ARTISTIC TIMES AND SPACES

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Another concert season is just around the corner -- and we think that its spirit will be collaborative. In a number of new initiatives across the GTA, local orchestras will be partnering with their neighbourhood art galleries, to bring music together in concert with its visual counterparts.

The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra (HPO) continues its Gallery Series this year -- a collection of chamber concerts hosted in local art gallery spaces. This series seeks to bring HPO musicians and audiences alike into new spaces, offering an intimacy and visual awareness not always obtainable in the larger concert hall. The orchestra has just announced this year’s Gallery Series programming, which extends the series beyond the Hamilton downtown core to neighbourhoods in Hamilton’s east end, Dundas and Burlington.

The best part? The 60-minute concerts in this series are all more-or-less free. “Our belief [is] that art is not just a luxury, but should be affordable and accessible to everyone in our city,” says Robert Daniels, owner of the Earls Court Gallery. Admission for each of these concerts is by donation, and includes an invitation to a reception with the musicians following the performance in the gallery space. No reservations required, but arrive early -- the space in the galleries is limited and first-come, first-served. For more info on the series, check out http://hpo.org/concerts/gallery-series/.

On the TSO calendar this summer is a similar orchestral initiative, dubbed The Decades Project. For the next five years, the orchestra will feature programming from two decades of the 20th century, counting up from 1900 -- this year will feature decades one and two, which means Debussy, Stravinsky, and everything around and in-between.

What makes this venture stand out from other orchestral programming in the city this year is its collaborative vision. The six concert programs bring the TSO musicians together with curators from the Art Gallery of Ontario -- who will themselves take centre stage for pre- and post-concert guided talks. Guest conductors and the TSO Chamber Soloists will also join forces with the orchestra to present this orchestral time-lapse of early 20th-century culture.

For more information on the Decades Project, or on the TSO's other shows this season, visit tso.ca.

INTERsection 2015

Tad Michalak's vision for a new music marathon

Intersection, Contact Contemporary Music's annual weekend festival of adventurous music-making, is back this year with a vengeance. This year's festival programming is specially curated by promoter Tad Michalak (Feast in the East, Burn Down the Capital). On September 5 and 6, Toronto musicians team up with guest artists for two full days of new music performance. September 5 promises a free eight-hour musical marathon at Yonge-Dundas Square. Featured will be composer John Oswald's Spectre, which calls for an astounding 1000 violinists, as well as Christine Duncan's improvising Element Choir, percussionist Tatsuya Nakatani, shoegaze orchestra Flowers Of Hell, and improv duo Not The Wind, Not The Flag, for starters.

Michalak's programming the following evening brings Montreal-based The Shalabi Effect east of Yonge-Dundas to the Jam Factory. Co-presented with The Music Gallery, this concert marks the debut of the quartet's new limited edition EP. This time round, the intersection at the heart of the show is between avant-garde psych rock and Middle Eastern modes- and from what it looks like, is an experiment well worth watching.

For more information on this year's INTERsection, keep an eye out for updates at contactcontemporarymusic.ca, or at http://burndownthecapital.weebly.com.

SPECIAL OFFERS FROM THE COC AND MASSEY HALL

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Special Offer for Whole Note Readers—20% off at the COC!

Single tickets go on sale on August 24, but Whole Note readers can buy seats for 20% off regular prices for just two days: August 22 and 23—the best prices of the season and before they go on sale to the general public!

Mark your calendars now for this special two-day online savings event and get the best seats available!

Use the promo code 1516WHOLENOTE online only.*

*Restrictions apply. Offer valid until 5 p.m. August 23. tickets@coc.ca or 416-363-8231 for information.

SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE

On Tuesday, September 15, Massey Hall and the Aga Khan Museum present the one and only Yo-Yo Ma, with the Silk Road Ensemble. Founded in 2000 by the superstar cellist, this ensemble draws from a large pool of instrumental traditions, presenting a Silk Road soundworld that contains everything from the Chinese pipa to the Indian tabla.

The tickets to this show don't run cheap -- they're in the $60-$200 range -- but The WholeNote has a limited number of tickets up for grabs for interested readers. For a chance to win, just click here to fill out the form and answer the following question:

Which pipa virtuoso was a founding member of the Silk Road Ensemble? (hint: she was also a member of the jury panel for this year's Glenn Gould prize!)

For more details on this concert, visit http://masseyhall.com/eventdetail/YoYoMaSilkRoadEnsemble.

Deadline to apply: 4pm on August 22, 2015. Winners will be selected in late August.

JUST IN: CORRECTED AND NEW LISTINGS

FEATURED LISTING: Loose TEA's "Dissociative Me"

Think Faust - but with a makeover. In this new English-language of Gounod's opera, John Faustus is a recent PhD graduate with a dissociative identity disorder. This 21st-century operatic experiences runs August 18-22, at RED Nightclub -- a venue that artistic director Alaina Viau, artistic director of Loose TEA | Music Theatre, says allowed her to create a "dark and intense world where we can explore common fears of today." Sofa seating and bottle service will both be available. For details, check out our listings or visit http://www.looseteamusictheatre.com.

Other new/corrected August concert listings added online since our summer print issue are as follows:

Aug 13 1:00: Hart House. Music from the Americas - The Map Room Sessions: Pigeonhawk. Live music celebrating the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. Ken Stowar, curator. Hart House Map Room, 7 Hart House Cir. 416-978-0909. Free.

Aug 13 7:00: University Settlement Music & Arts School. Student Recital. University Settlement Auditorium, 23 Grange Rd. 416-598-3444 x243/4. Free.

Aug 14 1:00: Hart House. Music from the Americas - The Map Room Sessions: Lua Or Die. Live music celebrating the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, showcasing talents of artists from across the Americas. Ken Stowar, curator. Hart House Map Room, 7 Hart House Cir. 416-978-0909. Free.

Aug 14 6:00: TD Mosaic Festival. Mekaal Hasan Band. Pakistani music concepts united with jazz harmony and rock drive. Mississauga Celebration Square, 300 City Centre Dr., Mississauga. 905-615-4311. Free.

Aug 14 8:30: Virgin Mobile. Indie Fridays: Zaki Ibrahim. Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. 416-979-9960. Free.

Aug 14 9:30: Harbourfront Centre/Batuki Music Society. Habari Africa Festival: Rocky Dawuni. Ghanaian music star and humanitarian Rocky Dawuni performs Afro-roots and reggae. Harbourfront Centre, WestJet Stage, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000. Free.

Aug 15 8:00: Animikii Music Group. Maryam Al-Hashimi. Performing classic music and Arabic songs in a solo piano concert. Musideum, Suite 133 (main floor), 401 Richmond St. W. 416-599-7323. $10.

Aug 15 9:00: Harbourfront Centre/Batuki Music Society. Habari Africa Festival: Esie Mensah. Esie Mensah, dancer. Harbourfront Centre, Stage in the Round, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000. Free.

Aug 15 10:30: Harbourfront Centre/Batuki Music Society. Habari Africa Festival: Lakeside Late Nights: Mi Casa. South African house collective. Dr Duda, club DJ, producer; J'Something, guitar, vocals; Mo-T, trumpet. Harbourfront Centre, Brigantine Room, 235 Queens Quay W. 416-973-4000. $30/$25(adv).

Aug 18 1:00: Hart House. Music from the Americas - The Map Room Sessions: Len Hammond. Live music celebrating the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, showcasing talents of artists from across the Americas. Ken Stowar, curator. Hart House Map Room, 7 Hart House Cir. 416-978-0909. Free.

Aug 18 8:00: Massey Hall. City Cinema. Featuring Live at Massey Hall Season 2 Film: Zaki Ibrahim. Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. 416-872-4255. Free. Begins at sunset.

Aug 18 8:00: Musideum. Steve Koven Solo Piano. Suite 133 (main floor), 401 Richmond St. W. 416-599-7323. $20.

Aug 20 1:00: Hart House. Music from the Americas - The Map Room Sessions: Tribe Royal. Live music celebrating the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, showcasing talents of artists from across the Americas. Ken Stowar, curator. Hart House Map Room, 7 Hart House Cir. 416-978-0909. Free.

Aug 20 8:00: Musideum. David Essig. Suite 133 (main floor), 401 Richmond St. W. 416-599-7323. $20.

Aug 21 8:00: Christ Church Cathedral Hamilton. The Evening Watch. Opus 8. Christ Church Cathedral, 252 James St. N., Hamilton. 905-527-1316. Free.

Aug 21 8:30: Virgin Mobile. Indie Fridays: Grand Analog with kLoX. Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. 416-979-9960. Free.

Aug 22 7:15: Skyline Music Agency. Zach Deputy. Peter's Players, 830 Muskoka Rd. S., Gravenhurst. 705-687-2117. $75.

Aug 23 2:30: Kawartha Land Trust/Peterborough Symphony. Fresh Airs on Stoney. Open-air concert and reception, plus a pre-concert chat. Dvořák: Wind Serenade Op.44. Musicians from the Peterborough Symphony; Michael Newnham, music director. Juniper Island Pavilion, 510 Stoney Lake-Island 18, Juniper Island. 705-742-1992. Suggested donation $20. Island accessible only by water. Limited water shuttle service ($2) available, must be booked in advance. Free prize draw for concert attendees.

Aug 23 8:00: Musideum. Denis Schingh. Performing original compositions and arrangements of pieces. Suite 133 (main floor), 401 Richmond St. W. 416-599-7323. $20.

Aug 25 8:00: Massey Hall. City Cinema. Featuring Live at Massey Hall Season 2 Film: Dan Mangan & Blacksmith. Yonge-Dundas Square, 1 Dundas St. E. 416-872-4255. Free. Begins at sunset.

Aug 25 8:00: Musideum. Sandra Taylor. Suite 133 (main floor), 401 Richmond St. W. 416-599-7323. $20; $10(artists).

Aug 26 1:00: Hart House. Music from the Americas - The Map Room Sessions: Chiron String Quartet. Live music celebrating the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, showcasing talents of artists from across the Americas. Ken Stowar, curator. Hart House Map Room, 7 Hart House Cir. 416-978-0909. Free.

Aug 27 1:00: Hart House. Music from the Americas - The Map Room Sessions: Fugitive Minds. Live music celebrating the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, showcasing talents of artists from across the Americas. Ken Stowar, curator. Hart House Map Room, 7 Hart House Cir. 416-978-0909. Free.

Aug 27 8:00: Musideum. Tim Bartsch. Presenting his life journey through original music and storytelling. Suite 133 (main floor), 401 Richmond St. W. 416-599-7323. $20.

Aug 29 7:30: Shoreline Chorus. The Shepherd and The Lamb. Shoreline Chorus with guests The Leith Quartet; Ann-Marie MacDairmid, conductor. Handel: Selected choruses from Messiah; Goodall: The Lord Is My Shepherd (from the Vicar of Dibley); Barber: Agnus Dei, Barber; Dett: Listen to the Lambs; other works. Meaford United Church, 7 Boucher St. E., Meaford. 519-599-2710. $20.

Aug 29 8:10: Gordon Murray Presents. Piano Soirée. Works by Rachmaninoff and others, arranged by Gordon Murray. Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op.43 - Variation 18; Vocalise, Op.34 No.14; Piano Concerto No.2(1st mvt); other works. Gordon Murray, piano. Trinity St. Paul's United Church (Chapel), 427 Bloor St. W. 416-631-4300. $15; $10(st).

Aug 31 7:00: Landen Vieira. UberJazz. Jazz Saxophonist Landen Vieira. Landen Vieira, sax; Adrean Farrugia, piano; Malcolm Connor, bass; Ethan Ardelli, drums. The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. 416-792-4497. PWYC.

Sep 02 12:00_noon: Midday Music with Shigeru. Moellman family. Marie-Caroline Bourque, violin; Jeffrey Moellman, piano; Moellman children: Jonathan, Clara, and Paul, violin and piano. Hi-Way Pentecostal Church, 50 Anne St. N., Barrie. 705-726-1181. $5; free(st).

Sep 02 6:00: The Cathedral Church of St. James. Cantatas in the Cathedral. Bach: Cantata BWV78 and organ works. Sheila Dietrich, soprano; Christina Stelmacovich, alto; Tenor TBA; David Roth, bass; Michael Bloss, organ. Cathedral Church of St. James, 65 Church St. 416-364-7865. PWYC. All donations go directly to the artists.

Sep 03 12:00_noon: Encore Symphonic Concert Band. In Concert: Classics and Jazz. John Edward Liddle, conductor. Wilmar Heights Centre, 963 Pharmacy Ave., Scarborough. 416-346-3910. $10. Incl. coffee and snack. Also Oct 1. 

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Music & the Movies

Keep an eye out this week for WholeNote editor Paul Ennis' latest "Music & The Movies" blog, which will include a special exploration of Around the World in 50 Concerts- the documentary on Amsterdam's Dutch Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra that plays starting August 14 at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.

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