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Italy's made-on-Facebook World Bach-Fest throws harsichord players under the piano

By John Terauds on March 15, 2012

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.
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Being addicted to love is much like being addicted to making music

By John Terauds on August 19, 2012

A few hours of recommended staring-at-sky-and-clouds time yesterday left me wondering why I make music.
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Time to look at a new, made-in-Toronto tool for connecting new audiences with the performing arts

By John Terauds on April 15, 2013

The painfully unanswered question on the minds of musicians as well as classical music patrons concerned about the future of the artform is how to connect with new audiences in a world of shrunken newspapers and an underfunded public broadcaster. Will Facebook be a saviour? No. But it is one of the many new ways in which people are making connections.
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Like the season itself, Igor Stravinsky's Rite of Spring has something fresh to say with every performance

By John Terauds on April 18, 2013

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.
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We don't need any more problems in classical music, but could sure use more people with solutions

By John Terauds on August 31, 2012

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.
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In life as well as music, Glenn Gould is all about structure and controlled mediation

By John Terauds on July 16, 2012

There are two things that stand out about these prorgammes. Both are as relevant today as when Gould sat down with French filmmaker and violinist Bruno Monsaingeon to plan what were originally supposed to be five installments, 25 years ago.
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Commentary: The classical music world's status symbols wrongly imply associations with merit

By John Terauds on August 22, 2013

Some years ago, a composer I know told me that he was writing a commissioned work for the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet. And then he added an interesting observation.
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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.
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Looking back at 2013: Toronto's classical and opera winners and losers

By John Terauds on December 19, 2013

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.
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Music and all arts are an ecosystem of birth, life and decay

By John Terauds on February 20, 2012

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.
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