McGill: Shakespeare and the Grammys
At the end of this month, Opera McGill presents Britten’s spectacular opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream a work at the core of Opera McGill’s “Year of Shakespeare” an academic year devoted to operas based on Shakespearean works. This themed year, conceived as a way to immerse students in the rich drama of operatic treatments of Shakespeare, is a combined project integrating two Shakespearean specialists, Paul Yachnin, McGill’s Tomlinson professor of Shakespeare and Paul Hopkins, artistic director of Repercussion Theatre into the core teaching of opera at the school. A series of videos about the artistic training of young singers at the Schulich School of Music in all things Shakespearean can be found at: http://www.mcgill.ca/music/programs/department-performance/opera-area.
This year three members of the Schulich family are up for Grammy awards: recent graduates Esteli Gomez, and Brian Losch, as well as professor Matt Haimovitz. While at Schulich, soprano Esteli Gomez studied with professor Sanford Sylvan. Her ensemble, Roomful Roomful of Teeth‘s self-titled debut album, has been nominated in three categories- Best Engineer for Classical Album, Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance, and Best Contemporary Classical Composition for Caroline Shaw’s Partita for 8 voices. Sound Recording Program graduate Brian Losch has been nominated in the category of Best Engineered Album, Classical for Winter Morning Walks. Brian Frost, producer of the musical story book Angel Heart, which was performed by professor Matt Haimovitz and his student group UCCELLO with singers such as Frederica von Stade, Daniel Taylor (also a McGill music grad) and others, is nominated in the Best Producer category.
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be held broadcast live on Sunday, January 26, 2014, starting at 8:00 p.m.on CBS Television.
Recent Grad named Grand Prize Winner at the Standard Life OSM Competition
Twenty-four year-old violinist Yolanda Bruno was named the 2013 Grand Prize Winner at the Standard Life OSM Competition. Her prize included a performance with the OSM under the direction of Edward Gardner held on December 11, 2014 at the Maison symphonique, recitals and performances across Canada and South America, as well as broadcasts and recordings at the Radio-Canada studios and residencies at the Banff and Orford Arts Centers. Schulich student Emily Belvedere was awarded a prize for the best performance of a Canadian work for harp.
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