The rehearsal space high atop Toronto’s Elgin Theatre is magnificently cluttered. Costumes are hanging lazily on clothing racks; tables are full of musical scores, scattered in every direction; half-empty cups of yesterday’s Tim Hortons coffee, black and oozy by now, dot the landscape. The scene looks exactly as you’d expect a creative working space to… Read More


Jeff Melanson has resigned as president and CEO of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra – a decision the TSO says was arrived at mutually. “Basically Jeff and the TSO had to make a determination as to whether or not it was in the best interests of the TSO that he continue on as CEO,” board chair… Read More


It’s 2016, and yet here I am desperately trying to resist the temptation to start my conversation with conductor Tania Miller by asking about the fact that she’s a woman. So I won’t. I will note instead that Miller, still in her 40s, is just finishing up her 13th year as music director of the… Read More


Mark Zillmann, a blind piano tuner, plays notes as he tunes the piano at the N’awlins Jazz Bar in Toronto, Wednesday February 9, 2016. Mark Blinch/The Globe and Mail If the piano is a monster that screams when you touch its teeth, as has been said, then Mark Zillmann is a sort of dentist. Blind… Read More


Title Alcina Company The Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School Venue Koerner Hall City Toronto Date Reviewed Tuesday, March 15, 2016 Runs Until Friday, March 18, 2016 Teaching students an art, especially an art as ancient and complex as classical music, is a matter of shaping and bending young spirits – bending but never breaking them.… Read More


Frank Sinatra Jr., the son of famed singer and actor Frank Sinatra who carved out his own career as a singer and conductor, died on Wednesday at age 72, his sister said. “The Sinatra family mourn the untimely passing of their son, brother, father, uncle, Frank Sinatra, Jr. of cardiac arrest while on tour in… Read More


Starting Wednesday night, at Toronto’s Koerner Hall, vocal and instrumental students at the Royal Conservatory’s Glenn Gould School will be presenting Handel’s Alcina. Normally, this kind of production might not receive too much public attention, but this one is different. Leading the orchestra, in his first staged opera, will be Ivars Taurins, director of the… Read More


The high-profile arts administrator Jeff Melanson got married and took a job with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra because he was facing harassment allegations and administrative problems at the Banff Centre, his estranged wife alleges in a court document. The 34-page court application filed by Eleanor McCain is packed with allegations of behind-the-scenes abuses and misconduct… Read More