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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...
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TorontoVan Kuijk Quartet

Van Kuijk Quartet
Haydn, Ligeti, Schubert
Quatour Van Kuijk

HalifaxRolston String Quartet

Rolston String Quartet
Haydn, Schafer, Beethoven
Luri Lee; Emily Kruspe; Hezekiah Leung; Jonathan Lo

TorontoJuilliard Quartet with Marc-André Hamelin

Juilliard Quartet with Marc-André Hamelin
Beethoven, Dvořák
Juilliard Quartet; Marc-André Hamelin

Quebec"Tous les matins du monde" au Club musical de Québec

© Noma
Lully, Sainte-Colombe, Caurroy, Marais, Couperin, Rameau, Leclair
Le Concert des Nations; Jordi Savall

HalifaxTrio Tangere with Marc Djokic

Trio Tangere with Marc Djokic
Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Piazzolla, Debussy, Maute, Bartók, Assad
Marc Djokic; Jérôme Ducharme; Louis Trépanier

TorontoDanny Driver

Danny Driver
Bach C.P.E., Schumann, Saariaho, Ravel, Medtner
Danny Driver, Piano

OttawaBrussels Philharmonic on tour: USA

Connesson, Beethoven, Prokofiev
Brussels Philharmonic; Stéphane Denève; Nikolaj Szeps-Znaider
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Tentacle Tribe's Ghost is good, but not great

V. Mackenzie, R. Gay-Labbé, M-R. Kabasha, E. Höglund, M. Jean-Pierre, E. Lê Phan © Alexandre Gilbert
Expectations are a tricky thing. High expectations more so.
***11
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Les Grands taps into the emotional depths of Lady Chatterley's Lover

Raphael Bouchard and Eline Malegue in Lady Chatterley's Lover © Sasha Onyschenko
Les Grands Ballets Canadiens has brought a brand new piece to the stage; a neo-classical adaptation of D.H. Lawrence’s controversial novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
****1
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Robert Carsen's Eugene Onegin ages gracefully at COC

Joyce El-Khoury (Tatyana) © Michael Cooper
Robert Carsen's Eugene Onegin was binned by the Met but works wonderfully in its revival by the Canadian Opera Company COC with high class singing and acting from a young, engaging cast.
****1
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An evening of stars in Montreal

Myriam Simon and Constantine Allen in 7e Symphonie © Sasha Onyshchenko
It’s the end of the 17/18 season for most ballet companies and for many, this means rounding off with a glitzy gala night. I feel these performances always go in one of two directions: they’re either a Greatest Hits or a bit of a patchwork quilt. 
***11
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Betroffenheit: Pite,Young and the beauty of grief

Pite and Young's Betroffenheit © Wendy D Photography
The German word Betroffenheit doesn’t translate easily to English. Any German-English dictionary will spit out approximations like "shocked" and "dismayed", but for a real translation, see Crystal Pite and Jonathan Young’s challenging, beautiful work by the same name. 
*****
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Robyn Orlin strikes again

Albert Silindokuhle Ibokwe Khoza in Orlin's And so you see... © Robyn Orlin
Labelled a “permanent irritation” in her home country of South Africa, Robyn Orlin takes the epithet as a compliment. She’s the grain of sand that makes a pearl! An imperfect one, but still.
***11
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Experimental minimalism with TAO Dance Theater

6 © Andreas Nilsson
For China’s choreographic rising star, Tao Ye, numbers hold a pivotal significance. He works in numbered series, compiling a neat catalogue of minimalist, experimental dance that can be performed alone or sit buttressed up against each other. 
***11
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