Browsing: Classical Music

Voilà la sélection d’idées cadeaux de La Scena Musicale pour les fêtes de fin d’année / Here is Gift Ideas’ selection by La Scena Musicale : CÔTÉ LIVRES Une vie à l’opéra : souvenirs d’un critique Gérard Mannoni 37,95 $ Gérard Mannoni nous raconte soixante ans de critiques musicales et chorégraphiques, ses souvenirs de concerts, de scène, ses rencontres et ses collaborations avec de prestigieuses revues françaises et les plus grands artistes du siècle dernier. Maestros and their music John Mauceri $23.00 An exuberant, uniquely accessible, beautifully illustrated look inside the enigmatic art and craft of conducting, from an acclaimed conductor…

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Can you imagine hearing Lang Lang playing for you in the comfort of your home? Or maybe Vladimir Horowitz, Yuja Wang, even the legendary Sergei Rachmaninoff? Impossible, you might think. Well, now such dreams are well within reach. Just last month in Montreal, Piano Bolduc unveiled Spirio, a high-end and high-tech Steinway & Sons grand piano capable of reproducing music of the past with incredible accuracy. But don’t think for a moment that this is some kind of updated player piano that strikes keys mechanically. It goes beyond that. Indeed, it can capture the most subtle nuances produced by the…

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Special symbols on the keyboard, sometimes it’s a little tough,” cellist Joshua Gindele said about the distinctive accent that adorns the name of the Miró Quartet. “But I haven’t seen one missing for a long time.” Yes, software is better than it was in 1995, when four students at the Oberlin Conservatory in Cleveland rallied around the surname of the Catalan artist Joan Miró to form an ensemble that took first prizes at the 1998 Banff International String Quartet Competition and the 2000 Naumburg Chamber Music Competition. Now in robust mid-career, the foursome of 40-somethings will appear in Pollack Hall…

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Marc Djokic is a violinist on the move. Winner of the 2017-2018 Mécénat Musica Prix Goyer and an Opus award from the Conseil québécois de la musique, he’s had a busy year touring while pursuing new projects. Last summer, Djokic began his first European tour with solo recitals, chamber music concerts and masterclasses in Venice, Geneva and Bern. He was also recently appointed concertmaster of the McGill Chamber Orchestra. His first album, Solo Seven, was released on the ATMA Classique label in the fall. For our interview, Djokic suggested that we meet at the Association Récréative Milton-Parc, in downtown Montreal,…

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La Scena Musicale’s Dec/Jan issue returns to a bilingual format and is  combined with the La SCENA arts magazine; two magazines in one. Our music cover features Canadian violinist Marc Djokic, winner of the 2017 Prix Goyer and new concertmaster of the McGill Chamber Orchestra. With the approaching holidays, we have articles devoted to holiday concerts, gift ideas, and a Guide to Winter Festivals. We also have a special section on philanthropy with articles on Guy Laliberté and the late Jacqueline Desmarais and Maurice Forget, and the Winter/Spring Social Calendar of Fundraisers.  Women of Dance For our special arts issue…

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Verdi: Otello. A Festive Staged Concert Event. Issachah Savage (Otello); Marina Costa-Jackson (Desdemona); Michael Chioldi (Iago); Derek Taylor (Cassio). Concert Stage Director: Rebecca A. Herman Lighting Design: Thomas Hase Austin Opera Orchestra and Chorus/Steven White Long Center for the Performing Arts Austin, Texas November 15, 2018 Austin Opera has been presenting fully staged professional opera to audiences in Central Texas for the past 31 years, averaging three productions per season and maintaining a remarkably high standard; it came as a bit of a shock, then, when the company chose to open its 2018-2019 season with Verdi’s Otello in a concert…

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On Saturday November 17, the St. Lawrence Choir performed its Slava! programme at the St Sophie Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral. The programme featured the premiere of two works. Alelouya 2 by Armenian-born Petros Shoujouian, currently of Montreal, and Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal by Larysa Kuzmenko, a Toronto-based composer, pianist and Juno nominee. What you missed The St Lawrence Choir’s mixed voice ensemble under the direction of Phillipe Bourque could not have chosen a more fitting venue for their performance of their programme Slava!, which means “glory” in Ukrainian. The space itself did honour to the multitude of tonalities of…

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PREVIEW: of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn at 100, at New York City’s 92nd Street Y, Monday, November 19, 7:30 p.m.; and INTERVIEW: with pianist and conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn, son of Nobel Prize-winning author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, the heroic anti-Soviet dissident whose vital and uncompromising documentation of the horrors of the Stalinist police state won the 1970 Nobel Prize for literature and provided indispensable impetus to the forces that brought on the communist regime’s late 20th-century downfall, would have turned 100 this December 11. In what promises to be an especially rich, personal and heartfelt early celebration of that centenary, New York City’s…

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November 17, 2018 (Calgary, Alberta) – Following their announcement in August that current General Director and CEO Keith Cerny will be leaving the company, Calgary Opera announced today that the board of directors has selected two Canadians as its new leaders. Grammy® and Juno award-winning conductor and composer Bramwell Tovey will become the company’s Artistic Director, and veteran international arts executive Heather Kitchen will become the company’s administrative leader as Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, beginning in January 2019. Tovey is no stranger to Canadian opera and classical music fans. From 2000 to 2018 he was the highly esteemed…

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Toronto, November 13, 2018 … David Kilburn, Chair of the Board of Directors of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, is pleased to announce the appointment of Carol Kehoe to the position of Executive Director. Ms. Kehoe is an accomplished leader with more than 25 years of management experience at senior levels, most recently as the Executive Director of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, where she led the organization through an impressive financial turnaround. Carol came to Tafelmusik in August as Interim Executive Director and will transition to her permanent role immediately. “We are delighted to have Carol join Tafelmusik as…

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