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Kingston ON – The Isabel Bader Centre for Performing Arts (“the Isabel”) at Queen’s University announces its fall concert line-up and its IMAGINE Online Arts Festival.  Performance information, ticketing, and streaming information is available on www.queensu.ca/theisabel. FALL LIVE PERFORMANCES Fall performances include those by indie band Kasador, country singer Abby Stewart and band in a concert called Break Your Heart, Gryphon Trio with soprano Patricia O’Callaghan in their Broken Hearts & Madmen cabaret program on Bader Day (November 15, 2021), Iranian-Canadian virtuoso santur player Sadaf Amini and friends, TSO concertmaster Jonathan Crow with “CBC Who’s Hot Under 30” violinist…

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All concerts streamed across Canada (and internationally) plus limited in-person tickets available Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s 2021/22 season, under the leadership of its new Artistic Director Jean-Sébastien Vallée, is one of connection – reconnecting singers in music-making, bringing singers and patrons together again in a shared love of choral music, and bringing the works of different composers together in new ways to share new insights. TMC concerts for the 2021/22 season will be at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church (Yonge and St. Clair) – a spacious, well-ventilated venue. There will be a limited number of in person tickets sold for these performances.…

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Joliette, September 16, 2021— In a gesture that strengthens its commitment to today’s creators, the Festival de Lanaudière has joined forces for the first time in its history with the Vienna Philharmonic, Dutch National Opera & Ballet and Norwegian Opera & Ballet to commission two works by Quebec composer and conductor Samy Moussa. This alliance with major international institutions positions Lanaudière as a hub for classical music in the Americas. “The approach is a long-term one. Partnerships such as these ensure that the Festival and its artists will secure a presence in the highest spheres of the international musical universe,” explains Artistic Director Renaud Loranger. A…

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They have not been led by their conductor, Jonathan Cohen, since the start of the pandemic. Thus the spirit of a reunion will prevail on Sept. 22, when Les Violons du Roy present their first concert of the season at the Palais Montcalm. There will be a reunion also with the French soprano Sandrine Piau, who sang for the first time with this Quebec City chamber orchestra in 2003. “She was to give a gala concert with us in April 2020,” explains Les Violons artistic director Laurent Patenaude. “This will be our first guest from abroad since the…

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Debussy: Violin Sonata. Szymanowski: Mythes Op. 30. Franck: Violin Sonata Marie Bégin, violin. Samuel Blanchette-Gagnon, piano ATMA Classique ACD2 2850 ★★★★✩ Non vibrato is well established as the modern default condition of early-music tone production. In this recording violinist Marie Bégin, concertmaster of the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean Symphony Orchestra, applies a streamlined sound to works from the late 19th and early 20th century, including Franck’s Sonata of 1886, which might be regarded by many as a locus classicus for plush and resonant sonority. Remarkably, Bégin’s linear style (aided by a Carlo Bergonzi instrument on loan from Canimex) enhances rather than suppresses expression…

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Montreal, September 15, 2021 – The Orchestre Métropolitain (OM) and its artistic director and principal conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin today introduced the next-generation conductors who will take part in the first edition of the Academy of Orchestral Conducting. Selected after a call for applications launched earlier this summer, six young talents were chosen from a field of 32. They are: Monica Chen (British Columbia); Marie-Claire Cardinal (Quebec); Benoît Gauthier (Quebec); Félix Ste-Marie (Quebec); Trevor Wilson (Ontario); Naomi Woo (Manitoba). The young conductors will be immersed in the symphonic milieu and enjoy backstage access to rehearsals and concerts of the OM’s…

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Paris: La Belle Époque. Works by Widor, Mouquet, Enescu, Gaubert, Fauré, Debussy Robert Langevin, flute. Margaret Kampmeier, piano Bridge 9555 ★★★★★ Montrealers of a certain age will remember Robert Langevin as the associate principal flute of the OSM who went on to earn the top jobs in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. In this 77-minute release the Sherbrooke native applies his broad and radiant tone to French music from the decades around the turn of the 20th century, when life in Paris was a sweet if occasionally bittersweet thing. We hear evocative performances of two Debussy…

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On Oct. 10, the Orchestre symphonique du Conservatoire de musique de Montréal (OSCMM) will return to the Maison symphonique after being one of the last orchestras to perform there prior to the first lockdown, on March 7, 2020. For the occasion, the OSCMM will present a program including works by John Estacio, George Gershwin and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. “I’ve been in charge of the Conservatoire’s orchestra for a few years now and most of the students remain members of the OSCMM for an average of six years,” says conductor Jacques Lacombe. “My goal is to offer them the broadest possible experience…

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During the pandemic, instead of putting up a fight, I preferred to set aside our big concerts and try to develop things we wanted to try for years, but never could,” says Julien Proulx, artistic director and conductor of the Orchestre symphonique de Drummondville. “The pandemic gave us some freedom.” And it is exactly under the aegis of freedom and novelty that the OSD is announcing its 2021-22 season. The Grands Concerts return but with two new more intimate series inspired by the pandemic: Beethoven au salon and the Causeries musicales. While Beethoven au salon takes up…

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The Pentaèdre wind quintet is entering its 37th year with a season rich in variety and collaborations, ranging from baroque music to jazz to German lieder. “We are very pleased to offer this year, as we did before the pandemic, a season of five concerts,” says Ariane Brisson, flutist and artistic director. “The only project put on hold for now is the carte blanche traditionally offered to one of our five musicians. We hope to be able to return to it next year.” The first two concerts will be presented at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal’s main concert…

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