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Classical 101 | Castrati: The Incredible History Of The Men Who Sang Like Women

By Brian Chang on January 16, 2017

Castrati were world's first real superstars. But the history behind the men who could sing like women has an interesting twist. Brian Chang explains.
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CLASSICAL 101 | Some Helpful Advice For New Music Students

By Joshua Denenberg on September 11, 2016

Six pointers for getting the most out of your undergraduate music studies.
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CLASSICAL 101 | Everything You Wanted To Know About The Orchestra But Were Afraid To Ask (Part 2)

By Michela Comparey on March 12, 2016

One of my favourite things to do is take a friend who is new to classical music to see an orchestra concert. Not only do they get to see a little bit of my world, but they also ask some great questions!
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CLASSICAL 101 | Everything You Wanted To Know About The Orchestra But Were Afraid To Ask (Part 1)

By Michela Comparey on March 2, 2016

Orchestral concerts are a lot of fun, but for those who have never been, going to see a show can raise a lot of questions. After taking some classical music newbies to see the symphony, a few common queries emerged.
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CLASSICAL 101 | Why We Say "Break A Leg"

By Michael Vincent on February 18, 2016

Lucky underwear, lucky ties, lucky dresses. Whatever works, but just don't say "Good luck".
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Classical 101 | Is It A French Horn or Just A Horn?

By Michael Vincent on December 3, 2015

"French Horn" or "Horn?" The instrument with a name we can't agree on.
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CLASSICAL 101 | The Surprising Origins of the Door Knocking Song

By Michael Vincent on April 29, 2015

Ever wonder where the door knocking song comes from? We have the answer.
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Classical 101: The difference between chamber, philharmonic, and symphony orchestra

By Michael Vincent on August 4, 2014

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Michael Vincent has worked as a senior editor for La Scena Musicale and web editor for Norman Lebrecht. On January 21, 2014, he went to lunch and left as the publisher of Musical Toronto. Later that year he found himself as a freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star, the former employer of his favourite author Ernest Hemingway. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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I recently had a discussion with a friend who asked about the difference between the term chamber, philharmonic, and symphony orchestra. “What makes one a philharmonic and another a symphony orchestra, he asked?  “Also, what is a chamber orchestra exactly?”
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The Origins of the Canadian National Anthem Revealed in Mozart

By Michael Vincent on June 25, 2014

Yesterday marked the anniversary of the first time “O Canada” was sung, on June 24, 1880. 100 years later, on July 1, 1980, it was adopted as Canada’s official national anthem. The music was composed by Calixa Lavallée, and its English lyrics have changed a few times over the years.
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The Final Frontier - The Surprising Musical Origins of Star Trek

By Michael Vincent on May 29, 2014

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Michael Vincent has worked as a senior editor for La Scena Musicale and web editor for Norman Lebrecht. On January 21, 2014, he went to lunch and left as the publisher of Musical Toronto. Later that year he found himself as a freelance classical music critic for the Toronto Star, the former employer of his favourite author Ernest Hemingway. Michael holds a Doctorate in Music from the University of Toronto.
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The words “Space: the final frontier”, and the opening notes of Star Trek’s theme song written by Alexander Courage in 1964, have become ingrained in the imaginations of all of us.
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