Monthly Archives: September 2016

JOANN FALLETTA: MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE BUFFALO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA AND THE VIRGINIA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND AT THE FOREFRONT OF WOMEN CONDUCTORS IN THE CHANGING WORLD OF CLASSICAL MUSIC – 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, what would you say? JOANN FALLETTA: As a conductor, I am a catalyst who energizes and enables the superb team of the orchestra. … Continue reading

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AMBUR BRAID, SOPRANO: DALINDA IN HANDEL’S ARIODANTE FROM OCTOBER 16 AND QUEEN OF THE NIGHT IN MOZART’S THE MAGIC FLUTE FROM JANUARY 19, BOTH AT THE CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY – 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, what would you say? AMBUR BRAID: Ambur Braid, Torontonian, Humanitarian, Dinner Party Enthusiast, Sommelier, Painter, Therapist, Opera Singer. JS: What important beliefs do … Continue reading

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RECENT PLEASURES: A REVIEWER’S NOTES ON ELISABETH LOUISE VIGEE LE BRUN, PETER TOGNI WITH STACIE DUNLOP, AND THE DEPARTING JACKIE MAXWELL OF THE SHAW FESTIVAL –THANK YOU, JACKIE!

PLEASURE 1: Several years ago I was walking through London’s National Gallery on the way to view The Adoration of the Shepherds from about 1640 by the Le Nain Brothers. Was this profoundly gentle painting more the work of Antoine? … Continue reading

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PETER OUNDJIAN: AN INTERVIEW WITH THE CONDUCTOR AND MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA WHO OPENS THE TSO SEASON WITH SOPRANO RENEE FLEMING ON SEPTEMBER 21: A REVIEWER’S INTERVIEW WITH PEOPLE IN THE ARTS

JAMES STRECKER: Please tell us about one or more projects that you have been working on, are preparing, or have recently completed. Why do they matter to you and why should they matter to us? PETER OUNDJIAN: Right now I’m … Continue reading

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STACIE DUNLOP: AN INTERVIEW WITH THE SOPRANO OF “CUTTING EDGE CONTEMPORARY CREATIONS” IN CLASSCAL MUSIC: 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, what would you say? STACIE DUNLOP: Stacie Dunlop is a passionate performer of new music, producer of cutting edge contemporary creations and an … Continue reading

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ALL MY SONS: A STUNNING STRATFORD FESTIVAL PRODUCTION OF ARTHUR MILLER’S PLAY THAT FORCES OUR HONEST INTROSPECTION

Very soon into the Stratford Festival’s production of All My Sons, we realize that we intimately know these people before us. We run into them by the hour in our daily lives. However, if we have the guts to admit … Continue reading

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STEWART GOODYEAR: A “MASTER PIANIST” (AMERICAN RECORD GUIDE) AND “BRILLIANT ON EVERY LEVEL” (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER) PLAYS BRAHMS # 1 WITH THE HAMILTON PHILHARMONIC ON SEPTEMBER 17: A REVIEWER’S INTERVIEW WITH PEOPLE IN THE ARTS

James Strecker: Please tell us about one or more projects that you have been working on, are preparing, or have recently completed. Why do they matter to you and why should they matter to us? Stewart Goodyear: This year has … Continue reading

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