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PRESSE RELEASE, For immediate release Montreal, March 30, 2020 – Johanne Goyette, founder and president of ATMA Classique, and Guillaume Lombart, founder and president of Ad Litteram jointly announced that Ad Litteram, a leading company with more than 20 years of experience in the music industry, has entered into an agreement to acquire the ATMA Classique label, effective April 1, 2020. With this transaction, Ad Litteram Inc. will acquire Disques ATMA Inc.’s shares and the ATMA Classic label, ensuring the company’s sustainability while promoting a bold vision for the future, including an emphasis on video and the expansion of the…

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In a press release, Kent Nagano offered a homage to the late Krzysztof Penderecki, with whom he and the MSO have had a special relationship. “An entire generation grew up with his music and his works provided vital important musical and social impulses, especially during the mid 1960-70’s as composer, performer, professor and humanist his creative vision remained an essential part of the musical landscape until his untimely passing.”  The MSO also share an interview done with Krzysztof Penderecki and Kent Nagano in 2018 in Salzburg. https://business.facebook.com/OSMconcerts/videos/10155970518144091/ Montreal, March 29, 2020 – It is with deep regret and sadness that we…

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The Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki died on Sunday, March 29 at the age of 86 in his hometown of Krakow. According to media in the country, citing the Ludwig van Beethoven association founded by his wife Elzbieta, the composer and conductor died from a long illness. In a tweet, the Polish Minister of Culture said that he was one of “the greatest Polish musicians, a world authority on classical music”. Enclosed is an interview La Scena conducted with maestro Penderecki in 1998. Krzysztof Penderecki Talks about the Polish Requiem by Philip Anson / April 1, 1998 Version française… Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki [pronounced…

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March 27, 2020, Toronto – Following the recent state of emergency declared in Ontario and the ongoing public closures due to precautions around the spread of COVID-19, the Canadian Opera Company is cancelling all upcoming performances and events for the remainder of the 2019/2020 season.  Cancellations include the company’s mainstage productions of Aida and The Flying Dutchman, which had been set to run for seven performances each, from April 18 to May 16. All 23 remaining performances in the Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre have also been cancelled, along with a number of community programs and events. The COC’s spring fundraising events, Operanation and…

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Anne-Sophie Mutter, 56, has tested positive for the coronavirus. The German violinist posted a video message on Facebook from her office at home, presumably in Munich, where her foundation is based. “It’s such a difficult situation for an artist not to be able to communicate with you, the listener,” Mutter says. “But better times will come.” The message includes a statement of solidarity with others afflicted with COVID-19. Mutter takes heart from the fact that she is a non-smoker and suggests that smokers should kick the habit. A video-conference performance of the Adagio ma non troppo from Beethoven’s String Quartet…

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What can you do with 3 sopranos and 2 altos. Be inventive, that’s what. The all-women quintet Papagena have come up with a range of unaccompanied songs, settings and original commissions that often takes the breath away. Don Macdonald’s Moonset, for instance, does just what the title says: it sinks, gently, bringing hope of a new day, a breath of fresh air. Libby Larsen’s Jack’s Valentine declares ‘I love you’ with just the right degree of equivocation. Sweet Child O’Mine is a Guns N Roses hit reset for a capella voice – magic. Apart from Larsen, David Lang, Tchaikovsky and Gustav Holst, I don’t recognise any…

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March 26, 2020 (Toronto, Canada): Today Luminato Festival Toronto has announced the immediate cancellation of the 2020 Festival due to the unprecedented Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The 2020 Festival, which was due to take place June 11 – 28, has been cancelled following government advice, and to protect the safety of our audiences, artists and all our staff and volunteers. 2020 would have been the first full festival programmed by Artistic Director Naomi Campbell. Festival ticket holders will be contacted about their ticketing options.  Luminato Festival Toronto will return for its 15th anniversary in June 2021. Statement from Luminato Festival Toronto’s Leadership…

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Montreal, March 26, 2020 – In order to conform to the requirements and continued measures adopted by the government of Quebec, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal announces that all concerts scheduled up to May 24 inclusively* are cancelled. We still hope to offer you, as planned, the two end-of-season concerts leading to six performances conducted by Maestro Kent Nagano, from May 26 to 28 and from June 2 to 4. These are subject, of course, to public health guidelines. The OSM has been in existence for over 85 years as a not-for-profit organization, and never in its history has it faced a challenge…

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2020–21 Season: Our World NOW The Natural World, WomenNOW, Identity, and the Digital Age Posted on March 24, 2020   The Natural World Composer-in-Residence Gabriela Lena Frank’s Picaflor: Retelling of a Peruvian creation myth through the voices of Philadelphia students and visuals from Mural Arts PhiladelphiaCommissioned works from women composers: Melody Eötvös, Robin Holcomb, Wang Xi, and Hilary Purrington on melting icebergs, California wildfires, the relationship between nature and the human body, and nature in poetry Jane: National Geographic documentary on Jane Goodall with Philip Glass score performed live The sea and the earth: Nézet-Séguin conducts Debussy’s La Mer and Mahler’s Das Lied von…

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More than 100 artists, arts leaders, and professors announce $130,000 New Music Solidarity FundFund to offer $500 emergency grants to performers of music by living composers impacted by COVID-19 cancellations Donate to the New Music Solidarity Fund now Apply to the New Music Solidarity Fund starting on March 31 Watch the announcement video More than 100 artists, arts leaders, and professors in the field have announced the New Music Solidarity Fund, an initiative that aims to grant emergency funding to musicians impacted by COVID-19. At the time of the announcement, more than $130,000 has been pledged. The fund will be administered through New Music USA, and all donations…

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