CLASSICAL MUSIC 101 | What Does It Mean To Be In Tune?
How being in tune is really a combination of traditions and habits which changes throughout history.
FEATURE | The Politics of Music Programming
RCM’s Mervon Mehta explains the complexities of programming today’s media-savvy classical music performers
FEATURE INTERVIEW | A Cape Breton Summer: The Bells Of Baddeck
By Joseph So on June 28, 2016
The Bells of Baddeck: Soprano/Voice Teacher/Librettist/Producer Lorna Macdonald talks about her labour of love.
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?
INTERVIEW | Pay Attention Toronto, Rob Kapilow Is Here To Teach Us How To Listen
By Robin Roger on October 28, 2018
How conductor, composer, commentator and author Rob Kapilow reveals the inner workings of music in a way that anyone can understand.
THE CLASSICAL TRAVELER | Anne Akiko Meyers Celebrates the American Masters
Anne Akiko Meyers made news last year when an anonymous donor gifted her the lifetime use of one of the world’s great violins, the ‘Ex-Vieuxtemps’ Guarneri del Gesu, crafted in 1741. This year she’s in the news again for putting her Guarneri to excellent use in the service of exceptional works by American composers in an album called The American Masters. This album features world premiere recordings of the Violin Concerto by Mason Bates and Lullaby for Natalie by John Corigliano. Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto (1939), an established classic, rounds out the disc. For the record, Anne made his first recording of the Barber 26 years ago, in 1988.
CAPTAIN SENSIBLE | Exploring The Musical Saw Scene
Researching the music saw was like diving into a parallel universe. Not only did I discover a whole sub-culture of musical saw enthusiasts, I learned about an entirely different instrument classification system.
FITS & BURSTS | What Composers Can Learn From Tupac Shakur
When creating feels like pulling teeth, it's time to look at other ways to work smarter, not harder.
MAJOR CHORDS | Can We Really Take Pleasure From Music Born From Suffering?
By Robin Roger on December 8, 2017
This was one of the questions posed by a gathering of music scholars and performers who met at the Centre for Ethics at the University of Toronto this week.