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Camps – Music Lake Field Music Camp 647-692-3463 | www.lakefieldmusic.ca Application Deadline: June 30 Cost: $899 to 1599 Scholarships: Yes Languages: English Disciplines: Voice, flute, piano, brass, violin, viola, cello, bass, strings, guitar, fiddle, organ, saxophone, clarinet, oboe, woodwinds, percussion, orchestra, choir, chamber music, jazz, world music, improvisation, musical theatre Age Categories: Teens, adults One-week program with 20 coaches offering over 50 ensembles and workshops in Classical, Jazz, World and Popular music. Adult amateur singers and instrumentalists enjoy technique and master classes, small and large ensembles, choirs, musical theatre. Supportive and friendly environment to perform or simply enjoy daily concerts.…

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Toronto, July 20, 2022 – The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir is thrilled to announce their 22/23 artistic team, which includes the appointment of several new collaborators and the commencement of a Composer in Residence program for the first time in the TMC’s 128-year history. Dr. Shireen Abu-Khader is the inaugural Composer in Residence, marking a new chapter of growth and collaboration for the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. Dr. Shireen Abu-Khader is a Palestinian-Jordanian Canadian artist, composer, and educator. She holds a PhD in Music Education from the University of Toronto, and a Master’s in Choral Music from the University of Southern California.…

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Canadian baritone David John Pike has long admired the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams. At his 2012 Luxembourg recital, Pike’s performance of the composer’s Songs of Travel landed him his first solo recording with Signum Records, Whither must I wander? Pike has since performed Songs of Travel on a live radio broadcast with the Gryphon Trio, and he will be singing two of the work’s movements to commemorate Vaughan Williams’s 150th anniversary along with the composer’s rarely performed arrangement of his Five Mystical Songs at the Music and ­Beyond Festival in Ottawa. The Five Mystical Songs are musical interpretations of…

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Conductor, violinist and educator Iwan Edwards passed away on the morning of March 4, 2022, at the age of 84. Last issue, he was interviewed by Marie-Claire Fafard-Blais for our feature on the St. Lawrence Choir’s 50th anniversary. In 2019, he contributed a three-page retrospective on his career. We pay tribute to Edwards by publishing the memory of my first experience singing with him (blog post from 2014). Visit the Facebook Group “Remembering Iwan Edwards” for more memories from those he touched: www.facebook.com/groups/3115218298732574/ Filmmaker Amena Ahmad is working on a documentary on Iwan Edwards: Once & For All The First…

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REVIEW:  of the New York premiere of a new opera by Gordon Getty, “reimagined for film” – Goodbye, Mr. Chips, screened at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, March 2, 2022, at 7:00 p.m., sponsored jointly by Festival Napa Valley and NYCO (New York City Opera). The idea for an opera version of James’ Hilton’s 1934 novel, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, had been germinating in composer Gordon Getty’s mind for decades – ever since, as a young man, he saw a re-release of the celebrated 1939 film adaptation starring Robert Donat (in an Academy Award-winning performance as the eponymous character) and the…

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Update: March 5, 2022 We are saddened to learn of Iwan Edwards’s passing in the morning of March 4, 2022 at the age of 84. Below is a reflection by Iwan of his career. Marie-Claire Fafard-Blais interviewed Iwan on the occasion of St. Lawrence Choir’s 50th Anniversary in our Feb/March 2022 issue. T’Cha Dunlevy’s touching obituary contained memories from some of Iwan’s students [Montreal Gazette] Robert Rowat’s obituary [CBC] Wah Keung Chan remembers Iwan’s last concert and Iwan’s Mozart Requiem in memory of the victims of December 6. (published Dec. 6, 2014) [Originally published November 7, 2019] Founder of…

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Aux fenêtres du tempsClaudel Callendar, voice, piano and compositions; Maurice Carême, texts; Vox Luminosa Children’s Choir; The Young Voices of the Mills.Label: Socan (2021) For some projects, among other musical ones, the idea is sometimes more important than the result. Such is the case with this double-disc project, which translates to At the windows of time, named after a poem by the Belgian writer Maurice Carême (1899-1978). The composer and pianist Claudel Callender bring together here 33 texts by the same author that he set to music. The first part with choir immerses us in a family-type atmosphere in the…

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George Frideric Handel: MessiahEnsemble Caprice, Ensemble Vocal Arts-Québec; Matthias Maute, conductor; Karina Gauvin, sopranoLeaf Music, 2021 The new recording by Ensemble Caprice jointly with the Ensemble vocal Arts-Québec, under the direction of Matthias Maute, was released on the Leaf Music label. A work by Jaap Nico Hamburger to start, one by Matthias Maute himself to conclude and, as a main course, several excerpts from Handel’s Messiah. The voice and voluptuous timbre of Karina Gauvin are first highlighted in Rejoice greatly, a piece full of lyricism and virtuosity. It is with these same assets that the singer then approaches I know…

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For several years now, Jean-Sébastien Vallée has been carving out an enviable place for himself in the world of choral singing. Appointed director of the renowned choir of the Church of St. Andrew & St. Paul in Montreal in 2015 and music director of the Ottawa Choral Society the following year, he also holds several positions at McGill University, where he is an associate professor of music, director of choral studies and coordinator of the Ensembles and Conducting Area at the Schulich School of Music.  He has also served as director of choral studies at California State University in Los…

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Soundstreams: Love Songs Three major productions are in the works for 2022, two in the spring and one in the winter, at Toronto’s Soundstreams. In the meantime, fans of contemporary music can look forward to a concert on Nov. 19. It is an online-only event entitled Love Songs, named after the eponymous work by Quebec composer Claude Vivier. Vivier will be honoured by Soundstreams with a second work, Hymnen an die Nacht. A work by Christopher Mayo, Oceano Nox, commissioned with the support of the Ontario Arts Council, completes the programme. Performers include David Fallis, who will lead a vocal…

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