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Announcing The 2020 Hnatyshyn Foundation $10,000 Developing Artist Grants Nominations starting : January 27th, 2020 – ending April 16th, 2020 The Hnatyshyn Foundation is a private charity established as a legacy by the late Right Honourable Ramon John Hnatyshyn, Canada’s twenty-fourth Governor General. In light of the vital role artists play in expressing our national identity, our founder believed deeply in the importance of assisting emerging and established artists with their schooling, training and career development. The Hnatyshyn Foundation’s Developing Artists Grants program is designed to bridge funding gaps in existing programs and provide assistance to the most promising young…

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Tafelmusik unveils 2020/21 Season Passions of the Soul Toronto, February 19, 2020… Today Music Director Elisa Citterio unveiled Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra’s 2020/21 season, Passions of the Soul, inviting audiences to experience the range of feelings music can inspire. For her third season, Citterio has curated a selection of music that spans more than four centuries — from early baroque to contemporary composers — with the ultimate goal of touching the heart of the listener. Detailed information about the 2020/21 season is below, and high resolution images are available in Tafelmusik’s Media Room. A trailer for the 2020/21 season can be…

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Metropolitan Opera announces 23 semifinalists in its National Council Auditions  Semifinalists move on to a closed competition on Monday, February 24 for the chance to advance to the Grand Finals Finalists will then compete at the public Grand Finals Concert on the Met stage, accompanied by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and conductor Bertrand de Billy, on Sunday, March 1 Winners will receive individual cash prizes of $15,000 and invaluable exposure in the opera world New York, NY (February 18, 2020)—The 23 young opera singers who have won regional auditions around the United States will compete in the semifinal round of…

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Toronto, February 16, 2020—The Toronto Symphony performed its Valentine’s program to a full house last night featuring some of the most romantic classical music ever written. What you missed? The concert opened with the Canadian premiere of American composer Elizabeth Ogonek’s “As though birds.” The work was inspired by a three-line stanza from a poem by Jonathan Dubow. Though only three-and-a-half minutes long, it is densely packed with an immense range of orchestral timbres, with moods alternating between melancholy and euphoria. Elim Chan, Stephen Hough, Photo: Jag Gundu Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, a work that epitomizes…

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“In recognition of the influence of my parents as patrons of the arts, and on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the company founded by my father, Roger Dubois, and his partners Gilles Paquette and Maurice Lavallée, I would like to highlight the contribution of the Canimex company to the development of music in Quebec. About 50 years ago, Canimex pursued its musical calling by supporting the Canadian Music Competition, now known as the Canimex Canadian Music Competition. The company is active also in lending fine string instruments, including 12 instruments to members of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. “It…

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The largest symphony ever written, designed for the outdoors and knocked off in six summer weeks without revision, Mahler never expected to see the 8th performed. When an impresario booked it for Munich in 1910, the Symphony of 1,000 afforded Mahler the greatest triumph of his life. He did not conduct it again and both his close disciples, Bruno Walter and Otto Klemperer, shunned it. Its gigantic size and cost make performances a rarity and good performances a dream. I can count the great ones I have heard in four decades on three fingers – Klaus Tennstedt in London, Riccardo…

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Internationally renowned Newfoundland and Labrador tenor David Pomeroy is recording his debut opera album this week. From February 10-13, 2020, he will record ten of opera’s greatest tenor arias with the 65 musicians of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and conductor Marc David at Memorial University in St. John’s, NL. The production team includes Grammy and Juno award-winning producer Denise Ball (CBC’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera & Backstage) as well as classical music sound engineers Brian Chan (Vancouver/CBC), and Jeremy Tusz (Milwaukee/ Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra). The recording will be the province’s first ever opera album. The project received funding from…

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This is the first Parsifal to be staged in COC history Toronto – For the first time in decades, a fully staged production of Richard Wagner’s Parsifal will be presented in Canada, opening the Canadian Opera Company’s monumental 2020/2021 season with a company premiere at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. Cast with more than 100 singers, an orchestra of 110 musicians, and a nearly six-hour run-time, this journey of one knight’s quest for the Holy Grail offers Canadian audiences a rare opportunity to experience Wagner’s thrilling final masterpiece in Toronto, in a celebrated COC co-production directed by François…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE La Scena Musicale presents Singing Valentines! A Memorable Romantic Experience Montreal, QC, Feb. 11, 2020 – This Valentine’s season, for the cost of a bouquet of flowers, offer a unique valentine! For the tenth year, La Scena Musicale has been providing individuals an opportunity to deliver a unique gift to their loved ones regardless of their location. Six professionally trained singers offer their time on Valentines Day, to help raise funds for La Scena Musicale and to give a special gift through song. “It has been a few years since I received such a wonderful gift from…

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There was no vice-regal musical salute Friday from the Orchestre Métropolitain, nor an “all rise” ceremony in the Maison symphonique. But Yannick Nézet-Séguin did draw attention to the presence in the Choeur Métropolitain of Governor General Julie Payette, who was stationed with the sopranos, as she had been the night before in a performance at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Imagine. The Queen’s representative as head of state singing with the multitudes. Great country, Canada. Pretty good concert, too, concluding with Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor, a comparably accomplished if less intensely dramatic piece than the Requiem. YNS…

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