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Vancouver, BC – The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is making the final preparations to welcome 90 participants for the 2017 Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at Whistler. The immersive, ten-day training program returns to the Resort Municipality of Whistler for a third year, where Rising Stars of the classical music world will share this unique opportunity to live and perform in a spectacular natural setting. The VSO is pleased to acknowledge a new partnership with Stingray in support of activities at the VSOIW. Through its Rising Stars program, Stingray has generously supported tuition scholarships, and sponsored masterclasses and coaching sessions for chamber…

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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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Congregation Shaar Hashomayim’s pews were recently packed to the proverbial rafters for a performance by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. In honor of its 170th birthday, ‘The Shaar’ welcomed esteemed maestro Kent Nagano, who led the OSM in a rousing performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s thrilling oratorio, Elijah.   Shaar Hashomayim’s own cantor Gideon Zelermyer interpreted the tenor roles, while baritone Russell Braun sang Elijah. Soprano Layla Claire and mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal rounded out the protagonists, who were backed by the OSM’s 30-member chorus. VIPs appreciated the pre-concert mini ‘crash course’ on Elijah, delivered by Kelly Rice from McGill’s Schulich School of Music, along…

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Montréal, Thursday, June 8, 2017 – This coming August 19 at 9 p.m., at the heart of the official events for Montréal’s 375th anniversary celebrations will be Montréal Symphonique. For the very first time ever, this free show will bring together three of Montréal’s most prestigious symphony orchestras on the same stage. Joining these illustrious ensembles will be a number of pop artists who promise to touch spectators’ hearts and souls as they offer music and art lovers a unique, accessible and memorable evening of music. Under the musical direction of conductor Simon Leclerc, based on an original idea by Nicolas Lemieux, and produced by GSI Musique, this major 375th anniversary performance will…

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May 31, 2017: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) announces today that Sir Andrew Davis will act as Interim Artistic Director for two seasons following the conclusion of Peter Oundjian’s 14-year tenure as Music Director at the end of the 2017/18 season. Maestro Davis will provide artistic leadership through to the middle of 2020, when the TSO anticipates that a new permanent Music Director will be in place. Gary Hanson, Interim Chief Executive Officer of the TSO, comments, “As our Music Director Search Committee completes its work, we are grateful that Sir Andrew will step in to provide artistic leadership, just as he did in…

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When Barbara Smith and Blanche Israël greeted me at the NYO’s downtown Toronto office, they had a weary-yet-determined air – familiar to any arts administrator labouring over a cherished project. “We’re getting down to the wire,” they explained, citing less than a month until the National Youth Orchestra begins its 2017 season and welcomes 92 talented young ­musicians, chosen from over 500 applicants, into its training program. I commented that it’s an exciting time. “Well okay, if you say so!” they chuckled dryly before admitting that it is indeed an exciting time. The orchestra will soon embark on the Edges…

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On May 14, 2017, at a special ceremony at 3:00 pm at the Maison Symphonique de Montréal, McGill University and its Schulich School of Music awarded a Doctor of Music honoris causa to Maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin. It is the University’s highest honor. Nézét-Séguin is a Montréal native, and studied at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Nézét-Séguin has served as Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of Montréal’s Orchestre Métropolitain since 2000. In 2008 he became Artistic Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and since 2012 he has also been Music Director of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In the 2020-2021 season he will become Music Director of the Metropolitan Orchestra in…

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OTTAWA, May 15, 2017 — On May 14, at 2:00 p.m. music students aged 16-24 from the National Capital Region competed for a chance to win prizes worth more than $20,000 in the 37th annual National Arts Centre Orchestra’s 2017 Bursary Competition. This year’s winners are:  2016 NAC Orchestra Bursary ($7,000) –Nicolas Richard, bassoon  Crabtree Foundation Award ($5,000) – Heather Jonasson, flute  Friends of the NAC Orchestra Award ($3,000) – Emilia Segura, clarinet  The NAC Orchestra Vic Pomer Award ($2,000) – Rachel Domingue, oboe  The Sturdevant Orchestral Excerpts Prize ($1,500) – Rachel Domingue, oboe  The…

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There is no wholly recommendable performance on record of Mahler’s third symphony. The earliest, by F. Charles Adler in 1952, is faultlessly idiomatic, as is Jascha Horenstein’s 1970 LSO account, but both are marred by inferior orchestral playing and poor sound. Claudio Abbado’s 2007 DVD from Lucerne is as good as it gets, though even a lifelong Mahlerian like Abbado struggles with the lop-sidedness of this amalgam of nostalgic pastoralism and saloon-bar philosophy. No-one can satisfactorily explain what Friedrich Nietzsche is getting at in the fourth movement contralto solo. It’s just odd. If you listen just to the second disc…

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This week, many concerts are taking place in Montreal. Here are our picks! CMIM 2017 begins Don’t miss the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) 2017, this year being a piano edition. For more information, read our special article [mySCENA]. Plus, this year, renowned pianist Dang Thai Son will be one of the judges of the competition. Our journalist Arthur Kaptainis met him to discuss the CMIM and how contestants can perform their best. [MySCENA] Halleluja! – Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal Under the direction of Andrew McAnerney, the chamber orchestra will revive the music of Heinrich Schütz (1585-1672), Johann Hermann…

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