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Preview: Toronto Symphony Orchestra presents two nights of Spanish passion in opera La vida breve

By John Terauds on October 31, 2012

The opera, which is barely longer than an hour, is as much about the music as the story itself — a doomed love affair between Salud, a Gypsy woman, and the wealthy Paco, a two-timing jerk who hangs her out to die on their supposed wedding day. The score bursts with the sounds of Andalusia, and includes parts for a Flamenco dancer, cantaor and guitarist on top of the seven-person cast and a chorus (which is being sung by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir).
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Stratford Summer Music Festival drums up six weeks of fun and music

By Michael Vincent on May 2, 2014

Yesterday, Stratford Summer Music Festival announced the program line-up for their fourteenth season, starting July 14th through August 24th.
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Toronto Symphony Orchestra's New Creations festival makes new music easy to avoid

By John Terauds on February 28, 2012

On the eve of the TSO’s eighth annual New Creations festival — one with the most challenging content so far — I think it’s fair to ask if this is a good thing.
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Podcast: Toronto pianist and composer Adam Sherkin explores intersections of water, music, poetry and visual art

By John Terauds on March 27, 2013

I thought the best way to introduce this concert would be through Sherkin’s own words, as well as hearing his own fingers on the piano keys.
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Interview: Sweet sound is as much the violin as the player, says Conrad Chow

By John Terauds on June 25, 2012

The Canada Council has just enlarged its Musical Instrument Bank so that more promising young Canadians can have access to something that will make them sound better. Others, like Toronto violinist Conrad Chow, part with their hard-earned savings in order to achieve the same thing.
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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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PROFILE | Chilly Gonzales: "I always consider myself a musician who happens to be playing the piano"

By Hye Won Cecilia Lee on October 12, 2018

Ludwig Van's Cecilia Lee chats with Chilly Gonzales about his early days living in Montreal and Toronto, his move to Europe, and his love of the inner workings of music, no matter the genre.
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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.
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Best of 2011: A visit to the National Youth Orchestra of Canada boot camp

By John Terauds on December 27, 2011

How’s this for youthful enthusiasm?
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Composers lead fascinating discussion into the experience of being a 21st century musician

By Michael Vincent on March 6, 2014

The event was hosted by RBC Affiliate Composer Kevin Lau, and included composers John Adams, Daniel Bjarnason, Zosha Di Castri, and Brian Current, whose works are currently being featured at this year’s New Creations Festival.
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