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…
November 01, 2019

Confluences: An Exploratory Evening with Mezzo-Soprano Marion Newman

by David Perlman

This past September 20, soprano Melody Courage posted the following on Facebook: What an incredible evening last night! It was such an honour to perform the world premiere of Ian Cusson’s beautiful aria ‘Dodo, mon tout petit’ with Alexander Shelley.…
November 01, 2019

Grounded in Displacement | Udo Kasemets: A Centenary Celebration

by Andrew Timar

Assessing the legacy of a musician is tricky any day, but particularly when celebrating the person’s birth centenary, and especially when he was my teacher, colleague and then, friend, over several decades. It’s even more daunting when that person is…
November 01, 2019

Signalling a Musical Sea Change | Composer Alexina Louie and cellist Rachel Mercer

by David Jaeger

The recent announcement of composer Alexina Louie as the winner of the 2019 Molson Prize in the Arts, the first time the $50,000 prize has been awarded to a female composer, signalled something of a sea change in the world…
November 01, 2019

Something About the Theremin

by mJ Buell

My theremin is a musical instrument, an instrument of the air. Its two antennas emerge from a closed wooden box. The pitch antenna is tall and black, noble. The closer your right hand gets, the higher the theremin’s tone. The…
October 31, 2019

Controversially Uncontroversial: Porgy and Bess at the Met

by Robert Harris

I love Porgy and Bess. I’ve loved it ever since I first heard the Leontyne Price/William Warfield RCA recording of excerpts from the opera in the mid-60s. The moment I hear that first octave gliss announcing the overture, and that…
October 26, 2019

Music and the Movies: Pain and Glory

by Paul Ennis

Pedro Almodóvar’s superb new film, Pain and Glory, which bursts with autobiographical references, deals with creativity in a most novel way. It’s the story of a film director, Salvador Mallo (a graceful, subtle, nuanced Antonio Banderas), who is blocked creatively…
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