Browsing: Orchestral

Dr. Peter Simon, Michael and Sonja Koerner President & CEO of The Royal Conservatory of Music, Mervon Mehta, Executive Director of Performing Arts, and James Anagnoson, Dean of The Glenn Gould School, revealed today the details of the 14th concert season since the opening of Koerner Hall in 2009. Two Gala Concerts  Jan Lisiecki with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in October “Rhapsody and the Blues” with Jens Lindemann, Jon Kimura Parker, and the Yamaha All Star Big Band in February Special event to Commemorate Truth and Reconciliation Day  featuring Tomson Highway, Rebecca Cuddy, Sarain Fox, and more Jazz series pays homage…

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John Williams: Violin Concerto No. 2 & Selected Film Themes John Williams, composer and conductor; Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin; Boston Symphony Orchestra Deutsche Grammophon, 2022 Having worked together on two occasions (for recordings issued in 2019 and 2020 on Deutsche Grammophon), John Williams and Anne-Sophie Mutter are no strangers to each other. And as all good things come in threes, here they are back again on the same label and sharing top billing for Williams’s violin concerto. The work opens on a rather brooding harp solo. Mutter’s violin appears almost timidly through a sombre mass of strings, a prelude to the…

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Montreal, May 31, 2022 — The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is thrilled to announce its 89th-season programming, marking the first season under the OSM’s new Music Director Rafael Payare. The accent is on dynamic programming imbued with a spirit of togetherness and focused on OSM core values, which the Maestro fully embraces: the importance of community, the mission of education and the value of artistic creation. Highlights will include 4 world premieres, 17 concerts for young audiences, and a spotlight on choral singing to emphasize connectedness. In total, musicians will give over 100 concerts at the Maison symphonique and at Bourgie Hall, joined by some 50 guest soloists and conductors. “I am touched by the kindness and…

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Montréal, May 25, 2022 – Le Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) is proud to announce that Maestro Jacques Lacombe will conduct the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) for the semifinal and final rounds of the Aria competition on June 6-7 and 9 at Maison symphonique. The CMIM is extremely grateful to Maestro Jacques Lacombe who has agreed to step in on short notice to conduct for the Aria competition of Voice 2022. Maestro Lacombe last collaborated with the CMIM for Piano 2004. Maestro Bramwell Tovey, who was slated to conduct for Voice 2022, has been advised by his doctors…

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Montreal, Wednesday, April 20, 2022 – The experience of music takes on its full meaning when it is shared. That is  why the Orchestre Métropolitain (OM) and its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin are  thrilled to invite you to discover and take part in the Orchestra’s 42ndmusical season. With its concerts at the Maison  symphonique de Montréal and its long-awaited return to the heart of Montreal’s neighbourhoods with events  supported by the Conseil des arts de Montréal en tournée (Touring Program), the OM is a leader on the path back to  symphonic life. Once again, performers of great…

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After performing in Toronto and New York, the National Arts Centre Orchestra brought its Truth in our Time program home to the NAC in Ottawa on April 13 and 14. For my third and last time listening to this concert, I decided to sample the April 14 Livestream. The NAC has significantly upped its videocasting game over the pandemic. Although this particular livestream had a charge attached, plenty of events have been available for free. For all the setbacks and hardships the performing arts have experienced over the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, accessibility gains have been a silver lining.…

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Galileo presents two concerts Galileo has been based in Vallée-du-Haut-Saint-Laurent, southwest of Montreal, since its establishment in October 2010. Comprising 15 to 35 instrumentalists, this chamber orchestra bills itself as the only Canadian orchestra specializing in historically informed performance of symphonic repertoire from approximately 1730 to 1930. On April 19, at  Saint-Michel Catholic Church in Vaudreuil-Dorion, the orchestra presents its first concert under the direction of Daniel Constantineau with a program resolutely turned towards modernity: Beethoven’s Great Fugue, Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, Webern’s Fünf Sätze (Five Movements) and Schoenberg’s Chamber Symphony No. 2. On June 3, at  the Nativity Catholic Church…

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For its April 8, 2022 program, the Orchestre Métropolitain (OM) invited guest conductor Kenosha Watanabe, a young protégé of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, to lead a program that included a world premiere and quite possibly an additional premiere for Montrealers—songs composed by Alma Mahler in the Matthews orchestration. In the now seemingly obligatory opening remarks from the stage of any conductor of this orchestra, Watanabe talked briefly about Paola Prestini’s Barcarola, then paid tribute to conductor Boris Brott, one of Canada’s iconic musical forces, who was tragically struck and killed last week by a hit-and-run driver in Hamilton. What you missed? In…

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La Scena Musicale is shocked and saddened to learn of Boris Brott’s senseless death by hit and run in Hamilton, Ontario on the morning of April 5, 2022. Boris has been featured in the pages of La Scena Musicale several times. As a tribute, below are some of the featured articles. Boris was also an LSM Ambassador every year, and we thank him for his support. Boris also wrote a tribute to his mother Lotte Brott, which we are publishing in three parts in La Scena Musicale: Part I: Lotte Brott – A Tribute (La Scena Musicale, Feb/Mar 2022) Part II: Lotte…

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Les Violons du Roy can once again spread their wings as they please after more than 1½ months of a lockdown reinstatement and a few small-scale concerts at Bourgie Hall. Nicolas Altstaedt will be the guest artist in the Un violoncelle par-delà des frontières concert series on May 6 and 7. On May 26 and 28, Les Violons du Roy will join forces with I Musici de Montréal, under the baton of Jean-François Rivest. This concert will bring back collaborations with orchestras and musicians. Before these concerts take place, former conductor Bernard Labadie, whose triumphant return has long been expected,…

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