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PREVIEW: of a public workshop performance with orchestra of the new opera Taking Up Serpents – libretto by Jerre Dye, score by Kamala Sankaram; presented by MassOpera, Boston; Sunday, September 30, 2018 at 3 p.m.; Deane Hall at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts (527 Tremont Street, Boston); the opera is a commission of the Washington National Opera and this workshop is presented by MassOpera. In the final passages of St. Mark’s Gospel, Christ declares that a hallmark among his true believers shall be a willingness that “they shall take up serpents!” And in certain quarters…

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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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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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CANIMEX Le concours de musique du Canada CANIMEX, véritable tremplin pour les jeunes générations de musiciens, fêtait en 2018 ses 60 ans. Parmi les sept grands prix cette année, on retrouve la violoniste Lynette Israilian et le CANIMEX Earlier this year, the CANIMEX Canadian Music Competition celebrated its 60th anniversary. The two grand prizes of this annual event, dedicated to the promotion of homegrown talent, were awarded to violinist Lynette Israilian, 21, and pianist Raymond Huang, 15. A native of Sainte-Dorothée, Israilian is pursuing her studies at the Montreal Conservatoire under the tutelage of Johanne Arel. On July 9, she…

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La Scena Musicale is pleased to announce that its annual Arts Resource Guide is finally here for the tenth year in a row. The resource guide, which is the only one of its kind in Quebec, is an excellent source of information for the province’s music lovers, and for arts students and their parents. This year, the guide will continue its user friendly digest format. A total of 25,000 copies will be distributed Quebec-wide. Readers will find essential information on music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts in this bilingual directory, which will include both regional and national listings. Special…

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Leonard Bernstein: Mass. Jubilant Sykes (Celebrant). Jacob Baird (Boy Soprano Soloist). Street Chorus Soloists (22 members). Bernstein100 Chorus. Bernstein100 Youth Chorus. University of Texas Butler School of Music Wind, Brass and Percussion Division. Members of Ballet Austin. Austin Symphony Orchestra/Peter Bay, conductor. Long Center for the Performing Arts Austin, Texas June 30, 2018 Jamie Bernstein, Leonard Bernstein’s eldest daughter, was a special guest for this Austin production of her father’s Mass, attending both performances and talking about the piece at pre-concert events. During her visit to Austin, Ms. Bernstein also made an appearance at Book People – far and away…

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ECM festival fare… Maciej Obara Quartet – Unloved ECM 2573 Entering the ECM fold is an honour for any artist, and more so for those little known to the public. Such is the case of Polish alto saxophonist Maciej Obara. In his label debut, Obara leads a quartet including two Norwegians (Ole Morton Vågan, bass, and Gard Nilssen, drums) and Dominik Wania on piano. Curiously, the leader is very reserved, at times self-effacing to the point of self-erasure. But the real ringer here is the pianist. As a soloist, he is consistently engaging, and his accompaniments are no less interesting. Seven average-length…

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Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 3 in E flat major Op. 75* Tchaikovsky arr. Stravinsky: The Sleeping Beauty: Act 3 – “Bluebird Pas de deux” Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D flat major Op. 10* Rachmaninov: Symphony No. 3 in A minor Op. 44 Olga Kern, piano* Austin Symphony Orchestra/Peter Bay Long Center for the Performing Arts Austin, TX May 18, 2018 In this second of two Russian programs this season, Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony offered works by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Rachmaninov, studiously avoiding the warhorses and settling instead on a decidedly odd assemblage of pieces. Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev…

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Vancouver New Music Festival 2018 QUARTETTI – A FESTIVAL OF STRING QUARTETS October 18 – 20, 2018 Annex (823 Seymour Street, 2nd Floor) ARTISTS Black Dog String Quartet (Vancouver) Quatuor Bozzini (Montreal) JACK Quartet (US) Quartetto Maurice (Italy) Mivos Quartet (US) Quartetto Noûs (Italy) Penderecki String Quartet (Kitchener-Waterloo) TICKET INFO Three-Night Festival Passes: Early-bird price – $72; Regular price – $80 Three-Night Festival Passes go on sale Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 9AM. A limited number of Early-Bird Passes will be available until June 30, 2018. http://quartetti2018.brownpapertickets.com Vancouver, BC – Seven world-class string quartets will perform at Vancouver New Music’s 2018 Festival. Quartetti features a line-up of versatile contemporary string quartets from Canada, the…

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CALGARY, AB, April 19, 2018—The Honens International Piano Competition & Festival is pleased to announce Heather Bourne and Masters Gallery Ltd. as its 2018 Honens Honours recipients. Honens Honours pays tribute to individuals and organizations whose dedication to the arts, like Esther Honens before them, has made an extraordinary contribution to arts and culture in Calgary. “Honens Honours affords us the opportunity to thank those among us whose outstanding contributions, not only to Honens, but to the arts community in general, ensure that Calgary continues to grow and thrive in its vibrancy, making it a better place in which to work…

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