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Q&A | 57 Questions For Soprano Alexandra Smither

By Ludwig Van on May 25, 2017

In our latest episode of the equally feared and loved MT Questionnaire, rising young soprano Alexandra Smither shares her most intimate confessions, such as why she wishes she could whistle, and her affinity for the Hamster Dance.
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Tonight: Cellist Matt Haimovitz prefers to play it eclectic on stage and in the studio

By John Terauds on November 5, 2013

Cellist Matt Haimovitz gets his kicks out of mixing it up, playing Arcade Fire at a pop-up concert one day, then restringing his instrument with gut strings to play period Beethoven the next. For tonight’s Toronto visit with the Ontario Philharmonic at Koerner Hall, he reaches into the heart of the repertoire with Ernest Bloch’s Schelomo.
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INTERVIEW | Daniel Hope Remembers Yehudi Menuhin

By Michael Vincent on January 20, 2016

After fleeing political oppression in South Africa, Violinist Daniel Hope reveals how Yehudi Menuhin took his family in, and changed his life forever.
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FEATURE | Stratford Summer Music Makes A Promise To Music

By Michael Vincent on June 17, 2016

While many festivals struggle for years establish themselves against dwindling attendance and funding, Stratford Summer Music seems somehow, to make it all look so easy.
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Interview: Canadian composer-pianist Heather Schmidt savours the challenges of writing for Hollywood

By John Terauds on November 23, 2013

The Alberta native who called Toronto home for many years has been leading a new and fascinating life as a composer for film and video games in Hollywood, while still pursuing her original passion for concert composition and playing the piano.
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Preview: Past and present meet in York University's twist on John Gay Beggar's Opera

By John Terauds on January 27, 2014

This isn’t drawn from the pages of Maclean’s or a Torontoist post of 2014, but a nearly 300-year-old line from The Beggar’s Opera, a musical by John Gay that took London by storm in 1728.
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ULTIMATE MAVERICK | Interview with Composer John Luther Adams: Video

By Ludwig Van on February 19, 2015

 
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Interview: Janina Fialkowska has waited 14 years to play this 20th century piano concerto with Toronto Symphony

By John Terauds on October 23, 2013

With even minimal care, the maple’s chances of survival are very good. The Piano Concerto‘s fate is not so easy to predict.
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Issues: Does consistent aesthetic trump bespoke composition? Just ask Toronto's John Beckwith

By John Terauds on November 17, 2013

In October, Beckwith wrote to me: “After more than sixty years of composing, I find my music is seldom performed, but it happens that next month in Toronto there will be two first performances within the same 24-hour period.”
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PROFILE | Andrew Ager On His New Opera About the Final Days In Adolf Hitler’s Führerbunker

By Michael Vincent on August 28, 2014

Over my shoulder, composer Andrew Ager walked past with a nonchalant sense of someone who had spent the last evening drinking calvados with a blonde starlet on a beachfront brasserie.
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