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A Show One Productions Presentation – June 8 at Roy Thomson Hall SOPRANO STAR HIBLA GERZMAVA MAKES CANADIAN DEBUT WITH THE MOSCOW VIRTUOSI & VLADIMIR SPIVAKOV WITH ISRAELI CELLO PRODIGY DANIELLE AKTA “Outstanding portrayals…a crystal-clear coloratura voice…. Singing beautifully…with secure technique and ethereal high notes, she seemed not merely to play, but to become Violetta.” – Raymond Stults, Moscow Times, reviewing soprano Hibla Gerzmava in La Traviata  “Perfectly balanced, dynamically expressive, with a warm swell in the phrasing, and a finish that’s as smooth as silk.” – Colin Eatock, reviewing The Moscow Virtuosi in Toronto      Metropolitan Opera star…

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017: When Opera Philadelphia’s new adaptation of Lars von Trier’s searing Oscar-nominated film,Breaking the Waves made its world premiere in September 2016, the New York Times declared the opera “ambitious, accomplished, [and] dramatically direct,” and Opera Newssaid it “stands among the best 21st-century American operas yet produced.” It has since earned an International Opera Award nomination for Best World Premiere and made its New York debut with Beth Morrison Projects’ Prototype Festival to continued acclaim.Now, starting on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 at 1 p.m., home audiences the world over can listen to this spellbinding production in its…

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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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Experience Soul-Stirring Music with the NAC Orchestra’s Spectacular 2017-18 Season March 6, 2017 – OTTAWA (Canada) – Today, Music Director, Alexander Shelley and the National Arts Centre Orchestra announced the 2017-18 Season, heralding remarkable guest artists including Itzhak Perlman, Emanuel Ax, Lang Lang, Branford Marsalis, Angela Hewitt, Karen Gomyo, and Joshua Bell amongst the dozens of talented performers who will grace the stage of the NAC. Season 2017-18 has over 50 concerts featuring some of the world’s greatest classical artists, pop and Broadway stars, and collaborations with visiting orchestras.  The NAC Orchestra will offer classical music’s most loved composers like…

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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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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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CHABRIER: España. Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole. BIZET-SHCHEDRIN: Carmen Suite. Philippe Quint, violin. Austin Symphony Orchestra/Peter Bay. Long Center. Austin, Texas. February 24, 2017 Canadian readers with long memories may recall that in 1967 when the Bolshoi Ballet was scheduled to appear at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, the Bizet-Shchedrin Carmen Suite was intended to be one of the featured ballets, with the legendary Maya Plisetskaya in the lead role. But it never happened. Yekaterina Furtseva, the Soviet Culture Minister, apparently decided that the ballet was too erotic and couldn’t be used to show off the Bolshoi. This was yet another case of…

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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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PROFILE: of celebrated contemporary classical music group ETHEL; and INTERVIEW: with Dorothy Lawson and Ralph Farris (of ETHEL) and composer Robert Mirabal. “We originally thought of calling ourselves ‘Hazardous Material,’” recollects violist Ralph Farris, one of the core four Juilliard-trained string players who formed the group in 1998. “But then we said, ‘Hey, wait! We’re not dangerous!’” What they are is ETHEL – a remarkable, and protean, music-making group. They inspire enthusiastic description, but defy easy definition – or, at least, any attempted definition will have a short shelf-life: what ETHEL was yesterday isn’t what ETHEL will be tomorrow, given…

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Monday, February 27 7:00PM. Maison de la culture Frontenac (Montréal), 2550 Ontario Est, Montreal. $0-2. Henry Purcell, Charles Avison, Georg Philipp Telemann, William Boyce, etc. 514-872-7882. 7:30PM. Music Faculty of University of Montreal, Jean-Papineau-Couture Concert-Hall (B-421), Montréal Québec, 200, avenue Vincent-d’Indy, Montreal. Piano Recital – Jean Saulnier’s Class. 8:00PM. Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place d’Arts, 175, Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montréal. $35-$65. Quatuor Hagen, cordes / strings: La réputation de l’ensemble n’est plus à faire. 514-845-0532. 8:00PM. Music Faculty of University of Montreal – Serge-Garant Concert Hall (B-484), 200, avenue Vincent-d’Indy, Montréal. Horn Recital – Louis-Philippe Marsolais’ Class: Mozart, Strauss, Dukas, Popper, Bozza et…

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