Xenia Concerts: A New Way to Listen?

Sarah Nematallah is a violinist in the Cecilia String Quartet, and she and her ensemble are also the founders of Xenia Concerts Inc., for which she is the executive and artistic director. Her performance experience is not limited to the expected carpeted venues, that’s for sure:
“Throughout my career as a violinist, I’ve had the opportunity of performing in incredible concert halls all over the world: in Berlin, in A … Continue Reading >Xenia Concerts: A New Way to Listen?

Happily Hectic: Vincent is Composing His Brains Out!

Vincent Ho is an Ottawa-born classical composer who currently teaches at the University of Calgary and, incidentally, has works being performed and premiered ALL OVER the place, in a happy demonstration of how it’s Good to be Busy. While having lunch at The Palomino, at the heart of Calgary’s downtown, MUSICAlive! congratulated him on this achievement.
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Quartets, Trios, Soloists: Music competitions and the mountain parks

I have an idea: we had the Honens International Piano Competition last fall, which invited two dozen competitors to Calgary for over a month of performance, assessment community participation, mentorship and finally, prize money. And right next door we have the Banff International String Quartet Competition (BISQC), which was founded over 20 years ago and, like the Honens, is intended to recognize and reward performers in the developing stages of their careers.
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