THE CLASSICAL TRAVELER | Riccardo Muti and the Critics
The Music Critics Association of North America
(MCANA) held its annual meeting in Chicago this year between June 17-19. The featured concerts were two performances by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra
(CSO) led by its music director Riccardo Muti
. In the first two articles in this series of three, I reported on these excellent concerts. As part of the MCANA activities, the group of about 30 critics also attended a rehearsal led by Muti, followed by a Q and A session with the illustrious Italian maestro. This session turned out to be a memorable experience.
Nova Scotia-born conductor Martin MacDonald wins Ontario Heinz Unger Award
The award, which is meant to help out conductors near the start of the their careers, “recognizes talent and promise, musicianship, and commitment to Canadian repertoire and Canadian musicians.”
RECORD KEEPING | Manfred Honeck Injects Fire Into Strauss Elektra Release
Manfred Honeck conducts Elektra with fire and authority, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra responds appropriately; this is exciting music-making.
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.
Toronto-based Kevin Mallon named interim artistic director of Ottawa's Opera Lyra
Ottawa’s Opera Lyra has announced that Kevin Mallon will begin a one-year stint as interim artistic director this July, and has already begun working with the producer in an unofficial capacity.
THE VOICE | Gianandrea Noseda Tells All
By Neil Crory on December 3, 2014
The dynamic Italian conductor, Gianandrea Noseda, needs little introduction to Torontonians. Since his local debut in April 2002, he has conducted nearly a dozen programmes with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. For his upcoming appearance, however, Noseda is bringing his own orchestra and chorus from the Teatro Regio Torino in Italy, together with twelve soloists for a single, not-to-be-missed performance of Rossini's epic William Tell (or, more appropriately, Guglielmo Tell).
Skip Sempé's insistent memo to musicians: Be personal or perish
More importantly, Sempé blames what some people call the decline of art music in the West on boring performances informed by slavish attention to printed instructions rather than birthing a living narrative.
Video: The dancing conductor
One of my (not so) secret pleasures is watching conductors do their thing. And in the case of one of my favourites, the late Carlos Kleiber, they are utterly mesmerizing to watch.
THE SCOOP | Hamilton Philharmonic's Conductor Joins Prestigious Primo Artists New York Roster
Primo Artists New York has signed Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra's conductor Gemma New to its roster for General Management.
THE SCOOP | Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Names New Associate Conductor
Toronto Mendelssohn Choir names Jennifer Min-Young Lee, as incoming associate conductor for Fall 2015.