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Volume 28 Issue 1 | September 20 - November 8, 2022

Our 28th season in print! “And Now, Back to Live Action”; a symphonic-sized listings section, compared to last season; clubs “On the move” ; FuturesStops Festival and Nuit Blanche; “Pianistic high-wire acts”; Season announcements include full-sized choral works like Mendelssohn’s Elijah; “Icons, innovators and renegades” pulling out all the stops.

Our 28th season in print! “And Now, Back to Live Action”; a symphonic-sized listings section, compared to last season; clubs “On the move” ; FuturesStops Festival and Nuit Blanche; “Pianistic high-wire acts”; Season announcements include full-sized choral works like Mendelssohn’s Elijah; “Icons, innovators and renegades” pulling out all the stops.

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Farzad AttarJafari, and members of Rumi Canada

Members of the Haneen Choir of Toronto

performances from dusk to dawn, not only at the Museum but also in

the adjacent park and at the Ismaili Centre next door.

Confirmed acts as of press time include the Haneen Women’s Choir, a

Toronto Syrian collective established in 2018. Haneen means “nostalgia”

in Arabic, and their threefold mission includes bringing the feeling of

home to participants, preserving the lyrical and musical heritage of

Syria and enhancing social and cultural exchanges with Canadians. This

inspiring community choir’s guiding belief centres the essential value of

music to community: “singing is necessary to preserve Syrian cultural

heritage during a time of war and destruction.”

Following Haneen, Sufi performances will be presented in a sama

(Arabic for a ceremonial meditation and prayer practice) setting. These

performances often include singing, instrumentals, dancing, recitation

of prayers and poetry, all in symbolic attire. (The “Mevlevi Sama

Ceremony” of Turkey was inducted into UNESCO’s Masterpieces of the

Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2008.)

The professional Little Pear Garden Dance Company has long

specialized in creating a body of Chinese-inspired dance and music works

in Toronto. Their Nuit Blanche presentation embraces storytelling, dance

and music. The stage then shifts to the distinguished Indo-Canadian

dance artist and musician Bageshree Vaze and party who present a

program of kathak (North Indian classical dance) with live music.

Co-produced with pioneer Indian classical music presenter Raag-Mala

Toronto, the evening will be capped by a full-length Hindustani concert.

Rounding out the wee-hours programming is a series of TBA

pop-up music performances in the museum’s intimate Bellerive

Room and open air courtyard, long a signature of the museum’s music

programming.

All in all, it feels like a substantial music feast warranting a trip to

the heart of Don Mills – and perhaps staying there all night. I may

even see you there!

Andrew Timar is a Toronto musician, composer and music

journalist. He can be contacted at worldmusic@thewholenote.com.

2022-2023 Season: A Golden Anniversary Celebration

Join us at the cinema!

LA RUTA DEL SOL

PEREGRINO

or Sons of the Pilgrim Sun

NOVEMBER 10 at 7:30 pm | Tickets $25

Artistic Direction by Esteban La Rotta

Join us for the release of Sons of the Pilgrim Sun,

filmed July 2022 – an all-new digital production

exploring the virtually endless array of harmonies,

melodies, and rhythms that make up South

America’s captivating sentimiento. Don’t miss

our debut on the big screen!

Subscribe on TorontoConsort.org | Stream on EarlyMusic.TV

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