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July 4, 2019, Toronto, ON …The National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYO Canada) is proud to announce that composer Jared Miller’s new work, Under Sea, Above Sky, an ode to planet Earth, will be premiered by the orchestra on its upcoming 2019 TD Odyssey Tour. The summer tour, featuring 100 musicians, includes concerts in Ottawa, Montreal, Parry Sound, Stratford and Toronto, as well as the orchestra’s first tour to Spain. NYO Canada performs at Maison symphonique de Montréal on Monday, July 22ndat 7:30 pm Described as a “rising star” by MusicWorks magazine, Canadian-American composer Jared Miller (b.1988) has written new…

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This summer the BIG on Bloor Festival of Arts and Culture will once again be taking over Bloor Street West. This festival brings together artists, musicians and vendors to present their skills and offer their wares. For the entire day, a long and car-free section of one of Toronto’s busiest thoroughfares will be a hive of creative activity. Having drawn up to 100,000 guests in past festivals, this year marks a continued focus on local artists and artisans. “The music community of Toronto is just endless,” says festival music director Kvesche Bijons-Ebacher. His past association with Darren Leu, the festival’s…

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Author : (Gregory Finney)

TD Sunfest This year the TD Sunfest returns to Victoria Park in London, Ontario from July 4 to 7. This celebration of music, dance, cuisine, crafts and visual art from around the world is attended annually by more than 200,000 visitors. With performers from Canada, Scotland, Brazil, Palestine, Norway and Cameroon (to name just a few) this festival, with free admission, is a perfect day for the whole family. Try food from one of the international vendors as you catch performances by some of the most popular and intriguing names in world music. www.sunfest.on.ca Brott Music Festival Brott Music Festival…

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When Élise Lavoie and James Darling started the Îles du Bic Festival in 2002, they wanted to marry their interests as chamber musicians with a shared love of nature and history. In the ensuing years, this event still reflects the mindset of its founders. For Darling, it’s a matter of maintaining relevance and being willing to think things over. This year’s edition, the 18th , runs from Aug. 3 to 11. The program is ­varied, its headliners being the Forestare Guitar Ensemble, Helios Voices, pianist Maxim Bernard, the Baroque Ensemble la Fresque with Jean-François Bélanger, the Choeur 18e, the Salicone Duo…

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Opéra de Montréal: Carmen de Bizet clôt la saison Du 4 au 13 mai, le célèbre opéra français sera présenté à l’occasion de cinq représentations. Carmen sera incarnée par la mezzo canadienne Krista de Silva, tandis qu’Antoine Bélanger interprétera le rôle de Don José. Parmi les autres membres de la distribution figurent France Bellemare (Michaëlla), Christopher Dunham (Escamillo), Pascale Spinney (Mercédès) et Magali Simard-Galdès (Frasquita). Les chanteurs seront accompagnés par l’Orchestre Métropolitain et le Chœur de l’Opéra de Montréal, sous la direction d’Alain Trudel. À noter que la mise en scène a été confiée au cinéaste Charles Binamé. Les 7,…

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The first projects selected for the new export funding program are being announced MONTRÉAL, April 15, 2019 /CNW/ – Outstanding creativity and innovation were in the spotlight today as the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism, announced the first projects to receive funding from the new Creative Export Canada program. The 20 projects chosen will share a total of nearly $7.8 million in funding. Exporting is vitally important to Canada’s creative industries. It gives creators an opportunity to shine on the world stage and generates significant economic benefits at home by creating jobs and fostering social prosperity. Minister Rodriguez…

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Rudi, la leçon Serkin. André Tubeuf Actes Sud, 2019, 224 pages **** André Tubeuf, an admirer as well as a friend of Rudolph Serkin, pays homage to the great pianist in a book that guides us through memories, recordings, concerts and shared meals. The book is divided into three movements that follow each another naturally. The first recounts the beginnings of the pianist’s career, including his collaboration with Adolph Busch and the momentous day when he embarked on the Goldberg Variations. The second, which could be marked appassionata, deals with Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Brahms. We discover the…

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Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company is bringing opera to new places and spaces with Opera for Toronto. The free programming initiative aims to introduce new audiences to the art form, with a special focus on opening up the COC’s operations and rehearsal space, the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre at 227 Front Street E., to neighbouring communities. “Opera for Toronto creates a cultural access point,” says COC General Director Alexander Neef. “For our neighbours, the programming is a chance to sample opera in a casual, intimate setting while also having a chance to explore our home base and…

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Toronto – The Canadian Opera Company Ensemble Studio, Canada’s premier training program for young opera professionals, welcomes four new artists for the 2019/2020 season: tenor Matthew Cairns, bass-baritone Vartan Gabrielian, mezzo-soprano Jamie Groote, and Alex Soloway as a pianist and intern coach. The four will join the Ensemble Studio in August 2019 and become part of a program that has launched the careers of over 230 Canadian opera professionals. This past November, Cairns, Gabrielian, and Groote won the top prizes at the 2018 Centre Stage Ensemble Studio Competition, where young artists also vied for acceptance into the Ensemble Studio program.…

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Every musician has undoubtedly seen graphic notation written by John Cage, Morton Feldman and other masterminds of this link between music and visual arts. What is behind these mysterious scores that start with symbols on a staff and end up looking like abstract designs? Danielle Palardy Roger and Joane Hétu, co-directors at SuperMusique, have helped us discover this mystery through workshops and concerts presented for more than 20 years. “From its inception, SuperMusique was mostly made of self-taught professionals from the theatre, visual arts, and street music industries,” said Roger. “Graphic notation brought all of us around the music table.”…

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