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Cathedral Bluffs Symphony vocal competition honours Clifford Poole's legacy of encouraging young talents

By Open Submission on March 12, 2013

Recent “graduates” of the competition include soprano Jenavieve Moore, who recently made her BBC début and is now singing on concert stages in Europe. Pianist Annie Zhou has gone on to perform with the Montreal, Minnesota, and Toronto Symphonies.
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Weekend listening: Adrianne Pieczonka's regal Tosca and three concerts featuring Yannick Nézet-Séguin

By John Terauds on November 17, 2012

This was an excellent all-’round production, with Pieczonka a regal standout. The broadcast starts at 1 p.m (Eastern). Details here.
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UPDATE | Valentina Lisitsa Struggles to Find New Venue For Toronto Performance

By Michael Vincent on April 10, 2015

Last night, controversial pianist Valentina Lisitsa, who has been excluded from performing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra over a series of Tweets, stated that she will be giving a free concert in Toronto Friday night at Lawrence Park Community Church, North York, ON.
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Canadian Opera Company Orchestra adds three student apprentices in new education initiative

By John Terauds on January 7, 2014

The Canadian Opera Company today added the orchestra to its multi-faceted efforts to connect budding musicians with professional possibilities by launching the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra Academy.
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Concert review: Stewart Goodyear makes fine start in Beethoven sonata marathon

By John Terauds on June 9, 2012

In the first four hours, including intermission, he presented the first 11, as well as two more sonatas the composer had not originally intended for publication. That’s a lot of notes filling more than twice the length of the usual solo-piano recital.
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Review: Tafelmusik programme with Marion Verbruggen a showcase of tiny pleasures

By John Terauds on February 21, 2012

At the opening concert at George Weston Recital Hall on Tuesday night, members of the period-instrument orchestra, led by violinist Jeanne Lamon, delivered large musical treats from reduced forces.
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Meditation: Could it be that audiences can discern authenticity in music marketing?

By John Terauds on December 12, 2013

From a musical point of view, it means that if a performer or group of performers does not care about a work with every fibre of their being, the audience is going to notice.
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Pianist Piotr Anderszewski on Bach, the allure of dance and the ever-elusive ideal interpretation

By John Terauds on November 23, 2012

This is Anderszewski’s first visit to the Telus Centre and his first return to Toronto since a Music Toronto début nearly 10 years ago. He is a compelling, slightly lonely figure who puts his own stamp on everything he plays.
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Concert review: Via Salzburg deftly mixes the familiar with musical rarity

By John Terauds on October 12, 2012

With the help of the building’s warm and generous acoustics, eight musicians presented a compelling, impeccably played programme of Romantic music featuring Felix Mendelssohn’s much-loved Op. 20 Octet — composed in 1825, when he was 16 — and the String Sextet No. 2, O;. 50, by German composer Eduard Franck (1817-1893) at Rosedale United Church on Friday night.
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Interview: Sleepless nights as violinist Joseph Lin integrates into storied Juilliard Quartet

By John Terauds on March 27, 2012

The chamber group makes its first visit to the Toronto area with its new first violinist on Wednesday, March 28, at the Markham Theatre. They bring with them a textbook programme of three pieces:  The G Major quartet, Op. 54, No. 1, by Joseph Haydn;  Ludwig van Beethoven’s Op. 130 quartet in B-flat, complete with its original Grosse Fuge ending; and Quartet No. 5 by late Bostonian modernist Donald Martino.
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