Italy's made-on-Facebook World Bach-Fest throws harsichord players under the piano
The first edition of the World Bach-Fest
, which took place last week weekend in Florence, Italy, was supposed to be a momentous occasion. Organizers believed it was the first time that a classical music festival with international scope was organized, and an audience invited, through Facebook.
Being addicted to love is much like being addicted to making music
A few hours of recommended staring-at-sky-and-clouds time yesterday left me wondering why I make music.
Like the season itself, Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring has something fresh to say with every performance
York University Dance and Music departments add to the mix today through Saturday with Rite Redux, a performance of the full ballet score featuring new choreography by York Dance Ensemble artistic director Holly Small in collaboration with colleagues Carol Anderson, Darcey Callison and Susan Cash.
We don't need any more problems in classical music, but could sure use more people with solutions
Disaster, tragedy and loss used to sell newspapers. Now they bring eyeballs to websites. It’s normal; we’re all mesmerized by a good train wreck, be it an orchestra in trouble or an opera star walking out during dress rehearsal. It’s also easy to moan about all kinds of things, from the death-by-a-thousand-cuts disintegration of our national public broadcaster to the recent demise of the vocal recital as a viable concert form in Toronto.
Glenn Gould @ 80: Dislodging the secret of his Goldberg Variations from under all the hype
By John Terauds on September 14, 2012
There is such a fuss coming up over the next two weeks as people latch on to the Big International Brand that is Glenn Gould. In Toronto there will be concerts, lectures and all sorts of weirdness at Convocation Hall.
Looking back at 2013: Toronto's classical and opera winners and losers
2013 Winner: Venue
We talk a fine talk about the significant buildings that in our trust while we walk and text this earth, but it is a select few people who seem to be able to figure out how to creatively deal with the manifold burdens of history (including clanking radiators and squirrels in the eaves) while meeting the needs of the day.
Music and all arts are an ecosystem of birth, life and decay
A cluster of anniversaries — 30ths for Aldeburgh Connection and Tafelmusik music director Jeanne Lamon, the 90th for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra — has made me think of how arts organizations are like complex ecosystems of birth, growth, decay and death.