Tafemusik Chamber Choir music director Ivars Taurins has been leading Tafelmusik’s annual performances of Handel’s evergreen 270-year-old oratorio for a generation, steadily honing the group’s historically informed performances into paragons of taste and individuality.
Every single serious piano student at some point confronts the music of Chopin, and nearly every classical music listener is, at some point, seduced by its operatic melodies, soaring lyricism and overt virtuosity.
Oundjian’s second contract with the orchestra was scheduled to expire at the end of the 2013-14 season. I am told that the musicians were told about the news only in response to pointed questions about the conductor’s future.
The Canadian baritone — recently singled out in the Met’s magazine Opera News as one of 25 young singers to watch in the coming decade — is singing the role of Cecil in David McVicar’s new production of Gaetano Donizetti’s 1835 drama, Maria Stuarda.
Sherkin’s was a Steingraeber & Söhne baby grand, a high-end piano packed with goodies to raise the highest of brows. Thanks to his sponsor, Grand Piano House Inc., he will have a full concert-size instrument to work with whenever he plays at the Jane Mallett Theatre this season.
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.