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38 CLASSICAL SINGERS FROM 22 NATIONS TO COMPETE IN MONTRÉAL Canada leads the selection with eight singers Montréal, Wednesday, February 21, 2018 – 38 promising young singers—20 women and 18 men between the ages of 24 and 35, from a record 22 nations—have been selected to participate in the CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) between May 29  and June 7. Canada leads the selection with eight singers, followed by South Korea with six singers. ARMENIA Anush HOVHANNISYAN (soprano, Aria) AUSTRALIA Kang WANG (tenor, Aria) BULGARIA Mihail MIHAYLOV (tenor, Aria) CANADA Andrew HAJI (tenor, Aria) Lauren MARGISON (soprano, Aria) Marie-Andrée MATHIEU (mezzo-soprano,…

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Say it in … Karaoke! Make a list of the meaningful songs in the history of your relationship and sing them in a karaoke bar. After each song, take the time to remember the details of the moment the song referred to. Emotion at its peak! For the nostalgia of the good old days, the Astral 2000 bar at 1845 Ontario St. E. is perfect. Those who prefer a non-alcoholic bar can try the Kool Café at 5416 d’Iberville St. Celebrate Love on Foot! The organization Les amis de la montagne (Mount Royal) is planning a snowshoe hike on Feb.…

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Seventh International Composition Competition rules and application The Molinari Quartet’s Seventh International Competition for Composition Through its Composition Competition, the Molinari Quartet wishes to encourage young composers to write for string quartet. Over the past centuries, the string quartet has become, thanks to the great masterpieces written for it, a highly valued but dreadful form to write for, for composers. But even today, in 2017, the string quartet is as alive and exciting as ever ! The Molinari Quartet contributes to the development of the string quartet literature by encouraging composers to send new original scores to its Competition. The…

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KabukiGlasses www.kabukiglasses.com Japan’s innovative KabukiGlasses are designed to be the ultimate alternative to opera glasses or theatre binoculars. They are hands-free, supported on the nose and stabilized by earpieces and have an auto-focusing technology and a 4x magnification, allowing a good view of the stage without constant refocusing. Initially I had trouble finding the right fit, but after a bit of trial and error, I did obtain a clear view of the stage. I was also able to wear the device for an extended period without fatigue. At about $400 CAD, they are pricy but have a sleek design and…

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Montreal Bach Festival 2017 The 11th Montreal Bach Festival will be held from November 17 to December 3. Since its launch in 2005, which featured the renowned Musica Antiqua Köln ensemble among others, the Bach Festival has continued to bring exceptional Canadian and international artists together each year. This year’s line-up showcases four choirs with an ­imposing international pre­sence. For their second time in Montreal, the Tho­manerchor Leipzig children’s choir performs a prelude to the festival in a captivating program at the Notre Dame Basilica, including major sacred works by Bach and Mendelssohn (November 8). In the opening concert at…

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At the end of their school career, holding a degree from the university or conservatory, the young musician wonders: What do I do now? The possibilities are many, the choices uncertain. In a competitive environment, it is important to keep our career goals in mind and, most importantly, not to panic. I will try with this article to answer some questions based on my experiences and those of my colleagues. Diploma in hand, it’s the beginning of a new adventure. The important thing now is to find a source of motivation to keep improving our performances, our comfort on stage,…

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If audiophiles agree that nothing replaces the experience of a good sound chain and excellent speakers, such a configuration is not suitable for all listening situations. High-fidelity speakers are generally expensive, require a lot of space, and can disturb people around them. That is why it is sometimes better to opt for headphones or ­earphones. They represent a practical and economical solution to such problems, in addition to offering greater flexibility. And do note the “Nuraphone” below, a headset that breaks many of the usual conventions. Headsets Appreciated by both audiophiles and ­occasional listeners, headphones lend themselves to a wide…

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Daniel Lepage, founder and general ­manager for Studios Opus, established one of many leading audio recording facilities in the Greater Montreal area, this one located in an enchanting ­countryside of the Lanaudière region. Les Studios Opus are located along Rivière L’Assomption; for the past six years, staff have worked with many impressive local and ­international artists. Given the studio’s ­versatile facilities and the beauty that attracts every musician, the ­studios have welcomed singer-songwriters such as Patrick Norman and Laurence Jalbert, classical orchestras, jazz ensembles, and rock groups. The business started up in the early 2000s when Lepage was toying with…

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Montreal-based QW4RTZ is a new a cappella quartet that is making its name by sharing their passion for singing. Founded in 2010, the ­quartet now consists of Louis Alexandre Beauchemin, Philippe Courchesne Leboeuf, François ‘Fa.2’ Dubé and François Pothier Bouchard. They have a distinctive style, one that combines their classical background with a love of pop music, creating clever and ­original unaccompanied voice arrangements of the great ­standards of jazz, classical, and pop music. Their first album A cappella 101 came out in 2016 and was warmly received by critics. Although they come across as having a ­relaxed and youthful vibe,…

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The 2012 film A Late Quartet is largely built around the preparation and performance of Beethoven’s Quartet in C-sharp minor, op. 131. The film has been praised on every level — the acting in particular. The actors, however, are not musicians! The actual sound of the movie’s fictional Fugue String Quartet was provided, most effectively, by the Brentano String Quartet. In the movie’s final scene the ensemble’s cellist (actor Christopher Walken) stops the performance and explains to the audience that he is no longer able to meet the music’s challenges. (He has Parkinson’s disease.) Anticipating that he might not be…

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