Browsing: Classical Music

by Giuseppe PennisiMusic is the best medicine to cure cancer according to Maestro Claudio Abbado. Doctors removed much of his stomach and he can only eat small amounts at a time.“I found a new life, without a stomach,” he states. “I think differently. My senses are different.” His music-making has also changed: “I hear more lines now; I hear sounds I never heard before.”Unfortunately, the therapy has weakened him: it’s now a special occasion when Maestro Abbado conducts. At 77, Abbado has mostly turned away from the kind of grand institutions he once led — La Scala, the Vienna State…

Share:

By L.H. Tiffany HsiehIf the performance quality of a group of young musicians making their North American debut tour is any indication, classical music is in good hands. On April 6, a near sold-out Roy Thomson Hall erupted for conductor Christoph Eschenbach and the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra in a program that would appeal to any classical music novice.Founded by Leonard Bernstein, the Germany-based Schleswig-Holstein trains in the 19th-century Salzau Castle north of Hamburg. It consists of musicians under the age of 27 handpicked through a rigorous auditioning process.Opening the program with Prokofiev’s Symphony # 1 (the Classical Symphony), Eschenbach, who conducted by memory,…

Share:

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…

Share:

Image from Giiwedin, a First Nations opera by Spy Denomme-Welch and Catherine MagowanMy first choice this week is the premiere of Giiwedin, a First Nations opera by Spy Donomme-Welch and Catherine Magowan. It tells the story of Noodin-Kwe, a 150 year old native woman fighting for her land. I wrote the cover story in the new issue of The Music Scene, which you can access athttp://www.scena.org/tms/tmspdfindex.html It stars First Nations mezzo-soprano Marion Newman in the role of Noodin-Kwe. The preview is on April 6, 8 pm at the Theatre Passe Muraille. The show opens on April 8, 8 pm. Performances…

Share:

Photo: Agnes Grossmann, Artistic Director, Toronto Summer Music Academy and FestivalI just received an exciting press release from Toronto Summer Musical Festival. Now in its Fifth Season, this festival fills a big void in Toronto’s music scene. With the absence of a summer home for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and with both the National Ballet of Canada and the Canadian Opera Company in hiatus, there is a dearth of classical music activities in town. Thanks to TSMF, Torontonians don’t have to travel for their music fix. I’m sorry to say that, for the second year in a row, there won’t…

Share:

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:…

Share:

Wish Opera Launch Concert Programme Cover(www.wishopera.ca)Curtain call – (l. to r.) Vania Chan, Tonia Cianciulli, Sabatino Vacca, Deirdre Kelly, Sinead Sugrue, Jennifer Fina, Theodore Baerg Auspicious Concert Launch for Wish OperaJoseph K. SoSaturday March 27, 8 pm, Sandra Faire and Ivan Fecan Theatre, York UniversityErmanno Mauro, tenor; Theodore Baerg, baritone; Ambur Braid, soprano; Jennifer Fina, mezzo; Sinead Sugrue, soprano; Vanvia Chan, sopranoOrchestra conducted by Sabatino VaccaDeirdre Kelly, EmceeDon Giovanni Overture – Orchestra”Non mi dir” Don Giovanni, Ambur Braid”Non piu mesta” La Cenerentola, Jennifer Fina”Largo al factotum” Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Theodore Baerg”Dunge io son” Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Jennifer Fina…

Share:

Conductor Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos (Photo courtesy of Columbia Artists Management)Review: Spanish Maestro Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos returns to Toronto Joseph K. So We are in an era of the “youth movement” in conducting, witness the ascent of wunderkinder the likes of Gustavo Dudamel, Yannick Nezet-Seguin and Philippe Jordan, just to name a few. Yet, conductors are like fine wine – they get better with age, or if they are great to begin with, the best ones have staying power. This is certainly true with Spaniard Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos. Born in Burgos, Spain in 1933 and trained in Spain…

Share:

by Paul E. RobinsonWhat a revolutionary idea it was to provide surtitles (“translated or transcribed lyrics/dialogue projected above a stage or displayed on a screen”) in the opera house! All of a sudden, people actually understood what was going on. An art form that had been forbidding and impenetrable for millions was transformed into something welcoming and meaningful. Shame on the Karajans and Levines who, for whatever reason, delayed that monumental breakthrough in communication.I believe the concert hall could use the same communication overhaul afforded the opera house. To my mind, vocal works should always have surtitles; most often, they…

Share:

(top) Meghan Lindsay (Cendrillon) and Michael Ciufo (Prince Charming)(bottom) Joelle Tan (Fairy Godmother)Photos by Nicola BettsOne of the pleasures of springtime in Toronto is the opera production from the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music. This year, it is particularly momentous because for the first time, it is taking place in the spanking new Koerner Hall. Opened since last September, this venue boasts excellent sight lines and superb acoustics. Having heard a number of concerts there already, most recently the Canadian Chopin Competition Winners’ Concert, I was eager to hear (and see) an opera production. This year,…

Share:
1 208 209 210 211 212 215