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Your challenge for the weekend: name all six of Les Six. Poulenc and Milhaud? That’s average. Arthur Honegger? Good (unless you’re Swiss). Germaine Tailleferre? Very good. Georges Auric. Excellent. So who have we forgotten? (Louis Durey (1888-1979). Nobody remembers Durey.) Les Six came to the fore in 1920s Paris as acolytes of the iconoclastic Erik Satie and briefly caught the spirit of the age before veering off in diverse directions. This ingenious album of clarinet-piano music from either end of their careers. Francis Poulenc, the most lyrical and the only one with a major opera to his credit, can be…

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In the Sea @ La Vitrola, Montréal, May 14, 2019 by Marc Chénard In a jazz setting, string groups have traditionally served as backdrops to combos, mainly to sweeten up the sound. With little if any opportunity to do some improvising of their own, that left to the frontliners, violinists, violists or cellists are pretty well relegated to accompanying roles, sawing their way through strictly notated parts, bows in hand, or occasional pizzicatos for added effect.. But in other forms of music making, free improvising most notably, string players are given the opportunity to use their own devices. In the…

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There was never any question what was going to be my album of the week once the envelope disgorged this little twin-set from DG.  I started writing about Weinberg in the early 1990s when he was unknown outside Russia and forgotten within. Some emigres played me his string music and I found the communication so direct and personal that I could not understand his neglect. A Polish Jew, Weinberg fled to the Soviet Union in 1939, was befriended by Shostakovich and narrowly survived incarceration in the Stalin murder machine. Although there are common gestural elements with his friend and mentor,…

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Complete artistic programming for the 2019 edition unveiled Sublime voices and star pianists Berlioz tribute Many premieres   Joliette, May 7, 2019 –Festival de Lanaudière’s Artistic Director Renaud Loranger today unveiled the complete artistic programming of the Festival de Lanaudière’s 42nd season. This year, the Festival features many artists making their debuts either at Lanaudière, in Quebec, or for some, in Canada. From July 5 to August 4, music lovers are invited to take advantage of the Festival’s top venues: the enchanting Amphithéâtre Fernand-Lindsay and several local churches. In the words of Mr. Loranger: “From Europe and America, a roster…

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For immediate release—May 6, 2019: The Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO) is proud to announce that Duncan McDougall is the recipient of the 2018/19 TSYO Stingray Rising Stars Award. The announcement was made on Sunday, May 5, during the TSYO’s season-finale concert at Roy Thomson Hall, marking the end of the orchestra’s 45th season. The Stingray Rising Stars Award was launched in 1998 as Galaxie Rising Stars. This original program sets out to discover, encourage, promote, and champion new up-and-coming Canadian artists. The award, with a value of $1,000, will help Duncan advance his career. “Contributing to the career advancement of…

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You may recognise the composer’s name as one of two brothers who assisted Deryck Cooke and Berthold Goldschmidt in creating the first performing edition of Mahler’s tenth symphony. Now 76, David Matthews has come a long way from those early Gustavian speculations. Where his brother Colin drew close to Benjamin Britten, David veered to the wilder fantasies of Michael Tippett while staying close to English roots and traditions. His ninth symphony, receiving its world premiere on this release, is a kind of summation. Starting with a self-composed carol and extending to a Bach chorale, it represents the best of British…

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THE 8TH EDITION OF THE CLASSICAL SPREE FESTIVAL IS LAUNCHED! Montreal, May 2, 2019 — The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Music Director Kent Nagano, and the spokesperson for the 2019 OSM’S summer season André Robitaille unveil the Orchestra’s summer programming and invite music lovers of all ages to come out and enjoy the 8th edition of the OSM Classical Spree. From Wednesday, August 7 to Sunday, August 11, 31 concerts — 11 of which will be conducted by Maestro Nagano— as well as a multitude of free performances and activities will be offered at the Maison symphonique, in the different halls…

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MONTRÉAL, April 30, 2019 /CNW Telbec/ – To celebrate the new multi-purpose public place, Espace 67, Parc Jean-Drapeau proudly announced today it is adding L’OM Grandeur nature to its 2019 summer program. This major free concert of classical music performed by the Orchestre Métropolitain and conducted by renowned Montréal maestro Yannick Nézet-Séguin, will be held on Thursday, June 27 at 8.30 p.m. The event, organized by the Société du parc Jean-Drapeau, in collaboration with the Orchestre Métropolitain, serves as a major people-gathering activity and an invitation to rediscover a completely redeveloped site that is more majestic than ever. In keeping…

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Presented at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts, May 4, 7, 9, 11, and 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm Montreal, April 25, 2019 – The Opéra de Montréal is proud to announce that it is one of eleven organizations and nine professional artists that will receive financial assistance from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec for the development of new, large-scale digital projects. The funds will allow for the recording of this unique production of Carmen—whose cast and creative team shine a spotlight on Quebec talent—with a goal of having various multidisciplinary presenters throughout Quebec show it at…

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Award recognizes Mr. Koerner’s lasting contribution to the performing arts Toronto, ON — Visionary philanthropist Michael M. Koerner, C.M. is the recipient of the 2019 International Society for the Performing Arts’ (ISPA) Angel Award in recognition of his significant and lasting contributions to the performing arts. The award, which was announced at ISPA’s New York City Congress in January, will be presented to Mr. Koerner onstage at Koerner Hall tomorrow (Friday, April 26) by Luminato’s CEO Anthony Sargent. Inspired by Mr. Koerner’s generosity and transformational philanthropic giving, Mr. Sargent nominated Mr. Koerner for the award. The concert and presentation will…

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