Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait

Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait

by William Littler, John Terauds

NOOK Book(eBook)

$9.99 $10.99 Save 9% Current price is $9.99, Original price is $10.99. You Save 9%.
View All Available Formats & Editions

Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
WANT A NOOK?  Explore Now

Overview

A vibrant, richly illustrated commemorative book celebrating the first 30 years of Roy Thomson Hall, one of Canada’s most famous performance venues.

Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait traces the first 30 years of what was initially known as "New Massey Hall." Arthur Erickson’s iconic design quickly became a symbol of a vibrant city emerging on the world stage. Home to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the hall has welcomed a range of acclaimed artists and lecturers, film presentations, and corporate events. The authors provide a background to the musical history of Toronto and an intimate portrait of the hall’s changes over the years. At the centre of this story are the artists, audiences, volunteers, and staff who have enriched and enlivened the hall since its opening in 1982.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781459718777
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Publication date: 06/15/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 12 MB
Note: This product may take a few minutes to download.

About the Author

William Littler is one of Canada's most esteemed music critics and broadcasters. He started writing for the Toronto Daily Star in 1966, and in 1980 he was the first music critic to receive the National Newspaper Award for critical writing. In 1990 he received the Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition. He lives in Toronto.

John Terauds is one of Canada's most influential voices in classical music writing today. He is an organist, choir director, and music teacher, and writes about recordings and performances at www.musicaltoronto.org and @JohnTerauds. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988 and was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012. He lives in Toronto.

William Littler is one of Canada's most esteemed music critics and broadcasters. He started writing for the Toronto Daily Star in 1966, and in 1980 he was the first music critic to receive the National Newspaper Award for critical writing. In 1990 he received the Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition. He lives in Toronto.


John Terauds is one of Canada's most influential voices in classical music writing today. He is an organist, choir director, and music teacher, and writes about recordings and performances at www.musicaltoronto.org and @JohnTerauds. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988 and was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012. He lives in Toronto.

Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION            “It sounds delightfully”: Toronto grows up with music            3
CHAPTER 1                        The Grand Old Lady of Shuter Street                                             10
CHAPTER 2                         A Child of perseverance                                                            19
CHAPTER 3                        Gabriel Kney’s King of Instruments                                                   32
CHAPTER 4                        Launching Roy Thomson Hall                                                40
CHAPTER 5                        A home for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra                        46
CHAPTER 6                        Singing the praises of choral music                                                   58
CHAPTER 7                        Celebrating a world of classical guests                                    64
CHAPTER 8                        The art of making music sound good                                                70
CHAPTER 9                        Broad programming is all about community                                    78
CHAPTER 10                        A permanent sense of occasion                                                84
CHAPTER 11                        From concert hall to modern movie palace                                    90
CHAPTER 12                        Meeting, celebration, business and worship                                    97
CHAPTER 13                        Connecting people and music through outreach                        104
CHAPTER 14                        “A meaningful and positive impact”                                                 110
 
FIVE APPENDICES (NOT INCLUDED HERE)

  • 1982 COMMITTEE (2-3 PAGES IN BOOK)
  • 2002 COMMITTEE (2-3 PAGES)
  • GOVERNORS AND HONORARY GOVERNORS (2-3 PAGES)
  • ROY THOMSON HALL AWARD WINNERS (1 PAGE)
  • SENIOR STAFF (1-2 PAGES)

What People are Saying About This

Tony Bennett

Roy Thomson Hall is the most civilized concert hall…. It has perfect acoustics; it’s beautifully maintained, and they make the public feel very comfortable.

Cecilia Bartoli

Acoustica fantastica!

Renée Fleming

I have a long and happy history of performances in Roy Thomson Hall, and for good reason. It is a welcoming, comfortable arts space and it allows the performer a real sense of, and connection with, the wonderful Toronto audiences. It is always a pleasure for me to return to this very special hall.

Renee Fleming

I have a long and happy history of performances in Roy Thomson Hall, and for good reason. It is a welcoming, comfortable arts space and it allows the performer a real sense of, and connection with, the wonderful Toronto audiences. It is always a pleasure for me to return to this very special hall.

From the Publisher

I love making music in the hall - it's a wonderful venue for recording and bringing exceptional live performances to the public. It is the true home of the TSO, and a landmark of great music in our city.

Roy Thomson Hall is the most civilized concert hall. It has perfect acoustics; it's beautifully maintained, and they make the public feel very comfortable.

Acoustica fantastica!

I have a long and happy history of performances in Roy Thomson Hall, and for good reason. It is a welcoming, comfortable arts space and it allows the performer a real sense of, and connection with, the wonderful Toronto audiences. It is always a pleasure for me to return to this very special hall.

Music Director, Toronto Symphony Orchestra - Peter Oundjian

I love making music in the hall — it’s a wonderful venue for recording and bringing exceptional live performances to the public. It is the true home of the TSO, and a landmark of great music in our city.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews