SCHMOPERA | Opera After Technology
If you have the Internet in your pocket, what's left to sing about?
POLITICS | Why Musical Toronto Endorses Anyone But Steven Harper for Prime Minister
With the Canadain Federal Election Vote approaching on Monday, Oct 19th, Musical Toronto is endorsing anyone BUT the Conservatives.
ISSUES | The Happy Birthday Copyright Fiasco – A Summary and Some Questions
Should songs such as Happy Birthday, which play an important role in our cultural traditions and ceremonies, ever be subject to copyright?
ISSUES | In Defence of Going to Concerts Alone
Why going to a concert solo just might be the best thing ever.
EDITORIAL | The TSO Removes Audience's Right to Choose
The TSO have censored pianist Valentina Lisitsa based on her political views, which goes against the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms...
FITS AND BURSTS | The Effect of Scheduled Start Times on Concert Attendance
Concert start times can be divided into two primary groups: The 7:30 and the 8:00 p.m. Besides the supreme importance of curating world-class artists and engaging programs, arts presenters must also invariably decide upon the start time of each show...
#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.
No One Defends a Starving Artist
Op-ed: The Compositional Voice and the Need to Please
“What is a composer, today?
”, an article by Curtis Perry recently published on Musical Toronto
, gave rise to some lively debate on an issue that deserves some further thought. In the article, Perry acknowledges, “the apparent collapse of the publicly funded industry of commissioning and academia,” and asks that when composing, “is it inherently wrong to write music in order to please the crowd?” He also suggests that “the failure of the average composer of our time to be recognized by the average listener,” is a result of obedience to convention, and a desire for academic approval.
LINES OF ENQUIRY | What is a composer, today?
I believe the question of what a composer is today rests on what basis a composer – a practitioner of sound-art – is capable of accurately reflecting our contemporary rituals and life experiences. With this in mind, I will share three examples of who I think is renewing the idea of the composer for the public, and leading a way forward for this particular kind of artistic profession to find better appreciation.
A music critic’s odyssey against second-hand music
I try to listen to
the still, small voice within
but I can’t hear it
above the din
– from Little Audrey’s Story by Eliza Ward