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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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Every concert can be deemed a highlight after a season like 2020-21. While the 2021-22 schedule is not quite as packed as it was in pre-pandemic days – and the crowds, by provincial decree, can be only partial – there are plenty of options for the long-suffering Montreal music fan. Orchestre symphonique 
de Montréal Interest is obviously keen in Rafael Payare, the incoming OSM music director. He starts the Maison symphonique season on Sept. 14 (repeats on Sept. 16 and 18) with Shostakovich’s foolproof Fifth Symphony and Ravel’s La Valse, which some of the musicians could probably play by heart.…

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“A Joyous Reunion – A Season of Remembrance and Renewal.” That’s what Sinfonia Toronto calls its 2021-2022 series of seven concerts, beginning Oct. 23 with Bach’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in E Major, Wieniawski’s Faust Fantasy for violin and orchestra, Tchaikovsky’s Souvenir de Florence and the world premiere of Resurrected Angel II, a tribute to health workers by Toronto composer Alice Ping Yee Ho. “We’ve always included world premieres in our concert series,” says Nurhan Arman, Sinfonia Toronto’s founder and music director. “This will be our 23rd season, and by now I’d guess we’ve done 75 or 80.” Three other world premieres are scheduled for…

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Well established today in the cultural landscape of Montreal, Bourgie Hall was not always a setting for concerts and music making. Since its inauguration in September 2011, recitals, chamber music, vocal music or world music concerts, jazz evenings and even crossover events – many in connection with the collections and exhibitions of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts – have taken place in the former Erskine and American United Church. Through its evolution and transformations, this place bears invaluable witness to the fate of the various anglophone Protestant communities that were established in downtown Montreal, in the district known as…

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“I think 100 is a good number,” Isolde Lagacé said, referencing the tally of concerts presented by Bourgie Hall in 2021-2022, up from 53 in its inaugural season 10 years ago. “To have 100 concerts, in every style, and of good quality.” A good number? More like astonishing given the array of alternatives that exist in Montreal and the challenges still posed by the pandemic. Not many chamber rooms in Canada can claim such a sum, which rises to 141 when rentals are taken into account. Or perhaps the numbers are both surprising and predictable at once, given the steady…

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On Sept. 12, the Ladies’ Morning Musical Club (LMMC) will open its 130th season at Pollack Hall, celebrating the milestone with faithful audience members, some of whom have been subscribers for over 60 years. As per usual, the organization has put together 10 concerts of the highest calibre, allowing its audience to discover some of the world’s finest musicians. “Last season, McGill University opened the hall especially for us and we are eternally grateful to have been able to continue giving our concerts there,” says Rosemary Neville, managing director of the LMMC. “This year, McGill has decided to welcome audiences…

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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 130th season will consist of the following dates and artists: September 12, 2021: Blake Pouliot, violin October 3, 2021: Karina Gauvin, soprano 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…

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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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