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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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Update (Oct. 8, 2019): the Fall internship has been filled. Thanks to all who have applied. We usually have funding for a Winter internship (beginning Jan. 7, 2019). Interested candidates should email CVs and cover letters to cv@lascena.org Intern (Editorial, Programming, Sales, Fundraising or Marketing) La Scene Musicale Location: Montreal, Quebec Posted: September 19, 2018 Deadline: as soon as possible Start Date (Ideal): By October 8, 2018 End Date: December 21, 2018 Salary: $13/ hr; 35 hours per week 1 internship available. Young Canada Works: Must be less than 30 years old, Canadian or landed immigrant, was a full-time student in Winter 2018 and…

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New Chapter Ahead for One of North America’s Foremost Symphony Orchestras Toronto—September 17, 2018: Toronto Symphony Orchestra Board Chair Catherine Beck and Chief Executive Officer Matthew Loden today announced that Spanish conductor Gustavo Gimeno will become the Orchestra’s 11th Music Director beginning in 2020/21, the Orchestra’s 99th season. “This is a thrilling day for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra,” said Catherine Beck, Chair of the Board of Directors. “We at the TSO were searching for a leader who would take our highly talented musicians to the next level and, in Maestro Gimeno, we have found exactly that person. We are indebted…

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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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New York, NY (September 14, 2018) – For the first time in the history of the Met, Sunday matinees will become part of the weekly  performance schedule, it was announced today as part of the recent agreement with the Met’s musicians and chorus that was ratified today. The Met’s management and representatives of two of its largest union groups, the Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 (orchestra, music staff, librarians), and the American Guild of Musical Artists (chorus, singers, dancers, stage staff, staff performers), reached this landmark agreement for a new contract after a summer of bargaining.  The agreement…

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For Immediate Release, September 14, 2018, Montreal, QC … The inaugural edition of the Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers, presented by the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, culminates on Saturday, September 29 with the Concert and Prize Gala at 7:00 pm at Pollack Hall in Montreal. Part of the 22nd edition of Quebec’s Journées de la culture, the event is free to the public and will be webcast via the Schulich School’s YouTube page. This new national competition for Canadian composers under the age of 35 was founded by Dr. Graham Sommer (1946-2016), MDCM’72, a graduate of McGill University’s Faculty…

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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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Montreal, September 14, 2018 – Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski, Chair of the Conseil des arts de Montréal, is delighted to announce the appointment of four new Board members. “I am very pleased to welcome Nadia Drouin, Nadine Gomez, Katia Grubisic and Charles Milliard to our team. They have very different profiles and a wide variety of skill sets, and they are all deeply committed to the Montreal artistic community. I am confident that their experience and different perspectives will provide invaluable input for the Board’s discussions as it implements its 2018-2020 strategic plan.” He is also pleased to announce that Hugues Sweeney…

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The legacy of the Shelter Valley Folk Festival will live on in the voices of local children. SVFF board representative Deborah Hackett and Artistic Director Lesley Marie Boileau graciously completed a final charitable act as an organization by donating $10,000 to Northumberland County’s El Sistema charity, Sounds of the Next Generation (also known as SONG). It was a unanimous decision by the SVFF Board of Directors to donate the financial proceeds of its not-for-profit organization to SONG, with whom they share many charitable objectives and values. The SONG Board is grateful for the generous gift, which will be designated over the next…

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Continuing its longstanding commitment to the Canadian market, the audio specialist opens new facility on Montréal Island Montréal, September 11, 2018 – Sennheiser has opened new offices on the Island of Montréal, a state-of-the-art facility that will house operations, warehousing and marketing functions for the entire Canadian region. The move builds on the audio specialist’s longstanding engagement within the Canadian audio and entertainment markets and reflects the importance of the nation’s rich culture and thriving arts scene. The new location will allow Sennheiser’s employees to enjoy new ways of collaborative working and to address the needs of its Canadian customers…

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