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   Monday, March 6 Two quartets at Pro musica: Created in the seventies at Prague Conservatory, the Pražák Quartet has become one of the most renown quartets in the world. They have performed many essential works by Schoenberg, Berg, Beethoven, and Brahms. On the program for this concert: Haydn, Suk, Dvořák, 8:00PM. Théâtre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts, 175, Ste-Catherine West Street, Montreal. $35–65. 514-845-0532. http://promusica.qc.ca https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV-kbAydcwk    Tuesday, March 7 8:00PM. Maison Symphonique (Place des Arts), 1600 St-Urbain Street, Montreal. From $43. Yefim Bronfman: From Schumann to Stravinsky. 514 842-9951.   Wednesday, March 8 1:30PM. Maison de la culture Frontenac…

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CANADA The mayor of Montreal Denis Coderre engage to give 100 000$ per year to the OSM. « Through its international stature, the OSM is a cherished ambassador whose fame reflects back on the national and international reputation of Montreal, said Coderre ». [More infos] [More Infos 2] « The Gatineau Music Conservatory [will receive …] Sérgio et Odair Assad as a part of his 12e Edition of the Festival Guitare Alla Grande.» [More infos] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n60V6ukmJog INTERNATIONNAL  The Chinese pianist Lang Lang leaves Sony and return with Deutsche Grammophon. [More infos] [More infos] [More infos] « Seattle Symphony plays music from 7 nations that Trump…

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Montreal -Julie Boulianne was named Performer of the year and Charles Richard-Hamelin was declared Artist with the most influence abroad on the 20e edition of the Opus du Conseil Québécois de la musique. http://www.ledevoir.com/culture/musique/490954/prix-opus-julie-boulianne-interprete-de-l-annee -The Armenian pianist Nareh Arghamanyan come back in Montreal nine years after she became popular with the Concours musical – In an interview with Le Devoir. http://www.ledevoir.com/culture/musique/490745/classique-nareh-arghamanyan-entre-melancolie-et-pyrotechnie -The closing of the HMV compagnie would entrain increase of the jazz repress album prices. http://www.ledevoir.com/culture/musique/490746/turbulences-en-vue-pour-le-jazz -The Montreal Symphony Orchestra won many prizes this weekend in the 20e edition of the Gala des prix du Conseil Québécois. International -The Autrichian’s violoncellist…

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If you want to hear the future of Canadian singing, the annual Jeunesses Ambassadeurs Lyriques Gala featuring over 20 of Canada’s best young singers performing before a jury of International opera directors is a good place to start. This year’s 26th edition, held on Nov. 16 at the Gesù, was to this critic’s ears one of the best, especially the first half. Among the singers to watch are Quebec soprano Sasha Djihanian , who took home four awards/engagements totalling $6000, Ontario soprano Tamara Rusqué (two awards) and Ontario tenor Charles Sy (two awards totalling $6000). In all, over 21 awards/engagements…

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The Wonder of Christmas Elora Festival Singers Noel Edison, conductor Michael Bloss, organ Naxos. 8.573421 ***** (5/5) Noel Edison founded this choir in the beautiful city of Elora, Ontario, in 1979. Since then, this renowned and acclaimed ensemble has recorded a few high-quality compact discs, including The Mystery of Christmas, in 1997 (Naxos). Almost no founding member remains today, but impeccable attention to detail and warmth of performance are still intact. Considering the inevitable and useless Christmas CDs on the market, here’s a one worthy of our attention. The tradition and spirit of this religious holiday are preserved. The richness…

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During Christmas and the holidays, it’s nice to get out the trusty old classics – not just  Handel’s Messiah. It’s good to think outside the box and have a few musical surprises during the festive season. Here are some listening suggestions to shake things up while staying in the holiday spirit, along with our favourite recordings. Oratorio de Noël, op. 12. Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921) Vocal Ensemble Rastatt. Les Favorites. Holger Speck, direction. Carus. 2006. 83.352. A young Saint-Saëns composed this beautiful piece at 25, but it’s still relatively unknown here. The French composer drew his inspiration from J. S. Bach,…

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COC Opens New Season with a Stunning All-Canadian FalstaffJoseph SoGerald Finley / FalstaffLyne Fortin / AliceRussell Braun / FordMarie-Nicole Lemieux / QuicklyLauren Segal / MegSimone Osborne / NannettaFrederic Antoun / FentonColin Ainsworth / BardolfoRobert Gleadow / PistolaMichael Colvin / Dr. CaiusCOC Orchestra and Chorus / Johannes Debus, conductorRobert Carsen / stage directorFour Seasons Centre, October 3rd 2014Opera is arguably the most complex of art forms, one that combines story, text, music, sets, and costumes, brought to life by singers, orchestra, conductor, and stage director. Given its complexity, it’s rare that all the stars are aligned to create a truly memorable…

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Flash version here. Quebec City soprano Karine Boucher won First and the Public Prize at the 2013 Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio Competition. In reviewing the competition, LSM’s Joseph So wrote: “Hers is a rich, full lyric voice of quality and volume, the kind of voice that is always in short supply. Boucher’s performance of Marietta’s Lied from Die Tote Stadt was lovely, with her rich tone just perfect in this music, although one would have liked a more developed high piano that is absolutely essential in this piece. Boucher has an impressive instrument and she has the stately look of a mature artist…

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Joshua Bell dazzles in Toronto Symphony Orchestra Opening Night GalaJoseph SoViolinist Joshua Bell receiving audience accolades (Photo: Joseph So)Toronto Symphony Orchestra / Peter Oundjian, conductorJoshua Bell, violinRoy Thomson Hall / September 18th 2014 (Opening Night)Berlioz / Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9Lalo / Symphonie espagnole for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 21Rimsky-Korsakov / Capriccio espagnol, Op. 34Encore: Bacchanale from Saint-Saens Samson et Dalila, Op. 47Basking in the afterglow of a successful European tour, its first in some fourteen years, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra returned triumphant this evening to Roy Thomson Hall to open its 2014-15 season with special guest violinist Joshua Bell,…

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My Toronto concert picks for the week of June 2 to 8- Joseph SoSoprano Sondra Radvanovsky (Photo: Pavel Antonov)Mover over Edita Gruberova, Mariella Devia, and Alexandrina Pendatchanska (Alex Penda in her newest incarnation) – there’s a new star in the Italian bel canto repertoire, American-born Canadian soprano Sondra Radvanovsky. This was amply demonstrated in her recent debut as Elisabetta in Donizetti’s Roberto Devereux in seven sold out performances. In fact this is nothing new as Radvanovsky has been moving into this rep the last few seasons with tremendous success, including a phenomenal Norma that wowed critics and audiences. This week we…

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