Music reviews of the finest concerts in Toronto:
​symphonic, choral, opera, chamber, jazz and period music​

​​Review by David Richards

Toronto ON September 4th 2018

Jeffrey Carl, Rigoletto; Allison Cecilia Arends, Gilda; Romulo Delgado, Duke of Mantua; ​Adriana Albu, Maddelena ; Photo credit: SOLO

Music, Maledictions, and Murder: Southern Ontario Lyric Opera does Rigoletto in Burlington

​​Review by Paul Merkley F.R.S.C.

Toronto ON September 17th 2018

With many fresh new faces in the orchestra, the evening began with Godfrey Ridout’s arrangement of O Canada, the orchestra joined by the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. I think I have never heard the national anthem sound better. The violins and violas played standing.

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Miles Hearn in Antarctica; Photo courtesy of

With summer music festivals winding down and Toronto’s musical organizations gearing up for their opening nights later this month, there are a few weeks in early September when concerts may be hard to find. Not so for one Torontonian. Miles Hearn finds music in the sounds of the birds as he leads daily walks throughout the parks, ravines and conservation areas around the GTA. The natural world is his concert hall. I came across an essay about Miles, a birder and naturalist who is also a stellar musician, a former member of the Toronto Symphony and, I am proud to say, my classmate at U of T’s Faculty of Music (1969). With his permission, I am reprinting the essay here.

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Elisa Citterio ​with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
​Photo credit: Jeff Higgins

Interim Artistic Director Sir Andrew Davis, Toronto Symphony Orchestra,
​Toronto Mendelssohn Choir; Photo credit: Jag Gundu

It’s not the first time that Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra has delivered an all-Mozart program, but perhaps the first time this fine period orchestra has opened a new season and celebrated a major milestone such as its 40th Anniversary with anything other than Baroque offerings. I caught the second of four performances of the mesmerizing program last night at Koerner Hall

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Miles Hearn: his concert hall is in the world of birds and wildflowers

I learned two important things yesterday: there is a sufficiently large (and discerning) opera audience in Burlington to justify and sustain productions, and the Southern Ontario Lyric Opera Company is up to the task.

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​​Review by David Richards
Toronto ON September 22nd 2018

​​Review by Paul Merkley FRSC

Toronto ON September 21st 2018

Stewart Goodyear: a homage to Glenn Gould, with a twist of Chopin!

TSO opening night: a fantastic symphony orchestra plays the Symphonie fantastique

Tafelmusik: spellbinding in its year 40 opener with an all-Mozart program!​