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Friday, February 29, 2008

[Montreal] I, Claudia- The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre, March 16-April 13



Press Release

For Immediate Release

First Class Theatre

The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre and Theatre and Company

in association with Delav Consulting Inc.

Present

I, Claudia

By Kristen Thomson

Directed by Leah Cherniak

Starring Michelle Polak

March 16 ȽApril 13

" I'm going through puberty. Oh my God, I don't even want to talk about it, it's disgusting!" ȽClaudia


MONTREAL February 2008- The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre, in association with Theatre and Company and Delav Consulting is pleased to present the award-winning play I, Claudia from March 16-April 13 in the new Studio space. This lauded Canadian work has also been turned into a film directed by Chris Abraham. Michelle Polak, originally from Montreal, returns to portray Claudia as well as the important adults in her life in this outstanding performance.


Claudia speaks to us from inside the boiler room of her school. Incensed and incredulous at the adult world around her, she is also fiercely funny about it. Michelle Polak deftly uses masks to portray Claudia, whose parents are divorcing, Drachman, a former actor turned school janitor, Claudia's grandfather Douglas and Leslie, her father's new girlfriend. Though the central character is a pre-teen, the story resonates with communal notions of bringing meaning to our lives and the search for happiness. I, Claudia is the winner of the 2001 Dora Award for Outstanding New Play.


Director Leah Cherniak describes the universality of the piece, "The play reminds us of both the fragility and resiliency of childhood. It also reminds me to keep my eyes open, to watch and listen to my own daughter, taking nothing for granted."


This highly theatrical one-woman show will astound you with Michelle Polak's performance. She is thrilled to be doing the role, "This is by far one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had in the theatre. Themes of transformation, truth, vulnerability, loneliness and hope all speak to me. May the audience go on this journey with me."


Creating Claudia's world is Robin Fisher, set and costumes; Andrea Lundy, lighting; and Lyon Smith, sound. Todd Bricker is the stage manager.


We are excited to offer this production as part of the first season in The Segal Centre's new Studio space. Its 177-seat flexible plan makes the Studio an exciting space to work with, allowing innovative artists from all levels in their career to explore their most current projects or works-in-progress. As well, performing arts groups in the community have a professional venue to showcase their endeavours. The space's flexibility also allows for a variety of exploratory and multi-disciplinary works. The Studio is already home to our new resident theatre company Sidemart, who presented their terrific production of Trad in November. Other great uses of the space include hosting a film festival by the Jewish Public Library, The Dybbuk and the Schulich at the Segal Concert Series, which saw 150 high school kids listening to the McGill School of Music's Big Band Orchestra. Further information about the Studio and recent events is available on The Segal Centre for Performing Arts website.


"Ever stare at yourself so hard that your eyes practically start bleeding? I do." ȽClaudia


88.5 CBC Radio One proudly presents Sunday-@-the-Segal with Leah Cherniak

Sunday, March 16, 11am. Admission is free.

Join us for another season of intimate conversation and riveting lectures. Leah Cherniak, co-artistic director of Theatre Columbus and director of I, Claudia, shares her thoughts on new play development in Canada, specifically as it relates to this play.


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.



Tickets and Media Information


Run:

March 16- April 13, 2008


Previews:

March 16 1:30 pm

March 17- 19 8:00 pm

Sunday-@-the-Segal:

March 16 11:00 am

Media Opening Night:

Thursday, March 20 8:00 pm

Performances:

Monday - Thursday, 8:00 pm

Saturday 8:30 pm

Sunday 7:00 pm

Matinłęes:

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.


Leah Cherniak- Director


Leah Cherniak is the co-artistic director of Theatre Columbus in Toronto. The company has created over 25 new plays and has an excellent reputation for innovative productions of classics. Leah studied theatre at Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. For Theatre Columbus she has directed most of the company's repertoire, including, Hotel Loopy, Gynty (an adaptation of Ibsen's Peer Gynt), The Barber of Seville, Paranoia, Lonely Nights and Other Stories, The Betrayal, (Chalmers Award for Playwriting) The Cherry Orchard and Twelfth Night, among many others. She co-created and directed the multi-award winning play, The Anger in Ernest and Ernestine. Leah also directs for The Tarragon Theatre, The Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People, Blyth Festival and Thousand Islands Playhouse among others. Last year Leah enjoyed directing Intimate Exchanges by Alan Ayckbourn for Theatre & Company and Ibsen's John Gabriel Borkman for Theatre Columbus/Soulpepper. She also directed John and Beatrice, by Carol Frechette at The Tarragon and John Mighton's The Little Years, a co-production with Neptune Theatre and The National Arts Centre. Leah teaches an intensive clown course for The Ryerson Theatre Program. She also teaches for the George Brown Theatre Program and The National Theatre School in Montreal.


Michelle Polak- Claudia and other characters

Michelle has found herself involved in some amazing projects- pieces of theatre that excited her and hopefully audiences as well. Her love for the theatre ranges from experimental, to new Canadian work, to Shakespeare and Moliere. Some favourite works include The Overcoat in London, Australia and New Zealand; Little Dragon (at TPM); Lost Heir and Schoolhouse (Blyth Festival) and Dying to be Sick (National Arts Centre).


Kristen ThomsonČ˝ Playwright

As playwright and performer, Kristen Thomson has had considerable success with I, Claudia, her first play. The one-woman performance play was created through improvisation with masks, and Kristen has performed it at The Tarragon Theatre (Dora Mavor Moore Awards for both performance and writing), Belfry Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre, Magnetic North Festival, World Stage Festival and a tour of Hungary. The play was later adapted for film by Kristen and director Chris Abraham. For the film, Kristen was awarded a best performance Gemini Award and ACTRA Award, along with two Canadian Comedy Awards for performance and writing. Kristen is a resident of Toronto, where she continues her long-standing relationship with the Tarragon Theatre as a playwright in residence. The Patient Hour, Kristen's second play, will be presented there in 2009. She is a graduate of the National Theatre School.

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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Career Focus Program | Programme Objectif carrił«re


Career Focus Program

February 28, 2008

Good afternoon,

It's that time of the year again!

The Cultural Human Resources Council, through it's Career Focus program, funded by the Department of Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC), is seeking proposals from cultural institutions and organizations willing to offer dynamic opportunities in the areas of Arts Practice and Arts Administration to recent college and university graduates under the age of 30. If you have a position in mind and are looking for a positive addition to your team, send us your application.

Deadline for submission is March 14, 2008.

Please note that projects must be a minimum of 4 months and a maximum of 8
months, and must start between May 1st, 2008 and September 1st, 2008, and must finish by December 31st, 2008.

Application forms and specific guidelines can be found at

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

Regards,

Genevił«ve

Genevił«ve Chassłę
Youth Internship Program Administrator - CHRC
tel.: (613) 562-1535 ext. 28
toll free: 1-866-562-1535 ext. 28
fax : (613) 562-2982



Programme Objectif carrił«re


28 fłęvrier 2008

Bonjour,

Nous en sommes encore une fois łŢ cette płęriode de l'annłęe!

Dans le cadre du programme Objectif carrił«re, financłę par le Dłępartement des Ressources humaines et du Dłęveloppement social du Canada (RHDSC), le Conseil des ressources humaines du secteur culturel est łŢ la recherche de propositions de la part des łętablissements et des organismes culturels qui dłęsirent offrir des possibilitiłęs de stages en arts et en administration des arts au nouveaux diplłąmłęs collłęgiales et universitaires łógłęs de moins de 30 ans.
Si vous dłęsirez ajouter du dynamisme łŢ votre łęquipe et que vous łütes en mesure d'offrir un poste faites-nous parvenir une demande d'inscription.

La date limite pour les soumissions est le 14 mars 2008.

Veuillez noter que tous les projets doivent durer un minimum de 4 mois et un maximum de 8 mois et doivent dłębuter entre le 1e mai et le 1e septembre 2008 et terminer par le 31 dłęcembre 2008.

Le formulaire d'inscription ainsi que les lignes directrices spłęcifiques au programme sont disponible au

N'hłęsitez pas łŢ communiquer avec moi si vous avez des questions.

Au plaisir,

Genevił«ve

Genevił«ve Chassłę
Administratrice du programme de stages - CRHSC
tel.: (613) 562-1535 p. 28
sans frais: 1-866-562-1535 p. 28
tłęlłęc. : (613) 562-2982



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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

[Montreal] Next Allegra Concert

ALLEGRA
27ł«me saison / 27th Season

jeudi 27 mars łŢ 20 h
Thursday March 27 at 8 pm

salle Redpath, Universitłę McGill
/ Redpath Hall, McGill University

flł¬te/flute Marie-Andrłęe Benny
clarinette/clarinet Simon Aldrich
clarinette/clarinet Martin Carpentier
basson/bassoon Mark Romatz
cor/horn Louis-Philippe Marsolais
violon/violin Yukari Cousineau
violon/violin Alexander Lozowski
alto/viola Brian Bacon
violoncelle/cello Alexandre Castonguay
contrebasse/double bass Yannick Chłünevert

Programme
  • Mikhail Glinka (1804-1857), Septuor en mi błęmol majeur (1823) pour clarinette, basson, cor, deux violons, violoncelle et contrebasse / Septet in E Flat Major (1823) for clarinet, bassoon, horn, two violins, cello and double bass
  • Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924), Słęrłęnade en fa majeur op. 95 pour flł¬te, clarinette, basson, cor, deux violons, alto, violoncelle et contrebasse / Serenade in F Major op. 95 for flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn, two violins, viola, cello and double bass
  • Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), Słęrłęnade No. 1 en rłę majeur op. 11 (reconstruction par Simon Aldrich de la version originale, perdue, pour nonet) pour flł¬te, deux clarinettes, basson, cor, violon, alto, violoncelle et contrebasse / Serenade No. 1 in D Major op. 11 (reconstruction by Simon Aldrich of the lost original nonet version) for flute, two clarinets, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, cello and double bass

Entrłęe libre
Admission Free
514.935.3933


Dorothy Fieldman Fraiberg
514.931.6625

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[Ottawa] Opera Lyra presents La Traviata

Media Contact: Karl Balisch

Director of Marketing and Communication

T: 613-233-9200 ext 229 F: 613-233-5431 email: kbalisch@operalyra.ca


La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi

Opera Lyra joins the Stop TB Partnership


Opera Lyra Ottawa (OLO) presents Verdi's beloved opera, La Traviata, on March 15, 17, 19 and 22, 2008 as the finale to its 2007-2008 season. With one of Verdi's most intoxicating scores, La Traviata is one of the most frequently produced operas and holds the distinction of being the first opera that OLO presented on the NAC Opera stage in Southam Hall 15 years ago, after several seasons of performing on the smaller stage of the NAC Theatre. OLO last presented La Traviata in 2000.


La Traviata, which translates literally as "the woman who strayed" or more figuratively as "the fallen one," is the story of a courtesan living in lavish and sophisticated 19th century Paris. She is the toast of every party, but she is also gravely ill. Violetta dares not imagine finding real love until the charming Alfredo Germont wins her heart. The libretto was written by Francesco Piave, based on the play La Dame aux Camłęlias by Alexandre Dumas fils. The music and the story of Verdi's opera stir great sympathy for Violetta whose vulnerability makes her perhaps the most real of Verdi's heroines.


The issue of tuberculosis, the tragic illness which afflicts the ill-fated Violetta, is still an issue of grave concern today. Opera Lyra Ottawa has joined the Stop TB Partnership* to help raise awareness about TB among people who love opera. In its new role as a Stop TB Partner, Opera Lyra is collaborating on one of the Partnership's newest initiatives, Music to Stop TB. Music to Stop TB is an advocacy project that draws on longstanding links between TB and opera - particularly La Traviata (Verdi) and La Bohł«me (Puccini), whose narrative also focuses on the tragic death of a young woman from TB. The movement also seeks to raise awareness about TB through performances of music by Chopin, Boccherini, Pergolesi and other composers whose lives were taken by TB.


Canadian soprano Laura Whalen, who was praised in Opera Lyra's production of Romłęo et Juliette for her "lovely and powerful" voice, returns to Ottawa to sing the role of Violetta. Tenor Kurt Lehmann will bring his "honey toned voice" and "clean romantic delivery" to the role of Alfredo, and baritone Gregory Dahl, who was an audience favourite as Ford in OLO's Falstaff (2006), returns to make his debut in the role of Giorgio, Alfredo's father.


Tenor, Benoit Boutet, who has performed in OLO's productions of Otello (2007) and Les Contes d'Hoffmann (2005), returns for the role of Gastone. Bass Gregory Atkinson sings the role of Dr. Grenvil; and Quebec-born mezzo-soprano Renłęe Lapointe sings the role of Flora, friend of Violetta. Canadian baritone Sean Watson will sing in the role of Baron Douphol; baritone Andrew Tees will sing the role of the Marchese d'Obigny. Both baritones have previously sung in the matinee productions presented by Opera Lyra for schools over the past two seasons.


The production will be set in a traditional fashion as directed by Joseph Bascetta, whose stage direction in OLO's 2002 production of La Bohł«me was cited as "imaginative" and possessing scenes with "spectacular" results by local critics. Opera Carolina General Director & Principal Conductor James Meena, who was the celebrated conductor of Opera Lyra Ottawa's Don Pasquale (2003), returns to conduct the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Sets for this production have been rented from the New Orleans Opera Association.


Opera Lyra Ottawa gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our sponsors who make the 2007-2008 season possible. We thank Bell, Season Sponsor, as well as our other Principal Sponsors: Cadillac, Rio Tinto Alcan, Sun Life Financial, and Ottawa Citizen; Major Sponsors: Arosa Suites Hotel, Custom Printers, Handa Travel, CBC/Radio-Canada and Couleur FM; and Key Sponsor Bombardier. Opera Lyra would also like to thank the following agencies for their support: the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Arts Foundation.


Learn more about the opera

Sung in Italian with English and French Surtitles, performances of La Traviata will begin at 8:00 pm. Pre-opera chats are presented in the NAC one-hour prior to each performance. These offer an opportunity to learn more about the composer, background and historical significance of the opera. English Pre-Opera Chats for La Traviata will be presented on March 15 and 19 and French Pre-Opera Chats on March 17 and 22. Pre-Opera Chats are presented free of charge to all patrons.


The OLO Guild will present Opera Insights on March 4, at 7:00 pm at the Library and Archives Canada. This highly informative event will introduce the music, history, and themes of Verdi's tragic opera. Ingemar Korjus will be joined by cast members for a lecture and an interactive round-table discussion as they share their experiences, views and a great deal of interesting information. Tickets are $15 and are available from Opera Lyra's box office. Call 613-233-9200.


Bring your lunch to the NAC on March 6 at noon and enjoy a free concert at the Fourth Stage featuring artists of the OLO Opera Studio as they perform excerpts of La Traviata. This is an excellent opportunity to hear more of the music from the opera before it is presented on the mainstage.


Ticket Information:

Single tickets, from $39 to $165, are available from the NAC box office and all Ticketmaster locations (service fees will be applied). Visit Ticketmaster online or call 613-755-1111.


DISCOUNTS: For groups of 10 or more please call Opera Lyra Ottawa at 613-233-9200 and ask about our group rates.


Students with a valid Live RushȢ membership card may buy up to 2 tickets per performance at a discount price. Tickets may be purchased online or in person at the NAC Box Office on the day of the performance between 2 and 6 pm. More information is available at www.liverush.ca.


About Opera Lyra Ottawa

Opera Lyra Ottawa is a not-for-profit organization with the mandate to produce and present opera productions in the National Capital Region of the highest quality and to promote opera as an art form, making it accessible to as large a segment of the population as possible through community outreach and education. Wherever possible, Opera Lyra Ottawa is committed to encourage, nurture and support Canadian artists. For more information please visit www.operalyra.ca.


About the Stop TB Partnership*


The Stop TB Partnership, whose secretariat is hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland, is a network of more than 700 international organizations, countries, donors from the public and private sectors, tuberculosis patients and nongovernmental and governmental organizations working together towards a world free of tuberculosis.

Special support for organizing the collaboration with Opera Lyra Ottawa has been provided by: Lilly MDR-TB Partnership, Stop TB Canada, and Results Canada. To learn more about tuberculosis, please visit www.stoptb.org.


The Cast and Production Crew


Violetta Valłęry Laura Whalen (soprano)

Gastone Benoit Boutet (tenor)

Alfredo Germont Kurt Lehmann (tenor)

Baron Douphol Sean Watson (baritone)

Flora Bervoix Renłęe Lapointe
(mezzo-soprano)

Marquis D'Obigny Andrew Tees (baritone)

Annina Danielle Dudycha (soprano)

Giuseppe Michael Carty (tenor)

Giorgio Germont Gregory Dahl (baritone)

The Commissioner Christopher Mallory (bass)

Doctor Grenvil Gregory Atkinson (bass)


Conductor - James Meena

Stage Director - Joseph Bascetta

Artistic Director Č˝ Tyrone Paterson

Chorus Master - Laurence Ewashko

Lighting Designer - Steve Ross

Stage Manager - Thomas L. Schweitzer

Opera Lyra Ottawa Chorus

National Arts Centre Orchestra


Costumes Malabar Limited

Scenery made available courtesy of

New Orleans Opera Association


Karl Balisch
Director of Marketing and Communications
www.operalyra.ca (613) 233-9200 ext 229

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[Toronto] The Mayhem of Rossini's THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Returns to the COC Stage

Toronto, Ontario ĺ─ý The Canadian Opera Companyĺ─˘s spring run continues with Gioacchino Rossiniĺ─˘s opera buffa, The Barber of Seville. A comedy of mischievous mayhem and delightful absurdities, Rossiniĺ─˘s The Barber of Seville is eternally popular for its frothy charm and irresistible melodies. Director Michael Patrick Albano, last with the COC for the critically acclaimed Ensemble Studio production of Swoon, returns to stage this production. Peruvian conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, makes his company debut leading the COC Orchestra and Chorus for nine performances, while assistant conductor Steven Philcox conducts two performances. The Barber of Seville runs April 16 at 7:30 p.m., 19 at 7:30 p.m., 25 at 7:30 p.m., May 2 at 7:30 p.m., 4 at 2 p.m.,

8 at 7:30 p.m., 10 at 4:30 p.m., 13 at 7:30 p.m., 16 at 7:30 p.m., 21 at 7:30 p.m., and 23 at 7:30 p.m., 2008 and is sung in Italian with English SURTITLESĺĐó.

The Barber of Seville follows the young Count Almaviva who is in love with the charming Rosina. She is a prisoner in the home of her elderly guardian, Dr. Bartolo, who intends to marry her himself. To gain access to Rosina, Almaviva hires the services of Figaro, the irrepressible barber who spends as much time scheming as he does shaving. Last performed by the COC in 1999, this production brings together set designer John Stoddart and lighting designer Stephen Ross.

Beloved characters and sparkling arias make The Barber of Seville one of the worldĺ─˘s most popular and frequently performed operas. Singing the role of Rosina, the young and beautiful ward, is Albanian soprano Enkelejda Shkosa. Macedonian tenor Blagoj Nacoski, is her admirer, the ardent Count Almaviva. Ms Shkosa has sung with major opera houses around the world including Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Mr. Nacoski, who recently sang Almaviva with Polish National Opera, also appeared with Frankfurt Oper, Teatro Regio in Parma, and Zurich Opera. Both Ms Shkosa and Mr. Nacoski make their company debuts. Recently appearing with Welsh National Opera and the Metropolitan Opera, Russian baritone Rodion Pogossov makes his COC debut as the mischievous barber, Figaro. Returning to the COC are bass-baritone Patrick Carfizzi as Dr. Bartolo, and bass Burak Bilgili as Don Basilio. COC Ensemble Studio bass Justin Welsh is Fiorello, Ensemble soprano Melinda Delorme is Berta, and Ensemble bass-baritone Alexander Hajek is the Notary.

The Barber of Seville, libretto by Cesare Sterbini, is based on Pierre-Augustin Beaumarchaisĺ─˘ satirical Le barbier de Słęville, which is the first in a series of three plays. The second instalment of the series, Le mariage de Figaro, known in the opera world as Mozartĺ─˘s Le nozze di Figaro, opened the COCĺ─˘s current season. The opera premiered in Rome in 1816 under the name Almaviva, ossia lĺ─˘inutile precauzione, and Rossini maintained this title for four months before he switched it back to the playĺ─˘s original name. The fame of Rossiniĺ─˘s popular opera quickly spread, and to this day is a mainstay of the operatic repertoire.

Single tickets for The Barber of Seville are on sale and may be purchased online at www.coc.ca, by calling 416-363-8231, or in person at the Four Seasons Centre Box Office (145 Queen St. W., Toronto). Ticket prices for all performances range from $60 to $275. Special young peopleĺ─˘s tickets for all performances throughout the season are priced from $30 to $95. These ticket prices apply to those who are 15 years of age or under, accompanied by and sitting next to an adult.

Starting Saturday, March 22, 2008 at 10 a.m., $20 tickets will be available for patrons between the ages of 16 and 29 through the Opera for a New Age program presented by TD Bank Financial Group, and can be purchased online at www.coc.ca or in person at the Four Seasons Centre Box Office (145 Queen St. W., Toronto). Student group tickets are $20 per student and may be purchased by calling 416-306-2356. Remaining Opera for a New Age tickets will be released as $20 rush seats at 11 a.m. the morning of the performance, subject to availability.

Production Sponsor of The Barber of Seville: National Bank Financial

Presenting Sponsor of SURTITLESłž: Sun Life Financial

Official Automotive Sponsor of the COC at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts: Jaguar Land Rover Canada

Official Media Sponsors: CTV and The Globe and Mail

Opening Night Sponsor of the COC: Hilton Toronto

The COC Ensemble Studio is Canadaĺ─˘s premier training program for young opera professionals and provides advanced instruction, hands-on experience, and career development opportunities. The Ensemble Studio is supported by the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, RBC Financial Group, and other generous donors.

BMO Financial Group Pre-Performance Opera Chats

The COC offers free 20-minute introductions to the opera and its themes in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 45 minutes prior to every performance.

Canadian Opera Company Web site

The Canadian Opera Company Web site, at www.coc.ca, contains information on all productions including synopses, historical background, and production photographs.

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For more information or to request production photographs via e-mail, please contact:

Melissa Than, Publicist, tel. 416-306-2369, fax: 416-363-5584, e-mail: melissat@coc.ca
Vanessa Somarriba, Assistant Publicist, tel. 416-306-2303, fax: 416-363-5584, e-mail: vanessas@coc.ca

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Ottawa Chamber Music Society Ends Pursuit of Concert Hall


A STATEMENT FROM THE OTTAWA CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY
For Immediate Release

Ottawa, Ontario - February 26, 2008
-- The Ottawa Chamber Music Society will not be seeking an extension of the deadline granted by City Council to seek private sponsorship for the proposed Concert Hall.

This announcement this morning from Colin Cooke, the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Chamber Music Society. This Thursday is the deadline for the Ottawa Chamber Music Society to inform city council that it has a title sponsor for the proposed concert hall at Elgin and Gloucester streets. Colin Cooke: "We have not completely closed the door on our dream of a Concert Hall but at this time it wouldn't be fair nor right to request additional time. The current economic climate and the competition for the sponsorship and charity dollar made the Concert Hall a tough sell at this time.

On behalf of the OCMS and music lovers across the city, we want to express our appreciation to the Mayor and city councillors for their solid support over the years, as well as our funding partners at the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Province of Ontario."
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For further information, please contact:

Karen St. Aubin
Communications Officer
Ottawa Chamber Music Society
613-234-8008 (ext 244)

COMMUNIQUłÔ DE PRESSE

DłÔCLARATION DE LA SOCIłÔTłÔ DE MUSIQUE DE CHAMBRE D'OTTAWA
Pour publication immłędiate

Ottawa (Ontario), le 26 fłęvrier 2008
-- La Sociłętłę de musique de chambre d'Ottawa ne demandera pas la prolongation du dłęlai que le conseil municipal lui avait accordłę pour obtenir une commandite privłęe pour le projet de salle de concert.

Colin Cooke, prłęsident du conseil de la Sociłętłę, en a fait l'annonce ce matin.

Au plus tard ce jeudi, la Sociłętłę de musique de chambre d'Ottawa devait informer le conseil municipal qu'elle a trouvłę un commanditaire nominatif pour le projet de salle de concert łŢ l'angle des rues Elgin et Gloucester.

Colin Cooke a dłęclarłę : Č┤ Nous n'avons pas totalement abandonnłę l'idłęe d'une salle de concert mais il ne serait ni juste, ni correct de demander davantage de temps. Le climat łęconomique actuel et la concurrence pour les contributions de commanditaires et autres bienfaiteurs font en sorte qu'il est difficile de vendre l'idłęe d'une salle de concert en ce moment.

Au nom de la SMCO et des amateurs de musique łŢ travers la ville, nous tenons łŢ remercier le maire et les conseiller municipaux pour leur solide appui au cours des ans, ainsi que nos partenaires financiers, le ministł«re du Patrimoince canadien et la province d'Ontario. Ȭ

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Pour des renseignements supplłęmentaires, veuillez communiquer avec

Karen St. Aubin
Agente de communications
Sociłętłę de musique de chambre d'Ottawa
613-234-8008, poste 244

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OSM to make Japan and South Korea tour in April 2008

First OSM international tour with
its music director
Kent Nagano
8 concerts in Japan and South Korea

Montreal, February 26, 2008
- The Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal will be undertaking an international tour for the first time with Kent Nagano, visiting Japan and South Korea from April 10 to 19, 2008. The Orchestra will present three different programs at eight concerts in the following five cities: Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Shizuoka in Japan, and Seoul in South Korea. In Tokyo, the OSM will give three concerts in three different halls.

These concerts are of very special importance, marking as they do the first international tour of the OSM under the direction of its new music director, Kent Nagano. After an acclaimed visit to Thłęłótre du Chłótelet in Paris in the spring of 2006, a Canadian tour in 2007 and an upcoming appearance at Carnegie Hall in New York (March 8, 2008), the OSM will be finding itself once again on familiar terrain, this being the ninth Asian tour in its history.

The Orchestra's first concert in Japan was held in Osaka, in 1970, with Franz-Paul Decker. In 1989, the OSM under the direction of Charles Dutoit performed for the first time in Seoul, South Korea. The last tour of Asia by the Orchestra took place in 1999, when the OSM and Charles Dutoit gave concerts in 10 Japanese cities. Since 1962 the Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal has carried out 37 tours around the world.

This international tour of the OSM with Kent Nagano is sponsored by Air Canada. Air Canada is proud to be helping showcase Canadian talent abroad.

The tour is also made possible by support from Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Qułębec's Ministł«re des Affaires municipales et des Rłęgions and Conseil des arts et des lettres, and the City of Montreal. The year 2008 marks the 80th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Japan.

From Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier in Place des Arts, located in the very heart of the city, the OSM radiates outward across Qułębec and Canada, bringing the world's repertoire of symphonic music to the widest possible audience. Through its international tours and its recordings, the Montreal orchestra is an ambassador for the city and for music, promoting the influence of culture as well as artistic exchanges.

The tour itinerary is reproduced below, preceded by details of the three scheduled programs.

Program 1: Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique
Wagner, Tristan und Isolde, excerpts
Ravel, Bolłęro
Program 2: Debussy, Prłęlude łŢ l'aprł«s-midi d'un faune
Debussy, La Mer
Strauss, Eine Alpensinfonie
Program 3: Debussy, La Mer
Mozart, Violin Concerto No. 3 (Ye-Eun Choi, violin)
Strauss, Eine Alpensinfonie
Itinłęrary :
April 10 :
Tokyo, Musashino Civic
Cultural Hall
Program 1
April 11:
Osaka, Festival Hall
Program 2
April 12:
Nagoya, Aichi Perfectural Art
Theatre
Program 1
April 13:
Tokyo, Suntory Hal
Programm 2
April 15:
Shizuoka, Granship
Program 1
April 16:
Tokyo, Tokyo Opera City
Program 1
April 18:
Słęoul, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts
Program 1
April 19:
Słęoul, Sejong Center for the Performing
Program 3

Source : Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal
Information : Lucie Paquin, Head of Media Relations
(514) 840-7414 or (514) 608-7414
lpaquin@osm.ca
Čę 2003-2008 Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal
260, boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, Montrłęal (Qułębec) H2X 1Y9
Service łŢ la clientł«le et billetterie - Tłęl.: (514) 842-9951
Administration - Tłęl.: (514) 842-3402

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Monday, February 25, 2008

'night, Mother- Altera Vitae Productions at Mainline Theatre, March 19-30

'night, Mother

By Marsha Norman

Directed by Jesse Corbeil

With Sandy Ferguson and Alexandra Valassis

Wednesday, March 19 - Sunday, March 30

"Jessie, I was here with you all the time. How could I know you were so alone?" - Mama

Montreal, February 2008- Altera Vitae is proud to present their inaugural production, 'night, Mother, the 1983 Pulitzer Prize winner by Marsha Norman, playing at Mainline Theatre from March 19 to 30. This new Montreal company aims to produce works of theatre that engage and service the community. With each new production, Altera Vitae will partner itself with a charitable organization whose mandate is similar to themes in the play and pledge a donation from the production's profits as well as assist the organization in their public awareness strategies. For 'night, Mother, Altera Vitae supports FSOS (Family Survivors of Suicide). Says Altera Vitae artistic director Carolyn-Fe Trinidad, "We hope to spread the word about this valuable organization through our production."


'night, Mother follows Jessie as she prepares to die, wrapping up her affairs as she tutors her mother in survival. The play, with it's realistic dialogue, is a heart-wrenching look at the 'could-have-beens' and 'if-onlys' that get in the way when what one should be doing most is listening. While many productions of 'night, Mother have centred on Jessie, Altera Vitae focuses on Mama's turmoil. With Quebec's present suicide rate one of the top five in the world, the play remains topical.


Director Jesse Corbeil explains his take on the story, "At the centre of the play, there's a real sense of disconnection, like what happens when we don't really hear one another because we're too busy pretending to listen." He continues, "It's hard to reach out to someone who's not doing so well, often because we haven't even noticed that there's a problem." Corbeil wants to stress however that they have succeeded in keeping the production from being depressing, with both characters offering something hopeful in hopelessness.


Rounding out the team is set and lighting designer Audrey-Anne Bouchard, sound designer Dan Legault and stage manager Mindy Sirois. Audiences will enjoy an original soundtrack composed specifically for this production by local bands Daniel Iorio, DD Swank and Dush. Along with an FSOS charity night on March 25, the original soundtrack CD will be on sale at every performance, with half of the proceeds donated to FSOS.


'night, Mother will be done in 'real-time'. With that in mind, doors will open at 7:30 with the show starting at 7:55pm.

"Mama, you don't pack your garbage when you move." - Jessie


'night, Mother

Altera Vitae Productions

Playing at Mainline Theatre

3997 Blvd. St. Laurent


Tuesday to Sunday, 7:55 pm

Matinees: Saturday and Sunday, 1:55 pm

2-for-1 matinees on March 22 and 23

18$ Regular / $15 Students, seniors

Reservations: 514 823-8823 or tickets@alteravitae.com

www.alteravitae.com


Charity Night: Tuesday, March 25, 10$ of every ticket sold is donated to FSOS ȽFamily Survivors of Suicide (www.suicideaftermath.com)


'night, Mother original soundtrack CD on sale at every show for $10, 5$ of every CD sold is donated to FSOS


Fundraising evening of music and awareness, Feb. 28 at Cafłę Sarajevo, contact askus@alteravitae.com

Bands: Daniel Iorio (www.danieliorio.com), DD Swank (www.ddswank.com), Dush (www.myspace.com/templeofdush)

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The MEDIA CALL for 'night, Mother will be held on Wednesday, March 19 at 2:30pm at Mainline Theatre. This is an occasion for camera footage, interviews and still photography. Please confirm by Monday, March 17.

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


Jesse Corbeil- Director

Jesse spent two seasons directing short plays for the Montreal School of Performing Arts' Express O Theatre summer theatre programme. He joined 6th Avenue Players, where he directed Craig Pospisil's It's Not You, David Ives' Arabian Nights, Madeleine George's The Most Massive Woman Wins and Caitlyn Murphy's Brazen. Jesse holds a degree in Communications with a specialisation in film production from Concordia University and has just finished writing a short film project, which he will be looking to cast, crew and shoot later this year. Jesse has also worked as a dresser and costume tech on the Montreal West Operatic Society's production of The Sorcerer and stage-managed The Pirates of Penzance, wherein half the cast of 48 had swords, the other half had hoop skirts ȡ and nobody lost an eye. You can read more about Jesse at jessecorbeil.ca.


Alexandra Valassis- Jessie

Alexandra studied theater at Dawson College's professional theater program. She has appeared in numerous stage and film productions including Titania in Midsummer Night's Dream, Macduff in Macbeth, Narrator in Rocky Horror, Ginger in Gilligan's Island, Helena in The Tragedy of Man, Mrs Ravenscroft in Ravenscroft and is very proud to have been a part of To the Green Fields Beyond winner of the Best Ensemble Mecca Award. As part of Dum Blond Productions she's co-written and co-produced Sex and La Cite part 1&2 with Paula Davis where she's had a fabulous time portraying the infamous Samantha Jones. Alexandra was last seen in Saving Celine.


Sandy Ferguson- Mama Thelma

Sandy studied theatre and dance in Montreal for many years and has performed in Montreal, Toronto and Hudson. She has acted, choreographed, danced and sung with the Hudson and Lakeshore Players' Clubs, the Hudson Music Club and the Hudson Village Theatre Pantomime Productions in Broadway Encore, Anne of Green Gables, The King and I, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz, and Hello Dolly. Sandy enjoyed being Number 11 in Twelve Angry Jurors, Mona in Queen Milli of Galt, Louella in What Kind of a Life is That?, and above all, Truvy in Steel Magnolias.


Marsh Norman- Playwright

Marsha Norman was awarded the 1983 Pulitzer Prize, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Hull-Warriner and Drama Desk Awards for 'Night Mother, which received its world premiere at the American Repertory Theatre in 1982. Ms Norman won the 1992 Tony Award and Drama Desk awards for The Secret Garden; and the John Gassner Medallion, Newsday Oppenheimer award and the American Theatre Critics Association Citation for Getting Out. Other plays include Third and Oak, The Laundromat, The Poolhall, The Holdup, Traveler in the Dark, Sarah and Abraham, Loving Daniel Boone, and Trudy Blue. Published work includes Four Plays and a novel, The Fortune Teller. Television and film credits include Face of a Stranger, starring Gena Rowlands and Tyne Daley. Since 1994 she has served on the faculty of The Juilliard School.

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

[Montreal] Upcoming INFINITHEATRE Production by Quebec novelist TREVOR FERGUSON

Original Cast Remounts Off-Off-Broadway Hit


Lina Roessler and Brett Watson reprise their critically acclaimed roles in the upcoming Infinitheatre production of Qułębec playwright Trevor Ferguson's ZARATHUSTRA SAID SOME THINGS, NO? The play received outstanding reviews for its "out-of-town tryout", even by New York standards, when it world premił«red Off-Off-Broadway in 2006.


"Lina Roessler and Brett Watson are astonishingly powerful"

- nytheatre.com


"the best you will see on the off-Broadway stage this year."

- blogcritics.org


"you won't find better performances by actors anywhere"

- onoffoff.com


Guy Sprung will be directing the Montrłęal version, gently guiding the actors to probe deeper into the play's many layers as well as the characters' complex natures. "More realism and understanding is what we're shooting for", says Sprung. "It's a tough piece for any actor, requiring dexterous emotional acuity and the physical stamina of a marathon runner, but if anyone has the chops to pull it off, these two do. I think that's why Trevor was so inspired writing this piece, having worked with both Lina and Brett in the past; knowing how far he could push each of them in their roles."

Adrienne and Ricky, a Canadian couple living in a seedy Paris hotel, have entered into a suicide pact, which they have, so far, failed to complete. As the story unfolds, their relationship becomes more unsettling and the games they play more disturbing, the reasons for their dysfunction are slowly revealed. Ferguson paints a riveting vision of a lost generation overwhelmed by a tide of convoluted pathologies as he examines the tough themes of abuse and addiction with unabashed intensity.

This fourth play of Ferguson's was written expressly for the two actors who had worked with Trevor in all three of his previous plays, one of which they performed in together. The genesis for this particular creation arose organically one night over drinks in a bar, when Watson threw out the idea of writing a play for him and Lina. After quizzing Brett about what makes a good two-hander, Ferguson went home, calling Watson the following morning to say it was finished!


SPECIAL EVENT: Infinitheatre will be hosting a special 5 łŢ 7 on Wed. March 19th at Thłęłótre La Chapelle where Ferguson will be speaking about his play and signing books. Those wishing to attend should RSVP by contacting Infinitheatre at (514) 987 Č˝ 1774 ext. 104 or box-office@infinitheatre.com


March 15-30

written by Trevor Ferguson

directed by Guy Sprung

starring Lina Roessler and Brett Watson

set design by Katka Hubacek

costume design by Elli Bunton

lighting design by Mark Baehr

sound design by Troy Slocum

assistant costume designer Beth Scozzafava


Thłęłótre La Chapelle

3700 St-Dominique

514-843-7739
billeterie@lachapelle.org



TICKETS

Regular admission: $20
Seniors, students, and Infinite Members: $15
Groups (6 or more): $10



SHOWTIMES

Tue-Sat 8 PM
Sunday matinłęe 2 PM
Special offer: Preview show (March 15 & 16): $10 for ALL

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Media Contact:

Barbara Ford

(514) 342 Č˝ 7936

ygraine7@videotron.ca

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[Montreal] Infinititheatre March Calendar of Events - Meet Trevor Ferguson - FREE event

A 5 łŢ 7 w/best-selling author, Trevor Ferguson, who will speaking and signing books. There is no admission charge.

Media Contact:
Barbara Ford
INFINITHEATRE Publicity
(514) 342 Č˝ 7936
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Infinitheatre presents Trevor Ferguson's
ZARATHUSTRA SAID SOME THINGS, NO?
Thłęłótre La Chapelle, March 15 - 30, 2008
Directed by Guy Sprung
Starring Lina Roessler & Brett Watson

TICKETS: (514-843-7738) or
billetterie@lachapelle.org
"Lina Roessler and Brett Watson are astonishingly powerful" - nytheatre.com
"the best you will see on the off-Broadway stage this year." - blogcritics.org
"you won't find better performances by actors anywhere" - onoffoff.com

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Friday, February 22, 2008

[Toronto] York U's 3rd Annual Fine Arts Festival, March 11-31

Meet the arts in the heart of the GTA!
2008 Fine Arts Festival at York U
March 11 ĺ─ý 31

TORONTO, February 22, 2008: The third annual York Fine Arts Festival, running March 11 to 31, showcases the resident talent in one of North Americaĺ─˘s premier centres for professional training in the arts.

Like York Universityĺ─˘s Faculty of Fine Arts, the festival encompasses all the arts, from theatre and dance productions to visual arts, design and multimedia exhibitions, film screenings and classical, jazz and world music concerts. Featuring 40 public events over three weeks, the festival packs excitement, entertainment and inspiration ĺ─ý plus the chance to talent-spot the next wave of outstanding young artists and performers.

The Festival kicks off with an aural and visual feast. Baroque Magnificence (Mar. 11) offers a scintillating selection of 17th century choral gems performed by the York U Chamber Choir under the baton of Lisette Canton, backed by the York U Chamber Orchestra conducted by Mark Chambers.

The talents of 200+ up-and-coming visual artists are showcased in the graduate student exhibition Under Construction (Mar. 11-14), curated by York alumnus Stuart Reid, director of Owen Soundĺ─˘s Tom Thompson Art Gallery, and Brainstorm, the enormous annual Open House exhibition of the Visual Arts Department (Mar. 12).

The World Music Festival (Mar. 12-16) spotlights global musical traditions in eight different concerts, from West African drums and classical Chinese orchestra to steelpan, flamenco and Balkan music. Itĺ─˘s followed by the Jazz Festival (Mar. 17-20), featuring performances by the York U Jazz Orchestra led by Al Henderson and Mike Cado, four jazz choirs, and small jazz ensembles directed by the likes of Mike Murley, Lorne Lofsky, Kelly Jefferson and Mark Eisenman.

The York Dance Ensemble heats up the stage with Vivid Variations: re/creating classics (Mar. 13-15), an exceptional collection of vintage and bold new works by David Earle, Darcey Callison, Susan Lee, Susan Cash and Sashar Zarif. Hard on their dancing heels comes Celestial Navigation (Mar. 26-29), a two-part program premiering original works exploring the symbolism of the cosmos created by 11 rising young choreographers, plus renowned indie mover Julia Sassoĺ─˘s new ensemble piece, bigBANG`, set on 30 heavenly bodies.

Theatre @ York brings cosmic forces back to earth (and water) with Mary Zimmermanĺ─˘s brilliantly inventive Tony Award-winning play Metamorphoses (Mar. 16-22), based on the Myths of the Roman poet Ovid. Yorkĺ─˘s magical take on these classic tales of gods and goddesses run amok features some of Canadaĺ─˘s hottest young stage talent, directed by groundbreaking Siminovitch Prize-winner, York theatre alumna Jillian Keiley.

The action moves to the big screen with York Shorts (Mar. 20), a showcase screening of recent productions by graduate film students.

Rounding out the Festival program is a wide array of other exhibitions and performances, including shows of graphic design, print media, time-based art and stage design, and ragtime, R&B and symphony orchestra concerts. The Festival culminates with two major choral events: a spirited performance by the York U Gospel Choir (Mar. 28), led by Karen Burke, with special guest, multiple-Grammy Award-winner Carvin Winans, and the joined forces and voices of the York U Concert and Chamber Choirs in Carl Orffĺ─˘s Catulli Carmina (Mar. 31).

Yorkĺ─˘s Faculty of Fine Arts has long been a springboard for Canadaĺ─˘s artistic talent. From Hollywood actor Rachel McAdams to Stratford Festival regulars Tara Rosling, Thom Marriott and Jennifer Gould; photographer Larry Towell and painters James Lahey and Scott Waters; musician and CBC broadcaster Andrew Craig, autorickshawĺ─˘s Suba Sankaran, crooner Matt Dusk, and the bands Time Warp and NOJO; stage designers Charlotte Dean and Deeter Schurig; filmmakers Larry Weinstein, Ali Kazimi and Carl Bessai; dance artists Yvonne Ng, Santee Smith, Toronto Dance Theatre ĺ─˛s Christopher House and longtime Cirque du Soleil choreographer Debra Brown; curators Martha Hanna (Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography) and Jennifer Rieger (AGO); playwrights Djanet Sears and Richard Rose -- alumni of York Fine Arts have helped shape the Canadian and international arts and cultural scene for a generation.

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The Faculty of Fine Arts at York University is one of North Americaĺ─˘s leading and largest centres for fine arts education. A vibrant community of more than 3,300 students and 280 faculty working at the leading edge of fine arts practice and scholarship, it offers academic studies and professional training in dance, design, film, music, theatre and visual arts as well as interdisciplinary cultural studies in the fine arts.

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What: York Fine Arts Festival
When
: March 11-31
Where
: All events take place in state-of-the-art facilities in the fine arts complex at York University, 4700 Keele St.
Admission:
free - $15
Box Office & Info: 416.736.5888 | www.yorku.ca/finearts/festival

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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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[Toronto] TSO upcoming concerts release

For Immediate Release: February 22, 2008 * Please include in your listings/announcements

Superstar Pianists and Much More
at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra

Superstar Chinese pianist Lang Lang, whose recent performance on the Grammy Awards created a sensation, kicks off March at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra! Conducted by Music Director Peter Oundjian, this all-Beethoven programme includes Piano Concerto No. 1 and Symphony No. 7, and will be presented for one night only on Saturday, March 1st.

Virtuoso Russian pianist and 2006 Grammy Award-winner, Evgeny Kissin, will return to the TSO on March 26th and 29th with a programme of Brahms's Piano Concerto No. 1. The concert, lead by the TSO Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis, will also include Tales of the Netsilik, written by the TSO Associate Principal Clarinetist Raymond Luedeke and narrated by Colin Fox.

Following Kissin is another master pianist, Garrick Ohlsson. The recent Grammy Award-winner and the first-ever American to win the prestigious Chopin International Piano Competition will play Mozart's final Piano Concerto, No. 27, K. 595 on April 3 and 5. Also on the programme is Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro Overture and Mahler's Symphony No. 5, conducted by Mahler specialist Benjamin Zander. Maestro Zander will also give pre-concert talks prior to each performance.

The rest of March is equally stellar, beginning with Janine Jansen, one of the most exciting violinists of the day. In North America she is approaching pop star status as 'Queen of the Download' by the iPod generation. Her recording of Vivaldi's Four Seasons account for more than 70 percent of total internet sales, surpassing most other classical music downloads. On March 5 and 6, Jansen will play Britten's Violin Concerto and Peter Oundjian will conduct Shostakovich's Symphony No. 7 "Leningrad", conducted by Peter Oundjian.

Music of Smetana, Dvorł░k, Richard Strauss, and Mozart will highlight the hugely entertaining programme Classical Legends on March 8 and 9. Neil Deland, the TSO's Principal French Horn player, will be lead by a specialist in Slavic repertoire, the Toronto-born/Czech Republic-based conductor Charles Olivieri-Monroe.

Acclaimed Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan's performances have been called "nothing short of electrifying" and she returns to the TSO in Britten's song cycle Les Illuminations on March 12 and 13. Conducted by Peter Oundjian, the concert will also feature the TSO Composer Advisor Gary Kulesha's The True Colour of the Sky and Mahler's Symphony No. 4.

On the afternoon of Saturday, April 5, Alain Trudel will lead the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra in a Young People's Concert featuring excerpts from John William's Star Wars and Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.

SUPERSTAR PIANISTS AND MUCH MORE
AT THE TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Lang Lang: Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 8pm
Shostakovich Leningrad Symphony: Wednesday, March 5, & Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 8pm
Classical Legends: Saturday, March 8, 2008 at 7:30pm & Sunday, March 9, 2008 at 3pm
Mahler Symphony 4: Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at 8pm & Thursday, March 13, 2008 at 2pm
Kissin Plays Brahms: Wednesday, March 26, & Saturday, March 29, 2008 at 8pm
Mahler Symphony 5: Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 8pm & Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 7:30pm
Musical Heroes: Saturday, April 5, 2008 at 1:30pm and 3:30pm
All concerts take place at Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto
For tickets to all TSO concerts, call Roy Thomson Hall box office 416.593.4828
or online http://www.tso.ca/

Media Contact: FLIP PUBLICITY, Barbora Krsek X236, barbora@flip-publicity.com
720 Bathurst Street, #403 TOR M5S 2R4 www.flip-publicity.com

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Pianist Joel Fan to Present Daring Program in his New York Solo Debut

CONTACT:

Nell Mulderry, Tel. 212-741-7959, e-mail: nell@bosssounds.com
Widya Widjaja, Tel. 212-741-7959, e-mail: widya@bosssounds.com



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: February 22, 2008


PIANIST JOEL FAN TO PERFORM WORLD-INFLUENCED PROGRAM FOR METROPOLITAN MUSEUM'S ACCOLADES SERIES ON MARCH 14, 2008

A Member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, Fan Makes His New York City Solo Recital Debut, Including Premiere of Leon Kirchner's Sonata No. 3, The Forbidden, Written for Fan in 2006


NEW YORK, NY, February 22, 2008 -- Pianist
Joel Fan will give his New York City solo debut as part of the Metropolitan Museum's Accolades Young Artists Series on March 14, 2008 at 7:00 PM, offering a program of world-influenced music and a profound cross-cultural experience of Western and non-Western connections. Inspired by his experience with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, Fan will present an amalgam of repertoire ranging from Chopin to Dia Succari, Beethoven to Villa-Lobos, Prokofiev to Adnan Saygun, Liszt to Qigang Chen, and more.

Eclectic programming has become a Fan trademark. His recital program mixes the familiar with the unfamiliar and expresses two themes: varied, folk-influenced contemporary classical works are placed amidst great sonatas from the classical canon, culminating with the New York premiere of Leon Kirchner's Sonata No. 3,
The Forbidden, written for Fan in 2006. The Saygun piece blends Turkish "aksak" rhythm with a pentatonic theme that might be found in a piece from China; the Succari and Chen pieces blend native qualities from Syria and China, the latter revealing the composer's influence stemming from his studies in France with Messiaen, as his last pupil. Villa-Lobos contains an indigenous element with use of a South American Indian melody in the middle theme.

Joel Fan combines virtuosity with a gift for lyricism. He's been called "superb" (Boston Globe), "a soaring talent" and "technical wonder" (Los Angeles Times), and a "versatile and sensitive pianist" (Washington Post). Much of the recital program repertoire can be heard on Fan's debut solo album,
World Keys, released on Reference Recordings in 2006, which jumped to #3 on the Billboard Classical Chart and met with wide critical acclaim. On it he plays additional works by William Bolcom (U.S.), Peteris Vasks (Latvia) and Peter Sculthorpe (Australia). Fan's recording of the Kirchner sonata is included on the album Leon Kirchner: Works for Solo Piano (Albany), released in 2007. Fan's recordings with the Silk Road Ensemble are available on Sony BMG Masterworks.

About the Artist

Fan is a native New Yorker who began his performing career at age 11 with the New York Philharmonic after winning the orchestra's Young People's Concert Auditions. He has been guest artist with orchestras throughout the United States as well as in Europe and the Far East. Recent notable performances include: May 2006, performing the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the New York Philharmonic and cellist Yo-Yo Ma under conductor David Zinman; August 2006, his debut at the Saito Kinen Festival of Matsumoto, Japan; and November 2006, performing the world premiere of Kirchner's Sonata No. 3 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Fan will appear with conductor Alan Gilbert and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in Messiaen's TurangalłĂla Symphony in April 2008. As a member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble Fan has appeared at venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and on the national television programs
Good Morning America and Late Show with David Letterman.

He completed Pre-College studies at Juilliard, earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard University, and holds a Masters in Music degree in piano performance from the Peabody Conservatory, studying under Maestro Leon Fleisher. His repertoire spans the traditional piano classics, piano concertos, his own piano transcriptions and cadenzas, and newly commissioned works.

Fan is a prizewinner of several international competitions, such as the D'Angelo Young Artists International Competition in the United States and Busoni International Piano Competition in Italy. In addition he was named a Presidential Scholar by the National Foundation for the Arts.

The Metropolitan Museum Accolades Young Artist Series

The
Accolades series continues the tradition of young artists at the Museum. The Metropolitan Museum has been championing young artists for more than half a century -among the artists who have made debuts in its series are Richard Goode, Peter Serkin, Arnold Steinhardt, and Murray Perahia. The Xerox Foundation makes this series possible. For tickets and more information please call the Concerts & Lectures Department at (212) 570-3949, or visit www.metmuseum.org/tickets, for updated schedules and programs.

March 14, 2008 at 7:00 PM - Friday evening
Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue. New York, New York 10028

Concert Program
Adnan Saygun - Pentatonic Sketch on Aksak Rhythm #10 (1976) (Turkey)
Prokofiev - Sonata No. 3 in A Minor, Opus 28
Dia Succari - La Nuit du Destin (1978) (Syria)
Qigang Chen - "Instants d'un Opera Pekin" (2000) (China)
Beethoven - Sonata in A flat Major, Opus 110
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Intermission -
Villa-Lobos - Choros No. 5, "Alma Brasileira"
Leon Kirchner - Sonata No. 3, "The Forbidden" (2006)
Chopin - Sonata No. 2 in B flat Minor, Op. 35 ("Funeral March")
Liszt - Concert Paraphase of Verdi's Rigoletto



To learn more about Joel Fan call or email Nell Mulderry, 212-741-7959, nell@bosssounds.com; or Widya Widjaja, 212-741-7959, widya@bosssounds.com.

Nell Mulderry, President
Boss Sounds, LLC
1133 Broadway Suite 630
New York, NY 10010
212.741.7959 (ph)
212.504.3092 (fax)

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La prochaine collecte de fonds : La Scena Musicale vous invite łŢ l'opłęra Madama Butterfly

[English version]

Cette annłęe, La Scena Musicale fłüte le mois des mł«res avec une invitation łŢ la soirłęe de premił«re de Madama Butterfly de Puccini, le 24 mai, prłęsentłę par l'Opłęra de Montrłęal. Lĺ─˘opłęra est une histoire tragique dĺ─˘amour, trahison, et le sacrifice dĺ─˘une jeune mł«re. Les billets sont offerts en quantitłęs limitłęes.

Puccini : Madama Butterfly
Opłęra de Montrłęal
Date : le samedi 24 mai 2008 łŢ 20 h
Endroit : salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts, Montrłęal
Info : 514-948-2520
Courriel : operaweekend@scena.org

Billets :

  • 103 $ chaque (catłęgorie 2 : Corbeil ou Parterre)
  • Offre spłęcial : achetez deux billets pour 200 $ et vous recevrez un DVD de Madama Butterfly (valeur de 40$)

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

Canada Council Grants Facilitation

Dr Jane Colwell is pleased to announce that she has launched a GRANTS FACILITATION service to assist both artists and arts presenters with their grant submissions to the Canada Council, Foundations or provincial grant sources.

She brings fifteen years of experience with successful submissions in the arts, academic and not-for-profit sectors. As Director of Colwell Arts Management and National Coordinator for the Piano Six Project she secured grant funding for her individual artists career development activities, for tours, and for various promotional activities.

Find out more:


ph: 519-588-3499

e: jcolwell@golden.net

http://web.mac.com/janecolwell/iWeb/Grants20%Facilitation/Grants.html

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Next Fundraising Activity: La Scena Musicale takes you to Madama Butterfly

[Version franł▀aise]

Update (2008-05-22):
The entire opera has been sold out. La Scena Musicale still has a few tickets left, although there are no free DVDs left.

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This year, La Scena Musicale celebrates the month of mothers with an outing on Saturday, May 24 to the opening night performance of Opłęra de Montrłęal's production of Giacomo Puccini's Madama Butterfly, a tragic story of love, betrayal and a young mother's ultimate sacrifice. The performance is nearly sold out and LSM has a limited number of tickets.

Puccini: Madama Butterfly
Opłęra de Montrłęal
Date: Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 8 p.m.
Place: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Places des Arts, Montreal
Info: 514-948-2520
Email: operaweekend@scena.org

Tickets:
  • $103 each (category 2 in Corbeil or Parterre)
  • Buy 2 tickets: $200 and receive a DVD video of Madama Butterfly ($39.99 value)

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Next week at Mrichter.com

The 'Way Back Machine is working to bring us to a Met "Jamboree" of 1953. The program (audio of a telecast) relies on the house singers of the era: Roberta Peters, Zinka Milanov, Lucine Amara, Richard Tucker, Mario Del Monaco, ... but you get the idea.

In video from the 1991 Richard Tucker concert, Pavarotti and Hvorostovsky together in a Forza duet.

As usual, posting is planned for late Friday night.

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

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[Vermont] Green Mountain Opera Festival Announces 2008 Events Including La Traviata with Aline Kutan

Green Mountain Opera Festival
For Immediate Release

February 12, 2008

Contact: Rachel Carter, 802-318-5527

Email: rachel@rachelcarterpr.com


Green Mountain Opera Festival Announces 2008 Events
2008 Season Features La Traviata, Vermont & International Artists,
And Three Weeks of Opera in the Mad River Valley

Waitsfield, VT ĺ─ý International opera performers, world renowned directors, emerging opera artists will all come together this June in the Green Mountains of Vermont for the 2008 Green Mountain Opera Festival. This three week operatic Vermont sojourn is now in its third year under internationally acclaimed artistic director and bass, Taras Kulish. The Green Mountain Opera Festival begins on June 1st and explores the art and beauty of opera with concerts, open air events, free open rehearsals, and free master classes throughout the Mad River Valley culminating with two fully staged and costumed performances of Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata, accompanied by the Green Mountain Opera Orchestra at the beautifully restored Barre Opera House.

La Traviata performances at the Barre Opera House will be Friday, June 20th at 7:30 pm and Sunday, June 22nd at 3:00 pm. La Traviata literally means "the woman who strayed" and is a tragic love story where rich boy, Alfredo ĺ─ý sung by nationally acclaimed tenor, Derek Taylor, falls for Violetta, a high-class courtesan ĺ─ý sung by internationally renowned soprano, Aline Kutan. Alfredo's father, Germont ĺ─ý sung by long-standing international career baritone, Theodore Baerg, doesn't approve of his son's relationship with Violetta and persuades her to abandon him because her scandalous past threatens his son's future. She leaves Alfredo and goes back to her old life, but falls mortally ill. Germont relents and allows Alfredo and Violetta a touching deathbed reunion.

The young artists accepted into the Emerging Artist Program will sing supporting and ensemble roles. The Emerging Artist Program is a residence program for auditioned young opera singers taking place during the course of the Green Mountain Opera Festival. These opera stars of tomorrow will also perform the Emerging Artists Showcase on June 13th at the Josyln Round Barn in Waitsfield.

Several other events are scheduled throughout the Green Mountain Opera Festival and more will be announced as the festival nears. Opera enthusiasts are invited to join the Emerging Artists at a series of free master classes taught by legendary soprano, Phyllis Curtin, bass-baritone, Sanford Sylvan, festival conductor, Francis Graffeo, and festival stage director, Ron Luchsinger. Free rehearsals of La Traviata will be open to the public throughout the festival. On June 6th, the La Traviata cast will perform opera favorites at the festival's opening concert at the Joslyn Round Barn and on June 11th, they will perform Broadway tunes at a picnic at the Lareau Farm Inn. Master classes and concerts will take place at the Joslyn Round Barn, the open rehearsals will take place at the Valley Players, the broadway picnic will take place at the Lareau Farm Inn, all located in Waitsfield, Vermont. Dates and times will be posted at www.greenmountainoperafestival.com.

"You won't want to miss any of these fantastic events coming up in our 3rd annual opera festival. I couldn't be more proud and excited to present you all these established and emerging artists in the gorgeous Central Vermont landscape. High quality opera and breathtaking natureĺ─Âwhat more could you want?!" exclaims artistic director, Taras Kulish.

The Green Mountain Opera Festival is co-sponsored by the Inn at the Round Barn Farm and the Green Mountain Cultural Center, a non-profit organization that has promoted the visual and performing arts in Vermont's Mad River Valley for twenty years and was founded by the Inn at the Round Barn Farm's original owners. Additional contributions for the festival and the Emerging Artist Program, which is free for those chosen to attend, come from the Sheila C. Johnson Foundation, which supports programs related to education, children, and the arts and was founded by the Black Entertainment Television co-founder and opera enthusiast. The Green Mountain Opera Festival's Annual Gala Fundraiser helps raise additional funds and this year will feature Metropolitan Opera soprano, Wendy Nielsen, who will perform at the Joslyn Round Barn in Waitsfield on Sunday, March 16th.

The Green Mountain Opera Festival is Vermont's premier annual and professional opera festival and was created to awaken the opera soul throughout the Mad River Valley and beyond. Tickets go on sale May 1st through the Green Mountain Cultural Center at 802-496-7722 or by emailing tickets@greenmountainoperafestival.com. For all additional information, please visit www.greenmountainoperafestival.com.

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[Toronto] Opera Atelier announces 2008-09 Season

Media Contact: Karen Lorenowicz

KL Strategic Communications

T: 416-243-0168 E: karen.l@sympatico.ca

Opera Atelier's 2008/09 season features

works by Mozart and Monteverdi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto, ON (February 20, 2008)ĺ─ÂToday, Opera Atelier announced the details of its 2008/09 season featuring two operatic masterpieces by Monteverdi and Mozart.

The season begins in November with a new production of Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio which tells of the adorable antics of the Spanish nobleman Belmonte and his servant Pedrillo as they plot to rescue their girlfriends from the harem of Pasha Selim. Commissioned by Austrian Emperor Joseph II, the opera was an instant success upon its 1782 premiere in Vienna. Opera Atelier's resident designer Gerard Gauci has created a spectacular new production which evokes the exoticism that enthralled 18th-century Europe at the time of the opera's premiere.

The Abduction from the Seraglio marks the company debut of Canadian tenor Frłędłęric Antoun as Belmonte, coloratura soprano Amanda Pabyan as his fiancłęe Konstanze, and Norwegian-American bass Gustav Andreassen as Osmin, overseer for the Pasha. The production also features soprano Carla Huhtanen in the role of Blonde, Konstanze's English maid, tenor Lawrence Wiliford as Pedrillo, bass-baritone Curtis Sullivan as Pasha Selim, and Artists of Atelier Ballet. David Fallis conducts the Tafelmusik Orchestra. The Abduction from the Seraglio runs November 8, 9, 11, 13, 14, and 15, 2008 and will be sung in German with English SURTITLESTM; the spoken text will be delivered in English.

The season continues in the spring of 2009 with the return of Opera Atelier's internationally acclaimed production of The Coronation of Poppea, Claudio Monteverdi's final masterpiece. This lavish spectacle of love, power and greed is based on the true story of Poppea, Nero's fiercely ambitious mistress, who aspires to be Empress of the Roman Empire and who will resort to any means ĺ─ý treachery, seduction, and murder ĺ─ý in order to realize her goal.

Canadian mezzo soprano Kimberly Barber makes her Opera Atelier debut in the role of Nero and soprano Peggy Kriha Dye returns to sing the role of Poppea. They are joined by Olivier Laquerre (Ottone), Laura Pudwell (Arnalta/Virtue), Jołúo Fernandes (Seneca), Carla Huhtanen (Drusilla), Jennie Such (Fortune/Venus), Vicki St. Pierre (Nurse), Curtis Sullivan (Liberto), Artists of Atelier Ballet, and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir under the baton of conductor David Fallis. The Coronation of Poppea will be sung in Italian with English SURTITLESTM and runs April 25, 26, 28, 29, May 1 and 2, 2009.

Both productions in the 2008/09 season will be directed by Marshall Pynkoski and choreographed by Jeannette Zingg, Opera Atelier's co-artistic directors, with production designs by Gerard Gauci.

Performances for Opera Atelier's 2008/09 season will take place at the Elgin Theatre (189 Yonge Street) in Toronto with evening performances beginning at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinee performances beginning at 3:00 p.m.

Subscriptions for Opera Atelier's 2008/09 season are on sale now and may be purchased by calling 416-703-3767 ext. 24. For more information visit www.operaatelier.com

Opera Atelier also gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, the Metcalf Foundation, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Creative Trust, and Jerry and Joan Lozinski.

2008/09 Season Sponsor: Sun Life Financial

2008/09 Major Sponsors: BMO Financial Group, Scotiabank, TD Canada Trust Music, Chieftain Insurance

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Opera Atelier is Canada's premier baroque theatre company, producing opera, ballet and drama from the 17th and 18th centuries. While drawing upon the aesthetics and ideals of the period, Opera Atelier goes beyond "reconstruction" and infuses each production with an inventive theatricality that resonates with modern audiences. Over the past two decades, under the direction of founders Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Zingg, Opera Atelier has garnered acclaim for its performances at home as well as in the United States, Europe and Asia.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

[Montreal] Ireland's Own Carmel O'Reilly tonite!- Theatre Ste-Catherine, March 4 8pm

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 presentsČÍ.

Invitation


Please be our guest for the Opening Night
Vous łütes cordialement invitłę łŢ la premił«re

of/de

Ireland's Own Carmel O'Reilly Tonite!

By Colleen Curran

Directed by/mise en scł«ne par

Corey Castle

Tuesday, March 4, 8:00 PM

mardi, le 4 mars 20h00

Theatre Ste. Catherine

264 Ste-Catherine St. East

Is Carmel O'Reilly really JFK's other love child? Don't miss this play that's the best Irish party in town!

Funny and endearing, audiences will be up on their feet, singing along and winning prizes to boot! Celebrate the St. Patrick's Day season

as well as International Women's Day with the irrepressible Carmel O'Reilly.

"I like to tell a good story and I want people to have a great time. Carmel represents everyone who has a need to

do what they do to make people happy." Colleen Curran

With: Colleen Curran and Glenn Roy.

RSVP before/avant Friday/vendredi, 29 February/ fłęvrier:

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

Two tickets non-transferable/Deux billets non-transfłęrable

Ireland's Own Carmel O'Reilly Tonite! March 4-9, 2008

This is an Equity-approved co-op.

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Bulletin LSM fłęvrier 2008

[English version]

La Scena Musicale en mars : deux grands artistes, la violoniste Laurence Kayaleh et le pianiste Paul Stewart !

Le numłęro de mars de LSM mettra en vedette la violoniste Laurence Kayaleh et son partenaire de rłęcital, le pianiste Paul Stewart. Ensemble, ils lancent ce mois-ci, sur łętiquette Naxos, un disque dĺ─˘ëýuvres remarquables pour violon et piano du małĂtre russe Nikolałě Medtner, trop souvent nłęgligłę. Ce sera leur deuxił«me disque enregistrłę avec Naxos en deux ans et, ensemble, les deux disques comprennent la production complł«te de Medtner pour violon et piano. Dans le cadre des cłęlłębrations du 400e anniversaire de la ville de Qułębec, lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Qułębec exłęcutera lĺ─˘une des ëýuvres orchestrales les plus audacieuses jamais composłęes, la Huitił«me Symphonie de Mahler : dans notre Coin des musiciens, nous invitons le directeur artistique de lĺ─˘OSQ, Yoav Talmi, łŢ partager ses rłęflexions sur cette ëýuvre grandiose. Lucie Renaud rencontrera Raoul Sosa, un pianiste montrłęalais qui cłęlł«bre cette annłęe ses quarante ans de carrił«re au Qułębec. Depuis longtemps professeur de piano au Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal, M. Sosa a remportłę de nombreux prix et jouit dĺ─˘une renommłęe internationale; il a łęgalement surmontłę une blessure łŢ la main droite en se tournant vers le rłępertoire pour la main gauche. Nous inviterons quelques chefs prestigieux łŢ nous parler de lĺ─˘hłęritage de Herbert von Karajan : lĺ─˘annłęe 2008 marque le centenaire de sa naissance et, młüme si sa stature comme chef lłęgendaire ne sera peut-łütre jamais dłępassłęe, certains demeurent troublłęs par son passłę politique.

Le guide de ce mois rłępertorie les camps musicaux dĺ─˘łętłę : on y trouvera des listes complł«tes des divers programmes de lĺ─˘łętłę prochain partout au pays.

Parmi nos autres sections habituelles, on trouvera bien entendu des articles sur le jazz et les musiques du monde, des critiques de CD et de DVD et le calendrier rłęgional de la musique en mars. Enfin, Renłę Bricault publiera un autre article de sa słęrie sur Claude Vivier, lĺ─˘un des plus grands compositeurs canadiens.

Veuillez notez que lĺ─˘łędition printemps 2008 de La SCENA, notre revue des arts, sera disponible en avril afin de cołěncider avec notre Guide dĺ─˘Abonnements Saison 2008-09. Ce numłęro comprendra aussi notre 1e Guide Annuel des Festivals Internationaux.

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Nouveautłęs chez www.scena.org: blogue et fil de presse!

Nous sommes fiers de prłęsenter le blogue de La Scena Musicale (www.scena.org/blog), idłęal pour trouver les commentaires et les nouvelles de la musique et des arts au Canada et łŢ travers le monde. Nos journalistes affichent trł«s rłęgulił«rement les actualitłęs en musique. Nous vous invitons łęgalement łŢ dłęcouvrir notre blogue de fil de presse, www.scena.org/blog/newswire, un nouveau service pour les organisations des arts qui veulent afficher leurs communiqułęs. Les dłętails des concerts, les diffusions łŢ la radio et la tłęlłęvision, les łęvłęnements des arts en ligneĺ─Âvous y trouverez tout cela !

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La Scena Musicale, La SCENA et The Music Scene lancent leur page Č┤ Nouveautłęs Ȭ
Nos lecteurs sont toujours łŢ la recherche de nouveautłęs. Les amateurs de concerts et les młęlomanes aiment se tenir au courant des derniers livres, CD et DVD. Les musiciens veulent łütre informłęs des nouveaux instruments et accessoires pour eux et pour leurs łęlł«ves. Pourquoi ne pas leur faire connałĂtre vos derniers joyaux ? Qu'il soit musical ou qu'il relł«ve des arts (thłęłótre, danse, arts visuels, etc.), votre produit jouira d'une grande visibilitłę dans le nouveau supplłęment publicitaire extrłümement abordable de nos magazines, les Nouveautłęs. L'annonce de base ne coł¬te que 25 $ ! Elle parałĂtra avec la section des critiques dans nos trois magazines et assurera une publicitłę nationale łŢ votre produit. Mieux encore, nos lecteurs avides de culture et de musique sont tout dłęsignłęs pour vos communiqułęs, vous pourrez ainsi rejoindre un public ciblłę idłęal.
Prix (pour une parution dans l'UN de nos magazines) :
  • Parution de base : 25 $
  • Parution avec description : 85 $ (comprend image et description de 50 mots)
  • Escomptes de frłęquence pour les clients rłęguliers
Caractłęristiques :
  • Page couleur glacłęe
  • Parution dans la section des critiques
  • Dans les trois magazines
  • Produits : CD, DVD, livres, instruments, accessoires
  • Ouvert łŢ la musique et łŢ tous les arts
Pour plus d'informations, tłęlłęchargez la fiche des renseignements ou bien contactez wkchan@scena.org.

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

Vous dłęsirez trouver des lecteurs de 35 ans et plus avertis et plus łŢ l'aise financił«rement que la moyenne ? Ou bien des musiciens/artistes professionnels et les łętudiants ?

La Scena Musicale vous invite chez 100 000 Canadiens łęduqułęs, młęlomanes, passionnłęs de culture. Nos lecteurs s'intłęressent łŢ la musique, la danse, le thłęłótre, le cinłęma, les arts visuels, la cuisine et la mode.

Nos revues renommłęes La Scena Musicale, La SCENA et The Music Scene publient des articles et critiques qui font rłęflłęchir. La Scena Musicale et La SCENA sont les seules publications bilingues łŢ Montrłęal consacrłęes łŢ la musique de concert (classique, jazz et musiques du monde) et aux arts et łŢ la culture (la musique, la danse, le thłęłótre, le cinłęma et les arts visuels). En plus, le calendrier culturel le plus complet au Canada assure que la lecture sera rłępłętłęe (plus que 225 000 par mois).

Ci-dessous, vous trouverez des renseignements pour les prochains numłęros de La Scena Musciale, La SCENA, et The Music Scene. Pour de l'information sur les tarifs de publicitłę 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
łÔditeur fondateur
La Scena Musicale
La SCENA
The Music Scene

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La Scena Musicale: mars 2008

  • 50,000 lecteurs
  • Distribution : 25 000 copies
  • Montrłęal : 20 500
  • Qułębec : 500
  • En kiosque : 2 000
  • Abonnements : 2 000
  • Sortie : le 29 fłęvrier
  • Tombłęe publicitaire : le 22 fłęvrier
  • Maquettes : le 22 fłęvrier

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

  • 50,000 lecteurs
  • Distribution : 25 000 copies
  • Montrłęal : 20 500
  • Qułębec : 500
  • En kiosque : 2 000
  • Abonnements : 2 000

  • Sortie : le 2 avril
  • Tombłęe publicitaire : le 19 mars
  • Maquettes : le 20 mars

The Music Scene: printemps 2008

  • 50,000 lecteurs
  • Distribution: 25,000 copies
  • Toronto: 15,000
  • Ottawa: 5,000
  • Rest du Canada : 5,000
  • Sortie : le 17 mars
  • Tombłęe publicitaire : le 5 mars
  • Maquettes : le 7 mars

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COMMUNIQUłÔ: Le Big Band de l'UdeM prłęsente "Coeur łŢ coeur", le vendredi 29 fłęvrier

Le Big Band de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal,

sous la direction de Ron Di Lauro, prłęsente

Č┤ Cëýur łŢ cëýur Ȭ

Avec la participation spłęciale de Sophie Desmarais,
ambassadrice du Big Band

Montrłęal, le 19 fłęvrier 2008 ĺ─ý Le Big Band de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal, sous la direction de Ron Di Lauro, vous convie łŢ son prochain concert, Č┤ Cëýur łŢ Cëýur Ȭ, qui aura lieu le vendredi 29 fłęvrier prochain, łŢ 19 h 30, łŢ la salle Claude-Champagne.

Pour cette occasion, les musiciens du Big Band de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal ont invitłę leur ambassadrice, Sophie Desmarais, łŢ se joindre łŢ eux, le temps de quelques pił«ces.

Č┤ C'est avec beaucoup de courage et d'humilitłę que j'unirai ma voix łŢ la musique du Big Band de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal lors de ce concert, souligne Sophie Desmarais. Aider le Big Band łŢ rłęaliser ses rłüves me procure un immense sentiment de fiertłę et de satisfaction. Je suis łŢ mon tour choyłęe que ces jeunes musiciens talentueux et leur chef, Ron Di Lauro, m'aient invitłęe łŢ rłęaliser l'un de mes propres rłüves les plus chers en chantant avec eux. Ȭ

Młęcł«ne, fervente amoureuse de la musique et tout particulił«rement du jazz, Mme Desmarais appuie diverses causes et organismes. Depuis septembre 2007, elle est l'ambassadrice du Big Band de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal. Elle-młüme chanteuse, elle a rłęcemment enregistrłę un disque jazz, Where Do You Start?, dont on entendra quelques extraits lors du concert Č┤ Cëýur łŢ cëýur Ȭ.

Au programme :

Tip Toe (Thad Jones)

Soon (Gershwin/Tom Kubis)

Evanescence (Maria Schneider)

In A Mellow Tone (Ellington/Frank Foster)

Chiapas (Hank Levy)

To You (Thad Jones)

Our Love is Here To Stay (Gershwin/Chet Doxas)

They Can't Take That Away From Me (Gershwin/Chet Doxas)

Blue Skies (Irving Berlin/Chet Doxas)

Sophie Desmarais, voix


Floatation Device (Fred Stride)



Le Big Band de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal, dirigłę par Ron Di Lauro, est constitułę d'une quinzaine de musiciens qui explorent avec passion et łęnergie le rłępertoire des classiques (standards jazz) des annłęes 50 łŢ 70 et le jazz fusion et actuel des annłęes 70 łŢ aujourd'hui. Laurłęat de plusieurs mentions Č┤ OR Ȭ au JazzFest des Jeunes du Qułębec, le Big Band contribue ardemment au rayonnement de l'excellence du secteur jazz de la Facultłę de musique de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal.

Le Conseil des ambassadeurs de la Facultłę de musique de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal a łętłę crłęłę afin de favoriser le rayonnement des activitłęs et des rłęalisations des secteurs d'excellence de la Facultłę. Il est composłę notamment de Denys Arcand (małĂtrise en musiques d'applications audiovisuelles), Aline Chrłętien (secteur piano), Sophie Desmarais (Big Band de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal), David B. Sela (Orchestre de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal) et Alain Simard (secteur jazz).

Č┤ CëÝUR ł─ CëÝUR Ȭ

LE BIG BAND DE L'UNIVERSITłÔ DE MONTRłÔAL

Vendredi 29 fłęvrier 2008 ĺ─ý 19 h 30

Salle Claude-Champagne

220, Vincent-d'Indy, Montrłęal (młętro łÔdouard-Montpetit)

12 $, 10 $ (ałĂnłęs), gratuit (łętudiants)

Billetterie ADMISSION : 514.790.1245

Renseignements : 514.343.6427

www.musique.umontreal.ca

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Source :
Julie Fortier

Facultłę de musique ĺ─ý Universitłę de Montrłęal

514.343.6365

julie.c.fortier@umontreal.ca

[Montreal] Register now for auditions leading up to the 3rd annual free Blues Camp presented by TD Canada Trust!

Registrations until April 24, 2008

Open to all 13-17-year-old musicians!

Montreal, Tuesday, February 19, 2008 - Registration begins today for the 3rd edition of the already renowned Blues Camp, presented once again this year by TD Canada Trust! We're calling on all 13 to 17-year old aspiring Quebec musicians to register before April 24, 2008 for auditions and the chance to join the lucky crew who will participate in the free day camp presented as part of the Montreal Musical Instrument Show (SIMM) and the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal. It's a unique opportunity to hone their musical understanding, perfect their technical skills, and finally, to star on one of the Festival's outdoor stages! Just visit the website at campdeblues.com and register before Thursday, April 24, 2008 at 5 p.m. Auditions will follow on April 26 and 27 at Marguerite-De Lajemmerais school in Montreal.

A musical day camp-100% free!
Since its first edition, the Blues Camp presented by TD Canada Trust and created by the SIMM in accordance with its mission to empower teenage musicians through practical and public instruction, was an immediate and immense success! Once again this year, 55 young musicians bursting with knowledge, talent and passion will be chosen to attend the seven-day musical day camp, where they can improve their technique, learn the blues basics and the artistic process, compose, learn to be a part of a group and benefit from exclusive courses and workshops offered by professors, professionals and celebrated artists. Once formed into a band, they will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to climb onto the Festival's TD Canada Trust stage and show the whole world what they've learned!

How to sign up:

Simply log on to the Blues Camp website, campdeblues.com, and register before April 24 by 5 p.m. Young candidates must specify their chosen instrument from the list of those eligible for inclusion at the camp (guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, wind instruments, harmonica, voice) and bring their talent and passion to this free program. 55 young musicians who dream in blue will be selected during an audition to be held in Montreal on April 26 or 27. The Blues Camp, scheduled from June 29 to July 6, will once again be held at cłęgep du Vieux Montrłęal, close to the Festival International de Jazz de Montrłęal site.

Keep this calendar handy:

Registration period: from February 19 to April 24, 2008, by 5 p.m.
Auditions: April 26 and 27, at Marguerite-De Lajemmerais school in Montreal
Blues Camp: from June 29 to July 6, 2008
Performance at the Festival International de Jazz de Montrłęal: July 6
The SIMM: Complexe Desjardins, from Thursday, July 3 to Sunday, July 6
The Montreal Guitar Show: Grand Salon, Hyatt Regency Montrłęal, from Friday, June 27, to Sunday, June 29, 2008

The Blues Camp offers its warmest thanks to TD Canada Trust, whose continued proud sponsorship and presentation hit just the right note, making this musical dream camp possible. Our sincere thanks also go out to partners Steve's Music Store, Mel Bay, Vox, Pearl, Marshall, Korg, Phonic and Markbass, and cłęgep du Vieux Montrłęal, CIBL Radio-Montrłęal 101.5 and Couleur Jazz 91.9.


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Source

Festival International de Jazz de Montrłęal
514 523-3378
Information (Media)
Marie-Eve Boisvert
Senior director of media relations

514 523-3378, ext. 5666
marie-eve.boisvert@equipespectra.ca
Greg Kitzler
publicist

514 523-3378, ext. 5622
greg.kitzler@equipespectra.ca

Information (Public)

Site Internet : campdeblues.com

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[Montreal] Nomination de Monsieur Raymond Sealey au poste de directeur głęnłęral d'I Musici de Montrłęal


Montrłęal, le 19 fłęvrier 2008 - MałĂtre Głęrard Coulombe, Prłęsident du conseil d'administration de l'orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montrłęal, est heureux d'annoncer la nomination de M. Raymond Sealey au poste de directeur głęnłęral.

Nłę en Angleterre, Raymond Sealey est titulaire d'un diplłąme en littłęrature anglaise de l'Universitłę du Western Ontario. La musique a commencłę łŢ prendre une place importante dans sa vie lors de ses łętudes de guitare au Royal Conservatory of Music de Toronto. Il a łętudiłę cet instrument avec Alexandre Lagoya au Canada ainsi qu'en France avec l'appui du Conseil national des arts du Canada.

Il a ensuite enseignłę la musique łŢ l'Universitłę du Western Ontario et łŢ l'Universitłę d'Ottawa, fait plusieurs enregistrements et młüme publiłę plusieurs compositions musicales. Il a łęgalement łętłę animateur et il a crłęłę des documentaires pour CBC łŢ Ottawa. C'est durant cette płęriode qu'il a commencłę łŢ s'impliquer de plus en plus dans la production et l'administration des arts. Raymond Sealey a organisłę des concerts łŢ Gatineau et dans la rłęgion de l'Outaouais, oł╝ il a łętłę cofondateur d'un festival de musique.

En 1997, il dłęmłęnage łŢ Montrłęal et puis dans les Laurentides et devient le directeur głęnłęral de CAMMAC (Canadian Amateur Musicians/Musiciens amateurs du Canada), une organisation łŢ but non lucratif d'envergure nationale offrant un espace de crłęation dans un environnement non compłętitif. Il a pris sa retraite en 2007 aprł«s avoir complłętłę avec succł«s le projet majeur de reconstruction du Centre musical CAMMAC dans les Laurentides.

M. Sealey a poursuivi sa carrił«re en tant que consultant pour de nombreux organismes culturels, incluant I Musici de Montrłęal. Aprł«s plusieurs semaines d'implication dans cette organisation, il łętait tellement emballłę qu'il a dłęcidłę de poser sa candidature au poste de directeur głęnłęral.

Č┤ Je suis heureux de faire partie d'une organisation aussi prestigieuse. Maestro Turovsky, les musiciens et tout le personnel administratif forment ensemble une łęquipe exceptionnelle et c'est avec grand plaisir que je me joins łŢ eux Ȭ, a dit M. Sealey.

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Source
Me Głęrard Coulombe, c.r.
Prłęsident du conseil d'administration
I Musici de Montrłęal
514 982-6037
info@imusici.com

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łÔlise Młęthot-Duquette
I Musici de Montrłęal
514 982-6037 #227
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Mr Raymond Sealey becomes I Musici de Montrłęal's Executive Director


For Immediate Release

Montreal, February 19th, 2008 - Mr Głęrard Coulombe, Chairman of the Board of I Musici de Montrłęal, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Raymond Sealey as Executive Director.

Born in England, Raymond Sealey earned a degree in English Literature from the University of Western Ontario. Music, however, finally took the more important place in his life when he was studying guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. This culminated in studies with Alexandre Lagoya in both Canada and France, the latter with support from the Canada Council for the Arts.

He taught music at the University of Western Ontario and subsequently at the University of Ottawa. Mr Sealey has made several recordings, is a published composer and has taken great interest in the guitar as a chamber music instrument.

He also worked as a host and documentary maker for CBC in Ottawa. It was during this period that he became increasingly active in production and arts management. He produced concerts in Gatineau and the Outaouais and co-founded a music festival in that region.

In 1997 he moved to Montreal and later to the Laurentians to become Executive Director of CAMMAC (Canadian Amateur Musicians/Musiciens amateurs du Canada), a non-profit national service organization offering opportunities for music making in a non-competitive environment. He retired from this organization in 2007 following the completion of a major rebuilding project at CAMMAC Music Centre in the Laurentians.

Mr Sealey was acting as a consultant for arts organizations, including I Musici de Montrłęal but after several weeks, the fit with I Musici seemed natural and he decided to offer his candidacy for the post of Executive Director.

Mr Sealey said, "I am very happy to join such a prestigious musical organization. Maestro Yuli Turovsky, the ensemble and all the administrative staff form an exceptional team and it is a pleasure to be part of it."

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Chairman of the Board
I Musici de Montrłęal
514 982-6037
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LSM February 2008 Newsletter

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Marchĺ─˘s La Scena Musicale: Internationally Renowned Violinist Laurence Kayaleh and Pianist Paul Stewart!

LSMĺ─˘s March issue will feature violinist Laurence Kayaleh and her recital partner, pianist Paul Stewart. Together, they are releasing a disc this month on the Naxos label covering the remarkable violin and piano works of the oft-neglected Russian master, Nikolay Medtner. This will be the second of two discs they have recorded with Naxos in as many years, and together, the two-disc set represents the complete output for violin and piano by Medtner. As part of Quebec Cityĺ─˘s 400th anniversary celebrations, the Orchestre symphonique de Qułębec will perform one of the most audacious orchestral pieces ever composed, Mahlerĺ─˘s Eighth Symphony: we invite OSQ artistic director Yoav Talmi to share his thoughts on this magnificent work in our Musicianĺ─˘s Corner. Lucie Renaud will sit down with Raoul Sosa, a Montreal-based pianist who is celebrating the 40th year of his career here in Quebec. A longtime piano teacher at the Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal, Mr. Sosa has won a great number of awards and international recognition; he also remarkably overcame an injury to his right hand by exploring the piano repertoire for the left hand. We will invite some esteemed conductors to share their thoughts on the legacy of Herbert von Karajan: 2008 marks the centenary of his birth and while his stature as a legendary recording conductor may never be equalled, some are troubled by his political past.

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31e Festival de Lanaudił«re - Un avant-goł¬t

UN AVANT-GOł§T DE Lĺ─˘łÔTłÔ

Montrłęal, le 18 fłęvrier 2008 ĺ─ý Coup dĺ─˘envoi łęclatant pour la 31e łędition du Festival de Lanaudił«re ! Le samedi 5 juillet, le Festival lancera sa saison avec un programme somptueux qui culminera avec le vibrant Carmina Burana de Carl Orff. Sur scł«ne seront alors rassemblłęs lĺ─˘Orchestre młętropolitain du Grand Montrłęal, trois chëýurs, les solistes Erin Wall (soprano), Frłędłęric Antoun (tłęnor) et James Westman (baryton), tous dirigłęs par Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin. En plus de Carmina Burana, on entendra le Concerto no 2 en sol mineur, op. 16, de Prokofiev avec la pianiste Valentina Lisitsa ainsi que Les offrandes oubliłęes dĺ─˘Olivier Messiaen, pour souligner le 100e anniversaire de la naissance du compositeur. Une soirłęe inaugurale exceptionnelle, łŢ lĺ─˘image du Festival de Lanaudił«re. Riche en surprises, en dłęcouvertes et en ravissement musical, la 31e łędition du Festival se tiendra du samedi 5 juillet au dimanche 3 aoł¬t 2008.

ALAIN LEFłÓVRE, AMBASSADEUR ARTISTIQUE DU FESTIVAL

Cette annłęe, le Festival de Lanaudił«re a fait dĺ─˘Alain Lefł«vre son Č┤ ambassadeur artistique Ȭ. ł─ ce titre, ce fidł«le et dłęvoułę collaborateur de lĺ─˘łęvłęnement depuis 2005 continuera de contribuer au rayonnement national et international du Festival. De plus, il jouira de la latitude nłęcessaire łŢ lĺ─˘atteinte dĺ─˘un des objectifs du Festival : la mise en valeur de la relł«ve musicale et ce, tout au long de lĺ─˘annłęe. Rappelons que le Festival de Lanaudił«re a joułę un rłąle important pour faire connałĂtre au public Nord-Amłęricain des artistes qui en łętaient alors łŢ leurs dłębuts sur le continent, tels Leif Ove Andsnes et Cecilia Bartoli, Maxim Vengerov et Yundi Li.

Reconnu pour son soutien aux jeunes musiciens et pour la visibilitłę quĺ─˘il leur offre, Alain Lefł«vre conjuguera ses efforts łŢ ceux du Festival, dont la mission consiste aussi łŢ soutenir la relł«ve qułębłęcoise. La journłęe du 19 juillet, oł╝ le public pourra dłęcouvrir de nouveaux virtuoses du piano parrainłęs par Alain Lefł«vre, tłęmoigne clairement de cet engagement.

    LE 19 JUILLET - AU PIANO AVEC ALAIN LEFłÓVRE

Le samedi 19 juillet, le Festival de Lanaudił«re a donnłę carte blanche łŢ Alain Lefł«vre, qui sera le małĂtre de cłęrłęmonie dĺ─˘une journłęe musicale absolument captivante. En avant-midi, il donnera une classe de małĂtre au Musłęe dĺ─˘art de Joliette. Celle-ci sera suivie en aprł«s-midi par une vłęritable Č┤ Pyrotechnie pianistique Ȭ, soit un concert donnłę par les pianistes Matthieu Fortin, Ang Li, Daniel Moran, Mathilde-Ariane Pagłę-Bouchard, Justine Pelletier, Maneli Pirzadeh, Marie-Hłęlł«ne Trempe et Darrett Zusko et animłę par Alain Lefł«vre, qui prłęsentera les ëýuvres et les artistes. Les pił«ces au programme, pour 2, 3 ou 4 pianos, mettront leur virtuositłę łŢ lĺ─˘łępreuve. On entendra notamment des arrangements de Lĺ─˘Apprenti sorcier de Dukas, de lĺ─˘łÔtude rłęvolutionnaire de Chopin et de la Rhapsodie hongroise no 2 de Liszt.

Pour clore la journłęe, łŢ 20 h, Alain Lefł«vre partagera la scł«ne avec les pianistes Jimmy Brił«re et Marie-Hłęlł«ne Trempe dans le Concerto pour 3 pianos en fa majeur, K. 242 de Mozart. Ils seront accompagnłęs par lĺ─˘Orchestre du Festival, dirigłę par Daniel Myssyk. Les pianistes Katherine Chi, Darrett Zusko, Ang Li, Maneli Pirzadeh, Daniel Moran et Richard Raymond seront aussi du concert. (Programme dłętaillłę en annexe)

LE 12 JUILLET : LA FOLLE JOURNłÔE AUX OISEAUX

Olivier Messiaen a inventoriłę et transcrit en musique des centaines de chants dĺ─˘oiseaux pour les intłęgrer łŢ ses compositions. Pour souligner le 100e anniversaire de la naissance du compositeur, le Festival propose la Folle journłęe aux oiseaux, inspirłęe du thł«me des oiseaux dans la musique. Une grande variłętłę dĺ─˘activitłęs musicales et ornithologiques sera alors offerte aux festivaliers.

En aprł«s-midi, on pourra notamment assister łŢ une rłępłętition ouverte commentłęe oł╝ les artistes mettront en valeur les chants dĺ─˘oiseaux dans les ëýuvres au programme et participer łŢ un repas-causerie champłütre, animłę par Pierre Gingras, journaliste au quotidien La Presse.

La journłęe se terminera par un magnifique concert, łŢ 20 h. Les młęlomanes pourront entendre la soprano Aline Kutan et le pianiste Stewart Goodyear, accompagnłęs par lĺ─˘Orchestre du Festival, placłę sous la direction de Jean-Marie Zeitouni. En plus de la crłęation de La joie des grives du compositeur qułębłęcois Antoine Ouellette, le programme comprend trois airs pour soprano colorature : Č┤ First and Chief, on Golden Wing... Sweet Bird Ȭ de Handel (extrait de Lĺ─˘Allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato), Č┤ Le ciel rayonne... łţ lłęgł«re hirondelle Ȭ, tirłę de lĺ─˘opłęra Mireille de Gounod et Č┤ Le rossignol et la rose Ȭ, tirłę de lĺ─˘opłęra Parysatis de Saint-Sał┤ns. Stewart Goodyear interprłętera Les oiseaux exotiques de Messiaen alors que des oeuvres orchestrales concluront le programme : la suite tirłęe de lĺ─˘Oiseau de feu de Stravinsky (version 1919) et la Lłęgende no 2 : Saint-Franł▀ois dĺ─˘Assise - la prłędication aux oiseaux, de Liszt, orchestrłęe par Mottl.

    Concours de photos

En complłęment łŢ la crłęation de la Joie des grives dĺ─˘Antoine Ouellette, le Festival, en collaboration avec le Regroupement QułębecOiseaux et la Sociłętłę dĺ─˘ornithologie de Lanaudił«re, lance un concours de photographie. Les laurłęats verront leurs photos projetłęes sur grand łęcran lors du concert du 12 juillet. Pour connałĂtre tous les dłętails, visitez le site www.quebecoiseaux.org.

LE 1ER AOł§T - GERHAHER CHANTE MOZART


Accompagnłę dĺ─˘un des plus grands orchestres dĺ─˘Europe, lĺ─˘Orchestre baroque de Freiburg, le baryton allemand Christian Gerhaher, encensłę de fał▀on unanime par la critique internationale, nous offrira des airs dĺ─˘opłęras de Mozart. De plus, seront interprłętłęs les symphonies no 34 et 36, le concerto pour clarinette, K. 622, joułę sur cor de basset, et le concerto pour cor, K. 412.

Il ne sĺ─˘agit ici que dĺ─˘un avant-goł¬t de ce que vous rłęserve le 31e Festival de Lanaudił«re. Dĺ─˘ici le dłęvoilement complet de la programmation au dłębut du mois de mai, nous travaillons łŢ boucler les dłętails dĺ─˘une autre łędition qui comblera tous les amoureux de la musique.

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Trois grandes journłęes au Festival de Lanaudił«re

Les samedis 12 et 19 juillet, et le 1er aoł¬t 2008

12 JUILLET - LA FOLLE JOURNłÔE AUX OISEAUX

Activitłęs sur le site en aprł«s-midi

  • Rłępłętition ouverte pendant laquelle les artistes mettront en lumił«re la prłęsence des chants dĺ─˘oiseaux dans les ëýuvres au programme
  • Animation avec des oiseaux de proie (UQROP)
  • Randonnłęe płędestre animłęe par la Sociłętłę dĺ─˘ornithologie de Lanaudił«re dans le sentier boisłę le long de la rivił«re Lĺ─˘Assomption, derrił«re lĺ─˘Amphithłęłótre
  • Repas champłütre avec causerie animłęe par le journaliste Pierre Gingras, de La Presse

Concert du soir - 20 h

Le concert du soir mettra en vedette les solistes Aline Kutan, soprano, et le pianiste Stewart Goodyear, accompagnłęs de lĺ─˘Orchestre du Festival dirigłę par Jean-Marie Zeitouni.

Aline Kutan interprłętera 3 airs pour soprano colorature : Č┤ First and chief, on Golden Wing... Sweet Bird Ȭ, de Handel (extrait de Lĺ─˘Allegro, il penseroso ed il moderato), Č┤ Le ciel rayonne... łţ lłęgł«re hirondelle Ȭ, extrait de lĺ─˘opłęra Mireille de Gounod et Č┤ Le rossignol et la rose Ȭ, tirłę de lĺ─˘opłęra Parysatis de Saint-Sał┤ns. Le pianiste Stewart Goodyear soulignera lĺ─˘anniversaire Messiaen comme soliste dans Les oiseaux exotiques, alors que le programme sera complłętłę par la suite tirłęe de lĺ─˘Oiseau de feu de Stravinsky (version 1919), la Lłęgende no 2 : Saint-Franł▀ois dĺ─˘Assise - la prłędication aux oiseaux, de Liszt, orchestrłęe par Mottl et la crłęation de lĺ─˘ëýuvre La joie des grives du compositeur qułębłęcois Antoine Ouellette.

19 JUILLET - AU PIANO AVEC ALAIN LEFłÓVRE

Matinłęe - Classe de małĂtre au Musłęe dĺ─˘art de Joliette

Aprł«s-midi - Pyrotechnie pianistique par huit pianistes


Matthieu FORTIN, Ang LI, Daniel MORAN, Mathilde-Ariane PAGłÔ-BOUCHARD, Justine PELLETIER, Maneli PIRZADEH, Marie-Hłęlł«ne TREMPE, Darrett ZUSKO

GLINKA Ouverture de Russlan et Ludmilla (4 pianos)

LISZT Rłęminiscences de Don Juan (2 pianos)

Rhapsodie hongroise no 2 (2 pianos)

ARENSKY Suite pour 2 pianos, op. 15

RACHMANINOV Prłęlude en do dił«se mineur (2 pianos)

Polka italienne (2 pianos)

ARUTIUNIAN /

BABADJANIAN Rhapsodie armłęnienne (2 pianos)

LUTOSLAWSKI Variations Paganini (2 pianos)

CHOPIN łÔtude rłęvolutionnaire (3 pianos)

BOLCOM The Garden of Eden (extraits)

POULENC Capriccio dĺ─˘aprł«s Le bal masqułę (2 pianos)

DUKAS Lĺ─˘apprenti sorcier (2 pianos)

        WILBERG Fantaisie sur des thł«mes de Carmen dĺ─˘aprł«s Bizet (2 pianos, 8 mains)

Soir - Alain Lefł«vre partage la scł«ne

ORCHESTRE DU FESTIVAL

Daniel Myssyk, direction

Bach Concerto pour 4 pianos, BWV 1060

        Katherine CHI, Jimmy BRIłÓRE, Darrett ZUSKO, Ang LI

      Concerto pour 2 pianos nČâ3, en do mineur, BWV 1060

        Maneli PIRZADEH, Daniel MORAN

Mozart Concerto pour 3 pianos, en fa majeur, K.242

        Alain Lefł«vre, Jimmy Brił«re, Marie-Hłęlł«ne Trempe

      Concerto pour 2 pianos, en mi błęmol majeur, K. 365

        Richard Raymond, Katherine Chi

LE 1ER AOł§T - CHRISTIAN GERHAHER CHANTE MOZART

ORCHESTRE BAROQUE DE FREIBURG

Gottfried VON DER GOLTZ, direction

Christian GERHAHER, baryton

Lorenzo COPPOLA, cor de basset

Teunis VAN DER ZWART, cor

MOZART Symphonie no 34 en do majeur, K. 388

Symphonie no 36 en do majeur, K. 425 Č┤ Linz Ȭ

Concerto pour clarinette en la majeur, K. 622

Concerto pour cor et orchestre no 1 en rłę majeur, K. 412

Č┤ Rivolgete a lui lo sguardo Ȭ (Extrait de lĺ─˘opłęra CosłĘ fan tutte)

Č┤ Non pił╝ andrai Ȭ (Extrait de lĺ─˘opłęra Le nozze di Figaro)

Č┤ Se vuol ballare Ȭ (Extrait de lĺ─˘opłęra Le nozze di Figaro)

Č┤ Hai gia vinta la causa Ȭ (Extrait de lĺ─˘opłęra Le nozze di Figaro)

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Le Conservatoire de musique et d'art dramatique du Qułębec nomme Nicolas Desjardins au poste de directeur głęnłęral

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18 fłęvrier 2008 - Le Conservatoire de musique et d'art dramatique du Qułębec nomme Nicolas Desjardins au poste de directeur głęnłęral

Madame Francine Grłęgoire, prłęsidente du conseil dĺ─˘administration du Conservatoire de musique et dĺ─˘art dramatique du Qułębec, est trł«s heureuse dĺ─˘annoncer la nomination de monsieur Nicolas Desjardins, le 14 fłęvrier 2008, au poste de directeur głęnłęral du Conservatoire.

Rappelons que Nicolas Desjardins occupait le poste de directeur głęnłęral du Conservatoire de musique et dĺ─˘art dramatique du Qułębec depuis aoł¬t 1998. Il a lui-młüme participłę aux travaux menant łŢ lĺ─˘adoption par lĺ─˘Assemblłęe nationale, en juin 2006, du projet de loi no 11 modifiant la Loi sur le Conservatoire de musique et dĺ─˘art dramatique du Qułębec pour en faire une sociłętłę publique, et en vertu de laquelle le conseil dĺ─˘administration devait nommer un directeur głęnłęral łŢ la tłüte du Conservatoire.

M. Desjardins a une longue feuille de route comme artiste de la scł«ne et administrateur. Ayant fait ses łętudes au Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal, oł╝ il obtenait un Prix de clarinette en 1977, il a łętudiłę la clarinette et clarinette basse, de 1976 łŢ 1980, łŢ New York, auprł«s de Vincent Abato et łŢ lĺ─˘Universitłę McGill, auprł«s dĺ─˘Emilio Iacurto. En 1986, il obtenait un Diploma in Institutional Administration de lĺ─˘Universitłę Concordia. De 1991 łŢ 1998, M. Desjardins a dirigłę les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada et la Fondation des Jeunesses Musicales. Il est membre fondateur de lĺ─˘Orchestre Młętropolitain du Grand Montrłęal et sił«ge, depuis 1980, łŢ plusieurs conseils dĺ─˘administration dĺ─˘organismes łŢ vocation culturelle.

Enfin, M. Desjardins a collaborłę de fał▀on importante au projet de relogement permanent des deux conservatoires montrłęalais ĺ─ţ musique et art dramatique ĺ─ţ, dont les travaux sont actuellement en cours de rłęalisation et se termineront en janvier 2009.

Č┤ Au nom de tous les membres du conseil dĺ─˘administration, je tiens łŢ vous fłęliciter sincł«rement et łŢ vous rłęitłęrer notre appui łŢ tous dans la rłęalisation de votre mandat qui marque une nouvelle łętape dłęterminante dans le dłęploiement de notre institution Ȭ, de conclure madame Grłęgoire.

Pour en savoir plus sur le Conservatoire et la composition du conseil dĺ─˘administration, consultez notre site Web : www.conservatoire.gouv.qc.ca

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

[Quebec] Mireille Proulx en mars

Tournłęe de Mireille Proulx en Abitibi-Tłęmiscamingue

Montrłęal, le 5 fłęvrier 2008 ĺ─ý La violoniste et compositeure de jazz Mireille Proulx donnera trois concerts en Abitibi-Tłęmiscamingue au mois de mars: au Thłęłótre des Eskers dĺ─˘Amos le 11, łŢ la Salle Fłęlix-Leclerc de Val dĺ─˘Or le 12, ainsi quĺ─˘au Thłęłótre du Cuivre de Rouyn-Noranda le 13.

Qualifiłęe dĺ─˘inclassable et bourrłęe de talent, Mireille Proulx met sa solide formation classique au service du jazz, quĺ─˘elle aborde avec une łęlłęgance et un goł¬t trł«s sł¬r. Ses compositions nous livrent une musique tour łŢ tour sensuelle, audacieuse, contemplative et passionnłęe.

Au programme on entendra des ëýuvres extraites des remarquables albums qui ont valu łŢ la musicienne la reconnaissance spontanłęe du public et de la critique ĺ─ý Il y avait des płęlicans, Infini rendez-vous et Le Jardin de Nuit ĺ─ý ainsi que des ëýuvres inłędites.

Mireille Proulx sera accompagnłęe au piano par John Sadowy.

Le Thłęłótre des Eskers est situłę au 182, 1ł«re rue Est łŢ Amos.

Pour information : 819-732-9233.

La Salle Fłęlix-Leclerc est situłęe au 600, 7ił«me rue łŢ Val dĺ─˘or.

Renseignements : 819-825-3060.

Le Thłęłótre du Cuivre est situłę au 145 rue Taschereau Ouest łŢ Rouyn-Noranda.

On sĺ─˘informe au 819-797-7133.

Tous ces concerts dłębutent łŢ 20 heures.

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Source : Les Productions Ars Musica inc. ĺ─ý Tłęlłęphone et tłęlłęcopieur : (514) 937-1152

Mireille Proulx on tour in Abitibi-Temiscamingue

Montreal, February 5, 2008 ĺ─ý Jazz violinist and composer Mireille Proulx will be giving three recitals in Abitibi-Tłęmiscamingue during the month of March: at Thłęłótre des Eskers in Amos on the 11th, at Salle Fłęlix-Leclerc in Val dĺ─˘Or on the 12th, and at Thłęłótre du Cuivre in Rouyn-Noranda on the 13th.

Described as unclassifiable and overflowing with talent, Mireille Proulx puts her rock-solid classical training at the service of jazz, to which she brings an elegance and irreproachable taste. Her compositions deliver a music that is by turns sensual, daring, contemplative and impassioned.

The program will consist of excerpts from three remarkable albums that have delighted the public and critics alike ĺ─ý Il y avait des płęlicans, Infini rendez-vous and Le Jardin de Nuit ĺ─ý in addition to new works.

Mireille Proulx will be accompanied on the piano by John Sadowy.

Thłęłótre des Eskers is located at 182 1ł«re rue Est in Amos.

For information: 819-732-9233.

Salle Fłęlix-Leclerc is located at 600 7ił«me rue in Val dĺ─˘or.

For information: 819-825-3060.

Thłęłótre du Cuivre is located at 145 rue Taschereau Ouest in Rouyn-Noranda.

For information: 819-797-7133.

All concerts begin at 8 p.m.

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Source: Les Productions Ars Musica Inc. ĺ─ý Telephone and fax: (514) 937-1152

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Thursday, February 14, 2008

[Montrłęal] "L'Odyssłęe d'Alfred le serpent" avec l'Atelier de percussion de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal

Montrłęal, le 14 fłęvrier 2008 ĺ─ý Son Excellence Alfred le Serpent a le grand plaisir de vous convier au prochain concert de l'Atelier de percussion de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal, sous la direction de Julien Grłęgoire, le jeudi 28 fłęvrier prochain, łŢ 19 h 30, łŢ la salle Claude-Champagne. Intitulłę L'ODYSSłÔE D'ALFRED LE SERPENT, ce concert rłęunira deux ëýuvres de Myke Roy.

Composłę en 1988, Les enfants, c'est comme des fours micro-ondes : pas de cëýur est un stłęrłęo-drame pour deux exłęcutants ou plus. Dłędiłę łŢ Julien Grłęgoire, percussionniste de renom et codirecteur de l'Atelier de percussion de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal, ainsi qu'łŢ Vincent Dhavernas, cette pił«ce de thłęłótre musical a łętłę crłęłęe en 1988 dans le cadre d'un concert de la Sociłętłę de musique contemporaine du Qułębec. Imaginłęe łŢ partir du jeu de comłędiens des deux percussionnistes pour lesquels elle a łętłę łęcrite, cette pił«ce est un vłęritable spectacle dans lequel se cłątoient łŢ parts łęgales la musique et le thłęłótre.

Lansdtaad Myr ou L'Odyssłęe d'Alfred le serpent a initialement łętłę une commande de l'ensemble de percussions de l'Universitłę McGill. łÔcrite łŢ l'origine en 1978 en cinq tomes, le compositeur y a ajoutłę un sixił«me tome en 2007. Cette ëýuvre rłęunit un ensemble imposant d'instruments de percussions provenant des quatre coins du monde, ce qui rend son interprłętation complexe. Ce prochain concert de l'Atelier de percussion permettra donc d'assister, en quelque sorte, łŢ la crłęation mondiale de l'ëýuvre.

Pour la production de cet łęvłęnement, l'Atelier de percussion s'est adjoint la collaboration des artistes Michel G. Barette łŢ la mise en scł«ne et de Marie-Eve Pageau łŢ la conception des łęclairages.

Myke Roy

Nłę en 1950, Myke Roy est compositeur et ingłęnieur du son. Diplłąmłę de l'łÔcole supłęrieure de musique de Nicolet, il a łętudiłę la composition łŢ l'Universitłę de Montrłęal, notamment avec Serge Garant. Menant une triple carrił«re de compositeur, płędagogue et ingłęnieur du son, Myke Roy a, entre autres, travaillłę au Studio de musique łęlectronique de l'Universitłę McGill, au laboratoire de musique łęlectroacoustique de l'UQTR, oł╝ il a enseignłę aussi l'acoustique, l'łęlectroacoustique et la perception auditive. Sonorisateur rłęgulier des concerts de la SMCQ et de l'ACREQ, il a łętłę nommłę, en 1987, coordonnateur du secteur łęlectroacoustique de la Facultłę de musique de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal. Boursier łŢ plusieurs reprises du Conseil des Arts du Canada, Myke Roy a produit une cinquantaine d'ëýuvres: musique instrumentale, łęlectroacoustique, thłęłótre musical et multimłędia. Rłęcipiendaire de nombreuses distinctions telles que la bourse Sir Ernest MacMillan de l'Association des compositeurs, auteurs et łęditeurs du Canada (CAPAC) ainsi que le Prix Robert Fleming du Conseil canadien de la musique, il est compositeur agrłęłę du Centre de musique canadienne. Sa pił«ce Tsłę Tnant/Te Deum a łętłę enregistrłęe sous la direction de Lorraine Vaillancourt tandis que Lansdtaad Myr ou L'Odyssłęe d'Alfred le serpent pour neuf percussions a łętłę gravłęe par la SMCQ sous łętiquette Radio-Canada.

Michel Barette

Artiste pluridisciplinaire, Michel Barette a beaucoup ëýuvrłę dans les arts du cirque, ayant notamment fait partie de l'łęquipe originale du Cirque du Soleil, de 1985 łŢ 1988. Aprł«s avoir fondłę sa propre compagnie, Zakouski, il conł▀oit et produit des spectacles au Canada et en Europe. Il a notamment dirigłę la pił«ce Variłętłę de Mauricio Kagel, prłęsentłęe au Musłęe d'art contemporain de Montrłęal (1992) et au Centre national des Arts d'Ottawa (1994), conł▀u et dirigłę Cirque Parasol, spectacle de cirque contemporain, łŢ Ottawa et Vancouver (1998). Il est consultant łŢ la programmation en arts de la rue pour le Festival international d'łętłę de Qułębec depuis 1993. Ses mises en scł«ne incluent łęgalement plusieurs spectacles de La Bottine Souriante ainsi que la conception et la mise en scł«ne de spectacles du Big Apple Circus de New York.

Marie-Eve Pageau

Conceptrice de dłęcors et d'łęclairages, Marie-Eve est diplłąmłęe de l'łÔcole supłęrieure de thłęłótre de l'UQAM. Dernił«rement, elle a conł▀u les łęclairages pour Le Feuilleton (mise en scł«ne de Salomłę Corbo), Les Escaliers du Sacrłę-Cëýur (mise en scł«ne de Philippe Cyr), et pour Tableaux d'une exposition, prłęsentłę par l'Orchestre Młętropolitain (mise en scł«ne d'Alain Fournier).

L'Atelier de percussion de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal

Fondłę en 1975 par Robert Leroux, l'Atelier de percussion de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal est essentiellement formłę des łętudiants de la classe de percussion de la Facultłę de musique et, occasionnellement, de ses diplłąmłęs. Parallł«lement łŢ une saison acadłęmique bien remplie, l'ensemble se produit rłęgulił«rement sous l'auspice d'organismes professionnels tels que la SMCQ, la Sociłętłę Radio-Canada, les Concerts Arts-Qułębec, le Centre d'Arts Orford, Vues d'Afrique et les Journłęes de la Sociłętłę internationale de musique contemporaine. En 2007, l'Atelier de percussion de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal a prłęsentłę deux concerts consacrłęs łŢ la musique du compositeur amłęricain Steve Reich, dont un au Spectrum de Montrłęal, dans le cadre de la saison rłęgulił«re de la Sociłętłę de musique contemporaine du Qułębec.

L'ODYSSłÔE D'ALFRED LE SERPENT

ëÝuvres de Myke Roy pour ensemble de percussion

Les enfants, c'est comme des fours micro-ondes : pas de cëýur (1988)

stłęrłęo-drame pour deux (ou plus) exłęcutants-percussionnistes

Lansdtaad Myr ou L'Odyssłęe d'Alfred le serpent, en six tomes (1978, 2007)

pour neuf percussionnistes

Le jeudi 28 fłęvrier 2008 ĺ─ý 19 h 30

Salle Claude Champagne : 220, Vincent d'Indy (młętro łÔdouard-Montpetit)

12 $, 10 $ (ainłęs), gratuit (łętudiants)

Billetterie ADMISSION : 514.790.1245

Renseignements : 514.343.6427 ou www.musique.umontreal.ca

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Source :

Julie Fortier

Facultłę de musique ĺ─ý Universitłę de Montrłęal

514.343.6365 - julie.c.fortier@umontreal.ca

L'Atelier d'opłęra et l'Orchestre de l'UdeM prłęsentent Die Fledermaus, du 20 au 23 fłęvrier 2008

(La Chauve-Souris)

opłęrette en trois actes

de Johann Strauss fils (1825ĺ─ý1899)

Livret adaptłę par Carl Haffner et Richard Genłęe

Direction : Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest

Mise en scł«ne : Marie-Nathalie Lacoursił«re

Montrłęal, le 5 fłęvrier 2008 ĺ─ý L'Atelier d'opłęra et l'Orchestre de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal (OUM) prłęsenteront l'opłęrette Die Fledermaus (La Chauve-Souris), de Johann Strauss fils, du 20 au 23 fłęvrier 2008, łŢ 19 h 30, łŢ la salle Claude-Champagne de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal. La direction musicale sera assurłęe par Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest et la mise en scł«ne par Marie-Nathalie Lacoursił«re. L'łęquipe de concepteurs est complłętłęe par Robin Wheeler, directeur de l'Atelier d'opłęra de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal, Carl Pelletier łŢ la scłęnographie, Marc Słęnłęcal łŢ la conception des costumes et Nicolas Descoteaux łŢ celle des łęclairages.

Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest, chef et directeur artistique de l'OUM, ne tarit pas d'łęloges sur Die Fledermaus, vłęritable chef-d'ëýuvre, selon lui, incarnant la quintessence de l'łęlłęgance et de la finesse viennoises.

Č┤ Si Johann Strauss est bien connu pour son art dans l'łęcriture de valses et de polkas, dans Die Fledermaus, il a magistralement dłępassłę les contraintes inhłęrentes łŢ ces styles pour les transcender en quelque chose qui touche łŢ la perfection, Ȭ souligne le chef.

L'intrigueĺ─Â

Le livret de Die Fledermaus est basłę sur la pił«ce de thłęłótre La Prison (Die Geffłžgnis) et son adaptation franł▀aise par Henri Meilhac et Ludovic Halłęry, Le Rłęveillon, que Richard Genłęe et Karl Hoffner adapteront pour l'orchestration de Strauss. L'histoire raconte l'łóme humaine dans tout ce qu'elle a d'essentiel : ses joies, bassesses, dłęfauts et espoirsĺ─Â

L'intrigue met en scł«ne plusieurs personnages de la Vienne bourgeoise. Eisenstein ayant, une nuit, abandonnłę dans la rue son ami Falke, ivre mort et dłęguisłę en chauve-souris, va faire les frais de sa vengeance. Devant purger une peine de prison de huit jours, Eisenstein se laisse convaincre par Falke de festoyer chez le prince Orlofsky avant de se rendre au gełąlier. Sa femme Rosalinde participe łęgalement łŢ la soirłęe, dłęguisłęe en comtesse hongroise. Son mari ne la reconnałĂt pas, et, la prenant pour une autre, tente de la słęduire. Le directeur de la prison, Franck, venu chercher Eisenstein plus tłąt mais ayant, sans le savoir, embarqułę un amant de Rosalinde, se rend chez le prince Orlofsky, oł╝ il se lie d'amitiłę avec Eisenstein, connu ici comme le marquis Renard. Tout ce joyeux monde festoie, rejoint par d'autres convives, comme la camłęriste de Rosalinde, dłęguisłęe en artiste. ł─ l'heure fatidique, Eisenstein quitte la soirłęe pour se rendre en prison, lieu oł╝ toutes les vłęritłęs łęclateront, en młüme temps que se reconnałĂtront les diffłęrents personnages, sous leurs vłęritables traits. Le docteur Falke en profitera pour leur annoncer qu'ils ont tous Č┤ assistłę łŢ la vengeance d'une chauve-souris. Ȭ

C'est donc łŢ un voyage enchanteur, loufoque et intense que vous convient l'Atelier d'opłęra et l'Orchestre de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal.

Fils de Johann Strauss I, Johann Strauss II dłębute sa carrił«re de compositeur et de chef d'orchestre łŢ la tłüte d'un ensemble de 24 musiciens. Le premier concert de cet orchestre, dont le programme est composłę d'ëýuvres de Johann Strauss pł«re ainsi que de celles de son fils, remporte un vif succł«s et Johann Strauss II est aussitłąt considłęrłę comme un grand compositeur viennois. Il sillonne bientłąt l'Europe tout entił«re łŢ la tłüte de cet orchestre, ne cessant jamais d'en enrichir le rłępertoire. Johann Strauss II passe rapidement małĂtre en matił«re de composition de valses, polkas et autres marches et encore aujourd'hui, est considłęrłę comme une rłęfłęrence en matił«re de musique classique lłęgł«re. Son art a marqułę les grands compositeurs allemands des łępoques postłęrieures. Ainsi, Berg, Schoenberg ou Webern ont transcrit ses valses pour quatuors łŢ cordes.

Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest rallie aussi bien l'opinion du public que de la critique. On parle de lui comme d'un chef spectaculaire, extrłümement łęnergique, prłęcis et exaltant. Ses interprłętations sont caractłęrisłęes par une łęmotion profonde ainsi que par un sens aigu de la structure. Il est fondateur, chef et directeur artistique de l'Orchestre de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal. Il est łęgalement chef en rłęsidence de l'Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal, en plus d'avoir łętłę directeur artistique et chef principal de l'Orchestre symphonique de Laval et de l'ensemble Thirteen Strings d'Ottawa de nombreuses annłęes. En plus de diriger l'OUM, il enseigne la direction d'orchestre łŢ la Facultłę de musique de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal.

Marie-Nathalie Lacoursił«re possł«de une formation en musique, en thłęłótre et en danse ancienne. En tant que danseuse, chorłęgraphe, comłędienne et metteure en scł«ne, elle a participłę łŢ plusieurs festivals et collaborłę avec plusieurs ensembles, dont l'ensemble Caprice, Les Idłęes heureuses, le Studio de musique ancienne de Montrłęal (opłęra Dido and Aeneas), le Festival Montrłęal Baroque et l'ensemble Arion. ł─ l'opłęra, elle a signłę la mise en scł«ne de Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria (Monteverdi) et Les Jeux de l'Amour (Molił«re-Lully) łŢ l'Universitłę McGill, de Mozart a Milano avec l'Acadłęmie Baroque de Montrłęal et de L'incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi) łŢ l'Universitłę de Montrłęal.

Die Fledermaus

de Johann Strauss fils

prłęsentłę par

l'Atelier d'opłęra et l'Orchestre de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal

Direction : Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest

Mise en scł«ne : Marie-Nathalie Lacoursił«re

Direction de l'Atelier d'opłęra : Robin Wheeler

Scłęnographie : Carl Pelletier

Costumes : Marc Słęnłęcal

łÔclairages : Nicolas Descoteaux

Du 20 au 23 fłęvrier 2008 ĺ─ý 19 h 30
Salle Claude-Champagne : 220, avenue Vincent-d'Indy, Montrłęal (młętro łÔdouard-Montpetit)

22 $, 20 $ (ałĂnłęs), 10 $ (łętudiants)

Billetterie ADMISSION : 514.790.1245
Renseignements : 514.343.6427

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Source :

Julie Fortier

Conseillł«re en communication

Facultłę de musique ĺ─ý Universitłę de Montrłęal

514.343.6365

julie.c.fortier@umontreal.ca

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

[Montreal] Infinitheatre presents Trevor Ferguson's ZARATHUSTRA SAID SOME THINGS, NO?

Infinitheatre presents Trevor Ferguson's
ZARATHUSTRA SAID SOME THINGS, NO?
Thłęłótre La Chapelle, March 15 - 30, 2008
Directed by Guy Sprung
Starring Lina Roessler & Brett Watson

TICKETS: (514-843-7738) or
billetterie@lachapelle.org
"Lina Roessler and Brett Watson are astonishingly powerful" - nytheatre.com
"the best you will see on the off-Broadway stage this year." - blogcritics.org
"you won't find better performances by actors anywhere" - onoffoff.com

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[Toronto] The Barry Elmes Quintet York Uĺ─˘s Faculty Concert Series - Feb 28

The Barry Elmes Quintet brings "contemporary jazz at its best" to York U's Faculty Concert Series

Toronto, February 13, 2008: Acclaimed jazz drummer Barry Elmes, Chair of York University's Music Department, brings his quintet to centre stage on February 28 for the season finale of York's Faculty Concert Series. The concert, featuring new compositions by Elmes plus selections from the ensemble's recorded repertoire, will take place at 7:30pm in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall at York. The performance will be recorded for a future CD release.

Hailed as "contemporary jazz at its best..." (The Toronto Star), the Barry Elmes Quintet comprises a 'who's who' of Canadian jazz. Alongside bandleader and composer Elmes, the ensemble features his York U colleagues Mike Murley (saxophones) and Kevin Turcotte (trumpet, flugelhorn), plus Reg Schwager (guitar) and Steve Wallace (bass).

The quintet has toured and recorded in Canada and internationally for more than 15 years, gathering accolades all the way. "This band has it all: heat, elan and humour", said The Globe and Mail. A two-time winner of the National Jazz Awards "Acoustic Jazz Group of the Year", the group has released four recordings, including the critically-acclaimed Climbing, which was nominated for a Juno for best jazz recording. Their most recent CD, The Five Minute Warning, received an Indie Award nomination for best jazz recording.

Barry Elmes has been a mainstay of the Canadian jazz scene since the early 1980s. An internationally-known drummer, composer, producer, recording artist and educator, he has performed all over the world and can be heard on more than 60 CDs. Renowned jazz artists he has played and/or recorded with include Dizzy Gillespie, Tommy Flanagan, Charlie Haden, Hank Crawford, Diana Krall, Joe Henderson, John Abercrombie, Phil Nimmons and the Moe Koffman Quintet. Performance highlights include his 1994 tour with the Oliver Jones Trio on the Governor-General's tour of China, Japan and Korea; appearances in
South Africa and Brazil with the Canadian Jazz Giants in 1996; and a Chilean tour with the Barry Elmes Quintet in 2000 followed by the ensemble's 10th anniversary cross-Canada tour in 2001.

In addition to the Barry Elmes Quintet CDs, Elmes' discography includes recordings by the contemporary jazz quartet Time Warp, which he co-founded and co-leads with his fellow faculty member, Al Henderson (who heads York University's jazz studies program). He presides over the independent jazz label, Cornerstone Records, and performs frequently at major festivals and jazz clubs. His honours include five Jazz Report Awards.

Elmes has inspired a generation of young musicians at York University. He taught part-time for 20 years in York's jazz program before joining the full-time faculty in the Department of Music in 2004.

Declared "one of the key players of his generation" (The Globe and Mail), Mike Murley is recognized as one of Canada's finest jazz talents. Very active as a bandleader and sideman on the local jazz scene, he is an eight-time winner of the Jazz Report's "saxophonist of the year" distinction, and has nine Juno Award-winning recordings to his credit. He is an alumnus of York's Music Department, where he currently teaches.

Kevin Turcotte likewise teaches in York's jazz program. Widely regarded as a virtuoso performer, he has been named "jazz trumpeter of the year" multiple times by the Jazz Report. He has performed on over 50 recordings, and has toured widely in North America, South America, Italy and Russia. He has appeared with the Jean Martin Trio, Hemispheres New Music Ensemble, Andrew Downing's Attention Span, and many other groups.

Reg Schwager has toured extensively across Canada and worldwide with George Shearing, Diana Krall, Peter Appleyard, Rob McConnell and many others, and has over 80 recordings to his credit. CDs released under his own name include Resonance, Border Town and Live at Mezzetta. He has been the recipient of the Guitarist of the Year award from Canada's National Jazz Awards for three consecutive years (2005, 2006 and 2007). Bassist Steve Wallace has performed with such international luminaries as Clark Terry, Harry 'Sweets' Edison, Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis, George Coleman, Zoot Sims, and Pepper Adams, and has recorded and toured with some of the biggest names in Canadian jazz including Oscar Peterson, Oliver Jones, Fraser MacPherson and Rob McConnell. He currently plays in numerous Toronto groups including recent Juno winners, the David Braid Sextet, Rob McConnell Tentet and Mike Murley Trio.

What: Barry Elmes Quintet
When: Thurs. Feb 28 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


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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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[Montreal] Ireland's Own Carmel O'Reilly Tonite!- at Theatre Ste. Catherine Mar.4-9

Press Release

For Immediate Release


Kick off Montreal's Irish season with the irrepressible Carmel O'Reilly

Derry Queen

Presents

Ireland's Own Carmel O'Reilly Tonite!

A new play by Colleen Curran

Directed by Corey Castle

Tuesday, March 4 Č˝ Sunday, March 9

Seven shows only


Montreal, February 2008 Č˝ Don't miss this big Irish party in a little black box. Ireland's Own Carmel O'Reilly Tonite! is Colleen Curran's rollicking new comedy with music, from March 4 to 9, playing at Theatre Ste. Catherine.


The year is 1998, the place is Ireland. Outside, the Celtic Tiger is roaring to beat the band. Inside the concert lounge of Ballymalarkey Castle, cabaret star Carmel O'Reilly and her accompanist/brother, Michael, are getting ready for another busload of North American tourists eager for a relaxing evening of ballads, banter and blarney. But tonight's performance may not be quite the song and dance anyone on this coach tour had in mind.


Montreal playwright, novelist and actor Colleen Curran takes us to an Ireland of yore and lore, where O'Reilly's Hollywood vision of brassy redheads, Bing Crosby and The Quiet Man collides with real life and a contemporary Eire of U2, The Commitments and Dublin sprawl.


Curran describes the inspiration behind her newest work, "The song and dance that Carmel puts on is very much what tourists used to think Ireland was. This is not the case any more; especially in light of the economic boom so grand that Ireland's new nickname became the Celtic Tiger." She continues, "While Ireland has moved on, Carmel O'Reilly has not. If there's any hope of the two Ireland's meeting, it's via Carmel O'Reilly."


Corey Castle directs Colleen Curran and Glenn Roy (with a cameo appearance by Janis Kirshner) in this funny and endearing play that will have the audience up on their feet, singing along and winning prizes to boot! Castle appreciates the universality of the piece; "There's something about seeing the little guy/gal succeed against all odds that is timeless." Set design by Bertrand Simard. Costumes by Debbie McGlynn.


If Irish eyes are smiling, it's because of Carmel O'Reilly!

Ireland's Own Carmel O'Reilly Tonite!

By Colleen Curran

Tuesday, March 4-Sunday, March 9, 2008

Theatre Ste. Catherine

264 Ste-Catherine St. East (Metro Berri-UQAM)

Seven shows only!

Tuesday to Saturday 8:00 p.m.

Matinłęes: Saturday & Sunday 2:00 p.m.

$20 Regular / $17 Students, seniors, artists

Reservations: 514-284-3939 or reservations@theatrestecatherine.com


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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

[Montreal] OSM open dress rehearsal "Hockey Lłęgends" - Feb. 20, 2008

Press release

February 6, 2008

Hockey Legends :

Open Dress Rehearsal

with

Kent Nagano, the Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal, Guy Lafleur, Henri Richard, Yvan Cournoyer, Pierre Bouchard, Stłęphane Quintal, Rłęjean Houle

Montreal, January 26, 2008 ĺ─ţTo satisfy demand, the Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal offers the unique opportunity of attending the dress rehearsal of the Hockey Legends concert on February 20 at 10 am. Following the rehearsal, artists and hockey players will be available to meet the press. A new work entitled Les Glorieux, directed by Denis Bouchard to music by Franł▀ois Dompierre and words by Georges-Hłębert Germain, will bring together great players of yesterday and today. Whether on stage or on a giant screen, Henri Richard, Guy Lafleur, Yvan Cournoyer, Pierre Bouchard, Stłęphane Quintal, Rłęjean Houle and others will be the heroes of the evening.

OSM music director Kent Nagano is conducting this unusual concert, a true encounter of symphonic music and the collective imagination of Qułębec. "All of us need heroes," Maestro Nagano explains. "Heroes inspire us, they motivate us and they stimulate us to outdo ourselves. The OSM and the Montreal Canadiens are two great institutions that have many similarities. Think of the years of training, the discipline, the team spirit and the high level of performance that are demanded of orchestra musicians and professional hockey players." After the tributes to General Romłęo Dallaire, to Terry Fox and to Norman McLaren, this "Hockey Legends" concert further confirms the OSM music director's eagerness to carry symphonic music to the community.

For Pierre Boivin, president of the Club de hockey Canadien, the concert is a mark of distinction: "The Club de hockey Canadien is both honoured and proud to be associated with the Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal and with Maestro Kent Nagano, and to be surrounded by collaborators as illustrious as Franł▀ois Dompierre and Georges-Hłębert Germain in a unique cultural event that combines our national sport, its heroes of the past and the present day, and music by composers of such great renown. These two Montreal traditions ĺ─ý the OSM and the Club de hockey Canadien ĺ─ý together make up a team of the highest level, which can only enhance the status of Montreal as a city of sports and culture par excellence."

For several generations, evocation of "the Habs" has excited in Montrealers every possible emotion and opinion. Well-known composer Franł▀ois Dompierre will take us back to the good old days of the Forum as he indulges in dialogue with the Orchestra from the keyboard of an organ while a young actor imagined by Georges-Hłębert Germain (and played by Lucien Ratio) recounts his dream of becoming a star player.

In the first part of the concert, the OSM and Kent Nagano will perform a few excerpts from łÔrik Satie's Sports et divertissements (in an orchestration by Rłęgis Campo), a series of descriptive pieces originally for piano and evoking equally validly the pleasures of golf, of tennis and of flirtation in the most festive possible spirit. The evening will open with Richard Strauss's monumental symphonic poem Ein Heldenleben (A Hero's Life).

Air Canada Words and Music Concerts

Hockey Legends

February 20

OPEN DRESS REHEARSAL AT 10 AM

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

Tickets go on sale for 30 $ on www.osm.ca or at 514-842-9951.

Source: Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal

Information: Lucie Paquin, Head of Media Relations

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[New York] Celebrating Harold Schiffman on March 9 at the Morgan Library & Museum

Harold Schiffman at 80!
performers will include

Gail Seaton, soprano; Jane Perry-Camp, piano;
The North/South Consonance Ensemble

Sunday, March 9 at 3 PM

The Morgan Library & Museum

225 Madison Ave (at 36th St)
New York City

Free Admission ĺ─ý RESERVATIONS REQUIRED!
E-mail reservation requests to ns.concerts@att.net
or

http://www.northsouthmusic.org


North/South Consonance, Inc. will mark the 80th birthday of the distinguished American composer Harold Schiffman on Sunday afternoon March 9.

The program will include vocal and instrumental works by Mr. Schiffman written between 1951 and 2007.

The concert will start at 3 PM and will take place at the Gilder Lehrman Hall at The Morgan Library & Museum (225 Madison Ave) in Manhattan.

While admission to the event is free, reservations are required.

E-mail reservation requests directed to ns.concerts@att.net will be accepted until Friday evening, March 7.

Harold Schiffman (b. 1928; Greensboro, NC) studied composition with Roger Sessions and Ernst von Dohnł░nyi. Following three years of service in the army, Schiffman joined the faculty of Florida State University in 1959 where he taught until 1983.

Schiffman has composed in virtually all media and has received commissions from among others, the Artea Chamber Orchestra in San Francisco; the North/South Chamber Orchestra in New York; the Mallarmłę Chamber Players in North Carolina; and the GyłĆr Philharmonic in Hungary.

In addition to performances throughout the US, Schiffman's music has been performed in Europe, Latin America and the Far East. A member of ASCAP, His publishers include Associated/G. Schirmer; Southern Music Co.; Robert King/Alphonse Leduc; and Harp Hungarica. His works are available on the Centaur and North/South Recordings labels.

The March 9 program will feature the premiere of Blood Mountain, a song-cycle based on poetry by Kathryn Stripling Byer, North Carolina's state poet. The recently completed song-cycle will be performed by soprano Gayle Seaton and pianist Jane Perry-Camp. Ms. Seaton is a versatile singer who has performed many operatic roles and now directs the Music Theatre Program at Florida State University. Pianist Jane Perry-Camp studied with Edward Kilenyi and Ernst von Dohnł░ny. She has performed throughout the US and Europe and has recorded several Schiffman works.

The varied program will also include the world premiere of Duo Concertante for violin and clarinet; the Fantasy-Suite for solo viola; and Seven Bagatelles for flute and oboe. These works will be performed by members of the grammy nominated North/South Consonance Ensemble including Aaron Boyd, violin; Richard Goldmith, clarinet; Lisa Hansen, flute; Gary Hamme, oboe; and Ah-Ling Neu, viola.

The concert will conclude with a performance of Schiffman's monumnetal Sonata No. 1 for piano written in 1951. Pianist Max Lifchitz ĺ─ý who the American Record Guide referred to as "one of America's finest exponents of American piano music" ĺ─ý will be the featured performer.

Mr. Schiffman will be on hand to introduce his works to the audience. He will be joined by poet Kathryn Stripling Byer. All the artists will meet with the audience following the concert.

North/South Consonance's 2007-08 season is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. For further information about its activities, including concerts and recordings, please visit http://www.northsouthmusic.org


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Monday, February 11, 2008

[Vancouver] Choral Tapestry: Laudate Singers, March 8

For Immediate Release ĺ─ý February 11, 2008

LAUDATE SINGERS present

CHORAL TAPESTRY

Saturday March 8, 2008 ĺ─ý 8:00 pm

St. Andrewĺ─˘s United Church

10th & St. Georges, North Vancouver

Tickets ($25/$20) & Information: 604-831-3158

www.laudatesingers.com

In their first concert of 2008, Laudate Singers and conductor Lars Kaario weave a rich and lively Choral Tapestry out of music from across centuries and world cultures. The radiant sounds of the North Shoreĺ─˘s premier chamber choir will be accompanied by a colourful display of scarves, dresses, tapestries, dolls, kelp baskets and other art pieces by members of the Vancouver Guild of Fibre Arts.

The musical programme will feature the world premiere of a new work by Laudate Singersĺ─˘ award-winning young composer-in-residence Bruce Sled, as well as Gregorio Allegriĺ─˘s glorious medieval Miserere, Mei Deus, Samuel Barberĺ─˘s moving Agnus Dei, a trio of sacred pieces by 19th-century German composer Josef Rheinberger, Claude Debussyĺ─˘s Trois Chansons, and newer works by Einojuhani Rautavaara, Juhani Komulainen (both from Finland) and Vancouverĺ─˘s own Moshe Denburg.

Laudate Singers are pleased to join with local artists in creating this Choral Tapestry, full of vibrant textures both aural and visualĺ─Âa warm, bright blanket of sounds and colours.

Music to make your ears sing!

www.laudatesingers.com

Media Contact: Melanie Thompson, 604-224-6201 or melaniethompson@shaw.ca

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I, Claudia at the Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre- Mar. 16-Apr. 13

Hold the Dates!

The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre and Theatre and Co.

in association with Delav Consulting Inc.

Presents

I, Claudia

By Kristen Thomson

Directed by Leah Cherniak

Starring Michelle Polak

Incensed and incredulous at the adult world around her, Claudia is also fiercely funny about it.

Mark these dates in your spring calendar

Sunday, March 16 Č˝ Sunday, April 13, 2008

88.5 CBC Radio One presents the Sunday-@-the-Segal lecture for I, Claudia on Sunday, March 16, 11 a.m. With playwright/actor Kristen Thomson.

I, Claudia

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.

Matinłęes: Wednesdays, 1:00pm and Sundays, 2:00 pm

Reservations: (514) 739-7944

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Media call is Wednesday, March 12

Media opening night is Thursday, March 20

Press Release to follow

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

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Breiner and Feidman performing together

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 11th, 2008

Peter Breiner 3 in 1 - Conducts, Plays and Composes:

World premiere with special guest Giora Feidman

New York, NY ĺ─ý Two of Breiner's major compositions, Slovakian Dances. Some Crazy. Some Sad. and Concerto for Giora and Orchestra will have their premiere on March 6th, 2008 at the Kosice Spring Music Festival in Slovakia.

The Slovak State Philharmonic conducted by Peter Breiner, will present four out of sixteen Slovakian Dances. These represent a colourful addition to the long-lasting tradition of writing symphonic versions of folk songs and dances, akin to Brahms' Hungarian Dances and Dvorak's Slavonic Dances. "The inspiration for Slovakian Dances came through Klaus Heymann, the manager of Naxos, at the moment when he commissioned me to write the new instrumentation of Brahms' Hungarian Dances," says Breiner about the origin of his idea.

Concerto for Giora and Orchestra was inspired by no one less known than Giora Feidman, who is, fittingly so, playing the clarinet solo in this world premiere. Leonard Bernstein saluted: "Long live Giora, his clarinet and his music! He builds bridges between generations, cultures and classes, and he does it with perfect artistry!" Similarly, Giora enchanted Breiner to the extent of the Concerto creation. "This concerto is, in fact, a sinfonia concertante with an homage to formal plan of Mahler's 1st Symphony, but built on music blocks that both Giora and myself grew up with. That would be classical music, tango, klezmer, jazz ĺ─Â" declares Breiner. "I pick up the clarinet to share a message with mankind ĺ─Â and it is, of course, a spiritual message ĺ─Â" admits Feidman.

"There has not been anything for a long time I would look forward to as much as to this concert." confesses Breiner.

New York based Peter Breiner is a Canadian-Slovak composer, conductor, pianist and arranger. He is known internationally for a multiplicity of recordings, broadcasts, telecasts and concert appearances. He began to play the piano at the age of four.

Peter Breiner's original compositions include two symphonies, as well as orchestral, chamber and choral music. He is one of the most recorded classical musicians in the world. The upcoming release of three CDs ĺ─ý Janacek's Operatic Suites on Naxos arranged and conducted by Breiner will increase the account of his recordings over 150.

Breiner's clever arrangements are perhaps the best known. They include music of Bach, Tchaikovski, Gershwin, award-winning Baroque versions of the Beatles and a similar adaptation of Elvis Presley and of popular Christmas music. Breiner's distinctive arrangements of all national anthems were used during the Olympic Games in Athens 2004.

Breiner has conducted, often doubling as a pianist, the Royal Philharmonic in London, UK, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra National de Lille, France, to mention just a few.

Born and raised in Argentina, Giora Feidman grew up in the Jewish Klezmer tradition. After studies in classical music he joined the Israeli Philharmonic as the youngest appointed clarinettist. He presents his audience not only with a very personal interpretation of Klezmer, but with a boundless homage to life. Feidman has played with many world renowned orchestras such as, the Berlin Symphony Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra, the Munich Radio Orchestra, the Kronos Quartet and the Polish Chamber Philharmonic. Together with Itzak Perlman, he contributed to the soundtrack of Schindler's List. Giora will celebrate his March birthday by playing the solo in the world premiere of the composition carrying his name.

The Slovak State Philharmonic, Koë░ice was established in 1968. The Philharmonic achieved great successes with its concerts in many European countries but also in important cities of Asia and Mexico. The orchestra has performed at international music festivals held in important cultural centres of the world. In 1994 The Slovak State Philharmonic, Koë░ice was the first Slovak professional symphonic orchestra performing in North America.

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Media Contact:

Radka Poliakova, Sympho Inc.

Tel: 416-489-5038
E-mail:
symphoinc@sympatico.ca

Website: http://breiner.ca



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Friday, February 8, 2008

Showcasing Yuli Turovsky, James Ehnes, Ohad Naharin, Yannick Nezet-Seguin and Opera Moments on Art & Fine Living with Jona

February 8, 2008
For Immediate Release:


Art & Fine Living with Jona is a weekly radio program about classical arts, culture and upscale lifestyle trends, with a delightful mix of interviews, classical and jazz releases and educational series. This month, highlights include conversations with Israeli composer Ofer Ben-Amots; Cellist/conductor Yuli Turovsky; violinist James Ehnes; conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin; Jazz artist Bill Prouten and choregrapher Ohad Naharin. Recent interviews with violinist Jonathan Crow; opera vocalists Denis Sedov and Manon Feubel; film director Mike Newell and theatre director Daniel Brooks can be accessed and downloaded from Jona's page on the radio's website. The first segment in the Opera Moments series with Opera de Montreal Pierre Vachon can also be accessed from recent archives.
Art & Fine Living with Jona can be heard live on Radio Shalom CJRS 1650 AM on Sundays at 7pm and on Wednesdays at 3pm. Livestream on the radio website at: www.radio-shalom.ca, and archived on the show's page.

Contact:
Jona Rapoport
Media Partner of:
The Centaur Theatre Company
The Opera de Montreal
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Thursday, February 7, 2008

La Scena Musicale Fłęvrier 2008 - en distribution

Bon Nouvel An chinois!

Le numłęro de fłęvrier de La Scena Musicale, qui met en vedette le clarinettiste montrłęalais Andrłę Moisan, est disponible maintenant et peut łütre tłęlłęchargłę łŢ http://www.scena.org. Veuillez trouver l'łęditorial au bas de ce message.

Le numłęro de mars sera composłę de La SCENA ainsi que La Scena Musicale. Il comprendra le Guide des festivals des arts internationaux et le Guide des camps d'łętłę musicaux et artistiques. Voici les dates pour la production:
Le numłęro de printemps de The Music Scene Ontario sera en kiosque le 17 mars; les guides spłęciaux seront les Festivals Internationaux des Arts et les Camps d'łętłę pour la Musique et les Arts. Voici les dates pour la production:
  • guides spłęciaux : le 5 mars (guides@scena.org)
  • publicitłęs (rłęservation et maquette) : le 5 mars
  • en kiosque : le 17 mars
Renseignements : http://ads.scena.org

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łÔditorial (La Scena Musicale fłęvrier 2008)

Repensant łŢ l'annłęe 2007, je suis fascinłę par l'łęvolution de la technologie et l'accessibilitłę sans cesse croissante qu'elle permet. L'an dernier, le Met a profitłę des percłęes technologiques pour lancer les diffusions en direct de ses productions dans les salles de cinłęma du monde entier. L'łęclatant succł«s de l'entreprise en a surpris plus d'un et ce succł«s ne pourra qu'aller en s'accłęlłęrant en 2008, łętant donnłę que młüme les reprises des prłęsentations en HD remplissent partout les salles. LłŢ oł╝ il y a de l'argent łŢ faire, on peut s'attendre łŢ voir arriver la concurrence et bientłąt le Met ne sera plus seul dans ce marchłę (voir les Notes) - beau dilemme en perspective !

Je prłęvois que nous verrons cette annłęe une convergence des vieilles technologies avec Internet. Il existe maintenant plus de 50 000 chałĂnes de radio sur Internet, dont 5000 font jouer de la musique classique. Imaginez un radiorłęcepteur pouvant syntoniser 50 000 chałĂnes ! On trouve maintenant des rłęcepteurs de radio Internet sur le marchłę et LSM sera lłŢ pour vous guider dans ce nouvel univers de la musique.

Chef de file en musique et en arts en ligne, LSM continue łęgalement d'innover grłóce łŢ la technologie. Nous avons ajoutłę łŢ notre site Web un nouveau blogue (http://blog.scena.org) qui offre des nouvelles, des critiques et des commentaires (plus de 70 affichages dans notre premier mois) et, rłęcemment, des sections uniques comme les Anniversaires de musiciens (incluant certaines vidłęos) et le Fil de presse LSM (http://newswire.scena.org), un service gratuit pour diffuser des communiqułęs de presse se rapportant łŢ la musique et aux arts (plus de 80 communiqułęs affichłęs en un mois). En outre, toutes nos critiques de CD sont maintenant publiłęes en ligne avant młüme la sortie de la version imprimłęe du magazine. D'autres services s'ajouteront bientłąt łŢ l'intention de la communautłę artistique. En mars, nous lancerons une section Č┤ Nouveautłęs Ȭ (pour les CD, DVD, livres, instruments et accessoires) dans notre magazine imprimłę et en ligne.

Ce mois-ci, l'article-vedette est un portrait du clarinettiste Andrłę Moisan qui cłęlł«bre ses 30 ans avec l'OSM. Le rłęcit de sa lutte pour vaincre le stress est particulił«rement łęclairant. Nous prłęsentons aussi l'łętoile montante Julie Boulianne, qui sera en fłęvrier la Rosine de Rossini łŢ l'Opłęra de Montrłęal.

Nous poursuivons notre słęrie sur le compositeur Claude Vivier et, en hommage aux hłęros de la musique, nous nous penchons sur la vie de Maria Callas d'un point de vue psychologique. Nous soulignons łęgalement la disparition de deux grands noms de la musique, Karlheinz Stockhausen et Oscar Peterson.

Ce numłęro fait enfin le bilan de la 11e łędition du Gala annuel des prix Opus prłęsentłęs par le Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique (CQM), oł╝ on rendu hommage au musicien et compositeur Otto Joachim, toujours trł«s actif łŢ l'łóge de 97 ans.

Au nom de toute l'łęquipe, je vous souhaite une merveilleuse annłęe 2008, de la musique et de la santłę ! N'oubliez pas de prendre votre exemplaire de La Scena Musicale.


Wah Keung Chan

Fondateur et rłędacteur en chef

La Scena Musicale / La Scena

P.S. Cette annłęe, la collecte de fonds annuelle de la Saint-Valentin de La Scena Musicale est jumelłęe łŢ une soirłęe łŢ l'opłęra. Vous pourrez assister, le jeudi 14 fłęvrier, łŢ la prłęsentation de l'Opłęra de Montrłęal du Barbier de Słęville de Rossini, l'histoire de deux jeunes amoureux qui surmontent les obstacles łŢ leur union. Le prix comprend un enregistrement-cadeau de l'opłęra de Rossini. Comme les billets sont offerts en quantitłęs limitłęes, ne tardez pas łŢ rłęserver. Visitez http://saintvalentin2008.scena.org pour l'information.

LSM est un organisme caritatif sans but lucratif et compte donc sur votre soutien de ses diverses activitłęs de collecte de fonds et votre głęnłęrositłę.


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Wah Keung Chan
Publisher/Editor
La Scena Musicale
La SCENA
The Music Scene
12 years of promoting music and the arts

5409 Waverly, Montreal, QC Canada H2T 2X8

http://www.scena.org
514-274-1128 (office/bureau)
514-815-0465 (cell)
wkchan@scena.org

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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 łŢ http://www.scena.org/blog pour les dernił«res 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, catłęgorie arts et spectacles

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La Scena Musicale February 2008 In Distribution

Happy Chinese New Year!

The February issue of La Scena Musicale, which features Montreal clarinetist Andrłę Moisan on the cover, is out and available for download at http://www.scena.org. Please find the editorial from this issue at the bottom of this message.

The March issue will include both La SCENA and La Scena Musicale; special projects include International Arts Festivals and Summer Camps for both music and the arts. Here is the preliminary dates for the production:

The Spring issue of The Music Scene Ontario will be out on March 17, 2008. Special projects include International Arts Festivals and Summer Camps for both music and the arts. Here is the preliminary dates for the production:
  • Deadline for Arts Festivals and Camps Guide: March 5. Send info to guides@scena.org
  • Advertising deadline (reservations and material): March 5.
  • Distribution: March 17, 2008
Info on Guides (Download PDF files):
For more info, visit http://ads.scena.org

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Editorial - La Scena Musicale 2008
As I look back on 2007, I cannot help but marvel at the pace of technology and its ability to enable accessibility. Last year, the Met made good use of technological advances when it introduced its Metropolitan Opera Live in HD telecasts at movie theatres around the world. Its resounding success has taken many by surprise and the momentum of this success can only be expected to accelerate in 2008, given that even encore presentations of the live performances are filling theatres everywhere. Where there's money to be made, competition is soon to follow and the Met will no longer be the only option in town (see the Notes section) - a nice dilemma for audiences to have!

This year, I predict that we will see the convergence of old technologies with the web. There are now over 50,000 internet radio stations, of which 5,000 play classical music. Imagine if your radio receiver could tune in to all 50,000 channels! Internet Radio Receivers are now on the market and LSM will be there to guide you through these exciting times.

As a global leader in music and arts online, LSM also continues to make good use of the available technology. We've added a new blog to our website http://www.scena.org offering news, reviews and commentary (we've had over 70 posts in our first month) and recently introduced unique features such as Today's Musician Birthdays (including selected videos) and LSM Newswire (http://newswire.scena.org) , a free service for disseminating music and arts press releases (more than 80 press releases have been posted in one month). As well, all of our CD reviews are now published online even before the print version of our magazine hits the stands! Watch for more services to be launched to further benefit the artistic community. In March, we will be introducing our "NEW RELEASES" section (for CDs, DVDs, books, instruments and accessories) in our print magazine and online.

This month's cover features clarinetist Andrłę Moisan who celebrates 30 years of playing with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. His battle to overcome stress makes for an interesting and insightful read. As well, we introduce Julie Boulianne as our rising star as she takes on the role of Rosina at the Opłęra de Montrłęal.

We continue our series on composer Claude Vivier and as we honor our musical heroes, we take a look at Maria Callas' life from a psychological angle. With their recent passing, we pay homage to musical greats Karlheinz Stockhausen and Oscar Peterson.

This issue also takes a look at the 11th Annual Opus Awards presented by the Conseil qułębecois de la musique (CQM) as it honors musician and composer Otto Joachim who remains very active at 97.

On behalf of my team of staff and volunteers, I wish you a wonderful and healthy 2008! Remember to take the time to treat yourself to "La Scena Musicale."

Wah Keung Chan
Founding Editor and Publisher
La Scena Musicale

P.S. This year, La Scena Musicale's 3rd Annual Valentine's Day Fundraising initiative is An Evening at the Opera, which includes tickets to Opłęra de Montrłęal'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 the opera. Tickets are limited so please reserve early. Visit http://valentines2008.scena.org for more info.

As a non-profit charity, LSM counts on your active support of its various fundraising activities throughout the year as well as your generous donations.

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Wah Keung Chan
Publisher/Editor
La Scena Musicale
La SCENA
The Music Scene
12 years of promoting music and the arts

5409 Waverly, Montreal, QC Canada H2T 2X8

http://www.scena.org
514-274-1128 (office/bureau)
514-815-0465 (cell)
wkchan@scena.org

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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 łŢ http://www.scena.org/blog pour les dernił«res 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, catłęgorie arts et spectacles

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Hold the dates: 'night, Mother, Altera Vitae Productions at Mainline, March 19-30

Hold the Dates!

Altera Vitae Productions

Presents

'night, Mother

By Marsha Norman

Directed by Jesse Corbeil

Mark these dates in your spring calendar

Wednesday, March 19 Č˝ Sunday, March 30, 2008

Follow Jessie as she prepares to die, wrapping up her affairs as she throws her mother's life into turmoil. 'night, Mother is a heart-wrenching look at the 'could-have-beens' and 'if-onlys' that get in the way when what one should be doing most is listening.

'night, Mother

Altera Vitae Productions

At Mainline Theatre

3997 Blvd. St. Laurent

Tuesday to Sunday, 8:00 pm

Matinees: Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 pm

2-for-1 matinees on March 22 and 23

Reservations: 514 823-8823 or askus@alteravitae.com

Charity Night: Tuesday, March 25, 10$ of every ticket sold is donated to FSOS ȽFamily Survivors of Suicide (www.suicideaftermath.com)

www.alteravitae.com

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Media call is Wednesday, March 19.

Media opening night is Wednesday, March 19.

Press release to follow.

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

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Deux nouveaux professeurs łęmłęrites łŢ lĺ─˘UQAM

Montrłęal, le 6 fłęvrier 2008 ĺ─ý L'UQAM a rłęcemment dłęcernłę le statut de professeur łęmłęrite łŢ deux professeurs de la Facultłę des arts qui se sont dłęmarqułęs par leur contribution exceptionnelle dans leur domaine respectif. : : Martine łÔpoque, professeure retraitłęe du Dłępartement de danse et Andrłę G. Bourassa, professeur associłę łŢ l'łÔcole supłęrieure de thłęłótre.

Statut de professeur łęmłęrite

Le statut de professeur łęmłęrite est accordłę łŢ des professeurs qui ont terminłę leur carrił«re łŢ l'Universitłę, et qui dłęsirent maintenir une activitłę sur le plan de l'encadrement aux łętudes avancłęes, de la recherche et de la crłęation. En plus d'avoir un młęrite universitaire exceptionnel, les professeurs choisis doivent avoir contribułę de fał▀on particulił«re au rayonnement de l'Universitłę.

Martine łÔpoque

Grłóce łŢ Martine łÔpoque, figure-phare de la danse actuelle qułębłęcoise, et łŢ sa vision bien spłęcifique de la danse, l'enseignement de la danse contemporaine a vłęcu un vłęritable essor. En 1968, elle fonde la troupe de danse Nouvelle Aire qui permet de former un grand nombre de danseurs qułębłęcois de calibre international tels Louise Błędard, Paul-Andrłę Fortier, Ginette Laurin, Louise Lecavalier et łÔdouard Lock. Ses chorłęgraphies, salułęes pour leurs grandes qualitłęs artistiques dans plusieurs pays, ont marqułę l'histoire de la danse contemporaine.

Professeure łŢ l'UQAM depuis 1980, Martine łÔpoque a exercłę une influence marquante łŢ la Facultłę des arts. En 1985, son implication mł«ne łŢ la crłęation du Dłępartement de danse qu'elle dirige pendant de nombreuses annłęes. Pionnił«re dans le domaine des recherches alliant danse et technologies, elle crłęe une słęrie d'ëýuvres chorłęgraphiques multimłędia.

Elle participe łęgalement, avec des collł«gues, łŢ la fondation de plusieurs laboratoires de recherches dont le Laboratoire d'applications et de recherches en technochorłęgraphie, le LARTech, dont elle assume depuis la direction; le Centre interuniversitaire en arts młędiatiques, le CIAM; et l'Institut de recherche/crłęation en arts et technologies młędiatiques, Hexagram. Ses travaux sont reconnus internationalement et rłęgulił«rement exposłęs dans le cadre de prłęsentation des rłęalisations exemplaires de cet institut. Au cours des dernił«res annłęes, elle compte parmi les chercheurs les plus actifs et les mieux financłęs de la Facultłę des arts et de l'UQAM.

Andrłę G. Bourassa

Andrłę G. Bourassa a publiłę une quantitłę phłęnomłęnale d'articles et d'ouvrages fondamentaux qui portent notamment sur le surrłęalisme, la littłęrature, le thłęłótre et l'histoire du thłęłótre, dont Č┤ Refus global Ȭ et autres łęcrits (coauteur Gilles Lapointe, 1990) et Les nuits de la Č┤ Main Ȭ (łęcrit avec Jean-Marc Larrue, 1993). En 1979, il reł▀oit le prix France-Canada pour son livre Surrłęalisme et littłęrature qułębłęcoise. De 1979 łŢ 1997, il fonde et dirige un projet d'łędition critique des łęcrits de Paul-łÔmile Borduas.

Grłóce łŢ ses łęcrits, grłóce łŢ l'amplitude et l'łęventail de sa carrił«re, tant nationale qu'internationale, grłóce łŢ ses rłęflexions trł«s actuelles sur la pratique thłęłótrale et sa contribution qułębłęcoise łŢ la constitution d'une młęmoire du thłęłótre, Andrłę G. Bourassa est devenu un ambassadeur de notre littłęrature.

En plus de ses publications, il participe activement łŢ la fondation de l'Association qułębłęcoise des professeurs de franł▀ais, de la revue Lettres qułębłęcoises, de l'Association d'histoire du thłęłótre du Qułębec et du Canada et de la Sociłętłę d'histoire du thłęłótre du Qułębec (SHTQ). Il dirige ensuite la revue l'Annuaire thłęłótral de la Sociłętłę qułębłęcoise d'łętudes thłęłótrales, l'ancienne SHTQ, qui dłęcerne annuellement le Č┤ Prix Andrłę G. Bourassa Ȭ au meilleur article soumis łŢ la revue.

Professeur łŢ l'łÔcole supłęrieure de thłęłótre de l'UQAM depuis 1979, M. Bourassa est trł«s impliqułę au sein de son dłępartement et de l'Universitłę, notamment dans le dłęveloppement de nouveaux programmes d'łętudes. Il a, entre autres, collaborłę łŢ la crłęation du doctorat pluridisciplinaire en łętudes et pratiques des arts. Retraitłę depuis 2001, il demeure rattachłę łŢ l'Universitłę łŢ titre de professeur associłę.

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Source : Huguette Lucas, M.A

(08-049) Conseillł«re en relations avec la presse

Tłęl. : 514 987-3000, poste 6832

lucas.huguette@uqam.ca



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NACO, Feb. 14-16: Jack Everly presents "A Cole Porter Valentine" with Broadway stars including Louise Pitre

National Arts Centre Orchestra / News Release

February 6, 2008

For immediate release

Jack Everly brings ĺ─˙A Cole Porter Valentineĺ─¨ to the NAC Orchestra Feb. 14-16 with Broadway stars including Louise Pitre and Mark Nadler

Ottawa, Canada ĺ─ý Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly returns to the National Arts Centre Orchestra to bring the wit, romance and sophistication of Cole Porterĺ─˘s music to CTV Pops audiences just in time for Valentineĺ─˘s Day. A Cole Porter Valentine stars Canadian Broadway diva Louise Pitre and five other Broadway stars ĺ─ý Ted Keegan, Mark Nadler, Andrłę McRae, David Krohn and Sarah Hagstrom ĺ─ý together with the Ewashko Singers ĺ─ý in Southam Hall from Thursday, February 14 to Saturday, February 16 at 20:00.

In addition, concert-goers have the option of continuing the love affair with Cole Porter cabaret-style in the NAC Salon following each concert. Singer-pianist Mark Nadler presents Cafłę Cole in the intimate 120-seat venue. The $15 ticket for this post-concert cabaret includes a glass of champagne.

A Cole Porter Valentine looks at the many sides of love through the stylish words and clever music of this American music icon. Youĺ─˘ll enjoy ballads like ĺ─˙True Loveĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙Iĺ─˘ve Got You Under my Skinĺ─¨, urbane classics like ĺ─˙My Heart Belongs to Daddyĺ─¨, and ĺ─˙I Get a Kick Out of Youĺ─¨, and just plain fun tunes like ĺ─˙Youĺ─˘re the Topĺ─¨, ĺ─˙Always True to You in My Fashionĺ─¨, ĺ─˙Letĺ─˘s Do Itĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙Blow Gabriel Blowĺ─¨.

Louise Pitre is best known for her Tony-nominated performance singing the songs of ABBA in the wildly popular hit musical Mamma Mia which she performed on Broadway, in Toronto and on tour across the U.S. She has also played leading roles in Les Misłęrables, Annie Get Your Gun, Piaf and many other musicals. Her TV roles include Taff Baron in the new series MVP and Celineĺ─˘s mother in the upcoming mini-series on Celine Dion.

Mark Nadler, who will also perform at the piano in the post-concert Cafłę Cole, is a multi-award winning entertainer, arranger and director. Aside from appearing regularly at New Yorkĺ─˘s famed Algonquin Hotel, he has played principal roles on Broadway and TV. He has a new one-man show, Russian on the Side, opening on Broadway in the 2008-09 season.

Ted Keegan, who starred in The Phantom of the Opera on its National Tour and on television, has the distinction of being the actor who has sung the role of the Phantom in front of the largest audience ever. He made his debut with the NAC performing in Broadway goes British.

Andre McRae has toured Europe and Japan in Porgy and Bess and performed in New York in Encoreĺ─˘s Kismet. He is currently singing with the Soldierĺ─˘s Chorus and US Army Field Band.

David Krohn joined Jack Everly last October at the NAC in the hit On The Air! Music of the Fabulous 40s. He has recently performed the roles of Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro and Carl-Magnus Malcom in A Little Night Music.

Sarah Hagstrom has received enthusiastic praise for recent performances as Emily Webb in the world premiere of Ned Roremĺ─˘s Our Town, Micał┤la in Carmen, and as Abigail and Mary Warren Robert Wardĺ─˘s The Crucible.

Patrons attending A Cole Porter Valentine will have the opportunity to win a trip for two to Paris, compliments of CAA Travel ĺ─ý a holiday package valued at up to $5,000 CDN.

Tickets for A Cole Porter Valentine with the NAC Orchestra February 14 to 16 at 20:00 are on sale now at $29.00, $34.00, $39.00, $49.00, $59.00, $69.00 with box seats at $86.00 (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 NACĺ─˘s website at www.nac-cna.ca. Subscriptions for the season are also still available by calling the Subscription Office at 613-947-7000, ext. 620.

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/Tłęlłęphone: 613-947-7000 x 335

Fax: 613-996-2828

www.nac-cna.ca

www.artsalive.ca

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OCNA, du 14 au 16 fłęv. : Jack Everly prłęsente Č┤ Cole Porter, patron des Valentins Ȭ avec Louise Pitre

Orchestre du Centre national des Arts / Communiqułę

Le 6 fłęvrier 2008

Pour diffusion immłędiate

Jack Everly prłęsente Č┤ Cole Porter, patron des Valentins Ȭ du 14 au 16 fłęvrier avec l'Orchestre du CNA et plusieurs łętoiles de Broadway, y compris l'incomparable Louise Pitre et Mark Nadler

Ottawa (Canada) ĺ─ý Jack Everly, premier chef des concerts Pops, revient diriger l'Orchestre du Centre national des Arts (CNA) juste łŢ temps pour la Saint-Valentin, afin de rłęgaler les auditoires de la słęrie Pops CTV avec la musique pleine d'esprit, dłęlicieusement sentimentale et raffinłęe de Cole Porter. Cole Porter, patron des Valentins met en vedette la diva canadienne Louise Pitre et cinq autres stars de Broadway ĺ─ý Ted Keegan, Mark Nadler, Andre McRae, David Krohn et Sarah Hagstrom ĺ─ý ainsi que les Ewashko Singers łŢ la salle Southam, du jeudi 14 au samedi 16 fłęvrier łŢ 20 h.

De plus, les amateurs de concerts auront la possibilitłę de prolonger l'idylle avec Cole Porter dans une formule cabaret, au Salon du CNA, łŢ l'issue de chacun de ces concerts Pops. En effet, le chanteur et pianiste Mark Nadler prłęsente Cafłę Cole dans cette salle intime de 120 places. Le billet łŢ 15 $ pour ce cabaret post-concert inclut une coupe de champagne.

Cole Porter, patron des Valentins dłępeint l'amour dans tous ses łętats łŢ travers les paroles pleines de style et les brillantes młęlodies de cette icłąne de la musique populaire amłęricaine. On redłęcouvrira avec plaisir des ballades comme Č┤ True Love Ȭ et Č┤ I've Got You Under my Skin Ȭ, des chansons de charme devenues classiques ĺ─ý Č┤ My Heart Belongs to Daddy Ȭ, Č┤ I Get a Kick Out of You Ȭ ĺ─ý et des pił«ces aussi rłęjouissantes que Č┤ You're the Top Ȭ, Č┤ Always True to You in My Fashion Ȭ, Č┤ Let's Do It Ȭ et Č┤ Blow Gabriel Blow Ȭ.

Louise Pitre est surtout connue pour son interprłętation des chansons d'ABBA dans l'immensłęment populaire comłędie musicale Mamma Mia, dans laquelle elle s'est illustrłęe łŢ Broadway, łŢ Toronto et en tournłęe aux łÔtats-Unis, et qui lui a valu une mise en nomination aux prix Tony. Elle a aussi tenu des premiers rłąles dans Les Misłęrables, Annie Get Your Gun, Piaf et beaucoup d'autres productions. Au petit łęcran, elle personnifie Taff Baron dans la nouvelle słęrie MVP et incarnera maman Dion dans la minisłęrie sur Cłęline Dion actuellement en prłęparation.

Mark Nadler, qui se produira łęgalement au piano dans le cabaret post-concert Cafłę Cole, est un artiste de scł«ne, arrangeur et metteur en scł«ne maintes fois primłę. En plus de se produire rłęgulił«rement au cłęlł«bre Hłątel Algonquin łŢ New York, il a joułę des premiers rłąles łŢ Broadway et łŢ la tłęlłęvision. Il crłęera son nouveau one-man-show, Russian on the Side, łŢ Broadway au cours de la saison 2008-2009.

Ted Keegan, qui s'est illustrłę dans The Phantom of the Opera en tournłęe aux łÔtatsĺ─ŰUnis ainsi qu'łŢ la tłęlłęvision, peut s'enorgueillir d'łütre l'acteur qui a interprłętłę le rłąle-titre devant le plus vaste auditoire jamais rłęuni pour cette comłędie musicale. Il a fait ses dłębuts au CNA dans Musique Pops aux couleurs britanniques.

Andrłę McRae a tournłę en Europe et au Japon dans Porgy and Bess et s'est produit łŢ New York dans Kismet d'Encore. Il chante actuellement au sein du Soldier's Chorus and US Army Field Band.

David Krohn s'est joint łŢ Jack Everly en octobre dernier au CNA pour les concerts Annłęes 1940 : la belle łępoque de la radio, qui ont remportłę un franc succł«s. Dernił«rement, il a chantłę les rłąles du comte Almaviva dans Le Nozze di Figaro et de Carl-Magnus Malcom dans A Little Night Music.

Sarah Hagstrom a łętłę encensłęe, rłęcemment, pour ses prestations dans les rłąles d'Emily Webb dans Our Town de Ned Rorem en premił«re mondiale, de Micał┤la dans Carmen, et d'Abigail et Mary Warren dans The Crucible de Robert Ward.

Toutes les personnes qui assisteront aux concerts Cole Porter, patron des Valentins courront la chance de gagner un voyage pour deux łŢ Paris, gracieusetłę de Voyages CAA ĺ─ý un forfait vacances d'une valeur approximative de 5 000 dollars canadiens.

Les billets pour Cole Porter, patron des Valentins et l'Orchestre du Centre national des Arts, spectacle prłęsentłę du 14 au 16 fłęvrier, sont en vente dł«s maintenant łŢ 29 $, 34 $, 39 $, 49 $, 59 $ et 69 $ pour une place dans la salle, et łŢ 86 $ pour un fauteuil dans les loges (TPS et frais d'łętablissement inclus), łŢ la Billetterie du CNA (du lundi au samedi de 10 h łŢ 21 h) et, par l'entremise de Ticketmaster (frais de service en sus), au 613-755-1111 ou en ligne, via le site Web du CNA łŢ l'adresse www.nac-cna.ca. Il est encore possible de s'abonner pour la saison en communiquant avec le Bureau des abonnements au (613) 947-7000, poste 620.

Les łętudiants peuvent se procurer des billets łŢ moitiłę prix pour toutes les sections de la salle en se prłęsentant en personne łŢ la Billetterie du CNA, munis d'une carte d'łętudiant en rł«gle. Des billets Buzz en direct łŢ 10 $ chacun sont offerts (selon la disponibilitłę des places) aux łętudiants łŢ temps plein de 13 łŢ 29 ans łŢ la Billetterie du CNA, de 14 h łŢ 18 h le jour du concert seulement, sur prłęsentation d'une carte de membre Buzz en direct dł¬ment enregistrłęe.

Les groupes de dix personnes et plus łępargnent de 15 łŢ 20 % du prix courant des billets pour toutes les prłęsentations de Musique, de Thłęłótre et de Danse du CNA. Rłęservations : 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/Tłęlłęphone: 613-947-7000 x 335

Fax: 613-996-2828

www.nac-cna.ca

www.artsalive.ca

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Catherine Robbin Graces the Stage at York in a Rare Public Performance (Feb 21)

Toronto, February 6, 2008: Internationally recognized mezzo soprano Catherine Robbin headlines the Faculty Concert Series of York Universityĺ─˘s Music Department on February 21 in a rare public performance, her first post-retirement recital. She will share the stage with her department colleagues, tenor Colin Ainsworth, and pianist Raisa Nakhmanovich in the recital, which takes place at 7:30pm in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall at York.

Robbin will present some of her favourite repertoire. Her program will feature a selection of songs by Mendelssohn and Brahms, including Auf Flł║geln des Gesanges, Nachtlied, Venetianisches Gondellied,, Die Mainacht, Sonntag and Von ewiger Liebe, as well as Debussyĺ─˘s Chansons de Bilitis. Ainsworth will join her in Benjamin Brittenĺ─˘s canticle Abraham and Isaac and as well as some of Brittenĺ─˘s folksong arrangements. Robbin will perform Brittenĺ─˘s song cycle A Charm of Lullabies solo.

One of Canada's best known classical singers, Catherine Robbin earned an international reputation during her 30-year career as a performing and recording artist. Noted especially for her interpretation of Baroque and Romantic repertoire, she has appeared with leading conductors and orchestras in recital, concert and opera performances across North America and Europe, with broadcasts on the BBC, CBC and Radio France. Her discography features more than 30 CDs ranging from Vivaldi and Pergolesi cantatas to Mozart and Handel operas, on labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, EMI, Philips, Teldec, CBC, Marquis and Decca. Hailed as "...one of the most naturally beautiful voices in Canada.. [with] a warmly expressive palette of subtle nuance and shading" (Music Magazine), her honours include a Juno Award, Gramophone Record of the Year, Grand Prix de Disque and a Grammy nomination. She joined Yorkĺ─˘s Music Department in 2000, and retired from her active performance career three years later to dedicate herself to teaching full time. She currently coordinates the classical vocal performance program at York. Toronto-based tenor Colin Ainsworth, an instructor in Yorkĺ─˘s music department, has been praised for his ĺ─˙magnetic stage presenceĺ─¨ (Toronto Star) and his ĺ─˙rock-solid technique, excellent diction, and ĺ─ virile toneĺ─¨ (Globe and Mail). His dramatic range encompasses operas ranging from Monteverdi to MacRae and Britten. He has performed with Londonĺ─˘s Royal Opera, the Greek National Opera, Opera Atelier and Lĺ─˘Opłęra Franł▀ais de New York among others. This season sees him performing across Canada with the Manitoba Opera, Opera Ontario, Edmonton Opera, Vancouver Opera, Winnipeg Symphony, Vancouver Bach Choir and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.

Well known accompanist and music director Raisa Nakhmanovich teaches piano, piano accompaniment and piano pedagogy at York. Sheĺ─˘s worked as a pianist and coach with Toronto Opera Repertoire, Opera Mississauga and Toronto Operetta Theater, and as a musical director with such companies as Opera in Concert, Summer Opera Lyric Theater, Opera Buffa, Premiere Opera Company and Creative Artist Productions among others.

What: Catherine Robbin in concert
When: Thurs. Feb 21 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 sixth of seven performances in the Faculty Concert Series spotlighting faculty artists in the Department of Music at York University. The final concert will feature jazz drummer 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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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Geordie Productions brings in the clowns with David Holmanĺ─˘s Peacemaker

Montreal, January 16, 2008 ĺ─ý Geordie Productions is proud to present Peacemaker ĺ─ý a whimsical and fun-filled play by David Holman, onstage as part of Geordieĺ─˘s Montreal Mainstage Series at the D.B. Clarke Theatre from February 15-24, 2008.

Interactive and visually-striking, Peacemaker will draw you into a fantastical world of circus fun, complete with puppetry, juggling and dance, while exploring such themes as community, friendship, prejudice and peace. Peacemaker takes theatre out of the box with an ending determined by audience participation, encouraging children and adults alike to put their peace-making skills to the test and watch their ideas come to life on the stage.

Simp and Franny are two young clowns from the Land of Red, and Bluey is a champion juggler from the Land of Blue. For years their two communities have been separated by a closely-guarded wall. But when a red juggling ball is tossed over the wall into the Land of Blue, Simp, Franny and Bluey must face their fears and begin breaking down the barriers keeping them apart. Dodging the vigilant gaze of Mr. Man, the watch-keeper of the wall, the three new friends set about undoing the years of prejudice and fear that have divided the Reds and the Blues and start taking steps towards making peace.

The Peacemaker cast and crew includes some of the hottest names on the Montreal theatre scene: Director Alain Goulem, a popular face on TV and stage, and director of last yearĺ─˘s acclaimed Housekeeping and Homewrecking; Designer Ana Cappelluto, record-holder for the most MECCA awards; and Michel Perron, a perennial on the Montreal stage and winner of last yearĺ─˘s Les Masques award for Best Supporting Actor, playing Peacemakerĺ─˘s Mr. Man.

Rounding out the cast of clowns are Audrey Finkelstein, a veteran of the Dellĺ─˘arte Company; Mike Hughes, Founding Member of the Uncalled For Improv Troupe and a Geordie favourite (A Giraffe in Paris, Charlotteĺ─˘s Web); and Gemma James-Smith, recently nominated for a Betty Mitchell Award for Vincent in Brixton (Alberta Theatre Projects). The creative team includes: Nelly Savova, Costume Design; Troy Slocum, Sound Design; Sarah Yaffe, Lighting Design; and Luciana Burcheri, Stage Manager.

David Holman is an internationally renowned childrenĺ─˘s playwright who has written more than seventy works for stage, radio, film and opera. First performed in 1996, Peacemaker has been staged in over 13 countries. Geordieĺ─˘s own production gives the A-list design team full reign with their creativity to build the imaginary worlds of Reds and Blues on Geordieĺ─˘s Mainstage in an elaborate and unique presentation to delight audiences of all ages.

About Geordie Theatre Productions

Geordie is a professional theatre company that has presented live English-language theatre for young audiences for over twenty-five years. Based in Montreal, Geordieĺ─˘s School Tour travels extensively from the Far North to all across Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes, bringing many communities their only opportunity to see live theatre. Geordie's Montreal Mainstage Series presents both well-loved classics and exciting new work by contemporary Canadian playwrights to families and school groups at the D.B. Clarke Theatre in downtown Montreal.

Peacemaker | By David Holman | Directed by Alain Goulem

PERFORMANCES: February 15 ĺ─ý 24, 2008 | Opening night: Feb. 15 at 7:00pm | Weekend Family Performances: Feb. 16 at 3:00pm; Feb. 17, 23, 24 at 1:00pm & 3:00pm

VENUE: D.B. Clarke Theatre, Concordia University Hall Building | 1455 de Maisonneuve W, Montreal. Metro Guy Concordia

TICKETS: $13.50 children, $16 adults; $15 seniors; all prices include tax | Group rates available

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Children ages 4+ and adults of all ages | 60 minutes

BOX OFFICE and INFORMATION: (514) 845-9810 or www.geordie.ca

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MEDIA CALL: Thursday, February 14 at 2pm | CONTACT: Siu-Min Jim at (514) 845-9810 or publicity@geordie.ca

Geordie Productions Inc. 4001 Berri, Suite 103. Montreal, QC. H2L 4H2 Tel: 514.845.9810 Fax: 514.845.3634 info@geordie.ca www.geordie.ca

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COMMUNIQUłÔ: L'Atelier d'opłęra et l'Orchestre de l'UdeM prłęsentent Die Fledermaus, du 20 au 23 fłęvrier 2008

Communiqułę de presse

pour diffusion immłędiate

L'Atelier d'opłęra et l'Orchestre de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal

Prłęsentent

Die Fledermaus (1874)

(La Chauve-Souris)

opłęrette en trois actes

de Johann Strauss fils (1825ĺ─ý1899)

Livret adaptłę par Carl Haffner et Richard Genłęe

Direction : Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest

Mise en scł«ne : Marie-Nathalie Lacoursił«re

Montrłęal, le 5 fłęvrier 2008 ĺ─ý L'Atelier d'opłęra et l'Orchestre de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal (OUM) prłęsenteront l'opłęrette Die Fledermaus (La Chauve-Souris), de Johann Strauss fils, du 20 au 23 fłęvrier 2008, łŢ 19 h 30, łŢ la salle Claude-Champagne de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal. La direction musicale sera assurłęe par Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest et la mise en scł«ne par Marie-Nathalie Lacoursił«re. L'łęquipe de concepteurs est complłętłęe par Robin Wheeler, directeur de l'Atelier d'opłęra de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal, Carl Pelletier łŢ la scłęnographie, Marc Słęnłęcal łŢ la conception des costumes et Nicolas Descoteaux łŢ celle des łęclairages.

Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest, chef et directeur artistique de l'OUM, ne tarit pas d'łęloges sur Die Fledermaus, vłęritable chef-d'ëýuvre, selon lui, incarnant la quintessence de l'łęlłęgance et de la finesse viennoises.

Č┤ Si Johann Strauss est bien connu pour son art dans l'łęcriture de valses et de polkas, dans Die Fledermaus, il a magistralement dłępassłę les contraintes inhłęrentes łŢ ces styles pour les transcender en quelque chose qui touche łŢ la perfection, Ȭ souligne le chef.

L'intrigueĺ─Â

Le livret de Die Fledermaus est basłę sur la pił«ce de thłęłótre La Prison (Die Geffłžgnis) et son adaptation franł▀aise par Henri Meilhac et Ludovic Halłęry, Le Rłęveillon, que Richard Genłęe et Karl Hoffner adapteront pour l'orchestration de Strauss. L'histoire raconte l'łóme humaine dans tout ce qu'elle a d'essentiel : ses joies, bassesses, dłęfauts et espoirsĺ─Â

L'intrigue met en scł«ne plusieurs personnages de la Vienne bourgeoise. Eisenstein ayant, une nuit, abandonnłę dans la rue son ami Falke, ivre mort et dłęguisłę en chauve-souris, va faire les frais de sa vengeance. Devant purger une peine de prison de huit jours, Eisenstein se laisse convaincre par Falke de festoyer chez le prince Orlofsky avant de se rendre au gełąlier. Sa femme Rosalinde participe łęgalement łŢ la soirłęe, dłęguisłęe en comtesse hongroise. Son mari ne la reconnałĂt pas, et, la prenant pour une autre, tente de la słęduire. Le directeur de la prison, Franck, venu chercher Eisenstein plus tłąt mais ayant, sans le savoir, embarqułę un amant de Rosalinde, se rend chez le prince Orlofsky, oł╝ il se lie d'amitiłę avec Eisenstein, connu ici comme le marquis Renard. Tout ce joyeux monde festoie, rejoint par d'autres convives, comme la camłęriste de Rosalinde, dłęguisłęe en artiste. ł─ l'heure fatidique, Eisenstein quitte la soirłęe pour se rendre en prison, lieu oł╝ toutes les vłęritłęs łęclateront, en młüme temps que se reconnałĂtront les diffłęrents personnages, sous leurs vłęritables traits. Le docteur Falke en profitera pour leur annoncer qu'ils ont tous Č┤ assistłę łŢ la vengeance d'une chauve-souris. Ȭ

C'est donc łŢ un voyage enchanteur, loufoque et intense que vous convient l'Atelier d'opłęra et l'Orchestre de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal.

Fils de Johann Strauss I, Johann Strauss II dłębute sa carrił«re de compositeur et de chef d'orchestre łŢ la tłüte d'un ensemble de 24 musiciens. Le premier concert de cet orchestre, dont le programme est composłę d'ëýuvres de Johann Strauss pł«re ainsi que de celles de son fils, remporte un vif succł«s et Johann Strauss II est aussitłąt considłęrłę comme un grand compositeur viennois. Il sillonne bientłąt l'Europe tout entił«re łŢ la tłüte de cet orchestre, ne cessant jamais d'en enrichir le rłępertoire. Johann Strauss II passe rapidement małĂtre en matił«re de composition de valses, polkas et autres marches et encore aujourd'hui, est considłęrłę comme une rłęfłęrence en matił«re de musique classique lłęgł«re. Son art a marqułę les grands compositeurs allemands des łępoques postłęrieures. Ainsi, Berg, Schoenberg ou Webern ont transcrit ses valses pour quatuors łŢ cordes.

Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest rallie aussi bien l'opinion du public que de la critique. On parle de lui comme d'un chef spectaculaire, extrłümement łęnergique, prłęcis et exaltant. Ses interprłętations sont caractłęrisłęes par une łęmotion profonde ainsi que par un sens aigu de la structure. Il est fondateur, chef et directeur artistique de l'Orchestre de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal. Il est łęgalement chef en rłęsidence de l'Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal, en plus d'avoir łętłę directeur artistique et chef principal de l'Orchestre symphonique de Laval et de l'ensemble Thirteen Strings d'Ottawa de nombreuses annłęes. En plus de diriger l'OUM, il enseigne la direction d'orchestre łŢ la Facultłę de musique de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal.

Marie-Nathalie Lacoursił«re possł«de une formation en musique, en thłęłótre et en danse ancienne. En tant que danseuse, chorłęgraphe, comłędienne et metteure en scł«ne, elle a participłę łŢ plusieurs festivals et collaborłę avec plusieurs ensembles, dont l'ensemble Caprice, Les Idłęes heureuses, le Studio de musique ancienne de Montrłęal (opłęra Dido and Aeneas), le Festival Montrłęal Baroque et l'ensemble Arion. ł─ l'opłęra, elle a signłę la mise en scł«ne de Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria (Monteverdi) et Les Jeux de l'Amour (Molił«re-Lully) łŢ l'Universitłę McGill, de Mozart a Milano avec l'Acadłęmie Baroque de Montrłęal et de L'incoronazione di Poppea (Monteverdi) łŢ l'Universitłę de Montrłęal.

Die Fledermaus

de Johann Strauss fils

prłęsentłę par

l'Atelier d'opłęra et l'Orchestre de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal

Direction : Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest

Mise en scł«ne : Marie-Nathalie Lacoursił«re

Direction de l'Atelier d'opłęra : Robin Wheeler

Scłęnographie : Carl Pelletier

Costumes : Marc Słęnłęcal

łÔclairages : Nicolas Descoteaux

Du 20 au 23 fłęvrier 2008 ĺ─ý 19 h 30
Salle Claude-Champagne : 220, avenue Vincent-d'Indy, Montrłęal (młętro łÔdouard-Montpetit)

22 $, 20 $ (ałĂnłęs), 10 $ (łętudiants)

Billetterie ADMISSION : 514.790.1245
Renseignements : 514.343.6427

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Source :

Julie Fortier

Conseillł«re en communication

Facultłę de musique ĺ─ý Universitłę de Montrłęal

514.343.6365

julie.c.fortier@umontreal.ca

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OCNA, les 6 et 7 fłęvr. : Natasha Paremski remplace au pied levłę Boris Berezovsky

Orchestre du Centre national des Arts / Communiqułę

Le 5 fłęvrier 2008

Pour diffusion immłędiate

La pianiste russe Natasha Paremski remplace au pied levłę son compatriote malade Boris Berezovsky dans le programme Hommage łŢ Tchałěkovski de l'Orchestre du CNA prłęsentłę les 6 et 7 fłęvrier

Ottawa (Canada) ĺ─ý La pianiste russe Natasha Paremski, laurłęate du prix Jeune artiste Gilmore 2006, remplace Boris Berezovsky dans les concerts de la słęrie Bravo Bostonian prłęsentłęs le mercredi 6 et le jeudi 7 fłęvrier łŢ 20 h łŢ la salle Southam du CNA. Le pianiste Boris Berezovsky a dł¬ se retirer łŢ la dernił«re minute pour des raisons de santłę. Sa remplał▀ante, łógłęe de 20 ans, interprłętera, comme prłęvu au programme, le Concerto pour piano no 1 de Tchałěkovski, ëýuvre cłęlł«bre pour sa pyrotechnie łętincelante et ses młęlodies cłęlestes. Le chef d'orchestre norvłęgien Arild Remmereit dirigera ce concert-hommage łŢ Tchałěkovski, dont le programme dłębute par des extraits orchestraux de l'opłęra Eugł«ne Onłęguine et s'achł«ve avec la Symphonie no 3, ëýuvre rarement joułęe, vłęritable joyau qui porte le sous-titre de Č┤ Polonaise Ȭ en raison de ses rythmes de danse, de ses młęlodies et de ses couleurs łęvocatrices.

Ces concerts seront prłęcłędłęs łŢ 19 heures par une causerie intitulłęe Č┤ Tchałěkovski en trois temps Ȭ donnłęe par le critique musical Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer dans le cadre de la słęrie Parlons musique.

Faisant montre d'une sensibilitłę musicale et d'une curiositłę intellectuelle remarquables alliłęes łŢ une technique sans faille, la pianiste Natasha Paremski s'impose, łŢ tout juste vingt ans, comme une artiste au souffle exceptionnel et au charme certain. Elle reł▀oit un accueil enthousiaste partout oł╝ elle se produit, subjuguant ses auditoires par ses prestations dynamiques.

Au cours de la saison 2006-2007, elle est apparue avec des orchestres et en rłęcital un peu partout aux łÔtats-Unis et en Europe. ł─ l'łętłę 2007, elle a joułę le Second concerto de Rachmaninov łŢ quatre jours d'intervalle dans le cadre des soirłęes inaugurales du Festival Caramoor łŢ New York et du Festival Bravo! łŢ Vail Valley (Colorado), remplał▀ant dans les deux cas des solistes qui avaient dł¬ se dłęsister łŢ la dernił«re minute. Auparavant, elle s'łętait notamment produite avec l'Orchestre symphonique de San Francisco, l'Orchestre philharmonique de Los Angeles, l'Orchestre symphonique de Baltimore, l'Orchestre symphonique du Colorado, l'Orchestre symphonique de Houston, le New York Youth Symphony au Carnegie Hall, l'Orchestre symphonique de San Diego, l'Orchestre du Tonhalle łŢ Zurich, et le Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Elle a aussi donnłę des rłęcitals au Wigmore Hall de Londres, łŢ l'Auditorium du Louvre łŢ Paris, au Festival Schloss Elmau (Allemagne), au Festival de Verbier (Suisse), et dans le cadre des słęries Č┤ Rising Stars Ȭ des festivals Gilmore et Ravinia.

Nłęe łŢ Moscou, Natasha Paremski a amorcłę sa formation en piano łŢ quatre ans auprł«s de Nina Malikova łŢ l'łÔcole de musique Andrełěev de la capitale russe. En 1995, elle a immigrłę avec sa famille aux łÔtats-Unis, et elle est devenue citoyenne amłęricaine en 2001. Elle a łętudiłę au San Francisco Conservatory of Music avant de dłęmłęnager łŢ New York, oł╝ elle a poursuivi ses łętudes au Mannes College of Music. La liste de ses rłęcompenses, qui ne cesse de s'allonger, comprend dłęjłŢ le prix Gilmore de la relł«ve 2006, un premier prix en 2002 aux Bronislaw Kaper Awards parrainłęs par l'Orchestre philharmonique de Los Angeles, et un premier prix dans le cadre du programme des jeunes artistes au Concours international de piano du Carnegie Hall en 2000, pour n'en citer que quelques-unes.

Les billets pour ces concerts de la słęrie Bravo Bostonian des 6 et 7 fłęvrier sont en vente maintenant au coł¬t de 19 $, 29 $, 49 $, 59 $, 69$ pour une place dans la salle, et łŢ 83 $ pour un fauteuil dans les loges (TPS de 6 % et frais d'łętablissement inclus), łŢ la Billetterie du CNA (du lundi au samedi de 10 h łŢ 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 łŢ l'adresse www.nac-cna.ca.

Les łętudiants peuvent se procurer des billets łŢ moitiłę prix pour toutes les sections de la salle en se prłęsentant en personne łŢ la Billetterie du CNA, munis d'une carte d'łętudiant en rł«gle. Les billets Buzz en direct disponibles le jour młüme (s'il en reste), rłęservłęs aux łętudiant łŢ temps plein de treize łŢ vingt-neuf ans, sont vendus 10 $ łŢ la Billetterie du CNA, de 14 h łŢ 18 h le jour du concert seulement, sur prłęsentation d'une carte de membre Buzz en direct dł¬ment enregistrłęe. Les groupes de dix personnes et plus łępargnent de 15 łŢ 20 p. cent du prix courant des billets pour toutes les reprłęsentations de Musique, de Thłęłótre ou de Danse du CNA. Rłęservations : 613-947ĺ─Ű7000, 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/Tłęlłęphone: 613-947-7000 x 335

Fax: 613-996-2828

www.nac-cna.ca

www.artsalive.ca

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NACO, Feb. 6-7: Natasha Paremski steps in for an ailing Boris Berezovsky

National Arts Centre Orchestra / News Release

February 5, 2008

For immediate release

Russian pianist Natasha Paremski steps in for an ailing Boris Berezovsky at the NAC Orchestra Tchaikovsky Celebration on February 6-7

Ottawa (Canada) ĺ─ý Russian pianist Natasha Paremski, winner of the 2006 Gilmore Young Artist Award, will replace Boris Berezovsky in Bostonian Bravo Series concerts on Wednesday, February 6 and Thursday, February 7 at 20:00 in the NACĺ─˘s Southam Hall after Berezovsky was obliged to withdraw at the last minute due to illness. The 20-year-old Natasha Paremski will perform Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 1 as scheduled, with its dazzling pyrotechnics and soaring melodies. Norwegian conductor Arild Remmereit leads this Tchaikovsky Celebration, opening the programme with orchestral selections from Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s opera Eugene Onegin and concluding it with the composerĺ─˘s rarely heard Symphony No. 3, a sparkling gem nicknamed the ĺ─˙Polishĺ─¨ Symphony for its dance rhythms, melodies and evocative colouring.

These concerts include Musically Speaking pre-concert talks in French at 19:00 entitled ĺ─˙Tchałěkovski en trois tempsĺ─¨ given by music critic Jean-Jacques Van Vlasselaer.

With an astonishing musical sensibility and intellectual curiosity alongside her flawless technique, 20-year-old pianist Natasha Paremski has established herself as an artist of rare breadth and appeal. She continues to generate excitement from all corners as she wins over audiences with her dynamic performances. In the 2006-2007 season, Natasha appeared with orchestras and in recital across the US and Europe. In the summer of 2007, she performed Rachmaninovĺ─˘s Second Concerto as a last-minute replacement for the opening nights of both the Caramoor Festival in New York and the Bravo! Vail Valley Festival in Colorado, four days apart. Her past engagements include performances with the San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Baltimore Symphony, Colorado Symphony, Houston Symphony, New York Youth Symphony at Carnegie Hall, San Diego Symphony, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich, and Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Natasha has also given recitals at Londonĺ─˘s Wigmore Hall, the Auditorium du Louvre in Paris, the Schloss Elmau and Verbier festivals, and on the Rising Stars Series of Gilmore and Ravinia.

Born in Moscow, Natasha began her piano studies at the age of 4 with Nina Malikova at the Andreyev School of Music there. In 1995 she emigrated with her family to the United States and became a US citizen in 2001. She studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music before moving to New York to study at Mannes College of Music. Her growing list of awards includes the 2006 Gilmore Young Artist Award, top prize in the 2002 Bronislaw Kaper Awards sponsored by the Los Angeles Philharmonic; top prize in the Young Artists in Carnegie Hall 2000 International Piano Festival, and many others.

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 NACĺ─˘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/Tłęlłęphone: 613-947-7000 x 335

Fax: 613-996-2828

www.nac-cna.ca

www.artsalive.ca

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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Concert tout Brahms avec le Trio Capuł▀on-Angelich au Club musical de Qułębec le 10 fłęvrier

Le CLUB MUSICAL DE QUłÔBEC prłęsente, pour la premił«re fois łŢ Qułębec, l'extraordinaire Trio Capuł▀on-Angelich, le dimanche 10 fłęvrier łŢ 20 h, łŢ la Salle Louis-Frłęchette du Grand Thłęłótre de Qułębec.

Chacun d'eux poursuit une intłęressante carrił«re de soliste, nłęanmoins leur intłęrłüt et leur amour de la musique de chambre les rłęunissent pour explorer et transmettre les richesses et les beautłęs du rłępertoire pour violon, violoncelle et piano. Ces musiciens de la nouvelle głęnłęration suivent en cela la voie ouverte par leurs illustres prłędłęcesseurs; que ce soit le lłęgendaire trio formłę de Cortot-Casals-Thibaud ou, plus prł«s de nous, Argerich-Kremer-Maisky. Leurs prestations en ce domaine ont associłę leurs noms łŢ ceux de Martha Argerich, Daniel Barenboim, des soeurs Labł«que et Vadim Repin. Ce qui est tout dire sur la valeur intrinsł«que de ces jeunes instrumentistes.

Au programme : l'intłęgrale des Trios n
os 1, 2 et 3 pour piano, violon et violoncelle de Johannes Brahms.

Vraiment les plus GRANDS se succł«dent au Club musical de Qułębec, avec le Trio Capuł▀on-Angelich, le 10 fłęvrier, au Grand Thłęłótre de Qułębec.

Il reste encore de trł«s bonnes places. Les billets sont en vente łŢ la billetterie du Grand Thłęłótre de Qułębec, en composant le 643-8131 ou 1-877-643-8131 ou encore dans le rłęseau BILLETECH (billetech.com).
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http://www.cami.com/?webid=1913
Photos disponibles / Possibilitłęs d'entrevues
Source : Louise Forand-Samson, directrice artistique
Tel : 418-653-7869 / clubmusical@videotron.ca <mailto:clubmusical@videotron.ca>



Trio Capuł▀on-Angelich
Nicholas Angelich, piano
Renaud Capuł▀on, violoniste
Gautier Capuł▀on, violoncelliste

Jouissant d'une rłęputation croissante en musique de chambre, le Trio Capuł▀on-Angelich rłęunit trois jeunes virtuoses qui connaissent dłęjłŢ de brillantes carrił«res individuelles comme solistes de leur instrument respectif : les deux frł«res Capuł▀on - Renaud au violon et Gautier au violoncelle - et le pianiste Nicholas Angelich. C'est leur amour pour la musique de chambre qui les rassemble en trio pour explorer la richesse du rłępertoire pour piano, violon et violoncelle.

Le pianiste Nicholas Angelich est entrłę au Conservatoire de Paris łŢ 13 ans pour łętudier avec le lłęgendaire Aldo Ciccolini. Il a remportłę par la suite les premiers prix de plusieurs concours importants : Bachauer en 1994, Casadesus en 1996, Fleischer en 2002. En plus de jouer en rłęcital solo, il se produit avec les plus grands orchestres, sous la direction de chefs prestigieux.

Le violoniste Renaud Capuł▀on a łętłę dłęclarłę Č┤ Instrumentiste de l'annłęe Ȭ aux Victoires de la musique de 2005. En plus de jouer en rłęcital solo, il a łętłę l'invitłę d'orchestres et de chefs łęminents : le Philharmonique de Berlin sous Bernard Haiting, le Boston Symphony sous Christoph von Dohnanyi, le Philadelphia Orchestra sous Charles Dutoit, etc.

Le violoncelliste Gautier Capuł▀on a commencłę ses łętudes musicales dł«s l'łóge de 5 ans. Il a remportłę par la suite le premier prix en violoncelle au Conservatoire supłęrieur de Paris et s'est fait remarquer comme laurłęat aux Victoires de la musique en 2001. łÔlł«ve d'Heinrich Schiff et de Philippe Muller, il joue sur un violoncelle Mateo Goffriler de 1701.


Envoyłę avec Microsoft Entourage 2004 pour Mac - Version d'łęvaluation.


Louise F.Samson
Directrice artistique
Club musical de Qułębec
tel:418-653-7869
fax:418-653-2834
cel:418-264-2442


The VSO announces plans for two tours in the 2008/2009 Season

Vancouver, BC - The VSO is proud to announce plans for both an international tour and a domestic tour in the 2008/2009 Season. The international tour in October 2008 will take the orchestra to China, South Korea, and the Special Administrative Region of Macau. In April/May of 2009, the orchestra will travel to eastern Canada, with concerts in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City.

The VSO's planned tour to Asia in October of 2008 will showcase the orchestra in concerts conducted by Music Director Bramwell Tovey, and featuring internationally renowned violinist Hilary Hahn. The tour itinerary will see the orchestra performing concerts in Seoul/Seongnam, Macau, Guangzhou (Vancouver's Sister City in BC's Sister Province), Beijing, Shanghai, and Suzhou (Victoria's Sister City).

The Asia-Pacific Tour will mark two important milestones for the VSO and Canadian orchestras in general: the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will be the first Canadian orchestra ever to perform at the prestigious Beijing Music Festival (past invitees include the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, the Kirov Orchestra, and Orchestra de Paris), and the VSO will be the first Canadian orchestra to perform in China in thirty years (the Toronto Symphony toured China in 1978).

The Asia-Pacific Tour will include many educational activities by members of the orchestra, and Maestro Tovey, an important pillar of the VSO's mission. The tour is being planned around the invitation to the Beijing Music Festival, by International Management Group (IMG). The Beijing Music Festival will be the first major cultural event in China following the 2008 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games - and of course, the Olympic torch will be handed by Beijing to Vancouver for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Tour repertoire will include Canadian composer Jeffrey Ryan's The Linearity of Light; Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto (performed by Hilary Hahn); Berlioz's Symphony Fantastique; and Shostakovich's Symphony No.5.

The VSO gratefully acknowledges the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General for its recently announced community gaming grant of $250,000 supporting the Asia-Pacific Tour, as well as support received from the Canada Council for the Arts through its Supplemental Operating Funds Initiative.

The eastern Canadian Tour is planned around an invitation from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa as part of their BC Scene, a celebration of the arts and cultural scene in British Columbia. The tour will take the orchestra to Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal. Maestro Tovey will conduct all four concerts, which will also feature young Vancouver pianist Avan Yu.

In Montreal and Ottawa, the orchestra will perform Debussy's Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun; Jeffrey Ryan's The Linearity of Light; Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini (performed by Avan Yu); Stravinsky's Petrouchka. In Toronto and Quebec City, the orchestra will perform Shostakovich's Symphony No.5 on the second half of the program, replacing the Stravinsky work.

"Tours are important to symphony orchestras for a variety of reasons," said VSO President & CEO Jeff Alexander. "They bring significant attention to the home country, province and city; they assist in establishing long-lasting business relationships in each tour country for tour sponsors and funders; they raise the artistic level and capacity of the orchestra, and of course the national and international profile of the orchestra as well. We are delighted to be able to plan these tours, and look forward to an exciting series of concerts for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on the national and international stage."

For further information, and to request interviews with Jeff Alexander or Bramwell Tovey, please contact Stephanie Fung as above.

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Stephanie Fung
Public Relations Associate

Assistant to Jeff Alexander, President & CEO

Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

601 Smithe Street, Vancouver, V6B 5G1

Tel: 604.684.9100 x266; Fax: 604.684.9264

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Friday, February 1, 2008

NAC, Feb 6 and 12: Manhattan on the Rideau jazz masterclass series - Jason Moran (piano) Feb. 6; Samir Chatterjee (jazz-fusion percussion) Feb. 12


Ottawa, Canada - The National Arts Centre's 2007-2008 "Manhattan on the Rideau" series of jazz masterclasses continues on Wednesday, February 6 with pianist Jason Moran, followed on Tuesday, February 12 by a jazz-fusion percussion workshop with tabla master Samir Chatterjee. Both sessions take place at the NAC's Fourth Stage from 12:00 noon to 14:00. Admission is free.

Manhattan on the Rideau links leading jazz faculty members of the Manhattan School of Music (MSM) with accomplished music students at the National Arts Centre. The sessions use the very latest in broadband videoconference technology to connect teachers and students in real time with high fidelity audio and video. The series is produced by NAC New Media as part of the Hexagon Project in association with MSM.

A masterclass is a one-on-one lesson in which a master musician teaches a selected student or ensemble under the watchful eyes of fellow students and members of the public. Each masterclass involves 2 to 3 students in succession followed by questions-and-answers.

Jason Moran was born in 1975 in Houston, Texas, and began studying piano at age 6. His aspirations and talents eventually led him to New York City where he continued his education at the Manhattan School of Music to study with pianist Jaki Byard, a jazz leftist who became Moran's teacher for four years and a role model for life. Since 1997, Moran has been a fixture in Greg Osby's touring and recording bands. Moran made his professional recording debut on Osby's 1997 Blue Note CD, Further Ado, which brought him to the attention of Blue Note executives who signed the pianist to his own record deal shortly thereafter.

Moran has performed as a sideman with such artists as Cassandra Wilson, Joe Lovano, Don Byron, Steve Coleman, Lee Konitz, Von Freeman, Ravi Coltrane, and Stefon Harris. Rolling Stone proclaimed Moran "the most provocative thinker in current jazz," and he topped the Down Beat Critics Poll in three categories in 2003 and 2004. He has been lecturer/instructor at Banff Center for The Arts, Denmark's Vallekilde Jazz Camp, Skidmore and Manhattan School of Music.

Pandit Samir Chatterjee is a virtuoso Tabla player of India. He travels widely across the world throughout the year performing in numerous festivals as a soloist or with other outstanding musicians from both Indian and western traditions. His compositions are widely acclaimed as well as his writings. Pandit Chatterjee has performed in concert and on numerous recordings as soloist, accompanying many of India's greatest musicians and in collaboration with western musicians of outstanding calibre. He lives in New York, where he has become a catalyst in the fusion of Indian and Western music, performing with many jazz and avant-garde musicians.

Pandit Samir Chatterjee has been teaching for the last 25 years and many of his students are established performers. Pandit Samir Chatterjee has also a career as a musicologist and journalist, contributing to many different newspapers and periodicals. He won gold medal for his proficiency in a musical examination (equivalent to B.Mus.). He has two master degrees to his credit, in English and History.

The NAC's Hexagon project supports education outreach activities by leveraging next-generation networks like Canada's CA*net4 (www.canarie.ca) and Internet2 (www.internet2.org) in the United States as well as regional high speed networks throughout the world. The NAC's broadband infrastructure includes state-of-the-art optical network access in all its performance spaces as well as on-site videoconference and audio-video production facilities. Hexagon projects include tele-mentoring sessions with master teachers in music, theatre and dance.

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Jane Morris

Communications Officer/Agente de communication

National Arts Centre Orchestra/Orchestre du Centre national des Arts

Telephone/Tłęlłęphone: 613-947-7000 x 335

Fax: 613-996-2828

www.nac-cna.ca

www.artsalive.ca

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