All Bach all the time: See why the Netherlands Bach Society have just taken over your Fridays
Besides being the bastion of baroque classical music, J.S. Bach wrote an incredible 1080 compositions during his lifetime. Some say the number is closer to 1120, but unless you own a copy of Bach’s complete recordings, you probably haven’t heard them all. Thanks to the Netherlands Bach Society, they are on a mission to change that.
Sinfonia Toronto’s maestro heads to Italy for some la dolce vita
Italy is a favourite destination for the popular guest conductor, who will be venerating his 16th trip back to Italy this month. Nurhan Arman has conducted orchestras all across, Europe, Asia, South America, Canada and the United States, including the Moscow Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma, Deutsches Kammerorchester Frankfurt, Filarmonica Italiana, St. Petersburg State Hermitage Orchestra, Orchestre Regional d’Ile de France, Hungarian Symphony, Milano Classica and Belgrade Philharmonic.
THE SCOOP | Tapestry Opera Announces New Collaboration With Canadian Stage And Vancouver Opera
A major step forward for Tapestry Opera was announced today, with a new partnership with Vancouver Opera and Canadian Stage for a production of a new full-length opera The Overcoat.
Soprano Simone Osborne wins Jeunesses Musicales first Maureen Forrester Award
Torontonians might remember Osborne most vividly from an endearing turn as Lauretta in the Canadian Opera Company’s double-bill production of Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi last spring.
Composer Ann Southam's gifts just keep on giving
Fortunately, composers, like most other creators, are full of gifts that keep on giving — as long as there is a willing interpreter and eager ears in the room.
Weekend listen: Pianist Janina Fialkowska plays pieces by Edvard Grieg we rarely hear
The bulk of these pieces, published monthly in music magazines or as sheet music, are as forgotten as their composers. Even those pieces by famous names rarely get heard these days.
Toronto New Music Passport a quick, cheap ticket to experimental concert riches
The passport is the brainchild of the Toronto New Music Alliance. It has gathered all the large and small groups who present new music in order to facilitate open exchange and collective action that promotes the appreciation of new music to a wider audience.
Video: Soprano Elizabeth Connell's Farewell Song
South African-born Wagnerian soprano Elizabeth Connell, who had a great career in England, died on Saturday, aged 65. There’s a nice obituary in the Telegraph
On July 10, Toronto becomes latest city to join 'Play Me, I'm Yours' street piano phenomenon
The day includes a big flag-raising and celebration at noon, featuring the cultures of all 41 participant countries at Nathan Phillips Square. That evening, at David Pecaut Square, outside the former Metro Hall on King St W., CBC Radio’s Andrew Craig hosts a big concert that will, in its wake, unleash 41 pianos onto Toronto streets, parks, squares and, if things go according to plan, the ferry to Centre Island.