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Luminato announces Atom Egoyan-directed opera and Mark Morris dancers performing Handel for 2013 festival

By John Terauds on February 26, 2013

The festival announced its three Premiere Series events for this year’s festival, which runs from June 14 to 23. The tickets for these shows go on sale March 20.
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Concert review: Henry Purcell opera Dido and Aeneas gets a setting equal to the music at Sharon Temple

By John Terauds on June 17, 2012

The symmetrical, square 1832 meeting house for the onetime Children of Peace sect is made entirely of wood, plus it has an open attic that further adds to its usefulness as a resonating chamber.
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An all-Bach weekend in Stratford for Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

By John Terauds on August 17, 2012

There are two separate programmes of vocal and instrumental pieces by J.S. Bach, in keeping with the festival’s commemoration of Glenn Gould’s 80th birthday. Gould was a regular visitor to the festival’s original incarnation five decades ago, and, of course, the link to Bach came along with that.
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June 4: Toronto classical concert highlights for the next seven days

By John Terauds on June 4, 2012

  • That Choir album release concert at St Patrick’s Church, 141 McCaul St, 8 p.m.
Newfoundland-bred actor/singer/conductor Craig Pike’s hip Toronto group of two-dozen a cappella choristers is not strictly about classical music. Their quality and balance of the sound is impressive. Regular admission is $20 ($15 for seniors and arts workers, $5 for students).
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SCRUTINY | It’s A Beautiful Day! It’s A Rather Nice Day

By Brian Chang on November 3, 2016

Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton with the TSO provides a hoot of an afternoon of music.
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CONCERT REVIEW: Toy Piano Composers and Cellophone are Pleasantly Gritty

By Tyler Versluis on January 30, 2015

In general, I find the best concert-going experiences are when not only the music is excellent but when the experience delivers a revelation. A presumptuous attitude, perhaps, but I feel this is what divides an entertaining experience from an artistic one...
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Interview: Kevin Lau an enterprising Toronto composer not afraid to toy with simplicity

By John Terauds on February 2, 2012

“Why are you writing in a different style?” the teacher asked.
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Toronto tonight: Fern Lindzon and Theresa Tova cabaret at Green Door cuts the seasonal syrup

By John Terauds on December 17, 2011

The Green Door, about halfway between Dundas and Queen Sts, at 100A Ossington Ave., hosts a nicely matched pair of talents: singer Theresa Tova (left) and pianist Fern Lindzon in a Christmas- and Chanukah-themed show.
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Old Souls: TorQ Percussion Quartet plays John Luther Adams’ Strange and Sacred Noise

By Cecilia Livingston on May 13, 2014

As the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music, Adams has received the public recognition due to “one of the most original musical thinkers of the new century” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker). Nonetheless, this was the Canadian premiere of Strange and Sacred Noise (1991-1997), whose six movements each explore a “set” of instruments (four snare drums, four tamtams, etc.) and their sonic possibilities at all extremes. In the second movement (“solitary and time-breaking waves”) the tamtams played in each corner of the nave swelled in their shimmering, crackling sheen to overwhelm all conventional listening, sweeping us past ear-wincing discomfort as the sound kept unfurling, revealing layer upon layer of timbre: much as sunlight can be pretty and then blinding, both gentle warmth and all-consuming fire. In “velocities crossing in phase space” (movement III) the surround-sound placement of the drums and tomtoms allowed each slowing, thunderous voice to speak distinctly, while the wooden pews shook with the gathering vibrations. The very earth seemed to shift, to slow and shudder.
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SCRUTINY | Toronto Summer Music Bravely And Boldly Puts Canadian Works Alongside Classical Canon

By John Terauds on July 22, 2017

Get your hockey game on! Toronto Summer Music pitted the Classicists against the Canadians last night in a friendly match.
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