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WEEKEND ROUNDUP | Fifteen Posts You May Have Missed This Week

By admin on December 21, 2014

In the news:

BREAKING NEWS | City of London Votes Against Bailing Out Orchestra London

In a story MT has been following very closely, Orchestra London was pinning its hopes on the city to help them cover the orchestra’s funeral costs. In our opinion the city council made the right decision. Read more.
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WHO'S WHO | Canadian Opera Company Youth Opera Lab

By Member on December 21, 2014

Youth Opera Labs (YOL) are FREE events for teens and young adults ages 16 to 24 that happen five times in the opera season and include: an interactive workshop; a Q&A with an opera professional; an exclusive glimpse of the first rehearsal of cast, crew and orchestra; a pair of free tickets to attend the BMO Financial Group Student Dress Rehearsal of the opera...
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Thank You For An Amazing 2014

By Musical Toronto on December 19, 2014

As the holidays are quickly approaching, we’d like to say a big thank you to all our readers for your support. We wish you a wonderful and safe holiday season, full of family, friends, and music! Seasons greetings and fair winds in the new year! Musical Toronto
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CD Review | Cecilia Bartoli Sheds Light On Old Russia

By Paul E. Robinson on December 19, 2014

Just a few weeks ago, I was standing in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg admiring its vast holdings of mostly European art, pondering the vision of the great Eighteenth Century tsaritsas, especially Catherine the Great (1729-96) who made it all possible. Now comes this imaginative CD researched and performed by mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli, celebrating the music from this period. I was primed and ready, you might say, to enjoy this new release and it didn’t disappoint me...
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BREAKING NEWS | City of London Votes Against Bailing Out Orchestra London

By Robert Harris on December 18, 2014

The rapid unraveling of Orchestra London continued Thursday as London City Council refused to advance the beleaguered organization any additional funds to cover their rapidly deteriorating financial situation. With a gallery packed with students, members of the Orchestra and the general public, Mayor Matt Brown said “it is a tough decision to say no (to the orchestra), but we need to hit the re-set button”
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CONCERT REVIEW | Messiah vs. Messiah: TSO beats Tafelmusik this year

By Michael Vincent on December 18, 2014

Like tree-lighting ceremonies, Santa Claus parades and yuletide office parties, George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” is, for many, a tradition without which Christmas just wouldn’t be Christmas. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir have always delivered the most popular Messiahs in town, but they differ widely...
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Q&A | 20 Questions for Nurhan Arman

By Michael Vincent on December 18, 2014

Maestro Nurhan Arman is the founding music director of Sinfonia Toronto - one of Canada's finest chamber orchestras made up of a core of 13 string players. The Armenian-born maestro has a busy career conducting throughout Europe and North America, as also has taught conducting, locally at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Arman has collaborated with André Laplante, Alexander Ghindin, Maria Kliegel, Measha Bruegergosman, Anton Kuerti, Janina Fialkowska, Lara St. John, Yuli Turovsky, Andrea Bacchetti, and many others. Here's what he had to say...
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COFFEE BREAK | The Silent Monks Sing Hallelujah Chorus (Video)

By Michael Vincent on December 17, 2014

What's better than Monks undergoing a vow of silence singing Handel's Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah with cue cards? Bravissimo!
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THE SCOOP | Soundstreams Releases Annual Report

By Mylene Vincent on December 17, 2014

Soundstreams has officially released their annual report this week, which is quick progress, considering their fiscal year ended on August 31. It has been a busy year for Toronto’s intrepid contemporary classical music presenter. They moved offices across town, and also welcomed well-known arts manager, Susan Worthington as their new Executive Director effective early September 2014. It is yet to be seen what she will bring to this dynamic organization, but according to the report, she has a fairly healthy slate to work with.
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THE SCOOP | Musical Toronto Wins First Place at the Canadian Weblog Awards

By Michael Vincent on December 16, 2014

We are delighted and humbled to announce Musical Toronto won first place in the Arts & Entertainment Category at the fifth annual Canadian Weblog Awards!
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COFFEE BREAK | Watch a 3 Year-old Conduct Beethoven's 5th Like a Pro

By Michael Vincent on December 16, 2014

Every once in a while, a video comes along that makes you remember the magic of music as heard by children. Watch what happens at the end! Priceless.
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CD REVIEWS | Shostakovich: Beethoven Quartet & Pacifica Quartet

By Paul E. Robinson on December 16, 2014

Here we have two complete cycles of the 15 Shostakovich string quartets. How to choose between them? Actually, anyone seriously interested in this music needs have both of them. The Beethoven Quartet cycle is practically self-recommending. The original members of the quartet worked together for the first time in 1923 as the Moscow Conservatory Quartet and regularly thereafter into the 1970s. As the Beethoven Quartet this great Soviet ensemble worked closely with Shostakovich for most of his life and gave the premieres of most of his quartets. The details of the relationship between Shostakovich and the Beethoven Quartet are well told by producer Jacob Harnoy in his liner notes. He quotes first violinist Dimitry Tsyganov on the subject of how they went about preparing the composer’s new quartets...
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