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OTTAWA – After an absence of more than a year, the Ottawa Chamberfest is back. Sure, it’s slimmed down from past seasons, when it called itself “the world’s biggest chamber music festival.” But with Ontario now in Phase 3 of its COVID reopening plan, Chamberfest is able to deliver a hybrid format of limited-attendance indoor concerts, outdoor performances for larger audiences and livestreams you can watch from the safety and comfort of your couch. This year also marks the debut of a new management team. Artistic director Carissa Klopoushak was formally appointed in March after acting as interim for more…

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He was born in Edmonton; she, in Bas-Saint-Laurent. Cellist James Darling and his wife, the violinist Élise Lavoie, settled in Rimouski 20 years ago, after having spent much of their career in Montreal. Together they have made Les Concerts aux Îles du Bic one of the leading chamber music festivals in Quebec. Thanks to its varied programming, ranging from instrumental to vocal repertoire and from baroque to contemporary, this summer event, which operates as part of the Société des concerts Bic Saint-Fabien, is now an integral part of the region’s cultural ecosystem. “We are very lucky in Rimouski,” Darling…

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The Ladies’ Morning Musical Club is pleased to announce the 2021-2022 season. The 130th season will begin on September 12th, 2021, presenting Canadian violinist Blake Pouliot, Grand Prize winner of the 2016 Montreal Symphony Orchestra Manulife Competition. The season will continue with the following dates and artists: October 3, 2021: Doric String Quartet October 24, 2021: Matt Haimovitz, cello November 14, 2021: Quartetto di Cremona, string quartet December 5, 2021: Stewart Goodyear, piano February 6, 2022: Lise de la Salle, piano February 27, 2022: Goldmund Quartett, string quartet March 20, 2022: Fauré Quartett, piano quartet April 10, 2022: Pavel Kolesnikov, piano…

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Montreal, June 23rd, 2021 – The Orchestre Classique de Montréal (OCM) presented a final event of the season, a fundraising gala on Tuesday, June 22 at the Sofitel Hotel. Honouring Sharon Azrieli, renowned Canadian singer, philanthropist and President Emeritus of the orchestra’s board of directors, the event raised a record sum of over $ 400,000! 100% of the proceeds from the gala will go to the OCM Foundation, a fund established by Sharon Azrieli. When she was Chair of the Board, she oversaw the creation of the foundation to ensure the long-term success of the organization. The evening, presented by…

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Montreal, June 23 2021 – It is with great enthusiasm that the musicians of the chamber orchestra I Musici de Montréal take over the Maison symphonique to put the finishing touches on their latest album. For I Musici de Montréal, this 38th album is the first to be released in 10 years and is also the first to be produced under the direction of Jean-Marie Zeitouni. “We are delighted to see this project come to life thanks to the exceptional contribution of our valued donators, Ms. Brodeur, Ms. Caron and Mr. Sela. Coming back to this recording tradition immortalizes the…

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June 10, 2021 – OTTAWA – Afro-Cuban jazz. Baroque murder mystery. Guitar, harp, and string quartets.  Beethoven. Brahms. Macedonian folk music. Jazz Manouche. Newfoundland reels. Sea shanties.   The second release of the Chamberfest 2021 lineup is packed with music and culture from around the world, including artists like Lara St. John, Simon Trpčeski, John Kofi Dapaah, Carson Becke, JUNO winners The Fretless and OKAN, and more. Canada’s greatest chamber artists are at the forefront at Chamberfest’s summer festival celebrating the art of the small ensemble. Ottawa’s internationally acclaimed chamber music festival takes place July 22 – August 4.  Chamberfest’s latest series…

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The Bergen International Festival takes its “international” modifier seriously. There are offerings in various genres and many that could be classified as experimental. The American Moth, to choose one of the signature 2021 presentations, is described as a “multi-media performance combining dance, theatre in multiple languages and cinematic live video” in the interests of exploring “the sympathies and resentments at play in inter-generational relationships.” Well, having enjoyed my Grieg last week from the Bergen Philharmonic, I chose to keep it simple and hear a recital in the living room of Troldhaugen, the composer’s villa on the outskirts of town. Of course…

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June 9, 2021 – The Orchestre Classique de Montréal (OCM), in its second year in residence at Salle Pierre-Mercure, is proud to announce its 82nd season: Women of Distinction. The season will pay homage to the 100th anniversary of the highly accomplished principal cellist, co-founder of the OCM and manager for over four decades, Lotte Brott.  “I am thrilled to be dedicating the 2021-22 season, celebrating great women, to my mother Lotte Goetzel Brott, who was an extraordinary woman, well ahead of her time,” says Boris Brott, artistic director and principal conductor of the OCM. “As her eldest son, I know she would be thrilled that the…

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Montreal, June 7, 2021 – The Slavic music and culture  festival returns this summer in virtual mode, from June 15  to July 10, with a program dedicated to the magical world of Russian fairy tales. Artistic director Irina Krasnyanskaya presents her new  program as follows: For nine years, to accompany the arrival  of summer, we have been organizing a real musical  celebration of the Slavic communities of the city. Our goal is to make Montrealers aware of the richness of our culture, and to  introduce them to both rising stars and recognized masters of  the classical scene. Slavic music has always been…

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The trouble with most music by unfamiliar contemporary composers is that the listener has no idea where it’s coming from. The Austrian Gerald Resch gets over this hurdle by rooting his third string quartet, ‘attaca’, in Beethoven’s first Razumovsky quartet, opus 59/1. The context works remarkably well. Resch, 46, is a former music journalist embedded in Viennese music, both historic and  modern. He works with ensembles as different as the period-instrument Concentus Musicus and the Aureum saxophone quartet. In creating ‘attaca’ he had a period of immersion with the trendy, Frankfurt-based Aris Quartet, among the most accomplished on the circuit.…

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