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SCRUTINY | Tafelmusik Delivers Musical Thrills With Baroque Diva Karina Gauvin

By John Terauds on March 24, 2017

Tafelmusik Orchestra’s “Baroque Diva” concert program at Koerner Hall a many layered thrill.
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Soprano Simone Osborne wins Jeunesses Musicales first Maureen Forrester Award

By John Terauds on November 30, 2012

Torontonians might remember Osborne most vividly from an endearing turn as Lauretta in the Canadian Opera Company’s double-bill production of Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi last spring.
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Concert review: Pax Christi Chorale reigns in Elgar's glorious Kingdom

By John Terauds on May 6, 2012

This afternoon, a packed house at Koerner Hall was treated to a rare and stirring performance of Edward Elgar’s oratorio The Kingdom by the Pax Christi Chorale, in honour of its 25th anniversary.
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Critic’s picks: Toronto concerts and opera for January 14 to 20

By John Terauds on January 14, 2013

  • Pianist Lucille Chung at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 8 p.m.
Lucille Chung, who originally hails from Montreal, is a very fine pianist who hasn’t played here in a long time. It’s been 10 years since she blew me away at a live recital, and I’d love to hear what she’s up to artistically these days. But how can I be tempted to travel all the way up to Richmond Hill’s new arts centre if I don’t know what she is going to perform? If you’re feeling adventurous, you may be rewarded with an evening of fine music in a relatively intimate setting. Details (or lack thereof) here.
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SCRUTINY | Second TSO New Creations Concert Proves Art Music Is Alive And Thriving

By John Terauds on March 9, 2017

Second TSO's New Creations Festival concert keeps momentum high with an eclectic program featuring Owen Pallett, Nico Muhly, and Aaron Jay Kernis, and Harry Stafylakis.
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Tonight: The Beatles' Classical Mystery Tour at Sony Centre highlights strange ironies of musical world

By John Terauds on February 9, 2012

The assembled musicians will perform note-for-note re-enactments of symphonic-era music by the British pop band, with the goal of providing the full Beatles concert experience to old fans and people too young to have been able to to experience a live concert by the originals.
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Concert review: Vienna Philharmonic more concened with technique than musical story

By John Terauds on February 27, 2013

I couldn’t help asking myself that question at Roy Thomson Hall on Wednesday night as the storied Vienna Philharmonic performed a programme whose express mission was to show off everything these fine musicians can do.
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Sarah Connolly, Phaedra, and the Proms: Programming unventured in Canada

By John Terauds on August 4, 2013

The vocal highlight was mezzo soprano Sarah Connolly, wearing the red gown from her Glyndebourne turn as Phaedra in Jean-Philippe Rameau’s baroque opera Hippolyte et Aricie, singing Benjamin Britten’s final, searing cantata, Phaedra, which turns 40 next year.
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SCRUTINY | A Surprising Rendition With Pax Christi Chorale’s The Apostles

By Brian Chang on May 1, 2017

Pax Christi Chorale's performance of Edward Elgar’s The Apostles a fitting goodbye to conductor Stephanie Martin.
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SCRUTINY | Adrianne Pieczonka Impresses Despite Uneven Program

By Michael Vincent on September 30, 2015

Soprano Adrianne Pieczonka and Kristina Szabó contend with George Crumb and a few missteps at Soundstreams 2015/16 season opening.
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