, therefore, not to missher upcoming March 1 recital for MusicToronto, with pianist Stephen Philcox, partof that presenter’s Discoveries series, andproof that Ralls and Ubukata aren’t theonly good eyes for talent on the town’svocal front!Originally billed as a programme ofEnglish language song, the March 1 recitaltakes on an additional edge with the recentRufus Wainwright’sToronto premiere of Songs for Lulu.announcement that Giunta will,as half of the recital, presentSongs for Lulu, a song cycleby pop icon Rufus Wainwrightwhich he himself presentedhere at the Winter GardenTheatre two summers ago inthe lead-up to the Luminatopremiere of his opera PrimaDonna, the same summer.How and why Wainwright haspassed the torch to Giunta forthis cycle is a long story (it’sin the video interview), and itadds an extra cachet to whatwas already promising to be anevent to look forward to.Last, an opportunity to callWallis Giunta. attention to yet another vocalseries now well and trulysprouted in fertile Toronto ground. (And atthe same time to call attention to an error inour listings.) The series is called CanadianVoices, and it takes place at the Glenn GouldStudio, now a member of the Massey Hall/Roy Thomson Hall stable of venues. The300-seat acoustically perfect Gould is anopportunity for MH/RTH to test the Torontowaters for performers who are edge-ofcareeror simply not well-enough knownyet in this town. French Canadian mezzosopranoJulie Boulianne, who appears in theseries February 26, is clearly one to watch(and hear). The concert is, however, at 2pm,not 8pm as stated in our listings.MIV PHOTOGRAPHY (GIUNTA), 2010 LUMINATO FESTIVAL12 thewholenote.comFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012


Show One Productions presentsSinfoniaTorontoNURHAN ARMANMUSIC DIRECTORToronto’s Chamber OrchestraMasterpiece SeriesGLENN GOULD STUDIO250 Front St. West$39 ad $32 sr $12 st416-872-4255sinfoniatoronto.comOLGA KERNPIANOVLADIMIR SPIVAKOVVIOLINMarch 9 8 pm Glenn Gould StudioVIVALDI FOUR SEASONS!JEONGHWAN YOON ViolinistCALUM MACLEOD Double BassANGELOVA Pagan DancesBOTTESINI Double Bass Concerto No. 2VIVALDI The Four SeasonsDVORAK Slavonic Dance No. 15ThuRSDAy, FEbRuARy 23, 2012 • 8 pmKOerNer HALLTHe rOyAL CONserVATOry Of MusIC273 Bloor St. WestFor Tickets call 416.408.0208or visit www.rcmusic.caApril 13 8 pm Glenn Gould StudioEINE KLEINE NACHTMUSIKEUGENE SKOVORODNIKOV PianistVICTOR KULESHOV ViolinistCHAUSSON Concerto for Violin and PianoSHAHRIMANYAN SerenadeMOZART Eine kleine Nachtmusikwww.showoneproductions.cawww.torontooperetta.comWORLD PREMIEREcoMMeMoRAtinG the BicentenniAL oF the wAR oF 1812History comes alive in anexciting new musical!TAPTOO!music by John Beckwith, libretto by JAMeS ReAneyThe BedolfeFoundationMZ MediaWitness the founding of the village of York, the threatof the 1812 war, a face off between Major Simcoe andGeneral Wayne that proudly led to the birth of a nation!Larry Beckwith, ConductorGuillermo Silva-Marin, Stage DirectorAllison Angelo, todd Delaney, Robert Longo,Michael Barrett, Mark Petracchi, Sarah hicks,Daniel Bedrossian and teddy PerdikouliasFeb. 24, 25 & 26 (mat.)416-366-7723 1-800-708-6754 www.stlc.comFort Henry Garrison Parade, Kingston ONMay 11 8 pm Glenn Gould StudioBEETHOVENLUCILLE CHUNG PianistTEEHAN Commissioned workBEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 4DVORAK Quintet op. 77First Prize winnerat TchaikovskyCompetitionNarekHakhnazaryanCellistOpens Sinfonia Toronto’s 2012-13 seasonOctober 27, 2012 George Weston Recital HallVisit sinfoniatoronto.com for details of our 2012-13 seasonFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 13


Getting to Know … Henri-Paul Sicsic// ALLAN PULKER“At a very young age I felt that Schumann’s emotional musicallanguage really spoke to me and became very personal to me.The feeling of connection with Schumann’s music was alsoencouraged by my teacher, Juliette Audibert-Lambert, whoseteacher, Alfred Cortot, was a renowned interpreter of Schumann’sand Chopin’s music. Schumann’s music was so special to her thatshe would assign it as a treat, almost as a reward, for good work,as something for which a student had proven himself worthy!”In mid-january I chatted with pianist and University of Torontomusic professor, Henri-Paul Sicsic about, among other things, his2007 recording of Robert Schumann’s Kreisleriana and Fantasie.I was impressed by the CD: no matter how busy the music, andSchumann’s can be very busy, the narrative could always be heard.“I don’t consider Schumann’s music to be particularly difficult toplay, but one needs to open emotionally to it. It is not predominantlyaesthetic, unlike, for example, Chopin, whose music is much morefocused on the beauty of the sound and the culture of the piano. ForSchumann, the piano is a vehicle, a means to an end, through whichhis interior voice and poetry can speak.”It’s an interesting observation. “We think of Chopin’s music asromantic because it is so beautiful and poetic, but it is more abstractthan Schumann’s.”So if Schumann’s music comes easily to him, whose musicdoes not?“For me, Beethoven is at the opposite end of the spectrum toSchumann. I feel nurtured by Schumann’s music but challengedby Beethoven’s. Many people have said thatBeethoven struggled as a composer whereasMozart composed effortlessly and even hadthe music already conceived before he wrote itdown. Mozart was playing with already establishedforms to which he brought a wizardrythat no one else could even come close to.Beethoven was always working at redefiningthose forms, so he was always working fromthe ground up, not because he was not capableof writing effortlessly — I’m sure he couldhave if he had chosen to — but through musiche was facing his own challenges, questionsand struggles.”So Beethoven’s music, Sicsic says, “alwaysgives me something new, something of arevelation, to find or to overcome, to goempathetically through the same struggle thatI feel he was going through as he composed it,meeting forces somehow opposed to the humancondition, not going for the obvious.”Tension, Sicsic says, is a key to Beethoven’smusic, persisting through moments of conventionalmusical resolution. “As for examplethe chord on which a cadence resolves will bemarked ‘subito piano,’ producing a sense of asudden and unforeseen change in the tensionand the direction of the music. Even if we hearhis music over and over, it will always feel asif it is rubbing the wrong way. As we movethrough the development of his music we aregradually reaching a state or a way of beingthat elevates us beyond our daily struggles.”Sicsic is not yet well known in Toronto,but there is a chance that after his upcoming,February 27 recital (the first all-Beethoven programmeof his career), we will know him a bit better. Theprogramme will consist of the Bagatelles Op.29 and Op.119,the Eroica Variations and the Sonata Op.110. Speaking ofthe last three piano sonatas, of which Op.110 is the second,he said “The music has become almost dissolved to thepoint that the texture has been reduced to transparency, likebeing able to see the stars when there is no light.”The recital takes place at Walter Hall, increasinglyfamiliar surroundings for Sicsic who was appointed to afull-time teaching position at the U of T’s Faculty of Musicin 2007, leaving the University of British Columbia, wherehe had taught since 1994. Before that he had studied with John Perryat Rice University in Texas and had also been Perry’s assistant.In 2007, he told me, a new full-time position in piano was createdat the U of T Faculty of Music. At the time it was the only full-timeposition other than what had been William Aide’s position, which isnow occupied by Jamie Parker. “I really feel blessed to have beenselected for this new position, both because of the strong culturallife of Toronto and to be part of the strong programme we have atU of T and the high standards, which, I think, make it one of theleading programmes in North America.”Certainly the piano department’s staff bring a wide range of interestand focus to the task. “Jamie Parker is an extraordinary pianist,not only as a member of the Gryphon Trio but also as a soloist.Marietta Orlov, who brings such knowledge, experience and a depthof culture, devotes herself completely to teaching. I focus on performance.Stephen Philcox, who focuses on collaboration with singers,is an incredible talent, and not only as a collaborative pianist but14 thewholenote.comFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012


ALLAN PULKERalso as a soloist … I remember his wonderfulplaying and phenomenal sight-readingwhen he was an undergraduate at UBC …”He continues, describing the particularstrengths of all department members, BorisLysenko, Midori Koga, Lydia Wong … Hisenthusiasm is manifest. “We may be theonly pedagogy programme which is complementingand not undermining the performanceside of things … Probably the onlycomparable programme on the continent isat Michigan State University, where Midoriwas on the faculty before coming here.”Sicsic’s pedagogical approach has evolvedover time. Born in Algeria of Frenchparents, they moved to Nice, France, in1962, at the time of Algerian independence.In Nice, as already mentioned, he studied with Juliette Audibert-Lambert. But for a number of years after that he studied on hisown. “I tried to contain all that I could remember and experience ofmy former teachers. This was a very important part of my training,because it enabled me to stand on my own feet, as it were.”He talks about how important it is for students to “come to theirown way,” to learn an entire composition completely on their own,to break “the need, almost an addiction to always asking ‘Am Idoing this right?’, to always wanting validation or confirmation thatthings are ok.”It’s an ethos built on rising to challenges rather than countingon classical contexts, not dissimilar to the all-Beethoven challengeSicsic has set for himself February 27 at Walter Hall.Allan Pulker is a flautist and a founder of The WholeNote,who currently serves as chairman of the company’s board ofdirectors. He can be contacted at allan@thewholenote.com.Beat by Beat / Classical & BeyondThe ABC of ItSHARNA SEARLEWhen writing a monthly column that involves regularlyworking your way through over 500 detailed listings, youlook for ways to inject a little bit of silliness into a task that,at times can be, shall we say, a tad dryish. So, I keep my eyes openfor quirks and curiosities. This month, for example, I noticed thatseveral of Canada’s finest pianists performing “classical and beyond”repertoire have first names starting with the letter “A.” Granted,there are also many (close to 30) whose names do not. Nonetheless,the “A list” struck me as, well, quirky; as good a place as any to start.Another quirky thing: the proliferation of concerts (22 to beexact) featuring works by Brahms: orchestral, chamber, piano solo,piano and orchestra, violin and orchestra, piano and violin duo, solosingers, full choirs (with and without orchestra). Was there a specialBrahms birthday or anniversary? Let’s see. Born May 1833, diedApril 1897. Nope, that’s not it. Must simply be a case of wanting to“Beat the February Blahs with Brahms.” So let’s begin.A IS FOR ANDRÉ, ARTHUR (X2), ANTON, ANGELA AND AARONAndré Laplante, Arthur Ozolins, Arthur Rowe, Anton Kuerti (performingthree concerts), Angela Park and Aaron Chow (performingin the same concert) will all be gracing stages, both in and beyondthe GTA, in February. (So will Adam Sherkin, Feb 19, and AngusSinclair, March 6, but their repertoire falls outside my beat.)Anton Kuerti is synonymous with great Beethoven playing, so itcomes as no surprise that he will be performing works by Beethovenin all three of his concerts. First up is the majestic Piano ConcertoAngèle Dubeau et La PietàMarch 8 at 8PMMichaelKaeshammerMarch 7 at 8PMCanada’s boogie woogie king presentshis singular brand of pop-tinged jazz,with a set of original songs that are asplayful as they are contagious.Angèle Dubeauand a dazzling all-female string ensembleplay the works of Gershwin, Williams,Bernstein and more,along with some of the best scoresfrom 20th century cinema.Tickets from $37 Tickets from $43Follow us on Twitter @RoseTheatreBramBecome a fan facebook.com/RoseTheatreBramptonCONTACT THE BOX OFFICE AT905.874.2800www.rosetheatre.caFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012Rose Theatre WU Ad Jan12.indd 1thewholenote.com 1512-01-24 2:05 PM


No.5, the “Emperor,” with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, onFebruary 2 and 4 at 8pm. Also on the programme is SymphonyNo.10 by Shostakovich. The great Günther Herbig conducts. Next,Kuerti entertains the young ones in Mooredale Concerts’ Musicand Truffles series with “Beethoven – Immortal Musical Genius”at 1:15pm, Walter Hall, February 12. Last, Kuerti will perform anall-Beethoven recital for Barrie’s Georgian Music on February 19.Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra conducted by NormanReintamm features the acclaimed Arthur Ozolins February 4, in aperformance of Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.2, along withBeethoven’s Fifth Symphony at the P.C. Ho Theatre.The New Orford String Quartet will perform Brahms’ PianoQuintet in F Minor, with Arthur Rowe, for the Kitchener-WaterlooChamber Music Society on Feb 10, at the KWCMS Music Roomin Waterloo, and again the next day in London’s Wolf PerformanceHall, as part of the Jeffrey Concerts; Rowe is the artistic director forthat series.Back in the GTA, the Aurora Cultural Centre has landed thealways electrifying André Laplante for its Great Artist Piano Series!Laplante will perform works by Liszt (his specialty) and Schubertat the Centre on February 17, 8pm. And speaking of Liszt, all youdie-hard romantics looking for a post-Valentine’s Day fix can hearAngela Park and Aaron Chow, along with soprano Eve RachelMcLeod and Rachel Mercer, cello, in “A Romantic Music Tryst withLiszt,” presented by the Neapolitan Connection, in a matinee onFebruary 19, at the Toronto Centre for the Arts.B IS FOR BRAHMSSpace limitations won’t permit me to delve into detail on all 22Brahms concerts I mentioned in the introduction. I’ll focus on a few(and you can check out others in Part C at the end of the column).“Warhol Dervish” is a pretty intriguing concert title. February 3at 8pm, at Gallery 345, the concert should prove equally intriguing,featuring, among other more twisty repertoire, Brahms’ Horn TrioDiverse repertoire, method & studyand accessories including amplifiers& public address systems/dj equipment.Band and string instrument sales.Ask about our teacherdiscount program.‘‘’UNIVERSITY AUDITIONS AREUPON US!! CHECK IN WITHSTEVE’S FOR LEVEL-APPROPRIATEMATERIALS...GOOD LUCK!WE PROUDLY FEATURE:Dedicated RCM exam requirement bookWoodwind.and Mozart’s Clarinet Trio — both in E-flat major, both arrangedfor violin, viola and piano — played by John Corban, Pemi Paulland Katelyn Clark, respectively. And another winner in the concerttitle category, given that they’re performing sextets by Brahms andDvořák, is Via Salzburg’s “Six Degrees of Separation.” Catch alldegrees of fun at Rosedale United Church, February 10, 8pm.Show One Productionsis presenting a veryspecial event on February23 at Koerner Hall.Legendary violinistVladimir Spivakov andoutstanding pianist OlgaKern will perform as aduo — a first for Toronto!And their programme isabsolutely sumptuous:Olga Kern and Vladimir Spivakov.Brahms’ Sonata No.3 in D Minor Op.108; Franck’s Sonata in A;Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne (based on his ballet music for Pulcinella);and Spiegel im Spiegel by Pärt. As an added attraction, in this case“B” is also for Bösendorfer. At her request, Kern will perform on anine-and-a-half foot, 97-key Imperial Bösendorfer grand (courtesyRobert Lowrey Piano Experts), apparently the only piano that couldwithstand Liszt’s powerful touch. Not only is it Kern’s preference, itwas also the choice of jazz great Oscar Peterson. The magic beginsat 8pm.And last, Ontario Philharmonic Orchestra, under the baton ofMarco Parisotto, has programmed a magnificent all-Brahms concert,which it will perform twice. “A Journey Into Brahms” plays onFebruary 25, at the Regent Theatre in Oshawa, and then “journeysinto Toronto” on February 28, for a concert jointly presented withMooredale Concerts, at Koerner Hall. The exciting soloist featuredin the compelling Violin Concerto in D Major is young Koreanviolinist, Ye-Eun Choi, in her Toronto debut. A protégée of Anna-Sophie Mutter, Choi debuted with the New York PhilharmonicOrchestra under Alan Gilbert in 2009. Also on the programme isBrahms’ Symphony No.2. It promises to be a fine evening.C IS FOR CLASSICAL COLUMN CONCLUDING WITH CONCISEQUICK PICKS (DETAILS ARE IN OUR CONCERT LISTINGS):• February 9, 7:30: Royal Conservatory. Discovery Series: HirokoKudo, piano and Tobias Bäz, cello. Works by De Falla, Brahms andMartinů. Mazzoleni Concert Hall.• February 19, 2:00: Royal Conservatory. Mazzoleni Masters Series.All-Brahms programme. Members of the Arc Ensemble.• February 21, 12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. Passion andPoetry. Works by Schubert, Brahms and Chopin. Mehdi Ghazi,piano. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre.• February 22 and 23, 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. BrahmsSymphony 4. Also works by Fauré and Britten. Karina Gauvin,soprano; Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor. Roy Thomson Hall.• February 23, 1:30: Women’s Musical Club of Toronto. Music in theAfternoon: Roger Chase, viola and Michiko Otaki, piano. Works byIreland, Bowen, Delius, Bach and Brahms. Walter Hall.• February 25, 8:00: Canadian Sinfonietta. Wine and Cheese. Worksby Brahms, Schnittke and Ravel. Michael Esch, piano; Joyce Lai,violin; Olivia Brayley Quackenbush, horn. Heliconian Hall.• February 28, 4:30: Guelph Connection Concerts. Doug Miller andFriends. Works by Bach and Brahms. Doug Miller, flute; DariusBagli, piano. St. George’s Anglican Church, Guelph.• March 6, 8:00: Music Toronto. Piano Series: Richard Goode.Brahms: Eight Pieces Op.76; Chopin: short works tba; Sonata No.3in b Op.58. Jane Mallett Theatre.This month’s column was brought to you by the letters A, B and C.Avail yourself of all the listings, beat those blahs, catch a concert ortwo and enjoy!CHRISTIAN STEINER (KERN)415 Queen Street West, Toronto OntarioM5V 2A5 (416) 593-8888educational@stevesmusic.comTMSharna Searle trained as a musician and lawyer, practised alot more piano than law and is listings editor at The WholeNote.She can be contacted at classicalbeyond@thewholenote.com.16 thewholenote.comFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012


Mahler’s First SymphonyThurs, Feb 2, 7:30 pm. MacMillan TheatreDavid Briskin conducts the UTSO in Mahler’s FirstSymphony and its original second movement“Blumine” as well as Anders Hillborg’s King Tide.Wind SymphonyFri, Feb 3, 7:30 pm. MacMillan TheatreFeaturing De Meij’s Lord of the Rings, Horovitz’sConcerto for Euphonium (student soloist KoheiKamikawa) and works by Janáček, Graham & Sparke.Wind EnsembleSat, Feb 4, 7:30 pm. MacMillan TheatreGuest conductor Alain Cazes leads the ensemblein Dvořák’s Serenade, and works by Karel Husa,Morley Calvert and Vaclav Nelhybel.The Opera ExchangeSat, Feb 4, 9:30 am. Walter HallLong Distant Loving: Saariaho’s Love from AfarPresented in partnership with the COC, and theMunk School of Global Affairs. Tickets: 416-363-8231Cathedral Classics I & IIFeb 5 & 12, 2:30 pm. Church of the RedeemerTwo glorious Sundays of sacred music performedby U of T choirs. Works by David Willcocks, BenjaminBritten, Bach, Handel, and Frank Martin.St. Lawrence String QuartetMon, Feb 13, 7:30 pm. Walter HallThe awesome foursome return to Walter Hall inHaydn’s Quartet Op. 76 No. 2, Martinů’s QuartetNo. 5 and Dvořák’s Quartet No. 105.Toronto & the War of 1812Tues, Feb 14, 1:00 pm. Walter Hall. FreeComposer John Beckwith introduces the documentaryballad opera, Taptoo!, presented by Toronto OperettaTheatre to mark the bicentenary of the War of 1812.Gary TomlinsonThurs, Feb 16, 3:30 pm. Room 130. FreeThe Graduate Colloquia Series presents the Yalemusicologist in Paleolithic Formalism and TheEmergence of Music. Open to the public.Henri-Paul SicsicMon, Feb 27, 7:30 pm. Walter HallThe Killam Prize-winning faculty pianist performsan all-Beethoven program, including the “Eroica”Variations, Sonata No. 31 and selected Bagatelles.


A New Two On TapCHRISTOPHER HOILEThis february has become a month for new opera. Torontowill see a world premiere of a Canadian work, the professionalworld premiere of another Canadian work and the Canadianpremiere of an acclaimed 21st century opera. In the depths of winterwe already see the new growth of spring. The world premiere isObeah Opera by Nicole Brooks running February 16 to March 4.For more on that work, see Robert Wallace’s interview with Brooksin this issue.First to appear is the Canadianpremiere of L’Amour de loin (Lovefrom Afar or more accurately“The Far-Away Love”) by Finnishcomposer Kaija Saariaho at theCanadian Opera Company. Notonly will this be the first time theCOC has staged an opera by aFinnish composer, it will also markthe first time it has staged an operaby a female composer.This opera that premiered in2000 at the Salzburg Festival tellsthe story of a world-weary 12thcentury troubadour from Francewho carries on a long-distance loveaffair with a beautiful woman livingin Tripoli, Lebanon, whom he calledin Languedoc his “amor de lonh.”Although they never see or speak toeach other, their feelings develop and grow through the efforts of anenigmatic Pilgrim, who carries messages of love and yearning betweenthe two. Saariaho drew her inspiration for the work from thelife and song texts of Jaufré Rudel (died c.1147), a French prince andtroubadour who wrote of his obsessive love for an ideal, unattainablewoman. This is the well-known theme known as “courtly love”that swept Europe during this period. The yearning expressed hasa religious component, due to the rise of Mariolatry, that leads thepoet to ask whether such a love is best preserved from afar.Reviewing the opera in 2000, New York Times critic AnthonyTommasini wrote that Saariaho’s music “combines vivid orchestration,the subtle use of electronic instruments and imaginative,sometimes unearthly writing for chorus ... The vocal writing is byturns elegiac and conversational. Her harmonic language is tonallygrounded, with frequent use of sustained low pedal tones, but nottonal. Bits of dissonance, piercing overtones and gently jarringelectronic sound spike the undulant harmonies, but so subtly that theoverall aural impression is of beguiling consonance … Her evocationsof the troubadour songs, with medieval modal harmony andfragments of elegiac tunes, are marvelous.”The new COC production is conducted by COC music directorJohannes Debus and directed by Daniele Finzi Pasca, known forhis work with Cirque du Soleil. It features an all-Canadian cast.Baritone Russell Braun is Jaufré Rudel, soprano Erin Wall is hisbeloved Clémence and mezzo Krisztina Szabó sings the role of themysterious Pilgrim. Sung in the original French of Lebanese librettistAmin Maaloof, L’Amour de loin (which, unlike other companies,the COC insists on calling Love from Afar) runs for eight performancesfrom February 2 to 22. For more, visit www.coc.ca.Taptoo! is the opera receiving its professional world premiere,with music by John Beckwith and libretto by James Reaney. Theopera written in 1995 was given its world premiere by OperaMcGill in 1999 and was later staged by the University of TorontoOpera Division in 2003. Toronto Operetta Theatre is presenting itsprofessional premiere as part of the national commemorations of thebicentennial of the Warof 1812. The title refersto the last drum-andbuglesignal of the daythat would later expandinto what is now knownas a military tattoo.The work wasconceived as a prequelto Harry Somers’opera Serinette whichhad had a highlysuccessful premierein 1990 at the EloraFestival. As Beckwithwrites in UnheardOf: Memoirs of aCanadian Composer,to be publishedin February 2012,“Where Serinette was set in York and Sharon duringthe 1830s, the new piece deals with the founding of York by JohnGraves Simcoe in 1783 and covers a time period from the AmericanWar of Independence to just before the War of 1812.” Beckwithsays that the opera features a number of Reaneyesque devices:“Cast members assume a variety of roles, changing age or genderrapidly, functioning solo for one scene and in the next, as part of achorus; the orchestral players are sometimes required to join in theaction.” In the TOT production, he says, a cast of 18 singers willcover 26 characters including historical figures, like Simcoe andColonel “Mad Anthony” Wayne, and other imaginary ones likeboy soldiers Ebenezer and Seth, the aboriginal Atahentsic, settlersand adventurers.TOT lays claim to the work because Beckwith himself says he wasLove from Afar: Rachel Harnisch as Clémence in the Vlaamse Operaproduction of Love from Afar, 2010.ANNEMIE AUGUSTIJNSSUSAN WALLACEORGANizedSunday, February 128 pmThe Music Gallery416 924 4945continuummusic.orgWorks by:Brian CurrentPetar KlanacGyörgi LigetiRichardMarsellaMichaelOesterle$25/1518 thewholenote.comFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012


John Beckwith andJames Reaney.inspired by ballad operas, the earliest examples ofwhat would later become operetta. As Beckwithsays, “Two period productions of early music theatreaffected me around this time [of composing].John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera and Thomas Arne’sLove in a Village were the most-often-performedballad operas of 18th century England … I sawTaptoo! as the modern equivalent of a ballad opera,in which scraps of familiar songs and dances wouldnow and then drift into the musical score. I included about 20 suchmusical references — hymn tunes, popular sentimental or patrioticsongs, dances, marches and, of course, historical military music.”The TOT cast includes Michael Barrett as Seth, Robert Longo asWayne, Todd Delaney as Simcoe, Allison Angelo as Atahentsic, withMark Petracchi and Sarah Hicks as Mr. and Mrs. Harple, EugeniaDermentzis as Mrs. Simcoe and boy sopranos Daniel Bedrossianand Teddy Perdikoulias. The composer’s son, Larry Beckwith,conducts and TOT general director Guillermo Silva-Marin directs.Taptoo! runs only February 24 to 26. For more information seewww.torontooperetta.com.Beckwith says of his collaborations with James Reaney, “Withoutarticulating our objectives further, I believe we wanted to affect ouraudiences in two ways — to move them and to cheer them.” We mustthank TOT for giving Taptoo! a chance to achieve these goals.Toronto Symphony OrchestranewcreationsfestivalChristopher Hoile is a Toronto-based writer on opera and theatre.He can be contacted at opera@thewholenote.com.Hear the hottest works incontemporary orchestralmusic at the eighth annualNew Creations Festival,with Peter Oundjian asconductor and host, andPeter Eötvös as conductorand curator.This Isn’t SilenceThu, March 1 at 8:00pmBarbara Hannigan, sopranoAkiko Suwanai, violinBrian Current:This Isn't SilenceVivier: Lonely ChildPeter Eötvös: Seven forViolin and OrchestraGyörgy Kurtág: MessagesCon BrioSat, March 3 at 7:30pmTeng Li, violaKronos Quartet, string quartetJörg Widmann: Con BrioPeter Eötvös: Replica forViola and OrchestraDerek Charke: Concerto forString Quartet and OrchestraOrionWed, March 7 at 8:00pmJörg Widmann, clarinetJoseph Johnson, celloVivier: OrionPeter Eötvös: CelloConcerto GrossoJörg Widmann: Elegy forClarinet and OrchestraPeter Eötvös: zeroPointsnewcreationsfestival.com416.593.4828February 1 – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 19


Beat by Beat / In With the NewBeaten to the PunchDAVID PERLMANThe lack of space for a full-out “In With The New” columnthis month is more than somewhat offset by the fact thatseveral of our other columnists in the issue have stolen mythunder anyway!Robert Wallace, page 8, talks about ObeahOpera, Nicole Brooks’ new work, as well asabout Queen of Puddings’ Beckett Feck-it, atCanadian Stage. Chris Hoile, pages 18 and 19,talks about two works I would otherwise havedrawn attention to: the COC production of KaijaSaariaho’s opera, L’Amour de loin, playing at theFour Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts;and Toronto Operetta Theatre’s first professionalrollout of the John Beckwith/James Reaneyopus Taptoo!And there’s more. Pamela Margles, in theconcert notes to her review of Kaija Saariaho:Visions, Narratives, Dialogues (“BookShelf,”page 58) draws attention to four other concertsthat will feature Saariaho’s music during thecomposer’s visit. (Three of these, by the way,are under Soundstreams’s auspices — and I willreturn to a discussion of Soundstreams.) Even ourCD reviewers get into the act. Andrew Timar’sCage matchcoming!review of a Finnish Radio Symphony recording of Saariaho’s music,page 62, references L’Amour de loin. And a Leslie Mitchell-Clarkereview, on the same page, of two + two, a new release by TorQPercussion Quartet, is followed by a note pointing out TorQ’sappearance in the final concert of the U of T New Music Festival(February 5).Of Toronto’s major presenters of new music (Array, Contact!,Continuum, Esprit, Gallery 345, Music Gallery, New MusicConcerts, Queen of Puddings, Soundstreams and Tapestry NewOpera), Soundstreams is the one to which we have, so far this season,devoted the least ink in this column. This month is as good asany to redress that, because the company has an extraordinary diversityof material on offer. In addition to the three Saariaho contributionsreferred to earlier, Soundstreams also presents two full-fledgedKoerner Hall productions. The first of these, The Sealed Angel,billed as a music drama, is the work of Rodion Shchedrin, a Russiancomposer born in 1932. In typical Soundstreams fashion, thisconcert is an intensely collaborative project, involving the AmadeusChoir, Elmer Iseler Singers and ProArteDanza dance company. Andthen, book-ending the current listings period, Soundstreams is, asfar as I can tell, the first of the aforementioned major presenters outof the blocks with a concert celebrating the 100th anniversary ofcomposer John Cage’s birth. Titled “So Percussion: Cage @100” theconcert will feature works by Cage and turntablist Nicole Lizée.With the 100th anniversary of Cage’s birth not till September,pianist Kate Boyd is also fast off the mark, with back to back performancesThursday, February 16: first a noon hour lecture/recitalon Cage’s Sonatas and Interludes at University of Waterloo; then aconcert the same evening of the complete Sonatas andInterludes, for the Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSociety. Not to be outdone, the Music Gallery, a weekearlier, on February 10, presents a programme titled“Post-Classical Series: The Cold War Songbook – Pilgrimsand Progress” which also features Cage’s Sonatas andInterludes (1948) performed by Vicky Chow, piano. The“Cold War Songbook” then continues February 11 with aprogramme of piano works by Ustvolskaya, Carter andFeldman, featuring the pianistic post-classical virtuosityof Stephen Clarke and Simon Docking.The next day, February 12, at the Music Gallery, it’sContinuum Contemporary Music back in action with a aprogramme featuring music by Ligeti, Oesterle, Current,Klanac and Richard Marsella, who also guests on the barrelorgan. And it’s busy busy as usual all month at upstartGallery 345, with concerts worth noting on February19 (pianist Adam Sherkin), 20 (soprano Xin Wang), 25(mezzo Marta Herman), and 28 (Les Amis Concerts); andon March 7 (Norman Adams, cello; Lee Pui Ming, piano;Erin Donovan, percussion).It’s a bit ironic to be giving the city’s largest ensembles the shortestshrift in this column, but that’s sometimes the way things fallout. First, Esprit Orchestra continues the season’s torrid pace withtheir third, full-scale Koerner Hall concert, on February 26. Titled“Gripped By Passion,” it features works by Vivier, Scelsi, Rea andSchnittke, the vocal magic of mezzo, Krisztina Szabó and dazzlingTSO violist Teng Li.And March 1, 3 and 7, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra presentsits eighth annual New Creations Festival of which we will havemuch more to say in the coming issue.20 thewholenote.comFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012


Simplicity ItselfSIMONE DESILETS“It’s such an incredibly simple instrument. You can holdphilosophical, physical or constructional arguments against thisview, but it still won’t change the fact that it is, in its very heartof hearts, an incredibly simple instrument. And yet it is so hardto make it sound beautiful. That is what makes it so fascinating.You start practising and it sounds ridiculous. It is the mostamazing challenge to create a small, but personal musicaluniverse with this instrument.”The subject of this description — the recorder — is an instrumentthat I personally find very beautiful. I love the organ-like chuffof its breath in consort, and the purity of its angelic voice insolo repertoire. If you’re of like mind, you’ll be very pleased at theprospects before you this month; if you are not, well, be preparedto be converted, as not one, but two internationally famous virtuosorecorder players are performing in Toronto, one at the beginning ofFebruary and one near the end. The details:The comment which begins this article was uttered by a trulyamazing musician, the Swiss virtuoso Maurice Steger, who appearsnear the start of the month. Steger has been called “the Paganini ofthe recorder”; one concert review states that he’s “unquestionably anartist operating to the furthest boundaries of what is technically andtonally possible on the recorder.” Several reviews about him mentionthe spontaneity of his technique — arising, no doubt, from the challengehe gives himself to create a “personal musical universe” in themusic he plays. He’ll be displaying his uncanny abilities in musicby Telemann, Sammartini and Geminiani, in a concert which alsofeatures the wonderfulchamber orchestra Les Maurice Steger.Violons du Roy. Withmusic director BernardLabadie, Les Violonswill contribute music byHandel and Geminiani.The performance takesplace on February 5 atKoerner Hall.When one considerstouring recorder players,one can’t help thinking ofMarion Verbruggen, thecelebrated Dutch virtuosowho has brought thewarmth of her personalityto audiences all over theworld for many years.With her sheer good-naturedpresence and verveas a performer, I thinkshe could win anyone over to the love of the recorder. She’s backin Toronto to add a colourful presence to Tafelmusik’s “VirtuosoVivaldi” concerts, which feature a splash of concertos: mandolin,viola d’amore and lute, cello, bassoon, and recorder played byVerbruggen. Except for the Concerto for Recorder and Bassoon byTelemann, the music is all by Vivaldi. These concerts will take placeon February 21 at George Weston Recital Hall, and February 23to 26 at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre.So many musical treasures this month, with some of themunfortunately occurring on the same evening:• February 8 to 12: One of Tafelmusik’s biggest and most ambitiousartistic creations to date, “House of Dreams,” is the latest of AlisonMackay’s multi-media programmes. The audience is taken to fiveMARCO BORGGREVEFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 21


European cities where baroque music and art intersect. Stunningimages, paintings and a concert played from memory make this trulya tour de force.• February 17: “Anger Management,” in the hands of I Furiosi,means subtle procedures such as calling up the spirits of the dead toexact revenge on one’s enemies. With guest, mezzo Laura Pudwell,this will be “a concert of anxiety and discord” — butundoubtedly with some exquisitely performedand lovely music.• February 18: “Fresh Baroque” arealmost the first words to appear in theAradia Ensemble’s website. Their Februaryconcert is no exception, combining gloriousinstrumental and vocal music from 17th- and18th-century Venice with newly-composedworks by Rose Bolton and Chris Meyer(winner of last season’s Baroque Idol competition).As well, the freshness of youth appearsin the participation of the Toronto YouthChamber Orchestra, led by violinist ElyssaLefurgey-Smith.• February 18: Another of early music’s shininglights is in town, for Scaramella’s concert “TheAngel and the Devil.” Gambist Liam Byrnecurrently resides in England and is professor ofviola da gamba at London’s Guildhall School ofMusic and Drama. He’s also in great demandas soloist and ensemble musician. Scaramella’sprogramme features music by rival viol playersfrom the French Baroque — Marin Marais (who played “like anangel”) and Antoine Forqueray (possessing the virtuosity of “thedevil”). Liam’s collaborators are harpsichordist Sara-Anne Churchilland gambist Joëlle Morton.• February 18: Intriguing mini-dramas, stories of the interaction ofnymphs and shepherds, make for a delightful programme of duetsand dialogues from the 16th and 17th centuries as the Musicians InOrdinary presents “When Tircis Met Chloris.” Soprano Hallie Fisheland theorbist John Edwards are joined by guest tenor and baroqueguitarist, Bud Roach.• February 19 in Kitchener: Spiritus Ensemble, dedicated to theperformance of great religious music, presents an “All-BachConcert” of two cantatas, the Magnificat in D, and the Sinfoniafrom Cantata 29.• February 19: In their programme “The Art of Conversation,” theWindermere String Quartet, on period instruments, explores Goethe’scomment on the string quartet: “One hears four rational peopleconversing with one another.” They’ll illustrate this thought withworks by Haydn, Mozart and Boccherini.• February 24: Two of the Canterbury Tales areinterspersed with lively English songs and instrumentalpieces, and also music by the Frenchman Machaut andhis contemporaries, in Sine Nomine Ensemble’s “TheRoad to Canterbury: Music for Chaucer’s Pilgrims.”• February 26: A programme of early 17th-centuryGerman chamber music is presented by Toronto EarlyMusic Centre’s Musically Speaking series, featuringviolinists Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith and ChristopherVerrette, and harpsichordist Sara-Anne Churchill.• March 1 in Toronto, March 2 in Kitchener: Theseconcerts, (at Koerner Hall and Perimeter Institute,respectively), by world-renowned gambist/scholar/conductor Jordi Savall and his group Hespèrion XXILiam Byrne,Scaramella.take place, in spite of the death of Savall’s partnerin life and in music, soprano Montserrat Figueras.• March 3: Tallis Choir recreates the passion of HolyWeek in “Stabat Mater: Music for Passiontide.”A brilliant six-voice Monteverdi mass, Missa inIllo Tempore (“Mass In That Time”) interweavesthemes from an earlier motet by Gombert. Lotti’sCrucifixus and settings of the Stabat Mater by Palestrina andScarlatti, along with plainsong for Holy Week, will also be heard.• March 3: “God give you good morrow my masters, past threeo’clock and a fair morning …” The street cries of Gibbons’ Londoncontrast with his magnificent music for the cathedral, when theToronto Chamber Choir presents “Gibbons: Canticles and Cries.”With organ, lute and the viols of the Cardinal Consort, they’llperform Renaissance canticles, anthems, madrigals and vendors’cries by Gibbons, Byrd and others.Simone Desilets is a long-time contributor to The WholeNotein several capacities who plays the viola da gamba.She can be contacted at earlymusic@thewholenote.com.Jeanne Lamon | Music DirectorIvars Taurins | Director, Chamber ChoirBaroque Summer InstituteI Furiosi Baroque Ensemble presentsanger managementFridayFebruary 17,2012Angry Guest :Laura Pudwell,mezzo-sopranoTafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute SponsorJune 3-16, 2012At the Faculty of MusicUniversity of TorontoToronto, CanadaA 14-day residency ininstrumental and vocalperiod performance.For advanced students,pre-professional andprofessional musicians.Application Deadline:March 21, 2012tafelmusik.org/tbsiCalvin Presbyterian Church, 8pm26 Delisle Avenue(Yonge & St. Clair)$20 / $10 Tickets only at the door.ifuriosi.com22 thewholenote.comFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012


COBA at Kuumba GetsBHM Under WayANDREW TIMARThe collective of black artists (COBA) kicks off BlackHistory Month with a concert titled “Les Rythmes de la Forêt,”running from February 3 to 5, at the Fleck Dance Theatre,Harbourfront Centre. Founded 19 years ago, COBA has been at thelocal forefront of the creation and production ofstage works that reflect Africanist social themesand perspectives. Using storytelling, music anddrama interwoven with dance, the programmepresents a suite of dances from sub-SaharanAfrica accompanied by traditional drumming andsinging. The production aims to represent socialand ritual events in peoples’ lives including ritesof passage, initiations, harvest, and moments ofjoy and celebration.Harbourfront Centre itself joins in celebratingthe African experience in its Kuumba festival byexploring “African roots through a 21st-centuryperspective.” This year the festival highlights theessential role women have played in shaping Blackculture. For three days, February 3 to 5, the festivaloffers storytelling, fashion, film, dance, roundtable discussions, food, exhibitions, workshops(some musical) and children’s activities. And, ofcourse, concerts.A sampling: On the afternoon of February 4,join instructor Lua Shayenne in a workshop oftraditional African and Afro-contemporary danceand music. Later that evening join Dr. Jay deSoca Prince on the Centre’s rink for “DJ SkateNight”— a novel Toronto combination of Trini and“skate culture.” If Ice T is more your speed than ice skating however,check out Jamaican DJ and Dub pioneer Clive Chin’s “Celebrationof Jamaica’s 50th Anniversary of Independence Through Reggae”next door at Harbourfront’s Lakeside Terrace. Later, at 9:30pm, themusic gets “urban” with the Known (Un)Known, a showcase offresh local talent embracing various current African American musicstreams, including singer Rochelle Jordan. Vibe Magazine dubbedher the “female version of Drake.”Kuumba continues on Sunday, February 5. At 1pm you have arare opportunity to explore Guinean drum-playing techniques ina workshop with Alpha Rhythm Roots, a Toronto-based companyintroducing the music, dance, traditions and culture of the WestRhythms of Guinea – learndrumming with Alpha RhythmRoots, at Kuumba.African country of Guinea to Canada. Then at 3:30pm, join theaward-winning Pan Fantasy steelband in “Trinidad and Tobago’s50th Anniversary of Independence Celebration.” Playing strong for26 years, North York’s Pan Fantasy, directed by Wendy Jones, willbe performing a repertoire of “classic” and contemporary calypsos.As T & T’s musical gift to the world, steel pan’s worth is possiblymatched only by the calypso musical tradition. Pan Fantasy willfeature homage to the patriarch calypsonian, The Mighty Sparrow,justly dubbed “King of the Calypso World.”EMBERS: From February 9 to12, across the Harbourfront parkinglot at the Fleck Dance Theatre, Toronto’s Arabesque DanceCompany and Orchestra presents its production of “Jamra,” Arabicfor “embers.” The live 12-piece Arabic orchestra features the richvoice of Bassam Bishara. It provides a lush musical underpinningfor Arabesque’s newest production that includesover a dozen dancers. The company is led by thedistinguished dancer, veteran choreographer andartistic director, Yasmina Ramzy. Among ourcity’s prime movers on the world dance scene,Ramzy has established what is arguably Canada’sleading Middle Eastern dance and music ensemble.Critics have praised her for taking “bellydance to another level.”LATIN GUITAR: Playing the February Valentinecard, Latin guitarist Johannes Linstead andhis group join forces with flamenco guitaristAntonitas D’Havila in a concert titled “ValentineFiesta Romantica.” The “romance and Latinpassion” will be on display on February 8 atCoconuts Restaurant & Lounge Night Club andagain on February 10 at the Latin Fever NightClub. Johannes Linstead, awarded the title ofCanada’s Guitarist of the Year, has earned internationalrecognition for his best selling albums inthe instrumental and world music sales categories.His partner on the bill, Antonitas D’Havila, is arenowned Romany flamenco guitarist, specializingin an intense, bravura style. If you miss thoseconcerts you can still redeem your Valentine mojowith your beloved a few days later when D’Havilaperforms at the Trinity-St. Paul’s Church, on February 17.YASMIN: On February 11, the Royal Conservatory presents aconcert by Yasmin Levy and Omar Faruk Tekbilek at Koerner Hall.The headliner is the Israeli Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) singer YasminLevy who has won high praise for her vocalism that also engagesthe fiery heart of flamenco. Songlines wrote, “every colour andpitch in her remarkable range and the resulting vocal pyrotechnicsare unforgettable.” The brilliant Turkish born multi-instrumentalistOmar Faruk Tekbilek’s 40-year career has taken him on a globaljourney. His nonstop recording and touring activities place himamong a small cohort of pioneer “world musicians.” I performedwith Omar years ago, but distinctly recall the intimate bond heValentine Fiesta Romantica8-Feb Coconut Night ClubN.E. 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wove with the audience in his solo spot.The RC’s Middle Eastern Music Series resumes the next day,(February 12), 3pm, at the Mazzoleni Concert Hall, with composerand pianist Malek Jandali in a programme inspired by the folk andancient music of Syria, incorporating both Arabic and Westernmusical elements. The music on his new CD Echoes from Ugarit,featured on this concert, is arguably the most ancient “world music”in my column this month. It is inspired by the oldest known musicnotation in the world, dating to the fourth century BCE, discoveredin the ancient Syrian city of Ugarit.BATUKI: On Saturday February 11, the Batuki Music Societycontinues this month’s Black History theme with its “Ethiopia: AMusical Perspective” at the CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio, an ambitiousexpedition into Ethiopia’s musical culture starting from the music ofthe Azmaris, professional bards who recite stories and comment onsocial issues through song, moving on to varied pentatonic regionalmusical genres, and ending with Ethio-jazz, an exciting modern hybrid.Ethiopia, the only country on the African continent never colonizedby Europeans, has a long and illustrious history. What betterplace than Toronto, with the largest Ethiopian population in Canada,to showcase the various musical instruments and wealth of Ethiopianexpression? The musicians taking the audience on this deep journeyinclude Girma Wolde Michael, Fantahun Shewankochew, HenokAbebe, Martha Ashagari and Gezahegn Mamo.CONVERGENCE: Setting our sights beyond the GTA, onFebruary 16 the University of Guelph presents the culturally diverseConvergence Ensemble with Gerard Yun playing shakuhachi,didgeridoo, and native flute, Kathryn Ladano on bass clarinet, andpianist Sandro Manzon.SOWETO GOSPEL: Back downtown at the Sony Centre for thePerforming Arts, the inspirational two-time Grammy and EmmyAward-winning Soweto Gospel Choir returns on February 24 and25. With a new show titled “African Grace,” the Choir’s 24 singers,dancers and musicians will heat up the dreariness of late Februarywith their joy-filled repertoire.PAVLO: Also on February 24, multi-award winning Greek-Canadianmusician and composer Pavlo performs at Roy Thomson Hall.Billed as the local stop on the Six String Blvd World Tour, the eveningwill appeal to the legions of fans who have made Pavlo the“most successful independent artist to come out of Canada, performing150+ shows per year,” according to his website. On his ninth album,Six String Blvd, Pavlo has gone global inviting “the world’smost exotic instruments into his classic Mediterranean sound.” Presumablythe ney, erhu, bouzouki and sitar on his CD will be there.SEPHARDIC DIASPORA: March 1 the York University Departmentof Music’s World at Noon concert series features “Songs and balladsof the Sephardic Diaspora” by a leading specialist in that repertoire,singer Judith Cohen. It’s at the casual Martin Family Lounge,219 Accolade East Building.MUSIDEUM: The new Coffeehouse Concert Series at the lowkeyedand intimate downtown venue/retail store Musideum keepssurprising us. Its delightfully eclectic programming continues witha world music spin on March 3 with the group Medicine Wheel,“bringing together a world fusion of music for the soul.” LeaderDavid R. Maracle on native flutes and hang drum is joined byDonald Quan on guzheng, keyboards and tabla, and guitarist RonBankley. Percussionists Richard Best and Rakesh Tewari add themetric frame, propulsive energy and accents.Andrew Timar is a Toronto musician and music writer. Hecan be contacted at worldmusic@thewholenote.com.Vocal Music Academy @Heather Heights Junior Public School& Ryerson Community SchoolThe Vocal Music Academy will engage students with a passionfor singing, creating and performing. Through a variety ofvocal performance opportunities, students will experience,learn and perform music from around the world. Students willdevelop musicianship, artistry, self-esteem and confidence asthey create and perform their own music and learn to thinkcritically about the music they produce.www.tdsb.on.ca/academiesWhere Amazing Happens24 thewholenote.comFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012


Let It ShineBENJAMIN STEINIf i had to pick one musical scale to take with me to a desertisland, and the only choice was between an elegantly craftedSchoenbergian twelve-tone row and a plain old blues scale, I’dquickly grab the blues scale before they tossed me off the ship.The noble musical experiments of Schoenberg and other modernistcomposers were enormously influential within academic and concertcircles. But while these august types were busy out-moderning eachother, blues and other African-derived musical styles — jazz, rhythmand blues, and hiphop, to name only several — colonized the world,holding sway in a manner akin to the complete cultural dominanceof Italian music in Europe from the 16th to the 18th centuries.February is Black History Month, and this column is going todepart from its usual listings format to explore this phenomenonin some depth. Black History Month was originally conceived asa week-long celebration encompassing the February birth dates ofAmerican abolitionist Frederick Douglass and president AbrahamLincoln. In modern times it has become an occasion for the peopleof the African diaspora to celebrate their history of struggle andtriumph, and their formidable achievements.One of these achievements is the degree to which African-derivedtechniques are part of the DNA of popular music. When yet anotherwell-scrubbed American Idol contestant launches into a showyfusillade of vocal melismas, they are echoing (but rarely surpassing)the vocal work of Stevie Wonder. (Also a notable composer,Wonder’s work is so innovative that it has barely been picked up byanyone, but that is another story). Any good professional bass playerbuilds on the nimble, inventive lines of genius Motown bassist JamesJamerson. Fletcher Henderson’s swing orchestra arrangements arethe Well-Tempered Clavier of jazz orchestra studies. In a musicalsense, every month is Black History Month, whether we consciouslyperceive it or not.Classical musical studies largely continue to ignore Africanderivedmusical techniques, leaving graduating students unequippedto deal with large areas of musical endeavor and employment. Itis as if drama students were taughtto execute Shakespeare, Racine andclassical Greek drama, but weresheltered from Beckett, television andfilm. Classical vocal students grapplewith the demands of 20th centuryvocal writing — often absurdly illwroughtfor the voice — but are givenno thorough stylistic understanding ofjazz or blues.It is in this area that choirs havebeen something of a vanguard. Choralgroups often have to be stylisticallydiverse, and classical choirs have beenexecuting choral arrangements ofspirituals since the beginning of thelast century. Singing African-derivedmusic with European technique and aesthetic remains a trap, butchoral directors are increasingly applying performance practicetechniques to this music, doing the listening, research and technicalpractice that leads to more authentic and appropriate performances.Toronto’s Nathaniel Dett Chorale, founded in 1998 by BrainerdBlyden-Taylor, has provided strong leadership in this area. Namedfor an African-Canadian, Drummondville composer who made hiscareer in the USA, the NDC has consistently programmed interestingand unusual works. On February 14 they team up with writerPETER MAHONSales Representative416-322-8000pmahon@trebnet.comwww.petermahon.comFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 25


Lawrence Hill for “Voices of the Diaspora: The Book of Negroes.”The concert is named for Hill’s book, which is named, in turn, foran actual document created in 1783. The Book of Negroes was a listof 3000 African slaves, evacuated by the British from the USA toNova Scotia, which was still a British dominion. Hill blends historicalincident with a wrenching story of a slave family trying to staytogether in the midst of political tumult and violence.The Book of Negroes has been an international success for Hill,who will read excerpts from the novel, interspersed with music fromthe NDC. Works by Dett himself will be featured, along with musicby Haitian composer Sydney Guillaume and Canadian composerBrian Tate. Jazz pianist Joe Sealy will also perform excerpts fromhis celebrated Africville Suite, that pays tribute to the African NovaScotians of Africville, who contended with prejudice and neglectuntil the final destruction of their community and forced eviction ofits residents in the mid-1960s.Hill’s and Sealy’s involvement in this concert highlights anotherproblematic issue, which is the degree to which Canadian art mustfight for space in Canada. Sharing a common language and history,our cultural landscape is swamped by our American neighbour, andwhile most musicians (and film-goers and politicians) yield willinglyto the artistic tidal wave, it is always heartening to see Canadianartists carve out a space for their own ideas and dreams.(A personal note: In grade 9 English, my daughter, along with toomany other Ontario high school students, is currently being subjectedto Alabama-born writer Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.This book — the literary equivalent of warm milk and cookies forself-congratulating American progressives of a bygone era — shouldhave been retired from our curriculum years ago. Lawrence Hill’strenchant thoughts on the subject can be read here: www.thestar.com/article/684933.)Hill’s The Book of Negroes — fiction informed by ground-breakingresearch — puts him in the fine Canadian tradition of PierreBerton, who wrote history with the sweep and dash of good fiction.As Berton did, Hill is “shining a little light” to help his fellowCanadians understand more about themselves.Other concerts of interest on the horizon:On February 23, the Orpheus Choir of Toronto performs a freenoontime concert at Roy Thomson Hall in a concert series that isone of the hidden gems of the Toronto choral scene.On February 24 and 25, the Soweto Gospel Choir visits the city.Check out this clip: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zd6sy5DKpxk.On February 25, the Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra teamsup with the Toronto Choral Society to perform Brahms’ Requiemand Schubert’s Eighth Symphony, the “Unfinished.”On March 3, the Jubilate Singers perform an all-Argentinianprogramme: tango composer Astor Piazzolla, Carlos Guastavinoand others. The concert will also feature tango dancers from ClubMilonga, accompanied by the Tango Fresco ensemble.Also on March 3, the Toronto Chamber Choir performs “Gibbons:Canticles & Cries.” Orlando Gibbons was one of the greatest composersof the English Renaissance. Not to be missed!Ben Stein is a Toronto tenor and theorbist.He can be contacted at choralscene@thewholenote.com.Visit his website at benjaminstein.ca.Remembering Ian BarghThis month’s article is a bit more serious than most of mycontributions. The year began with the loss of a friend whenIan Bargh died on January 1. And with him went a treasuretrove of musical know-how, a knowledge of the great standard songrepertoire, including rarities that hardly anyone else knew, and theability to interpret them, turning them into musical gems.He also had thatmost desirable ofqualities in a jazzmusician: a sound ofhis own, a personalstamp that he put oneverything he played.A Scot and, like myself,born in Ayrshire,Ian in many ways wastypical of the breed:careful with money,hard working, a bit ofa rough diamond, butunder it all, generousand sentimental.In the last few yearshe and I talked quiteoften about death andJIM GALLOWAYIan Bargh, left, and Jim Galloway atthe 2010 Toronto Jazz Festival.we always agreed that we would not want a lingering end to life.Well, the end did come quickly for Ian. We came home at the beginningof last December from a cruise on which my band, the EchoesOf Swing, was playing. Ian, as they say, played his buns off and thesmile on his face told us all just how much he was enjoying himself.A month later and he was gone from us, but not in spirit, for apart of him will always be there for those of us who knew him, andhis music will live on through his recordings.Like the rest of us, Ian did have his idiosyncrasies and hecertainly could have his grumpy moments when he saw the worldthrough dark coloured glasses. I remember one occasion when, for ajoke, I gave him a bottle of Famous Grouse scotch whisky. Somehowit seemed more appropriate than a sweet sherry!I mentioned that Ian had “a sound.”No single musical element identifies jazz musicians more thantheir personal sound — a sound that represents the individual. In the• St. Philip’s Anglican ChurchA casual, relaxing hour of prayer + great musicwith the city’s finest musicians• Sunday, February 12, 4pmDiana Panton withReg Schwager + Don Thompson• Sunday, February 26, 4pmRalph Peter Trio• Sunday, March 11, 4pmCarolyn McCartney Quartet• St. Philip’s Anglican Church | Etobicoke25 St. Phillips Road (near Royal York + Dixon)416-247-5181 • www.stphilips.net26 thewholenote.comFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012


TED O’REILLYarts, a personal identity is something that any artist should strivefor whether it be in the visual arts, literature, theatre or, of course,music. In jazz, Armstrong, Bechet, Lester Young, Bud Freeman,Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Jack Teagarden, Pee Wee Russell and“Red” Allen are only a few who had a personal sound that makesthem instantly recognizable.The American composer, author, historian and musician, GuntherSchuller, had this to say on the subject: “It is up to the individual tocreate his sound, if it is within his creative capacities to do so — onethat will best serve his musical concepts and style. In any case, injazz, the sound, timbre, and sonority are much more at the serviceof individual self-expression, interlocked intimately with articulation,phrasing, tonguing, slurring, and other such stylistic modifiersand definers.”In simpler terms, be your own person.The late veteran trumpet player Sweets Edison also had his viewson the subject when speaking about the early jazz greats. In hisopinion, most of the musicians in those days were artists. Theywere individualists and had a sound of their own. If Billie Holidaysang on a record you’d know it was nobody but Billie. LouisArmstrong could hit one note on a record, and you’d know it wasLouis Armstrong. Nobody sounded like Lester Young, like ColemanHawkins, like Bunny Berigan, like Benny Goodman, Chu Berry,Dizzy Gillespie. They all had a recognizable sound.More recently, Gary Smulyan, winner of the Downbeat critics’poll in 2009 and 2011 for baritone sax, said that sound comesbefore everything ... If you listen to just the tenor saxophone — JohnColtrane, Johnny Griffin, Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, Don Byas,Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins — they all play tenor saxophonebut you know who they are immediately. And to Gary, that’s thedefining thing. “I’ve given a lot of thought and a lot of practice totry to really develop a sound that’s personal and unique to me” hesays. “I mean you could be a great technician but if you don’t have agood sound no one’s going to want to hear you … And it’s really theCANADIAN TOURYves Léveillé QuartetAlain Bastien • Yves Léveillé • Roberto Murray • Adrian VedadyLive in Toronto2 Nights Only!February 15 & 16The Rex Hotel, 9:30pm, $10THE TOURFeb 9.............West End Cultural Centre, WINNIPEGFeb 10........... Beatniq Jazz Club, CALGARYFeb 11...........Yardbird Suite, EDMONTONFeb 12........... Black Box Theatre, MEDICINE HATFeb 15-16 .....The Rex Hotel, TORONTO • www.the rex.caFeb 17......... Masterclass, U of T, TORONTO 3:15pmFeb 18........... Dièse Onze, MONTREALFeb 25-26 .... Hôtel Clarendon, QUEBEC CITYPHOTO MATHIEU RIVARDmore info: www.yvesleveille.caFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 27


identifying characteristic of who you are as a musician. And yoursound is not in the instrument … The sound is something that youcarry within your very being and that’s what comes out. So takesomeone like Sonny Rollins. I think that if you gave Sonny Rollins50 different tenor saxes, 50 different reeds and 50 different ligatures,he’s going to sound like Sonny Rollins, with some variation becausemaybe the instruments aren’t comfortable … But essentially what’sgoing to come out is Sonny Rollins … and I tell that to my students.I say, ‘Don’t look for the magic instrument, because there’s nomagic instrument.’”I don’t mean to suggest that one should slavishly imitate onemusician. As the saying goes, when you copy from one person that’splagiarism, but if you copy from everybody it’s called research andevery jazz musician is a product of what he or she has listened toand absorbed. Some musicians say they get ideas about their soundfrom players who don’t even play the same instrument as they do.It’s more about concept, phrasing and note choices.It’s the same magic that makes a melody stick in our head, and thesame magic that makes a particular improvised solo a classic.And that takes us back to Ian Bargh and the very elusive personaltouch he brought to his music.Finally, if we look ahead to the beginning of next month, onMarch 7 at 5:30pm in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, FourSeasons Centre for the Performing Arts, one of our great Canadianmusicians who has the magic in his music will be performing. Hisname? Guido Basso. He, along with another master musician, DonThompson, will present a free concert of jazz classics and originals.If you are lucky enough to be there you will hear what the words inthis month’s column have tried to describe.Meanwhile, happy listening and try to make some of it live music.Jim Galloway is a saxophonist, band leader andformer artistic director of Toronto Downtown Jazz. Hecan be contacted at jazznotes@thewholenote.com.New Year AwakeningJACK MACQUARRIEWell, the holiday season, with all of its almost overlappingrehearsals and concerts, is past history. Then, like mothernature (with the exception of her one or two nasty outbursts),the community ensemble scene lapsed into a tranquil, semi comatosestate of inactivity. We have not heard of a single event scheduledfor January or early February. Then, well after Groundhog Dayand Family Day have past into history, we see the awakenings of anew season.The first musical events for the season brought to our attention arenot concerts, but are still events of considerable interest to membersof community ensembles. Long and McQuade will be presentingno fewer than five free clinics on successive Saturday afternoonsstarting February 4. If you play clarinet, saxophone, trumpet ortrombone, check for details at bloorband@long-mcquade.com. Thetwo which particularly caught my attention were sax and trumpet. Ifyou have never seen or heard contrabass, sopranino or soprillo saxophones,here’s your chance. The AllSax4tet will be performing oneight different sizes of saxes. As for the trumpet session, it will featurenone other than the incomparable Doc Severinsen, leader of theTonight Show Band for 30 years. Yes, he’s still actively performing.The other noteworthy event is “International Horn Day 2012”presented by the York University Department of Music on February10 at 7:30pm. This will feature Jacquelyn Adams with Clifton Hyde,guitar and Jeff Butterfield, drums, plus horn ensembles of all levelsfrom across southern Ontario, including the Toronto Symphonyhorn section, Tafelmusik horns and more. See the listing sectionfor details.Two concert offerings which have come to our attention breakwith tradition in quite different ways. The first of these will beThe City of Brampton Concert Band’s “Heroes and Villains” onSaturday, February 25. The concert will focus on the theme ofheroes and villains in the broad sense of its many manifestations inlife, history, nature, literature and art. Director Darryl Eaton hasassembled a fantastic range of guest artists to help explore theseconcepts in musical terms. Perhaps the quirkiest will be WilliamSnodgrass performing a whimsical version of The Flight of theBumblebee as a percussion solo. For more details check their websiteat www.bramptonconcertband.com.The second of these concerts with a different approach will be thatof the Markham Concert Band. In a departure from more traditionalprogramming, conductor Doug Manning decided to focus on workscomposed and/or arranged by Canadians. As an added feature, nofewer than four of these composers and arrangers will be in attendance.In the audience, to hear their compositions performed, will berenowned trumpeter Johnny Cowell and saxophonist Eddie Graf. Asfor the other two composers, they are band members Sean Breenand Vern Kennedy.A long time member of the Toronto Symphony, Cowell also madehis mark as a composer in the popular field. In fact, in the early1960s Cowell had more compositions on the Hit Parade than anyoneelse. Two of his compositions were number one on the charts worldwide. Walk Hand in Hand, now a wedding standard, and Our WinterLove are still popular today, almost 50 years later.Graf was a band leader in Canadian Army shows in England andEurope during World War II. On his return to Canada, he led hisown big band and was responsible for writing, arranging and conductingfor many CBC shows. Now in his 90s, Graf is still playingand turning out fine compositions and arrangements.Kennedy, composer and singer, had a long history with suchCBC shows as the Juliette Show, Wayne and Shuster and theTommy Hunter Show. In addition to playing trumpet in the band,Kennedy is a founding member of the Canadian Singers who willalso be appearing in this concert. Originally an octet and now a28 thewholenote.comFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012


vocal quartet, this group wasestablished in 1994 with the goalof singing music by Canadiancomposers. They will sing worksby both Cowell and Kennedy inthis concert.The fourth of the composersfeatured, and the youngest, isBreen. Still in his early 20s,Breen has been composing sincehis early days in high school. Heplays baritone saxophone in theband, and will conduct his ownSymphonic Overture for Winds.Featured soloist for thisconcert will be trumpet showman John Edward Liddle. An honoursgraduate of the acclaimed Humber College music programme, forthe past 30 years Liddle has pursued a varied musical career. Fromprincipal trumpet and soloist with many orchestras and concertbands in the GTA to smaller chamber groups as well as latin, jazzand dance bands, he has explored all facets of the trumpet repertoire.In his spare time Liddle conducts the Etobicoke Community ConcertBand, the North York Concert Band and the Encore SymphonicConcert Band.Among other works, Liddle will perform Graf’s three movementTrumpet Rhapsody and Cowell’s arrangement of La Virgin de laMacarena by legendary trumpeter Raphael Menez. In Cowell’soriginal composition Roller Coaster, a work for trumpet trio, he willbe joined by band members Kennedy and Gord Neill.We usually don’t receive much news about the concerts or otheractivities of the reserve military bands in Toronto, but one event hascome to my attention that warrants mention. It’s a special “VeteransAppreciation Concert” by the naval reserve band of HMCS York.My career in the navy, which spanned a good many years in a varietyof roles at sea and ashore, had its origins in music. It so happensthat, while still in high school, I was enticed into a naval reserveband with the exalted rank of “Probationary Boy Bandsman.” Whilemy time in the navy after high school did not involve music, I havealways had a soft spot for naval and marine bands. This concert bythe HMCS York Band will take place on Saturday, March 3 in Ajax.Finally, I would be remissif I didn’t give an update onNew Horizons Band activities.Locally, the Long and McQuadebands have now grown to four.Starting with one beginnersgroup in September 2010, theyhave grown to two daytimeand two evening groups forbeginners and intermediateplayers now numbering 100members. Now, under theumbrella of the University ofWestern Ontario New HorizonsBand, a New Horizons BandCamp is scheduled for July at Brock University in St. Catharines.The intent is to bring together musicians from Canada and the U.S.as a way of celebrating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812.I’m sure that we’ll have more details in future issues, or visitwww.newhorizonsmusic.org.On a more serious note, it is with great sadness that we note thepassing of Bette Eubank, a long time member of the NorthdaleConcert Band. In addition to playing as a regular member of theband’s flute section, Bette was always there when someone wasneeded to perform the many thankless non-musical jobs in theband. Bette also devoted much of her time to entertaining in seniors’homes where she developed a special rapport with the residents. Shedeparted much too early.DEFINITION DEPARTMENTFor the past couple of years we have featured a variety of wackymusical terms in this spot. For a change, this month’s is one that Iencountered recently during a rehearsal. It is: Passissimo. I got nohelp from Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the OxfordCompanion to Music or such websites as www.MusicTheory.org.ukor www.thefreedictionary.com. Can anyone help?INDEX OF ADVERTISERSJohn Liddleheadlines withthe MarkhamConcert Band.Jack MacQuarrie plays several brass instruments andhas performed in many community ensembles. He canbe contacted at bandstand@thewholenote.com.Aldeburgh Connection 7Alexander Kats 55Amadeus Choir 45Amoroso 58Aradia Ensemble 21Art of Time 12Associates of the TSO 43ATMA 5Aurora Cultural Centre 37Aurora Performing Arts 35b current / Theatre Archipelago 24Brock University Centre for the Arts 14Canadian Opera Company 31Canadian Sinfonietta 41Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra33Chamber Music Society of Mississauga41Christ Church Deer Park Jazz Vespers27Civic Light Opera 30Classical 96 69Continuum Contemporary Music 18, 36Cosmo Music 28Counterpoint Community Orchestra 45Counterpoint Musical Services 54ESPRIT Orchestra 3Gallery 345 31George Heinl 18Grand Salon Orchestra 45Heliconian Hall 51Hymn Society, Southern OntarioChapter 55I Furiosi Baroque Ensemble 22Jazz Performance and Education Centre37John Laing Singers 49Jubilate Singers 46junctQin keyboard Collective 37Kids 4 Peace 47Kindred Spirits Orchestra 20, 38Larkin Singers 32Leon Belov 56Living Arts Centre 10Liz Parker 54LIZPR 53Lockwood ARS 56Long & McQuade 27Miles Nadal JCC 44, 55Mississauga Symphony 36Mooredale Concerts 36Music at Metropolitan 32Music Gallery 35Music Toronto 9, 44, 47Musicians in Ordinary 38National Academy Orchestra 55Neapolitan Connection 38Nocturnes in the City 39Norm Pulker 56Off Centre 33Ontario Philharmonic 19Opera By Request 47Opera in Concert 47Opera York 42Orchestra Toronto 42Orpheus Choir of Toronto 11, 26Our Lady of Sorrows 34Pasquale Bros 54Pattie Kelly 56Pax Christi Chorale 25Peter Mahon 25Pilares Presents 40Queensmen of Toronto 56Ray Isaacs 23RCCO / Fridays@8 41Rose Theatre 15Royal Conservatory 4Scarborough Philharmonic 41Sheila McCoy 55Show One Productions 13Silverthorn Symphonic Winds 43Sine Nomine 40Sinfonia Toronto 13Sony Centre 70Soundstreams 48St Philip’s Jazz Vespers 26St. Olaves Church 42St. Stephen in-the-Fields AnglicanChurch 51Steve’s Music Store 16Sue Crowe Connolly 56Syrinx Sunday Salons 33, 46Tafelmusik 2Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute22Tallis Choir 45TDSB Vocal Arts School 24The Singing Voice Studio 55The Sound Post 20Tokai String Quartet 33Toronto All-Star Big Band 39Toronto Beach Chorale 36Toronto Centre for the Arts 31Toronto Chamber Choir 46Toronto Classical Singers 46Toronto Consort 7Toronto Operetta Theatre 13Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra 40Toronto School of Music 54Toronto Sinfonietta 38Toronto Summer Music 34Toronto Symphony Orchestra19, 71, 72University of Toronto Faculty of Music17Visual and Performing Arts Newmarket46VIVA! Youth Singers 25Windermere String Quartet 39Women’s Musical Club of Toronto 40Yamaha Music School 56York University 44Yorkminster Park Baptist Church 42Yves Léveillé Quartet 27February 1 – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 29


The WholeNote ListingsThe WholeNote listings are arranged in four sections:A.GTA (GREATER TORONTO AREA) covers all of Torontoplus Halton, Peel, York and Durham regions.B.BEYOND THE GTA covers many areas of SouthernOntario outside Toronto and the GTA. In thecurrent issue, there are listings for events in Barrie,Brantford, Dundas, Guelph, Hamilton, Huntsville, Jordan,Kingston, Kitchener, London, Orillia, Owen Sound, Peterborough,Port Hope, St. Catharines, Waterloo. Starts on page 48.C.IN THE CLUBS (MOSTLY JAZZ)is organized alphabetically by club.Starts on page 51.D.THE ETCETERAS is for galas, fundraisers,competitions, screenings, lectures, symposia,masterclasses, workshops, singalongs, andother music-related events (except performances) whichmay be of interest to our readers. Starts on page 54.A GENERAL WORD OF CAUTION A phone number is provided withevery listing in The WholeNote — in fact, we won’t publish a listingwithout one. Concerts are sometimes cancelled or postponed; andartists or venues may change after listings are published. Pleasecheck before you go out to a concert.HOW TO LIST Listings in The WholeNote in the four sections aboveare a free service available, at our discretion, to eligible presenters.If you have an event, send us your information no later than the15th of the month prior to the issue or issues in which your listing iseligible to appear.LISTINGS DEADLINE The next issue covers the period fromMarch 1, 2012, to April 7, 2012. All listings must be received by6pm Wednesday February 15.MUSICAL THEATRE:EXTENDED RUNS NOT LISTED DAILYMainstage musical theatre productions with runs of more than 15performances appear only once in our daily concert listings, on the dateof the first performance falling within the date range covered in the issue.Details for such shows are provided below:• February 07 7:30: Dancap Productions. In the Heights. L-M.Miranda. Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. 416-644-3665 or1-866-950-7469. $51–$165. Runs to February 19. No performanceson Mondays. Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm. Wednesday, Saturday andSunday matinees at 2pm.• February 10 7:30: Mirvish Productions. War Horse. Based on novel byM. Morpurgo; adapted by N. Stafford; music by A. Sutton. Featuring lifesizedpuppets created by Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa.Princess of Wales Theatre, 300 King St. W. 416-872-1212. $35–$175.Extended run to at least June 10. No performances on Mondays.Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30pm. Wednesday, Saturday and Sundaymatinees at 2pm. No matinees on Wed Feb 15 and 29; Sat Feb 11; SunFeb 12 and 26. Added evening performance Mon Feb 27 at 7:30pm.Readers interested in listings for one specific genre, such as, forexample, Music Theatre, Early Music, New Music or Choral Music,may be interested in using our listings search engine online atwww.thewholenote.com/listings.TORONTO’S PREMIERE MUSICAL THEATREproudly presentsLISTINGS can be sent by e-mail to listings@thewholenote.com or byfax to 416-603-4791 or by regular mail to the address on page 6. Wedo not receive listings by phone, but you can call 416-323-2232 x27for further information.LISTINGS ZONE MAP Visit our website to see a detailed versionof this map: www.thewholenote.com.LakeHuron6GeorgianBay73 42 15Lake ErieCity of Toronto8Lake OntarioThe Tony Award-winning musical revue that ran inNew York for 30 years!A hilarious tribute to all your favorite musicals...* THE MUSIC MAN * THE SOUND OF MUSIC * CATS ** HELLO, DOLLY! * GUYS & DOLLS * ANNIE ** LES MISERABLES * JOSEPH... * THE LION KING ** PHANTOM OF THE OPERA * WICKED *and many more!FAIRVIEW LIBRARY THEATRE35 Fairview Mall Dr., Sheppard/Don Mills. TICKETS - $24.78 + HSTFebruary 22 to March 10Wed. – 7pm / Thurs. To Sat. – 8pm / Sun. – 2pm / March 10 – 2 & 8pm30 thewholenote.com February 1 – March 7, 2012


Wednesday February 01• 12:15: Our Lady of Sorrows. WednesdayConcert Series. Peter Bishop, organ. 3055Bloor St. W. 416-231-6016. Free.• 12:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.Andrew Adair, organ. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free.• 1:30 and 8:00: Acting Up Stage Company/Obsidian Theatre. Caroline, or Change. Bookand lyrics by Kushner; music by Tesori. Canadianpremiere. With Arlene Duncan (Caroline);Neema Bickersteth (The Moon); Deborah Hay(Rose Stopnick); Alana Hibbert (Dottie); CameronMacDuffee (Stuart Gellman); and others.Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St. 416-368-3110. $15–$45. Also Feb 2–5, 8–12.Start times vary.• 5:30: Canadian Opera Company. Jazz Series:Lost Love Songs. Heather Bambrick, vocals;Chase Sanborn, trumpet; Mark Kieswetter,piano; Mike McClennan, bass. Richard BradshawAmphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre forthe Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. Free.• 8:00: Humber School of Creative & PerformingArts. Latin Jazz Night. Hilario Durán,piano/compositions/arrangements; Luis MarioOchoa, guitar/vocals/compositions/arrangements;Dominic Mancuso, percussion; studentson various instruments. Humber Lakeshore Auditorium,3199 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Etobicoke.416-675-6622 x3427. $10; $5(sr/st).• 8:00: Lower Ossington Theatre. AvenueQ. Puppet musical for adults. Amelia Hironaka,choreographer; Seanna Kennedy, director.100A Ossington Ave. 416-915-6747. $45–$60. Also Feb 2–3, Feb 4(mat).• 8:00: Musideum. Mike Evin, singer-songwriter.401 Richmond St. W. 416-419-2248. $10.• 8:00: Talisker Players. Starry Night – ofSleep and Dreams – the Wonder and Terror ofthe Night. Britten: Serenade; Kaminsky: Nightpiece;Kuzmenko: Nocturne and Dance; Plant:Bella Notte; Saint-Saëns: Les Violons dans lesoir; Schoeck: Notturno. Guests: Rufus Müller,tenor; Alexander Dobson, baritone; StewartArnott, actor/reader. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre,427 Bloor St. W. 416-466-1800 or 416-978-8849. $30; $20(sr); $10(st). 7:15: Pre-concertchat.Thursday February 02• 12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company.Vocal Series: From the Grammar of Dreams:Vocal Music of Kaija Saariaho. Artists from theCOC Ensemble Studio perform vocal works ofA. Concerts in the GTAKaija Saariaho. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre,Four Seasons Centre for the PerformingArts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. Free.Programme to be introduced by the composer.• 12:10: Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation/Christ Church Deer Park. Lunchtime ChamberMusic: Rising Stars Recital. Students fromthe University of Toronto Faculty of Music.1570 Yonge St. 416-241-1298. Free, donationswelcome.• 12:10: University of Toronto Faculty ofMusic. Thursdays at Noon: Beverly Johnston:Percussion and the Spoken Word. Ung: CinnabarHeart; Spencer: Everybody Talking About Freedom(premiere); Ho: Woman Who Runs withWolves; Rzewski: To the Earth; Hatzis: In theFire of Conflict. Walter Hall, Edward JohnsonBldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-978-0492. Free.• 12:15: Metropolitan United Church. Noonat Met. Bruce Kirkpatrick Hill, organ. 56 QueenSt. E. 416-363-0331 x26. Free.• 7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Love fromAfar. Saariaho. Russell Braun, baritone (JaufréRudel); Erin Wall, soprano (Clémence); KrisztinaSzabó, mezzo (The Pilgrim); Johannes Debus,music director; Daniele Finze Pasca, stage director.Four Seasons Centre for the PerformingArts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. $12–$318; $22(under 30). Also Feb 4, 8, 10, 12, 14,18, 22. Start times vary.• 7:30: Royal Conservatory. Discovery Series:Afiara String Quartet. Haydn: String345 Sorauren Avenue[Dundas/Roncesvalles]■ Stacie Dunlop,Krista Vincent, PemiPaull, John Corban,Katelyn Clark,Tokai String Quartet,EDGES, MariannaHumestka, ErikaCrino, Kaili Maimets,Carla Hutanen,Adam Sherkin, MartaHerman, Ton BeauString Quartet,Maika'i Nash, ZagrebPiano Trio, NormanAdams, Lee Pui Ming,Erin Donovan■ for monthlyperformances go towww.gallery345.com/performances■ 416.822.9781 forreservationsModern, Classical, Jazz,Folk, World, RentalsQuartet in F Op.74 No.2; Sibelius: String Quartetin d Op.56 “Voce intimae”; Mendelssohn:String Quintet No.1 in A Op.18. Guests: CatherineGray, Laurence Schaufele, viola. MazzoleniConcert Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. $14.50.• 7:30: St. Anne’s Music and Drama Society.The Yeoman of the Guard. Gilbert & Sullivan.Daniel Norman, music director. St. Anne’sParish Hall, 651 Dufferin St. 16-922-4415.$24; $19(sr/st). Also Feb 3-5.• 7:30: University of Toronto Faculty ofMusic. Mahler’s First. Hillborg: King Tide;Mahler: Blumine; Symphony No.1. Universityof Toronto Symphony Orchestra, David Briskin,conductor. MacMillan Theatre, Edward JohnsonBldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208.$20; $15(sr/st).• 8:00: Acting Up Stage Company/ObsidianTheatre. Caroline, or Change. See Feb 1.• 8:00: Lower Ossington Theatre. AvenueQ. See Feb 1.• 8:00: Soundstreams. The Sealed Angel. Shchedrin.Music drama. Amadeus Choir; ElmerIseler Singers, Lydia Adams, conductor; ProArteDanzadance company, Lars Scheibner, choreographer.Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. $42 and up; $28(under 35/artsworker). 7:00: Pre-concert chat. Also Feb 3.• 8:00: Stacie Dunlop/Gallery 345. ReveDoux-Amer/Bittersweet Dream. Works by Debussy,J. Harvey, S. Silver, Carter; and newworks by Canadian composers C. Ross, S. Godin,T. Olson; featuring Baudelaire’s poemsfrom Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil).Stacie Dunlop, soprano; Krista Vincent, piano.345 Sorauren Ave. 416-822-9781. $20;$15(sr); $10(st).ElEctrifying ExpEriEncEsMost Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdaysat noon or 5:30 p.m.coc.ca 416-363-8231Media SponSorSarabesque dance, photo: Chris HutchesonFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 31


• 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra.Beethoven Emperor Concerto. Beethoven: PianoConcerto No.5; Shostakovich: SymphonyNo.10. Anton Kuerti, piano; Günther Herbig,conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St.416-593-4828 or 416-593-0688(Chinese).$35-$145. Also Feb 4.• 8:00: UC Follies. The Who’s Tommy. Townshendand McAnuff. Hart House Theatre,7 Hart House Circle. 416-978-8849. $25;$15(sr/st); $50–$200(patron). Also Feb 3, 4,8–11; Feb 4(mat) and Feb 11(mat).• 8:00: Uptown Swing Band. Dancing at theGladstone Ballroom. Guests: June Garber, OriDagan, vocals. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214Queen St. W. 416-531-4635. $10.Friday February 03• 4:30: Canadian Opera Company. Tosca.Puccini. Adrianne Pieczonka, soprano (FloriaTosca – Feb 3, 7, 11, 13, 16 ); Julie Makerov,soprano (Floria Tosca – Feb 5, 9, 21, 23, 25);Carlo Ventre, tenor (Mario Cavaradossi – Feb3, 7, 11, 13, 16); Thiago Arancam, tenor (MarioCavaradossi – Feb 5, 9, 21, 23, 25); MarkDelavan, baritone (Baron Scarpia); Paul Curran,stage director. Four Seasons Centre forthe Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. $12–$318; $22(under 30). AlsoFeb, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 21, 23 and 25. Starttimes vary.• 7:00: Harbourfront Centre. Kumbaa: HoneyJam – Then and Now. All-female talent showcasewith vocalists Kellylee Evans, Eternia,Kim Davis, Saidah Baba Talibah, Natasha Watermanand others. Brigantine Room, 235Queen’s Quay W. 416-973-4000. $10.A. Concerts in the GTA• 7:30: St. Anne’s Music and Drama Society.The Yeoman of the Guard. See Feb 2.• 7:30: University of Toronto Faculty ofMusic. Lord of the Rings. Janáček: Sokol Fanfare;Graham: The Red Machine; Sparke: Overturefor Woodwinds; de Meij: Lord of the Rings;Horovitz: Concerto for Euphonium and WindEnsemble. Kohei Kamikawa, euphonium. JeffreyReynolds, conductor. MacMillan Theatre,Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. $20; $15(sr/st).• 8:00: Acting Up Stage Company/ObsidianTheatre. Caroline, or Change. See Feb 1.• 8:00: Collective of Black Artists: LesRythmes de la Forêt. Dances and rhythms fromSub-Saharan Africa. Fleck Dance Theatre,Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queen’s Quay W.416-973-4000. $22-$30. Also Feb 4, 5(mat).• 8:00: Gallery 345. Warhol Dervish. Brahms:Horn trio in E-flat Op.40 (arr. for violin, violaand piano); Mozart: Clarinet Trio in E-flat K498“Kegelstat” (arr. for violin, viola and piano).Also duos by Martinů, Bartók and Berio. PemiPaull, viola; John Corban, violin; Katelyn Clark,piano. 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-822-9781. $20;$15(sr); $10(st).• 8:00: Lower Ossington Theatre. AvenueQ. See Feb 1.• 8:00: Markham Theatre for the PerformingArts. Simon Shaheen. Arabic musicfor violin and oud. 171 Town Centre Blvd.,Markham. 905-305-7469. $54-$59.• 8:00: Soundstreams. The Sealed Angel. Shchedrin.See Feb 2.• 8:00: Toronto Masque Theatre. Masquesof Love. Poetry and love songs, from renaissancemadrigals and lute songs to 20th centurytorch songs, including O. Daniel’s Neruda Canciones.Patricia O’Callaghan, soprano; KenWhiteley, guitar; Teri Dunn, soprano; MichielSchrey, tenor; Giles Tompkins, baritone; andothers. Enoch Turner School House, 106 TrinitySt. 416-410-4561. $35; $30(sr); $15(under30). 7:15: Pre-show chat with Larry Beckwithand Omar Daniel. Also Feb 4.• 8:00: UC Follies. The Who’s Tommy. SeeFeb 2.• 9:00: Hart House Music Committee. Jazzat Oscar’s: Sultans of String. Fusion of Latin,Gypsy-jazz, Middle Eastern and folk musicand rhythms. Arbor Room, Hart House, 7 HartHouse Circle. 416-978-2452. Free.Saturday February 04• 2:00: Lower Ossington Theatre. AvenueQ. See Feb 1.• 2:00: St. Anne’s Music and Drama Society.The Yeoman of the Guard. See Feb 2.• 2:00 and 8:00: Acting Up Stage Company/Obsidian Theatre. Caroline, or Change. SeeFeb 1.• 2:00 and 8:00: UC Follies. The Who’s Tommy.See Feb 2.• 3:00: Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra.Young and Bold. Bloch: Concerto GrossoNo.1; Prokofiev: Concerto for Violin No.1 (firstmovement); Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird(1919). Christina Choi, violin; Alain Trudel,conductor. George Weston Recital Hall, TorontoCentre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. 416-733-9388. $27.• 4:00: Larkin Singers. Romance: Passionson a Winter’s Night. Brahms: Liebeslieder Walzer;Mendelssohn: Psalm 42; choral worksby Bruckner, Reger and Rheinberger. ChristChurch Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-895-0651. $25; $20(sr); $10(under 25). Post concertchat at Fox and Fiddle near venue.• 4:30: Beach United Church. Beach Jazzand Reflection – Music for the Soul. Joe Sealy,piano; Paul Novotny, bass; Nathaniel Dett Chorale,Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, conductor. St. Aidan’sAnglican Church, 70 Silverbirch Ave. 416-691-8082. Freewill offering.• 4:30: Canadian Opera Company. Love fromAfar. See Feb 2.• 7:30: Marion Singers. Benefit for the OrganFund. Holy Family Church, 10446 KennedyRd. N., Brampton. 905-846-2347. $20;$12(sr/child).• 7:30: Metropolitan United Church. MetropolitanBachFest II: Jam Session with Bach.Instrumental works by Bach and other Germanmasters, featuring improvisations on baroquedance forms, Lutheran hymns and othermusic of the baroque era. Benjamin Stein, theorbo;Sara-Anne Churchill, keyboard; DanielRubinoff, saxophone; Elyssa Lefurgey-Smith,violin. 56 Queen St. E. 416-363-0331 x26 orx51. $20.• 7:30: Sneak Peek Orchestra. Dreams ofFlying. Teehan: Dreams of Flying; Lau: Foundationfor Cello and Orchestra; Beethoven: SymphonyNo.7. Rachel Mercer, cello. St. Gabriel’sPassionist Parish, 670 Sheppard Ave. E. 416-407-8713. $20; $10(st/child).• 7:30: University of Toronto Facultyof Music. Wind Ensemble. Husa: Music forPrague, 1968; Dvořák: Serenade; Nelhybel:Prelude and Chorale; Calvert: Romantic Variations.Guest: Alain Cazes, conductor. Mac-Millan Theatre, Edward Johnson Bldg., 80Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. $20; $15(sr/st).• 8:00: Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra.Subscription Concert #3. Rachmaninov:Piano Concerto No.2; Beethoven: SymphonyNo.5. Arthur Ozolins, piano; Norman Reintamm,conductor. P.C. Ho Theatre, 5183 SheppardAve. E., Scarborough. 416-879-5566. $30-$50; $25-$40(sr/st); free(under 12).• 8:00: Collective of Black Artists: LesRythmes de la Forêt. See Feb 3.• 8:00: Mississauga Festival Choir. AnnualFestival of Friends Concert. Featuring six areachoirs and over 200 voices in solo and massedrepertoire. Eden United Church, 3051 BattlefordRd., Mississauga. 905-403-8415. $20.Proceeds to The Compass in Port Credit.• 8:00: Oakville Symphony Orchestra. RomanticLegends. Fauré: Pelleas et MelisandeSuite; Suk: Scherzo Fantastique; Beethoven:32 thewholenote.com February 1 – March 7, 2012


Piano Concerto No.4. Guest: Elissa Miller-Kay, piano. Oakville Centre for the PerformingArts, 130 Navy St., Oakville. 905-815-2021 or1-888-489-7784. $51; $46(sr); $26(st/child).Also Feb 5(mat).• 8:00: Royal Conservatory. Year of GreatSax Series: Ravi Coltrane Quartet and the ChristineJensen Quartet featuring Ingrid Jensen.Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208.$39 and up.• 8:00: Toronto Masque Theatre. Masquesof Love. See Feb 3.• 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra.Beethoven Emperor Concerto. See Feb 2.Sunday February 05• 2:00: Canadian Opera Company. Tosca.See Feb 3.• 2:00: Oakville Symphony Orchestra. RomanticLegends. See Feb 4.• 2:00: Off Centre Music Salon. Schubertiad:The Composer Contemplates and Twitters.Schubert: Sonata in B-flat D960; also variouslieder. Charlene Santoni, soprano; Vasil Garvanliev,baritone; Jacques Israelievitch, violin; InnaPerkis and Boris Zarankin, piano. Glenn GouldStudio, 250 Front St. W. 416-466-1870. $50–$60. Also CD launch of new recording of Schubertpiano sonatas by Zarankin.• 2:00: St. Anne’s Music and Drama Society.The Yeoman of the Guard. See Feb 2.• 2:00: Trio Bravo. In Recital. Works by Mozart,Fauré, Beethoven and Bruch. All SaintsKingsway Anglican Church, 2850 Bloor St.W. 416-242-2131. $20/$18(adv); $15(sr/st)/$12.50(adv).• 2:00: Visual and Performing Arts Newmarket.Young Artists’ Showcase. CharnaMastsushige, violin; Zach Wojitola, guitar;Aaron Qiu, tenor; Offbeat, instrumental ensemble.Newmarket Theatre, 505 Pickering Cres.,Newmarket. 905-953-5122. $15; $10(st).• 2:30: University of Toronto Faculty ofMusic. Cathedral Classics I: Choirs in Concert.Works by Willcocks, Britten and others. Universityof Toronto Women’s Chorus; Women’sChamber Ensemble; Men’s Chorus; HilaryCBSO_Ad_Jan2012 1/11/12 1:29 PM Page 1SATURDAY at 8 pmFebruary 4, 2012 *P.C. Ho Theatre5183 Sheppard Ave E, ScarboroughRACHMANINOVPiano Concerto no. 2with internationally-acclaimedArturs Ozolins pianoBEETHOVENSymphony no. 5Regular $30 adult, $25 st/sr(under 12 free)Premium $50 adult, $40 st/sr(under 12 free)* Subscription Concerts 3 & 4Apfelstadt, Ana Alvarez and David Holler, conductors.Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor St.W. 416-408-0208. $20; $15(sr/st).• 3:00: Royal Conservatory. Early MusicSeries: Les Violins du Roy with Maurice Steger,recorder. Handel: Concerto gross in B-flatOp.6 No.7 “Hornpipe”; Telemann: Suite in afor alto recorder, strings and basso continue;Sammartini: Concerto in F for soprano recorderand strings; Geminiani: Concerto gross in d“La follia”; Concerto per flauto No.10 in F. KoernerHall, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208.$39 and up.• 3:00: Syrinx Sunday Salons. HochelagaTrio. Rachmaninoff: Trio Elégiaque; Hétu: Adagiofrom Triple Concerto; Schubert: Trio in B-flat D898. Anne Robert, violin; Paul Marleyn,cello; Stéphane Lemelin, piano. Heliconian Hall,35 Hazelton Ave. 416-654-0877. $25; $20(st).Reception to follow.• 3:30: Harbourfront Centre. Kumbaa: Trinidadand Tobago’s 50th Anniversary of IndependenceCelebration. Classic calypso songs,including an homage to Mighty Sparrow. PanFantasy Steelband. Brigantine Room, 235Queen’s Quay W. 416-973-4000. Free.• 4:00: Cathedral Church of St. James. TwilightRecitals. Andrew Adair, organ. 65 ChurchSt. 416-364-7865 x231. Freewill offering.• 4:00: Collective of Black Artists: LesRythmes de la Forêt. See Feb 3.• 4:00: Musideum. Sundays with Sierra. Coversand originals. Sierra Bacquie, piano andvocals. 401 Richmond St. W. 416-419-2248.$15. Also Feb 12.• 4:00: Toronto Singing Studio. Vivace Vox:Embroidered Voices. Vocal settings of poemsby Blake, Shelley, Rossetti, Stevenson, Kiplingand others. Linda Eyman, conductor; EarleToppings, narrator. Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre,427 Bloor St. W. 416-455-9238. $15; $10(sr/st); $35(fam).• 4:30: Christ Church Deer Park. Jazz Vespers.Tribute to Eubie Blake. Gord Sheard,piano. 1570 Yonge St. 416-920-5211. Freewilloffering.• 7:00: Acting Up Stage Company/ObsidianCATHEDRAL BLUFFS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA2011–2012NORMAN REINTAMM artistic directorSATURDAY at 8 pmMarch 10, 2012 *P.C. Ho Theatre5183 Sheppard Ave E, ScarboroughGOUNODSolemn Mass (St. Cecilia)performed by theUniversity of TorontoScarborough CampusConcert ChoirRACHMANINOVSymphony no. 1cathedralbluffs.com | 416.879.5566Syrinx Sunday SalonsHochelaga TrioSunday February 5, 2012 3pmHeliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton AveRachmaninoff:Trio Elegiaque #1Jacques Hetu:Adagio from Triple ConcertoSchubert:Trio in B--at major, D. 898Tickets $25 Students $20info: 416-654-0877 www.syrinxconcerts.orgtokai STRING QUARTET in ConcertWorks by Mozart, Shostakovichand Mendelssohn6 February 2012, 8pmGallery 345345 Sorauren Ave, TorontoTickets $20www.tokaiquartet.comFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 33


Theatre. Caroline, or Change. See Feb 1.• 7:30: University of Toronto Faculty ofMusic. New Music Festival: TorQ PercussionEnsemble. A concert of world premieres.Hatzis: Three Pieces for Eight Mallets; andother works. Walter Hall, Edward JohnsonBldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. Freeadmission.• 8:00: Musideum. Coffeehouse Concert Series.Jason Fowler, singer-songwriter. 401 RichmondSt. W. 416-419-2248. $20.Monday February 06• 8:00: Gallery 345. Tokai String Quartet.Mozart: String Quartet in F K590 “Prussian”;Shostakovich: Quartet No.7 in f-sharp; Mendelssohn:String Quartet in f Op.80. 345 SoraurenAve. 416-822-9781. $25.• 8:00: Musideum. Mark Kieswetter, pianoand Ross MacIntyre, bass. 401 Richmond St.W. 416-419-2248. $15.Tuesday February 07• 12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company.Vocal Series: Collaborations. Various operaarias and ensembles. Singers from the COC EnsembleStudio and Opéra de Montréal. RichardBradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centrefor the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W.A. Concerts in the GTA416-363-8231. Free.• 12:30: York University Department ofMusic. Music at Midday: New Music by YoungComposers. Original compositions by youngcomposers from the studios of David Lidov.Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Rm.112, AccoladeEast Bldg., 4700 Keele St. 416-736-2100 x22926. Free.• 1:00: Cathedral Church of St. James. Musicat Midday. Simon Walker, organ. 65 ChurchSt. 416-364-7865 x231. Freewill offering.• 2:30: York University Department of Music.Vocal Recital in French Song. Singers fromthe studios of Catherine Robbin and NormaBurrowes. Tribute Communities Recital Hall,Rm.112, Accolade East Bldg., 4700 Keele St.416-736-2100 x22926. Free.• 7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Tosca.See Feb 3.• 7:30: Dancap Productions. In the Heights.See Extended Runs on page 30.• 7:30: University of Toronto Faculty ofMusic. Student Composers Concert. WalterHall, Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park.416-978-0492. Free.Wednesday February 08• 12:15: Our Lady of Sorrows. WednesdayConcert Series. Mark Himmelman, organ. 3055In the Winter!Please join us for a benefit concert andreception in support of the2012 TORONTO SUMMER MUSICFESTIVAL & ACADEMYBloor St. W. 416-231-6016. Free.• 12:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.Noonday Organ Recitals. Claudia Lemcke, mezzo;Chris Dawes, organ. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free.• 7:00: Johannes Linstead & AntonitasD’Havila. Valentine Fiesta Romantica.Johannes Linstead, Latin guitar; AntonitasD’Havila, gypsy and flamenco guitar. CoconutsRestaurant and Lounge, 2180 Steeles Ave. W.416-978-8849. $20; $15(sr/st). Also Feb 10(Latin Fever Night Club).• 7:00: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.House of Dreams. Multi-media concert featuringworks by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Purcell andMarais, performed against a backdrop of paintingsby Vermeer, Canaletto and Watteau. AlisonMackay, concept/script/programme; MarshallPynkoski, stage director; Blair Williams,narrator; Jeanne Lamon, director. Trinity-St.Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337.$39–$89; $35–$79(sr); $20–$79(30 and under).Also Feb 9–11; Feb 12(mat).• 7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Love fromAfar. See Feb 4.• 7:30: Toronto Summer Music. In the Winter!– Benefit concert with New Orford StringQuartet and Shauna Rolston, cello. Beethoven:String Quartet Op.135; Schubert: String QuintetOp.163 for two cellos. Walter Hall, EdwardJohnson Building, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. $78. In support of 2012 Toronto SummerMusic Festival and Academy; receptionto follow.• 8:00: UC Follies. The Who’s Tommy. SeeFeb 2.• 8:00: Velvet Curtain. Valentine’s ChocolateCabaret. Music from across the world. VelvetCurtain Ensemble and guests. MetropolitanUnited Church, 56 Queen St. E. 416-792-4742.$25/$20(adv). Also Feb 11.Thursday February 09• 12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company.Chamber Music Series: Darkness and Light:Schubert’s Final Quartet. String Quartet No.15in G. New Orford String Quartet. RichardBradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centrefor the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. Free.• 12:10: Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation/Christ Church Deer Park. Lunchtime ChamberMusic: Ragtime. Angus Sinclair, piano. ChristChurch Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-241-1298. Free, donations welcome.• 12:10: University of Toronto Faculty ofMusic. Thursdays at Noon: AACH! AmericanComposers. Albright: Pit Band; Sonata for AltoSaxophone and Piano; Carter: Gra; Hyla: WeSpeak Etruscan for baritone saxophone andbass clarinet. Max Christie, clarinet; WallaceHalladay, saxophone; Midori Koga, piano. WalterHall, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’sPark. 416-978-0492. Free.• 12:15: Metropolitan United Church.Noon at Met. Trevor Wilson, recorder; WilliamWright, organ. 56 Queen St. E. 416-363-0331x26. Free.• 12:30: York University Department ofMusic. Jazz at Noon: Barry Elmes Quintet. Originalcompositions and jazz standards. BarryElmes, drums; Mike Murley, tenor sax; KevinTurcotte, trumpet/flugelhorn; Reg Schwager,guitar; Steve Wallace, bass. Martin FamilyLounge, Rm.219, Accolade East Bldg., 4700Keele St. 416-736-2100 x22926. Free.• 2:00: Royal Conservatory. Discovery Series:Glenn Gould School Concerto CompetitionFinals. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. Free.• 7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Tosca.See Feb 3.• 7:30: Royal Conservatory. Discovery Series:Hiroko Kudo, piano and Tobias Bäz, cello.De Falla: Fantasia Baetica; and works byBrahms and Martinů. Mazzoleni Concert Hall,273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. $14.50.• 7:30: University of Toronto Faculty Music.Small Jazz Ensembles. Upper Jazz Studio,90 Wellesley St. W. 416-978-0492. Free.• 8:00: Harbourfront Centre/Arabesque/Small World Music. JAMRA. Contemporaryproduction inspired by dance forms fromEgypt, Turkey, North Africa, Iran and Lebanon.Listings in The WholeNote are searchable by genreand by geographic zone at thewholenote.comBEETHOVEN String Quartet Op. 135SCHUBERT String Quintet Op. 165featuringThe New Orford String QuartetShauna Rolston, celloFebruary 8, 2012 – 7:30pmWalter Hall, University of TorontoFor tickets call 416-408-0208 or visit rcmusic.cawww.sorrows.ca416-231-6016Pastor:Rev. Fr. Nino Cavoto3055 Bloor Street West, justwest of Royal York RoadFree Lunchtime OrganConcert SeriesWednesdays 12:15 – 1:00February 8Mark HimmelmanMusic and Artistic DirectorGordon D. MansellFebruary 15 February 22Paul Jessen Ash WednesdayNo ConcertFebruary 29 March 7Philip Fournier Mark ToewsOne of the most stunning Baroqueinstruments in the world34 thewholenote.com February 1 – March 7, 2012


Featuring 11-piece Arabian orchestra; BassamBishara, vocals; Ferda Bayazit, choreographer;Sashar Zarif, choreographer; Khairiiyya Mazen,choreographer; Yasmina Ramzy, choreographerand director. Fleck Dance Theatre, 207Queen’s Quay W. 416-973-4000. $30–$40.Also Feb 10–12; Feb 11 and 12(mat and eve).• 8:00: Sony Centre for the PerformingArts. Classical Mystery Tour. Tribute to theBeatles accompanied by the Kitchener-WaterlooSymphony. 1 Front St. E. 1-855-872-7669.$45 and up.• 8:00: Spectrum Composers Collective.Elements: Exploring our relationship with naturein the 21st century. Contemporary and classicaljazz. Al Green Theatre, Miles Nadal jcc, 750Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211 x0. $20; $15(sr/st/underemployed).• 8:00: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.House of Dreams. See Feb 8.• 8:00: UC Follies. The Who’s Tommy. SeeFeb 2.Friday February 10• 7:00: Aurora Performing Arts Group. Parade.J.R.Brown. Sarah Kyle, director. NewmarketTheatre, 505 Pickering Cres., Newmarket.905-953-5122. $25; $20(sr/st). Also Feb11(mat and eve) and Feb 12.• 7:00: Johannes Linstead & AntonitasD’Havila. Valentine Fiesta Romantica.Johannes Linstead, latin guitar; AntonitasD’Havila, gypsy and flamenco guitar. Latin FeverNight Club, 7777 Keele St. 416-978-8849.$30–$50. Also Feb 8 (Coconuts Restaurant).• 7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Love fromAfar. See Feb 4.• 7:30: Mirvish Productions. War Horse. SeeExtended Runs on page 30.• 7:30: Newman Centre. Newman JazzGroup: Valentine Jazz! Instrumental and vocaljazz. Barbara Forbes, piano; Josh Brecka, guitar;JD Considine, bass; DonHoon Lee, drums;guest: Katie Young, vocals; Bruno Cormier andmembers of the Newman Sunday Choirs. NewmanCentre, 89 St. George St. 416-963-5137.$20; $15(sr/st). Fundraising event in support ofthe Newman Centre Music Ministry.• 7:30: Opera by Request. Fidelio. Beethoven.Dolores Catherine Tjart, soprano (Leonora);Lenard Whiting, tenor (Florestan); Frank deJong, bass (Rocco); Michael Robert-Broder,baritone (Pizarro); Jennifer Razor, soprano(Marzellina); and others; William Shookhoff,piano and music director. College Street UnitedChurch, 452 College St. 416-455-2365. $20.• 7:30: Timothy Eaton Memorial Church.Songs of Love and Passion. Opera arias, duetsand chorus. Allison Arends, soprano; MarkDaboll, baritone; Jennifer Griffith, soprano;Joanne Leatch, alto; Rocco Rupolo, tenor; andothers; Marilyn Preston, flamenco dancer;Elaine Choi, piano. Flora McCrea Auditorium,230 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-925-5977. $20;$15(sr/st).• 7:30: York University Department of Music.International Horn Day 2012. JacquelynAdams, horn; Clifton Hyde, guitar; Jeff Butterfield,drums; guests: Toronto Symphony HornSection; Tafelmusik Horns; and others. TributeCommunities Recital Hall, Rm.112, AccoladeEast Bldg., 4700 Keele St. 416-736-2100x22926. $10.• 8:00: Art of Time Ensemble. Cantabile: AnEvening of Italian Music from Opera to PaoloConte. Arias by Verdi, Leoncavallo and Puccini;popular songs by Battisti, Conte and others.Michael Ciufo, tenor; Dominic Mancuso, vocals;Benjamin Bowman, violin; Rachel Mercer,cello; John Johnson, saxophone; AndrewDowning, bass; Andrew Burashko, conductorand piano; and others. Enwave Theatre, 231Queen’s Quay W. 416-973-4000. $25-$59.Also Feb 11.• 8:00: Green Door Cabaret at the LowerOssington Theatre. Michael Hughes. 100AOssington Ave. 416-915-6747. $30(reserved);$25; $20(st/industry with ID).• 8:00: Harbourfront Centre/Arabesque/Small World Music. JAMRA. See Feb 9.• 8:00: Living Arts Centre. Relaxed Series:Love Train Revue with George St. Kitts. Motownhits. RBC Theatre, Living Arts Centre, 4141Livings Arts Dr., Mississauga. 905-306-6000or 1-888-805-8888. $28 and up.• 8:00: Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall.Laila Biali, vocals and piano. With George Koller,bass; Larnell Lewis, drums; Ben Wittman, percussion.Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. W.416-872-4255. $29.50.• 8:00: Music Gallery. Post-Classical Series:The Cold War Songbook – Pilgrims and Progress.Cage: Sonatas and Interludes (1948).Vicky Chow, piano. 197 John St. 416-204-1080. $20/$15(adv).• 8:00: Musideum. Alex Samaras, singersongwriter.401 Richmond St. W. 416-419-2248. $15.• 8:00: O’Hara House Concerts. An Eveningof the Blues with Nighthowls. Manitoba Hal,ukulele and vocals; Mo’Kauffey, guitar andvocals. 28 O’Hara Ave. 416-516-4703. $15.6:30: Ukulele workshop and dinner with ManitobaHal, see Section D, “The ETCeteras.”• 8:00: Royal Conservatory. Soul/R&B Series:Sweet Honey in the Rock. Female a cappellaensemble. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.416-408-0208. $33.50 and up.• 8:00: St. Petersburg Choir. Rozhdestvo.George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centrefor the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. 416-733-9388.$30-$70.• 8:00: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.House of Dreams. See Feb 8. PWYC(30 and under,for this performance only).• 8:00: UC Follies. The Who’s Tommy. SeeFeb 2.• 8:00: Via Salzburg. Six Degrees of Separation.Brahms: Sextet No.1 in G; Dvořák: Sextetin A Op.48; L.C. Smith: commission for stringquartet. Rosedale United Church, 159 RoxboroughDr. 416-972-9193. $35; $30(sr); $20(under30); $10(st).• 8:00: York University Department of Music.Improv Soiree. An evening of improvisationin a participatory “open mic” setup, hosted bythe improve studios of Casey Sokol. SterlingBeckwith Studio, 235 Accolade East Bldg.,4700 Keele St. 416-736-2100 x22926. Free.• 9:00: Hart House Music Committee. Jazzat Oscar’s: Hat and Beard. Unconventional interpretationsof the music of Thelonious Monk.Ken Aldcroft, guitar; Dave Clark, drums. ArborRoom, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle. 416-978-2452. Free.Saturday February 11• 2:00: Hannaford Street Silver Band/ HannafordYouth Education Program. Hearts ofBrass. Junior Band, Youth Band and CommunityBand, Anita McAlister, director. Church ofthe Redeemer, 162 Bloor St. W. 416-366-7723or 1-800-708-6754. $15; $10(sr); $5(st).• 2:00 and 7:00: Aurora Performing ArtsGroup. Parade. See Feb 10.• 2:00 and 8:00: Harbourfront Centre/Arabesque/SmallWorld Music. JAMRA. SeeFeb 9.• 2:00 and 8:00: UC Follies. The Who’s Tommy.See Feb 2.• 7:00: Music Gallery. Post-Classical Series:The Cold War Songbook. Part one, “The Densityof Solitude” at 7pm; part two, “Formalizinga Disorientation of Memory” at 9pm.Ustvolskaya: Twelve Preludes (1953); SonataNo.4 (1957); Sonata No.5 (1986); Sonata No.6(1988); Carter: Night Fantasies (1980); Feldman:Triadic Memories (1981). Stephen Clarke,piano; Simon Docking, piano. 197 John St. 416-204-1080. $30/$25(adv).• 7:30: Burlington Civic Chorale. ValentineCabaret of Song: A Fundraiser. Selections fromWicked, The Wiz and jazz repertoire. Gary Fisher,director; guest: Children’s Choir of Burlington.St. Christopher’s Anglican Church, 662Guelph Line, Burlington. 289-337-6777. $25.• 7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Tosca.See Feb 3.• 7:30: Church of St. Simon-the-Apostle.Jazz Vespers. John Sheard, piano. 525 BloorSt. E. 416-923-8714. $15 suggested donation;$10(sr). Proceeds to support St. James TownReaching Out Through Music Program.• 7:30: Oakville Ensemble. Heart toHeart. Works by Dowland, Möhlich andAustin. St. John’s United Church, 262Randall St., Oakville. 905-825-9740.$35/$25(adv); $25(sr)/$15(adv); $15(st);$70(family)/$50(adv).• 7:30: Scarborough Bluffs Music. Stars ofTomorrow. Artists from the Royal Conservatory’sYoung Artists Performance Academyin voice, piano and violin. Scarborough BluffsUnited Church, 3739 Kingston Rd., Scarborough.416-267-8265. $15. Proceeds to ScarboroughBluffs Music, a community school forages 6-12.• 8:00: Art of Time Ensemble. Cantabile: AnEvening of Italian Music from Opera to PaoloConte. See Feb 10.• 8:00: Batuki Music Society. Ethiopia: AMusical Perspective. Traditional and modernEthiopian music. Girma Wolde Michael; FantahunShewankochew; Henok Abebe; MarthaAshagari; Gezahegn Mamo; and others. GlennGould Studio, 250 Front St. W. 416-948-4132.$25/$20(adv).• 8:00: Gallery 345. Edges: COMPROVISED.Featuring music composed using unconventionalmethods of notation; includes two premieres.Works by Southam, A. Cameron,The Cold WarSongbookEssential mid-20th century works for pianofeaturing Vicky Chow, Stephen Clarke + Simon Dockingwith works by John Cage, Elliott Carter,Morton Feldman + Galina UstvolskayaFeb 10 & 11 | $40 Two-Night Pass at Ticketweb.caRufus Cappadociawith guests Mutamba Rainos and Pasi GunguwoGlobally informed cello and mbira trance from ZimbabweMar 2 |8pm| $30/$15 | $25 adv at ticketweb.caSt George the Martyr Church • 197 John St. • Toronto416-204-1080 • www.musicgallery.orgFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 35


Wiegold, Manzon and others; includes. 345Sorauren Ave. 416-822-9781. $25.• 8:00: Green Door Cabaret at the LowerOssington Theatre. Alana Bridgewater. 100AOssington Ave. 416-915-6747. $30(reserved);$25; $20(st/industry with ID).• 8:00: Guitar Society of Toronto. JorgeCaballero, classical guitar. Heliconian Hall, 35Hazelton Ave. 416-964-8298. $25; $20(sr);$15(st).• 8:00: Mississauga Symphony. BohemianVoyage. Dvořák: Cello Concerto in b Op.104;Smetana: Three Dances from The BarteredBride; Sarka from Ma Vlast; Borodin: In theSteppes of Central Asia; and other works.Guests: Adrian Fung, cello; Misha Roháč, conductor.Hammerson Hall, Living Arts Centre,4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga. 905-306-6000 or 1-888-805-8888. $15–$51.50.• 8:00: Royal Conservatory. Middle EasternMusic Series: Yasmin Levy and Omar Faruk Tekbilek.Israeli Ladino singer and Turkish multiinstrumentalist.Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.416-408-0208. $33.50 and up.• 8:00: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.House of Dreams. See Feb 8.• 8:00: Velvet Curtain. Valentine’s ChocolateCabaret. See Feb 8.• 8:00: York Symphony Orchestra. TheGrand Tour. Mozart: Overture to Idomeno;Wagner: Die Meistersinger Overture;Reinecke: Flute Concerto; Bartók: RomanianFolk Dances; Sibelius: Andante Festivo;Saint-Saëns: Bacchanale; and other works.Máté Szigeti, flute; Gregory Burton, musicdirector. Trinity Anglican Church, 79 VictoriaSt., Aurora. 416-410-0860. $28; $23(sr);A. Concerts in the GTA$12(st). Also Feb 12 (Richmond Hill).Sunday February 12• 1:15: Mooredale Concerts. Music & Truffles:Beethoven – Immortal Musical Genius.Interactive concert for ages 5–15. Anton Kuerti,piano. Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Bldg.,80 Queen’s Pk. 416-922-3714 x103. $12.• 2:00: Canadian Opera Company. Love fromAfar. See Feb 4.• 2:00: Neapolitan Connection. MusicalMatinees at Montgomery’s Inn Museum. FeliciaMittica, soprano. Montgomery’s Inn Museum,4709 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke. 226-289-1830. $22; $12.50(child).• 2:00 and 8:00: Harbourfront Centre/Arabesque/SmallWorld Music. JAMRA. SeeFeb 9• 2:30: University of Toronto Faculty ofMusic. Cathedral Classics II: Choirs in Concert.Martin: Mass for double choir; Bach: Lobet denHerrn; Handel: The King Shall Rejoice; othera cappella works. MacMillan Singers; ChamberChoir from Cawthra Park High School; HilaryApfelstadt, Robert Anderson, conductors.Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. $20; $15(sr/st).• 3:00: Green Door Cabaret at the LowerOssington Theatre. Doug MacNoughton.100A Ossington Ave. 416-915-6747. $30(reserved);$25; $20(st/industry with ID).• 3:00: Oakville Ensemble. Heart to Heart.Works by Dowland, Möhlich and Austin.Mary Mother of God Catholic Church, 2745North Ridge Trail, Oakville. 905-825-9740.$35/$25(adv); $25(sr)/$15(adv); $15(st);$70(family)/$50(adv).• 3:00: Royal Conservatory. Middle EasternMusic Series: Malek Jandali, piano: Echoes fromUgarit. Program inspired by the folk and ancientmusic of Syria. Mazzoleni Concert Hall, 273Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. $37 and up.• 3:00: Toronto Beach Chorale. BeautyVoiced: Love Is. Songs by Berlin, Porter, Lerner& Lowe and Rodgers & Hammerstein. MervinFick, conductor. Kingston Road United Church,975 Kingston Rd. 416-778-0949 x2. $20;$10(under 18).• 3:30: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.House of Dreams. See Feb 8.• 4:00: Cathedral Church of St. James. TwilightRecitals. Andrew Adair, organ. 65 ChurchSt. 416-364-7865 x231. Freewill offering.• 4:00: Georgetown Bach Chorale. WinterScenes. Medtner: Sonata Reminiscenza “VergesseneWeisen”; Rachmaninoff: Etudes TableauxOp.39. Ron Greidanus, piano. 157 MainSt. S., Georgetown. 905-877-6569. $45.Post-recital reception.• 4:00: Musideum. Sundays with Sierra. SeeFeb 5.• 4:00: St. Philip’s Anglican Church. JazzVespers. Diana Panton, vocals; Reg Schwager,guitar; Don Thompson, bass. 25 St. PhillipsRd., Etobicoke. 416-247-5181. Freewilloffering.• 7:00: Aurora Performing Arts Group.Parade. See Feb 10.• 7:00: Bloom Restaurant. Valentine’s DinnerPerformance with the Luis Mario Ochoa TraditionalCuban Quartet. 2315 Bloor St. W. 416-767-1315. $75 (includes dinner).• 7:00: Church of God of Prophecy NationalSingles Ministry. Pep Rally Concert. DaveBrown, trumpet; Christian jazz by Blue Soul;Word Made Flesh and others. West End WorshipCentre, 1344 Martin Grove Rd. 905-625-1278 or 647-342-8990. $10/$7(adv).• 7:30: York Symphony Orchestra. TheGrand Tour. Mozart: Overture to Idomeno; Wagner:Die Meistersinger Overture; Reinecke:Flute Concerto; Bartók: Romanian Folk Dances;Sibelius: Andante Festivo; Saint-Saëns: Bacchanale;and other works. Máté Szigeti, flute;Gregory Burton, music director. RichmondHill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268Yonge St., Richmond Hill. 416-410-0860. $30;$25(sr); $15(st). Also Feb 11 (Aurora).ORGANizedSundayFebruary 128 pmThe Music Gallery$25/15Sunday, February 123:00 p.m.975 Kingston Rd.Tickets $20/$10 Under 18More Information:www.torontobeachchorale.com416 924 4945continuummusic.org• 8:00: Continuum Contemporary Music.ORGANized. Ligeti: Continuum (for twomarimbas); Oesterle: Daydream Mechanics VI;new works by Current, Klanac and Marsella.Guests: Haruka Fujii, percussion; RichardMarsella, barrel organ. Music Gallery, 197John St. 416-924-4945. $25; $15(sr/st/artsworker).36 thewholenote.com February 1 – March 7, 2012


Monday February 13• 7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Tosca.See Feb 3.• 7:30: Unionville High School Arts YorkAlumni. Is There Life After High School? Bookby J. Kindley. Music and lyrics by C. Carnelia.With Salvatore Antonio, Adam Brazier, RebeccaGolden, Lisa Kisch, Tracy Michailidis, ZoranaSadiq and others. Markham Theatre, 171Town Centre Blvd., Markham. 905-305-7469.$30. All proceeds to Musical Works in Concert.• 7:30: University of Toronto Faculty ofMusic. Chamber Music Series: St. LawrenceString Quartet. Haydn: Quartet Op.76; Martinů:Quartet No.5; Dvořák: Quartet No.105. WalterHall, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queen’sPark. 416-408-0208. $40; $30(sr/st).• 8:00: Musideum. From Harlem to Hollywood:Charles Cozens, piano and Michael Danso, vocals.401 Richmond St. W. 416-419-2248.$20.Tuesday February 14• 12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. VocalSeries: Amore. Songs of infatuation, obsession,heartbreak and ecstasy. Julie Makerov,soprano; Anne Larlee, piano. Richard BradshawAmphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for thePerforming Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. Free.• 12:30: York University Department ofMusic. Music at Midday: Student Showcase.Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Rm.112, AccoladeEast Bldg., 4700 Keele St. 416-736-2100 x22926. Free.• 1:00: Cathedral Church of St. James. Musicat Midday. Wayne Carroll, organ. 65 ChurchSt. 416-364-7865 x231. Freewill offering.• 7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Love fromAfar. See Feb 4.• 8:00: Les Amis Concerts. Les Amis PianoDuo and Guest. Works by Rotili, Stefanovic,Manolache & Carneci, Runchak, K.N. Chanand Pepa. Marianna Humetska and Erika Crino,pianos; guest: Kaili Maimets, flute. Gallery345, 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-822-9781. $20;$15(sr); $10(st).• 8:00: Musideum. Special Valentine’s Show:Sandra Taylor, singer-songwriter. 401 RichmondSt. W. 416-419-2248. $15 or PWYC.• 8:00: Nathaniel Dett Chorale. Voices ofthe Diaspora … The Book of Negros. Multimediapresentation based on novel by L. Hill, withfolk, classical, spirituals and jazz selections.Featuring Lawrence Hill, writer and Joe SealyQuartet. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. $39 and up.Wednesday February 15• 12:15: Our Lady of Sorrows. WednesdayConcert Series. Paul Jessen, organ. 3055 BloorSt. W. 416-231-6016. Free.• 12:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.Noonday Organ Recitals. Simon Walker, organ.1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free.• 5:30: Canadian Opera Company. Jazz Series:2-Piano Jazz Fusion. Robi Botos and HilarioDurán, pianos. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre,Four Seasons Centre for the PerformingArts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. Free.• 7:30: Toronto Opera Repertoire. Lucia diLammermoor. Donizetti. Carrie Gray, soprano(Lucia – Feb 15, 26, Mar 3); Tammy Short, soprano(Lucia – Feb 18, 24, 29); Yevgeny Yablonovsky,baritone (Enrico); Jay Lambie, tenor(Edgardo – Feb 15, 24, Mar 3); Pablo Benitez,tenor (Edgardo – Feb 18, 26, 29); AnthonyFaure, tenor (Arturo); Frank de Jong, bass(Raimondo); Christie Kidd, soprano (Alisa); GiuseppeMacina, director. Bickford Centre Theatre,777 Bloor St. W. 416-978-8849. $25;$15(sr/st). Also Feb 18, 24, 29 and Mar 3; Feb26(mat). Italian with English surtitles.Thursday February 16• 12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company.Vocal Series: L’amour à 4. Brahms: LiebesliederWalzer; Schumann: Spanisches Liederspiel;Greer: All Around the Circle. Russell Braun,baritone; Erin Wall, soprano; Krisztina Szabó,mezzo; Christopher Enns, tenor; Carolyn Mauleand Johannes Debus, accompaniment. RichardBradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons Centrefor the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. Free.• 12:10: Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation/Christ Church Deer Park. Lunchtime ChamberMusic: San Agustin Duo. Emma Banfield, violin;Diana Dumlavwalla, piano. Christ Church DeerPark, 1570 Yonge St. 416-241-1298. Free, donationswelcome.• 12:15: Metropolitan United Church. Noonat Met. Gregg Redner, organ. 56 Queen St. E.416-363-0331 x26. Free.• 2:00 and 8:00: Markham Theatre for thePerforming Arts. Louise Pitre: Broadway toParis. 171 Town Centre Blvd., Markham. 905-305-7469 or 1-866-768-8801. $26(mat);$54–$59(eve).• 7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Tosca.See Feb 3.• 7:30: Talk is Free Theatre/Show OneProductions. Dani Girl. Dimond and Kooman.Musical comedy about a nine-year-old girl’sbattle with cancer. With Gabi Epstein, AmandaLeBlanc, Jonathan Logan and Jeff Madden; RichardOuzounian, stage director; Wayne Gwillim,music director. Theatre Passe Mureille,Backspace, 16 Ryerson Ave. 416-504-7529.$33. Also Feb 17, 18, 20, 22–27, 29; Mar 1–4.No Tues performances; Sat and Sun matineesat 2pm.• 7:30: University of Toronto Faculty Music.Small Jazz Ensembles. Upper Jazz Studio,90 Wellesley St. W. 416-978-0492. Free.• 8:00: b current/Theatre Archipelago.Obeah Opera. Book, libretto and music by N.Brooks. With Ella Andall, Nicole Brooks, JoniNehRita, Saphire Demitro, Saidah Baba Talibahand others; ahdri zhina mandiela, director. 918Bathurst Centre, 918 Bathurst St. 416-533-1500. $30; $25(sr/st); $15(previews). Also Feb17, 19, 22–25, 26(mat) 29, Mar 1–3; 4(mat).• 8:00: Living Arts Centre. Playing forChange. Multimedia project designed to inspire,connect and bring peace to the world throughmusic. Hammerson Hall, Living Arts Centre,4141 Livings Arts Dr., Mississauga. 905-306-6000 or 1-888-805-8888. $25 and up.• 8:00: Musideum. An Uncultured Pearl: TodPaul Dorozio, guitar. Guests: Samantha Chang,flute; Anna Antropova, violin; Chelsea Säuer,mezzo. 401 Richmond St. W. 416-419-2248.$20.• 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra.Beethoven Symphony 5. Sibelius: The Swan ofTuonela; Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No.1;Beethoven: Symphony No.5. Sarah Chang,violin; John Storgaards, conductor. Roy ThomsonHall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-593-4828 or416-593-0688(Chinese). $35–$145. AlsoFeb 18.Friday February 17• 7:00: Antonitas D’Havila. In Concert.Gypsy and flamenco guitar. Trinity-St. Paul’sChurch, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-978-8849.$29.50.• 7:30: Brampton Folk Club. Friday FolkNight: Women’s Voices. Featuring Wendi Hunter,Gayle Ackroyd and Eve Goldberg. Sanderson• 7:30: Jazz Performance and EducationCentre (JPEC). Enesco Re-Imagined: LucianBan & John Hebert. Joyce Hammann, violin;Mat Maneri, viola; Ralph Alessi, trumpet; TonyMalaby, tenor saxophone; Lucian Ban, pianoand orchestration; John Hebert, bass and orchestration;and others; Peripheral Vision(opening act). Glenn Gould Studio, 250 FrontSt. W. 416-872-4255. $35; $15(sr/st).• 7:30: Opera by Request. Abduction from theSeraglio. Mozart. Alexandra LeBlanc, soprano(Konstanza); Athina Babayan, soprano (Blondchen);Zach Finkelstein, tenor (Belmonte); MichaelMacLean, tenor (Pedrillo); Raymond Accolas,bass (Osmin); guest: Brahm Goldhamer,piano and music director. College Street UnitedChurch, 452 College St. 416-455-2365. $20.• 7:30: Talk is Free Theatre/Show One Productions.Dani Girl. See Feb 16.• 7:30: Toronto Opera Repertoire. The MerryWidow. Lehar. Jennifer Rasor, soprano (Anna);Jay Lambie, tenor (Danilo); Gerald Hannon,baritone (Baron); Christie Kidd, soprano (Valencienne- Feb 17, 22, Mar 4); Caroline Colantonio,soprano (Valencienne - Feb 19, 25, Mar2); Pablo Benitez, tenor (Camille - Feb 17, 25,Mar 4); William Parker, tenor (Camille - Feb 19,22, Mar 2); Beatrice Carpino, director. BickfordCentre Theatre, 777 Bloor St. W. 416-978-8849. $25; $15(sr/st). Also Feb 22, 25 andMar 2; Feb 19(mat) and Mar 4(mat).GreatArtistPianoSeriespresentsAndré LaplanteFriday, February 178pmHall, whole St. Paul’s notes United Church, ad:Wholenotes 30 Main St. S., ad 1/20/12 10:08 AM Page 1Brampton. 647-233-3655 or 905-874-2800. www.auroraculturalcentre.ca$12; $10(sr/st).905 713-1818JPEC PresentsLUCIAN BAN &JOHN HEBERTE N E S COR E- I M AG I N E DFebruary 17, 20127:30 pmGlenn Gould Studio416-872-4255www.jazzcentre.ca• 8:00: Aurora Cultural Centre. Great ArtistPiano Series: André Laplante, piano. Worksby Liszt and Schubert. 22 Church St., Aurora.905-713-1818. $30; $25(sr/st).• 8:00: b current/Theatre Archipelago. ObeahOpera. See Feb 16.• 8:00: Green Door Cabaret at the LowerOssington Theatre. Lawrence Cotton. 100AOssington Ave. 416-915-6747. $30(reserved);$25; $20(st/industry with ID).• 8:00: I Furiosi Baroque Ensemble. AngerManagement. Works by Caldara, Handel, Purcelland Corelli. Laura Pudwell, mezzo. CalvinPresbyterian, 26 Delisle Ave. 416-910-8740.$20; $10(sr/st).• 8:00: Markham Theatre for the PerformingArts. Michael Kaeshammer, piano and vocals.171 Town Centre Blvd., Markham. 905-305-7469 or 1-866-768-8801. $54–$59.• 8:00: Music Gallery/junctQin KeyboardCollective. Karlheinz Essl: A Portrait. Essl:Junctions (world premiere). 197 John St. 416-204-1080. $20; $12(st).February 1 – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 37


Sixth Toronto Sinfonietta Concerto Competition for Young MusiciansGALA CONCERT OF THE WINNERSToronto SinfoniettaMatthew Jaskiewicz, Music DirectorSaturday, February 18, 2012, 7:00 p.m.Isabel Bader Theatre,93 Charles Street West, Toronto (Museum Subway)For tickets call: 416 410 4379, 416 488 8057Students - $15, Adults - $25• 8:00: Queen of Puddings Music Theatre/Canadian Stage. Beckett: Feck It! Beckettplays juxtaposed with contemporary, classicalmusic. Shannon Mercer, soprano; Michael Fedyshyn,trumpet; Jennifer Tarver, stage director;Dáirine Ní Mheadhra and John Hess, musicdirectors. Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 BerkeleySt. 416-368-3110. $22–$45. Also Feb 18,20–25. Start times vary.• 8:00: Royal Conservatory. Orchestra Series:Royal Conservatory Orchestra with LeonFleisher, piano. Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin;Beethoven: Symphony No.7; Prokofiev: PianoConcerto No.4 for the Left Hand. Uri Mayer,conductor; Leon Fleisher, piano and conductor.Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208.$22 and up.• 9:00: Hart House Music Committee. Jazzat Oscar’s: Parker-Abbott Piano Duo. ArborRoom, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle. 416-978-2452. Free.Saturday February 18• 2:00 and 7:30: Talk is Free Theatre/ShowOne Productions. Dani Girl. See Feb 16.• 2:00 and 8:00: Queen of Puddings MusicTheatre/Canadian Stage. Beckett: Feck It!See Feb 17.• 7:00: Harbourfront Centre World Stage/Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.Everything Under the Moon. Shary Boyle, visualartist; Christine Fellows, singer-songwriter.416-973-4000. $15; $10(child). Also Feb 23;matinees Feb 19, 20, 22.• 7:00: StageToneScape. A Dream of Love.Works by Schubert and Liszt; projection of newclassical paintings. Valentin Bogolubov, piano.Richmond Hill United Church, 10201 Yonge St.,Richmond Hill. 647-477-9712. $30; $20(sr/st).• 7:00: Toronto Sinfonietta. Salute to theRising Stars. Winners of the sixth Toronto SinfoniettaConcerto Competition perform excerptsfrom concertos by Haydn, Mozart, Wieniewski,Dvořák, Chopin, Tchaikovsky andMendelssohn. Matthew Jaskiewicz, conductor.Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. W. 416-410-4379 or 416-488-8057. $25; $15(st).• 7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Love fromAfar. See Feb 4.• 7:30: Toronto Opera Repertoire. Lucia diLammermoor. See Feb 15.• 8:00: Aradia Ensemble. Capriccio Stravagante.Venetian baroque evening featuring newworks by R. Bolton and C. Meyer. Marion Newman,mezzo; Toronto Youth Chamber Orchestra;Kingsway Conservatory Strings; KevinMallon, director. Glenn Gould Studio, 250 FrontSt. W. 416-872-4255. $15–$35.• 8:00: Gallery 345. Allison Cameron, curio,Nicole Rampersaud, trumpet and Germaine Liu,drums. Live recording with improvisations andcompositions by c _ rl. 345 Sorauren Ave.416-822-9781. $10.• 8:00: Green Door Cabaret at the LowerOssington Theatre. Kim Barber & Friends.100A Ossington Ave. 416-915-6747. $30(reserved);$25; $20(st/industry with ID).• 8:00: Kindred Spirits. Tchaikovsky’s ViolinConcerto. Rossini: Overture to La Cenerentola;Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Prokofiev:Symphony No.1 Op.25 “Classical”; Bizet:L’amour est un oiseau rebelled (from Carmen);Lehár: Meine Lippen sie küssen so heiß (fromGiuditta). Jing Ye, violin; Helena Holl, soprano;Kristian Alexander, conductor. MarkhamTheatre for the Performing Arts, 171 TownCentre Blvd., Markham. 905-305-7469. $25;A. Concerts in the GTA$15(sr/st).• 8:00: Musicians in Ordinary. When TircisMet Chloris. Works by Monteverdi, Sances andGrandi. Hallie Fishel, soprano; John Edward,theorbo; guest: Bud Roach, voice and baroqueguitar. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave. 416-535-9956. $25; $20(sr/st).• 8:00: Royal Conservatory/SongwritersAssociation of Canada. Pop Series: BluebirdNorth: Where Songwriters Sing and Tell. BlairPackham, Rob Szabo and Rik Emmett. ConservatoryTheatre, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. $26.• 8:00: Scaramella. The Angel and the Devil.Works by Marais and Forqueray. Liam Byrneand Joëlle Morton, bass viol; Sara-AnneChurchill, harpsichord. Victoria College Chapel,91 Charles St. W. 416-760-8610. $30; $25(sr);$20(st).• 8:00: Sony Centre for the PerformingArts. Tango Pasión. Tango dancers and liveorchestra. Mel Howard, José Libertella, directors;Hector Zaraspe, choreographer. 1 FrontSt. E. 1-855-872-7669. $45–$80. Milongadance party to follow.• 8:00: St. Andrew’s Church. Jazz Loves: Anevening of jazz, cabaret and pop songs and love.Jordan Klapman Quartet; Julie Michels, JohnAlcorn and Jon Seiger, vocals; guests: DonnaGreenberg and Warren James, vocals. 189 KingSt. W. 416-593-5600 x231. $20; $10(st). Fundraiserfor Out of the Cold Program.• 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra.Beethoven Symphony 5. See Feb 16.Sunday February 19• 2:00: Harbourfront Centre World Stage/Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. EverythingUnder the Moon. See Feb 18.• 2:00: Living Arts Centre. A Sunday Afternoonwith Doc Severinsen and the TorontoAll-Star Big Band. Hammerson Hall, LivingArts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Dr., Mississauga.905-306-6000 or 1-888-805-8888.$49.99–$69.99.38 thewholenote.com February 1 – March 7, 2012


• 2:00: Royal Conservatory. Mazzoleni MastersSeries: David Louie, piano, Marie Bérard,violin and Bryan Epperson, cello. Brahms: PianoTrio in c Op.101; Sonata for Cello and PianoOp.99; Sonata for Violin and Piano Op.100.Mazzoleni Concert Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. $31.50.• 2:00: Toronto Opera Repertoire. The MerryWidow. See Feb 17.• 2:30: Aldeburgh Connection. 30th AnniversaryGala: Sixteen Starry Singers. Works byVaughan Williams and others. Gerald Finley,baritone; Susan Platts, mezzo; Nathalie Paulin,soprano; Colin Ainsworth, tenor; and others;Stephen Ralls, Bruce Ubukata, piano. KoernerHall, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. $75;$12(st rush).• 2:30: Performing Arts York Region. DavidJalbert, piano. Shostakovich: Preludes andFugues Op.87; Chopin: Nocturne Op.48 No.1;Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Op.75. ThornhillPresbyterian Church, 271 Centre St., Thornhill.905-886-7905. $25; $20(sr); $10(st).• 3:00: Green Door Cabaret at the LowerOssington Theatre. Sealy/Novotny Duo. 100AOssington Ave. 416-915-6747. $30(reserved);$25; $20(st/industry with ID).• 3:00: Neapolitan Connection. A RomanticMusic Tryst with Liszt. Angela Park, piano; EveRachel McLeod, soprano; Rachel Mercer, cello;Aaron Chow, piano. Studio Theatre, TorontoCentre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. 416-733-9388. $25-$40; $15(st, with ID).• 3:00: Owens, Lee & Such. Music for aWhile. Works by Purcell, Schubert, Poulenc,Jongen, Strauss, Schenker and others. JennieSuch, soprano; Jan Owens, trombone; VanessaMay-lok Lee, piano. Kingston Rd. UnitedChurch, 975 Kingston Rd. 416-844-1157. $15suggested donation.• 3:00: Windermere String Quartet. The Artof Conversation. Haydn: Quartet in C Op.1 No.6;Boccherini: Quartet in f Op.52 No.4; Mozart:Quartet in B-flat K589. St. Olave’s AnglicanChurch, 360 Windermere Ave. 416-769-0952.$20; $14(sr/st).• 4:00: Cathedral Church of St. James.on period instrumentsThe Art ofConversationHaydnBoccheriniMozartSunday, Feb 19, 3:00Twilight Recitals. Andrew Adair, organ. 65Church St. 416-364-7865 x231. Freewilloffering.• 4:30: Christ Church Deer Park. Jazz Vespers.Kirk MacDonald, saxophone; Lorne Lofsky,guitar. 1570 Yonge St. 416-920-5211.Freewill offering.Nocturnesin the CityDuo VentapaneMana Shiraishi, violinMartin Karlíček, pianoFebruary 19, 5pmSt. Wenceslaus Church496 Gladstone Avenue• 5:00: Nocturnes in the City. DuoVentapane. Works by Dvořák, Martinů andBeethoven. Martin Karlíček, piano; Mana Shiraishi,violin. St. Wenceslas Church, 496 GladstoneAve. 289-234-0264. $25.• 7:00: Gallery 345/Carla Hutanen andAdam Sherkin. Outre-Manche: new songsand solos from modern-day France and Britain.Works by Adès, Knussen, Butler, Bertrand andMantovani. Carla Hutanen, soprano; AdamSherkin, piano; guest: Anthony Thompson,clarinet. 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-822-9781.$25; $15(st).• 8:00: b current/Theatre Archipelago. ObeahOpera. See Feb 16.Monday February 20• 2:00: Harbourfront Centre World Stage/Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. EverythingUnder the Moon. See Feb 18.• 7:30: Talk is Free Theatre/Show One Productions.Dani Girl. See Feb 16.• 8:00: Musideum. Bill Gillan and CharlieA Sunday Afternoon withRingas. Prepared piano, percussion and spokenword, using the poetry and writings of Cutlor,Thomas, Beckett, Naruda and others. 401Richmond St. W. 416-419-2248. $20/$15(adv).• 8:00: Queen of Puddings Music Theatre/Canadian Stage. Beckett: Feck It! See Feb 17.• 8:00: Xin Wang. Fragments of Love. Artssongs by Zimmerman, Wyttenbach, Leroux,Kessler, Berio and KaNin Chan. Xin Wang, soprano;Wallace Halladay, saxophones; DavidHeatherington, cello. Gallery 345, 345 SoraurenAve. 416-822-9781. $25.Tuesday February 21• 12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. PianoVirtuoso Series: Passion and Poetry. Worksby Schubert, Brahms and Chopin. Mehdi Ghazi,piano. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, FourSeasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. Free.• 1:00: Cathedral Church of St. James. Musicat Midday. Elgar: Organ Sonata. AndrewAdair, organ. 65 Church St. 416-364-7865x231. Freewill offering.• 7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Tosca.See Feb 3.• 8:00: Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall.Brandi Disterheft and Friends. Brandi Disterheft,bass; Sly Juhas, drums; William Sperandi,trumpet; Jesse Barksdale, guitar; and others.Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. W. 416-872-4255. $29.50.• 8:00: Queen of Puddings Music Theatre/Canadian Stage. Beckett: Feck It! See Feb 17.• 8:00: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.Virtuoso Vivaldi. Vivaldi: La Tempesta di Mare;Concerto for mandolin in C; Concerto for luteand viola d’amore in d; Telemann: Concertofor recorder and bassoon in F. Marion Verbruggen,recorder; Thomas Georgi, viola d’amore;Lucas Harris, lute; Christina Mahler; cello;Dominic Teresi, bassoon; Jeanne Lamon, director.George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centrefor the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. 1-855-985-2787. $36–$76; $29–$69(sr); $20–$69(30and under).Wednesday February 22• 10:00am: Harbourfront Centre WorldStage/Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.Everything Under the Moon. See Feb 18.• 12:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.Noonday Organ Recitals. William Maddox, organ.1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free.• 1:30 and 8:00: Queen of Puddings MusicDoc Severinsen and theToronto All-Star Big BandMississauga Living Arts CentreFebruary 19th, 20122pm905-306-6000Theatre/Canadian Stage. Beckett: Feck It!See Feb 17.• 7:00: Civic Light Opera. Forbidden Broadway.Tribute to and spoof of Broadway musicals,including Guys & Dolls, Fiddler on theRoof, The Music Man, Annie and others. FeaturingDavid Haines, Julie Lennick, Peter Loucas,Susan Sanders and Andrea Strayer; JoeCascone, director. Fairview Library Theatre, 35Fairview Mall Dr. 416-755-1717. $28. Also Feb23-26, 29; Mar 1-4, 7-10. Start times vary.• 7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Love fromAfar. See Feb 4.• 7:30: Talk is Free Theatre/Show One Productions.Dani Girl. See Feb 16.• 7:30: Toronto Opera Repertoire. The MerryWidow. See Feb 17.• 8:00: b current/Theatre Archipelago. ObeahOpera. See Feb 16.• 8:00: Theatre Ad Infinitum/Why Not Theatre.The Big Smoke. Music by A. Nostbakken.Script by N. Paldi and A. Nostbakken.One-woman show, performed a cappella, andinspired by the lives of Virginia Woolf, SylviaPlath and Anne Sexton. Amy Nostbakken, singerand performer; Nir Paldi, director. FactoryStudio Theatre, 125 Bathurst St. 416-504-9971. $25; $18(sr/st). PWYC(Sun, suggesteddonation $15). Also Feb 23–26, 28, 29; Mar1–4; Sun matinees at 2:30.• 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra.Brahms Symphony 4. Fauré: Pelléas et Mélisande;Britten: Les Illuminations for Sopranoand String Orchestra; Brahms: SymphonyNo.4. Karina Gauvin, soprano; Jean-Marie Zeitouni,conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 SimcoeSt. 416-593-4828 or 416-593-0688(Chinese).$35–$145. Also Feb 23.• 8:00: University of Toronto Faculty ofMedicine. Daffydil 2012: The Root of WhatPlagues You. 101st annual musical production,raising funds for the Canadian Cancer Society.Hart House Theatre, 7 Hart House Circle. 416-978-8849. $28/$25(adv); $23(sr/st)/$20(adv).Also Feb 23–25.Thursday February 23• 12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company.Vocal Series: Les Adieux I. Farewell concertby two graduating artists of the COC EnsembleStudio. Ileana Montalbetti, soprano; NeilCraighead, bass-baritone. Richard BradshawAmphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for thePerforming Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. Free.• 12:00 noon: Massey Hall and Roy ThomsonHall. Orpheus Choir of Toronto: EternalLight. Edward Moroney, organ; Robert Cooper,conductor. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St.416-872-4255. Free.• 12:10: Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation/Christ Church Deer Park. Lunchtime ChamberMusic. University of Toronto Double ReedBand, Nadina Mackie Jackson, conductor.Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-241-1298. Free, donations welcome.• 12:15: Metropolitan United Church. Noonat Met. Michael Fitzgerald, baritone. 56 QueenSt. E. 416-363-0331 x26. Free.• 1:30: Women’s Musical Club of Toronto.Music in the Afternoon: Roger Chase, viola andMichiko Otaki, piano. Works by Ireland, Bowen,Delius, Bach and Brahms. Walter Hall, EdwardJohnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-923-7052. $45. (SEE AD ON NEXT PAGE)• 7:00: Harbourfront Centre World Stage/Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery. EverythingUnder the Moon. See Feb 18.• 7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Tosca.February 1 – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 39


Women’s Musical Club of TorontoMusic in the AfternoonThursdayFebruary 23, 1.30 p.m.ROGER CHASE, violaMICHIKO OTAKI, pianowww.wmct.on.caConcert sponsor:The Estates ofMiriam & Irving SteinbergSee Feb 3.• 7:30: Talk is Free Theatre/Show One Productions.Dani Girl. See Feb 16.• 8:00: b current/Theatre Archipelago. ObeahOpera. See Feb 16.• 8:00: Civic Light Opera. Forbidden Broadway.See Feb 22.• 8:00: Corktown Chamber Orchestra. Esoterica:The Sum of Our Parts. An evening ofsmaller ensembles, featuring familiar excerpts,pop and new music. Paul McCulloch, conductor.Little Trinity Anglican Church, 425 King St.E. 416-367-0272. $10; free(children).• 8:00: Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall.Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with WyntonMarsalis. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe St.416-872-4255. $39.50–$99.50.• 8:00: Queen of Puddings Music Theatre/Canadian Stage. Beckett: Feck It! See Feb 17.• 8:00: Theatre Ad Infinitum/Why Not Theatre.The Big Smoke. See Feb 22.• 8:00: Show One Productions. VladimirSpivakov, violin with Olga Kern, piano. Brahms:Sonata No.3 in d Op.108; Stravinsky: Suite Italienne;Arvo Pärt: Spiegel im Spiegel; Franck:Sonata in A. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.416-408-0208. $50-$120.• 8:00: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.Virtuoso Vivaldi. Vivaldi: La Tempesta di Mare;Concerto for mandolin in C; Concerto for luteand viola d’amore in d; Telemann: Concerto forrecorder and bassoon in F. Marion Verbruggen,recorder; Thomas Georgi, viola d’amore; LucasHarris, lute; Christina Mahler; cello; DominicTeresi, bassoon; Jeanne Lamon, director.Trinity-St Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-964-6337. $35–$84; $29–$76; $15–$76(30and under). Also Feb 24–25; Feb 26(mat).• 8:00: Toronto Philharmonia Orchestra.Ravel, Mendelssohn, Torke, Saint-Saëns. Ravel:Le Tombeau de Couperin; Mendelssohn:Violin Concerto Op.64 in e; Torke: Ash; Saint-Saëns: Symphony No.2 Op.55 in a. TimothyChooi, violin; guest: Scott Seaton, conductor.George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centrefor the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. 416-733-9388.$55; $45(sr).• 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra.Brahms Symphony 4. See Feb 22.• 8:00: University of Toronto Faculty ofMedicine. Daffydil 2012: The Root of WhatPlagues You. See Feb 22.A. Concerts in the GTAFriday February 24• 7:00: Dixie Presbyterian Church. BeverlyTaft Trio. 3065 Cawthra Rd., Mississauga.905-277-1620. $15, includes light refreshments.Benefit for youth group’s trip to CanadaYouth 2012 Conference.• 7:30: Talk is Free Theatre/Show One Productions.Dani Girl. See Feb 16.• 7:30: Toronto Opera Repertoire. Lucia diLammermoor. See Feb 15.• 8:00: b current/Theatre Archipelago. ObeahOpera. See Feb 16.• 8:00: Civic Light Opera. Forbidden Broadway.See Feb 22.• 8:00: Etobicoke Philharmonica Orchestra.Classical Gold. Freedman: Caricature; Elgar:Cello Concerto; Beethoven: Symphony No.3“Eroica.” Sabatino Vacca, conductor; guest:Winona Zelenka, cello. Scarlett Heights EntrepreneurialAcademy, 15 Trehorne Dr., Etobicoke.416-239-5665. $25; $20(sr); $10(st).7:30: Pre-concert chat.• 8:00: Green Door Cabaret at the LowerOssington Theatre. David Sereda. 100A OssingtonAve. 416-915-6747. $30(reserved);$25; $20(st/industry with ID).• 8:00: Guitar Society of Toronto/RoyalConservatory. Strings Series: Eliot Fisk, guitar.D. Scarlatti: Six Sonatas for Guitar; Bach:Ciaccona from Partita No.2 in d; Paganini: 24Caprices arranged for guitar; Schwertsik: EinKleines Requiem. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St.W. 416-964-8298 or 416-408-0208. $33.50and up.• 8:00: Lawrence Park Community Church/Toronto Centre of the Royal Canadian Collegeof Organists. Fridays @ 8: Duo Majoya.Organ/piano duets. Ruth Watson-Henderson:new work; and works by Albinoni, Bédard andSchubert. Marnie Giesbrecht, organ; JoachimSeger, piano. 2180 Bayview Ave. 416-489-1551. $25; $20(sr/st).sine nomineEnsemble for Medieval MusicThe Road toCanterburyMusic forChaucer's PilgrimsFriday, February 24, 8 pmSaint Thomas's Church383 Huron StreetTickets $20 / $14416-638-9445sine.nomine@3web.compresentsFEB. 24 TH 2012 - 8PMIN CONCERTRoy Thomson Hall60 Simcoe Street, Toronto, ONFOR TICKETS CALL: 416.872.4255or pavlo.com & roythomsonhall.comTicket Price: $39.50, $49.50 & $59.50Sponsored by40 thewholenote.com February 1 – March 7, 2012


Pantone versionCMYK versionBlack & White version• 8:00: Massey Hall and Roy ThomsonHall. Pavlo. Mediterranean guitar. Roy ThomsonHall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-872-4255.$29.50 –$59.50.• 8:00: Musideum. Laurance Tan, tenor. MichaelBerkorsky, piano; guest: Ray Hanson,baritone. 401 Richmond St. W. 416-419-2248.$15.• 8:00: Pilaros. Pavlo: An Evening of MediterraneanGuitar. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 SimcoeSt. 416-872-4255. $39.50–$59.50.• 8:00: Queen of Puddings Music Theatre/Canadian Stage. Beckett: Feck It! See Feb 17.• 8:00: Rose Theatre Brampton. Studio JazzSeries: Peter Appleyard. Rose Studio Theatre,1 Theatre Lane, Brampton. 905-874-2800.$33.90.• 8:00: Sine Nomine Ensemble for MedievalMusic. The Road to Canterbury: Music forChaucer’s Pilgrims. English and French medievalmusic set to Chaucer’s Miller’s Tale and Franklin’sTale. Saint Thomas’s Anglican Church, 383Huron St. 416-638-9445. $20; $14(sr/st).• 8:00: Sony Centre for the PerformingArts. Soweto Gospel Choir: African Grace. 1Front St. E. 1-855-872-7669. $38–$78. AlsoFeb 25.• 8:00: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. VirtuosoVivaldi. See Feb 23.• 8:00: Theatre Ad Infinitum/Why Not Theatre.The Big Smoke. See Feb 22.• 8:00: Toronto Operetta Theatre. Taptoo!Music by J. Beckwith and book by Reaney. Musictheatre set during the War of 1812, aboutthe founding of York. With Michael Barrett(Seth); Robert Longo (Wayne); Todd Delaney(Simcoe); Allison Angelo (Atahentsic); and others;Guillermo Silva-Marin, stage director; LarryBeckwith, conductor. Jane Mallett Theatre,St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. 416-366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754. $66–$95. Also Feb25, 26(mat).• 8:00: University of Toronto Faculty ofMedicine. Daffydil 2012: The Root of WhatPlagues You. See Feb 22.Saturday February 25• 1:30 and 3:30: Toronto Symphony Orchestra.Orchestra Olympics. Dirk Meyer, conductor;Gregory Smith, narrator. Roy ThomsonHall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-593-4828 or416-593-0688(Chinese). $20–$22.• 2:00 and 7:30: Talk is Free Theatre/ShowOne Productions. Dani Girl. See Feb 16.• 2:00 and 8:00: Queen of Puddings MusicTheatre/Canadian Stage. Beckett: Feck It!See Feb 17.• 4:00: Toronto Children’s Chorus. MasterComposers and Compositions: Classic Worksand Hidden Gems. TCC’s Training Choirs, Boy’sChoir and Cantare Choir. Metropolitan UnitedChurch, 56 Queen St. E. 416-932-8666.$15–$20.• 7:30: Canadian Opera Company. Tosca.See Feb 3.• 7:30: Toronto Opera Repertoire. The MerryWidow. See Feb 17.• 7:30: Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir. ACelebration of Song for St. David’s Day. ChristChurch Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-410-2254. $25.• 8:00: Acoustic Harvest. Grit Laskin. St.Nicholas Anglican Church, 1512 Kingston Rd.416-264-2235. $20; $18(sr/st).• 8:00: b current/Theatre Archipelago. ObeahOpera. See Feb 16.• 8:00: Canadian Sinfonietta. Wine andCheese. Schnittke: Suite in Old Style for Violinand Piano; Ravel: Sonata for Violin and PianoCanadian SinfoniettaWine & CheeseFebruary 25, 8 PMMichael Esch pianoJoyce Lai violinOlivia BrayleyQuackenbush hornSPONSORED BYThe Cambridge Food & Wine Societyin G; Brahms: Horn Trio Op.40. Michael Esch,piano; Joyce Lai, violin; Olivia Brayley Quackenbush,horn. Heliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton Ave.416-558-8862. $35, includes wine and food.THE CHAMBER MUSICSOCIETY OF MISSISSAUGAMozart& MoreGREAT HALL SERIESThe SeraphinePiano TrioFEB. 258 PM• 8:00: Chamber Music Society of Mississauga.Great Hall Series: Mozart and More.Mozart: Quartet in E K52; Dvořák: Trio No.4 ine “Dumky”; Schubert: Trio in E-flat D929. SeraphinePiano Trio. Great Hall, Unitarian Congregationof Mississauga, 84 South Service Rd.,Mississauga. 905-848-0015. $35; $30(sr);$15(st); $85(family of four).• 8:00: City of Brampton Concert Band. Heroesand Villains. Selections include I Believe,Schindler’s List, Flight of the Bumblebee andFanfare for the Common Man. Darryl Eaton,music director; guests: William Snodgrass, percussion;Susan Zach, violin; Julia Pulo, vocals;James Faulkner, guitar; and others. 905-874-2800. Rose Theatre, 1 Theatre Ln., Brampton.$25; $20(st); $15(12 and under).• 8:00: Civic Light Opera. Forbidden Broadway.See Feb 22.• 8:00: Gallery 345/Marta Herman. Adventures:Toronto. Hatzis: Sappho Songs for voiceand chamber ensemble; K. Lau: String Quartet;and other works. Marta Herman, mezzo; TonBeau String Quartet; Maika’I Nash, piano. 345Sorauren Ave. 416-822-9781. $25 $15(st).• 8:00: Green Door Cabaret at the LowerOssington Theatre. Jay Davis. 100AOssington Ave. 416-915-6747. $30(reserved);$25; $20(st/industry with ID).• 8:00: Ontario Philharmonic. A Journey IntoBrahms. Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Op.77;Symphony No.2. Marco Parisotto, conductor;guest: Ye-Eun Choi, violin. Regent Theatre, 50King St. E., Oshawa. 905-721-3399 x2. $33–$57. Also Feb 28 (Toronto).• 8:00: Royal Conservatory. Beethoven andYour Brain, Part II. Beethoven: Overture toEgmont; Symphony No.5 in c; Symphony No.9“Choral” (excerpts); Symphony No.3 in E-flat“Eroica.” Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, EdwinOutwater, director; Daniel Levitin, writer andneuroscientist. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.416-408-0208. $45 and up.• 8:00: Scarborough Philharmonic Orchestra/TorontoChoral Society. Brahms’ Requiemand Schubert’s Unfinished. Brahms: A GermanRequiem; Schubert: Symphony No.8 in b “Unfinished.”Ronald Royer and Geoffrey Butler,conductors. Birchmount Park Collegiate Institute,3663 Danforth Ave. 416-429-0007. $30;$25(sr); $15(youth). 7:15: Pre-concert chat.• 8:00: Sony Centre for the PerformingArts. Soweto Gospel Choir: African Grace. SeeFeb 24.• 8:00: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. VirtuosoVivaldi. See Feb 23.• 8:00: Theatre Ad Infinitum/Why Not Theatre.The Big Smoke. See Feb 22.• 8:00: Toronto Operetta Theatre. Taptoo!See Feb 24.• 8:00: University of Toronto Faculty ofMedicine. Daffydil 2012: The Root of WhatPlagues You. See Feb 22.Sunday February 26• 10:30am: Eglinton St. George’s UnitedChurch. Jazz for Worship. 35 Lytton Blvd. 416-481-1141 x250. Freewill offering. Religiousservice.• 2:00: b current/Theatre Archipelago. ObeahOpera. See Feb 16.• 2:00: Civic Light Opera. Forbidden Broadway.See Feb 22.February 1 – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 41


• 2:00: Opera York. Die Fledermaus. J.Strauss. Matthew Zadow, tenor (Gabriel vonEisenstein); Ilona Karan, soprano (Rosalinda);Anna Bateman, soprano (Adele); Ryan Harper,tenor (Alfred); Tony Cleverton, baritone (Dr.Falke); with orchestra and chorus; GeoffreyButler, artistic director; Penny Cookson, stagedirector. Richmond Hill Centre for the PerformingArts, 10268 Yonge St., Richmond Hill. 905-787-8811. $40-$50; $25(st). Also Mar 1(eve)and Mar 3(eve). English surtitles.• 2:00: Royal Conservatory. Mazzoleni MastersSeries: Jeffrey Beecher, bass and Friends.Works by Bach, Bartók and Rota. Guests: JosephJohnson, cello; Vanessa Lee, piano; andothers. Mazzoleni Concert Hall, 273 Bloor St.W. 416-408-0208. $31.50.• 2:00: Toronto Opera Repertoire. Lucia diLammermoor. See Feb 15.• 2:00: Toronto Operetta Theatre. Taptoo!A. Concerts in the GTASee Feb 24.• 2:00 and 7:30: Talk is Free Theatre/ShowOne Productions. Dani Girl. See Feb 16.• 2:30: Theatre Ad Infinitum/Why Not Theatre.The Big Smoke. See Feb 22.• 2:30: Toronto Early Music Centre.Musically Speaking. Early 17th century Germanchamber music. Elyssa Lefurgey-Smithand Christopher Verrette, violins; Sara-AnneChurchill, harpsichord. St. David’s AnglicanChurch, 49 Donlands Ave. 416-464-7610.Free, donations welcome.• 3:00: Hart House Music Committee. SundayConcerts: 651st Concert. Works by Saint-Saëns, Ravel and Massenet. Caroline Leonardelli,harp; Julie Trudea, cello. Great Hall, 7Hart House Circle. 416-978-2452. Free.• 3:00: Metro Jazz Society. Mike Field Quintet.Paupers Pub, 539 Bloor St. W. 416-483-3222. $10.• 3:00: Orchestra Toronto. Winter Tales.Larson: The Winter’s Tale; Meyer: In MemoriamHenryk Gorecki; de Falla: El Sombrero deTres; Picos: Suite No.1; Copland: Fanfare forthe Common Man; Prokofiev: Romeo and JulietSuite No.2. Danielle Lisboa, conductor. GeorgeWeston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for theArts, 5040 Yonge St. 416-467-7142 or 1-855-985-2787. $39; $34(sr); $14(under 18). 2:15:Pre-concert talk.• 3:00: Pickering Village United Church. IanSadler, organ. 300 Church St. N., Ajax. 905-683-4721. Freewill offering.• 3:00: Silverthorn Symphonic Winds.Chamber Music Soirée. Schmitt: Lied andScherzo for double wind quintet; Mozart: GranPartita. Christopher Gongos, French horn;Op e r aY o r kJohann Strauss’Die FledermausA Comedy of Intoxicated RomanceSunday, February 26, 20122:00 pmThursday March 1, 20128:00 pmSaturday, March 3, 20128:00 pmGeoffrey Butler,Artistic DirectorWith orchestra, chorus and supertitles.Richmond Hill Centrefor the Performing Arts10268 Yonge Street, Richmond HillCall 905 787-8811 • Website: http://rhcentre.caTickets: $40 - $50 • Students $2542 thewholenote.com February 1 – March 7, 2012


members of SSW; Andrew Chung, music director.M.L. McConaghy Seniors’ Centre, 10100Yonge St., Richmond Hill. 416-652-2077. $10;$5(sr/st).• 3:30: Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra. VirtuosoVivaldi. See Feb 23.• 4:00: Cathedral Church of St. James. TwilightRecitals. Andrew Adair, organ. 65 ChurchSt. 416-364-7865 x231. Freewill offering.• 4:00: Mississauga Youth Orchestra. WinterConcert. Haydn: Surprise Symphony; Liszt:Hungarian Rhapsody No.2; Jenkins: Palladio;Badelt: Suite from Pirates of the Caribbean.John Barnum, conductor; Ben Bolt-Martin,cello and conductor. Eden United Church, 3051Battleford Rd., Mississauga. 905-451-0988.$15; $10(ages 4-17).• 4:00: St. Olave’s Church. Choral Evensongfor First Sunday in Lent. 360 Windemere Ave.416-769-5686. Freewill offering; religiousservice.• 4:00: St. Philip’s Anglican Church. JazzVespers. Ralph Peter Trio. 25 St. Phillips Rd.,Etobicoke. 416-247-5181. Freewill offering.• 4:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.Choir of Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, withorchestra. Fauré: Requiem; Rheinberger: OrganConcerto No.1. Stephen King, baritone; WilliamMaddox, organ and conductor; guest: DavidFord, conductor. 1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Admission by donation.• 5:00: St. Olave’s Church. City Flutes. Bach:Brandenburg Concerto No.3 (arr. for flute);Greensleeves (arr. A. McGinty); works byReicha and Bozza. Lana Chou Hoyt, director.360 Windemere Ave. 416-769-5686. Freewilloffering.• 7:30: Talk is Free Theatre/Show One Productions.Dani Girl. See Feb 16.• 8:00: Esprit Orchestra. Gripped By Passion.Vivier: Wo Bist du licht!; Scelsi: Ohoi;Rea: Zefiro torna; Schnittke: Concerto for Violaand Orchestra. Teng Li, viola; Krisztina Szabó,mezzo; Alex Paul, conductor. Koerner Hall,273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. $56–$67;$48.35–$57.70(sr); $20(30 and under). 7:15:Pre-concert talk.• 8:00: Green Door Cabaret at the LowerOssington Theatre. Doug Gibson. 100A OssingtonAve. 416-915-6747. $30(reserved);$25; $20(st/industry with ID).• 8:00: Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall.Canadian Voices Vocal Recital Series: Julie Boulianne.Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. W.416-872-4255. $29.50–$49.50.Monday February 27• 12:30: York University Department ofMusic. Music at Midday: Classical instrumentalRecital with student soloists. Tribute CommunitiesRecital Hall, Rm.112, Accolade East Bldg.,4700 Keele St. 416-736-2100 x22926. Free.• 7:30: Associates of the Toronto SymphonyOrchestra. Five Small Concerts: Motherland,Nature and Nostalgia. Grieg: String QuartetNo.1 in g Op.27; Smetana: String QuartetNo.1 in e JB1:105 “From My Life.” EtsukoKimura, violin; Angelique Toews, violin; ChristopherRedfield, viola; Roberta Janzen, cello.Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, 427 Bloor St. W. 416-282-6636. $20; $17(sr/st).• 7:30: University of Toronto Faculty ofMusic. Faculty Artist Series: Henri-Paul Sicsic,piano. Beethoven: 15 Variations andfugue in E-flat Op.35 “Eroica”; Sonata No.31in A-flat Op.110; Bagatelles Op.33; Nos. 1and 5 Op.126. Walter Hall, Edward JohnsonBuilding, 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208.$30; $20(sr/st).• 8:00: Jazz FM.91. Sound of Jazz ConcertSeries: The Jazz.FM Youth Band Meets Lew Tabackin.The Old Mill Dining Room, 21 Old MillRd. 416-231-2641. $37; $32(st).Tuesday Febuary 28• 12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company.Chamber Music Series: German Romanticism:Thuille and Strauss.Thuille: Sextet in B-flatOp.6 for winds and piano; Strauss: Violin Sonata.Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, FourSeasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. Free.• 1:00: Cathedral Church of St. James. Musicat Midday: Bach Series XIII. Andrew Adair,organ. 65 Church St. 416-364-7865 x231.Freewill offering.• 8:00: Les Amis Concerts. Zagreb Piano Trio.Works by Ravel, Shostakovich, Šipuš and Pepa.Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-822-9781. $20; $15(sr); $10(st).• 8:00: Mooredale Concerts/Ontario PhilharmonicOrchestra. A Journey Into Brahms.Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Op.77; SymphonyNo.2 Op.73. Ye-Eun Choi, violin; Marco Parisotto,conductor. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.416-922-3714 x103. $38• 8:00: Musideum. James Correa, singer-songwriter.Guest: Maia Davies, vocals. 401 RichmondSt. W. 416-419-2248. $15/$10(adv).• 8:00: Theatre Ad Infinitum/Why Not Theatre.The Big Smoke. See Feb 22.Wednesday February 29• 12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company.Chamber Music Series: Crossing Borders. Šipuš:Gonars Trio; Pepa: Falstaff Variations; Ravel:Trio in a. Zagreb Piano Trio: Martin Draušnik,violin; Pavle Zajcev, cello; Danijel Detoni, piano.Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four SeasonsCentre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen St.W. 416-363-8231. Free.• 12:15: Our Lady of Sorrows. WednesdayConcert Series. Philip Fournier, organ. 3055Bloor St. W. 416-231-6016. Free.• 12:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.Noonday Organ Recitals. John Paul Farahat, organ.1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free.• 7:00: Civic Light Opera. Forbidden Broadway.See Feb 22.• 7:30: Talk is Free Theatre/Show One Productions.Dani Girl. See Feb 16.• 7:30: Toronto Opera Repertoire. Lucia diLammermoor. See Feb 15.• 8:00: b current/Theatre Archipelago. ObeahOpera. See Feb 16.• 8:00: Markham Theatre for the PerformingArts. DRUM! Featuring 20 musicians,dancers, drummers and singers from Black,Acadian, Aboriginal and Celtic cultures. 171Town Centre Blvd., Markham. 905-305-7469or 1-866-768-8801. $39–$54.• 8:00: Theatre Ad Infinitum/Why Not Theatre.The Big Smoke. See Feb 22.Thursday March 01• 12:10: Nine Sparrows Arts Foundation/Christ Church Deer Park. Lunchtime ChamberMusic: Rising Stars Recital. Students from theUniversity of Toronto Faculty of Music. ChristChurch Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-241-1298. Free, donations welcome.• 12:10: University of Toronto Faculty ofMusic. Thursdays at Noon: Colleen Skull, soprano.Works from the 20th and 21st centuries.Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Bldg., 80 Queen’sPark. 416-978-0492. Free.Andrew Chung, Music Director2011/2012 SeasonChristopher Gongos, French HornChamber Music SoiréeFebruary 26 at 3 pmM.L. McConaghy Seniors’ CentreAn afternoon of chamber music withChristopher Gongos and membersof Silverthorn Symphonic Winds.Tickets: $10/$5 Available at the doorCall 416-652-2077 for more informationBallet, Broadway and the Big ScreenApril 22, 2012 at 2 pmRichmond Hill Centrefor the Performing Artsincluding music from Star Wars,West Side Story, and The Firebird SuiteTickets: $25/$20905-787-8811 or www.rhcentre.caAssociates of theTorontoSymphonyOrchestrapresentMotherland, Nature and NostalgiaMonday, February 27, 2012 7:30 pmEdvard Grieg, String quartet No. 1 in G minor,Opus 27Bědrich Smetana, String quartet #1 in E minor"From my life", JB 1:105Etsuko Kimura, violinAngelique Toews, violinChristopher Redfield, violaRoberta Janzen, celloTrinity-St. Paul’s Centre427 Bloor Street West, Toronto(2 blocks west of Spadina Avenue)Tickets: Reg. $20; Stu./Srs. $17For tickets call 416-282-6636www.associates-tso.orgFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 43


• 12:15: Metropolitan United Church. Noonat Met. Richard Hansen, organ. 56 Queen St. E.416-363-0331 x26. Free.• 12:30: York University Department ofMusic. World at Noon. Songs and ballads of theSephardic Diaspora. Judith Cohen, vocals; andothers. Martin Family Lounge, Rm.219, AccoladeEast Bldg., 4700 Keele St. 416-736-2100x22926. Free.THROUGH THE WINDOWOF MARC CHAGALLYitzhakYedidpianoA genius of third stream music…MARCH 1, 8pmalgreentheatre.ca• 7:30: Miles Nadal jcc. Yitzhak Yedid:Through the Window of Marc Chagall. YitzhakYedid, piano and compositions. Al Green Theatre,750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211 x0. $15.• 7:30: Talk is Free Theatre/Show One Productions.Dani Girl. See Feb 16.• 7:30: University of Toronto Faculty Music.Jazz Composers Concert. Upper Jazz Studio,90 Wellesley St. W. 416-978-0492. Free.• 7:30: York University Departments ofMusic, Theatre and Dance. Dido and Aenas.Purcell. Catherine Robbin, music director;Stephanie Martin, conductor; Gwen Dobie,stage director; Susan Lee, choreographer.Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, AccoladeEast Bldg., 4700 Keele St. 416-736-5888.A. Concerts in the GTA$17; $12(st/sr). Also Mar 2.• 8:00: b current/Theatre Archipelago. ObeahOpera. See Feb 16.• 8:00: Civic Light Opera. Forbidden Broadway.See Feb 22.• 8:00: Music Toronto. Discovery Series: WallisGiunta, mezzo; Steven Philcox, piano. Wainwright:All Days are Nights: Songs for Lulu;also works by Britten, Purcell, Vaughan Williams,Barber and others. Jane Mallett Theatre,St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St.E. 416-366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754. $21.50;$10(st; accompanying adult pays half price).• 8:00: Musideum. Lara Solnicki, vocals andGeorge Koller, bass. Jazz standards and originals.401 Richmond St. W. 416-419-2248.$15.• 8:00: Opera York. Die Fledermaus. SeeFeb 26.• 8:00: Royal Conservatory. Jordi Savall,viol. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. $50.50 and up.• 8:00: Theatre Ad Infinitum/Why Not Theatre.The Big Smoke. See Feb 22.• 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. NewCreations Festival: This Isn’t Silence. Current:This Isn’t Silence; Vivier: Lonely Child; Eötvös:Seven for Violin and Orchestra (Canadian premiere);Kurtág: Messages. Barbara Hannigan,soprano; Akiko Suwanai, violin; Peter Eötvös,conductor; Peter Oundjian, host. Roy ThomsonHall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-593-4828 or416-593-0688(Chinese). $35–$145.Friday March 02• 12:30: York University Department ofMusic. Music at Midday: York U Brass Ensemble.James MacDonald, director. Tribute CommunitiesRecital Hall, Rm.112, Accolade EastBldg., 4700 Keele St. 416-736-2100 x22926.Free.• 7:30: Talk is Free Theatre/Show One Productions.Dani Girl. See Feb 16.• 7:30: Toronto Opera Repertoire. The MerryWidow. See Feb 17.• 7:30: York University Department of Music.Dido and Aenas. See Mar 1.• 8:00: b current/Theatre Archipelago. ObeahOpera. See Feb 16.• 8:00: Civic Light Opera. Forbidden Broadway.See Feb 22.• 8:00: Green Door Cabaret at the LowerOssington Theatre. Joel Hartt. 100A OssingtonAve. 416-915-6747. $30(reserved); $25;$20(st/industry with ID).• 8:00: Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall.Alejandra Ribera. Glenn Gould Studio, 250Front St. W. 416-872-4255. $29.50.• 8:00: Music Gallery. Rufus Cappadocia,cello. Cello and mbira trance from Zimbabwe.Guests: Mutamba Rainos and Pasi Gunguwo,mbira. St. George the Martyr Church, 197 JohnSt. 416-204-1080. $30/$25(adv).• 8:00: Soundstreams/Royal Conservatory.So Percussion: Cage @100. Works by Cage;Lizée: new work. Guests: Matmos; Dan Deacon,electronics; Nicole Lizée, turntable. KoernerHall, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208.$42 and up.• 8:00: Theatre Ad Infinitum/Why Not Theatre.The Big Smoke. See Feb 22.Saturday March 03• 2:00 and 7:30: Amadeus Choir. A Celtic Celebration.With Rant Maggie Rant (Celtic band).Jubilee United Church, 40 Underhill Dr. 416-446-0188. $35; $30(sr/st). Includes live andsilent auctions.• 2:00 and 7:30: Talk is Free Theatre/ShowOne Productions. Dani Girl. See Feb 16.• 4:30: Beach United Church. Beach Jazz andReflection: Music for the Soul: Come Together.Malvern Dance Band. St. Aidan’s AnglicanChurch, 70 Silverbirch Ave. 416-691-8082.Freewill offering.• 7:00: Mississauga Pops. TV Pops.Meadowvale Theatre, 6315 Montevideo Rd.,Mississauga. 905-615-4720. $20; $18(sr/st);$12(child).• 7:30: Oakville Chamber Ensemble. MerryOlde England. Elgar: Introduction & Allegro;Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme ofThomas Tallis; Purcell: The Old Bachelor Suite;Coulthard: Prayer for Elizabeth; Britten: SimpleSymphony. Central Baptist Church, 340Rebecca St., Oakville. 905-483-6787. $25;$20(sr); $15(st). Also Mar 4 (mat, St. Simon’sAnglican Church).• 7:30: St. Anne’s Choir and Orchestra.Purcell Evening Prayer. Evening prayer servicefeaturing music of Purcell. St. Anne’s Church,270 Gladstone Ave. 416-536-3160. PWYC. Refreshmentsto follow.• 7:30: Tallis Choir. Stabat Mater: Music forPassiontide. Palestrina: Stabat Mater; Monteverdi:Missa In Illo Tempore; Lotti: Crucifixus;Scarlatti: Stabat Mater. Peter Mahon, director.St. Patrick’s Church, 141 McCaul St. 416-286-9798. $30; $25(sr); $10(st with ID).• 7:30: Toronto Opera Repertoire. Lucia diLammermoor. See Feb 15.• 7:30: Toronto Symphony Orchestra.New Creations Festival: Con Brio. Widmann:Con brio (Canadian premiere); Eötvös: Replicafor Viola and Orchestra (North American premiere);Charke: Concerto for String Quartetand Orchestra (world premiere). Kronos Quartet;Teng Li, viola; Peter Eötvös, conductor;Peter Oundjian, conductor and host. Roy ThomsonHall, 60 Simcoe St. 416-593-4828 or416-593-0688(Chinese). $33–$98.• 7:30: Tryptych. LotZa LanZa & Za’more! ATwo Tenors Tribute to Mario Lanza. LeonardWhiting, tenor; Edward Franko, tenor; BrettKingsbury, piano. West Hall Theatre, TrinityPresbyterian Church, 2737 Bayview Ave.416-763-5066 x1. $35/$30(adv); $25(sr/st)/$20(adv).• 8:00: Art of Time Ensemble/Royal44 thewholenote.com February 1 – March 7, 2012


Conservatory. Brasil. Works by Villa-Lobosand Jobim. Guests: Guinga, Luanda Jones,vocals; Monica Whicher, soprano; and others.Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208.$39 and up.• 8:00: b current/Theatre Archipelago. ObeahOpera. See Feb 16.• 8:00: Bell’Arte Singers. Classical: Waysof Seeing. Works by Bach, Barber, Mozart;Brahms and others. St. Simon the ApostleChurch, 525 Bloor St. E. 416-269-5044. $20;$15(sr/st).• 8:00: Civic Light Opera. Forbidden Broadway.See Feb 22.• 8:00: Counterpoint Community Orchestra/DickensFellowship Toronto Branch.Dickens with a Twist: A Tribute to CharlesDickens on the 200th Anniversary of His Birth.Mozart: Marten aller Arten; Beethoven: SymphonyNo.7; Bart: Oliver (selections); andother works. Sinead Sugrue, soprano; TerryKowalczuk, music director. St. Luke’s UnitedChurch, 353 Sherbourne St. 416-902-7532.$20/$16(adv); $7(13 and under).• 8:00: Grand Salon Orchestra. Lady Day: AnEvening of Billie Holiday. Jessica Rose, vocals;Kerry Stratton, conductor. Glenn Gould Studio,250 Front St. W. 647-853-0057 or 416-872-4255. $32.50.• 8:00: Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra.Spring Pops. Rossini: Overture fromItalian in Algiers; Vivaldi: Winter from Four Seasons;Wolf: Italian Serenade; Haydn: SymphonyNo.60 “Il Distratto”; and other works. Aria Tesolin,soprano; Entela Galanxhi, violin. ColumbusCentre, 901 Lawrence Ave. W. 647-238-0015.$25; $20(sr/st).• 8:00: Green Door Cabaret at the LowerOssington Theatre. Peter McGillivray. 100AOssington Ave. 416-915-6747. $30(reserved);$25; $20(st/industry with ID).• 8:00: Jubilate Singers. Argentina! Worksby Piazzolla, Guastavino and others. Isabel Bernaus,conductor; Sherry Squires, piano; guests:tango dancers from Club Milonga, accompaniedby the Tango Fresco ensemble. CalvinSAT MARCH 3 8PMGLENN GOULD STUDIO250 Front St W.Tickets 416.872.4255roythomson.comgrandsalonorchestra.comLADY DAY: AN EVENINGOF BILLIE HOLIDAYJessica Rose & The Grand Salon OrchestraConductor Kerry StrattonDrawing by Cameron ConeybeareCounterpoint Community OrchestraCounterpoint Community OrchestraTerry Kowalczuk Music Director,and the Dickens FellowshipToronto Branch presentDICKENSwith aTwistA Tribute toCharles Dickens,Novelist,Social Reformer,Philanthropist,on the Occasionof the 200thAnniversaryof his BirthA SymphonyOrchestra Concertevening featuring:“Oliver!” Concert Orchestra Selections;Sinead Sugrue, soprano: Mozart’s Marten aller Arten;Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Opus 92, by Beethoven;plus other celebrated pieces associated with this celebrated authorTickets: $20 at the Door • Advance $16 • Youth (13 & under) $7Reserve Tickets, Group Tickets, or for more information:tickets@ccorchestra.org • (416) 902-7532 • www.ccorchestra.orgJoin the mailing list for upcoming Dickens Fellowshipevents in 2012: dickenstoronto@hotmail.comSaturday March 3, 2012, at 8:00 p.m.Saint Luke’s United Church, 353 Sherbourne St.The Amadeus Choir & Lydia Adams ARTISTIC DIRECTORinvite you toA CelticCelebrationSaturday, March 3, 20122:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.Jubilee United Church (40 Underhill Drive)Toronto, OntarioThis popular benefit concert supports the artistic initiatives ofThe Amadeus Choir. Featured are The Amadeus Choir,Rant Maggie Rant, plus Live and Silent Auctions.Tickets are $35 ($30 for seniors and students).For information or to purchase tickets, visit or callwww.amadeuschoir.com . 416-446-0188February 1 – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 45


Saturday Mar. 3, 8 pmTickets: 416-536-5750, at the door, or$20 adults, $15 seniors, $10 studentsMark VuorinenMusic DirectorJubilatesingersjubilate singers.caArGENTINA!TangoIsabel BernausconductorSherry SquiresaccompanistCalvin Presbyterian Church26 Delisle Avenue ( 1 block north of St. Clair, west off Yonge)Jubilate Singers gratefully acknowledgesthe support of its sponsorswithClub MilongaTango Dancersand Tango FrescoEnsembleGibbons:Canticles & CriesA rare choral offeringaccompanied by the Viols of theCardinal Consort.Saturday March 3 • 8 p.m.Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St(416) 763-1695 • torontochamberchoir.caSyrinx Sunday SalonsPeter Longworth, pianoBenjamin Bowman, violinWilliam Rowson: Violin SonataSchubert: B Minor Rondo forviolin and pianoJohn Corigliano: Sonata forviolin and pianoSunday March 4, 2012 3pmHeliconian Hall, 35 Hazelton AveTickets $25 Students $20info: 416-654-0877 www.syrinxconcerts.orgPresbyterian Church, 26 Delisle Ave. 416-536-5750. $20; $15(sr); $10(st).• 8:00: Markham Theatre for the PerformingArts. Arturo Sandoval: A Tribute to MyFriend Dizzy Gillespie. 171 Town Centre Blvd.,Markham. 905-305-7469 or 1-866-768-8801.$54–$59.• 8:00: Musideum. Medicine Wheel. DavidR. Maracle, native flutes, hang drum; DonaldQuan, guzheng/keyboards/tabla; Ron Bankley,guitar; Richard Best, percussion. 401 RichmondSt. W. 416-419-2248. $20.• 8:00: Opera York. Die Fledermaus. SeeFeb 26.• 8:00: Oriana Women’s Choir. Voices ofWomen. Celebrating the strength of femalevoices and International Women’s Day. Guests:Andrea Ludwig, soprano; Michael Bloss, organ.Grace Church-on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd.647-466-7673. $25; $20(sr); $10(under 30).• 8:00: Theatre Ad Infinitum/Why Not Theatre.The Big Smoke. See Feb 22.• 8:00: Toronto Chamber Choir. Gibbons:Canticles & Cries. Renaissance canticles, anthems,madrigals and vendors’ cries by Gibbons,Byrd and others. With Viols of the CardinalConsort; Mark Vuorinen, music director.Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St. 416-763-1695. 7:00: Opening notes. $27–$30;$20–$22(sr); $12.50(under 30).Sunday March 04• 10:30am: Eglinton St. George’s UnitedChurch. Jazz for Worship. 35 Lytton Blvd. 416-481-1141 x250. Freewill offering. Religiousservice.• 2:00: b current/Theatre Archipelago. ObeahOpera. See Feb 16.• 2:00: Civic Light Opera. Forbidden Broadway.See Feb 22.• 2:00: Markham Concert Band. O Canada.Music composed and arranged by Canadians.John Liddle, trumpet; Canadian Singers. MarkhamTheatre, 171 Town Centre, Blvd., Markham.905-305-7469. $20; $15(sr/st/child).A. Concerts in the GTA• 2:00: Toronto Opera Repertoire. The MerryWidow. See Feb 17.PentaèdreWOODWIND QUINTETSunday, March 4, 20122:00 pm• 2:00: Visual and Performing Arts Newmarket.Pentaèdre Woodwind Quintet. Flute,clarinet, oboe, bassoon and horn. NewmarketTheatre, 505 Pickering Cres., Newmarket.905-953-5122. $26; $20(sr); $10(st).• 2:00 and 7:30: Talk is Free Theatre/ShowOne Productions. Dani Girl. See Feb 16.• 2:30: Opera in Concert. Oberto. Verdi. Canadianpremiere. Giles Tomkins, baritone (Oberto);Joni Henson, soprano (Leonora); MicheleBognanowicz, mezzo (Cuniza); Romulo Delgado,tenor (Riccardo); Opera in Concert Chorus,Derek Bate, conductor; Alison d’Amato, musicdirector and piano. Jane Mallett Theatre,St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, 27 Front St.E. 416-366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754. $40–$50. English surtitles. 1:45: Pre-concert backgrounderwith Iain Scott.Toronto Classical SingersGoes Platinum~20 years of SingingTimeless TreasuresVivaldi: Gloria & Schubert: Mass in G4 pm Sunday March 4, 2012Vivaldi’s sparkling hit with the beautiful melodies of SchubertConductor & Artistic DirectorJurgen PetrenkoThe Talisker Players OrchestraSoloists:Sheila Dietrich, sopranoDanielle MacMillan, mezzo-sopranoCory Knight, tenorKevin Bradshaw, bassChrist Church Deer Park1570 Yonge St. @Heath St W.www.torontoclassicalsingers.ca or 416-443-1490Tickets $30 Adult, $25 Senior/Student46 thewholenote.com February 1 – March 7, 2012


• 2:30: Theatre Ad Infinitum/Why Not Theatre.The Big Smoke. See Feb 22.• 3:00: Mississauga Choral Society. A Varietyof Vivaldi. St. Patrick’s Catholic Church,921 Flagship Dr., Mississauga. 905-278-7059.$16–$28.• 3:00: Oakville Chamber Ensemble. MerryOlde England. Elgar: Introduction & Allegro;Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on the a Theme ofThomas Tallis; Purcell: The Old Bachelor Suite;Coulthard: Prayer for Elizabeth; Britten: SimpleSymphony. St. Simon’s Anglican Church,1450 Litchfield Rd., Oakville. 905-483-6787.$25; $20(sr); $15(st). Also Mar 3 (Central BaptistChurch).Guillermo Silva-Marin, General Director• 3:00: Orpheus Choir. Beethoven, Bevanand the Bard. Bevan: No Mortal Business (premiere);Beethoven: Mass in C. Johane Ansell,soprano; Sidgwick Scholars of the OrpheusChoir; Chorus Niagara; Talisker Players; EdwardMoroney, organ; Robert Cooper, conductor;Geraint Wyn Davies, narrator. MetropolitanUnited Church, 56 Queen St. E. 416-530-4428. $30; $25(sr); $15(st).• 3:00: Royal Conservatory. Ian Bostridge,tenor, with Julius Drake, piano. Schumann:Dein Angesicht Op.127 No.2; Mein Wagen rolletlangsam Op.142 No.4; Liederkreis Op.24;and other works; Brahms: Auf dem KirchhofeOp.105 No.4; Verzagen Op.72 No.4; BotschaftOBERTOby GIUSEPPE VERDI in Italian with English surtitles2011-12SeaSonDISCOVER THE SOUND!DISCOVER THE VOICE!A young Verdi’s tale of love, infidelity and vengeancein the aftermath of battle. A Canadian Premiere!Alison d’Amato, Music Director and PianistGiles Tomkins, Joni Henson,Michèle Bogdanowicz, Christy Derksen, Romulo DelgadoOpera in Concert Chorus, Derek Bate, Guest Chorus DirectorSun. March 4 at 2:30 pm‘The Backgrounder’ with Iain ScottAn introduction to the opera at 1:45 pmFree Admission with your ticket.416-366-7723 1-800-708-6754 www.stlc.comwww.kids4peace.caTHE THREE CANTORSTuesday, March 6, 7:30 p.m.All Saints Kingsway Anglican Church2850 Bloor Street West • $25 advance; $30 at the doorCall 416-233-1125 to reserve tickets • www.3cantors.comOp.47 No.1; and other works. Koerner Hall, 273Bloor St. W. 416-408-0208. $33.50 and up.• 3:00: Syrinx Sunday Salons. Peter Longworth,piano and Benjamin Bowman, violin.Rowson: Violin Sonata; Schubert: Rondo inb for violin and piano; Corigliano: Sonata forViolin and Piano. Heliconian Hall, 35 HazeltonAve. 416-654-0877. $25; $20(st). Receptionto follow.• 4:00: Toronto Classical Singers. TimelessTreasures. Marking the 20th season of TCS.Vivaldi: Gloria; Schubert: Mass in G. SheilaDietrich, soprano; Danielle MacMillan, mezzo;Cory Knight, tenor; Kevin Bradshaw, bass; TaliskerPlayers Orchestra; Jurgen Petrenko, conductor.Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 YongeSt. 416-443-1490. $30; $25(sr/st).• 7:30: Victoria Scholars Men’s Choral Ensemble.The Romantic Gentlemen. Works byBrahms, Elgar, Gounod, Rossini, Grieg and others.Our Lady of Sorrows Church, 3055 BloorSt. W. 416-761-7776. $25; $20(sr/st).• 8:00: Green Door Cabaret at the LowerOssington Theatre. Geoffrey Tyler. 100AOssington Ave. 416-915-6747. $30(reserved);$25; $20(st/industry with ID).Monday March 05• 12:30: York University Department ofMusic. Music at Midday: Classical instrumentalRecital with student soloists. Tribute CommunitiesRecital Hall, Rm.112, Accolade East Bldg.,4700 Keele St. 416-736-2100 x22926. Free.• 7:00: Toronto Brass Quintet. In Recital.Church of the Redeemer, 162 Bloor St. W. 416-732-7236. $20; $10(sr/st).• 7:30: Al Green Theatre/MNjcc. Bridges:Yiddish and Arabic music in dialogue. FeaturingLenka Lichtenberg, vocals; Roula Said, vocalsand dance; plus ensemble of eight musicians.750 Spadina Ave. 416-924-6211 x0. $20-$50.Tuesday March 06• 12:00 noon: Canadian Opera Company. VocalSeries: A Celebration of Canadian Art Song.Harman: Sewing the Earthworm (world premiere);Passmore: Seven “Dark Lady” Sonnets;Glick: Two Landscapes. Carla Huhtanen, soprano;Krisztina Szabó, mezzo; Lawrence Wiliford,tenor and director; Steven Philcox, piano anddirector. Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, FourSeasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. Free.• 12:30: York University Department ofMusic. Music at Midday: York U ChamberStrings. Jacques Israelievitch, director. TributeCommunities Recital Hall, Rm.112, AccoladeEast Bldg., 4700 Keele St. 416-736-2100x22926. Free.• 7:30: Kids4Peace. Benefit concert with TheThree Cantors. Angus Sinclair, accompanist. AllSaints’ Kingsway Anglican Church, 2850 BloorSt. W. 416-233-1125. $30/$25(adv). In supportof interfaith summer camp programs.• 7:30: York University Department of Music.York U Chamber Choir. Works by Vivaldi,Bach, Buxtehude and others. Mélisande Sinsoulier,piano. Tribute Communities RecitalHall, Rm.112, Accolade East Bldg., 4700 KeeleSt. 416-736-2100 x22926. Free.• 8:00: Music Toronto. Piano Series: RichardGoode. Brahms: Eight Pieces Op.76; Chopin:short works tba; Sonata No.3 in b Op.58. JaneMallett Theatre, St. Lawrence Centre for theArts, 27 Front St. E. 416-366-7723 or 1-800-708-6754. $47.50–$52; $10(st, accompanyingadult half price); Pay your age(18-35, plus$6 facility and handling charges).• 8:00: Musideum. Mark Sepic and his Junkestra.Songs, stories and musical fantasies. 401Richmond St. W. 416-419-2248. $20.Wednesday March 07• 12:15: Our Lady of Sorrows. WednesdayConcert Series. Mark Toews, organ. 3055 BloorSt. W. 416-231-6016. Free.• 12:30: Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.Noonday Organ Recitals. Imre Olah, organ.1585 Yonge St. 416-922-1167. Free.• 5:30: Canadian Opera Company. Jazz Series:My Foolish Heart. Jazz classics and originals.Guido Basso, trumpet and flugelhorn; DonThomson, piano and bass. Richard BradshawAmphitheatre, Four Seasons Centre for thePerforming Arts, 145 Queen St. W. 416-363-8231. Free.• 7:00: Civic Light Opera. Forbidden Broadway.See Feb 22.• 8:00: Gallery 345/suddenlyLISTEN. Newcompositions and improvisations. Norman Adams,cello; Lee Pui Ming, piano; Erin Donovan,percussion. 345 Sorauren Ave. 416-822-9781.$20; $15(sr); $10(st).• 8:00: Rose Theatre Brampton. MichaelKaeshammer. 1 Theatre Lane, Brampton. 905-874-2800. $41.81–64.41.• 8:00: Royal Conservatory. Lila Downs,Latin singer. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W.join OPERA BY REQUESTfor our 50th opera:Verdi'sDonCarloSaturday, March 10, 7:30 pmCollege St. United Church452 College St. (at Bathurst)All tickets $20416 455-2365 for rsvtns/infooperabyrequest.com5 YEARS 50 OPERAS150 SINGERSFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 47


416-408-0208. $33.50 and up.• 8:00: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. NewCreations Festival: Orion. Vivier: Orion; Widmann:Elegy for Clarinet and Orchestra (NorthAmerican premiere); Eötvös: Cello ConcertoGrosso (North American premiere); zeroPoints.SOUNDSTREAMS 11/12 CONCERT SERIESSTUTTGART CHAMBER CHOIR& CHOIR 21Sunday, March 11, 2012 at 3pmThe Carlu Concert Hall, 444 Yonge St. 7 th floorFrieder Bernius conducts one of the world’s foremost interpreters of Bach,the Stuttgart Chamber Choir. Together with Choir 21 and TorQ PercussionEnsemble they perform a program that includes choral masterpieces.Single tickets starting at $47 // Under 35 & Artists $28For tickets call 416.408.0208 or visit www.rcmusic.caWWW.SOUNDSTREAMS.CAA. Concerts in the GTAJörg Widmann, clarinet; Joseph Johnson, cello;Peter Eötvös, conductor; Peter Oundjian, conductorand host. Roy Thomson Hall, 60 SimcoeSt. 416-593-4828 or 416-593-0688(Chinese).$35–$145.GET ON THE WHOLENOTE BANDWAGON!Covering all of Southern Ontario, The WholeNote offers• FREE event listings to presenters of classical,early, choral, jazz, band, world, folk and new musicperformances in our coverage area;• FREE distribution of 30,000 copies of every issue toover 800 locations.Presenters: send listings to listings@thewholenote.comby the 15th of the month prior to your event.Wannabe distribution points!Contact circulation@thewholenote.com to apply.Wednesday February 01• 12:00 noon: Midday Music with Shigeru.Thomson Somerville, jazz piano. Music by Berlin,Stevens, McLaughlin and Somerville. Hi-Way Pentecostal Church, 50 Anne St. N., Barrie.705-726-1181. $5; free(st).• 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSociety. WLU Student Composers and Improvisers.Original compositions for string quartetand woodwind trio. KWCMS Music Room, 57Young St. W., Waterloo. 519-886-1673. $15;$10(sr); $8(st).Thursday February 02• 12:00 noon: Wilfrid Laurier University.Music at Noon: Emily, the Way You Are: a One-Woman Opera. Opera explores the life and workof Emily Carr with music by J. Skarecky andlibretto by Brandt. Ramona Carmelly, mezzo;Joseph Ferretti, piano; John Brownell, percussion.Maureen Forrester Recital Hall, 75 UniversityAve. W., Waterloo. 519-884-0710.x2150. Free.• 12:10: University of Guelph. Thursday atNoon Concert Series: The Evolution of the StringQuartet in One Hour. Works by Purcell, Haydn,Peters and Storring. Madawaska Quartet.MacKinnon Bldg., Rm.107 (Goldschmidt Rm.),50 Stone Rd. E., Guelph. 519-824-4120. Free.• 7:30: Brock Musical Theatre. Rent. Musicand lyrics by Larson. David S. Howes Theatre,Brock University, 500 Glenridge Ave., St.Catharines. 905-688-5550 x3257. $15. AlsoFeb 3-5; Feb 4(mat and eve).• 7:30: Centre for the Arts, Brock University.Ravi Coltrane Quartet. Sean O’SullivanTheatre, 500 Glenridge Ave., St. Catharines.905-688-5550 x3257. $55.Friday February 03• 7:30: Hillfield Strahallan College. CrescendoConcerts: Darcy Hepner Jazz Orchestra.Performance to feature compositions and arrangementsby Thad Jones. Sophia Perlman,vocals. 299 Fennell Ave. W., Hamilton. 905-389-1367 x112. $35; $30(sr); $25(st).• 7:30: Brock Musical Theatre. Rent. SeeFeb 2.• 7:30: Centre for the Arts, Brock University.Africville. Joe Sealy, piano; George ElliotClarke, poet; and guests. Sean O’SullivanTheatre, 500 Glenridge Ave., St. Catharines.905-688-5550 x3257. $28.50; $22.50(sr/st);$5(eyeGO).• 7:30: EBP Productions. Les Misérables.Boubil and Schonberg. Erin Bree Pierce, director.Lincoln Alexander Theatre, 160 King St.E., Hamilton. 905-617-2733. $20. Also Feb4(mat and eve).• 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSociety. Winston Choi, piano. Bach: The Artof Fugue BWV1080. KWCMS Music Room, 57Young St. W., Waterloo. 519-886-1673. $30;$25(sr); $20(st).• 8:00: NUMUS Concerts. Pop/Rock AvantSeries: The White Album(s). Works by the Beatles.Pete Oldridge and the Urban Monks; LukasBouda, guitar and sitar; NUMUS Chamber Orchestra.Conrad Centre for the PerformingArts, 36 King St. W., Kitchener. 519-896-3662. $35; $30(sr); $10(st; rush only).B. Concerts Beyond the GTAIN THIS ISSUE: Barrie, Brantford, Dundas, Guelph, Hamilton,Huntsville, Kingston, Kitchener, Jordan, London, Orillia,Owen Sound, Peterborough, Port Hope, St. Catharines, Waterloo.Saturday February 04• 1:00 and 7:30: EBP Productions. Les Misérables.See Feb 3.• 2:00 and 7:30: Brock Musical Theatre.Rent. See Feb 2.• 7:30: Barrie Concerts. Pergolesi’s InspiringStabat Mater. Pergolesi: Stabat Mater; Handel:solos and duos. Daniel Taylor, countertenor;Dame Emma Kirkby, soprano; Theatre of EarlyMusic. Hi-Way Pentecostal Church, 50 AnneSt. N., Barrie. 705-726-1181. By subscriptiononly.• 7:30: Grand Philharmonic Choir. A Night ofBrahms and Pärt. Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem;Pärt: Credo and Cantus in Memoriam BenjaminBritten. Betty Waynne Allison, soprano;Andrew Tees, baritone; Mark Vuorinen, conductor.Centre in the Square, 101 Queen St. N.,Kitchener. 519-578-6885. $10-$65.• 8:00: Wilfrid Laurier University. WLUChoirs. Lee Willingham, director. First UnitedChurch, 16 William St., Waterloo. 519-884-0710. x2150. $10; $5(sr/st).Sunday February 05• 2:30: Kingston Symphony. Canada MeetsFinland. Sibelius: Finlandia; Symphony No.1; M.Szczesniak: Felt Resonance (piano concerto).Michel Szczesniak, piano; Glen Fast, conductor.Grand Theatre, 218 Princess St., Kingston.613-530-2050. $20-$49.• 3:00: Wilfrid Laurier University. WLU WindOrchestra. Jessica Kun, conductor. TheatreAuditorium, 75 University Ave. W., Waterloo.519-884-0710. x2150. $10; $5(sr/st).• 7:00: Guitar Hamilton. Girls’ Night Out:Young Female Guitarists. Works by Bach, Rodrigo,Granados, Piazzolla and more. Emma Rush,Eva Beneke, Tracy Anne Smith, guitar. HamiltonConservatory for the Arts, 126 James St.S., Hamilton. 905-528-4020. $25; $15(sr/st).• 7:30: Brock Musical Theatre. Rent. SeeFeb 2.• 7:30: Cuckoo’s Nest. Brian Pickell andFriends. With Shane Cook, fiddle and JackCharron, piano. Chaucer’s Pub, 122 Carling St.,London. 519-672-9267. $18/$15(adv).Tuesday February 07• 12:00 noon: Brock University Departmentof Music. Music@Noon: Faculty Recital. TimWhite, trumpet; Karin Di Bella, piano. ConcordiaSeminary Chapel, 500 Glenridge Ave., St.Catharines. 905-688-5550 x3817. Free.• 4:30: Guelph Connection Concerts. AnnaRedekop, viola and Leslie Kinton, piano. St.George’s Anglican Church, 99 Woolwich St.,Guelph. 519-362-1075. Free.• 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSociety. New Orford String Quartet.Beethoven: Quartet Op.59 No.3; Schubert:Quintet in C. Jonathan Crow, Andrew Wan,violin; Eric Nowlin, viola; Brian Manker, cello;guest: Shauna Rolston, cello. KWCMS MusicRoom, 57 Young St. W., Waterloo. 519-886-1673. $35; $30(sr); $25(st).Wednesday February 08• 2:30: Seniors Serenade. A Hymn to Hymns.Cheryl Graham, piano. 43 Ross St., Barrie.705-726-1181. Free.48 thewholenote.com February 1 – March 7, 2012


• 8:00: Wilfrid Laurier University. StudentComposer Series. Maureen Forrester RecitalHall, 75 University Ave. W., Waterloo. 519-884-0710. x2150. Free.Thursday February 09• 12:00 noon: Wilfrid Laurier University.Music at Noon: Glenn Buhr, piano. Maureen ForresterRecital Hall, 75 University Ave. W., Waterloo.519-884-0710. x2150. Free.• 12:10: University of Guelph. Thursday atNoon Concert Series: Klezmer Music From OldTraditions to New Improvisations. Brian Katz,guitar/piano/voice; Jonno Lightstone, clarinetand flute. MacKinnon Bldg., Rm.107 (GoldschmidtRm.), 50 Stone Rd. E., Guelph. 519-824-4120. Free.• 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSociety. Cecilia Quartet. Haydn: Op.77 No.2;Janáček: Quartet No.1 “Kreutzer Sonata”;Dvořák: Quartet in G Op.106. KWCMS MusicRoom, 57 Young St. W., Waterloo. 519-886-1673. $35; $30(sr); $25(st).• 8:00: Sunfest. Laila Biali, vocals and piano.With George Koller, bass; Larnell Lewis, drums;Ben Wittman, percussion. Aeolian Hall, 795Dundas St. E., London. 519-672-7950. $25.Friday February 10• 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSociety. New Orford String Quartet. Brahms:Quintet in f; Sokolovic: Blanc Dominant;Beethoven: Quartet No.16 in F Op.135. JonathanCrow, Andrew Wan, violin; Eric Nowlin,viola; Brian Manker, cello; with Arthur Rowe,piano. KWCMS Music Room, 57 Young St.W., Waterloo. 519-886-1673. $35; $30(sr);$25(st).• 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.Classical Mystery Tour: Music of the Beatles.Evan Mitchell, conductor. Centre In TheSquare, 101 Queen St. N., Kitchener. 519-745-4711 or 1-888-745-4717. $19 and up.Also Feb 11.Saturday February 11• 7:30: Brock University Department ofMusic. Viva Voce Choral Series. Haydn: LittleOrgan Mass. Avanti Chamber Singers andstring ensemble, Harris Loewen, conductor. ST.Barnabas Anglican Church, 31 Queenston St.,St. Catharines. 905-688-5550 x3817. $20;$15(sr/st); $5(eyeGo/13 and under).• 7:30: Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.One Thousand and One Nights. Debussy: Clairde Lune (orch. Caplet); Berlioz: Mab Scherzofrom Roméo et Juliette; Saint-Saëns: CelloConcerto No.1; Dvořák: Silent Woods; Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazde. Matt Haimovitz, cello;James Sommerville, conductor. HamiltonPlace, 1 Summers Lane, Hamilton. 905-526-7756. $18–$64; $10(under 30); $5(child).• 8:00: Jeffrey Concerts. New Orford StringQuartet. Brahms: Quintet in f; Sokolovic: BlancDominant; Beethoven: Quartet No.16 in FOp.135. With Arthur Rowe, piano. Wolf PerformanceHall, 251 Dundas St. E., London.519-672-8800. $30; $25(sr); $15(st).• 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.Classical Mystery Tour: Music of the Beatles.See Feb 10.• 8:00: Wilfrid Laurier University. WLU SymphonyOrchestra. Paul Pulford, conductor. TheatreAuditorium, 75 University Ave. W., Waterloo.519-884-0710. x2150. $10; $5(sr/st).• 8:00: Zooma Zooma Café. Laila Biali, vocalsand piano. With George Koller, bass; LarnellLewis, drums; Ben Wittman, percussion. 3839Main St., Jordan. 905-562-6280. $25.Sunday February 12• 3:00: Port Hope Friends of Music. Via Salzburg.Cameco Capitol Arts Centre, 20 QueenSt., Port Hope. 905-797-2295. $40; $37(sr);$13(st).• 3:00: Sundays @ 3 Series. A Unique Valentine:The Kevin Ramessar Trio. Classicaland jazz, guitar and vocals. Dublin St. UnitedChurch 68 Suffolk St. W., Guelph. 519-821-0610. $20; $5(st).• 3:00: Wellington Winds. Winds Aroundthe World. Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.1;also works by Dukas, Milhaud, Gassi, Swearingenand Marquen. Olena Klyucharova, piano;Daniel Warren, conductor. Grandview BaptistChurch, 250 Old Chicopee Dr., Kitchener. 519-579-3097. $25; $15(sr); free(st). Also Feb 26(Waterloo).• 3:00: Wilfrid Laurier University. WLU SymphonyOrchestra. Paul Pulford, conductor. TheatreAuditorium, 75 University Ave. W., Waterloo.519-884-0710. x2150. $10; $5(sr/st).• 3:30: Huronia Symphony Orchestra. FamilyClassics. Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals;Poulenc: The Story of Babar, The LittleElephant; Williams: Harry Potter; Star Wars;Badelt: Pirates of the Caribbean; Harwood:Amusement Park; Barnes: Maid of the Mist.Oliver Balaburski, conductor. Collier StreetUnited Church, 112 Collier St., Barrie. 705-721-4752. $20; $10(st); $5(child). Also Feb25 (Orillia).• 7:00: Hamilton Concert Band/JimmyStahl Big Band. The Sounds of Love. St.Andrew’s United Church, 479 Upper ParadiseRd., Hamilton. 905-930-8406. $10.• 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSociety. Jorge Caballero, guitar. Bach: ViolinSonata No.3; Albeniz: Iberia; Mussgorsky: Picturesat an Exhibition. KWCMS Music Room,57 Young St. W., Waterloo. 519-886-1673.$30; $25(sr); $20(st).Tuesday February 14• 12:00 noon: Brock University Departmentof Music. Music@Noon: Recital. Piano, voiceand instrumental students. Concordia SeminaryChapel, 500 Glenridge Ave., St. Catharines.905-688-5550 x3817. Free.• 4:30: Guelph Connection Concerts. EmmaBanfield, violin, Marlena Turesky, cello; TalisaBlackman, piano. Dvořák: Trio in E “Dumky.” St.George’s Anglican Church, 99 Woolwich St.,Guelph. 519-362-1075. Free.• 8:00: Sanderson Centre for the PerformingArts. The Color Purple. Adapted by M. Normanwith lyrics and music by B. Russell, A.Willis and S. Bray. Gary Griffin, director. 88Dalhousie St., Brantford. 519-758-8090 or1-800-265-0710. $76. Also Feb 15(mat).Wednesday February 15• 12:00 noon: Music at St. Andrew’s. BlairBailey, organ. Guests: Steve Winfield and theEastview Senior Chorale. St. Andrew’s PresbyterianChurch, 47 Owen St., Barrie. 705-726-1181. $5; free(st).• 2:00: Sanderson Centre for the PerformingArts. The Color Purple. See Feb 14.Thursday February 16• 12:00 noon: Wilfrid Laurier University.John Laing Singers and Schulte Strings presentMystery and Majestyfeaturing music by Handel,Haydn, Mendelssohn & Pärt Saturday, February 25, 2012, 7:30p.m.Central Presbyterian Church,165 Charlton Avenue West, Hamilton Sunday, February 26, 2012, 3:30p.m.St. Paul’s United Church,29 Park Street West, DundasBuy tickets online atwww.johnlaingsingers.comor call 905-628-5238.Adults: $20 in advance, $25 at the doorStudents: $10The John Laing Singers gratefully acknowledge the support of:Hamilton’s Community Partnership Programfor CultureThe Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agencyof the Government of OntarioFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 49


Music at Noon: Piano Lecture Recital. Cage:Sonatas and Interludes. Kate Boyd, piano. TheatreAuditorium, 75 University Ave. W., Waterloo.519-884-0710. x2150. Free.• 12:10: University of Guelph. Thursday atNoon Concert Series: Convergence Ensemble.Gerard Yun, shakuhachi/didgeridoo/native flute;Kathryn Ladano, bass clarinet; Sandro Manzon,piano. MacKinnon Bldg., Rm.107 (GoldschmidtRm.), 50 Stone Rd. E., Guelph. 519-824-4120. Free.• 7:00: Guelph Youth Singers. When ChildrenSing: A Choral Event. Linda Beaupré, conductor.Guests: Mitchell Woods Public School Choir;Westwood Public School Choir; ResurrectionChristian Academy and the Guelph Youth MusicCentre Kids Chorus. New Life Christian ReformedChurch, 400 Victoria Rd. N., Guelph.519-821-8574. $5. Proceeds to the bursaryfund of the Guelph Youth Music Centre.• 7:15: Skyliners Big Band. Concert andDance. With Maria Branje, vocals. Barrie CityHall, 70 Collier St., Barrie. 705-487-2574.Free.• 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSociety. Kate Boyd, piano. Cage: Complete Sonatasand Interludes. KWCMS Music Room, 57Young St. W., Waterloo. 519-886-1673. $25;$20(sr); $15(st).Friday February 17• 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.Spanish Origins: Bolero and Rodrigo. Ravel: Bolero;Rodrigo: Concierto de Aranjuaz; Muhly: SoFar So Good (KWS commission). Jason Vieaux,guitar; Edwin Outwater, conductor. CentreIn The Square, 101 Queen St. N., Kitchener.519-745-4711 or 1-888-745-4717. $19 and up.Also Feb 18.Saturday February 18• 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.Spanish Origins: Bolero and Rodrigo. See Feb 17.Sunday February 19• 2:30: Georgian Music. All-Beethoven. AntonKuerti, piano. Hi-Way Pentecostal Church, 50Anne St. N., Barrie. 705-726-1181. By subscriptiononly.• 3:00: Guelph Symphony Orchestra. NewWorlds. Dvořák: Ninth Symphony “from theNew World”; Baker: Harp Concerto; Morawetz:Carnival Overture. River Run Centre, 35Woolwich St., Guelph. 519-763-3000. $32;$16(st).• 4:00: Spiritus Ensemble. All-Bach Concert.Cantatas Nos. 55 and 94; Magnificat in D; Sinfoniafrom Cantata No.29. Chris Watson, tenor(Tallis Scholars); Stephanie Kramer, soprano;Sheila Dietrich, soprano; Jennifer Enns Modolo,mezzo; Daniel Lichti, bass-baritone; KennethHull, conductor. St. John the Evangelist AnglicanChurch, 22 Water St., Kitchener. 519-743-0228. $20 suggested donation.Monday February 20• 7:30: St. John the Evangelist AnglicanChurch. The Shining Night. Works by Warlock,Bainton, Rorem, Barber and others. ChristopherWatson, tenor; Carol Missio-King, piano.280 James St., London. 519-432-3743. $25;$15(sr/st). Also Feb 22 (Kitchener) and Feb 23(Peterborough).B. Concerts Beyond the GTATuesday February 21• 4:30: Guelph Connection Concerts. MadawaskaString Quartet. Schubert: Death andthe Maiden; Evangelista: Spanish Garland. St.George’s Anglican Church, 99 Woolwich St.,Guelph. 519-362-1075. Free.Wednesday February 22• 8:00: Brantford Downtown Jazz. AlexPangman & Her Alleycats. 1930s jazz. AlexPangman, jazz vocals. Sanderson Centre forthe Performing Arts, 88 Dalhousie St., Brantford.519-758-8090 or 1-800-265-0710. $30.• 8:00: St. John the Evangelist AnglicanChurch. The Shining Night. Works by Warlock,Bainton, Rorem, Barber and others. ChristopherWatson, tenor; Carol Missio-King, piano.23 Water St. Kitchener. 519-743-0228. $25;$15(sr/st). Also Feb 20 (London) and Feb 23(Peterborough).Thursday February 23• 7:30: Centre for the Arts, Brock University.Emilie-Claire Barlow, jazz vocals. Guest:Brandi Disterheft, bass. Sean O’Sullivan Theatre,500 Glenridge Ave., St. Catharines.905-688-5550 x3257. $39.• 7:30: St. John the Evangelist AnglicanChurch. The Shining Night. Works by Warlock,Bainton, Rorem, Barber and others. ChristopherWatson, tenor; Carol Missio-King, piano.99 Brock St., Peterborough. 705-745-7624.$25; $15(sr/st). Also Feb 20 (London) and Feb22 (Kitchener).• 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.Quantum: Music at the Frontier of Science. Exploringhow music works at nature’s most fundamentallevel; with researchers from the Institutefor Quantum Computing. Edwin Outwater,conductor. Conrad Centre for the PerformingArts, 36 King St. W, Kitchener. 519-745-4711or 1-888-745-4717. $33 and up. Also Feb 24.Friday February 24• 2:00: Sanderson Centre for the PerformingArts. Rhythm of the Dance. Dance and musicperformance reliving the journey of the IrishCelts throughout history. Featuring three tenorsand a seanos dancer. 88 Dalhousie St., Brantford.519-758-8090 or 1-800-265-0710. $46.• 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Musicat the Frontier of Science. See Feb 24.Saturday February 25• 2:00: Peterborough Singers. Quartetto eCento. Quartetto Gelato, chamber ensemble;Sydney Birrell, conductor. Calvary Church,1421 Lansdowne St. W., Peterborough. 705-745-1820. $30; $10(st).• 2:30: Huronia Symphony Orchestra. FamilyClassics. Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals;Poulenc: The Story of Babar, The LittleElephant; Williams: Harry Potter; Star Wars;Badelt: Pirates of the Caribbean; Harwood:Amusement Park; Barnes: Maid of the Mist. OliverBalaburski, conductor. Orillia Opera House,20 Mississauga St. W., Orillia. 705-721-4752.$20; $10(st); $5(child). Also Feb 12 (Barrie).• 7:30: John Laing Singers. Mystery andMajesty. Handel: Zadok the Priest; Haydn:Te Deum; Mendelssohn: Psalm 98; Pärt: BerlinerMesse. Roger Bergs, director; guests:Christopher Dawes, organ; Schulte Strings,Michael Schulte, director. Central PresbyterianChurch, 165 Charlton Ave. W., Hamilton. 905-628-5238. $25/$20(adv); $10(st). Also Feb26 (Dundas).• 8:00: Da Capo Chamber Choir. CreatingHome. Habibi: Colour of Freedom. AmirHaghighi, vocals. St. John the Evangelist AnglicanChurch, 23 Water St., Kitchener. 519-725-7549 or 519-743-0228. $20; $15(sr/st);$5(eyeGo). Also Feb 26(mat).Sunday February 26• 3:00: Da Capo Chamber Choir. CreatingHome. See Feb 25.• 3:00: Guelph Concert Band. Guelph Ceilidh(A Celtic Celebration). Traditional Celtic musicincluding Molly on the Shore, Irish Washerwoman,Lord of the Dance and others. ColinClarke, conductor; guests: Addison Women’schoir; Cambridge Male Chorus; Royal Academyof Irish Dance; and others. River Run Centre,35 Woolwich St., Guelph. 519-824-0022x73065. $20; $15(sr); $5(eyeGO/child).• 3:00: La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra. Inthe Spotlight. Selections for violin, cello, piano,voice and full orchestra. Port Hope UnitedChurch, 34 South St., Port Hope. 1-866-460-5596 or 905-885-1071. $20; $15(sr);$50(family).• 3:00: Wellington Winds. Winds Around theWorld. Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.1; alsoworks by Dukas, Milhaud, Gassi, Swearingenand Marquen. Olena Klyucharova, piano; DanielWarren, conductor. Knox Presbyterian Church,50 Erb St. W., Waterloo. 519-579-3097. $25;$15(sr); free(st). Also Feb 12 (Kitchener).• 3:30: John Laing Singers. Mystery andMajesty. Handel: Zadok the Priest; Haydn: TeDeum; Mendelssohn: Psalm 98; Pärt: BerlinerMesse. Roger Bergs, director; guests: ChristopherDawes, organ; Schulte Strings, MichaelSchulte, director. St. Paul’s United Church,29 Park St. W., Dundas. 905-628-5238.$25/$20(adv); $10(st). Also Feb 25 (Hamilton).• 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSociety. STEALTH. Kathryn Ladano, bassclarinet; Richard Burrows, percussion. Newworks by Sierra, Kulesha and Ghander; improvisations.KWCMS Music Room, 57 Young St.W., Waterloo. 519-886-1673. $20; $15(sr);$10(st).Tuesday February 28• 12:00 noon: Brock University Departmentof Music. Music@Noon: Faculty Recital. GordonCleland, cello; Karin Di Bella, piano. SeanO’Sullivan Theatre, 500 Glenridge Ave., St.Catharines. 905-688-5550 x3817. Free.• 4:30: Guelph Connection Concerts. DougMiller and Friends. Works by Bach and Brahms.Doug Miller, flute; Darius Bagli, piano. St.George’s Anglican Church, 99 Woolwich St.,Guelph. 519-362-1075. Free.• 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. DistantWorlds: Music from Final Fantasy. Featuringmusic of Japanese video game composersUematsu and Hamauzu; videos and art stillshighlight memorable sequences from gameson large screens. Centre In The Square, 101Queen St. N., Kitchener. 519-745-4711 or1-888-745-4717. $25 and up.Thursday March 01• 12:10: University of Guelph. Thursday atNoon Concert Series: Music from Newfoundlandand Labrador. Daniel Payne, fiddle/accordion/mandolin/whistle/wooden flute. MacKinnonBldg., Rm.107 (Goldschmidt Rm.), 50 Stone Rd.E., Guelph. 519-824-4120. Free.• 7:30: Centre for the Arts, Brock University.DRUM! Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, 500Glenridge Ave., St. Catharines. 905-688-5550 x3257. $49.• 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSociety. Penderecki Quartet and PentaèdreWoodwind Quintet. Rheinberger: Octet; Shostakovich:Nonet version of Quartet No.3 (arr.Barshai); Wagner: Sigfried Idyll. Maureen ForresterHall, 75 University Ave. W., Wilfrid LaurierUniversity, Waterloo. 519-886-1673. $25;$20(sr); $15(st).Friday March 02• 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. TheMusic of John Williams. Featuring music fromE.T.; Superman; Jurassic Park; Indiana Jones;Harry Potter; and all six Star Wars films. MichaelKrajewski, conductor. Centre In TheSquare, 101 Queen St. N., Kitchener. 519-745-4711 or 1-888-745-4717. $19 and up.Also Mar 2(mat and eve).• 8:00: Perimeter Institute. Classical WorldMusic Artists Series. Jordi Savall, viola da gamba.Mike Lazaridis Theatre of Ideas, 31 CarolineSt. N., Waterloo. 519-883-4480. $80;$55(st w ID).Saturday March 03• 2:30 and 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.The Music of John Williams. See Mar 2.• 7:30: Georgian Bay Symphony. BroadwayBabes. Music from Broadway, includingDon’t Rain on My Parade, Someone toWatch Over Me, Don’t Cry for me Argentinaand others. Carol Duronio, vocals; John Barnum,conductor. OSCVI Regional Auditorium,1550 8th St. E., Owen Sound. 519-372-0212. $5–$28.• 8:00: Concert Association of Huntsville.Pentaèdre Wind Quintet. Trinity United Church,33 Main St. E., Huntsville. 705-787-1918.$25; free(12 and under).• 8:00: Guelph Chamber Choir. Remember …Places, people and songs you love. Folk songs,spirituals, Broadway show tunes and cabaretsongs. Alison MacNeill, accompanist; GerardNeufeld, conductor. Harcourt Memorial UnitedChurch, 87 Dean Ave., Guelph. 519-763-3000.$20/$15(if buying 4 or more); $10(st).Sunday March 04• 7:30: Centre for the Arts, Brock University.Arturo Sandoval: A Tribute to My FriendDizzy Gillespie. Sean O’Sullivan Theatre, 500Glenridge Ave., St. Catharines. 905-688-5550 x3257. $55.Tuesday March 06• 5:00: Guelph Connection Concerts. EmmaBanfield, violin; Marlena Tureski, cello; JodyDavenport, viola. Dohnanyi: String Quartet;Schubert: String Quartet. St. George’s AnglicanChurch, 99 Woolwich St., Guelph. 519-362-1075. Free.• 8:00: Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSociety. David Jalbert, piano. Shostakovich:selected preludes and fugues. KWCMS MusicRoom, 57 Young St. W., Waterloo. 519-886-1673. $20; $15(sr); $10(st).Listings in The WholeNote are searchable by genre and by geographic zone at thewholenote.com50 thewholenote.com February 1 – March 7, 2012


C. In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz)Beat by Beat / In the ClubsAlleycatz2409 Yonge St. 416-481-6865www.alleycatz.caEvery Mon 8pm Salsa Night w DJ Frank Bischunand lessons. Every Tue 8:30pm Carlo Berardinucci& the Double A Jazz Swing Band $5.Every Wed 8:30pm Grayceful Daddies. EveryThu Soul, R&B and Reggae; $4 Refreshments,No Cover. Fri and Sat Funk, Soul, Reggae,R&B, Top 40; $10 w/out dinner reservations.Feb 2 Local Music is Sexy: Indie Band Showcase.Feb 3, 4 Graffitti Park. Feb 9, 10 Jamesking.Feb 11 Soular. Feb 16, 17, 18 Ascension.Feb 22, 23 Lady Kane. Feb 24 Soular.Aquila Restaurant347 Keele St. 416-761-7474Live Blues Wednesday to Saturday Nights 9pm.Open Jam Sundays 4-8pm.Artword Artbar15 Colbourne St., Hamilton 905-543-8512www.artword.netFeb 16 8pm David Essig, blues & roots $15.Feb 18 8pm Sophia Perlman (voc) & Adrean Farrugia(piano) $15/$10(st).Azure Restaurant & Barat the Intercontinental Hotel225 Front St. W. 416-597-3701www.azurerestaurant.caEvery Thu, Fri, Sat 5:30-10:30pm Dan BodanisTrio w Bernie Senensky & Steve Wallace.Black Swan, The154 Danforth Ave. 416-469-0537Every Wed 9:30pm The Danforth Jam w JonLong and Friends.Bon Vivant Restaurant1924 Avenue Rd. 416-630-5153www.bonvivantdining.comEvery Thu Bill Naphan Solo Guitar 6-9pm.Every Fri 6-9pm Margaret Stowe Solo Guitar.Castro’s Lounge2116 Queen St. E. 416-699-8272www.castroslounge.com No Cover/PWYC.Every Sat 4:30pm Big Rude Jake Duo. EverySun 4pm Live jazz. Every Mon 9:30pm RockabillyNight. Every Tue Quiet Revolution: acousticsongwriter jam night w/ host Andrea de Boer.Every Wed 9:30pm Smokey Folk (Bluegrass/Rockabilly). Every Thu 9:30pm Jerry Legereand the Situation.C’est What67 Front St. E. 416-860-9000www.cestwhat.com (full schedule)Feb 4, 18 3-6pm Hot Five Jazzmakers $5.Feb 5, 19 3-6pm Jazz with Del Dako andGuests. No Cover/PWYC.Chalkers Pub, Billiards & Bistro247 Marlee Ave. 416-789-2531www.chalkerspub.com (full schedule)Every Wed 8pm-midnight Girls Night OutVocalist-Friendly Jazz Jam w host Lisa Particelli(vocals/flute), Peter Hill (piano) Ross MacIntyre(bass), Norman Marshall Villeneuve (drums); NoCover/PWYC. Feb 4 6-9pm David OcchipintiQuartet $10. Feb 11 6-9pm Dave Young Quartet$10; 9:30pm-2am Soul Stew, No Cover. Feb 186-9pm Nancy Walker Quartet $10. Feb 25 LisaParticelli’s GNO JAZZ All-star Showcase andScholarship Fundraiser $10; 9:30pm-2am SoulStew, No Cover.Cherry Street Restaurant, The275 Cherry St. 416-461-5111All shows 7:30-10:30pm, $10 coverwww.cherryst.caFeb 2 Peripheral Vision. Feb 9 Brad Goode. Feb16 Sophia Perlman Quartet. Feb 23 Broadview.Classico Pizza & Pasta2457 Bloor St. W. 416-763-1313Every Thu 7pm Jazz Guitarist Nate Renner.No Cover.Cobourg, The533 Parliament St. 416-913-7538Jazz Sundays 9pm No CoverCoco Rogue Chocolate Lounge, The2097 Yonge St. 416-901-2626www.coco-rogue.comEvery Thu. John Campbell. No Cover. EveryFri and Sat Alex James. No Cover.Communist’s Daughter, The1149 Dundas St. W. 647-435-0103Every Sat 4-7pm Gypsy Jazz w Michael Johnson& Red Rhythm. No Cover/PWYC.DeSotos1079 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-651-2109Every Thu 8pm-midnight Open Mic Jazz Jam,hosted by Double A Jazz. Every Sun 11am-2pm Brunch w Double A Jazz and Guest.Dominion on Queen500 Queen St. E. 416-368-6893www.dominiononqueen.comEvery Sun 11am-3pm Rockabilly Brunch.Every Tue 8:30pm Corktown Django Jam whost Wayne Nakamura. PWYC. Every WedCorktown Uke Jam. Every Sat Ronnie Hayward4-7:30pm Feb 3 8:30pm Maureen KennedySax AppealORI DAGANIt’s not the flower in her hair,the cute dress or the matchingscarf and boots. And it’s not justher fierce, soulful tone on the hornthat blows listeners away — it’s thatAlison Young takes musical chancesand has something to say. She’sa jazz musician, yes, “but that canmean different things to differentpeople. I’m glad that I studied jazzbecause if you’re looking at it asan all-encompassing approach tomusic, you can take what you learnand apply it towards any genre. Sothere’s a lot of discipline, but alsoa lot of room for creativity.” Sowho has this Young lady spent hertime listening to the most?“When I started listening tojazz, it was always the more soulinfluencedplayers that grabbedAlison Young.my ears. Cannonball Adderley was one of my first major influences,and then I got really into funk. Later on I got into Tower of Powerand Lenny Pickett — after seeing him on Saturday Night Live wayback when, he became one of my favourite sax players. Then there’sAretha Franklin. Eddie Harris. Anybody who plays or sings withsoul! There are a lot of local musicians who have influenced me ina big way too, like Phil Nimmons and Mike Murley — both formerteachers — and countless others. I could go on forever!”Talented, dedicated and likable, Young is easy to hire. As aside-woman, she plays in more than a few bands and can be heardin a variety of contexts this month: at the Reservoir Lounge withAlysha Brillinger & the Brilltones (Feb 2, 9, 16 and 23 at 9:45pm);at Castro’s Lounge in the Beaches with Big Rude Jake (Feb 4 at4:30pm); at the Distillery District’s Boiler House with Peter Hill &Christ Lamont (Feb 5 at 11am); back at the Reservoir Lounge withBradley and the Bouncers as well as Sophia Perlman and the Vipers(Feb 8 and 13 at 9:45pm); and at the Dovercourt House with RobertaHunt’s Red Hot Ramble (Feb 17 at 9pm). In the midst of all of that,Young will lead her own quartet at the Pilot Tavern on SaturdayFebruary 11 from 3:30pm to 6:30pm with Richard Whiteman onpiano, Jack Zarowski on bass and Glenn Anderson on drums.“These are all fantastic musicians I’ve had the privilege of playingwith in many contexts over the past few years … I’m excited aboutthis gig! Being a bandleader is entirely different from being a sidemanand I plan to do a lot more of my own gigs — and maybe evenHILL PEPPARDDOWNTOWNCONCERT VENUE• Concert, rehearsal, seminar space• Competitive rates• Intimate atmosphere, warm acoustics• Unobstructed versatile seating for 150• Wedding and reception facilities• Fully accessible• Close to transit and parking• Historic Kensington Church (circa 1858)Church of St. Stephen in-the-Field on College Streetbetween Bathurst & Spadina • 647-638-3550 / 416-921-6350email ststepheninthefields@gmail.comVenue Rental• in the heart of Yorkville• historical heritage building• Steinway Grand Piano• recital and special events• lighting and sound systems• accomodates caterers• reasonable rates35 Hazelton Avenue, Heliconian Hall416-922-3618 rentals@heliconianclub.orgFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 51


some recording — this year, but I’m still getting used to calling theshots. I’m used to supporting a bandleader’s creative vision, but Ilove the idea of being in charge of the musical direction, there are somany things I want to do!”SPEAKING OF DOING MANY THINGS, Vancouver’s Cory Weedsis not only a saxophonist (www.coryweeds.com), but also a jazz clubowner (www.thecellar.com), record label owner (www.cellarjazz.com), radio show host (Chasin’ the Train on CFRO, www.coopradio.org) and he’s a father of two! After firing off a few questions toWeeds, I acquired both insight and inspiration.As a musician, recording artist,club owner, record label owner,radio host, etc. you are obviouslyextremely devoted to jazz music.How did this devotion come about?Well, jazz was always in myhousehold. My dad is a guitarplayer and music was always apart of my family. I was a typicalrebellious teenager and didn’treally figure out how great jazzwas until I was in about grade 11.When I graduated from school I didn’t really have any other intereststhan music so I went to music school (Cap College) and things justgrew from there. I knew I wanted to be involved with this music. Ihad a very entrepreneurial spirit from a young age and when I wasabout 24 or 25 there was a big lull in the jazz scene here. Not a lotgoing on. I was mad that I couldn’t go see Oliver Gannon, CamRyga, Ross Taggart etc on a regular basis so I decided I should startmy own club, so I did. The label was a natural transition. I hadbeen doing radio before that so that continued and musically I wasprepared for my career to sort of slow down and stop. The completeopposite happened and I couldn’t be happier. Jazz isn’t a part of mylife, it is my life.What sacrifices (if any) have you had to make in order to own and runa successful jazz club?Job security, pension, EI, benefits (although I married a schoolteacher). I don’t feel I have sacrificed much. I have a beautiful wife,two kids who are the lights of my life, we own an apartment, wehave a car. I mean what more could someone want? I have all thisall while being in the “jazz” business. I feel very fortunate.There are fewer jazz clubs in Toronto than there used to be … whatadvice would you give to someone who has a dream of opening one up?Wow that’s a tough question. Be prepared to dedicate your life toit for at least five years. I mean 24/7. If you’re not a musician thentalk to musicians, find out what they like/don’t like about other clubs.Get to know the musicians first. I had the musicians on my side fromday one and that is the single most important thing. Try promotinga few concerts locally to get your feet wet. Finally, don’t give up.Persevere!!!What do you enjoy about playing in Toronto?I love T.O. and always have. It was the first big city I visited as anadult and the second I would get there I’d head to Sam the RecordMan to spend all the money I had on CDs. Now my sister lives thereand I love connecting with all my Toronto musician friends. I loveplaying with Bernie Senensky, always look forward to seeing KellyJefferson and Andy Scott and love playing with everyone I get achance to. I have found that through my club, my label and my ownrecords I have some fans there too which is really nice. Building afan base is a long, slow process and it’s nice to see the hard workpay off.If you’re reading this column early enough in the month, you’vegot a few chances to catch Weeds in and around The Big Smoke: atThe Rex (Feb 2 at 9:30pm), with vocalist Maureen Kennedy at theDominion on Queen (Feb 3 at 8:30pm), at the Pilot Tavern (Feb 4 at3:30pm) or at The Jazz Room in Waterloo (Feb 4 at 8:30pm).Ori Dagan is a Toronto-based jazz vocalist,voice actor and entertainment journalist. He canbe contacted at jazz@thewholenote.com.Cory Weeds.with Cory Weeds $10. Feb 4 8:30pm Moo’dSwing $15. Feb 5 4-7pm Jazz Jam with NoahLeibel. Feb 10 8pm Mike Field Jazz Quintet$10. Feb 11 4pm “Sound of Ronnie Hayward& his Quintet” CD Release Party; 8:30pm Allsax4tet $10. Feb 12 5-8pm Uptown SwingBand $10. Feb 17 9pm Mat MacDonald QuartetPWYC. Feb 18 8:30pm Young Kim Quartet$10. Feb 19 4-7pm Jazz Jam with Noah LeibelFeb 24 9pm Havana to Toronto with host JoaquinNunez Hidalgo $10. Feb 26 7pm MusicalTheatre Cabaret.Dovercourt House805 Dovercourt Rd. 416-537-3337www.odd-socks.org (full schedule)Fri Feb 17 9:10pm-1am 3rd Friday Blues DanceParty with Roberta Hunt & the Gents. Dance$10; $13 with class. Every Sat 9pm-1am SaturdayNight Swing: Dance featuring Live SwingBands and dance lessons. Dance $13; $15 withone class, $18 with both. Bands: Feb 4 AlexPangman & Her Alleycats. Feb 11 Roberta Hunt& the Gents. Feb 18 Toronto Jazz Orchestra.Emmet Ray, The924 College St. 416-792-4497All shows 9pm unless otherwise noted. PWYC.www.theemmetray.com (full schedule)Feb 1 Chet Vincent. Feb 2 John Wayne Swingtet.Feb 5 Angela Sande. Feb 6 Shannon GrahamGroup. Feb 8 Peter Boyd. Feb 9 Box Full ofCash. Feb 12 3pm-12am Emmet Ray Music Festival.$5-$10 sugg. donation. Feb 13 PeripheralVision. Feb 15 Vokurka`s Vicarious Virtuoso Violin.Feb 16 Patrick Brealey. Feb 19 Brian Friedland& Jeff LaRochelle. Feb 20 David Buchbinder.Feb 22 Alistair Christl & The Lonely. Feb23 Ken Yoshioka. Feb 26 Tyler Emond. Feb 27Josh Cole Quartet. Feb 29 Gregory Finney.Flying Beaver Pubaret, The488 Parliament St. 647-347-6567www.pubaret.com (full schedule)Feb 3, 4 7pm Carole Pope $25/$20(adv).Gallery Studio, The2877 Lake Shore Blvd., Etobicoke416-253-0285 www.thegallerystudiocafe.caEvery Tue Jazz Jam with Humber College walumni house band: Riley O’Connor (drums);Scott Kemp (bass); Scott Metcalf (piano); ShiranthaBeddage (saxophone); Lee Wallace (guitar).Every Thu 7pm Kirk MacDonald/Al HendersonDuo $7. Every Sat 4:30-7pm The CookingChannel No Cover. Every Sun 1:30pm Birdsof a Feather; 4pm Fair Trade; 7pm ElizabethMartins Quartet No Cover. Feb 8 7:30pm UptownSwing Band $8.Gate 403403 Roncesvalles Ave. 416-588-2930www.gate403.com All shows: PWYCFeb 1 5pm Brian Cober & Aslan Gotov BluesDuo; 9pm Kurt Neilsen & Richard Whiteman.Feb 2 5pm Melissa Lauren; 9pm The Bettys.Feb 3 5pm Elizabeth Martins; 9pm Sabor LatinJazz Band. Feb 4 5pm Bill Heffernan & Friends;9pm Melissa Boyce. Feb 5 5pm Jeff Taylor &the S.L.T.; 9pm Kyle McGyle. Feb 6 5pm KenMcDonald; 9pm Richard Whiteman. Feb 7 5pmJorge Gavidia; 9pm Julian Fauth. Feb 9 5pmBrian Cober & Aslan Gotov; 9pm Vincent Bertucci.Feb 9 5pm Alex Samaras; 9pm EddiePaton. Feb 10 5pm Donné Roberts; 9pm FraserMevlin. Feb 11 5pm Bill Heffernan & Friends;9pm Keiko Jazz Band. Feb 12 5pm WhitneyC. In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz)Ross Barris; 9pm David Hutchison. Feb 13 5pmDenis Schingh; 9pm Richard Whiteman. Feb14 5pm Mighty Tusk Band; 9pm Julian Fauth.Feb 15 5pm Brian Cober & Aslan Gotov; 9pmRommel Reyes. Feb 16 5pm Margot Roi; 9pmGia & the Unpredictable Update. Feb 17 5pmBobby Hsu; 9pm Sweet Derrick. Feb 18 5pmBill Heffernan & Friends; 9pm Patrick Tevlin`sNew Orleans Rhythm. Feb 19 5pm France St.Trio; 9pm Brownman. Feb 20 5pm Tom Duke;9pm Richard Whiteman. Feb 21 5pm Byung-Gul Jung; 9pm Julian Fauth. Feb 22 5pm BrianCober & Aslan Gotov; 9pm Blakeley Walker.Feb 23 5pm Noam Lemish; 9pm Cyndi Carleton.Feb 24 5pm The Brodkorb/Simmons/GueretteTrio; 9pm Bartek Kozminksi el Mosaico FlamencoJazz Fusion. Feb 25 5pm Bill Heffernan &Friends; 9pm The Pearl Motel. Feb 26 5pm AlanZemitas; 9pm Aj Ing Fusion Band. Feb 27 5pmOlga & the Gimlets; 9pm Richard Whiteman. Feb28 5pm Andy Malette; 9pm Julian Fauth. Feb29 5pm Brian Cober & Aslan Gotov; 9pm JohnWayne Swingtet.Grossman’s Tavern379 Spadina Ave. 416-977-1210www.grossmanstavern.com (full schedule)Every Sat 4-8pm The Happy Pals; Every Sun9:30pm-2am The Nationals w Brian Cober:Double Slide Guitar Open Jam; Every Mon 9:30No Band Required. Every Wed 9:30pm ErnestLee & Cotton Traffic. Feb 3 Swinging BlackJacks. Feb 4 Grayceful Daddies. Feb 10, 11 KidBastien Forever with Guido Cairo. Feb 17 JulianFauth. Feb 18 Combo Royale. Feb 19 The Connection.Feb 24 Frankie Foo. Feb 25 CautionJam. Feb 26 The Connection.Harlem Restaurant67 Richmond St. E. 416-368-1920www.harlemrestaurant.com (full schedule)All shows: No Cover/PWYCEvery Mon 8pm-1am Open Jam Night withCarolyn T. Every Fri/Sat 7:30-11:30pmJazz/Blues. Feb 3 Unbuttoned. Feb 4 JoannaMohammed. Feb 10 Dan McLean Jr. Feb 11Gibrran. Feb 17 Jill Peacock. Feb 18 Reece.Feb 24 Carol Oya. Feb 25 James King Trio.Harlem Underground Restaurant/Bar745 Queen St. W. 416-366-4743www.harlemrestaurant.com/undergroundEvery Mon Daniel Gagnon. Every Tue JohnCampbell. Every Thu, Every Sat Carl Bray.Hirut Restaurant2050 Danforth Ave. 416-551-7560Every Wed 8pm Open Mic with Gary 17. EverySat 7pm Ethi Fidel Band.Hot House Café35 Church St. 416-366-7800www.hothousecafe.comEvery Sun 11am-3pm. Brunch with Jazz Zone.Hugh’s Room2261 Dundas St. W. 416-531-6604www.hughsroom.com (full schedule)All shows at 8:30pm unless otherwise noted.Feb 2 Ian Thomas $30/$27.50(adv). Feb 3Garnet Rogers $25/$22.50(adv). Feb 4 Fathead$20/$18(adv). Feb 5 12th Annual BanjoSpecial $20/$18(adv). Feb 8 DK Ibomeka“Ocean” CD Release $20/$17(adv). Feb 9Catherine MacLennan $20/$18(adv). Feb 10Suzana da Camara & her Company of Menfeat Diana Salvatore $20/$17.50(adv). Feb52 thewholenote.com February 1 – March 7, 2012


11 Micah Barnes & Jackie Richardson: A JazzValentine $27.50/$25(adv). Feb 12 Alfie Zappacosta$39/$34(adv). Feb 13 John Alcorn &Adi Braun: Speak Low $22.50/$20(adv). Feb14 Betty & 14 Betty & the Bobs Valentine’sShow $22.50/$20(adv). Feb 16 David Newland“Give It a Whirl” CD Release $20/$18(adv).Feb 17 Dave Young & Terry Promane Octetfeat. Kevin Turcotte, Vern Dorge, Mike Murley,Perry White, Gary Williamson & Terry Clarke$27.50/$25(adv). Feb 18 Danny Marks &Guests: Tribute to Muddy Water & Howlin’ Wolfe$25/$22(adv). Feb 21 Jane Harbury’s Discoveries:David Krystal, Anastasia Rizikov, Rory Jordan-Stevens& Jordana Talsky $17/$15(adv).Feb 22 Tony McManus $22.50/$20(adv).Feb 23 Treasa Levasseur & Tanika Charles$20/$18(adv). Feb 24 Andy Maize & Friends.$18/$16(adv) Feb 25 The Way to SanJose:Music of Burt Bacharach w Lori Cullen, Julie Michels,Aaron Jensen & more $25/$22.50. Feb26 2pm Ken Whiteley`s Annual Gospel MusicSeries w Marlene O’Neill, Joan Harris & LenUdow $22.50/$20(adv); 7pm SHINE! for theJim Fay Music Bursary feat. Ron Hawkins & theDo Good Assassins, Corin Raymon & the Sundowners,and more $25/$22(adv).Jazz Room, TheLocated in the Huether Hotel59 King St. N., Waterloo 226-476-1565.www.kwjazzroom.comAll attendees must be 19+; opening acts at6pm, headliners (listed below) at 8:30pm.Feb 3 Lorne Lofsky Quartet $15. Feb 4 CoryWeeds Quartet $18. Feb 10 Trace Element $12.Feb 11 Barry Elmes Quintet $20. Feb 17 BarbFulton Quintet $12. Feb 18 Maureen KennedyQuartet $18. Feb 24 Andrew McAnsh Sextet$12. Feb 25 Kelsey Grant Quartet $18.Joe Mama’s317 King St. W. 416-340-6469. No Cover.Every Sun 7-11pm Nathan Hiltz Trio & SpecialGuests. Every Mon 7:30-11:30pm SoulMondays. Every Tue 7-11pm Blue Angels.Every Wed 8pm-12am Blackburn. Every Thu8:30pm-12:30am Blackburn. Every Fri 10pm-2am The Grind. Every Sat 10pm-2am Shugga.Latinada Restaurant & Jazz Bar1671 Bloor St. W. 416-913-9716www.latinada.comLula Lounge1585 Dundas St. W. 416-588-0307www.lula.caFeb 2 7:30pm Swing Shift Big Band $10. Feb3 10pm Salsa Friday w Changuy Havana and DJSuave $15. Feb 4 10pm Salsa Saturday w LadySon y Articulo Veinte and DJ GIO $15. Feb 512:30pm Sunday Family Salsa Brunch $15. Feb8, 9 8pm Pastel Supernoa’s Love Letters $20.Feb 10 10pm Salsa Dance Party w Alberto Alberto& Super Bando Show & DJ GIO $15. Feb11 10pm Salsa Saturday w Café Cubano andDJ Suave $15. Feb 12 12:30pm Sunday FamilySalsa Brunch. $15. Feb 14 7pm and 9:30pmValentine’s Day w the Alithea Cameron Quintet$15. Feb 18 10pm Salsa Saturday w Son Acheand DJ Suave $15. Feb 19 Feb 5 12:30pm SundayFamily Salsa Brunch $15; 7pm Salon Noir:The Surreal Speakeasy $35/$30(adv). Feb 2410pm Salsa Dance Party w Yani Borrell & theClave Kings and DJ Suave $15. Feb 25 10pmOrquesta Fantasia $15. Feb 26 12:30pm SundayFamily Salsa Brunch $15; 7pm AkwabaDance Company $10/$5(under 12).Manhattan’s Music Club951 Gordon St., Guelph. 519-767-2440www.manhattans.caMezzetta Restaurant681 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-658-5687www.mezzettarestaurant.comEvery Wed: sets at 9pm, 10:15pm. $7-$10.Feb 1 Robi Botos (melodica); Jozef Botos (guitar);Attila Darvas (bass). Feb 8 Morgan Childs(drums); Lee Wallace (guitar); Jon Meyer (bass).Feb 15 Mike Murley (sax); David Occhipinti(guitar). Feb 22 Don Thompson (bass); RegSchwager (guitar). Feb 29 Lorne Lofsky (guitar);Kieran Overs (bass).Momo’s Bistro664 The Queensway, Etobicoke 416-252-5560www.momosbistro.comEvery Wed 8pm Open Mic.Monarchs PubAt the Delta Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St. W.416-585-4352 www.monarchspub.caEvery Tue Acoustic Open Mic Night. EveryWed Jazz Wednesdays. Every Thu Blues Thursdays.Feb 17-19 Winterfolk Festival. For details:www.winterfolk.comMuch Me816 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-651-0009Every Thu 8-11pm Ben D’Cunha (piano andvocals). No Cover.Nawlins Jazz Bar & Dining299 King St. W. 416-595-1958www.nawlins.caEvery Tue Stacie McGregor; Every Wed JimHeineman Trio; Every Thu Blues Night w GuestVocalists; Every Fri/Sat All Star Bourbon St.Band; Every Sun Brooke Blackburn.Old Mill, The21 Old Mill Rd. 416-236-2641www.oldmilltoronto.comHome Smith Bar: No Reservations. No Cover;$20 minimum per person. 7:30-10:30pm.Feb 2 Brigham Phillips (piano). Feb 3 GeorgiaAmbros (vocals); Mark Eisenman (piano);Steve Wallace (bass). Feb 4 Adrean Farrugia(piano); Kelly Jefferson (sax); Andrew Downing(bass). Feb 9 John Sherwood (piano). Feb 11Sheree Jeacocke Cerqua (vocals); Mark Camilleri(piano); Scott Alexander (bass); Kevan Mc-Kenzie (drums). Feb 11 Brian O’Kane (trumpet);Lorne Lofsky (guitar); Neil Swainson (bass). Feb16 John Sherwood (piano). Feb 17 Sophia Perlman(vocals); Adrean Farrugia (piano); Pat Collins(bass). Feb 18 Ross Wooldridge (clarinet);John Sherwood (piano); Neil Swainson (bass).Feb 23 John Sherwood (piano). Feb 24 BarbaraGordon (vocals); Adrean Farrugia (piano); JonMaharaj (bass). Feb 25 Ron Davis (piano); DanielFortin (bass); Morgan Childs (drums).Pantages Martini Bar & Lounge200 Victoria St. 416-362-1777Every Fri Robert Scott; Every Sat Solo Piano:Various artists.Pilot Tavern, The22 Cumberland Ave. 416-923-5716www.thepilot.caJazz Saturdays 3:30–6:30pm. No Cover.Feb 4 Cory Weeds with Bernie Senensky Trio.Feb 11 Alison Young Quartet. Feb 18 SugarDaddies. Feb 25 Botos Brothers Quartet.Quotes220 King St. W. 416-979-7697Every Fri 5pm Canadian Jazz Quartet: GaryBenson (guitar), Frank Wright (vibes), DuncanHopkins (bass) Don Vickery (drums) and featuredguest: Feb 3 Al Kay (trombone). Feb 10Bob Brough (saxophone). Feb 17 Denny Christianson(trumpet). Feb 24 John MacMurchy.Reposado Bar & Lounge136 Ossington Ave. 416-532-6474www.reposadobar.comFridays $5 Cover; all other nights PWYC.Every Wed Spy vs. Spy vs. Sly Every Thu, FriThe Reposadists.Reservoir Lounge, The52 Wellington St. E. 416-955-0887www.reservoirlounge.comEvery Mon Sophia Perlman and the Vipers;Every Tue Tyler Yarema & his Rhythm; EveryWed Bradley & the Bouncers; Every Thu Alysha& the Brilltones. Every Fri DeeDee & theDirty Martinis; Every Sat Tyler Yarema & hisRhythm. Early shows: Tue, Wed, Thurs 7-9pmincluding Feb 2 Alex Pangman & her Alleycats.Feb 21 Beverly Taft & her Swell Fellas.Rex Hotel Jazz & Blues Bar, The194 Queen St. W. 416-598-2475www.therex.ca (many shows PWYC; covercharge applies to some shows, call ahead)Feb 1 6:30pm Katie Malloch Retirement Partyw music by Barry Elmes Quintet; 9:30pm DanielJamieson. Feb 2 6:30pm Ross Wooldridge Trio;9:30pm Cory Weeds w Perfectly Hank feat. BernieSenensky. Feb 3 4pm Hogtown Syncopators;6:30pm The Maisies; 9:45pm The Navigators.Feb 4 12pm Danny Marks & Friends; 3:30pmComposers Collective; 7pm Lester McLean Trio;9:45pm Vaughan Meisner. Feb 5 12pm ExcelsiorDixieland Jazz; 3:30pm Club Django; 7pm TheOffbeat; 9:30pm Random Access. Feb 6 6:30pmU of T Student Ensembles; 9:30pm Humber CollegeStudent Ensembles. Feb 7 6:30pm Shields& Fielding Trio; 9:30pm Rex Jazz Jam. Feb 86:30pm Rhonda Stakich Trio; 9:30pm Bill WithersTribute w Justin Bacchus. Feb 9 6:30pmRoss Wooldridge; 9:30pm Kiki Misumi Quintet.Feb 10 4pm Hogtown Syncopators; 6:30pmThe Maisies; 9:45pm Ross Wooldridge Sextet:Benny Goodman Tribute. Feb 11 12pm DannyMarks & Friends; 3:30pm Jake Chisholm Group;7pm Lester McLean Trio; 9:45pm Brad Goode.Feb 12 12pm Excelsior Dixieland Jazz; 3:30pmDr. Nick Blues; 7pm The Offbeat; 9:30 Fern Lindzon.Feb 13 6:30pm U of T Student Ensembles;9:30pm Humber College Student Ensembles.Feb 14 6:30pm Shields & Fielding Trio; 9:30pmRex Jazz Jam. Feb 15 6:30pm Rhonda StakichTrio; 9:30pm Yves Leveille Quartet. Feb 166:30pm Ross Wooldridge Trio; 9:30pm YvesPublicity, press kits& image consultingfor performers416.544.1803www.lizpr.comLeveille Quartet. Feb 17 4pm Hogtown Syncopators;6:30pm The Maisies; 9:45pm ElianaCuevas. Feb 18 12pm Danny Marks & Friends;3:30pm Laura Hubert; 7pm Lester McLean Trio;9:45pm Hotfoot Orchestra. Feb 19 12pm ExcelsiorDixieland Jazz; 3:30pm Toronto Jazz Orchestra;7pm The Offbeat; 9:30pm Will Vinson Quartet.Feb 20 6:30pm U of T Student Ensembles;9:30pm Will Vinson Quartet. Feb 21 6:30pmShields & Fielding Trio; 9:30pm Rex Jazz Jam.Feb 22 6:30pm Rhonda Stakich Trio; 9:30pmRobb Cappelletto. Feb 23 6:30pm Ross WooldridgeTrio; 9:45pm Dave Turner Quartet. Feb 244pm Hogtown Syncopators; 6:30pm The Maisies;9:45pm Dave Turner Quartet. Feb 25 12pmDanny Marks & Friends; 3:30pm Christ HuntTentet +2; 7pm Lester McLean Trio; 9:45pm BobBrough Quartet; 12:30am Rinsethealgorithm.Feb 26 12pm Excelsior Dixieland Jazz; 3:30pmFreeway Dixieland; 7pm The Offbeat; 9:30pmDavid French’s Bloomsday. Feb 27 6:30pm U ofT Student Ensembles; 9:30pm John MacLeod’sRex Hotel Orchestra. Feb 28 6:30pm Shields& Fielding Trio; 9:30pm Rex Jazz Jam. Feb 296:30pm Rhonda Stakich Trio; 9:30pm TesseractCD Release.Ristorante Roma1090 Bloor St. W. 416-531-4000All shows: PWYCJazz Every Fri/Sat 8pm, Every Sun 6pm.Le Saint Tropez315 King St. W. 416-591-3600Live piano jazz 7 days a weekwww.lesainttropez.comSomewhere There227 Sterling Rd. Unit #112 416-262-2883All shows: $8 coverFeb 1 8pm Complete Chamber Works of QueenVictrola. Feb 2 8pm Alaniaris: Ken Aldcroft (guitar);Michael Kaler (bass); Mark Zurawinski(drums). Feb 4 8pm Kyle Brenders (sax); SteveWard (trombone); Wes Neal (bass); Mark Segger(drums). Feb 5 5pm Ancient Egypt: HolgerSchoorl (guitar/vocals); Kyle Brenders (clarinet);Pete Johnson (bass). Feb 8 8pm QueenVictrola: Cheryl O (cello); Michaelangelo Iaffaldando(accordion/tenor banjo/clarinet). Feb 98pm Alaniaris. Feb 12 5pm Ancient Egypt; 8pmRobin Buckley (drums/percussion); Jesse Levine(keys); Mike Overton (bass); Jeremy Strachan(sax); 9pm Funky Bunch: Germaine Liu (drums/percussion); Heather Segger (trombone). Feb14 8pm Josh Cole (bass); David French (sax);Caleb Chan, Hugh Marsh (violin); Alex Goodman(guitar); Dan Gaucher (drums). Feb 15 8pmQueen Victrola; 9pm Octopus: Germain Liu, MarkZurawinski (percussion). Feb 16 8pm Alaniaris.Feb 19 5pm Ancient Egypt. Feb 22 8pm CherylO (cello); Michaelangelo Iaffaldano (misc. instruments);Queen Victrola. Feb 23 8pm Alaniaris.February 1 – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 53


Feb 26 5pm Ancient Egypt. Feb 29 8pm QueenVictrola, Christine Duncan’s Element Choir.Trane Studio964 Bathurst St. 416-913-8197www.tranestudio.com (full schedule)Feb 1 8pm Noah Zacharin No Cover. Feb 28pm Blue Train Revisited w Steve Hall $10. Feb3 8pm Santerias & Ventanas $10. Feb 4 8pmAmai Kuda & Kae Sun $10. Feb 5 8pm CaseyYugo “Maybe in Time You’ll See” CD Release$10. Feb 6 8pm Son Roberts $5. Feb 7 7pmThe Meaning of Marley with Klive Walker; 8pmAl Hamilton w Norman Richmond. PWYC. Feb 88pm Noah Zacharin No Cover. Feb 9 8pm MichaelArthurs Group $10. Feb 10 8pm Moo’dSwing $10. Feb 11 8pm Carlos Morgan Valentine’sConcert $10. Feb 12 8pm Chelsea & theSocialist Night School $10. Feb 13 8pm SonRoberts $5. Feb 14 8pm Brownman Quartet$10. Feb 15 8pm Noah Zacharin No Cover. Feb16 8pm Singers Den Open Mic w Al St. Louis$10. Feb 17,18 8pm Caliban Arts Theatre Relaunch:Ethnic Heritage Ensemble $20/$15(adv).Feb 19 8pm Kathleen Gorman Group $5. Feb20 8pm Son Roberts $5. Feb 22 8pm NoahZacharin No Cover. Feb 23, 24 8pm RachelTherrien Quintet $10. Feb 27 8pm Son Roberts$5. Feb 29 8pm Noah Zacharin No Cover.THE TRADITIONS OFEUROPE MADEAFFORDABLEC. In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz) D. The ETCeterasTranzac292 Brunswick Ave. 416-923-8137www.tranzac.org (full schedule)3-4 shows nightly, mostly PWYCEvery Mon 7pm This is Awesome; 10pm OpenMic. Every Fri 5pm The Foolish Things. EverySat 3pm Jamzac. Performances include: Feb 310pm Jesse Malone & Nathan Dell-Vandenberg.Feb 5 5pm Monk’s Music. Feb 7 10pm PeripheralVision. Feb 8 10pm John Russon Quartet.Feb 12 10pm Lina Allemano Four. Feb 14 10pmStop Time. Feb 18 6:30pm Michael Davidson.Feb 19 7:30pm Tania Gill Quartet; 10pm NickFraser Quartet. Feb 24 10pm Ryan Driver Quartet.Feb 26 10:30pm Steve Ward Presents. Feb28 10pm Nick Fraser’s Drumheller.Whitlock’s Restaurant & Wine Café Bar1961 Queen St. E. 416-691-8784www.whitlocks.caEvery Fri 8pm Gerry Mackay, guitar. No Cover.Zemra Bar & Lounge778 St. Clair Ave. W. 416-651-3123www.zemrabarlounge.comEvery Wed Open Mic and Jam.Every Fri Live Music Fridays.Children'sPianoLessonsFriendly, approachable -and strict!Liz Parker416.544.1803liz.parker@rogers.comQueen/BathurstGALAS & FUNDRAISERS•Feb 04 11:30am: La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra.Soup & Symphony Fundraiser. Publicinvited to bid on silent auction and observe anLYJO rehearsal while hot soup is served. CalvaryPentecostal Church, 401 Croft St. E.,Port Hope. 1-866-460-5956. $20.COMPETITIONS•Feb 16 8:00: Hart House. U of T Idol. Vocalcompetition featuring U of T students, facultyand staff. Hosted by Dave Clark; his band, TheWoodshed Orchestra, will accompany eachvocalist. Arbor Room, 7 Hart House Circle. 416-978-5362. www.harthouse.ca. Free.•Applications now accepted Orchestra Toronto.Orchestra Toronto Concerto Competition:The 2012 Marta Hidy Prize for Cello. For Canadianvirtuosos 23 and under; apply online byApril 6 at www.orchestratoronto.ca; Contact:Karen Henderson, 416-757-2988.SCREENINGS•Feb 11 8:00: Niagara Artists Centre. Silenceis Golden. Silent films with accompanyingimprovised music. Films: La Voyage De La Lune(1902) and La Coquille et le Clergyman (1928).Douglas Miller, flute; Eric Mahar, guitar; PennerMacKay, percussion. 354 St. Paul St., St.Catharines. $30; $27(sr); $11(st).•Feb 13 8:00: Robert Bruce. Three Short SilentFilms by Buster Keaton About Love and RomanceWith live piano accompaniment by RobertBruce. Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church, 427Bloor St. W. 905-777-9196. $15; $12(sr/st).LECTURES & SYMPOSIA•Feb 04 9:30am-12:30pm: Canadian OperaCompany/University of Toronto Faculty ofMusic/Munk School of Global Affairs. TheOpera Exchange: Long Distant Loving: Saariaho’sL’Amour loin/Love from Afar. Ted Chamberlin,Sherry Lee (U of T); David Metzer (UBC); SusanMcClary (Case Western); Greg Newsome, composer.Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Bldg, 80Queen’s Park. 416-363-8231. $23; $17(faculty);$12(st); free(U of T students with ID).•Feb 11 11:00am: Northumberland LearningConnection. Opera Brown-bag Lunch Talk:Wagner’s Götterdämmerung. Ian Montagnesgives a half-hour talk ahead of MetropolitanOpera HD broadcast. 20 Queen St., Port Hope.905-349-3402. $5 (includes coffee/tea).•Feb 12 2:00: Mississauga Library System.Freedom, Slavery and the Roots of AmericanMusic. Lecture and performance by Ray Kamalay.Noel Ryan Auditorium, Mississauga CentralLibrary, 301 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W., Mississauga.905-615-3500. Free.•Feb 12 4:00 Continuum ContemporaryMusic. Pre-Concert talk by Henk de Graauw.Lecture by mechanical organ enthusiast andretired engineer. Music Gallery, 197 John St.416-924-4945. Free.•Feb 13 7:30: Southern Ontario Chapter ofthe Hymn Society. Hymns and Church Music:Where is it all going? Conversation with studentsand grads of the Sacred Music programat Emmanuel College. 75 Queen’s Park Cres.E., 416-342-6034. Free.•Feb 14 1:00: University of Toronto Facultyof Music. Toronto & the War of 1812.Student wind and brassinstrumentsCall for the location of aretailer near you1 800 690-0515Premiere Source for HigH quality food(416) 364-7397 www.pasqualebros.com54 thewholenote.com February 1 – March 7, 2012


Composer John Beckwith introduces the documentaryballad opera Taptoo! Walter Hall, EdwardJohnson Bldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. Free.•Feb 16 12:10pm: University of Toronto Facultyof Music. Spotlight on Opera. Preview ofU of T Opera Division’s production of Mozart’sCosì fan tutte, including excerpts performed bycast members. Walter Hall, Edward JohnsonBldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. Free.•Feb 16 3:30: University of Toronto Facultyof Music. Graduate Colloquia Series: KennethH. Peacock Lecturer: Gary Tomlison, musicologist.“Paleolithic Formalism and the Emergenceof Music.” Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Bldg.,80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. Free.•Feb 16 7:00: Tafelmusik. Baroque MusicLecture. Tafelmusik violinist Patricia Ahern discussesperiod performance, including a comparisonbetween the baroque and modern violin.North York Public Library Auditorium, 5120Yonge St. 416-395-5639. Free.•Feb 26 2:00: Toronto Opera Club. Gilbert& Sullivan – opera? Guest speaker: MichaelJames Burgess. Rm.330, Edward JohnsonBldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-924-3940. $10.•Mar 4:00: Wilfrid Laurier UniversityPress/Massey College/University of TorontoFaculty of Music. John Beckwith BookLaunch. Celebration of Beckwith’s recent publicationUnheard Of: Memoirs of a Canadian Composer.Massey College, 4 Devonshire Place.519-884-0710 x2665. Free.MASTERCLASSES•Feb 05, 19 and Mar 04 2:00: Singing Studioof Deborah Staiman. Masterclass. Musicaltheatre/audition preparation, using textualanalysis and other interpretative tools for thesung monologue. Yonge & Eglinton area – callfor exact location. 416-483-9532.www.singingstudio.ca•Feb 14 10:00am: University of TorontoFaculty of Music. St. Lawrence String QuartetMasterclass. Walter Hall, Edward JohnsonBldg., 80 Queen’s Park. 416-408-0208. Free.•Feb 14 11:30am: York University Departmentof Music. Vocal Masterclass by NathaliePaulin, soprano. With York U classical voiceparticipants. Tribute Communities Recital Hall,Rm.112 Accolade East Bldg., 4700 Keele St.416-736-2100 x22926. Free.•Feb 17 3:15: University of Toronto Facultyof Music. Yves Léveillé Quartet: Jazz Masterclass.Upper Jazz Studio, 90 Wellesley St. W.416-978-3750. Free.•Feb 28 11:30am: York University Departmentof Music. Guitar Masterclass by MichaelSavona. Tribute Communities Recital Hall,Rm.112 Accolade East Bldg., 4700 Keele St.416-736-2100 x22926. Free.WORKSHOPS•Feb 05 1:00: Harbourfront Centre. KuumbaFestival: Drumming Workshop with AlphaRhythm Roots. Lakeside Terrace, 235 Queen’sQuay W. 416-973-4000. Free.•Feb 05 1:30-4:00: Toronto Early MusicPlayers Organization. Workshop. FrankNakashima, coach. Bring own instruments andmusic stand; music is available at the door. ArmourHeights Community Centre, 2140 AvenueRd. 416-245-3413. $20.•Feb 10 6:30: O’Hara House Concerts. UkeleleWorkshop/Dinner with Manitoba Hal ofBlues with Nighthowls. Informal session designedto develop ukulele skills; concert byBlues with Nighthowls follows at 8pm. 28O’Hara Ave. 416-516-4703. $20 for workshop/dinner; $30 for workshop, dinner and concert.•Feb 12 2:00: CAMMAC. Reading for Singers.Guastavino: Indianas. Isabel Bernaus, conductor.Christ Church Deer Park, 1570 Yonge St.416-694-9266. $10; $6(members).•Feb 25 10:30am: Toronto MendelssohnChoir. Singsation Saturday: Choral Workshopwith Guest Conductor Thea Kano. Haydn: TheresienMesse. Music provided; participantscan register at the workshop. Cameron Hall,Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 YongeSt. 416-598-0422 x24. $10 includes refreshments.Register online: www.tmchoir.org.•Mar 04 1:30-4:00: Toronto Early MusicPlayers Organization. Workshop: “Birds andthe Bees.” Dexter Roberts, coach. Music thathonours “feathered, otherwise-flighted andperhaps even a few footed friends.” Bring owninstruments and music stand; music is availableat the door. Armour Heights Community Centre,2140 Avenue Rd. 416-245-3413. $20.ALEXANDER KATSA rst class Russian-trainedconcert pianist/teacheris accepting students forregular private lessons orrepertoire coaching, fromadvanced (ARCT, university)to all grades of RCMincluding theoryCall: (416) 340-1844alexander.kats@sympatico.caSINGALONGS•Feb 14 7:00: Canada Sings!/Chantons Canada!Toronto-Riverdale. Neighbourhood Singalong.Folk, rock, ballads and Broadway. MarkBell, songleader; Marjorie Wiens, piano. Guest:Church of the Redeemer Choir, Mark Vuorinen,conductor, John Campbell, music director. TorontoChinese Alliance Church, 77 First Ave.416-778-0796. Free, donations accepted.www.canadasings.ca•Feb 18 9:30am: Canada Sings!/ChantonsCanada! Toronto-Riverdale. NeighbourhoodSingalong. Folk, rock, ballads and Broadway.PlayKlezmerwith bandleaderERIC STEIN(Mandolinist: Beyond the Pale)JOIN US! 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Salon 21: Electronica.Meet and greet, followed by performanceby turntable artist/composer Nicole Lizée.Gardiner Museum, 111 Queen’s Park. Free, donationswelcome. Limited seating; register onwebsite: www.soundstreams.ca•Mar 06 7:00: Soundstreams. Salon 21: PeterEötvos on Jazz and Opera. Meet and greet, followedby discussion by composer/conductorPeter Eötvos about his interest in jazz andopera, with live and recorded examples. GardinerMuseum, 111 Queen’s Park. Free, donationswelcome. Limited seating; register on website:www.soundstreams.caAUDITIONS / MUSICIANS WANTEDCOUNTERPOINT COMMUNITYORCHESTRA (www.ccorchestra.org)welcomes volunteer musicians. Mondayevening rehearsals, downtown Toronto.All sections especially violins. Email info@ccorchestra.orgMARKHAM SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAhas openings for Concertmaster, Strings,Woodwinds, Brass. All Pay-Per Servicepositions. Please send resume tomarkhamsymphony@yahoo.ca.www.msocanada.comNYCO SYMPHONY is looking for the followingto play in 4 subscription concerts each season.Rehearsals Wed nights at York Mills CI,Don Mills. Trumpets, Trombones, ViolasBasses. For contact info visit NYCO.on.caTHE CABBAGETOWN CLASSICALYOUTH CHOIR is auditioning for its annualproduction of Menotti’s “Amahl and theNight Visitors” in December 2012. Approx.20 soloists between the ages of 11 and21 are needed to sing both principal andchorus roles. The production will includesets, costumes and a 16-piece orchestra.Call Maestro Daniel at 647-701-5033 toarrange an audition and to discuss details.YOUR AD COULD BE HERE.Contact classad@thewholenote.comINSTRUCTIONCONCERT PIANIST EVE EGOYAN(M. Mus., L.R.A.M., F.R.S.C.) offerslessons to committed musicians as well asreturning adults (emu@interlog.com,416-894-6344, www.eveegoyan.com).FLUTE INSTRUCTION: Margot Rydall flutestudio. 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We Are All Music’s ChildrenFebruary’s Child Shannon MercerMJ BUELLWho is March’s Child?Already so composed! Withfive senses explore the arrayof possibility a musical lifeaffords. While music stirs,strikes, grips and turns us on,you’ll find that esprit is whatconnects us all. Say Farewellto Heaven as you ride thisnew wave into concert halls,galleries, movie theatres,schools and the occasionalhanging garden.Think you know whoour mystery child is?Send your best guess tomusicschildren@thewholenote.com. Please provide yourmailing address just incase your name is drawn!Winners will be selected byrandom draw among correctreplies received by Monday,February 20, 2012.Lady of Spain at a SwanseaPublic School concert.Toronto, circa 1954.“… My father’s mother was leftin a basket on the steps of anorphanage in June of 1913 inGelligaer, Glamorgan, SouthWales. My father immigratedto Montreal in 1967 alongwith my mother and my threeeldest siblings. Later thefamily moved to Ottawa wheretwo additional children wereborn — the youngest was me.My father always showed apassion and love for music …”(liner notes: Wales – The Landof Song)Born in ottawa, sopranoShannon Mercer grewup in Manotick, Ontario,on the Rideau Canal. Sheattended Canterbury Arts High School inOttawa, and graduated from McGill University:Vocal Performance, and Early Music VocalPerformance and History). Then, after oneyear in the Opera School Diploma program atthe University of Toronto, she was acceptedinto the Ensemble Studio with the CanadianOpera Company.Mercer’s busy schedule of opera, concert andrecital engagements reflects in particular her appetitesfor both baroque and contemporary music.Featured last season by Queen of Puddings MusicTheatre, in Ana Sokolovic’s one-woman operaLove Songs, Mercer returns to Queen of Puddingthis month for Beckett: Feck-it! (see below).Recent appearances include: a role in AlexinaLouie’s opera film Mulroney: The Opera, a seriesof concerts with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra,Bach’s St. John Passion with the Arion BaroqueOrchestra and Les Voix Baroques (recorded byATMA Classique and just released!), and performanceswith the Portland Baroque Orchestra,Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Mercury Baroquein Houston and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.Recent touring includes her Wales – Land of Songprogramme with Skye Consort, and a programmedevoted to Francesca Caccini,with Luc Beausejour.Tell us about your AldeburghConnection, and their 30thAnniversary Gala on February19. I first met Stephen Rallswhen I was at Opera School atthe University of Toronto in1999 and he was the Head ofthe Opera Department. Afterleaving school to join theEnsemble Studio I was invitedto sing with the AldeburghConnection series in one oftheir famous Schubertiades.Since then, I’ve sung withthem many times — includinga program of Purcell/Britten,an Elgar program and mostrecently a program of all Fauré.I’ve also had the opportunity to sing at theirBayfield Festival as a guest soloist in recital whichwas a thrill!Opportunities to sing song repertoire seemto be few and far between and the AldeburghConnection gives us opportunity. I have a largelist of song repertoire thanks to these wonderfulcollaborations! Stephen and Bruce are such a classact and always come up with interesting themesand anecdotes about the composers, making eachconcert such an interesting and informative collaboration.It is my honour to be asked to sing attheir 30th Anniversary amongst so many incredibleCanadian singers.Anything you would like to tell the little personin your childhood photo? People in the future willembrace your craziness and energy instead of tryto bottle it up and calm you down!!! Be proud ofall of your accomplishments and take time to bein the moment.Your earliest musical memory? I would ask mysister to play Boogie Woogie Dancing Shoes, adnauseum, which we owned as a 45 …Shannon Mercer’s entertaining interviewcontinues at www.thewholenote.com.CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS! HERE’S WHAT THEY WONAt the Aldeburgh Connection’s 30th Anniversary Gala, at Koerner Hall (Feb 19), co-artistic directorsStephen Ralls and Bruce Ubukata will preside at two pianos for a glorious programme of classicalsong. Gerald Finley, Nathalie Paulin, Gillian Keith, Michael Colvin and Brett Polegato will be joined byColin Ainsworth, Benjamin Butterfield, Tyler Duncan, Shannon Mercer, Susan Platts, Lauren Segal,Krisztina Szabó, Giles Tomkins, Monica Whicher and Lawrence Wiliford. Hosts: Catherine Robbin andChristopher Newton. DAVE LINFOOT will be there too! Queen of Puddings Music Theatre’s Beckett:Feck-it! Samuel Beckett’s shorter plays with contemporary classical Irish music. Actors Laura Condlln, MichalGrzejszczak, Tom Rooney, and Sofia Tomic, with soprano Shannon Mercer and trumpet player Michael Fedyshyn.Directed by Jennifer Tarver, with Dáirine Ní Mheadhra & John Hess (music direction), in association withCanadian Stage (Feb 17–25). A pair of Feb 20 tickets each for KATIE LARSON and VANESSA GOYMOUR!Francesca Caccini: O Viva Rosa: Shannon Mercer, with Sylvain Bergeron (theorbo, baroque guitar), Luc Beauséjour(harpsichord, organ) and Amanda Keesmaat (cello) illuminate the music of Florence-born, baroque composer FrancescaCaccini. (AN 2 9966). This prize goes to FRANCES GILES. Wales – The Land of Song: Shannon Mercer says “This is theculture that shaped my path in life and fills me with so much love for music and song …” A recording of traditional Welshfolk songs and classical music, with the Skye Consort. (AN 2 9965) This prize goes to ANNA MARSH.Music’s Children gratefully acknowledges Francine, Moira, Queen of Puddings, Muriel, Kenneth, Geoff, Sebastien, Elena and Davids.February – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 57


Centre and Periphery, Roots and Exile:Interpreting the Music of István Anhalt,György Kurtág, and Sándor Veressedited by Friedemann Sallis, Robin Elliott,and Kenneth DeLongWilfrid Laurier University Press480 pages, score examples; $85.00In 2005, IstvánAnhalt’s The Tentsof Abraham wonthe JUNO Awardfor best Canadianclassical compositionof the year. Itwas remarkable forsuch a provocative,uncompromisingand politically ambitiouspiece. But itseemed even more remarkable, because forthe 54 years Anhalt had lived in Canada, asWilliam Benjamin points out in this collectionof essays, his music had been almosttotally neglected by performers and audiencesin his adopted homeland.Anhalt is one of the three composers,along with Sándor Veress and GyörgyKurtág, whose relationship to the place ofhis roots, and the process of displacementthat took him away, is looked at. But theideas of place and displacement are treatednot just as physical states. As Gordon Smithwrites, “They also embody metaphoricalideas of being and dwelling, and ideas pertainingto danger, persecution, exile, adaption,and the resultant imperative discoveryof others and the emergent self.”Anhalt, Veress, and Kurtág were all bornin Hungary and all studied in Budapest at theFranz Liszt Academy — Anhalt and Veresswith Zoltán Kodály, and Kurtág with Veress.All left Hungary, having survived the warand the subsequent Soviet occupation of theirhomeland. Anhalt and Veress left soon afterthe war ended, but Kurtág, who is younger,didn’t leave until 1993. Anhalt and Kurtágare Jewish, and all three are haunted by apast which is memorialized in their music.These 20 papers by various academics,composers and performers were first presentedat a symposium at the University ofCalgary in 2008. To set the scene, there’s alovely musical tribute to Veress, who diedin Switzerland in 1992, by his son, ClaudioVeress. Kurtág, who has the greatest internationalreputation of the three, is recalledin an insightful reminiscence by his godson,Hungarian-born Canadian pianist GergelySzokolay. Anhalt, now 93 years old and livingin Kingston, Ontario, where he spentmany years teaching at Queen’s University,contributes a brief personal memoir to complementJohn Beckwith’s astute portrait, andemerges as a thoroughly fascinating figure.PAMELA MARGLESThe strength of this probing collectionlies in the way the various approaches toplace and displacement offer insights intointerpreting key works by these three composers.But the connection between Anhalt,Veress and Kurtág is left unexplored — onlyFriedemann Sallis’s introduction links themtogether. Otherwise, each paper deals withan individual composer and his own milieu.So in the end I was left wanting to knowmore about how the shared roots and experiencesof these three composers influencedthe development of their individual styles.Concert Note: The Toronto SymphonyOrchestra will perform Kurtág’s Messageson Thursday March 1 in Roy Thomson Hall,as part of their New Creations Festival, curatedby Hungarian composer Peter Eötvös .Kaija Saariaho: Visions, Narratives,Dialoguesedited by Tim Howell with Jon Hargreavesand Michael RofeAshgate Publishing Company238 pages, score samples; $99.95 USLike István Anhalt,Finnish composerKaija Saariaho hasspent most of hercareer outside herhomeland. But unlikeAnhalt, she leftunder no duress, havingbenefited fromFinland’s supportiveculture and enlightenedpolitical values.This collection of essays charts the developmentof Saariaho’s distinctive voice asa composer, with its unusual sensual beauty,expressive power and emotional directness.“Harmony, texture and timbre: those threethings were then, and still are, at the heart ofmy musical thinking,” Saariaho says in theinterview with Tom Service included here.In her stage works — three operas and anoratorio so far — she creates something newand challenging, with inventive, unclichédstorytelling and innovative use of painting,mime, lighting, electronic sounds and prerecordedmaterials. Yet traditional musicaldevices are also part of her operatic language.As Liisamaija Hautsalo writes, “Themusical topics within Saariaho’s works, oftenmodified into the musical language of ourtime, could be described as whispers fromthe past: a link between tradition and thecomposer’s individual expression.”A number of writers discuss how dreamsplay an essential part in Saariaho’s work.While L’Amour de loin (Love from Afar)features a dream scene, the whole operacan be seen, as Anni Iskala describes it,as “an opera about dreaming of, and loving,the unattainable.” In fact, dreams havebeen a direct source of inspiration rightfrom Saariaho’s earliest works like From theGrammar of Dreams, and, starting with ImTraume, she has used her own dream diariesto provide material.While these eight essays and the interviewwith the composer provide an invaluableperspective on Saariaho’s music, they do notattempt to situate her music in today’s contemporarymusic scene. The contributors are allfrom either Finland or England — oddly thereare none from France, where she has livedsince coming to Paris as a student in 1982.It’s certainly noteworthy that when theCanadian Opera Company produces L’Amourde loin in February, it will be the first operaby that company written in the 21st century.Even more noteworthy, this will be the firstopera written by a woman to be producedon their main stage. Even though Saariahoresists being defined as a woman composer— or as any type of composer, for thatmatter — she has never stepped back frombreaking down barriers, as this book shows.Concert Notes: On Monday January 30,Soundstreams presents soprano CarlaHuhtanen performing music by KaijaSaariaho at 7:30pm in the Gardiner Museum.On Tuesday January 31 at 12pm,Soundstreams presents the Elmer IselerSingers performing Saariaho’s Tag desJahrs and soprano Carla Huhtanen performingthe Leino Songs, as well as chamberworks by the composer in the RichardBradshaw Amphitheatre.On Thursday February 2 at 12pm inthe Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, artistsof the COC Ensemble studio performvocal works by Saariaho, including From theGrammar of Dreams and Lohn (From Afar).These performances will be introducedby Saariaho.On Thursday February 2 and FridayFebruary 3 at 8pm in Koerner Hall,Soundstreams presents Saariaho’s Tag desJahrs, performed by the Elmer Iseler Singersunder Lydia Adams.58 thewholenote.comFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012


Editor’s CornerDAVID OLDSTo make room for the best of the wealth of material received over the holiday breakand to accommodate the addition of three wonderful new reviewers to our fold,I find I have left insufficient space for my own musings this month. So let me justtake a moment to introduce to these pages pianist and pedagogue Christina PetrowskaQuilico who shares insights on a new release by her colleague Stephen Hough;composer and tuba virtuoso J. Scott Irvine who opines on a CD of contemporary tubaand euphonium repertoire from Deanna Swoboda; and my own chamber music coachand mentor, violinist Ivana Popovich who gives us her take on the Tokyo Quartet’srecent Schubert release. Welcome aboard to one and all!We welcome your feedback and invite submissions. CDs and comments shouldbe sent to: The WholeNote, 503–720 Bathurst St., Toronto ON M5S 2R4. We alsoencourage you to visit our website www.thewholenote.com where you can find addedfeatures including direct links to performers, composers and record labels, “buybuttons” for on-line shopping and additional, expanded and archival reviews.—David Olds, DISCoveries Editordiscoveries@thewholenote.comVOCALWeill – Rise and Fall ofthe City of MahagonnyMeasha Brueggergosman; Jane Henschel;Michael König; Willard White; Teatro RealMadrid; Pablo Heras-CasadoBelAir BAC067refreshing risks with the score. MichaelKönig (Jim MacIntyre) and Willard White(Trinity Moses) in the meantime, completethe play’s — and music’s — symmetry. Theorchestra delivers the score beautifully,with a strangely appropriate Spanish verve.This is truly an “edge of your seat” operaexperience, even without the originalGerman rhythms of speech. Bravo.—Robert Tomasspectacular new recording produced in Israelwhose people have suffered and continue tosuffer from the ravages of war. In the traditionbegun by the composer himself, KurtMasur, a former director of the LeipzigerGewandhaus, commands the massive ensembleof forces (full symphony orchestra,chamber orchestra, several choruses andthree soloists) with precision, clear insightand passionate understanding. The deafeningsounds of war in the “Dies Irae” section,martial trumpets and horns with rumblingbass drums emulating the roar of cannonsand snare drums imitating the rattle of machinegun fire, sound frighteningly real.But the soul of the piece is in the singing.The Latin text is carried by the mixedchoruses and the boys’ choir as well as thefemale soloist, Canadian soprano of internationalrepute Edith Wiens. Her wailinglament, for example in the “Lacrimosa” isheartbreaking. In stark contrast, Owen’sverses in the declamatory style of theEnglish language are sung by the tenor NigelRobson and baritone Håkan Hagegård. Theirprecise diction, annunciation of remarkableclarity and emotional involvement rival thatlegendary first recording by Peter Pears andDietrich Fischer-Dieskau of 1963, under thecomposer’s baton.—Janos GardonyiBritten – Songs & Proverbs ofWilliam BlakeGerald Finley; Julius DrakeHyperion CDA67778Kurt Weill’s musicstands alone andneeds no visuals tocovey its brilliant,contemporary andrelevant meaning.That said, hisstage worksalways assault thesenses when produced well — especiallywhen accompanied by the words of hismost famous collaborator, Bertold Brecht.Mahagonny, immortalized by the countlessrenditions of the “Alabama Song,” is somuch more than the simple morality playthat many perceive it as. It is a work,which especially in this brilliant productionsatirizes, troubles and challenges the viewer.In these years of market crashes and thedisenfranchised “99%” its resonance is asfresh as it must have been in the WeimarRepublic. The stunning sets, including averdant golf course — surely as much of apower centre as one can imagine — create thebackdrop to the all too human struggle withthat “crime of crimes” — not having moneyin the materialistic world. Jane Henschelas the widow Begbick and Canada’sown Measha Brueggergosman as JennySmith form a powerful female axis of theperformance, with Brueggergosman takingBritten – War RequiemEdith Wiens; Nigel Robson;Håkan Hagegård; Prague PhilharmonicChoir; Ankor Children’s Choir; IsraelPhilharmonic Orchestra; Kurt MasurHeilicon Classics 02-9645Ominous soundsissuing from thelower depths of thestrings with theinsistent tolling ofbells and the tenor‘sdesperate question“what passing bellsfor those who dieas cattle?” — so begins the pacifist BenjaminBritten’s mass for the dead, a passionateantiwar statement written in 1962 for theopening of the newly rebuilt CoventryCathedral. The ingenious idea to combinethe Latin text, the basic underpinningstructure of the mass, with poems of dark,terrifying imagery of the war in the trenchesis what distinguishes Britten’s work fromother requiems of the past. The poemsof Wilfred Owen, an English foot soldierwho was killed a week before the fightingended in 1918 are what give this piece itsunforgettable poignancy and impact.Nothing but praise can be given to thisThe songs ofBritten naturallyconjure up thememory of PeterPears, Britten’spartner, muse andgreatest influence.The celebrated tenorwas also the poetryconsultant to the composer and their sharedtastes shaped Britten’s output. But therewere other voices he composed for. Oneof the most significant ones was DietrichFischer-Dieskau, the wonderful baritone.Just like in his operas, from Billy Budd toDeath in Venice, Britten approaches thebaritone voice in these songs with a lyricismusually reserved for the tenor. Given thatand the special nature of Blake’s poetry, itisn’t any voice that can tackle this material.Fortunately, Gerald Finley possesses abaritone worthy of comparisons withFischer-Dieskau. It may not sound like aninsightful comment, but Finley’s baritone issimply elegant. His phrasing and understatedornamentation bring a fully engagedunderstanding to the texts. What makes thisdisc even more interesting is that it containsBritten’s settings spanning a lifetime — fromthe revised early compositions of a 14-yearoldboy to late-in-life, mature compositionsFebruary – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 59


and finally some published posthumously.Whether you are familiar with Britten’ssongs, or Blake’s poetry for that matter,you will appreciate the intelligent, focusedreading of the material in the Finley-Drakecollaboration. And you will love the soundthat the two artists create — love it enough tocome back to this record again and again.—Robert TomasA Bridge of Dreams – A Cappella Musicfrom the Pacific RimArs Nova Copenhagen; Paul HillierDacapo 6.220597Curious and delightfullycaptivating,this recordingby the 14-voice ArsNova Copenhagenensemble underPaul Hillier presentsa programme by(mostly Western)composers of music from the Pacific Rim.Hillier’s credentials rest largely on hisyears of work in early music. His abilityto cope with challenging contemporaryrepertoire, however, leaves no doubtabout his extraordinary musicianship.While his programme for this recording iswell balanced — including works by NewZealander Jack Body, Australians AnneBoyd and Ross Edwards, American LouHarrison and Lui Sola, a multi-disciplinaryartist from China — two works really deservespecial mention.Harrison’s Mass for St. Cecilia’s Dayis tinged strongly by his attraction toChinese and Indonesian music. The Latintext, sung in an obvious plainsong style, isfrequently embellished by modal phrasingsand ornaments from the Oriental world.The effect of this fusion is surprisinglycompelling. One is never quite sure if what’sbeing sung is ancient or modern. Harrison’sskilful writing moves effortlessly throughan in-between realm where he createssomething new from something ancient.Edwards’ Sacred Kingfisher Psalms alsocombine otherwise unrelated material intoa remarkable composition. Using portionsof Latin psalm texts, Edwards pays homageto the aboriginal spirit of his homeland byweaving the native names of indigenousbirds into his Latin text. The chantingevokes ancient aboriginal rituals as wellmedieval European polyphonies.Harrison’s and Edwards’ works appear topractice some kind of musical alchemy anddo so with the skilful formulation of ArsNova’s choral ingredient.—Alex BaranThere’s more at www.thewholenote.com:Janos Gardonyi reviews Diana Damrau’snew recording of Lieder by Franz Liszt andTiina Kiik shares her thoughts about LucianoPavarotti – A Film by Esther Schapira.EARLY & PERIOD PERFORMANCEIl Progetto Vivaldi 2Sol Gabetta; Cappella Gabetta;Andres GabettaSony Classical 88697932302Vivaldi – Cello ConcertosJean-Guihen Queyras; Akademie furAlte Musik, BerlinHarmonia Mundi HMC 902095These are two lively and exuberantrecordings of the music of Vivaldi and hiscontemporaries, focussing on the Venetiancomposer’s rich and somewhat varied celloconcertos. There are 27 cello concertos byVivaldi that have come down to us and astrong cross-section is represented here.Gabetta and Queyras are two of the world’sleading cellists and belong to a generation ofmodern European musicians who have fullyintegrated baroque style into their musicalphilosophies.The “ArgentineFrench Russianborn”Sol Gabettahas been garneringrave reviews for herplaying sincefinishing her studiesin 2006. Shemaintains a busyperforming and recording schedule and awide repertoire, from Bach and Vivaldi toShostakovich, Elgar and Ginastera. Herplaying on this recording — her second CDof Vivaldi concertos — is exquisite and theorchestral playing (directed by her brother,violinist Andrew Gabetta) is exciting andelegant. Of special interest is the Concerto inD Major by Leonardo Leo, which looksforward stylistically to the galant music ofthe later 18th century, and the worldpremiere recording of the Concerto in DMinor by Giovanni Benedetto Platti, aninteresting and dramatic work that we shouldhear more often.Jean-GuihenQueyras was born inCanada, but broughtup in France. Hewas the winner ofthe 2002 City ofToronto ProtégéPrize as chosen byGlenn Gould Prizelaureate Pierre Boulez and his playing ispossessed of a remarkably burnished andgorgeous tone. His interest in chamber musicis apparent in the program of this CD, whichfeatures sinfonias and orchestral concertosby Vivaldi in addition to the concertos forsolo cello. The Berlin Akademie providestasteful and profound support, exploitinga wide range of string colours. Of specialnote is the playing of lutenist SimonMartyn-Ellis. Included are two sinfonias byAntonio Caldara, to my ears not as musicallyinteresting as the Vivaldi works.Of the two recordings, the one by Queyrasfeels a little more rehearsed, steady andthoughtful. The Capella Gabetta has thefeeling of being a pick-up band, albeitone made up of very fine players. Bothrecordings are full of life and youthfulenergy and are highly recommended.—Larry BeckwithVivaldi – Return of AngelsEnsemble Caprice; Matthias MauteAnalekta AN 2 9995This CD builds onEnsemble Caprice’sfirst recording ofVivaldi’s sacredmusic, Gloria!Vivaldi and hisAngels. Once again,we are transportedinto the confinesof the Ospedale della Pietà, the orphanagewhere Vivaldi taught orphaned girls violinand singing, and composed concertos andsacred music.Vivaldi’s charges enjoyed great famethroughout Europe, a fact made even moreamazing by the thoroughly demandingquality of the compositions. Listenerseven included the English traveler EdwardWright, who states that the girls “have aeunuch for a master, and he composes theirmusic!” It is a unique description of Vivaldi!Ten lady singers are assembled byMatthias Maute; not a male voice is to beheard even though the opening “Coro” fromJuditha Triumphans is inspired by a militarytheme. Less warlike are the “Coro O quamvaga” and the aria “Armatae, face” (bothsung with distinction by Shannon Mercer).Other soloists make their mark: LauraPudwell, contralto, in Si Fulgida, andGabriele Hierdeis in the motet O qui coeliterraeque serenitas. Also on the CD, perhapsstrangely, are two pieces by Zelenka (thesoloists Mercer and Pudwell once again) andeven two concertos by Vivaldi; perhaps itwas Vivaldi’s custom to spare the voices ofhis charges from over-exposure and Maute isfollowing suit.In fact, the Ensemble’s interpretations,solo or otherwise, present a spiritual andintense selection of Vivaldi’s compositionsfor his orphaned girls. This reviewer looksforward to a third CD.—Michael SchwartzThere’s more at www.thewholenote.com:Michael Schwartz enjoys A French Soiréecourtesy of Trio Settecento, as well as recentJuilliard piano graduate Evan Shinner’sdebut CD @bach.60 thewholenote.comFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012


CLASSICAL & BEYONDCarl Czerny – A Rediscovered GeniusAnton Kuerti, St. Lawrence String Quartet,Edmonton SymphonyDoremi DHR-6011-3After manyyears of listeningto and reviewingclassical musicon record, therewas little chancethat I would beunexpectedly and sopleasantly surprisedby a collection of Carl Czerny (1791–1857).Czerny is well known to piano students asthe composer of routine practice studiesand technique development exercises. Andnothing beyond that. It has taken a centuryand a half since his death to find out thatCzerny was, in reality, a composer of thefirst rank who created nearly one thousandsignificant compositions.The discovery of the real Czerny startedsome ten years ago here in Canada, ledby the internationally celebrated pianistAnton Kuerti. Like many great discoveries,it was quite by chance that Kuerti cameupon the score of a Czerny piano sonata ina music store in Edmonton that was goingout of business. He was so impressed thathe had to find out if there were other suchmasterpieces by Czerny. Kuerti’s researchrevealed that there was “an overwhelmingbody of extraordinary work in a multitudeof genres by Czerny that was totally ignoredand forgotten and huge quantities that hadnever been published or heard.” Included aresymphonic compositions, concertos, vocal,chamber and instrumental works. Czerny’sstyle lies between Schubert and Mendelssohnand while there are overtones of Beethoven(his teacher) his style is original andhis own.The outcome of Kuerti’s discoveries wasThe World’s First Czerny Music Festival inEdmonton in 2002, during which symphonies,masses, string quartets and quintets,works for piano and strings, songs and miscellaneouschamber works were featured.Some works are astonishing in their complexitysuch as two Fugatos for string quintet.What a surprise to hear among the songsa setting of Goethe’s Der Erlkönig predatingSchubert’s famous version, in which Czernydepicts the terrifying excitement in quite adifferent manner.The festival was recorded by the CBC andmany of the performances are featured onthis Doremi release. The performers includeKuerti, the St. Lawrence String Quartet, theEdmonton Symphony Orchestra and manyother distinguished pianists and vocalists,all sounding fresh and into the engagingmusic, much of it receiving a first or secondperformance ever.The set of three CDs plays for almostfour hours and every second was a joy tohear. The sound is excellent and the 16 pagebooklet includes informative notes by Kuerti.One can only hope that more Czerny will beunearthed, performed and recorded.—Bruce SurteesBeethoven – Symphony No.9Erin Wall; Mihoko Fujimura; Simon O’Neill;Mikhail Petrenko; Choeur et Orchestresymphonique de Montréal; Kent NaganoAnalekta AN 2 9885Unashamedly andunapologeticallymodern. Intendeddeliberately for the21st century soul.There is nothing“authentic” aboutthis performance bythe Orchestre symphoniquede Montréal under Kent Nagano,not as we understand the established practiceof historically informed performances.Authentic, however, is the breath-takingemotional intensity channelled through thissymphonic colossus. This performanceleaves no doubt that Nagano has understoodevery nuance of Beethoven’s convictionsabout the world, indeed the universe aroundhim. Every lost hope, every anger, everydream and inspiration the composer ever hadseems embedded in the writing for Naganoto reveal with exquisite precision.Perhaps the joy of familiar works is discoveringnew inner voices brought forwardby fresh interpreters who uncover secretcountermelodies that have eluded others.Nagano does this repeatedly with oboes andlower string phrases, especially against thesolo vocal parts. The effect is astonishingand delightful.Numbering some 92 players, the orchestrais massive but always lithe, agile and fullycapable of every dynamic required by thescore. The 60-voice combined chorus of theOSM and Tafelmusik Chamber Choir underIvars Taurins sings beautifully with flawlessdiction. Every German word is there withclarity and intent.It would be hard to find higher productionvalues than those demonstrably evidenton this recording. I haven’t heard a Ninthso moving, so exciting, in very many years.Recorded during the inaugural concerts atthe OSM’s new home, the Maison symphoniquede Montréal, this testament certainlybodes well for the orchestra’s future.—Alex BaranSchubert – String Quintet; QuartettsatzTokyo String Quartet; David WatkinHarmonia Mundi HUM8074227Schubert died shortly after completing hisString Quintet in C Major and the quintetremained unnoticed until 1850, when thefamous Hellmesberger Quartet started topromote it threeyears before it waspublished for thefirst time. Thispiece is full ofvery powerful contrasts— light is followedby darkness,serenity is interruptedby drama, and the whole work seemsto be a wonderful yet unsettling interactionbetween two very different worlds. Schubertemphasized the contrasting sonorities by hisuse of the instruments–the first violin andfirst cello are often paired and playing inoctaves, inner voices tend to be restrictedto their lower registers and the second cellooften brings in the darker textures.Cellist David Watkin (of the EroicaQuartet) has a wonderful rapport with themembers of the Tokyo on this recording.There is a sense of effortless playing, aunity of ideas and the near perfect crispnessin bow attacks. Two cellos bring up a veryexpressive sound in the second theme of thefirst movement and in the third theme in thefourth movement. Throughout the secondmovement, possibly the most beautiful andcomplex slow movement of all Schubert’sworks, there are points of stillness and feelingsof being suspended in time that are sorewarding for the listener. Martin Beaver‘sviolin at times comes very close to the humanvoice. The third movement, with analmost overwhelming difference of characterbetween the Scherzo and Trio, allows theTokyo Quartet and David Watkin to displaya virtuosity and depth of emotion at the sametime. The fourth movement is played verystylishly; the dance-like quality is upliftingand the tempo, along with a feeling ofexuberance, accelerates at the end before itbrings the turbulence back in the last bar. Afluid and extremely satisfying performance!—Ivana PopovichAn expanded version of this reviewappears at www.thewholenote.com.Grieg; Liszt – Piano ConcertosStephen Hough; Bergen PhilharmonicOrchestra; Andrew LittonHyperion CDA67824Do we needanother Grieg orLiszt CD? Yes wedo, if it is StephenHough at the piano.Although the Griegis usually pairedwith the SchumannConcerto in AMinor I prefer this combination of the Lisztconcertos with the Grieg.These works are perennial warhorsesthat can sound dated and mannered butnot with Stephen Hough as soloist. 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performances live up to expectation. I lovehis intelligent and well-paced interpretations.He never descends to the affectation andoverly mannered playing that some pianistsuse in this repertoire. Hough is always aboutthe music and beautiful sound. He does notsacrifice the musicality for virtuoso tricks.The florid Lisztian passage-work is always anextension of the melodic line. The trills androulades enhance the cantabile expression.The tonal quality of Hough’s touch on thepiano has a clear ring to it which impressesin both the bravura octaves, trills and theslow lines. His sound is never harsh and thesensitive phrasing is never replaced by emptytechnical gestures. There is also a wonderfulrapport between piano and orchestra. Theensemble is seamless and the music breathesnaturally. Andrew Litton’s conducting isa soloist’s dream. The performances arestunning and I highly recommend this CD.The Grieg is an absolute gem.—Christina Petrowska QuilicoVaughan Williams – Symphony Nos.4 & 5Toronto Symphony Orchestra;Peter OundjianTSO Live (www.tso.ca)If you think ofVaughan Williamsonly in termsof English folksong and churchmusic, listen tothis recording!Compelling liveperformances ofthe fourth and fifth symphonies by PeterOundjian and the Toronto SymphonyOrchestra reveal the composer’s wide rangeand continuing relevance. The Fourthis the darker of the pair, its semitonaltheme generating dissonance and tensionthroughout. At numerous points theinterlacing motifs and the accumulatingcontrapuntal weave create tremendousenergy, which Oundjian captures withoutsacrificing clarity or losing the long view.He maintains the lyricism of the firstmovement’s second theme, and consistentlybrings out expressive moments within theoverall turbulence. Contrasts are handledeffectively, for example in the uneasypeace of that movement’s coda or in thequiet section before the finale’s climax. Ilike especially the slow movement, withits walking bass line and sense of a bleakjourney towards a lonely close, whichOundjian paces perfectly.Symphony No.5 shows a brighter side ofVaughan Williams. In the first movementrich textures and tone colours evoke anatural setting, but overall the personalexceeds the pastoral. Incorporating materialfrom a planned opera based on Bunyan’sThe Pilgrim’s Progress, the work to meis suffused with integrity and spirituality.Handling transitions and their changesof dynamics, tempo and mood especiallywell, Oundjian indeed conveys the striving,committed voice of Vaughan Williams.—Roger KnoxFauré – Complete Chamber Music forStrings and PianoRenaud Capuçon; Gautier Capuçon;Gerard Caussé; Michel Dalberto;Quatuor EbèneVirgin Classics 5099907087523The composerAaron Copland onceremarked that themusic of GabrielFauré possessedall the earmarks ofthe French temperament:harmonicsensitivity, impeccabletaste, classic restraint and a love ofclear lines and well-made proportions. Thesequalities are no more evident than in Fauré’schamber music for piano and strings, nowpresented in its entirety in this attractivefive-disc box set on the Virgin Classics label.Is French music best interpreted by Frenchmusicians? That question is certainly opento debate, but in this case, it doesn’t hurtthat most of those taking part in this recordingare top-rated French artists, includingviolinist Renaud Capuçon, violist GerardCaussé, cellist Gautier Capuçon, pianistMichel Dalberto joined by the Ebène Quartetand the American pianist Nicholas Angelich.Everything is included here: the pairs of violinand cello sonatas, the two piano quartetsand quintets, the piano trio, as well as thesole string quartet.The extensive notes rightly point outthat Fauré’s chamber music was composedover the course of his lifetime, from thefirst of the two violin sonatas and the firstpiano quartet written when he was 30, tothe second piano quintet and the Piano Trioin D Minor completed over 40 years later,when deafness and advancing age obviouslyweren’t hindering his creativity. The resultis a wonderful sense of progression and developmentspanning a 45 year period. TheViolin Sonata No.1, for example, containsall the optimism and freshness of a youthfulcomposer, the quirky rhythms and modulationsadeptly handled by Renaud Capuçonand Michel Dalberto. On the other hand,the Piano Quintet No.2 Op.115, completedin 1921, is dark and impassioned, surely themusic of a composer resigned to the frailtiesof old age; one refusing to abandon his ownmusical idiom in favour of more moderntrends. The performance here by Andelichand the Ebène Quartet is boldly assured,imbued with a deeply-rooted sensitivity tothe demands of the music.One of the most intriguing pieces in thiscollection is the String Quartet in E Minor,the only one Fauré ever wrote and the lastof his works to be completed. It was writtenonly at the request of several colleagues,including his pupil Ravel, and even thenFauré did not fully embrace the project. Theend result is an angular piece that has a decidedlyatmospheric quality to it — a hauntingswan song concluding a lifetime devotedto music.An added bonus in this set is the inclusionof musical miniatures for which Fauré isjustifiably famous, pieces such as the Élégie,Sicilienne and Romance. And as if greatmusic superbly performed wasn’t enough,the attractive packaging–involving “BelleÉpoch” graphics and typeface on the covers–servesto further enhance this most appealingcollection which will surely becomea mainstay in the catalogue.—Richard HaskellThere’s more at www.thewholenote.com:Read Richard Haskell’s impressionsof Garrick Ohlsson’s new recording ofRachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No.3 withthe Atlantic Symphony Orchestra.Strings AttachedThe montreal violinistAlexandre Da Costa is backwith another outstanding CDof contemporary works, this timewith the Orchestre Symphoniquede Montreal under Pedro Halffterin Fire and Blood, featuring themusic of the American composerMichael Daugherty (AcaciaClassics ACA 2 0931). The title work is aviolin concerto from 2003; commissioned bythe Detroit Symphony Orchestra, it was inspiredby the “Detroit Industry” murals atthe Detroit Institute of Art, painted in theearly 1930s by the Mexican artist DiegoRivera on a commission from Edsel Ford.TERRY ROBBINSThe opening movement— “Volcano” — invokes the firesof Mexican volcanoes and theblaze of factory furnaces. Thebeautiful second movement— “River Rouge” — is named forthe Ford complex where Riveraspent several months sketchingwith his wife, artist Frida Kahlo;her long-term serious health problems — shealmost died from a miscarriage while inDetroit with her husband — resulted in “thecolor of blood” being everywhere in herworks of that period. The third movement— “Assembly Line” — is described by thecomposer as “a roller coaster ride on a62 thewholenote.comFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012


conveyor belt,” with the violin representingthe worker surrounded by a mechanical andmetallic orchestra that includes a ratchet andbrake drums! It’s stunning stuff with wonderfulorchestration. It’s difficult to imagineit being performed any better. Two shorterworks complete the CD: Flamingo, for twotambourines and orchestra; and Ladder tothe Moon, for violin, wind octet, double bassand percussion. Da Costa is again outstandingin the latter, a two-movement work alsoinspired by art — this time a musical tributeto Georgia O’Keeffe’s 1925–30 paintings ofNew York skyscrapers and the Manhattancityscape.The latest CDfrom Canada’sJames Ehnes seeshim paired with theSydney Symphonyand VladimirAshkenazy in anall-Tchaikovsky programmerecordedlive at Australia’s Sydney Opera House inDecember 2010 (ONYX 4076). I was luckyenough to catch this same team in a memorableperformance of the Elgar violin concertoin Sydney in 2009, and it’s no surpriseto find them continuing their relationship.Ashkenazy was also the conductor for theEhnes CD of the Mendelssohn concerto in2010. The Violin Concerto is obviously themain work here, and it’s a terrific performance,with Ashkenazy drawing idiomaticplaying from the orchestra, and Ehnes alwaysmanaging to find something freshto say in the solo part while making thetechnical difficulties sound easy. The twoother works with orchestra, the Sérénademélancolique Op.26, and the Valse-scherzoOp.34, receive equally compelling performancesfrom all concerned.Ashkenazy returns to his first professionas pianist for the final work, accompanyingEhnes in the three-movement Souvenir d’unlieu cher Op.42. Again, the mutual understandingis there for all to hear. It’s anotherterrific addition to the already impressiveEhnes discography.There are morelive recordingsfeatured on thelatest CD fromChristian Tetzlaff(ONDINE ODE 1195-2) which featuresthe Violin Concertosof Mendelssohnand Schumann, with Paavo Järvi conductingthe Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra.Tetzlaff was artist in residence with the orchestrawhen the recordings were made inSeptember 2008 and February 2009. TheMendelssohn is a beautiful performance,never over-played, with an affecting slowmovement and a finale that displays detailed,subtle and sensitive playing without ever losinga sense of line. The Schumann concertohas had a troubled history and waited 84years for its eventual premiere in 1937. Thebeautiful slow movement is its saving grace,but the opening movement material is not thegreatest, and with its demanding technicaldifficulty it’s not hard to see why the concertocontinues to struggle to enter the mainstreamrepertoire. Tetzlaff, however, doesa lovely job with this work, as he does withthe Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra, whichwas also written in 1853 and quickly fellout of favour. It was originally felt to be abrilliant and cheerful piece, but Schumann’smental illness and death within three yearsseemed to change the public perception ofthe work. In this repertoire, though, Tetzlaffis up against stiff competition from UlfWallin, whose definitive performances ofthese works on the BIS label were reviewedin depth in the September 2011 StringsAttached column.Strings Attached continues at www.thewholenote.com with recent releasesfrom the Jasper and Takács string quartets,violinist Tim Fain and violists Matthew Jonesand Nathan Braude.MODERN & CONTEMPORARYSoutham – ReturningsEve EgoyanCentrediscs CMCCD 17211This album marksthe premiere recordingof four pianoworks by the lateAnn Southam. Themusic was chosenby Southam, amongCanada’s finest composers,who died atage 73 in November 2010. The consummateToronto pianist Eve Egoyan, for whom theworks were created, makes a convincing andmoving case for them.I first heard Southam’s music in the 1970swhen she became known for the electroacousticworks she made for Toronto DanceTheatre choreographers. I was surprisedto hear later that we shared a mutual compositionteacher, Samuel Dolin of the RoyalConservatory of Music. In Returnings I,the piano tolls in the low register while theconsonant mid-keyboard chords support adisjunct melodic line. The haunting, thoughreassuring, music is over well before I wantit to be. It hardly seems to last the quarter ofan hour the CD timing states.In Retrospect is like a broken harmonicseries rearranged, a set of cubist impressionsof bells ringing, their pitches ranging overmost of the keyboard. One can imagine inthe listening Southam’s abstracted, distancedand terse life in review, fastidious in itsavoidance of dramatic overstatement andemotional sturm und drang. While hermodernist colours are on display here, by theend of the work I am left with the feeling ofunquiet, unnamed musical questions beingposed rather than clear statements articulatedand argued.Qualities of Consonance, in contrast, hasa dramatic agenda. It serves up dissonant,aggressive, loud musical gestures that wouldbe quite at home in the mid-20th century,alternating with soft sostenuto passages.The resulting dialectic resonates on adeep emotional level. In the final work,Returnings II: A Meditation, Southam offersus a more refined aesthetic. Set in a haltinglyrocking rhythm, it revisits the harmonicgrammar of Returnings I.Yes, I hear links in these last piano piecesto the more pattern-concerned jubilantminimalism of Southam’s earlier works,yet this mature autumnal music speaks tome with more conviction. They have theadmirable gravitas and serenity of a fulllife well lived. These pieces, along withSoutham’s Simple Lines of Enquiry (recordedby Egoyan on Centrediscs CMCCD 14609),should take their rightful place in the top tierof contemporary concert piano repertoire.—Andrew TimarO Music – The Music of Allan GillilandNew Edmonton Wind SinfoniaCentrediscs CMCCD 17111This disc by thewell-establishedNew EdmontonWind Sinfoniacontains a varietyof music by prolificEdmonton-basedcomposer AllanGilliland. ConductorRaymond Baril maintains a high standardthroughout, with soloists James Campbelland Dean McNeill making distinguishedcontributions. Included are jazz andBroadway suites as well as music based onthe composer’s Scottish heritage. My mainreservation is that, for a single-composercollection, I don’t hear enough of Gilliland’s“own” musical voice coming through.Dreaming of the Masters I pays tributeto great jazz clarinettists including BennyGoodman, Pee Wee Russell and BuddyDeFranco. Perhaps better known as aclassical clarinettist, James Campbellemerges here as also a fine jazz stylist andimproviser. In Kalla (“call” in Norwegian),trumpeter and arranger Dean McNeillconveys brilliantly the role of a riversidetrumpeter in New Orleans circa 1900making echoing calls that are answered byother trumpets throughout the city (withjazz plunger mutes much in evidence).Fantasia on Themes from West SideStory demonstrates Gilliland’s inventiveorchestration and idiomatic technique inwhat he calls a “re-composition” of materialfrom the beloved musical. O Music, LochNa Beiste, and Love’s Red Rose evokethe Scottish landscape and traditionalFebruary – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 63


melodic style. Overall, this disc wouldappeal to those who enjoy any or all of theabove genres.—Roger Knoxtwo + twoTorQ Percussion QuartetBedoint Records BR002(www.torqpercussion.ca)“Always complimentingoropposing” is thedescriptive phrasethat creative percussionquartet TorQuses to describe themusic on their debutrecording project,two + two. Produced by TorQ (skilledpercussionist/composers Richard Burrows,Adam Campbell, Jamie Drake and DanielMorphy) and Ray Dillard, the CD is withoutquestion a fascinating and intense piece ofwork. According to TorQ themselves, theirproject explores harmonic and rhythmicconcepts and the contrasting and complexrelationships to their polar antithesis, e.g.pitched and un-pitched; tranquil and relentless;simple and complex.two + two is comprised of five extendedworks, including the evocative AwakeningFire by Jason Stanford, which utilizesephemeral vibes and marimbas, the dronesof Tibetan meditation bowls and all mannerof drums and percussion gizmos to createa primordial sonic landscape — replete withNeolithic thunderstorms. Also of note is thestark Tak-Nara by Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic,and the funky, marimba driven I Call YourName: Rescue Me (Christos Hatzis), whichintegrates urbanized spoken word snippets aswell as some thrilling auricular cacophonies.Also moving is an ethno-centric version oficonic avant-garde composer John Cage’sopus, Third Construction.This conceptual, non-linear and visceralmusic may not be everyone’s cup of tea, butit clearly extends beyond a mere auditory experienceand into the realm of performanceart. I’m sure that we can all look forward tothe next magical multi-dimensional presentationfrom TorQ — highly musical percussiveartistry without artifice or gimmicks.—Lesley Mitchell-ClarkeConcert Note: TorQ Percussion Quartetperforms a concert of world premieresincluding Three Pieces for Eight Mallets byChristos Hatzis, Walter Hall, February 5,7:30pm.Shamanic JourneyDeanna SwobodaPotenza Music PM1013(www.potenzamusic.com)The noble tuba is the only instrument inthe standard symphony orchestra that canclaim that virtually all of its solo repertoirehas been composedwithin the last 60years. This is inlarge part due tothe efforts of tubaplayers themselves,who often seek outthe friendship ofcomposers, whothey then commission (or brow-beat) intocomposing these solo works.American tuba player Deanna Swoboda isno exception to this: a professor of tuba andeuphonium at Western Michigan Universityand the President of the International Tubaand Euphonium Association, she also is afantastic performer, as this solo CD, hersecond, ably shows. Most of the featuredrepertoire is by women composers and mostis of the “easy-listening” variety — a numberof the works having a jazz or pop-infusedfeel. Particularly enjoyable is the ConcertPiece for Tuba and Piano by the notedAmerican composer, Libby Larsen.A bonus for listeners on our side of theborder is the inclusion of two works byCanadian composers, Elizabeth Raum’sBallad and Burlesque (commissioned bySwoboda) and Barbara York’s Sonata forTuba and Piano, subtitled “ShamanicJourney,” which gives Swoboda’s new CDits name.—J. Scott IrvineSaariaho – D’om le vrai sens; LaternaMagica; Leino SongsKari Kriikku; Anu Komsi; Finnish RadioSymphony Orchestra; Sakari OramoOndine ODE 1173-2Kaija Saariahostands amongtoday’s outstandingconcert musiccomposers. She wasborn in Finland(1952) but has been along-time resident ofParis. Her researchat IRCAM, the Paris institute where FMsynthesis and electroacoustic techniquesassociated with spectral music have beendeveloped, has had a profound influence onher compositions, which often combine liveand electronic musical forces.This CD features three recent all-acousticworks performed by some of Finland’sfinest interpreters. Saariaho’s clarinetconcerto D’om Le Vrai Sens, inspired bythe famous La Dame à la Licorne medievaltapestries is almost operatic in scope, thesolo clarinet virtuoso Kari Kriikku playingthe protagonist to the orchestra’s lushlymysterious textures.Saariaho’s dramatic orchestral pieceLaterna Magica derives its title and themefrom film director Ingmar Bergman’smemoirs, referring to an early typeof manual film projector. The titleunderscores the composer’s fascinationwith boundaries: between observation andimagination; between objective light andsubjective dream-like reality. The latter isrepresented in sound by shifting, colourfullyorchestrated, alternating dense and wispychords and evanescent hissing instrumentalsounds. Whispered words uttered by themusicians, describing light’s effects both onobjects and on human mood, are culled fromBergman, adding to the music’s mystery.The four Leino Songs, built on texts byFinnish poet Eino Leino (1878–1926), werecomposed for the polished and nuancedvoice of the Finnish soprano Anu Komsi andorchestra. Epigrammatic and voice-friendly,the songs follow the lyrics admirably,allowing the words to dictate the overallform and duration of each song. This is byfar the shortest of the works here, yet itsemotional impact is perhaps the greatest.—Andrew TimarConcert Note: The Canadian OperaCompany will present eight performances ofKaija Saariaho’s Love From Afar, featuringRussell Braun, Erin Wall and KristinaSzabó, February 2 to 22.From the New VillageDuo ResonanceWoodlark Discs (www.silverflute.ca)GermanRomanticism of the19th century, inspite of much turbulenceat the time,was a golden age forthe arts, especiallyfor music and poetry.Duo Resonanceis composed of guitarist Wilma van Berkeland flutist Sibylle Marquardt. The title isderived from the first set of compositions onthe disc, Songs and Dances from the NewVillage by Dusan Bogdanovic, pieces basedon traditional music from south-easternEurope. The rest of the repertoire, withthe exception of Toru Takemitsu’s Towardthe Sea, is similarly related to folk or traditionalmusic.There is some invigorating music-makingon this CD. In the first movement “Bordel”of Astor Piazzolla’s L’histoire du tango,for example, Marquardt’s robust sound,incisive articulation and precise rhythmicsense, coupled with van Berkel’s dynamicand fluid playing, propel the music forwardto an exciting climax. Van Berkel‘s soloat the beginning of the contrasting secondmovement, exquisitely languid, sensitive andtouching, sets a sultry summer mood.Van Berkel also excels in Torontocomposer Alan Torok’s idiosyncraticallyspelled Native Rhapsody in Hommage ofJames Brown. The writing for guitar, whileneither particularly “native” nor “folk” tomy ears, is rhythmically sophisticated andworks well with the modal flute line.The notation of Takemitsu’s Toward64 thewholenote.comFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012


the Sea, described in the liner notesas “annotated to the point of excess,”proves effective, nevertheless, in drawingMarquardt, playing alto flute, into a moreexpressive mode than elsewhere on the disc,exploring a greater variety of tone qualities,colours and dynamics.Kudos to the duo for coupling someof the better known repertoire for theirinstruments with lesser known contemporarycompositions that need to be heard.—Allan PulkerJAZZ & IMPROVISEDWaltz for BillTom SzczesniakIndependent SZC-27426-27(www.tomszcz.com)Waltz for Bill is veteran Toronto sessionplayer and arranger, Tom Szczesniak’s, loveletter to the genius of Bill Evans. It is alsothe title of his very first CD under his ownname after 40 years in the industry playingwith everyone from Anne Murray to ThadJones. Evans isn’t the only piano player tobe honoured by Szczesniak, as the late andmuch-missed DougRiley (Dr. Music)is rememberedhere both with atribute song anda cover of one ofhis compositions,Dinosaurus. Theprogressive rock/bopfusion number is a bit of an incongruity,but a palate-cleanser amidst all the earbutterscotch that comes before and after.The disc is steeped in standards and evenveers into chestnut territory a time or two,but is a class act from beginning to end.Starting with a mellow but harmonicallyfresh approach to What Is This Thing CalledLove, we get taken on a lush, lovely journeyof the likes of Gershwin and Hammersteinwith lots of strings, a bit of sax (MichaelStuart and Vern Dorge) and the occasionalvelvety vocal from Doug Mallory andCal Dodd.—Cathy RichesThere’s more at www.thewholenote.com:Sounds and Silence is a film by PeterGuyer and Norbert Wiedmer about ECMlabel founder Manfred Eicher reviewed byJohn Larocque.It’s Our JazzJazz in quebec is a vigorous element ofFrench-Canadian culture, though all tooinfrequently experienced in these parts.However, Montreal label Effendihas recently released a bumpercrop of albums by provincial stalwartsthat underscore the livelymusical health of its practitioners.One features veteran bassistAlain Bédard, who skilfully demonstrateshis roles as leader, anchor,frequent soloist andrhythmic engine of his AugusteQuintet on Alain Bédard – HomosPugnax (Effendi FND 115 www.effendirecords.com). He wrotefive of the ten tracks that includefour by bandsmen and CarlaBley’s Fleurs Carnivores, whichhe’s arranged impressively.Supported by the nimble, versatilesax of Frank Lozano (mainlysoprano), pianist AlexandreGrogg and subtle drummerMichel Lambert, Bédard has createdan enticing album full ofinterest, unusual time signaturesand sparkling work by all.It’s odd to come across a fullyfledgedband that’s only beenaround a short while yet clearlyGEOFF CHAPMANdisplays confidence and chemistry. MikeField – Ashes (MFJCD 1101 www.mikefieldjazz.com)is a pleasing quintet outing led bytrumpeter Field, a veteran ofmusical forms other than jazz,performing with tenor saxistPaul Metcalfe, pianist MattNewton, bassist Carlie Howelland drummer Dave Chan.The boss wrote all nine pieceshere, some with unconventionalstructures and all executed withconsiderable panache, though themusic’s more unblemished thanexhilarating. Field plays withauthority, with obvious tonalsmarts and ear-catching virtuosity.His album strongly suggestsfuture success.Indefatigable drummer BarryRomberg has put out 11 CDsover the past decade featuringhis Random Access combos andthe newest maintains the grouprep for sustained excitement andrelentless drive. Recorded live atthe Rex, Barry Romberg’sRandom Access – Unplugged Live(Romhog Records 121 www.barryromberg.com) has the usualsuspects in play for 70 minutesencompassing just four tunes — guitaristGeoff Young, keyboardist Robi Botos andpower electric bassist Rich Brown. Guestingis American tenor saxist Donny McCaslin,who’s more than comfortable with the strikingfree improv that is RA’s trademark, hisstaccato phrasing meshing well with Young’sdistinctively spiky approach, Brown’s gouginggrooves and the fierce energy from keysand drums. The more-than-22 minutes of theburning In Pursuit is a stirring highlight,Botos sparkling on electric piano.The guitar totedby Winnipeg’s KeithPrice makes untypical,attractivesounds, quicklymanifested on hissophomore albumThe Keith Price Trio/Quintet – Gaia/Goya(KP201102 www.keithprice.ca). Bell-likechords, shining echoey notes, shimmeringresonances are heard, which gives this discsurprising heft considering that it occupiesonly a measly 41 minutes as it combines fourindie-pop tunes performed by his trio withbass Julian Bradford and drummer CurtisNowosad and a six-part suite which adds altosaxist Neil Watson and pianist WilliamBonness. The groupings are well integrated,no one stepping out of line, though the pulseteam is allotted occasional flights of fancy.The suite’s components come across as morefully realized, with a freshness of expressionand frequent servings of heat.Montreal pianistTaurey Butler hasplenty to offer onhis impressive debutrecording as leader,the self-titled TaureyButler (Justin TimeJUST242-2 www.justin-time.com),11 cuts where he unabashedly illuminateshis respect for late genius Oscar Petersonwithout consciously emulating him. Theferocious swing, eloquent skill at speed,pounding left hand and showy imaginationare all there, however, markedly on openingburners Sunrise, Sunset and The LadyIs A Tramp. Butler gets exemplary supportfrom bassist Eric Lagacé and drummer WaliMuhammad throughout, though the trio’swork on ballads is less satisfying than theverve they show on tunes mid-tempo andup, like the catchy Butler contributions AnAfternoon Downtown and Grandpa Ted’sTune, the latter a surging procession ofideas. And you can’t say OP doesn’t springto mind on Butler’s tearaway Nobody’s Here.Big bands don’t rule the jazz roostnowadays but they’re often worth a listen,as is the case with Mississauga Big BandJazz Ensemble – On The Periphery (MBBJE5-2 rboniface@rogers.com), which offers 14tunes and 73 minutes of classy, sprightlyentertainment recorded live at Arnold’sSports Bar in Oakville. The openingFebruary – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 65


Steamsville is briskand bright withgritty alto by GaryMartin, who alsoshines on AluminumBaby. Section workis mostly splendidthough soloistsvary widely inability (10 players get solo opportunities).The ensemble sounds best on relaxedmaterial, especially well-worn standards,but it can swing hard and clearly enjoyschallenging choices, including pieces fromBurt Bacharach, the Average White Bandand Charlie Mingus. Vocalist CatherineMcGregor holds her own on four songs.Three worth seeking: If you’re in themood for tight fusion try Cinque – Catch ACorner (Alma ACD83012 www.almarecords.com), a quintet featuring Robi Botos, JohnJohnson and Joey DeFrancesco. For forcefulswing there’s Cory Weeds – Just Like That(Cellar Live CL031311 www.cellarlive.com),a quartet helmed by Vancouver alto saxistWeeds with pianist Tilden Webb’s trio. Ifyou want groove and funk hear Jason Raso– The Red Arrow (Summit Records DCD 569www.jasonrasomusic.com), which showcasesthe Guelph-based bassist in action with assortedcolleagues including B3 master TonyMonaco and drummer Ted Warren.Something in the AirExpat Canadians Create High-Class ImprovKEN WAXMANAlmost from the time the professionalmusic business was established in thiscountry, the expected route for successhas been for artists to head off to the largermarket down south and set up shop there.Canadians from Percy Faith and MaynardFerguson to Joni Mitchell and Teresa Strataseffectively followedthat formula. Buttoday, as Americanmusical hegemonylessens and moderncommunicationsalmost literallyshrink the world,musicians, especiallythose who playimprovised music,can demonstrate thata permanent home inEurope is as beneficialas becoming anAmerican resident.Take VancouverbornJoe Williamsonfor instance. On Weird Weapons 2 (CreativeSources CS197 CD www.creativesourcesrec.com),the bassist, who now lives inStockholm after stints in London, Berlin andMontreal, is matched with German guitaristOlaf Rupp and drummer Tony Buck, anAustralian turned Berliner, for two extendedselections of intuitive improv. No loungeguitar trio, this band creates sonic sparksthat almost visibly fly every which way.Rupp’s constant, intense strumming oftenelasticizes into slurred fingering as Buckbuzzes drumstick on cymbals, pops histoms, door-knocks his snares and rattles andreverberates any number of bells, chains andwood blocks for additional textures. Keepingthe improvisations grounded is Williamson,who splays, stretches or saws upon his instrument’sstrings, scroll and body woodwhen he’s not creating added continuumby slapping outpedal point resonation.On thenearly 30-minuteBuckram, the threereach such a level ofpolyphonic coherencethat the cumulativetextures seemto ooze into everysonic space. Movingto the forefront thenfading back intothe ensemble, Rupppinpoints jaggedlicks that eventuallyaccelerate tostentorian multistringruns, as Buck concentrates pitter-patteringand agitatedly clanking into tremolowhacks. Finally, a climax is reached, asWilliamson’s multi-string variations, consistingof col legno strokes vibrating witha near-electronic pulse, push the three to adecisive conclusion.To read how fellow Canadians, drummerKevin Brow, bassist Pierre AlexandreTremblay and pianist Kris Davis are alsomaking their musical marks outside of thiscountry, read the continuation of this columnat www.thewholenote.com.POT POURRIMatadoR–The Songs of Leonard CohenPatricia O’CallaghanMarquis 81417I was delightedwhen I got thenod from theDISCoveries editorto go ahead andreview PatriciaO’Callaghan’s newestalbum, MatadoR– The Songs ofLeonard Cohen. Not only have I marvelledat O’Callaghan’s immense talent over theyears, but I had the pleasure of attendingher thrilling performance titled “PatriciaO’Callaghan Sings Leonard Cohen” at lastyear’s Global Cabaret Festival. And I wasvery curious to see how it all would translateto disc.Generally, it’s next to impossibleto recreate the intimacy, immediacy,spontaneity and energy of a live performanceon CD. I was utterly transfixed, watchingand listening to O’Callaghan on stage. I wasless so, listening to the recording; but themore I listened, the more I was drawn in.O’Callaghan’s voice (she trained as a sopranoat the University of Toronto) is as rich,pliable and luminous as ever, interpretingCohen’s songs with tremendous tendernessand a mature, worldly sensitivity and insight.Yes, the soprano nails Cohen!It doesn’t hurt, either, that she hasmembers of the Gryphon Trio backing herup on several tracks, as well as the finejazz pianist, David Restivo; their collectivework on Alexandra Leaving is particularlybeautiful. And bassist Andrew Downing’sgorgeous arrangements are outstanding on IfIt Be Your Will and Anthem. But, for me, thejewel is O’Callaghan’s take on Dance Me tothe End of Love. Translated into Spanish, it’spure joy and downright sexy.O’Callaghan co-produced MatadoR. Shecan be very proud of this project.—Sharna SearleConcert Note: Patricia O’Callaghan is featuredin “Masques of Love” — a cabaretpresentation by Toronto Masque Theatre,February 3 and 4.ChaChaMichele MeleIndependent (www.michelemele.com)With the releaseof ChaCha, composerand vocalistMichele Meleclearly illustrates notonly her ineffablesweetness of soul,but a gamin wit,66 thewholenote.comFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012


impeccable phrasing and mastery of thedelicious musical hook. On this, her fifth(and finest) recording, Mele shines on keyboardsand her pure, distinctive vocals arein full force and gorgeously recorded. Forthis project, brilliant producer and guitaristGreg Kavanagh has assembled a tight,groovy cadre of A-List players, includingMichael Stewart on sax, Bill McBirnie onflute and guitarist Lou Bartolomucci (notablyon Cabana Boy and Answer Every Question).The material on ChaCha is a tasty mix ofbrand new songs and several previously recordedtunes that have been given a complete(and delightful) re-imagining, such as thecharming Tree Frogs (originally written forher then ten-year-old son in celebration of hislove of amphibians).Mele is a natural, highly connective andcommunicative performer and writer, whomade quite a splash recently with her hitone-woman show “Naked on the Rocks.”Her appealing Astrud Gilberto-ish vocals area refreshing change from the over-wroughtdivas all too frequently holding sway on theairwaves and in the clubs. The title track isirresistible — rhythmic, clever and sexy — andthe Latin sizzler Hold Back Trigger is anotherstand-out, as is the lilting bossa, OneThing for Sure. Check out Michael Stewart`spotent solo on Stop Talking. This is a gem ofa recording — the optimum soundtrack for alanguid Sunday afternoon with the New YorkTimes, a mimosa and the perfect company.—Lesley Mitchell-ClarkeOnionoiseThe Vegetable OrchestraTransacoustic Research/Monkey TRES008(www.vegetableorchestra.org)With popularconcern about freshand organic produceas its height,Vienna’s 12-pieceVegetable Orchestra(VO) should garnerkudos from environmentalists.That’sbecause all of the instruments the membersplay are painstakingly fashioned fromfresh vegetables.More than gimmickry — although mostof these sound legumes can only be playedonce and are then turned into soup for theconcert audience — these compositions andimprovisations are part of the Viennese traditionof sonic experimentation that dates backto Schoenberg and Webern; although it’smore bio-degradable. Unlike self-containedserialism however, the VO’s repertoire drawsfrom pop, concrète, noise, improvised andelectronic music. Krautrock, for instance,approximates the sound of that noisy genrewith distorted cabbage scrapings. MeanwhileLe Massacre du Printemps reaches a levelof timbral intensity by layering repetitivepercussion from a pumpkin bass drum, aneggplant clatterer, a carrot xylophone and abell pepper hooter with parsley, leek and celeriaccrackles that seem to emanate from afrying pan. The mélange finale showcases anopposing lyrical airiness propelled by radishbass flute and carrot flute.There are other tasty interludes of soundmulching. They include Regen which suggestselectronic oscillations, actually createdby leek membrane pulsations as well asFrench bean crackles processed through abean-tip pickup; and Brazil, whose swingingIn 2002 Radio Netherlands Music issuedthe first volume of an Anthology of theRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra, a 13-CD box of live performances from 1935 to1950. Five future volumes were promisedthat would cover performances, decadeby decade, to the end of the century. Theprojected series is now complete with VolumeSix containing great performances from1990 to 2000 (RCO 11004, 14 CDs). Artistsin that first volume includedWalter, Monteux, Ansermet,Mengelberg, van Beinum,Abendroth, Jochum, Karajan,Kleiber, Boult, Klemperer,Furtwangler and others, allof whom were deceased by1990. The works were fromthe standard concert repertoireof the day. This final editionbrings us pretty well up to datewith performances by eminentmaestros and soloists of thedecade. The editors who selectedperformances for inclusionhave done well as there are nosecond rate renditions to beheard in any of the 37 individualworks presented. Collectorsmay be relieved to know thatthere is no Beethoven Fifthor Ninth, (but there is a Sixthwith Sawallisch); no Brahmssymphonies, no Le Sacre duPrintemps or Bolero to add yetanother version to a balancedcollection. There are twoShostakovich symphonies, theFirst (Solti) and the Fifth (KurtSanderling); an Elgar Second(Previn); an overwhelmingMahler Fifth (Tennstedt);Sibelius Fourth (Berglund);Bluebeard’s Castle (Ivan Fischer)and scores conducted by Chailly,Dutoit, Skrowaczewski, Jansons,Flor, de Leeuw, Fournet, deWaart, Boulez, Harnoncourt, Gardiner,Rozhdestvensky, Berio, Haitink and others.Composers include Frank Martin, Dutilleux,Lutosławski, Ravel, Zemlinsky, Bartok andthe list goes on. Check Archivmusic.comLatin-American-like maraca motion pluspercussion and castanet-like resonationsresult from a bean shaker, eggplant clapper,celeriac bongo and leek pulses. The tuneeven ends with some swaying vamps fromcarrot xylophone and calabash bass.High quality rather than high caloricsounds, it seems somehow appropriate thatthis sonic salad is served up on a CD, whichafter all is the same shape as a dinner plate.—Ken WaxmanOld Wine, New Bottles | Fine Old Recordings Re-ReleasedBRUCE SURTEESfor the complete contents … but buy it inCanada where it’s cheaper. Not only are theperformances exemplary but the recordedsound is of audiophile quality throughout,aided by the special acoustics of theConcertgebouw. The Dutch engineers havethe art of recording this orchestra down pat.An impeccable, if somewhat esoteric (but notfor long), collection.Although it has been 22 years sincehis death in 1989, Herbertvon Karajan’s entire recordedrepertoire, beginning in 1939with Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique”symphony, is still available. Herecorded the nine Beethovensymphonies four times; for EMIin the early 1950s and then anew cycle every decade withhis Berlin Philharmonic forDG. When that final nine wasissued, the critics had a fieldday comparing and twitteringabout the felicities of movementversus movement of the threeDG cycles. His interpretationsdid evolve through the yearsculminating in the 1982–4performances which is thecycle chosen for Beethoven:Karajan, a 13-CD set of allKarajan’s Beethoven repertoirewith the Berlin Philharmonic(DG 4779830). Also includedare all the overtures, all theconcertos — piano (the first withEschenbach, and Weissenbergfor the rest), violin (Mutter)and the triple (Zeltser, Mutterand Ma); Wellington’s Victory;the Missa Solemnis; the GrosseFuge, and a couple of shortpieces without opus numbers.Only Fidelio is missing. Thisis an exceptional collectionoffering superb performances instate-of-the-art re-mastering atan absurdly low price that would have beenunimaginable just a few years ago when, ifbought separately, these discs would haveleft the buyer with little change from $300.I must add that my very favouriteFebruary – March 7, 2012thewholenote.com 67


ecording, by anyone, of Beethoven’sSymphony No.9 is the Karajan/ViennaPhilharmonic performance recorded inthe Musikverein under very difficult,near impossible conditions in 1947. Theresourceful, now legendary producer, WalterLegge, was the driving force who actuallydid make it happen. The astute Leggeengaged Elizabeth Schwarzkopf, ElizabethHongen, Julius Patzak and Hans Hotter. Itwas by this recording that the world firstheeded the young (not of the old school)Herbert von Karajan. This outstandingperformance is a celebration, a triumphantand positive statement of what Beethoven isall about. (EMI CD 0724347687822).EMI has been assembling their recordingsof particular musicians, instrumentalists,ensembles and conductors and issuingperformer-dedicated packages at superbudgetprices. Sir John Barbirolli – The GreatEMI Recordings (EMI 5099945776724)is a ten-CD set containing 36 of his bestperformances, conducting seven differentorchestras, dating from 1957 to 1969.Collectors will be especially thrilledwith these selections as Barbirolli was asuperlative musician and one of the greatconductors of the century. Many of theseare not only his best but, arguably, thebest available versions of many repertoirestaples. The 1957 recordings are all with theHalle Orchestra: the Elgar Cello Concertowith André Navarra; Ravel’s Ma Mèrel’Oye Suite; Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4;Vaughan Williams “London” symphony;Bax’s Garden of Fand; and Butterworth’sA Shropshire Lad. Some of the laterrecordings included here are La Mer, LaValse, Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings,Mahler’s Symphony No.5 and Elgar’sSymphony No.1 and Enigma Variations.Janet Baker is the soloist in Les Nuits d’étéby Berlioz, Mahler’s Rückert-Lieder andElgar’s Sea Pictures. Brahms, Sibelius andPuccini are also represented. The sound isremarkably fresh.Sir Charles Mackerras (1925–2010) wasan Australian musician who left for Englandin 1947 to become a conductor after a jauntas principal oboist in the Sydney SymphonyOrchestra. He played oboe and cor anglaisin the Sadler’s Wells orchestra and later,on a scholarship from the British Council,he studied conducting with Václav Talichin Prague. He was enamored with, andbecame an authority on, Czech repertoire,in addition to being a respected interpreterof music from every period. EMI’s boxCharles Mackerras – Master of OrchestralTexture (5099909818927) has a delightfulcollection of Mackerras specialties includingMozart’s Symphony No.40 in G Minor,Dvorak’s Seventh, Janáček’s Sinfonietta,Mahler’s Fifth, Delius’ Paris – The Songof a Great City, Elgar’s Enigma Variationsand some shorter showpieces includingtwo Mackerras arrangements of Sir ArthurSullivan: the Cello Concerto and the balletPineapple Poll. By the way, there is alsoa budget set of acclaimed performancesof the nine Beethoven symphonies withMackerras conducting the Royal LiverpoolPhilharmonic from EMI (CFP 72435757515 CDs).FEELING LUCKY?THREE WAYS TO WINCDs, tickets and othermusical prizes courtesy ofThe WholeNote1. Join our mailing list byregistering atwww.thewholenote.com2. Like us on Facebook3. Follow us on Twitterthewholenote.comEmployment OpportunityActing Director of Sales & MarketingThe WholeNote, The Toronto Concert-Goer’s Guide and Ontario’s leading publicationfor classical and jazz music, seeks a self-starter who is able to work with and lead asmall, dynamic team in a fluid, casual but deadline-driven, open office environment.Your knowledge of musical organizations, both professional and amateur, and musicrelated enterprise in the GTA and surrounding area, is your gateway to expandingour advertising and promotional work. The successful candidate will have aminimum of three years’ experience in commission-based sales.Satisfactory completion of an initial six-month contract will lead to the offer of afull-time, permanent position as The WholeNote’s new Director of Sales & Marketing.Remuneration during the contract period and beyond will be based on salary pluscommission.A detailed version of this posting should be viewed on our website. Please visitwww.thewholenote.com and select the “About Us” tab.Covering letter and résumé exclusively by email to: hiring@thewholenote.com— please no telephone calls.APPLICATION DEADLINE: before midnight, February 15, 201268 thewholenote.comFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012


ADAMANTLY OFF-CENTRE continued from page 10HarbourfroNT CENTreLeft, Shary Boyle and Christine Fellows’ Everything Under the Moon.Right, Amy Nostbakken, in The Big Smoke.The accomplished quartetof actors shares the stagewith soprano Shannon Mercerand trumpet player MichaelFedyshyn to perform Beckett’sCome and Go, Ohio Impromptu,Act Without Words II and Play,along with the musical selectionsTrumpeter by GeraldBarry, Drei Gesänge by AndrewHamilton, and the Gaelic folksongEleanór a Rún by CearbhallÓ Dálaigh.Even farther off-centre, ifthat’s possible, is EverythingUnder the Moon, a collaborationbetween Toronto visualand performance artist, SharyBoyle, and Christine Fellows, aWinnipeg songwriter/musician,that Harbourfront Centre presentsas part of its 2012 WorldStage season, in association with the Power Plant Contemporary ArtGallery, at the Enwave Theatre, opening on February 18. An old-timeshadow play re-imagined, the performance integrates hand-animated,real-time projected images with live music and song to tell thestory of two small, winged creatures (a honey bee and a little brownbat) that set out to save themselves and their species. Using multipleoverhead projectors, costumes and puppets to bring Boyle’sartwork to life, along with an original score by Fellows performed onxylophone, timpani, wurlitzer, ukulele, cello, trumpet and percussion,Everything Under the Moontouches on loss, environmentalthreat, adaptation and the restorativepowers of friendshipand community, championingthe collaborative spirit as ameans of survival.Finally, on February 22,Theatre Ad Infinitum Canada,a new company, joins Why NotTheatre to launch the Canadianpremiere of The Big Smoke,a well-received production byits sister company in the UK,at the Factory Studio Theatre.Promising “a poetic waltz withdeath inspired by the lives ofVirgina Woolf, Sylvia Plath andAnne Sexton,” this one-womanshow is performed a cappella byAmy Nostbakken, a Canadiansinger/performer who, alongwith director, Nir Paldi, wrote the script. Combining physical theatreand music, the sung-through play tells the story of a brilliant youngartist from Toronto who, given the opportunity of a lifetime (a soloexhibition at London’s Tate Modern Gallery), takes a downward spiralinto depression and, finally, madness. After premiering the show torave reviews at the Edinburgh Festival in 2010, Nostbakken touredthe production across England for three months before deciding tobring it to Canada. With this show, she should feel right at home.—Robert WallaceRyan GarsiDEWHERE THE WORLD COMES TO PLAY!TANGOPASIÓNFEB 9, 2012 FEB 18, 2012FEB 24 & 25, 2012| 1-855-872-SONY (7669) | sonycentre.caGroup Discounts 8 plus: Call 647-438-5559, Toll Free 1-866-447-7849 or visit www.thegrouptixcompany.comPROMOTIONALPARTNERPROMOTIONALPARTNERPROMOTIONALPARTNERINNOVATIONSPONSORSOUR 2011/12 SEASON ALSO MADE POSSIBLE BY THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF MOIRA AND ALFREDO ROMANOsonycentre.ca70 thewholenote.comFebruary 1 – March 7, 2012


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