Browsing: Classical Music

November 27, 2020 – The Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest civilian honours. Its Companions, Officers and Members take to heart the motto of the Order: DESIDERANTES MELIOREM PATRIAM (“They desire a better country”). Created in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. More than 7 000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order. Those who bear the Order’s iconic snowflake insignia have changed our nation’s measure of success and, through the sum of their accomplishments, have helped us build a better Canada. Appointments…

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Nov. 24, 2020. Luna Pearl Woolf: Fire and Flood, a Pentatone Oxingale Series recording, has been nominated for a 2021 Grammy Award in the category of Best Classical Compendium. The composer-portrait album, released in February, encompasses 25 years of dramatic vocal and choral works and hauntingly re-imagined Leonard Cohen masterpieces by the innovative American-Canadian composer. Luna Pearl Woolf: Fire and Flood features performances from the Choir of Trinity Wall Street and Novus NY conducted by Julian Wachner, cellist Matt Haimovitz, soprano Devon Guthrie, mezzo-soprano Elise Quagliata and Broadway actress Nancy Anderson.  Noted among a new generation of politically conscious and…

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Toronto, Ontario––November 25, 2020: One of Toronto’s most beloved holiday musical traditions, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s annual Holiday Pops concert, will be available from the safety and comfort of patrons’ homes this year. Cherished holiday music will be performed, including a cheery sing-along and poignant moments of reflection as the world marks a holiday season like no other. The Holiday Pops concert, part of the TSO On Demand series, will be available for online viewing December 18–January 3, and will go on sale on November 26, 2020. Singer-songwriter Andrea Menard will perform, reflecting on the meaning of holiday traditions and…

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Praised as an artist “balancing emotional weight and technical virtuosity” by Culture Spot Los Angeles, Eva Aronian has graced audiences with solo and chamber music performances across the world. Her diverse range of repertoire in both traditional and contemporary canons has been featured at many prestigious chamber music festivals. She has also collaborated with world-renowned artists and ensembles such as Kim Kashkashian, Laurence Lesser, Robert McDonald, Anthony Marwood, Hsin-Yun Huang, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, among others. Eva is currently an Artist Diploma candidate with David Takeno at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama…

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As One might not be the only opera written for two vocal manifestations of the same character, but there cannot be many others. The risk involved in the undertaking lies not necessarily in the subject matter – the phenomenon of trans identity has been headline material for a while – as in the need to create drama without supporting characters. It says something about the virtues of this work of 2014 and the quality of its online Quebec premiere Friday under the auspices of the Orchestre classique de Montréal that two singers and a string quartet could hold the stage successfully…

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November 20, 2020 – Kingston ON – The Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts at Queen’s University asked itself, “What CAN we do during this pandemic that would amplify the voices and creativity of artists, students, creators, and educators?” The Isabel, with the generous support of the Ballytobin Foundation, launched its new IMAGINE program that supports creation-based residencies, online arts education initiatives, and filming/recording during the COVID-19 period. This large and imaginative initiative enables artists to connect with their audiences and presenters and that they emerge from the pandemic with excellent new artistic material and high-fidelity recordings and films to promote their…

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Seattle, WA — The Seattle Symphony is committed to prioritizing the health and safety of everyone at Benaroya Hall and its social responsibility to the public’s health. The Symphony is monitoring the global situation with regard to the pandemic and receiving updates from King County Health, Center for Disease Control and the City of Seattle. Additionally, the Symphony continues to maintain a strict and rigorous set of safety protocols for all essential building operations and concert production. With respect to the current statewide restrictions set by Governor Inslee, and in solidarity with Seattle community as coronavirus cases dramatically rise, the Seattle…

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I chucked out a bunch of new releases this week, mostly solo recitals on esoteric instruments like the harp, the mandolin and the saxophone, though also viola, voice and harpsichord, some on so-called major labels. These recitals tend to be paid for by the soloist after a label decides they are uncommercial. Knowing that people are unlikely to buy it, why would I waste valuable time reviewing it and you reading about it? In these fragile times when every hour of life is doubly precious, artists need to think twice and think again before pushing out more and more of…

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CALGARY, AB – Despite ongoing challenges for the live performing arts sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, today Calgary Opera announced its first entree into the realm of digital programming with a virtual holiday concert. Streaming digitally on demand from December 18, 2020 to January 3, 2021, The Yuletide Sessions: a holiday concert from home is a 50-minute original concert production featuring a program of seasonal favourites blended with beloved classical masterworks performed by members of the company’s 2020-21 Emerging Artist Development Program. Sure to become a gem in Calgary Opera’s collection, these special performances have been conceptualized and crafted especially…

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Gabriel Chmura (1946-2020) — one of the most outstanding conductors at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries, winner of First Prize at the Conducting Competition in Besançon (1970), the Guido Cantelli Competition in Milan (1971) and the Herbert von Karajan Competition in Berlin (1971). He was awarded the Gold Medal for Merit to Culture — Gloria Artis. Maestro Gabriel Chmura conducted leading orchestras from different continents such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, Orchestre National de France, Orchestra Filarmonica di Roma, Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, NHK Symphony Orchestra (Tokyo). Gabriel Chmura was Artistic Director of excellent ensembles in European and Canadian music institutions — he…

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