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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CLASSICAL UNBOUND FESTIVAL JULY 26-28, 2019 Prince Edward County, Ontario Unbinding classical chamber music from its formal attire, and binding it more closely to our hearts and souls. Something’s happening this summer on the shores of Lake Ontario, on that enticing acreage of sun and lake-kissed land called Prince Edward County… something besides blooming wildflowers and rosy sunsets; besides the wind in the dunes and cruising the country roads between wineries with the windows down. It’s a chamber music festival nestled amongst all of that: Classical Unbound. One of Canada’s premier ensembles, Ironwood Quartet, is running the…

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Location: Église Saint-Hubert (Longueuil) and Église Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (Montreal) JOIN US on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 OR Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Trio Dell’Aria (Kripa Nageshwar, soprano; Michael Westwood, clarinet; and Ruta Vaivade, piano) will premiere pieces from their new album, Memories of Places Past at Église Saint- Hubert (Longueuil) on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 OR Église Notre-dame-de-grâce on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The album, which received FACTOR funding, features new works from two of Canada’s foremost composers (Colin Eatock and Frank Horvat) and German art songs by Louis Spohr (1784 – 1859). The album was produced by…

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REVIEW: of Ellen West (the world premiere of a new work by Ricky Ian Gordon and Frank Bidart); and La fille du régiment (a new production of Donizetti’s 1840 comic opera). Opera Saratoga inaugurated its summer 2019 mainstage series on June 29 and 30 – the same weekend as the highly-touted “WorldPride 50” celebration. The latter event, of course, originated as homage to the purported founding moment of the modern gay rights movement; but it has by now pullulated far beyond its initial meaning, becoming a portmanteau affirmation of self-identities of all stripes. It is interesting, then, that – whether…

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The astonishing Eybler Quartet Completes their much-awaited survey of  Beethoven’s Op. 18 Quartets on period instruments New release from CORO connections “Simply stunning … jaw-dropping agility, clarity and accuracy in the playing, allied with terrific dynamics and nuance, outstanding ensemble work …I doubt if you’ve heard these works sound like this before – it’s absolutely essential listening.” – The WholeNote (on Beethoven, Op. 18, Vol. 1) For Immediate Release, May 9, 2019, Toronto, ON … When British label CORO Connections released their first recording from Toronto’s Eybler Quartet last spring, they may have been surprised to have a controversy…

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Complete artistic programming for the 2019 edition unveiled Sublime voices and star pianists Berlioz tribute Many premieres   Joliette, May 7, 2019 –Festival de Lanaudière’s Artistic Director Renaud Loranger today unveiled the complete artistic programming of the Festival de Lanaudière’s 42nd season. This year, the Festival features many artists making their debuts either at Lanaudière, in Quebec, or for some, in Canada. From July 5 to August 4, music lovers are invited to take advantage of the Festival’s top venues: the enchanting Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay and several local churches. In the words of Mr. Loranger: “From Europe and America, a roster…

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Communiqué de presse ¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯¯ LE FESTIVAL DE MUSIQUE DE CHAMBRE DE MONTRÉAL EST FIER DE PRÉSENTER BEETHOVEN CHEZ NOUS ! Du 7 au 16 JUIN 2019 ÉDITION 24e ANNNIVERSAIRE Faits saillants : Série de trois concerts : Intégrale des sonates pour violon de Beethovenpar James Ehnes, lauréat Grammy 2019 Série de cinq concerts : Intégrale des symphonies de Beethoven transcrites pour piano par Franz Liszt Cinq concerts-midi gratuits : Les Meilleurs Artistes classiques BMO de moins de 30 ans ! Étonnante découverte musicale mettant en vedette Joseph Kaiser, étoile du Metropolitan Opera, le Quatuor Danel, et plus SOIRÉE SPÉCIALE D’OUVERTURE…

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PREVIEW: of the world premiere of Leonardo, a new operatic monodrama about Leonardo da Vinci by composer Jonathan Berger at NYC’s 92nd Street Y; and INTERVIEW: with composer/librettist Jonathan Berger. “Che cos’è uno starnuto?” Leonardo da Vinci asks himself – and his audience – at the top of composer Jonathan Berger’s new one-man opera, Leonardo. “What is a sneeze?” It may seem a disarmingly piddling question from one of history’s most titanic intellectual figures – but that is precisely composer Jonathan Berger’s point. “Leonardo’s greatest asset was his unabashed asking of simple questions,” Berger says, “and through those questions arriving…

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The modern flute is one of the most recent additions to the woodwind family. Developed in the 1830s, it gained full acceptance by the century’s end. Its new key system gave it a more even tone, greater sound projection and, not least, increased playing facility. As entrenched as it is in concert music, is this instrument, otherwise known as the Boehm flute, the only one worthy of interest? What about its predecessors? Is there anything to learn from these? Mika Putterman, for one, would certainly answer the last question in the affirmative. As a self-described “historical flutist,” she owns an…

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Reality television has launched the careers of several pop stars who have become household names. From 2016 to 2018, Radio-Canada in Montreal applied that formula to the classical music scene in a show called Virtuose. The brainchild of host Gregory Charles, Virtuose showcased prodigies aged 11 to 17 playing top-drawer classical music. This May, two past winners, pianists Emily Oulousian and Zhan Hong Xiao, will be featured with the McGill Chamber Orchestra in a program called Young Virtuosos playing Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos under conductor Boris Brott. “Mozart probably wrote the concerto to play with his sister, Nannerl,” says…

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If you haven’t heard of Grace Williams, it’s not entirely down to vicious male suppression. The Welsh composer (1906-1977) studied in London with Ralph Vaughan Williams around the same time as Elizabeth Maconchy and Imogen Holst. Women composers were emerging in the 1920s and receiving strong encouragement. Grace Williams was particularly friendly with Benjamin Britten, as their extant letters attest. She remained in London through the 1930s and was a visible part of its musical life. During the War she began to suffer from depression. She returned home to Barry in 1945 for the last 30 years of her life.…

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