Spy on classical stars

When visiting classical musicians are in town.

When visiting classical musicians are in town to perform, flog a book or give a lecture, they often agree to hold master classes. too. Talented students get to play snatches of works while the master stops and starts them to impart some wisdom. It’s fascinating stuff and can teach the audience a lot about a famous artist’s philosophy and approach to his or her craft. It also gives you the chance to a) learn about classical music, b) discover up-and-coming talent and c) note how said talent takes criticism. Some upcoming classes are led by TSO artistic director Peter Oundjian (who’s also a fine violinist) on February 9 and March 2, and world-renowned pianists Emanuel Ax (February 13) and Leon Fleisher (March 5 and 6). 

Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor West, 416-408-2824 ext 320, rcmusic.ca.

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