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Twenty-four Extraordinarily Talented Opera Singers Have Been selected for the Semi-Final Round of the 18th Biennial Competition Fort Worth, TX – The 2018 McCammon Voice Competition judges have chosen the semi-finalists for the eighteenth biennial competition, to be held on March 16, 2018 at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The finals will be held March 17, 2018 at Bass Performance Hall. This year’s competitors are David Araujo, Amanda Blue, Nicolette Book, Ryan Bradford, Rachael Braustein, Kathleen Buccleugh, Chelsea Coyne, Danielle Davis, Peter Scott Drackley, Helen Huang, Hao Hu, Emily Michiko Jensen, Abigail Kempson, Chonghwa Kim, Abigail Levis, Brandon Morales, Elizabeth Moran, Langelihle Mngxati, Chong Yoon Noh,…

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Fanny Hensel, ‘the other Mendelssohn’: Complete Songs (Champs Hill) I’m uncomfortable with the album title. Rather than being ‘the other Mendelssohn’, Fanny was the heart of the Mendelssohn family and a fine composer in her own right – despite patriarchal suppression by her father and angry resentment from her brother, Felix. Fanny, married to a Berlin artist, kept her works in a drawer until her late 30s, when she went out and got them published, to Felix’s amazement and grudging admiration. Sadly, there was little time for her to enjoy the reviews. Fanny died of a stroke at 41 and…

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Toronto, ON (February 21, 2018) – Academy Award-nominated actor, painter, poet, and musician Viggo Mortensen (United States/Denmark) will chair the international jury panel for the twelfth Glenn Gould Prize which includes tattoo and makeup artist, musician, entrepreneur and television personality Kat Von D (United States); Academy and Grammy Award-winning director of film, opera and theatre, and accomplished screenwriter François Girard (Canada); singer and actress Ute Lemper (Germany); writer and former Chief Justice The Right Honourable Beverly McLachlin (Canada); painter Naeemeh Naeemaei (Iran); acclaimed soprano Sondra Radvanovsky (Canada/United States); Academy Award-winning composer and conductor Howard Shore, OC (Canada); kora virtuoso and composer Foday Musa Suso (Gambia/United States); and award-winning composer and Chairman of the China Musicians’ Association Professor Ye Xiaogang (China). The Glenn…

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Montreal, Tuesday, February 20, 2018 – In addition to its four operas at Place des Arts this season, the Opéra de Montréal will present a chamber opera at the Centaur Theatre, and a unique recital by an opera star at the Festival du Monde Arabe. On the program, great artists of today—including many Canadians making a name for themselves on the world’s major stages—bringing us stories both gripping and deeply moving. Two well-known creative artists will also take their first steps in the world of opera: Quebec filmmaker Charles Binamé will present his vision of Carmen, while renowned jazz trumpeter…

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This year, the 8th edition of the Singing Valentines was a success! The 6 invited artists: Chantal Dionne, Raphaelle Paquette, Marie-Claire Fafard-Blais, Wah Keung Chan, Simon Fournier and Marie-Annick Béliveau kindly donated their talent and their time for this fundraiser that allowed La Scena Musicale to raise a little over a thousand dollars. I had the privilege this year to personally take care of the fundraiser. The comments and the touching stories sometimes snatched away from me a smile and sometimes, a tear. How to better demonstrate to a person that one cherishes that one thinks about them than by…

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TORONTO – February 14, 2018 – The lives of 14 WWI Canadian Nursing Sisters who died June 27, 1918 when their hospital ship was torpedoed are honoured in a new opera to debut on the centenary of their loss. The opera, The Llandovery Castle, to premiere in Toronto, bears the name of the hospital ship infamously destroyed by a German U-boat in the North Atlantic. It focusses on the 14 nurses from eight Canadian provinces* who served in harrowing circumstances throughout the war, their care and compassion contrasting with the chaos and violence surrounding them. Of the 258 people on board, only 24 men survived to tell the women’s…

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Fridrich Bruk: Symphonies 17 and 18 (Toccata) Some 15 years ago I was asked by one of the London orchestras to curate a series titled Other Russia, looking at the composers who fell or were pushed off the wayside under the Soviet Union. We were going to focus on the likes of Karamanov, Kancheli, Knaifel, Roslavets, Tishchenko, Ustvolskaya, Firsova and more. The scheme hit a brick wall when prominent conductors balked at unfamiliar repertoire and the orchestra feared a box-office frost, but it was a worthwhile exercise and one that some braver spirits should still take up. Among the names…

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21C music festival, a festival of newly-minted music by the world’s foremost stars of independent musical thinking and innovation 8 concerts. 5 days. 37 premieres! Musicians: Kronos Quartet, Jherek Bischoff, Anthony de Mare, A Far Cry, Simone Dinnerstein, Dinuk Wijeratne, Kinan Azmeh, Maarja Nuut, Hendrik Kaljujärv, Vox Clamantis, Katia and Marielle Labèque New Music Concerts, The Iris Ensemble & Accordes Composers: Andy Akiho, Eve Beglarian, William Bolcom, Kenji Bunch, John Coltrane, Anthony de Mare, Bryce Dessner, George Gershwin, Philip Glass, Ricky Ian, Gordon Brian Harman, Jake Heggie,Fred Hersch, Gabriel Kahane, Tõnis Kaumann, David Lang, Tania León, Nicole Lizée, Wynton Marsalis,…

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Avner Dorman is the winner of the 2018 Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music The Azrieli Music Prizes Gala Concert Takes Place October 15, 2018 at Maison symphonique de Montréal Featuring the McGill Chamber Orchestra (MCO) and Guest Conductor Yoav Talmi The Azrieli Foundation is proud to announce that composer Avner Dorman is the winner of the 2018 Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music for his composition, Nigunim for Violin and Orchestra. The $50,000 cash prize is granted biennially to a composer who has written the best new major work of Jewish Music, and is accompanied by a world premiere gala performance and a professional recording of the…

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Deux (Alpha-Classics) I can’t remember when I last heard a violin-piano recital that was as ingenious and exhilarating as this. On the sleeve, the Franco-Hungarian programme looks a bit odd – the Poulenc sonata written for Ginette Neveu in 1943, a Dohnanyi setting of a waltz from Delibes’ Coppélia, the full-on Bartok sonata of 1922 and Ravel’s Tzigane to close. What do these pieces have in common? Check this: On April 8, 1922, Bela Bartok gave a recital in Paris with his compatriot Jelly d’Aranyi. Ravel was the page turner for Bartok and Poulenc for d’Aranyi. In the audience were…

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