Gregory Oh: Lessons in Failure
August 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm$15 – $45
Lessons in Failure embraces the taboos of classical music with delight and vulnerability. Part recital, part tell-all confessional, veteran pianist and award-winning music director Gregory Oh dishes on the shortcomings, shameful moments and catastrophic failures that have defined his career. With great humour and bittersweet introspection, this is a meditation on a life spent in the performing arts and trying to find meaning within it.
Gregory Oh gained his notoriety as a “new music revolutionary” but his wandering of the genres has seen him appear in places from the legendary techno club Berghain to the Beijing Modern Music Festival, and the Ubumuntu Festival in Kigali to Lincoln Centre in New York City.
As a pianist, he was praised in the National Post for his “mesmerizing performance…intelligence and soul; imagination and insight. He revealed a visceral sense of tempo, excellent voicing, a wonderful pianistic palette, and a warm honest sound,” and lauded in the Toronto Star for “a superhuman interpretation of André Ristic’s keyboard-smashing avalanche of notes.” Gregory “is clearly on his way, through performances, commissioning and programming, to making a lasting contribution to new music in this country.” (National Post/CAN).