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Montréal, January 22, 2019 — 24 of the world’s most promising young violinists—15 women and 9 men between the ages of 16 and 28, from 13 nations—have been selected to participate in the CMIM (Concours musical international de Montréal) running from May 29 to June 5, 2019. The United States leads the selection with seven violinists, followed by Japan and South Korea with 5 violinists each. Germany is represented by two competitors and the following nations are each represented by one competitor: Austria, China, Czech Republic, France, Latvia, Russia, Spain, Taiwan and Ukraine. The 24 competitors will vie for over…

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Montreal, January 21, 2019 — The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is pleased to announce it will be adding a third performance to its programme, on Friday, April 19 at 8 p.m., of the much-awaited concert titled The Mozart Requiem, under the direction of Hervé Niquet. This supplementary concert will be presented in addition to performances scheduled for April 16 and 18, which are almost sold out. These concerts are part of the series Encounters with Mozart, during which the OSM will present a selection of the great Austrian composer’s masterpieces in the course of three different concert programmes directed by…

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New York, NY (January 18, 2019) – The Metropolitan Opera announced today that it will offer free tickets for each of its productions to federal government employees affected by the ongoing government shutdown. The offer will be available for all performances from tomorrow, January 19, through January 31, 2019 (excluding the matinee of January 26). Those eligible can reserve a pair of tickets per person per performance, subject to availability, on the day of each show by telephone (212-362-6000) or in person at the Met box office. A valid government ID must be presented when collecting tickets. Quantities are limited. …

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Montreal, January 17, 2019 ● The brand new Espace OSM was launched today in the presence of numerous guests, donors and subscribers, including Mr. Lucien Bouchard, Chair of the OSM’s Board of Directors. Adjoining the Maison symphonique, this new space aligns with the OSM’s ongoing outreach, educational, and socio-recreational mission, marking its 85th anniversary in a truly meaningful way! As of January 31, the venue will be open before concerts begin, enabling the public to discover the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and classical music in new ways! The Espace OSM is entirely free of charge, with exhibitions and installations that trace the OSM’s amazing history, providing visitors with the experience of a living,…

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Ever bought a record just for the opening track? You’d be sorely tempted by this offering from the Gothenburg Symphony and Herbert Blomstedt, a pairing of the second symphony by a pal of Sibelius’s with his orchestral serenade. Swedes regard Stenhammar’s 2nd, dated 1914, as their best symphony after Sibelius and some have argued the case with me alcoholically far into the unbroken winter’s night. I am not persuaded. Stenhammar might have enjoyed a drink or few with Sibelius but the most he got out of these sessions was an imitative gift and a blinding hangover. The first movement of that…

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In a concert called “Beautés culturelles”, Trio de l’Île presents a musical excursion that starts with Shostakovich’s Trio op. 8 no. 1 composed at the age of 16 when young Shostakovich was still at the Conservatory in St-Petersbourg. Dedicated to Tatyana Glivenko, a girl he had fallen in love with in Crimea, this work reveals a young Shostakovich already in complete mastery of harmony, counterpoint and form. The concert then takes a turn towards Spain, with Joaquin Turina’s Trio op.76 no.2. With distinctive Spanish elements this refreshing work is sparkling and evocative while keeping true to the classical and romantic…

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There are so many misnomers about Ms Clarke that it’s worth taking a sentence or two to put them straight. Clarke (1886-1979) is widely regarded as one of the first English women composers. But her father was an American photographic executive, her mother was German and as soon as she reached 30 Clarke sailed off to the US to spend the better part of her life over there, playing mostly English music in a trio. Her own music is English in rather dated sense of the term, heavily reliant on folk music and simple modulations. Her viola sonata is not…

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Join Us for a Delectable Valentine’s Evening At the Sofitel Montreal In Support of the McGill Chamber Orchestra THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14 AT 6:30 PM  With Performances by Soprano Sharon Azrieli & Pianist Michel-Alexandre Broekaert And the popular a cappella quartet QUARTOM The McGill Chamber Orchestra (MCO) invites you to an evening awash in romance! Chocolates & Love Songs, our popular Valentine’s evening, returns to the elegant Sofitel hotel. The sumptuous evening features a chocolate-themed gourmet dinner, with an open bar at cocktail hour, and amorous music that will enthrall and delight. Prepare to fall in love with performances by soprano…

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Quebec, December 28, 2018 – No matter what side you took in the debate about SLĀV, you have to admit that it at least prompted some long-needed reflection in the province of Quebec. Unfortunately, as it often happens here in Quebec, important social debates sometimes end up leading to a situation where everyone’s talking and nobody’s listening. The discourse gets muddied, becoming just a heap of ideas and opinions overrun by noise and confusion. Over the last year, people have criticized me often for not having spoken out enough on the subject and especially for not having played the media’s game. But…

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To end the year, up pops a Mozart with five stars written all over it. As a matter of course, I do not listen to new Mozart piano releases. There is such an abundance of unsurpassed recordings on my shelves – Ashkenazy, Brendel, Gilels, Haskil, Kempff, Richter – who could ask for anything more? But I slipped on this latest offering as an early-morning tune-up and, before I knew it, I was I heaven. I am sure the good folk at DG had a go at Seong-Jin Cho not to risk Mozart at this stage, but the Chopin competition winner…

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