Young Patrons Circle Highlights

Young Patrons Circle members get their photos taken backstage with Cirque artists during intermission, March 2014. The month of June is a time of transition for a lot of people - we graduate, travel the...

Celebrating Pride with Tchaikovsky

Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (photo from Americanblog) As Hamilton and the GTA ramp up for World Pride this week, we thought what better time to revisit the life of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky....
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Father’s Day Classics for Dad

Is your Dad a classical music buff? Father’s Day is here and we've listed our top picks for the most robust, strong and powerful classical favourites that would make the perfect Father's Day gift your Dad's...
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Sibelius, Shakespeare and The Tempest

How does one angry exiled duke stranded on an island with his beautiful daughter and deformed servant get revenge? A very big storm. Shakespeare and Sibelius’ works combined, both titled The Tempest,...
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Reflections in the Sea: Britten’s Peter Grimes

"The Old Man and the Sea" - Winslow Homer Countless stories have been told documenting the trials and tribulations about journeying over water. Tales of sailors, fishermen and whalers talk about the draw...
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Harpist Erica Goodman on From the Eastern Gate

Toronto based Harpist Erica Goodman Canadian harpist Erica Goodman has seen her share of concert stages (and you’ve probably caught her over the years on our own stage at FirstOntario Concert Hall...
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Invoking Haydn and the Gypsies

What do Austrian composer Haydn and gypsies have in common? More than you might think. A good friend of HPO Composer-in-Residence Abigail Richardson-Schulte,  Katarina Curcin, points out the correlations and...
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Chinese Classical Instruments: The Erhu and Guzheng

The Erhu As we await to hear the exciting program for we thought we'd share some of the history behind the traditional Chinese instruments featured in this Saturday's concert From the Eastern...
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Mothers Behind the Music

Where would we be without the mothers of our beloved classical composers? These moms were on double duty tending to the family home and their children’s early musical talents. Here’s a look back at Anna...