I'm on holiday until June 7, so this is the last of my blog posts for a week.
I have three bits of news:
1. If you have even the remotest love of Baroque-era music, check out one of the remaining two performances of Handel's Israel in Egypt at Koerner Hall by Tafelmusik. Last night's performance was wonderful (a review should be published in tomorrow's Star).
2. Although scheduled to play, Montreal harpsichordist Olivier Fortin was not on stage last night. I asked Tafelmusik general manager Tricia Baldwin why. She told me that Fortin had just emerged from an induced coma following a severe car crash in France. She assured me that doctors expect him to make a full recovery and that there were no broken bones, but that it will likely be several months before Fortin will be able to play in public again. He is a great talent as well as generous collaborator and all-round nice guy.
Here's Fortin playing "La pantomime" by Jean-Philippe Rameau, with Skip Sempé (more on this recording at www.paradizo.org):
3.The Montreal International Violin Competition announced its six finalists last night. Unfortunately, the two Canadian competitors didn't make it. Check out my earlier blog posts to find out more about the competition and how to follow it live, online.
The first three finalists perform Tuesday night, the second three on Wednesday. They are, in performance order: Nikita Borisoglebsky (Russia), Jaeyoung KIm (South Korea), Benjamin Beilman (U.S.A.), Kyoko Yonemoto (Japan), Korbinian Altenberger (Germany) and Noah Bendix-Balgley (U.S.A.).