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THE SCOOP | Orchestre Métropolitain Receives Surprise Donation Hours Before Season Opener

By Michael Vincent on September 30, 2021

Orchestre Métropolitain and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Just hours before its season-opener concert with pianist Hélène Grimaud, the Orchestre Métropolitain confirmed a historic $2.5 million donation from patrons Louise and Sophie Desmarais.

The funds will be used over 10 years to support artistic development, and the vision of the Orchestra and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin.

Game Changer

The announcement expands the range of possibilities for continuing to grow and boost a major local orchestra that is a source of pride for Montrealers.

“Creative freedom is one of the most valuable things you can give an artist,” says OM artistic director and principal conductor Nézet-Séguin. “This support fills me with joy and brings a new burst of energy to developing, in collaboration with the musicians, large-scale projects and inspiring concerts with great artists.”

Thinking Big

“Art and music have always had the power to bring people together,” wrote Louise and Sophie Desmarais in a statement. “They are essential to the well-being of the community.” […] “Continuing to help give wings to the creativity of the OM’s conductor and musicians is a way of looking to the future with hope and of supporting the aspirations of music and the promotion of local talent.”

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THE SCOOP | Canadian Music Centre Launches New Digital Platform

By Michael Vincent on September 29, 2021

Announced this week, the Canadian Music Centre has launched a new online hub for contemporary music composers and ensembles.
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PREVIEW | Warsaw Calling: The 18th International Chopin Piano Competition

By Joseph So on September 21, 2021

The Eighteenth International Chopin Piano Competition, the quinquennial event that was postponed from 2020 due to COVID-19, is set to take place Oct. 2 to 20 in Warsaw, Poland.
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THE SCOOP | Toronto Mendelssohn Choir Wants A Fresh Start And A New Connection

By Michael Vincent on September 16, 2021

The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir announces a new season, and renewed sense of purpose.
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