Daily News Roundup: 7 July 2016


+ The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble is coming to Cinéma du Parc on July 29. The movie will be shown in its original English with French subtitles. (French)

+ Canada’s History Society and Library and Archives Canada team up to explore Canada’s musical legacy with “Sounds Like History” podcast.

+ Should we cut the classics? The New York Times’ Michael Cooper weighs in about shortening operas.

“After several decades in which the trend has been toward longer, uncut operas — drawing on the work of scholars to restore rarely performed passages, and putting a renewed emphasis on completeness that would be alien in, say, Shakespearean performance, where cuts are routine — some impresarios and directors think it is time for the pendulum to swing back a bit.”

+ Noted Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Montreal’s Quatuor Molinari performed his latest string quartet Alzheimer’s Masterpiece last month.

+ Today in Music: Handel’s Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate premiered 303 years ago today.

+ Read a review of Emerson Quartet’s marathon Haydn concert, which they will repeat July 12 at Tanglewood.

+ Video of the Day: Stretch your ears with Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah’s K.K.P.D (Ku Klux Police Department).”

+ Read Weiyu Dang’s review of The Claudia Quintet’s latest.

“Named after a term used to describe a friend of the band, Super Petite from the Cuneiform Records’ Claudia Quintet fuses dense, eclectic, and complex ideas into a ten-track CD with the length of a built-for-radio pop album. With compact organization, drummer-composer John Hollenbeck undertakes the challenge of building a worthy offering that can simultaneously attract shorter millennial attention spans and present a work of grand scale.”

+ Fans turned out in great numbers at the Hollywood Bowl to hear the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform John Williams’ movie score from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

+ Day 3 of Music and Beyond featured a recital by Montreal violinist Martin Chalifour.

+ Emilie-Claire Barlow wowed at the Montreal Jazz Festival on Wednesday night.

+ Lauryn Hill’s performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival was reviewed by the Montreal Gazette.

“Lauryn Hill is an enigma. An eccentric of the music world – once one of the industry’s biggest stars, now a reclusive yet still eminently talented artist who, if you get her on a bad night, will keep you waiting for far too long and leave you feeling cheated; and if you catch her on a good night will still keep you waiting, but leave you feeling like you just witnessed something thrilling, authentic and of a very high calibre.”

+ Montréal Complètement Cirque kicks off tonight.


About Author

Kiersten van Vliet is the Web Editor and an Editorial Assistant for La Scena Musicale. A current MA musicology student at McGill University, her research on Quebec composer-pianist and child prodigy André Mathieu (1929–68) is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Kiersten earned her BMus in Music History from Western University Canada as well as an Artist’s Diploma in Violin Performance. Other interests include conducting, chamber music, and musical theatre. Kiersten served as an Editor-in-Chief for Nota Bene: Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Musicology at Western University from 2012–14.

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