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We were 10 years old…   And yet, this year, we do not have the heart to celebrate.   Our story had started simply. At the heart of our project, the idea of bringing together artists from Quebec and elsewhere around the music of Slavic countries. In a tribute to the Russian Seasons of Paris, one hundred years later, we wanted to share, for the time of an edition, moving, joyful, astonishing encounters, in the universality of art…   This respectful and peaceful universality is unfortunately not a bulwark against the brutality and cruelty that we are witnessing today. We…

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The McGill Conservatory of Music has been offering music education to Montreal community members of all ages since 1904. Following the announcement that the institution would be closing after summer 2022, McGill faculty protested outside the Strathcona Music Building on June 28. See below for an exclusive video interview with protestors: Conservatory of Music instructor Cristina Hauser had more to say after the protest: One aspect should not be forgotten or underestimated: it is NOT ONLY about the music education enriching the life of these people, children and adults coming to our Conservatory Program. Studies have shown the huge impact…

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Montreal, June 29, 2022 – After two years of online academy activities, the Orchestre de la francophonie (OF) is returning to its in-person educational mission from July 4 to July 29. This season, exceptionally, the OF is proposing a chamber music academy, with a progressive return to in-person events leading to a full orchestral academy in 2023. “While participating in the OF, students are helped to prepare themselves for the competitive world that awaits them by developing the best technical and musical tools. This year, we want to show them the particular aspects of chamber music. They’ll develop group listening…

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June 29, 2022 – Music and Beyond returns from July 4 – 17, 2022! We look forward to welcoming you again to Music and Beyond! In an effort to ensure a safe and enjoyable festival experience for everyone, please consider the following: We ask you to please purchase your tickets in advance at www.musicandbeyond.ca.Tickets are limited! Although not required, we strongly encourage masking in indoor settings. All efforts will be taken to maintain distancing. During the Festival, tickets will be available for sale in-person at Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday. Please note, 51…

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June 29, 2022 – Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, announced 89 new appointments to the Order of Canada. The new appointees include 4 Companions (C.C.), 14 Officers (O.C.) and 71 Members (C.M.). The following are the arts and music related appointments: OFFICERS Robert Charles Davidson, O.C., O.B.C. White Rock, British Columbia. For his continued excellence as an artist and as an advocate of Haida culture. This is a promotion within the Order. François Girard, O.C. Montréal, Quebec. For his outstanding multidisciplinary career as a producer, screenwriter and director. Sandra Oh, O.C. Toronto, Ontario and…

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Calgary, AB (June 28, 2022) — The Honens International Piano Competition is pleased to announce Jan and Larry Fichtner as its 2022 Honens Honours recipients. Honens Honours pays tribute to individuals and organisations whose dedication to the arts, like Esther Honens, has made an extraordinary contribution to arts and culture in Calgary. “Jan and Larry Fichtner are the true embodiment of the very purpose behind Honens Honours. Their generosity of time, resource, and spirit are both outstanding and inspiring on local, provincial, and national levels. We are absolutely delighted to be able to honour them in this way,” says Neil…

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While writing a book about Beethoven (to be published next year), I recoiled from many of the pupils, acolytes, secretaries, amanuenses, self-seeking musicians and all sorts of hangers-on who lived off their connection with the great man and published reminiscences of him, many of them invented. A singular exception was Ferdinand Ries, a young man from Beethoven’s home town who grew up in the Bonn court orchestra and shared some of the same teachers. Ries, so far as I can tell, never made up stories about Beethoven or made him out to be anything other than he was – a…

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Hamilton, Ontario (June 23, 2022) – The family of Boris Brott says they are delighted that the Great Hall at FirstOntario Concert Hall will be named for the late conductor. “We are honoured, and I know Boris would be too. He conducted the very first note of music performed in the Boris Brott Great Hall nearly 50 years ago,” said wife Ardyth Brott. “We were touched so many in the community felt strongly that such a naming would be an appropriate memorial to Boris. We want to thank Mayor Eisenberger, Hamilton City Council, FirstOntario Concert Hall and those who worked…

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Montreal, June 21, 2022 — The McGill Course Lecturers and Instructors Union was dismayed to learn of the planned closure of the University’s Conservatory of Music at the end of this summer. “The administration must change course and reconsider its decision,” says union president Raad Jassim. “The Conservatory of Music has nurtured the passion of young musicians for generations. It must be protected. It’s as if McGill were cutting off the sources of inspiration to budding artists who might well go on to pursue graduate studies in music.” The administration’s arguments for killing this 118-year-old institution appear flimsy. The union…

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Montreal, June 20, 2022 – Over the course of more than a century, thousands of Montreal students have passed through the doors of the McGill Conservatory of Music – a community program of the Schulich School of Music that provides musical education through private music lessons to students of all ages. The Schulich School of Music is proud of this rich legacy, and of everyone who contributed their time and talents to advancing the musical educations of Montrealers. The Conservatory has faced a growing number of challenges in recent years. Operational costs have increased. Historically, the School has provided the…

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