August 07, 2020

Concert report: TSM 2020 – reimagined

by Paul Ennis

Toronto Summer Music’s first-ever online festival came to a rousing conclusion on August 1, with TSM artistic director and TSO concertmaster Jonathan Crow leading an elite group of instrumentalists in Beethoven’s ever-popular Septet in E-flat Major Op.20. Crow stood at…
July 24, 2020

Concert report: TSM’s opening weekend – expertly programmed and expertly played

by Paul Ennis

After Toronto Summer Music cancelled its Beethoven Unleashed festival on April 9, TSM’s friends and supporters worked with artistic director Jonathan Crow and his team to mount a stripped-down version of its 15th anniversary season online, between July 16 and…
July 03, 2020

“Exquisite Corpse” and Other Coping Strategies

by David Perlman

“Basically how it works is that each participant records material while only partially knowing what other participants have made. The full musical piece is revealed without knowing how all the parts will intersect.” – Ben Finley Exquisite Corpse, Wikipedia says,…
July 03, 2020

Stuck on Safety: Go Small or Stay Home? The Orchestral Dilemma | A conversation with Katherine Carleton

by Lydia Perovic

Katherine Carleton, C.M. is the executive director of Orchestras Canada. We talked over Zoom in June. LP: What are you hearing from the orchestras these days? KC: I’m hearing several things. They’re looking back on the season that was and…
July 03, 2020

Music in the Dance of Life: Responding to a changing world

by Jennifer Parr

I have been friends with Jennifer Nichols since meeting as colleagues working at Opera Atelier more than ten years ago, and I have followed her freelance career with great interest ever since, sometimes reviewing or previewing her shows for The…
July 03, 2020

In the Absence of Singing, Uncertainty

by Brian Chang

Anyone who sings in a choir has likely seen the tragic story of the Amsterdam Mixed Choir where after a performance of the Bach St John Passion, 102 of the 130 choristers were sickened by COVID-19. One of those members…
July 03, 2020

“As Live as We Can Do It” – TSM Reborn

by Paul Ennis

Of all the musical events I’ve taken in online recently, the highlight was watching new TSO music director Gustavo Gimeno in Amsterdam conducting the regathered Concertgebouw, the orchestra in which he played percussion for 11 years beginning in 2001.  Both…
July 03, 2020

COVID Behind, a Reckoning Ahead

by Robert Harris

Can we render into sound the new realities that are struggling to be born? As we end this first phase of our new reality, there is much about the coronavirus that stalks us that we still do not know. But…
June 25, 2020

Statement from the publisher

by David Perlman

Black Lives Matter. Many arts organizations and musicians in Ontario, whose activities are the main focus of The WholeNote's work, are joining the call for urgent and concerted action to bring an end to systemic and deeply entrenched racism in…
June 25, 2020

Deep and slow thought: Amplified Opera’s artist-first mandate

by Sara Constant

When opera artists Aria Umezawa and Teiya Kasahara decided to use the name ‘Amplified Opera’ for a new Toronto-based opera company and concert series, they knew it would sound like a misnomer. “A colleague of mine came up with the…
June 24, 2020

In the 2019/20 Dora nominations, operatic and musical innovation are front and centre

by Jennifer Parr

Toronto’s Dora Mavor Moore Awards, given annually to celebrate outstanding achievements in theatre, opera and dance, are taking place on June 29, 2020 – not in person as is usually the case, but online on the Youtube channel of the…
June 24, 2020

Review: “Parry: Songs of farewell” - sacred English music, sung with subtle sensitivity

by Marie Trotter

This article appears in The WholeNote as part of our collaboration in the Emerging Arts Critics program. Parry: Songs of farewell & works by Stanford, Gray & WoodWestminster Abbey Choir, James O'Donnell (conductor)Hyperion CDA68301 Parry: Songs of farewell & works…
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