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Concert review: Talisker Players' thoughtful programming shows off local singers' art

By John Terauds on March 6, 2013

The guest vocalists — soprano Carla Huhtanen and baritone Peter McGillivray — were exemplary in a concert that revolved around departure and distance.
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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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SCRUTINY | Toronto Summer Music Festival Opens With A Bang

By Michael Vincent on July 17, 2015

Toronto Summer Music Festival: Americans in Paris (opening night). With soprano Measha Brueggergosman, Tania Miller conductor and others. Koerner Hall, Thursday.
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Concert review: Toronto Symphony and Janina Fialkowska offer great performances that fail to impress

By John Terauds on October 24, 2013

The focal point was the Toronto Symphony’s first-ever performance of a work many people consider to be a late-20th century classic: the 1988 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra by Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski. The organization programmed it in honour of the composer’s centenary, which falls this year.
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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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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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SCRUTINY | Thoughtful, Mesmerising Mr Shi Breaks Down Fence Between Music Theatre And Opera

By John Terauds on August 6, 2016

Mr Shi and His Lover is worth experiencing, whether you normally sit on the musical theatre or opera side of the artistic fence. It makes a strong case for tearing down such fences altogether.
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SCRUTINY | Delightful 2016 Collaborations Showcases Fresh Voices

By Joseph So on April 29, 2016

The Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio and the Atelier lyrique of Opera de Montreal charm with annual joint noon-hour recital.
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Concert review: Vienna Piano Trio mixes passion and finesse for Toronto Summer Music

By John Terauds on July 25, 2012

Perhaps exquisitely wrought and deeply heartfelt are better ways of describing the powerful experience of hearing three seasoned musicians, accustomed to playing together for nearly 25 years, applying a combination of intense craftsmanship, wide experience and, ultimately, what sounds like unconditional love to music from their homeland.
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Barihunk Daniel Okulitch makes Toronto début with accessible new music

By John Terauds on December 4, 2011

It’s too bad that there are so many good concerts today, because the one that’s all new music will likely get the smallest audience.
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