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REPORT | Cliburn Competition: A Frankly Superior Performance

By Arthur Kaptainis on June 9, 2017

The Cliburn piano competition inches towards choosing a winner, but it is still anyone's guess as to who that will be.
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FEATURE | A Fond Farewell To Nora Shulman, A Total Pro

By Arthur Kaptainis on June 6, 2017

"My personal ambitions never went beyond maintaining my work at the highest level. That was always my goal." MT catches up with TSO Principal Flute Nora Shulman to chat about her upcoming retirement and the road ahead.
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SCRUTINY | Sir Andrew Davis, TSO And Choirs Make A Feast Of Walton

By Arthur Kaptainis on June 4, 2017

"Brass were hearty, strings full of fire." Sir Andrew Davis makes a superior performance out of William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast at Roy Thomson Hall.
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SCRUTINY | Warsaw Silver Winner Charles Richard-Hamelin Is In Sterling Form

By Arthur Kaptainis on May 5, 2017

Toronto audience marvels at Charles Richard-Hamelin's classy playing from beginning to end.
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SCRUTINY | Louis Riel Holds Its Own

By Arthur Kaptainis on April 24, 2017

While some observers have looked warily on this 50-year-old collaboration of two white guys, the perspective is favourable to the cause of human rights and critical of the establishment.
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SCRUTINY | Esprit Orchestra Gets Spring Fever At Season Closer

By Arthur Kaptainis on April 3, 2017

“Contemporary pops” is not a concept with much currency, but this is not a bad description of the program the conductor Alex Pauk put together to end the 2016-17 Esprit Orchestra season in Koerner Hall on Sunday night.
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SCRUTINY | A Distinctively Boston Berlioz In The Big Smoke

By Arthur Kaptainis on March 6, 2017

Boston Symphony Orchestra keeps the audience on tenterhooks with Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique at Roy Thomson Hall.
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SCRUTINY | NACO Is Welcome Anytime, But Easy On The Walton

By Arthur Kaptainis on February 26, 2017

A Walton heavy program meets some resistance at the annual visit by National Arts Centre Orchestra with classical guitar legend Pepe Romero.
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SCRUTINY | The Young And The Restless Reign Over The TSO

By Arthur Kaptainis on February 16, 2017

Canadian piano sensation Jan Lisiecki and guest conductor Jakub Hrůšadraw draw poetry from Schumann’s ardent Piano Concerto at Roy Thomson Hall.
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THE SCOOP | TSO Thinking Canadian — And Big — In Oundjian's Final Season

By Arthur Kaptainis on January 25, 2017

Toronto Symphony Orchestra release details on Peter Oundjian's final season as Music Director with the TSO.
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