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CORONA Serenades by La Scena Musicale  La Scena Musicale is proud release CORONA Serenades Concert Week 1, a 30-minute compilation of the best performances after the service’s first full week. Click on the image to view the video on YouTube. SONG LIST / RÉPERTOIRE: La vie en rose (Édith Piaf, Louiguy) – Yara Zeitoun, soprano Lamma Bada Yatathanna (traditional Andalusian song) – Yara Zeitoun, soprano Près des ramparts Séville (Carmen / Georges Bizet) – Anne Marie Sheridan, mezzo-soprano Alma Mía (Bola de Nieve) – Marie-Annick Béliveau, mezzo-soprano Di provenza il mar il suol (La Traviata / Giuseppe Verdi) – Christopher…

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Giorgia Fumanti, one of the top classical crossover artists in the world, will join the roster of singers participating in CORONA Serenades, an initiative of La Scena Musicale designed to bring the joy of music to people in a time of adversity. The service is free for front-line care workers and those infected by the Coronavirus. ABOUT GIORGIA | ORDER | MEDIA “This is a pivotal moment for people all over the world,” the Quebec-based soprano said. “The challenges are immense and we are all only human. And as humans we need music.” GIORGIA FUMANTI A native of Tuscany, Giorgia Fumanti discovered her…

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CORONA Serenades by La Scena Musicale  La Scena Musicale is proud to launch CORONA Serenades, a new global music service bringing cheer to those coping with COVID-19 isolation and provide support for musicians. Based on our successful Singing Valentines service, which recently completed its 10th consecutive year, CORONA Serenades will marshal trained singers from around the world to provide free personalized video and audio serenades to those infected by the coronavirus and front-line healthcare workers. CORONA Serenades are also suitable for birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions or just to reach out to friends and family. “We want to spread…

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In an editorial meeting at La Scena, our jazz ­editor Marc Chénard posed the following ­questions: “With the resurgence of vinyl as a ­delivery medium, how does this apply across genres of music? Is the trend similar for classical and jazz? Are vinyl pressing companies ­restoring older production equipment, or are new manufacturers of such equipment appearing?” The answers form the basis of this overview. The recording and distribution of music has gone through many changes since Thomas Edison created the first recording device. I’ve experienced 78 rpm picture records from the post-war period, the 45 rpm singles distributed through…

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The mountain goes vintage on five summer Thursdays Montreal, June 11, 2019 – In the tradition of popular summer concerts in public parks at the beginning of the 20th century, Harmonie Laval and various ensembles will offer five free performances at 7 p.m. on Thursdays, July 4, 11 and 18 and August 1 and 8. Music lovers will be transported back to a time when people gathered to hear beautiful music under the summer sky. The concerts will be held at the Mordecai Richler gazebo on Park Avenue, a stone’s throw from the Sir George-Étienne-Cartier monument, rain or shine (unless…

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The world’s most successful and best-selling soprano Sarah Brightman unveiled her much anticipated fifteenth full-length album, HYMN, last November via Decca Gold/Universal Music Group/Universal Music Canada, the country’s leading music company. This marks the multiplatinum GRAMMY® award-nominated classical crossover pioneer’s first new studio recording since she released the international chart-topper Dreamchaser in 2013. In addition to her new album, Sarah Brightman launched her world tour, Hymn: Sarah Brightman In Concert, which will include 125 shows on five continents throughout 2018/2019 and includes three Canadian dates in early 2019. See Canadian tour dates below. To enhance her world of enchantment, Sarah Brightman has partnered with Swarovski on…

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Il Divo, the male vocal quartet composed of singers Urs Bühler (Switzerland), Carlos Marín (Spain), David Miller (USA), and Sébastien Izambard (France) is celebrating it’s 15th anniversary with a worldwide tour and their new CD Timeless. We met the internationally acclaimed quartet right before their performance at Theatre St. Denis in Montreal. The ensemble, originally founded by British producer Simon Cowell, and now self-produced, delighted their fans with pieces from their new CD: Timeless. The recording is composed of a mix of pop and traditional standards from the 1930’s until now. It was released last August on Decca Gold with a #1 debut…

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REVIEW: of works by composers David Lang and Gregg Kallor – The Mile-Long Opera by Lang, performed on the High Line; and sketches from The Frankenstein Suite, plus the monodrama “The Telltale Heart,” by Kallor, performed in the Catacombs of Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. Some uncanny musical surprises graced unusual locations both above and below New York City street-level during the early part of Halloween month. Here’s a diary retrospective. Going the Extra Mile Beginning at twilight on six consecutive evenings (October 3 through 8; viewed October 7), Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer David Lang and a host of collaborators presented a unique choral…

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Three composers are involved in this first co-production between Analekta and the Azrieli Music Prizes: Brian Current and Wlad Marhulets, winners of the 2016 Azrieli Commissioning Competition and Azrieli Prize in Jewish Music, respectively, and the American Lukas Foss. The Czech National Symphony Orchestra is conducted by Steven Mercurio, the choir by Miriam Nmcová. Soloists are soprano Sharon Azrieli, clarinetist David Krakauer and tenor Richard Troxell. In The Seven Heavenly Halls, Current offers his musical vision of the Zohar, the fundamental text of the Kabbalah. Tension in the orchestra, a tumult of voices, mystical flights of fancy and dense textures…

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The opening show of the Segal Centre fall season is the musical Once, which won eight Tony Awards in 2012, including best song (“Falling Slowly”) and best musical. Once is based on the low-budget 2007 Irish film of the same name directed by John Carney about a Dublin-based busker and vacuum repairman and his relationship with a Czech immigrant who is an aspiring pianist and single mother. Their friendship quickly develops into a complex, passionate love story built on their love of music. The film’s soundtrack also garnered an Academy Award and a Grammy. The Montreal production is set in…

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