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TORONTO – Toronto Summer Music announced programming details for the free concerts, masterclasses and events offered during the 2019 Festival, which runs July 11 to August 3.  All free events at TSM’s 2019 Festival are part of the TD Free Concert Series. TSM Connect is a series of free daytime events running during the festival in Walter Hall at University of Toronto (80 Queen’s Park). TSM Connect – Masterclasses are open to the general public to observe with pianist Warren Jones (July 12, 10 a.m. – Noon); violinist Bryan Lee (July 16, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.); Art of Song…

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A great artist in the service of autism and intellectual disability Montréal, le 19 juin 2019 – The acclaimed pianist Alain Lefèvre will unveil his new compositions at a concert for the benefit of Les Foyers de la Création. This event will be held under the honorary chairmanship of Isabelle Brais, First Lady of Quebec.  The event will take place on Saturday, September 28 at 7:30 pm at Saint-Pierre Claver Church (2000 Saint-Joseph Boulevard East, Montreal). Les Foyers de la Création is a permanent shelter and respite center working with adults with autism and intellectual disabilities.  Since its founding in…

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LEGENDARY PIANIST RELEASES NEW ALBUM EXCLUSIVE SONY CLASSICAL ARTIST Toronto, Canada (Tuesday, June 18, 2019) – As the climax of his hugely successful 2018/19 season, in which he celebrated both his sixtieth birthday and the fortieth anniversary of the launch of his sensational career, legendary Croatian pianist Ivo Pogorelich releases an eagerly-anticipated new recording on Sony Classical. This will be his first new album since 1998. The repertoire comprises two sonatas by Beethoven – No. 22, Op. 54, and No. 24, Op. 78 – and a work written just over a hundred years later, Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Sonata Op. 36.…

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Toronto, ON (June 14, 2019) Guru Suraj Kumar, a dance artist living in Chennai, India, has twice been denied a visitor visa to Canada to participate in the Toronto-area Contact Dance International Film Festival (CDIFF) running June 29 to July 1. Both times, the reason given by Canadian officials was that they did not believe he would leave the country. Mr. Suraj Kumar included Indian property deeds, letters from his employers and an official invitation letter from the Toronto festival as well as an invitation letter to teach in Europe later in the summer and his application was still denied.…

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This really useful series has reached a clutch of shorter pieces, all of them offering fresh insights into the life and mind of the travelling composer-conductor. In the overture to St Paul, Mendelssohn plays parlour games with the founder of his faith. The trumpet overture, opus 101, is quite literally a blast and the overture to Athalie has real novelty value. The truth is that, two centuries on, we still have no idea who Mendelssohn was. He is so adept at presenting ideas in a patina of respectability that we are left wondering if this man knew any passion in…

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The Canada Council for the Arts presents outstanding artists whose recent works in photography, dance, literature, music, visual arts and curation stands out from the crowd. We are proud to salute their talent and excellence with our prizes. Our latest winners are: Duke and Duchess of York Prize in Photography ($8,000) Elaine Stocki (Los Angeles, California) Jacqueline Lemieux Prize in dance ($6,000) Lara Kramer (Montréal, Quebec) Joseph S. Stauffer Prizes ($5,000 each) Literature: Rebecca Salazar (Fredericton, New Brunswick) Music: Allison de Groot (Brookline, Massachusetts) Visual arts: Olivia Whetung (Lakefield, Ontario) Joan Lowndes Prize for critic or curator in visual or media arts…

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TORONTO – New this year, Toronto Summer Music expands its festival programming with a one-hour concert specially designed for families with children on the autism spectrum and children with accessibility issues. On Sunday, July 28 at 11 AM, the Xenia Concerts and TSM: Beyond Borders with Ensemble Made in Canada event will take place at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (1 Front Street East).  The concert highlights the many cross-cultural influences that have shaped classical music into what it is today. Tickets are free, register online at Eventbrite Xenia Concerts and TSM. Since 2017, Toronto Summer Music has…

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Ballet Opéra Pantomime (BOP) has won the Prix de la relève – Caisse Desjardins de la Culture 2019 along with the award’s $5,000 purse. The award recognizes the work of young collectives or professional organizations that take transformative action to support emerging artists. Ballet Opéra Pantomime Founded in 2013 by Hubert Tanguay-Labrosse and Alexis Raynault, Ballet Opéra Pantomime (BOP) seeks to create multidisciplinary shows centred on works of classical and contemporary music and presented in settings that are rich in emotional resonance for spectators. The jury members selected Ballet Opéra Pantomime for its innovative and singular contribution to the vibrancy…

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A soprano at the start of her journey cuts a debut album as another reaches what must be the end. The contrasts are simply too compelling to ignore. Lise Davidsen, a Norwegian, came to attention in the Kathleen Ferrier competition four years ago, though her voice is more Flagstad than Ferrier. This is a genuine Wagnerian instrument, fully formed at 32 years old and equal to a massive orchestra. Two Tannhäuser arias are surmounted here with what sounds like nonchalance, a walk in the Bayreuth park in a really pleasant breeze. The shortcomings are exposed in a set of Richard…

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(FALL 2019) From wrestling to opera! Quebec City, Wednesday, June 5, 2019 – In an event at Caserne Dalhousie, Le Diamant General Manager and Programmer Bernard Gilbert, accompanied by Director and project initiator Robert Lepage, announced the programming for the inaugural season of Le Diamant theatre. From September to November 2019, the new venue will host seven performing arts shows spanning genres from circus to theatre and puppetry to wrestling—a versatile selection with something for everyone. A meeting place for audiences and the arts “Le Diamant will be a venue for many different art forms, a welcoming space that brings…

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