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Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company announced today a new mainstage commission: The Old Fools bycelebrated Montreal-based composer Ana Sokolović and seasoned British librettist Paul Bentley. La Reine-Garçon, first announced in 2015, is moving forward as a co-commission with the Opéra de Montréal; it’s the first mainstage collaboration of its kind between the two major Canadian opera companies and at its helm are two exceptionalCanadian artists: Julien Bilodeau as composer and Michel Marc Bouchard as librettist. The Old Fools This opera in two acts was inspired by “The Old Fools” by renowned English poet Philip Larkin. The poem concerns Larkin’s fear…

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Montreal, December 11, 2018 – The Opéra de Montréal announces a new opera, La Reine-Garçon, with a libretto by Michel Marc Bouchard and music by Julien Bilodeau, which will be presented in Montreal and in Toronto in 2023. This work, the first to be co-commissioned by the Opéra de Montréal and the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto, once again substantiates Montreal’s undeniably important role in creating a new opera repertoire showcasing our greatest homegrown talents. The popular and critical success of the opera Les Feluettes, which had its world premiere at the Opéra de Montréal in May 2016, confirmed Montrealers’…

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Ever wonder what Henryk Mikolaj Górecki did before he hit the jackpot with that million-selling third symphony? The sage of Katowice never stuck to any doctrine or style, allowing himself to develop from modernism to minimalism and all points between. His first string quartet, commissioned by Kronos in 1988, is titled ‘Already it is dusk’ and appears to lament the dying day in meditative fragments, as if to suggest that nothing is ever finished. The second quartet, written three years later, bears the title ‘Quasi una fantasia’ and emerges slowly, hypnotically, from the simplest of themes. In between the two,…

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Guest artists include Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Kent Nagano, Marc-André Hamelin, Veronika Eberle, and Seong-Jin Cho  Joliette, December 7, 2018 – The 42nd season of the Festival de Lanaudière will feature two renowned Montreal orchestras: the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM), and the Orchestre Métropolitain (OM).  Just six weeks after coming on board, the Festival’s new artistic director, Renaud Loranger, is prepared to announce four programs with two famous ensembles: “It is an honor to offer music lovers these two great Montreal orchestras as part of the same season,” he states with pride. “The OM and OSM always take great pleasure in returning…

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The thought of recording an album dawned on me after performing a Christmas music recital with pianist Lisandre Sévigny Di Quinzio. I enjoyed singing the music, and the audience was quite receptive. After talking to my accompanist, we agreed to be equal partners in this venture. Fundraising Recording a CD is an expensive proposition, far more than we could afford on our own. So we got a fundraising campaign together. We solicited financial contributions, regardless of the amount. In exchange, we offered various incentives to eventual benefactors. Happily, we met our goal, or just about. Repertoire We established three main…

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by Marc Chénard, Benjamin Goron et Éric Champagne Jazz at the movies The Romance of Improvisation in Canada / Justin Time – JTR 8613-2 Given the fact that jazz and motion pictures were born around the same time, their histories intertwine in so many ways. For one, there is no shortage of movies with jazzy soundtracks, and loads of jazzers have ¿contributed to them, as players and composers. But the opposite is also true, when musicians have turned to soundtracks as vehicles to improvise on. This recording is one such example. Its mastermind, James K. Wright, is not a musician…

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Requiem æternam.” A garland of coloured flowers crossed the stage of the Maison symphonique on Oct. 16. Above, a large screen portrayed a flashback of images reflecting the busy life of Jacqueline Desmarais – commonly known as Madame. Family, friends, and loved ones: some of the many people who paid their last respects to the one who spread joy and light for many decades. “Dies iræ, dies illa.” Sophie Desmarais, feeling emotional, was alluding to emptiness, not suffering. “Madame Desmarais will be present through the many unforgettable memories and moments…I feel today a strong emptiness. Nothing will be able…

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Pianist Carter Johnson Wins OSM Manulife Competition Carter Johnson of British Columbia was the grand prize winner of the OSM Manulife Competition. Apart from netting a $10,000 prize, the pianist will perform with the OSM on Jan. 16 at the Maison symphonique under the baton of David Robertson. Other laureates are pianists Kevin Ahfat, Henry From and Kevin Chen, as well as harpists Clara Wang and Phoebe Powell. www.osm.ca Soprano Vanessa Croome Receives Stingray Prize The Atelier lyrique, in conjunction with the Opéra de Montréal and Stingray Music, held its 2018 talent gala on Nov. 14. The public was invited…

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LOS ANGELES (Nov 26, 2018) — Following an incredible sold-out run across Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and Mexico this summer and a current fall tour in the U.S. and Canada, Il Divo announced they will return to North America in 2019 for an all new leg of their Timeless Tour. Produced by Live Nation, the second leg of the tour will make stops in 19 new cities, kicking off March 4 in Regina, SK and visiting Las Vegas, Chicago, Boston and more before wrapping April 6 in New York, NY. See full itinerary below. Tickets for the newly announced dates…

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Salon des métiers d’art 6 au 16 décembre 2018 Réunissant 400 artisans et créateurs du Québec, le Salon des métiers d’art de Montréal se tiendra du 6 au 16 décembre à la Place Bonaventure. C’est l’occasion rêvée pour dénicher de parfaits cadeaux de Noël qui sauront plaire à vos êtres chers tout en soutenant les créateurs d’ici. www.metiersdart.ca 21C Music Festival Jan. 16 to 20, 2019 Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) has moved its 21C Music Festival from May to January. “The new time-period allows us to fill a space in Toronto’s cultural calendar and allows the students of…

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