November 25, 2021

Concert Report: The Toronto Symphony - Happy Returns

by Paul Ennis

Audiences returned to Roy Thomson Hall on November 10 for the first time since March 2020, welcoming the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and their new music director, Gustavo Gimeno, for a musical triptych—three programs spread over seven evenings. It was Gimeno’s…
November 17, 2021

“Pure sound and the light of eternity”: Claude Vivier reprised and recollected

by Wendalyn Bartley

Thanks to Soundstreams and their commitment to programming Canadian music, there will be a chance to hear two works by the celebrated composer Claude Vivier on November 19, 2021, during the broadcast of a livestream concert event. Vivier’s musical influence…
November 17, 2021

“A Postcard to 1946”: Director Kate Hennig chats about musical Holiday Inn

by Jennifer Parr

On November 20, the Shaw Festival’s winter season hits its full stride, with the openings of both its holiday offerings: A Christmas Carol, and Irving Berlin’s full-scale musical extravaganza Holiday Inn. In 2019, Holiday Inn was notable as the first…
November 17, 2021

Reigniting a musical neighbourhood: Aline Homzy’s “Sounds of Davenport”

by Samantha Fink

Musical couple Maryem and Ernie Tollar have been performing music in Toronto for about 35 years. Born in Egypt, Maryem works with Arabic lyrics and melodic inspirations to inform her work. Ernie, who plays saxophone, bansuri and ney, has contributed…
November 05, 2021

Stephen Hough reflects on music and more

by Andrew Scott

In Stephen Hough’s wonderful 2019 book Rough Ideas: Reflections on Music and More, the polymath pianist, writer, composer, religious scholar and music educator recalls an experience when he was confronted by the music of a pianist he did not recognize,…
November 05, 2021

Zorana Sadiq at Crow's

by Lydia Perovic

One-woman show. A listening room. A melding of narration and sound-making. Personal and universal. A monologue but also very much a dialogue with the musical tradition. I’m seated at a picnic table in Leslie Grove Park with Toronto-based soprano Zorana…
November 05, 2021

The Toronto Consort: From their home to yours

by Matthew Whitfield

For almost anyone with an internet connection, streaming services are a hugely popular source for entertainment, requiring only a compatible device to access a near-infinite variety of entertainment. Classical music occupies a miniscule slice of the market, but medici.tv and…
November 05, 2021

Understanding what a choir needs - Introducing Jean-Sébastien Vallée

by David Perlman

I recently connected, twice, with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s recently appointed artistic director, Jean-Sébastien Vallée (the eighth conductor in the choir’s 127-year history). The first time was on September 20, when I visited a TMC rehearsal; the second on October…
November 04, 2021

Sondheim’s Follies live and indoors!

by Jennifer Parr

The air was electric with anticipation as a top-notch staged-concert production of Stephen Sondheim’s and James Goldman’s iconic musical Follies at Koerner Hall on the weekend of October 16/17 signalled the return of indoor live musical theatre to town. For…
November 04, 2021

Goodyear, then Lisiecki at Koerner; RTH at 60% capacity for Gimeno’s TSO return

by Paul Ennis

There are hopeful signs of live-music life at the RCM’s Koerner Hall. On November 27, virtuoso pianist Stewart Goodyear, joined by the Penderecki String Quartet, perform the world premiere of his piano quintet based on themes from Beethoven, after which…
November 04, 2021

Pocket Concerts’ evolving paradigms

by Max Christie

Once upon a time (the spring of 2021, actually) I made contact with some colleagues and friends known collectively as Pocket Concerts, and individually as Emily Rho and Rory McLeod, interested in knowing how their particular brand, based on house…
November 02, 2021

Fall with a spring in its step

by Colin Story

The crunch of a crisp brown leaf underneath one’s foot; the chill of the wind as it comes off the lake; a Conservative premier embroiled in a minor controversy about his comments regarding immigration and labour. Though the pandemic is…
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