People often talk about six degrees of separation. Between Jonathan Crow and the Toronto Summer Music Festival, the number is even smaller. As a student at McGill University (1995-98), violist Douglas McNabney was the first chamber music teacher for Crow, the festival’s new artistic director. And when McNabney succeeded Agnes Grossmann as artistic director of Toronto Summer Music, one of his first invitations to participate went to his former student.
PRAGUE—Between concerts in Regensburg and Essen, Germany, on its recent tour of Israel and Europe the Toronto Symphony Orchestra made a kind of pilgrimage to Prague, capital of the Czech Republic. The two concerts it performed there, as part of the high profile Prague Spring International Music Festival, were dedicated to the memory of perhaps the most distinguished musician ever to serve as the orchestra’s music director, the Czech maestro Karel Ancerl.
Michael Schade put it succinctly at a reception preceding the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s recent concert in Vienna: “Canadians have a tough time waving their own flag.” Not that the popular tenor star of the Vienna State Opera has ever hidden his maple leaf. For the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) it has been harder. Absent from the European stage for about 14 years, the orchestra returned for a short tour in 2014 without some of the invitations it had hoped to receive.
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