Browsing: Classical Music

Toronto, August 11, 2022 – The Royal Canadian Mint is honouring one of the greatest musicians the world has ever seen by issuing a new $1 commemorative circulation celebrating the life and artistic legacy of Canada’s own Oscar Peterson.  Called “the man with four hands” by jazz great and admirer Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson rose to the top of the music world through more than six decades of electrifying piano performances and unforgettable compositions such as Hymn to Freedom, Blues Etude and The Canadiana Suite.  The coin was unveiled today before family and friends gathered in Toronto’s Roy Thompson Hall,…

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Toronto, August 8, 2022 – The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is pleased to announce today its 2022/2023 season. After a tumultuous two years for the performing arts, the TMChoir boldly returns with exciting new works, inspiring new faces, and a fresh new look. This season includes a TMChoir concert at the acclaimed Roy Thomson Hall, an inaugural composer-in-residence, and the introduction of our professional 24-voice ensemble—the Toronto Mendelssohn Singers—who will be featured in two concerts this season. With new collaborative partnerships and creative connections, TMChoir’s growth as a choral organisation is evident in every detail of our 22/23 programming. The TMChoir…

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Montreal, August 2, 2022 – As one of the city’s largest ethnic festivals, free activities will still be offered to festival-goers in several Montreal boroughs. If you can’t make it to Little Italy or Quartier des Spectacles, the festivities in St. Leonard will take place on Wednesday, August 10th, at 7:30pm at Wilfrid-Bastien Park. We have planned an evening filled with entertainment for the whole family, including several musical performances: Wednesday, August 10th Fiat 500 car exhibition at 7:30 p.m. Singer: Alicia Santangeli at 7:30 p.m. Singer: Pino Gioia at 8:30 p.m. Singer: Daniela Fiorentino at 9:30 p.m. In addition…

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Tim Brady loves a good challenge. His latest: setting poems in an Indigenous language to music. To do this, the composer-guitarist chose a poem collection entitled Uiesh (“Somewhere”) written by famous Innu poet Joséphine Bacon. “I really loved Joséphine Bacon’s work,” he said. “I thought it would be quite a challenge to compose music a singer would perform in an Indigenous language. The linguistic, grammatical, and syllable structures are very different from European languages. Joséphine helped me a lot, and I concluded that my music needed to use a simpler rhythmic language, more clear-cut to help each syllable stand out.…

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Montreal, August 8, 2022 – On Wednesday, Rafael Payare and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal will launch the 9th edition of the OSM CLASSICAL SPREE, Maestro Payare’s first. Themed The Americas, this unmissable summer festival is an opportunity for the Orchestra to strengthen its ties with the community and connect more directly with its public, through original and widely accessible events. Concerts starting at $10 as well as numerous other free performances and activities await music lovers of all ages, from August 10 to 14, 2022. THE KICK-OFF THE ESSENTIAL LARGE-SCALE OUTDOOR CONCERT: WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10 AT 7:30 P.M. Under…

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Santander, 5 August, 2022 – This afternoon the Awards Ceremony of the 20th Santander International Piano Competition was held at the Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria’s Sala Argenta. The event has had the attendance of Santander’s Mayoress, Gema Igual; the Health Minister of the Cantabria Regional Government, Raúl Pesquera; the Director General of INAEM (National Stage Arts and Music Institute), Joan Francesc Marco; and the President of Fundación Albéniz and that of the Santander International Piano Competition, Paloma O’Shea. At the beginning of the Gala, after the viewing a commemorative video of the 50 years of the Competition and the…

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Welcome back to La Scena Musicale’s Highlights, a curated, weekly list of arts-related news stories from across the world! Music Industry Slipped Disc | Interim chief to replace Bramwell ToveyTania Miller has been chosen as the interim conductor for the Philharmonic Orchestra. CityNews | Hope fades fast for Ever After Music FestivalA music and camping festival in Kitchener, Ontario is at risk being cancelled after the Township of Oro-Medonte denied them a special event permit. Stir | Vines Art Festival focuses on land justice through the healing power of the artsThe eighth season of the Vines Art Festival will feature…

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When John Cage came to Moscow in the summer of 1988 it was not so much a convergence of opposites as a validation of the prophecy of cultural deconstruction which the American iconoclast had long foretold. Cage made music by breaking it down, causing records to stick in a groove, telling performers to chance it, making silence instead of sound. The Soviet Union, in its final disintegration year, was the perfect place to preach his kooky doctrines. Cage met a young pianist, Alexei Lyubimov, who became an instant apostle. ‘We drank vodka and ate dandelions,’ Lyubimov recalls. He was transfixed…

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On July 31, Toronto Summer Music (TSM) presented Canadian composer Keiko Devaux’s award-winning piece “Arras,” and Klaus Simon’s chamber ensemble arrangement of Mahler 4, two works whose highly contrasting styles demonstrated the TSM Festival Orchestra’s mastery of both sound worlds in equal measure. The festival’s concert, Inspirations, featured soprano Karina Gauvin and conductor Nicolas Ellis. Arras originally premiered as the winner of the inaugural Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music in 2020, and was performed by Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. The work was composed in response to the Azrieli Commission’s “Canadian music” prompt: it comes together as an amalgamation of Devaux’s sonic…

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Montreal, August 2, 2022 – It is with great joy and pride that the National Congress of Italian-Canadians, Québec region, announces the 29th edition of ItalfestMTL, formerly Montreal’s Italian Week, which will take place from August 5th to 20th, 2022. An overflowing program of content will be offered in person: several concerts, a fashion show under the stars, a sublime opera with live orchestra, drive-in movie nights, culinary capsules and much more. Sixteen days of free entertainment that will enliven the summer for the whole family! We would like to thank all our sponsors for their fundamental contribution to the…

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