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Counter Offence Written by Rahul Varma Directed by Arianna Bardesono Mark these dates in your spring calendar: Wednesday, March 11– Sunday, March 29, 2020 Counter Offence is collision of virtues. What happens when the struggle to end racism comes in conflict with the struggle to end violence against women? This murder-mystery explores how the intersection of the two, forces us to question our own prejudices and motivations. Rahul Varma’s newly updated script is more relevant than ever. There will be a post-show talkbacks. Counter Offence March 11-29 Teesri Duniya Theatre at Segal Centre for Performing Arts, 5170 Côte-Ste-Catherine Opening night…

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Announcing Competitors and Jury Members for the Piano 2020 Edition of the CMIM Montréal, January 28, 2020 – The Concours musical international de Montréal (CMIM) unveils the names of the competitors and jury members of its Piano 2020 edition, taking place from May 4 to 13 at Bourgie Hall and Maison symphonique. The 24 competitors will vie for over $150,000 in prizes, awards, and grants. “Every year, the CMIM competitors impress me by the passion and musical caliber they demonstrate. The human warmth that permeates this competition really makes it stand out – for me, that is truly what Montreal…

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Sarah Slean Music by Christos Hatzis Symphony Nova Scotia | Bernhard Gueller, conductor “New, creative music that transcends any stylistic boundaries.” – CBC Eight years in the making, Canadian songstress Sarah Slean’s electrifying performances with composer Christos Hatzis and Symphony Nova Scotia are now available for the first time on one album from Centrediscs. This ground-breaking collaboration began in 2012 with the premiere of Hatzis’ Lamento, broadcast nationwide by CBC and praised as “marvellously colourful and dramatic” (Chronicle Herald, Halifax). Six years later, Symphony Nova Scotia and conductor Bernhard Gueller – then celebrating his final season as Music Director – jumped at…

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In 1824, while waiting for the the ninth symphony it commissioned from Beethoven, the Philharmonic Society of London ordered a backup symphony in D major from the Italian-turned-French composer Luigi Cherubini. The Society had been founded ten years earlier to perform music by ‘the greatest masters’, notably Beethoven, Cherubini and Carl Maria von Weber. Cherubini did his best to sound great by imitating everything Beethoven did around the time of his first and second symphonies. Trouble is, Beethoven moved ahead in giant strides while Cherubini got stuck. The D major symphony has big gestures and a few half-tunes, but nothing…

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BY PAUL E. ROBINSON ON 26 JANUARY 2020 Austin, TX – Joby Talbot’s one-act opera Everest was composed in 2014, and is based on an ill-fated Mount Everest expedition in 1996 in which several climbers perished. The premiere was presented by Dallas Opera in a fully staged version. Three years later it was again performed in Dallas but this time in a semi-staged version with the orchestra on stage. It was this version that was offered last week by Austin Opera at the Long Center for the Performing Arts. Among the survivors from the 1996 expedition was the journalist Jon…

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Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will partner with Looking at the Stars Foundation to bring world-renowned violinist to perform for inmates at Pacific Institution Regional Treatment Centre in Abbotsford, B.C. Audience members will include inmates, staff, and volunteers of the centre. Vancouver, Canada (January 24, 2020) — On January 29, 2020 the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (VSO) will partner with Looking at the Stars Foundation (LATSF) to bring world-renowned violinist Gidon Kremer to the Pacific Institution Regional Treatment Centre (PIRTC) in Abbotsford, BC to perform the music of Bach for an audience of inmates, staff, and volunteers. “I am honored to support Looking at…

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The OFF Jazz will hold a benefit concert on January 30, 2020 in support of its mission and activities. Buy your ticket to this unprecedented event where some of the greatest jazz pianists in the province will play in duos formed especially for the concert. A unique occasion to enjoy the expression of their virtuosity on the outstanding instruments of Piano Vertu! Featuring Jean-Michel Pilc, Lorraine Desmarais, Marianne Trudel, Andrés Vial, Gentiane MG, John Roney, Josh Rager, and more! A real happening for all jazz and piano lovers! When : January 30, 2020 – 7:30 PM. Where : Piano…

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JADER BIGNAMINI NAMED MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE DETROIT SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Initial six-year contract to begin in 2020-2021 season Jader conducts the DSO this weekend in three performances at Orchestra Hall, including a Sunday afternoon Live from Orchestra Hall webcast via dso.org/live and Facebook Live Detroit, (January 22, 2020) – Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) Chairman Mark Davidoff and President & CEO Anne Parsons announced today that Italian conductor Jader Bignamini has been appointed Music Director beginning with the 2020-2021 season, details of which the DSO also announced today. The news about the appointment was shared this morning with DSO musicians, staff,…

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When Lucas Debargue won fourth prize at the 2015 Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, many spectators took the apparent slight as a ringing endorsement of his individuality. Sunday in the Maison symphonique the 29-year-old Frenchman made apparent why he is by far the most talked-about laureate of that contest, not to mention one of the new celebrities of the piano world. It was substantially a bravura program, not that anything came across as simply or solely mechanical. In Liszt’s Dante Sonata Debargue seemed to embody the composer’s concept of a transcendental artist, rendering the flurries of octaves with a clarity that made them…

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And the winners are (Montréal, Sunday, January 19, 2020) – The 23rd edition of the Conseil québécois de la musique’s Opus Awards Gala was held this Sunday, January 19, 2020 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Bourgie Hall. The artistic direction of the gala was entrusted to the duo of Alexis Raynault and Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse, co-directors of BOP | Ballet-Opéra-Pantomime. Thirty Opus awards were handed out in recognition of the remarkable achievements of Québec’s music scene during the 2018-2019 season. Onstage, actor, musician and dancer Florence Blain Mbaye capably took on the role of MC, while singer and ICI…

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