LSM Newswire

Friday, October 31, 2008

"From Russia With Love", Classical Benefit Concert for Philippine Soldiers for the Environment

"From Russia With Love"

Benefit Concert for Philippine Soldiers

Cultural Center of the Philippines, 19 Nov 2008 @ 8:00 P.M.


Katya Grineva (Russia), Steinway Artist & Carnegie Hall Performer

Accompanied by

The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra

Conducted by David Harutyunyan (Armenia), Lead Conductor of the Orchestra Symphłänica de Guyaquile, Ecuador

With Special Guest Performance by

Joanna Ong Go (Philippines), Soprano, Clarion Chamber Ensemble

30 October 2008, Manila. "From Russia With Love" celebrates a first-time performance bringing together world-class talents Katya Grineva, Russian Steinway Artist and Carnegie Hall regular (romantic & classical piano); our very own Joanna Ong Go (opera); and David Harutyunyan (world conductor) - each of whom rank top in their fields - for a magical evening of romantics, classics and opera this November 19th at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

Benefit Concert Dedicated to Environmental, Social & Community Development Projects in the Philippines

Katya has delighted her audiences at concerts from New York to Moscow , Guam and Kenya , for presidents and royalties to governments and charities across the globe. Despite her demanding concert schedule, she finds time to perform for non-profit communities to help raise awareness for specific causes. In November 2006, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo presented Katya Grineva with the Gusi Peace Prize, awarded to "distinguished individuals or groups worldwide with exemplary contributions to peace and human rights".

"I am so pleased that my friends Joanna Ong Go and David Harutyunyan have agreed to join me to support environmental and civic work here in the Philippines , the results of which I am sure will surely go a long way in helping local communities develop livelihoods," says Katya.

Mdme Amelita "Ming Ramos", former First Lady of the Philippines and Russian Ambassador to the Philippines, H.E. Vitaly Y. Vorobiev, will make the opening remarks.

Tickets can be obtained from the following:

  • CCP Box Offie at telephone: +63 2 8323704;
  • Tickets on line: (ref: "From Russia With Love");
  • Ticketworld: +63 2 8919999
  • National Bookstore Outlets, The Philippines.

About the Artistes

Katya Grineva (Russia), Steinway Artist & Carnegie Hall Performer. Born in Moscow , Ms. Grineva began piano studies at age six with the Moscow Music School . She continued under the aegis of the prestigious Moscow Conservatory, at which point she started giving recitals and experiencing the "special and spontaneous" interaction between artist and audience, which is now the hallmark of her performances. Ms. Grineva has been a soloist with the Acadiana Symphony, the ARS Nova Musicians Chamber Orchestra, the Manhattan Virtuosi Orchestra and the European Philharmonic Orchestra in France. Her recitals have captivated audiences at the Laurier Society in Paris and in one of the most prestigious concert halls in Paris, Salle Gaveau. Since April 1998 Steinway and Sons has awarded Katya the honorable title of Steinway Artist. Ms. Grineva has made a specialty of the romantic piano music and recorded three CDs: "From Katya with Love", "Katya From the Heart" and "Katya...Inspiration Bleu". Visit:

Joanna Ong Go (Philippines), Soprano, Clarion Chamber Ensemble.


Renowned baritone Sherrill Milnes to give Master Class

Opera superstar Sherrill Milnes to visit faculty of music for master classes

"Milnes knows exactly how to clothe his voice with the unique mixture of lyricism and bravado that Verdi demands. It was vintage Verdi, sung by a master of this extremely difficult art." Čé Detroit Free Press

TORONTO ĺ─ý Universally acclaimed as the foremost operatic baritone of his generation, American opera superstar Sherrill Milnes will visit the University of Toronto as the Faculty of Musicĺ─˘s John R. Stratton Visiting Artist for two voice master classes. A superstar in every sense, Milnesĺ─˘s remarkable voice, artistic integrity, commanding stage presence and rugged handsomeness have made him a favorite for all audiences. Details of the master classes are as follows:

Friday, November 7, 2008
7:30 ĺ─ý 10 pm. Walter Hall. Free

Saturday, November 8, 2008
2:30 ĺ─ý 5 pm. Walter Hall. Free

Sherrill Milnes has conquered all of the great opera capitals of the world: the Royal Opera, Covent Garden; La Scala, Milan; Berlin's Deutsche Oper; the Paris Opera; Buenos Aires' famed Teatro Colon; the Liceu in Barcelona; the Bavarian State Opera in Munich; the Salzburg Festival; the Hamburg Opera and Moscow's Bolshoi Theatre. He has also appeared with the San Francisco Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago and the opera companies of Pittsburgh, San Diego, Miami and Denver, among others in the United States. At the Metropolitan Opera he has been honored with 16 new productions, seven opening nights, and ten national telecasts, and he also performed at the 25th anniversary gala honoring James Levine. In 2008 he is honored with the receipt of the Opera News Award for Distinguished Achievement.

In recent seasons, Sherrill Milnes expanded his vast operatic repertoire to include performances of new roles, including the title role in Falstaff (several productions including New York City Opera, Florida Grand Opera and Baltimore Opera); Count Westmoreland in Wolf-Ferrari's Sly (Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu, Washington Opera on tour in Japan); Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd (Ravinia Festival); the title role in Gianni Schicchi (Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, also with performances of Michele in Il Tabarro); and Ajax in Georges Antheil's Transatlantic (Minnesota Opera, United States premiere). However, Mr. Milnes continued to perform most of the roles which have brought him great acclaim, including Amonasro in Aida at the Metropolitan Opera; Scarpia in Tosca (Budapest and Torre del Lago); Iago in Otello (Budapest and Karlruhe); Mendelssohn's Elijah (performances throughout the United States); Gerard in Andrea Chenier (Pittsburgh Opera); Germont in La Traviata (L'Opłęra de Montrłęal); and performances of Verdi and Puccini arias with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.

Mr. Milnes was also in great demand as a recitalist and in concert, appearing on the world's major recital stages and with the great orchestras of North America and Europe. He had the honor of performing for every United States president since Gerald Ford, and has appeared in recital at the White House at the request of Presidents Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush.

Conducting has become an integral part of Mr. Milnes' multi-faceted career. Two recent engagements include Elijah at Carnegie Hall (which marked his New York conducting debut), and Aida with Opera Memphis (his operatic conducting debut).

He has the distinction of being the most recorded American opera singer, with a discography encompassing his great opera roles, as well as lieder, oratorio, symphony and Broadway. His recordings of CosłĘ fan tutte, Aida, and La bohł«me had the distinction of receiving Grammy Awards, and his recordings of Brahms's Four Serious Songs (with Erich Leinsdorf at the piano) and the sacred recording Amazing Grace received Grammy Award nominations. In 1997, Video Arts International (VAI) released two of several live recital albums: There but for You Go I and Kingdom by the Sea. The baritone is also featured on three music videos: Homage to Verdi, Sherrill Milnes: All Star Gala, and Sherrill Milnes at Juilliard: An Opera Master Class, as well as on his Metropolitan Opera performances on current release. His autobiography, American Aria: From Farm Boy to Opera Star, was published by Schirmer Books.

Throughout his remarkable career, Mr. Milnes has shown an affinity for Verdi, whose works form the cornerstone of his repertoire which comprises some 70 roles, including the lead baritone roles in Otello, Don Carlo, Aida, La Traviata, Il Trovatore, La Forza del Destino, Luisa Miller, Ernani, and Un Ballo in Maschera, as well as the monumental title roles of Rigoletto, Simon Boccanegra, Macbeth, and Nabucco, all sung to overwhelming acclaim. He has also triumphed as Mozart's Don Giovanni, at the famed Salzburg Festival, as well as Bizet's Escamillo in Carmen, Rossini's Figaro in Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Puccini's Scarpia in Tosca, Jack Rance in La Fanciulla del West, Ambroise Thomas's Hamlet, Athanael in Massenet's Thałěs, and the title role of Henry VIII by Saint-Sał┤ns, among many others.

Mr. Milnes grew up on a dairy farm in Downers Grove, Illinois. Despite a childhood devoted to daily chores, he, in addition to taking voice lessons, studied piano, violin, viola, double bass, clarinet and tuba. But when it came time for college, he could see no future in music and pursued pre-medical studies. After a year and a half, however, during which he had banished music from his life, he realized that it was his true calling and enrolled at Drake University where he studied with Andrew White, earning his bachelor's and master's degrees in music in the hope of becoming a teacher. Additional graduate studies with Hermanus Baer followed at Northwestern University. During these years, the young baritone supported himself by playing in local jazz bands and singing wherever he could at women's clubs, with local opera groups, in churches and synagogues, and for television and radio commercials. A great opportunity came when the baritone won an audition with the Boris Goldovsky Opera Company, an event he has called the "luckiest possible beginning" for his career. He toured throughout the United States with the Goldovsky Opera Company - over 100,000 miles by bus - singing in over 300 performances of more than a dozen roles.

It is fitting that the career of this artist was launched in his native land, belying the notion that singers must work their way through the small European opera houses before earning the respect of American critics and audiences. In fact, it was at the quintessential American house, the New York City Opera, that Mr. Milnes made his first important debut, Valentin in Gounod's Faust. It was in this same role that Sherrill Milnes made his debut at the Metropolitan Opera to great public and critical acclaim. Sherrill Milnes was launched to stardom, however, when his riveting performance as Miller in Verdi's Luisa Miller literally stopped the show at the Met and immediately made him the dominant baritone of our time. His international career began with a triumphant Macbeth at the Vienna Staatsoper.

The baritone has received numerous honors during his distinguished career, including seven honorary doctoral degrees. He is particularly proud of being named as a Commendatore of the Italian Republic for his long commitment to Italian opera. In 1987 he received New York City's Seal of Recognition for his rich contribution to the city's cultural life. Mr. Milnes was also chosen by the American Bible Society to receive the 25 millionth copy of its Good News Bible, and in 1993 he organized a benefit concert in Vienna's famed St. Stephen's Cathedral for the victims of the Bosnia-Herzegovina War. In September 1996, Mr. Milnes was honored by the French government with the distinguished Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and in 2003 he became a member of the Lincoln Academy, the highest honor awarded by the state of Illinois.

Sherrill Milnes has worked extensively with young singers throughout his career, including master classes and more extensive teaching during his concert and opera tours. He has led master classes at the Juilliard and Manhattan Schools in New York, at major universities throughout the country, and at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. More extensive teaching has been done at the Yale University School of Music, Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, at the Northern Royal College of Music in Manchester, the Israel Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, and the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy. Mr. Milnes has judged several international competitions including the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. He is currently the John Evans Distinguished Professor of Music at Northwestern University.

In 2000, Mr. Milnes with his wife Maria Zouves, founded VOICExperience, a not-for-profit organization. VOICExperience helps young singers develop and pursue their careers with programming throughout the country. They bring the best coaches and teachers, as well as the stars, from both the operatic and theatrical world to interact with the singers.

Labels: , , ,

SHIFT Festival


Movement and meaning between Canada and the Netherlands

A Festival of Canadian and Dutch Music, Film and Literature

Muziekgebouw aan ĺ─˛t IJ in Amsterdam: November 18 ĺ─ý 22, 2008

Harbourfront and the Music Gallery in Toronto: February 25 ĺ─ý March 3, 2009

For Immediate Release ĺ─ý Toronto, October 31, 2008: Continuum Contemporary Music is pleased to announce SHIFT, a festival of Canadian and Dutch music, film and literature, taking place November 18-22, 2008 in Amsterdam and February 25-March 3, 2009 in Toronto. Programmed by some of Canadaĺ─˘s top artistic voices ĺ─ý Continuum Contemporary Music, Authors at Harboufront Centre and The Images Festival, in collaboration with The Netherlandsĺ─˘ influential Muziek Centrum Nederland (formerly Gaudeamus) and the internationally acclaimed Asko|SchłĆnberg and Ives ensembles -- in Amsterdam SHIFT is hosted by the architecturally stunning new Muziekgebouw aan ĺ─˛t IJ while Canadian activities take place at Torontoĺ─˘s jewel of the waterfront, Harbourfront Centre, as well as the Music Gallery.

Amsterdam events include concerts, pre-concert talks moderated by well-known Dutch cultural critics, a live VPRO Radio broadcast, film and live music collaborations, late night screenings of film and video, and panel discussions featuring authors from both countries, one of which will be recorded for later broadcast on CBC radio. With 36 Canadian artists represented, 29 of them present, SHIFT is the largest festival of Canadian art to take place in Europe in many years. Added to those numbers are 42 Dutch musicians, composers, filmmakers and writers, making SHIFT an exceptional cultural event.

SHIFT was conceived by Continuumĺ─˘s Artistic Director Jennifer Waring during her Metcalf Foundation funded residency with Gaudeamus in 2005-06. At its root, the festival is an investigation of the bond between the two markedly different countries, created during the Second World War and through the subsequent wave of immigration to Canada, and provides a new perspective on the relationship. She writes, ĺ─˙The Netherlands is small, rich in human history, and still comparatively uniform in makeup; Canada is large, young as a modern state, and diverse in its population. In these rather obvious factors the countries are diametrically opposed, and to an expatriate ĺ─ý a privilege I had on and off over seven years ĺ─ý the contrast is a head-swiveling, breathtaking experience that can provoke hyperactive theorizing. But a base of common outlook and perception prevents total disorientation and makes comparison possible. Beyond these is an ineffable but strong affinity.ĺ─¨

SHIFTĺ─˘s musical highlights include:

  • On November 18, a performance by the one of the worldĺ─˘s premiere new music ensembles, the ASKO|SchłĆnberg Ensemble, with internationally acclaimed Canadian soprano Barbara Hannigan and conductor Etienne Siebens. The programme features premieres funded by The Canada Council for the Arts by James Rolfe and Michael Oesterle, as well as the Dutch premiere of Lettura di Dante by the late Claude Vivier and a new work by the young Dutch composer Corrie van Binsbergen;
  • On November 19, a performance by Quatuor Bozzini, twice winner of the Prix Opus from Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique featuring works by Canadian composers Martin Arnold and Michael Oesterle, and Dutch composers Richard Ayres, Hanna Kulenty and Martijn Voorvelt.
  • On November 20, a joint concert by Continuum and the Ives Ensemble. Recognized as leaders in new music in their respective countries, IE and Continuum premiere music written for the combined ensembles ĺ─ý Linda Bouchard (CA) (funded by the Canada Council for the Arts) and Guus Janssen (NL) (funded by Nederlands Fonds voor de Podiumkunsten NFPK+) and for the separate ensembles ĺ─ý Makye Nas (NL) for Continuum, and Gyula Csapo for IE. Continuum also performs raW (by James Rolfe), winner of the 2006 Jules-Lłęger Prize. The concert will be broadcast live by VPRO Radio.

SHIFT features an ambitious programme of film and music collaboration in Notes on Composing: 5 collaborations in film and music, November 21. The result of a programming collaboration between Continuum Contemporary Music and The Images Festival, Notes on Composing features world premieres of five short films with live music performed by Continuum and violinist/composer Malcolm Goldstein. Most of the collaborating artists had never met or worked together ĺ─ý as Images Festival Artistic Director Pablo de Ocampo writes, ĺ─˙these collaborations represent something of a leap in faith, or a dare on the part of all the parties involved.ĺ─¨

  • Winnipeg-based Guy Maddin (a multiple award-winner at local and international film festivals including Best Canadian Feature at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival for My Winnipeg) working with the brilliant British/Dutch composer Richard Ayres;
  • video artist Vera Frenkel (winner of the 2006 Governor Generalĺ─˘s Award in Visual and Media Arts, the Canada Council Molson Prize, the Bell Canada Award for Video Art, the 2006 Governor Generalĺ─˘s Award and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts) working with acclaimed Toronto percussionist and composer Rick Sacks;
  • Canadian filmmaker Dałěchi Sałěto working with one of the originators of North American musical experimentalism, Montreal-based Malcolm Goldstein;
  • environmental biologist turned filmmaker Christina Battle working with Toronto composer Martin Arnold;
  • Toronto-based filmmaker and poet Clive Holden working with Rotterdam composer Oscar van Dillen.

The program will be repeated in Toronto on opening night of The Images Festival in April 2009.

SHIFT will also feature two nights of screenings of short films from Canada and The Netherlands, curated by The Images Festival and The Impakt Festival (Utrecht) respectively.

Programming for the literature component of SHIFT has been undertaken by Authors at Harbourfront Centre, with events in Amsterdam falling under the banner of the International Festival of Authors (IFOA). In its 35 year history, Authors at Harbourfront Centre has presented more than 5,000 authors from more than 100 countries. The world-renowned IFOA, now in its 29th year, annually presents more than 100 authors ĺ─ý established and emerging ĺ─ý from around the world as part of an 11-day festival each October. IFOA Amsterdam is the first time an element of the Festival has been presented overseas. Events in both Amsterdam and in Toronto feature panel discussions in which Canadian and Dutch authors at different stages in their career open up new debates around literature, culture, and shared international perspectives. The line-up for Amsterdam is: From Canada: Dionne Brand (What We All Long For, Inventory), Lewis DeSoto (A Blade of Grass), Helen Humphreys (Wild Dogs, Coventry), Andrew Pyper (Lost Girls, The Killing Circle), and, as event moderator, Eleanor Wachtel (host of CBC Radio's Writers & Company). From The Netherlands: Gerbrand Bakker (The Twin), Lieve Joris (The Rebels' Hour), Lucette ter Borg (The Gift from Berlin), Anja Sicking (The Silent Sin), and, as event moderator, Michał┤l Zeeman (cultural correspondent for de Volkskrant). Canadian author Richard Clewes (Finding Lily) hosts all events. The discussion moderated by Eleanor Wachtel will be recorded for broadcast on CBC Radio. Continuum has worked with Authors at Harbourfront Centre Director Geoffrey Taylor to set up these author events.

Continuum Contemporary Music presents the work of emerging Canadian composers alongside works by established national and international composers in its concert series, at festivals, on tour, over the air waves and through recordings. The Chalmers Award-winning group has generated interdisciplinary projects with celebrated Vancouver choreographer Conrad Alexandrowicz; Montreal video artist Ramona Ramlochand; and John Oswald. For l'Oreille Fine, Continuum combined new music and philosophy in concerts and a symposium wherein philosophers, poets and critics dealt with the subject of new music. Formed in 1985, Continuum has a core ensemble of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion which is often varied and combined with electronics. The organization has commissioned and premiered over 100 new works from emerging and established Canadian composers; increasingly it commissions international composers. Continuum toured Canada in 1999 and Europe in 2003, and will be on tour again in the fall of 2008, with performances in Aberdeen, 's-Hertogenbosch, Amsterdam and Huddersfield. It has released two CD's on its own label, recorded one for Centrediscs and has two CD projects in the works.

Established in 1987, The Images Festival is the largest festival in North America for experimental and independent moving image culture, showcasing the innovative edge of international contemporary media art both on and off the screen. From Super-8 and hand-tinted celluloid to the latest video art, Images has presented thousands of films and media based projects in our 21+ year history. Images is committed to an expanded concept of film and video practice: alongside film and video screenings, the festival presents groundbreaking live performances, media art installations in local galleries and new media projects by many renowned Canadian and international artists. We go out of our way and over the edge to provide Toronto with an annual extravaganza of image making. Attended by more than 30,000 people each year, Torontoĺ─˘s 2nd oldest film festival is a critical forum for the independent media arts in Canada and around the world and provides artists with a supportive and professional forum in which to present their projects. Many influential media artists have been nurtured by Imagesĺ─˘ willingness to embrace new creative concepts and modes of expression in the media arts field. The Images Festival exhibits and encourages the work of artists producing film and video outside of mainstream commercial production, distribution systems and aesthetic conventions. In addition to the international competition programs drawn from submissions to the festival, Images includes artists' retrospectives, national and regional cinema spotlights, publishing projects, touring programs and special guest-curated sections.

The world renowned Authors at Harbourfront Centre programme is home to a weekly reading series (September to June), the annual International Festival of Authors (IFOA) (October) and, for younger readers, YoungIFOA (October), ALOUD: a Celebration for Young Readers (May) and Forest of ReadingČĂ Festival of TreesĺĐó (May). Established in 1974, Authors at Harbourfront Centre's mandate is to present the world's most important and influential authors and distinctive new writers, Canadian and international, in a forum that celebrates books and writing. The programme provides Canadian authors with an internationally recognized platform on which to present their work, and fosters an awareness in its audiences of the variety and richness of writing from Canada and around the world. Since programming began, Authors at Harbourfront Centre has presented more than 5,000 authors, including 15 Nobel Laureates and countless other prize winners, on its stages. In 1980, the fledgling IFOA became the first international literary festival in North America. At that time it presented 18 poets over 6 days. Twenty-nine years later, IFOA continues to grow. The 2008 festival included nearly 70 public events, featuring writers of fiction, non-fiction, travel writing, poetry, graphic novels, and books for younger readers in a series of readings, interviews, and panel discussions. Annual special events include readings by the authors shortlisted for the three major Canadian fiction awards, the awarding of the $10,000 Harbourfront Festival Prize, and a gala benefit to support of PEN Canada.

Continuum is supported through grants from The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the city of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council; the Metcalf Foundation's Strategic Initiatives programme; the SOCAN, Emerald and McLean foundations; by patrons Aurora Tewksbury Reford, Ann Southam and Christopher Des Brisay; by the accounting firm Newman & Sversky; and as well, through the generosity of many private donors.

SHIFT is supported by The Canada Council for the Arts, Muziek Centrum Nederland, Muziekgebouw aan ĺ─˛t IJ, the Consulate-General of The Netherlands, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Charles Street Video and a variety of individual and corporate donors.

For more information on SHIFT please contact Festival Coordinator Josh Grossman at (416) 924-4945 or , or visit .

Ticket prices will be posted shortly.

Labels: , , , , ,

La Coalition canadienne des arts souhaite la bienvenue au nouveau ministre du Patrimoine canadien

La Coalition canadienne des arts souhaite la bienvenue au nouveau ministre du Patrimoine canadien

Le 31 octobre 2008 - La Coalition canadienne des arts fłęlicite M. James Moore, le nouveau ministre du Patrimoine canadien et des Langues officielles, łŢ l'occasion de sa nomination au Cabinet.

Č┤ Il nous tarde, a dłęclarłę la coprłęsidente du Comitłę directeur de la Coalition, Anne-Marie Jean, de travailler avec le ministre pour faire respecter la garantie donnłęe par le Parti conservateur, łŢ savoir que "les arts sont essentiels łŢ notre pays et łŢ nos collectivitłęs." Ȭ

Durant la campagne łęlectorale, tous les partis ont confirmłę qu'ils attachaient une grande valeur au maintien d'une bonne qualitłę de vie pour les Canadiens et ils ont reconnu l'importance des arts et de la culture pour le Canada. Č┤ Nous croyons que des expłęriences artistiques et culturelles exceptionnelles et accessibles constituent une composante essentielle de cette bonne qualitłę de vie qui fait la rłęputation du Canada, a rłęitłęrłę Mme Jean. Nous sommes impatients de travailler avec le gouvernement pour renforcer les programmes, les politiques et les investissements au chapitre des arts et de la culture qui visent łŢ appuyer le secteur canadien des arts et de la culture, dont la contribution łŢ notre PIB atteint 46 milliards de dollars. Ȭ

La Coalition canadienne des arts qui reprłęsente le plus grand consortium appuyant les arts, la culture et le patrimoine, rłęclame un financement accru au programme fłędłęral artistique et culturel. Une communautłę des arts et de la culture florissante, soutenue par un financement adłęquat du gouvernement fłędłęral, placera le Canada dans le peloton de tłüte des sociłętłęs dont la stratłęgie de dłęveloppement marie brillamment innovation, excellence, cohłęsion sociale et prospłęritłę łęconomique.

Labels: ,

Frłędłęrick De Grandprłę au GEMU

samedi 8 novembre 2008, 20H00
Maison de la Culture Mercier
8105 Hochelaga Mtl. Qc.
Spectacles gratuits avec laissez-passer

Suite łŢ une prestation enlevante au Festival 3e Art ce printemps dernier łŢ Mercier, Robert Prłęvost est de retour łŢ la demande głęnłęrale et propose IndigoSwingRumore. Ce concert met en scł«ne 30 des meilleurs musiciens montrłęalais et prłęsente des airs favoris arrangłęs de fał▀on nouvelle et rafrałĂchissante. Pour cette occasion, Robert Prłęvost reł▀oit des invitłęs de marque : Frłędłęrick De Grandprłę, Victoria Doyon et Hugo St-Cyr.

Le charme
crooner de Monsieur De Grandprłę sera en effervescence alors qu'il interprł«tera avec le GEMU des succł«s popularisłęs par Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin et Harry Connick jr.. Il faut entendre Victoria Doyon ĺ─ţ reconnue entre autres pour son travail vocal avec Garou ĺ─ţ colorer le swing de son empreinte trł«s personnelle et voir Hugo St-Cyr jouer de la batterie jazz avec une passion epoustouflante!

Le GEMU prłęsente un style łŢ la croisłęe des musiques
d'aujourd'hui ; le big-band est prłęsentłę ici en version moderne et łęclatłęe, entił«rement revigorłę. Le GEMU est reconnu comme łętant un des ensembles les plus excitants de la scł«ne montrłęalaise ; ce spectacle promet d'łütre excitant et exceptionnel... łŢ ne pas manquer!!!

Le nombre de places est limitłę et les laissez-passer pour ce spectacle gratuit sont prłęsentement disponibles łŢ la Maison de la Culture Mercier.

Labels: ,

Trio Hochelaga en concert łŢ Montrłęal le 10 novembre

De retour dĺ─˘une tournłęe en Chine, le Trio Hochelaga est heureux de vous inviter łŢ son prochain concert
prłęsentłę łŢ Montrłęal łŢ la Salle Redpath de l'Universitłę McGill, le lundi 10 novembre 2008, łŢ 20 h.

Au programme :
ĺ─ó Joseph Haydn - Trio no 15, en sol majeur, Hob. XV
ĺ─ó Thłęodore Dubois - Trio no 1, en do mineur
ĺ─ó Fłęlix Mendelssohn - Trio no 1, en rłę mineur, opus 49

Coł¬t des billets : łętudiants 5 $ - adultes 20 $ (taxe incluse) - Billets en vente łŢ la porte avant le concert.

Salle Redpath de l'Universitłę McGill, 3461 McTavish, Montrłęal (Młętro McGill)
Ce concert sera aussi prłęsentłę łŢ Ottawa, le dimanche 9 novembre, łŢ 15 h, au Pavillon Tabaret de l'Universitłę d'Ottawa

Fondłę en 2000, le Trio Hochelaga sĺ─˘est trł«s rapidement distingułę sur la scł«ne musicale canadienne comme lĺ─˘un des plus importants ensembles de musique de chambre au pays. La violoniste Anne Robert, le violoncelliste Paul Marleyn, et le pianiste Stłęphane Lemelin ont choisi de partager leur passion pour un rłępertoire de musique de chambre allant de lĺ─˘łępoque classique łŢ la musique dĺ─˘aujourdĺ─˘hui. Interprł«tes des grandes ëýuvres du rłępertoire, ils accordent une place particulił«re łŢ la musique franł▀aise, dont ils se donnent le mandat dĺ─˘explorer les richesses młęconnues.

Le Trio Hochelaga a dł«s ses dłębuts łętłę invitłę łŢ participer aux principaux festivals dĺ─˘łętłę de lĺ─˘est du Canada, dont le Festival international de Lanaudił«re, le Festival international de musique de chambre dĺ─˘Ottawa, le Festival of the Sound, et le Festival du Centre dĺ─˘Arts dĺ─˘Orford. En 2003, le Trio Hochelaga a crłęłę le Triple Concerto de Jacques Hłętu, avec lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal au Festival de Lanaudił«re. Parmi les faits saillants dĺ─˘une tournłęe łŢ Taiwan et au Japon en 2004, notons lĺ─˘invitation łŢ se produire avec le Tokyo New City Orchestra dans le Triple Concerto de Beethoven au Sumida Triphony Hall de Tokyo.

Labels: , , ,

Giorgia Fumanti en concerts au Qułębec pour le temps des Fłütes

Aprł«s avoir fait un malheur aux Jeux olympiques de Beijing

Giorgia Fumanti

nous revient pour une

słęrie de concerts du temps des Fłütes!

Montrłęal, le 30 octobre 2008 ĺ─ý De retour łŢ la maison aprł«s avoir łęlectrisłę des millions de Chinois łŢ lĺ─˘occasion de młęmorables prestations livrłęes aux Jeux olympiques de Płękin et au Nanning International Folk Song Art Festival, voilłŢ que lĺ─˘envoł¬tante soprano qułębłęcoise dĺ─˘origine italienne Giorgia Fumanti est łŢ mettre au point les derniers prłęparatifs en vue dĺ─˘une mini-tournłęe de concerts aux couleurs du temps des Fłütes, quĺ─˘elle sĺ─˘apprłüte łŢ effectuer dans quelques salles et łęglises de la Belle province. Une occasion en or (etĺ─ en art!) de voir et, surtout, dĺ─˘entendre de prł«s celle qui a dłęsormais lĺ─˘habitude de briller devant plusieurs milliers de spectateurs, sur les scł«nes comptant parmi les plus prestigieuses au monde.

Si elle est des plus fił«res dĺ─˘offrir prochainement aux Qułębłęcois un tout premier album de langue franł▀aise (Je Suis, en magasin le 18 novembre), reste que son ultime plaisir rłęside dans ce partage dĺ─˘łęmotions quĺ─˘elle vit avec son premier public, le public dĺ─˘ici, lorsquĺ─˘elle ne fait quĺ─˘un avec la scł«ne. Pour lĺ─˘heure, les dates et les endroits suivants de cette Č┤ rentrłęe Ȭ qułębłęcoise ont łętłę confirmłęs :

Le samedi 29 novembre | 20 h ĺ─ý łÔglise de la Purification

445, rue Notre-Dame, łŢ Repentigny
Infos : Isba Music, łÔdith Provost 450.669.4088

Le dimanche 30 novembre | 15 h ĺ─ý łÔglise Saint-Joseph-de-Chambly

164, rue Martel , łŢ Chambly
Infos : 450.658.1568 ou 819.679.0313

Le samedi 6 dłęcembre | 20 h ĺ─ý Chapelle Saint-łÔdouard

364, Chemin Knowlton, au Lac Brome
Infos : 450.242.2870 ĺ─ý Sans frais : 1.877.242.2870

Le dimanche 7 dłęcembre | 15 h 30 ĺ─ý łÔglise de Val-Morin

6149 rue Morin, łŢ Val-Morin

Infos : Isba Music, łÔdith Provost 450.669.4088

Le dimanche 21 dłęcembre | 19 h ĺ─ý Thłęłótre du Vieux-Terrebonne

866, rue Saint-Pierre, łŢ Terrebonne

Billets en vente : ł─ la billetterie du Thłęłótre du Vieux-Terrebonne
450.492.4777 ĺ─ý Sans frais : 1.866.404.4777

Par internet :, ou au 514.790.1245

Labels: ,

CCA applauds CRTC's decision to support Canada's cultural sector / La Confłęrence canadienne des arts se rłęjouit de la dłęcision du CRTC d'appuyer la programmation canadienne

CCA applauds CRTCĺ─˘s decision to support Canadaĺ─˘s cultural sector

The CRTCĺ─˘s decision to support local Canadian programming clearly meets the requirements of Canadaĺ─˘s broadcasting legislation and Canadiansĺ─˘ desire, for more and better-funded Canadian programming, says Canadaĺ─˘s oldest and largest arts advocacy and cultural policy development organization, the Canadian Conference of the Arts (CCA).

ĺ─˙By strengthening cable and satellite companiesĺ─˘ financial commitments to Canadian content and enabling broadcasters in all but five locations to improve the local service they provide to Canadian audiences, the CRTC has acted to ensure that most Canadians will be able to hear and watch more high-quality programming made about Canadians, by Canadians and for Canadians,ĺ─¨ said CCAĺ─˘s National Director, Alain Pineau. ĺ─˙We are delighted that after so many years of deregulatory policies whose perverse result was to encourage increased spending on foreign imports at the detriment of programs made in Canada, the Commission is now acting to support and strengthen Canadaĺ─˘s cultural sector.ĺ─¨

Pineau also welcomed the CRTCĺ─˘s clear desire for enforceable and enforced programming objectives. ĺ─˙Setting out measurable local programming targets in the CRTC spring 2009 TV licence renewal hearings is the most effective and efficient way to ensure that Parliamentĺ─˘s objectives for our broadcasting system are being met,ĺ─¨ said Pineau. ĺ─˙CCA welcomes the Commissionĺ─˘s decision to act in light of the benefits its policy will bring to the economy through increased employment and opportunities for investment.ĺ─¨

CCAĺ─˘s written and oral presentation to the CRTC focussed on the need for effective and efficient regulation in the public interest, and emphasized the importance of the cultural sector to the economy as a whole. According to a Conference Board of Canada report published in August 2008, every dollar of real value-added GDP produced by Canadaĺ─˘s culture industries, generates roughly $1.84 to Canadaĺ─˘s overall real GDP.

CCAĺ─˘s mandate is to be the national forum for the arts and cultural community in Canada; to provide research, analysis and consultations on public policies affecting the arts and the Canadian cultural institutions and industries; to foster informed public debates on policy issues; and to seek to advance the cultural rights of Canadians.

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

La Confłęrence canadienne des arts se rłęjouit de la dłęcision du CRTC dĺ─˘appuyer la programmation canadienne

La Confłęrence canadienne des arts (CCA) estime que la dłęcision du CRTC dĺ─˘appuyer la production dĺ─˘łęmissions locales canadiennes est conforme aux objectifs de la Loi sur la radiodiffusion et au dłęsir des citoyens dĺ─˘avoir accł«s łŢ des programmes de qualitłę qui rłęflł«tent leur rłęalitłę proche.

Selon le directeur głęnłęral de la CCA, Alain Pineau, Č┤ En reforł▀ant les obligations financił«res des compagnies de cłóble et de satellite et en donnant aux diffuseurs partout sauf dans cinq localitłęs les moyens dĺ─˘amłęliorer leurs services locaux, le Conseil a fait en sorte que la majoritłę des citoyens pourront voir davantage de programmes de meilleure qualitłę, faits pour eux et prł«s de chez eux. Ȭ M. Pineau a ajoutłę: Č┤ Nous sommes ravis quĺ─˘aprł«s tant dĺ─˘annłęes de dłęreglementation dont lĺ─˘effet principal aura łętłę dĺ─˘augmenter lĺ─˘achat dĺ─˘łęmissions łętrangł«res aux dłępens de la production domestique, le CRTC agit maintenant de fał▀on łŢ renforcer notre culture nationale. Ȭ

La CCA se rłęjouit łęgalement de voir le CRTC adopter des mesures pour que les objectifs de programmation fixłęs soient effectivement respectłęs. Č┤ En łętablissant des cibles quantifiłęes de programmation lorsquĺ─˘il procłędera au printemps 2009 au renouvellement des licences des diffuseurs privłęs, le CRTC a choisi la fał▀on la plus efficace et efficiente de mesurer comment sont atteints les objectifs culturels que le Parlement canadien a fixłęs pour notre systł«me de radiodiffusion Ȭ, dłęclare Alain Pineau. Č┤ La CCA accueille avec satisfaction cette dłęcision du Conseil qui entrałĂnera de plus des błęnłęfices łęconomiques en crłęant de lĺ─˘emploi et des possibilitłęs dĺ─˘investissement. Ȭ

Les prłęsentations de la CCA devant le CRTC łętaient centrłęes sur le besoin dĺ─˘une rłęglementation effective et efficace, visant lĺ─˘intłęrłüt public en głęnłęral et reconnaissant lĺ─˘importance du secteur culturel dans la sociłętłę et lĺ─˘łęconomie canadienne. Selon une łętude rłęcente du Conference Board du Canada, chaque dollar de valeur ajoutłęe par les activitłęs culturelles au pays contribue ultimement lĺ─˘łęquivalent de 1,84 $ au produit national brut.

Le mandat de la Confłęrence canadienne des arts (CCA) est dĺ─˘łütre le forum national de la communautłę artistique et culturelle au Canada. Elle effectue des recherches, produit des analyses et fournit des expertises sur les politiques publiques concernant les arts, les institutions et les industries culturelles canadiennes. La CCA favorise et łęclaire le dłębat public entourant les enjeux politiques et travaille łŢ la promotion des droits des Canadiens en matił«re de culture.

Labels: , , , ,

Canadian Arts Coalition Welcomes New Minister of Canadian Heritage

Canadian Arts Coalition Welcomes New Minister of Canadian Heritage

October 31, 2008 - The Canadian Arts Coalition congratulates Mr. James Moore, the new Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages on his appointment to Cabinet.

"We are eager to begin working with the new Minister to fulfill the Conservative Party's assurance that 'the arts are essential to our country and our communities,'" says Anne-Marie Jean, co-chair of the Coalition's Steering Committee.

During the election campaign, all parties affirmed the value they place in continuing to provide a high quality of life for Canadians, and recognized the importance of arts and culture for Canada. "We believe that outstanding, accessible arts and culture experiences are an essential component of that high quality of life for which Canada is known," reinforced Jean. "We look forward to working with the government to strengthen arts and culture programs, policies, and investments to support the Canadian arts and culture sector, one that contributes $46 billion to our GDP."

The Canadian Arts Coalition is Canada's largest consortium of arts, culture and heritage supporters advocating for increased federal investment in arts and culture. We believe that a thriving arts and culture sector, supported by adequate investment by the federal government, will place Canada at the forefront of a global society that values innovation, excellence, social cohesion and economic prosperity.

Labels: ,

Thursday, October 30, 2008

NAC Orchestra to perform for 1,400 students and teachers

NAC Orchestra to perform for 1,400 students and teachers at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton on November 4th

First concert ever by a major Canadian orchestra at CFB Edmonton

Edmonton, Alberta ĺ─ý Canadaĺ─˘s National Arts Centre Orchestra will perform a student matinee at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton Field House on Tuesday, November 4th, 2008, at 1:15 p.m. This will be the first time a major Canadian orchestra has performed at CFB Edmonton.

Media are asked to report to the front lobby of the Edmonton Garrison Military Fitness Centre on the corner of Range Road 244 and Mons Avenue at CFB Edmonton.

This event is part of the Ottawa-based Orchestraĺ─˘s three-week Western Canada Tour featuring 13 concerts in 10 cities, as well as 135 education events in 27 communities from Victoria, to the Yukon, to Winnipeg.

During Tuesdayĺ─˘s concert, the NAC Orchestra will perform a program called Bravo Beethoven! for 1,400 students and teachers from the baseĺ─˘s Guthrie Elementary School as well as from other area schools. During the performance, students will be invited to sing and play along on recorders with the NAC Orchestra to Beethovenĺ─˘s Ode to Joy.

This special concert will be led by the NAC Orchestraĺ─˘s Principal Youth and Family Conductor Boris Brott, and will feature young Victoria-born violinist Nikki Chooi, as well as actor Peter Duschenes in the role of Ludwig van Beethoven.

While at CFB Edmonton, selected NAC Orchestra musicians will lead instrumental clinics from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. for musicians of the Royal Canadian Artillery Band.

Labels: , ,

En route vers le 1er Gala de la musique łŢ Qułębec

En route vers le 1er Gala de la musique de Qułębecĺ─Â

Qułębec, le 30 octobre 2008 ĺ─ý La premił«re rencontre dĺ─˘information tenue par les producteurs du Gala de la musique de Qułębec (GMQ) sĺ─˘est tenue le 19 octobre dernier łŢ lĺ─˘Impłęrial de Qułębec. Les membres prłęsents ont pu prendre connaissance en dłętail du projet de gala pour la grande rłęgion de Qułębec et ont votłę łŢ lĺ─˘unanimitłę pour la tenue du premier Gala de la musique ainsi que pour la mise sur pied dĺ─˘une association pour les reprłęsenter. Lĺ─˘Association des professionnels en musique de la grande rłęgion de Qułębec (APMGRQ) vise łŢ structurer le milieu de la musique łŢ Qułębec et łŢ rassembler ses artisans. Mme Annie Poulain, auteure-compositrice-interprł«te et musicienne professionnelle, est dł«s maintenant nommłęe prłęsidente de lĺ─˘APMGRQ.

Mme Poulain se fixe deux mandats principaux, soit de constituer un exłęcutif et de stimuler lĺ─˘adhłęsion des membres łŢ lĺ─˘APMGRQ. Č┤ Il me fait plaisir de mĺ─˘impliquer dans lĺ─˘organisation de lĺ─˘APMGRQ et du Gala. Le travail dłęjłŢ fait est colossal et les idłęes quĺ─˘il contient sont porteuses pour le milieu de la musique de Qułębec. Jĺ─˘invite tout le monde łŢ sĺ─˘inscrire łŢ lĺ─˘APMGRQ et łŢ mettre leur production en nomination. Ȭ

Une opportunitłę pour les musiciens et artisans de Qułębecĺ─Â

Lĺ─˘APMGRQ, comptant 58 membres, invite les artistes, artisans, techniciens et groupes de musique łŢ profiter du Gala de la musique de Qułębec pour se faire entendre en mettant leur travail, leur musique, leur album, leur clip et leur site Web en candidature. Pour participer łŢ une des plus grandes rłęunions artistiques de Qułębec, les artisans intłęressłęs ont maintenant jusquĺ─˘au 31 dłęcembre 2008 pour sĺ─˘inscrire au :

Labels: ,

Welcome Back Alice! Lincoln Centerĺ─˘s Alice Tully Hall Re-opens With Two Weeks of Concerts & Events February 22-March 8, 2009

Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, one of New York's premier concert venues, has been closed since May 2007 for major renovations. It will reopen in mid-February 2009 with two weeks of performances designed to showcase the dramatically transformed space. Performances in a wide range of genresĺ─ţchamber music, orchestral, opera, early music, world music, lieder and popular song, along with film and a site-specific sound installationĺ─ţby world-renowned artists, are scheduled from February 22 through March 8, 2009. A total of 18 events, a number of them free, and the remainder with a $25 ticket price, will take place during the "Opening Nights" festival. Among the highlights are:

ĺˇŔ"First Look," on February 22 with the Emerson String Quartet, Jordi Savall and Hespł«rion XXI, pianist Leon Fleisher, Artist Members of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Juilliard Orchestra, David Robertson conductor in a program of works of Sephardic traditional music, Bach, Stravinsky, Bartłäk and Osvaldo Golijov

ĺˇŔLieder recital by Mark Padmore, tenor singing an all-Schubert program (February 25)

ĺˇŔU.S. premiere of Vladimir Martynov's opera Vita Nuova, featuring the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski, conductor (February 28)

ĺˇŔDeutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Paavo Jłžrvi, conductor, with two all-Beethoven evenings (March 1 and March 2)

ĺˇŔA new music concert by Alarm Will Sound, Bang On a Can All-Stars and Steve Reich & Musicians featuring four New York premieres and two world premieresĺ─ţLincoln Center commissions--by Caleb Burhans and Michael Gordon (March 3)

ĺˇŔInnovative American string quartet ETHEL in a site-specific composition by Phil Kline and sound artist Jody Elff (March 3)

ĺˇŔOpening night of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's annual Rendez-Vous with French Cinema series (March 5)

ĺˇŔAn evening with popular songwriter/singer Stew, creator and star of the 2007 Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Passing Strange. (March 6)

ĺˇŔ "Night of World Music" featuring sitar virtuoso Ustad Shujaat Khan, multi-instrumentalist/ composer Karsh Kale, pianist Vijay Iyer, and bassist Jonathan Maron (March 7)


RCM Pandora's Locker

World Premiere of
At The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory

The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory has commissioned a new opera, PANDORA'S LOCKER, from the multi-talented young Canadian composer and librettist Dean Burry, to be premiered at the new TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning in early December.

The contemporary youth opera, PANDORA'S LOCKER, is inspired by the Greek myth of Pandora's Box in which a young woman's curiosity leads to the unleashing of all the world's evils. It is a simple, archetypal myth, which reflects humankind's own hunt for knowledge and the potential for disaster upon its discovery. This search for information - keys to the future and past - is never more tangible than in the "up-and-down" lives of the average high school teenager.

PANDORA'S LOCKER, the first major operatic commission by The Glenn Gould School, was written specifically for a high school audience. Through the use of themes such as gender issues, sexuality, and gun violence, and a musical ensemble including modern "urban music scratch electronica", the opera places the Pandora myth within a contemporary, inner-city high school setting. It reveals the many elements of people's lives they seek to keep locked up, but which demand, sometimes violently, to be released. The composer/librettist Dean Burry (who also teaches a contemporary Canadian music class at The GGS) did not shy away from any of the hardcore issues, nor gritty language, in order to make an impact and to have the work resonate with teenagers.

The performances will be conducted and directed by two other talented young Canadians, the award-winning composer Brian Current and director Jennifer Parr. Current is presently the artistic director of the New Music Ensemble at The GGS and received rave reviews for his latest CD, This Isn't Silence. Parr, an accomplished director, well known for choreographing the sword fights for Opera Atelier, will also direct The GGS spring production of Mozart's CosłĘ fan tutte.

"Dean Burry is one of the most dynamic and relevant compositional voices in Canada and is writing, almost exclusively, for opera. His past works hold records for the greatest number of repeat performances for a Canadian opera and his work for the Canadian Opera Company's after-school outreach program has set the standard with its quality and power to engage young audiences. He writes in a style that is both relevant and accessible, and his original libretto for PANDORA'S LOCKER is powerful and uncompromising in its honesty and inspiration." David Visentin, Associate Dean of The Glenn Gould School

Music & Libretto by Dean Burry
GGS New Music Ensemble and Glenn Gould School's Opera Division
Conductor: Brian Current
Director: Jennifer Parr
Friday, December 5, 2008, at 8:00pm
Thursday, December 11, 2008, at 11:00am
Saturday, December 13, 2008, at 2:00pm
Doors open 30 minutes prior to performance. General seating, first come first serve
At Mazzoleni Hall, The Royal Conservatory, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto
For more information call 416-408-2824 x321 or visit

Labels: , ,

York U World Music Fest Nov 6-7

Tour the Globe with York Uĺ─˘s World Music Festival

Toronto: Take a sonic trip around the globe with York Universityĺ─˘s World Music Festival, two full days of concerts November 6 and 7. Performances take place in the informal, club-like setting of the Martin Family Lounge and the Sterling Beckwith Studio in the Accolade East Building at Yorkĺ─˘s Keele campus. Admission is free and no passport is required!

This whirlwind tour of musical cultures and traditions from five continents ranges from West African drums and classical Chinese orchestra to steelpan, flamenco and Klezmer music.

The rotating concert schedule features performances by rising young artists, directed by leading lights of Toronto's world music scene. Produced by Matt Vander Woude and Rob Simms, the lineup highlights some of the 20+ international cultures represented in York's world music program.

Event Details

Locations: Martin Family Lounge (MFL), 219 Accolade East Building &
Sterling Beckwith Studio (SBS), 235 Accolade East Building
Admission: Free
Info: 416.736.2100 x 22926

Performance Schedule:

Thursday, November 6, 2008 10am - 8:30pm

10am SBS West African Drums (Mande) directed by Isaac Akrong
12noon MFL Klezmer Ensemble directed by Brian Katz
1pm SBS West African Drum& Dance (Ghana) dir. by Kwasi Dunyo, Larry Graves
2:30pm MFL Escola de Samba directed by Rick Lazar
4pm SBS Cuban Music dir. by Paul Ormandy, Ruben Esguerra, Steve Mancuso
5:30pm MFL West African Drums (Mande) directed by Anna Melnikoff
7pm SBS Middle Eastern Ensemble directed by Bassam Shahouk

Friday, November 7, 2008 10am - 9:30pm

10am SBS Caribbean Ensemble directed by Gareth and Lindy Burgess
11:30am MFL African-American Piano directed by Catherine Wilson
12:45pm SBS Chinese Orchestra directed by Kim Chow-Morris
2pm MFL Korean Drums directed by Charles Hong
2:45pm SBS Japanese Music Ensemble directed by Linda Caplan
4:15pm MFL Flamenco Guitars directed by Roger Scannura
6pm SBS World Music Chorus directed by Judith Cohen
7pm MFL Balkan Music Ensemble directed by Irene Markoff

Labels: , , ,

The Little Prince

Geordie Productions
The Little Prince lands on Geordie Productions' Mainstage!
The little things get the big treatment in Geordie's stage adaptation of a well-loved and timeless classic.
MONTREAL - Geordie Productions is proud to open its 2008-2009 Mainstage Series with Antoine de Saint-Exupłęry's classic, The Little Prince, playing at the D.B. Clarke Theatre from November 28 - December 7, 2008. The adaptation, written by Montrealer Luciana Burcheri is directed by Dean Patrick Fleming.

From the popular book that has delighted generations of readers with its simple story filled with profound messages, Geordie Productions follows in the tradition of last season's successful The Jungle Book to bring together some of the finest professional artists in Montreal to create innovative and entertaining theatre that is as relevant for adults as it is for children.

A crash-landed aviator meets a curious little Prince from a house-size asteroid while stranded in the desert. As the open-hearted Little Prince recounts tales of characters he has met in his intergalactic travels, the Aviator is gently reminded of the simple truths that people seem to forget as they grow older.

Award-winning designers Ana Cappelluto (set and lighting) and James Lavoie (costumes) interpret Exupłęry's iconic illustrations with large-scale set designs and ingenious costumes to transport the audience from the Sahara desert to far-off planets. Original music composed by Harry Standjofski provides a jazzy soundtrack played by the ensemble cast live onstage. Stage management is provided by Melanie St-Jacques.

The impressive cast includes experienced actors familiar to both adults and children: Danny Brochu (The Haunted Hillbilly, Sidemart Theatrical Grocery and the voice of Buster Baxter on PBS's hit show, Arthur) as the title character, Chip Chuipka (My Old Lady, Segal Centre and Shere Khan in Geordie Productions' The Jungle Book), Danielle Desormeaux (The Anger In Ernest and Ernestine, Hudson Village Theatre), Marcel Jeannin (The Odd Couple, Segal Centre and Relative Good, Centaur Theatre), and audience favourite, Harry Standjofski (The Jungle Book, Geordie Productions).

Since the first publication of the book in 1943, The Little Prince has sold over 80 million copies, been translated into more than 180 languages, and still continues to captivate new generations of young readers.
PERFORMANCES: November 28 - December 7, 2008 | Opening night: Nov. 28 at 7:00pm
Family Performances: Nov. 29 at 3:00pm; Nov. 30, Dec. 6 & Dec. 7 at 1:00pm, 3:00pm
School Matinłęes: December 2 - December 5, 10am & 12pm (limited seats left)
VENUE: D.B. Clarke Theatre, Concordia University Hall Building | 1455 de Maisonneuve W.
TICKETS:(ON SALE NOW): $13.50 children, $16 adults; $15 seniors; all prices include tax
AGE RECOMMENDATION: Children age 5+ and adults of all ages | 60 minutes
BOX OFFICE and INFORMATION: (514) 845-9810 or

Labels: , ,

Rappel - Les Violons du Roy accueillent le virtuose de la flł¬te Maurice Steger

Flł¬tes alors !

Bernard Labadie,
chef dĺ─˘orchestre
Maurice Steger, flł¬te łŢ bec

Słęrie Baroque avant tout
Mardi 4 novembre, 20 h
Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm (Qułębec)

Słęrie chefs-dĺ─˘ëýuvre du matin
Mardi 4 novembre, 10 h 30
Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm (Qułębec)

G.P. Telemann Ouverture en sol majeur Č┤ des Nations anciens et modernes Ȭ, TWV 55 :G4
Suite en la mineur pour flł¬te łŢ bec alto, cordes et basse continue TWV 55a
G. Sammartini Concerto en fa majeur pour flł¬te łŢ bec soprano, cordes et basse continue
C. Avison Concerto grosso no 1 en la majeur (dĺ─˘aprł«s D. Scarlatti)
A. Vivaldi Concerto en do majeur pour flł¬te łŢ bec sopranino, cordes et basse continue, RV 443

Qułębec, le 14 octobre ĺ─ý Le mardi 4 novembre, pour dłębuter la słęrie Baroque avant tout, Bernard Labadie et Les Violons du Roy proposent une soirłęe surprenante et łęlectrisante avec le Suisse Maurice Steger, lĺ─˘un des plus influents virtuoses de la flł¬te łŢ bec qui, pour lĺ─˘occasion, jouera brillamment sur trois diffłęrents instruments. Les ëýuvres avec soliste seront aussi donnłęes łŢ 10 h 30 dans le cadre de la słęrie de concerts commentłęs Chefs-dĺ─˘ëýuvre du matin.

Č┤ Lĺ─˘łęnergie quĺ─˘il dłęploie est trł«s contagieuse Ȭ
Lĺ─˘un des solistes les plus populaires de sa głęnłęration, Maurice Steger est reconnu internationalement pour ses interprłętations virtuoses et innovatrices de musiques baroques italiennes et anglaises. Le flł¬tiste joue tant avec les orchestres symphoniques modernes quĺ─˘avec les orchestres aux instruments anciens rłęputłęs tels que lĺ─˘ Akademie fł║r Alte Musik de Berlin, la Musica Antiqua KłĆln, lĺ─˘orchestre baroque Europa Galante, les Accademia Bizantina ou I Barocchisti. Parmi ses enregistrements primłęs rłęalisłęs sous łętiquette Claves Records figure Suites & Concerto pour flł¬te łŢ bec et orchestre de Telemann un CD qui sĺ─˘est młęritłę des distinctions dans le monde entier dont un Diapason d'or, un Choc du Monde de la Musique, et 10 / 10 du Mois du magazine Classics today.

La flł¬te łŢ bec : Lĺ─˘une des Č┤ favorites Ȭ de lĺ─˘łępoque baroque
Lĺ─˘łępoque allant de 1690 łŢ 1750 constitue sans contredit lĺ─˘apogłęe de la flł¬te łŢ bec en tant quĺ─˘instrument soliste et concertant. De la plume de plusieurs compositeurs naissent alors de nombreuses ëýuvres mettant en lumił«re le caractł«re tour łŢ tour brillant, chaleureux et volubile de la flł¬te łŢ bec soprano, alto et sopranino. Le programme du concert propose dĺ─˘abord la Suite en la mineur pour flł¬te łŢ bec alto, cordes et basse continue de Telemann, une ëýuvre cłęlłębrissime qui devint au cours des annłęes 1960 un vłęritable Č┤ tube Ȭ de la musique baroque. Puis, le public pourra dłęcouvrir le Concerto en fa majeur pour flł¬te łŢ bec soprano, cordes et basse continue de Sammartini, lui-młüme virtuose de la flł¬te łŢ bec et pour qui Vivaldi composa la dernił«re ëýuvre au programme, le Concerto en do majeur pour flł¬te łŢ bec sopranino, un sommet de virtuositłę qui soulł«vera assurłęment le public.

En dłębut de concert, Les Violons du Roy, sous la direction de Bernard Labadie, interprłęteront lĺ─˘Ouverture en sol majeur Č┤ des Nations anciens [sic] et modernes Ȭ dans laquelle Telemann dłępeint avec humour les principaux peuples faisant commerce łŢ Hambourg. Le programme sera complłętłę par le Concerto grosso en la majeur no 1 de Charles Avison, une ëýuvre reflłętant lĺ─˘enthousiasme du compositeur anglais pour le recueil de 42 sonates pour clavecin de Domenico Scarlatti, qui renferme une musique originale et haute en couleurs.

La saison 2008-2009 łŢ Qułębec est prłęsentłęe par Hydro-Qułębec, partenaire de saison. La Słęrie Chefs-dĺ─˘ëýuvre du matin est une prłęsentation du Mouvement des caisses Desjardins.

Słęrie Baroque avant tout
Annłęe anniversaire pour Handel, Haydn et Purcell, ces compositeurs sont au cëýur de la słęrie Baroque avant tout. Cinq concerts qui prłęsentent notamment la cłęlł«bre Water Music et lĺ─˘ode pastorale lĺ─˘Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato de Handel avec lĺ─˘orchestre baroque Arion et La Chapelle de Qułębec, le Stabat Mater de Haydn ainsi que diverses musiques instrumentales de Purcell. Le violon endiablłę dĺ─˘Elizabeth Wallfisch fera aussi partie de la fłüte !

Słęrie Chefs-dĺ─˘ëýuvre du matin
La słęrie Chefs-dĺ─˘ëýuvre du matin est de retour, cette fois avec une offre de cinq concerts. Ces concerts commentłęs par les chefs et ponctułęs de dłęmonstrations des musiciens permettent aux młęlomanes dĺ─˘enrichir leur expłęrience du concert. Dĺ─˘une durłęe dĺ─˘environ 70 minutes sans entracte, ces concerts ont lieu en matinłęe łŢ 10 h 30.


Abonnez-vous łŢ lĺ─˘une des słęries de la Saison 2008-2009 et profiter dĺ─˘un rabais sur le tarif rłęgulier et de nombreux privilł«ges. En vous abonnant avant le 31 octobre, vous courez la chance de gagner lĺ─˘un des trois prix du concours Č┤ Trois chances plutłąt quĺ─˘une Ȭ. Tous les dłętails sont disponibles dans la brochure de saison ou sur le site :

Nouveautłę : la formule Trio Dłęcouverte permet de crłęer votre słęrie de 3 concerts parmi 14 grands concerts du soir et de dłęcouvrir ainsi la gamme variłęe du rłępertoire des Violons du Roy. Vous pouvez choisir autant de trios que vous le dłęsirezĺ─Â

Le tarif 29 ans et moins de retour !
Un concert de haut niveau au młüme prix quĺ─˘un film, soit seulement 12,50 $.

Information et Rłęservation

Billetterie du Palais Montcalm
(418) 641-6040, poste 0 ou (418) 692-3026

Concerts łŢ venir au Palais Montcalm :
Mercredi 12 novembre, 14 h et 20 h :
Au son du cor !
Bernard Labadie, chef
Słęries Da Camera et Chefs-dĺ─˘ëýuvre du matin

Labels: , ,

Quatuor Bozzini - Concert 7 Novembre


Quatre compositeurs, quatre voix, du thłęłótre et de l'łęmotion

Le vendredi 7 novembre 2008, 20h

Salle Tanna Schulich ĺ─ý Universitłę McGill

527, rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Prix des billets : rłęgulier 25 $ / ałĂnłę 15 $ / łętudiant et artiste 8 $

Billets et renseignements : 514-845-4046

Montrłęal, le 30 octobre 2008 ĺ─ţ Le premier concert de la Słęrie qb du Quatuor Bozzini se dłęroulera łŢ la salle Tanna Schulich de l'universitłę McGill, le vendredi 7 novembre 2008, łŢ 20 h. La soirłęe donnera l'occasion d'entendre des ëýuvres marquantes de quatre compositeurs dont la rłęputation n'est plus łŢ faire dans leur pays respectif : le Qułębłęcois Walter Boudreau, le Nłęerlandais Martijn Voorvelt, le Britannique naturalisłę nłęerlandais Richard Ayres et la Polonaise Hanna Kulenty, qui partage son temps entre Amsterdam et Varsovie. Le but avoułę de cette rencontre est de mieux faire connałĂtre, des deux cłątłęs de l'Atlantique, ces musiques si diffłęrentes, mais łęgalement inspirłęes par des images de l'actualitłę, et livrłęes avec un sens du thłęłótre łęvident. Ici, le quatuor łŢ cordes est utilisłę, de fał▀on traditionnelle ou non, pour raconter des histoires (Ayres, Voorvelt), pour rłęflłęchir sur l'Histoire (Boudreau) ou le Temps (Kulenty). Dans tous les cas, l'łęmotion est au rendez-vous, ainsi qu'un humour finement distillłę. Ce concert sera repris cette annłęe łŢ Amsterdam et łŢ Toronto, dans le cadre de SHIFT, un festival transatlantique des arts favorisant les łęchanges culturels entre le Canada et les Pays-Bas.


Richard Ayres dłęcide de devenir compositeur łŢ plein temps aprł«s avoir suivi un cours d'łętłę, en 1986, avec Morton Feldman, le małĂtre amłęricain du raffinement dans la simplicitłę. Un passage de No38, łęvoque le małĂtre dans blues Č┤ feldmanesque Ȭ łętalłę sur 19 mesures, entre la reprłęsentation d'une comtesse łŢ cheval et un final des plus lyriques. Le compositeur britannique Christopher Fox dit de la musique d'Ayres qu'elle fait rire, sursauter ou grimacer, mais que, dans tous les cas, elle est remarquablement construite. La vue autant que l'oułěe sont sollicitłęes dans la musique de l'artiste, qui est interprłętłęe par de grands orchestres europłęens. Ayres a reł▀u, en 2002, le prix de composition Vermeulen, le plus prestigieux des Pays-Bas. Il est łęgalement un des rares compositeurs qui publie une biographie inventłęe sur son site Web, oł╝ il se prłęsente comme une ex-vedette du criquet.

LE GRAND MłÔRIDIEN ĺ─ý Walter Boudreau

Crłęłęe en janvier 2006 par le Quatuor Bozzini, cette pił«ce de Walter Boudreau avait laissłę une forte impression, notamment par sa Č┤ remarquable efficacitłę Ȭ (Christophe Huss, Le Devoir) et par l'interprłętation lumineuse que le quatuor en avait donnłęe. Tout en citant un rłępons łŢ quatre voix du compositeur Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611), Boudreau transforme son matłęriau de base pour faire voyager l'auditeur Č┤ par-delłŢ le prisme kalłęidoscopique des rłęfłęrences historiques Ȭ, en route vers le Nirvana, selon un thł«me cher łŢ l'auteur iconoclaste. Pour lui, le quatuor łŢ cordes est la formation Č┤ hard-core/heavy-młętal Ȭ idłęale pour faire Č┤ "bouillir" une riche mixture alchimique, oł╝ la forme et le contenu [ĺ─Â] fusionnent dans l'ivresse psychłędłęlique de l'invention pure. Ȭ


La Polonaise Hanna Kulenty a łętudiłę la composition avec Louis Andriessen aux Pays-Bas. Depuis 1989, elle a composłę plus de 60 ëýuvres, dont deux opłęras, rłępondant łŢ plusieurs commandes łŢ travers le monde. Elle a łętłę compositrice en rłęsidence (Het Gelders Orkest, Pays-Pas), confłęrencił«re (Other Minds 10 festival, San Francisco), membre d'importants jurys (International Gaudeamus Music Week 2002), et professeur invitłę (Acadłęmie de musique de Barcelone). La circularitłę du temps, qu'elle appelle Č┤ polyphonie des dimensions du Temps Ȭ, la fascine, tout comme la notion de simultanłęitłę de divers łęvłęnements en diffłęrents endroits. Kulenty a trouvłę au thłęłótre un exutoire pour son penchant envers l'łęmotion et l'intensitłę dramatique de la musique. Elle reł▀oit en 2002 le prestigieux premier prix łŢ la Tribune internationale des compositeurs de l'UNESCO.

4/4 ĺ─ý Martijn Voorvelt

Č┤ Magnifique Ȭ. Č┤ Irrłęsistible Ȭ. Č┤ Dłęstabilisante Ȭ. Č┤ Radicale Ȭ. VoilłŢ quelques-uns des termes accolłęs łŢ la musique de ce compositeur, pour qui l'expłęrience musicale se doit d'łütre dramatique, dans le sens thłęłótral du mot. En 2002, une prestation de 4/4 łŢ l'ISCM World Music Day łŢ Hong Kong, lui vaut une commande de la Sociłętłę Internationale pour la Musique Contemporaine (ISCM). Inspirłęe des images des victimes de la guerre du Kosovo, l'ëýuvre met en scł«ne le soliloque d'łęcorchłęs de la vie cherchant łŢ se rejoindre au-delłŢ de leurs souffrances. En 1994, Voorvelt reł▀oit, łŢ sa grande surprise, le prix EOE Optiebeurs pour les jeunes compositeurs europłęens. Il est maintenant joułę partout dans le monde, et s'intłęresse au thłęłótre, łŢ la danse, łŢ la połęsie et au cinłęma. Il est aussi chanteur-compositeur-interprł«te, et ornithologue amateur.


Loułę pour son Č┤ intense musicalitłę et son immense sensibilitłę Ȭ (Musicworks), le Quatuor Bozzini explore autant les possibilitłęs du concert classique que celles d'łęvłęnements plus łęclatłęs, tout en encourageant la collaboration entre crłęateurs de tous horizons. Le groupe se distingue par un rłępertoire diversifiłę, un style de jeu souple et un grand souci du dłętail. Il prłęsente annuellement une słęrie de concerts łŢ Montrłęal, fait des tournłęes internationales, propose łŢ la relł«ve une semaine de laboratoire musical ĺ─ţ le Composer's Kitchen ĺ─ţ et enregistre rłęgulił«rement des disques sous sa propre łętiquette, la collection qb, ou celle des autres (Atma classique, Wandelweiser Records, Wergo). On l'entend rłęgulił«rement sur les ondes de radios europłęennes et canadiennes. Le quatuor a commandłę łŢ ce jour une quarantaine d'ëýuvres, en a crłęłę prł«s d'une centaine et compte plus d'une centaine de compositeurs łŢ son rłępertoire. En 2007, le Quatuor Bozzini recevait le prestigieux FłĆrderpreis de la Fondation Ernst Von Siemens (Allemagne) ainsi que le Prix Opus Č┤ Rayonnement łŢ l'łętranger Ȭ, dłęcernłę par le Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique.

Labels: ,

Distinguished pianist Alexander Tselyakov releases Sonata Album

Distinguished pianist and BU Professor Alexander Tselyakov releases Sonata Album

BRANDON, MB ĺ─ý Distinguished pianist and Brandon University professor Alexander Tselyakov has released a new CD titled Sonata Album through the Brandon-based Golomb Records. The release contains two discs, with selected pieces reflecting the historical development of the Sonata form and the various approaches and styles to sonatas, from the baroque, classic, romantic, post romantic and modern eras. Sonata Album represents a collection of timeless standards sure to please the most discerning classical piano classical fan. The album is being distributed by the Canadian Music Centre, an international distribution agency.

Included on the album is a fabulously performed selection of the following masterworks: Disc One includes Dominico's Scarlatti Sonatas in D minor, K.32/L.423, in E major, K.380/ L.23, Sonata in F minor, K.184/L.189 and in A major, K.39/L.39, as well as Franz Liszt's Piano Sonata in B minor. The sonata in B minor is possibly the best example of LisztČąs mastery in piano and in composition and represents a pinnacle in the history of piano and of music in general, not only for his improvements to the technique but also for the revolutionary conception of the piece itself. Disc Two includes Mozart's Piano Sonata in F major, K.332, the world premił«re recording of T. Patrick Carrabrłę's Sonata No.1 for Piano - Black Echoes (a composition dedicated to Alexander Tselyakov), and Sergei Rachmaninoff's meltingly affectionate Piano Sonata No.2 in B Flat Minor, Op.36 (revised version, 1931).

Former Brandon University School of Music Dean Dr. Lawrence Jones wrote the program notes for the CD package.

Alexander Tselyakov "...represents the best aspect of Russian pianism and all its attributes...effectively synthesized the emotional balance of Arthur Rubinstein and the more highly-strung febrile quality of Horowitz." Harris Goldsmith,
New York Concert Review

Recognized as one of Canada's most outstanding musicians, Alexander Tselyakov has distinguished himself as a guest soloist with great orchestras and as a recitalist in major concert halls, such as the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, England, the Centre de Doelen, in Rotterdam, and the Shostakovich Large Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and has won major prizes at the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the International Music Competition of Japan. Tselyakov has been described as "representing the best aspect of Russian pianism and all its attributes" by the New York Concert Review; and "amazing at the keyboard" by The Globe and Mail. A busy concert pianist, teacher and chamber musician, Tselyakov collaborates with many leading Canadian musicians. He is artistic director of two Chamber Music Festivals; at Clear Lake in Manitoba and Pender Harbour, British Columbia. Tselyakov resides in Manitoba, where he is Professor of Piano at Brandon University School of Music. This recording was made possible with the generous support of the Manitoba Film & Sound and Brandon University.

Tselyakov's Sonata Album can be purchased through the Canadian Music Centre, at the Brandon University School of Music, at Brandon University Campus Books or online at, where one can also find more information on Professor Alexander Tselyakov, including previous recordings, recent appearances and concerts, and a long list of praise from classical music critics and experts.

Labels: ,

Changement - Vitrines de la Francofłüte en Acadie accessible au grand public

Lĺ─˘intłęgrale des vitrines de la 12e łędition
de la Francofłüte en Acadie
accessible au grand public !

(Moncton, 29 octobre 2008) - De nombreuses vitrines mettront en vedette des artistes de lĺ─˘heure lors de la 12e łędition de la FrancoFłüte en Acadie qui se dłęroulera du 5 au 9 novembre prochain łŢ Moncton. Musique, danse, thłęłótre, conte et spectacles pour enfants seront prłęsentłęs sous forme de vitrines-spectacles. Contrairement aux autres annłęes, toutes les prestations seront ouvertes au grand public.

Le jeudi 6 novembre

La słęrie de vitrines dłębutera de 10 h łŢ 11 h avec des performances de danse mettant en vedette Louise Moyes, rłęputłęe pour mettre en scł«ne des Č┤ docu-danses Ȭ, et le Ballet-thłęłótre Atlantique au Thłęłótre Capitol.

De 14 h 30 łŢ 17 h 15, du thłęłótre et du conte seront prłęsentłęs au Pavillon Jeanne-de-Valois de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Moncton. Dłęfileront sur scł«ne : Le noble thłęłótre des trous de siffleux, les Productions lĺ─˘Entrepłąt, le thłęłótre lĺ─˘Escaouette, le conteur Dominique Breau, qui a toujours le tour pour faire rire, et lĺ─˘auteur, musicien et comłędien Stłęphane Guertin. Les billets pour cette vitrine seront en vente łŢ la porte seulement au coł¬t de 5 $.

La dernił«re vitrine de la journłęe aura lieu au Thłęłótre Capitol de 19 h 30 łŢ 22 h 45 avec le groupe de rap acadien Radio Radio, Caracol du regrettłę groupe Dobacaracol, lĺ─˘artiste acadien Denis Richard qui prłęsentera de toutes nouvelles chansons, le slameur Ivy, le groupe country qułębłęcois Madame Moustache ainsi que le cłęlł«bre groupe de musique acadienne Grand Dłęrangement.

Le vendredi 7 novembre

Le vendredi ce sera au tour des petits et des adolescents de faire de nouvelles dłęcouvertes artistiques au Pavillon Jeanne-de-Valois de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Moncton. De 10 h łŢ 11 h 30, les petits pourront dłęcouvrir le monde merveilleux du Thłęłótre Tout łŢ trac qui fera une prłęsentation dĺ─˘Alice au pays des merveilles, Tante Caroline avec Des ailes et des racines et Daniel Prłęnoveau et ses instruments du monde. De 13 h łŢ 14 h 30, les ados auront lĺ─˘occasion dĺ─˘entendre la musique de George Belliveau, de voir une prestation de Danse lĺ─˘łęcole 2.0 en plus dĺ─˘łütre tłęmoins des prouesses du magicien Danys Hamel. Une contribution volontaire sera acceptłęe łŢ la porte pour les deux słęries de vitrines.

De 15 h łŢ 17 h 45, ce sera lĺ─˘occasion de dłęcouvrir ou redłęcouvrir des artistes dĺ─˘ici et dĺ─˘ailleurs tels que Mathieu Dĺ─˘Astous et Ginette, Michel Thłęriault, Fredric Gary Comeau, Daniel Roa ainsi que la formation fłęminine de jazz manouche Christine Tassan et les ImposteurEs. Tous ces artistes dłęfileront sur scł«ne łŢ la Salle Empress du Thłęłótre Capitol.

En soirłęe de 19 h 30 łŢ 22 h 45, six artistes et formations musicales seront sur scł«ne au Thłęłótre Capitol. Les gens pourront voir le małĂtre des rythmes brłęsiliens Celso Machado, le groupe de musique acadienne-franł▀aise traditionnelle Gadelle, Raphał┤l Torr qui offrira un hommage łŢ Joe Dassin, le Moncton Mingus Band qui rłęunit huit des meilleurs musiciens de Jazz de Moncton, lĺ─˘artiste acadien bien connu Jac Gautreau et finalement, Paul Kunigis qui prłęsentera des rythmes dignes dĺ─˘un croisement de cultures unique.

Le samedi 8 novembre

La słęrie de vitrines de la FrancoFłüte 2008 se terminera le samedi 8 novembre au Thłęłótre Capitol dł«s 19 h 30 avec la Soirłęe Alliances qui prłęsentera des artistes słęlectionnłęs ou accueillis par RADARTS ou ses partenaires nationaux et internationaux. Le public aura la chance de voir la jeune sensation ontarienne Andrea Lindsay, le multi-instrumentiste surdoułę Alpha Yaya Diallo originaire de la Guinłę et gagnant de 3 prix JUNO, le gagnant de la 39e łędition du Festival de la chanson de Granby, Joce, ainsi quĺ─˘łÔric Larochelle, rłęcipiendaire du prix Acadie-ROSEQ.

Les billets pour les vitrines-spectacles sont en vente dans le rłęseau de billetterie du Grand Moncton : Thłęłótre Capitol, Thłęłótre lĺ─˘Escaouette, Centre łętudiant de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Moncton et Frankĺ─˘s Music ou bien par tłęlłęphone au (506) 856-4379 ou 1-800-567-1922 et au Les billets seront łęgalement disponibles łŢ la porte les soirs de spectacle, lorsquĺ─˘il en reste. Les billets pour les vitrines de thłęłótre et de conte seront en vente łŢ la porte seulement.

Produite par le Rłęseau atlantique de diffusion des arts de la scł«ne (RADARTS), la FrancoFłüte en Acadie propose une słęlection de vitrines et de spectacles de qualitłę. RADARTS a pour mandat de bonifier, favoriser et dłęvelopper des stratłęgies ainsi que coordonner des moyens de diffusion efficaces pour augmenter la circulation de spectacles et la crłęation artistique dans les provinces de lĺ─˘Atlantique.

Toute lĺ─˘information sur la FrancoFłüte en Acadie 2008 et ses activitłęs au

Labels: , ,

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Found Footage Festival in Calgary - 11/13 & 11/14


New York, NY ĺ─ţ The Found Footage Festival, the acclaimed touring showcase of odd and hilarious found videos, will make a special two-night appearance in Calgary next month as part of its 2008 North American tour. Hosts Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, whose credits include the Late Show with David Letterman and The Onion, are excited to present their new lineup of video clips and live comedy at the Plaza Theatre (1133 Kensington Rd. NW) on Thursday, Nov. 13th and Fri., Nov. 14th (7 pm both nights). The event is being sponsored by the Calgary Underground Film Festival ( Tickets are $15 ($12 for students) and are available in advance at Bird Dog Video (1333 16th Ave. SW).

The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event compiles more than an hour's worth of footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters throughout the country. Curators Pickett and Prueher host each screening in-person and provide their unique observations and commentary on these found video obscurities. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found.

Among the new clips to be featured in the 2008 show:

-17 workplace sexual harassment videos, edited down to three minutes of just the best reenactments
-A brand-new collection of exercise videos featuring Playgirl's 1985 Man of the Year, a scantily-clad Angela Lansbury, and a guru who calls himself "The Laughing Yogi."
-An instructional video on how to toilet train cats

The Found Footage Festival was founded in New York in 2004 and has gone on to sell out hundreds of shows across the U.S. and Canada, including the HBO Comedy Festival at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. The festival has been featured on National Public Radio, ABC World News, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and G4 TV's Attack of the Show, and has been named a "Critic's Pick" in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and The Chicago Tribune.

To set up an interview with the curators, please contact Nick Prueher at 347-255-7350, or via email at Screeners and high-resolution images from the festival are also available upon request. Additional information can be found on the festival's website:


Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett began collecting found videotapes in 1991 after stumbling across a training video entitled, "Inside and Outside Custodial Duties," at a McDonald's in their home state of Wisconsin. Since then, they have compiled an impressive collection of strange, outrageous and profoundly stupid videos. Pickett, a former Minnesota film technician, and Prueher, a former segment producer at the Late Show with David Letterman, have written for The Onion and Entertainment Weekly and recently directed the feature-length documentary, "Dirty Country" (, which won the Audience Award at the 2007 South By Southwest Film Festival.


The Calgary Underground Film Festival is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to programming films that defy convention. The CUFF elevates Calgary's cultural landscape with the best in local and international independent cinema, challenging and entertaining audiences with boundary breaking films, compelling artist showcases and engaging events. More information about the CUFF can be found at


Built in the late 1920s, the Plaza Theatre is Calgary's last operating neighborhood theatre, offering first run art house cinema since 1995. The venue is located at 1133 Kensington Rd. NW (between 10th & 14th Streets). For detailed directions to the theatre, visit Tickets to the Found Footage Festival are $15 ($12 for students) and are available at Bird Dog Video (1333 16th Ave. SW).

Labels: , , ,

New Works Calgary Presents: The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

The People United Will Never Be Defeated!

New Works Calgary presents pianist Corey Hamm on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 8 pm at the Eckhardt-Gramattłę Hall, Rozsa Centre.

"The People United Will Never Be Defeated" (1975) is a piano composition by the American composer Frederic Rzewski. It is a set of 36 variations based on the Chilean song "El pueblo unido james sere vencido!" by Sergio Ortega and Quilapayen. This song is one of many that emerged from the Unidad Popular in Chile between 1969 and 1973 prior to the overthrow of the Salvador Allende government. Rzewski composed the variations as a tribute to the struggle of the Chilean people against a newly imposed repressive regime.

Many pianists consider the technical demands of this work to be among the most severe of any well-known piece of the 20th Century. The pianist, in addition to needing a virtuoso technique, is required to whistle, slam the piano lid, and catch the after-vibrations of a loud attack as harmonics: all of these are "extended techniques" in 20th Century piano writing.

The concert will also include "Fickle" by Calgary composer George Fenwick, "kamelyin" by Gordon Fitzell, and Michel Gonneville's "Chute/Parachute".

Corey Hamm is Assistant Professor of Piano and Chamber Music at the University of British Columbia School of Music in Vancouver. Hamm is the pianist and a founding member of the prominent new music ensembles Hammerhead Consort and the Nu:BC Collective. He is regularly broadcast on CBC Radio as a soloist and chamber musician and is actively involved in the promotion and performance of contemporary music.

Tickets are available is advance at Campus Tickets at the University of Calgary (403-220-7202) or at the door: adults $20, seniors and students $15.

Labels: ,

La 12e łędition de la FrancoFłüte en Acadie arrive łŢ grands pas !

La 12e łędition de la FrancoFłüte en Acadie

arrive łŢ grands pas !

(Moncton, 29 octobre 2008) ĺ─ý Un grand nombre d'artistes participeront łŢ la 12e łędition de la FrancoFłüte en Acadie qui se dłęroulera du mercredi 5 au dimanche 9 novembre prochain łŢ Moncton. Cet łęvł«nement d'envergure prłęsente des vitrines et des spectacles de tous genres en plus du Cercle des auteurs-compositeurs SOCAN, un spectacle de Coup de cëýur francophone ainsi que de nombreux spectacles Artistes au menu dans les restos łŢ l'heure du souper ou encore, pour les couche-tard, la słęrie les Oiseaux de nuit. Une occasion unique pour tous et toutes de dłęcouvrir ce qui se fait de mieux sur la scł«ne musicale francophone !

Des spectacles hauts en couleur

Le Cercle SOCAN sera animłę cette annłęe par l'artiste vedette du Qułębec Michel Rivard et aura lieu le mercredi 5 novembre łŢ 20 h 30 au Thłęłótre Capitol de Moncton. Les artistes invitłęs łÔdith Butler, Danny Boudreau et Lisa LeBlanc interprłęteront, tour łŢ tour, quelques-unes de leurs compositions et discuteront de leur inspiration avec l'animateur de la soirłęe.

Diffłęrentes vitrines artistiques prłęsenteront des artistes du milieu musical et de la danse du jeudi 6 au samedi 8 novembre au Thłęłótre Capitol et łŢ la salle Empress. Les artistes qui dłęfileront sur scł«ne sont : Louise Moyes, le Ballet-thłęłótre Altantique, Radio Radio, Caracol, Denis Richard, Ivy, Madame Moustache, Grand Dłęrangement, Mathieu D'Astous et Ginette, Michel Thłęriault, Fredric Gary Comeau, Daniel Roa, Christine Tassan et les ImposteurEs, Celso Machado, Gadelle, Raphał┤l Torr, Moncton Mingus Band, Jac Gautreau, Paul Kunigis, Andrłęa Lindsay, Alpha Yaya Diallo, Joce et les trois temps et łÔric Larochelle.

Une vitrine de thłęłótre et conte aura lieu au Pavillon Jeanne-de-Valois de l'Universitłę de Moncton le jeudi 6 novembre avec Le noble thłęłótre, les Productions l'Entrepłąt, le thłęłótre l'Escaouette et les conteurs Dominique Breau et Stłęphane Guertin.

Des vitrines jeunesse sont aussi prłęvues pour les enfants et les adolescents le vendredi 7 novembre au Pavillon Jeanne-de-Valois de l'Universitłę de Moncton. Les petits pourront dłęcouvrir le Thłęłótre tout łŢ trac qui prłęsentera Alice au pays des merveilles, Tante Caroline et Daniel Prłęnoveau et ses instruments du monde offriront une prestation en matinłęe. George Belliveau, Danse l'łęcole 2.0 et le magicien Danys Hamel offriront des prestations en aprł«s-midi pour les adolescents du secondaire.

Des artistes dans les restos et dans les bars

Une nouveautłę, cette annłęe, des artistes offriront des prestations dans diffłęrents restaurants de la rłęgion dans le cadre de la słęrie Artistes au menu. Les artistes Samantha Robichaud, Natasha Richard, Khalid el Idrissi, Michel Cardin, Manon Charlebois, Mario LeBreton et le Moncton Mingus Band seront en spectacle dans diffłęrents restaurants du centre-ville.

La słęrie les Oiseaux de nuit est de retour pour la troisił«me annłęe consłęcutive avec plus de spectacles que jamais. Anique Granger, Sage Dłęlire, Samantha Robichaud, Serge Monette, Mike Parker, La ligue du bonheur, Serge Brido, Joseph Edgar, Kevin McIntyre, Khalid el Idrissi, Isaac et Blewett, Claude Cormier, Kamłęlłęon, Les Pałěens, Ian Levesque, Oumou Soumarłę, Hert LeBlanc et la formation Corde łŢ Vent se produiront ainsi dans diffłęrents bars de la rłęgion de Moncton łŢ partir de 23 h, et ce, jusqu'au petit matin.

Un Coup de cëýur francophone en Acadie sera prłęsentłę le vendredi 7 novembre avec le groupe Ouanani, composłę de musiciens originaires du Słęnłęgal, du Lac-Saint-Jean, de Cuba, d'Italibitibi et du Qułębec. La premił«re partie de ce spectacle, prłęsentłę łŢ 23 h au Bar łętudiant l'Osmose de l'Universitłę de Moncton, sera assurłęe par la violoniste acadienne Dominique Dupuis.

Il est possible de se procurer les billets pour les diffłęrents spectacles dans le rłęseau de billetterie du Grand Moncton : Thłęłótre Capitol, thłęłótre l'Escaouette, Centre łętudiant de l'Universitłę de Moncton et Frank's Music ou par tłęlłęphone au (506) 856-4379 ou 1-800-567-1922 ou bien sur Internet łŢ Les billets seront łęgalement disponibles łŢ la porte les soirs de spectacle, lorsqu'il en reste. Les billets pour les vitrines de thłęłótre et de conte seront en vente łŢ la porte seulement.

Depuis maintenant trois ans, la FrancoFłüte en Acadie est mise en ëýuvre par l'łęquipe du Rłęseau atlantique de diffusion des arts de la scł«ne (RADARTS). Il s'agit de l'łęvłęnement culturel pluridisciplinaire le plus important du Canada atlantique consacrłę entił«rement łŢ la promotion, łŢ la diffusion et łŢ la mise en valeur du produit culturel francophone.

Toute l'information sur la FrancoFłüte en Acadie 2008 et ses activitłęs au

Labels: , ,

Alberta Legend Ian Tyson Joins the ESO for a 75th Birthday Party!

The ESO wishes Happy Birthday to an Alberta legend!

Ian Tyson joins the orchestra for his 75th Birthday Party

Wednesday, November 5th ĺ─ý 7:30pm

Edmonton, AB ĺ─Â On November 5th, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) says Happy Birthday to a true Canadian master. Ian Tyson joins the ESO for his 75th birthday party complete with full orchestra, and many of his hits! A pioneer, a musical icon, an Alberta legend. Ian Tyson has proven himself to be one of a kind - authentic and durable.

The ESO honours the man who has inspired countless musicians, and who continues to make exceptional music. Joined by the ESO, guitarist Lee Worden, bassist Gordon Maxwell and conductor Claude Lapalme, ESO audiences will be treated to hits including MC Horses, Bill Kane, Land of the Shining Mountains, Summerĺ─˘s Gone, La Primera and many many more!

This performance will be recorded by CBC Radio Two for subsequent national broadcast.

This performance is almost sold out! Choir loft seating has been opened for this event. Ticket prices for this performance range from $20 to $65 (agency fees apply). Tickets are available through the Winspear Centre Box Office.

Media Sponsor: CKUA Radio Network

Labels: ,

Evenement theatrale en aglais OTHELLO de Productions Persephone au Musee McCord

Persephone Productions



par William Shakespeare

mise en scł«ne Gabrielle Soskin

La tragłędie intemporelle de Shakespeare s'illustre la puissance dłęvastatrice des mots de manoeuvrer, la persuade, et la dłętruit finalement.

Othello, un noble amarrent, un hłęros militaire, est attrapłę en toile d'araignłęe terrifiante de dłęception dans ce travail passionnant par Shakespeare. Ce jeu dłęborde avec des łęmotions inquiłętantes et contradictoires de l'amour et la haine, la jalousie et l'ambition, le dłęsir sexuel et l'intłęgritłę individuelle, car les caractł«res luttent contre les forces qui les małĂtrisent.

HORAIRES : Du 13 au 29 novembre 20H 00

Matinłęes de la semaine : Le 14, 17, 19, 20, 24 & 26 nov. 13H 00
Matinłęes de dimanche : Le 16 et 23 novembre 14H 00

coł¬t de billets :

Adultes 26$
(10 ou plus) 20$
łăge d'or/łętudiants 18$
Groupes d'łętudiants 17,50$
Members de QDF 18$

McCord Museum : 690, rue Sherbrooke ouest

Thłęłótre J. Armand Bombardier

BILLETTERIE : (514) 398 - 7100 poste 234


Labels: , ,

Theatre Event OTHELLO at McCord Museum (Persephone Productions)

Persephone Productions



By William Shakespeare

Directed by Gabrielle Soskin

Shakespeare's timeless tragedy illustrates the devastating power of words to manipulate, persuade, and ultimately destroy.

Othello, a noble moor, a military hero, is caught in a terrifying web of deceit in Shakespeare's gripping masterpiece. Brimming with disturbing and conflicting emotions: love and hate, jealousy and ambition, sexual desire and individual integrity, as the characters struggle against the forces that overpower them.

DATES & TIMES: November 13 to 29 8:00 pm

Weekday matinłęes: November 14, 17, 19, 20, 24 & 26 1:00 pm
Sunday matinłęes: November 16 and 23 2:00 pm


Adults $26
(10 or more) $20
Students / seniors $18
School groups $17.50
QDF members $18

VENUE: McCord Museum

690 Sherbrooke Street West

J. Armand Bombardier Theatre

Box office: (514) 398 - 7100 ext. 234


Labels: , ,

Shaw Festival Announces 2009 Principal Casting

Shaw Festival Announces 2009 Principal Casting

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, October 29, 2008 ĺ─ Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell today announced the principal casting and creative teams for the Shaw Festivalĺ─˘s 2009 season. The 2009 playbill includes full productions of each play in Noł┤l Cowardĺ─˘s Tonight at 8:30, a celebrated collection of ten brilliant short plays brought to life on all three of the Festivalĺ─˘s stages. A world premiere, this marks the first time all ten plays have been presented together in repertory theatre history. On August 8, 29 and September 19 The Shaw presents all ten plays in one day, an event appropriately named ĺ─˙Mad Dogs and Englishmenĺ─¨. The season also includes Bernard Shawĺ─˘s The Devilĺ─˘s Disciple and In Good King Charlesĺ─˘s Golden Days, a limited run of John Osborneĺ─˘s The Entertainer in our new Studio Theatre, four additional full productions, and the popular reading series of contemporary Shavian writers. The season runs from April 1 to November 1 in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

The Shaw Festival welcomes back Company members Michael Ball, Neil Barclay, Donna Belleville, Andrew Bunker, Fiona Byrne, Benedict Campbell, Krista Colosimo, Nicolł░ Correia-Damude, Sharry Flett, Patrick Galligan, Mary Haney, Deborah Hay, Patty Jamieson, David Jansen, Gabrielle Jones, Claire Jullien, Lorne Kennedy, Peter Krantz, Thom Marriott, Julie Martell, Marla McLean, Peter Millard, Moya Oĺ─˘Connell, Laurie Paton, Gray Powell, Ric Reid, David Schurmann, Goldie Semple, Graeme Somerville, Jay Turvey, Mark Uhre and Jenny L. Wright. In keeping with the Festivalĺ─˘s emphasis on nurturing the careers of emerging theatre artists, several new members of the Company return in featured roles in 2009, including Kawa Ada, Beryl Bain, Lisa Codrington, Billy Lake, Ali Momen, Ken James Stewart, Richard Stewart, Jonathan Widdifield and Robin Evan Willis.

Festival favourites Evan Buliung, Patricia Hamilton, Corrine Koslo, Jim Mezon, Steven Sutcliffe and Wendy Thatcher return after absences from The Shawĺ─˘s stages. Newcomers Kyle Blair, Saccha Dennis and Kelly Wong are warmly welcomed to The Shawĺ─˘s Ensemble.

In making the announcement, Jackie Maxwell noted: ĺ─˙The creativity and multi-faceted character of our world renowned Ensemble of actors, directors and designers allows us to embark with great brio on an ambitious season. The staging of Tonight at 8:30, in particular, requires great versatility in the acting company and innovation and imagination from our directors and designers. Iĺ─˘m thrilled to welcome to The Shaw for the 2009 season ĺ─ý and to welcome back ĺ─ý many of Canadaĺ─˘s top theatre artists.ĺ─¨

The Festival is also pleased to announce that Blair Williams will direct the Tonight at 8:30 production Ways of the Heart, which will include The Astonished Heart, Family Album, and Ways and Means, in the Court House Theatre. A veteran Shaw actor, Mr. Williams made his directorial debut at The Shaw in 2008, to great critical and audience acclaim, with Ferenc Molnł░rĺ─˘s The President.

Creative teams and primary and secondary castings include the following:


Tonight at 8:30:
Brief Encounters

(Still Life, We Were Dancing, Hands Across the Sea)

by Noł┤l Coward

Previews ĺ─ý April 11 Opens ĺ─ý May 20 Closes ĺ─ý October 24

Sponsored by: CIBC World Markets

Directed by Jackie Maxwell, designed by William Schmuck, lighting designed by Kevin Lamotte, original music and sound design by John Gzowski, video designed by Adam Larsen, choreography by Valerie Moore

Featuring Deborah Hay and Patrick Galligan, Corrine Koslo and Thom Marriott, with Krista Colosimo, Gray Powell and Goldie Semple.

Born Yesterday

by Garson Kanin

Previews ĺ─ý May 5 Opens ĺ─ý May 23 Closes ĺ─ý November 1

Sponsored by: Sun Life Financial

Directed by Neil Munro, designed by Sue LePage, lighting designed by Alan Brodie

Featuring Deborah Hay as Billie Dawn, Thom Marriott as Brock, and Gray Powell as Paul, with Donna Belleville, Patrick Galligan, Lorne Kennedy and Ali Momen.

The Devilĺ─˘s Disciple

by Bernard Shaw

Previews ĺ─ý June 14 Opens ĺ─ý July 9 Closes ĺ─ý October 11

Directed by Tadeusz Bradecki, designed by Peter Hartwell, lighting designed by Kevin Lamotte

Featuring Evan Buliung as Dick Dudgeon, Fiona Byrne as Judith Anderson, and Peter Krantz as Anthony Anderson, with Donna Belleville, Jim Mezon, Peter Millard, Richard Stewart and Jonathan Widdifield.


A Moon for the Misbegotten

by Eugene Oĺ─˘Neill

Previews ĺ─ý April 28 Opens ĺ─ý May 23 Closes ĺ─ý October 9

Sponsored by: Scotiabank Group

Directed by Joseph Ziegler, designed by Christina Poddubiuk, lighting designed by Louise Guinand

Featuring Moya Oĺ─˘Connell as Josie, David Jansen as James Tyrone, and Jim Mezon as Phil.

Albertine in Five Times

by Michel Tremblay, in a new translation by Linda Gaboriau

Previews ĺ─ý June 24 Opens ĺ─ý July 10 Closes ĺ─ý October 10

Directed by Micheline Chevrier, designed by Teresa Przybylski, lighting designed by Ereca Hassell, original music and sound design by Marc Desormeaux

Featuring Nicolł░ Correia-Damude, Patricia Hamilton, Mary Haney, Marla McLean, Wendy Thatcher and Jenny L. Wright.

Tonight at 8:30:

Ways of the Heart

(The Astonished Heart, Family Album, Ways and Means)

by Noł┤l Coward

Previews ĺ─ý July 21 Opens ĺ─ý August 1 Closes ĺ─ý October 11

Directed by Blair Williams, set designed by Sue LePage, costumes designed by Judith Bowden, lighting designed by Louise Guinand

Featuring Claire Jullien, Laurie Paton and David Jansen, with Michael Ball, Andrew Bunker and Lisa Codrington.


In Good King Charlesĺ─˘s Golden Days

by Bernard Shaw

Previews ĺ─ý April 17 Opens ĺ─ý May 21 Closes ĺ─ý October 9

Sponsored by Producers Circle

Directed by Eda Holmes, set designed by Camellia Koo, costumes designed by Michael Gianfrancesco, lighting designed by Bonnie Beecher

Featuring Benedict Campbell as Charles II, Graeme Somerville as Isaac Newton, Laurie Paton as Catherine of Braganza and Ric Reid as Fox, with Andrew Bunker, Lisa Codrington, Nicolł░ Correia-Damude, Mary Haney and Claire Jullien.

Sunday in the Park with George

Book by James Lapine, Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Previews ĺ─ý April 1 Opens ĺ─ý May 22 Closes ĺ─ý November 1

Sponsored by: TD Canada Trust Music

Directed by Alisa Palmer, musical direction by Paul Sportelli, designed by Judith Bowden, lighting designed by Alan Brodie

Featuring Steven Sutcliffe as George/George and Julie Martell as Dot/Marie, with Sharry Flett, Jay Turvey and Mark Uhre.

Tonight at 8:30:

Play, Orchestra, Play

(Red Peppers, Fumed Oak, Shadow Play)

by Noł┤l Coward

Previews ĺ─ý June 9 Opens ĺ─ý July 11 Closes ĺ─ý October 31

Directed by Christopher Newton, musical direction by Paul Sportelli, designed by Cameron Porteous, lighting designed by Louise Guinand

Featuring Patty Jamieson, Jay Turvey and Steven Sutcliffe, with Wendy Thatcher.

Tonight at 8:30:

Star Chamber

Previews ĺ─ý June 25 Opens ĺ─ý July 11 Closes ĺ─ý October 11

by Noł┤l Coward

Directed by Kate Lynch, designed by William Schmuck, lighting designed by Kirsten Watt

Featuring Neil Barclay, Evan Buliung, Fiona Byrne, Sharry Flett, Gabrielle Jones, Marla McLean, Mark Uhre and Jenny L. Wright.


The Entertainer

by John Osborne

Previews ĺ─ý July 31 Opens ĺ─ý August 15 Closes ĺ─ý September 20

Sponsored by Paradigm Capital Inc.

Directed by Jackie Maxwell, designed by Peter Hartwell, lighting designed by Kevin Lamotte

Featuring Benedict Campbell as Archie, David Schurmann as Billy Rice, and Corrine Koslo as Phoebe, with Krista Colosimo and Ken James Stewart.


August 16 Ourselves Alone, by Anne Devlin, director TBA

August 30 Her Naked Skin, by Rebecca Lenkiewicz, directed by Eda Holmes

September 12 Topdog/Underdog, by Suzan-Lori Parks, directed by Philip Akin

September 27 Maria Severa, by Paul Sportelli and Jay Turvey, directed by Jackie Maxwell

Tickets for the 2009 season go on sale to Shaw Festival Members on November 8 and sales to the general public begin January 5 by mail, fax or online and on January 10 by phone or in person.

Tonight at 8:30 is generously supported by Lombard Insurance, Media Partners CTV and The Globe and Mail, and Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund.

Labels: , ,

Renowned Berkshire Choral Festival seeks Montreal singers for weeklong choral festival

Renowned Berkshire Choral Festival seeks Montreal singers for weeklong choral festival

Montreal, QC ĺ─ý The internationally renowned Berkshire Choral Festival is seeking applications from Montreal singers, ages 18 and up, for the prestigious weeklong singing festival, June 26 to July 4, 2009.

With a handful of spots set aside for local talent, successful applicants will join singers from around the world and be immersed in an intense learning experience under the direction of distinguished composer and conductor Julian Wachner, former music director for Bach-Academie de Montreal and current director for the Grammy award-winning Washington Chorus.

The weeklong choral festival will culminate with a performance of Mendelssohnĺ─˘s oratorio Paulus (St. Paul) sung in German and accompanied by Orchestre Metropolitain du Grand Montreal at the Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste on July 3.

ĺ─˙We are extremely excited for our inaugural visit to Montreal,ĺ─¨ says Trudy Weaver Miller, President and CEO, Berkshire Choral Festival. ĺ─˙Montrealĺ─˘s rich cultural heritage, old-world architectural charm, and world class amenities make it an ideal city in which to host the Berkshire Choral Festival. We look forward to an artistically stimulating summer.ĺ─¨

The 2009 season marks the Berkshire Choral Festivalĺ─˘s first visit to Montreal, which joins the internationally recognized list of Berkshire Choral Festival venues along with Sheffield, Massachusetts, and Prague, Czech Republic in providing choral singers from around the globe with the opportunity to rehearse and perform masterpieces of the choral repertoire in a weeklong singing intensive.

More than 180 singers will not only rehearse, but also live on the sprawling campus of McGill University for the entire week. It is a musically and physically demanding program designed for singers who want to reach more deeply into the choral music experience.

Berkshire Choral Festival will begin accepting on-line registrations October 29, 2008. For further information, or to apply online, visit the Berkshire Choral Festival website at:

About Berkshire Choral Festival
The Berkshire Choral Festival was founded in 1982. It was a new idea about a unique way of learning and singing choral music in a rich and artistically stimulating setting.
Twenty-eight years later, the Berkshire Choral Festival still holds to this philosophy ĺ─ý that choral music is best when it is studied, absorbed, discussed and mulled over by choristers and conductors together ĺ─ý in total immersion ĺ─ý until it makes sense as a genuine revelation and expression of the human spirit.

Labels: , , ,

Sinfonia Toronto to Tour Germany


Toronto - Sinfonia Toronto will take off for Germany next month for a five-city concert tour in the central German state of Hesse. The 'Heart of Germany' tour includes performances in Kassel, Fulda, Bensheim, Warburg and Florsheim. The Hessischer Rundfunk radio network is a co-sponsor of the tour and will record the orchestra's performance in Fulda for broadcast.

Sinfonia Toronto's Music Director Nurhan Arman comments, "it will be a great honour to showcase Canadian music and culture in one of Europe's most historic and culturally significant regions." The tour repertoire includes compositions by Elgar, Janacek, Tchaikovsky, Dvorak and Canadian composer Sir Ernest MacMillan. The orchestra's concertmaster Mary-Elizabeth Brown will be the featured violin soloist in works by Schubert and Sarasate.

The 'Heart of Germany' tour is supported by an International Touring Assistance in Music Pilot Project Program grant from the Canada Council, the Hessischer Rundfunk radio network, Lufthansa, Deutsch-Kanadische Gesellschaft e.V., the Canadian Embassy in Berlin and the Kasseler Bank.

During the 2008-2009 Sinfonia Toronto will celebrate its 10th Anniversary concert season. The orchestra presents a seven-concert Masterpiece Series in Toronto's Grace Church on-the-Hill each season and a number of community/outreach performances. Marquis Records has just issued Sinfonia Toronto's new CD, Flanders Fields Reflections.
Before leaving for Germany the orchestra will perform in Sarnia on November 5 and will present the 'Violin Magic' concert in Toronto on November 14.

For further information on 'Heart of Germany' concert dates, locations and programs please refer to or contact the orchestra by phone at 416-499-0403.

Labels: ,

In performance, Sat & Sun at 2:30 pm in Montreal

Award-winning pianist invites you on a memorable musical journey tinged with overwhelming joy, whether you are a newcomer to classical music or a connoisseur. This live performance features the emotional pathos of Beethoven and Schubert, the breathtaking musical landscapes of Edvard Grieg and the dazzling virtuosity of Franz Liszt.

This is what the poster below (or in attachment) states for my upcoming 6 recital, 3 masterclass and 1 radio recording & interview tour in November in Shaunavon, Leader, Kindersley & Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan), Thunder Bay (Ontario) and Marquette (Michingan, USA). Press Release in attachment as well.

Come hear a preview for FREE in Montreal! Feel free to invite friends!

Though Christmas is still far away, Nordic Passion CDs will be available for $15, all included. Two dates, one location, one programme:

ĺ▄Ý Saturday, November 1 at 2:30 pm

ĺ▄Ý Sunday, November 2 at 2:30 pm (NEW time!)

Studio de musique
Conseil des arts de Montrłęal
3450, St-Urbain (just North of Sherbrooke) młętro Place des arts or bus 24
FREE admission

Same programme on Saturday & Sunday

Beethoven: Sonata in C Minor, Opus 13 "Pathłętique"
Erland von Koch: Variations on a Swedish Folk Tune (1981)
Edvard Grieg: Holberg Suite, Opus 40 original piano version
(pause of 10 min.)
Franz Schubert: Three Piano Pieces, D. 946
Walter Boudreau: Asylum Waltz (2003)
Denis Gougeon: Piano Soleil (1996)
Franz Liszt: Venezia e Napoli

Info: 514 284-1219 or

Labels: ,

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Harmonia Choir of Ottawa

Harmonia Choir of Ottawa, directed by Kurt Ala-Kantti, Joanne Moorcroft accompanist, presents Canada Remembers, an all-Canadian programme of remembrance, with guests the Cross Town Youth Chorus, on Tuesday, November 11th, 7:30 pm at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, corner of Kent and James.

This concert will also premiere a new work by the choir's Composer-in-Residence, Christopher Askwith, In Beechwood Cemetery utilizing the text by Archibald Lampham, as well as one of the finalists from this year's Choral Competition, Anita Pari, also a member of the Cross Town Youth Chorus, who will accompany the piece.

With the choir's usual flair for a variety of styles of music, the concert will have something for everyone, from composers across the country, to right here at home with pieces by Gatineau's Pierrette Froment-Savoie, and Dr. James Wright, with accompaniment ranging from piano and violin, to Accordion and Bodhran.

The choir loves to have new pieces to premiere, says Harmonia's Director Kurt Ala-Kantti. It's an added bonus to give such a young composer an opportunity like this to have her work performed, and to have her perform it as well.

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

More information from the choir's website:

Harmonia Choir of Ottawa
Canada Remembers
with Cross Town Youth Chorus
Tuesday, Nov. 11th, 7:30 pm
St Barnabas Anglican Church, corner Kent and James
Works by Mark Sirett, Stephen Hatfield, James Wright, and more!

Tickets: $15; seniors $10 (children and youth free)
Available at the door or in advance at: Leading Note: 370 Elgin near
Gladstone 569-7883

Labels: ,

Dulcinea's Lament, Dulcinea Langfelder & Co./D.B. Clarke Theatre- Nov. 12-19

The D.B. Clarke Theatre presents

A Dulcinea Langfelder & Co. production

The Canadian premiere of

Dulcinea's Lament

A multidisciplinary creation by Dulcinea Langfelder & Co.
Directed by Alice Ronfard

One week only

Wednesday, November 12 ĺ─ý Wednesday, November 19, 2008

To see an inspiring excerpt of Dulcinea's Lament please go to:

Ducinea's Lament on YouTube (the show will be presented in English)

"No, I was not chasteĺ─Âbut I never made anyone pay!" ĺ─ý Dulcinea del Toboso

Montreal, October 2008- The D.B. Clarke Theatre presents Dulcinea Langfelder & Co.'s newest creation, Dulcinea's Lament. Written and performed by respected actor, singer, dancer Dulcinea Langfelder and directed by the ever-creative Alice Ronfard, this humourous, sensitive and critical look behind the cloak of Cervantes' muse, Dulcinea del Toboso, will entertain and enlighten. Dulcinea's Lament recently made its world premiere at the Spiral Hall Theatre in Tokyo. Isabelle Bouvier, Director of the D.B. Clarke Theatre, is honoured to present this exciting new work, "For years the D.B. Clarke Theatre has played an important role in helping make diverse cultural productions available to the Concordia and greater Montreal communities. By presenting Dulcinea's Lament, we hope to carry on this tradition."

Join us in this new adventure; an eclectic, eccentric and energetic frolic into past and present human foibles...

Inspired by Don Quixote's muse, Dulcinea del Toboso, multidisciplinary artist Dulcinea Langfelder takes on Cervantes' 'absent heroine'. Using her namesake from the novel, she expresses her vision of religious attitudes, the world and its history. In this multimedia theatre production, you don't need to have read the book to know intuitively who Dulcinea is. This impressive performance, creatively weaving song, puppetry, spoken word and dance, will spellbind you. Director Alice Ronfard is thrilled to be on board with this latest show, having worked with Dulcinea on some of her earlier productions, "I have always felt passionate about the themes Dulcinea engages in. It was important for me to follow through with her on this particular creation."

Don Quixote, the best selling book in the world after the Bible, speaks to the quest for righteousness against all odds. Langfelder addresses our divisions in this troubled, 'post 9/11' world, "I want the audience to leave the theatre more curious about the world and why we behave the way we do. I want them to feel more confident in themselves and less vulnerable to 'group think'." She continues, "I hope that people walk out ready to laugh at human foible rather than stress out over it!"

Directed by the wonderful Alice Ronfard, with the musical wisdom of Philippe Noireault and Danys Levasseur, the video prowess of Yves Labelle, the discerning designing eye of Ana Capellutto, the smoky lighting of Eric Gingras, the puppet and puppetry of Vincent Santes, the crazy choreography and concept of Dulcinea Langfelder, and championed by Honourable Colleagues: Erik Lapierre, Francis La Haye and Jean-Franł▀ois Bernier.

Dulcinea's Lament ĺ─ý seven shows only

A presentation of the D.B. Clarke Theatre

1455 de Maisonneuve West, Guy metro

Admission (514) 790-1245 (for information: 514 848-2424, ext. 4742)

Dates: Wed. 12, Thurs. 13, Fri. 14, Sat. 15, Tues. 18, Wed. 19 November at 8:00pm

Matinee: Sunday, Nov. 16 at 3:00 pm

28$ regular, $24 seniors, $22 students (service charges apply).

Group rates available

Dulcinea's Lament is a co-production of the Carlsen Center (Overland Park, KS, USA), and is sponsored in Montreal thanks to the participation of Manulife Financial. Dulcinea Langfelder & Co. acknowledges with thanks the support of the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Qułębec, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Conseil des arts de Montrłęal. The company benefited from creative residencies in Montreal at Hexagram, Usine C and la Place des Arts,

and in Bic at le Thłęłótre du Bic.

Labels: ,

The VSO's First Concert Back From Its Asia-Pacific Tour

The VSOĺ─˘s first classical concert in Vancouver after the Asia-Pacific Tour is this weekend ĺ─ý the concert features brilliant Classical pianist Angela Cheng, and a performance of Dvorakĺ─˘s New World Symphony No.9

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý Angela Cheng, one of the worldĺ─˘s finest Classical pianists and a favourite of Vancouver audiences, performs Beethovenĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor on November 1st and 3rd at 8pm at the Orpheum Theatre. Guest conductor Yoav Talmi also leads the orchestra in Beethovenĺ─˘s Leonore Overture No.3 and Dvorakĺ─˘s epic Symphony No. 9 ĺ─˛From the New World.ĺ─˘

Vancouver audiences welcome the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra back from the 2008 Asia-Pacific Tour in these performances, their first classical concert since their return.

ĺ─˙ĺ─Ânothing short of magicĺ─Âa pianist one could listen to for hoursĺ─Âĺ─¨

- The Record (Waterloo, Ontario)

Born in Hong Kong to a musical family, Angela Cheng moved to Canada at age 8 and settled in Edmonton. The first concert she attended was Gina Bachauer playing Beethovenĺ─˘s 3rd Concerto with the Edmonton Symphony. She knew by then that she wanted to be a first-rate pianist and was well on her way. Cheng studied piano at the Alberta College from age 13 to 17 and the University of Alberta from age 17 to 19. She completed her Bachelors of Music at the Juilliard School in New York and her Masters of Music from Indiana State University.

Angela Cheng is the recipient of numerous awards. The gold medal winner of the 1986 Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters competition, Ms. Cheng has earned her reputation as one of Canadaĺ─˘s brightest stars. In 1988, Ms. Cheng became the first Canadian to win the Grand Prize at the Montreal International Music Competition and in 1991 she received the Medal of Excellence at the Mozarteum in Salzburg for her interpretations of Mozart.

Ms. Cheng has received international acclaim for her technical skill, tonal beauty, and musicianship. She has performed as a soloist with every major Canadian symphony orchestra as well as several American orchestras and the Israel Philharmonic. Ms. Cheng is busy this season touring across North America. She will be teaching a Masterclass at Florida State University before visiting Vancouver and then she is off to Indiana to perform in recital.

Well known and celebrated on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, Yoav Talmi is currently the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Quebec Symphony and Principal Guest Conductor of the Israel Chamber Orchestra in Tel Aviv. In the past, he has served as Chief Conductor of the Hamburg Symphony, Principal Guest Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic, Music Director of the San Diego Symphony, Music Director of the Arnhem Philharmonic (Netherlands), and Music Director of both - the Israel Chamber Orchestra and the New Israeli Opera.

Both concerts on November 1st and 3rd will feature a pre-concert talk by Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell, free to ticket holders, at 7:05pm in the auditorium.


Masterworks Gold Series

New World Symphony

Yoav Talmi, conductor

Angela Cheng, piano

Beethoven Leonore Overture No.3

Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3

Dvorak Symphony No.9 From the New World

Tickets $25 to $78.50 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at


Yoav Talmi

Maestro Talmiĺ─˘s long and impressive guest conducting career spans several continents. His European engagements include all the major London orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic, Amsterdamĺ─˘s Concertgebouw, the Symphony Orchestras of Vienna and Prague, the Philharmonic Orchestras of St. Petersburg, Oslo, Stockholm, Warsaw and Israel, the Orchestre National de France, Zurichĺ─˘s Tonhalle, Romeĺ─˘s Santa Cecilia, and numerous radio orchestras in Israel, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Poland, The Netherlands, Belgium, Finland and Sweden. He has also made several appearances with the NHK Symphony and the New Philharmonic Orchestras in Japan. In North America, he has appeared with the orchestras of Pittsburgh, Detroit, St. Louis, Houston, Dallas, Indianapolis, Montreal, Vancouver, Rochester and Seattle, as well as the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the New York Chamber Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Ottawa) and the Orchestra of St. Lukeĺ─˘s at Carnegie Hall.

Yoav Talmiĺ─˘s summer activities includes the Aspen Music Festival, Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, Bergen Festival in Norway, Chautauqua Festival (NY), Helsinki Festival, Houstonĺ─˘s Mostly Mozart Festival, Jerusalem Festival, Montrealĺ─˘s Lanaudił«re Festival and the Waterloo Festival in New Jersey.

Also a seasoned recording artist, Yoav Talmi has collaborated with Chandos, Decca, EMI, Naxos, Teldec. CBC Records (Toronto), Atma and Analekta (Montreal). His recording of Brucknerĺ─˘s Ninth Symphony with the Oslo Philharmonic won the prestigious ĺ─˙Grand Prix du Disqueĺ─¨ in Paris. Mr. Talmiĺ─˘s recording of Schoenberg and Tchaikovsky with the Israel Chamber Orchestra for Teldec was chosen ĺ─˙Record of the Monthĺ─¨ by Germanyĺ─˘s Fono-Forum magazine. The London Penguin Guide gave this same recording its highest rating. His recent recording French Showpieces with the Quebec Symphony and violinist James Ehnes was chosen ĺ─˙Record of the Monthĺ─¨ by the French media magazine Repertoire, who gave this recording a perfect rating. Talmiĺ─˘s Naxos recordings with the San Diego Symphony feature an all-Berlioz cycle that includes the Symphonie fantastique, the complete overtures, Romłęo et Juliette, Harold in Italy, Rłüverie et Caprice, excerpts from Les Troyens, and more. He has recorded also as pianist, accompanying his wife, flutist Erĺ─˘ella Talmi.

Born in Israel, Yoav Talmi is a graduate of the Rubin Academy of Music in Tel Aviv and The Juilliard School in New York, where he earned degrees in both composition and conducting with grants from the America Israel Cultural Foundation (AICF). He was a recipient of the Koussevitzky Memorial Conducting Prize at the Tanglewood Festival [1969] and the Rupert Conductorĺ─˘s Competition in London [1973].

Last July 2008, Yoav Talmi was awarded the ĺ─˛Frank Pellegĺ─˘ prize of the Israeli Cultural Ministry, for his high-level artistic achievements through many years of activity and in August 2008 he received the Quebec-City Medal, honoring his special contribution to the cityĺ─˘s 400 anniversary celebrations. Maestro Talmi holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Laval University in Quebec, Canada.

Angela Cheng

Consistently cited for her brilliant technique, tonal beauty and superb musicianship, Angela Cheng is one of Canada's brightest stars. She has appeared as soloist with virtually every orchestra in Canada, as well as the Birmingham Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Colorado Symphony, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Saint Louis Symphony, Syracuse Symphony, Utah Symphony and the Israel Philharmonic, among others. The frequency with which she is re-engaged is remarkable.

Angela Cheng's debut recording of two Mozart concerti with Mario Bernardi and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra received glowing reviews. Other CDs include: for Koch International, Clara Schumann's Concerto in A Minor with JoAnn Falletta and the Women's Philharmonic; for CBC Records, selected works of Clara and Robert Schumann, four Spanish concerti with Hans Graf and the Calgary Philharmonic, and both Shostakovich concerti with Mario Bernardi and the CBC Radio Orchestra. In the fall of 2006, an all- Chopin recital CD for Universal will be released.

Ms. Cheng appears regularly on recital series throughout the U.S. and Canada and has collaborated with numerous chamber ensembles including the Takł░cs, Colorado and Vogler quartets. Her many festival appearances include Chautauqua, Colorado, Houston, Vancouver and the Festival International de Lanaudił«re in Quebec

Angela Cheng was the 1986 Gold Medal winner at the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition as well as the first Canadian to win the prestigious Montreal International Piano Competition (1988). In the same year, the Canada Council awarded Ms. Cheng its coveted Career Development Grant. For her outstanding interpretations of Mozart, she received the Medal of Excellence at the Mozarteum in Salzburg in 1991.

Labels: ,

Charles Aznavour "Duos"



featuring French and English duets with some of the world's biggest names

to be released in North America on December 9, 2008

Picture (Metafile)

On December 9, legendary French singer Charles Aznavour will again be in the spotlight with the release of his new album Duos.

Duos is a collection of some of his greatest songs recorded as French and English duets with some of the biggest international stars, including Paul Anka, Cłęline Dion, Josh Groban, Sting, Elton John, Placido Domingo, Nana Mouskouri, Carole King, Bryan Ferry, Edith Piaf, Dean Martin, Herbert GrłĆnemeyer, Johnny Hallyday, Liza Minnelli, Laura Pausini, Frank Sinatra and Julio Iglesias. In addition, a musical comedy based on his songs entitled "Je mĺ─˘Voyais DłęjłŢ" (I Could Already See Myself) opened this month in Paris.

Earlier this year, Charles Aznavour was awarded with the prestigious Order of Canada and will also receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at MIDEM on January 19, 2009 in recognition of his outstanding career.

"Charles Aznavour is without doubt the most famous French singer throughout the world, and he is a living legend in the pantheon of chanson franł▀aise. His songs have become standards covered by some of the greatest artists of successive generations, and the films in which he has starred are classics. It is a pleasure for MIDEM to be able to honour this incomparable personality," said Paul Zilk, Chief Executive Officer of Reed MIDEM.

Aznavour has written more than 800 songs, many of which have been interpreted by the worldĺ─˘s greatest artists (Fred Astaire, Shirley Bassey, Ray Charles, Elvis Costello, Bobby Darin, Sammy Davis Junior, Juliette Grłęco, Liza Minnelli, Edith Piaf and Nina Simone to name but a few).

He has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, including over a million in Canada. His career as an actor, which he began in the theatre at the age of nine, includes more than 60 films, including "The Tin Drum," winner of the Palme dĺ─˘Or at the Festival de Cannes in 1979. His last studio album "Colore ma Vie" was released in 2007 by EMI.

In 1988, following the terrible earthquake in Armenia, Aznavour started to use his international fame to help the land of his forebears by founding the humanitarian foundation "Aznavour pour lĺ─˘Armłęnie" (Aznavour for Armenia) with Lłęvon Sayan.

In 1993, the President of Armenia appointed him Ambassador-at-Large and Ambassador to Unesco.

In 1998, Charles Aznavour was voted Entertainer of the Century ĺ─ý ahead of Elvis Presley and Bob Dylan ĺ─ý in an online poll conducted by CNN and Time Magazine USA. Aznavour was named "Commandeur de la Lłęgion dĺ─˘Honneur" (Commander of the Lłęgion dĺ─˘Honneur) and "Commandeur dans lĺ─˘Ordre National du Młęrite" (Commander in the National Order of Merit) by President Jacques Chirac.

At 84, the lyricist and/or composer of such classics as "La Bohł«me," "Je mĺ─˘Voyais DłęjłŢ," "Hier encore," "La Mamma" continues to write new songs and to appear on some of the most prestigious international stages.

Charles Aznavour is the dazzling symbol of universal artistic talent coupled with unbounded energy.


CD 1
TOI ET MOI Charles Aznavour / Cłęline Dion
QUE Cĺ─˘EST TRISTE VENISE Charles Aznavour / Julio Iglesias
LES BATEAUX SONT PARTIS Charles Aznavour /Placido Domingo
PARIS AU MOIS D'AOUT Charles Aznavour / Laura Pausini
HIER ENCORE Charles Aznavour/ Elton John
IL FAUT SAVOIR Charles Aznavour / Johnny Hallyday
MOURIR Dĺ─˘AIMER Charles Aznavour / Nana Mouskouri
Lĺ─˘AMOUR Cĺ─˘EST COMME UN JOUR Charles Aznavour / Sting
LA BOHłÓME Charles Aznavour / Josh Groban
TON NOM Charles Aznavour /Carole King
JE Nĺ─˘AI PAS VU LE TEMPS PASSER Charles Aznavour / Paul Anka
MES EMMERDES Charles Aznavour / Herbert Groenemeyer
Cĺ─˘EST UN GARS Charles Aznavour / Edith Piaf

CD 2
YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS YOUNG Charles Aznavour/ Elton John
QUIET LOVE Charles Aznavour/ Liza Minnelli
LOVE IS NEW EVERYDAY Charles Aznavour/ Sting
YOUNG AT HEART Charles Aznavour/ Franck Sinatra
TO DIE OF LOVE Charles Aznavour/ Nana Mouskouri
SHE Charles Aznavour/ Bryan Ferry
I DIDNĺ─˘T SEE THE TIME GO BY Charles Aznavour / Paul Anka
YOU AND ME Charles Aznavour/ Cłęline Dion
LA BOHEME Charles Aznavour/ Josh Groban
THE SOUND OF YOUR NAME Charles Aznavour/ Carole King
YOUĺ─˘VE GOT TO LEARN Charles Aznavour/ Johnny Hallyday
PARIGI IN AGOSTO Charles Aznavour / Laura Pausini
EL BARCO YA SE FUE Charles Aznavour/ Placido Domingo
ALS ES MIR BESCHISSEN GING Charles Aznavour /Herbert Groenemeyer



NEC Celebrates Elliott Carter 100th Birthday: all 5 String Quartets, Music from 8 Decades

NEC Celebrates Elliott Carterĺ─˘s 100th Birthday with Collaborative Performances of the Five String Quartets, World Premiere of Percussion Commission

Centenary Festivities Also Include Performances of Music from Eight Decades of the Composerĺ─˘s Career

ĺ─˙Our time is so much more awesome, frightening and, certainly, energetic. Therefore, its greatest music must be and is more powerful than the classical masterpieces.ĺ─¨ĺ─ţElliott Carter

New England Conservatory will celebrate the 100th birthday of the legendaryĺ─ţand still workingĺ─ţcomposer Elliott Carter with performances of his works from eight decades. The festival, which begins in November and extends throughout the fall, is curated by John Heiss. It will be highlighted by performances of all five String Quartets in an NEC-initiated collaboration between three Conservatory ensembles and the Pacifica and Chiara Quartets. Quartets No. 2 and 3 each won Pulitzer Prizes in 1960 and 1973 respectively.

NEC will also present the world premiere of Tintinnabulation, a new work for percussion ensemble that the Conservatory commissioned from Carter and which was completed last summer. In addition, double bassist Donald Palma will perform the solo work Figment III, written for him earlier this year and for which he remains the first and exclusive performer.

The Conservatoryĺ─˘s events will precede the Boston Symphony Orchestraĺ─˘s December 4 premiere of Carterĺ─˘s Interventions for Piano and Orchestra, with Daniel Barenboim as soloist. The 100-year old composer, who expects to be in Boston for the BSO final rehearsals and performances, has promised to attend one or more events at NEC, his health permitting.

Masterminded by NEC faculty cellist Paul Katz, a founding member of the Cleveland Quartet, the Carter quartet retrospective will take place in several venuesĺ─ţNEC, the Gardner Museum, Harvard University (where the Chiaras are Blodgett Artists-in-Residence) and the Longy School of Music (where the Pacifica is in residence). The Conservatory groups include the Borromeo String Quartet, the Ariel Quartet (currently in residence in NECĺ─˘s Professional String Quartet Training Program), and the Laurel Quartet (one of NECĺ─˘s Honors Ensembles).

Carterĺ─˘s Tintinnabulation was inspired by the composerĺ─˘s enthusiastic response to Gunther Schullerĺ─˘s Grand Concerto for Percussion and Keyboards, a piece written as part of NECĺ─˘s Endicott percussion commissioning project. Tintinnabulation was commissioned for the New England Conservatory Percussion Ensemble and director Frank Epstein with support from Catherine and Paul Buttenwieser and the Shrieking Meadow Foundation.
All concerts at NEC are free and open to the public. See individual listings for concerts at other venues for details on ticketing. The complete listing of programs, dates, and venues follows:

November 17, 8 pm, The Longy School of Music,
One Follen St. Cambridge. $30/ $20 students

Pacifica Quartet performs Carter's String Quartet No. 3, Beethovenĺ─˘s String Quartet, Op. 132, and George Crumb String Quartet No. 3

November 18, 8 pm, NECĺ─˘s Jordan Hall

Pianist David Holzman performs Carter's Piano Sonata.

November 30, 1:30 pm, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Laurel Quartet performs String Quartet No. 5, as part of an all-Carter program.

December 1, 8 pm, NEC

"First Monday" concert includes Carter's String Quartet No. 1 with the Borromeo String Quartet, NEC quartet-in-residence.

December 2, 4 pm, 7 pm, and 8pm, NEC

4 pm in NECĺ─˘s Williams Hall. Masterclass on Carter's Sonata for cello and piano with cellist Laurence Lesser and pianist Christopher Taylor.

7 pm in NECĺ─˘s Williams Hall. Panel discussion with Elliott Carter's assistant Virgil Blackwell; John Heiss of the NEC faculty, who has coordinated these performances; and Donald Palma of the NEC faculty.

8 pm in NECĺ─˘s Jordan Hall. Frank Epstein conducts NEC Percussion Ensemble in world premiere of Tintinnabulation; String Quartet No. 2 with the Ariel Quartet; Asko Concerto with the NEC Chamber Orchestra, Sonata for cello and piano, with cellist Laurence Lesser and pianist Christopher Taylor; Birthday Flourish and Woodwind Quintet, with the NEC Contemporary Ensemble; and Elegy for viola and piano, with students from NEC's Preparatory School.

December 3, 6 pm and 8 pm, NEC

6 pm in Brown Hall. Chiara String Quartet, Harvard University's Blodgett Artists-in-Residence for 2008ĺ─ý2011, performs Carter's String Quartet No. 4.

8 pm in NECĺ─˘s Jordan Hall. All-Carter program includes Double Concerto, Canonic Suite, Sonata for flute, oboe, cello, and harpsichord; Luimen, Figment III, Harmony of the Spheres, and Musicians Wrestle Everywhere.

December 4, 8 pm, Harvard Universityĺ─˘s Houghton Library
For more information:

Chiara String Quartet, Harvard University's Blodgett Artists-in-Residence for 2008ĺ─ý2011, performs Carter's String Quartet No. 4. This concert is sold-out.

December 4ĺ─ţ9, Symphony Hall

World premiere of Carter's Interventions with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, James Levine conducting; Daniel Barenboim, piano.

For further information, check the NEC Website at: 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.


Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 750 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world. Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide. Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions. On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Collaboration Programs, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors. Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homesĺ─ţthereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music and jazz.

NEC presents more than 600 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, 100-year old, beautifully restored concert hall. These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz and opera scenes. Every year, NECĺ─˘s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.

NEC is co-founder and educational partner of ĺ─˙From the Top,ĺ─¨ a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.


Parsons Dance presents World Premiere collaboration with EVOC - Jan 6-18


presents a World Premiere collaboration with

The Lead Vocalists of


The Joyce Theater, January 6 ĺ─ý 18, 2009


Parsons Dance presents the World Premiere of an all-new, as-yet-untitled collaboration with the lead vocalists of East Village Opera Company (EVOC), featuring the music of the acclaimed rock opera band. Program A premieres the new evening-length work with EVOCĺ─˘s two lead vocalists live onstage with Parsons Dance. Program B will feature Parsons Dance favorites, including Caught and Nascimento.

ĺ─˙Nearly two years ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the members of East Village Opera Company. We realized that a great deal of artistic synchronicity existed between our companies and we began to discuss the possibility of creating a work together. Peter Kiesewalterĺ─˘s brilliant arrangements have proven to be incredibly inspirational. Now we are about to present this World Premiere in January,ĺ─¨ said David Parsons, artistic director of Parsons Dance.

ĺ─˙David Parsonsĺ─˘ choreography marries tradition and renewal in a way that physically represents what we try to evoke as a band. Itĺ─˘s exciting to see our music take a three dimensional kinesthetic shape in his hands,ĺ─¨ said Tyley Ross, lead male vocalist and co-founder of EVOC.

David Parsons, Tyley Ross and AnnMarie Milazzo (lead female vocalist) have created a storyline that connects EVOCĺ─˘s signature operatic arias with David Parsonsĺ─˘ original choreography.

EVOCĺ─˘s signature works re-imagine opera arias as popular songs, including pieces by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart and Schubert. These classics collide with electric sounds from the golden era of rock and roll, pop, R&B, and soul, exploding into a mosaic of sound in a triumphant musical celebration. They have received commissions to pen new works from both the New York Public Theatre and New York City Opera, with whom they have also performed at Lincoln Center. EVOC alternately headlines in prestigious classical concert halls and rock clubs, and records exclusively for Decca/Universal records. They have released three CDĺ─˘s, and are currently on tour supporting their newest release Olde School.

Parsons Dance creates American works of extraordinary artistry that are engaging and uplifting to audiences throughout the world. It is the goal of Parsons Dance to make contemporary dance accessible to the widest possible audiences. In addition to choreography and performance, Parsons Dance positively impacts children, students, and communities through student performances, lecture-demonstrations, master classes, post-show discussions and more. Parsons Dance has a company of eleven full-time dancers and maintains a repertory of more than 70 works choreographed by David Parsons, twenty of which feature originally commissioned scores by leading composers and musicians, including Dave Matthews, Michael Gordon and Milton Nascimento. Parsons Dance has collaborated with many other leading artists, including Julie Taymor, William Ivey Long, Annie Leibovitz, Donna Karan and Alex Katz (to name a few). The New York Times called David Parsons ĺ─˙one of the great movers of modern dance.ĺ─¨ New York Magazine referred to him as ĺ─˙one of modern danceĺ─˘s great living dance-makers.ĺ─¨

Parsons Dance dancers are Julie Blume, Eric Bourne, Sarah Braverman, John Corsa, Kevin Fitzgerald Ferguson, Patty Foster, Zac Hammer, Natalie Lomonte, Miguel Quinones, Abby Silva, Billy Smith, and apprentice Steven Vaughn.

The two programs follow:

Program A:

Thu 1/ 8, Fri 1/9 and Sat 1/10 at 8pm; Sun 1/11 at 2pm and 7:30pm; Wed 1/14 at 7:30pm;

Thu 1/15, Fri 1/16 and Sat 1/17 at 8pm; Sun 1/18 at 7:30pm

as-yet-untitled World Premiere

Program B:

Tue 1/6 and Wed 1/7 at 7:30pm; Tue 1/13 at 7:30pm; Sat 1/17 and Sun 1/18 at 2pm

Fill the Woods with Light, Slow Dance, Swing Shift, an excerpt from the as-yet-untitled World Premiere collaboration with East Village Opera Company, Caught, and Nascimento

Parsons Dance will perform January 6 ĺ─ý 18, 2009 at The Joyce Theater, with performances Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday at 7:30pm; Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm; and Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. There is a Family matinee performance on Saturday, January 10 at 2pm. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street), NYC. Tickets are $59, $35, and $19 (Joyce Members $44, $26) and are available by phone at 212-242-0800 or

Parsons Dance is committed to building new audiences for contemporary dance by creating American works of extraordinary artistry that are engaging and uplifting to audiences throughout the world. The company tours regionally, nationally and internationally. Since 1985, Parsons Dance has toured an average of 32 weeks per year, to a total more than 235 cities, 30 countries, six continents and millions of audience members. Many others have seen Parsons Dance on PBS, Bravo, A&E Network, and the Discovery Channel. Millions watched Parsons Dance perform live in Times Square as part of the internationally broadcast, 24-hour Millennium New Yearĺ─˘s Eve celebration. In New York City, Parsons Dance has been featured at The Joyce Theater, City Center, New Victory Theater, Central Park Summerstage, Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art and The World Trade Center.

David Parsons (Artistic Director/Founder) has enjoyed a remarkable career as a performer, choreographer, teacher, director and producer of dance. Mr. Parsons was born in Chicago and raised in Kansas City. He was a leading dancer with The Paul Taylor Dance Company, where Mr. Taylor created many roles for him in works such as Arden Court, Last Look and Roses. He is a recipient of the 2000 Dance Magazine Award, as well as the 2001 American Choreography Award, for his work as a co-producer of AEROS, a production featuring the Romanian Gymnastic Federation that was featured on Bravo. Mr. Parsons has created more than 70 works for Parsons Dance. He has received commissions over the years from The American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the American Dance Festival, Jacobĺ─˘s Pillow, the Spoleto Festival and Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam, to name a few. His work has been performed by Paris Opera Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Nederlands Danse Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, Hubbard Street Dance and BatSheva Dance Company of Israel, among many others. In June 2007, Mr. Parsons was honored to be the very first contemporary choreographer ever to stage work at the centuries-old Arena di Verona, in Verona Italy, where he choreographed Verdiĺ─˘s Aida. The Arena is one of Italyĺ─˘s most respected operatic venues. In September 2007, he directed and choreographed Gotham Chamber Operaĺ─˘s production of Marłéa de Buenos Aires, which made its world premiere at a sold-out engagement in New York, at NYUĺ─˘s Skirball Center for the Arts.

East Village Opera Company was formed in New York Cityĺ─˘s East Village in 2004 by Canadians Peter Kiesewalter and Tyley Ross. The East Village Opera Company turned the heads of New Yorkĺ─˘s music community with a series of electric genre defying shows at Joeĺ─˘s Pub, the intimate venue housed by the Public Theatre. Initially meant as a one-off project, they were quickly signed to Decca/Universal records and met with universal praise from both classical and rock critics and fans. The Washington Post proclaimed that ĺ─˙Opera crossover acts are becoming a veritable cottage industry, but the East Village Opera Co. is markedly different.ĺ─¨ They have toured the world with a unique live show, combining a seemingly incongruous classical string section with a powerhouse rock band. Time Out New York stated that the group ĺ─˙electrifies the classics for a new generation.ĺ─¨ The Associated Press mused the band was ĺ─˙dramaticĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙mesmerizingĺ─¨ while the Wall Street Journal agreed, noting ĺ─˙The band rocks hard, and deranges the opera stuff with savvy skill.ĺ─¨ In a rare feat not many artists can claim, EVOC headlines around the world in both eclectic rock clubs as well as some of the most prestigious classical concert halls. The bandĺ─˘s appeal is evident in both cases. The Chicago Tribune raved ĺ─˙Nobody puts a fresher, friskier contemporary spin on operaĺ─˘s greatest hits than the East Village Opera Company.ĺ─¨ The band has also performed at esteemed events such as the Sundance Film Festival, the Miss USA pageant (nationally televised on NBC), and the world-premiere of ĺ─˙The Da Vinci Codeĺ─¨ in Hong Kong. EVOC has also been celebrated at the 2006 Emmy Awards with an award for their PBS Special ĺ─˙EVOC LIVE.ĺ─¨

Tyley Ross (Male Vocalist / EVOC co-founder) A native of Ottawa Canada, Tyley started performing professionally in his early teens while still a student at Canterburyĺ─˘s school of the Arts. In the years since then, has been a street busker, a cartoon and voice artist, acted for the small and large screen, written and recorded two solo albums (his composition You Take My Breath Away was featured in the film Woman Wanted directed by Kiefer Sutherland and starring Holly Hunter), and he has performed as a guest soloist with orchestras across Canada and in the USA. After being discovered by Pete Townshend of The Who in 1994, Tyley was cast in the title role of the Canadian premiere of the Whoĺ─˘s Tommy. For his work in that show, he was honored with the Dora Award for Outstanding Performance in a Musical. He spent the next ten years on musical stages across North America, including starring roles at the Shaw and Stratford Festivals, and on Broadway. In 2001, Tyley was introduced to Peter Kiesewalter and they began experimenting with recording opera arias in a variety of modern contexts. This project led to the release of the CD La Donna and the unveiling of the East Village Opera Company in 2004 with a series of acclaimed performances at New Yorkĺ─˘s Joeĺ─˘s Pub. Within a year the band had signed a multi-record deal with Decca/Universal, and has since released two CDĺ─˘s: East Village Opera Company (2005) and Olde School (2008). Tyley has his masterĺ─˘s degree in voice studies from Londonĺ─˘s Central School of Speech and Drama.

AnnMarie Milazzo (Female Vocalist) is a singer, arranger, composer and lyricist living in NYC. She has done the vocal arrangements for Spring Awakening, the Broadway musical at the Eugene Oĺ─˘Neill Theater; Next To Normal, which premiered Off Broadway at Second Stage Theatre; Bright Lights, Big City at New York Theatre Workshop; and the Paramount feature film ĺ─˙The Marc Pease Experienceĺ─¨ starring Ben Stiller. Some of her most recent work includes a new musical Pretty Dead Girl, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival and is now being produced by the Araca Group in New York City, book by David Henry Wang. Also currently in progress is the musical Sea Change based on the Lois Gould novel, book by Karen Hartman. AnnMarie is the lyricist for Franco Dragoneĺ─˘s Carmen, which premiered at The Jolla Playhouse and will open in Madrid, 2009. She is currently writing lyrics for Cirque du Soleilĺ─˘s, Le Reve, at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. AnnMarieĺ─˘s singing credits include working with artists such as Angelique Kidjo on her Black Ivory Soul Tour also singing with Carlos Santana. She also toured with Jonatha Brooke and performed on her DVD Back In The Circus, shot live in NYC.

The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, has proudly served the dance community and its audiences since 1982. The founders, Cora Cahan and Eliot Feld, acquired and renovated the Elgin Theater in Chelsea, which opened as The Joyce Theater in 1982. The Joyce is named in honor of Joyce Mertz, beloved daughter of LuEsther T. Mertz. It was LuEstherĺ─˘s clear, undaunted vision and abundant generosity that made it imaginable and ultimately possible to establish the theater. One of the only theaters built by dancers for dance, The Joyce Theater has provided an intimate and elegant New York home for more than 290 domestic and international companies. The Joyce has also commissioned more than 130 new dances since 1992. In 1996, The Joyce created Joyce SoHo, a dance center providing highly subsidized rehearsal and performance space to hundreds of dance artists. New York City public school students and teachers annually benefit from The Joyceĺ─˘s Dance Education Program, and adult audiences get closer to dance through pre-engagement Dance Talks and post-performance Humanities discussions. The Joyce Theater now features an annual season of approximately 48 weeks with over 340 performances for audiences in excess of 135,000. Additionally, for the last five years The Joyce has co-produced Evening Stars as part of the River To River Festival in Battery Park.

The World Premiere production is made possible by lead commissioning support from The Ellsworth Kelly Foundation; and Dr. and Mrs. Edward Prostic, in honor and memory of their daughter Elizabeth Anne Prostic.

For more information, visit and


The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street), NYC

January 6-18, 2009

Tue, Wed and Sun at 7:30pm; Thu, Fri and Sat at 8pm; and Sat and Sun at 2pm

Family matinee performance on Saturday, January 10 at 2pm.

Tickets: $59, $35, $19 (Joyce Members $44, $26)

JoyceCharge: 212-242-0800

Labels: ,

Natalie Choquette lance TERRA MIA


Une odyssłęe lyrique aux quatre coins du monde

Montrłęal, le 27 novembre 2008 ĺ─ý Cela fait trois ans que Natalie Choquette explore les grands airs des rłępertoires sacrłęs, baroques et classiques. Avec brio et succł«s d'ailleurs, puisque sa trilogie ł▄terna s'est vendue łŢ 100 000 exemplaires et a remportłę trois Fłęlix łŢ l'ADISQ. Aujourd'hui, la cłęlł«bre soprano se lance dans une nouvelle aventure et un nouveau registre avec un album plein d'amour et de rythmes du mondeĺ─ Alors faites vos valises et embarquez avec Č┤ La diva Ȭ pour une belle et grande łępopłęe łŢ travers TERRA MIA.

En 10 langues et 16 chansons, Natalie Choquette cłęlł«bre l'amour avec des compositions ou des chants traditionnels issus des cultures portugaise, japonaise, franł▀aise, qułębłęcoise, gitane, russe, chinoise, arabe, płęruvienneĺ─ En duo avec Marco Calliari puis avec le jeune Torontois Daniel Panetta (dłęcouvert łŢ l'łęmission Canadian Idol), elle fait une escale romantique en Italie pour entonner Reginella et Non ti scordar di me. Sur les rivages ensoleillłęs de Cuba, mł«re et fille se retrouvent ensuite, młülant leur voix et leurs łęmotions dans une chanson spłęcialement łęcrite par Florence K., Mamacita.

Tout au long du płęriple, la voix en or de Natalie Choquette est soutenue par un łęcrin de musique finement ciselłę dans l'authenticitłę : violons tziganes, accordłęon italien, uhru chinois, oud arabe, flł¬tes płęruviennes, irlandaises ou japonaises, guitare flamenco, tres cubainĺ─ Pour enregistrer El cłändor pasa, un chant traditionnel des Andes, la chanteuse et son łęquipe sont młüme allłęs en Amłęrique du Sud pour s'entourer d'un vrai chëýur d'enfants płęruviens. Le rłęsultat est touchant.

Au total et en plus de ce chëýur, 20 musiciens et 8 choristes ont participłę łŢ l'aventure de TERRA MIA, dont la rłęalisation et les sublimes arrangements sont signłęs John Roney et łÔric Lagacłę.

TERRA MIA de Natalie Choquette : le classique et la musique du monde sont enfin rłęconciliłęs dans un album conł▀u comme une invitation łŢ s'łęvader sur une autre planł«te : la nłątre. En vente partout dł«s aujourd'hui sur łętiquette Isba Music, distributionDEP|Universal.

Labels: , ,

Jazz @ The Playhouse - A New Jazz Series This Fall

A New Series Featuring Jason Marsalis, Kurt Elling, Marc Jordan, Nikki Yanofsky, Coco Montoya and more at the Diesel Playhouse
Tickets on sale now!

Toronto ĺ─ý Toronto Downtown Jazz (TDJ) and Diesel Playhouse are pleased to introduce a new series, JAZZ @ THE PLAYHOUSE. Featuring seven intimate concerts for the 2008 Fall / Winter Concert Season at the Diesel Playhouse, this series will feature Jason Marsalis Trio, Nikki Yanofsky, Coco Montoya, Jane Bunnett, Kurt Elling, Marc Jordan and Tuck & Patti. Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster outlets and through the Diesel Playhouse box office.

Jason Marsalis Trio - Thursday, Nov. 6
Jason Marsalis hails from a truly gifted musical family. With brothers Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and father Ellis, the Marsalis' are the venerable first family of jazz. Having made his professional debut on drums at the age of 12, Jason has often been described as having perhaps the strongest voice on his instrument in his generation. An active and visible part of the New Orleans jazz scene for a number of years, Jason has two recordings under his own name as well as a number of recordings with other musicians including the Marcus Roberts Trio. Joining Jason will be Stephen Riley and Neal Caine.

Nikki Yanofsky - Saturday, Nov. 8
At just 14 years old, Nikki Yanofsky has accomplished more than most teens her age. This past February, Nikki performed at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops Orchestra under the direction of Marvin Hamlisch. Her long anticipated debut album, Ellaĺ─ÂOf Thee I Swing, currently sits atop the jazz charts. A Toronto crowd favourite, do not miss this young vocalist as tickets will sell out quickly.

Coco Montoya - Sunday, Nov. 16
From his early days as a drummer to his current status as one of the top drawing guitarists and vocalists on the blues-rock scene, "Coco Montoya is the real McCoy" (Billboard Magazine). Known for his explosive guitar playing combined with soul driven vocals, Montoya honed his chops for 10 years with the legendary Bluesbreakers, proving to be a guitar master in one of the most renowned blues bands in existence.

Jane Bunnett - Friday, Nov. 21
Celebrating the music from her latest release, Embracing Voices, Toronto soprano saxophonist, flutist and bandleader Jane Bunnett, will take listeners on a musical journey with songs sung in English, Creole and Spanish. With special guest appearances on the album from vocalists such as Molly Johnson and Kellylee Evans, Embracing Voices is a departure from Jane's traditional mix of Cuban music and jazz.

Kurt Elling - Thursday, Dec. 4
Kurt Elling is the preeminent male jazz singer today. The New York Times describes him as "hugely talented." With a four-octave range and a rich baritone voice, Elling displays astonishing technical facility and emotional depth. Often regarded by many as the natural heir to jazz pioneer Jon Hendricks, Elling is the contemporary voice in vocalese ĺ─ý the art of putting words to improvised solos of jazz artists. Most recently, Elling was the recipient of Male Vocalist of the Year in the DownBeat Critics Poll for the ninth straight year in a row.

Marc Jordan & Friends - Friday, Dec. 12
Best known for penning top-charting hits, Marc Jordan's resume reads like a list of who's who in music today having written for Rod Stewart, Cher, Natalie Cole, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt and Diana Ross. A Juno Award winner and the first recipient of Male Vocalist of the Year by the Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards, Marc has also carved an impressive career as a singer-guitarist. Frequently praised for the emotional and poetic quality of his lyrics, Marc is back with another release, Live at El Mocambo +1. Join Marc and special guests for this performance.

Tuck & Patti - Friday, Dec. 19
For over 25 years, this husband and wife duo has relied on the textures of only guitar and vocals to create their sound. With more than ten albums to their credit, their blend of jazz, pop, R&B, gospel, folk, rock and Brazilian genres has contributed to their success. Join Tuck and Patti this December as they play music from their latest release, I Remember You, their first complete recording dedicated to the Great American Songbook.

Jason Marsalis Trio ĺ─ý 11/06
Nikki Yanofsky ĺ─ý 11/08
Coco Montoya ĺ─ý 11/16
Jane Bunnett ĺ─ý 11/21
Kurt Elling ĺ─ý 12/04
Marc Jordan & Friends ĺ─ý 12/12
Tuck & Patti ĺ─ý 12/19
Diesel Playhouse, 56 Blue Jays Way
Tickets are on sale at:
Ticketmaster ĺ─ý 416.870.8000,
Diesel Playhouse Box Office ĺ─ý 416.971.5656,
All performances begin at 9pm
**3 PACK SPECIAL: purchase tickets for any three shows and receive a 20% discount**

For more information please visit or

Labels: ,

OTHELLO au Musłęe McCord

Persephone Productions prłęsente OTHELLO au Musłęe McCord

13 au 29 novembre 2008

Persephone Productions prłęsente Othello, cłęlł«bre tragłędie de Shakespeare, au Thłęłótre J. Armand Bombardier du Musłęe McCord, du 14 au 29 novembre, ainsi qu'une avantĺ─Űpremił«re le 13 novembre.

Othello, noble Maure et hłęros militaire, est pris dans une terrifiante trame de tromperies dans ce chef-d'ëýuvre captivant de Shakespeare. La pił«ce illustre de fał▀on poignante le pouvoir des mots pour manipuler et, ultimement, dłętruire, tout en rłęvłęlant notre propre vulnłęrabilitłę face łŢ la persuasion. L'intrigue abonde en łęmotions perturbantes et conflictuelles ĺ─ý amour et haine, jalousie et ambition, pulsions sexuelles et intłęgritłę individuelle ĺ─ý alors que les personnages luttent contre les forces qui les accablent.

Entreprendre la production d'un imposant classique comme Othello constitue un dłęfi ambitieux. ł─ propos des raisons qui l'ont incitłęe łŢ choisir cette pił«ce particulił«re, Mme Soskin a dłęclarłę : Č┤ Ce qui est si merveilleux łŢ propos d'Othello, c'est sa nature intemporelle. Comme toutes les grandes tragłędies, il s'agit d'une tragłędie humaine. Cette tragłędie est centrłęe sur des personnes, plutłąt que de porter spłęcifiquement sur la trahison, la jalousie, le pouvoir ou le racisme. Je crois que c'est ce qui rend l'ëýuvre de Shakespeare si attrayante et formidable; il a łęcrit łŢ propos de nous, tels que nous sommes rłęellement, avec toutes nos vulnłęrabilitłęs. Le dłęfi spłęcial prłęsentłę par cette production consiste łŢ parler dans la langue riche et rehaussłęe du texte tout en faisant en sorte que l'histoire soit claire et puisse facilement łütre comprise. Je crois que le public pourra ainsi s'identifier avec ses vłęritłęs universelles. Ȭ

La compagnie prłęsentera cette production sur une scł«ne dłęnudłęe, avec des costumes reflłętant la płęriode de la Renaissance conł▀us par la nouvelle venue Raina-Clair Gillis, sous des łęclairages de Jody Burkholder et au son d'une musique originale de James Keenan Campbell, łętudiant en premił«re annłęe du programme d'Arts łŢ l'Universitłę McGill, sous la direction de Mary Davidson, rłęgisseuse.

Fondłęe en 2000, Persephone Productions s'est donnłę comme mission de fournir une expłęrience de travail aux jeunes artistes professionnels du thłęłótre, dans tous leurs domaines d'expertise. En plus d'offrir de merveilleux rłąles łŢ interprłęter aux diplłąmłęs professionnels d'łętudes thłęłótrales, la compagnie compte deux autres formidables exemples de cet idłęal.

Gabrielle Soskin a rencontrłę Raina-Clair Gillis łŢ l'occasion d'un vernissage łŢ Envers, populaire boutique de vłütements de Westmount appartenant au designer de mode qułębłęcois Yves Jean Lacasse. Elles ont brił«vement discutłę de thłęłótre et de haute couture et, łŢ la suite de cette conversation, Mme Soskin a invitłę Rainaĺ─ŰClair łŢ communiquer avec elle si elle łętait intłęressłęe łŢ explorer la conception de costumes. Un an plus tard, Rainaĺ─ŰClair lui a tłęlłęphonłę pour lui annoncer qu'elle avait lancłę sa propre entreprise de design de mode et łętabli un studio sur le Plateau, et qu'elle łętait toujours trł«s intrigułęe par la possibilitłę de concevoir des costumes pour le thłęłótre. Ainsi, Rainaĺ─ŰClair a conł▀u tous les costumes pour Othello, en plus de les fabriquer elleĺ─Űmłüme.

James Keenan Campbell est un autre exemple de brillante rłęussite liłęe au mandat de Persephone. Une abonnłęe łŢ la liste de diffusion a communiqułę avec Mme Soskin, car elle savait qu'un łętudiant de Minneapolis allait venir łŢ Montrłęal pour łętudier łŢ l'Universitłę McGill. Il łętait intłęressłę par le thłęłótre et avait mentionnłę son dłęsir de participer łŢ la scł«ne locale. Grłóce łŢ une connaissance mutuelle, James savait dłęjłŢ que Persephone travaillait łŢ la production d'Othello, et il avait indiqułę qu'il voulait composer la musique pour cette pił«ce depuis un certain temps. Il a envoyłę łŢ Mme Soskin la musique qu'il avait composłęe łŢ l'łęcole secondaire pour sa production de The Crucible, ainsi que des łęchantillons de ses idłęes pour la composition d'une musique originale pour Othello. Bien que son concept initial pour la pił«ce ne comprenait pas de musique originale, elle a aimłę ce qu'elle a entendu et elle a acceptłę de lui donner la chance de relever ce dłęfi particulier.

Point młędiatique

Le jeudi 13 novembre łŢ 11 h

Musłęe McCord, Thłęłótre J. Armand Bombardier

(690, rue Sherbrooke Ouest)

Il s'agit d'une excellente occasion de prendre des photographies de plateau, de filmer une scł«ne de la pił«ce, d'enregistrer des extraits sonores pour la radio, ainsi que d'effectuer des entrevues avec les acteurs ou les concepteurs artistiques.

Veuillez confirmer votre prłęsence auprł«s de Barbara Ford

514 342ĺ─Ű7936

DATES ET HEURES : Les 13 et 29 novembre 20 h

Matinłęes en semaine : 14, 17, 19, 20, 24 et 26 novembre 13 h
Matinłęes le dimanche : 16 et 23 novembre 14 h


Adultes 26 $
Groupes (10 ou plus) 20 $
łÔtudiants / łóge d'or 18 $
Groupes scolaires 17,50 $
Membres de la QDF 18 $

LIEU : Musłęe McCord

690, rue Sherbrooke Ouest

Thłęłótre J. Armand Bombardier

BILLETTERIE : 514 398-7100, poste 234


Labels: , ,

Les (pires) autobiographies de nos vedettes lues sur scł«ne!

BIO DłÔGRADABLE : les łęcrits restentĺ─Â
De retour le lundi 3 novembre łŢ 20h

Č┤Les miroirs ornent chaque petit bout de cloison. Il y en a tellement que je peux aisłęment affirmer que jĺ─˘aurai du mal łŢ me regarder dans une glace aprł«s Loft Story. Je comprends maintenant ce que les Amłęrindiens ont ressenti lorsquĺ─˘on a voulu les prendre en photo.Ȭ Julie Lemay, Un automne au Loft, Le journal de la gagnante de Loft Story.

Montrłęal, le 27 octobre 2008 ĺ─ý Bio dłęgradable, le cabaret littłęraire qui vous prłęsente les autobiographies de nos Č┤vedettesȬ qułębłęcoises sera de retour sur les planches du chic cabaret Clłęopłótre le lundi 3 novembre prochain !

Lundi prochain łŢ 20h00 les excellents comłędiens Pierre-Luc Brillant, Genevił«ve Brouillette, Eve Duranceau, Karen Elkin, Marie-Lyse Laberge-Forest, Sylvain Larocque, Kim Lavack Paquin, Rłęmi Montłęsinos et Rłęmi-Pierre Paquin feront lecture de plusieurs autobiographies dont celles de Mario Pelchat, Rita Lafontaine, Andrłę Montmorency, łÔlisabetta (ex-participante łŢ Loft Story), Danielle Ouimet, Ginette Ravel, Chantal Pary, Martin Stevens, Andrłęe Boucher, Julie Lemay (la grande gagnante de Loft Story), et Anne Lłętourneau. Rires (et łętonnement) assurłęs...

C'est au deuxił«me łętage du Cafłę Clłęopłótre, haut lieu des spectacles de travestis montrłęalais, qu'aura encore lieu cet łęvł«nement qui allie humour et ĺ─Â littłęrature.

Un rendez-vous "culturel" łŢ ne pas manquerĺ─Â

Une partie des profits est remise aprł«s chaque reprłęsentation łŢ la fondation Arbres Canada, qui encourage les Canadiens łŢ planter et łŢ entretenir les arbres.

Bio dłęgradable : les łęcrits restentĺ─Â
Le lundi 3 novembre 2008, łŢ 20 h
au 2ił«me łętage du Cafłę Clłęopłótre,
1230 boul. St. Laurent
Rłęservations : 514-965-5559

Billets en vente łŢ la porte
Prix du billet : 20 $


Č┤Ce cabaret Bio Dłęgradable baigne dans le sarcasme, le mauvais goł¬t et le deuxił«me degrłę. Jĺ─˘adoreȬ
Hugo Dumas - La Presse ĺ─ý

Č┤Jĺ─˘ai passłę une trł«s belle soirłęe, je vous recommande ce spectacleȬ
Tanya Lapointe ĺ─ý Le Tłęlłęjournal de Radio-Canada -

Č┤Un cabaret biodłęgradable pour mieux lire notre łępoqueȬ
Jean-Franł▀ois Nadeau ĺ─ý Le Devoir ĺ─ý

Č┤Franchement hilarantȬ
Marie-Christine Blais ĺ─ý La Presse ĺ─ý

Č┤Un cafłę littłęraire dłęcapantȬ
Marc-Andrłę Lemieux ĺ─ý Journal Młętro ĺ─ý

Č┤La revanche du simple citoyen sur l'hyperpipolisation de nos młędiasȬ
Steve Proulx ĺ─ý Voir-

Č┤Tout le monde łętait crampłęȬ
Steve Proulx ĺ─ý Voir ĺ─ý

Č┤Lĺ─˘auditoire croule ĺ─ On est partagłę entre le fou rire et la consternationȬ
Myriam Gagnon ĺ─ý Elle Qułębec ĺ─ý

Sylvie St-Jacques ĺ─ý La Presse -

Monday, October 27, 2008

Theatre Listing NEW - English




by Michel Marc Bouchard

translation by Linda Gaboriau

November 6 - 15, 2008

MONTREAL - October 2008 ĺ─ý Talisman Theatre is proud to present the Montreal English premiere of the play DOWN DANGEROUS PASSES ROAD by award-winning Michel Marc Bouchard, translated by Governor General award-winner LINDA GABORIAU.

In an eternal moment of dłęja-vu, DOWN DANGEROUS PASSES ROAD, three brothers attempt to trace the consequences of their father's death 13 years ago. The characters struggle for frankness in moments of extreme lucidity. This play, written in 1998, was produced by several theatres across Canada including Theatre Jean Duceppe in Montreal.

Lines from their father's last poem repeat over and over in their heads ĺ─ý the same poem that had spun round and round in a whirlpool when he drowned. Struggling to break the cycle, they repeat snatches of their conversation from that fateful day over and over.

Talisman Theatre is an exceptional group of professionals drawn from the Montreal community that has come together to collaborate on this production of DOWN DANGEROUS PASSES ROAD; a play that explores the complexities of the human experience; the poetry of tragedy and triumph. It is a story of the conquering human spirit that will touch an audience with its frankness. Talisman Theatre shares a belief that theatre can profoundly affect how we see ourselves and our world and that this story must be heard.

"The ''product'' that Michel Marc Bouchard has delivered can be qualified as a work of art, on every level.''

Raymond Bernatchez, La Presse, February 25, 1998

Actors: Marcelo Arroyo, Patrick Costello & Graham Cuthbertson

Director: Emma Tibaldo

Set/Costumes: Lyne Paquette,

Lighting: David Perreault Ninacs and Sarah Yaffe

Sound: Michael Leon

Photo/Video: Mireille Couture

Choreography: Rasili Botz

Stage Manager: Barbara Zsiegovics

Opening Night: Friday November 7 8:00 pm

Preview: November 6 8:00 pm

Tuesday to Saturday 8:00 pm

Saturday Matinłęes 2:00 pm

Thłęłótre La Chapelle

3700 St-Dominique (Sherbrooke Młętro)



Photo credit: Yoliswa Gaertig / HFF Potsdam & ZDF

Adults Tickets: $25

Students & Seniors: $20

Groups (10 & more): $17

Labels: ,

The English Surgeon Lanches Calgary's Doc Soup Series



Calgary, October 27, 2008 ĺ─ý The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) and Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival are pleased to announce THE ENGLISH SURGEON (D: Geoffrey Smith, UK) will launch Calgary's monthly Doc Soup screening series. Called "funny, frightening, and deeply moving" by the New York Times and "a gorgeous and utterly moving portrait" by Indiewire, THE ENGLISH SURGEON won Best International Feature Documentary awards at both the 2008 Hot Docs and Silver Docs festivals.

THE ENGLISH SURGEON screens on Wednesday, November 5, at 7:00 p.m. at the Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade, S.W. Renowned brain surgeon and the subject of the film, Dr. Henry Marsh, will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A.

About the Film

What is it like to have God like surgical powers, yet to struggle against your own humanity? What is it like to try and save a life, and yet to fail?

Driven by the need to help others where he can, Dr. Henry Marsh, one of London's foremost brain surgeons, has been going out to Kiev for over 15 years to help improve upon the medieval brain surgery he witnessed there during his first visit in 1992. Today, the patients see him as the great saviour from the West, desperate parents want him to save their child, and his Ukrainian colleague sees him as a guru and a benefactor. But for all this immediate satisfaction, Henry also sees grossly misdiagnosed patients, children who he can't save, and a lack of equipment and trained supporting staff. "It's like selling your soul to the devil, but what can you do? My son had a brain tumour as a baby and I was desperate for someone to help me. I simply can't walk away from that need in others".

It is this dilemma ĺ─ý one of his own making ĺ─ý that makes Henry so interesting. It lets his troubled and compassionate humanity through and reveals the universal theme at film's centre: the struggle to do good things in a selfish and flawed world.

With an original soundtrack by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, THE ENGLISH SURGEON openly confronts moral and ethical issues which touch every one of us. And all in a country called the Ukraine which is struggling to do the same thingĺ─Â.

The Screenings

The Doc Soup monthly screening series brings the latest Canadian and international documentaries to the big screen in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver. Subscription packages for Calgary's Doc Soup are currently available at for $99 (save $45). Each subscription guarantees a ticket to every Doc Soup selection and comes with free bonus tickets to the Calgary International Film Festival. SPECIAL INTRODUCTORY OFFER: Purchase your Doc Soup Pass now and receive a bonus ticket to THE ENGLISH SURGEON - bring a friend for FREE! Single tickets for THE ENGLISH SURGEON are $12. Single tickets are not sold in advance and are only sold at the door, subject to availability.

Upcoming screening dates for Calgary's Doc Soup are January 7, February 4, March 4, April 1, and May 6. Doc Soup titles are announced at least one month prior to their screenings and, whenever possible, guest directors are in attendance.

Hot Docs is pleased to acknowledge Citytv as the Presenting Partner of the Doc Soup series.

Labels: , , ,

OSM / November at the OSM

HYDRO QC_nb noir

November at the OSM


former music director of the OSM, conducts three concerts


in Strauss's breathtaking Burleske

After a triumphant European tour,


The Beethoven cycle continues


OSM Standard Life Competition: voice, woodwinds and brass

Children's Corner

Montreal, October 15, 2008 ĺ─ý Former OSM music director (1961 to 1967) Franz-Paul Decker will be revisiting the musicians of the Orchestra when he leads a program devoted exclusively to the works of Richard Strauss on November 4 and 6. These concerts will feature pianist Marc-Andrłę Hamelin, a special collaborator of the OSM for 20 years, in the highly virtuoso Burleske, a concerto work rarely performed.

On November 11 and 12, Maestro Decker will conduct well-known works by Johann Strauss father and son along with other great Viennese classics, resuming a much appreciated tradition of evenings dedicated to Viennese music.

The first shows in the Children's Corner series will take place on November 9 at 1:30 p.m. for the French-language version and at 3:30 p.m. for the bilingual version. Qułębec actor Patrice Dubois, in the role of Octavio, will interact with OSM conductor in residence Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest, playing the captain. Soprano Kyra Folk-Farber as well as a chorus and musicians from Joseph-Franł▀ois Perrault High School will join the OSM for these exciting shows.

The celebrated contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux, who is enjoying an extremely active international career, will be singing Mahler's Rł║ckert-Lieder on November 16, Mahler being a composer with whom she has often been associated. Also on the program: Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4 and Escenas de pł░jaros, the work with which Barcelona composer Ramon Humet won the International Olivier Messiaen Prize at the OSM's 2007 composition competition as well as the 24th Queen Sofia Composition Prize in 2006.

On November 26 and 27, OSM music director Kent Nagano will lead the Orchestra and Austrian pianist Till Fellner in Beethoven's sublime Concerto No. 4.

Finally, the stages and activities of the 69th edition of the OSM Standard Life Competition, dedicated to voice, woodwinds and brass, are open to the public free of charge and will take place from November 26 to 30.

Information and reservations: 514 842-9951 or


November 4 and 6 at 8 p.m. (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier) Grand Concerts: Decker and Strauss ĺ─ý a historic meeting. Franz-Paul Decker, conductor; Marc-Andrłę Hamelin, pianist.

November 9 at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. (Thłęłótre Maisonneuve) Children's Corner: Adventure at sea, The further travels of Octavio. Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest, conductor; Marie-Lou Dion, scriptwriter and director; Patrice Dubois, actor; Kyra Folk-Farber, soprano. At 1:00 and at 3:00 p.m.: meeting with musicians from Joseph-Franł▀ois Perrault High School.

November 11 at 8 p.m.(Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier) Air Canada Classical Escapes: Viennese Evening. Franz-Paul Decker, conductor; Ulrike Steinsky, soprano; Alois Haselbacher, tenor. At 7 p.m.: pre-concert discussion: Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest, OSM conductor in residence, presents the concert program.

November 12 at 10:30 a.m. (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier) Symphonic Matinees: Viennese Evening. Franz-Paul Decker, conductor; Ulrike Steinsky, soprano; Alois Haselbacher, tenor.

November 16 at 2:30 p.m. (Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier) Musical Sundays: Marie-Nicole Lemieux Sings Mahler. Roberto Minczuk, conductor; Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto.

November 26 and 27 at 8 p.m.(Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier) Grand Concerts: Till Fellner and Beethoven's Fourth. Kent Nagano, conductor; Till Fellner, pianist.

November 26 to 29 (Tanna Schulich Hall, Schulich School of Music, McGill University) Semi-finals, finals and master classes of the OSM Standard Life Competition.

November 30 at 7 p.m. (Redpath Hall, McGill University) OSM Standard Life Competition chamber-music concert. Alain Trudel, trombone; Jens Lindemann, trumpet; James Campbell, clarinet; Andrew Wan, concertmaster with the OSM and Grand Prize winner at the OSM Standard Life Competition, 2007 edition.

Information on the month's concerts:

Grand Concerts:

Decker and Strauss: a historic meeting

Devoted exclusively to Richard Strauss, this concert includes the suite of waltzes for orchestra from Der Rosenkavalier, an evocation of imperial Vienna from his famous opera, as well as the Symphonia Domestica, an autobiographical work in which the composer sets to music the characters of his wife and son as well as himself. In four linked movements, the work abounds in motifs, some 40 of them, interwoven by Strauss in a masterful way.

German conductor Franz-Paul Decker has been a fervent champion of the works of his compatriot Richard Strauss, whom he had the honour of meeting in his youth. Music director of the OSM from 1967 to 1975, he took the Orchestra to new heights ĺ─ý and new horizons, to among other places the Osaka World's Fair in 1970, the first of numerous trips the Orchestra would take to Japan.

The musicality and virtuosity of Canadian pianist Marc-Andrłę Hamelin have earned him legendary status as a piano master. Long renowned for his explorations of unfamiliar works, he is now recognized around the world for his dazzling technique and the originality of his interpretations of the classical repertoire. "For 20 years now," the pianist has said, "I've had the privilege of collaborating regularly with the OSM, which always gives me great pleasure. Furthermore, it seems to me that each time the pleasure only increases, and with the OSM, I always feel as though I'm at home." He will play Burleske, a work of formidable technical difficulty, considered unperformable by Strauss's contemporary the pianist and conductor Hans von Bł║low.

Grand Concerts

November 4 and 6 at 8 p.m.

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

Franz-Paul Decker, conductor

Marc-Andrłę Hamelin, pianist

Richard Strauss Symphonia Domestica

Richard Strauss Burleske

Richard Strauss Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

Tickets from $24.75

Information and reservations: 514 842-9951 or

Children's Corner:

Adventure at sea, The further travels of Octavio

Children and their parents are invited aboard the great musical vessel of the OSM, skillfully captained by Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest. In the traces of the indefatigable voyager Octavio, this time acting as navigator, they will sail the seas with the best crew of musicians going! On the program: all the world's oceans, famous ships, tropical fish, marine monsters, whales, sirens and piratesĺ─ A thrilling adventure by way of great works of the symphonic repertoire, original compositions and movie music.

Taking part in a show scripted and directed by Marie-Lou Dion are actor Patrice Dubois (interacting with the conductor), soprano Kyra Folk-Farber, the OSM and a girls chorus as well as musicians from Joseph-Franł▀ois Perrault High School, everyone under the direction of OSM conductor in residence Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest.

Before the shows, in the Thłęłótre Maisonneuve lobbies, the audience is invited to meet some of the young students from the Joseph-Franł▀ois Perrault school, who will be presenting the instruments they play.

Following the success of The Enchanted Orchestra (a concert in the 2005 Children's Corner series nominated for "Best young-audience concert" at the Prix Opus) and A Trip Around the World (a concert in the OSM Youth Concerts and Children's Corner presented in 2007), Marie-Lou Dion is back to offer the OSM's young audience a new script, one that she is directing as well. Ms. Dion, who at one point was known mostly as an actress on the small screen, has devoted more of her time over the past 10 years or so to directing, writing for the stage and teaching acting.

Since he left theatre school in Saint-Hyacinthe in 1993, Patrice Dubois has been seen in about 20 stage works in various theatres in Qułębec, and in 2007 he became artistic co-director at Thłęłótre Pł─P. On television he has played a number of roles in some 15 series. For more than five years he played the character Victor Dubłę in Les Poupłęes russes. He also appears on the series Les Sëýurs Elliott. Patrice Dubois has additionally been involved in the dubbing of about 100 films, of cartoon and of television series.

Canadian soprano Kyra Folk-Farber has appeared at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver, Jordan Hall in Boston, the Concertgebouw and the Ignatius Huis in Amsterdam and at the Snape Maltings Hall in England. She completed her bachelor's degree in vocal performance at Boston's New England Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Edward Zambara. She is currently doing doctoral studies in voice at the Universitłę de Montrłęal with Rosemarie Landry and Catherine Słęvigny.

Children's Corner

November 9 at 1:30 p.m.: French-language show

November 9 at 3:30 p.m.: bilingual show

November 9 at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.: get-together with musicians

Thłęłótre Maisonneuve, Place des Arts

Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest, conductor

Marie-Lou Dion, scriptwriter and director

Patrice Dubois, actor

Kyra Folk-Farber, soprano

Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal

Girls choir from Joseph-Franł▀ois Perrault High School

Musicians from Joseph-Franł▀ois Perrault High School

Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov The Sea and Sindbad's Ship, from Scheherazade, symphonic suite, Opus 35 (excerpt)

Richard Strauss Also sprach Zarathoustra, symphonic poem, Opus 30 (excerpt)

Benjamain Britten Moonlight, Four Sea Interludes, from the opera Peter Grimes (excerpt)

Claude Debussy Jeux de vagues, from La Mer (excerpt)

Patrick Sobczak ł─ l'abordage, OSM commission

Claude Debussy Sirł«nes, from Nocturne (excerpt)

Jean Sibelius Tapiola, symphonic poem, Opus 112 (excerpt)

Dimitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 8 in C minor, Opus 65, "Adagio" (excerpt)

Bedrich Smetana The Moldau, from the symphonic cycle Mł░ Vlast (excerpt)

Claude Vivier Lonely Child (excerpt)

Bruno Coulais Caresse sur l'ocłęan, from the soundtrack to the movie Les Choristes (excerpt)

John Williams Prologue, from the soundtrack to the movie Hook (excerpt)

Individual tickets:

Children: $13.75

Adults: $27.50

Information and reservations: 514 842-9951 or

Air Canada Classical Escapes:

Viennese Evening

(this program is reprised in the Symphonic Matinees series)

Vienna stirs up romantic images of fairy tales with sparkling chandeliers, dazzling ballrooms and beautiful elegant women, in an atmosphere of infectious gaiety and excitement. Vienna is also the city par excellence for music.

The Viennese evenings were among the most loved and best attended when Franz-Paul Decker was music director of the OSM. For a rare occasion the conductor revisits that universe and invites us to an evening of waltzes, polkas, marches and operetta arias. Musical tipsiness and surprises are in store.

At 7 p.m., at a pre-concert discussion, Jean-Franł▀ois Rivest, the OSM's conductor in residence, will present the concert program.

Air Canada Classical Escapes

November 11 at 8 p.m.

Symphonic Matinees

November 12 at 10:30 a.m.

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

Franz-Paul Decker, conductor

Ulrike Steinsky, soprano

Alois Haselbacher, tenor

Johann Strauss II Tritsch-Tratsch Polka

Johann Strauss II Furioso Polka

Johann Strauss II On the Beautiful Blue Danube

Johann Strauss I Radetzky March

and other Viennese classics

Tickets from $24.75

Information and reservations: 514 842-9951 or

Musical Sundays:

Marie-Nicole Lemieux sings Mahler

Marie-Nicole Lemieux is known for her dark, voluptuous voice, an ideal vehicle for the romantic vocal music of Gustav Mahler inspired by texts by the German poet and Orientalist Friedrich Rł║ckert. Mahler composted four of the five songs while staying at Villa Mahler in the summer of 1901. The last song is a poem that Mahler set to music in July 1902 for his wife, Alma Mahler. That evening in her diary she noted: "It almost made me cry. What profundity there is in such a man! And how I am lacking in soul! I am often made aware of just how little I am and how little I possess in comparison with his incommensurable wealth!" At its premił«re, Mahler enjoyed one of his great successes. Wrote Paul Stefan: "We exulted with [Mahler], we shared, successively, his affliction, his childish moods, joyful or dreamy. We took pleasure in marveling at his knowledge and at his mastery of the small forms, as though at a magnificent flowering of beautiful poems."

The program begins with Escenas de pł░jaros by Ramon Humet, an orchestral synthesis of birdsongs that earned its author the International Olivier Messiaen grand prize at the OSM's 2007 composition competition and the 24th Queen Sofia Composition Prize in 2006. In the second part we will hear Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony, the final movement of which is one of the most sensational and most thrilling in the repertoire. "Never before had one of my orchestral works cost me so much difficullty," wrote Tchaikovsky, "but neither have I ever felt so much love for any of my compositions.

This much anticipated concert will be under the direction of Brazilian conductor Roberto Minczuk, a protłęgłę of Kurt Masur, who is music director of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and artistic director of the Orquestra Sinfłąnica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro.

Musical Sundays

November 16 at 2:30 p.m.

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

Roberto Minczuk, conductor

Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto

Ramon Humet Escenas de pł░jaros

Gustav Mahler Rł║ckert-Lieder

Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

Tickets from $24.75

Information and reservations: 514 842-9951 or

Grand Concerts:

Till Fellner and Beethoven's Fourth

Alfred Brendel evoked the intelligence, the sensitivity, the curiosity and the vast esthetic appetite of his disciple Till Fellner, born in Vienna in 1972, winner of the Clara Haskil International Piano Competition in 1993 and one of the most interesting younger pianists on the international scene. He will be performing, under the direction of Kent Nagano, Beethoven's Fourth Concerto, a masterwork of the concerto literature devoid of all formal constraints and overflowing with lyricism and poetry. The piano seems to be in a perpetual state of grace and of improvisation here, supported by an orchestra of great richness. This concerto will appear on an upcoming recording by the OSM.

Kent Nagano will also conduct Błęla Bartłäk's The Miraculous Mandarin, a forebear of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring in its orchestration and rhythms, and two Nocturnes by Claude Debussy, both the Bartłäk and Debussy having been recorded by the OSM, the second honoured with a Juno Award in 1991. "The title Nocturnes is to be interpreted here in a general and, more particularly, in a decorative sense," noted Debussy. "Therefore, it is not meant to designate the usual form of the nocturne, but rather all the various impressions and the special effects of light that the word suggests."

Rounding off the program is Orchestral Theater 1: "Xun" by Tan Dun, author of the score to the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. "Theatrical and ritualistic," wrote Mark Swed of the Los Angeles Times, "Tan Dun's music sculpts sound and transforms everything into a riveting experience that is hard to define but very easy to appreciate." In this work Tan Dun has written something that reflects his compositional concepts and his personal ideas. He evokes his childhood memories of shamanistic rituals and integrates them into the symphonic fabric. "Xun" is written for orchestra musicians and their voices.

Grand Concerts

November 26 and 27 at 8 p.m.

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

Kent Nagano, conductor

Till Fellner, pianist

Claude Debussy Nocturnes 1 and 2

Tan Dun Orchestral Theater 1: "Xun"

Błęla Bartłäk Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin

Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4

Tickets from $24.75

Information and reservations: 514 842-9951 or

Non-series concerts:

OSM Standard Life Competition

and chamber-music concert

The 69th edition of the OSM Standard Life Competition, devoted to woodwinds, brass and voice, will take place from November 26 to 30, under the presidency of Mr. Jean łÔlie. We must point out the presence of two great ladies of the vocal arts on the jury: Madam Renata Scotto (judge for the finals, voice category), soprano and teacher at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Italy, and Madam Franł▀oise Pollet (judge for the semi-finals and finals, voice category), soprano and teacher at the Conservatoire national supłęrieur de musique et de danse in Lyon, France. Mr. Jean-Pierre Brossmann, former executive director of Thłęłótre du Chłótelet, in Paris, as well as Maestro Kent Nagano, music director of the OSM, will join the jury for the finals. Mr. Welz Kauffman, president and CEO of Chicago's Ravinia Festival, will act as chairman of the jury. Master classes will be offered by oboist Louise Pellerin, trumpeter Jens Lindemann and by singers Franł▀oise Pollet and Renata Scotto.

The Competition will conclude with a chamber-music concert on November 30 at 7 p.m., featuring trombonist Alain Trudel, trumpeter Jens Lindemann, clarinetist James Campbell and violinist Andrew Wan, concertmaster with the OSM and Grand Prize winner at the OSM Standard Life Competition, 2007 edition.

All Competition activities are free of charge and open to the public.

Title sponsor of the competition: Standard Life; principal partner: Espace musique; major partner: Schulich School of Music, McGill University.

Non-series concerts

November 26 to 29: OSM Standard Life Competition

Tanna Schulich Hall, Schulich Music School, McGill University

November 25, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: master class given by oboist Louise Pellerin

November 26, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: woodwinds semi-finals

November 26, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: master class given by trumpeter Jens Lindemann

November 26, 8:00 to 10:00 p.m.: master class given by soprano Franł▀oise Pollet

November 27, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.: brass semi-finals

November 28, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. voice semi-finals

November 28, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: master class given by soprano and director Renata Scotto

November 29, 9:30 a.m. to noon: woodwind finals

November 29, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.: brass finals

November 29, 4:00 to 6:30 p.m.: voice finals

November 29, 9:00 to 10:30 p.m.: awarding of prizes

November 30 at 7 p.m.: gala chamber-music concert

Redpath Hall, McGill University

Alain Trudel, trombone

Jens Lindemann, trumpet

James Campbell, clarinet

Andrew Wan, OSM concertmaster

Grand Prize Winner at the OSM Standard Life Competition, 2007 edition

Free admission, open to the public

Information: 514 842-9951 or

The Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal is presented by Hydro-Qułębec

in association with National Bank

Labels: , , , , , , ,

WSO Deconstructs the Planets

WSO Deconstructs Music, Science, Mythology in The Planets

OCTOBER 27, 2008 - Music is inspired by a variety of, sometimes opposing ideas. In 1914, composer Gutav Holst drew on his interests in astrology and astronomy to create The Planets, now one of the most popular classical works by any British composer. On Thursday, October 30 and Saturday, November 1, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra presents The Planets in a new way, exploring both the science and mythology behind Holt's famous piece. The science aspect will be represented through visuals of the solar system, displayed throughout the piece to enhance the musical imagery. Volunteers from the Manitoba Museum Planetarium and the Manitoba branch of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada will also be available in the lobby prior to the performance to provide audience members an even more interactive experience. "We will have telescopes and other equipment on hand for people to try," said Scott Young, Planetarium Manager. "We hope to give people a better idea of what astronomy is all about and, in turn, get them excited about what we do."

The astrological origins of The Planets will be explored at Thursday's Musically Speaking concert, where conductor and host Alexander Mickelthwate will deconstruct each of the piece's seven movements. Each distinct movement represents the astrological perceptions of a planet: Mars (Bringer of War), Venus (Bringer of Peace), Mercury (the Winged Messenger), Jupiter (Bringer of Jollity), Saturn (Bringer of Old Age), Uranus (the Magician) and Neptune (the Mystic). Thursday night's concert also gives Manitobans a second opportunity to experience this season's new Musically Speaking format. Concertgoers are invited to an after-party on the Piano Nobile mezzanine featuring live entertainment, this week, from local rock/alternative band HundredFold.

For the Saturday Masterworks concert, The Planets will be paired with the world premiere of Red Zen, a new piece by WSO Composer in Residence Vincent Ho. According to Ho, like The Planets, his piece was also inspired by a fusion of ideas. "The creation of Red Zen was part of my ongoing creative and spiritual journey in discovering the confluence of Eastern and Western musical languages," said Ho. "So, my piece should match well with The Planets, a piece that combines music with science and mythology." The Planets Plugged In plays Thursday, October 30 at 8 p.m., followed by The Planets on Saturday, November 1 at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $25 to $61 and are available through the WSO box office at 949-3999 on online at

Labels: ,

De l'amour et des Restes Humains- dł«s le 26 novembre łŢ l'Espace Geordie


DU 26 NOVEMBRE AU 6 DłÔCEMBRE 2008 łŢ l'Espace Geordie

Montrłęal, lundi le 27 octobre 2008 - Le Thłęłótre łŢ 4 pattes prłęsente sa toute premił«re production dł«s le 26 novembre 2008 łŢ l'Espace Geordie : De l'Amour et des Restes Humains, un texte de Brad Fraser, traduit de l'anglais par Brigitte Hłębert-Carle et mis en scł«ne par Danny Gilmore. Une distribution de sept personnages incarnłęs par Michel-Maxime Legault, Brigitte Hłębert-Carle, Benoit Finley, Julie Carrier-Prłęvost, Jean-Simon Traversy, Claude Montminy et Anne Trudel.

Le Thłęłótre łŢ 4 pattes relate les peurs et les envies de sa głęnłęration. La compagnie veut rappeler la vulnłęrabilitłę de l'enfance, l'entrłęe dans le monde adulte, la compłętition, la banalitłę et la diversitłę des pratiques sexuelles d'aujourd'hui, la peur de l'engagement et le dłęni amoureux.

Č┤ David rencontre plusieurs inconnus słęduisants en qułüte d'amour et de sexe, et passe de l'un łŢ l'autre sans difficultłę, sans engagement. Montrłęal est affligłęe d'un tueur en słęrie, słęvissant sur des jeunes femmes un peu partout dans la ville. Une łętude sociale sur de jeunes adultes łŢ la recherche d'un sens łŢ leur vie dans un monde de dłęsillusion. Ȭ

En 1997, Danny Gilmore se fait connałĂtre au petit łęcran dans le rłąle d'un des enfants Pawlowski dans la słęrie Ces enfants d'ailleurs. Au cinłęma, sa carrił«re commence en 1995 avec le film Lilies oł╝ le rłąle de Vallier lui vaut une nomination aux prix Głęnies dans la catłęgorie Meilleur acteur. Danny foule les planches du TNM en 1997 dans la pił«ce Tartuffe mise en scł«ne par Lorraine Pintal, puis il participe ensuite łŢ plusieurs autres productions thłęłótrales, dont Romłęo et Juliette oł╝ il tient le rłąle de Romłęo, John Smith dans 2025 et L'annłęe du serpent. Il a aujourd'hui łŢ son actif une dizaine de longs młętrages (Gaz bar blues, Bonzałěon, Save by the Bells, Les fils de Marie, Crł«me glacłęe, Chocolat et autres consolations, The Point) et pas moins d'une dizaine de słęries tłęlłęvisłęes dont Temps dur, Cover girl, et Minuit le soir, oł╝ il interprłętait le rłąle łŢ la fois touchant et łęnigmatique de Nino.

Michel-Maxime Legault (m.e.s Rhapsodie Błęton, Top Dogs), Brigitte Hłębert-Carle (Sous le regard du Hłęron, Portalaphrapon), Benoit Finley (Elsemeur), Julie Carrier-Prłęvost, Jean-Simon Traversy, Claude Montminy et Anne Trudel sont tous des jeunes comłędiens actifs dans le milieu. Certains sont rłęcemment diplłąmłęs du conservatoire d'art dramatique de Montrłęal et du Cegep St-Hyacinthe et la majoritłę travaillent depuis quelques annłęes, ëýuvrant tant au thłęłótre qu'łŢ la tłęlłęvision.

De l'Amour et des Restes Humains

Du 26 novembre au 6 dłęcembre 2008 łŢ l'Espace Geordie, 20h00

Et le dimanche 30 novembre łŢ 15h00

Vidłęo promotionnel:

Billets disponibles au (514) 529-5806 ou rłęservation par courriel :

Billets rłęguliers : 20$. łÔtudiant et UDA : 18$ Carte Premił«res : 10$ (du 26 novembre au 3 dłęcembre)

Labels: ,

CCOC's A Dickens of a Christmas

Canadian Children's Opera Company presents
Watch out for the New Generation of Opera Divas and Divos!

The Canadian Children's Opera Company (CCOC) is presenting A DICKENS OF A CHRISTMAS in a show that is fast becoming a favourite holiday tradition in Toronto. The fully-staged production will include all 200 choristers from the CCOC at Harbourfront Centre's Enwave Theatre, this November.

, based on Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, was commissioned in 2005 to provide the CCOC with an opera worthy of an annual holiday presentation. This classic story with a timeless message for all ages is a perfect vehicle for children, youth, and professional opera singers alike.

"It all came over with a delicious sense of fun, both in the piece itself and in the work of the young performers, who seemed to delight in making music." - Wayne Gooding, Opera Canada

This definitive children's Christmas opera, composed by Errol Gay with libretto and stage direction by Michael Patrick Albano, will see the return of baritone Mark Pedrotti as Ebenezer Scrooge and tenor Ryan Harper in the dual roles of Marley and Cratchit; both artists created these roles during the world premiere three years ago. The performances will be conducted by the CCOC Artistic Director Ann Cooper Gay, who has led the company since 2000, and who is known in the artistic community for her extraordinary enthusiasm, energy, and consistently high level of artistic achievement.

The CCOC was founded in 1968 and is the only permanent children's opera company in North America that regularly develops, commissions, and produces new operas for performance by children. The Principal Chorus performs regularly with the Canadian Opera Company, as well as collaborates with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and other prestigious Toronto arts groups. They have toured in Canada and Europe, been broadcast on CBC Radio 2, and recorded five albums.

Currently, the CCOC has six Divisions providing appropriate training and performance experience for young people age five to young adult. The Company is committed to fostering in children a lifelong enjoyment of the arts by introducing them to the magic of live opera, both as performers and as members of its audiences.

Canadian Children's Opera Company presents
Thursday, November 27, 2008 at 10:00am and 1:00pm
Friday, November 28, 2008 at 1:00pm
Full Educational Experience Available
Call (416) 973-4000 and ask for the school rate.
Friday, November 28, 2008 at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 29, 2008 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Sunday, November 30, 2008 at 2:00pm & 7:30pm
Enwave Theatre at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto
Tickets are $35 adult and $15 student/senior
On-line: - click on "What's On"; By phone: 416-973-4000

Labels: , ,

Aaron Brock Memorial International Guitar Competition

Aaron Brock Memorial International Guitar Competition
$15,000 in Cash Prizes
October 30 - November 1, 2008 - Mazzoleni Hall, Royal Conservatory

The Aaron Brock Memorial International Guitar Competition which honours the memory of Aaron Brock, a brilliant young classical guitarist, composer and Royal Conservatory instructor, who died tragically two years ago, will be held from October 30 to November 1, 2008.

The Aaron Brock Memorial International Guitar Competition is the first initiative of the Foundation created in Aaron's name. The Foundation is dedicated to fulfilling the wishes that, as a result of Aaron's young life being cut tragically short, were left unfulfilled.

The Aaron Brock Memorial International Guitar Competition will take place in Mazzoleni Hall in conjunction with The Royal Conservatory of Music, 273 Bloor St. W. Access through the Philosopher's Walk entrance.

Aaron Robin Brock passed away suddenly at his home on August 3, 2006 at 31 years of age, when his good heart failed without warning, the result of an undiagnosed condition known as ARVC. Aaron was already an accomplished performer having given concerts across the United States, Europe, Canada and Mexico. At the time of his death he was regarded as a great musician of exceptional talent, capable of evoking deep emotion, and sharing a warm, generous connection with his audiences. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Doctorate of Musical Arts in 2003, where he was chosen to be the inaugural recipient of the Andres Segovia Award. He had won top prizes at numerous international competitions such as the Schadt String Competition, Rantoucci Guitar Festival, Appalachian Guitarfest, Canadian Music Competition, Barnett Foundation Guitar Competition, Stotsenberg Guitar Competition, Guitar Foundation of America Competition and the Concert Artists Guild.

Aaron had collaborated as a guitar soloist with many distinguished musicians, ensembles and orchestras in Canada and abroad. His performances were broadcast on CBC radio and City-TV television. Aaron was also a dedicated teacher on the guitar faculty of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, as well as an active composer. His first CD, Toccata was released May 2006.

An international panel of accomplished guitarists and judges from Canada, U.S.A. and Norway will adjudicate the Aaron Brock Memorial International Guitar Competition which is the largest prize guitar competition in Canada offering $15,000 in cash prizes, a three week music residency at the Banff School of Music, and engagements in Canada, U.S.A. and Mexico.

This year's qualifying competing guitarists are from Canada, Australia, U.S.A., Mexico and Greece. The Preliminary Round is Thursday, October 30th from 10am to 2pm. That night at 7:30pm three of the judges, Nicholas Goluses, Mark Delpriora and Randal Avers will play a short concert celebrating the guitar in Mazzoleni Hall.

The Semi-Final Round is Friday, October 31st 10am to 2pm. The Final Round (Concerto] is Saturday, November 1st at 7pm with results announced at the end of the evening. All events are open to the public and are FREE! For complete details and a schedule of events, visit

Labels: ,

The Victoria Symphony presents Viva el Flamenco! November 6,7 & 8

An unprecedented performance takes place when Halifax based El Viento Flamenco

makes its Westcoast debut with over 50 musicians from the Victoria Symphony!

Victoria, BC ĺ─ý On November 6, 7 and 8, the Halifax based El Viento Flamenco makes their first symphony appearance west of Quebec. In a performance with the Victoria Symphony and Principal Pops Conductor Brian Jackson, they bring their award winning and unique style of flamenco to the Royal Theatre in a passionate performance of song, dance and music titled Viva El Flamenco!

El Viento Flamenco brings its own, very distinct voice to the art of Flamenco. With a singer and guitarist who hail from rock and roll, a percussionist who is involved in everything from Newfoundland folk to African drumming and Punk rock, and dancers who have lived all over the world, the group stands subtly but resolutely outside of flamenco tradition. Having performed to rave reviews with Symphony Nova Scotia and Orchestre symphonique de Qułębec, the Victoria Symphony is bring El Viento Flamenco to Victoria.

Dancer Evelyne Benais first encountered flamenco in 1993 at the Don Quixote, a flamenco tavern in Toronto, where she would later start her career under the direction of Carmen Romero. She then moved to Newfoundland where she convinced St. John's rock guitarist Bob Sutherby to plunge into the genre, and in 1996, El Viento Flamenco was born on the wind-swept shores of the Avalon Peninsula. The entire troupe, including singer Sean Harris and percussionist Tony Tucker, moved to Halifax in 2001, where they added dancers/singers Maral Perk and Megan Matheson. They have all pursued flamenco with a passion --traveling repeatedly to Seville to study with masters and steeping themselves in this rich cultural tradition.

In the last five years El Viento Flamenco has toured extensively throughout Atlantic Canada, including all the Atlantic Presenters and Arts and Culture Centres. They have performed at the National Arts Centre in
Ottawa; made several regional and national appearances on CBC radio and television as well at Government House for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. They have had their music arranged for orchestra for two concerts with Symphony Nova Scotia, and they have been featured in a half-hour documentary on Bravo Television.

Following a performance with Orchestre symphonique de Qułębec who reengaged El Viento Flamenco a second time after receiving audience accolades and rave reviews, Richard Boisvert for Le Soleil wrote:

"Carried by a somehow severe grace that is softened by stunning curves, Evelyne Benais, founder of the ensemble with guitarist Bob Sutherby, has developed a technique of dance that is absolutely astounding. Given the precision and quality of the sound of her feet, one can literally speak of music. Some of the pieces accompanied by the Orchestre symphonique de Qułębec were like veritable concertos for heels and points.ĺ─¨

Flamenco is the traditional music and dance of the Roma gypsies of Southern Spain. It has developed over the last 250 years, with influences from various cultures, including Latin American and the Middle-East. Today, the vast spectrum of Flamenco styles is kept alive and vibrant in Spain as well as by artists of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds around the world.

Maestro Brian Jackson is the Principal Pops conductor of the Victoria Symphony, the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony and Orchestra London Canada. At the age of 25 Jackson was the youngest Music Director in Canada (Peterborough Symphony) and since that time he has conducted all the major Canadian orchestras. He has also led orchestras in the UK, Europe, the United States and South America. Jackson has performed all major symphony and choral literature as well as being recognized as a champion of Canadian composers.

The Victoria Symphony is Vancouver Islandĺ─˘s largest and most active arts organization offering its audiences 68 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.

Viva El Flamenco! featuring El Viento Flamenco, Maestro Brian Jackson and the Victoria Symphony takes place at the Royal Theatre on Thursday, November 6 at 2:00pm and again on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8 at 8:00pm. Come early on Friday November 7th and join in on a Flamenco dance lesson with members of Alma de Espana dance studio beginning at 7:15pm. Tickets from $26.50 to $68.50. Students save 50%. Call 250.385.6515 or 250.386.6121 or online at

The Victoria Symphony wishes to acknowledge the generous support of Beltone Better Hearing Centre for these performances.

For complete programming details of the 2008-2009 season please visit

Labels: , ,

Orchestre Symphonique de Laval

Une soirłęe sous le signe des grands małĂtres du baroque allemand et italien

Bach et Vivaldi sont łŢ l'honneur łŢ l'OSL!

Laval, 27 octobre 2008 ĺ─ý L'Orchestre symphonique de Laval vous propose une fłüte baroque haute en couleur pour cłęlłębrer le głęnie de J.-S. Bach, l'effervescence des Quatre Saisons de Vivaldi et la beautłę du Concerto pour hautbois et cordes de Marcello. L'orchestre est trł«s heureux d'accueillir łŢ son pupitre pour ce fabuleux concert Mark Fewer, qui se fera łęgalement violon solo le temps des Quatre saisons de Vivaldi et du Concerto pour violon, hautbois et cordes en rłę mineur de Bach. Chambriste extrłümement prisłę en Amłęrique du Nord, Mark Fewer łętait, jusqu'łŢ tout rłęcemment, violon solo de l'Orchestre symphonique de Vancouver. Ce concert mettra łęgalement de l'avant le talent de Lise Beauchamp, la superbe hautbois solo de l'OSL, qui sera łŢ l'honneur lors des concertos de J.-S. Bach et Marcello. Offerte dans le cadre de la słęrie LES CLASSIQUES DE L'OSL, cette grande fłüte baroque sera prłęsentłęe, le mercredi 5 novembre łŢ 20 h, łŢ la salle Andrłę-Mathieu. Mark Fewer et Lise Beauchamp vous invitent łŢ la confłęrence d'avant-concert, dł«s 19 h 15.

Mark Fewer, violon

Originaire de Saint-Jean, Terre-Neuve, oł╝ son pł«re s'est taillłę une rłęputation enviable en tant que chanteur et musicien, Mark Fewer joue du piano łŢ quatre ans, du violon łŢ six et du saxophone łŢ dix. Ayant arrłütłę son choix sur le violon, il a łętudiłę łŢ Toronto, Londres et Budapest, notamment auprł«s de David Zafer, Jose-Luis Garcia et Ferenc Rados.

Musicien polyvalent, Mark Fewer a occupłę jusqu'en 2008 le poste de violon solo łŢ l'Orchestre symphonique de Vancouver. Il est directeur artistique du Scotia Festival of Music d'Halifax et du SweetWater Music Weekend łŢ Owen Sound (Ontario). Comme chambriste, il est membre fondateur du Trio Duke et membre du quatuor łŢ cordes SuperNova. Il s'est rłęcemment illustrłę dans l'intłęgrale des sonates et partitas pour violon seul de Bach. En plus de sa carrił«re de musicien, il enseigne le violon et la musique de chambre łŢ titre de professeur adjoint au dłępartement de musique de l'Universitłę McGill.

Lise Beauchamp, hautbois

Nłęe łŢ Montrłęal, Lise Beauchamp a dłęcouvert la musique łŢ l'łóge de neuf ans. łÔtudiante au Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal, sous la direction de Bernard Jean, elle obtient en 1985 son diplłąme d'łętudes supłęrieures et un premier prix. Elle s'est ensuite perfectionnłęe avec Elaine Douvas łŢ la cłęlł«bre Juilliard School of Music de New York, y terminant sa małĂtrise en 1990. Hautbois solo łŢ l'Orchestre Młętropolitain du Grand Montrłęal et łŢ l'Orchestre symphonique de Laval, Lise Beauchamp est reconnue comme une excellente hautbołěste.

Depuis 1985, Lise Beauchamp a joułę au sein des ensembles les plus rłęputłęs du Qułębec : l'Orchestre Młętropolitain du Grand Montrłęal, les Violons du Roy, I Musici de Montrłęal, l'Orchestre Baroque de Montrłęal et plusieurs autres. Elle fut hautbois solo de l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Mexico en 1988 et elle a reprłęsentłę le Canada au sein de l'Orchestre Mondial des Jeunesses Musicales łŢ trois reprises. Elle enseigne łŢ la Facultłę de musique de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal et au Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal.


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Concerto Brandebourgeois en sol majeur, BWV 1048

Les six Concertos Brandebourgeois tirent leur appellation de l'oncle du roi de Prusse, le Margrave Christian Ludwig von Brandeburg, une dłędicace de la main de Bach, accompagnant la partition, lui łętant adressłęe. Le troisił«me Concerto Brandebourgeois en sol majeur, BWV 1048, a łętłę composłę selon le schłęma traditionnel des concertos italiens (vif-lent-vif). Les cordes sont divisłęes en trois groupes qui dialoguent (violons, altos et violoncelles), accompagnłęs et soutenus par la basse continue. L'adagio, le deuxił«me mouvement, est formłę d'une courte succession d'accords, qui sert traditionnellement de support łŢ une cadence pour le clavecin.

Allessandro Marcello (1684-1750)

Concerto pour hautbois et cordes en do mineur

Compositeur assez młęconnu, et surtout moins cłęlł«bre que son frł«re Benedetto, Allessandro Marcello consacra sa vie tant łŢ la musique qu'aux mathłęmatiques, łŢ la peinture et łŢ la philosophie. Son Concerto pour hautbois est sa plus grande ëýuvre; elle fut attribułęe łŢ quelques autres compositeurs, dont son frł«re, et młüme łŢ Vivaldi. Bach en fit une traduction pour clavecin solo (BWV 974). L'ëýuvre vous sera interprłętłęe dans sa tonalitłę originale, mais elle est aujourd'hui plus souvent joułęe en rłę mineur. Le premier mouvement est un andante d'un style un peu austł«re. Le deuxił«me mouvement laisse toute la place łŢ la soliste, dans une cantilł«ne d'une grande beautłę. Le finale est un łęchange endiablłę et trł«s vivant entre la soliste et l'orchestre.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Concerto pour violon, hautbois et cordes en rłę mineur, BWV 1060

Bach a łęcrit une version de ce concerto pour deux clavecins. Le style d'łęcriture nous laisse cependant croire qu'il a d'abord łętłę łęcrit pour deux instruments diffłęrents et młęlodiques, ce qui appuie l'hypothł«se que l'ëýuvre originale a łętłę łęcrite pour violon et hautbois. On retrouve comme dans le Concerto Brandebourgeois la forme vif-lent-vif. Les premiers et troisił«mes mouvements sont łŢ la fois łęnergiques et dynamiques, mettant en valeur la virtuositłę des deux solistes. Le mouvement lent leur permet, quant łŢ lui, un dialogue d'une grande beautłę.


Antonio Lucio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Les Quatre Saisons

Considłęrłęe par plusieurs comme une des premił«res ëýuvres de musique Č┤ łŢ programmeȬ, illustrant des łęvłęnements ou sentiments, Les Quatre Saisons Opus 8, no 1 łŢ 4, ouvrent le recueil de Č┤ La bataille entre l'harmonie et l'invention Ȭ. L'ëýuvre est accompagnłęe de quatre sonnets attribułęs łŢ Vivaldi dłęcrivant le dłęroulement des saisons. Sur la partition, le compositeur note avec exactitude certains dłętails du texte (noms d'oiseaux : coucou, tourterelle et pinson dans les partitions de trois violons solistes, au 1er mouvement du printemps ; aboiements de chien dans la partie d'alto au 2e mouvement du printemps). Ces quatre concertos pour violons et orchestre łŢ cordes sont parmi les ëýuvres les plus aimłęes et joułęes du rłępertoire.

En rłęsumłę

Concert : le mercredi 5 novembre łŢ 20 h, łŢ la salle Andrłę-Mathieu

Confłęrence d'avant-concert avec Mark Fewer et Lise Beauchamp : dł«s 19 h 15 łŢ la salle Andrłę-Mathieu. Ce concert fait partie des Grandes Soirłęes Hydro Qułębec.

Les billets pour ce concert sont disponibles

En ligne :

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

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

Via le Rłęseau admission : (514) 790-1245

Labels: , , , , ,

Le Festival des musiques sacrłęes

12e saison du Festival des musiques sacrłęes de Qułębec
Du 23 octobre au 2 novembre

Deuxił«me semaine

Lundi 27 octobre, 20 h ĺ─ý łÔglise Saint-Roch
Le hautbois sans frontił«re
La Bande de hautbois de Qułębec et lĺ─˘Ensemble Arundonax de Bordeaux
En premił«re partie : Ara Bartikian, doudouk solo (Armłęnie)
27,50 $
Prłęsentłę en collaboration avec le Conservatoire de musique de Qułębec

ł─ lĺ─˘occasion du 400e anniversaire de Qułębec, le prestigieux Ensemble Arundonax de Bordeaux partagera la scł«ne avec son Č┤ cousin Ȭ qułębłęcois, La Bande de hautbois de Qułębec, sous la direction de Philippe Magnan, pour offrir un grand concert composłę dĺ─˘ëýuvres sacrłęes de Jean-Słębastien Bach, Giovanni Gabrieli et Claudio Monteverdi. Lĺ─˘Ensemble Arundonax, crłęłę łŢ lĺ─˘initiative de professeurs du Conservatoire National de Rłęgion et de solistes de lĺ─˘Orchestre National Bordeaux Aquitaine, est ici jumelłę łŢ La Bande de hautbois, tout comme lĺ─˘est la Ville de Qułębec łŢ la Ville de Bordeaux.

En premił«re partie, Ara Bartikian (Armłęnie) proposera des pił«ces transposłęes de la liturgie ou dĺ─˘inspiration mystique qui conviennent tout particulił«rement au jeu du doudouk.

Mardi 28 octobre, 20 h ĺ─ý Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm
Splendeurs de Venise
Chëýur du Studio de musique ancienne de Montrłęal
et Les Sacqueboutiers de Toulouse
27,50 $
En co-diffusion avec le Palais Montcalm

Lĺ─˘excellent chëýur du Studio de musique ancienne de Montrłęal (SMAM) et Les Sacqueboutiers de Toulouse recrłęeront lĺ─˘ambiance de la basilique Saint-Marc de Venise au milieu du 16e sił«cle et dłęvoileront la splendeur de la musique polychorale, vłęritable Č┤ signature Ȭ de la musique vłęnitienne. Cette fois, ce seront les possibilitłęs exceptionnelles de la Salle Raoul-Jobin du Palais Montcalm qui seront mises au service de cette majestueuse musique, caractłęrisłęe par des łęchanges entre les diffłęrents ensembles vocaux ou instrumentaux et surtout par de saisissants effets spłęciaux.

Jeudi 30 octobre, 20 h ĺ─ý łÔglise Saint-Roch
Requiem de Verdi
Le Chëýur de Qułębec et le Chëýur du Vallon (sous la direction de Gisł«le Pettigrew)
Un orchestre de 55 musiciens et 4 solistes : Manon Feubel, soprano; Sonia Racine, alto;
Antoine Błęlanger, tłęnor; et Alexander Savtchenko, basse
Direction musicale et artistique : Guy Błęlanger
Une production spłęciale du Chëýur de Qułębec dans le cadre de son 40
e anniversaire
50 $

Afin de souligner ses 40 annłęes de prłęsence au sein de la vie culturelle de la Vieille Capitale, le Chëýur de Qułębec prłęsente le Requiem de Giuseppe Verdi. Prłęsentłęe dans sa version intłęgrale, cette ëýuvre grandiose se veut un hommage aux dłęcouvreurs, fondateurs et ancłütres qui ont habitłę et investi leur vie humble ou glorieuse sur cette terre de rencontre au cours des quatre sił«cles de notre histoire. Giuseppe Verdi a composłę la Messa da Requiem en 1873 <> comme si cĺ─˘łętait sa dernił«re ëýuvre. Ce chef-dĺ─˘ëýuvre est rempli de contrastes et sa musique atteint de remarquables sommets dĺ─˘expression.

Vendredi 31 octobre, 20 h ĺ─ý łÔglise Saint-Roch
Cordes du ciel
Compagnie musicale La Nef

27,50 $
Prłęsentłę en collaboration avec la Sociłętłę de guitare de Qułębec

Fondłęe en 1991 et toujours codirigłęe par Sylvain Bergeron, Claire Gignac et Viviane LeBlanc, La Nef fait preuve d'un talent rare pour rłęunir autour de projets innovateurs des artistes polyvalents et inventifs, issus des horizons les plus divers. Avec Cordes sur ciel, La Nef dłęmontrera toute la grłóce des cordes pincłęes, notamment le luth, le thłęorbe et la guitare baroque, dans des pił«ces issues du rłępertoire sacrłę et profane, de lĺ─˘łępoque de la Renaissance et du Baroque. Des danses espagnoles viendront clore cette soirłęe, tłęmoignant ainsi de lĺ─˘importance de la musique profane dans les offices religieux de lĺ─˘łępoque, notamment pour susciter lĺ─˘intłęrłüt des fidł«les et sĺ─˘assurer de leur assiduitłę !

Samedi 1er novembre, 20 h ĺ─ý łÔglise Saint-Roch
Adasgiu : Polyphonies corses
Barbara Furtuna
27,50 $

Barbara Furtuna est un quatuor vocal corse formłę en 2001 qui rłęunit des hommes entił«rement dłęvoułęs łŢ la polyphonie corse, une tradition vieille de plusieurs sił«cles. Tour łŢ tour intimiste, puissant, sensuel et viril, son rłępertoire est łŢ la fois bien encrłę dans la tradition et tournłę vers lĺ─˘avenir. Ce concert sĺ─˘appuie sur le Sacrłę, indissociable de la polyphonie corse, dont le dłęnuement et la sincłęritłę touchent łŢ ce que nous avons de plus intime pour atteindre au fil des chants une lłęgł«retłę et une frałĂcheur inłędites. Une expłęrience remplie dĺ─˘łęmotions dĺ─˘oł╝ jaillira une agrłęable sensation de bonheur !

Dimanche 2 novembre, 10 h 30ĺ─ý łÔglise Saint-Roch
La Grand-messe de Gilles Vigneault
Avec lĺ─˘orchestre et le chëýur du Conservatoire de musique de Qułębec
Direction : Gilles Auger
Louise DeLisle Bouchard, chef de chëýur; et les solistes Valłęrie Błęlanger, soprano;
Andrłęanne Moreau, mezzo soprano; Guillaume Boulay, tłęnor; et Emmanuel Lebel, baryton
** Complet **

Prłęsentłę en collaboration avec le Conservatoire de musique de Qułębec
Cłęlłębration eucharistique de la Messe de la Toussaint concłęlłębrłęe par Rłęal Grenier, curłę de la paroisse Saint-Roch, et lĺ─˘abbłę Mario Dufour, fondateur du Festival.

Cłęlłębrations spłęciales łŢ lĺ─˘łÔglise Saint-Roch

Pendant la durłęe du Festival, la paroisse Notre-Dame-de-Saint-Roch offrira, dans le cadre de ses services religieux, un programme musical sous la direction artistique de lĺ─˘organiste titulaire Esther Clłęment.

Samedi 1er novembre, 16 h
Simon Tremblay, trompettiste
Esther Clłęment, organiste titulaire

Activitłęs gratuites łŢ la Bibliothł«que Gabrielle-Roy

Mercredi 29 octobre, 18 h 30
Salle polyvalente du 3e łętaqe
Lĺ─˘ONF prłęsente Folle de Dieu, un film de Jean-Daniel Lafond
Marie Tifo devient Marie de lĺ─˘Incarnation ĺ─ý mł«re, veuve et mystique ĺ─ý et affronte les łęcrits troublants de celle qui a fondłę les Ursulines de Qułębec en 1639. Construit comme un thriller spirituel, ce film trace un łętonnant portrait de cette Č┤ folle de Dieu Ȭ.

Du 23 octobre au 2 novembre 2008
Lundi au vendredi, 8 h 30 łŢ 21 h
Samedis et dimanches, 10 h łŢ 17 h
Art sacrłę, actes crłęateurs
Exposition regroupant quelques-unes des photographies du livre publiłę aux łÔditions Sylvain Harvey.
Cette exposition sĺ─˘adresse aux gens intłęressłęs par le patrimoine religieux, lĺ─˘architecture, lĺ─˘histoire de lĺ─˘art ou la photographie. Sa simplicitłę rejoint le public apprłęciant tant les belles images que les beaux livres.

Une collaboration de lĺ─˘Institut Canadien de Qułębec

Cours de małĂtres

Conservatoire de musique de Qułębec
Mercredi 29 octobre, 10 h łŢ 11 h
Jean-Yves Gicquel (cor anglais)
Une collaboration du Conservatoire de musique de Qułębec

Pavillon Casault de lĺ─˘Universitłę Laval, local 1531
Vendredi 1er novembre, 10 h midi
Sylvain Bergeron (luth)
Une collaboration de la Sociłętłę de guitare de Qułębec

Labels: ,

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Lori Laitman CD


"Lori Laitman has a great gift for song-writing and these songs skillfully employ a variety of styles to convey the pathos of the Holocaust."

American Record Guide, 2008

"This cycle is indeed a masterpiece that should not be missed!"

Journal of Singing, 2008

Critical acclaim for a Naxos recording of American composer Lori Laitman's 'The Seed of Dream' has recently been noted by American Record Guide and Opera News. The CD, titled 'For a Look or a Touch' includes works by Jake Heggie, Gerard Schwarz and Lori Laitman. All three compositions were commissioned by Music of Remembrance, and each piece commemorates the extraordinary musical and artistic gifts of musicians who perished or survived the Holocaust.

Laitman's song cycle for baritone, cello and piano is based on five poems penned in Nazi-occupied Lithuania by the pre-eminent Yiddish poet Abraham Sutzkever. Sutzkever's poetry, written in the Vilna Ghetto during the war, stands witness to the transcendent power of art in the face of unimaginable cruelty and brutality. The cycle saw its world premiere in Seattle, Washington in 2005 to glowing reviews, and was performed for the first time in Europe at The Tolerance Center of the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum in Vilna, Lithuania in 2007. It has also generated excitement and interest among some of the world's most prestigious vocalists, among them the famed Austrian baritone Wolfgang Holzmair, who will perform the cycle in his native land in February 2009.

High praise is also accorded to Jake Heggie's song cycle 'For a Look or a Touch', and 'In Memoriam', a work for solo cello and strings by Gerard Schwarz.

In their October 2008 review of the album, Opera News writes: "Composer Lori Laitman has set [the songs] with warmth and variety for baritone, cello and piano." Of her treatment of one song in the cycle, Opera News adds: "It is hard to resist the harsh irony of 'A Load of Shoes,' Laitman's fast, klezmer-tinted waltz to the poet's observation of piles of ownerless shoes "transported from Vilna to Berlin."

American Record Guide expresses deep appreciation of Lori's work in its Sept/Oct 2008 issue: "Lori Laitman has a great gift for song-writing and these songs skillfully employ a variety of styles to convey the pathos of the Holocaust. 'I Lie in This Coffin'' describes the poet's experience of hiding in a coffin to elude the Nazis. Beginning with low tones from the piano suggesting the buried spirit of those persecuted in the Holocaust, the song rises to a note of encouragement as the poet remembers the spirit of his dead sister but then returns to the reality of life that is like being buried alive. 'A Load of Shoes' is a sort of danse macabre as the poet happens to see his own mother's shoes among others being carried on a cart after she had been murdered. The tender and lyrical 'To My Child' is a lament on the murder of the poet's son. 'Beneath the Whiteness of Your Stars' combines and alternates a pizzicato habanera rhythm by the cello with a melody written in the Vilna Ghetto by Abraham Brudno as it contrasts the natural beauty of the world with human suffering. 'No Sad Songs, Please' ends the cycle on a note of hope with the loveliest of melodies. This is very fine song-writing and one must hope that Laitman's songs will continue to receive the recognition they deserve"."

CD Details:

Naxos 559379, 61 minutes

HEGGIE: For a Look or a Touch; SCHWARZ: In Memoriam; LAITMAN: The Seed of Dream


Saturday, October 25, 2008

Bach Children's Chorus, December concert

Bach Children's Chorus and Bach Chamber Youth Choir present Ring Bells Ring!ĺ─ţa family concert to celebrate the season

Get into the spirit of the season with the fresh young voices of the Bach Children's Chorus and Bach Chamber Youth Choir. These award-winning choirs will present their annual seasonal concert on December 6th at 7:30 pm. in the Recital Hall of the Toronto Centre for the Arts, where they are a Company in Residence. Repertoire for this concert has been selected to carry
you to a carefree enjoyment of the pleasures of the season!The programme will include music to delight all tastes traditional and contemporary carol settings, a tender Chanukah song, and, of course, songs about winter! As the concert title suggests, several songs about bells will be sung, including an energetic version of "Ding Dong, Merrily on High" for two pianists with choir. The tongue-in-cheek "Good King Kong" by Professor Peter Schikele (also known as P.D.Q. Bach) will be sung by the young women and men of the Bach Chamber Youth Choir. Music by Canadian composers Eleanor Daley, Chris Dedrick, Edith Harhhy, Keith Bissell, Bruce Sled and Alan Bevan
will share the evening with American composers Johnny Marks, Anita Kerr and Jerry Herman. A highlight of the concert will be the very popular "Carol of the Drum" by Katherine D. Davis, sung by all four choirs with a guest choir of tenors and basses made up from the many singing dads in the organization. As is traditional in BCC concerts, the audience will be invited to assist in carols throughout the concert. Featured professional instrumentalists will add to the colourful musical presentation throughout the programme.The Bach Children's Chorus is made up of singers aged 6 through 23, selected by audition from throughout the Greater Toronto area and surrounding areas. BCC choirs are known for their beautiful, musical sound, and are regular recipients of top awards from the Kiwanis Festival of Toronto and both the provincial and national levels of the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals.Tickets are available for $20 and $24 at the box office of the Toronto Centre for the Arts or by phoning Ticketmaster at 416.870.8000.

Labels: , , , ,

World Premiere: The Scarlet Letter


Opera by Lori Laitman


November 6, 2008

Donald W. Reynolds Theater

University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR

Laitman's New Opera "The Scarlet Letter" in High Gear for November World Premiere

Acclaimed American composer Lori Laitman is busy putting the final touches on her new two-act opera, based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's literary masterpiece, to premiere at the University of Central Arkansas on November 6, 2008.

"I am thrilled with the way everything is coming together", says Laitman. "We have brilliant conducting by Maestro Israel Getzov, superb stage direction by Diane Kesling, a fine set, great costumes and inventive lighting by William Henshaw, and a terrific group of musicians. I am grateful to all the wonderful people at UCA who have worked tirelessly to ensure a resounding success on opening night."

The opera, commissioned by The University of Central Arkansas through Robert Holden and The UCA Opera Program, provided the prolific American composer, renowned for her masterful compositions for voice, an opportunity to collaborate with the contemporary poet David Mason.

For poet David Mason, turning Hawthorne's tale into his first opera libretto was an immensely gratifying task. In a recent interview he mused: "The Scarlet Letter is better suited to opera than any novel I have ever read. To begin with, its dramatic structure has particular clarity and resonance ĺ─Â.This is an exciting story about duplicity and love, the tragic possibility of America. Hawthorne's prose has offered me several lines for adaptation, but my primary goal has been to use spare, often lyrical verse as a way of revealing character and heightening dramaĺ─ÂI was hearing a kind of music when I wrote which corresponds very closely to what Lori Laitman has been composing. This is one of the most natural collaborations I have ever engaged in. It's an opportunity for me to grow as a poet, and a profound honor to find words I have written taken up and transmuted by other artists".

For Lori Laitman, creating this opera has also been an experience of tremendous excitement and growth. "My collaboration with David Mason has been one of the greatest joys of my life. His talent awes me and his beautiful words gave me all of the inspiration I needed. Although this was my largest musical undertaking to date, the approach to the composition was the same one I always use: to compose dramatic music that underscores the emotional content of the words but that also creates musical lines of great beauty. From start to finish, there is a consistent universe of sound. Scored for three main leads and chamber orchestra, the opera is set in two acts, approximately 2 hours in length. Musical motives are used and reused, and combined in different ways, creating a psychological underpinning for each of the characters, and several major arias arise from the drama."

"The Scarlet Letter" is a production of The University of Central Arkansas Opera Theater. The Opera is in two acts, composed by Lori Laitman to a libretto by David Mason.


Conductor: Israel Getzov

Stage Direction: Diane Kesling

Sets, Lighting and Costumes: William Henshaw

Hester Prynne: Christine Donahue

Arthur Dimmesdale: John Garst

Roger Chillingworth: Robert Holden

Mistress Hibbons: Martha Antolik


November 6, 2008 at 7:30 pm (pre-performance talk at 6:45 pm)

November 9, 2008 at 3 pm (pre-performance talk at 2:15 pm)


The Donald W. Reynolds Theater, University of Central Arkansas, Conway, AR


UCA Ticket Central Box Office, Tel: (501) 450-3265; Email:


Distinguished pianist Alexander Tselyakov releases Sonata Album

Distinguished pianist and BU Professor Alexander Tselyakov releases Sonata Album

BRANDON, MB ĺ─ý Distinguished pianist and Brandon University professor Alexander Tselyakov has released a new CD titled Sonata Album through the Brandon-based Golomb Records. The release contains two discs, with selected pieces reflecting the historical development of the Sonata form and the various approaches and styles to sonatas, from the baroque, classic, romantic, post romantic and modern eras. Sonata Album represents a collection of timeless standards sure to please the most discerning classical piano classical fan. The album is being distributed by the Canadian Music Centre, an international distribution agency.

Included on the album is a fabulously performed selection of the following masterworks: Disc One includes Dominico's Scarlatti Sonatas in D minor, K.32/L.423, in E major, K.380/ L.23, Sonata in F minor, K.184/L.189 and in A major, K.39/L.39, as well as Franz Liszt's Piano Sonata in B minor. The sonata in B minor is possibly the best example of LisztČąs mastery in piano and in composition and represents a pinnacle in the history of piano and of music in general, not only for his improvements to the technique but also for the revolutionary conception of the piece itself. Disc Two includes Mozart's Piano Sonata in F major, K.332, the world premił«re recording of T. Patrick Carrabrłę's Sonata No.1 for Piano - Black Echoes (a composition dedicated to Alexander Tselyakov), and Sergei Rachmaninoff's meltingly affectionate Piano Sonata No.2 in B Flat Minor, Op.36 (revised version, 1931).

Former Brandon University School of Music Dean Dr. Lawrence Jones wrote the program notes for the CD package.

Alexander Tselyakov "...represents the best aspect of Russian pianism and all its attributes...effectively synthesized the emotional balance of Arthur Rubinstein and the more highly-strung febrile quality of Horowitz." Harris Goldsmith,
New York Concert Review

Recognized as one of Canada's most outstanding musicians, Alexander Tselyakov has distinguished himself as a guest soloist with great orchestras and as a recitalist in major concert halls, such as the Carnegie Recital Hall in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, England, the Centre de Doelen, in Rotterdam, and the Shostakovich Large Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, and has won major prizes at the International Tchaikovsky Competition and the International Music Competition of Japan. Tselyakov has been described as "representing the best aspect of Russian pianism and all its attributes" by the New York Concert Review; and "amazing at the keyboard" by The Globe and Mail. A busy concert pianist, teacher and chamber musician, Tselyakov collaborates with many leading Canadian musicians. He is artistic director of two Chamber Music Festivals; at Clear Lake in Manitoba and Pender Harbour, British Columbia. Tselyakov resides in Manitoba, where he is Professor of Piano at Brandon University School of Music. This recording was made possible with the generous support of the Manitoba Film & Sound and Brandon University.

Tselyakov's Sonata Album can be purchased through the Canadian Music Centre, at the Brandon University School of Music, at Brandon University Campus Books or online at, where one can also find more information on Professor Alexander Tselyakov, including previous recordings, recent appearances and concerts, and a long list of praise from classical music critics and experts.

Labels: , ,

Friday, October 24, 2008

Concert Orchestre 21 - 8 nov. 2008 au Gesu

Dans le cadre de Č┤ l'Automne Messiaen Ȭ

Concert de l'Orchestre 21

Dirigłę par Maestro Paolo Bellomia

Samedi 8 novembre 2008 20heures

Amphithłęłótre du Gesł╝ ĺ─ý Centre de crłęativitłę

1200, rue de Bleury, Montrłęal (Qułębec) H3B 3J3 Tłęl : (514) 861-4378

Billets : adultes 30 $, łętudiants et 60 ans (et plus) 20 $

Montrłęal, vendredi 24 octobre 2008 - ł─ l'occasion de son premier concert de la saison 2008-2009, dans le cadre de l'Automne Messiaen, l'Orchestre du 21e sił«cle, dirigłę par le maestro Paolo Bellomia, est heureux de prłęsenter trois ëýuvres de Messiaen et deux premił«res mondiales des compositeurs Norbert Paley et Eric de Villiers. Le soliste invitłę est le pianiste Jimmy Brił«re. Le concert aura lieu le samedi 8 novembre, łŢ 20 heures, łŢ l'Amphithłęłótre du Gesł╝ ĺ─ý Centre de crłęativitłę, situłę au 1200, rue de Bleury.

Samedi 8 Novembre 2008 łŢ 20heures dans le cadre Č┤ l'Automne Messiaen Ȭ

Olivier Messiaen, Un vitrail et des Oiseaux

Olivier Messiaen, La ville d'en haut

Olivier Messiaen, Les couleurs de la citłę cłęleste

Norbert Palej, Un souffle de lumił«re ĺ─ýen hommage łŢ Messiaen**

Eric de Villiers, Intermedio**

Artiste invitłę : Jimmy Brił«re, pianiste.

** premił«re mondiale

L'Orchestre 21, qui compte 40 jeunes musiciens de grand talent du Qułębec, est un organisme łŢ but non lucratif qui collabore avec le Gesł╝ - Centre de crłęativitłę, situłę au cëýur de la ville de Montrłęal. Le chef d'orchestre, Maestro Paolo Bellomia, est professeur de direction d'orchestre aux cycles supłęrieurs łŢ la facultłę de musique de l'universitłę de Montrłęal et responsable des classes de direction. Il possł«de un vaste rłępertoire depuis les symphonies de Mozart jusqu'aux ëýuvres de Boulez. Ses prestations, en tant que chef invitłę, l'ont emmenłę tour łŢ tour en Autriche, au Brłęsil, en Bulgarie, en łÔquateur, en Espagne, en France, en Italie, au Mexique, en Rłępublique Tchł«que, en Russie, aux łÔtats-Unis et au Canada.

Lieu historique, reconnu bien culturel depuis 1975, l'amphithłęłótre du Gesł╝ est une salle de concert oł╝ la modernitłę rencontre la tradition. Dotłęe d'une jauge de 427 sił«ges, cet espace unique est serti de colonnes de pierres tłęmoins des 145 ans d'hłęritage artistique et acadłęmique. Le Gesł╝ collabore łŢ la diffusion de ce 1er concert de l'Orchestre 21 dans le cadre de la 15e łędition de la słęrie art sacrłę qui porte la thłęmatique de parcours contemporain - contraires et complłęmentaires

Labels: ,

Concert - Matt Haimovitz et DJ Olive


Odd Couple: Duos pour Violoncelle & Piano ET

Violoncelle et Platines

Montrłęal, le vendredi 24 octobre 2008 - La 30e saison de la słęrie des concerts CBC/McGill se poursuit avec un concert mettant en vedette le professeur de McGill et violoncelliste de rłęputation internationale Matt Haimovitz, avec Geoffrey Burleson au piano et DJ Olive. Le concert aura lieu łŢ 19 h 30 le jeudi 6 novembre łŢ la salle Pollack (555, rue Sherbrooke Ouest). Les billets sont en vente łŢ la billetterie de la salle Pollack au prix de 15 $, 10 $ pour les łętudiants et ałĂnłęs.

C'est donc au tour de Montrłęal d'accueillir le projet Odd Couple proposłę par Haimovitz, Burleson et DJ Olive, qui offre des duos pour violoncelle et piano de Beethoven et d'Elliot Carter ainsi que des duos pour violoncelle et tables tournantes de Tod Machover et de la Montrłęalaise Nicole Lizłęe. Mettant l'accent sur la farouche individualitłę de chaque instrument, Haimovitz affirme : Č┤ Il est aussi inusitłę pour un violoncelliste de s'associer łŢ un pianiste qu'łŢ un platiniste.Ȭ Le duo Burleson-Haimovitz a choisi la sonate opus 102, no 2 dans l'ëýuvre de Beethoven, typique du style qu'avait adoptłę le compositeur łŢ la fin de sa vie, tandis que DJ Olive et Haimovitz, frłęquents collaborateurs, s'appliquent łŢ crłęer une musique de chambre pour violoncelle et tables tournantes. Les trois musiciens donneront libre cours łŢ leur crłęativitłę en improvisant des liens entre les diffłęrents styles des ëýuvres interprłętłęes pour jeter un nouvel łęclairage sur le rłępertoire łętabli et briser la parfois trop grande prłęvisibilitłę des concerts. Aprł«s Montrłęal, les musiciens sont attendus sur la scł«ne du Black Sheep Inn łŢ Wakefield (Qułębec), ainsi qu'au Poisson Rouge de New York le 13 novembre.

łÔgalement au programme du concert, la premił«re mondiale de Bookburners, une ëýuvre pour violoncelle et tables tournantes commandłęe par CBC łŢ la Montrłęalaise Nicole Lizłęe, łętoile montante des compositions pour instruments classiques et tables tournantes. Les ëýuvres de Nicole Lizłęe ont łętłę interprłętłęes par de nombreux ensembles, dont l'Orchestre Młętropolitain et le Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Composłęe en 2007, sa pił«ce pour ensemble de musique de chambre et tables tournantes intitulłęe This Will Not Be Televised s'est classłęe parmi les finalistes du prix Jules-Lłęger et est la seule ëýuvre canadienne recommandłęe par l'International Music Council łŢ Paris cette annłęe.

Le concert Odd Couple a ravi les critiques. Le Washington Post a łęcrit : Č┤ Haimovitz alterne entre la sensibilitłę et le dramatique, tandis que Burleson marie parfaitement la vivacitłę et la połęsie dans son jeu. Ȭ Quant au Boston Phoenix, il a dłęcrit VinylCello de Tod Machover (2007) Č┤ d'łęmouvante et d'une grande beautłę Ȭ. Le disque Odd Couple de Haimovitz et Burleson sera łęgalement lancłę łŢ Montrłęal łŢ l'occasion du concert, le lancement łŢ l'łęchelle canadienne sur l'łętiquette Oxingale Records devant avoir lieu le 4 novembre.

Pour de plus amples renseignements sur ce concert ainsi que sur l'ensemble de la saison, nous vous invitons łŢ composer le 514-398-4547 ou łŢ visiter le site Tous les billets peuvent łütre achetłęs łŢ la billetterie de la salle Pollack, tous les jours de 12 h łŢ 18 h en semaine ou une heure avant chaque concert ou encore, sur le rłęseau Admission au 514-790-1245 ou sur le site Pour de plus amples renseignements sur Matt Haimovitz et les autres musiciens, voir sur

Le concert sera diffusłę sur CBC Radio 2 dans le cadre des łęmissions Sunday Afternoon In Concert, animłęe par Bill Richardson (les dimanches de 13 h łŢ 17 h), Tempo, animłęe par Julie Nesrallah (du lundi au vendredi de 10 h łŢ 15 h), The Signal, animłęe par Laurie Brown et Pat Carrabrłę (tous les soirs de 22 h łŢ 24 h) ainsi que sur CBC Radio One łŢ l'łęmission 5 łŢ 6 (les samedis de 13 h łŢ 17 h). ł─ Montrłęal, CBC Radio One : 88,5 FM, et CBC Radio 2 : 93,5 FM. Les concerts CBC/McGill sont łęgalement offerts sur Internet, au volet Concerts on Demand ( Kelly Rice est le directeur artistique et premier rłęalisateur de la słęrie CBC/McGill.

Labels: , , , ,

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson | New CD On Wigmore Hall Live




Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, the esteemed and beloved American mezzo-soprano who died in 2006, is heard in a new CD on the Wigmore Hall Live label (WHLIVE0024). This concert was recorded live in London's Wigmore Hall on October 4, 1999. Julius Drake is the pianist.

Ms. Hunt Lieberson's performances of works by Brahms and Schumann are soulful, powerful and profound -- a masterful technique completely in service to the music and its message.

This is the 25th CD released on the Wigmore Hall Live label and the second by Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, the first being the 30 November 1998 concert of works by Brahms, Handel, Lieberson (the singer's husband), Mahler, and a traditional spiritual, with Roger Vignoles, pianist (WHLive0013, released last year).

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, originally from Northern California, died at the age of 52. She brought an almost paradoxical combination of serenity and intensity to her performances, with her subtle but penetrating illumination of both text and music. Her recorded legacy is relatively small, making this release especially valuable.

Reviewing the live concert in 1999, Andrew Clements in The Guardian (London) wrote: "...With Julius Drake as the ever attentive pianist, she devoted her recital to Brahms and Schumann, and it was spell-binding. There is no artifice, no affectation and most of all no self-regarding ego about Hunt Lieberson; she is on the platform to communicate. It helps, of course, that she possesses a voice of such haunting beauty and that her musicality is so instinctive ... Each number of Frauenliebe und -leben ran through a whole spectrum of colour and emotional flux. The way in which Ich kann's nicht fassen grew from breathless wonder to untrammelled ecstasy was a microcosm of the emotional journey that the whole cycle charts. Magical."

The contents of the CD are as follows:

Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Mezzo-soprano

Julius Drake, Piano

Brahms ĺ─ý Eight Songs, Op. 57

Schumann ĺ─ý Four Lieder from Goethe's Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre, Op. 98a

Schumann ĺ─ý Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42

(Encores: Debussy ĺ─ý Fantoches from Fetes galantes; and Handel ĺ─ý Angels, ever bright and fair, from Theodora)

John Gilhooly, Director of Wigmore Hall, who is responsible for all aspects of the Hall's activities and its recording label, stated: "We are particularly delighted to release a second Wigmore Hall Live archive recording of Lorraine Hunt Lieberson -- one of the world's most beautiful voices -- in repertoire by Schumann and Brahms.

"Wigmore Hall Live has grown into a flagship international label since its launch in 2005, and we're very excited that we have already reached our 25th disc, with many more exciting releases planned for the seasons ahead. The label is now distributed in 30 worldwide territories, bringing the unique Wigmore Hall experience to an even greater audience."

London's Wigmore Hall is generally regarded as the world's finest concert hall for chamber music and song, a reputation which has grown and flourished in the 107 years since its opening. Its generous acoustics, intimacy and warm hospitality has won great loyalty from the world's greatest artists. Being innovative as well as traditional, Wigmore Hall has consistently led the way for new types of song recital and chamber music programming. It is held in the highest esteem and affection by musicians and music lovers the world over.

Wigmore Hall Live's catalogue includes archival recordings of musicians of the highest calibre: Dame Margaret Price with Geoffrey Parsons, and Peter Schreier with Andrł░s Schiff; contemporary Wigmore regulars Dame Felicity Lott with Graham Johnson and Sir Thomas Allen with Malcolm Martineau. Early music, with the Academy of Ancient Music, is heard in close proximity to contemporary music, advocated by the Arditti Quartet, while Wigmore Hall continues its commitment to nurturing Young Artists with exhilarating performance by Joyce DiDonato and Julius Drake. The label's newer releases include recent concerts from the Ysał°e Quartet, and the first appearance at the Hall by Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski and her recital partner, Marita Isokoski.

Releases scheduled for 2009 on Wigmore Hall Live include recitals by Swedish soprano Miah Persson and pianist Roger Vignoles; Polish mezzo-soprano Ewa Podleë§ with pianist Garrick Ohlsson (a program that also features Musorgsky's Songs and Dances of Death); Russian-born pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja; and Hungarian pianist Andrł░s Schiff playing at Wigmore Hall's 1988 Haydn Festival.

Labels: , ,

Evenement theatrale HELLAVATOR


En bas ?ĺ─Â

Les PRODUCTIONS HELLAVATOR prłęsente une production endroit-spłęcifique d'une nouvelle comłędie łęcrit par le dramaturge laurłęat Ned Cox. Ou ? ĺ─ un ascenseur de fret des annłęes 30 situłę dans le błótiment de Pharmaprix łŢ 3861, boul. Rue-Laurent.

Alain Goulem dirige Č┤ l'łęquipe rłüveuse Ȭ de Alex Haber, Neil Napier, et Michel Perron en tant que deux touristes et ouvrier d'entretien emprisonnłę dans un ascenseur en panne sur le 13ł«me łętage d'un hłątel minable. L'obtiendront-ils jamais se dłęplał▀ant encore ? S'ils font, la seule direction qu'ils entrent est en baisse ĺ─ý vraiment ! Et l'ouvrier d'entretien vraiment qui il apparałĂt est-il pour łütre ? Sentons-nous le soufre ?

Du 20 octobre au 16 novembre

Du mercredis au samedis 21h00

Prłęvues : Le 29 et 30 octobre

Premiłęre : Le 31 octobre

Pharmaprix Building

3861, boul. St-Laurent

Billetterie :

(514) 812 - 7722

Billets :

Admission rłęgulier: 20$

Escomptes (industrie, łętudiants et ałĂnłęs) 15$ (Pour les deux prłęvues aussi)

Labels: ,

Theatre Listing HELLAVATOR



HELLAVATOR PRODUCTIONS presents a site-specific production of an insane new comedy by award-winning playwright Ned Cox. The site?ĺ─Â a 1930s freight elevator located in the Pharmaprix Building at 3861, boul. St-Laurent.

Alain Goulem directs 'Dream Team' Alex Haber, Neil Napier, and Michel Perron as two tourists and a maintenance worker trapped in a broken-down elevator on the 13th floor of a has-been hotel. Will they ever get it moving again? One catch: if they do, the only way they're going is down ĺ─ý way, waaaaaaaay down! And is the janitor what he seems, or is that sulphur we smell?

Run: October 29 ĺ─ý November 16

Wed. through Sat. 9 PM

Previews: October 29 & 30

Opening Night: October 31

Closing Night: November 16


Pharmaprix Building

3861, boul. St-Laurent

Box Office:

(514) 812 - 7722


Regular Admission: $20

Concessions: $15 (And both Preview shows)

Labels: ,

York U Music: Choral Concerts in November

York U's Classical Choirs Celebrate the Human Voice

in Three November Concerts

Toronto: York Universityĺ─˘s Department of Music will celebrate the human voice in three choral concerts featuring four classical choirs, directed by Lisette Canton. The concerts take place in Yorkĺ─˘s Tribute Communities Recital Hall November 11, 15 and 24.

The York U Chamber Choir, accompanied by pianist Młęlisande Sinsoulier, will present a varied program spanning four historical periods and five languages on November 11 at 7:30pm. The repertoire will include works by Byrd, Faurłę, Hensel, Haydn, Lauridsen, Palestrina, Willan and others. Canton will share the baton with graduate students Cheryl Bowen and Jacklin Falconer for this Masterĺ─˘s recital.

The 74 young singers in the combined York U Concert and Chamber Choirs will lift their voices on November 15 at 7:30pm in a concert featuring guest organist Patricia Wright and faculty soloists, mezzo-soprano Catherine Robbin, baritone Michael Donovan and cellist Mark Chambers. On the program are works by Maurice Duruflłę (1902-1986), a French composer known for his perfectionism, whose organ and choral music is especially highly regarded.

Duruflłęĺ─˘s Requiem, his largest and most important work, is one of the most beloved pieces in the choral repertoire. Written in 1947 in memory of his father, it is based on Gregorian chants from the Mass for the Dead and modeled on Faurłęĺ─˘s Requiem, using the identical Latin text. In his Requiem, Duruflłę adopted a restrained approach, concentrating on rest and peace. He scored the work for choir, mezzo-soprano and baritone, and composed three different instrumental settings for it: organ alone (with cello solo), organ and chamber orchestra, and full orchestra. The strength of Duruflłęĺ─˘s composition lies in his ability to fuse disparate elements: plainsong in cantus firmus style, liturgical modality, subtle counterpoint and sensuous harmonies.

Duruflłęĺ─˘s Quatre Motets sur des thł«mes grłęgoriens (Ubi caritas, Tota pulchra es, Tu es Petrus and Tantum ergo) are short, intimate works of great beauty, likewise based on plainsong models composed in a polyphonic context.

The choirs will reprise their Duruflłę concert downtown the following night, November 16 at 7:30pm at Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St. East.

York U Womenĺ─˘s Chorus and Menĺ─˘s Choir unite November 24 for a concert of classical masterworks selected to showcase their talents separately and together. Accompanied by pianist Młęlisande Sinsoulier, the choirs will perform works by Brahms, Certon, Faurłę, Galuppi, Saint-Sał┤ns, Susa, Raminsh, Schubert, Walker, Whalum and more. Concert time is 7:30pm.

Based in Yorkĺ─˘s flourishing classical vocal performance program, these young singers come to Cantonĺ─˘s choirs from the studios of Catherine Robbin, Stephanie Bogle, Norma Burrowes, Michael Donovan, Janet Obermeyer and Karen Rymal.

Canton joined the music faculty at York in 2004 as a professor of conducting and choral music. A celebrated choral and orchestral conductor and vocal coach, she has recorded for CBC radio and television, and has guest-conducted for numerous ensembles in Canada and the US. She is the founding artistic director of the internationally-acclaimed Ottawa Bach Choir, which she has led on two European tours (2005 and 2007). The choir won rave reviews with invitational concerts at the historic Thomaskirche in Leipzig as well as in Stuttgart, Bayreuth, Vienna, Prague and Salzburg, and is slated for return engagements next spring. The choir can be heard at Roy Thomson Hall in the Choir and Organ Series on November 20, 2008 at 12 pm.

Event Details

What: York U Chamber Choir
When: Tuesday, November 11, 7:30pm
Where: Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St.
Admission: Free
Info: 416.736.2100 ext. 22926

What: York U Concert & Chamber Choirs
When: Saturday, November 15, 7:30pm
Where: Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St.
Admission: $15, students $5.
Box Office: 416.736.5888 |

What: York U Concert & Chamber Choirs concert reprise
When: Sunday, November 16, 7:30pm
Where: Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St. East.
Admission: $15, students $5.
Box Office: Tickets at the door

What: York U Womenĺ─˘s Choir & Menĺ─˘s Chorus
When: Monday, November 24, 7:30pm
Where: Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St.
Admission: Free
Info: 416.736.2100 ext. 22926

Labels: ,

Violons du Roy - Au son du cor, le 12 novembre łŢ 14 h et 20 h au Palais Montcalm

Au son du cor

Bernard Labadie,
chef dĺ─˘orchestre
Louis-Philippe Marsolais, cor

Słęrie Da camera
Mercredi 12 novembre, 20 h
Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm (Qułębec)

Słęrie Plaisirs dĺ─˘aprł«s-midi
Mercredi 12 novembre, 14 h
Salle Raoul-Jobin, Palais Montcalm (Qułębec)

G.P. Telemann Concerto pour 4 violons sans basse continue, TWV 40 :204
G. F. Handel Sonate en trio en si błęmol majeur, opus 5 no 7, HWV 402
W.A. Mozart Quintette en mi błęmol majeur K. 407 (K. 386c)*
H. Purcell Chaconne en sol mineur, Z. 730
Chaconne tirłęe de King Arthur, Z. 628
Musique de scł«ne tirłęe de Abdelazer, Z. 570*
J. Haydn Concerto pour cor no 2 en rłę majeur, Hob VII :4*

* Ces ëýuvres figurent au programme du concert de 14 h.

Qułębec, le 22 octobre ĺ─ý Le mercredi 12 novembre, le premier concert de la słęrie Da camera se dłęroulera au son du cor plutłąt quĺ─˘au son des trompettes tel quĺ─˘annoncłę dans la brochure de saison. Ce changement au programme permettra au public dĺ─˘applaudir un brillant soliste qułębłęcois, le corniste Louis-Philippe Marsolais, qui se joindra aux Violons du Roy, sous la direction de Bernard Labadie, pour interprłęter des ëýuvres de Mozart et Haydn. Alliant musique de chambre et musique orchestrale, le concert comprend aussi des ëýuvres de Telemann, Handel et Purcell. En plus dĺ─˘apprłęcier le talent des membres des Violons du Roy, les młęlomanes pourront łęchanger avec les musiciens sur la scł«ne du Palais Montcalm aprł«s le concert.

Louis-Philippe Marsolais : Un soliste dĺ─˘exception !
Aprł«s avoir occupłę les postes de cor solo łŢ lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de
Kitchener-Waterloo et cor solo associłę łŢ lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Qułębec, Louis-Philippe Marsolais se consacre maintenant łŢ la musique de chambre et au solo. Gagnant de trois prix au prestigieux Concours de Munich en septembre 2005, il est aussi laurłęat du Concours de Genł«ve (2004), du Concours Mozart de Rovereto (2004), en Italie et du Concours international de cor de Trłęvoux (2001), en France. Il a łętłę soliste łŢ plusieurs reprises avec les orchestres symphoniques de Montrłęal, Qułębec, Trois-Rivił«res, Longueuil, lĺ─˘Orchestre de la Radio Bavaroise, lĺ─˘Orchestre de chambre de Munich, lĺ─˘Orchestre de Chambre de Genł«ve, ainsi que lĺ─˘Orchestre Haydn de Bolzano, en Italie.

Deux ëýuvres avec cor figurent au programme de la soirłęe. Dĺ─˘abord, Louis-Philippe Marsolais se joindra łŢ la violoniste Maud Langlois, aux altistes Annie Morrier et Frłędłęric Lambert et au violoncelliste Raphael Dubłę pour interprłęter le Quintette en mi błęmol majeur, K. 407 de Mozart, une ëýuvre virtuose dans laquelle le cor est traitłę en soliste, faisant ainsi honneur au talent exceptionnel de son destinataire et grand ami de Mozart, Ignatz Leitgeb. Le corniste sera de retour pour faire dłęcouvrir le Deuxił«me concerto pour cor en rłę majeur de J. Haydn

En dłębut de concert, les violonistes Nicole Trotier, Angłęlique Duguay, Noł┤lla Bouchard et Pascale Gagnon seront les solistes du Concerto pour 4 violons de G.P. Telemann. Par la suite, les violonistes Nicole Trotier et Noł┤lla Bouchard, le violoncelliste BenołĂt Loiselle et le claveciniste Thomas Annand interprłęteront la Sonate en trio opus 5 no 7 de Handel.

Bernard Labadie montera aussi sur le podium pour diriger des ëýuvres dĺ─˘Henry Purcell, notamment la musique de scł«ne tirłęe de Abdelazer, Z. 570 dont lĺ─˘une des pił«ces, le Rondeau, fut popularisłęe par Benjamin Britten dans ses cłęlł«bres Variations et fugue sur un thł«me de Purcell, opus 34 (1946), mieux connues sous le titre de Young Personĺ─˘s Guide to the Orchestra.

Ce concert est une prłęsentation de Langlois KronstrłĆm Desjardins. La saison 2008-2009 łŢ Qułębec est prłęsentłęe par Hydro-Qułębec, partenaire de saison łŢ Qułębec

Le tarif 29 ans et moins de retour !
Un concert de haut niveau au młüme prix quĺ─˘un film, soit seulement 12,50 $.

Information et Rłęservation

Billetterie du Palais Montcalm
(418) 641-6040, poste 0 ou (418) 692-3026

Concerts łŢ venir au Palais Montcalm :
Vendredi 21 novembre, 14 h et 20 h :
Un archet nordique : Truls Mork
Bernard Labadie, chef
Słęries Grands Rendez-vous et Plaisirs dĺ─˘aprł«s-midi

Labels: ,

PSO POPS! to Perform with Beatles Tribute Band, November 15-16

Featuring original members of the Broadway sensation BEATLEMANIA performing live in concert with the Portland Symphony Orchestra

Imagine The Beatles playing in concert with a symphony orchestra. What would that have sounded like? Find out for yourself at Classical Mystery Tour - a tribute to The Beatles featuring original members of the Broadway sensation "BEATLEMANIA" performing live in concert with the Portland Symphony Orchestra at Merrill Auditorium on Saturday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 16 at 2:30 p.m.

The four musicians in Classical Mystery Tour look and sound just like The Beatles, but Classical Mystery Tour is more than just a rock concert. The show presents some 20 Beatles tunes sung, played, and performed exactly as they were written. Hear "Penny Lane" with a live trumpet section; experience the beauty of "Yesterday" with an acoustic guitar and string quartet; enjoy the rock/classical blend on the hard edged "I Am the Walrus." From early Beatles music on through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is the best of The Beatles like you've never heard them: totally live.

Classical Mystery Tour features Jim Owen (John Lennon) on rhythm guitar, piano, and vocals; Tony Kishman (Paul McCartney) on bass guitar, piano, and vocals; Tom Teeley (George Harrison) on lead guitar and vocals; and Chris Camilleri (Ringo Starr) on drums and vocals. Music Director Robert Moody conducts.

Classical Mystery Tour is sponsored by New England Coffee and Holiday Inn by the Bay. Ticket prices range from $17 to $62, with special pricing available for students, seniors and groups. All Portland Symphony Orchestra tickets are sold through PortTix at (207) 842-0800 or, and new this year, the website offers real-time online seat selection. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office at 20 Myrtle St., Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 p.m. For complete season information, including artist biographies and program notes, visit

Labels: , ,

Worldwide search for aspiring new composers begins


October 23, 2008

Worldwide search for aspiring new composers begins

A worldwide search for 21st century compositional talent will begin this Friday (October 24) with the call for scores for the 2009 University of Aberdeen Music Prize.

The Aberdeen Prize ĺ─ý as it has become known in musical circles ĺ─ý is a unique, biennial competition for aspiring new contemporary composers from around the globe.

Established in 2005, it represents a unique collaboration between the University of Aberdeen and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra (SSO), and will be judged by the pre-eminent Scottish composer James MacMillan.

Hundreds of scores from as far afield as Australia, China, India and Russia were submitted for the 2007 prize, with South Korea's Jun Lee eventually coming out on top.

He was awarded Čú5,000 in the form of a commission to write a full piece for orchestra, which will be premiered by the BBC SSO at Aberdeen Music Hall this Friday (October 24), before being broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

The event will also see the launch of the global call for scores for the 2009 prize. Five works will be selected by a panel of experts and the composers brought to Aberdeen in November 2009 for a series of workshops with the distinguished composer James MacMillan and members of the BBC SSO.

Under the patronage of Dame Evelyn Glennie, the University of Aberdeen Music Prize competition forms the centerpiece of a wider celebration of contemporary musical creativity in the form of a weekend of hands-on events, workshops and concerts in Aberdeen.

Dr Paul Mealor, Senior Lecturer in Music and Director of the University of Aberdeen Music Prize said: "Since it was first launched, this search for creative talent has helped to develop Aberdeen's role as one of the major cultural centres in the UK. Hundreds of composers from every corner of the globe embraced the 2007 competition, many of whom wrote to us to express their gratitude that such an event exists.

"We are also honoured to have such a well respected judge in James Macmillan, and in the BBC SSO we have a body of musicians that understands the techniques of modern music better than anyone. We're delighted to be able to open the call for scores for the 2009 competition."

Gavin Reid, Director of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, said: "The BBC SSO has an international reputation for promoting new music and developing the work of young composers, and so we're delighted to continue our partnership with the University of Aberdeen Music Prize."

Jun Lee will have his commission, Marea, premiered by the BBC SSO, under the baton of American conductor Andrew Litton, at Aberdeen Music Hall on Friday, October 24, 7.30pm. The concert will also include Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F and Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony.

The University of Aberdeen Music Prize is open to composers of any nationality, with no age limit or restrictions. Closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday, May 29, 2009.

For further information and application details for the Music Prize please visit, email or call + 44(0)1224 273 874. Alternatively, contact Aberdeen Music Prize, Office of External Affairs, University Office, King's College, Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom AB24 3FX.

Labels: ,

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The VSO's Festival of Remembrance

The VSOĺ─˘s Festival of Remembrance, featuring cellist Raphael Wallfisch and Brittenĺ─˘s War Requiem

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents a Festival of Remembrance: a series of performances surrounding Remembrance Day that commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the end of World War I. The concerts take place on November 8th, 15th and 17th at 8pm at the Orpheum Theatre and November 10th at 8pm at the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey.

Outstanding cellist Raphael Wallfisch will be featured in the November 8th and 10th concerts that commemorate the 70th anniversary of Krystallnacht, that horrific night of riots when the extreme racial policies of the Third Reich came harshly and suddenly to the worldĺ─˘s attention. He will perform Blochĺ─˘s beautiful, moving Schelomo (Solomon): Hebraic Rhapsody for Cello and Orchestra. Maestro Tovey leads the orchestra in a concert featuring repertoire and composers who were banned in Nazi Germany, including the Bloch piece, Meyerbeerĺ─˘s Le Prophł«te: Coronation March, Mendelssohnĺ─˘s Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage, Mahlerĺ─˘s Symphony No.5: Adagietto, Weillĺ─˘s Threepenny Opera: Suite and Offenbachĺ─˘s Gaitłę Parisienne: Suite.

The epic concerts of November 15th and 17th present Benjamin Brittenĺ─˘s extraordinary War Requiem, one of the most important works of the twentieth century. This seminal work was commissioned for the rebuilding of Coventry Cathedral in 1962. Britten took the commission for the War Requiem as a platform for expressing his anti-war sentiments and pacifist views, and did so stridently and profoundly. Shocked by the horrors of war, Britten created the War Requiem, truly one of the most important works of the twentieth century, as something timeless, and as a warning to future generations about the futility and evil of war; the work is as fresh and relevant and important in todayĺ─˘s world as it was in 1962. The orchestration for the War Requiem is unique as well, breaking down the orchestra and vocalists into three distinct groups that interact with each other throughout, though they each carry unique material, and finally all come together at the end. A full orchestra teams up with soprano and choir, handling the Latin Mass and personifying the suffering that war inflicts upon humanity, physically and spiritually; the male soloists pair with the chamber orchestra to provide readings of the Owen poetry; the boys choir and organ provide an eerie element of calm in the dramatic, sometimes raucous and disturbing, proceedings. Unique amongst Requiem masses, the War Requiem blends the traditional Latin Mass with the poetry of Wilfred Owen, foremost amongst Britainĺ─˘s ĺ─˙war poets.ĺ─¨

These concerts feature the Vancouver Bach Choir, the Vancouver Bach Childrenĺ─˘s Chorus, Soprano Joni Henson, Tenor James Taylor and Baritone Aaron St. Clair Nicholson. Also on the program are Leonard Bernsteinĺ─˘s Halil for Flute and Orchestra, and Barberĺ─˘s renowned Adagio for Strings. Bramwell Tovey conducts.

The November 8th and 10th concerts also feature a short commissioned piece called Return and Run by Canadian composer Timothy Corlis. In the composerĺ─˘s own words:

ĺ─˙For this commission, I was asked to write a composition that reflects both an Olympic related

inspiration and the subject matter associated with the horrific event known as Kristallnacht, a riot prior to World War II that brought the racism of the Third Reich into public view. What ties these themes together? I have no clear answer. But, while working on the piece, this phrase came to mind: ĺ─˙and must we not return and run?ĺ─¨ It is a quotation from Nietzscheĺ─˘s Thus Spoke Zarathustra. It expresses the idea of eternal return; what we do in this moment echoes eternally both in our own lives and in the lives of others. Certainly, what happened on ĺ─˙the night of broken glassĺ─¨ left a deep mark on our modern world-view. Perhaps we might also remember the 1936 Olympic performance of Jesse Owensĺ─ţan American black sprinter who shattered the idea of the ĺ─˙Ubermenschĺ─¨ (interpreted in Owenĺ─˘s time as the ĺ─˙superior raceĺ─¨) by winning four gold

medals in a single day. This is the starting point for the music in Return and Run ĺ─ţ Olympic themes: themes of triumph and awesome human achievement alongside the sobering acknowledgement of a deeply rooted social injustice.ĺ─¨


Musically Speaking Series

Festival of Remembrance

Saturday, November 8, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Raphael Wallfisch, cello

Meyerbeer Le prophete: Coronation March

Mendelssohn Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage

Mahler Symphony No. 5: Adagietto

Bloch Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody

Timothy Corlis Return and Run (World Premiere Commission)

Weill Threepenny Opera: Suite

Offenbach Gaite Parisienne: Suite

An inspiring concert that helps to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the end of World War I. Superb cellist Raphael Wallfisch performs Blochĺ─˘s beautiful, moving Hebraic Rhapsody for cello and orchestra.

Tickets $20 to $56 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at

Generously Supported By:

Video Screen Sponsor: TELUS

Video screen presentations created and produced by students and staff of digital video productions at Columbia Academy.

Surrey Nights Series

Festival of Remembrance

Monday, November 10, 8pm, Bell Performing Arts Centre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Raphael Wallfisch, cello

Meyerbeer Le prophete: Coronation March

Mendelssohn Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage

Mahler Symphony No. 5: Adagietto

Bloch Schelomo: Hebraic Rhapsody

Timothy Corlis Olympic Commission

Weill Threepenny Opera: Suite

Offenbach Gaite Parisienne: Suite

An inspiring concert that helps to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the end of World War I. Superb cellist Raphael Wallfisch performs Blochĺ─˘s beautiful, moving Hebraic Rhapsody for cello and orchestra.

Tickets $37 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at

Generously Supported By:

Series has been endowed by a generous gift from Werner and Helga HłĆing

PricewaterhouseCoopers Masterworks Silver Series

Festival of Remembrance: Brittenĺ─˘s War Requiem

Saturday & Monday, November 15 & 17, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Christie Reside, flute*

Joni Henson, soprano**

James Taylor, tenor**

Aaron St. Clair Nicholson, baritone**

Vancouver Bach Choir**

Vancouver Bach Childrenĺ─˘s Chorus**

Barber Adagio for strings

Bernstein Halil for flute and orchestra*

Britten War Requiem, Op. 66**

Marking the 90th Anniversary of the end of World War I, this epic concert features Benjamin Brittenĺ─˘s seminal work, War Requiem, a brilliant denunciation of the horrors of war.

Tickets $25 to $78.50 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: PricewaterhouseCoopers

Video Screen Sponsor: TELUS

Video screen presentations created and produced by students and staff of digital video productions at Columbia Academy.

Radio Sponsor: CKNW AM980


Bramwell Tovey

A musician of striking versatility, Bramwell Tovey is acknowledged around the world for his artistic depth and 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.

Tovey garnered a 2008 Grammy Award and a 2008 Juno Award for his recording with violinist James Ehnes and the Vancouver Symphony. Recently named Principal Guest Conductor for the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, he works frequently with the Toronto Symphony, Montreal Symphony, Royal Philharmonic and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras, among many others. He has presided as host and conductor of the New York Philharmonicĺ─˘s Summertime Classics series at Avery Fisher Hall since its founding in 2004.

As a composer, he was honored with the Best Canadian Classical Composition Juno Award in 2003 for his Requiem for a Charred Skull. New works include a co-commission for the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonicsĺ─˘ 2008 summer seasons as well as a full-length opera for the Calgary Opera, The Inventor, to premiere in January of 2011.

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

Raphael Wallfisch

Raphael Wallfisch is one of the most celebrated cellists performing on the international stage. He was born in London into a family of distinguished musicians, his mother the cellist Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and his father the pianist Peter Wallfisch.

At an early age, Raphael was greatly inspired by hearing Zara Nelsova play, and, guided by a succession of fine teachers including Amaryllis Fleming, Amadeo Baldovino and Derek Simpson, it became apparent that the cello was to be his life's work. While studying with the great Russian cellist Gregor Piatigorsky in California, he was chosen to perform chamber music with Jascha Heifetz in the informal recitals that Piatigorsky held at his home.

At the age of twenty-four he won the Gaspar Cassadłä International Cello Competition in Florence. Since then he has enjoyed a world-wide career playing with such orchestras as the London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra, Hallłę, City of Birmingham Symphony, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Berlin Symphony, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Indianapolis Symphony, Warsaw Philharmonic, Czech Philharmonic and many others.

He is regularly invited to play at major festivals such as the BBC Proms, Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Spoleto, Prades, Oslo and Schleswig Holstein.

Teaching is one of Raphael Wallfisch's passions. He is in demand as a teacher all over the world holding the position of professor of cello in Switzerland at the Zł║rich Winterthur Konservatorium and at the Royal College of Music in London.

Raphael has recorded nearly every major work for his instrument. His extensive discography on EMI, Chandos, Black Box, ASV, Naxos and Nimbus explores both the mainstream concerto repertoire and countless lesser-known works by Dohnanyi, Respighi, Barber, Hindemith and Martinu, as well as Richard Strauss, Dvorak, Kabalevsky and Khachaturian. He has recorded a wide range of British cello concertos, including works by MacMillan, Finzi, Delius, Bax, Bliss, Britten, Moeran and Kenneth Leighton. For the Chandos Walton Edition he was privileged to record the composer's Cello Concerto, originally written for his master, Piatigorsky.

Britain's leading composers have worked closely with Raphael Wallfisch, many having written works especially for him. These include Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Kenneth Leighton, James MacMillan, John Metcalf, Paul Patterson, Robert Simpson, Robert Saxton, Roger Smalley, Giles Swayne, John Tavener and Adrian Williams.

Raphael lives in London with his wife, the violinist Elizabeth, and has three children, Benjamin, Simon, and Joanna.

Joni Henson

Soprano Joni Henson is quickly becoming one of Canadaĺ─˘s most thrilling young performers. Recent successes on the opera stage include starring as Fiordiligi in Mozartĺ─˘s COSI FAN TUTTE and Gutrune in Wagnerĺ─˘s Gł˝TTERDłĐMMERUNG for the Canadian Opera Companyĺ─˘s inaugural season at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts. For Torontoĺ─˘s Opera in Concert she was Marietta / Marie in Korngoldĺ─˘s rarely heard DIE TOTE STADT.

Ms. Hensonĺ─˘s 2007-2008 includes Desdemona in Verdiĺ─˘s OTELLO with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Elisabeth in Verdiĺ─˘s DON CARLOS with the Canadian Opera Company and concerts with the Aldeburgh Connection and Off Centre Music Salon.

Ms. Henson earned her Bachelor in Vocal Performance from the University of Toronto. She also received her Artist Diploma from the University of Torontoĺ─˘s Opera Division.

While at the Opera School she performed the roles of Fiordiligi in Mozartĺ─˘s COSI FAN TUTTE and the title role in Handelĺ─˘s ALCINA. Further roles include Nedda in Leoncavalloĺ─˘s PAGLIACCI, Mrs. Ford in Nicolaiĺ─˘s MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR and Female Chorus in Brittenĺ─˘s THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA.

In 2003, Ms. Henson was awarded the Opera Grand Prize at the XVth Concours International de Chant de Verviers Competition in Belgium. She also received the First Place Opera and French Melodie Awards at the Concours International de Chant de Marmande Competition in France. In 2006 Ms. Henson was a semi-finalist in the Metropolitan National Council Auditions.

Ms. Henson attended the esteemed Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, California where she studied with Marilyn Horne. In excerpts, she was seen there as Vitellia in Mozartĺ─˘s LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, Violetta in Verdiĺ─˘s LA TRAVIATA and Donna Anna in DON GIOVANNI. She was honoured to receive Encouragement Awards in the Marilyn Horne Foundation Vocal Competition.

Ms. Henson is a former member of the Canadian Opera Companyĺ─˘s Ensemble Studio. She debuted with the company as Alisa in Donizettiĺ─˘s LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR and other roles with the company include Lady Billows in ALBERT HERRING, Inez in IL TROVATORE, First Lady in THE MAGIC FLUTE and Gutrune in Wagnerĺ─˘s Gł˝TTERDłĐMMERUNG. In June of 2007 she starred with other young Canadian opera singers in ĺ─˙Lunaĺ─¨, a gala concert which highlighted the inaugural Luminato Festival in Toronto.

James Taylor

With a repertoire ranging from the Renaissance to the 21st century, tenor James Taylor devotes much of his career to the oratorio and concert literature. One of the most sought after Bach Evangelists, Mr. Taylor has performed the role for his debut with the New York Philharmonic, throughout the United States, in South America, Japan, Israel, and in the great concert halls of Europe including Amsterdamĺ─˘s Concertgebouw, Viennaĺ─˘s Musikverein, and the Royal Albert Hall in London.

Highlights of Mr. Taylorĺ─˘s 2008/09 season include performances of Haydnĺ─˘s The Creation at Carnegie Hall with Orchestra of St. Lukeĺ─˘s with Helmuth Rilling, with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra led by Nicolas McGegan, and with the National Symphony, also with Maestro Rilling. He sings the Britten War Requiem with Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony, and Haydnĺ─˘s Stabat Mater with Bernard Labadie and Les Violins du Roy in Quebec and Montreal. International performances include Bach Mass in B Minor in Bamberg with Sir Roger Norrington; Haydnĺ─˘s Orlando Paladino with Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the Berlin Philharmonic; Handelĺ─˘s Messiah with the State Orchestra of Brazil conducted by John Neshling, and with the Israel Philharmonic and Helmuth Rilling, et al.

Mr. Taylor began the 2007/08 season in performances of the Bach Mass in B Minor with the Akademie fł║r Alte Musik Berlin, and touring the Britten War Requiem with Helmuth Rilling, appearing at the Rheingau Musikfestival, in Stuttgart, Leverkusen, and in Bonn at the Beethovenfest. Other engagements included Handelĺ─˘s Messiah with the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor, with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Bachĺ─˘s Mass in B Minor with the Los Angeles Chorale at Walt Disney Hall. Mr. Taylor sang an acclaimed Evangelist in the St. Matthew Passion with Kurt Masur and the New York Philharmonic, and Elijah with Mo. Rilling and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa. He also made a return to the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for Brittenĺ─˘s Serenade for Tenor and Horn.

Other recent highlights include Mozartĺ─˘s Betulia liberata with Nikolaus Harnoncourt in Vienna and Dresden; Handelĺ─˘s Messiah in Vienna with the Arnold Schoenberg Choir and with Helmuth Rilling in Stuttgart; Bachĺ─˘s Christmas Oratorio in Hamburg; and a tour of Handelĺ─˘s Solomon and Messiah with the RIAS Kammerchor in France and Portugal; The Creation with the Cleveland Orchestra at Severance Hall; Brittenĺ─˘s Horn Serenade in Linz and Ottawa; Bachĺ─˘s Christmas Oratorio with the Beethovenhalle Orchestra in Bonn, Madrid and Barcelona; Mendelssohnĺ─˘s Elijah with the Gewandhaus Orchestra and Herbert Blomstedt in Leipzig which was recorded for commercial release; Mozart's Requiem with the Detroit Symphony and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; Bachĺ─˘s Mass in B Minor with the Pittsburgh Symphony; a debut in Carnegie Hall in the world premiere of the Levine completion of Mozartĺ─˘s Mass in C Minor and performances of Franz Schmidt's The Book of the Seven Seals with the Cleveland Orchestra.

A native of Houston, James Taylor attended Texas Christian University as a student of Arden Hopkin. A Fulbright Scholar, he studied at the Hochschule fł║r Musik in Munich where he graduated in 1993 with a "Meisterklassendiplom." In May of 2005 The Yale Institute of Sacred Music and Yale School of Music announced the appointment of James Taylor in the Program in Early Music, Song, and Chamber Ensemble, as Associate Professor of Voice.

James Taylor can be heard on over 30 recordings. For Hłžnssler he has recorded Dvorak's Stabat Mater, and Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Magnificat, St. John Passion and Handelĺ─˘s Messiah with Helmuth Rilling. On the Harmonia Mundi label he has recorded Bachĺ─˘s Easter Oratorio, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and Mendelssohn's Paulus under Philippe Herreweghe. New releases include the Mozart Requiem with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra led by Andreas Delfs on Limestone Records, Beethovenĺ─˘s Missa Solemnis with the Nashville Symphony on the Naxos label, and the rarely heard Baroque opera Ariadne by Johan Georg Conradi with the Boston Early Music Festival led by Paul Oĺ─˘Dette on ArkivMusik.

Aaron St. Clair Nicholson

Baritone Aaron St. Clair Nicholson has established himself as an artist of the first rank, winning praise for his superb vocal gifts and the dramatic integrity he brings to his performances. Writing in the San Francisco Chronicle, Joshua Kosman singled him out, noting that ĺ─˙ĺ─Âas Ford, baritone Aaron St. Clair Nicholson gave a virtuosic display of vigorous full-throated singing and all out physical comedy.ĺ─¨ He made his Metropolitan Opera debut during the 2006-2007 season as Schaunard in LA BOHEME conducted by Domingo and followed those performances with Papageno in DIE ZAUBERFLł˝TE conducted by Levine. Further Met duties that season included his assignment as cover artist for the role of Clyde Griffeths in the world premiere of Tobias Pickerĺ─˘s AN AMERICAN TRAGEDY. He was Figaro in IL BARBIERE DE SIVIGLIA for Florida Grand Opera and starred again as the wily barber in a new production of the Rossini masterpiece for Glimmerglass Opera. His 2006-2007 schedule also included the title role in DON GIOVANNI for Lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal, Valentin in FAUST for Vancouver Opera, Mercutio in ROMłÔO ET JULIETTE for Opera Lyra, Ontario and Faurłęĺ─˘s REQUIEM for the Atlanta Symphony, a work he performed at Festival Lanaudiere in Qułębec.

Nicholson opens his 2008-2009 season with Athanał┤l in THAłŔS for Pacific Opera Victoria and looks forward to Frederic in LAKMłÔ and the Count in LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, both for Florida Grand Opera, and ILBARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA for Calgary Opera. On the concert circuit he will be heard in Brittenĺ─˘s WAR REQUIEM for Vancouver Symphony, MESSIAH with the Rochester Philharmonic and a concert performance of DIE LUSTIGE WITWE as Danilo for Kitchenerĺ─˘s Grand Philharmonic Choir.

The dashing baritoneĺ─˘s 2007-2008 season included Mozartĺ─˘s roguish Don for New York City Opera, and later in the season he repeated the role for Ottawaĺ─˘s Opera Lyra. He returned to lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal for IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, Vancouver Opera for Marcello in LA BOHEME and was heard in Rochester in CARMINA BURANA and with the Vancouver Bach Choir in a new work commissioned from John Estacio.

An alumnus of the Glimmerglass and Merola programs for young artists, Nicholson starred in Glimmerglass Operaĺ─˘s THE GOOD SOLDIER SCHWEIK as Lt. Lukash and was heard as Sonora in their production of LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST. Previous seasons have included Harlekin in ARIADNE AUF NAXOS and Ping in TURANDOT for Lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal, Papageno in DIE ZAUBERFLł˝TE for Florida Grand Opera, and Charlie in Estacioĺ─˘s FILUMENA at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. He appeared with both Orchestra London and Brott Summer Music in CARMINA BURANA and with the Vancouver Bach Choir in MESSIAH and has been heard as Figaro in IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA for Opera Ontario, Tarquinius in THE RAPE OF LUCRETIA for lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal, Mercutio in ROMłÔO ET JULIETTE for Florida Grand Opera and the Calgary Opera, and Escamillo in CARMEN for Pacific Opera Victoria.

The Abbotsford, British Columbia native is a graduate of the Resident Artist Training program at Tri-Cities Opera in New York where he appeared in a number of leading roles including Belcore in Lĺ─˘ELISIR Dĺ─˘AMORE, the title role in DON GIOVANNI, Dr. Falke in DIE FLEDERMAUS and Sharpless in MADAMA BUTTERFLY. Western Opera Theater chose him for the role of Guglielmo in Mozartĺ─˘s COSI FAN TUTTE and he was also a member of Seattle Operaĺ─˘s young artist program.

Orchestras in the United States and Canada have engaged Mr. Nicholson for major repertoire including ELIJAH, MESSIAH, and CARMINA BURANA as well as works by Faurłę and Vaughan Williams. The George London competition finalist has been heard with the Binghamton Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Bellevue Philharmonic, Victoria Capriccio, at the San Francisco Opera Center and with the Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra. Nicholsonĺ─˘s awards include the Richmond F. Gold Career Grant, the Karl Muller Performance Award, a career incentive grant from Seattle Opera and most recently, the Sullivan Foundation Award for role preparation assistance.

Vancouver Bach Choir

The Vancouver Bach Choir gave its first concert at the Orpheum in December 1930. During its long history, the choir has sung with such world-renowned conductors as Bruno Walter, Sir Ernest MacMillan, Zubin Mehta, Sir Arthur Bliss, Meredith Davies, Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Simon Streatfeild, Andrew Davis and Simon Preston. Its present Music Director, Bruce Pullan, was appointed in 1983.

Since 1930, the Vancouver Bach Choirĺ─˘s Canadian reputation has grown through numerous broadcasts by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, an Eastern Canadian tour in 1974 and the cross-Canada viewing of a television film of the Easter music from Handelĺ─˘s Messiah.

During the seventies the Vancouver Bach Choir undertook two international tours, one to Holland and one to Poland and France. On both occasions the choir was awarded first place at international music festivals and gave numerous concerts including appearances at the Hague, Warsaw and Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. In 1978 the choir came first in the prestigious choral competition, Let the Peoples Sing, and was heard by a radio audience of 15 million people throughout the world.

In 1983 the choir took part in the Canadian Premiere of Mahlerĺ─˘s 8th Symphony with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and conductor Andrew Davis. Subsequently the choir sang ĺ─˙Mahlerĺ─˘s 8thĺ─¨ again with the TSO and gave the Western Canadian Premiere of the same piece with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Mario Bernardi. In 1986 the VBCĺ─˘s Expo concert was made into a film ĺ─˙Whalesong,ĺ─¨ for television, which has been shown all over the world and won a Gemini award.

In 1987 the choir toured England and Wales giving concerts in such prestigious venues as St. Martin in the Fields, St. Paulĺ─˘s, Canterbury and Lincoln Cathedrals and the Llangollen International Festival where the concert with the BBC Welsh Orchestra was broadcast by the BBC.

In the Summer of 1989 the choir sang in the International Opera Festivalĺ─˘s production of Aida in both Vancouver and Tokyo and in the Summer of 1993 the Choir sang in both the 1993 International Choral Festival in Toronto and the World Symposium on Choral Music in Vancouver. In July 1997 the choir traveled to the UK for concerts in London and Oxford conducted by Bruce Pullan and a performance of Berliozĺ─˘ Damnation of Faust with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle.

In May 1997 the choir gave the world premiere of the oratorio Job by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies at the opening of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC. The concert was recorded live and recently issued on CD by Collins Classics.

In Vancouver the Vancouver Bach Choir presents a series of concerts each Season and has been responsible for the British Columbia premiere of a number of major works including Rossiniĺ─˘s Stabat Mater, Fanshaweĺ─˘s African Sanctus, Lloyd Webberĺ─˘s Requiem, Mahlerĺ─˘s 8th Syrnphony, Paul McCartneyĺ─˘s Liverpool Oratorio, Berliozĺ─˘ Messe Solennelle and Pendereckiĺ─˘s Polish Requiem.

Vancouver Bach Childrenĺ─˘s Chorus

The Vancouver Bach Childrenĺ─˘s Chorus has been making beautiful music since 1984 under Music Director Bruce Pullan. As their program gradually expanded, Marisa Gaetanne joined the team and now conducts their youngest choirs. The VBCC encourages children to develop artistically and reap the many benefits of creative expression ĺ─ý from stronger academic performance to improved health and posture. The VBCC believes that encouraging children to sing in a choir teaches them how to demonstrate excellence as a group and provides them with the gift of music as a lifelong joy.

Labels: ,

Holland America Line Launches New Employment Entertainment Website


Entertainment professionals can now access employment resources through new website

Seattle, WA, October 16, 2008 ĺ─ý Holland America Line announced today the launch of a new employee website for entertainment professionals interested in shipboard employment. The website provides in-depth job descriptions, requirements and links to application forms with an additional section for newly hired entertainment employees. Job listings are for performers, musicians, technicians and cruise staff.

ĺ─˙We designed this employee website to attract and retain skilled staff,ĺ─¨ said Bill Prince, director, entertainment for Holland America Line. ĺ─˙This will appeal to more of the premium type of talent we want at our cruise line.ĺ─¨

Divided into five categories, the website provides a brief overview of each genre of entertainment with subdivisions for specific positions. Current job openings are listed under the application section while company and destination information are available through links at the bottom of the website.

With a creative team winning more Tony, Emmy, Grammy and Oscar nominations than any other cruise line, Holland America Lineĺ─˘s entertainment department engages performers and other talent from two days to a renewing four-month contract. For more information, visit


Nov 25: Classical Recording Foundation 2008 Awards in New York at Carnegie Hall

Classical Recording Foundation Announces 2008 Award Winners

Seventh Annual Awards Ceremony & Benefit

Tuesday, November 25 at 8 pm

Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall

57th Street & 7th Avenue, NYC

Paul Chihara

CRF Composer of the Year

for Paul Chihara (Bridge 9267)

Anne-Marie McDermott, piano

Classical Recording Foundation Award

for George Gershwin: Complete Music for Piano & Orchestra

(Bridge 9252) with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; Justin Brown, conductor

Paula Robison, flute

Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award

for Places of the Spirit: The Holy Land (Picker Gallery ISBN: 1-879985-19-5)

Mikhail Simonyan, violin

CRF Young Artist of the Year

for Prokofiev Sonatas for Violin and Piano (Delos 3385)

What: Classical Recording Foundation 2008 Awards Ceremony & Benefit

Program: Performances by pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, flutist Paula Robinson,

violinist Mikhail Simonyan, and the Claremont Trio performing Paul Chihara's Ain't No Sunshine

When: Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at 8 pm

Where: Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall (57th Street & 7th Avenue, NYC)

Tickets & Information: $75 donation (Award Ceremony only) and $200+ donation (Award Ceremony and Reception). Call 914.738.8754 or visit

Praise for the Classical Recording Foundation:

"The Classical Recording Foundation (is) devoted to the proposition that posterity is despoiled when artists are

denied the chance to record their own interpretations of certain repertoire." ĺ─ý The New Yorker

October 22, 2008 ĺ─ţNew York, NYĺ─ţThe Classical Recording Foundation (CRF) is pleased to announce the 2008 winners of its annual Classical Recording Foundation Awards ĺ─ý Paul Chihara, CRF Composer of the Year; pianist Anne-Marie McDermott, CRF Award; flutist Paula Robison, Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award; and Mikhail Simonyan, CRF Young Artist of the Year. The awards will be presented at the Foundation's Seventh Annual Awards Ceremony at 8:00 pm on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall (57th Street & 7th Avenue, NYC). A benefit reception will follow.

The ceremony, for which the public may purchase tickets, will feature performances by the award winners, with the Claremont Trio (Emily Bruskin, violin; Julia Bruskin, 'cello; Donna Kwong, piano) performing Paul Chihara's Ain't No Sunshine. Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott will play Gershwin's Piano Preludes. Flutist Paula Robison (collaborating with violinist Adam Abeshouse, pianist Steve Beck, and guitarist Fred Hand) will present a range of music from Places of the Spirit: The Holy Land. A trip to Jerusalem with painter Jim Schantz including Shall We Gather at the River, The King of Love My Shepherd Is, plus the New York premiere of Blue by Bruce Stark. Violinist Mikhail Simonyan will perform Prokofiev's Violin Sonata No 2.

Paul Chihara, the CRF Composer of the Year, will be honored for his self-titled Bridge Records release. The album features his trio Ain't No Sunshine (2006) for piano, violin and 'cello; Piano Quintet ("La Foce") (2007); Minidoka (1996) for clarinet, viola, harp and percussion; and his orchestral work An Afternoon on the Perfume River (2002). Los Angeles Times critic Mark Swed writes: "It is almost easier to think of Paul Chihara as several different composers. There is the Chihara whose sensitivity to exquisite instrumental color has made him a favorite with such performers as conductor Seiji Ozawa and the Sequoia String Quartet. There is, however, a strong theatrical side to Chihara which expresses itself in works for dance, musical theater and film. And there is Chihara's love for American popular music of the 30s and 40s." Many of these traits are evident in this panoramic survey of Paul Chihara's recent chamber and orchestral music: The piano trio Ain't No Sunshine is based on a blues ballad; Piano Quintet is based on an Italian WWII diary; Minidoka is based on Chihara's memories of his childhood years spent at the American WWII camp for Japanese Americans, Minidoka; and An Afternoon on the Perfume River, commissioned by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, takes its title from a poem by a North Vietnamese poet.

Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott will receive the CRF Award for her recent release, George Gershwin: Complete Music for Piano & Orchestra, a collaboration with conductor Justin Brown and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. David Patrick Stearns of The Philadelphia Inquirer writes that in the recording, "McDermott finds little worlds of meaning in every phrase," while All Music Guide notes that "McDermott is simply awesome," and that the album is "outstanding in every respect." The disc was chosen as an Editor's Choice by Gramophone, and in an October 2008 review, the magazine noted that the performances "fly off the page with verve and confidence, rhythmic precision and real style."

The recipient of the Samuel Sanders Collaborative Artist Award is flutist Paula Robison. She receives the honor in support of her Places of the Spirit: The Holy Land. A trip to Jerusalem with painter Jim Schantz, a book of images and CD of music inspired by her spring 2005 journey. It was released by Boston's Pucker Gallery in April 2008. Ms. Robison is "a rare artist who can make the flute sound both sensuous and classically pure . . . an absolute wonder," according to The New York Times. One of her favorite continuing projects is With Art, collaborations with visual artists in unusual spaces.

The 2008 winner of the CRF Young Artist of the Year Award is violinist Mikhail Simonyan. He receives the award for his debut recording of the Prokofiev Sonatas for Violin and Piano, with Alexei Podkorytov, to be released by Delos in January 2009. The Miami Herald declared, "Mikhail Simonyan . . . played with the poise, perfection and inner burning fire of a master like David Oistrakh ĺ─ý in his prime on a good night." Performing and recording both Prokofiev Violin Sonatas is an undertaking near and dear to Mr. Simonyan's heart. He worked intensely on this repertoire with his mentor, violinist Victor Danchenko, a student of the great David Oistrakh for whom both sonatas were written.

The Classical Recording Foundation applies the universal model of philanthropically-supported live concerts to the recording of new classical performances. Since 2002, when it was founded by Grammy Award winning producer Adam Abeshouse, it has supported more than 20 new recordings. Each Award is tied to a fund administered by the Foundation and the participating record company, to accomplish the tasks of recording and promoting the awardee's recording project. The Award selection process begins with nominations by internationally renowned artists and scholars. Nominees are considered by an anonymous Grant Award Committee, which annually decides on the recipients and Award amounts. Criteria for Classical Recording Foundation Awards include artistic merit of the project, historic significance, strategic value to the artist's career, and breadth of interest.

2008 has been an exciting year for the Classical Recording Foundation and its award recipients from previous years. Pianist Simone Dinnerstein, who was honored in 2006 and 2007, recently received the prestigious Diapason D'or Award for her Bach Goldberg Variations recording. Cellist Zuill Bailey, also honored in 2006 and 2007, signed an exclusive record contract with Telarc, and will soon be releasing a recording of the Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich Cello Concerti, supported by CRF with the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra. Last year's CRF Composer of the Year, Justin Dello Joio, has been commissioned to write a piano concerto for Garrick Ohlsson. CRF, in collaboration with Bridge records, received its first Latin Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary Composition for Barcelonazo, music for orchestra by Jorge Liderman. The Foundation was fortunate to receive a Copland Grant that provided partial funding of this recording. In 2008, CRF was awarded three Aaron Copland Grants, an Argosy Grant, and received continued support from the National Endowment for the Arts for its work on a new DVD release about eminent American composer George Crumb.

Artists who have benefited from CRF's support in previous years include the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio, the Kalish-Krosnick Duo, St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Anne-Marie McDermott, Benita Valente, The Juilliard String Quartet, Andres Dłéaz, Judith Gordon, George Crumb, the Harmonie Ensemble, Paul Moravec, Inon Barnatan, Stephen Jaffe, Benjamin Verdery, Giora Schmidt, Rohan De Silva, Simone Dinnerstein, Zuill Bailey, The Daedalus String Quartet, Michael Harrison, Vassily Primakov, Justin Dello Joio, and Richard Wernick.

CRF does not benefit from record sales or royalties, and depends entirely on support from generous individuals and corporations, as well as merit-based grants from public and private sources. The Classical Recording Foundation gives American classical artists means to record music about which they are passionate.

Classical Recording Foundation Board Members include Robert W. Jones; Dr. Julius H. Jacobson II, MD; Neil Yelsey,; Dimitri Sogoloff; and Adam Abeshouse, producer. The proceeds from the 2008 Classical Recording Foundation Award Ceremony and Benefit will go toward making the 2009 Awards possible.

Labels: , ,

November at The RCM

The Royal Concert Season 08.09
Features an Expanded Program of Spectacular Performances

This fall, The Royal Conservatory (RCM) returned home to the spectacular new TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning! With its beautifully restored Ihnatowycz Hall, gorgeous concert venues, state-of-the-art technology, and academic spaces, the new Centre will expand the global reach of the RCM's innovative programs and allow for Canada's greatest artists and emerging performers to be showcased in exciting new ways.

Designed as a musical celebration of the Conservatory's return home, The Royal Concert Season features a greatly expanded Great Artists Series, World Music Concerts, Royal Conservatory Orchestra series, Rising Stars Series, and the free Master Class Series, featuring performances of opera, orchestral and chamber music, and recitals.

"This concert season heralds a new era in our history, as we open our spectacular new home," said Dr. Peter Simon, President of The Royal Conservatory of Music. "It reflects our legacy of diversity, artistry and excellence, and is a terrific opportunity to experience performances by our accomplished students - the next generation of Canadian talent - as well as our extraordinary faculty and acclaimed guest artists."

In November, cross cultural borders and discover the RCM's World Music Concerts. George Gao, pioneer of new music for the erhu, often referred to as a "Chinese fiddle", will play on November 6, and Aditya Verma, a charismatic young sarod player, (the sarod is a stringed musical instrument, used mainly in Indian classical music) will appear on November 20.

The Great Artists Series, which opened in September with a sold out inaugural concert conducted by Maestro Mario Bernardi, continues with ARC (Artists of the Royal Conservatory) on November 7 with a very special concert, Music in Exile, featuring the music of composers who resisted the Nazi regime. Martin Beaver, First Violin of the Tokyo String Quartet, and pianist Li Wang will present a program of Beethoven, Brahms, Bach, and Prokofiev on November 14. And, Juno award-winner, harpist Judy Loman, and Principal Flute of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Nora Schulman, will charm audiences with a showcase of stunning works on November 23.

One of the best kept secrets at the RCM are the free concerts and events, and November is full of them! On November 12 students of the Vocal Department of the Glenn Gould School will be featured in a GGS Vocal Showcase. The Master Class Series, which offers audience members a unique opportunity to observe great artists in the process of teaching young musicians, as well as a glimpse into the personalities of these extraordinary musicians, is an experience not to be missed. The following internationally acclaimed artists will be conducting master classes: Martin Beaver (violin) on November 13, Michael Mermagen (cello) on November 14, Marc Durand (piano) on November 21, Mimi Zweig (violin) on November 28, and finally Stuart Hamilton (voice)
also on November 28.

November also sees the first of a free 5-part lecture series given by the internationally renowned Beethoven interpreter, pianist Anton Kuerti. Each of his 90-minute lecture-demonstrations will be dedicated to one of the five Beethoven Piano Concertos. The first lecture takes place on Friday, November 28 at 2pm.

Capping the music-filled month of November is the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, one of North America's finest training ensembles, who will perform on November 20, conducted by Yoav Talmi and featuring 2006 GGS Concerto Competition winner Sonia Sielaff (clarinet). The program will include Mahler, Strauss, and Neilsen's Clarinet Concerto.

Since it was founded in 1886, The Royal Conservatory has been a leader in music and arts education, and has played a central role in developing a uniquely Canadian culture. Today, the RCM continues to cultivate the next Glenn Gould, Oscar Peterson, and Teresa Stratas.

George Gao, erhu (World Music Concerts): Thursday, November 6 at 7:30pm
ARC Music in Exile (Great Artists Series): Friday, November 7 at 8pm
Students of the GGS Vocal Department (GGS Vocal Showcase): Wed, November 12 at 8pm*
Martin Beaver, violin (GGS Master Class Series): Thursday, November 13 at 6pm*
Michael Mermagen, cello (GGS Master Class Series): Friday, November 14 at 10am and 5pm*
Martin Beaver, violin, and Li Wang, piano (Great Artists Series): Friday, November 14 at 8pm
Aditya Verma, sarod (World Music Concerts): Thursday, November 20 at 7:30pm
Yoav Talmi, conductor, and Sonia Sielaff, clarinet (Royal Conservatory Orchestra):
Thursday, November 20 at 8pm
Marc Durand, piano (GGS Master Class Series): Friday, November 21 time TBA*
Judy Loman, harp, and Nora Schulman, flute (Great Artists Series): Sunday, November 23 at 2pm
Mimi Zweig, violin (GGS Master Class Series): Friday, November 28 time TBA*
Anton Kuerti, piano (GGS Lecture Series): Friday, November 28 2pm*
Stuart Hamilton, voice (GGS Master Class Series): Friday, November 28 time TBA*
Tickets $20.00 - $30.00, students $10
Tickets available online at, by calling 416-408-2824 X321,
or at the door at the RCM, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto
* Free event

All events, except for the Royal Conservatory Orchestra, will take place at the Conservatory's new home, the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor Street West.

The Royal Conservatory Orchestra performs at the George Weston Recital Hall at the Toronto Centre for the Arts. For tickets visit or call 416.872.1111.

More information about the 2008-2009 Concert Season is available on The Royal Conservatory website at

Labels: , ,

Le Cinłęma Ex-Centris accueille Dominic Champagne et Adrian Willis!





Montrłęal, le mercredi 22 octobre 2008 ĺ─ţ Pour souligner la sortie en salle du documentaire ALL TOGETHER NOW, du rłęalisateur canadien Adrian Wills, une rencontre exceptionnelle sera offerte au grand public le vendredi 24 octobre aprł«s la słęance de 19h30 au Cinłęma Ex-Centris (3536 boul. St-Laurent). Les cinłęphiles sont invitłęs łŢ assister łŢ une rencontre unique. Au menu : la prłęsentation du film All Together Now suivi d'une discussion avec le rłęalisateur Adrian Wills et Dominic Champagne, qui a conł▀u et mis en scł«ne Č┤ Love Ȭ, le plus rłęcent spectacle permanent du Cirque du Soleil łŢ Las Vegas!

Les cinłęphiles sont invitłęs łŢ acheter dł«s maintenant leur billets pour assister łŢ cette activitłę prłęsentłęe exclusivement le vendredi 24 octobre łŢ la słęance de 19h30! En vente łŢ la billetterie d'Ex-Centris situłęe au 3536 boul. St-Laurent. Le film prend l'affiche au Cinłęma Ex-Centris dł«s le 24 octobre en version originale anglaise avec sous-titres franł▀ais.

Vibrez au rythme de All Together Now qui nous fait revivre la fascinante aventure de la rencontre entre les Beatles et le Cirque du Soleil autour de la crłęation de Č┤ LOVE Ȭ, le spectacle toujours couru de l'hłątel The Mirage łŢ Las Vegas, et de l'album łęponyme rłęcipiendaire de deux Grammy. Ce jeune rłęalisateur ayant dłęjłŢ plusieurs making of du Cirque łŢ son actif, amł«nera jusqu'łŢ vous l'histoire de cette collaboration mythique, avec tout ce qu'elle a de juteux et de croustillant. Dłęcouvrez comment George Harrison et Guy Lalibertłę ont transformłę une simple idłęe en une vaste entreprise artistique. Un voyage dans lequel on suit pas łŢ pas le spectacle, de sa crłęation łŢ la grande premił«re. Il met en vedette Paul McCartney, Ringo Star, Yoko Ono et Olivia Harrison de młüme que George et Giles Martin et les crłęateurs du Cirque.

Auteur, metteur en scł«ne et directeur artistique du Thłęłótre Il va sans dire, Dominic Champagne a łęcrit et mis en scł«ne une dizaine de crłęations, dont Vacarme, Cabaret perdu (collectif), La caverne, L'Asile, Don Quichotte (avec Wajdi Mouawad), Korsakov, Lolita et Cabaret neiges noires (en collaboration). Mentionnons łęgalement son adaptation de L'Odyssłęe, d'aprł«s Homł«re, avec Alexis Martin, qu'il a remarquablement mis en scł«ne. Pour le Cirque du Soleil, il a mis en scł«ne le magnifique spectacle Varekai dont les reprłęsentations en tournłęe nord-amłęricaine ravissent le public et recueillent les łęloges de la critique. Puis, en collaboration avec Renłę Richard Cyr, il a fait la conception et la mise en scł«ne de Zumanity avant de travailler, seul cette fois, łŢ la conception et la mise en scł«ne de Love, le plus rłęcent spectacle permanent du Cirque du Soleil łŢ Las Vegas. Il oeuvre prłęsentement łŢ la prłęparation de nouveaux spectacles dont Paradis perdu, en collaboration avec le biologiste et cinłęaste, Jean Lemire.

Informations pour le grand public : (514) 847-2206 ou

Labels: , ,

Prochains concerts en Novembre

Communiqułę - Press release

Prochains concerts en novembre

Montrłęal, le 22 octobre 2008 ĺ─ţ Lĺ─˘Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montrłęal annonce un automne vibrant, une saison festive et commłęmorative; une 25e saison concoctłęe par Maestro Yuli Turovsky. Tout dĺ─˘abord, pour le premier concert de novembre, Au commencementĺ─Â une soirłęe łęvoquant les dłębuts de lĺ─˘orchestre. Puis, place aux dłęcouvertes avec łÔtoiles du futur, un concert regroupant de trł«s jeunes solistes du Qułębec et de lĺ─˘Ontario. Et pour le dernier concert du mois, la fabuleuse Kim Yaroshevskaya racontera Des błütes pas si błütes, des contes musicaux irrłęsistibles pour les petits et grands.



Mercredi 5 novembre 2008, 20 h, salle Pollack
Au commencementĺ─ en 1983. Retour aux sources, brin de nostalgie et clin dĺ─˘ëýil vers le passłę. Afin dĺ─˘łęvoquer les dłębuts de lĺ─˘ensemble, I Musici interprłętera łŢ nouveau les premił«res ëýuvres de son rłępertoire et les trł«s łŢ propos Variations sur Happy Birthday de Peter Heidrich. Au programme de la soirłęe, entre autres, les Concerti grossi de HłÂndel qui comptent parmi les ëýuvres les plus rłęussies en matił«re de musique instrumentale. Rappelons que Lĺ─˘Orchestre I Musici a reł▀u une Rosette du Penguin Guide, en 1992, pour son enregistrement de ces Concerti grossi attribuant łŢ cette version la cote dĺ─˘enregistrement de rłęfłęrence.
Direction : Yuli Turovsky


Jeudi et vendredi 13 et 14 novembre 2008, 11 h et 17 h 45, salle Tudor du magasin Ogilvy

Pour une troisił«me annłęe consłęcutive, Maestro Yuli Turovsky nous prłęsente quelques musiciens de la trł«s jeune relł«ve. Des solistes laurłęats de nombreux prix, łógłęs de quinze ans et moins, et qui assument dłęjłŢ une jeune notoriłętłę dans le paysage musical. Le moment fort du programme sera sans conteste la prestation de Juan Sebastłéan Blanco, un jeune harpiste łętudiant au Conservatorio de la Universidad Nacional en Colombie. Maestro Yuli Turovsky rencontra, en janvier dernier, le jeune virtuose łŢ lĺ─˘occasion du Festival international de musique de Carthagł«ne de 2008 lors des prestations de Lĺ─˘Orchestre I Musici.
Solistes : Juan Sebastłéan Blanco, harpe (15 ans)
Kerson Leong, violon (11 ans)
Stanley Leong, violoncelle (13 ans)
Bryan Chen, violoncelle (11 ans)
Direction : Yuli Turovsky et Stłęphane Tłętreault (15 ans)


Č┤ Il existe une fłęe au Qułębec, łŢ la voix dĺ─˘ange, Kim Yaroshevskaya (ĺ─Â) Cĺ─˘est notre matriochka nationale, celle qui nous offre sur fond de tradition russe, des ëýufs de Płóques finement ciselłęs. Ce sont des bijoux dĺ─˘invention racontłęs par notre Comtesse de Słęgur łŢ la beautłę impłęriale, qui a su adapter nos rłüves aux siens, par la langue et par la sensibilitłę. Ȭ
Jacques Hłętu, ResMusica, 2006

Dimanche 16 novembre 2008, 14 h 30, salle Tudor du magasin Ogilvy
łÔlaborłęe selon une approche multidisciplinaire ĺ─ţ chaque concert interpelle une discipline artistique diffłęrente ĺ─ţ la słęrie Piccoli suscite lĺ─˘łęveil musical chez les enfants de cinq ans et plus. Pour ce second concert de la słęrie, la conteuse notoire Kim Yaroshevskaya racontera pour notre plus grand plaisir quelques histoires de błütes. Ces dernił«res annłęes, Kim Yaroshevskaya a participłę łŢ divers projets musicaux. En plus dĺ─˘avoir enregistrłę plusieurs histoires de błütes que lĺ─˘auteure dłęsigne de Č┤ contes philosophiques Ȭ, la comłędienne a collaborłę łŢ plusieurs crłęations musicales des Musici.
Direction : Airat Ichmouratov
Animatrice et conceptrice de la słęrie : Suzanne De Serres

2008-2009 : 25e saison de lĺ─˘Orchestre I Musici
Pour connałĂtre la programmation ou encore pour se procurer la brochure de saison, communiquez avec notre service łŢ la clientł«le, par tłęlłęphone au 514 982-6038 ou par courriel łŢ lĺ─˘adresse Pour łütre au fait des dernił«res nouvelles de lĺ─˘Orchestre, visitez notre site Internet :

Concerts in November

Montrłęal, October 22, 2008 ĺ─ţ Lĺ─˘Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montrłęal begins a vibrant autumn with a touch of festivities and memories ĺ─ý and a 25th anniversary season concocted by Maestro Yuli Turovsky. First of all, In the Beginningĺ─Â an evening that will evoke memories of the orchestraĺ─˘s first concerts. Then the spotlight turns on the Stars of the Future, a concert in which young soloists from Quebec and Ontario will be featured along with a special young guest from Columbia. And, as always, young people will not be overlooked with our popular Piccoli Series.

Č┤ I Musici de Montrłęal propose another smashing season. Ȭ
Entertainment Spotlight, CTV, October, 2008


Wednesday November 5, 2008, 8 pm in Pollack Hall

In the beginningĺ─ in 1983. A return to the source, a touch of nostalgia and a nod to the past. To evoke the very beginnings of the ensemble, I Musici will perform the first works of its repertoire along with the very clever, amusing and łŢ propos Variations on Happy Birthday by Peter Heidrich. Included in the program are Handelĺ─˘s Concerti grossi, some of the greatest instrumental works ever written for orchestra. I Musici received a Rosette from the Penguin Guide in 1992 and named the Concerti grossi on the recording as a reference for these works. Maestro Turovskyĺ─˘s important connection to the world of Shostakovitch has also been a feature of I Musiciĺ─˘s repertoire from the very beginning.
Conductor : Yuli Turovsky


Thursday and Friday, November 13 and 14, 11 am and 5:45 pm, Ogilvy Tudor Hall

For the third consecutive year, Maestro Yuli Turovsky presents several up and coming but very young musicians. The soloists have already won many prizes and are all 15 years old or younger. Many are already making a mark in the musical world and, without a doubt, one of the highlights of the program will be Juan Sebastłéan Blanco, a young harpist studying at the Conservatorio de la Universdad Nacional in Colombia. Last January, Maestro Yuli Turovsky met this young virtuoso during the Cartagena International Music Festival to which I Musici was invited in 2008.
Soloist s: Juan Sebastłéan Blanco, harp (15 years)
Kerson Leong, violin (11 years)
Stanley Leong, cello (13 years)
Bryan Chen, cello (11 years)
Conductors: Yuli Turovsky and Stłęphane Tłętreault (15 years)


Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 2:30 pm, Ogilvy Tudor Hall
Created as a multidisciplinary approach (each concert calls upon a different artistic discipline) the Piccoli Series awakens the musical curiosity of children from five years old and up. For the second concert of the series, one of Quebecĺ─˘s most beloved story tellers, Kim Yaroshevskaya will tell us delightful stories about various creatures. Over the last several years Kim Yaroshevskaya has participated in many musical projects. As well as recording numerous stories about animals, which the author has called ĺ─˙philosophical storiesĺ─¨, she has also collaborated in several musical creations with I Musici.

Conductor: Airat Ichmouratov
Host and series concept: Suzanne De Serres

2008-2009: 25th Season of lĺ─˘Orchestre I Musici
To know our program or to receive a season brochure, telephone client services at 514 982-6038 or write by e-mail at To learn all the latest news on the orchestra, visit our web site at .

Partenaires de la Saison - Season Partners

Labels: ,

Spectacles łŢ L'Intendant

Mardi 22 OCTOBRE 2008




Cette semAINE

Poł«mes et chansons en franł▀ais, crłęole, espagnol et italien

Samedi 25 octobre 20 hrs

Avec la participation de Jeannot Turcotte (piano) et de Jean-Michel Borgeat (guitare)
Invitłęe spłęciale : Patricia Morasse (du groupe Melao)
Le voici de retour łŢ L'Intendant, celui que les critiques prłęsentent tour łŢ tour comme
Č┤un poł«te hypnotisantȬ , Č┤une voix qui envoł¬teȬ , Č┤l'homme qui a le don des motsȬ !
Poł«te et auteur d'une vingtaine d'ouvrages publiłęs au Qułębec et en France (połęsie, romans, nouvelles et dictionnaires spłęcialisłęs), ALIX RENAUD figure dans plusieurs anthologies et ouvrages de rłęfłęrence tels que l'Anthologie Połęsie vivante, le Dictionnaire des łęcrivains qułębłęcois, le Dictionnaire des ëýuvres littłęraires, pour ne citer que ceux-lłŢ. Diseur, il se produit sur scł«ne depuis de nombreuses annłęes, au pays comme łŢ l'łętranger (rłęcitals de poł«mes et de chansons en franł▀ais, crłęole, espagnol et italien). Laurłęat du prix Charles-Biddle 2007 (Prix qułębłęcois de la citoyennetłę).
ALIX RENAUD vous convie une fois de plus łŢ l'un de ces petits tours du monde dont il a le secret. Son nouveau spectacle aborde sous tous les angles ce moteur affectif qu'on appelle le dłęsir et se veut, comme les prłęcłędents, un hommage łŢ diffłęrents auteurs d'hier et d'aujourd'hui, d'Europe et des Amłęriques.

Site de l'artiste :


Gilles Roucaute et Franł▀ois Verguet
Vendredi 7 novembre 20h

Gilles Roucaute est nłę łŢ Montrłęal. Il grandit łŢ Marseille.
A Brest, Poznan (Pologne), Marseille, Annecy ou Paris, il est successivement ingłęnieur tłęlłęcoms, intervenant en milieu carcłęral, animateur associatif et directeur de service łęducatif. Il se dłęcide łŢ proposer ses nombreuses chansons sur scł«ne en 2001.
Roucaute a donnłę plus de 200 concerts, tous spectacles confondus.

Pour plus d'infos sur Gilles Roucaute:

Č┤ Franł▀ois Verguet n'est pas un guitariste. Il est mieux que ł▀a : un musicien qui joue de la guitare et sert les projets auxquels il se dłędie avec une virtuositłę discrł«te et une grande humilitłę. Et voilłŢ que ces qualitłęs se font chanson. Des chansons de dłębutant-en-łęcriture łętonnantes de maturitłę, de justesse et de sensibilitłę. Qui nous touchent łŢ coeur, comme le faisait dłęjłŢ sa musique. Avec lui sur scł«ne, il a trouvłę mieux que des accompagnateurs ; des complices, des frł«res d'łętat-civil et de voyage, des amis de musique. Ca groove comme du rock, ł▀a nous łęmeut comme de la chanson. C'est du Franł▀ois Verguet. Ȭ
Gilles Roucaute

Pour plus d'infos sur Franł▀ois Verguet:

Pour qui : Paroliers, Auteurs compositeurs.
Mercredi 12 novembre, Mercredi 10 dłęcembre,
Mercredi 14 janvier 2009, Mercredi 11 fłęvrier 2009
De 19h00 łŢ 22h00
Coł¬t : Membre de la SPACQ* Gratuit
Non-membre: 30$ pour les quatre ateliers
*Sociłętłę professionnelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Qułębec

Rencontres mensuelles abordant des approches variłęes en matił«re de processus crłęatif.
Tantłąt basłęe sur l'exploration et les jeux d'łęcriture, tantłąt sur les contraintes et la structure, chaque rencontre abordera un angle ou un thł«me distinctif. L'animateur (ou un invitłę) ouvrira la rencontre avec un bref exposłę sur un aspect du travail crłęatif, pour ensuite dłępayser nos imaginaires au moyen d'exercices dłęclencheurs.
Invitłę : Alain Massłę (sera prłęsent łŢ l'une des quatre rencontres, date łŢ dłęterminer)
Nombre d'ateliers: 4 soirłęes - 1 par mois. Modalitłę d'inscription : Par courriel łŢ
Bien y indiquer le titre de la formation łŢ laquelle vous dłęsirez participer.
Premier arrivłę, premier servi.
PLACES LIMITłÔES : 12 participants.
site internet de la SPACQ

Alexandre Belliard Pił«ge łŢ con et Demainĺ─Âla peur
Vendredi 21 novembre 20 hrs

Alexandre est de retour łŢ L'Intendant pour prłęsenter les pił«ces de ses albums, ainsi que des textes de son recueil de połęsie Č«Tu cours aprł«s les pigeonsČ« paru en mars dernier.
En primeurĺ─Â. Quelques chansons de son album łŢ venir!!!

Site officiel:
Son myspace:

Josianne Paradis
jeudi 27 novembre 20 h
vendredi 28 novembre 20 h
Prix des billets :
1 entrłęe : 12$,
1 entrłęe + 1 CD : 20$
1 entrłęe + 2 CD : 30$

Le 3 septembre 2008, Josianne Paradis lanł▀ait son 1er album, łęponyme, devant 300 journalistes, fans et amis au Lion d'or, łŢ Montrłęal. Salułę par la critique et le public, le CD se tient en palmarł«s chez les disquaires et tourne de plus en plus. La premił«re montrłęalaise du concert a lieu le 15 novembre dans le cadre de Coup de coeur francophone. Puis, deux soirs łŢ Qułębec et ... bientłąt chez vous !
En scł«ne, l'auteure-compositeure laurłęate de Petite-Vallłęe propose une chanson pop sans fond de teint -- elle et son band forme un quartet du tonnerre ! L'invitation : paroles et musiques d'une fille allumłęe et rieuse qui se colletaille avec la vie, sourire aux lł«vres et cëýur dans la main. Josianne, c'est comme des feux de Bengale un soir de fłüte : lumineux et płętillant ! Les textes : tendresse et humour dans un style frais, vrai, qui fait du bien!
Avec ses musiciens: Benoit Paradis, trombone/trompette et percussions Yannick Parent, batterie Maxime Rouleau, guitares et basse

Une belle soirłęe pour dłęcouvrir ou redłęcouvrir l'univers musical de Josianne Paradis.

site officiel:
son myspace:



Osmosałěc en premiere partie
Yume en deuxieme partie
samedi 29 novembre 20h

La musique d'Osmosałěc se situe quelque part entre la chanson et le folk aux accents progressifs, celtiques et młędiłęvaux. Le duo propose un univers oł╝ s'entrelacent guitares acoustiques et riches harmonies vocales.
Site officiel:
Leur myspace :

Yume nous ouvre la porte d'un rłüve qui puise son inspiration au coeur d'un quotidien vłęcu au Qułębec et au Japon. De Montrłęal łŢ Kyoto, en passant par le toit de l'ałęroport de Kobe, ils ont visitłę plusieurs scł«nes inłędites et toujours chaleureuses.
Cette fois, c'est łŢ Qułębec que le duo renouvelle le plaisir en nous invitant łŢ venir
partager leur rłępertoire d'ici et d'ailleurs
Site officiel:

Cinłę-Kid, de retour dł«s le 2 novembre au Cinłęma Ex-Centris!

Cinłę-Kid, le grand łęcran des petits et grands

De retour dł«s le 2 novembre au cinłęma Ex-Centris

franz et le chef d'orchestre (uzi et lotta geffenblad)

la reine soleil (philippe leclerc)

la vłęritable histoire du pł«re nołŃ l (juha wuolijoki)

le bal des lucioles et autres courts (dace riduze, marie brinkmanis, eval lacis)

la traversłęe du temps (mamoru hosoda)

max minsky et moi (anna justice) - FIlm SURPRISE!

Montrłęal, le mercredi 22 octobre 2008 ĺ─ţ Initiation łŢ la dłęcouverte du 7e Art, Cinłę-Kid, le grand łęcran des petits et grands, prłęsentłę au Cinłęma Ex-Centris, est le rendez-vous des cinłęphiles en herbe. Ce rendez-vous cinłęmatographique jeune public et familiale est un łęvłęnement incontournable prłęsentłę les dimanches dł«s le 2 novembre. Pensłę et conł▀u pour les enfants et adolescents de 3 łŢ 15 ans, Cinłę-Kid s'adresse bien sł¬r łŢ toutes les głęnłęrations d'amateurs de cinłęma, se voulant avant tout un moment ludique, qui crłęe un contexte favorable łŢ la dłęcouverte et łŢ la sensibilisation łŢ un cinłęma diffłęrent de l'offre commerciale habituelle. Pour l'annłęe 2008-2009, ce sont sept films qu'auront łŢ dłęcouvrir les cinłęphiles, petits et grands. Alertez les voisins, amenez grand-mł«re chez le coiffeur, habillez les enfants, les dimanches en famille seront dłęsormais le clou de la semaine! La saison 2008-2009 est prłęsentłęe en collaboration avec le journal Młętro qui s'associe fił«rement łŢ Cinłę-Kid pour une troisił«me annłęe consłęcutive.


ł─ la demande głęnłęrale, la Carte-famille permettant de profiter de trois (3) słęances au choix de la programmation Cinłę-Kid 2008-2009, valide pour trois (3) personnes łŢ la fois, sera mise en vente dł«s le 31 octobre. Coł¬t exceptionnel de 50 $ taxes incluses, une łęconomie de plus de 20 % sur le prix des billets achetłęs individuellement!

Franz et le chef d'orchestre (dł«s 4 ans)

Les dimanches 2, 9 et 16 novembre łŢ 13h

Franz accompagne son pł«re chef d'orchestre łŢ une colonie musicale d'łętłę. Il aimerait jouer d'un instrument mais il est encore trop petit. C'est pourtant lui qui, pour sauver le concert, viendra au secours du soliste victime de la młęchancetłę des autres enfants. En musique, les histoires vont se nouer autour de ce trio en passant du rire aux larmes. Cette courte histoire de tolłęrance, sans violence, sans trop d'action, mais frałĂche et joliment touchante devrait łęmouvoir les chłęrubins les plus curieux. Un film d'animation de Uzi et Lotta Geffenblad. Prłęsentłę en version franł▀aise. Durłęe : 46 minutes.

La Reine Soleil (dł«s 8 ans)

Les dimanches 23, 30 novembre + 7 dłęcembre łŢ 13h

La Reine Soleil est un long młętrage d'animation franł▀ais librement inspirłę du roman de Christian Jacq. Le film met en scł«ne le voyage initiatique de la jeune Akhesa, ravissante princesse de 14 ans, fille du pharaon Akhenaton. L'adolescente est dłęcidłęe łŢ dłęcouvrir pourquoi sa mł«re, la reine Nefertiti, est en exil sur l'łĂle Elłęphantine. Avec le jeune prince Thout, elle fuit et dłęcouvre un complot visant son pł«re. Avec leur innocence comme seule arme, Akhesa et Thout surmonteront de nombreuses łępreuves et connałĂtront ensemble un destin extraordinaire. Une aventure historique et pleine de dangers. Un film de Philippe Leclerc prłęsentłę en version franł▀aise. Durłęe : 77 minutes.

La vłÔritable histoire du PłÓre Noł┤l (dł«s 6 ans)

Le 14 dłęcembre + 21 dłęcembre au 4 janvier łŢ 13h

Qui n'a jamais rłüvłę de vouloir connałĂtre la vraie histoire du Pł«re Noł┤lĺ─ La voici !

Il łętait une fois en Laponie, un petit garł▀on nommłę Nikolas. ł─ la veille de Noł┤l, il perd sa famille dans un tragique accident. Les villageois dłęcident de s'occuper du petit orphelin łŢ tour de rłąle. Pour les remercier, Nikolas fabrique des jouets pour les enfants du village. ł─ treize ans, il est envoyłę chez un vieux charpentier grincheux pour qui il travaille. Avec le temps, apporter des jouets le matin de Noł┤l est devenu une tradition mais, un jour, ce beau projet est mis en płęril. Heureusement, Nikolas trouve une idłęe głęniale qui apportera la joie de Noł┤l łŢ tous les enfants et ce, encore aujourd'huiĺ─ Un film de Juha Wuolijoki prłęsentłę en version franł▀aise. Durłęe : 83 minutes.

Le bal des lucioles et autres courts (dł«s 3 ans)

Les dimanches 11, 18 et 25 janvier łŢ 13h

Le bal des lucioles et autres courts est idłęal pour faire ses premiers pas dans une salle de cinłęma et łęveillera les petits łŢ de nouvelles łęmotions et dłęcouvertes. Ces quatre (4) courts-młętrages nous racontent, avec beaucoup de fantaisie, les aventures de toutes sortes d'insectes qui vivent un peu comme des łütres humains. En effet, ils vont łŢ l'łęcole ou se promł«nent en famille. Rien de bien extravagant. Mais leur vie est tout de młüme bien colorłęe ! Surtout lorsque des lucioles dansent au clair de lune. Et que dire d'une petite chenille qui joue du violon pour appłóter l'ennemi ou d'une mouche qui porte une perruque et se met du rouge łŢ lł«vre ! Le bal des lucioles et autres courts sont de jolies variations sur la nature et le monde vivant qui s'y cache. Avec des inventions visuelles łętonnantes, des marionnettes attachantes et beaucoup d'humour, la vie quotidienne de cette faune invisible est dłęcrite pour le plus grand plaisir des petits et des grands. Des films d'animation rłęalisłęs par Dace Riduze, Marie Brinkmanis, Evald Lacis et prłęsentłęs en version franł▀aise. Durłęe : 42 minutes.

Max Minsky et moi (dł«s 11 ans)

Les dimanches 1er, 8 et 15 fłęvrier łŢ 13h

Ce long młętrage de fiction raconte l'histoire de Nelly, une petite Č┤ bolłęe Ȭ qui adore les livres et idolłótre le prince du Luxembourg, qui partage sa passion pour l'espace. Lorsqu'elle apprend que l'łęquipe de basket-ball de son łęcole se rendra au Luxembourg pour une compłętition, elle dłęcide de se joindre łŢ eux. Elle prend une entente avec Max, un as du basket de 16 ans : Nelly fait les devoirs de Max, qui, en łęchange, lui montre comment jouer au basket-ball. Un film de Anna Justice prłęsentłę en version franł▀aise. Durłęe : 94 minutes.

La traversłęe du temps (dł«s 10 ans)

Les dimanches 22 fłęvrier + 8 et 15 mars łŢ 13h

Semaine de relłóche : du 1er au 7 mars łŢ 13h

Tirłę du livre łęponyme de Yasutaka TsuTsui, La Traversłęe du temps a connu nombre d'adaptations au cinłęma ou łŢ la tłęlłęvision. Mamoru Hosoda (Digimon, the movie) situe son action dans l'łępoque contemporaine et livre un film moins nałěf qu'il n'y parałĂt. Makoto est une jeune lycłęenne comme les autres, absolument pas concernłęe par le temps qui passe! Jusqu'au jour oł╝ elle reł▀oit un don particulier : celui de pouvoir traverser le temps. Amłęliorer ses notes, aider des idylles naissantes, manger łŢ rłępłętition ses plats prłęfłęrłęs, tout devient alors possible pour Makoto. Jouer avec le temps est dangereux, un pouvoir qui permet de rłęaliser tous les fantasmes, mais qui confronte łŢ un problł«me insoluble : peut-on rłęellement changer le prłęsent en modifiant le passłę ? La Traversłęe du temps est un film riche de sens, et cinłęmatographiquement pertinent. Un film de Mamoru Hosoda prłęsentłę en version franł▀aise. Durłęe : 98 minutes.

Pour conclure la saison 2008-2009, l'łęquipe de programmation rłęserve aux jeunes cinłęphiles un film surprise qui sera dłęvoilłę en mars prochain. Gardez l'ëýil ouvert !

Les billets pour la programmation de Cinłę-Kid sont disponibles le jour młüme des słęances choisies łŢ la billetterie du Cinłęma Ex-Centris (3536 boul. St-Laurent). La programmation est disponible en format PDF au ou łŢ la billetterie d'Ex-Centris.

Tarif enfant : 6 $

Tarif adulte : 8 $

Informations pour le public : (514) 847-2206 ou le

Labels: , , ,

Next La Scena Musicale (November) and The Music Scene (Winter 2009)

[Version franł▀aise]

The deadline has been extended for advertising in La Scena Musicale's November issue (appearance: October 30). NEW DEADLINE: October 24 at noon. Upcoming in November we feature the Canadian countertenor Daniel Taylor and the winner of the International Organ Competition, plus many other featurs. This month's theme is Higher Education, which includes our 9th annual Guide, plus many related features.

Higher Education is also the theme of the Winter 2009 issue of The Music Scene Ontario, which will appear on November 12. The advertising deadline is October 31st.

Our 2008-2009 publishing schedule is now available: 4 issues of La SCENA and 6 issues of stand-alone La Scena Musicale (2 of these are national issues) plus 2 issues of The Music Scene Ontario. For more info on rates and production please visit for our 2008-2009 schedule or contact our sales department directly at 514-948-0509 or

Yours sincerely,

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


Upcoming Issue:

La Scena Musicale November 2008

  • Cover featuring Canadian countertenor Daniel Taylor
  • Our Higher Education Guide featuring Raffi Armenian of the Montreal Conservatory, Denise Lupien of McGill University, University of Montrłęal's innovative musicology program
  • Contination of our Puccini and Messiaen series
  • Bizet's The Pearl Fishers at the Montreal Opera: Interviews with Frłędłęric Chaslin and Karina Gauvin
  • An interview with the winner of the International Organ Competition (finals October 17th)
  • A follow up of our election analysis and the reverberations in arts, culture and music
  • and much more


Distribution (25,000 copies; 90% distribution by the first 7 to 10 days):

  • * 2000 copies: mailed to paying and non-paying subscribers (including the music and arts industry)
  • * 10,000 copies: home delivery to Montreal affluent neighbourhoods (Outremont, Westmount, Mount-Royal)
  • * 5000 copies: controlled circulation at cultural venues, record stores, etc. in Montreal
  • * 4000 copies: Music Schools targeting students and educators in Montreal and the province of Quebec.
  • * 2000 copies: Quebec City
  • * 2000 copies: newsstands in Quebec

Deadline for La Scena Musicale November 2008 Issue

  • October 24 at noon: display ads (info :
  • October 24: materials
  • October 30: distribution

The Music Scene Ontario: Winter 2009 Issue

Theme: Canadian and International Higher Education Guide

Circulation: 25,000 copies in Ontario (Toronto, Ottawa) and schools across Canada

  • Toronto: 16,000
  • Ottawa: 4,000
  • Schools across Canada: 3000
  • Mailing: 2,000

Appearance: November 12
Ad Deadline:
October 31
Artwork deadline:
November 3


Special Feature in the next La SCENA: Top 100 Movers and Shakers in the Arts

The Winter 2009 issue of La SCENA (December 1, 2008) will include a look at the 100 most influential people in the Arts in Quebec (creators, performers, administrators, philantrophists, etc). Nominate your candidate by emailing Deadline: November 7, 2008


Guides / Directories 2008-2009

La Scena Musicale has proven to be a leader in providing music and arts information. Visit for our list of guides for 2008-2009


New LSM Online Feature:

NEW: RSS Feeds for our news, blogs and Lebrecht Weekly:


Advertise with us and reach Canadaĺ─˘s most cultured consumers:

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

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

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

Readership Profile

  • 50,000 readers per issue
  • 225,000 readings per month, 675,000 readings for three-month issues
  • Affluent, educated, 35+, music and arts lovers including the desired Baby Boomers.
  • Music professionals and students

For more info on rates and production please visit or contact our sales department directly at 514-948-0509 or


PRINTING: Make Your Budget Work Smarter for You!

Let LSM help you secure more competitive prices for your printing needs (posters, flyers, pamphlets, programs, etcĺ─Â).

With over 15 years of experience sourcing marketing materials from printers across Canada, LSM can help you access the best available printing prices. Invest the money you save on better advertising ĺ─˛real estateĺ─˘ (larger ads and/or better ad positioning) in LSM through its varied media product offering.

SAVE on your printing needs and GAIN better advertising exposure!


Donations Requested:

La Scena Musicale/The Music Scene is a registered charity promoting music and the arts through three magazines and a website. We connect musicians/artists, the arts community and music/art lovers together through education and information. Help us continue our work with a donation (cash or goods) or by volunteering.

Please contact 514-948-2520 or

Donate at

Charitable tax no. 14199 6579 RR0001


Prochain La Scena Musicale (Novembre) et The Music Scene (Hiver)


Le numłęro de novembre 2008 de La Scena Musicale (thł«me : łętudes supłęrieures) va sortir le 30 octobre. La nouvelle date de tombłęe (publicitłę) est le 24 octobre łŢ midi.

Le numłęro d'hiver 2009 de The Music Scene Ontario (thł«me : łętudes supłęrieures) va sortir le 12 novembre. La date de tombłęe (publicitłę) est le 31 octobre.

Pour plus dĺ─˘information sur les tarifs et la production, voir notre calendrier 2008-2009 łŢ ou communiquer directement avec notre service des ventes au 514-948-0509 ou łŢ

Salutations cordiales,

Wah Keung Chan

łÔditeur et rłędacteur en chef fondateur
La Scena Musicale
The Music Scene


Dans le numłęro de novembre de La Scena Musicale :

  • Article-vedette sur le contre-tłęnor canadien Daniel Taylor
  • Notre guide sur les łętudes supłęrieures, avec Raffi Armenian, directeur du Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal, et Denise Lupien de lĺ─˘Universitłę McGill, et un article sur le programme innovateur en musicologie de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal
  • Suites de nos słęries sur Puccini et Messiaen
  • Les płücheurs de perles de Bizet łŢ l'Opłęra de Montrłęal: Une entrevue avec Frłędłęric Chaslin et Karina Gauvin
  • Une entrevue avec le laurłęat du Concours international dĺ─˘orgue (finales le 17 octobre)
  • La poursuite de notre analyse des łęlections et des rłępercussions sur les arts, la culture et la musique


  • łÔtudes supłęrieures (musique) : info
Distribution au Qułębec de La Scena Musicale (25 000 exemplaires ; 90 % distribułęe avant le 10 du mois)
  • 2000 exemplaires : envois aux abonnłęs et membres du milieu artistique
  • 4000 exemplaires : łęcoles de musique et d'arts pour faire un pont entre musiciens et artistes visuels
  • 2000 exemplaires : kiosques łŢ journaux łŢ travers la province de Qułębec (prix au dłętail : 5,35 $)
  • 10 000 exemplaires : dans les zones rłęsidentielles aisłęes incluant les arrondissements montrłęalais d'Outremont, Westmount, Mont-Royal, etc.
  • 2000 exemplaires : dans la ville de Qułębec par distribution directe lors de manifestations culturelles
  • 5000 exemplaires : en ville (Montrłęal)

La Scena Musicale : Novembre 2008

  • Thł«mes : łÔtudes supłęrieures
  • Sortie : 30 octobre
  • Date de tombłęe publicitaire : 23 octobre
  • Maquettes : 24 octobre


The Music Scene (Ontario) : Hiver 2009

  • Thł«mes : łÔtudes supłęrieures
  • Distribution de The Music Scene : Ontario : 25 000
  • 31 octobre : grandes annonces (info :
  • 3 novembre : maquettes
  • 12 novembre : distribution


Guides 2008-2009

La Scena Musicale est reconnue comme un chef de file dans lĺ─˘information sur la musique et les arts. Visiter pour notre liste de guides en 2008-2009


Nouveau łŢ LSM Online

Nouveau: services RSS. Visitez


Annoncez avec nous et joignez les consommateurs canadiens les plus friands de culture.

Vous voulez toucher une population aisłęe, informłęe et urbaine de 35 ans et plus, ou encore les musiciens et artistes professionnels ou łętudiants ?

La Scena Musicale vous invite chez 100 000 Canadiens parmi les plus instruits, avertis en matił«re de culture et de consommation. Nos lecteurs sont passionnłęs de musique, de danse, de thłęłótre, de cinłęma et dĺ─˘arts visuels, et ils sĺ─˘intłęressent łŢ la nourriture, la mode, la dłęcoration.

Nos revues renommłęes La Scena Musicale, La SCENA et The Music Scene publient des articles et critiques qui font rłęflłęchir. La Scena Musicale et La SCENA sont les seules publications bilingues łŢ Montrłęal consacrłęes łŢ la musique (classique, jazz et musiques du monde) et aux arts (danse, thłęłótre, cinłęma et arts visuels). En plus, notre calendrier culturel est le plus complet au Canada et assure des lectures rłępłętłęes (plus de 225 000 par mois). Distribułęes gratuitement dans certains foyers aisłęs (100 000 $ +), nos publications tiennent leur promesse. Nous sommes lus, et lus souvent.


  • 50 000 lecteurs par parution
  • 675 000 lectures du magazine (3 mois) ou 225 000 lecteurs par mois

Profil des lecteurs

  • aisłęes, haute niveau d'instruction, 35 ans +, młęlomanes
  • Musiciens, artistes et łętudiants
Renseignements :


Faites mieux travailler votre budget !

Laissez LSM vous aider łŢ obtenir des prix plus concurrentiels pour vos imprimłęs (affiches, dłępliants, brochures, programmes, etc.).

Forte de ses 15 annłęes dĺ─˘expłęrience en achat dĺ─˘outils de marketing chez des imprimeurs de partout au pays, LSM peut vous ouvrir un accł«s aux meilleurs prix dĺ─˘impression existants. Investissez lĺ─˘argent łęconomisłę dans de meilleures surfaces publicitaires (annonces plus grandes ou mieux placłęes) parmi les divers produits młędias de LSM.

łÔCONOMISEZ dans vos imprimłęs et PROFITEZ dĺ─˘une meilleure visibilitłę !


100 Personnes Influentes (La SCENA)

Nommez les grands acteurs des arts et de la culture au Qułębec !

Vous connaissez un chef, un directeur artistique qui fait une scł«ne dans le monde des arts ? Envoyez vos nominations pour les 100 personnes les plus influentes dans les arts et la culture au Qułębec. Les catłęgories sont : lĺ─˘administration des arts, la philanthropie, les crłęateurs et interprł«tes dans les arts visuels, la danse, le thłęłótre, le cinłęma, lĺ─˘opłęra, la musique classique et le jazz. Faites parvenir vos soumissions łŢ


Dons demandłęs

La Scena Musicale/The Music Scene est un organisme de bienfaisance enregistrłę qui fait la promotion des arts et de la musique en publiant trois magazines et un site Web. Nous rapprochons les musicien(ne)s et les artistes avec la communautłę artistique, les młęlomanes et les amateurs dĺ─˘art. Aidez-nous łŢ poursuivre notre travail avec un don (d'argent ou de biens) ou par du travail błęnłęvole.

Communiquer avec nous au 514-948-2520 ou łŢ

Donnez łŢ

No dĺ─˘organisme de bienfaisance łŢ lĺ─˘ARC : 14199 6579 RR0001


Opera Australia: Triumphant Farewell for John Pringle

On Friday 24 October 2008 John Pringle AM will give his final performance with Opera Australia. To mark the occasion and celebrate his remarkable career, the cast and chorus of The Makropulos Secret will gather on the Sydney Opera House stage after the performance to see him presented with the Opera Australia Trophy.

John Pringle is currently appearing in the role of Prus in Janacek's The Makropulos Secret, has been with Australia's national opera company for over forty years. He graduated from Melbourne University as a pharmacist but at the age of 28 music took over. His first appearance with the Australian Opera, as it was then, was in Die Fledermaus at the Princess Theatre in Melbourne in 1967, and in 1973 he was part of the Company's historic first season at the Sydney Opera House singing the role of Count Almaviva in The Marriage of Figaro.

Over the last four decades John Pringle has thrilled audiences on stages in Australia, Europe and the US. The great Mozart roles have dominated his career, with appearances as Figaro, Don Giovanni, Papageno, Guglielmo, Don Alfonso and, in his final Melbourne performances in November last year, Leporello.

Beyond Mozart, he has also made his mark singing the great baritone roles of Rossini, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Puccini, Janacek, Shostakovich, Britten and Berg. On stage he has died, committed murders, cracked jokes and kissed countless divas from Dame Joan Sutherland and Sumi Jo to Emma Matthews. He has appeared with operatic heroes such as Tito Gobbi, and even spent eight months learning Russian to sing the title role of Eugene Onegin.

One of the many highlights of his career came just five years ago, when Simone Young asked him to take on the role of Doctor Schon / Jack the Ripper in Berg's Lulu. "It was the most difficult part I'd ever learned" says Pringle; "performing it was like walking a tightrope over a pit of venomous snakes. But the high you felt afterwardsĺ─Â Who needs drugs?"

In receiving the Opera Australia Trophy John Pringle joins an illustrious band of artists. The Trophy is a magnificent silver bowl, commissioned from master craftsman David Cruikshank, and past recipients include Dame Joan Sutherland, Moffatt Oxenbould, Donald Shanks and Joan Carden. Anson Austin, also a recipient of the trophy, will make the presentation with Adrian Collette, Chief Executive of Opera Australia.

Adrian Collette comments: "John Pringle is one of the artists on which our company has been built. He has been there almost from the beginning and has stuck with us through thick and thin, a great actor, a magnificent singer and, above all, a real ensemble player loved and admired by colleagues and audiences alike."

Labels: ,

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Showcase 2009

International Performing Arts for Youth presents the
31st International Showcase of Performing Arts for Young People, "Showcase 2009," January 21-24, 2009

PHILADELPHIA, PA - The International Showcase of Performing Arts for Young People (Showcase 2009), presented by International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY), is returning to PlayhouseSquare in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, January 21-24. This annual event, held in a different city each year since 1979, attracts more than 400 artists, agents and presenters from across North America and the world. Showcase 2009 features 15 professional performing arts companies from around the world that create dance, music and theater specifically for young people. The companies are selected by an international committee comprised of experts in the field of performing arts for youth, including accomplished artists and artistic or programming directors, arts education directors, children's festival directors, and artist managers. This year's companies come from Australia, Canada, Denmark, Israel, Republic of the Congo, Scotland, The Netherlands, and The United States. Showcasing artists include Cas Public (Canada), Compagnie Punta Negra (Republic of the Congo), Corbian Visual Arts & Dance (USA), CORONA LA BALANCE - Danish National Ensemble for Children's Theatre (Denmark), Dream Jam Band (USA), Introdans Ensemble for Youth (The Netherlands), Jessica Wilson Productions (Australia), Nephesh Theatre (Israel), Nightswimming (Canada), Off Broadway Booking (USA), Puppet State Theatre Company (Scotland), Rennie Harris Puremovement (USA), Slingsby Theatre Company (Australia), Spare Parts Puppet Theatre (Australia), and Terrence Simien & The Zydeco Experience (USA.)

"The Arrival is such a special show... so warm and heartfelt... and it is a great privilege to get to present it at the IPAY Showcase," says Cathcart Weatherly, General Manager of Spare Parts Puppet Theatre, one of Australia's leading producers of theatre for children and families. "Coming from Perth, Western Australia, the most isolated city on the planet, this is a great opportunity for [us] to show off our premier work at the Showcase and look to building a tour of North America"

Showcase features an exhibit area that provides display information and video material on touring productions. As an educational service to the field, the conference offers professional development learning communities which engage current issues and trends. Of particular significance this year, IPAY will present a plenary session led by Teresa Eyring, Executive Director of Theatre Communications Group.

"In hosting Showcase in 2005, 2007, and now 2009, I have had a unique perspective in watching the conference grow in size and scope," says Colleen Porter, Director of Arts Education at PlayhouseSquare. "With artists from more countries around the world applying and performing each year, the shows presented continue to reach new heights in artistic excellence. Furthermore, the professional development has grown from a one day event to a plethora of sessions and topics that run the length of Showcase. Our attendees' response to the performances is reflected in their dialogue during the learning communities, allowing for a truly integrated and thought-provoking conference experience."

Since 2001, International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) has created professional and educational opportunities supporting meaningful performing arts experiences for young audiences in North America. IPAY is proud to be the only service organization devoted exclusively to the entire performing arts for youth industry, including all forms of theatre, dance, and music. It exists to serve its membership consisting of presenters, artists, and agents/managers from throughout the world by providing meaningful engagement with, and support of, the presentation and creation of new and established work for young audiences in North America.

"We are both proud and excited to host our colleagues throughout North America and indeed from around the world, in this world-class facility at PlayhouseSquare", says IPAY Board President, Boomer Stacey. "This global community meeting place provides a spark to stimulate international dialogue and collaboration, a hub for artists, presenters, educators and promoters to connect and work together, as well as creating a portal to look at what and how we produce or program for young audiences here in North America - and it all stems from the work that is happening on-stage. "

Registration for Showcase 2009 or membership to IPAY is available at Register to exhibit before October 1 or register to attend Showcase before November 1 and save $50. Contact Daniel Student, Administrative Director, at 267-690-1325 or for any questions regarding the conference.

Labels: , , ,

Evenement theatrale PLUCKED, HAMMERED & STRUNG


Textes de Carolyn Guillet

Mise en scł«ne de Arianna Bardesono

Le 30 et 31 Octobre

Le 1, 6, 7 et 8 Novembre

Bain St-Michel Prix des billets :

5300, rue St-Dominique Adultes : 20$

(Coin McGuire) łăge d'or / łętudiants : 15$

Prłęvues & Groupes : 10$

Billetterie :

(514) 987 ĺ─ý 1774 poste 104