Browsing: Choral

The fabulous soprano Sondra Radvanovsky at COC Vocal Series Recital (All Photos: Chris Hutcheson / www.chrishutcheson.com )by Joseph K. SoCanadian Opera Company Free Concert : Vocal SeriesRichard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, Four Seasons CentreDecember 14, 2010Verdi and PucciniSondra Radvanovsky, sopranoLiz Upchurch, piano”O mio babbino caro” (Lauretta – Gianni Schicchi)”Vissi d’arte” (Tosca – Tosca)”D’amor sull’ali rosee” (Leonora – Il Trovatore)”Ecco l’orrido campo…Ma dall’arido stelo divulsa” (Amelia – Un ballo in maschera)”Senza mamma” (Suor Angelica – Suor Angelica)I should begin by explaining the title of my review. Historically, great female opera singers are sometimes given specific endearing nicknames by their fans: for example, the…

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Photo: Conductor Nicholas McGeganThe Toronto Symphony Orchestra is presenting two performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, conducted by Nicholas McGegan. Also on the program is Saint Saens Cello Concerto No. 1 in A Minor Op. 33, with cellist Joseph Johnson. British conductor McGegan is an internationally renowned baroque specialist, but he is also known for his Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss and Britten. He has received numerous awards, the most recent was on October 29 in a ceremony at Buckingham Palace, when HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, formally made McGegan and Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in recognition…

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By Hannah RahimiOn November 12, Daniel Taylor and the Theatre of Early Music filled Montreal’s Chapelle Notre-Dame de-Bon-Secours with the sounds of sacred polyphony. Exploring the shadows and light of unaccompanied choral harmonies, Taylor compiled works from some of the best 16th and 17th century composers, including Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Henry Purcell, and the lesser known Manuel Cardoso. With many of his works lost to the Lisbon earthquake of 1755, the Portugese Cardoso is a rare gem in the history of choral polyphony, merging the Italian Baroque School with the influence of the great Renaissance composer Palestrina.While Taylor chose to intersperse…

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by Paul E. RobinsonBach’s St. Matthew Passion is one of the great masterpieces of Christian music; its music is sublime and inspiring, and its structure is one of its great strengths. Crowd reaction to Christ’s suffering is built into the telling of the story, and chorales in which the congregation is expected to participate, are also integral to the piece. A few years ago, American composer David Lang appropriated this structure as the inspiration for a work of his own, The Little Match Girl Passion, based on the well-known story by Hans Christian Andersen. Conspirare’s superb Company of Voices recently…

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Photo: Igor StravinskyThere are a number of high profile concerts this week. For voice fans, the disappointment is the postponement of Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja’s Roy Thomson Hall Vocal Series recital to November 19th. Originally scheduled for mid November 2009, it was postponed once already, to this coming Friday. A few days ago, I got word that Mr. Calleja decided to postpone the Toronto recital yet again, due to a “minor surgical procedure” he was going to undertake on his nose. For singers, anything to do with the face – especially the nose – is not to be taken lightly,…

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Photo: Howard Dyck”I believe that the arts make us better people. I believe they enable us to transcend our own limitations, encourage us in our weaknesses and failures, and empower us in our pilgrimage in this vast, wondrous and kaleidoscopic adventure called life” – with these profound words that form the opening of his personal credo and clearly coming from the bottom of his heart, conductor Howard Dyck bade farewell to his beloved Grand Philharmonic Choir, where he served as the conductor for the past 38 years. There he was, standing in front of a full house filled with his…

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Musique / Music Canadian trumpet virtuoso Guy Few (pictured to the left) joins the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal on April 7 to perform a concerto for trumpet and orchestra by the renowned and recently deceased Jacques Hétu. Under the baton of assistant conductor Nathan Brock, the orchestra performs works that include Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 1 and Smetana’s The Moldau. 514-842-2112, www.osm.ca — Hannah Rahimi The Trio Fibonacci presents its final concert of the season on April 9 at the Chapelle Saint-Louis. Audiences can experience the wide range of compositions for string trio with a varied programme that begins with Haydn and concludes…

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Yefim Bronfman (Photo: Dario Acosta)This being Easter Week, the music scene is heavy on sacred works, in venues large and small. A good choice is Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s Sacred Music for a Sacred Place, on Good Friday, April 2, 7:30 pm at St. Paul’s Basilica. Noel Edison conducts a program of more contemporary sacred pieces by Arvo Part, Eric Whitacre, Pavel Lukaszewski and Timothy Corliss. Rick Phillips presents a pre-concert chat at 6:50 pm. For ticket information, go to http://www.tmchoir.org/purchase/singleTix.cfm?ID=484If you aren’t into religious music, here’s the antithesis of Sacred Music – the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has TSO Goes Vegas:…

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