Browsing: Orchestral

Montreal, March 26, 2020 – In order to conform to the requirements and continued measures adopted by the government of Quebec, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal announces that all concerts scheduled up to May 24 inclusively* are cancelled. We still hope to offer you, as planned, the two end-of-season concerts leading to six performances conducted by Maestro Kent Nagano, from May 26 to 28 and from June 2 to 4. These are subject, of course, to public health guidelines. The OSM has been in existence for over 85 years as a not-for-profit organization, and never in its history has it faced a challenge…

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra’s 2020–21 Season: Our World NOW The Natural World, WomenNOW, Identity, and the Digital Age Posted on March 24, 2020   The Natural World Composer-in-Residence Gabriela Lena Frank’s Picaflor: Retelling of a Peruvian creation myth through the voices of Philadelphia students and visuals from Mural Arts PhiladelphiaCommissioned works from women composers: Melody Eötvös, Robin Holcomb, Wang Xi, and Hilary Purrington on melting icebergs, California wildfires, the relationship between nature and the human body, and nature in poetry Jane: National Geographic documentary on Jane Goodall with Philip Glass score performed live The sea and the earth: Nézet-Séguin conducts Debussy’s La Mer and Mahler’s Das Lied von…

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From the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra website: “We have also recently been informed that our Music Director, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, has just tested positive for COVID-19. Mirga is recovering in self-isolation at home. The CBSO are following advice from Public Health England and all staff and orchestra members have been informed.  We would like to wish Mirga a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her when she is next with us in May.”

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A SPECIAL INVITATION FROM THE VSO Dear friends, colleagues, ticket holders and supporters, Last weekend the VSO opened BeethovenFest with Maestro Tausk leading a triumphant performance of Beethoven, Shostakovich, and our own Rodney Sharman. Monday saw a superb VSO chamber concert and Wednesday an innovative and vibrant VSO debut performance at none other than the Commodore. Then everything changed. On Thursday, as a result of the recent ban on mass gatherings implemented by BC Health, the VSO along with many BC arts organizations had to cancel our public performances. As we begin to come to terms with the immense impact…

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Toronto, February 16, 2020—The Toronto Symphony performed its Valentine’s program to a full house last night featuring some of the most romantic classical music ever written. What you missed? The concert opened with the Canadian premiere of American composer Elizabeth Ogonek’s “As though birds.” The work was inspired by a three-line stanza from a poem by Jonathan Dubow. Though only three-and-a-half minutes long, it is densely packed with an immense range of orchestral timbres, with moods alternating between melancholy and euphoria. Elim Chan, Stephen Hough, Photo: Jag Gundu Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, a work that epitomizes…

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Sometimes a luxury is also a necessity. “Typically, we allocate eight, sometimes nine rehearsals to prepare a concert,” says Kristian Alexander, founding music director of the Kindred Spirits Orchestra. “I know this is a ‘luxury,’ but it also allows us to prepare pieces that are more difficult and sophisticated.” Pieces like Rachmaninoff’s Third Symphony, which he conducts Feb. 4 at the Flato Markham Theatre, one of two venues regularly used by this ensemble based in the thriving York region north of Toronto. Or Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra, the main item on a March 20 program at the Richmond Hill Centre…

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And the next music director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra is… Unknown. Perhaps even to the committee that was struck in October 2017 to seek a successor to Kent Nagano who conducts his final concert in August. But MSO chief executive Madeleine Careau has confirmed that there is a short list to which no further names will be added. Since a mandatory requirement for the lucky can- didate is to have conducted the orchestra at least once – and recently – we can look at a few conductors who have already appeared in the Maison symphonique, and especially at those…

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Tous en chœur autour de Beethoven with the OSCM The Orchestre symphonique du Conservatoire de la Montérégie (OSCM) this year celebrates the fifth anniversary of its residence at the École de musique Vincent-d’Indy. Concluding the season on May 10 is Tous en chœur autour de Beethoven, a concert at the Maison symphonique given in collaboration with the choirs of École de musique Vincent-d’Indy and the dancers of the École supérieure de ballet du Québec. To open the program, the orchestra under guest conductor Nicolas Ellis performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (“Pastoral”) along with a ballet choreographed by Anne Dryburgh, followed…

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Appointed last year as chief conductor of the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil (OSDL), violinist Alexandre Da Costa is very much delighted by the audience’s response since taking over the rostrum a few months ago. “We’ve had full houses since our season opener,” he enthuses. “I’m glad about that, for sure, but the challenge now is to maintain the momentum. To ensure that, you have to stay on top of things, day in, day out.” “It’s one thing to put together individual programs that are fresh and exciting, but a whole other to uphold your patrons’ interest throughout the season,” Da…

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His favorite repertoire includes works by great Russian composers including Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Mussorgsky and Borodin. “It’s in my blood. I grew up in Russia with this music,” says composer and conductor Airat Ichmouratov. He also admires romantics like Mahler, Strauss and Wagner: “The compositions of these great German musicians are enormously inspiring.” This brilliant representative of the new generation is entirely onboard the current trend of composers finding inspiration in works from the romantic tradition. Charms of Tonal Music Ichmouratov affirms his preference for tonal music, like many composers of his generation. “Obviously, the audience really enjoys tonal…

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