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Picturing Music

One of the joys and challenges of this blog is to find ways to convey in words what a piece of music is like.  I usually try to paint ‘word-pictures’ and hope that this is successful in at least some small way. 289 more words

Classical Music

TSO, NACO musical exchange brings "great value," Oundjian says

Once a year, in the spring, the Battle of Ontario takes on a more collegial and tuneful twist.

That’s when the Toronto Symphony Orchestra jumps on board a VIA train for a concert in Ottawa. 868 more words

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Visiting Bavarian band makes the most of a wartime score

One measure of a great orchestra is its ability (when paired with the right conductor) to make a masterpiece of a score as controversial as Shostakovich’s Seventh. 567 more words


Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa returns to Toronto after TSO ban, lets her fingers do the talking

A little more than a year after making worldwide headlines by not performing with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Russian-speaking Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa was back in town on Sunday, this time actually applying fingers to keys, and most impressively. 457 more words


TSO boss resigns amid sexual harassment allegations from his estranged wife

When he was announced in 2014 as the new president and CEO of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Jeff Melanson was described as a “bold change-agent” and “top cultural executive” who was bound to boost the international stature of the organization. 776 more words


Embattled former Banff CEO Jeff Melanson parts ways with employer in wake of sexual harassment claims

In the wake of allegations about sexual harassment during his time leading the Banff Centre, embattled Canadian art-world leader Jeff Melanson has now parted ways with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. 198 more words

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My "Learning in the Wild" - Activity 10

My learning in the wild ‘outing’ was attending the first night of the “New Creations Festival” by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thompson Hall. The festival, now in its 12th year, seeks to push the boundaries of classical music through artistic fusion. 818 more words