Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival features “Integral Man” this week about the late Jim Stewart a successful mathematician who spent a decade and a small fortune building Toronto’s Integral House, considered by many one of the city’s best performance spaces.
“After Euclid, Jim Stewart is the most published mathematician in the world”, says the Hot Docs description. Integral House reflects his two obsessions, curves and music. It is a stunning architectural gem of subtly curved wood and vast,
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People create beauty.
They flex wood into curving shapes and fill that space with glorious sound.
Sitting in the performance space of Integral House as soprano Shannon Mercer sings and Steven Philcox collaborates, you know that this is beauty.
Oak fins, planes of concrete and 180 degrees of glass look out to the blue sky and the Don Valley where spring has yet to arrive.
And then there is the music.
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Students from Unionville High School music program with Yegor Dyachkov and Jean Saulnier after the March 20 concert. Teacher Bob Leonard (far right) has been bringing students to Music in the Afternoon concerts for 14 years as part of the WMCT Student Outreach programme.
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Miss Florence Taylor, piano , and Miss Hilda Boulton, violin, performed at the first WMCT concert Jan. 23, 1899. Leontyne Price entertained in 1957. And big hair and bare footed, Measha Bruggergosman, soprano, sang Jules Massenet’s Aria: Rêve infini! Divine extase (from “La Vierge”) at Walter Hall on Nov. 25, 2004.
All information available in the History section of the WMCT website. History of Concerts and Performers, began life as a book,
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