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SMCQ The Société de musique contemporaine du Québec, the preeminent Quebec organization dedicated to contemporary music, will open its 56th season on Sept. 26 with In auditorium – Portrait of André Hamel. This concert dedicated to spatial pieces by composer André Hamel will feature Sixtrum, Quasar and the Ensemble de la SMCQ. The presentation of Triptyque – Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes, three mini-operas composed and written by the laureates of the second Mécénat Musica Prix 3 Femmes, follows on Oct. 10. From Dec. 13 to 15, SMCQ will celebrate its 55th anniversary by presenting a selection of outstanding works…

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Albertine, en cinq temps tells the story of a woman who finds herself alone with her memories after a turbulent life. Confined to a retirement home room at age 70 following an overdose, we discover her in the midst of a conversation with her own ghosts: Albertine at 30, 40, 50 and 60 years old as well as her sister Madeleine, who died several years earlier. The operatic version of Michel Tremblay’s play, set to music by Catherine Major, will be performed by six Canadian singers who actively participated in the creative process, which was the work of an all-female…

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Montreal, June 21, 2021 – After a one-week residence in Montreal this fall, a video recording, a live concert in Orford and a virtual spring tour in partnership with several Canadian presenters that ended on June 4, the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+) has once again wrapped up its renowned Generation composition competition, which has been promoting and showcasing young Canadian composers throughout the country for over two decades. Despite the constraints of a pandemic that forced the ECM+ to cancel the remainder of its planned 7-concert tour, a unique digital co-broadcasting agreement with the various presentation partners nevertheless made…

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After 15 days of events of all kinds, the Bergen International Festival on June 9 offered one last major performance mixing music and imagery. It was an rare presentation, performed simultaneously online and before a live audience, of a work created jointly in the late 1970s by the Norwegian composer Arne Nordheim and American choreographer Glen Tetley. Titled The Tempest after Shakespeare’s famous play, this work evokes the exile of the duke, Prospero, and his daughter on an island surrounded by magic and mystery. For its 2021 edition, the Festival opted not for the original version – a…

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Tim Brady: Actions Speak Louder (3 CDs)  Act I: Solos and a Quartet Act II: v-Orchestra Act III: Voices  Various artists  Redshift records (2021) ★★★★✩ Tim Brady is an atypical electric guitar composer and performer. He seeks, in a way, to rehabilitate an instrument often confined to popular music, notably rock, and to make it a legitimate source of inspiration for so-called “serious” compositions. The COVID-19 pandemic has led him, like so many other musicians, to question his profession and his practices.  This process of reflection has given birth to a series of three albums grouped under the title Actions…

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This section is an advertising supplement. To announce here, contact [email protected] Studio Piccolo Session  Stick&Bow. Leaf Music LM242 Discover the new videos of the two young musicians of Stick&Bow as they revisit the Cuban masterpiece Che comandante by Carlos Puebla, rewrite the rock success of Sting’s She’s Too Good For Me and perform two commissions written especially for them, Romanza by Luis Naon and Folk Suite by Jason Noble. Recorded at the prestigious Studio Piccolo in the heart of Montreal, the Canadian duo Stick&Bow bring life and energy to “Studio Piccolo Sessions.” Eckhardt-Gramatté: 28 Alphabet & Character Pieces “From My…

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Toronto, ON, Canada, June 1, 2021 – The Azrieli Foundation is pleased to call for proposals from professional orchestras worldwide for its Azrieli Music Prizes Performance Fund (AMP-PF). Now in its second year, AMP-PF financially supports professional music ensembles in preparing and presenting public performances of AMP-winning works. The Foundation is currently accepting proposals for performances in the 2021-2022, 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 concert seasons. The AMP-PF provides new opportunities for professional ensembles to share the powerful and extraordinary quality of Azrieli Music Prize-winning works with their audiences. Until June 30, chamber and symphonic orchestras may submit a proposal requesting support…

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Despite a challenging year of building a season on shaky foundations, between September 2020 and June 2021, the SMCQ and its Artistic Director Walter Boudreau presented a season of concerts and a festival. A breathless and daring journey that ends in the most beautiful way, by rediscovering a dialogue that has been broken for too long. The result of a co-production between the SMCQ, Marie-Hélène Breault and Ensemble Oktoécho, these Dialogues retrace fifteen years of collaboration between composer Katia Makdissi-Warren and flutist Marie-Hélène Breault, whom we met in preparation for this concert.  A concert marked by a spiritual ambience Marie-Hélène…

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Undeterred by the pandemic, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and its artistic director Normand Forget were hard at work in recent months. In February, the ensemble recorded a composition by Sandeep Bhagwati at the monastery in Oka for an online video webcast, then streamed a performance dedicated to all health workers, one of them being its oboist Julie Sirois-Leclerc, also emergency physician. On April 16, it will perform live and online from its usual venue, Salle Claude-Champagne. The concert pays tribute to André Prévost, a composer and eminent teacher who passed away in 2001. The orchestra and its conductor Lorraine Vaillancourt…

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Montreal, March 3, 2021 – The 10th edition of the MNM festival has just ended on a high note, with concerts both live and recorded, attended by thousands of Internet users. This first online version of the festival received enthusiastic responses and was relayed on social networks, thus creating a moment of sharing and enthusiasm beyond borders, in keeping with the festival’s theme. “Mission accomplished! Despite COVID-19 we managed to present an entire festival and bring a little balm to the hearts of audiences, as evidenced by the moving comments received during the concerts. Above all, we were able to…

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