In Monday’s (1/16) Toronto Star, William Littler reports on “Canada Mosaic, an ambitious cross-country celebration of Canadian music and musicians spearheaded by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and funded (to the tune of $7.5 million) by the government of Canada.… And it surely is a welcome way to fund some major commissions to our composers in addition to 40 or so two-minute fanfares to be performed by the TSO and partner orchestras from British Columbia to Newfoundland. The whole enterprise begins next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Roy Thomson Hall, when Victor Feldbrill and Alain Trudel preside over a program titled Canadian Legacy,” with works by Godfrey Ridout, Pierre Mercure, Jean Coulthard, John Weinzweig, and André Mathieu. Canada Mosaic’s offerings stretch “ ‘from indigenous to indie, classical to cutting edge’ as the Toronto Symphony press release states—but it does represent a consciousness-raising effort primarily on behalf of our concert music.… During 2017, every new Canadian commission is to be recorded and available free online in more than 40 audio and video recordings. Through streamed and recorded TSO concerts, listening guides and interactive educational resources, offers an opportunity for millions of Canadians to broaden contact with our music.”

Posted January 17, 2017