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Music: March 2013 Archives

The doctors' orchestra: "I Medici di McGill"

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They've traded their stethoscopes and test tubes for strings and horns.  I Medici di McGill is an orchestra made up of mostly medical professionals, students and scientists. They're getting ready for their Spring concert, along with their challenging schedules and research commitments. 
Sonali Karnick spoke two of the members of I Medici.
Dr. Ante Padjen teaches pharmacology and therapeutics at McGill, he also plays the viola, Melanie Segado was also in studio. She is a graduate student studying the neurobiology of music and she also plays the cello.

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Piazzolla Plays Piazzolla: nuevo tango new again

Piazzolla_3721.jpgArgentinian jazz musician Daniel Piazzolla is the grandson of 'nuevo tango' master Astor Piazzolla.

Daniel is in Quebec for Montréal en Lumière with his band Escalandrum. Tonight he performs his tribute concert to his grandfather - Piazzolla Plays Piazzolla - which has won rave reviews from Buenos Aires to the legendary Birdland jazz club in New York City. He joins Sonali Karnick in studio. (Photo of Daniel Piazzolla courtesy of Montréal en Lumière)

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The Mahalia Jackson Musical

Mahalia Jackson Musical_Ranee Lee_Photo by George Allister.jpgMahalia Jackson was one of the most influential and widely known gospel singers in the world. The Louisiana-born singer produced 30 albums during her long career. The first ever Grammy award for gospel music was created for her.

Mahalia Jackson passed away 40 years ago. But her life and her music are now the focus of an original musical that premieres tomorrow night at the Segal Centre in Montreal.

The Mahalia Jackson Musical delves into her career and her involvement in the civil rights movement. It stars Montreal jazz singer Ranee Lee (above, as Mahalia Jackson; photo by George Allister).

Roger Peace wrote and directs the production.His own award-winning career spans 60 years in theatre, tv and film. He joins Sonali Karnick in studio.

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