Monthly Archives: November 2014

10 Questions for Brett Polegato

Brett Polegato is a baritone with a beautiful voice. He’s a capable interpreter of songs, for example, in the recent Canadian Art Song Project concert: “I was more delighted by Brett Polegato’s loveliness of tone –one of the nicest baritones … Continue reading

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COC Centre Stage 2014

Tonight was the fourth public competition for membership in the Canadian Opera Company’s Studio Ensemble. I missed the first one in 2011. The second was held in November 2012, in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, aka the space in the upper … Continue reading

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Maleficent’s traumas

Spoiler alert: this discussion requires me to give away a bunch of plot points, so if you haven’t seen this film & want to, don’t read this OR don’t complain if I give it all away.   (OH AND YOU … Continue reading

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A fit of Christmas musick against Christmas music: Toronto Consort’s The Little Barley-Corne

Come for the rant, stay for the review. If you’re like me, you’re conflicted about Advent, a period before Christmas. While the season of Advent isn’t quite here yet (meaning the four Sundays before Christmas, ergo, Sundays Nov 30 + … Continue reading

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Beethoven, Nielsen and Mozart: TSO & Jan Lisiecki

Tonight was the last of the mini-festival of three programs / five concerts from the Toronto Symphony ostensibly featuring the music of Carl Nielsen & two of his big influences, namely Mozart & Beethoven. It’s as though there were two … Continue reading

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Maghan McPhee: Portrait

I missed seeing Carmen on Tap last summer, a version of Bizet’s masterpiece seen around the province (including Toronto) last summer. If I’d known that Maghan McPhee was in the show I would have made more of an effort to … Continue reading

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Social media and performance: bane or boon?

To tweet or not to tweet: that is the question. Saturday night at the Tapestry Briefs performance, Artistic Director Michael Mori invited the audience to employ social media, to post to Facebook or to tweet.  He even gave us the … Continue reading

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Cinematic Music- How We Hear Film: a course at the Royal Conservatory

I’m teaching a course at the Royal Conservatory of Music called “Cinematic Music- How We Hear Film” (register here). There are many ways to teach the history of film. Do you see directors as the key to understanding cinema? Then … Continue reading

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Tapestry Briefs: Booster Shots

I took in Tapestry Opera’s latest experimental workshop “Tapestry Briefs: Booster Shots”. The title plays on a few influences: Because Tapestry lives in the so-called “Distillery District” we’re in a realm of booze, so it makes sense to be thinking … Continue reading

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Soundstreams and Canadian Stage collaborating on Philippe Boesmans’ Julie

Canadian Stage have already shown a willingness to venture into different disciplines, bringing great artists such as Crystal Pite and Robert Lepage to Toronto to broaden the experience of the CanStage audience under Matthew Jocelyn’s leadership. Soundstreams and Canadian Stage have … Continue reading

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