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Programming for the new season is shaping up nicely, though some schedules remain unconfirmed pending completion of the work at Espace Danse downtown. First off, at Tangente, the classic Danses Buissonnières begin on September 29 at the Monument-National – Manuel Shink is the name to watch. www.tangente.qc.ca From its temporary home at Usine C, Agora is launching its new season with two headliners: Virginie Brunelle defending Quebec, following the recent Hunter by Meg Stuart. www.agoradanse.com In the summer, Danse danse tested a rather lovely thing, Bryan Arias’ newest work, at the Festival des arts de Saint-Sauveur. If you’re curious to…

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+ Jazz pianist Dan Tepfer will perform the Goldberg Variations with his own variations as part of the Cleveland International Piano Competition and Festival on July 31. + The National Ballet is taking on Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale for the first time in 26 years. + The most famous Finnish composer since Sibelius, Einojuhani Rautavaara, has died at the age of 87. + 13-year old boy soprano Aksel Rykkvin has released an album of arias by Mozart, Handel and Bach, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under conductor Nigel Short. + Read a review of the first round of…

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Youngest winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Caroline Shaw is primarily a violinist, but composes primarily for contemporary, cutting edge chorale, drawing on eclectic forms of folk vocal music. In this multimedia duet with modern dancer, Vancouver’s Vanessa Goodman, Shaw sings various vocal strains that she records and layers with a loop machine. The resulting show is a polyphonic modern vocal fugue that’s matched, in black and white with Goodman’s lithe dance harmony. Caroline Shaw & Vanessa Goodman, Improvisation

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Today marks the anniversary of Gounod’s (1818) and Stravinsky’s (1882) births. Winner of the 1839 Prix de Rome, Gounod studied at the Paris Conservatory. His musical legacy comprises a dozen of operas, oratorios, and several motets and songs. His 1872 piano piece The Funeral March of a Marionette, orchestrated in 1879, achieved fame in the 20th-century as the theme music for Alfred Hitchcock Presents. One of the defining figures of 20th-century music, Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky defied convention and achieved worldwide fame with his compositions for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in Paris. The uproar caused by the premiere of The Rite…

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Along with end-of-year shows by dance, circus, and theatre schools, the Festival TransAmériques ends the regular season of Montréal venues. This tenth installment of the Festival closes with a Gala by the unmistakable French choreographer Jérôme Bel, on June 7 and 8 at the Ludger-Duvernay Theatre at Monument-National. www.fta.ca This free and democratic celebration of diversity also marks the kickoff of the summer festivals that transform Montréal in a crossroad of culture, arts, and lively patios. On the sidelines of big names of the music and humour industry, well-established events continue to cater to their faithful audiences, on their favourite…

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End of Season at the Chapelle Historique The last concert of the series Beethoven: The Sonatas for Piano and Violin with violinist Olivier Thouin and pianist François Zeitouni will take place on May 8 at 3 pm. www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/chapellebonpasteur The MSO MSO and Danse Danse present Anatomy of a Sigh, an evening of dance and music to the sound of the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique. With organist Jean Willy Kunz and Le Carré des Lombes dance company, in a choreography by Danièle Desnoyers to music by John Rea, Frescobaldi, Alain, and Messiaen. Maison symphonique, May 6 and 7 at 8 pm. www.osm.ca…

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Montreal Guitar Montréal April 29 – May 1, www.guitaremontreal.com On Friday night at 8 pm, catch the internationally acclaimed Amadeus Duo in concert at Concordia’s DB Clarke Theatre, along with The Montreal Guitar Society and last year’s competition winner, Steve Cowan. Saturday at 8 pm, The Marguerite de Lajemmerais Orchestra performs along with last year’s youth competition winners. Sunday afternoon wraps up the festival with the 2016 Guitar Competition finals. Guitar aficionados can browse the luthiers and vendors at Concordia on Saturday and Sunday, and won’t want to miss a lecture by Dr. Éric Legault on “Guitarist postures and pain”…

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Tangente is closing its 2015-2016 season with an intimate work by Frédéric Tavernini, from May 12 to 15 at Studio Hydro-Québec at the Monument-National. Titled Things are leaving quietly, in silence, the piece sheds a harsh light on a fleeting present, teetering betwixt past tranquility and future uncertainty. It will be an opportunity for the dancer and choreographer to run through his career – his performances and partnerships, ballets in France, contemporary dance in Montreal, and demanding world tours. Twenty years ago, Frédéric Tavernini danced Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring for Maurice Béjart, conducted by Pierre Boulez. Boulez died in January…

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Happy Holidays Everyone ! (Photo: Joseph So) Given that classical musical presentations are much reduced during the week surrounding Christmas, I’ve combined the two weeks in my weekly preview, as I’ve done in previous years. That said, there are still a few notable events worthy of your consideration. Soprano Karina Gauvin (Photo: Michael Slobodian) Top on my list is Bravissimo! the annual operatic concert on New Year’s Eve presented by Canadian impresario Attila Glatz of Attila Glatz Concert Productions. Billed as “Opera’s Greatest Hits,” it’s an evening of standard arias and duets sung by an international cast of soloists, with…

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Cirque de la Symphonie (Photo: www.cirquedelasymphonie.com) December is that time of year when Holiday programming dominates the concert calendar. There are plenty to choose from, whether you fancy large scale shows the likes of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra or the more intimate venues like your local church just around the corner.  As usual, my choices are not meant to be comprehensive but they represent my own personal, “voice-centric” and perhaps idiosyncratic tastes. The TSO is presenting a kids-friendly show this week. The big draw is the appearance of Cirque de la Symphonie with their acrobatic feats. TSO’s pops conductor Steven…

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