Browsing: Chamber Music

Tania Miller and the Royal Conservatory Orchestra The first Canadian Maestra to become Music Director of a major symphony orchestra, Tania Miller takes the podium to lead the Royal Conservatory through a program that includes works by Prokofiev and Stravinsky. Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto no. 2 will be played by pianist Sae Yoon Chon. The Royal Conservatory Orchestra is comprised of members of the Glenn Gould School’s Performance Diploma and Artist Diploma programs. Nov. 24, Koerner Hall. www.rcmusic.ca Rodelinda with VOICEBOX: Opera In Concert One of Canada’s oldest opera companies continues it 2017-18 season at the Jane Mallett Theatre (St. Lawrence Centre…

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Cantata Singers of Ottawa — Fauré Requiem Artistic Director Andrew McAnerney will lead a candlelight program of Mozart, Bach and Fauré. The centrepiece of the programme will be Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem (1893 version) with an orchestra of strings, horns, harp and organ. Other works will include Mozart’s “Misericordia Domini” and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, performed by the orchestra. November 4, 8:00 pm – 9:30 p.m. St. Joseph’s Church. www.cantatasingersottawa.ca Seventeen Voyces — Haydn’s Mass in Time of War Seventeen Voyces’s 2017-2018 season will begin dramatically with a presentation at St. Matthew’s of Franz Joseph Haydn’s Mass in Time of War…

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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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Musica Camerata kicked off its 48th season with an evening of quartets for piano, violin, viola, and cello. Respected as a premiere Canadian chamber ensemble, Musica Camerata is justifiably proud of its longevity. The concert was held in the resplendent Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur where the parterre seating area is usually hydraulically raised to provide theatre style seating. The roughly 100 attendees filled this venue. From this reviewer’s vantage point in the balcony, the acoustics were a little dry for a chamber string ensemble. The instrumentalists on this program were Luis Grinhauz (violin), Victor Fournelle-Blain (viola), Bruno Tobon (cello), and…

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*Very limited seats remaining!* September 14, 2017, Montreal, QC – The MCO, under its Artistic Director Boris Brott, opens its 78th season with Revolution, an eclectic evening of music from the 60s and 70s, including Shostakovich, The Beatles, and Frank Zappa, in conjunction with the Montreal Museum of Fine Art’s boisterous current exhibition, “You Say You Want a Revolution.” The MCO performs a new work based on songs from the iconic Beatles album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, in newly-minted arrangements by François Vallières. Infamous Canadian fiddler Ashley Maclsaac will then join the MCO to transport the public into his eccentric sonorities.…

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Quarter of a century ago, Decca sank its Three Tenors profits into an ‘Entartete Musik’ series, breaking the silence that had settled on a generation of composers who had fled Nazi Germany, or died in its concentration camps. Those vital recordings are now hard to find, but the search continues for other member of the silent generation. None of the music on this gripping compilation will be familiar to anyone alive. Even the names of the composers will cause some scratching of heads. Erich Itor Kahn (1905-56) is known to me only from an adoring memoir by his widow. A…

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THE AZRIELI FOUNDATION IS PROUD TO AWARD THE 2018 AZRIELI COMMISSION FOR JEWISH MUSIC TO Kelly-Marie Murphy Largest Composition Prize in Canada Celebrates Excellence in New Jewish Music The Azrieli Music Prizes Gala Concert will take place on October 15, 2018 at Maison symphonique de Montréal featuring the McGill Chamber Orchestra (MCO) & Guest Conductor Yoav Talmi For immediate release, September 5, 2017, Montreal, Quebec … The Azrieli Foundation is proud to announce that composer Kelly-Marie Murphy is the winner of the 2018 Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music. This is the second time that the Foundation has awarded the $50,000 CAD prize –…

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Orchestre symphonique de Montréal The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) will start its season with Mahler’s Symphony no. 8, “Symphony of the Thousand,” a large-scale work gathering more than 350 instrumentalists and singers on stage (September 19 & 21). In addition, Russian music will hold a special place during the fall. Russian-born conductor Vasily Petrenko will present an all-Russian music concert in October (October 11, 14, and 15), and pianist Charles Richard-Hamelin will complete the evenings with a concerto by Prokofiev. On November 11, the St. Petersburg Mariinksy Orchestra will present a concert in Montreal under the baton of renowned…

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Once again, the contemporary music scene in Montreal promises a season full of concerts and new music experiences. Whether as sophisticated regulars of contemporary music, fans of instrumental or mixed music, or even intrigued by the exploding scene of digital music and sound installations, Montreal’s artistic community will fulfill your desires as cosmopolitan music lovers. Here is an overview of several events to schedule on your calendar. La Société de musique contemporaine du Québec For its 52nd season, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) [Quebec Contemporary Music Society] presents a colourful program with diverse influences. This year, the…

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The first half of the 2017-18 season offers an ample selection for Early and Baroque Music lovers. Here are our must-see concerts. Arte Musica The distinguished ensemble, Les Arts Florissants, in collaboration with the Club musical de Québec, will present Mantova, the second chapter of a trilogy devoted to the madrigals of Monteverdi. Conducted by Paul Agnew, the group will perform excerpts from Books IV, V, and VI, which embody the composer’s mature period. The ensemble will take the stage at Palais Montcalm on October 3, and at Bourgie Hall on October 4. www.mbam.qc.ca Under its new musical director, Jonathan…

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