Browsing: Orchestral

PREVIEW: of the 2018 dell’Arte Opera Ensemble Summer Festival Season, “Mozart & Salieri,” at New York City’s LaMaMa (66 East 4th Street), August 11 through 26; and INTERVIEWS: with company founder and artistic director, maestro Chris Fecteau, and dell’Arte 2018 creative team members Brittany Goodwin and Catherine O’Shaughnessy. This company is ready to rumble. Call it the Thrilla from Vienna: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, that most bruited matchup of 18th Century musical titans, is slated for a redux this month – this time in 21st Century New York, courtesy of the dell’Arte Opera Ensemble. Grab a ringside seat.…

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The annual FOCUS Festival presents the Beethoven edition, a 10-day immersive classical music experience with concerts and free events such as musical salons, piano marathons, talks & more.  Thursday, August 9, 2018– OTTAWA (Canada) – The NAC Orchestra FOCUS Festival’s Beethoven edition opens on Thursday, September 13th, 2018 and runs until Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 at the NAC. Over the course of 10 days, NAC Music Director Alexander Shelley brings to light the creative musical genius of Beethoven the composer, whose work irrevocably changed classical music and bridged the Classical and Romantic Eras. “Beethoven is known around the world as…

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August 8, 2018: The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) and Interim Artistic Director Sir Andrew Davis proudly announce that Canadian composer Emilie LeBel has been selected as the TSO’s new Affiliate Composer. Described as having a “deft compositional hand, unwilling to hurry ideas,” and a style that is “impressively subtle and sensuous,” Emilie LeBel specializes in concert-music composition focusing on textural landscapes, resonance, and variances in colour. The Affiliate Composer position is the most significant and prestigious opportunity for an emerging composer in Canada, as it provides a chance to compose two works for one of the country’s finest orchestras, allows…

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Joliette, August 7, 2018 – It was in the full heat of summer that the 41st season of Festival de Lanaudière concluded Sunday. To the delight of festival-goers, however, the performance by Orchestre Métropolitain (conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin with soloist Marc-André Hamelin) was more than refreshing! The concert featured Dmitri Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2 and Symphony No. 7, “Leningrad”. With his usual flamboyance, Nézet-Séguin masterfully led his orchestra to a grandiose finale. This year, the Festival’s Artistic Director Gregory Charles built the Festival program around the evocative theme “All is fair in love and war”, giving audiences at the…

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ST. JOHN’S, July 31, 2018 /CNW/ – Atlantic Canada continues to expand its musical horizons as the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries has become the latest library on the East coast to join the Sun Life Financial Musical Instrument Lending Library program. Newfoundland native Alan Doyle, actor, producer, best-selling author, and best-known as lead singer for Newfoundland’s beloved Great Big Sea for 20+ years was on hand to help announce the new program. St. John’s is the third city in Atlantic Canada and the tenth in the country to join the Musical Instrument Lending Library program, allowing St John’s area residents the opportunity to borrow…

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TORONTO…Toronto Summer Music announces two additional opportunities to hear some of its most popular programmes this summer.  On July 25 at 3:00 PM the Dress Rehearsal of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons will be open to the public at Church of the Redeemer (162 Bloor Street West) and on Jul 29 at 5:30 PM at Walter Hall (80 Queen’s Park) audiences can enjoy the TSM Pop-up Preview featuring duo Jonathan Crow and Phil Chiu. Due to overwhelming demand for their July 30th recital, Artistic Director and TSO Concertmaster Jonathan Crow and TSM all-star Phil Chiu present a sneak preview of their upcoming…

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Numerous bids are being made in this centennial year to redeem Leonard Bernstein’s three symphonies from their fatal flaws. None that I have heard makes a better fist of it than Antonio Pappano’s new set with the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Pappano, who met Bernstein as his would-be repetiteur on an opera production, has a keen empathy for the composer’s melting-pot background. From first note to last, he tones down gestural excesses and desperate self-borrowings. The Rome orchestra plays like a Broadway pick-up band – Broadway usually recruited the best players in New York – and the soloists…

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INTERVIEW: with renowned composer John Rutter. Mark it a red-letter day in the Canadian classical music calendar: on Friday the 13th of July, John Rutter – among the world’s most beloved and widely performed living composers – arrives in Ottawa. “I feel very much at home in Canada,” Rutter says from his home in Great Britain. “I was quite a regular visitor in past years, when I was patron of the Toronto Mendelsohn Youth Choir. But this will be my first trip to Ottawa, and I’m very much looking forward to it.” It’s a journey occasioned by the two back-to-back…

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Laval, July 5, 2018—Eurochestries Festival in China will present Canadian composer and conductor Louis Babin’s work entitled Saint-Exupery: of Heart, Sand, and Stars during its closing concert on August 13, 2018. Babin will conduct his work in the midst of this renowned festival taking place from August 2 to 13 in Qingdao, a Chinese city with a population of 9 million. This work was originally commissioned by the International Federation of the Eurochestries in 2012 for the Eurochestries Festival Charente-Maritime. For the second edition of Eurochestries Festival in China, Louis Babin will conduct an international youth orchestra made up of young…

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The late Michael Kennedy, lifelong Telegraph critic, once told me he lost interest in new music in his late sixties. Michael had known Ralph Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten and reckoned their successors were not up to the mark. We argued about the merits of Birtwistle and Turnage but his ears were not for the turning and I respected the candour of his admission. Myself, around the same age, I am still bi-curious: eager to see what the old hands are doing and keen to hear new sounds coming through. Nothing thrills me more than finding a composer I can…

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