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COVID-19 restrictions permitting, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will take place from September 15 to 19. The 32nd edition of the Francos de Montréal will be held from September 9 to 12 at the Place des Festivals as is customary. The vast majority of concerts scheduled for this year have been postponed to next summer and ticket holders are advised to keep their tickets as they will be valid for the 2022 editions. For more information, visit www.francosmontreal.com and www.montrealjazzfest.com

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Montreal, March 16,2021 –The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is pleased to present three original events for spectators to revisit pop music hits in their orchestral versions. A myriad of Quebec artists take to the stage of the Maison symphonique once again for OSM POP: GREAT MOMENTS. Charismatic tenor and versatile artist Marc Hervieux will perform in MARC HERVIEUX’S CARTE BLANCHE, and at long last, get ready for LES COWBOYS FRINGANTS’ ROARING OSM RETURN! Simon Leclerc, creator of the featured symphonic arrangements, will conduct all three concerts.Three unique, sometimes surprising, but always exciting musical encounters! DATES OF NEW WEBCAST CONCERTS March 23 – OSM Pop: Great Moments…

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On Feb. 18, after a seven-month trek, Perseverance landed on Mars. Costing more than $2 billion, this is the fifth rover NASA has sent to the Red Planet. Of its predecessors, only Curiosity, launched in 2011, remains operational. As images poured in, the very first sound recordings were being transmitted to mission control. Perseverance captured its landing as well, thanks to a breathtaking high-definition video that gives an eyewitness account of its slow and cautious descent. Needless to say, astrophysicists were elated, and many others, science buffs and laymen alike. Long before Mars was the subject of media hype, it…

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Battleground: Brahms For 10 days in March home viewers will be able to compare the old ­upstart, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, with the new kid on the block, Rafael Payare, in the same piece of music, on the same day if desired, as ­performed on the same stage. YNS launches a Brahms cycle with the Orchestre Métropolitain on March 12 (available online through March 21) with that composer’s First Symphony. This was the score with which Payare, Montreal Symphony Orchestra music director ­designate, chose to introduce himself online on Jan. 10 in the Maison ­symphonique. MSO replays are available on www.medici.tv through April 11.…

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Last Sunday, La Scena Musicale and CORONA Serenades celebrated Father’s Day with a special virtual broadcast through Facebook Live and YouTube Live. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, a couple of songs were not included. We have therefore recompiled all the songs into a Father’s Day Concert featuring only the performances (duration: 30 mins). Here is the link to the concert. Repertoire: — Hugo Laporte, baryton/baritone, La mort de l’ours, Félix Leclerc — Valérie Poisson, soprano, Tu che di gel sei cinta  (de l’opéra Turandot), Giacomo Puccini — Anne-Marine Suire, soprano, Cheek to Cheek, Irving Berlin — Yara Zeitoun, soprano,…

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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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