It all became clear when a former member of the British House of Lords bumped his fanny into my head as he chatted with a friend in the aisle at a recent concert: Toronto has a special, lucrative and unique future waiting for it.
The Rebanks Family and W. Garfield Weston Foundation have provided a $1 million endowment for the Rebanks Family Fellowship and International Residency Program. The first seven fellowships were granted this fall through the Glenn Gould Professional School following a process of nomination and audition, says Glenn Gould School associate dean Barry Shiffman.
There are a number of ways to animate the sound of music. American technological gadabout and generally curious person Stephen Malinowski passed along his first two installments of an animated Rite of Spring by Igor Stravinsky.
“This is the record of John…” the opening words of a famous Tudor church anthem by Orlando Gibbons ran through my head as I put down Toronto composer John Beckwith’s autobiography, Unheard Of: Memoirs of a Canadian Composer.
I’ve just heard news that the CBC was unable to reach an agreement with the Canadian Opera Company to broadcast its productions this season. This may extend to all Canadian opera, killing a Saturday radio tradition that goes back to the earliest days of broadcasting in this country.
Next to his Times colleague Anthony Tommassini, Kozinn represented the best of contemporary criticism in classical music: concise yet descriptive, informed but never pompous, fair but incisive. I have read his reviews with pleasure for years, and will miss this colourful, informative window into the vibrant musical life of New York City.
Although they play old music on period instruments, the people at Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra made a brave leap forward into the full range of digital possibilities with Thursday night’s unveiling of Tafelmusik Media.