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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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“Nigunim” by Avner Dorman Lara St. John, violin World Premiere by Kelly-Marie Murphy Erica Goodman, harp | Rachel Mercer, cello Monday, October 15, 2018 at 8 :00 pm Maison symphonique de Montréal McGill Chamber Orchestra (MCO) Conducted by Yoav Talmi PRE-SALE BEGINS TODAY AT PLACEDESARTS.COM For Immediate Release, April 19, 2018 … The Azrieli Foundation is pleased to announce the soloists for the Azrieli Music Prizes Gala Concert on October 15, 2018 at 8:00 pm at Maison symphonique de Montréal. The concert features two major works for chamber orchestra by the winners of  the 2018 Azrieli Music Prizes (AMP), two biennial $50,000 awards offering opportunities for the creation, performance and celebration of high quality new Jewish…

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RESONATOR The third part of the voice is the resonator. It consists, for the most part, of what is called the vocal tract, that is: the pharynx and mouth. The pharynx has three parts: the laryngeal pharynx, the oral pharynx, and the nasal pharynx. The nasal passages play a role in some vowels and consonants to be mentioned later. The sinuses are not resonators. It may feel as if they are but that is only sympathetic resonance and does not play a role in determining voice quality. Each singer has a unique set of sympathetic vibrations. The harmonic series Fundamental:…

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The Montreal Russian Seasons, a celebration of Slavic art and culture, takes place this year from May 10 to June 2. The organizers have put the accent on the Jewish and Yiddish influence in Slavic countries. The opening cocktail and gala concert on May 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Centre culturel Notre-Dame-de-Grâce features Ewa Sas, violin; Jean-Michel Dubé, piano; Johanne Patry, mezzo-soprano; and the Montreal Piano Duo, who will play piano four-hands repertoire. For its sixth edition, this festival hopes to introduce the richness of the Slavic culture to the Quebec and Canadian public by drawing attention to the…

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I’m no different than anybody else, except that I am,” Dmitri Kanovich chuckles over coffee on King Street East in Toronto. In one way he is quite individual: In 2015 he founded Looking at the Stars, a charity that brings world-class classical music performances into correctional facilities across Ontario. A former refugee who moved to Canada in 1983, Lithuanian-born Kanovich arrived with two kids and $300 in his pocket. He also came with his work ethic. After a short stint of odd jobs, he was hired by the “compassionate” owner of a small IT company he met at his synagogue.…

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The singer’s voice was gorgeous. I’ve played the piano for a long time and can recognize talent when I hear it. “We were not home for the Singing Valentine and I’m glad because now I can listen to it whenever I want and share it with my kids and friends.” That’s only one of many reactions to the Singing Valentines fundraising campaign. Considering the sheer number of valentines who were happy and surprised to get these special messages, it is safe to say that the event was a great success. “I found it very cute and touching,” another recipient says.…

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