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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 | Fans Tasked With Singing 'O Canada' At Raptors Game Tonight

By Michael Vincent on June 10, 2019

Canadian fans will be tasked with singing the national anthem at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto tonight for Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
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SCRUTINY | Soulpepper's August: Osage County Is A Family Battle Royal

By Paula Citron on May 25, 2019

August: Osage County showcases rich, juicy roles that actors can sink their teeth into, and there is serious mojo acting chops on display.
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THE SCOOP | Royal Conservatory's 2019/20 Season Sets The Stage For New Stars And Veterans Alike

By Anya Wassenberg on June 4, 2019

Incorporating 97 concerts and events, the Royal Conservatory of Music announced a 2019/20 Koerner Hall season with much to please Toronto fans of classical music, along with jazz, blues, world music, and more.
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