Browsing: Classical Music

LEIPZIG – Is sanity making an operatic comeback? Surely not in Germany, you say, where “innovative” productions still have a firm hold on the houses and the headlines. Yet a generally comprehensible (and, in showbiz terms, spectacular) new staging of The Flying Dutchman has turned up in the capital of Saxony, which is most often equated with Bach but is also the city where Wagner was born and where (the local Wagner society will be happy to remind you) the first complete production of the Ring outside of Bayreuth was given in 1878. The Leipzig Opera House in 2008 was…

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Montreal, May 16, 2019 – On June 7, Voies culturelles des faubourgs will present the very first edition of a great citizen concert, Le Grand Choeur du Centre-Sud. This unifying event will begin outside at Espace Pierre-Bourgault (corner of Plessis and Ontario) and will end with a grand concert at Sacré-Coeur Church. This great collective work, directed by André Pappathomas, composer, musician and winner of the 2017 artist award in the community, will bring together a hundred choristers from the Centre-Sud community. The choir will be accompanied by soloists, musicians and the great organ of the Sacré-Coeur Church. An inclusive…

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Melody Ye Yuan and 2 other violinists added to the list of 24 competitors Montréal, May 15, 2019 – Following the withdrawal of competitors William Lee, Stephen Kim, and Stella Chen from the Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM), Canadian violinist Melody Ye Yuan, along with Korean Jung Min Choi and American-Korean Christine Lim are added to the line-up of competitors taking part in the Violin edition of the CMIM, from May 27 to June 5 in Montreal. 24 competitors have been invited to participate in the First Round, at Salle Bourgie. The musicians, ages 16 to 28, were selected…

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After 11 days of competition and 71 violinists candidates, the 19th Queen Elisabeth’s violin Competition  announced their 12 finalists on Saturday, May 11. Canadians Timothy Chooi (25) and Shannon Lee (26) have made the cut. Both will perform the Tchaikovsky Concerto in D major op. 35 with the Belgian National Orchestra conducted by Hugh Wolff. It will be possible to watch live the finals from the Queen Elisabeth Competition’s web site (http://cmireb.be/cgi?lg=en&pag=2030&tab=108&rec=4804&frm=0&par=aybabtu). Timothy Chooi will perform on Friday, May 24 and Shannon Lee on Saturday, May 25. Around midnight on Saturday the 11th of May the chairman of the jury has announced…

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4-21 May 2019, Beijing First China International Music Competition announces Semi-finalist Jury choose the 12 international pianists who will progress to the next round  Audiences around the world can follow the progress of competitors and performances of the very highest standard via live-streaming on Amadeus.tv and Youku.com Full details of events and competitors available at http://www.cimcompetition.org/ Watch announcement of Semi-Finalists here The first China International Music Competition – newly created by the China Conservatory of Music and Global Music Education League with 20 pianists between the ages of 17 and 28 from all over the world competing for unprecedented prize…

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The astonishing Eybler Quartet Completes their much-awaited survey of  Beethoven’s Op. 18 Quartets on period instruments New release from CORO connections “Simply stunning … jaw-dropping agility, clarity and accuracy in the playing, allied with terrific dynamics and nuance, outstanding ensemble work …I doubt if you’ve heard these works sound like this before – it’s absolutely essential listening.” – The WholeNote (on Beethoven, Op. 18, Vol. 1) For Immediate Release, May 9, 2019, Toronto, ON … When British label CORO Connections released their first recording from Toronto’s Eybler Quartet last spring, they may have been surprised to have a controversy…

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New York, NY (May 7, 2019)—The Metropolitan Opera has named soprano Lisette Oropesa as the winner of the 14th annual Beverly Sills Artist Award. The $50,000 award is given to extraordinarily gifted singers with rising Met careers. Given in honor of the legendary American soprano Beverly Sills, the award was established in 2006 by an endowment gift from the late Agnes Varis, a managing director on the Met’s Board of Directors. Oropesa will sing two leading roles in the Met’s 2019–20 season: the title role in Massenet’s Manon and Violetta in Verdi’s La Traviata.  She began her career at the…

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Halifax, NS – After a rigorous three-year international search, Symphony Nova Scotia is delighted to announce two finalist candidates for its artistic leadership position of Music Director: Québec-based Jean-Michel Malouf and New Zealand-born Holly Mathieson. New Zealand-born Holly Mathieson was until recently Assistant Conductor at the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and has conducted orchestras throughout the U.K. and New Zealand, including the London Symphony, BBC Concert, and Royal Philharmonic. Her conducting has been acclaimed as “particularly adept” (Seen and Heard) with “clarity and elegance in all circumstances” (Classical Source). Holly holds a PhD in Music Iconography and in 2016, she…

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Odyssey Tour July 21-29, 2019 OTTAWA  MONTREAL  PARRY SOUND  STRATFORD  TORONTO Tour to 5 Canadian Cities followed by Orchestra’s First Trip to Spain New NFB Feature Documentary “That Higher Level” Follows the Orchestra’s 12-City Canada 150 Tour “The National Youth Orchestra of Canada has clearly set the bar high … The string sound glistens and shimmers, while brass are rich yet mellow … NYOC were invariably confident and assured.” – The Scotsman (2018 International Tour)   For Immediate Release, May 6, 2019, Toronto, ON …. The National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO Canada) celebrates its 59th Season with a 5-city…

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Complete artistic programming for the 2019 edition unveiled Sublime voices and star pianists Berlioz tribute Many premieres   Joliette, May 7, 2019 –Festival de Lanaudière’s Artistic Director Renaud Loranger today unveiled the complete artistic programming of the Festival de Lanaudière’s 42nd season. This year, the Festival features many artists making their debuts either at Lanaudière, in Quebec, or for some, in Canada. From July 5 to August 4, music lovers are invited to take advantage of the Festival’s top venues: the enchanting Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay and several local churches. In the words of Mr. Loranger: “From Europe and America, a roster…

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