Monthly Archives: November 2014

Ambitious Extensions of Us

This is one of those crazy weeks when it’s difficult to know what to see. I’m missing the opening concerts of Jan Lisiecki’s mini-festival with the Toronto Symphony, a gala concert from Aprile Millo and the opening of Tapestry Briefs: … Continue reading

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Stewart Goodyear and Czerny’s four boxes

Do you read liner notes?  I always begin to do so.  If there’s something of substance, not only do I read them but I cherish them, making them part of the big conversation that is the work of art.  Nothing … Continue reading

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Gerald Finley on the shelf

It’s November. October was Gerald Finley month in Toronto, as his Falstaff jumped up on the table that was our collective experience (and for the final scene of the opera). Don’t let the headline (“Finley on the shelf”) scare you, … Continue reading

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10 Questions for Jan Lisiecki 

This month the Toronto Symphony has a festival of five concerts between November 12th and 22nd, featuring Danish conductor Thomas Dausgaard and young Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki commemorating Carl Nielsen’s 150th birthday, presented alongside the three final piano concerti of … Continue reading

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Dreams of the Vienna Woods

How can a place signify so much if you’ve never been there?  But when we look forward to a promised land –whether it’s America for the immigrant, Mecca or Jerusalem for the pilgrim, or just a personal utopia—it’s a mental landscape … Continue reading

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10 Questions for Daniel Cabena

Canadian countertenor Daniel Cabena is highly regarded in both Canada and Europe for prize-winning performances ranging from baroque to contemporary repertoire, described as “very classy, with his freely flowing slender, well-sustained alto voice”. Cabena holds an Honours Bachelor of Music … Continue reading

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Extensions of Us 11.13.14 Questions and Answers

The program was created as a reaction to our experiences as recital performers and audience members. We come to this process with a great love for the art form, but also with a combined knowledge and experience as to its … Continue reading

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