Monthly Archives: May 2018

Inglorious Women: Toronto

Toronto based performers come together as Inglorious Women: Toronto to raise funds for underrepresented women in need of legal assistance and counselling. May 16, 2018. Toronto, Ontario: Inglorious B Productions will be donating all proceeds from its inaugural event: Inglorious … Continue reading

Posted in Press Releases and Announcements | Leave a comment

Orfeo and the power of music

David Fallis’s tenure as the Artistic Director of the Toronto Consort ended with today’s final concert performance of Monteverdi’s Orfeo, one of the most elaborate presentations I’ve ever seen from this group. Don’t get me wrong. We were still in … Continue reading

Posted in Music and musicology, Opera, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Laird’s new Leonard Bernstein biography

2018 is the centennial of Leonard Bernstein’s birth, as I’ve mentioned in reviewing recent commemorative performances of Candide by TIFT, TOT and the TSO.  Anniversaries usually trigger a flood of books as well.  I’ve just read one of them cover … Continue reading

Posted in Books & Literature, Music and musicology, Popular music & culture, Reviews | Tagged , | 1 Comment

Ensemble Showcase 2018

An Evening With the Ensemble Studio is a special opportunity. It’s interesting to get a closer look at the members of the Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio. For most of the year they’re confined to small roles in the mainstage … Continue reading

Posted in Music and musicology, Opera | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Keri Alkema: A Journey of Transformation

Today’s noon-hour recital at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre aka the foyer of the Four Seasons Centre was unlike any we’ve seen before. Readers of this blog may recall that I’ve expressed my admiration for Keri Alkema in my reviews of … Continue reading

Posted in Music and musicology, Opera, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Questions for Bruno Roy

Time flies. It seems like it was only yesterday that baritone Bruno Roy was a finalist in Centre Stage, the 2015 Ensemble Studio competition. The new voice that we had never heard before? He is now about to make his … Continue reading

Posted in Interviews, Opera | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hockey Noir

I love ambition. Tonight I was plunged into a world completely unlike anything I’ve encountered in opera, and it will be replayed tomorrow.  Okay, performed again I should say, even if it does feel like a hockey game at the … Continue reading

Posted in Music and musicology, Opera | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Questions for David Fallis: Toronto Consort & Monteverdi’s Orfeo

When I interviewed David Fallis five and a half years ago concerning a period production of Der Freischütz my first sentence said that he “is surely one of the most important musical minds in Canada,” an assertion that has only gathered weight with … Continue reading

Posted in Interviews, Music and musicology, Opera | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

All –Beethoven Tafelmusik Finale

Tonight’s programme from Tafelmusik was the first of their season-ending concerts at Koerner Hall. We heard Beethoven’s violin concerto & the Pastorale symphony. Thinking about moustaches & tears earlier this week, it felt serendipitous to be studying the same sort … Continue reading

Posted in Music and musicology, Psychology and perception, Reviews | Tagged , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Cry for me

Some actions are startlingly ambiguous.  Right now for example I’m not shaving my upper lip. Am I growing a moustache –which would be an action—or am I simply not shaving my upper lip? I had that thought, thinking about a … Continue reading

Posted in Cinema, video & DVDs, Music and musicology, Personal ruminations & essays, Psychology and perception | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments