Classical Catch-Up – February 4, 2011

Peter Oundjian will serve as music director for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra’s 2012-13 season.

  • TSO music director Peter Oundjian is heading to Scotland to take up the role of music director for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra‘s 2012-2013 season. He will continue his position with the TSO until atleast the end of 2013-14, when his contract expires.
  • The 2011 Juno Award Nominees were announced on February 1st, and it was great to see some familiar faces (including those that have performed in our Concert Lobby!) – Click here to see who was nominated.

  • Very sad to hear that influential composer Milton Babbit, passed away earlier this week, at the age of 94. A new documentary on Milton Babbitt is available for viewing on NPR, by New York-based journalist and filmmaker Robert Hilferty, who had been working on the doc for years. A must-see!
  • The New York Philharmonic made public this week a massive amount of archival material, phase one of a project to put its vast archives on the Internet. Phase 1 encompassed the Leonard Bernstein years, from 1943 to 1970 – during this period, the orchestra opened its doors to women, toured extensively, and entered the television age. With almost 8 million pages of documents and 7000 hours of audio and video material, the archives are definitely worth a browse!
  • Arts reviews: Paula Citron reviewed Barrymore (“In short, Plummer and Barrymore, aided by the wonderfully detailed direction of Gene Saks, is a definite don’t miss”), The Magic Flute (“a visual delight although the vision doesn’t quite hang together”) and Oleanna (“things are either over-done, or lacking clear detail”).
  • Film reviews: Marc Glassman reviewed Oliver Sherman (“a tautly constructed drama”) and BirdWatchers (“an important film but not a happy one”).
  • Upcoming Events:
    February 10 – Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo
    For nearly 40 years, Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo, affectionately known as The Trocks, have wowed audiences across the globe with playful, entertaining and flawless executions of classic ballet in parody. See The Trocks at the historic Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto, February 10, 11, and 12. Tickets are $39-$120. Visit or call 416.872.5555.

    Now until February 25 – The Magic Flute
    The Canadian Opera Company presents The Magic Flute at the Four Seasons Centre. Featuring some of Mozart’s most sublimely beautiful and purely infectious melodies it is a playful, sometimes profound, exploration of the trials of growing up, seeking ideals, and finding love. An opera designed to appeal to all ages. Visit or call 416.368.8231.

  • In honour of Mendelssohn’s 202nd birthday yesterday:

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