Join Bill Anderson on a Tour of Frederic Chopin’s Poland

Join Bill Anderson on a Tour of Frederic Chopin’s Poland

I’m Bill Anderson. Come along with me to the Chopin And His Europe Festival in Warsaw this August. We’ll enjoy two fabulous evenings of world famous compositions by Poland’s greatest composer, Frederic Chopin. We’ll visit the high tech, interactive Chopin Museum and travel just outside Warsaw to Zelazowa Wola, the small village where Chopin was born. After that we’ll be treated to an outdoor piano recital. Later we’re invited to a home-hosted lunch with a local family. We’ll learn about about their day to day life and have dessert in the garden. We’ll attend to a recital featuring a one-of-a-kind 18th century pipe organ inside a famous cathedral near Gdansk and be welcomed in Kazimierz, the historical Jewish district of Krakow for a special dinner and a Klezmer Music concert. This trip will sell out quickly so don’t delay. For details go to polandwithbill.ca or telephone Wanda at Chopin Tours at...
The New Classical FM Pet of the Week: Emma

The New Classical FM Pet of the Week: Emma

Meet Emma! She is a lovely girl who needs some time to warm up to people but once she does that tail doesn’t stop wagging. Emma loves to play with her toys and will carry her favorite stuffy in her mouth. She is currently available as a foster and the foster parent can choose to adopt her once she is given the clear by our veterinary team. Emma is up for foster instead of adoption because we are concerned about the way she walks. There may be a neurological issue or a problem with her spine. The foster parent will be responsible for bringing her in for her appointments, providing basic care and reporting progress to our foster department. Emma would do best in an adult only home who has a house with yard because she tends to really miss her people when they leave so she can be vocal and sometimes destructive. Emma is a true sweetheart and would be a great addition to anyone’s household. To learn more about the adoption process visit The Humane...
The New Classical FM Pet of the Week – Heli

The New Classical FM Pet of the Week – Heli

Heli is such a silly bird, who loves to sing and screech! Heli will need a large enclosure as well as daily enrichment and constant socialization. Heli will be a long term commitment and he will require extra socialization. He may even be a good fit for your current lovebird. To learn more about the adoption process visit The Humane...
Ontario Philharmonic Presents Dvorak Cello Concerto with Cellist William Molina-Cestari

Ontario Philharmonic Presents Dvorak Cello Concerto with Cellist William Molina-Cestari

(Photo Credit: Marco Ayala) William Molina-Cestari was captivated by music at a very early age. He read music notes even before the alphabet, progressing to study on the cuatro (folkloric Venezuelan instrument) violin and guitar, until deciding on the cello. He was 7 years old in the early 1970s, in Maracay, Venezuela, very close to the capital Caracas. During this period, it was popular to hear about the 3 Pablos: Pablo Picasso, Pablo Neruda and Pablo Casals in 1973. Most certainly, that period greatly influenced William’s life. Folkloric and popular music were played at home. El cuatro, the mandolin, the guitar and the Venezuelan maracas were played regularly. William heard and played that genre of music in the beginning. The same experience happened with a neighbor, David. He was very influential because he could play the drums and the electric guitar. He introduced William to rock, pop, soul music, etc. He heard Pink Floyd, Queen, Kiss… all the bands of the day, between the 60s and the early 70s. As well, Queen, The Beatles and Elvis Presley were influences. Regularly, family friends would come to the house to play Bossa Nova with their guitars, or Brazilian music. A friend of William’s dad, Luis Blanco, played Bossa Nova and Samba, that were trendy back in the early 70s. Tom Job also, was well known to the family. Jazz was discovered through the radio, listening to Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson (Canadian) and other music from that time. Presently, William is a fan of another Canadian, Diana Krall, whom he think is an extraordinary Jazz interpreter, besides being an excellent pianist, she has...