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THE SCOOP | Banff Centre Announces Revamped Summer Classical Music Program For 2017

By Michael Vincent on November 24, 2016

Since being appointed Co-Artistic Directors of the Summer Music Residency program at Banff Centre commencing 2017, Claire Chase and Steven Schick have gone back to the drawing board with a totally redesigned summer classical music program.
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Today: Canadian violinist Nikki Chooi makes semi-finals at Montreal International Musical Competition

By John Terauds on May 10, 2013

The 24-year-old Chooi has spent the last few years polishing his craft at the Curtis Institute in Philadelphia and now at the Juilliard School. He has already begun a concert career, interspersed with competition entries.
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THE SCOOP | COC Launches Opera Access for New Canadians

By Michael Vincent on March 29, 2016

Who wouldn't like to a free ticket to see an opera? The Canadian Opera Company has confirmed it will be included as part of in Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s (ICC) Cultural Access Pass program.
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Saturday indoors: It's to Vegas, baby for Met's Rigoletto or Montreal for Bernard Labadie's ever-elegant Bach and Mozart

By John Terauds on February 16, 2013

When the Duke of Mantua turns to the audience to sing, there are glittery showgirls in attendance around him. How fun. While the Duke is a young Frank Sinatra, Rigoletto, his unhappy jester, is sort of a Don Rickles or Milton Berle.
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Video: Brilliant parody of Peter Pears, Benjamin Britten and Kurt Weill by Dudley Moore

By John Terauds on November 22, 2013

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Comment: How do we scale the wall of misguided thinking behind Canadian Opera Company's Hadrian?

By John Terauds on November 30, 2013

I am upset about Monday’s liberally-leaked announcement that the Canadian Opera Company has commissioned Rufus “Prima Donna” Wainwright and playwright Daniel MacIvor to write Hadrian, a new opera for the 2018-19 season.
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Improvising classical musicians a rare treat in Ron Davis’s Symphronica

By Margaret Lam on October 27, 2013

What does it take to pull together an improvising string quartet? From what I’ve learned sitting in on the rehearsals for Ron Davis’s three Symphronica concerts at Lula Lounge — the first of which took place Sunday evening — it takes a combination of serious musicianship, affinity for different musical traditions, and an open collaborative spirit.
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THE SCOOP | Boston Symphony Orchestra To Tour Canada This March

By Michael Vincent on January 17, 2017

The Boston Symphony Orchestra breaks a 20-year absence in Canada this March with a two-city tour to Montreal and Toronto.
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Soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian accompanies Manuel de Falla in latest Zenph ghost recording

By John Terauds on December 11, 2011

Zuill Bailey with Manuel de Falla’s ghost last summer, making a recording. Zenph Photo.

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Star Wars goes to the dogs

By John Terauds on January 20, 2012

I cringe whenever I play into someone else’s marketing game, but I can’t help sharing these dogs’ performance:
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