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Monday, March 31, 2008

Protest at CBC Vancouver on April 1

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contemporary composer Anita Sleeman of West Vancouver, BC is spearheading a protest on Tuesday morning at 10am at the CBC building Temporary Entrance, 775 Cambie Street in Vancouver. She is asking everyone who disagrees with the elimination of the CBC Orchestra to attend, including musicians, listeners, and members of the public.

"Composers depend on the skill and dedication of such performers as the CBC Radio Orchestra for the production of their compositions, music which presents unique techniques and concept approaches, beyond the requirements of the mainstream repertoire. Discontinuing this ensemble is putting musical creation back into the nineteenth century."

"The CBC belongs to the people of Canada, not a political party. The President of CBC was a Harper appointee. If the people of Canada don't want the public purse raided, we must stand up to this cultural tyranny."

For more information contact: thinkAbstract@shaw.ca
www.anitasleeman.com

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Canadian Music Centre and Canadian League of Composers Shocked By Decision to Disband CBC Radio Orchestra

March 28, 2008, Toronto, ON ĺ─ý Today, the Canadian Music Centre and the Canadian League of Composers, are trying to come to terms with the CBC Radio's decision to disband its orchestra ĺ─ý the last radio orchestra still functioning in North America. This announcement, made privately yesterday in Vancouver with less than a 24 hour notice to the orchestra's musicians, has left much of the Canadian musical community questioning the broadcaster's commitment to both classical music and its own broader cultural mandate.

Elisabeth Bihl, CMC Executive Director, believes that "the decision to disband the CBC Radio Orchestra must have been a decision made with little to no input from the Canadian public or our music community. The orchestra may have been around for some 70 years - but since when is longevity equated automatically with having already served its purpose?"

She further states that "the need for CBC Radio to fulfill its mandate to showcase Canadian talent has not evaporated with time. If CBC management can simply destroy such a vitally important infrastructure for Canadian talent, then it must be held publicly accountable. As a government funded institution, it must see beyond its immediate actions of budget cutting and pursue its mandate cultural role ĺ─ý for the benefit of all Canadians."

Jennifer McGuire, Executive Director of CBC English Radio, indicated yesterday that the money "saved" as a result of this decision will be used more efficiently by spending it on other Radio 2 musical programs. While also asserting that CBC Radio was still committed to innovative and creative Canadian music, she made no concrete indication that this funding would be used to directly support future classical music programming.

As organizations focused on the promotion of Canadian composers and their work, the Canadian Music Centre and Canadian League of Composers, see this most recent CBC Radio announcement as yet another in a series of decisions made without input from the communities to which the broadcaster is ultimately accountable ĺ─ý both its listeners and the broader Canadian public. Sadly, the disbanding of the CBC Radio Orchestra came as a fait-a-compli news yesterday afternoon.

Ms. Bihl feels that the following statement made today (via e-mail) by Sarah Davis Buechner, a piano professor at the University, all too accurately sums up this situation: "It is a sad day in the history of this country when artists have to stand up to defend their contributions against the very institutions which were founded to foster cultural understanding, emotional connection and pride in the Canadian national character."

Established in 1959, the Canadian Music Centre exists to stimulate the awareness, appreciation and performance of Canadian music, making the music of its Associate Composers available through its music libraries and through various promotional and outreach activities. The CMC is Canada's primary information resource, producer, distributor of concert music and sound recordings.

Founded in 1951, the Canadian League of Composers is the oldest organization in Canada that speaks for professional composers in an official capacity. It represents the interests of composers, monitoring and influencing the conditions that affect their livelihood and public image.

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For further information, please contact:

Steven W. Foster

Manager of Communications & Resource Development

Phone: 416.961.6601 ext. 303 Email: sfoster@musiccentre.ca

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Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ Celebrate the Legacy of Hermann Kotzschmar - April 15

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý The Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ will celebrate the Legacy of Hermann Kotzschmar, Portland's pre-eminent musician of the late 19th century and the organ's namesake, on Tuesday, April 15, 2008. This marks the 100th anniversary of Hermann Kotzschmar's death.

The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Portland's Merrill Auditorium. Organists/choir directors Harold Stover, Albert Melton and Chip Kaufman will join Portland Municipal Organist Ray Cornils in a concert featuring works of J. S. Bach, Franz Joseph Haydn, Will Macfarlane, John Knowles Paine, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Mr. Kotzschmar. Highlights of the program include Haydn's "The Heavens Are Telling" (from The Creation), Bach's "Fugue in Eb Major" (St. Anne), Macfarlane's "Evening Bells and Cradle Song," and Kotzschmar's "Rejoice in the Lord" and "Commercial Street Polka."

Choirs from First Parish Church UU, Portland; First Parish Church, UCC, Brunswick; St. Luke's Cathedral, Portland and Woodfords Congregational Church will join the Organists and Directors for this special celebration.

Hermann Kotzschmar, a German native, moved to Portland in 1849, where he worked as organist at First Parish Church Unitarian Universalist for 47 years, and as a choral conductor in Portland. Kotzschmar was a talented musician, composing music as well as instructing hundreds of students at the "Kotzschmar Piano School" for more than 50 years. His great friend, Cyrus H. Curtis, donated the Kotzschmar Organ to the City of Portland as a permanent fixture of City Hall in memory of Hermann Kotzschmar.

Admission is a suggested $12 at the door; under 21 free.

About the Kotzschmar Organ
The Kotzschmar Memorial Organ, built in 1912 by the Austin Organ Company of Hartford Connecticut, is this nation's oldest working municipal organ. With 5 manuals for the hands, a 32-note pedal board, 6857 pipes from Čç inch to 32 feet in length, 87 stops, 101 ranks, it is truly one of this nation's musical treasures.

About Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ
Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ was founded in 1981 as a result of the city of Portland's need to withdraw funding for the organ due to financial limitations. Today, dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the Kotzschmar Organ, the Friend's responsibilities include raising funds, presenting concerts and educational programs and engaging the services of a Municipal Organist.

For more information on any of the concerts contact Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ Executive Director Kathleen Grammer, 207-883-4234 or visit www.foko.org.

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The Legacy of Hermann Kotzschmar

July 4, 1829- April 15, 1908

Homeland Traditions

The Heavens Are Telling (from The Creation) Franz Joseph Haydn

Chorus 1732-1809

Ray Cornils, conductor, Harold Stover, organ

Fugue in Eb Major (St. Anne) Johann Sebastian Bach

Albert Melton, organ 1685-1750

Happy and Blest Are They (from St. Paul) Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy

Chorus 1809-1847

Albert Melton, conductor, Ray Cornils, organ

When Will Ye Think of Me? Hermann Kotzschmar

Soloist TBA

Hermann Kotzschmar in Portland

Rejoice in the Lord Hermann Kotzschmar

Chorus

Chip Kaufmann, conductor, Ray Cornils, organ

The Leviathan March Hermann Kotzschmar

Ray Cornils, organ

Commercial Street Polka Hermann Kotzschmar

Henry Kramer, piano

Variations on the Austrian Hymn John Knowles Paine

Ray Cornils, organ 1839-1906

The Kotzschmar Hymn Hermann Kotzschmar

Chorus and audience

Hermann Kotzschmar's Legacy

Malaga Isaac Albeniz

Henry Kramer, piano

Evening Bells and Cradle Song Will C. Macfarlane

Harold Stover, organ 1870-1945

I Was Glad C. Hubert H. Parry

Chorus 1848-1918

Harold Stover, conductor, Albert Melton, organ

America, The Beautiful Will C. Macfarlane

Chorus and audience

Harold Stover, conductor, Ray Cornils, organ

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Karen Kain announces she is stepping down as Canada Council Chair

Ottawa, March 28, 2008 ĺ─ý Karen Kain, Chair of the Canada Council since September 2004, announced today she is stepping down on March 31 to dedicate herself completely to her full-time job as Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada.

"I accepted this position because I passionately believe in the essential role of the Canada Council and thought I would be able to devote sufficient time, attention and energy to it," she said in a letter to the Minister of Canadian Heritage. "Since my subsequent appointment as Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Canada, I have found it increasingly difficult to do justice to both positions."

"It is with regret that I accept Ms. Kain's resignation. Over the past three and a half years, she has contributed greatly to the successes of the Canada Council for the Arts," said Josłęe Verner, Minister of Canadian Heritage, Status of Women and Official Languages. "However, I understand her desire to fully direct her energy to her work with the National Ballet of Canada. I offer my sincere thanks for the leadership Ms. Kain has provided and wish her the very best in her future endeavours."

Ms. Kain described her experience at the Canada Council as "deeply rewarding" and thanked the federal government for increasing its financial support to the Canada Council during her tenure as Chair. The government announced last July that the Council's annual parliamentary appropriation would be increased by $30 million on an ongoing basis, following a one-time increase of $50 million over two years. Ms. Kain also presided over the celebration of the Canada Council's 50th anniversary in 2007 and, most recently, the development of a new Strategic Plan and Action Plan to guide the Council's activities over the next three years.

"I have been deeply honoured to have had the opportunity to lead the Canada Council for the Arts, which is one of the most important public institutions in the country," she said. "I am particularly proud of the Council's 50th anniversary year, when we drew attention to the outstanding Canadian artists and arts organizations that have contributed so much to the lives of Canadians, with Council support. I am also grateful for the appointment of a new Director in Robert Sirman, who has brought a new dynamic to the Canada Council at this important time in its history."

Under the Canada Council's governance policy, Vice-Chair Simon Brault will assume the official duties of the position until a new Chair is appointed by the federal government. The Chair's responsibilities include presiding at meetings of the Council's 11-member Board and representing the Council in its relations with the government, Parliament and the public.

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Moses Znaimer Calls Frustrated CBC Radio 2 Listeners

For immediate release ĺ─ý Wednesday, March 26, 2008

ATTENTION CBC Radio 2 CLASSICAL MUSIC LISTENERS!
KEEP CALM
AND CARRY ON
There Is An All Classical Alternative: www.classical963fm.com

"CBC Management should have the right to manage!
In any case, they cannot be held hostage to
the claim that there is no other source for classical music in English Canada."
ĺ─ý Moses Znaimer, Zoomer and Proprieter, The New Classical 96.3 FM


Calling all frustrated CBC Radio 2 listeners! Media innovator and Zoomer Moses Znaimer, proprietor of The New Classical 96.3 FM and 103.1 FM (in the Greater Toronto Area) wants Canadians in search of classical music to know that they DO have an alternative. Across Canada, and worldwide, classical music is available around the clock at http://www.classical963fm.com and for Bell ExpressVu's 1.8 million subscribers, on Channel 963.

Since its official re-launch in September 2007, Moses has dramatically transformed the content, look, and sound of The New Classical 96.3 FM and 103.1 FM, starting with Live in The Concert Lobby, a series of live and interactive hours of 'Concert and Conversation' with the greatest artists on the world stage today! These exclusive and high-profile performances have quickly established The New Classical 96.3 FM as a premier promotional stop for every major classical artist on tour. Most recently listeners were treated to the exquisite sounds of piano marvels Lang Lang and Yundi Li who performed to packed houses of VIPs and members of the Classical 96.3 FM Classical Club, now standing at 15,000 members and growing. Past performers have included vocal superstars Measha Brueggergosman and Ben Heppner; violinist Lara St. John; The Gryphon Trio; The Canadian Brass; and pre-eminent pianists Angela Hewitt and Leif Ove Andsnes.

Other station innovations include revitalized morning, drive-home and late-night shows with the station's CJs (Classical Jocks); the re-introduction of vocal music; and more themed weekend programming including a By-Request Hour and Sunday Night At The Opera.

The New Classical 96.3 FM is also the premiere source for the breaking news in the classical music world. In addition to the usual up to the minute news, traffic and weather, there is information on the arts: season announcements, special concerts and awards ceremonies. On the horizon, Moses plans to dispatch "The Classical Corps", a battalion of mobile young reporters who will cover a multitude of cultural events. A classical music game show is also in the works. There you have it ĺ─ý the future of classical music in Canada is alive and well at The New Classical 96.3 FM. Moses Znaimer invites all classical music lovers to turn on and tune in anywhere in Canada, and the world.

AT THE NEW CLASSICAL 96.3 FM, IT'S ALL CLASSICAL, ALL THE TIME
Tune in to the next "Live in The Concert Lobby" event:
TOMORROW! Thursday, March 27 from 12noon ĺ─ý 1pm
Canadian Vocal Sensations Baritone Russell Braun and Tenor Michael Schade

96.3 FM and 103.1 FM (GTA+)
http://www.classical963fm.com
Bell ExpressVu Channel 963


Media contact:
Leanne Wright, MZMedia
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Thursday, March 27, 2008

COMMUNIQUłÔ : Le dłęputłę Daniel Turp prłęsente le projet de crłęation de Radio-Qułębec, le lundi 7 avril

Dans le cadre des confłęrences du Cercle de musicologie de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal

Montrłęal, le 27 mars 2008 ĺ─ý Le Cercle de musicologie de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal recevra le dłęputłę Daniel Turp, le lundi 7 avril prochain, łŢ 16 h, dans le cadre de sa słęrie de confłęrences. Dłęputłę de Mercier łŢ l'Assemblłęe nationale du Qułębec, M. Turp prłęsentera le projet de crłęation d'une nouvelle radio publique, Radio-Qułębec. La confłęrence aura lieu au local B-421 de la Facultłę de musique de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal (200, Vincent d'Indy, Montrłęal, młętro łÔdouard-Montpetit).

Intitulłęe Č┤ Le projet de crłęation de Radio-Qułębec : Une place pour la musique et un espace pour la młędiation musicale Ȭ, cette confłęrence a pour but de prłęsenter łŢ la communautłę des musiciens, des musicologues et des młęlomanes le projet de crłęation d'une nouvelle radio musicale. Elle fournira łęgalement au grand public une occasion unique de discuter avec le dłęputłę Turp et de lui poser des questions sur ce projet.

Rłęsumłę de la confłęrence

L'initiative de doter le Qułębec de sa propre radio publique se veut un projet destinłę łŢ crłęer un espace pour la culture. Outre la musique, qui reprłęsenterait une part importante de sa programmation et de ses activitłęs, et les autres arts, la parole y occuperait une place de choix.

S'agissant en particulier de la musique, l'univers musical de Radio-Qułębec privilłęgierait une łęcoute młęlomane, mais non spłęcialisłęe, plutłąt que le simple fond musical ou le divertissement. Pour donner un sens łŢ cette łęcoute, Radio-Qułębec ferait une place łŢ la młędiation musicale de fał▀on łŢ ce que les ëýuvres prłęsentłęes puissent łütre apprłęciłęes et situłęes dans leur contexte.

Consciente du devoir de młęmoire qui lui incomberait, elle serait soucieuse de donner accł«s łŢ la musique qui a rłęsistłę au temps et serait łęgalement łŢ l'affł¬t des phłęnomł«nes łęmergents et, tournłęe vers l'avenir, favoriserait la crłęation.

Tant sur les ondes que sur une plate-forme łęlectronique, Radio-Qułębec pourrait dłęvelopper une programmation autour de l'enregistrement, de la captation et de la production d'un nombre significatif des concerts donnłęs par les orchestres et ensembles nationaux, rłęgionaux et locaux du Qułębec, prłęsentłęs par les conservatoires et facultłęs de musique et organisłęs dans le cadre des nombreux festivals de musique se dłęroulant sur l'ensemble du territoire du Qułębec.

En sa qualitłę de diffuseur national, et dans le respect de la diversitłę culturelle, Radio-Qułębec accorderait une place significative au contenu qułębłęcois tout en assurant un accł«s aux diverses expressions culturelles provenant des autres pays du monde et collaborerait, łŢ cette fin, avec les autres radios publiques nationales ainsi qu'avec l'Organisation des radios francophones publiques (ORFP) et le Conseil international des radios tłęlłęvisions d'expression franł▀aise (CIRTEF).

Daniel Turp

Daniel Turp est dłęputłę du Parti Qułębłęcois łŢ l'Assemblłęe nationale du Qułębec pour la circonscription de Mercier (Montrłęal). Il est membre de la Commission des institutions. Il est łęgalement vice-prłęsident de la Dłęlłęgation de l'Assemblłęe nationale pour les relations avec l'Europe. Il exerce les fonctions de porte-parole en matił«re de rłęforme des institutions dłęmocratiques ainsi qu'en matił«re de Relations internationales et de Francophonie. Il est membre de la Č┤ Mission Identitłę, langue, culture et relations extłęrieures Ȭ de l'aile parlementaire du Parti Qułębłęcois łŢ l'Assemblłęe nationale. Il a assumłę les fonctions de porte-parole de l'Opposition officielle en matił«re de culture et de communications entre 2004 et 2007. Les activitłęs du dłęputłę Turp sont prłęsentłęes sur le site łęlectronique www.danielturp.org.

Le dłęputłę Turp est łŢ l'origine du Mouvement Radio-Qułębec (www.danielturp.org/radio-qc) qui promeut la crłęation d'une radio publique qułębłęcoise. Il est l'auteur d'un article paru le 15 mars 2008 dans la revue Argument intitulłę Č┤ De la dłęrive d'Espace musique łŢ la crłęation Radio-Qułębec : du choix du divertissement łŢ un espace pour la culture Ȭ, Argument (Vol. 10, no 2- Printemps-łÔtłę 2008).

Daniel Turp est professeur titulaire łŢ la Facultłę de droit de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal depuis 1982 et est en congłę pour fonction politique. Il enseigne le droit international public, le droit international et constitutionnel des droits fondamentaux ainsi que le droit constitutionnel avancłę. Les activitłęs du professeur Turp sont prłęsentłęes sur le site łęlectronique www.danielturp.org/professeur.

Cercle de musicologie

Le Cercle de musicologie de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal est un organe de l'AłÔMUM (Association des łętudiant(e)s en musique de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal) dont l'objectif est de crłęer un rłęseau des łętudiants en musicologie. Les activitłęs du Cercle sont variłęes et s'łętendent de rencontres sociales jusqu'aux journłęes d'łętude, en passant par le groupe courriel et la słęrie de confłęrences.

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Source :

Marie-Hłęlł«ne Benoit-Otis

Prłęsidente, Cercle de musicologie

info@cercledemusicologie.com

www.cercledemusicologie.com

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L'Orchestre de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal prłęsente Vivier1 + Mahler5, le samedi 5 avril

Montrłęal, le 27 mars 2008 ĺ─ý L'Orchestre de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal, sous la direction de Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest, prłęsentera la Symphonie no 5 de Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) lors du concert de clłąture de sa saison 2007-2008, le samedi 5 avril prochain, łŢ 19 h 30, łŢ la salle Claude-Champagne.

La premił«re partie du programme de la soirłęe comprend l'ëýuvre Lonely Child de Claude Vivier (1948-1983), qui permettra d'entendre la soprano Kripa Nageshwar, łętudiante łŢ la małĂtrise łŢ la Facultłę de musique, ainsi que la crłęation d'Upload de Margareta Jeric (nłęe en 1982), gagnante ex-aequo du 1er prix du Concours de composition 2007 de l'OUM.

Ce concert s'inscrit dans le cadre de la Słęrie Hommage łŢ Claude Vivier de Montrłęal/Nouvelles Musiques.

La Cinquił«me Symphonie de Mahler

Gustav Mahler crłęa lui-młüme, en 1904, sa Cinquił«me Symphonie, ëýuvre dans laquelle il renouvelle totalement sa vision de l'łęcriture symphonique. Exempte de tout łęlłęment descriptif, faisant łętat d'un art purement orchestral, la Cinquił«me Symphonie correspond parfaitement łŢ l'adage de Č┤ la musique pour la musique Ȭ. Mahler rompt avec la structure traditionnelle et articule son ëýuvre en cinq mouvements, divisłęs en trois parties. Bien qu'entamłęe par une marche funł«bre, la symphonie se conclut par un Finale dłębordant de joie de vivre, introduit par le Choral de la vie aux cuivres et couronnłę par une coda apothłęotique.

Claude Vivier et Lonely Child

Compositeur qułębłęcois sacrłę Č┤ trłęsor national Ȭ par ses pairs, Claude Vivier a łętłę un ardent dłęfenseur de la crłęation musicale au Qułębec. Il a puisłę son inspiration łŢ diffłęrentes sources sans jamais trahir son monde intłęrieur, riche de voyages et de langues inventłęes. Ses rłęflexions autobiographiques sur l'enfance, la mort, le rituel, le cosmos caractłęrisent ses grandes ëýuvres vocales telles que Lonely Child, pour soprano et orchestre. L'instrumentation de cette pił«ce nous transporte au cëýur de rituels bouddhistes tibłętains, tandis que le texte, łęcrit en franł▀ais ainsi que dans une langue inventłęe par Vivier lui-młüme, chante l'innocence de l'enfance. ëÝuvre quasi-mystique, tanguant entre la puretłę et l'aliłęnation, Lonely Child est un des plus beaux tłęmoins du style de Vivier, que GyłĆrgy Ligeti dłęcrira en ces termes : Č┤ Ni nłęo ni rłętro łŢ la mode d'Arvo Płžrt, ni młüme avant-gardiste comme Stockhausen, mais portant le flambeau d'une łęcole łŢ part : un Č┤ viviłęrisme Ȭ, inventeur de timbres. Ȭ

Margareta Jeric et Upload

Originaire de Croatie, Margareta Jeric vit łŢ Montrłęal depuis 1990. Aprł«s avoir łętudiłę l'accordłęon et le piano, elle se tourne vers la composition. Elle a łętudiłę avec Alan Belkin et Michel Longtin et poursuit actuellement des łętudes de doctorat auprł«s d'Ana Sokolovic et de Robert Normandeau łŢ la Facultłę de musique de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal. Č┤ Upload, dit la compositrice, est une pił«ce en un mouvement, dont la cellule de base est un motif de quatre notes duquel dłęcoule tout le matłęriau musical et rythmique de la pił«ce. Młętamorphosłę et dans certains cas totalement imperceptible, ce matłęriau a donnłę naissance łŢ deux thł«mes principaux et łŢ l'harmonie ainsi qu'łŢ la forme globale de l'ëýuvre. Il s'agit d'une pił«ce trł«s vivante, entrecoupłęe de deux sections calmes et młęditatives. De cette pił«ce łęmanent une folie et une joie de vivre łętincelantes. Ȭ

L'Orchestre de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal, sous la direction de Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest

Dł«s sa crłęation en 1993, l'Orchestre de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal (OUM) a suscitłę un vłęritable engouement. L'orchestre a słęduit d'emblłęe le public montrłęalais grłóce łŢ l'enthousiasme communicatif de ses musiciens et de son directeur artistique, Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest, qui ont contribułę łŢ donner un caractł«re particulier łŢ chacun des concerts de l'OUM. Le talent, l'łęnergie et la frałĂcheur de cet orchestre de plus de 80 musiciens łęblouissent; son professionnalisme convainc. Sa saison artistique (quatre concerts ainsi qu'une collaboration annuelle avec l'Atelier d'opłęra) est non seulement une occasion pour les łętudiants de se familiariser avec la vie professionnelle et de frłęquenter un rłępertoire variłę allant de la musique baroque łŢ la musique contemporaine, mais aussi, de vivre des moments de grłóce durant lesquels technique et musicalitłę ne font qu'un.

L'Orchestre de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal est le carrefour des łęnergies crłęatrices de la Facultłę en rłęunissant ses instrumentistes, ses solistes, ses compositeurs et ses chanteurs. L'OUM tient chaque annłęe un concours de solistes et un concours de composition dont les laurłęats occupent une place de choix dans la programmation de la saison suivante.

VIVIER1 + MAHLER5

L'Orchestre de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal

sous la direction de Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest

PROGRAMME :

Margareta Jeric : Upload (crłęation)

Claude Vivier : Lonely Child pour soprano et orchestre (1980)

Kripa Nageshwar, soprano
Mahler : Symphonie no 5 en ut dił«se mineur (1904)

Le samedi 5 avril 2008 ĺ─ý 19 h 30

Salle Claude-Champagne de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal

220, av. Vincent-d'Indy, Montrłęal

(młętro łÔdouard-Montpetit)

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

Billetterie ADMISSION (514 790-1245) ou en vente łŢ la porte

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

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Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Le Big Band de l'UdeM accueille le clarinettiste Andrłę Moisan, le jeudi 3 avril

Avec la participation de la Chorale jazz de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal

Montrłęal, le 26 mars 2008 ĺ─ý Le Big Band de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal, sous la direction de Ron Di Lauro, vous convie au dernier concert de sa saison 2007-2008, le jeudi 3 avril prochain, łŢ 19 h 30, łŢ la salle Claude-Champagne.

ł─ cette occasion, le Big Band accueillera comme invitłę spłęcial le clarinettiste Andrłę Moisan, qui cłęlł«bre cette annłęe ses 30 ans de carrił«re. La Chorale jazz de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal, sous la direction de Vincent Morel, se joindra aux musiciens du Big Band pour une partie du concert.

Au programme :

Spring Is Here ĺ─ý Lorenz Hart/Richard Rodgers, arr. : Lennie Niehaus

Game of Inches ĺ─ý Gordon Goodwin

Ride Home ĺ─ý Rłęmi Bolduc

Uno Mł░s ĺ─ý Paul Lopez

Days Of Wine And Roses ĺ─ý Henry Mancini, arr. : Maria Schneider

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Chattanooga Choo Choo ĺ─ý Mack Gordon/Harry Warren, arr. : Mike Carubia
Indiana ĺ─ý James F. Hanley, arr. : Ryan Jesperson

Satin Doll ĺ─ý Mercer, Ellington, Strayhorn, arr. : Mike Carubia
Get Me To The Church On Time ĺ─ý Lerner/Lowe, arr. : Mike Carubia

Avec la Chorale jazz de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal

ENTRACTE

All Of Me ĺ─ý Seymour Simons/Gerald Marks, arr. : Billy Byers

**

Under The Wire ĺ─ý Gordon Goodwin

Symphonie no 40 en sol mineur ĺ─ý W. A. Mozart, arr. et adapt. Gordon Goodwin

Petite Fleur ĺ─ý Sydney Bechet, arr. : Rłęmi Bolduc

Thad Said No ĺ─ý Gordon Goodwin

Ballad For Benny ĺ─ý Oliver Nelson

Prelude, Fugue, and Riffs ĺ─ý Leonard Bernstein

Invitłę spłęcial : Andrłę Moisan, clarinette

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Rłęputłę pour sa małĂtrise de l'instrument, sa grande musicalitłę et la clartłę de son jeu, le clarinettiste Andrłę Moisan cłęlł«bre, en 2008, ses 30 ans de carrił«re en tant que musicien professionnel. Occupant le pupitre de saxophone solo et de clarinette basse au sein de lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal depuis mai 1999, il dirige łęgalement lĺ─˘orchestre, entre autres, lors de concerts jeune public. Au fil des ans, il a reł▀u plusieurs nominations pour des prix Opus et ses enregistrements ont retenu lĺ─˘attention de la critique internationale. On peut l'entendre rłęgulił«rement en concert et łŢ la radio, tant comme soliste que comme chambriste. Andrłę Moisan est professeur agrłęgłę łŢ la Facultłę de musique de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal.

Le Big Band de lĺ─˘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 lĺ─˘excellence du secteur jazz de la Facultłę de musique de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal.

La Chorale jazz de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal, dirigłęe par Vincent Morel, est formłęe de 25 łŢ 30 łętudiants qui participent avec enthousiasme łŢ cette formation explorant le rłępertoire jazz. La Chorale se produit łŢ l'Universitłę de Montrłęal, mais aussi dans dĺ─˘autres institutions d'enseignement et des lieux consacrłęs au jazz dans la rłęgion montrłęalaise.



LE BIG BAND DE Lĺ─˘UNIVERSITłÔ DE MONTRłÔAL

Invitłę spłęcial : Andrłę Moisan, clarinette

Avec la participation de la Chorale jazz de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal

Jeudi 3 avril 2008 ĺ─ý 19 h 30

Salle Claude-Champagne

220, Vincent-dĺ─˘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

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TSO April Concerts


Roll over Beethoven,
make room for the Chairman of the Board!
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Celebrates Sinatra!

Other April Highlights include
Opera Favourites and Tchaikovsky Symphony 4

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra's Pops Concert Series continues with Celebrate Sinatra, a swinging tribute to the blue-eyed legend from Hoboken. Cincinnati's Jeff Tyzik joins the TSO as guest conductor for the evening's concert, which also features guest vocalist Steve Lippia on scooby-dooby-duties. The programme covers all the classic tunes that made Frankie a legend, from Come Fly with Me and All the Way, to New York, New York and That's Life. There will be three performances only, April 22 at 8pm, April 23 at 2pm and 8pm.

On April 25, Alain Trudel concludes the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra's season with the "little one", Beethoven's Symphony No. 8, and a rousing performance of Shostakovich's popular work, Symphony No. 5.

On April 26 and 27, passion, drama, and epic adventure reign as guest conductor James Gaffigan leads soprano Sally Dibblee, rising tenor (and one of the judges of Bravo's Bathroom Divas) Luc Robert, and the TSO through some of the most popular operas ever written, including works by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Wagner, Rossini, and more. Opera Favourites features operatic overtures, duets, and interludes from La Bohł«me, The Barber of Seville, Tristan and Isolde, and many others.

On April 30 and May 1, Estonian conductor Eri Klas makes his TSO debut conducting Tchaikovsky Symphony 4 and master pianist Alexander Toradze returns with Prokofiev's thrilling showpiece, Piano Concerto No. 3.

April at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Pops, Opera, and Tchaikovsky Symphony 4!
Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto
Celebrate Sinatra: Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 8pm
& Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at 2pm and 8pm
* Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra: Friday, April 25, 2008 at 7:30pm *
Opera Favourites: Saturday, April 26, 2008 at 7:30pm & Sunday, April 27, 2008 at 3pm
Tchaikovsky Symphony 4: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 at 8pm & Thursday, May 1, 2008 at 8pm

For tickets to all TSO concerts, call Roy Thomson Hall box office 416.593.4828
or online http://www.tso.ca/

*George Weston Recital Hall, 5040 Yonge Street
Tickets to this concert can be purchased through Ticketmaster at 416.872.1111
or online at www.ticketmaster.ca

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Choral Art Society to Present Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý The Choral Art Society (CAS) singers will present Sergei Rachmaninoff's beautiful a cappella All-Night Vigil on Sunday, May 4 at 3:00 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, located at 307 Congress Street in Portland. All advance tickets are $15, admission at the door will be $20.

All-Night Vigil is an a cappella choral composition written and originally premiered in 1915. It is one of Rachmaninoff's most admired works, as well as one of his personal favorites. The piece is comprised of the settings of texts taken from the Russian Orthodox liturgical services, and is widely considered "the greatest musical achievement of the Russian Orthodox Church." The a cappella chorus is so richly textured that the blending of singers' voices evokes the sound of an orchestra.

Sunday's performance at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is sponsored by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Portland . Tickets are available through CAS and all CAS ticket outlets, call 207-828-0043 or visit www.choralart.org for more information.

In addition to Sunday's performance, CAS will also perform All-Night Vigil on Saturday, May 3 at 8:00 p.m. at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, 27 Bartlett Street in Lewiston , Maine . Suggested donations at the door will benefit the Basilica's organ restoration fund. There is a third performance planned for Saturday, May 10th at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, 5 Paleologos Street in Peabody, Massachusetts.

About The Choral Art Society:
The Society has more than 150 members who perform in three distinct ensembles: the symphonic Masterworks Chorus, the mid-sized Choral Art Singers, and the intimate a cappella Camerata. All singers are skilled amateurs, selected by audition. The Society offers an annual concert series and appears regularly as guests of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Robert Russell, professor of music at the University of Southern Maine , is the conductor and artistic director of The Choral Art Society.

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Music at Sharon Festival


MUSIC AT SHARON CONCERT SERIES
RETURNS FOR FOUR DELIGHTFUL SUNDAY AFTERNOONS THIS JUNE

After the tremendous success of last year's festival, Music at Sharon will be back again this summer! For the second year Stephen Cera has been appointed as artistic director to create a musical feast inspired by the Temple's history and designed to showcase its extraordinary acoustics. The festival offers high quality summer concerts not found anywhere else in Ontario, thus providing a unique musical experience to the residents of Toronto and the GTA.

Beloved Quebec soprano Suzie LeBlanc will open the festival with "Songs of Earth and Heaven" on Sunday, June 1, at 3pm. She was recently described by The Australian as "Čńa singer of the highest quality, she dazzled and entranced with her impeccable vocal control and a sound of wonderful beautyČńThis was music-making to live for." The concert programme includes songs by Mozart, Poulenc, Faure, Debussy, Messiaen, and Weill, all accompanied on the piano by Robert Kortgaard.

The second concert of the festival will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Olivier Messiaen. Pianist Louise Bessette, violinist Olivier Thouin, cellist Yegor Dyachkov, and clarinetist Simon Aldrich will present the Quartet for the End of Time. Also on the bill is a world premiere by the young Quebec composer Nicolas Gilbert. An homage to Messiaen, this new work is scored for the same
instrumentation as the Quartet. Beethoven's youthful Clarinet Trio in B-flat, Opus 11, will complete the programme on Sunday, June 8, at 3pm.

Works by Mozart, Ibert, Poulenc, Eliot Weisgarber, and Gershwin will be explored by the award winning pianist Sara Davis Buechner on Sunday, June 15, at 3pm. The Washington Post enthused: "Buechner's performance had a beauty that might have taken even Mozart's breath away." Buechner, a consummate performer, is always charming and engaging on stage.

A very special concert, titled "Beginning to See the Light", with a start time of 6pm on Sunday, June 22, will close the festival. Celebrating their 10th Anniversary, True North Brass initially burst on to the scene in 1997, and has since solidified its reputation as one of the world's finest brass ensembles. Proudly Canadian in focus and expression with an international outlook, they will perform a delightful mix of classical, traditional, Canadian and jazz music including the historic Tunes of the Sharon Band. The concert, marking the Summer Solstice, will take advantage of the unique spatial and architectural characteristics of the Sharon Temple by positioning the musicians on a balcony high above the performance space.

Stephen Cera is best known for his role as vice president, concert music programming, with Toronto's Livent Inc. where he developed the distinguished concert season at the George Weston Recital Hall from 1991 - 2000. His connection to Sharon dates back to the late-80s when, as a CBC Radio music producer, he recorded for broadcast a series of performances in the Temple, including the Orford Quartet and renowned Italian pianist Aldo Ciccolini.

A national historic site, the Sharon Temple of the Children of Peace was built from 1825 - 1831 by a group of former Quakers who called themselves the Children of Peace. The Temple was designed to represent their vision of a society based on the values of peace, equality, and social justice. The annual summer concert series was founded to celebrate the Temple's 150th anniversary and lasted initially from 1981 to 1990. Audiences will once again have the opportunity to experience the musical delights of this intimate 230-seat venue that topped the Toronto Star's 2006 list of essential Canadian architecture.

The Sharon Temple Museum Society presents
MUSIC AT SHARON CONCERT SERIES
Artistic Director Stephen Cera
June 1 - June 22, 2008
Temple of the Children of Peace
18974 Leslie Street in Sharon, ON
north of Newmarket near the northern terminus of Hwy. 404
Free Parking
Sunday, June 1, at 3pm: SUZIE LeBLANC, soprano
Sunday, June 8, at 3pm: MESSIAEN CENTENARY CONCERT
Sunday, June 15, at 3pm: SARA DAVIS BUECHNER, piano
Sunday, June 22, at 6pm: TRUE NORTH BRASS, quintet
Tickets $45
Subscription for all four concerts $150 o Group discounts available
TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Call the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Customer Service Centre at 416.597.7840
http://www.sharontemple.ca/
Artists and programmes are subject to change.


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Monday, March 24, 2008

Laitman's Latest Song Cycle Commemorates 40th Anniversary of Deaths of Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr.

March 23, 2008

For Immediate Release



A new song cycle by acclaimed composer Lori Laitman, commissioned to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the tragic deaths of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, will premiere on April 18, 2008 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.



For this commission by the Lyrica Society for Word-Music Relations, Laitman selected two unpublished poems which reflect on life, death and the notion of legacy. Titled "And Music Shall Not End," the cycle includes the works of poets Anne Ranasinghe and John Wood.


Holocaust-survivor Anne Ranasinghe's poem, "Partial Lunar Eclipse, September 7th, 2006," reflects on the mystery and timelessness of the universe, as well as her realization that she is nearing the end of her life, while John Wood's poem, "A Pastoral Lament," dedicated to a colleague upon his death, is a message of love and grief and a celebration of an enduring legacy.


Mezzo Soprano D'Anna Fortunato will perform the works with composer Lori Laitman at the piano. The performance will be presented at the Lehman Hall Music Room of Dudley House, Harvard Yard, at 4pm on Friday, April 18, 2008. Admission to the event is free of charge.


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Lori Laitman Seed of Dreams European Premiere April 2008

By Jona Rapoport
Artist Manager/Publicist
March 24, 2008


"The Seed of Dream", Lori Laitman's song cycle for baritone, cello and piano, will have its overseas premiere at The Tolerance Center of the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum in Vilna, Lithuania. The powerful song cycle is based on five poems written by Abraham Sutzkever during his imprisonment in the Vilna Ghetto, and stand witness to the transcendent power of art in the face of unimaginable cruelty and brutality.

Commissioned by Music of Remembrance, a Seattle-based organization dedicated to remembering Holocaust musicians through their art, the cycle saw its premiere performance in May of 2005 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, Washington. A recording of the song cycle will be released in April 2008 on the Naxos label.

A recent review of the cycle from the Journal of Singing is quoted as saying: "The American song composer, Lori Laitman, has been lauded by reviewers as one of the most extraordinary song composers working today, likening her to Ned Rorem. She has an innate ability to capture the essence of textual meaning, a keen perception of vocal nuance, and a lavish intellectual and musical vocabulary that she uses with a facile ease. It was with all of these extraordinary skills that she created a magnificent song cycle called The Seed of Dream..."

The concert, which will also include works by Brahms and Ulmann, takes place on April 29, 2008 in Vilna, with baritone Stein Skjervold, accompanied by pianist Rokas Subovas and cellist Mindaugas Backus.
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Pacific Opera presents REGINA, April 17-26

REGINA
SCENTED WITH MAGNOLIA, AND A WHIFF OF ARSENIC
APRIL 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 2008

IN BRIEF
Pacific Opera Victoria presents the Canadian premiere of an American
opera. Based on Lillian Hellman's 1939 play The Little Foxes, with a
sweeping cinematic score that blends jazz, ragtime, spirituals and blues
with hints of Copland and Bernstein, Marc Blitzstein's REGINA is
presented April 17, 19, 22, 24 and 26, 2008 at the Royal Theatre, 805
Broughton Street in Victoria.

REGINA is performed in English with a running time of approximately 2 Čç
hours with one intermission. All performances begin at 8pm. Priced
between $25 and $100, tickets are available from the Royal and McPherson
Box Office at (250) 386-6121, or on-line at www.rmts.bc.ca.

Student
RUSH tickets for those presenting valid student identification are
available at the door of the theatre, 45 minutes prior to each
performance, subject to availability. RUSH tickets are $15, inclusive
of all box office charges.


IN FULL
Pacific Opera Victoria provides a fresh, new experience for audiences
with the Canadian premiere of Marc Blitztein's REGINA. Based on Lillian
Hellman's 1939 play, The Little Foxes, REGINA is presented April 17, 19,
22, 24 and 26, 2008 at Victoria's Royal Theatre.

REGINA tells the gloriously toxic tale of a nouveau riche southern
family who have fuelled their greed through cynical marriages, the
exploitation of workers, and now theft and murder. Regina Giddens and
her two brothers, Ben and Oscar Hubbard, scheme for money and power.
When her ailing husband Horace opposes her plans, Regina denies him his
heart medication and he dies of a heart attack. Their daughter
Alexandra, realizing the true cause of Horace's death, finds the
strength to leave her mother. Having double-crossed her brothers as
well, Regina is left wealthy but alone.

REGINA premiered on Broadway in 1949 to critical acclaim, but most agree
that this work really belongs in the opera house. With its sweeping
cinematic score that blends jazz, ragtime, spirituals and blues with
hints of Copland and Bernstein, REGINA is drenched in the language and
music of America circa 1900. Blitzstein himself explained, "I wanted to
write something as real musically to Americans as Italian opera is to
the Italians".

Timothy Vernon conducts this Canadian premiere, which will be recorded
by CBC Radio for future broadcast on "Saturday Afternoon at the Opera".
Maestro Vernon has received national honours for his leadership in
Canadian opera. His great musical acumen and passion have guided
Pacific Opera Victoria since the company's inception, and his unique
ability to interpret new and existing works has engaged the community
and made POV a nationally recognized symbol of artistic excellence.
Glynis Leyshon, Artistic Director of the Vancouver Playhouse and former
Artistic Director of the Belfry Theatre, returns to Victoria to direct
the production with lighting designer Alan Brodie, costume designer Erin
Macklem and choreographer Anne Wootten. Pam Johnson (POV's 1999 Don
Giovanni) is creating a set that evokes the languid nostalgia of the
American South. This made-by-POV production of REGINA will be presented
by Utah Opera in January 2009.

Tallulah Bankhead described the role of Regina Giddens, which she
created on Broadway, as "etched in acid". Her sensational performance in
the stage play The Little Foxes was followed by Bette Davis's
Oscar-nominated portrayal in the 1941 film. "Regina is a tour-de-force
for an actor and requires no less intensity from a singer", declares
Timothy Vernon, Artistic Director of Pacific Opera Victoria. "We have
contracted the finest opera actors for this Canadian premiere, many of
whom have never performed with Pacific Opera Victoria, and we are
especially delighted to announce that Kimberly Barber will make both her
role and POV debut as Regina."

Kimberly Barber has performed throughout the world and is acclaimed for
the power and beauty of her voice and the intelligence and intensity of
her acting. She performs opposite another newcomer to POV, Dean Elzinga,
as Horace Giddens. Mr. Elzinga has impressed the New York Times with
the "mesmerizing dramatic intensity" of his performances. They are
joined by Robyn Driedger-Klassen as their daughter, Alexandra, and by
Kathleen Brett (POV's Romłęo et Juliette) as Birdie, Tracie Luck as
Addie, Doug MacNaughton (POV's The Tempest) and Gregory Dahl (POV's Don
Giovanni) as Ben and Oscar, Lawrence Wiliford as Leo and DeAndre Simmons
as Cal. Victoria's jazz diva, Louise Rose, makes her POV debut as the
appropriately named Jazz.

Performed in English with English surtitles, Pacific Opera Victoria's
production of REGINA runs April 17, 19, 22, 24 and 26, 2008 at the
Royal Theatre in Victoria. All performances begin at 8pm. Priced
between $25 and $100, tickets are available from the Royal and McPherson
Box Office at (250) 386-6121 or www.rmts.bc.ca.

Student RUSH tickets for those presenting valid student identification
are available at the door of the theatre, 45 minutes prior to each
performance, subject to availability. RUSH tickets are $15, inclusive
of all box office charges.

For more information, please contact Pacific Opera Victoria at (250)
385-0222 or visit www.pov.bc.ca.

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Benjamin Zander Delivers Special Pre-Concert Talks for the TSO, April 3 and 5

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra is especially pleased to welcome the multi-talented Maestro Benjamin Zander to Toronto and Roy Thomson Hall in the first week of April. As a prominent Mahler interpreter and specialist, he will conduct Mahler's Symphony No. 5, as well as deliver pre-concert talks from the stage to all members of the audience.

After completing his studies at Harvard, Maestro Zander settled in Boston and in 1967 joined the New England Conservatory, where he teaches the Interpretation Class, conducts the Youth Philharmonic Orchestra, and regularly conducts the Conservatory's orchestras. In 1979 he became the conductor of the Boston Philharmonic Orchestra and in their 28 seasons together they have performed an extensive repertoire with an emphasis on late-Romantic and early-twentieth century composers, including Gustav Mahler's complete symphony cycle. To celebrate the orchestra's 25th anniversary in 2003-2004, the BPO completed an all-Mahler season, including a concert of Mahler's Second Symphony at Carnegie Hall.

Maestro Zander is currently recording Beethoven and Mahler Symphonies for the Telarc label with the Philharmonia Orchestra of London. His earlier Mahler recordings were awarded prizes from High Fidelity magazine, the Critic's Choice by the German Record Critic's Award Association, and a Grammy Award-nomination.

In addition to being an internationally renowned conductor, Zander is a respected teacher and speaker. He has an extensive speaking career, traveling the world lecturing to organizations on leadership. He was just presented with the Crystal Award for "outstanding contributions in the Arts and international relations" in Switzerland. His philosophy on teaching, conducting, and leadership are outlined in the best-selling book, The Art of Possibility, which he co-authored with his wife, Rosamund Stone Zander. It has already been translated into 16 languages.

On April 3 and 5 with the TSO, Maestro Zander will conduct Mahler's Symphony No. 5, as well as Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro Overture and final Piano Concerto, No. 27, K. 595, performed by 2008 Grammy Award-winner Garrick Ohlsson.

BENJAMIN ZANDER
SPECIAL PRE-CONCERT TALKS AT THE TORONTO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Thursday, April 3, 2008 from 7pm to 7:30pm (concert starts at 8pm)
Saturday, April 5, 2008 from 6:30pm to 7:00pm (concert starts at 7:30pm)
OPEN TO ALL TICKET HOLDERS
At Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto
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A Lie Of The Mind

FALLEN ANGEL TELLS A LIE

Fallen Angel Productions presents "A Lie Of The Mind"
by Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard.

Come take a ride down the big bad American road. Somewhere along the
way you'll meet two dysfunctional families tied together by the
marriage of their children.

A Lie Of The Mind examines the deceitful tricks the mind can play and
the harsh reality of being surrounded by alcoholism, domestic violence
and emotional instability. The play ties in one very important
universal truth, each of us is on a desperate search for love and
peace of mind.

Directed by Frances Balenzano A Lie Of The Mind features: Rick Bel,
Brad Carmichael, Vance De Waele, Doreen Fagan, Melissa Paulson,
Jessica Rose, Andre Simoneau and Katie Stanfield.

--A love balladĺ─Â a little legend about love.
Sam Shepard describes A Lie Of The Mind.


A Lie Of The Mind

Preview Wednesday April 16th
Thursday April 17th to Sunday April 20th
and Wednesday April 23rd to Sunday April 27th at 8:00p.m
with a Saturday matinee April 26th at 2:00p.m.

Mainline Theatre
3997 St. Laurent Blvd. Montreal
Tickets are $17.00/adults $13.00/students&seniors
Groups of ten or more $11.50

Box Office: (514) 489-0271

For information e-mail us at
fallen.angel.prod@gmail.com

Anna De Santis
Media Representative
Fallen Angel Productions
(514) 887-7093

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Sunday, March 23, 2008

New Website for Producer/Host of Art Fine Living with Jona

For Immediate Release

March 23, 2008

New Website for Producer/Host of Art Fine Living with Jona


Jona Rapoport, the producer and host of Art & Fine Living with Jona on Radio Shalom, is thrilled to have launched her official website at www.jonarapoport.com. The site features an extensive guest photo gallery, press releases and a section dedicated to her client, American art song and opera composer, Lori Laitman.

Art & Fine Living with Jona is an acclaimed weekly program dedicated to arts and culture, featuring insightful interviews with talents in dance, music, visual arts, theatre, cinema and literature. The show also highlights upscale lifestyle trends and features the latest classical and jazz album releases.


Art & Fine Living with Jona airs on Radio Shalom CJRS 1650 AM, and can also be accessed online at http://www.radio-shalom.ca/showemission.php?ID=1015.


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Friday, March 21, 2008

Portland Symphony Orchestra's Kinderkonzert Series Presents "Dancing with Strings"

A full schedule follows at the end of the release.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 21, 2008

CONTACT:
Gillian Britt, 207-775-2126
gBritt PR

PORTLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA'S KINDERKONZERT SERIES PRESENTS DANCING WITH THE STRINGS
Introducing young children to instrument families and musical concepts

PORTLAND, Maine - The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) continues its KinderKonzert series with "Dancing with the Strings," where kids will explore different styles of dance through music performed by a string quintet. The program opens on March 31 at South Hiram Elementary School and then travels to nine other locations in Maine and New Hampshire for a total of 25 performances.

"Dancing with Strings", narrated by Alex Ende, takes children on a trip back in time to discover how music has influenced dancing over time. Ende encourages and teaches the audience to move along with him to Renaissance Dances of the 1600's, gentle Minuets, jumping and kicking the Trepak, a popular Russian Dance, and the ballroom Waltz. The PSO Strings Quintet, comprised of 2 violins, viola, cello and bass, will demonstrate how music can tell a story in much the same way that words or pictures can.

KinderKonzerts are fun, interactive programs with Portland Symphony musicians where kids ages 3 - 7 can sing, dance, wiggle, clap, and have fun listening and learning about music and instruments. The Spring 2008 KinderKonzert concludes with "Percussion: Cowboy Ed Rides Again," May 9 through May 16. School systems can coordinate the KinderKonzert visit with Science and English Language Arts instruction in addition to Visual and Performing Arts. Specially prepared worksheets designed to support Maine's Learning Results are available online or by contacting the PSO.

KinderKonzerts are sponsored by Time Warner Cable.

Tickets for the Portland Symphony Orchestra's KinderKonzerts are $3. For additional information and reservations visit www.portlandsymphony.com or call (207) 773-6128.

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KinderKonzert Schedule for Strings Concerts

March 31, 2008 South Hiram E.S. 9:15, 10:15

April 2, 2008 South Portland H.S. Auditorium 9:30, 10:30, 12:45

April 3, 2008 Saco, Fairfield School 9:30, 10:30, 1:00

April 4, 2008 Brunswick H.S. 9:30, 10:30, 1:00

April 7, 2008 Portland, Reiche School 9:30, 10:30, 12:45

April 8, 2008 Waldoboro, Waldo Theatre 9:30, 10:30

April 9, 2008 Center Conway, NH, Pine Tree School 9:30, 10:30

April 10, 2008 Lewiston, Bates College 9:00, 10:00, 11:00

April 28, 2008 Shelburne, NH, Town & Country Motor Inn 9:30, 10:30

April 30, 2008 Manchester, Maine, Manchester E.S 9:30, 10:30


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Thursday, March 20, 2008

"We are castaways" The Backyardigans


THE BACKYARDIGANS FACE THEIR BIGGEST CHALLENGE YET:
A CROSS-CANADA TOUR!

"We're stuck where we are/With no house, no car/Castaways ahoy/
We are castaways Čń" - The Backyardigans, "Castaways"

After nearly four days stuck in Sydney Harbour aboard an ice-trapped ferry, with little more than granola bars and their indomitbale spirits to sustain them, The Backyardigans are back on land and headed to Fredricton for their re-scheduled show.

This recent real-life adventure is only one of a series of calamities that The Backyardigans have had to overcome since they first set out on their cross-Canada tour. They began the national tour of their stage show, QUEST FOR THE EXTRA ORDINARY ALIENS, last January in British Columbia. The tour quickly became a hot ticket, selling out major venues and delighting kids and parents alike.

As the tour progressed, it became clear The Backyardigans would need their sunny attitudes, unshakeable optimism and vivid imaginations more than ever! Snow-bound in Thunder Bay, they were forced to re-schedule their show in Sault Ste. Marie. Their fully-loaded equipment truck was then stolen in Montreal (later recovered but missing three high-end projectors) but a massive snow storm kept them in Montreal, forcing them to re-schedule their show in Saint John.

Another major blizzard held our intrepid friends captive in Windsor, which forced them to re-schedule their show in Gander. This past Monday, they were trapped on board a ferry firmly stuck in Sydney's ice-packed harbour, forcing them to re-schedule shows in Charlottetown and Fredericton.

On March 20, Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Louis St. Laurent, Canada's largest icebreaker, rescued The Backyardigans from the ice-bound boat after nearly four days and helped deliver them to Fredericton in time for their show, re-scheduled for March 21.

Patrons with tickets for shows that have been postponed are encouraged to use their tickets for
re-scheduled dates. Those unable to attend re-scheduled shows are asked to contact the venue box office for a full refund.

They've scaled the heights of Mt. Olympus, faced the notorious tickle-monster and protected the world from nasty evil-doers; they've survived the ice age, raging high seas, a blistering volcano and a dangerous mission to Mars Čń but nothing compares to the real-life adventures The Backyardigans have faced during their current cross-Canada tour!
KOBA Family Entertainment presents

THE BACKYARDIGANS:
QUEST FOR THE EXTRA ORDINARY ALIENS
Book by Patti Caplette and Rodney Stringfellow
Directed and Choreographed by Patti Caplette
Music Composed by Evan Lurie
Set Design and Video by Beth Kates
Executive Producer Gilles Paquin
http://www.kobafamily.com/

Media Contact:
Carrie Sager, President
FLIP Publicity & Promotions Inc.
416.533.7710 X224 fax 416.533.7797
carrie@flip-publicity.com
http://www.flip-publicity.com

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Auditions for the OLO Opera Studio

Opera Lyra Ottawaĺ─˘s (OLO) Opera Studio is a training program for developing artists founded in 1999 by OLO Artistic Director Tyrone Paterson to help prepare young Canadian singers, stage directors, conductor/repetiteurs and stage managers for professional operatic careers, enabling them to move on to either more advanced training programs or the mainstage itself.

2008-09 Season Auditions
Friday, May 9 beginning at 2:00pm
Christchurch Cathedral (
420 Sparks Street)

To request an audition, resumes should be sent by April 14 to the Education/Music Manager at music@operalyra.ca. All applicants must submit two letters of reference in sealed envelopes with the reference's signature across the seal. Letters of reference are to be mailed to:

Education/Music Manager
Opera Lyra Ottawa
Suite 110, 2 Daly Ave
Ottawa, ON K1N 6E2

Applicants will be notified at least 2 weeks prior to the audition as to whether or not they have been accepted for an audition. An accompanist will be provided at the audition at no cost to the applicant. Applicants may also bring their own accompanist. Audition requirements: 3 operatic arias of contrasting style, presenting at least two of the following languages: Italian, French, German, English.

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

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Orchestre Symphonique de Laval-Concerts avec Franł▀ois Dompierre et Alain Trudel


Franł▀ois Dompierre est łŢ l'honneur en avril łŢ l'Orchestre Symphonique de Laval


Laval, le 19 mars 2008 Č˝ L'Orchestre Symphonique de Laval et son directeur artistique, Alain Trudel, accueillent le compositeur Franł▀ois Dompierre qui, łŢ l'image de ses multiples talents, se fera tour łŢ tour arrangeur, pianiste, chef d'orchestre et animateurČÍ car qui de mieux que Franł▀ois Dompierre pour commenter la musique deČÍ Dompierre? Personnalitłę musicale łęclatłęe et unique, Franł▀ois Dompierre occupe une place de premier plan sur la scł«ne culturelle qułębłęcoise et młęrite pleinement cet honneur que l'OSL lui rend, en lui consacrant ce programme. Curieux de tout et insatiable, il saura assurłęment nous surprendre! Outre de magnifiques musiques de films et un extrait de sa Symphonie imaginaire, le compositeur nous fera łęgalement cadeau de nouvelles pages de l'Č˙uvre pour trombone qu'il compose łŢ l'intention d'Alain Trudel, et que ce dernier interprłętera lors de ce concert. Les deux artistes n'en sont pas łŢ leur premił«re rencontre, ils collaborent łętroitement depuis plusieurs annłęes łŢ l'łęcriture de diffłęrentes Č˙uvres pour trombone. Et, est-il nłęcessaire de le rappeler, Alain Trudel est considłęrłę comme l'un des trombonistes jouissant du plus grand rayonnement artistique au monde. Le compositeur a łęgalement inscrit łŢ ce programme L'Oiseau de feu, une Č˙uvre magistrale de Stravinski. Le concert Dompierre, ses plus belles musiques sera prłęsentłę, le mardi 1er avril et le mercredi 2 avril 2008 łŢ 20 h, łŢ la salle Andrłę-Mathieu.

Alain Trudel et Franł▀ois Dompierre vous invitent łŢ la confłęrence d'avant-concert qu'ils donneront le mercredi 2 avril dł«s 19 h 15. Les łęlł«ves de l'ensemble łŢ cordes de l'łęcole Poly-Jeunesse, sous la direction de Manon Reddy, offriront, quant łŢ eux, une prestation en prłęlude łŢ ce programme le mercredi 2 avril.

Franł▀ois Dompierre

Nłę łŢ Ottawa le 1er juillet 1943, Franł▀ois Dompierre dłęcouvre la musique łŢ quatre ans et cette passion l'habite depuis. Il łętudie d'abord le piano avec Hłęlł«ne Landry et Noł┤lla Vaillancourt, et travaille l'orgue avec Paul Larose, avant d'aller parfaire ses connaissances musicales au Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal. Il łętudie la musique classique avec Claude Champagne, Franł▀oise Aubut et Gilberte Martin, pour ne nommer que ceux-ci, et dłęcouvre le jazz en parallł«le. Aprł«s ses łętudes, il se fait d'abord connałĂtre comme accompagnateur et auteur-compositeur-interprł«te, et c'est łŢ lui que l'on doit, entre autres, la trł«s belle chanson L'łóme łŢ la tendresse. ł─ titre d'orchestrateur et de directeur musical, il travaille avec Pauline Julien, Claude Gauthier, Monique Leyrac et Renłęe Claude. C'est łęgalement lui qui rłęalise Le tour de l'łĂle et les quatre derniers albums de Fłęlix Leclerc. Il boucle cette premił«re płęriode de crłęation avec Dompierre, un album de musique instrumentale qui se vend łŢ cent mille exemplaires! C'est aprł«s avoir collaborłę łŢ IXE-13, que Franł▀ois Dompierre bientłąt se dłęcouvre une nouvelle passion musicale : la musique de film. Il travaille alors avec Denys Arcand, Michel Brault, Francis Mankiewicz, Claude Miller, Claude ChabrolČÍ et signe une soixantaine de bandes originales et la musique de Demain matin, Montrłęal m'attend, une comłędie musicale de Michel Tremblay. Il voue łęgalement łŢ la musique de concert un amour particulier et on lui doit une vingtaine d'Č˙uvres dont Les diableries, Les jardins intłęrieurs et la Symphonie imaginaire, qui sont joułęes rłęgulił«rement au Canada et łŢ l'łętranger. Un de ses concertos pour piano a par ailleurs łętłę enregistrłę sur łętiquette Deutsche Grammophon par łÔdith Boivin-Błęluse, l'OSM et Charles Dutoit. Il dirige łęgalement, łŢ l'occasion, et c'est ainsi qu'on a pu le voir au pupitre, notamment, de l'orchestre de l'Opłęra de Paris, de l'OSM, de l'OSQ ou encore de l'Orchestre Młętropolitain du Grand Montrłęal. Il a rłęcemment publiłę Flash Back, un album compilation de ses Č˙uvres qu'il interprł«te au piano, et c'est łŢ lui que l'on doit Les Glorieux, un hommage au Canadien de Montrłęal. Il termine prłęsentement une słęrie de pił«ces qu'il destine łŢ son ami Alain Lefł«vre, et on peut l'entendre sur Espace Musique, oł╝ il rłęussit avec art łŢ communiquer sa grande passion pour toutes les musiques!

Au programme

Alain Trudel, chef d'orchestre et tromboniste

Franł▀ois Dompierre, chef invitłę et pianiste

Cinłęma d'ailleurs

Symphonie imaginaire

Deuxił«me mouvement : Un peu mystłęrieux

Igor Stravinski

Suite de L'Oiseau de feu (version de 1919)

Introduction Č˝ Danse de L'Oiseau de feu Č˝ Variations de L'Oiseau de feu

Khorovode des Princesses

Danse infernale de Kachtchełě et de ses sujets

Berceuse

Finale

Entracte

Cantilł«ne et Burlesque

Les Portes tournantes

Č┤ La mort de Cłęleste Ȭ

L'Odyssłęe d'Alice Tremblay

Musimage

Toutes les Č˙uvres au programme sont des compositions et des arrangements de Franł▀ois Dompierre, łŢ l'exception de la suite de L'Oiseau de feu d'Igor Stravinski.

En rłęsumłę :

Concert-błęnłęfice ouvert au public łŢ prix rłęgulier : le mardi 1er avril 2008 łŢ 20 h, łŢ la salle Andrłę-Mathieu

Concert : le mercredi 2 avril 2008 łŢ 20 h, łŢ la salle Andrłę-Mathieu

Confłęrence d'avant-concert avec Alain Trudel et Franł▀ois Dompierre : le mercredi 2 avril 2008, dł«s 19 h 15, łŢ la salle Andrłę-Mathieu

Les billets pour ce concert sont disponibles :

En ligne : www.salleandremathieu.com

Au guichet de la salle Andrłę-Mathieu : 475, boul. de l'Avenir, Laval

Par tłęlłęphone, billetterie de la salle Andrłę-Mathieu : (450) 667-2040

Via le Rłęseau admission : (514) 790-1245

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Renseignements et relations de presse : Evelyn Dubois

Bureau : (514) 527-3983 Cellulaire : (514) 770-3983 Courriel : e.dubois@sympatico.ca


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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Bulletin LSM mars 2008

Dans les numłęros dĺ─˘avril de La Scena Musicale et de la revue trimestrielle sur les arts La SCENA : Simon Brault et Anton Kuerti!

(English version)

En avril, La Scł«ne Musicale publiera sa revue trimestrielle consacrłęe aux arts autres que la musique, La SCENA. En vedette, Simon Brault, directeur głęnłęral de lĺ─˘łÔcole nationale de thłęłótre du Canada, prłęsident de Culture Montrłęal, membre de lĺ─˘Ordre du Canada et un formidable dłęfenseur des arts au Canada. Quant łŢ notre numłęro mensuel de La Scena Musicale, nous saluerons le pianiste de renommłęe mondiale Anton Kuerti, lĺ─˘un de musiciens et professeurs les plus respectłęs au pays. Prłęsentement professeur invitłę łŢ lĺ─˘łÔcole de musique Schulich de lĺ─˘Universitłę McGill, M. Kuerti a reł▀u rłęcemment le Prix du Gouverneur głęnłęral pour les arts de la scł«ne, un prix prestigieux qui rłęcompense lĺ─˘ëýuvre de toute une vie. Un article portera sur la violoniste et compositrice Ruth Fazal et son ëýuvre remarquable, Oratorio Terezin, qui sera exłęcutłęe au dłębut de mai łŢ la Place des Arts. Le texte de cette composition puissante pour orchestre, chëýurs et solistes est tirłę de poł«mes łęcrits par des enfants du ghetto de Terezin durant la Shoah. Nous nous arrłüterons łęgalement sur les amendements proposłęs au projet de loi C-10, une loi fłędłęrale qui permettrait au ministł«re du Patrimoine canadien de refuser des crłędits dĺ─˘impłąt łŢ des rłęalisations artistiques jugłęes rłęprłęhensibles ou contraires łŢ lĺ─˘intłęrłüt public. Il va sans dire que des artistes de tout le pays ont vigoureusement dłęnoncłę ce projet de loi, le qualifiant de censure nous ramenant łŢ une Č┤ police des mëýurs Ȭ. Un autre dossier łŢ suivre de prł«s est la saga de la Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur. Le 10 mars, la Ville de Montrłęal a subitement annoncłę lĺ─˘annulation de toute la programmation musicale łŢ la Chapelle. Depuis, des manifestations et protestations du public et de divers organismes, notamment le Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique, ont amenłę la Ville łŢ revenir sur sa dłęcision et łŢ rłętablir toutes les activitłęs prłęvues łŢ la Chapelle. Cĺ─˘est assurłęment une grande victoire pour la communautłę musicale de Montrłęal, mais nous suivrons de prł«s lĺ─˘łęvolution de ce dossier. Ce mois-ci, nous inclurons divers guides qui rłęuniront les deux volets de ce numłęro spłęcial : les festivals dĺ─˘arts internationaux (musique et arts) et les festivals de printemps au Canada (musique et arts). Nous publierons łęgalement un guide des abonnements łŢ la saison 2008-09. Comme toujours, le numłęro mensuel comprendra les sections sur le jazz et la musique du monde, des critiques de disques et de DVD et, bien sł¬r, le calendrier rłęgional dĺ─˘avril des concerts et rłęcitals.

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 !

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

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

ĺ─ó50,000 lecteurs
ĺ─óDistribution: 25,000 copies
ĺ─óMontrłęal: 20,500
ĺ─óQułębec: 500
ĺ─óEn kiosque: 2,000
ĺ─óAbonnements: 2,000
ĺ─óSortie: le 2 avril
ĺ─óTombłęe publicitaire: le 25 mars
ĺ─óMaquettes: le 25 mars

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LSM March 2008 Newsletter

Aprilĺ─˘s La Scena Musicale and special arts quarterly, La SCENA, features Simon Brault and Anton Kuerti!

(version franł▀aise)

April will see La Scł«ne Musicale release its special quarterly magazine dedicated to non-musical arts, La SCENA. We will feature Simon Brault, Director General of the National Theatre School of Canada, president of Culture Montrłęal, recipient of the Order of Canada, and a formidable advocate for the arts in Canada. As for our monthly edition of La Scena Musicale, we will pay tribute to internationally recognized pianist Anton Kuerti, one of the countryĺ─˘s most respected musicians and teachers. Currently a visiting professor at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, Mr. Kuerti was recently honoured with a Governor Generalĺ─˘s Performing Arts Award, a prestigious lifetime achievement prize. Other highlights include a look at violinist/composer Ruth Fazal and her remarkable piece, Oratorio Terezin, which will be performed in early May at Place-des-Arts. The composition is a stunning full-scale work for orchestra, choirs and soloists, and its text draws upon poetry written by children from the ghetto of Terezin during the Holocaust. Weĺ─˘ll also bring you up to speed on the latest developments on the proposed amendments to Bill C-10, federal legislation which would allow the Heritage Department to deny tax credits to artistic projects deemed to be offensive or not in the public interest. It goes without saying that artists across the country have soundly denounced the bill, calling it ĺ─˙censorshipĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙morality policingĺ─¨. Another story we are following very closely is the ongoing Chapelle Historique du Bon Pasteur saga. On March 10, the city of Montreal had unexpectedly announced the cancellation of all musical programming at the iconic venue, though a wave of demonstrations and protests from a wide variety of individuals and musical organizations, most notably the Conseil Qułębecois de la musique, pressured the city to overturn its decision and restore all activities initially planned at the Chapelle. While this is a great victory for the musical community of Montreal, we intend to keep a very close eye on all developments in this matter. We will include a variety of guides this month that will tie together both components of this special issue: International Summer Festivals (music and arts) and Canadian Spring Festivals (music and arts). We will also have a guide to 2008-09 Season Subscriptions. As always, our regular features this month include the Jazz and World music sections, CD and DVD reviews, and of course, the April regional music calendar.

New LSM Online Features: Blog and Newswire

We are proud to unveil the LSM Blog (www.scena.org/blog), which is the ideal place to check out commentary and news on music and the arts in Canada and around the world. Our writers will be posting regularly to keep you up to date on the latest developments throughout the musical world.

We would also like to tell you about our new free service called LSM Newswire. E-mail your press release to newswiresubsmit@scena.org. The text must be in the body of the e-mail. We will post it in our newswire page http://www.scena.org/blog/newswire. We will also put a direct link to your press release in the "LSM Newswire" section at the bottom of our home page http://en.scena.org. Please note that this service will not work with if the info is in a file attachment (PDF, Word, etc.). The text must be in the body of the e-mail.

Why advertise in La SCENA/La Scena Musicale?

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

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

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

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

Yours sincerely,

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Founding Publisher and Editor
La Scena Musicale
La SCENA
The Music Scene

La SCENA: Spring 2008 / La Scena Musicale: April 2008

ĺ─ó50,000 readers
ĺ─ó
Quebec circulation: 25,000 copies
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Montreal: 20,500
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Qułębec City: 500
ĺ─óNewsstands: 2,000
ĺ─óMailing: 2,000
ĺ─óDistribution date: April 2
ĺ─óAdvertising deadline: March 25
ĺ─óMaterials deadline: March 25

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Playwright Daniel Lillford Interview on Art & Fine Living with Jona

Playwright, actor and director Daniel Lillford made a guest appearance on Art & Fine Living with Jona to air March 23rd and 26th, 2008. In a lively conversation, the creator of The Mystery of Maddy Heisler, to premiere at the Centaur Theatre in Montreal in late March, spoke candidly about his fascination with the two great wars of the last century, about his own family's strife in the German-occupied Channel Islands and about the making of the mystery which was already nominated for five East Coast awards.

The play is set in rural Nova Scotia during WWII, where a young local man falls in love with an older woman who arrives mysteriously and disappears in the midst of their rapturous love affair. Years later, the young man, now an aging mystery writer, is approached by a young woman carrying a small notebook, the contents of which open an unexpected door to the past.

Art & Fine Living with Jona is produced and hosted by Montrealer Jona Rapoport. The program showcases talents in theatre, music, opera, dance, literature and visual arts, with a delightful mix and commentary on fresh classical and jazz releases. The show airs on Sundays at 7pm and on Wednesdays at 3pm on Radio Shalom 1650 AM, and shows are archived on the host's page at www.radio-shalom.ca for downloading.

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Source:

Jona Rapoport

jonarapoport@gmail.com

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Un nouveau programme pour encourager l'łęmergence dans les arts

Appel de projets : date limite dĺ─˘inscription le 11 avril 2008

Montrłęal, le 17 mars 2008 ĺ─ý Le Conseil des arts de Montrłęal (CAM), le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec (CALQ) et la Confłęrence rłęgionale des łęlus de Montrłęal (CRłÔ) invitent les organismes artistiques professionnels montrłęalais łŢ soumettre des projets artistiques dans le cadre du nouveau programme Soutien des pratiques łęmergentes.

Ce programme vise łŢ soutenir les projets innovateurs qui recourent łŢ lĺ─˘une des approches artistiques suivantes : utilisation des nouvelles technologies (traitement numłęrique, nouveaux młędias, technologies de lĺ─˘information et des communications, etc.); transgression des frontił«res disciplinaires avec un processus crłęatif atypique; intłęgration, dans une discipline peu reconnue, de nouveaux modł«les de crłęation/production/diffusion. Il sĺ─˘adresse aux organismes professionnels łŢ but non lucratif de lĺ─˘łĂle de Montrłęal incorporłęs depuis un an ou plus et qui oeuvrent dans les domaines suivants : arts du cirque, arts młędiatiques, arts multidisciplinaires, arts visuels, cinłęma, danse, littłęrature et conte, młętiers dĺ─˘art, musique, thłęłótre, nouvelles pratiques artistiques, design et recherche architecturale.

Ce programme triennal dispose de crłędits annuels de 100 000 $ et sĺ─˘inscrit dans le cadre dĺ─˘une entente głęnłęrale entre le CAM, le CALQ et la CRłÔ de Montrłęal qui vise łŢ accrołĂtre le soutien łŢ des organismes artistiques professionnels de lĺ─˘łĂle de Montrłęal.

Les organismes ont jusquĺ─˘au vendredi 11 avril 2008 pour soumettre un projet. Les projets seront łęvalułęs par un comitłę de słęlection formłę de pairs issus du milieu artistique de lĺ─˘łĂle de Montrłęal. La description du programme et les formulaires sont disponibles sur le site du Conseil des arts de Montrłęal : www.artsmontreal.org
ĺ─ó Programme : www.artsmontreal.org/formulaires/20082009/SPECriteres0809.pdf
ĺ─ó Formulaire dĺ─˘inscription : www.artsmontreal.org/formulaires/20082009/SPE-Inscription08-09.doc
ĺ─ó Formulaire dłętaillłę : www.artsmontreal.org/formulaires/20082009/SPE-Detail08-09.xls

Pour toute information sur le programme, veuillez contacter Marie-Michł«le Cron łŢ mcron.p@ville.montreal.qc.ca ou au 514 280-4125.

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Source : Christian Oĺ─˘Leary, directeur des communications et du dłęveloppement
(514) 280-3991, coleary.p@ville.montreal.qc.ca

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Monday, March 17, 2008

La Ville de Montrłęal continuera dĺ─˘assurer la programmation de la Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur

Montrłęal, le 17 mars 2008 ĺ─ý Au terme dĺ─˘une rencontre avec les reprłęsentants du Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique, le maire de Montrłęal, M. Głęrald Tremblay et Mme Catherine Słęvigny, conseillł«re associłęe łŢ la Culture et au Centre-ville, ont rłęitłęrłę lĺ─˘intention de la Ville de maintenir accessible la Chapelle du Bon-Pasteur. Ils ont łęgalement donnłę lĺ─˘assurance que la programmation de la Chapelle sera maintenue.

Č┤ Je suis sensible aux prłęoccupations du milieu culturel et łŢ lĺ─˘importance quĺ─˘il accorde łŢ ce lieu de diffusion. Nous allons prendre le temps nłęcessaire pour examiner avec toutes les personnes intłęressłęes et plus particulił«rement avec le Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique de quelle manił«re nous pouvons assurer la płęrennitłę de la mission de la Chapelle Ȭ, a dłęclarłę le maire Głęrald Tremblay.

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Source : Renłęe Sauriol
Cabinet du maire et du comitłę exłęcutif
514 872-4894

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[Montreal] JAZZ AU PLATEAU MONT-ROYAL, une semaine de concerts avec la relł«ve du secteur jazz de l'UdeM, du 25 au 29 mars

Dix concerts dĺ─˘une heure seront prłęsentłęs łŢ la Maison de la culture du Plateau Mont-Royal, soit deux chaque soir, par les ensembles jazz de la Facultłę de musique, les chanteuses de son secteur vocal jazz et le Big Band de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal.

Cette słęrie est une occasion pour la Facultłę de musique de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal de faire connałĂtre le dynamisme de son secteur jazz łŢ un public encore plus large que celui toujours grandissant et fidł«le qui frłęquente ses salles de concerts.

La Facultłę de musique et la Maison de la culture du Plateau Mont-Royal invitent donc les amateurs de jazz łŢ venir dłęcouvrir la relł«ve lors des concerts suivants :

Mardi 25 mars 2008

20 h : combo dirigłę par Pierre Leduc

21 h 30 : combo dirigłę par Dany Roy

Mercredi 26 mars 2008

20 h : combo dirigłę par Simon Stone

21 h 30 : combo dirigłę par Simon Stone

Jeudi 27 mars 2008

20 h : combo dirigłę par Ron Di Lauro

21 h 30 : combo dirigłę par Michael Gauthier

Vendredi 28 mars 2008

20 h : combo dirigłę par Michel Donato

21 h 30 : combo dirigłę par Luc Beaugrand

Samedi 29 mars 2008

20 h : combo jazz vocal dirigłę par Vincent Morel

21 h 30 : Le Big Band de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal, sous la direction de Ron Di Lauro

Č┤ JAZZ AU PLATEAU MONT-ROYAL Ȭ

Du mardi 25 mars au samedi 29 mars 2008

ł─ compter de 20 h

Maison de la culture du Plateau Mont-Royal

465, av. du Mont-Royal Est, Montrłęal

Laissez-passer gratuits disponibles

łŢ compter du mardi 18 mars, 17 h

514.872.2266

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La Facultłę de musique de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal błęnłęficie du soutien de

Renseignements :

Julie Fortier

Facultłę de musique ĺ─ý Universitłę de Montrłęal

514.343.6365

julie.c.fortier@umontreal.ca

łÔric Champagne

Maison de la culture du Plateau Mont-Royal

514.872.2266

maison_mr@ville.montreal.qc.ca

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[Paris] Le Concours International de Cor de Paris-Ville d'Avray - Rłęsultats

Le Concours International de Cor de Paris-Ville d'Avray a rłęcompensłę, le 16 mars 2008, les interprł«tes suivants :
1er Prix (Prix du Conseil Głęnłęral des Hauts de Seine) : Kevin RIVARD (USA)
2ł«me Prix (Prix de la Commune de Ville d'Avray) : Mathieu ROMAND (France).
Mathieu Romand remporte aussi le Prix de l'Association Franł▀aise du Cor pour le meilleur "jeune espoir franł▀ais"
Prix du Public : Kevin RIVARD
Mention spłęciale łŢ Anna Magdalena EUEN (Allemagne).

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tłęlłęphone : 08 77 11 14 57
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Friday, March 14, 2008

Soirłęe avec Ohad Naharin / Evening with Ohad Naharin

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Pour diffusion immłędiate

UNE soirłęe avec Ohad Naharin

AU Thłęłótre Maisonneuve de la Place des Arts

les 3, 4, 5, 10 et 12 avril 2008 łŢ 20 h

Montrłęal, le 3 mars 2008 ĺ─ý Chorłęgraphe d'origine israłęlienne, łŢ l'humour et łŢ l'imagination połętiques, Ohad Naharin dłęveloppe depuis le dłębut des annłęes 1980 un langage chorłęgraphique excentrique, astucieux et d'une musicalitłę naturelle, qui nous plonge dans l'intimitłę des choses. Aprł«s le succł«s phłęnomłęnal de son fameux Minus One, conł▀u pour Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal, et prłęsentłę łŢ Montrłęal et sur la scł«ne internationale, il est aujourd'hui de retour avec Danz, un collage inłędit d'ëýuvres, crłęłę spłęcialement pour la compagnie. ł─ cette ëýuvre originale, s'ajoutent la reprise de Kaamos, une pił«ce atmosphłęrique sur le thł«me de l'ambigułětłę, et de Arbos, un ballet explorant le domaine viscłęral des pulsions, de la passion et du dłęsir ; un diptyque superbement małĂtrisłę. Le spectacle a lieu au Thłęłótre Maisonneuve de la Place des Arts, les 3, 4, 5, 10 et 12 avril 2008 łŢ 20 h.

Č┤ Nous savons que Naharin n'est rien de moins qu'un głęnie parce qu'il s'empare du corps humain et le retourne dans tous les sens, repoussant ses limites. Il ne cite et n'imite personne ĺ─ţce qu'il fait est du pur Naharin. Ȭ (Habama, Israł┤l).

Danz

Florilł«ge et formidable rłętrospective du travail crłęatif de Naharin des neuf dernił«res annłęes, Danz comprend des słęquences tirłęes de Moshe (1999), Naharin's Virus (2001), gagnant d'un prix Bessie łŢ New York, Three (2005), une chorłęgraphie łętonnante par les astuces de mouvement imaginłęes, Telophaza (2005), oł╝ se dłęploie une armłęe enjoułęe d'interprł«tes en escadron, et Max (2007), dont la gestuelle est dłęcrite comme łętant des plus impressionnantes. De la pił«ce Three, Naharin a choisi la section intitulłęe Humus, Č┤ une danse hypnotique et particulił«rement belle pour neuf femmes, qui bougent comme un seul et młüme organisme.Ȭ (The New York Times). Danz est une ëýuvre portant le sceau d'un artiste au sommet de son art.

Kaamos

Tirłęe du ballet Z/Na, commandłę par le Nederlands Dans Theater en 1995, Kaamos Č┤ nous plonge au sein d'un univers futuriste łęclatłę ne nous laissant pour tout repł«re que des symboles, des sons, des mots et des gestes qui semblent nous parvenir des temps immłęmoriaux Ȭ (Voir). Kaamos fut ajoutłęe au rłępertoire des GBCM et prłęsentłęe pour la premił«re fois dans la młętropole qułębłęcoise en 2005. Si, en finlandais, le mot kaamos dłęsigne la longue noirceur des hivers borłęales, Ohad Naharin explore ici la qualitłę singulił«re que prennent les objets dans l'obscuritłę et comment ceux-ci nous deviennent soudainement łętrangers. Dansłęe sur une musique originale d'Ivry Lider, l'ëýuvre est Č┤ une apothłęose, [ĺ─Â] une harmonie en noir, qui joue sur le cachłę et le dłęvoilement, visages et corps tour łŢ tour cachłęs, puis unis en pleine lumił«re ou rłęvłęlłęs par des transparences.Ȭ (La Presse).

Arbos

Commandłęe en 1989 par la Sydney Dance Company et acquise par les GBCM en 2005, Arbos avait aussi renversłę le public des GBCM lors de sa premił«re montrłęalaise. Le chorłęgraphe compare Arbos łŢ Č┤ une pierre flottant dans les airs Ȭ ou encore łŢ Č┤ un lieu entre le ciel et l'enfer, une espł«ce de passage vers le lieu de la sagesse Ȭ. La pił«ce se dłęploie sur la musique chorale d'Arvo Płžrt, que Naharin harmonise superbement aux mouvements des danseurs vłütus de longues jupes rouges. Č┤ Arbos touche au sublime sans łütre dłępourvu d'humour et de luciditłę. C'est lłŢ toute l'intelligence de Naharin, qui sait jouer de contrastes et de revirements. Ȭ (Le Devoir)

OHAD NAHARIN

Č┤ Mon histoire, mon passłę, ma culture, mes origines et mon errance fondent mon approche de la danse. Ȭ Ohad Naharin

Auteur d'un langage gestuel exubłęrant et łęnergique, Naharin place le plaisir au cëýur de sa danse. Directeur de la Batsheva Dance Company, il travaille depuis le dłębut des annłęes 1990 łŢ renouveler la danse en Israł┤l. Ces dernił«res annłęes, il a dłęveloppłę un entrałĂnement spłęcifique pour ses interprł«tes. Nommłęe Gaga, cette technique a łętłę łęlaborłęe pour aiguiser la perception sensorielle, encourager l'usage de l'imagination, amłęliorer l'agilitłę, la souplesse et l'efficacitłę du mouvement.

Artiste de rłęputation internationale, Ohad Naharin est laurłęat de nombreux prix et distinctions ; il est notamment Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France) et a reł▀u le prix de danse d'Israł┤l en 2005. Il a crłęłę de nombreuses ëýuvres qui ont fait de la troupe l'une des plus rłęputłęes du monde. Ses chorłęgraphies font partie du rłępertoire des compagnies de ballet contemporain, telles que le Nederlands Dans Theater, le Ballet de Francfort, le Ballet de l'Opłęra de Lyon, le Ballet National de Madrid, le Ballet Cullberg (Suł«de) et le Ballet de l'Opłęra de Paris. Naharin a reł▀u un doctorat honorifique du Weizmann Institute of Science pour les implications scientifiques de son ëýuvre.

Č┤ Ohad Naharin possł«de la małĂtrise d'un classique chevronnłę et le tempłęrament d'un jeune rocker [ĺ─Â] Il est małĂtre de l'effet, bien de son temps, doułę d'une imagination dłęsarmante. Ȭ Le Figaro, Paris

La soirłęe Ohad Naharin prendra l'affiche du Thłęłótre Maisonneuve de la Place des Arts les 3, 4, 5, 10 et 12 avril łŢ 20 h. Billets en vente łŢ la Place des Arts, 514-842-2112 / www.pda.qc.ca.

Des causeries animłęes auront lieu au Thłęłótre Maisonneuve avant toutes les reprłęsentations, de 19 h łŢ 19 h 30.

POUR NE RIEN MANQUER, OFFREZ-VOUS UN ABONNEMENT !

Pour des renseignements sur les diffłęrentes formules d'abonnement des Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal, les forfaits de groupe et les privilł«ges exceptionnels qui leur sont rattachłęs, le grand public est invitłę łŢ tłęlłęphoner au 514-849-0269 ou łŢ consulter la brochure de saison ou le site www.grandsballets.com. Le site offre łęgalement des renseignements sur les spectacles, la compagnie et les danseurs.

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Renseignements : Francine Arsenault, communications

Tłęl. : 514.849.8681, poste 227

farsenault@grandsballets.com / www.grandsballets.com


PRESS RELEASE

For immediate release

AN EVENING WITH Ohad NAHARIN

Thłęłótre Maisonneuve OF Place des Arts

April 3, 4, 5, 10 and 12 at 8 p.m.

Montrłęal, March 3, 2008 ĺ─ý Since he first began working in the 1980s, Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin, known for his humour and poetic imagination, has developed a choreographic lexicon that ĺ─ţ eccentric, adroit and suffused with natural musicality ĺ─ţ plunges the audience into an intimate relationship with the surrounding world. On the heels of the phenomenal success of Minus One, commissioned by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal in 2002 and staged in Montrłęal and abroad, Mr. Naharin is back with Danz, an inspired collage created especially for the dancers of Les Grands Ballets. This new work will be joined by two previous works: Kaamos, an atmospheric piece on the theme of ambiguity; and Arbos, a ballet that explores the visceral domain of impulse, passion and desire. Together, the three works form a masterful triptych. The performance takes place at Thłęłótre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts at 8 p.m. this April 3, 4, 5, 10 and 12.

"We know Mr. Naharin is no less than a genius because he takes the human body and turns it upside down, testing all of its limitations. He does not quote nor imitate ĺ─ţ it is all pure Naharin ..." (Habama, Israel)

Danz

A stunning retrospective of Mr. Naharin's work over the past nine years, Danz consists of sequences taken from Moshe (1999); Naharin's Virus (2001), winner of a Bessie award in New York; Three (2005), an astonishing series of imaginative movements; Telophaza (2005), a playful army of performers who group and regroup into squadrons; and Max (2007), a piece noted for its striking gestural language. From Three, Naharin has chosen the segment titled Humus, "an especially beautiful dance for nine women, who move as one mesmerizing organism." (The New York Times). Danz: an anthological work that bears the stamp of an artist at the height of his creative powers.

Kaamos

Taken from the ballet Z/Na, Kaamos, commissioned by the Nederlands Dans Theater in 1995, "plunges the viewer into an explosive futuristic world in which the only points of reference are symbols, sounds, words and gestures that seem to come to us from long, long ago" (Voir). It joined the Grands Ballets repertoire and was staged in Montrłęal in 2005. Though in Finnish the word kaamos refers to the long nights of northern winters, Mr. Naharin was more interested in conveying the singular quality that objects take on in the darkness, where they suddenly appear foreign. Performed to the music of Ivry Lider, Kaamos is "an apotheosis ... a harmony in black that plays on concealment and revelation. Faces and bodies are hidden then united in full light or revealed through transparency." (La Presse)

Arbos

Commissioned in 1989 by Australia's Sydney Dance Company and acquired by Les Grands Ballets in 2005, Arbos was enthusiastically received by Montrłęal audiences. For Mr. Naharin, Arbos is "a stone floating in the air" or "a space somewhere between heaven and hell, a sort of passageway to the place where wisdom dwells." The piece unfolds to Arvo Płžrt's choral score, to which Mr. Naharin superbly harmonizes the movements of his dancers, garbed in long red skirts. "Arbos reaches sublime heights without losing any of its humour or lucidity. This is where we see the considerable intelligence of Mr. Naharin, who is so apt at working with contrasts and reversals." (Le Devoir)

OHAD NAHARIN

"My history, my past, my culture, my origins, my wandering: these are the foundations of my approach to dance." (Ohad Naharin)

As the creator of an energetic and exuberant gestural language, Mr. Naharin puts "pleasure" squarely at the heart of his dance. Artistic Director of the Batsheva Dance Company, since the early 1990s Mr. Naharin has worked hard to inject dance in Israel with a new impetus. In recent years, he has fine-tuned his own brand of advanced training, developed for his dancers. Dubbed "Gaga," the technique aims to sharpen sensorial perception, encourage free use of the imagination, and improve agility, flexibility and gestural impact.

The internationally renowned choreographer has received numerous awards and distinctions, including Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France) and the 2005 Israeli Prize for dance. His choreography has brought Batsheva to world fame, while his works appear in the repertoires of such companies as Nederlands Dans Theater, Frankfurt Ballet, Ballet de l'Opłęra de Lyon, Madrid's Compał▒łéa Nacional de Danza, Sweden's Cullberg Ballet and Ballet de l'Opłęra de Paris. In 2004, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from Israel's Weizmann Institute of Science for the scientific implications of his work.

"Ohad Naharin combines the mastery of a veteran classicist with the temperament of a young rocker ... A master of effect, a man of his time and blessed with a breathtaking imagination." (Le Figaro)

Ohad Naharin takes the stage at Thłęłótre Maisonneuve of Place des Arts on April 3, 4, 5, 10 and 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets available at Place des Arts, 514-842-2112 / www.pda.qc.ca.

Pre-show talks will be held at Thłęłótre Maisonneuve before each performance, from 7 to 7:30 p.m.

DON'T MISS OUT: SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

For more information on subscribing to Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrłęal, group rates and the many associated advantages, call 514-849-0269, consult the seasonal brochure or visit www.grandsballets.com, where you'll also find information on shows, the company and its dancers.

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Information: Francine Arsenault, Communications

Tel.: 514.849.8681, ext. 227

farsenault@grandsballets.com / www.grandsballets.com

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

PSO Showcases Music Director Robert Moody in Special Performance May 5

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 13, 2008



CONTACT:

Gillian Britt 207-775-2126

gBritt PR



PORTLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA SHOWCASES MUSIC DIRECTOR DESIGNATE ROBERT MOODY IN A SPECIAL PERFORMANCE OF MAHLER'S SYMPHONY NO. 1 AT MERRILL AUDITORIUM MAY 5

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý The Portland Symphony Orchestra is presenting a special low-price, hour-long concert designed to introduce incoming Music Director Robert Moody to Portland and the southern Maine community. All seats for this Podium Prelude Concert are $25 and Maestro Moody has selected the monumental Symphony No. 1 by Gustav Mahler. The concert is on Monday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium and is a "prelude" to the PSO's season finale the following night.

Deborah Galarneau, President of the PSO's Board of Trustees, said, "We are thrilled to be able to offer the community a special prelude presentation of Mahler's entire first symphony at a much-reduced price. This is a one-and-only opportunity to see a particularly powerful symphony, led by Music Director Designate Robert Moody. I hope that people who have been curious about our new Music Director will take advantage of this concert and come see him conduct."

In addition to the $25 tickets for the May 5 concert there are a limited number of $150 tickets, which include Grand Tier seating and an exclusive cocktail reception at the Cumberland Club with Robert Moody. Those tickets can be purchased by calling the PSO office at (207) 773-6128.

Moody is also conducting the "Rumba Sinfonica" Pops concerts with Tiempo Libre in late April and Independence Pops in June and July. Subscriptions for the 2008-2009 season, Moody's first as Music Director, are on sale now.

Tickets for the Podium Prelude and other PSO performances are available now through www.porttix.com, by phone at 207-842-0800, or at the PortTix box office, 20 Myrtle St., Monday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

World premier of Poet and Prophetess

Welcome to the world premier of Poet and Prophetess!


World premier!
29 March at NorrlandsOperan, UmełÇ - Sweden
Teatern 6 pm, introduction 5.30 pm in the Bar, NorrlandsOperan


Poet and Prophetess
is a story based on two real-life tales of Europe vs. Africa in a time when the future of both continents was shaped, though with very different results. This newly written opera is about the young 18th century Swedish poet Bengt Linder, who was forced to travel with the East India vessel Terra Nova. The opera Poet and Prophetess is the culmination of NorrlandsOperan's successful collaboration with Cape Town Opera. NorrlandsOperan's resident composer Mats Larsson Gothe has contributed the music, with the libretto being written by Cape Town Opera's general manager Michael Williams.

Conductor Jonas Alber I Assistant Conductor Albert Horne I Music Mats Larsson Gothe I Libretto Michael Williams I Production Matthew Richardson I Scenography Lars ł˝stbergh I Costumes Annsofi Nyberg I Masks Robin Karlsson I Choreography Sibonakaliso Ndaba I Vocalists GłĆran Eliasson, Thomas Lander, Elisabet Strid, Philisa Sibeka, Richard Mbovane, Aubrey Lodewyk, Miranda Tini, Xolela Sixaba, Rouel Beukes, Lars Martinsson, Kosma Ranuer, Stefan Dahlberg, Anna Johansson I Choirs NorrlandsOperan's choir, Vocal Ensemble I Chorus Master Kjell Oscarsson, Albert Horne I Dancers Bruno Wani, Nosiphiwo Samente, Owen Manamela I The Symphony Orchestra at NorrlandsOperan


Language:
Sung in english with swedish subtitles


Time & Place: Teatern, NorrlandsOperan, UmełÇ - Sweden

  • PREMIERE Sat 29 mar - 6 pm
  • Tue 1 apr - 7 pm
  • Thur 3 apr - 7 pm
  • Sat 5 apr - 6 pm
  • Wed 9 apr - 7 pm
  • Fri 11 apr - 7 pm
  • Sun 13 apr - 4 pm
  • Wed 16 apr - 7 pm
  • Fri 18 apr - 7 pm
  • Sun 20 apr - 4 pm

Introduction

  • 30 minutes before the performance, The Bar, NorrlandsOperan



For further information, please contact:

Johanna Mattsson, Marketing Manager
Phone number: +46(0)90 15 43 23 or +46(0)70 361 77 09
E-mail: johanna.mattsson@norrlandsoperan.se

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Michael Schade & Russell Braun give duo Recital in Toronto

International Vocal Recitals Series
Duo Recital
Michael Schade, tenor
& Russell Braun, baritone
with Carolyn Maule, piano
Friday, March 28, 2008 at 8:00 pm / Roy Thomson Hall / Toronto
Tickets: $85 - $25 / 416-872-4255 / or visit the RTH Box Office / www.roythomson.com

For Immediate Release, Toronto, ON. February 29, 2008: - Two world-renowned Canadian opera singers, tenor Michael Schade and baritone Russell Braun, return to Roy Thomson Hall on Friday, March 28 at 8:00 p.m. for their 2nd collaborative appearance on the International Vocal Recitals series. Their "debut" duo recital at Roy Thomson Hall on this series was almost ten years ago, in September 1998. Then, they were called "rising" stars; today, they are hailed as "super" stars!

Michael Schade and Russell Braun each enjoy thriving international performing careers as soloists with the world's leading orchestras and opera companies. The Toronto-based artists are stars at La Scala, Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera and more. As well, these two good friends are equally well known for their duo recital performances throughout the USA, Europe, the UK and Canada.

For their Roy Thomson Hall recital they offer an exhilarating program of solos and duets by Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Wolf, Lysenko, and a Viennese medley arranged by Canadian composer John Greer. Once again, the esteemed Canadian pianist Carolyn Maule (Braun's wife) accompanies them.

Michael Schade was named a Kammersłžnger by the Austrian government in 2007, the country's highest award for a singer. Highlights of his 2007-2008 season include performances with the symphonies of Chicago, Montreal and Toronto, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Virtuosi; recitals and concerts in Bucharest, Amsterdam, Rome, Munich and Vienna; and opera appearances in Vienna, Luxembourg, Hamburg and at the Salzburg Festival. His impressive discography includes the Juno Award-nominated solo albums Die SchłĆne Mł║llerin and Of ladies and love...; and the Grammy Award-winning recording of Bach's St. Matthew Passion.

Russell Braun began his 2007-2008 season as the conniving Count in the Canadian Opera Company's production of The Marriage of Figaro. His opera calendar also includes the role of Wolfram in the San Diego Opera's production of Tannhłžuser; as Le Gentil in the world premiere of Victor Davies' Transit of Venus with Manitoba Opera; as Figaro in the Metropolitan Opera in the Park's performances of The Barber of Seville; and a return to the Salzburg Festival in Romeo et Juliette. He recently added to his extensive discography with releases of the Grammy Award-nominated Das Lied von der Erde and the Juno Award-nominated Die Winterreise.

Award-winning collaborative albums: In addition to their individual recording credits and honors, Schade and Braun have collaborated on three albums for CBC Records. Two are Juno Award winners: Mozart Arie e Duetti (2007), and Soirłęe Franł▀aise (1998) which also received the prestigious Gabriel Faurłę Award in France; and Serata Italiana (2001), an album of Italian opera arias and duets, which earned a Juno Award nomination.

This performance is sponsored by Lexus.

Upcoming on Roy Thomson Hall's 2007/08 International Vocal Recitals Series (Call 416-872- 4255):
- Tuesday, April 15, 2008, 8:00 pm - BRYN TERFEL, bass-baritone; Malcolm Martineau, piano


MEDIA CONTACT: Liz Parker, Publicity Manager / Ph: 416 593 4822, Ext. 318 / email: liz.parker@rth-mh.com
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CQM consternłę par la dłęcision de la Ville de Montrłęal de mettre fin łŢ sa programmation de concerts łŢ la Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur

Le Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique consternłę par la dłęcision de la Ville de Montrłęal de mettre fin łŢ sa programmation de concerts łŢ la Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur

MONTREAL, le 11 mars /CNW Telbec/ - C'est avec consternation que les membres du Conseil qułębłęcois la musique ont appris hier que la Ville de Montrłęal a dłęcidłę de mettre fin łŢ sa programmation de concerts łŢ la Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur dł«s l'łętłę 2008. Alors que la Ville cherche łŢ se positionner en tant que młętropole culturelle, comment peut-elle justifier un tel dłęsengagement, et łŢ une telle vitesse ?

Interpellłę par une note du Service de la culture invitant les organismes artistiques łŢ dłęposer des propositions de partenariat avec la Ville, le CQM s'interroge sur les intentions de la Ville dans ce dossier. Que veut-elle dire par "... le lieu, les instruments ainsi que les łęquipements techniques seront mis łŢ la disposition d'un łęventuel partenaire" ? Qu'est-ce que la Ville nous dit lorsqu'elle affirme que "la Chapelle doit demeurer łŢ la disposition de la communautłę musicale ? Comment croit-elle "rendre possible la diffusion d'une programmation rłęgulił«re de concerts" ? Bref, de nombreuses questions qui devront trouver rłęponses avant que le CQM encourage ses membres łŢ dłęvelopper des projets de partenariat pour la Chapelle du Bon-Pasteur.

De plus, le moment choisi est bien mauvais pour faire une telle annonce. La semaine dernił«re, des dizaines d'organismes musicaux acheminaient aux principaux organismes de soutien, que sont le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec et le Conseil des arts de Montrłęal, leur demande annuelle ou pluriannuelle. Ils se devaient de faire un exercice de projection et ainsi annoncer leurs projets artistiques pour les annłęes łŢ venir. Aucun de ces organismes n'a pu y introduire l'idłęe d'un projet pour la Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur puisque l'intention de Montrłęal de se retirer de sa programmation n'łętait pas encore connue. Ce n'est certainement pas en moins de six semaines que des projets structurants et structurłęs pourront łütre dłęposłęs avec tout le słęrieux et le professionnalisme que le processus impose. Le CQM se dłęsolerait de voir une partie de sa communautłę se fragiliser dans une aventure oł╝ les risques n'ont pas łętłę calculłęs.

Rappelons que la Chapelle historique, restaurłęe en 1987, est l'une des trop rares bonnes salles de concert łŢ Montrłęal. En plus d'offrir une acoustique exceptionnelle, elle invite le public łŢ rencontrer une diversitłę de styles musicaux allant de la musique classique au jazz en passant par la musique contemporaine. Elle permet de plus aux musiciens de la relł«ve de faire connałĂtre leur talent dans des conditions optimales.

Le CQM entend dans ce contexte faire de ce dossier une prioritłę et rencontrera dans les prochains jours ses membres afin de faire le point sur la situation. Il espł«re que la Ville pourra rłępondre łŢ ses nombreuses questions afin de donner un łęclairage plus optimiste quant łŢ l'avenir de ce prestigieux lieu de concerts qui appartient aux Montrłęalais.

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/Renseignements: Sylvie Gamache, Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique, (514)
524-1310, info@cqm.qc.ca

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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

[Montrłęal] Confłęrence / Lecture / Scott Burnham

NOUVELLES DU CIAC ĺ─ý CENTRE INTERNATIONAL D'ART CONTEMPORAIN DE MONTRłÔAL

Samedi le 15 mars prochain, łŢ 16h 30, Scott Burnham, Directeur de crłęation de La Biennale de Montrłęal 2009, donnera le discours de clłąture du Symposium Charged Circuits łŢ l'Universitłę Concordia. Veuillez trouver en pił«ce jointe un communiqułę.

De plus, une entrevue avec Scott Burnham par Isa Tousignant, łęditrice du cahier Arts & Culture du journal montrłęalais HOUR MAGAZINE, parałĂtra ce jeudi 13 mars.

Pour plus d'information sur La Biennale de Montrłęal 2009 veuillez consulter notre site au : http://www.ciac.ca/biennale2009

CIAC'S NEWSLETTER

On Saturday March 15, at 4:30 pm, Scott Burham, Creative Director of the upcoming Biennale de Montrłęal 2009, will give the closing keynote of the Symposium Charged Circuits at Concordia University. Please find attached a press release.

Also, an interview with Scott Burnham by Isa Tousignant, Arts and Culture Editor of Montrłęal's newspaper HOUR MAGAZINE, will be published this Thursday March 13.

For more information on La Biennale de Montrłęal 2009 please check our website at: http://www.ciac.ca/biennale2009


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[Montrłęal] L'łÔcole des jeunes de la Facultłę de musique de l'UdeM cłęlł«bre ses 15 ans

Communiqułę de presse

pour diffusion immłędiate

Lĺ─˘łÔcole des jeunes cłęlł«bre ses 15 ans

Lĺ─˘łęcole prłęparatoire de la Facultłę de musique accueille aujourdĺ─˘hui 300 łęlł«ves

Montrłęal, le 11 mars 2008 ĺ─ý ł─ lĺ─˘occasion de son 15e anniversaire, lĺ─˘łÔcole des jeunes de la Facultłę de musique de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal invite grands et petits łŢ fłüter avec elle lors dĺ─˘un concert-anniversaire, le dimanche 16 mars prochain, łŢ 15 h, łŢ la salle Claude-Champagne.

ł─ cette occasion, professeurs et łęlł«ves (plus de 20 musiciens professionnels, 45 łęlł«ves percussionnistes, 35 choristes et un orchestre łŢ cordes) offriront des musiques dans des styles des plus variłęs (łęvidemment, du classique, mais łęgalement du tango, du gospel, du traditionnel qułębłęcois et des chants du monde !), le tout animłę par la cłęlł«bre cantatrice Rose-Mimi Sinote, personnage bien connu des łęlł«ves de lĺ─˘łÔcole des jeunes.

Č┤ Cłęlłębrer les 15 ans dĺ─˘existence de lĺ─˘łÔcole des jeunes, cĺ─˘est souligner le dynamisme de notre łęquipe et lĺ─˘excellence de nos programmes Ȭ, souligne Sophie Lapierre, fondatrice et directrice de lĺ─˘łÔcole des jeunes.

Lĺ─˘łÔcole des jeunes a łętłę crłęłęe en janvier 1993 au sein de la Facultłę de musique de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal. De 13 łęlł«ves quĺ─˘elle accueillait łŢ sa fondation, lĺ─˘łęcole a connu une croissance telle quĺ─˘ils sont aujourdĺ─˘hui plus de 300, łógłęs de 3 łŢ 17 ans, łŢ frłęquenter ce lieu dĺ─˘apprentissage musical oł╝ plaisir et rigueur vont de pair.

Lĺ─˘łÔcole des jeunes rłęunit une łęquipe dĺ─˘une trentaine de professeurs (majoritairement des diplłąmłęs de la Facultłę de musique de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal) et offre un programme de formation auditive et instrumentale novateur qui intł«gre notamment cours individuels, cours de groupe, jeu dĺ─˘ensemble, crłęativitłę et improvisation. On y retrouve łęgalement un programme estival (Camp musical dĺ─˘łętłę de Montrłęal, offrant des sessions dĺ─˘initiation łŢ la musique et de perfectionnement) et un secteur chant choral en effervescence.

Pour en savoir plus sur lĺ─˘łÔcole des jeunes : http://ecoledesjeunes.musique.umontreal.ca

Les 15 ans de lĺ─˘łÔcole des jeunes

de la Facultłę de musique de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal

Le dimanche 16 mars 2008 ĺ─ý 15 h

Salle Claude-Champagne de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal

220, Vincent-dĺ─˘Indy, Montrłęal (młętro łÔdouard-Montpetit)

15 $ (adultes), gratuit (enfants)

Rłęservations et renseignements : 514-343-7512

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Source :

Sophie Lapierre

Responsable, Activitłęs jeunesse

Facultłę de musique ĺ─ý Universitłę de Montrłęal

514-343-7512

sophie.lapierre@umontreal.ca

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Upcoming: The Music Scene Ontario (Spring 2008)

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Content (Special Opera Issue):
  • On the cover: Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian and Canadian baritone Russell Braun partner in Debussy's Pelleas et Młęlisande at the Canadian Opera Company. Exclusive Interview.
  • Interview with Measha Brueggergosman who will be singing in Mozart's Idomeneo with Opera Atelier
  • Profile of Vancouver soprano Simone Osborne who was the lone Canadian winner at the 2008 Metropolitan Opera Auditions
  • Karlheiz Stockhausen remembered
  • The Concertmaster
  • International Music and Arts Festivals Guide
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[Montreal] Leonard Cohen returns to a Montreal stage for the first time in 15 years!

News release

For immediate distribution

A Festival prelude with three nights at PdA!
Leonard Cohen
returns to a Montreal stage
for the first time in 15 years!

Tickets go on sale this Thursday at noon!

Montreal, Tuesday, March 11, 2008 ĺ─ţ This summer, the Festival International de Jazz de Montrłęal has the immense privilege of welcoming legendary Montreal poet and singer Leonard Cohen. It's a rare and long-awaited visit from the internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, who will perform three pre-opening concerts for his fellow citizens as part of this 29th edition, on June 23, 24 and 25, in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts. Tickets go on sale this Thursday, March 13 at noon.

Last night, Cohen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New Yorkĺ─ţand it was about time, too! At 73, Montreal poet, novelist, songwriter and singer Leonard Cohen truly merits the label "immortal": an icon of song as well as literature, he is considered one of the most important and influential songwriters of our time! A great humanist, his songs explore the issues of spirituality, religion, sexuality, power, loneliness, interpersonal relationshipsĺ─ţsimply put, the human condition. His profound exploration of these mysteries probably inspired his retreat to a Buddhist monastery from 1994 to 1999.

Faced with our attempts to categorize his musicĺ─ţis it folk with a touch of country or jazz?ĺ─ţCohen offers the title "European blues." In fact, Cohen's work is itself a category: through 40 years of song, classics such as So Long, Marianne, Bird on a Wire, Hallelujah and Everybody Knows have forged a resolutely unique, inimitable body of work. We'll be reminded of this soon enough, because four years after his last album (Dear Heather, 2004), the singer with the singularly deep voice is talking about a new release for this year. Back in Montreal, the native city that still holds his friends, his house, and his heart, Cohen will grace the Festival with new songs as part of his tourĺ─ţthe first since The Future brought him to the Forum in June 1993!

A living legend? The facts speak for themselves! Renowned for his poetry and novels since the 1950s, his songs and albums have marked our collective memory forever, making him one of the most famous Montrealers on the planet. Cohen has had an immeasurable influence on succeeding generations of songwriters. Onstage, on record, or in the documentary tribute Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man by Lian Lunson, they line up to sing his praises: from Judy Collinsĺ─ţwho scored a hit with Suzanne, inspired by the wife of Cohen's friend, sculptor Armand Vaillancourt !ĺ─ţto artists from every genre, including Franł▀oise Hardy, Johnny Cash, Rufus Wainwright, Joe Cocker, k.d. lang, Our Lady Peace, Tori Amos, Neil Diamond, U2, Peter Gabriel and Nana Mouskouri! All told, there are over 1,200 cover versions of his songs! That, ladies and gentlemen, is a universal and immortal musical signature!

Tickets on sale this Thursday, March 13 at noon

Tickets for these new concerts go on sale this Thursday, March 13 at noon. Tickets will be available at the main box office at Młętropolis (59 Ste. Catherine St. E.) and the Place des Arts box office (175 Ste. Catherine St. W.), at 514-842-2112 or at laplacedesarts.com and from Admission, at admission.com or at 514-790ĺ─Ű1245.

To get the jump on the crowd, sign up for the Spectra Newsletter and have the scoop on the Festival International de Jazz de Montrłęal, the MMIS and the Montreal Guitar Show emailed to your inbox. For more information, call the Bell Infoĺ─ŰJazz Line at 514 871ĺ─Ű1881, toll-free at 1 888 515ĺ─Ű0515, or visit montrealjazzfest.com.

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Toronto Masque Theatre - Enoch Arden - March 19, 2008


Good Fortune beneath a clouded moon

an intimate evening of music and poetry
featuring a full performance of Enoch Arden
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, with music by Richard Strauss
with special guests
Colin Fox, narrator; Leslie Kinton, piano

Wednesday, March 19, 2008
7:30 pm
Heliconian Hall
35 Hazelton Avenue
$50 (includes wine and hors d'oeuvres)
Tickets are limited

RSVP 416-410-4561 / admin@torontomasquetheatre.ca
Silent Auction and the Announcement of
Toronto Masque Theatre's Fifth Anniversary 2008-2009 Season


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Monday, March 10, 2008

Jazz Returns to Stratford in Summer

In Oscarĺ─˘s Footsteps - jazz concert series at Pazzo Ristorante, Bar and Pizzeria

Friday and Saturday evenings only

Stratford, ONĺ─Â A new jazz series, In Oscarĺ─˘s Footsteps, will be a highlight of Stratford Summer Music 2008. Eight concerts with artists inspired by, or associated with, the late Oscar Peterson will be presented on Friday and Saturday nights at Pazzo Ristorante, 70 Ontario Street, in downtown Stratford from July 21 to August 16, 2008. Dinner with jazz or evening cocktails with jazz are the new options joining the other 80 concerts and events in this yearĺ─˘s music festival.

Jazz at Pazzo will feature, on July 25, 26, pianist Robert Botos (2004 winner of the international Montreux Jazz Festival Young Artist Prize, sponsored by TIME Magazine); on August 1, 2, The Brian Dickinson Trio (two-time Juno Winners); on August 8,9, pianist Lorraine Desmarais (winner of the 2002 Oscar Peterson Award at the Montreal International Jazz Festival); and on August 15, and 16, Dave Young (Oscarĺ─˘s colleague on bass for 25 years);

ĺ─˙We want to salute Oscar Peterson and to remember how he appeared in this city as early as 1956,ĺ─¨ said John Miller, Stratford Summer Musicĺ─˘s Artistic Producer. ĺ─˙Iĺ─˘m only sorry that this remarkable musician, whom many appreciate as the greatest jazz pianist of his generation, wonĺ─˘t be here to accept the invitation we all intended to extend to him to come back and be honored in our city.ĺ─¨

Performances begin at 9:15pm. Cover charge is $20. Reservations are recommended by calling Pazzo Ristorante directly at 519-273-6666. Pianos by Yamaha.

Stratford Summer Music runs from July 21 to August 17. Complete concert information at www.stratfordsummermusic.ca. All other tickets: 519-271-2101.

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WFMT Radio Network to Webcast Massive Mahler Symphony March 15 From Quebec City

WFMT Radio Network
5400 N. St. Louis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625-4623
Tel: (773) 279-2000

For Immediate Release

LIVE FROM QUEBEC CITY:
WFMT RADIO NETWORK TO WEBCAST MASSIVE
MAHLER SYMPHONY CONCERT MARCH 15

With Exclusive Rights, Leading Classical Broadcaster
To Air and Stream French Canadian Capital's
400th Birthday Kickoff Concert

CHICAGO, March 10, 2008 ĺ─ţ The WFMT Radio Network has announced it will produce and distribute the exclusive live radio broadcast and Web simulcast of the historic March 15 concert of Gustav Mahler's massive Symphony No. 8 from Quebec City.

The concert, to be staged with 1,000 performers in the cavernous Colisłęe Pepsi sports arena, will launch the French Canadian capital's year-long 400th anniversary celebration.

The two-hour concert presentation will be streamed live at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (00:30 Greenwich Mean Time March 16) at www.wfmt.com. Web access is free.

The concert will also air live over 98.7/WFMT, Chicago, the network's flagship station, and is being offered free, for live or later broadcast, to any radio station that's interested, said Steve Robinson, WFMT's general manager and executive producer for the Mahler broadcast.

Mahler's Eighth Symphony, written in 1906, is also known as the "Symphony of a Thousand" because of the enormous number of orchestral musicians and singers it requires. It's rarely performed with the full, large-scale forces that will be assembled on one stage for the Quebec City concert.

Maestro Yoav Talmi will conduct the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, the Trois-Rivił«res Symphony Orchestra, and other orchestras; a combined chorus from more than a dozen vocal ensembles; and eight vocal soloists.

"It's going to be exciting to hear what this gargantuan Mahler symphony sounds like on the radio and on the Web," Robinson said.
A WFMT team consisting of on-air hosts Lisa Flynn (and a co-host to be named), producer Peter Whorf, and engineer Eric Arunas will be in Quebec City for the special broadcast.

"To remain relevant, broadcasters need to offer unique, high-value programs online and over the air," Robinson said. "At the same time, the WFMT Radio Network's celebratory symphony broadcast from Quebec City recalls the Golden Age of network radio, when live coverage of important cultural events at home and overseas received high priority."

The cost of the broadcast is being underwritten by the Quebec Ministry of Tourism, Canadian Tourism Commission, and Tourism Quebec.
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Nathan J. Silverman Co. PR
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Free lecture- Sunday-@-the-Segal, before I, Claudia, March 16, 11:00am, with Leah Cherniak

CBC Radio One 88.5 FM

Presents

Sunday-@-the-Segal

A series of intimate conversation and riveting lectures at

The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre

Leah Cherniak

Don't miss Sunday-@-the-Segal for the upcoming production, I, Claudia, as we welcome the show's director, Leah Cherniak.

Ms Cherniak is the co-artistic director of Theatre Columbus in Toronto and will be sharing her thoughts on new play development in Canada, specifically as relates to I, Claudia. For I, Claudia, The Record's Robert Reid said, "Leah Cherniak's direction is flawless."

Theatre Columbus has created over 25 new plays and has an excellent reputation for innovative productions of classics. For Theatre Columbus, Leah 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, 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. Leah teaches an intensive clown course for The Ryerson Theatre Program as well as teaching at The National Theatre School in Montreal.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

11 AM

Coffee and refreshments will be served in the lobby

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

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

FREE ADMISSION!! No reservations necessary, general admission

The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre and Theatre and Company in association with Delav Consulting presents

I, Claudia, March 16-April 13, 2008

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

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

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Composer Thomas Beveridge on Art & Fine Living with Jona

"Jona is a brilliant and sensitive interviewer. Talking with her about contemporary art and music has been an eye-opening experience.

Her unique radio program is a journalistic jewel that should be supported by anyone who cares about culture and creativity."

Composer Ofer Ben-Amots


For Immediate Release:

March 10, 2008:


An interview with American Composer Thomas Beveridge will be aired on Art & Fine Living with Jona in March 2008. Beveridge is a distinguished musician recognized for his abilities as singer, oboist, composer, arranger and conductor. He currently holds the positions of Artistic Director of the New Dominion chorale; Artistic Director of the National Men's Chorus and Director of Music at Western Presbyterian Church in Washington. Beveridge has received many distinguished commissions and created hundreds of works, among them a unique ecumenical cantata which interweaves elements of the traditional memorial services of Judaism and Christianity titled "Yizkor Requiem Č˝ A Quest for Spiritual Roots". The work premiered in 1994.


The interview with the composer focuses on the genesis and inspiration for the cantata, featuring select tracks from the Naxos Milken Archives 2000 release with Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy and Chorus of St. Martin in the Fields.

Art & Fine Living with Jona is aired on Radio Shalom 1650 AM in Montreal, and can be accessed live stream on the radio's website at www.radio-shalom.ca. All shows are archived on the Jona's page for downloading.


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Contact:

Jona Rapoport

jonarapoport@gmail.com

Saturday, March 8, 2008

John Mac Master to sing Tristan at the Metropolitan Opera

Canadian tenor John Mac Master will replace an indisposed Ben Heppner in the opening night performance of Tristan und Isolde at New York's Metropolitan Opera this Monday evening March 10 at 7:00 PM.

The production is by Dieter Dorn, and will be conducted my Metropolitan Opera Music Director James Levine. The cast includes Deborah Voigt as Isolde, Michelle de Young as Brangaene, and Matti Sallonen as King Marke.

The performance will also be broadcast on Sirius Satellite Radio, and is available on-line from Sirius as well.

Mac Master made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Canio in I Pagliacci in 2005; he first sang the role of Tristan last season for Welsh National Opera. This season he was heard as Otello for Opera de Quebec, Canio for Vancouver Opera, in a concert of excerpts of Wagner's GłĆtterdłžmmerung with Leipzig's Gewandhaus Orchestra, and with the Barcelona Symphony for Schoenberg's Gurrelieder.
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For further information please contact: Henry Ingram, Dean Artists Management henry@deanartists.com

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Thursday, March 6, 2008

Canadian Opera Comapny Completes Capital Campaign to Build the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

For immediate release: March 6, 2008

CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY COMPLETES CAPITAL CAMPAIGN TO BUILD THE FOUR SEASONS CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Toronto, ON ĺ─ý The Canadian Opera Company (COC) is very proud to announce the completion of the Capital Campaign to build the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Canadaĺ─˘s new opera house. The campaign, which began in the early summer of 2002, raised $186 million, which included a final cash goal of $155 million and the gift of the land from the Province of Ontario valued at $31 million.

A recent $5 million personal gift from Toronto philanthropists Isadore and Rosalie Sharp effectively completed the campaign. In recognition of their support, the main lobby of the Four Seasons Centre will now be known as the Isadore & Rosalie Sharp City Room. As Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Mr. Sharp was also instrumental in the campaign securing $20 million in June 2002 to name the opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

The campaign received many other lead gifts in the last few months that pushed it to its conclusion. Significant contributions came from Gerald and Geraldine Heffernan, Arthur and Susan Scace, Peter and Shelagh Godsoe, The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation, Xstrata, Tim and Frances Price, Rudy and Cathy Bratty, Tony and Anne Arrell, and Paul A. Bernards. These gifts, as well as several others, represented an additional $5 million for the campaign.

Twenty-nine individuals, corporations and foundations donated over $1 million each to the campaign, with the COC Board contributing a combined total of over $22 million. (See attached donor list.) In all, over 5,500 individuals, corporations and foundations contributed to the campaign.

ĺ─˙On behalf of the Campaign Cabinet and the Canadian Opera House Corporation, I am extremely proud that our campaign was completed successfully and in a timely fashion,ĺ─¨ says Arthur R. A. Scace, Co-chair of the Campaign Cabinet. ĺ─˙Along with my fellow Co-chairs Peter Godsoe and Gerald Heffernan, I would like to thank the members of the cabinet, all of our donors, as well as the campaign staff, who worked diligently to make this dream possible.ĺ─¨

David Ferguson, President of the COC Board adds, ĺ─˙The Canadian Opera Company is enormously grateful for the thousands of donations that contributed to the completion of our campaign. Everyone who participated should be proud of their accomplishment and the knowledge that they helped build the first real opera house in this country, and one of the best in the world.ĺ─¨

Final campaign costs to build the Four Seasons Centre totalled $186 million ĺ─ý less than 3% over the projected budget of $181 million (including a cash goal of $150 million and the value of the land at $31 million) which was created in 2002. The modest overage was due mainly to some changes to the original design materials, the construction of the TTC entrance and increased interest rates.

The Capital Campaign began May 31, 2002 with the announcement of joint Federal / Provincial capital funding under the Canada-Ontario Infrastructure Program, at which the Federal government donated $25 million and the Province donated the land valued at $31 million. Three weeks later Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts donated $20 million as the naming donor of the building.

Groundbreaking took place on April 11, 2003 along with an announcement of a $10 million gift from The Fraser Elliott Foundation to name the auditorium, and $13 million from the COC Board. Twenty leadership gifts totalling $35 million were announced in January of 2005 including $7 million from The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation and E. Louise Morgan. In March 2006 The Honourable Henry N. R. Jackman donated $5 million to name the lounge on Queen Street, and the Province of Ontario contributed a further $10 million in cash towards the campaign.

Inaugural celebrations for the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts took place in June, 2006, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 11, 2006 and a Gala Inaugural Concert on June 14, 2006 which was simulcast into Nathan Philips Square as a free performance. The first opera was performed in September 2006 with the COCĺ─˘s historic and acclaimed production of Richard Wagnerĺ─˘s monumental Ring Cycle. Designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc., the Four Seasons Centre has been acclaimed by audiences and critics alike for its superb acoustics and sightlines and is already generally acknowledged as one of the best opera houses in the world. The COC performed to 99% capacity in its inaugural 2006/07 season.

About the Canadian Opera Company

Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America, and has an international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation. The COC currently enjoys a remarkable 99% attendance rate for its mainstage season of seven operas. The companyĺ─˘s new home, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, was designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc. and is Canadaĺ─˘s first purpose-built opera house. The contemporary expression of a traditional five-tiered, European horseshoe-shaped auditorium was specifically designed for opera with the highest level of acoustics in mind and provides unparalleled intimacy between the audience and the stage. Acclaimed as one of the best opera houses in the world, the

Four Seasons Centre is also the performance venue for The National Ballet of Canada.

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Media contact:

Claudine Domingue, Dir. of Public Relations, tel: 416-306-2387, fax: 416-363-5584, claudined@coc.ca

Melissa Than, Publicist, tel: 416-306-2369, fax: 416-363-5584, melissat@coc.ca

March 6, 2008

DONOR LIST FOR CAPITAL CAMPAIGN FOR THE

FOUR SEASONS CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

The Canadian Opera Company gratefully acknowledges the generosity of the following donors

whose outstanding support has been integral to this campaign to build the Four Seasons Centre

for the Performing Arts.

$20,000,000

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

$10,000,000

The Fraser Elliott Foundation

$5,000,000 - $9,999,999

Hon. Henry N. R. Jackman

The Catherine and Maxwell Meighen Foundation

Isadore & Rosalie Sharp

Anonymous

$1,000,000 - $4,999,999

Tony & Anne Arrell

John & Claudine Bailey

CIBC

Gerard & Earlaine Collins

Leslie & Anna Dan

George & Katherine Dembroski

Peter & Shelagh Godsoe

Milton Harris, Founder of Harris Steel Group

Jackman Foundation

Arthur & Sonia Labatt

Masonite International Corporation

Judy & Wilmot Matthews

Roger D. Moore

E. Louise Morgan

Tim & Frances Price

RBC Foundation

The Rotman Family

Arthur & Susan Scace

Scotiabank Group

Joey & Toby Tanenbaum

Jack Whiteside

Xstrata

Anonymous

$500,000 - $999,999

Paul A. Bernards

The J. P. Bickell Foundation

The Black Family Foundation

BMO Financial Group

Canadian Opera Volunteer Committee

Joe & Laurissa Canavan

Mr. Philip C. Deck & Ms. Kimberley M. Bozak

Kevin & Roger Garland

William A. & Nona Macdonald Heaslip

The Patrick & Barbara Keenan Family

Michael & Sonja Koerner

Margaret & Wallace McCain Family Foundation

In memory of John & Ruth McCarthy

Peter & Dolores Naylor

Colleen Sexsmith

Budd Sugarman Foundation

TD Bank Financial Group

Vale Inco Limited

$250,000 - $499,999

Philip & Linda Armstrong

Barrick Heart of Gold Fund

Rudy & Cathy Bratty

The Brookfield Group

CanWest Global Communications Corp.

J. Rob Collins

The Families of Alfredo, Angelo & Antonio DeGasperis

John A. Cook

Power Corporation of Canada

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George A. Fierheller

Donald K. Johnson & Anna McCowan Johnson

Douglas L. Ludwig & Karen J. Rice

Gordon & Bobby MacNeill

The R. Samuel McLaughlin Foundation

Donald O'Born & Jane Harvey

Sandra & Jim Pitblado

Jean Davidson & Paul Spafford

C. Alexander & Kim Squires

Staff & Artists of the Canadian Opera Company

W. Garfield Weston Foundation

Mr. & Mrs. L.R. Wilson

Anonymous

$100,000 - $249,999

Carole & Kym Anthony

Mark & Gail Appel

Marilyn & Charles Baillie

James C. Baillie

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Lawrence & Frances Bloomberg

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Walter M. & Lisa Balfour Bowen

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Irene Pump-Croot & Keith Croot

John & Ruth Crow

Elaine & Michael Davies

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Deloitte.

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Mr. & Mrs. A. Ephraim Diamond

In memory of Ilona Diener

James Doak & Patricia Best

John & Vera Elder

Glen Erikson

Ernst & Young

John & Gay Evans

Anna-Liisa & Graham Farquharson

Catherine G. Fauquier

Anthony & Shari Fell

David & Kristin Ferguson

Fidelity Investments through the Fidelity Foundation

Margaret & Jim Fleck

Lloyd & Gladys Fogler

Margaret & David Fountain

The George & Helen Gardiner Foundation

Irving & Gail Gerstein

The Honourable Alastair & Diana Gillespie

The Ned Goodman Family

Dr. Noł┤lle Grace & The Shohet Family

Ronald & Birgitte Granofsky

The Ira Gluskin & Maxine Granovsky Gluskin Charitable Foundation

Douglas & Ruth Grant

John & Judith Grant

James & Joyce Gutmann

George & Irene Hamilton

Hampton Securities Limited

The Hayes Larock Family

The Audrey S. Hellyer Charitable Foundation

Richard & Donna Holbrook

Drs. Walter, Virginia & Walter Joseph Hryshko

Ian O. Ihnatowycz & Marta A. Witer

Imperial Oil

Ronald Kimel & Vanessa LaPerriere

Hermann & Ellen Kircher

J. Hans Kluge

Robin Korthals & Janet Charlton

KPMG Foundation

John B. Lawson

Jack & Catherine Leitch

Wilfred & Anne Lewitt

In honour of Alice Lieberman

Manulife Financial

McCarthy Tłętrault LLP

The McLean Foundation

John & Esther McNeil

Trina & Don McQueen

Ted & Julie Medland

The Menkes Family

Melanie Whitehead Mersch

Bruce & Vladka Mitchell

Delia M. Moog

In memory of Clive Bennett Mortimer

National Bank Financial

Christl & Karl Niemuller

Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Panasonic Canada Inc.

Peter M. Partridge

PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

The Peterson Family Charitable Foundation

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Rosetta Raso

David Roffey & Karen Walsh

Ted & Loretta Rogers

Richard Rooney & Laura Dinner

Esther & Sam Sarick

William & Meredith Saunderson

Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Sherrin

Victor & Rhoda Shields

Ada Slaight

Sobeys

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Sun Life Financial

John & Liz Tory

TSX Group Inc.

Peter & Teresa van Schaik

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Joseph Vitale Family

Judith R. Wilder & William P. Wilder

Alfred G. Wirth

In memory of C. Robin Younger

Sharon Zuckerman

The Helen & Walter Zwig Family Foundation

Anonymous (3)

$50,000 - $99,999

Clive & Barbara Allen

In memory of E. G. (Gib) Bauman

Ralph M. Barford Foundation

Jalynn H. Bennett

E.W. Bickle Foundation

The Black Brigade

Rob & Teresa Brouwer

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Dr. John H.C. Chiu & Mrs. Yvonne Chiu, C.M.

CIBC Mellon

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Michael & Honor de Pencier

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The W. Robert Farquharson Family

Fraser & Margot Fell

Hugh Furneaux & Penny Fine

Blake C. Goldring

Goodmans LLP

Michael & Anne Gough

Dan Hagler & Family

Thomas & Jacqueline Haig

William & Patricia Harris

Local 58 International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees

In appreciation of Inta Kierans

Diane M. & James F. King

Dr. Elizabeth Kocmur

Kolter Property Company Inc.

Gurney Kranz

David Leith & Jacqueline Spayne

Marjorie & Roy Linden

Angelo & Grace Locilento

Sheila & Syd Loftus Family

Jerry & Joan Lozinski

Mr. James S.A. MacDonald & Mrs. Danielle L. MacDonald

The McColl-Early Foundation

John A. McVicker & Bruce W. Thomas

The Mendelson Family Foundation

FRANCO MIRABELLI DESIGN INC.

John & Penny Pepperell

Georgia Prassas

Karen & James Prieur

Samuel A. Rea & Wendy J. Thompson

Rob & Penny Richards

Dr. Ralph Shaw & June Shaw

Philip & Maria Smith

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Richard & Heather Thomson

Marc Ton-That & Denise Dubeau

William & Phyllis Waters

The Waugh Family

Tom & Ruth Woods

Richard & Suzan Wookey

John & Mary A. Yaremko

George M. Youssef & Susan E. Warren

Anonymous (3)

$25,000 - $49,999

Gary J. Adamson

Dr. Larry M. Agranove

Lillias Cringan Allward

Jamie & Patsy Anderson

Bram & Bluma Appel

Anne-Marie H. Applin & Michael R. Applin and Family

Richard J. Balfour

Robert Bandeen O.C. & Mona Bandeen C.M.

Schuyler F.E. Bankes & Family

Torunn & David Banks

Lorne & Rosemary Barclay

Karen & Bill Barnett

Dr. Frank E. Bartoszek & Daniel P. O'Brien

Alice & Tom Bastedo

Roland & Marie Bertin

Nani and Austin Beutel

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Black & McDonald

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Dr. Michael Braudo

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David & Constance Briant

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Donna Brock

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Chair-man Mills. Inc.

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Frank & Jennie Ciccolini

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Linda Haynes & Martin Connell

Murray & Katherine Corlett

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Francine & Bernard Dorval

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Dr. W. P. Hayman & Dr. M. L. Myers

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Tom Higgins

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Roy Hogg & Ann Jervis

Michiel Horn & Cornelia Schuh

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Hurley Corporation

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Dr. Josh Josephson & Family

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Sheryl & David Kerr

Joseph Kerzner & Lisa Koeper

Richard J. Kostoff

The S. E. Lam Family Foundation

Elizabeth & Goulding Lambert

Marion Lambert

Hon. Justice Dennis Lane & Sandra Lane

Harold & Larraine Langer

Guild Electric Limited

Joy Levine

Michelle & Michael Levy Family Foundation

Colleen and Bill Lindley & Elizabeth Lindley

Robert & Jean Liss

London Opera Guild

Amy & John Macfarlane

Mr. Jed MacKay

Peter F. MacKenzie

The Honourable Barbara J. McDougall

Nancy & John McFadyen

Paul & Jean McGrath

Joyce & Darcy McKeough

McMillan Binch Mendelsohn LLP

Mark & Andrea McQueen and Family

Mary Mogford & Tom Campbell

Alice J. Morgan

Rosalind Morrow

Nancy & Larry Murray

Dr. John & Pamela Newall

Janet & Gordon Nixon

Dorothy Novotny-Brandenburg

Lilly Offenbach Strauss & Nathan Strauss Q.C.

Joyce & Benson Orenstein

Steven Page

Ralph Palmisano & Family

Dr. & Mrs. William M. Park

Douglas L. Parker

Roger & Maureen Parkinson

Riki Turofsky & Charles Petersen

In memory of Edwin J. & Charlotte Pivnick

Polaris Realty

Mary Jean & Frank Potter

Margrit & Tony Rahilly

Carol & Morton Rapp

Kenneth F. Read & Gilles Longchamps

In memory of Robert Leonard Richard

Carolyn Ricketts

In memory of Barbara Anne Robertson

Sidney Robinson & Linda Currie

Dr. Michael & Mary Romeo

Barrie Rose & Family

Gretchen & Donald Ross

Helen & Kenneth Rotenberg

Maxwell L. Rotstein & Nancy-Gay Rotstein

Mrs. Monina & Miss Christine Rudin

Cookie & Stephen Sandler

Judy & Hy Sarick

In honour of Bernice & Percy Saxe

Katalin Schłžfer

Jean Nathanson Shawn

Sandra Simpson

Andrew Smith & Dr. Ruth Bothern

Judy & Hume Smith

Stephen & Jane Smith

Dr. Joseph K. So

Ellen & John Spears

Colin McGregor Mailer & David Stanley-Porter

Stantec Consulting Ltd.

The Stratton Trust

Franł▀oise Sutton

Carol Swallow

Kathryn J. Thornton

Marvin & Esther Tile

The Tinnerman Family

David & Diana Trent

Mr. & Mrs. Henry & Ann Louise Vehovec

Carol Mitchell & Richard Venn

Gary Smith Klein & Joan Wakely

Diane Walker & Robert Bell

Margaret J. Walter & Donald P. Walter

Philip & Diana Weinstein

George Whalen

Florence & Mickey Winberg

The Rose & Ray Wolfe Family Foundation

Mr. & Mrs. Marvin Yontef

Wilf & Helen Ziegler

Adam Zimmerman

Susan Zorzi

Anonymous (3)

Government Support:

The Canadian Opera Company gratefully acknowledges the Government of Canada and the government of Ontario for their support of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

La Compagnie dĺ─˘opłęra canadienne remercie le gouvernement du Canada et le gouvernement de lĺ─˘Ontario de leur appui accordłę au

Centre des arts du spectacle Four Seasons.

A complete list of all donors will be available at a later date.

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Monday, March 3, 2008

[Montreal] Jona Rapoport to Represent Celebrated American Composer Lori Laitman

"It is difficult to think of anyone before the public today who equals her exceptional gifts for embracing a poetic text and giving it new and deeper life through music." (Journal of Singing, 2007)


Canadian artist manager and publicist Jona Rapoport will be representing American composer Lori Laitman worldwide. Ms Rapoport has managed the career of several classical vocalists in the past, and is currently the producer and host of the radio program "Art & Fine Living with Jona" on CJRS 1650 in Montreal. She is listed in the international directory of Musical America.


Lori Laitman is one of America's most prolific and widely performed composers of art song. She has composed nearly 200 songs, setting the words of classical and contemporary poets to music, among them the lost voices of poets who perished in the Holocaust. The composer's first opera, "Come to Me in Dreams" premiered by Cleveland Opera in 2005, and her upcoming opera, based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter", to libretto by poet David Mason, will premiere at The University of Central Arkansas in the fall of 2008.


Laitman's songs have been released on Albany Records, Naxos, Channel Classics and others, showcasing the talents of some of today's top musicians. Among the many artists are: vocalists Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Jennifer Check, Patricia Green, Sari Gruber, William Sharp and Randall Scarlata; pianist Warren Jones; bassist Gary Karr; cellists Thomas Kraines and Marcy Rosen; saxophonist Gary Louie and violinist Juliette Kang.


In a review of her latest compilation, "Becoming a Redwood", the prestigious Gramophone Magazine remarked: "An extraordinarily impressive achievementČÍ [which indicates] increasing evidence of a major talent. Lori Laitman's beautiful, sensitively crafted songs deserve to be performed widely". A review of her 2000 release, "Mystery Č˝ The Songs of Lori Laitman" by Opera News says: "Composer Lori Laitman knows how to let the voice soar and exploreČÍspinning lyrical neo-romantic vocal lines over shifting post-modern sonorities". A Journal of Singing review of her 2003 album, "Dreaming", posits her firmly alongside another legendary composer: "This is a stunning collection of widely varied songs by one of the finest art song composers on the scene today...Lori Laitman deservedly stands shoulder to shoulder with Ned Rorem for her uncommon sensitivity to text, her loving attention to the human voice and its capabilities, and her extraordinary palette of musical colors and gestures".


Lori Laitman graduated magna cum laude from Yale College and received her Master of Music degree in flute performance from The Yale School of Music. Her recordings are available on her website, www.artsongs.com, as well as Amazon and ITunes. Sheet music can be ordered from Classical Vocal Reprints (1-800-298-7474), www.classicalvocalrep.com.


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For inquiries and interviews contact:

Jona Rapoport Artist Management

Montreal, Canada

jonarapoport@radio-shalom.ca

jonarapoport@gmail.com

Tel: 514 488 0246

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