Browsing: Classical Music

Vancouver, BC – September 4, 2020 – The Vancouver Symphony Society (VSS) is pleased to announce the extension of Maestro Otto Tausk’s contract as Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) to the end of the 2025-26 concert season.In 2018 Tausk became the VSO’s ninth Music Director, Artistic Advisor to the VSO School of Music, and Music Director of the VSO Orchestral Institute. Since then he led the orchestra in its 100th anniversary season, a superlative 101st season and through the challenges of the COVID-19 period. He has welcomed a series of world-class guest artists to the VSO stage…

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At least 50 new cases of COVID-19 have been linked to a karaoke night which took place on Aug. 23 at Quebec City’s Bar Le Kirouac, according to the Integrated University Health and Social Services Centres (CIUSSS) of La Capitale-Nationale. The bar was subsequently closed for three days and disinfected by management. Read the CBC news story here. Additionally, three new cases in Quebec schools have also been linked to the night of Aug. 23. “We’re pretty sure that three positive cases, namely children, got the virus from somebody who was celebrating something at this bar,” said Dr. Jacques Girard, who heads…

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Carleton University’s Music program will launch its Masterclass series, Connected Culture, online for the upcoming academic year and will make it available to the public for free beginning September 9, 2020. The series will have two parts: an ongoing Friday series, covering a range of artistic topics, and a new Wednesday series of choral masterclasses, aimed at reaching out to Ottawa’s vibrant choral community. When: Beginning September 9, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. The series will run until December 2020. Where: https://carleton.ca/music/masterclasses Registration and schedule: https://carleton.ca/music/events/ Both series will be delivered online via Zoom Webinar. The Friday series will be held at…

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TORONTO, Sept. 3, 2020 /CNW/ – The SOCAN Foundation, part of the SOCAN Group of organizations, today announced the launch of the Black Canadian Music Awards, in partnership with SiriusXM Canada. The Black Canadian Music Awards will recognize and celebrate the artistic merit demonstrated by Black music creators (songwriters, composers, producers, etc.) in all genres. The inaugural awards will be presented virtually in 2020, and winners will be selected by a jury and advisory council of prominent Black artists and industry leaders, including DJ Agile as the inaugural Chair of the jury. “The Black Canadian Music Awards are part of…

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Joliette, September 3, 2020– Elated to reconnect with its audience, Festival de Lanaudière presents “Autumn Notes,” an ambitious series of six indoor concerts, as well as surprise outdoor performances spread over two weekends in September. True to its finest tradition, the Festival welcomes the country’s greatest orchestras and classical musicians to the beautiful Lanaudière region! “Having obtained the green light from Public Health authorities for 250-person gatherings, we were eager to immediately send a strong and clear message: music lives, and it brings us closer together! This is the very first fall season for the Festival, and its aim is to…

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When 34-year-old soprano Lise Davidsen made her Montreal debut last October as the title character in Orchestre Métropolitain’s opera in concert version of Beethoven’s Fidelio, audiences were awestruck by the ability of her voice to effortlessly fill the Maison Symphonique. Her voice was two sizes larger than most of the other casts, including many notable local singers. It’s a generational talent reminding me of live encounters with soprano Sondra Radvanovsky and the late tenor Salvatore Licitra. Comparisons are inevitable with her fellow great Norwegan soprano Kirsten Flagstad, whose international career spanned the 1930s and 1940s, and was the greatest Wagnerian…

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The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is planning many online programs for the Fall, but we really wanted to gather together (safely) in person to say good-bye to David Fallis who is completing his two year term as Artistic Advisor and conductor, and to welcome Simon Rivard who joins us as Associate Conductor for the 2020/21 season. So, we: Found an appropriate outdoor space (the park in front of Yorkminster Park Baptist Church). Got singer’s masks (cloth masks with more room that make it easier for singers to open their mouths fully and stay covered) sewn for us by Toronto-based Diana Coatsworth…

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The Atlanta Opera reinvents its business model for the 2020-21 season with the “Big Tent” series. Comprising six new chamber opera productions in open-air venues, this innovative new series prioritizes the health and safety of audiences, artists and backstage personnel while maintaining the exceptional level of music and storytellingthat make The Atlanta Opera “one of the most exciting opera companies in America” (Opera Wire). The series launches this fall with alternating presentations of Pagliacci(Oct 22–Nov 13) and The Kaiser of Atlantis (Oct 23–Nov 14), staged in a custom-designed open-air tent on a baseball field at Atlanta’s Oglethorpe University. Directed by…

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After prolonged deliberation and with profound sadness, the owners of Columbia artists announced today that the company will cease operations effective immediately. This painful decision has been made as a result of the impact of the world-wide pandemic’s effect on the entire international performing arts community. For over eight decades Columbia Artists has been at the forefront of the live performing arts. The unfortunate and unavoidable decision to close this storied firm has been arrived at through sober, deliberation and with intense regret. Columbia Artists extends our deepest gratitude to all of the artists with whom we have been privileged…

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TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2020 – The Amadeus Choir has announced a season like no other in its 47-year history. With a broad range of artistic activities and educational programming, the Choir is presenting a combination of virtual and live events. “We are embracing the upcoming season as an opportunity for innovation and community-building,” says Artistic Director, Kathleen Allan. “It’s the perfect time to focus on generating new work, connecting with other artists and organizations across the country, and growing our capacity for the future.” The first major artistic project is a collaboration with Métis composer and media artist, Eliot Britton,…

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