It's hard not to have piano on the brain with a new international competition and Alfred Brendel in town
It's a big day i Toronto for lovers of piano music.
The legendary Alfred Brendel makes an appearance at Koerner Hall tonight, speaking and playing around themes of humour in music. There are still some tickets available in the balconies.
Out in Scarborough, at the Canadian Chinese Cultural Centre's P.C. Ho Theatre, the first batch from the 21 entrants in a new international competition begin Round I performances at 1 p.m. The competition concludes on Monday night, also at Koerner Hall, with an orchestral concert for the three prize winners.
The competition is supposed to make all the performances available for Web streaming. Check out the details here.
And, finally, here's a treat to mark the final week of the Canadian Opera Company's fabulous production of Death in Venice: An electrifying musical moment as Sviatoslav Richter and Benjamin Britten perform Schubert's Fantasia in F minor for 4 hands in 1965. I'm sorry it's chopped up into four segments.