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Montreal, August 16, 2022 – The 31st edition of the internationally acclaimed “BLACK & BLUE” LGBTQ+ Festival will be held during the weekend of Canadian Thanksgiving and American Columbus Day, from October 6 to 10. “After the postponement of the 2020 and 2021 editions due to the health constraints imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the conditions are now in place for the return of Black & Blue this year with great enthusiasm, because we will present the main event of the Festival in a truly unique spectacular venue for us, with a very innovative concept”, indicated the President of the…

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REVIEW: of The Orchard, at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York City, running through July 3 (viewed June 19, 2022). A governess’ headless cyber-dog scampers across a stage carpeted in eerie blue leaves. Impossibly sheer, nearly undetectable scrims facilitate spectral, sometimes cosmic images that seem to materialize out of thin air. A lithe, twelve-foot robotic appendage dominates the playing area, swiveling about, training its ring light on a scatter of household artifacts, as though surveying the remains of the day. It is within this surreal environment that director Igor Golyak has placed his adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s 1904 play,…

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Fort Worth, Texas (May 31, 2022)—The Sixteenth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition welcomed 30 young pianists from around the world to the Opening Dinner & Draw Party Tuesday evening, May 31, 2022, at the Historic Hilton Hotel in downtown Fort Worth. The competitors, members of the Jury, and host families received warm welcomes from Cliburn staff and patrons, and past Cliburn Board Chairman Susan Bagby Tilley was honored with a tribute delivered by Jury Chairman Emeritus John Giordano. Other speakers included Cliburn President and CEO Jacques Marquis, Chairman of the Board Jeffrey B. King, and 2017 Gold Medalist Yekwon Sunwoo. After dinner,…

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Fort Worth, Texas (May 30, 2022) – As it has been since 2001, the entire sixteenth edition of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition (June 2–18, 2022 in Fort Worth, Texas USA) will be streamed live online from the first note to the announcement of the new 2022 gold medalist. The Cliburn was a pioneer in the early days of webcasting, and it continues to innovate and expand this vital program as a global leader in the field; this year becoming the first classical music competition in the world to broadcast in 4K. The 2022 Competition webcast promises an even higher level of quality of…

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After two long years, the new co-artistic directors of the Festival TransAmériques (FTA), Martine Dennewald and Jessie Mill, announced a renewed international festival will be held in Montreal from May 25 to June 9. The two women, who have crossed paths at various festivals for several years, wanted to build on exchange and dialogue. Well-known to Montreal festivalgoers, Jessie Mill worked as artistic and dramaturgical advisor while Martin Faucher was head of the festival. Martine Dennewald, a born Luxembourger, directed the Festival Theaterformen in Brunswick, Lower Saxony (Germany) for six years.  “We have to think about where we are today,…

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For an opera singer, recording a demo is quite common, especially since demos give you to auditions for competitions and contracts. A demo generally consists of a recording of the singer accompanied on the piano. Sometimes a video recording is also required, often in a single shot in order to prevent editing between several takes, or any manipulation intended to artificially improve the rendering. What is the value of a home demo? Some who are lucky enough to own a piano record themselves at home, but to hear the comments of those who receive these demos, homestyle acoustics, as well…

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REVIEW:  of the New York premiere of a new opera by Gordon Getty, “reimagined for film” – Goodbye, Mr. Chips, screened at Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater, March 2, 2022, at 7:00 p.m., sponsored jointly by Festival Napa Valley and NYCO (New York City Opera). The idea for an opera version of James’ Hilton’s 1934 novel, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, had been germinating in composer Gordon Getty’s mind for decades – ever since, as a young man, he saw a re-release of the celebrated 1939 film adaptation starring Robert Donat (in an Academy Award-winning performance as the eponymous character) and the…

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In 2019, the film composer Lucas Cantor completed Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 (“Unfinished”), dating from 1822, using artificial intelligence. Last year, “Beethoven X –  The AI ​​Project,” piloted by a group of music historians, musicologists, composers and computer scientists, created Beethoven’s Symphony No. 10 from fragmentary sketches left by the composer, which had been partially assembled by Barry Cooper in 1988. youtu.be/RESb0QVkLcM Developments in artificial intelligence in recent years have greatly advanced the practice of musical composition by artificial intelligence. The fledgling company Aiva Technologies in 2019 introduced the first platform for musical composition by AI in a…

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La Scena Musicale offers a selection of holiday season gift ideas for music lovers From the Met Opera Shop www.metoperashop.org The Opera House Documentary & 50 Years at Lincoln Center Collection (SET) $58.00 / $52.20 USD. Members: $46.98 USD This 2-piece set celebrates the storied and rich history of the Metropolitan Opera House in the last half century. First, The Opera House, a film by award-winning documentary filmmaker Susan Froemke, surveys a remarkable period of the Metropolitan Opera’s rich history and a time of great change for New York. Featuring rarely seen archival footage, stills, recent interviews, and a soundtrack of extraordinary Met performances, the film chronicles the creation…

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Just as important as the quality of your stereo is where you listen to music. As my acoustics teacher said, “We live in our loudspeakers.” Indeed, the dimensional ratios, the materials used in construction as well as the content of the room will greatly influence reverberation time and the effect of standing waves. An ideal listening room should have aspect ratios that are not multiples (e.g. 8 by 13 by 17) so as not to increase the amplitude of the resonance that is specific to each material. Ideally, the walls, floor and ceiling should not be parallel. There should be…

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