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The Concert Populaires de Montréal presented on July 18 a beautiful show that brought together the 4th and 7th art: music and film. The Orchestre du Septième Art (OSA), directed by Lise Bellehumeur, performed beautiful musical frames from famous contemporary film composers and planned two screens with carefully selected scenes from each movie, which ultimately made the experience complete and transported us right into the movie. What you missed Dedicated to brilliant movie soundtracks, the OSA gave an impressive performance of several works. Before each soundtrack, Lise Bellehumeur carefully explained why they chose the particular soundtrack, and disclosed the basics…

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In an age when the majors pump out stars and brands, boutique labels are free to indulge in the cranky, the batty and the frankly off-the-wall. Which self-respecting woke person, for instance, would pay to hear Mozart’s major orchestral works shrunk to fit a Brooklyn or Lewisham bedsit? Mozart reduced to pocket size by his principal rivals Hummel, Cramer and Clementi – do we really need that? Actually, yes, yes, yes! It is totally thrilling to hear the C-major piano concerto K467 played by piano, flute, violin and cello… like a digital scan of Mozart’s mind working at full speed…

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Starring Kristian Bezuidenhout (South Africa), Seong-Jin Cho (Korea), Lucas and Arthur Jussen (Denmark), and from Quebec, Charles-Richard Hamelin, Marc-André Hamelin and Yannick Nézet-Séguin Joliette, July 16, 2019 – During the fourth week of its 42nd edition, Festival de Lanaudièrepays tribute to the Father of Classicism – inventor of the Classical symphony and string quartet – and introduces the young prodigy Seong-Jin Cho as well as a piano duo of brothers. The return of Kristian Bezuidenhout Fortepianist Kristian Bezuidenhout presents a recital at Église de Saint-Paul-de-Joliette on Tuesday, July 23. On the heels of a recording released just this year, the…

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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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London, ON – July 11th, 2019: TD Sunfest wrapped up its landmark 25th edition on Sunday, July 7th after four days of presenting more than 80 FREE-admission performances by 40 top world music & jazz groups from every corner of the globe, and attracting 600+ volunteers and a record number of visits from near and far, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who, during Thursday evening’s opening ceremonies, praised the festival as “a showcase of the best of London and the best of Canada in its diversity.” As part of its embrace of deserving national talent, the Sunfest Committee is thrilled…

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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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Location: Église Saint-Hubert (Longueuil) and Église Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (Montreal) JOIN US on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 OR Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Trio Dell’Aria (Kripa Nageshwar, soprano; Michael Westwood, clarinet; and Ruta Vaivade, piano) will premiere pieces from their new album, Memories of Places Past at Église Saint- Hubert (Longueuil) on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 OR Église Notre-dame-de-grâce on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The album, which received FACTOR funding, features new works from two of Canada’s foremost composers (Colin Eatock and Frank Horvat) and German art songs by Louis Spohr (1784 – 1859). The album was produced by…

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The Bamberg Symphony was formed in 1946 by ethnic Germans expelled by the Czechs in retribution for the Nazi occupation. Based in Bavaria, it acquired a sound that was markedly different from the nearby Munich orchestras, let alone others in the state. Joseph Keilberth conducted the group with distinction for 20 years followed by Horst Stein. Since the turn of the century, the sound lost something of its edge under the British conductor Jonathan Nott. Now, in bedrock repertoire, it is reassuring to find that the Czech conductor Jakob Hrusa has restored something of the original sonority, allowing the brass…

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The Festival international de jazz de Montréal (FIJM) just marked its 40th annual edition and was more than ready to pull out all stops. Its success over the years has been ensured in a marketing strategy geared towards greater commercialism, as mirrored in its across-the-board programming that, yes, still has jazz in it (the bulk of which is in concert halls rather than on the stages of its Disneyland outdoor site). Of the many ways it thought of celebrating its milestone year, it decided to include another banner-year celebrant, the world-renowned Munich-based imprint ECM Records. Founded in 1969, this label has…

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Against the Grain Theatre (AtG) presents its most ambitious season to date.  The season begins with a national tour of La Bohème, a revival of the award-winning production of Figaro’s Wedding, a return of the JUNO-nominated performance of Osvaldo Golijov’s Ayre for the opening night at the 21C Music Festival in Koerner Hall and the world premiere of BOUND by Canadian composer Kevin Lau and librettist Joel Ivany. TORONTO – Against the Grain Theatre (AtG) celebrates its 10th anniversary season on the heels of receiving two Dora Mavor Moore awards for their production of Canadian composer Claude Vivier’s only opera…

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