Browsing: Classical Music

Montreal, Oct. 4, 2021. Clavecin en concert is proud to announce Fantaisies au pianoforte, a recital by Mélisande McNabney to be held Thursday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the concert hall of the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Fantasy in music has a long history, and keyboard instruments are its main vectors. In the 18th century in Germany, the fantasia is presented as a kind of notated improvisation, related to the prelude and toccata. The fantasia can reveal the “genius” of its composer, exhibit the virtuosity of the performer or create an atmosphere full of dramatic surprises… Program…

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There are at least three other composers name “Tchaikovsky” besides the famous one? In addition to Piotr Ilyich there are Alexander (b. 1946), his uncle Boris (1925-1996), and André (1935-1982), who was Polish. None of them were related to Piotr Ilyich. Saint-Saëns’s Carnival of the animals was neither performed in public nor published during the composer’s lifetime? It went on to become one of the most popular works in the entire repertory of classical music, yet the composer himself forbade all performances beyond a single private one given for his friends during Carnival season (late winter) in 1886. (Saint-Saëns died…

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Opéra de Montréal Riders to the Sea/Le Flambeau de la nuit What you missed A dark double bill (Sept. 25) linking one-act operas by Vaughan Williams (1927) and Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse (premiere). Both deal earnestly with tragedy at sea and the loss of family. The strong cast led by the deep-toned mezzo-soprano Allyson McHardy included some good Atelier prospects. Tanguay-Labrosse proved an effective conductor of both the moody music of Riders and his own more eclectic score. I Musici de Montréal sounded vibrant in the pit of the Théâtre Maisonneuve. Director Édith Patenaude managed the quiet entry of the chorus (the…

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MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (OCTOBER 5, 2021) — The Minnesota Orchestra was named 2021 Orchestra of the Year during the international Gramophone Classical Music Awards earlier today. The awards, which were distributed in a livestreamed ceremony by the U.K.-based classical music magazine Gramophone, are considered among the highest honors in the classical music industry. The Orchestra of the Year prize is the only one of the Gramophone Awards decided by public vote with voters choosing from a pool of 10 world-renowned orchestras, selected by the magazine’s editors. The votes for the Minnesota Orchestra amounted to nearly a third of the 31,000 total votes cast.…

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Tenor Jean-Paul Jeannotte passed away in Montreal on Sept. 9 at the age of 95. A refined musician, he was also a professor, notably at Université Laval, and an administrator in various Quebec cultural organizations for many years. Appointed Officer of the Order of Canada in 1987 and inducted into the Canadian Opera Hall of Fame in 1994, his accomplishments are now recognized by several generations of musicians and music lovers in Quebec and around the world. Initially trained in Montreal, he continued his vocal studies in Paris after the Second World War under the tutelage of Madame d’Estainville Rousset,…

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We’re going big this season, with two live world premieres and two innovative online releases! Folks on our mailing list (YOU!) receive Advanced Access to live performance tickets and can book up to 48 hours before the general public. We’ll let you know when tickets go on sale. And as a reminder, we’ve replaced traditional subscriptions with Memberships – learn more here. On sale now: Gould’s Wall January 12 – 16 2022 The Atrium at the Royal Conservatory of Music A young, talented musician is striving for perfection in her art. Her path to greatness? A magnificent wall. Artists…

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Quebec Health and Social Services Minister Christian Dubé has announced that halls with assigned seating can once again accept capacity crowds as of October 8. There are no changes with respect to wearing a mask and producing a vaccination passport, which remain compulsory. The relaxed rules concern performance halls, public gatherings and sporting and cultural events. Amateur orchestras and choirs The announcement states also that “for amateur orchestras and choirs, the allowable number of participating musicians and singers will be increased to 100. Special rules apply regarding distancing or wearing a mask for singers or certain musicians.” OSM reaction “The…

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On Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30, 2021), La Scena revisits our Special on Indigenous Arts from June 2018. Below are articles on Indigenous artists. Cover Story: Jeremy Dutcher: A Musical Mosaic Portraits of Visual Artists Nadia Myre, Rebecca Belmore and Sylvain Rivard Alanis Obomsawin: Our People Will Be Healed Manon Barbeau & the Wapikoni Mobile: Bringing Production to the People Montreal First Peoples Festival: Creating a new collective “us” Ondinnok: A theatre in search of healing Lara Kramer: Generational Questioning Émilie Monnet: Building Bridges Joséphine Bacon: A Linguistic Legacy Musique Nomade: The Wapikoni Mobile of…

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MONTREAL, SEPTEMBER 29, 2021 – The Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC) presents its fifth  competition edition from October 13 to 24 in Montreal. The competition is divided into three rounds with 16  candidates from 10 different countries. After a rigorous pre-selection process and a virtual first-round, there remain 10 semi-finalists who will gather to compete in person next month. Montreal audiences will have the opportunity to  discover a new generation of the most talented organists from around the world during the two remaining  competition rounds. In addition to the semi-final and final rounds, there will be recitals by several members…

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FORT WORTH, Texas, September 28, 2021 – The Cliburn will host a special edition of its popular Cliburn Watch Party digital series on Wednesday, September 29, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. CT, as a thank you and tribute to the artists and community that came together safely during the pandemic to enjoy its Pop-Up Concerts. The video is a compilation of pieces taken from six concerts, recorded live at The Post at River East and TX Whiskey Ranch in Fort Worth, Texas from October 2020 to June 2021. It will premiere on the Cliburn’s YouTube and Facebook channels, as well as at cliburn.org/watchparty, and will…

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