Posted on 02 September 2015.
Congratulations to Jacques Lacombe, music director of the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, who has just been appointed as Principal Conductor of the Bonn Opera, effective with the 2016-17 season AND professor of conducting at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal, beginning this autumn.
The Ensemble Contemporain de Montreal (led by conductor Véronique Lacroix) has announced the winners of its Génération2016 competition. New works by composers Taylor Brook (Alberta/New York), Symon Henry (Quebec), Sabrina Schroeder (BC/Manchester, UK) and Adam Scime will be featured in ECM+’s February concert.
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Posted on 10 April 2013.
April and May are shaping up to be banner months for creative programming for ensembles from across Canada. Here are some upcoming programs of note:
On April 20, the Hamilton Philharmonic closes its 2012-13 season (and its What Next Festival for 2013) with a program entitled Fiesta! It’s an all-North American program with works Bernstein, Gershwin, Copland, Jimmy Lopez , Michael Torke, and a world premiere by HPO resident Abigail Richardson-Schulte, entitled City Synesthesia, and inspired by different elements of Hamilton city life as portrayed by local artists Paul Elia, Christina Sealey, Claudette Losier, and Sylvia Simpson. The artists’ work will be on display in the lobby at Hamilton Place on April 20. Featured soloist on the program is Canadian pianist Lucille Chung. Music Director James Sommerville will conduct. But that’s not all: during intermission, students from Westmount Secondary School will perform the premiere of Wind, a piece composed by Richardson-Schulte and dedicated to the passionate pursuit of music by all who have been members of the Westmount Wind Orchestra.
On May 1, the intrepid Ensemble contemporain de Montréal, led by music director Veronique Lacroix, presents a program featuring Alban Berg’s classic Chamber Concerto (for solo violin, solo piano and winds) paired with a new work by composer-author Nicolas Gilbert, entitled Vertiges, which features narrator Jean Marchard. In keeping with ECM+’s aesthetic, the stage at the Salle Pierre-Mercure will be specially dressed for the occasion with scenic elements commissioned for the concert; as well, the Berg concerto will be accompanied by four acrobats. The program will also be performed in Sherbrooke on April 21.
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Posted on 30 January 2013.
This Thursday, January 31, Toronto’s Esprit Orchestra (led by founder/music director Alex Pauk) celebrates its 30th anniversary with a massive program at Koerner Hall. The program includes Claude Vivier’s Orion, Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, and a brand new work by Paul Frehner, entitled Phantom Suns, and commissioned by Esprit in celebration of the orchestra’s 30th anniversary season. The work draws its inspiration from sundogs, an atmospheric phenomenon in which mock suns appear as lustrous spots of light in the sky on either side of the sun. They can be observed anywhere in the world, but are most often seen when the sun is low on the horizon.
On February 7 and 8, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (led by music director Edwin Outwater) explores the world of classical Indian music and the Bollywood phenomenom on their innovative Intersections series. The program features mridangam master Trichy Sankaran (who has been teaching at York University for over 40 years) and his daughter Suba Sankaran (of the crossover group Autorickshaw), and they’ll trace the roots and impact of classical Indian music…from Bollywood to Britney Spears. For more information, please visit kwsymphony.ca.
On February 12, the Ensemble contemporain de Montréal (ECM+), led by music director Véronique Lacroix, presents a program entitled Les Quatre Éléments (The Four Elements) at the Concert Hall at the Conservatoire du Musique de Montréal. Featured composers include Montrealers Éric Champagne and Emily Hall as well as Vancouverites Jocelyn Morlock and Edward Top, who have written music inspired by water, wind, fire, and earth for flute octet Alizé and solo cello. The concert will also feature Ana Sokolovic’s Vez for solo cello, and a concluding work by M. Champagne for “spatial flutes”, inspired by the British “Land Art” pioneer, Andy Goldsworthy. The program will be repeated (with different artistic personnel) in Vancouver in May. For more information, please visit ecm.qc.ca.
On March 15, the Victoria Symphony (led by Music Director Tania Miller) will give the world premiere performance of Chan Ka Nin’s Harmonious Interest for orchestra. The premiere takes place during the culminating concert of the Victoria Symphony’s month-long celebration of the 155th anniversary of Victoria’s Chinatown. The festival unites culinary, fine, and performing arts to celebrate the history of Victoria’s Chinatown—and the new work is equally embracing, as it includes theatre, dance, text (by playwright Mark Brownell) and music. Also included in the program: Dorothy Chang’s Strange Air, and the celebrated Butterfly Lovers Concerto featuring violinist Terence Tam. For more information, please visit victoriasymphony.ca.
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