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Montréal, Thursday, April 26, 2018 – The CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) announces that Zarin Mehta succeeds the late André Bourbeau as president of its jury for the upcoming Voice edition taking place from May 29 to June 7, 2018. Born in Mumbai, Mr. Mehta was educated as a chartered accountant in London, England. After a successful business career, Mehta joined the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal’s Board of Directors, and in 1981 became Managing Director of the Orchestra. Under his enlightened administration, the OSM experienced unprecedented financial stability and gained national and international recognition. After close to a decade with…

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The final phase of competition is a live public concert held this Sunday, April 29, on the Met stage; winners will receive individual cash prizes of $15,000 and career-launching exposure New York, NY (April 22, 2018) – Following today’s highly competitive semi-final competition, nine young singers will advance to the final phase of the Metropolitan Opera’s 2018 National Council Auditions, America’s most prestigious vocal competition. The selected finalists, chosen by a panel of experts from the classical music industry, will compete on the Met stage on Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m. The winners will receive individual cash prizes of $15,000…

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New York, NY (April 24, 2018) – Soprano Nadine Sierra has been named the winner of the 13th annual Beverly Sills Artist Award for young singers at the Metropolitan Opera. The $50,000 award, the largest of its kind in the United States, is given to extraordinarily gifted singers between the ages of 25 and 40 who have already appeared in featured solo roles at the Met. The award, given in honor ofBeverly Sills, was established in 2006 by an endowment gift from the late Agnes Varis, a managing director on the Met board. In 2009 Sierra became the youngest ever winner of the Metropolitan Opera…

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Grazyna Bacewicz: Quintets, quartets (Chandos) How many times have I told you not to buy a record for its cover? Well, this one justifies the purchase. The image shows the central square of a small town in Poland in the 1960s, a place where nothing ever happens yet everything is closely watched. The image has been colourised for added artificiality. It is stifling, cloying, vividly reminiscent of the oppressive dullness of Communism. The music is made to match. Bacewicz, who lived from 1909 to 1969, was a busy violinist who kept her head down and played well within the rules.…

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Young Met stars Latonia Moore, Mario Chang, and Joshua Hopkins will sing in the recitals at Central Park SummerStage (June 11) and Brooklyn Bridge Park (June 13)  Soprano Gabriella Reyes de Ramírez, tenor Gerard Schneider, and baritone Adrian Timpau —will star in the remaining four recitals in the series  The series is presented in collaboration with City Parks Foundation New York, NY (April 18, 2018) — The 2018 Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series will once again bring free outdoor recitals featuring rising young stars of the opera world to New Yorkers in all five boroughs.  The series, now in its tenth…

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Edmonton, AB – On Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19, 2018, six pianists from across Canada will take to the stage of Muttart Hall at the Alberta College Campus of MacEwan University (10050 MacDonald Drive, Edmonton) as they vie for the $8,000 top prize in The Shean Piano Competition and the opportunity to play with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at a later date. The competition will see the competitors perform their Solo Piano Programs on Friday, May 20 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM and 6:30 – 9:30 PM, and perform their Piano Concertos on Saturday, May 21 from 2:00…

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Government of Canada supports Orford Music Festival ORFORD, QC, April 17, 2018 /CNW/ – Today, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, announced $65,000 in funding for the Orford Music Festival. This support, provided through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, will help the Festival present its 2018 edition from July 6 to August 11. This year’s program will give a prominent place to Japanese culture and will include classical and jazz concerts by world-class and emerging artists. Quotes “We are pleased to support the Orford Music Festival again this year. This renowned event has made a name for itself with first-class performances that showcase true virtuosos and…

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Toronto, ON (April 13, 2018) – One of the great singers of her generation, renowned for her extraordinary voice and musical versatility, American opera singer and recitalist Jessye Norman has been chosen as The Twelfth Glenn Gould Prize Laureate.  Throughout her career, the sheer size, power and luster of her voice has shared equal acclaim with that of her thoughtful music-making, innovative programming of the classics, and fervent advocacy of contemporary music.  More than forty years after making her operatic debut, Jessye Norman continues to maintain a busy performance schedule, now concentrating on recitals and concerts. “It is with the…

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Kingston ON … The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University launches its 5th Anniversary Season that includes the inaugural The Ka’tarohkwi Festival of Indigenous Arts (pronounced Cat-ar-oh-qui). The festival’s signature events include the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s performance of their commission, I Lost My Talk inspired by the poem by Rita Joe and Qiksaaktuq with and by throat singer and vocalist Tanya Tagaq and Christine Duncan.  This anniversary season includes Canadian and international established artists such as the Danish String Quartet, pianist Stephen Hough, I Musici, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the jazz funk group Shuffle Demons, the Queen of Klezmer Alicia Svigals, Rachel Podger, and recent Juno Award winners Jan Lisiecki and James Ehnes. This season features emerging top…

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Berlioz: Harold in Italy (Hyperion) The pianist Emanuel Ax remarked the other day that performance quality has risen so high in his lifetime that you hardly ever encounter a sub-standard orchestra. On the evidence of this release Bergen in Norway, the rainiest city on earth, boasts a Philharmonic that could be mistaken on a dull day for one in Berlin. Playing Berlioz, grand master of the art of orchestration, Bergen come through with maximum points in all departments and a deep coherence across the spectrum. My only quibble is why the local engineers record the orchestra at a level so…

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