Monthly Archives: September 2016

Toronto Symphony flex their muscles

There are weeks when the ensembles in town confuse and confound us with their crossover efforts, doing things we might not expect.  This is supposedly a good thing, when historically informed players with their lovely old instruments venture into a … Continue reading

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Elisa Citterio inspiring Tafelmusik

As I sat in the balcony an allegorical tableau seemed to be enacted before me. To my right sat Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg, co-artistic directors of Opera Atelier. To my left sat Topher Mokrzewski and Joel Ivany, the … Continue reading

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Nutty professors

A friend of mine who teaches at a Canadian university asked me to suggest a good text to explain Leitmotifs. I was stopped short, because it’s a tricky subject.  While Wagner’s mature operas are regularly spoken of using the word … Continue reading

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Kubo, because I promised

I feel very much at cross purposes, having promised I would complain about something in a film that I loved. The film is Kubo and the Two Strings. Let me get the complaint out of the way, as it’s from … Continue reading

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Back to where it all began: Against the Grain Theatre announce seventh season

Against the Grain Theatre goes back to its roots for seventh season in 2016/2017 A classic remount and a residency with the Canadian Opera Company bring AtG back to where it all began TORONTO — Against the Grain Theatre (AtG) … Continue reading

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Podium Concert Productions presents THE SECRET GARDEN New Company to focus on Musical Theatre ‘in Concert’ Presentations Inaugural Production set for January 2017 Podium Concert Productions (Peter da Costa and Mark Camilleri) proudly presents the Tony Award®-winning musical THE SECRET … Continue reading

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Together We’re Unlimited: A benefit concert

Merle Garbe & Jeff Gilburd present TOGETHER WE’RE UNLIMITED A Benefit Concert in Support of Thyroid Cancer Research  Toronto, August, 2016 – TOGETHER WE’RE UNLIMITED is a benefit concert in   celebration of Hope and Possibilities, with all proceeds designated to … Continue reading

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Encounter with Hilary Kilbourn

I posted a press release earlier this week, concerning someone who passed through my life briefly. One paragraph in particular caught my eye: About The Hilary Kilbourn Memorial Fund Hilary continues to cast her spell over the Island through good … Continue reading

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Hilary Kilbourn Memorial Benefit

September 6, 2016 Hilary Kilbourn Memorial Benefit To raise money to purchase a grand piano Toronto Island, ON.  September 18, 2016 3:00-5:00PM Toronto Island, ON – The St. Andrew-by-the-Lake Community proves time and again that great music is priceless & timeless. … Continue reading

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Brady, Kaepernick, Eastwood and Trump 

  The arts confuse us regularly, somewhat like life itself.  One minute we’re kept at a distance by a performance using some alienating device calling attention to the artifice, the next we’re sucked into the world we’re watching.  I believe … Continue reading

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