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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Musical Fundraiser at Cafe Sarajevo, Feb. 28- for 'night, Mother presented by Altera Vitae

For information: Carolyn-Fe Trinidad: askus@alteravitae.com, 514 823-8823


A FUNDRAISING MUSIC EVENT for

The upcoming production of

'night, Mother

By Marsha Norman (1983 Pulitzer Prize)

(at Mainline Theatre, March 19 to 30, 2008)

ALTERA VITAE PRODUCTIONS AND FSOS (FAMILY SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE)

PRESENT AN EVENING OF MUSIC AND AWARENESS

This exciting musical evening will take place at:

Cafą© Sarajevo

Thursday, February 28, 2008

8:00 PM

6548 Boul St-Laurent (below Beaubien)

Metro: Beaubien

$15.00, tickets available at the door

includes

Refreshments & Hors D'Oeuvres

DJ

Dance

Live music provided by hot Montreal talents

Daniel Iorio (www.danieliorio.com)

DD Swank (www.ddswank.com)

Dush (www.myspace.com/templeofdush)

'night, Mother original soundtrack available on CD for $10

5$ of every CD sold is donated to FSOS (www.suicideaftermath.com)

Plus- Raffle prizes:

'night, Mother Original Soundtrack CD

Tickets to 'night, Mother

HELP US HELP THOSE WHO NEED TO BE HEARD!

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Details of National Performing Arts Convention: June 10-14 in Denver

Registration Now Open for First Large-Scale
National Performing Arts Convention, June 10-14

  • Dance, Opera, Music and Theatre All Coming Together in Denver
  • Discounted Early-Bird Registration Closes March 31
  • Over 60 Sessions and Presentations to Take Place: More Presenters Announced

January 29, 2008 (New York, NY) - Registration opened last week for the nation's first truly combined National Performing Arts Convention (NPAC) at www.performingartsconvention.org. Scheduled for June 10-14 in Denver, NPAC will bring together nearly 5,000 people, with a diverse range of interests in the non-profit performing arts, to shape the direction of the industry over the next decade. Attendance is open to anyone, including: actors, agents, arts administrators, businesses, composers, conductors, critics, dancers, directors, educators, fundraisers, instrumentalists, marketers, musicians, producers, singers, trustees and volunteers.

Discounted 'Early-Bird' registration rates are in place until March 31; they represent a savings of between 17 and 33 percent off full price. Full details are available at www.performingartsconvention.org. While NPAC has been designed to engage attendees in shared, multi-disciplinary content where they will learn best practices and meet colleagues from other fields, time has also been reserved for each artistic discipline's organization to convene its own members for special events and programming. During NPAC's online registration process, participants will be prompted to also enroll in discipline-specific sessions of special interest to them, at an additional cost.

NPAC is being presented by nearly 25 national performing arts service organizations that are rolling up their sleeves and coming together to develop, design, fund and facilitate the 2008 convention in close partnership with colleagues from the Denver performing arts community. "We expect this historic collaboration will more clearly communicate the importance of the performing arts to the nation's quality of life, economy and identity," said Ann Meier Baker, co-chair of NPAC and President/CEO of Chorus America. "By working together, performing arts leaders will be able to more effectively bring the value of what we do to a wider audience, not least of all to policymakers and politicians through an online Advocacy Center that will be operating through the convention," added Marc A. Scorca, co-chair of NPAC and President/CEO of OPERA America.

In addition to general session speaker Jim Collins, acclaimed author of Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap¨šand Others Don't, nearly 100 speakers and presenters of note have been confirmed. Some of the diverse names include: Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, Baltimore Symphony music director Marin Alsop, Venezuelan music education phenomenon Jose Antonio Abreu, Jazz at Lincoln Center executive director Adrian Ellis, current and former National Endowment for the Arts chairs Dana Gioia and Bill Ivey, contemporary American tenor John Duykers, New York Times critic and founder of the Lincoln Center Festival John Rockwell and Louisiana Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu is also tentatively scheduled - to name a few. A full list of speakers and presenters can be found at www.performingartsconvention.org.

Examples of some of the 60 planned sessions include: Taking Art Off the Shelf: Making the Arts Relevant Again; The Art of Living, or Living for Art: A Survival Guide for Individual Artists; The Value of A Seat; Design, Evaluation and Research on Arts Education Programs; Playwriting Bootcamp; Fun with Critics; The Changing Technological Universe and its Potential for the Arts Sector; Boomers: A Blooming Audience, or Fading Flowers in the Cultural Scene?; Artists from Abroad: Everything You Need to Know about Visa and Tax Issues; Opera: From Soap to Nuts; It Ain't Easy Being Green!; and, Art and Activism: Making Art, Making a Difference.

The participating NPAC arts service organizations include: American Composers Forum, American Music Center, Americans for the Arts, Association of Performing Arts Presenters, Chamber Music America, Chorus America, Conductors Guild, Creative Capital, Dance USA, Early Music America, Folk Alliance, Grantmakers in the Arts, International Association for Jazz Education, League of American Orchestras, Meet the Composer, Music Critics Association of North America, National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, National Performance Network, North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents, OPERA America, Theatre Communications Group, and University/Resident Theatre Association.

NPAC also expects more than 150 different companies to exhibit: ranging from artist managers and music publishers - for example - to acousticians, staging, apparel and recording companies in the convention's 100,000 square foot exhibition hall, located an escalator ride away from the majority of the programming. NPAC is made possible through the generous support of a range of donors and sponsors. A full list is available at www.performingartsconvention.org/sponsors.
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Media website: www.performingartsconvention.org/press.htm
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The Midem Classical Awards Winners 2008

Cannes, 31 January 2008 - The fourth edition of the MIDEM Classical Awards, which took place yesterday evening in Cannes as part of MIDEM (International Music Market, 27-31 January), awarded prizes to 12 CDs and three DVDs recorded in 2007 from 17 international labels.

Several major figures from the international music scene participated in the gala evening. Of special note was the legendary German mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig, honorary patron of MIDEM Classic 2008, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award to a standing ovation given by the audience. David Zinman, the renowned American conductor, best known for his prolific discography which includes the complete symphonies of Beethoven, was presented with the Artist of the Year Award. Robert von Bahr, founder of the Swedish label Bis Records, was awarded the Label of the Year Award, in recognition of Bis' exceptional catalogue of Scandinavian and contemporary music.

Hosted by reputed classic journalists Genie Godula and James Jolly in the Debussy Theatre of the Palais des Festivals, the fourth edition of the MIDEM Classical Awards staged a prestigious and diverse programme of works.

The Orchestre Rą©gional Provence Alpes Cą•te d'Azur, conducted by Philippe Bender, accompanied the young Czech soprano Ląāvia ąŇghovąį, winner of the best Opera Recording Award for Kral a Uhlir by Antonin Dvorak, in Rusalka's Aria also by Dvorak and also the Canadian violinist Corey Cerovsek, winner of the Best Chamber Music Award for his recordings of Beethoven's sonatas released by Claves, in an interpretation of the Polonaise de Concert for violin and orchestra in D major by Hendryk Wieniawski.

Polish violinist Patrycja Pietkutowska, accompanied by pianist Janusz Olejniczak, won the Contemporary Music category for their recorded works of composer Krzysztof Penderecki released by Dux, the duo charmed the audience with their interpretation of the Miniatures by the same composer; and English Navarra Quartet, chosen by the jury as Outstanding Young Artist, gave an impressive performance of the first movement of Felix Mendelssohn's String Quartet in A minor.

The prestigious Jury Nomination prize was awarded to the recording of Vin Herbą© by Franck Martin released on Harmonia Mundi, and the Recording of the Year award went to the complete Beethoven Sonatas by Daniel Barenboim released on DVD by EMI.

Winners of the 2008 MIDEM Classical Awards

Early Music
Christophorus Columbus
Paraisos Perdidos
Hespąģrion XXI, de La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Figueras, Savall
Alia Vox AVSA 9850 A+B

Baroque Music
Handel
Messiah (Dublin Version)
Hamilton, Gil, Wilkinson, Mulroy, Dunedin Consort & Players, Butt
Linn Records CKD 285

Vocal Recitals
Heroes: Vivaldi - Opera Arias
Jaroussky, Ensermble Matheus, Spinosi
Virgin Classics 9463634142

Choral Works
SchąŹneberg
Gurrelieder
Diener, Naef, Smith, Siegel, Lukas, Schmidt, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg Gielen
Hąßnssler Classic SACD 93.198

Solo Instrument
Scriabin
ą‚tude, Sonata No. 2, Four Mazurkas, Nuances, Poąģme, etc.
Sudbin
BIS SACD1568

Chamber Music
Beethoven
The 10 Violon Sonatas
Cerovsek, Jumppanen
Claves CD 50 2610/12

Opera
Dvorak
Krąįl a Uhląār
Jenis, Mikulas, Breedt, Aghova, Lehotsky, Schąßfer, Prager Kammerchor,
WDR Rundfunkchor KąŹln, WDR Sinfonieorchester KąŹln, Albrecht.
Orfeo C 678062 H

Contemporary Music
Penderecki
Capriccio, De Natura Sonoris II, Piano Concerto I
Piekutowska, Bilinska, The National Polish Radio Symphony
Orchestra Katowice, Penderecki
Dux 0582

Historical
Schumann
Das Paradies und die Peri
Price, Miljakovic, Howells, Wright, Hollweg, Gaifa, Brendel,
Amis el Hage, Coro e Orchestra Sinfonica RAI di Roma, Giulini
Arts Music 43076-2

Concertos
Sibelius / Lindberg
Violin Concertos
Batiashvili, Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Oramo
Sony Classical 886971293623

Symphonic Works
BartąĄk: Kossuth, The Wooden Prince
Hungarian National Philharmonic, Kocsis
Hungaroton HSACD 32502

First Recording
Britten on Film: Coal Face, Night Mail, Rossini Suite,
The King's Stamp, etc.
Beale, Carewe, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, City of
Birmingham Symphony Chorus, Choir of King Edward's School, Brabbins
NMC D 112

DVD: Opera/Ballet
Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
Westbroek, Ventris, Wilson, Vaneev, Poulson, Ludha, Kravets, Chorus of
De Nederlandse Opera, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Jansons, Kusej
Opus Arte OA 0965 D

DVD : Concerts
Barenboim on Beethoven
The Complete Piano Sonatas
Barenboim
EMI Classics 0946 3 68993 9 8

DVD: Documentaries
Jacqueline du Prą©: A Celebration
Du Prą©, Zukerman, Perlman, Mehta, Barenboim, Fischer-Dieskau,
Ashkenazy, Barbirolli, etc.
Allegro Films A 07CN D

Classical Download
Mozart
Piano Concertos Nos. 17 KV 453 and 18 KV 456,
Symphony No. 33 KV 319
Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Aimard
DG Concerts D/D/D/4776436 /G/HD

Jury Nomination
Martin
Le Vin herbą©
Piau, Davislim, BąŹhnert, Wiedemann, Bartsch, Burhmann, Hartmann,
RIAS Kammerschor, Scharoun-Ensemble, Reuss
Harmonia Mundi HMC 901935.36

Label of the Year
Bis Records, Sweden

Outstanding Young Artist
Navarra Quartet

Artist of the Year
David Zinman

Lifetime Achievement Award
Christa Ludwig

For further information about Reed MIDEM visit www.reedmidem.com.

For more information please contact:
Reed MIDEM
Jane GARTON, Press Manager
Tel: +33 (0)1 41 90 44 39, Email: jane.garton@reedmidem.com
Mą©lanie AIGLE, Press Officer
Tel : +33 (0)1 41 90 49 95, Email : melanie.aigle@reedmidem.com
Fax: +33 (0)1 41 90 67 24

Sequenza, MIDEM Classique & Jazz Press Service
Marianne GAUSSIAT, mgaussiat@sequenza-comprod.com
Julie NEVEU, jneveu@sequenza-comprod.com
Agathe BLONDEL, contact@sequenza-comprod.com
10 avenue Jean Moulin, 75014 Paris
Tel/Fax + 33 (0)1 45 43 77 58

www.midem.com

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

J.S. Bach Meets the Great Glenn Gould at the next TD Canada Trust Family Adventures with the NAC Orchestra conducted by Boris Brott on February 9

Ottawa (Canada) - The TD Canada Trust Family Adventures with the National Arts Centre Orchestra series continues on Saturday, February 9 with J.S. Bach Meets the Great Glenn Gould at 13:30 and 15:30 in the afternoon with pre-concert activities in TuneTown beginning 45 minutes prior to each concert. Principal Youth and Family Conductor Boris Brott returns to the podium for the bilingual concerts which are perfect for kids 5 and up, and their grown-up friends. He is joined by the brilliant young Calgary pianist Jan Lisiecki, Ottawa's fiddling sensation Sarah Burnell and the Sarah Burnell Band, Stellae Boreales (SuzukiMusic senior string ensemble), organist Thomas Annand, and the Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys.

Johann Sebastian Bach (performed by actor Luc Thą©riault) visits the NAC Orchestra to tell you about his life and times, and of course his music. Audiences will hear musical excerpts from Bach's Magnificat, Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring and the B-Minor Mass performed by the Christ Church Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys; the Suite No. 2 featuring flutist Camille Churchfield; as well as the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.and Concerto for Two Violins in D minor featuring Stellae Boreales. Star fiddler Sarah Burnell and her ensemble improvise on the Orchestral Suite No. 3. Jan Lisiecki, the 12-year-old piano prodigy who studies at Calgary's Mount Royal College Conservatory and has participated in the NAC Young Artists Programme, has already performed three times with the NAC Orchestra including this series, Canada Day celebrations, and the prestigious 2006 NAC Gala. He will perform Bach's Goldberg Variations as well as the Keyboard Concerto in B-flat major by Bach's son Johann Christian Bach. The concert includes a special appearance on the giant NACOtron screen by Glenn Gould, the legendary Canadian pianist and Bach specialist.

The concert ticket includes "TuneTown", pre-concert activities in the NAC Foyer organized by Friends of the NAC Orchestra 45 minutes prior to each concert, beginning at 12:45 for the first concert and 14:45 for the second concert. The activities and community partners for J.S. Bach Meets the Great Glenn Gould include short recitals by students of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers Association; an Ottawa Public Library book display; a demonstration of how pianos are constructed and tuned with NACO piano tuner Don Cą•tą©; a percussion demo with Music for Young Children; an info booth with the Christ Church Cathedral Men & Boys Choir; a craft station to make Bach and Glenn Gould ID tags; an instrument petting zoo with stringed instruments, and a chance for subscribers to meet "Boris the Explorer". After the concert, the audience also has the chance to meet fiddler Sarah Burnell in the Foyer.

All TD Canada Trust Family Adventures feature NACOtron presented in collaboration with Rogers Television. Five television cameras positioned on stage and in the hall capture live video images of the musicians while they are performing, and these images are projected onto a giant screen above the stage allowing the audience to watch the action in close-up.

The Ottawa Citizen is the media partner of the TD Canada Trust Family Adventures with the NAC Orchestra.

Tickets for J.S. Bach Meets the Great Glenn Gould on Saturday, February 9 at 13:30 and 15:30, including TuneTown Pre-Concert Activities, are $12.00 for children and $20.00 for adults (including GST and Facility Fee where applicable) and are on sale now at the NAC Box Office (Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 21:00), and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111. Visit the National Arts Centre's web site at www.nac-cna.ca.

Groups of 10 and more save 15% to 20% off the regular price of tickets to NAC Music, Theatre and Dance performances. To reserve your seats call 613-947-7000 ext. 384 or email grp@nac-cna.ca.

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Jane Morris

Communications Officer/Agente de communication

National Arts Centre Orchestra/Orchestre du Centre national des Arts

Telephone/Tą©lą©phone: 613-947-7000 x 335

Fax: 613-996-2828

www.nac-cna.ca

www.artsalive.ca

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OCNA, le 9 fą©vrier : Aventures familiales TD Canada Trust proposent J. S. Bach face ą› Glenn Gould

Le 30 janvier 2008

Les prochaines Aventures familiales TD Canada Trust avec l'Orchestre du CNA, sous la direction de Boris Brott, proposent J. S. Bach face ą› Glenn Gould , le 9 fą©vrier

Ottawa (Canada) - L'Orchestre du Centre national des Arts poursuit la są©rie des Aventures familiales TD Canada Trust et prą©sente J. S. Bach face ą› Glenn Gould le samedi 9 fą©vrier ą› 13 h 30 et 15 h 30, au cours de deux concerts prą©cą©dą©s par Dorą©miville, un ensemble d'activitą©s qui dą©butent 45 minutes avant chaque concert. Boris Brott, le premier chef des concerts jeunesse et famille sera de retour au podium pour prą©senter ces concerts bilingues destiną©s aux jeunes de cinq ans et plus, ainsi qu'ą› leurs amis adultes. Il accueillera sur scąģne le brillant jeune pianiste de Calgary Jan Lisiecki, la sensationnelle violoniste d'Ottawa Sarah Burnell et le Sarah Burnell Band, Stellae Boreales (ensemble de cordes ą©mą©rite de SuzukiMusic), l'organiste Thomas Annand et le Choeur d'hommes et de garąŖons de la cathą©drale Christ Church.

En visite ą› l'Orchestre du CNA, Jean-Są©bastien Bach (incarną© par le comą©dien Luc Thą©riault) parle de sa vie, de son ą©poque et, bien entendu, de sa musique. L'auditoire pourra entendre des extraits musicaux du Magnificat, de Ją©sus que ma joie demeure et de la Messe en si mineur de Bach interprą©tą©s par le Choeur d'hommes et de garąŖons de la cathą©drale Christ Church; la Suite no 2 mettant en vedette la flą™tiste Camille Churchfield; ainsi que le Concerto brandebourgeois no 5 et le Concerto pour deux violons en rą© mineur avec l'ensemble Stellae Boreales. La cą©ląģbre violoniste Sarah Burnell et son ensemble improviseront sur la Suite orchestrale no 3. Jan Lisiecki, jeune pianiste prodige de 12 ans, ancien stagiaire du Programme des jeunes artistes du CNA, qui ą©tudie au conservatoire du Colląģge Mount Royal de Calgary, s'est dą©ją› produit trois fois avec l'Orchestre du CNA, en l'occurrence dans cette mąĀme są©rie, ą› l'occasion de la fąĀte nationale du Canada et ą› l'ą©dition 2006 du prestigieux Gala du CNA. Il interprą©tera les Variations Goldberg de Bach, ainsi que le Concerto pour clavier en si bą©mol majeur de Johann Christian Bach, le fils de Jean-Są©bastien. Au cours du concert, l'ą©cran gą©ant de l'OCNAtron permettra aux spectateurs de dą©couvrir Glenn Gould, lą©gendaire pianiste canadien spą©cialiste de Bach.

Le billet inclut les activitą©s ¨ī Dorą©miville ¨™ prą©sentą©es avant le concert dans le Foyer du CNA par les Amis de l'Orchestre du CNA, 45 minutes avant le dą©but de chaque concert, soit ą› 12 h 45 pour le premier concert et 14 h 45 pour le second. Avant le concert J. S. Bach face ą› Glenn Gould, divers partenaires locaux prą©senteront les activitą©s suivantes : les ą©ląģves de l'Association des professeur(e)s de musique de l'Ontario proposeront de brefs rą©citals; la Bibliothąģque publique d'Ottawa apportera une są©lection de livres; Don Cą•tą©, l'accordeur de pianos de l'OCNA expliquera comment on construit et accorde un piano; Musique pour jeunes enfants fera une dą©monstration de percussion; le Choeur d'hommes et de garąŖons de la cathą©drale Christ Church aura un stand d'information; il y aura un atelier de bricolage permettant de rą©aliser des piąģces d'identitą© au nom de Bach et de Glenn Gould; les spectateurs pourront participer ą› une activitą© touche-ą›-tout d'instruments ą› cordes et auront la chance de rencontrer ¨ī Boris l'explorateur ¨™. Aprąģs le concert, le public pourra ą©galement rencontrer la violoniste Sarah Burnell dans le Foyer.

Tous les Aventures familiales TD Canada Trust bą©ną©ficient de l'OCNAtron prą©sentą© en collaboration avec la Tą©lą©vision Rogers. Cinq camą©ras de tą©lą©vision installą©es sur scąģne et dans la salle enregistrent en direct des images vidą©o des musiciens pendant qu'ils jouent sur scąģne et les transmettent sur l'ą©cran gą©ant surplombant la scąģne, afin de permettre au public de suivre de prąģs tout ce qui se passe.

Les billets pour les Aventures familiales TD Canada Trust prą©sentą© le samedi 9 fą©vrier ą› 13 h 30 et 15 h 30, incluant les activitą©s d'avant-concert, sont en vente dąģs maintenant ą› 12 $ pour les enfants et 20 $ pour les adultes (TPS et frais d'ą©tablissement inclus dans les cas qui s'appliquent), ą› la Billetterie du CNA (du lundi au samedi de 10 h ą› 21 h) et par l'entremise du rą©seau Ticketmaster (frais de service en sus) au (613) 755-1111. Consultez le site Web du Centre national des Arts ą› l'adresse www.nac-cna.ca .

Formez un groupe de 10 personnes et plus, et ą©conomisez de 15% ą› 20% sur le prix rą©gulier des billets pour l'Orchestre du Centre national des Arts, la Danse et le Thą©ąĘtre. Pour rą©server appelez 947-7000 poste 384 ou ą©crivez ą› grp@nac-cna.ca.

The Ottawa Citizen est le mą©dia partenaire des Aventures familiales TD Canada Trust avec l'Orchestre du CNA.

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Jane Morris

Communications Officer/Agente de communication

National Arts Centre Orchestra/Orchestre du Centre national des Arts

Telephone/Tą©lą©phone: 613-947-7000 x 335

Fax: 613-996-2828

www.nac-cna.ca

www.artsalive.ca

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Hold the dates: Ireland's Own Carmel O'Reilly Tonite!

Hold the Dates!

If you would like to interview Colleen Curran, Corey Castle or Glenn Roy- Media Relations: Janis Kirshner, (514) 287-8912, jkirshner@sympatico.ca

Derry Queen

Presents

Ireland's Own Carmel O'Reilly Tonite!

A new play by Colleen Curran

Directed by Corey Castle

Mark these dates in your spring calendar

Tuesday, March 4 - Sunday, March 9, 2008

A play that's the best Irish party in town!

Starring Colleen Curran and Glenn Roy.

Ireland's Own Carmel O'Reilly Tonite!

Theatre Ste. Catherine

264 Ste. Catherine St. East

Box Office: (514) 284-3939 or reservations@theatrestecatherine.com

Seven shows only!

Tuesday to Saturday 8:00 p.m.

Matiną©es: Saturday & Sunday 2:00 p.m.

Media opening night is Tuesday, March 4

Press Release to follow

Media Contact: Janis Kirshner jkirshner@sympatico.ca (514) 287-8912

This is an Equity approved co-op.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

NACO, Feb. 6-7: Tchaikovsky Celebration features Russian pianist Boris Berezovsky

Ottawa (Canada) - Russian pianist Boris Berozovsky, winner of the Gold Medal at the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, will make his National Arts Centre Orchestra debut performing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with its dazzling pyrotechnics and soaring melodies in Bostonian Bravo Series concerts on Wednesday, February 6 and Thursday, February 7 at 20:00 in the NAC's Southam Hall. Norwegian conductor Arild Remmereit returns to lead this Tchaikovsky Celebration, opening the programme with orchestral selections from Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin and concluding it with the composer's rarely heard Symphony No. 3, a sparkling gem nicknamed the "Polish" Symphony for its dance rhythms, melodies and evocative colouring.

These concerts include Musically Speaking pre-concert talks in French at 19:00 entitled "Tchaąōkovski en trois temps" given by music critic Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer.

Of Boris Berezovsky, Gramophone magazine declared: "Here, surely, we have the truest successor to the great Russian pianists". The Moscow-born Berezovsky has established a remarkable reputation, both as the most powerful of virtuoso pianists and as a musician of unique insight and sensitivity. Following his London debut at Wigmore Hall in 1988, The Times described him as "an artist of exceptional promise, a player of dazzling virtuosity and formidable power". Two years later that promise was fulfilled when he won the Gold Medal at the 1990 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. He works regularly as a concerto soloist with orchestras including the Concertgebouw, New Japan Philharmonic, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In recital and as a chamber musician he performs regularly in recital series and festivals world-wide. Boris Berezovsky's recent recordings of the complete Beethoven Concerti with the Swedish Chamber Orchestra with Thomas Dausgaard have been greeted with high critical acclaim. He has also made a considerable number of records for Teldec including concertos by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Liszt.

Born in Norway, conductor Arild Remmereit studied piano, voice and composition at the Norwegian Conservatory of Music in Oslo, graduating in 1986. He has also studied with Leonard Bernstein, and appeared as an assistant for Myung-Whun Chung in Oslo and Paris, and for Mariss Jansons in Vienna. His critically acclaimed debuts in recent years include the NAC Orchestra in 2006, as well as the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Baltimore Symphony, Milan's Filarmonica della Scala, the Vienna Symphony, and the Munich Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony, the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin, the Houston Symphony, and the Detroit Symphony.

Tickets for these Bostonian Bravo Series concerts on Wednesday, February 6 and Thursday, February 7 at 20:00 are on sale now at $19.00, $29.00, $49.00, $59.00, $69.00 with box seats at $83.00 (GST and Facility Fee included) at the NAC Box Office (Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 21:00), and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111. Ticketmaster may also be accessed through the NAC's website at www.nac-cna.ca.

Half-price tickets for students in all sections of the hall are on sale in person at the NAC Box Office upon presentation of a valid student ID card. Same-day Live Rush tickets (subject to availability) for full-time students (aged 13 to 29) are $10 at the NAC Box Office between 14:00 and 18:00 on the day of performance only, upon presentation of a valid Live Rush card.

Groups of 10 and more save 15% to 20% off the regular price of tickets to NAC Music, Theatre and Dance performances. To reserve your seats call 613-947-7000 ext. 384 or email grp@nac-cna.ca.

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Jane Morris

Communications Officer/Agente de communication

National Arts Centre Orchestra/Orchestre du Centre national des Arts

Telephone/Tą©lą©phone: 613-947-7000 x 335

Fax: 613-996-2828

www.nac-cna.ca

www.artsalive.ca

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OCNA, les 6 et 7 fą©vr. : Hommage ą› Tchaąōkovski mettant en vedette Boris Berezovsky, pianiste russe

Orchestre du Centre national des Arts / Communiquą©

Le 29 janvier 2008

pour diffusion immą©diate

L'Orchestre du CNA prą©sente un concert-hommage ą› Tchaąōkovski mettant en vedette Boris Berezovsky, pianiste russe couronną© de nombreux prix, les 6 et 7 fą©vrier

Ottawa (Canada) - Le pianiste russe Boris Berezovsky, laurą©at de la Mą©daille d'or au Concours international Tchaąōkovski de Moscou, en 1990, effectuera ses dą©buts avec l'Orchestre du Centre national des Arts dans le Concerto pour piano no 1 de Tchaąōkovski, oeuvre cą©ląģbre pour sa pyrotechnie ą©tincelante et ses mą©lodies cą©lestes, dans le cadre des concerts de la są©rie Bravo Bostonian, le mercredi 6 et le jeudi 7 fą©vrier ą› 20 heures, ą› la salle Southam du CNA. Le chef d'orchestre norvą©gien Arild Remmereit sera de retour au podium pour diriger ce concert-hommage ą› Tchaąōkovski, dont le programme dą©bute par des extraits orchestraux de l'opą©ra Eugąģne Oną©guine et s'achąģve avec la Symphonie no 3, oeuvre rarement jouą©e, vą©ritable joyau qui porte le sous-titre de ¨ī Polonaise ¨™ en raison de ses rythmes de danse, de ses mą©lodies et de ses couleurs ą©vocatrices.

Ces concerts seront prą©cą©dą©s ą› 19 heures par une causerie intitulą©e ¨ī Tchaąōkovski en trois temps ¨™ donną©e par le critique musical Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer dans le cadre de la są©rie Parlons musique.

La revue Gramophone a ą©crit au sujet de Boris Berezovsky : ¨ī Voici assurą©ment le vą©ritable successeur des grands pianistes russes. ¨™ Ną© ą› Moscou, le pianiste jouit d'une rą©putation enviable. Il est ą› la fois le plus puissant des pianistes virtuoses et un musicien d'une intuition et d'une sensibilitą© sans ą©gales. Aprąģs ses dą©buts au Wigmore Hall de Londres en 1988, le Times l'a prą©sentą© comme un ¨ī artiste exceptionnellement prometteur, un pianiste d'une virtuositą© ą©blouissante et d'une puissance formidable ¨™. Deux ans plus tard, il a montrą© qu'il ą©tait ą› la hauteur de ces attentes en dą©crochant la Mą©daille d'or au Concours international Tchaąōkovski de Moscou, en 1990. Il se produit rą©guliąģrement comme concertiste avec des orchestres tels que celui du Concertgebouw, le New Japan Philharmonic et l'Orchestre symphonique de Dallas. Il donne frą©quemment des rą©citals et des prestations de musique de chambre dans diverses są©ries de rą©citals et dans des festivals du monde entier. Boris Berezovsky a remportą© rą©cemment un immense succąģs critique lors de la publication de son enregistrement de l'intą©grale des concertos de Beethoven avec l'Orchestre de chambre de Suąģde et Thomas Dausgaard. Il a ą©galement gravą© de nombreux enregistrements pour Teldec, notamment des concertos de Tchaąōkovski, Rachmaninov et Liszt.

Ną© en Norvąģge, le chef d'orchestre Arild Remmereit a ą©tudią© le piano, le chant et la composition au Conservatoire de musique de Norvąģge ą› Oslo dont il est sorti diplą•mą© en 1986. Il a aussi ą©tudią© sous la tutelle de Leonard Bernstein et a ą©tą© l'assistant de Myung-Whun Chung ą› Oslo et ą› Paris et celui de Mariss Jansons ą› Vienne. Depuis quelques anną©es, la critique a saluą© ses dą©buts au podium de l'Orchestre du CNA (2006), des orchestres symphoniques de Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Vienne, Dallas, Houston et Detroit, de la Filarmonica della Scala de Milan, de l'Orchestre philharmonique de Munich et du Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin.

Les billets pour ces concerts de la są©rie Bravo Bostonian des 6 et 7 fą©vrier sont en vente maintenant au coą™t de 19 $, 29 $, 49 $, 59 $, 69$ pour une place dans la salle, et ą› 83 $ pour un fauteuil dans les loges (TPS de 6 % et frais d'ą©tablissement inclus), ą› la Billetterie du CNA (du lundi au samedi de 10 h ą› 21 h) et, par l'entremise de Ticketmaster (frais de service en sus), au 613-755-1111 ou en ligne, sur le site Web du CNA ą› l'adresse www.nac-cna.ca.

Les ą©tudiants peuvent se procurer des billets ą› moitią© prix pour toutes les sections de la salle en se prą©sentant en personne ą› la Billetterie du CNA, munis d'une carte d'ą©tudiant en rąģgle. Les billets Buzz en direct disponibles le jour mąĀme (s'il en reste), rą©servą©s aux ą©tudiant ą› temps plein de treize ą› vingt-neuf ans, sont vendus 10 $ ą› la Billetterie du CNA, de 14 h ą› 18 h le jour du concert seulement, sur prą©sentation d'une carte de membre Buzz en direct dą™ment enregistrą©e. Les groupes de dix personnes et plus ą©pargnent de 15 ą› 20 p. cent du prix courant des billets pour toutes les reprą©sentations de Musique, de Thą©ąĘtre ou de Danse du CNA. Rą©servations : 613-947-7000, poste 384, ou grp@nac-cna.ca.

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Jane Morris

Communications Officer/Agente de communication

National Arts Centre Orchestra/Orchestre du Centre national des Arts

Telephone/Tą©lą©phone: 613-947-7000 x 335

Fax: 613-996-2828

www.nac-cna.ca

www.artsalive.ca

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Prix Opus 2008 : la Facultą© de musique de l'UdeM fą©licite ses laurą©ats

Communiquą© de presse

pour diffusion immą©diate

Prix Opus 2008 : la Facultą© de musique de l'UdeM fą©licite ses laurą©ats

Montrą©al, le 28 janvier 2008 - La Facultą© de musique de l'Universitą© de Montrą©al est fiąģre de souligner la prą©sence, parmi les laurą©ats des prix Opus 2008, de nombreux de ses enseignants, diplą•mą©s ou ą©tudiants. Les prix Opus ont ą©tą© remis hier ą› la salle Claude-Champagne.

La Facultą© de musique souhaite ainsi fą©liciter :

  • Quasar (Marie-Chantal Leclair, Mathieu Leclair et Andrą© Leroux, diplą•mą©s; Jean-Marc Bouchard, diplą•mą© et chargą© de cours) : Concert de l'anną©e - Musiques actuelle, ą©lectroacoustique, pour Quasar, dans le cadre de la są©rie Les nouvelles lutheries ą©lectroniques, en coproduction avec Innovations en concert (27 septembre 2006)

  • Jean-FranąŖois Rivest (professeur), conception et direction de Marisol et Rą©mi sur le chemin de la nuit, Orchestre symphonique de Montrą©al (5 novembre 2006) : Production Jeune public de l'anną©e

  • Margaret Little (diplą•mą©e et directrice de l'Atelier de musique baroque de l'Universitą© de Montrą©al), membre de l'ensemble Les Voix humaines, avec Susie Napper. Le duo remporte le prix Interprąģte de l'anną©e.

  • Alexander Weimann (accompagnateur ą› la Facultą©), direction de l'ensemble Les Voix baroques pour Buxtehude : Membra Jesu Nostri (Atma classique) : Disque de l'anną©e - Musiques mą©dią©vale, de la Renaissance, baroque

  • Marc Boucher, baryton (diplą•mą©), et Olivier Godin, piano (accompagnateur), pour Thą©odore Dubois : Musiques sur l'eau et autres mą©lodies (XXI-21 Productions) : Disque de l'anną©e -Musiques classique, romantique, postromantique, impressionniste

  • Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne et Lorraine Vaillancourt, direction, pour Oesterle, Provost, Tremblay : ąń quelle heure commence le temps? (Atma classique) : Disque de l'anną©e - Musiques moderne, contemporaine

  • Marcelle DeschąĀnes (diplą•mą©e et ex-professeure) pour petits Big Bangs (Empreintes DIGITALes) : Disque de l'anną©e - Musiques actuelle, ą©lectroacoustique

  • Airat Ichmouratov et Elvira Misbakhova (diplą•mą©s), de l'ensemble Kleztory, pour Nomade (Amerix) - Disque de l'anną©e - Jazz, musiques du monde

  • Marie-Hą©ląģne Benoit-Otis (doctorante) pour ¨ī Une clą©mence inattendue : La thą©matique du pardon dans Die Entfąļhrung aus dem Serail de Stephanie et Mozart ¨™, Revue de musicologie, vol. 92, no 2, dą©cembre 2006 - Article de l'anną©e

  • Philip Gareau (doctorant) pour La musique de Morton Feldman ou le temps en libertą©, L'Harmattan - Livre de l'anną©e

  • Isabelle Bozzini et Stą©phanie Bozzini (diplą•mą©es), membres du Quatuor Bozzini, laurą©at du prix Rayonnement ą› l'ą©tranger

Crą©ą© par le Conseil quą©bą©cois de la musique, le gala des prix Opus vise ą› souligner l'excellence de la musique de concert au Quą©bec dans ses diffą©rents rą©pertoires.

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Source :

Julie Fortier

Facultą© de musique - Universitą© de Montrą©al

514.343.6365

Julie.c.fortier@umontreal.ca

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Collecte de fonds de la Saint-Valentin : La Scena Musicale vous invite ą› l'opą©ra Le Barbier de Są©ville

[English version]

Cette anną©e, la collecte de fonds annuelle de la Saint-Valentin de La Scena Musicale est jumelą©e ą› une soirą©e ą› l'opą©ra. Vous pourrez assister, le jeudi 14 fą©vrier, ą› la prą©sentation de l'Opą©ra de Montrą©al du Barbier de Są©ville de Rossini, l'histoire de deux jeunes amoureux qui surmontent les obstacles ą› leur union. Le prix comprend un enregistrement-cadeau de l'opą©ra de Rossini. Les billets sont offerts en quantitą©s limitą©es.

Rossini : Le Barbier de Są©ville
Opą©ra de Montrą©al
Date : le jeudi 14 fą©vrier 2008 ą› 20 h
Endroit : salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts, Montrą©al
Info : 514-948-2520
Courriel : kali@scena.org

Notez : 10% de rabais pour les abonną©s de La Scena Musicale

Offre 1 (DVD):
Simple
* Un billet de catą©gorie 1 (valeur de 123 $)
* Un DVD du Barbier de Są©ville* (valeur de 40 $)
Prix : 123 $ (taxes incluses)

Double (10 % de rą©duction)
* Deux billets de catą©gorie 1 (valeur de 246 $)
* Un DVD du Barbier de Są©ville* (valeur de 40 $)
* [Pour non-abonną©s] Abonnement 1 an : La Scena Musicale (valeur de 43$)
Prix : 221,40 $ (taxes incluses)

Offre 2 (CD):
Simple
* Un billet de catą©gorie 2 (valeur de 96 $)
* Un CD d'extraits du Barbier de Są©ville ** (valeur de 10 $)
Prix : 96 $ (taxes incluses)

Double (10 % de rą©duction)
* Deux billets de catą©gorie 2 (valeur de 192 $)
* Un CD d'extraits du Barbier de Są©ville ** (valeur de 10 $)
* [Pour non-abonną©s] Abonnement 1 an : La Scena Musicale (valeur de 43$)
Prix : 172,80 $ (taxes incluses)

Note :
* DVD : prą©cisions ą› venir.
** CD : prą©cisions ą› venir.

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Houdini, The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre- February 10-March 2

Press Release

For Immediate Release

First Class Theatre

The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre,

The Montreal Highlights Festival and Ernst & Young

Present


Houdini

Book by Ben Gonshor

Music and Lyrics by Elan Kunin

Directed by Bryna Wasserman

February 10 - March 2, 2008

"We are in an age of wonder, there is magic in the air¨÷."
From Houdini

MONTREAL January 2008- The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre, in association with The Montreal Highlights Festival and Ernst & Young, proudly presents Houdini ¨Ů a world premiere musical about the life and magic of America's first great popular entertainer. For the first time in the Festival's nine-year history, a Segal Theatre production will be one of the showcased productions.


Houdini features some of the legendary escape artist's most famous routines. Don't miss this entertaining, musical ride through Houdini's life- from his humble vaudeville beginnings to the heights of his fame.


Director Bryna Wasserman, recognized for her staging of large-scale musicals, was eager to bring Harry Houdini's story to a bigger audience after the success of the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre's The Great Houdini in 2000. The book for this all-new production is by Ben Gonshor, with music and lyrics by Elan Kunin. For Wasserman, the story speaks to modern audiences: "This is a throwback to the turn of the twentieth century, a time when theatre was there to involve and engage the public." She continues, "The idea of the world and technologies changing and moving forward was also prevalent at that time. People were moving away from live entertainment and seeking out the newer inventions, like movies." Playwright Ben Gonshor understands the complexities of mounting a musical of this scale: "It's one hell of a challenge but we're committed to making magic happen for you on stage. In a sense, we're "pulling a Houdini!"


For this very physical production, Wasserman is joined by a dazzling cast comprising Kevin Kraft in the title role, along with Valerie Boyle, Rod Campbell, Gab Desmond, Gabrielle Maes, Paul McQuillan, Christopher Ryan and Lauren Stanford. The ensemble features Paul Cagelet, Francois Dagenais, Claire Duncan, Rachel Gauthier, Holly Gauthier-Frankel, Alison Gelinas, Jason Noel, Brad Picken, Holly Raye, Lauren Roy and Jake Smith.


This production will present a live, six-piece band with such well-known Montreal musicians as Chet Doxas, Jim Doxas, Dave Martin, Morgan Moore and bandleader, John Roney. Albin Konopka is the music supervisor and John Gilbert is the music consultant.


The creative design team includes Yannik Larivą©e, set; Luc Prairie, lighting; Sara Brians, choreography; Sarah Armstrong, costumes and Rob Denton, sound. The magic consultant is Greg Kramer and Yves Nevue is the artistic/circus consultant. Lorna Wayne is the assistant director, Merissa Tordjman is the stage manager and Melanie St-Jacques completes the team as assistant stage manager.

"What does he mean, "be careful?!" I hang myself upside down in straight jackets

one hundred feet in the air and he's telling me to be careful!" - Houdini


88.5 CBC Radio One proudly presents Sunday-@-the-Segal with Dr. Joe Schwarcz

Sunday, November 18th, 11am. Admission is free.

Join us for another season of intimate conversation and riveting lectures. Dr. Joe will be sharing his insight and passion about Houdini in his lecture, Houdini: The Man and the Myth.


Monday Night Talkbacks presented by Pratt and Whitney Canada

As usual following the play, some of the actors and/or designers will remain on stage to take questions from the audience. Monday Night Talkbacks provides an intimate opportunity for audiences to engage up close and personal with the personalities bringing first class professional English language theatre to Montreal.


The MEDIA CALL for Houdini will be held on Wednesday, February 6 at 12:30 pm. This is an occasion for camera footage, interviews and still photography. Please confirm by Monday, February 4

Janis Kirshner, Publicist (514) 287-8912 jkirshner@sympatico.ca


Tickets and Media Information

Run:

February 10-March 2, 2008

Previews:

February 10 1:30 pm

February 11-18 8:00 pm (Feb. 16 at 8:30 pm)

Sunday-@-the-Segal:

February 10 11:00 am

Media Opening Night:

Tuesday, February 19 8:00 pm

Performances:

Monday - Thursday, 8:00 pm

Saturday 8:30 pm

Sunday 7:00 pm

Matiną©es:

Wednesdays 1:00 pm

Sundays 2:00 pm

Box Office:

(514) 739-7944

www.segalcentre.org

Admission

(514) 790-1245

www.admission.com

Segal Centre for Performing Arts at the Saidye

5170 cote St. Catherine Rd.


Bryna Wasserman- Director

Bryna is Artistic and Executive Director of The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre. A graduate of New York University's prestigious Tisch School of Fine Arts, her extensive career includes work at the American Place Theatre, The Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Centre, the Mercer Street Theatre, the Vancouver Opera Company and the Folksbiene Playhouse. Recent credits with the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre include God of Vengeance, Lies My Father Told Me, Fiddler on The Roof, The Golden Land, Double Identity, The Dybbuk, On Second Avenue (the Drama Desk Award-nominated, historic co-production with New York's Folksbiene Yiddish Theatre) and most recently Those Were The Days. In 2000 she was awarded the Montreal English Critics Circle Award (MECCA) of Distinction for her contribution to the development of the Montreal theatre scene.


Ben Gonshor ¨Ů Playwright

Ben Gonshor is a writer, actor and musician. A native Montrealer, he has performed bass guitar with various local artists for over fifteen years and been a contributing writer to numerous local publications. A lifelong member of The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre, he most recently starred in the company's original musical production of Lies My Father Told Me and performed in the orchestra for Those Were The Days. He holds an M.F.A. in Motion Picture Producing from the prestigious Peter Stark Producing Program of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He currently serves as Director of Marketing and Communications & Executive Producer of Online and New Media for the Segal Centre. Houdini is his first play.


Elan Kunin- Music and lyrics

Elan Kunin began his professional musical career as the star and orchestrator in The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz for the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre. He subsequently went on to become the lead actor, music director, composer and arranger for numerous plays including On Second Avenue, Old Wicked Songs, The Threepenny Opera, Double Identity, Fiddler on the Roof, Lies My Father Told Me (music and lyrics) and The Great Houdini which won the Masque award for best semi-professional production. Elan was last seen in the Drama Desk nominated On Second Avenue Off-Broadway in New York and later in Los Angeles.


Kevin Kraft- Houdini

Kevin has performed extensively across the U.S. and has appeared on Broadway in Forum and off-Broadway in Johnny Guitar, American Dreams and The Fartiste. Other theatre credits include She Loves Me (Arena Stage), Floyd Collins (Actors Theatre of Louisville), As You Like It (The Acting Company) and The Full Monty (West Virginia Public). TV and film credits include: The Nanny Diaries, All My Children, Ed and Duston Checks In.

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Valentine's Day Fundraiser: La Scena Musicale takes you to the Barber of Seville

[Version franąŖaise]

This year, La Scena Musicale's annual Valentine's Day Fundraising activity is an outing on Thursday, February 14 to the Opą©ra de Montrą©al's performance of Rossini's Barber of Seville, a story of young love overcoming adversity. Included in this package will be a gift bag containing a recording of Rossini's opera. Tickets are limited.

Rossini: Barber of Seville
Opą©ra de Montrą©al
Date: Thursday, February 14, 2008 at 8 p.m.
Place: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Places des Arts, Montreal
Info: 514-948-2520
Email: kali@scena.org

Note: 10% discount for subscribers of La Scena Musicale

Package 1 (DVD):
Single
* One Category 1 ticket ($123 value)
* One DVD of the Barber of Seville* ($39.99 value)
Price: $123 (taxes included)

Pair (10% discount)
* Two Category 1 tickets ($246 value)
* One DVD of the Barber of Seville* ($39.99 value)
* [For non-subcribers] 1-year subscription to La Scena Musicale ($43 value)
Price: $221.40(taxes included)

Package 2 (CD):
Single
* One Category 2 ticket ($96 value)
* CD highlights of the Barber of Seville** ($9.99 value)
Price: $96 (taxes included)

Pair (10% discount)
* Two Category 2 tickets ($192 value)
* One CD highlights of the Barber of Seville* ($9.99 value)
* [For non-subcribers] 1-year subscription to La Scena Musicale ($43 value)
Price: $172.80 (taxes included)

Note:
* DVD: details to come.
** CD: details to come.

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The Festival International de Jazz de Montrą©al wins the prestigious 2007 Silver Adrian Award

Montreal, Monday, January 28, 2008 - The Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International presented the prestigious Silver Adrian Award 2007 to the Festival International de Jazz de Montrą©al during a ceremony held today in New York.


This was the 51st anniversary of the Silver Adrian Award, considered a very high distinction in the travel sector. A jury consisting of experts from the domains of hotel management, travel, tourism and media considered no fewer than 1,300 submissions before choosing the Festival in the category of "Attractions/Theme Park for Feature Placement Print-Consumer Newspaper" after having read an account in the San Francisco Chronicle.


"We are very honoured to receive this prestigious award. It is the result of years of work by the Festival to develop and deploy a marketing strategy, which appears to have paid off handsomely, judging by the growing number of tourists who flock to Montreal each year for our annual 'high mass' of jazz. I would also like to highlight the excellent work and commitment of Lou Hammond & Associates, the agency which has represented us for years in the U.S. market," stated Andrą© Mą©nard, co-founder and artistic director of the Festival.


Every summer, the Festival International de Jazz de Montrą©al presents over 650 shows, including over 280 indoor performances and 372 free outdoor concerts on 25 different stages. Close to 3000 musicians from some 30 countries take part in this massive musical party, with over 2.1 million people pouring onto the site to enjoy it all. For its upcoming edition, the Festival is preparing an enticing outdoor program set to groove to the rhythms of the world. The 29th edition of the Festival International de Jazz de Montrą©al takes place from June 26 to July 6, 2008.


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Source :

Festival International de Jazz de Montrą©al - 514-523-3378

Renseignements (mą©dias) :

Marie-Eve Boisvert, directrice principale - relations de presse - 514-523-3378, poste 5666 ; marie-eve.boisvert@equipespectra.ca

Greg Kitzler, attachą© de presse - 514-523-3378, poste 5622 ; greg.kitzler@equipespectra.ca


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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Gala des Prix Opus 2006-2007 : Une onziąģme ą©dition sous le signe de la fąĀte

dimanche 27 janvier 2008 ą› 17h30

GALA DES PRIX OPUS 2006-2007 : UNE ONZIąŗME ą‚DITION SOUS LE SIGNE DE LA FąšTE


Montrą©al, le 27 janvier 2008 - C'est dans une atmosphąģre festive que la 11e ą©dition du Gala des prix Opus s'est tenue aujourd'hui ą› la Salle Claude-Champagne, ą› Montrą©al. Les artisans de la musique de concert, rą©unis pour cette fąĀte annuelle, ont chaleureusement applaudi tout au long de la remise de prix. Animą© par Mario Paquet d'Espace Musique et Martin Bernier, le gala a mis ą› l'honneur la musique et les musiciens. Pour l'occasion, 12 musiciens parmi les plus actifs sur la scąģne musicale quą©bą©coise ont accompagną© la remise de prix avec des arrangements signą©s Louis Babin. Au total, 26 prix ont rą©compensą© le talent des interprąģtes, compositeurs, musicologues, producteurs et diffuseurs quą©bą©cois qui ont marquą© la saison s'ą©chelonnant du 1er septembre 2006 au 31 aoą™t 2007 Les prestations musicales mettaient en vedette plusieurs ensembles issus de rą©pertoires varią©s : le Effendi Jazzlab, l'ensemble de percussions Sixtrum, le Quatuor Molinari et Espaces Sonores Illimitą©s. Le guitariste Davis Joachim a interprą©tą© une oeuvre de son pąģre, le compositeur Otto Joachim ą› qui le Conseil quą©bą©cois de la musique a rendu hommage.


Compositeur, professeur, interprąģte, Otto Joachim est ną© ą› Dąļsseldorf en Allemagne, qu'il quitte en 1934 aprąģs l'arrivą©e d'Hitler au pouvoir. Il są©journera en Asie avant de s'ą©tablir ą› Montrą©al en 1949. Trąģs actif sur la scąģne musicale quą©bą©coise dans les anną©es 50, il fut alto solo de l'Orchestre symphonique de Montrą©al et de l'Orchestre de chambre McGill. En 1955, il fonde le Quatuor ą› cordes de Montrą©al qui a contribuą© ą› la diffusion d'oeuvres de compositeurs d'ici dont son ami Jean Papineau-Couture. En 1958, il fonde l'Ensemble des instruments anciens de Montrą©al. ąń cette mąĀme ą©poque, il entreprend des recherches dans le domaine de l'ą©lectroacoustique, s'ouvrant ą› un monde sonore encore peu connu de ses contemporains. On lui doit la piąģce de musique ą©lectroacoustique Katimavik composą©e pour la sonorisation du Pavillon canadien d'Expo 67. Artiste pluridisciplinaire avant l'heure, Otto Joachim a aussi poursuivi une activitą© de peintre. Ses oeuvres ont ą©tą© projetą©es tout au long de la cą©romonie. Pour complą©ter cet hommage, le critique musical de La Presse Claude Gingras a tą©moigną© de son respect envers le doyen de nos compositeurs.

Crą©ą© par le Conseil quą©bą©cois de la musique, ce gala souligne l'excellence de la musique de concert au Quą©bec dans ses diffą©rents rą©pertoires. Le Quą©bec regorge de musiciens de talent et la qualitą© des laurą©ats 2006-2007 nous a permis encore une fois de le constater. L'ą©vą©nement vise ą› rendre hommage aux musiciens d'ici, mais aussi et surtout, transmettre au public et aux mą©lomanes le goą™t de dą©couvrir la musique de concert.


Le Conseil quą©bą©cois de la musique a remercią© les principaux partenaires du gala, soit le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quą©bec, Musicaction, le Conseil des Arts du Canada, le ministąģre de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition fą©minine du Quą©bec, la Socią©tą© de dą©veloppement des entreprises culturelles, le Conseil des arts de Montrą©al, Galaxie, le rą©seau de musique continue de Radio-Canada, Espace Musique, la Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Quą©bec, Le Devoir, la Facultą© de musique de l'Universitą© de Montrą©al, la Librairie Monet et La Scena Musicale.


La liste des laurą©ats accompagne ce communiquą©.

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Relations de presse : Lise Raymond Communications, (450) 640-0500


Prix Opus - Laurą©ats 2006-2007


Concert de l'anną©e - Montrą©al

(prix accompagną© d'une bourse de 3 000 $ du Conseil des arts de Montrą©al)

Le Quatuor selon BartąĄk - Quatuor Molinari

3 dą©cembre 2006

Concert de l'anną©e - Quą©bec

Grieg, chantre nordique - Orchestre symphonique de Quą©bec

23 et 24 mai 2007

Concert de l'anną©e - Rą©gions

Marie-Nicole Lemieux, ąń la rencontre d'une grande voix - Centre d'arts Orford

4 aoą™t 2007

Concert de l'anną©e - Musiques mą©dią©vale, de la Renaissance, baroque

Le ciel des terres froides - Benoą∆t Marineau, orgue, Studio de musique ancienne de Montrą©al dans le cadre du Festival Montrą©al Baroque

24 juin 2007

Concert de l'anną©e - Musiques classique, romantique, postromantique, impressionniste

Bruckner & Strauss : moments d'ą©ternitą© - Orchestre Mą©tropolitain du Grand Montrą©al

18 et 22 septembre 2006

Concert de l'anną©e - Musiques moderne, contemporaine

Le Quatuor selon BartąĄk - Quatuor Molinari

3 dą©cembre 2006

Concert de l'anną©e - Musiques actuelle, ą©lectroacoustique

Quasar, dans le cadre de la są©rie Les nouvelles lutheries numą©riques - Quasar, quatuor de saxophones en coproduction avec Innovations en concert

27 septembre 2006

Concert de l'anną©e - Jazz, musiques du monde

Richard Gagnon & Trombones Actions - Richard Gagnon

3 avril 2007

Concert de l'anną©e - Jeune public

(prix accompagną© d'une bourse de 5 000 $ du ministąģre de la Culture et des Communications du Quą©bec)

Marisol et Rą©mi sur le chemin de la nuit - Orchestre symphonique de Montrą©al

5 novembre 2006

Disque de l'anną©e - Musiques mą©dią©vale, de la Renaissance, baroque

Buxtehude : Membra Jesu Nostri, Les Voix Baroques, Alexander Weimann, direction

Atma Classique

Disque de l'anną©e - Musiques classique, romantique, postromantique, impressionniste

Thą©odore Dubois : Musiques sur l'eau et autres mą©lodies, Marc Boucher, baryton, Olivier Godin, piano - Disques XXI-21 Productions

Disque de l'anną©e - Musiques moderne, contemporaine

Oesterle, Provost, Tremblay : ąń quelle heure commence le temps?, Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Lorraine Vaillancourt, direction - Atma Classique

Disque de l'anną©e - Musiques actuelle, ą©lectroacoustique

petits Big Bangs, Marcelle DeschąĀnes - Empreintes DIGITALes

Disque de l'anną©e - Jazz, musiques du monde

Nomade, Kleztory - Amerix

Crą©ation de l'anną©e

L'entreprise de są©duction, Nicolas Gilbert, compositeur, Ensemble contemporain de Montrą©al et Espace musique, Musiques ą› longues portą©es! Une soirą©e Espace musique, 9 mai 2007

Livre de l'anną©e

Philip Gareau, La musique de Morton Feldman ou le temps en libertą©, L'Harmattan

Article de l'anną©e

Marie-Hą©ląģne Benoit-Otis, Une clą©mence inattendue : La thą©matique du pardon dans Die Entfąļhrung aus dem Serail de Stephanie et Mozart, Revue de musicologie, vol. 92, no 2, dą©cembre 2006

Prix Hommage

Otto Joachim, compositeur, interprąģte, professeur

Rayonnement ą› l'ą©tranger

Quatuor Bozzini

Directeur artistique de l'anną©e

Vą©ronique Lacroix

Ensemble contemporain de Montrą©al

Dą©couverte de l'anną©e

(prix accompagną© d'une bourse de 5 000 $ de Galaxie, le rą©seau de musique continue de Radio-Canada et d'une anną©e en rą©sidence ą› la radio de Radio-Canada)

Marianne Fiset, soprano

Reconnaissance ą› un facteur d'instruments

(prix accompagną© d'une bourse de 5 000 $ de la Socią©tą© de dą©veloppement des entreprises culturelles)

Accordą©on Mą©lodie, Raynald Ouellet et Sylvain Vą©zina

Compositeur de l'anną©e

(prix accompagną© d'une bourse de 10 000 $ du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quą©bec)

Serge Arcuri

Interprąģte de l'anną©e

(prix accompagną© d'une bourse de 5 000 $ du Conseil des Arts du Canada)

Les Voix humaines

Diffuseur de l'anną©e

Festival de Lanaudiąģre - Saison du 30e anniversaire

ą‚vą©nement musical de l'anną©e

Concert d'ouverture de Kent Nagano

Orchestre symphonique de Montrą©al

6 septembre 2006


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Friday, January 25, 2008

ą‚qui Vox Montrą©al

Offre de bourse du Fonds de reląģve Alcan/ą‚qui Vox Montrą©al ą› une ą©tudiante en musique

Nous sommes ą› la recherche d'une ą©tudiante en musique de niveau universitaire pour l'anną©e 2008-2009 intą©ressą©e ą› participer activement aux activitą©s de la chorale ą‚qui Vox Montrą©al, en vue d'acquą©rir une expą©rience lui permettant d'ąĀtre un jour chef de choeur ou encore d'accroą∆tre ses qualitą©s de musicienne.

Le fonds de reląģve Alcan/ą‚qui Vox Montrą©al offrira ą› l'ą©tudiante są©lectionną©e une contribution de 1 500 $ ą› ses frais de scolaritą© des sessions d'automne-hiver d'anną©e universitaire.

CRITąŗRES D'ADMISSIBILITą‚

1) ąštre une ą©tudiante en musique de niveau universitaire ą› plein temps

2) ąštre prąĀte ą› participer activement aux activitą©s du choeur ą‚qui Vox Montrą©al tant sur le plan musical (support de la qualitą© musicale de l'ensemble etc.) que de l'organisation d'activitą©s propres ą› la chorale (Chant-o-thon, concert de Noąīl, concert de fin d'anną©e, etc.)

3) Dą©tenir un dossier acadą©mique au-dessus de la moyenne

4) ąštre admissible ą› l'aide financiąģre aux ą©tudiants

5) Partager les valeurs de la chorale ą‚qui Vox Montrą©al*

Si vous avez envie de vous joindre ą› nous, consultez notre site au www.equivox.org/Montreal puis envoyez :

- votre CV

- votre plus rą©cent relevą© de notes scolaires

- une lettre de motivation

- une lettre de recommandation d'un de vos professeurs de musique

DATE LIMITE : le 30 avril 2008

ą› Madame Claire Cloutier, chef du choeur ą‚qui Vox ą› claire@equivox.org

Nous serons ¨ī enchantą©es ¨™ de recevoir vos candidatures!

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[Montrą©al] Sixtrum prą©sente Paysages Imaginaires - les Percussions de John Cage

L'Ensemble ą› percussion Sixtrum consacre son prochain concert
ą› la musique de John Cage

L'Ensemble ą› percussion Sixtrum prą©sente un ą©vą©nement unique, le mercredi 30 janvier 2008, ą› 20 h, ą› la salle Claude-Champagne de l'Universitą© de Montrą©al : ¨ī Paysages Imaginaires - les Percussions de John Cage ¨™. C'est tout le cheminement de l'une des figures les plus marquantes de la musique du XXe siąģcle que Sixtrum vous propose de parcourir, ą› travers onze de ses oeuvres pour percussion dont la composition s'ą©chelonne de 1939 ą› 1990.

L'ensemble interprą©tera les cinq Imaginary Landscapes de John Cage - prą©sentą©es dans leur totalitą© pour la premiąģre fois ą› Montrą©al - et ses trois Constructions, oeuvres ą©crites en dą©but de carriąģre et qui marqueront dą©ją› l'esthą©tique du compositeur. En contraste avec les prą©cą©dentes, s'ajouteront trois oeuvres plus rą©centes, Music for Six, Child of Tree et One4, davantage basą©es sur le hasard et l'indą©terminisme.

Aucun ą©vą©nement consacrą© ą› John Cage ne serait complet sans que soit mis en ą©vidence son sens de "l'anarchie musicale". Sixtrum prą©sentera donc, en avant-concert, un MusiCircus au cours duquel on pourra entendre diffą©rents solistes et groupes d'ą©tudiants de la Facultą© de musique de l'Universitą© de Montrą©al. Ce MusiCircus symbolisera la constante remise en question des hią©rarchies entourant la prestation musicale, telles que la relation entre le musicien et le public, une prą©occupation constante du compositeur.

Cette soirą©e, remplie de surprises et caractą©ristique du parcours de John Cage, sera dą©dią©e ą› la mą©moire de Robert Lą©onard, musicien, pą©dagogue, animateur et crą©ateur dą©cą©dą© ą› l'ą©tą© 2006 et dont les travaux furent largement inspirą©s de la musique de Cage.

John Cage (1912-1992)

Le compositeur amą©ricain John Cage fut l'une des figures les plus marquantes de la crą©ation musicale du XXe siąģcle. Son catalogue se distingue par son extraordinaire varią©tą© ainsi que par le fort sentiment de libertą© qui s'en dą©gage : John Cage, loin des institutions dominantes de l'ą©poque en matiąģre de composition et dą©fendant toujours son originalitą©, a puisą© son inspiration ą› diverses sources - la danse (il collabore ą©troitement avec Merce Cunningham), certaines philosophies asiatiques : l'ą©tude approfondie du zen l'amąģne ą› nier le principe d'intentionnalitą© dans l'acte crą©ateur et il recourra souvent au I Ching pour fixer certains paramąģtres musicaux. Sa recherche timbrale le pousse ą› utiliser des instruments jusqu'alors inusitą©s dans la musique contemporaine de tradition savante, tels des circuits ą©lectriques et des objets de la vie courante. Son oeuvre, qui a grandement contribuą© au dą©veloppement du rą©pertoire pour percussion, est une vą©ritable ode ą› la crą©ation, ą› l'artiste et ą› sa libertą©.

¨ī I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones. ¨™
John Cage

Sixtrum

Crą©ą© en 2007 par les percussionnistes les plus actifs de la scąģne montrą©alaise, Sixtrum rą©unit D'Arcy Philip Gray, Julien Grą©goire, Philip Hornsey, Kristie Ibrahim, Robert Leroux et Fabrice Marandola. L'ambition du nouveau groupe : renouveler un genre dą©veloppą© au cours de la deuxiąģme moitią© du XXe siąģcle par des groupes prą©curseurs tels que les Percussions de Strasbourg. Les objectifs de Sixtrum sont regroupą©s autour de deux grands axes : la recherche-crą©ation et l'innovation d'une part et la formation/animation/sensibilisation d'autre part.

Le concert inaugural de Sixtrum, Plą©ąōades, prą©sentą© le 17 octobre 2007, figure au palmarąģs des 10 meilleurs concerts de musique classique de l'anną©e 2007 du critique Christophe Huss du quotidien Le Devoir.

¨ī Paysages imaginaires - les Percussions de John Cage ¨™

First Construction (1939)
Child of Tree (1975)
Second Construction (1940)
One4 (1990)
Third Construction (1941)

Imaginary Landscapes 1 ą› 5 (1939-1952)
Music for 6 (1987)

Sixtrum: D'Arcy Philip Gray, Julien Grą©goire, Philip Hornsey,
Kristie Ibrahim. Robert Leroux, Fabrice Marandola
Percussionniste stagiaire: Sandra Joseph

Le mercredi 30 janvier 2008
19 h - Musicircus
20 h - Concert

Salle Claude-Champagne de l'Universitą© de Montrą©al
220, Vincent-d'Indy, Montrą©al (mą©tro Edouard-Montpetit)
20 $ (rą©gulier), 10 $ (ą©tudiants)
Gratuit pour les ą©tudiants de la Facultą© de musique de l'Universitą© de Montrą©al
Billetterie ADMISSION : 514 790-1245
Renseignements : 514 343-6427

¨īOn n'imite pas, on ne refait pas Cage : on laboure et on sąģme les champs qu'il a dą©frichą©s¨™
Robert Lą©onard

Contact: info@sixtrum.com

Pour faire retirer votre nom de cette liste d'envoi, cliquez ici

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

York U Music: Mark Chambers Faculty Concert Series Feb 7

Diverse duets of cello and piano in Mark Chambers' Faculty Concert Series performance

Toronto, January 24, 2008: Cellist Mark Chambers headlines the Faculty Concert Series of York University's Music Department on February 7 with a wide-ranging program of duets for cello and piano, partnered by his department colleague and frequent collaborator, Christina Petrowska Quilico. The concert takes place at 7:30pm in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall at York.

The artists will showcase their versatility and musicianship in selections from the classical repertoire spanning two centuries and a variety of stylistic idioms, including romantic, popular and modern music. The diverse program features Beethoven's Sonata in A major for Cello and Piano, op. 69; Robert Schumann's romantic, lyrical Fantasy Pieces; Arvo Pąßrt's minimalist Fratres for violoncello and piano; and Astor Piazzolla's jazz-influenced Libertango.

Chambers, who serves as associate Chair and coordinator of the department's classical music area, is a performer, conductor and early music specialist. He studied cello with Martha Gerschefski, Lubomir Georgiev and David Miller and has performed extensively throughout the United States and Ontario as both a chamber musician and orchestral player. He currently plays in a piano trio with Petrowska Quilico and his wife Heather Chambers, and is also active as a clinician and adjudicator. At York, he directs the York University Symphony Orchestra and the Baroque Ensemble.

A former Theodore Presser Foundation Fellow, Chambers' research interests include Baroque music, period instrument performance practice, the 'Tartini Tone', and scordatura, altered tunings for strings. He has authored several articles for the American String Teachers Journal and is a contributor to the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians. He joined York's Music Department in 2005.

An internationally known pianist and recording artist. Petrowska Quilico has devoted her career to bridging the gulf between traditional and contemporary classical keyboard music. Widely recognized as a champion of Canadian and new music, she is equally at home in 19th century European romantic repertoire. She has appeared in solo recitals, chamber settings and with orchestra on four continents, and collaborates frequently in live and recorded performances with her faculty colleagues at York, where she has taught piano performance and musicology since 1987.

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What: York University Faculty Concert Series featuring Mark Chambers, cello, with Christina Petrowska Quilico, piano

When: Thurs. Feb 7 at 7:30pm
Where: Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St. [Map]
Admission: $15, students $5.
Box Office: 416.736.5888 | www.yorku.ca/perform/boxoffice

This is the fifth of seven performances in the Faculty Concert Series spotlighting faculty artists in the Department of Music at York University. Upcoming concerts will feature Catherine Robbin and Barry Elmes.

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Media Contact:
Amy Stewart, Communications, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University
416.736.2100 ext. 20421 | amy.stewart@yorku.ca

--  Amy P. Stewart Communications, Faculty of Fine Arts York University 4700 Keele Street, Toronto ON Canada M3J 1P3 tel 416.736.2100 ext. 20421 fax 416.736.5447 amy.stewart@yorku.ca www.yorku.ca/finearts

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La Facultą© de musique de l'Universitą© de Montrą©al accueille le sociologue Pierre-Michel Menger

Le spą©cialiste franąŖais inaugure la nouvelle są©rie de confą©rences de prestige

¨īBilans et tendances des musicologies ¨™

Montrą©al, le 24 janvier 2008 - Le secteur de musicologie et d'ethnomusicologie de la Facultą© de musique de l'Universitą© de Montrą©al est heureux d'annoncer le lancement de sa są©rie de confą©rences de prestige : ¨ī Bilans et tendances des musicologies ¨™.

Cette są©rie de confą©rences permettra ą› une grande personnalitą© internationalement reconnue dans les domaines de la musicologie ou de l'ethnomusicologie et dont les travaux se prą©occupent aussi de questions fondamentales ą› l'ensemble des sciences humaines de prą©senter ses vues personnelles dans son champ spą©cifique de recherche.

Cette są©rie de confą©rences sera inaugurą©e ce mois-ci par quatre confą©rences de Pierre-Michel Menger, professeur de sociologie ą› l'ą‚cole des Hautes ą‚tudes en Sciences Sociales de Paris. Dans le cadre de l'invitation de la Facultą© de musique de l'Universitą© de Montrą©al, Pierre-Michel Menger tentera de rą©pondre ą› la question : ¨ī Oąľ en est la sociologie de la musique ? ¨™ par quatre confą©rences qui seront autant d'essais de sociologie de la musique.

Ces confą©rences seront donną©es les 29 et 31 janvier et les 5 et 7 fą©vrier.

Pierre-Michel Menger est connu dans le monde musical, entre autres, pour son ouvrage Le paradoxe du musicien. Le compositeur, le mą©lomane et l'ą‚tat dans la socią©tą© contemporaine (Flammarion, 1983). Il est l'un des premiers sociologues de l'art ą› avoir questionną© la lą©gitimitą© des musiques d'avant-garde de l'ą©poque en soutenant qu'elles ne survivaient que grąĘce aux subventions de l'ą‚tat et en se fondant sur des enquąĀtes pointues auprąģs des publics d'institutions musicales bien connues comme l'IRCAM et l'Ensemble InterContemporain. Il est reconnu aujourd'hui comme l'un des chercheurs qui a favorisą© l'ą©mergence et le dą©veloppement du postmodernisme dans le domaine de la musique et de la musicologie.

Quatre essais de sociologie de la musique, confą©rences de Pierre-Michel Menger

La sociologie de la musique s'est dą©veloppą©e sur deux versants : une contribution aux recherches spą©cialisą©es sur les oeuvres, leur signification, leurs contextes socio-historiques de production et de rą©ception, et sur les divisions en types et genres de musique, et ce, en coopą©ration ou en compą©tition avec d'autres disciplines - musicologie, ethnologie, histoire, notamment; et une application des outils de la sociologie ą› l'ą©tude de la musique comme systąģme d'activitą© dotą© de ses professions, organisations, mą©canismes de compą©tition, conventions d'ą©valuation et de patrimonialisation, et comportements de consommation.

Les quatre confą©rences se situeront principalement sur le second versant, mais s'efforceront de montrer qu'un tel ancrage, loin de se rą©duire ą› une simple extension des objets de recherche de la sociologie (ce qu'il est assurą©ment aussi), peut permettre d'aborder des questions centrales comme celle de la valeur, du travail crą©ateur, de la diffą©rence de talent et de l'historicitą© de la notion d'oeuvre autrement que dans les termes aujourd'hui devenus stą©riles de la spą©culation thą©oricienne des premiers temps de la sociologie de la musique. Les confą©rences prendront notamment appui sur les recherches qui ont ą©tą© meną©es par l'auteur, principalement sur le monde de la musique ¨ī savante ¨™.

4 confą©rences de Pierre-Michel Menger

Mardi 29 janvier, 17 h : ¨ī La position des arts et de la musique dans le dą©veloppement de la sociologie ¨™ (salle Jean-Papineau-Couture, B-421)

*Un cocktail organisą© par l'Observatoire international de la crą©ation et des cultures musicales et le Cercle de musicologie de l'Universitą© de Montrą©al suivra cette premiąģre confą©rence.

Jeudi 31 janvier, 16 h 30 : ¨ī Le musicien et son travail : professions, marchą©s du travail, organisations ¨™ (salle Serge-Garant, B-484)

Mardi 5 fą©vrier, 16 h 30 : Controverses sociologiques : comment analyser le talent crą©ateur ? Une rą©futation du relativisme constructionniste ¨™ (salle Serge-Garant, B-484)

Jeudi 7 fą©vrier, 16 h 30 : ¨ī Que peut dire la sociologie de l'oeuvre musicale ? Propositions. ¨™ (salle Serge-Garant, B-484)

Facultą© de musique de l'Universitą© de Montrą©al

200, Vincent-d'Indy, Montrą©al (mą©tro ą‚douard-Montpetit)

Entrą©e libre

Pierre-Michel Menger

Pierre-Michel Menger est directeur de recherche au Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique et directeur d'ą©tudes ą› l'ą‚cole des Hautes ą‚tudes en Sciences Sociales (Paris). Mą©daillą© d'argent du CNRS (1999), professeur invitą© ą› l'Universitą© du Quą©bec, fellow du Wissenschaftskolleg de Berlin (2006-2007), il est Visiting Scholar ą› Columbia University au dą©but 2008.

Aprąģs des ą©tudes de philosophie ą› l'ą‚cole Normale Supą©rieure, il a consacrą© son doctorat de sociologie ą› la crą©ation musicale contemporaine (Le Paradoxe du musicien. Le compositeur, le mą©lomane et l'ą‚tat dans la socią©tą© contemporaine, Paris, Flammarion, 1983, rą©ą©d. L'Harmattan, 2001). Une autre recherche a suivi sur la crą©ation et l'informatique musicales, notamment ą› partir d'une enquąĀte ą› l'IRCAM (Les laboratoires de la crą©ation musicale, Paris, Documentation franąŖaise, 1989). Ses travaux ont portą© ultą©rieurement sur les professions et les marchą©s du travail artistique (La profession de comą©dien, Paris, Documentation franąŖaise, 1998) et sur la sociologie gą©ną©rale des professions (Les professions et leurs sociologies, Paris, Editions de la MSH, 2003). Ses recherches sur les arts ont donną© lieu ą› des collaborations avec des colląģgues historiens (PM. Menger et J. Revel, eds, ¨ī Les Mondes de l'art ¨™, n¨É spą©cial des Annales, 1993) et ą©conomistes (V. Ginsburgh et PM. Menger, eds, Economics of the Arts, Amsterdam, North Holland, 1996). Une recherche pluridisciplinaire sur la modą©lisation et l'analyse descriptive en sciences sociales a ą©tą© publią©e dans Le modąģle et le rą©cit, codirigą© par JY Grenier, C. Grignon et PM. Menger (Paris, ą‚ditions de la MSH, 2001). Ses travaux rą©cents, notamment, visent ą› situer l'artiste et le travail artistique dans l'ą©volution contemporaine des systąģmes d'emploi et de cotation du travail et dans l'examen des dilemmes flexibilitą©/są©curitą©/autonomie/risque. Trois ouvrages sont issus de ce programme de recherche : Les intermittents du spectacle, sociologie d'une exception (Paris, ą‚ditions de l'EHESS, 2005), Profession artiste, extension du domaine de la crą©ation (Paris, Textuel, 2005), et Le travail crą©ateur (ą› paraą∆tre en 2008). Les recherches actuelles de PM. Menger portent notamment sur deux questions : ¨ī Qu'est-ce qu'achever une oeuvre ? ¨™ et ¨ī Le marchą© du travail scientifique ¨™.

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Source :

Secteur musicologie et ethnomusicologie

Facultą© de musique - Universitą© de Montrą©al

Renseignements :

Julie Fortier

Facultą© de musique - Universitą© de Montrą©al

514 343-6365

julie.c.fortier@umontreal.ca

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2009 Honens International Piano Competition Announces Jury and Featured Artists

Canada's prestigious Honens International Piano Competition
makes first announcement for 2009 Competition


CALGARY, AB, January 24, 2008 - Honens announced today the juries and featured artists of the Sixth Honens International Piano Competition:

JURIES

First Jury - Stage One
Angela Cheng, Chairwoman Canada
Katherine Chi Canada
Matthias Kirschnereit Germany
Ronan O'Hora United Kingdom

Second Jury - Quarterfinals, Semifinals, Finals
William Aide, Chairman Canada
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet France
Iain Burnside United Kingdom
Hung-Kuan Chen Germany
Jane Coop Canada
Aleksander Madzar Belgium
Anne-Marie McDermott United States


COLLABORATING ARTISTS

Quarterfinals
Brian Current, composer Canada
Erika Raum, violin Canada

Semifinals
Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto Canada

Finals
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Canada
Christoph Campestrini, conductor Austria

Canada's Honens International Piano Competition is a wonderfully different kind of music competition. Honens looks for artists whose interpretations grow from a wide cultural context and keen imagination, whose performances are informed yet flavoured by a fascination for life outside the practice studio, and whose talent inspires the heart and engages the intellect. Honens is dedicated to "Discovering the Complete Artist" - every aspect of the Competition reflects this philosophy.

After the Competition, Honens serves an essential need in the lives of emerging concert artists, those of mentorship and management. The laureates of the Honens Competition are supported in their budding careers by a robust career development program lasting three seasons - a program that provides opportunities for creative development, career growth and exposure.

Applications for the Competition will be available at honens.com starting February 1. The deadline for applying is October 31, 2008.

The Sixth Honens International Piano Competition takes place in Calgary, October 22 to November 6, 2009, and is presented by Nexen Inc. and supported by Steinway & Sons, Irene Besse Keyboards Ltd, TransAlta, Arcis Corporation, Alberta Views, Bantrel Co., Canadian Natural Resources Ltd, McCarthy Tą©trault LLP, Masters Gallery, CBC Radio 2, WAX Partnership, and RPM Piano Movers. For more information about Honens, visit honens.com.

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Information:
Julie Wright
Honens
403 299 0130 x 138
jwright@honens.com

Backgrounders:
Competition schedule
Collaborating Artists and Jury bios

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Dilettante Launches Online Classical Community

On Monday 28th January 2008 Dilettante Music goes live.
www.dilettantemusic.com

Dilettante is the first specialist classical music community on the Internet with tools for musicians, listeners and novices. The site aims to create a global network where classical musicians and fans can discover, present and share the music they love.

Why "Dilettante"?
Dilettante comes from the Italian dilettare meaning "to delight", so a dilettante is anyone who enjoys the arts.

Why classical? Why now?
Record industry sales figures show that classical is currently the fastest-growing genre of music, with digital downloads of classical music outpacing those of any other genre. Meanwhile, the demographic of classical music listeners is changing. Boasting a total listenership of 6.5million, the UK's ClassicFM recently reported a 52% increase in listeners under the age of 15 in a mere three-month period. As the Canadian news magazine Maclean's put it, "maybe classical music isn't dying, just relocating to the Internet."

Juliana Farha, the company's Canadian founder, was determined to use the Internet to revive the true spirit of dilettantism in music.

She says: "I was convinced that new listeners could discover classical music if they were given the right tools. Dilettante is designed to guide listeners on a journey through that often-daunting world". At the same time, Juliana wanted to support talented and committed young classical performers. "The best way to accomplish both was to help them find each other," she says.

The Site
At the heart of the Dilettante site is an unprecedented level of integration between the members' network and music pages. The Dilettante music catalogue is enhanced by the web's most comprehensive data about classical performers, composers and their works; supplied by All Media Guide.

Web 2.0 tools enable classical music lovers and novices alike to harness the power of the Internet for covert exploration and discovery. Members of the Dilettante community create online profiles that:

- showcase their repertoire and influences
-'fingerprint' (tag) music according to mood and other criteria
- highlight other skills, such as composing or teaching
- use blogs to share their news and views
- link their profiles to their own recordings for sale in the Dilettante shop, powered by Amazon.

In the coming weeks, we'll be adding tools to enhance user profiles, including:

- mp3 uploads of musicians' own performances and compositions
- a public events calendar, with concerts linked back to performer's profiles.

In addition, Dilettante will collaborate with producers to present classical music events in non-traditional venues.

These are the ingredients for a classical revolution; the only qualification to join is curiosity.


Rising Stars Webcast

The Dilettante uprising begins with a series of webcasts featuring some of the UK's rising stars. On 28th January 2008, The Harpham Quartet are first in the spotlight. Recent music college graduates, these fantastic young musicians have already made their Wigmore Hall debut and been featured live on BBC London.

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L'Ensemble Transatlantik Schrammel et l'accordą©oniste viennoise Barbara Fasst en tourną©e au Quą©bec en fą©vrier

DąťNER OU SOUPER CONCERT ąń LA BUTTE ST-JACQUES ąń MTL
CONCERT AU CENTRE D'ART LA CHAPELLE ąń QUą‚BEC


Quelle tristesse, vous n'ą©tiez pas du voyage lors des concerts ą› Garmisch-Partenkirchen et ą› Vienne de l'Ensemble Transatlantik Schrammel l'hiver dernier. Consolez-vous ! Le mąĀme programme vous sera offert en compagnie de la viennoise, virtuose de l'accordą©on chromatique Schrammel Barbara Faast ici mąĀme ą› Quą©bec. Venez entendre. ą› quelques jours de la ST-VALENTIN, des valses de Strauss, Sibelius, Boudreau et Schostakovitch ainsi que d'autres danses ą› saveur champąĀtre et romantiques de l'ą©poque de l'empire d'Autriche.


Samedi 9 fą©vrier ą› 20h au Centre d'art La chapelle situą© au 620 avenue Plante. prą©vente 20$ / porte 25$ Info et rą©servation 686-5032.


Dimanche 10 fą©vrier ą› la Butte St-Jacques, 50 rue St-Jacques Ouest ą› Montrą©al


2 reprą©sentations


11h concert et dą∆ner OU

14h30 concert et souper

concert et repas 5 services (taxes et service inclus) 37$

Info et rą©servation 450-435-1611


Une prą©sentation de la Socią©tą© de musique viennoise du Quą©bec

(www.viennamontreal.ca )


Merci de votre prą©cieuse collaboration et bonne saison


Source Jean DeschąĀnes

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop (March 2008: Los Angeles, California)

The Grant Institute: Certificate in Professional Program Development and Grant Communication will be held in Los Angeles, California, March 17 - 21, 2008. Interested development professionals, researchers, faculty, and graduate students should register as soon as possible, as demand means that seats will fill up quickly. Please forward, post, and distribute this e-mail to your colleagues and listservs.


All participants will receive certification in professional grant writing from the Institute, as well as 3.5 CEU units. For more information call (888) 824 - 4424 or visit The Grant Institute at www.thegrantinstitute.com


Please find the program description below:


The Grant Institute

Certificate in Professional Program Development and Grant Communication

will be held in

Los Angeles, California

March 17 - 21, 2008

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


The Grant Institute: Certificate in Professional Program Development and Grant Communication is a five-day intensive and interactive experience in which participants will be led through the program development, grant writing, and funding acquisition processes through the completion of four courses. The Grant Institute is not a seminar. Participants will actively engage in exercises and activities designed to strengthen their mastery of grant acquisition. Through the completion of varying assignments, students will leave The Grant Institute with a real grant proposal outline complete with quality research, solid content, and expert review. The Grant Institute focuses on combining the fundamentals of grant proposal writing with expert knowledge of communication principles such as Strategic Research, Persuasion, Argumentation, and Framing.


The Grant Institute trainers and consultants do not merely lecture participants, but act as personal consultants and coaches dedicated to encouraging participants to succeed beyond their own expectations. While The Grant Institute uses collaboration and small groups for many exercises, each participant will work on their organization's pro ject. Participants are not overwhelmed with negativity or discouragement, but will be given the highest level of expertise to generate confidence in pursuing any funding project.


At The Grant Institute , participants don't j ust learn to write grant proposals from top to bottom. Participants become specialists in our unique area of expertise: Grant Communication. Simply put, this is not your grandfather's grantwriting workshop. Our graduates are strategic, innovative, and confident. Whether you are new to professional grantwriting, or an experienced professional, you will not want to miss The Grant Institute.


The Grant Institute consists of four (4) courses that will be completed during the five-day workshop.


(1) Program Development and Evaluation


This course is centered around the belief that "it's all about the program." This intensive course will teach professional program development essentials and program evaluation. While most grantwriting "workshops" treat program development and evaluation as separate from the writing of a proposal, this class will teach students the relationship between overall program planning and all strategic communication, including grantwriting. Consistent in our belief in grant communication, this class encourages students to understand successful program development and to think strategically about funding as an integral part of the overall program planning process. This class turns students into experts by teaching how to take ideas and concepts and turn them into professionally developed programs.


(2) Advanced Grant Writing


Designed for both the novice and experienced grantwriter, this course will make each student an overall fundraising communication specialist. In addition to teaching the basic components of a grant proposal, successful approaches, and the do's and don'ts of grantwriting, this course is infused with expert principles that will lead to a mastery of the process. Strategy resides at the forefront of this course's intent to illustrate grantwriting as an integrated, multidimensional, and dynamic endeavor. Each student will learn to stop writing the grant and to start writing the story. Ultimately, this class will illustrate how each component of the grant proposal represents an opportunity to use proven techniques for generating support.


(3) Strategic Grant Research


At its foundation, this course will address the basics of foundation, corporation, and government grant research. However, this course will teach a strategic funding research approach that encourages students to see research not as something they do before they write a proposal, but as an integrated part of the grant seeking process. Students will be exposed to online and database research tools, as well as publications and directories which contain information about foundation, corporation, and government grant opportunities. Focusing on funding sources and basic social science research, this course teaches students how to use research as part of a strategic communication effort.


(4) Advanced Communication Strategies: Institute for Communication Improvement Persuasion and Argumentation Techniques


This course, designed by Institute for Communication Improvement, will provide students with an arsenal of advanced persuasion and argumentation techniques. Centered around expert communication principles, this class will change the way students conceptualize grant proposals and other fundraising tools. Students will leave this course with ICI's masterful methods and will be more than j ust confident grantwriters, but communication specialists. This course is grounded on the idea that fundraising and nonprofit development represent profound communication activity. Without question, this course is part of The Grant Institute difference.


Registration


$997.00 tuition includes all materials and certificates.


Each student will receive:

*The Grant Institute Certificate in Professional Program Development and Grant Communication

*The Grant Institute's Guide to Successful Grant Writing

*Grant Institute Grant Writer's Workbook with sample proposals, forms, and outlines

*3.5 CEU Units, Association of Fundraising Professionals

*The Grant Institute's 2007 Funding Resource CD

Registration Methods


1) On-Line - Complete the online registration form at www.thegrantinstitute.com under Register Now. We'll send your confirmation by e-mail.

2) By Phone - Call (888) 824 - 4424 to register by phone. Our friendly Program Coordinators will be happy to assist you and answer your questions.

3) By E-mail - Send an e-mail with your name, organization, and basic contact information to info@thegrantinstitute.com and we will reserve your slot and send your Confirmation Packet.

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La Scena Musicale, La SCENA and The Music Scene introduces its New Releases Section

Our readers are always on the lookout for something new. Concertgoers and music lovers want to know about the latest CDs, DVDs, and books. Musicians want to know about new instruments and accessories for themselves and their students. Why not show them your latest goodies? Whether it's musical or relevant to any of the arts (theatre, dance, visual art, etc.), your product will benefit from great visibility in our magazines' latest feature, the New Releases Section. This is a new and remarkably affordable advertising supplement, starting at only $25 per listing! It will appear next to the Reviews section in all three of our magazines, creating national exposure for your product. Best of all, our culturally passionate and musically inclined readers are tailor-made for your new releases, allowing you to appeal to an ideal targeted market.

The NEW Release Section will begin in the February 2008 issue of La Scena Musicale. For the February 2008 issue, you can include the new releases since the fall.

The deadline for reservations is: Friday, January 25, 2008
Reservations email: wkchan@scena.org
Deadline for text and images: Monday, January 28, 2008 at 3 p.m.
Email for text and images: kali@scena.org

Pricing (based on a listing inserted in ONE of our magazines, taxes extra):
o Basic listing: $25
o Descriptive listing: $85 (includes cover image and 50-word description)
o Frequency discounts available
Characteristics:
o Glossy colour page
o Location: next to Reviews page
o In all three magazines
o Products: CDs, DVDs, Books, Instruments, Accessories
o Open to Music and the Arts

FORM

Basic:
- Label: ________________
- Website: _______________
- Title: _________________
- Artists: ________________
- Catalogue no: ___________
- Timing:________________
- No of discs/ # of pages: _________

Descriptive Listing:
- Description (50-words): ___________________
- CD Image


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email: wkchan@scena.org -- or/ou -- wkchan@videotron.ca

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Read the NEW La Scena Musicale Blog http://www.scena.org/blog for regular news on music and the arts.
Voyez le nouveau blogue de La Scena Musicale ą› http://www.scena.org/blog pour les derniąģres nouvelles sur la musique et les arts.

La Scena Musicale, Honourable Mention at the 2007 Canada National Magazine Awards, Arts & Entertainment category
La Scena Musicale, mention d'honneur aux Prix du magazine canadien de 2007, catą©gorie arts et spectacles

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Calgary Opera announces Hold Over Performance of TOSCA

January 23, 2008 08-09

For Immediate Release

Calgary Opera Announces Hold-Over Performance of TOSCA


Calgary, AB - Calgary Opera has announced a fourth performance of Tosca on Sunday, April 27th at 2pm due to public demand for tickets. One of the greatest tales of love and loss, Puccini's Tosca runs April 19, 23, 25 & 27 2008 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Tickets for the hold-over performance go on sale February 11th.


"We opened our current season with a new built-in-Calgary production of Rigoletto, followed by the Canadian premiere of The Ballad of Baby Doe, which opens this week," says W.R. (Bob) McPhee, General Director & CEO. "We're thrilled to end the mainstage season with one of the most beloved tragedies in the repertoire, and to open up another performance for people to attend. The extra performance will give newcomers to opera a chance to get excellent seats to this grand opera experience as well as giving our core audience an opportunity to share this opera with family and friends."

The Calgary Opera production features an all-star cast including Soprano Michele Capalbo making her company debut in the title role, Tenor Marc Hervieux (Frobisher 2007) as Cavaradossi, and Baritone Gaą©tan Laperriąģre (Filumena 2003) as the evil Scarpia. Rounding out the cast are Baritone Phillip Addis in his Calgary Opera debut, Bass-Baritone Brian McIntosh (Cinderella 2007), Tenor Stephen Bell (alumnus of the Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Development Program 2006-2007), and Baritone Steven Pitkanen (Tales of Hoffmann 2004). Robert Dean conducts, Michael Cavanagh directs.


Tosca is sponsored by Nexen, with the Calgary Opera Chorus sponsored by Petro-Canada. Tickets for the hold-over performance go on sale February 11th and range from $36 - $133. Tickets are available by calling Calgary Opera at 262-7286 or at www.calgaryopera.com.

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For further information, please contact: Helen Moore-Parkhouse, Calgary Opera 802-3406, or hmp@calgaryopera.com


Helen Moore-Parkhouse
Director of Development & Marketing
Calgary Opera
802-3406

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Premier concours chorą©graphique / Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrą©al

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Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrą©al

lancent leur PREMIER concours chorą©graphique en 2008

Montrą©al, le 15 janvier 2007 - Une grande premiąģre aux Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrą©al ! Soucieux de dą©couvrir de nouveaux talents et de soutenir la crą©ation en ballet, la compagnie initie en ce dą©but d'anną©e un concours chorą©graphique unique en son genre ą› travers le Canada. Les jeunes chorą©graphes canadiens ou rą©sidents permanents de 30 ans et moins, dont la formation, la dą©marche et la sensibilitą© artistiques s'appuient sur la technique de ballet classique, sont invitą©s ą› s'y inscrire d'ici le 18 avril prochain.


Le concours chorą©graphique des Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrą©al, lancą© aujourd'hui, offre l'occasion ą› quatre artistes du pays, dont un du Quą©bec, de concevoir une oeuvre ne dą©passant pas 25 minutes, pour au plus quatre danseurs de la troupe. Les laurą©ats pourront rą©aliser leurs crą©ations au cours d'une pą©riode de cinq semaines, s'ą©chelonnant de la mi-aoą™t ą› la fin septembre 2008. Celles-ci seront prą©sentą©es ą› l'Agora de la danse, partenaire de prą©sentation du projet, les 25, 26 et 27 septembre 2008, ą› la suite d'une rą©sidence technique de trois jours au sein de ce chaleureux thą©ąĘtre de la danse.


Fait important : dans le cadre de ce projet, les laurą©ats bą©ną©ficieront tout au long du processus de crą©ation du mentorat ą©clairą© de Gradimir Pankov, directeur artistique des Grands Ballets, et de celui ą©galement de Stą©phan Pą©pin, directeur de production de l'institution. Le concepteur d'ą©clairages, Marc Parent, fera de plus partie de l'ą©quipe.


Dąģs son arrivą©e aux Grands Ballets, en 2000, Gradimir Pankov rąĀvait d'ą©tablir un tel concours innovateur. Identifier, encourager et solliciter la participation de talents ą©mergents, soutenir la crą©ation, contribuer au dą©veloppement et au rayonnement du ballet dans ses diverses expressions ont toujours ą©tą© ses premiers objectifs. Par ce concours, il espąģre de plus ą©tablir des relations ą› long terme avec les jeunes chorą©graphes au pays et intą©grer les crą©ateurs les plus talentueux ą› l'intą©rieur mąĀme de la programmation rą©guliąģre de la compagnie.


Les Grands Ballets ont ą› diffą©rentes occasions commandą© des piąģces ą› des chorą©graphes quą©bą©cois et canadiens, dont par le passą© Ginette Laurin, ą‚douard Lock et Shawn Hounsell, et aujourd'hui Peter Quanz. Toutefois, le nombre d'oeuvres canadiennes prą©sentą©es a diminuą© au cours des derniąģres anną©es en raison d'un manque de plateformes qui auraient permis aux nouveaux talents en chorą©graphie d'acquą©rir de l'expą©rience. Tremplin pour les jeunes artistes, le concours chorą©graphique des Grands Ballets se veut une solution pour pallier cette situation.


Crą©er dans un cadre exceptionnel, ąĀtre conseillą© et soutenu par des professionnels, travailler avec des danseurs accomplis et jouir de la crą©dibilitą© et de la rą©putation de la troupe : voilą› ce que le concours chorą©graphique des Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrą©al offre aux futurs laurą©ats.


Les candidats intą©ressą©s peuvent se procurer le feuillet d'information du concours sur le site Internet de la compagnie www.grandsballets.com. Date limite d'inscription : 18 avril 2008.

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Renseignements : Francine Arsenault, communications

(514) 849-8681, poste 227 / farsenault@grandsballets.com

www.grandsballets.com

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Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrą©al

lAUNCHES ITS FIRST CHOREOGRAPHIC COMPETITION IN 2008


Montrą©al, January 15, 2007 - A major "premiąģre" for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrą©al! With an eye to discovering new talent and supporting creation work in the ballet world, the company is initiating a choreographic competition...the only one of its kind in Canada. Young Canadian choreographers (citizens and permanent residents) aged 30 and under, whose training, approach and artistic sensibility are based on classical ballet techniques, are invited to enter by this April 18.


Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrą©al choreographic competition, launched today, will give four artists from Canada, including one from Quą©bec, the opportunity to create works a maximum of 25 minutes long for at most four of the troupe's dancers. Winners will direct their creations over a five-week period running from mid-August to late September 2008. The works will then be performed at the Agora de la danse, the project's presenting partner, on September 25, 26 and 27, following a three-day technical residence.


An important note: as part of the project, throughout the creation process winners will benefit from the enlightened mentorship of Gradimir Pankov, Artistic Director of Les Grands Ballets, as well as that of Stą©phan Pą©pin, the institution's Production Director. Resident lighting designer Marc Parent will also be part of the team.


Ever since his arrival at Les Grands Ballets in 2000, Mr. Pankov has dreamed of founding an innovative competition like this one. His main objectives have always been to find, encourage and seek the participation of emerging talent, support their creation work and contribute to the development and growth of ballet in its various expressions. Through the competition, he hopes to establish long-term relationships with the country's young choreographers and integrate the most talented creators' work into the company's regular programming.


Les Grands Ballets has at various times commissioned works from Quą©bą©cois and Canadian choreographers; past contributors include Ginette Laurin, ą‚douard Lock and Shawn Hounsell, and a current one is Peter Quanz. However, the number of Canadian works performed has diminished in recent years due to a notable lack of choreographers who master the arts of both ballet and choreography. As a spring plank for young artists, Les Grands Ballets choreographic competition aims to help improve this situation.


The opportunity to create within an exceptional framework, to receive the advice and support of professionals, to work with accomplished dancers and to benefit from the troupe's credibility and reputation: this is what Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrą©al choreographic competition offers future winners.


Interested candidates can see the competition information sheet on the company's website at www.grandsballets.com. The deadline for entry is April 18, 2008.

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Information: Francine Arsenault, Communications

(514) 849-8681, ext. 227 / farsenault@grandsballets.com

www.grandsballets.com

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Les ą‚tą©s de la danse / Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrą©al

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LE PRESTIGIEUX FESTIVAL

LES ą‚Tą‚S DE LA DANSE DE PARIS
REąŠOIT LES GRANDS BALLETS CANADIENS DE MONTRą‚AL

AU GRAND PALAIS

DANS LE CADRE DU 400e ANNIVERSAIRE DE LA VILLE DE QUą‚BEC


Montrą©al, le 15 janvier 2008 - En juillet prochain, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrą©al seront les invitą©s des ą‚tą©s de la danse de Paris, l'un des plus prestigieux festivals de ballet au monde.


Sous la prą©sidence de Mme Jacques Chirac, Les ą©tą©s de la danse enrichissent Paris durant la saison estivale d'une grande manifestation entiąģrement dą©dią©e ą› la danse depuis sa fondation en 2005. L'ą©vą©nement, dirigą© par M. Valą©ry Colin, reąŖoit chaque anną©e une seule compagnie de rą©putation internationale et mobilise tout autant la France entiąģre, par le biais d'une vaste campagne publicitaire, que les mą©dias internationaux. Le San Francisco Ballet, l'Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater et le Ballet National de Cuba y ont dą©ją› ą©tą© reąŖus.


Les Grands Ballets, qui ne se sont pas prą©sentą©s ą› Paris depuis trois dą©cennies, ont ą©tą© convią©s ą› se produire en plein coeur de la capitale franąŖaise, du 9 au 29 juillet 2008, pour une rą©sidence de plus de 3 semaines et un total de 16 spectacles dans le cadre de la 4e ą©dition de la manifestation. La compagnie devient ainsi le premier organisme culturel du Quą©bec et du Canada ą› avoir ą©tą© retenu pour illustrer l'excellence, le dynamisme et l'innovation en danse.


¨ī Je suis particuliąģrement fier de prą©senter le nouveau visage des Grands Ballets dans une vitrine aussi exceptionnelle que ce festival ¨™, affirme le directeur artistique, Gradimir Pankov. ¨īCette invitation est une consą©cration pour tout le travail, les efforts et l'ą©nergie consentis par tous les artistes, danseurs, concepteurs et artisans. Elle sera sans conteste l'un des grands moments de notre histoire ¨™, ajoute le directeur gą©ną©ral, Alain Dancyger.


Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrą©al prą©senteront trois programmes diffą©rents, rą©unissant des oeuvres rą©cemment crą©ą©es pour la compagnie, dont Minus One de Ohad Naharin, Toot de Didy Veldman, Noces de Stijn Celis et Les Quatre Saisons de Mauro Bigonzetti. Les spectacles seront donną©s sur une scąģne entiąģrement construite dans la partie centrale du Grand Palais, bąĘtiment patrimonial et lieu mythique situą© entre La Seine et les Champs ą‚lysą©es. Ils constitueront l'un des grands ą©vą©nements marquants des cą©lą©brations du 400e anniversaire de la ville de Quą©bec dans la capitale franąŖaise. Plus de 45 000 spectateurs y sont attendus !

Un grand gala, sous la prą©sidence d'honneur de l'Ambassadeur du Canada, M. Marc Lortie, et du Dą©lą©guą© gą©ną©ral du Quą©bec ą› Paris, M. Wilfrid Guy-Licari, et en prą©sence de personnalitą©s des mondes politiques et artistiques franąŖais, quą©bą©cois et canadiens, marquera la soirą©e d'ouverture le 9 juillet 2008.


Les GBCM sont heureux d'ąĀtre associą©s aux partenaires de prestige que sont Alcan, Power Corporation, Tourisme Montrą©al et le ministąģre du Tourisme du Quą©bec, dans le cadre de cet ą©vą©nement. La compagnie est particuliąģrement fiąģre de compter Air Canada comme partenaire privilą©gią© et transporteur officiel. Les GBCM remercient ą©galement la Dą©lą©gation gą©ną©rale du Quą©bec et l'Ambassade du Canada, ą› Paris, de leur aimable collaboration.


Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrą©al font vibrer leur ville au rythme de leurs crą©ations chorą©graphiques depuis 1957. Interculturelle et plurielle, telle est la stature de l'institution. En 2000, celle-ci a pris un grand virage sous l'impulsion ą©clairą©e de son nouveau directeur artistique, Gradimir Pankov, fort d'une longue expą©rience internationale. Dąģs son arrivą©e, il a fait des GBCM une compagnie de crą©ation et de rą©pertoire reflą©tant les tendances actuelles en ballet, et toujours trąģs active au pays comme ą› l'ą©tranger. Vivier propre ą› l'ą©closion de talents nouveaux, elle incarne aujourd'hui la crą©ativitą© et l'audace. Elle offre une vision diffą©rente du monde par la danse, une vision plus que jamais ą©motive, thą©ąĘtrale et passionnante.


Les GBCM bą©ną©ficient du gą©ną©reux soutien du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quą©bec, du Conseil des Arts du Canada, du Conseil des arts de Montrą©al, des Affaires ą©trangąģres et Commerce international Canada et de Patrimoine canadien.

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Renseignements : Francine Arsenault, communications

(514) 849-8681, poste 227 / farsenault@grandsballets.com

www.grandsballets.com

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PRESTIGIOUS LES ą‚Tą‚S DE LA DANSE DE PARIS
HOSTS LES GRANDS BALLETS CANADIENS DE MONTRą‚AL

AT THE GRAND PALAIS

AS PART OF QUą‚BEC CITY'S 400TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS


Montrą©al, January 15, 2008 - In July, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrą©al will be the featured guest company of Les ą©tą©s de la danse de Paris, one of the world's most prestigious ballet festivals.


Since 2005, under the chairmanship of Mrs. Jacques Chirac, Les ą©tą©s de la danse has crowned the summer season in Paris with a major event dedicated entirely to dance. The event, directed by Valą©ry Colin, hosts one internationally acclaimed company each year, and attracts the attention not only of the international media but also all of France thanks to a major advertising campaign. The San Francisco Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Ballet Nacional de Cuba have preceded Les Grands Ballets as featured guest companies at this festival.


Les Grands Ballets, which has not performed in Paris for three decades, has been invited to perform in the heart of the French capital from July 9 to 29, for a three-week and a half, 16-show residence as part of the event's 4th edition. Les Grands Ballets is the first cultural organization from Quą©bec and Canada to be chosen for this event to illustrate excellence, dynamism and innovation in dance.



"I am particularly proud to present the new face of Les Grands Ballets in such an exceptional showcase as the festival," says the company's Artistic Director, Gradimir Pankov. Adds its Executive Director Alain Dancyger: "This invitation is a testament to all the work, effort and energy invested by all our artists, dancers, creators and artisans. It will be, without any doubt, one of the milestones in our history."


Les Grands Ballets Canadiens will perform three different programs, bringing together several works recently created for the company, including Minus One by Ohad Naharin, Toot by Didy Veldman, Noces by Stijn Celis and Four Seasons by Mauro Bigonzetti. The shows will be performed on a stage entirely constructed in the central part of the Grand Palais, a legendary heritage building situated on the lower part of the Champs ą‚lysą©es. Les Grands Ballets shows will constitute one of the main celebrations in the French capital marking the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quą©bec City. More than 45,000 spectators are expected to attend!


A gala event will mark the opening night on July 9, with Ambassador of Canada, Mr. Marc Lortie, and Quą©bec's Delegate General in Paris, Mr. Wilfrid Guy-Licari, as honorary chairs, and guests including notable political and artistic figures from France, Quą©bec and the rest of Canada.


Les Grands Ballets Canadiens is pleased to be associated with prestigious partners Alcan, Power Corporation, Tourisme Montrą©al and the Ministąģre du Tourisme du Quą©bec for this festival. The company is particularly proud to have Air Canada as a special partner and official carrier. Les GBCM would also like to thank the Dą©lą©gation gą©ną©rale du Quą©bec and the Canadian Embassy, in Paris, for their valued contribution.


Les Grands Ballets Canadiens has enriched Montrą©al with its choreographic creations since 1957. Intercultural and pluralistic, this is the nature of the institution. In 2000, Mr. Pankov took the helm as Artistic Director; under his guidance and because of his extensive international experience, the company took a new turn. From the moment of his arrival, he has transformed Les Grands into a creative and repertory company that reflects current trends in ballet, and that remains very active both at home and abroad. An incubator for new talent, the company today embodies innovation and daring. Les Grands Ballets offers an alternative vision of the world through an art form it holds dear: one that is more emotional, theatrical, and exciting, than ever.


Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrą©al receives generous support from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quą©bec, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts de Montrą©al, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and Canadian Heritage.



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Information: Francine Arsenault, Communications

514 849-8681, ext. 227 / farsenault@grandsballets.com

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

[Ottawa] 11th Black & White Opera Soiree

MICHAEL SCHADE AND RUSSELL BRAUN INVITE YOU TO STEP INTO THEIR PARLOUR: PROGRAMMING ANNOUNCED FOR
THE 11th BLACK & WHITE OPERA SOIREE

OTTAWA, January 15, 2008 -- The 11th annual Black & White Opera Soiree -- on Saturday, February 23 at 20:00 in Southam Hall of the National Arts Centre -- showcases an all-Canadian cast of headliners, including internationally acclaimed opera superstars, tenor Michael Schade and baritone Russell Braun, and rising star, mezzo-soprano Lauren Segal. The world of opera meets the world of pop music as host for the evening will be singer-songwriter Steven Page of Barenaked Ladies, a long-time friend and fan of Michael Schade. Giovanni Reggioli will conduct the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and Michael Zaugg is the Chorus Master for the Opera Lyra Ottawa Chorus.

The Black & White Opera Soiree is presented by Bell, the founding sponsor of this annual fundraiser, in association with major sponsors EMC Canada and Vale Inco.

Both Michael Schade and Russell Braun have sung extensively in Austria. Indeed, Mr. Schade's career was launched in Vienna in 1991. He maintains an apartment in the centre of the city, has sung many of his most acclaimed roles there, and has appeared at the Salzburg Festival almost every year since 1994, always to great acclaim. The Black & White opera Soiree celebrates this unique connection by re-creating an enticing Viennese salon onstage in Southam Hall. Michael and Russell welcome their guests -- and the audience -- into the 'Gemąļtlichkeit', or 'warm and friendly atmosphere,' of a uniquely charming Viennese parlour. Inviting furniture will be scattered about, the musical guests will remain onstage throughout the evening, and the Opera Lyra Ottawa Chorus, festively attired, will mingle among the singers.

Although some repertoire is still under discussion, much of the programming has been confirmed. The evening will feature familiar, soaring melodies from some of the most popular operas in the canon, including Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) by Rossini, Cosi fan tutte, Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), and Don Giovanni by Mozart, Carmen by Georges Bizet, Die Fledermaus by Johann Strauss Jr., and Die lustige Witwe (The Merry Widow) by Franz Lehąįr. Surtitles projected above the stage allow the audience to enjoy an aria's lyrics as well as the music.

The Barber of Seville deserves special mention, as Michael Schade and Russell Braun have made a specialty of recreating the outrageous high-comedy antics of opera's most famous barber; selections from Barber include 'Largo al Factotum' -- the famous 'Figaro, Figaro, Figaro' aria -- by Russell Braun, 'Ecco, ridente in cielo' a romantic aria sung by Michael Schade, and the saucy 'Una voce poco fa' performed by Lauren Segal. Ms Segal will also be featured in a selection from Carmen, Cherubino's yearning 'Voi che sapete' from Le nozze di Figaro, and romantic duets with both Michael Schade ('So kommen Sie' from The Merry Widow) and Russell Braun ('La ci darem la mano' from Don Giovanni and 'Lippen schweigen' from The Merry Widow).

Michael Schade, one of the leading Mozart tenors on the stage today, will perform Don Ottavio's showpiece 'Il mio tesoro intanto' from Don Giovanni. Russell Braun will perform 'Finch'han dal vino', the famous 'Champagne aria' from Don Giovanni and the sprightly 'O Vaterland' from The Merry Widow, and together they will sing the tenderly expressive 'Secondate, aurette amiche' from Cosi fan tutte.


Steven Page -- who will not attempt opera -- will join the soloists for some crowd-pleasing favourites from the pop repertoire.

The Opera Lyra Ottawa Chorus will be featured in the 'Humming Chorus' from Puccini's Madama Butterfly, as well as in excerpts from Die lustige Witwe and Die Fledermaus. The NAC Orchestra will shine in renditions of the overture and entr'acte to Die Fledermaus and familiar selections from Die lustige Witwe.

"Tenor Michael Schade, who has built his high-profile international career on a beautiful, strong voice coupled with powerful artistry, communicated the full drama of every text he sang."
Toronto Star, December 17, 2007

[Russell Braun as Figaro] "-- the manner more commanding, the handsome, burry voice more fully rounded, the handsome face and figure more pliantly expressive. Vocally and artistically, he seems to have reached an enviable point of equilibrium. Sexy and smart and fully his colleagues' peer in either high notes or low comedy...." Opera Canada, Summer 2007

"¨š Lauren Segal consistently sang her part with power and a fine mezzo voice, capable of true expression and power." Robert Harris, The Globe and Mail, February 6, 2002

The Black & White Opera Soiree is an annual winter benefit for the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Opera Lyra Ottawa. Accessible and entertaining, the evening is a tantalising mix of fine food, high fashion, and some of the most beautiful music ever written. The Black & White Opera Soiree proudly showcases Canadian talent, with proceeds divided equally between the two arts organizations. Since its inception in 1998, the Soiree has contributed more than $1.8 million to help foster Canada's next generation of talented musical artists through training, mentoring, and showcasing.

The Black & White Opera Soiree takes place on Saturday, February 23, 2008 at the National Arts Centre.
o Soiree tickets are $325, which includes a cocktail reception, dinner, concert, and a post-concert party with the stars. Soiree tickets can be purchased through the NAC Foundation at 613-947-7000, ext.322 or at Opera Lyra Ottawa by contacting 613-233-9200, ext. 224.
o Concert-only tickets are $80, $70, and $55.

Tickets are available at the NAC Box Office (in person) and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111; Ticketmaster may also be accessed through the NAC's web-site at
www.nac-cna.ca. For more information on the event please visit the NAC website or www.operalyra.ca.

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Information:
Gerald Morris, National Arts Centre Karl Balisch, Opera Lyra Ottawa
613-947-7000, x249 613-233-9200, x229
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RCM to confer Fellowships on R.Murray Schafer, Steven Staryk and John Perry

Composer R. Murray Schafer, Violinist Steven Staryk and Pianist John Perry to Receive Honorary Fellowships from The Royal Conservatory of Music
Convocation Ceremony for Class of 2007 to be held Saturday, January 26

Toronto, January 22, 2008 - Internationally acclaimed Canadian composer R. Murray Schafer, Canadian-born violinist Steven Staryk and American pianist John Perry will be named Honorary Fellows of The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) at the Convocation Ceremony which will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, January 26 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts in North York. This year's honourees join a distinguished group of colleagues including the late Oscar Peterson, Mario Bernardi, Mme. Aline Chrą©tien, Adrienne Clarkson, Maureen Forrester, Teresa Stratas, A.Charles Baillie, David Mirvish, Thomson Highway and Robertson Davis.

In conferring the honorary fellowships, Dr. Peter Simon, President of The Royal Conservatory of Music said, "These three extraordinary artists have made a substantial contribution to the development of music and music education in Canada, earning them the affection of the music community, the recognition of their peers and the respect of this country. All three have very strong links with the Conservatory, having studied and taught here. Thanks to their contribution, the Conservatory continues to have an immense impact on the cultural and social life of our entire nation."

RCM graduates from as far away as Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Moose Jaw, Winnipeg, Montreal and Fredericton, as well as from communities across Ontario, travelled to Toronto to take part in the Convocation ceremonies. Each of the RCM graduates receives an ARCT certificate, becoming an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music, an internationally recognized certificate for teaching or performing.

This year's Convocation Ceremony will also feature a special performance by a 15-year old violinist Bora Kim, a student at the Conservatory's Young Artists Academy (YAPA) and a recipient of the RCME Gold Medal for Excellence in Theory.

Founded in 1886, The Royal Conservatory of Music is the largest and oldest independent arts educator in Canada, serving more than 500,000 active participants each year. To provide an even wider reach for its programs, the Conservatory has launched the Building National Dreams Campaign to restore its Victorian home and to build a state-of-the-art performance and learning centre.

Opening in 2008, the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning will be one of the world's greatest arts and education venues and a wonderful resource for all Canadians. Designed by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects (KPMB), this stunning facility will feature new academic and performance space, including an acoustically perfect 1,140-seat concert hall, new studios and classrooms, a new media centre, library and rehearsal hall. Technologically sophisticated, it will be the heart of creative education in Canada.

Biographical Sketches of Honorary Fellows:

Pianist John Perry earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at the Eastman School of Music. Mr. Perry has achieved considerable acclaim as a touring and recording artist and has won numerous prizes in international competitions. He has performed extensively throughout Europe and North America. Mr. Perry records for labels including Telefunken, Musical Heritage Society, CBC, Fox and ACA, which recently released his recording of three major American works for piano solo: Paul Cooper's Sinfonia, Sam Jones' Sonata for Piano, and the Piano Sonata of Donald Keats. As a respected chamber musician, Mr. Perry collaborates with some of the world's finest instrumentalists.

He has also attained an international reputation as a teacher, presenting master classes throughout the world. His students have been first prize winners in major competitions including the Rubinstein, Music Teachers' National Association, Naumburg Chopin National competition, Beethoven Foundation competition, Federated Music Clubs, the Young Keyboard Artists Association, American Music Society Competition and Young Musicians Foundation.

John Perry is a faculty member of the Colbourn School for Performing Arts, a frequent guest faculty member at the Banff Centre, artist-faculty member of the Aspen Music Festival, the Sarasota Festival and the Holland Music Sessions. During the academic year, he is a faculty member of the Thornton School of Music, the University of Southern California and The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

R. Murray Schafer
has earned a reputation as one of Canada's most important composers and music educators. His works have ranged from orchestral compositions and choral music to musical theatre and multi-media productions. He has won national and international acclaim not only for his musical compositions, but also as a dramatist, educator, environmentalist, literary scholar and visual artist. Born in Sarnia, Ontario, Mr. Schafer suppressed a youthful urge to become a painter to study music at The Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto and obtained a piano degree from the Royal College of Music in London, England. During his stays in Vienna and London between 1956 and 1961, he taught himself journalism, languages, literature, music and philosophy.

His diversity of interests is reflected by the enormous range and depth of such works as Loving (1965), Lustro (1972), Music for Wilderness Lake (1979), Flute Concerto (1984), and the World Soundscape Project, as well as his 12-part Patria music theatre cycle. His most important book, The Tuning of the World (1977), documents the findings of the World Soundscape Project, which united the social, scientific and artistic aspects of sound and introduced the concept of acoustic ecology.

His many honours include the Fromm Foundation Award in 1972, the Canadian Music Council Medal in 1972, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1974, the William Harold Moon Award in 1974, the Composer of the Year Award from the Canadian Music Council in 1976, the Jules Lą©ger Prize for New Chamber Music in 1977 (for String Quartet No. 2, Waves). In 1980, he received the Prix Honegger for String Quartet No.1 and in 1987 he became the first recipient of the triennial Glenn Gould Prize for Music and its Communication. In 1993, he received the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prize and in 1999 he became the recipient of the Louis Applebaum Composer's Award. In 2005, he won the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. R. Murray Schafer also holds honorary doctorates from universities in Canada, France and Argentina.

A renowned teacher, acclaimed orchestral and chamber musician, and international soloist, Steven Staryk is considered a leading Canadian-born violinist of his generation. He has won the respect of his peers and of the critics for his virtuosity and orchestral leadership.

Mr. Staryk made his recital debut for CBC radio at 14 and at 17 he performed Paganini's Concerto No. 1 with the Royal Conservatory Orchestra at Massey Hall. In 1956, he was runner-up in the International Competition for Musical Performers in Geneva. He was runner-up again at the Carl Flesch International Competition in London.

Following the competition in London, he became concertmaster of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 24 - the youngest in its history. This earned him the title of the "king of concertmasters" from the prestigious Strad magazine. He went on to serve as concertmaster of the Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam, Amsterdam Chamber Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Staryk is also a well known master teacher and has taught at the Amsterdam Conservatory, Northwestern University and the American Conservatory in Chicago. He became the youngest full professor at Oberlin College Conservatory in Ohio. He served as a head of the string department at the Vancouver Academy of Music and taught at the University of Victoria.

His other teaching positions include the University of Ottawa, the University of Western Ontario, The Royal Conservatory of Music and the University of Toronto. His teaching career culminated with the University of Washington in Seattle, which conferred on him its distinguished Teaching Award, the first ever given to a professor in its School of Music.

Mr. Staryk was a member of the Oberlin String Quartet, a founding member of Quartet Canada, led the CBC String Quartet and formed the Staryk-Perry Duo with pianist John Perry. Steven Staryk also served as the first Canadian adjudicator for the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1982.

Media Contact:
Jack Kado, Director of Public Relations
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FLIP Adds Muscle to its Music Division!

For Immediate Release: January 22, 2008
FLIP ADDS MUSCLE TO ITS MUSIC DIVISION
From Classical to Punk and everything in between!


FLIP Publicity & Promotions is thrilled to announce that music publicists Barbora Krsek and Mavis Harris have joined the FLIP team. Barbora will work with FLIP's classical music and choral clients, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and Mavis will work with FLIP's contemporary music and performing arts clients, including North by Northeast (NXNE) Music and Film Festival & Conference.


A tireless promoter of classical culture, Barbora Kresk was publicist for the world-renowned Canadian Opera Company (COC), where she worked on the world premiere of The Golden Ass (libretto from Canadian literary lion Robertson Davies), on Francois Girard's award-winning production of Stravinsky's Oedipus Rex with Symphony of Psalms, and the COC's 50th Anniversary Celebration, all of which garnered international media attention. After promoting the COC to local, national and international media for several years, Barbora left the company to work directly with Canadian artists, including soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian, baritone James Westman, mezzo-soprano Krisztina Szabo and bass Alain Coulombe. She also worked with the legendary Niki Goldschmidt on The Joy of Singing Festival and the Benjamin Britten Festival, and managed publicity for the annual Arthur Ellis Awards for the Crime Writers of Canada.


Barbora's talent for communications extends beyond the realm of publicity. She is Associate Editor with Opera Canada magazine and speaks several languages, including Slovak, Czech, Russian and some Spanish. In her free time, Barbora enjoys listening to speed metal (just kidding-classical, opera and The King are her faves) and relaxing on a hot beach in the Dominican Republic.


Mavis Harris consumes music the way she consumes twizzlers - passionately, obsessively and voraciously! A graduate of Durham College's PR program, Mavis launched her career as an intern with FLIP, where she worked on projects such as Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, UMOJA - The Spirit of Togetherness and Terracotta Warriors. Following her internship with FLIP, Mavis joined MapleMusic where, as publicist, she worked with artists such as Vinnie Paul, Tegan & Sara, Radiohead and C'MON. Mavis thrived in the fast-paced, ever-changing music business but was powerless to deny her inner FLIPster. And so, after three years with MapleMusic, Mavis returns to FLIP, bringing with her an encyclopedic knowledge of rock 'n' roll, a sassy wit and a "never-say-die" attitude. When she's not working, Mavis enjoys checking out new bands, hanging out at the Bovine and wrestling jigsaw puzzles into submission.


FLIP Publicity & Promotions is Canada's preeminent entertainment PR agency. Firmly ensconced in the world of theatre and performing arts, FLIP has expanded its music division to better serve its growing list of music clients including Cirque du Soleil, Paquin Entertainment, House of Blues, Show One Productions, Naomi Judd, Angela Hewitt, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and artists from the Universal Music roster including Ron Sexsmith, Esthero and Collective Soul.


Media Contact:
Carrie Sager
President
FLIP Publicity & Promotions Inc.
720 Bathurst Street, Suite 403
Toronto, ON, Canada M5S 2R4
416.533.7710 X224 fax 416.533.7797
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In Memoriam: Talivaldis Kenins

(Toronto, ON - January 22, 2008) The Canadian Music Centre regrets to announce the passing of one of Canada's pioneering composers Talivaldis Kenins. The eminent Canadian composer and professor emeritus of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Music passed away on Sunday night, at the age of 88.

Born in Liepaja, Latvia in 1919, Talivaldis Kenins was a child of parents eminent in the cultural and political life of that country. His father, Atis-a lawyer, educator, diplomat, politician, minister of Education and Justice-was also a poet and translator, while his mother, Anna, was a noted writer and journalist. Raised in this milieu, young "Tali" started piano studies at age five and his first compositions were written when he was eight.

He pursued formal education at the College de Menton and Lycą©e de Grenoble, France, where he received his "Bachelier des lettres" in 1939. He then pursued composition at the State Conservatory in Riga under Joseph Wihtol, but was forced to leave Latvia by the second Soviet occupation following World War II. He returned to France, and in 1945 entered the Conservatoire National Superieur de Paris, where his teachers included Simone Plą©-Caussade, Tony Aubin and Olivier Messiaen. The student composer supported himself in postwar Paris by accompanying vocalists, serving as pianist for theatrical productions, and playing in dance bands. Despite these financial challenges, Kenins completed all course requirements, received the Perilhou, Gouy d'Arcy and Halphen music prizes, and graduated in 1950 with the "Grand Prix Laureate" in composition. Also in 1950, he was awarded a scholarship by the UNESCO International Music Council (which permitted a full-year of postgraduate work), and Herman Scherchen conducted his Septet (1949) at the Darmstadt New Music Festival later the same year.

Following his marriage to compatriot Vlada Dreimane, Kenins moved to Canada in 1951 to assume duties as organist and music director at St. Andrews Latvian Lutheran Church in Toronto. He joined the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto the following year, teaching composition and contrapuntal techniques. Kenins was appointed full professor in 1973, and served as co-ordinator of the composition division between 1977-79. Among his many talented students are Edward Laufer, Walter Kemp, Bruce Mather, Imant Raminsh, and Arthur Ozolins as well as younger composers Tomas Dusatko, James Rolfe and Ronald Smith.

In addition to his academic duties, Kenins had been very active in Canada's professional musical life. He founded the Latvian Concert Association of Toronto in 1959, was an active member of the Canadian League of Composers for many years (and its president in 1973-4), and lectured on contemporary music and Canadiana at institutions, conferences and symposia around the world.

Kenins was the author of a great many works of chamber music as well as eight symphonies, twelve concertos, three cantatas, an oratorio, choral works and a number of educational pieces. The clarity of his musical expression and consistency of his craft have resulted in Talivaldis Kenins becoming one of our most commissioned and performed composers. His music has been included on numerous national and international festivals and he has been the recipient of many honours. Invested with the Champollion Silver Medal (Grenoble), created Officer of the National Three-Star Order of the Republic of Latvia, named Professor Emeritus by the University of Toronto after 32 years of distinguished teaching, appointed an Honourary Professor by the Music Academy of Latvia, Talivaldis Kenins became the subject of a film documentary prepared in 1990 by the Latvian Radio and Television Services. In 1989, a four-CD set devoted to Kenins' music was released by RCI as part of its Anthology of Canadian Music series, and in 2003 the Centrediscs recording label featured him in documentary and music as part of the Canadian Composers Portraits series of CD sets. In tribute to Kenins on his 75th anniversary, a major biography of the composer, written by Dr. Ingrida Zemzare, was published by Gara Pupa Editions in Latvia. The Canadian musicologist Dr. Paul Rapoport is currently working on an English-language book on Talivaldis Kenins.


The funeral will be held at St. Andrew's Latvian Lutheran Church, at the corner of Carlton and Jarvis, on Friday, January 25, at 1:00 p.m., with visitation the previous day from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Roasar-Morrison on Sherbourne.with a reception to follow at the Canadian Latvian Centre. (Eglinton, just east of the Don Valley Parkway.)


Canadian Music Centre
Ontario Region
20 St. Joseph St.
Toronto, ON
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T. 416-961-6601 x. 207
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[Montreal] Offres d'emploi au Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quą©bec

APPEL DE CANDIDATURES

Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quą©bec cherche ą› combler les postes suivants pour son bureau de Montrą©al :

DIRECTEUR OU DIRECTRICE DE LA MUSIQUE ET DE LA DANSE

ADJOINT OU ADJOINTE ADMINISTRATIF(VE)

Le Conseil invite les personnes intą©ressą©es ą› consulter les offres d'emploi sur son site Web pour plus de renseignements concernant la nature des postes, les exigences requises, les conditions d'admissibilitą© et les renseignements pour soumettre leur candidature. Le Conseil accepte les candidatures jusqu'au 1er fą©vrier 2008.
Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quą©bec applique un programme d'accąģs ą› l'ą©galitą© et invite les femmes, les membres des minoritą©s visibles et des minoritą©s ethniques ą› prą©senter leur candidature.

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Chris Paul Harman wins 2007 Jules Lą©ger Prize for New Chamber Music


[Ottawa] January 22, 2008 - The Canada Council for the Arts announced today that the work Postludio a rovescio by composer Chris Paul Harman is the winner of the 2007 Jules Lą©ger Prize for New Chamber Music. Postludio a rovescio was commissioned in 2006 by the Nieuw Ensemble, and will receive its Canadian premiere under the baton of Robert Aitken on April 11 at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. It is the second time Mr. Harman has won the prize (the first time was in 2001 for Amerika).

Awarded annually in partnership with the Canada Council, Canadian Music Centre and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Socią©tą© Radio-Canada, the Jules Lą©ger Prize for New Chamber Music is designed to encourage the creation of new Canadian chamber music and to foster its performance by Canadian chamber groups. The $7,500 prize was established in 1978 by the Right Honourable Jules Lą©ger, then Governor General of Canada.

"Postludio a rovescio, scored for an instrumental ensemble favouring plucked instruments, is an elaboration of an earlier work I had composed for solo violin," said Mr. Harman. "The source material for both works is drawn from the Passacaglia for solo violin by Heinrich Biber. The title, meaning 'inside out postlude' in Italian, refers to the way in which many of the structural and gestural elements of Biber's original music have been 'inverted' in my own work."

The competition for the prize is administered by the Canadian Music Centre. The Canada Council funds the award, selects the peer assessment committee and organizes the prize presentation ceremony. Every year, the winning work is broadcast nationally by CBC Radio 2 and Espace musique, Radio-Canada's music network.

The prize will be presented to Mr. Harman on Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m. during a concert by New Music Concerts at Glenn Gould Studio, in the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto. Postludio a rovescio will be broadcast by CBC Radio 2 on the April 14 edition of The Signal, with host Laurie Brown, between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. and on Espace Musique at a later date.

The members of the peer assessment committee for the 2007 Jules Lą©ger Prize were violinist Jeremy Bell (Waterloo), composer Gregory Lee Newsome (Toronto) and composer Clark Ross (St. John's, NL). The committee was a "blind jury" which evaluated the works without knowing the names of the composers.

The jury said "this piece is a sonic tour-de-force, well-structured, and developing in a convincing and imaginative way. It is a truly impressive composition, filled with sonic treats that keep the listener's interest throughout."

The jury made a special mention of two other works submitted for the Jules Lą©ger Prize. They described per essere fresco by Giorgio Magnanensi (Roberts Creek, BC) as "a unique, sonic melee of tremendous virtuosity, demonstrating a powerful artistic vision." This is the second consecutive year that Giorgio Magnanensi is the first runner-up for this work.

The jury also praised Nicole Lizą©e of Lachine, Quebec for her work This will not be televised which "assimilates elements of club/urban, pop and contemporary classical music in a fresh and convincing way."

Previous winners of the Jules Lą©ger Prize include James Rolfe, Linda Catlin Smith, Patrick Saint-Denis, ą‚ric Morin, Yannick Plamondon, Andrą© Ristic, Alexina Louie, Michael Oesterle, Omar Daniel, Christos Hatzis, John Burke, Peter Paul Koprowski, Bruce Mather, John Rea, Donald Steven, Michael Colgrass, Denys Bouliane, Michel Longtin,
Brian Cherney, John Hawkins, Walter Boudreau, Serge Garant and R. Murray Schafer.

Chris Paul Harman
Chris Paul Harman was born in 1970 in Toronto where he studied classical guitar, cello and electronic music with Barton Wigg, Alan Stellings and Wes Wraggett, respectively. His works have been performed by many ensembles and orchestras in Canada and abroad, including the Asko Ensemble, the CBC Radio Orchestra, the Esprit Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the New Music Concerts Ensemble, the Noordhollands Philharmonisch, the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Symphony, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

In 1986, Mr. Harman was a finalist in the CBC Radio National Competition for Young Composers. In 1990, he was the Grand Prize Winner in that same competition for his work Iridescence, which was the selected work in the category for Composers under 30 years of age at the 1991 International Rostrum of Composers in Paris. At the International Rostrum of Composers in 2004, his Concerto for Oboe and Strings was chosen as a Recommended Work in the general category. As a result, both works have been broadcast in some 25 countries.

In 2001, Mr. Harman's work Uta received an honourable mention at the Gaudeamus International Music Week. The same year, his work Amerika was awarded the Jules Lą©ger Prize and was short listed for the Prix de Composition de la Fondation Prince Pierre de Monaco.

In 2005, Mr. Harman was appointed Assistant Professor of Composition at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal.

General information
In addition to its principal role of promoting and fostering the arts in Canada, the Canada Council administers awards and fellowships to over 200 artists and scholars annually in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural and health sciences, and engineering. Among these are the Governor General's Awards in Visual and Media Arts, the Killam Prizes, the Killam Research Fellowships, the Canada Council for the Arts Molson Prizes, the Governor General's Literary Awards and the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. Other music awards include the Sylva Gelber Foundation Award, the Virginia Parker Prize, the Bernard Diamant Prize, and loans of fine stringed instruments through the Musical Instrument Bank.

For more information about these awards, including nomination procedures, contact Janet Riedel Pigott, Acting Director of Endowments and Prizes, at 613-566-4414, or 1-800-263-5588, ext. 5041, e-mail: janet.riedel@canadacouncil.ca; or
Carole Breton, Acting Endowments and Prizes Officer, at 613-566-4414, or 1-800-263-5588, ext. 4116, e-mail: carole.breton@canadacouncil.ca.

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Sony BMG Masterworks Releases The Essential Leon Fleisher

Sony BMG Masterworks releases The Essential Leon Fleisher, a commemorative anthology that features highlights from his greatest recordings. A special digital-only edition, with exclusive bonus tracks, is available on iTunes.

The 2-CD set features recordings released for the first time on CD - the 1963 recording with the Juilliard String Quartet of the Scherzo from the Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor and the opening movement (Molto Moderato) of the Schubert Sonata in B-Flat Major, Fleisher's first recording for Columbia Masterworks in 1954.

The pillars of the set are the opening tracks on each disc: the first movement of Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto, which was recently inducted to the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, and on disc 2, the first movement of the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1, which Yo-Yo Ma named one of his top five favorite recordings on NPR Music. Another highlight is the Brahms transcription of the Bach Chaconne, for left hand.

"Fleisher [is] one of the first American-born classical music stars." - Yo-Yo Ma
"...his musical mastery is beyond reproach." - Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile
"... inspiring confidence and expressive power..." - Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun
"...a musician's musician." - Ben Finane, The Star Ledger

For an in-depth overview, listen to Tom Hall's interview feature with Fleisher on WYPR's Maryland Morning.
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To learn more about Leon Fleisher or Boss Sounds:

Nell Mulderry 212.741.7959 nell@bosssounds.com

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NACO, Jan. 30-31: principal oboe Charles Hamann solos in Strauss's Oboe Concerto with Pinchas Zukerman

National Arts Centre Orchestra / News Release

January 22, 2008

For immediate release

NAC Orchestra principal oboe Charles Hamann solos in Strauss's Oboe Concerto with Pinchas Zukerman on the podium on January 30-31

"The concert should not be missed because this concerto is arguably the greatest concerto written for our instrument and takes pride of place on the program with arguably the greatest symphony Mozart wrote, along with a sparkling overture by Handel featuring the dancing lines of a pair of oboes." - Charles "Chip" Hamann, NAC Orchestra principal oboe and soloist in the Richard Strauss Oboe Concerto.

Ottawa, Canada - The National Arts Centre Orchestra's superb principal oboe Charles "Chip" Hamann steps to the spotlight to perform Richard Strauss's magnificent Oboe Concerto under the baton of Music Director Pinchas Zukerman in Ovation Series concerts on Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31at 20:00 in the NAC's Southam Hall. The programme opens with Handel's Entrance of the Queen of Sheba and closes with Mozart's final symphonic masterpiece, the "Jupiter" Symphony No. 41.

There will be pre-concert talks in French offered at the NAC both nights at 19:00 by Montreal musicologist FranąŖois Tousignant entitled "Des musiques dą©moniaques".

Soloist Chip Hamann has been eagerly waiting 20 years for the opportunity to play the Strauss Oboe Concerto. He says: "All three of the composers on the programme (Haydn, Strauss and Mozart) were great masters of vocal music, and in particular, opera. It is no coincidence, I believe, that all three also wrote oboe concertos that are considered among the masterpieces in the genre. The Strauss is the grandest and most distinguished of these concerti, with the kind of soaring melodies and long lines you think of in his great operas. Yet this concerto looks backward towards Mozart and Handel in terms of the forces used in the orchestra and in the textures, harmonic language, and interplay between soloist and orchestra... It's definitely Mozart's voice finding its way into Strauss's world in terms of transparency, clarity and use of orchestral colour."

Recognized as one of Canada's foremost oboists, Chip Hamann has been principal oboe of the NAC Orchestra since 1995 after acting in the position from 1993. This month he had the honour of being invited to join the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London as acting principal oboe on its 2008 North American tour led by Maestro Zukerman in cities across the U.S., including Chip's hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska! He participates annually in the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, and has toured in Canada and in the United States with the National Arts Centre Wind Quintet. Charles Hamann's solo appearances include the Lincoln Symphony, Ottawa's Thirteen Strings, and Les Violons du Roy. He has appeared with NACO as soloist on many occasions.

In looking forward to the upcoming performance of the Strauss, Hamann adds: "To be able to collaborate with PZ on this piece is a special treat. He has such a way with the German Romantic tradition, and I can already see his sweeping gestures in the orchestral tuttis that will carry the orchestra and audience into Strauss's world... After our nearly ten years of making music together at the NAC, I'm sure there will be an instinctual understanding between us regarding how things should come together."

Tickets for these Ovation Series concerts on Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31 at 20:00 are on sale now at $19.00, $29.00, $49.00, $59.00, $69.00 with box seats at $83.00 (GST and Facility Fee included) at the NAC Box Office (Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 21:00), and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111. Ticketmaster may also be accessed through the NAC's website at www.nac-cna.ca.

Half-price tickets for students in all sections of the hall are on sale in person at the NAC Box Office upon presentation of a valid student ID card. Same-day Live Rush tickets (subject to availability) for full-time students (aged 13 to 29) are $10 at the NAC Box Office between 14:00 and 18:00 on the day of performance only, upon presentation of a valid Live Rush card.

Groups of 10 and more save 15% to 20% off the regular price of tickets to NAC Music, Theatre and Dance performances. To reserve your seats call 613-947-7000 ext. 384 or email grp@nac-cna.ca.

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Jane Morris

Communications Officer/Agente de communication

National Arts Centre Orchestra/Orchestre du Centre national des Arts

Telephone/Tą©lą©phone: 613-947-7000 x 335

Fax: 613-996-2828

www.nac-cna.ca

www.artsalive.ca

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s Hamann, hautbois solo de l'Orchestre du CNA, interprąģte le Concerto pour hautbois de StraussOCNA, les 30 et 31 janvier : Charle

Orchestre du Centre national des Arts / Communiquą©

Le 22 janvier 2008

Pour diffusion immą©diate

Charles Hamann, hautbois solo de l'Orchestre du CNA, interprąģte le Concerto pour hautbois de Strauss sous la direction de Pinchas Zukerman les 30 et 31 janvier

¨ī C'est un concert ą› ne pas manquer, ą©tant donną© que ce concerto est sans doute le plus grand concerto ą©crit pour notre instrument et qu'il a l'honneur de partager l'affiche avec ce qui est probablement la plus grande symphonie de Mozart et avec une brillante ouverture de Haendel oąľ se dą©marquent les lignes mą©lodiques dansantes d'une paire de hautbois. ¨™

- Charles ¨ī Chip ¨™ Hamann, hautbois solo de l'Orchestre du CNA et soliste du Concerto pour hautbois de Richard Strauss.

Ottawa (Canada) - Charles "Chip" Hamann, le superbe hautbois solo de l'Orchestre du Centre national des Arts (CNA), prend l'avant-scąģne pour interprą©ter le magnifique Concerto pour hautbois de Richard Strauss sous la baguette du directeur musical Pinchas Zukerman, dans le cadre des concerts de la są©rie Ovation des mercredi 30 et jeudi 31 janvier ą› 20 h ą› la salle Southam du CNA. En ouverture du programme, on entendra l'Entrą©e de la reine de Saba de Haendel, et les concerts se concluront par l'ultime chef-d'oeuvre symphonique de Mozart, la Symphonie ¨ī Jupiter ¨™ no 41.

Des causeries d'avant-concert en franąŖais, ayant pour thąģme Des musiques dą©moniaques, seront offertes au CNA les deux soirs ą› 19 h par le musicologue montrą©alais FranąŖois Tousignant.

Le soliste Chip Hamann attendait depuis vingt ans l'occasion de jouer le Concerto pour hautbois de Strauss. ¨ī Les trois compositeurs au programme de ces concerts (Haydn, Strauss et Mozart) ą©taient de grands maą∆tres de la musique vocale et en particulier de l'opą©ra ¨™, fait-il remarquer. ¨ī Selon moi, ce n'est pas par hasard que ces trois compositeurs ont ą©galement consacrą© au hautbois des concertos qui sont considą©rą©s comme des chefs-d'oeuvre du genre. Le concerto de Strauss est le plus grand et le plus distinguą© de ces concertos avec ses mą©lodies exaltantes et ses longues lignes musicales qui rappellent ses grands opą©ras tels Der Rosenkavalier, Daphną© et Arabella. Et pourtant, ce concerto rappelle Mozart et Haendel sur le plan des effectifs orchestraux et des textures, du langage harmonique et des ą©changes entre le soliste et l'orchestre... C'est vraiment la voix de Mozart qui se fraie un chemin dans le monde de Strauss et que l'on reconnaą∆t ą› sa transparence, sa clartą© et son utilisation de la couleur orchestrale. ¨™

Reconnu comme l'un des plus brillants hautboąōstes du Canada, Chip Hamann occupe le poste de hautbois solo au sein de l'Orchestre du CNA depuis 1995, aprąģs avoir assumą© les mąĀmes fonctions par intą©rim dąģs 1993. Ce mois-ci, il a eu l'honneur d'ąĀtre invitą© ą› se joindre ą› la tourną©e amą©ricaine de janvier 2008 du Royal Philharmonic Orchestra de Londres, dans le poste de hautbois solo intą©rim sous la direction de Pinchas Zukerman. L'orchestre s'est produit notamment ą› Lincoln (Nebraska), ville natale du hautboąōste! Il participe annuellement au Festival de musique de chambre d'Ottawa, et a fait plusieurs tourną©es au Canada et aux ą‚tats-Unis avec le Quintette ą› vents du Centre national des Arts. Il s'est produit maintes fois comme soliste avec l'Orchestre du CNA, et a aussi ą©tą© soliste notamment avec le Lincoln Symphony, Thirteen Strings d'Ottawa et Les Violons du Roy.

¨ī Je me sens tout spą©cialement privilą©gią© de pouvoir collaborer avec Pinchas Zukerman pour interprą©ter cette oeuvre ¨™, se rą©jouit-il en rą©fą©rence au Concerto de Strauss. ¨ī Il a une faąŖon particuliąģre de diriger les oeuvres de la tradition romantique allemande, et je peux dą©ją› imaginer les gestes amples qu'il aura dans les tutti orchestraux pour transporter l'orchestre et l'auditoire dans le monde de Strauss... Depuis pratiquement dix ans, nous faisons de la musique ensemble au CNA, et je suis certain que nous trouverons instinctivement et d'un commun accord de quelle maniąģre interprą©ter cette oeuvre. ¨™

Les billets pour ces concerts de la są©rie Ovation des 30 et 31 janvier sont en vente maintenant au coą™t de 19 $, 29 $, 49 $, 59 $, 69$ pour une place dans la salle, et ą› 83 $ pour un fauteuil dans les loges (TPS de 6 % et frais d'ą©tablissement inclus), ą› la Billetterie du CNA (du lundi au samedi de 10 h ą› 21 h) et, par l'entremise de Ticketmaster (frais de service en sus), au 613-755-1111 ou en ligne, sur le site Web du CNA ą› l'adresse www.nac-cna.ca.

Les ą©tudiants peuvent se procurer des billets ą› moitią© prix pour toutes les sections de la salle en se prą©sentant en personne ą› la Billetterie du CNA, munis d'une carte d'ą©tudiant en rąģgle. Les billets Buzz en direct disponibles le jour mąĀme (s'il en reste), rą©servą©s aux ą©tudiant ą› temps plein de treize ą› vingt-neuf ans, sont vendus 10 $ ą› la Billetterie du CNA, de 14 h ą› 18 h le jour du concert seulement, sur prą©sentation d'une carte de membre Buzz en direct dą™ment enregistrą©e.

Les groupes de dix personnes et plus ą©pargnent de 15 ą› 20 p. cent du prix courant des billets pour toutes les reprą©sentations de Musique, de Thą©ąĘtre ou de Danse du CNA. Rą©servations : 613-947-7000, poste 384, ou grp@nac-cna.ca . Il est encore possible de s'abonner en communiquant avec le Bureau des abonnements au 613-947-7000, poste 620.

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Jane Morris

Communications Officer/Agente de communication

National Arts Centre Orchestra/Orchestre du Centre national des Arts

Telephone/Tą©lą©phone: 613-947-7000 x 335

Fax: 613-996-2828

www.nac-cna.ca

www.artsalive.ca

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Canadian artists release their platform on copyright reform

C.C.C.: Creators' Copyright Coalition

http://www.creatorscopyright.ca/

COPYRIGHT REFORM KEY PROTECTION FOR CANADA'S ARTISTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 21, 2008

TORONTO: Canadian artists have released their platform on copyright reform in anticipation of the Canadian government's expected new copyright legislation. You will find it attached.

The result of months of research and study, the Creators' Copyright Coalition position paper outlines the reforms that creator groups would ideally like to see in Canadian law.

Members of the CCC believe that the making of art and contemporary Canadian culture is a vital part of life, and an essential ingredient of the information economy. If the new copyright reforms enhance and protect the rights of creators, then it will encourage art, contribute to our culture and enrich the lives of all Canadians.

"Without protection for performers and creators, we risk more than harming our international reputation, we risk damaging our industry at large. It's in the public interest that artists and their work be protected so they can earn a living wage and contribute to our culture and economy," said Stephen Waddell, ACTRA National Executive Director.

John Degen, novelist and Executive Director of the Professional Writers Association of Canada: "I believe Canada can have a strong copyright law protecting the work and careers of all professional creators, while fairly and reasonably addressing the concerns of both corporations and consumers. The CCC statement is meant as a step in that direction."

Stan Meissner, songwriter, past president of the Songwriters Association of Canada: "While the digital age has offered music creators wonderful opportunities, it is clear that the rampant unpaid online consumption of music and other content has had a devastating effect. We need up-to-date copyright legislation that will protect the value of our rights, ensuring us a future where creators will be compensated for the use and enjoyment of our work."

Bill Freeman, the chair of the CCC, said: "Creators have been waiting far too long for copyright reform. It is time to protect the rights of all authors and performers in the Internet age."

The Creators Copyright Coalition (CCC) is an alliance of 16 professional associations of individual creators and performers and copyright collective societies active in the theatre, the visual arts, the applied arts, literature, music, recording and audiovisual (radio, television, film and commercials). Together these 16 associations and collectives represent more than 100,000 creators (authors and performers) who are copyright owners.

Contact: Bill Freeman, Chair, CCC, 416 203-2956

John Degen, PWAC: 416- 504-1645


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Saturday, January 19, 2008

ATMA News and New Releases: January 2008

ATMA rings in the New Year with two superb new recordings.

Wind chill
SCHUBERT - WINTERREISE
chamber version

Christoph Prą©gardien - tenor
Joseph Petric - accordion
Pentaąģdre - wind ensemble
Daniąģle Bourget - piccolo, flute, alto flute
Martin Carpentier - clarinet, bass clarinet
Norman Forget - oboe d'amore
Louis-Philippe Marsolais - horn, baroque horn
Matthieu Lussier - bassoon

Winterreise as you've never heard it before!

ATMA launches the New Year with a unique recording that offers a fresh take on Schubert's superb song cycle, Winterreise, originally scored for voice and piano. This new version by oboeist Normand Forget features one the world's foremost lyric tenors Christoph Prą©gardien in an arrangement for voice, accordion (Joseph Petric) and wind ensemble (Pentaąģdre). While remaining faithful to the original text, Forget's arrangement breathes new life into Schubert's melodies and evokes all the colours of the original piano score.

Franz SCHUBERT (1797-1828): Winterreise - Cycle of 24 lieder on poems by Wilhelm Mąļller

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Forget's version of Winterreise will be performed by Pentaąģdre, Joseph Petric and baritone Philip Addis at the Almonte Town Hall in Almonte, Ontario on February 9, 2008. Visit www.pentaedre.com for details.


Pax Romana


ROMA TRIUMPHANS
Polychoral music in the churches of Rome and the Vatican

Studio de musique ancienne de Montrą©al

Christopher Jackson, Artistic Director

Sylvain Bergeron - theorbo
Karen Kadevarek - cello
Rą©jean Poirer - positive organ


Roma Triumphans is the newest recording by Christopher Jackson's Roma Triumphans includes music for two or more choirs by Italian and Spanish Renaissance composers. Some of these works called for as many as ten choirs, with singers placed on platforms in the nave of St. Peter's Basilica - an aural parallel to the building's splendid architecture!

Luca Marenzio (1553-1599); Tomąįs Luis de Victoria (1548-1611); G.P. da Palestrina
(1525?-1594); Orazio Benevoli (1605-1672); Giovanni Giorgi (?-1762);
Vincenzo Ugolini (1570-1638)eorg Frideric HANDEL (1685-1759).
Studio de musique ancienne de Montrą©al (SMAM), and brings to life the glory of Rome's polychoral tradition. Recorded in hybrid SACD format and featuring music composed for the Vatican and several other Roman churches,

ATMA
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Christopher Jackson leads the SMAM in several concerts performed in churches in and around Montrą©al from March 13-28, 2008. The program features music included on the Roma Triumphans recording. Visit www.smam-montreal.com for details.


Looking ahead in 2008...


Several ATMA recordings were short-listed for Best of 2007 lists by major music critics across Canada and beyond. In 2008, look for more new releases by brilliant artists performing inspiring repertoire. Herewith, a sneak preview of what's in store over the coming months. Visit www.atmaclassique.com for updates.

Soprano Suzie LeBlanc headlines a stellar cast of singers including Allyson McHardy, Nathalie Paulin and Matthew White in Antonio Caldara's 1715 oratorio, La Conversione di Clodoveo, Re di Francia.

Conductor Yannick Ną©zet-Są©guin - who adds the title of Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic to his list of prestigious international posts, which includes Music Director of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra - returns with a recording of Bruckner's monumental Symphony No. 9 with the Orchestre Mą©tropolitain du Grand Montrą©al, the second CD in ATMA's Bruckner cycle. Volume II of harpsichordist Alexander Weimann's recordings of the complete keyboard works by Alessandro Scarlatti will be released this year, as will lutenist Sylvain Bergeron's first solo disc.

Dream-team Nathan Berg and Julius Drake make their ATMA debut with a much-anticipated program of German lieder recorded last spring in London's Henry Wood Hall. Canadian mezzo-soprano and Jessye Norman protą©gą© Susan Platts returns with a recording of German romantic repertoire by Clara Schumann, Robert Schumann and Brahms. Virginia Parker prize-winning pianist David Jalbert makes his ATMA debut with a stunning recording of music by Shostakovich.

Contributing to ATMA's rich roster of vocal ensembles is The Nederlands Kamerchor (Netherlands Chamber Choir), a professional vocal ensemble that concentrates on a wide range of a cappella repertoire. Watch for the choir's debut ATMA recording featuring music by Alessandro Scarlatti. Award-winning vocal chamber ensemble Les Voix Baroques was founded by Canadian countertenor Matthew White, and returns with a recording of settings of the Song of Songs by various composers ranging from Palestrina to Willan.

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Friday, January 18, 2008

[Toronto] York U Music, Marcuzzi's Cuban Retrospective Jan 24

Please find below more info on Michael Marcuzzi's From Salon to Solar: A Retropective of Cuban Music Jan 24, aspart of York Univeristy Department of Music Faculty Concert Series. Live dance and a large music ensemble bring a century of Cuban music to the Tribute Community's Recital Hall in York U's Accolade East building. Photos and interviews are available upon request.


From Salon to Solar

The Michael Marcuzzi Ensemble offers a Retrospective of Cuban Music

Toronto, January 18, 2008: Michael Marcuzzi headlines the Faculty Concert Series of York University's Music Department on January 24 in a dynamic concert of Cuban music featuring a large ensemble of guest artists with a wide range of instruments, voice and live dance performance. The evening, titled "From salon to solar: A Retrospective of Cuban Music", takes place at 7:30pm in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall in the Accolade East building at York.

Marcuzzi's research and publications focus on Cuba's popular music and its African-derived religious traditions, and these interests have inspired the title and program of his concert.

"A 'solar' is the courtyard of the Spanish-style Cuban tenements, where a lot of improvised music like rumba would be played. 'From salon to solar' is a metaphor illustrating how this retrospective draws from both gentrified European classical music and also from more traditional and African-influenced folk music," Marcuzzi said.

The concert program will span a century of Cuban music, from the early 1900s to the present day. It includes works by composers Lecuona, Romeu and Pedro Louis Ferrer as well as original compositions by Marcuzzi. The musicians will be joined by dancers in traditional costumes: guest artist Orlando Cardoso and Melissa Noventa, a graduate student in York's Dance Department, performing rumba and Afrocuban dance.

Marcuzzi and the dancers will share the stage with guest singers Daniel Stone and Laura Lindo, as well as instructors and graduate students from York's music department. Performers include Ruben Esguerra, Glenda del Monte, Tara Fernandez, David Font-Navarette, Julie Kwan, Rick Shadrach Lazar, Steve Mancuso, Paul Ormandy, Bernardo PadrąĄn and the 12-member York Latin Ensemble, a charanga-style group playing flute, violin, cello, bass piano and percussion.

Marcuzzi is a multi-instrumental performer, arranger, composer, ethnomusicologist and teacher with broad experience in classical, jazz, Cuban, Latin and popular music. He advanced his training through orchestral studies with trumpeters James Spragg and Barton Woomert of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra; jazz studies with Kenny Wheeler, Herbie Williams, Marcus Belgrave and Donald Byrd; and percussion studies at the Escuela de Superacion Profesional, Ignacio Cervantes in Havana,, Cuba. He has played trumpet as a sideman with artists such as Cleo Laine, Sid Caesar, Al Martino, The Four Tops, The Drifters and The Temptations, and has performed with numerous musicians in Cuba and with many local Latin ensembles. His credits as arranger and composer include work with the Canadian Brass, University of Memphis Jazz Orchestra, and Toronto-based Latin ensembles Orquesta Fantasia and Pacande.

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What: Michael Marcuzzi Ensemble: "From salon to solar: A Retrospective of Cuban Music"
When: Thurs. Jan. 24 at 7:30pm
Where: Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St. [Map]
Admission: $15, students $5.
Box Office: 416.736.5888 | www.yorku.ca/perform/boxoffice

This is the fourth of seven performances in the Faculty Concert Series spotlighting faculty artists in the Department of Music at York University. Upcoming concerts will feature Mark Chambers, Catherine Robbin and Barry Elmes.

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Media Contact:
Amy Stewart, Communications, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University
416.736.2100 ext. 20421 | amy.stewart@yorku.ca

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The Music Managers Forum Canada Introduces New Music Panel at the 2008 East Coast Music Awards Festival and Conference

For Immediate Release: January 18th, 2008

THE MUSIC MANAGERS FORUM CANADA INTRODUCES NEW MUSIC PANEL AT THE 2008 EAST COST MUSIC AWARDS, FESTIVAL & CONFERENCE

Toronto, ON - For the first time The Music Managers Forum Canada (The MMF Canada) will be collaborating with the East Coast Music Association (ECMA) to host The Music Managers Forum Canada Panel as part of the ECMA 2008 Conference. This round table discussion will focus on the role of the "Manager" and how the responsibilities and challenges are changing in 2008. The event will take place on Saturday February 9 th, 2008 at the Crown Plaza in Fredericton, New Brunswick.

The panel is open to ECMA delegates and will address the needs of music managers at all stages in their careers. Moderating the panel will be Brian Hetherman , President of The MMF Canada. Attendees will benefit from the experience and insights of panel speakers and industry veterans; Larry Wanagas of Bumstead Productions, Doug Kirby of LiveTourArtists, and Louis Thomas of Sonic Entertainment Group. Discussions will provide a realistic view of being a music manager, and will provide tools to tackle today's rapidly evolving music industry.

"We are very excited to be a part of the ECMA's" says Brian Hetherman. "This panel reflects the key principles of The MMF Canada, and creates another national opportunity to educate managers".

This year the East Coast Music Awards, Festival and Conference will be held in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Currently in their 20 th year, this event is a four-day music and industry festival featuring Canada's premiere East Coast musical talent. More than 2,500 individuals from the Canadian music industry are expected to attend the awards show, festival and conferences.

When: Saturday February 9 th, 2008

4:00pm - 5:15pm

Where: Crown Plaza Fredericton - Saint John/Miramachi/Restigouche Room

659 Queen St.

For additional information about The Music Managers Forum Panel please visit www.ecma.com.

For additional information about The MMF Canada please visit www.musicmanagersforum.ca

About The Music Managers Forum Canada: The Music Managers Forum Canada (The MMF Canada) is a non-profit organization operating under the umbrella organization, International Music Managers Forum (IMMF). The overall goal of the IMMF and 14 MMF chapters around the world is to raise the professional standards and profile of music managers and most importantly their artists. The MMF Canada focuses on three main principles: education through workshops and panels; providing networking platforms between music managers and other relative sectors in the music industry; and lobbying on behalf of its members on key issues that shape the future of music. With over 100 members nationally, The MMF Canada has grown to become a tool to unify music managers.

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For additional information regarding The MMF Canada, please contact:

Anisha Gliddon, Strut Entertainment:

416.861.0387 or anisha@strutentertainment.com

For additional information regarding the ECMA 2008 Conference, please contact:

Lynn Daigle, ECMA 2008 Conference Coordinator:

506.381.3820 or lynn@ecma.ca


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Thursday, January 17, 2008

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[Quą©bec] AOJM - Concert bą©ną©fice - Natalie Choquette - 17 fą©vrier 2008

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Concert-bą©ną©fice : Natalie Choquette et l'Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de la Montą©rą©gie ą› Longueuil


Saint-Lambert, le 10 janvier 2008 - En vue de financer sa tourną©e europą©enne de l'ą©tą© prochain, l'Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de la Montą©rą©gie (OSJM) prą©sentera un concert-bą©ną©fice mettant en vedette la soprano de grande renommą©e Natalie Choquette. Prą©sentą© par le Canadien Pacifique, l'ą©vą©nement aura lieu le 17 fą©vrier, ą› 19h30, ą› la Salle Pratt & Whitney du Thą©ąĘtre de la Ville, 150, rue de Gentilly Est, ą› Longueuil.


Cą©ląģbre ą› la fois pour sa voix prodigieuse et pour sa facultą© d'allier l'opą©ra et l'humour, Natalie Choquette offrira au public des extraits de son spectacle La complainte des dames de ces messieurs. Un bouquet de grands airs figure au programme de cette soirą©e : le choral-prą©lude Dormeurs rą©veillez-vous et l'Air sur la corde de sol de Jean-Są©bastien Bach, deux extraits de l'opą©ra La flą™te enchantą©e de Mozart, des extraits de l'opą©ra Rigoletto de Verdi, de mąĀme que des airs de Johann Strauss (Unter Donner und Blitz), Richard Strauss (Morgen) et Leonard Bernstein (West Side Story).


Sous la direction de Luc Chaput, l'Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de la Montą©rą©gie (OSJM) rassemble 80 musiciens de la rą©gion ąĘgą©s de 14 ą› 25 ans.


L'OSJM effectuera une tourną©e en Europe l'ą©tą© prochain, du 5 au 15 aoą™t. Les musiciens se produiront ą› Salzbourg, Prague et Vienne.


Toutes les places pour ce concert-bą©ną©fice sont offertes au prix unique de 30$, ą› l'exception d'un nombre limitą© de siąģges pour ą©tudiants ą› 10$. Pour plus d'informations sur les activitą©s de l'AOJM et l'achat de billets : 450 923-3733 ou www.aojm.org


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Source : L'Association des orchestres de jeunes de la Montą©rą©gie

(450) 923-3733

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Bulletin de La Scena Musicale - janvier 2008

Bonne anną©e!

Pour lire en anglais
To read this in English click here:



Andrą© Moisan en couverture de La Scena Musicale, fą©vrier 2008 : 30 ans dą©ją› !
Le premier numą©ro de La Scena Musicale pour la nouvelle anną©e va fąĀter les 30 ans de carriąģre professionnelle du clarinettiste montrą©alais Andrą© Moisan. Soliste, chef d'orchestre, professeur et clarinette basse de l'Orchestre symphonique de Montrą©al (avec qui on le trouvera comme soliste en fą©vrier), Andrą© parlera de sa carriąģre avec Marc Chą©nard. Sur la scąģne vocale, LSM fait un reportage sur Le Barbier de Są©ville, le classique de Rossini, qui sera prą©sentą© par l'Opą©ra de Montrą©al du 2 au 16 fą©vrier avec Aaron St. Clair Nicholson, Julie Boulianne et l'Orchestre Mą©tropolitain du Grand Montrą©al dirigą© par Jacques Lacombe. On rend hommage ą› deux gą©ants musicaux qui nous ont quittą©s en dą©cembre : le pianiste et compositeur de jazz montrą©alais Oscar Peterson et Karlheinz Stockhausen, un des compositeurs des plus importants du 20e siąģcle. Notre guide spą©cial de fą©vrier va examiner l'ą©ducation musical au primaire et secondaire; en plus de mettre l'accent sur quelques ą©coles qui s'intą©ressent ą› la musique, nous honorons un professeur exceptionnel. Nos reportages mensuels comprendront les sections Jazz et Musiques du monde, les critiques des CD et DVD et surtout notre calendrier rą©gional de musique de fą©vrier. Enfin, se poursuit notre są©rie sur Claude Vivier, un ą©tudiant de Stockhausen et bien są™r un des grands compositeurs canadiens.

Nous sommes fiers de prą©senter le blogue de La Scena Musicale (
www.scena.org/blog), idą©al pour trouver les commentaires et les nouvelles de la musique et des arts au Canada et ą› travers le monde. Nos journalistes affichent trąģs rą©guliąģrement les actualitą©s en musique. Nous vous invitons ą©galement ą› dą©couvrir notre blogue de fil de presse, www.scena.org/blog/newswire, un nouveau service pour les organisations des arts qui veulent afficher leurs communiquą©s. Les dą©tails des concerts, les diffusions ą› la radio et la tą©lą©vision, les ą©vą©nements des arts en ligne¨švous y trouverez tout cela !

La Scena Musicale, La SCENA et The Music Scene lancent leur page ¨ī Nouveautą©s ¨™
Nos lecteurs sont toujours ą› la recherche de nouveautą©s. Les amateurs de concerts et les mą©lomanes aiment se tenir au courant des derniers livres, CD et DVD. Les musiciens veulent ąĀtre informą©s des nouveaux instruments et accessoires pour eux et pour leurs ą©ląģves. Pourquoi ne pas leur faire connaą∆tre vos derniers joyaux ? Qu'il soit musical ou qu'il reląģve des arts (thą©ąĘtre, danse, arts visuels, etc.), votre produit jouira d'une grande visibilitą© dans le nouveau supplą©ment publicitaire extrąĀmement abordable de nos magazines, les Nouveautą©s. L'annonce de base ne coą™te que 25 $ ! Elle paraą∆tra avec la section des critiques dans nos trois magazines et assurera une publicitą© nationale ą› votre produit. Mieux encore, nos lecteurs avides de culture et de musique sont tout dą©signą©s pour vos communiquą©s, vous pourrez ainsi rejoindre un public ciblą© idą©al.
Prix (pour une parution dans l'UN de nos magazines) :
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  • Parution avec description : 85 $ (comprend image et description de 50 mots)
  • Escomptes de frą©quence pour les clients rą©guliers
Caractą©ristiques :
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  • Parution dans la section des critiques
  • Dans les trois magazines
  • Produits : CD, DVD, livres, instruments, accessoires
  • Ouvert ą› la musique et ą› tous les arts
Pour plus d'informations, tą©lą©chargez la fiche des renseignements (http://www.scena.org/pdf-files/newreleases.pdf) ou bien contactez wkchan@scena.org.

Pourquoi passer une annonce dans La SCENA/La Scena Musicale ? Trouvez les consommateurs canadiens les plus friands de culture

Vous dą©sirez trouver des lecteurs de 35 ans et plus avertis et plus ą› l'aise financiąģrement que la moyenne ? Ou bien des musiciens/artistes professionnels et les ą©tudiants ?

La Scena Musicale vous invite chez 100 000 Canadiens ą©duquą©s, mą©lomanes, passionną©s de culture. Nos lecteurs s'intą©ressent ą› la musique, la danse, le thą©ąĘtre, le ciną©ma, les arts visuels, la cuisine et la mode.

Nos revues renommą©es La Scena Musicale, La SCENA et The Music Scene publient des articles et critiques qui font rą©flą©chir. La Scena Musicale et La SCENA sont les seules publications bilingues ą› Montrą©al consacrą©es ą› la musique de concert (classique, jazz et musiques du monde) et aux arts et ą› la culture (la musique, la danse, le thą©ąĘtre, le ciną©ma et les arts visuels). En plus, le calendrier culturel le plus complet au Canada assure que la lecture sera rą©pą©tą©e (plus que 225 000 par mois).


Ci-dessous, vous trouverez des renseignements pour les prochains numą©ros de La Scena Musciale, La SCENA, et The Music Scene. Pour de l'information sur les tarifs de publicitą© et la production, veuillez visiter
http://ads.scena.org ou contacter notre service des ventes au 514-948-2520 ou sales@scena.org.

Wah Keung Chan
ą‚diteur fondateur
La Scena Musicale
La SCENA
The Music Scene



La Scena Musicale : fą©vrier 2008
  • En couverture: Andrą© Moisan
  • Hommage ą› Oscar Peterson et Karlheinz Stockhausen
  • Są©rie Claude Vivier
  • Le Barbier de Są©ville : l'Opą©ra de Montrą©al
  • Philanthropie: Noel Spinelli, deuxiąģme partie

Guide spą©cial:
  • Guide de l'ą©ducation musical au primaire et au secondaire : http://www.scena.org/pdf-files/Guide_Edu2008_fr.pdf

50 000 lecteurs

Distribution : 25 000
  • Montrą©al : 20 500
  • Quą©bec : 500
  • En kiosque : 2000
  • Abonnements : 2000

Sortie : le 30 janvier
Tombą©e publicitaire : le 25 janvier
Maquettes : le 25 janvier


La SCENA : printemps 2008 / La Scena Musicale : mars 2008

Guides spą©ciaux:

50 000 lecteurs

Distribution : 25 000
  • Montrą©al : 20 500
  • Quą©bec : 500
  • En kiosque : 2000
  • Abonnements : 2000
Sortie : le 29 fą©vrier
Tombą©e publicitaire : le 20 fą©vrier
Maquettes : le 21 fą©vrier


The Music Scene : printemps 2008
Guides spą©ciaux:
50 000 lecteurs
Distribution : 25 000
  • Toronto : 15 000
  • Ottawa : 5000
  • Reste du Canada : 5000

Sortie : le 17 mars
Tombą©e publicitaire : le 5 mars
Maquettes : le 7 mars

Rą©prą©sentants en vente
- Mario Felton-Coletti, 514-234-7724 cell, mario@scena.org
- Christine Rogers, 514-656-3948, christinerogers@scena.org
- Julie Roy, 514-948-0509 bureau, julieroy@scena.org
- Gregory Cerallo, 514-656-3947, gcerallo@scena.org
- Wah Keung Chan, 514-274-1128 bureau, 514-815-0465 cell, wkchan@scena.org
Info : http://ads.scena.org



Pour dą©sabonner, wkchan2@scena.org
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Wah Keung Chan
Publisher / ą‚diteur
email: wkchan@scena.org -- or/ou -- wkchan@videotron.ca

** La Scena Musicale ** http://www.scena.org
5409 Waverly, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H2T 2X8
Tel: (514)274-1128 | Fax: (514)274-9456 |
Advertising / Publicitą© : (514) 948-2520
email: info@scena.org

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Help promote classical music. Make a donation to La Scena Musicale.
Pour la promotion de la musique classique. Faites un don ą› La Scena Musicale !
Charitable Tax No. / Numą©ro d'organisme charitable 141996579 RR0001.

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Read the NEW La Scena Musicale Blog http://www.scena.org/blog for regular news on music and the arts.
Voyez le nouveau blogue de La Scena Musicale ą› http://www.scena.org/blog pour les derniąģres nouvelles sur la musique et les arts.

La Scena Musicale, Honourable Mention at the 2007 Canada National Magazine Awards, Arts & Entertainment category
La Scena Musicale, mention d'honneur aux Prix du magazine canadien de 2007, catą©gorie arts et spectacles

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[Competitions] Announcing the 2008 Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition in Chattanooga, Tennessee

January 17, 2008
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
516-586-3433 or jamesarts@worldnet.att.net

Announcing the 2008 Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting
Competition in Chattanooga, Tennessee

The Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition, the
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Jeffrey James Arts
Consulting announce the seventh Vakhtang Jordania International
Conducting Competition. To be held between June 1 and June 7, 2008 in
the beautiful, historic city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, this
competition will be open to conductors, regardless of age, sex or
nationality. Entries will be screened by an international panel of
judges. 24 people will be selected to compete in the first round of
the competition. Repertoire for the competition and other information
is at http://www.jamesarts.com/VJKRKVCNDCMP08.htm. A downloadable
entry form is available at

http://www.jamesarts.com/VJKRKVCNDCMP08APP.htm.

Competition week also includes Master Classes and Seminars with
Jordania Competition jury members and competition staff.

Prizes include the Jordania Grand Prize of $7, 500 to the winning
conductor, the William L. Montague, Jr. Second Prize of $5,000 and
the Third Prize of $2,500.

Complete applications must be postmarked by April 1, 2008. All
materials must be submitted in one package. No partial or email
applications will be accepted. Decisions will be announced by April
15, 2008.

Contestants must submit entry form, a curriculum vitae, recent photo,
biographical sketch, repertoire list and a performance videotape or
DVD (please see entry form on website for special video instructions)
along with a non-refundable processing fee of $150 (U.S. Funds only -
no bank transfers - payable to Vakhtang Jordania International
Conducting Competition) to:

Vakhtang Jordania International Conducting Competition
7457 Preston Circle
Chattanooga Tennessee 37421
USA

Complete competition information and entry form available at

http://www.jamesarts.com. Questions about the competition can be
directed to Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at
jamesarts@worldnet.att.net, or 516-586-3433 or Joan Murray at
clownjoni@aol.com or 423-894-5748.

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Jeffrey James Arts Consulting
45 Grant Avenue
Farmingdale, NY 11735 USA
Tel: 516-586-3433
E-mail: jamesarts@worldnet.att.net
Website: http://www.jamesarts.com

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La Scena Musicale Newsletter January 2008: LSM February Issue

February's La Scena Musicale: Andrą© Moisan celebrates 30 years in music and much more!

[Pour lire en franąŖais]

LSM's first issue of 2008 will feature legendary Montreal clarinetist Andrą© Moisan on the cover as he celebrates this remarkable milestone. Recording artist, conductor, educator, and bass clarinetist with l'Orchestre symphonique de Montrą©al (with whom he will appear as soloist in February), Andrą© sits down with Marc Chą©nard and discusses his career. On the vocal front, La Scena Musicale features the Opą©ra de Montrą©al presentation of Rossini's gem, The Barber of Seville, from February 2-16, featuring Aaron St. Clair Nicholson, Julie Boulianne, conductor Jacques Lacombe, and the Orchestre Mą©tropolitain du Grand Montrą©al. We will pay tribute to two great musical masters who are sadly no longer with us: Montreal-born jazz piano legend Oscar Peterson and Karlheinz Stockhausen, one of the most important composers of the 20th century. Our special guide in this month's issue focuses on primary and secondary school music education; in addition to highlighting some schools that are particularly devoted to music, we will feature a teacher who has gone above and beyond in his or her contributions to music education in our schools. Our other regular features this month include the Jazz and World music sections, CD and DVD reviews, and of course the February regional music calendar. Finally, February will also see an installment in our continuing series on Stockhausen student Claude Vivier, one of Canada's greatest composers.

New La Scena Musicale Online Features: Blog and Newswire
We are proud to unveil the La Scena Musicale Blog (www.scena.org/blog), which is the ideal place to check out commentary and news on music and the arts in Canada and around the world. Our writers will be posting regularly to keep you up to date on the latest developments throughout the musical world. In addition to the blog, we invite you to check out our online newswire (www.scena.org/blog/newswire), a new service for arts organizations who wish to post press releases related to music, arts, and culture. Concert details, radio and television events, the arts onlineSit's all there!

NEW: La Scena Musicale, La SCENA and The Music Scene introduces its New Releases Page
Our readers are always on the lookout for something new. Concertgoers and music lovers want to know about the latest CDs, DVDs, and books. Musicians want to know about new instruments and accessories for themselves and their students. Why not show them your latest goodies? Whether it's musical or relevant to any of the arts (theatre, dance, visual art, etc.), your product will benefit from great visibility in our magazines' latest feature, the New Releases Page. This is a new and remarkably affordable advertising supplement, starting at only $25 per listing! It will appear next to the Reviews section in all three of our magazines, creating national exposure for your product. Best of all, our culturally passionate and musically inclined readers are tailor-made for your new releases, allowing you to appeal to an ideal targeted market.

Pricing (based on a listing inserted in ONE of our magazines):
  • Basic listing: $25
  • Descriptive listing: $85 (includes cover image and 50-word description)
  • Frequency discounts available
Characteristics:
  • Glossy colour page
  • Location: next to Reviews page
  • In all three magazines
  • Products: CDs, DVDs, Books, Instruments, Accessories
  • Open to Music and the Arts
For more info download the info sheet at http://www.scena.org/pdf-files/newreleases.pdf or contact wkchan@scena.org


Why advertise in La SCENA/La Scena Musicale?
Reach Canada's most cultured consumers

Want to reach the affluent, sophisticated, urban 35+ demographic, or professional and student musicians/artists?

Highly educated and with sophisticated tastes in culture and lifestyle: La Scene Musicale invites you into the lives of 100,000 Canadians. Our readers are passionate about music, dance, theatre, film, visual arts, as well as food, fashion and their homes.

Our award-winning magazines La Scena Musicale, La SCENA and The Music Scene contain thought-provoking articles and reviews. Furthermore, La Scena Musicale and La SCENA are the only bilingual Montreal publications dedicated to covering concert music (classical music, jazz and world music), and arts and culture (music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts). In addition, the inclusion of Canada's most in-depth cultural calendar ensures repeat viewings, over 225,000 per month. Our new direct distribution to affluent households ($100K+) means our magazines truly deliver, meaning they are read and read often.

Enclosed is more info on the next issues of La Scena Musicale, La SCENA, and The Music Scene. For more info on rates and production, please visit http://ads.scena.org, or contact our sales department directly at 514-948-2520 or sales@scena.org

Yours sincerely,

Wah Keung Chan
Founding Publisher and Editor
La Scena Musicale
La SCENA
The Music Scene



La Scena Musicale: February 2008
Contents:

  • On the cover: Andrą© Moisan
  • Tribute to Oscar Peterson, Karlheinz Stockhausen
  • Claude Vivier
  • Barber of Seville at the Opera de Montrą©al
  • Philanthropy: Noel Spinelli Part II

Special Guide:

  • Guide to Primary and Secondary Education. See info.

Facts:

  • 50,000 readers
  • Perfectly bounded

Quebec circulation: 25,000 copies

  • Montreal: 20,500
  • Quą©bec City: 500
  • Newsstands: 2,000
  • Mailing: 2,000

Distribution date: January 30
Advertising deadline: January 25
Materials deadline: January 25


La SCENA: Spring 2008 / La Scena Musicale: March 2008
Special Guides:

  • Guide to International Arts Festivals
  • Summer Arts Camps

Facts:

  • 50,000 readers
  • Perfectly bounded

Quebec circulation: 25,000 copies

  • Montreal: 20,500
  • Quą©bec City: 500
  • Newsstands: 2,000
  • Mailing: 2,000

Distribution date: February 29
Advertising deadline: February 20
Materials deadline: February 21

The Music Scene: Spring 2008
Special Guides:
  • Guide to International Arts Festivals
  • Summer Arts Camps
Facts:
  • 50,000 readers
  • Staple bounded
National circulation: 25,000 copies
  • Toronto: 15,000
  • Ottawa: 5,000
  • Rest of Canada: 5,000

Distribution date: March 17
Advertising deadline: March 5
Materials deadline: March 7



Sales Contacts
- Mario Felton-Coletti, 514-948-0509 office, 514-234-7724 cell, mario@scena.org
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- Julie Roy, 514-948-0509 office, julieroy@scena.org
- Gregory Cerallo, 514-656-3947, gcerallo@scena.org
- Wah Keung Chan, 514-274-1128 office, 514-815-0465 cell, wkchan@scena.org

For more info, visit http://ads.scena.org

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Wah Keung Chan
Publisher / ą‚diteur
email: wkchan@scena.org -- or/ou -- wkchan@videotron.ca

** La Scena Musicale ** http://www.scena.org
5409 Waverly, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H2T 2X8
Tel: (514)274-1128 | Fax: (514)274-9456 |
Advertising / Publicitą© : (514) 948-2520
email: info@scena.org

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Help promote classical music. Make a donation to La Scena Musicale.
Pour la promotion de la musique classique. Faites un don ą› La Scena Musicale !
Charitable Tax No. / Numą©ro d'organisme charitable 141996579 RR0001.

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Read the NEW La Scena Musicale Blog http://www.scena.org/blog for regular news on music and the arts.
Voyez le nouveau blogue de La Scena Musicale ą› http://www.scena.org/blog pour les derniąģres nouvelles sur la musique et les arts.

La Scena Musicale, Honourable Mention at the 2007 Canada National Magazine Awards, Arts & Entertainment category
La Scena Musicale, mention d'honneur aux Prix du magazine canadien de 2007, catą©gorie arts et spectacles

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Le Musą©e du Louvre prą©sente les laurą©ats du 25e FIFA

Montrą©al, le jeudi 17 janvier 2008 - Le Festival International du Film sur l'Art (FIFA) est heureux d'annoncer la prą©sentation intą©grale du Palmarąģs de sa 25e ą©dition, au musą©e du Louvre, du 19 au 21 janvier 2008.

Les films Car-Men, de Boris Paval Conen (Grand Prix) et Citizen Lambert : Jeanne d'Architecture, de Teri Wehn-Damisch (Prix de la meilleure ¨∂uvre canadienne), seront prą©sentą©s lors de la soirą©e d'ouverture, le vendredi 18 janvier ą› 20 h 30. Reną© Rozon, fondateur et directeur gą©ną©ral du FIFA, Phyllis Lambert, Prą©sidente du Centre Canadien d'Architecture et Teri When-Damish, rą©alisatrice, seront sur place pour rencontrer le public franąŖais.

GrąĘce ą› son implication sur plusieurs circuits artistiques et ą› ses tourną©es constantes ą› travers le monde, le FIFA est devenu, au fil des ans, un vą©ritable ambassadeur culturel. Notez que le palmarąģs du 25e FIFA sera prą©sentą©, paralląģlement, au Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains et au Palais des beaux-Arts de Lille, pour se poursuivre au St-Louis Art Museum, ą› la National Gallery of Art de Washington, au Musą©e des beaux-arts du Canada et au Musą©e national des beaux-arts du Quą©bec.

Pour plus de renseignements sur la tourną©e du FIFA, visitez www.artfifa.com.

Le Festival International du Film sur l'Art (FIFA) est une socią©tą© ą› but non lucratif vouą©e ą› la promotion et ą› la diffusion des meilleures productions mondiales de films sur l'art et d'arts mą©diatiques. D'une durą©e de 10 jours et de nature compą©titive, le FIFA est l'ą©vą©nement annuel le plus important au monde dans son domaine. Il est le rendez-vous des artistes et artisans du milieu des arts et de la ciną©matographie aussi bien que des amateurs d'art et de ciną©ma.

La 26e ą©dition se tiendra du 6 au 16 mars 2008.

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Source : Frą©dą©rick Dufour
Responsable des communications du FIFA

Relations mą©dias : Alain Labontą© Communications
alain@alainlabonte.ca
514 815-2128

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Valery Gergiev records Mahler on LSO Live

LSO Live

Press announcement

17 January 2008


Valery Gergiev records Mahler on LSO Live


Valery Gergiev's first recording on the London Symphony Orchestra's LSO Live label will be released in April 2008 and features Mahler's Symphony No 6. The release will be the first in a complete cycle of the Mahler symphonies and was recorded in London during November 2007.

Gergiev is conducting the complete Mahler cycle in concert with the LSO in London and on tour during the 2007-2008 season. He became Principal Conductor of the LSO in January 2007 whilst continuing his relationships with the Mariinsky Theatre (formerly Kirov) in St Petersburg and Metropolitan Opera in New York. He will continue making recordings with the Mariinsky for Decca.


LSO Live was launched in 2000 and releases its 50th recording in January 2008 featuring works by James MacMillan conducted by the orchestra's President Sir Colin Davis. The label has also made recordings with conductors Bernard Haitink, Mariss Jansons, Andrą© Previn and the late Msitislav Rostropovich. It is the most successful of the new breed of orchestra labels and has collected numerous awards including Grammy Awards, Gramophone Awards and Classical Brits.


LSO Live is dedicated to reaching the widest audience for classical music and attracting newcomers to the genre as well as classical devotees. The label is at the forefront of the use of new technologies to distribute and promote music and was the first classical label to make its entire catalogue available for download. Each LSO Live recording captures the energy of live performances coupled with the production standards of the finest studio recordings. Live recording used to mean making compromises but today the very best recording technology can be used in the concert hall. Each title in the Mahler cycle will be released on Super Audio CD and will be available in all good stores internationally as well as for download from digital music services including the iTunes Store.


Valery Gergiev and the LSO collected a Gramophone Award in October 2007 for their recordings of the complete Prokofiev symphonies which were released by Philips and produced by the LSO Live production team.


'If this is an indication of how the cycle will unfold, we're in for something wonderful'

Daily Telegraph (UK) concert review of Mahler Symphony No 6


For further information contact:


Dvora Lewis Public Relations

tel: +44 (0)20 7435 9257

email: dlpr@dvoralewis.com

Review copies available from February 2008

lso.co.uk

Quintilla Hughes
Dvora Lewis Public Relations
12 Pilgrim's Lane
London
NW3 1SN
Tel: +44 (0)20 7435 9257
Mob: +44 (0)7739 287027

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Next week at Mike Richter's website

Two "Verdi" baritones - then and now. In audio, Robert Weede; in video
from the 1991 Tucker concert, Dmitri Hvorostovsky. As usual, posting is
planned for late Friday night.

Mike
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mrichter@cpl.net
http://www.mrichter.com/

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[Montreal] Free lecture: Sunday @ the Segal before Houdini, February 10, 11:00am, with Dr. Joe Schwarcz

A series of intimate conversation and riveting lectures at

The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre

With Dr. Joe Schwarcz


Don't miss Sunday-@-the-Segal for the upcoming musical production, Houdini, as we welcome local celebrity, Dr. Joe Schwarcz. Dr. Joe will be sharing his insight and passion about Houdini in his lecture titled, Houdini: The Man and the Myth.


Houdini, escape artist extraordinaire, was a complex man, loved by the public and hated by the fake psychics he exposed. His death was as much a mystery as his life. Love him or hate him, his story is a fascinating one.


Joe Schwarcz is Director of McGill University's Office for Science and Society. He has received numerous awards for teaching chemistry and for interpreting science for the public. He hosts various radio talk shows and has appeared innumerable times on The Discovery Channel, CTV, CBC, TV Ontario and Global Television. Dr. Schwarcz also writes a newspaper column and has authored a number of books. He is a devotee of magical history, particularly that of Houdini.


Sunday, February 10, 2007

11 AM


Coffee and refreshments will be served in the lobby afterwards

(Tickets on sale now for the first preview of Houdini at 1:30 pm)

At the Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre, 5170 Cote Ste. Catherine Rd.

FREE ADMISSION!!


No reservations necessary, general admission


The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre, The Montreal Highlights Festival and Ernst & Young present

Houdini, February 10- March 2, 2008

For tickets call (514) 739-7944 or log on to www.segalcentre.org

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Media Contact: Janis Kirshner (514) 287-8912 jkirshner@sympatico.ca

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Statement issued by the AFM and AFTRA regarding the 50th Grammies

American Federation of Musicians
and
American Federation of Television and Radio Artists

JOINT NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: January 15, 2008

Statement issued by the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) regarding the 50th Annual GRAMMY Awards by The Recording Academy:

"AFM and AFTRA are encouraged by today's news that the Writers Guild of America has signed an interim agreement with the NAACP that will allow "The 39th NAACP Image Awards," to be telecast as scheduled. John Cossette Productions, Inc.-the producer of the 50th Annual Grammy Awards telecast-has made a written offer to the WGA to sign a similar interim agreement to allow the Grammy Awards to be telecast as planned on February 10, 2008. The Grammy Awards, in conjunction with the twelve events that surround the telecast, are the primary events that sustain the important educational, charitable, and advocacy activities of The Recording Academy to benefit the entire recording industry.

"AFTRA and AFM have worked, both individually and in partnership with The Recording Academy, to aggressively advocate on behalf of artists, musicians, and songwriters to receive fair compensation for the exploitation of their talents. The Grammy Awards provide a time to publicly celebrate the creative talent that fuels the music industry; the event also serves to remind a worldwide audience that musicians, singers, songwriters, and all creative talent deserve fair compensation for the performance of their work across all media platforms.

"In light of the news that the producer of the Grammy Awards has made a firm offer to the WGA, AFM and AFTRA strongly urge all of our members to support the important work of The Recording Academy by participating in the Grammy events. We also strongly encourage all participating union members to express support for our ongoing efforts to ensure that musical artists and creative talent receive fair compensation for their work in digital media, as well as support for our brothers and sisters in the WGA."

IMPORTANT FACTS ABOUT AFM AND AFTRA
  • The union contracts which govern talent appearing on the 50th Annual Grammy Awards telecast are with the American Federation of Musicians and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.
  • Musicians performing on the Grammy Awards telecast, as well as many of recording musicians honored at the Grammy Awards, are members of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM).
  • Singers, announcers, dancers, hosts, and presenters on the Grammy Awards telecast, as well as many of the recording artists honored at the Grammy Awards, are members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).
  • AFTRA and AFM are the exclusive collective bargaining representatives for vocal artists and instrumentalists, respectively, in recorded music.
  • AFM and AFTRA have each been on the forefront of the fight to ensure fair compensation for instrumentalists and vocalists in various forms of digital media through their respective collective bargaining efforts.
  • As of January 2008, AFTRA members are in negotiations with the major record labels in a campaign to establish a new compensation structure to ensure background singers receive a fair share of revenue from digital downloads, as well as to ensure that recording artists maintain secure health and pension benefits.
  • AFM, AFTRA, and The Recording Academy have worked in coalition and partnership to protect the welfare of artists through public policy efforts to fight piracy, protect copyright enforcement, and promote education on the value of music. Efforts include:
  • Work to establish fair compensation for artists for the performance of music on terrestrial radio.
  • Work to protect existing legislation that provides public performance rights under U.S. Copyright Law to artists.
  • AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians. AFM is committed to raising industry standards and placing the professional musician in the foreground of the cultural landscape whether negotiating fair agreements, protecting ownership of recorded music, securing benefits such as health care and pension, or lobbying our legislators.
  • AFTRA is a national labor union of over 70,000 actors, singers, dancers, announcers, journalists, and other artists working across the entertainment and news media. The union promotes the success and welfare of members through contract negotiation and enforcement, advocating on legislative and public policy issues, supporting equal employment opportunities, and sponsoring or supporting health and retirement benefits and programs.
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Calgary Opera Announces Participation in New Opera Commission of Moby Dick

January 15, 2008 08-08

For Immediate Release


Calgary Opera Announces Participation in New Opera Commission of American Classic


Calgary AB¨š Calgary Opera is thrilled to announce its participation as a partner in the co-commission and co-production of a new opera by an acclaimed creative team: composer Jake Heggie and librettist Gene Scheer. Mr. Heggie, whose masterpiece Dead Man Walking (2000, with Terrence McNally) is one of the most frequently performed contemporary operas in the world, and had its Canadian premiere at Calgary Opera in 2006, will create a brand-new work based on a landmark of the 19th century American fiction: Herman Melville's Moby-Dick (1851).


Moby-Dick is a co-commission and co-production with Dallas Opera, San Deigo Opera, San Francisco Opera and Calgary Opera. It will have its world premiere in Dallas in April/May of 2010 in the Inaugural Season in the much-anticipated Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts.


"Calgary Opera is thrilled to be participating in this co-commission and co-production with The Dallas Opera, San Diego Opera and San Francisco Opera," says W.R. (Bob) McPhee, General Director and CEO of Calgary Opera. "We have become known as a leader in the development of new works in Canada, having commissioned five new operas, and we look forward to our first collaboration with US partners.


"Calgary audiences responded with great appreciation and enthusiasm when we presented the Canadian premiere of Dead Man Walking in 2006 and we know our community will be excited about Jake Heggie's opera Moby-Dick. We look forward to introducing Calgary and Canada to this operatic version of a great classic as told through Heggie's music and the words of the accomplished librettist Gene Scheer.


"The other wonderful happenstance in this collaboration is that Moby-Dick will open the new Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House in Dallas, as I was a central player in the building of the Francis Winspear Centre for Music in Edmonton, which opened in 1997. I have a great deal of affection and respect for the Winspear family for their most generous support of the arts."


The eagerly anticipated new work will have its world premiere in Dallas in April/May of 2010 with subsequent performances by the other co-producing companies in future seasons.


To access the Dallas Opera announcement of this exciting project, please visit www.dallasopera.org/news/09-10season.pdf



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For further information, please contact: Brian O'Neill, Calgary Opera 403-802-3409, or boneill@calgaryopera.com.


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Monday, January 14, 2008

[Montreal] Hold the dates: Houdini, The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre- February 10-March 2

Hold the Dates!

The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre,

The Montreal Highlights Festival and Ernst & Young

Present

Houdini

Book by Ben Gonshor

Music and Lyrics by Elan Kunin

Directed by Bryna Wasserman

Mark these dates in your winter calendar

Sunday, February 10 ¨Ů Sunday, March 2, 2008

An all-new, Montreal-created, musical production.

This exciting show is part of the Sun Life Financial performing arts section of the Montreal Highlights Festival.

88.5 CBC Radio One presents the Sunday-@-the-Segal lecture for Houdini on Sunday, February 10, 11 a.m. With Dr. Joe Schwarcz.

Houdini

The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre

At The Segal Centre for the Performing Arts at the Saidye

5170 Cote St. Catherine Rd.

Monday to Thursday at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

Matiną©es: Wednesdays, 1:00pm and Sundays, 2:00 pm

Reservations: (514) 739-7944

Press release to follow.

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[Toronto] Nikki Yanofsky Makes Toronto Debut with Toronto Jazz Festival & Luminato this February

For Immediate Release:

LUMINATO IN PARTNERSHIP WITH
TD CANADA TRUST TORONTO JAZZ FESTIVAL
PRESENT
NIKKI YANOFSKY

13 year-old Montreal singing sensation
in Toronto solo concert debut


TORONTO, (January 14, 2008) - Thirteen-year-old musical prodigy Nikki Yanofsky stars in her Toronto solo concert debut on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 8:00 p.m. at the Isabel Bader Theatre in Toronto. Tickets are available for purchase as of Jan. 19 through all Ticketmaster outlets.

Nikki Yanofsky has the jazz world buzzing with her virtuoso talent. J.D. Considine of The Globe and Mail describes Nikki as "a fully grown jazz singer, with a strong, agile voice and a complete command of her material...enough finesse to upstage singers three times her age...Stunning doesn't begin to describe it." She has worked with the industry's best, including her performance of "Airmail Special" on the 2007 Ella Fitzgerald tribute album We All Love Ella: Celebrating the First Lady of Song. Fellow Canadians Diana Krall, Michael Bublą© and k.d. lang are among the other artists featured on the album.

Backed by the 10-piece Imani Gospel Choir and an 11-piece musical ensemble, Nikki's concert program ranges from jazz to swing to R&B as the songstress pays tribute to musical greats.

"There is a richness and a maturity and a heart and an effortlessness that divas twice or three times her age would kill for", praises Bill Brownstein of the Montreal Gazette.

Nikki's popularity is quickly gaining momentum as she becomes known for tackling technically challenging repertoire with a mature and developed voice far beyond her years. This unique Toronto concert immediately precedes her debut at the Carnegie Hall main stage in New York on Friday, Feb. 8 where she performs with the New York Pops Orchestra conducted by multi-award-winning composer Marvin Hamlisch.

Luminato CEO Janice Price said of this special presentation, "As we are both festivals that take place every June, Luminato is tremendously pleased to be co-presenting such a fantastic event with the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival outside of our regular festival schedule. Luminato is eager to work with local arts organizations in co-presenting and promoting established and emerging Canadian artists."

Patrick Taylor, President and Executive Producer of the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival agrees. "I cannot think of a more fitting opportunity to fulfill our mandate than to partner with Luminato in presenting the next generation of great Canadian talent. We believe Nikki Yanofsky's performance will no doubt be one for the history books - an evening not to be missed."

Luminato is pleased to have CTVglobemedia as the official media partner in this initiative.

At the Feb. 5 concert, Luminato will also make an announcement about further programming for the 2008 Festival.

Tickets for the Feb. 5 concert at the Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St, are available as of Jan. 19 through all Ticketmaster outlets (call 416-870-8000) or visit www.ticketmaster.ca).

For media inquiries regarding Luminato, please contact:

Bill Bobek (416) 368-3100 ext. 246
Director, Communications & Media Relations
wbobek@luminato.com

Laura Erika Barron (416) 368-3100 ext. 242
Public Relations Coordinator
lbarron@luminato.com

For all media inquiries regarding the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival, please contact:

Anna Tom (416) 928-2033 ext 21
publicity@tojazz.com

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ABOUT LUMINATO
For 10 extraordinary days in June, the vibrant city of Toronto's stages, streets and public spaces are illuminated with arts and creativity. Luminato is an annual multidisciplinary celebration of theatre, dance, classical and contemporary music, film, literature, visual arts, design and more.

For more information on both free and ticketed Luminato events, including dates, locations and schedules, visit www.luminato.com. Tickets will be available in April 2008 through all Ticketmaster outlets (call 416-872-1111 or visit www.ticketmaster.ca).

Luminato gratefully acknowledges the generous support and vision of its Founding Luminaries; corporate sponsors, particularly our presenting sponsor, L'Orą©al; our dedicated government partners, especially the Government of Ontario; and other supporters.

Founding Luminaries: The Founding Luminaries were among the Festival's first supporters. These arts patrons and civic-builders stepped forward to help found Luminato, and will be celebrated for their vision and support in perpetuity.

Founding Luminaries - Mohammad and Najla Al Zaibak, Charles and Marilyn Baillie, Avie Bennett, Helen Burstyn and David Pecaut, Kate Alexander Daniels and David Daniels, Joan T. Dea and Lionel F. Conacher, Ian and Kiki Delaney, John Donald and Linda Chu, The Duboc Family Foundation, Margaret and Jim Fleck, Linda Frum and Howard Sokolowski, Kevin and Roger Garland, Anthony and Helen Graham, Lucille and Urban Joseph, Michael and Sonja Koerner, Chetan and Clara Mathur, Judy and Wil Matthews, Robert and Cheryl McEwen, Pierre L. Morrissette, Sandra and Jim Pitblado, Jonas and Lynda Prince, Richard Rooney and Laura Dinner, The Slaight Family, Marisa and Edward Sorbara, Larry and Judy Tanenbaum, and David and Robin Young.

Founding Corporate Luminaries - BMO Financial Group, Ivey Foundation, MacLaren McCann, Manulife Financial, RBC, St. Joseph Communications, TELUS, and Tourism Toronto.

2008 Luminaries
:Tony and Anne Arrell, The Ira Gluskin and Maxine Granovsky Gluskin Charitable Foundation, Joan and Jerry Lozinski, and Nancy Pencer.

2007 SuperNova Program Development Fund: Margaret and Jim Fleck, Gretchen and Donald Ross.

Luminato 2008 Sponsors:
L'Orą©al, CTV, The Globe and Mail, St. Joseph Communications, Toronto Life, Tourism Toronto.

Government Partners:
The Government of Ontario, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.

Additional 2008 sponsors, government partners, and individual donors will be announced shortly.


ABOUT TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival
The TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival takes over the city from June 20 - June 29, 2008. With more than 1500 musicians playing over 350 concerts in locations all across Toronto, the cool sounds of jazz will kick start summer off on a melodious high.

Founded in 1987, the Festival is celebrating its twenty-second anniversary. Under the direction of co-founders Patrick Taylor, Executive Producer, and Jim Galloway, Artistic Director, the Festival is dedicated to presenting great live jazz. Over the years, the Festival has contributed over $250 million to the Greater Toronto Area economy; presented over 1,500 free public performances; welcomed over 6.5 million people to the Festival; and presented over 20,000 artists, 85% of whom were Canadian.

Full details of the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival will be announced in April 2008. For more information, please visit www.torontojazz.com

Anna Tom
Public Relations
Toronto Downtown Jazz
82 Bleecker Street, Toronto, ON, M4X1L8
Phone: 416.928.2033, ext. 21 Fax: 416.928.0533
Email: publicity@tojazz.com
www.torontojazz.com


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Sunday, January 13, 2008

[Toronto] International French Horn Day Concert

Joan Watson, Gloria Ratcliffe &

St. Paul's Foundation for the Arts

presents


THE MAJESTY OF THE HORN


Friday, February 8 at 7:30 pm

St Paul's Anglican Church, Bloor Street near Jarvis

Admission is $5.00 at the door
Phone:
416-961-8116, stpaulsbloor.org


Over one hundred French horns played the closing fanfare last year


This event, the brainchild of Joan Watson, principal horn of the Canadian Opera Company, is meant to bring French horn players of all levels together to celebrate the wonderful sound of this instrument


On February 8th, 2008, we expect at least 100 French horn players to participate in this gala event. The participants include horn sections from Toronto's major orchestras; the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto Symphony, National Ballet, many free-lance musicians and amateurs from all over Ontario. Many students from Toronto and York Region high schools will perform two pieces under the direction of Gloria Ratcliffe, horn player and music educator. Students from Toronto's universities and Royal Conservatory will be featured as well.

Guest artists will be, Juno award winner Jack Grunsky performing his piece "Child of the Universe" with the high school horn players and the Festival singers from Dr. Norman Bethune Collegiate. St. Paul's organist Eric Robertson will accompany the Pro horn sections in the St. Hubert's Mass with organ and horn player / teacher Barbara Bloomer, will be honoured for her long time contribution to horn playing in Toronto.



Amateur horn players from the Metro area being encouraged to bring their horns and join all horn players in the final fanfare that closes the concert.

The sound will be amazing!



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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Calgary Opera presents the Canadian Premiere of The Ballad of Baby Doe

January 10, 2008 08-07

For Immediate Release

Calgary Opera presents the Canadian Premiere of The Ballad of Baby Doe

Calgary AB... this January Calgary unveils the centrepiece of the 2007-2008 season, the boom-bust themed American Classic The Ballad of Baby Doe, by Douglas Moore. The Ballad of Baby Doe performs at the Jubilee Auditorium January 26, 30 & February 1, 2008. Joining us on Opening Night is Soprano Leyna Gabriele, who first created the role of Baby Doe over 50 years ago.

"We are absolutely thrilled to be able to present this professional Canadian premiere, and to have one of the original cast members in attendance on opening night, "says Bob McPhee, General Director & CEO. "The boom-bust storyline of this opera will resonate with many Calgarians, and will provide the theme of our third annual Community Symposium, a series of public events leading up to the opening night performance."


The Canadian premiere is conducted by Hal France, Music Director of the Orlando Philharmonic, with stage direction by Kelly Robinson, who last directed Frobisher in 2007. In a casting change due to illness the title role of Baby Doe will be sung by Soprano Tracy Dahl, after her stunning performance as Gilda in this season's opening production of Rigoletto. She will be joined on stage by Baritone John Fanning, who last season created the role of Frobisher, as Horace Tabor. Also appearing are Mezzo-Soprano Elizabeth Turnbull (Frobisher, 2007) as Augusta Tabor, Baritone John Avey (Turandot, 2005) as Wm. Jennings Bryan, and the eight young singers in the Emerging Artist Development Program, who perform the small roles as well as covering the lead roles. Alongisde the Calgary Opera Chorus led by Chorusmaster Sandra Atkinson, The Cantarą© Children's Choir will also perform. Lighting Design is by renowned designer Harry Frehner.


Leading up to opening night of the Canadian premiere is a series of public events exploring the boom-bust theme central to the opera. For more information on the Community Symposium along with company biographies and synopsis visit: http://calgaryopera.com/stage/babydoe/index.php


Calgary Opera acknowledges the generous support of our media sponsors, The Calgary Herald and CBC Radio Two.

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For further information, please contact: Brian O'Neill, Calgary Opera 802-3409

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

[Montreal] Concert de CBC McGill

A Venetian Carnival

Celebrate Carnival with Les Voix Baroques and Les Voix Humaines!

Montreal, January 10, 2008 - The CBC/McGill Concert Series celebrates the beginning of Carnival with an evening of musical merry-making on Wednesday, January 23, 7:30 pm at McGill University's Redpath Hall. Montreal-based Early Music ensembles Les Voix Baroques and Les Voix Humaines led by harpsichordist Luca Guglielmi have cooked up a programme of Venitian Carnival music from 17th-century Venice. Revelry and drunken songs are on the evening's menu!

Carnival has long been a time for masquerading and indulging in illicit pleasures, and music has always been a part of the fun. Many early baroque composers from Venice and abroad have found inspiration in the topsy-turvy world of Carnival. For this concert, works by Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Lejeune and Hume will be performed by an all-star vocal and instrumental ensemble. Sopranos Suzie Leblanc and Catherine Webster, counter tenor Matthew White, tenors Charles Daniels and Colin Balzer and bariton Sumner Thomson will be joined by nine musicians, led by Luca Guglielmi.

Based in Montreal, Les Voix Baroques is dedicated to performances of unexplored 17th and 18th century repertoire for voices and instruments. The ensemble has been invited by Canada's most prestigious festivals coast to coast, and was awarded the 2004 Cannes International Classical Award for Elegeia, their first release on the Analekta label.

Their musical complicity has been compared to the skill of two trapeze artists or the telepathic communion of a pair of jazz saxophonists! Susie Napper and Margaret Little, the two gambists of Les Voix Humaines, have been thrilling audiences worldwide with dashing performances of early and contemporary music for viols since 1985.

Guest director and harpsichordist Luca Gugliemi is a frequent collaborator with Hesperion XXI and Il Giardino Armonico.

Redpath Hall is located at the McTavish Gates on the McGill main campus. All tickets can be purchased at the Pollack Hall Box Office, weekdays from noon to 6 pm or one hour prior to each concert. Tickets are $15 (students and seniors $10), price includes taxes and service charges. They are also available at Admission outlets (where service charges apply). Admission: 514.790.1245 or visit www.admission.com.

For more information on this concert as well as on the entire season, please call 514-398-4547 or visit www.cbc.ca/montreal..

Kelly Rice is the artistic director and coordinating producer of the 2007-2008 season.

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Contact:

Catherine Megelas

CBC Radio - Quebec

514. 597. 4499 , Catherine_megelas@cbc.ca

Medias contact : Alain Labontą© Communications

514 523 9922

LE CARNAVAL DE VENISE en musique

Cą©lą©brez le Carnaval avec Les Voix Baroques et Les Voix Humaines

Montrą©al, le jeudi 10 janvier 2008 - La są©rie de concerts CBC/McGill fąĀte le dą©but du Carnaval avec une soirą©e musicale le mercredi 23 janvier ą› 19h30 ą› la Salle Redpath de l'Universitą© McGill. Les ensembles montrą©alais Les Voix Baroques et Les Voix Humaines seront dirigą©s au clavecin par Luca Guglielmi dans un programme de musique inspirą©e par le Carnaval de Venise.

Le Carnaval de Venise a longtemps ą©tą© un moment pour des fąĀtes, des mascarades et des plaisirs interdits, et la musique a toujours pris une place importante dans ces festivitą©s. Plusieurs compositeurs baroques de Venise et d'ailleurs ont ą©tą© inspirą©s dans ce monde ą› l'envers du Carnaval. Pour ce concert, des oeuvres de Monteverdi, Gabrieli, Lejeune et Hume seront interprą©tą©es par un ensemble de chanteurs et musiciens exceptionnels. Les sopranos Suzie Leblanc et Catherine Webster, le contre-tą©nor Matthew White, les tą©nors Charles Daniels et Colin Balzer and le baryton Sumner Thomson seront entourą©s de neuf musiciens dirigą©s par Luca Guglielmi.

Les Voix Baroques est un ensemble de musique de chambre qui se consacre ą› l'interprą©tation historiquement documentą©e de rą©pertoires inexplorą©s pour voix et instruments des 17e et 18e siąģcles. L'ensemble a ą©tą© invitą© ą› participer aux plus importants fesivals canadiens et a reąŖu En janvier 2004, Les Voix Baroques se sont vus dą©cerner ą› Cannes le Prix international du disque classique 2004 pour leur enregistrement intitulą© Elegeia, produit par la maison de disques Analekta.

On a comparą© leur discours musical au jeu de trapą©zistes et leur complicitą© tą©lą©pathique ą› celle d'une paire de saxophonistes jazz! Susie Napper et Margaret Little, qui forment le duo Les Voix Humaines, ą©blouissent les mą©lomanes de par le monde depuis 1985, offrant sur disque et en concert des prestations audacieuses de musiques anciennes et nouvelles pour violes de gambe.

Le chef invitą© et claveciniste Luca Gugliemi collabore frą©quemment avec les ensembles Hesperion XXI et Il Giardino Armonico.

Le concert aura lieu le mercredi 23 janvier ą› 19h30 ą› la Salle Redpath de l'Universitą© McGill, (entrą©e Portes McTavish). On peut se procurer des billets au guichet de la salle Pollack (514-398-4547), de midi ą› 18 h la semaine, ou une heure avant le dą©but de chaque concert, au prix de 15 $, (10 $ pour les ą©tudiants et les personnes du troisiąģme ąĘge) au guichet de la salle Pollack de midi ą› 18h la semaine, ou encore une heure avant le dą©but de chaque concert. Le prix des billets comprend les taxes et les frais de service. Les billets sont ą©galement en vente par l'entremise du rą©seau Admission (514.790.1245 ou www.admission.com - frais de service en sus).

Kelly Rice est le rą©alisateur-coordonnateur et le directeur artistique des concerts CBC/McGill 2007-2008.

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Contact:

Catherine Megelas

CBC Radio - Quebec

514. 597. 4499

Catherine_megelas@cbc.ca

Relation mą©dias : Alain Labontą© Communications

514 523 9922

Alain Labontą©

Alain Labontą© Communications

3704, rue de Mentana

Montrą©al (Quą©bec) H2L 3R3

514-523-9922

alain@alainlabonte.ca

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[Montreal] Danse-Citą©: ąń corps dą©fendant de Jean-Martin Bernier


Dans le cadre de sa saison Genre...humain,
Danse-Citą© prą©sente ąń corps dą©fendant de Jean-Martin Bernier



Montrą©al, le 3 janvier 2008 - Aprąģs le succąģs de Staccato Riviąģre en dą©cembre 2007, Danse-Citą© laisse de nouveau sa trace avec la deuxiąģme crą©ation de sa saison Genre...humain. ąń corps dą©fendant de Jean-Martin Bernier, un ą©vą©nement Traces-Chorą©graphes rą©unissant sur scąģne le chorą©graphe et la comą©dienne-danseuse Suzanne Lemoine, sera prą©sentą© au Studio thą©ąĘtre Hydro-Quą©bec du Monument-National du 24 au 26 janvier et du 29 janvier au 2 fą©vrier 2008, ą› 20h30.


ąń corps dą©fendant ou La vą©ritą© du mensonge
Oser le silence l'instant d'un geste pour que, en filigrane, se dessine la conscience. Oser prendre la rą©alitą© ą› bras-le-corps. Voilą› ce qu'entreprend le chorą©graphe Jean-Martin Bernier avec ąń corps dą©fendant, sa quatriąģme ¨∂uvre chorą©graphique en carriąģre et certes, la plus personnelle. Fasciną© par la maniąģre dont les individus perąŖoivent la rą©alitą©, c'est-ą›-dire ą› travers le spectre de leurs histoires personnelles, Bernier met en scąģne une dualitą© humaine d'envergure : la relation entre le corps et l'esprit. Selon le crą©ateur, la pensą©e ne saurait ąĀtre perąŖue comme l'unique porte d'accąģs ą› un degrą© de conscience plus ą©levą©. Limitą©e et parfois dą©faillante, elle doit plutą•t cą©der la place au corps comme organe de perception car c'est lui qui miroite l'ą©volution. C'est lui qui engendre cette danse qui tą©moigne, ce geste qui ą©voque et ce langage qui rą©vąģle.


Une dą©marche vers l'unitą©
Pour mettre en scąģne son propos, Jean-Martin Berner a choisi de souligner la polaritą© des diffą©rents ą©lą©ments de l'oeuvre. Ainsi, il travaille le duo pour la premiąģre fois dans sa pratique de chorą©graphe. Le choix de la comą©dienne ą©mą©rite Suzanne Lemoine incite la rencontre entre deux ą©nergies, la cohą©sion entre deux approches et deux mą©tiers. La paire permet ą©galement d'exprimer les facettes masculine et fą©minine de l'humain, mettant d'autant plus en rapport un corps formą© ą› la danse et un autre ą› l'ą©nergie spontaną©e et brute. La danse est abordą©e comme source de dualitą©, faisant autant dans l'exacerbation que la retenue, dans la lenteur que dans l'empressement. Tel un rituel mouvant, la danse agit comme catalyseur vers une apprą©ciation plus compląģte de l'ąĀtre humain.


De plus, le spectacle juxtapose le texte et la parole ą› la danse, notamment les ą©crits du philosophe quą©bą©cois Pierre Bertrand et l'ą©criture automatique de l'interprąģte Suzanne Lemoine, parfois dą©clamą©e en spoken word. Loin d'ąĀtre de simples complą©ments, la parole et le geste s'insąģrent ici comme deux alter ego, deux aimants qui marquent les sphąģres dans lesquelles l'Homme ą©volue, soit la rationnalitą© du verbe et l'instinct du physique. Pierre Bertrand a longtemps influencą© le chorą©graphe dans sa dą©marche. L'oeuvre du philosophe ą©tant consacrą©e aussi bien ą› comprendre le processus de crą©ation qu'ą› dą©crire la vie dans ce qu'elle est de plus essentielle, elle met en mot, entre autres, les limites de la pensą©e et la surą©valuation qu'on fait d'elle.

ąń l'oeuvre se lient les visions et contributions des collaborateurs Laurent Maslą© (composition musicale et sonore), L E M M / Martin Lemieux (vidą©o, ą©clairages), Lucie Bazzo (ą©clairages), FranąŖois-Rą©gis Fournier (photograhie) et Christine Charles (rą©pą©titrice).


¨ī Comment pouvons-nous ą©couter le simple chant d'un oiseau si la pensą©e ne cesse de bavarder? ¨™
La Conversion du regard, Pierre Bertrand, Liber


Rendez-vous Danse-Citą©
Le public est convią© ą› venir ą©changer avec les artistes du spectacle le 25 janvier et le 1er fą©vrier 2008, aprąģs la reprą©sentation. Au cours de ces discussions, le philosophe Pierre Bertrand fera ą©galement part de ses impressions sur le spectacle et sur la dą©marche des crą©ateurs.

Jean-Martin Bernier
Jean-Martin Bernier a longuement oeuvrą© ą› titre d'interprąģte en danse contemporaine. De 1990 ą› 2002, il travaille avec Montrą©al Danse qui produit une vingtaine de productions auxquelles il prend part. Il collabore avec les chorą©graphes Dominique Porte, Paula de Vasconcelos, Josą© Navas, Daniąģle Desnoyers, Ginette Laurin, Paul-Andrą© Fortier, Catherine Tardif, Daniel Souliąģres et Monique Girard ainsi que plusieurs autres. En tant que chorą©graphe, il nous a donną© Cruels mystąģres (2001) et CHOC ou Le corps ą› rebours (2004), toutes deux prą©sentą©es ą› Tangente. ąń cela s'ajoute un mą©tier d'ą©bą©niste et de scą©nographe pour ses propres spectacles. Animą© d'un profond dą©sir de communiquer, il ne considąģre la danse possible que si l'on s'y commet et compromet. En cela, l'exercice ne peut qu'ąĀtre noble. Il en est ą› sa premiąģre collaboration avec Danse-Citą©.


Danse-Citą© : la trace des crą©ateurs
Vą©ritable phare de la danse d'auteur, Danse-Citą©, sous la direction artistique de Daniel Souliąģres, est une compagnie de crą©ation de danse contemporaine. Au cours de ses 26 ans d'existence, Danse-Citą© s'est dą©marquą©e par l'unicitą© de ses saisons, le risque artistique que celles-ci entretiennent et par la place de choix qui y est accordą©e aux crą©ateurs et interprąģtes. ą‚galement inscrites ą› la saison Genre...humain, les crą©ations Quarantaine de Charmaine Leblanc et L'ą‚curie de Manon Oligny. La formule traces-chorą©graphes dans laquelle s'insąģre ąń corps dą©fendant offre la chance ą› un chorą©graphe ą©mergent de prą©senter une oeuvre originale au cours d'une saison de Danse-Citą©.


ąń corps dą©fendant de Jean-Martin Bernier
du 24 au 26 janvier et du 29 janvier au 2 fą©vrier 2008, 20h30
Studio Hydro-Quą©bec du Monument-National 514 871 2224

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Source : Jean-Są©bastien Rousseau
Directeur des communications 514 525 3595 communication@danse-cite.org

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

[Montrą©al] Figaro-ci, Figaro-lą›, un barbier ą› l'Opą©ra ! - Mą©nick, le cą©ląģbre barbier des sportifs, ą› l'Opą©ra de Montrą©al!

MONTREAL, le 9 janv. /CNW Telbec/ - Oyez, oyez ! L'Opą©ra de Montrą©al fait la barbe ą› l'hiver en invitant le plus cą©ląģbre barbier de Montrą©al dans ses murs le mardi 15 janvier 2008, dans les Pas Perdus de la Place des Arts. A l'affiche de midi ą› 18 h : rasage gratuit sur fond de musique de Rossini avec Mą©nick, le cą©ląģbre barbier des sportifs et des personnalitą©s de Montrą©al et amateur d'opą©ra! Bienvenue ą› tous ceux qui voudront profiter de son art et tenter l'expą©rience. Les participants et le public courront la chance de remporter des paires de billets pour assister ą› l'opą©ra de Rossini. Osez, osez !

En prime, de 17 h ą› 18 h, trois solistes de la production - Aaron St. Clair Nicholson (Figaro), Julie Boulianne (Rosine) et Stephen Morscheck (Bartolo) interprą©teront des extraits du chef-d'oeuvre de Rossini Le barbier de Są©ville prą©sentą© par l'Opą©ra de Montrą©al dąģs le 2 fą©vrier 2008.

Mą©nick

De Maurice Richard ą› Sidney Crosby, en passant par "Mad Dog" Vachon et Chuck Norris, Mą©nick les a tous rasą©s et les compte encore comme clients de la rue Masson oąľ il officie depuis plus de 45 ans.

"J'ai 63 ans, et je suis ici tous les matins ą› partir de sept heures, sept heures et demi. Pourtant, on ouvre juste ą› 9 heures. Ca me donne le temps de lire les journaux, et prendre le pouls de la journą©e qui vient. Le midi, cherche-moi pas ailleurs, je suis lą›, je ne bouge pas d'ici. C'est comme ąŖa six jours par semaine. Le dimanche, je vais ą› la messe. C'est vrai qu'on est moins nombreux qu'avant..."

Un chef-d'oeuvre comique

Le Barbier de Są©ville (Il barbiere di Siviglia) de Rossini
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier de la Place des Arts
2, 6, 9, 11, 14 fą©vrier 2008 ą› 20 h + 16 fą©vrier 2008 ą› 14 h

Aaron St. Clair Nicholson (Figaro); Frą©dą©ric Antoun (Comte Almaviva); Julie Boulianne (Rosine); Donato di Stefano (Bartolo); Stephen Morscheck (Basilio). Jacques Lacombe dirige l'Orchestre symphonique de Montrą©al et le Choeur de l'Opą©ra de Montrą©al; la mise en scąģne est signą©e Alain Gauthier.



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/Renseignements: Mą©dias: Marie Marais, attachą©e de presse, (514) 845-2821, marais@cooptel.qc.ca/

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[Montreal] Figaro here, Figaro there: A Barber at the Opera! - Sports-celebrity Barber Mą©nick at the Opą©ra de Montrą©al!

MONTREAL, Jan. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Hear ye, hear ye... the Opą©ra de Montrą©al has invited Montreal's most renowned barber to bring his razor and strop to the "Hall des Pas Perdus" at Place des Arts on Tuesday, January 15, 2008. From noon to 6 p.m., Mą©nick, famous barber to Montreal celebrities and sports figures - and an opera fan - will be offering free shaves as Rossini's music plays in the background! All comers are welcome to experience his skill with a straight razor. Participants and the general public will have a chance to win tickets to Rossini's The Barber of Seville. Hear ye, hear ye...!

As an added treat, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., three soloists from the production - Aaron St. Clair Nicholson (Figaro), Julie Boulianne (Rosina), and Stephen Morscheck (Bartolo) - will perform excerpts from Rossini's masterpiece The Barber of Seville, presented by the Opą©ra de Montrą©al beginning February 2, 2008.

Mą©nick

From Maurice Richard to Sidney Crosby, from "Mad Dog" Vachon to Chuck Norris, Mą©nick has shaved them all! The clientele at his Masson Street shop - where he has been doing the honours for over 45 years - still includes many other well-known figures.

"I'm 63 years old, and I'm here every day at 7 or 7:30 in the morning. And yet, the shop only opens at 9 a.m. It gives me time to read the papers, and get a feel for what the day is going to be like. At noon, don't go looking for me anywhere else... This is where I'll be. I don't move from here. That's the way it is, six days a week. On Sunday, I go to church... though it's true there seems to be less of us than there used to be..."

The Barber of Seville by Rossini

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts
February 2, 6, 9, 11, 14, 2008 at 8 p.m. + February 16, 2008 at 2 p.m.

Aaron St. Clair Nicholson (Figaro); Frą©dą©ric Antoun (Almaviva); Julie Boulianne (Rosine); Donato di Stefano (Bartolo); Stephen Morscheck (Basilio). Jacques Lacombe conducts l'Orchestre symphonique de Montrą©al and the Choeur de l'Opą©ra de Montrą©al; staged by Alain Gauthier.



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/For further information: Media: Marie Marais, Press Officer, (514) 845-2821, marais@cooptel.qc.ca/

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[Toronto] Moiseyev Dance Company comes to the Sony Centre for ONE NIGHT ONLY: Jan. 23, 2008

The Moiseyev Dance Company celebrates its 70th anniversary with a North American tour dedicated to the memory of founder Igor Moiseyev

"Moiseyev's genius for distilling the essence of folk material and theatricalizing it on a spectacular scale remains as revelatory as ever... Millions have thrilled to the rainbow of brilliant folk traditions that he has cast in a dazzling theatrical light."
- New York Times

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts welcomes the legendary Russian folk dance troupe to Toronto on January 23 ONLY

Toronto, Ontario - The 70-year old Moiseyev Dance Company is consistently acclaimed throughout the world as the greatest of all folk dance groups. The ensemble, honored as Russia's official "State Academic Ensemble of Popular Dance," has captivated international audiences for decades with its peerless technical brilliance and exuberant evocations of traditional dances. This legendary ensemble will perform at Toronto's Sony Centre for the Performing Arts (formerly The Hummingbird Centre) for ONE NIGHT ONLY on Jan. 23, 2008.

The Moiseyev Dance Company is a unique phenomenon among the many creative companies in Russia established decades ago which continue to flourish and prosper today. For 70 years it has been a standard of innovation, vivid expressiveness and supreme performance culture. Skillfully combining elements of classical choreography with passionate folk dancing, The Moiseyev Dance Company triumphs on every stage.

At the heart of the group's success is the genius of its visionary artistic director, choreographer and founder, the late Igor Moiseyev. With the recent passing of Mr. Moiseyev on Nov. 2 at age 101, this beautiful show becomes an even more poignant tribute to a legendary artistic genius.

The Company's legendary 1958 North American premiere at the Metropolitan Opera House resulted in an explosive 25-minute standing ovation. The company now numbers more than 200, has its own orchestra and school, and possesses an active repertory of more than 200 dances. The Moiseyev Dance Company now returns to North America for a tour commemorating the life and work of Mr. Moiseyev as well as the 50th Anniversary of their first North American tour and the 70th anniversary of the Company.

The Company's origin can be traced back to 1936, when Igor Moiseyev, the then current Ballet Master and former principal dancer and choreographer of the Bolshoi Ballet, was asked by the Soviet government to organize the first Festival of National Dance. As a student, Mr. Moiseyev had traversed the country on foot during his free time, immersing himself in the study of Russian folklore and in the treasury of songs, dances, customs, traditions and festivals belonging to the 180 national cultures that comprised the Soviet Union. Fascinated by what he found, he embraced this unprecedented task of bringing traditional dances to national attention. The festival's subsequent success convinced Mr. Moiseyev that the formation of a professional company was necessary to preserve and develop the best traditions of folk dancing.

To download photos, please go to: http://www.sonycentre.ca

DETAILS
Dates: Jan. 23, 2008 at 8 p.m. Visit www.sonycentre.ca for details.
Location: Sony Centre for the Performing Arts
(formerly The Hummingbird Centre for the Performing Arts)
1 Front St. E., Toronto, Ontario
Tickets: On sale NOW: $50-$110 plus applicable service charges
Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling 416-872-2262 or by visiting ticketmaster.ca, or in person at the Sony Centre Box Office,
1 Front Street East, Toronto
GROUPS of 20 or more call Group Entertainment at 416-393-7463, Toll-free: 1-866-737-0805 or by email: groups@sonycentre.ca


About Sony of Canada Ltd.

Established in 1955, Sony of Canada Ltd. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation, of Tokyo, Japan, a world leader in High Definition. Sony provides end-to-end solutions through products that include the market-leading Blu-ray player, BRAVIA televisions, Cyber-shot digital cameras, Handycam Camcorders, VAIO computers, broadcast cameras, IPELA security cameras and video conferencing and many more products that deliver the true entertainment experience.

Sony is one of the most comprehensive entertainment companies in the world with a portfolio that includes electronics, music, movies, games and online businesses.

With headquarters in Toronto, sales offices in Vancouver and Montreal and distribution centres in Coquitlam, British Columbia, and Whitby, Ontario, approximately 1,200 employees support a network of more than 500 authorized dealers and 79 Sony stores across Canada.

Sony Canada is proud to support the communities in which it operates through corporate sponsorships of organizations that include the Make-a-Wish Foundation Canada, the United Way and Earth Day Canada.
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For more information please contact:


Media contacts:

Rosie Shaw
416-393-7466

rosie@sonycentre.ca

Michelle Yeung
416-393-7462
michelley@sonycentre.ca

Monday, January 7, 2008

[CD] Winterreise sur ATMA disponible en magasin dąģs le 8 janvier

SCHUBERT: WINTERREISE

Pour diffusion immą©diate: 8 janvier 2008


NOUVEAUTą‚ - JANVIER 2008


ATMA entame la nouvelle anną©e avec le lancement du cą©ląģbre Winterreise - Voyage d'hiver - de Franz Schubert dans une version de chambre iną©dite qui fera les dą©lices des mą©lomanes. Composą© ą› l'origine pour piano et voix, Winterreise se dą©ploie ici dans un arrangement de Normand Forget pour voix, accordą©on et quintette ą› vent. L'enregistrement met en vedette Christoph Prą©gardien, internationalement reconnu comme l'un des meilleurs tą©nors de notre ą©poque, l'accordą©oniste virtuose Joseph Pą©tric et bien są™r, l'ensemble montrą©alais Pentaąģdre.


¨ī Avec seulement trois flą™tes et trois clarinettes [...] un cor, un basson, le seul hautbois d'amour pour sa propre participation et un mą©lancolique accordą©on comme ą©lą©ment unificateur, Forget a retrouvą© l'intimitą© de Winterreise. [...] Le tą©nor allemand Christoph Prą©gardien [...] amena les musiciens qui l'entouraient et les 300 personnes qui les ą©coutaient ą› vivre ce tragique Voyage d'hiver aussi intensą©ment que l'antihą©ros de Mąļller et Schubert. ¨™ (Claude Gingras, La Presse, critique du concert inaugural de la saison 2007-2008 de Pentaąģdre)


Cycle de 24 poąģmes ą©crits par Wilhelm Mąļller, Winterreise inspire ą› Franz Schubert des lieder sombres et magnifiques qui constituent un chef-d'oeuvre du genre. Winterreise exprime la dą©tresse d'un homme brisą© ą› la suite d'une rupture amoureuse. Voyageur errant sans but et sans espoir, ses pas s'enfoncent dans la neige et ses larmes, brą™lantes, gąģlent son visage. ąń travers ces lieder, c'est sa propre souffrance que Schubert confie. Plusieurs compositeurs, fasciną©s par les couleurs du piano de Schubert, ont orchestrą© quelques-uns de ces lieder. En 2005, Normand Forget en rą©alise une toute premiąģre version de chambre, dont la crą©ation en concert fut assurą©e par le tą©nor Rufus Mąļller.


Fondą© en 1985, Pentaąģdre se consacre ą› la redą©couverte d'un rą©pertoire de musique de chambre varią©, original et souvent moins connu. L'ensemble collabore avec des artistes de renom, entre autres, Russell Braun, Karina Gauvin et Naida Cole. Il s'associe ą› l'occasion ą› des ensembles comme le Quatuor Arthur-Leblanc et le Penderecki String Quartet.


Winterreise sera disponible ą› compter du 8 janvier 2008.

Pour plus de dą©tails: www.atmaclassique.com

Contact mą©dia : Communications Lise Raymond

450 640-0500

Contact ATMA : Michel Ferland | 514 731-4297


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Canada Council, National Endowment for the Arts to remember Oscar Peterson with a concert and a memorial tribute

Panels, photo opportunities and other events with NEA Jazz Masters scheduled

Ottawa, January 7, 2008 - The Canada Council for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) will co-host a tribute to the late Oscar Peterson on Friday, January 11 at 8:00 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre's Constitution Hall as part of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) conference. Dr. Peterson passed away on December 23 at the age of 82.

The tribute will be part of a concert and awards ceremony honouring the recipients of the 2008 NEA Jazz Master Fellowship, who include: bandleader Quincy Jones, composer and arranger Tom McIntosh, trumpeter Joe Wilder, pianist Andrew Hill, percussionist Candido Camero and jazz advocate Gunther Schuller.

The evening includes a special presentation by Canada Council Chair Karen Kain and NEA Chairman Dana Gioia along with performances of Dr. Peterson's work by pianist, composer and arranger Oliver Jones. Mr. Jones will play as soloist and with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.

In addition to the Friday evening award ceremony and concert, NEA Jazz Masters activities include:

¨Ö NEA Jazz Masters Advocates panel, Thursday, January 10

¨Ö 2008 NEA Jazz Masters panel, Friday, January 11

¨Ö Artists group photo opportunity, Friday, January 11

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Media contacts:

International Association for Jazz Education Conference
Diana Nazareth 416-815-8883
E-mail: dlmedia.canada@sympatico.ca
Web site: www.iaje.org

National Endowment for the Arts
Victoria Hutter 202-682-5692
E-mail: hutterv@arts.endow.gov
Web site: www.neajazzmasters.org

Canada Council for the Arts
Donna Balkan 613-566-4305 or 1-800-263-5588, ext. 4134
E-mail: donna.balkan@canadacouncil.ca
Heather McAfee 613-566-4414 or 1-800-263-5588, ext. 4523
E-mail: heather.mcafee@canadacouncil.ca
Web site: www.canadacouncil.ca

Tous les documents du Conseil des Arts du Canada sont disponibles en franąŖais et en anglais.

350 Albert Street / 350, rue Albert
Post Office Box 1047 / Case postale 1047
Ottawa, ON K1P 5V8
www.canadacouncil.ca / www.conseildesarts.ca




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[Quą©bec] Les Violons du Roy prą©sentent les Variations Goldberg, le 18 janvier ą› 10 h 30 et 20 h au Palais Montcalm

Les Variations Goldberg
Bernard Labadie, chef d'orchestre


Są©rie Bach avant tout
Vendredi 18 janvier, 20 h
Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm (Quą©bec)

Są©rie Chefs-d'oeuvre du matin
Vendredi 18 janvier, 10 h 30
Concert commentą© par Bernard Labadie
Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm (Quą©bec)

J. S. BACH, Variations Goldberg, BWV 988
(Arrangement pour cordes et continuo de Bernard Labadie)


Quą©bec, le 7 janvier 2008 -
Les Violons du Roy dą©buteront l'anną©e 2008 avec les Variations Goldberg de Jean-Są©bastien Bach, le vendredi 18 janvier, cą©lą©brant ainsi le 10e anniversaire de l'arrangement pour cordes et continuo de Bernard Labadie. Depuis sa crą©ation en 1997, cette partition a suscitą© beaucoup d'intą©rąĀt auprąģs des mą©lomanes et de la critique, tel qu'en tą©moignent le succąģs de l'enregistrement d'une part, mais aussi l'engouement d'autres ensembles d'Amą©rique du Nord qui l'ont reprise en concert.

Les Violons du Roy proposent au public une expą©rience renouvelą©e dans l'ą©crin idą©al de la nouvelle salle Raoul-Jobin, qui permettra de saisir tout le raffinement de l'oeuvre de Bach ainsi que le travail d'orfąģvre de Bernard Labadie.

Une oeuvre ¨ī ą› l'intention des amateurs pour la rą©crą©ation de leur esprit ¨™
Composą©es en 1742, les Variations Goldberg font partie de la seule collection de piąģces pour clavier publią©e du vivant de Jean-Są©bastien Bach. Commandą©e par le comte von Keyserling, ex-ambassadeur de Russie ą› la cour de Saxe, l'oeuvre ą©tait destiną©e ą› ąĀtre jouą©e par le jeune claveciniste Johann Gottlieb Goldberg pour animer les nuits d'insomnie dont ą©tait victime le comte. MąĀme si l'on doute aujourd'hui de l'authenticitą© de ce rą©cit, l'effet apaisant de l'oeuvre se fait tout de mąĀme sentir dąģs les premiąģres mesures du thąģme, un aria tendre et dą©pouillą©. Par la suite, se succąģdent 30 variations dans lesquelles Bach a recours ą› divers procą©dą©s d'ą©criture, du canon ą› la toccata en passant par des rythmes de danses et une ouverture ą› la franąŖaise. Cette oeuvre d'une grande beautą© są©duit ą› chaque ą©coute par sa fluiditą©, ses contrastes et son remarquable lyrisme.

Les Variations Goldberg seront entendues au concert dans son arrangement pour cordes et basse continue de Bernard Labadie. Plutą•t que de se contenter d'une simple transcription, Bernard Labadie a procą©dą© ą› une rą©ą©criture. Dans cette transcription, le caractąģre intime de l'oeuvre a ą©tą© prą©servą© en confiant la majoritą© des variations ą› de petits ensembles de solistes et quelques-unes ą› l'ensemble ą› cordes. Selon Bernard Labadie, les Variations Goldberg ainsi revisitą©es s'apparentent ¨ī ą› un gigantesque concerto grosso ¨™ dont on dą©couvre des facettes encore mą©connues.

La saison 2007-2008 ą› Quą©bec est prą©sentą©e par Hydro-Quą©bec, partenaire de saison ą› Quą©bec.

Są©rie Bach avant tout
Le prochain rendez-vous de la są©rie Bach avant tout se tiendra en avril avec un ą©vą©nement iną©dit, un week-end dą©dią© ą› l'intą©grale des concertos pour clavecin de Bach. Trois concerts en deux jours ! Le vendredi 4 avril ą› 20 h, le samedi 5 avril ą› 16 h et ą› 20 h. Un abonnement pour ces trois concerts est disponible ą› partir de 99 $. Consultez notre site.

Są©rie Chefs-d'oeuvre du matin : Cafą© et concert commentą©
Des concerts commentą©s par les chefs d'orchestre Bernard Labadie et Jean-Marie Zeitouni. D'une durą©e d'environ 90 minutes sans entracte, ces concerts reprennent des oeuvres phares du rą©pertoire dont toutes les facettes seront mises en lumiąģre grąĘce aux explications du chef et aux dą©monstrations des musiciens. Arrivez tą•t! Le cafą© est servi dąģs 9 h 45 dans le foyer de la salle.

Information et rą©servation


Quą©bec
Billetterie du Palais Montcalm
(418) 641-6040 ou sans frais 1 877 641-6040
www.billetech.com
www.palaismontcalm.ca


Concerts ą› venir au Palais Montcalm : Vendredi 1er fą©vrier
14 h et 20 h :
Du classicisme au romantisme
avec Bernard Labadie, chef, et Pascale Giguąģre, violon
Są©ries Da camera et Plaisirs d'aprąģs-midi

www.violonsduroy.com

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Relations de presse : Quą©bec - Communications Paulette Dufour
(418) 525-5455
Montrą©al - Communications Alain Labontą©
(514) 523-9922

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Friday, January 4, 2008

[Vancouver] Sumi Jo with the VSO!

For Immediate Release
January 4, 2008

World-Renowned Soprano Sumi Jo Performs With the VSO

Vancouver BC - The darling of the Metropolitan Opera and beloved worldwide, breathtaking Korean soprano Sumi Jo makes her triumphant return to Vancouver on January 21st at the Orpheum. Sumi Jo's debut performance with the VSO two years ago was an extraordinary success, with thunderous standing ovations and the audience clamoring for more. Now, this truly great soprano returns with a new program of operatic favourites by Rossini, Verdi and Donizetti. The VSO also welcomes back former Associate Conductor and current Victoria Symphony Music Director Tania Miller to conduct what will be a very special evening indeed.

Sumi Jo, a disciple of Maria Callas and Dame Joan Sutherland, has emerged as one of the most beautiful voices in contemporary Opera. She is widely admired for the astonishing emotional expression, authenticity, and warmth of her voice. As an Accademia Nazional di Santa Cecilia-trained coloratura soprano, she is a true diva of the highest order, earning lavish praise from peers and critics alike. Herbert von Karajan called Sumi Jo "a voice from Heaven." Her last appearance in Vancouver was a revelation to Vancouver audiences, with reactions the likes of which are rarely seen; audiences and critics were blown away - and will be again!

Tania Miller has a rapidly growing reputation as a consummate musician, leader, and communicator in today's orchestral scene. The 2007/2008 Season will mark Ms. Miller's fifth season as Music Director of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra.

Prior to her work in Victoria, Ms. Miller was with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra from 2000-2004, first as Assistant Conductor and later as Associate Conductor. Her many North American guest conducting engagements include the Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Calgary, Windsor, Oregon, Montreal, Toledo, London (ON), and Saskatoon Symphony Orchestras, and she recently made her European debut conducting the Berne Symphoniker in Switzerland where she will return in the 2008/2009 season.

CONCERT INFO

Special Performance

Sumi Jo With the VSO

Monday, January 21, 2008, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Tania Miller conductor

Sumi Jo soprano

Rossini Barber of Seville: Overture

Rossini Barber of Seville: Overture, Una voce poca fa

Bellini I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Eccomi in lieta vesta...Oh! quante volte
Verdi La Forza del Destino: Overture

Verdi Rigoletto: Caro nome

INTERMISSION
Bizet L'Arlesienne Suite No.2

I. Pastorale

II. Menuet

III. Farandole

Mayerbeer L'Etoile du nord: C'est bien l'air que chaque matin

Donizetti La Fille du Regiment: Il faut partir

Verdi La Traviata: Prelude
Verdi La Traviata: E strano...Ah, fors'e lui...Sempre libera

Ticket prices: $35 - $85 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets Available at VSO Customer Service, 604.876.3434; Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone, 604.280.3311; online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

BIOGRAPHIES

SUMI JO soprano

Sumi Jo's first break as a soprano came in 1986 as Gilda in Giuseppe Verdi's opera, Rigoletto in Trieste, Italy. Successfully completing her debut, her exquisite timbre and musicality was immediately recognized and her international career took off. In 1987, she made her Salzburg Festival debut as Oscar in Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera opposite Placido Domingo and under maestro Herbert von Karajan. Karajan who passed away the following year, called her "a voice from heaven".

Since then, she has performed in numerous operas including Donizetti's Lucia De Lamermoor in Strasbourg, Barcelona, Paris, and New York; Bellini's La Sonnambula in Santiago del Chile; Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier in Los Angeles; Verdi's Rigoletto in Bilbao and Oviedo in Spain, Bologna and Trieste in Italy and New York; Rossini's Il Turco in Spain; Ravel's LEnfant et les Sortileges in Boston and Pittsburgh; Rossini's Le Comte Ory in Rome and Aix-en-Provence Festival in France.

Sumi Jo currently has 48 recordings to her credit, including ten solo albums for Erato, French division of Warner Classic. These recordings include complete operas, oratories, operetta, and orchestra works. Among them include her Grammy-winning Die Frau Ohne Schatten with Sir Georg Solti for the London/Decca label and Un Ballo in maschera for Deutsche Grammophon under Herbert von Karajan.

TANIA MILLER conductor

Tania Miller began studying piano and organ at age eight, and by 13 was organist and choir conductor at her church. Although Miller had aspirations of a performance career, the onset of tendonitis in her late teens led her to enroll in music education at the University of Saskatchewan in 1987. Several years later, at the University of Calgary's summer conducting program, Miller was encouraged by Robert Reynolds to attend the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. There she was awarded the Ernest T. Jones Conducting Scholarship in 1997 and completed doctoral studies in opera and orchestral conducting under Reynolds and Kenneth Keisler in 2000.

Tania Miller was the Assistant Conductor for the VSO prior to her current position as the Music Director for the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. She co-founded the Michigan Opera Works in 1997 with a mandate to provide performance opportunities for emerging young professional artists. She also served as Artistic Director and conductor from 1997-2000, and led productions of Handel's Semele, Britten's The Rape of Lucretia, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, and Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte. Ms. Miller has also conducted with Detroit's Friends of Opera in performances of Puccini's La Boheme. In 2000, she was asked to conduct a production of Offenbach's Les Contes d'Hoffmann in 2000 with Opera McGill of Montreal on short notice when their conductor fell ill. The performances were such a success that she was invited back the following season to conduct Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro.

Ms. Miller has worked extensively in the areas of Baroque and contemporary music. Her work as the Assistant Conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival from 1997-2001 gave her a unique opportunity to work closely with the internationally renowned conductor Bruno Weil and many of the world's leading Baroque artists. Tania began her work in the field of contemporary music as Assistant conductor of the Banff Festival of the Arts in 1997 in Banff, Canada. She has been a frequent guest conductor with the Toronto contemporary ensemble ERGO, with whom she premiered a number of compositions in Munich, Toronto and New York.Originally from Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, Tania Miller received her D.M.A and Master's degree in conducting from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan; studying with teachers Kenneth Kiesler and H. Robert Reynolds.

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[London] News from the London Handel Society - dated 4 January 2008

London Handel Festival 2008 -

The deadline for applications for the Handel Singing Competition 2008 is approaching - Friday 18 January. I have had a few singers asking for clarification but hope that we will get a good number of singers actually taking part. All the information is on the website
www.london-handel-festival.com for those who have not already decided to participate. This year all the Rounds are open to the public - 17, 18, 19 March for the First Round at the RAM, 25 March for the Semi-Final and 3 April for the Final, both at St George's Hanover Square.

Booking
for the Festival has started for those who are part of the Handel Supporters scheme, and will be open to everyone else from 31 January - please see details in the brochure or online on the Booking Information page. Online booking is not quite ready but will be by mid January.

Friends of the LHF Winter Series
- the first concert in 2008 is on 24 January, at 7pm at St George's Hanover Square (¨£10 tickets on the door) with the Ensemble Amaranthos. This will be followed on 28 February with a concert by Four Temperaments (Donum Musicum). Both young chamber groups are highly thought of and represent the RCM and the RAM.

There are two new CDs available - Handel Esther
and the new London Handel Players' Handel - Complete Violin Sonatas Op2 and both are available from the office. Esther is getting excellent reviews and is the Editor's Choice in Gramophone January 2008.

Happy New Year
Best wishes
Catherine
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Catherine Hodgson
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Horton House, 8 Ditton Street
Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0BQ
Tel/Fax: 01460 53500
Box Office: 01460 54660
Email:
c-hodgson@btconnect.com
www.london-handel-festival.com
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London Handel Festival
London Handel Society
London Handel Players

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[New York] Gotham Chamber Opera's SCENES OF GYPSY LIFE at The Morgan - Jan 16 & 17

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 4, 2008

GOTHAM CHAMBER OPERA
in collaboration with THE MORGAN LIBRARY & MUSEUM
presents
SCENES OF GYPSY LIFE
{a cautionary tale featuring music of Janąįąģek and DvoąĹąįk}
PLEASE JOIN US:
Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 7:30pm
Thursday, January 17, 2008 at 7:30pm
RSVP to Michelle Brandon, michellembrandon@yahoo.com

Gotham Chamber Opera, in collaboration with The Morgan Library & Museum, presents a new production, SCENES OF GYPSY LIFE {a cautionary tale featuring music of Janąįąģek and DvoąĹąįk}, on January 16 and 17, 2008.

Specifically conceived for the Gilder Lehrman Hall at the Morgan by Artistic Director Neal Goren and Stage Director Eric Einhorn, SCENES OF GYPSY LIFE retells a familiar story ¨ů wholesome farm boy bewitched by sultry Gypsy temptress ¨ů in a new, fully staged format. Consisting of Janąįąģek's Diary of One Who Disappeared and DvoąĹąįk's Gypsy Songs, we see and hear the young man speaking to himself as the events unfold, along with interpolations by the Gypsy and her friends. Like Carmen's Don Josą©, our protagonist, played by Garrett Sorensen, abandons his life and, guilt-laden, joins the Gypsy clan to satisfy his passion.

Scenic design is by Cameron Anderson, costume design is by Candida Nichols, lighting design is by Shawn Kaufman, and choreography is by Seąįn Curran. The role of Zefka is played by Abigail Nims with Leah Edwards, Amanda Crider and Hannah Penn portraying her gypsy friends.

Gotham Chamber Opera's 2007/2008 season began in September with a new production of a rarely performed work, Astor Piazzolla's MARąÁA DE BUENOS AIRES. The production, staged by David Parsons, danced by Parsons Dance, and choreographed by David Parsons along with celebrated tango choreographer Pablo Pugliese, played to sold-out houses at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, New York University.

In May 2008, the company will continue its celebration of opera and dance with ARIADNE UNHINGED: Music of Monteverdi, Haydn, and Schoenberg, staged by maverick director/choreographer Karole Armitage. Featuring one singer, six musicians, and the Armitage Gone! Dance Company, the production has sets by internationally-renowned photographer Vera Lutter. Mezzo sopranos Emily Langford Johnson and Brenda Patterson will perform the role of Ariadne in alternating performances. Costume design is by Peter Speliopoulos and lighting design is by Clifton Taylor.

Ariadne has just been abandoned by her lover and savior, Theseus, on the island of Naxos, where she alternates between near-madness and madness. In ARIADNE UNHINGED, Gotham's new version of the classic story, three musical works from different centuries intertwine to reflect Ariadne's emotional and psychological states: Monteverdi's Lamento d'Arianna, Haydn's solo cantata Arianna a Naxos, and Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire. In another first, internationally renowned photographer Vera Lutter provides the stunning visual backdrop for this daring exploration. This production was conceived by Artistic Director Neal Goren for the Gotham Chamber Opera as a continuation of the company's ongoing series of operas based on the myth of Ariadne. The first installment in this series was the US stage premiere of Handel's Arianna in Creta, performed in February 2005; audiences can look forward to a Gotham production of Strauss's original 1912 version of Ariadne auf Naxos in a future season, among other Ariadne offerings.

Gotham Chamber Opera is New York City's leading company dedicated to the highest quality productions of chamber operas rarely performed in opera houses today. The company's mission is to present vibrant, fully-staged productions of works from the Baroque era to the present that are intended for intimate venues.

Founded by conductor and Artistic Director Neal Goren in 2000, in its short history, the Gotham Chamber Opera has presented six U.S. premieres of 18th- and 20th-century operas, including such masterpieces as Mozart's Il Sogno di Scipione; Darius Milhaud's Les Malheurs d'Orphą©e; Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu's Dada opera, Les Larmes du Couteau; and Swiss composer Heinrich Sutermeister's Die schwarze Spinne. In February 2005, Gotham's U.S. stage premiere of Handel's Arianna in Creta played to packed theaters. Also in 2005, Lincoln Center Festival and Spoleto Festival USA presented Gotham Chamber Opera's U.S. premiere of Ottorino Respighi's fantastical puppet opera, La bella dormente nel bosco featuring the puppetry of Basil Twist. In the spring of 2006, Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring received its first professional staging in New York in more than 30 years, and in winter 2007, Rossini's Il signor Bruschino received its first major professional New York staging in over a half century. Future productions include operas by Cavalli, Mussorgsky, and Haydn.

SCENES OF GYPSY LIFE
will be presented on January 16 and 17, 2008 at 7:30pm at the Gilder Lehrman Hall, The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, NYC. Tickets are $35 for members of The Morgan Library and $45 for non-members. Tickets are available at
www.themorgan.org or by phone at 212-685-0008 x560.

ARIADNE UNHINGED
will run from May 7-11, 2008 at The Playhouse, Abrons Arts Center, with performances Wednesday, May 7 at 7:30pm (Opening Night); Thursday, May 8 at 8pm; Friday, May 9 at 8pm; Saturday, May 10 at 2pm and 8pm; and Sunday, May 11 at 2pm. The Playhouse, Abrons Arts Center is located at 466 Grand Street, NYC. Tickets are $70-$30 ($300 for Opening Night gala seats) and are available through Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or
www.ticketcentral.com.

For more information, visit
www.gothamchamberopera.org.
Contact: Michelle Brandon, (646) 765-4773, michellembrandon@yahoo.com

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[CD] Mille mots d'amour : 4e ą©dition du coffret de lettres d'amour

Montrą©al, le vendredi 4 janvier 2008 - Les Impatients publient cette anną©e la 4e ą©dition du coffret Mille mots d'amour.

Cette anną©e, nous y retrouverons entre autres les mots d'amour de FranąŖois Avard, Marie-France Bazzo, Isabelle Boulay, FranąŖois Bugingo, Jean-Pierre Ferland, James Hyndman, Marie Laberge, Stą©phan Moccio, Gą©rard Poirier, Marie-Hą©ląģne Thibert, Wajdi Mouawad, Fernand Ouellet, et plusieurs autres.

De plus, un CD de lettres lues sera inclus dans le coffret. Il s'agira d'une trentaine de lettres tirą©es des 3 premiąģres ą©ditions, maintenant ą©puisą©es, qui seront lues par, entre autres, Rą©mi Girard, Marc Bą©land, Lorraine Pintal, Anne-Marie Dussault et Betty Achard. En plus d'ajouter une nouvelle dimension au coffret, ce CD permettra d'avoir un aperąŖu des ą©ditions prą©cą©dentes. La mise en lecture de ces lettres a ą©tą© orchestrą©e par le comą©dien Normand Chouinard.

Mille mots d'amour est composą© de lettres offertes par des ą©crivains, des artistes, des Impatients et du grand public et est marrainą© par Mme Monique Giroux, animatrice de l'ą©mission Frą©quence libre sur la premiąģre chaą∆ne de la radio de Radio-Canada. Les lettres du grand public proviennent d'un concours meną© par Mme Giroux, qui invitait ses auditeurs ą› y participer lors de son ą©mission quotidienne.

Les Impatients est un lieu de crą©ation destiną© aux personnes souffrant de probląģmes de santą© mentale. Le coffret Mille mots d'amour a pour but de recueillir des fonds pour permettre aux Impatients de poursuivre sa double mission qui est d'offrir un lieu d'expression artistique et thą©rapeutique aux personnes souffrant de probląģmes de santą© mentale et de favoriser les ą©changes avec la communautą© par la diffusion de leurs rą©alisations.

Au-delą› de l'impact financier de l'ą©vą©nement, il s'agit pour le centre Les Impatients de sensibiliser le grand public aux rą©alitą©s des personnes connaissant des probląģmes de santą© mentale, qui touchent une personne sur cinq au Quą©bec.



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Relation avec la presse : Alain Labontą© Communications (514) 523-9922
Source : Martine Gravel, Les Impatients (514) 842-1043

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[Ottawa] Robbie Burns: A Celebration!

"Robbie Burns: A Celebration" marks the premiere concert of Ottawa's newest choir, the Ottawa Folk Choir, directed by Kurt Ala-Kantti, Mary Ann Rose accompanist, on Sunday, January 27th, 3 pm, at MacLeod Stewarton United Church, 507 Bank Street (at Argyle).

The show will feature all sorts of Scottish music and dance to celebrate the Bard's birthday, from the lively Scottish Folkloric Dancing of the MacCulloch Dancers, the crooning voice of much loved local baritone Garth Hampson, the unique and splendid sound of the Celtic Harp, played by Joanne Griffin, the excitement of the young singers of the Cross Town Youth Chorus, the striking beauty of the violin, performed by Kevin James, the lively sounds of the Harmonia Choir of Ottawa, and of course, the host choir for this event, the newly formed Ottawa Folk Choir.

"This is going to be a very exciting way of launching this new choir," says Ottawa Folk's Choir Director Kurt Ala-Kantti. "The choir can't wait to get out on stage at their own concert for the first time, and I think the audience will enjoy the mix of fun choral music, with the bagpipes, violin, and Celtic Harp."

There will also be a Silent Auction held at the intermission, and after the show.

Tickets are $15, $10 seniors and students, (FREE to children and youth) and will be available at the door, or from The Leading Note, 370 Elgin St.

More information from the choir's website: www.OttawaFolkChoir.ca, and 613-833-1812

Ottawa Folk Choir
"Robbie Burns: A Celebration"
with host Garth Hampson
and the MacCulloch Dancers
Sunday, Jan. 27th, 3 pm
MacLeod Stewarton United Church, 507 Bank Street (At Argyle)

Tickets: $15; seniors $10 (children and youth free)
Available at the door or in advance at: Leading Note 370 Elgin


Background

Ottawa Folk Choir was formed this season, as a project of the Harmonia Choir of Ottawa, to provide a 'training choir' for adults, and to perform wonderful music from the folk traditions of Canada, and around the world. The result is a group of about 25 singers, of all faiths and abilities, who have come together to find and/or extend their singing voice while celebrating different vocal sounds, and harmonies from coast to coast, and around the world. More information from the choir's website, www.OttawaFolkChoir.ca

MacCulloch Dancers:
Rae MacCulloch, the founder of the MacCulloch School of Dancing, began teaching in the fall of 1954. Today the troupe performs under the direction of Rae and her daughters, Heather Forbes and Deborah Wheeler. The MacCulloch Dancers perform Scottish Folkloric and Canadian Step Dancing, danced to the lively tunes of Scotland's bagpipes and the Irish, French, and Scottish fiddle. They have met with much success and recognition on the international scene, having performed across Canada, the United States and Scotland. Recently they have represented Canada in Disney World, Florida, Idaho and Utah, U.S.A., Puerto Rico, the Republic of China, Spain, Belgium, Mexico, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, France and Scotland. During the summer of 2005 the troupe's travels brought them to France and Scotland. It was a great honour to perform with the Sons of Scotland Pipe Band for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and her granddaughter, Princess Beatrice. This was truly a remarkable and memorable experience. In 2007 the MacCulloch Dancers represented Canada in France in August and Russia in September.

Cross Town Youth Chorus is an unauditioned choir that provides an opportunity for children and youth 5 to 10 and 11 to 15 years of age in the City of Ottawa and surrounding areas to join together in friendship and song. Rehearsing in two locations, to reach as many youth as possible, each group consists of two choirs, the Junior Choir, ages 5-10, and the Senior Choir for ages 11-15, and performs its own pieces, as well as joining together for joint numbers. CTYC presents their own concerts, while also taking part in other concerts and community events. In past years they have been guests of the Cobblestones, the Cumberland Community Singers, the Harmonia Choir of Ottawa, the Atlantic Voices, and the Amabile Choir of Nepean, have performed at Centrepointe Theatre several times and is a regular participant in the "Orleans Christmas Choirfest". This year the choir will perform with Cantiamo Training Choir for their Christmas Concert, Ottawa Folk Choir for a Robbie Burns concert, as well as return engagements with the Harmonia Choir and Cumberland Community Singers.

Harmonia Choir of Ottawa, a choir of about 40 voices, was formed in 2003 to give singers in the "new" City of Ottawa an opportunity to perform fun and challenging choral music from Canada and around the world. The result is a group of singers with a wide range of choral experience from around the city, and around the globe, performing a broad range of repertoire with a focus on promoting local, and Canadian composers and compositions. The choir has performed in concert with various local musicians, including organist Wesley Warren, pianist and composer James Wright, the Maple Leaf Brass, and the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra. In 2005 the choir performed for the South African High Commission, and this year was again invited to be the choir for Ottawa's version of "Last Night of the Proms." In addition to commissioning and premiering new works, and arrangements, in most their concerts, the choir has taken on various projects; an Apprentice Directorship, a programme to give aspiring young choral conductors an opportunity to gain some "hands on" experience with a choir, a Composer-in-Residence programme, the Ottawa Folk Choir, a 'training choir' for adult singers, and Harmonia's Canadian Choral Composition Competition, to continue to encourage new compositions, based on Canadian texts. More info at harmoniachoir.com

Kurt Ala-Kantti
directs the Ottawa Folk Choir, which he founded this season. He is also director and founder of Harmonia Choir of Ottawa, a choir he started in 2003 to promote and perform the music of Canadian and local composers, in addition to traditional choral music. Mr. Ala-Kantti is also Choirmaster at St. Mark's Anglican Church, Cumberland, Artistic Director of Cross Town Youth Chorus, and Music Director for the Cumberland Community Singers, and the Ottawa Brahms Choir. In the past, he has served for several years as Assistant-Director of the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, directed by Barbara Clark, was Director of their Young Men's Chorus, and was Music Director for Atlantic Voices. Kurt has studied vocal performance with Charlotte Stewart and choral conducting Dr. Lisette Canton, Wesley Warren and Barbara Clark, and is currently continuing to pursue studies in music at Carleton University. With a keen interest in choral performance and excellence, he has been a member of several local choirs, including the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, under Barbara Clark, and Ottawa Choral Society, under Brian Law. Currently he is a member of the critically acclaimed Ottawa Bach Choir, with which he has performed in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Nova Scotia, Mexico, Germany and Austria.

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Thursday, January 3, 2008

[Quą©bec] Jing Wang, un jeune virtuose du violon en concert le mercredi 23 janvier au Cafą©-spectacles du Palais Montcalm

Quą©bec, le 3 janvier 2008 - Pour ce premier concert de la saison d'hiver, la Socią©tą© du Palais Montcalm poursuit sa collaboration avec le Conservatoire de musique de Quą©bec en prą©sentant le 23 janvier un des musiciens les plus prometteurs au Canada, le violoniste Jing Wang. Ce soliste au talent exceptionnel, ancien ą©ląģve du conservatoire, sera accompagną© pour ce concert intime de la pianiste Lucie Langevin.

Violoniste canadien d'origine chinoise, Jing Wang a commencą© ses ą©tudes de violon ą› l'ąĘge de 3 ans. Depuis ce jour, le parcours du jeune prodige impressionne. ąń 12 ans, il obtient la plus haute note jamais accordą©e au Concours de musique du Canada. En 1999, il remporte le premier prix du Concours de l'Orchestre symphonique de Montrą©al et le Meadowmount Director Award qui lui permet d'ą©tudier ą› cette institution rą©putą©e. En 2000, il devient le premier canadien ą› remporter le premier prix du concours international Concertino Praga organisą© par la Radio tchąģque ą› l'intention des virtuoses de 18 ans et moins.

Malgrą© son jeune ąĘge, Jing Wang possąģde dą©ją› une belle feuille de route s'ą©tant produit avec de nombreux orchestres symphoniques tant au Quą©bec qu'en France, aux ą‚tats-Unis, en Russie et en Chine.

Depuis 1999, Jing Wang perfectionne son art ą› la prestigieuse ą©cole Juilliard de New York et le public de Quą©bec pourra en apprą©cier les rą©sultats dans un concert qui inclura des grandes piąģces de Mozart, Brahms, Ysaye et Ravel.

Un jeune virtuose expressif qui są©duira ą› coup są™r le public.


Jing Wang
Mercredi 23 janvier 2008 ą› 20h00
au Cafą©-spectacles du Palais Montcalm
995, Place d'Youville, Quą©bec
Prix : 20,00 $ rą©gulier / 12,50 $ jeunesse
Rą©servations (418) 641-6040
www.palaismontcalm.ca

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Pour information :

Luci Tremblay
Directrice, Communications, Marketing
et Dą©veloppement
Palais Montcalm
(418) 641-6220 poste 2623
luci.tremblay@palaismontcalm.ca
www.palaismontcalm.ca


Pour entrevue :

Paulette Dufour
Communications Paulette Dufour
(418) 525-5455
http://www.surscene.qc.ca/paulettedufour.htm
pdufourcom@videotron.ca


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Du nouveau le 7 janvier ą› Espace Classique, la webradio d'Espace musique, L'AMBIANCE ¨īODYSSą‚E¨™

Montrą©al, jeudi 3 janvier 2008 ESPACE CLASSIQUE, la webradio d'Espace musique, est heureuse d'annoncer la mise en ligne, le 7 janvier 2008, de sa toute nouvelle ambiance musicale : ODYSSą‚E.

Cette są©lection permettra aux internautes de dą©couvrir des oeuvres compląģtes, ą› grand dą©ploiement, qui existent dans tous les styles et ą› toutes les ą©poques, pour instrument solo comme pour grand orchestre. ą‚couter ODYSSą‚E, c'est partir pour la grande aventure!

Cette ambiance remplace la są©lection saisonniąģre, NOą„L, qui se termine le 6 janvier. Elle rejoint ZEN et VITAMINE toujours disponibles au www.radio-canada.ca/espaceclassique . Ce choix d'ambiances permet au public de personnaliser son ą©coute en fonction de l'atmosphąģre dą©sirą©e : ZEN pour une ambiance relaxante, VITAMINE pour une musique entraą∆nante et ODYSSą‚E pour s'ą©vader au fil des grandes oeuvres du rą©pertoire.

C'est avec une grande fiertą© qu'Espace musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada (100,7 FM ą› Montrą©al), en ą©troite collaboration avec le Secteur Internet et services numą©riques, dą©voile cette nouvelle ambiance de la webradio classique, et elle souhaite ą› ses auditeurs et internautes une navigation toujours pleine de trąģs belles dą©couvertes.

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Renseignements : Isabelle Aubin
Dą©lą©guą©e, Communications - Espace musique
Services franąŖais de la radio
514 597-7374, isabelle_aubin@radio-canada.ca

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[Boston] HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY presents ROYAL FIREWORKS! - Jan 25 & 27, 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Nina J. Berger, 617.971.9340, ninajberger@hotmail.com


HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY PRESENTS ROYAL FIREWORKS!

WHEN: Friday, January 25, 8:00 PM
Sunday, January 27, 3:00 PM

WHERE: Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston

WHAT: After a triumphant Boston debut conducting the Handel and Haydn Society in Handel's Messiah, British conductor Harry Christophers returns to lead a program of Baroque masterpieces by Handel, Purcell, and Bach. Inspired by or composed for the royal court, these orchestral works - some of the Baroque period's most beloved repertoire - create a program full of celebration and royal pageantry.

George Frideric Handel's most famous instrumental compositions will be presented on the program - his Royal Fireworks Music and Water Music Suite in D major. Fireworks was composed to celebrate the 1749 treaty ending the War of Spanish Succession, and debuted in London with a 101-canon salute and a spectacular fireworks display. Recreating the splendor of a night in 1717 when King George II sailed on the River Thames, the Water Music Suite No. 3 is one of the more intimate and charming of Handel's orchestral works. Handel and Haydn Society's period orchestra last performed this work at the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, in September 2006, also under Harry Christophers' direction.

Johann Sebastian Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3 (1731), composed for his patron, Prince Leopold, is best known for its second movement, the "Air on the G String." The Handel and Haydn Society first performed this work at the Boston Music Hall in May 1871 and offered its most recent performances in 1994.

The Fairy Queen (1692) is Henry Purcell's delightful semi-operatic adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream , which he is thought to have composed for the wedding anniversary of King William III and Mary II. The seven selections on the Handel and Haydn program include Symphony from Act IV; Prelude, Hornpipe and Rondeau from First Music; Symphony While the Swans Come Forward; Dance for the Fairies; Dance for the Green Men from Act II; and finally, Chaconne-Dance for A Chinese Man and Woman, from Act V.

HANDEL: Water Music, Suite No. 3
BACH: Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
HANDEL: Royal Fireworks Music, HWV 351
PURCELL: Selections from The Fairy Queen, Z.629

WHO: Harry Christophers, conductor (Photos and full biography available upon request)

HOW: Tickets: $15-$67 can be ordered 1) by phone at 617-266-3605, 2) online at www.handelandhaydn.org, or 3) in person at Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston (M-F 10am-6pm).



Harry Christophers, founder and conductor of the acclaimed British ensemble The Sixteen, made his American debut with the Handel and Haydn Society in the 2007 performances of Handel's Messiah. Christophers first conducted the ensemble in 2006 at the Haydn Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. In addition to touring throughout Europe, America and the Far East with The Sixteen, Mr. Christophers has performed at some of the world's most prestigious festivals including Salzburg, Mostly Mozart in New York, the BBC Proms, and the Prague Spring Festival. He has won numerous awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque for Handel's Messiah, the coveted Gramophone Award for Early Music, and the prestigious Classical Brit Award 2005 for his disc entitled Renaissance. As a guest conductor, Christophers enjoys a very special partnership with the BBC Philharmonic including a disc of American-inspired works by Ives, Stravinsky, Poulenc and Tippett which won a Diapason d'Or. He is a regular guest conductor with the Deutsches Kammerphilharmonie, City of London Sinfonia, the Granada Symphony Orchestra and the Orquestra de la Comunidad de Madrid. In demand as an orchestra, choral and opera conductor, he recently made his debut with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, English National Opera, the London Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony.

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North York Concert Orchestra's unites with Jubiliate Singers and Coro Vivo for Brahms' Requiem

Media Release

Nora Mular-Richards-416-628-9195 For Immediate Release

Fax: 416-467-8688 January 3, 2008


North York Concert Orchestra's unites with Jubiliate Singers and Coro Vivo for Brahms' Requiem

The North York Concert Orchestra with music director and conductor, David Bowser and the Jubilate Singers and Coro Vivo of Ottawa opus 45 unite for Brahms Requiem, on Saturday April 5, 8 p.m. and Sunday April 6 at 3 p.m.. at Grace Church-on-the-Hill

For tickets or information: 416-628-9195 or info@nyco.on.ca.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 seniors and students.

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Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Next week at mrichter.com

A friend has introduced me to another exceptional (and all but unknown) song cycle: Milhaud's "Alissa". The singer, Lise Arsą©guet, may be even less familiar, but I hope you find the songs and the singer extraordinary as I do.

The video selection is also in French: Chris Merritt singing "Pour mon ąĘme" at the 1991 Richard Tucker concert.

As usual, posting is planned for late Friday night.

And to all, best wishes for fine music in the new year.

Mike
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mrichter@cpl.net
http://www.mrichter.com/

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Tuesday, January 1, 2008

2007 Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques Programme Results / Rą©sultats du Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques 2007

Les rą©sultats furent encore une fois positif pour les laurą©ats du programme des Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques 2008 du Thą©ąĘtre Lyrichorą©gra 20

Once again the results were positive for the laureates of the programme of the Jeunes Ambassadeurs Lyriques from Thą©ąĘtre Lyrichorą©gra 20

Rą©sultats des laurą©ats envoyą©s en Europe pour participer concours internationaux en 2007
Resuls for the laureates send in Europe to participate to international competition in 2007

Yanick Muriel Noah, soprano canadien
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Deuxiąģme Prix Opą©ra du concours international Hans Gabor Belvedere de Vienne en Autriche.
-Troisiąģme d'opą©rette
-Prix de la Scala de Milan
-Prix Morioka du Japon
-Prix de l'Opą©ra de Klagenfurt
-Prix du public
*-Grand Prix du concours international de chant de Marmande en France
-Prix du Public
-Deuxią©me prix d'opą©rette

Marie-Eve Munger, soprano canadien
*-Premier Prix d'opą©ra -section femme-du concours international de chant de Marmande en France

Leticia Brewer, soprano canadien
*-Prix spą©cial du jury concours international de chant d'Alcamo en Sicile
* Troisiąģme Prix du concours international de musique tchąģque et slovaque de Montrą©al

Allison Cecilia Arends, soprano canadien
*-Troisią©me Prix Concours international Spazio Musica en Italie

Lian Liu, soprano chinois
*Deuxiąģme Prix Concours international Spazio Musica en Italie

Zhengzhong Zhou, baryton chinois
*-Premier Prix d'opą©ra -section homme-du concours international de chant de Marmande en
France
Deuxiąģme Prix de mą©lodies franąŖaises.

Gang Song, baryton chinois
*Quatriąģme Prix du concours international de musique tchąģque et slovaque de Montrą©al

Engagements dans thą©ąĘtres lyriques, invitations ą› des concerts, invitation ą› des master-classes suite ą› l'audition nationale d'avril et au Gala de novembre 2007
Engagements in Lyric Theater, invitation for concerts, invitation for master-classes following the April National Audition and the November 2007 Gala

Marie-Eve Munger, soprano canadien
*-
Invitation ą› l'Opera studio d'Amsterdam en 2008 ą› Amsterdam
Voyage payą© plus une bourse chaque mois et aide pour trouver le logement
* Invitation au master class international de Monte Argentario avec concerts par Jorge Chamine
Master-class, et są©jour gratuit (logement et repas) 2008-2009
* L'intendant du Gąßrtner Platz de Mąļnich, Ulrich Peters s'intą©resse ą› Melle Munger pour son
Opą©ra studio en 2008 ou 2009
Mireille Lebel, mezzo-soprano canadien
*-L'intendant du Gąßrtner Platz de Mąļnich, Ulrich Peters s'intą©resse ą› Mlle Lebel pour son Opą©ra studio en 2008 ou
2009
*- Invitation au master class de la Fondation Georges Bizet ą› la Villa Viardot et participation au Festival Georges
Bizet en 2009 ą› Bougival -Master-class, et są©jour gratuit (logement et repas) 2008-2009
*- A obtenu un engagement par le directeur du Pacific Opera de Vicforia pour octobre 2009
Rą•le de Myrtale dans Thais et aura une possibilitą© d'autres engagements
*-Possibilitą© de concert avec l'orchestre Philharmonique d'Etat de Kosice en Slovaquie en 2008 ou 2009

Marianne Lambert, soprano canadien
*-Engagement par le directeur de l'Opą©ra de Quą©bec pour chanter en dą©cembre 2008 au gala de
l'Opą©ra de Quą©bec.
*-Engagement par le directeur de l'opą©ra de Rennes pour un rą•le ą› l'Opą©ra de Rennes en France
en 2009
*-Rencontre d'un agent intą©ressą© ą› Vienne
*-Prix du public du Gala des JAL 2007-bourse Sarah Bernes

Leticia Brewer, soprano canadien
*-Invitation ą› l'Opera studio d'Amsterdam en 2008 ą› Amsterdam
Voyage payą© plus une bourse chaque mois et aide pour trouver le logement
*-Recommandą© au directeur de l'Opera National de Prague
*-Invitation ą› la semi-finale du concours international d'Orvieto en Italie en 2008

Yanick Muriel Noah, soprano canadien
*-Invitą©e ą› chanter par l'Opą©ra d'Avignon en France au concert Tremplin international en dą©cembre 2007

Laura Albino, soprano canadien
*-Invitation pour un concert avec l'orchestre Philharmonique d'Etat de Kosice en Slovaquie en 2008 ou 2009

Maria Lambroula Pappas, soprano canadien
*-Envoyą©e auditionner en Europe chez les partenaires du Thą©ąĘtre Lyrichorą©gra 20 en
Allemagne, Autriche, Suisse et Portugal.
*-Engagement en 2009 ą› l'Opą©ra de Berne en Suisse et possibilitą© d'engagement ą› l'Opą©ra de
Lisbon au Portugal

Maud Darizcuren, soprano franąŖais
*-Invitation ą› la semi-finale du concours international d'Orvieto en Italie en 2007

Changhan Lin, baryton corą©en
*-Inviter au stage d'opą©ra du Spazio Musica d'Orvieto en 2008
*-Invitation pour un concert avec l'orchestre Philharmonique d'Etat de Kosice en Slovaquie en 208 ou 2009
*-Prix du public du Gala des JAL 2007-bourse Sarah Bernes

Philip Banzak, baryton tchąģque
*-Invitą© ą› chanter par l'Opą©ra d'Avignon en France au concert Tremplin international en
dą©cembre 2007

NOTES
D'autres engagements ou invitations pourront suivre en 2008 lorsque des partenaires du Thą©ąĘtre Lyrichorą©gra 20 en Europe auront visionną©s la bande vidą©o du Gala.

Plusieurs laurą©ats ont ą©tą© envoyą©s aussi pour participer ą› des concours internationaux en Europe durant l'ą©tą© et l'automne 2007 avcc un soutien financier en France (4 ), en Estonie (2), en Autriche (3) et en Italie (3).

4 laurą©ats furent aussi envoyą©s auditionner en Europe en 2007 en France, Allemagne, Suisse et Portugal
9e CONCOURS INTERNATIONAL DE MUSIQUE TCHEQUE ET SLOVAQUE DE MONTREAL

Rą‚SULTATS

39 candidats de 8 pays furent acceptą©s de participer au concours aux Etats-Unis et au Canada:
12 canadiens, 18 amą©ricains, 3 tchąģques, 2 chinois, 1 franąŖais, 1 slovaque,1 hongrois, 1 roumanie

LE JURY
JITKA SLAVIKOVA, Prą©sidente du jury,
Chef dramaturge de l'Opą©ra d'Etat de Prague (Rą©publique tchąģque) (*1)
EVA BLAHOVA, mezzo-soprano, prą©sidente du concours international de Chant Mikulas-Schneider Trnavsky (Slovaquie)
GILDO DI NUNZIO, rą©pą©titeur-Conseiller artistique du Metropolitan Opera de New York- (Etats-Unis)
ALES KANKA, Vice-doyen pour les affaires internationales - Conservatoire de musique de Prague (Rą©publique tchąģque)
JULIUS KLEIN, Directeur gą©ną©ral de l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Kosice (Slovaquie)
SARAH MEREDITH, Mezzo-soprano,Professeur -Facultą© de musique de l'Universitą© du Wisconsin-Green Bay (Etats-Unis)
ALAIN NONAT,Directeur gą©ną©ral et artistique- Thą©ąĘtre Lyrichorą©gra 20, Fondateur du concours (Canada)
GUY SOUCIE, Directeur de la Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur
de Montrą©al-Maison de la musique (Canada) (*1)
SCOTT STEWARD, Directeur Florentine Opera- Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Etats-Unis) (*2)
DAVID ADAMS, Professeur Conservatoire de Cincinatti (Etats-Unis) (*2)
(*1) juges seulement au Canada (*2) juges seulement aux Etats- Unis

LES PRIX
Premier Prix- Prix Leos Janacek
SIMONE OSBORNE,
soprano canadien ąĘgą©e de 21 ans de Vancouver
Bourse des fondations Velan et Sharon Resch de $ 5.000
Stages au Conservatoire de musique de Prague et ą› l'Acadą©mie des arts de Brno en Rą©publique tchąģque
Stage d'interprą©tation en Slovaquie
Concerts avec l'orchestre philharmonique de Bratislava et l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Kosice en Slovaquie

Deuxiąģme Prix- Prix Antonin Dvorak
LETICIA BREWER,
soprano canadien de Montrą©al-
Bourse Recochem de $ 2,000
Seconde nommą©e pour stages en Rą©publique tchąģque et concerts ą› Kosice en Slovaquie

Troisiąģme Prix- Prix Bohuslav Martinu
ADRIENN MIKS,
soprano hongrois de Budapest
Bourse Fondation EJLB de $ 1,500

Quatriąģme Prix- Prix Bedrich Smetana
GANG SONG
, baryton chinois de Shanghai -
Bourse de la Fondation EJLB de $ 1,000
Concert avec l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Kosice en Slovaquie

Cinquiąģme Prix- Prix Eugen Suchon
DANIEL CAPKOVIC,
baryton slovaque
Bourse de la Maison Slovaque de $750 et du Fonds musical slovaque-canadien
Deuxiąģme nommą© pour concert avec l'orchestre philharmonique de Bratislava en Slovquie.

Trois bourses de soutien de $ 500 chacune furent accordą©es ą› Amanda Herrmann, soprano (Etats-Unis), Seth CaricoDaniel Cepkovic, baryton (Slovaquie)
AUTRES PRIX.
Les trois premiers prix sont ą©ligibles ą› des engagements ą› l'Opą©ra de Severoceske Divadlo d'Usti Nad Labem, et de l'Opą©ra J.K. Tyll Thą©ąĘtre de Plzen en Rą©publique tchąģque.

Renseignements : Alain Nonat - Directeur gą©ną©ral et artistique - Thą©ąĘtre Lyrichorą©gra 20
Tą©lą©phone : (514) 684-7287 Tą©lą©copieur : (514) 684-4979 Courriel : lyrique@cooptel.qc.ca
baryton (Etats-Unis) et

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