“I was standing outside at night, thinking about Bach and being around this square full of modern buildings,” Dinnerstein recalls. “There were a lot of drunken tourists, this kind of nightlife. In the middle, here is Bach’s church and I was thinking about how there’s something extremely funny about the fact that people nowadays obsess about how Bach would have played his own music when you just need to stand in this place and see that absolutely everything has changed.
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, faced with an aging, dwindling audience for its pops series, has hired American energizer-bunny composer/arranger/conductor Steven Reineke through to the 2014-15 season to attempt the genre’s latest need for first-aid in Toronto.
Canadian soprano Suzie LeBlanc is on a mission to reunite the real words with the possible music of Bishop’s universe. It’s a mission that has proven to be, like so many adventures, full of unexpected twists.
Rubikis is the latest in a string of excellent classical musicians to come from Latvia, a Prince Edward Island-sized country across the Baltic sea from Sweden. And he has chosen the Toronto Symphony Orchestra as collaborators in his North American début this week.