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Classical Catch-Up – February 11, 2011


Ben Heppner has dropped out of the the Met’s Ring Cycle. Photo Source: The Globe and Mail

  • Tenor retires role: Canadian tenor Ben Heppner has dropped out of the Met‘s production of Wagner‘s Ring Cycle, directed by the acclaimed Robert Lepage. Heppner has bowed out of the notoriously challenging role as it was “just not the right repertoire“, his manager, William Guerri, said in an interview. “He’s the most famous Wagner tenor of our time, but all Wagner voices weren’t written for one voice”.
  • From Black Swan to galactic video game: English composer Clint Mansell, who composed the Tchaikovsky-inspired score for Black Swan, is working on the music for the video game Mass Effect 3. Coupled with the announcement back in December of Lang Lang‘s participation in the game Gran Turismo 5, classical influences in video game music has been an interesting trend to follow.
  • An interesting read: NPR recently posed the question – “What’s broken in classical music, and how do we fix it?” An overwhelming amount of readers responded, and their feedback was very enlightening: from the importance of music education, to a “tuxedo burning concert” on YouTube, we definitely recommend the read.
  • Arts reviews: Paula Citron reviewed Ruined (“the acting is superb, and this large cast of characters, each with its point of view, breathes life into the bitter conflict”), Wayne McGregor’s Entity (“McGregor’s haunting choreography is supple, fluid and seemingly boneless”) and Savion Glover’s Solo in Time (“Patterns, within patterns, it was an awesome display of rhythmic symbiosis”).
  • Film reviews: Marc Glassman reviewed Biutiful (“Biutiful is terrific; one feels forced to advise potential viewers to see the film and accept its pain”) and Modra (“Viewers will leave the cinema after seeing Modra with silly little smiles on their faces”).
  • Upcoming Events:
    February 12 – The Schumann Letters
    The Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts is pleased to present a new musical concept, The Schumann Letters. A combination performance of storytelling, piano music and song. Written and narrated by Colin Fox, it explores Schumann’s life, love and music. Don’t miss it on February 12th. For tickets call 905-787-8811 or visit them online at www.rhcentre.ca.

    February 17 – Adam Sherkin
    The New Classical 96.3 FM is a proud sponsor of the 2010/2011 season for the COC’s Free concert series. Adam Sherkin performs the solo piano music of John Adams at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre on February 17. For more information visit www.coc.ca.

  • Friday Fun: An impressive rendition of the Super Mario Theme song:

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