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Youngest winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Caroline Shaw is primarily a violinist, but composes primarily for contemporary, cutting edge chorale, drawing on eclectic forms of folk vocal music. In this multimedia duet with modern dancer, Vancouver’s Vanessa Goodman, Shaw sings various vocal strains that she records and layers with a loop machine. The resulting show is a polyphonic modern vocal fugue that’s matched, in black and white with Goodman’s lithe dance harmony. Caroline Shaw & Vanessa Goodman, Improvisation

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Today marks the anniversary of Gounod’s (1818) and Stravinsky’s (1882) births. Winner of the 1839 Prix de Rome, Gounod studied at the Paris Conservatory. His musical legacy comprises a dozen of operas, oratorios, and several motets and songs. His 1872 piano piece The Funeral March of a Marionette, orchestrated in 1879, achieved fame in the 20th-century as the theme music for Alfred Hitchcock Presents. One of the defining figures of 20th-century music, Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky defied convention and achieved worldwide fame with his compositions for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in Paris. The uproar caused by the premiere of The Rite…

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Along with end-of-year shows by dance, circus, and theatre schools, the Festival TransAmériques ends the regular season of Montréal venues. This tenth installment of the Festival closes with a Gala by the unmistakable French choreographer Jérôme Bel, on June 7 and 8 at the Ludger-Duvernay Theatre at Monument-National. www.fta.ca This free and democratic celebration of diversity also marks the kickoff of the summer festivals that transform Montréal in a crossroad of culture, arts, and lively patios. On the sidelines of big names of the music and humour industry, well-established events continue to cater to their faithful audiences, on their favourite…

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End of Season at the Chapelle Historique The last concert of the series Beethoven: The Sonatas for Piano and Violin with violinist Olivier Thouin and pianist François Zeitouni will take place on May 8 at 3 pm. www.ville.montreal.qc.ca/chapellebonpasteur The MSO MSO and Danse Danse present Anatomy of a Sigh, an evening of dance and music to the sound of the Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique. With organist Jean Willy Kunz and Le Carré des Lombes dance company, in a choreography by Danièle Desnoyers to music by John Rea, Frescobaldi, Alain, and Messiaen. Maison symphonique, May 6 and 7 at 8 pm. www.osm.ca…

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Montreal Guitar Montréal April 29 – May 1, www.guitaremontreal.com On Friday night at 8 pm, catch the internationally acclaimed Amadeus Duo in concert at Concordia’s DB Clarke Theatre, along with The Montreal Guitar Society and last year’s competition winner, Steve Cowan. Saturday at 8 pm, The Marguerite de Lajemmerais Orchestra performs along with last year’s youth competition winners. Sunday afternoon wraps up the festival with the 2016 Guitar Competition finals. Guitar aficionados can browse the luthiers and vendors at Concordia on Saturday and Sunday, and won’t want to miss a lecture by Dr. Éric Legault on “Guitarist postures and pain”…

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Tangente is closing its 2015-2016 season with an intimate work by Frédéric Tavernini, from May 12 to 15 at Studio Hydro-Québec at the Monument-National. Titled Things are leaving quietly, in silence, the piece sheds a harsh light on a fleeting present, teetering betwixt past tranquility and future uncertainty. It will be an opportunity for the dancer and choreographer to run through his career – his performances and partnerships, ballets in France, contemporary dance in Montreal, and demanding world tours. Twenty years ago, Frédéric Tavernini danced Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring for Maurice Béjart, conducted by Pierre Boulez. Boulez died in January…

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Happy Holidays Everyone ! (Photo: Joseph So) Given that classical musical presentations are much reduced during the week surrounding Christmas, I’ve combined the two weeks in my weekly preview, as I’ve done in previous years. That said, there are still a few notable events worthy of your consideration. Soprano Karina Gauvin (Photo: Michael Slobodian) Top on my list is Bravissimo! the annual operatic concert on New Year’s Eve presented by Canadian impresario Attila Glatz of Attila Glatz Concert Productions. Billed as “Opera’s Greatest Hits,” it’s an evening of standard arias and duets sung by an international cast of soloists, with…

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Cirque de la Symphonie (Photo: www.cirquedelasymphonie.com) December is that time of year when Holiday programming dominates the concert calendar. There are plenty to choose from, whether you fancy large scale shows the likes of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra or the more intimate venues like your local church just around the corner.  As usual, my choices are not meant to be comprehensive but they represent my own personal, “voice-centric” and perhaps idiosyncratic tastes. The TSO is presenting a kids-friendly show this week. The big draw is the appearance of Cirque de la Symphonie with their acrobatic feats. TSO’s pops conductor Steven…

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My Toronto Concert Picks for the Week of June 8 to 14~ Joseph SoSoprano Erin Wall (Photo: Tara McMullen)We’ve reached that time of year when there’s a decided lull in classical music events. The spring season has more or less ended, and the summer programming hasn’t yet started. But there are still a few interesting events like the TSO concerts going on this week, and Luminato Festival is starting next week. Mahler fans can look forward to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Mahler Symphony No. 2 (“Resurrection”) in two performances, on Wednesday June 10 8 pm and Friday June 12 7:30 pm…

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Is Anna Karenina the greatest novel ever written? Dostoyevsky and Nabokov declared it “flawless.” Faulkner described it as “the best ever written.” Hemingway, Woolf, Proust, Joyce, Mann, and countless others learned large parts of their craft from it. In 2007, Time magazine published a poll of 125 big-name authors – from Norman Mailer to David Foster Wallace – which placed Tolstoy’s epic tale of outlaw passion and self-destruction at Number One in a list of “The Top Ten Books of All Time.” Numerous stage, film, television, radio, opera, dance, and other adaptions of Anna Karenina have swelled consciousness for more than…

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