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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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Wiikondiwin, meaning feasting or feast, is the title of Odawa composer Barbara Croall’s latest project, a commission by the Highlands Opera Studio in partnership with the Atelier Lyrique de L’Opera de Montreal. Valerie Kuinka, general director of the Highlands Opera Studio, approached Croall a number of years ago about the possibility of commissioning an opera. With funding from Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts: New Chapter associated with Canada’s Sesquicentennial, this year was an opportune time to pursue the project. It will be presented for the first time this August in a semi-staged performance. There is a…

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The Highlands Opera Studio in Haliburton has an exciting season lined up this summer. See one of two (or both!) concerts of selections from opera and Broadway August 9 and 12, or catch up with past alumni on August 23. The mainstage production this year is Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte (August 27, 29, 30, and 31), but don’t miss out on the premiere of Barbara Croall’s opera Wiikondiwin in a semi-staged performance on August 19 (read an interview with the creator). Of course, you’re always welcome to attend masterclasses led by Richard Margison (August 3–5)! www.highlandsoperastudio.com The 30th season of…

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Most classical music outfits take a break in the summer, but across the West, numerous festivals offer a warm-weather fix. The Victoria Summer Music Festival runs July 25 to Aug. 9 at Phillip T. Young Recital Hall on the University of Victoria campus. The festival opens with a concert featuring the Vetta Chamber Ensemble, with Joan Blackman, solo violin, performing Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. The ensemble and Joan are then joined by Coast Salish/Sahtu Dene storyteller Rosemary Georgeson for Jeffrey Ryan’s Seasons of the Sea, commissioned by Vetta for its thirtieth anniversary in 2016 as a companion piece to the Four…

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The Rolston String Quartet ’16Norfolk has been named the new fellowship quartet-in-residence at the Yale School of Music. The group, whose previous residencies include the Yale Summer School of Music/Norfolk Chamber Music Festival in the summer of 2016, will begin their tenure at YSM this fall. While at Yale, the quartet will work closely with the Brentano String Quartet — YSM’s quartet-in-residence — perform recitals, and participate in education-outreach programs. “The Rolston String Quartet is very eager to come to New Haven as the Yale School of Music’s fellowship quartet-in-residence,” the group said in a statement. “We are incredibly optimistic about the possibilities for…

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