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COFFEE BREAK | Amici Chamber Ensemble's Version Of "Hallelujah" Will Break Your Heart

By Ludwig Van on April 14, 2019

The Amici Chamber Ensemble in Toronto has released a video of a performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, and it is too good not to share.

Amici’s powerful musical tribute to singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, who left us in 2016, shows just how well the song works in the classical tradition. The end of the last verse is particularly special. Mireille Asselin’s voice curls up like smoke above her shoulder — and it is powerful stuff.

The song was arranged by Toronto-based pianist and composer Serouj Kradjian, and tempered against this brilliant performance by soprano  Mireille Asselin and the Amici Chamber Ensemble.

 

You can hear this and more on Amici’s 2018 recording. Inspired by Canada: Notre Pays. (Read our review here.)

If you’re hungry for more classical takes on Cohen’s masterpiece, check out this one from Brooklyn Duo:

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THE SCOOP | Corporation Of Massey Hall And Roy Thomson Hall Appoints New Leadership

By Michael Vincent on January 31, 2020

The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall has named Jesse Kumagai to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, effective February 26, 2020. 
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THE SCOOP | Esprit Orchestra To Expand New Wave Reprise Festival For Emerging Composers

By Michael Vincent on January 27, 2020

Esprit orchestra has announced an expanded New Wave Festival highlighting some of Canada’s freshest musical voices.
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THE SCOOP | Toronto Star Cuts Arts Reporting To Almost Nothing

By Michael Vincent on February 3, 2020

The Toronto Star has quietly shuttered the remnants of its once mightily entertainment section, leaving all but a handful of writers under a single editor.
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