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This was one of the best-cast and least-tampered-with Opéra de Montréal presentations in recent memory.Opera’s newest power couple – so Etienne Dupuis and Nicole Car have been called, and so they sounded Saturday night in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. But as impressive as they were in the principal roles, the Montreal-born baritone and his Australian soprano better half did not constitute the sum of show. This was one of the best-cast and least-tampered-with Opéra de Montréal presentations in recent memory. What you missed Fans of mezzo-sopranos had an array of firm sonorities to choose from in Christianne Bélanger as Larina, Stefania Toczyska…

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Quebec City, September 13, 2019 – Les Violons du Roy is proud to announce its first-ever tour in Asia, which will take it to South Korea and China from October 29 to November 5, 2019. Under music director Jonathan Cohen and featuring internationally renowned pianist Marc-André Hamelin, the orchestra will showcase Quebec talent in Seoul, Shanghai, Beijing, Nanjing, and Quebec City’s sister city Xi’an with performances of works from the Classical period, including Mozart’s Piano Concerto no. 27. Les Violons du Roy is delighted to team up once again with Marc-André Hamelin, an acclaimed virtuoso with whom it recorded three…

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In honour and memory of internationally renowned opera singer Joseph Rouleau, Mécénat Musica Foundation in collaboration with Quebec philanthropists have announced up to $2,500,000 of matching to November 20th, 2019 for classical music and cultural organizations, under Edition 5 of the Mécénat Musica matching program in partnership with the community foundations Foundation of Greater Montréal,  Fondation Québec Philanthrope and Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal. Actively involved in fundraising for classical music and emerging artists, Joseph Rouleau told Radio Canada’s ICI Musique he was a “quêteur professionel” (professional beggar). This $2,500,000 commitment honours, in perpetuity, Joseph Rouleau and his tireless efforts…

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MALCOLM LOWE TO RETIRE FROM THE BSO AFTER AN EXTRAORDINARY 35-YEAR TENURE AS BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA CONCERTMASTER, ONE OF THE MOST COVETED POSITIONS IN THE WORLD OF CLASSICAL MUSIC APPOINTED UNDER THE MUSIC DIRECTORSHIP OF SEIJI OZAWA IN 1984, MALCOLM LOWE IS THE SECOND LONGEST-SERVING BSO CONCERTMASTER IN THE BSO’S 138-YEAR HISTORY FOR VIDEO OF MALCOLM LOWE PERFORMING MOZART’S SINFONIA CONCERTANTE IN E-FLAT, ALSO FEATURING BSO PRINCIPAL VIOLIST STEVEN ANSELL, CLICK HERE FOR AUDIO OF MR. LOWE PERFORMING THE CONCERTMASTER SOLO IN BRAHMS’ SYMPHONY NO. 1, CLICK HERE FOR DOWNLOADABLE PHOTOS OF MR. LOWE, CLICK HERE Malcolm Lowe has announced…

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The Exceptional Young Musicians of THE NATIONAL YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF CANADA & THE EUROPEAN UNION YOUTH ORCHESTRA Join Forces November 12-17 for The Frenergy Tour SASCHA GOETZEL, conductor BLAKE POULIOT, violin First-Ever Collaboration Between the Two Orchestras Made Possible by the European Union Delegation to Canada The National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO Canada) and the European Union Youth Orchestra (EUYO) are joining forces for The Frenergy Tour, a landmark collaboration and celebration of music and friendship, featuring a combined total of 76 outstanding young musicians. Acclaimed Viennese conductor Sascha Goetzel leads the four-city tour, with music by Rossini, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Stravinsky, and Wagner, as…

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Let it be known that the Quatuor Hermès, which makes its second appearance under the auspices of the Ladies’ Morning Musical Club on Oct. 6, is named after the mythological messenger of the gods, not the Paris luxury fashion house. “But we would be very happy if the Hermès brand decided to collaborate with us,” Omer Bouchez, first violinist of this busy French ensemble, said on a rare day off. “Perhaps we could offer them a partnership at some point!” Not that the quartet, founded in 2008 at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique de Lyon, needs any branding help.…

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The University of Ottawa School of Music is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Through decades of innovations, many teachers and students have stood out, allowing the school to be recognized across the country as one of the most dynamic. Founded in 1969, the same year as the National Arts Centre and its orchestra, the University of Ottawa School of Music has, from the very beginning, attracted well-known teachers and musicians, such as Gerald Bales, Yves Chartier, David Hildinger and Jean-Pierre Sevilla. “Our privileged relationship with the National Arts Centre Orchestra has had major repercussions on the music school and has ­allowed…

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Would you ever consider buying an album with no disc in it? Probably not. What would be the point of doing such a thing in the first place, right? One New-York based indie, Biophilia Records, dares to do that. And its reason is a simple one: to be environmentally-friendly. After all, CDs are not recyclable, and plastic jewel cases, broken hinges and trays, are a plain ­nuisance. Biophilia products have none of that, but consist of cardboard ­packages that unfold like origami. On one of its 20 panels, there is a sticker with a ­seemingly handwritten code that enables a…

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Founded in 1996, the Piano Esmonde White company, named after its founder Oliver Esmonde-White, has established itself as a Quebec leader in the areas of piano rental, transportation, tuning and manufacturing. Bolstered by the expertise of its technicians, this company located in Montreal’s Mile-End district has just launched a brand-new model of high-end uprights: Magic pianos. In the 1980s, in the United States, Darrell Fandrich of Fandrich & Sons had already developed a very high-quality mechanism for the upright piano – achieving sound qualities similar to those of a grand piano. The technicians at Piano Esmonde White drew inspiration from…

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Montreal, September 5, 2019 – Ars subtilior, a complex and refined musical style derived from the Ars Nova, was the starting point for a unique collaboration between Ensemble Caprice and Constantinople. This encounter has produced an innovative new concert production, Près du Soleil/Near the Sun, featuring a refined blending of medieval, European and Eastern musical colours. The new Montreal season is set to begin on September 21st at 8:00 p.m. in Bourgie Concert Hall, 1339 Sherbrooke St. W. A Collaboration involving Constantinople, soprano Rebecca Dowd, and Persian vocalist Kiya Tabassian Près du Soleil/Near the Sun, invites audiences to let themselves…

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