Classical music aficionados are in for a treat this summer thanks to a world class event coming to town.
The Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations hosts its biennial convention in Halifax from July 3-6. It will feature concerts, competitions, workshops, a trade show and some of Canada’s best artists.
The last time this convention was held in Halifax was over 20 years ago … We’ve been planning it for about three years now,” said Remi Lefebvre, president of the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers’ Association and chairman of the 2013 convention.
“The quality of the convention is top notch with some of the biggest international stars in classical music serving as adjudicators and giving master classes … These are people who play in London, Paris and New York, and they are coming to Halifax.”
Those stars are pianists Katherine Chi, André Laplante and Janina Fialkowska in addition to vocalists Isabel Bayrakdarian, Mary Lou Fallis and Richard Margison.
The event kicks off July 3 with a Nova Scotia culture gala at Pier 21’s Kenneth Rowe Hall. A selection of the province’s finest cultural groups and artists will join the six internationally renowned guests.
Tickets for that event are available from March 1 at the Rebecca Cohn box office for $30 each.
The convention’s two-day trade show is also open to the public and will provide people with opportunities to speak with composers, artists and musicians.
The Halifax CFMTA convention also features national piano and vocal competitions with participants from eleven provinces and territories.
“The voice competition is unique to this convention. Piano is always offered, but the voice competition is only happening in Halifax,” said Lefebvre. “Classical singers are often underserved when it comes to competitions and development at this level. Because this is for undergraduate level or below, it gives younger students a chance to experience a national, high quality competition.”
The convention is entirely organized by volunteers. Lefebvre said they were grateful for financial support from the provincial department of culture and heritage and Arts Nova Scotia.
“The benefit for Halifax is we have people from all around the world who get to see our culture, our city, our community… For the people that live here it is exposing them to a very high quality event that they don’t see every day,” Lefebvre said. “We have great concerts with Symphony Nova Scotia and Debut Atlantic, but rarely do we host events that provide the opportunity for concert goers and musicians to interact.”
Learn more about the event at www.cfmta2013halifax.ca.