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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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Haydn: Symphony No. 94 in G major “Surprise” Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 47 Nielsen: Symphony No. 5 Op. 50 Augustin Hadelich, violin Dallas Symphony/John Storgårds Meyerson Symphony Center Dallas, Texas April 7, 2019 It is one of the ongoing mysteries of classical music that the tiny country of Finland – population 5.5 million – manages to turn out more conductors with international careers than any other country in the world. While Esa-Pekka Salonen may be the best-known, the list of outstanding maestros past and present includes Paavo Berlund, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Sakari Oramo, Hannu Lintu, Susanna Mälkki, Santtu-Matias…

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80th Anniversary Season Boris Brott, Artistic Director | Taras Kulish, Executive Director 2019-2020 Season Highlights Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal, Soprano Aline Kutan, Poulenc Organ Concerto, Italian pianist Giuseppe Guarrera, Handel’s Messiah & Much More! For Immediate Release, April 24, 2019, Montreal, Quebec …. In anticipation of its 80th anniversary season (2019-2020), the McGill Chamber Orchestra is to be rebranded Orchestre classique de Montréal or OCM, as announced today by Artistic Director Boris Brott and Executive Director Taras Kulish. The celebratory launch event took place at the headquarters of BMO Bank of Montreal, the orchestra’s presenting sponsor, with…

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Hard to fault the Mahler Third Symphony heard Saturday night (April 13, 2019) in Salle Claude-Champagne. Very hard, if the criteria are performing standards and the grasp of the score shown by Jean-François Rivest, founding artistic director and principal conductor of the Orchestre de l’Université de Montréal. It should be noted, however, that the 100-plus players on stage included a high proportion of professors and alumni, including veterans we see often enough in professional situations. Only three of the eight double bassists, to judge by the printed program, were students. The first timpani part was undertaken by none other than…

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Local boy makes good. Not that Jordan de Souza is, strictly speaking, a Montrealer. “Né à Toronto” were the first words we read in the program biography Friday (April 12, 2019) at the Maison symphonique. But this conductor learned his craft at McGill and had some good innings at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul before ascending to the position of Erster Kapellmeister at the Komische Oper in Berlin. Thus the special interest of his return to town at the helm of the Orchestre Métropolitain. Spring was the supposed theme of the evening but the real focus was…

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This recording almost slipped by unnoticed. It opens with a neither here nor there performance of the first Shostakovich concerto, neither rippled with black comedy the way Slava Rostropovich played it nor invested with loving compassion like the mellifluous Heinrich Schiff. The Berlin-based soloist, Anastasia Kobekina, gives a good account of the piece and the Berne Symphony play well enough under the direction of Kevin John Edusei. What follows is simply gripping. The 1956 Weinberg Fantasy, of which there appear to be only two extant recordings, has an arresting opening melody and the best atmospherics I can think of outside…

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After almost four years, a major project has come to fruition with the release of Chopin’s two Piano Concertos as played by Charles Richard-Hamelin and the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal under Kent Nagano. “It’s one of the five best recordings that Analekta has ever produced,” exclaims the label’s president, François-Mario Labbé. Almost 32 years after the record company’s establishment, this landmark recording reminds the wide world of the excellence of musicians from Quebec. “After Charles Richard-Hamelin’s win at the 2015 Chopin Competition, I thought of recording those concertos and brought it up with Kent Nagano, who was immediately interested,” Labbé…

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