Okanagan Symphony Orchestra
Application deadline/Date limite : April 22 avril 2013
Posted on 27 March 2013.
Okanagan Symphony Orchestra
Application deadline/Date limite : April 22 avril 2013
Posted on 13 March 2013.
Orchestra Toronto has announced the appointment of a new Executive Director. Samantha Little, a long-time arts administrator, educator and professional musician, will take up her duties with the orchestra on March 18. Little has worked for and performed with a variety of local orchestras, choral, dance and theatre organizations, including the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, ORIANA Women’s Choir, Common Thread Chorus, and the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre.
Congratulations to the three musicians selected as finalists for the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivieres’ 29th annual young performers’ competition, this year for pianists. Isabelle David, Jeanne‐Amièle D. S. Lusignan, and Antoine Rivard‐Landry will vie for the grand prize at a concert by the OSTR on April 20.
Congratulations as well to the three pianists who emerged triumphant from the University of British Columbia’s 2013 Knigge Piano Competition, held in early March. First Prize (and the special award for the best performance of the imposed work, Souvenirs d’Europe by UBC alumnus, Jared Miller) went to New Brunswick native Pierre-André Doucet, now studying at the Université de Montréal with Maneli Pirzadeh. Second prize went to Samuel Deason, and third prize went to Nan Gan.
We salute the winners of the classical categories of the East Coast Music Awards, presented this past weekend in Halifax. Classical composition of the year was Derek Charke’s Between the Shore and the Ships; the recording by Helen Pridmore and Wesley Ferriera of that same work won the Classical Recording of the Year.
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Posted on 20 February 2013.
For the second year in a row, the musicians of the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières are involved in the Class in Residence project. It’s a partnership with the music program at Jean-XXIII de Saint-Wenceslas school, and the project twins musicians from the orchestra with twenty-three grades 5 and 6 musicians over the course of an entire semester. The professional musicians and their young “twins” discuss music, musical instruments, and the life of a professional musician. There are workshops, and sessions with other cultural professionals – designed to shed light on all that it takes to keep a cultural enterprise artistically and socially vibrant. The project culminates with an open rehearsal in May, and a special spot on the OSTR’s May 11 concert for the student performers.
Posted on 30 January 2013.
Last Sunday, January 27, the Québec music community gathered at Montréal’s Salle Bourgie for a celebration of outstanding accomplishment in concert music performance, recording, touring, composition, and scholarship in the 2011-2012 season. The event was the Prix Opus gala, a signature event for the Conseil québecois de la musique (CQM), and many members and friends of Orchestras Canada were honoured.
Recording of the Year (Romantic, Post-Romantic, Impressionist): Bruckner 4, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Orchestre Metropolitain (ATMA Classique)
Recording of the Year (Modern, Contemporary): Denys Bouliane, Denis Gougeon, John Rea: Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Lorraine Vaillancourt (ATMA Classique)
Composer of the Year: Simon Bertrand (who serves as Composer in Residence with the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil)
Concert of the Year (Regions outside Montreal and Quebec City): Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières (“Marc-Andre Hamelin éblouit dans Busoni”)
International Touring: Les Violons du Roy
In all, it was a remarkable afternoon – and our heartiest congratulations to all nominees and winners.
Two additional observations:
The province’s remarkable orchestral musicians were implicated in almost every nomination in every category. Their flexibility and musicianship are called on in almost every genre, from contemporary and jazz to ground-breaking operatic productions;
This observer lost count of the number of award winners who were unable to collect their awards in person due to conflicting engagements in other parts of the world. The exceptional calibre of Quebec’s musicians is recognized internationally, and it’s heartening to see.
For more information, please visit cqm.qc.ca.
Posted on 23 January 2013.
We had a full agenda at last week’s teleconference meeting of OC’s board of directors. Among the items discussed and decided on:
We had a report from OC’s nominating committee chair, Trudy Schroeder, who confirmed the make-up of the nominating committee for 2013-14. It comprises: Trudy Schroeder (committee chair; Executive Director, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra), Thérèse Boutin (board chair; Directrice générale, Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières), Christopher Deacon (Managing Director, National Arts Centre Orchestra), Annemarie Petrov (Executive Director, Francis Winspear Centre for Music and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra), and Katherine Carleton (ex officio, Orchestras Canada). The board also approved the appointment of Gilles Choquet, directeur général of the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil, to the board to complete the term of departed director Sophie Galaise. Welcome, Gilles!
Following a report by Treasurer Lisa Hamel (Director of Business Administration and Finance, Toronto Symphony Orchestra) and Executive Director Katherine Carleton, the board approved OC’s budget and activity plan for 2013-14. Accordingly, we’re happy to announce that, for 2013 only, we will be self-funding (from OC’s Strategic Reserve Fund) travel bursaries for the 2013 National Meetings in Toronto, focused on getting managers from smaller budget orchestras to the meetings, and engaging next generation orchestra managers in the community of Canadian orchestras. More details are forthcoming shortly – watch your inbox!
Posted on 05 December 2012.
Congratulations to the many, many OC member orchestras who have been nominated for the 16th annual Prix Opus, presented by the Conseil québécois de la musique. These annual awards recognize the very best in non-commercial music-making in the province, and will be presented in Montreal on January 27. Special honoree at the gala is pianist, composer, and conductor François Morel.
Nominees from the OC fold dominate the proceedings, and this year include:
Concert of the year, Montréal
Concert Prestige, Orchestre Métropolitain, 23 October 2011
Kent Nagano et la Symphonie fantastique, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, 27 March 2012
Concert of the Year, Québec
Liszt. Tchaïkovski. Ultra romantiques, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, 5 October 2011
Le Messie, Les Violons du Roy, 9 December 2011
La Passion selon saint Jean, Les Violons du Roy, 21 March 2012
La grande Jessye Norman, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, 10 August 2012
Concert of the Year–Regional
À la vie !, Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, 17 March 2012
Marc-André Hamelin dazzles in Busoni, Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, 6 April 2012
Concert of the Year–Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical
Messiah, Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montréal and Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, 6 April 2012
Beethoven at the Domaine, Les Violons du Roy, Bernard Labadie, Domaine Forget, 16 June 2012
Concert of the Year—Romantic, Post-Romantic, Impressionist
Kent Nagano conducts Glazounov, Tchaïkovsky and Messiaen, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, 3 September 2011
Liszt. Tchaïkovsky. Ultra romantiques, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, 5 October 2011
Concert Prestige, Orchestre Métropolitain, 23 October 2011
Kent Nagano and the Symphonie fantastique, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, 27 March 2012
New Work of the Year
Qu’un cri élève nos chants !, Julien Bilodeau, Inaugural Concert, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, 7 September 2011
Piano Concerto, Julien Bilodeau, Orchestre de la Francophonie : Brahms and Bilodeau at the SAT, 24 July 2012
Production of the Year—Young Audiences
The Challlenge of Creation!, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, 18 April 2012
Recording of the Year– Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical
Bach – Saint John Passion, Les Voix Baroques, Arion orchestre baroque, Alexander Weimann, ATMA Classique
Recording of the Year–Romantic, Post-Romantic, Impressionist
Bruckner 4, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Orchestre Métropolitain, ATMA Classique
Rachmaninov, Concerto no 4, Scriabin, Prometheus, Alain Lefèvre, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, Kent Nagano, ANALEKTA
Recording of the Year—Modern/Contemporary
Fire and Blood, Alexandre Da Costa, violin, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, dir. Pedro Halffter, Acacia Classics.
Congratulations to all!
The Oakville Chamber Orchestra has announced a March 1, 2013 deadline for applications for its first annual concerto competition, honouring excellence in young musicians in the Greater Toronto Area! The competition features cash scholarships along with the opportunity to perform with the orchestra, and more information may be found here.
The Montréal International Music Competition has announced a January 18 deadline for application for its 2013 competition, devoted to the violin. For more information, please visit concoursmontreal.ca.
Posted on 31 October 2012.
The Kawartha Youth Orchestra has provided a tantalizing update on their upcoming gala, dubbed “A Feast for the Senses”. The event, which takes place November 3, is now in its second year, and features Canadian wine paired with cheese and chocolate. The evening, of course, also includes music – to be provided by members of the Kawartha Youth Orchestra (as the “warm-up act”) and the internationally renowned Cecilia Quartet. Most of the net proceeds are tagged for the KYO’s Bursary fund.
The Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières presents a similarly enticing approach to its annual benefit concert: this one – scheduled for November 11 – features a new work by the gifted team of André Gagnon (music) and Michel Tremblay (text), performed by the stunning Marie-Nicole Lemieux and the orchestra, under the direction of Jacques Lacombe. The new work is entitled Lettres de Madame Roy à sa fille Gabrielle, and recreates the correspondence between soon-to-be celebrated Québec writer Gabrielle Roy and her mother, during Gabrielle Roy’s studies in Europe in the late 1930s. Also on the program: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 and Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder. Options for supporters of the orchestra include a cocktail, dinner and the concert; cocktail and concert; or concert only.
Posted on 17 October 2012.
Orchestras Canada likes to celebrate the times when member orchestras perform Canadian repertoire—world premieres, or repeat performances—and we have a few things to celebrate this week, to be sure!
Tomorrow, October 18, the Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil (led by Music Director Marc David) welcomes celebrated Italian pianist Francesco Nicolosi, who will perform Anne Lauber’s Piano Concerto No. 3—a work commissioned by the pianist, and with performances also scheduled in Mexico in November.
Sunday, October 20, the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières opens its concert with the world premiere of the symphonic version of a two minute long work by Anthony Rozankovic, commissioned by the Conseil québécois de la Musique for its 25th anniversary. The work, entitled 25 ans ensemble pour la musique (25 years together for music) is available in eight different versions (ranging from baroque to electro-acoustic), and you can learn more about them (and download parts and scores, too), here.
October 26 and 27, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and soloist Alain Lefèvre, led by guest conductor Jean-Philippe Tremblay, will perform Andre Mathieu’s Piano Concerto No. 4. Mathieu—a virtuosic performer on, and prolific composer for, the piano—was influenced by both Rachmaninoff and Debussy, His Piano Concerto No. 4 was completed in 1947. Speaking about the work and the soloist, conductor Tremblay says, “in the last ten years or so, pianist Alain Lefèvre has re-discovered and championed the works of French-Canadian wunderkind composer André Mathieu on all continents. The fourth piano concerto is probably the strongest work that Mathieu wrote in his short career. It has a more personal feeling to it, as if he had found his own voice. I have had the chance to conduct this piece with Alain in France, China and Canada and each time it is such a thrill to be part of.”
Posted on 25 July 2012.
The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra has announced an extension of Maestro Jacques Lacombe’s contract to the 2015-16 season. As he’s done for the last two seasons, he will combine this role with his leadership of the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières and an active guest conducting schedule in North America and Europe.
The Orchestre Métropolitain has announced that its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor,Yannick Nézet-Séguin, has been signed to the Deutsche Grammophon label. Joining a prestigious roster that includes Maestros such as Karajan, Kleiber, Bernstein and Giulini, as well as Abbado and Barenboim, Yannick becomes the first Canadian conductor associated with DG.
Symphony Nova Scotia has shared sad news of the passing of Frank Ridgeway, former Symphony Nova Scotia (and Atlantic Symphony) musician and music librarian. A trumpet player who began his professional career with the Royal Air Force in England in 1948, he immigrated to Canada in 1954, and performed with such groups as the Stadacona Band, the National Band of the Army Reserve, the London Palladium Orchestra, the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and later Symphony Nova Scotia. He taught privately and at Acadia University.
Posted on 06 June 2012.
On Monday, May 28 Orchestras Canada/Orchestres Canada held its Annual General Meeting for the 2011-12 year – OC’s 40th birthday! The event took place in the IBM Amphitheatre at HEC Montréal – a fine setting for a positive and forward-looking meeting.
Mme Thérèse Boutin, directrice générale of the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, was re-appointed as chair for a second year. Reporting on the year that was, she highlighted OC’s numerous services to the orchestral community, particularly its advocacy work. She noted the role that OC had played in planning and organizing the Canadian Arts Coalition’s Arts Day on Parliament Hill, an event that was pivotal in sustaining the Government of Canada’s investment in the arts through the Canada Council for the Arts. As well, she advised members about the role that board members are playing in shaping a new strategic and operating plan for OC, a plan that commits OC to advocacy, network development, and supporting innovation.
Members voted in favour of a slate of directors that included four new members for the Board: Maxim Antoshin (Regina Symphony Orchestra), Marie-Josée Desrochers (Orchestre symphonique de Montréal), Matthew Jones (Timmins Symphony Orchestra) and Genevieve Twomey (Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony). They joined continuing members Thérèse Boutin (Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières), Trudy Schroeder (Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra), Sophie Galaise (Orchestre symphonique de Québec), Lisa Hamel (Toronto Symphony Orchestra), Erika Beatty (Symphony Nova Scotia), Leanne Davis (Vancouver Symphony Orchestra), Mitchell Krieger (Victoria Symphony Orchestra), and Vicki Young (Manitoba Chamber Orchestra). Four ex-officio members also sit on the Board: Ann Lewis-Luppino (Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, Past Chair), Bernard Tremblay, Mark Tetreault (Canadian Federation of Musicians) and Matt Heller (Organization of Canadian Symphony Musicians). Sophie Galaise, chair of the nominating committee, also thanked those Board members who had stepped down at or prior to the AGM: Bryan Croft, Ken MacLeod, Luce Moreau and Annelisa Pedersen.
Finally, treasurer Lisa Hamel updated members on OC’s financial position at the end of 2011-12. OC received a clean opinion from auditors Cowperthwaite Mehta, and showed a small excess of revenues over expenses on operations for the year. In addition, OC expended just over $11,000 from its strategic reserve fund (comprised of accumulated operational surpluses since 2005) on two board-approved projects in 2011-12, the better to serve its members.
We’ve posted OC’s annual report and audited financial statement for 2011-12 on-line here.