What caused composer Frederic Chopin’s mad visions? Definitely not the absinthe: new research suggests that Chopin’s hallucinations of “terrors and ghosts” was caused by temporal lobe epilepsy. (via Zoomers)
Film review: Marc Glassman reviewed The Agony and Ecstasy of Phil Spector (Director Vikram Jayanti “does give us insights into the delusional, vulnerable but occasionally charming human being that is Spector.”) and Casino Jack (“Unfortunately, the film doesn’t live up to its ambitions. Torontonian scriptwriter Norman Snider has gone for big scenes, leaving solid plot structure and careful character development behind.”).
– February 5 – Leonidas Kavakos
See violinist Leonidas Kavakos perform masterpieces by Prokofiev, Auberach and Beethoven. He will be accompanied by pianist Enrico Pace at Koerner Hall on February 5th. If you’d like to go, call 416-408-0208 to get your ticket.
– February 5 – Birds Bewigged
Scaramella presents Birds Bewigged, an elegant avian themed programme inspired by the natural world. Hear baroque and contemporary works complemented by readings of bird themed poems by The New Classical 96.3 FM’s Kathleen Kajioka. The event takes place at Victoria College Chapel on February 5th. To get tickets, visit www.scaramella.ca or you can buy them at the door.
Classical Comédie: In honour of Mozart’s 255th birthday yesterday: