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Russia Today reports that Anna Netrebko has been hospitalized with pneumonia caused by COVID-19.  The Russian soprano is presumed to have caught the coronavirus at Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, where she was participating in a production of Verdi’s Don Carlo. The final performance on Sept. 10 was cancelled after the bass Ildar Abdrazakov, playing Philip II, tested positive.  Netrebko, 48, has put a brave face on the situation in Instagram posts, asserting that she expects to “be fine.” She also defended her decision to continue working. “I had two choices,” she wrote. “Stay at home and be afraid of getting…

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The team at ATMA Classique is thrilled to be partnering with Bourgie Hall at the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal this fall to launch a new series of four chamber music concerts, presented on stage and streamed live! Each concert features an artist or ensemble featured as part of our line-up of Fall 2020 recordings. Bourgie Hall is located in the former Erskine and American Church, a heritage building designed in 1894 in the Roman Revival style. Designated a historic place of national interest in 1998, this brilliantly transformed building boasts outstanding acoustics and exceptional sightlines, including 20 historical stained-glass windows…

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Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company is gearing up for a reimagined fall season of physically distanced programming, called Opera Everywhere. This new slate of digital and in-person events includes live concerts, interactive learning opportunities, and deep dives into opera’s past and future, all designed with community-building in mind. “As we look beyond our traditional programming, we envision a new cultural reality where opera is everywhere and the stage is for everyone,” says COC General Director Alexander Neef. “This fall, we are deepening our commitment to the communities around us and providing traditionally underrepresented artists with priority access to our…

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If you’re a music lover with a computer, or even just a smart phone, the chances are that you have spent some serious time online over the past few months. La Scena Musicale staffers offer some of their picks, with a stress on the offbeat and out-of-the-way. Consult the LSM website to make linking easier. Eva Stone-Barney Juilliard Boléro Many schools, choirs, and orchestras have created virtual performance videos, but none have stuck with me the way this one did. There is something about the interdisciplinary, intergenerational collaboration and the reimagination of Ravel’s score that I find profoundly joyful and refreshing. www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqzkn-jX-JU…

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“One hundred percent positive” is how Isolde Lagacé, general and artistic director of Bourgie Hall, describes the reaction of the performers she contacted with offers of something they had not experienced for months – work. One hundred percent astounding is not a bad way to describe the surprise announcement by this Sherbrooke Street concert facility that it will be presenting 39 concerts between Sept. 16 (the New Orford Quartet) and Nov. 18 (the second of a pair of appearances by mezzo-soprano Stéphanie Pothier and the Quatuor Molinari). Yes, those dates are in 2020. COVID-19 be damned. “Musicians want to perform,” Lagacé…

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OTTAWA, September 17, 2020 — Eight young performing arts students will receive grants this year from The Hnatyshyn Foundation, supporting their studies for the 2020–21 academic year. This brings the amount invested in post-secondary grants for performing artists to more than $1.1 million since the Foundation began programming in 2005. The awards include seven $10,000 grants for Developing Artists, and one $15,000 fellowship for a Young Conductor, presented in partnership with the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal.  Announcing the winners in Ottawa today, Gerda Hnatyshyn, C.C., President of The Hnatyshyn Foundation, said, “The Hnatyshyn Foundation is pleased…

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Timeline 2020 As the pandemic still rages, it’s been tough sledding for the arts. Performing arts in particular have been hard hit and the outlook remains uncertain. Just look at the summer season just past, when festivals were obliged to lock down along with the rest of society. Yet, some events found an alternative in the Worldwide Web. Both Montreal’s main jazz festival and the alternative Suoni per il Popolo livestreamed shows last June featuring small combos playing on camera but with no audience on hand. As things started to reopen, two dedicated jazz clubs, the Dièse onze and the…

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In spite of the health crisis, Le Vivier has no plans to cease operations. After a summer consisting of several outdoor activities, the producers specializing in new music have an ambitious fall season planned, punctuated by anniversaries and celebrations. The opening event of Sept. 12, for instance, isn’t simply a concert but a full afternoon including a double bill and roundtable. Additionally, over the next few months, Le Vivier will present anniversary concerts in celebration of 40 years of Production SuperMusique (PSM), 20 years of the Quatuor Bozzini, and 10 years of the Ensemble Paramirabo. We were able to gather…

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The Nouvel Ensemble Moderne (NEM) and its artistic director Lorraine Vaillancourt will open its new season on Oct. 22 with a gala concert presented by the Azrieli Foundation. On tap that evening are three works by the latest recipients of the biennial Azrieli Music Prizes. At the outbreak of the pandemic last spring, the NEM was forced to push back several of its events to 2021 while developing online activities to bridge the gap until a return to normalcy. Vaillancourt is more than eager to return to the stage, having sorely missed her musicians for such a long period. True…

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Theatre and the performing arts are among the sectors hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite this, two inspired directors, Eda Holmes and Lisa Rubin, who run the city’s major English-language theatres, have, in their separate ways, rolled up their sleeves and managed to turn the situation around. September at the Centaur Centaur Theatre Company opens with The Portico Project: six eclectic performances, integrating theatre with dance, clown, comedy and music, that will transform its grand entryway into an outdoor stage. Spectators will also participate in Vancouver’s innovative Red Phone Project. “I love that it puts the audience right inside…

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