A few hours of recommended staring-at-sky-and-clouds time yesterday left me wondering why I make music.
Those orchestra players lost in the crimson dusk behind Il Divo may look like they’re playing — but it’s highly likely they’re just part of the stage dressing.
Organisers of male popera quartet Il Divo’s current world tour hired the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra for their concert at Encore Park last Sunday — then used pre-recorded tracks as the musicians played in the background.
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Aug · 18
Scott Belluz and Tracy Smith Bessette in Ross Manson and Ashiq Aziz’s
A Synonym for Love, adapted from an opera by George Frideric Handel, at the Gladstone Hotel (John Terauds iPhone photo).
The performing arts are an ecosystem where birth and death are forever locked in a passionate tango. The year’s most fascinating operatic gambit — coming to life at the Gladstone Hotel Sunday through Aug. 31 — is a case in point.
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Aug · 17
People in the music business make such a fuss about streaming and file sharing that we don’t often hear about artists who see free listening as just another sales tool.
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Aug · 17
It makes for a great soundbite, but when a musician modestly says “I’m only transmitting the notes from the composer to you,” he or she is lying.
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Aug · 16
Melbourne’s 1982 symphony hall has lost its Casavant pipe organ along with Theodore Schultz’s acrylic discs as part of a massive renovation project.
Melbourne, Australia’s Hamer Hall, whose acoustics were engineered by the same guy as Roy Thomson Hall’s, has reopened its doors to a fresh, vibrant new sound.
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Aug · 15
“Bringing out one voice is not enough. It doesn’t pay homage to everything there is in the music,” says David Jalbert of the
Goldberg Variations (Chris Mukula photo for the Ottawa Citizen).
Ottawa-based pianist David Jalbert earlier this year released an impressive new album of J.S. Bach’s
Goldberg Variations album on the ATMA Classique label.
He performsthe masterpiece at at Stratford Summer Music recital tomorrow (Aug. 15) afternoon at St Andrew’s Church. Concert details
This performance promises to be well worth the drive. It is followed at 4 p.m. by the launch of Colin Eatock’s new book,
, at Stratford City Hall. Remembering Glenn Gould: Twenty Interviews With People Who Knew Him Continue reading
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Aug · 14