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   

CONCERT REPORT | Show choirs in competition are anything but ordinary

April 11, 2017

You don’t know what you’re missing if you’ve never seen the Show Choir Canada competition. It’s every bit as intense and crazy as you imagine, and more – but also mostly just plain fun...

CHORAL SCENE | Journeys of the Spirit

March 29, 2017

The Easter season is upon us for April and as usual, the choral community has many fantastic offerings of sacred music to mark the occasion. First, we’ll focus on the Pax Christi Chorale’s Canadian premiere of grand Edward Elgar oratorio, The Apostles. For the non-sacred music inclined, Echo Women’s Choir has a fantastic concert inspired by American singer MILCK’s #ICANTKEEPQUIET campaign. Finally, a host of Quick Picks for the season are included...

BLOG | Darkness and Light: The Toronto Mozart Players Tackle Themes of Loss

March 25, 2017

Concertmaster and soloist Leslie Dawn Knowles stands at the front of the string players, double stop melody soaring into the dome of the Church. The Toronto Mozart Players are having their first playthrough of the premiere of Farewell to a Soul Ascending by David Bowser...

BLOG | “More than just a place to sing”: Univox’s Welcoming Choral Community

March 23, 2017

Dallas Bergen conducts big – really big. His grand gestures and huge sweeping movements carry right off the stage. He even hops and swings around the front of the choir, gesturing generously to convey his message...

BLOG | “Lat Mich Iu Gevallen” (Let me please you): A Preview of York U’s Carmina Burana

March 17, 2017

The York University choir belts out the final “Plangite (Weep)” of Carmina Burana with Lisette Canton at the helm. “No. No,” she cuts them off, “the walls better shake!” With a huge cue, high in the air, the sound rips forth and I feel it deep inside my body, vibrating my little heart...

BLOG | Sonic Conversations at SingONtario!

March 07, 2017

There are two rows of little boys bobbing up and down, dressed in matching white dress shirts and bright red ties that can’t help but be oversized. They’re singing Puttin’ on the Ritz as they turn sideways and gesture to the audience. It’s incredibly cute and the audience eats up the charm offensive. This is the ASLAN Boys Choir, the second of six choirs performing at SingONtario...

SCRUTINY | Game of Thrones Live Cuts Deeper Than Swords

March 05, 2017

“Dracarys”. Fire spouts from the stage, it’s a hot flash that can be felt well back into the Air Canada Centre. This is Game of Thrones Live, and there’s fire on stage, lots of fire. There’s a split second of stunned silence before cheers of enjoyment start up. More fire spews forth, some of it from the bottom of the giant 40-foot tall screens, following the dragons on screen as they burn through the slavers of Meereen...

CHORAL SCENE | The March of the Mozart Requiems

February 27, 2017

Mozart’s Requiem has captured the imagination of singers for centuries and continues to be a staple of choral repertoire the world around. It is wrought with emotion and feeling...

FEATURE | Musical Tributes: The Lionization Of Matthew Shepard

February 26, 2017

Matthew Shepard was 21 years old when he was kidnapped, attacked, tortured, and left to die tied to a fence in Laramie, Wyoming. In the years since Matt’s murder, many artistic works have been created to help explore and help remember what happened...

SCRUTINY | TSO's Movie Night With Ratatouille Something Meaningful

February 19, 2017

I completely forgot about Anton Ego, Ratatouille’s hale, ominous food critic who writes in a coffin-shaped office and generates fear in everyone. If only I had that much influence and power as a musical journalist. Unfortunately for Mr. Ego, there’s nothing negative to go after in this performance; it was a lovely afternoon for the family day weekend, listening and watching this delightful film...