November 28, 2019

The Trombone Shall Sound? Mozart’s Handel’s Messiah: An Orchestra Librarian’s Nightmare

by Gary Corrin

For many North American orchestras, playing in the pit for ballet performances of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker is a common holiday tradition. This was my experience, first as a clarinetist and then as an orchestra librarian. My first encounter with Messiah as…
November 28, 2019

The Art of Falling: Laurie Anderson at 21C

by Wendalyn Bartley

Deep in the heart of Toronto’s upcoming winter, the poignant and idiosyncratic composer, violinist, singer, filmmaker, storyteller and electronics virtuoso, Laurie Anderson, will be appearing at the seventh edition of the Royal Conservatory’s 21C Music Festival. The Art of Falling…
November 28, 2019

Turning Points | Cheryl Duvall: From Harbour Launch to Innermost Songs

by David Jaeger

On Sunday evening, December 8 at 8:30, pianist, impresario and all-around creative spark plug, Cheryl Duvall, is doing something at the Tranzac Club she’s never done before: launching her first full-length recording as a piano soloist. It’s not that she…
November 28, 2019

Wonderful Alchemy – Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical

by Jennifer Parr

“Anyone can make aloo gobi, but who can bend a ball like Beckham?” One of the most exciting shows coming up in December is a new production of Bend It Like Beckham: The Musical, the musical version of the beloved…
November 28, 2019

In Conversation: Scarlatti and Beyond – Pianist Lucas Debargue

by Paul Ennis

Lucas Debargue has already had a storied career. When he was 24, he finished fourth in the 2015 Tchaikovsky Piano Competition but, more importantly, the Moscow Music Critics Association bestowed their top honours on him as “the pianist whose performance…
November 28, 2019

Merry, Um, Holiday!

by Robert Harris

It’s getting to be that time of the year again. When once more I have to bear witness to my follies. Here goes. I’m Jewish. And I love Christmas carols. There, now I’ve said it. I’ve loved carols ever since…
November 14, 2019

“Encircling the World: Zithers!” brings together a family of instruments

by Andrew Timar

Chinese guzheng, Indonesian kacapi, Iranian santour and Middle Eastern qanun: these representatives of the vast global zither family remain relatively unknown outside their region or country of origin. And yet they all have very deep musical roots, tapping into the…
November 14, 2019

Beethoven, the Berlin Wall – and ProArteDanza’s message of hope

by Jennifer Parr

Thirty years ago, on November 9, 1989, the Berlin Wall fell. After 28 years dividing East Berlin from West Berlin and standing as the tangibly concrete symbol of the Cold War's Iron Curtain, the wall was suddenly porous and would…
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