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CLAVIERS BAROQUES -- a partial listing of past gigs and shows -- updated April 1, 2007

November 11, 2005 -- Wow, Friendly Rich and Lollipop People again, this time at Innis Town Hall on UofT campus, as Friendly and the gang open for the UK's The Tiger Lillies. Probably Althea (there's a bit more space here) and Greg Oh. Tickets available at Soundscape Records and Rotate This or at the door, more info, times, prices etc. at www.friendlyrich.com . Update: We did a wonderful close here, Den, Dawn and our young friend Asa Perlman carried the harpsichord off during the last number. Greg Oh continued to play as we processed out of the auditorium -- that's show biz!

October 18 to 30, 2005 -- we were at the Hummingbird Centre with two of our Canadian singles, Althea and her baby sister Morphine, for the Canadian Opera Company's production of Handel's Rodelinda. Conductor Harry Bicket presided from Morphine's keyboard, he and assistant conductor Steven Philcox passed the recit and aria duties back and forth seamlessly. Some wonderful continuo playing here, Harry plays like he was born on a harpsichord (gotta talk to his mum about that...). Fabulous cast, great music, wonderful arias, death-defying sets and scrumptious costumes. The story is a little lame but what the hey, it's an opera.  The music is, well, it's Handel, and the cast is very fine, COC general manager Richard Bradshaw and his music staff find and engage the best singers on earth. Maybe they're nobody I've heard of (yet) but they are all very, *very* good -- no over-the-hill divas here!  We've worked with some of the cast before, in fact we presented counter-tenor Daniel Taylor in his Toronto debut (he's from Ottawa), and we provided the harpsichord for the COC's Handel Julius Caesar, that was two years ago, and mezzo Marie-Nicole Lemieux' opera debut.  Debut nothing, she'd never even been in an opera hall before!   I was there when she was showing her mother around the Hummingbird Centre -- they were both so excited!  Marie-Nicole is a very sweet lady, a wonderful singer, and a very good actress, too -- her first time out and she got rave reviews for her Cornelia -- not easy when Isabel Bayrakdarian is Cleopatra in the same show.  This time she plays a jilted princess and gets gets to swan around in some really elegant gowns.

The action is set in in maybe 20's or 30's, maybe England, the sets and costumes by Dany Lyne are elegant with ominous undertones.  She has used a two-level set so while one of the characters is warbling away at one of the twenty some-odd gorgeous arias, other people can continue the action on the other level. The set is very domestic -- a once-palatial country estate gone shabby with neglect, homely couches with pillows and afghans, old-fashioned desks, flowered wallpaper, topped by a ramp (a wall? the roof?) that stands against the sky. The characters form into tableaux around the couches on the first level as if they were sitting for family portraits. The groups dissolve and reform as the action unfolds and relationships are betrayed and forged. Meanwhile there are omens in the sky -- as King Bertraido (counter-tenor Gerald Thompson) returns from exile only to be discovered and imprisoned, a huge moon rises and is eclipsed. Later an inverted house signals upheaval, like a reversed Tarot card. Soprano Danielle de Niese who sings the role of Rodelinda, wears some fascinating underwear -- yes, at one point the curtain opens on her in a chemise and garterbelt. Thinking her husband dead and fearing for her son's safety, she has reluctantly agreed to marry the usurper. She sings a lament while dressing, sort of a reverse strip-tease. The henchman/villain, Garibaldo (baritone Peter Savidge) slithers around in a smoking jacket sipping scotch and puffing on a cigarette -- totally hissable!  Although Peter really seems quite nice when not in character.  The other bad guy, Garibaldo's boss King Grimualdo, is Michael Colvin, you may remember the voice if not the name.  He was the singing bear in a, what Toyota? commercial a few years back.  Despite the temptation, Rodelinda doesn't descend into camp.  Director Tim Albery seems to understand that you can put a little soap in the opera without making it into a joke, more info at www.coc.ca

Note: YOU MUST SEE THIS OPERA!!!

Thursday October 20 and Friday October 21, 2005 at 8:00pm -- Our little Mark I was at St Andrew's Presby at King and Simcoe with Via Salzberg on Thursday and again on Friday.  He is only doing one number with them and guitarist Eliot Fisk, to wit:  the  Vivaldi Concerto for Strings and Guitar in D Major, but the other stuff is pretty neat, too -- Boccherini, Piazzola, and more.   Late-breaking news! CBC recorded the Thursday night concert for radio broadcast, we will find out when it will be aired asnd let you know. When we delivered him before the sound check the sound engineer had set up a recording mike about 4" off the soundboard. When we returned to tune for the performance the mike was gone -- we asked why and the CBC engineer told us that they didn't need it, they could hear Mark I just fine on the room mikes. YES!!!!! We *told* you that a small Italian packs a big punch!

October 21, 2005, 6:40pm -- we were at University of Toronto's Convocation Hall with Muguette and composer John Farah and collaborator Professor John Dubinski for a visual and musical prelude to UofT's Cosmic Frontiers Speaker Series lecture In Search of a Cosmic Dawn (no relation, so far as I can tell). We worked with the two Johns last week on Gravitas, presented at the Music Gallery on Oct 15 -- we think that John is the best writer for harpsichord we've heard since the Couperin's stopped writing (DVD of that performance, both the music and the galaxies, coming out soon). Oh, and did I say that this concert and lecture is all *free*, yes you can get the music *and* the lecture plus some sidewalk stargazing after the talk for the sum of $0.00. Technically you do need a ticket so it's prudent to call or e-mail to reserve same, but they say that you can most likely get in even if you just turn up.

October 21, 2005, 7:00pm -- Althea makes her movie debut as The Harpsichord in Kent Monkman's Group of Seven InchesThe film, shot at the McMichael Centre for the Arts in Kleinberg, is being screened at the Jewish Community Centre's Al Greene Theatre (Bloor and Spadina) as a part of the imagineNATIVE festival.  It also happends to coincide with a story on Kent, a link to which you'll find below.  What I saw during the filming of the harpsichord scenes makes me want to see the rest and we will be there on Fri between gigs.  Busy night!!! More info at http://www.xtra.ca/MannedClaims

October 17, 2005 -- We were at Roy Thomson Hall with Muguette and The Brunzema for Cecilia Bartoli with Orchestra La Scintilla of Zürich Opera at Roy Thomson Hall on Monday, October 17, 2005 at 8:00pm. This is the rematch, she had to cancel the originally scheduled date, Sept 28, due to a sore throat.

Web-updater's disclaimer: We've been *sooooo* busy between Feb 2004 and now that I haven't even had a minute to post what we've done. The list includes everything from a Bach Cantata marathon to rock shows at the El Mocambo and a ton of things in between, including a *very* strange movie called Group of Seven Inches which includes a snowshoe spanking scene in Tom Thompson's cabin -- I am *not* making this up! I will try to get some of the info posted when I have a chance.

February 8-11, 2004 -- Our French double Muguette was in Montreal with composer and harpsichordist vivie' vinçent (that's her in the photo at right) for her performance The Alphabet and the Goddess. Last time we worked with her was SOUNDplay 2003, there were two world and three North American premieres. We got a bunch of photos which we will try to post when we get a minute.

 

-- photo by hélène vitali

April 4 , 2004, 8:00pm -- OOh, Benjamin Butterfield, ooooh ooooh David Daniels, with Bernard Labadie's Les Violons du Roy for J. S. Bach's St. John Passion at Massey Hall. Muguette and her good friend the Brunzema portative organ handled their usual continuo and recit accompaniment.  

Thursday, December 18, 2003, 8:00pm -- It isn't Christmas without a Messiah with Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roy. Our Muguette and her good friend the Brunzema portative organ were once again at Toronto's historic Massey Hall  for George Friederich Handel's most famous work along with a fabulous bunch of singers.

Sunday, December 14, 2003, 3:00pm -- Althea was back in beautiful Hammerson Hall at the Living Arts Center for the Mississauga Choral Society's annual Messiah. This will be her 4th with them (I think), but this must be, what, their 25th? More info at their website.

December 1, 3, 5 and 7, 2003 --Althea was back with the Ensemble Studio of the Canadian Opera Company for Dido and Aeneas back-to-Bach with The Coffee Cantata at the Imperial Oil Opera Theatre, 227 Front Street East, Toronto. People have watched The Ensemble Studio turn out such stellar talents as Michael Colvin, Olivier Laquerre, Christina Szabo, Judith Yan and Tom Diamond and have put two and two together. In fact, all performances were sold out in September! You can find out more (or reserve for next year?) at COC

Sunday, November 16, 2003 -- The concert presented on November 13 (see above) featuring violinist Etsuko Kimura, in which Gertrude the harmonium played a not insignificant part, will be broadcast on CBC Radio Two Music Around Us, (94.1 FM)after the news at noon. For more information see CBC's Music Around us. They have sound samples from the concert!

Saturday, November 15, 2003 -- Our fortepiano Constanza helped Trio Con Brio prove that "There is only one Beethoven" at the Academy Concert Series season opener. For more information about the program or the performers and/or to order tickets on line for upcominbg concerts, see their spiffy new website www.academyconcertseries.com

Thursday, November 13, 2003, 12 noon -- Yo, Gertrude! Our doughty harmonium stomped up a storm with the rarely heard* Dvorak Bagatelles for string trio and harmonium in her old stomping grounds, CBC's Glenn Gould Studio when CBC Radio Two's Music Around Us presented Toronto violinist Etsuko Kimura, prizewinner in the Szigeti International Violin Competition, and some friends as part of their Young Artists series. Like all the Music Around Us lunch-hour concerts, this one was FREE and was also broadcast -- on Music Around Us, CBC Radio Two (94.1 FM) on Sunday, November 16, 2003 after the news at noon.
* For a nice discussion of these bagatelles (Op 47) and why they are so seldom heard, see Joseph Way's notes. Part of Gertrude's mission in life is to help more of these wonderful pieces be heard again. Now, would someone please program the Johann Strauss waltzes that Schoenberg, Weber, and Berg arranged for string quartet and harmonium? We'd love to hear them live.

Thursday, November 6, 2003 8 p.m -- Award-winning Canadian organist Kevin Komisaruk played a recital entitled Amsterdam's Branches - Literature from the Sweelinck School the Brunzema portative's big brother at Walter Hall (Edward Johnson Bldg., UofT campus). There is more info about Kevin his website, www.komisaruk.ca or phone Walter Hall at 416-978-3733.

October 6 - November 1, 2003 -- Mozart and Salieri duelled to the death on our fortepiano Constanza in Canadian Stage Company's production of Peter Shaffer's Amadeus at the Bluma Appel Theatre at St. Lawrence Centre. It was all stage magic -- Constanza and pianists Glenn Hodgins and Albert Krywolt were pre-taped piano doubles for the onstage fortepiano and actors. The choice of piano is totally appropriate; Constanza (we named her after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's wife) is based on several fortepianos built by Viennese builder Andreas Stein. Wolfgang played Steins in concert and was even a showroom demonstrator for Herr Stein's fortepianos, but they were a bit pricey and he could never afford one himself -- he had to settle for a used Walter instead.

October 10-12, 2004 -- SOUNDplay 2003 was New Adventures in Sound Art's contribution to TRANZ<-->TECH 2003, the Toronto International Video Art Biennial. SOUNDplay 2003 collectively focuses on silence and the perception of sound and space and included a sound installation, artists talks, a soundwalk through Kensington, an open rehearsal and several performances. Montreal composer and harpsichordist vivie' vinçent was featured throughout the week. The venue was (mostly) Latvian House, 491 College Street, Toronto, although there were events at other places. Our French double Muguette participated in vivie's artist's talk and open rehearsal on Friday October 10th from 1 to 3 pm and in performances on Saturday Oct 11 (9:00pm) and Sunday (6:00pm) , all at Latvian House. Something new for everyone! For more info see SOUNDplay 2003. We got some interesting photos, too.

June 2003 -- We figured it would be rude to go traveling when there was a possibility of spreading SARS, so we missed the 2003 biannual Boston Early Music Festival and Exhibition but we plan to be at the next one with a truckload of instruments, that's June 2005.

May 7, 2003 (Thursday) -- Martine's first CD was released! The project, called Gathered Evidence, is a compilation of some of composer Peter Hatch's recent works -- the oldest is 1989, the newest, a string quartet, was finished in December 2002. Harpsichordist Cynthia Hiebert plays In a Vernacular Way (1990), a suite for solo harpsichord. Here is a sound sample from movement 6, "With a hey and a ho, it's Jimi's Joe." Like what you hear? The CD is available, more info at Artifact Music .

May 10, 2003 (Saturday) -- Claviers Baroques' forte-piano Constanza appeared with the Academy Concert Series' presentation at Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave. For more info or tickets e-mail Academy Concert Series or call 416-889-5414.

May 11, 2003 (Sunday) 3:00pm -- Althea appeared with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts. Nicholas McGegan conducted a program of Rameau, Handel, Haydn and Bach he calls Classical Fireworks: War and Peace.

May 14, 2003 (Wednesday) -- Althea will be participating in school programmes at Duke of Connaught Jr. and Sr. Elementary School and Leslieville Jr. Elementary School. If you are a teacher or are involved with a community-based musical program and would like to try a harpsichord, contact us to see what we can arrange to suit your budget -- even if it's $0.00.

April 20, 2003 (Sunday) -- Muguette was heard in CBC Radio's broadcast the January 23 Onstage at Glenn Gould Studio concert with Canadian baroque soprano Susie LeBlanc and the English ensemble Red Priest. On both CBC Radio Two -- 94.1 FM and 2:00pm in the Toronto area, for frequencies and times in your area, check the website -- and CBC Radio One at 8:00pm.

April 4 through 17, 2003 -- Muguette appeared with the Canadian Opera Company's production of Rossini's The Italian Girl in Algiers. For more info contact the COC . Carmen Oprisanu as Isabella -- this was her COC debut -- and Gustav Belachek as Mustafa -- you'll remember him from last season, he sang the monk Pimen in the COC's Boris Gudunov and was Don Profondo in the very funny viaggio al Rheims. Patrick Carfizzi, who was Baron Trombonok in viaggio, returns as Taddeo. Watch our home-grown singers from the COC's Ensemble Studio just a-getting better: Michael Colvin as Lindoro, Shannon Mercer as Elvira, Colleen Skull as Barena, and Olivier Laquerre as Ali. Come to think of it, most of them were in viaggio, too -- these guys are getting to be like the Second City crew!

March 9, 2003 (Sunday) 7:30pm -- Althea appeared with counter tenor Daniel Taylor and soprano Nancy Argenta together with Daniel's ensemble the Theatre of Early Music. The program, a presentaion of The Toronto Early Music Centre, will include Pergolesi's moving Stabat Mater -- we cannot think of any two voices we'd rather hear in this ravishing work. Daniel is, of course, an old friend (hey, we presented him for his Toronto debut back in 1999!) and we've long admired Nancy's effortless vocal grace and taste. For more information including how to get tickets see TEMC's concert guide.

February 22 through March 1, 2003 -- Althea appeared with Opera Mississauga's production of Giachino Rossini's The Barber of Seville. For more information contact Opera Mississauga or call (905) 306-0060 or toll-free 1-877-306-0060

January 25, 2003, (Saturday) 8:00pm -- We will be hauling and tuning forte-piano for Academy Concert Series' Music for the Romanoffs. Songs and romances of 18th & 19th century Russian imperial court composers. Yana Ivanilova, soprano; Sharon Burlacoff, fortepiano; Nicolai Tarasov, clarinet. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave.$18,$12. For more info or tickets e-mail Academy Concert Series or call 416-889-5414.

January 23, 2003 (Thursday) 8:00pm -- Muguette appeared with Canadian baroque soprano Susie LeBlanc and the English ensemble Red Priest for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Onstage at Glenn Gould Studio. More info Onstage or The Glenn Gould Studio

January 20, 2003 (Monday) 8:00pm -- Muguette appeared with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in the Symphony of Hope benefit for Metropolitan United Church's Out of the Cold programs. The program is the same as last night's with the addition part of the Mozart Solemn Vespers (Bburg #3 is omitted). More info at Metropolitan United Church, and tickets are available from the TSO, call (416) 598-3375

January 19, 2003 (Sunday) 3:00pm Muguette appeared with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts. The TSO's concertmaster Jacques Israelievitch conducts and plays in a program of Richard Strauss' Metamorphosen and J S Bach's Brandenburg Concertos #2, #3 and #4. For more info or tickets contact the TSO

January 18, 2003 -- Den, in his role as forte-pianist for period dance band The Rakes of Hogtown,played forte-piano Constanza for Queen Charlotte's Birthday Ball at Historic Fort York in Toronto. This all-day event features workshops at introductory and advanced levels for Regency-style contra-dancing -- couples in rows do prescribed figures. This is the second annual symposium on Georgian Entertaining and all the aspects of social history which that entails: food, music, dance and costume. In addition to learning how to dance the afternoon workshops include lecture-demonstrations of Georgian music and entertaining, including how to make a trifle, and ends with a costume ball where you'll dance to tunes with names like Butter'd Pease and Black Stockings with Yellow Clocks. Dancing Mistress Melanie Garrison leads the workshops and calls the dance. What a hoot! This has become an annual event and we're looking forward to doing again next January. [more details and registration info]

December 18, 2002 -- Althea participated in Cityvew Alternative School's Winter Feast, their annual showcase of student talent. The students presented a variety show which included plays, songs and dances with a potluck dinner at the intermission. And it really was a feast --there must have been two hundred dishes there, many representing the homelands of the students. There was sushi and blackened chicken, Swedish meatballs, chicken in raita, shrimps, roasted winter vegetables, antipasto, macaroni and cheese, some charming penguin canapes and a whole lot more wonderful food. Althea provided the accompaniment to the girls choir's rendition of John Dowland's Come Again.

November 23, 2002 (Saturday) -- Althea and Muguette appeared with the new music ensemble Ossia (from Eastman Rochester) when Ensemble Noir presented African Dancing Ground at the Music Gallery/Church of St. George the Martyr. This is the second in their concert series Asylum which showcases new music from Africa and the African diaspora. A featured piece is Kevin Volans' White Man Sleeps in its original form for two harpsichords, percussion and viola da gamba. The harpsichords will also be playing transcriptions of music written for m'bira (thumbharp), so we will be tuning them to a thumbharp scale. Neat! For more info, see Ensemble Noir's website.

November 26, 2002 (Tuesday) -- Muguette and the Brunzema portative organ accompanied a performance of Handel's Israel in Egypt by the Toronto Korean-Canadian Choir at the George Weston Recital Hall (Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts). This is an annual presentation by Toronto's Korean Christian community. A musician friend calls it the most moving Handel he has ever heard. Lucky man! Most of us will never get to hear it, it sells out early.

Oct 01, 2002 --our French double harpsichord Muguette and our fortepiano Constanza appearred with super-mezzo Cecilia Bartoli in a program of Gluck Italian arias. Her back-up band this trip was no less than The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment at the (newly renovated) Roy Thomson Hall. For more info or tickets contact Roy Thomson Box Office. Oh, and if you're curious about the RTH renos, see Dawn's article in the September 2002 issue of the wholenote magazine.

September 25, 2002 Muguette was heard on CBC Radio Two's In Performance with host Eric Friesen as her old friends Les Violons du Roy celebrated Glenn Gould's 70th birthday with a live broadcast of Les Violons' arrangement of The Goldberg Variations for string orchestra and continuo. That's 94.1 FM and 8:15pm in the Toronto area, for frequencies and times in your area, check the CBC Radio Two website

June 29, 2002 -- Both Muguette and Althea were heard on CBC Radio Two in the Saturday Afternoon at the Opera broadcast of Canadian Opera Company's April 2002 production of Rossini's Il Viaggio al Reims. That's 94.1 FM and 1:30pm in the Toronto area, for frequencies and times in your area, check the CBC Radio Two website.

June 1, 2002 -- Both Muguette and Althea were heard on CBC Radio Two in the Saturday Afternoon at the Opera broadcast of Canadian Opera Company's April 2002 production of Handel's Julius Caesar in Egypt.

April 6, 10, 12, 16, 18 and 21, 2002 -- Both Muguette and Althea appeared in the Canadian Opera Company's production of Handel's Julius Caesar in Egypt. What a cast! Mezzo Eva Podleš as Caesar, Isabel Bayrakdarian as Cleopatra, not one but two counter-tenors. I'm sure you know the story, everybody gets to wear great clothes and sing great arias. Tom Diamond directed, and Kenneth Montgomery conducted from Althea's keyboard. We made a special standing-up height stand for her and a monster music desk (complete with a pencil tray) for the Barenreiter score. Canadian counter tenor Daniel Taylor (who, by the way, made his Toronto debut in our concert series in October 1999) made his COC debut as Cleopatra's bad-guy brother Tolomeo and counter tenor Brian Asawa appeared as Sesto. COC Ensemble Studio's Olivier LaQuerre was Achilla and Andrea Ludwig was Nireno -- both roles they sang in the Ensemble Studio's production of Sartorio's Giulio Cesare in Egitto last December. There is more info including production information and some photos at COC's website. CBC Radio taped this production for broadcast on Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, it will air June 1, 2002 at 1:30pm.

April 9, 2002 -- Martine cut her first CD! The project is a compilation of some of composer Peter Hatch's recent works -- the oldest is 1989, the newest, a string quartet, hasn't been written yet. Harpsichordist Cynthia Hiebert solos on the track In a Vernacular Way (1990), a witty little suite for solo harpsichord commissioned by Colin Tilney and les coucous benevoles. One of the movements, called With a Hey and a Ho, it's Jimi's Joe, compares Jimi Hendrix' Hey Joe (where you goin' with that gun in your hand?) to works from the Fitzwilliam Virginal book. Peter's right, they have lots of things in common, including variations on a good tune, catchy refrain, open fifths, ground bass. Cynthia, a native of Waterloo, studied harpsichord at Wilfred Laurier University with Colin Tilney and is now completing her doctorate with Arthur Haas at SUNY Stonybrook. Release scheduled for this fall, we'll keep you posted.

January 11 through March 10, 2002 -- Althea was delighted to be heard as part of artist Michael Maranda's project Decoy , at the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

March 2, 2002 -- Althea accompanied Daniel Taylor and James Bowman when innermusica presented A Countertenor Extravaganza with the Theatre of Early Music (consisting of Francis Colpron and Femke Bylsma, recorders, Helene Plouffe and Adrian Butterfield, violins, Margaret Little, viola, and Susie Napper, cello, directed by Christopher Jackson, harpsichord) at Trinity-St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor St. West. The program featured works of Henry Purcell and ended with John Blow's Ode on the Death of Henry Purcell. Encore was Purcell's Evening Hymn, "Now that the sun hath veiled his light," arranged for two counter-tenors by Susie Napper.

February 18, 2002 -- Muguette made an appearance at the 'Dreams Come True' Gala benefitting The Dancer Transition Resource Centre and the new Artists' Health Centre (Toronto Western Hospital). Harpsichordist Elizabeth Keenan accompanied baroque dancers from Opera Atelier's dance company and TSO principal keyboardist Patricia Krueger played continuo in an excerpt from Bach double violin concert featuring Maestro Pinchas Zuckerman. Dancers from the National Ballet and the National Ballet School danced George Balanchine's choreography. The gala was at the Princess of Wales Theatre (our first appearence there!), for more info TicketKing.

January 22, 24, 26, 30 and February 1 and 3, 2002 -- Muguette appeared in the Canadian Opera Company's production of Rossini's il viaggio al Reims. Michael Schade and Henriette Bonde-Hansen headed a cast of 14 virtuoso voices in this comedy which was lost for 150 years. An assorted group of travellers bound for the coronation of King Charles X are stranded at The Golden Lily Hotel (no rent-a-horses available), but decide to party on at the spa anyway. This is true opera goofa. For more info contact the COC . CBC Radio taped this production for broadcast on Saturday Afternoon at the Opera, it will air June 29, 2002 at 1:30pm

January 31 and February 2, 2002 -- Toronto Symphony Orchestra's principal keyboardist Patricia Krueger played forte-piano Constanza when the TSO, UofT MacMillan Singers and the Elmer Isler Singers teamed up to do Haydn's Creation under Maestro Helmut Rilling. More information on this performance are at the TSO website.

January 26, 2002 -- Den, in his role as forte-pianist for period dance band The Rakes of Hogtown, played forte-piano Constanza for Queen Charlotte's Birthday Ball at Historic Fort York in Toronto. What a hoot! We hope this will become an annual event.

January 20, 2002 -- Gertrude the harmonium was heard on CBC Radio One's OnStage with Eric Friesen as he presents Susan Platts, mezzo-soprano, with members of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Richard Bradshaw, conductor.  This program was taped before a live audience on Octeber 23, 2001 as part of CBC's Onstage at Glenn Gould Studio concert series. Gertrude has been instrumental (sorry) in the presentation of a number of large orchestral works which Schoenberg and Berg transcribed for smaller ensembles including harmonium. She is especially proud of the Das Liede von der Erde she did for the CBC's mini-Mahler festival in the fall of 2000. Broadcast starts at 2:05pm (Radio One) and 8:05pm (Radio Two). More information at CBC's Onstage website.

December 17, 2001, 7:30pm -- Muguette accompanied the Riverdale Youth Singers in their Christmas concert Personent Hodie at St. Clement's Anglican Church in Toronto.
December 3, 5, 7, and 9, 2001 -- Althea and Muguette appeared in the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio's production of Sartorio's Giulio Cesare in Egitto. Tom Diamond directed, Gary Thor Wedow did the music   -- these are the same guys who did the Ensemble Studio's fabulous Giasone in 2000.
November 16 and 17, 2001, 8:00pm --  Mark I, our smallest Italian harpsichord, appeared with Opera Barrie's production of :Pergolesi's La Serva Padrona / the Lady of the House (in English) at the MacLaren Art Centre in Barrie, Ontario.
December 9, 2001, 7:30pm -- Martine travelled to Port Hope, Ontario with Bernard Labadie and the gang to do the Messiah for the Friends of Music at Port Hope United Church.
December 8, 2001 -- Our new French double made her debut at Toronto's historic Massey Hall  in Handel's Messiah with Bernard Labadie's Les Violons du Roy and a fabulous bunch of singers. 
October 18, 2001 -- Muguette played continuo and backed up the recitatives in Rhombus Media's award-winning film Don Giovanni Unmasked, starring Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Dmitri Hrostovsky. It aired on CBC's Opening Night at 8:00pm. For more information on the broadcast, see the Opening Night website.

October 1, 2001 -- Harpsichord virtuoso Geneviève Soly played Muguette to critical acclaim in her recent Toronto appearance for Dance Oremus Danse. Here is the Toronto Star's review of that concert, which featured three suites by the undeservedly obscure Cristoph Graupner (1683-1760).

September 1995 to present -- We are pretty well a fixture at the The Toronto Early Music Centre 's annual fall fair, the third Saturday of September. The fair, held the the third Saturday of September, is a showcase of local early musicians, singers, dancers, instrument builders and scholars. The performances and exhibits start at 12 noon and go to 5:00pm. It will be at historic Montgomery's Inn again this year, we heartily recommend their historic high tea, it is tasty, fun, and very good value.

June 1999 and 2001 -- We were at the biennial Boston Early Music Festival and Exhibition .

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