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AMS events:

"Couperin Revisited" -- Ray McIntyre, harpsichord and piano; this lecture/recital will propose a complete reexamination of performance practice in the Pièces de Clavecin, with emphasis on downbeats, ornaments, vertical alignment of notes, inequality, score formats, and the use of the pianoforte following the introduction of Jean Marius's "clavecins maillet" to the French Academy of Sciences in 1716. Thursday, 8PM

"The Cimbalo Cromatico in the 17th Century" -- Charlotte Mattax, harpsichord; this lecture/ recital will explore the phenomenon of the chromatic harpsichord in 17th-century Italy, and present works that Mayone, Trabacci, and others composed on a modern-day replica with 19 notes to the octave. Friday noon

"Impressions: Contemporary Chinese and Impressionistic French Piano Music" -- Elaine Chew, piano; in spite of China's perceived associations between the piano and Western imperialism, contemporary Chinese piano music has come into its own in recent decades. This concert will showcase two of China's most outstanding composers, Jiang Wenye and Wang Lisan, and illustrate the connections between contemporary Chinese music and French Impressionism. Friday noon

"16th-Century Polyphony from the Alamire Mss" -- Choragos Ensemble, dir. Fred Stoltzfus; drawing on collaborative research between the group and musicologist Herbert Kellman, Choragos will present first performances and new discoveries of masses and motets from the famous Alamire collection
of manuscripts that were copied for use at the Netherlands Court.
Friday noon

"150 Years of the Menuet de la Cour" -- Ken Pierce Baroque Dance Company and Tilden Russell; Baroque dancers in costume will re-create four choreographies -- from Malpied (1780) to d'Albert (1921) -- of the "Menuet de la Cour," which was possibly the most popular dance of all time following its first appearance in an opera by Gretry. A brief historical introduction illustrated by slides will frame each dance. Friday 8PM

"16th-Century Lute Settings of Josquin Desprez"
-- Jacob Heringman, lute; Mr. Heringman will perform some of the many surviving (but rarely heard) lute intabulations of music by Josquin Desprez. The program includes settings by Spinacino, Capirola, Bakfark, de Rippe, and Newsidler. Saturday noon

"From the Salon to the Stage: Songs by Marie de Grandval, Pauline Vlardot-Garcia, and Lili Boulanger" -- Eileen Strempel, soprano and Sylvie Beaudette, piano; this recital highlights three female composers whose songs were performed not only in salons, but on the concert stage. The centerpiece of the recital is a song cycle on the poetry of Sully Prodhomme by Marie de Grandval, a student of Chopin, Saint-Saens, and Flotow. Saturday noon

"Folias Festivas"
-- Belladonna (Ensemble); this concert traces the path taken by popular music from the street to the court through a selection of folias, dance pieces, and settings of other ground basses from Spain, France, and Italy "in performances that [are] high profile, fantastically colored, and just plain hot" (Boston Globe). Saturday noon

"Crossroads of the Celts" -- Altramar Medieval Music Ensemble; in this concert, Altramar meets at the Celtic crossroads of Hibernia and Brittania, using Medieval Celtic instruments to present tunes and songs in Old and Middle Irish, Welsh, Old French, and Hiberno Latin. Saturday 8PM

"Scorn: Baroque Opera Scenes on the Subject of the Scorned Woman" -- Lydia Steier and Michael Sponseller, dir.; drawing on operatic scenes by Charpentier, Purcell, Rameau, and Handel, this unique program explores idea of the scorned woman and female rage in Baroque opera. Friday 8PM

The Orlando Consort performs "New Strawberries, New Mulberries" -- Tickets are available by calling (416) 964-6337 after September 1, 2000. Prices range from $32 to $14. The program is centred on music and feasting in late medieval and early renaissance Europe. The Orlando Consort is one of England's leading early music vocal quartets. They will also be assisting at various lectures at the AMS Conference. Friday November 3, 2000 at Trinity-St. Paul's Church, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto at 8PM.

ATMI events:

CrossTalk: MIDI Percussion Ensemble -- Norman Weinberg, founder/director. CrossTalk, The University of Arizona,s electronic percussion ensemble, offers a unique performing experience for students. The ensemble is currently made up of nine members who play original music written speci cally for them on percussion MIDI controllers. Their arsenal of controllers includes two ZenDrums, two MalletKats, three DrumKats, one TrapKat, and one Yamaha DTX. They play through four EMU 6400 samplers and any other sound banks which might be needed. The ensemble gave their debut performance during the Percussion Ensemble concert on April 9, 1998. Thus far, the Electronic Percussion Ensemble has been able to have Futureman (Roy Wooten) come to the University to give a master class, and look forward to having more guests come in the future. They were featured at PASIC 99 in Columbus, Ohio. Thursday, November 2, 8:00 PM

Illinois State University Electro-Acoustic Ensemble -- Stephen Taylor, Kimberly McCoul Risinger, & Angelo Favis. Ten Calabi-Yau Shapes for ute, guitar, and Max/MSP uses digital technology both to enhance and confront the acoustic instruments. The ute and guitar achieve super-human extremes of range and speed, similar to Machover,s concept of "hyperinstruments, thanks to Max/MSP. But they also trigger other purely electronic sounds, which play with and against the live musicians. The presentation also includes a brief introduction to Max/MSP. Capital University Faculty MIDI Duo -- Mark Lochstampfor (synthesizers) & Michael Cox (electronic wind controller). One of the most exciting venues for technology sessions in recent years has been live musical performances using MIDI instruments and instrument controllers. Previous performance groups have provided a variety of interesting technological performances and musical styles. This proposed performance will continue in that tradition, providing diversity of musical styles as performed by a smaller ensemble than previous groups, a duo. Technological aspects of this performance will include multiple layers of MIDI sound sources controlled by a wind controller and keyboards as well as a performance that includes computer controlled sequences with the live performers. The diversity of musical styles performed during this session will feature the use live controllers and sequences and will incorporate traditional, contemporary, and jazz fusion styles as well as a transcription of a work for concert band. Friday, November 3, 8:15 PM

Duquesne Faculty Plugs In! -- The Duquesne University Faculty MIDI Ensemble, led by Lynn and Bill Purse, plug in to their electronic instruments for a diverse concert of contemporary classical and jazz pieces. Ken Karsh and Mark Koch join Bill Purse on guitar controllers, Judith Bowman joins Lynn Purse on keyboard synthesizers, and Joe DeFazio is featured on wind controller. Several of the pieces to be performed have been developed to exploit the unique features of particular controllers. Lynn will perform a solo vocal piece using the MIDI Vocalist and a variety of looping devices. Student Jeremy Papay will join the faculty on electronic percussion and will be featured on a solo piece written specifically for the Roland V-Drums. Saturday, November 4, 8:00 PM

CMS events:

Works by CMS Composers I -- the first in a series of three concerts. Louisiana State University's Red Stick Saxophone Quartet (Brian Utley, Joshua Thomas, John Perrine, and Christopher Rettie, on the soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone saxophones, respectively) will perform works by Tayloe Harding (Valdosta State University), Allen Brings (Queens College, City University of New York), Michele Caniato (Boston University), Gregory Bullen (Deerfield Academy), and David Stock (Duquesne University). Friday, November 3, at 12:30 PM

Music by Aaron Copland -- the first of two concerts featuring performances by CMS members. Performers will include Andrew Cooperstock (University of Colorado-Boulder), piano, and William Terwilliger (The University of South Carolina), violin; Starla Hibler (East Central University), piano; and the University of Mississippi's Susan Gaston, cello, Robert Riggs, violin, and Stacy Rodgers, piano. Friday, November 3, at 12:30 PM

Works by CMS Composers II -- the second in a series of three concerts. The Louisiana State University Players (Kevork Mardirossian and Assia Dulgerska, violin, Dennis Parker and Valentina Takova, cello, and Lee Phillips and Varta Tchakarian, piano), the Louisiana State University String Quartet, Borislava Iltcheva (Louisiana State University), violin, and Nanette Kaplan Solomon (Slippery Rock University), piano, will perform works by Stacy Garrop (Indiana University), Nancy Van de Vate (Vienna Modern Masters), Mikolaj Gorecki (Indiana University), David Heuser (University of Texas at San Antonio), Judith Shatin (University of Virginia), Jonathan Kramer (Columbia University), Lazar Trachtenberg (The Music Institute of Chicago), Laurence Sherr (Kennesaw State University), Nickitas Demos (Georgia State University), John Steffa (Murray State University), David Patterson (University of Massachusetts), Terry Vosbein (Washington and Lee University), and Mary Jean Van Appledorn (Texas Tech University). Friday, November 3, at 7:00 PM

Works by CMS Composers III -- the third and final concert in a series of three. Louisiana State University's Michael Gurt, piano, Katherine Kemler, flute and alto flute, and Dennis Parker, cello, will perform works by John Ferguson (Allston, Massachusetts), Craig Walsh (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), Diane Thome (University of Washington), Frank Felice (Butler University), Susan Forrest Harding (Hamden, Connecticut), and Belinda Takahashi (Eastman School of Music). Saturday, November 4, at 12:30 PM

Music of the Americas -- the second and final of two concerts featuring performances by CMS members. Works by William Ryden, Charles Ives, Lewis Nielson, Ruth Crawford Seeger, George Walker, Tayloe Harding, and Aurelio de la Vega will be performed by Steven Kruse, (University of Missouri-Kansas City), viola, and Penny Thompson Kruse (William Jewell College), violin; James Nalley (George Mason University), piano; John Bleuel (State University of West Georgia), alto saxophone, and Linda Li-Bleuel (Clemson University), piano; Kristine West Denton (Edinboro University of Pennsylvania), piano; Valdosta State University's Susan Eischeid, oboe, and Lyle Indergaard, piano; and Nohema Fernández (University of Arizona), piano. Saturday, November 4, at 8:00 PM

CSTM events:

"Canada's Multicultural Traditions"

Lenka Lichtenberg Group: Traditional Songs of Eastern Europe and Israel. Saturday, November 4, at 8:00 PM

Rodrigo Chavez and Cassava: Traditional Latin Music, with dancersPaula Videla and Jose Rodriguez (rumba, cha cha). Saturday, November 4, at 9:00 PM

CUMS events:

"With Open Hand or Clenched Fist?" -- Michelle Cheramy, flute, assisted by pianist Maureen Volk, takes us on an exploration of new music from Canada and from the land of the Vikings (Norway, Finland, Iceland). Composers include Heino Kaski, Lasse Thoresen, Thorsteinn Haukson, Rolf Wallin, and Melissa Hui. Friday noon

"Three Liszt Melodramas" -- Lawrence Jones, piano, and Jim Lewthwaite, narrator, present three rarely performed melodramas by Franz Liszt. Composed between 1860 and 1875, they were written in German, Hungarian, and Russian respectively, but are here performed in English. Friday noon

"By a Canadian Lady: Piano Music 1841-1997" -- Distinguished Canadian scholar and pianist Elaine Keillor surveys 150 years of piano music by Canadian women. Composers range from Frances J. Hatton and Gena Branscombe to Barbara Pentland, Rhene Jaque, Alexina Louie and Deirdre Piper. Friday 4:15 PM

"The Vocal Music of Anton Webern: The Persistence of Tonality and its Influence on Performance" -- Helen Pridmore, soprano, accompanied on the piano by Matthew McDonald, discusses the tonal characteristics of Webern's vocal music and performs Funf Lieder, Op.3 and Drei Lieder, Op.25. Saturday noon

"Jugalbandhi (Dialogue Between the Musicians)" -- Lakshmi Ranganathan, veena, and Aruna Narayan Kalle, sarangi, present music from both Karnatic (South Indian) and Hindustani (North Indian) traditions, first separately and in the final part of the programme, together. Saturday noon

"Made in Canada" -- Lorna MacDonald, soprano, Walter Buczynski, piano, Donia Blumenfeld Clenman, poet; this is a multi-media presentation of "Part of Seven," a suite of songs by Walter Buczynski. "Seven" refers to the Group of Seven, a legendary association of Canadian landscape painters active in
the first half of the twentieth century, whose works inspired the texts for the songs. The lecture-recital explores the interface of music, painting, and poetry.
Saturday 4:15 PM

"John Cage - Europera 5" -- In the late 1980s John Cage experimented with constructing chamber "operas" using randomly controlled elements. Europera 5 (1991), one of a series with that punning title, employs a pianist, two singers and a victrola player. Jack Behrens, co-instigator of the work, will reprise his role in the 1993 Canadian premiere as pianist and director. Other performers include Lorna MacDonald, soprano; Darryl Edwards, tenor; Darryl Crichton, lighting; and Noel Martin, victrola. Ettore Mazzoleni Concert Hall, Royal Conservatory of Music (Bloor & Avenue Road), Saturday 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15, available from the RCM box office: (416) 408-2824, ext. 321

University Voices 2000 -- Swedish conductor Robert Sund directs a choir of 400 voices, comprising the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir and eleven university choirs from across the country. The concert's major work is "Credo" from Apocalypsis by R. Murray Schafer; the programme also includes "Spem in Alium" by Thomas Tallis and a new work by Toronto composer Jefferey Ryan, "Paint the Light." Massey Hall, Sunday, November 5, 2000, 3 p.m. Tickets: Adults $25, Students $18. Group prices available. Box office: (416) 593-4828. Programme information from Soundstreams Canada: (416) 504-1282.

SAM events:


...A Conversation with Oscar Peterson: "The Way I Really Play"

The Society for American Music will invest Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson as an Honorary Member for 2000. The session will feature a panel discussion with Leonard Brown, Guthrie Ramsey, Jr., Mark Tucker, Andrew Homzey, and others, together with a special appearance by Peterson himself. Long recognized for his extraordinary technique and his comprehensive grasp of jazz piano history, Oscar Peterson is acknowledged as one of the greatest solo pianists in the history of jazz. In the 1950s his trio toured regularly with Jazz at the Philharmonic. Since the 1970s Peterson has played with symphony orchestras and has teamed with Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Joe Pass, and double bass player Niels-Henning Orsted-Pedersen for a number of duo performances, many of them recorded on Pablo Records. Thursday evening, November 2, 8PM

...Billy Taylor Honored: "A Creator Among Progressives"

The Society for American Music will award pianist Billy Taylor, jazz's most passionate advocate, its
Lifetime Achievement Award. The session will feature a talk by Dr Taylor on his career and music. Billy Taylor is one of the best known
faces in jazz and he has done more than nearly anyone to spread the music's message. Bringing the past, present, and future together, he
portrays distinguished musicians on the CBS program "Sunday Morning," he hosts a weekly NPR program "Billy Taylor's Jazz at the Kennedy Center, he is artistic director and he performs on a discussion/performance series at the Kennedy Center which includes some 30 jazz programs a year, and he is leader of his own trio.
Friday evening, November 3, 8PM

The Society for American Music is honored to have these two jazz masters participate in our conference.
We hope you will join us for what surely will be two unforgettable evenings of jazz.

SEM events:

A Concert of South Indian Classical Music

Joseph Getter - Support flute
Subashini Sankaran - Tamboura

T. Viswanathan is one of India's most revered and respected musicians. He learned from Professor T. N. Swaminatha Pillai. His grandmother, Vina Dhanammal is generally considered the finest vina player of this century, and his sister T. Balasaraswati is regarded as the great exponent of bharatha natyam. Trichy Sankaran, who has been on the Faculty of Music at York University, Toronto, since 1971, is a world renowned master of mrdangam and an award winning (OCUFA) scholar of Indian Music. He has concertized
widely in India, Europe, and North America and has been heard in many major festivals around the world.
Thursday Novermber 2, 12:30 PM

Concert of 16th and 17th Century Traditional Turkish Music

S¸ehvar Bes¸irogºlu and Süleyman S¸enel of Istanbul Technical University's State Conservatory of Turkish Music (Department of Musicology) have assembled 12 of Turkey's finest young performers for this special concert of Ottoman Turkish folk and art music, reconstructed from 2 major notated collections of the mid 17th and early 18th centuries.

The collections were the work of the Pole Wojciech Bobowski (a.k.a. Ali Ufki), a court santur player who wrote the"Collection of Instrumental and Vocal Works" (art, dervish music, and folk music examples) and the Moldavian prince Demetrius Cantemir, a composer and theorist who produced "The Book of the Science of Music according to the Alphabetic Notation" (with numerous examples of the instrumental genres pes¸rev and semai.

Art music instruments to be featured are the kanun (plucked zither), ney (reed flute), tanbur (long-necked, plucked lute), rebab (spike fiddle), kudüm (small kettledrums played in pairs), halile (cymbals), and frame drums. Folk music instruments include various sizes of the baglama (long-necked, plucked lute) family as well as the Horosan dutari (plucked lute), and the kaval (end-blown flute). Joining the Turkish instrumentalists and vocalists will be tanbur maker/player Feridun Özgören of Boston, and ethnomusicologists Irene Markoff and Martin Stokes.
Thursday, Novermber 2, 8PM

Jigme Drukpa performing native music of Bhutan -- The Kingdom of Bhutan (in the Himalayas) has developed its own unique musical tradition, since it was never colonized and never occupied another country. The Bhutanese musician Jigme Drukpa will illustrate through performance two clearly defined categories of this country's music: religious music of the temples associated with rituals, ceremonies, and festivals and secular music of a popular type (folk music) performed on almost all occasions. In the latter two types are prominent: zhung-dra (zhung=main, genuine; dra=sound), regarded as genuine Bhutanese folk music, and bö-dra (bö=Tibet; dra=sound), influenced by Tibetan folk music.

Bhutanese music is at present little known because of limited facilities for recordings within the country. The Bhutanese instruments used in this presentation will be four varieties of flute (Lingm), a lute (Dranyen), mouth-harp (Kongtha), and a fiddle (Piwang). Thursday Novermber 2, evening.

Concert-Demonstration by the Eastman School of Music's gamelan angklung, Lila Muni (Beautiful Sound) -- Teacher, I Nyoman Suadin, Teaching Assistant, Clay Greenberg, Dancers, I Nyoman Suadin and Ni Luh Kadek Kusuma Dewi, Director, Ellen Koskoff. The performance will include traditional pieces for angklung and newer kebyar-style pieces composed for this ensemble, as well as hands-on opportunities for audience members to learn something of the instruments and various musical structures. Friday noon.

The Maryem Tollar Group -- Performing a collection of musicians and songs of diverse musical and cultural heritage. She does Arabic classics and her own originals which take us on a journey from the Arab world to Canada. She has studied Arabic singing for over 5 years. Already an established artist, she was seeking to explore the rich musical heritage of her culture. The Maryem Tollar Group interweaves vocals, hand percussion, ney flutes, bansuri flutes, saxophone, oud (lute), guitar, qanun (table harp) and viola. While deepening their understanding of traditional forms, the members of The Maryem Tollar Group have allowed their other influences to inspire their arrangements of these songs. Friday evening.

Kartik Seshadri (sitar) -- Kartik Seshadri is internationally acclaimed as one of the world's finest young sitar players and the foremost disciple of Pt. Ravi Shankar. Friday, November 3, 8PM. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Avenue (at Chester). $15 ($10 students/seniors) at the door. For further information:

Kim, Hee-sun (University of Pittsburgh) on the kayagum, a 12-stringed zither of Korea -- The kayagum, a 12-stringed zither, is one of the most widely played ancient musical instruments in Korea. In this solo concert, Kim will perform pieces taken from two representative kayagum solo genres: kayagum sanjo which represents traditional music, and kayagum sin'gok which represents contemporary kayagum music. By contrasting the two genres, the process of continuity and change of this musical tradition will be echoed in this concert. A newly modified instrument, the17-stringed kayagum, will also be featured. Saturday noon.

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