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Turning Points | Cheryl Duvall: From Harbour Launch to Innermost Songs

"On Sunday evening, December 8 at 8:30, pianist, impresario and all-around creative spark plug, Cheryl Duvall, is doing something at the Tranzac Club she’s never done before: launching her first full-length recording as a piano soloist. It’s not that she hasn’t been in the recording studio numerous times, but this time it’s a special project [...]

By |2019-11-29T14:20:06-05:0029 November 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Metcalf Foundation announces winners of the inaugural Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prizes

FIVE WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR THE INAUGURAL JOHANNA METCALF PERFORMING ARTS PRIZES TORONTO, November 25, 2019 – Today, the ; playwright and theatre creator Sunny Drake; composer and classical pianist Alice Ping Yee Ho; composer James Rolfe; multidisciplinary artist Santee Smith; and world music performer and composer Maryem Tollar. On December 12, 2019, at Toronto’s Artscape [...]

By |2019-11-25T11:49:41-05:0025 November 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , |

Composer Kevin Lau sheds light on his new work, A Drop of Light, which will premiere in Ottawa this weekend

"When the acclaimed young composer Kevin Lau began work on A Drop of Light, the piece that will make its world premiere in Ottawa on Sunday, he sought out his muse for an entire summer, in crowded coffee shops and the great outdoors. Lau, a Torontonian, had only his assignment in hand — a commission [...]

By |2019-11-25T11:17:15-05:0025 November 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |

Grounded in Displacement | Udo Kasemets: A Centenary Celebration

"Assessing the legacy of a musician is tricky any day, but particularly when celebrating the person’s birth centenary, and especially when he was my teacher, colleague and then, friend, over several decades. It’s even more daunting when that person is the prolific composer, pianist, vocal coach, choral conductor, music journalist and educator, and mentor to [...]

By |2019-11-19T10:55:59-05:008 November 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |

Signalling a Musical Sea Change | Composer Alexina Louie and cellist Rachel Mercer

"The recent announcement of composer Alexina Louie as the winner of the 2019 Molson Prize in the Arts, the first time the $50,000 prize has been awarded to a female composer, signalled something of a sea change in the world of Canadian music that’s been developing gradually. The prize was presented to Louie by the [...]

The Azrieli Foundation Announces 2020 Azrieli Music Prize Winners

"Montreal, QC, Canada, November 7, 2019 – The Azrieli Foundation proudly announces the three winners of their 2020 Azrieli Music Prizes (AMP) – the Azrieli Prize for Jewish Music goes to Yitzhak Yedid, the Azrieli Commission for Jewish Music to Yotam Haber, and the brand new Azrieli Commission for Canadian Music to Keiko Devaux. Established [...]

By |2019-11-19T10:57:25-05:008 November 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |

New Music Festival to bring the heat

"...The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra’s music director, Daniel Raiskin, is in his second year at the helm of the festival. Under his artistic direction, the goal has been to tie the annual events together thematically and musically. "(We’ve worked on) creating these long-term connections in the programming between last year’s festival and this coming one and, [...]

Wijeratne’s world première of Gajaga Vannama bristles with energy

"Throughout its 47-year history, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra has presented a trophy case of wunderkind artists including Guy Few, Scott Yoo and Stewart Goodyear, who have become part of the organization’s fine legacy of introducing city audiences to prodigious talent. The latest addition to that ever-growing list is mesmerizing Sri-Lankan-Canadian conductor/composer/pianist Dinuk Wijeratne, who made [...]

By |2019-11-04T11:56:07-05:001 November 2019|Categories: News|Tags: |

Classical music: New take on VSO’s New Music Festival as it revisits the recent past

2020's New Music Festival will have six events in four different venues that take advantage of the dark, dull, post-holiday time of the year to offer something exciting and extraordinary. "From to time music organizations decide to make important announcements with a certain extra amount of fanfare. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra took that high profile [...]

By |2019-10-24T09:45:15-05:0024 October 2019|Categories: British Columbia, News|Tags: , , |

Video Premiere: Land’s End Ensemble & Ben Reimer Perform “Twister” by Vincent Ho

"Today’s video premiere features Land’s End Ensemble and percussionist Ben Reimer performing “Twister” by composer Vincent Ho from their upcoming album Kickin’ It 2.0. The second album from the Calgary-based ensemble (John Lowry, violin; Beth Root Sandvoss, cello; Susanne Ruberg-Gordon, piano; Vincent Ho, Artistic Director), Kickin’ It 2.0 is dedicated to new works by contemporary Canadian [...]

By |2019-10-11T14:28:40-05:0011 October 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , |