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Emerging from the depths of Covid are some of the freshest ideas we have seen in years. Here, a newly formed string quartet takes a 2012 score by the British composer Thomas Adès and intersects it with works of their own making, very old and very new. The Adès piece describes the earth’s 24-hour rotation on its own axis – neat, but not stunningly original in either concept or content. Like his contemporary Young British Artists in the visual arts, Adès has amassed more eminence than admirers. His Four Quarters (sic) are eclectic to a fault: strongest in nocturnal echoes…

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“I think 100 is a good number,” Isolde Lagacé said, referencing the tally of concerts presented by Bourgie Hall in 2021-2022, up from 53 in its inaugural season 10 years ago. “To have 100 concerts, in every style, and of good quality.” A good number? More like astonishing given the array of alternatives that exist in Montreal and the challenges still posed by the pandemic. Not many chamber rooms in Canada can claim such a sum, which rises to 141 when rentals are taken into account. Or perhaps the numbers are both surprising and predictable at once, given the steady…

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SEPTEMBER 8, 2021, VANCOUVER, B.C. – Vancouver Opera is excited to announce the return of live performances for the 2021–2022 season. Vancouver Opera will present two days of outdoor performances at the šxʷƛ̓exən Xwtl’a7shn (formerly QET Plaza) from September 18 and 19 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. followed by three extraordinary operas at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre starting in December. “The entire team at Vancouver Opera is thrilled to be staging these productions this coming season,” said Tom Wright, Vancouver Opera General Director. “Two company premieres and a classic that highlights our amazing orchestra, chorus and celebrated Canadian vocal…

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After eight years sharing his passion for opera as the host of SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT THE OPERA and BACKSTAGE on CBC Music, Ben Heppner retires Kwagiulth and Stó:lō First Nations mezzo-soprano Marion Newman to helm SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT THE OPERA starting Sat. Sept. 11, Montréal-born soprano Frédéricka Petit-Homme to host CHORAL CONCERT starting Sun. Sept. 19 and orchestral conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser to host CENTRE STAGE Additional audio offerings for the fall lineup include Julie Nesrallah’s new Saturday afternoon show JULIE’S OPERA JEWELS starting Sat. Sept. 11, and new weekly podcast THE Q INTERVIEW featuring exclusive and extended content with Tom…

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Kitchener, Ontario – September 8th, 2021 – The KWS announced highly-awaited 2021/22 season on its website this morning at 10am EDT featuring Digital Concerts broadcast throughout the fall. The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS) is ready to perform once again this fall for orchestra-hungry audiences, both locally and around the globe, with a new line-up of inspiring digital concerts. Tickets are now on sale at www.kwsymphony.ca<http://www.kwsymphony.ca/>. Maestro Andrei Feher leads the KWS in his fourth season as Music Director with works by Beethoven, Berlioz, and Prokofiev and is joined by audience favourites Lucas Waldin, David Greilsammer, and Evan Mitchell for an assortment…

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This year, artistic director Louis Dufort presents his 10th edition of the Akousma Festival, which will once again showcase immersive digital music in all its glory. After a hiatus in 2020, the festival is back, more dazzling than ever, with a list of thirty all-canadian artists who will offer a real synopsis of current electroacoustic music. With a large number of commissions, Akousma is the ultimate event to discover where the music of tomorrow will lead us. See the full program

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Montréal, Sept. 7th, 2021 – Since the beginning of the pandemic, duos of singers and instrumentalists performed with Mécénat Musica: Mini-Opéras Santé & Mini-Concerts Santé delivered 9,000 free « door-to-door» outdoor concerts to 70,000 children, adolescents, elderly, adults, and families suffering from isolation, loneliness and psychological distress, on 1000+ streets in 100+ cities, boroughs and regions across Montréal, Québec and Canada. In 2021 musicians from Québec performed in all 10 Canadian provinces. There have been 3,000+ hires of professional singers and musicians, who perform with 184 different classical music organizations. With prearranged itineraries, musicians offer surprise 10-minute Mini-Opéras Santé &…

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We don’t hear much of Ignacy Jan Paderewski these days, let alone his friend Zygmunt Stojowski. The first prime minister of independent Poland has been overshadowed politically by the nation’s turbulence and musically by Szymanowski. Famed in his day as a virtuoso pianist, Paderewski enjoyed considerable reputation before 1914 as a popular symphonist in sub-Rachmaninov mode. His lifelong pal Stojowski was equally successful on both fronts. I can’t remember seeing either of them on a concert programme in recent years. This pairing of violin-piano sonatas by the two Poles comes close, at times, to revelation. The Paderewski sonata dates from…

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Montreal, September 1, 2021 – The Segal Centre for Performing Arts announced today their 2021-2022 theatre season which includes three wildly unique, brand-new musicals and the return of two audience favourites. In the fall, Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan McMillan with Johnny Donahoe produced in association with Hudson Village Theatre returns to the stage after winning over audiences during a limited run in the spring. It is followed by the world premiere of Spot On Entertainment™’s SuperDogs: The Musical by Leonard Chase and John Halpin featuring the President’s Choice® SuperDogs™. Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion of internet sensation YidLife Crisis…

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FORT WORTH, Texas, August 31, 2021—The Cliburn is pleased to announce that individual tickets will go on sale tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. CT, September 1, for the sixteenth edition of its flagship Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, to be held entirely in person on June 2–18, 2022, at Bass Performance Hall and Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU, in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. All individual tickets will be available online at Cliburn.org or by telephone at 817.212.4280 starting at 10:00 a.m. Subscription packages remain on sale including premium, complete, and individual round subscriptions at Cliburn.org/2022-tickets. Patrons must be 10 years or older to attend. TICKET INFORMATION INDIVIDUAL TICKETS Earlier than…

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