Browsing: Classical Music

Shanghai, China, August 6, 2019 – The third Shanghai Isaac Stern International Violin Competition (SISIVC) will take place in Shanghai August 4-25, 2020. The Competition’s Organisation Committee announced today that it is officially open for global applications. In celebration of the centennial birthday of Maestro Isaac Stern in 2020, a gala concert has been added to commemorate the longtime friend of China. Illustrious Panel of Judges After much anticipation, the Organisation Committee revealed the names of the all-star panel of jurors – each of the 13 chosen for their specialties in different artistic fields – ensuring that the contestants will receive…

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A year of renewal and discoveries under a new artistic direction Joliette, August 5, 2019 – The 42nd season of the Festival de Lanaudière has just come to a close with a breathtaking weekend to crown this memorable edition. “We immediately felt the public’s confidence in this first season entrusted to Renaud Loranger. This paves the way for a bright future,” points out François Bédard, the event’s executive director. The Festival has rekindled its founder’s original vision: to share classical music with a large public and to shine a spotlight on talent from around the world. Powerful pieces, stunning performances, wonderful discoveries,…

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Stellar lineup of singers to perform at Neil Crory Tribute Concert Friday, October 11, 2019 at 7 PM Featuring Phillip Addis, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Isaiah  Bell, Benjamin Butterfield, Tracy Dahl, Nathalie Paulin, Brett Polegato, Jean Stilwell, Krisztina Szabó, Daniel Taylor, Erin Wall, and Monica Whicher “Those of us who were touched by him, who felt the breeze of his unique presence pass by us and change the atmosphere around us, won’t forget him, ever. A country produces few individuals with his depth of humanity, caring, intelligence and wit. Another like him won’t be coming along any time soon.” —Robert Harris, The Wholenote…

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Mount Royal Park, beautiful by itself, looked particularly festive and impressive on the evening of July 25. From Sherbrooke Street, a colourful flock of families, couples and groups of friends, holding the parasols and blankets, was heading to the park premises. The mix of French, English, Spanish, Russian and Arabic anticipated the beginning of an exciting concert by the Orchestre Métropolitain under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin. After a short introduction during which the host presented distinguished members of the Canadian government and sponsors of the concert – including Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism Pablo Rodriquez and members of…

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Toronto – Today, Canadian Opera Company General Director Alexander Neef was named the next General Director of Opéra national de Paris. The official announcement was made in Paris at a meeting of the French Cabinet. Neef’s term will begin in the 2021/2022 season, succeeding Stéphane Lissner as current head of Opéra national de Paris; until then, the COC General Director will remain in Toronto, guiding the company through to the close of its 2020/2021 season. “The Canadian Opera Company has been my home for more than a decade and I am humbled and honoured by the welcome and support that I…

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Jaap Nico Hamburger has been named Mécénat Musica’s Composer in Residence 2019-2020. Jaap is in a unique position to bring Canadian culture to the world stage with his opera, “Goldwasser”. Jaap’s compositions include symphonies, solo concertos, chamber music works, and commissions from Discovery Channel, Rex Video London UK, Turning Point Ensemble, and Dutch Television. Since 2012, Jaap is a Canadian Music Centre Associate Composer. Mécénat Musica has had a Composer in Residence program since 2014. Mécénat Musica Compositions’ scores and notes are provided to emerging Montreal, Québec, and Canadian artists, without royalties, in perpetuity. Outgoing Mécénat Musica Composer in Residence…

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Today, the Canada Council for the Arts announced the winners of the 2019 Michael Measures Prize, which recognizes promising young Canadian classical music performers enrolled in the summer training program of the prestigious NYO Canada (National Youth Orchestra Canada). This year’s Michael Measures first prize of $25,000 goes to cellist Matthew Christakos. Matthew attends the Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists of the Royal Conservatory of Music, in Toronto, and will begin a bachelor’s degree in music at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia with Peter Wiley and Carter Brey in September 2019. The Michael Measures…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CLASSICAL UNBOUND FESTIVAL JULY 26-28, 2019 Prince Edward County, Ontario Unbinding classical chamber music from its formal attire, and binding it more closely to our hearts and souls. Something’s happening this summer on the shores of Lake Ontario, on that enticing acreage of sun and lake-kissed land called Prince Edward County… something besides blooming wildflowers and rosy sunsets; besides the wind in the dunes and cruising the country roads between wineries with the windows down. It’s a chamber music festival nestled amongst all of that: Classical Unbound. One of Canada’s premier ensembles, Ironwood Quartet, is running the…

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Update (2019-07-22): here are the details of the funeral: Date: Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 1 PM Place: Saint-Viateur Church, 1175 Avenue Laurier O, Outremont, QC H2V 3R5 (directions) Details (La Presse) Joseph Rouleau was on the Board of Directors of the Orchestre classique de Montréal for close to 10 years and, since September 2018, was President. In my role as Executive Director, I tremendously enjoyed working with him. He was always positive and supportive. Everyone at the OCM is devastated by the passing of this great man who helped the orchestra tremendously. He was the type of man who was able to pick up the…

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On Thursday, July 11, along with my opera fans colleagues, we withstood a road full with traffic, heavy rain and stormy winds to the Église de l’Assomption to hear American tenor Michael Spyres and pianist Mathieu Pordoy in recital. The inconvenient voyage paid off, as we were treated to the musicality and artistry of one of the most technically proficient singers in our time. Throughout the two hour recital, Spyres showed an instrument capable of delivering sweet and tender nuances, and also thunderous sounds, like a passing summer breeze that caresses the ear only to become a storm minutes later.…

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