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Brahms Requiem at West End UMC

This weekend I was reminded of the embarrassment of riches we have in Music City.  The symphony presented fabulous concerts on Friday and Saturday, featuring two works by American composer  1,647 more words

Classical Music

Valentina Lisitsa has a reputation in Quebec – as a pianist

The year is still young, but 2015 is not likely to produce another classical story to match it: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra cancels an appearance by Valentina Lisitsa, a Russian-speaking Ukrainian pianist, on the grounds that her (frequently vulgar) political tweeting is offensive to Ukrainian-speaking Ukrainians (and Ukrainian Canadians). 850 more words


By the skin of his teeth: How Calgary periodondist Thomas Yu became CBC's Piano Hero


The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra presents Russian Masters: Stravinsky’s Firebird

April 10 & 11, 8 p.m., Jack Singer Hall. Visit cpo-live.com and thomasyu.ca.

It wasn’t easy for Thomas Yu to become CBC Music’s 2015 Piano Hero. 909 more words

Local Arts

Which conductor should you fight?

A brilliant little list/essay was recently published, and I heartily recommend reading it. The subject? ‘Which composer should you fight?‘ I surely prefer violins to violence, but the topic is nevertheless intriguing. 314 more words

Practicing Musings

As I’m slowly getting my oboe embouchure back to what it was in college, I’ve been playing through a bunch of pieces that I worked on during my time at St. 454 more words