Monthly Archives: August 2014

My eyes are bigger than my stomach

I have reading to do. Do you ever go to a bookstore and get carried away with what you see? Of course with a bookstore there’s no time-limit. You can buy books that you read this week, or this year, … Continue reading

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Angriest Man

When I was a child the word was “mad”. I get mad. You get mad. Later I decided I was mis-using “mad” because there was a better word: “anger”. It’s a subtler thing, a more adult thing, or so my … Continue reading

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Ten Questions for Greg Finney

Who is Gregory Finney?  As he puts it in one of his biographies, he’s “a predominantly Comedic Baritone with Tenoristic leanings and background”.  This is an artist who is a bit of a chamelon, able to sing high or low, play … Continue reading

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Russia After Revolution

When Douglas McNabney –artistic director of  Toronto Summer Music Festival–programmed tonight’s concert, an evening of music that explores at least two compositions of the Soviet Era framed quaintly in the context of the Modernist experiment of the mid-20th Century– it’s … Continue reading

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Radvanovsky: Humble Servant

Tonight at Koerner Hall, Sondra Radvanovsky offered a self-portrait in her recital as part of Toronto Summer Music Festival. It’s not just a huge coup for TSM & Artistic Director Douglas McNabney, the highest profile artist to appear there this … Continue reading

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