Ludwig Van presents — Critical Mass. A podcast where critics brainstorm current affairs surrounding the performing arts. We also bring in special guests to join in.
#12 — Harry Stafylakis: A Symphony of Prog-Metal and Musical Innovations
Episode 11: Michael Vincent, Paula Citron, and Holly Harris talk to composer, educator and curator Haralabos (Harry) Stafylakis about his career, prog-metal, New Amsterdam Records, re-connecting with his Greek roots, and more.
To learn more about Harry Stafylakis' amazing work, visit his website.
Joel Ivany and the future of opera
Canadian stage director Joel Ivany joins the podcast this week to chat about producing opera experiences that resonate with our current lives.
A new season begins with a challenge + how a recession might affect the arts
Paula, Holly and Michael return after a long summer off to catch up and chat about the new concert season now underway. We ponder why the crowds look a little different this year, plus a new threat of recession on the horizon.
The Arts And Politics Conundrum With Daniel Raiskin
This month on the podcast Paula, Holly and Michael talk with Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra music director Daniel Raiskin about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Big questions are considered, such as whether it is appropriate to ask artists to clarify their politics. Daniel also shares his complex emotions about his home country and the importance of standing up for those who would have their voices eliminated.
RIP Boris Brott With Arthur Kaptainis
Today we have a bit of a different podcast than we normally do. Guest Arthur Kaptainis joins Paula, Holly and Michael to talk about the tragic passing of renowned Canadian conductor Boris Brott, whose life was taken away in a hit-and-run.
Life As A Composer With Ana Sokolović
Composer Ana Sokolović joins Paula, Holly and Michael to talk about her move to Canada, the importance of play in music-making, life as a composer, and much more.