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.
#9 —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.
The Incredible Story Behind Stephen Sondheim’s Canadian Pen Pal
Holly Harris recovers a series of personal letters shared between her father, Neil Harris, and Stephen Sondheim over two decades ago. Paula, Holly and Micheal go through the letters, and try and make sense of what’s written on these pages. We find out where they came from, what’s in them, and why they are so important.
When Artists Go Bad: #MeToo, Cancel Culture, And When To Forgive
Paula, Holly, and Michael have a heated discussion about artists that have had their careers ruined after accusations of wrongdoing. Citing examples by artists Liam Scarlett, Charles Dutoit, James Levine, Placido Domingo, and even Wagner, they soon discover how fraught the path to redemption is. It all ends with them feeling grateful for a return to in-person concerts, lamenting printed concert programs, and doing what Canadians do best – complaining about the weather.
#4 with Gustavo Gimeno — The Accidental Conductor
In this episode, Paula, Holly, and Michael meet the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s conductor Gustavo Gimeno. We chat about his background, his life’s journey moving from a percussionist to a conductor, the road to the TSO, the rise of the international conductor.