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And the Winners Are…

And the Winners Are…

On Sunday, January 26, the Conseil Québécois de la Musique presented its 17th annual edition of the Prix Opus, a gala event that celebrates the very best of Quebec’s music scene, including chamber, vocal, jazz, early and (of course) orchestral music. Hearty congratulations to the many Orchestras Canada members and friends who were honoured in many categories.

Concert of the Year/CONCERT DE L’ANNÉE – MONTRÉAL
Le Quatuor selon la Seconde École de Vienne, Quatuor Molinari

Concert of the Year/CONCERT DE L’ANNÉE – QUÉBEC
Theodora, Les Violons du Roy et La Chapelle de Québec

Concert of the Year/CONCERT DE L’ANNÉE – RÉGIONS
De Beethoven à Marie-Nicole Lemieux chante Gagnon et Tremblay, Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières

Concert of the Year/CONCERT DE L’ANNÉE – MUSIQUES ROMANTIQUE, POSTROMANTIQUE, IMPRESSIONNISTE
Lohengrin, Orchestre Métropolitain et Festival de Lanaudière

Concert of the Year/CONCERT DE L’ANNÉE – MUSIQUES MODERNE, CONTEMPORAINE
Jonathan Crow et Andrew Wan : Rencontres virtuoses, Innovations en concert

Production of the Year – Young Audiences/PRODUCTION DE L’ANNÉE – JEUNE PUBLIC
Pierre, Babar et le loup, Orchestre symphonique de Laval et Caroline Lavigne

Recordings/DISQUES

Recording of the Year/DISQUE DE L’ANNÉE – MUSIQUES MÉDIÉVALE, DE LA RENAISSANCE, BAROQUE, CLASSIQUE
Prima Donna, Karina Gauvin, Arion Orchestre Baroque, dir. Alexandre Weimann, ATMA Classique

Recording of the Year/DISQUE DE L’ANNÉE – MUSIQUES ROMANTIQUE, POSTROMANTIQUE, IMPRESSIONNISTE
Mahler : Orchesterlieder, Christian Gerhaher, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, dir. Kent Nagano, ANALEKTA

Specialized Presenter of the Year/
DIFFUSEUR SPÉCIALISÉ DE L’ANNÉE
Orchestre symphonique de Montréal – La virée classique, 2e édition

Performer of the Year/INTERPRÈTE DE L’ANNÉE
Marie-Nicole Lemieux

International Touring/RAYONNEMENT À L’ÉTRANGER
Yannick Nézet-Séguin

For the complete list of winners, please visit cqm.netedit.info.

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Awards and Competitions

Awards and Competitions

Last week, the Conseil québécois de la musique announced this year’s finalists for the prestigious Prix Opus, its way of drawing attention to outstanding achievements in Quebec’s lively classical, new music, world music, jazz, and early music scenes. The awards will be presented at a gala ceremony on January 26 at 3 p.m. at Montreal’s Salle Bourgie. One hundred and seventy concerts, fifty recordings, ten scholarly articles, and over forty nominations for the nine special prizes were entered into the competition. As usual, Orchestras Canada members are prominent amongst the finalists, and they include Appassionata Chamber Orchestra, Arion, I Musici de Montreal, the Orchestre Metropolitain, Orchestre symphonique de Laval, Orchestre symphonique de Montreal, Orchestre symphonique de Quebec, Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, Quatuor Molinari, and Les Violons du Roy. The complete list appears here.

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Celebrating Verdi in Trois-Rivières

Celebrating Verdi in Trois-Rivières

The Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières kicks off a celebration of Giuseppe Verdi’s anniversary year by hosting a talk on the life and work of the great composer by Claire-Émilie Calvert tonight, (November 13) at the foyer Gilles-Beaudoin. The talk precedes a pair of concerts designed to thrill new and existing lovers of Verdi’s music: a performance of his monumental Requiem on November 24, led by Music Director Jacques Lacombe, and featuring soprano Marianne Fiset, mezzo-soprano Renée Lapointe, tenor David Pomeroy, bass-baritone Stephen Hegedus, and a massed choir made up of the OSTR chorus and members of the Symphonic Chorus of the Université de Montréal. At the end of the season, the orchestra and chorus take on excerpts from Nabucco, Macbeth, Il Trovatore, La Traviata and Aïda.

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New Collective Agreement in Trois-Rivières

New Collective Agreement in Trois-Rivières

The Orchestre symphonique de Trois- Rivières has announced that it has recently signed a five-year collective agreement with the Guilde des musiciens et des musiciennes du Québec (GMMQ), the group representing its musicians. The agreement covers the period September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2017, and it provides for increases in fees and service guarantees. By the OSTR’s account, the negotiation process was a collaborative one, characterized by goodwill on all sides. Congratulations to all!

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New Releases

New Releases

The Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières, led by music director Jacques Lacombe, has just released its latest recording, a rather special collaboration between composer André Gagnon and novelist/playwright Michel Tremblay. Entitled “Lettres de Madame Roy à sa fille Gabrielle”, the recording features contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, in a creative re-imagining of the correspondence between the writer Gabrielle Roy and her mother Mélina, during the time when Gabrielle was studying in Europe between 1937 and 1939. The work was premiered by the OSTR in November 2012. For more information, please visit ostr.ca.

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Symphony Nova Scotia has announced the appointment of Christopher Wilkinson to the role of Chief Executive Officer, effective September 3. According to the new release, “Chris returns to Nova Scotia after taking a two-year sabbatical from his position as Symphony Nova Scotia’s Principal Second Violin, during which time he served as General Manager of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. In his time with the TBSO, Chris achieved major accomplishments, including back-to-back balanced budgets, a dramatic increase in attendance, and a 46% increase in earned revenue. He also successfully negotiated a four-year collective agreement with the TBSO musicians, and under his leadership the TBSO was awarded the 2013 Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Award of Excellence…Chris has a long history with Symphony Nova Scotia, both as a musician and as an administrator. As Production and Personnel Manager, a position he held for nearly 20 years, he worked closely with five different music directors and six general managers on program development, budgeting, and implementation.” For its part, the TBSO will be launching a search for Chris’s successor shortly.

The Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivieres has announced the appointment of Mme Natalie Rousseau to the position of directrice générale. A native of the city, Mme Rousseau took her earliest musical training there, and went on to study law at the University of Ottawa followed by an MBA at HEC Montreal. She has worked as an arts manager since 1985, with particular expertise in the areas of project financing and project management, in music, theatre, and dance, and has worked for such organizations as the Orford Arts Centre, the Conseil québécois de la musique, and Montreal baroque ensemble Les Idées heureuses. She returns to Quebec from South Korea, where she has worked for the last year as a key recruiter for HEC Montreal’s new international master’s degree program in arts management.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has announced the resignation of its CEO, Andrew R. Shaw, effective late this fall. Citing a need to re-balance his life after spending more than a decade in the role, Mr. Shaw noted that “working with all the truly remarkable and dedicated people associated with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra has been not only a great privilege but also a uniquely stimulating and enriching experience.” Speaking about the Mr. Shaw, TSO Board Chair M. George Lewis said, “I want to thank Andrew for his leadership of this world-class orchestra, for the transition time he has graciously offered, and for his ongoing support of the organization and the arts in general. We wish him the best in the years ahead.” Again, the TSO board has convened a committee to oversee the search for Mr. Shaw’s successor.

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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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The Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières has announced the appointment of two musicians to key roles. Congratulations to Louis-Pierre Bergeron, recent winner of the principal horn position, and Éliane Charest-Beauchamp, recent winner of a section second violin role. The two musicians will start work with the OSTR in the coming season.

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“Classe en Résidence” with the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières

“Classe en Résidence” with the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières

This past weekend, twenty-three students from the specialized music program at the Ecole Jean‐XXIII de Saint‐Wenceslas marked the conclusion of an intensive year of work with the musicians of the OSTR – work that included mentorship with OSTR musicians, participation in master classes, and contact with arts managers as well. The students made a trip into Montreal to attend one of the orchestra’s rehearsals at Place des Arts, then performed a short work on the OSTR’s season closing concert. Participating musicians from the OSTR included Marie-Josée Arpin, Sébastien Côté, Ana Drobac, Francine Dufour, David Gélinas, André Godbout, Françoise Henri, Heather Howes, Nicolas Lessard, Caroline Milot, Renée-Claude Perreault and François St-Jean along with the OSTR’s resident conductor, François Pothier Bouchard. Claire-Émilie Calvert and Denis Morneau managed the project. Congratulations, all!

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The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal has announced the appointment of Dina Gilbert as the OSM’s new Assistant Conductor, starting with the 2013-2014 season. She’ll work closely with OSM music director Kent Nagano in the role, and will work alongside Nathan Brock, who’s in the newly created role of Conductor in Residence, after 3 successful years as Assistant Conductor.

Symphony Nova Scotia has announced interim leadership, as it launches the search for a new CEO. Barbara Richman of Strategic Arts Management (SAM) will take the reins at SNS starting in mid-May, and her tenure will conclude with the appointment of a permanent leader for the group. Ms Richman is no stranger to the orchestra, having served as its highly-regarded Managing Director from 1995-2000.

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s edition of the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières’ young performers competition, this year dedicated to the piano. They include Grand Prize (and audience favourite) winner Antoine Rivard-Landry, Jeanne Amiele (second prize) and Isabelle David (third prize).

And congratulations to Tafelmusik’s Jeanne Lamon, winner of a 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Toronto Musicians Association. The Award is presented annually to a 20+ year TMA member who has demonstrated significant achievement in the areas of musical excellence, music education and/or public service through music, and whose contribution to the musical community has received significant public recognition. Speaking about the award, Ms. Lamon said, “for me, it is always the most significant of honours when it comes from my peers. Only a musician can truly understand the work of another one, so this award from the TMA is extremely touching.”

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