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Starting today, a weekend of musical riches for every Torontonian's taste

By John Terauds on October 12, 2012

This is one of those weekends where there is a bit too much going on, so, to help ease the burden of choice, here are some picks by taste:
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ON THE RADAR | Things Are Getting Urgent At Continuum

By Hye Won Cecilia Lee on December 5, 2017

Continuum Contemporary Music is just around the corner: Urgent Voices is an ambitious opener that reflects the core interest of this thirty-two-year-old organization: create, synthesize and present.
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PREVIEW | RCM's 21C Music Festival Is Cooking With Fire

By Michael Vincent on February 7, 2017

Announced today, the 2017 21C Music Festival line-up demonstrates how important this festival has become for expanding the classical music pallet.
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Soprano Suzie LeBlanc embarks on incredible voyage with poet Elizabeth Bishop

By John Terauds on November 28, 2012

Canadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc is on a mission to reunite the real words with the possible music of Bishop’s universe. It’s a mission that has proven to be, like so many adventures, full of unexpected twists.
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The ghost of J. S. Bach plays nasty trick on Passion-inspired improvisers AAO and Nicole Lizée

By Michael Vincent on April 17, 2014

The fad started the early 1990’s, and quickly sputtered out when people started to realize that the idea of genre, rather than an artful use of a specific musical style as a mater of depth, doesn’t really hold much water. It’s an empty statement that poses itself as an answer rather than a question.
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Piano Ecstasy revisited: Video stream from last week's Soundstreams concert reveals riches

By John Terauds on April 30, 2013

Now I know why, because the video stream from the concert is still available. Here’s the programme, with much more detail available here:
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THE SCOOP | Everything You Need To Know About The TSO's New Creations Festival

By Michael Vincent on February 8, 2017

Toronto Symphony Orchestra announces 13th annual New Creations Festival line-up curated by Owen Pallet and Abigail Richardson-Schult.
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FITS & BURSTS | Toy Piano Composers Open a Quirky Pandora’s Box

By Michael Vincent on September 23, 2014

The Toy Piano Composers turned seven last weekend. To celebrate, they treated an audience to a program of chamber music based on the premise of integrating homemade/invented instruments. It was an evening full of whispers, creaks, rustles, hums, crackles, and rubbing.The turnout was good, and even the Music Gallery’s exceedingly uncomfortable pews didn’t detour a wholehearted gathering...
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No Going Back: Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments

By Tyler Versluis on May 12, 2014

Like most of his music, Kúrtag’s Kafka Fragments (1985-7) for soprano and violin, looks backward, drawing influence from Webern, Berg, and expressionism, particularly the concept of the artist as an “outsider” – a victim of society and its cruelty.
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SCRUTINY | The 21C Festival Opens With The Hard Stuff. Handle With Care

By Joshua Denenberg on May 25, 2017

Night one of the RCM’s 21C Festival kicks off with a fascinating program of works performed by the COC Orchestra.
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