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Soundstreams’ “Encore” curates a cultural experience without bounds

By Margaret Lam on October 16, 2014

Over time, with sufficient interactions and conversations, we come to discern and trust the taste of certain individuals and groups. This is the basis for word-of-mouth marketing, and not the soap-box-in-the-square method that has become synonymous with online social media platforms. Where is the space for thoughtful recommendations, the kind akin to an exchanged between friends, in a world where we have less and less one-on-one time?
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PREVIEW | Soundstreams opens season with loving tribute to Vivaldi in "The Seasons"

By Margaret Lam on September 26, 2014

We show our love of particular pieces in a variety of ways. We put the track on infinite loop in the background, we bring the score with us to follow along in concerts, or we perform it as often as possible. Soundstreams shares with us its reverence for Vivaldi with violinist Daniel Hope and Max Richter reimagining of this iconic work.
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#leanarts Tackles Performing Arts Ills with Startup Methods

By Margaret Lam on September 14, 2014

Christina Loewen, Executive Director of Opera.ca, has a front row seat to the changes in the performing arts industry. As a member of Canada’s Performing Arts Alliance, she is a part of a conversation at a national level and across disciplinary boundaries about the realities of dwindling audience numbers, and the sustainability of the performing arts sector.
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No One Defends a Starving Artist

By Margaret Lam on September 8, 2014

“sparesomechangeimstarvingplease”
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Concert review: Toronto Consort’s Giasone the perfect marriage of beautiful voices, evocative music, and great story

By Margaret Lam on April 8, 2014

Toronto Consort’s Sunday afternoon performance of Giasone (Jason) by Francesco Cavalli at the Trinity St. Paul Centre— of one of the most popular operas of the mid-17th century—reminded me of all the reasons why music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque period are anything but boring.
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Concert review: Etiquette, Regina and Heather marks major milestone for Essential Opera

By Margaret Lam on April 7, 2014

At the Heliconian Hall on Saturday night, there was a great buzz as a full house gathered for Essential Opera’s production of three original operatic works, Etiquette/Regina/Heather, written by Monica Pearce, Elisha Denburg and Chris Thornborrow, all of whom are prolific young composers.
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Concert review: Vincent Lauzer: a true talent with a captivatingly delicate yet robust musicality

By Margaret Lam on February 28, 2014

 
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Concert review: Homzy/Kesler Duo helps bring Spectrum Music fairy tales to life

By Margaret Lam on January 25, 2014

The Annex Theatre is an intimate venue not usually associated with contemporary music, but it offered Spectrum Music, founded in 2010, unique opportunities to experiment with lighting, staging, and sound.
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Concert review: Soundstreams' Reimagining Flamenco lifted by inspired arrangements

By Margaret Lam on November 14, 2013

The first half of the program featured original piano-guitar arrangements by Kradjian and Goryachev of well-known 20th century Spanish music. It was a rare treat to hear the music performed by the arrangers themselves, both of whom are masters of their instruments and musical traditions beyond the Western idiom.
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Improvising classical musicians a rare treat in Ron Davis’s Symphronica

By Margaret Lam on October 27, 2013

What does it take to pull together an improvising string quartet? From what I’ve learned sitting in on the rehearsals for Ron Davis’s three Symphronica concerts at Lula Lounge — the first of which took place Sunday evening — it takes a combination of serious musicianship, affinity for different musical traditions, and an open collaborative spirit.
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Concert review: Adam Holzman an eloquent advocate for classical guitar at Heliconian Hall

By Margaret Lam on October 20, 2013

I am a little embarrassed to say that this was the first time I had attended a classical guitar concert. Heather Morand Clark, vice-president of the society, confirmed that getting classical music fans excited about classical guitar is not as easy as you might expect.
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Toronto New Music Passport a quick, cheap ticket to experimental concert riches

By Margaret Lam on October 6, 2013

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.
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