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Digital Concert Hall brings Berlin Philharmonic directly to you

For lovers of classical music, the Berlin Philharmonic is a name that denotes excellence matched by few other orchestras the world over.

Jan Lisiecki and the TSO dazzle before tour of Europe and Israel

On May 4th, Roy Thomson Hall bustled with a crowd eager to wish the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and accomplished pianist Jan Lisiecki an enthusiastic bon voyage before their tour through Europe and Israel.

Pianist Jan Lisiecki releases new Chopin CD, eyes future TSO tour

Pianist Jan Lisiecki continues to show off his expansive talents with the release of a new CD of Chopin pieces for piano and orchestra.

Review: Compelling drama ‘Liv Stein’ relentless in English-language debut Special

Toronto - “Liv Stein” is like an edgier “All About Eve”, set in the classical music world, with a climax that takes cues from “Saw”. If that description is hard to believe, it suits a play about how the desperate believe anything they want to be true.

Listening to rock music can make you lose board games

Sydney - In one of the strange science research stories of the week, the type of music you listen to when playing a board game can influence your chances of winning and losing. With music selection and the odds of winning there appears to be a gender difference.

David Elaine Alt blends classical music with jazz Special

San Francisco - The shift in socio-economic demographics that has occurred in the City over the past decade has not stopped composer-musician David Elaine Alt from pursuing his creative and artistic endeavors.

Review: Three Cane Whale: 'Palimpsest'

The Bristol-based folksters are back with their third album, the above-mentioned 'Palimpsest,' recorded last summer in Wiltshire. Digital Journal gave it a listen.

The Spacer, a winning combination of classical and electronica Special

Digital Journal speaks to Tapio Kangas and Norman Hall, two talented musicians who formed an artistic bond 30 years ago and who are now hard at work on a brand new project that should be out next year.

Review: Second City/Toronto Symphony show mixes music, comedy into gold Special

Toronto - Classical music and madcap comedy may sound like a strange mix, but they do have a longstanding relationship with each other. Remember those great Bugs Bunny cartoons that introduced you to Rossini, Wagner and Strauss? Remember Victor Borge?

Second City joins forces with Toronto Symphony in upcoming show Special

Toronto - Two of Toronto's most iconic, enduring cultural institutions are teaming up in a new musical comedy show at the end of the month, and audience members at the Second City Mainstage received a preview of several of its sketches last night.

Review: Rejoice! Frank Zappa's Apostrophe (') has been re-released

This classic example of the late singer, songwriter, musician, composer, bandleader and producer at his mind-blowing best, first came out 40 years ago, and to celebrate, the album has now been reissued on vinyl.

Youthful passion fuels 'Madama Butterfly' Special

Toronto - Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” has been accused of racism, misogyny, and gross stereotyping. But at its heart, the opera is really about the passion of youth, and the consequences of choice.

Sex, drink, food, and trouble: Verdi's Falstaff lives large Special

Toronto - Canadian opera singer Gerald Finley says the timing’s right to make his debut as one of opera’s biggest and most beloved party boys.

Launching a new classical season with flash and fury Special

Toronto - Who says classical music isn't exciting? The Toronto Symphony Orchestra launched its latest season in fine style this week, with superstar violinist Joshua Bell providing characteristic fire and drama.

Review: 'Glenn' a complex, abstract tribute to iconic Toronto pianist Special

Toronto - From the peak of his career to his death in 1982, Glenn Gould was a baffling enigma as much as he was a classical-music superstar. As many artistic geniuses were, from Picasso to Salinger, the Toronto pianist could be eccentric and difficult.

Indian classical music TV channel InSync plans to go global

Mumbai - InSync, India’s first and only 24-hour classical music channel plans to generate 10,000 hours of content over the next five years, and go global.

Violinist plays right through brain surgery

Rochester - Doctors like to keep patients engaged and alert during brain surgery, but having them play a violin? — Now that's something unusual.

Peter Sculthorpe: A truly Australian composer

Internationally renowned composer Peter Sculthorpe died today at the age of 85. Among Sculthorpe's compositions number the orchestral pieces Earth Cry, Kakadu and Irkanda IV.

Review: Summer music festival bridges old and new worlds Special

Toronto - The Toronto Summer Festival kicked off its ninth season Tuesday night at Toronto's Koerner Hall with a bravura performance by the Grammy award-winning Emerson String Quartet.

Bringing joy to a chaotic classic, an interview with The Bad Plus Special

The Bad Plus found fame with creative cover versions of rock and roll classics like Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” With their latest release, however, the trio is tacklingthe work of Igor Stravinsky.

Legendary composer honoured at festival Special

Edmonton - R. Murray Schafer, the composer who coined the word "soundscape" will be on the receiving end of a tribute put together by New Music Edmonton.

Atom Egoyan schools opera audiences on love and fidelity Special

Toronto - Mozart's 1790 opera Cosi fan tutte revolves around a deceptively simple premise of altered identities. Dig deeper, however, and it's a thought-provoking work about relationships and the trust and deceit that color our romantic connections and illusions.

McDonald's plays classical music to break up drunken fights

A number of McDonald's in Stockport, England, are using classical music to break up drunken fights. The music is from Bach and Brahams.

Who was George Lloyd?

Penzance - The British composer George Lloyd was born in 1913. His opera "Iernin" has been performed this year for the first time since 1935.

Review: 'Listen to the Birds' is a children's intro to classical music Special

Listen to the Birds: An Introduction to Classical Music by Ana Gerhard with illustrations by Cecilia Varela is a beautiful book about how birds have had an impact on composers like Vivaldi and Mozart.

Duo Concertante — Sweet music, bright sounds Special

Toronto - Duo Concertante are real-life couple Nancy Dahn and Tim Steeves. Hot off their Carnegie Hall debut in February, their new album (out on Marquis Classics) covers Beethoven's sonatas for violin and piano. As they explain, playing together isn't always easy.

Op-Ed: 10 compositions to celebrate 328 years of Johann Sebastian Bach

Eisenach - Legend. Visionary. Romantic. Genius. These are certainly the terms to describe Johann Sebastian Bach, an 18th century German composer and musician (harpsichordist, violinist and violist). Today is his 328th birthday; it's time to remember his music.

’31 days of Mozart’ — A month-long dedicated channel at King-FM

Seattle - For those who enjoy classical music, and in particular the creation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is good to know that Seattle’s King FM Online offers throughout January a channel exclusively dedicated to the music of the famous Austrian composer.

Photo Essay: The neoclassical Schermerhorn Symphony Center Special

Nashville - The Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville, TN is as well known for its distinctive architecture, grand chandeliers and amazing acoustics, as it is for the wonderful music.

Missing Holst music to be performed in Cheltenham

A musical composition by the Gustav Holst, which has been missing for over 50 years, is to be performed at a special concert in Cheltenham, the town of the composer's birth.
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Minnesota-born soprano Kelly Kaduce has sung a variety of roles in works by Mozart  Puccini  Massene...
Minnesota-born soprano Kelly Kaduce has sung a variety of roles in works by Mozart, Puccini, Massenet, Bizet, and Britten, among many others.
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The Emerson String Quartet.
The Emerson String Quartet.
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Sixth edition of French musical Festival inside Farnese Palace  seat of France Embassy.
Sixth edition of French musical Festival inside Farnese Palace, seat of France Embassy.
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Iestyn Morris
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Dahn and Steeves have their fair share of challenges as partners in both life and art.  We found it ...
Dahn and Steeves have their fair share of challenges as partners in both life and art. "We found it all fairly straight-forward until we became parents," they explain. "The main challenges we have are as real-life partners and they are pretty typical for working parents: food shopping, ferrying kids around, school projects (due tomorrow)... organizing the home life while we're on tour is very challenging!"
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 Maybe I’m going for the perceived ‘older guys’ when I still have a lot of youthful energy   s...
"Maybe I’m going for the perceived ‘older guys’ when I still have a lot of youthful energy," says Finley with a smile. "I’m not exactly young — I’m in my mid 50s — but it’s something I hope I can sustain for a long time. The youthful aspect of my stage work is great, but I can’t do those younger roles forever."
Veronika Roux-Vlachova
R. Murray Shafer will be honoured by NME.
R. Murray Shafer will be honoured by NME.
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Sixth edition of French musical Festival inside Farnese Palace  seat of France Embassy.
Sixth edition of French musical Festival inside Farnese Palace, seat of France Embassy.
Sixth edition of French musical Festival inside Farnese Palace  seat of France Embassy.
Sixth edition of French musical Festival inside Farnese Palace, seat of France Embassy.
The opening night of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra s 2014-2015 season included works by Lalo  Rimsk...
The opening night of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's 2014-2015 season included works by Lalo, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Berlioz.
Veronika Roux-Vlachova
(L-R) Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki and Patricia Racette as Cio-Cio San in the Canadian Opera Company ...
(L-R) Elizabeth DeShong as Suzuki and Patricia Racette as Cio-Cio San in the Canadian Opera Company production of 'Madama Butterfly', 2014.
Veronika Roux-Vlachova
Sixth edition of French musical Festival inside Farnese Palace  seat of France Embassy.
Sixth edition of French musical Festival inside Farnese Palace, seat of France Embassy.
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The Philadelphia Orchestra on stage with Stokowski for the American premiere of Mahler's Eighth Symphony, March 2, 1916.
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(L-R) Patricia Racette and Stefano Secco as Cio-Cio San and Pinkerton in the Canadian Opera Company ...
(L-R) Patricia Racette and Stefano Secco as Cio-Cio San and Pinkerton in the Canadian Opera Company's production of 'Madama Butterfly', opening October 10th.
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The Berlin Philharmonic offers one of the world s greatest classical music streaming services in the...
The Berlin Philharmonic offers one of the world's greatest classical music streaming services in the form of the Digital Concert Hall.
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Superstar violinist Joshua Bell in rehearsal for opening night of the new Toronto Symphony Orchestra...
Superstar violinist Joshua Bell in rehearsal for opening night of the new Toronto Symphony Orchestra season.
Veronika Roux-Vlachova
Sixth edition of French musical Festival inside Farnese Palace  seat of France Embassy.
Sixth edition of French musical Festival inside Farnese Palace, seat of France Embassy.
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An image about a classical music's concert which took place inside Farnese Palace for the sixth edition of French musical Festival.
Members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra rehearse the program for opening night with MaestroPeter O...
Members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra rehearse the program for opening night with MaestroPeter Oundjian.
Veronika Roux-Vlachova
Canadian superstar pianist Jan Lisiecki’s new album  Frédéric Chopin  on Deutsche Grammophon lab...
Canadian superstar pianist Jan Lisiecki’s new album "Frédéric Chopin" on Deutsche Grammophon label was released worldwide on March 10, 2017. — Photo: Victor Ghaloosian of Toronto’s L'Atelier Grigorian, Classical Music Emporium, holds freshly arrived CDs. (grigorian.com)
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