Browsing: Orchestral

Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 “Babi Yar” is a brave choice for an OSM season opener. Cast in five movements, it runs the gamut from sorrowful to scornful, confines itself vocally to males and makes many of its musical points at a sustained fortissimo. The Yevgeny Yevtushenko text refers to a Nazi massacre. The hourlong-plus experience can be onerous for a gala crowd, unless the performance is as inspired as it was under Kent Nagano Tuesday night in the Maison symphonique. It is hard to describe in words the mix of horror, irony and humanity that the composer calibrates so exactly…

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The Exceptional Young Musicians of THE NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF CANADA & THE EUROPEAN UNION YOUTH ORCHESTRA Join Forces November 12-17 for The Frenergy Tour SASCHA GOETZEL, conductor BLAKE POULIOT, violin First-Ever Collaboration Between the Two Orchestras Made Possible by the European Union Delegation to Canada The National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO Canada) and the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) are joining forces for The Frenergy Tour, a landmark collaboration and celebration of music and friendship, featuring a combined total of 76 outstanding young musicians. Acclaimed Viennese conductor Sascha Goetzel leads the four-city tour, with music by Rossini, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Stravinsky, and Wagner, as…

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Orchestre symphonique de Montréal Kent Nagano opens his last season as music director of the OSM on Sept. 17 and 18 with tough stuff: Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 “Babi Yar.” Mahler’s Fifth Symphony on Sept. 19 and 21 will seem joyous by comparison. German superstar Anne-Sophie Mutter drops in on Sept. 24 and 25 with Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. Guest conductor Cristian Măcelaru leads this and Schoenberg’s well-intentioned orchestration of Brahms’s Piano Quartet Op. 25. Pianist András Schiff leads and plays Haydn (Concerto in D Major) and Beethoven (Piano Concerto No. 2) on Oct. 23 and 24. Brahms and Bartók complete…

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Toronto – Sinfonia Toronto announced detailed plans for its upcoming tour of China. Music Director Nurhan Arman and the orchestra will perform ten concerts in China from September 18 to October 7, 2019.  The tour is the orchestra’s fifth international tour. The orchestra has toured in Germany (2008), Spain (2010), the US (2015) and South America (2018 – Peru, Argentina and Uruguay). Sinfonia Toronto will perform on the main concert series in each of ten cities. The first concert will take place on September 20 in Taiyuan. From there the orchestra will continue to Baotou, Erdos, Foshan, Shenzhen, Yangzhou, Jinan,…

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Summer in Montreal has many reliable musical highlights. Among the less-written-about is the annual concert in the Maison symphonique by the Orchestre de la Francophonie under its founding music director, Jean-Philippe Tremblay. The instalment on Wednesday kept the streak alive. The big item was Bruckner’s Sixth, no less a symphony than those that precede and follow it. This performance by the international ensemble of young adults (comprising both francophones and those who wish they were) was grand in overall concept and vibrant in bar-by-bar execution. It would be hard to imagine a truer expression of Bruckner’s lofty brand of romanticism…

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Mount Royal Park, beautiful by itself, looked particularly festive and impressive on the evening of July 25. From Sherbrooke Street, a colourful flock of families, couples and groups of friends, holding the parasols and blankets, was heading to the park premises. The mix of French, English, Spanish, Russian and Arabic anticipated the beginning of an exciting concert by the Orchestre Métropolitain under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. After a short introduction during which the host presented distinguished members of the Canadian government and sponsors of the concert – including Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism Pablo Rodriquez and members of…

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Jaap Nico Hamburger has been named Mécénat Musica’s Composer in Residence 2019-2020. Jaap is in a unique position to bring Canadian culture to the world stage with his opera, “Goldwasser”. Jaap’s compositions include symphonies, solo concertos, chamber music works, and commissions from Discovery Channel, Rex Video London UK, Turning Point Ensemble, and Dutch Television. Since 2012, Jaap is a Canadian Music Centre Associate Composer. Mécénat Musica has had a Composer in Residence program since 2014. Mécénat Musica Compositions’ scores and notes are provided to emerging Montreal, Québec, and Canadian artists, without royalties, in perpetuity. Outgoing Mécénat Musica Composer in Residence…

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REVIEW: of Ellen West (the world premiere of a new work by Ricky Ian Gordon and Frank Bidart); and La fille du régiment (a new production of Donizetti’s 1840 comic opera). Opera Saratoga inaugurated its summer 2019 mainstage series on June 29 and 30 – the same weekend as the highly-touted “WorldPride 50” celebration. The latter event, of course, originated as homage to the purported founding moment of the modern gay rights movement; but it has by now pullulated far beyond its initial meaning, becoming a portmanteau affirmation of self-identities of all stripes. It is interesting, then, that – whether…

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After two years of planning and enhancement, the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau (SPJD) and the Metropolitan Orchestra organized a free concert for the inauguration of the Espace 67, preserving the symbol of community and sharing from the 1967 International and Universal Exposition. Created for people-gathering activities, the new Espace 67 is now ready to accommodate 65,000 people in a charming and welcoming site along the Saint-Laurent, facing the city of Montreal. The vast site accommodates several sitting areas for possible picnics, including food trucks, and other outdoors activities. To celebrate the new site, 77 musicians from the Metropolitan Orchestra performed…

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK (June 4, 2019) — Michael Tilson Thomas announced today that he is withdrawing from all engagements beginning June 17 until September 3 in order to undergo a cardiac procedure. The operation, which will take place in Cleveland, is scheduled to follow his performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 9 with the San Francisco Symphony on June 13, 14, 15, and 16. “I deeply regret missing concerts and projects that I have been greatly anticipating,” said Tilson Thomas. “On the advice of my doctors, I need to undergo this procedure at this time in continuation of treatment for a heart condition I have…

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