Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Walrus Talks: Spirituality or ymmv

A friend took me to Walrus Talks tonight. Evidently the magazine organizes these colloquia to investigate a topic such as tonight’s theme, spirituality. It seemed apt that we were at Trinity-St Paul’s, a space I think of as much for … Continue reading

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Who’s that girl: Laura, Stella, Iris or Betsy

Bernard Herrmann died on Christmas Eve 1975 the day after he had finished recording the score to Taxi Driver. I can’t help thinking of the score as a natural conclusion to one of the big issues of his life. Back … Continue reading

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Isis and Osiris, Gods of Egypt

I saw the second of two performances in the world premiere run of Isis and Osiris, Gods of Egypt, a new opera composed by Peter Togni from a libretto by Sharon Singer, presented by Opera in Concert – Voicebox. There … Continue reading

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Travelogue, or Bicycle Opera take Toy Piano Composers for a ride

If you can judge a book by its cover – or a small performing arts company by its poetic name – then it’s a match made in heaven, this idea for Travelogue: a collaboration between Bicycle Opera Project (opera with … Continue reading

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Toronto Symphony Scheherazade

I had the pleasure of hearing the Toronto Symphony play Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade the final three times they played the work on their recent Florida tour.  As a souvenir of my trip, I’ve had a CD in the car for literally … Continue reading

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Funding WWI Centenary Tribute in Song

Baritone John Brancy and Pianist Peter Dugan are raising $20,000 to record an album of their WWI Memorial in Song. Donations are tax deductible for USA tax payers. John Brancy and Peter Dugan have been collaborative musical partners and friends since they met as students at … Continue reading

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TSO Statement on Leadership Change

TORONTO, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – March 30, 2016) – The Board of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Jeff Melanson, President & CEO of the TSO, have mutually decided that it is in the best interests of both parties that he resign from … Continue reading

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