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Grazyna Bacewicz: Quintets, quartets (Chandos) How many times have I told you not to buy a record for its cover? Well, this one justifies the purchase. The image shows the central square of a small town in Poland in the 1960s, a place where nothing ever happens yet everything is closely watched. The image has been colourised for added artificiality. It is stifling, cloying, vividly reminiscent of the oppressive dullness of Communism. The music is made to match. Bacewicz, who lived from 1909 to 1969, was a busy violinist who kept her head down and played well within the rules.…

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Young Met stars Latonia Moore, Mario Chang, and Joshua Hopkins will sing in the recitals at Central Park SummerStage (June 11) and Brooklyn Bridge Park (June 13)  Soprano Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez, tenor Gerard Schneider, and baritone Adrian Timpau —will star in the remaining four recitals in the series  The series is presented in collaboration with City Parks Foundation New York, NY (April 18, 2018) — The 2018 Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series will once again bring free outdoor recitals featuring rising young stars of the opera world to New Yorkers in all five boroughs.  The series, now in its tenth…

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Edmonton, AB – On Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, 2018, six pianists from across Canada will take to the stage of Muttart Hall at the Alberta College Campus of MacEwan University (10050 MacDonald Drive, Edmonton) as they vie for the $8,000 top prize in The Shean Piano Competition and the opportunity to play with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at a later date. The competition will see the competitors perform their Solo Piano Programs on Friday, May 20 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM and 6:30 – 9:30 PM, and perform their Piano Concertos on Saturday, May 21 from 2:00…

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Government of Canada supports Orford Music Festival ORFORD, QC, April 17, 2018 /CNW/ – Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced $65,000 in funding for the Orford Music Festival. This support, provided through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, will help the Festival present its 2018 edition from July 6 to August 11. This year’s program will give a prominent place to Japanese culture and will include classical and jazz concerts by world-class and emerging artists. Quotes “We are pleased to support the Orford Music Festival again this year. This renowned event has made a name for itself with first-class performances that showcase true virtuosos and…

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Toronto, ON (April 13, 2018) – One of the great singers of her generation, renowned for her extraordinary voice and musical versatility, American opera singer and recitalist Jessye Norman has been chosen as The Twelfth Glenn Gould Prize Laureate.  Throughout her career, the sheer size, power and luster of her voice has shared equal acclaim with that of her thoughtful music-making, innovative programming of the classics, and fervent advocacy of contemporary music.  More than forty years after making her operatic debut, Jessye Norman continues to maintain a busy performance schedule, now concentrating on recitals and concerts. “It is with the…

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Kingston ON … The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University launches its 5th Anniversary Season that includes the inaugural The Ka’tarohkwi Festival of Indigenous Arts (pronounced Cat-ar-oh-qui). The festival’s signature events include the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s performance of their commission, I Lost My Talk inspired by the poem by Rita Joe and Qiksaaktuq with and by throat singer and vocalist Tanya Tagaq and Christine Duncan.  This anniversary season includes Canadian and international established artists such as the Danish String Quartet, pianist Stephen Hough, I Musici, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the jazz funk group Shuffle Demons, the Queen of Klezmer Alicia Svigals, Rachel Podger, and recent Juno Award winners Jan Lisiecki and James Ehnes. This season features emerging top…

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Berlioz: Harold in Italy (Hyperion) The pianist Emanuel Ax remarked the other day that performance quality has risen so high in his lifetime that you hardly ever encounter a sub-standard orchestra. On the evidence of this release Bergen in Norway, the rainiest city on earth, boasts a Philharmonic that could be mistaken on a dull day for one in Berlin. Playing Berlioz, grand master of the art of orchestration, Bergen come through with maximum points in all departments and a deep coherence across the spectrum. My only quibble is why the local engineers record the orchestra at a level so…

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Montreal, April 11, 2018 – The Segal Centre for Performing Arts announced today an exquisite lineup of programming for its 2018-2019 season and a new name for its mainstage theatre. The Segal Centre is proud to announce that in recognition of a generous gift from the businessman and philanthropist Sylvan Adams, the 306-seat hall will now be known as the Sylvan Adams Theatre. The Segal Centre is grateful for this important contribution to the arts. In pursuit of the Segal Centre’s mission to bring excellent theatre to its stages, Artistic and Executive Director Lisa Rubin has planned an electrifying seven-show season featuring three wildly…

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New York, NY (April 9, 2017) – For the first time in its history, the Met will present Cendrillon, Jules Massenet’s 1899 operatic adaptation of the classic Cinderella story, with performances beginning April 12, 2018. Joyce DiDonato stars in the title role, conducted by Bertrand de Billy in a staging by Laurent Pelly. The cast also features Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, Alice Coote as Prince Charming, Stephanie Blythe as the evil stepmother Madame de la Haltière, and Laurent Naouri as Pandolfe. Eight performances run through May 11, with the April 28 matinee transmitted throughout the world as part of the Met’s Live in HD series. Joyce DiDonato has previously sung the title role of Cendrillon to acclaim at the…

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The Richard Tucker Music Foundation announced today that Christian Van Horn – “one of those treasurable singers in whose presence one can entirely relax, assured that everything he does will be delivered with solid interpretive insight and unfailingly attractive tone” (Opera News) – has been named as the winner of the 2018 Richard Tucker Award. The first bass-baritone to be afforded this honor since 2003 and only the third in the award’s 40-year history, Van Horn is currently accruing a string of credits in starring roles, most recently winning praise as Mephistopheles in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new production of Faust. Widely referred to as the…

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