Monthly Archives: November 2015

10 questions for Peter Oundjian

A dynamic presence in the conducting world, Toronto-born conductor Peter Oundjian is renowned for his probing musicality, collaborative spirit, and engaging personality. Oundjian’s appointment as Music Director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) in 2004 reinvigorated the Orchestra with numerous … Continue reading

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Soup Can HERETIC: not the usual martyr

Tonight I watched the latest version of HERETIC, Sarah Thorpe’s latest version of her play with the sub-title ”A Modern Retelling of the Story of Joan of Arc“. I was aware of her objective, to give an old story a … Continue reading

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Mahler’s decade

Michael Sanderling led the Toronto Symphony in a program of works from the first decade of the twentieth century featuring soprano Simone Osborne. We heard a diverse assortment of musical styles represented even though the works have a few things … Continue reading

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CASP: The Living Spectacle

(The) Canadian Art Song Project aim to explore the art song in all its manifestations.  Tonight CASP took a bold new step in the first in a new series of recitals.  “The Living Spectacle”, the first work on tonight’s program, … Continue reading

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Mr Turner: painter, paintings, movie

There is a scene in the first half hour of Mike Leigh’s recent film Mr Turner, juxtaposing the creative ambitions of amateurs and professionals. We see Timothy Spall as Turner, greeting a noble on his estate. Another person –likely another … Continue reading

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Sondra Radvanovsky in recital Dec 4th

“INHERITOR TO CALLAS”: FROM MET TRIUMPH TO KOERNER HALL! SOPRANO SONDRA RADVANOVSKY IN RECITAL A SHOW ONE PRESENTATION, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4 “Stupendous”… “flawless…technical command”… a true inheritor to the Callas approach” – New York Times WITH ANTHONY MANOLI, PIANO The … Continue reading

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13 ways of looking at Pyramus and Thisbe

If a scientist could slice up love and loss into small specimens and put them onto slides and put them under a microscope it would resemble what we saw at the Four Seasons Centre tonight and in earlier performances from … Continue reading

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