February 10, 2020

Concert report: “Where Song Began” - a timely and compelling exploration of Australian birdlife

by Menaka Swaminathan

As a venue, Toronto’s Heliconian Club sets a charming tone for an afternoon concert. On February 2 at 3pm, the intimate space was dimly lit, with a screen projecting the images of three types of birds, in preparation for “Where…
January 30, 2020

Changed by Caroline: Jully Black

by Jennifer Parr

“Change your mind and change your life.” This is what Canada’s beloved “Queen of R&B” Jully Black said to herself when she agreed to make her musical theatre debut as Caroline, the leading role in Caroline or Change for The…
January 30, 2020

Alison Mackay and Suba Sankaran: On the Early Trail of Indigo

by David Perlman

“When did you two first start talking about this project?” I ask my guests. It’s January 14, 2020 and The Indigo Project, the latest in a long series of thematically based multimedia projects from the fertile curatorial mind of Tafelmusik’s…
January 30, 2020

Best of Both Worlds: Composer-percussionist Bob Becker

by Andrew Timar

With a career spanning half a century, renowned Toronto-based percussionist Bob Becker has garnered a global reputation for his instrumental mastery, interpretive skill and rigourous commitment to his art. Reading road kill on balding tiresIn the 1996 issue of Percussive…
January 30, 2020

Always Asking Why: Speranza Scappucci, conductor

by Lydia Perović

Will there come a time when we journalists will be able to stop making a big deal out of women conductors? We are not there yet – systemic barriers in the profession remain all too real – but the fact…
January 30, 2020

Fertile Ground for Thoughts and Dreams: NMC Then and Now

by David Jaeger

Now in its 49th season,Toronto’s New Music Concerts (NMC) remains one of the main presenters of contemporary concert music in Toronto, with a long and diverse legacy of bringing first performances of significant new works to Toronto audiences, covering compositions…
January 30, 2020

Remembering Errol Gay | February 8, 1941 - December 13, 2019

by mj buell

Errol was an elegant battler of ALS – possibly the worst affliction a human being can have. The brain stays sharp while gradually losing control over the body. It’s a cautionary tale that, toward the end of life with everything…
January 30, 2020

Reeking Gloriously of the Street: Beethoven at 250

by Robert Harris

The immovable reputation of Beethoven is the kind of continuity that either confirms the unchanging greatness of classical music, or makes us despair of the depth of its conventionality and inertness. I am old enough to remember the last time…
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