Musical Journalism

Brian Chang has been involved with choral music as a singer, administrator, and conductor for over a decade. In 2015 he started writing for the Wholenote Magazine as its resident Choral Scene columnist; providing news and insight on choral music to a 30,000-print circulation. In 2016 he became a regular contributor with Ludwig Van Toronto, formerly Musical Toronto. Capable of writing blog-style quick reads, in-depth interviews, editorials, and features, Brian's work always seeks to illuminate the reader with new angles, authoritative voice, and a creative edge. 

*Ludwig van Toronto is a member of the National Newsmedia Council   

SCRUTINY | Toronto Goes Hufflepuff Over Harry Potter With Live Symphony Orchestra

Oct 13, 2017

“I’m a big Harry Potter Fan”, shares Noa, fully dressed in Slytherin robes, ready to go (Snape would approve). Her enthusiasm for the world of wizardry beams off her. That was me, 15 years ago when the movie came out, albeit a Hufflepuff. I’m still a huge fan, and Noa and I are in good company with the thousands showing up for these live concert performances...

CHORAL SCENE | Musical Lamps to Light the Way

Aug 31, 2017

Canadian composer Matthew Emery’s musical setting “Peace, my heart” uses a poem by legendary Bengali poet and musician, Rabindranath Tagore. Emery’s composition is spartan and focused, somehow enabling deep mourning and peaceful contemplation to coexist within a single shape. Reflecting on the tumultuous state of current affairs, it’s going to be good to be able to get back to making collective music...

SCRUTINY | The Hogwarts Express Stops By The Toronto Stage

Jun 29, 2017

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone stops by the Sony Centre on its North American live film concert tour. Brian Chang reviews the show, with insight from conductor Justin Freer...

FEATURE | Why A Group Of Classical Musicians Decided It Was Time To Sing

Jun 5, 2017

Acquired Taste is a choral community of musicians built around the idea that music ought to be about the joy and not the judgement...

CHORAL SCENE | Of Many Voices: Choirs and Festivals

May 31, 2017

Alot of musical organizations go on break over the summer, but that doesn’t mean the end to opportunities for amazing music. Southern Ontario is lucky to have within a few hours’ drive several world-class music festivals, where there are lots of opportunities to see local and international artists at play...

CONCERT REPORT | High-level history lessons from the Toronto Bach Festival

May 30, 2017

Toronto has a thing for early music. Audiences in this city can’t seem to get enough of baroque-era music, including chamber, orchestra, choral and opera works. Into this community, there’s a new festival in town: the Toronto Bach Festival, running this year from May 26 to 28...

SCRUTINY | Oksana G. Opera An Emotionally Devastating Ride Into Darkness

May 27, 2017

Propelled by the strength of the score and cast, Tapestry Opera's Oksana G confirms the ugly truth behind human sex-trafficking...

CONCERT REPORT | Worlds Meet, with the COC Orchestra at 21C

May 25, 2017

Johannes Debus, music director of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, speaks about his orchestra with love at a May 24 post-concert chat. “This great orchestra deserves to be onstage,” he says. The orchestra is one of the finest in the country, but is almost always in the pit of the Four Seasons Centre, barely visible to audiences...

CONCERT REPORT | The NSO Roars to a Powerful Season Finish

May 24, 2017

Sometimes, there is nothing better I can say about a performance than thank you. For the inspired interpretation, the energetic musicianship, the blended mustering of forces, and a musical alignment that allows a performance to be exceptional – thank you to the NSO, soloists, and Chorus Niagara...

CONCERT REPORT | Tafelmusik’s Haydn and Mozart strike a balance

May 10, 2017

Audiences in Toronto expect that a Tafelmusik performance will be pleasing, well-executed, and committed to artistry. Their performances of Haydn’s Symphony No. 98 and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, at Koerner Hall May 4 to 7, were no exception...