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Concert review: Interesting parts but no gripping whole in Tafelmusik's French programme

By John Terauds on December 5, 2012

The non-Messiah programme on offer this week to Sunday is by French composer Marc-Antonie Charpentier (1643-1704). The first half of the evening belongs to a setting of the Nativity story. The second half showcases a Mass setting for eight voices (divided into two choirs) and split orchestra.
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CMIM 2018 | Day Four: Four Superlative Singers Left Standing To Compete In Song Finals

By Joseph So on June 3, 2018

Eight singers compete on day four of Concours musical international de Montréal, leaving just four hopefuls.
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SCRUTINY | Rufus Does Judy Again And Shines

By Michael Vincent on June 24, 2016

Rufus Wainwright resurrects Judy Garland in a farewell Toronto performance at the Luminato Festival.
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Toronto composer Dean Burry combines symphonic music with a 3-year-old's favourite topic: dinosaurs

By John Terauds on April 11, 2013

Carnival of the Dinosaurs gets its premiere on Sunday afternoon at the Isabel Bader Theatre on Charles St at the hands of the NYCO Symphony Orchestra and music director David Bowser.
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SCRUTINY | 21C Music Festival: Gryphon Trio and the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal

By Arthur Kaptainis on May 24, 2015

Illusions: a patchwork presented by the Gryphon Trio and the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal Friday night in Koerner Hall as part of the 21C Music Festival.
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Krystian Zimmerman, YouTube, audience phones and the end of concertgoing as we know it

By John Terauds on June 5, 2013

I’ll let the Guardian tell the full story, below. From my perspective, this episode is like seeing someone wading into a river, declaring that it needs to stop flowing so he can get across without getting wet.
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Feb. 27: Toronto classical concert highlights for the next seven days

By John Terauds on February 27, 2012

MONDAY
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In music, unlike when rewiring your house, 'amateur' does not mean 'bad'

By John Terauds on June 18, 2012

DIY home renovations have probably reinforced the amateur-equals-bad association. But anyone even remotely adept at diagnosing and fixing wiring can, through a series of tests and apprenticeships, become a licensed electrician and go on to get more work than he or she can handle. The same holds true for plumbers, welders, carpenters and all the other trades.
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Preview: Youthful exuberance meets baroque proportion in Il giardino d'amore on Sunday

By John Terauds on October 18, 2013

Two years ago, at the ripe age of 28, Plewniak was beginning to tire of the freelance musician’s life, criss-crossing Europe with different period-performance ensembles. So he created his own: Il giardino d’amore (the garden of love).
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SCRUTINY | Esprit Orchestra Walks Musical High Wire With Grace

By Michael Vincent on January 30, 2015

A lot of people talk about how lucky we are to have a boutique orchestra devoted to the performance of contemporary work. And we are. The problem is, Esprit Orchestra only produces four concert per season and, by those numbers, there is a lot riding on every show...
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