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Orchestre philharmonique et choeur des mélomanes 2021-2022 season includes Alain Lefèvre playing Mathieu’s Concerto de Québec Montreal, July 29, 2021 – The seventh season of the Orchestre Philharmonique et Chœur des Mélomanes (OPCM) includes pianist Alain Lefèvre as soloist in André Mathieu’s Concerto de Québec. This is one of three concerts in the Maison symphonique under the direction of Francis Choinière. “I have always been keen to support the next generation and it is with enthusiasm that I accepted the invitation of the young conductor Francis Choinière to present this gem,” Lefèvre said, referring to the concerto, a work he was instrumental…

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It was encouraging to see concerts being given once again at Tanglewood, and with a big crowd in attendance. Finally, we are getting back to something approaching normal. Not yet normal, to be sure. Tanglewood is currently limited to 50% attendance and three-foot distancing. But for a large facility that still means a lot of people. There were 2,400 in the (covered) Shed and 6,600 on the lawn. On the strength of scores for dozens of very popular films, John Williams may be one of the best-known composers in the world. His music for Star Wars, Superman, Indiana Jones, E.T.,…

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Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. Or actually, leave them off and start your radios, to hear Così fan tutte, the opera that opens the 2021 Brott Music Festival on July 15 in the normally not-so-operatic outdoor setting of the Ancaster Fairgrounds west of Hamilton, Ont. Drive-in operas and concerts have become a growth industry in the wake of the pandemic but not all such events involve a happy harmony with the presentation itself. This version of Mozart’s 1790 opera buffa takes place in a 1950s drive-in diner. A vintage automobile will be part of the staging by Anna Theodosakis.…

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Ontario will be moving to Phase 3 of its COVID-19 reopening plan on July 16. That’s five days earlier than the province had originally announced, but still about a week too late to allow the National Arts Centre Orchestra to play its last concert of this strange, truncated season in front of a live indoor audience. Saturday night’s livestream from Southam Hall was also the first time the orchestra and music director Alexander Shelley had even played together since the fall, when they were able to give a few online concerts before the province locked down again. Not surprisingly, Saturday’s…

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For the second summer in a row, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada will do without certain elements that might seem indispensable for an orchestral training program. A tour, for example, or performances under a conductor.  And for the second summer in a row, the venerable institution – alumni of which constitute 40 percent of professional musicians playing in orchestras in Canada – is making the best of the situation by stressing the digital side of cultivating a career.“Operating a USB microphone, using a video camera, lighting and acoustics,” are some of the subjects mentioned by Kate Eccles, NYO communications…

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Montreal, May 13, 2021 – The OSM concludes a thoroughly exceptional season by presenting two concerts that are sure to leave a lasting impression! First, offered free of charge via webcast on June 15 VOICES OF WOMEN: AN ODE TO LIFE pays tribute to women creators and performers, and to all women in an ode to their sensitivity and diversity. Next, audience members are invited to join us at the Maison symphonique on May 28 and 29 for the last concert of the season, BEWITCHING MELODIES: BERLIOZ’S LES NUITS D’ÉTÉ led by Dutch conductor and Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony…

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Montreal, April 22, 2021—The ORCHESTRE SYMPHONIQUE DE MONTRÉAL is pleased and excited to announce the 2nd edition of the OSM CLASSICAL FLIGHT, a benefit concert in support of the OSM’s mission, under the evocative theme WHEN MUSIC HITS THE SKY. The OSM musicians will joyfully reunite with conductor Dina Gilbert, known for her energy, precision and versatility, while this new edition also features the involvement of Olympic gold medallist, six-time world champion in freestyle skiing and devoted lover of classical music Mikaël Kingsbury! “I was both surprised and delighted when the OSM team asked me to be their spokesperson for…

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Happy ending. Not literally, of course, since Brahms’s Fourth Symphony – as Yannick Nézet-Séguin pointed out Saturday to an audience of about 250 in the Maison symphonique – is unusual in that it concludes tragically, in the minor mode. Still, there are assertions of optimism in this great score, and interludes of tender melancholy. We got comprehensive sense of its beauties in the final installment of a cycle of Brahms symphonies by the Orchestre Métropolitain. What a shame, as YNS said, the composer wrote only four. As in the prior concerts, Yannick conducted the symphony from memory, although it was…

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Recordings of Ralph Vaughan Williams fall into the middle of the Atlantic. English interpreters – Boult, Barbirolli, Hickox, Handley and most recently Andrew Manze – veer towards understatement, allowing the power of the music to emerge by stealth. Americans – Stokowski, Previn, Slatkin – are more energetic and explicit. These may be broad generalisations, but they reflect just how narrow the arteries are of Vaughan Williams reception. No star non-UK or US conductor has ever taken up his symphonies. The only European champion on record is the Dutchman Kees Bakels on Naxos. Where do these concerts by the London Symphony…

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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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