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Holiday Concerts at Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hallwith special guestsQuartetto GelatoMon Dec 13 8pmRoy Thomson HallSponsored byTickets makegreat gifts!FREE Noon Hour Choir & Organ ConcertElmer Iseler Singers A Seasonal CelebrationTues Dec 14 12pm Roy Thomson HallBowfireHolidayHeart StringsFri Dec 17 8pmRoy Thomson HallSponsored byTorontoChildren'sChorusSounds of the Seasonwith special guestsTrue North BrassSat Dec 18 2pmRoy Thomson HallNewComedyYear’s EveExtravaganzaHosted by Geri Halland featuring Jon DoreFri Dec 31 7:30pmMassey HallGift Certificates Also AvailableTickets416.872.4255roythomson.com masseyhall.com


What’s Onat the TSO“A grand, majestic spectaclethat should be seen and heardby every Torontonian” TORONTO LIFEDecember 16 – 21Don’t miss Sir Andrew Davis’s bold newversion of this beloved holiday classic.December 22 at 8pmDecember 23 at 2pm & 8pmJoin the TSO, tenor Mike Eldred, conductorSteven Reineke, and two children’s choirs for ajoyful programme of festive Christmas classics.Celebrate Mozart’s 255th birthday with theTSO! This January, enjoy the company of friendsand warm up to the music of Mozart.Ehnes Plays Mozart Violin ConcertiJanuary 19 at 8:00pm & January 20 at 2:00pmMozart AriasJanuary 22 at 8:00pm & January 23 at 3:00pm*Mozart’s Birthday ConcertJanuary 26 at 6:30pm & January 27 at 8:00pmMozart’s WorldJanuary 29 at 7:30pm & January 30 at 3:00pm*January 23 at George Weston Recital HallTIPPET-RICHARDSONCONCERT SEASONConductors’ Podium SponsorMozart Festival SponsorLight Classics Series SponsorLight Classics Media Partner416.593.4828 tso.caCONCERTS AT ROY THOMSON HALL


THETMVolume 16 #4 | December 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011FOR OPENERS6. ‘Tis the Season | COLIN EATOCKFEATURES8. Tafelmusik’s Jeanne Lamon | COLIN EATOCK10. Aspects of Oscar | GEOFF CHAPMANBEAT BY BEAT12. Early Music | SIMONE DESILETS14. Classical & Beyond | ALLAN PULKER16. In With the New | JASON VAN EYK20. On Opera | CHRISTOPHER HOILE24. Choral Scene | BENJAMIN STEIN26. Jazz Notes | JIM GALLOWAY27. In the Clubs | ORI DAGAN29. Bandstand | JACK MACQUARRIE30. World View | KAREN AGESLISTINGS32. A | Concerts in the GTA55. B | Beyond the GTA58. C | In the Clubs (Mostly Jazz)60. D | Announcements Et CeteraMUSICAL LIFE61. We Are All Music’s Children | MJ BUELL63. Da Capo Online | DAVID PERLMAN65. Bookshelf | PAMELA MARGLESDISCOVERIES: RECORDINGS REVIEWED67. Editor’s Corner | DAVID OLDS68. Vocal69. Classical & Beyond71. Modern & Contemporary72. Jazz & Improvised Music73. It’s our Jazz | GEOFF CHAPMAN74. Extended Play | KEN WAXMAN74. Pot Pourri76. Old Wine in New Bottles | BRUCE SURTEESMORE6. Contact Information & Deadlines31. Index of Advertisers63. Classified Ads64. Welcome New Blue Pages MembersIn This IssueACD2 2600ACD2 2601NEW RELEASES BYLES VIOLONS DU ROYGEMINIANI ❖ Concerto grosso «La Follia»PACHELBEL ❖ Canon & gigue in D majorPURCELL ❖ Chaconne in G minorMARCELLO ❖ Concerto for oboe in D minorJ. S. BACH ❖ Sinfonia «Air» on a G stringMOZART ❖ Eine kleine NachtmusikGLUCK ❖ Ballet des Ombres heureuses...[an] arresting recording...— John Terauds Toronto StarAlso on this recording:Prelude & fugue for 18-partstring orchestra Op. 29Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge Op. 10Now sleeps the Crimson PetalATMACLASSIQUE.COMSelect ATMA titles now on saleLAURA KLASSENpage 14JOSE ORTEGApage 30WHAT CHILD IS THIS?page 61


FOR OPENERS / COLIN EATOCK’Tis the Season’TIS THE SEASON, they say, to be jolly. And,as the multitude of listings in this double issueof The WholeNote collectively make apparent,there are many musical ways to be jolly inDecember and January.There’s the traditional choral approach,as choirs in and around Toronto presenttheir annual Christmas concerts. Onceagain, the hills will ring with the glories ofHandel’s Messiah – big performances, smallperformances, and of course the sing-along variety. (For a listof Messiah concerts in December, see blog entry entitled “TheTrumpet Shall Sound,” on our website, www.thewholenote.com.)But Handel’s perennial favourite is just the tip of the vocalperformances of masterpieces by Monteverdi, Gabrieli andPraetorius to Broadway showtunes. And at what other time of theyear would you get to join in singing with tenor Richard Margisonand soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian? (December 18, Yorkminster ParkBaptist Church.)Some choirs are looking beyond the expected Christmasrepertoire. This year, the Nathaniel Dett Chorale’s Indigo Christmascelebrates Kwanzaa on December 15; and several choirs will besinging Chanukah music.Instrumental ensembles aren’t about to take a back seat to singers,and many orchestras have big concerts planned. Selections fromTchaikovsky’s Nutcracker – the orchestral “equivalent” of Messiah,out there than dancing Sugarplum Fairies: look for a diverse arrayof seasonally themed concerts from just about every orchestra inSouthern Ontario.Jazz musicians also want to get in on the act, and have foundways of making the holiday season their own. Jim Galloway, one ofour regular jazz writers, points to some Yuletide performances inhis column.There’s never quite been an operatic equivalent of Messiah orThe Nutcracker: a work that’s so durable it can be reliably truckedout every Christmas. Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors perhapscomes closest to this mark – you can hear it on December 4 at theChurch of St. Timothy. For those looking for a holiday family show,there’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas at the Sony Centre, fromDecember 17 to January 2. And of course New Year’s Day hasDie Fledermaus will be staged by TorontoOperetta Theatre from December 28 to January 7.This brings us to the new year. After a brief lull, Toronto’smusical life springs back to life in January. As usual, the TSOcan be relied upon to warm up the month with a series of Mozartconcerts from the 19th to the 30th. And at the end of the month, theCanadian Opera Company welcomes audiences to the Four SeasonsCentre with Mozart’s Magic Flute. January is also the month for theUniversity of Toronto’s annual New Music Festival (beginning onthe 23rd) – which, as our contemporary-music columnist Jason VanEyk points out, is becoming an increasingly prominent event in thecity’s musical calendar. like the beginning of a very musical 2011.—Colin Eatock, managing editorThe WholeNote The Toronto Concert-Goer’s GuideVOLUME 16 NO 4 | DEC 1, 2010 – FEB 7, 2011720 Bathurst St, Suite 503, Toronto ON M5S 2R4MAIN TELEPHONE 416-323-2232FAX 416-603-4791SWITCHBOARD & GENERAL INQUIRIES Ext 21Chairman of the BoardAllan PulkerPublisher/Editor In Chief | David Perlmanpublisher@thewholenote.comManaging Editor | Colin Eatockeditorial@thewholenote.comCD Editor | David Oldsdiscoveries@thewholenote.comEvent Advertising/MembershipKaren Ages | members@thewholenote.comAdvertising/Production Support/OperationsJack Buell | adart@thewholenote.comConcert ListingsColin Eatock | listings@thewholenote.comJazz ListingsOri Dagan | jazz@thewholenote.comWebsiteBryson Winchester | systems@thewholenote.comCirculation, Display Stands & SubscriptionsChris Malcolm | circulation@thewholenote.comPatrick Slimmon | patrick@thewholenote.comTHE ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL IS AN AGENCYOF THE GOVERNMENT OF ONTARIO.THANKS TO THIS MONTH’S CONTRIBUTORSColumnsBANDSTAND | Jack MacQuarrieBOOKSHELF | Pamela MarglesCLASSICAL & BEYOND | Allan PulkerCHORAL | Benjamin SteinDA CAPO | David PerlmanEARLY MUSIC | Simone DesiletsIN THE CLUBS | Ori DaganJAZZ | Jim GallowayMUSIC’S CHILDREN | mJ buellNEW MUSIC | Jason van EykOPERA | Christopher HoileWORLD MUSIC | Karen AgesFeaturesGeoff Chapman, Colin EatockCD ReviewersGeoff Chapman, Daniel Foley, JimGalloway, Janos Gardonyi, RichardHaskell, Tiina Kiik, Alison Melville,Cathy Riches, Terry Robbins,Bruce Surtees, Andrew Timar, RobertTomas, Ken Waxman, Dianne WellsProofreadingKaren Ages, Simone DesiletsListingsColin Eatock, Felix Deak, Ori Dagan,Richard Haskell, Nick TortiLayout & DesignVerity Hobbs, Brian Cartwright, Uno RamatSUBSCRIPTIONS $30 per year + HST (10 issues)www.thewholenote.comUpcoming Dates & DeadlinesFree Event Listings Deadline6pm Saturday January 15Display Ad Reservations Deadline6pm Saturday January 15Advertising Materials Due6pm Tuesday January 18Publication DateFriday January 28Next issue is Volume 16 No 5, coveringFebruary 1, 2011 – March 7, 2011WholeNote Media Inc. accepts no responsibilityor liability for claims made for any product orservice reported on or advertised in this issue.Printed in CanadaCouto Printing & Publishing ServicesCirculation StatementDecember 2010: 30,000 printed & distributed.Canadian Publication ProductSales Agreement 1263846ISSN 14888-8785 WHOLENOTEPublications Mail Agreement #40026682Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to:WholeNote Media Inc.503-720 Bathurst StreetToronto ON M5S 2R4COPYRIGHT © 2010 WHOLENOTE MEDIA INC6 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


Tafelmusik’s Jeanne Lamon, One on OneCOLIN EATOCKTafelmusik is a busy orchestra for the next few months, withbig programmes in December, January and February. Butin late November the tireless Jeanne Lamon, Tafelmusik’sartistic director, found time to sit down for an hour and talkto The WholeNote. In a wide-ranging chat, I talked withher about about her orchestra, the early-music movement ingeneral – and Jeanne Lamon in particular.I thought we’d begin by talking about Tafelmusik’s current status –both in Toronto’s musical community and in the world at large.Curiously, the answers to those two questionsare not the same. I think in the internationalearly-music world we have a veryprominent stature, because of the hugeamount we’ve recorded, and because weoffer a kind of regular employment that noother orchestra does. Every other periodorchestra is pretty much a “pick up” group,nel.And they don’t have anywhere nearthe size of season that we have: we have aseason that’s comparable to a modern symphonyorchestra, which makes us unique. Ifyou’re a student studying baroque performance,Tafelmusik is the logical place to wantto be because we offer something special.I don’t think there’s anyone in the earlymusic world who doesn’t know who Tafelmusikis – but I do think there are people inToronto who don’t know who we are. Torontois a conservative city, and many peoplejust know a little bit about the arts: they’vebeen to the symphony and they’ve been tothe ballet, but they may not know what elseis out there. If you don’t go past the biginstitutions, you won’t know that there’s aTafelmusik out there. Maybe it’s because wealso perform in a church, rather than RoyThomson Hall or some place that people know as a destination.It’s not like we’re unknown here, but if you go out on the streetand ask people “What’s Tafelmusik?”, you might be surprised athow few people could answer the question. Of course, the peoplewho know us love us, and we have a great following. And theprofessional music community in Toronto thinks highly of us.Would you say there’s some kind of barrier to your wider recognition inToronto? I like to think it’s just a matter of time. We’ve been aroundfor almost 30 years – but that’s nothing, in terms of people understandingwho we are and what we do. And we’ve only been reallyLet’s talk a bit more about your core audience in Toronto. What doesTafelmusik’s audience want from you? I think a lot of the Tafelmusikaudience just love coming to hear the orchestra and the choir. Andat the same time there’s something about the Tafelmusik experiencethat’s more than just a concert. Many of them want us to do the sameold repertoire – but we keep mixing things up, and they seem to behappy about that. I just get a real sense of great love from the audience.I don’t think anyone is there because they feel they’re supposedto be. I sometimes get the feeling that some people go to other concertslike it’s a kind of penance or duty. But there’s none of that here.I suspect that in the minds of many music enthusiasts, you and yourorchestra are sort of “fused”: you are Tafelmusik and Tafelmusik isyou. How much of your life is devoted to Tafelmusik – and what elsedo you do? I’ll answer your question. I like to think that Tafelmusik is moreof a collective endeavor, and not an organization that is drivenAlison Mackay, our double bass player has designed a very creativethem, like “The Galileo Project,” are touring worldwide. Anothermusician, Julia Wedman, designed aprogramme for Earth Day called “Forcesof Nature.” The musicians are veryinvolved: they all sit on committees andare involved in programming decisions.It’s not that I don’t play a role asthe leader – but if I bow out and am notinvolved in a concert, it’s not like the plugis suddenly pulled. That’s what happenswith freelance groups: even if you haveleader. If you take the leader out and tellthe players to play, there’s nothing there. Ithink that Tafelmusik is a very differentanimal, and I think it’s much healthier asa result because you get a buy-in and anenergy from the players. So some peoplemay think I’m Tafelmusik, but that’s notthe complete reality.So what else do you do? Tafelmusik is probablyabout 90 percent of what I do. But ifI list the other 10 percent, it will probablysound like another full time job. I guestdirect: I’m going to the Victoria Symphonynext week. I work with Symphony NovaScotia every year, and I’ll be going againin March. In January I’m going to work with Orchestra London.Next season I’m going back to Les Violons du Roy in Quebec City,which I’ve done a number of times. As well, next year I’m going tobe working at the University of Ottawa, and also with the KingstonSymphony. So I get around – almost exclusively in Canada, althoughI have worked in Detroit.The other thing I do is teach. I teach for Tafelmusik SummerInstitute, but I also teach baroque violin independently. Rightnow I have only two students, but they’re both very keen and veryambitious.What about an independent solo performing career? Do you go aroundplaying concertos? Not as such. I mostly guest direct, but in thecontext of guest directing I may play a concerto or something. Butit’s more about directing. For me, the directing is educational – it’sabout passing on the enthusiasm for baroque music. And the peoplein symphony orchestras are really keen: they want to understandmore about baroque performance. There’s no longer the resistancethem on this repertoire. When the rehearsal is over, they don’t runaway – they come running up to me with a million questions.Do you have personal favourite composers and repertoire? It doeschange – it’s a “love the one you’re with” kind of thing. But the8 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


staples I always fall back on are Bach and Monteverdi – and Purcell,and Rameau, and Handel. It depends on the repertoire. For me,Bach is all about sacred music, and Handel is operas, and Mozartis everything. When I’m busy preparing for a performance I’mrehearsal comes, I’ve got it all memorized. So whatever music I’mliving with, it becomes my world. Then after the concert, it mysteriouslyevaporates. It’s strange: I can be completely obsessed with onething for a whole month. Then the last performance happens, I goout and have a beer, and the next morning I wake up and it’s gone.The composers you mentioned are all big names in the canon. Inyour years of working in early music, are there any lesser-knowncomposers who have impressed you? Biber is a wonderful composer– I think most violinists love Biber. Another composer, Schmelzer,is in his shadow a bit, and he doesn’t get his due. We did an entireJohannHeinrichSchmelzer.Historically informed isabout context. It means,“I know a lot about this.” Itdoesn’t mean I’m marriedto the exact reproductionof every detail.CD of the music of Schmelzer. I spent several months completelyimmersed in Schmelzer, and at that time I would have said thatSchmelzer was my favourite composer! Because we did a whole CDof his music, I discovered a whole personality that I didn’t knowa composer’s work, and that’s what we try to do. If you just do onelittle piece by one composer and another little piece by another, youmight not ever crack that nut.And there are various levels of the canon. At the very top youhave Bach and Mozart. Even Handel isn’t up there: even though he’sextremely popular, he’s about a quarter of a millimeter lower on thelist. And the reason I say that is because people compare Handelto Bach, and because he’s not Bach – he’s somebody else, with adifferent personality and aesthetic – they say he’s lesser. What I’vediscovered, more and more, is that composers all have their ownlanguage. I had no idea, until about 15 years ago how, humorousTelemann was. And if you don’t see it that way, it sounds like badBach, or second-rate Handel.I get the sense that amongst musicians who specialize in the baroquethat there’s been a kind of settling of the repertoire. Is the repertoireless adventurous than it was 25 years ago? I agree with that. I thinkwe have to balance the canon, which is worth hearing and peoplewill buy tickets to hear, with adventurous music-making. The senseof adventure we had when we started out is something we need tohold on to.One of the changes in the early music world in the last 25 years hasbeen a move away from the word “authentic” and towards the phrase“historically informed.” In your view, what was that all about? Thereare two reasons why the term “historically informed” has stuck. Ifyou think about the word “authentic,” what’s the opposite? Are youtherefore saying that something else is not real? It’s both insultingand inaccurate. Other terms also have problems. “Early music”implies that it’s music before 1750, and everything else is somethingelse. But it’s not about when the music was written, but about howyou approach the music. “Historically informed” gets around allthat: it’s not about what is or isn’t “authentic,” or when the musicwas written. Historically informed is about context. It means, “IDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 9


~E TO|oNTO CºNSO|tP|aETO|iUSCH|iSTMAS VESPERSVespers for SaintGertrudefridayjanuary 14 th8:00 pmChurch ofSt Mary Magdalene477 Manning Ave416-531-7955Pay whatYou canMedieval Music for women’s voicesknow a lot about this.” It doesn’t mean I’m married to the exactreproduction of every detail.To what extent have the values of the early music movement beenabsorbed by “mainstream” players?a shift. It’s one of those things when you wake up one day andrealize that you’ve been in the centre of the revolution – the worldhas changed. Symphony orchestras, if they’re doing baroque things,tend to bring in specialists. They don’t usually do it with their ownconductors, unless their conductor happens to be someone whoknows a lot about baroque performance, like Simon Rattle. And Iwas a lot of real animosity, like we were taking their territory away.But now there’s more a sense of sharing.I’ve noticed that “mainstream” orchestras don’t very often play thosebig Bach-Stokowksi arrangements or Hamilton Harty’s Handel anymore. Do you think the early music movement has something to dowith that? Absolutely. I think that repertoire has lost its lustre. AStokowski arrangement is beautiful in its own way, but it’s very mucha period piece. It was popular in the mid-20th century – and it wasreally not about Bach, it was about Stokowski. It had its charms, butnow we’re hearing Bach differently. That’s my personal view of it.Getting back to Tafelmusik, what are you doing these days that’s newand different? We just did a programme of Chopin on period piano– we’ve never done that before. And some of Alison Mackay’s programmingthat I referred to earlier involved multi-media, acting andvisual arts. But it’s always a concert where the “other things” arethere to give the music context. It’s not like we’re doing somethingthat you can’t really identify as a concert any more – it’s concertswith more context, both historical and contemporary. works: our “Galileo Project” and our “Sing-Along Messiah.” Andwe have quite a presence online and on social media. That’s excitingbecause it gives us new ways to get out to the world. We’ve madesome YouTube videos, for example, which there would have been nowe’re doing new things with formats as well as content.Jeanne Lamon and members of the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.You mentioned your recent Chopin concert – and you did someMendelssohn last year. How far do you plan to advance into the 19thcentury? Will you do Wagner in 2013, for his 200th birthday? Notin 2013 – but I won’t say we’ll never do Wagner. But we’re alwaysmusically curious to explore things that are new and different. TheChopin was certainly a stretch for us – but I can remember theNinth: that’s a bitof a stretch for us, and we love doing it. How far will that go? Idon’t know. I imagine Schumann isn’t too far away, and I’d loveto do Berlioz. But the 19th century will never be the core of ourrepertoire: we’re not going to be a romantic orchestra. The baroqueand classical will always be the core.www.Scholamagdalena.cacontinued on page 7810 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


Aspects of OscarGEOFF CHAPMANAn intimidating soloist, a superb technician, a vivid improviser,an impressive accompanist, a formidable groupleader, a master of swing, melody and harmony, theleading pianist of his generation – and without doubt thebut Oscar Peterson?Millions of words have been etched about the life of the Montreal-born,Mississauga-based star who died three years ago at 82,--One aspect of that very word means a feature or element, whichcianshad unique relationships with Peterson, but looking at theOscar Peterson. -after a 1993 stroke severely hampered the range and power of thean intermission on-stage chat with Mehta that also featured vocalist clearly channeling Peterson and warm contributions from guitaristcontemporary bent, but his work, especially with mute, was well-Post-intermission tempos and creative heat increased, withcomposed for the 1986 album Oscar Peterson Live December 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 11


OSCAR ALBUMS WORTH SEEKING The Oscar Peterson Trio at the StratfordShakespearean Festival 1956 (Verve) Night Train 1962 (Verve) Canadiana Suite 1964 (Limelight) Live at Salle Pleyel, Paris 1975 (Pablo) Live at the Blue Note 1989 (Telarc)Beat by Beat / Early MusicRecreating theOccasionSIMONE DESILETSRinterview from 2002 between Eric Friesen and gambist, cellistOne way to do it, she said, is torecreate an occasion: “to be inday – the marriage of this princessto that prince or something likethat, and then you try to reproduceHer comment led me toobserve that more than one grouphave thought to celebrate thiscreatingan occasion, bringing theaudience as close as possible to anartistic directors of three of thesePeggy Sampson.groups to tell me a bit about the genesis and development of this idea concert per season to a reconstruction of the musical content of an-allow us to hear the classic repertoire in the musical sequence whichVenetian composers assembled a mass with seemingly independentst michael’s choir schoolFRI DEC 10, 2010 7:30PM | SAT DEC 11, 2010 2:00PMMASSEY HALL TORONTOCelebrate one of the great traditions of Christmas with Toronto’sfavourite boys’ choir at Massey Hall. St. Michael’s Choir Schooloffers a feast of well-loved sacred and secular carols, includingVaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Ding Dong!Merrily on High. Capture the beauty of the season, enjoy holidayclassics and sing along with traditional seasonal favourites.Jerzy Cichocki, Caron Daley, Teri DunnWilliam O’MearaStephen Hegedus, Schola Cantorum Strings $25–$40 (416) 872-4255 or www.masseyhall.com12 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


--Mass for Twelve Voices, interwovenwith more glorious sacredKevin Mallon. Ensemble and its artistic directorKevin Mallon take their audiencerecreating the premiere ofis enthusiastic about this presentationand the reasons for it: “As early music performers, we try torecreate the instruments so they sound as the people of the time andthe composer would have heard; we try to get as close as possible to-Performance with their Presence would be pleased to come without bit about the research involved – everything from determining thevelopedby the massive chords of singers, violins, cornetti, sackbuts,theorbos and keyboards as they resound from the balconies and allSome upcoming concerts- December 4:fulChristmas Oratorio December 18: January 15:- January 28 in Kingston:Simone Desilets is a long-time contributor to The WholeNote inseveral capacities, who plays the viola da gamba. She can becontacted at earlymusic@thewholenote.com.NEW OPERAWelcome to Tapestry, the home to new opera.On Sale NowTHE TAPESTRY SONGBOOKConcert Jan 22, 2011 8PMPerformed by members of the Tapestry NewWork Studio Company and emerging artists fromTapestry’s New Opera 101 Master Class/Workshop,the concert will feature a selection of memorablearias from Tapestry’s new opera library.Works in DevelopmentTHE ENSLAVEMENT ANDLIBERATION OF OKSANA G.BY COLLEEN MURPHY & AARON GERVAISWorkshop Performance Winter 2011Become part of a growing audience for this highlyanticipated landmark production, a sprawling newmultilingual work exposing the heartbreaking worldof the sex trade.OPERA TO GO 2012Workshop Performance Spring 2011Be the first to see the newest short operas in thisregular Tapestry production which has inspiredsimilar programmes around the world.SHELTERBY JULIE SALVERSON & JULIET PALMERWorkshop Production May 2011The story of a nuclear family, adrift on the “Highwayof the Atom”. Catch the final development presentationof Shelter, an intimate preview production withthe full ensemble and orchestra in advance of its2012 world premiere.You can find us onSTUDIO PASS$79PRO-RATEDPRICE$49STUDENTS &ARTS WORKERSCall 416.537.6066 x222 or goto tapestrynewopera.comWe’ll do the booking for you!A Tapestry representative will be intouch well in advance of each eventto provide the performance scheduleand confirm your selection.WAYNE STRONGMANMANAGING ARTISTIC DIRECTORAll events in theERNEST BALMER STUDIO,DISTILLERY HISTORICDISTRICT, TORONTOPHOTOGRAPHY BY Brian Mosoff www.brianmosoff.comSINGLE TICKETS FOR ALL EVENTS:$25 REGULAR PRICE$20 STUDENTS & ARTS WORKERSDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 13


Guillermo Silva-Marin, General DirectorLa Fedeltà PremiataAshiq Aziz, ConductorclassicalmusicconsortSusanne Holmes,Farah Hack, Leslie Bouza,Graham Thomson, JamesLevesque, Mark Petracchi,Rocco RupoloUnplugged!Straight-up!Powerful!Fidelity Rewardedby Joseph Haydn(in Italian with English surtitles)The goddess Diana requires the sacrificeof a faithful lover to quell her anger. Truelove triumphs in Haydn's masterful scorefilled with charm, sophistication andglorious melody from the classical era.Lovers are reunited, Diana isappeased and the audienceenjoys a happy ending.January 30, 2011 2:30 p.m.416-366-7723 1-800-708-6754 www.stlc.comGIVE THE GIFTOF OPERAPreliminary costume sketch by Myung Hee Cho, set and costume designer for The Magic Flute.UPCOMINGPRODUCTIONSGIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE IN ANY DENOMINATIONcoc.ca 416-363-8231Presenting Sponsorof SURTITLESOffi cialAutomotive SponsorOffi cialMedia SponsorsTheMagic FluteJAN 29 – FEB 25, 2011Production SponsorNixonin ChinaFEBRUARY 5 – 26, 2011Production Co-sponsorsBroadcastSponsorCreative: EndeavourBeat by Beat / Classical & BeyondDiscovering KlassenAs well as bringing some of the best pianists and string quartets but rather by getting out and hearing performances and sometimesstudent opera at the UniversityKlassen made an impression,not only on her but also onsome of her subscribers, and ayear or so ago, when programmingthe 2010-11 season, biographical information aboutmasin both piano and voice,ALLAN PULKERSoprano Laura Klassen. the lead role in our school musical, Once Upon a Mattress playing the piano, which undoubtedly helped her to progress quicklywe were kids, it was made clear that all three of us would becomeoften with my mom at the piano, and she has really encouraged meAsked why the voice rather than the piano is her instrument ofchoice, she said that she has found it much easier to perform as a -14 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


very interesting to be able to view all that goes onAs for the future, her plan is to do her bestand see where it takes me! Every performance is -behind every great singer there is a great person, a person who hasElsewhere in the NewsGuillermo Silva-Marin, General Directorwww.torontooperetta.comHonorary Patron Werner Brandstetter, Austrian AmbassadorJohann Strauss’DieNurhan Arman willlead Sinfonia Torontoon December 10. formthe Hummel Trumpet Concerto21, violinist Judy Kang will perform Affairs of theHeart making an enormous contribution to the musicalof other performers in genres covered elsewherein The WholeNote ingsto get the whole story!currently serves as Chairman of The WholeNote’s board of directors.He can be contacted at classicalbeyond@thewholenote.com.A must for yourHoliday Entertainmentcalendar!Fledermaus(The Revenge of the Bat)Derek Bate, ConductorGuillermo Silva-Marin, Stage Directorstarring Laura Albino, Lucia Cesaroni, Keith Klassen, Adam Luther,Lise Maher and Gregory FinneyDecember 28, 29, 31 * , 2010& January 5, 7, 8, 2011 at 8 pmJanuary 2 & 9, 2011 at 2 pm* Ask about our New’s Year’s Eve Gala,Dinner & Party at the HotHouse CaféMedia Sponsor:416-366-7723 1-800-708-6754 www.stlc.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 15


December 16 & 17, 8:00 p.m.Glenn Gould Studio, TorontoA Clamour of VoicesThe Via Salzburg ChamberOrchestra welcomes specialguests the Regent ParkSchool of Music ChoirJoin us for this festive concertas the joyful spirit of youngvoices blends with the beautifulmelodies of the baroque.Buy your tickets today!www.viasalzburg.comor phone 416-872-4255Expect something different...A CHILD’SCHRISTMASIN WALESMore than MessiahsJASON VAN EYKThis time of year and the ensuing holiday cheer inevitably resultin a rash of Messiahs, Nutcrackers, and other ubiquitous adventmusic presenters have produced such a rich arrangement that curious in point, when the calendar ismake their way to MacMillanTongues of Fireeclectic percussion concerto wasoriginally commissioned by thePercussionist Beverley Johnston. sonic architecture of music by allyaccomplished soloist and new-music collaborator, Ziporyn, as well as works by early-career composers Ryan Anthony this Conversio for violin and piano has been compared to a crossdecades-long relationship with the long-lived American composertenwithin the last two years, among them the long-awaited Flute16 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


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proudly presents the20 th AnnualCivic ChristmasCarol ConcertatSt. Thomas’ Anglican ChurchTuesday, December 14th, 201012 NoonDoors Open at 11:30a.m.The program features Choirs and Musicians fromAngela Iorio & J.P. Dupont ~ ConductorsDave Sisler ~ ConductorPat McKenzie ~ ConductorSteve Fralick ~ ConductorOfficial Guest SpeakerLieutenant Governor of OntarioCome Celebrate Christmas in the Singing of Yuletide CarolsAll Proceeds to Community CareConcertocerton the eve of his 102nd birthdayno less! More details are available at simple selection of demanding but-. 16, John Hess offer a programme of vocaland chamber works in tribute to thisGyörgy Kurtág.Attila József Fragments for solo voice, Three OldInscriptions for voice and piano, as well as works for solo piano and chargeyour batteries, because the January new-music schedule is - in a programme of recent works by 21st century, heavy-hittingthe range of international composers that both groups have worked the world premiere of Flow for trombone and organ by Vancouver- Raw-- back into its library of contemporary stage works to pick the most --dates include composer talks, student recitals, faculty concerts and 18 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


Lullaby and DoinaGhost Opera. Ghost Opera on January 30 at Koerner Hall, where Esprit Orchestra will partnerStyxcentury choral masterpiece, Styx is dedicated to departed composer The WholeNote-Canada’s Bechstein Selection CentreYoung Chang Piano GalleryWorld Class Repairsto all musical instrumentsJason van Eyk is the Ontario Regional Director of the CanadianMusic Centre. He can be contacted at newmusic@thewholenote.com.10 Via Renzo Drive, Richmond Hill(east side of Leslie St., just north of Major Mackenzie Dr.)905.770.52221.800.463.3000cosmomusic.caDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 19


Beyond King StreetCHRISTOPHER HOILEFor reservations:www.holytrinitytoronto.org or 416.598.8979CHURCH OF THE HOLY TRINITY10 TRINITY SQUARE – WEST SIDE OF TORONTO EATON CENTREDecember 3-5, 10-12 and 17-19, 2010Sat. and Sun. Matinee Shows at 4:30pmFri. and Sat. Evening Shows at 7:30pmsuggested donation: Adults – $ 15, Children – $ 5Fof the American musical, there are still composers who choose toengage with serious themes and choose the musical as the mostParade and Assassins, have thus achieved a succès d’estime ratherFirst up is Paradeto a small-town prison where a lynching party kidnapped him and Light in the Piazza180, the company behind such political plays as Stuff Happensand The Laramie Projectmembers best-known from thepopular music of the period, is30, 2010, and the show opensJanuary 3 2011, running toStephen Sondheim, composerof Assassins, appears in aninterview at the Princess ofWales Theatre on December 6. Assassins, with music-than plot, Assassins uses the stories of nine people who assassinated a seedy carnival shooting gallery, where the insidious Proprietor20 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


‘Tis the Seasonto Give MusicLeila Josefowicz,violinFRI. DEC. 10, 8pmKOERNER HALLDynamic virtuosity and a fresh approachto Brahms’ romantic Sonatensatz,Schubert’s surprising “Rondeau brilliant”,Stravinsky’s lyrical Duo Concertante,and other works.Simone Dinnerstein,pianoSUN. DEC. 12, 3pmKOERNER HALLHear Dinnerstein’s interpretation ofBach’s Goldberg Variations on KoernerHall’s incredible Hamburg Steinway.John McDermott& FriendsSAT. DEC. 18, 8pm KOERNER HALL“It’s not really Christmas untilMcDermott sings.” (Toronto Star )John McDermott headlines a merryChristmas concert as Kevin Hearn(Barenaked Ladies) sings with theMistletones, Lawrence Gowanpays tribute to John Lennon, Dan Hill,Guido Basso, and Rosie MacKenzieperform special songs; and JasonFowler leads the band.Royal ConservatoryOrchestraconducted by Peter OundjianFRI., JAN. 21, 8pm KOERNER HALLTSO Music Director, Peter Oundjian,conducts the RCO and 2010 Glenn GouldSchool Concerto Competition winner,pianist Grace Kim in a program ofMozart, Ravel, Rachmaninov, and Debussy.New MusicEnsembleTHURS. DEC. 9, 7:30pmMAZZOLENI CONCERT HALLAward-winning composer Brian Currentdirects two programs of cutting-edgecontemporary music by living composersinfluenced by today’s society and thesounds around us.Academy SymphonyOrchestraSUN. DEC. 12, 7:30pmMAZZOLENI CONCERT HALLRising star senior string students fromthe Young Artists Performance Academyof The Royal Conservatory come togetheras the Academy Symphony Orchestra.FreeadmissionKathleen Rudolph& Friends:“French Focus”SUN. JAN. 30, 2pmMAZZOLENI CONCERT HALLFlautist Kathleen Rudolph, is joinedby Theresa Rudolph Koczo, violist, andJeanie Chung, pianist, to perform worksby Duruflé, Widor, and Franck.Leonidas Kavakos,violinwith Enrico Pace, pianoSAT. FEB. 5, 8pm KOERNER HALLKavakos’ playing is “astoundingly virtuosicand blazingly insightful.” (The Guardian )Hear him perform Prokofiev’s Violin SonataNo.1 in F Minor, selections from Auerbach’sPreludes, and Beethoven’s “Kreutzer”Sonata.TICKETS AND GIFT CARDS ON SALE NOW! rcmusic.ca 416.408.0208273 Bloor Street West(Bloor & Avenue Rd.) Toronto


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3 + SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4Teen Sleuth& The Freed Cyborg ChoirPop Avant Series8pm$15/$10$10 adv at TicketWeb.caSATURDAY FEB. 5Emergents IIStephanie Chua + Tim FrancomSATURDAY FEB. 12NOW Ensemble (NYC)Post-Classical SeriesFRIDAY MARCH 11Emergents IIIEarwax Ensemble + Contemporary Keyboard SocietyTHURSDAY MARCH 17Radianwith OdradekPop Avant seriesSUNDAY APRIL 17The Music ofNorma BeecroftPost-Classical SeriesFRIDAY MAY 6On the Trail ofKaija SaariahoPost-Classical SeriesSATURDAY MAY 28Musica Graphica:The Graphic Scores Concertwith Eve Egoyan + Quartetto GraphicaBecome a music gallery member and saveon ticket prices! Email info@musicgallery.orgThe Music Galleryis a narrative frame provided by the Balladeer, who, as in Brechtand Weill’s Threepenny Opera, provides the backgrounds of thethe ninth assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, is a further ploy to preventdirector Adam Brazier has the actors play instruments, inspired nodoubt by John Doyle’s famous Sweeney Todd, thus forcing us to Assassins last year: Talk Is Free Theatre of Barrie and BirdLandTheatrethe score that makes witty use of popular musical styles ranging from sic theatre, there’s always the ideal NewYear’s operetta Die Fledermaus presentedDie Fledermausof operettas to become opera house standards and is the means by which both theto one of the few felicitous libretti tohigh level of melodic invention and asecond act comprising a riotous onstagethe curse of The NutcrackerChristopher Hoile is a Toronto-based writer on opera and theatre.He can be contacted at opera@thewholenote.com.RawCD ReleaseChamber Music by James RolfeLucia Cesaroni andKeith Klassen appearin TOT’s productionof Die Fledermaus.Monday, Jan 17, 7:30 pmGallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave$10; $20 with CD416 924 4945continuummusic.org22 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


Aurora Cultural Centre presents22 Church Street, Aurora, Ontario L4G 1G4Music at the CentreGREAT ARTIST PIANO SERIES Celebrate Ontario’s new cultural facility, a jewel in the heartof Aurora. Enjoy our opening season with the artistry of 4 piano masters. The beautifullyrestored Church Street School (circa 1886) provides an intimate salon setting for a memorableexperience of beautiful music performed by some of Canada’s greatest artists.Friday, February 25, 2011 8pmAnton Kuerti“One of the truly great pianists of this century” –CD Review (London)All Beethoven Program: including the Appassionata Sonata, op. 57,and a lecture/performance of the Diabelli VariationsFriday, March 25, 2011 8pmJane Coop“This exquisite recital was played with remarkable sensitivity andrefinement by Jane Coop“ –New York Daily NewsProgram to include Beethoven’s Eroica Variations and Scriabin EtudesFriday, April 29, 2011 8pmJamie ParkerTwo-time Juno award winner Jamie Parker presents ’Music of the Night,’including Chopin’s Nocturnes, Debussy’s La Soiree dans Grenade, andBeethoven’s Moonlight SonataFriday, May 27, 2011 8pmIntroducing the prize-winning young pianist Elizabeth Schumann“Devastatingly good – the sort of performance you experience not somuch with your ears as your solar plexus” –Washington Post MagazineProgram features piano music by Chopin and LisztTICKETS Subscription: Purchase all 4 concerts, $90 adult; $75 senior & studentSingle tickets: Kuerti, Coop, Parker, $30 adult; $25 senior & student; Schumann $15BOX OFFICE 905 713-1818 (hours: 9am to 4pm, Mon to Fri) or at the doorwww.auroraculturalcentre.ca 905 713-1818Inaugural season made possible through the generosity of Bonnie & Norbert Kraft


ExpressiveYuletide FareBENJAMIN STEINCanadian Flute Association Flute ChoirMonday Rehearsals starting October 18Trinity-St. Paul's Centre B9 Fireside Room427 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ONHoliday Concert on December 13The Louis Simao/Bill McBirnie DuoSaturday, December 4, 2010 at 7 pmWomen's Art Association Gallery23 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, ONPay what you can! Happy Holidays!Dmitriy Varelas Masterclass and RecitalSaturday, January 15, 2011Masterclass 3 pm and Recital 7 pmWomen's Art Association Gallery23 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, ONSecond Annual Flute Competition 2011Saturday, March 26, 2011Women's Art Association Gallery23 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, ONRegister by Friday, March 4, 2011CFA Second Annual Gala ConcertSaturday, April 30, 2011 at 7 pmWomen's Art Association Gallery23 Prince Arthur Avenue, Toronto, ON$20 suggested donationwww.canadaflute.comWdescribe a musical performance? Among musicians, it’s acommon but somewhat amorphous term that comes in handyfun to throw around in undergraduate music theory and analysiswill with early music, which often has been revived after centuries ofFour Seasons, for instance,considered by most people to be a classic for the ages, was not intradition has compelled musicians to engage in a process of redisperformance tradition of much ancient music is a young and almost time there are a number of concerts on the horizon that illuminate ance to the original conditions in which this choral repertoire wascomposed to take advantage of the architectural structure of the institution that has dedicated itself in part to maintaining a performmodern predilection for folk or popular music, the school, which24 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


The choristers of St. Michael’s Choir School.Willliams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols. Vaughan Willliams was part of the folk music revival that took placehe was engaged in an act of reconstruction and promotion similar to this December, space permits only a sampling (please consult TheWholeNoteCentennial Choir’s Sacred Traditions will feature sacred music fromthe African, Jewish, and Christian repertoire, and play host to theUpper Canada Choristers will feature Cantemosand inspired by, the Medieval epoch; and on the same day the and otherChristmas Oratorio Lux Aeterna and MontrealSymphonie minuteBenjamin Stein is a tenor and theorbist. He can be contacted atchoralscene@thewholenote.com.PETER MAHONSales Representative416-322-8000pmahon@trebnet.comwww.petermahon.comPax Christi Chorale & Chamber Choir: Stephanie Martin, Artistic DirectorPax Christi Youth Choir: Lynn Janes, ConductorCHRISTMASSPLENDOUR IIBACH CHRISTMAS ORATORIO I, VI, &CANTATA 140 “WACHET AUF,” CAROLS & MOTETSHoward Dyck, guest conductorAgnes Zsigovics, soprano; Iasmina Pataca, mezzo-soprano;Cory Knight, tenor; Matthew Zadow, baritone; with orchestraSaturday, December 4, 2010 – 7:30 pmSunday, December 5, 2010 – 3:00 pmAdult: $30 Senior: $25 Student: $22 Children (under 12): $5Grace Church on-the-Hill, 300 Lonsdale Rd, Toronto, ON.For more information and to order tickets, visitwww.paxchristichorale.org or call (416) 491-8542.THECHILDREN ’ SMESSIAHpresented byPax Christi Choraleand theGallery Choir of the Church ofSaint Mary MagdaleneStephanie Martin, Artistic DirectorEve-Lyn de la Haye, sopranoLeigh-Anne Martin, mezzo-sopranoMichael Loewen, tenorBenjamin Covey, baritoneSaturday, December 11, 20104:00 – 5:00 pmDesigned especially for the younger crowd, we encourage youto bring your children to introduce them to a short performanceof some of the highlights from Handel’s glorious Messiah.Children admitted free, adults pay what you can at the door.Church of Saint Mary Magdalene,477 Manning Avenue, Toronto (at Ulster Ave)For more information, call (416) 531-7955www.stmarymagdalene.caDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 25


End and BeginningJIM GALLOWAYThis being the issue that sees out the old year and welcomes thefore all hail breaks out let me offer season’s greetings to you inSome Local Festivities. In the New Year Orchestra presents a album My Favorite Thingsas Coltrane’s Live at the Village Vanguard, Impressions, and A LoveSupreme Centre Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis will beMcCoy Tyner. ors, but there’s no denying that he is at the helmof a unique orchestra which can at times reach thethat the concert is being presented in venerable old is for those musicians out there who do not have anyGod rest ye merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay,In spite of having no gigs and not a place to play.At least we will not have to play The Little Drummer Boy.Ring out the bells, greet all the Kris Kringles,Forget the fact that there are no jingles.But let’s not be downhearted and all to no avail,Have a happy holiday season, and make sure you hear some liveJim Galloway is a saxophonist, band leader and the former artisticdirector of Toronto Downtown Jazz. He can be contacted atjazznotes@thewholenote.com. St. Philip’s Anglican ChurchA casual, relaxing hour of prayer + great musicwith the city’s finest musiciansSunday, December 12, 4:00 pmDiana Panton, Reg Schwager +Don ThompsonSunday, January 9, 4:00 pmChris Robinson, Anthony Panacci,Ross MacIntireSunday, January 30, 4:00 pmZimZum St. Philip’s Anglican Church | Etobicoke25 St. Phillips Road (near Royal York + Dixon)416-247-5181 www.stphilips.net26 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


Beat by Beat / In the ClubsThere’s No PlaceLike HomeORI DAGANABut live music requires an audience to be present in order tovenues in this city, audiences may not realize how much they are acome to the concert are Lovers, a local branch ofthe popular Meetup websitethriving social networkingthe mission statement ofMeetup: “to revitalize localgroups that “are powerfulenough to make a differyears, the group boasts nearmake a great difference inMarg Cameron. TORONTO’SPRINT MUSICHEADQUARTERSAttention: private studio musicteachers and students! we’ve goteverything you need this September -come check out our new Pianorepertoire selection featuring G.Henle and BaerenreiterVerlageditions!WE PROUDLY FEATURE:Dedicated RCM exam requirementbook sections for Theory, Piano,Strings, Brass & Woodwind.Diverse repertoire, method & studyselections for all instruments.Full selection of electric andacoustic guitars,keyboards,drums,and accessories including amplifiers& public address systems/dj equipment.Band and string instrument sales.Ask about our teacherdiscount program.415 Queen Street West,Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2A5store: (416) 593-8888www.stevesmusic.comeducational@stevesmusic.comSince 1959, Remenyi House of Music has been a proud supporter ofToronto’s musical community. Providing musicians at every level qualityinstruments and expert service to help them perform their personal best.Celebrating51 YearsIn Canadaand120Worldwidewww.remenyi.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 27


“On the site you can start a wish list for any type of group youto all types of live music and encourage some of these people toCameron is a very committed volunteer, have told me that the group has been a lifelinefor them in hard times, which is both rewardbring people together, a positive focus in one’sweek, therapeutic and uplifting at the same the venues in The WholeNotethat there haven’t been, or don’t continue to be, their events in advance so it’s hard to always give group membersmusic don’t really highlight this feature properly, what with stagessort of stuck in the middle of nowhere so the bands can’t be seen continue having great turnouts for events, to use our numbers to fun, and want to actively support the local music scene, then you Debbie Fleming.the band by providing a secure income, but itClub SamplingMendelssohn Choir, and has fronted severalof her own bands over the years including thehighly skilled as a choral arranger, and you canhear some of her Christmas charts when the singer, pianist and songwriter Bob Dorough Ori Dagan is a Toronto-based jazz vocalist, voice actor andentertainment journalist. He can best be contacted at jazz@thewholenote.com.Debut CD Release!PASIÓN“...the heart and spiritof Latin piano.”www.beatrizboizan.com28 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


Striving for PerfectionJACK MACQUARRIEWPlaying with no music, this young virtuoso dazzled his audience notonly with his technical skills, but also with amazing musical sounds week, we were treated to an even moreknowledgeable friend to proclaim it the bestpoint in the best seats in the house, we notonly heard their remarkable music, we sawthem communicate with each other by knowing glances and a host of subtle gestures in Davide Amadio, was free to be in constant eye contact with thetold us all in no uncertain terms that he was loving every minute of is this mini review of two professional concerts in a column devotedto community ensembles? What better way for those of us who playillusions that we might someday perform to that standard, but it doesprovide both inspiration and a measuring stick should we tend to frequently treated to the philosophy of a friend who was one of theconstantly strive for perfection, and perhaps we’ll achieve mediocachieve in music?Having suggested that we set our sights high, how are the beginHe states: “More interestingly however is the wonderful performan ensemble remarkably quickly and show every indication thatdespite the huge differences in skill levels, everyone seems pleasedwith the challenges and rewards of the repertoire and the satisfaction me of the old adage among groups seeking to recruit string players less than three months since their inaugural information meeting,ship is limited to retirees and others who don’t have daytime comners and those reconnecting with music will begin evening rehears After a brief hiatus, the band’s directors have been busy over theship fees and rehearsal dates visit their webalso created a survey to gauge the interest inmusic beyond high school within the comLast year at this time we reported on thewill be teaming up with the Amadeus ChoirLeft to right: David Childs with Hannafordguest conductor Alain Trudel.A new venture this year has two MarkhamOrchestra and the Village Voices Choir willpresent two performances of the VivaldiGloria Jack MacQuarrie plays several brass instruments, and hasperformed in many community ensembles. He can be contacted atbandstand@thewholenote.com.December 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 29PHOTO JACK MACQUARRIE


Lula’s José OrtegaKAREN AGESFWest, has been a hub of musical activity, most notably as an informal dining lounge and bar that has served up some of thecreative, performing, administrative, volunartistic director, he also overseas its outreachand educational programmes, and has voluninternationally known visual artist who has doto talk a bit about the Lula Lounge, his ownIn addition to being co-founder and artisticdirector of the Lula Lounge, you are also a visual artist. Can you talka bit about your background in art? ists working outside of the mainstreams of North American musicneeded a high calibre performance space that they could launch new José Ortega.What is your mandate or vision when it comes toprogramming? Our programming initially fohas grown to include everything from rock tochamber to blues, African, Brazilian and othersound system at Lula as well as our commitence that we can for the artists, we’ve had thepleasure of developing long term relationships of has changed it name to Lula Music andcontinue to support Afro Latin Brazilian forms as they evolve in acommunities by bringing artists from different cultures together toAt lot of what we do is really facilitating musicians, organizayears of running Lula have lead us to the realization that in order tohave a vibrant music scene, the city needs spaces where artists canBecause of our world music programming direction and theHow and when did you come to create what we now know as the LulaLounge, and who were some of the very first performers? We openedGeo.201 Church St., Toronto, ON. M5B 1Y7Tel: 416-363-0093 Fax: 416-3630-0053& Co. LimitedONLINE STORE NOW OPEN!!Shop online now for great deals on instruments, strings,accessories, cases, tools, wood, guitar parts, and more!WWW.GEORGEHEINL.COMIn addition to being a music performance venue, what other projectsis the Lula Lounge involved with? Over the past few years, as LulaThe OCADUProjectMonday, Jan 24, 8:00 pmThe Music Gallery, 197 John Street$25 / $15; OCADU students free416 924 4945continuummusic.org30 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


Music and Arts Centre, we’ve been involved inproduce a world music festival called Lulaworld toand Arts Centre also runs a very successful proThis interview can be read in its entirety online atthewholenote.comSome Upcoming World-Music EventsAround the Worldin 80 MinutesCeltic music combined with Latin percussion and The Year of theFloodin their original languages, and a composition byThree Appalachian Love Songs andKiran Ahluwalia.Karen Ages can be reached at worldmusic@thewholenote.com.ADVERTISERS’ INDEXAmadeus Choir 44 Christ Church Deer Park Jazz Continuum Contemporary Music December 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 31


The WholeNote ListingsDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011TheWholeNote listings are arranged in four sections:A.GTA (GREATER TORONTO AREA) covers all ofToronto plus Halton, Peel, York and Durhamregions (zones 1,2,3 and 4 on the map below).B.BEYOND THE GTA covers many areas of SouthernOntario outside Toronto and the GTA (zones 5,6,7,and 8 on the map below). Starts on page 55.C.IN THE CLUBS (MOSTLY JAZZ)is organized alphabetically by club.Starts on page 58.D.ANNOUNCEMENTS ET CETERA is for lectures,symposia, master classes and other music-related events(except performances) that may be of interest to ourreaders. Starts on page 60.A GENERAL WORD OF CAUTION A phone number is provided withevery TheWholeNote listing – 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 TheWholeNote 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.NEXT DEADLINE The next issue covers the period from February1, 2011 to March 7, 2011. All listings must be received by 6pmSaturday January 15.LISTINGS 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 at www.thewholenote.comto see a detailed version of this map, and to search concert listingsby genre or by geographic zone.Wednesday December 01University of TorontoWorld MusicEnsemblesYork University. Jazz Festival: JazzVocal Workshop. Yorkminster Park Baptist ChurchNoonday Recital: Andrew Adair, organCanadian Opera Company.Jazz Series:Finding HomeTafelmusik. Mozart & Haydn: Concertos& Symphonies. Voices of Hope for World AIDSDayToronto ConcertMarquee Theatrical ProductionsAnnieUniversity of Toronto. One O’ClockBig Band.York University. Jazz FestivalJazzCombos.Against the Grain TheatreAn UnexpectedEvening of ShakespeareCivic Light Opera.The WonderfulWizard of Oz.Mirvish ProductionsPriscilla Queenof the DesertRandolph Centre for the ArtsLittleWomen: The MusicalToronto Symphony Orchestra.TchaikovskyViolin Concerto. Thursday December 02Canadian Opera CompanyVocal Series: Kurt Weill’s LittleMahagonny.A. Concerts In The GTAUniversity of Toronto.Thursdays atNoon: Quattro Flute Quartet.Metropolitan United Church. Noonat Met. York University. Jazz Festival: JazzVocal Workshop. Marquee Theatrical ProductionsAnnieUniversity of Toronto10 O’ClockJazz OrchestraYork University. Jazz Festival: JazzCombos. Civic Light Opera.The Wonderful Wizardof OzRandolph Centre for the ArtsLittleWomen: The MusicalSony Centre For The PerformingArtsThe Canadian Tenors & FriendsSteppin’ Out Theatrical ProductionsSteppin’Out With the Holidays.Tafelmusik. Mozart & Haydn: Concertos& Symphonies.NOT A CREATUREWAS STIRRING, ONLYTHE FLEDERMAUSDecember 2, 8pmChristopherZimmerman2010|11 conductor search candidateToronto Philharmonia OrchestraNota Creature Was Stirring, Only theFledermaus32 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


Toronto Symphony Orchestra.TchaikovskyViolin Concerto.Friday December 03University of TorontoWorld MusicEnsemblesBrampton Music Theatre YouthTroupeBeauty and the BeastAlliance Française of TorontoArchitectesdu Son: Iannis Xenakis et Philippe LerouxBrampton Folk Club. Christmas withOrange Peel Carolers. Canadian Children’s Opera CompanyADickens of a Christmas.Church of the Holy TrinityTheChristmas StoryKing Township Historical SocietyUrban Flute EnsembleMarquee Theatrical ProductionsAnnieRoyal Conservatory.An Eveningof Kurt WeillUrban Flute Ensembleeclectic music forflute, violin & celloKing City Dec 3 · 7:30pmToronto @ St. Anne'sDec 5 · 2pmToronto @ St. Anne'sFeb 9 · 7:30pmwww.myspace.com/urbanfluteensembleTORONTO’S PREMIERE MUSICAL THEATREThe WonderfulWIZARD ofOZAN EXCITING NEW MUSICAL!FAIRVIEW LIBRARY THEATRETICKETS - $25 - $27.50Dec. 1 to 19December 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 33


Toronto All-Star Big BandA ChristmasSpecialUniversity of Toronto. Wind Ensemble.York University. Jazz FestivalYork UJazz Orchestra.Civic Light Opera. The Wonderful Wizardof Oz.County Town SingersSigns of theSeasonElmer Iseler Singers/AmadeusChoirThe Glory of ChristmasEtobicoke Community ConcertBandChoirs of AngelsEtobicoke Musical ProductionsOliver!Gallery 345.The Art of the Piano:Vicky Chow. Music GalleryTeen Sleuth and theFreed Cyborg ChoirRandolph Centre for the ArtsLittleWomen: The MusicalSony Centre For The PerformingArtsThe Canadian Tenors & FriendsTafelmusik. Mozart & Haydn: Concertos& Symphonies. Tempus Choral SocietyChristmasCelebrationThe Annex Live.Baby It’s Cold OutsideSaturday December 04Brampton Music TheatreYouth TroupeBeauty and the BeastRemenyi House of MusicCelebrate!Holidays of the Global Village Children’s ShowEtobicoke Musical ProductionsA. Concerts In The GTAOliver!Singing Out!A Taste of TheHolidaysCanadian Children’s OperaCompanyA Dickens of a Christmas.Mississauga Festival ChoirAn English ChristmasRandolph Centre for theArtsLittle Women: The MusicalTempus Choral SocietyChristmasCelebrationBeach United ChurchJazz Vespers:Music for the SoulChurch of the Holy Trinity.The Christmas Story.Canadian Flute AssociationTheLouis Simao/Bill McBirnie DuoOakville Children’s ChoirThe FrostyWeatherSmall World MusicLatin Journey CDLaunchCantemus SingersWelcome YuleChurch of St. Timothy. Amahl andthe Night VisitorsCommon Thread Chorus of TorontoIn Concert34 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


Etobicoke Centennial Church.Sacred Traditions. Kingston Road United ChurchCellofor the RoofMarquee Theatrical ProductionsAnnieMassey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall.Christmas with the SalvationArmy Pax Christi ChoraleChristmas SplendourIIRoyal ConservatoryAn Evening ofKurt WeillTallis Choir of Toronto. Gabrieli: MidnightMass of 1605. Toronto Northern Lights ChorusYuletide CheerUniversity of Toronto Gospel ChoirAnnual Christmas Concert.University of Toronto.Choirs in Concert:Sing for Joy.Brampton Symphony OrchestraHappy Holidays!Cantores CelestesWorld of CarolsChamber Music Society of MississaugaMemoriesfrom ChildhoodCivic Light Opera. The Wonderful Wizardof Oz.Counterpoint Community OrchestraInConcertCounty Town SingersSigns of theSeasonFlutes by Night.In ConcertGallery 345.San Agustin Duo: EmmaDumlavwalla, pianoJonah Libster, guitar. In Recital.Music GalleryTeen Sleuth and theFreed Cyborg ChoirTafelmusik. Mozart & Haydn: Concertos& Symphonies. Toronto Chamber ChoirO MagnumMysteriumVoices Chamber ChoirChristmasFanfareSunday December 05Solar StageTheShoestring Magic FluteCAMMAC/McMichael GalleryLeeRamsay Vocal EnsembleCanadian Children’s OperaCompanyA Dickens of a Christmas.Civic Light Opera. The Wonderful Wizardof Oz.Markham Concert BandSeasonalCelebrationSilverthorn Symphonic WindsOdysseyUrban Flute EnsembleEclectic Musicfor Flute, Violin and CelloYork Region Community ChoirClassicsof ChristmasAldeburgh ConnectionThe Year ofSonga Schumann CelebrationPandora’s Box SalonAround theWorld in 80 MinutesUniversity of Toronto. Wind Symphony.Mississauga Children’s ChoirVoicesof LightOrchestra TorontoThe WonderfulWorld of Make BelievePax Christi ChoraleChristmas SplendourIISt. Gregory ChurchSeeking theKingEast York ChoirSeason SongsDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 35


Tafelmusik. Mozart & Haydn: Concertos& Symphonies. St. James’ CathedralTwilight RecitalSeriesToronto Classical SingersMessiahMykola LysenkoThe Art SongsWorld Premiere &CD LaunchSunday December 5, 20104:00 PMUkrainian Art Song ProjectMykolaLysenko: The Art Songs Church of the Holy Trinity.TheA. Concerts In The GTAChristmas Story.Metropolitan United ChurchCarolsUnited. St. John’s Latvian Lutheran ChurchMusic for Advent and ChristmasUniversity of Toronto Gospel ChoirAnnual Christmas ConcertBrampton Festival SingersA CelticChristmasLeaside United ChurchLessons andCarolsRunnymede United ChurchReadingof Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”.Richmond Hill CentreCeltic TenorsMonday December 06University of TorontoWorld MusicEnsemblesYork UniversityMusic at Midday:Wind Masterclass ConcertUniversity of Toronto. Faculty ArtistSeries: Schumann Celebration. Etobicoke Youth StringsWinterSong.Mirvish ProductionsAn Evening withSteven Sondheim. Tuesday December 07Canadian Opera Company.Vocal Series: Pygmalion.University of Toronto. Voice PerformanceClass: Songs of the Season.University of TorontoWorld MusicEnsemblesSt. James’ CathedralMusic at MiddayOakville Centre for the PerformingArtsHome for the HolidaysWednesday December 08Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.Noonday Recital: Eric Osborne, organCivic Light Opera. The Wonderful Wizardof Oz.St. Thomas’ ChurchNativity Pageant– What Light is This?Toronto Mendelssohn ChoirFestivalof Carols.Toronto Welsh Male Voice ChoirST. THOMAS’S CHURCH383 Huron Street, Toronto(one block south of Bloor,between Spadina and St. George)Medieval Nativity Pageantwith medieval English carolsWed., December 8 | 7 pmSat., December 11 | 2:30&7pm$20, $15, $10SERVICESFestival of Nine Lessonsand CarolsSunday, December 19 | 7 pmFollowing the tradition begun atKing's College, CambridgeChristmas Eve Midnight MassFriday, December 24 | 11 pmChoral music by VictoriaOrgan recital 10:30 p.m.:Bach, Langlais, Dupré, WidorThe Feast of the EpiphanyThursday, January 6 | 6:15 pmProcession & Solemn EucharistMusic by Malcolm, LeightonSolemn Evensong, EpiphanyCarols, Procession, DevotionsSunday, January 9|7pmMusic by Lloyd, Leighton,Willan, Ives, Vaughan Williamswww.stthomas.on.caRector TheRev.MarkAndrewsOrganist & Choirmaster John Tuttle36 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


Christmas FlourishUniversity of TorontoU of T ConcertOrchestraGuitar Society of Toronto/TorontoFingerstyle Guitar AssociationManuelA MEDIEVAL NATIVITY PAGEANTPoculi Ludique Societas &St. Thomas’s Anglican Churchpresent a dramatization of theevents surrounding the birth ofJesus from the York cycle of mysteryplays, featuring medieval Englishcarols sung by choristersof St. Thomas’sWed., Dec. 8, 7:00 pmSat., Dec. 11, 2:30 pm & 7:00 pmSt. Thomas’s Church383 Huron Street, TorontoTickets: $20, $15 (Snrs.); $10 (Ch., St.)Info at: 416·978·5096www.stthomas.on.caor www.plspls.capassion has a voice®10/11seasonFestival of CarolsWEDNESDAYDECEMBER 8, 20107:30 PMYORKMINSTER PARKBAPTIST CHURCH1585 Yonge Streettickets$45 – $73VOX TIX $15CHILDREN $10CALL THE TMCBOX OFFICETMC BOX OFFICE416.598.0422 | www.tmchoir.orgDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 37


Barrueco, guitarToronto Symphony OrchestraRenée Fleming.Thursday December 09Canadian Opera CompanyPiano Series: Hecho en México.Metropolitan United Church. Noonat Met. Toronto Symphony Orchestra.Bestof Tchaikovsky.Canadian Opera Student DevelopmentFund. T.O.S.C.A. A. Concerts In The GTARoyal Conservatory.New MusicEnsemble.Art of TimeShakespeare – If MusicBe …Civic Light Opera. The Wonderful Wizardof Oz.Corktown Chamber Orchestra &Friends.A Corktown Christmas.Music GallerySunparlour PlayersMusic TorontoOakville Centre for the PerformingArtsAutorickshaw Live in ConcertMarkham TheatrePreservationHall Jazz BandFriday December 10Larissa Stilmachenko, contraltoUkrainian SongsUniversity of Toronto. Pianofest.Annex SingersChristmas at HolyRosary Church of the Holy Trinity.TheChristmas Story.Oakville Choral SocietyA ChristmasCelebrationSt. Michael’s Choir SchoolChristmasFantasyStreetsville MusicorpJustus in ConcertArt of TimeShakespeare – If MusicBe …Civic Light Opera. The Wonderful Wizardof Oz.Etobicoke Philharmonic OrchestraA Christmas Kaleidescope: 50thAnniversarySeriesHarlequin SingersHarlequin ChristmasPresent.ELLIOTT CARTERNEW MUSIC CONCERTSFRIDAY DECEMBER 10ISABEL BADER THEATRENew Music ConcertsElliott Carterat 102Royal ConservatoryLeila Josefowicz,violin38 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


Sinfonia Toronto. Heaven andEarth.Toronto ConsortPraetorius ChristmasVespersUpper Canada ChoristersA Babe isBorn.Water, Earth, Wind and FireWindand Fire –A Celebration in SongWindmill TheatreChristmas in CanadaHugh’s Room.Holiday Show & AnnualCD Release Party. Saturday December 11Hannaford Youth BandSounds ofthe SeasonPeel Choral SocietyA Christmas forAll St. Michael’s Choir School.ChristmasFantasyToronto All-Star Big BandA ChristmasSpecialMeadowvale TheatreSounds of the Season.St. Thomas’ ChurchNativityPageant – What Light is This?Scarborough Choral SocietySounds of ChristmasChurch of St. Mary MagdaleneTheChildren’s MessiahChurch of the Holy Trinity.The Christmas Story.High Park Choirs of TorontoTheMoon of WintertimeAlexander Singers Festival ChoirIn ConcertBach Children’s ChorusWhen Snow-Espressivo SingersSongs of theNativityThe BACH CHILDREN’S CHORUSand the BACH CHAMBER YOUTH CHOIRLinda Beaupré, ConductorEleanor Daley, PianistWhileSnowflakesFallSaturday,December 11, 2010 at 7:30pmToronto Centre for the Arts, George Weston Recital Hall5040 Yonge Street (north of Sheppard Ave.)Tickets: $24 and $26 atthe Toronto Centre box officeor TicketMaster at416.870.8000The Bach Children’s Chorus, a memberof Choirs Ontario, is grateful for funding receivedfrom the Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council.Company in Residence at theToronto Centre for the Artsbachorus.orgDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 39


Festival Wind OrchestraHolidayMagic ConcertForte – the Toronto Men’s ChorusFour Strong Winds – Songs for a Canadian WinterMiles NadalJewish CommunityCentreRenee Barda – Life Begins Again!Oakville Choral Society. A ChristmasCelebration. Toronto Beach ChoraleGo Baroquefor ChristmasVillage VoicesGloriaAcoustic Harvest. Just Married withMark Weinstock. Aradia Ensemble. The DublinMessiah.Art of Time. Shakespeare – If MusicBe …Brampton Concert BandChristmasat the RoseCivic Light Opera. The WonderfulA. Concerts In The GTAWizard of Oz.Greater Toronto Philharmonic OrchestraJoyto the World Harlequin Singers.Harlequin ChristmasPresentRoyal ConservatoryAspects of Oscar:Oscar Solo.Scarborough Philharmonic OrchestraHowardCable’s Winter WonderlandToronto ConsortPraetorius ChristmasVespersToronto Symphony Orchestra.Bestof Tchaikovsky. Windmill TheatreChristmas in CanadaSunday December 12Carolyn Hague, sopranoAMusical MorningOakville Centre for the PerformingArtsFamily Christmas ConcertCivic Light Opera. The Wonderful Wizardof Oz.East York Concert BandChristmasFestival Harlequin Singers.Harlequin ChristmasPresentMississauga Big Band Jazz EnsembleAnnualChristmas ConcertThe High Park ChoirspresentsNaval Club of TorontoThe DowntownJazz BandPassport Duo.Christmases Around theWorld. Scarborough Choral SocietySoundsof ChristmasMooredale Concerts.MooredaleYouth Orchestras.Royal ConservatorySimone Dinnerstein,piano.Scola CantorumIn ConcertSt. Clement’s Anglican Church.Zimfira Poloz, Artistic Director & ConductorSaturday, December 11, 7pmSt. Anne’s Anglican Church, 270 Gladstone Ave (Dufferin & Dundas)Our Wonderful Staff- Margaret Stanfield & Marina Filippova, Conductors- Sheldon Rose, PianoNext auditionsJanuary 8, 2011Contact us at 416-762-0657 orinfo@highparkchoirs.org$20 adults | $15 children/students/seniors. Tickets available at the door40 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


Sundays at Three:A Ceremony ofCarols.St. Gregory ChurchSeeking the KingSymphony HamiltonA VienneseChristmas and New Year’s CelebrationSyrinx Sunday SalonsAlexanderTselyakov, pianoToronto Symphony OrchestraTheBear.Toronto Welsh Male Voice ChoirChristmas FlourishActing Up StageOne Song GloryToronto ConsortPraetorius ChristmasVespersWychwood Clarinet ChoirHolidayConcertSt. James’ CathedralTwilight RecitalSeriesSt. Philip’s Anglican ChurchJazzVespersToronto Beaches Children’s ChorusWinter Melodies – Somewhere in My MemoryChurch of St. Mary MagdeleneAdvent Carols, Evensong and Benediction Church of the Holy Trinity.TheChristmas Story.Yorkminster Park Baptist ChurchCarols by CandlelightRoyal ConservatoryAcademy SymphonyOrchestra Classica Artists Management InternationalChopin& Schumann. Echo Women’s Choir.Gardens ofSong. Knox Presbyterian Church.TheChildhood of Christ. .Northridge Church of the SalvationArmyCarols of CelebrationCantemus SingersWelcome YuleFlying Cloud Folk ClubRant MaggieRant’s Celtic ChristmasPeel Choral SocietyThis is Christmas… Sung by a ChoirUniversity of TorontoPercussionEnsemble. Air Canada CentreA Musical Holidaywith André RieuRichmond Hill Centre for the PerformingArtsMessiahMonday December 13Smile TheatreCharles Dickens’ “AChristmas Carol”University of Toronto. Pianofest.Arcady/National Academy OrchestraMessiahCantabile Chorale of York RegionThe Joy of Christmas 2010.Hannaford Street Silver BandThe Majesty of ChristmasUnivox Choir presentsThe LightthatShinesDallas Bergen, Artistic DirectorMonday, December 138 PMChrist Church Deer Park1570 Yonge St, Toronto(1 block north of St Clair)$20 Tickets at the door($15 students/seniors)or onlinewww.univoxchoir.org Massey Hall & Roy Thomson HallCanadian Brass.Univox ChoirThe Light that ShinesTuesday December 14Canadian Opera CompanyVocal Series: Verdi and PucciniMassey Hall & Roy ThomsonHallElmer Iseler Singers: A SeasonalCelebration.St. James’ CathedralMusic at MiddayCardinal Carter Academy. Nine Lessonsand CarolsTrypTychA Holly Jolly ChristmasCabaretHannaford Street Silver BandTheMajesty of ChristmasMusic TorontoDuo TurgeonToronto Theatre Organ SocietyKenDouble, organDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 41


Wednesday December 15Arts AdventuresScrooge! AChristmas MusicalYorkminster Park Baptist ChurchNoonday Recital: Daniel Norman, organCivic Light Opera. The Wonderful Wizardof Oz.Earl Haig Secondary SchoolDecemberMusical Showcase.Mississauga Pops Concert BandEden Community Christmas SingUniversity of Toronto. Pianofest.Tafelmusik. Handel: Messiah. Toronto Choral SocietyMessiahNathaniel Dett ChoraleAn IndigoChristmas…Kwanzaa Litanies.Thursday December 16Arts AdventuresScrooge! A Christmas MusicalCanadian Opera CompanyVocal Series: Tribute to GyörgyKurtág.Metropolitan United Church. Noonat Met. Tafelmusik. Handel: Messiah. Church of the Holy TrinitypresentsTuition-FreeMusicProgramFundraisingConcert16 December 2010 8pmTRIO416 & friendsChurch of the Holy TrinityTRIO416Fundraising ConcertA. Concerts In The GTACivic Light Opera. The Wonderful Wizardof Oz.Living Arts CentreMessiah RocksToronto Centre for the ArtsSharron’sChristmas PartyToronto Symphony Orchestra.Toronto’sBiggest Messiah. Via Salzburg Chamber OrchestraA Clamour of Voices. Friday December 17Arts AdventuresScrooge! A ChristmasMusicalSony Centre for the PerformingArtsHow the Grinch Stole Christmas – theMusicalChurch of the Holy TrinityTheChristmas Story. Ontario PhilharmonicMichaelBurgess Christmas MagicPetra Kim, organIn RecitalTafelmusik. Handel: Messiah. Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra.WinterConcert. Victoria ScholarsLove Came Downat ChristmasCivic Light Opera. The Wonderful Wizardof Oz.Exultate Chamber ChoirA GilesChristmas in TalesGeorgetown Bach ChoraleChansonsde NoëlKindred Spirits OrchestraCelebratethe HolidaysThe Toronto Choral SocietyHandel’sndelsy prepresentsMessiahConducted by Geoffrey ButlerWith The Talisker Players OrchestraraWednesday, esday, December embe 15, 2010, 7:30 pmEastminster UnitedChurch310 Danforth AvenueTickets $20 in advancewww.torontochoralsociety.orgoralsociety.orgor by phone (416) 410-3509$25 at the door42 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


Living Arts CentreMessiah Rocks Massey Hall & Roy ThomsonHallMelodymakers TheatreJack andthe Beanstalk – the PantoMusic GalleryKith and Kin’s HolidayWassailRoyal ConservatoryManhattanTransferSaturday December 18Solar StageSnowWhiteFriday, December 17, 2010 8:00 p.m.Saturday, December 18, 2010 3:00 p.m.A GILES CHRISTMAS IN TALESOur most popular Christmas concert everis back — this time for two performances.Join Exultate and our favourite seasonal hostand long-time collaborator, Giles Bryant, fora concert of Christmas carols and readingsguaranteed to put you in the holiday spirit.Come to our regular Friday nightperformance or take a breather from yourChristmas shopping and enjoy the matineeperformance on Saturday afternoon withyour family and friends. We’ll keep the ciderwarm and waiting for you!SAINT THOMAS’S ANGLICAN CHURCH383 HURON STREET, TORONTOTICKETS Regular $25, Senior $20, Student $15To order or for more information: 416-971-9229WWW.EXULTATE.NETSony Centrefor the Performing ArtsHow the GrinchStole Christmas – the MusicalArts AdventuresScrooge! AChristmas MusicalCivic Light Opera. The WonderfulWizard of Oz.CP24/CHUM. Christmas Wish CarolSing. Toronto Children’s Chorus. Soundsof the Season.Exultate Chamber ChoirA GilesChristmas in TalesMelodymakers TheatreJackand the Beanstalk – the PantoMississauga Symphony Orchestra.Home for Christmas. CATHEDRAL BLUFFS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA2010–2011NORMAN REINTAMM artistic directorSATURDAY at 8 pmDecember 18, 2010 *P.C. Ho Theatre5183 Sheppard Ave E, ScarboroughBEETHOVENTRIPLE CONCERTOperformed by the All’Amore Ensemble:Ines Pagliari violin | Beata Csuka celloMarianne Gast pianoTCHAIKOVSKYSYMPHONY NO. 4PLUS…CHRISTMAS CHORAL SELECTIONSwith Xiao Ping ChorusWelcome to the young musicians of theBEACHES SUZUKI SCHOOLRegular $25 adult, $20 st/sr (under 12 free)Premium $50 adult, $40 st/sr (under 12 free)* Subscription Concert no. 1SATURDAY at 8 pmFebruary 5, 2011 *P.C. Ho Theatre5183 Sheppard Ave E, ScarboroughMANCINITRIBUTE TO HENRY MANCINISalute to the Big Apple (arr. Custer)ELLINGTON, Duke Ellington MedleyHANDY, St. Louis Bluesspecial guest artistsCANADIAN JAZZ QUARTETGary Benson guitarFrank Wright vibesDon Vickery percussionDuncan Hopkins bass* Subscription Concertno. 3 POPScathedralbluffs.com | 416.879.5566December 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 43


A. Concerts In The GTAChurch of the Holy Trinity.The Christmas Story.Oakville Centre for the PerformingArtsSharron’s Big Broadway ShowAmadeus Choir. Sing with the Angels.Ardeleana Chamber Music SocietyMessiah SingalongOakville EnsembleMessiahTafelmusik. Handel: Messiah. University of TorontoSmall Jazz Ensemblestoronto children’s chorusElise Bradley, Artistic DirectorSoundscapes2010 - 2011 CONCERT SEASONHome ForA FAMILY CHRISTMAS EVENTDECEMBER 18, 2010 | 4 P.M.Featuring the Long & McQuade InstrumentPetting Zoo & Musicians’ Craft Sale!Live at Hammerson Hall at the Living Arts Centre905.306.6000 or visit www.livingartscentre.caTICKETS: $40—$51.50Discounts available for Students and Seniors!MSO PRESENTSROMANZAFEB 12, 2011Jingle bells are onsale at the door if youforget your own. Withsoloists from our ownorchestra "family" andjoyous music of theseason. An annualtradition in Mississauga!* LIMITED SEATINGSTILL AVAILABLEA Chorus Christmas– Sounds of the SeasonExperience the joy of a 300-voice world class treblechoir singing in beautiful harmony at Toronto’smagical Roy Thomson Hall. The Chorus will presenta 20th anniversary commemorative performance ofThe Last Straw as well as a carol sing-a-long!Sat Dec 18, 2010 2:00 pm – Roy Thomson Hall60 Simcoe Street (King & Simcoe)Tickets: $44.50 - $34.50Sounds of Home– CAsCAdes of SouNZDon’t miss the CAnadian debut of NZ (New Zealand)rising star Morag Atchison performing with our topchoir Schubert’s Ständchen, Mozart Vespers andVivaldi’s O Quam Vaga. Meet Ms. Atchison and thechoir at a reception following the performance!Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:00 pm – Glenn Gould Studio250 Front Street W (Front & John St.)Tickets: Adults - $35, Students/Seniors - $30TicketsRTH Box Office416-872-4255 or www.roythomson.comwww.torontochildrenschorus.com44 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


Cathedral Bluffs Symphony OrchestraSubscriptionConcert No.2. Georgetown Bach ChoraleChansonsde Noël Nathaniel Dett ChoraleAn IndigoChristmas…Kwanzaa Litanies.Royal ConservatoryJohn McDermottin Concert.Sine Nomine Ensemble for MedievalMusicMinstrels at a Christmas Court: The MinstrelRomance “Sir Cleges”Toronto Centre for the ArtsOut ofCharacter: Intimate Portraits of Theatrical StarsToronto Mendelssohn Choir/TorontoSymphony Orchestra.Toronto’s BiggestMessiah. Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra. AClamour of Voices. Windmill TheatreChristmas in CanadaSunday December 19Solar StageSnowWhiteMetropolitan United Church.Melodymakers TheatreJackand the Beanstalk – the PantoCAMMAC.McMichael Gallery Concert.Aurora Cultural CentrePaulNeufeld’s Sunday Sessions: Jazzy HolidayFamily ConcertCanada Sings! Christmas Carol Sing.Civic Light Opera. The Wonderful Wizardof Oz.Tafelmusik. Sing-Along Messiah.Toronto All-Star Big BandA ChristmasSpecialSony Centre for the PerformingArtsHow the Grinch Stole Christmas– the MusicalArts AdventuresScrooge! AChristmas MusicalAll Saints Kingsway AnglicanChurchSure on this Shining NightChurch of the MessiahFestival ofLessons and Carols for ChristmastideHarmony Singers of EtobicokeWeWish You the MerriestToronto Mendelssohn Choir/TorontoSymphony Orchestra.Toronto’s BiggestMessiah.St. Anne’s ChurchFestival of NineLessons and CarolsSt. James’ CathedralTwilight RecitalSeriesChrist Church Deer Park.Jazz Vespers Church of the Holy Trinity.TheChristmas Story.Grace Church on-the-HillCarol SingAlongYorkminster Park Baptist ChurchNine Lessons and CarolsMetropolitan United Church. CandlelightCarol Service. St. Thomas’ ChurchFestival of NineLessons and CarolsFlying Cloud Folk ClubSeasonalCelebrationVictoria Scholars.Love Came Downat Christmas.2ND Annual CHRISTMAS WISH CAROL SING@ YORKMINSTER PARK BAPTIST CHURCHSaturday, December 18th - 2:00 p.m.In support of the 44th Annual CP24/CHUM Christmas Wish CampaignWith Special Guests:Isabel Bayrakdarian & Richard Margisonpianist Serouj KradjianDoors open at 1 p.m. A collection will be taken for CP/24 CHUM Christmas WishYorkminster Park Baptist Church 1585 Yonge Street, (1 block north of St. Clair Ave.)Tel: (416) 922-1167 www.yorkminsterpark.comARDELEANA MUSIC PRESENTSMESSIAHChristmas Portion followed by Yule Fire & CarolingSAT. 18 DECEMBER 7:30 PMTrinity United Church, Newmarkettickets $20 at the doorsoloists Andrea Cerswell, Shannon Coates, Robert Owen, Larry Tozer.Blue Bridge Festival Choir & Orchestra, conductor William Shookhoff,choirmaster Catherine Maguire, artistic director Brenda Muller.For More Information Visit www.ardeleanamusic.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 45


Georgetown Bach ChoraleChansonsde NoëlOakville Centre for the PerformingArtsHolly Cole Trio ChristmasVesuvius EnsembleNascette lu Messia:Christmas in Southern Italy. Monday December 20Solar StageSnowWhiteSony Centre for the PerformingArtsHow the Grinch Stole Christmas– the MusicalToronto Mendelssohn Choir/TorontoSymphony Orchestra.Toronto’s BiggestMessiah.Uxbridge Messiah SingersHandel’sMessiahTuesday December 21Solar StageSnowWhiteSt. James’ CathedralMusic at MiddaySony Centre for the PerformingArtsHow the Grinch Stole Christmas– the MusicalOakville Centre for the PerformingArtsJohn McDermottOrpheus ChoirA Child’s Christmasin WalesToronto Mendelssohn Choir/TorontoSymphony Orchestra.Toronto’s BiggestMessiah.Uxbridge Messiah SingersHandel’sMessiahWednesday December 22Solar StageSnowWhiteSony Centre for the PerformingArtsHow the Grinch Stole Christmas– the MusicalLebovic Centre for Arts & Entertainment/Nineteenon the ParkRobert ScottTrio: A Vince Guaraldi HolidayToronto Masque Theatre.The Mummer’sMasque. Toronto Symphony Orchestra.Christmas with the TSO.A. Concerts In The GTAThursday December 23Solar StageSnowWhiteSony Centre for the PerformingArtsHow the Grinch Stole Christmas– the MusicalToronto Symphony OrchestraChristmaswith the TSO.Friday December 24St. James’ CathedralChristmasEve Service Metropolitan CommunityChurch. Christmas Eve Service. Church of St. Mary MagdeleneCarolsSt. Thomas’ ChurchMidnightMass. Saturday December 25St. James’ CathedralProcessionand Choral Eucharist.Sunday December 26Sony Centre for the PerformingArtsHow the Grinch Stole Christmas– the MusicalSt. James’ CathedralTwilight RecitalSeriesMonday December 27Solar StageSnowWhiteSony Centre for thePerforming ArtsHow the Grinch Stole Christmas– the MusicalTuesday December 28Solar StageSnowWhiteSony Centre for the PerformingArtsHow the Grinch Stole Christmas– the MusicalToronto Operetta Theatre. DieFledermaus. Wednesday December 29Solar StageSnowWhiteSony Centre for the PerformingArtsHow the Grinch Stole Christmas– the Musical Toronto Operetta Theatre. DieFledermaus. Thursday December 30Solar StageSnowWhiteSony Centre for thePerforming ArtsHow the Grinch Stole Christmas– the MusicalActing Up Stage/Studio 180 TheatreParadeFriday December 31 Attila Glatz/Massey Hall & RoyThomson Hall.Bravissimo: Opera’s GreatestHitsActing Up Stage/Studio 180 TheatreParade Toronto Operetta Theatre. DieFledermaus.Saturday January 01Attila Glatz/Massey Hall & RoyThomson HallSalute to Vienna: Canada’s NewYear’s ConcertSony Centre for the PerformingArtsHow the Grinch Stole Christmas– the MusicalMusicians in OrdinaryNew Year’sDay Concert. Sunday January 02Solar StageSnowWhiteSony Centre for thePerforming ArtsHow the Grinch Stole Christmas– the MusicalCAMMAC.McMichael Gallery Concert.Musician in OrdinaryNew Year’sConcert. Toronto Operetta Theatre. DieFledermaus.Monday January 03Acting Up Stage/Studio 180 TheatreParadeTuesday January 04Acting Up Stage/Studio 180 TheatreParadeMusic GalleryAventa EnsembleWednesday January 05Yorkminster Park Baptist ChurchNoonday Recital: Aaron James, organActing Up Stage/Studio 180 TheatreParade Toronto Operetta Theatre. DieFledermaus.Thursday January 06Nine Sparrows Concert Foundation.Lunchtime Chamber Music. St. Thomas’ ChurchFeast of theEpiphany: Procession and Solemn Eucharist.Acting Up Stage/Studio 180 TheatreParadeBirdland Theatre/Talk is Free TheatreAssassinsFriday January 07Acting Up Stage/Studio 180 TheatreParadeBirdland Theatre/Talk is Free TheatreAssassins46 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


Toronto Operetta Theatre. DieFledermaus.Saturday January 08Acting Up Stage/Studio 180TheatreParadeBirdland Theatre/Talk isFree TheatreAssassinsLark Song RecitalsIn RecitalLi Delun FoundationNew Year’s Concert2011 Toronto Operetta Theatre. DieFledermaus.Sunday January 09Birdland Theatre/Talk isFree TheatreAssassinsNaval Club of TorontoThe DowntownJazz Band Toronto Operetta Theatre. DieFledermaus.Cardinal Consort of ViolsMasqueradaVesnivka Choir.A Christmas Concert.St. James’ CathedralTwilight RecitalSeriesSt. Philip’s Anglican ChurchJazzVespersChrist Church Deer Park.Jazz Vespers.St. Thomas’ ChurchEpiphany Carols,Procession, DevotionsMonday January 10Acting Up Stage/Studio 180 TheatreParadeBirdland Theatre/Talk is Free TheatreAssassinsTuesday January 11Canadian Opera CompanyJazz Series: Winter HeatUniversity of Toronto.Voice PerformanceClass.St. James’ CathedralMusic at MiddayActing Up Stage/Studio 180 TheatreParadeWednesday January 12Yorkminster Park Baptist ChurchNoonday Recital: Imre Olah, organCanadian Opera CompanyJazz Series:The Fifth Season.University of Toronto.Small Jazz EnsemblesActing Up Stage/Studio 180 TheatreParadeBirdland Theatre/Talk is Free TheatreAssassinsThursday January 13Canadian Opera CompanyChamber Series: Klezmer MeetsClassical.Christ Church Deer Park. LunchtimeChamber Music. University of Toronto.Thursdays atNoon: New Dean’s Welcome.Metropolitan United Church. Noonat Met. York University. Jazz at Noon. Acting Up Stage/Studio 180 TheatreParadeBirdland Theatre/Talk is FreeTheatreAssassinsMusic TorontoTokyo QuartetTafelmusik. Bach at the CoffeeHouse. Friday January 14University of TorontoDong WonKimActing Up Stage/Studio 180 TheatreParadeBirdland Theatre/Talk is FreeTheatreAssassinsChurch of St. Mary MagdeleneSchola Magdalena ConcertNew Music ConcertsDiotimaQuartetSee ad next page.Tafelmusik. Bach at the CoffeeHouse. December 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 47


DIOTIMA QUARTETNEW MUSIC CONCERTSFRIDAY JANUARY 14THE MUSIC GALLERYSaturday January 15Acting Up Stage/Studio 180TheatreParadeBirdland Theatre/Talk isFree TheatreAssassinsCanadian Flute AssociationFluteFavourites: RecitalToronto Gilbert & Sullivan Society.Songfest. I FuriosiMy Big Fat Baroque WeddingLiving Arts CentreMichael Ciufo,tenorNumus ConcertsBattle of the BandsRubato Casual OperaLa Traviatain concertTafelmusik. Bach at the Coffee House.Sunday January 16Mooredale Concerts. Music and Truf-CAMMAC.McMichael Gallery Concert.Birdland Theatre/Talk isFree TheatreAssassinsBirdland Theatre/Talk is FreeTheatreAssassinsKingsway Conservatory of MusicFlute ChoirAll Saints Kingsway AnglicanChurchOrgan SpectacularMooredale ConcertsAlain Trudel,trombone & Patrick Wedd, organ.A. Concerts In The GTATafelmusik. Bach at the Coffee House.St. James’ CathedralTwilight RecitalSeriesRubato Casual OperaLa Traviata inconcertMonday January 17Continuum Contemporary MusicCD Release: “Raw”Acting Up Stage/Studio 180 TheatreParadeTuesday January 18Canadian Opera CompanyVocal Series: Highlights from TheMagic FluteUniversity of Toronto.Voice PerformanceClass: Handel’s Samson.St. James’ CathedralMusic at MiddayUniversity of Toronto.Jazz FacultyConcertYork University. Faculty Concert Series:Sundar Viswanathan Ensemble.Acting Up Stage/Studio 180 TheatreParadeMy big fat baroque weddingifuriosi.comSaturday,January 15, 2011Calvin Presbyterian Church,26 Delisle AvenueSpecial guests: Lucas Harris,lutes & theorboRosemarie Umetsu,fashion designer8:00PM, $20 / $10$10 off if you weara bridesmaid dressto the concertSundayJan 16,3:15pmTHE most EXOTIC concert of 2011Alain Trudel &Patrick Wedd“the Jascha Heifetz of the trombone”with Canada’s stellar organistOriginal works for trombone & organ!Liszt, Holst, Messiaen, Guilmant, Schnittke +Yorkminster Park Baptist ChurchMusic & Truffles for children 1:15pm$30/25, M&T $12 416-587-9411www.mooredaleconcerts.com48 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


Chinese Artists Society of TorontoJuilliard Duo: pianists Lang-Ning Liu& Lu Wang- Brahms, Bartok & LutoslawskiMusic GalleryHauschka.Tafelmusik. Bach at the Coffee House.Wednesday January 19Yorkminster Park Baptist ChurchNoonday Recital: William Maddox, organUniversity of Toronto. Small Jazz Ensembles.Acting Up Stage/Studio 180 TheatreParadeBirdland Theatre/Talk is Free TheatreAssassinsToronto Symphony Orchestra.Ehnes Plays Mozart IThursday January 20Canadian Opera CompanyChamber Series: Beethoven andShostakovich-Duos and Trios.Christ Church Deer Park. LunchtimeChamber Music. University of Toronto.Thursdaysat Noon: Baroque Bravura—PLUS!.Metropolitan United Church. Noonat Met. Toronto Symphony Orchestra.EhnesPlays Mozart IIUniversity of Toronto. Small Jazz Ensembles.Acting Up Stage/Studio 180 TheatreParadeBirdland Theatre/Talk is Free TheatreAssassinsMusic TorontoLaura Klassen, soprano;Megan Chan, pianoOakville Centre for the PerformingArts.Nikki YanofskyFriday January 21York University. Music at Midday.Aria with MeBrampton Folk Club. Ken WhiteleyGospel Show. University of Toronto.Concert.Acting Up Stage/Studio 180 TheatreParadeBirdland Theatre/Talk is Free TheatreAssassinsRose TheatreNikki YanofskyRoyal ConservatoryRoyal ConservatoryOrchestra.Sinfonia TorontoAffairs of the HeartSaturday January 22Acting Up Stage/Studio 180TheatreParadeBirdland Theatre/Talk isFree TheatreAssassinsSmall World Music/Royal ConservatoryKiranAhluwalia, vocalistTapestry New Opera. Tapestry Songbook.Toronto Symphony OrchestraMozartArias.Sunday January 23Birdland Theatre/Talk isFree TheatreAssassinsNaval Club of TorontoThe DowntownJazz BandUniversity of TorontoNew MusicFestival: The Student Composer Collective.Hannaford Street Silver BandHeavy MetalRoyal ConservatoryHélène Grimaud,piano.December 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 49


Toronto Symphony OrchestraMozartArias.St. James’ CathedralTwilight RecitalSeriesChrist Church Deer ParkJazz VespersViva! Youth Singers of TorontoWinterConcert: Tashi, TashiMonday January 24University of TorontoLiederabend.Associates of the TSO. CentennialUniversity of TorontoNew MusicFestival: Multimedia Event..Continuum Contemporary MusicThe OCADU ProjectA. Concerts In The GTA Toronto Philharmonia OrchestraThe OCADUProjectMon, Jan 24, 8:00 pm416 924 4945continuummusic.orgTuesday January 25Canadian Opera CompanyChamber Series: Tribute to Golijov.St. James’ CathedralMusic at MiddaySoundstreams CanadaGhost OperaHAPPY BIRTHDAYDEAR WOLFGANGJanuary 25, 8pmScottSeaton2010|11 conductor search candidateHappy Birthday Dear Wolfgang.Wednesday January 26York University. Music at MiddayMichael Coghlan,pianoYorkminster Park Baptist ChurchNoonday Recital: Angus Sinclair, organRoyal ConservatoryGGS ConcertoCompetion Final.Toronto Symphony OrchestraMozartSymphony 3450 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


University of TorontoSong GalleryUniversity of Toronto. New MusicFestival: Keith Kirchoff in Concert..Thursday January 27Canadian Opera CompanyDance Series: The Power of Gesture.Christ Church Deer Park. LunchtimeChamber Music. University of Toronto.New MusicFestival: Music by Chen Yi and U of T Composers(Part I)..Metropolitan United Church. Noonat Met. York University. Jazz at Noon: TheStory.AlchemyAn Hour of Chamber MusicHarbord String OrchestraSizzlingStringsRoyal ConservatoryCecilia StringQuartetUniversity of TorontoNew MusicFestival: Music by Chen Yi and U of T Composers(Part II)..Music TorontoPhilharmonia QuartettBerlinToronto Centre for the ArtsOut ofCharacter: Intimate Portraits of Theatrical StarsToronto Symphony OrchestraMozartSymphony 34.Friday January 28University of Toronto. New MusicFestival: Electro-Acoustic Music Concert.York University. Music at Midday:Susan Black, mezzo and pianoSt. Anne’s Music and Drama SocietyHMSPinafore and The ZooUniversity of Toronto. Trio sTREga inConcert..Saturday January 29Celebration Choir and Vocal MosaicSongsfor a Winter AfternoonLarkin SingersMan Made ManifestCanadian Opera Company.The MagicFlute. Toronto Symphony Orchestra.Mozart’sWorld.Royal ConservatoryAspects of Oscar:Oscar’s TriosSunday January 30The Birthday SeriesAustrian Composers:Afternoon in ViennaDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 51


Royal ConservatoryKathleen Rudolph& Friends: French Focus.St. Anne’s Music & DramaSocietyHMS Pinafore & The ZooAldeburgh ConnectionA ShropshireLad in OntarioA. Concerts In The GTATuesday February 01Thursday February 03Opera in ConcertLa Fedeltà Premiata.Toronto Symphony Orchestra.Mozart’sWorld.St. James’ CathedralTwilight RecitalSeriesSt. Philip’s Anglican ChurchJazzVespersToronto Children’s ChorusCAs-CAdes of SouNZEsprit Orchestra.The River.Monday January 31St. Anne’s Music & Drama SocietyHMS Pinafore & The ZooUniversity of Toronto. ChamberMusic Series: Gryphon Trio..Canadian Opera CompanyChamber Series: Franck and PoulencCello Sonatas.York University. Music at Midday:New Music by Young ComposersSt. James’ CathedralMusic at MiddayCanadian Opera Company.The MagicFlute. Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall.Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra.Talisker Players Chamber MusicLove Letters – An Unabashed Celebration ofLove, in all its Many FormsWednesday February 02Canadian Opera CompanyVocal Series: Songs with Strings.University of TorontoThe Musicwithin UsTalisker Players Chamber MusicLove Letters – An Unabashed Celebration ofLove, in all its Many FormsCanadian Opera CompanyPiano Virtuoso Series: Masks ofAstarte.University of Toronto.Thursdaysat Noon: Music & Poetry.Metropolitan United Church. Noonat Met. Canadian Opera Company.The MagicFlute. St. Anne’s Music & Drama SocietyHMS Pinafore & The ZooHart HouseUC Follies: The ThreepennyOpera.Friday February 04St. Anne’s Music & Drama SocietyHMS Pinafore & The ZooArt of TimeTake this WaltzHart HouseUC Follies: The ThreepennyOpera.Saturday February 05Yorkminster Park Baptist ChurchNoonday Recital: John Paul Farahat, organToronto Symphony Orchestra.Howthe Gimquat Found Her SonglovelettersMelanie Conly, SOPRANOJennifer Enns Modolo, MEZZOCian Horrobin, TENORThe Talisker PlayersFebruary 1 & 2, 2011, 8 pmTrinity St. Paul’s CentreTickets: $30 / $20 / $10Box Office: 416-978-8849www.taliskerplayers.ca52 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


St. Anne’s Music & Drama SocietyHMS Pinafore & The ZooCanadian Opera Company.Nixon inChina. Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall.National Arts CentreOrchestra. Opera by Request.Pelléas et MélisandeUniversity of Toronto. OrchestraSeries: U of T Symphony Orchestra.December 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 53


Aradia Ensemble.Baroque Idol!Art of TimeTake this WaltzCathedral Bluffs Symphony OrchestraSubscriptionConcert No.3: Pops. Hart HouseUC Follies: The ThreepennyOpera.Mississauga Festival ChoirFestivalof FriendsMusicians in Ordinary.Blame Not MyLuteNYCO Symphony OrchestraMozartat the OperaRoyal ConservatoryLeonidas Kavakos,violin.A. Concerts In The GTAScaramellaBirds BewiggedMusic GalleryEmergents IISunday February 06CAMMAC.McMichael Gallery Concert. CanadianOpera Company.TheMagic Flute. Off Centre Music SalonShall WeDance?St. Anne’s Music & Drama SocietyHMS Pinafore & The ZooTrio BravoSecond Series ConcertSyrinx Sunday SalonsArthur-Leblanc String QuartetSt. James’ CathedralTwilight RecitalSeriesMonday February 07University of Toronto. ChamberMusic Series: Imani Winds.FREE LISTINGSlistings@thewholenote.com54 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


~E TORONTOCºNSO|tTHE MARCO POLOPROJECT: PART 2Two years ago, the Toronto Consort explored themusic Marco Polo might have heard on his journeyacross Asia to China. For Part 2 of The Marco PoloProject, we continue travelling with the famous14 th -century Venetian as he begins to make his wayhome, sailing up the coast of India. Two specialguests join us to create this evening: vocalistextraordinaire , and in a new work by .Toronto ClassicalSingersSUNDAY FEBRUARY 27, 2011 4:00PMMORTEN LAURIDSEN: LUX AETERNA &MOZART: REQUIEMSoloists:Soprano: Sinead Sugrue,Mezzo Soprano: Jennifer Enns Modolo,Tenor: Cory Knight,Bass: Bruce KellyConductor: Jurgen PetrenkoTalisker Players OrchestraTickets: $30 Adult $25 Senior & StudentPhone: 416-443-1490www.torontoclassicalsingers.caor www.totix.caChrist Church Deer Park 1570 Yonge St. (at Heath St. W)Looking for concerts... ?... in Barrie, Brantford, Cobourg, Elora, Guelph, Kingston orKitchener? Lindsay, London, Oakville, Pickering, St. Catharines,Stratford or Toronto? The WholeNote’s online listings aresearchable by geographic zone.thewholenote.comTHEWednesday December 01Midday Music With ShigeruKeiko Yoden-Kuepfer, pianoBarrieUniversity of WaterlooStudent RecitalsWaterlooWilfrid Laurier UniversityImprovisationConcerts EnsembleWaterlooThursday December 02University of GuelphStudentSoloists Day.GuelphWilfrid Laurier UniversityMusic at NoonWaterlooGuelph Youth Music CentreConcert for the GMYC Youth OrchestraB. Concerts Beyond The GTAIN THIS ISSUE: Ancaster, Barrie, Bracebridge, Brantford,Burlington, Cobourg, Colgan, Elora, Grimsby, Guelph,Hamilton, Jordan, Kingston, Kitchener, Lindsay,London, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Orangeville, Orillia,Owen Sound, Perrytown, Peterborough, Picton, PortHope, Prescott, St. Catharines, WaterlooGuelphShowplace TheatreJohn Mc-Dermott: Raised on Song & StoriesPeterboroughUniversity of WaterlooOrchestra@WaterlooWaterlooFriday December 03ArcadyA Baroque MessiahJordanGuelph Youth Music CentreAnnualWinter ConcertGuelphDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 55


Theatre AncasterThe Wizard of OzAncaster.Bravado! Show ChoirBravado!’s UnpluggedReality Christmas SpecialBarrieJeunesses Musicales OntarioPhilipChiu, Janelle Fung, 4 hand pianoPrescott Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Elgar– Cello Concerto. Kitchener.Wilfrid Laurier UniversityWLUWind Orchestra. WaterlooSaturday December 04University of GuelphContemporaryMusic Ensemble.GuelphJohn Laing SingersGloria in ExcelsisB. Concerts Beyond The GTAHamiltonOrillia Wind Ensemble/Orillia VocalEnsembleChristmas PreludeOrillia. Theatre AncasterThe Wizard of OzAchill Choral SocietyMessiahOrangeville Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Elgar– Cello Concerto. Lindsay Concert Foundation. String Quartet In Concert. LindsayMcMaster University ChoirMidwinter:Carols of the North and SouthHamiltonToronto All-Star Big BandA ChristmasSpecialPictonSunday December 05Bravado! Show ChoirBravado!’s UnpluggedReality Christmas SpecialKingston SymphonyHallelujah!Messiah.Kingston.. Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. GenerationsII.Kitchener.La Jeunesse Youth Orchestra.Homefor the Holidays.Port HopeWilfrid Laurier UniversityWLUChoirs, Chapel Choir, Soloists, & WLU SymphonyOrchestra.WaterlooRCCO Northumberland CentreAdventNoelsCobourgSt. Jude’s Anglican ChurchChoralEvensongBrantfordAchill Choral SocietyMessiahColgan.Brantford Symphony OrchestraChristmas Favourites Again!BrantfordUniversity of WaterlooInstrumentalChamber EnsemblesWaterlooWellington Winds. Freedom. Waterloo. Hamilton ConservatoryBoris Krajny,pianoHamiltonMonday December 06University of WaterlooInstrumentalChamber EnsemblesWaterlooKitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSocietyBoris Krajny, pianoWaterlooTuesday December 07ArcadyAn Arcady ChristmasBrantfordWednesday December 08Sanderson CentreJohn Mc-Dermott in ConcertBrantfordHamilton Children’s ChoirAnnualHoliday ConcertHamiltonFriday December 10Cellar Singers. Messiah. Bracebridge. Saturday December 11Georgian Bay SymphonyFamilyChristmas ConcertOwenSoundBach Elgar ChoirMessiahHamiltonChorus NiagaraMessiahGrimsbyGeorgian Bay SymphonyChristmasConcertOwen SoundGrand Philharmonic ChoirMessiahKitchenerLyrica Chamber ChoirGlorious VivaldiBarrieSunday December 12Toronto All-Star Big BandA ChristmasSpecialOwen SoundCellar Singers. Messiah.Orillia. Trillio.Kingston.Chorus NiagaraMessiahSt. Catharines.Elora Festival SingersMessiahEloraGuelph Symphony Orchestra. ChristmasChoral Fantasy.56 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


Guelph.Symphony HamiltonA VienneseChristmas and New Year’s CelebrationBurlingtonRCCO Northumberland CentreAdventNoelsPort HopeLoretta Hale Big BandSwing IntoChristmasHamilton.Arcady/National Academy OrchestraMessiahHamilton Cuckoo’s Nest Folk ClubNollaig -Irish Christmas ConcertLondonKitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSocietyFrench Music for Oboe, Violin, andPianoWaterlooTuesday December 14City of St. CatharinesCivicChristmas Carol ConcertSt. CatharinesWednesday December 15St. Andrew’s PresbyterianChurchMusic at St. Andrew’s: Marina Laking,organBarrieArcadyChristmas with ArcadyGuelphThursday December 16Skyliners Big BandIn ConcertBarrie.Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSocietyGryphon TrioWaterloo Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. YuletideSpectacular.Guelph.Renaissance SingersA RenaissanceChristmasKitchenerFriday December 17ArcadyA Baroque MessiahLondonGallery Players of NiagaraGlissandiChristmasNiagaraon-the-Lake Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.Yuletide Spectacular.Kitchener.Saturday December 18Toronto All-Star Big BandA ChristmasSpecialHamiltonHamilton PhilharmonicPops Series – A Holiday Celebration.Hamilton Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.Yuletide Spectacular.Kitchener.Sunday December 19Port Hope Friends of Music.TrueNorth BrassPort Hope.RCCO Northumberland CentreAdventNoelsPerrytownGrand River ChorusMessiah SingalongBrantfordTuesday December 21Elora Festival SingersFestival ofCarolsEloraKingston Symphony.CandlelightChristmas.KingstonWednesday December 22Elora Festival SingersFestival ofCarolsKingston Symphony.CandlelightChristmas.Wednesday January 05Midday Music With ShigeruAmity Piano TrioBarrieThursday January 06Wilfrid Laurier UniversityMusic at NoonWaterlooKitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSocietyValtchev-Tchekoratova DuoWaterlooSunday January 09Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSocietyRachel Mercer, solo celloWaterlooTuesday January 11Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSocietyMadawaska String QuartetWaterlooThursday January 13Wilfrid Laurier UniversityMusic at NoonWaterloo Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.A Fiddler’s Take on the SymphonyOrchestra.Guelph.Friday January 14 Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.AFiddler’s Take on the Symphony Orchestra.Kitchener.Saturday January 15Hamilton PhilharmonicMasterworksSeries – Beethoven’s Third.Hamilton Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.AFiddler’s Take on the Symphony Orchestra.Kitchener.Sunday January 16Jeunesses Musicales Ontario.Cecilia String Quartet. St. Catharines.Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSocietyAlexei Gulenco, pianoWaterlooWednesday January 19St. Andrew’s PresbyterianChurchMusic at St. Andrew’s: Bruce KirkpatrickHill, organBarrieThursday January 20Wilfrid Laurier UniversityMusic at NoonWaterlooKitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSocietyDavid Leisner, guitar. WaterlooFriday January 21Kingston SymphonyBroadwayBeauties.KingstonSaturday January 22Gallery Players of NiagaraNewSounds Niagara: The Distance of Their MouthsSt. CatharinesKingston Symphony.BroadwayBeautiesSunday January 23Hamilton Conservatory of the ArtsPiano Concert Series: Alexei GulencoWilfrid Laurier UniversityWLUJazz EnsembleWaterloo Cuckoo’s Nest Folk Club. Poor Angus.LondonWednesday January 26Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSocietySan Agustin DuoWaterlooThursday January 27Wilfrid Laurier UniversityMusic at NoonWaterlooOpera HamiltonPoperaDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 57


HamiltonFriday January 28Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1. Kitchener.McMaster Celebrity Concert SeriesEnsembleCapriceHamiltonSaturday January 29Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSocietyShir Ami TrioWaterlooKitchener-Waterloo Symphony.Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1.Opera HamiltonPoperaWilfrid Laurier UniversityWLU WindOrchestraWaterlooSunday January 30Niagara Symphony OrchestraAfternoonDelightsSt. CatharinesKitchener-Waterloo Symphony.Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1.Guelph.Thursday February 03Wilfrid Laurier UniversityMusic at NoonWaterloo Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.DanDeacon’s Electronic BusKitchener..Hamilton Philharmonic OrchestraWhat Next? Festival: Basia Bulat with members of the HPOHamiltonFriday February 04Hamilton Philharmonic OrchestraWhatNext? Festival: A Musical GalleryHamilton Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony.DanDeacon’s Electronic BusHamilton Philharmonic OrchestraWhatNext? Festival: Rain ComingHamiltonKitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSocietyWLU Faculty of Music StudentsWaterlooSaturday February 05Kitchener- WaterlooSymphony.Children’s Concert- Carnivalof the Arctic AnimalsGuelph.Hamilton Philharmonic OrchestraWhat Next? Festival: Buzz and Hum.HamiltonHamilton Philharmonic OrchestraWhat Next? Festival: Switched On.HamiltonSunday February 06Hamilton Philharmonic OrchestraWhat Next? Festival: Kiss on Wood.HamiltonHamilton Philharmonic OrchestraWhat Next? Festival: The Attar ProjectHamiltonKitchener-Waterloo Chamber MusicSocietyArkel String TrioWaterlooC. In The Clubs (Mostly Jazz)Season’s Greetings, and apologies for the abbreviated listings in the magthis month. (“Last minute ad buys in other areas” sez the publisher.) Ratherthan our usual practice of listing detailed daily listings, what follows is asummary of “regular gigs” only. Detailed daily listings for December canbe found as usual at www.thewholenote.com and at many of the individualvenue websites listed here. —O.D.AlleycatzEvery Mon Salsa NightEvery TueCarlo BerardinucciBandEvery Wed R&B Open JamEvery Thu Soul, R&B and Reggae; Fridaysand Saturdays Funk, Soul, Reggae, R&B, Top40, $10 Cover without dinner reservations.Dec 2,9,10,23 Dec3,16,17,18,30 Lady Kane. Dec 4,11 Soular.Dec 24 Motza Ball Party. Dec 31 NYE Partywith Ascension.Azure Restaurant and BarEvery Thu, Fri, Sat Dan Bodanis Trio5:30-10:30pmCastro’s LoungeEvery Sun Jeremy Rouse Trio (Jazz/Roots)6-9pm; Every Mon Smokey Folk (Bluegrass/Rockabilly) 9:30pmC’est WhatEvery Fri Hot Five Jazzmakers Chalkers Pub Billiards & BistroEvery WedLisa Particelli’s Girls Night OutVocalist-Friendly Jazz Jam 8-12, PWYC. WeekendShows: $10 Cover: Dec 4 Nancy WalkerQuartet. Dec 11 Dave Young Quartet. Dec 12Norbert Botos Quartet. Dec 17 Lester McLean& Melissa Boyce Band. Dec 18 Vincent Wolfe’s“Weaver of Dreams” CD Release.Chick N’ DeliEvery Mon Big Band Night. Every Sat ClimaxJazz Band. Every Sun Robbie Lane andthe Disciples.China House RestaurantEvery Thursday Dec 2 Tyler Yarema. Dec 9 Kelly JeffersonQuartet. Dec 16 William Carn Quartet. Dec 23Ross Wooldridge Quartet.Communist’s Daughter, TheEvery Sat Gypsy Jazz w Michael Johnson& Red RhythmCorktown, TheEvery Tue Corktown Jazz Jam. Every Wed WillMukuna Jazz Trio.58 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


DeSotosEvery Thurs Open Mic Jazz Jam EverySun Brunch with Double A Jazz and GuestDec 5 Ken Foster. Dec 12 Mike Meusel. Dec19 Kurt Lund.Dominion on QueenEvery Sun Rockabilly Brunch 11am-3pm; Every1 st & 3 rd Sun Jazz Jam with host Robert Scott4-7pm; Every Tue French Gypsy Jazz Jam withhost Wayne Nakamura. EveryThu John T. Davis on B3, 5:30-8pm, No Cover.Dovercourt HouseEvery Sat Saturday Night Swing Dance withLive Bands.Dec 4 Ragweed Jazz Band. Dec 11 Patrick Tevlin& His New Orleans Rhythm. Dec 18 LauraHubert Band.The Emmet RayEvery Monday Dan vs. Dan. Dec 5 Hobson’sChoice. Dec 22 Newer than Used.Gate 403Every Tue Juno-award winning Blues ArtistJulian Fauth.All other acts listed online.Grossman’s TavernEvery Sat The Happy Pals matinee 4-8pm;Every SunNicola Vaughan Acoustic Jam4-9pm, The Nationals with Brian Cober: DoubleSlide Guitar Open Stage Jam 9:30pm-2amEvery Wed EveryThu The Responsibles. Dec 10 Laura HubertBand.Harlem RestaurantEvery Mon Open Jam Night hosted by CarolynTEvery Fri and Sat Jazz/Blues7:30-11:30pmHome Smith Bar see Old Mill, TheHugh’s RoomDec 3 Carlos Del Junco. Dec 6 Sisters Euclid& Kevin Breit. Dec 10,11,13 Dr. Draw. Dec 12The Ault Sisters, Dr. Draw. Dec 14,15 QuartetteChristmas Show. Dec 20,21 “Have a BluesyChristmas”. Dec 27 Don Ross. Dec 31 NYE withChris Whiteley.Joe Mama’sEvery Sun Nathan Hiltz, Bernie Senensky &Sly Juhas.Lula LoungeDec 3 Benny Escalante. Dec 5 Retrocity. Dec7 Florence K. Dec 10 Orquesta Fantasia. Dec11 Sonido Cubano. Dec 16 deVah Quartet. Dec17 Evaristo Machado, Conjunto Lacalu. Dec 18Roberto Linares. Dec 29 Gary Morgan. Dec 31NYE with Lady Son y Articulo Viente.Mezzetta Middle Eastern RestaurantEvery Wed N’Awlins Jazz Bar and DiningEvery Tue Stacie McGregor; Every WedJimHeineman Trio; Every ThuBlues Night withGuest Vocalists; Every Fri/SatAll Star BourbonSt. BandEvery SunTerry Logan.Old Mill, TheOld Mill Dining Room “Thursday NightJazz Club” Dec 2 Freddy Cole. Dec 13 JeremyDavenport. Dec 16 Bill Mays. Home Smith Bar:New Tuesdayevening bandstarts inJanuaryEvery Thursday Solo Piano.EveryFridayEvery SaturdayDec3 Joe Sealy. Dec3,4 Daniela Nardi & Ron Davis. Dec 9 RichardWhiteman. Dec 10 Mary Panacci. Dec 11 MichaelShand. Dec 16 John Sherwood. Dec 17Melissa Stylianou. Dec 18 Nancy Walker. Dec31 New Years Eve: Heather Bambrick & theJohn Sherwood Trio.Pantages Martini Bar and LoungeEvery Mon Curtains Down with host JenniBurke, Mark Camilleri on piano and guest singers;Every Fri Robert Scott; Every SatSoloPiano: Various artists.“SENIOR”BANDIt’s Never Too Late!NoAgeLimitPero LoungeEvery Fri African Vibe 7-11pmEvery Sat Archie Alleyne’s Kollage 8-11pmPilot Tavern, TheDec 4Bob Brough Quartet. Dec 11 Sugar Daddies Sextet.Dec 18 Kollage.QuotesDec 3John MacLeod. Dec 10 Tom Szczesniak. Dec 17Dave Dunlop.Reposado Bar & LoungeEvery Wed Spy vs. Spy vs. Sly Every Thu, FriThe ReposadistsReservoir Lounge, The“Après Work” Series Tuesdays, Wednesdays,Thursdays 7-9pm (see website for full schedule);Late Shows, 9:45pm: Every MonSophia Perlmanand the VipersEvery TueTyler Yaremaand his Rhythm; Every WedBradley and theBouncers; Every ThuTerra Hazelton & Her EasyAnswers. Every FriDeeDee & the Dirty Martinis;Every SatTyler Yarema and his Rhythm.Rex Hotel Jazz and Blues Bar, TheEvery Tue Matt NewtonTrio 6:30pm; Every Wed 6:30pm; Every Fri Hogtown Syncopators 4pm,Maisies 6:30pm; Every Sun The Giuffre Project7pm. Special Events: Dec 1,2 Kirk MacDonaldCD Release; Dec 8,9 Boston’s Ben SharoniQuartet; Dec 18,19 NYC’s Mark McLean. Dec31 NYE with Grooveyard.Ten Feet TallSaturday Night Cabaret, 8pmDec 4 June Garber. Dec 11 Whitney RossBarris.Sunday Afternoon Matinee, 3:30-6:30pmDec 5 Norman Marshall Villeneuve. Dec 12Alex Tait.TranzacEvery Mon Open Mic 10pm. Every Fri TheFoolish Things 5pm.Jazz: Dec 12 Lina Allemano 4. Dec 14 Hobson’sChoice. Dec 18 Michael Davidson. Dec21 Al Purdy Project. Dec 24 The Ryan DriveQuartet.BLOORPlay-in-a-Band Programfor People Over 50!. Learn to play a musical instrument from scratch. Dust off that old horn and get back in the game. Rehearsals at L&M Bloor - 935 Bloor Street West. Fees: Fall term $120, Winter/Spring $150Full year $240 (save $30). More info: newhorizonsbloor.ca or 416.588.7886Gift Certificates availableBeginner programs start in September and January.Players with at least a little experience can join anytime.December 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 59


ANNOUNCEMENTSKindred Spirits OrchestraOpen RehearsalToronto District SchoolBoardA Gala Celebration of the 125th AnnualSpring Festival ConcertWilfrid Laurier UniversityPressBook Launch: “Weinzweig – Essays onhis Life and Music”LECTURES/SYMPOSIACanadian Opera CompanyOpera Talks Part 2: Standard Operatic Repertoirevs. Modern OperaThe Magic FluteNixon in ChinaSoundstreams CanadaSalon21: Ying and YangUniversity of TorontoNew Music Festival: Composer’s Forum withChen YiUniversity of TorontoNewMusic Festival: Keith Kirchoff Lecture-D. Announcements Et CeteraPresentationHamilton Philharmonic OrchestraWhatNext? Festival: Interdisciplineand Surface TensionHamiltonHamilton Philharmonic OrchestraWhatNext? Festival: Dissonance.HamiltonMASTERCLASSESUniversity of TorontoManuel Barrueco Guitar Master ClassSingingStudio of Deborah StaimanCanadian Flute Association.FluteFavourite: Masterclass.University of TorontoGryphon Trio Master ClassSCREENINGSMetropolitanOpera HD BroadcastDon PasqualeMirvishProductionsSondheim Film FestivalMetropolitanOpera HD BroadcastDon CarloMetropolitan Opera HD BroadcastLaFanciulla del WestWORKSHOPSCAMMACRecorder Players’ SocietyWorkshopsToronto Early MusicPlayers OrganizationMusic of EnglandToronto Early MusicPlayers OrganizationScottish and Irish RenaissanceMusicKingsway Children’sChoir and Drum EnsembleOpen RehearsalsCAMMAC Toronto RegionOpera ChorusesToronto Early Music PlayersOrganizationFrench Baroque Style80 Acadia Avenue, Unit 309, Markham ON L3R 9V1SalesViolin Viola Cello BowsRepair and RentalProfessional violin maker andString instrument rental servicePhilharmonic Music Ltd.SchoolPrivate lessons and examsViolin Viola Cello Bass905-784-2028 www.philharmoniccanada.com 60 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


We Are All Music’s ChildrenNovember’s Child Michael SchadeMJ BUELLSpare a Thought…forALL Music’s ChildrenWhere, you ask, is December’sChild? No new contest thismonth. We’ll be making anexciting list of new MysteryChildren for 2011.Are you a hoarding treasuredold photo?Share your great idea forsomeone who should appear inthis column! musicschildren@thewholenote.com.Gifts of MusicMost of Music’s Children remembersinging, playing andsharing music informally “enfamille” and with friends. Sowhy not celebrate the old/newwith an all ages Bring YourOwn Bouzouki music party!Also, this is a particularlygood time of year to give agift of live music. Please takesome lucky young person to atleast one performance in thenext few weeks. Concert gift-ingyour favourite ensemble.Can’t bring a favouriteyoungster to a Sing-AlongMessiah? Invite them to sharecastor a favourite recording.(Hallelujah! TafelmusikBaroque Orchestra andChamber Choir’s Sing-AlongMessiah will be on Bravo! Dec6 at 9pm.) Just add cider andcookies.December’s child? Probablysomeone very close to yourheart, and home.Paxjack buellFor a delightful explanationof Michael Schade’schildhood “Pretzel King”photo please visitthewholenote.com.Michael Schade (top right) and the team:partner Dee McKee (top left); with 6 (out of8) youngsters. Summer 2010, the Elijah tourwith conductor Daniel Harding (far right) andthe Mahler Chamber Orchestra – Lucerne,Bremen, and Stockholm. Inset: Michael 1968.Canadian-German lyrictenor, Michael Schade, wasborn in Petit-Lancy, Geneva,Switzerland, in the monthof January and spent his earlychildhood in Switzerland andGermany. Schade’s engineerfather’s work with Inco’s Euro-Canada in 1977. Schade attendedSt. Michael’s Choir School andlater earned an Honours Degreein Performance with a minor inPre-Medical Sciences at the Universityof Western Ontario. Hewent on to earn a Masters inOpera from the Curtis Institutein Philadelphia.Today he is equally at homein Europe’s and North America’sforemost opera houses. Hispassion for singing embraces anextensive schedule of solo andcollaborative concerts and re-ingartist. Michael Schade’s discographycovers a wide range ofopera, oratorios and passions,lieder and recital repertoire.In March 2007, Schade andAdrianne Pieczonka were thetriantitle of Kammersänger:Austria’s highest honour for singers.Summer 2008 featured MichaelSchade’s 15th consecutiveyear at the Salzburg Festival,where he took on the new role ofCo-Director of the new SalzburgYoung Artists Project alongsideBarbara Bonney.Previously married to Calgary-bornmezzo-soprano NorienBurgess, Michael Schade makeshis home in Oakville, Ontarioand in Vienna with his four children,four step-children andpartner Deanne McKee.Do you remember last month’schildhood photos being taken?Yes indeed: Christmas! Andmountain hikes in the summer!Both were always a big deal forus. Christmas is very special inmy parent’s home – a celebrationof family and our religion.My father reads from the Bibleand my mother plays the guitarand sings with the childrenand to the children (now grandchildren)in the evening and thehouse is lit with candles andthen we all go to Mass. It is amagical time to be a child andmy parents taught me to celebratethat. So far my son Nikihas escaped the green tights andcrown; maybe this year!As far as the outdoors areconcerned, my family spent alot of time in the beautiful Swissoutdoors and it was always importantto my parents that wemade these outings during weekendsand holidays. My motherpacked the best picnics a childcould want.Suppose you met a little child todaywho asked “What do youdo?”... I would explain that I ama singing court jester! That mylife is a dream, that my workmakes me happy. I would tell thechild to dream and to work hardat making those dreams happenfor themselves; to never settlefor just vanilla or conventionfor convention’s sake or success’sake. Dare to be different anddare to do something that makesPHOTO: A FLIGHT ATTENDANT USING DEE’S CAMERACONGRATULATIONS TO OUR NOVEMBER WINNERS! HERE’S WHAT THEY WON – Oh the Magic! Margaret Oldfield& Elizabeth Erskine each win amagnificent pair of tickets tohear Michael Schade sing therole of Tamino in The CanadianOpera Company’s new productionof Mozart’s playful and sublimely melodic The Magic Flute (Jan 29 -Feb 25). Please see our listings for full details, or visit www.coc.caMichael Schade’s Alma Mater! Lorrie MacKinnon, Adrienne Pollak& George Fung are guests of St. Michael’s Choir School with a pair ofVIP tickets (reception and premium seating) for the Friday Dec 10Massey Hall concert Christmas Fantasy (7:30pm). Mary Dee, ClaudiaKrawchuk & Charles Ritchie: a pair of tickets each for the concert onSaturday Dec 11 (2pm). See our listings for full concert details. Mr.Schade (not performing at this concert) says “That school is the bestthing since sliced bread!” Linda Skeries wins Mozart: Arie & Duettiwith Russell Braun, Isabel Bayrakdarian & Michael Schade; CanadianOpera Company Orchestra, Richard Bradshaw, conductor. CBC Records’own delightful celebration of Mozart’s 250th birthday. (SMCD 5239)Jean Parkes wins the Medici Arts DVD Wagner: Die Meistersinger vonNürnberg with Falk Struckmann (Hans Sachs), Ain Anger (Veit Pogner),Adrian Eröd (Sixtus Beckmesser), Johan Botha (Walther von Stolzing),Michael Schade (David) & Ricarda Merbeth (Eva); Orchestra & Chorusof the Vienna State Opera, conducted by ChristianThielemann. (Medici Arts: 2072488) Rudi Peka,Otto Rath, & Catherine You: In Midnight’s Stillness –St. Michael’s Choir School’s 10th recording: traditionalcarols, sacred melodies and contemporary seasonalmusic with their guests The True North Brass.Music’s Children gratefully acknowledges Liesel and Hans, Dee, Phil, Victoria, Edward, Raymond, The Canadian Opera Company, St. Michael’s Choir School, Naxos, CBC Records.December 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 61


you happy, whenever possible.What’s your absolute earliestmusical memory? I remembermy Mom, Grandmother andTante Sixta singing songs forevery special family occasion...and for everyday mundane occurrences…likethose obviousGerman Lied moments such as:waking up, brushing your teeth,going to bed, the sun coming up,snow fall, the second snowfall, abee coming to a picnic, a river, aday of school, hurting your kneeetc. etc, you get the idea – theyjust know thousands of songs byheart.Other musicians in your family?I certainly hope so; Everyonesings. I was always surroundedby music, thank God! My brotherwas at the choir school withme, my sister played cello andmet her husband singing in theMendelssohn Youth Choir. Myparents were longtime membersof the Mendelssohn Choir. Myoldest daughter, Sophie, playsviolin in the Halton Youth Orchestraand my twins just startedviolin and cello. I sang withpublic this summer, it was veryspecial, and they liked the applause.My youngest, Eva, insiststhat she will sing Paminawhen she grows up, and Daddycan be her Tamino. She willstart in the church choir as soonas she can read more than threeletter words; which she insists isnow and has talked her way intothe Christmas pageant this yearat 4, which is reserved for startingat 6!What is your first memory ofyourself singing? Singing forMonsignor Armstrong to getinto the choir school…I sang aGerman church song GrosserThe WholeNote MarketplaceGott wir loben Dich – very minimemory.A first instrument? I was prettyteach it at St. Mildred’s in Oakville,I suck at piano! I really regretthat I didn’t practice andkeep it up.First experiences of makingmusic with other people? Singingmadrigals with my parents fordad’s cool business parties…wewere pretty good!Do you remember when you firstsang alone for an audience? Yes,I sang Nanki Poo and forgot thewords. Then trying to make upbloom in the spring trala” andsurviving my own verse writ-haven’t changed that much...Read the full interview atthewholenote.com.Children'sPianoLessonsFriendly, approachable -and strict!Liz Parker416.544.1803liz.parker@rogers.comQueen/BathurstThe WholeNoteMarketplace416-323-2232 x25 62 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


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TMBLUE PAGES UpdateThe WholeNote’s BLUE PAGES Directoryis published every October, updatedregularly online, and accepts new membersyear round. A warm welcome this issue to:All Saints Kingsway AnglicanChurchPAGESThe All Saints’ Choir providesmusical leadership at weekly Sundaymorning Eucharists, Festival Evensongs,The talent is here.e.updated onlinenCommunity Out-Reach Projects and concertsthroughout the year. The choir hasTHEWHOLENOTE.COMtoured the UK, has recorded 2 CDs, and has performed at variousevents throughout Toronto. Most recently, the choir performed theCanadian premiere of Karl Jenkins’ Stabat Mater as well as RuthWatson Henderson’s ‘From Darkness to Light.’ Upcoming Choralconcerts include “Sure on this Shining Night” (Dec. 19).Shawn Grenke, Director of Music, 416-233-1125music@allsaintskingsway.ca, www.allsaintskingsway.caThe Aurora Cultural CentreChurch Street School (1886) has recently been transformed into afabulous state-of-the-art cultural centre. With three art galleries,instructional art studios, museum archives and corporate rentalspaces, the Centre’s jewel is a new Yamaha C7 Grand Piano, andperformance space seating 120 in Brevik Hall. Already home tofolk, classical, jazz and rock n’ roll performances, poetry readingsand theatre, the Centre launches its inaugural classical piano serieswith Anton Kuerti in February 2011!22 Church Street, Aurora, ON L4G 1G4, 905 713-1818info@auroraculturalcentre.ca, www.auroraculturalcentre.caMPC Musiclabel, most recently “50 Years – the NORMAN AMADIO trio”,recorded at Glenn Gould Studio. MPC has been involved in supportingthe Variety Club of Ontario; Hip Hip Hooray, an event ofthe Orthopaedic Foundation; Project Scarecrow, an event bringingawareness to the perils of drinking and driving, Toronto West Rotaryand many other projects that support our community.www.mpcmusic.com, information@mpcmusic.comNUMUS Concertsis a presenter and producer of contemporarymusic programs in theKitchener-Waterloo area. Throughoutits 26-year history, NUMUShas made a large contribution tothe cultural life of the area, commissioningnew musical works andperforming contemporary musicfrom all genres drawn from theentire spectrum of contemporarymusic. 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Book ShelfPAMELA MARGLESVictor Feldbrill: Canadian Conductor Extraordinaireby Walter Pitman; Dundurn Press; 432 pages, photos; $40 Canadian conductor Victor Feldbrill has leadso many premieres of Canadian compositionsand promoted so many Canadian works aroundthe world that his impact on music in Canadahas been immeasurable, as Walter Pitman showsin this thorough biography. Pitman, who haschronicled the lives of Canadian musicians,takes a close look at what motivated Feldbrill tosupport Canadian composers and performers sofor him. “His position,” writes Pitman, “was that tifthemusicitselfthe itselfhad integrity and was skilfully written, it must be played.”By all accounts, Feldbrill was an accomplished conductor in allkinds of repertoire. “Why then,” asks Pitman, “weren’t orchestrasfrom around the world clamouring for his services?” Placing valueon “competence, reliability and collegiality,” Feldbrill avoidedthe “wildly entertaining, shocking and melodramatic” styles ofconductors who stamp their personalities on their interpretations.But because he was reluctant to impose a personal vision, he didn’tgenerate the kind of charisma that makes a conductor get noticed.What’s more, Feldbrill stayed in Canada. There’s a crop ofyounger Canadian conductors today, like Yves Abel, Kwame Ryan,Yannick Nézet-Séguin and Julian Kuerti, who have achieved remarkablesuccess. But they are all pursuing their careers outside Canada.Pitman has done extensive interviews with Feldbrill, who wasborn in Toronto in 1924, as well as with musicians who worked withhim. He has also made full use of letters and archival documents.He is, however, more concerned with how Feldbrill was able toaccomplish what he did than with matters of musical interpretation.A discography and a list of his premieres would have been usefulto document the “incredible history of composition” that Feldbrill’sperformances and recordings of Canadian music represent, especiallysince many of the recordings are unavailable today. Even whatPitman calls Feldbrill’s “crowning achievement,” his recording ofHarry Somers’ seminal opera, Louis RielPitman’s engaging, detailed biography goes a long way to illuminatethe history of Canadian composition that Felbrill’s premieres andrecordings represent. And it has a particularly lovely back cover– a portrait of Feldbrill, baton in hand, painted by his grandson,Benjamin Koffman.Listen to Thisby Alex Ross; Farrar, Straus and Giroux; 381 pages; $31 The Rest Is Noise, musiccritic Alex Ross took an ambitiously sweepingapproach to the whole history of 20 th centuryclassical music. His new book, Listen toThis, is just as ambitious, as the title makesclear. But this time, happy to leave loose endsand open questions, he offers a collection ofTheNew Yorker magazine. They seem to have beenchosen not because they are his best, but because setheyofferasamsamplingof the broad range of music and musicians that Ross feels passionateabout, from Brahms to Björk.Ross’s goal here is to knock down the walls separating differenttypes of music. Discussing Björk, he depicts a musical utopia where“the ideologies, teleologies, style wars, and subdivisions that havethe musicians and music that inspire him. There’s the “free-wheelingspirit” of early-music performers like Richard Egarr, and the joy thatJoin us in celebrating the publication ofWeinzweig: Essays onHis Life and MusicJohn Beckwith and Brian Cherney, editorsThursday, January 13, 201Lobby of Koerner HallRoyal Conservatory of MusicTelus Centre273 Bloor Street West(near Bloor and University)Toronto, ON Theatre Books will be selling books at the eventrsvp clare@press.wlu.caCo-sponsored by Published by Wilfrid Laurier University Press Includes audio CD ALSO OF INTERESTIn Search of Alberto GuerreroJohn Beckwith Music Traditions, Cultures, and Contexts Wilfrid Laurier University Presst oll-free 1-800-565-9523 | www.wlupress.wlu.cafacebook.com/wlupress | twitter.com/wlupressDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 65


Publicity, press kits & image consultingfor performers416.544.1803 www.lizpr.comthe St Lawrence Quartet takes in “the act of connection.” There’sthe rock group Radiohead, who practises “a new kind of classicalmusic for the masses.” And there is Brahms, whose Intermezzo op117 no 1 is, he writes, “the music that you will hear when you die.” of knowing the world,” writes Ross. There is something infectiousabout his enthusiasm for such a broad range of genres; in a discussionof the history of the chaconne, he moves effortlessly fromclassical music into the realms of blues, jazz, and pop. As an attemptto show how these various genres are all related, Listen to This wason various musicians by the best music critic in North America, it’sa stand-out – especially once the headache-inducing dust-jacket isremoved.Fortepianist Richard Egarr is performing a program of Mozart andHaydn with Tafelmusik at Trinity-St. Paul’s from Dec. 1 to Dec. 5.Finishing the Hatby Stephen Sondheim; Knopf; 478 pages, photos; $46When songwriter Steven Sondheim turnedseventy, he made a list of his favourite songswritten by other song-writers. He called it SongsI Wish I’d Written (At Least In Part). This year,for his eightieth birthday, he has put togetherthis collection of his own songs, or at least thelyrics. This includes lyrics for his own showslike A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd andA Funny Thing Happened on the Way to theForum, as well as shows from earlier in his careerwhen he worked with composers like Leonard Bernstein forWest Side Story, and Jule Styne for Gypsy.Between the lyrics for each song he has written, including draftsand alternates, Sondheim adds choice comments about the songsand the shows they’re from, as well as the actors, directors andproducers who worked on them. Along the way, he discusses – notuncritically - song-writers of the past. These include his two favourites,Harold Arlen and Jerome Kern, as well as his beloved mentorOscar Hammerstein II, who became a surrogate father to him. Without the music to share the attention, you really notice how muchthe expressiveness of his songs is due to his brilliant use of language,especially his intricate and unusual rhymes. Even though songs likeSend in the Clowns and I’m Still Here have become standards ontheir own today, Sondheim emphasizes how important it is for himthat his lyrics enhance the dramatic action of the shows they’re in.So even one of his favourites songs, Multitudes of Amys, ended upbeing cut from Company when the story-line was changed.It’s tempting to see Sondheim himself in his characters, withtheir longings, regrets, and cynicism. But, as Sondheim remindsus, he does not create the characters in his shows – that’s for thebook-writer. “The only song I’ve written which is an immediateexpression of a personal internal experience is Finishing the Hat,”from Sunday in the Park with George. It’s a song about artisticexpression. But even though he used it as the title of this volume, it’snot included here since it’s from a show written in 1984, three yearsafter the cut-off date for this collection.Sondheim’s life and work have been extensively documented inbooks and recordings. His own recorded commentaries featured inthe recent revue Sondheim on Sondheim cover some of the samematerial as Finishing the Hat. But so far, this wonderful book is theclosest thing to an autobiography Sondheim has written. Fortunatelyhe promises a second volume.Stephen Sondheim will be introduced by Des McAnuff and interviewedby Robert Cushman on the stage of the Princess of WalesTheatre on December 6 at 8pm. Sondheim’s song-list has beenpublished in the new edition of Mark Eden Horowitz’s Sondheim onMusic (The Scarecrow Press)See Pamela Margles’ Holiday Picks online at thewholenote.com.66 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


Editor’s CornerDAVID OLDSLSchreiber for his feedback on JanosGardonyi’s guest editorial about on-lineshopping and digital downloads last month.caveat emptorportability, but compromises sound quality,much the same way that cassette tapes didversus LPs, and will not likely satisfy thetells us that there are three basic kinds of au---always, the onus is on the consumer to dothe research and decide to what extent to acceptcompromise for the sake of convenienceand economy.As the year endapproaches and theholiday season alongwith it, rather thanfocus on just a fewdiscs here I wantnumber of seasonaltitles and other specialgems which I think will be of interest.I expect you will see full reviews of the latteritems in coming issues, but let’s beginwith the seasonal releases. Top of the list isIn Midnight’s Stillness – St. Michael’s ChoirSchool (www.smcs.on.ca). This wonderfulcollection of Christmas fare is conducted byand features guest performances by the Truetivevoice as I’m sure they will be at the annualChristmas Fantasy performances atMassey Hall on December 10 and 11.On Noèl – Angèle Dubeau & La Pietà(Analekta) oquestring ensemble provide a musical tourersthree centuries and takes us to Finland,Italy, France, Germany,Austria, theUnited Kingdom,Russia, the USA,ada.Of specialhaunting impressionof the Huron Carol.On a completelydifferent note, jazzpianist Oliver Jones,singer Ranee Leeand the MontrealJubilation Choir providea joyous andexuberant take onthe season with ACelebration in Time (Justin Time). A highlightfor me is the island rhythms of GrasBondye/Seigneur J’élève Ton Nom featuringthe Daphnée Louis Singers.And there is one last Christmas disc tomention, which was not yet in hand at thetime of writing, but I am going to go out ona limb and recommend it anyway, becausehow could you go wrong with MonicaWhicher and Judy Loman? Lullabies andCarols for Christmas (Naxos) features Loman’sarrangements for soprano and harp ofsuch traditional favourites as the CoventryCarol, In the Bleak Mid-Winter; Bulalow, InDulce Jubilo, and the Wexford Carol alongwith seasonal solo harp pieces by Britten andTournier.recently received several boxed sets featuringCanadian artists that are particularlycollection of the art songs of the late 19thcentury Ukrainiancomposer MykolaLysenko. This is thesecond instalmentof the UkrainianArt Song Project(www.uasp.ca) followingon the 2006release of the songsof Kyrylo Stetsenko. The idea for the projectdates back to 2004 when bass baritonePavlo Hunka came to Toronto for the leadrole in the COC’s production of Falstaff andwas adopted as a native son by the TorontoUkrainian community. Lysenko (1842-1912)is considered the father modern Ukrainianclassical music and this impressive set, accompaniedby a 200 page book of libretti,translations, biographies and notes, includes124 of his 133 known art songs (the othernine have been lost). Recorded in GlennGould Studio the other singers involvedin the project are all well known on theCanadian opera scene including ElizabethColvin and Robert Gleadow, with pian-Roman Borys. Mykola Lysenko’s Art Songswill enjoy a gala launch at Koerner Hall onDecember 5 for which Pavlo Hunka will beand Russell Braun.Robert Silverman’smost recentrecording project isthe complete MozartPiano Sonatasfor the audiophile(www.isomike.com).stereo and four channel surround soundset in the February issue but I wanted tobring it to your attention in time for holidayshopping.The last set I willcollection of AngelaHewitt’s completeHyperion recordingsof the music ofJohann SebastianBach18 hours of musicby this renowned Bach interpreter priced atabout $100, this would make a great additionto anyone’s collection.several of my colleagues to bring to yourattention a number of items we missed thisyear which had we unlimited space andresources would certainly have found theirway into these pages:Geoff Chapman tells us that although hisCanada’s best classical & jazz onlinegrigorian.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 67


mandate is Canadian jazz, there’s a plethoraof great jazz created elsewhere. Hereare a few titles that really caught his attention:Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green– Apex (www.pirecordings.com) – A brilliantalto sax collaboration between a hotnewcomer and a hardy veteran with stellarband. Vijay Iyer – Solo (www.vijay-iyer.com)– An ace pianist pays extraordinarycontemporary tribute to his inspirations.Jason Moran – Ten (Blue Note) – The bestWadada Leo Smith – Spiritual Dimensions(www.cuneiformrecords.com) – This double-mastery of free jazz. Yehudi Menuhin & StephaneGrappelli – Friends In Music (EMI) –istscovering the musical waterfront.Terry Robbins found three titles of particularnote: Beethoven String Quartets Vol.4(Virgin Classics) – A mixture of early, midand late quartets, including the profoundC sharp minor Op.131, superbly played bythe Artemis Quartet. Rodion Shchedrin -Chamber Music (ARS MUSICI) the contemporary Russian composer (whoplays piano for two of them), highlighted byanceof the Bach-inspired Echo-Sonata forsolo violin. John Corigliano – The Red ViolinConcerto (Naxos) – Another superb disc inthe Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, and theBPO itself under JoAnn Falletta recorded inRichard Haskell took particular delight ina new recording of Rachmaninov – PianoConcertos Nos.3 & 4 (EMI Classics) – Thepairing of Leif Ove Andsnes with theLondon Symphony under the direction ofAntonio Pappano is sublime. Andsnes’ performanceis bold, expansive, and technicallybrilliant, while Pappano coaxes a warm andlyrical sound from the orchestra. And DanielFoley found in Messiaen: Livre du Saint-Sacrement (Naxos) exceptional perform-massive work that demands close attentionto fully absorb its theological and programmaticintent.ageyou to visit our website, www.thewholenote.comincluding direct links to performers, com-on-line shopping and additional, expandedand archival reviews.—David OldsDISCoveries Editordiscoveries@thewholenote.comGounod – FaustAngela Gheorghiu; Roberto Alagna;Bryn Terfel; Simon Keenlyside;Royal Opera; Antonio PappanoRoyal Opera House/EMI 6 31611 9VOCALThe story ofFaust, an old manwho trades his immortalsoul for asecond chance atyouth, has fascinatedartists for centuries.Opera composerswere particularlyimpressed by it: there eareatleastadozat a dozenworks based on it, amongst them LouisSpohr’s Faust (1816), Hector Berlioz’s LaDamnation de Faust (1846), Charles Gounod’sFaust (1859), Arrigo Boito’s (1868), Ferruccio Busoni’s Doktor FaustThe Fiery AngelBoehmer’s Doktor Faustus (1983), AlfredSchnittke’s Historia von D. Johann Fausten(1994) and Igor Stravinsky’s The Rake’sProgress (1951).Gounod’s Faust is the most familiarwork and this production features a stellarensemble. As Faust, Roberto Alagna is inend shows signs of strain. Angela GheorghiuKeenlyside as her brother Valentin. Brynwith the necessary malice. Finally, the orchestraunder the skillful baton of Pappanodoes the score full justice.The production itself is another story.rousingtakes place under a giant neon Clubl’Enfer, as if we did not get the connection),it does not help the principals either. BeautifulGheorghiu here, for some inexplicablereason, labours under a mousy-blonde wig.The camera follows the singers too closely,revealing what we already knew – savefor Keenlyside, they are not great actors. Allears (and heart) wide open and your eyes—Robert TomasVerdi – RigolettoDiana Damrau; Juan DiegoFlorez; Željko Lučić; SachsischeStaatskapelle Dresden; Fabio LuisiVirgin Classics 5099964186894 --Rigoletto performed.The original play by Victor Hugocaused such an uproar in Paris that it dis-dichose it as a perfect vehicle for his newopera but it was forciblytransferred toan obscure Italianprincipality to placatethe Venetiancensors. Revolutionary,avant-gardeGerman direc-hoffwas therefore an aptchoicetocreateato create aversus evil or tormentors versus victimsmerged into a surreal nightmarish dream, adark void, sometimes stained in blood red,populated by scary weird creatures, like theduke’s courtiers all in black with devilishmasks. Inside this void for contrast appearsGilda’s pure white bedroom, decorated withstars on its walls that come to shine at night-for this moment alone.Three great names in the forefront of2008 to bring this concept throbbingly aliveher thrilling radiant high soprano, but herexceptional portrayal of an innocent younggirl who falls victim to the hatred and voraciousnessof wicked and thoughtless people.The role of Rigoletto in which Verdi createda hero of heretofore unknown complexity, islends his exquisite bel-canto tenor voice togreat rhythmic and dynamic drive and clarity,altogether a very sympathetic reading of—Janos GardonyiNe Me Refuse PasMarie-Nicole Lemieux; OrchestreNational de France; Fabien GabelNaïve V 5201There are no surpriseshere. Con-coleLemieux singsa number of famousand well lovedFrench opera ariaswith passion, musicality,technique anda pitch to die for. She eisaccompaniedbythefabulous Orchestra national de France underthe superb guidance of Fabien Gabel. Thecompanist”is so intimate that the recordingsounds like it took place in my living room!Unfortunately her performance (with the Je-the opera Carmen lacks the feminine vitalitythat makes the aria so intriguing. Thisis the only lapse however, and a listen toher ascending vocal line at the beginning of68 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


Werther is to witness a vocal genius at work– a spine-tingling example of Lemieux’sartistry. exposé on the French art of singing duringthe Romantic era. Thankfully, Lemieux doesthe author amusingly refers to, but it really isan individual taste to either love or abhor thedramatics of the music and lyrics from thisperiod. I greatly enjoyed this release – themusic may not be completely to my liking,but Lemieux’s brilliant performance sells meon its credibility.—Tiina KiikDiamonds of the North – Songsfrom ScandinaviaDuo FreyaIndependent (www.aspasiabooks.com)performance is an elegantly convincingintroduction to what is, after all, the mostimportant thing.—Alison MelvilleLet Beauty Awake (VaughanWilliams; Glick; Bowles; Barber)Joshua Hopkins; Jerad MosbeyATMA ACD2 2615Themes of travelevoke the feelings oflonging and at times,despair, and arewell-loved devicesof many poets. Thesong cycle embracedthe idea of travelmost famously with this recording we get a wonderful, if at timestenously connected assembly of four contem-liams,Srul Irving Glick, Paul Bowles (yes,the Sheltering Sky Paul Bowles!) and SamuelBarber reach for the texts of great poets, in--yondreasonable doubt that a great song cycledoes not have to be sung in German.The young baritone Joshua Hopkins, adio,must have quite a trophy case at home:he is the winner of 2006 Borletti-BuitoniTrust Award, the Verbier Festival Academy’sverband the Julian Gayarre Singing competition.His baritone is of a powerful, virile,yet smooth variety, although some will quibbleabout the unexpected vibrato. The inter-they lie down like cows” and make it convin--Classique’s winning streak.—Robert TomasThis recordingof Finnish, Swedishmusic for voice andpiano is truly fullof little musicaldiamonds – and arich introduction toart song.Jean Sibelius and Edvard Grieg are thetwo most familiar composers representedhere. Sibelius’s four dramatic songs withbroad dynamic shifts and big piano parts arevery impressive, but the transparent melan-Hiljainen kaupunki (TheSilent Town), makes it my personal fave.The composer’s own piano transcription ofFinlandia receives an extraordinary performanceby Saario, and to which Koistinenjoins in for the national song – a much moreintimate experience than the symphonic ver-are perhaps the most varied in mood, despitegems here are To Brune Øyne (Two BrownEyes), En Svane (A Swan) and the hauntinglybeautiful (and famous) Solveig’s Song.Perhaps the most ostentatious compos-understatement here. The one song byAlleluia – Sacred Choral Worksby Stephanie MartinChoirs of Saint Mary Magdalene;Stephanie MartinIndependent SJM 008 (www.cdbaby.com/cd/martinstephanie)appealing and beautifully crafted piece thatmakes clear why Kilpinen enjoyed great The Church ofpublic popularity. Two of my personal favourites,with their broad palette of colourand texture, were the songs by Toivo Kuula(1883-1918), and Swedish composer Hugovery charming songs.in Toronto has longbeen renowned forthe music gracing itsservices and beyondsince the time of viousfamed composer,affection and thoughtful musicalfamedsome information on the lesser-known com-organist and choir- church from 1921-1968. The latest musicianagain offers a repertoire uniquely suited tothis most excellent sanctuary of faith, inspirationand artistry. Indeed, suiting the historymusic is reminiscent of her predecessortextures and atmospheric harmonizationcombined with liberal measures of plainchant.The anthems and mass settings arelargely unaccompanied but there are a coupleof exceptions such as the lovely arrangementsfor winds in God so loved the worldand the organ taking its rightful place in InMagdelene nomine. Rather than exuberant,the title track Alleluia is soft and sweet withvoicings beautiful, serene and sublime. Thethe clarity and tonal perfection required forthese sensitive and graceful forms. Listeningto this recording will inspire many to attendproviding an excellent glimpse for those whomay never have the opportunity.—Dianne WellsCLASSICAL AND BEYONDMozart – Piano Concertos 12, 13 & 14Robert Blocker; Biava QuartetNaxos 8.557881 there appeared anadvertisement infrom no less a com-who was announcingthe publication ofthree new pianowith a large orchestra… or merely a quattro,that is, with 2 violins, 1 viola, and violon-are presented here performed by the BiavaQuartet with pianist Robert Blocker.The Biava was formed at the Clevelandhas gone on to win top prizes includingthe London International Competition andThe American-born Blocker has enjoyed amultifaceted career as pianist, educator (atprominent institutions as the Avery FisherArtist Program, and the Curatorium of the -his face!” The Biava plays with a keen precision,providing a solid accompanimentfor Blocker’s lucid and sensitive interpretation.This most sympathetic pairing betweenquartet and piano is clearly evident, for example,in the cheerful opening movementDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 69


from the 14th, all duly presented in a stylishapproved. Indeed, to my mind, the smallerresources found here result in a wonderfulsense of intimacy, transporting the listenerfrom the vast space of the concert-hall toa private chamber in 18th century Vienna.—Richard HaskellBeethoven – Piano TriosOp. 70 Nos.1/2; Op. 11Gryphon TrioAnalekta AN 2 9860It will surelycome as no surpriseto learn that thewonderful GryphonTrio are in theirusual superb formvolume in theirrecording of the complete Beethoven PianoTrios. clarinet, cello and piano but published forclarinet or violin, apparently to increase thesales potential. years now, and their mutual understandingand sense of ensemble is unsurpassed. Fromthe cascade of unison notes that opens themovement that prompted the work’s sub-title,to the ebullient closing bars of the Op.11,there is never a moment when you don’t feelthat this must surely be the only way to playthis music.Jamie Parker, as usual, anchors theperformances with his immaculately brilliantpiano playing, and violinist AnnaleePatipatanakoon and cellist Roman Borysare every inch his equal. In every possiblerespect – tempo, phrasing, dynamics, ensemble,style – this is playing and interpretationof the highest quality, and the result isalready impressive catalogue of recordings.Recorded in the Salle Francoys-Berniersound is warm and resonant, and the balanceideal.—Terry RobbinsBrahms – Violin Sonatas 1-3Mark Fewer; Peter LongworthAzica ACD71259Long-time collab-erand Peter Longworthhave produceda fascinating andthought-provok-Brahms violin sonatas.This is notnecessarily the sonatas asthewayyouwouldyou wouldthat they’re possibly a little too restrained,and perhaps lacking a sense of urgency andtension at times, but this soon proves to beirrelevant. sonata – the two warm piano chords and thealmost hesitant off-beat entry of the violin– always set the tone for the whole work,and Fewer and Longworth set up their stallfrom the outset. The tempo is perfect, with agentle, rhythmic lilt that never falters, and avibrato are warm but never large or effusive,allowing Longworth to shine and establisha true balance and sense of partnership.playing.This mood of thoughtful interpretationcontinues throughout the work, andwell. Finally, when the mood changes in thepossible doubts about their commitment witha passionate ending to a deeply satisfying Forget was the venue for the warm, resonantand intimate recorded sound.These are intelligent and richly rewardingreadings that offer more each time youhear them. I’ll be playing them again andagain.—Terry RobbinsTchaikovsky – The NutcrackerBerlin Philharmoniker; Simon RattleEMI 509996 4638522 (2CD set);509996 3162127 (Experience Edition)Surely there is nomore beloved scorein all music thanTchaikovsky’s enchantingNutcracker,traditionally enjoyedby young and oldalike at this timeof year. For thosewho know the music only from the NutcrackerSuite, there is another hour of equallyenchanting, instantly captivating music.The electrifying Pas de deux from Act II issometimes played as an encore by visitingRussian Orchestras, to thunderous applause.loss to identify it or else conclude that it isfrom Swan Lake.Collectors will remember the PhilipsThe Nutcracker played with astonishingPhilharmonic. After hearing the Rattle,Antonín KubálekPianoLive performances, broadcast recordings, andLP reissues from Kubálek’s private archivesBrahms 1 st Sonata & 4 BalladesChausson Concerto with the Orford QuartetFranck Quintet with the Vaghy QuartetBuczynski Piano Sonatas 1-2-3-4Paderewski Sonata & Variations and FugueKubálek arrangements of John Philip SousaKubálek’s first North American recordings - For an “electronic brochure,”go to tiny.cc/kubalekFrom L’Atelier Grigorian (tiny.cc/grigorian)& CD Baby (tiny.cc/akcdbaby)70 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


joy of the subject matter as the Berliners do.The complete ballet is rarely, if ever, heardat a symphony concert and, according toRattle, the 1st Act music presents a challengeto even a great orchestra.Checking a few other complete versionsfor comparison the Rattle has the edgewith its infectious exuberance and goodfeelings. The recorded sound is stunning inits delineation of details, width, depth anddynamics.The regular set includes access to liveconcert footage and a one day free pass tothe online Berlin Philharmonic ConcertHall. The Experience Edition is a beautifullittle hard-bound 60 page art book with theviews,and downloads to the regular edition.A handsome package for only a few dollarsmore.—Bruce SurteesThe Gustav Mahler CelebrationThomas Hampson; Anne Sophie von Otter;Marita Solberg; Mahler ChamberOrchestra; Manfred HoneckEuroArts 2058148Introducing Mahler – Symphony No.2Lucerne Festival Orchestra;Claudio AbbadoEuroArts 2056178There’s not a lotthe tiny enclaveof some 330 soulsin the present-dayCzech Republic, buton July 1 this pastsummer the townwas inundated tocelebrate the 150th birthday irthdayoftheirmosttheir aryoutdoor structure, the greatly augmentedallyfounded by Claudio Abbado) appeareda festival performance of excerpts fromSecond Symphony and ahandful of his more intimate songs with orchestrafeaturing baritone Thomas Hampsonthe compromised acoustics of the band shellthe sound of the performance is actuallythe conventional park-and-bark position todeliver her considerable vocal gifts, hammyHampson relishes the opportunity affordedby his wireless headset microphoneto roam the stage both back and front in ariveting performance of the great anti-warsong Revelge. Though little of the town thata ghostly military band in the distance andetery.The Czech Boy’s Choir and PraguePhilharmonic Choir chime in remotely fromthe local church in Es sungen drei Engel andappear on the bandstand to great effect forthe concluding paean of the Symphony.Introducing Mahleris an episode from amusic documentaryseries on EuroArts,Introducing Masterpiecesof ClassicalMusic. It features asuccinct explicationof the Fifth Symphonyby British musicologist Jeremy Barham,with piano excerpts leading into thecorresponding orchestral segments augmentedby appropriate visual footage, scrollingmusic examples, and additional commentaryby anonymous voices reading from perioddocuments. Unfortunately these secondarynarrative sub-tracks are at times near-inaudiblein the stereo mix. The real draw of thissymphony by Claudio Abbado and his handpickedLucerne Festival Orchestra, repackagedfrom an earlier incarnation of this 2004once-in-a-lifetime concert. The expertlydirected camera work brings an extra dimensionto the intense concentration and amazingensemble work of this distinguished ensembleresponding as one with the greatest—Daniel FoleyMODERN AND CONTEMPORARYKoechlin – Piano Music Vol.3Michael KorstickHänssler Classic CD 93.261Though stillrelatively unknownto the general public(and indeed evenamongst musicians)the name of theinimitable Alsatiancomposer Charles1950) unquestionably deserves a place in thepantheon of the great 20th century composers.Though revered in his own time as atheorist, essayist and teacher, his subtle and-while the captive dogs have the easy life.”Recognition of his remarkable talent wouldcome only later, largely thanks to sporadicrecordings that began to appear in the 1980s.Thankfully the Hänssler label has committeditself to a systematic survey of his works inconjunction with the Koechlin Archives inKassel.Following impressive releases led byHeinz Holliger and the Stuttgart RadioOrchestra of his symphonic works, the projecthas recently turned to documenting hispiano works in a series of albums by theVolume 3, the 10th album in their Koechlinseries, groups together seven works fromvarious periods of Koechlin’s long and pro-of Koechlin’s restless creative impulse, rangingfrom the serene classicism of the DouzeEsquisses (1905-15), the childlike charm ofthe Sonatinas of 1916 and 1923, and mostimpressively, the broad canvas of the dozenmovements that form the retrospectiveL’Ancienne maison de campagne (1933).Korstick’s multi-hued piano sonorities areexpertly captured in closely recorded soundboth thought-provoking and authoritative.Strongly recommended.—Daniel FoleyChinese Recorder ConcertosMichala Petri; CopenhagenPhilharmonic; lan ShuiOUR Recordings 6.220603This remarkablemiererecordings offour concertos byliving Chinese composers,two of whomcurrently work inthe USA. The discopens with TianJianping’s Fei Ge (Flying Song), originallywritten in 2002 as a concerto for dizi (Chi-mentalensemble. This transcription by thecomposer for western orchestra and recorder,on which Petri eloquently evokes the diziin tone and effect, works beautifully withplaying of the highest order from both orchestraand soloist.Bright Sheng’s evocative and strikinglybeautiful Flute Moon is more a full orchestralwork than a concerto, and Petri playsand piccolo. The piece revels in a rich arrayof orchestral colours, dazzling musicalgestures, and dramatic shifts of mood. Thethree-movement Bang Di ConcertoShui-long is the composer’s best known composition,and is an extraordinarily effectivefusion between Chinese and western musicallanguages. It receives an utterly virtuosicThe Ancient ChineseBeauty draws inspiration from Chinesement,particularly in its evocation of theancient xun or large Chinese ocarina, is particularlyimpressive. has been one of the busiest and most familiarrecorder players to audiences aroundthe globe, and with programs such as thisshe continues to do great things beyond therecorder’s more typical boundaries. Sheseems eminently at home here, making herown distinct music in a fascinating projectDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 71


international musical dialogue.”Kudos to her, to the wonderful CopenhagenPhilharmonic and conductor Lan Shui– and to the composers of these wonderfulpieces.—Alison MelvilleConcert Note: Toronto with events January 23 through29. Chen’s Yangko is also included inSoundstreams Canada’s January 25 concertLou Harrison - Scenes from CavafyGamelan Pacifica; Jarrad PowellNew World Records 80710-2(www.newworldrecords.org)style gamelan on this album. The Seattlecomposer and expert gamelan musicianJarrad Powell convincingly directs the extendedensemble of instrumentalists, choirand vocal soloists in the three works here.The Concerto for Piano with JavaneseGamelansolo instruments and the gamelan. The pianois retuned to match the gamelan. This is aneffect which provides bracing listening atthe slow cantabile movement, a Harrisonspecialty.A Soedjatmoko Set (1989) illustratingHarrison’s mature gamelan style, featuresJessika Kenney, an outstanding Americanmusical tasks: to convincingly nail a sort ofmagical amalgam of both Javanese and late20th c. American vocal style, articulation,timbre, intonation and mood, at the sametime. Together with the excellent liner notes,son’sideal of the peaceful coexistence ofworld music cultures, demonstrated here at avery high level indeed.—Andrew TimarThe long list ofnon-Indonesian composerswho havebeen intrigued andinspired by the instrumentsand musicof the gamelan (anindigenous Indonesianorchestra) goesback some 250 years. Starting with Jean-JAZZ AND IMPROVISEDPhilippe Rameau in the 18th c., the lineage- Tracing Lightto works of Steve Reich and to many more Laila Bialimusicians active today.Independent LB09102There was no more eager convert to the (www.lailabiali.com)everthan the American composer Lou Har- Laila Biali has had quite a year – adozens of works for various types of gamelans,Harrison served as a generous men-vocalist with Sting,new gig as backingtor to a generation of musicians who have a new baby and nowsubsequently taken the gamelan music modelinto their own musical domains. These in-Light” is the thirdclude Toronto’s Evergreen Club Contempor- solo album for the Vancouver-raised,The top-notch musicians of the latter per- composer.scale Harrison works for Central Javanese Although Biali started out her still-burgeoningcareer as a jazz piano player whoher singing that predominates. All the tunesexcept two – an instrumental and anotherdulhamid,both of which Biali composed –feature Biali’s light pretty voice, which is atdisc starts strong with an absolutely stunningcover of Imogen Heap’s Let Go, featuringLarnell Lewis’s exquisite drumming.(Lewis is a standout throughout the disc,turning in some of the most exciting drumwork I’ve heard in a long time.) The Best IsYet to Come is shaken out of its customarycasual groove and turned into a barn burnerwith Lewis and bassist and producer GeorgeKoller driving the tempo and Biali rightthere with them coolly and capably navigatingmultiple key changes. The disc closesout with Biali alone on Billy Joel’s And So ItGoes to which she adds a layer of harmoniccomplexity on piano and fathoms of emotionaldepth to the poignant lyrics.—Cathy RichesConcert Note: Laila Biali is performing alive-to-air concert with Lewis and Koller onThe Forgotten 1949 Carnegie Hall ConcertNat King ColeHEP Records CD 91 local music collectorand archivist has,since the 90’s, madea living restoring archivalrecordings.Recently he cameup with a winner –Carnegie Hall, never issued until now.Irving Ashby, guitar, Joe Comfort, bassand Jack Costanzo on bongos make up thetrio and the programme consisting, for thesmooth as silk with Cole’s smoky voice makingeach song sound as if it were written forhim. At the time the group was touring as a-The concert was recorded on acetates,a not uncommon practice at Carnegie inthose days. Bass and guitar are somewhatunderrecorded, not the fault of the restorationprocess, and I would have liked to heartake away from the overall feeling of beingpresent at a pretty special event.Congratulations to everyone involvedin making this performance available. Ifisn’t, you will want to add this one to yourcollection. Edinburgh, Scotland, owned by AlastairRobertson. The label has a catalogue of his-accessed at www.hepjazz.com.—Jim GallowayOne Take Volume FourJoey Defrancesco; Robi Botos;Vito Rezza; Phil DwyerAlma ACD11912(www.almarecords.com)72 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011One Take is exactly what it says – a freewheelingsession of straight ahead jazz withno rehearsal, no edits, no overdubs – justfour masters of their craft blending theirskills together to create almost an hour’sworth of high octane jazz. take no prisoners when the music starts.Everybody is at the top of his game, althoughas a saxophone player I feel I have to


single out the play-who couldn’t playpoorly even if youpaid him to. Overthe years he has developeda maturityand depth in hisplaying which makehim stand out in any musical setting. Havingsaid that, every player on the session puts hisstamp on the music and you just know that tohear this band in a live setting would be anexperience to remember.It’s a well balanced programme, rangingTenderly to a roaringversion of Broadwaymusicians are well-known to Toronto audiences,Rezza and Botos being very active onmoving to Vancouver Island. Four” a listen.—Jim GallowayOur First SetJohn McLeod’sRex Hotel Jazz OrchestraIn my columnlast month I suggestedthat there arethree ingredientsto look for in jazz- swing, melodiccontent and a knowledgeof the roots. complete musicians I am privileged to knowand his dedication and musical philosophyare stamped on this programme of originalsand great standards. Four of the originalsare by John with additional contributionsthree superior standards, one of them ar-of the most rewarding albums I have heardthis year. It also serves to underscore justhow many great players we have in this city.Featured soloists include Andy Ballentine,O’Kane, Alastair Kay, John Johnson andgreat foundation for this star-studded musicalorganization.I can’t choose favourite pieces from thealbum. There are so many gems.This is not a recording you will listento once and put on the shelf. It deservesrepeated playing and will give pleasure manytimes over.—Jim GallowayPERHAPS ITbelongs ontelevision’sAntiques Roadshow.It’s a valuable sliceof Canadian jazzhistory – a treasuretrove in fact.Thirty-seven yearsago saxophonist Jim Galloway played withAmerican trombonist Vic Dickenson at awas recorded by Hogtown’s voice of jazz TedO’Reilly, who stored the tapes – and nowthey’ve been transcribed. The result is VicDickenson Jim Galloway – Live In Toronto(Castor Records 11 001 www.jimgalloway.ca), which is pure delight, Galloway on hisstraight soprano for once (and occasionallybaritone sax) matching wits with the king ofgrowls, smears and all-around soft-toned,Reed (drums), the session is relaxed, yetSonny Boyto the last of Just You, Just Me. It’s fabulousmainstream jazz, with journalist-drummerPaul Rimstead in for three of the dozentracks. Happily Galloway sounds today muchlike he did then but everyone who heardwith its immediately recognizable sound.The leaders both understand the blue notesand tasteful lyricism, and each gets his ownhis horn on Manha de Carnaval and Zingwent the Strings of my Heart and Galloway,wry and charming as ever on baritone withSolitude. This great record shows how thewisdom of age trumps the pretentious audacityof much jazz youth.Trumpeter LinaAllemano is at theforefront of freejazz innovation andglides appealinglyon Lina AllemanoFour – Jargon (LumoRecords LM 2010-4www.linaallemano.It’s Our JazzGEOFF CHAPMANcom) Fraser (drums). The leader composed all sevensongs, the opening Cannonball AdderleyTattoo not soulful but surging over churningbass and stimulating rat-a-tat drums. Thequartet treats time like a toy, sampling alldistanced viewpoint suits Wayne’s Shortsa nod to Shorter’s mysterious writing andplaying while Sling Slang is almost hardbop, textures colouring a sparse themewith uninhibited horns scrambling over anundulating rhythmic landscape. Water iswistful fragments, the title tune channelsanother altoist (Ornette Coleman) beforesliding into dissonance and feverish feeling,while fresh emotional tempests and pungentprobing conclude the session which, unfortunately,is far too short – just 40 minutes.Fraser is also hard atwork with new bandPeripheral Vision,co-led by bassistScott, whose debutalbum is the selftitledPeripheral Vision (Step3 Step3-001www.peripheralvisionmusic.com). Thisintricate forms that might seem relativelysimple but in fact are a dense thicket oftricky harmonies, demanding melodies andpunishing rhythms. However, along withtenorman Trevor Hogg, the band shapesinteresting paths along the divide betweeninside and outside playing. All the tunes areDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 73


– pop, rock, classical and more. Treehouseexploits fascinating motifs, Lot offers eeriemoments over walking strings, and all thematerial has something to say, propelledwith elegant momentum and hearty rationsof dynamic interplay despite constantlyshifting moods. Alongside the contemplativemelody making there’s passages that cracklewith intellectual energy, Herring anchoringthe tapestry and pulsating where it countsConcert Note: 14-venue tour.A pair of Torontoveterans show howduo recordingsshould be executedand presented onBrian Dickinson TedQuinlan – AroundThe Bend (AddoRecordings AJR004www.briandickinson.ca)ca) and guitarist Quinlan are a classy doubleact who clearly think about every minusculedetail of their craft, delivering superior jazzand an extraordinary rapport that’s neverundermined by abrasive competition – almostone body, four hands. Eight of the 10sicMonk’s Dream and a spin through thelove scene theme from the movie Spartacus.The protagonists say (in the liner notes) thatplaying in twos is scary but liberating, withunique challenges. It’s like an extended conversationbetween two friends and that a duosession is like getting to know someone personallyand musically. Amen to that. Suchprofessed togetherness is illuminated here totelling effect, with labyrinthine ideas tossedback and forth whatever the context. It’s afaultless performance, highlights includingthe opening title piece, the bright balladPastiche, the chirpy Rockin’ At The Hillsideand Limbo.and counterpointwhile tunes likethe klezmer-styledGottingen andthe note-heavyRevenge celebratethe fusion of differingstyles andcultures. Only preference erence for electric ratherthan acoustic bass jars proceedings.Three other Canadian discs caught myear this month. Canefire’s Pandemoniumjazz featuring steel pans, The Jive BombersEXTENDED PLAYSomething in the Airlong been a holiday gift favourite. But sophisticatedmusic fans won’t settle for slappedorganized boxes of improvised music whichshould impress any aware music listener.Anthony Braxton/Gerry Hemingway’sOld Dogs (ModeAvant 9/12www.moderecords.com) for instanceis another instalmentin the ongoingrecorded history feature him and percussionist Hemingway,an integral part of the reedist’s bands from1983 to 1994, but who has rarely playedwith him since that time. Each 60-minuteinventive Invention was recorded in realtime without edits or alternate takes.Extrasensory cooperation is demonstrated asPOT POURRIJump (www.thejivebombers.ca) has a gaggleof Toronto stars blasting their way throughbassist Alain Caron is at his funkiest on thealaincaron.com).Braxton moves among seven saxophones andHemingway a percussion collection. ShouldBraxton’s soprano saxophone obbligato turnstaccato and superfast, Hemingway respondsmarimba pops. If subterranean contrabasssaxophone tongue stops and watery glottalpunctuation raucously sound, then abrasiveruffs on ride cymbals and drum rims producenearly identical timbres. Hemingway’spercussion command is such that in aheartbeat he can produced a tone midwaybetween that of a dumbeck and a set of tincans to contrast with the reedist’s irregularinto play using press rolls and ruffs to replicatefoot-tapping swing that complementsBraxton’s rare forays into masterful, storytellingruns on tenor saxophone.boxed sets by Peter Brötzmann’s ChicagoTentet +1, the Rivière Composers’ Pool andthe Sun Ra Arkestra can be found in thewww.thewholenote.com.—Ken WaxmanMatt Herskowitzis an imaginativeartist whose tastesspill over conventionalboundaries,as Andre Previnhave demonstrated.His Jerusalem Trilogy y(JustinTimeJUSTJUST239-2 www.justin-time.com) hauls worldinto the jazz orbit. The leader calls it 21stcenturychamber jazz. It’s a risky notion, butthe Herskowitz trio plus violinist Lara St.and a string quartet on one track (with somethrough-composed music) make the ideaJerusalem SuiteSpeak EasyCadenceIndependent CD-3(www.cadence-unplugged.com)How is it thatfour men with noinstruments playtrumpet and snareso well? Is it notenough that thebang-on vocals andsupremely crafted acapella arrangementsand retro-stylings transport us nostalgicallyback to that era so cleverly reproduced onSeriously, I’m thinking of asking theseguys (who, by the way, offer school workshops)to teach our kids how to play aninstrument without having to shell out thedough to purchase one! It’s easy to seewhy they have performed alongside Bobbycouple of Junos and playing sold out concerthalls across the land.This album mixes new interpretationsof classic Cole Porter, Van Heusen/Cahn,Lerner/Loewe with some great original tunesand even innovative arrangements of Jonisongs up their sleeves but their keen sense ofhumour and rollicking fun remind me a lotof his good-time musical characterizations.History of the RatPackas Toward an understanding of be-bop cool.—Dianne Wells74 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


Along the Way – Duo Pipa & ViolinLiu Fang; Malcolm GoldsteinPhilmultic PMPCD809(www.philmultic.com)various traditions. formedtogether in 2003 and their years ofmutual respect and musical understanding isaudible on this album. They seem to be aimingto create 15 very different nature-referencedsoundscapes in their improvisations.is dramatic, while on others it ranges fromfurious to quiet and silent, to sections soundingdisputatious, furious, even bellicose.The dominant texture however is an eloquentmusical dialogue with occasional virtuosoviolin would not be out of place in a Euro-this is sophisticated, richly layered music.—Andrew Timaringin around the seven-minute mark and extendedsoloing from piano player JonathanBatiste, drummer Herlin Riley and guitaristever and the interplay between the musiciansAnyone who likes their tunes in nice, neatA-A-B-A packages should probably hitchtheir wagon to some other horse, but if youwant to hear veteran performers giving freerein to their creativity, saddle up and ride.—Cathy RichesThis double al-appears to be a minitrend: skilled performersof disparateinstruments andmusic genres whoonce never wouldhave thought ofsharing the same stage, coming together incollaborative un-scored improvisation.Katrina Ballads Ted Hearnean American born composer and violinist,specialising in free improvisation. Active inNew Amsterdam Records NWA011(www.katrinaballads.com)the new music scene since the early 1960s, Silver Ponyhe has developed a totally individual and originalapproach to violin playing, one which Blue Note 509996 29752 2 3Cassandra Wilson China visit the subjectof modern op-Goldstein’s approach is not to make the violin the latest in a longeras, why not 2005’sbut to explore making music on it fromscratch. Far from being a naïf however, hisapproach is solidly rooted in the 20th centuryavant-garde music mainstream and also inEastern European violin playing traditions.line of releases inthe varied oeuvreof singer Cassan--Hurricane Katrina,which nearly de-leans?That’s whatcomposer Ted Hearne e has done with this disc made me feelto crossing boundaries. Having obtaineda little like a kid onChristmas morning, butthiswasn’tthis exact-singers and 11 musicians, including horn andstring ensembles and a rock rhythm section.a solid foundation on her plucked lute-like miereinstrument at the Shanghai Conservatory forworld and released 10 albums. In addition toher repertoire of Chinese traditional musicLiu Fang has also embraced the culture ofher adopted homeland. Her premieres ofworks by Canadian composers including R.-Steel” projects in which she collaborateswith leading non-Chinese musicians fromrock and pop tunes and, along with her alwaysinnovative band mates, reworks theminto atmospheric beauties. Her version ofHarvest Moon from the Gram-rontoguitar alchemist Kevin Breit, being alike the funky Forty Days and Forty Nightsand Watch the Sunrise, a duet with JohnLegend – what dominate the album are theat the Piccolo Spoleto Festival,Katrina Ballads is a mature work that beliesthe libretto consists of vocalized versions ofrangementswhich adapt variants of notated,jazz, and pop musics to the program.There are many standouts, includingHerne’s zippy and jivey repetition of GeorgeSamantha Chang, fluteSaturday, April 16, 2011 8PMKOERNER HALL at The Royal Conservatoryin the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning273 Bloor Street West, Toronto“A young and resourceful artist with a strongpersonal commitment to the flute.” -The WholeNoteand FriendsMark Camilleri piano Ellen Meyer pianoConrad Chow violin Christopher Lee fluteWorks by Bolling, Borne, Hugues, Tan, and moreTickets $25 $40 $55www.rcmusic.ca 416.408.0208www.samanthaflute.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011 thewholenote.com 75


where the ex-First Lady’s saying the underprivilegeddon’t mind uprooting is mockedstraight-faced by mezzo-soprano Abbyand honky-tonk piano. There’s poignancyAnthony Turner is a parlando lament fora victim’s missing wife. There’s also tenorIsaiah Robinson’s fully orchestrated gospellikerecasting of the statement that GeorgeBush didn’t care about black people by rap-Impressively as well, Turner and sopranoAllison Semple’s musical recreation of anwhich highlights swift-tongued talents, whilecrackling with the reporter’s indignation towardsthe platitude-spouting Louisiana senator.—Ken WaxmanOLD WINE IN NEW BOTTLESFine Old Recordings Re-releasedDeutsche Grammophon has issued Volume 2of their Collector’s Edition celebrating their111 years of leadership in the recording industry(DG 4779142, 56 CDs). The discs arepresented in a cube shaped box that matchesthis year. Available space makes it impossibleto list the contents or even the artists.of superb recordings of desirable repertoire,both familiar and slightly obscure, fromcomplete operas, Carmen and La Traviata,symphonies, concertos, instrumental recitals,top instrumentalists, singers, orchestras andconductors are all here, from Abbado toin the original cover-art and the 140 pageenclosed booklet includes complete contentsand recording data. Retailing at about $2.50per disc, this limited edition compact boxthat is much, much bigger on the inside, iswww.deutschegrammophon.com.were no unreleased Solomon recordings,AUDITEcordingsmade in Berlin by the RIAS onFebruary 23 and 24, 1956 (Audite 23.422).Solomon, for those who are unfamiliar withthe name or his superlative musicianship,was a child prodigy (so who wasn’t, I hearyou say) who continued to grow to become asupreme interpreter of Beethoven, Brahms,America in 1955 with recitals of works bySchumann. In this recording we hear twoBeethoven sonatas, no.3 and The Moonlight,Schumann’s Carnaval, Bach’s ItalianConcerto, Chopin’s Fantasie op.49, Nocturneop.9 no.1, and the Scherzo no.2 op.31. Threepieces by Brahms conclude this two hourrecital, two Intermezzos and the Rhapsody inB minorinsightful interpretations played with ardour,elegance and panache (in the nicest sense)ourrole. After suffering a stroke duringrecording sessions in October 1956, he leftthe stage and lived until 1988 cared for byhis wife. The liner notes have a mini bio andan appreciation of the pianist who, quite literally,became a legend in his own lifetime.Considering the artist and the repertoire, thisis a set to treasure.edarrival of Sviatoslav RichterAmerican concert scene was greeted withexcitement and enthusiasm. He was already-A new release from DOREMI (DHR-7972/3,2 CDs) icdebut with the Boston Symphony Orchestraplaying the First Beethoven Concerto andthe mighty Brahms Second. This extraordinaryconcert was broadcast across the contin-time in lucent, dynamic sound. It is thrillingto hear the resplendent Boston Symphony,dayunder the energetic Charles Munch accompanyingRichter who was in top shape,technically and artistically. Also included islegendary Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestraunder Kiril Kondrashin from 1955 in aperformance second to none in my memory.From the year before the Beethoven PianoConcerto No.3stylistically pure performance.Claudio Arrau established himself as one ofthe very top classical pianists of all time. Almost20 years after his death he remains onthe short list of critically acclaimed, elitepianists of the 20 th century. His repertoirehighlights were from the late classical andromantic eras, notably Brahms and Beethov-formancesof the two Brahms Concertos,of which he made many esteemed recordings.Into the 1960s Arrau was still a titanof the keyboard and at full technical and interpretativepowers. He played both concer-Gennady Rozhdestvenskyand the USSR TV and RadioLarge Symphony Orchestraeerswere on hand to document this specialevent, subsequently issuing a limited editionof two stereo LPs. DOREMI has resurrectedand restored these obscure record-(DHR-7890/1). Theseare towering performances distilling the latepianist’s lifetime of devotion to this repertoireand his total understanding, absorptionan insights supported by an empathetic conductorand his orchestra. They are heard inBeethoven sonatas, nos.13 and 26, from the—Bruce Surtees76 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


JEANNE LAMON continued from page 10You’ve done some contemporarymusic, too. We have done some.I’m always looking for composerswho are turned on by composersand want to write spe- We’ve had some wonderful experienceswith Canadian composers– but we’ve also hadsome experiences where they’vewritten sort of regardless of ourinstruments. So we’ve had somemixed experiences. We continueto explore that by commissioningone new piece a year.I’ve often thought that it wouldbe nice to have a composer inresidence who would work with us over a period of time, and get toknow the orchestra. That’s a long-range plan.More immediately, you look to be pretty busy over the next couple ofmonths. We have Mozart’s Symphony No. 1 coming up. I don’t thinkanyone ever does it, so that will be great. And our Messiah is aholiday tradition – but it’s different every year because the cast isdifferent. This year we have one of the best casts we’ve ever had.There’s not a weak singer amongst them.And of course there’s your “Sing-Along Messiah.” Yes, and we’re busyon December 6 at 9 o’clock.In January, the “Bach at the Coffee House” programme must be dearto your heart.causehe was the director of the Collegium at Zimmerman’s Coffeewhat they played, and what it would have been like to go there.And in February, Bach’s Mass in B Minor is no small undertaking. Noit’s not – and it’s a piece that certainly deserves to be in the canon.I expect you keep your ears to the ground. What do you think of someof the younger early-music groups out there? There’s so much hap-young people out there. It goes in waves: there was a time, about 10years ago, when I thought that maybe early music was coming to anend, because there didn’t seem to be anyone picking it up and runningwith it. Now there’s so much going on – so much energy andtalent. It’s a very rich time for baroque performance.Colin Eatock is the managing editor of The WholeNote.Discography: A Decade of Tafelmusik on CD Beethoven Symphonies Nos. 7 & 8 (2008)Analekta AN 2 9947Jeanne Lamon, Music Director Gloria In Excelsis Deo (2007) (2007) Mozart Symphonies Nos. 40 & 41 (2006)Analekta AN 2 9834 Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 Analekta AN 2 9831Music Director J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suites (2003) Rameau Dardanus: Le temple de la gloire (2003) J.S. Bach: Motets (2000)Taurins, Conductor J.S. Bach: Coffee Cantata, Peasant Cantata (2000)tenor Requiem (2000)PHOTO DEAN MACDONELLMARTINE CÔTÉJANINE MESSADIÉ9 h – 12 h / 9:00 AM – NOON12 h – 15 h / NOON – 3:00 PMRadio-Canada.ca/espacemusiqueEN DIRECT D’ICI, MAINTENANT. LIVE, HERE AND NOW.78 thewholenote.comDecember 1, 2010 - February 7, 2011


Opera's Greatest HitsNew Year's Eve 2010Opera Canada SymphonyDaniele Callegari, conductor (Italy)Isabel Bayrakdarian, sopranoRichard Margison, tenorSarah Maria Punga, mezzo-soprano (Italy)Alberto Gazale, baritone (Italy)Dazzling excerpts fromthe world's most belovedOperas: Don Giovanni,Rigoletto, MadamaButterfly, Turandot,La Traviata and more.Isabel BayrakdarianDecember 31, 2010 7pm Roy Thomson HallRichard MargisonNew Year's Concert 2011The Strauss Symphony of CanadaImre Kollár, conductor (Budapest)Hege Gustava Tjønn, soprano (Oslo-Vienna)Neal von Osten, tenor (Vienna)Dancers from Ballet St.Pölten (Austria)Inspired by Vienna'sworld-famous New Year'sConcert and featuring gloriouswaltzes, polkas and songsof Johann Strauss Jr.January 1, 2011 2:30pm Roy Thomson HallPresented by Attila Glatz Concert Productionsand Roy Thomson HallTickets416.872.4255roythomson.com


Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir1o.11CONCERT SEASONJeanne Lamon, Music Director | Ivars Taurins, Director, Chamber ChoirMessiah“…an almost superhuman achievement…one of thebest Messiahs Ihaveeverheard.” – The Globe and MailSells outevery yearORDERTODAY!Photo: Margaret Fairbrother GarrisonHandel MessiahDIRECTED BY IVARS TAURINSDec 15–18 at 7:30 pmTrinity-St. Paul’s CentreSing-Along MessiahWITH “MAESTRO HANDEL”Dec19at2pm Massey HallGROUPS OF 6 OR MORE SAVE $10per ticket off the regular adult ticket price! (Sing-Along tickets only)Seating is general admission, and non-singers are welcome.Christine Brandes, soprano | Daniel Taylor, countertenorRufus Müller, tenor | Brett Polegato, baritoneDec 15 & 16 Concerts Supported by theHal Jackman FoundationBach at theCoffee HouseCOMINGSOONThurs Jan 13, Fri Jan 14,Sat Jan 15 at 8pmSun Jan 16 at 3:30pmTrinity-St. Paul’s CentreTues Jan 18 at 8pmGeorge Weston Recital Hallat Toronto Centre for the ArtsDIRECTED BY JEANNE LAMONSavour music selected by J.S. Bach forhis concert series at Zimmerman'sCoffee House in Leipzig, including Bach'sbrilliant Brandenburg Concerto no. 5.Jan13&15ConcertsSponsored byJan14&16ConcertsSponsored byGWRH ConcertsSupported byMargaret andJim FleckTrinity-St. Paul’s Tickets:416.964.6337tafelmusik.orgSmartphone users: m.tafelmusik.orgSing-Along Messiah at Massey Hall:416.872.4255 masseyhall.comGeorge Weston Recital Hall Tickets:416.872.1111 ticketmaster.caSeason Presenting Sponsor

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