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Backstage at the TSO

Ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-check it out

Yesterday I toured the back alleys and dark crevices inside Roy Thomson Hall. I learned a little bit about bowing techniques and seat placement but I have to say I mostly learned that the union and general orchestra politics is exactly the same as how it is portrayed on Mozart in the Jungle. 21 more words

Classical Music

Kelly McParland: Would you let Valentina Lisitsa play your piano? I wouldn't

Valentina Lisitsa has certainly won the public relations war that followed revelations of her ugly tweets about the conflict in Ukraine.

Editorial boards (including this one) have been firmly onside. 831 more words

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Cellist at Taylor Library

By Donna Sevilla

The Keep Toronto Reading Festival has returned with a new take on its latest community read, “The Cellist of Sarajevo”.

Author Steve Galloway wrote the novel about a cellist who plays  356 more words

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Letters: Wrong note, wrong garb

Re: #sticktothemusic, editorial, April 9.
Valentina Lisitsa has been dropped, according to Toronto Symphony Orchestra for her hate-speech tweets, not her political views. In her vile hate tweets she has suggested that Russia should eliminate Ukrainians using “folk medicine” that it has used in the past, insinuating the Holodomor, genocide by starvation, perpetrated by Stalin in the 1930s. 2,483 more words

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Toronto church won't allow Ukrainian pianist barred by TSO to perform

TORONTO – A controversial Ukrainian-born pianist whose performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra were cancelled over her “offensive comments” was unable to find a venue for a free concert on Friday. 371 more words


Editorial: CPO hits right notes with pianist

Calgary got it right; Toronto got it wrong.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has cancelled performances by pianist Valentina Lisitsa because of comments the ethnic Russian performer, who was born in Ukraine, made about the crisis in her home country. 403 more words