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Toronto, Ontario––November 25, 2020: One of Toronto’s most beloved holiday musical traditions, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s annual Holiday Pops concert, will be available from the safety and comfort of patrons’ homes this year. Cherished holiday music will be performed, including a cheery sing-along and poignant moments of reflection as the world marks a holiday season like no other. The Holiday Pops concert, part of the TSO On Demand series, will be available for online viewing December 18–January 3, and will go on sale on November 26, 2020. Singer-songwriter Andrea Menard will perform, reflecting on the meaning of holiday traditions and…

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The Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra welcomes world-renowned cellist Ofra Harnoy for Masterworks 2: Mellow Cello. The concert premieres online on Friday, November 20 at 6:00 pm EST (7:30 pm in Newfoundland). Harnoy performs Haydn’s Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major, under the direction of conductor Mark David, music director of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. The concert also includes Mendelssohn’s Overture for Winds and Brahms’ Serenade No. 2, op. 16, plus a special encore from Harnoy’s new album of Newfoundland folk songs, “On the Rock”. Tickets range from $10-$20 and are available now at https://nsomusic.ca/masterworks-2-mellow-cello-november-20-2020/ or by calling 709-722-4441. Purchasers will…

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October 29, 2020, Toronto, ON …. Last spring, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO Canada) joined the rest of the nation – and the world – in struggling to meet the new realities of the Covid-19 pandemic. Despite the many challenges, NYO Canada was determined not to let down the deserving and gifted young musicians who had worked so hard to earn a place for its 60th anniversary season and international tour. In just a few short weeks, NYO launched a successful 45-day online musical training and professional development session, providing a much-needed lifeline for these newly-isolated young musicians.…

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Calgary (Oct 16, 2020) – On Thursday, October 15 the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra launched a capital campaign that will secure a strong future for the organization and its role in Calgary. Ad Astra: Building to New Heights is focused on pursuing artistic excellence, strengthening our community, and ensuring a sustainable future. The new campaign got a kick-start from longtime supporter Dr. John Lacey, who stepped up to pledge $1 million and take the lead as the campaign’s honorary campaign chair. He says he promised his late wife, Naomi, that he would do his best to ensure Calgary always has the orchestra it…

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MSO and OM back in business In a continental performing arts scene dominated by a whole lot of cancellation, Montreal is a hive of activity. Both the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (now entering a post-Kent Nagano interregnum) and the Orchestre Métropolitain (under Yannick Nézet-Séguin) have remarkably busy schedules in the Maison symphonique and elsewhere. Crowds might be reduced but there is no noticeable reduction in quality. With little to do in New York, YNS has an enhanced presence in his hometown. All his Maison symphonique concerts, September to December, are sold out, so best to act quickly on Prokofiev’s Peter and…

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Not your usual opening night. Small crowd. No mingling. No buzz. Except insofar as the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under Bernard Labadie proved itself equal on Sept. 11 to the repertoire at hand. This band has met only sporadically since March, mostly in popup chamber concerts that remained stubbornly under the radar. Apparently the players have not lost their team spirit and pride in playing well. Even in social-distance formation – 43 looking more like 60 as spread across the stage of the Maison symphonique – the MSO sounded like a balanced and cohesive ensemble. The start could not have been…

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The number 19 is a coincidence. Months after COVID-19 put public arts programming on hold, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra will perform 19 concerts for a live audience in the Maison symphonique from Sept. 11 to Dec. 9. “Our musicians will perform symphonic repertoire,” noted Madeleine Careau, the orchestra’s CEO, implicitly drawing a distinction between the lineup announced Thursday and the many chamber pop-up concerts given during the summer. “They need to play together, to keep this ability to play together.” The season opener, a Mozart and Beethoven program led by Bernard Labadie, will be disseminated live on the Medici.tv platform…

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The familiar setting is Bourgie Hall, festooned with microphones, lamps, music stands and cleared of audience chairs. Yannick Nézet-Séguin stands on a podium near the rear, facing forward, score to one side. Horns, trumpets and timpani are on the stage, other players on the floor. Everyone is moderately distanced but unmasked. There might be some techies in the balcony but no public as that word is normally understood. All of this in keeping, we are assured, with provincial guidelines on recording. “It’s what I like to call a jam session,” YNS said in a spoken introduction to the Friday afternoon…

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At merely 33 and looking half her age, Elim Chan is taking the world by storm. Born and raised in Hong Kong, despite coming from a non-musical family, she has always had music in her life. She played the piano, sang in choirs and played the cello in the Hong Kong Children’s Symphony Orchestra. The first celebrity to pique her interest in conducting was – wait for it – Mickey Mouse. When she watched the Disney icon in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice in Disney’s Fantasia, she thought it would be cool to become a conductor. While in Grade 3, Chan attended…

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Recent announcements from Minister of Culture Nathalie Roy have received mixed reviews from professionals in the field, in particular those working in the performing arts. In an open letter, Stéphane Laforest, conductor of the Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke and the Sinfonia de Lanaudière, argues that government assistance only benefits part of the industry and neglects those employed as performers. At first, like many of my colleagues – especially people from the performing arts – I felt critical of the minister of culture. We were all shaken after two press conferences which announced the opening of drive-in cinemas and the allocation…

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