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Good-bye, NYO (or, Until Next Time)

Date: August 14, 2015 Author: NYO Canada Categories: 2015 | Deanna Choi

Hallo everyone,  Upon returning home, I discovered a strange sensation. There were no horns warming up in my backyard with long tones and bits of Mars. There was no schedule telling me what to do or where to be at what time. There was no bus ride and panicked last-minute packing at 8:30 AM. There were no violas to make fun of, no dressing rooms, no truck full of flight cases, no plinking sound of harps tuning, no brass players making towers out of plastic cups and swinging out of trees....

Meet the Maestro: Michael Francis

Date: August 13, 2015 Author: NYO Canada Categories: 2015 | Deanna Choi

Hometown: Berkshire, UK; currently based in Tampa, Florida Instrument: Double bass Favourite cheese: aged cheddar or Stilton Musical influences: Sir Colin Davis, Valery Gergiev, Carlos Kleiber, Rinat Ibragimov Gustav finally met the head honcho, the big cheese, the man who leads the orchestra into the fray with courage and dignity - and a dry British wit.  But for starters, he wanted to know: what does a conductor actually do?  MF: “When you have 90 people on stage, everyone has their...

Alec Hall: Long Live the Revolution

Date: August 13, 2015 Author: NYO Canada Categories: 2015 | Deanna Choi

Hometown: Toronto  Instrument: Violin  Favourite cheese: Cambozola  Alec Hall, a composer based in New York, workshopped a new piece with the NYO entitled These Bodies Kill Fascists. We caught up with him for a few minutes after lunch to discuss this piece and his compositional process.  The piece was originally written for a chamber ensemble of 11 musicians, titled, our bodies will be our demand, inspired by the Deep Green Resistance movement in Occupy Wall Street. This newly composed...

My Mom Thinks I’m Practicing But Actually I’m…

Date: August 12, 2015 Author: NYO Canada Categories: 2015 | Deanna Choi

(When even musicians need an escape from their work): “…bouldering, rock climbing, sailing, or engaging in near-death experiences.” –John-Paul (violin) “…en train de jouer avec mon chat, Lichette.” (‘playing with my cat, Lichette) –Ludovik (clarinet/saxophone) “…baking cupcakes, or lemon meringue pies.” –Nadia (violin) “…falling asleep.” –Emma (violin) “…swing dancing at the Dovercourt.” –Lisa (trumpet) “…freestyle rapping in a hip/hop-funk...

Faculty Spotlight: Gabe Radford

Date: August 12, 2015 Author: NYO Canada Categories: 2015 | Deanna Choi

Gabe Radford plays the horn in the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. He taught a seminar on audition preparation, and is an enthusiastic fan at the Lumiere Quartet’s performance. Gabe’s method of dealing with performance anxiety draws from numerous sources, including mindfulness, sports psychology/visualization techniques, and Buddhist philosophy. He stresses that one of the most important things as a musician is not to focus on the results, and to try not to evaluate one’s self in the...

Move Over Beyonce

Date: August 5, 2015 Author: NYO Canada Categories: 2015 | Deanna Choi

The Afiara Quartet gives ‘fierce’ a whole new meaning. Their late-night performance at Ottawa Chamberfest’s ChamberFringe series featured their brand of eclectic yet electrifying repertoire. While the quartet knows their Schubert and Mendelssohn, they also know how to lay down some beats and relate to a more ‘hip’ crowd. They transition effortlessly from Staniland’s Four Elementsto an up-beat Latin groove in El Sinaloense to Steve Reich’s Clapping Music to...

Up In The Air

Date: August 5, 2015 Author: NYO Canada Categories: 2015 | Deanna Choi

The cabin crew at Westjet really have a good sense of humour. In addition to personally welcoming the orchestra on board, our flight director Bill gave a shout-out to each section. He also didn’t realize that harps were their own section: “But you guys have strings… aren’t you part of the strings?"  Some other excellent zingers, all in good cheer, from 30 000 feet in the air:  "Please note this is a non-smoking aircraft, just like all our planes. If you do smoke during the flight,...

Behind-the-scenes look at the MMR studio at McGill

Date: August 5, 2015 Author: NYO Canada Categories: 2015 | Deanna Choi

Gustav has always wanted to try out a career as a famous record producer. Here, he gets a behind-the-scenes look at the MMR studio at McGill, where the NYO recorded for over 18 hours. He even got some tutoring from Martha DeFrancisco, a producer who worked in Europe for 20 years recording the best living artists with the top labels at Carnegie Hall, the Musikverein, Tokyo, Berlin, Philadelphia. She’s now a professor at McGill, and has been teaching there for the last 12 years. She is...


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