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Sunday, October 6 at 3:00 pm at Maison symphonique de Montréal Featuring Organists Jean-Willy Kunz and Alcee Chriss in works by Handel and Poulenc Special Guests Cantor Gideon Zelermyer and the Choir of Congregation Shaar Hashomayin with Music from the High Holiday repertoire Boris Brott & Roï Azoulay, Conductors For Immediate Release, September 4, 2019, Montreal, QC … Orchestre classique de Montréal celebrates its 80th anniversary season in grand style with a concert at Maison symphonique de Montréal, showcasing the hall’s spectacular Grand Orgue Pierre-Béique. Acclaimed organists Jean-Willy Kunz and Alcee Chriss join Maestro Boris Brott and the orchestra for…

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La Scena Musicale is pleased to announce that its annual Arts Resource Guide is finally here for the 11th year in a row. The resource guide, which is the only one of its kind in Quebec, is an excellent source of information for the province’s music lovers, and for arts students and their parents. This year, the guide will continue its user friendly digest format. A total of 25,000 copies will be distributed in the Montreal Area. Readers will find essential information on music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts in this bilingual directory, which will include both regional and…

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Most musicians go through life trying to avoid trouble, especially of the political kind. Gabriela Montero is an exception. Venezuelan by birth and an exile from childhood, she made her name as a flamboyant soloist in 20th century piano concertos. As encores she invented her own riffs on themes requested by the audience. Over time, these became full-length compositions. Unable to ignore the Government-impelled disintegration of her home country, she infused many of her musical thoughts with a political message of range and hope. The main item in this release is a piano concerto by Montero fusing Latin American tropes…

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At the end of the Second World War, Hollywood’s most influential composer turned his attention to recovering his lost prestige in the concert hall. Erich Wolfgang Korngold had taken the precaution of retaining copyright in his movie scores so that he could reuse their themes in symphonic works. He set to work on a violin concerto for Jascha Heifetz and an uncommissioned symphony in F, anticipating no shortage of interest from orchestras in search of popular music. His hopes were soon dashed. The concerto was derided by New York critics when it reached Carnegie Hall and the symphony, after a…

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The anniversary year of Hans Pfitzner (1869-1949) is marked by the re-emergence of a piano concerto that he wrote at the height of his fame. Pfitzner, acclaimed for his 1917 opera Palestrina, delivered the concerto in 1923, with Walter Gieseking as soloist. If Palestrina echoes Wagner’s Meistersinger, the concerto nods repeatedly in the direction of Brahms’s B-flat – and the nodding is done mostly by the listener. Pfitzner’s fallen reputation is sometimes ascribed to his gruesome flirtation with the Nazis but this concerto suggests something more organically at fault. Each of four movements is introduced by a promising idea, which…

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THE RIOT BALLET A devised, collectively created work by multi award-winning theatre artists from Canada, the US, Ireland, and Colombia: Noah Drew, Emer O’Toole, Catalina Medina and Martin Andrews, with major contributions from Shawn Ketchum Johnson, Shannon Holmes, and Squinky. Wednesday, August 21 – Sunday, August 25, 2019 Click to see promo video: The Riot Ballet Montreal, August 2019 – Amid ongoing cover-ups, conspiracies, spin doctors and fake news, how do you pick a side? What inspires people to make the leap from spectator to player or from clicktivist to activist? How much change can you really make (even if…

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August 12 – 18, 2019 Temerty Theatre, Royal Conservatory’s TELUS Centre for Performance and Leadership For Immediate Release             July 30, 2019 Eight professional vocalists interpret the poems of Oleksandr Oles with art songs by four composers at the third annual Ukrainian Art Song Summer Institute Toronto, ON – The Ukrainian Art Song Project announced that the third annual Summer Institute will focus on the theme of Muse, with eight professional vocalists interpreting the poems of Oleksandr Oles, with art songs by Ukrainian composers: Myroslav Volynsky, Mykola Lysenko, Yakiv Steopovyi, and Marko Kropyvnytskyi. The Art Song Summer Institute opens on Monday,…

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In the painstaking task of reading page proofs for my next book, I needed something on in the background that would keep my rhythm going without distracting me with an excess of invention. Hindemith, who else? The German composer, damned by the Nazis as a dangerous modernist, was never other than a cerebral conservative with an ear for correct form. Exiled to Istanbul, then to Yale, he reduced students to tears with rigorous lessons in theory and any number of ruthless technical exercises designed to make them better human beings. The 1943 Ludus Tonalis set for solo piano, premiered by…

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Montreal’s Italian Week is a major cultural event that has been unfolding throughout the city for 25 years now. During the summer season, festival-goers of all origins are invited to come discover and celebrate the various contributions of Italy to Canadian culture through its music, art and gastronomy. This year, the program of events includes concerts, a musical play, an opera, a film festival, exhibitions, cooking classes, and historical tours, to name a few. As part of its 26th edition, Montreal’s Italian Week will be welcoming you from August 9 to 18, 2019! “With the celebrations surrounding Montreal’s Italian Week’s…

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Sally Silver – also known as ‘Silver Sally’ – died last November of cancer at 50 years old, casting a pall over the British opera scene, where she was a vibrant and ever-willing participant. Never a showy diva, Sally landed roles in any opera from Handel to Thomas Adès, pursuing a particular love for French chanson. This posthumous album – curated by Sally, accompanied by her friend Richard Bonynge and produced by her husband Jeremy Silver – is a delight from start to finish. It’s not just the sparkle she brings to Massenet’s somewhat timeworn drawing-room songs – though that…

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