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HOUSTON, Texas – February 9, 2021 – On the morning of September 22, 2015, in Renfrew County, Ontario, a single man went on a killing spree, brutally murdering three ex-partners in their separate homes. They were victims in a crime now recognized as one of the worst cases of domestic violence in Canadian history. The murders devastated the rural Ottawa Valley community where baritone Joshua Hopkins grew up – his sister, Nathalie Warmerdam, was one of these women. Hopkins has since set out on a journey to use his voice to wake people up to the global epidemic of gender-based violence…

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For the 10th edition of the Montreal/New Musics festival, the SMCQ and Artistic Director Walter Boudreau present Volumina, bringing together works by Ligeti, Sokolović, Tremblay and Garant in the Maison symphonique. Both a tribute to Quebec creators and an evocation of key moments of the SMCQ’s history, this audacious concert, directed by Jean-Michaël Lavoie and hosted by Georges Nicholson, presents a panoply of contemporary languages based on vast space, the sacred, and the very contemporary relationship between the full and the empty. A long unbreakable arc  Hungarian composer György Ligeti composed Volumina in 1961. Five years earlier, he had fled…

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Owing to government restrictions to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the Conseil québécois de la musique (CQM) was obliged to organize its 24th Gala des prix Opus online, a first for the ceremony. The webcast was made public on Feb. 7 on the Facebook page of the Fabrique culturelle de Télé-Québec. The setting was unchanged: Bourgie Hall in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. A total of 26 laureates were recognized for their achievements during the 2019-2020 season, before and during the pandemic. Exceptional circumstances led to an exceptional tribute to Kent Nagano, former music director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra,…

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Western Classical music is Eurocentric by nature. Centuries ago, the so-called Old World made up the rule of an art form that would gain universal acceptance as something of a legit form of culture. Performers and composers working within the confines of that tradition are found everywhere nowadays, and need not have been raised in any one its countries or lived there to play this musical cannon with proficiency. Over the last century or so, foreign influences have seeped into it, be they the exotic scales of the Far East or the syncopations of the Far West. American composers for…

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Mikaël, the author, enters the theatre (Ludger-Duvernay Hall in the Monument-National) holding in his hands a kite and a lamp, which traditionally lights the stage and the hall of empty theatres, and… a rifle. The tone is set. A drama, or rather two dramas, will play out before our eyes. This is an absolute must-see! First of all, the drama felt through the emptiness of the hall brings into our minds the virus of desertion. The battle of Mikaël, the author (Sébastien Ricard): to evoke a story, musicians, singers and an upcoming performance. For him this means haunting this space…

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Montreal, January 14, 2021 – The Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) outlines the 10th edition of its Montreal/New Musics festival (MNM), to be held from February 18 to 28, 2021. The MNM festival is reinventing itself to offer an unprecedented online sound odyssey with the theme Au-delà des frontières (Beyond Borders). MNM 2021 will stand out for the global aspect that webcast now offers, and through its programming, tinged with openness and discovery. Thus for 10 days musical and artistic frontiers will open up to reveal new and unprecedented sounds with universal accents. “I have always wanted to…

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WHEN ABSENCE HAUNTS US The postponement of the creation of L’orangeraie gave an opportunity for Chants Libres to film Prélude à l’opéra in the deserted Monument-National. This digital event, inspired by excerpts from the opera and coloured by constraints imposed on the performing arts milieu, will be webcast on January 21, 2021.  “After four years of work, I received the last notes of the score in March of 2020 just before the lockdown,” explains Pauline Vaillancourt. “We were ready for what was to come (costumes, rehearsals, set design, etc.), everything that is requires for the months leading up to a…

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Steven Philcox and Lawrence Wiliford, the Co-artistic Directors of CASP, announce a series of grants to support new and emerging composers during this difficult time of COVID-19 isolation. Two grants of $2000 will be awarded in each of the next three years. The successful applicants will be expected to create three Art Songs (free-standing poems set to music), roughly 10 to 12 minutes in total, within 8 months of the agreed start date. As part of the programme the applicant will be paired with a recognized Canadian Art Song composer who will act as Mentor throughout the process. The Mentors will provide…

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Here are today’s streamed concerts you shouldn’t miss! Enjoy. This new feature will until January 1, 2021. To submit your event, please email [email protected] Bayerische Staatsoper presents Camille Saint-Saëns’ Oratorio de Noël Ailyn Pérez, Tara Erraught, Okka von der Damerau, Benjamin Bernheim and Etienne Dupuis sing Camille Saint-Saëns’s rarely performed Oratorio de Noël. Antonello Manacorda conducts. For more information, click here. Stile Antico at Wigmore Hall A seasonal programme in which the acclaimed vocal ensemble Stile Antico performs Christmas music from the Spanish Golden Age. For more information, click here. Essential Opera presents December Essential Opera presents December, a new opera by Monica Pearce.…

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Montreal, December 15, 2020 – With a few months to go before the start of its Montreal/New Musics festival (MNM), the Société de musique contemporaine du Québec (SMCQ) announces the theme of its 10th edition, to be held from February 18 to 28, 2021. The MNM festival is reinventing itself to offer an unprecedented sound odyssey with the theme Au-delà des frontières (Beyond Borders). MNM 2021 will stand out for the global aspect that webcast now offers, and through its programming, tinged with openness and discovery. Thus for 10 days musical and artistic frontiers will open up to reveal new and unprecedented sounds with universal accents. “I have always…

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