Monthly Archives: November 2016

Berlin Philharmonic, Rattle, Boulez & Mahler

Tonight was the first of two concerts by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra presented at Roy Thomson Hall. I think this is the closest I’ve seen to “full” in the space, as every seat appeared to be occupied, and no wonder. … Continue reading

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Perlman’s Cinema Serenade: vol 1 & 2

You think you know someone, what they’re all about, and what they really like. That can be true of your friends, or of famous artists, where they surprise you with a hidden dimension, an unexpected interest. I thought I knew … Continue reading

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The truth about James Bond

I saw the premiere performance of James Bond: A Convenient Lie (Opera in Pasticcio), a collaboration between Malfi Productions and Manosinistra Lyric Workshops.  I don’t know either group, only that I shared a press release on this blog a little while … Continue reading

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A Bridge to the Future: commemorating the Hungarian Revolution

In Commemoration of The 60th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution & The 135th Anniversary of the Birth of Béla Bartók With the Performances of Piano Works by Bartók, as well as Works by Kodály, Liszt, Dohnányi, Lehár, and Kálmán Mary … Continue reading

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Ayre: An Evening of Osvaldo Golijov

When the organizational wizards of Against the Grain Theatre decided to present Ayre: An Evening of Osvaldo Golijov beginning November 10th I doubt that anyone recognized the significance of the date.  Had the American electorate made their expected repudiation of … Continue reading

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Ayre: counter-discursive affirmations

I needed that. Ayre, the piece I saw/heard just now in its noon-hour incarnation at the Canadian Opera Company’s free concert series, will be presented tonight in a fuller version by Against the Grain Theatre , but I doubt they’ll … Continue reading

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Balancing on the Edge

New circus and new music collide in boundary pushing, radical circus performances featuring special guest, DJ P-Love from New York. Co-produced in association with Harbourfront Centre Theatre by Thin Edge New Music Collective and A Girl in the Sky productions. … Continue reading

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