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Music and Beyond puts contemporary music on the stage

Music and Beyond puts contemporary music on the stage

July 14, 2014

"When critics complain that classical music has become a backward-looking art form, they tend to point to certain orchestra directors, who present music by dead Europeans week after week but only allow music by a living composer into the concert hall two or three times a season, a few short minutes at a time.

You won’t find that attitude at Music and Beyond, the Ottawa festival that continues through July 17. Alongside classical masterpieces, director Julian Armour has programmed a range of new music by Ottawa, Canadian and international composers, and, in particular on July 14, three concerts dedicated entirely to music by Canadian composers. Armour is a longtime champion of contemporary work. The Citizen asked four composers to tell us about their music at the festival. For details, visit musicandbeyond.ca..."