Music in the News news
The live@CIRMMT concert, "De souffles et de machines" performed by the Quasar saxophone quartet, has been selected as a finalist for a 30th Grand Prix du Counseil des arts de Montréal.
Next season look for the participation of several Schulich alumni in different productions at the Canadian Opera Company. In October 2015 the COC will present the world premiere of Pyramus and Thisbe, written by composer Barbara Monk Feldman. The work is inspired by the beauty, light, and colour of her native Gaspé Peninsula and is a timeless story of star-crossed lovers. In February 2016 Jordan de Souza will conduct two performances of the Canadian Opera Company's production of Le Nozze di Figaro.
Professor Stephen McAdams has received extensive media coverage for his recent research which explores the physiological response to music in two completely different populations
Working with researchers from the Technische Universität Berlin and the University of Montreal, Prof. McAdams compared reactions to various pieces of music from two groups of people: 40 Mbenzélé Pygmies in the Congolese rainforest and 40 Canadians in Montreal. “The emotional diversity of music depends on who we are, what we’ve experienced and who we identify with — that’s the most exciting part of music,” McAdams says. Further reading can be found in these articles:
Schulich Professor alcides lanza, pianist, conductor and composer is the winner of the XIII Prize Tomás Luis de Victoria 2014, offered by the SGAE Foundation in Madrid. This prize recognizes his substantial contribution to the enrichment of the musical life of the Ibero-American people. It also recognizes lanza's distinguished career as a composer and pedagogue. The award ceremony took place on May 28, 2015, at the Auditorium of the Real Academia de las Artes, Madrid, Spain
The Schulich School of Music congratulates former Dean of Music, Professor John Grew, alumni Jens Lindemann (BMus’88), and Faculty Advisory Board Member Joan Ivory (BA’54) on their being named among the 95 newest appointees to the Order of Canada named December 26th, 2014. The honour, established in 1967 by the Queen, recognizes contributions to Canada; its motto, desiderantes meliorem patriam means "they desire a better country." Appointees are made on the recommendation of an independent advisory council headed by Canada's Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
Prof. Dominique Labelle's performance in the Philharmonia Baroque’s concert performance of Handel’s “Teseo” at Alice Tully Hall was featured in the New York Times as one of the funniest classical music performances of 2014. Read more here.
The McGill Symphony Orchestra with conductor Alexis Hauser and soprano soloist Jane Archibald performed to an appreciative audience which included members of the Franz Paul Decker family and Mrs. Catherine Thornhill Steele, in whose honour the Catherine Thornhill Steele Visiting Artist Fund is named. The first review to appear (in Le Devoir) remarks on the quality of the program the of the conductor, soloist and orchestra. Read the reviews:
Following the recent cross-country tour of Génération2014, a series of concerts produced by the Ensemble Contemporain de Montréal (ECM+), Mr. Anthony Tan won both the Jury Prize and the Audience Prize for his composition entitled Ksana II, which received its world premiere performance in Banff on November 6, 2014. Mr Tan is in the PhD program (composition), jointly supervised by Profs. John Rea and Stephen McAdams.
The 75th anniversary of the OSM Standard Life Competition was held from November 18 to 22, 2014, in Montreal. Schulich School of Music alumni were well represented amongst the winners. Since its creation in 1940, the OSM Standard Life Competition has helped launch the careers of some 300 prizewinners onto the national and international scene.
Prof. McAdams, the Canada Research Chair in Music Perception and Cognition at the Schulich School of Music, delivered the 2014 William Poland Lecture in Music Theory at Ohio State University's School of Music. The Poland lectures are an endowed series that presents cutting-edge perspectives on music theory. Prof.
The Schulich School of Music of McGill University is proud to announce two exciting collaborations with notable Montreal arts organizations: Jeunesses Musicales Canada and La Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur. Each organization will award a recital in their respective hall to a winner of their choice selected from any of the McGill Concerto Competitions to be held during this school year.
Music Historian and Area Chair Lisa Barg was named recipient of the 2014 Philip Brett Award at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society for her article 'Queer Encounters in the Music of Billy Strayhorn,' Journal of the American Musicological Society. The Philip Brett Award honours exceptional musicological work in the field of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender/transsexual studies completed during the previous two academic years (ending June 30), in any country and in any language.
Pianist Megan Milatz, a final-year undergraduate student of Prof. Ilya Poletaev has been named this year's winner of the McGill Classical Concerto Competition. She will perform Mozart's Concerto in C minor, K. 491 on January 23 and 24th with the McGill Symphony Orchestra in a concert to be held in Redpath Hall. Ms. Milatz, from Weyburn, Saskatchewan, was also the winner of the Shean Piano Competition held in Edmonton, Alberta this past May.
We often applaud the world-class performers at the Schulich School of Music, but this week it is our humanities-based research that takes center stage. From Nov. 6 – Nov. 9, 2014, 20 professors and graduate students lead the way when the American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Theory host their joint annual meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The number of presentations alone is impressive given that this is the largest and most important conference of humanities-based research in music; it is also the largest number of presentations given by any school.