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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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REVIEW: of the new Simone Dinnerstein classical album Mozart in Havana; and INTERVIEWS: with pianist Simone Dinnerstein (and with pedagogue and activist Solomon Mikowsky). What happens when a nice girl from Brooklyn, a bad boy from Salzburg, and a precocious passel of Cuban children of the Revolution all get together? If the parties in question are acclaimed pianist Simone Dinnerstein, composer Wolfgang Mozart, and the members of the Havana Lyceum Orchestra, the answer is Mozart in Havana – Dinnerstein’s new album, debuting April 21 from SONY Classical, and destined to be one of the most talked-about classical recording drops of…

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Montreal, April 18, 2017 – CBC/Radio-Canada announced that the Treasury Board of Canada has approved the new Maison de Radio-Canada (MRC) construction project led by Broccolini. The approval also includes the sale of the existing facility and western part of the lot to Groupe Mach. In the coming months, CBC/Radio-Canada will now work to finalize its agreements with the promoters and complete other steps with the City of Montreal before ground is broken. “Receiving Treasury Board approval is a critical step in making this project a reality, said Hubert T. Lacroix, President and CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada. It’s another vote of…

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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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Canada’s public broadcaster to air The 2018 JUNOS live from Vancouver, BC TORONTO, April 19, 2017 /CNW/ – Following an agreement reached early this year, The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) announced a new six-year exclusive broadcast partnership with CBC today, after a successful 16-year exclusive partnership with CTV. The 47th annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast live on CBC from the Rogers Arena, home of the Vancouver Canucks, on Sunday March 25, 2018, with JUNO Week celebrations running from March 19 through March 25, 2018. “We are excited to embark on our partnership with the CBC. As our official broadcaster,…

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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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Do not be put off by the cover, which shows two Victorians of different gender having a pre-Raphaelite snog. What they look like post-Raphael is left to the imagination, as is any thematic connection between Gilbert Baldry’s The Kiss and a set of Schumann pieces that evoke male friendships. Not long ago, record companies employed picture researchers and their covers bore some relevance to the music inside. These days, the images seem to be picked by a computer linked to the Amazon sales chart. Do not be put off either by the coupling of Schumann with a record newbie whose…

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INTERVIEW: with Lawrence Brownlee (and Opera Philadelphia general director David Devan). The busy life of one world-class tenor just got that much busier, and the American opera scene stands to benefit mightily by it. On March 30, Opera Philadelphia announced that renowned tenor Lawrence Brownlee will be its newest “artistic advisor” – a role in which the artist will carry an impressive brief of prerogatives for advancing the programming, outreach, and project development of a company already regarded as among the most progressive, energetic and innovative in the country. Brownlee is, of course, an international performance star, appearing regularly on…

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 2017 MiniFest Biographies Amanda Acorn Amanda Acorn is an award winning choreographer based in Toronto, Canada. As a dancer she collaborated as a company artist with Dancemakers from 2011-2015. Independent engagements include projects with Dana Michel, Brendan Fernandes, Helen Husak, Lady Janitor, Benjamin Kamino, Isabel Lewis, Lemi Ponifasio and Andrea Spaziani. Her own works are intimate sensorial encounters for the theatre and unconventional spaces, constructing responsive environments using a choreographic frame. Minimally abstract, her choreographies captivate with raw poetry and unwavering rigor. Using the performative event as a place to question ways of seeing, the work offers space to consider our…

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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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