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AMANDA FORSYTHE: CELEBRATED SOPRANO WHO JOINS “THE FABULOUS BAROQUE BAND” TAFELMUSIK FOR HANDEL’S ALEXANDER’S FEAST (FEBRUARY 22-25) DISCOVERS “MY KIDS MAKE ME LAUGH LIKE CRAZY, AND THE JOY THEY BRING ME CARRIES OVER TO MY PERFORMANCES.” …A REVIEWER’S INTERVIEW WITH PEOPLE IN THE ARTS

Concert info at http://www.tafelmusik.org/concert-calendar/concert/handel-alexanders-feast JAMES STRECKER: What important beliefs do you express in or through your work? AMANDA FORSYTHE: I believe that as performers, our most important job is to share our love of the music and create a type … Continue reading

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DIANA COFINI: ACTRESS, PRODUCER EXPLAINS “IN ‘NOBODY’S ANGEL’ AND TWO OTHER PROJECTS I AM LOOKING AT, THE COMMON THREAD, OR WHAT I WANT TO REPRESENT, IS THE DIVINE FEMININE AND THE WOMAN’S POINT OF VIEW.”… A REVIEWER’S INTERVIEW WITH PEOPLE IN THE ARTS

JAMES STRECKER: If you were asked for 50 words for an encyclopedia to summarize what you do, or have done, in the arts, what would you say? DIANA COFINI: Award-winning Actress of Stage and Screen, classically trained in Theatre, Music … Continue reading

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TARA ROSLING: SHAW FESTIVAL, FILM, AND TELEVISION ACTRESS DECLARES “OFTEN IT OCCURS TO ME – AFTER DEDICATING HOURS OF REHEARSAL AND THOUGHT AND CARE, AND GIVING ALL OF ONESELF OVER TO A PIECE OF THEATRE, ONLY TO HAVE IT SUBJECTIVELY SHREDDED TO PIECES BY ONE PERSON ON OPENING NIGHT – THAT THE CURRENT & TRADITIONAL ROLE OF CRITICS IS A SYSTEMIC ABSURDITY. IT FEELS LIKE THE TIME IS RIPE TO RE-EVALUATE THE ROLE OF THEATRE CRITICS.” … A REVIEWER’S INTERVIEW WITH PEOPLE IN THE ARTS

JAMES STRECKER: 1 If you were asked for 50 words for an encyclopedia to summarize what you do, or have done, in the arts, what would you say? TARA ROSLING: As an actress, I attempt to offer the fullest life … Continue reading

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ANDREA MENARD: METIS SINGER, PLAYWRIGHT, SONGWRITER, ACTRESS – SET TO DO A TEDX STANLEY PARK ON MARCH 3RD, 2018 – DECLARES: “SINCE MOST CRITICS ARE EUROCENTRIC, AND ILL-INFORMED TO INDIGENOUS AND OTHER CULTURAL AND SPIRITUAL STANDARDS, THEIR ‘EXPERTISE’ IS DREADFULLY UNEDUCATED AND DAMAGING TO THE SUCCESS OF NON-EUROCENTRIC PROJECTS.”…A REVIEWER’S INTERVIEW WITH PEOPLE IN THE ARTS

JAMES STRECKER: If you were asked for 50 words for an encyclopedia to summarize what you do, or have done, in the arts, what would you say? ANDREA MENARD: Métis performer, Andrea Menard has used theatre, film/tv, music, public speaking, … Continue reading

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ALISON MELVILLE: CELEBRATED RECORDER PLAYER, WHO JOINS TAFELMUSIK FOR ‘A RECORDER ROMP,’ FEBRUARY 8 TO 11, STATES: “SPEED AND GLITTER ARE FUN AND DEFINITELY A PART OF THE CREATIVE PACKAGE, BUT MAKING GOOD MUSIC, OR ART OF ANY KIND, REQUIRES REFLECTION AS WELL AS ACTION, CONTEMPLATION AS WELL AS PRODUCTION…OUR CULTURE IS VERY ‘YANG’ ORIENTED AND COULD REALLY USE A GREATER DOSE OF ‘YIN.’…. A REVIEWER’S INTERVIEW WITH PEOPLE IN THE ARTS

photo by Colin Savage Concert info: http://www.tafelmusik.org/concert-calendar/concert/recorder-romp JAMES STRECKER: If you were asked for 50 words for an encyclopedia to summarize what you do, or have done, in the arts, what would you say? ALISON MELVILLE: player and teacher of … Continue reading

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FIONA BYRNE: ACTRESS UPCOMING IN 2018 SHAW FESTIVAL’S “STAGE KISS” AND “MAN OF DESTINY” DECLARES “I FIND IT DEPRESSING HOW COMMONLY POWER IS MISUSED AND ABUSED IN MANY REHEARSAL HALLS AND THEATRES AROUND THE COUNTRY. I AM REALLY FED UP. AND I FEEL LUCKY TO HAVE WORKED IN GENERALLY HEALTHY SPACES THROUGHOUT MY CAREER, WHERE I FELT RESPECTED AND SAFE. AND ABLE TO DO MY JOB. BECAUSE I KNOW THAT’S NOT THE CASE FOR SO MANY.” …A REVIEWER’S INTERVIEW WITH PEOPLE IN THE ARTS

JAMES STRECKER: If you were asked for 50 words for an encyclopedia to summarize what you do, or have done, in the arts, what would you say? FIONA BYRNE: Fiona discovered her love for acting while studying English and Drama … Continue reading

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GLENN ANDERSON: THE TORONTO DRUMMER FOR FORTY YEARS TALKS REALITY: “MUSICIANS REGULARLY WORK IN A ‘PAY WHAT YOU CAN’ SCENARIO, BUT THIS IS HARDLY A LIVING WAGE; WE ARE NOT EVEN COVERED BY THE LATEST MINIMUM WAGE STANDARDS. THAT IS THE INHERENT RISK OF BEING INVOLVED IN THE ARTS.” …A REVIEWER’S INTERVIEW WITH PEOPLE IN THE ARTS

JAMES STRECKER: If you were asked for 50 words for an encyclopedia to summarize what you do, or have done in the arts, what would you say? GLENN ANDERSON: I have been a musician and specifically a drummer for the … Continue reading

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INGRID FLITER: ACCLAIMED ARGENTINIAN PIANIST, WHO JOINS TORONTO SYMPHONY JANUARY 31 & FEBRUARY 2 FOR FALLA’S NIGHTS IN THE GARDENS OF SPAIN, EXPLAINS “I’VE RECENTLY DISCOVERED THE LOVE OF PAINTING AND I NEVER EXPECTED IT COULD UNFOLD SUCH A WONDERFUL WORLD IN FRONT OF ME” …. A REVIEWER’S INTERVIEW WITH PEOPLE IN THE ARTS

Construction 1: Painting by Ingrid Fliter JAMES STRECKER: If you were asked for 50 words for an encyclopedia to summarize what you do, or have done, in the arts, what would you say? INGRID FLITER: That thanks to art I … Continue reading

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ELIZABETH RUMSEY ON TREBLE VIOL JOINS SCARAMELLA JANUARY 27 IN TORONTO AND HERE EXPLAINS “TO HAVE MUSIC AS A PROFESSION MEANS THAT IT BECOMES A LENS THROUGH WHICH YOU SEE EVERYTHING ELSE…. AND BY TRAINING YOURSELF TO LISTEN, YOU ENSURE THAT YOU CAN ONLY SHUT IT OFF WITH DIFFICULTY. BACKGROUND MUSIC IN A RESTAURANT IS SOMETHING THAT YOU HAVE TO LISTEN TO, HOWEVER BAD IT IS.” …A REVIEWER’S INTERVIEW WITH PEOPLE IN THE ARTS

JAMES STRECKER: If you were asked for 50 words for an encyclopedia to summarize what you do, or have done, in the arts, what would you say? ELIZABETH RUMSEY: Ensemble musician; my instrument is the Viola da Gamba in all … Continue reading

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JOHN ESTACIO: “WHAT IS IT ABOUT A NEW PIECE THAT WILL SPEAK TO HUMANITY TODAY AND TOMORROW?” ASKS COMPOSER OF NEW TRUMPET CONCERTO TO BE FEATURED BY TORONTO SYMPHONY, WITH SOLOIST ANDREW MCCANDLESS, ON JANUARY 25, 26, 27…. A REVIEWER’S INTERVIEW WITH PEOPLE IN THE ARTS

Composer John Estacio   – Concert tickets for his new concerto available at https://www.tso.ca/concert/holst-planets#performance-1546 JAMES STRECKER: What are your biggest challenges as a creative person? JOHN ESTACIO: Challenges vary from project to project. At times the challenge is to find … Continue reading

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