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Concert Review: Toronto Symphony Orchestra's Mahler big, bold and rough-hewn

By John Terauds on June 14, 2012

But bigger is not necessarily better, as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and music director Peter Oundjian demonstrated during a last round of musical fireworks before the close of the organization’s 90th season.
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Update: TSO *officially* confirms appointment of Jeff Melanson

By Michael Vincent on April 24, 2014

In a statement, Mr. Melanson said, “It is an honour to be asked to serve this wonderful organization in the role of President and CEO. I look forward to working with the musicians, staff, Peter and the board to take the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to an international leadership position. I am confident that the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is poised for great things and I am looking forward to a period of renewal, collaboration and creativity ahead.”
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Toronto classical concert and opera picks for October 21 to 27, 2013

By John Terauds on October 21, 2013

For something more psychologically gripping, there’s Peter Grimes on Wednesday and one final performance on Saturday (my review here, production details here).
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Preview: Toronto composer Riho Maimets tries to grasp the beauty of sincere expression

By John Terauds on November 8, 2012

Usually this sort of declaration would come across as pretentious, arrogant or presumptuous. But Maimets is so earnest and modest in how he explains himself that one can’t help but respect his point of view.
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American Dover Quartet sweeps 11th Banff International String Quartet Competition

By John Terauds on September 1, 2013

The buzz from the audience, made up of a large percentage of repeat visitors to this triennial competition, was that this had been one of the musically most impressive competitions in recent memory. And the finalists didn’t disappoint.
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SCRUTINY | The 21C Festival Opens With The Hard Stuff. Handle With Care

By Joshua Denenberg on May 25, 2017

Night one of the RCM’s 21C Festival kicks off with a fascinating program of works performed by the COC Orchestra.
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Calling all amateur musicians in the Greater Toronto Area who play or sing in community groups

By John Terauds on November 10, 2013

If you sing in an community choir or play in a community orchestra in the Greater Toronto Area, we’d like to hear from you — giving you a chance to win some great listening in return.
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CD reviews: Canadian trio Triple Forte and violinist Aislinn Nosky show us how it's done

By John Terauds on September 4, 2012

Despite what this trio’s name might suggest, pianist David Jalbert, violinist Jasper Wood and cellist Yegor Dyachkov excel in fine nuance, not noise. Nor are they noisy self-promoters: People who love going to hear chamber music at summer festivals have likely tripped across this threesome, but they’ve otherwise kept a low profile — perhaps because each member is a soloist in his own right, as well as being a teacher.
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SCRUTINY | They Don't Make Them Like This Anymore

By Joseph So on April 4, 2017

Billed as a spring concert, it was also unofficially a fond farewell to soprano Jean Edwards as she calls it a day at 90-years-young.
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CRITIC'S PICKS | 11 Classical Music Shows You Should Absolutely See This Week

By Joseph So on May 8, 2017

Classical music and opera events happening in and around Toronto for the week of May 8 to 14.
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