A vibrant, richly illustrated commemorative book celebrating the first 30 years of Roy Thomson Hall, one of Canada’s most famous performance venues.
Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait traces the first 30 years of what was initially known as "New Massey Hall." Arthur Erickson’s iconic design quickly became a symbol of a vibrant city emerging on the world stage. Home to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the hall has welcomed a range of acclaimed artists and lecturers, film presentations, and corporate events. The authors provide a background to the musical history of Toronto and an intimate portrait of the hall’s changes over the years. At the centre of this story are the artists, audiences, volunteers, and staff who have enriched and enlivened the hall since its opening in 1982.
William Littler is one of Canada's most esteemed music critics and broadcasters. He started writing for the Toronto Daily Star in 1966, and in 1980 he was the first music critic to receive the National Newspaper Award for critical writing. In 1990 he received the Roy Thomson Hall Award of Recognition. He lives in Toronto.
John Terauds is one of Canada's most influential voices in classical music writing today. He is an organist, choir director, and music teacher, and writes about recordings and performances at www.musicaltoronto.org and @JohnTerauds. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988 and was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012. He lives in Toronto.