Browsing: Classical Music

PREVIEW: of the new opera, PermaDeath, by Cerise Lim Jacobs and Dan Visconti, which will play Boston’s Cutler Majestic Theatre for three performances, September 27, 28 and 29, 2018. The theater dims. A martial blare and glistening orchestral clamor suddenly rives the murmuring darkness, and a bewildering vista of strange, vast landscape floods the stage. Two beautiful, luminous, titanic beings – the sibling gods Apollo and Artemis – are in pitched battle with the massive, earthen Niobe and her fourteen grotesque offspring. The stuff of mythic dreams? Yes. But it’s also the planned dazzler of an opening for the new…

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Les Rencontres Internationales du Documentaire de Montreal (RIDM) Montreal, Quebec. Nov. 8 to 18 Montreal’s festival of documentary films (RIDM) is guaranteed to attract local films buffs. Some 140 flicks, Canadian and international, are included in its program every year, Rounding off its schedule are roundtable discussions, retrospectives and conferences. Yet another feature is its forum Doc Circuit Montréal, introduced in 2004, and this year spread over four days (Nov. 10-14). This activity comprises workshops and discussions by professionals, all aimed at stimulating thought and innovation in this genre. www.ridm.ca M for Montreal Montreal, Quebec. Nov. 14 to 17 Both…

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Amid the excitement over a rediscovered rehearsal tape of the composer playing Symphonic Dances, there arrives a new account of two concertos with Rachmaninov’s favourite orchestra and the living pianist who most resembles him. Deutsche Grammophon has titled the album Destination Rachmaninov. Departure and furnished the cover with a portrait of the soloist, Daniil Trifonov, sitting in the kind of railway compartment that went out with shellac records. Do not be distracted by these marketing tricks. Trifonov opens with C minor concerto with quiet authority, each chord darker than the one before, Rachmaninov at his most morose. If this concerto had a…

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Opéra de Montréal has launched its 39th season with Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto. The production counts on a mainly Canadian roster of singers lead by Ontario baritone James Westman in the title role and Quebec soprano Myriam Leblanc, a graduate of OdM’s Atelier lyrique, debuting as his daughter Gilda. The lead cast initially was to be completed with Kosovian tenor Rame Lahaj in the role of the duke of Mantova, but was replaced by American upcoming opera star Rene Barbera. The scenography is by Robert Dahlstrom, based on a 2010 co-production of Seattle Opera and San Diego Opera. It is a…

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Camille Saint-Saens was the first Frenchman to compose piano concertos. Of the five that he wrote between 1858 and 1886, only the second gets much play and one hears few claims that the rest are scandalously neglected. Some connoisseurs consider the fourth his best. Most agree that the fifth, a pastiche of tunes supposedly sung by Egyptian boatmen at Luxor, falls somewhere between embarrassing and irredeemable. The Canadian pianist Louis Lortie and the young Frenchman Bertrand Chamayou have kicked off cycles of the concertos on their respective labels. Lortie, vastly experienced, plays 1, 2 and 4 on his release, never…

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Alain Trudel In Toledo Conductor Alain Trudel will begin his first season at the helm of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. For his arrival in the “Glass City,” the Montreal native will pay tribute to the orchestra’s 75-year history by opening with a program similar to that of the 1943-1944 season. The reduced orchestra will play chamber music by Ravel, Bloch, Mozart and Brahms, returning to its humble roots as a 22-person group named Friends of Music. “The 75 years between these two concerts have seen our orchestra grow in giant steps, but I like to think that our…

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For Immediate Release, September 12, 2018 … The Azrieli Foundation presents an exhilarating evening of musical discovery, unveiling two world premiere works by the winners of the 2018 Azrieli Music Prizes. Inventive orchestral colour and virtuosic flair are on display for Israeli-born composer Avner Dorman’s Nigunim for Violin and Orchestra, while Canadian composer Kelly-Marie Murphy explores a wealth of Sephardic music in her En el escuro es todo uno (In the Darkness All is One), a unique double concerto for harp and cello. Maestro Yoav Talmi conducts an expanded McGill Chamber Orchestra (MCO) for this varied programme, which includes two Hebrew songs…

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Toronto – Tickets are now available for Hearing Hadrian: An Opera for Our Time, a conference on Sunday, October 14, 2018.  Just one day after Rufus Wainwright’s Hadrian, with libretto by Daniel MacIvor,receives its world premiere, the Canadian Opera Company will host a day-long series of panels and guest speakers dedicated to exploring the themes found in the opera and its broader operatic context. Hearing Hadrian aims to bring the long-buried relationship between the Roman Emperor Hadrian and his lover, Antinous, to the forefront of public knowledge and discussion; it also examines Hadrian’s place within the larger context of 21st-century…

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Canadian Operatic Overview The coming opera season is once again full of surprises, including many made in Canada. From the depths of the Nigredo Hotel to the majestic summit of Mount Everest; from an American post-World War II boxing ring to the Parisian salon of Gertrude Stein; from a lonely Roman emperor to a First Nations woman confronted by the disappearance of her people –; the subject matter is eclectic, to say the least. Hadrian Canadian Opera Company of Toronto, Oct. 13 To -27 Composed by Rufus Wainwright on a libretto by Daniel MacIvor, this opera recounts the story of…

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Déchets d’œuvres Centre Guy-Dupré À La Prairie, Oct. 6 Centre Communautaire D’anjou, Oct. 12 Sylvain Grenier and Alain Quirion stimulate the ingenuity and ecological awareness of children with their home-made instruments through a rhythmic, energetic and colorful show. Ages 6 to 12. www.pjallard.ca L’Histoire de la Musique Maison des Arts de Laval, Oct. 21 How was the music born? In one hour, Buzz Brass’s team takes us on a spatial-temporal journey that brings fundamental points of western musical history to light. Enough to awaken vocations in the young audience. www.co-motion.ca Contes du Vent Maison de la Culture du Plateau Mont-Royal, Oct.…

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