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   

BLOG | “Lat Mich Iu Gevallen” (Let me please you): A Preview of York U’s Carmina Burana

Mar 17, 2017

The York University choir belts out the final “Plangite (Weep)” of Carmina Burana with Lisette Canton at the helm. “No. No,” she cuts them off, “the walls better shake!” With a huge cue, high in the air, the sound rips forth and I feel it deep inside my body, vibrating my little heart...

BLOG | Sonic Conversations at SingONtario!

Mar 7, 2017

There are two rows of little boys bobbing up and down, dressed in matching white dress shirts and bright red ties that can’t help but be oversized. They’re singing Puttin’ on the Ritz as they turn sideways and gesture to the audience. It’s incredibly cute and the audience eats up the charm offensive. This is the ASLAN Boys Choir, the second of six choirs performing at SingONtario...

SCRUTINY | Game of Thrones Live Cuts Deeper Than Swords

Mar 5, 2017

“Dracarys”. Fire spouts from the stage, it’s a hot flash that can be felt well back into the Air Canada Centre. This is Game of Thrones Live, and there’s fire on stage, lots of fire. There’s a split second of stunned silence before cheers of enjoyment start up. More fire spews forth, some of it from the bottom of the giant 40-foot tall screens, following the dragons on screen as they burn through the slavers of Meereen...

CHORAL SCENE | The March of the Mozart Requiems

Feb 27, 2017

Mozart’s Requiem has captured the imagination of singers for centuries and continues to be a staple of choral repertoire the world around. It is wrought with emotion and feeling...

FEATURE | Musical Tributes: The Lionization Of Matthew Shepard

Feb 26, 2017

Matthew Shepard was 21 years old when he was kidnapped, attacked, tortured, and left to die tied to a fence in Laramie, Wyoming. In the years since Matt’s murder, many artistic works have been created to help explore and help remember what happened...

SCRUTINY | TSO's Movie Night With Ratatouille Something Meaningful

Feb 19, 2017

I completely forgot about Anton Ego, Ratatouille’s hale, ominous food critic who writes in a coffin-shaped office and generates fear in everyone. If only I had that much influence and power as a musical journalist. Unfortunately for Mr. Ego, there’s nothing negative to go after in this performance; it was a lovely afternoon for the family day weekend, listening and watching this delightful film...

CONCERT REPORT | High-Intensity Warmth from Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Feb 15, 2017

There are nine microphones and six monitors on the stage, that’s it. It’s Spartan with all of the wires neatly wound, lined up and bound. The nine men of Ladysmith Black Mambazo come onto the stage like a football team to cheers, applause and with an energy that leads straight into song...

PREVIEW | Power Up! The Toronto Gospel Music Festival

Feb 14, 2017

Humility is a beautiful Christian tradition. It’s also an important one in choral music. Gospel music provides an unparallelled media for the connection of soloists, ensemble and audience. It is a balance of humility and important parts that come into equilibrium to make exciting, transformative, and healing music...

FEATURE | Musical Tributes: Stories We Ignore At Our Peril

Feb 11, 2017

The first in our series exploring choral works, small and large, created to fight against conflict, war, destruction, murder, and loss. This week, Benjamin Britten’s anti-war masterpiece War Requiem...

SCRUTINY | Historical Conversations, Necessary Conversations With The Toronto Consort

Feb 4, 2017

The 150th “Birthday” celebrations for Canada’s Sesquicentennial make me uncomfortable. I think the occasion makes a lot of people uncomfortable. To celebrate 150 years of the country sort of eliminates and denigrates the complex and detailed history of the peoples that have inhabited this part of the Earth for millennia before Confederation in 1867. Colonization is a complex process that continues to affect and shape the Canada we know, and not all of it is fanfare for the Monarchy...