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Review: Another Brick in the Wall, l’Opéra de Montréal Viewed: March 13, 2017 At first glance, an adaptation of Pink Floyd’s 1979 concept album The Wall seems an odd choice for part of Montreal’s 375th Anniversary. However, a brief reflection on the genesis of the album brings this choice into better focus. According to rock legend, the story for The Wall came to Pink Floyd bassist and songwriter Roger Waters after a performance in Montreal: after allegedly spitting on a fan at show at the Olympic Stadium in July 1977, Waters turned inward and began to reflect on the excesses…

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New York, NY (March 19, 2017) – After a months-long series of competitions at the district, regional, and national levels, a panel of expert judges named six young singers as the winners of the nation’s most prestigious vocal competition, the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Each winner receives a $15,000 cash prize and the prestige and exposure that come with winning the competition that launched the careers of many of opera’s biggest stars. This year’s winners are Samantha Hankey, 24, mezzo-soprano (Eastern Region: Marshfield, MA); Kirsten MacKinnon, 26, soprano (Middle Atlantic Region: Vancouver, BC, Canada); Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen, 23, countertenor…

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24 young pianists, 6 women and 18 men from 15 countries with an average age of 26, have been selected to participate in the CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) next May 2 to 12. The highest number of candidates are from South Korea (7), followed by France (3) and Italy (3). The remaining countries are represented by one participant each: Canada, China, Germany, Hungary, Japan, the Netherlands, Russia, Poland, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Uzbekistan. The 24 competitors were selected out of a record-breaking 304 pianists, representing the highest number of applicants in the history of the Competition and…

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On Saturday, the reputable Boston Symphony Orchestra played at the Maison Symphonique. The last time the orchestra visited Montreal was in 1984, more than 30 years ago. Boston Symphony Orchestra: Interview with the conductor, the young 38-year-old Andris Nelsons. [La Presse]  Boston Symphony Orchestra: Concert review by [La Presse] Some tough criticism of the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the Maison Symphonique. [Le Devoir] CANADA : The OSM has unveiled a new video on Twitter: https://twitter.com/OSMconcerts/status/838396186407145472 Review of the all-Schubert concert by pianist András Schiff on Friday at the Maison Symphonique. [Le Devoir] The exposition Carnets naturalistes by Denise Blackburn runs until April…

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Here are your daily headlines in classical music and the arts ! Hard to believe, but it’s true: “Classical music concerts in Germany are officially more popular than football matches,” even though they have one of the best football teams in the world. [The Strad] [ClassicFM] CANADA OSM POP: Review of Arianne Moffatt’s concert with the OSM at the Maison Symphonique. [La Presse] [Le Devoir] Twittosphère : Yesterday at the McCord museum, guest speaker Monique Savoir said that Montreal should be more adventurous in its architectural projects. The former artistic director of the Orchestre symphonique du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and former director of the Conservatoire…

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Worlds Apart Christina Petrowska Quilico Centrediscs, 2017. CMCCD 23717, 2 CD. 88 min 13 s. Christina Petrowska Quilico dropped a new album today – a cross-section of Canadian piano repertoire – that features a wide variety of post-modern compositional techniques. In this two-CD set, the first disc is entitled Classics with a Twist – a way to dip your big toe in the pool before jumping in headfirst in the second. With overt references to the titans of Romantic piano repertoire – Schumann, Brahms, and Chopin – Rea, Koprowski, and Gellman dish up the familiar in surprising ways. The second…

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Here are your daily headlines in classical music and the arts! After the illumination of Jacques-Cartier Bridge, the Montreal-based firm Moment Factory had received has been called to illuminate the Notre-Dame Basilica. Both events are part of the 375th anniversary festivities in Montreal. [Radio-Canada] [Canoë] [TVA] [CNW-Newswire] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nh5a3Hd7lrY CANADA Interview with violinist from Trois-Rivières Antoine Bareil, for the Quartango band. [La Presse] Death of Quebecois artist Claire Guérette. She was well-known for his textile works. [La Presse] INTERNATIONAL Estonia is working on the project named “An instrument for each kid,” who, as the title said, try to democratise music for all. The project takes place in…

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Opera Lafayette is getting many positive reviews for their production of Léonare, ou l’Amour Conjugal, which has an all Canadian cast. The New York Times confirms that Opera Lafayette is absolutely right on the mark: “the strengths of Bouilly’s libretto and its resonance in times of political oppression are immediately apparent.”[New York Times] If you haven’t already, check out our interview with founder and conductor Ryan Brown. [My Scena] CANADA Sunrise Records, an Ontario-based music retail chain, is moving into 30% (70 branches) of HMV locations. [La Presse] [OttawaCitizen] [Le Devoir] The travelling exhibition of the MAC La question de l’abstraction is offered until…

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Here are your daily headlines in classical music and the arts! The Boston Symphony Orchestra will play at the Maison Symphonique on. Their last visit was in 1984. The young director Andris Nelsons will perform the Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 22 with soloist Emmanuel Ax. [Le Devoir] [OSM] CANADA Return of the Symphonie du Millénaire, which was initiated by Walter Boudreau and Denys Bouliane in 2000 and involved more than 40,000 people. [Le Devoir] [La Presse] INTERNATIONAL Jordi Savall, in a project financed by the European Commission, has organised a series of concerts to financially assist refugee musicians to let them…

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Here are your daily headlines in classical music and the arts ! Watch a tribute video to Léhonard Cohen with the song “Traveling light” from his last album You Want It Darker (2016), made by his own son.  [Le Figaro] [Le voir] [Vancouver Sun] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KH29ERPpLw CANADA For the next five years, dance choreographers not be able to use Leonard Cohen’s works, due to an exclusive contract gave to the Ballets Jazz de Montréal. [Le Devoir] Theater is coming back to Rougemont this summer. [La Presse] This is the first weekend of the Montreal en lumières festival. See it in art. [Radio-Canada] [Montréal en lumières] A review…

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