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La Scena Musicale’s April/May issue continues in a bilingual format and is combined with the La SCENA arts news magazine; two magazines in one. The music cover interview is with pianist Dang Thai Son, jury member of the Montreal International Musical Competition; the arts cover interview is choreographer Louis Robitaille, artistic director of the Ballet Jazz Montréal. Here is the table of contents: COVER STORIES 12   Dang Thai Son 76   Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal ARTICLES 17   Deciphering Harry Somers’ Opera Louis Riel 20   nouvelles 21   CMIM 2017 22   La 20e édition des prix Opus 23   Jacques Marquis Leads The…

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Samy Moussa, a young Montreal composer, will see his work premiered on the occasion of the 375th anniversary of the city of Montreal by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. At 32 years old, Moussa has just won the 2017 Hindemith Prize, given to a contemporary composer and accompanied by an award of 20,000 euros. This is not the composer’s first collaboration with the OSM, since the soberly-titled Symphonie is his fifth orchestral commission. It is, however, his longest and most ambitious work. In a brief interview, Moussa spoke to us about the circumstances of the creation of the work and…

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This April 19, National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150) promises to be a nation-wide celebration. With free events and over 800 screenings in venues such as schools, cinemas, online platforms, public squares and even airplanes, organizers promise that this will be the largest film festival in the world. So, what are some of the strengths of Canadian cinema as the 21st century unfolds? Our cinema might be able to teach us a thing or two about how we engage one another culturally, through images and sounds. One aspect of intercultural cinema, for ­example, is the use of languages. How…

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Louis Riel is one of the most important Canadian operas ever written. It was inspired by the life of controversial Métis hero Louis Riel (1844-1885) and events surrounding Canadian Confederation in 1867 that became defining ­moments in the country’s history. With a libretto by Canadian playwright Mavor Moore in collaboration with Jacques Languirand and music by Harry Somers, Louis Riel was premiered in Toronto by the Canadian Opera Company for Canada’s centennial celebrations and performed soon after at Montreal’s Expo ’67. Louis Riel is being programmed this year by the COC as a co-production with the ­National Arts Centre to…

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It wasn’t easy to pick only a few of this season’s several visual arts exhibits. The exhibitions announced for the spring are all equally promising, ranging from nanotechnology and fashion to hockey. Here are some that you shouldn’t miss! Chagall: Colour and Music Rooted in the idea of “total art” — a perfect union between music and painting — that was so dear to famous artist Marc Chagall, this exhibit perfectly showcases the importance of colour and rhythm that is central to his works. Via decors, costumes, and paintings, this exhibit ingeniously succeeds in highlighting the importance of music in…

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La Scena Musicale will present key moments from celebrations that take place as part of Canada’s 150th and Montreal’s 375th anniversaries. It will illustrate the rich diversity of artistic and cultural expression, as well as the creative energy that goes into all the hard work in different fields across the country through various Montreal, Quebecois, and Canadian art scenes. Alain Trudel: Birth made especially for Canada’s 150th The Ottawa Symphony Orchestra presents conductor Alain Trudel’s latest work, Birth: Sesquie for Canada’s 150th (April 3, Southam Hall at the NAC). This piece, which commemorates Canadians of all cultures and origins, was…

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The most anticipated event of the 2016-17 season was Opéra de Montréal’s creation of Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall: The Opera. Ticket sales were so brisk that it was extended twice, to 10 performances, 150% more than the company’s usual four-performance production. Reviews were, however, mixed. Originally published online, my comments reflected my misgivings (reproduced in print on page 35). Publishing more critical content is one of the recommendations from our advisory committee, and we have begun to have more concert reviews on our website (mySCENA.org). When we have space in our print magazine, we will publish some…

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The museum walks forth “I believe that everyone, whether they want to or not, will find their own Treasure there.” — Malraux We might well hear the – probably ill-founded – criticism that museums are too hermetic, but the project the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts intends to launch in partnership with the McCord for the city’s 375th anniversary festivities seems like a legitimate attempt to break down conventional boundaries. Entitled La Balade pour la paix: An Open-Air Museum, the exhibition will celebrate the ideals of openness and humanism that have moulded the history of Montreal and Canada, while also…

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Éric Champagne is a tall, approachable fellow. Behind a gentle and jovial manner lurks a composer with an astonishing faculty of assimilation. This is made clear by listening to just a few scattered samplings of his composition catalogue (see the Canadian Music Center website). For example, the opera Miss Julie (based on Strindberg’s play) comes to mind, with its syllabic treatment consistently connected to the drama, the balance of sound effects and the wide instrumental palette. Thirty years ago, some said the “synthesis of styles” would be left to future generations. Mission accomplished: Champagne draws extensively from the repertoire, from…

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Leonard Cohen in Five Seasons From December 5 to 9, Leonard Cohen’s voice, music and poetry will fill the Place des Arts, ­accompanying the agile ­interpreters of the Montreal Jazz Ballets through the ­seasons that make up a ­lifetime. Drawing on the man and his work, this hour and twenty minutes of spectacle is by the same stroke an ode to Montreal. It’s a considerable adventure punctuated by challenges for one of the most internationally-renowned local dance companies. Montreal in the International Spotlight While it’s currently a work in progress, this long program will be part of Montreal’s 375th anniversary…

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