Oz in the News 11.5.11

Photo Coverage: Toronto Symphony Journeys to Oz On Halloween weekend, Roy Thomson Hall was transformed into Emerald City as The Toronto Symphony paid tribute to one of the most popular movies of all time, The Wizard of Oz. The event was a one of a kind experience, where patrons could watch the classic movie projected on a gigantic screen while the fabulous Toronto Symphony Orchestra played the orchestrations live on stage. Guests were encouraged to come to the performances in full Halloween costume, and the talented members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra also dressed up for their performances. Parents flocked to the show with their children in tow, some of whom were eager to experience The Wizard of Oz for the first time and many who were falling in love with it all over again.

“Out of Oz” brings satisfaction, critics say  Reviews of the book so far have been mostly positive, with writers calling it a satisfying finale to Maguire’s series. “No summary could do justice to Maguire’s novel, which is hilarious, heart-wrenching and extremely poignant in its ending,” Hand writes in her review. “Readers familiar with Baum’s books will delight in how Maguire rings the changes upon them… the greatest fantasy series make one want to read them again. That’s what I intend to do with this one.”

‘Judy Garland: The London Studio Recordings’ assembles star’s complete work at Abbey Road  From 1955 through 1964, Judy Garland was one of the most celebrated, acclaimed, and best-selling album artists on the EMI/Capitol roster. On several occasions during those years, she had the opportunity of recording at Abbey Road Studios. This 2CD set assembles her work done there between October 1957 and August 1964. Not only are 12 previously unreleased alternate takes included but, more significantly, a completely unknown/undocumented recording of a song called Please Say ‘Ah’! The Mort Lindsey orchestration of this song is complicated and marvelous, the band on top form; Garland and her vocal partner, Saul Chaplin, are having a wonderful time and this great piece of fun, liberally sprinkled with Garland’s infectious laugh, demands to be heard! This historic issue is the very first composite compact disc celebration of its kind and a guaranteed collector’s item for anyone who appreciates the Great Popular Songbook — and “the World’s greatest entertainer.”

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