Browsing: Orchestral

Esprit Orchestra’s 40th Anniversary Season (2022-2023) begins with a fall-winter subscription  concert series celebrating Maestro Alex Pauk’s founding of Canada’s foremost, unique, full-sized orchestra  exclusively devoted to presenting the music of today. A 2023 spring series will be announced in November. The opening three concerts, on October 27, November 27 and January 25, all presented in Toronto’s  stunning and acoustically superb Koerner Hall, exemplify Esprit’s programming of the best music by the  greatest living composers from around the world including Thomas Adès, and Unsuk Chin. Canada’s best  composers such as John Rea, Colin McPhee, José Evangelista and Alexina Louie are…

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Executive Director Taras Kulish and Boris Brott had been planning OCM’s (Orchestre classique de Montréal) 2022–2023 since before Boris’s tragic death in Hamilton, Ont., this past spring. OCM has called on two guest conductors to continue Boris’s legacy and pay tribute to him. These conductors were among Boris’s friends. Leclair conducts opening concert The opening concert conducted by Geneviève Leclair will tell the story of Boris Brott’s ­musical life. Consequently, the Oct. 18 concert has been changed to include works that had a ­direct or indirect connection to his long ­conducting career. For instance, Geneviève ­remembered Boris studying with Igor…

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Orchestre symphonique de Montréal For his second season at the OSM, conductor Rafael Payare will kick-start an ambitious multi-year journey into the heart of Mahler’s flamboyant, symphonic and vocal repertoire. From Sept. 14-17, the maestro will inaugurate the OSM’s 89th season with Mahler’s grand Symphony No. 2 in C minor, joined by ­soprano Dorothea Röschmann, mezzo-­soprano Karen Cargill and the OSM choir, under the direction of Andrew Megill. Moving from Mahlerian monumentalism to romanticism and impressionism, the orchestra will present Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Debussy’s Nocturne on Sept. 21-22, under the direction of Payare. On Oct. 12-13, the…

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Camps – Music Lake Field Music Camp 647-692-3463 | www.lakefieldmusic.ca Application Deadline: June 30 Cost: $899 to 1599 Scholarships: Yes Languages: English Disciplines: Voice, flute, piano, brass, violin, viola, cello, bass, strings, guitar, fiddle, organ, saxophone, clarinet, oboe, woodwinds, percussion, orchestra, choir, chamber music, jazz, world music, improvisation, musical theatre Age Categories: Teens, adults One-week program with 20 coaches offering over 50 ensembles and workshops in Classical, Jazz, World and Popular music. Adult amateur singers and instrumentalists enjoy technique and master classes, small and large ensembles, choirs, musical theatre. Supportive and friendly environment to perform or simply enjoy daily concerts.…

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When did John Adams become John Adams? Around 1995, according to his own narrative, when he broke with repetitive minimalism and found a more variegated expression. The turning point was an orchestral work called Slonimsky’s Earbox, written soon after the contentious opera The Death of Klinghoffer and paying homage to one of the quirkiest characters ever seen in a concert hall. Nicolas Slonimsky was a Russian-Jewish polymath who made himself useful to Serge Koussevitsky and Leonard Bernstein by re-barring complex scores that they could not beat unaided. The Rite of Spring, on their recordings, is taken from Slonimsky’s score. Among…

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Okaville, Ontario (July 26, 2022) – The Oakville Symphony is thrilled to announce that Lorenzo Guggenheim has been selected as its new Music Director and Conductor. He will begin his leadership of the orchestra in the 2022-23 season. Mr. Guggenheim guest conducted the OS in April 2022 at the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts. Former OS Board President Anna Hewitt recalls: “From the minute Lorenzo stepped onto the stage, he conveyed confidence, warmth and passion for what he does, and a genuine desire to share that passion with the audience.” On his appointment, Lorenzo shared the following: “I am…

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Glass: Complete String Quartets – String Quartets Nos. 1-4 (Vol. 1) Olga Ranzenhofer and Antoine Bareil, violin; Frédéric Lambert, alto; Pierre-Alain Bouvrette, cello ATMA Classique, 2022 This four-work album is an excellent start to Quatuor Molinari’s series on the string ensemble compositions of Philip Glass. Mishima, originally composed as the soundtrack for a film by the same name, is the most well-known of the works on the album, and the only one that tells a story. Quatuor Molinari’s violinists effortlessly transition between different melodies in Award Montage, which makes the listener feel like a storyteller is interweaving several narratives. After…

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Canadian Soundscapes (Live) Carmen Harris, Eeva-Maria Kopp, soprano; Guy Few, trumpet; Jaeden Izik-Dzurko, piano; Melissa Williams, violin; Okanagan Symphony Orchestra Centrediscs, 2022 The three concertos on the album Canadian Soundscapes have been plucked from the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra’s years of live performances with several guest performers. The orchestra begins with its astounding rendition of R. Murray Schafer’s The Falcon’s Trumpet, replete with a sense of urgency that makes 22 minutes feel very short. Guy Few inserts himself seamlessly into the wild cacophony of string instruments with a trumpet performance whose evoked feeling of uncertain bravery guides the listener through the…

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Quebec, July 14, 2022 – It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that the Orchestre symphonique de Québec announces the passing of its principal guest conductor, Maestro Bramwell Tovey. Even if he could not be present with us as much as we would have liked, during the last season, he was able to leave his mark within the Orchestra. His exceptional charisma and his great unifying and humanist qualities were particularly appreciated. We remember him as a good, generous and committed man. At this difficult time, our thoughts are with his children and his spouse. Our orchestra has…

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Sarasota, Florida (July 13, 2022) – It is with profound sadness that we share the news that Music Director Bramwell Tovey has passed away following declining health in recent days. In 2021, Maestro Tovey accepted the position of Music Director of Sarasota Orchestra, extended his artistic leadership position with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, and was appointed as Principal Guest Conductor with Orchestre Symphonique de Québec. An international musical leader and global citizen, Maestro Tovey impacted several generations across multiple continents through his music making, conducting and teaching. British-born Bramwell Tovey charmed Sarasota audiences with his debut concert in October 2021…

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