Last week, the Conseil québécois de la musique released the short list of finalists for 20 of its 27 Prix Opus Awards for the 13/14 season, to be presented at Montreal’s Salle Bourgie on February 1. The awards were launched in 1996, and celebrate the excellence and diversity of concert music in the province of Quebec. This year, 165 concerts were in the running, along with over 50 recordings, 15 articles and 53 individuals.
As usual, Orchestras Canada members are prominent among the finalists, with multiple mentions of the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Orchestre Metropolitain, the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, and Les Violons du Roy. In addition, the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Quatuor Molinari, and the Orchestre symphonique de Laval are finalists in particular categories.
Overall, it’s a stunning overview of creative and high quality music making. For the complete list, please visit cqm.qc.ca.