Highlights | Marine Theunissen New Chants Libres Director, Ever After Festival Cancelled, New Chor Leoni Season

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Music Industry

OperaCanada | Chants Libres Names Marine Theunissen as its New Executive Director
Marine Theunissen will be working as the new Executive Director of Chants Libres alongside Marie-Annick Béliveau.

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Stir | Chor Leoni announces 2022-23 season, live and online
The Juno-nominated choir Chor Leoni will unveil 15 world premieres at both in-person and online live concerts over the 2022-2023 season.

SF Classical Voice | Are Orchestras At The Breaking Point?
Live concerts are returning with plenty of new compositions, but audiences aren’t attending in large enough numbers. Orchestras like the Los Angeles Philharmonic are holding more concerts to compensate, but the orchestra’s musicians are starting to feel the mental and physical toll of so many performances.

CTV News | Ever After Music Festival officially cancelled
After having their operational permits denied by the Township of Oro-Medonte, electronic dance music event Ever After Music Festival was cancelled a week before it was slated to begin.

Apple | Apple acquires classical music streaming service Primephonic
Primephonic will become unavailable as of September 7, but its catalogue of classical music and search functions will be incorporated into Apple Music. Primephonic subscribers will be compensated with a free six-month subscription to Apple Music.

The Intelligencer | BIGLAKE music festival bringing big names to county
BIGLAKE festival’s second season will feature Tony Yike Yang, Philip Chiu and Rihab Chiaeb.

CBC | Problem-plagued Kultureland music festival raises concerns about ticket-holders’ rights
Festival ticket-holders are not sure what to following a recent string of festival disasters: Kultureland music festival changed venues at the last minute after Jhené Aiko cancelled her performance, Kingston Fest in Toronto had audio and overcrowding issues, and Boots and Hearts attendees had to evacuate due to harsh weather.

Slipped Disc | Stolen Gagliano is sold for $200 in Berlin
A 1769 Nicolò Gagliano violin stolen in March 2019 and believed to have been sold for $200 was recently recovered during a police raid.

Ludwig Van | The DORA Awards Return In Person To Celebrate Toronto’s Performing Arts In September 2022
On September 19, over 40 awards will be given to various theatre, dance and opera performances at the 42nd annual DORA Awards ceremony.


Music Culture

Classic FM | How choirs can welcome trans singers: ‘It’s about creating a place of belonging’
Classic FM writer Sophia Alexandra Hall discusses how choirs can be more LGBT inclusive with the artistic director of One Voice, Jane Ramseyer Miller.

SF Classical Voice | John Harbison: From Child Prodigy to Elder Statesman
Tom Jacobs interviews composer John Harbison about his childhood, musical education, and compositional process and experiences!

SF Classical Voice | Lina González-Granados Steps Onto the Podium in Los Angeles
36-year-old conductor Lina González-Granados is turning heads with her debut as the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s conductor on August 11 at the Hollywood Bowl. Victoria Looseleaf interviews the musician about her musical inspirations and aspirations!

CBS | Washington Heights roots keep precocious pianist grounded
After winning the Little Mozart Competition, 8-year-old Chloe Cantu has gained international renown. Cantu will play again at Carnegie Hall.

Stir | Guide My Way concert launches new album of songs from the long-postponed musical Sedna
Urban Ink’s new album – twice delayed by climate disasters – is based on an Inuk story and addresses subjects like climate change and the importance of water.

Montreal Gazette | Montreal First Peoples’ Festival is a place to ‘feel the Indigenous spirit’
The Montreal First Peoples’ Festival is a venue for Indigenous people to creatively express themselves says festival co-founder André Dudemaine. The festival will be in full swing until Aug. 18.

Global News | ‘Frustrating’: B.C. couple highlights accessibility roadblocks at Rockin River Music Festival
Rockin River Music Festival attendees Mitchell Garrett and Haley Brown said the Meritt, B.C. shuttlebus and festival washrooms posed “accessibility roadblocks”, and the festival’s security guards were not accommodating.

Toronto Star | ‘The real Toronto’: How Manifesto built the city’s most inclusive hip hop and R&B festival
Toronto artists Charmaine, TOBi and DijahSB discuss the growing prevalence of diverse artists in the Canadian music scene, and Manifesto contributors Dalton Higgins and Richards explain the organization’s role in propping up that diversity.

Slipped Disc | Gewinnerinnen at the German music competition
Berlin violinist Anne Luisa Kramb, Hanover organist Aurel Dawidiuk and Stuggart clarinettist Lyuta Kobayashi are this year’s German Music Competition winners.


Reviews

Le Devoir | “Antonín Dvořák. Symphonies no. 7-9”, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Gustavo Dudamel
(This article is written in French.)
Le Devoir gives Gustavo Dudamel’s album of Antonín Dvořák symphonies 2/5 stars for the orchestra’s bland performance.

OperaCanada | Ottawa Chamberfest: Mezzo-soprano Rihab Chaieb’s shows off her “versatile artistry”
From the “muted melancholy” of Il Tramonto to the “shifting moods” of Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’été, OperaCanada writer Natasha Gauthier was pleasantly surprised by Rihab Chaieb’s versatility at Ottawa Chamberfest.

SF Classical Voice | Young Stars Align for Merola Opera Program’s Magic Flute
According to Steven Winn, almost everything – the singing, the stage direction, the production choices – was worked to perfection in Merola Opera Program’s Magic Flute, an operatic interpretation of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte.

SF Classical Voice | The Show Must Go On at the Cabrillo Festival
After COVID concerns knocked out their winds and brass sections, the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra had to significantly rework their performance schedule. According to David Bratman, they made the new program feel natural.

SF Classical Voice | Young Finn Makes Audacious Recorded Debut With a Sibelius Cycle
In his new album, Klaus Mäkelä takes on the Sibelius cycle – including what Richard Signell hesitantly calls the lost eighth Sibelius Symphony – with the Oslo Philharmonic. Signell has mixed opinions.

NA Classical Voice | Frisson Of New Music Puts Al Fresco Edge On S.D. Symphony Summer
The Rady Shell concerts have not been very adventurous according to Richard Ginell, but the “Philharmonia Fantastique”, an all-American program for which three of the four works were new, was a pleasant surprise.

Calgary Herald | Playful, emotional Chamberfest West earns ovations and bravos in opening event
Yevgeniy Sharlat’s new composition and the Mendelssohn String Octet, performed at Calgary’s new Chamberfest West, were enchanting, says Kenneth DeLong.

Classical Voice NA | Celebrating Beethoven, Late But Gloriously, In Norwegian Countryside
The Rosendal Chamber Music Festival, set in the “breathtaking” Norwegian countryside, was a wonderful meeting ground for musicians, according to Matthew Gurewitsch.

La Scena Musicale | New Bayreuth Festival Ring Cycle — A Stew of Undercooked Ideas
Gianmarco Segato finds that the opera cycle was full of incongruous “Schwarzisms”.


Obituary

Slipped Disc | Hollywood loses its go-to pianist, Mike Lang
Mike Lang (1942-2022), a pianist who recorded music for over 2,500 films and TV shows, has passed away due to lung cancer.

CBC | Legendary Motown songwriter Lamont Dozier dead at 81
Lamont Dozier (1941-2022) was one of the leading songwriters for Motown Records.

CBC | Teenage Head’s Gord Lewis found dead in Hamilton apartment, guitarist’s son charged with murder
Gord Lewis (1957-2022) was one of the founding members of the punk rock band Teenage Head, formed in 1975.

Slipped Disc | Maestros mourn America’s top conducting teacher, Larry Rachleff
Larry Rachleff (1955-2022) was the Professor of Orchestral Conducting and Music Director of the Shepherd School Symphony and Chamber Orchestras and a former Oberlin teacher.

Slipped Disc | Speaker pioneer Billy Woodman dies
Billy Woodman (1946-2022) was the maker of Acoustic Engineer speakers, as well as the founder and owner of ATC Loudspeakers.


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