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THE VOICE | Isabel Bayrakdarian: "As a bird, I no longer like sitting on top of the tree"

By Neil Crory on November 25, 2014

Bayrakdarian’s obsession with Spain – Madrid in particular – is deep-seated. It seems to be in her blood. In fact, she has a passion for all things Spanish – its music, its dance, its language, its food; its culture;… Locals have told her that she even looks like a Madrileña.
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FITS & BURSTS | The Isabel: The Perilous Life of a Newborn Concert Hall

By Michael Vincent on September 15, 2014

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.
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FITS & BURSTS | Andrew Ager on his controversial new opera about the final days in Adolf Hitler’s Führerbunker

By Michael Vincent on August 28, 2014

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.
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Video: Daniel MacIvor discusses Rufus Wainwright's upcoming COC commission Hadrian

By Michael Vincent on July 26, 2014

Readers might recall Musical Toronto’s John Terauds aptly expressing those here. The comments section is also an interesting read in itself.
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Interview: Douglas McNabney and the art of the Toronto Summer Music Festival

By Michael Vincent on June 30, 2014

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.
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Stratford Summer Music Festival drums up six weeks of fun and music

By Michael Vincent on May 2, 2014

Yesterday, Stratford Summer Music Festival announced the program line-up for their fourteenth season, starting July 14th through August 24th.
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Interview: Jacques Israelievitch and Christina Petrowska Quilico on climbing Mount Mozart

By Michael Vincent on April 29, 2014

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.
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Preview: Soundstreams to present unique blend of Pareidolia and Passion

By Michael Vincent on April 12, 2014

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.
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Preview: The Toronto Consort presents Cavalli’s 17th century opera Il Giasone

By Michael Vincent on March 27, 2014

I caught up with Artistic Director David Fallis to talk about what people can expect from their closing event for the 2013/14 season.
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Interview: Catching up with some of Canada’s best-known composer/performers: Tim Brady, Glenn Buhr, and Adam Sherkin

By Michael Vincent on March 22, 2014

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.
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Composers lead fascinating discussion into the experience of being a 21st century musician

By Michael Vincent on March 6, 2014

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.
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Preview: Past and present meet in York University's twist on John Gay Beggar's Opera

By John Terauds on January 27, 2014

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.
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