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Great recordings are easy to review. Likewise bad ones. About 99.5 percent of all releases fall somewhere in between. Of these, four in five quickly outlast their initial attraction. I had high hopes for Shostakovich’s first symphony from the Luxembourg Philharmonic and its Spanish music director, Gustavo Gimeno. The orchestra has announced a multi-record contract with the Dutch label, Pentatone, one of the last remaining labels that puts sound quality first. Gimeno, until lately principal percussionist with the Concertgebouw orchestra, has got plenty of wind in his sails. So what’s wrong with this release? Hard to isolate it. I ordered…

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Gatineau, QC, May 25, 2017 /CNW/ – In this momentous Canada 150 year, the Government of Canada is proud to support Canadian Multiculturalism Day celebrations taking place in Montréal, Vancouver and Toronto on June 27. These lively festivities are part of Celebrate Canada days 2017. The Government of Canada provided Les FrancoFolies de Montréal with funding of $400,000 to organize activities for Canadian Multiculturalism Day. Financial support of $230,000 was granted to Harbourfront Centre for the celebrations in Toronto. Finally, $200,000 was awarded to the Canada Place Corporation for Multiculturalism Day in Vancouver. The funding provided to these three organizations for Canadian Multiculturalism Day comes from Canadian Heritage’s Canada 150 Fund. On November 13, 2002, the Government of Canada designated June 27 of each year as Canadian…

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On the occasion of its 75th anniversary, Carleton University will award a Doctor of Literature, honoris causa, to celebrated Québécois poet and singer-songwriter Gilles Vigneault. Where: Carleton University Art Gallery, St. Patrick’s Building, Carleton University When: Wednesday, June 7, 2017. Guests are asked to arrive at 1:15 p.m., ceremony to take place at 1:45 p.m. Info: Seating is limited and registration is required. RSVPs may be sent to presidents.office@carleton.ca by May 26, 2017. Media are welcome to attend the ceremony and are not required to RSVP. Vigneault will be recognized for “his extraordinary contribution to music and poetry in `son pays’ of snow and Quebec traditions.” From the 1950s to the early 1960s, Vigneault…

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The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts presents the premiere of the concert version of Theaturtle’s Charlotte: A Tri-Coloured Play with Music on Thursday, June 1, 2017 at 7:30 PM following the creation-based residency of its producing company, Theaturtle.  Tickets can be purchased by calling (613) 533-2424 or online at www.theisabel.ca. The Theaturtle theatre troupe will be in residence at the Isabel developing this new work during the last week of May 2017 prior to the Kingston performance on June 1st.  Theaturtle will continue to develop the work and then present it at the Luminato festival in Toronto on June 16-18, 2017. Necessity is the mother of invention, and how necessary…

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The Canada Council for the Arts is proud to announce the 201 projects funded through their New Chapter program. The artists and arts organizations creating them are already hard at work. From Sackville, to Rimouski, to Hearst, to Rolla, to Yellowknife, to Berlin, Singapore and New York, stay tuned to see their exceptional work – and artistic ambitions – come to life! Here are a few examples … Ottawa Symphony Orchestra– a commission using 3D-printed instruments (Ottawa) Regent Park Film Festival– a film project based on home movies by families in Regent Park (Toronto) Akpik Theatre– an adaptation of Macbeth with…

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Altogether 44 pianists have been selected for the Fourth International Maj Lind Piano Competition to be held in Helsinki, Finland on August 17–31, 2017. They represent 16 nationalities: South Korea (10 competitors), Finland (6), United States (5), Russia (4), China (3), Germany (3), Indonesia (2), Israel (2), Italy (2), Spain (1), Georgia (1), Great Britain (1), Canada (1), Norway (1), Ukraine (1) and New Zealand (1). See the list of competitors below. The competition received a record 195 applications by the deadline on April 24. The participants in the first round were selected by a competition team on the basis of video…

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The 61st World Federation of International Music Competitions (WFIMC) General Assembly, hosted by Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) closed on a record high with the induction of six competitions and four associate members to the Federation, the election of Mr. Florian Riem, CEO Tongyeong International Music Foundation & Isangyun Competition (Korea) to the Board, the presentation of a Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. Richard Rodzinski, and a hometown welcome to its newest member, the Canadian International Organ Competition. Founded in 1957, the WFIMC is the premiere governing body of the world’s music competitions. Based in Geneva, the WFIMC is a network and advocacy organization. An elected Board of…

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Edmonton, AB – On Saturday, May 20, 2017 — after two days of amazing and very high calibre competition — violinist Alice Lee (17 years old), originally from Victoria, BC, and currently studying and living in Toronto, ON, was awarded the $8,000 top prize in The Shean Strings Competition. She has also won the opportunity to play with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at a future date. Ms. Lee was one of 6 finalists chosen from the 20 submitted entries to compete in The 2017 Shean Strings Competition on May 19 and 20 in Edmonton, AB. The complete results of The…

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This year Opéra de Montréal is betting on a young, all-Canadian cast to present their last opera of the season, La bohème. Five of the eight singers in the opera are part of the alumni of the Atelier lyrique de l’Opéra de Montréal.   The soprano France Bellemare – who portrays the lead role of Mimì – is the indisputable star of the show. She displayed great legato and good chemistry with conductor James Meena, who pulled out some magical moments by emphasizing nuances in the score. Bellemare’s strongest moments came in Mimì’s aria “Si, mi chiamano Mimì” and in the duet scene with Marcello interpreted…

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When the English contralto Norma Procter died a few weeks ago at the age of 89, readers remembered seeing Kathleen Ferrier in her audience at Norma’s London debut, at Southwark Cathedral, in 1948. This was typical Ferrier. Six years before she had been a switchboard operator in Lancashire with no hopes of a music career. Now an international star, she took every opportunity to offer support and encouragement to others on the way up. Hearing that Norma was studying in London with her own teacher, Roy Henderson, Ferrier invited her to stay over at her own West Hampstead flat rather…

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