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…
October 04, 2022

John Beckwith, Musician

by Max Christie

On Friday, September 9 there was a celebration of a book, and of a musician, and of a whole string of numbers, including 17 and 95. It took place within the cozy confines of the Canadian Music Centre, in the…
October 04, 2022

Pianistic High-Wire Acts and More

by Paul Ennis

When he was 24, Lucas Debargue 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 at the Competition has become an event…
October 04, 2022

The unsung heroes of Mendelssohn's Elijah

by Steph Martin

Why do we love Mendelssohn’s Elijah? For many conductors, performers and listeners, it is the perfect oratorio, combining all the dramatic musical elements required to bring this colourful story to life.  A more puzzling question is why do we love…
October 04, 2022

Icons, Innovators and Renegades

by Jennifer Parr

For the past six weeks I have been immersed, as stage manager, in the 19th-century world of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya – or rather, in a version of that world seen through a contemporary Canadian lens that illuminates a classic…
October 04, 2022

Beyond Obligatory Inclusion?

by Wendalyn Bartley

As the new season of concerts gets underway in these somewhat post-Covid days, some of the larger-scale presenters have, with fingers crossed, announced ambitious season lineups. As I looked through their listings, a noteworthy trend was emerging: the regular programming…
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