Anyone familiar with the 1.6 kilometres stretch between Bathurst and Bay Street, knows it is one of Toronto’s most important cultural hubs. With thousands of concerts a year, the area houses a large number of the cities cultural gems. The Bloor St. Culture Corridor, was first inaugurated by the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Director of Marketing, Performing Arts Heather Kelly, as a way to pool resources between the many world-class arts presenters lining the Bloor St. area.
Here is ultimate proof of the diversity of interpretation — even for a piece that the composer didn’t believe needed “interpretration,” but just simple playing of the notes from beginning to end. There is even some Canadian content, to make me smile:
The TSO have been abroad since August 15 on a 10-day, six-concert European tour, led by music director Peter Oundjian, which includes violinist James Ehnes and clarinetist-composer Jörg Widmann. This marks the TSO’s first European concert tour in 14 years. Unfortunately they did not include a single work by living Canadian composer, which is odd, considering the large number of well-received premieres over the seasons since Oundjian arrived 11 years ago. The sole Canadian work is the eerie Orion, by the late Claude Vivier, which has gathered some steam internationally. It was also just performed as part of the Toronto Summer Music Festival at Koerner Hall on Aug. 12.