Browsing: Orchestral

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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Orford, April 20, 2017. – Orford Music is proud to present the 2017 edition of its international Festival, Wonny Song’s second as artistic director. More than 70 events will take place throughout the summer, with Canadian artists figuring prominently as Canada celebrates the 150th anniversary of Confederation. “This summer promises to be a spectacular season, with some 20 performances in the Great Concerts series, and something for every taste. I am firmly committed to making classical music accessible to everyone and, with this in mind, we are creating opportunities to meet and discuss with the artists, as well as question-answer sessions…

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Joliette, April 18, 2017 – For its 40th anniversary season, which runs from July 1 to August 6, le Festival de Lanaudière invites music lovers to join in the celebration at outstanding concerts and special events held in the magical environment of the Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay, at historic churches in the Lanaudière region, and at the Joliette’s Salle Rolland-Brunelle. Many of most illustrious musicians of international renown will be on hand to join in the 40th anniversary celebration. THE PARTY BEGINS: GRAND OPENING CONCERT WITH PIANIST ALAIN LEFÈVRE, THE OSM AND KENT NAGANO The Festival’s 40th anniversary season begins on Saturday,…

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Banff Centre International String Quartet Festival September 1 – 3, 2017 Festival Packages and Passports on sale Wednesday, April 19 at 12 noon Individual tickets on sale Wednesday, May 3 at 12 noon Banff Centre Box Office: 403.762.6301 or 1.800.413.8368 BANFF, AB, April 19, 2017 – The spirit of the Banff International String Quartet Competition returns to Banff this summer with the inaugural Banff Centre International String Quartet Festival – a three-day festival designed to showcase the finest in international classical music to audiences through a completely immersive experience. Led by Banff International String Quartet Competition director Barry Shiffman, the…

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Never a big Easter bunny, I generally receive the springtime festival releases with the same excitement as I’d feel about a Placido Domingo Christmas record. What comes round, comes round. This one, however, is pure class. The international Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak opens with a Litany to the Virgin Mary that is slow, devout, soulful and twenty shades lighter than one might expect from a Polish Catholic ritual. Kurzak has never sounded sweeter or more comfortable on record. The little-known Litany is followed by the more familiar Stabat Mater and capped with Szymanowski’s third symphony, the ‘Song of the Night’…

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On 11 April 2017, Kent Nagano, General Music Director of the Hamburg State Opera and Chief Conductor of the Philharmonic State Orchestra, together with GeorgesDelnon, director of the State Opera Hamburg, and John Neumeier, director of the Hamburg Ballet, announced their season 2017/18. Even before the official start of the opera and concert season, the Philharmonic Academy, as in the past two years, features music by composers who lived and worked in Hamburg, such as Telemann and Ligeti. On 2 and 10 September 2017, Kent Nagano and the Philharmonic State Orchestra present two Academy days of concerts at the Laeiszhalle…

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Monday April 10, 2017 // Toronto – Artistic Director Lawrence Cherney is delighted to announce Soundstreams’ 35th season. The main stage series features five sensational shows: Northern Encounters, with music and dance from Canada and Finland performed by the Lapland Chamber Orchestra; Musik für das Ende, which is an immersive experience of iconic Québécois composer Claude Vivier’s transformative work; Tan Dun’s Water Passion after St. Matthew, a contemporary reimagining of Bach’s masterpiece; Freddy’s Tune, featuring cross-genre inspirations from the famous theme King Frederick gifted to Bach; and The Little Match Girl Passion, the provocative Pulitzer Prize-winning work by David Lang. Subscription packages for all eight shows are now on sale. As Soundstreams enters this milestone year amid Canada’s sesquicentennial, the 2017/18 season explores both legacy…

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