Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” @ TSO

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My wife and I recently attended the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. This famous proto-modernist work is one of the most popular and controversial pieces of music of all time. Originally conceived as a ballet, the work has achieved fame for its incredible rejection of classical ideas of tonality and key signature. The first performance in Paris caused a famous riot, as patrons reacted violently against the shocking musical motifs and decidedly non-traditional dancing.  Continue reading

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Mozart Masterworks Concert, Toronto Symphony Orchestra

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January 22nd, 2014, Roy Thomson Hall, Toronto ON

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There’s a particular flavor to Mozart’s work. He never walks anywhere if he can cartwheel, if you get my meaning. The man was an inveterate showoff, and an indisputable genius. Continue reading

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 @ TSO

So many instruments, so few roadies...

So many instruments, so few roadies…

My wife and I recently attended our second performance by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Continue reading

Mozart Symphony No. 40 @ TSO

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One of the great gifts that age has bestowed upon me is my renewed appreciation for classical music. Music is a never-ending well of magic and beauty, and the deeper down into it you go, the more you are able to fathom the alchemy of sound and emotion.   Continue reading