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Classical Music 101: What Does A Conductor Do?

By John Terauds on June 17, 2019

Timekeeper, herder, tastemaker, cheerleader and scold. Those are the five primary jobs of a conductor. He or she is where the musical buck stops.
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Classical Music 101 | What Does Period Instrument Mean?

By John Terauds on May 6, 2019

Nearly every instrument in an orchestra has changed over the past three centuries. Some differences are obvious, others more subtle.
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CLASSICAL MUSIC 101 | What Does It Mean To Be In Tune?

By John Terauds on April 23, 2019

How being in tune is really a combination of traditions and habits which changes throughout history.
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Classical Music 101 | The Birth And Evolution Of The Modern Orchestra

By John Terauds on April 10, 2019

An evolutionary sketch of how the orchestra came to be, from 16th-century consorts to the modern orchestra we know today.
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RECORD KEEPING | Christina Petrowska Quilico Revisits Ann Southam With Diminishing Returns

By John Terauds on October 23, 2018

Christina Petrowska Quilico latest look at the solo piano music of the late Ann Southam, serves as more of a historical record than something to savour.
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PRIMER | How An Opera Singer Is Breaking Down The Barricades Around Suicide

By John Terauds on September 10, 2018

In honour of World Suicide Prevention Day on September 15, musicians across Canada are raising awareness with a continuous webcast of concerts inspired by around mental illness.
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SCRUTINY | Toronto Summer Music Festival Wraps Up In A Show Of Intense Music And Audience Love

By John Terauds on August 4, 2018

Heartwarming, but is it deserved? Critic John Terauds wrestles with the dilemma of obligatory standing ovations at the close of the Toronto Summer Music Festival.
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SCRUTINY | A Jumbled Program Prevents Flight At Recital With Angela Cheng And Alvin Chow

By John Terauds on August 1, 2018

Husband and wife piano duo Angela Cheng Alvin Chow presented a muddled program that contributed to a muddled result at the Toronto Summer Music Festival.
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SCRUTINY | Jonathan Crow Offers Powerful, Fiery Tribute To Legendary Violinist Yehudi Menhuhin

By John Terauds on July 31, 2018

Jonathan Crow and Philip Chiu leave a full house clamouring for more in a program celebrating the legacy of legendary 20th-century violinist Yehudi Menuhin.
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SCRUTINY | Toronto Summer Music Festival Presents An Inspired Histoire du Soldat Pairing

By John Terauds on July 20, 2018

Despite Toronto Summer Music Festival's impossible pairing of Appalachian Spring, and L’Histoire du Soldat (The Soldier’s Tale), the result was a satisfying night of music and theatre.
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