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Monday, June 30, 2008

Saison estivale / Summer Concerts

UNE SAISON ESTIVALE ANNONCIATRICE

Montrłęal, le 19 juin 2008: Forte de son dernier concert au Sharon Temple, Louise Bessette entame une słęrie de concerts au Qułębec et en Ontario, dont deux en juillet en compagnie de Simon Aldrich (clarinette), Yegor Dyachkov (violoncelle) et Olivier Thouin (violon). En effet, nos quatre musiciens reprendront le Quatuor pour la fin du temps łŢ la Maison Trestler, le 9 juillet 2008 łŢ 20h00, et dans le cadre du Festival de Musique de Lachine, au Pavillon de l'Entrepłąt, Complexe Guy Descary, le 11 juillet 2008, łŢ 20h00.

Le Quatuor pour la fin du temps est un choix qui s'imposait pour la formation musicale. En effet, ces quatre musiciens seront appelłęs łŢ rejouer cette oeuvre lors des diffłęrentes manisfestations coordonnłęes par Automne Messiaen 2008 qui prendront place dans la communautłę du grand Montrłęal afin de souligner le centił«me anniversaire de naissance d'Olivier Messiaen. Il łętait donc de mise de vouloir initier le public łŢ la musique de Messiaen par l'interprłętation d'une oeuvre marquante dans l'łęvolution expłęrimentale du compositeur. En effet, cette pił«ce est empreinte d'un langage musical essentiellement immatłęriel, annonciateur des recherches musicales łŢ venir du compositeur. Elle demeure, de nos jours, un hommage poignant łŢ la vie et l'humanitłę. Aucune autre composition de chambre pouvait exprimer aussi pertinemment la pensłęe du compositeur. Au młüme programme, et explorant rłęsolument l'łęcole franł▀aise, la Premił«re Rhapsodie pour clarinette et piano de Debussy ainsi que la Sonate pour violon et violoncelle de Ravel.

Musicienne chevronnłęe et pianiste de haute voltige, Louise Bessette est une artiste constamment recherchłęe et estimłęe. Elle a une vingtaine d'enregistrements łŢ son actif. Premier Prix au Concours International de Musique Contemporaine de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Premier Prix au Concours International Gaudeamus, Prix Opus "soliste de l'annłęe", 1996-1997, pour son rłęcital consacrłę aux Vingt Regards sur l'Enfant-Jłęsus d'Olivier Messiaen, membre de l'Ordre du Canada (2001), Officier de l'Ordre national du Qułębec (2005), Louise Bessette cumule les distinctions honorifiques, soulignant l'importance de son apport musical. Depuis 1996, elle est titulaire d'une classe de piano au Conservatoire de Musique de Montrłęal.






SUMMER CONCERTS WITH SIGNS OF THE FALL TO COME

Montreal, June 19, 2008: Deriving strenght from her last performance at Sharon Temple, Louise Bessette is now engaged in a series of concerts throughout Qułębec and Ontario, including two concerts in July with colleagues Simon Aldrich (clarinet), Yegor Dyachkov (cello) and Olivier Thouin (violin). These wonderful musicians will present once again the Quatuor pour la fin du temps at the Maison Trestler, on July 9, 2008 at 8PM, and for the Festival de Musique de Lachine, at the Pavillon de l'Entrepłąt, Complexe Guy Descary, on July 11, 2008, at 8PM.

The Quatuor pour la fin du temps was the logical choice for the musical quartet as they will be asked to play the masterpiece more than once throughout the upcoming fall. Thanks to Automne Messiaen 2008, dedicated to the organization and coordination of events to mark the centenary of the birth of Olivier Messiaen, the Montreal community will be filled to the brim with Messiaen's music. It was therefore inevitable to introduce the audience to Messiaen's musical world with the interpretation of the work that would put a definitive imprint on his experimental evolution. The Quatuor pour la fin du temps bears the stamp of an essentially immaterial musical language, a sign of the musical researchs that the composer would undertake in the future. To this day, this quartet remains a poignant tribute to life and humanity. No other chamber piece could encompass so effectively all that Messiaen can offer. Also on the program, and therefore further exploring the French School of music, the Premił«re Rhapsodie pour clarinette et piano by Debussy and the Sonate pour violon et violoncelle by Ravel.

A versatile musician with an acrobatic mastery of the keyboard, Louise Bessette is appreciated throughout the world. She performs frequently with renowned formations and is seen regularly in festivals throughout Europe and America. She won the First Prize at the Concours International de Musique Contemporaine in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the First Prize and the Special Prize for Piano at the International Gaudeamus Competition, the 1991 Flandre-Qułębec Award, and the Prix Opus for "soloist of the year" 1996-97, awarded by the Conseil Qułębłęcois de la Musique. Piano teacher at the Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal since 1996, she is transmitting to young virtuosos her passionate love of music.

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Added Show: The Wise Men of Chelm,

ADDED SHOW- SUNDAY, JULY 6 AT 2PM

The Leanor and Alvin Segal Theatre & Reitmans (Canada) Limited present

The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre Production of

The Wise Men of Chelm

By Abraham Shulman Music by Eli Rubinstein
Directed by Bryna Wasserman/Audrey Finkelstein

Musical Director Nick Burgess Choreographer Lorna Wayne

Presented in Yiddish with English and French surtitles

Until July 3, 2008- with an added show on July 6 at 2pm

"You must make people laugh, dance, cry- all the pleasures and passions must be there."- Eli Rubinstein, composer

Due to high ticket demand, we are pleased to add an extra performance. This heart-warming, humourous and musically rich production is a loving tribute to an enduring icon of Eastern European folklore- the town and people of Chelm.

The Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre is approaching 50 years of presenting moving, uplifting, enlightening traditional and

contemporary productions that are embraced by everyone.

Houdini at the Jazz Festival

Newsworthy reminder: Presently, the Segal Centre has two hit musicals running! Houdini plays at the Outremont Theatre until July 5.

Call the box office for details:

Segal Centre: (514) 739-7944

Outremont Theatre: (514) 495-9944



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Concerts populaires de Montreal 2008

Orgue et couleurs prłęsente

La 44e saison des CONCERTS POPULAIRES DE MONTRłÔAL

deuxił«me et troisił«me concerts łŢ 19h30,

Les mercredis 2 juillet et 9 juillet 2008

au Centre Pierre-Charbonneau

3000, rue Viau, Montrłęal (młętro Viau)

Renseignements et billetterie : 514.899.0938

www.orgueetcouleurs.com

Montrłęal, lundi 30 juin 2008 - La 44e saison des concerts populaires de montrłęal se poursuit le mercredi 2 juillet 2008 łŢ 19 h30 au Centre Pierre-Charbonneau łŢ Montrłęal. C'est L'Orchestre Młętropolitain du grand Montrłęal sous la direction de Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin qui vous fera dłęcouvrir ou redłęcouvrir des Č˙uvres incontournables et łęvocatrices d'un małĂtre de la musique symphonique : Ludwig van Beethoven. ł─ noter qu'il s'agit du seul concert populaire de l'OMGM en compagnie de son chef attitrłę, une soirłęe łŢ ne pas manquer!

- Les grandes conqułütes ; Beethoven dans toute sa grandeur : Wellington Sieg (la bataille de Wellington), op. 91 ; Symphonie no 3 Erołěca, en mi błęmol, op. 55 ; Romance no 1 op. 40 en sol majeur ; Romance no 2, op. 50 en fa majeur avec le soliste Jean-Słębastien Roy (violon)

Le troisił«me concert de la słęrie se dłęroulera quant łŢ lui le mercredi 9 juillet 2008 łŢ 19h30 et proposera un łęventail musical de tango fougueux et passionnłę. En compagnie de l'Ensemble Romulo Larrea et de son chef attitrłę, l'ensemble vous fera voyager au rythme du bandonłęon et de la voix chaleureuse de la chanteuse Veronica Larc.

- Pleins feux sur le tango ; Astor Piazzolla : Adiłäs Nonino, Balada para mi muerte, Cierra tus ojos y escucha, Escualo, Windy et autres ; Ils s'aiment (D. Lavoie / D.Deshaime) ; Le plus beau voyage (C. Gauthier / Y. Ouellette) ; Montrłęal bleu (R. Larrea) ; Por una cabeza (C. Gardel / A. LePera), Soledad (C. Gardel / A. LePera); Nocturna (Julił░n Plaza); Percal, (H. Exposito / D. Federico); 9 de Julio (Josłę Luis Padula) et autres Č˙uvres du rłępertoire.

ł─ venir :

le mercredi 16 juillet : Les coulisses de l'orchestre : avec l' OMGM, Christopher Hall, musicien humoriste, Alain Cazes, chef.

le mercredi 23 juillet : Au pays de l'amour, avec l'Ensemble Appassionata, Daniel Myssyk, chef.

27$ (rłęgulier) et 23$ (rłęduit) pour la section parterre

22$ (rłęgulier) et 18$ (rłęduit) pour la section gradin

Service aux tables (boisson et repas lłęger) au parterre en sus

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Mariages de passions au Festival International du Domaine Forget

Mariages de passions


Mercredi 16 juillet, 20 h 30
Lĺ─˘art vocal

Soirłęe Bilodeau Immobilier
De Bach aux Beatles avec le quatuor vocal Cantabile

Le mercredi 16 juillet, le fabuleux quatuor vocal britannique, Cantabile, prłęsente Č┤ De Bach aux Beatles ! Ȭ, un voyage musical łęclectique allant du jazz aux madrigaux en passant par la chanson franł▀aise, un młęlange dłęcapant dĺ─˘humour Č┤ british Ȭ et de virtuositłę musicale. Le quatuor rendra aussi hommage łŢ de cłęlł«bres ensembles vocaux tels que les Mills Brothers, Les quatre barbus et Les Compagnons de la chanson.

Depuis plus de 25 ans, le quatuor vocal Cantabile słęduit le public du monde entier grłóce łŢ la variłętłę de ses programmes musicaux, lĺ─˘indłęniable talent de comłędien de ses membres, lĺ─˘excellence de ses voix et le raffinement de ses interprłętations. Le parcours de Cantabile est trł«s impressionnant avec 13 enregistrements, plus de 2000 concerts et plus de 200 apparitions dans des łęmissions de tłęlłęvision łŢ travers le monde.

Le programme de la soirłęe plaira assurłęment au public de 8 łŢ 88 ans avec des ëýuvres aussi variłęes que le Perpetuum Mobile de Johann Strauss fils, Il est bel et bon du compositeur de la Renaissance Pierre Passereau, Summertime de Gershwin, La Qułüte de Jacques Brel, un pot-pourri des airs cłęlł«bres de Blanche-Neige et les sept nains sans oublier Les Trois Cloches, une pił«ce puisłęe dans le rłępertoire des Compagnons de la Chanson, et bien sł¬r un Hommage aux Beatles.

Jeudi 17 juillet, 20 h 30
La musique de chambre

Soirłęe Consulat głęnłęral de France łŢ Qułębec
Jongleries musicales en famille

Le jeudi 17 juillet rłęserve aux festivaliers une expłęrience inłędite alliant art du cirque et musique avec le duo łÓve & Basile. En deuxił«me moitiłę, place łŢ la famille avec le contrebassiste virtuose Franł▀ois Rabbath et son fils, le pianiste Sylvain Rabbath.

Le duo łÓve & Basile rłęunit la pianiste łÓve-Anouk Jebejian et le jongleur Cyril Rabbath alias Basile Dragon, deux artistes issus dĺ─˘univers diffłęrents. Nłęe dans une famille de musiciens, łÓve-Anouk Jebejian est, entre autres, diplłąmłęe de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal et du Conservatoire de Lausanne en interprłętation. Quant łŢ Cyrill Rabbath, alias Basile Dragon, il a reł▀u sa formation łŢ l'łÔcole Nationale du Cirque Annie Fratellini, et łŢ l'łÔcole Nationale du Cirque de Moscou, auprł«s de la cłęlł«bre Nadejda Akopovna. Par la suite, il a joułę en solo diffłęrents spectacles de rue plusieurs annłęes durant, en plus dĺ─˘łęvoluer au sein de cirques traditionnels. Słęduits par l'idłęe d'łęlargir leurs horizons, les deux artistes ont eu lĺ─˘audace de crłęer une passerelle entre la musique et le cirque, jouant tantłąt avec les atmosphł«res de Satie, tantłąt avec les rythmes fous de Bartłżk. Ayant suscitłę lĺ─˘enthousiasme du public dł«s sa crłęation, le duo a łętłę rłęcompensłę łŢ l'unanimitłę par le Soleil d'Or du Festival de Cirque de Sierre en aoł¬t 2004.

Cĺ─˘est en famille que se dłęroulera la seconde partie du concert alors que seront rłęunis sur scł«ne lĺ─˘incomparable contrebassiste virtuose Franł▀ois Rabbath et son fils, le pianiste Sylvain Rabbath. ł─ la toute fin, la famille sera łęlargie alors que le jongleur Cyrill Rabbath, alias Basile, rejoindra son frł«re et son pł«re pour offrir au public un moment dĺ─˘improvisation. Parions que la complicitłę qui les unit et le plaisir de faire de la musique ensemble contribueront łŢ rendre cette soirłęe tout łŢ fait młęmorable.

Samedi 19 juillet, 20 h 30
Les grands concerts

Soirłęe Bell
La Quatrił«me symphonie de Mahler
En grande premił«re łŢ la Salle Franł▀oys-Bernier

Le chef dĺ─˘orchestre Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest insufflera toute la passion et lĺ─˘intensitłę quĺ─˘on lui connałĂt aux musiciens de lĺ─˘OSQ alors quĺ─˘il dirigera la Quatrił«me symphonie de Mahler, la premił«re du compositeur łŢ łütre donnłęe au Domaine Forget. La partie soliste de lĺ─˘ëýuvre a łętłę confiłęe łŢ la merveilleuse soprano Karina Gauvin. Pour dłębuter ce grand concert, le pianiste Stłęphane Lemelin se joindra łŢ lĺ─˘Orchestre pour interprłęter le Concerto pour St-Irłęnłęe du compositeur et porte-parole du festival Franł▀ois Dompierre.

Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest a travaillłę au Domaine Forget dł«s les dłębuts łŢ lĺ─˘invitation de Franł▀oys Bernier, puis de 1989 łŢ 1992 en tant que professeur de violon łŢ lĺ─˘Acadłęmie de musique et de danse. Pour lui, le choix de la Quatrił«me symphonie de Mahler łętait tout indiqułę, lĺ─˘ëýuvre łęvoquant la jeunesse, la nature et lĺ─˘audace. Dans cette ëýuvre, Mahler sĺ─˘est laissłę inspirer par lĺ─˘enfance. Le dernier des quatre mouvements, une page merveilleuse intitulłęe La vie cłęleste, fait appel łŢ une soprano pour dłęvoiler les joies du Paradis dans une atmosphł«re de profonde słęrłęnitłę, procurant łŢ lĺ─˘auditeur un sentiment de bien-łütre et de paix.

La soirłęe dłębutera avec le Concerto pour St-Irłęnłęe, une ëýuvre pour piano et cordes de Franł▀ois Dompierre. Cĺ─˘est au dłębut des annłęes 80 alors que le compositeur frłęquentait le Domaine Forget que lĺ─˘ëýuvre fut łęcrite puis enregistrłęe avec les stagiaires de lĺ─˘Acadłęmie. Mis łŢ part le mouvement lent qui a servi de trame sonore pour le film Mon ami Max, le concerto nĺ─˘a jamais łętłę rejoułę. Cĺ─˘est le pianiste Stłęphane Lemelin et les cordes de lĺ─˘orchestre qui lui redonneront vie sous la direction de Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest.

Cours de małÚtre et concerts des stagiaires de lĺ─˘Acadłęmie de musique et de danse du Domaine Forget

Les amateurs ne manqueront pas dĺ─˘inscrire łŢ leur agenda les trois prochains cours de małĂtre publics qui seront consacrłęs au violon. Mark Fewer et Jonathan Swartz se partageront le cours de małĂtre du mardi 15 juillet, łŢ 13 h 30, puis, le mardi 22 juillet, łŢ 10 heures aura lieu celui de Rłęgis Pasquier, un des favoris des stagiaires et du public.
Une collaboration de Stein Monast.

Brunch-Musique Casino de Charlevoix


La chanteuse Virginie Hamel, le pianiste Vincent Gagnon et le contrebassiste Guillaume Bouchard offriront de la musique brłęsilienne łŢ lĺ─˘occasion du brunch-musique du dimanche 20 juillet.

Information et rłęservations

(418) 452-3535 ou 1 888-DFORGET (336-7438)
Tłęlłęcopieur : (418) 452-3503
www.domaineforget.com

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Saturday, June 28, 2008

'Photographie transformative'

Vernissage de l'exposition
Č┤ Photographie transformative Ȭ

Montrłęal, le 27 juin 2008. Le vernissage de l'exposition Č┤ Photographie transformative Ȭ aura lieu le jeudi 3 juillet, de 18 h łŢ 21 h, łŢ la Galerie Mazarine, situłęe au 1448A, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montrłęal, dans le prestigieux Quartier du Musłęe. Le photographe B. Simhananda sera prłęsent lors de la soirłęe afin de rencontrer le public et de s'entretenir avec les młędias.

Ce vernissage a lieu dans le cadre de la premił«re exposition de photos de B. Simhananda qui se tient du 26 juin au 12 juillet 2008 łŢ la Galerie Mazarine. Les heures d'ouverture de la Galerie Mazarine sont du mardi au vendredi de 10 h łŢ 18 h et le samedi de 10 h łŢ 17 h.

Les photographies de B. Simhananda nous amł«nent łŢ voir le monde avec une perspective nouvelle. Laissez-vous imprłęgner par la beautłę et les mystł«res de notre planł«te Terre et des extraordinaires gens qui l'habitent.

B. Simhananda, d'une łętincelle d'amour et d'humour, touche celui qui regarde. Amusez-vous łŢ dłęcouvrir la subtile signification inhłęrente łŢ chacune des photographies qu'il expose pour la toute premił«re fois łŢ Montrłęal.

łÔrudit, poł«te, amant de la musique, auteur et collectionneur d'art, B. Simhananda, cet avide voyageur de notre Terre, capture łŢ travers sa lentille l'essence de ses nombreux voyages. Cette passion qui l'habite depuis plus de 35 ans est reflłętłęe łŢ travers l'amour des gens, des lieux empreints de beautłę et, bien sł¬r, de la planł«te qu'il aime tant parcourir.

B. Simhananda est le rłęcipiendaire d'un prestigieux prix Č┤ Gold Ȭ du Nautilus Book Awards 2008 dans la catłęgorie Č┤ Art/Gift/Specialty Ȭ pour son livre de photographies intitulłę Č┤ Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Khadromas and the Way of the Pilgrim Ȭ, paru aux Publications Orange Palm. Le Nautilus Book Awards est un prix littłęraire amłęricain de renommłęe internationale qui honore les livres contribuant łŢ faire łęvoluer la conscience des lecteurs.

Pour tout renseignement, veuillez communiquer avec Josłęe D. Senłęcal au 514 261-2378.

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Friday, June 27, 2008

OCMS Festival Release

 Countdown to Chamberfest 08!

(Early Bird passes available until June 30)

Ottawa (June 27, 2008) Č˝ The 15th edition of the world's largest Chamber Music Festival will open in 4 weeks time. For 16 days, from July 25 - August 9, chamber music will dominate Ottawa's cultural landscape with over 130 scheduled events and concerts, featuring some of the best musicians in the world. From morning chats with musicologist Harry Halbreich and Meet the Artist opportunities to Premium concerts and Late Night at the Legion jam sessions, there is something for everyone. So, don't forget to get your Early Bird pass by June 30 for extra savings!

"We've attempted to broaden the limits of chamber music collaboration as well as embrace the spirit of celebration. We believe chamber music is an art form of the future and it's been a thrill planning performances that include collaborations with multimedia, dance and choral components." - Roman Borys, Co-Artistic Director, Chamberfest

Programming Changes
Chamberfest regrets to announce that the internationally-renowned violinist Augustin Dumay has withdrawn from the Festival due to personal reasons. Dumay was scheduled to appear with acclaimed pianist, Louis Lortie on July 30 in a program of duets. Instead, Lortie will perform with protłęgłęs from the Imola Piano Institute in Italy. Philippe Ivanov, Orazio Sciortino, Jean-Philippe Sylvestre, Alessandro Taverna and Yingjia Xue will present dazzling works for one-piano, four-hands.

International pianist, Rian De Waal, has also withdrawn for personal reasons. De Waal was scheduled to perform Virtuosic Piano Transcriptions on July 29. This concert has been cancelled.

Premium Concerts:

July 25: Opening Gala: Tango Notturno with Isabel Bayrakdarian

July 26: Brass Bounty - Ottawa Festival Brass

July 28: Keller Quartet

July 30: Louis Lortie and Imola Pianists Č˝ Virtuosic Duets

August 2: St. Lawrence String Quartet and Friends Celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Banff Centre

August 3: Louis Lortie and Mathieu Roy's Death in Venice

August 7: Quartetto Gelato

August 8: Daniel Taylor and the Theatre of Early Music and Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie Č˝ Path to Paradise

August 9: Closing Gala: Chamberfest's 15th Anniversary Choral Extravaganza

Concerts FREE with Festival Pass

In addition to discounted tickets for the nine Premium concerts, with the purchase of a Festival Pass, holders can attend a phenomenal array of events including:

July 28: Messiaen @ 100 Č˝ Colour - For the End of Time The first of three concerts celebrating the centenary of Olivier Messiaen's birth, this concert will feature the Gryphon Trio and clarinettist James Campbell's celebrated rendition of Messiaen's monumental Quatuor pour la fin des temps that simulates the synesthetic experience through light projections. (Dominion-Chalmers, 8 pm)

August 4-6: Nexus "utterly spellbinding" Č˝ Montreal "picturesque - extraordinary" - Financial Times "mesmerizing, superbly musical" Č˝ Washington

Canada's own Nexus - one of the top percussion ensembles in the world - will delight concert-goers with a dazzling array of rhythms and sounds.

August 4: Nexus performs at Late Night at the Legion animating the silent movie Teddy at the Throttle (Royal Canadian Legion, 330 Kent St., 10:30 pm)

August 5: In concert (Museum of Civilization, 8 pm)

August 6: Young People's concert (Museum of Civilization, 1 pm)

July 27 & 29: Shauna Rolston "widely regarded as one of Canada's most exciting young artists" Č˝ Strad Magazine

Cellist Shauna Rolston will perform classical and romantic favourites including Rachmaninov's łÔlłęgiaque Trio, Op. 9. with Alexander Tselyakov and Erika Raum.

July 27: Meet the Artist (Perez Building, University of Ottawa, 1 pm)

July 27: In concert with Alexander Tselyakov (St. Andrew's, 8 pm)

July 29: In concert with pianist Heather Schmidt (St. Andrew's, 8 pm)

August 4: R. Murray Schafer @ 75 A celebration of R. Murray Schafer's 75th birthday. The concert will feature several artists performing works by the composer, including a world premiere of a duo for violin and piano that was co-commissioned by the OCMS, and will be performed by Duo Concertante. The event will also feature a performance of Schafer's Isfahan Č˝ where three brass quintets will use the entire performance space to perform this work. (Dominion-Chalmers, 8 pm) The evening begins with Schafer taking the first 30 concert goers on a "music walk" before the concert - a once-in-a-lifetime experience for these lucky festival patrons. (Dominion-Chalmers, 7 pm)

August 5: Wallis Giunta "The satin purity of her voice served the music to perfection." Richard Todd, Ottawa Citizen

Hugely popular at last year's Festival, Giunta returns to perform selections from Ravel's Shłęhłęrezade and the Chants D'Auvergne by Joseph Canteloube. (St. John the Evangelist, noon)

Ticket Information Passes and tickets for Premium Concerts are available at the Chamberfest office, CD Warehouse, Books on Beechwood, The Leading Note, Collected Works and Ticketmaster. (See www.chamberfest.com for locations and phone numbers.)

Passes are $95 for adults and $45 for students. Until June 30th, they are available at an Early Bird rate of $85 for adults and $35 for students.

Premium concert tickets are $40 per person. Reserved seating is available for the Premium concerts for $55 per person. The purchase of a Festival pass will give patrons a 25% pass holder discount off the premium ticket price. Patrons can save up to $90 off the cost of premium tickets; in effect, offsetting the purchase price of the pass.

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PORTopera Announces Cookbook Debut During 2008 Season



portopera announces cookbook debut during the 2008 season

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý PORTopera's first cookbook, Cucina del Bel Canto, will be available during the production of Romłęo et Juliette on July 24 and 26 at Portland's Merrill Auditorium.

Cucina del Bel Canto includes over 500 recipes gathered from area chefs, foodies, singers and board members.

"Cooking is like making music. Put all the right notes together and you have perfect harmony. Apply the same concept to Cucina del Bel Canto's many wonderful recipes and Ecco la, a great dish!," said PORTopera cookbook committee chair Angela LeBlanc. The cookbook is filled with stunning images of past PORTopera productions by photographer Martha Mickles and the book design features a useful built-in easel.

The cookbook is underwritten by Selma Pluznick and the Oscar Pluznick Foundation. This limited edition print run will retail for $24.95; only 500 copies are available. A second volume will follow in the future.

To pre-order copies contact Angela LeBlanc at 207-985-1975.

PORTopera is in its 14th season. Tickets for the July 24 and 26 performances of Romłęo et Juliette are available online at www.porttix.com, by phone, (207) 842-0800, or in person at the 20 Myrtle Street box office in Portland, Maine between noon and 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. PORTopera is Maine's only opera company performing fully staged operas with nationally and internationally acclaimed singers.



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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Shaw Festival: After the Dance Previews

Previews begin at the Shaw Festival for Lost Masterpiece After the Dance

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, June 26, 2008 ĺ─Â Previews began on Wednesday in the Royal George Theatre for the Shaw Festivalĺ─˘s production of Terence Rattiganĺ─˘s rarely produced After the Dance, directed by The Shawĺ─˘s Artistic Director Emeritus Christopher Newton.

Itĺ─˘s 1938 and the Bright Young Things are still carrying on like itĺ─˘s the Roaring Twenties. Theyĺ─˘re that ĺ─˙lost generationĺ─¨, the ones that missed World War I and are trying desperately to deny the looming threat of the next war. To the younger generation, their life of endless parties seems utterly frivolous. But David (Patrick Galligan) and his wife Joan (Deborah Hay) canĺ─˘t stop looking back to a time and place when the bright lights shone on them. However, when an earnest young woman (Marla McLean) enters their lives, it seems to signal that the party might be ending.

Terence Rattigan (1911-1977) wrote 24 stage plays and 30 film, television and radio scripts in a career that spanned 40 years. Although his reputation suffered due to the revolution in British drama sparked by John Osborneĺ─˘s Look Back in Anger (1956), and due to his continued championing of tasteful well-made plays, Rattigan can now be seen as one of the leading British playwrights of the middle part of the twentieth century. After premiering in London in 1939, and another brief run in 1940, After the Dance remained in obscurity for over 50 years. Now the play, Rattiganĺ─˘s second, is hailed as a lost masterpiece.

The cast of After the Dance also includes Neil Barclay as John Reid and Ken James Stewart as Peter Scott-Fowler, as well as Kawa Ada, Beryl Bain, Lisa Horner, Claire Jullien, Billy Lake, Jesse Martyn, Ali Momen, Jennifer Phipps, Micheal Querin, Jacqueline Thair and Jay Turvey.

After the Dance is designed by William Schmuck, with lighting design by Alan Brodie. The stage management team includes Stage Manager Rebecca Miller and Assistant Stage Manager Eamonn Reil.

After the Dance began preview performances Wednesday, June 25; opens Saturday, July 5; and plays in repertory until Sunday, October 5. For tickets and information, visit www.shawfest.com or call 1-800-511-7429 or 905-468-2172 (local).

After the Dance is sponsored by AbitibiBowater.

The 2008 season is proudly presented by HSBC Bank Canada/HSBC Bank USA, N.A.


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TSO Announces Record Ticket Sales

Master Agreement Ratification with the Musicians of the Orchestra,
and the second release on the TSO Live Label.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra announced today that the 2007/2008 season achieved record ticket revenues, with house capacity averaging over 88% - both single tickets and subscriptions showing significant increases over the course of the past ten months. Sales broke the $9 million mark, with the TSO completing the 2007/2008 season with just over $9.2 million in sales. The TSO performed for over 238,000 people during the year, an increase of over 10,000 tickets over the 2006/2007 season, and subscriptions to the orchestra increased by over 10% to 27,500 subscribers. The increases in subscriptions came largely from new patrons - over 80% of the subscription increase came from people who were not previously TSO customers. The 2007/2008 season will be the sixth consecutive season in which earned revenue has increased year-over-year, up from $5.5 million in ticket revenues in 2001/2002.

"Not only were our most popular shows sold out with over 40% of TSO performances playing to houses 95% or better, but also, our more demanding festivals showed strong results," said Mike Forrester, VP Marketing & Business Development. "The audience is responding to Peter's leadership of the Orchestra, and to his concept of thematic programming woven throughout the season. His connection to the public is remarkably strong, to the point where even shows comprised entirely of new or unfamiliar orchestral music, play to capacity. A sold-out New Creations Festival is the most obvious example, but many of our other shows have new and challenging work - and our patrons have come to trust the musical journey Peter prepares for them on any given night."

In addition to its public performances at Roy Thomson Hall, the George Weston Recital Hall, and critically acclaimed concerts in Ottawa and Detroit, the Orchestra also performed for over 70,000 students at Roy Thomson Hall over the course of the season, continuing its commitment to education with curriculum-based concerts. Additionally, the Orchestra also toured to Sarnia and North Bay, with both public concerts and education programs in those cities. A further 40,000 students benefited from education programs in the GTA and throughout Ontario.

The TSO also announced the release of its second disc on the TSO Live label, featuring Anton Bruckner's 4th Symphony, recorded live over two performances in November 2007. Music Director Peter Oundjian commented, "When we sat down and listened to the raw recording, we were absolutely thrilled with the quality of our Orchestra's performances. I am delighted that our audience will now have yet another piece of our musical efforts to enjoy time and time again, and Bruckner's 4th Symphony, to my mind, is his most accessible and engaging work."
The TSO plans several more releases over the course of the year, with music of Mahler and Shostakovich to be released over the next several months.
For further information, contact: TSO, Mike Forrester, Vice President, Marketing & Business Development, 416.593.7769 x 341 mforrester@tso.ca

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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

PSO Presents "Summer Serenades" Series, Beginning July 19



PORTLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS SUMMER SERENADES BEGINNING JULY 19

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý This July, The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is delighted to present a series of chamber orchestra concerts entitled Summer Serenades, featuring a guest appearance by MPBN's newest voice, Tom Porter. A great way to spend a summer evening with the whole family while enjoying music in enchanting Southern Maine settings, concerts will take place in Boothbay (July 25), Old Orchard Beach (July 27) and Harrison (July 29).

Summer Serenades will showcase Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, narrated by Tom Porter. The programs also include Rossini's Overture to Barber of Seville, a favorite from the operatic repertoire, and Mendelssohn's delightful Symphony No. 4, also known as "the Italian."

Conducting the Summer Serenades will be Matthew Fritz, who has studied conducting under PSO Music Director Robert Moody.

A native of Birmingham, England, Tom Porter comes from a family of British journalists. He worked for nearly eight years at Bloomberg Television and Radio in London as a reporter and news producer. He is also a trained jazz pianist.

The schedule and ticket information is as follows:

  • July 25, 2008 at 6:00 PM
    Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens | 132 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay
    For tickets call (207) 633-4333 or visit www.MaineGardens.org.
  • July 27, 2008 at 6:00 PM
    Salvation Army Pavilion | 17 Prospect Street, Old Orchard Beach
    For tickets call (207) 934-2024 or visit www.OOBPavilion.org.
  • July 29, 2008 at 7:30 PM
    Sebago Long Lake Music Festival | Deertrees Theatre, 156 Deertrees Road, Harrison
    For tickets call (207) 583-6747 or visit www.SebagoMusicFestival.org.

For more information about the Portland Symphony Orchestra call (207) 773-6128 or visit www.portlandsymphony.com.


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OSM / Symphony of a Thousand dress rehearsal open to the public



Mahlerĺ─˘s Symphony of a Thousand

Dress rehearsal open to the public on September 8 at 7 p.m.

Montreal, June 25, 2008 ĺ─ý In light of the strong demand for the two performances of Mahlerĺ─˘s Symphony of a Thousand (September 9 and 10), the Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal announces that the dress rehearsal for this concert will be open to the public, on September 8 at 7 p.m. in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier. Tickets can be obtained right away at www.osm.ca or by dialing 514-842-9951.

Maestro Kent Nagano and the Symphony of a Thousand are launching the OSMĺ─˘s 75th season. A performance of Mahlerĺ─˘s Eighth Symphony is never just a concert: it marks an event, a special occasion. The work is known as ĺ─˙Symphony of a Thousandĺ─¨ in recognition of the forces involved at its premiere in 1910. Two mixed choruses, a boysĺ─˘ chorus, a girlsĺ─˘ chorus, eight soloists, an extra brass section stationed offstage and a gigantic orchestra!

The Symphony of a Thousand marked the 50th anniversary of the OSM in 1984, when the Orchestra played it at the Montreal Forum. With more than 400 musicians on stage, this colossal and majestic work with its joyous and visionary message is especially appropriate to launch the celebrations of the OSMĺ─˘s 75th season.

What: Mahlerĺ─˘s Symphony of a Thousand conducted by Kent Nagano

Dress rehearsal open to the public

When: September 8 at 7 p.m.

Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

Tickets: www.osm.ca or 514-842-9951

The Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal is presented by Hydro-Qułębec

in association with National Bank


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Thunder Tour hits Toronto - Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller & Victor Wooten this August!

S.M.V. = B.D.B.P.
STANLEY, VICTOR & MARCUS
The Best Damn Bassists Period

S.M.V. Thunder Tour - Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Tickets on sale Friday, June 27


Toronto Č˝ Three of the most electrifying bass guitar players of our time strike Toronto with the Thunder Tour for one night only on Wednesday, August 20 at the Sound Academy, 8pm.

Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten, the perfect formula of creativity, genius and sheer talent share one stage for a show-stopping performance of jazz and funk this summer. The Thunder Tour is in support of the trio's upcoming release, Thunder.

"We have presented all three of these artists individually in the past. Bringing the Thunder Tour to Toronto was an easy decision for us," states Patrick Taylor, Executive Producer of Toronto Downtown Jazz. "This is the only Canadian stop on the tour, making it a performance not to be missed."

Together, Stanley, Marcus and Victor pack the most powerful one-two-three punch: Grammy Award-winner Stanley Clarke has influenced the role of the bass in music today, and is known as the father of the 1970s "bass revolution." Marcus Miller has appeared on more than 400 records and has played with a variety of artists, from Miles Davis and Aretha Franklin to Jay Z and LL Cool J. Member of the Grammy Award-winning super group Błęla Fleck & The Flecktones, Victor Wooten is considered to be the most influential bassist since the late Jaco Pastorius.



Thunder Tour
STANLEY CLARKE, MARCUS MILLER and VICTOR WOOTEN
Wednesday, August 20, 2008 - doors at 8pm
Sound Academy, 11 Polson Street
Tickets on sale Friday, June 27, 2008
$30 adv / $35 door
Ticketmaster - 416.870.8000 or www.ticketmaster.ca
For more information visit www.torontojazz.com




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Disques Nuits d'Afrique

LES DISQUES NUITS D'AFRIQUE

10 ANS DE MUSIQUES DU MONDE

Pour le dixił«me anniversaire des Disques Nuits d'Afrique, conjointement łŢ la 22ł«me łędition du Festival International Nuits d'Afrique, le label sort cinq albums en un mois!

Avec l'ambition de faire dłęcouvrir, aimer et partager le meilleur de la musique du monde, les Disques Nuits d'Afrique vous font dłęcouvrir des artistes locaux et internationaux de styles et genres diffłęrents minutieusement choisis afin de vous inviter au voyage par les sons de la musique venant de divers continents.

Festival International Nuits d'Afrique - Compilation 2008

Mise en vente le 3 juin 2008

Une dixił«me compilation qui regroupe les meilleurs artistes du Festival en vous offrant une słęlection de quatorze chansons donnant l'aperł▀u idłęal de la programmation, ou encore łŢ garder en souvenir du Festival. Un album qui offre une palette de langues, styles musicaux, instruments et origines rarement retrouvłęe sur un seul et unique cd.

Cette annłęe la compilation regroupe des artistes tel que Dobet Gnahorłę de la Cłąte d'Ivoire, Mad'moi zł«le Giraf, groupe montrłęalais łŢ inspiration ragga, Monica Freire chanteuse brłęsilienne et porte-parole du Festival, HAJAmadagascar et encore bien d'autres.

Les Go De Koteba - West African Feelings

Mise en vente le 3 juin 2008


Depuis le 3 juin, un nouvel album pour ce duo ivorien qui prłęsente une variłętłę de chansons en malinkłę, błętłę, songhałě, bamana, khasonkhłę, franł▀ais, et nouchi. C'est un parfait młęlange de musique moderne et traditionelle mandingue, qui leur donne le nom de groupe afro-pop mandingue, avec l'association de djembłę, basse, kora, guitare, flł¬te peulh et N'goni, aux sons urbains des grandes villes africaines. Ce nouvel opus pour les Go de Koteba ne tardera łŢ s'intłęgrer au catalogue des classiques de la "World" musique.

En Concert le Mercredi 16 Juillet 2008 łŢ 20h - Le National

Hakim Sahli ĺ─ý Sahraoui

Mise en vente le 17 juin 2008


Chanteur de Rač┤ et danseur chorłęgraphe, Hakim Sahli offre un album łŢ la frontił«re du pop łęlectronique occidentale et le rač┤ traditionel algłęrien. Les Disques Nuits d'Afrique vous offre le meilleur des deux mondes avec cet album exclusif en Amłęrique du Nord, qui compile les meilleurs titres des albums "Khomeč┤ssa" et "Makatib". Coup de coeur du Festival de la Musique du Maghreb, il propose par ses paroles sentimentales et sa musique łęclectique, un dialogue des cultures.

En Concert le Samedi 19 Juillet 2008 łŢ 20h05 - Place Emilie-Gamelin

Tribo de Jah - The Babylone Inside

Mise en vente le 24 juin 2008


Ce groupe brłęsilien composłę majoritairement d'artistes aveugles, offre sous l'łętiquette Nuits d'Afrique, une premił«re: un double album composłę de douze titres en portuguais et douze titres en anglais. Du reggae purement brłęsilien qui resuscite la musique de Bob Marley. Ce groupe fondateur de la Jamač┤que brłęsilienne qui ont charmłę un public fidł«le łŢ travers le monde, vous font dłęcouvrir du reggae unique et intense.

En Concert le Jeudi 17 Juillet 2008 łŢ 21h - Le National

Les Syli d'Or de la Musique du Monde 2008

Mise en vente le 8 juillet 2008


Pour sa deuxił«me łędition, Les Syli d'Or de la Musique du Monde offre les meilleurs artistes montrłęalais de la musique du monde. Une słęrie de chansons enregistrłęe en "live" des trois groupes distingułęs cette annłęe. Estał▀ao Da Luz, groupe du Brłęsil proposant un spectacle digne d'un carnaval brłęsilien, qui a remportłę l'or. Aboulaye Konłę et Bolo Kan, ce big band mandingue aux chants łęlectriques et jeux de scł«ne endiablłęs, ont remportłę le Syli d'argent. Puis le Syli de Bronze pour le Groupe Alpha Thiam, un quartet qui młętisse grands talents qułębłęcois et africains.

En Concert:

Estał▀ao Da Luz le Jeudi 10 Juillet 21h au Kola Note

Aboulaye Konłę et Bolokan le Dimanche 20 juillet łŢ 16h35 łŢ la Place łÔmilie-Gamelin

Groupe Alpha Thiam le Samedi 19 juillet łŢ 16h35 łŢ la Place łÔmilie-Gamelin


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Toronto Summer Music Festival


TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Highlights include performances by Andrłę Laplante and Anton Kuerti
and a fully staged production of Ariadne auf Naxos

Now in its third year, the TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL, Artistic Director Agnes Grossmann, will present some of the world's finest artists in concerts of chamber music and opera from July 22 - August 17, 2008. Worldwide conflicts, whether they are social, political or religious, have produced powerful outpourings of artistic expression and this year's festival will explore these struggles under one unifying theme, In the Fire of Conflict.

The Festival features three new concert series this year: on Tuesdays the series will celebrate links between music, visual arts and dance; Thursday evenings will be devoted to chamber music; and Saturday nights will bring the world to Toronto (French, German, and New Worlds). Distinguished performers include pianist Anton Kuerti; the Leipzig String Quartet; pianist Menahem Pressler with violinist Alexander Kerr, violist Roberto Diaz and cellist Paul Watkins; the remarkable young cellist Denise Djokic with one of Canada's most prominent and innovative dancers Peggy Baker; the Gryphon Trio; Molinari Quartet; and a duo recital with violinist Mayumi Seiler and pianist Tł║nde Kurucz. The Festival opens with a very special performance of pianistic virtuosity by Andrłę Laplante at the historic Carlu.

The four-week festival culminates with four fully-staged performances of Richard Strauss's Ariadne auf Naxos, conducted by Maestra Grossmann with stage direction by Titus Hollweg of Vienna and pre-concert talks with operatic expert Iain Scott. The opera will be double cast with some of the world's best young singers, accompanied by the National Academy Orchestra. New this year is a three part pre-opera lecture series providing context to the story of Ariadne auf Naxos with Corey Keeble, Domenico Pietropaolo and Bryan Gilliam. "A Day at the Opera" introduces opera lovers to Ariadne with a performance by master storyteller Clayton Scott, followed by a hands-on clay workshop at the Gardiner Museum and concluding with the final opera performance of the TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL.

TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
July 22 - August 17, 2008
Andrłę Laplante: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at 8pm *
Violin/Piano Recital: Mayumi Seiler & Tł║nde Kurucz: Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 8pm _*
Music and Painting: Molinari String Quartet: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at 8pm _*
Revolution and Tyranny in Europe: Leipzig String Quartet: Saturday, August 2, 2008 at 8pm ***
Music and Dance: Denise Djokic: Tuesday, August 5, 2008 at 8pm _*
Chamber Music Treasures: Anton Kuerti: Thursday, August 7, 2008 at 8pm ***
Pressler and Friends: Saturday, August 9, 2008 at 8pm ***
Music and Masks: Gryphon Trio: Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 8pm _*
Ariadne auf Naxos: Thursday, August 14, 2008 to Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 7:30pm;
Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 2:00pm ***
Festival passes ($175 - $250) and single tickets ($27 - $50) are available online www.torontosummermusic.com or by calling 416.597.7840
* At the Carlu
** At Walter Hall
*** At MacMillan Theatre


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Passions et Scandales - Passions and Scandals


Passions et Scandales

MONTRłÔAL, le 25 juin 2008 ĺ─ý Ah, les histoires de coupleĺ─ L'amour est parfois douloureux, surtout lorsque le bourreau est impliqułę ! Le Musłęe du Chłóteau Ramezay vous propose de participer łŢ des procł«s historiques s'łętant vłęritablement dłęroulłęs dans la colonie, en assistant łŢ Passions et Scandales.

La foule pourra juger trois cas archivłęs qui ont fait scandale łŢ Montrłęal entre 1658 et 1702. Que ce soit les manigances de sorcellerie de Bourjoly, les płęripłęties de Mathurine et de son mari bigame ou le meurtre sanglant du sieur La Chaume, chaque affaire implique un amant accusłę d'un acte de vengeance. Mais si les histoires de cëýur qui tournent mal ne datent pas d'hier, les młęthodes punitives, elles, ont grandement changłę. La femme du sieur La Chaume sera-t-elle bannie de Montrłęal? Bourjoly sera-t-il pendu? La cour de justice tranchera.

Les reprłęsentations ont lieu dans la Salle de Nantes, les jeudis (en franł▀ais) et vendredis (en anglais) łŢ 18h, en juillet et aoł¬t.

Le Musłęe du Chłóteau Ramezay est situłę en plein cëýur du quartier historique du Vieux-Montrłęal, łŢ deux pas du młętro Champ-de-Mars et de la Place Jacques-Cartier, face łŢ l'Hłątel de Ville.

Informez-vous des horaires de reprłęsentation au (514) 861-3708 poste 221

Forfait musłęe-thłęłótre disponible

Passions and Scandals

MONTREAL, June 25, 2008 ĺ─ý Oh, love storiesĺ─Â Love is sometimes painful, especially when the executioner is involved! The Chłóteau Ramezay Museum invites you to participate in historical trials that actually took place in New France by attending Passions and Scandals.

The audience will be able to judge three documented cases that scandalized Montreal between 1658 and 1702. Whether it is Bourjoly's hexing schemes, the misadventures of Mathurine and her bigamist husband, or the gory murder of sieur La Chaume, every case involves a lover accused of committing a vengeful act. But if these stories of love gone wrong happened centuries ago, would their punishments be the same? Would sieur La Chaume's wife be banished from Montreal? Would Bourjoly hang? The court of justice will lay down the law.

These performances will take place in the Salle de Nantes room on Thursdays (in French) and Fridays (in English) at 6:00 p.m., during July and August.

The Chłóteau Ramezay Museum is located right in the heart of Old-Montreal, next to the Champ-de-Mars metro station and the Place Jacques-Cartier, facing Montreal's City Hall.

To inquire about schedule information call (514) 861-3708 ext. 221

Museum-play package available

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Hommage łŢ Claude Le Sauteur





Hommage łŢ Claude Le Sauteur

Qułębec, le 25 juin 2008 Č˝ Le samedi 12 juillet, le Festival accueillera deux prestigieux solistes, la soprano Sondra Radvanovsky et le tłęnor canadien Richard Margison, deux des plus grandes voix de l'heure. Accompagnłęs par l'Orchestre symphonique de Qułębec sous la direction de Yoav Talmi, ils interprłęteront des airs et des duos de Puccini. Finalement, nous garderons le młüme texte que dans la premił«re version.

Plus tłąt dans la semaine, le mercredi 9 juillet, les młęlomanes pourront dłęcouvrir un flamboyant duo de guitaristes formłę de Lorenzo Micheli et Matteo Mela. Enfin, le vendredi 11 juillet aura lieu la premił«re soirłęe de danse de la saison. Pour l'occasion, la compagnie ezDanza qui, pour ses dłębuts au Domaine Forget, prłęsentera quatre Č˙uvres dont une crłęation, Gardez l'eau.

mercredi 9 juillet, 20 h 30 les solistes

Flamboyant duo de guitares

Le mercredi 9 juillet, le guitariste Lorenzo Micheli revient au festival avec SoloDuo, un ensemble qu'il forme avec le guitariste Matteo Mela. Les deux musiciens reprendront le programme avec lequel ils faisaient leurs dłębuts łŢ Carnegie Hall en mars dernier, une słęlection qui comprend des Č˙uvres parmi les plus prisłęes du rłępertoire.

Lorenzo Micheli et Matteo Mela mł«nent tous deux une brillante carrił«re de soliste sur la scł«ne internationale. C'est en 2001 que les deux musiciens ont formłę leur duo, un an aprł«s leur rencontre au Texas. Cette association s'avł«re dłęjłŢ trł«s fructueuse, le duo recevant les łęloges tant du public que de la critique en Europe et en Amłęrique du Nord. Suite łŢ un concert, on a d'ailleurs pu lire dans le Washington Post que le duo a rłęvłęlłę Č┤ une extraordinaire sensibilitłę, doublłęe d'un jeu d'une dłęlicatesse incomparable et d'une musicalitłę profonde et inoubliable Ȭ.

Des Č˙uvres cłęlł«bres du rłępertoire pour deux guitares du XXe sił«cle figurent au programme, notamment Tango Suite de Piazzolla, Tonadilla de Rodriguo et la Toccata de Pierre Petit. Le duo puisera aussi dans le rłępertoire romantique avec les Grandes variations concertantes opus 35 et la transcription de l'Ouverture du Barbier de Słęville, deux Č˙uvres de la plume du compositeur et guitariste virtuose Mauro Giuliani. Des extraits des 24 prłęludes et fugues Č┤ Guitares bien tempłęrłęes Ȭ de Castelnuevo-Tedesco complł«tent le programme.

vendredi 11 juillet, 20 h 30 le domaine danse

Soirłęe Samson Błęlair Deloitte & Touche

ezDanza : Une vision d'un monde meilleur

Le vendredi 11 juillet, łŢ l'occasion de la premił«re soirłęe de danse de la saison, les amateurs dłęcouvriront ezDanza, une compagnie qui s'inspire de l'hłęritage culturel mexicain de son chorłęgraphe et directeur artistique, Edgar Zendejas et dont le vocabulaire contemporain puise dans la rigueur du ballet classique. Pour ses dłębuts łŢ la Salle Franł▀oys-Bernier, les danseurs interprłęteront trois Č˙uvres tirłęes du rłępertoire d'Edgar Zendejas, Merge, Alegria et Breve Enlace de młüme que Gardez l'eau, une nouvelle crłęation teintłęe d'humour invitant łŢ la paix, łŢ l'łęgalitłę et łŢ la tolłęrance.

Fondłęe en janvier 2005, ezDanza est une compagnie de danse contemporaine dłędiłęe łŢ la crłęation, production et diffusion des Č˙uvres chorłęgraphiłęes par Edgar Zendejas. La compagnie est le lieu de confluence d'artistes provenant d'horizons pluriels qui sont invitłęs łŢ rłęvłęler leurs valeurs et leurs talents. Le rłępertoire d'ezDanza łęvolue selon les recherches du chorłęgraphe qui convergent vers un młüme idłęal : traduire sa vision d'un monde meilleur. Avec humour et spiritualitłę, le chorłęgraphe explore la beautłę intłęrieure qui brille en chaque łütre humain.

samedi 12 juillet, 20 h 15 les grands concerts

Soirłęe BPR en collaboration avec Alcoa

Hommage łŢ Claude Le Sauteur

La soirłęe du samedi 12 juillet rendra hommage au peintre Claude Le Sauteur, dłęcłędłę aux łÔboulements en dłęcembre dernier. Son Č˙uvre s'inscrit dans la lignłęe de ses trois małĂtres, Jean Paul Lemieux, Jean-Philippe Dallaire et Omer Parent. En l'honneur de cet artiste d'envergure, le Festival accueillera l'Orchestre symphonique de Qułębec, Yoav Talmi et deux prestigieux solistes, la soprano Sondra Radvanovsky et le tłęnor canadien, Richard Margison qui, pour leurs dłębuts au Domaine Forget, interprłęteront des airs et duos tirłęs des opłęras Manon Lescault, Tosca, Madama Butterfly de Puccini. En plus de seconder les chanteurs, Yoav Talmi dirigera les musiciens de l'Orchestre dans des interludes orchestraux de Puccini et la Symphonie n0 7 de Dvorł░k.

L'une des łętoiles montantes de la scł«ne internationale, la soprano Sondra Radvanovsky doit son succł«s łŢ sa dramatique prłęsence scłęnique et łŢ ses saisissantes habiletłęs vocales. Considłęrłęe aujourd'hui comme l'une des plus grandes interprł«tes de Verdi, elle a notamment łętłę acclamłęe dans les rłąles de Leonora dans Il Trovatore, Violetta dans La Traviata, et Hłęlł«ne dans Les Vłüpres Siciliennes. Quant łŢ Richard Margison, il est l'un des tłęnors les plus en demande sur la scł«ne internationale se produisant dans les plus prestigieuses maisons d'opłęra d'Europe et d'Amłęrique. Dotłę d'une voix puissante de tłęnor Č┤ hłęrołěque Ȭ, Richard Margison aborde avec brio les plus grands rłąles du rłępertoire italien et allemand.

La seconde partie du concert sera des plus contrastantes alors que l'OSQ et son directeur musical, Yoav Talmi, interprłęteront la Symphonie no 7 en rłę mineur de Dvorł░k, une Č˙uvre profonde et mature qui, dł«s sa crłęation, remporta un vif succł«s.

cours de małÚtre et concerts des stagiaires

de l'acadłÔmie de musique et de danse du domaine forget

Le jeudi 10 juillet, łŢ 19 h 30, les jeunes musiciens ayant pris part au stage de guitare donneront un concert gratuit łŢ la Salle Franł▀oys-Bernier. Le samedi 12 juillet, łŢ 9 h 30, le public pourra assister łŢ un spectacle offert par les participants au stage de danse.

Une collaboration de Stein Monast.

brunch-musique casino de charlevoix

Le brunch-musique du 13 juillet aura des accents de musique du monde avec l'ensemble Bazirka.

information et rłÔservations

(418) 452-3535 ou 1 888-DFORGET (336-7438)

Tłęlłęcopieur : (418) 452-3503

www.domaineforget.com

Słęrie Les Solistes

Mercredi 9 juillet, 20 h 30

Flamboyants duo de guitares

Matteo Mela, guitare

Lorenzo Micheli, guitare

ROSSINI-GIULIANI Il Barbiere di Siviglia, ouverture

CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO Les guitares bien tempłęrłęes op. 199, extraits (1962)

PIAZZOLLA Tango Suite (1984)

RODRIGO Tonadilla (1964)

PETIT Toccata (1959)

GIULIANI Grandes Variations Concertantes op. 35 (1812)

Ce concert sera enregistrłę par espace musique

diffuseur officiel du festival international

Coł¬t : adultes : 37 $ ; ałĂnłęs (60 ans et plus) : 31,50 $ ; łętudiants (13 łŢ 21 ans) : 17 $ ;

enfants (12 ans et moins) gratuit. Les prix incluent toutes les taxes.

Słęrie Le Domaine danse

Vendredi 11 juillet, 20 h 30

ezDanza : Une vision d'un monde meilleur

ezDanza

Edgar Zendejas, chorłęgraphe

Merge, Alegria, Breve Enlace et Gardez l'eau ! (Crłęation mondiale)

Coł¬t : adultes : 28 $ ; ałĂnłęs (60 ans et plus) : 24 $ ; łętudiants (13 łŢ 21 ans) : 17 $ ;

enfants (12 ans et moins) gratuit. Les prix incluent toutes les taxes.

Słęrie Les Grands Concerts

Samedi 12 juillet, 20 h 30

Hommage łŢ Claude Le Sauteur

Orchestre symphonique de Qułębec

Yoav Talmi, chef En collaboration avec Alcoa

Sondra Radvanovsky, soprano

Richard Margison, tłęnor

Puccini Intermezzo nČć 2 Č˝ La tragenda, extrait de Le Villi

Puccini Č┤ Oh, sarłż la pił╝ bellaČÍ Tu, tu, amore tu Ȭ, extrait de Manon Lescault

Puccini Intermezzo, Acte 3 de Manon Lescault

Puccini Č┤ Sola perduta abbandonata Ȭ, extrait de Manon Lescault

Puccini Č┤ Recondita armonia Ȭ, extrait de Tosca

Puccini Č┤ Vogliatemi bene Ȭ, extrait de Madama Butterfly

Dvorł░k Symphonie nČć 7, en rłę mineur, op. 70

Coł¬t : adultes : 40 $ ; ałĂnłęs (60 ans et plus) : 34 $ ; łętudiants (13 łŢ 21 ans) : 17 $ ;

enfants (12 ans et moins) gratuit. Les prix incluent toutes les taxes.

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Mercredi 16 juillet Humour et harmonie avec le quatuor vocal Cantabile

Jeudi 17 juillet Jongleries musicales avec łÓve & Basile et le contrebassiste Franł▀ois Rabbath

Samedi 19 juillet Orchestre symphonique de Qułębec, Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest, direction


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Alexander Neef Named Canadian Opera Company's New General Director

For immediate release: June 25, 2008

ALEXANDER NEEF NAMED CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY'S

NEW GENERAL DIRECTOR

Toronto, ON ĺ─ý Today, David C. Ferguson, President of the Canadian Opera Company (COC), proudly announced that the search for a new General Director is over. At a press conference held on stage at the company's new opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, Mr. Ferguson announced that Alexander Neef, current Director of Casting at the Opłęra national de Paris (ONP), has been appointed by the Board of the COC. Mr. Neef takes the helm of Canada's largest opera company on October 1, 2008.

Mr. Neef was the unanimous choice of the COC's Search Committee and was approved by the COC's Board of Directors on June 25, 2008.

Alexander Neef has an extensive background as an artistic administrator and casting director. He has worked with the Salzburg Festival, the RuhrTriennale in his native Germany, and is currently Director of Casting for Opłęra national de Paris. In addition, he has spent the last year preparing Głęrard Mortier's future seasons at New York City Opera.

David Ferguson, who was also the head of the Search Committee, said, "We are very fortunate to have been able to lure Alexander Neef from the Paris Opera. He has the most astounding amount of experience in his career so far, and we are absolutely certain he will make a huge, positive impact of the COC. His understanding of the history of opera coupled with a very current theatrical acumen belies his age, and his reputation among artists, managers and agents is unassailable. He is truly the perfect person for a company of this size and ambition at this point in its history."

"I am very proud to have been selected by this company and honoured by the opportunity that has been given to me," said Mr. Neef at the press conference. "The Canadian Opera Company is one of great worth and great potential for the future, and I know that bringing it to a new international standard is a very exciting and realistic goal. You should be very proud of the beautiful opera house you have built. A great house deserves a great company, and I look forward to making the most of the building and meeting the artistic standard that it sets for the company."

He continued, "One of the attractive qualities of this company is that it sets its sights very high, and, it's worthy of working with the finest people in the industry. Basically, I want to make the COC one of the best companies in the world, and, in doing so, make it even more Canadian than ever before.

"I want to thank the Search Committee for their vision for choosing me, and the members of the board for their faith in me. I also thank the company for being so generous when they have only just met me ĺ─ý I already feel embraced by it. My wife and I consider this move a family project and we both look forward to raising our daughter in a city and country with such artistic potential and excitement."

In his capacities as artistic administrator and/or casting director for these major companies and festivals, Mr. Neef has been instrumental in the realization of their artistic vision and international reputation. He has worked in close collaboration with many of the world's most renowned artists, including: Pina Bausch, Ji뢳é Bč´lohlł░vek, Luc Bondy, Christine Brewer, Robert Carsen, Sylvain Cambreling, Patrice Chłęreau, Natalie Dessay, Clifton Forbis, Ferruccio Furlanetto, Valery Gergiev, Angela Gheorghiu, Matthias Goerne, Stephen Gould, Susan Graham, Michael Haneke, Ben Heppner, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Jonas Kaufmann, Simon Keenlyside, Christoph Marthaler, Waltraud Meier, James Morris, Kent Nagano, Anna Netrebko, Seiji Ozawa, Deborah Polaski, Samuel Ramey, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Peter Sellars, Neil Shicoff, Josłę Van Dam, Ramłän Vargas, Rolando Villazłän, Deborah Warner, and Robert Wilson. (Complete Biography, At a Glance info and Praises attached.)

Alexander Neef begins his post on October 1, 2008. He and his wife, Elołěse Bellemont-Neef and their infant daughter, Marnie, will take up residence in Toronto at the end of September.

The Search Committee was formed in September 2007 following the unexpected death of former COC General Director Richard Bradshaw, and it engaged the services of Genovese, Vanderhoof and Associates in November 2007. A worldwide search was undertaken and Mr. Neef was appointed by unanimous board resolution on June 25, 2008.

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. The company's new home, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, was designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc. and is Canada'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 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. The company's 2007/08 season was performed in tribute to Richard Bradshaw.

The Canadian Opera Company website, at www.coc.ca, contains further information including full biographical details, photographs, a video interview, a blog, and an archival video of the press conference.

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Ontarioĺ─˘s Seniors sing, dance, and dazzle their way into our hearts at the 20th ANNIVERSARY Chartwellĺ─˘s Seniors Jubilee

Tuesday, August 12 to Friday, August 15, 2008

A different line-up of entertainers each day

ĺ˝ü 11:00 a.m. - Lobby Entertainment ĺ˝ü 1:00 p.m. ĺ─ý Theatre Stage Show

Toronto, June 25, 2008 : North America's longest running seniors showcase is pulling out all the stops for their upcoming 20th Anniversary performance at the illustrious Roy Thomson Hall from August 12 to August 15, 2008. This celebratory performance will inaugurate a new crop of boomer performers: special guests that boast some of the country's best known vocalists! Jubilee fans, old and new, can also look forward to a 20th Anniversary celebration replete with all the same high octane entertainment enjoyed over the past 20 years. There's something for everyone at the Jubilee -- from classical and country to pop; choirs, soloists and bands; show stopping showgirls, breath-taking ballroom numbers, gutsy tangos, tap and clogging to comedians and vaudevillians that leave you roaring with laughter -- this Broadway-style extravaganza doesn't let up until the last step of the astounding finale.

Included in the blockbuster 20th Anniversary line-up is the award-winning vocalist and actress Louise Pitre, who was nominated for a Tony Award for her role on Broadway in Mamma Mia in 2002. World-renowned lyrical tenor Mark DuBois also makes his first appearance at the Jubilee. Folk legends include Crabtree & Mills featuring Canadian roots music pioneers Joanne Crabtree and Paul Mills; and singer/songwriter Brent Titcombe pay tribute to the musical renaissance of the 1960's Yorkville era.

Jubilee creators Wayne Burnett and Glenda Richards look back at what began with just 400 performers and two concerts to marvel at the unprecedented success of this unstoppable celebration. "The enthusiasm, dedication and sheer determination of everyone that has contributed by performing, buying a ticket and rising to their feet to cheer on the Jubilee is the reason for our on-going success," says Artistic Director Wayne Burnett. "It is because of this magical combination that we have become the largest production of its kind in North America with a cast of over 1300 performers in the 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond.

Returning for the commemorative 20th Anniversary event are Jubilee favourites ĺ─ý emcee Dick Joiner, Margaret Eggleton-Kaye otherwise known as "Her Majesty", the remarkable Scarborough Showstoppers, award winning reggae and jazz singer Jay Douglas and ragtime pianist Jack Hutton to name just a few. The recipient of the Pauline McGibbon Life Achievement in the Arts Award will also be unveiled. This annual Jubilee award is bestowed on the senior performer who has made a significant contribution to society through the arts.

"We always look forward to the bevy of senior talent that fills our hall each year," explains says Charles Cutts, CEO and President of The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, "but this year Wayne and Glenda have really out done themselves. We congratulate them along with each of the past and present ubilee performers on this remarkable milestone event".

In this landmark 20th anniversary year, the Jubilee welcomes Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT as this unique event's major sponsor. "We believe the Seniors Jubilee program honours and celebrates seniors and we are pleased to be a partner in this tremendous showcase of senior talent" said Stephen Suske, CEO and Vice Chair of Chartwell.

Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT is the largest and most respected brand in seniors housing in Canada. Chartwell's number one priority is the care and service of their residents, providing a safe and rewarding lifestyle that seniors are proud to call home. Their passion as a company is to honour and celebrate seniors. In 2006 they initiated a National Appreciation of Seniors Day and in 2007 introduced their Senior Star competition.

Chartwell's Seniors Jubilee promises a captivating new performance with the 3-hour matinee performance beginning on the theatre stage at 1:00 p.m. preceded at 11:00 a.m. by the infectious lobby entertainment.

2008 CHARTWELL'S SENIORS JUBILEE at ROY THOMSON HALL

Fabulous Musical Variety Entertainment

Tuesday, August 12, 2008 through Friday, August 15, 2008

A Different program line-up of entertainment each day.

11:00 a.m. Lobby Entertainment ĺ─ý Dance to the music of live bands, sing along with the choirs, enjoy the clowns and buskers, and visit the exhibits.

1:00 p.m. On the Theatre Stage ĺ─ý An impressive array of extraordinary singers, dancers, musicians and cabaret performers!

Ticket includes admission to the Lobby Entertainment and Theatre Stage Show:

For single tickets $44.50 - $19.50 call 416-872-4255

Or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office ĺ─ý 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto

www.roythomson.com

The Chartwell's Seniors Jubilee, created by Wayne Burnett & Glenda Richards,

is produced by Richburn Entertainment Inc. and co-presented with Roy Thomson Hall

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Opłęra de Rimouski - La belle Hłęlł«ne 27, 28 et 29 juin


OPłÔRA-THłÔłăTRE DE RIMOUSKI

Lĺ─˘Opłęra au temps de la Grł«ce antique!



Rimouski le 26 mai 2008 ĺ─ý Lĺ─˘Opłęra-Thłęłótre de Rimouski prłęsentera, les 27 et 28 juin 2008, łŢ 19h30 et le 29 juin, łŢ 13h30, lĺ─˘opłęra La Belle Hłęlł«ne de Jacques Offenbach.

La Belle Hłęlł«ne ĺ─ý La Grł«ce antique en toile de fond. La guerre de Troie nĺ─˘a pas encore eu lieu! Mais Vłęnus mł«ne la belle Hłęlł«ne dans les bras de Płóris tandis que les rois de la Grł«ce, le bouillant Achille et Młęnłęlas, lĺ─˘łępoux de la Reine, font la fłüte łŢ Sparte et łŢ Nauplie. Cĺ─˘est la fatalitłę! Offenbach avec sa musique łętincelante nous conduit au royaume des rois et des reines, des dieux et des dłęessesĺ─ Dĺ─˘une place publique łŢ Sparte łŢ la chambre de la reine puis aux bains de Nauplie, cet opłęra-bouffe en trois actes sera haut en couleurs tout comme les prłęcłędentes productions de lĺ─˘Opłęra-Thłęłótre de Rimouski.

Mis en scł«ne par Odette Beauprłę, dans un dłęcor de la Grł«ce antique, lĺ─˘opłęra La Belle Hłęlł«ne mettra en vedette Caroline Bleau, soprano, dans le rłąle dĺ─˘Hłęlł«ne tandis que le tłęnor Antoine Błęlanger tiendra le rłąle de Płóris. Le bouillant Achille sera personnifiłę par Marc-Andrłę Pronovost, tłęnor et le baryton Dominique Cłątłę jouera le rłąle de Młęnłęlas, lĺ─˘łępoux de la reine Hłęlł«ne. Le grand augure de Jupiter, Calchas, sera parmi nous en la personne de Robert Huard, baryton-basse. Plusieurs autres artistes se joindront łŢ la distribution. Nommons łÔtienne Cousineau, sopraniste, Mario Brillant, tłęnor, Alexandre Sylvestre et Marc-Antoine dĺ─˘Aragon, barytons, pour les voix dĺ─˘hommes. Les autres rłąles fłęminins sont tenus par Nadia Drapeau, mezzo-soprano, łÔmilie Tremblay et Anne Hardt, sopranos. Le Chëýur de Rimouski interprłętera les nombreux airs du Chëýur de lĺ─˘Opłęra. Lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de lĺ─˘Estuaire sera sous la direction de Jean-Franł▀ois Lapointe et les chorłęgraphies sont signłęes Esther Carrłę.

Les billets, au coł¬t de 50$ et de 25$ pour les 18 ans et moins, sont dłęjłŢ en vente łŢ la billetterie de la Salle Desjardins-Telus au 724-0800 et auprł«s de lĺ─˘Opłęra-Thłęłótre de Rimouski au 722-1985. Il est aussi possible de sĺ─˘en procurer auprł«s des choristes du Chëýur de Rimouski.


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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Small World au FIJM et en tournłęe estivale

LE SMALL WORLD PROJECT EN CONCERT AU FIJM ET EN PROVINCE CET łÔTłÔ!

Montrłęal, 24 juin 2008 - Le Small World Project se lance en grand.
Trois musiciens, de tout petits instruments et des musiques qui
puisent leur inspiration aux quatre coins du monde ont donnłę naissance
łŢ "Small is beautiful", le premier album du groupe qui a łętłę lancłę
avec succł«s le 10 juin dernier aux Bobards łŢ Montrłęal.

C'est maintenant sur scł«ne que le trio promet de nous łępater avec son
arsenal de petits instruments.

29 juin, 18h30 Festival de Jazz de Montrłęal
6 juillet, 11h00 - Candiac
24 juillet, 19h00 - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu
3 aoł¬t, 10h30 et 12h30 - Domaine Forget de Charlevoix

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NEC Students Sweep Four Top Prizes at International Klein Strings Competition


New England Conservatory String Players Sweep Irving M. Klein Competition

Take First, Second, and Third Prizes, Tie for Fourth

Four New England Conservatory string students swept the 23rd annual Irving M. Klein International String Competition, held June 14ĺ─ţ15 at San Francisco State University. This was the second major competition this month in which NEC students took the top prizes: On June 8, two NEC violists, Dimitri Murrath and Emily Deans, took First and Second Prizes at the Primrose International Viola Competition.

At the Klein Competition, Tessa Lark (Frederick), 18, from Richmond, KY and a student of Miriam Fried, won both First Prize and the Weiss Prize for Best Performance of a Commissioned Work by Frank Stemper. Her prizes included a cash award of $10,000 and solo appearances with the Peninsula and Santa Cruz Symphonies, recitals in San Miguel de Allende (Mexico), and the Tulsa Chamber Music Series (Oklahoma), plus a benefit concert and other performances to be announced.

Second Prize of $5000 went to Robin Scott, 21, from Indianapolis, IN who also studies with Fried.

Ying Xue, 22, from Urumqi, China and a student of Donald Weilerstein won the $2500 Third Prize.

Emily Deans, the 23-year old violist who was a prize winner in the Primrose competition, shared the 4th Prize. She is a student of Kim Kashkashian.

Founded in 1985, the Klein is recognized as one of the worldĺ─˘s leading competitions for young string players, age 15ĺ─ţ23. This year, 74 young musicians, hailing from 11 countries, entered the competition. Eight played in the semi-finals and finals in San Francisco. The jurors included members of the Alexander and Cypress Quartets, Peter Gelfand, Marc Gottlieb, Patricia Taylor Lee, Melvin Margolis, Jeffrey Miller, Donna Mudge, Alice Schoenfeld, and Frank Stemper.


For further information, check the NEC Website at:
http://www.newenglandconservatory.edu/faculty/index.html

or call the NEC Concert Line at 617-585-1122. NECĺ─˘s Jordan Hall, Brown Hall, Williams Hall and the Keller Room are located at 30 Gainsborough St., corner of Huntington Ave. St. Botolph Hall is located at 241 St. Botolph St. between Gainsborough and Mass Ave.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Simone Dinnerstein in The Berlin Concert on Telarc - August 26


Pianist SIMONE DINNERSTEIN

"The Berlin Concert"

Recorded live at the Berlin Philharmonie

on November 22, 2007 (CD-80715)

Release Date: Aug. 26, 2008

Program:

J. S. Bach: French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816

Philip Lasser: Variations on a Bach Chorale*

Beethoven: Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111

*world premiere recording

Select tracks now available to download

FREE of charge at www.simonedinnerstein.com/berlin

Praise for Ms. Dinnerstein's TELARC recording of

Bach's Goldberg Variations, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Chart:

Named as one of the Best Classical CDs of 2007 by The New York Times, The New Yorker, Time Out New York, and more

"elegant and assured" Č˝ The New Yorker

"... a distinctive approach to the work: colorful and idiosyncratic..." Č˝ The New York Times

"a timeless, meditative, utterly audacious solo debut" Č˝ O, The Oprah Magazine

New York, NYȡAmerican pianist Simone Dinnerstein will release her second album on Telarc, The Berlin Concert (CD-80715), on August 26 worldwide. The CD is a live recording of Ms. Dinnerstein's recital debut at the Kammermusiksaal of the Philharmonie in Berlin, which took place on November 22, 2007. The program features J.S. Bach's French Suite No. 5 in G major, BWV 816; the world premiere recording of American composer Philip Lasser's Variations on a Bach Chorale; and Beethoven's landmark Sonata No. 32 in C minor, Op. 111. Grammy Award-winning engineer Adam Abeshouse is the producer for the CD.

Ms. Dinnerstein chose this program because of how the pieces speak to each other, and because of their relationship to the music of Bach. She explains, "My hope with this concert was to program a group of pieces that would contrast with and relate to each other, despite being separated by hundreds of years. So much music written since Bach has been influenced by him, and the Beethoven and the Lasser recorded here are no exceptions. Philip Lasser's variations on the very dark Bach chorale, Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott (Take from us, Lord, Thou faithful God), draw on Bach's intense and meditative side. Lasser's writing is intricately crafted and encompasses a range of styles, from a contrapuntal energy reminiscent of Bach, to French Impressionism and even jazz. Beethoven's Opus 111 sounds surprisingly contemporary in this company. The first movement looks ahead to Liszt and the second movement, with its set of variations on a chorale-like arietta, looks back to Bach and ahead to jazz. All three works are densely layered, but also have a sense of freedom and directness of expression. Though they span almost 300 years, in many ways, to me, they each feel grounded in the present."

Of The Berlin Concert CD, International Piano raves, "Dinnerstein's subtly-inflected tonal purity and exquisite dynamic suppleness impart a sense of concentrated musical inevitability to the Bach French Suite rivalled only in my experience by Dinu Lipatti's incandescent reading of the B flat Partita. . . The Gigue finale is not only touch-perfect (how does she create such an exquisite, velvety staccato?) but also so mellifluously voiced and immaculately balanced that it is difficult to imagine the music being played with a more complete grasp of every parameter. . . Most remarkably of all one has the extraordinary sense of Beethoven's epic structures (particularly the theme and variations finale) not so much unravelling in time but emerging as one coexistent whole."

Ms. Dinnerstein has gained an international following because of the remarkable success of her recording of the Goldberg Variations, released on Telarc in August 2007. The album, which was Ms. Dinnerstein's solo CD debut, earned the No. 1 spot on the US Billboard Classical Chart during its first week of sales and has remained highly ranked since then. In recent months, she has been featured in Gramophone, BBC Music Magazine, Classic FM Magazine, The New York Times, Slate.com, The Daily Telegraph, The Independent, The Guardian, and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, among others, and has appeared on radio programs including BBC Radio 3's In Tune, NPR's Morning Edition, Public Radio International's Studio 360, American Public Media's Performance Today, Minnesota Public Radio, as part of the news on SIRIUS Satellite Radio's The Howard Stern Show, and on national television in Germany.

In today's classical music and recording industry climate, it is rare that a debut album from a relatively little known artist generates such an enthusiastic response from the public and the media. The New York Times chose the disc as one of the Best CDs of 2007, describing it with, "An utterly distinctive voice in the forest of Bach interpretation, Ms. Dinnerstein brings her own pianistic expressivity to the "Goldberg" Variations, probing each variation as if it were something completely new." Slate.com raved, "Dinnerstein is a throwback to such high priestesses of music as Wanda Landowska and Myra Hess . . . [She] is touring. Go hear her, and get religion. And if you can't, there's always the record." Piano Magazine called the disc, "precisely the kind of playing that the early 21st century most needs, infused as it is with a deep and pervasive sense of beauty and tenderness of heart which is often profoundly affecting."

In addition to her debut in Berlin, during the 2007-2008 concert season, Ms. Dinnerstein gave debut recitals at London's Wigmore Hall and at the National Philharmonic Hall in Vilnius. She toured with the Dresden Philharmonic under Rafael Frł║hbeck de Burgos and with the Czech Philharmonic under LeoČ÷ Svł░rovskłç. Ms. Dinnerstein and cellist Zuill Bailey performed the complete Beethoven Sonatas at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in October, and repeated the program at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, in late April. She made her debut in San Francisco in May, and will debut at the Aspen Music Festival in July and at the Ravinia Festival in August performing the Goldberg Variations. Highlights of Ms. Dinnerstein's 2008-2009 season include debuts in Bremen, and at the Stuttgart Bach Festival, and performances with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke's, and Kristjan Jłžrvi's Absolute Ensemble. In the spring of 2009, she will make her recital debut at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

Since 1996 Ms. Dinnerstein has played concerts throughout the United States for the Piatigorsky Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing classical music to non-traditional venues. Amongst the places she has played are nursing homes, schools and community centers. Most notably, Ms. Dinnerstein gave the first classical music performance in the Louisiana state prison system when she played at the Avoyelles Correctional Center.

At Juilliard, Ms. Dinnerstein was a student of Peter Serkin. She also studied with Solomon Mikowsky at the Manhattan School of Music and in London with Maria Curcio, the distinguished pupil of Artur Schnabel. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and son. Simone Dinnerstein records exclusively for Telarc International. She is represented worldwide by Tanja Dorn at IMG Artists. For more information, please visit www.simonedinnerstein.com.

Philip Lasser (b. 1963, New York City) began his formal composition studies at Nadia Boulanger's Ecole d'Arts Americaines in Fontainebleau, France. After graduating from Harvard College, Philip Lasser continued studies in Paris with Boulanger's closest disciple, Narcis Bonet. He later received a master's degree in composition from Columbia University and his doctorate from The Juilliard School, where his principal teacher was David Diamond. Lasser's recent book, The Spiraling Tapestry: An inquiry into the Contrapuntal Fabric of Music offers a pioneering view on Bach's compositional world. Philip Lasser directs the European American Musical Alliance's Summer Music Programs in Paris, offering musical studies in the tradition of Nadia Boulanger. Since 1994, he has been a distinguished member of the faculty at The Juilliard School.

Upcoming Performances (visit www.simonedinnerstein.com for details)


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Beyond the Mainstage


THE CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY ĺ─ý BEYOND THE MAINSTAGE

Toronto, Ontario ĺ─ý The Canadian Opera Company celebrated its second year in the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts with seven fully-staged operas and a record-breaking attendance of 99% for the 2007/08 season. Once again, the COC hosted a myriad of activities beyond the mainstage, attracting opera lovers and novices alike to fresh, new audience experiences. With diverse programming in its distinctive new home, visitors were treated to an abundance of musical offerings, from the incredibly popular Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, to guided tours of the new opera house, Education and Outreach programs, special fundraising events, as well as special, intimate performances.

The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre returned to the Four Seasons Centre for its second year in September 2007. The series attracted nearly 20,000 audience members of all backgrounds and ages to 100 free events ranging from classical, jazz, urban, world music concerts, to contemporary dance performances and interactive workshops. The series featured 160 works by contemporary classical composers and highlighted over 70 works by Canadian composers, including 15 world premieres of pieces by Christopher Butterfield, Linda Catlin Smith, Ana Sokolovic, and others. This season, the Urban Music Series was added, offering insights into the world of rap music and hip-hop culture, culminating in a groundbreaking collaboration between the Canadian Opera Company and The Royal Conservatory of Music. Included as part of the Urban Music Series was the world premiere presentation of Hip Hopera, a new work for turntables and operatic voices, drawing from well-loved works of both genres to create a new and completely modern artistic statement.

The Free Concert Series again proved itself as an exciting opportunity for Torontonians to experience the artistic excellence and cultural diversity of the city in one of Torontoĺ─˘s most dynamic spaces. It is a platform for emerging artists as well as stars of the world stage and ĺ─˙itĺ─˘s clear that some of these performances are among the very best of any being presented in the city ĺ─ý free or paidĺ─¨ (Toronto Star). The 2008/09 series begins September 16, 2008 and the performance schedule will be available soon at www.coc.ca.

Throughout the season, the COC opened its doors to the general public for guided tours of the opera house. Nearly 2,500 people took public and private tours led by trained docents who discussed features of the world-class facility including the unique glass system used on the fał▀ades, the remarkable engineering used to build the worldĺ─˘s longest free-span glass staircase and the phenomenal advancements in modern engineering and acoustic design that went into creating R. Fraser Elliott Hall, the Four Seasons Centreĺ─˘s horseshoe-shaped auditorium. In addition to members of the public, nearly 1,200 students participated in group tours arranged through the Education and Outreach department. Guided tours, open to the general public, continue throughout the summer and cost $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and are free for children 12 and under. A full tour schedule is available online at www.coc.ca. The COC offers tours for school groups on select dates. For more information, call COC Ticket Services at 416-363-8231.

Approximately 5,000 visitors toured the Four Seasons Centre on Sunday, May 24, 2008 during Doors Open Toronto, an annual event that celebrates the heritage and architectural significance of more than 150 buildings across the city. In addition to tours of the building and attractive displays, visitors were treated to lectures by Matthew Lella, an associate with Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc., as he discussed the building process and design of the opera house. Following the discussion, guests watched a special screening of Coptor Productionsĺ─˘ Raising Valhalla, a documentary depicting the dual drama of the construction of the Four Seasons Centre and the COCĺ─˘s staging of the first Canadian production of Wagnerĺ─˘s Ring Cycle.

The COC hosts a variety of special fundraising events each year and this season saw the return of Operanation presented by TD Canada Trust Music, the Fine Wine Auction, and the Opera Golf Classic presented by BMO Capital Markets and BMO Nesbitt Burns. Operanation is an exclusive cocktail reception that brings together classic culture and young professionals from diverse career, social, and business circles, who share an enthusiasm for the arts. The exclusive event held in the crystalline Isadore and Rosalie Sharp City Room of the Four Seasons Centre on October 19, 2007 attracted over 1,000 guests and raised more than $80,000. On April 17, 2008, 250 wine lovers raised over $84,000 at the Annual Fine Wine Auction at Crush Wine Bar and Restaurant. The 14th annual Opera Golf Classic, held at the Scarboro Golf and Country Club on June 2, 2008, included 136 golfers and raised over $220,000.

Last fall, the COCĺ─˘s Xstrata Ensemble Studio School Tour returned to elementary schools across Ontario with Mozartĺ─˘s The Magic Flute and Dean Burryĺ─˘s The Brothers Grimm. The two 45-minute performances, sung in English, concluded with a 15-minute question-and-answer period with members of the cast and crew. The annual tour exposed over 16,000 young people from Kindergarten to Grade 6 to this lively artform. The November 21, 2007 performance marked the 300th performance of Dean Burryĺ─˘s The Brothers Grimm, believed now to be the most-performed Canadian opera.

The COCĺ─˘s popular After School Opera Program, designed for young people ages seven to 12, celebrated its 10th anniversary this season. To commemorate this milestone, the participants performed the world premiere of Dean Burryĺ─˘s The Chronicles of Unum on December 14, 2007. Written specifically for the occasion, this four-part opera was composed by Mr. Burry using the creative ideas from the programĺ─˘s 80 participants. Over 250 past participants, assistants and guests of the program attended.

The COC also offers adult programs for those who are new to opera or for those who have been celebrating opera for many years. One of the more popular programs is Opera 101, a FREE series that treats young adults to a discussion with special guests and an exciting host, CBC Radioĺ─˘s Brent Bambury, followed by a question-and-answer period. Over 300 enthusiasts gathered together at the culturally-eclectic Drake Hotel to get the scoop on what opera is all about. This yearĺ─˘s special guests included director John Caird (Don Carlos), tenor Robert Kł║nzli and designer Astrid Janson (From the House of the Dead), as well as Assistant Conductor Derek Bate, Concertmaster Marie Błęrard and tuba player Scott Irvine (Pellłęas et Młęlisande).

The COC and Hilton Toronto collaborated for a third time this season for its popular Appetite for Opera events which combines the cultural and culinary arts in three separate, innovative gourmet evenings designed to delight and intrigue opera novices and seasoned fans. The Hilton Torontoĺ─˘s Tundra restaurant creates menus inspired by operas while COC Volunteer Speakers Bureau representative Robert Morassutti and Hilton chef Kreg Graham provide fascinating links and insights between food, wine, and opera. Nearly 250 guests explored menus inspired by Verdiĺ─˘s Don Carlos, Pucciniĺ─˘s Tosca and Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Eugene Onegin. An additional 50 guests between the ages of 16 to 29 enjoyed another COC and Hilton Toronto event, Frost Bite. As part of Torontoĺ─˘s WinterCity Festival, this event provided young patrons the opportunity to enjoy a delicious Czech-inspired, prix-fixe dinner while learning about Janł░čšekĺ─˘s opera, From the House of the Dead. Following the dinner, the guests attended the opening night performance.

From free concerts for all ages, to special events and activities, the COC has exciting programming both on and beyond the mainstage. For more information, please visit www.coc.ca.

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

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. The companyĺ─˘s new home, the Four Seasons Centre, 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 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.

Canadian Opera Company Website

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

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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Ondine to release new Kaija Saariaho CD in September


Ondine to release world premiere recording of

Kaija Saariaho's Mirage for soprano, cello and orchestra

in September 2008

Saariaho is Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival

Composer-in-Residence for 2008 (July 29 Č˝ August 23)

North American release date: September 9

Promotional copies available in early August

Includes Mirage (2007) for soprano, cello and orchestra; Orion (2002) for orchestra;

and Notes on Light* (2006) for cello and orchestra, performed by soprano Karita Mattila,

cellist Anssi Karttunen, and Christoph Eschenbach conducting the Orchestre de Paris

*Notes on Light to receive New York premiere by Anssi Karttunen on August 14 during Mostly Mozart Festival

Photo by Maarit KytłĆharju

Helsinki, Finland, & New York, NYȡFinnish composer Kaija Saariaho, the Lincoln Center Mostly Mozart Festival Composer-in-Residence for 2008, will see the world premiere recording of her 2007 work, Mirage for soprano, cello, and orchestra, released by Ondine in North America on September 9, 2008. The live concert recording also includes her 2002 work for orchestra, Orion, and her 2006 cello concerto Notes on Light.

The Ondine CD features soprano Karita Mattila, cellist Anssi Karttunen (who will perform the New York premiere of Notes on Light as part of the Mostly Mozart Festival on August 14), and Christoph Eschenbach conducting the Orchestre de Paris. Their performance, which was the world premiere of Mirage, took place on March 13, 2008 at Salle Playel in Paris, the city where Ms. Saariaho has made her home since 1982. It was recorded by Radio France for release by Ondine.

Mirage is the musical setting of a short poem by the Mexican shaman and Mazatec healer Marłéa Sabina (1896-1985). It adds to a long list of expressive vocal compositions by Saariaho, including the recent oratorio La Passion de Simone (2006; US premiere during the 2008 Mostly Mozart Festival), the opera Adriana Mater (2006; US premiere during the 2008 Santa Fe Opera Festiva in July), and the song cycle Quatre instants (2002). Mirage is a commission by the Orchestre de Paris, BBC Symphony Orchestra and Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin. It was given its UK premiere on March 19 with Jiri Belohlavek conducting the BBCSO and its German premiere on March 20 with Jukka-Pekka Saraste conducting the DSO. Both concerts also featured Karita Mattila and Anssi Karttunen.

Following the UK premiere, The Times raved about Mirage, stating, "Anssi Karttunen's cello breathes out the first notes, in a spectral upward glissando, grazed by touches of percussion . . . This too, though, is the entrance into a strange world of spiritual exploration: the voice enters with a half- questioning cry of 'I am,' which then dominates the discourse. Voice and cello fly up and swim down as the shaman's trance deepens. Few singers other than Mattila will be able to hurl the voice into such high ecstasy, bend its tones and express the entire transformation in such racked yet exultant body language."

About Ondine: Ondine was founded more than twenty years ago in Helsinki, Finland, where the company is still based and today offers an extremely eclectic catalogue of both contemporary Finnish music, as well as recordings with major Finnish and international artists.

Ondine's extensive catalogue includes more than four hundred recordings (two hundred and fifty of which are available physically) of artists and ensembles such as conductor and pianist Christoph Eschenbach, conductors Vladimir Ashkenazy, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Sakari Oramo, Leif Segerstam, John StorgłÇrds and Mikko Franck, orchestras such as The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the London Sinfonietta, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Helsinki Philharmonic, sopranos Karita Mattila and Soile Isokoski, pianist Olli Mustonen, violinist Pekka Kuusisto and clarinettist Kari Kriikku. The label has also had a long and fruitful association with Finnish composers Kaija Saariaho, Einojuhani Rautavaara and Magnus Lindberg.

In partnership with Universal Music Classical for distribution in the United States and in Canada, Ondine continues to uphold its reputation as one of the most respected labels in classical music. Its products have received numerous prizes at the Cannes (MIDEM) Classical Awards, the Gramophone Awards, the BBC Music Magazine Awards and the Classical Internet Awards.

More About KAIJA SAARIAHO and Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival

Kaija Saariaho is one of an extraordinary group of Finnish musicians making an impact around the world, and is one of the few female contemporary composers to have achieved wide public and critical acclaim. Her lushly-textured work, rooted in studies of electro-acoustic technology and the science of sound honed in her early days at the IRCAM Institute in Paris, is often described as mysterious and other-worldly. She is a recipient of the prestigious Grawemeyer Award in 2003 and is also the recipient of the Prix Italia. Musical America magazine chose Ms. Saariaho as its 2008 Composer of the Year.

With Kaija Saariaho in the spotlight, a strong contingent of her Finnish compatriots are participating in the 2008 Mostly Mozart Festival, among them many, like Saariaho, who received early training at Helsinki's famed Sibelius Academy. Works by Finnish composers and performances by Finnish musicians will be featured throughout the festival: in concerts with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and as part of "A Little Night Music" late-evening concerts and a Sunday mid-day recital.

Rising young Finnish conductor Susanna Młžlkki conducted the world premiere of La Passion de Simone at the New Crowned Hope Festival in 2006. Appointed music director of the Ensemble intercontemporain later that year, she makes her New York debut conducting the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra in performances of the Saariaho oratorio at Mostly Mozart 2008 (August 13, 15, 17). In a separate concert program with the orchestra, (August 14) Młžlkki conducts Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 ("Eroica") and the New York premiere of Saariaho's cello concerto Notes on Light, performed by fellow countryman and Sibelius Academy graduate cellist Anssi Karttunen, for whom it was written, and who is featured on the forthcoming Ondine recording of the work.

Mr. Karttunen, a frequent collaborator with Ms. Saariaho, said of the composer in a New York Times article, "Kaija gets sounds out of the cello and other instruments that were never before accepted . .. . She surprises us, transforms our conceptions of particular sounds. She looks for beauty in absolutely everything." Notes on Light was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra for its 125th anniversary. On the final page of the score, Saariaho includes a quote from T.S. Eliot, "...I could not speak, and my eyes failed, I was neither living nor dead, and I knew nothing, looking into the heart of light, the silence."

Mr. Karttunen joins fellow Finn, pianist and Sibelius Academy graduate Tuija Hakkila for "A Little Night Music" late-night concert on August 15 in the Kaplan Penthouse. They will perform music of Debussy and four Saariaho works: Sept Papillons (etudes for solo cello), Prelude (for piano), Ballade (for piano) and Serenatas (New York Premiere, for piano, cello and percussion), joined by David Cossin, percussion. Tuija Hakkila, also a noted fortepianist, will give a solo noon-time recital on Sunday, August 17 in the Walter Reade Theater, performing works of Mozart and Finnish composer and Mozart contemporary Fredrik Lithander (1777-1823).

Osmo Vłžnskłž will conduct two programs with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, and play the clarinet on one program. Vłžnskłž, another graduate of the Sibelius Academy, is in his fifth season as Music Director of the Minnesota Orchestra. On August 15 and 16, in Avery Fisher Hall, he conducts Sibelius' majestic orchestral suite Pellłęas och Młęlisande, Beethoven's Symphony No. 2 and Mozart's Clarinet Concerto with Finn Kari Kriikku, making his Mostly Mozart debut. Kriikku, another Sibelius Academy alumnus, was, with Ms. Saariaho, a founding member of the Avanti! Chamber orchestra for which he also served as music director.

[A schedule for Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart Festival is available online at www.lincolncenter.org.]


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Friday, June 20, 2008

The Tables Have Turned: Artists - Not Record Labels - Cashing In On Digital Revolution


Tables Have Turned ĺ─ý Artists ĺ─ý Not Record Labels ĺ─ý Cashing In On Digital Revolution

Ahead Of World Music Day, IBISWorld Reports On Downloads,

Digital Music And The Changing Face Of The Music Industry

Los Angeles (June, 19 2008) ĺ─ý According to IBISWorld, Inc., (www.ibisworld.com), one of the nationĺ─˘s most respected independent publishers of business intelligence research, while many recording artists are embracing the digital revolution that is sweeping the music industry, their record labels are looking at tough times ahead with poor profits and no sure strategy to counter the rising popularity of downloads and ring-tones over the humble CD.

ĺ─˙While consumers are slowly shifting from piracy to making legitimate music purchases online,ĺ─¨ IBISWorld Senior Analyst Mr. George Van Horn, ĺ─˙Digital downloads are still robbing the music industry of valuable revenue.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙The tables, or should I say ĺ─˛turn-tablesĺ─˘ have changed, on a global scale, with digital music sales now generating around $2 billion in revenue, with tracks available through 500 online services located in 40 countries, representing around 10 percent of the total global music market,ĺ─¨ said Mr. Van Horn. ĺ─˙And we expect that will rise to 25 percent market share within three years.ĺ─¨

One of the major trends in the industry over the next five years will be growth in legitimate downloads outpacing growth of the illegal variety.

ĺ─˙We expect illegal downloads will reach a tipping point, beyond which, further growth will be difficult. Around the world in 2006, an estimated five billion songs, equating to 38,000 years in music were swapped on peer-to-peer websites, while 509 million were purchased online,ĺ─¨ said Mr. Van Horn. ĺ─˙And while the piracy numbers are overwhelming, it points to the fact that some users are gorging on illegal music rather than listening to it. As online music becomes more readily available, and more affordable, weĺ─˘ll see an increasing number of music fans indulging in legitimate downloading, attracted by a legal, quality, guaranteed product.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙There is always a price people will be willing to pay to access something legally, even when a free illegal option is available. In addition, ongoing prosecution of illegal sites is slowly turning the tide and driving more listeners towards legal downloads,ĺ─¨ said Mr. Van Horn. ĺ─˙As the industry evolves, it is record labels that are out of step with the latest technology trends and itĺ─˘s hurting their bottom line in a major way.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙Having initially fought downloading, rather than looking at ways of legally exploiting and profiting from it, record labels are now finding themselves playing catch up,ĺ─¨ said Mr. Van Horn.

Digital Technology Helped Artist Go Straight To Market With Their Music

ĺ─˙Many artists however, have embraced the new digital environment and are successfully promoting their work online, reaching new and potentially lucrative audiences,ĺ─¨ he said. ĺ─˙Digital technology makes it easier for artists to dispense with record labels and publishers, to retain the rights to their own music, and distribute it themselves, and this is particularly true for unsigned and alternative acts ĺ─ý the very acts that come out of nowhere,ĺ─¨ added Mr. Van Horn. ĺ─˙The fact that performers make most of their money from merchandise sales and touring, rather than solely CD sales, also helps protect them somewhat, compared to the record companies which are suffering some serious losses.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙Americaĺ─˘s music industry is entering a particularly challenging phase, with revenue contracting by 4.6 percent this year to $3.67 billion as the sector struggles to adapt to the new digital marketplace,ĺ─¨ said Mr. Van Horn. IBISWorld believes digitally transferring music online presents both positive and negative possibilities for the industry. One the one hand, despite falling revenue from CD and online sales in recent years, overall demand for music may actually increase as more fans access music by artists they were previously unaware of ĺ─ý creating opportunities and possibly increasing the value of assets held by the industry.

But Mr. Van Horn warned that as more bands and singers attempt to operate independently of record companies, performance royalties would increasingly find their way directly to the artists, rather than their publishers.

ĺ─˙The larger players are suffering, as new artists are less inclined to seek a recording deal, but merely a distribution deal, by which the label will assist in getting the music to be heard,ĺ─¨ said Mr. Van Horn. ĺ─˙And since illegal downloads are not publicized, a new challenge for record companies lies in identifying which music is popular, discouraging companies from investing too heavily in music as a promotional tool.ĺ─¨

While revenues have been negatively affected by the loss of royalties from physical recordings, such as CDs and DVDs, and as a result of CD piracy, digital downloads and file sharing; major players are benefiting from additional sources of income via the digital exploitation of music in the form or mobile phone ring-tones.

The American mobile ring-tone market has grown to around 30 percent of the total of U.S.'s digital music sales. Currently digital sales represent around 18 percent of the U.S. market (10 percent worldwide), with IBISWorld predicting this to grow beyond 30 percent within five years.

ĺ─˙In fact, by 2013, ring-tone licensing could be one of the industryĺ─˘s largest revenue streams, as CD sales plummet and downloading revenue remains below that which CDs once achieved,ĺ─¨ said Mr. Van Horn. ĺ─˙We expect music publishers will gain an increasing proportion of their revenue from new opportunities, many of which will be linked to mobile phones.ĺ─¨

But still, the industryĺ─˘s financial future looks bleak. ĺ─˙Potential growth markets are continually usurped by free services, diminishing the industry's means of generating future income.

ĺ─˙One notable example is the industryĺ─˘s earlier expectation of deriving royalty income from streaming music online, however, websites such as MySpace allow bands to maintain their own sites and stream a selection of music with no need to pay royalties to anyone,ĺ─¨ explained Mr. Van Horn.

Though the record industry is working around the clock to devise strategies to claw back some of its lost revenue, IBISWorld believes many of its plans to counter the digital format are destined to fail.

ĺ─˙Ideas either mooted or trialed by the industry have included attaching ring-tones to CDs, and offering ad-based services, where songs are downloaded from official label sites with pre or post-track advertising and other online marketing tools,ĺ─¨ said Mr. Van Horn. ĺ─˙Attaching ring-tones hasnĺ─˘t halted the decline in CD sales and ad-based services will struggle to succeed since people will still be able to download music illegally, and without charge, without ads.ĺ─¨

Mobility is another challenge for record companies, as concepts such as streaming songs from websites, with ads on the page, ignore the fact that todayĺ─˘s consumers want their music to be portable ĺ─ý they want it on their iPod.

Social networking sites such as Facebook may offer an opportunity for record labels, although they will struggle to provide substantial revenue. So-called ĺ─˛360 dealsĺ─˘, such as Madonnaĺ─˘s groundbreaking arrangement with LiveNation ĺ─ý enabling labels to take a cut of revenue from all activities, including performance and merchandise in return for greater support and development ĺ─ý may become more common, but will only really succeed for partnerships with really big-name stars.

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Ingried Boussaroque et "Sweet Factory"


Spectacle "Sweet Factory"

18 juillet 2008

Parc des Princes

5293 avenue du Parc

Montrłęal, le 20 juin - Sous la bannił«re du projet de musique łęlectronique Nełž, Ingried Boussaroque prłęsente son nouveau spectacle multidisciplinaire "Sweet Factory". Ce 7 łŢ 9 suivi d'une soirłęe animłęe par le DJ Dekay aura lieu vendredi le 18 juillet au bistro Le Parc des Princes, 5293 avenue du Parc.

Mme Boussaroque compose et interprł«te les pił«ces du spectacle "Sweet Factory". Le 18 juillet, elle sera accompagnłęe par les projections de la VJ Pink Rubber Lady. Celle-ci utilisera entre autre des illustrations du peintre Jason Botkin, animłęes par le studio montrłęalais BołĂte łŢ cartons. Musique et images transporteront le public dans l'imaginaire d'une petite fille dłęcouvrant une immense fabrique de bonbons.

Le 7 łŢ 9 musical sera suivi par la musique de Dekay, DJ camłęlłęon dont la musique endiablłęe fera danser la foule jusqu'aux petites heures.


Ingried Boussaroque se produit comme chanteuse et musicienne sur la scł«ne montrłęalaise depuis bien des annłęes. Elle dirige entre autre l'ensemble de musique młędiłęvale Les Jongleurs de la Mandragore. Elle a łętudiłę le chant en France et en Allemagne, mais a aussi łętłę en Serbie apprendre la musique gitane, s'est perfectionnłęe en technique de chant flamenco, grłęgorien, głęorgien et participe rłęgulił«rement au festival Klez Kanada pour la chanson yiddish.

Toutes ces influences et une prłędilection pour la musique łęlectronique ont amenłę Mme Boussaroque łŢ dłęmarrer le projet Nełž. Celui-ci a łętłę subventionnłę par une bourse Jeune Volontaire. "Sweet Factory" est le premier spectacle du projet Nełž.

Il s'agit donc d'un rendez-vous pour dłęcouvrir la musique de Nełž. Laissez-vous transporter dans l'univers de la Č┤ Sweet Factory Ȭ le vendredi 18 juillet łŢ 19h, au Parc des Princes, 5293 du Parc. Le prix d'entrłęe est de 4$. Pour plus d'information, on peut se rłęfłęrer au site web du projet : www.theneaproject.com ou www.myspace.com/theneaproject.

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

MundoArtBazar I

MundoRythmoBazar
date:
lundi 30 juin 2008, 19H30
endroit:
Thłęłótre de Verdure du Parc Lafontaine
intersection rue Duluth et avenue du Parc Lafontaine, Mtl. Qc.
Spectacle musical gratuit, entrłęe libre
informations:
514.721.6513

Dans la słęrie MundoArtBazar, Robert Prłęvost prłęsente MundoRythmoBazar, un univers riche en couleurs sonores oł╝ les rythmes recoivent un traitement qui traverse les mondes et les łępoques. Ce spectacle propose des musiques et des sonoritłęs puisant łŢ toutes les sources, de la gigue irlandaise łŢ la samba brłęsilienne. La chanson francophone qułębłęcoise se danse sur des rythmes africains et des harmonies bulgares. Le jazz et le swing marchent sur un rythme cajun et rencontrent des polyrythmies cubaines, młüme la tarentelle change de robe et se danse łŢ cinq temps! Lors de cette soirłęe, Robert Prłęvost accueille pour la premił«re fois Victoria Doyon ĺ─ţ reconnue entre autres pour son travail vocal avec Garou ĺ─ţ qui joindra la chaleur de sa voix łŢ la richesse des cuivres du GEMU.

Le GEMU est un ensemble d'łęlite łŢ głęomłętrie variable regroupant 30 artistes choisis parmi les meilleurs musiciens et musiciennes provenant des mondes jazz et classique. Robert Prłęvost assure la direction musicale et la direction artistique de l'ensemble. Le GEMU prłęsente un style łŢ la croisłęe des musiques d'aujourd'hui; le rłępertoire est conł▀u d'arrangements originaux crłęłęs spłęcifiquement pour l'ensemble par Robert Prłęvost. Le big-band est prłęsentłę ici en version moderne et łęclatłęe, entił«rement revigorłę. Reconnu comme łętant un des ensembles les plus excitants de la scł«ne montrłęalaise, le GEMU łŢ voir encore et encore!!!

Musiciens participants łŢ MundoRthmoBazar:

Saxophones :
Jennifer Bell (alto/soprano/flł¬te/clarinette)
Genevił«ve Gauthier (alto/flł¬te/clarinette)
Yves Adam (tłęnor/clarinette/flł¬te)
David Bellemare (tłęnor/flł¬te)
Philip Parenteau (baryton/clarinette basse)
Hervłę Amand (basse/sopranino/soprillo)

Trompettes :
Jocelyn Couture (trompette/piccolo/flugelhorn)
Steve Moran (trompette/flugelhorn)
Derek Paul (trompette/flugelhorn)
Ghislain Potvin (trompette/flugelhorn)
Ivanhoe Jolicoeur (trompette/flugelhorn)

Trombones :
Hłęlł«ne Lemay
Stłęphanie Lapointe
Vivianne F.Gamache
Trombones basses :

Isabelle Lavoie
Christopher Smith


Cors :
Jean-Louis Gagnon
łÔmilie Martel
Alice Lane-Lłępine
Sophie Lamontagne


Tuba :
Samuel Markon

Vibraphone :
Głęrald Bissonnette

Piano :
Marc-Andrłę Cuierrier

Guitare :
Keven Charette

Contrebasse :
Jean Cyr

Batterie :
Daniel Lemay

Percussions :
Philippe Beaudin

Voix :
Victoria Doyon

Direction musicale :
Robert Prłęvost

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Les arts et la culture dans la nouvelle stratłęgie gouvernementale pour la dualitłę linguistique canadienne : la FCCF s'interroge et s'atte

Fłędłęration culturelle canadienne-franł▀aise - Visitez le site Web

Les arts et la culture dans la nouvelle stratłęgie gouvernementale pour la dualitłę linguistique canadienne : la FCCF s'interroge et s'attendait łŢ plus.

Ottawa, le 19 juin 2008 : A la lecture des nouvelles orientations qui viennent d'łütre annoncłęes dans la Č┤ Feuille de route pour la dualitłę linguistique canadienne 2008-2013 Ȭ du gouvernement fłędłęral, la Fłędłęration culturelle canadienne-franł▀aise (FCCF) s'interroge Č┤ Le fait que les arts et la culture soient mentionnłęs dans la nouvelle stratłęgie gouvernementale est intłęressant mais on ne peut pas encore parler de leadership fort et engagłę pour les milieux artistiques et culturels de la francophonie canadienne. Quoique la FCCF apprłęcie l'intention, les budgets qui sont alloułęs, ne rłępondent pas, de fał▀on adłęquate, łŢ nos attentes et besoins concrets. Ȭ dłęclare Raymonde Boulay LeBlanc, prłęsidente de la FCCF.

Pour la FCCF, l'enveloppe budgłętaire d'un nouveau Fonds de dłęveloppement culturel de 14 millions de dollars pour les cinq prochaines annłęes reprłęsente un premier Č┤ coup de pouce Ȭ dont les modalitłęs vont devoir łütre clairement dłęfinies avec le ministł«re de Patrimoine canadien. Pour Mme Boulay LeBlanc Č┤ 2,8 millions par an ne peuvent permettre un dłęveloppement durable pour que nos organismes deviennent des płąles d'animation culturelle et artistique solides, au niveau national, provincial, territorial, rłęgional et local ; que leurs structures et infrastructures soient renforcłęes, que les conditions de crłęation des artistes et de diffusion de leurs oeuvres soient amłęliorłęes et que nos industries culturelles aient la capacitłę de dłęvelopper de nouveaux marchłęs. La FCCF demandait une injection supplłęmentaire de 200 millions de dollars łętalłęe sur 5 ans ce qui reprłęsentait un levier financier fondamental pour le milieu artistique et culturel des communautłęs francophones et acadienne. Ȭ

Par ailleurs, la prłęsidente estime que Č┤ les deux nouvelles initiatives culturelles inscrites dans la Feuille de route , soit les Č┤ Vitrines musicales pour les artistes Ȭ d'un montant de 4,5 millions et le Č┤ Programme national de traduction pour l'łędition du livre Ȭ de 5 millions vont faire l'objet d'analyses słęrieuses avec nos deux membres, le Regroupement des łęditeurs canadiens-franł▀ais (RłÔCF) et l'Alliance nationale de l'industrie musicale (ANIM) afin d'en dłęgager les retombłęes łęventuelles pour leurs secteurs respectifs. La FCCF va demander une rencontre łŢ la ministre Verner et va redoubler d'efforts pour que le gouvernement fłędłęral fasse preuve de leadership et reconnaisse mieux notre łęcosystł«me artistique et culturel franco-canadien. Il est temps d'obtenir un financement adłęquat pour assurer la place qui nous revient dans la sociłętłę canadienne. Ȭ de conclure Mme Raymonde Boulay LeBlanc.

La FCCF est un organisme national dont la mission est de promouvoir l'expression artistique et culturelle des communautłęs francophones et acadienne. Elle rłęunit des reprłęsentants de sept regroupements nationaux en thłęłótre, en littłęrature, en chanson-musique, en arts młędiatiques et en arts visuels, ainsi que des reprłęsentants de onze provinces et territoires du Canada.

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Courtney Wing with 10-piece Opera Group Liederwolfe

Theatre Ste Catherine is pleased to announce our kick off event to the summer season! Keep posted for more upcoming music events!

COURTNEY WING


Following two weeks of events ranging from playing to a packed house for their
debut Montreal performance at Sala Rossa, performing a CBC live recording that
will soon be broadcast nationally on a new series called CBC's 'Live at
Breakglass', to returning from a triumphant NXNE showcase where they not only
played to a packed audience, but graced the cover of NOW Magazine and were
granted artist feature articles in both NOW and the Montreal Gazette, Courtney
Wing with band and 10-piece opera group Liederwolfe will be taking the stage
for two back to back performances at Theatre Ste Catherine on Friday, June
27th and Saturday, June 28th at 9pm - Tix 10$.

www.courtneywing.com
www.myspace.com/courtneywing
www.liederwolfe.com

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Opening Day Listings: Friday, June 20 @ TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival

2008 TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival
DAILY LISTINGS

Friday, June 20 - Opening Day


**** FEATURED PERFORMANCE ****
8pm - Official opening ceremony
8:15pm - Wild Magnolias
9:30pm Č˝ Dr. John
Nathan Phillips Square
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12 Noon: Gary Morgan & PanAmericana! Č˝ Toronto Star Stage, Nathan Phillips Square, FREE

3pm: WORKSHOP w/ Gary Morgan (Big Band Latin Jazz) Č˝ Friends of Jazz Lounge, Nathan Phillips Square, FREE

5pm: Felix Stussi & Give Me Five Č˝ Primus Stage, Nathan Phillips Square, FREE

6pm: TALKBACK w/ Ray Walsh Č˝ JAZZ.FM91 Broadcast Centre, Nathan Phillips Square, FREE

8pm: MAINSTAGE CONCERT Č˝ The Wild Magnolias (opening act) / Dr. John approx 9:15pm Č˝ Nathan Phillips Square, $40

8pm: Maceo Parker Č˝ Sound Academy, 11 Polson St., $30

8pm: Bill Mays & Inventions w. Marvin Stamm & Alisa Horn Č˝ Academy of Spherical Arts, 1 Snooker St.

9pm: Ivana Santilli Č˝ Revival, 728 College St., $15

9pm: Julie Michels & Parley Č˝ The Pilot, 22 Cumberland St., $12

10pm: The National Parcs w/ special guest Grand Analog Č˝ Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave, $15

1am: Late-Night Jazz Jam Č˝ Dominion on Queen, 500 Queen St. East

1am: Late-Night Jazz Jam Č˝ Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave.

1:15am: Michael Occhipiniti's Creation Dream Č˝ The Rex, 194 Queen St West


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*** COMING UP: 14 year-old singing sensation Nikki Yanofsky at the Diesel Playhouse, Sunday, June 22. Very limited tickets left. Don't miss the chance to see this rising star! Also, celebrate St. Jean-Baptiste day at the square with some of your favourite French artists. ***

For full listings, please visit www.torontojazz.com


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Un vent de dłęcouvertes


Un vent de dłęcouvertes

Qułębec, le 19 juin 2008 Č˝ Les vendredi 4 et samedi 5 juillet, les młęlomanes dłęcouvriront des łętoiles montantes de la scł«ne internationale, d'abord le guitariste franł▀ais Judicał┤l Perroy, puis Marianne Fiset, une jeune soprano qułębłęcoise qui s'est illustrłęe en 2007 en remportant le Concours Musical International de Montrłęal, et qui rłęcemment, a łętłę nommłęe Č┤ Jeune Soliste 2008 Ȭ par les Radios Francophones Publiques. Mais tout d'abord, le mercredi 2 juillet, place łŢ la musique de chambre avec le duo formłę du violoniste Alexandre Da Costa et du pianiste Wonny Song, deux de nos plus talentueux jeunes musiciens.

mercredi 2 juillet, 20 h 30 la musique de chambre

Soirłęe Caisse d'łęconomie Solidaire Desjardins

Un duo de grande classe

Le mercredi 2 juillet, le violoniste Alexandre Da Costa et le pianiste Wonny Song offriront la premił«re soirłęe de musique de chambre du Festival. En plus d'interprłęter deux cłęlł«bres Č˙uvres du rłępertoire, la Sonate en fa majeur Č┤ dite Le Printemps Ȭ de Beethoven et la Sonate en rłę mineur, opus 108 de Brahms, le duo fera une incursion dans la musique de film avec le magnifique thł«me de La Liste de Schindler de John Williams.

Salułę par la critique pour sa technique parfaite, son łęnergie et sa musicalitłę, Alexandre Da Costa mł«ne une brillante carrił«re de soliste. Au cours des dernił«res annłęes, il a joułę en rłęcital au Canada, aux łÔtats-Unis, en Amłęrique du Sud, en Europe et en Asie, et a łętłę soliste avec plusieurs orchestres, notamment l'Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal et le Royal Philharmonique de Londres. Le violoniste possł«de łęgalement une discographie de 10 titres dont le dernier Les Quatre Saisons de Vivaldi, enregistrłę avec l'ensemble de chambre de l'Orchestre symphonique de Vienne, a suscitłę l'enthousiasme tant du public que de la critique.

Qualifiłę par le Washington Post de Č┤ jeune pianiste polyvalent, intelligent et profondłęment musical Ȭ, le pianiste montrłęalais d'origine corłęenne Wonny Song est diplłąmłę de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal et de la Glenn Gould Professional School. De 2000 łŢ 2004, il a poursuivi des łętudes doctorales auprł«s de Lydia Artymiw łŢ l'Universitłę du Minnesota. Il amorce une carrił«re internationale prometteuse marqułęe entre autres par la sortie d'un premier cd enregistrłę łŢ la Salle Franł▀oys-Bernier et consacrłę łŢ des Č˙uvres de Moussorgski et Rachmaninov.

vendred 14 juillet, 20 h 30 les dłÔcouvertes

Judicał┤l Perroy : Fougue et virtuositłę

Le vendredi 4 juillet, le public dłęcouvrira Judicał┤l Perroy, l'un des guitaristes franł▀ais les plus en vue de l'heure. Grłóce łŢ un programme variłę, il dłęvoilera son tempłęrament fougueux et son łępoustouflante virtuositłę.

Judicał┤l Perroy a commencłę łŢ donner des concerts dł«s l'łóge de 11 ans et par la suite, il s'est illustrłę lors de plusieurs concours internationaux remportant notamment le premier prix du 15e Concours Renłę Bartoli, en 1992, et le grand prix łŢ l'unanimitłę du 15e Concours de la Guitar Foundation of America, en 1997. Depuis, tant le public que la critique saluent sa virtuositłę, son intensitłę et sa riche palette sonore.

Le guitariste ne manquera d'impressionner le public dł«s le dłębut du concert alors qu'il interprłętera la redoutable Grande Sonate opus 39 de Paganini. Aprł«s Prłęlude, fugue et allegro de Jean-Słębastien Bach et Tiento de Maurice Ohana, il poursuivra avec l'une des Č˙uvres pour guitare des plus cłęlł«bres de Manuel Ponce, les Variations sur la Folia et Fugue. La soirłęe se terminera sur une note folklorique avec Cataluna et Sevilla, des transcriptions de deux pił«ces tirłęes de la Suite espagnole pour piano, opus 47 d'Albeniz, des Č˙uvres inspirłęes par des thł«mes populaires espagnols.

Sa virtuositłę est łępoustouflante, mais plus remarquable encore est sa małĂtrise des couleurs de la guitare (Mike Greenberg, San Antonio Express News)

samedi 5 juillet, 20 h 30 les dłÔcouvertes

Soirłęe Groupe Germain

Voyage au pays de l'amour avec Marianne Fiset

Le samedi 5 juillet, le public sera nombreux łŢ assister au premier rłęcital au Festival de la soprano qułębłęcoise Marianne Fiset et de la pianiste Marie-łÓve Scarfone. Les jeunes artistes proposeront un programme placłę sous le thł«me de l'amour qui regroupe des Č˙uvres de Rossini, Liszt, Rachmaninov et Tchałěkovski.

Originaire de la ville de Qułębec, Marianne Fiset est diplłąmłęe du Conservatoire de musique du Qułębec oł╝ elle a obtenu en en 2005, un premier prix łŢ l'unanimitłę. Depuis, elle ne cesse d'accumuler les prix et les honneurs. En 2007, elle s'est vu propulsłęe sur la scł«ne internationale en remportant le premier prix du Concours Musical International de Montrłęal de młüme que le Prix Jean A. Chalmers pour le meilleur artiste canadien, le Prix Joseph Rouleau pour le meilleur artiste qułębłęcois, le Prix Poulenc de la młęlodie franł▀aise ainsi que le Prix du Public. Elle a aussi łętłę boursił«re de la Fondation Jacqueline et Paul Desmarais en 2007 et de la Fondation des Jeunesses Musicales en 2005, 2006 et 2007.

Le rłęcital s'ouvrira par une Č˙ëýuvre humoristique de Rossini, La regata veneziana (La rłęgate vłęnitienne) suivie des Tre Sonetti di Petrarca (Trois sonnets de Płętrarque) dans lesquels Liszt honore son amour pour Marie d'Agoult. Marianne Fiset, qui dit adorer chanter en russe, interprłętera ensuite des młęlodies de Rachmaninov. Pour clore la soirłęe avec brio, elle incarnera la romantique Tatiana et chantera la grande Č┤ scł«ne de la lettre Ȭ tirłęe de l'opłęra Eugł«ne Onłęguine de Tchałěkovski, une des pages les plus passionnłęes du rłępertoire.

cours de małÚtre et concerts des stagiaires

de l'acadłÔmie de musique et de danse du domaine forget

Le mardi 1er juillet, łŢ 13 h 30, le guitariste Judicał┤l Perroy donnera un cours de małĂtre public. Rappelons que cette activitłę est gratuite et que le public y est cordialement invitłę. Une collaboration de Stein Monast.

brunch-musique casino de charlevoix

Le brunch-musique du 6 juillet sera agrłęmentłę de chansons francophones du monde interprłętłęes par la chanteuse et percussionniste Carmen Genest łŢ laquelle se joindront le guitariste David Jacques et le violoniste Sylvain Neault.

information et rłÔservations

(418) 452-3535 ou 1 888-DFORGET (336-7438)

Tłęlłęcopieur : (418) 452-3503

www.domaineforget.com

Słęrie La Musique de chambre

Mercredi 2 juillet, 20 h 30

ce concert sera enregistrłę par espace musique

diffuseur officiel du festival international

Alexandre Da Costa, violon

Wonny Song, piano

Beethoven Sonate pour piano et violon no 5 en fa majeur, Č┤ Le Printemps Ȭ, op. 24

J. Williams La liste de Schindler, suite

Brahms Sonate pour violon et piano no 3, en rłę mineur

Coł¬t : adultes : 32 $ ; ałĂnłęs (60 ans et plus) : 27,25 $ ; łętudiants (13 łŢ 21 ans) : 17 $ ;

enfants (12 ans et moins) gratuit. Les prix incluent toutes les taxes.

Słęrie Les Dłęcouvertes

Vendredi 4 juillet, 20 h 30

Fougue et virtuositłę

Judicał┤l Perroy, guitare

Paganini Grande Sonate op. 39

J.S. Bach Prłęlude, Fugue et Allegro

Ohana Tiento

Ponce Variations sur la Folia et Fugue

Albeniz Cataluna, Sevilla

Coł¬t : adultes : 30 $ ; ałĂnłęs (60 ans et plus) : 25,50 $ ; łętudiants (13 łŢ 21 ans) : 17 $ ;

enfants (12 ans et moins) gratuit. Les prix incluent toutes les taxes.

Słęrie Les Solistes

Samedi 5 juillet, 20 h 30

Voyage au pays de l'amour avec Marianne Fiset

Marianne Fiset, soprano

Marie-łÓve Scarfone, piano

Rossini La regata veneziana

Liszt Tre Sonetti di Petrarca

Rachmaninov Nie połě, krasavitsa, pri mnie, op. 4 no 4; Zdes' khorosho, op. 21 no 7; Siren, op. 21 no 5; Palubila ja na petchal svaju, op. 8 no 4; Ja zhdu tebya, op. 14 no 1

Tchałěkovski Č┤ Pouskałě poguibnu Ȭ, Scł«ne de la lettre, extrait d'Eugł«ne Onłęguine

Coł¬t : adultes : 30 $ ; ałĂnłęs (60 ans et plus) : 25,50 $ ; łętudiants (13 łŢ 21 ans) : 17 $ ;

enfants (12 ans et moins) gratuit. Les prix incluent toutes les taxes.

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Mercredi 9 juillet Matteo Mela et Lorenzo Micheli, guitaristes duettistes

Vendredi 11 juillet Le Domaine Danse : ezdanza

Samedi 12 juillet Orchestre symphonique de Qułębec, Sondra Radvanovsky, soprano, Richard Margison, tłęnor, direction : Yoav Talmi

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Eclectik 08 vendredi et samedi!


Le MAI (Montrłęal, arts interculturels) est fier de vous prłęsenter son tout premier

eclectik 08

Arts łŢ volontłę | Collectif | Sans frontił«res

un łęvłęnement annuel, un rassemblement dĺ─˘artistes urbains, engagłęs, de toutes origines, parmi les plus populaires de sa programmation. Deux jours de spectacles, de DJs, de musique, de danse, de thłęłótre, dĺ─˘installations, dĺ─˘ateliers, de rencontres, de fłüte et de nouveautłęs, les 20 et 21 juin 2008 de 18 h łŢ minuit. Soyez de la fłüte!

avec Faisal Anwar : : Josłę Garcłéa : : Joanne Hui : : Komodo : : LAL : : Alexandra Č┤ Spicey Ȭ Landłę : : Ehab Lotayef : : Afshin Matlabi : : Meena Murugesan : : VOX Sambou : : Atif Siddiqi : : Karen Tam : : DJ Tashish : : Le Trunk Collectif : : Danilo Villaflor : :

vendredi 20 juin : : dj + thłęłótre + concert + installations

18H : : KOMODO | DJ

20H : : LE TRUNK COLLECTIF | SPECTACLE DE THłÔłăTRE

Sunk in the trunk ou lĺ─˘extraordinaire dłęmłülłę dĺ─˘un clown avec lĺ─˘immigration

21H : : KOMODO | DJ

22H : : LAL | SPECTACLE DE MUSIQUE

Deportation

samedi 21 juin : : dj + danse + concert + installations

10H : : LE TRUNK COLLECTIF | ATELIER DE CLOWN

18H : : DJ TASHISH

20H : : ALEXANDRA Č┤ SPICEY Ȭ LANDłÔ | SPECTACLE DE DANSE URBAINE

Retrospek

21H : : DJ TASHISH

22H : : VOX SAMBOU | SPECTACLE DE MUSIQUE

Lakay

5$ par spectacle en salle | premiers arrivłęs premiers servis!

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Cayouche est allłę en tournage łŢ Paris !

La rumeur est confirmłęe : Cayouche est allłę en tournage łŢ Paris !
Moncton, 18 juin 2008) ĺ─ý La rumeur qui courait en ville a łętłę confirmłęe : Cayouche est bel est bien allłę łŢ Paris rłęcemment pour chanterĺ─ mais surtout pour tourner un film ! La compagnie de cinłęma et de tłęlłęvision Mozus productions, de Moncton, prłępare en effet un documentaire sur Cayouche.

Le film est une idłęe originale du rłęalisateur Maurice Andrłę Aubin qui propose une aventure intitulłę Cayouche łŢ Paris, un road movie qui fera voyager et dłęcouvrir la vie et le monde de Cayouche. Mais ce road movie ne pouvait se faire sans la moto de Cayouche qui a aussi fait le voyage. Il ne serait jamais parti sans son bicycle, une Harley-Davidson 81Shovel Head FX !

Le film portera sur le retour aux sources de Cayouche, dont les racines s'łętendent jusqu'en France, le pays de ses ancłütres. Cayouche, qui n'łętait jamais allłę en Europe, y est allłę au dłębut juin et a pu visiter et chanter łŢ Paris, łŢ Feing ainsi qu'łŢ St-Aubin-sur-Mer, mais surtout, il s'est rendu dans le village de Tourouvre, en Basse-Normandie, pour y visiter la ferme La Gagnonnił«re d'oł╝ est originaire son ancłütre Jean Gagnon.

Č┤ Cayouche, c'est la route, son bicycle et sa musique. Nous avons voulu en prłęparant ce documentaire aborder ces divers thł«mes. Le film traitera de la route, du mouvement, de l'histoire ancienne et du retour aux sources. Cayouche incarne l'esprit de l'explorateur qui va łŢ la rencontre du vrai monde. Le contraste des łępoques, des cultures acadiennes, amłęricaines et franł▀aises sera prłęsent dans le film Ȭ, soutient Maurice Andrłę Aubin.

La visite de Cayouche łŢ Paris ainsi qu'en Normandie n'est pas passłęe inaperł▀ue ! Selon l'łęquipe de tournage, l'artiste acadien a volłę la vedette partout oł╝ il est passłę. Bien des gens ont voulu se faire photographier avec la vedette et lłŢ oł╝ il chantait, les salles łętaient pleines.

Le documentaire promet plusieurs moments touchants et d'autres trł«s drłąles, entre autres la rłęaction de Cayouche sur scł«ne quand on lui a donnłę un cidre de pommes au lieu d'une bił«re !

Cayouche n'est pas allłę seul łŢ Paris. Son grand complice Johnny Comeau, qui l'accompagne en musique depuis plusieurs annłęes, s'est joint łŢ lui. Le tournage du documentaire se poursuit au Qułębec et en Acadie au cours des prochaines semaines.

Le documentaire sera diffusłę łŢ la Tłęlłęvision de Radio-Canada Atlantique et łŢ ARTV łŢ une date qui reste łŢ dłęterminer. Le film devrait łütre complłętłę d'ici la fin de l'annłęe 2008.

Cayouche

Aujourd'hui, les chansons de Cayouche sont des classiques du rłępertoire acadien et la popularitłę de l'artiste a largement dłępassłę les frontił«res de l'Acadie. Avec un vocabulaire simple, il dłęcrit la rłęalitłę de monsieur et madame tout le monde. Il dłępeint une sociłętłę qui est dure pour ses plus dłęmunis. Cayouche a quatre albums : Un Vieux Hippy (1994), Moitiłę Moitiłę (1996), Roule Roule (1999) et Last call (2003). Il est le plus grand vendeur de disques en Acadie.

Mozus productions

Mozus productions est une compagnie de production de documentaires rłęputłęe pour son engagement et son dynamisme. Fondłęe łŢ Moncton en 2001, Mozus produit des documentaires destinłęs łŢ un large public dont les sujets traitent de questions de sociłętłę et de culture. Parmi les productions rłęcentes, mentionnons la słęrie Peu importe l'łóge, une collection documentaire sur les liens intergłęnłęrationnels ; Au-delłŢ des apparences : Portrait de Marie-Claire Blais ; et Maritime Violin of Jasper Wood. Mozus Productions est dirigłęe par Maurice Andrłę Aubin et Suzette Lagacłę qui ëýuvrent dans le milieu de la production tłęlłęvisuelle depuis plus de 25 ans.

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"Old Growth" at the Toronto Fringe Festival, July 4-12 2008

Acky-Made presents... (at the Toronto Fringe Festival)

OLD GROWTH

an ecological play with music and magic

Written by Alex Eddington

Directed/dramaturged by Alison Williams

Performed by Alex Eddington and Aura Giles

Music by Alex Eddington, with Aura Giles

Integrating the premiere performance of "Branchings" for solo flute, by Alex Eddington.

"See the forest!"

Two troubled young musicians travel to the Queen Charlotte Islands to perform for a murdered spruce tree ĺ─ý and to be transformed.

Award-winning composer/playwright Alex Eddington ("The Fugue Code") and emerging professional flutist Aura Giles blend fact and fiction, music, magic, and storytelling in this unique story about an eco-prophet for our time.

ĺ─˙Brilliantly theatricalĺ─Â* * * * ĺ─¨ ĺ─ý Eye Weekly

ĺ─˙A must-seeĺ─Âsuperbĺ─Â* * * * ĺ─¨ ĺ─ý Edmonton Journal

"One of the best performances the Fringe will see this year." - SEE Magazine

Live music for flute and hand percussion!

Sleight-of-hand magic with coins, sponge balls, paper, finger rings, chewing gum, water, light...

** Content advisories!: nudity (non-sexual); violence; coarse language. Ages 14+ strongly recommended. **

READ MORE at www.AlexEddington.com/oldgrowth.html

follow the "Old Growth" Fringe blog! (www.AlexEddington.com/blog/oldgrowthblog.html)

Press release: www.AlexEddington.com/og_pressrelease.html

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TORONTO FRINGE FESTIVAL

(July 2-13, 2008)

Glen Morris Theatre
(4 Glen Morris Street - just east of Spadina, 3 streets south of Bloor)

Friday, July 4 - 5:00 pm
Saturday, July 5 - 12:30 pm
Sunday, July 6 - 4:30 pm
Monday, July 7 - 10:00 pm
Tuesday July 8 - 7:00 pm
Friday, July 11 - 4:00 pm
Saturday, July 12 - 8:00pm

"Old Growth" is a 60-minute show
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Tickets
$10 at the door OR in advance

Online ticket sales: http://www.fringetoronto.com
Fringe Box Office: (416) 966-1062

NO Latecomers will be admitted
NO refunds
(Fringe rules, not mine!)

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Canadian Pianist Anton Kuerti Triumphs in The Netherlands

CANADIAN PIANIST ANTON KUERTI A SENSATION IN AMSTERDAM

Substituting on short notice for pianist Murray Perahia, Anton Kuerti scored a huge success at his solo recital last week in the packed 2,000-seat Great Hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The concert was part of a series of ĺ─˙Master Pianistsĺ─¨, which presents only the most illustrious names in the piano world.

Kuerti gave an all-Beethoven program, featuring two of his most famous sonatas, Les Adieux and the Appassionata, as well as the rarely-performed Diabelli Variations.

Reviews heaped superlatives on him:

Trouw wrote: ĺ─˛The miracle occurred when Anton Kuerti began his superior interpretation of the ĺ─˛Diabelli Variationsĺ─˘. ... this work is considered an unconquerable fortress by many a pianist. Not by Kuerti, whose performance was flawless, dazzling, lively and analytical, with an unparalleled ability to link the 33 variations with each other..... After this debut [he] will hopefully be world-renowned here as well.ĺ─¨

The NRC Handelsblad wrote ĺ─˙Kuerti was able to create moments in which it even appeared as though the music were born anew right then and there.ĺ─¨

According to de Volkskrant, ĺ─˙Kuerti played [the Diabelli Variations] so flawlessly that you could have made it into a CD. And, much more importantly, it was more poetically refined than you will ever hear anywhere else.ĺ─¨

The Noord-Hollands Dagblad raved, ĺ─˙His passion left a lasting impression and his tone production brought out many colours and nuances. It seemed as though we were hearing a new scoreĺ─ÂThe great imagination Kuerti brought to the works elevated the performance to an absolutely top level. What perfection!ĺ─¨

One of Europeĺ─˘s top agencies, The Riaskoff management, has offered to represent Kuerti in several countries, and has already booked him for orchestral performances in March 2009.

The Amsterdam event was the second time this year that Kuerti has scored a triumph replacing world-famous artists. On March 11, while in Boston to hear his son Julian conduct the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Kuerti was called to replace the ailing featured soloist, Leon Fleisher, in Beethovenĺ─˘s Emperor Concerto ĺ─ý two hours before the concert! As in Amsterdam, the response from both audience and critics was unanimously enthusiastic. According to the Boston Globe, ĺ─˙Kuerti is one of the finest Beethoven interpreters around ĺ─Âsomething of a national treasure in Canada.ĺ─¨

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The Fat Lady Makes Fringe Festival Debut!

classical music consort

Classical Music Consort

Presents

Acis and Galatea

By George Frideric Handel

AT THE TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL

July 3-12, 2008 at The Factory Theatre Mainspace

BAROQUE MUSIC MEETS AVANT-GARDE VIDEO ART IN THE FRINGEĺ─˘S FIRST OPERA.

For Immediate Release ĺ─ý Toronto, June 16, 2008: The Fat Lady of opera has finally arrived at this yearĺ─˘s FR!NGE in the form of an ambitious, contemporary production of G.F. Handelĺ─˘s erotic pastoral, Acis and Galatea. Torontoĺ─˘s Classical Music Consort performs the 1718 tale of love shattered by murderous jealousy on period instruments, along with an international cast of singers, through a web of surreal video projections designed by director Patrick Young. The exciting step of bringing opera to the FR!NGE is a fitting coda to the CMCĺ─˘s first full season. This enterprising young company, founded and lead by artistic director Ashiq Aziz, is establishing the foundations of an accomplished repertoire while aiming to attract a new generation to the resonance and relevance of classical music. Acis and Galatea is unique at this yearĺ─˘s festival, not only for its captivating music, vocal performances, and visual style, but as a daring conceptual hybrid of the baroque with the unsettlingly modern.

For Acis and Galatea, Mr. Young has created ninety minutes of video material to compliment his staging. Mr. Aziz, who will be conducting, has assembled an impressive cast of ascendant young vocalists from Canada and the U.K. including tenor Tom Macleay as Acis, soprano Rosie Coad as Galatea, tenor John Bacon as Damon, and baritone David Roth as Polyphemus.

The story of Acis and Galatea is recorded in Ovidĺ─˘s Metamorphoses, though Handelĺ─˘s libretto was written by the poets Alexander Pope, John Gay, and John Hughes. Galatea, a beautiful, immortal wood nymph, falls in love with the young shepherd Acis. But the Cyclops Polyphemus has also fallen in love with Galatea. When she scorns the giantĺ─˘s advances, his lust is transformed into a vengeful rage, and he kills his mortal rival, Acis. A mournful Galatea then pleads with the gods of Olympus, who metamorphose Acis into a mountain stream, immortalizing the spirit of her ill-fated lover.

Bringing this fraught tale of desire and rage to the FR!NGE are two Toronto natives, Ashiq Aziz and Patrick Young, who, having moved abroad to pursue their careers, are excited to be returning with this production to their hometown. Since receiving his Masterĺ─˘s degree in conducting at the Royal College of Music in London, England, Mr. Aziz divides his time between Toronto and London, where he also conducts the RCMĺ─˘s Bach Consort. From its founding in 2006, the CMC has created a stir with its intelligent, richly interpreted performances of music from the 18th and 19th centuries as well as new works by Canadian composers. Mr. Young has spent the last seven years living and working in New York and South Africa. He studied Literature at Columbia University in New York and has assisted directors Off-Broadway and regionally in the US. His own work, which has been described positively by TimeOut New York as an ĺ─˙aggressively weird goulash,ĺ─¨ is both multi-media and multi-disciplinary, often combining live music, dance, video and text.

www.classicalmusicconsort.org

This innovative production of Acis and Galatea is sure to stand out at this yearĺ─˘s FR!NGE, not only as the festivalĺ─˘s only opera, but as a contemporary spectacle of love, violence, and desire evoked through transcendent music and arresting images.

What: The Classical Music Consort presents George Frideric Handelĺ─˘s

Acis and Galatea

At The Toronto International Fringe Festival
Where: Factory Theatre Mainspace
: 125 Bathurst Street (South of Queen, at Adelaide)
When:
Thursday July 3, 8:15pm; Sunday July 6, 4:45pm; Tuesday July 8, 10:30pm; Thursday July 10, Noon; Saturday July 12, 7:30pm.

Admission: $10, for tickets visit www.fringetoronto.com

or call 416-966-1062

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Previews Begin This Weekend at Cavendish's Montgomery Theatre!


Inaugural season includes Oscar Wildeĺ─˘s The Importance of Being Earnest,

Village Wooing by George Bernard Shaw and a new adaptation of

Kenneth Grahameĺ─˘s The Wind in the Willows

Cavendish, PEI ĺ─ý In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the publication of Anne of Green Gables, the community of Cavendish, Prince Edward Island will welcome audiences to a brand new, fully professional theatre this summer.

Previews begin this Friday, June 20, 2008 (the day Anne of Green Gables was first published in 1908) with The Importance of Being Earnest at 7:30 p.m. and continue through the weekend with Village Wooing Saturday, June 21 at 7:30 p.m. and The Importance of Being Earnest on Sunday, June 22 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The new adaptation of The Wind in the Willows will preview for the first time on Tuesday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. Full performance schedule is available online at http://www.themontgomerytheatre.com.

Artistic Director Duncan McIntosh has assembled a cast which includes Taylor Baruchel as Merriman (Earnest) and Field Mouse/Portly (Willows); Zach Fraser as Ferret (Willows) and Steward (Wooing), Sylvie Gallant as Gwendolyn Bracknell (Earnest) and Field Mouse/The Car/Ferret (Willows); Gemma James-Smith as Cecily Cardew (Earnest) and Field Mouse/The Home (Willows); Julia Lenardon as Lady Bracknell (Earnest) and Toad (Willows); Wally MacKinnon as Dr. Chausable (Earnest) and ĺ─˙Aĺ─¨ (Wooing); Donnie Macphee as Algernon Moncreiff (Earnest) and Badger (Willows); Ryan Oĺ─˘Callaghan as Lane (Earnest) and Mole (Willows); Sean C. Robertson as John ĺ─˙Jackĺ─¨ Worthing (Earnest) and Rat (Willows); Jackie Torrens as Miss Prism (Earnest) and ĺ─˙Zĺ─¨ (Wooing); and Earlla Vickers as Otter.

Joining Mr. McIntosh is a star-studded creative team which includes leading lighting designer Martin Conboy, East Coast Music Award-winning musician Nathan Wiley, renowned director Jillian Keiley, international set & costume designer Cleo Pettitt, and Shaw Festival veteran Wendy Thatcher. The company also includes stage manager Sally Crate, apprentice stage manager Elisa Aragon and assistant directors Zach Fraser (Willows, Wooing) and Earlla Vickers (Earnest).

The Montgomery Theatre will present plays from the life and times of L.M. Montgomery in the Church at Avonlea Village. The famed creator of Canadaĺ─˘s best-loved redheaded heroine lived from 1874 to 1942; works presented at the new theatre will be by playwrights who inspired Ms. Montgomery or whose works were influenced by her.

This first season will feature three plays in repertory:

The Wind in the Willows

Original stage adaptation of Kenneth Grahameĺ─˘s classic book by Duncan McIntosh

Directed by Jillian Keiley

Set, prop and costume design by Cleo Pettit

Lighting design by Martin Conboy

Music & sound design by Nathan Wiley

The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde

Directed by Duncan McIntosh

Sets, props and costumes designed by Cleo Pettit

Lighting designed by Martin Conboy

Music & sound design by Nathan Wiley

Village Wooing

By George Bernard Shaw

Directed by Wendy Thatcher

Sets, props and costumes designed by Cleo Pettit

Lighting designed by Martin Conboy

Music & sound design by Nathan Wiley

The Montgomery Theatre season will run from June 27 to August 31, 2008 in the Church at Avonlea Village, with student previews beginning June 20 (the day Anne of Green Gables was first published in 1908). Regular ticket prices range from $20 to $32. Memberships are available for $20 which offer discounts on all theatre tickets, priority seating, discounts at area restaurants and stores, newsletter subscription and VIP event invitations.

Tickets are on sale now. For more information, to purchase tickets or to inquire about volunteer opportunities, visit www.themontgomerytheatre.com.

DETAILS:

Dates:
June 27 - August 31, 2008

Previews begin June 20, 2008

Visit www.themontgomerytheatre.com for full performance schedule.

Location:
The Montgomery Theatre

In the Church at Avonlea Village
8779, Route #6

Cavendish, PEI

Tickets:
$20-$32. ON
SALE NOW.
Discounts available to members, students and groups

Tickets are available by phone at 902-963-3847, online at www.themontgomerytheatre.com, in person at 57 Church Hill Avenue, North Rustico, PEI (across from Stella Maris Church), or by mail at 57 Church Avenue, North Rustico, PE C1A 1X0.

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John Pizzarelli & Peter Appleyard Added to Toronto Jazz Festival Lineup

JOHN PIZZARELLI QUARTET & PETER APPLEYARD
Added to TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival Line-Up


Toronto Č˝ John Pizzarelli Quartet featuring special guest Peter Appleyard will take part in the GRANDMASTERS Series, presented by Panasonic, on Saturday, June 28, replacing French composer and producer Michel Legrand. Due to health reasons, Legrand will not be appearing at the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival.

Vibraphone master Peter Appleyard is one of the world's top vibraphonists whose career spans over five decades and includes collaborations with names such as Benny Goodman, Oscar Peterson, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. After drumming in British dance bands and with RAF bands, he moved in 1949 to Bermuda and in 1951 to Toronto, where he began playing vibraphone. Named an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1992, Appleyard came to international notice in jazz during the early 1970s as a member of Benny Goodman's sextet. Today, he is acknowledged as one of the top five's vibraphonists.

One of jazz's most prolific guitarists, John Pizzarelli has recorded over 20 albums and has appeared on more than 40 albums of other artists including artists such as James Taylor, Rosemary Clooney, Natalie Cole and of course, Bucky Pizzarelli. Internationally known for classic standards, late-night ballads and the cool jazz flavour he brings to performances and recordings, Pizzarelli has set the standard for stylish modern jazz.

Often compared to Nat King Cole, Pizzarelli is among the prime contemporary interpreters of the great American Songbook. The Village Voice states," we can say we're a lucky to listen to (Pizzarelli) as Nat Cole fans were in the years before he became a legend."

Quartetto Guido Basso will open, featuring John Sherwood on piano, Steve Wallace on bass, Brian Barlow on drums and Guido Basso on trumpet. Tickets for the John Pizzarelli Quartet with special guest Peter Appleyard are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets, 416.870.8000 or www.ticketmaster.ca. Tickets are $50, plus facility and service charge fees. All tickets previously purchased for Legrand are available for refunds at point of purchase until Friday, July 4, 2008.

Voted Canada's Best Jazz Festival by the National Jazz Awards in 2006 and 2007, more than 1,500 musicians will entertain as the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival gets underway this summer, running June 20 Č˝ June 29, 2008. From bop to swing, cool to fusion and all musical points in between, Toronto will play host to a musical celebration like no other. Soak up the cool sounds of jazz as more than 350 concerts across 40 locations take over the city!

For more information please visit www.torontojazz.com.


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08|09 Virtuoso Performances - Single Ticket Onsale


Tickets on sale to FriendsFirst members Thursday, June 19 at 10 AM

to the Public on Monday, June 23 at 10 AM

For tickets call 416-872-4255 or online at www.roythomson.com

or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office


LANG LANG, PIANO

Friday, September 26, 2008, 8:00 pm - Roy Thomson Hall

Tickets: $99.50 - $39.50

Wunderkind virtuoso Lang Lang returns to Roy Thomson Hall for his much anticipated 2nd solo recital during a week long ĺ─˙Portraitĺ─¨ residency in collaboration with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra that also includes educational and outreach activities. Described as ĺ─˙the closest thing classical music has to a rock star,ĺ─¨ the 25-year-old megastar continues to astound audiences worldwide with his prodigious talent and extraordinary charisma. Since his dramatic substitution as soloist with the Chicago Symphony at age 17 for an indisposed Andrłę Watts, he has emerged as one of the truly amazing classical artists of our age. His phenomenal breadth of talent was recently showcased at the 10th Anniversary Beijing International Festival where he performed 10 different piano concertos with five international orchestras under six conductors. His recital programme features Schubertĺ─˘s Piano Sonata No. 20 in A Major, D. 959; Bartłäkĺ─˘s Piano Sonata BB 88 Sz. 80; a selection of Debussyĺ─˘s Preludes; and Chopinĺ─˘s Polonaise in A Flat Major, Op. 53, ĺ─˙Heroicĺ─¨.

ĺ─˙His playing was so raptly beautiful that one was afraid to breathe for fear of missing anything.ĺ─¨ -Chicago Tribune

Sponsored by TD Canada Trust.

Lang Lang also appears with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on September 24 & 27 at 8:00 pm as part of a residency week of performances and educational concerts.

ISABEL BAYRAKDARIAN, SOPRANO

SEROUJ KRADJIAN, PIANO

With the Chamber Orchestra of the Armenian Philharmonic

Friday, October 17, 2008, 8:00 pm - Roy Thomson Hall

Tickets: $89.50 - $39.50

No stranger to Roy Thomson Hall, Canadian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian returns to delight her many hometown fans with a program celebrating the music of composer Gomidas Vartabed (1869-1935), the revered saviour of Armenian folk music; plus works by Grieg and Bartłäk, who were also inspired by the rich musical traditions of their homelands. Since winning the 2000 Placido Domingo Operalia Competition, the young Armenian-Canadian has become a star at the Metropolitan Opera and in the opera houses of London, Milan, Paris and Salzburg. She has won three Juno Awards, is the voice on the Grammy-winning soundtrack of The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and is the subject of the 2006 Gemini-nominated film A Long Journey Home which follows her performances during her first trip to her ancestral home of Armenia.

ĺ─˙A soprano voice that combines lyricism with remarkable dramatic instincts.ĺ─¨ - Time Magazine

Moreĺ─Â

THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE WITH YO-YO MA

Thursday, March 19, 2009, 8:00 pm

Friday, March 20, 2009, 8:00 pm

Both at Roy Thomson Hall

Tickets: $149.50 - $49.50

World-famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma is joined by The Silk Road Ensemble, a multicultural collective of virtuoso musicians, for a presentation of traditional and newly commissioned compositions by composers from the Silk Road lands. The Silk Road Project (the brainchild of Mr. Ma) is perhaps the most fascinating phenomenon of todayĺ─˘s world music scene. Now in its 10th year, the visionary venture continues to explore, absorb and illuminate the many cross-cultural influences that flourished along the ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean Sea for over 2,000 years. ĺ─˙The Silk Road Project hopes to plant seeds of new cultural growth and to celebrate traditions and musical voices everywhere.ĺ─¨ - Yo-Yo Ma.

ĺ─˙The music leapt across national boundaries in a strange and wonderful way.ĺ─¨- Chicago Tribune

This is a co-presentation with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

The March 20th concert is sponsored by Lexus.

08|09 Virtuoso Performances subscriptions still available: $295 - $99 (3 concerts).

08|09 International Vocal Recital concerts (Kathleen Battle, Cecilia Bartoli, Nicole Cabell, & Renłęe Fleming) will go on sale Monday August 18 at 10:00 am.

08|09 VIRTUOSO PERFORMANCES

Single Ticket Onsale

Tickets on sale to FriendsFirst MEMBERS Thursday, June 19, 10AM

to the Public on Monday June 23, 10 AM

416-872-4255 or online at www.roythomson.com

Or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

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July 10 info night for Fall insider tour of Italy's Marche region

Info Night: Thursday, July 10 In Toronto

TEN DAYS OF HISTORY, MUSIC, SHOPPING & MORE

IN ITALYĺ─˘S LE MARCHE REGION, OCTOBER 18-29, 2008

Italyĺ─˘s Le Marche Region, the jewel of Italyĺ─˘s Adriatic coastline, is described as ĺ─˙the new Tuscanyĺ─¨ by the New York Times. A new 10-day insider tour, October 18-29, lets travelers drench themselves in the sights, sounds, tastes and history of Le Marche, and elegant shopping at considerable savings.

The tour is organized by Travelonly and the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists, in conjunction with Globus Tours. It includes first-class hotel accommodation, 10 breakfasts, seven dinners, motor coach travel throughout the region, day trips and excursions, plus two nights in Florence and four nights in Rome. A special treat for music-lovers is an open rehearsal and two different concerts in gorgeous theatres by Italyĺ─˘s flagship musical ensemble, lĺ─˘Orchestra Internazionale dĺ─˘Italia, conducted by Canadaĺ─˘s Kerry Stratton.

An Information Night for the tour will take place Thursday, July 10, 6-8 p.m., at the Italian Cultural Institute, 496 Huron Street (north of Bloor) in Toronto.

Contacts for more information are Ann Summers Dossena of the International Resource Centre for Performing Artists, 416-362-1422, or sumintl@sympatico.ca; or Frances Logan, Travelonly consultant, 1-866-343-7725, or flogan@travelonly.com.

Le Marcheĺ─˘s vineyard-covered mountains and valleys offer a stunning patchwork of texture and color that make Agrotourism a major attraction. Besides the sumptuous environs, the area is home to historic grottos, artworks and sacred sites. Italyĺ─˘s famed Verdicchio wine (white) and Rosso Conero (red) comes from this region, as do olive oils used in its distinctive cuisine that reflects the land and sea, seasonality and freshness.

The seaport capital, Ancona, is a busy hub of import/export activities. As a part of the industrial north, the region produces the finest Made in Italy products, among which are fashion wear, shoes, silver jewellery, furniture and musical instruments ĺ─ý all available to travelers at substantially lower local prices than in the large cities.

The birthplace of famed Italian composers Gioacchino Rossini, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and Gaspare Spontini, the region is also the proud location of many stunning opera theatres, as well as the famous Sterisferio Arena in Macerato, one of Europeĺ─˘s premier summer opera venues. Among historic structures is a cathedral from the 1100s.

The city of Fermo will be home base in the Marche Region. Perched on a mountain top, Fermo boasts a breathtaking panorama ĺ─ý to the east, the valleys to the Adriatic, and to the west, valleys stretching out to the snow-covered Apennine Mountains. Run-outs each day will feature first class motor coaches with a personal tour director and guide, to centres from Pesaro in the north, to Urbino in the middle, and Ascoli Piceno in the south.

Fermo is also home to lĺ─˘Orchestra Internazionale dĺ─˘Italia, which Maestro Kerry Stratton will bring to Toronto, Montreal and seven other Ontario centres for performances November 2-10, 2008.

The International Resource Centre for Performing Artists is a non-profit, charitable organization that mentors performing artists to reach their potential on international stages, and builds audience awareness of their work and needs. The IRCPA is also creating cultural exchanges between Italy and Canada.

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Escapades montrłęalaises avec I Musici

Communiqułę - Press release

Escapades montrłęalaises avec lĺ─˘Orchestre I Musici

Montrłęal, le 17 juin 2008 ĺ─ţ Cet łętłę, lĺ─˘Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montrłęal propose un bouquet de concerts en plein air. Cłęlłębrant son 25e anniversaire, I Musici convie les Montrłęalais łŢ participer łŢ ses activitłęs. Trois concerts gratuits prłęsentłęs łŢ la brunante ou en aprł«s-midi au Thłęłótre de Verdure ainsi quĺ─˘au Vieux-Port de Montrłęal. Concert-projection de Č┤ tableaux dansants Ȭ ou conte musical animłę par un magicien : un pur ravissement pour les młęlomanes petits et grands. Un programme estival vivifiant concoctłę par le chef dĺ─˘orchestre Yuli Turovsky.

Que les cłęlłębrations commencent!

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Ballet des poussins dans leur coque.
Extrait des Tableaux dĺ─˘une exposition

Premił«re escale musicale : Quais du Vieux-Port. Dłępart le samedi 5 juillet łŢ
20 h 30
. Embarquement pour la Grł«ce, la Transylvanie et la Roumanie. Un rłępertoire sĺ─˘abreuvant aux młęlodies et aux danses traditionnelles de lĺ─˘Europe centrale. Cette premił«re partie du programme rłęunira notamment les Danses populaires roumaines de Bartłäk. Un menu festif et animłę pour ce temps des cigales! I Musici interprłętera łęgalement avec sa fougue habituelle les Tableaux dĺ─˘une exposition. Les Montrłęalais auront le bonheur de voir ou de revoir une ëýuvre-phare du rłępertoire de lĺ─˘Orchestre. Aprł«s avoir łętłę chaudement applaudis lors de tournłęes amłęricaines et canadiennes, les Tableaux dĺ─˘une exposition seront prłęsentłęs pour la premił«re fois sous un ciel urbain. Redłęcouvrez la musique de Moussorgski accompagnłęe dĺ─˘un film dĺ─˘animation rłęalisłę łŢ partir des toiles de Natasha Turovsky. Et pour une finale en apothłęose, les derniers coups dĺ─˘archet dĺ─˘I Musici cł«deront la place aux feux dĺ─˘artifices du Vieux-Port de Montrłęal.

Le Grimoire magique
Pour les jeunes, un concert conł▀u spłęcialement pour eux : suspense, magie et plaisirs garantis! Dłęparts prłęvus : dimanche 6 juillet łŢ 14 h et łŢ 15 h 30. Victime de sa propre magie, le cłęlł«bre prestidigitateur Robert-Houdin disparałĂt du XIXe sił«cle. Regagnera-t-il son łępoque par lĺ─˘entremise de la musique ou plutłąt grłóce łŢ son grimoire enchantłę? Animłę par le magicien Pat Gueller, ce dłęlicieux concert saura certainement satisfaire son jeune auditoire. Prłęsentłę pour la premił«re fois łŢ Montrłęal, ce conte musical est une crłęation originale de Suzanne De Serres, auteure et musicienne. Direction musicale : Yuli Turovsky.

Tableaux dĺ─˘une exposition de Moussorgski
Rencontre sublime sous les łętoiles : au Thłęłótre de Verdure, dimanche 27 juillet łŢ 20 h 30. Les Tableaux dĺ─˘une Exposition de lĺ─˘Orchestre I Musici ont fait lĺ─˘objet de critiques fort łęlogieuses. Crłęłęs en 1874, les Tableaux dĺ─˘une exposition de Moussorgski ont łętłę inspirłęs des toiles de Victor Hartmann; des ëýuvres picturales aujourdĺ─˘hui perdues łŢ la suite des nombreuses rłęvolutions et guerres qui łęcumł«rent la Russie. Afin de combler cette absence picturale, maestro Turovsky demanda łŢ sa fille Natasha, peintre et soliste au sein de lĺ─˘Orchestre, de recrłęer de nouveau lĺ─˘univers des toiles de Hartmann. Le rłęsultat : des
Č┤ tableaux pour les oreilles et de la musique pour les yeux Ȭ. Crłęłęes par Natasha Turovsky, Yuli Turovsky et lĺ─˘artiste numłęrique Gał┤l Hollard, ces 15
Č┤ peintures chorłęgraphiques Ȭ interpellent deux formes dĺ─˘art : la peinture et la musique. łÔvoquant un univers onirique, les Č┤ tableaux dansants Ȭ de Natasha Turovsky empruntent aux contes et lłęgendes russes ĺ─ţ gnome grotesque, sorcił«re volante et autres Baba-Yaga, cabane sur patte de poule. Un extrait du film dĺ─˘animation peut łütre visionnłę sur le site imusici.com

Crłęatrice de plus dĺ─˘une centaine dĺ─˘ëýuvres picturales, Natasha Turovsky a łęgalement produit des dłęcors dĺ─˘opłęra et des toiles sĺ─˘inspirant des cycles musicaux de Mahler. Depuis 1995, elle expose dans les grands centres urbains partout łŢ travers le monde : Barcelone, Cleveland, Boston, New York, Hong-Kong, etc.

Č┤ (ĺ─Â) lĺ─˘Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montrłęal młüle peinture et musique en une intłęressante mise en abłĂme. Ȭ
LA PRESSE, 2007

Que les cłęlłębrations commencent!
Samedi 5 juillet, 20 h 30
Quais du Vieux-Port de Montrłęal.
Place des Vestiges. Entrłęe libre.
Renseignements : 514 496-PORT

Programme
Bartłäk - Danses populaires roumaines
Skalkottas - 5 danses grecques
Komitas - Danses armłęniennes
Moussorgski - Tableaux dĺ─˘une exposition

Le Grimoire magique
Dimanche 6 juillet, 14 h et łŢ 15 h 30
Quais du Vieux-Port de Montrłęal.
Place des Vestiges. Entrłęe libre.
Renseignements : 514 496-PORT

Programme
Extraits dĺ─˘ëýuvres diverses (Mozart, Vivaldi, Beethoven, etc.)

Tableaux dĺ─˘une exposition
Dimanche 27 juillet, 20 h 30
Thłęłótre de Verdure.
Parc La Fontaine Entrłęe libre.
Renseignements : 514 872-4041

Programme
Moussorgski - Tableaux dĺ─˘une exposition

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Gnome.
Extrait des Tableaux dĺ─˘une exposition


Great Montrłęal escapade with I Musici

Montrłęal, June 17, 2008 ĺ─ţ This summer lĺ─˘Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montrłęal is offering a number of outdoor concerts for your pleasure. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, I Musici invites Montrealers to come and participate. Three free concerts will be presented at the Thłęłótre de Verdure and the Old Port. From the projection of Choreographed Paintings to a musical story complete with a magician, there is summer happiness guaranteed to young and old alike ĺ─ý programs concocted by conductor Yuli Turovsky for your summer enjoyment!

Let the celebrations begin!

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Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks
Choreographed Pictures at an Exhibition (Excerpt)

The first musical stop : on the quays of the Old Port. Departure on July 5 at 8:30 pm. Boarding for Greece, Transylvania and Romania. A repertoire that calls on the traditional dances and melodies of central Europe. The first part of the program will bring together the Popular Romanian Dances by Bartok. A festive and lively atmosphere to accompany the sound of the cicadas. I Musici will also play with its habitual energy the Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky ĺ─ý a chance to see one of the most innovative works in the repertoire of the orchestra. After receiving standing ovations during the I Musici de Montrłęalĺ─˘s American and Canadian tours, the Choreographed Paintings will be presented for the first time under the stars. Rediscover Moussorgskyĺ─˘s music with an animated movie, inspired from Natasha Turovskyĺ─˘s fabulous paintings. And as a finale, the last notes of I Musiciĺ─˘s music will give way to the dazzling Old Port fireworks display.

The wizardĺ─˘s book of spells
For the young, a special concert conceived specially for them: suspense, magic and fun guaranteed! Departure time: July 6 at 2 pm and 3:30 pm. Victim of his own magic, the celebrated magician Robert-Houdin disappears in the 19th century. Presented by magician Pat Gueller, this charming concert will certainly amuse a young audience. Presented for the first time in Montreal, this musical story is an original creation of writer and musician Suzanne De Serres.

Choreographed Paintings at an Exhibition
A sublime meeting under the stars: at the Thłęłótre de Verdure, Sunday, July 27 at 8:30 pm. The Choreographed Paintings with the lĺ─˘Orchestre de chambre I Musici has received rave reviews. Created in 1874, Pictures at an Exhibition by Moussorgsky, was inspired by the paintings of Victor Hartmann ĺ─ý pictures which are lost to us today after numerous wars and revolutions that stormed through Russia. In order to replace this pictorial absence, Maestro Turovsky asked his daughter, Natasha ĺ─ý a painter and violinist in I Musici ĺ─ý to recreate the universe of these paintings by Hartmann. The result: the Choreographed Paintings of Natasha Turovsky brilliantly realised by the computer animation of Gał┤l Hollard.

Created by Natasha Turovsky, Yuli Turovsky and the digital artist Gał┤l Hollard, those 15 Choreographed Paintings are calling for two art forms : music and paintings. Evoking a universe of dreams, those paintings created by Natasha Turovsky draws from Russian stories and legends ĺ─ý a grotesque gnome, a flying witch and others like Baba-Yaga and a hut on a fowlĺ─˘s legs. An animation video excerpt could be view at imusici.com

Natasha Turovsky has produced hundreds of paintings and monotypes, along with several opera sets and series of paintings made after such musical cycles as Song of the Earth by Mahler. Since 1995 she has had more than thirty solo and group exhibitions in Barcelona, Cleveland, Boston, New York, Hong-Kong, etc.

ĺ─˛ĺ─˛(ĺ─Â) innovation is a word this Canadian chamber ensemble knows well.ĺ─˘ĺ─˘
ARIZONA DAILY WILDCAT, 2008

Let the celebrations begin!
Saturday, July 5, 8:30 pm
Quays of the old port, Place des Vestiges. Free admission.
Information: 514 496-PORT

Program
Bartłäk ĺ─ý Romanian Folk Dances
Skalkottas ĺ─ţ Five Greek Dances
Komitas ĺ─ţ Ten Armenian Folk Songs and Dances
Mussorgsky ĺ─ţ Pictures at an Exhibition

The wizardĺ─˘s book of spells
Sunday, July 6, 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm
Quays of the old port, Place des Vestiges. Free admission.
Information: 514 496-PORT

Program
Excerpts from Mozart, Vivaldi, Beethoven, etc.)

Pictures at an Exhibition
Sunday, July 27, 8:30 pm
Thłęłótre de Verdure. Parc La Fontaine. Free admission.
Information: 514 872-4041

Program
Mussorgsky ĺ─ţ Pictures at an Exhibition

imusici
The Gnome
Choreographed Pictures at an Exhibition (Excerpt)

Partenaires de la Saison - 2007-2008 - Season Partners

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Monday, June 16, 2008

Live Vs. Digital | Baltimore Chamber Orch. | Fauxharmonic Orch. | Nov. 2 | Bargemusic


AN EXPERIMENT IN MUSIC-MAKING: BALTIMORE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA AND FAUXHARMONIC ORCHESTRA PRESENT A COMPARISON OF LIVE SOUND VERSUS DIGITAL ORCHESTRA, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2008, 4 P.M., AT BARGEMUSIC
PROGRAM WILL INCLUDE NEW YORK PREMIERE OF JONATHAN LESHNOFF'S TROMBONE CONCERTO
Live versus digital: Can audiences tell the difference? Can a performance created by computer-based sound technology deliver the kind of aesthetic experience that we can expect from a traditional orchestra? These are questions for our time.
On Sunday, November 2, 2008, at 4 p.m., the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Markand Thakar, and The Fauxharmonic Orchestra under the Wii-mote of Paul Henry Smith, will allow audiences to answer the questions for themselves. In the bold experiment of a side-by-side comparison, Mr. Smith's digital orchestra will perform composer Mathew Quayle's Gridley Paige Road first, followed by the live performance by the twenty-one strings of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. This performance will take the digital orchestra out of the studio and into the concert hall.
The program will also offer the world-premiere of the Trombone Concerto by Baltimore Chamber Orchestra Composer-in-Residence Jonathan Leshnoff, performed by soloist Christopher Dudley. A selection of adagios and fugues fill out the program: Mozart's Adagio and Fugue, K. 546; Bruckner's Adagio from the String Quintet in F major; and Beethoven's Grosse Fuge, performed by string orchestra.
The Program:
Matthew Quayle: Gridley Paige Road
Performed sequentially by The Fauxharmonic Orchestra and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra
Jonathan Leshnoff: Trombone Concerto (World Premiere)
Christopher Dudley, soloist
Mozart: Adagio and Fugue, K. 546
Bruckner: Adagio from the String Quintet in F major
Beethoven: Grosse Fuge (for string orchestra)
Tickets for the November 2 event are available through Bargemusic. For reservations, call 718/624-2083 or 718/624-4061, or email: info@bargemusic.org. Tickets: $50; student: $25.
The BCO will present this program also in Baltimore on November 1 at Mintzes Theatre, Beth Tfiloh Synagogue, and on November 5 in Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College.
Markand Thakar, Music Director of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, commented, "The BCO is committed to providing audiences with moving musical experiences, in highly diverse repertory -- from Mozart to Leshnoff, from violins to pipas to computers. Technology is advancing with extraordinary speed, to the point that digitally produced sound can approximate acoustic sound to a startling degree. We don't expect to ever be replaced by a computer, but we find this musical experiment fascinating."
Paul Henry Smith stated that "this concert poses a John Henry-like challenge for the digital orchestra -- whether it succeeds or fails, what will this mean for classical music performance?" Mr. Smith is bringing his "instruments" -- computers, wireless controllers, and speaker arrays -- into the concert hall to see if it is possible to produce a superb aesthetic experience.
What is a Digital Orchestra?
A digital orchestra, as explained by Paul Henry Smith, is the use of digital technology by musicians to approximate the sound of live orchestral performance. Simply put, digital orchestra music is produced on a computer. Like the production of any recorded music, the computer is involved in the mastering and mixing process. But unlike other recordings, the computer is also the instrument on which the music is played. Sound source material is housed on disks (or generated by the computer) and is organized by performance software. Sequencer software is then used to pull in the right sounds for the particular musical elements called for by the score (or by the musical keyboard or other instrument). Computing power is now great enough that the real-time selection of a single note from among hundreds of gigabytes of data is performed in milliseconds.
Preparation
Mr. Smith works in advance to get the music to sound as close as possible to what he will want in the performance, but will leave certain details open for the spontaneity of the live event. He will go through the piece bar by bar to determine all the parameters of the work. At the performance, he will gauge how certain sounds resonate in the space, making real time decisions as to what he wants. Using his "controller," he can alter any aspect of the performance, including pitch and rhythm.
Conducting a digital orchestra
Live digital orchestral music is performed by incorporating real-time performance control into the mix. The conductor is on stage with a wireless controller, known as a Wii-mote, modified from the controller used with Nintendo's Wii gaming console, which acts as a baton. With that, the conductor can modify tempo, loudness, balance, timbre, brightness, and darkness -- many things that a conductor might alter in a given performance.
About Paul Henry Smith
Paul Henry Smith began his conducting studies with Gustav Meier and Leonard Bernstein at Tanglewood and continued with Sergiu Celibidache at the Curtis Institute and in Munich. He studied orchestration and composition with Richard Hoffmann, Lukas Foss, and Steven Scott Smalley. After stints as a conservatory professor and as an Internet entrepreneur he is now devoted to his work with digital instruments to widen the expressive possibilities of orchestral music performance.
In the 1980s, as a visiting researcher at MIT's Media Lab, Mr. Smith worked on early digital orchestra systems. Since then he has been pushing them to approach the facility, simplicity, quality, and responsiveness of acoustic instruments. Recently, these endeavors have begun to flower, due in part to recent advances in computer technology in general, as well as to a surge in the development of software specifically for orchestral music performance.
Mr. Smith is the founder of the Digital Orchestra League, a worldwide non-profit organization that brings together researchers, composers, and theorists, all working on digital orchestral music. He also oversees an annual international composition contest that promotes new orchestral music and encourages composers and performers to explore the artistic possibilities of digital instruments.
An amateur cellist, Mr. Smith lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his wife and two children.
About Markand Thakar
Markand Thakar is Music Director of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, where he has earned a national reputation as a creative programmer and an orchestra builder. He was cited by Symphony Magazine for "creative programming and rising artistic standards [that] fill the house," by New Yorker critic Alex Ross, who said, "On the subject of brilliant programming see this season's programs by the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra," and by The Baltimore Sun, which praised his "novel programming concept" for the BCO's 2005-06 season as "one of the most successful examples of thematic programming heard around here in some time."
Thakar first came to national attention in 1997 when he made his debut with the New York Philharmonic, stepping in for Leonard Slatkin on short notice and with no rehearsal. He returned to the podium that summer, opening the Philharmonic's outdoor season with concerts in Central Park and the boroughs. Appearances in recent seasons include additional concerts and a national radio broadcast with the New York Philharmonic, and concerts with the National, San Antonio, Columbus, Alabama, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Charlotte, Knoxville, Richmond, Colorado Springs, Greensboro, Illinois, Kalamazoo, Windsor, Flint, Maryland, Ann Arbor, Waterbury, Annapolis, and Florida West Coast symphony orchestras; the Calgary and Long Island philharmonics; and the Boston Pro Arte and National and Cleveland chamber orchestras. A frequent guest conductor at the Aspen Music Festival, Mr. Thakar has appeared with Yo-Yo Ma and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and with Itzhak Perlman and the Boulder Philharmonic. He is a winner of the Geraldine C. and Emory M. Ford Foundation Award. Familiar to national radio audiences as a frequent commentator for National Public Radio's Performance Today, he has appeared on CBS This Morning and CNN conducting the Colorado Symphony.
Most significant for Markand Thakar was his work with Sergiu Celibidache in Munich. "From Celibidache I came to understand that the 'magic moments' that we all experience from time to time can be extended -- from the very first sound of a movement even possibly through the very last. In such an extended 'magic moment' we experience a remarkable transcendence: we accept the sound, we absorb the sound, we become the sound, and in so doing we transcend everyday consciousness of time and space; we touch our conscious soul in a most remarkable way. My driving interest has been an exploration of the conditions -- from the composer, from the performer, and from the listener -- that allow this most profoundly exquisite, life-affirming experience." Thakar is the author of Counterpoint: Fundamentals of Music Making (published in English by Yale University Press and in Italian by Rugginenti Editore), which uses species counterpoint to promote an understanding of how both composer and performer contribute to the experience of musical beauty.
About the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra
Described by The Baltimore Sun as "a significant player in the local music scene for more than 20 years," the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra is in its 26th season of providing world-class performances of the small-orchestra repertoire. Known for its innovative programming, the BCO has recently presented concerts that included works for pipa, veena, and charango, as well as numerous world and U.S. premieres. The orchestra performs five programs annually at Goucher College, with repeat performances across the county. Upcoming BCO releases on the Naxos label include world premiere recordings of concertos for violin and viola by Ignaz Pleyel, and works by Jonathan Leshnoff.
About Matthew Quayle
Matthew Quayle has composed music in a wide range of styles and genres, from concert orchestral works to musical theater comedy. In recent years, his music has been performed by Alarm Will Sound, the Arditti String Quartet, Avalon String Quartet, eighth blackbird, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and the Southeastern Trio. He has received commissions from the Almeida Theatre in London, the New London Children's Choir, flutist Claire Chase, saxophonist Gail Levinsky, and cellist Ashley Sandor Sidon. In 2007, his string orchestra piece Gridley Paige Road received both the Grand Prize and the People's Choice Award in the Adagio Composition Contest of the Fauxharmonic Orchestra. He composed the introduction to 'Round Midnight Variations, a collection of variations by prominent contemporary composers on the Thelonius Monk theme. This work was premiered by pianist Emanuele Arciuli at New York's Miller Theater in 2002.
Quayle frequently performs as a piano soloist and chamber musician. Recent collaborations have included recitals with clarinetist Deborah Andrus, cellist Jameson Platte, and flutist Elizabeth Ransom. He was featured as a composer and performer at the 2006 Glens Falls Symphony Musicbridge Festival. In 1998, he performed his Concerto for Piano and Orchestra with the Oberlin Chamber Orchestra, as winner of the Oberlin Conservatory Concerto Competition. He was a keyboardist and songwriter for the pop-rock sextet If I Told Napoleon in 2005-06.
A native of Waterville, NY, Quayle is a doctoral candidate at New York University (GSAS) and holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory and the University of Cincinnati. He has served on the faculty at New England Music Camp in Sidney, Maine, since 2002. In August 2007 he moved to North Carolina where he is a Lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
About Gridley Paige Road
Gridley Paige Road is the grand prize winner of the Fauxharmonic's 2007 Adagio Composition Contest, chosen from over 160 worldwide entries.
In the words of the composer: "This piece was inspired in part by memories of my childhood years living on Gridley Paige Road, a rural road set amid farmland, woods and fields in central New York state. Originally composed for string quartet, this movement was premiered by the Avalon Quartet in Merkin Concert Hall, New York, in 2003. In 2005, three more movements were added and Gridley Paige Road became the first movement of my String Quartet No. 1. The full quartet was premiered in Merkin Concert Hall by members of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) in April of 2005. This movement was then orchestrated for string orchestra in March 2007."
About Jonathan Leshnoff
34-year-old Jonathan Leshnoff, who was named by The Baltimore Sun as a 2006 "Artist to Watch," is Composer-in-Residence of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. His works have been performed and are currently programmed internationally by the Tokyo Philharmonic and the Kyoto and Extremadura (Madrid) symphony orchestras, and, in this country by the orchestras of Buffalo, Kansas City, Columbus, Oakland, Duluth, and Boca Raton; the National Gallery, Curtis Institute, and National Repertory orchestras; the Baltimore and IRIS chamber orchestras, the Da Capo Chamber Ensemble, Smithsonian's Twentieth Century Consort, Opus 3 Trio; and the United States Marine Band.
Three recordings devoted exclusively to Leshnoff's music are scheduled for release on the Naxos "American Classics" label. They include the Violin Concerto, performed by violinist Charles Wetherbee and the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra conducted by Markand Thakar; the Symphony No. 1 (subtitled "Forgotten Chants and Refrains"), premiered by Michael Stern and the IRIS Chamber Orchestra; and chamber works. Leshnoff's recent projects include a Double Concerto (performed by the Curtis Symphony at the Kimmel Center), a String Sextet for Concertante (premiered at Merkin Hall in New York City in 2007) and a Quartet for Viola, Harp, Flute and Percussion (premiered in February 2008 as part of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society's 2007-2008 season).
Leshnoff's music has been lauded by The Kansas City Star as "a diaphanous orchestral fabric of beautiful transparency," by The Commercial Appeal (Memphis) as "a fluid, thoughtful work, superbly textured and unafraid to be intellectual," and by The Baltimore Sun as "remarkably assured, cohesively constructed and radiantly lyrical." He is currently an Associate Professor of Music at Towson University in Maryland.
About Christopher Dudley
Christopher Dudley is Principal Trombone of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, and the Aspen Festival Orchestra. He has performed and recorded with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia, Cleveland and Atlanta Symphony orchestras, IRIS Chamber Orchestra, Washington Symphonic Brass, and the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino. Mr. Dudley is a member of the trombone faculty at the University of Maryland, and is on the faculty of the Aspen Music Festival and School. He performs on Shires trombones and is an S. E. Shires artist.

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John Pizzarelli sings Richard Rogers on new CD "With a Song in my Heart"

INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED JAZZ SINGER AND GUITARIST

JOHN PIZZARELLI

RELEASES NEW CD ON TELARC JAZZ

"WITH A SONG IN MY HEART"

THE MUSIC OF RICHARD RODGERS

SPECIAL GUESTS BUCKY PIZZARELLI AND CESAR CAMARGO MARIANO, ARRANGEMENTS BY DON SEBESKY

CD IN STORES AUGUST 19, 2008

JOHN PIZZARELLI, the internationally acclaimed guitarist-vocalist ĺ─ý was still in his late teens when composer Richard Rodgers died in December 1979, but the veteran songwriter's creative prowess was not lost on the budding young interpreter of the Great American Songbook. With a Song in My Heart: John Pizzarelli Sings the Music of Richard Rodgers (CD-83676), the latest chapter in a career that spans more than 25 years, is a tip of the Pizzarelli hat to Rodgers' musical legacy.

The CD was produced by Mr. Pizzarelli and Robert Friedrich and features Larry Fuller on piano; Martin Pizzarelli on bass; Tony Tedesco on drums; John Mosca on trombone and horn; Andy Fusco and Kenny Berger on saxophone and clarinet, and Tony Kadleck on trumpet and flugelhorn. The disc features special brass arrangements by Don Sebesky, as well as guest appearances from Bucky Pizzarelli on guitar and Cesar Camargo Mariano on piano. Pizzarelli will celebrate the release of the CD with shows at the Dakota in Minneapolis (August 21), Catalina Bar & Grill in Los Angeles (August 27 ĺ─ý 31), the Cafłę Carlyle in New York (September 9 ĺ─ý November 1), the Ritz Carlton in St. Louis (October 11) and many others.

Richard Rodgers was one of the most prolific and influential figures in 20th century American music. The composer of nearly a thousand songs and forty Broadway musicals, he is best known for his creative partnerships with lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. In a career that spanned a half century, he won Oscar, Grammy, Emmy and Tony Awards, as well as a Pulitzer Prize. Thirty years after his death, his music continues to appeal to a broad audience ĺ─ý not just in the U.S. but around the world.

"A lot of his musicals are being revived right now," says Pizzarelli. "South Pacific is at Lincoln Center. Pal Joey is coming soon. There's a lot of Rodgers in the air. So it was just a matter of picking songs that I liked ĺ─ý things that would be interesting and make a nice package."

And as always, Pizzarelli was committed to making it swing. "I wanted it to be along the lines of the kinds of records Marty Paitch and Mel Tormłę used to make," he explains. "No real rhythm guitar to speak of, not a lot of piano. The horns sort of lead the way over the bass and the drums. That way, the piano and the guitar are more like soloists. The first call that I made was to Don Sebesky. I told him I wanted to use horns on six of the tracks. He just ate that up. He was very excited, because those Tormłę records are some of his favorites."

The set opens with the lighthearted and easygoing title track, a song from the 1929 Rodgers & Hart musical, Spring Is Here. Pizzarelli's version is full of brassy punch, thanks to Sebesky's tight horn arrangement. "I have a recording of Chet Baker singing this song," says Pizzarelli. "Don arranged that recording, which is why the song appears on this record. The ensemble section after the piano solo on my record is a harmonization of Chet's first chorus on the version from his record."

Further in, the band takes a break, allowing Pizzarelli and his father ĺ─ý veteran guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli ĺ─ý to craft a poignant and intimate guitar/vocal version of "It's Easy To Remember," a Rodgers & Hart collaboration from the 1935 film, Mississippi. "Benny Goodman used to play this when my father and I opened for him when I was a kid. Benny loved this song. My father has just recently started playing it again in his show, so that's why it's on this record."

"Happy Talk" from the well-known Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, South Pacific (originally staged on Broadway in 1949), fits into a decidedly Latin groove with the help of guest pianist Cłęsar Camargo Mariano. "I've always thought of this as a bossa nova song, because it mentions the moon and the sky and the lilies on the lake ĺ─ý all of that typical bossa nova imagery. It almost sounds as though Jobim could have written it. I was glad to be able to do it with Cłęsar, who appeared on my Bossa Nova album in 2004. He and I revisited that guitar and piano arrangement with this song."

On the more familiar side is "The Lady is a Tramp," from the 1937 Rodgers & Hart musical, Babes in Arms. Pizzarelli takes enough room here for some tasty solo work, as does pianist Larry Fuller. "She Was Too Good To Me," crafted here with the same melancholy vibe as "It's Easy To Remember," is a song with an unusual history. Originally written for a female part as "He Was Too Good To Me" for the 1930 Rodgers & Hart Broadway musical Simple Simon, the number was cut prior to the show's New York opening. Since then, however, it has become a jazz standard. Pizzarelli's rendition is another nod to Chet Baker, whose 1974 album named after the song was an important influence on Pizzarelli in the early years of his career. Kenny Berger's bass clarinet on this track adds an emotional weight that's subtle but powerful.

The stripped-down and simple closer, "You've Got To Be Carefully Taught" ĺ─ý also from South Pacific ĺ─ý takes a bit of a pop ballad turn, thanks in part to Pizzarelli's re-working of the time signature from the original charts. "It was originally written in 3/4 time," he says, "but we did it in 4/4 time. I sort of treated it as a James Taylor song."

With a Song in My Heart combines the timelessness of Richard Rodgers's music with John Pizzarelli's natural intuition about the versatility of the Great American Songbook. "I know the material is good," says Pizzarelli. "It was just a matter of how I wanted to present the songs. We did all of our homework in a three-week period. We made a decision about the concept, we got the best people we could find and we recorded the album in two days. Everyone was on their game. It couldn't have gone better."

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COC's September Listings


FREE CONCERT SERIES IN THE

RICHARD BRADSHAW AMPHITHEATRE

September 16 to September 30, 2008

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts

145 Queen St. W. (at University Ave.)

The Free Concert Series in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre begins a new season with concerts, performances and presentations by young musicians, Canadian and international opera stars and COC staff. This is an exciting opportunity for Torontonians to experience the artistic excellence and cultural diversity of the city. All performances are free to the public.

Date

Series

Artist

September 16, 2008

12 ĺ─ý 1 p.m.

Vocal Series

The COC Ensemble Studio and pianist Liz Upchurch present Meet the Young Artists, an opportunity for the 2008/09 Ensemble members to introduce themselves by singing their favourite arias.

September 17, 2008

5:30 ĺ─ý 6:30 p.m.

Piano Virtuoso Series

Canadaĺ─˘s premier piano duo James Anaganoson and Leslie Kinton present a dazzling piano-four-hands performance of Stravinskyĺ─˘s Petrouchka suite in a spectacular arrangement by the composer.

September 18, 2008

12 ĺ─ý 1 p.m.

Jazz Series

Jazz pianist Chris Donnelly performs highlights from his highly anticipated debut CD Solo.

September 23, 2008

12 ĺ─ý 1 p.m.

Chamber Music Series

Under the direction of Mayumi Seiler, the acclaimed Via Salzburg Chamber Orchestra presents George Gershwinĺ─˘s jazzy and lyrical Lullaby for String Orchestra and Marjan Mozetichĺ─˘s Bassoon Concerto with special guest Michael Sweeney.

September 25, 2008

12 ĺ─ý 1 p.m.

Piano Virtuoso Series

In celebration of the COCĺ─˘s staging of Prokofievĺ─˘s monumental opera War and Peace, 20-year-old award- winning Russian-Canadian pianist Alexander Seredenko presents Prokofiev Piano Sonatas 1 and 2. The complete piano sonatas of Prokofiev are presented throughout the season by some of the most exciting young pianists emerging from The Glenn Gould School.

September 30, 2008

12 ĺ─ý 1 p.m.

Vocal Series

The COC Ensemble Studio and pianist Liz Upchurch present Songs of Russia, an exploration of the passion and poignancy of the Russian operatic and art song repertoire, featuring some of the rarely heard songs of Prokofiev.

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MNBAQ / Concours Totalement Louvre avec Air France

Cet łętłę, courez la chance de gagner
l'un des 4 voyages pour deux personnes łŢ Paris
ou des laissez-passer pour l'exposition
Le Louvre łŢ Qułębecĺ─Ô!



LE CONCOURS SE DłÔROULERA DU 16 JUIN AU 5 SEPTEMBRE 2008

Qułębec, le lundi 16 juin Čž ł─ l'occasion de l'exposition Le Louvre łŢ Qułębec. Les arts et la vie, le Musłęe national des beaux-arts du Qułębec, en collaboration avec la Sociłętłę Radio-Canada et l'łęmission Bons baisers de France, Air France et Voyages CAA-Qułębec, lance le concours Totalement Louvre avec Air France!

DES PRIX ł─ GAGNER D'UNE VALEUR TOTALE DE 21 500 $

4 grands prix
Voyage d'une semaine pour deux łŢ Paris, incluant :
Č´ vol aller/retour sur les ailes d'Air France
Č´ 6 nuitłęes en occupation double
Č´ 2 laissez-passer pour visiter le musłęe du Louvre
(Valeur approximative de 5 000 $ chacun. Tirage le 19 septembre 2008)

25 prix secondaires
Słęrie de 4 billets pour l'exposition Le Louvre łŢ Qułębec. Les arts et la vie, prłęsentłęe au Musłęe national des beaux-arts du Qułębec jusqu'au 26 octobre 2008.
(Valeur approximative de 60 $ chacun. Tirages au cours de l'łętłę 2008)

Modalitłęs de participation
Pour participer au concours Totalement Louvre avec Air France, il suffit de regarder l'łęmission Bons baisers de France, du lundi au jeudi łŢ 21 h, entre le 16 juin et le 4 septembre 2008, et de noter un indice du concours. Il est łęgalement possible de recueillir un indice du concours łŢ
l'łęmission radio Sans Dłętour, animłęe par Franł▀ois Bugingo et diffusłęe du lundi au vendredi łŢ 9 h, sur la Premił«re ChałĂne de Radio-Canada.
Les participants doivent remplir le formulaire de participation, disponible sur le site Internet de
Radio-Canada : www.radio-canada.ca/france ou www.radio-canada.ca/sansdetour ou łŢ la billetterie du Musłęe national des beaux-arts du Qułębec.
Aucun achat requis. Rł«glement complet du concours sur le site Internet du Musłęe national des beaux-arts du Qułębec (www.mnba.qc.ca) ou łŢ la billetterie du Musłęe.


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ESO Concert Announcement: Rajaton Sings Queen with the ESO- October 14, 2008


The Music of Queen

with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra &

Rajaton

Tuesday, October 14, 2008- 7:30pm

Edmonton, AB ĺ─Â The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) is pleased to welcome back Finnish vocal sensation Rajaton. After dazzling their audience at their Winspear Centre debut in April, 2005, the Finnish a cappella group joined the ESO on June 10th, 2008 for an exciting salute to ABBA. Fresh off the heels of that triumph, Rajaton returns to the ESO stage for another salute - this time, the towering power pop of Queen on Tuesday, October 14th.

Edmonton Audiences will be dancing in the aisles at the North American premiere of this Tribute performance. Rajaton will be performing classic Queen hits such as We Will Rock You, Somebody to Love, Another One Bites the Dust and many more.

Rajaton consists of Essi Wuorela (soprano), Virpi Moskari (soprano), Soila Sariola (alto), Jussi Chydenius (bass), Hannu Lepola (tenor), and Ahti Paunu (baritone). The group struck gold with their first-ever album with accompaniment - Rajaton sings ABBA, recorded with the Lahti Symphony. The album sold platinum in Finland, and has become a worldwide cult hit. Joining Rajaton and the ESO will be conductor Jaakko Kuusisto.

Tickets for this performance are on-sale NOW. Ticket prices range from $36 to $53 (agency fees apply).

This is an ESO special presentation. For more information on Rajaton, please visit www.rajaton.net

Media Sponsors: the Edmonton Journal

Hotel Sponsor: The Westin Hotel Edmonton


Biographies

The Finnish word Rajaton translates as "boundless" ĺ─ý and that's precisely the right word to describe the way this vocal ensemble approaches music. The six-piece a cappella group has performed around the world at concert halls, churches, and jazz festivals, singing everything from spiritual music to pop hits. In fact, it's hard to imagine an audience that Rajaton could not reach with their music, or a type of music Rajaton could not make their own. Founded in Helsinki in 1997, Rajaton consists of Essi Wuorela (soprano), Virpi Moskari (soprano), Soila Sariola (alto), Jussi Chydenius (bass), Hannu Lepola (tenor), and Ahti Paunu (baritone). After several extensive tours, Rajaton has gained recognition and earned rave reviews across Europe. In recent years, the group has also made headways into the North American and Asian markets, with concerts in Canada, the U.S. and Korea among others.

In their native Finland, Rajaton are a bona fide pop phenomenon. In 2003, the group rose to no. 2 on the charts with their album Joulu ("Christmas"), a double-platinum-selling holiday collection featuring both original compositions and innovative versions of seasonal standards. In 2006, the album Rajaton sings ABBA with the Lahti Symphony Orchestra topped the charts in Finland in its release week and sold platinum in a month. It was the first album featuring other than a cappella songs, and also the first one consisting solely of cover material. Altogether, Rajaton have one double platinum, two platinum and five gold records in Finland and their albums have sold over 200,000 copies worldwide.

Local success has done little to diminish the group's ambition to bring their music to new audiences. Rajaton will continue to tour internationally, once again amazing all kinds of audiences with their combination of technical excellence, entertainment value, artistic depth ĺ─ý and pure passion for music.

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Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne cancels July 23 visit to NAC

. . . but still performs at Orchestras in the Park

Ottawa, Canada ĺ─ý Due to reasons beyond its control, the Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne has regretfully been obliged to cancel its July 23 concert in Southam Hall. However, the Orchestra led by Jean-Philippe Tremblay will still be performing on July 18 at 7:30 pm in LeBreton Flats Park as part of the NACĺ─˘s Orchestras in the Park. That concert is free, no tickets required.

FRIDAY, JULY 18

Lĺ─˘Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne
Jean-Philippe Tremblay
, conductor
Marianne Fiset
, soprano

JULIEN BILODEAU Commission for OFC
R. STRAUSS selected songs
BRAHMS Symphony No. 2

Both concerts were originally announced as part of Summer Music at the National Arts Centre.

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l'Orchestre Symphonique de Laval au Mondial Choral les 22 et 23 juin

Pique-nique symphonique et hommage łŢ Harmonium

Lĺ─˘Orchestre Symphonique de Laval vous offre un grand bol dĺ─˘air frais au Centre de la nature


Laval, le 16 juin 2008 ĺ─ý Il nĺ─˘y a pas que les oiseaux qui se feront entendre cet łętłę au Centre de la nature de Laval. Alain Trudel et lĺ─˘Orchestre Symphonique de Laval vous invitent łŢ venir goł¬ter lĺ─˘łętłę en leur compagnie en vous offrant gratuitement les 22 et 23 juin, deux rendez-vous plein air exceptionnels, prłęsentłęs dans le cadre du Mondial Choral Loto-Qułębec.


Ainsi, lĺ─˘OSL, qui prendra part łŢ un pique-nique symphonique, vous invite łŢ łętendre votre nappe łŢ carreaux dans lĺ─˘herbe frałĂche pour un moment, tout simplement magique ! Au menu : Dvorak, Rossini, Brahms, Bizet, Bernstein, Grieg, les plus beaux airs de la musique classique, mais aussi quelques classiques qułębłęcois ! Cet łęvłęnement champłütre unique sera prłęsentłę le dimanche 22 juin de 16 h łŢ 19 h, le concert de lĺ─˘OSL dłębutera łŢ 17 h.


Dans un deuxił«me temps, et pour cłęlłębrer avec faste la Fłüte nationale, lĺ─˘OSL, sous la direction dĺ─˘Alain Trudel, prłęsentera sous les łętoiles une soirłęe-hommage au lłęgendaire groupe Harmonium. Rłęunis pour lĺ─˘occasion, Grłęgory Charles, Dan Bigras, Yann Perreau, Marco Calliari, Marc Dłęry et Boom Desjardins revisiteront łŢ leur fał▀on, et avec tout le talent quĺ─˘on leur connałĂt, les chansons de lĺ─˘album Lĺ─˘Heptade, lĺ─˘un des chefs-dĺ─˘ëýuvre de la musique populaire qułębłęcoise. Une chorale de 400 voix se joindra aux chanteurs et aux musiciens de lĺ─˘OSL pour ajouter encore łŢ la beautłę de cette musique. Pour la petite histoire, rappelons que cĺ─˘est au Centre de la Nature quĺ─˘Harmonium a donnłę son dernier concert en sol qułębłęcois, il y a de cela une vingtaine dĺ─˘annłęes. Le concert Harmonium-Lĺ─˘Heptade sera prłęsentłę le lundi 23 juin łŢ 21 h et sera suivi dĺ─˘un feu dĺ─˘artifice.

Centre de la nature de Laval : 901, avenue du Parc.

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Musique klezmer, contemporaine ainsi qu'une pianiste exceptionnelle au Domaine Forget en juin

Une soirłęe dĺ─˘interprłętation et dĺ─˘improvisation
avec lĺ─˘unique Gabriela Montero


Qułębec, le 16 juin 2008 ĺ─ý
Le samedi 28 juin marquera les dłębuts łŢ la Salle Franł▀oys-Bernier dĺ─˘une artiste tout łŢ fait unique, Gabriela Montero. La pianiste interprłętera des ëýuvres de Bach, Chopin et Ginastera puis improvisera sur des thł«mes proposłęs par le public. Mais tout dĺ─˘abord, le mercredi 25 juin, lĺ─˘ambiance sera łŢ la fłüte alors que lĺ─˘ensemble Budowitz propose une soirłęe klezmer. Le vendredi 27 juin, le Festival International rendra hommage łŢ un głęant du XXe sił«cle, Karlheinz Stockhausen. Pour lĺ─˘occasion, les clarinettistes Jonathan Cohler et Franł▀ois Duval (cor de basset) et les flł¬tistes Genevił«ve Dłęraspe et Chlołę Labbłę interprłęteront des ëýuvres choisies du compositeur.

MERCREDI 25 JUIN, 20 H 30
LA MUSIQUE ANCIENNE

Soirłęe Klezmer avec Budowitz

Le mercredi 25 juin, lĺ─˘ensemble Budowitz fera dłęcouvrir la musique des Klezmorim, ces balladins juifs ashkłęnazes qui, au XIXe sił«cle, dłęambulaient dĺ─˘une fłüte łŢ lĺ─˘autre en Lithuanie, en Hongrie, en Pologne et en Roumanie.

Le succł«s de lĺ─˘ensemble repose en grande partie sur le choix des instruments. Aux timbres du violon, violoncelle et de la petite clarinette se młülent ceux de lĺ─˘accordłęon du XIXe sił«cle, du tsimbl (ou cymbalum). Son rłępertoire łęclectique est souvent empruntłę aux traditions slaves et tziganes mais resservi avec une verve inimitable. Tantłąt chaleureuse et enveloppante, tantłąt ironique et moqueuse, parfois sombre et tragique, comme le fut souvent le destin de ses interprł«tes, la musique de Budowitz exprime lĺ─˘łóme du peuple juif dĺ─˘Europe centrale.

VENDREDI 27 JUIN, 20 H 30
LA MUSIQUE CONTEMPORAINE

Hommage łŢ Karlheinz Stockhausen

Le vendredi 27 juin, trois jeunes musiciens qułębłęcois, les flł¬tistes Chlołę Labbłę et Genevił«ve Dłęraspe et le clarinettiste Franł▀ois Duval, tous anciens stagiaires łŢ lĺ─˘Acadłęmie de musique et de danse, auxquels se joindra le clarinettiste Jonathan Cohler, transporteront le public dans lĺ─˘univers inoułě de Karlheinz Stockhausen, dłęcłędłę en dłęcembre 2007. Ce concert sera prłęcłędłę dĺ─˘une causerie animłęe par la flł¬tiste Lise Daoust qui a travaillłę pendant plus de 15 ans avec le compositeur.

Le programme comprend notamment AVE, une ëýuvre pour flł¬te et cor de basset que Chlołę Labbłę et Franł▀ois Duval offraient lĺ─˘automne dernier en premił«re nord-amłęricaine. Les deux musiciens ont d'ailleurs pris part łŢ des stages de perfectionnement auprł«s du compositeur, et leur participation remarqułęe a łętłę soulignłęe par l'obtention d'une bourse. En premił«re partie, le clarinettiste virtuose Jonathan Cohler, fera ses dłębuts au Festival en interprłętant En toute amitiłę (In Freundschaft), une oeuvre solo composłęe pour lĺ─˘anniversaire dĺ─˘une collaboratrice de Stockhausen, la clarinettiste Suzan Stephens. La flł¬tiste Genevił«ve Dłęraspe complł«tera ce concert hommage avec une ëýuvre pour flł¬te alto, piccolo et bande magnłętique, Le preneur dĺ─˘enfants (Der Kinderfłžnger).


SAMEDI 28 JUIN, 20 H 30
LES SOLISTES

Soirłęe Lavery, de Billy
Soirłęe dĺ─˘interprłętation et dĺ─˘improvisation avec Gabriela Montero

Le samedi 28 juin, les młęlomanes ne voudront pas manquer les dłębuts au Festival de la pianiste vłęnłęzułęlienne Gabriela Montero. Dłęcrite par Martha Argerich comme une artiste unique au talent rare, la jeune interprł«te et improvisatrice exerce une vłęritable fascination dans le monde musical. Tel un virtuose de lĺ─˘łępoque romantique, Gabriela Montero puise son inspiration dans les ëýuvres małĂtresses des grands compositeurs, alliant fantaisie, łęmotions et haute technicitłę musicale pour rłęinventer avec brio le concept du pianiste de concert.

Nłęe łŢ Caracas, Gabriela Montero a donnłę son premier rłęcital public łŢ lĺ─˘łóge de cinq ans et łŢ huit ans, elle faisait ses dłębuts avec lĺ─˘Orchestre des jeunes du Venezuela. Aprł«s avoir fait des łętudes aux łÔtats-Unis et łŢ Londres auprł«s de Lyl Tiempo, Andrez Esterhazy et Hamish Milne, sa carrił«re internationale a rapidement pris son envol et aujourdĺ─˘hui, elle joue avec les plus grands orchestres en plus dĺ─˘offrir des rłęcitals sur les plus prestigieuses scł«nes du monde. Par ailleurs, dł«s son plus jeune łóge, Gabriela Montero pratique lĺ─˘improvisation, une vive passion qui lĺ─˘amena łŢ redłęfinir le rłęcital en combinant des ëýuvres małĂtresses du rłępertoire łŢ ses propres improvisations.

Pour ses dłębuts łŢ la Salle Franł▀oys-Bernier, elle interprłętera la transcription de Busoni de la Chaconne en rłę mineur tirłęe de la Deuxił«me Partita pour violon de Bach, la Troisił«me ballade de Chopin et la Sonate op. 22 de Ginastera. Aprł«s lĺ─˘entracte, la pianiste rłęvłęlera son talent exceptionnel pour lĺ─˘improvisation alors quĺ─˘elle sĺ─˘inspirera de thł«mes proposłęs par le public.


COURS DE MAłÚTRE ET CONCERTS DES STAGIAIRES
DE Lĺ─˘ACADłÔMIE DE MUSIQUE ET DE DANSE DU DOMAINE



Le mardi 24 juin, łŢ 13 h 30, aura lieu le cours de małĂtre du flł¬tiste Michel Debost. Le stage des bois se terminera le samedi 28 juin, łŢ 16 heures, par la prłęsentation dĺ─˘un concert des stagiaires łŢ la Salle Franł▀oys-Berner. Une collaboration de Stein Monast.

BRUNCH-MUSIQUE CASINO DE CHARLEVOIX



La musique irlandaise et celtique sera łŢ lĺ─˘honneur łŢ lĺ─˘occasion du brunch-musique du dimanche 29 juin avec le groupe Cafłę Celtic. Rappelons que deux services sont offerts, le premier łŢ 10 h 30 et le second łŢ 12 h 30.


INFORMATION ET RłÔSERVATIONS

(418) 452-3535 ou 1 888-DFORGET (336-7438)
Tłęlłęcopieur : au (418) 452-3503
www.domaineforget.com

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Rogers TV to air NAC Orchestra's "Sound Travels Canada"

Rogers TV to air Sound Travels Canada ĺ─ý a documentary on the first year of the NACĺ─˘s Hawthorne School Project ĺ─ý on June 18 (with repeats on June 19, 20)

Ottawa (Canada) ĺ─ý On Wednesday, June 18 at 6 pm, Rogers TV will air Sound Travels Canada, a half-hour documentary developed and produced by Rogers TV covering the first year of the National Arts Centreĺ─˘s Hawthorne School Project. Sound Travels Canada will be given repeat airings on Thursday, June 19 at 10 pm, and on Friday, June 20 at 4 pm.

The Music Education Office of the NAC together with Bombardier launched an intensive five-week pilot program in February 2008 for two grade four classes at Hawthorne Public School in Ottawa. This was the beginning of a musical journey which will continue through grades five and six with the same children. Hawthorne School was selected for this pilot project because it has one of the highest student body populations of new Canadian children with over 50 languages spoken.

The documentary follows NAC Orchestra French horn player and teaching musician Elizabeth Simpson, and dance choreographer and teaching artist Renata Soutter as they give students the opportunity to learn and experience first hand the joy of making music as part of a collective. The students responded to music (Vivaldiĺ─˘s Four Seasons) and composed their own, drawing from their own unique cultural and artistic experiences in preparation for a performance with the NAC Orchestra Rideau Lakes Brass Quintet at their school on February 25. Rogers TV was also there as the children attended NAC Orchestra student matinees and met conductor Boris Brott, Elizabeth Simpson and other musicians backstage.

The documentary includes interview segments with Hawthorne School Principal Francesse Kopczewski, a teacher and students at the school as well as the teaching musicians.

Rogers TV produces thousands of hours of unique programming per year that reflects Ottawa's cultural diversity, including Ottawa Living. A distinctive entertainment digest, Ottawa Living is featured Sunday to Friday on cable channel 22.

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The VSO Announces Major International Tour


The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Announces Major International Tour

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý The VSO announced today an Asian-Pacific tour that will see the orchestra perform in China, South Korea, and the Special Administrative Region of Macau, from October 10th through the 20th, 2008.

This major international tour represents an exciting bookend to an extraordinary year for the VSO, a year that featured GRAMMY and JUNO awards, record single ticket and subscription revenue, and record revenue from sponsorships and individual donors.

The VSOĺ─˘s Asia-Pacific Tour will include eight concerts in the following cities:

- Seongnam, South Korea

- Daejeon, South Korea

- Beijing, China

- Shanghai, China

- Guangzhou, China (Sister City to Vancouver, in the Sister Province to British Columbia)

- The Special Administrative Region of Macau

This tour will mark the first time a Canadian symphony orchestra will perform at the prestigious Beijing Music Festival. Past invitees to this festival include the New York Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Orchestra de Paris, Kirov Orchestra, and the Tokyo Philharmonic. The VSO will also be the first Canadian symphony orchestra to perform in China in thirty years (the Toronto Symphony Orchestra toured China in 1978).

VSO Music Director Bramwell Tovey will conduct all concerts. The VSO is also very happy to have as its very special guest, internationally-renowned, GRAMMY Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn. Concert repertoire will include Shostakovich Symphony No.5; Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet Suite; Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique; Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Violin Concerto; and Canadian composer and former VSO Composer-in-Residence Jeffrey Ryanĺ─˘s The Linearity of Light. In addition to the main concert performances, the VSO will present numerous educational activities during the tour featuring members of the orchestra and Maestro Tovey. A highlight of these activities will be a concert for children and families in Beijing, featuring the entire orchestra in a performance of light and popular classics, conducted and hosted by Maestro Tovey, and preceded by the VSOĺ─˘s much-loved Instrument Fair, which allows children to play real orchestral instruments and compose music with the help of VSO musicians.

International orchestral tours are important for a variety of reasons. They bring significant attention to the orchestraĺ─˘s home city, province and country; assist in establishing long-lasting business relationships in each tour country for sponsors and funders; raise the civic, national and international profile of the orchestra and its city; raise the artistic level and capacity of the orchestra; and improve the orchestraĺ─˘s ability to attract and retain top talent.

ĺ─˙We are delighted to be able to undertake this historic tour,ĺ─¨ said VSO President & CEO Jeff Alexander. ĺ─˙I would like to applaud the Governments of Canada and British Columbia and our corporate sponsors for their vision and generosity in supporting this important cultural milestone.ĺ─¨

One hundred percent of the tourĺ─˘s $1.2 million budget is covered by a combination of performance fees, government and private support. The Vancouver Symphony is grateful to the following funding agencies and corporate sponsors for their support of this tour:

- Government of Canada, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade

- Canada Council for the Arts

- Province of British Columbia

- Teck Cominco

- Longview Capital Partners/ Oriental Minerals

- Gateway Casinos

- Air Canada

BIOGRAPHIES

Bramwell Tovey, VSO Music Director

A musician of striking versatility, Bramwell Tovey is acknowledged around the world for his artistic depth and his warm, charismatic personality on the podium. Toveyĺ─˘s career as a conductor is uniquely enhanced by his work as a composer and pianist, lending him a remarkable musical perspective. His tenures as Music Director with the Vancouver Symphony, Luxembourg Philharmonic and Winnipeg Symphony Orchestras have been characterized by his expertise in operatic, choral, British and contemporary repertoire.

The 2007-08 season holds many highlights for Tovey. A recent recording with violinist James Ehnes brought a 2007 Grammy Award to the soloist, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and Tovey. In his eighth season with Vancouver, Tovey collaborates with guest artists Ben Heppner and Evelyn Glennie and leads the orchestra through an in-depth six-concert Beethoven festival, featuring performances by Lang Lang and Anne-Sophie Mutter. He also appears with orchestras across East Asia, in the spring of 2008, in advance of the orchestraĺ─˘s fall 2008 tour of China. Highlights for 2008 in the United States include Toveyĺ─˘s appointment as Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. The post, last held by Leonard Slatkin, includes general programming and conducting of Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts in its famed summer venue. Tovey also has been commissioned to write a work for the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonicĺ─˘s respective 2008 summer seasons.

Prior to his music directorship in Vancouver, Tovey spent twelve years as music director of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, where he founded its highly regarded New Music Festival. A significant milestone in the ensembleĺ─˘s exploration of new music, the festival premiered more than 250 works by diverse international and Canadian composers under Toveyĺ─˘s leadership, with every performance broadcast on Canadaĺ─˘s CBC Radio.

In 2004, he founded the New York Philharmonicĺ─˘s Summertime Classics series at Avery Fisher Hall, and presides annually as its host and conductor. Chief critic of The New York Times Anthony Tommassini has written, ĺ─˙The New York Philharmonic values the British conductor Bramwell Tovey as the host of its Summertime Classics series not only because he is a good musician, but also because he brings such a delightfully avuncular sense of humor to the job of introducing the pieces on the program.ĺ─¨

During his four years as the music director of the Luxembourg Philharmonic, from 2002 to 2006, Tovey led three successful tours in Europe, the Far East and the eastern United States, traveling to China, Korea, Germany, Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Holland and Belgium. In 2004, Tovey and the orchestra were awarded the ĺ─˙Orphłęe dĺ─˘Orĺ─¨ of the Academie Lyrique Francaise, for their critically praised recording of Jean Crasĺ─˘ opera, Polyphł«me. The following year, in celebration of the opening of Luxembourgĺ─˘s new Philharmonic Hall, Tovey conducted the Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Europa Academie Choir in the world premiere of Pendereckiĺ─˘s 8th Symphony, composed especially for the occasion.

An esteemed guest conductor, Tovey has worked with orchestras in the UK and Europe including the London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Bournemouth, the Frankfurt Radio Orchestra, and the North Netherlands Symphony where he will lead the Dutch premiere of Pendereckiĺ─˘s 8th Symphony in 2008. In a review of a performance with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra the Scottish Herald wrote ĺ─˙ĺ─Â.heĺ─˘s a sophisticated entertainer, a refined malt whiskey of a man.ĺ─Â.(Tovey) produced polished playingĺ─Âthat is too rare in performances of this music.ĺ─¨ In North America, along with his work with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Tovey has made guest appearances with the orchestras of St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Seattle, Toronto and Montreal. A recent review in The St. Louis Post Dispatch noted ĺ─˙ĺ─Âthe orchestra played brilliantly, responding to Toveyĺ─˘s direction like a well-tuned race car.ĺ─¨

With a profound commitment to new music, Tovey has established himself as a formidable composer. He has been commissioned by the Calgary Opera to compose the companyĺ─˘s third original full-length opera. Written with librettist John Murrell, this work is based on the extraordinary life of Alexander ĺ─˙Sandyĺ─¨ Keith, a notorious 19th century con artist and criminal from Halifax, Nova Scotia. An immense undertaking, the piece will premiere in Calgary in January of 2011. Toveyĺ─˘s other accomplishments as a composer include receiving the Best Canadian Classical Composition 2003 Juno Award for his Requiem for a Charred Skull, performed and recorded by the Amadeus Choir and the Hannaford Band in Toronto. Tovey has also built a strong reputation as an accomplished jazz pianist with two recordings to his name.

Renowned as a choral conductor, Tovey has performed works ranging from Mahlerĺ─˘s Symphony No. 8 to Bachĺ─˘s Mass in B Minor. In opera, his repertoire includes works by Puccini, Strauss, Mozart, Menotti, Poulenc, Britten and Stravinsky. In 2004, he premiered a new opera by John Estacio, jointly commissioned by the Banff Centre and the Calgary Opera, which he reprised for the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in 2005.

Tovey has made memorable appearances on television, including two documentaries with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a 1996 CBC TV broadcast of Victor Daviesĺ─˘ Revelation, a full-length oratorio based on the Book of Revelation, with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He has also recorded several DVDs, of works including Holstĺ─˘s The Planets Suite with distinguished guests such as percussionist Evelyn Glennie, among many others.

Awarded numerous honorary degrees, Tovey has received a Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Music in London, honorary Doctorates of Law from the University of Winnipeg, the University of Manitoba and Kwantlen University College, as well as a Fellowship from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. In 1999, he received the M. Joan Chalmers National Award for Artistic Direction, a prestigious Canadian prize awarded to premier artists for outstanding contributions in professional performing arts organizations.

Hilary Hahn, violin

At the age of 28, Grammy Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn is one of the most compelling artists on the international concert circuit. Renowned for her intellectual and emotional maturity, she was named "America's Best" young classical musician by Time Magazine in 2001, and appears on a regular basis with the world's great orchestras in Europe, Asia, and North America.

Hilary Hahn records exclusively for Deutsche Grammophon. Her most recent album, released in October 2006, is an unusual pairing of Paganini's Concerto No.1 and Spohr's Concerto No.8, with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Eiji Oue. Deutsche Grammophon released her recording of four Mozart sonatas played with her longtime recital partner Natalie Zhu. Her first two albums on the label were the Elgar Violin Concerto and Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir Colin Davis, which won the "Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik"; and four violin concertos by Bach with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and Jeffrey Kahane.

Prior to signing with Deutsche Grammophon, Ms. Hahn made five recordings for Sony Classical. Her first album, featuring Solo Sonatas and Partitas of J.S. Bach, won Diapason's 1997 "d'Or of the Year" and spent weeks as a bestseller on the Billboard classical charts. Her next recording, concertos by Beethoven and Bernstein, brought her first Grammy nomination, as well as a second Diapason "d'Or," the Echo Klassik award for 1999, and Gramophone Magazine's "CD of the Month"; and her third release - American concertos by Samuel Barber and Edgar Meyer - won the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis and the Cannes Classical Award. Her 2001 recording of the concertos of Brahms and Stravinsky won her a Grammy Award in addition to Gramophone "Editor's Choice and Monde de la Musique's "Choc". It also became Ms. Hahn's fourth consecutive classical bestseller. In the autumn of 2002, Sony released her fifth album, concertos of Felix Mendelssohn and Dmitri Shostakovich.

She has also recently collaborated on several albums with non-classical musicians, appearing on Worlds Apart by Austin alt-rockers ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead and on Tom Brosseau's upcoming album to be released in January 2007. She can be heard as featured soloist on the Oscar-nominated soundtrack to M. Night Shyamalan's film The Village.

Admitted to Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music in 1990 at the age of ten, Hilary Hahn made her major orchestra debut a year and a half later with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. In March 1995, at age 15, Ms. Hahn made her German debut playing the Beethoven concerto with Lorin Maazel and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in a concert broadcast on radio and television throughout Europe. Two months later she received the Avery Fisher Career Grant. In 1996 Ms. Hahn signed an exclusive recording contract with Sony Classical, and made her Carnegie Hall debut in New York as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Alongside her solo work, Ms. Hahn has long been interested in chamber music. Nearly every summer since 1992 she has appeared at the Skaneateles Chamber Music Festival, performing both as chamber musician and as soloist with the festival orchestra. Between 1995 and 2000, she spent four summers studying and performing chamber music at the Marlboro Music Festival in Vermont. From 1996 to 1998 she was an artist-member of the chamber music mentoring program of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, with whom she subsequently appeared as a frequent guest artist.

Hilary Hahn was born in Lexington, Virginia. At the age of three she moved to Baltimore, where she began playing the violin one month before her fourth birthday in a local children's program. From age five to ten, she studied in Baltimore with Klara Berkovich, a native of Odessa who taught for 25 years at the Leningrad School for the Musically Gifted. From ten to seventeen she studied at Curtis with the legendary Jascha Brodsky - the last surviving student of the great Belgian violinist Eugene Ysał°e - working closely with him until his death at the age of 89. Though she completed the Curtis Institute's university requirements at age 16, Ms. Hahn deferred graduation and remained at the school for several more years, taking additional elective courses in languages and literature, coaching regularly with Jaime Laredo, and studying chamber music with Felix Galimir and Gary Graffman. In May of 1999, at the age of 19, Ms. Hahn graduated from Curtis with a bachelor of music degree

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La SOCAN se prłępare łŢ łętudier le project de loi modifiant la Loi sur le droit d'auteur dłęposłę hier


(Toronto ĺ─ý Le 13 juin 2008) La Sociłętłę canadienne des auteurs, compositeurs et łęditeurs de musique (SOCAN) a pris note du dłępłąt, hier, d'un projet de loi modifiant la Loi sur le droit d'auteur, et se prłępare łŢ en łętudier le contenu et la portłęe en fonction des intłęrłüts de ses membres.

La SOCAN compte participer au processus qui pourrait donner lieu łŢ l'adoption d'une nouvelle Loi modifiant la Loi sur le droit d'auteur.

Č┤ Nous attendons ce projet de loi depuis sa publication au Feuilleton des avis de la Chambre des communes en dłęcembre 2007 Ȭ, a dłęclarłę Me Paul Spurgeon, vice-prłęsident, services juridiques, et chef du contentieux de la SOCAN. Č┤ Il s'agit d'un texte de loi trł«s complexe que nous devrons prendre le temps d'łętudier łŢ fond. Ȭ

ł─ propos de la SOCAN

ł─ la SOCAN, nous comprenons que l'industrie musicale canadienne ne peut łütre plus forte que la somme des forces qui l'entoure. Nous sommes fiers de jouer un rłąle d'avant-garde et de collaborer avec d'autres organisations pour assurer le bien-łütre łŢ long terme de nos membres et de l'industrie musicale canadienne dans son ensemble. La SOCAN est l'organisation canadienne de gestion collective des droits d'auteur qui administre la communication et l'exłęcution des ëýuvres musicales. Son rłąle est de głęrer ces droits au nom de ses membres (compositeurs, paroliers, auteurs-compositeurs et leurs łęditeurs), ainsi que ceux des membres de ses organisations affiliłęes internationales, en łęmettant des licences pour l'utilisation de leur musique au Canada. Les sommes perł▀ues sont distribułęes łŢ ses membres et aux organisations affiliłęes internationales sous forme de redevances. La SOCAN distribue łęgalement łŢ ses membres les redevances qu'elle reł▀oit des organisations affiliłęes internationales pour l'utilisation de leur musique łŢ travers le monde. La SOCAN a des bureaux łŢ Toronto, Montrłęal, Vancouver, Edmonton et Dartmouth.



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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Les concerts de jazz au Domaine Forget


Samedi 26 juin
Premił«re soirłęe de la słęrie les Concerts Jazz Industrielle Alliance :
Irrłęsistible Stacey Kent !

Qułębec, le 12 juin 2008 ĺ─ý La chanteuse Stacey Kent, lĺ─˘une des voix les plus en vue sur la scł«ne jazz internationale, sera de passage le jeudi 26 juin pour dłębuter en beautłę la słęrie des Concerts Jazz Industrielle Alliance.

Les amateurs seront heureux dĺ─˘apprendre que 5 soirłęes plutłąt que 4 seront cette saison consacrłęes au jazz. Aprł«s la venue de Stacey Kent, la słęrie des Concerts Jazz Industrielle Alliance se poursuivra avec le retour trł«s attendu du pianiste Michael Kaeshammer et, le 22 aoł¬t, celui du trompettiste Tiger Okoshi qui, pour lĺ─˘occasion sera entourłę de la pianiste Lorraine Desmarais, du contrebassiste Michel Donato, du batteur Camil Błęlisle et des stagiaires du stage de jazz de lĺ─˘Acadłęmie. La słęrie se terminera le 30 aoł¬t avec la venue de Denzal Sinclaire, un chanteur canadien dont la voix rappelle Nat King Cole. De plus, le 18 juillet, sera prłęsentłę un concert hors-słęrie łŢ lĺ─˘occasion du Concert- Błęnłęfice pour le Fonds de Bourse Jacqueline et Paul Desmarais. Cette soirłęe mettra en vedette Nikki Yanofsky, une extraordinaire chanteuse łógłęe de 14 ans seulement.

Rappelons que le public peut se procurer lĺ─˘abonnement łŢ la słęrie des Concerts Jazz Industrielle Alliance offert pour seulement 120 $ qui comprend un billet pour les concerts des 26 juin, 24 juillet, 22 et 30 aoł¬t.

Jeudi 26 juin, 20 h 30
Stacey Kent

Stacey Kent est une rłęvłęlation. Prłęsentement, aucune chanteuse ne peut se comparer łŢ elle. Elle a lĺ─˘łętoffe des plus grandes dont Billie Holiday et Ella Fitzgerald.
(Jay Livingston, compositeur et gagnant de 3 Oscars)


Depuis la parution de son premier album Č┤ Close your eyes Ȭ, en 1997, la chanteuse Stacey Kent słęduit tant la critique que le public par sa voix douce et caressante et par ses interprłętations sensibles et empreintes de frałĂcheur des plus belles chansons dĺ─˘amour du XXe sił«cle. Elle poursuit une carrił«re internationale et est lĺ─˘invitłęe des grands festivals en plus de chanter dans des salles parmi les prestigieuses telles que Carnegie Hall et lĺ─˘Olympia de Paris.

Pour ses dłębuts łŢ la Salle Franł▀oys-Bernier, cette romantique dans lĺ─˘łóme offrira des extraits de son premier album sous łętiquette Blue Note, Breakfast On The Morning Tram, sur lequel figurent des chansons originales łęcrites pour la chanteuse par le saxophoniste Jim Tomlinson sur des textes du romancier Kazuo Ishiguro. Elle interprłętera łęgalement des classiques de jazz et des chansons franł▀aises choisies.

Vendredi 18 juillet, 20 h 30
Hors-słęrie

Concert-Błęnłęfice pour le Fonds de Bourse Jacqueline et Paul Desmarais
Prodigieuse Nikki Yanofsky !


Le vendredi 18 juillet, le Festival accueillera la sensation qułębłęcoise, Nikki Yanofsky, łógłęe de 14 ans seulement, qui, en 2007, prłęsentait quatre soirłęes łŢ guichet fermłę au Festival international de jazz de Montrłęal, soulevant la foule grłóce łŢ son scat prodigieux et sa maturitłę musicale hors du commun. En compagnie dĺ─˘un orchestre de neuf musiciens, elle prłęsentera le spectacle Ellaĺ─Âof Thee I Swing, un vibrant hommage łŢ son idole, Ella Fitzgerald.

Jeudi 24 juillet, 20 h 30
Le retour de Michael Kaeshammer


Aprł«s des dłębuts retentissants la saison dernił«re, le pianiste Michael Kaeshammer sera de retour le jeudi 24 juillet pour le plus grand plaisir des amateurs. Reconnu pour son incroyable virtuositłę et sa passion pour le boogie-woogie, il dłęvoilera, en compagnie de son trio, une autre facette de sa personnalitłę musicale en interprłętant quelques-unes de ses compositions, des chansons originales tirłęes de son nouvel album, Days like these, un młęlange de boogie-woogie, de blues et de funk.

Vendredi 22 aoł¬t, 20 h 30
Tiger Okoshi et compagnie


Le vendredi 22 aoł¬t, les amateurs seront heureux de retrouver le trompettiste Tiger Okoshi qui reviendra en compagnie de ses fidł«les complices, la pianiste Lorraine Desmarais, le contrebassiste Michel Donato et le batteur Camil Błęlisle. Tous professeurs de lĺ─˘Acadłęmie, ils se feront un plaisir de partager la scł«ne avec des łętudiants inscrits au nouveau stage de jazz.

Samedi 30 aoł¬t, 20 h 30
Le charme de Denzal Sinclaire


Enfin, le samedi 30 aoł¬t, le public se laissera assurłęment charmer par le chanteur canadien Denzal Sinclaire, lĺ─˘un des chanteurs prłęfłęrłęs de Diana Krall, dont le timbre rappelle celui des lłęgendaires Nat King Cole et Johny Hartman. Il offrira des extraits de My one and only love, un album renfermant quelques-unes des plus belles chansons dĺ─˘amour du rłępertoire.


Information et rłęservations

(418) 452-3535 ou 1 888-DFORGET (336-7438)
Tłęlłęcopieur : au (418) 452-3503
www.domaineforget.com

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SHIFT- A festival of Canadian and Dutch Arts


SHIFT

A major festival of Canadian and Dutch Arts

Presented by Continuum Contemporary Music and Images Festival

MEDIA LAUNCH & FUNDRASIER

Saturday, June 21, 7-10 pm

Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Avenue, south of Dundas

Toronto, June 10, 2008: On Saturday, June 21 at 7 pm, Continuum Contemporary Music and Images Festival host a media launch and fundraising event for SHIFT, a festival of Canadian and Dutch Arts to be held in Amsterdam in November, 2008, and in Toronto in February, 2009. The event will feature Guy Maddin as guest-speaker, and other guests will include SHIFT partners Jennifer Waring, Artistic Director of Continuum, Scott Miller Berry, Executive Director of the Images Festival, and Geoffrey Taylor, Director of the International Festival of Authors; also in attendance will be Astrid de Vries, Deputy Consul-General of the Netherlands. Catering for the event will be provided by Grano.

The evening will feature short presentations from Jennifer Waring, Scott Miller Berry and Geoffrey Taylor; a performance by Continuumĺ─˘s musicians; and a talk by guest speaker Guy Maddin. The event will be held at Gallery 345; the gallery, owned by Edward Epstein, specializes in exhibitions of photography and is a frequent venue for concerts of contemporary music and arts-related special events.

Conceived by Continuumĺ─˘s Artistic Director Jennifer Waring, SHIFT is a festival of Canadian and Dutch arts with activities in Amsterdam in November, 2008, and in Toronto in February, 2009. SHIFT will create opportunities for exploration, exchange and new artistic and cultural understanding between Canada and The Netherlands. SHIFT is programmed by some of Canadaĺ─˘s top artistic voices ĺ─ý Continuum, International Festival of Authors, Visual Arts at Harbourfront Centre and Images Film Festival ĺ─ý in collaboration with the internationally acclaimed ASKO and Ives ensembles, and Impakt Film Festival, Utrecht. In Amsterdam, the architecturally stunning Muziekgebouw aan ĺ─˛t IJ is the host venue; Canadian activities will be hosted by Torontoĺ─˘s jewel of the waterfront, Harbourfront Centre. SHIFT will present music, film, literature and visual arts as distinct forms while also encouraging their combination: Canadian and Dutch artists will work together to create new and exciting interdisciplinary projects. Highlights include the premiere of new works by no less than eleven Canadian and Dutch composers; a project of film and live music; exhibitions of Canadian and Dutch photography, metalwork and more; readings by established and emerging Canadian and Dutch authors; and in Toronto, a three-day architectural charrette during which the most innovative Dutch and Canadian architects will grapple with a set issue, followed by a public forum for discussion of the results.

Winnipeger Guy Maddin is an internationally acclaimed screenwriter and director whose most distinctive quality is his fondness for recreating the look and style of silent or early sound era films. His short and feature-length films, which include The Saddest Music in the World, and Brand upon the Brain! featuring narrator, live musicians and foley artists, have won numerous awards and honours including a Genie, Best Canadian Feature at the Toronto International Film Festival, a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Telluride Film Festival, and a directorĺ─˘s spotlight at the Rotterdam International Film Festival. For SHIFT he is creating a new work in collaboration with British/Dutch composer Richard Ayres, to be premiered in Amsterdam by Continuum and repeated in Toronto at the Images Festival.

Continuum Contemporary Music, led by Artistic Director Jennifer Waring, was formed in 1985 and has been responsible for commissioning and premiering more than 100 new works from emerging Canadian composers. One of the finest new music ensembles in the country, Continuum was awarded the 1994 Jean A. Chalmers Award for its focus on new works for voice, has toured Canada and Europe, and in 2007 released its second compact disc, Sea Change. Members are Anne Thompson (flute), Max Christie (clarinet), Benjamin Bowman (violin), Paul Widner (cello), Ryan Scott (percussion) and Laurent Philippe (piano). Continuum will perform in Amsterdam as part of SHIFT, and then will enhance their European presence with performances in Huddersfield, Aberdeen and Den Bosch.

The Images Festival was established in 1987 as Toronto's only alternative to the Toronto International Film Festival, integrating film and video from its inception, and later expanding to include installations, performances and new media. It is now the most comprehensive event of its kind in Canada, and a critical forum for the Canadian independent media arts community, as well as media artists and programmers operating on an international level. Over its long history, the Images Festival has become intrinsically linked to the survival of independent production as well as to the profile of Canadian work both here and abroad.

The International Festival of Authors (IFOA) was inaugurated in 1980 with a mandate to bring together the best writers of contemporary world literature. The IFOA includes readings, interviews, lectures and round-table discussions as well as public book signings and a festival bookstore. Recent participants have included Man Booker Prize-winners Anne Enright, Kiran Desai, John Banville, and Yann Martel; Nobel Prize-winner Orhan Pamuk; and Pulitzer Prize-winner Geraldine Brooks. The IFOA also presents a number of special events including readings by Scotiabank Giller Prize and Governor Generalĺ─˘s Literary Awards finalists, as well as the awarding of the Harbourfront Festival Prize.

Tickets for the event are $75 (purchasers receive a $50 tax receipt) and must be reserved in advance. For more information or to reserve tickets please contact Festival Coordinator Josh Grossman at (416) 924-4945 or josh@continuummusic.org.

Continuum Contemporary Music presents

SHIFT media launch and fundraiser

Saturday, June 21 at 7 pm at Gallery 345

345 Sorauren Avenue, south of Dundas

Tickets $75 ($50 tax receipt), reservations required

For tickets and information contact Josh Grossman at

josh@continuummusic.org or (416) 924-4945.



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AFM of the US and Canada endorses the principles of the copyright reforms tabled in Parliament


Toronto (June 12, 2008)

AFM Canada, the Toronto-based national office of the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada has today endorsed the principles reflected in the copyright reforms tabled in Parliament today.

The American Federation of Musicians is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians. With more than 15,000 members in Canada alone, AFM is also certified under Federal Status of the Artists as the representative of all musicians in this country.

ĺ─˙Itĺ─˘s about time we caught up with the protection offered creators in the UK, Europe, the United States and many other countries around the world, some of which we consider inferior to us in many areas,ĺ─¨ stated Alan Willaert, International Representative and Electronic Media supervisor at AFM Canada.

ĺ─˙After a cursory view of the major provisions, we believe that this legislation, while far from perfect, is a step forward.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙Many of our higher-profile members have expressed concerns about legislation that would entail suing their fans for illegal file sharing. While no one wants to see this happen, there still have to be rules and boundaries clearly established, and with that, consequences.ĺ─¨

Willaert went on to say, ĺ─˙One of the most promising aspects is the stiffer penalties for those who upload illegally acquired materials, as opposed to those who download it.ĺ─¨

AFM is also positive regarding the penalties for circumventing digital locks and TPMs. ĺ─˙Whether its songs or software, or the front door of your house, folks have to understand that itĺ─˘s somebodyĺ─˘s property and that makes it theft.ĺ─¨

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Orgue et Couleurs

10e Festival dĺ─˘automne Orgue et couleurs
vendredi 26 septembre au dimanche 5 octobre 2008, Montrłęal

łÔglises Saint-Nom-de-Jłęsus, Trł«s-Saint-Rłędempteur, Saint-Lłęon de Westmount,
du Gesł╝, St John The Evangelist et St Andrew & St Paul

6 Grands concerts du soir (20 $ łŢ 25 $) - 5 Concerts apłęro (12 $ et 15 $)
5 Midis łŢ la carte - Orgues ouvertes
(entrłęe libre)

Renseignements : 514-899-0644 / Billetterie : 514-899-0938 / www.orgueetcouleurs.com
Forfaits disponibles


Sonnez, trompettes et violons, le FESTIVAL Dĺ─˘AUTOMNE ORGUE ET COULEURS fłütera ses dix ans du 26 septembre au 5 octobre 2008, en faisant rłęsonner les grandes orgues des łÔglises Saint-Nom-de-Jłęsus, Trł«s-Saint-Rłędempteur de Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, son quartier dĺ─˘origine qui cłęlł«bre cette annłęe ses 125 ans, et celles plus łŢ lĺ─˘ouest, Saint-Lłęon de Westmount, du Gesł╝, St John The Evangelist et St Andrew & St Paul. Plus de cent artistes et ensembles de la scł«ne nationale et internationale, nous rłęvł«leront le cłątłę classique et moderne du Č┤Roi des instrumentsȬ et la richesse de ses couleurs sonores. Convivial, le Roi partagera bien sł¬r la scł«ne avec des chanteurs et autres instrumentistes, noblesse oblige !

Lĺ─˘Orchestre Młętropolitain du Grand Montrłęal, sous la direction de son chef Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin, avec les solistes invitłęes Marianne Fiset (soprano) et Julie Boulianne (mezzo-soprano), ouvrira les festivitłęs en prłęsentant son premier concert de saison, dans des ëýuvres de Ravel, Rachmaninov et Moussorgsky. Le Festival se clłąturera avec lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivił«res, dirigłę par son chef Jacques Lacombe, dans un grand concert pour orgue et orchestre. Une soirłęe spłęciale soulignant les 10 ans du festival et les 125 ans du quartier Hochelaga-Maisonneuve rłęunira des artistes et ensembles originaires du quartier ; lĺ─˘opłęra flirtera avec des comłędies musicales de Broadway, pour de nouvelles histoires dĺ─˘amour ; et il y aura młüme un voyage interplanłętaire. Tout un programme !

Ainsi, Orgue et Couleurs, sous la direction głęnłęrale et artistique de l'organiste Rłęgis Rousseau, convie le grand public łŢ six Grands concerts, dans des rencontres originales entre lĺ─˘orgue et plusieurs autres instruments, łŢ travers divers rłępertoires et łępoques, tous sont prłęcłędłęs de La Fanfare du 10e Festival, une courte pił«ce pour orgue et quintette łŢ vent ; Cinq Midis łŢ la carte qui mettront en vedettes douze jeunes organistes en herbe, issus des grandes łęcoles de musique au Qułębec, lors de cinq rłęcitals ; Cinq concerts apłęro qui proposeront, łŢ lĺ─˘heure de lĺ─˘apłęro, des concerts intimes de musique de chambre oł╝ lĺ─˘orgue se fera le complice de jeunes chanteurs dĺ─˘opłęra; En prime, un atelier dĺ─˘initiation łŢ lĺ─˘orgue sera proposłę łŢ de jeunes łęlł«ves, et plus de trente łęglises łŢ Montrłęal et au Qułębec ouvriront leurs portes et leurs tribunes, avec lĺ─˘activitłę Orgues ouvertes, prłęsentłęe dans le cadre des Journłęes de la culture 2008, le dimanche 28 septembre entre 11 h et 18 h.

Orgue et couleurs błęnłęficie du soutien et de la collaboration de plusieurs partenaires dont le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, le ministł«re du Patrimoine canadien, le ministł«re des Affaires municipales et des Rłęgions du Qułębec, le Conseil des arts de Montrłęal, la Ville de Montrłęal et Emploi Qułębec.



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Premił«re soirłęe de la słęrie Les Concerts Jazz Industrielle Alliance


Samedi 26 juin

Premił«re soirłęe de la słęrie les Concerts Jazz Industrielle Alliance :

irrłęsistible Stacey Kent !

Qułębec, le 12 juin 2008 Č˝ La chanteuse Stacey Kent, l'une des voix les plus en vue sur la scł«ne jazz internationale, sera de passage le jeudi 26 juin pour dłębuter en beautłę la słęrie des Concerts Jazz Industrielle Alliance.

Les amateurs seront heureux d'apprendre que cinq soirłęes plutłąt que quatre seront cette saison consacrłęes au jazz. Aprł«s la venue de Stacey Kent, la słęrie des Concerts Jazz Industrielle Alliance se poursuivra avec le retour trł«s attendu du pianiste Michael Kaeshammer et, le 22 aoł¬t, celui du trompettiste Tiger Okoshi qui, pour l'occasion sera entourłę de la pianiste Lorraine Desmarais, du contrebassiste Michel Donato, du batteur Camil Błęlisle et des stagiaires du stage de jazz de l'Acadłęmie. La słęrie se terminera le 30 aoł¬t avec la venue de Denzal Sinclaire, un chanteur canadien dont la voix rappelle Nat King Cole. De plus, le 18 juillet, sera prłęsentłę un concert hors-słęrie łŢ l'occasion du Concert- Błęnłęfice pour le Fonds de Bourse Jacqueline et Paul Desmarais. Cette soirłęe mettra en vedette Nikki Yanofsky, une extraordinaire chanteuse łógłęe de 14 ans seulement.

Rappelons que le public peut se procurer l'abonnement łŢ la słęrie des Concerts Jazz Industrielle Alliance offert pour seulement 120 $ qui comprend un billet pour les concerts des 26 juin, 24 juillet, 22 et 30 aoł¬t.

jeudi 26 juin, 20 h 30 stacey kent

Stacey Kent est une rłęvłęlation. Prłęsentement, aucune chanteuse ne peut se comparer łŢ elle. Elle a l'łętoffe des plus grandes dont Billie Holiday et Ella Fitzgerald.

(Jay Livingston, compositeur et gagnant de 3 Oscars)

Depuis la parution de son premier album Č┤ Close your eyes Ȭ, en 1997, la chanteuse Stacey Kent słęduit tant la critique que le public par sa voix douce et caressante et par ses interprłętations sensibles et empreintes de frałĂcheur des plus belles chansons d'amour du XXe sił«cle. Elle poursuit une carrił«re internationale et est l'invitłęe des grands festivals en plus de chanter dans des salles parmi les prestigieuses telles que Carnegie Hall et l'Olympia de Paris.

Pour ses dłębuts łŢ la Salle Franł▀oys-Bernier, cette romantique dans l'łóme offrira des extraits de son premier album sous łętiquette Blue Note, Breakfast On The Morning Tram, sur lequel figurent des chansons originales łęcrites pour la chanteuse par le saxophoniste Jim Tomlinson sur des textes du romancier Kazuo Ishiguro. Elle interprłętera łęgalement des classiques de jazz et des chansons franł▀aises choisies.

vendredi 18 juillet, 20 h 30 hors-słęrie

Concert-Błęnłęfice pour le Fonds de Bourse Jacqueline et Paul Desmarais

Prodigieuse Nikki Yanofsky !

Le vendredi 18 juillet, le Festival accueillera la sensation qułębłęcoise, Nikki Yanofsky, łógłęe de 14 ans seulement, qui, en 2007, prłęsentait quatre soirłęes łŢ guichet fermłę au Festival international de jazz de Montrłęal, soulevant la foule grłóce łŢ son scat prodigieux et sa maturitłę musicale hors du commun. En compagnie d'un orchestre de neuf musiciens, elle prłęsentera le spectacle EllaČÍof Thee I Swing, un vibrant hommage łŢ son idole, Ella Fitzgerald.

jeudi 24 juillet, 20 h 30 le retour de michael kaeshammer

Aprł«s des dłębuts retentissants la saison dernił«re, le pianiste Michael Kaeshammer sera de retour le jeudi 24 juillet pour le plus grand plaisir des amateurs. Reconnu pour son incroyable virtuositłę et sa passion pour le boogie-woogie, il dłęvoilera, en compagnie de son trio, une autre facette de sa personnalitłę musicale en interprłętant quelques-unes de ses compositions, des chansons originales tirłęes de son nouvel album, Days like these, un młęlange de boogie-woogie, de blues et de funk.

vendredi 22 aoł¬t, 20 h 30 tiger okoshi et compagnie

Le vendredi 22 aoł¬t, les amateurs seront heureux de retrouver le trompettiste Tiger Okoshi qui reviendra en compagnie de ses fidł«les complices, la pianiste Lorraine Desmarais, le contrebassiste Michel Donato et le batteur Camil Błęlisle. Tous professeurs de l'Acadłęmie, ils se feront un plaisir de partager la scł«ne avec des łętudiants inscrits au nouveau stage de jazz.

samedi 30 aoł¬t, 20 h 30 le charme de denzal sinclaire

Enfin, le samedi 30 aoł¬t, le public se laissera assurłęment charmer par le chanteur canadien Denzal Sinclaire, l'un des chanteurs prłęfłęrłęs de Diana Krall, dont le timbre rappelle celui des lłęgendaires Nat King Cole et Johny Hartman. Il offrira des extraits de My one and only love, un album renfermant quelques-unes des plus belles chansons d'amour du rłępertoire.

information et rłęservations

(418) 452-3535 ou 1 888-DFORGET (336-7438)

Tłęlłęcopieur : au (418) 452-3503

www.domaineforget.com

Słęrie Les Concerts Jazz Industrielle Alliance

Soirłęes jazz en Charlevoix



Jeudi 26 juin, 20 h 30

Irrłęsistible Stacey Kent !

Stacey Kent

Jim Tomlinson, saxophone

Art Hirahara, piano

Dave Chamberlain, contrebasse

Matt Skelton, batterie

Vendredi 18 juillet, 20 h 30

EllaČÍof Thee I Swing

Nikki Yanofsky, voix

Accompagnłęe d'un orchestre de 9 musiciens !

Jeudi 24 juillet, 20 h 30

Le retour attendu de Michael Kaeshammer

Michael Kaeshammer, piano

Marc Rogers, contrebasse

Mark Maclean, batterie

Vendredi 22 aoł¬t, 20 h 30

Tiger Okoshi et le Trio Lorraine Desmarais

Tiger Okoshi, trompette

Lorraine Desmarais, piano

Michel Donato, contrebasse

Camil Błęlisle, batterie

et les stagiaires de l'Acadłęmie de musique et de danse (stage de jazz)

Samedi 30 aoł¬t, 20 h 30

Soirłęe romantique avec Denzal Sinclaire

Denzal Sinclaire, piano, voix

Fraser Hollins, contrebasse

Richard Irwin, batterie

Joel Miller, saxophone

Abonnement : 120 $ pour les concerts des 26 juin, 24 juillet, 22 et 30 aoł¬t

Coł¬t : Concerts de la słęrie

adultes : 37 $ ; ałĂnłęs (60 ans et plus) : 31,50 $ ; łętudiants (13 łŢ 21 ans) : 17 $ ;

enfants (12 ans et moins) gratuit. Les prix incluent toutes les taxes.

Concert hors-słęrie (18 juillet)

adultes | ałĂnłęs | łętudiants | enfants : 50 ou 100 $. Les prix incluent toutes les taxes.

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Grand River Baroque Festival begins tomorrow!

Back by popular demand, the Grand River Baroque Festival launches its seventh season!


CAMBRIDGE ĺ─ý The Grand River Baroque Festival's seventh season presents a captivating weekend of concerts, June 13 - 15, beginning in the charming Buehlow barn and moving further afield to the historic centre of downtown Galt (Cambridge)

Internationally renowned director Kevin Mallon returns to the festival as Artistic Director and brings with him Baroque musicians of the highest caliber from across the continent. Performances by Mallon's critically acclaimed Aradia Ensemble will be presented this season alongside concerts by Kitchener's own Nota Bene Baroque Orchestra, and a vibrant team from Montreal led by Canadian master Cristina Zacharias.

The festivities will commence with a concert illuminating the four main national styles of music in the 17th and 18th centuries: German, Italian, French and English. A talk from Mallon will underline the uniqueness of each approach, and a reading from Don Quixote will help to bring the music alive. These Baroque works will be compared with Fratres, the incredibly popular piece by modern-day Estonian composer Arvo Płžrt.

The Festival is pleased to continue its traditions. As in previous years, a picnic on the beautiful grounds of the Buehlow property will offer music lovers a chance to relax outdoors while perhaps hearing sounds of rehearsal drifting up from the Barn. Following the picnic, a performance of German chamber music will honour the heritage of many families in the Grand River region.

The Festival activities will then shift to Cambridge where guests will enjoy a delicious three-course dinner at 20 Hobson Street Restaurant. Following the meal will be the largest concert of the weekend, a vocal and instrumental performance at Cambridge's magnificent Central Presbyterian Church (a structure has seen the movements of the Grand River for some 199 years FIX!).

Kevin Mallon, who comes to the Festival with extensive international experience, is looking forward to its future. He is keen to connect the festival to the international scene by having the great baroque musicians in the area perform with some of the finest from North America and abroad.

This year's talent includes internationally known artists including, Kathryn Montoya, oboe; Teresa Van der Hoeven, soprano; and homegrown alto Jennifer Enns Modolo.

For more information or to arrange for an interview, please contact Emily Lockhart, 519-404-5757, grbf@rogers.com.

Event Dates and Times


Friday, June 13th 8pm - Five Nations - Buehlow Barn, Ayr

Music from Germany, Italy, France and England, with a special nod to Estonia

Saturday, June 14th 12:00pm ĺ─ý Pre-Concert Picnic ĺ─ý Buehlow Barn, Ayr

Picnic on the grounds, catered by David's Gourmet

Saturday, June 14th 1:30pm ĺ─ý Bach Meets Buxtehude - Buehlow Barn, Ayr

Chamber music from Germany by Bach and Buxtehude

Saturday, June 14th 1:30pm ĺ─ý Tafelmusik ĺ─ý 20 Hobson St. Restaurant, Cambridge

An old-fashioned feast with casual live music

Saturday, June 14th 8pm - Gloria - Central Presbyterian Church, Cambridge

Transcendent vocal masterpieces by Vivaldi, Hłžndel, Purcell and Blow

Sunday, June 15th 10:30am ĺ─ý Fathers Day Brunch ĺ─ý 20 Hobson St. Restaurant, Cambridge

A scrumptious brunch with the musicians

Sunday, June 15th 12pm - Nota Bene - Galt Little Theatre, Cambridge

Orchestral suites, concerti grossi and more from Kitchener's own Nota Bene

Grand River Baroque Festival
PO Box 29014, Frederick Plaza, Kitchener ON N2H 6S6
tel: (519) 404-5757
www.grbf.ca


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Vanier Benefit Concert raises $50,000 for the Vanier Foundation


Oratorio Terezin a spectacular success for Vanier College

The thunderous applause and standing ovations of more than 2,600 spectators said it all: the Montreal Premiere of Oratorio Terezin on May 4 at Place des Arts was a spectacular success. Presented as a benefit concert by the Vanier College Foundation, and produced by the Vanier College Music Department, the concert was all it had promised to be ĺ─ý deeply moving, passionately sung, lyrical, and simply enthralling.

"I am proud to say that the Oratorio was a great success raising close to $50, 000," indicated Vanier's Director General, Gilbert Hłęroux. "And I would like to thank all the people who came out to support our Music Department and the Vanier College Foundation in this immense endeavor."

Conducted by Iwan Edwards and performed by the Vanier Choir, the McGill Conservatory Youth Choir, le Choeur des enfants de Montrłęal, Concerto Della Donna and the Amati Ensemble orchestra, Oratorio Terezin, composed by Ruth Fazal, is a monumental choral work commemorating children who were victims of the Terezin concentration camp during the Holocaust.

The concert was produced by Music Coordinator, Nadia Turbide, and was the brainchild of Vanier Choir Director Erica Phare who spent endless hours rehearsing and inspiring both the Vanier Choir and the McGill Conservatory Youth Choir. And in spite of her heavy schedule she was always available both alone and with Vanier students, to accept the many requests for interviews leading up to the concert. In all more than twenty-five news stories and interviews appeared in the Montreal media on Oratorio Terezin.

But the Montreal Premiere of Oratorio Terezin was much more than an artistic and musical success. It also succeeded in teaching the two hundred young people and children who performed in it, all coming from diverse cultures and religions, to feel the pain and anguish of the children of Terezin, to witness the ugliness of intolerance, and to make a commitment to respect the dignity of all people.

Vanier student, Natalia Perez summarizes the feelings of many choristers when she says, "By singing the words of the childrenĺ─Â I feel transported to the concentration camp and am able to imagine the atrocities of which they were victims. We cannot let the world forget. In the end, for me, that's what art is all about, opening people's eyes."

Maxime Płęloquin, who is studying Voice at Vanier echoes a similar appreciation for participating in Oratorio Terezin. "Thank you for the unbelievable opportunity you gave me. For the first time in my life I feel fulfilled in this realm that resonates so strongly in me. I had the chance to live an experience that tops my list of dreams come true."

And another student indicates how his appreciation of life has changed because of Oratorio Terezin. "Living with this piece for a few months has had an effect on me. I used to be a person that would have to plan things in advance all the time, never doing anything on a whim. But now, I try to enjoy life as much as I can. I can die tomorrow, so I try and live my life fully as I can."

Sheila Goldbloom, Chair of the Oratorio Terezin Honorary Committee, was immensely proud of what Vanier achieved with this performance. "Vanier College with its strong and dynamic Music Program was well positioned for such an ambitious task. The strength of the undertaking lay in how it enabled Vanier College to carry out its mission. The breadth of the undertaking was seen in the multicultural make-up of the choir, which perfectly reflects the rich and varied nature of the student body."

The Vanier Foundation is deeply grateful for the generosity of all its patrons and sponsors, particularly, the Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal and the Velan Foundation, whose support made the production of Oratorio Terezin possible. And while performing in the concert has already provided Vanier choristers with the experience of a lifetime, the profits generated by Oratorio Terezin for the Vanier College Foundation will also benefit many other Vanier students. Through its funds the Foundation provides scholarships for academic excellence and bursaries for students experiencing financial difficulties, assists in the purchase of musical instruments and supports other activities aimed at enriching the learning environment at Vanier.

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Pink Martini Kick of Canadian tour in Victoria

PINK MARTINI KICK OFF NEW CANADIAN TOUR IN VICTORIA

Toronto, ON ĺ─ţ Music sensation Pink Martini are set to perform six dates in various cities across the country. The new tour launches in Victoria, BC, on June 20, 2008, and brings the band's cabaret-style music across Western Canada, ending in Calgary, AB, on June 25.

This 12-person ensemble has gained international success with their eclectic sound, led by vocalist China Forbes. Performing in several languages, the music is sultry and satisfying; with a sound that mixes enchanting melodies with witty lyrics. Their latest album, Hey Eugene! (Audiogram) has captivated fans across the world. Pink Martini's classic sound has garnered them international appeal, most recently performing at the prestigious Governor's Ball at this years Academy Awards.

"This ensemble from Portland, Oregon, wowed the fabulous on the Cannes party circuitĺ─Âbut that accomplishment hardly addresses the beautiful and sophisticated music of Pink Martiniĺ─Â. breathtaking."
- The New Yorker

Pink Martini, founded by Thomas M. Lauderdale in 1994, was originally assembled to play political fundraisers for progressive causes in Portland, Oregon. As the band gained popularity, Lauderdale enlisted lead singer China Forbes to complete the ensemble. Fourteen years and three albums later, this 12-person collaboration have toured the world, performing at celebrated venues like the Cannes Film Festival, the opening of Frank Gehry's Walt Disney Concert hall, and the Kennedy Space Center. Their music has been featured on such hit TV shows as Desperate Housewives, Nip/Tuck and The Sopranos.

Canadian Tour Dates:

June 20 Victoria, BC Royal Theatre

June 21 Vancouver, BC Orpheum

June 22 Saskatoon, SK Bessborough Gardens

June 23 Winnipeg, MB Pantages Playhouse

June 24 Edmonton, AB Winspear Centre

June 25 Calgary, AB Jack Singer

Weblinks: www.pinkmartini.com or www.myspace.com/pinkmartinionmyspace

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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

15e łędition du Marchłę public de Pointe-łŢ-Callił«re

L'Union des producteurs agricole (UPA) prłęsente

Le Marchłę public de Pointe-łŢ-Callił«re, dans lĺ─˘ambiance du 18e sił«cle
15e łędition

Samedi 23 aoł¬t, de 10 h łŢ 20 h
Dimanche 24 aoł¬t, de 10 h łŢ 18 h
Sur la place Royale et aux abords du Musłęe
łÔVłÔNEMENT GRATUIT

Montrłęal, le 12 juin 2008 ĺ─ý Pour sa quinził«me łędition, Le Marchłę public de Pointe-łŢ-Callił«re dans lĺ─˘ambiance du 18e sił«cle fait un retour aux sources et propose de dłęcouvrir la vie du marchłę public, comme au temps de la Nouvelle-France.

łÔvłęnement incontournable du Vieux-Montrłęal,
Le Marchłę public de Pointe-łŢ-Callił«re offre une expłęrience unique łŢ qui souhaite se divertir en frłęquentant, lĺ─˘espace dĺ─˘un week-end, un marchłę aux airs festifs qui prłęsente aliments et produits en plus de revisiter la rłęalitłę des occupants sous le Rłęgime franł▀ais.

Lĺ─˘łęvłęnement se dłęroule sur la Place Royale, soit sur le lieu exact du premier marchłę public łŢ Montrłęal. ł─ cette łępoque, on trouvait de tout au marchłę et dans les boutiques avoisinantes. Le marchłę avait lieu deux fois par semaine et les gens łętaient tenus de se rendre au marchłę pour faire la vente de leurs produits.

Aussi, comme la place du marchłę constituait, suivant la tradition europłęenne, la principale place publique de la ville, c'est lłŢ que l'huissier faisait lecture des ordonnances, et que paysans, commerł▀ants, cabaretiers, ouvriers, voyageurs, soldats, matelots, nobles, bourgeois et fonctionnaires se cłątoyaient pour vendre et acheter, tout en łęchangeant nouvelles et potins... C'est lłŢ encore que musiciens ambulants, amuseurs publics et artisans faisaient d'une journłęe au marchłę un vrai plaisir!

Et cĺ─˘est ce voyage au cëýur de lĺ─˘histoire que propose Pointe-łŢ-Callił«re, plus de 250 ans plus tard.

Produits et denrłęes de lĺ─˘łępoque

En flłónant parmi les nombreux łętals du Marchłę public de Pointe-łŢ-Callił«re, les visiteurs pourront dłęguster produits et denrłęes caractłęristiques du 18e sił«cle, et sĺ─˘approvisionner en produits divers : gelłęe de fruits sauvages, truffes au chocolat, produits de lĺ─˘łęrable, terrines et rillettes de wapiti, fromages, fines herbes, galettes de sarrasin, marinades de tłütes de violon, hydromel, alcool de fruits, cidre, savons artisanaux, sans oublier la fameuse bił«re dĺ─˘łępinette de Pointe-łŢ-Callił«re.

Le Marchłę propose aussi des alcools, du miel, de la moutarde, des fines herbes, de la gomme de sapin, de lĺ─˘huile dĺ─˘olive (łŢ cette łępoque, importłęe de France), des canneberges, des cerises de terre, du melon de Montrłęal, des plantes młędicinales, des produits de chanvre, des bleuets, des confitures de petits fruits et des vinaigres aromatisłęs.

Les produits vendus aux łętals du marchłę ont fait lĺ─˘objet de recherches rigoureuses, afin de sĺ─˘assurer quĺ─˘ils łętaient bel et bien communs łŢ la Nouvelle-France de lĺ─˘łępoque; ces produits sont aujourdĺ─˘hui vendus selon les normes sanitaires actuelles.

Dans un souci de respect des faits historiques, les producteurs agricoles tout comme les artisans, musiciens et animateurs vont revłütir des costumes et prłęsenter des animations qui rappellent lĺ─˘ambiance du 18e sił«cle.

Une fin de semaine riche en animation

Le volet animation regroupe conteurs, musiciens et artisans qui prłęsentent des dłęmonstrations de leur savoir faire. Une centaine de personnages dĺ─˘łępoque ainsi que deux rłęgiments militaires vont łętablir leurs quartiers łŢ Pointe-łŢ-Callił«re et animer avec verve la place publique durant tout le week-end.

ł─ ne pas manquer,
Lĺ─˘herbe łŢ dinde, un conte de lĺ─˘UPA, un conte du terroir pour petits et grands, sera prłęsentłę sur la scł«ne de lĺ─˘auberge le samedi et le dimanche. Dans ce conte inłędit, crłęłę spłęcialement pour le Marchłę public, le conteur professionnel łÔric Michaud, mieux connu sous le nom de son personnage Ubert Sansprłę, raconte lĺ─˘histoire de Jean-Baptiste. Le cultivateur, amoureux de sa terre, voit sa vie paisible troublłęe łŢ lĺ─˘arrivłęe dĺ─˘un nouveau seigneur dans son patelin.

Plusieurs activitłęs du
Marchłę public sont destinłęes aux tout-petits qui auront la chance de se costumer łŢ la mode de la Nouvelle-France et jouer łŢ des jeux dĺ─˘łępoque comme les pinnes et les dames.

Zone contemporaine

Le Marchłę public propose aussi une zone contemporaine appelłęe Młęmoires de Nouvelle-France, oł╝ les curieux peuvent essayer de retracer leurs origines et reprendre contact avec des traditions franł▀aises gardłęes vivantes depuis plus de deux sił«cles. Plusieurs partenaires du Musłęe sont invitłęs łŢ partager avec les visiteurs leur savoir historique, archłęologique et głęnłęalogique. La Sociłętłę głęnłęalogique canadienne-franł▀aise, la Sociłętłę historique de Montrłęal, ainsi que plusieurs familles souches du Qułębec seront prłęsentes dans cette section.

Dĺ─˘autre part, grłóce łŢ
La ville sous la ville, une animation archłęologique au cëýur du premier centre-ville de Montrłęal, le visiteur pourra dłęcouvrir la premił«re place du Marchłę et son quartier des affaires ainsi que la rłęsidence du gouverneur de Maisonneuve.

Pour les plus jeunes, lĺ─˘animation appelłęe
Archłęologues en herbe deviendra une occasion idłęale pour en apprendre un peu plus sur le młętier dĺ─˘archłęologue. Dans un espace de dłęcouvertes, les jeunes vont participer łŢ une simulation de fouilles en compagnie dĺ─˘un guide-animateur archłęologue. Leur mission sera de mettre au jour les traces liłęes łŢ diffłęrentes płęriodes de lĺ─˘histoire de Montrłęal.

Ces deux dernił«res activitłęs se dłęroulent en marge du Mois de lĺ─˘archłęologie.

Lĺ─˘activitłę culturelle Le Marchłę public dans lĺ─˘ambiance du 18e sił«cle est prłęsentłęe par lĺ─˘Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA). Ce projet est rłęalisłę dans le cadre de lĺ─˘Entente sur le dłęveloppement culturel de Montrłęal et błęnłęficie du soutien du Secrłętariat aux affaires autochtones. Le Musłęe remercie łęgalement les quotidiens La Presse et The Gazette pour leur participation łŢ la promotion de lĺ─˘łęvłęnement.

Le Musłęe est subventionnłę par la Ville de Montrłęal.

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Hugo Wong selected as young soloist to perform


15 year old pianist Hugo Wong selected as the young soloist to perform for 40,000 people during the 2008 Bayview Residences Victoria Symphony Splash

Victoria, BC ĺ─ý On August 3rd, 2008, over 40,000 people will hear 15 year old Hugo Wong perform the first movement from Schumann's Piano Concerto with the Victoria Symphony during the 19th annual Bayview Residences Victoria Symphony Splash. Wong was selected from a field of 22 very talented young performers who auditioned in a taped round, from those 11 were subsequently selected to audition live for Music Director Tania Miller.

ĺ─˙Performing with others is something that I enjoy a lot. There's something about the collaboration that really appeals to me. Doing that outside with such an enormous crowd makes it that much better. It's an honour to have been selected, and I'm really looking forward to it!" exuded Hugo Wong after being told he had been selected to perform at Bayview Residences Victoria Symphony Splash

The Victoria Symphony has included some outstanding performances by young people in the community over the years and this yearĺ─˘s live auditions featured 11 very talented applicants. Last year the talent pool was so extraordinary that Music Director Tania Miller selected three young soloists to perform. This year the group was equally talented however Hugo Wong was the stand out among the soloists who auditioned. He performed the first movement from Schumannĺ─˘s Concerto in A Minor.

ĺ─˙I enjoyed this year's Splash auditions immensely and was treated to consistent excellence from this city's youth. It was a strong year for auditions.

Hugo Wong captured me with his ability to completely give himself over to the music and his enormous technical facility for a boy of his young 15 years of age. I have heard Hugo Wong audition for Splash for several years now, and this year he stood out in achieving a new level for himself which is quite extraordinary. The time is right for him to be featured as our Splash soloist for 2008 and for our audiences to hear his wonderful gift for expressing music.ĺ─¨ remarked Music Director Tania Miller.

The performance by a young soloist has always been an integral part of Bayview Residences Victoria Symphony Splash. The annual auditions and young soloist performance demonstrate that Victoria has no shortage of exceptional young talent. The Victoria Symphony, as part of is annual BC day long weekend performance, is thrilled to continue to feature the incredibly talented, classically-trained young musicians in the community.

This yearĺ─˘s young soloist will appear thanks to the on-going support of the Leslie and Murray Glazier Victoria Symphony Young Musicians Fund.

Hugo Wong began playing piano at the age of 4. Now 15 and a ninth grader at Mount Douglas Highschool, Hugo is currently studying at the Victoria Conservatory of Music with Ingrid Henderson. In 2008 he performed with the Victoria Symphony during the 3rd Young Musicians Concerto Showcase. In 2006 he performed with the Victoria Symphony and at the Victoria Conservatory of Music Mozart@250 Festival in 2005. Hugo received the BCRMTA 2007 Alumni highest mark award for Victoria in the RCM Toronto Conservatory grade 10 piano exams and Victoria Conservatory of Music grade 10 piano exam with 95%. He has many awards in the Victoria Performing Arts Festival including the 2008 Romantic Award and the Senior Nathan Geminiano Memorial Cup for most distinguished piano performer and this year represented Victoria at the Provincial Festival.

Tania Millerĺ─˘s reputation as a consummate musician, leader, and communicator has grown rapidly in todayĺ─˘s orchestral scene. Maestra Miller was the youngest current music director of a major Canadian orchestra and the first Canadian woman to be appointed to such a significant position in Canada. The 2008-2009 season will mark Maestra Miller's sixth season as music director of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra.

The Victoria Symphony is Vancouver Islandĺ─˘s largest and most active arts organization offering its audiences 67 years of tradition, a commitment to fostering new music and a dedication to community involvement through music education. Showcasing the outstanding talents of its musicians and guest artists the Victoria Symphonyĺ─˘s 2008-2009 season offers a diverse and exciting line-up of over 50 concerts led by its vibrant Music Director
Tania Miller.

Bayview Residences is part of a 20-acre hilltop community being created on Victoriaĺ─˘s Inner Harbour. When completed, this Urban Resort Community will include residential towers as well as retail and commercial services as part of the revitalized CPR Roundhouse ĺ─ý a designated National Historic Site. Bayview Residences offers spacious one, two and three bedroom residences with exceptional interior design and attention to detail. The communityĺ─˘s Amenity Clubhouse will feature squash and tennis courts, gym facilities, lap pool and cafe. Bayview is a strong supporter of the community, sponsoring numerous national and local events including the Canadian National Junior Squash Championships and the annual Bayview Residences Victoria Symphony Splash. For further details, visit the on-site presentation centre at 80 Saghalie Road or www.bayviewresidences.com.

Each year, the Victoria Symphony performs on Sunday of the BC Day long weekend from a floating stage in Victoriaĺ─˘s picturesque Inner Harbour. Bayview Residences Victoria Symphony Splash is recognized as one of North Americaĺ─˘s most popular and successful outdoor family, cultural and community events, attracting upwards of 40,000 people. Admission is by donation.

For more information, please visit www.victoriasymphony.ca


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Music at Sharon Wraps Up


MUSIC AT SHARON FESTIVAL
WRAPS UP WITH TWO MORE EXCITING CONCERTS

MUSIC AT SHARON has been spectacular so far with performances by soprano Suzie LeBlanc and pianist Louise Bessette, and capacity audiences for both concerts. Toronto Star music critic John Terauds's review of Ms. LeBlanc's recital was headlined: "Quebec soprano divine choice for temple concert". There are still two concerts left; experience the tranquility of beautiful Sharon with a summer picnic at the unique Sharon Temple grounds, before attending one, or both, of the remaining concerts.

Works by Mozart, Ibert, Poulenc, Elliot Weisgarber, and Gershwin will be explored by the award-winning pianist Sara Davis Buechner on Sunday, June 15, at 3pm. Celebrated as a pianist of noteworthy accomplishment, virtuosic mastery, artistic sensitivity and extraordinary versatility, 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, involving her audience by talking to them about music with wit and charm.

To close the festival, a special concert titled "Beginning to See the Light", will have a start time of 6pm on Sunday, June 22. 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. In order to get up to the balcony, the musicians will have to climb the very steep, high and slightly curved "Jacob's Ladder" that is normally off limits.

Also in celebration of Summer Solstice and the closing of the festival, there will be a reception with complimentary wine and refreshments for the members of the audience during the intermission.
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
Temple of the Children of Peace, 18974 Leslie Street in Sharon, ON
north of Newmarket near the northern terminus of Hwy. 404 (free parking available)
Sunday, June 15, at 3pm: SARA DAVIS BUECHNER, piano
Sunday, June 22, at 6pm: TRUE NORTH BRASS, quintet
All Tickets $45 - ON SALE NOW!
Call the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Customer Service Centre at 416.597.7840
All artists and programmes subject to change

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Ronnie Spector, Merry Clayton & Darlene Love Added to Toronto Jazz Festival

JUST ADDED - THE GRAND DIVAS OF R&B
Featuring Ronnie Spector, Darlene Love
and Merry Clayton

The TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival announced today that Ronnie Spector, Darlene Love and Merry Clayton have been added to the line-up for Saturday, June 21 at Nathan Phillips Square. Due to a recording conflict, The Grand Divas of R&B will now replace Susan Tedeschi.
All tickets previously purchased for Susan Tedeschi will be honoured or refunds are available.

The Grand Divas of R&B, who all came to prominence during the 1960s, have collectively worked with some of the biggest names in music including Ray Charles, The Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Alice Cooper, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Cher, Luther Vandross and many more.

Ronnie Spector is a member of both the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Former lead singer, choreographer and designer of The Ronettes, the ultimate girl group, her 1960s recordings of such hits as Walking In The Rain, Baby I Love You, and the international #1 hit Be My Baby, remain some of the most influential and best loved recordings of all time.

One of the most sought-after vocalists in music, Darlene Love has performed with and backed up artists such as Sam Cooke, The Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher and Aretha Franklin. Currently she can be found on Broadway, in the musical Hairspray as Motormouth Maybelle.

A member of Ray Charles' Raelettes, Merry Clayton is perhaps best known for her background vocal work on the Rolling Stones' legendary single Gimme Shelter. In 1963 she released her first solo debut before recording a version of The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss), a song later popularized by Betty Everett and Cher. Over the years, Clayton has established a successful career as a session singer (working with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Joe Cocker, Carole King and The Who), while also recording solo material.

The Grand Divas of R&B will be backed by Toronto's very own, The Lincoln's. Grammy award winner John Hammond will open. The Grand Divas of R&B is produced in association with Shaun Pilot.

Voted Canada's Best Jazz Festival by the National Jazz Awards in 2006 and 2007, more than 1,500 musicians will entertain as the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival gets underway this summer, running June 20 Č˝ June 29, 2008. From bop to swing, cool to fusion and all musical points in between, Toronto will play host to a musical celebration like no other. Soak up the cool sounds of jazz as more than 350 concerts across 40 locations take over the city!

For more information please visit www.torontojazz.com


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ASCAP to Add Six Music Greats to Jazz Wall of Fame on June 17

ASCAP TO ADD SIX MUSIC GREATS TO JAZZ WALL OF FAME AT JAZZ AT

LINCOLN CENTER EVENT

NEW INDUCTEES ARE: LIVING LEGENDS RON CARTER, BILL HOLMAN AND
SONNY ROLLINS AND JAZZ GIANTS OF THE PAST BUNNY BERIGAN, ART
BLAKEY AND TADD DAMERON

GONZALO RUBALCABA TO BE RECOGNIZED WITH THE ASCAP FOUNDATION
VANGUARD AWARD

Event Will Also Celebrate Recipients of the Sixth Annual ASCAP Foundation
Young Jazz Composer Awards, Sponsored by the Gibson Foundation

New York, June 11, 2008. ASCAP President and Chairman Marilyn Bergman
announced that ASCAP will add six music greats to the ASCAP Jazz Wall of
Fame on Tuesday, June 17, 2008. The invitation-only event will be hosted by
Ms. Bergman in The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at
Lincoln Center in Manhattan beginning at 6:30 PM.

The event will be highlighted by the induction of three Jazz Living Legends:
bassist Ron Carter, composer-arranger and saxophonist Bill Holman, and tenor
saxophonist Sonny Rollins. The latest group of inductees also includes three
posthumous honorees: trumpeter Bunny Berigan, drummer Art Blakey, and
arranger/composer/pianist Tadd Dameron. Participating in the event as
presenters and/or performers will be Kenny Washington, Vanessa Rubin, Javon
Jackson, Randy Sandke, Jay Leonhart, Jim Rotondi, Russell Malone and
Stephen Scott.

In addition, critically acclaimed pianist /composer Gonzalo Rubalcaba will be
presented with The ASCAP Foundation Vanguard Award for his innovative
musical activity as a pianist and composer in the field of Jazz.

The reception will also celebrate the recipients of the sixth annual ASCAP
Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards. The program was established in
2002 to encourage the jazz creators of the future. The ASCAP Foundation
Young Jazz Composer Awards recognize composers less than 30 years of age
whose works are selected through a national competition. The recipients
receive cash awards. The Young Jazz Composer Awards are in their third
year of sponsorship by Gibson Foundation, the philanthropic arm of musical
giant Gibson Guitar Corp. The Gibson Foundation supports The ASCAP
Foundation Young Jazz Composer Awards in fulfillment of its commitment to
educational excellence through music and the arts.

The award recipients are:

Roy Assaf, 25 (New York, NY); Sharel Cassity, 29 (New York, NY); Michael
Dease, 25 (New York, NY); Jesse Elder, 24 (New York, NY); Quamon Fowler,
27 (Ft. Worth, TX); Ross Garren, 22 (Los Angeles, CA); Tyler Gilmore, 25
(Denver, CO); Nicholas Grondin, 25 (Lee, NH); Alex Heitlinger, 27 (New York,
NY); Bryson Kern, 25 (Astoria, NY); Pascal Le Boeuf, 21 (Santa Cruz, CA);
Remy Le Boeuf, 21 (Santa Cruz, CA); Ben Markley, 25 (Longmont, CO); Linda
Oh, 23 (New York, NY); Rick Parker, 29 (Brooklyn, NY); Joshua Richman, 21
(Hatfield, PA); Sherisse Rogers, (New Castle, DE); Kendrick Scott, 27 (New
York, NY); Jaleel Shaw, 29 (Paterson, NJ); Stephen Smith, 27 (Wichita Falls,
TX); and Omar Thomas, 23 (Bear, DE).

The youngest ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composers, ages 14 to 16, are:
Lucas Apostoleris, 14 (MA); Joel Carini, 15 (NY); Grace Kelly, 15 (MA); Noah
Kellman, 16 (NY); David Lantz, 16 (PA); and Elijah Shiffer, 16 (NY).

Composers receiving Honorable Mention are: Patrick Cornelius, 29 (Astoria,
NY); Shaul Einav, 25, (Rochester, NY); Eric Hirsh, 23 (Durham, NC); James
Hirschfeld, 26, (New York, NY); Jimmy Macbride, 16 (CT); Adam Ratner, 20
(Encino, CA); Matt Savage, 15, (NH); and Ted Taforo, 18, (CA).

Commenting on the awards, Marilyn Bergman said, "The young jazz creators
recognized through this program represent the future of this uniquely
American art form. We congratulate the recipients and extend thanks to the
dedicated panel of ASCAP composers who selected the honorees."

The ASCAP composer/judges for the 2007/2008 competition were: Jay
Leonhart, John Fedchock and Rufus Reid.

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L'internationalisation de la culture canadienne


Un dłębat public:

Entre diplomatie publique et image de marque nationale:
une nouvelle fał▀on de penser lĺ─˘internationalisation
de la culture canadienne

Cynthia Schneider, professeure, Georgetown University
Melissa Aronczyk, łętudiante au doctorat, New York University

OTTAWA / Le 11 juin 2008 ĺ─ý Le jeudi 12 juin 2008, la Confłęrence canadienne des arts prłęsentera un dłębat public intitulłę Entre diplomatie publique et image de marque nationale: une nouvelle fał▀on de penser lĺ─˘internationalisation de la culture canadienne. Les deux panłęlistes de ce dłębat proposeront de nouvelles perspectives et de nouveaux modł«les łŢ explorer pour la promotion de la culture canadienne łŢ lĺ─˘łętranger.

Il y aura un dłębat dĺ─˘une heure suivi dĺ─˘une płęriode de questions dĺ─˘une heure. Les invitłęs seront disponibles pour des entrevues, aprł«s la płęriode de questions. Ce dłębat fait suite au Colloque sur le rłąle des arts et de la culture dans les stratłęgies de diplomatie publique qui sĺ─˘est dłęroulłę en novembre 2007, łŢ Montrłęal. Tous les dłętails concernant le Colloque, ainsi que le rapport final, sont disponibles au lien suivant : http://ccarts.ca/fr/events/SYMPOSIUM2007FR.htm

Vous łütes les bienvenus łŢ assister łŢ la rłęception qui suivra. Vous pourrez rencontrer les membres du nouveau Conseil dĺ─˘administration de la Confłęrence canadienne des arts, ainsi que le personnel.

Pour tous les dłętails concernant le dłębat, les biographies des invitłęs et les cartes, veuillez consulter le site Web de la Confłęrence canadienne des arts łŢ lĺ─˘adresse suivante: http://ccarts.ca/fr/AGM120608.htm .

Dłębat public:

Jeudi le 12 juin 2008

Ontario College of Art & Design

100, rue McCaul

Toronto (Ontario)

M5T 1W1

Le dłębat dłębute łŢ 14 h

Auditorium (pił«ce190)

Il y a possibilitłę dĺ─˘enregistrer le dłębat. Sur les lieux, parler łŢ Alessia Bongiovanni.

łÔvłęnement gratuit

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The National Parcs excite the senses with new live show

THE NATIONAL PARCS EXCITE THE SENSES WITH NEW LIVE SHOW

National Tour To Kick off June 12th, 2008

Toronto, ON ĺ─ý Hot on the heels of the successful release of their debut album Timbervision, Montreal based band The National Parcs are gearing up for their first national tour. The tour will kick off in Ottawa on June 12th, 2008 with a performance at the Mercury Lounge, and take the band west. The tour will end in their hometown of Montreal with a performance on August 3rd at the Osheaga Music & Arts Festival. As part of their tour, fans can also look forward to seeing The National Parcs when they perform at the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival and the Calgary Jazz Festival.

"This is the first national tour for us as a band and we are so excited. We spent two years recording the album out in nature, and this is the result of our culminated efforts," says
Vincent Letellier
.

Recognized for their unique sound and audiovisual experience, The National Parcs received a Montreal Independent Music Initiative (MIMI) award in March of this year for the "Montreal Band Most Deserving of National Tour Support".
Their debut album Timbervision
was an audio/visual collaboration, as band member Ian Cameron videotaped the creation and audio recording of the natural symphony created by Quebec's wilderness. Back in the studio, the audio/video samples were the building blocks of the album, laying down the sounds with the tracks to produce a richly textured multi-layered album of high-energy beats and intense spoken verse, integrated with the natural sounds of the great outdoors. The visual recordings were edited to create videos for select tracks and these were packaged with the album to create a CD/DVD set like nothing else in the market.

Their first tour as a band, the live performance will feature video footage from the DVD choreographed with the live stage performance and synchronized lighting with the audio and video samples.
Music lovers will be thrilled as The National Parcs combine these elements into a live show experience for the eyes, ears and soul.

"Totally original, and thoroughly invigorating." ĺ─ý
The Montreal Gazette

"The National Parcs keep their sound fun, funky and pop savvy." ĺ─ý
Exclaim

Tour Dates:
June 12, 2008 Ottawa, ON The Mercury Lounge
June 20, 2008 Toronto, ON The Supermarket (Toronto Jazz Festival)
June 23, 2008 Winnipeg, MB Pyramid Cabaret (Winnipeg Jazz Festival)
June 24, 2008 Regina, SK The Exchange
June 25, 2008 Edmonton, AB Velvet Underground
June 26, 2008 Medicine Hat, AB The Dream Centre (Medicine Hat Jazz Festival)
June 27, 2008 Calgary, AB The Auburn (Calgary Jazz Festival)
June 29, 2008 Nelson, BC Spirit Bar, Hume Hotel
July 18, 2008 Big River, SK Ness Creek Music Festival
July 25, 2008 Easyford, AB Sasquatch Gathering
August 3, 2008 Montreal, QC Parc Jean Drapeau (Osheaga Music & Arts Festival)

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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The ESO Celebrates the 400th Anniversary of Qułębec City With a FREE Concert

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Celebrates the 400th Anniversary of Qułębec City,

with a special FREE Performance

Sunday June, 22nd- 2pm

Edmonton, AB ĺ─ÂThe Edmonton Symphony Orchestra finishes off the 07.08 season with a FREE performance celebrating the 400th anniversary of Qułębec City. Conducted by Red Deer Symphony Music Director Claude Lapalme, this performance is a tribute to all things French-Canadian! Maestro LaPalme will be joined by the University of Albertaĺ─˘s Chorale Saint-Jean, their Music Director, Laurier Fagnan, and ESO Concertmaster Martin Riseley for a concert with music by Robert Franon, Claude Champagne, Francois Dompierre, and much more!

Hosting the afternoonĺ─˘s performance will be Canadian Senator Claudette Tardiff and CBC Radio-Canadaĺ─˘s Yves-Głęrard Młęhou-Loko.

Attendance is free. This is a general admission event. Doors open at 1pm. Performance begins at 2pm. Runtime is approximately 70 minutes with no intermission. After the performance, stay downtown to take in The Works, Edmonton's Art and Design Festival.

For more information- please visit www.edmontonsymphony.com .

This performance is made possible through generous funding from the Department of Canadian Heritage.

This performance is generously sponsored by National Bank Financial

Media Sponsors: Espace Musique & the Edmonton Journal

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Ondine June releases include new Philadelphia Orchestra recording of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6

ONDINE NEW RELEASES FOR JUNE 2008

TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 "PAthEtique", DUMKA

The Philadelphia Orchestra/Christoph Eschenbach

BEETHOVEN: PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3, VIOLIN CONCERTO (piano version)

OLLI MUSTONEN/TAPIOLA SINFONIETTA

STREET DATE: June 10, 2008






New York, NYȡOndine announces the June 10, 2008 North American release of two discs: Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique" and Dumka for piano, recorded by The Philadelphia Orchestra with Christoph Eschenbach; and Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor and Piano Concerto in D major (better known in its version for violin) performed by Olli Mustonen and the Tapiola Sinfonietta. Fact sheets with more information about these releases are attached.

With this release, The Philadelphia Orchestra and Christoph Eschenbach have now completed their recordings of the last three Tchaikovsky symphonies for Ondine. Enthusiastic critical acclaim and success followed on the release of the previous recordings of Tchaikovsky's Fourth and Fifth Symphonies, coupled each with one-half of The Seasons. This recording features the final Symphony No. 6 "Pathetique." Written in the last year of his life, this most melancholic of Tchaikovsky's symphonies is forever associated with the tragedy of his sudden death in 1893. The disc includes the seldom-heard piano masterpiece Dumka performed by Christoph Eschenbach on piano.


ClassicsToday.com reports, "Eschenbach makes full use of his orchestra's legendary tonal richness and instrumental color-qualities tailor-made for Tchaikovsky's scoring . . . (Artistic Quality 9 / Sound Quality 10)." Gramophone writes, "His (piano) touch is magical, with a natural feel for the flexible phrasing that the music calls out for." Finest SACD recording technology highlights the unique spirit of a live performance of the legendary Orchestra, as well as of its world-renowned and magnificent "Philadelphia Sound."

This is the seventh CD to be released under the "formidable

Ondine-Eschenbach-Philadelphia partnership" (Gramophone) which began in 2005, and has produced discs that have been honored with accolades including BBC Music Magazine's Disc of the Month, Gramophone's "Editor's Choice," The New York Times' "Top Ten Recordings of the Year," and the German Record Critics' Award, among others.

Olli Mustonen continues his acclaimed cycle of Beethoven Piano Concertos. In this second volume, the visionary Finnish pianist and conductor turns his talent to the Third Piano Concerto in C minor and the Piano Concerto in D major which Beethoven arranged himself from his Violin Concerto of 1806. While this Piano Concerto is seldom played in concert, with only a handful of recordings available, Mustonen regularly puts it on his programs, and it has become one of his signature pieces. As on the previous disc, Mustonen performs with the Tapiola Sinfonietta, with whom he has maintained close artistic ties for years, accompanying this Beethoven project with acclaimed tour performances in various European countries.


Mustonen has been called "a living dream of pianism, having broken through an expressive barrier that other players do not know exists," by The Sunday Times (UK). The super audio quality of this CD/SACD hybrid recording faithfully renders his unique mastery of piano sound and technique. The booklet includes extensive liner notes written by noted Beethoven scholar and author of the new complete Piano Concerto Edition, Dr. Hans-Werner Kł║then of the Beethoven-Archiv, Bonn.


About Ondine: Ondine was founded more than twenty years ago in Helsinki, Finland, where the company is still based and today offers an extremely eclectic catalogue of both contemporary Finnish music, as well as recordings with major Finnish and international artists.


Ondine's extensive catalogue includes more than four hundred recordings (two hundred and fifty of which are available physically) of artists and ensembles such as conductor and pianist Christoph Eschenbach, conductors Vladimir Ashkenazy, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, Sakari Oramo, Leif Segerstam, John StorgłÇrds and Mikko Franck, orchestras such as The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestre de Paris, the London Sinfonietta, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Czech Philharmonic, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Helsinki Philharmonic, sopranos Karita Mattila and Soile Isokoski, pianist Olli Mustonen, violinist Pekka Kuusisto and clarinettist Kari Kriikku. The label has also had a long and fruitful association with the Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, having recorded the premieres of many of his works and garnering many awards along the way.

The roots of Ondine date back to 1985 when founder Reijo Kiilunen released the very first Ondine album under the auspices of the renowned Finnish Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival. The label's initial mission was to produce one live album at the Festival each season. The fourth album, however, featured Einojuhani Rautavaara's opera Thomas (ODE 704-2), raising major international attention and opening up the possibility for North American distribution. Kiilunen, who was running the Festival's concert agency and had begun the recording activity part-time, soon decided to devote himself fully to the development of this new business, producing and editing the first 50 releases himself. In 1991, Seppo Siirala joined as producer, and the Helsinki-based company has been expanding steadily since, currently numbering six full-time employees. Today, Ondine continues to uphold its reputation as one of the most respected labels in classical music, and its products have received numerous prizes at the Cannes (MIDEM) Classical Awards, the Gramophone Awards, the BBC Music Magazine Awards and the Classical Internet Awards.


Universal Music Classical and Ondine entered into a distribution agreement that began on January 1, 2008. Both physical and digital distribution in the United States and Canada are covered under the agreement. Universal Music Classical comprises the Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Philips, and ECM labels and is a division of the Universal Music Group. For more information about Ondine, visit www.ondine.net.


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Opera Hamilton Announces 2008-2009 Season

GENERAL DIRECTOR DAVID SPEERS AND OPERA HAMILTON'S BOARD OF DIRECTORS ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THE 2008/2009 OPERA SEASON

Hamilton ON, June 10 2008 - With great strides forward and the unwavering support of the community, Opera Hamilton continues its legacy. Last September, Opera Hamilton made a very difficult but necessary decision to suspend its main stage productions, focus attention on the elimination of a debilitating accumulated deficit and the establishment of a solid financial base which would allow the opera company to move forward in a stable and sustainable manner.

The Hamilton community - audience, contributors, business and artistic partners, corporations, foundations and all levels of government - along with an unwavering board of directors and staff, came together to meet this daunting challenge. "Our trustees and funding partners were adamant that we would not move forward unless the deficit was eliminated, a significant financial base was guaranteed and a solid business plan for the future developed. Those objectives have now been met," said Speers. "We are moving forward with confidence and great anticipation."

Our season will open with performances of Mozart's The Magic Flute on October 30 and November 1, 2008, continue with Popera on January 29 and 31, 2009, and conclude with Puccini's Madama Butterfly on April 2 and 3, 2009. Our Great Singers Recital series continues with international superstar (and Burlington native) Adrianne Pieczonka along with guest soprano Lauren Tucker. This is a "non-subscription" event and Opera Hamilton subscribers have first access to seats through their season renewal. Single tickets will go on sale in the fall.

It has been a year of incredible effort, dedication and sacrifice on the part of many individuals and organizations. Opera Hamilton is extremely grateful that the result of these endeavors has been a happy and successful one. Words alone cannot express the appreciation felt at Opera Hamilton for the community's generosity, patience and understanding over the past 10 months.

Opera Hamilton's legacy of artistic excellence, the promotion of emerging and established Canadian artists, and an increased dedication to community education and outreach will continue.
Opera Hamilton is thrilled to share with you, once again, the adventure of wonderful music and theater at the Opera this fall.

Opera Hamilton is a registered charitable organization, providing approximately $2.5 million in annual revenue for the Hamilton area. A major lessee at Hamilton Place and contractor with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra, Opera Hamilton is a vital component of the local arts community. The company attracts approximately 16,500 patrons annually to the downtown core of Hamilton.

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Shaw Festival: A Little Night Music and The President Preview

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, June 10, 2008 ĺ─ Previews began on Saturday in the Royal George Theatre for the Shaw Festivalĺ─˘s lunchtime production of the fast-paced comedy The President, written by Ferenc Molnł░r and adapted for The Shaw by Morwyn Brebner.

In the manic world of Molnł░rĺ─˘s play, the clock starts ticking for powerful bank president Norrison (Lorne Kennedy) when the young heiress under his care (Chilina Kennedy) announces her secret marriage to a Communist taxi driver (Jeff Meadows). Norrison tries in vain to convince her to divorce him, but she is prepared to make her big announcement to her parents, who are arriving imminently. Norrison then sets about to transform this wholly unsuitable suitor into a perfectly well-bred, well-mannered, well-spoken son-in-law ĺ─ý all in under an hour.

On the surface, The President is a mad-cap, real-time comedy where the Presidentĺ─˘s office becomes the epicentre of a storm of frantic activity that must achieve what seems impossible. Yet the play was written in 1936, when the world was in a great struggle between capitalists and socialists to control industrialism. Using every tactic at his disposal to succeed, no matter how self-serving or corrupt, President Norrison personifies Molnł░rĺ─˘s view of capitalism.

Hungarian playwright, novelist and journalist Ferenc Molnł░r (1878-1952) achieved international recognition for such plays as The Devil, The Swan, The Playĺ─˘s the Thing and Olympia, as well as for his novel The Paul Street Boys. In 1940 he moved to New York to escape fascism and lived there until his death. Morwyn Brebner, a playwright-in-residence at Torontoĺ─˘s Tarragon Theatre, is known to Shaw audiences as the adapter of two Chekhov farces in the delightful Love Among the Russians in 2006. The Shaw Festivalĺ─˘s production of her adaptation of The President is its premiere.

The cast of The President also includes Al Kozlik as George/Ferdinand and David Schurmann as Bartleby, as well as Michael Ball, Guy Bannerman, Nicolł░ Correia-Damude, Melanie Janzen, Thom Marriott, Peter Millard, Mike Nadajewski, Melanie Phillipson, Kiera Sangster, and William Vickers.

The President is directed by Blair Williams, with design by Cameron Porteous, and lighting design by Jennifer Jimenez. The stage management team includes Stage Manager Beatrice Campbell and Assistant Stage Manager Amy Jewell.

The President began preview performances Saturday, June 7; opens Saturday, July 5; and plays in repertory until Saturday, October 4. For tickets and information, visit www.shawfest.com or call 1-800-511-7429 or 905-468-2172 (local).

The President is sponsored by Lombard Insurance Company.

The 2008 season is proudly presented by HSBC Bank Canada/HSBC Bank USA, N.A.


Previews begin at the Shaw Festival for Stephen Sondheimĺ─˘s sophisticated musical A Little Night Music


Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, June 10, 2008 ĺ─Â Previews began on June 1 in the Court House Theatre for the Shaw Festivalĺ─˘s intimate production of Stephen Sondheimĺ─˘s celebrated and sophisticated musical A Little Night Music.

In Sweden at the turn of the century, three mismatched couples gather for a weekend in the country. On a magical night under the midnight sun, loves are lost and found, longed for and forgotten, all set to some of musical theatreĺ─˘s most enduring songs ĺ─ý including the classic ĺ─˙Send in the Clownsĺ─¨.

Based on the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, the original production of A Little Night Music won five Tony Awards including Best Musical. The musicalĺ─˘s romantic story is matched by an acclaimed score that combines the elegant and emotional with the rousingly infectious and bursting with life. Morris Panychĺ─˘s production uses the intimate space of the Court House Theatre to draw the audience closer to the characters and the powerful emotion of both the story and the songs of this American classic.

Newly orchestrated by Jason Jestadt, The Shawĺ─˘s production features five onstage musicians, rather than the usual large orchestra, to create chamber music at its most colourful. As is always the case with The Shawĺ─˘s musicals in the Court House and Royal George theatres, there is no amplification of voices or instruments. The result is an increasingly rare event: acoustic musical theatre.

Sets for A Little Night Music are designed by Panychĺ─˘s frequent collaborator Ken MacDonald. Panych and MacDonald are the creative team behind such renowned Shaw productions as Hotel Peccadillo (2007), Design for Living (2006), You Never Can Tell (2005) and Nothing Sacred (2004).

The cast of A Little Night Music includes Goldie Semple as Desirłęe Armfeldt, George Masswohl as Fredrik Egerman, Thom Allison as Count Carl-Magnus Malcolm, Robin Evan Willis as Anne Egerman, Donna Belleville as Madame Armfeldt, Patty Jamieson as Countess Charlotte Malcolm, Julie Martell as Petra and Justin Stadnyk as Henrik Egerman, as well as Michaela Bekenn, Gabrielle Jones, Jeff Madden, Glynis Ranney, Mark Uhre, and Jenny L. Wright.

Musical direction for A Little Night Music is by Paul Sportelli, with choreography by Valerie Moore, costume design by Charlotte Dean, and lighting design by Alan Brodie. The stage management team includes Stage Manager Alison Peddie and Assistant Stage Manager Evan R. Klassen.

A Little Night Music began preview performances Sunday, June 1; opens Friday, July 4; and plays in repertory until Saturday, October 4. For tickets and information, visit www.shawfest.com or call 1-800-511-7429 or 905-468-2172 (local).

A Little Night Music is sponsored by TD Canada Trust Music.

Music Gallery is the Official Piano Provider of the Shaw Festival.

A Little Night Music

music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

book by Hugh Wheeler

suggested by a film by Ingmar Bergman

originally produced and directed on Broadway by Harold Prince

A Little Night Music

is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019

Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684

www.MTIShows.com

The 2008 season is proudly presented by HSBC Bank Canada/HSBC Bank USA, N.A.

Summer of Sondheim ĺ─ý Follies: In Concert

For four performances only, The Shaw presents Sondheimĺ─˘s celebrated Follies, the bittersweet tale of the reunion of Broadway showgirls and the men in their lives, in a simple and sophisticated concert form. Presented August 29, September 12 and 27, and October 4 in the Festival Theatre.

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NEC's "Sick Puppy" Presents Seminars, Week of Free Public New Music Concerts

NECĺ─˘s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) Features Composer-in-Residence Jo Kondo, June 16-22

Pianist Aki Takahashi is Guest Artist

"Each sound must have its own entity and life. What I am doing in my compositions is to create a web of intertonal relationships, while trying to safeguard the possibility of aurally perceiving the individual entity and life of every single tone in that relationship." - Jo Kondo

Jo Kondo, arguably Japanĺ─˘s most eminent composer who has described his music as ĺ─˙the art of being ambiguous,ĺ─¨ will be BnG Foundation Composer-in-residence at this yearĺ─˘s Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (fondly and forever known as ĺ─˙Sick Puppyĺ─¨). Under the artistic direction of pianist Stephen Drury, the Institute takes place June 16ĺ─ţ20 at New England Conservatory. It will also feature pianist Aki Takahashi as guest artist.

SICPP is an intensive performance seminar on new music for advanced pianists, percussionists, and instrumentalists. This yearĺ─˘s faculty features Kondo, Takahashi, and Drury, along with pianists Louis Goldstein and Yukiko Takagi; percussionists Scott Deal and Mathias Reumert; and voice faculty Pamela Wood.

Along with the daytime workshops offered to registered students, SICPP will also present free public concerts every evening in NECĺ─˘s Jordan Hall or Williams Hall. The concerts will highlight Kondoĺ─˘s music and feature performances by the faculty and the Callithumpian Consort. Student compositions and other works will be featured in the marathon concert June 21.

The Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice is made possible by a generous grant from the BnG Foundation, The Gaudemus Foundation, Nomura, and Mode Records.

Biographies

Born in Tokyo in 1947, Jo Kondo graduated from the composition department of Tokyo University of Arts in 1972. He spent a year in New York on a scholarship from the John D. Rockefeller III Fund in 1977-78. In 1979 he taught as guest lecturer at University of Victoria, British Columbia, invited by the Canada Council, and in 1986 resided in London as a British Council Senior Fellow. In 1987 he was composer in residence at Hartt School of Music, Hartford, Connecticut, USA, and taught at Dartington International Summer School in England. At present he is Professor of Music at Ochanomizu University in Tokyo, and also teaches at Tokyo University of Arts and Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima.

In 1980 Kondo founded the Musica Practica Ensemble, a chamber orchestra devoted to contemporary music, and was artistic director of the group until its disbandment in 1991.

He has written more than eighty compositions, ranging from solo pieces to orchestral and electronic works, which have been widely performed in Japan, North America and Europe and recorded on Hat Art, ALM, Fontec Deutsche Grammophon and other labels. He has received commissions from numerous organisations, and his music has been featured at many international music festivals. Performers associated with his music include the conductor Tadaaki Otaka, the pianist Aki Takahashi, the Ives and Nieuw Ensembles in the Netherlands, the London Sinfonietta and many others.

Kondo has written extensively on musical matters, and since 1979 he has published four books spelling out in detail his own aesthetic and compositional ideas. He is also an associate editor of Contemporary Music Review. During 2000 he directed the composition classes at the Dartington International School of Music and was on the jury of the Gaudeamus International Composer's competition, and was a featured composer at the 2005 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

Pianist Aki Takahashi, is a new music interpreter who has attracted the attention of many composers. Cage, Feldman, Takemitsu, Yun, Oliveros, Ruders, Satoh, Lucier and Garland, to name a few, have all created works for her.
Ms. Takahashi received the first Kenzo Nakajima prize in 1982, and was recipient of the first Kyoto Music Award (1986). She directed the "New Ears" concert series in Yokohama (1983-97), was artist-in-residence at SUNY Buffalo (1980-81) and guest professor at the California Institute of the Arts (1984).
Her landmark recording of 20 contemporary piano works, Aki Takahashi Piano Space, received the Merit Prize at the Japan Art Festival (1973). Her series of Erik Satie concerts (1975-77) heralded a Satie boom in Japan, resulting in her editing all of his piano works for Zen-On and recording them on Toshiba-EMI. She created the Hyper-Beatles project with Toshiba, which invited 47 international composers to arrange/recompose their favorite Beatles tunes.

Concert Schedule:

Monday, June 16

8 p.m. NECĺ─˘s Jordan Hall

Aki Takahashi, piano

Callithumpian Consort

Iannis Xenakis: Morsima-Amorsima, for piano and strings

Erik Satie: Nocturnes

Morton Feldman: Extensions 3

Christian Wolff: Pianist: Pieces.

Tuesday, June 17

8 p.m. NECĺ─˘s Williams Hall

SICPP Faculty members

Nicholas Vines: Terraformation: Sonata for Piano with Yukiko Takagi, piano

Helmut Lachenmann: Allegro Sostenuto

Brian Ferneyhough: Terrain by with violinist Gabriela Diaz and the Callithumpian Consort

Andrew Estel: Scrape the Colour with Louis Goldstein, piano.

Wednesday, June 18

8 p.m., NECĺ─˘s Williams Hall

Recital by Stephen Drury, piano

Jo Kondo: A Dance for Piano, "Europeans"

Helmut Lachenmann: Serynade

John Zorn: Fay Ce Que Vouldras

Toshio Hosokawa: Nacht Klange.

Thursday, June 19

8 p.m. NECĺ─˘s Williams Hall

Performances by SICPP faculty.

Jo Kondo: Aquarelle for piano and percussion, and Dithyramb for flute and guitar. Toshio Hosokawa's Lied for flute and piano

James Romig: Piano Sonata

Stephen Mosko: Rendering

Friday, June 20

8 p.m. NECĺ─˘s Jordan Hall

Percussion extravaganza!

Jo Kondo: Pendulums with Nicholas Tolle, percussion, and Trio (Moor) for viola, bassoon, and piano.

Dorothy Hindman: new percussion work with Scott Deal, percussion

Brian Ferneyhough: Bone Alphabet

Christina Viola Oorebeek: Edges with Mathias Reumert, percussion

Steve Reich: Sextet.

Saturday, June 21

4 p.m. NECĺ─˘s Brown Hall

The legendary SICPP Iditarod! Six hours of new music, performed by the faculty and fellows of SICPP!

Jo Kondo: Luster Gave Her the Hat And He And Ben Went Across the Backyard, Strands II (for three pianos), Standing, An Elder's Hocket, The Shape Follows Its Shadow, and Under the Umbrella

New works by: Liza White, Megan Beugger, David Carter, Juhi Bansal, Marti Epstein, Mischa Salkind-Pearl, and David Grant

Frederic Rzewski: Moonrise with Memories and Bring Them Home!

Lee Hyla: We Speak Etruscan

George Crumb: Voice of the Whale and Madrigals

Louis Andriessen: Workers Union;

Toru Takemitsu: Toward the Sea;

Helmut Lachenmann: temA;

Giacinto Scelsi: Okanagon;

Niels Roensholdt: Hammerfall;

Tan Dun: Elegy: Snow in June for cello solo and four percussionists;

Luciano Berio: Linnea;

Michael Finnissy: Post-Christian Survival Kit


For further information, check the NEC Website www.newenglandconservatory.edu/concerts, the SICPP website www.sicpp.org or call the NEC Concert Line at 617-585-1122. NECĺ─˘s Jordan Hall, Brown Hall, Williams Hall and the Keller Room are located at 30 Gainsborough St., corner of Huntington Ave. St. Botolph Hall is located at 241 St. Botolph St. between Gainsborough and Mass Ave.

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Musłęe du Chłóteau Ramezay Museum

Confłęrence

Le Saint-Laurent de la mer : l'imaginaire, les fantłąmes et la peur

MONTRłÔAL, le 10 juin 2008 ĺ─ý Dans le cadre de l'exposition Peurs bleues, le Musłęe du Chłóteau Ramezay propose, le 14 juin 2008 łŢ 14h, une confłęrence intitulłęe Le Saint-Laurent de la mer : l'imaginaire, les fantłąmes et la peur prłęsentłęe par Monsieur Gaston Desjardins.

Cette confłęrence propose un voyage łŢ travers une multitude d'histoires de mer, depuis le littoral de l'Europe atlantique jusqu'aux rives du Saint-Laurent. Les angoisses et la fascination de l'ocłęan, l'attirance des confins et des łĂles merveilleuses, les rłęcits lłęgendaires du Qułębec maritime et l'hłęritage culturel europłęen seront les sujets fascinants de cet exposłę.

Gaston Desjardins est professeur d'histoire łŢ l'Universitłę du Qułębec łŢ Rimouski (UQAR). Ses activitłęs de recherche et d'enseignement portent principalement sur l'histoire de l'imaginaire maritime au Qułębec et en Occident. Il a notamment rłędigłę le livre La mer aux histoires. Voyage dans l'imaginaire maritime occidental. De l'antiquitłę młęditerranłęenne jusqu'aux rives du Saint-Laurent, en plus de participer łŢ de nombreux ouvrages collectifs.

La confłęrence Le Saint-Laurent de la mer : l'imaginaire, les fantłąmes et la peur est incluse dans les tarifs d'admission.

Le Musłęe du Chłóteau Ramezay est situłę en plein cëýur du Vieux-Montrłęal, łŢ deux pas de la Place Jacques-Cartier et du młętro Champ-de-Mars, face łŢ l'Hłątel de Ville de Montrłęal.



The St. Lawrence of the Sea: The Imaginary, the Ghosts, and Fear

Conference (in French)

Montreal, June 10, 2008 ĺ─ý The Chłóteau Ramezay Museum invites you to a conference called The Saint Lawrence of the Sea: The Imaginary, the Ghosts, and Fear on June 14 at 2:00 p.m. held in the Here Be Monsters exhibit. The conference is hosted by Mr. Gaston Desjardins.

This conference proposes a voyage through a multitude of stories about the seaĺ─ţcovering the ocean-span between Europe's Atlantic and the Saint Lawrence riverbank. The distress and fascination caused by the ocean, the allure of the sea lines and the marvellous islands, the legendary accounts of nautical Quebec and the European heritage are fascinating topics that will be covered in this symposium.

Gaston Desjardins is a history professor at the University of Quebec at Rimouski (UQAR). His research and teachings focus primarily on the history of sea tales in Quebec and the West. He is the author of La mer aux histoires. Voyage dans l'imaginaire maritime occidental. De l'antiquitłę młęditerranłęenne jusqu'aux rives du Saint-Laurent, in addition to contributing to various collective works.

The conference The St. Lawrence of the Sea: The Imaginary, the Ghosts, and Fear is included in the admission price.

The Chłóteau Ramezay Museum is located right in the heart of Old-Montreal, next to the Champ-de-Mars metro station and the Place Jacques-Cartier, facing Montreal's City Hall.

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Pops Goes Vegas with Jack Everly!

Las Vegas comes to the NAC for Jack Everlyĺ─˘s final CTV Pops concerts of the season, June 19-21

Ottawa, Canada ĺ─ý The glitz, glamour and show-biz of Las Vegas come to Ottawa in a high-rolling new concert led by Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly from Thursday, June 19 to Saturday, June 21 at 20:00 in Southam Hall as ĺ─˙Pops Goes Vegasĺ─¨. For these final CTV Pops concerts of the season, Jack and the NAC Orchestra spin the musical roulette wheel and audiences hit the jackpot with classic tunes like ĺ─˙Luck Be a Lady Tonightĺ─¨, ĺ─˙Hey Big Spenderĺ─¨ and more. You may be in Southam Hall, but youĺ─˘ll swear youĺ─˘re on The Strip! To add to the fun, there will be a casino in the NAC Foyer before and after each concert with everyone getting a fistful of NAC fun money to play.

The cast of high rollers includes Broadway leading man, Joe Cassidy; the ĺ─˙Ol Blue Eyesĺ─¨ star Brian Duprey of the hit Las Vegas production of The Rat Pack; the comedic and beautiful Alison Briner, and Mr. Showman himself, Martin Preston as the legendary Liberace. The music, the celebrities, the showgirls, the singers and dancers are all on stage in this fast-paced show of musical hit after hit. It is all under the baton of Jack Everly whose innovative, entertaining programs have made him the toast of the Ottawa Pops scene. And as Jack himself says: ĺ─˙What happens in the concert, stays in the concert!ĺ─¨

Bringing the lustre of ĺ─˙Sin Cityĺ─¨ to Southam Hall, Pops Goes Vegas showcases music made famous by the premier artists of the Las Vegas entertainment scene including quintessential favourites such as ĺ─˙New York, New York,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Iĺ─˘ve Got You Under My Skin,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙My Way,ĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙I Gotta Be Me.ĺ─¨

Tickets for Pops Goes Vegas June 19 to 21 at 20:00 are on sale now at $29.00, $34.00, $39.00, $49.00, $59.00, $69.00 with box seats at $86.00 (GST and Facility Fee included) at the NAC Box Office (Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 21:00), and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111. Ticketmaster may also be accessed through the NACĺ─˘s website at www.nac-cna.ca. Subscriptions for the season are also still available by calling the Subscription Office at 613-947-7000, ext. 620.

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

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


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Winners of the 2008 Primrose Competition


Dimitri Murrath of Belgium Wins
the 2008 Primrose International Viola Competition

On Sunday night, June 8th, in the Smith Music Theatre of Arizona State University's Herberger College of the Arts, 26 year-old Dimitry Murrath and fellow finalists Emily Deans, Lambert Jun-Yuan Chen, Wei-Ting Kuo, Molly Carr, and Barbara Buntrock appeared during the Eleventh Primrose International Viola Competition Final Round. Over the course of the evening five Bartok concerti and one Walton concerto were performed.

As evening turned into morning the audience eagerly awaited results joined by listeners streaming live online from around the world.

Murrath was overwhelmed by his win. "This is an unbelievable moment," he said. First Prize includes $5,000 USD, a viola made by Italian master luthier Carlo Testoni, a gold-mounted Arcos Brasil bow, and select concert appearances in the United States and Europe.

Second Prize of $3,000 and an Arcos Brasil bow went to 24 year old Emily Deans of the United States; Third Prize of $1,000 and an Arcos Brasil bow went to 21 year old Molly Carr of the United States. The Liben Music Prize for a Semi-Finalist who had the best performance of Scott Slapin's composition Recitative for Solo Viola, a piece specially commissioned for the Competition, was won by First Prize Winner Dimitri Murrath. The Linnet Music Prize for an outstanding performance of a Bach work was awarded to Barbara Buntrock of Germany. The Primrose Prize for an outstanding performance of a Primrose transcription was awarded to YiYin Li of China and Second Prize winner Emily Deans. The Sonata Prize for an outstanding performance of a sonata was awarded to Victor de Almeida of the United States and First Prize winner Dimitri Murrath.

The 2008 Competition jury, chaired by former Competition director Claudine Bigelow, was internationally representative and included Amir Shiff of Israel, Bruno Pasquier of France, Steven Tenenbom of the United States, Eugene Sarbu of Romania, and Ensik Choi of Korea. Carol Rodland of the United States returned having served as juror for the semi-final and final rounds in 2005.

Leading up to the finals was a week of intense competition for 70 competitors representing 18 countries. Live Preliminary Rounds were held June 2nd and 3rd, during which competitors were required to perform the first movement of their chosen concerto and a Primrose transcription. At the completion of those rounds the jury selected seventeen competitors to go through to the Recital Round. During the Recital Round competitors were required to perform Scott Slapin's Recitative for Solo Viola, a second Primrose transcription, a sonata, and a selection of Bach. From this round, the jury chose the six finalists. All rounds were streamed live online.

The triennial Primrose International Viola Competition, chaired this year by past winner Nokuthula Ngwenyama, aims to recognize and showcase young musicians who have achieved world class excellence through intensive hard work and unusual talent. Founded in 1979 as the first international competition solely for violists, William Primrose served as chair of the jury for its inaugural year. The American Viola Society (AVS), through an endowment established by memorial contributions made by friends, colleagues, artists, and admirers of the great virtuoso, has sponsored the competition since 1986. Over the last 30 years it has established an impeccable track record for identifying the talent of tomorrow and is respected for its integrity. Past winners are currently engaged in the highest levels of professional artistic careers.

The Twelfth Primrose International Viola Competition is scheduled to begin the end of May, 2011.

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Le Festival international de musique baroque de Lamł«que dłębutera avec La musique des Rois Maudits

33e łędition du Festival international de musique baroque de Lamł«que

Lĺ─˘Ensemble La Rota et la musique au temps de Philippe le Bel

en concert inaugural

(Lamł«que, 9 juin 2008) - La 33e łędition du Festival international de musique baroque de Lamł«que dłębutera le jeudi 24 juillet 2008, łŢ 20 h, avec La musique des Rois Maudits. Ce concert fascinant met en vedette lĺ─˘Ensemble de musique młędiłęvale La Rota.

Lĺ─˘Ensemble La Rota se spłęcialise dans la musique młędiłęvale et propose des interprłętations originales et historiquement informłęes. Depuis sa formation en 2002, le groupe a łętłę salułę pour ses riches sonoritłęs, sa virtuositłę instrumentale et sa małĂtrise de lĺ─˘improvisation. Les quatre membres de cet ensemble dynamique, bien quĺ─˘ils se soient rencontrłęs lorsquĺ─˘ils suivaient les cours du programme de musique ancienne łŢ lĺ─˘Universitłę McGill (Montrłęal, Canada), portent łęgalement leurs intłęrłüts vers plusieurs autres genres. La Rota est laurłęat de plusieurs prix dont la Early Music America Medieval Renaissance Competition 2006 łŢ New York et du concours CBC/Galaxie Rising Stars du Festival Montrłęal Baroque 2005. Aprł«s sĺ─˘łütre qualifiłę pour la finale du concours international des jeunes artistes du Early Music Network, lĺ─˘Ensemble sĺ─˘est rłęcemment produit au York Early Music Festival, en Angleterre. La Rota donne de nombreux concerts dans lĺ─˘est du Canada, notamment au Festival de Musique dĺ─˘Indian River, sur lĺ─˘łÚle du Prince-łÔdouard et au Festival Montrłęal Baroque.

Lors de ce concert prłęsentłę en la pittoresque łÔglise de Petite-Rivił«re-de-lĺ─˘Ile, le 24 juillet prochain, ce jeune ensemble dynamique prłęsentera un programme tirłę de son premier disque, paru łŢ lĺ─˘automne 2007 sous łętiquette ATMA. Au courant de la soirłęe, les narrateurs Mathieu Lussier et Richard Maurel se joindront aux musiciens de lĺ─˘Ensemble afin de raconter les łęvłęnements terribles qui marquł«rent la fin du roi Philippe le Bel en France au dłębut du 14e sił«cle. Les sonoritłęs envoł¬tantes de la musique młędiłęvale se młüleront donc au rłęcit de grands faits historiques franł▀ais comme le procł«s des Templiers, le dłębut de la Guerre de Cent ans et les amours adultł«res des princesses de France. Chants dĺ─˘amour, chants guerriers, prił«res et grivoiseries, un univers sonore łęvocateur et słęduisant.

Une soirłęe riche en dłęcouvertes oł╝ sont conviłęs les młęlomanes amateurs de musique ancienne, les amateurs de contes et de lłęgendes, ou quiconque dłęsirant se laisser emporter par les mots et les sons du fascinant monde młędiłęval.

Les billets pour les concerts łŢ la programmation de la 33e łędition du Festival international de musique baroque de Lamł«que, qui se dłęroulera du 24 au 27 juillet prochain, sont prłęsentement en vente auprł«s de billetterie Accł«s. Pour plus dĺ─˘information sur les concerts et les artistes łŢ la programmation, visitez le site Internet du Festival łŢ www.festivalbaroque.com ou composez le 1-800-320-2276.

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Keith Johnstone Workshops

Theatre Ste. Catherine & The International TheatreSports Institute Present:

Keith Johnstone (Creator of TheatreSports, Founder of the Loose Moose Company and Author of Improvisation For Storytellers) in a week-end Series of Improv Workshops.

KEITH JOHNSTONE is one of the few internationally recognized authorities in the field of improvisation, great chunks of which he created, including improvisation forms that include TheatresportsĺĐó, Micetro ImproČę (or Maestro Impro), Gorilla TheatreĺĐó, and The Life GameČę.

TheatresportsĺĐó is known worldwide, and London's Improbable Theatre Co. (directed by Phelim McDermott) recently toured Great Britain with the Life Game to excellent reviews.
Keith worked for ten years (1956 - 1966) at England's Royal Court Theatres; at various times he was their chief play-reader, was responsible for the educational work, directed the Royal court Theatre studio, wrote and directed plays, and became an Associate Director of the theatre.

He founded The Theatre Machine improvisational group in England which toured in many countries. Keith taught at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art until he left England, and has taught or given workshops at major European Theatre Schools and Universities.

Don't miss this rare opportunity to learn from one of the greatest teachers!

June 27 to 29, 2008 @ Theatre Ste. Catherine

3 Full Days of Workshops with Keith Johnstone
$300. Per Person / Limited Availability
Registration Deadline: June 23, 2008

Contact:
info@theatrestecatherine.com
www.theatrestecatherine.com
(514) 284 3939

For more information about Keith Johnstone please visit his website: www.theatresports.org

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A recording 70 years in the making...


Heritage that resonates: a recording seventy years in the making

[TORONTO] Once again, the heavens are telling. It is with pleasure that St. Michael's Choir School proudly shares news of its latest recording. "From Courts on High" is a stunning collection of sacred choral and organ music performed by the internationally acclaimed choristers of St. Michael's Choir School. This remarkable recording is in many ways a reflection of the very soul of the renowned music school, and aptly celebrates the school's 70th anniversary.

Twenty-five thoughtfully chosen selections are presented on "From Courts on High" spanning generations of both the school's history and repertoire. Each featured piece was composed by one of the Choir School's music directors or close associates of the school. This recording reaches back in history to works from the school's founder, Monsignor John Edward Ronan, onwards to those of the distinguished past choral director Monsignor T. Barrett Armstrong, and finally to the artistic vision of the school's current choral director Dr. Jerzy Cichocki.

The Reverend John-Mark Missio, Director of St. Michael's Choir School, states, "ĺ─Âthe music chosen for this recording illustrates ways in which the Choir School has furthered the Church's treasury of sacred music, giving the Church in Canada a 70-year legacy of composers and arrangers who have created or enhanced our liturgical music through successive generations of the school."

The heritage and the legacy of St. Michael's Choir School are both evident in this recording. Each of the school's choirs has contributed to the rich layers of the recording, from the sweetness of the Elementary Choir, to the finely balanced harmonies of the Junior Choir, and the depth and resonance of the Senior Choir and alumni soloists. The recording culminates with the fullness of a 250 voice finale.

"From Courts on High" features outstanding pieces. Gregorian chant is reverently rendered in selections such as Ave Maria and Laudate Dominum omnes gentes. Original works such as Magnificat and Jubilate Deo will enrapture devoted followers of the school, as well as listeners new to choral music. Variations of Gregorian themes performed on organ will bring to mind a church's acoustic grandeur. In keeping with the tradition and innovation that together define St. Michael's Choir School, several new choral gems make their debut. Included among these are De profundis, Prayer of St. Francis and Justorum animae.

Perhaps most impressive of the premieres is the recording's namesake. Thou Royal Knights from Courts on High was originally composed in the 1940s by the school's founder, Monsignor Ronan. The hymn pays tribute to the school's patron saint, St. Michael the Archangel. The original hymn has been masterfully rearranged by alumnus Kola Owolabi. The premier recording of this arrangement features every student of St. Michael's Choir School and brings "From Courts on High" to a rewarding pinnacle.


Founded in 1937 with the purpose of providing sacred music for the religious services of St. Michael's Cathedral in downtown Toronto, St. Michael's Choir School has evolved into a centre for musical and academic excellence recognized the world over. It is one of only six choir schools in the world affiliated with the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome. Each student admitted to the Choir School is trained in vocal, technical, and instrumental music, and performs in one of the school's choirs.

While remaining at the forefront of music education in Toronto, the Choir School has also long maintained the highest of academic standards, recognized most recently by the perfect score awarded its academic program by the Fraser Institute.

St. Michael's Choir School has stayed true to Monsignor Ronan's vision of preparing young men to serve God through music and meaningful civic action. For seventy years, graduates of the Choir School have found their calling in science, education, medicine, law, business, and of course music. Included among the scholars and musicians who call St. Michael's Choir School their alma mater are the famous Crew Cuts and Four Lads of the 1950s to present-day artists such as Michael Schade, John McDermott, Stewart Goodyear, Kevin Hearn (The Barenaked Ladies), Robert Pomakov, Matt Dusk, Michael Colvin, Claude Morrison (The Nylons) and Michael Burgess.

On a wider scale, countless graduates stay true to their roots by providing music education and leadership to school, religious and community music programs. In auditoriums, churches and concert halls throughout Toronto, Canada and many corners of the world the guiding voices of St. Michael's Choir School can be heard.


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L'UQAM dłęcerne un doctorat honoris causa łŢ Michael Snow

L'UQAM dłęcerne un doctorat honoris causa łŢ Michael Snow, l'un des artistes canadiens les plus marquants en art contemporain sur la scł«ne internationale


Montrłęal, le 9 juin 2008 ĺ─ý L'UQAM rend hommage łŢ Michael Snow en lui attribuant le titre de docteur honoris causa, par dłęcision de son conseil d'administration et sur recommandation de sa Facultłę des arts. Par ce geste, l'Universitłę veut souligner sa contribution exceptionnelle łŢ l'art contemporain canadien et international, ses recherches pionnił«res et l'excellence de sa pratique, sa głęnłęrositłę et son engagement continu dans le milieu. La cłęrłęmonie de remise du doctorat a eu lieu le 7 juin dernier lors de la Collation des grades de la Facultłę. M. Snow rejoint ainsi les rangs de personnalitłęs telles que Louise Arbour, Claude Błęland, Philippe Kirsch, David Suzuki et Gilles Vigneault, que l'UQAM a honorłęes au fil des ans.


Vous trouverez l'łęloge complet du nouveau docteur łŢ l'adresse suivante : www.uqam.ca/nouvelles/2008/08-228-hom.htm


Michael Snow

Reconnu partout dans le monde, Michael Snow reprłęsente un exemple remarquable d'interdisciplinaritłę. De la peinture łŢ l'installation en passant par la sculpture, l'łęcriture, la vidłęo, les images de synthł«se, la musique, l'holographie, la photographie et le cinłęma, son oeuvre s'incarne dans un nombre impressionnant de registres. Comme compositeur, il a signłę quelques disques solo dont le lłęgendaire The Last LP. La plupart des grands musłęes collectionnent ses oeuvres, et ses films sont łŢ l'łętude dans les plus prestigieuses łęcoles de cinłęma d'Asie, d'Europe et des Amłęriques. Admirłę de ses pairs pour sa Č┤ crłęativitłę bohł«meȬ, ce novateur audacieux n'en est pas moins apprłęciłę de l'homme de la rue, grłóce notamment aux nombreuses commandes publiques qui lui ont łętłę confiłęes, les plus connues łętant Flight Stop au Eaton Centre de Toronto, The Audience au Rogers Center (autrefois le SkyDome) ainsi que The Windows Suite en fał▀ade de l'hłątel Pantages, łęgalement łŢ Toronto.


Officier puis Compagnon de l'Ordre du Canada, Michael Snow est aussi Chevalier de l'Ordre des arts et des lettres de France. Titulaire d'une demi-douzaine de doctorats honorifiques, il a obtenu le Prix du Gouverneur głęnłęral du Canada en 2000, le prix Samuel de Champlain de l'Association France-Amłęriques en 2006, le Los Angeles Film Critics Award en 2003. Il avait obtenu le Guggenheim Fellowship en 1972.



Monday, June 9, 2008

Girls Choir "Ellerhein" of Estonia

Friday, July 11, 7:30pm
St Andrews United Church
10th & St Georges, North Vancouver
Tickets at door: $10 & $5 kids 12 & under
A touring choir of the International Choral Kathaumixw, the "Ellerhein" Girls Choir is a fabulous award-winning, much-recorded choir of 40 girls aged 14-22. Visiting from one of the most choral of nations, Estonia. An evening of excellence, enthusiasm and fun!

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Listening Party : The Unmistakable Mick Hucknall Honors Legend Bobby Blue Bland

"RED" SINGS "BLUE"

Solo Debut From Simply Red's Mick Hucknall Pays Tribute To Bobby "Blue"
Bland On Rhino CD Due June 17

LOS ANGELES -- One of the most distinctive vocalists in Britain tips his
hat to one of the greatest from the American South with the June 17
release of Mick Hucknall's TRIBUTE TO BOBBY. The solo debut from the
leader of Simply Red features sizzling versions of songs popularized by
the great Bobby "Blue" Bland.

TRIBUTE TO BOBBY was recorded last summer at Hucknall's home studio in
England with longtime collaborator Andy Wright behind the boards. While
the12 songs on the new collection benefit from 21st-century production,
Mick's worldly wise delivery ensures they remain grounded in the
emotional honesty of the blues. TRIBUTE TO BOBBY will be available at
all physical retail outlets and at www.rhino.com for a suggested list
price of $18.98, or online from all digital outlets for $9.99.

Fittingly, TRIBUTE TO BOBBY opens with Hucknall's insistent take on
"Farther Up The Road," which had been Bland's first #1 R&B single in
1957. The CD draws heavily from the legendary bluesman's '50s and '60s hits
for Duke Records, including "Stormy Monday Blues," "Chains Of Love," "I
Pity The Fool," and "Cry, Cry, Cry." It's a body of work that is among
the most respected in blues history, and Mick's passionate
interpretations of these classics do them full justice.

From Simply Red's first U.S. #1 single, 1986's "Holding Back The Years,"
it was clear that Mick Hucknall possessed one of pop's great voices;
TRIBUTE TO BOBBY makes it clear that his contemporary take on soul has
always been two steps from the blues. The heartache and resolution in
the music of Bobby "Blue" Bland are fixtures of modern life in the urban
jungle -- whether that be Bobby's home turf of Memphis or Mick's in
Manchester.

"His music has this sophistication to it, a jazz tinge," explains
Hucknall of his affinity for Bland's brand of blues. "There's also the
darkness of his lyrics -- Bobby sings with a really twisted pain and
sorrow. He's one of the vocalists who influenced my singing style long
before I became a slave to pop success."

TRIBUTE TO BOBBY

Track Listing
1. "Farther Up The Road"
2. "Ain't That Lovin' You"
3. "I'm Too Far Gone (To Turn Around)"
4. "Poverty"
5. "Yolanda"
6. "Stormy Monday Blues"
7. "I Wouldn't Treat A Dog (The Way You Treated Me)"
8. "I'll Take Care Of You"
9. "Chains Of Love"
10. "I Pity The Fool"
11. "Cry, Cry, Cry"
12. "Lead Me On"

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Domaine Forget - Concert d'ouverture avec les Violons du Roy et Alexandre Tharaud


Concert dĺ─˘ouverture : Bach lĺ─˘universel


Qułębec, le 9 juin ĺ─ý Le samedi 21 juin, łŢ 20 h 30, sĺ─˘ouvrira le 30e Festival International du Domaine Forget. Pour lĺ─˘occasion, Les Violons du Roy, sous la direction de Bernard Labadie, et le pianiste Alexandre Tharaud seront rłęunis sur la scł«ne de la Salle Franł▀oys-Bernier pour offrir une soirłęe consacrłęe łŢ Jean-Słębastien Bach. Le programme comprend notamment le Concerto pour clavier en rłę mineur, BWV 1052 et des ëýuvres pour orchestre parmi les plus cłęlł«bres du compositeur, notamment la Suite en si mineur qui mettra en vedette la flł¬tiste Marie-Andrłęe Benny et le Concerto pour 2 violons en rłę mineur avec les solistes Nicole Trotier et Pascale Giguł«re.

Samedi 21 juin soirłęe dĺ─˘ouverture

Soirłęe Les Caisses Desjardins de Charlevoix
Les Violons du Roy, Bernard Labadie et Alexandre Tharaud :
Une rencontre autour de Jean-Słębastien Bach


Pour lever le voile sur sa 30e saison, le Domaine Forget a eu lĺ─˘idłęe de provoquer une rencontre entre le chef dĺ─˘orchestre Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy et le pianiste Alexandre Tharaud. Le fruit de cette rencontre, articulłęe autour dĺ─˘ëýuvres cłęlł«bres de Jean-Słębastien Bach, sera dłęvoilłę au public łŢ lĺ─˘occasion de cette grande soirłęe dĺ─˘ouverture.

Depuis le succł«s retentissant de son enregistrement consacrłę aux Suites pour clavecin de Rameau, le pianiste Alexandre Tharaud ne cesse dĺ─˘impressionner tant le public que la critique par sa personnalitłę musicale forte et singulił«re. ł─ lĺ─˘occasion de son premier concert en compagnie des Violons du Roy, le pianiste interprłętera le Concerto en fa mineur, BWV 1056 puis le plus cłęlł«bre des concertos pour clavier de Bach, le Concerto pour clavier en rłę mineur, BWV 1052 dont la partie soliste regorge de passages virtuoses. Alexandre Tharaud se rłęserve aussi deux pił«ces pour piano solo, lĺ─˘Aria, extrait de la Pastorale BWV 590 et lĺ─˘Adagio du Concerto BWV 974.

En dłębut de soirłęe, le public accueillera les deux co-violons solos des Violons du Roy, Nicole Trotier et Pascale Giguł«re, qui interprłęteront le Concerto pour deux violons en rłę mineur BWV 1043. Suivra la Deuxił«me suite pour orchestre en si mineur, une ëýuvre lumineuse et ensoleillłęe qui regroupe des airs de danses parmi les plus cłęlł«bres du compositeur, notamment la Badinerie. Dans cette ëýuvre, Bach confie łŢ la flł¬te une partie de soliste qui, au concert, sera tenue par Marie-Andrłęe Benny.

Brunches-Musique

Une dłęlicieuse fał▀on de dłęcouvrir le Domaine Forget !


Les brunches-musique sont offerts tous les dimanches de lĺ─˘łętłę, du 15 juin au 31 aoł¬t dans le nouveau pavillon du Domaine Forget. Abondamment fenłütrłę et dotłę dĺ─˘une terrasse exceptionnelle, le pavillon peut accueillir jusquĺ─˘łŢ 225 convives, beau temps, mauvais temps. Le brunch-musique du dimanche 22 juin sera łęgayłę par la musique brłęsilienne du Trio Cabuloso.


Abonnement et słęries du Domaine Forget


Lĺ─˘Abonnement au Festival consiste en 10 billets de concert au choix ou 8 billets de concert et 2 billets pour les brunches-musique du dimanche. Offert au prix de 265 $ (taxes incluses), lĺ─˘abonnement vous permet dĺ─˘łęconomiser 15 łŢ 30 % sur le prix rłęgulier et de profiter des meilleurs choix de sił«ges pour les concerts du Festival prłęsentłęs du 21 juin au 31 aoł¬t.

Les młęlomanes ont aussi la possibilitłę de sĺ─˘abonner łŢ une des Słęries du Domaine, une autre fał▀on dĺ─˘łęconomiser jusquĺ─˘łŢ 15 % sur le prix des billets et de sĺ─˘assurer de bons sił«ges pour chacun des concerts. Les słęries offertes sont Les Grands Concerts, Le Domaine Danse, Les Concerts Jazz Industrielle Alliance, Festival Extrłüme, et cette saison une nouvelle słęrie sera disponible. Il sĺ─˘agit de la słęrie 30e anniversaire, qui inclut les concerts des 17, 25 et 26 juillet et du 8 aoł¬t.

Information et rłęservations

(418) 452-3535 ou 1 888-DFORGET (336-7438)
Tłęlłęcopieur : au (418) 452-3503
www.domaineforget.com

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

La prłęsentation de Madame Butterfly sous les łętoiles a attirłę 20 000 personnes

MADAME BUTTERFLY SOUS LES łÔTOILES

ATTIRE UNE FOULE DE 20 000 spectateurs

Lĺ─˘łęvłęnement urbain Du złęnith aux łętoiles,
prłęsentłę par lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal et ses partenaires
samedi 7 juin 2008 sur lĺ─˘Esplanade de la Place des Arts,
obtient un immense succł«s

Montrłęal, dimanche 8 juin 2008 ĺ─ý Cĺ─˘est devant une foule imposante de 20 000 spectateurs que lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal, avec le co-partenariat du Mouvement des caisses Desjardins et du ministł«re des Affaires municipales et des Rłęgions, prłęsentait ce samedi 7 juin 2008 łŢ 20 h sur lĺ─˘Esplanade de la Place des Arts łŢ Montrłęal, la retransmission sur grand łęcran extłęrieur, de la dernił«re reprłęsentation de Madame Butterfly de Puccini, en direct de la salle Wilfrid-Pelletier. Le public a pu suivre, en franł▀ais et en anglais, lĺ─˘opłęra prłęsentłę en italien grłóce aux surtitres bilingues projetłęs sur les cłątłęs de la scł«ne. Pendant lĺ─˘entracte, les spectateurs ont pu assister łŢ une visite guidłęe de lĺ─˘arrił«re-scł«ne menłęe par le musicologue Pierre Vachon qui leur a fait dłęcouvrir la fłębrilitłę des coulisses, les artistes et artisans de la production. Plus tłąt dans la journłęe, łŢ midi, sur le młüme site, le public a pu dłęcouvrir le talent de trois jeunes sopranos de lĺ─˘Atelier lyrique qui ont interprłętłę de grands airs dĺ─˘opłęra.

Lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal a ainsi clłąt sa 28e saison avec łęclat, en rassemblant un public diversifiłę et nombreux łŢ cet łęvłęnement en plein air offert gratuitement. Les six reprłęsentations de Madame Butterfly en salle łętaient prłęsentłęes łŢ guichets fermłęs (17 400 spectateurs) et mettaient en vedette Hiromi Omura, la soprano japonaise acclamłęe pour sa magnifique prestation dans le rłąle-titre, et le tłęnor amłęricain Richard Troxell, dans celui du lieutenant Pinkerton.

En septembre 2008, lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal lancera sa 29e saison, avec cinq productions prłęsentłęes łŢ la salle Wilfrid-Pelletier de la Place des Arts : La fanciulla del West (La fille du Far West) de Puccini (20, 24, 27, 29 septembre, 2 octobre 2008), Les płücheurs de perles de Bizet (1, 5, 8, 10, 13 novembre 2008 ), Macbeth de Verdi (31 janvier, 4, 7, 9, 12 fłęvrier 2009), Lucia di Lammermoor de Donizetti (23, 27, 30 mai, 1, 4 juin 2009), Starmania Opłęra de Plamondon-Berger (14, 18, 21, 23, 26, 28 mars 2009), et le 13e Gala (7 dłęcembre). Lĺ─˘Atelier lyrique prłęsentera Cosi fan tutte de Mozart (28, 30 mars, 1, 2, 4 avril 2009 au Monument-National). Les projets de sensibilisation łŢ lĺ─˘art lyrique se poursuivront łęgalement avec młętrOpłęra, prłęOpłęra, coOpłęra, les głęnłęrales ouvertes et la matinłęe scolaire. De la magie łŢ ne pas manquer!
Abonnements łŢ partir de 148 $, en vente jusquĺ─˘au 8 octobre 2008
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Friday, June 6, 2008

Harbourfront Centre: Toronto Music Garden


Free concerts and dance performances with three world premieres at the Toronto Music Garden, June 29 to September 14

TORONTO, Tuesday, June 3, 2008ĺ─ţThe popular Summer Music in the Garden series returns to the Toronto Music Garden with a new season of free classical music and dance all summer long! Summer Music in the Garden showcases an eclectic array of music and dance performances that complement the beauty and calm of the Toronto Music Garden, and the music of composer Johann Sebastian Bach that inspired it. From June 29 to September 14, Summer Music in the Garden presents 20 free outdoor concerts and dance performances with over 90 performers over the course of the summer, taking place on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. and on most Sundays at 4 p.m. The popular free guided garden tours led by volunteers from the Toronto Botanical Garden return for another season, taking place on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. from June 4 to September 24, and on Thursdays before every concert at 5:30 p.m. from July 3 to September 11. Self-guided audio tours are also available for a nominal fee. Admission to the park and all its programming is free.

The programmes that takes place in the Toronto Music Garden are produced by Harbourfront Centre in partnership with City of Toronto Department of Parks, Forestry and Recreation. Summer Music in the Garden is curated for Harbourfront Centre by Artistic Director, Tamara Bernstein, and made possible through the generosity of Parks, Forestry and Recreation, Toronto Culture, and Margaret and Jim Fleck.

The Toronto Music Garden is a City of Toronto park, located on the cityĺ─˘s picturesque waterfront at 475 Queens Quay West (on the waterĺ─˘s edge side), between Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue. It is wheelchair-accessible and open year-round. For information on the Toronto Music Garden and its current programmes, the public can call Harbourfront Centre, 416-973-4000 or visit www.harbourfrontcentre.com. For information on other City of Toronto parks and gardens, the public can call 416-338-0338 or visit www.toronto.ca/parks.

Summer Music in the Garden 2008 Highlights

The 2008 season of Summer Music in the Garden opens on Sunday, June 29 with music for cello ensembleĺ─ţa tribute to the venue, which interprets Bachĺ─˘s First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello into garden design. This year, Paul Widner (director), Garrett Knecht, Peter Cosbey and Alastair Eng present an eclectic program to launch the concert series.

Three exciting world premieres takes place this year at the Toronto Music Garden. There are two music-dance works: one from Hari Krishnan, the artistic director of inDANCE (Five Gods, Two Kings and the Frog Princess on August 17) and one by Keiko Kitano/Aki Takahashi (Yanagi: Spirit of the Willow Tree on September 11), both commissioned by Harbourfront Centre specifically for presentation in the Toronto Music Garden. Both pieces take their inspiration, in part, from mythology and legend: inDANCE from South Asian mythology; Kitano/Takahasi from Japanese tales about female spirits that appear under willow trees. The world premiere of a string quartet written by U.S. composer Liam Wade for the Cecilia Quartet takes place on August 14.

There are many performers making their debut this year at the Toronto Music Garden: SamulNori Canada (Korean drumming), July 6; dancer-choreographer Keiko Kitano, August 28 and September 11; inDANCE (August 17); The Queenĺ─˘s (Quay) Trumpeters (July 3); baroque cornettist Kiri Tollaksen (Ann Arbor, Michigan) and dulcian player Dominic Teresi with Folia (July 27); Rosetta String Trio: violinist Abigail Karr, violist Sarah Darling and cellist Kate Bennett Haynes, September 14; soprano Meredith Hall and guitarist Bernard Farley (July 13); pipa player Wen Zhao (August 24); and soprano Brooke Dufton, pianist Rachad Feizoullaev, and woodwind player Colin Maier (August 10).

From June to September 2008, Borders is part of an ongoing focus on ideas in programming at Harbourfront Centre. (See page 6 for additional information). Tamara Bernstein, artistic director of Summer Music in the Garden comments, ĺ─˙Borders: such a homey, straightforward concept for a garden! But the Toronto Music Garden is not just any garden. Nestled between city and lake, it dissolves the borders between music and landscape, transforming Bachĺ─˘s Suite No. 1 in G Major for unaccompanied cello into a magical space. The borders theme resonates through many of this summerĺ─˘s concerts too. The Kirby String Quartet (July 31) performs classics that pushed the aesthetic boundaries of their day; Lucas Harris and Wen Zhao (August 24) cross musical borders to bring together two instruments (European lute and Chinese pipa) with a common ancestor; Aruna Narayan (August 21) keeps venerable South Asian musical traditions alive even while breaking down barriers as a female sarangi virtuoso. And Orfea (August 10) retells the pan-cultural myth of the hero/heroine who breaches the ultimate border in order to bring a loved one back from the realm of the deadĺ─ţa theme echoed by those ancient symbols of departed souls: the monarch butterflies who grace the Garden in late summer on their great, mysterious migration.ĺ─¨

SUMMER MUSIC IN THE GARDEN SCHEDULE

All concerts are approximately one hour long and take place weather permitting. Concerts are cancelled inclement or rainy weather.


Sunday, June 29 at 4 p.m.
CelloFest

In a Toronto Music Garden tradition, four of Torontoĺ─˘s finest cellists perform music from Bach to Zappa. Ensemble director Paul Widner is joined by Peter Cosbey, Alastair Eng and Garrett Knecht.

Thursday, July 3 at 7 p.m.
Fanfares by the Lake

You may know them from Tafelmusik, but tonight they are The Queenĺ─˘s (Quay) Trumpeters: John Thiessen, Norman Engel and Andras Molnar and baroque timpanist Edward Reifel. Performing on an array of period instruments, they take us on a glittering tour, from the renaissance courts of England to the great cathedrals of Venice and onwards to the present.

Sunday July 6 at 4 p.m.
Dancing Drums of Korea
Samulnori Canada
celebrates natureĺ─˘s rhythms with high-energy, traditional Korean drumming. With guests Han-Soo Jung, pĺ─˘iri (bamboo reed flute) and So-Sun Suh, hae-geum (Korean fiddle).

Thursday, July 10 at 7 p.m.
The Secret of the Good Life
: The Chaconneĺ─˘s Dance to Fame
Violinist Genevił«ve Gilardeau, Lucas Harris (lute, theorbo, baroque guitar) and cellist Kate Bennett Haynes take us on a toe-tapping journey, on period instruments, through the evolution of the chaconne: from its origins as an illicit dance in 16th century Mexico through to its apotheosis as a virtuoso variation form in the High Baroque. Find out why Miguel de Cervantes claimed ĺ─˙The secret of the good life is hidden in the dance of the chaconne.ĺ─¨

Sunday. July 13 at 4 p.m.
Down by the Sally Gardens: Songs of Summer, Nature, Love and Loss

Visit a sidewalk cafłę in Paris, climb a mountain with a Japanese Empress, fish for squid off the coast of Newfoundland. Soprano Meredith Hall and guitarist Bernard Farley present an eclectic and beguiling program of folk, classical and popular songs. With works by Schubert, Ned Rorem, Jayme Ovalle, Robert Burns, Yoshinao Nakada, Kozaburo Hirai, and Bernard Farley.

Thursday July 17 at 7 p.m.
The Sunniest of All Keys

The Windermere String Quartet presents two takes on the key of C Major: Haydnĺ─˘s Quartet Op. 20 No. 2 (the ĺ─˙Sunĺ─¨ Quartets) and Mozartĺ─˘s Dissonance Quartet, K. 465. Performed on period instruments by Rona Goldensher and Genevił«ve Gilardeau (violins), Anthony Rapoport (viola), and Laura Jones (cello).

Sunday July 20 at 4 p.m.
Strong Winds and Occasional Thunder

NOT a weather forecast! The superb brass and percussion sections of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada present a delightful, varied program that showcases Canadaĺ─˘s outstanding young artists.

Thursday July 24 at 7 p.m.
Percussion in a Suitcase

Find out what happens when a percussionistĺ─ţthe spectacular Aiyun Huang of Montrealĺ─ţcreates a program for which all the instruments fit into her suitcase. Music by Matthew Burtner, Alvin Lucier, Javier Alvarez, Roberto Sierra, Georges Aperghis, and John Adams.

Sunday, July 27 at 4 p.m.
Blowing/Bowing in the Wind
Folia
returns with a concert featuring two of the most unusual and beloved instruments of the 17th centuryĺ─ţthe cornetto, once considered the instrument closest to the human voice, and the dulcian, ancestor of the bassoon. Kiri Tollaksen (Ann Arbor, Michigan), North Americaĺ─˘s foremost cornettist, joins Torontoĺ─˘s own dulcian virtuoso, Dominic Teresi. Baroque violinist Linda Melsted and harpsichordist Borys Medicky complete the dream team for this programme of glorious music from 17th century Italy and Germany. Presented with the generous support of the Toronto Early Music Centre.

Thursday July 31 at 7 p.m.
Radical Masters: Unconventional Works by Mozart, Bartok and Beethoven
The charismatic Kirby String Quartet performs works that push the boundaries of their day: Bartokĺ─˘s Quartet No. 3, Beethovenĺ─˘s Quartet Op.135, and selections from Mozartĺ─˘s sublime Quartet in E flat Major, K.428. Performed by Aisslinn Nosky and Julia Wedman (violins), Max Mandel (viola), and Carina Reeves (cello).

Thursday, August 7 at 7 p.m.
Persian Music for a Summer Night
Pirouz Yousefian
and Farzad Yousefian return with more spellbinding traditional and original music on the santurĺ─ţa Persian hammer dulcimer of ancient originĺ─ţand Middle Eastern percussion.

Sunday August 10 at 4 p.m.
Orfea

In this touching adaptation for the whole family of the ancient Orfeo myth, a little girl shoulders her golden harp and journeys to the Underworld to bring her beloved grandfather back to life. Along the way we hear music from 400 years of opera, including Monteverdi, Mozart and Offenbach. Written by Greg Robic and baritone Lawrence Cotton. Performed by Cotton, Brooke Dufton (soprano), Rachad Feizoullaev (keyboard), and Colin Maier (woodwinds).

Thursday, August 14 at 7 p.m.
Cecilia
String Quartet
The globe-trotting Cecilias, now based in San Diego, return to perform Schumann's passionate yet intimate Quartet No. 3, and give the world premiere of a quartet written for them by Liam Wade. Violinists Sarah Nematallah and Min-Jeong Koh, violist Caitlin Boyle, and cellist Rebecca Wenham.

Sunday August 17 at 4 p.m.
Five Gods, Two Kings and the Frog Princess
inDANCE
, under artistic director Hari Krishnan, presents the world premiere of an exciting work for 10 dancers and six musicians that fuses traditional and contemporary approaches to Bharatanatyam dance. Commissioned by Harbourfront Centre for the Toronto Music Garden.

Thursday, August 21 at 7 p.m.
Evening Ragas in the Garden
Aruna Narayan
returns with her eloquent and virtuosic interpretations of North India ragas, performed on the 40-string sarangi with Vineet Vyas, tabla, and Akshay Kalle, tanpura.

Sunday, August 24 at 4 p.m.
A Tale of Two Lutes
Two musical cousinsĺ─ţthe European lute and the Chinese pipaĺ─ţmeet and converse as the renowned baroque lutenist Lucas Harris and pipa virtuosa Wen Zhao bring their respective traditions together.

Thursday, August 28 at 7 p.m.
Mizu to Ki no Uta (Voices of Wood and Water)
Nagata Shachu
taiko ensemble (formerly known as Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble) drum in the change of season with exuberant music rooted in ancient spiritual practices, revitalized with a contemporary vision. With special guest dancer-choreographer Keiko Kitano.

Thursday, September 4 at 7 p.m.
Bach at Dusk

Winona Zelenka
performs the piece that inspired the Toronto Music Garden: Bachĺ─˘s Suite No. 1 in G Major for unaccompanied cello. Note: Half-hour concert due to early sunset.

Thursday, September 11 at 7 p.m.
Soul/Saule-Mates: Reflections under the willow tree
On a date that invites reflection, cellist Shauna Rolston performs Soulmate for solo cello, by Chan Ka Nin; choreographer-dancer Keiko Kitano and composer-musician Aki Takahashi present the world premiere of Yanagi: Spirit of the Willow Treeĺ─ţa piece inspired by Japanese tales of ghosts and willow trees (saule, in French). Yanagi is commissioned by Harbourfront Centre for performance beneath the Toronto Music Gardenĺ─˘s weeping willow. Note: Half-hour concert due to early sunset.