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CONCERT REVIEW | Jens Lindemann Makes History at the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto

By Robin Elliott on March 17, 2015

The Los-Angeles-based Canadian trumpet virtuoso Jens Lindemann gave a varied and highly entertaining recital for the Women’s Musical Club of Toronto on Thursday afternoon (March 12th). The ten selections on his program ranged widely across both classical and jazz idioms. And that’s where history was made – this was the first time in 117 years that jazz has been featured on a WMCT program...
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COFFEE BREAK | John Dowland Gets the Irish Treatment

By Michael Vincent on March 17, 2015

In honour of St. Patricks Day, we give you this gorgeous Celtic remix of a melancholy song Behold a Wonder Here by John Dowland. It is arranged for Irish flute, recorder, fiddle, lute, cittern, shruti-box, and cello by Michael Slattery and members of La Nef. Dowland’s 400 year-old songs never sounded so good...
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CRITIC’S PICKS | Nine Musical Outings You Should Do This Week

By Michael Vincent on March 16, 2015

Musical Toronto’s weekly Critic’s Picks are a fully curated list of some of the best concerts happening now through the end of the week. Of course this is not to say we are the provocateurs of taste, but simply seek to provide a good weekly summary. For a look at the full breadth of what’s available in and around Toronto, check out the comprehensive concert listings from our friends at Wholenote Magazine.
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CD REVIEWS | Two Elgar Symphonies: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko; Staatskapelle Berlin/Daniel Barenboim

By Paul E. Robinson on March 14, 2015

Elgar is practically part of the DNA of a certain group of Canadian classical music lovers; it goes with their Anglo-Saxon heritage and recognition of the Queen of England as their sovereign. For many classical music lovers in the United States and beyond, it is a different matter. Elgar’s music, while regularly programmed by British orchestras, was never widely performed or appreciated in the USA or Europe in the past and that is still the case today...
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OBITUARY | Canadian Virtuoso Horn Player Joan Thelma Watson Has Died

By Michael Vincent on March 13, 2015

We are saddened to report the passing of one of Canada's foremost horn virtuosos and educators. Joan Thelma Watson was the Principal Horn of the Canadian Opera Company, and worked as a soloist and pedagogue. She died early this week in Owen Sound, Ontario.
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Q&A | 20 Questions for Nicole Lizée

By Michael Vincent on March 13, 2015

Nicole Lizée is a Montreal based composer who has been called a “brilliant musical scientist”. Her voice is inspired by an eclectic mix of influences including old MTV videos, turntablism, rave culture, Hitchcock, Kubrick, 1960s psychedelia and 1960s modernism. She is fascinated by forgotten sounds, analogue technology and, "glitches", which she weaves throughout her work...
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COFFEE BREAK | Alfred Brendel Shreds

By Michael Vincent on March 12, 2015

The internet can be a fun, but weird place sometimes. Especially these shred video memes where they take the original sound and satirize it with an entirely different soundtrack. No one is safe, not even Alfred Brendel...
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CONCERT REVIEW | Toronto Symphony Orchestra Puts the Heat on Toronto

By Michael Vincent on March 12, 2015

There’s a funny thing that happens to us in Toronto. After a number of very long, dim winter months, there comes a threshold where we can hardly fathom a landscape not encased by snow and ice. It becomes the norm. But then it happens: a miraculous spring thaw that reminds us it is possible...
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FEATURE | An Analysis of the Evidence Against "Blurred Lines"

By Dan Reitz on March 12, 2015

The verdict is in. Marvin Gaye owns a certain “style” of music. And now thanks to legal precedent, in the US anyway, if you re-create it like Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams did, you could end up owing a mountain of money to the Gaye estate – in this case $7.4 million...
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CRITIC’S PICKS | Nine Musical Outings You Absolutely Must Do This Week

By Michael Vincent on March 11, 2015

Musical Toronto’s weekly Critic’s Picks are a fully curated list of some of the best concerts happening now through the end of the week. Of course this is not to say we are the provocateurs of taste, but simply seek to provide a good weekly summary. For a look at the full breadth of what’s available in and around Toronto, check out the comprehensive concert listings from our friends at Wholenote Magazine...
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SCHMOPERA | Is the Cost of a Music Degree Ethical?

By Jenna Douglas on March 10, 2015

I loved my time in university. For the first time in my life, I was surrounded with everything I needed to do exactly what I wanted: make music, listen to music, scour libraries for music, nerd out about music. I even found like-minded friends, and our relationships grew out of our mutual love of our work. I still remember those inspiring times, even when I look back with exasperation on the disproportionate amount of training for the amount of payback (financial and otherwise)...
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CONCERT REVIEW | KahaneSwensenBrey Trio Struggle During Toronto Performance

By Robin Roger on March 9, 2015

The onset of daylight savings time is usually a bit disorienting but it has been particularly peculiar since 2007, when it was moved to the second Sunday in March . In Toronto this means a misfit between late afternoon and early evening light that evokes a sense of summer (or used to) occurring when the weather remains frigid. One might call this climactic dissonance...
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