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FEATURE | How Classical Music Is Taking On Climate Change

By Michela Comparey on February 11, 2020

Fossil fuel combustion, industrial processes, deforestation, transportation and even Classical Music. Wait, what? Like everything, classical music has a bigger carbon footprint than you probably thought.
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GUIDE | A Tour of Glenn Gould’s Toronto (Or, How I Visited Three Fran’s Locations In One Day)

By Michela Comparey on January 21, 2020

Glenn Gould is one of Toronto’s most famous classical musicians and left his mark in many places around the city. This is what they’re like today.
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FEATURE | Classical Horoscopes: The Signs As Composers

By Michela Comparey on January 4, 2020

Tchaikovsky was a sensitive Taurus, Hindemith a resourceful Scorpio. The signs of the astrological zodiac and the composers who fit the bill.
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PROFILE | A Day In The Life Of TSO Principal Librarian Gary Corrin

By Michela Comparey on April 5, 2016

Principal Librarian Gary Corrin takes us on behind the scenes tour of how scores get made and played at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
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CLASSICAL 101 | Everything You Wanted To Know About The Orchestra But Were Afraid To Ask (Part 2)

By Michela Comparey on March 12, 2016

One of my favourite things to do is take a friend who is new to classical music to see an orchestra concert. Not only do they get to see a little bit of my world, but they also ask some great questions!
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CLASSICAL 101 | Everything You Wanted To Know About The Orchestra But Were Afraid To Ask (Part 1)

By Michela Comparey on March 2, 2016

Orchestral concerts are a lot of fun, but for those who have never been, going to see a show can raise a lot of questions. After taking some classical music newbies to see the symphony, a few common queries emerged.
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CAPTAIN SENSIBLE | Doubling – A Useful Skill Or Another Expensive Instrument To Buy?

By Michela Comparey on February 3, 2016

Doubling on a second instrument is undoubtedly cool and can make you a more versatile player, but how useful is it really?
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CAPTAIN SENSIBLE | Exploring The Musical Saw Scene

By Michela Comparey on November 12, 2015

Researching the music saw was like diving into a parallel universe. Not only did I discover a whole sub-culture of musical saw enthusiasts, I learned about an entirely different instrument classification system.
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CAPTAIN SENSIBLE | What Is The Point Of Going To An Audition You Know You Won’t Win?

By Michela Comparey on October 24, 2015

The Music Audition: While it’s true that the more you take, the easier it gets, but it goes deeper than that.
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CAPTAIN SENSIBLE | The Happy Birthday Copyright Fiasco – A Summary and Some Questions

By Michela Comparey on October 13, 2015

Should songs such as Happy Birthday, which play an important role in our cultural traditions and ceremonies, ever be subject to copyright?
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