Browsing: Orchestral

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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For 59 years the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO Canada) has been welcoming and developing the talent of young Canadian musicians through an enriching program of experience and training. Nearly 100 musicians aged 16 to 28 will participate this summer under the direction of conductor Michael Francis. This guest conductor has worked often with young musicians, notably with the New World Symphony in Miami and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. “I worked with the NYO Canada in 2015 and had a wonderful experience,” Francis says. “I was very impressed by the professionalism of the young musicians, the structure…

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Featuring the work of six Canadian composers, presenting five Canadian soloists and offering over 60 learning and engagement activities, this unprecedented international tour by the NAC Orchestra brought Canadian art, artists and stories to the world stage. May 30, 2019 – OTTAWA (Canada) On the occasion of its 50th Anniversary, the National Arts Centre Orchestra led by its Music Director Alexander Shelley completed a successful European tour from May 10 to 26, 2019, that took them to: Saffron-Walden London Paris Utrecht Copenhagen Stockholm Gothenburg Entitled CROSSINGS, the tour included 60 learning activities and community events, and eight concerts featuring five…

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The OSM has seen its share of notable guest conductors over the decades. Now the list includes Michael Tilson Thomas, music director of the San Francisco Symphony since 1995. His appearance on May 22 in the Maison symphonique marked his Montreal debut. He made it count for something. Not that Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra is the likeliest vehicle for the expression of podium personality. As its title implies, this score is made of multiple parts that need to be coordinated. A lean and athletic figure at 75, Tilson Thomas accomplished the technical element of task with an economical baton style…

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Halifax, NS – After a rigorous three-year international search, Symphony Nova Scotia is delighted to announce two finalist candidates for its artistic leadership position of Music Director: Québec-based Jean-Michel Malouf and New Zealand-born Holly Mathieson. New Zealand-born Holly Mathieson was until recently Assistant Conductor at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and has conducted orchestras throughout the U.K. and New Zealand, including the London Symphony, BBC Concert, and Royal Philharmonic. Her conducting has been acclaimed as “particularly adept” (Seen and Heard) with “clarity and elegance in all circumstances” (Classical Source). Holly holds a PhD in Music Iconography and in 2016, she…

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Odyssey Tour July 21-29, 2019 OTTAWA  MONTREAL  PARRY SOUND  STRATFORD  TORONTO Tour to 5 Canadian Cities followed by Orchestra’s First Trip to Spain New NFB Feature Documentary “That Higher Level” Follows the Orchestra’s 12-City Canada 150 Tour “The National Youth Orchestra of Canada has clearly set the bar high … The string sound glistens and shimmers, while brass are rich yet mellow … NYOC were invariably confident and assured.” – The Scotsman (2018 International Tour)   For Immediate Release, May 6, 2019, Toronto, ON …. The National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO Canada) celebrates its 59th Season with a 5-city…

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Complete artistic programming for the 2019 edition unveiled Sublime voices and star pianists Berlioz tribute Many premieres   Joliette, May 7, 2019 –Festival de Lanaudière’s Artistic Director Renaud Loranger today unveiled the complete artistic programming of the Festival de Lanaudière’s 42nd season. This year, the Festival features many artists making their debuts either at Lanaudière, in Quebec, or for some, in Canada. From July 5 to August 4, music lovers are invited to take advantage of the Festival’s top venues: the enchanting Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay and several local churches. In the words of Mr. Loranger: “From Europe and America, a roster…

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For immediate release—May 6, 2019: The Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO) is proud to announce that Duncan McDougall is the recipient of the 2018/19 TSYO Stingray Rising Stars Award. The announcement was made on Sunday, May 5, during the TSYO’s season-finale concert at Roy Thomson Hall, marking the end of the orchestra’s 45th season. The Stingray Rising Stars Award was launched in 1998 as Galaxie Rising Stars. This original program sets out to discover, encourage, promote, and champion new up-and-coming Canadian artists. The award, with a value of $1,000, will help Duncan advance his career. “Contributing to the career advancement of…

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