Classical Catch-Up: January 14, 2011

  • In case you missed it: Josh Groban joined us in studio this week while promoting his new record ‘Illuminations’ in Toronto – he talked about working with a new producer, new approaches to recording and Kanye West’s tweets! Click here to listen to our interview with the superstar.
  • The coolest music in the world: Terje Isungset, a Norwegian experimental composer, has found an unexpected new material for building instruments: ice. “I had no idea ice could sound so beautiful. I could hear tones and sounds that I had never heard before.”
  • Last week, we mentioned the LA Phil‘s live concert broadcasts to movie theatres across North America, including 55 in Canada. The first screening of the series took place last Sunday, but didn’t exactly draw a crowd.
  • Couture meets Classical: Concert attire is being turned on its head thanks to the Nouveau Classical Project (NCP), which fuses music with fashion. Their concert series’ spotlight young composers and musicians clad in everything from feathers to masks to hooded capes – and a younger crowd is starting to take notice.

  • Arts Reviews: Paul Citron reviewed a selection of productions from The Toronto Fringe‘s Next Stage Festival, including Tom’s A-Cold (“a must see, and absolutely deserves a shelf life”), The Apology (“a fascinating portrait of rebellion and radicalism”) and At The Sans Hotel (“a journey through a broken mind and a confused soul”). Paula also reviewed Eating With Lola, Duel of Ages, and The Grace Project: Sick.
  • Film review: Marc Glassman reviewed London River (“a film easy to endorse but hard to love. The story seems too didactic and simple to make it a great drama”) and Another Year (“a film of wisdom and maturity. It’s one that deserves viewing”).

  • Upcoming Events:
    January 18th – COC Free Concert Series – The Magic Flute
    The young artists of the Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio perform highlights from Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre presented by National Bank on January 18th. For more information visit
    January 21st – Sinfonia Toronto – Affairs of the Heart
    Sinfonia Toronto presents their Affairs of the Heart concert. This will feature music by Mozart, Mozetich, and Fuchs. They’ll be on stage at the Glenn Gould Studio on January 21st. For tickets and information call 416-872-4255.
  • Classical Comédie: The CATalunia Catholic Boy’s Choir sing the ‘Meow’ song aka ‘Duet for Cats’ or ‘Duetto buffo di due gatti’:

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