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The 75th Geneva International Music Competition is starting this Saturday! The 16 candidates qualified for the semi-finals will be performing in Geneva from 23-26 October. Cellists will have to perform a 60-minute program, which includes a Sonata by Boccherini or J.S. Bach, a solo contemporary piece and the remaining program at free choice. Oboists will be presenting a 60-minute performance with Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F Maj, a baroque Sonata with harpsichord, a contemporary piece for oboe solo and the rest of the program at free choice. The Final rounds will be held on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 October…

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Soprano Jocelyn Fralick, who recently returned to Toronto after two years’ study in Amsterdam, will have to pack her bags again for three days in New York. On Friday, October 15, she was named recipient of the coveted Career Blueprint, in the fourth edition of Ten Singing Stars – The New Generation, presented by the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists. The announcement was made at the conclusion of the Ten Singing Stars concert at Toronto’s Zoomer Hall, broadcast live on The New Classical 96.3 FM and streamed on the station’s website and YouTube channel. The singers performed operatic arias…

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MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA (OCTOBER 19, 2021) — The Minnesota Orchestra announced today that Sarah Hicks will continue to lead the Orchestra’s “Live at Orchestra Hall” series through the 2023-24 season, serving as principal conductor and overseeing artistic planning for the series. Ms. Hicks, who will lead the Orchestra in a televised Young People’s Concert on November 3 and a pair of Black Panther Movies & Music performances on November 5 and 6, first joined the Orchestra in 2006 and assumed her current position in 2009. During the pandemic, she served as host of the Orchestra’s livestream and broadcast series This Is Minnesota…

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TORONTO – For the first time since the pandemic began, a concert hall in Ontario saw a nearly full house of fully-vaccinated patrons sitting side by side without social distancing, albeit all wearing masks. This was the scene on Oct. 16 at Toronto’s Koerner Hall, where the Royal Conservatory of Music presented its Season Gala: Follies in Concert. This concert was originally scheduled for last October to mark composer Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday in 2020. Follies in Concert featured an all-Canadian cast of powerhouses in the musical theatre world: Cynthia Dale, the grand dame of the Stratford Festival, was aptly…

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For Immediate Release, October 15, 2021, Toronto, ON …. On Thursday, October 14 at 7:30 pm EST, Canada’s music community came together for a virtual, musical discovery party to celebrate the launch of Picanto.ca, an innovative new digital platform for creative music content. Created by the Canadian Music Centre (CMC), Picanto.ca brings together a world of new and uncommon music from diverse genres through music videos, documentaries, educational videos, and live-streaming events. A new and exciting hub for Canadian creative artists and the music community, Picanto.ca was created by and for Canadian music lovers. “Discovery has always been at the heart of the Canadian Music Centre,” comments…

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I should have been on my way to Warsaw for the Chopin Competition but circumstances intervened and I find myself listening to unknown Poles of a different kind. The English violinist Jennifer Pike has Polish ancestry on her mother’s side. While rummaging a music shop in Krakow, she came away with unknown scores and turned them into a pair of fascinating releases. The familiar composers presented here are Karol Szymanowski and Grazyna Bacewicz, but not as we know them. Szymanowski’s 1904 violin sonata has yet to develop his trademark asperity, while his three Paganini Caprices of 1918 would make perfect…

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The Ontario government has announced that as of October 9, capacity limits will be lifted to allow 100 percent capacity in many settings where proof of vaccination is required. This includes concert venues, theatres and cinemas. This is welcome news to the music scene, for which in-person events have been mostly grounded since the beginning of the pandemic. Although some concerts have taken place in the summer, they were held under strict limits with social distancing. The return to full audiences will now mean new blocks of tickets being made available for upcoming musical performances, and undoubtedly long lines to…

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Montréal, Oct. 12th, 2021 – Mécénat Musica program has distributed $4.2 million to 38 cultural organizations in Quebec during the pandemic in 2021 and 2020 from funds administered by three partner community foundations: Foundation of Greater Montreal, the Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal and Fondation Québec Philanthrope. These distributions are from income generated by the Mécénat Musica cultural program that has created $64,000,000 of in perpetuity capital from donations from more than 400 Mécénat Musica individuals and families. Mécénat Musica: Mini-Galas: duos of professional singers and instrumentalists deliver surprise thank you concerts with statuettes to Mécénat Musica donors, outside their door in gratitude. Mécénat Musica is…

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With the fadeout of two landmark string quartets – Germany’s Artemis in disarray and America’s Emersons to retirement – France’s Quatuor Ebène probably head the current list of the world’s best. Four crack musicians who play standing up and are forever pushing out boundaries, their album releases are always an event and often a surprise. This new recording pairs two nocturnal masterpieces – Henri Dutilleux’s Ainsi la Nuit and Arnold Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht. Dutilleux goes down the Bartok path of things that go squeak in the night. Schoenberg listens in to illicit lovers in the woods. Both works arouse fear…

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Lost and Found Blackwood (Jeff Reilly, bass clarinet; Peter-Antony Togni, piano) Sanctuary Concerts SCCD 006 ★★★★✩ They have been collaborating as musicians for more than 20 years, but this is the first time that pianist Peter-Anthony Togni and clarinetist Jeff Reilly have released a recording under the rubric of their duo Blackwood. With one exception (Miles Davis), there are only original compositions here, written individually or jointly. By the sensual sound of the bass clarinet, it might be taken for a jazz recording, but we do not find the energy and improvisation usually associated with this musical genre. We are…

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