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Improvising classical musicians a rare treat in Ron Davis’s Symphronica

By Margaret Lam on October 27, 2013

What does it take to pull together an improvising string quartet? From what I’ve learned sitting in on the rehearsals for Ron Davis’s three Symphronica concerts at Lula Lounge — the first of which took place Sunday evening — it takes a combination of serious musicianship, affinity for different musical traditions, and an open collaborative spirit.
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Concert review: Adam Holzman an eloquent advocate for classical guitar at Heliconian Hall

By Margaret Lam on October 20, 2013

I am a little embarrassed to say that this was the first time I had attended a classical guitar concert. Heather Morand Clark, vice-president of the society, confirmed that getting classical music fans excited about classical guitar is not as easy as you might expect.
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Toronto New Music Passport a quick, cheap ticket to experimental concert riches

By Margaret Lam on October 6, 2013

The passport is the brainchild of the Toronto New Music Alliance. It has gathered all the large and small groups who present new music in order to facilitate open exchange and collective action that promotes the appreciation of new music to a wider audience.
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Tonight: Classical and jazz mix as Sneak Peek Orchestra embraces Coltrane and Ron Davis goes symphonic

By Margaret Lam on September 30, 2013

The most exciting concerts in our city make a genuine effort to connect musical genres and art forms. Some use this as a foundation for their entire season (as is the case with the Talisker Players); others explore the possibilities as opportunities arise (see previous articles on Musical Toronto about Eybler Quartet and Ensemble Polaris.)
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Concert review: A satisfying meeting of East and West in Soundstreams' Music for China

By Margaret Lam on May 15, 2013

The program featured five world premieres of music written by composers of Asian descent for both Western and Chinese ensembles.
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Concert review: Golden sounds for the silver screen from Toronto's Ensemble Polaris

By Margaret Lam on April 27, 2013

Humour and whimsy in music are difficult to describe, but easily experienced. Our musical expectations are thrown for a loop, and it feels like a joke or a punch line has just been delivered. Now throw in a nine-piece ensemble featuring instruments from different traditions, a love of Nordic repertoire and folk-inspired arrangements, and what you might get is the essential Ensemble Polaris experience.
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Concert review: Montreal's Ensemble Paramirabo liven Heliconian Hall with sounds of Toy Piano Composers

By Margaret Lam on March 24, 2013

The idea for Ensemble Paramirabo to take the works by Toy Piano Composers on tour after a February residency in Banff came from a conversation between Paramirabo artistic director Jeffrey Stonehouse and Toy Piano Composer Chris Thornborrow after the latter’s doctoral recital at the University of Toronto.
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Saturday: Russian Natalia Lepeshkina adds spice to old piano favourites at Heliconian Club

By Margaret Lam on March 8, 2013

This Saturday evening, tucked away in Yorkville’s Heliconian Hall, Russian gem Nataliya Lepeshkina is giving a recital of piano pieces by Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, and Russian masters Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, Prokofiev and Rimsky-Korsakov.
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Concert review: Chopin a real presence in Jan Lisiecki piano recital at Koerner Hall

By Margaret Lam on March 3, 2013

On Sunday afternoon in Koerner Hall as part of the Invesco Piano Concerts, Jan Lisiecki performed both the Op. 10 and Op. 25 Études by Frédéric Chopin, the romantic master of the piano, with great subtlety and charm. This was a concert to be savoured by those who love piano music from the romantic period in general, and Chopin’s works in particular.
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Concert review: Toy Piano Composers' new works effectively reflect the visual in the musical

By Margaret Lam on February 3, 2013

Here was a concert representing the work of a new generation of composers who make not only new music, but also work on new ways of connecting with their audience.
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