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by bcurley
on April 19, 2013

Despite warnings of the temperature dropping and possible flurries this evening (???), I am convinced that spring is happening. On my daily commute through Toronto's Rosedale Valley Road I have noticed a lot of beautiful green ground cover appearing, and an explosion of tiny blue flowers covering the area at the corner of Rosedale Valley and Park. It's happening. It's all happening.

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by bcurley
on April 11, 2013

As anyone who read my last post on Lori Freedman knows, I freely admit to not always being a lover of contemporary music. In my relatively recent goal of getting to know and better understand the music of the composers we promote at the CMC, I have found myself becoming a much more open listener.

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by bcurley
on April 8, 2013

Hello again, fellow explorers of Centrestreams! Have I mentioned how great it is that I get to spend this time listening to tons of new music as part of my job? It certainly has been an education for me. I must confess that I haven't always been a fan of new music, and even now find much of it daunting and difficult. Getting to immerse myself in the over 16,000 tracks that we stream on Centrestreams has opened up an amazing amount of exciting, interesting music that I hope all our web users and music lovers are taking advantage of!

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by bcurley
on April 3, 2013

So beautiful! What can I say? Oh Don Macdonald, thank-you for giving me the arm-chills with this music. Listen up if you enjoy breathtaking choral writing, which obviously you do.

Programme notes for this piece read:
"Composer Don Macdonald had a specific image in mind when composing this music.

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by bcurley
on March 26, 2013

Today I've been listening to the music of Michael Oesterle. If you have the time I would highly recommend tuning into his Centrestreams channel and getting into all of his archival recordings, but assigned the difficult task of picking one to recommend I am going with Iron Man. Our Centrestreams recording is by the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra with cellist Igor Dyatchkov and conductor Alain Trudel.

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by bcurley
on March 21, 2013

I first heard the music of Vincent Ho when Dame Evelyn Glennie performed his percussion concerto The Shaman at the Toronto Symphony’s "New Creations Festival" in 2011. It was an amazing, powerful performance of an exciting work, and I’ve been interested in his music ever since.