+ The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble is coming to Cinéma du Parc on July 29. The movie will be shown in its original English with French subtitles. (French)
+ Canada’s History Society and Library and Archives Canada team up to explore Canada’s musical legacy with “Sounds Like History” podcast.
+ Should we cut the classics? The New York Times’ Michael Cooper weighs in about shortening operas.
“After several decades in which the trend has been toward longer, uncut operas — drawing on the work of scholars to restore rarely performed passages, and putting a renewed emphasis on completeness that would be alien in, say, Shakespearean performance, where cuts are routine — some impresarios and directors think it is time for the pendulum to swing back a bit.”
+ Noted Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Montreal’s Quatuor Molinari performed his latest string quartet Alzheimer’s Masterpiece last month.
+ Today in Music: Handel’s Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate premiered 303 years ago today.
+ Read a review of Emerson Quartet’s marathon Haydn concert, which they will repeat July 12 at Tanglewood.
+ Video of the Day: Stretch your ears with Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah’s K.K.P.D (Ku Klux Police Department).”
+ Read Weiyu Dang’s review of The Claudia Quintet’s latest.
“Named after a term used to describe a friend of the band, Super Petite from the Cuneiform Records’ Claudia Quintet fuses dense, eclectic, and complex ideas into a ten-track CD with the length of a built-for-radio pop album. With compact organization, drummer-composer John Hollenbeck undertakes the challenge of building a worthy offering that can simultaneously attract shorter millennial attention spans and present a work of grand scale.”
+ Fans turned out in great numbers at the Hollywood Bowl to hear the Los Angeles Philharmonic perform John Williams’ movie score from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
+ Day 3 of Music and Beyond featured a recital by Montreal violinist Martin Chalifour.
+ Emilie-Claire Barlow wowed at the Montreal Jazz Festival on Wednesday night.
+ Lauryn Hill’s performance at the Montreal Jazz Festival was reviewed by the Montreal Gazette.
“Lauryn Hill is an enigma. An eccentric of the music world – once one of the industry’s biggest stars, now a reclusive yet still eminently talented artist who, if you get her on a bad night, will keep you waiting for far too long and leave you feeling cheated; and if you catch her on a good night will still keep you waiting, but leave you feeling like you just witnessed something thrilling, authentic and of a very high calibre.”
+ Montréal Complètement Cirque kicks off tonight.