Monthly Archives: December 2015

All Tchaikovsky TSO: cause for celebration

Tonight the Toronto Symphony played an all-Tchaikovsky program to a full house at Roy Thomson Hall, and the TSO make it feel like a genuine occasion. The audience loved the performances, first a concerto, then a symphony. And afterwards we … Continue reading

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Sondra Radvanovsky: Beneath The Lights Of Home

There’s a song Deanna Durbin once sang that seemed particularly apt tonight as one of the encores coming after Sondra Radvanovsky’s recital at Koerner Hall with Anthony Manoli piano. I can see the lights of home Shining brightly o’er the … Continue reading

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10 Questions for John Relyea

John Relyea?  I remember hearing that one of Canada’s great singers, Gary Relyea, had a son who was making a name for himself in the USA, first at the Merola program of the San Francisco Opera and inevitably at the … Continue reading

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L’Homme et le Ciel: worth the wait

I attended the opening of Adam Scime’s opera L’Homme et le Ciel at the Music Gallery, produced by FAWN Opera, directed by Amanda Smith and conducted by the composer. While I’ve seen two other presentations of portions from Scime’s opera –one … Continue reading

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Puppetmongers presents Cinderella in Muddy York

Puppetmongers presents Cinderella in Muddy York December 26, 2015 –January 1, 2016 at Tarragon Extraspace Created and performed by Ann Powell and David Powell, Directed by Sue Miner Toronto, November 30, 2015- Puppetmongers celebrates its 26th anniversary of delightful winter … Continue reading

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Vocalis 2 in the Great Hall

There are so many opportunities to hear great music in this city that the one I chose tonight could easily have slipped under the radar.  There’s so much going on at the Faculty of Music, check out their schedule (click … Continue reading

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Nuts for Stewart Goodyear’s Nutcracker

I was never koo-koo for Coco-puffs, but the headline ambushed me as I sat listening, enthralled.  If it sounds childish, that might give you some idea of how this recording moves me.  I associate Nutcracker –the ballet, and the score– … Continue reading

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