Category: Classical

Review: A Messiah that refuses to play it safe

Growing up as the son of a minister, I learned early on that a religious story like Handel’s Messiah can be told to a faithful audience without emotion or presence from its narrators. With those sacred texts – the proclamation of the coming of Jesus Christ, or the passion of the Christ – the weight is in

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Review: Seduced by the Music of Love at the TSO’s BEST OF TCHAIKOVSKY

If love had a sound, it would take the form of the colourful melodies pervading the air during the TSO’s BEST OF TCHAIKOVSKY. Led by guest conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson, the TSO is showcasing a program of two Tchaikovsky favourites and one rare gem, especially for cellist Joseph Johnson. Wilson demonstrates exquisite leadership throughout the program, shaping

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Review: TSO Honours Maureen Forrester with Howard Shore Premiere and Mahler Favourite

One of the greatest Canadian voices in classical music, contralto Maureen Forrester was a legend. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra pays tribute to the beloved singer, in a concert of new works for Mezzo-soprano and one of Forrester’s most memorable recital pieces, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth). Hosted by Canadian tenor, Ben Heppner, the evening

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