“One word–Joy”: SesayArts in Conversation with Ross Wooldridge ~ Arpita Ghosal

The St George Music Knights Series continues this Friday with “Benny & Artie Swing: A Benny Goodman-Artie Shaw Tribute Concert” featuring Clarinetist Ross Wooldridge and Guitarist Roberto Rosenman, previously featured here. When I visited Wooldridge’s website, I was struck by the first line of text: “They don’t make them like that anymore.” Woooldridge specializes in […]

Go, go, go to the OPO! ~ Arpita Ghosal

November 28 will be a be a history-making day for the Ontario Pops Orchestra: their first performance. Ever. What began as a glimmer to bring together experienced musicians from across the Toronto-area to play for the joy of it has since developed into a living, breathing orchestra, whose debut is just a day away. No doubt, […]

SesayArts in Conversation with Leslie Dala: Julie is “a stunning 21st century setting of a landmark 19th century play”

If you want something done, give it to a busy person, right? Well, this is certainly true of sought-after conductor Leslie Dala, in Toronto for Julie, a one-act chamber opera by Philippe Boesmans, currently playing at Canadian Stage. This engagement is momentous for several reasons: Julie is a contemporary work, written in 2005 and produced […]

Les Zinspirés “gives youth a voice”: SesayArts in Conversation with Guy Mignault

If you’re a French-speaking Ontario teen with some Molière in your soul, then Guy Mignault wants to shine a spotlight on you. On November 20, five Toronto-area teens will, once again, get a chance to shine as playwrights, when Théâtre français de Toronto (TfT) presents Les Zinspirés Puissance 4. Now in its fourth year, Les Zinspirés Puissance 4 […]

“Improvisation is a musical language”: SesayArts in Conversation with Roberto Rosenman ~ Arpita Ghosal

Writing an introduction to this interview with Roberto Rosenman has required a feat of focus. Every time I resume my research, I unearth another fascinating fact. He’s a guitarist and a composer. A graphic designer, a visual artist and a writer. And a teacher. And with each identity comes a unique website. So…where to begin, […]