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   

SCRUTINY | Oksana G. Opera An Emotionally Devastating Ride Into Darkness

May 27, 2017

Propelled by the strength of the score and cast, Tapestry Opera's Oksana G confirms the ugly truth behind human sex-trafficking...

CONCERT REPORT | Worlds Meet, with the COC Orchestra at 21C

May 25, 2017

Johannes Debus, music director of the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, speaks about his orchestra with love at a May 24 post-concert chat. “This great orchestra deserves to be onstage,” he says. The orchestra is one of the finest in the country, but is almost always in the pit of the Four Seasons Centre, barely visible to audiences...

CONCERT REPORT | The NSO Roars to a Powerful Season Finish

May 24, 2017

Sometimes, there is nothing better I can say about a performance than thank you. For the inspired interpretation, the energetic musicianship, the blended mustering of forces, and a musical alignment that allows a performance to be exceptional – thank you to the NSO, soloists, and Chorus Niagara...

CONCERT REPORT | Tafelmusik’s Haydn and Mozart strike a balance

May 10, 2017

Audiences in Toronto expect that a Tafelmusik performance will be pleasing, well-executed, and committed to artistry. Their performances of Haydn’s Symphony No. 98 and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, at Koerner Hall May 4 to 7, were no exception...

CONCERT REPORT | Echo Women’s Choir, Making Noise

May 01, 2017

The Church of the Holy Trinity is a gem of the Anglican tradition in Toronto, steeped in history and activism. There are few barriers in the open space, and art and displays clearly stating “this is a place of social justice and a place of God” – open and welcoming at the same time...

SCRUTINY | A Surprising Rendition With Pax Christi Chorale’s The Apostles

May 01, 2017

The story of Jesus has been told countless times by the grandest music centuries over. Yet, I’m always surprised because there is no limit to the musical interpretations, settings, and orchestrations that have and continue to tell this story...

FEATURE | Six Choristers, Six Choirs: Glimpses of Delight

April 26, 2017

As someone who sings, I can’t imagine my life without choral music in it. For many people this is a true statement. Dedicating time to sing invigorates, relaxes, strengthens and builds the body and mind. Every day there are countless articles being shared about the value of choral ensemble and the physical and mental benefits...

CHORAL SCENE | Choral Music’s Wonderful Bounty

April 26, 2017

In a month when The WholeNote Canary Pages celebrates choral music and and features opportunities to participate in it, it’s fitting that there’s an incredible amount of amazing choral performance happening around the region...

INTERVIEW | What's Next For Stephanie Martin After Pax Christi Chorale?

April 20, 2017

Stephanie Martin has carved out a significant chunk of the choral world of Toronto. Founder of Schola Magdalena, a five-woman medieval music ensemble, formerly in charge of music at the storied Church of St Mary Magdalene, and Associate Professor at York University, she is completing 20 years at the helm of Pax Christi Chorale...

BLOG | Translating a Symphony: David Briggs’ Organ and Mahler’s Symphony No. 2

April 18, 2017

With his late-Romantic, bombastic sound, Mahler is a composer known for his ability to write for huge instrumental forces. He's also known for being uniquely able to build those forces up to key musical moments, shape a denouement that is never sudden, and allow a contemplation that washes over listeners in an often profound manner...