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PICTON, ON – Stéphane Lemelin, founding artistic director of the Prince Edward County Classical Music Festival, has announced that the 2017 Festival will be his final season. The Board of the Prince Edward County Classical Music Festival is delighted to announce the appointment of the New Orford String Quartet as new artistic directors of the Festival, effective October 1, 2017. Stéphane Lemelin first visited Prince Edward County while on a Piano Six tour in 2001. He fell in love with the beauty and charm of the County and the friendliness and enthusiasm of the people. He realized it would be an ideal…

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HALIFAX, NS – This summer, Symphony Nova Scotia proudly presents its first-ever summer season, featuring 13 FREE concerts and events in public venues throughout Halifax from July 17 to 31. The festivities will feature Symphony Nova Scotia musicians giving live performances at venues like the Alderney Landing Theatre, the Keshen Goodman Public Library, and the Halifax Central Library’s O’Regan Hall. Highlights include the RDV 2017 Tall Ships Regatta Celebration on the waterfront with Natalie MacMaster, full-orchestra performances celebrating Nova Scotia with singer Reeny Smith and Mi’kmaq drummer Trevor Gould in Halifax and Dartmouth, and a charming afternoon Tea Dance with Halifax Pride at the Halifax Citadel. The full-orchestra concerts will be conducted by Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, Symphony Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence and Community…

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Words: Marc Chénard / Images: Jacques Gravel There once was a time when the city of Montreal sported one major music event, the Festival International de jazz de Montréal (FIJM). In its 37 years, the city has turned into a mecca of music festivals in all shapes, forms and styles, with events galore held in all seasons. But that one big event stood alone for many years as the only act of its kind in town, each annual ten-day run broken by a long hiatus of live music in the rest of the year. In those dry times, Montreal was just…

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News by Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Transmitted by CNW Group on June 29, 2017 12:45 ET Kent Nagano will be passing the torch in 2020 The music director will continue to lead the Orchestra for the next three seasons MONTREAL, June 29, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) and Kent Nagano are announcing today that, after a long deliberation, he has decided not to accept the invitation by the OSM to extend his contract as music director beyond 2020. “We intend to continue the relationship with Maestro Nagano at the end of his term in three…

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Halifax, NS – Symphony Nova Scotia is proud to announce that Dr. Kelly-Marie Murphy is the inaugural winner of its new Maria Anna Mozart Award for Canadian women composers. Launched in 2016, the Maria Anna Mozart Award supports the work of Canadian women composers, providing funds for Symphony Nova Scotia to commission and perform a new symphonic work by a Canadian woman every three years. The award is the first of its kind in Canada, and was made possible through the generosity of Halifax resident and Symphony supporter Dr. Jane Gordon. “We received so many applications, full of incredibly good music – I am always amazed at the wealth…

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June 9, 2017– Ottawa (Canada) – The National Arts Centre (NAC) is proud to announce an unprecedented collaboration with partner organizations across Canada in support of the Canadian music scene. The ambitious initiative called NAC Presents Across Canada will help support nearly 40 concerts in 10 cities across Canada in 2017-2018 to help build the careers of emerging Canadian musicians. The creative force behind the project is Heather Gibson, the new Executive Producer of NAC Presents, who joined the NAC six months ago after a successful career in the music industry.  Immediately upon her arrival in Ottawa, Gibson saw the opportunity to build a…

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On Saturday, July 10 at 8:30 pm, the Centre des Arts Actuels Skol and Pronto Musica Chamber Orchestra will present the free concert Ideas of North. The multidisciplinary event brings together artists and researchers in a collaboration that celebrates the North and questions Canadian attitudes towards climate adaptation. With the arctic warming, what will the Canadian North look like in the coming years? How does our perspective of this issue change, when viewed from the lens of an Inuit, ecological, or Southern Canadian viewpoint? Ideas of North will use music to engage audience members on these questions. Vancouver-based environmental change…

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Running July 22 to August 4, the Ottawa Chamberfest is bound to please with featured guests Miró Quartet, Rolston String Quartet, Cinquecento, Stephen Hough, Julian Rachlin, and the Choir of Trinity College Cambridge – returning to Ottawa for the first time in 20 years. La Scena Musicale asked Roman Borys, artistic Director of the Ottawa Chamber Music Society and founding cellist of the Gryphon Trio about this year’s Chamberfest, Canada 150, and the state of the arts in Canada. “Chamberfest 2017 is a true celebration of chamber music,” says Borys. “We want to show both local residents and newcomers the…

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This year’s Festival d’Opéra de Québec takes place from July 24 to August 5 in Quebec City. Now in its seventh year, the festival has garnered significant recognition, including at the 2012 Opus Awards, were it received prizes for Concert of the Year, Musical Event of the Year, and Artistic Director of the Year. This summer’s edition will kick off with the Opera Under the Stars Gala, a large, open-air event set against the historic backdrop of the courtyard of the Vieux-Séminaire de Québec and featuring eight singers. Headlining the festival is Louis Riel, an opera about the controversial Métis…

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This season marks the first edition of the Toronto Summer Music Festival with TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow at the helm as Artistic Director. The festival, which runs over three weeks from July 13 to August 5, features some of the best music and musicians this country has to offer. The opening concert on July 13 at 7:30PM, Koerner Hall, has the St. Lawrence String Quartet in a program of Haydn, Beethoven, and R. Murray Schafer. This is followed by violinist Martin Beaver and friends (July 14) and James Ehnes in a solo violin recital of Bach, Ysaÿe, and the world…

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