Canadian Music Centre (CMC) presents cellist Rachel Mercer in a solo recital of all-Canadian music for cello and electronics. And this recital comes with a built-in conundrum. . . is it a solo if it includes a duet with herself? Putting aside this mystery for a moment, the innovative combination of cello and electronics is […]
Yep, we’ve decided. We’re going to pass on the usual treacly Valentine’s Day songs this year that get relentless airplay on FM airwaves. So what to listen to instead? We sought the reliable opinion of Richard Simon, an educator, lover of classic rock and commendium of pop musicology. Here are our recommendations of underplayed decades-spanning […]
This week, super quartet Ensemble Made In Canada performs in various venues in southern Ontario, including a free noon-time concert with clarinetist Dionysis Grammenos at the COC and a Romance-themed concert at Five at the First music series.
5 at the First Chamber Series opens 2018 with the AYR Trio‘s Piano Trio Masters. Violin virtuoso Yehonatan Berick is the “Y” in the group’s name, bookended by his collaborators: pianist Angela Park (the “A”) and cellist Rachel Mercer (the “R”). In truth, his nickname is “Big Y”, and though his website bio describes him […]
NACO & violinist Joshua Bell premiere a suite inspired by a book…inspired by a real-life incident.
The Musical Stage Company‘s annual UnCovered concert series has an unsuspectedly far reach. True story: exactly one year ago, I found myself in a school principal’s office for a meeting to discuss planning for school improvement. “I’m sorry if I’m a bit tired,” the principal apologised as we began.” I was at a concert featuring […]
Our song picks aren’t necessarily for or about Halloween. They hint at the macabre to suit the Halloween spirit and are fun listening for all ages. Any surprise you?
Try this… type “cabaret” into your device, and see what you get. Thanks to predictive text, your cabaret will become a “cabinet.” Or perhaps a mellow “cabernet.” Sharron Matthews has been crowned Canada’s Cabaret Queen, and despite the runaway success of her cabaret Girl Crush this year, the continued absence of “cabaret” from e-lexicons is […]
Is there any instrument quite so expressive as the flute? In the hands of a master, it can sound as ephemeral as mist, as delicate as a breeze . . . or as buoyant as a wave. It can be melancholy or joyful. It can invoke love or longing. Fear or daring. Rage or calm. […]
Sought-after bassist Joseph Phillips joins piano quartet Ensemble Made in Canada for 5 at the First’s season finale concert this Saturday.