Fans of the American violinist Joshua Bell will arrive next week to Ottawa’s Southam Hall and Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto to see and hear the virtuoso work with Mendelssohn’s best E-minor ideas. And no doubt the audience will stick around to witness the National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO) present Debussy’s sea-faring showpiece La mer. Intertwined within the established pieces, though, potent lesser-known works are also featured: French composer Lili Boulanger’s sorrowful 1918 composition D’un Soir Triste (Of a Sad Evening) and Canadian composer Jocelyn Morlock’s My Name Is Amanda Todd, an inspirational piece on the life and death of a 15-year-old native of Port Coquitlam, B.C. who, in 2012, took her own life, the victim of online abuse and high-school bullying..."
"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 [...]
"Much has already been penned in celebration of the remarkable career of the late Neil Crory (1950–2019). The tributes often focus on Crory’s enthusiasm for and support of classical singers in Canada. And indeed Crory’s influence in the musical community was far reaching. Surprisingly little has been mentioned thus far, though, about his strong support [...]