THE SCOOP | Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra Announce New Executive Director
The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra have announced the appointment of Diana Weir as new Executive Director.
THE SCOOP | Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra Unveil A Somewhat "Neutral" Season Without Jeanne Lamon As Director
Since Jeanne Lamon stepped down as music director in 2014, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir have been busy stoking the fire until a new successor can be found. They have instituted Interim Managing Director Alexandra Skoczylas, and a Music Director search committee, consisting of musicians, board members, administrative staff, and community representatives, to search both nationally and internationally to identify possible candidates. Until then, Jeanne Lamon is keeping a close eye on things, and will perform with the orchestra for select Toronto and touring programmes leading up to the appointment of a new Music Director...
Bluebeard returns as part of a six-production Canadian Opera Company 2014-15 season
That double-bill of operas by Béla Bartók and Arnold Schoenberg put the company on the international map in 1993. Robert Lepage’s work also galvanized Toronto, awakening thousands of new fans to the dramatic possibilites of opera.
Preview: Poor Liza mixes Russian ballet and theatre in modern, multidisciplinary show
Russian culture is entirely Western, so little distances it conceptually from its neighbours to the west. But a different alphabet and 70 years of isolation within the Soviet Union and its former satellite nations has left a lingering whiff of cultural separateness.
Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony gets British piano star Benjamin Grosvenor ahead of Toronto
The 20-year-old pianist who has captured the hearts of audiences and critics elsewhere still doesn’t have a Toronto concert booked, as far as I know.
THE SCOOP | Conductor Noel Edison is launching a comeback choir and looking for singers
The Edison Singers will feature three concerts a year, a possible tour, recordings, and will be conducted by Noel Edison.
Toronto Summer Music Festival opens 2013 season with a risky French twist this week
Toronto may be the most multicultural burg in the world, but that hasn’t guaranteed interest in things French. The Montrealers who left more than a generation ago did not come to Toronto because they were francophiles. And there isn’t a single classical music presenter who has figured out how to attract consistent audiences from this city’s immigrant communities.
Meet the New Director and CEO of the Canada Council for the Arts
The Canada Council for the Arts has officially announced the appointment of Mr. Simon Brault as their new Director and CEO. Mr. Brault will be replacing current sitting Director and CEO, Robert Sirmam, starting June 26, 2014.
THE SCOOP | TSO Presents Book Of Canada Mosaic Sesquies To Minister of Heritage
Capping off Canada 150 celebrations, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s (TSO) Interim Executive Director Gary Hanson travelled to Ottawa to present a custom-made book and CD comprising works commissioned as part of the Canada Mosaic project to the Minister of Heritage, Mélanie Joly.
British choral conductor and composer Philip Ledger dies, aged 74
Ledger was director of music at Kings College — his alma mater — from 1974 to 1982. But this was only one slice of a broad, busy career that included the principalship of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music Drama in his latter professional life, and extensive work with Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears in his earlier years as music director of the Aldeburgh Festival. He was knighted by the Queen in 1999 for services to music.