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Violinist Joshua Bell makes a welcome return to the TSOThe big news on the classical music scene this week is the return of American violinist Joshua Bell to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. A frequent visitor, Bell will perform Ravel’s Tzigane for Violin and Orchestra, and then he will join forces with bassist Edgar Meyer in the Canadian premiere and TSO co-commission Concerto for violin and double bass, an unusual combination! The Ravel is a stunning piece with an extended unaccompanied violin solo in the beginning. I heard this played just two weeks ago in the Montreal International Musical Competition (Violin)…

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British Composer Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976)This being March Break, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is having its one-week hiatus, and the Canadian Opera Company is in the early stages of rehearsal for the upcoming Spring Season opening of Lucia di Lammermoor. Currently the Four Seasons Centre stage has been taken over by the National Ballet of Canada for its presentation of Romeo and Juliet in its new version by Russian choreographer Alexei Ratmansky. The music is Prokofiev’s alternately fiery and lyrical score that is an audience’s favourite. Performances from March 12 to 17. http://national.ballet.ca/2013 marks the centenary of the birth…

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March offers a highlight of Danse Danse’s 2011-2012 season with the return of Israel’s Batsheva Dance Company, one of the most exciting contemporary dance troupes on the international scene. The company will perform Hora, a recent piece by artistic director and world-renowned choreographer Ohad Naharin, who is known for his innovative and textured vocabulary of movement. Hailed by the Jerusalem Post as a “sheer marvel at the diversity and beauty embedded in the human body,” Hora showcases eleven dancers against a unique backdrop of music arranged and performed by electronic composer Isao Tomito, including striking synthesized adaptations of Debussy, Mussorgsky…

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Photo : Gunther Gampe9e Édition du concours musical international de montréal (CMIM)Débutée le 25 mai avec les épreuves quart de finale et demi-finale, l’édition Violon 2010 du CMIM se poursuit les 1er et 2 juin au Théâtre Maisonneuve. L’Orchestre Métropolitain sera dirigé par Jean-Philippe Tremblay. Le programme de l’épreuve finale consiste à interpréter un concerto en entier tiré de la liste officielle du Concours. C’est à l’issue de cette épreuve que le président du jury proclamera les lauréats qui se partageront plus de 150 000 $, dont un Premier Prix de 30 000 $, un programme de développement de carrière…

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Pianist Ingrid Fliter (Photo: Sussie Ahlburg)The concert pick for me this week is the appearance of Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. She is playing Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Op. 21. She won the Silver Medal in the 2000 Chopin Competition in Warsaw, the same year that the Chinese pianist Yundi Li – now re-branded as Yundi – won the Gold Medal, the first time that prize was awarded for many years. Despite coming in second, Ms. Fliter has gone on to a highly respectable career. A glance at her 2010-11 season on…

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Musique / Music Canadian trumpet virtuoso Guy Few (pictured to the left) joins the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal on April 7 to perform a concerto for trumpet and orchestra by the renowned and recently deceased Jacques Hétu. Under the baton of assistant conductor Nathan Brock, the orchestra performs works that include Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 1 and Smetana’s The Moldau. 514-842-2112, www.osm.ca — Hannah Rahimi The Trio Fibonacci presents its final concert of the season on April 9 at the Chapelle Saint-Louis. Audiences can experience the wide range of compositions for string trio with a varied programme that begins with Haydn and concludes…

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Musique / MusicThe prodigious German violinist Christian Tetzlaff makes his debut with the OSM on March 15 and 16 in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. This concert will feature the renowned conducting skills of Sir Andrew Davis, who will also lead the orchestra in performances of Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune and Elgar’s first symphony. (www.osm.ca, 514-842-2112) – Hannah RahimiThe Molinari Quartet celebrates the Russian composer Alfred Schnittke with a series of lectures and performances at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. On March 17, 18, and 19, audiences can attend free lectures at 5 p.m. Each evening…

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Musique, théâtre, arts visuels et danse à Montréal cette semaineMusic, theatre, visual arts and dance in Montreal this weekArts visuels : Le verre selon Tiffany. La couleur en fusion » Montréal, Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, du 12 février au 2 mai 2010Danse : Dès le 4 et jusqu’au 21, Tangente y va d’une programmation tous azimuts avec, notamment Caroline Dubois, Andrew Turner et Isabel Mohn. Du 5 au 20, Paula de Vasconcelos revient séduire avec sa danse-théâtre en racontant l’histoire de la découverte de la route des Indes dans Boa Goa tandis qu’Isabelle Van Grimde présente Bodies to Bodies,…

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