Welcome to In Tune, your weekly classical news feed on CBC Radio 2. Saturdays at noon, Katherine Duncan shares the classical music and musicians people are listening to and talking about, here in Canada and around the world. Here are the stories she's covering this week.
Beer, cocktails, food trucks and... Shostakovich? That's the recipe for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra's tailgate party this weekend.
Richard Reed Parry is best known as a member of the Canadian rock band Arcade Fire, but he's also a classical composer. He'll release his debut classical album, Music for Heart and Breath, on the prestigious Deutsche Grammophon label.
It wouldn't be an international sporting event without controversy. Musical watchers of the FIFA World Cup call the event's theme song, "We Are One" a little short on Brazilian content. We'll suggest an all-Brazil classical alternative.
If you've ever longed to take your place on stage at one of the country's great concert halls, start practising your party piece now, for Koerner Hall's Free for All on Sept. 27.
A difficult week in the conducting world. Canadian conductor Bernard Labadie (founder of Les Violons du Roy) cancels all his engagements for 2014 for health reasons; and we learn of the death of the great Spanish maestro Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos, at the age of 80.
If your husband or dad already has enough ties and doesn't need another pen, why not take a page from the family of the Right Honourable Joe Clark. Canada's 16th Prime Minister gets a new orchestral piece by Alberta composer John Estacio as his 75th birthday present.
And, classical recordings from western Canada are in the spotlight this week, with the announcement of the nominees for the 2014 Western Canadian Music Awards.
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