Standing ovations can be both inevitable and deserved. There were a few on Saturday evening in Roy Thomson Hall, before and after Peter Oundjian led his last performance as music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Rather than ponder the imponderable and seek to understand why Gershwin’s Concerto in F and Brahms’s First Symphony are not compatible, let's accept the Toronto Symphony Orchestra outing as two concerts separated by an intermission.
The charismatic conductor Krzysztof Urbański is a credible choice as a possible successor to the throne as Artistic Director at the Toronto Symphony. But with everyone's lips firmly sealed, we ask, is he still a contender?
Even if it feels like something less than a full-blooded opera, The Overcoat is a brilliant theatrical enterprise that can be appreciated for the virtuosity with which Panych (also the director) enlivens the stage.