Browsing: Classical Music

The Royal Conservatory of Music and Tirgan together present a one-of-a-kind online concert honouring the legacy of one of Iran’s greatest vocalists, Mohammad Reza Shajarian (1940-2020), starting on Saturday, March 20, to coincide with the Persian new year celebrations. Lost in The Desert Sky: Kayhan Kalhor in Memory of Maestro Mohammad Reza Shajarian was filmed in the spectacular Mahinistan Palace in Kashan, Iran, and features all new music by Kayhan Kalhor with his ensemble and vocalist Hadi Hosseini. Iranian vocalist and master of Persian traditional music, Mohammad Reza Shajarian, whose career spanned over 50 years, was “regarded as one of his country’s national treasures…

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Montreal, February 25, 2021 – The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) is pleased and proud to announce that today, Kent Nagano receives the honorary title of Conductor Emeritus of the Orchestra. Appointed by the Board of Directors, he becomes the third Music Director of the OSM to receive this recognition after Wilfrid Pelletier and Zubin Mehta. Back at last in Montreal to accept this honour, Maestro Nagano marks the occasion by conducting the Orchestra in three long-awaited concerts! It is with deep feeling and great pride that I welcome the decision by the OSM’s Board of Directors to appoint me…

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Toronto, ON – Sinfonia Toronto has launched its Digital Inclusion Project, an online initiative to bring the orchestra’s performances to Toronto’s non-profit community music schools and residents in long-term care facilities. Music Director Nurhan Arman announced the project with keen enthusiasm, saying, “this project is destined to enrich the lives of citizens who can’t attend concerts in person even during normal times, and to inspire and enhance learning for music students.  It will also provide some additional activity and work for our musicians in this time of continuing lockdowns, as they will host virtual seminars to supplement the students’ concert experiences. …

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Toronto – In an announcement made this morning by the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canadian Opera Company will receive $644,372 in crucial funding provided through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund toward the Digital Infrastructure Enhancements Project at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. The infrastructure plan, developed in partnership with The National Ballet of Canada, aims to implement a range of digital upgrades to the opera house, significantly boosting both organizations’ recording and broadcast capabilities in the immediate, as well as helping to improve both community and global access to  Canadian artistry and other community programming showcased in the…

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The concert is now available to rewatch on YouTube Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaScenaMusicale/videos/1701839643331321 Come and Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a free loving-stream concert featuring many great Canadian musicians on February 14 at 8 PM EST. Repertoire Raphaëlle Paquette / Trio 12 cordes –  Medley: C’est magnifique (Cole Porter\ F. Lienas) et Sous le ciel de Paris (Hubert Giraud\ J. Dréjac) Marc-André Gautier – l’hymne à l’Amour – (Marguerite Monnot\ Édith Piaf)  Marie-Andrée Mathieu, Les Chemins de l’amour – (Francis Poulenc\ J. Anouilh), Pianiste Giancarlo Scalia Marc-Antoine D’Aragon – Some Enchanted Evening  – (Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein), Pianist Giancarlo Scalia Dominic…

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From mid-February to late June, three Montreal musicians undertake a journey through J.S. Bach’s greatest works for solo instruments. The midweek webcasts will be based on performances recorded in the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul. On Tuesdays, Elinor Frey will play the complete Suites for solo cello. On Wednesdays, organist Jonathan Oldengarm plays the Chorale Preludes from the Leipzig manuscript, the largest collection of chorale-based works that survives in Bach’s own handwriting. And on Thursdays, violinist Emmanuel Vukovich takes us through the complete Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, in a special multimedia performance that also features our…

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Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Bernstein: Serenade for Violin Solo, Strings, Harp and Percussion Wagner: Tristan und Isolde: Prelude and Liebestod No doubt, we live in trying times. Like the rest of us, symphony orchestras are trying to cope as best they can. Some have found ingenious solutions, others are just bumbling along, still others have decided they will simply wait it out. The Montreal Symphony Orchestra is among those who have opted for alternative solutions. If concerts cannot be presented in the usual way, that is, in concert halls with audiences, they will offer music-making on the web – and…

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HOUSTON, Texas – February 9, 2021 – On the morning of September 22, 2015, in Renfrew County, Ontario, a single man went on a killing spree, brutally murdering three ex-partners in their separate homes. They were victims in a crime now recognized as one of the worst cases of domestic violence in Canadian history. The murders devastated the rural Ottawa Valley community where baritone Joshua Hopkins grew up – his sister, Nathalie Warmerdam, was one of these women. Hopkins has since set out on a journey to use his voice to wake people up to the global epidemic of gender-based violence…

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For the 10th edition of the Montreal/New Musics festival, the SMCQ and Artistic Director Walter Boudreau present Volumina, bringing together works by Ligeti, Sokolović, Tremblay and Garant in the Maison symphonique. Both a tribute to Quebec creators and an evocation of key moments of the SMCQ’s history, this audacious concert, directed by Jean-Michaël Lavoie and hosted by Georges Nicholson, presents a panoply of contemporary languages based on vast space, the sacred, and the very contemporary relationship between the full and the empty. A long unbreakable arc  Hungarian composer György Ligeti composed Volumina in 1961. Five years earlier, he had fled…

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(Montréal, Sunday, February 7, 2021) – The 24th edition of the Conseil québécois de la musique’s Opus Awards Gala was made accessible to the general public – a first for the event – this Sunday, February 7, 2021, via the Facebook page of Télé-Québec’s La Fabrique culturelle. The proceedings were lively, with the award presentations interspersed with musical performances and interviews with the winners, all under the masterful direction of executive producer Sylvie Raymond, music consultant Mario F. Paquet and director Benoît Guérin. The ceremony was filmed at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Bourgie Hall. A total of 26…

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