A full house at Toronto's Roy Thomson Hall.
The American music critic Greg Sandow has written some very nice things about Toronto in a recent blog posting. (You can read his post here.)
He notes that about a third of the Toronto Symphony’s audience is under the age of 35 – a remarkable statistic, by North American standards. And he also suggests that Toronto’s Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra is enjoying popularity with young people, too.
Composer Rodion Shchedrin.
Here is a review I wrote for the Globe and Mail, of a brilliant performance I attended on in Toronto on February 2.
Lawrence Cherney, artistic director of Soundstreams Canada, has a knack for finding ways to sell obscure contemporary music to Toronto audiences.
Sometimes he does it by conjoining different art forms. And that’s what he did on Thursday night at the Royal Conservatory’s Koerner Hall, when he brought to the stage the combined voices of the Elmer Iseler Singers and the Amadeus Choir plus five dancers from ProArteDanza.
Peter Oundjian knows how it's done.
Ah yes, the annual season announcement from the local symphony orchestra. Is there anything in this world that’s always so predictably the same, yet always different?
This morning, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra announced its concert lineup for 2012-13. Once again, the chairman of the TSO’s board of directors thanked the orchestra’s sponsors and TSO music director Peter Oundjian outlined the coming season. That’s how it’s done.