FITS & BURSTS | Why Messiah - Forever and Ever?
At any given time during the holiday season, hundreds of choirs will amass in churches and various concert halls across the world, to perform Handel’s Messiah . With the exception of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy, no other choral work has been so fixed into western musical culture. In fact for many, the tradition of going to a performance of the Messiah is as dear as beautifying the Christmas tree in the family living room.But why?
Editorial: CBC Classical music gender gap article poses new questions
It proved to be a controversial article and it prompted a number of very vocal responses by staff and supporters of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
THE CLASSICAL TRAVELER | A Conversation with Leon Major
Many years ago, in 1979 to be exact, Leon Major and I worked together at the St. Lawrence Centre in Toronto. Leon was the General Manager and directed most of the plays, and I was the incoming director of music programming, succeeding Franz Kraemer. For me it was a great opportunity to broaden my approach to music programming. I was to continue my work as music director at CJRT-FM and as conductor of the CJRT Radio Orchestra, but with Leon I could see new challenges. Alas, it was not to be. After ten years of working together, Leon and his board were ready to part ways, and he left just after I arrived. Without Leon at the helm, the St. Lawrence Centre seemed far less idealistic and far less interested in taking artistic risks. I too soon moved on.
Meet the new face of the Kingston Symphony
Kingston Symphony has found a replacement for long-time conductor Glen Fast, who has held the position for the past 23 years, and will continue on as conductor emeritus.
THE SCOOP | Kent Nagano and Charles Richard-Hamelin Named Companions of Quebec’s Order of Arts and Letters
Classical music represents at Quebec’s Order of Arts and Letters with Kent Nagano and Charles Richard-Hamelin.
Lorin Maazel, 1930-2014
He had only just appeared at the opening night of the Castleton Festival on June 28, before the opening of “Madame Butterfly,” which he was scheduled to, but was unable to conduct. He was reported as looking frail, and incapable of supporting himself fully. This was his last public appearance.
Canada's Kafka equality: Orchestra music directors treated the same as migrant workers
I asked the orchestra’s PR person what was going on, opening the door to a clear case of bureaucracy gone mad. Let’s call it Canada’s Kafkaesque immigration equality for all.
THE SCOOP | Oakville Musician Lands The Leslie Bell Prize For Choral Conducting
The Ontario Arts Council has announced Oakville's Charlene Pauls as the winner of the 2018 Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting.