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Montreal, May 14, 2020. Undaunted by the challenges and constraints the current pandemic has imposed on us all, the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur (FASS) has created an innovative way to bring you a unique and memorable FASS 2020 edition. Focusing on Quebec resilience, solidarity and creativity, it is with great pride that Guillaume Côté, the artistic director of the Festival, announcesthis remarkable project: A Shared Solitude. Conceived as a collaboration between Guillaume Côté, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur and the Orchestre Métropolitain, this 29th edition of FASS truly enables us to fulfil our mission of creativity…

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TORONTO, May 14, 2020 /CNW/ – Music lovers across the country and social media platforms have benefitted from the generosity of Canada’s music creators since the start of the COVID-19 crisis with live online concerts on Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram. SOCAN is now reciprocating the love by launching Encore!, a program that compensates music creators and publishers for their invaluable work. “Like so many Canadians, SOCAN member songwriters, composers, and music publishers are facing tough times, with the loss of revenue from touring and in-person concerts,” said Jennifer Brown, Interim-CEO of SOCAN. “Many of our members have stepped up for fans, staging…

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Montréal, May 12 2020 — CINARS, the Montreal-based organization, which every two years, organizes one of the most important international performing arts showcases in the world, intends to deploy all its logistical and creative means in order to ensure that CINARS’ 19th Biennale takes place this November. This was the announcement made by its president and founder, Alain Paré, who stated that with COVID-19, show presentation in the performing arts is treading in uncertain territory worldwide, as it is facing an unprecedented crisis. “The world has stopped turning for the performing arts industry. We wish to ensure that the relationships…

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The COVID 19 epidemic has once again shown how mutually supportive Quebecers and Canadians are in times of crisis. With the support of their governments, artists and cultural managers reacted promptly, reaching out to citizens throughout this collective challenge. Not only did the crisis reveal the fragility of the cultural sector but also its importance as a common good. Therefore, culture must and will play an important part of the economic recovery. Two recent surveys1 indicate that two thirds of Quebecers are not ready to go back to concert halls or visit a museum. Their concern could last up to…

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The Montreal Symphony Orchestra announces its streams of the week: Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta. Kent Nagano, conductor (recorded Oct. 14, 2018 at the Maison symphonique). Production: ProCan for Medici.tv. Available from Monday May 11 at 7 p.m. to May 21 at 7 p.m. Rossini: William Tell Overture. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3. Till Fellner, piano. Kent Nagano, conductor. Recorded April 16, 2013 at the Maison symphonique. Production: OSM/Medici.tv. Available from Thursday May 14 at 7 p.m. to May 25 at 7 p.m.

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Cellist Denis Brott is out of hospital and at his retreat in the Laurentians, according to the Montreal Gazette. The Montreal Conservatoire professor and founder of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival was admitted to Hôtel-Dieu in late March with COVID-19. “I am at home now, after 45 days in the ICU, 38 of which were on a ventilator,” Brott is quoted as saying. Boris Brott, the cellist’s brother, said in April that Denis Brott became ill after returning from Holland. He also said that the 69-year-old was in an induced coma. The Montreal Chamber Music Festival had been scheduled to…

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Meet Marie Annick Béliveau, mezzo-soprano (Canada), singer for Corona Serenades A native of Quebec City, mezzo-soprano Marie-Annick Béliveau studied violin and oboe before pursuing voice at McGill University with Jan Simons. Having also studied contemporary music with Bruce Mather, she quickly established herself as a leading performer of this repertoire. Her interpretation in 2015 Chants du Capricorne by Giacinto Scelsi, directed by Pauline Vaillancourt, was unanimously praised by critics and won the Opus Prize for Musical Event of the Year, awarded by the Conseil québécois de la musique. Also a teacher for more than 15 years and a host for…

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Opera Mariposa partners with artists and arts organizations throughout Vancouver to raise awareness and funds for the ME|FM Society of BC May 7, 2020 (Vancouve­r, BC) – Canada’s only disability-led, disability-run opera company is raising their voice in a new way for an at-risk community. Throughout the month of May, Vancouver’s Opera Mariposa is running their first-ever online Benefit + Awareness campaign, a charity fundraiser in support of the ME|FM Society of BC. The digital event honours the International Awareness Month for chronic neuroimmune diseases, specifically ME (myalgic encephalomyelitis) and FM (fibromyalgia). In the midst of a pandemic, it also…

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Please don’t tell me you’ve never heard of Zykan. He’s the last name in all good music dictionaries and many think he’s a hoax. Maybe that’s what they want you to think A Viennese cellist (1935-2006), Zykan existed on the fringes of the music establishment, making his living by writing TV jingles and not getting a call from the Vienna Philharmonic until he was almost 70. His cello concerto, written in 1982 for the magnificent Heinrich Schiff and recorded live, was described by the composer as ’40 minutes of seriousness’. Actually, it gives two fingers to Vienna’s stuffed shirts with…

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Kingston ON … What happens when you gather some of Kingston’s musical luminaries on Zoom? The creation of a wonderful online music festival where Kingston musicians perform live at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts (“the Isabel”) at Queen’s University for online music lovers. The inaugural Ballytobin LIVE FROM THE ISABEL Online Summer Music Festival showcases live performances at the Isabel by fabulous musicians of many different genres, streamed by the Isabel team on its new Isabel Digital Concert Hall at www.isabeldigitalconcerthall.queensu.ca from May to August, 2020. The Isabel Digital Concert Hall will be accessible starting May 16,…

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