Monthly Archives: October 2012

Latent Frida

I’m wrestling with a few related concepts after being immersed in the wonderful show at the Art Gallery of Ontario Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting.  They revolve around the degree to which Frida Kahlo was in some respects … Continue reading

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Solti Centennial

The centennial of Hungarian conductor Georg Solti arrives on October 21st.  As a Hungarian I always found it irritating that he called himself “Georg” rather than “György”.  But of course whenever I say that name aloud –and unless you’re Magyar … Continue reading

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Media Release from Tafelmusik: Jeanne Lamon to step down

“Press releases and announcements” are presented verbatim without comment. Jeanne Lamon to step down as Tafelmusik’s Music Director in 2014 Tafelmusik’s Board of Directors applauds Lamon’s three remarkable decades of leadership; will launch international search for successor Jeanne Lamon, Music … Continue reading

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Frida and Diego @ the AGO

If you only read one sentence please read this one.  The new exhibit Frida & Diego: Passion, Politics and Painting at the Art Gallery of Ontario is the best art exhibit I’ve ever experienced. How so?  Nothing (including my statement) … Continue reading

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Esprit Tunes the World

Tonight Esprit Orchestra, led by Conductor & Music Director Alex Pauk, marked the beginning of their 30th season with a program celebrating the excellence of Canadian music, a concert titled “The Tuning of the World”.  Of the five items presented … Continue reading

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Second At Bat

I raved about the new Canadian Opera Company Die Fledermaus when it opened last week.  Tonight I had the privilege of another look with a slightly different cast. Some things inevitably work best the first time.  A joke with a … Continue reading

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10 Questions for David Fallis

David Fallis is surely one of the most important musical minds in Canada.  He is Music Director for Opera Atelier, a long-time member and Artistic Director of the Toronto Consort, and director of Choir 21 (a choir specializing in 21st … Continue reading

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Dichterliebe

Are you seeing Dichterliebe from Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie (CLC) at the Citadel this week?  It’s a multi-media collaboration, and excuse me if that description is so common that it’s almost unintelligible; I’ll decode it in a moment. But you … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving and sanity

According to the proponents of Positive Psychology –a relatively new movement in mental health—gratitude is useful if not essential to mental health. Martin Seligman, author of Authentic Happiness, is one of the key figures in this movement that seeks to … Continue reading

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The bat came back

The bat came back: from the dead that is. Forgive me for invoking one of my very favorite animated cartoons (and Richard Condie). I said BAT not CAT.   After many mediocre bats –productions of Die Fledermaus from the Canadian Opera … Continue reading

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