Indie Intensity

Congrats to indie star Owen Pallett on the North American premiere of his violin concerto last Thursday (March 7) during the Toronto Symphony’s annual new music festival. A wiry little number with a minimalist, post-Shostakovich manner, the 15-minute piece built to a very satisfying intensity. In a festival marred by an abundance of kitsch, it was a welcome note of seriousness. If the folks at the Toronto Symphony were smart – and sincere about buffing their image with fans of the contemporary – they’d upload the performance lickety-split. Instead, they’ve already deleted the program notes from their web site. Click on Pallett and you get Brahms.

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