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Olympic pairs figure skating shines spotlight on Canadian classical music

Olympic pairs figure skating shines spotlight on Canadian classical music

February 15, 2018
National

"In Canada's classical music circles, it's a common refrain that musicians must do better at championing contemporary Canadian music. Gone is the period in the 20th century when "new Canadian music" was often synonymous with "hard on the ears," when many composers seemed to write not works of art, but challenges, both for the listener and the player.

Yet the damage seems lasting; classical music – a too-vague term – exists largely in a separate room from its equally vague counterpart, "pop music," or even more worrying, "pop culture." And Canadian classical artists, perhaps out of humility or perhaps out of disinterest, often exclude their own country's music from their repertoire.

If there's any occasion for bringing cultures and fan bases into one room, it's the Olympic Games. And at this year's Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, classical music is on the front lines of one of the most popular events: pairs figure skating. For their free-skate routine on Thursday, Canadian figure skaters Michael Marinaro and Kirsten Moore-Towers have chosen Un ange passe (An Angel Passes), by French-Canadian pianist and composer Alain Lefèvre..."

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Related Composers: Alain Lefèvre