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Calgary (Oct 16, 2020) – On Thursday, October 15 the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra launched a capital campaign that will secure a strong future for the organization and its role in Calgary. Ad Astra: Building to New Heights is focused on pursuing artistic excellence, strengthening our community, and ensuring a sustainable future. The new campaign got a kick-start from longtime supporter Dr. John Lacey, who stepped up to pledge $1 million and take the lead as the campaign’s honorary campaign chair. He says he promised his late wife, Naomi, that he would do his best to ensure Calgary always has the orchestra it…

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You’ll often hear me telling people a couple of generations down the line that they should listen to new music of our time rather than Beethoven and Mahler, which they will enjoy better once they are in their 50s. Can’t say I’ve made many converts. All the usual excuses: get home from work, make supper, put the kids to bed, veg out on the sofa, no concentration left for the squeaks and squawks of contemporary composers. Yeah, been there, done that. But I’m not giving up trying to persuade younger people to listen to the new. Wrap your ears, for…

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Toronto, ON (October 15, 2020) – Prolific documentary filmmaker, singer-songwriter, visual artist, activist and member of the Abenaki Nation, Alanis Obomsawin C.C., G.O.Q., C.A.L.Q. has been chosen as the thirteenth Glenn Gould Prize Laureate. During her 53-year filmmaking career, Canada’s Alanis Obomsawin has devoted herself to chronicling the lives and concerns of First Nations people. “What wonderful news for me to learn that I had been given such an honour, especially receiving it while I am at home in Odanak. I was so surprised and to think that the jury members come from all around the world makes it even…

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Opera Canada is proud to announce the four distinguished honourees who will receive Opera Canada Awards–The Rubies 2020 for their exemplary contributions to the industry: Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor; Music Director, Metropolitan Opera Barbara Hannigan, soprano & conductor Michael Schade, tenor Edward Johnson, tenor; former General Manager, Metropolitan Opera Selected by a committee comprising of leading opera professionals from across the country, our three honourees will be celebrated at a FREE digital gala award event premiering on November 23rd, 2020 on Youtube Premiere @ 8PM EST. Opera Canada magazine first introduced the Opera Canada Awards in 2000, which were nicknamed ‘The Rubies,’…

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Montreal, October 15, 2020 – Accustomed to large ensembles, the Société de musique contemporaine (SMCQ) is adapting to the new health standards this season by exploring the form of the recital. Visions cosmiques, a webcast concert on October 25 at 3 p.m., will allow the public to hear works from the repertoire for two pianos, performed by Brigitte Poulin and Jean Marchand. “Historically, the repertoire for two pianos was used, among other things, for the reduction of orchestral works or large works for rehearsals, and then the form developed at the request of pianists who appreciated the wide range of…

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La Scena Musicale will be giving 1000 copies of its next issue to music students across Canada. The November/December 2020 issue is La Scena Musicale’s annual national issue on Higher Music and Arts Education, and will include a guide to Higher Education institutions and articles about education and careers. To receive your own free copy of the magazine, please fill out the form.  If you know any music students, please share this page with them. This offer is only open to residents of Canada. Eligible: music students in High School, Cegep and university Deadline: Oct. 30, 2020 Click here and answer…

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Not a bad autumn, in dollars and cents, for the arts sector in Quebec. On Oct. 2, Premier François Legault and Culture Minister Nathalie Roy promised $50 million in funding to compensate arts presenters for lost ticket sales through March. The Montreal Symphony Orchestra quickly issued a communiqué expressing thanks. Seven days later, the Opéra de Montréal was on the business end of a commitment of $700,000 in provincial funding to explore digital production options. The company pointed out in a press release that the grant will result in 900 fees paid to artists and production people. The money will…

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On Thursday, October 15, Canadian conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin joins Allegra Chamber Music for a Virtual Gala celebrating the organization’s 40th anniversary. Nézet-Séguin will perform at the piano in one of the works alongside his life-partner violist Pierre Tourville who has been a member of Allegra for 15 years. Allegra includes pianist Dorothy Fieldman Fraiberg, clarinettist Simon Aldrich, violinists Alexander Lozowski and Elvira Misbakhova and cellist Sheila Hannigan. The public Virtual Gala begins at 7:15 PM at www.allegrachambermusicgala.com on Facebook and YouTube. The concert is free, but donations are appreciated. See Yannick’s invitation  And in rehearsal. And Pierre Tourville’s invitation About Allegra…

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Mécénat Musica program has distributed $1.5 million to 35 cultural organizations in Quebec during pandemic from funds administered by three partner community foundations: Foundation of Greater Montreal, Fondation Québec Philanthrope and Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal. These distributions are from income generated by the Mécénat Musica cultural program that has created $50,000,000 of in perpetuity capital from donations from more than 400 Mécénat Musica individuals and families. Mécénat Musica: Mini-Galas Santé surprise thank you concerts, and statuettes are delivered by duos of professional singers and instrumentalists to Mécénat Musica donors, with live music of gratitude door-to-door, outside. Mécénat Musica is…

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Montreal tenor Frédéric Antoun, reacting to an op-ed article in La Presse in a video on Facebook, uses a tissue to demonstrate how, contrary to popular belief, professional opera singers release very little air during singing. “Enough with the fake news, OK?” finishes Antoun on a comical note with a Donald Trump imitation.

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