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HALIFAX, NS – This summer, Symphony Nova Scotia proudly presents its first-ever summer season, featuring 13 FREE concerts and events in public venues throughout Halifax from July 17 to 31. The festivities will feature Symphony Nova Scotia musicians giving live performances at venues like the Alderney Landing Theatre, the Keshen Goodman Public Library, and the Halifax Central Library’s O’Regan Hall. Highlights include the RDV 2017 Tall Ships Regatta Celebration on the waterfront with Natalie MacMaster, full-orchestra performances celebrating Nova Scotia with singer Reeny Smith and Mi’kmaq drummer Trevor Gould in Halifax and Dartmouth, and a charming afternoon Tea Dance with Halifax Pride at the Halifax Citadel. The full-orchestra concerts will be conducted by Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, Symphony Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence and Community…

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+ The Heckeler’s Andrew Burn takes on Handel’s Utrecht Te Deum & Jubilate with respect to the context around its creation and performance. “I’m not saying that this music shouldn’t be performed, quite the contrary. Its presentation, however, could be better geared to outlining the complex nature of its creation and allow for us to better appreciate our own history through live performance. What I am advocating for is an embrace of the whole truth to a work, even if that means acknowledging certain facts which may run contrary to the intent of its performance.” + The Danish String Quartet…

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At La Scena, we rather enjoy NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts because they’re always well curated and quite often line up with what goes on in the festival circuit. Today’s video of the day features Canadian violinist Lara St. John who will be performing later tonight at the Ottawa Chamberfest. Born in London to two educators, St. John began violin at age two and made her orchestral debut two years later. Something of a precocious talent, it could be said. Now forty-years into her career, St. John is now a powerful virtuoso performer and “owner of Ancalagon record label and the…

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Legendary Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana, who brought Latin fire to American rock with his group Santana, was born this day in music. Mixing American influences of B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix with Latin ones of Tito Puente and Mongo Santamaria, Santana continued to develop the genre of electric blues. With such classics as “Smooth,” “Black Magic Woman,” and “Oye Como Va,” Santana endures as a pioneer and legend of contemporary music. Santana – “Oye Como Va”

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Lila Downs performed last Saturday night at the Métropolis theatre for the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Close to 2,000 fans gathered to see the singer-songwriter and her band perform a repertoire of Mexican rhythms fused with jazz instruments and players. It was precisely because of this capacity for mixing styles, while remaining true to her cultural roots, that she received the 2016 Antonio Carlos Jobim award as “an artist distinguished in the field of world music whose influence on the evolution of jazz and cultural crossover is widely recognized.” These cultural and musical crossovers are an important part of Lila Downs’s…

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135 Years ago this day, March 25th 1881, Bela Bartok was born. Regarded as one of Hungary’s greatest composers, Bela had a musical curiosity that would change the way the West sees and understands music. He was in his early 30s when he decided to pack the most modern recording instrument of the time, the Edison Phonograph, and head to Algeria to research Arab Folk Music. Originally Bela was set to go alone, but it the last minute he suggested Marta (wife) to join him. And off they went. They traveled from Marseille to the port of Sakîkdah in Algeria…

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My Toronto Concert Picks for the Week of June 1 to 7~ Joseph SoCellist Sharon Robinson and violinist Jaime Laredo (Photo: Christian Steiner)With the Pan Am Games getting ever closer, it seems that “American Programming” is front and center everywhere in town. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is bringing us All American, a program of American classics old and new, from Gershwin’s An American in Paris, to John Adams’ scintillating Short Ride in a Fast Machine, a piece that I seem to recall hearing at the New Creations Festival a couple of years back. It’s one of Adams’ most popular pieces.…

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Ana Sokolovic (Photo : Alain Lefort)Ana Sokolovic on Serbian FolkloreBy Viktor Lazarov Composer Ana Sokolovic is very well known to most contemporary classical music lovers in Canada. In its 2011-2012 season, the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) dedicated its third Série Hommage to Ana Sokolovic and brought her music to new listeners in the far corners of the country. Today, Ana Sokolovic is an icon of the Canadian contemporary music scene – an artist whose work is a unique blend of two very distinct cultures. Ana Sokolovic’s success story is of special interest to me as we share…

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By Christine LeeFRIDAYBy 5 p.m. many people had already gathered to sit and listen to the music at Saint-Lambert’s Festival Classica, the town’s first classical music festival. The festivities really began at around 9 p.m. with the Orchestre Symphonique de Longueuil, directed by Marc David. As they began to play the first notes of a waltz, dancers in magnificent dresses and tuxes appeared and began their choreography, astounding spectators. As the night progressed, the parking lot turned into a dance hall; the music of the Bee Gees and ABBA compelled people of all ages to dance. A quick headcount showed well…

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Scenes from Tim Supple’s One Thousand and One Nights (Photos: Cylla von Tiedemann)One Thousand and One NightsA Dash Arts Production and Luminato CommissionDramatized and Directed by Tim SuppleStories Adapted by Hanan al-ShaykhJune 7 -9 (preview) 10 – 19 (performances)Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre, 227 Front StreetBy Joseph K. SoNow in its fifth season, Toronto’s Luminato Festival of Art and Creativity has always focused on exploring edgy and provocative re-imaginings of all facets of the performing arts. This year, the centerpiece of the Festival is its commission of Tim Supple’s One Thousand and One Nights, an audacious re-telling of the…

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