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The Toy Piano Composers is a collective of emerging composers based in Toronto, Canada, who present imaginative new music to curious listeners in a playful and engaging concert series.
The orchestra problem: should they smile more?
The necessities of large-scale concerts like these are a reality; bodies need to be shuffled, chairs need to be added, and tuning needs to happen. But, why ignore the listeners during any of this? There's a difference between a relaxed environment, and one that ignores the fact that they're performers. Onstage housekeeping is the perfect opportunity for musicians to communicate with their listeners, and prove that they're human beings as well as talented artists. Talk to them, guys!Read More
Opera's survival: tightened belts & callous questions
All of this is nearing an uncomfortable suggestion. We ask, honestly and without further insinuations: when was the last time that the chorus, or the orchestra, was the most memorable element of an opera?Read More
New teams, new operas: Bicycle Opera + Toy Piano Composers
Bicycle Opera and Toy Piano Composers will premiere Travelogue, a new collection of operas by composers Monica Pearce, Elisha Denburg, August Murphy-King, Tobin Stokes, and librettist Colleen Murphy. Travelogue is exciting in itself, and it's part of Toy Piano Composer's inaugural new music festival, Curiosity Festival, happening April 1-9th (find out all about it right here).Watch Video
To Be Announced III: new music via Toy Piano Composers
Toy Piano Composers is a Toronto-based collective of composers, currently in their eighth season of concerts presenting their new works. Next Saturday, November 21st, they're holding their next event, To Be Announced III, a showcase of world premieres by five emerging composers, selected from their most recent call for works.Read More