The Happenstancers Release Five Short Films Accompanying Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire

Toronto-based chamber orchestra, The Happenstancers, has announced the release of five short films to accompany Schoenberg’s “Pierrot Lunaire.” The films feature soprano Danika Lorèn of the Canadian Opera Company and Toronto Symphony Orchestra Associate Conductor Simon Rivard. Toronto-based filmmaker Jake Kovnat was behind the camera. Kovnat shot the films in black and white, in a surrealistic style, using various creative {…}

New York Philharmonic 2019-20 Review: Bluebeard’s Castle & Erwartung

(Credit: Chris Lee) September 27, 2019, saw the second performance of the New York Philharmonic’s cerebral double bill, comprised of Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle,” and Schoenberg’s “Erwartung.” Both works delve deeply into the psyche to explore themes of love, loss, trust, betrayal, and more. Joined by some truly magnetic soloists, Jaap van Zweden and the Philharmonic succeeded in bringing the music, {…}