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CD REVIEW | Soprano Suzie LeBlanc launches CD inspired by Acadian Christmas songs

By Michael Vincent on October 17, 2014

You’ll want to dance when you hear these tunes! Suzie LeBlanc says of her new CD of Christmas music titled, La Veillée de Noël (Christmas Eve) out this past Tuesday, October 14. Fiddle or voice, music is an inseparable part of the Acadian cultural tradition. In the Maritimes, old French songs ring out like heirlooms moving across generations as seamlessly as the Nova Scotia fog belt.
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COFFEE BREAK | Yo-Yo Ma injured during practice

By Michael Vincent on October 16, 2014

(via The Onion) News in photos:  Yo-Yo Ma takes a fall during practice. No telling if he will be out for the season.
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LINES OF ENQUIRY | Ten Pieces of Advice for Prospective Graduate Students in Musicology

By Curtis Perry on October 16, 2014

I recently started an MA program in Music and Culture further north, at Carleton University, Ottawa. I feel it could be useful to give a few points of advice based on my brief experience to far, for those who may be beginning to consider something similar, as the Fall marches on and the next year's plans come to view. Granted, this is only one graduate student's perspective one month in, but I'll do my best...
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Soundstreams’ “Encore” curates a cultural experience without bounds

By Margaret Lam on October 16, 2014

It is no mystery to any of us that Toronto holds the promise of being a gold mine of arts and culture experiences. Yet, navigating the various listings and digging for the gold can involve quite an effort, with no guarantee that the show you pick will be as good as you had hoped. Throw in the usual complex mess of trying to organize your friends for a simple coffee meet-up, a dinner and a movie starts to sound like a good idea.
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WHO'S WHO | Amici Chamber Ensemble

By admin on October 16, 2014

Amici Chamber Ensemble has celebrated over twenty-five years as one of Canada’s finest and most distinguished chamber music ensembles. Artistic Directors clarinetist Joaquin Valdepeñas, cellist David Hetherington and pianist Serouj Kradjian invite some of the finest musicians to join them in innovative and eclectic programming, celebrating friendship through music. In Spring of 2009, founding member Patricia Parr (Order of Canada) retired, and the ensemble welcomed pianist, composer and arranger, Serouj Kradjian...
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THE VOICE | Maria Callas in Toronto – the highs and the lows

By Neil Crory on October 15, 2014

"Maria Callas Is Coming!" trumpeted one newspaper headline a few days before the Greek-American soprano was to make her highly anticipated Toronto debut on October 21, 1958. Vocally, the diva was at the peak of her game and the height of her celebrity, so it is perhaps not surprising that an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 opera fans gathered to hear her perform in the cavernous Maple Leaf Gardens - home not only to the Maple Leafs, but also to New York's Metropolitan Opera on tour. So dense were the crowds of fans, the Toronto Daily Star reported, that when she appeared, police had to drive a path through the cheering throngs...
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WHO'S WHO | The Larkin Singers

By admin on October 15, 2014

Founded in 2008, The Larkin Singers, has established itself as one of the finest professional choirs in Canada. The ensemble is made of eighteen distinguished musicians from Toronto and the surrounding area. Both critics, and audience alike have applauded their annual concert series presented at Holy Trinity Church, Toronto...
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CONTEST | Enter to win two tickets to see Itzhak Perlman, live in Toronto!

By admin on October 15, 2014

We have two tickets to giveaway to see Itzhak Perlman live in concert, at Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto, Ontario, 1 December 2014 Concert details here. (A $200 dollar value!) All you need to do is subscribe to our mailing list, and on November 19, 2014, we will select a winner at random. Entries close November 17th, 2014 at 11.45pm EST.
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WHO'S WHO | Pocket Concerts

By admin on October 15, 2014

Thanks to our growing network of hosts, Pocket Concerts presents some of Toronto’s best chamber musicians in living rooms throughout the GTA, providing a uniquely intimate and enjoyable concert experience. Each Pocket Concert consists of about 45 minutes of fantastic music, followed by a reception, during which music-lovers have a chance to meet the performers as well as each other...
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Q&A | 20 questions with composer Aaron Gervais

By Michael Vincent on October 15, 2014

Announced last week, Soundstreams has unleashed their second SoundMakers Composer in Residence. This year Edmonton-born, Aaron Gervais will be joining the Toronto-based contemporary music presenters and writing a new commission for four digitally prepared vocalists. No stranger to Toronto, Aaron has worked with Tapestry New Opera, G27 Orchestra and Toca Loca. He’s also a great blogger, and will be writing about his progress with Soundstreams...
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COFFEE BREAK | Leonard Bernstein conducting with only his face (Video)

By Michael Vincent on October 14, 2014

Call it a parlour trick. Call it a testament to the orchestra as the ultimate in human collaboration. During the finale of Haydn Symphony #88 with the Vienna Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein just stands there, emoting from only the muscles of his face. Arms at his side, the orchestra ebbs and flows with every eyebrow furl and minute muscle contraction. It’s an astonishing moment caught in film, and a reminder just how dynamic Bernstein was.
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CRITIC’S PICKS | 10 Musical Outings You Absolutely Must Do This Week

By Michael Vincent on October 14, 2014

Our 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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