December 09, 2022

A Toast to Amnesia as the Music Goes Live (Again)!

by Colin Story

In case you’ve forgotten, at the beginning of December of last year, as a tumultuous 2021 came to a close, the season was looking tentatively merry and bright: indoor gatherings were once again possible, venues seemed to have definitively reopened,…
December 09, 2022

"Fall On Your Knees" Finds Theatrical Form

by Jennifer Parr

Ten years ago, I was inspired to adapt Fall on Your Knees as a piece of music-driven theatre,” says director Alisa Palmer. On January 20, at the Bluma Appel Theatre in Toronto, that initial seed of inspiration will have its…
December 06, 2022

Orchestral Explosion - Take December 10, for example...

by Paul Ennis

As the calendar crawls through November en route to the December holidays and the sun has not even begun its long trek back to seasonal dominance, it’s a ray of hope to peruse the listings and discover how, throughout the…
December 06, 2022

“Salute to Vienna” - The New Year’s Tradition That Grew

by Gary Corrin

January 1, 2023 will mark the return of what has become a favourite New Year’s tradition in Toronto and cities across North America – Attila Glatz Productions’ “Salute to Vienna” modelled on the wildly popular “Neujahrstagkonzert” (New Year’s Day Concert)…
December 06, 2022

Collaborative Serendipity

by Wendalyn Bartley

On a cold snowy night last November 19, I was happy to be in the warmth of the Music Gallery at 918 Bathurst Street, listening to the bright pulsating music of an inspiring collaboration between Toronto’s Evergreen Club Contemporary Gamelan…
November 06, 2022

Meanwhile, Back at Chalmer's House...

by Max Christie

Three weeks to the day after attending Chalmers House (home of the Canadian Music Centre) for the launch of John Beckwith’s book Musical Annals, I was back in the same space (though arranged in a more intimate horseshoe pattern for…
November 06, 2022

Singing For More Than Just Their Supper!

by Lydia Perović

Here’s some good news for a change: there’s a new professional chamber choir in Toronto, the city that barely has any, and none independent from larger arts organizations. Meet the Toronto Mendelssohn Singers, the new 24-member chamber choir within the…
November 06, 2022

More than "a play with music"

by Jennifer Parr

When is a play with music just that, and at what point does it cross some threshold into becoming “music theatre?” This is a question I grapple with all the time but it came up prominently in a conversation about…
November 06, 2022

Mervon Mehta In Conversation

by Paul Ennis

The new International Orchestra Series announced October 6 is an exciting addition to the Royal Conservatory’s dance card. The upcoming first visit to Toronto by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (their first since 1914) is an intriguing prospect that prompts a…
November 05, 2022

Trichy Sankaran at 80

by Andrew Timar

  Let’s start at the beginning. Trichy Sankaran was born on July 27, 1942 in Poovalur, Thiruchirappalli district of Tamil Nadu in southern India. Another significant date occurred 29 years later when the classically trained Indian drummer Sankaran took a…
November 05, 2022

Four Concertos and One String Quartet

by Wendalyn Bartley

“A wild idea coming to fruition.” That is how composer Alexina Louie summed up the nature of Esprit Orchestra’s concert on November 27, featuring three exceptional concertmasters all based in Toronto and all sharing the stage, performing four violin concertos…
October 04, 2022

FutureStops Festival Expands the Organ Envelope

by Vanessa Ague

FutureStops Festival is by no means Toronto’s first organ festival, but it is the first to expand the envelope to the contemporary potential of “the king of instruments”, highlighting the versatility of the centuries-old instrument and renewing interest in its…
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