Browsing: Classical Music

Circle April 11 on your calendar. This date marks the return of the Ladies’ Morning Musical Club to Pollack Hall after months of provincially mandated postponements and cancellations. The concert is also the first given for a live public by the cellist Matt Haimovitz in over a year. At least indoors. “Last summer I played in somebody’s ­backyard,” the Grammy-nominated McGill prof confessed from his home in Montreal. “Two backyards, actually.” His last formal gig was a Bach celebration at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall in Troy, New York on March 7, 2020. “Already at that performance I was…

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Undeterred by the pandemic, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne and its artistic director Normand Forget were hard at work in recent months. In February, the ensemble recorded a composition by Sandeep Bhagwati at the monastery in Oka for an online video webcast, then streamed a performance dedicated to all health workers, one of them being its oboist Julie Sirois-Leclerc, also emergency physician. On April 16, it will perform live and online from its usual venue, Salle Claude-Champagne. The concert pays tribute to André Prévost, a composer and eminent teacher who passed away in 2001. The orchestra and its conductor Lorraine Vaillancourt…

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Might catch on, this idea of attending concerts in person. Such is my prediction after Yannick Nézet-Séguin and his Orchestre Métropolitain performed in the Maison symphonique on March 27, the day after such events became legal in Montreal. There were 250 well-distanced people in this hall that in better times accommodates more than 2,000. The outpouring of love made it a sellout in spirit. Getting in and out of the place involved a bit of a rigmarole – I was advised by security before entering that I was wearing my mask inside-out – and with no printed program to consult…

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TORONTO, March 25, 2021 /CNW/ – While music has provided invaluable spiritual help to get Canadians through the pandemic, the pandemic has wreaked havoc on musicians who rely on in-person concerts and touring to help sustain their livelihood. Today, SOCAN announced an expanded program to enable music creators and publishers to earn more of what they deserve from online performances. SOCAN members will now be able to receive royalties from both free and ticketed online concerts on more digital platforms. Both “performance” and “reproduction” rights royalties will be paid for, respectively, one-time live digital broadcasts and copies of music. The permanent change replaces…

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Montreal, March 25, 2021 – More than ever before, spring in Montreal heralds rebirth, and the Orchestre  symphonique de Montréal is all set to welcome its cherished public back to the Maison symphonique! Today, we  announce our four events for spring 2021, each one led by a different conductor. Of these four new concerts  available via webcast, two will also take place before a live audience, in five performances April 7 and 8 as well as  May 4 and 5 (there will be two performances on May 5). Beginning on April 1, Bernard Labadie conducts the  Orchestra for its spring…

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Montreal, March 18, 2021 – The Orchestre Métropolitain and its artistic director and principal conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin are delighted to return to performing before a live audience at three  concerts slated for March 27, April 11 and April 17, 2021, at the Maison symphonique de Montréal. Tickets for members of the public will go on sale at noon on Saturday, March 20, on the  www.placedesarts.com website.  On March 16, the Quebec government authorized the reopening of red zone concert venues and  theatres effective March 26. The Orchestre Métropolitain has the honour of being the first music  ensemble to perform in…

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Montréal, March 18th 2021 – Canadian composer John Burge will be on the program at the 19th edition of the Concours musical international de Montréal  John Burge – Compulsory Canadian Work  All competitors taking part in the 2021 Piano edition must prepare to perform three of the Canadian composer’s Twenty-four Preludes as part of the final round.  These three pieces have been selected from John Burge’s work entitled Twenty-four Preludes, inspired  by Chopin’s Opus 28, as well as Debussy’s two books of Preludes. The first piece, “Allegro energico”  produces an effect of continuous movement with its incessant 16th-note passages. The…

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Montréal, Monday, March 16, 2021 – In addition to the concerts announced recently, few of which are still available online, Bourgie Hall at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts is expanding its online musical offering. From jewels of the Italian Baroque with Les Violons du Roy to contemporary jazz with Jean Deromeperforming songs by Steve Lacy, in addition to the musical traditions of Iran and Peru with the Duo Perse-Inca, an homage to Inuit throat singing with Oktoécho, and a concert-lecture of the history of the Romantic guitar presented by Pascal Valois, to offer you a diverse range of online…

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Montreal, March 15, 2021 – From March 30 to April 13, the Orchestre classique de Montréal will present an eclectic concert marking the changing of the seasons, while continuing its “Musical Tour of the World” with works from Italy, Argentina and Canada’s First Nations. The concert will begin with an Italian delicacy, Vivaldi’s Concerto Grosso in D minor, op. 3, no. 11, under the baton of Xavier Brossard-Ménard, the OCM’s current assistant conductor. Maestro Boris Brott will then take to the podium to lead two songs by Indigenous Canadian composers: Barbara Croall’s Zasakwaa (There is a Heavy Frost) for mezzo-soprano and solo…

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Montreal, March 16,2021 –The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is pleased to present three original events for spectators to revisit pop music hits in their orchestral versions. A myriad of Quebec artists take to the stage of the Maison symphonique once again for OSM POP: GREAT MOMENTS. Charismatic tenor and versatile artist Marc Hervieux will perform in MARC HERVIEUX’S CARTE BLANCHE, and at long last, get ready for LES COWBOYS FRINGANTS’ ROARING OSM RETURN! Simon Leclerc, creator of the featured symphonic arrangements, will conduct all three concerts.Three unique, sometimes surprising, but always exciting musical encounters! DATES OF NEW WEBCAST CONCERTS March 23 – OSM Pop: Great Moments…

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