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CRITIC’S PICKS | 10 Musical Outings You Absolutely Must Do This Week

By Michael Vincent on September 15, 2014

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Torontonian appointed organ scholar at London’s famous St Paul’s Cathedral

By Michael Vincent on March 20, 2014

 
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Tomorrow: There's a price to pay for housing Canada's largest pipe organ

By John Terauds on January 31, 2014

Patricia Wright, the longtime music director at Metropolitan United Church, next door to St Michael’s Hospital on Queen St. E., has organised an eclectic and intriguing concert on Saturday evening to raise money to repair the church’s massive, old instrument.
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Album review: Jean-Baptiste Robin brings out the full glory of the American symphonic pipe organ

By John Terauds on January 28, 2014

When the Ohio city’s exuberant Art Deco train station was handed a new life by preservationists as the Cincinnati Museum Center, the building also received a massive, new pipe organ, cobbled together from two instruments built in the 1920s by E.M. Skinner, the United States’ equivalent of Canada’s top builder, Casavant Frères.
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Olivier Latry plays Montreal's new concert organ and declares himself impressed

By John Terauds on January 16, 2014

Latry, the titular organist at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris told Radio-Canada reporter Francine Plourde that, “I was really very impressed with what Casavant has realised with this instrument, which is a pipe organ with a wide dynamic range.”
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Introducing Toronto's 10 million dollar man: organist David Briggs

By John Terauds on December 18, 2013

To be fair, the overall vision of this improbable-in-21st-century-Toronto project belongs to the cathedral’s spiritual head, it’s dean, the Very Reverend Douglas Stoute, and the congregation’s secular masters, its wardens.
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Toronto classical and opera picks for December 16 to 22, 2013

By John Terauds on December 16, 2013

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Daily album review 33: Two very different seasonal experiences from two very different Oxford choirs

By John Terauds on December 7, 2013

Here is a fantastic programme of choral music for Advent, the church’s solemn four weeks of introspection leading up to Christmas Eve. The college’s music master Benjamin Nicholas and veteran choral conductor Peter Phillips have assembled many new or newer works and arrangements that showcase the Merton College ensemble’s newfound status on a campus with hundreds of years of history wafting from every nook and archway.
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Toronto classical concert picks for November 25 to December 1, 2013

By John Terauds on November 25, 2013

  • Pianist Eve Egoyan for Music Toronto at the Jane Mallett Theatre, 8 p.m.
This serious, intellectually and musically curious artist doesn’t present solo recitals in her hometown unless she has something to say. Egoyan’s focus these days is on contemporary composers James Tenney, Piers Hellawell, Linda C. Smith and Michael Finnissy. Concert details here.
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Concert review: Larkin Singers provide exceptionally eloquent survey of Benjamin Britten's choral music

By John Terauds on November 23, 2013

Their founder and leader, Matthew Larkin, guided the youthful women and men through a survey of the choral music of Benjamin Britten, in honour of the 100th anniversary of his birth, which fell on Friday.
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Daily album review 18: Choir of King's College records a fine Benjamin Britten keepsake

By John Terauds on November 20, 2013

It’s been fascinating to listen to the King’s College recording both before and after hearing the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir perform the cantata Saint Nicolas at Tuesday’s dress rehearsal. My conclusion: Our Toronto forces, including the wonderful Toronto Children’s Chorus, are every bit as good as the British singers considered to be one of the world’s choral standards.
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Concert review: Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and guests make magic of Benjamin Britten cantatas

By John Terauds on November 19, 2013

Tuesday night’s dress rehearsal at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church revealed not only a compelling, deeply affecting programme, but wonderful performances from the Mendelssohn Choir, the Toronto Children’s Chorus, orchestra, pianists, organist and, last but far from least, soloists tenor Colin Ainsworth and soprano Leslie Bouza.
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