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CONCERT REVIEW | The Unmistakable Elliot Madore

By Colin Eatock on March 27, 2015

There are some singers who sound great in opera productions. And there are also singers who excel in Lieder. But, unfortunately, there aren’t very many who are masters of both genres. Is Elliot Madore one of these rare creatures?...
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The SCOOP | TSO Launch New Radio Show & Podcast on the New Classical FM

By Michael Vincent on March 27, 2015

Starting this Sunday, March 29, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra will be live-on-air, at The New Classical FM, for a weekly radio show and podcast titled Sunday Night with the TSO...
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SCHMOPERA | A Not So Simple Question About Opera Venues

By Jenna Douglas on March 25, 2015

The opera scene in Canada can be divided into two broad groups: those with real estate, and those without. Companies like the Canadian Opera Company own the Four Seasons Centre, which they use for their whole season. Other companies, like Opera 5, move between various venues for their shows. There is indeed a blurry line between a company owning its primary performance space, and a company's having a history of regular use in a specific venue, the way l'Opéra de Montréal uses space at Place des Arts. Generally speaking, though, larger opera companies have a fixed performance venue, and smaller, independent companies are more nomadic...
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THE SCOOP | RCM Launches Second Annual 21C Music Festival

By Michael Vincent on March 25, 2015

It wasn’t so long ago that the contemporary thing in music is the thing which didn't make enough of a difference to accept or reject. New music was something weird and strange – a musical anomaly merely tolerated by most of the worlds leading soloist, orchestras and arts presenters. But I think people have realized now that all music is contemporary, if it's alive. If it were not alive, then what would be the point?...
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THE SCOOP | Pearson Airport Baggage Handlers Caught on Video Tossing Instruments

By Michael Vincent on March 24, 2015

This is how Toronto Pearson International Airport handles 'Fragile' equipment...
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BREAKING NEWS | Plane Crash Takes the Life of Two Opera Stars

By Michael Vincent on March 24, 2015

We just received word that German contralto Maria Radner along with her husband and baby, were among the 150 victims of the plane crash in the French Alps...
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Q&A | 40 Questions for Andrew Burashko

By Michael Vincent on March 24, 2015

After making his debut at the age of seventeen with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Burashko has become a fixture of the Canadian music scene. He has performed with nearly every major Canadian orchestra, and has become a favorite with conductors such as Marin Alsop, Andrew Davis, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, and Pinchas Zukerman and many others...
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THE MORNING AFTER | Music That Just Is

By Lev Bratishenko on March 23, 2015

The Ladies' Morning Musical Club is the most civilized thing you can do in Montreal on a Sunday afternoon. They’ve been in continuous operation since 1892 and I have no doubt they’ll find a way to keep putting on concerts through the coming ecological apocalypse. Perhaps they will sell distilled water...
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CRITIC’S PICKS | Ten Musical Outings You Should Absolutely Do This Week

By Michael Vincent on March 23, 2015

Musical Toronto’s weekly Critic’s Picks are a fully curated list of some of the best concerts happening now through the end of the week. Of course this is not to say we are the provocateurs of taste, but simply seek to provide a good weekly summary. For a look at the full breadth of what’s available in and around Toronto, check out the comprehensive concert listings from our friends at Wholenote Magazine.
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COOL STUFF #5 | Airturn Bluetooth Page Turner

By Musical Toronto on March 20, 2015

This year we've seen a big increase in professional musicians using iPads to store and read their sheet music on stage. It is a very convenient option and we can see why so many musicians are adopting it. There are a number of peripheral devises available to enable page turns, but AirTurn has just released a super-cool, Bluetooth PED that allows you to control your iPad with your feet. It's small, slim and stealth, and is perfect for the travelling musician...
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OPERA REVIEW | Royal Conservatory of Music's Updated La Belle Helene an Amusing Romp

By Joseph So on March 19, 2015

Since its premiere on December 17th 1864, Offenbach’s La belle Helene has remained one of the most popular of French operettas. It’s easy to see why – a piece that takes place in mythical Greece, with larger than life characters caught in improbable situations, set to an inspired score full of memorable tunes. For a work that celebrated its 150th anniversary last December, its hold on the public remains strong...
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COFFEE BREAK | The Meow Meow Song

By Michael Vincent on March 19, 2015

This has so be one of the best versions of Rossini's Duetto buffo di due gatti we have ever heard. A popular encore, the "lyrics" consist entirely of the repeated word "meow". The boys are members of “Les Petits Chanteurs a la Croix de Bois (PCCB)” in Paris and take the humorous meow meow song it to a whole new level...
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