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#Odysseo in Mississauga: Celebrating what it is to be Canadian

Tonight it was my great pleasure to witness the opening night of Odysseo in the big tents set up beside the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, presented by Cavalia. Cavalia is a company led by Normand Latourelle that features live music, … Continue reading

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Life Reflected

Tonight I enjoyed the sole Toronto performance of Life Reflected at Sony Centre, a multi-media anthology produced by the National Arts Centre Orchestra, celebrating four Canadian women as part of the Luminato Festival.  Google tells me that Life Reflected was … Continue reading

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TSO: a decade’s lessons

The Toronto Symphony’s Decades Project has taken the orchestra and its listeners on a gradual tour through history.  As we’ve progressed forward 10 years at a time we’re less and less able to escape, as more and more we confront … Continue reading

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Toy Piano Composers play with us as they launch CD

When you stop and think about it, it makes sense. We “play” our instruments right? Then surely all instruments are in a real sense toys, broadening the implications of Toy Piano  Composers, a Toronto collective of music makers who just … Continue reading

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TSO and Walton’s Decade

I can’t be the only one who made the connection, watching the Toronto Symphony tonight at Roy Thomson Hall.   It felt like a special concert. Sir Andrew Davis was just announced this week as the TSO’s interim Artistic Director for … Continue reading

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Christopher Cameron: Dr Bartolo’s Umbrella

This one is different. I’ve encountered memoirs written by artists I’ve respected from afar often created with the help of a ghost-writer. But Chris Cameron’s Dr Bartolo’s Umbrella and Other Tales from my Surprising Operatic Life, perhaps a bit like Chris … Continue reading

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TSO: Sir Andrew Davis to be interim Artistic Director, Peter Oundjian Conductor Emeritus

May 31, 2017: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) announces today that Sir Andrew Davis will act as Interim Artistic Director for two seasons following the conclusion of Peter Oundjian’s 14-year tenure as Music Director at the end of the 2017/18 … Continue reading

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