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.
FEATURE | Diary Of A First Time Page Turner
Ludwig Van writer Robin Roger shares her first-hand experience as a novice page turner, which she learns, requires timing, dexterity, grip accuracy, visual acuity and eye-tracking and even good balance.
FEATURE | How A Toronto Neighbourhood Inspired A Homegrown La bohème
Against The Grain Theatre brings Puccini’s La bohème back to the dive bar.
FEATURE | Maria Callas In Toronto – A Night On The Town
By Neil Crory on October 15, 2014
"Maria Callas Is Coming!" trumpeted one newspaper headline a few days before the Greek-American soprano was to make her highly anticipated Toronto debut on October 21, 1958. Vocally, the diva was at the peak of her game and the height of her celebrity, so it is perhaps not surprising that an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 opera fans gathered to hear her perform in the cavernous Maple Leaf Gardens - home not only to the Maple Leafs, but also to New York's Metropolitan Opera on tour. So dense were the crowds of fans, the Toronto Daily Star reported, that when she appeared, police had to drive a path through the cheering throngs...
FEATURE | Soundstreams 2018-19 Season Is A Contemporary Music Linchpin
Soundstream's 2018-19 season looks forwards and backwards in provocative ways. Lawrence Cherney walks us through Soundstreams latest season as Toronto's contemporary music keystone.
FEATURE | David Lang: Whispering Secrets of the Internet Age
From his irreverent early work with Bang on a Can in the late 1980’s, to his more recent appointment as professor of composition at Yale University, David Lang juggles a dual role as an iconoclast and respected new music figure...
EDITORIAL | Opera Gets The Limelight On The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, But Does It Matter?
Did the appearance by Pretty Yende on The Late Night Show with Stephen Colbert foster any new opera fans, or was this just wishful thinking?
EDITORIAL | The TSO Removes Audience's Right to Choose
The TSO have censored pianist Valentina Lisitsa based on her political views, which goes against the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms...
FEATURE | Life's Intercultural Mashup: The Silk Road Project with Yo-Yo Ma
It's a song still finding its chorus, but the Silk Road Project seem destined to find it. An interview with the Silk Road Ensemble.
JOHN TERAUDS | One Pop Star’s Symphonic Rebuke to the Triumph of MP3 Audio
One of the ways to sum up the change in our relationship to recorded music over the past two decades is to call it the triumph of mobility over fidelity. John Terauds chats with Belgian musician Piet Goddaer about audio quality and transferring the immediacy of a live concert into recorded sound.