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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Canada


The best place to find out about what's going on in Canada, whether it's an Opera in Vancouver, Concert in Montreal or Festival in Toronto...


Leila Josefowicz © Chris Lee
Interview

Leila Josefowicz: musical explorer

Virtuoso violinist and contemporary muse Leila Josefowicz talks about her efforts to add new pieces to the violin repertoire.
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MontrealTwenty-Seven

Gordon: Twenty-Seven
Oriol Tomas; Opéra de Montréal; Artists of the Atelier lyrique de l'Opéra de Montréal; Marie-Ève Scarfone; Stéphane Tétreault

TorontoSchubert & Bruckner

Schubert, Bruckner
Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Günther Herbig

HalifaxKerson Leong :: Ysaÿe's Six Sonatas

Kerson Leong :: Ysaÿe's Six Sonatas
Ysaÿe: 6 Sonatas for solo violin, Op.27
Kerson Leong, Violin

TorontoBest of Hollywood

Williams, Bernstein, Barry, Rózsa, Jarre, Stothart, Rota, Steiner
Toronto Symphony Orchestra; Richard Kaufman

TorontoHilario Durán with the Hilario Durán Trio, Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin and Roman Borys, cello

Hilario Durán with the Hilario Durán Trio, Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin and Roman Borys, cello
Durán, Simons, Lecuona, Morton
Hilario Durán; Hilario Durán Trio; Annalee Patipatanakoon; Roman Borys

MontrealMusic at the Movies

Rossini, Dukas, Tchaikovsky, Morricone, Williams, Gounod, Grieg
Orchestre Métropolitain de Montréal; Nicolas Ellis; Stéphane Tétreault; Eva Lesage; Mathias Leclerc; Catherine St-Arnaud

QuebecGautier Capuçon et Yuja Wang au Club musical de Québec

© M.Tammaro_Virgin-Classics et Ian Douglas
Chopin, Franck
Gautier Capuçon; Yuja Wang
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BJM pay tribute to Leonard Cohen

Céline Cassone and Alexander Hille © Thierry Du Bois - Cosmos Image
Ballet Jazz de Montreal seems a logical choice to create a tribute to one of this city’s most celebrated musical icons, Leonard Cohen.
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Swan Lake: if it ain't broke, don't fix it

Polish National Ballet in Swan Lake © E Krasucka
There’s a good reason Swan Lake is a box office blockbuster. Not only is it “famous” in the sense that even ballet neophytes know all about it, Swan Lake is a seriously meaty ballet with a narrative arc that offers tension-filled dynamics, a luscious score by Tchaikovsky and one of the most famous tragic love stories of all time.
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Outstanding singing in COC’s Così fan tutte

Così fan tutte © Michael Cooper
Despite an abundance of incongruous symbols, this Toronto performance was remarkable for its outstanding singing.
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Rosas offers a study in elation, elegance and exaltation

Jason Respilieux, Thomas Vantuycom, Bilal El Had, José Paulo dos Santos, A Love Supreme © Anne-Van-Aerschot
Famed Belgian company Rosas is back in Montreal with another revamped work from the repertoire, A Love Supreme.
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Grupo Corpo bring voluptuous samba vibes to Montreal

Gira © José Luiz Pederneiras
Brazilian company Grupo Corpo celebrated its 44th anniversary this month with a trip to icy Montreal. True to their reputation, they burst onto the stage of Theatre Maisonneuve like a ball of sunshine, warm enough to thaw the blood and get the heart pumping again.
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Penetrating insight from Itzhak Perlman and the Vancouver Symphony

Itzhak Perlman, Otto Tausk and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra © Matthew Baird | VSO
The Vancouver Symphony performs with penetrating insight from Itzhak Perlman.
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Montreal's Choeur Métropolitain shines

A Christmas concert from some fine choirs warmed the hearts of their Montréal audience.
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