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Today: Under a perfect summer sun with Lute Legends at Toronto Music Garden

By John Terauds on July 21, 2013

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We love the outdoors, and in this part of the world the days that are not too hot or too cold are as scarce as sensible mayoral candidates. Today is one of those perfect days — not for politics but for sampling the intersection of lake, city, music and flora at the Toronto Music Garden.

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds, Editor-Emeritus of Ludwig van Toronto, is currently a Divinity student at the University of Toronto and a church music director. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988, was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012, and continues as a freelance critic for the paper. He is the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.
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Tamara Bernstein walks a fine line between classical and world-inspired programming. Usually it’s one or the other, but this afternoon’s concert is a fascinating mix of the two — the hardest to pull off well — featuring Toronto’s Lute Lengends Ensemble.

The trio brings together three masters: Lucas Harris, Wen Zhao and Bassam Bishara, who have charted their own Silk Road from Europe to China.

The Music Garden concerts are free and share space with the noises of the a busy harbour, Queens Quay, Billy Bishop Airport — and the glories of a blue sky and lake breeze.

A redesign of the Harbourfront website means that only the most determined surfer is going to find out any details about each concert — and even those are sketchy. If you’re feeling lucky, you can go fish for information here.

We know today’s concert, which begins at 4 p.m., is entitled Send Me a Rose. Here are Lute Legends playing that piece:

John Terauds

 

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds, Editor-Emeritus of Ludwig van Toronto, is currently a Divinity student at the University of Toronto and a church music director. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988, was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012, and continues as a freelance critic for the paper. He is the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.
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