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He was called a “savant” and a “savior,” thought a contender for a Nobel Prize and named alongside John Steinbeck as an American “genius whose work will live on through the centuries.” Four years later he was dead of a heart attack, though one former colleague called it a suicide.
How these Canadian masked maestros are conducting experiments in multimedia and livestreams to make orchestral music relevant during pandemic
Conducting an orchestra is among the most rarefied and coveted positions in the performing arts. But during the pandemic, it’s a job that’s been upended like everyone else’s.
“It’s very unsettling because we don’t know how to do our jobs in the way we’ve always done them,” says Rosemary Thomson, Music Director of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. “But there’s two sides to that coin.”
City’s history has seen multiple variations since Champlain named the site after a seditious royal who backed the wrong Duke.
In the spring of 1892 Arthur Rankin was in trouble. A hefty mortgage on his property adjoining the east side of Sault Ste. Marie was overdue. His lender, one of the richest men in Toronto, had already taken Rankin to court to force its sale. An arrangement with another financial backer had cost him a third of his equity and bought him only a year to find a buyer. The year was up.
J. Bruce Ismay’s life was changed in an instant. At 1:40 a.m. on April 15, 1912, sporting pajamas under a suit and topcoat, with slippers on his feet, the chairman of the White Star Line stepped into the last lifeboat to leave Titanic’s starboard side as it was being lowered to the icy waters beneath. This moment—of cowardice, instinct, arrogance, or something else—came to define his legacy. Ismay’s life, however, fascinates for many more reasons than that much-mythologized moment.
On a hot November day in 1926, a 13-year-old boy dressed as the Pied Piper led more than 1,000 children not out of town, but to the Central Library of Los Angeles.
Québec slang, as heard in Montréal and elsewhere, is a remarkable méli-mélo (hodgepodge) of ancient French, more recent borrowings from Arabic- and Haitian Creole-speaking communities, and English loanwords. Below are 11 slang words heard in Montréal to help you sound as hip as anyone who lives on the Plateau, in Villeray (purported to be the world’s 18th coolest neighborhood), or maybe even in Longueuil.
“The special words of hockey are full of color and interest,” Lewis Poteet, author of Hockey Talk, once wrote. “They are a guide to the grace, the violence, the exhilaration, the history of the game.” Below are 16 such “special words” to guide you through the playoff season.
“Winter is good,” Emily Dickinson once declared, “But welcome when he goes.” She was so right. The season that brings us joyous holidays, rollicking snowball fights, and the delights of nature also brings bitter cold and long nights. By the time March rolls around, spring does indeed come as something of a relief. Until then, take a moment to enjoy the advent of the brumal months by snuggling under a blanket, and curling up with these 14 words for winter from around the world.