This year, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) has programmed two performances of Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation to coincide with Remembrance Day, which will push audiences out of their comfort zones to scenes from the Afghan battlefield. The axis of the concerts is the namesake requiem, a setting of author Suzanne Steele’s poetry and music by composer Jeffrey Ryan. The collection of wartime vignettes initially premiered in Calgary in 2012, and this year the piece makes its way to Toronto.
I’m tone deaf. I can’t sing. It’s usually accompanied by a smile or laugh, but the message is both clear and absolute. And wrong. Lorna MacDonald is Professor of Voice Studies and Vocal Pedagogy at the University of Toronto, and she puts it even more strongly. “That’s a blatant lie.”Of all creative endeavours, singing is perhaps the most poorly understood. To the chagrin of vocal teachers everywhere, singing the one pursuit where you will be told, you can’t sing, so don’t bother.
At the Canadian Opera Company’s Annual General Meeting yesterday, the COC announced news that General Director Alexander Neef has extended his contract through to the 2025/2026 season. This means that by 2026, Neef will be the longest-serving General Director of the COC (18 years), after Richard Bradshaw.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
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are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
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Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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