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SCRUTINY | Two TSO Concerts For The Price Of One, Plus A Bonus Jon Kimura Parker

By Arthur Kaptainis on June 14, 2018

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.
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INTERVIEW | Peter Oundjian On The Eve Of Saying Goodbye

By Arthur Kaptainis on June 14, 2018

Is the TSO underrated?“Absolutely, yes." Peter Oundjian sits down for an in-depth and candid interview on the ups and downs of his 14 years reign as Music Director of the Toronto Symphony.
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SCRUTINY | Oundjian, TSO Reveal The Glories Of Original Bruckner 8

By Arthur Kaptainis on May 3, 2018

The Toronto Symphony throw light on the differences that have become the source of musical fisticuffs in the original 1887 version of Bruckner's 8 Symphony.
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SCRUTINY | TSO's Candide Pushes Bernstein's Wordplay A Little Too Far

By Arthur Kaptainis on April 27, 2018

The TSO offers a distraction from the horrific tragedy in Toronto this week through the music of Leonard Bernstein's Candide, with conductor Bramwell Tovey at the helm.
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CHECK IN | Is Urbański Still A TSO Maybe?

By Arthur Kaptainis on April 21, 2018

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?
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SCRUTINY | Good Vibrations At The TSO From The Boss To Be

By Arthur Kaptainis on April 6, 2018

Sir Andrew sent us home from Roy Thomson Hall in a hopeful frame of mind Thursday evening after a finely tooled performance of Sibelius’s Fifth Symphony.
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SCRUTINY | Theatre Takes The Lead In The Overcoat

By Arthur Kaptainis on March 30, 2018

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.
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SCRUTINY | Toronto Symphony Sounds Like A Virtuoso Under Stéphane Denève

By Arthur Kaptainis on March 29, 2018

He could have been a contender: Stéphane Denève, 46, can parlez-vous, which is mandatory in Montreal and not a bad thing in Toronto.
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THE SCOOP | Toronto Symphony Orchestra Announces 2018—19 Season With Cuts To Festival Programming

By Arthur Kaptainis on February 27, 2018

With the Oundjian era coming to an end, the TSO rethinks decades-long programming initiatives but adds more gender-balanced guest conductors. Still no hints on a potential successor to Peter Oundjian as music director.
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SCRUTINY | Brentano, Upshaw Sound Great In Modern Oldies 

By Arthur Kaptainis on January 12, 2018

Funny how a program made mostly of music written more than a century ago can seem avant-garde.
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