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Montreal, Wednesday, January 19, 2022 – A new chapter is beginning in Montreal. General and Artistic Director of Bourgie Hall since its opening in September 2011, Isolde Lagacé will take her leave from the directorship of this concert hall, among the most prestigious and beloved in the country. In December 2022, she will step down from her duties after more than a decade of offering a rich, meticulously prepared, top-level programming to music lovers in Montreal, one both interspersed with musical discoveries and which can boast having welcomed within its walls some of the greatest names in classical music. For…

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**/**** January is the month when we all stop drinking, go vegan, return to the office and listen to clarinet music. At least, that’s the conclusion to be drawn from the CDs that have been dropping through my door. Three sonatas by Brahms? I knew two, but Michael Collins has adapted the 1886 violin sonata into a clarinet piece and, to no surprise, it doesn’t work. Collins is a superb player with a conductor’s ear for variegation and his pianist, Stephen Hough, has a composer’s sensitivity. But Brahms knew his way around the violin and was some years short of…

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Montreal, January 15, 2022 – This week, Piano Esmonde White are thrilled to unveil the result of years of research. They have developed a revolutionary mechanism for the piano: the Esmonde White Vertical Action. This mechanism is entirely designed and assembled in Montreal by their team of experienced engineers and technicians. Following in the footsteps of his mentor Darrell Fandrich, EW president Oliver Esmonde-White is opening the door to a new technology that allows a pianist to experience the same sensitivity of touch and sound formerly only found in grand pianos. The Esmonde White Vertical Action technology improves the upright…

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At the turn of the century there was hardly any Weinberg to be found on record, except on scratchy old Soviet LPs. Two decades on, there is so much Weinberg about it is hard to advise a new listener where to begin. *****/**** Weinberg is one of those composers – like Martinu and Milhaud, for instance – who kept on writing, with or without commission, carrying on even when publishers refused to put out any more. Towards the end of his life, with 26 symphonies lying virtually unperformed, he wrote chamber symphonies and string quartets in the hope that smaller…

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Toronto, Ontario—January 12, 2022: Cathy Beck, Chair of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) Board of Directors, is pleased to announce that Mark Williams has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Williams is a senior leader in the orchestra sector, having held positions at the San Francisco Symphony and IMG Artists New York, prior to his current role as Chief Artistic and Operations Officer at The Cleveland Orchestra. In his current position he oversees all aspects of artistic planning and programming, touring, and orchestra operations. “The TSO Board of Directors is very pleased and excited to welcome Mark to…

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Toronto, 11 janvier 2022 – Given a continued surge of Omicron transmission across Ontario, the Canadian Opera Company is cancelling all live-audience performances of Puccini’s Madama Butterfly. The production had been slated to run from February 4 – 25, 2022 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, but will now be made available as a free digital presentation to current 2021/2022 COC subscription holders who are continuing to support Canadian opera through the donation, exchange, or credit of tickets. “It’s clear that cancelling in-person performances is the most responsible course of action at this time,” says COC General Director…

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Toronto, January 10, 2022 – Twenty-two composers from across Canada submitted their works to the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir for its 2021 Choral Composition Competition. The competition this year was for original works scored for SATB or SSAATTBB, a cappella or with piano accompaniment. The TMC also encouraged composers to set a text by a poet from an under-represented community. All submitted scores were reviewed (with no composer names) by a three-member jury led by Artistic Director Jean-Sébastien Vallée. The winning composition is Of Rest by Benjamin Sigerson – a setting of text by Vancouver poet j. h. Lee.  Benjamin receives…

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Montreal, January 10th, 2022 – On the heels of a highly entertaining and moving autumnal concert, Oktoécho presents their album Transcestral, a hymn to celebrate life. Starting January 21st, the public is invited to discover the music across digital platforms and on Oktoécho’s official website. An original creation of the Oktoécho ensemble, Transcestral brings together artists, singers, and poets from different backgrounds: six Indigenous (Ojibwe, Innu, Métis, Inuit, Nakoda, Dene) and Sufi communities. Known for their unique musical contributions, rich in poetic lyricism and inspired by their ancestral lineages, Innu poet Josephine Bacon, Sufi singer Anouar Barrada, Métis singer Moe…

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Montréal, January 10, 2002 – The Orchestre classique de Montréal (OCM) is pleased to announce the launch of the new Canimex Mentorship Program, available exclusively to students enrolled in the Faculty of Music at Université de Montréal (UdeM). The program, which is generously supported by the Canimex Group and the RBC Foundation, will be open to thirteen student instrumentalists and one young conductor and is being carried out in collaboration with UdeM’s Faculty of Music. THE PROGRAM The thirteen student instrumentalists will take part in the mentorship program from May 13 to 28, 2022. The OCM’s artistic director, Boris Brott, will oversee…

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Hamburg, 10 January 2022: Tomorrow, on Tuesday 11 January, the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg celebrates its fifth anniversary with a gala concert devoted exclusively to music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The concert will be given in the Grand Hall under 2G+ conditions before an audience consisting of invited guests plus hundreds of people who won their tickets in a raffle. This was also the case at the inaugural concert five years ago. The NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra under the baton of chief conductor Alan Gilbert will be playing works by John Adams and Esa-Pekka Salonen as well as the Piano Concerto…

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