A few minutes into an interview, violinist Leila Josefowicz sums up our purpose neatly: “Music is something to be celebrated, and that’s what I’m sure of, really. We must always keep doing that with music and remember that.”
The London-based, Ottawa-born bass-baritone has a thriving career on the world’s finest opera stages, but his heart belongs to the songs and ballads of England, the United States, Germany, Austria and France.
Cherney had heard of a group of improvising musicians headed by pianist-composer Paul Grabowsky out of Melbourne. Hopeful that they had what it takes, Cherney invited the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO) to Toronto to present a new Jazz based interpretation of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.
This is Anderszewski’s first visit to the Telus Centre and his first return to Toronto since a Music Toronto début nearly 10 years ago. He is a compelling, slightly lonely figure who puts his own stamp on everything he plays.
Instead, the 31-year-old American has amassed several music degrees, is the star organist and a professor at Harvard University, and spends his free time giving concerts around North America and the U.K.