Review: Magos Herrera & Brooklyn Rider: Dreamers

11.06.18
Magos Herrera & Brooklyn Rider
Latin Jazz Network

These are benchmark performances of classic music, brilliantly sung from end to end by Miss Herrera assisted with orchestral finesse by Brooklyn Rider, the string quartet comprising four esteemed New York chamber musicians each of whom turn in flawless performances in ensemble as well as through the occasional breakaway cadenza. ... »

Blake Pouliot Named Winner of the 2018 Virginia Parker Prize

11.05.18
Blake Pouliot
Canada Council for the Arts

The Virginia Parker Prize is awarded to a musician, instrumentalist or classical music conductor under the age of 32 who demonstrates outstanding talent, musicianship and artistic excellence and who makes a valuable contribution to artistic life in Canada and internationally. 
Blake Pouliot has been described by the Toronto Star as, “One of those special talents that come along once in a lifetime,” while La Presse wrote, following his debut with the Montreal Symphony, that he was “Clearly. Absolutely. Undoubtedly virtuoso.”
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In rare occurrence, a female conductor leads all Spanish concert with CPO

11.04.18
JoAnn Falletta
Calgary Herald

It was the music of sunny Spain that entranced a large audience at the Jack Singer Hall on Friday and Saturday nights. On hand to bring excitement to the concert was the excellent guitarist Petrit Ceku who, in his first visit to the city, performed the much-loved Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo. Also, in her first visit to Calgary, there was JoAnn Falletta on the podium, her liveliness and long experience evident throughout the concert.

One of the best things on the program came first: the Variaciones concertantes by Alberto Ginastera. Ginastera is an important figure in Latin American, and the quality of his music was quickly apparent in this highly attractive work, which features a number of extended solo passages for the first chair players in the orchestra. ... »