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Les Violons du Roy, in concert with music director Bernard Labadie, have announced a change of title and duties for Maestro Labadie, starting in the 2014-15 season. While remaining deeply involved with the orchestra’s local, national, and international activities, and continuing as music director of La Chapelle de Quebec, he will take the title of Founding Conductor with the orchestra. Speaking about the change, Maestro Labadie said, “I turned 50 this year, and having led Les Violons for almost 30 years, I sense a need for change, to concentrate all of my energies on music, and—to be frank—to test myself a bit. These reflections have led me to want to modify my role with this extraordinary organization.” The orchestra’s board of directors is now in the process of assembling a committee to lead a renewal and search process.

Congratulations to the many distinguished Canadians recently appointed to, or promoted within, the order of Canada. We’d like to offer particularly fervent applause to Bramwell Tovey of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra (appointed as an honorary member of the Order), and Jacques Lacombe, music director of the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Riviéres, appointed to the Order as well.

Symphony Nova Scotia has recently announced the return of Heidi MacPhee to the role of Director of Marketing and Communications. She will work with Janice Fuller, who was her parental leave replacement, in SNS’s marketing department.

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Grand Season Closer for Les Violons du Roy

Grand Season Closer for Les Violons du Roy

Les Violons du Roy, led by music director Bernard Labadie, will close out their 2013-14 seasons in both Québec and Montréal with the Québec premier of one of Handel’s most dramatic oratorios, Theodora. The work features an all-star cast, that includes Karina Gauvin, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Iestyn Davies, Allan Clayton, and Andrew Foster-Williams, along with La Chapelle de Québec. Performances take place May 23 and 24 at Palais Montcalm and May 25 at the Maison symphonique. For more information, please visit violonsduroy.com.

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New seasons

New seasons

The Orchestre symphonique de Québec has just announced its 2012-13 season, its first under new Music Director Fabien Gabel. The program reflects the full breadth of orchestral repertoire and colour, and includes 43 programs, most packaged into one of 8 different series. As well, the OSQ will continue in its use of pictograms to help music lovers identify the programs most likely to delight them – a helpful initiative launched last season.

Symphony Nova Scotia launched its 2012-13 season last week, its . It’s the orchestra’s 30th anniversary season, and its tenth under the leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller. The intrepid 37-player orchestra presents a diverse season that celebrates the cornerstones of the classical repertoire, outstanding Canadian soloists, and gifted Nova Scotian and Canadian singer-songwriters.

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra announced its 65th season late last week, incorporating 7 series, 37 different programs, and 63 performances. Music Director Alexander Mickelthwate is featured, along with guest soloists Yuja Wang, Measha Brueggergosman, Ben Heppner and the Barenaked Ladies. As well, we get a tantalizing glimpse of the 2013 New Music Festival, with the news that Steve Reich’s music will be featured in early February.

The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra announced its busy 2012-13 season, its 13th under the leadership of Bramwell Tovey. It’s far too large to summarize in a single paragraph, so we’ll borrow from the VSO’s own media release! “A long list of internationally-renowned guest soloists and conductors join the GRAMMY and Juno Award-winning Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in a season that features over one hundred performances of the best in classics, Symphony Pops, concerts for children and families, and special crossover concerts. In addition to core series performances in downtown Vancouver, the VSO once again visits venues around the Lower Mainland, performing in North Vancouver, Surrey, South Delta, West Vancouver, Coquitlam and Burnaby.”

Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec have announced the programs they’ll be presenting in Québec and Montréal in 2012-13, under the leadership of Bernard Labadie. Featured soloists include soprano Sandrine Piau, pianist Alexandre Tharaud and flutist Emmanuel Pahud – the latter featured with the orchestra in a return visit to New York’s Carnegie Hall. A special feature of the season will be Les Violons du Roy’s first-ever joint performance with I Musici de Montréal, led by that orchestra’s music director (and protege of Maestro Labadie), Jean-Marie Zeitouni.

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New Seasons

New Seasons

The Vancouver Symphony has announced its 2011-12 season, its twelfth under the leadership of music director Bramwell Tovey. It’s a busy season that sees the orchestra performing in fourteen different venues in the Lower Mainland, including its home at the Orpheum. New or unusual works on the season include performances of Korngold’s violin concerto, a concert version of Bramwell Tovey and John Murrell’s new opera, The Inventor, and John Ireland’s Piano Concerto – along with a full array of standard orchestral classics, pops, family and educational programs. Featured soloists on the season include soprano Renee Fleming, pianists Lang Lang and Peter Serkin, and young Canadians Jan Lisiecki and Nicki Yanovsky. For more information, please visit www.vancouversymphony.ca.

Quebec’s intrepid Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Quebec has launched its 2011-12 season under the leadership of music director Bernard Labadie and principal guest conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni. The season features twenty-seven different programs, to be performed at home in Quebec and Montreal, nationally and internationally. Highlights include a performance of Bach’s St. John Passion, with Ian Bostridge as the Evangelist, a program featuring soprano Karina Gauvin in arias by Porpora and Mozart, and a visit by guest leader Jeanne Lamon, music director of Toronto’s Tafelmusik. In the fall, the orchestra will undertake a two week European tour, with performances in the Netherlands, Switzerland and France; in early 2012, they will perform a 10-concert North American tour with recorder virtuoso Maurice Steger, and in the spring, the orchestra and choir will travel to New York’s Carnegie Hall for a repeat performance of the St. John Passion. As well, the orchestra will release a pair of recordings – one with pianist Alexandre Tharaud (who is, not coincidentally, soloist for this year’s European tour), and the second with contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux. The latter recording represents the orchestra’s first collaboration with the Naïve label of France. www.violonsduroy.com

The Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony announced its 11-12 season recently, its fifth under the direction of Edwin Outwater. Highlights range from a Mozart Festival to the Canadian premiere of a co-commissioned work by Nico Muhly, and the program also includes creative collaborations with the Institute for Quantum Computing, such soloists as André Laplante, Sara Davis Buechner, the Canadian Brass, Gryphon Trio, and Sultans of String. As well, the orchestra will return to the SONY Centre for several performances next season, and will introduce a weekend Matinée Series which features repeat performances of outstanding classical and pops programs. kwsymphony.ca

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The National Arts Centre has announced the renewal of Maestro Pinchas Zukerman’s contract as the NAC Orchestra’s Music Director for four more years, to August 31, 2015.  The decision to renew Mr. Zukerman’s contract was unanimously approved by the National Arts Centre Board of Trustees, on the recommendation of NAC President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Herrndorf.  In a statement Mr. Herrndorf said, “Pinchas Zukerman’s gift of music has delighted audiences across Canada and internationally. For more than a decade the National Arts Centre has benefitted from his leadership on the podium, his extraordinary artistry as a soloist, and his deep commitment to music education. We are thrilled this relationship will continue.”

Congratulations to Bernard Labadie, music director of Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Quebec, who will make his debut with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra this weekend in Bach‘s St. Matthew Passion.  He will not be the only Canadian on stage, either:  celebrated contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux will be one of the six soloists for these performances.

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New Seasons

New Seasons

Once the cascade of season launches begins, it can’t be stopped!  This week, we heard from the following orchestras about their plans for the 2010-11 season

Orchestre symphonique de Montreal:  Next season marks the final year for the OSM in its long-time venue, the salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts – and it’s a big one.  The season opens with a major outdoor concert (led by music director Kent Nagano) that features Cirque Éloize, Luck Mervil, and Dany Laferrière, all directed by Denis Bouchard – and will include a concert version of Das Rheingold, a program on Beethoven’s celebration of nature featuring David Suzuki, Mahler and Dutilleux cycles, and such guest artists Anne-Sophie Mutter, Salvatore Accardo, Midori, June Anderson, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Yefim Bronfman, Alain Lefèvre, André Laplante, Nikolai Lugansky, Peter Serkin,  Mischa Maisky, Mikhaïl Pletnev, Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Roger Norrington and others.  For more information, please visit here.

Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec:  The noted chamber orchestra and choir celebrate their 27th season under the direction of Bernard Labadie, and tenth season with principal guest conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni.  Their Quebec season consists of 26 concerts over the course of the season, and presents both baroque and classical-era works (principally under the direction of M. Labadie) and romantic and contemporary repertoire (led by M. Zeitouni), featuring emerging and established Canadian and international soloists.  Concerts take place at the capital city’s lovely Palais Montcalm.

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