Stephen served as Artistic Director of the distinguished Concert Season at the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto from 1991 to 2000. He helped to create, develop and lead the series during a time when the Ford Centre was widely celebrated as the site of approximately 100 top-flight concerts per season. These concerts were given by some of the world’s foremost musical artists, who performed in an array of classical genres including orchestral, chamber, early music, vocal, contemporary, choral and solo piano. As well, it showcased jazz, Afro-American and gospel, klezmer and Celtic music, plus family programs. Under his leadership, the series grew from an initial base of zero to 10,000 subscriptions by its fifth season, in a location far from the downtown Toronto entertainment district, and in the context of the highly competitive Toronto concert marketplace.
WRITER ON MUSIC
Stephen served for seven years as the Music Critic of the Baltimore Sun. His commentaries on music have been published in The Wall Street Journal, Congressional Quarterly, the Los Angeles Times, and Musical America, as well as the National Post, Maclean’s and the Huffington Post, and The Independent and International Record Review (U.K.)
RADIO MUSIC PRODUCER
From 1985 to 1991, Stephen was a Producer with CBC Radio Music, and closely involved both with CBC’s special coverage of the 10th Leeds International Piano Competition in the U.K., and the new production by Harry Kupfer of Wagner’s Ring cycle from the Bayreuth Festival in Germany. He produced many concerts and features for network broadcast, such as one that focused on the world premiere of a newly-discovered Liszt piano concerto which was premiered by Janina Fialkowska with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. As a producer, he developed eight compact disc projects for CBC Records, and also produced the Canadian Orchestral Sampler, which won a Financial Post Award for Business in the Arts in the category of “Innovative Support.”