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COMMENTARY | Closing The McGill Conservatory Is An Historic Mistake

By Arthur Kaptainis on June 29, 2022

At the end of the summer, the McGill Conservatory will be the subject of a patricidal closure by the degree-granting faculty to which it gave birth.
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SCRUTINY | TSO Shines With Moussa Premiere & Garrick Ohlsson In Emperor Concerto

By Arthur Kaptainis on May 26, 2022

The Moussa symphony makes a solid impression, and Garrick Ohlsoon brought his customary polish, in performance with the TSO.
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SCRUTINY | Tafelmusik Delivers An Appropriately Stirring Bach B-Minor Mass In Massey Hall

By Arthur Kaptainis on May 6, 2022

It was good to be Bach, with Tafelmusik and Maestro Masaaki Suzuki, in Massey Hall.
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SCRUTINY | Ivo Pogorelich Offers A Recital To Remember

By Arthur Kaptainis on April 25, 2022

More than 40 years after his Toronto debut, Croatian pianist Ivo Pogorelich remains one of a kind.
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SCRUTINY | Marc-André Hamelin Fugally Fantastic In Beethoven

By Arthur Kaptainis on April 13, 2022

Marc-André Hamelin’s performance of Beethoven’s “Hammerklavier” Sonata Tuesday was the first for a Music Toronto audience since 2004.
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IN MEMORIAM | An Appreciation Of The One And Only Boris Brott

By Arthur Kaptainis on April 12, 2022

Maestro Boris Brott will be remembered as an orchestra-builder and agent of musical democracy.
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SCRUTINY | Toronto Symphony Offers A Five For One Deal Of A Century

By Arthur Kaptainis on April 10, 2022

Five conductors for the price of one: It sounds like a good deal, and so it was Saturday night as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra launched its centennial celebrations in a well-packed Roy Thomson Hall.
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SCRUTINY | There Was More To NACO’s Concert Than A Philip Glass Premiere

By Arthur Kaptainis on March 31, 2022

Good concert in Roy Thomson Hall Wednesday night by the visiting National Arts Centre Orchestra under Alexander Shelley.
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SCRUTINY | Toronto Symphony Brings A Keep-It-Moving Spirit For Saraste And Sibelius

By Arthur Kaptainis on March 25, 2022

It has been a while, however, since subscribers have seen the stage of Roy Thomson Hall as packed with personnel as it was Thursday.
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COMMENTARY | Why Playing Political Hot Potato With Artists Is A Terrible Idea

By Arthur Kaptainis on March 13, 2022

Questioning the shaky logic behind cancelling musicians amid geopolitical tensions.
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