Archive for February, 2010
I’m delighted to tell you that I have a new client! The Toronto Summer Music Festival will be presenting its fifth season of concerts, coaching sessions and master classes from July 19 to August 14. The concerts have been expertly programmed under the artistic directorship of the widely experienced conductor, Agnes Grossmannn, and they feature many superlative international artists. I will be writing copy for the festival’s season brochure, and other marketing materials. Full details of the festival will be available on its website (www.torontosummermusic.com) on April 1. I will also be giving a pre-concert talk, illustrated with recorded musical examples, on Tuesday August 3 at 6:45 pm, in Walter Hall on the University of Toronto campus. In support of the recital that master pianist Andre Laplante will be giving at 8:00 pm that same evening, the subject is Beyond Patriotism: How Chopin and Liszt Transcended the Limitations of Nationalism. If you’re in Toronto that night, I’d be very happy to see you there!
Please join me this Sunday, February 7, for a pre-concert chat sponsored by the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra. My special guests will be two gifted and eloquent composers, Jim Hiscott and David Scott. We’ll be talking about their fascinating new pieces that will be performed at the next MCO concert. Your questions will be welcome, too. That’s at 2:00 pm Sunday at McNally Robsinson Booksellers, in the Grant Park Shopping Centre.
I regret to announce that the string quartet course at the University of Winnipeg has been cancelled. My apologies to all of you who expressed an interest in it. Maybe it will come back to life again one day!
Due to last week’s blizzard, the first evening session of the French opera course was postponed until tonight, Feb. 1. The remainder of the course will follow in weekly instalments and will conclude on March 15, one week later than originally planned. The evening screening of The Tales of Hoffmann will take place as scheduled, on Tuesday Feb. 9 at 6:45 pm, and there will still not be a class on Feb. 15.