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TMS Meeting - 2014

The first meeting of 2014 took place on Saturday, February 1st at Metro Hall. There were over 20 attendees.

Patrick Lam was first on the agenda and presented an interactive lecture on Mahler’s 7th Symphony, in anticipation of the performance of that symphony by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto on February 12th.  Patrick played a number of excerpts during his presentation, asking for and getting audience participation.  As most attendees plan to attend the MSO performance, this presentation gave them a better idea of what to listen for on the 12th.

The next item on the agenda was a new idea, presentations of recent recordings by society members.

Larry Isaacson went first with his presentation of Mahler 8 performed by the Bamberger Symphoniker conducted by Jonathan Nott. Larry explained what he likes in a good Mahler 8 and played examples from this performance. He concluded this was quite good.

Michael Schulman was next with his presentation of Ewa Podles, a Polish coloratura contralto who has had an active international career both on the opera stage and in recital. He played 2 items he found on the Internet, 1) ‘Urlicht’ from Mahler 2 and 2) a portion of Der Abschied from Das Lied von der Erde.

Jim Weaver was last, presenting video selections of Symphony 1. Jim relayed a story that he had to contact a vendor in Japan to get a recent Seiji Ozawa video.

The last item was an introduction to Nielsen’s 3rd Symphony, to be performed by the TSO under Thomas Daugaard later this month. The material was a short video featuring Maestro Dausgaard describing the symphony.


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