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Toronto, Ontario – Thursday, December 16, 2021: The National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO Canada)  is proud to announce the appointment of Maestro Sascha Goetzel – Music Director Designate of the  l’Orchestre National Des Pays De La Loire and Principal Guest conductor of the Sofia Philharmonic – as  Music Director in 2022 and 2023. A frequent guest conductor with some of the world’s most prestigious  orchestras, Goetzel previously led the NYO and members of the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO)  in the collaborative “Frenergy” concert tour of Ontario and Quebec in 2019. 2022 marks NYO’s anticipated return to the stage…

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New York, NY (December 15, 2021) — Following current CDC guidelines for booster shots, and in an effort to keep its large community of artists, orchestra, chorus, staff, and audiences safe, the Metropolitan Opera announced today that it will mandate a Covid booster shot for all those eligible to receive it, beginning January 17, 2022. On that date, entry to the Met will be restricted to those who have received the booster shot, if eligible. Those not yet eligible will be able to continue to enter but must receive the booster shot shortly after they become eligible. For those…

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The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir’s annual Choral Conductors’ Symposium (returning after a three-year hiatus) offers an incredible opportunity for emerging conductors from across North America to work with the artistic director of the TMC and the full Choir in a five-day series of workshops and masterclasses. The participating conductors will conduct the 100 voices of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir and the 20-voice TMC professional core ensemble in rehearsals and in a concluding public performance. The TMC looks forward to welcoming five conductors in February: Joshua Boggs, of Emory, Virginia. Joshua is Assistant Professor of Choral and Vocal Studies at Emory &…

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Gustav Mahler, who disliked flashy soloists, used to say that his mood picked up if he saw Busoni’s name on the programme. The Italian-Austrian, half-Jewish piano virtuoso and ambitious opera composer was a voracious intellectual and bibliomane who could talk philosophy all night long, studding his conversation (like his music) with jokes. Mahler liked him so much that he conducted the premiere of his orchestral Berceuse in New York in the last concert he ever gave. This recital by the British pianist Peter Donohoe is a perfect pick-me-up for Covid gloom. Starting with the Bach-Busoni Toccata in C major –…

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In February 2022 La Scena Musicale will celebrate its 25th anniversary with an issue dedicated to the Relaunch of the Arts. This means we will have an unprecedented 100,000 copies in circulation, including 60,000 copies inserted in daily newspapers in Montreal, Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver, as well as 40,000 additional copies mailed to partnering arts organizations. We are calling on Canadian arts organizations of all types and sizes to help us propel this project. To participate, organizations purchase a minimum of 500 copies of the magazine at the reduced price of $1 per copy. All organizations…

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There is an unwritten law in music that composers are left unperformed for ten years after they die. The muting is certainly true of Henze, who died in 2012 and has hardly been heard since. A Vienna Opera staging of his 1990 opera, based on Yukio Mishima’s powerful novel, The Sailor who fell from grace with sea, was intended to break the silence last year, only to be disrupted by Covid-19 closure. Considerable revision and imagination had gone into the Vienna production as the opera had flopped at its 1990 Berlin premiere. Henze and Mishima had much in common, both…

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We’re investing in innovation—be bold, take risks, bring your ideas forward!  The Canada Council for the Arts is excited to announce our new Strategic Innovation Fund. More than $200 million has been committed over the next five years to build a more resilient, sustainable, connected, inclusive and equitable arts sector. Our goal is to support a range of artists and arts organizations, throughout their innovation journeys, to create meaningful change in the arts sector and beyond. If you are interested in learning more about what kinds of projects are eligible, how to apply and more, visit the Innovation Grants page on…

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Ever since Samuel Barber’s Adagio and Gustav Mahler’s Adagietto became the standard works of public mourning and consolation, the first in the 1940s, the second in the 1970s, the search has been on for an alternative orchestral offering of sombre yet hopeful contemplation. When the Pittsburgh Symphony commissioned the Scottish composer James MacMIllan to mark the tenth anniversary of its Austrian music director, Manfred Honeck, his thoughts turned inward to their shared Roman Catholic faith. The Larghetto, based on MacMillan’s choral setting of Psalm 51, moves from a Miserere starting point to something altogether more encouraging, an organic optimism that transcends…

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The second concert of the Orchestre classique de Montréal season, Tuesday in Salle Pierre-Mercure, came adorned with thematic and honorary elements. In musical essence it was a night of Ravel, and as such it succeeded.   The biggest success came first: Shéhérazade, the sensuous three-part cycle of 1904, with Juile Boulianne as soloist. Singing from memory, this radiant mezzo-soprano seemed to inhabit the music, modulating from insinuating whisper to full-throated climax (and back) in a completely natural way. In an age of COVID cabin fever, the oriental fantasies of the text (by the intriguingly named poet Tristan Klingsor) seemed even…

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Wednesday, November 24, 2021 – The ninth edition of the 21C Music Festival will include 13 concerts and 1 film, and span over 2 weeks in January with one additional date in February, from January 12 to February 25, 2022. The cornerstone of the Festival will be a spotlight on the Kronos Quartet, who will participate in three events, and world premiere of Gould’s Wall, presented in collaboration with Tapestry Opera and Maniac Star. In total, the Festival will include 18 premieres: 6 world (all by Canadian composers: Brian Current, Eve Egoyan, Kathryn Knowles, Morgan-Paige Melbourne, Nauroz Tanya, and Tanya…

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