February 26, 2020

“Inhaling Music for All of My Life” - James Rhodes

by Paul Ennis

Since the 2008/2009 season when his star began its rise, celebrated pianist, author and media personality James Rhodes has released seven chart-topping classical albums, written four books and appeared in and made several television programs for British broadcasting. According to…
February 26, 2020

Beste Kalender: Mezzo Rising

by Lydia Perović

The year 2020 is coming up roses for mezzo-soprano Beste Kalender, who grew up in Turkey and moved to Canada at the age of 22 to pursue two great interests – post-graduate research in the psychology of musical cognition, and…
February 26, 2020

Making Room for the New at Gimeno’s TSO

by David Jaeger

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO), made a bold and exciting statement about new music in announcing its 2020/2021 season, the first under new music director Gustavo Gimeno. On their website, maestro Gimeno is quoted as saying, “I believe that orchestral…
February 26, 2020

Balance in Blindness: The Plasticity of Perception

by Vivien Fellegi

Violinist Susanna McCleary shimmers in a silver top as she strides over the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre stage, one hand balanced lightly on the back of her mother, Dorothy de Val. McCleary leads the pair in a rousing rendition…
February 26, 2020

Bonnell’s bug: Inviting Criticism

by Robert Harris

"There is an aspect to cultural work – or in our case, artistic ceremony – which does not align with current colonial reviewing practices. In order to encourage a deeper discussion of the work, we are inviting critiques or thoughts…
February 19, 2020

The 2020 JUNOs: A Year’s Worth of Discoveries

by David Perlman

As always, come JUNOS time, there’s much for us at The WholeNote to be pleased by, looking at the lists of nominees and seeing how many of the albums in question our recording reviews editor David Olds and his industrious…
February 19, 2020

Concert report: In Canada, “Hamilton” expectations are high – and met

by Jennifer Parr

"I'm just like my country, I’m young scrappy and hungry, and I'm not throwing away my shot." On February 12, I finally had the chance to see the musical Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's famously hip hop biography of America's lesser-known founding…
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…
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