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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 | National Ballet Of Canada Announces Virtual Fall Season With Five New Commissions

By Paula Citron on September 4, 2020

The National Ballet of Canada has just announced a virtual fall season for 2020 that includes five new commissions.
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SCRUTINY| Live Theatre Returns With A Brilliant Performance of ‘Alphonse’ In Dufferin Grove Park

By Paula Citron on August 28, 2020

Kaleb Alexander is brilliant in Wajdi Mouawad's 'Alphonse' - the first live theatre show in Toronto since the COVID lockdown.
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THE SCOOP | Canadian Opera Company Temporarily Pivots Away From Staging Opera With New Fall Season

By Michael Vincent on September 16, 2020

With the limited options for presenting in-person opera during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company has announced plans to temporarily pivot away from live events with a mostly digital season.
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