No one is quite sure how it happens, but after years of ‘trying’ – often with the help of artificial insemination, conception occurs, and a new bouncing ballroom is born into existence. Before you know it, they are old enough to get a licence to sell alcohol in the lobby.
Over my shoulder, composer Andrew Ager walked past with a nonchalant sense of someone who had spent the last evening drinking calvados with a blonde starlet on a beachfront brasserie.
Readers might recall Musical Toronto’s John Terauds aptly expressing those here. The comments section is also an interesting read in itself.
Last week I had the chance to chat with Douglas about this year’s festival line-up. Calling from my home near Burlington, there was an early summer thunderstorm on my end. On his end in Toronto, he reported it sunny, without a cloud in the sky. By the end of the phone call, it was sunny on my end, and raining on his end. Go figure.
Yesterday, Stratford Summer Music Festival announced the program line-up for their fourteenth season, starting July 14th through August 24th.
On Sunday, May 4th, violinist Jacques Israelievitch and pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico will team up to perform The Complete Mozart Violin Sonatas over the span of an entire day. This event, which takes place at Gallery 345, will allow listeners to hear the evolution of Mozart through his early Mannheim period and two later periods in Vienna.
Cherney had heard of a group of improvising musicians headed by pianist-composer Paul Grabowsky out of Melbourne. Hopeful that they had what it takes, Cherney invited the Australian Art Orchestra (AAO) to Toronto to present a new Jazz based interpretation of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion.
It proved to be a controversial article and it prompted a number of very vocal responses by staff and supporters of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
I caught up with Artistic Director David Fallis to talk about what people can expect from their closing event for the 2013/14 season.
In Canada, we seem to punch well above our weight in regards to composer-performers, and many of our home-grown talents have gained an incredible following.
The event was hosted by RBC Affiliate Composer Kevin Lau, and included composers John Adams, Daniel Bjarnason, Zosha Di Castri, and Brian Current, whose works are currently being featured at this year’s New Creations Festival.
This isn’t drawn from the pages of Maclean’s or a Torontoist post of 2014, but a nearly 300-year-old line from The Beggar’s Opera, a musical by John Gay that took London by storm in 1728.