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2020 Azrieli Music Prizes Gala Concert Features Four World Premieres

Medici TV to livestream the performance with works by 2020 Azrieli Music Prize-Winners Keiko Devaux, Yotam Haber and Yitzhak Yedid Performers include Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne led by Lorraine Vaillancourt, mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabó and soprano Sharon Azrieli [Français ci-dessous] The Azrieli Foundation presents its biennial Azrieli Music Prizes (AMP) Gala Concert on October 22, 2020 at 8:00 PM ET featuring world premieres by the three 2020 AMP…

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Cellist Ofra Harnoy Releases “On the Rock”

An unprecedented musical celebration of the sounds and spirit of Newfoundland For her second recording on the Analekta label, On the Rock, superstar cellist and five-time Juno Award winner Ofra Harnoy was inspired to celebrate the sounds and spirit of Newfoundland. Upon visiting “The Rock” in the summer of 2018, the cellist immediately fell in love with the place and its people. “The more I explore this…

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The Eybler Quartet releases the premiere recording of Franz Asplmayr’s Six Quartets, Op. 2

Renowned Period-Instrument String Quartet Continues Fascinating Mission To Bring to Light Little-Known Composers of the Classical Era “The Eyblers treat every moment as if the ink were still wet on the page, such is the intoxicating freshness of their delivery.”  – The Scotsman [Français ci-dessous] Toronto’s Eybler Quartet is internationally-renowned for brilliant performances as well as an unquenchable passion for delving deep into the works of…

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Parzival & Fierefiz: A Contemporary Re-telling of the Grail Myth

Canadian violinist Emmanuel Vukovich has been fascinated by Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzival story for over twenty years. This 13th-Century medieval poem about the search for the Holy Grail was the inspiration for Richard Wagner’s final opera Parsifal. Wagner, however, chose to omit a critical element in Eschenbach’s story – the encounter between Parzival and an unknown dark-skinned knight who reveals himself to be Parzival’s half-brother and whose name…

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Sarah Slean & Symphony Nova Scotia

“New, creative music that transcends any stylistic boundaries.” – CBC Eight years in the making, Canadian songstress Sarah Slean’s electrifying performances with composer Christos Hatzis and Symphony Nova Scotia are now available for the first time on one album from Centrediscs. This ground-breaking collaboration began in 2012 with the premiere of Hatzis’ Lamento, broadcast nationwide by CBC and praised as “marvellously colourful and dramatic” (Chronicle Herald, Halifax). Six years later, Symphony…

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Ensemble Made in Canada’s Mosaïque Project ~ 14 New Works Celebrate the Beauty & Diversity of Canada

Piano quartet Ensemble Made In Canada’s acclaimed Mosaïque Project is a massive musical initiative inspired by the diversity and richness of Canada’s culture and geography. Since its premiere in July of 2018, the commissioned suite of new works by 14 Canadian composers has reached almost every corner of the country – from Iqaluit, Nunavut to British Columbia’s Sunshine Coast to Pouch Cove, Newfoundland, and beyond. Featuring thrilling new…

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Stick&Bow present Resonance ~ music from Bach to Radiohead for marimba and cello

Marimba and cello form a vibrant and compelling – if unconventional – duo in the hands of Stick&Bow, comprised of Canadian marimba player Krystina Marcoux and Argentinian cellist Juan Sebastian Delgado. Resonance, the debut recording from the Montreal-based award-winning musicians, explores a wide palette of repertoire and styles, transcending tradition with new arrangements of music from Bach to Boccherini, and from Nina Simone to Radiohead….

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Ensemble Made in Canada’s MOSAÏQUE PROJECT On Tour!

Winter tour of “unique and ambitious” (The WholeNote) project includes concerts in Manitoba, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Alberta & the Yukon  NEW WORKS BY 14 COMPOSERS CELEBRATE CANADA’S DIVERSITY [Français ci-dessous] Ensemble Made in Canada (EMIC), fast becoming Canada’s premiere piano quartet, continues to crisscross the country this winter with their Mosaïque Project, featuring 14 new works by 14 Canadian composers,…

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collectif9: No Time for Chamber Music

Montreal’s dazzling classical string band launches a new album of music by & inspired by Gustav Mahler [français ci-dessous] Montreal’s trailblazing 9-piece classical string band, collectif9, returns to Toronto on Monday, November 12 to launch its sophomore album featuring music by and inspired by Gustav Mahler. Satirical and serious, frivolous and intense, No Time for Chamber Music delves into rich and…

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The Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers ~ Concert & Prize Gala

[Français ci-dessous] The inaugural edition of the Graham Sommer Competition for Young Composers, presented by the Schulich School of Music of McGill University, culminates on Saturday, September 29 with the Concert and Prize Gala at 7:00 pm at Pollack Hall in Montreal. Part of the 22nd edition of Quebec’s Journées de la culture, the event is free to the public and…

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