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from National
on May 2, 2019

"The view from composer Brian Current’s workspace is, well, limited. “I’ve got the laundry right next to me, so it’s really glamorous,” he says of his current working conditions, on the line from his Toronto basement. And yet these tight quarters have just produced an extraordinarily expansive work of choral music...

from National
on May 1, 2019

Congratulations to all five nominated CMC Associate Composers: Allan Gordon Bell, Carmen Braden, Farshid Samandari, Laurie Radford, and Owen Underhill!

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from National
on May 1, 2019

"I remember the first time I heard Ana Sokolović’s music: I was in Paris, participating as CBC Radio’s delegate at the International Rostrum of Composers (IRC) in 1996. My Radio-Canada colleague, Laurent Major, had chosen to present a work for violin duo, Ambient V, composed in 1995 by Montreal composer Sokolović (...

from National
on April 30, 2019

“The McGill Chamber Orchestra (MCO), which was founded 80 years ago by Alexander Brott, is entering its anniversary season with a new name and a more secure future.

One of Canada’s oldest musical ensembles is now called the Orchestre Classique de Montréal (OCM). The name change is intended to reflect the...

from National
on April 23, 2019

The Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition is pleased to announce that Bryn Blackwood is the first prize winner of the 42nd Competition. Jana Luksts won the 2nd prize, and Nicole Linaksita won the 3rd prize. The remaining finalists in alphabetical order are Edward Enman, Jesse Plessis, and Megan Thibeault....

from National
on April 23, 2019

“When Louise Bessette takes her place among the recipients of the 2019 Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, it will be to accept her Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award for excellence in classical music. And perhaps unofficially, Bessette will also be lauded for her skills in diplomatic relations between...

from National
on April 15, 2019

"Roger D. Moore’s life was like an opera with two distinct, equally impressive acts.

First, Mr. Moore, who died on March 21 in Toronto at the age of 79, was a pioneer in Canadian computing. As the “technical brains” of the Toronto-based company I.P. Sharp Associates, where he served as vice-president from...

from National
on April 8, 2019

"t’s hard to describe an opera without any hard answers to the most basic of questions: Where are we? When are we? Who are these people onstage? And what on earth are they doing? Claude Vivier, the Canadian composer who is as imaginative as he is exasperating, named his opera Kopernikus, after the famed astronomer...

from National
on April 5, 2019

Book looks at the story of Canada’s 19th-century rock star.

"Many of us know that Calixa Lavallée composed the music for O Canada; few of us know he was a brilliant musician, a performer as well as a composer, whose life foreshadowed modern North American pop culture.

Broadcaster and...

from Prairie
on April 5, 2019

"On April 5, New Works Calgary will mark their 35th anniversary with Alberta Double Bill. In addition to closing out their 2018-19 season, Alberta Double Bill will honour New Works co-founder Quenten Doolittle, who passed in March 2018 at the age of 92