The Los Angeles Philharmonic was in Toronto last week (March 19, to be precise) – and their performance was just plain amazing. They were in the midst of a North American tour, and had just played in New York and Washington, so the orchestra, under music director Gustavo Dudamel, was clearly at the top of its game.
I wrote this review of the TSO’s New Creations Festival for Classical Voice North America.
This year marked the tenth anniversary of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s New Creations Festival, held in early March at Roy Thomson Hall. Music director Peter Oundjian launched it a decade ago, with three concerts spread over a week, and it has held true to this format ever since. And while it could be argued that presenting new works in this tightly focused way tends to ghettoize them, the festival has brought a clutch of prominent composers to Toronto – including Tan Dun, Peter Eötvös, and Oliver Knussen – who also help to shape each year’s festival. New Creations has made the TSO a vital part of Toronto’s new music scene.
Every now and then, I write about something other than music. Here’s a piece I wrote for the Houston Chronicle about the documentary film Tim’s Vermeer.
How could anyone paint with photographic accuracy two centuries before the invention of photography?
That’s the question that set San Antonio inventor Tim Jenison on an obsessive five-year quest. And his answer to the question is the subject of the documentary Tim’s Vermeer.
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