Toward the end of last year I wrote an extensive post about the Emerging Arts Critics programme and my participation in it, and I’d like to start by referring you there if you haven’t read it.
Just last night I attended the final performance of the 2018/2019 programme, The National Ballet of Canada’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. And just this morning, my concert report on the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of Shostakovich, Langgaard, and Bartók–which is also my final contribution to the programme–was posted on The WholeNote’s website. I’d really like to thank the WholeNote staff for making the piece what it is, considering my relative naivety when it comes to classical music. I’d also like to thank them for coming up with an excellent headline for the piece–you don’t even want to know what the old one was.
Overall, this seasons’ programme has been a wonderful experience. I’ve become even closer with my fellow reviewers since last fall, and I’m already looking forward to staying connected with them in the future. I also can’t help but reflect on how much I’ve learned from the editors and mentors the programme put me in touch with. It feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve had such experienced and insightful eyes take a good, hard look at my writing, and the past several months have reminded me how crucial that kind of feedback is. All in all, I couldn’t be happier with the program; this is what I love about being a writer.
If you have any interest in opera, ballet, or classical music, I hope you can get something out of it, too. And, as always, happy reading!