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March 16, 2020 Last updated: March 17, 2020 Dear artists and cultural workers, We fully support all measures taken by the authorities in our country to try to limit the spread of the pandemic and its harmful consequences for human beings, especially the most vulnerable among us. We appreciate the devastating impact that measures of isolation and social distancing will have on the arts and culture sector, which are directly dependent on audience attendance and domestic and international travel for their creative, production and dissemination activities. Cancellations and postponements of performances, festivals and other events, as well as the closure…

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Jeffrey Stonehouse Montreal, Canada Mar 14, 2020 —  We have translated the petition so that our anglophone colleagues can sign too! Please see below: Compensation for freelance artists following cancellation of cultural events (COVID-19) We the undersigned freelance artists and cultural workers are calling on the provincial and federal governments to urgently compensate for the loss of income caused by the cancellation of cultural events due to COVID-19. The most recent public health security measures announced by governments have devastating economic repercussions for self-employed workers in the cultural sector. We all support these measures to limit the spread of COVID-19…

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Greetings, The Conseil des arts de Montréal has taken note of the Gouvernement du Québec’s guidance on measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. We are closely monitoring the situation as it evolves and wish to reassure the Montréal organizations and collectives we work with. The Conseil’s financial commitments Facing this emergency situation, the Conseil des arts de Montréal will maintain its financial commitments to the organizations and collectives it supports through its various programs. We are aware of the financial strain these circumstances will create within the community. Measures to maintain the Conseil’s services In light of the extraordinary…

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NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE CANCELS ALL PERFORMANCES AND EVENTS UNTIL SUNDAY APRIL 5 March 13, 2020 – OTTAWA – Christopher Deacon, President and CEO of the National Arts Centre has issued the following statement :  The health and safety of our visitors, artists, and staff is of paramount importance. Due to the unprecedented pandemic of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we are cancelling all performances and events at the National Arts Centre until Sunday April 5, 2020. This decision is the right thing to do to keep our community safe and healthy. Our audience expects nothing less of us. We take comfort in…

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The place to go these days to hear French piano music is Iceland. The best-selling, innovative Bach interpreter Víkingur Ólafsson has taken a pair of French composers two centuries apart and effectively melded their music into one by the simple method of interleaving short pieces across a whole album. The outcome is astonishing in respect of both Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) and Claude Debussy (1862-1918), revealing unsuspected aspects in both masters, as well as an underlying French expression in their music. Turn, for instance, from two little amusements in Debussy’s Children’s Corner to three Pièces de clavecin by Rameau and you…

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It is with regret that we announce the death of Charles Wuorinen, composer of over 270 works, virtuosic pianist, and conductor. He died on Wednesday, March 11 from complications after sustaining a fall in September 2019. Wuorinen’s music of refinement, power, technical excellence and wide-ranging emotional pallet found a home in operas, ballets, symphonies, and chamber and vocal works of all combinations and instruments. Wuorinen’s last completed work was his Second Percussion Symphony, premiered in Miami in September 2019. In recent years James Levine became a staunch advocate for Wuorinen’s music and commissioned five orchestral works including his Fourth Piano Concerto with Peter Serkin for the…

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Statement regarding COVID-19 The Segal Centre is committed to the safety, health, and well-being of our staff, artists, students, patrons, and guests. As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation evolves worldwide, the Segal Centre is closely monitoring the situation and will keep you apprised of any changes. As per the Quebec Government’s declaration that all public events of over 250 people need to be cancelled, the following decisions have been made: The rest of the run of The Times They Are a Changin’ is cancelled. Teesri Duniya’s production of Counter Offence in the Studio will run as scheduled until further notice. All Academy classes as…

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Montreal, March 12, 2020 – In accordance with the directives issued by government authorities in matters of public health, and effective immediately, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) announces the cancellation of 11 concerts between now and April 5, 2020, inclusively. Clients already in possession of tickets for those concerts will be able to obtain a credit toward the purchase of tickets to another concert, or a reimbursement. The OSM customer service department will communicate by email with all concerned clients as soon as possible. The OSM will re-evaluate the situation in due course concerning concerts scheduled for after April 5, 2020,…

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Montreal, 12 March 2020 – Following the official announcement by the Premier of Quebec, Mr. François Legault, aimed at limiting public gatherings beyond 250 people to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, The International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA ) must cancel its 38th edition, originally scheduled for March 17 to 29, 2020. “The situation having evolved rapidly, we honor and respect the decision by the public authorities. In 38 years of existence, this is the first time that our major annual event will not take place. Over the past few months, the FIFA team has worked with…

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Seattle, WA – In accordance with the latest mandate from Washington Governor Jay Inslee, Benaroya Hall announced yesterday that all public events have been canceled through March 31, 2020 in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). As our community confronts a current global health crisis, the Seattle Symphony will continue sharing performances that provide strength, comfort and joy through video rebroadcasts and livestreams throughout the month. The first rebroadcast will be the live performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 led by Music Director Thomas Dausgaard on Thursday, March 12, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. PDT and Saturday,…

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