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A Glowing Review for Pianist Ilya Poletaev

(Review by Peter Dobrin) How long will it be before the pianist hits that last note? You might have held your breath, as I did, waiting for Ilya Poletaev to strike the final note of the Bach "Sarabande" encore Wednesday night at the end of his Philadelphia Chamber Music Society recital debut at the American Philosophical Society.

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Published on : 02 Dec 2016

First and third prizes to Rashaan Allwood and Joel Peters in OSM Manulife Competition

The 2016 edition of the OSM Manulife Competition took place last week.  This year's categories were strings and organ, for which the semi-final string rounds took place in Tanna Schulich Hall at the Schulich School of Music.  The semifinals for organ took place in the Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste and the finals in the Maison symphonique de Montréal at the Grand-Orgue-Pierre-Béique.

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Published on : 30 Nov 2016

Compositional Collaboration between the OSM and the Schulich School of Music.

When Schulich School of Music composition students write pieces for orchestra it may be that they dream of their works someday being performed by the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, with all the finesse and polish that a world-class orchestra brings to contemporary music.   For three students, Doyoon Kim, Francisco Ferro and Xue Han, this was exactly what happened, when on November 10th, the OSM, conducted by Maestro Adam Johnson, premiered their works in Pollack Hall.  As part of thi

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Published on : 25 Nov 2016

Mezzo-soprano Simone McIntosh wins Wirth Vocal Prize

Following an evening of exceptionally high-level vocal artistry from all three finalists, Jean-Philippe Mc Clish, Simone McIntosh and Igor Mostovoi, last night the members of the Jury declared mezzo-soprano Simone McIntosh, a Master's voice student of Dominique Labelle the winner of the 2016-2017 Wirth Vocal Prize. 

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Published on : 21 Nov 2016

Jordan de Souza, le monsieur 100 000 volts du classique

Jordan de Souza est arrivé à Montréal il y a dix ans pour se former à la musique, avouant lui-même qu'il ne connaissait rien à l'opéra, discipline avec laquelle il s'est familiarisé à McGill.  Rencontre avec le chef canadien, qui dirige pour la première fois à l’Opéra de Montréal (Article de Christoph Huss du journal Le Devoir).

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Published on : 14 Nov 2016

Peter Schubert receives McGill's Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Learning

On  November 2nd,  Schulich School of Music Theory Professor Peter Schubert was named the recipient of McGill University’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Leadership in Learning. The award, which was given during Fall Convocation Ceremonies, recognizes sustained excellence in leadership and innovation, as well as the active integration of teaching and learning with inquiry, scholarship and research.

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Published on : 10 Nov 2016

Finalists announced for the Wirth Vocal Prize

The three finalists chosen to compete for the Wirth Vocal Prize this year are mezzo-soprano Simone McIntosh, bass-baritone Igor Mostovoi and bass Jean-Philippe Mc Clish.  These singers, selected in an earlier-held preliminary round, will each present a thirty minute programme made up of pieces performed in a minimum of three languages and including at least one opera aria.

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Published on : 09 Nov 2016

Saledepresse review of Alcina

Blog post by Patricia Morales (in Spanish) Opera McGill, directed by Patrick Hansen and gave three performances of Alcina earlier this month. The McGill Baroque Orchestra was directed by Hank Knox.  Blogger Patricia Morales attended the matinee held November 6th, and wrote this post about the production.    

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Published on : 09 Nov 2016

Robert Hasegawa receives a Society for Music Theory award

Robert Hasegawa, Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Area Chair for Music Theory at the Schulich School of Music, has received the 'Emerging Scholar Award' at the 2016 Society for Music Theory conference held in Vancouver.  His article “Clashing Harmonic Systems in Haas’s Blumenstück and in vain” was published in the journal Music Theory Spectrum 37/2 (Fall 2015).  The Emerging Scholar Award (Article) is given for an article published no more than seven calendar years after the author’s receipt of the Ph.D.

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Published on : 09 Nov 2016

Mezzo-soprano Simone McIntosh winner of COC Centre Stage Competition

Vancouver-born mezzo-soprano Simone McIntosh, a Master's student  of Professor Dominique Labelle at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University was named the winner of the COC Centre Stage Competition on Thursday, November 3rd.    The announcement was made at the gala evening event held in Toronto and the prize is sponsored by Board Chair Colleen Sexsmith.  Ms.

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Published on : 04 Nov 2016

Joshua Morris winner of the 2016-2017 Golden Violin Competition

Cellist Joshua Morris was named the winner of the 2016-2017 Golden Violin Competition held Sunday, October 30th in Pollack Hall.  Morris, accompanied by Karsiri Laothamatas, performed  Kaddish, from 2 Mélodies hébraïques by  Maurice Ravel, a work composed by Morris himself, Suite for Solo Cello, and the  Prokofiev  Sonata for cello and piano in C major, Op. 119.

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Published on : 31 Oct 2016

The Comings and Goings of Pianist Bryn Roberts

For rootsy singer-songwriters Dar Williams, Serena Ryder and Rosanne Cash, the accompanist of choice has often been pianist Bryn Roberts.  But when he’s in charge, Roberts, a 39-year-old Winnipeg native who splits his time between New York City and Portland, Ore., leans toward playing lyrical, contemporary jazz.

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Published on : 26 Oct 2016

Accolades for soprano Dominique Labelle's recording of Mi Palpita Il Cor

Voice professor soprano Dominique Labelle has released an album with Musica Pacifica: Mi Palpita Il Cor.  Musica Pacifica is an early music ensemble based in San Francisco  and they have built up an impressive catalog of performances concentrating primarily on the pre-Classical repertoire.

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Published on : 20 Oct 2016

Conductor Jordan de Souza named Kapellmeister at the Komische Oper Berlin

Jordan de Souza, BMus'09, MMus'11 will become the Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin  beginning with the start of their 2017/18 season.  In his first season as Kapellmeister, he will conduct several repertoire pieces, direct one new production and lead an orchestra concert.

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Published on : 18 Oct 2016

Mark Fewer: Expanding Your Horizons

Blog post by Chris Maskell When thinking about musicians who feel equally at home in both the classical and jazz realms, not many players come to mind. It’s challenging to keep a foot in both doors and meet the unique demands required to be proficient in both styles. One might think of a pianist or trumpet player for the few who do make it work, but probably not a violinist. Luckily for us, Schulich’s own Mark Fewer serves as a prime example that it can be done – and done well.

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Published on : 17 Oct 2016