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Montreal, November 27, 2021 ▪ The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is thrilled to announce the name of the 2021 OSM Competition’s Grand Prize winner: mezzo-soprano Rose Naggar-Tremblay. This 82nd edition dedicated to the voice was held in an entirely online format from November 13 to 27, bringing together Canada’s most talented young artists, and representing tomorrow’s rising generation of professional musical performers. In the comfort of their homes, surrounded by their loved ones, contestants were informed this afternoon of the results of the Competition during a ceremony hosted by ICI Musique radio personality Marie-Christine Trottier and OSM Assistant Bass, Eric…

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Nouveau-Brunswick Fredericton Frostival Festival Fredericton, January 20 to February 6 www.tourismfredericton.ca/en/thingstodo/Frostival.asp Montréal Salon des métiers d’art du Québec Montréal, 9 au 19 décembre 514-861-2787 | www.metiersdart.ca Festival Noël dans le parc Montréal, 15 décembre au 15 janvier www.noeldansleparc.com Igloofest Montréal, 13 janvier au 5 février www.igloofest.ca Fête des Neiges de Montréal Montréal, 15 janvier au 6 février www.parcjeandrapeau.com Festival Montréal en lumière Montréal, 17 au 27 février www.montrealenlumiere.com Art Souterrain Montréal, 19 février au 13 avril 514-380-0596 | www.artsouterrain.com Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma Montréal, 23 février au 5 mars 514-526-9635 | www.rvcq.com Festival International du Film pour Enfants de Montréal (FIFEM)…

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Last Sunday (Nov 21, 2022), Opéra de Montréal kickstarted their season to a Jam-packed Wilfrid-Pelletier crowd of hungry Operaphiles. The “mixtape” concert featured the artists-in-residence Atelier lyrique along with its two homegrown and former members: mezzo-soprano Catherine Daniel (Atelier 2008-2010) and tenor Éric Laporte. The singers were accompanied by the Orchestre Métropolitain under the baton of Jacques Lacombe. The concept of the show was an effective twist on the typical operatic gala concert. The singers Catherine Daniel, Éric Laporte, Mishael Eusebio and  Vanessa Croom also hosted the evening. They made a great effort to be relatable and to appeal to younger audiences,…

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Mystic Giorgia Fumanti, soprano Velenosi entertainment VEGA2CD-2942 Release: Aug. 20 Giorgia Fumanti has established herself as one of the top female classical crossover singers in the world, having performed in five continents and in some of the most prestigious and iconic venues. Fumanti’s 12th album, Mystic, is a follow-up to her No. 1 best-selling album Amour and her No. 3 best-selling album Aimons-Nous on Canada’s ADISQ charts. (Her albums have also appeared on Billboard’s Crossover Chart.) This collection includes classical hits by Ravel (Bolero), Verdi (“Va, Pensiero”), Puccini (“Nessun Dorma”), Orff  (“O Fortuna”) Albinoni (Adagio), Piazzolla (Libertango), Gino Vannelli, Michel…

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Christiane Fournier has been immersed in the world of opera since her early childhood. Her parents were great opera lovers. Since she was a child, Fournier has felt a particular affinity for Carmen. “This opera has long inhabited my childhood ­imagination and I have always dreamed of performing it,” she says. However, she had to wait 15 years after founding the Atelier lyrique de Chambly, and piloting over a hundred productions, before finding sufficiently experienced singers to stage the opera and, at the same time, realize her dream, to perform the title role. Another factor also favoured the production of…

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Can there be anyone even casually aware of contemporary serious music who hasn’t encountered the Kronos Quartet? For 48 years, their sounds have ­resonated outward, along with the sonority of that mythic-sounding moniker that seems to evoke ­titanic energies, even the mystery of time itself. And while their music was suspended by COVID-19’s near universal freezing-over of time, a rising thaw now brings Kronos-­redivivus – active again, alive as ever. Origins The Kronos origin story dates to 1972, with an adventitious encounter between a young ­musician named David Harrington and a ­certain provocative piece of music. “I heard this music…

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For several years now, Jean-Sébastien Vallée has been carving out an enviable place for himself in the world of choral singing. Appointed director of the renowned choir of the Church of St. Andrew & St. Paul in Montreal in 2015 and music director of the Ottawa Choral Society the following year, he also holds several positions at McGill University, where he is an associate professor of music, director of choral studies and coordinator of the Ensembles and Conducting Area at the Schulich School of Music.  He has also served as director of choral studies at California State University in Los…

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Have you heard Régent Levasseur’s enchanting Farewell to the Warriors? The Orchestre classique de Montréal (OCM) presents it as part of its 82nd season, titled Women of Distinction, with the remarkable 18-minute concerto for string orchestra, harp and drum, in an orchestration by the versatile melodist. Tara-Louise Montour recorded the piece with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and the work earned the ensemble a Juno nomination (2005). “I am delighted that the OCM invited me into the program of Tales and Melodies, the first concert of its season, and I think that Farewell to the Warriors will fit in perfectly, firstly because of…

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The Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ), a pillar in the Canadian contemporary music scène,  will celebrate its 55th year with Merveilleuses utopies and Célébration! on Dec. 14 and 15 in Salle Pierre-Mercure. Turning toward both the past and the future, the SMCQ will pay tribute to the musical legacy of the artists who marked the history of the organization while inviting the public to discover some of the new faces of contemporary creation. In Merveilleuses utopies, presented in a diptych format, the Orchestre philharmonique des musiciens de Montréal (OPMEM) will perform some daring pieces for large ensemble by…

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Few people talk about the pandemic in ­positive terms, as least with respect to the performing arts, where the devastation has been virtually universal. Only in one respect did the lockdowns simplify life for Mississauga Symphony Orchestra music ­director Denis Mastromonaco: choosing works to be heard in 2021-22. “Some of this program is intended to celebrate concerts that were shut down during COVID, concerts we simply did not get the ­opportunity to perform,” the conductor said by way of explaining the mix that makes up the MSO’s live-public comeback on Nov. 20 in Hammerson Hall: “Autumn” from Vivaldi’s The Four…

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