Monthly Archives: July 2014

StageWorks Assassins

Tonight I saw opening night of StageWorks new production of Assassins, an occasion that any serious fan of the musical theatre form must celebrate.  The score by Stephen Sondheim is challenging. The material in John Weidman’s book is electrifying, and … Continue reading

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Late night reading

Whether it was a virus, a cold or summertime allergies isn’t the point. I’ve been awake at night, coughing, sneezing, blowing my nose, and otherwise trying not to be a nuisance to anyone unlucky enough to be under the same … Continue reading

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July 31 Sondra Radvanovsky concert program

“Press releases and announcements” are presented verbatim without comment Sondra Radvanovsky, soprano Thursday, July 31 7:30pm Koerner Hall Sondra Radvanovsky, soprano Anthony Manoli, piano Beethoven- “Ah! Perfido”, Op. 65 Verdi- “In solitaria stanza”, from 6 Romanze, No. 3 Verdi- “Perduta … Continue reading

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Ten Questions for Hugh Ritchie

I first met Hugh Ritchie at Ryerson this winter, where we worked together on an adaptation of Dickens’ Martin Chuzzlewit. At one point in the show he was all pastoral Americana, singing a down-home “Little Brown Jug”, even though he … Continue reading

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Confessions of an Operatic Mute

Briane Nasimok and I go way back. He rode with me in the ambulance that took me to hospital (can’t recall which one) when I fell and split my head open. By then I was of legal drinking age (which … Continue reading

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Ten Questions for Adam Scime

Adam Scime is a young composer and performer living in Toronto, whose work has received many awards including The SOCAN Young Composer’s Competition, and The Karen Keiser Prize in Canadian Music, The Esprit Young Composer Competition, and the Electro-Acoustic Composer’s … Continue reading

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Great and Big

Franz Schubert wrote two symphonies in C Major. Indeed he wrote two in D major and two in B-flat major as well. The two C Major symphonies are sometimes distinguished by size. One is called “the little C Major Symphony”, … Continue reading

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