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from National
on May 24, 2017

"Against the Grain Theatre is back where it all began, at the gritty Tranzac Club on Brunswick Ave. In 2011, the indie opera company launched its version of La Bohème and felt the bar was the perfect place to stage an opera about poor students, updated to the present day..."

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from National
on May 23, 2017

Young Composers Competition 2017

The EPO is inviting submissions for its fourth Young Composers Competition. Original works scored for orchestra will be judged by a three member panel. Three winners will receive cash prizes and the Grand Prize composition will be performed by the EPO during...

from National
on May 23, 2017

"Edmonton-born, San Francisco-based composer Aaron Gervais has not only a knack for giving his works great titles (Puppies!!!, Louis CK am Spinnrade, Prescription Drug Nation), but his varied, imaginative music speaks to a creative process rooted in "a place of pure emotion".

This week, Gervais sees the...

from National
on May 23, 2017

"Director Tom Diamond is working with two singers, a conductor and a rehearsal pianist, in the Ernest Balmer Studio in Toronto’s Distillery District. The two women are singing in Ukrainian. One has a stick by way of a crutch. Diamond is encouraging them to show as much emotion as they can in the scene – but he...

from National
on May 19, 2017

The SOUNDLAB New Music Podcast
By Paul STEENHUISEN

Listen to Paul Steenhuisen's latest interview with composer, Aaron Gervais about his upcoming opera...

from National
on May 18, 2017

"What's next at the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra? Glad you asked.

It's time for the HPO's seventh What Next Festival of New Music, which will be held on three nights: Tuesday, May 23; Saturday, May 27; and Sunday, May 28. The first of those concerts will be held in First Hamilton Christian Reformed Church...

from National
on May 15, 2017

"A year’s worth of rehearsal time is about to pay off for the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra’s principal percussionist. Bryan Allen has been spending months driving between rehearsal spaces preparing for the concert of a lifetime playing Vincent Ho’s Shaman with the SSO as part of its season finale O, Canada!

from National
on May 15, 2017

"When percussionist Bryan Allen walked onstage wearing a long orange-and-black patterned shirt – and with bare feet – the audience seemed to know they were in for something special.

By the time he was perched on one leg with a small smile on his face, controlling a timpani pedal with his free foot and...

from National
on May 15, 2017

"The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra’s Masterworks program Saturday at the Orpheum was billed as “French Romantics,” but the draw for fans of new music was the premiere of VSO composer-in-residence Jocelyn Morlock’s new cello concerto, Lucid Dreams.

When first mooted, the work was to be a showcase for VSO...

from National
on May 15, 2017

"Most people use metal sheets for industrial reasons. Toronto Symphony Orchestra composer Jordan Pal is using it to create music.

For one of the TSO's latest pieces, Pal utilizes a 10-foot-tall piece of metal to form a "thunderous effect" that can be played in several different ways: shaking it, tapping it...