Interview: Pianist Lara Downes returns to Toronto filled with distance and longing
In her return visit to Parkdale’s Gallery 345, Downes is going perform the music from Exiles’ Café, a new album being released next month on the relatively new Steinway & Sons recording label.
Toronto classical music caught between a boulder and a very hard place
Five members of England’s lauded Nash Ensemble and one of Canada’s finest lyric tenors performing lush and dramatically evocative tonal music by two composers with comfortable pews in the classical canon wasn’t enough to fill more than half of Koerner Hall last night.
SCRUTINY | Bang On A Can All-Stars Bang On Canada
Bang on a Can All-Stars prove they are still up for anything.
Stephanie Chua and Véronique Mathieu mix formal and informal at Junction brewery concerts
One of the beauties of this programme, which repeats tonight, is that much of the content — including members of the audience and the snacks — was sourced within walking distance of the venue.
SCRUTINY | Toronto and Montreal Swap Orchestras
MSO brings Sibelius, Mozart, and Samy Moussa to Roy Thomson Hall.
SCRUTINY | Happy Ending To Bernard Labadie's TSO Comeback
The engagement of Bernard Labadie as the conductor of two January Mozart programs (and five concerts) had been on the Toronto Symphony Orchestra books for years. There was nevertheless an aura of suspense Saturday at Roy Thomson Hall – this evening representing Labadie’s first public appearance in Canada after a long and grueling convalescence from lymphoma that included a month in an induced coma.
SCRUTINY | Cappella Pratensis Sings A Program Inspired By The Weirdness Of Hieronymus Bosch
Cappella Pratensis proves that they've mastered the art of Renaissance polyphony by delivering a spirited performance inspired by Hieronymus Bosch.
Tonight: Yao Guang Zhai, one of Toronto Symphony's new star players, joins Toronto Summer Music Festival happy gang
Part of the musical happy hang on stage tonight (as well as in another programme featuring pianist André Laplante next week) is Toronto Symphony Orchestra associate principal clarinet Yao Guang Zhai, one of the city’s notable young art music stars.
SCRUTINY | American Evergreen: Helene Schneiderman in Recital
By Joseph So on October 25, 2018
One of the highlights of the COC Vocal Series in the still-young opera season happened yesterday, in the form of a recital given by American mezzo-soprano Helene Schneiderman.
Novelty trumps quality when it comes to keeping today's big city audience interested
Yesterday, I listened to Vol. 2 of Steven Staryk: A Restrospective, a compilation of violin hits from small U.S. reissue label Centaur. Toronto-born Staryk, who is alive and well, was considered one of the masters of the instrument in his professional heyday. His playing, recorded between 1959 and 2003, on the assortment of largely encore-style pieces is good but not amazing.