Storyteller, CONCERT HOST,
AUTHOR, MUSICIAN, BROADCASTER
From Weimar to Vaudeville is the story of two men, both sons of musical royalty. As America emerges from the Great Depression and Germany descends into darkness and chaos. Two musical princes, one rich, one poor, reach to each other across hardship and time as the world tilts again toward war. More...
As the thunderclouds of the Great War pile up and burst, the musical revolutionary Claude Debussy and his one-time follower Maurice Ravel compete for the love of their proud, fickle, darling, Paris. The Judgment of Paris is a mix of cabaret, history and story-telling with timeless music by Debussy and Ravel, as well as original songs by the performers. It is new and old, heroic and tragic, history and fiction – and may the best composer win. More...
What happens when a poet, an author, a composer, his lover, and a book-loving stripper all move into the same house in quiet, wartime Brooklyn? Arguments, indulgence, infestation, questionable relationships of every description, a murder mystery, plenty of reasons for the neighbours to bang on the walls and, just possibly, some truly wonderful art. More...
A fun time-bending journey through the past and the distant future, powered by a much-loved musical pattern, some great music-making by the Gryphon Trio, Rob Carli, Patricia O'Callaghan and the incredible, constantly re-appearing Jamie Parker.
A hearty tip of the hat to David Mewa for the consistently brilliant camera work and direction on all these videos.
How the Dies Irae, the medieval song of death, has so far ushered out 40 human generations, and through the help of Star Wars and The Lion King, is happily dying still.
This one relied on the life-giving work of three angelic harps, a bassoon, a tuba, two pianos, lots of percussion, four singing monks and an unseen but very-much-there improvising bass clarinet. It's to die for!
Much help from Trish O'Callaghan and the wonderful Joe Macerollo here, as well as the Bishop Strachan choir and plenty of bicycles. This is why we sing Do, Re, Mi, and how different things would have been for Julie Andrews if The Sound of Music were filmed in the year 1029.
Johannes Brahms' famous Lullaby was a love song composed for his first and unrequited love. Trish again, along with the Gryphon Trio, Jim Creeggan and an angelic trio of singers, plus a cameo by the producer of all these videos, Jeff Reilly, who reveals himself to be (who knew?) a fetchingly handsome industrialist.
A series of clips taken from a 2006 Sunday Light Classics concert with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. The program was introducing the audience to the history and themes of the opera.
In the Shadow is a featured segment on Tom Allen's Classical Goodtime Variety Show. This clip, on the tumultuous life of a Mozart-era Bohemian named Josef Myslivicek, is a good example of the kinds of stories, and the quality of the music, featured in the segment.
Here are a few of my videos, some promotional, some archival and in between is a series on classical music history for CBC Music, put together with the stellar team of Jeff Reilly, David Mewa and Ben Aylesworth.