Browsing: Orchestral

Recent announcements from Minister of Culture Nathalie Roy have received mixed reviews from professionals in the field, in particular those working in the performing arts. In an open letter, Stéphane Laforest, conductor of the Orchestre symphonique de Sherbrooke and the Sinfonia de Lanaudière, argues that government assistance only benefits part of the industry and neglects those employed as performers. At first, like many of my colleagues – especially people from the performing arts – I felt critical of the minister of culture. We were all shaken after two press conferences which announced the opening of drive-in cinemas and the allocation…

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Kent Nagano will inaugurate a series of live one-hour concerts on Saturday from the auditorium of the Maison de la Radio, the headquarters of Radio France. The conductor, who has been sequestered in Paris since the outbreak of the pandemic, leads a reduced and distanced Orchestre philharmonique de Radio France in Britten’s Fanfare for Three Trumpets; Arvo Pärt’s Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten and Spiegel im Spiegel; and Strauss’s Metamorphosen and Sextet from Capriccio. The concert will be broadcast live at 2 p.m. EST (8 p.m. in France) and can he heard on France Musique or seen as a livestream on…

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It was the day the music stopped – in future tense. On April 7 the City of Montreal decreed that no festivals, sporting events or public gatherings would be allowed on its “territory” through July 2 owing to the COVID-19 crisis. While it was not clear whether this announcement had any direct bearing on indoor performances, and Mayor Plante was heard telling CJAD that its decision was only for outdoor events which required a city permit, music presenters including the MSO promptly scrapped the balance of the 2019-20 season. The Orchestre Métropolitain, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival and Les Violons…

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Montreal, April 1st 2020 – The current isolation measures are difficult for all music lovers, which is why l’Orchestre classique de Montréal chose to innovate and present a series of eight mini concerts online. It’s our way of offering audiences a taste of the upcoming season while bringing light and hope to the hearts of classical music enthusiasts. Starting Tuesday April 7, at 7:30 P.M., a featured soloist of the 2020-21 season will give a mini-concert on OCM’s Facebook page, taking the public on a journey of their favourite musical genres. Each 45 minute performance will unveil the programming details of our…

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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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