Journalism

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   

FEATURE | The Craft of Ēriks Ešenvalds

FEATURE | The Craft of Ēriks Ešenvalds

At a certain point in the blended storytelling, music, and video multimedia monument Ēriks Ešenvalds calls Nordic Light Symphony, he has singers wet their fingers, running them against the rims of glasses filled with various amounts of water...

CHORAL SCENE | Going Big: From Willan to Bach

CHORAL SCENE | Going Big: From Willan to Bach

There are some big and unique choral experiences this month. There’s a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Healey Willan’s death, the combined forces of choirs from the University of Toronto and York University, a rare performance premiere for Tafelmusik and a new interpretation of Bach’s St Matthew Passion...

ON THE RADAR | The Art Of Honing The Next Great Musical Communicators

ON THE RADAR | The Art Of Honing The Next Great Musical Communicators

Jennifer Lee, the current Associate Conductor of TMC, is an alumnus of the symposium. “In college programs, you rarely get to work with a choir like TMC, the size, the quality of the (music) reading, the sensitive musicality, and the responsiveness of the musicians.”

CHORAL SCENE | The Dreaded Cough

CHORAL SCENE | The Dreaded Cough

Welcome to this double edition of Choral Scene! By the time you get your hands on this magazine the holiday season will be well under way. Carols will get in your ear, festive sounds will echo out and bells will be a-ringing throughout the region. I hope you’ve got your concert tickets in hand. If not, hurry up and reserve your place in these amazing concerts before you’re disappointed...

CHORAL SCENE | On Sonic Remembrance and a Story of Choral Life

CHORAL SCENE | On Sonic Remembrance and a Story of Choral Life

Heading into the month of November remembrance, I’ve highlighted two performances: the first is by Chorus Niagara and the Orpheus Choir, and the second by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra with guests. The major works in these two performances commemorate two very different wars separated by 100 years, World War I and the war in Afghanistan...

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

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

“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

CHORAL SCENE | Musical Lamps to Light the Way

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

SCRUTINY | The Hogwarts Express Stops By The Toronto Stage

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

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

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

CHORAL SCENE | Of Many Voices: Choirs and Festivals

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...