It comes as no surprise that virtually every symphony orchestra is attempting to expand its audience base by extending its range of musical offerings to an ever more diverse public. This week, Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke led the Toronto Symphony Orchestra through a chronological sampler of repertoire from the musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein

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It was a special night at Koerner Hall. Qućbec’s famed chamber orchestra, Les Violons du Roy conducted by Mathieu Lussier, joined with the world-renowned French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky. The house was as full as I have seen it all year for this musically singular event.  

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LES VIOLONS DU ROY and countertenor PHILIPPE JAROUSSKY combine for a baroque operatic showcase!

Louis Lortie shows his poetic mastery of Chopin in his Koerner Hall concert!

Toronto Mendelssohn Choir soars in a heavenly a cappella performance of sacred music!

There are many fine concert venues in Toronto; on a nightly basis, one can find superb musical performances in many parts of the city. Nevertheless, this was my first opportunity to hear a concert in the showroom of Remenyi House of Music. Across the street from the Royal Conservatory of Music on Bloor Street West, a salon hides on the second floor of this music store. It had the perfect ambiance for the music of Brahms as performed last evening by Russian born pianist Amiran Zenaishvili in his debut recital in Canada.

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Amiran Zenaishvili shows an innate understanding of Brahms in his Canadian debut recital!

Chilina Kennedy, Ryan Silverman, Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke and TSO

Photo credit: Arkan Zakharov​

Joseph Johnson, Thomas Dausgaard and TSO; Photo Credit: Jag Gundu

Pianist Louis Lortie

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir

Review by David Richards
Toronto ON April 20 2017

Review by David Richards
Toronto ON April 10 2017

Review by David Richards
Toronto ON April 15 2017

Review by David Richards
Toronto ON April 21 2017

Countertenor Philippe Jaroussky; Photo credit: Misteria Paschalia


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

Guest conductor Thomas Dausgaard and Principal Cellist Joseph Johnson lead the TSO in inspired performances of Schumann and Mahler!

Review by David Richards
Toronto ON April 14 2017

Pianist Amiran Zenaishvili

Last night’s concert by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall was a reminder once again of how fortunate we in Toronto are to have such an exemplary orchestra. Superb soloists hold each of the principal chairs. The orchestra can display the full range of colours found in the music of Mahler and play a sensitive, supportive role in a concerto as it did last night. In just the past month, the TSO has accompanied the screening of Raiders of the Lost Arc and held its own annual New Creations Festival. The Toronto Symphony has performed the music of Beethoven, Sibelius, Debussy and Mahler along side of new music it has commissioned. In that same span, the orchestra has been conducted by its own Music Director, Peter Oundjian as well as international guest conductors from Finland, Germany, USA and Denmark and has featured internationally acclaimed soloists. 

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Review by David Richards
Toronto ON April 7 2017

Toronto Symphony Orchestra takes on Rodgers and Hammerstein!

This has been quite a concert season for piano lovers in Toronto. Here is an incomplete list of some of the pianists who have appeared on Toronto stages over this past winter: Lang lang, Yuja Wang, Janina Fialkowska, Danny Driver, Stefano Bollani, Denis Kzhukhin, Jon Kimura Parker, Till Fellner, Lucas Geniušas, Stewart Goodyear, Sean Chen, Emanuel Ax, Charles Richard-Hamelin, Jan Lisiecki, András Schiff, and Marc-André Hamelin.  Now we can add Louis Lortie to that incredible list.

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The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir continued its 21st century tradition of Holy Week performances in Toronto’s St. Paul’s Basilica. Last night, on perhaps the holiest of days in the Christian calendar, the church was crowded, not with parishioners, but with concertgoers seeking music as a gateway to spirituality. 

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