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Friday, January 30, 2009

Soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme to Perform in Dear Mrs. Parks with DSO


Soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme to Perform in Hannibal Lokumbe's Dear Mrs. Parks with DSO in March 2009



American soprano Janice Chandler- Eteme has established an international reputation for her musical sensitivity, astonishing vocal agility and memorable dramatic presence. She has performed with some of the world's leading orchestras and opera companies, and collaborated with renowned conductors worldwide. She continues to make her mark with an ever-growing recital, operatic and Gospel music repertoire to critical acclaim. Ms. Chandler-Eteme will perform in Hannibal Lokumbe's oratorio, 'Dear Mrs. Parks' on March 6th, 7th and 8th, 2009 with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra under Thomas Wilkins. The performance will also be recorded for a Naxos release.


Hailed as "one of the loveliest soprano voices on earth" by The Baltimore Sun, Ms. Chandler-Eteme has recently returned from a triumphant performance of Porgy and Bess in Nantes, France. "We will remember for a long time ... this radiant and fragile Bess who reminds us that Gershwin liked heroines created in the style of Puccini..." wrote Diapason.


Ms. Chandler-Eteme professes to be one of composer Hannibal Lokumbe's great admirers and close friends. She premiered his work for soprano and orchestra, 'One Heart Beating' several years ago, and only recently performed the role of the angel in his dramatic work based on the life of Medgar Evers, the slain civil rights leader.


Lokumbe's dramatic and moving tribute to the heroism of the famed civil rights activist, 'the mother of the modern civil rights', and beloved Detroit icon, was originally commissioned by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2005. "Dear Mrs. Parks' is a prayer of music and words in honor of Mrs. Rosa Parks and every soul of her spiritual and social realm. She is the true nature of what is perceived and spoken of as being heaven. Her unselfish love, as unselfish love always does, transforms the entire world," said the composer in a recent interview.


Thomas Wilkins conducts the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Brazeal Dennard Chorale and the Rackham Symphony Choir, with soprano Janice Chandler-Eteme, mezzo-soprano Jevetta Steele and baritone Kevin Deas.


Concert Details:


Performances: March 6th at 8 pm; March 7th at 7:30 pm; March 8th at 3 pm


Max M. Fisher Music Center
3711 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan 48201

Box Office Phone: (313) 576-5111
Box Office Fax: (313) 576-5109


www.detroitsymphony.com

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Clavecin en concert : concert du 6 fłęvrier 2009


Luc Beausłęjour, directeur artistique

RłÔCITAL DU CLAVECINISTE ITALIEN

RINALDO ALESSANDRINI

Le vendredi 6 fłęvrier 2009, 20 h 00

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, 400, rue Saint-Paul Est, Vieux-Montrłęal

Prix des billets : 28 $ (tarif rłęgulier), 10 $ (łętudiants, temps plein, 25 ans et moins)

et gratuit pour les moins de 15 ans

Renseignements et rłęservations : 514-748-8625 ĺ─ý www.clavecinenconcert.org


Montrłęal, 12 janvier 2009 ĺ─ý La sociłętłę Clavecin en concert est heureuse de prłęsenter en rłęcital le claveciniste italien Rinaldo Alessandrini.


Considłęrłę comme l'un des acteurs essentiels de la scł«ne internationale de la musique ancienne et comme le plus grand spłęcialiste de Monteverdi, Rinaldo Alessandrini mł«ne depuis plus de vingt ans une importante carrił«re de rłęcitaliste au clavecin, au pianoforte et łŢ l'orgue. Fondateur et directeur musical du Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini s'est imposłę, notamment, par ses interprłętations du rłępertoire italien des XVIIe et XVIIIe sił«cles. Ses enregistrements de Monteverdi ou de Vivaldi sont d'incontestables rłęfłęrences.


Cet artiste passionnant et passionnłę jouera łŢ Montrłęal un programme variłę oł╝ la musique italienne du XVIIe tient une place de choix. Lors de son słęjour en sol qułębłęcois, Monsieur Alessandrini donnera des cours de małĂtre au Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal, łŢ l'universitłę de Montrłęal et łŢ l'universitłę McGill.


PROGRAMME


Bernardo Storace: Ciaccona (Selva di varie compositioni, 1664)

Girolamo Frescobaldi: Toccata Prima (Secondo Libro, 1615)

Girolamo Frescobaldi: Cento Partite sopra Passacagli (Primo Libro,1627)

Giovanni Picchi: Ballo alla Polacha, Ballo Ongaro, Ballo ditto il Pichi

(Intavolatura di Balli, 1621)

Michelangelo Rossi: Toccata Settima (Toccate e Corenti, 1657)


Pause


Dietrich Buxtehude: Preaeludium et Fugue en sol mineur BuxWV 163

Louis Couperin: Prłęlude, Chaconne, Tombeau de Mr de Blancrocher

George Friedrich Handel: Suite en mi mineur HWV 438

Allemande ĺ─ý Sarabande ĺ─ý Gigue

Pancrace Royer: La Marche des Scythes (Pił«ces de Clavecin, 1746)



Clavecin en concert remercie le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec et le Conseil des arts de Montrłęal de leur soutien.

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Giorgia Fumanti en concert au Festival Montrłęal en Lumił«re


Dans le cadre de la 10e łędition du Festival MONTRłÔAL EN LUMIłÓRE

La soprano qułębłęcoise Giorgia Fumanti

fera vibrer l'łęglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste !

Montrłęal, le lundi 2 fłęvrier 2009 ĺ─ý Le vendredi 27 fłęvrier, łŢ 20 h, l'łęglise Saintĺ─ŰJeanĺ─ŰBaptiste (sise au cëýur du Plateau Mont-Royal) accueillera en ses murs la magnifique soprano qułębłęcoise d'origine italienne Giorgia Fumanti, laquelle s'y produira en compagnie de ses musiciens dans le cadre de la 10e łędition du Festival MONTRłÔAL EN LUMIłÓRE. Au fil des ans, le volet culturel du populaire łęvłęnement (qui se tiendra cette annłęe du jeudi 19 fłęvrier au dimanche 1er mars) s'est błóti une solide rłęputation en offrant au public d'ici et d'ailleurs le summum de la musique. ł─ ce titre, nul doute dans l'esprit des programmateurs du Festival : Giorgia Fumanti devait figurer dans la programmation de cette 10e łędition.

Fidł«le łŢ ses habitudes, celle que l'on acclame dłęsormais łŢ travers le monde livrera donc un mirifique concert en interprłętant, de sa voix d'ange et avec toute la grłóce qu'on lui connait, les ëýuvres les plus enchanteresses de son rłępertoire qu'elle interprłętera tant en italien, en anglais qu'en franł▀ais. Le public prłęsent aura ainsi droit łŢ un programme on ne peut plus diversifiłę comprenant, entre autres, certaines pił«ces de l'album łŢ succł«s From My Heart, d'autres extraites de Je Suis (rłęalisłę par Guy Stĺ─ŰOnge et rłęcemment lancłę), quelques chansons de musiques de films populaires ainsi que plusieurs autres grands succł«s du rłępertoire pop et classique. Le public prłęsent est par ailleurs en droit de s'attendre łŢ łütre touchłę, voire łęmu, puisque Giorgia Fumanti, soir aprł«s soir, laisse toujours le public pantois d'admiration, błęatĺ─Â

Les organisateurs du Festival MONTRłÔAL EN LUMIłÓRE sont donc honorłęs d'inscrire łŢ leur prestigieuse programmation le spectacle de Giorgia Fumanti, laquelle est de retour au pays aprł«s avoir łętłę chaudement applaudie aux quatre coins du globe, sur certaines scł«nes comptant parmi les plus prestigieuses et parfois en compagnie de stars internationales dont Josłę Carreras, Lang Lang, Mario Frangoulis, Zucchero et Lucio Dalla, pour ne nommer qu'elles.

ł─ vous de saisir la chance de dłęcouvrir (ou redłęcouvrir !) l'une de nos plus grandes stars łŢ l'łęglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montrłęal (309, rue Rachel Est, angle Henri-Julien), le vendredi 27 fłęvrier, dł«s 20 h.

Les billets, au)coł¬t de 30 $ (taxes non incluses), sont en vente łŢ la billetterie de Ticketpro (514 908-9090 / 1-866-908-9090, ticketpro.ca) sur le rłęseau Admission.com (514 790-1245 / 1 800 361-4595, admission.com) et łŢ la billeterie de la Place des Arts (514 842-2112 / 1 866 842-2112, laplacedesarts.com)

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Honens and CPO present North American premiere of Mendelssohn's Third Piano Concerto


Honens International Piano Competition and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra present North American Premiere of Mendelssohnĺ─˘s Third Piano Concerto

CALGARY, AB January 30, 2009 ĺ─ý Honens International Piano Competition and the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra celebrate Mendelssohnĺ─˘s 200th birthday with the North American premiere of his Piano Concerto No. 3 in E minor. The concert takes place on Monday, May 11, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. at Jack Singer Concert Hall, EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts (205 Eighth Avenue SE).

Left unfinished at the prolific composerĺ─˘s death in 1847, the score was completed and reconstructed by composer/conductor Marcello Bufalini for exclusive performance by Italian pianist Roberto Prosseda. Prosseda came across the incomplete manuscript at the Bodleian Library in Oxford in 2006 and urged Bufalini, a respected Mendelssohn scholar, to bring his considerable knowledge of the composerĺ─˘s style to the task of assembling a reconstruction from the sketches. The process involved deciphering the manuscript which consisted of the solo piano part and the piano sketch of the orchestra score; completing the orchestration, and writing the Finale based upon the autograph melodic sketches.

Julian Kuerti conducts the all-Mendelssohn program, which also includes the Hebrides Overture Op. 26 (Fingalĺ─˘s Cave) and Sinfonia for String Orchestra No. 10 in B minor. Roberto Prosseda will be joined by his wife Alessandra Maria Ammara (2000 Honens Laureate) to perform the Concerto for Two Pianos in E major.

Tickets are $28 to $85 and are available by calling (403) 571-0849 or online at cpo-live.com. For more information visit honens.com or cpo-live.com.

Honens Concerts Presenting Sponsor: TD Waterhouse

Calgary Philharmonic Season Sponsors: Calgary Herald and Nexen Inc.

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About Honens

Honens, Canadaĺ─˘s leading presenter of music for piano, produces more than 100 concerts and events across Canada and internationally each year. The triennial Honens International Piano Competition, founded in 1992, is ranked among the worldĺ─˘s greatest music competitions. It is unique in its mission to find the ĺ─˙complete artistĺ─¨ ĺ─ý one who possesses technical mastery as well as expressiveness in a wide range of musical forms and style, and whose music-making possesses imagination, innovation and relevance in todayĺ─˘s world. The sixth Honens Competition takes place in Calgary from October 22 to November 6, 2009.

About the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) was formed in 1955 through the amalgamation of the Calgary Symphony and the Alberta Philharmonic. Today the CPO is one of North Americaĺ─˘s finest and most versatile orchestras presenting world leading artists and a wonderful range of genres. The CPOĺ─˘s innovative style excites, entertains and inspires music lovers of all ages.

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RCM February events



LISTINGS UPDATE

THE ROYAL CONCERT SEASON AT
THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY
February 2009

Come in from the cold to the sparkling new TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning as the Royal Concert Season continues with concerts and lectures in February.

Great Artists Series start with Dublin International Piano Competition prize winner Li Wang playing Schumann's Kinderszenen, Chopin's Mazurkas, Op. 17, and Mussorsky's Pictures at an Exhibition on Sunday, February 1, at 4pm. Andrew McCandless, The Glenn Gould School faculty member and principal trumpet with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, will appear onstage with fellow musicians Neil Deland, French horn, Gordon Wolfe, trombone, Vanessa Lee, piano, Julie Spring, harp, and Leonie Wall, flute, on Sunday, February 8, at 2pm, in a program of Bernstein, Ravel, Debussy and others.

World Music Concerts will continue on Thursday, February 19, at 7:30 pm, with Canada's renowned world music fusion group autorickshaw. Their music lies on the cultural cutting edge, as contemporary jazz and funk blends with the classical and popular music of India. autorickshaw has swiftly risen to become one of the most intriguing acts on the world music and jazz landscapes, garnering a 2004 JUNO nomination and winning a Canadian Independent Music Award in 2005. Suba Sankaran, autorickshaw's vocalist, was recently appointed as a resident artist at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts.

The last concert of the Royal Conservatory Orchestra series will present the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Music Director Peter Oundjian leading the RCO in Ravel's quirky and passionate Alborado del Gracioso and Elgar's Enigma Variations. Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 will round out the programme on Friday, February 20, at 8pm, and feature soloist Alexander Seredenko, the GGS Concerto Competition winner from 2007. This will be the last concert the RCO will be performing at the George Weston Recital Hall before their return home, to the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, next season.

The free Master Class Series is a wonderful way to see famous musicians as they teach the new generation to perfect their craft. Internationally renowned French-Canadian pianist and foremost interpreter of Liszt, Andrłę Laplante, will lead two master classes on Friday, February 20, at 10am and 2pm.
THE ROYAL CONCERT SEASON AT
THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY
February 2009

Li Wang, piano (Great Artists Series):
Sunday, February 1 at 4pm
Andrew McCandless, trumpet, with the GGS Brass faculty (Great Artists Series):
Sunday, February 8 at 2pm
autorickshaw, world music fusion (World Music Concerts):
Thursday, February 19 at 7:30pm
Peter Oundjian, conductor, Alexander Seredenko, piano (RCM Orchestra):
Friday, February 20 at 8pm +
Andrłę Laplante, piano (GGS Master Class Series):
Friday, February 20 at 10am and 2pm*


Tickets $20.00 - $30.00, students $10
Tickets available online at www.rcmusic.ca, 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 RCO tickets visit www.ticketmaster.ca or call 416.872.1111.

More information about the 2008-2009 Concert Season is available on The Royal Conservatory website at
www.rcmusic.ca.

The RCM 2008-2009 Concert Season is made possible through the generous support of:
Presentation Sponsors: BMO Financial Group and MasterCardČĂ
Performance Supporters: Acuity Funds Ltd.; Mona and Robert Bandeen; D. & T. Davis Charitable Foundation; Margaret and Jim Fleck; Invesco Trimark; Mr. Thomas Logan; Mary Jean and Frank Potter; Meredith and William Saunderson; Janet and Michael Scott; Shiu Pong
The Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Arts Council and RBC Financial Group

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Alexander Brott Tribute concert


MONTRłÔAL ĺ─ý January 27, 2009

The McGill Chamber Orchestra

Press Release

All Beethoven Program

ALEXANDER BROTT TRIBUTE CONCERT

The McGill Chamber Orchestra, performing under Artistic Director Boris Brott, presents an ALL BEETHOVEN concert in tribute to its Founder and first Musical Director Alexander Brott, Wednesday, February 11, 2009 at 7:30 pm, in Pollack Hall, 555 Sherbrooke Street West.

The Alexander Brott Tribute will feature the composer's Paraphrase in Polyphony. The work is based upon Qułębec's ONLY DIRECT connection to Beethoven, a manuscript (attached) discovered by Montrłęal antiquarian and music lover Lawrence Lande, which is a Canon in Beethoven's handwriting dedicated to a Qułębec music teacher Theodore Molt who visited Beethoven in Vienna. The original document is housed at the National Library of Canada. A copy of this manuscript will be on display at the concert ĺ─ý as the original is too fragile to be shipped! Paraphrase in Polyphony was recorded on the Analekta label.

Janina Fialkowska (photo attached) is recognized as one of Montrłęal's greatest musical exports. She graces the world's stages with stirring interpretations of Chopin and Beethoven. She studied with the renowned Yvonne Lefebure in Paris. In New York she completed her studies at the Juilliard School of Music with Sasha Gorodnitzki. Her career was launched by the legendary Arthur Rubinstein after her prize winning performances at the first international piano competition held in his name.

Ms. Fialkowska will perform Beethoven's beloved Piano Concerto No.4

in G Major.

The Orchestra will begin the concert with the Overture, Adagio and Allegro from Beethoven's ballet score The Creatures of Prometheus.

Program for the evening:

Ludwig van Beethoven Die GeschłĆpfe des Prometheus

(The Creatures of Prometheus)

Overture, Adagio and Finale

Alexander Brott Paraphrase in Polyphony

Ludwig van Beethoven Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 4 in G major, Opus 58

The concert is sponsored by the AZRIELI FOUNDATION.



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Rue Saint-Jean, rue carnavalesque


_____________________RAPPEL

RUE SAINT-JEAN, RUE CARNAVALESQUE

AUX FRONTIłÓRES DES CARNAVALS DE QUłÔBEC ET DE VENISE

Qułębec, le 30 janvier 2009 - Lĺ─˘Association des gens dĺ─˘affaires de la rue Saint-Jean du Vieux-Qułębec (AGA), en collaboration avec le Carnaval de Qułębec, la Ville de Qułębec et le CLD de Qułębec, propose des activitłęs gratuites pour toute la famille les dimanches 1er et 8 fłęvrier 2009, de 11h30 łŢ 16h, sur la rue Saint-Jean (entre les rues dĺ─˘Auteuil et cłąte du Palais) qui sera alors fermłęe łŢ la circulation. Deux journłęes dĺ─˘activitłęs qui prłęsentent un mariage entre les carnavals de Qułębec et de Venise ; deux journłęes oł╝ la Commedia dellĺ─˘Arte cłątoie le hockey bottine et oł╝ les Dames masqułęes de Venise sĺ─˘acoquinent avec des conteurs qułębłęcois !

ĺ─ÂSUITE EN PIłÓCE JOINTE

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BUZZ les Planetes de Holst - 15 FEVRIER 09

Buzz [cuivres] & Młęlanie Barney [orgue]

Les Planł«tes de Holst

Dimanche 15 fłęvrier 2009 - 15h00

Sunday February 15th, - 3h00

łÔglise Saint-Viateur - 1175, avenue Laurier Ouest (angle Chemin Cłąte-Ste-Catherine)

Outremont - Montrłęal / 20 $ - 15 $ (ałĂnłęs et łętudiants/seniors and students)

Montrłęal, vendredi 30 janvier 2009 : - Buzz et lĺ─˘organiste Młęlanie Barney sĺ─˘unissent pour vous offrir un concert rempli dĺ─˘łęclats et de splendeur. Au programme, une version personnalisłęe de la cłęlł«bre suite symphonique composłęe par Gustav Holst intitulłęe Č┤ Les Planł«tes Ȭ. Source dĺ─˘inspiration monumentale pour le Septił«me Art, cette ëýuvre dłępeint le tempłęrament astrologique de chaque planł«te du systł«me solaire, łŢ lĺ─˘exception de la Terre :

Mars, celui qui apporte la guerre

Vłęnus, celle qui apporte la paix

Mercure, le messager ailłę

Jupiter, celui qui apporte la joie

Saturne, celui qui apporte la vieillesse

Uranus, le magicien

Neptune, le mystique

Le concert sera dĺ─˘une durłęe dĺ─˘une heure, sans pause. Laissez-vous transporter au son de lĺ─˘orgue et des cuivres dans un majestueux voyage interplanłętaire!

One hour concert! let yourself dreaming to this incredible voyage!

BILLETTERIE - TICKETS

ł─ la porte, une heure avant le concert - At the door only, one hour before the concert.

Argent comptant seulement - cash only.

Buzz cuivres farfelus c'est: promouvoir la musique de chambre pour ensemble de cuivres łŢ travers le monde, auprł«s de tous les auditoires, en offrant notamment des concerts et des enregistrements sonores qui respectent un haut niveau dĺ─˘interprłętation musicale.

Buzz cĺ─˘est deux trompettes, un cor, un trombone et un trombone basse. En plus dĺ─˘ëýuvres musicales choisies parmi les classiques du rłępertoire pour quintette de cuivres, les musiciens interprł«tent des compositions et des arrangements exclusifs.

Buzz cĺ─˘est aussi un farfelu ├Ć un comłędien ├Ć qui intervient lors de prłęsentations Č┤ musithłęłótrales Ȭ. Il sĺ─˘agit ici de spectacles musicaux accessibles et divertissants qui allient musique et thłęłótre en parfait łęquilibre. Pour plus dĺ─˘information, visitez notre site Internet au www.buzzcf.com

Buzz tient łŢ remercier ses partenaires gouvernementaux : Les Conseils des arts du Qułębec, du Canada et de Montrłęal ainsi que Musicaction et la SODEC


Buzz cuivres farfelus' (Buzz Oddball Brass)

By offering accessible and entertaining musical shows in which music and theatre are combined in perfect harmony.

Also, by proposing concerts and sound recordings featuring a high level of musical interpretation.

Buzz consists of two trumpets, a horn, a trombone, and a bass trombone. As well as playing musical selections from the classics of the repertoire for brass quintet, the musicians play original compositions and exclusive arrangements.

Buzz also consists of one oddball ĺ─ţ an actor ĺ─ţ who intervenes during our ĺ─˙musitheatricalĺ─¨ presentations. Under the actor's direction, a theme is carefully chosen and dramatized in order to assure interaction between music and audience. The actor plays the main characters. The musicians play supporting characters as well as performing music from memory, thus assuring efficient staging and keeping the music in forefront.

With the use of diverse musical influences, high quality performance, and fresh theatrical settings, Buzz invites its audience to rediscover music as they have never experienced or even imagined it before!

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Giogia Fumanti in concert


La star internationale Giorgia Fumanti

en concert łŢ la salle Andrłę-Mathieu

le dimanche 1er fłęvrier


Laval, le jeudi 29 janvier 2009 ĺ─ý La chanteuse qułębłęcoise d'origine italienne Giorgia Fumanti se produira pour la toute premił«re fois łŢ Laval le dimanche 1er fłęvrier, łŢ 20 h, łŢ la salle Andrłę-Mathieu.

Pour cette occasion toute spłęciale, la ravissante soprano sera accompagnłęe de ses cinq musiciens en compagnie desquels elle livrera les plus belles chansons de son rłępertoire, qu'elle interprłętera tant en italien, en anglais qu'en franł▀ais. Le public prłęsent aura ainsi droit łŢ un programme on ne peut plus diversifiłę comprenant, entre autres, certaines pił«ces de Je Suis (son plus rłęcent album lancłę peu avant le temps des Fłütes) et de l'album From My Heart, quelques chansons extraites de musiques de films łŢ succł«s ainsi que les plus beaux airs de grands classiques populaires.

Mentionnons qu'au cours de la dernił«re annłęe Giorgia Fumanti a brillłę sur certaines scł«nes comptant parmi les plus prestigieuses du monde. Elle a łęgalement joint sa voix łŢ celles de stars internationales dont Josłę Carreras, Lang Lang, Mario Frangoulis, Justin Hayward ĺ─ý Moody Blues, John McDermott, Zucchero, Lucio Dalla et Patrizio Buanne. ł─ l'occasion des Jeux Olympiques de Beijing, en aoł¬t dernier, elle a en outre livrłę une inoubliable prestation devant plusieurs millions de tłęlłęspectateurs !

Aprł«s avoir łętłę chaudement applaudie aux quatre coins du monde, voilłŢ donc que la belle Italienne, rłęsidente des Laurentides depuis quelques annłęes, est enfin de retour łŢ la maison. ł─ vous de saisir la chance de dłęcouvrir (ou redłęcouvrir !) l'une de nos plus grandes stars qułębłęcoises łŢ la salle Andrłę-Mathieu, le dimanche 1er fłęvrier, dł«s 20 h.

Les billets, au)coł¬t de 38 $ (taxes incluses), sont en vente łŢ la billetterie de la salle Andrłęĺ─ŰMathieu (475, boul. de l'Avenir, łŢ Laval ĺ─ý 450.667.2040) ou au Groupe de loisirs La Relance (450.661.4276).



International star Giorgia Fumanti

In concert at Salle Andrłę-Mathieu

on Sunday February 1st

Laval, Thursday January 29th 2009 ĺ─ý Giorgia Fumanti, Canada's own Italian diva, will be performing for the first time in Laval on Sunday February 1st, at 8 pm, at the beautiful Salle Andrłę-Mathieu.

On this special occasion, accompanied by her great musicians, our stellar soprano will perform her favourite songs in Italian, French, and English. All present will be treated to an eclectic program that includes tracks from her recently released album 'Je Suis' and "From My Heart", along with choice songs from great movie soundtracks, as well as selected gems from popular classics.

Giorgia Fumanti, over the past year, has appeared on many of the world's most prestigious venues, joining her melodious voice with that of international greats such as Josłę Carreras, Lang Lang, Mario Frangoulis, Justin Hayward ĺ─ý Moody Blues, John McDermott, Zucchero, Lucio Dalla and Patrizio Buanne. Last August, Giorgia joined in the Beijing Olympic celebrations, delivering a sensational performance broadcast to an audience of millions of viewers!

Having received the glowing praise of audiences from the four corners of the world, our Italian beauty, who calls the Laurentieans home, has finally returned. Discover, or rediscover, one of our own stars, to shine at Salle Andrłę-Mathieu, Sunday, February 1st, at 8 pm.

Ticket prices are $38 (tax included), and are available at the Salle Andrłęĺ─ŰMathieu ticket booth (475, De l'Avenir blvd, Laval ĺ─ý 450.667.2040) and Groupe La Relance (450 661-4276). The evening will begin with a VIP reception at 6:30 pm.


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Pan-Macedonian Association presents the Toronto Debut of Alexander The Great


"ALEXANDER THE GREAT" TO HELP STS. CYRIL AND METHODIUS

PAN-MACEDONIAN ASSOCIATION TO PREMIERE OPERA IN AID OF HELLENIC HOME


The Pan-Macedonian Association of Ontario will produce the Toronto premiere of "Alexander the Great", an epic opera by Panayiotis Karousos on February 15, 2009 at the P.C. Ho Theatre in Toronto.


A concert version of the opera will be performed in order to raise funds for the Hellenic Home for the Aged and the St. Cyril and Methodius Chapel that the Home is building.


"Alexander the Great" premiered in Montreal in 2007 and has been performed in Chicago and Washington D.C. Karousos is a prolific composer residing in Montreal and he is donating his royalties to the Hellenic Home.


"We are very pleased to be able to produce a work by a young Greek composer and to help the Hellenic Home" said James Karas, the president of the Pan-Macedonian Association. "It will be a new experience of many people. Opera is no a common pastime for Greeks."


The opera follows the life of Alexander from a meeting at the Acropolis following the Macedonian victory at Chaeronea in 339 B.C. to the death of the great general in Babylon in 323 B.C. There are scenes for Alexander's Farewell to Greece as he crosses the Hellespont into Asia, and set pieces after the battles of Granicus, Issua and a scene at the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem.


"The Hellenic Home is thrilled with the offer of the Pan-Macedonian Association" said Irene Keroglidis, the Vice President of the Hellenic Home. "The board of directors has embraced the idea and we will all work very hard to make sure it is a success."


"Alexander the Great" will be performed at the P.C. Ho Theatre in the Chinese Cultural Centre, 5183 Sheppard Ave. East, Toronto Ontario on February 15, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.


Alexander the Great

P.C. Ho Theatre in the Chinese Cultural Centre

5183 Sheppard Ave. East, Toronto

February 15, 2009 at 3pm

Tickets: $50

For more information, visit www.panmacedonian.ca





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Kansas City and Phoenix Chorales, Nominated for Four 2009 Grammy Awards, at Alice Tully Hall, 3/16/09


Kansas City and Phoenix Chorales, Nominated for Four 2009 Grammy Awards, to Appear at New York Cityĺ─˘s Alice Tully Hall, March 16, 2009

First A Cappella Choir to Perform at Newly Renovated Landmark Cultural Institution

Selections from Grammy-nominated and Grammy-winning albums

The Kansas City Chorale and Phoenix Chorale (formerly known as the Phoenix Bach Choir) will be appearing at Lincoln Centerĺ─˘s Alice Tully Hall, March 16, at 8:00 PM. Conducting will be Director Charles Bruffy, in a program of music by Josef Rheinberger, from the 2009 Grammy Award-nominated album Rheinberger: Sacred Choral Works, and Alexander Grechaninov, from the 2008 Grammy Award-winning album Passion Week (both on Chandos Records). Also on the program will be works by Jaakko Młžntyjłžrvi and Frank Martin.

Glowing reviews, fiftieth anniversary

BBC Music Magazine has said of Artistic Director Charles Bruffy, ĺ─˙The superlatives have already piled up against Charles Bruffyĺ─˘s name, and deservedly soĺ─¨. Recordings by the Kansas City Chorale and Phoenix Chorale have been called ĺ─˙simply gorgeousĺ─¨ (International Record Review), ĺ─˙superbĺ─¨ (All Music Guide), and ĺ─˙remarkableĺ─¨ (Gramophone).

The Phoenix Chorale, which just celebrated its 50th anniversary this past season, has been nominated for a total of four 2009 Grammy awards; two for its recently released solo recording Spotless Rose: Hymns to the Virgin Mary, and two for its joint recording with sister organization the Kansas City Chorale, Rheinberger: Sacred Choral Works.

Both groups cover a challenging and diverse repertoire spanning many centuries, from music of Shakespeareĺ─˘s time to the present day. A list of Bruffyĺ─˘s recent commissions and premieres include works by Stephen Paulus, Eric Whitacre, and Chen Yi.

Tickets

To obtain tickets or further information regarding this event, please visit the Distinguished Concerts web site, www.DCINY.org. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the DCINY box office, 212.707.8566, x 307 or directly from the concert venue.

Premiere works

In just two short years, DCINY has joined the ranks of major classical music production companies in America, nearly doubling its roster of participating ensembles and attracting talent from all over the globe. Among the events DCINY is honored to present this season are: one world and two US premiere performances of major new works by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, which took place this past January 19, and the world premiere of a new choral piece by American composer Eric Whitacre, this upcoming June 28. Please visit www.DCINY.org for details regarding other highlights of DCINYĺ─˘s 2009/2010 Season.


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Pacfiic Opera Victoria presents Handel's SEMELE


IN BRIEF
Pacific Opera Victoria presents Handel's SEMELE February 12, 14, 17, 19
and 21, 2009 at the Royal Theatre, 805 Broughton Street in Victoria.
Performed in English with English surtitles. Running time is
approximately two hours and forty five minutes with one intermission.
All performances begin at 8pm. Pre-performance lectures begin at 6:45pm.
Priced between $25 and $110, tickets are available from the Royal and
McPherson Box Office at (250) 386-6121, or on-line at www.rmts.bc.ca.

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


IN FULL
Pacific Opera Victoria presents the company premiere of Handel's SEMELE,
at The Royal Theatre in Victoria, February 12, 14, 17, 19 and 21, 2009.


Based on a Greek myth and a libretto by William Congreve, SEMELE
(pronounced SEH-meh-lee), is the story of the delectable Semele and the
god Jupiter, who tempt fate with a dangerously imprudent love affair.
Semele, a girl with ambitions, craves immortality. She also has a
terrifying secret: she is pregnant with Jupiter's child. After Jupiter
carries Semele off to enjoy "endless pleasure, endless love," his wife,
Juno, plots a fiery finish to the affair.

George Frideric Handel was one of the finest Baroque composers; in fact
Beethoven called him the greatest composer that ever lived. He made his
name writing Italian operas before turning his attention to English
oratorios - unstaged dramatic works, often on biblical themes. When
SEMELE premiered as an oratorio in 1744, it offended nearly everyone.
The story was far too profane to be a "proper" oratorio; in fact Charles
Jennings, the librettist of Handel's Messiah, called SEMELE "a baudy
opera." However, as it was neither staged nor in Italian, purists at
the time could not consider it an opera.

Handel's luscious music, dead-on characterizations, and sense of
dramatic momentum make SEMELE an irresistible operatic treat for modern
audiences. As part of a resurgence in the popularity of Baroque music,
SEMELE is now performed in fully staged productions around the world.

Award-winning Maestro Timothy Vernon conducts this production, which
Director Wim Trompert has set in the 19th century - a time when an
unmarried girl's pregnancy would be particularly scandalous. Brian
Perchaluk makes his company debut with a stunning set and costumes that
evoke the neo-classical design of the Victorian age.

Nathalie Paulin, (POV's The Tempest) is recognized worldwide for her
mastery of the baroque repertoire. She returns to POV to portray Semele,
a role she created recently for Chicago Opera Theater. Acclaimed
Canadian tenor and Victoria native Benjamin Butterfield (POV'S Don
Giovanni)), sings the role of Jupiter, and Anita Krause (POV's Norma)
sings the roles of Juno and Ino. They are joined by Scott Belluz,
Nathaniel Watson and Anne Grimm, who make their company debuts as
Athamas, Somnus/Cadmus and Iris.

CBC Radio will record Pacific Opera Victoria's production of SEMELE for
national broadcast on Saturday Afternoon at the Opera.

Performed in English with English surtitles, Pacific Opera Victoria's
production of SEMELE runs February 12, 14, 17, 19, and 21, 2009 at the
Royal Theatre in Victoria. All performances begin at 8pm. Priced
between $25 and $110, tickets are available from the Royal and McPherson
Box Office at (250) 386-6121 or www.rmts.bc.ca.

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

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

To celebrate Handel's legacy, four Victoria arts organizations - Pacific
Baroque Festival, Pacific Opera Victoria, the Early Music Society of the
Islands, and the Victoria Symphony - are collaborating to present a
festival of music by Handel and his contemporaries, February 3 through
22, 2009. A full schedule of events for Handel Celebration 2009 can be
found at www.pov.bc.ca/handel.html

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Evenement theatrale


THE DAILY MIRACLE

łÔcrit par David Sherman

Le 4 fłęvrier łŢ 19 h 30

(en anglais)

Marty est de retour au boulot aprł«s une dłępression nerveuse, la fille d'Elizabeth est restłęe łŢ la maison avec la gardienne car elle est malade, Carrie rłüve d'un emploi en tłęlłęvision alors que Benjamin tente simplement de finaliser le journal. Accompagnłęs des fantłąmes d'une industrie qui n'est plus ce qu'elle łętait, c'est une autre nuit aux bureaux du journal oł╝ un petit nombre de rłędacteurs łępuisłęs se dłębattent sur des syntaxes fracturłęes et des idłęaux dłętruits. Tout cela affin de terminer la prochaine łędition. Avec les mauvaises humeurs causłęes par les congłędiements, les coupures et les ambitions corrosives, c'est un miracle que le journal soit publiłę ! Un miracle qui se produit tout les jours.

Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grace

3755, rue Botrel

Rłęservez

(514) 872 - 2157

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March at the Royal Conservatory

For Immediate Release: January 29, 2009 o Please include in your listings/announcements

Exciting March Events
at The Royal Conservatory

March at The Royal Conservatory starts on a truly high note, with an already sold-out Great Artists Series concert of Canada's premier piano duo of Anagnoson & Kinton. Entering a remarkable third decade of performances, the legacy grows richer each year for this legendary duo.

James Anagnoson & Leslie Kinton have enchanted audiences throughout Canada, United States, Europe, Asia and most recently Russia. Performers and scholars, they both hold distinguished places in academic circles: James Anagnoson is the Dean of The Glenn Gould School at The Royal Conservatory, and Dr. Leslie Kinton is on the faculties of both The Glenn Gould School and the University of Western Ontario. For their concert on Sunday, March 1, at 2pm, they will play Arenski's Suite No. 1, Brahms's Variation on a Theme by Haydn, selected works by Dvorł░k, and Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

The second Great Artists Series concert of the month will take place the following Sunday, March 8, at 2pm, and will feature Nadina Mackie Jackson on bassoon, Guy Few on trumpet, with members of The GGS String faculty - violinists Marie Błęrard and Aisslin Nosky, and other musicians - David Rose, violist, and Denise Djokic, cellist. The varied programme will include Baldassare's Sonata No. 1, Vivaldi's Concerto No. 26, Lachner's Concertino Op 43, Lussier's Bacchanale, and other works.

A leading bassoon soloist, Nadina Mackie Jackson is a passionate performer and teacher, whose seven solo recordings range widely from the Baroque period to contemporary pieces. Currently, she is involved in a five-year project concentrating on commissioning and recording solo and double concerti with trumpeter Guy Few. Heralded as "outrageously gifted" and "quite simply phenomenal" by Montreal's Le Devoir, Guy Few is a virtuoso, in demand as a trumpeter, cornist, pianist, and singer.

Much of March is dedicated to enlightening lectures and master classes, given by prominent musicians and teachers, all of which are free and open to the public! Monday, March 2, will belong to the critically acclaimed Irish pianist John O'Conor. This masterful interpreter of the Classic and Early Romantic piano repertoires has been praised for his formidable technique and, through his eloquent phrasing, mastery of keyboard colour. His unique sound has led him to be called a true Poet of the Piano.

Another master pianist, Canadian Anton Kuerti, will give three master classes: the first two will be on Friday, March 13, at 10am and 2pm, and the last - the penultimate offering in his 5-part lecture series on Beethoven's Piano Concertos - will take place on Friday, March 20, at 2pm. Kuerti is an Officer of the Order of Canada and was awarded the Canadian Governor General's lifetime artistic achievement award in 2008. Most recently, he was made an Honorary Fellow of The Royal Conservatory, and he treated graduating students to an inspiring address at the Conservatory's 2008 Convocation.

March 20th is a big day, for two more master classes will also be taking place: the first will be given by Constanza Cuccaro, who was one of the leading lyric coloratura sopranos of her time, and the second will be conducted by pianist Kolja Lessing. Lessing, one of the most versatile musicians of our time, is both a prominent violinist and pianist, who was awarded the German Critics' Prize for Music in 2008.

The last master class of the month on Friday, March 27, at 2 pm, will be given by the illustrious French-Canadian pianist Louis Lortie, who is best known for his interpretations of Ravel, Chopin, and Beethoven. An international soloist, he has made over 30 recordings on the Chandos label.

March is blooming, and so is the next generation of future stars at The Royal Conservatory.


THE ROYAL CONCERT SEASON - March 2009
Anagnoson & Kinton, piano duo (Great Artists Series): Sunday, March 1 at 2pm SOLD OUT
John O'Conor, piano (GGS Master Class Series): Monday, March 2 at 10am and 2pm*
Nadina Mackie Jackson, bassoon & Guy Few, trumpet, (Great Artists Series): Sund, March 8 at 2pm
Anton Kuerti, piano (Master Class): Friday, March 13 at 10am and 2pm*
Anton Kuerti, piano (GGS Lecture Series): Friday, March 20 at 2pm*
Constanza Cuccaro, voice (GGS Master Class Series): Friday, March 20 time TBD*
Kolja Lessing, piano (GGS Master Class Series): Friday, March 20 at 10am*
Louis Lortie, piano (GGS Master Class Series): Friday, March 27 at 2pm*

Tickets $20.00 - $30.00, students $10
Tickets available online at www.rcmusic.ca, by calling 416-408-2824 X321,
or at the door at the RCM, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto
* FREE EVENT

All events take place at the Conservatory's new home, the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor Street West.

More information about the 2008-2009 Concert Season is available on The Royal Conservatory website at
www.rcmusic.ca.

The RCM 2008-2009 Concert Season is made possible through the generous support of:
Presentation Sponsors: BMO Financial Group and MasterCardČĂ
Performance Supporters: Acuity Funds Ltd.; Mona and Robert Bandeen; D. & T. Davis Charitable Foundation; Margaret and Jim Fleck; Invesco Trimark; Mr. Thomas Logan; Mary Jean and Frank Potter; Meredith and William Saunderson; Janet and Michael Scott; Shiu Pong
The Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Arts Council and RBC Financial Group


Media Contact: Barbora Krsek, 416.533.7710 X236, barbora@flip-publicity.com
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Appassionante - 17 FłÔV 09 - 16H00


Młędiation Appassionante 2009

En collaboration avec le Ministł«re de l'immigration et des communautłęs culturelles et en adłęquation avec le mandat d'Appassionata, le conseil d'administration et la direction ont le plaisir de vous invite łŢ cłęlłębrer le Mois de noirs 2009. Une aventure interculturelle et pluridisciplinaire, un płęriple intercontinental, prłętexte łŢ une originale Promenade łŢ Dakar.


Cocktail: Projet Młędiation Appassionante 2009



Date et heure - date and time : Mardi 17 fłęvrier łŢ 16h00

Lieu - where : Auditorium Le Prłęvost/ Salle L'Ange-Aimłę - 7355, Christophe-Colomb, Montrłęal


Bien ancrłę au cëýur du quartier Villeray-St-Michel-Parc-Extension et dans le souci de poursuivre son rapprochement avec les communautłęs immigrantes, Appassionata dłęvoile son concept Młędiation Appassionante 2009. L'Ensemble dłęsire intłęresser un groupe de citoyens issus entre autre des communautłęs africaines et hałětiennes łŢ prendre part au printemps prochain łŢ une słęrie de 5 rencontres, dont des ateliers-confłęrences et 1 concert intitulłę Promenade łŢ Dakar. L'objectif est que chacun de ces aprł«s-midi d'apprentissage et d'łęchanges rythmłęs par la musique et la danse, deviennent de petites fłütes collectives pour favoriser des liens interculturels.


Tout au long du mois de mai 2009, les participants se familiariseront avec le Qułębec, ses institutions et sa culture, grłóce łŢ la crłęation musicale et l'improvisation corporelle. Car c'est łŢ partir du thł«me central du concert final Promenade łŢ Dakar, prłęsentłę łŢ l'Auditorium Le Prłęvost le 29 mai prochain łŢ 20h et impliquant 27 musiciens, chef, solistes et compositeur, que l'Ensemble offrira des rencontres aux contenus variłęs et animłęs, comptant sur la prłęsence d'artistes et confłęrenciers issus d'horizons diversifiłęs.



C'est aux cłątłęs de multiples intervenants agissant łŢ titre de confłęrenciers et animateurs que se dłęrouleront les activitłęs. Alternant moments d'information et d'interaction, le groupe expłęrimentera des rythmiques gestuelles guidłęes par les artistes. Prłęsents au concert de clłąture, ceux-ci solliciteront la participation du public lors d'une ëýuvre d'improvisation collective alors que, regroupłęs dans l'assistance, les participants au projet vibreront au cëýur młüme de la rłęaction de la foule.


Veuillez s'il vous plait confirmer votre prłęsence auprł«s de

Please confirm to:

Marie-Stłęphane Błęrubłę

Tłęl. : 514 388-5876 / ms.berube@videotron.ca

Visiter notre site : www.appassionata.ca


CONCERTS ł─ VENIR


PromenadełŢ Dakar

Vendredi 29 mai 2009, 20h - 30$, 25$, 10$ - Auditorium Patro Le Prłęvost, 7355, avenue Christophe-Colomb

Cinq ateliers confłęrences autour de ce concert seront offerts łŢ 30 nouveaux immigrants.

Polyrythmie et sonoritłęs exotiques, avec la crłęation de Koralio , une ëýuvre pour kora et orchestre de chambre de Renłę Orłęa-Sanchez et La crłęation du monde de Darius Milhaud . Soliste invitłę : Zal Idrissa Sissokho, kora.



Promenade en Russie

L'histoire du soldat de Igor Stravinski - Guy Beausoleil, adaptation, narration et mise en scł«ne

6-7-8 mars 2009, heures variłęes, pour un jeune auditoire - Maisons de la culture Plateau Mont-Royal, Frontenac, Chapelle historique du bon-Pasteur et Notre-Dame de Grłóce, dans le cadre de la semaine de la musique des Jeunesses musicales du Canada.


L'Ensemble instrumental Appassionata


Appassionata a lancłę en novembre 2008, sous łętiquette FIDELIO, son premier disque, Idyla, quatre ëýuvres importantes du rłępertoire classique et romantique pour orchestre łŢ cordes, autour de la passion amoureuse : Idyla du Tchł«que Leoë░ Janł░čšek, l'Adagio pour orchestre łŢ cordes, Op. 3 du Belge Guillaume Lekeu, Two Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34 du Norvłęgien Edvard Grieg et Serenata Notturna K.239 de Mozart.

Fondłę en 2000 łŢ Montrłęal par Daniel Myssyk et Franł▀oise Henri, cet orchestre de chambre ancrłę dans l'arrondissement Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension, est composłę de 15 instruments łŢ cordes auxquels se greffent łŢ l'occasion d'autres vents. Dłęsirant rendre la musique classique accessible au plus grand nombre, et contribuer au mieux-łütre de la sociłętłę, l'Ensemble prłęsente annuellement une słęrie de concerts autour d'une programmation trł«s diversifiłęe.



Diffusłę rłęgulił«rement sur les ondes de Espace musique łŢ la radio de Radio-Canada, l'orchestre a accompagnłę des solistes de rłęputation internationale, notamment les guitaristes Bill Kanengiser (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet) et Dimitri llarionov, le corniste John Zirbel et les violonistes Yehonatan Berick et Darren Lowe. D'une grande polyvalence, Appassionata participe łŢ plusieurs festivals internationaux et participe łŢ la crłęation d'ëýuvres contemporaines canadiennes.


Son directeur artistique, Daniel Myssyk, est invitłę rłęgulił«rement łŢ diriger divers orchestres en Amłęrique du Nord. Au cours de la dernił«re saison, il a fait ses dłębuts avec les Thirteen Strings d'Ottawa, l'Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivił«res ainsi qu'au Festival international de Lanaudił«re. Il a rłęcemment łętłę nommłę directeur des activitłęs orchestrales łŢ la Virginia Commonwealth University de Richmond en Virginie.


Photos haute rłęsolution tłęlłęchargeables łŢ partir du site : http://www.appassionata.ca

Appassionata reł▀oit l'appui du Conseil des Arts du Canada, du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, du Conseil des arts de Montrłęal, du Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique et de la Corporation de Dłęveloppement łÔconomique Communautaire (CDEC) de Villeray-St-Michel-Parc-Extension,. Appui de Musicaction pour la production du disque Idyla.


Joignez-vous łŢ la Promenade et partons pour Dakar !



FUTURE CONCERTS


A Stroll Through Dakar

Friday, May 29, 2009, 8 p.m. ĺ─ý $30, $25, $10 ĺ─ý Patro Le Prłęvost Auditorium, 7355 Christophe-Colomb Avenue


Five workshop-lectures around this concert will be offered to 30 new immigrants.

Polyrhythms and exotic sounds with the premiere of Koralio, a work for kora and chamber orchestra by Renłę Orłęa-Sanchez, plus Darius Milhaud's La crłęation du monde. Guest soloist: Zal Idrissa Sissokho, kora.


A Stroll Through Russia

L'histoire du soldat by Igor Stravinsky ĺ─ý Guy Beausoleil, adaptation, narration and stage direction


March 6, 7 and 8, 2009, at various times, for young audiences ĺ─ý Plateau Mont-Royal, Frontenac and Notre-Dame de Grłóce maisons de la culture and the Chapelle historique du bon-Pasteur, as part of Jeunesses musicales of Canada's Music Week.


Ensemble instrumental Appassionata


In November 2008, Appassionata released its first disc, Idyla. Appearing on the FIDELIO label, the disc features four major works of the classical and romantic repertoire for string orchestra that were composed around the theme of love: Idyla by the Czech Leoë░ Janł░čšek; Adagio pour orchestre łŢ cordes, Op. 3 by Belgian Guillaume Lekeu; Two Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34 by Norwegian Edvard Grieg; and Serenata Notturna K.239 by Mozart.


Founded in 2000 in Montreal by Daniel Myssyk and Franł▀oise Henri, this string orchestra based in Villerayĺ─ýSaint-Michelĺ─ýParc-Extension Borough consists of a core of 15 strings occasionally augmented by winds. Dedicated to bringing classical music to new audiences and building social harmony, Appassionata presents each year a series of concerts notable for their wide-ranging programs.


Broadcast regularly on Radio-Canada's Espace Musique radio network, the orchestra has accompanied internationally renowned soloists including Bill Kanengiser (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet) and Dimitri llarionov, horn player John Zirbel and violinists Yehonatan Berick and Darren Lowe. Extremely versatile, Appassionata has performed at international festivals and premiered several contemporary Canadian works.


Appassionata's artistic director, Daniel Myssyk, is a frequent guest conductor of orchestras in North America. Last season saw him making his debut with Ottawa's Thirteen Strings, the Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivił«res and at the Festival international de Lanaudił«re. He was recently appointed Director of Orchestral Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.


High-resolution photographs downloadable from the site: http://www.appassionata.ca

Appassionata receives support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, Conseil des arts de Montrłęal, Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique and Corporation de Dłęveloppement łÔconomique Communautaire (CDEC) de Villerayĺ─ýSaint-Michelĺ─ýParc-Extension. Support from Musicaction for the production of the Idyla disc.

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PSO Presents Tribute to Bygone Radio Days of the '40s, February 21-22



PORTLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS A TRIBUTE TO VOCAL GROUPS AND BIG BAND MUSIC OF THE 1940s, FEBRUARY 21-22

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý For a musical time capsule tribute to the bygone radio days of the 1940s, guest conductor Charlaes Latshaw leads the Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and special guest ensemble "Five By Design" in a PSO POPS! retro concert production, "Radio Days." The concerts will be held at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street in Portland, Saturday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, February 22 at 2:30 p.m.

Paying tribute to the vocal groups and big bands of the 1940s, the PSO will be joined by "Five By Design," one of the nation's leading symphony pops artists and interpreters of the American popular song. The Minneapolis-based international touring artists' Kennedy Center debut with the National Symphony was heralded by the Washington Post as "one of the best pops programs of the season." Combining their signature harmonies with vintage fashions, stage and lighting design, and a captivating storyline, they'll perform music by the likes of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey with segments from vintage serials, comedies, and quiz shows.

The PSO and Five By Design will be led by Guest Conductor Charles Latshaw, a vibrant and versatile young artist currently serving as Music Director of the Bloomington (Indiana) Symphony Orchestra, Assistant Conductor of the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and Music Director of the Columbus Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Maestro Latshaw made his debut with the Indianapolis Symphony in March 2008, and will be making guest-conducting appearances in several cities across the United States during the 2008-09 season.

The Saturday evening concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 p.m. Tickets range from $17-$62 and are sold through PortTix at (207) 842-0800 or www.porttix.com. New this year, the website offers real-time online seat selection. Phone and internet orders are subject to $5-per-ticket handling fees. 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 www.portlandsymphony.com.

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master classes Josłę Cura 2009


En septembre 2007, Nancy Opłęra Passion, association nancłęienne pour la promotion des jeunes artistes lyriques, avait organisłę des master classes autour du cłęlł«bre tłęnor Josłę Cura. Quatorze jeunes chanteurs słęlectionnłęs parmi plus de 100 candidats venus des quatre coins de l'Europe avaient perfectionnłę leur jeu d'acteur et la construction de personnages sous la houlette du Maestro, accompagnłęs par l'Orchestre symphonique et lyrique de Nancy dirigłę par Mario De Rose, dans le cadre prestigieux de l'Opłęra national de Lorraine.


Cette łędition 2007 avaient rassemblłę un grand nombre de młęlomanes et le concert final quelques 800 personnes frustrłęes de n'avoir que trł«s peu entendu Josłę Cura qui s'łętait volontairement effacłę pour laisser le devant de la scł«ne aux łęlł«ves.


Forte d'un nombre de membres grandissant et reconnue d'intłęrłüt głęnłęral en mars 2008 par le Ministł«re des Finances, Nancy Opłęra Passion a programmłę un concert en octobre 2008, concert au cours duquel Maestro Cura a chantłę seul ou Julija Samsonova, une jeune soprano lituanienne de la master classes 2007 des airs de Puccini et Verdi entre autres. Č┤ Standing Ovation Ȭ du public sous le charmeĺ─Â.


C'est donc tout naturellement qu'une nouvelle master classes aura lieu les 3, 4, 5 septembre 2009 avec un concert de clłąture le dimanche 6 septembre.


Elle devrait dłęboucher sur une Youth production intłęgrłęe łŢ la saison 2011 de l'Opłęra national de Lorraine


La date limite de rłęception de candidatures est fixłęe au 1er avril 2009.


Renseignements : www.nancyoperapassion.com ou nancyoperapassion@yahoo.fr

Nancy Opłęra Passion -13 rue Palissot- 54000 Nancy




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Come and rediscover Viernes Culturales / Cultural Fridays

Come and rediscover Viernes Culturales / Cultural Fridays
Miamiĺ─˘s Best Arts and Music Festival on the last Friday of every month
Friday, January 30th, 2008. From 6:30 - 11:00 p.m.
On SW 8th Street (Calle Ocho) between 13th and 17th Avenues

Friday Free Fun Fest. You can not miss the next Viernes Culturales / Cultural Fridays

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

6:30 p.m.
- Free History Walking Tour of Little Havana led by Dr. Paul George. (Meet in front of Tower Theater)

Events at Main Stage (15th Avenue and SW 8th Street)
7:00 - 7:15 p.m.
- Fina Escayola Flamenco Academy
7:15 - 8:30 p.m. - Braily Ramos and Olga Lidia Thomas
8:30 - 9:00 p.m. - Belen Jazz Band
9:00 - 10:00 p.m. - Violinist Gerardo Aguillon
10:00 - 11:00 p.m. -
Carlos Manuel

MUSIC / MUSICA
Carlos Manuel (10:00 - 11:00 p.m.)
Carlos Manuel was born on February 8th, 1973 in Havana, Cuba. His first stage appearances were with a group called Constellation and her first professional job was as a soloist playing ballads, boleros, operettas and zarzuelas, until the participated in the group Mayohuacan for 17 years. At this stage, Carlos Manuel gained fame with the song Carapacho pa 'la jicotea" and formed a partnership in 1993, which was called "Carlos Manuel and his band Carapacho" precisely because of the success of the song. Later, the band was renamed as Carlos Manuel y su Clan. Only 6 months later, they recorded their first CD entitled "Por la vena del gustoĺ─¨. In 2000 they recorded their second CD, "Malo Cantidad", then recorded a third one titled ĺ─˙Enamoraoĺ─¨ Carlos Manuel has been taking his music to countries like Spain, Belgium, Canada, Colombia, France, Italy, Jamaica and Mexico among others. He also ventured as an actor in the successful te levision ĺ─˙Blue Azulĺ─¨ with a cast of famous Cuban actors. After his arrival in USA Carlos Manuel has participated in important events in Miami, and has been awarded Latin Male Artist of the year in Canada. His most recent CD entitled " Carlos Manuel" includes the single" El amor eres tu" theme of the soap opera ĺ─˙Amorĺ─¨ from Univision.
Gerardo Aguillon (9:00 - 10:00 p.m.)
Aguillon is a distinguish Cuban violinist with a long international artistic career and expertise on several musical genres and styles. He has been a member of prominent and important orchestras in his country, and on his current residence in the USA. He is a member of the ĺ─˙Florida Chamber Orchestraĺ─¨ directed by Marlene Urbay. He was also a member of the ĺ─˙Cha-Cha-Cha All Starĺ─¨ orchestra. Mr. Aguillon has appeared on the most prestigious Concert Halls country land and internationally as well as: ĺ─˙National Auditoruimĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙Bellas Artesĺ─¨ Theater (Mexico, DF), ĺ─˙Sporting Clubĺ─¨ (Monaco/MonteCarlos), ĺ─˙Teresa Carreł▒o Thaterĺ─¨ (Caracas/Venezuela), ĺ─˙Tchaikovsky Concert Hallĺ─¨ (Moscow/Russia) among many other important venues. He has shared stage performing along with famous musicians such as: Frank Coppola, Michel Legrand, Tony Bennett, Steve Turre, Leo Brouwer, Arturo Sandoval, Sammy Davis Junior, Paquito Dĺ─˘Rivera, Alirio Diaz, Vicente Garrido, Israel Lopez (Cachao), Willie Chirino, Gilberto Santa Rosa, Celia Cruz, among many others. Gerardo Aguillon has produced and directed several recording projects and has recorded two CDĺ─˘s: ĺ─˙Latin Violinĺ─¨ and his most recent production ĺ─˙Gerardo Aguillon Charanga
Braily (7:15 - 8:30 p.m.)
Born in Santa Clara, Cuba in 1976, singer, composer, arranger and multi instrumentalist Braily Ramos began his musical education at 11 years old at the Arts Vocational School. Majoring on the trombone, after completing four years at the National School for the Arts, he proceeds to a higher level at the ISA (Instituto Superior de Arte. During his third year there he is presented with the opportunity to tour with the most popular band in Cuba at the time Manolłén "El Młędico de la Salsa", during his two year stint, in 1998 he performs in Miami and decides to make the city his new home. He has recorded, live shows and special tv & film performances in the area -most notably with Celia Cruz, Willy Chirino, Albita, Eddie Santiago, Tito Nieves, Huey Dunbar, Carlos Manuel, Alejandro Sanz, Gloria Estefan, Frankie Negrłän, among others. He is also a founding member of the Cuban Timba All-Stars. Braily also just released a salsa album at its core, 'Disco Duro'.
Olga Lidia(7:15 - 8:30 p.m.)
Born and raised in Miami, Florida in 1983, proud to be a ĺ─˙Cubanĺ─¨ American, she began singing at the age of 11 and has participated in many important events as well as competitions internationally. Olga Lidia is a bilingual singer whom performs all types of music for all occasions. She performed back-up vocals for artists such as Albita, Milly Quesada, Francisco ĺ─˙Panchoĺ─¨ Cespedes, Alexis Valdez, Lucrecia, among others. Currently, Olga Lidia is part of the television Latin show, ĺ─˙Pellłézcame Que Estoy Soł▒andoĺ─¨ with host Carlos Otero on Channel 41, America Teve, in addition, as the permanent back-up vocalist for Willy Chirino.
ART / ARTE
Cremata Fine Art
The gallery presents a solo exhibition by artist Francisco Sanchez titled ĺ─˙Journey of Reverie." Magic coexists with late Roman sculpture, French Baroque landscapes, Caribbean shells, and African motifs. The arresting beauty of this singular universe is remarkably alive in the work of Francisco Sł░nchez. An artist with an illustrious trajectory in Brazil, Rome, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba, he opened at Cremata Fine Art with an extraordinary new visual language. Francisco Sł░nchez produced a series of canvases and painted chalkboards of serene and exotic beauty, establishing a dialogue with classical antiquity and how nature and magic erupt into the man-made. The artist is an Honors MFA laureate from Moscowĺ─˘s famous Surikov Institute after graduating from Havanaĺ─˘s San Alejandro Academy and the Instituto Superior de Arte. Come to the gallery on Viernes Culturales to have a glass of wine, see his latest work and meet the curato r. Exhibition runs through Feb. 9th, 2009. For more information and images regarding this exhibition, please visit our website.
1646 SW 8th Street. Miami, FL 33135. Ph: 305.644.3315
Email: cremata@crematafineart.com. Website: www.crematafineart.com

EVENTS / EVENTOS
Free History Tour of Little Havana
A walking tour led by Dr. Paul George.
Meeting point: Tower Theater. 1508 SW 8 Street, Miami, FL 33135. (6:30 p.m.)
Viernes Culturales / Cultural Fridays, Inc.
742 SW 16th Avenue
Miami, FL 33135
Ph: 305.643.5500
Fax: 786.999.8894
info@viernesculturales.org
www.viernesculturales.org


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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The VSO presents Julia Fischer and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields









VSO Horiz 186C

The VSO Presents the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields with Julia Fischer


Vancouver BC ĺ─ý The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad present the legendary Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields orchestra ĺ─ý one of the worldĺ─˘s most revered orchestras, on the fiftieth anniversary of their founding by Sir Neville Marriner. World-renowned violinist Julia Fischer leads from the violin in a beautiful program of Mozart, Bach and Walton. This much anticipated Vancouver debut takes place on February 15th, 8pm at the Orpheum Theatre. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Lower Mainland audiences to hear this legendary orchestra live in concert.

ĺ─˙Ms. Fischer found an appealing balance between nobility of statement and rhapsodic freedom. Technically her playing was impressively accomplished and elegant, richly varied in colorings.ĺ─¨

- New York Times

ĺ─˙ĺ─Âthe Academy of St Martin in the Fields responded with playing of quite remarkable weight, precision and fire.ĺ─¨

- ClassicalSource.com

Julia Fischerĺ─˘s rendition of the Bach Concertos with the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields will be featured in this special concert. It is also the subject of her newest recording which made news recently by becoming the highest-selling classical debut in iTunes history and subsequently hitting #1 on the Billboardĺ─˘s Classical Chart. At only 25-years old, Ms. Fischer is Germanyĺ─˘s youngest Professor of Violin at the Hochschule fł║r Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main and was named Gramophone magazineĺ─˘s youngest ever ĺ─˙Artist of the Yearĺ─¨ in 2007. Julia Fischer recently made her debut in the BBC Proms at Londonĺ─˘s Royal Albert Hall.

The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields is celebrated for its technical brilliance and transcendent interpretations of the Classical and Baroque repertoire. Formed from a group of leading London musicians and working without a conductor, the Academy gave its first performance in its namesake church 50 years ago. It soon grew into one of the worldĺ─˘s leading chamber orchestras and became famous for its award-winning recordings. The Academy visits Vancouver as part of its 10-date North American tour to mark its 50th anniversary.

To view a video featuring Ms. Fischer talking about the Bach recording, please visit:

CONCERT INFO

Specials:

The VSO and Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad Present the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Orpheum Theatre, 8pm

Julia Fischer, soloist/leader

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Orchestra

Mozart Divertimento for Strings in F, K.138

JS Bach Violin Concerto in A minor, BMV 1041

JS Bach Violin Concerto in E Major, BMV 1042

Walton Sonata for Strings

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

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Co-Presented by:

Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad

BIOGRAPHIES

Julia Fischer, leader/violin

In summer 2007 Julia Fischer is featured as "Artist in Residence" at Germany's Festspiele Mecklenburg Vorpommern where she will appear in concert, solo and duo recitals and chamber music. Similarly, she will both perform and teach at the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina. At the Aspen Music Festival Ms. Fischer performs in concert (Nicholas Maw Concerto) with Maestro David Zinman and in chamber music with pianist Jonathan Gilad and cellist Daniel Mł║ller-Schott. Returning to Europe, she will tour with the Academy of Saint Martin in the Fields (Elgar concerto) as well as with the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (Prokofiev Concerto No. 2 and Beethoven concerto). In September she returns to the Lucerne Music Festival with the San Francisco Symphony (Sibelius) and its music director Michael Tilson Thomas.

Highlights of the 2007-08 season include symphonic appearances with Marek Janowski, Jun Markl, Yakov Kreizberg, Neville Marriner, Christoph Poppen, Tugan Sokhiev, Yuri Temirkanov and Maestro Zinman (among others) with Czech Philharmonic (Dvorak), Danish Radio orchestra (Beethoven), Dresden Philharmonic (Shostakovich Concerto No 1), London Philharmonic Orchestra (Dvorak), Munich Philharmonic (Dvorak), Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (Shostakovich Concerto No 1), Orchestra National Capitole de Toulouse (Brahms), Orchestre National de Lyon (Mozart Concerto No. 5), Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Bartok Concertos No. 1 and 2), St. Petersburg Philharmonic (Glazunov), Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich (Dvorak), Vienna Symphony (Shostakovich Concerto No. 1). In the United States Ms. Fischer will tour with Maestro Temirkanov and the St. Petersburg Philharmonic (Beethoven) criss-crossing the country from New York to San Francisco as well as perform with the St. Louis Symphony (Dvorak).

The singularly most anticipated event of the 2007-08 season will be Julia Fischer's debut as a professional pianist. On a programme where she will also play the Glazunov Violin Concerto, Ms. Fischer will perform the Grieg Piano Concerto on 1 January 2008 with Sir Neville Marriner at the Alte Oper Frankfurt. Later the same week she will perform both concertos in Saint Petersburg under the baton of Nikolai Alexeev.

The season also includes numerous recitals throughout Germany, Spain and Italy with her long-time collaborator, pianist Milana Chernyavska, in additional to chamber music programmes in the United States and Europe. Ms. Fischer will also tour Europe with pianist Martin Helmchen in an all-Schubert program.

Looking to summer 2008, Ms. Fischer will make several important debuts: Tanglewood Music Festival, Blossom Festival, the BBC Proms at Londonĺ─˘s Royal Albert Hall and the Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy. During the 2007-08 season PentaTone Records will release Julia Fischer's third volume of Mozart (Concertante and Concertone) with Maestro Kreizberg, the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and soloist Gordan Nikolic (viola and violin). Two recent releases feature programmes of Brahms (the Violin Concerto and the Double Concerto with Mr. Mł║ller-Schott) and Tchaikovsky (Concerto for Violin, Valse-Scherzo for Violin & Orchestra, Serenade melancholique in B-flat minor and "Souvenir d'un lieu cher"). In its 20-Volume retrospective of great violists over the last century, entitled "Jahrhundert-Geigerĺ─¨, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung dedicated one volume to Julia Fischer. On DVD Ms. Fischer is showcased in an Opus Arte release of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" with the Academy of St. Martins in the Fields.

A student of famed violinist Ana Chumachenco, Julia Fischer is herself Germany's youngest Professor of Violin at the Hochschule fł║r Musik und Darstellende Kunst Frankfurt am Main. In 2005 she won Germany's coveted 'ECHO' Award for her recording of "Russian Concertos" by Khatchaturian, Prokofiev and Glazounov. In winter 2006 was named by BBC Music Magazine the "Best Newcomer of the Year". Great Britain's distinguished Gramophone Magazine pictured Julia Fischer on the front cover of their July 2006 issue as one of the major young emerging artists. Additionally, Franceĺ─˘s prestigious music journal, Diapason, has awarded Julia Fischer the 2006 ĺ─˙Diapason d'Or lĺ─˘annłęeĺ─¨.

Julia Fischer makes her home in Munich, Germany.

The Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Orchestra

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields was formed in 1958 as a small, conductor-less chamber ensemble. Led by Neville Marriner and attracting some of the finest players in London, the orchestra at first concentrated on repertoire from the Baroque era, developing a style of performance that launched the 1960ĺ─˘s Baroque revival. The Academy was so named after the various concert-giving societies or ĺ─˛Academiesĺ─˘ that had flourished in 18th century London and the famous church in which it gave its first concert on 13 November 1959.

Only two years later it had secured its first recording contract, with the independent Lĺ─˘Oiseau-Lyre label. This was to be the beginning of a literally record-breaking discography that now boasts well over 500 entries, making the Academy the most recorded chamber orchestra in the world. The Academy is particularly well-known for its Mozart recordings with Sir Neville Marriner including the multi award winning soundtrack to the film ĺ─˛Amadeusĺ─˘. More recently the orchestra has won critical acclaim for its recordings of Bach Keyboard Concerti with pianist Murray Perahia, the Brahms and Stravinsky Violin concerti with Hilary Hahn and Sir Neville Marriner and concerti by Kurt Weill and Peteris Vasks with British violinist Anthony Marwood. Thanks to this huge recorded catalogue and widespread radio coverage, the Academyĺ─˘s name has become familiar to audiences across the globe.

Alongside its performances with Life President Sir Neville Marriner and Director Kenneth Sillito the Academy now collaborates with a number of guest directors including Murray Perahia, Joshua Bell, Gil Shaham, Anthony Marwood, Julia Fischer and Julian Rachlin. The orchestra maintains a busy schedule of international touring alongside its concerts and outreach work in the UK and in the 2006/7 season will perform in France, Spain, Switzerland, Hungary, Holland, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic and the USA. In 1997 the orchestra was invited to perform during the official handover celebrations in Hong Kong and more recently was the first guest orchestra to appear at the Frank Gehry designed Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Since 2002 the Academy has been the resident orchestra at the Mostly Mozart Festival at Londonĺ─˘s Barbican Centre.

Unlike most major UK orchestras, the Academy receives no direct government subsidy and relies solely on its artistic integrity and commercial initiative for its continued success.


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NACO, Feb 5-7: Neil Sedaka performs on NAC Orchestra Pops Series


Pop music legend Neil Sedaka comes to the National Arts Centre Orchestra CTV Pops Series from Feb. 5 to 7

Ottawa, Canada ĺ─ý Pop legend Neil Sedaka, whose more than a thousand songs have won him a place in the Songwritersĺ─˘ Hall of Fame, joins the National Arts Centre Orchestra in CTV Pops concerts from Thursday, February 5 to Saturday, February 7 at 8 p.m. in the NACĺ─˘s Southam Hall. Sedakaĺ─˘s 50 years as a topnotch musician, extraordinary vocalist, and ageless songwriting talent are celebrated in such chart-topping hits that have made him famous: ĺ─˙Love Will Keep Us Togetherĺ─¨, ĺ─˙Breaking Up Is Hard to Doĺ─¨, and ĺ─˙Laughter in the Rainĺ─¨.

The second half of the concert opens with a short film of Neil Sedakaĺ─˘s long and illustrious career before the man himself takes the stage to perform (in his words) ĺ─˙the hits that I am most known for, including my hidden treasures that I am just as proud of.ĺ─¨

The opening half features the National Arts Centre Orchestra led by Earl Stafford performing a light classical program including Shostakovichĺ─˘s Festive Overture, Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Serenade for Strings, Offenbachĺ─˘s Can-Can, and selections from Bernsteinĺ─˘s West Side Story. There will also be a surprise orchestral selection by Neil Sedaka himself! Sedaka composed the short symphony, Joie de vivre, which the former classical piano student of the prestigious Juilliard School describes as being ĺ─˙inspired by all the classical music I was exposed to at a young age.ĺ─¨ Joie de vivre premiered last November and is now being performed in Canada for the first time. It will be conducted by Lee Holdridge, who also did the arrangement.

The history of Rock ĺ─˘Nĺ─˘ Roll would be incomplete without the innumerable contributions of Neil Sedaka. For over five decades, he has written, performed, produced, and inspired countless songs, and his canon of compositions will continue to stand the test of time. His introduction to his young neighbor Howard Greenfield led to one of the most prolific songwriting partnerships of the last half century selling forty million records between 1959-1963.

Neil Sedaka catapulted into stardom after Connie Francis recorded his ĺ─˙Stupid Cupid.ĺ─¨ After signing a contract with RCA, Sedaka recorded chart toppers ĺ─˙The Diary,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Oh! Carol,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙ Stairway to Heaven,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Calendar Girl,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Little Devil,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Next Door To An Angel,ĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.ĺ─¨

The numerous honours Sedaka has received include being inducted into the Songwriterĺ─˘s Hall of Fame, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and a street named after him in his hometown of Brooklyn, while his song ĺ─˙Love Will Keep Us Together,ĺ─¨ won a Grammy Award as Record of the Year for The Captain and Tenille. In 2004, he received the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Popular Music / Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Tickets for Neil Sedaka and the NAC Orchestra from February 5 to 7 in Southam Hall are on sale now at $29, $39, $49, $59, $69 and $86 (GST and Facility Fee included) at the NAC Box Office (Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.), and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111. Ticketmaster may also be accessed through the NACĺ─˘s web-site at www.nac-cna.ca.

Half-price tickets for students in all sections of the hall are on sale in person at the NAC Box Office upon presentation of a valid student ID card. Live Rush tickets (subject to availability) for full-time students (aged 13 to 29) are $11 at the NAC Box Office from 2 p.m. the day before the concert to 6 p.m. the day of, upon presentation of a valid Live Rush card.

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

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Concerts Janvier-Fłęvrier / January-February


Montrłęal, le 23 janvier 2009: Aprł«s un Automne Messiaen rempli d'łęmotions et de couleurs, Louise Bessette poursuit ses activitłęs de concertiste avec Tania Miller et le Victoria Symphony, ainsi que Marc David et les orchestres de St. John's et Longueuil, dans des oeuvres de Serge Arcuri et Francis Poulenc.

Samedi 31 janvier 2009 łŢ 20h00

Alix Goolden Hall

Victoria, BC, Canada

New Currents Festival of Music

Victoria Symphony

Tania Miller, chef d'orchestre; Louise Bessette, piano

Serge Arcuri: Fragments, Les furieuses enluminures, La Forłüt des clameurs (concerto pour piano et cordes)

http://www.victoriasymphony.bc.ca/concerts/index.asp#648

Vendredi 13 fłęvrier 2009 łŢ 20h00

Arts and Culture Centre

St. John's, NF, Canada

Masterworks #3

Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra

Marc David, chef d'orchestre; Louise Bessette, piano

Serge Arcuri: La Forłüt des clameurs (concerto pour piano et cordes)

Francis Poulenc: Concerto pour piano

http://www.nso-music.com/masterworks_3.html

Jeudi 26 fłęvrier 2009 łŢ 20h00

Thłęłótre de la ville

Longueuil, QC, Canada

Les grands concerts łŢ Longueuil

Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil

Marc David, chef d'orchestre; Louise Bessette, piano

Serge Arcuri: La Forłüt des clameurs (concerto pour piano et cordes)

http://www.osdl.ca/activites.html





LOUISE BESSETTE'S CONCERTS

JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2009

Montrłęal, January 23, 2009: After the Automne Messiaen which was full of emotion and colors, Louise Bessette will now give concerts with Tania Miller and the Victoria Symphony, and with Marc David conducting St. John's and Longueuil orchestras, performing works by Serge Arcuri and Francis Poulenc.

Saturday January 31, 2009 at 8PM

Alix Goolden Hall

Victoria, BC, Canada

New Currents Festival of Music

Victoria Symphony

Tania Miller, conductor; Louise Bessette, piano

Serge Arcuri: Fragments, Les furieuses enluminures, La Forłüt des clameurs (concerto for piano and strings)

http://www.victoriasymphony.bc.ca/concerts/index.asp#648

Friday February 13, 2009 at 8PM

Arts and Culture Centre

St. John's, NF, Canada

Masterworks #3

Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra

Marc David, conductor; Louise Bessette, piano

Serge Arcuri: La Forłüt des clameurs (concerto for piano and strings)

Francis Poulenc: Concerto pour piano

http://www.nso-music.com/masterworks_3.html

Thursday February 26, 2009 at 8PM

Thłęłótre de la ville

Longueuil, QC, Canada

Les grands concerts łŢ Longueuil

Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil

Marc David, conductor; Louise Bessette, piano

Serge Arcuri: La Forłüt des clameurs (concerto for piano and strings)

http://www.osdl.ca/activites.html

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UdeM - Journłęe d'łętude Č┤ Lłęvi-Strauss : Hier et aujourd'hui Ȭ


Journłęe dĺ─˘łętude

Č┤ Lłęvi-Strauss : Hier et aujourdĺ─˘hui Ȭ

Facultłę de musique de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal

Le vendredi 13 fłęvrier 2009

Lĺ─˘Observatoire international de la crłęation et des cultures musicales (OICCM)

et le Laboratoire de recherche sur les musique du monde (LRMM)

en collaboration avec la Chaire dĺ─˘ethnomusicologie

prłęsentent une journłęe dĺ─˘łętude intitulłęe

Č┤ Lłęvi-Strauss : Hier et aujourdĺ─˘hui Ȭ

le vendredi 13 fłęvrier 2009 dł«s 14h,

łŢ la salle Jean-Papineau-Couture (B-421)

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

(200, Vincent dĺ─˘Indy, młętro łÔdouard-Montpetit).

Lĺ─˘entrłęe est libre.

Vous trouverez, en pił«ce jointe,

le communiqułę de presse de cet łęvłęnement.

Source :

Amłęlie Pigeon, coordonnatrice du LRMM

Tłęlłęphone : 514-343-6111 poste 6921

amelie.pigeon@umontreal.ca

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le 5 fłęvrier, les arts voient vert


www.culturemontreal.ca 28 janvier 2009
Communiqułę

Culture Montrłęal et la TOHU convient la communautłę artistique łŢ une confłęrence sur lĺ─˘łęvłęnement culturel łęcoresponsable

Une foule de conseils pratiques livrłęs par Marył«ve Charland-Lallier du Conseil qułębłęcois des łęvłęnements łęcoresponsables


Montrłęal, le 28 janvier 2009 ĺ─ý Artistes, artisans, diffuseurs, gestionnaires et promoteurs dĺ─˘łęvłęnements culturels en tous genres : Culture Montrłęal vous invite, avec la collaboration de la TOHU, łŢ la confłęrence Č┤ Les arts voient vert : pour des łęvłęnements culturels łęcoresponsables Ȭ qui aura lieu le jeudi 5 fłęvrier 2009, de 9 h łŢ 12 h, łŢ la TOHU (2345, Jarry Est, Montrłęal).

Č┤ Bien plus quĺ─˘une mode, la prise en compte du dłęveloppement durable dans lĺ─˘organisation dĺ─˘łęvłęnements est en voie de devenir un must et ce, tant pour la santłę du porte-monnaie des promoteurs que pour lĺ─˘accomplissement de leur rłąle citoyen. Le milieu culturel est reconnu comme un terreau dĺ─˘innovation et de changement; nous croyons quĺ─˘il peut jouer un rłąle de levier dans la głęnłęralisation de comportements łęcoresponsables Ȭ, explique Anne-Marie Jean, directrice głęnłęrale de Culture Montrłęal. Stłęphane Lavoie, directeur głęnłęral de la TOHU, ajoute : Č┤Nous sommes fiers d'avoir construit non seulement la premił«re salle circulaire au canada dłędiłęe aux arts du cirque, mais aussi le premier błótiment public vert au Qułębec. ł─ la TOHU, nous avons łęlaborłę des pratiques dĺ─˘affaires qui participent łŢ la prłęservation de notre environnement, et nous sommes en qułüte constante de fał▀ons de les amłęliorer, de prłęsenter nos activitłęs dans une logique plus verte. Nous sommes donc heureux dĺ─˘accueillir cette confłęrence qui permettra łŢ nos collł«gues du secteur culturel dĺ─˘amorcer ou de poursuivre leur cheminement vers des łęvłęnements łęcoresponsables.Ȭ

Montrłęal accueille chaque annłęe une quarantaine de festivals et un nombre incalculable de manifestations culturelles. Ces łęvłęnements contribuent łŢ la vitalitłę et au rayonnement de la młętropole; en contrepartie, comme tout łęvłęnement public, ils reprłęsentent une source de pollution attribuable notamment aux dłęplacements, łŢ la consommation dĺ─˘łęnergie et aux matił«res rłęsiduelles qui en rłęsultent. Comment conjuguer crłęativitłę, rassemblements publics et respect de lĺ─˘environnement? Marył«ve Charland-Lallier, conseillł«re et formatrice dĺ─˘expłęrience au Conseil qułębłęcois des łęvłęnements łęcoresponsables, partagera sa vaste connaissance en gestion łęcoresponsable (łęvłęnements corporatifs, communautaires, culturels), livrant trucs et astuces facilitant le changement des pratiques opłęrationnelles. Č┤ Il est rłęjouissant de voir que des organisations comme lĺ─˘łęquipe Spectra, le groupe Mes Ałěeux, le Goethe-Institut de Montrłęal et la TOHU, entre autres, sĺ─˘engagent dłęjłŢ łŢ rłęduire lĺ─˘empreinte łęcologique des activitłęs culturelles. Il est important de noter que des partenaires corporatifs sĺ─˘associent de plus en plus łŢ cette dłęmarche en offrant un appui financier! VoilłŢ bien la preuve que la gestion łęcoresponsable est un crłęneau dĺ─˘avenir. Ȭ

Un choix łęcologique, łęconomique et social

Un łęvłęnement łęcoresponsable intł«gre des objectifs de dłęveloppement durable touchant chaque łętape de son organisation. Il vise non seulement un impact minimal sur lĺ─˘environnement, mais głęnł«re łęgalement des retombłęes positives dans la communautłę oł╝ il a lieu. Des mesures simples et peu coł¬teuses telles que lĺ─˘emploi de papier rłęcupłęrłę, le choix dĺ─˘un lieu situłę prł«s des transports en commun, le recours łŢ des fournisseurs locaux et łŢ des entreprises dĺ─˘łęconomie sociale et la redistribution des surplus alimentaires peuvent faire toute la diffłęrence... Ce qui sera dłęmontrłę le 5 fłęvrier!

TARIFS
Membres de Culture Montrłęal ou dłętenteurs dĺ─˘un forfait TOHU : GRATUIT!
Rłęgulier : 30 $

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B.C. Music Legends to perform at BC Scene on May 1, 2009


B.C. Music Legends to perform
at BC Scene
on May 1, 2009

Tickets on sale January 29

OTTAWA ĺ─ý Some of British Columbiaĺ─˘s most beloved musicians will come together on stage for a unique evening of great music and memory making as part of BC Scene, the largest gathering of British Columbia artists ever presented outside of the province.
B.C. Music Legends will be hosted by Valdy, who, with his two Juno Awards for Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year, seven additional Juno nominations, four gold albums and countless dedicated fans across the country, can truly be called a Canadian folk music icon. Joining him on stage will be lyrical singer-songwriter Barney Bentall of Legendary Hearts fame; the remarkable 87-year-old veteran blues singer Leon Bibb; folk legend Ferron; much loved singer-songwriter Roy Forbes; Will Millar, lead singer of the popular Irish Rovers; and Shari Ulrich of the celebrated 1970s band, Pied Pumkin.

B.C. Music Legends will take place at Centrepointe Theatre at 8 p.m. on May 1, 2009. Tickets for the show go on sale on January 29 through the Centrepointe Theatre website at www.centrepointetheatre.com, by telephone at (613) 580-2700, or in person at the Centrepointe Theatre Box Office at Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive in Ottawa.

This is a rare chance to catch some amazing music heroes together on the same stage for one night only. Rejuvenate your musical soul with an evening of great songs, great performers, and a couple of trips down memory lane with some of the West Coastĺ─˘s greatest musical performers ĺ─ý youĺ─˘ll be happy and humming all the way home.

The full roster of BC Scene programming will be announced at the Festival launch on Tuesday, Februrary 24 at 11:00 a.m. in the Fourth Stage at the National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin Street. To confirm your attendance or to request an invitation, please call (613) 947-7000, ext 343.

BC Scene

The National Arts Centreĺ─˘s BC Scene will take place from April 21 to May 3, 2009. Part of a series of biennial national festivals exploring Canadaĺ─˘s cultural panorama, BC Scene will celebrate a dynamic culture that is a fusion of traditional and contemporary, East and West, and established and emerging artists.

BC Scene will feature 600 artists from disciplines as varied as music, theatre, dance, visual and media arts, literature and culinary arts in more than 90 events over 13 days, at venues around the National Capital Region. Among those in attendance for this unique showcase of B.C. artists will be more than 60 Canadian and international presenters ĺ─ý producers, buyers, or talent scouts ĺ─ý discovering B.C. talent and bringing it to their own audiences.

For more information about BC Scene, visit www.bcscene.ca.

Partners

A multitude of public and private organizations have come together to make BC Scene a reality. BC Scene would like to thank the Government of Canada, the Government of British Columbia and Western Economic Diversification Canada for their generous support of this event.

The National Arts Centre and National Arts Centre Foundation also extend warm thank you to the B.C. Strategy Council, a group of committed individuals whose leadership, support and guidance are key to the success of BC Scene. The B.C. Strategy Council is led by Honorary Chairs Milton and Fei Wong, and Chair Donald B. Rix.

The NAC Foundation also gratefully acknowledges the support of Presenting Partner Plasco Energy Group, Special Partners The Radcliffe Foundation, The Audain Foundation, Martha Lou Henley, Milton and Fei Wong and Dr. Donald B. Rix. Acknowledgment is also extended to Major Partner Enbridge Inc. and Supporting Partners Canwest, HSBC Bank Canada, the Holiday Inn and Screen Siren Pictures. For their commitment and support of B.C. arts and artists, we give special thanks to the NAC Friends ĺ─ý B.C.. BC Scene Media Partners include CBC/Radio-Canada, The National Post, Vancouver Magazine and Western Living, The Ottawa Citizen, LeDroit, and The Vancouver Sun.

BC Scene would also like to thank the First Peoplesĺ─˘ Heritage, Language and Culture Council for their valuable assistance.

To register to receive programming updates about BC Scene, please subscribe to the
BC Scene email list at www.bcscene.ca.


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Normand Chouinard et Marcel Leboeuf - "Le secret du głęant"


Une nouvelle activitłę familiale pour l'łętłę

Porte-parole : Marcel Leboeuf

Mise en scł«ne : Normand Chouinard

Sherbrooke, le mercredi 28 janvier 2009 ĺ─ý Le vignoble La Halte des Pł«lerins, situłę łŢ cinq minutes du centre-ville de Sherbrooke, prłęsente Č┤ Le Secret du głęant Ȭ (m.e.s. Normand Chouinard). Situłęe dans les Cantons-de-l'Est, cette nouvelle attraction consiste en un parc thłęmatique familial totalement nouveau au Qułębec. En effet, Č┤ Le Secret du głęant Ȭ se veut la conjugaison entre le divertissement, l'imaginaire et l'łęducation. Petits et grands y dłęcouvriront le secret de l'hłęritage de Bacchus qui jusqu'ici est restłę cachłę. Et qui de mieux que Marcel Leboeuf, dont l'une de ses nombreuses passions est la viticulture, comme porte-parole de cette aventure enivrante se dłęroulant en plein cëýur d'un vignoble.

Deux activitłęs, un seul site !

Le Secret du głęant

Du 30 mai au 20 septembre 2009, c'est łŢ travers des sentiers interactifs d'animation thłęłótrale que les visiteurs feront la rencontre de personnages aussi inusitłęs que fantastiques. Par l'entremise d'histoires, d'łęnigmes et de petits dłęfis ludiques et stimulants, ceux-ci vivront une expłęrience hors du commun, dłęcouvrant ainsi les secrets de l'endroit, et par le fait młüme le secret du głęant ! Les sentiers seront animłęs par une łęquipe de comłędiens, le tout s'appuyant sur les textes d'une auteure aguerrie et encadrłęe par une mise en scł«ne originale signłęe par l'homme de thłęłótre Normand Chouinard Avec des jeux d'effets spłęciaux, visuels et sonores, qui transporteront les participants dans une histoire magique et inoubliable, cette attraction familiale d'une durłęe approximative de deux heures vient ainsi combler un vide important dans la rłęgion de Sherbrooke pour cette clientł«le qui se voit offrir peu d'activitłęs familiales. Soucieux de l'expłęrience des parents, mais łęgalement de celle des enfants, Č┤ Le Secret du głęant Ȭ sera un moment des plus agrłęables łŢ vivre en famille.

La Halte des Pł«lerins

Le dłęmarrage de La Halte des Pł«lerins a eu lieu en 1998. C'est suite łŢ un investissement de plus d'un million de dollars et la crłęation de 12 emplois que le vignoble ouvre ses portes le 14 juin 2008, dł«s lors officialisłę attraction touristique. La tangente familiale est claire pour les deux entrepreneurs (Jacques Chabot et Marco Corbin) qui n'hłęsitent pas une fois de plus łŢ investir et crłęer encore 25 emplois dans la rłęgion. Outre le Č┤ Secret du głęant Ȭ, La Halte des Pł«lerins propose une visite guidłęe du vignoble. Une escale divine oł╝ les secrets de la vinification y sont dłęmystifiłęs. Chacun łŢ leur fał▀on, les pł«lerins guident les visiteurs sur les sentiers du vignoble, les invitant łŢ dłęguster des vins et des produits du terroir. De plus, une belle nouveautłę s'ajoutera prochainement łŢ la liste des vins produits au vignoble; le vin de glace L'Archange verra le jour dans les prochains mois !

Services complłęmentaires

L'endroit offre des services complłęmentaires tels que : des tables łŢ pique-nique, un service de restauration lłęgł«re et une boutique souvenirs. De plus, le site enchanteur de La Halte des pł«lerins se veut un endroit idłęal pour les rłęceptions, mariages, 5 łŢ 7 ou toute autre occasion spłęciale.

La Halte des Pł«lerins

Renseignements : Marco Corbin, VP

693, chemin du Sanctuaire, Sherbrooke

819 563-5115

www.haltedespelerins.com

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Dorothy de Val in York U Faculty Concert Feb 10


Dorothy de Val is 'Flirting with Mr. Darcy' in the York U Faculty Concert Series

Toronto, January 28, 2009: British music specialist Dorothy de Val steps into the spotlight with her English country dance music ensemble Playford's Pleasure in Flirting with Mr. Darcy, the third performance in the Faculty Concert Series of York University's Music Department. Revisit romance with an evening of lighthearted dance music from the age of Jane Austen in York's Tribute Communities Recital Hall on February 10.

Playford's Pleasure are inspired improvisers, putting a delightful modern spin on popular tunes of bygone times. Pianist de Val, fiddler Stephen Fuller and York music instructor, flautist Barbara Ackerman will perform songs from the era of Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. The program includes pieces issued by the renowned 17th-century music publisher John Playford as well as works by Henry Purcell, Nathaniel Kynaston and a host of anonymous composers.

Playford's Pleasure will be joined on stage by The Regency Dancers, led by York graduate student, dance historian and caller Karen Millyard. The dancers will perform to the live music for several numbers including The Physical Snob (c.1800) Grimstock (1652), Shrewsbury Lasses (1765), and The Fandango (1774).

Thanks to the published instructions in dance collections and manuals of the day, English country dance is one of the earliest re-creatable social dance forms. The style is rooted in the 17th-century gentry and courts of England and France. The tunes themselves were derived from everything from ballads to operas, with a wide variety of styles spanning sweet and melodic, to melancholic, to lively and rhythmic. Though it may be more than 300 years old, the music - and the flowing, graceful social dances set to it - remain accessible and engaging to contemporary audiences. Toronto has a number of thriving clubs with monthly dances and concerts, where traditional performance mingles with the new.

"It's been said that if you can walk and you know your left from your right, you already know the basics of English country dance," said de Val. "And with the caller giving directions, dancers don't need to rely on memorization. This helps account for the art form's continuing popularity."

De Val's research into British folksong revival introduced her to Millyard and Toronto's English country dance community two years ago. She formed her trio Playford's Pleasure shortly after.

De Val studied piano in Toronto with Boris Berlin and Pierre Souvairan and graduated with distinction from the Royal College of Music performance program in London, England. Appointed to the College's internationally renowned Museum of Instruments, she began performing on the collection's fine harpsichords and early pianos. Her research on the folk music revival in England in the early 20th century includes publications on the scholar and collector Lucy Broadwood and the composer Percy Grainger. She taught at the Royal Academy of Music and at the University of Oxford before joining York's Music Department, where she is professor of musicology.


What: "Flirting with Mr. Darcy"
- Dorothy de Val headlines the York U Faculty Concert Series
When: Tues. February 10 at 7:30pm
Where: Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St. [Map]
Admission: $15, students & seniors $5
Box Office: 416.736.5888 | www.yorku.ca/perform/boxoffice



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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Celebrate Valentine's with the VSO and Tchaikovsky's Romantic Romeo & Juliet


Celebrate Valentineĺ─˘s with the VSO and

Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Romantic Romeo & Juliet

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra has the perfect Valentineĺ─˘s concert featuring the Romantic music of Bizetĺ─˘s Carmen, Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Romeo and Juliet and pianist Ian Parker performing Ravelĺ─˘s exciting Piano Concerto. Concerts take place on February 14th at the Orpheum Theatre and February 16th at the Bell Performing Arts Centre. Maestro Bramwell Tovey wields his baton for this concert which also features the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra performing with the VSO in the Bizet and the Tchaikovsky.

Born in Vancouver to a family of pianistic powerhouses, Ian Parker proves that talent runs in the blood. With his fluid artistry and irresistible charm, Parker captivates audiences wherever he goes. A graduate of The Julliard School and First Prize winner of the 2001 CBC National Radio Competition and the Canadian National Music Festival, Parkerĺ─˘s talent was evident and he quickly rose to fame as a soloist who delights audiences internationally.

Established in 1930, the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra has a long history of offering the highest level of musical training for young musicians. Artistic Director, Roger Cole (who is also the VSOĺ─˘s Principal Oboist) explains that ĺ─˙after 78 years, the VYSO looks forward to not only making a difference in the lives of its members, but in the local and provincial community as well. Conducting the Senior Orchestra is truly a thrill ĺ─ý the superb artistic ability and sheer dedication that goes into making each one of our performances a success is evident on the face of each player.ĺ─¨

CONCERT INFO

Musically Speaking & Surrey Nights Series

Saturday, February 14, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Monday, February 16, 8pm, Bell Performing Arts Centre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Ian Parker, piano

Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra

Nicolai The Merry Wives of Windsor: Overture

Aaron Young Acte-Automaton (Olympic Commission)

Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major
Bizet Carmen Suite
Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet

Tickets for February 14: $20-$56 (Senior, Student & Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets for February 16: $37 (Senior, Student & Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Special Thanks:

The VSOĺ─˘s Surrey Nights series has been endowed by a generous gift from Werner and Helga HłĆing.

Special Video Screen Presentations for the Musically Speaking series were created and produced by students and staff of Digital Video Productions at Columbia Academy.

Video Screen Sponsor: TELUS

Radio Sponsor: 103.5 QM/FM

The VSO is grateful to the Province of British Columbia for its support of the Olympic Commissioning Project.

BIOGRAPHIES

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

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.

Ian Parker, piano

Magnetic, easy-going and delightfully articulate, Canadian pianist Ian Parker captivates audiences wherever he goes. He has appeared with the Buffalo Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony, CBC Vancouver, Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom, Edmonton Symphony, Greenwich Symphony, Honolulu Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic, Mobile Symphony, National Symphony, Quebec Symphony, and the symphonies of Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, and Winnipeg, among others. One of the highlights of 2006 was Mr. Parkerĺ─˘s dazzling performance of Rachmaninovĺ─˘s second piano concerto and the Variations on a Theme by Paganini with the Jacksonville Symphony, both at the same concert and on short notice! The tour de force brought the house down in Jacksonville and marked the grand finale of the Jacksonville Symphonyĺ─˘s Classical Madness festivities.

An enthusiastic recitalist, Ian Parker has performed across the United States, Western Europe, Israel, and throughout Canada on tours with Debut Atlantic and Jeunesses Musicales du Canada. He made his Lincoln Center recital debut at the Walter Reade Theater in 2004 and moderates a new recital series in Vancouver for the introduction of young artists.

Mr. Parker was invited to collaborate with the internationally renowned Vogler Quartet during its twentieth anniversary tour in 2005-06 throughout the U.S. and Canada. Following the tourĺ─˘s tremendous success, he was invited to join them again for several concerts in the spring of 2006, as well as an extensive North American tour in the 2006-07 season.

First Prize winner at the 2001 CBC National Radio Competition, Ian Parker has also won the Grand Prize at the Canadian National Music Festival, the Corpus Christie International Competition and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition. At The Juilliard School, he received the 2002 William Petschek Piano Debut Award and, on two occasions, was the winner of the Gina Bachauer Piano Scholarship Competition. Heard regularly on CBC Radio, Mr. Parker has also performed live on WQXR (hosted by Robert Sherman) in New York.

Born in Vancouver to a family of pianists, Ian Parker began his piano studies at age three with his father, Edward Parker. He holds both the Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where he was a student of Yoheved Kaplinsky. While at Juilliard, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded him the Sylva Gelber Career Grant, which is given annually to the ĺ─˙most talented Canadian artist.ĺ─¨

Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra

The Vancouver Youth Symphony has a long, proud history in Vancouver, dating back to 1930. An amateur flautist named R. Cyril Haworth was the prime mover in forming the "Vancouver Little Symphony", first under the direction of the students themselves and later, under the baton of itĺ─˘s first Music Director, Mr. George Coutts. Mr. Coutts was known to be "one of the very best", "a fun kind of chap" and a Scottish trained, all round musician with talent and generosity as a community leader. The orchestra thrived and in 1938, the ensemble became an "educational project" of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the name was changed to "Vancouver Junior Symphony Orchestra". In 1945 the group was reorganized as an independent and became the "Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra". Today, the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra is a dynamic, independent organization that is recognized throughout Greater Vancouver for its very fine, multi level orchestral training programme.

VYSO musicians continue to proudly represent Vancouver locally, nationally and internationally. Many former VYSO musicians have gone on to acclaimed musical careers and there is never a shortage of current young VYSO musicians following in their paths. The Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra continues to offer the highest level of musical training, to nurture and develop young musicians for decades to come.

The VYSO helps to develop young musicians, both artistically and as individuals. Its programs, including performances, rehearsals, tours, and workshops, provide musicians with the opportunity to discover and realize their potential in a secure yet challenging environment. The orchestra conducts annual concerto competitions, the winners of which receive a cash prize and an opportunity to perform as concert soloists with the orchestra.

The VYSO is firmly committed to keeping its program accessible to young musicians, regardless of their financial and cultural background. In order to ensure that tuition fees remain affordable, the VYSO maintains a continuous and intense fundraising effort. Bursaries are available to assist students who might otherwise be unable to participate.

The VYSO also contributes to the community at large. It actively pursues opportunities to join with other community organizations in support of their youth programs. The VYSO regularly invites music students and senior citizens to enjoy its concerts as guests.


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Gala de la musique de Qułębec: Et les nominłęs sont...


Qułębec, le 27 janvier 2009 ĺ─ý Le Gala de la musique de Qułębec (GMQ), un łęvłęnement annuel de remise de prix pour les artisans de la musique de la grande rłęgion de Qułębec, est fier d'annoncer aujourd'hui ses nominations pour la remise des Prix Champlain 2009, disponibles au http://www.apmgrq.com/Mises_en_candidatures_Gala_2009_APMGRQ.html. L'Association des professionnels en musique de la grande rłęgion de Qułębec (APMGRQ), łŢ la tłüte du GMQ, compte maintenant 70 membres et elle a reł▀u 30 mises en candidature dans les diffłęrentes catłęgories du GMQ. Le GMQ dłęvoilera ses gagnants dans la deuxił«me moitiłę du mois d'avril. Le public et les membres de l'APMGRQ pourront voter pour leurs artistes favoris łŢ compter du 9 mars au www.galadelamusique.com.

ĺ─ÂSUITE EN PIłÓCE JOINTE

www.galadelamusique.com

www.myspace.com/galadelamusique

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PSO Opens Search for Next Designers' ShowHouse



PORTLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OPENS SEARCH FOR NEXT SHOWHOUSE

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is opening the search for the next PSO Designers' ShowHouse. For three weeks during fall 2009 or summer 2010, the PSO will conduct its 13th Designers' ShowHouse, a fabulous fundraiser where the region's finest interior designers and artisans transform a house of historic or architectural interest, room by room. Greater Portland homeowners now have the opportunity to offer their home to be the next transformed for ShowHouse.

With tours open to the public and special events including an opening night Preview Gala, ShowHouse draws extensive community and media attention. The PSO's leading fundraising event, ShowHouse generates as much as $80,000 to support the artistic and education programs of Maine's largest and most prominent performing arts organization.

Greater Portland homeowners are invited to join the rich tradition that is ShowHouse. Interested homeowners should write 100 words or less about why their home would make a great ShowHouse, and mail along with photos and contact information to: PSO, P.O. Box 3573, Portland, ME 04104, or events@portlandsymphony.com.

Designers' ShowHouse must be located in the greater Portland area, have ample parking on street or property, handicap accessibility considerations, landscaping possibilities, and a garage or other outlying building for a boutique. If the home is multi-level, there must be two staircases for ease of access and evacuation. The house would need to be vacated for approximately three months. A formal contract will be negotiated with the homeowner.

For more information about the Portland Symphony Orchestra, visit portlandsymphony.com.

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Renowned Violinist Hilary Hahn Performs World Premiere of American Composer Jennifer Higdon's Violin Concerto Fe. 6-7


VIOLINIST HILARY HAHN PERFORMS WORLD PREMIERE OF JENNIFER HIGDONĺ─˘S VIOLIN CONCERTO WITH INDIANAPOLIS SYMPHONY FEB. 6-7

Renowned Violin Virtuoso Collaborates With Prolific American Composer on New Concerto

In Brief:

Highlight: Hilary Hahn performs world premiere of Jennifer Hidgonĺ─˘s Violin Concerto

Performers: Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra

Conductor: Mario Venzago

Soloist: Hilary Hahn, Violin

Location: Hilbert Circle Theatre

Dates(times): Fri., Feb. 6, 8 p.m.; Sat., Feb. 7, 5:30 p.m.

Repertoire: WEBER Overture to Der Freischł║tz

HIGDON Violin Concerto (World Premiere)

SCHUMANN Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, Op. 120

Tickets: $16-$68 each, with $10 student tickets by showing valid ID

(317) 639-4300; Toll Free (800) 366-8457; online at

www.IndianapolisSymphony.org

INDIANAPOLISĺ─ţThe Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Mario Venzago welcome one of the most sought after artists in classical musicĺ─ţ29-year-old American violin sensation Hilary Hahnĺ─ţwho will perform the world premiere of American composer Jennifer Higdonĺ─˘s newest work, the Violin Concerto she wrote specifically for Hahn, to highlight Lilly Classical Series concerts Friday and Saturday, February 6 and 7, at the Hilbert Circle Theatre.

Ticket prices range from $16 to $68. Student tickets are $10 each by showing a valid student ID. Tickets may be ordered by calling the Hilbert Circle Theatre Box Office at (317) 639-4300, or online by visiting www.IndianapolisSymphony.org. To order by telephone outside of Indianapolis, call toll free (800) 366-8457. Performance times are at 8 p.m. Friday and 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The concerts will open with Carl Maria von Weberĺ─˘s popular and colorful Overture to Der Freischł║tz, followed by one of the most anticipated highlights of the ISOĺ─˘s 2008-2009 season: Hahnĺ─˘s first performances of Higdonĺ─˘s newest creation, a three-movement concerto that will showcase and accent Hahnĺ─˘s many virtuosic technical and interpretive skills as a soloist. Following intermission the Orchestra will perform one of Maestro Venzagoĺ─˘s signature works, Robert Schumannĺ─˘s Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, to conclude the program.

Prolific American composer Jennifer Higdon has become a major figure in contemporary classical music by writing between five to 10 commissioned works per year covering a broad spectrum of genres including orchestral, chamber music, choral and vocal pieces as well as works for wind ensemble. Her catalog of works are performed approximately 200 times each year by ensembles around the world. She has received honors and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, two awards from the Academy of Arts & Letters, the Pew Fellowship in the Arts and funds from Meet-the-Composer, the National Endowment for the Arts and ASCAP, among others. She has received multiple commissions from many of North Americaĺ─˘s major orchestras and upcoming projects include concerti for pianist Yuja Wang and another concerto for the avant-garde ensemble eighth blackbird; a new opera for San Francisco Opera; and band works for the Presidentĺ─˘s Own United States Marine Band and the University of Michigan Symphonic Band.

Eli Lilly and Company is the Title Sponsor of the entire 2008-2009 Lilly Classical Series season and ExactTarget is the Premiere Sponsor for the Classical Series. Indianapolis Power & Light Company, Bertelsmann Direct North America, and BSA Life Structures are the Associate Sponsors for this weekend. The performance of new music is endowed by a gift from LDI, Ltd., with support from the Lacy Foundation and the Randolph S. Rothschild Fund. The Higdon Concerto was commissioned by the ISO, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Curtis Institute of Music.

Artist Biographies:

Mario Venzago celebrates his seventh season as Music Director of the Indianapolis Symphony this year and concluded his service as Principal Conductor of the GłĆteborg Symphony Orchestra in Sweden at the end of the 2006-2007 season. Previous posts include Music Director of the Basel Symphony Orchestra (1997-2004), Basque Euskadi National Orchestra in Spain (1998-2001), the Graz Opera House (1992-1997), Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie (1989-1992) in Frankfurt/Bremen, and the Heidelberg Opera House (1986-1989), plus a Principal Conductor post with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (1979-1986). He also served as Artistic Director of the Summer Music Fest with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Maestro Venzagoĺ─˘s discography includes more than 25 titles, and several have won major prizes including the Grand Prix du Disque, the Edison Prize and the Diapason dĺ─˘Or.

At age 29, Hillary Hahn has earned numerous prestigious awards, including a Grammy and most recently Gramaphone Artist of the Year (2008) and has performed with many of the worldĺ─˘s finest orchestras. Renowned for her intellectual and emotional maturity, she was named ĺ─˙Americaĺ─˘s Best Young Classical Musicianĺ─¨ by Time magazine in 2001. Admitted to the Curtis Institute at age 10, Miss Hahn made her professional debut with the Baltimore Symphony 18 months later, and by age 15 had earned the Avery Fisher Career Grant and had appeared with many of Americaĺ─˘s major orchestras. She has earned a Grammy Award, the Deutsche Schalplattenpreis, two Diapason dĺ─˘Or awards, and she was a featured soloist on the Oscar-nominated soundtrack to M. Night Shyamalanĺ─˘s film, The Village. She also has recently collaborated on several crossover albums with non-classical musicians. She is among the top violinists in classical music and continues to grow artistically in a still-rising career.

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Marc-Andrłę Hamelin en concert łŢ Montrłęal


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prłęsentent

Marc-Andrłę Hamelin, piano

Lara St.John, violon

le Quatuor Leipzig

Karina Gauvin

les Violons du Roy

Marc-Andrłę Hamelin sera l'invitłę de Pro Musica

Dans le cadre de la prestigieuse słęrie Saphir

Pour un cycle de concerts de haut calibre :

En quatuor le lundi 9 mars 2009, łŢ 19 h 30,

En duo le mercredi 11 mars 2009, łŢ 19h30

En grand ensemble vendredi 13 mars 2009, łŢ 19h30

En solo le lundi 16 mars 2009, łŢ 19h30

Au thłęłótre Maisonneuve de la Place des Arts

La semaine Marc-Andrłę Hamelin, passionnłęment ! offre l'occasion de le dłęcouvrir sous toutes ses facettes, chez lui, łŢ Montrłęal, et de prendre la mesure du talent de ce musicien exceptionnel.

Salułę unanimement par la critique et le public, Marc- Andrłę Hamelin allie łŢ une virtuositłę łępoustouflante, une imagination unique et un głęnie exceptionnel.

Montrłęal, le mardi 27 janvier 2009 ĺ─ý C'est sous le double signe de la qualitłę et de la diversitłę que la Sociłętłę Pro Musica a, depuis soixante ans, soutenu la percłęe de jeunes artistes et contribułę łŢ łęlargir le milieu musical łŢ Montrłęal tant sur le plan de la musique de chambre que sur celui de la musique contemporaine.

1948-2008 : Un 60 ł«me anniversaire, ł▀a se fłüte ! Et c'est ce que Pro Musica compte faire avec brio ! ł─ cette occasion, la Sociłętłę Pro Musica a choisi de mettre en vedette un artiste originaire de Montrłęal, qu'elle a suivi depuis ses dłębuts, pianiste de renom et maintenant dłęcrit comme Č┤l'un des grands artistes les plus fascinants de l'łępoqueȬ, (San Francisco Chronicle) : le pianiste Marc-Andrłę Hamelin.

En quatre temps forts, en solo, en duo, avec un quatuor et avec un grand ensemble, le public aura l'opportunitłę de dłęcouvrir toutes les facettes du talent de ce musicien d'exception, entourłę d'artistes qu'il admire et qu'il a lui-młüme choisis. L'łęvłęnement aura lieu en mars 2009 au Thłęłótre Maisonneuve de la Place des Arts. Il s'agit d'un grand rendez-vous que les młęlomanes ne voudront manquer sous aucun prłętexte.


Le 9 mars
, Marc-Andrłę Hamelin se produira avec le Quatuor de Leipzig (Allemagne), un quatuor europłęen de tout premier plan, auquel viendra se joindre la violoniste canadienne Lara StJohn, soliste de grand talent, dłęcrite comme un Č┤vrai phłęnomł«neȬ. Au programme, deux ëýuvres remarquables : le Quintette de Dvo뢳Ţk et le Concert d'Ernest Chausson.

Le 11 mars, c'est en duo avec la chanteuse Karina Gauvin, soprano de rłęputation internationale, que se produira Marc-Andrłę Hamelin. Ces deux complices unissaient leurs talents il y a quelques annłęes dans la production d'un disque conjoint, Fłüte galante, laurłęat du prix Opus 2000 du disque de l'annłęe.

Le 13 mars, c'est en concert avec le remarquable ensemble baroque Les Violons du Roy, dirigłę par Bernard Labadie et formłę d'une vingtaine de musiciens, dans un programme Haydn (Concerto en rłę majeur) et Beethoven (Concerto no.3) que l'on retrouvera Marc-Andrłę Hamelin. Ce concert sera łęgalement repris łŢ Qułębec au Palais Montcalm, nouvelle salle attitrłęe de l'ensemble, le 14 mars.

Enfin le 16 mars, c'est par une soirłęe plus intimiste oł╝ l'on aura le privilł«ge d'entendre Marc-Andrłę Hamelin en solo, que se clłąt en beautłę cette semaine łępoustouflante.

Marc-Andrłę Hamelin

La semaine Marc-Andrłę Hamelin, passionnłęment ! C'est l'occasion unique de dłęcouvrir la diversitłę du talent de ce grand artiste de chez nous.

L'łętonnante fusion de virtuositłę et de musicalitłę que l'on trouve chez Marc-Andrłę Hamelin lui a valu une rłęputation qui tient de la lłęgende, comme s'il łętait l'incarnation młüme du piano. D'une transparence innłęe et d'une łęmotion puissante, les prestations du pianiste donnent souvent l'impression que le piano et ses młęcanismes s'effacent en laissant passer directement des sons idłęalisłęs vers l'auditoire.

En 1985, il est laurłęat de la Carnegie Hall Competition, coup d'envoi d'une carrił«re dłęjłŢ bien prometteuse. Il a łętłę invitłę par la suite łŢ Carnegie Hall, au Lincoln Center et dans d'autres prestigieuses salles amłęricaines ; puis łŢ Londres; dans les salles les plus renommłęes (Wigmore, South Basnk, Blackheath). Il a depuis łętabli sa rłęputation autant en Amłęrique du Nord qu'en Europe, en Australie et au Moyen-Orient. La liste des festivals oł╝ il a joułę est longue : Ravinia, Tanglewood, Santa Fe (łÔ.-U.), Ruhr, Weimar (Allemagne), Cervantino (Mexique), Reykjavik (Norvł«ge), Snape Maltings et BBC Proms (Royaume-Uni), Busoni (Italie), Lanaudił«re et les festivals de musique de chambre (Ottawa et Montrłęal). Il s'est joint łŢ des tournłęes avec les orchestres d'Australie, Chicago, Dłętroit, Toronto, Helsinki, Philadelphie, la BBC, la Royal Concertgebouw et bien sł¬r l'Orchestre Symphonique de Montrłęal, pour n'en mentionner que quelques-uns.

Marc-Andrłę Hamelin ne connałĂt pas de limites quant au choix des ëýuvres auxquelles il s'attaque. Il se distingue particulił«rement par son exploration d'un rłępertoire pianistique nłęgligłę comprenant les ëýuvres młęconnues d'Alkan, Busoni, Medtner et Szymanowski. Sous łętiquette Hyperion, sa discographie (prł«s de 50 enregistrements) compte des ëýuvres particulił«rement exigeantes puisłęes dans le rłępertoire pour piano des XX et XXIł«me sił«cles : concertos pour piano (Alkan, Roslavets, Rzewski, Schumann, Chopin et autres, elle suscite l'admiration pour la małĂtrise de son style et la parfaite aisance de son jeu. Son enregistrement d'ëýuvres d'Alkan pour piano solo lui a valu en 1996 un prix Juno. Il a łętłę deux fois en nomination aux Grammy Awards. Marc-Andrłę Hamelin łętait l'un des six musiciens mis en nomination par la revue britannique Gramophone pour le titre d'Artiste de l'annłęe 2005-2006.

L'exceptionnelle qualitłę de rłęcitaliste de Marc-Andrłę Hamelin est particulił«rement admirłęe. Ses choix de rłępertoires et de compositeurs lui rallient les młęlomanes les plus difficiles. Son goł¬t de la dłęcouverte et son enthousiasme l'incitent łŢ travailler des ëýuvres que peu de pianistes osent aborder, les trouvant trop ardues. De plus, ses affinitłęs avec la musique de chambre l'ont amenłę łŢ jouer avec des partenaires de toutes disciplines : chant, violon, violoncelle, instruments łŢ vent, en quintettes, quatuors, trios, et duos.

Les tournłęes en solo sur tous les continents se succł«dent pour lui. Au cours de la saison 2007-2008, il se produira en rłęcital au Lincoln Center łŢ New York, au Tchaikovsky Hall łŢ Moscou, au Wigmore Hall, łŢ Londres ; ainsi qu'łŢ Boston, Chicago et San Francisco, Bilbao, Copenhague, Marseille, Florence, Milan, Perugia, Philadelphie, Rome et San Juan (Porto Rico), sans compter les concerts de musique de chambre auxquels il participera.

Le London Times łęcrivait łŢ son sujet en 2002 : Č┤ Le pianiste canadien Marc-Andrłę Hamelin a tout : il conjugue virtuositłę, sensibilitłę, raffinement et personnalitłę. Il est, parmi les pianistes au monde, l'un des plus fascinants et des plus extraordinaires.Ȭ

Le Quatuor de Leipzig

Le Quatuor de Leipzig, invitłę privilłęgiłę de Pro Musica, fera halte łŢ Montrłęal pour la cinquił«me fois. Son passage łŢ Montrłęal soulł«ve chaque fois l'enthousiasme du public. Č┤Une soirłęe łŢ marquer d'une pierre blancheȬ, titrait le quotidien Le Devoir au lendemain de la prestation du Leipzig en 2002. Le Quatuor de Leipzig est reconnu mondialement comme l'un des plus remarquables quatuors contemporains. Č┤ Un jeu sensationnel, un programme innovateur et une interprłętation parfaite Ȭ, selon le quotidien allemand Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. Č┤ En musique de chambre, le son du Quatuor de Leipzig, c'est celui-lłŢ! Ȭ łęcrit pour sa part le New York Times.

Fondłę en 1988, le Quatuor de Leipzig qui compte trois anciens premiers pupitres du cłęlł«bre Gewandhaus de Leipzig, est formłę d'Andreas Seidel, premier violon, Tłělman Bł║ning, second violon, Ivo Bauer, alto, et Matthias Moosdorf, violoncelle. Il a łŢ son rłępertoire plus de 270 ëýuvres de 90 compositeurs diffłęrents. De nombreux prix internationaux ont couronnłę une discographie de plus de 50 enregistrements qui vont de Mozart łŢ John Cage. Parmi ces prix, mentionnons le Diapason d'or, le Prix classique de Cannes et l'łÔcho pour un disque consacrłę łŢ Richard Strauss. Sa version d'une intłęgrale des quatuors de Schubert n'a reł▀u que des łęloges et le magazine Rłępertoire classe l'interprłętation de La Truite avec Christian Zacharias au piano parmi les meilleurs du genre. Au Leipzig, s'ajoutent łŢ l'occasion d'autres partenaires tels que Karl Leister, Michael Sanderling, Hartmut Rohde, Alfred Brendel, Olaf Baer ou Giora Feidman. Le Quatuor de Leipzig a effectułę des tournłęes dans plus de 40 pays en Europe, en Amłęrique du Nord et du Sud, en Afrique du Nord, en Asie du Sud-est, en Australie, au Japon et en Israł┤l.

Lara St-John

Avant tout, elle vient servir la musique et en rłęvł«le la savante architecture et les fascinants contrastes, sur un instrument qu'elle fait sonner avec łęclat ou profondeur, je dirais avec amour avant tout. Derrił«re chaque note, on devine une pensłęe ; dans les passages de trł«s haute virtuositłę, la musique reste toujours au premier plan. Quelle grande interprł«te (ĺ─Â). La Presse, Montrłęal.

Lara StJohn, qualifiłęe par le New York Times de Č┤soliste de haut volȬ, est originaire de London, en Ontario. Enfant prodige, elle apprend le violon dł«s l'łóge de deux ans. ł─ quatre ans, elle fait ses dłębuts avec le Windsor et en Europe en 1981 avec l'Orchestre Gulbenkian de Lisbonne, łŢ l'łóge de 10 ans. Grand prix national du Concours de Musique du Canada en 1980, elle a en outre remportłę le Concours de l'Orchestre de Philadelphie, le Concours Nerini de Paris, le prix Sylva-Gelber en 1991 et le Concours de l'Orchestre du Minnesota en 1995. łÔlł«ve d'Arnold Steinhardt et de Felix Galimir au Curtis Institute de Philadelphie, elle a łęgalement łętudiłę au Conservatoire de Moscou et łŢ la Guildhall School de Londres, et obtenu un Artists Diploma du New England Conservatory. Elle joue sur un violon Č┤SalabueȬ Guadagnini qui date de 1779.

Lara St John a łętłę soliste invitłęe par les orchestres de Cleveland, Philadelphie, Minnesota, Seattle, Toronto, Montrłęal, Vancouver, le Centre national des Arts łŢ Ottawa, le Boston Props et combien d'autres en Amłęrique du Nord. En Europe, elle a joułę avec le NDR łŢ Hanovre, l'Orchestre de Chambre de Zurich, l'Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, le Bournemouth Symphony et l'Amsterdam Symphony. On a pu lire łŢ son sujet dans le L.A.Times : Č┤ Lara StJohn apporte łŢ la scł«ne un charisme personnel, une imagination musicale jamais en dłęfaut et une passion authentique Ȭ Elle s'est produite en rłęcital dans des salles d'importance łŢ New York, Boston, San Francisco, Ravinia, Washington, Prague, Berlin, Toronto, Montrłęal et dans la citłę interdite łŢ Beijing. Sa discographie comprend trois disques compacts, salułęs unanimement par la critique. Ses deux prochains disques, un enregistrement des six Sonates et partitas pour violon solo de Bach et un enregistrement avec l'Orchestre Philharmonique de Londres, sortiront sous peu.

Karina Gauvin

Faite pour la passion et l'łęmotion, la voix de Gauvin est l'une des merveilles de la scł«ne musicale canadienne actuelle. The Globe and Mail, Toronto

Sa prestation dans la Cantate no.51 de Bach est un triomphe. Chicago Tribune

Admirłęe aussi bien pour sa voix incomparable que pour sa musicalitłę exceptionnelle, Karina Gauvin est l'une des artistes lyriques les plus fascinantes de notre łępoque. Elle s'est rapidement taillłę une rłęputation d'excellence łŢ l'łęchelle internationale. Ses brillantes interprłętations associent un style hautement personnel, classique et sophistiqułę, łŢ une profonde sensibilitłę musicale et łŢ une prłęsence scłęnique envoł¬tante.

Son vaste rłępertoire comprend notamment des ëýuvres de Jean-Słębastien Bach, de Benjamin Britten et de Luciano Berio. Karina Gauvin a chantłę avec bon nombre des plus grands orchestres, dont l'Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal, le Chicago Symphony, le Philadelphia Orchestra, l'Akademie fł║r Alte Musik de Berlin, le Toronto Symphony, le Minnesota Orchestra, I Musici de Montrłęal, le Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Les Talents Lyriques, le Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, le Seattle Symphony, Capricio Stravagante et les Violons du Roy. ł─ l'opłęra et en concert, elle a chantłę avec brio sous la direction de Charles Dutoit, Kent Nagano, Christopher Hogwood, Helmuth Rilling, Bruno Weil, Markus Creed, Bernard Labadie, Andrew Parrott et Christophe Rousset. En rłęcital, on l'a entendue avec plusieurs ensembles de musique de chambre, ainsi qu'avec les pianistes Marc-Andrłę Hamelin, Michael McMahon et Roger Vignoles.

Laurłęate du prestigieux Maggie Teyte Memorial Prize du Covent Garden de Londres, elle remporte coup sur coup le Prix du Lied, ainsi que le Grand Prix du public du 40e Concours International de Bois-le-Duc, aux Pays-Bas, et le premier prix du Concours national des jeunes interprł«tes de Radio-Canada. Elle a łęgalement reł▀u l'Opus de l'interprł«te de l'annłęe. Sa discographie compte de nombreux titres couronnłęs de succł«s. Parmi ceux-ci, son disque Fłüte galante, avec Marc-Andrłę Hamelin, a remportłę l'Opus 2000 du disque de l'annłęe, ainsi qu'un prix du Chamber Music America. L'enregistrement de Silete Venti et Apollo e Daphne de Handel, ainsi que celui du Requiem de Mozart, avec Les Violons du Roy, ont tous deux remportłę un prix Juno en 2001 et 2003.

Les Violons du Roy

Impeccablement raffinłę et prłęcis. Le Devoir, Montrłęal

Le jeu de l'orchestre łętait comme une rłęvłęlation. (Washington Post, Washington)

Fondłęs en 1984 par son directeur musical Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy regroupent au minimum une quinzaine de musiciens qui se consacrent au vaste rłępertoire pour orchestre de chambre, plus particulił«rement au rłępertoire baroque et classique en favorisant l'approche stylistique la plus juste possible pour chaque łępoque. On cłęlł«bre partout la fougue, l'łęnergie et la vitalitłę exceptionnelle de leurs interprłętations.

Au cëýur de l'activitłę musicale de Qułębec, et reconnus au Canada et aux łÔtats-Unis pour leurs nombreux concerts et enregistrements sur les ondes de Radio-Canada, de CBC et du rłęseau amłęricain NPR, Les Violons du Roy ont donnłę, depuis 1988, prł«s d'une centaine de concerts en Allemagne, en Angleterre, en Autriche, en Belgique, en łÔquateur, en Espagne, en France, au Maroc, au Mexique, en Norvł«ge et aux Pays-Bas. ł─ l'łętłę 2007, l'ensemble se produisait en Europe en compagnie du mezzo-soprano amłęricain Vivica Genaux pour une słęrie de concerts łŢ Saint-Jacques- de- Compostelle, au Concertgebouw d'Amsterdam et au Festival du Rheingau en Allemagne.

La discographie des Violons du Roy compte plus d'une quinzaine de titres dont l'excellence a łętłę soulignłęe łŢ maintes reprises par la critique et qui ont remportłę plusieurs prix. Des douzes titres parus sous łętiquette Dorian, sept ont łętłę mis en nomination pour un prix Juno. Depuis 2004, une collaboration avec la maison qułębłęcoise Atma a conduit łŢ la sortie de deux disques, le premier consacrłę au Psaume 51 et łŢ la Cantate 82 de J.S.Bach, l'autre łŢ la musique d'Astor Piazolla sous la direction de Jean-Marie Zeitouni, ce dernier disque ayant rłęcemment remportłę un prix Juno. Avec Virgin Classics, l'ensemble enregistrait en 2006 un disque consacrłę łŢ des airs et des cantates de Haendel et Hasse avec le mezzo-soprano amłęricain Vivica Genaux.

Les Violons du Roy jouent avec de nombreux solistes canadiens et internationaux de renom, dont le violoniste James Ehnes, le violoncelliste Roberto Diaz, les sopranos Karina Gauvin et Sandrine Piau, la mezzo-soprano Anita Kraus, le tłęnor Benjamin Butterfield et le baryton Russel Braun.

Programme

Lundi, 9 mars 2009 :

Chausson, Concert pour quatuor łŢ cordes, piano et violon, en rłę majeur, op.21

Dvo뢳Ţk, Quintette pour piano et cordes en la majeur, op.81, B 155

Mercredi, 11 mars 2009

ëÝuvres de Poulenc, Vuillermoz et Debussy

Vendredi, 13 mars 2009

Haydn, Symphonie no.104 en rłę majeur Č┤LondresȬ, Hob.1.104

Haydn, Concerto pour piano en rłę majeur, Ho.XVIII.11

Beethoven, Ouverture Č┤CoriolanȬ, op.62

Beethoven, Concerto pour piano no.3 en ut mineur, op.37

Lundi, 16 mars 2009

Haydn, Sonate en fa majeur, Hob. XVI.23

Haydn, Sonate en si błęmol majeur, Hob. XVI.41

Weissenberg, Sonata in a state of jazz

Chopin, Barcarolle en fa dił«se majeur, op.60

Chopin, Ballade no.3 en la błęmol majeur, op.47

Hamelin, łÔtude no.8, Č┤ErlKłĆnigȬ (d'aprł«s Goethe)

Hamelin, łÔtude no.7, (d'aprł«s Tchałěkovski)

Godowsky, Trois Młętamorphoses symphoniques sur des thł«mes de Johann Strauss II, no.3 : Č┤Wein, Weib und GesangȬ

Les billets de concert, au coł¬t de 200 $ (abonnement aux concerts seulement) et 370$ (concerts et cocktail), sont en vente łŢ Pro Musica, tandis que les billets pour le concert seulement, łŢ 60 $, 50 $ et 40 $ pour les łętudiants (taxes et redevances en sus), sont en vente łŢ la billetterie de la Place des Arts (514) 842-2112 ou par le rłęseau Admission 514-790-1245 ou 1-866-842-2112.

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long-time COC director first recipient of Opera.ca National Opera Directors Recognition award

LONG-TIME COC DIRECTOR FIRST RECIPIENT OF OPERA.CA NATIONAL OPERA DIRECTORS RECOGNITION AWARD

AWARD SPONSORED BY BMO FINANCIAL GROUP

Toronto, Ontario ĺ─ý The Canadian Opera Company (COC) is delighted to announce that one of its long-time volunteer leaders, J. Rob Collins, has received the Opera.ca National Opera Directors Recognition Award for his extraordinary contributions to the Canadian Opera Company as a director and role model for excellence in governance.

Sponsored by BMO Financial Group, and aligned with Opera.caĺ─˘s sister organization, OPERA America, the Opera.ca National Opera Directors Recognition Award honours the contribution of one director whose efforts have helped to ensure the health of an opera company and the art formĺ─˘s availability for future generations.

Rob Collins has been a COC Director for 16 years. His roles have included President and Chair of the Board of Directors, Chair of the Canadian Opera House Corporation (COHC) Building Committee, and Chair of the Boardĺ─˘s Nominating Committee. Intimately involved with every aspect of the companyĺ─˘s administration for almost two decades, Mr. Collins has been a tireless champion and advocate for the COC, and his leadership, tenacity, drive, determination and generosity have been extraordinary. In particular, his guidance during the construction of the companyĺ─˘s opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, has been unmatched.

I am truly honoured to be the first recipient of this award,ĺ─¨ says Rob Collins. ĺ─˙To me, it recognizes the tremendous accomplishments of the Canadian Opera Company over the years and, particularly, recently. It has been a wonderful opportunity for me to be a part of the COC during this time. I have been able to work with a dedicated and accomplished staff, outstanding artistic talent and many committed volunteers, including my fellow directors.ĺ─¨

Shortly after former General Director Richard Bradshaw revived the COCĺ─˘s dream to build an opera house in 1998, Rob was named Chair of the COHC Building Committee taking responsibility for making sure that the companyĺ─˘s new opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, was built on time and on budget. In that capacity and in many others over the years, Rob chaired countless board and committee meetings, attended dozens of cultivation events, solicited scores of prospective donors and made numerous site visits. While serving as Chair of the COHC Building Committee, Rob was named President of the COC. During his two-year term as President (2004 ĺ─ý 2006), he not only participated in the conversion of a parking lot into a world-class opera house, but also presided over the boardĺ─˘s supervision of the COCĺ─˘s operations, including fundraising and world-class productions.

ĺ─˙Rob has done so much for the company over the years, and even though he has just retired from the board, he is always there when we need him for advice and help,ĺ─¨ says COC General Director Alexander Neef. ĺ─˙From the moment we met during my nomination process, Rob has been a mentor to me. His personal and professional support has been extremely important, and I am very grateful to Opera.ca for recognizing his dedication and effort.ĺ─¨

Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America, and has an international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation. The COC currently enjoys a remarkable 99% attendance rate for its mainstage season. The companyĺ─˘s new home, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, was designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc. and is Canadaĺ─˘s first purpose-built opera house. Acclaimed as one of the best opera houses in the world, the Four Seasons Centre is also the performance venue for The National Ballet of Canada.


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Dominique Dupuis l'International American Folk Alliance łŢ Memphis


Dominique Dupuis performera łŢ
lĺ─˘International American Folk Alliance łŢ Memphis

(Moncton, 27 janvier 2009) - La violoniste acadienne Dominique Dupuis aura lĺ─˘occasion de słęduire de son archet le public de lĺ─˘International North American Folk Alliance (NAFA) łŢ Memphis au Tennessee du 18 au 22 fłęvrier. La violoniste originaire de Memramcook a łętłę słęlectionnłęe afin dĺ─˘y prłęsenter une vitrine. Cĺ─˘est la deuxił«me fois quĺ─˘elle prendra part łŢ lĺ─˘łęvłęnement. Son premier passage remonte łŢ 2006.

łÔvłęnement annuel qui rłęunit des professionnels de lĺ─˘industrie musicale dĺ─˘Amłęrique du Nord et du monde entier, lĺ─˘International Folk Alliance permet aux membres de lĺ─˘industrie musicale folk de partager et de cłęlłębrer la musique et la danse traditionnelle. Č┤ Cĺ─˘est un łęvłęnement avec une łęnergie incroyable, il y a de la musique partout !, sĺ─˘exclame Dominique Dupuis. Cĺ─˘est lĺ─˘endroit idłęal pour rencontrer des gens clłęs de lĺ─˘industrie et se faire des contacts surtout pour le marchłę amłęricain. Ȭ

Lĺ─˘International Folk Alliance compte plus de 2 000 membres dans le monde et sa confłęrence annuelle est lĺ─˘une des cinq plus grandes confłęrences de musique en Amłęrique du Nord. On y prłęsente 200 vitrines, plus de 50 ateliers, des rłęunions-dłębats qui abordent la prłęsentation, la promotion et la prłęservation de la musique et de la danse folklorique et traditionnelle ainsi quĺ─˘une centaine dĺ─˘exposants de lĺ─˘industrie de la musique.

Dominique souligne que son premier passage en 2006 lui a łętłę fort profitable. Č┤ Avec mon nouvel album, je vais pouvoir faire des suivis et proposer un produit beaucoup plus intłęressant et surtout łŢ jour, car jĺ─˘ai beaucoup composłę dans les dernił«res annłęes Ȭ, souligne-t-elle. Pour lĺ─˘artiste acadienne qui a beaucoup tournłę en Europe, surtout en Bretagne, le marchłę amłęricain revłüt autant dĺ─˘importance que lĺ─˘europłęen. Č┤ Jusquĺ─˘łŢ prłęsent jĺ─˘ai surtout performłę dans les parties des łÔtats-Unis oł╝ il y a une certaine population francophone comme la Louisiane et la cłąte est, explique-t-elle. Mais il est certain quĺ─˘avec la musique instrumentale, il est facile de franchir la barrił«re de la langue. Ȭ

Une deuxił«me nomination łŢ lĺ─˘AMCE

Le nouvel album de Dominique Dupuis, Bourrasque, lancłę en juillet 2008, a suscitłę de trł«s bonnes rłęactions de la part des critiques. Le 3e opus de lĺ─˘artiste et son premier disque en six ans est en nomination au Gala 2009 de lĺ─˘Association de la musique de la cłąte est (ECMA) dans la catłęgorie Enregistrement solo roots-traditionnel de lĺ─˘annłęe. Le gala aura lieu dans le cadre de lĺ─˘łęvłęnement annuel qui se dłęroulera du 26 fłęvrier au 1er mars łŢ Corner Brook łŢ Terre-Neuve et Labrador. Cĺ─˘est une deuxił«me nomination łŢ lĺ─˘AMCE pour Dominique Dupuis.

Bal de neige

Dominique Dupuis sera de la danse lors du Bal de neige 2009 łŢ Ottawa le 13 fłęvrier prochain. Elle sera artiste invitłęe lors de la rłęception du premier ministre du Nouveau-Brunswick. En tant que reprłęsentante du Nouveau-Brunswick, elle prendra part łŢ un spectacle sur la scł«ne extłęrieure (dans une tente chauffłęe) avec dĺ─˘autres artistes comme la formation rap hip hop acadienne Radio Radio. Cłęlłębration unique en Amłęrique du Nord, le Bal de Neige a łętłę crłęłę en 1979 pour cłęlłębrer quelques-unes des plus belles traditions dĺ─˘hiver du Canada. Lĺ─˘łęvłęnement se passe sur trois fins de semaines łŢ Ottawa et attire des centaines de milliers de visiteurs chaque annłęe incluant des centaines dĺ─˘artistes, dĺ─˘athlł«tes et de sculpteurs sur neige et sur glace de partout au Canada et au monde.

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Gary Burton Quartet with Pat Metheny at TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival



Landmark Seventies Quartet Reunites
When vibraphone virtuoso meets contemporary guitar maestro



Toronto ĺ─ý Let the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival take it back to where it all began when Gary Burton Quartet Revisited, with special guest Pat Metheny, reunite at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts for a special concert on Monday, June 29, 2009. Tickets are on sale now.



In 1974, Gary Burton first introduced to the world a young up and coming guitarist who would revolutionize the traditional jazz guitar sound. Together the guitarist and the quartet would become the progenitors of the jazz-fusion phenomenon attracting large audiences from both sides of the jazz-rock spectrum. That guitarist was Pat Metheny.



Winner of 17 Grammy Awards, Metheny is widely considered the pre-eminent jazz guitarist of his generation. Since the release of his highly influential debut album, Bright Size Life (1975), Metheny continues to redefine the genre utilizing new technology and constantly working to evolve the improvisational and sonic potential of his instrument. Today, his versatility is almost nearly without peer on any instrument.



Before there was Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, there was Burton, who had already started exploring and pushing the boundaries of jazz towards the more explosive rock-fusion genre during the late 1960s. Burton's genius as a jazz pioneer, however, has often been overlooked. With an impressive career that includes significant innovations in jazz, especially his approach to the vibraphone and his trademark four-mallet playing, Burton continues to influence a new generation of artists as an innovator and master of the vibes.



Burton and Metheny will be joined by Steve Swallow on bass and Antonio Sanchez on drums.



The sounds of jazz will have feet tappin' and fingers snappin' as the 23rd edition of the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival swings its way into summer, running from June 26 July 5, 2009. Be a part of the action as more than 1,500 musicians, performing in over 350 concerts, descend upon Toronto for the city's largest music festival. Get jazzed this summer!



Gary Burton Quartet Revisited
with Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow & Antonio Sanchez
Monday, June 29, 2009 ĺ─ý 8pm
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
145 Queen Street West
Tickets $45 - $85
On sale now at
Four Seasons Centre Box Office: 416.363.8231 or 1.800.250.4653
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www.torontojazz.com
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2009 filled with 'firsts' for legendary pianist Leon Fleisher



2009 FILLED WITH 'FIRSTS'
IN PERFORMANCES AND RECORDINGS
FOR LEGENDARY PIANIST LEON FLEISHER


February 22: Fleisher Performs in 'new' Alice Tully Hall

February 27: Tour with London Philharmonic Orchestra ĺÓÝ Fleisher's First Appearance with the Orchestra since 1962 ĺÓÝ Stops in New York City

March 31: Fleisher's First Two-Hand Piano Concerto Recording in Over 40 Years To Be Released on Sony Classical

"... a pianist with an individual cast of mind and much to say..."
Paul DRIVER, The Sunday Times of London
Leon Fleisher
[Leon Fleisher at the unveiling of his portrait by artist Paul Wyse 12/9/08 at Steinway Hall, NY.
The portrait is only the fourth painting to be added to Steinway's collection in the past three decades.]

New York, NY ĺ─ţ A fixture on the American music scene for more than six decades, pianist Leon Fleisher starts the New Year by releasing his first two-hand concerto recording in 40 years, with tour dates to support it. As a taste of things to come, Fleisher will perform at the 'new' Alice Tully Hall on February 22 as one of New York City's premier concert venues re-opens its door after a 22-month dramatic renovation. To kick off a two-week celebration, the Opening Nights Festival concert will feature Fleisher playing his signature piece Bach's Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor alongside celebrated colleagues in a program that ranges from 15th-century Sephardic music to Stravinsky to highlight the hall's artistic range.

Fleisher will then join the London Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time since the remarkable revival of his career. He will tour the Mozart Piano Concerto K. 488 under the baton of one of the world's most sought-after conductors Vladimir Jurowski. Coming from LPO's very own London home ĺÓÝ the refurbished Royal Festival Hall ĺÓÝ on February 20, the tour will make two stops on the east coast: in Strathmore Hall on February 26 and Avery Fisher Hall in New York on February 27.

This is in preview to Fleisher's new recording to be released March 31 on the Sony Classical label. His first two-hand piano concerto recording in 40 years, the release will be comprised of a trio of Mozart concertos recorded with the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra: no. 23 in A Major, K. 488; no. 12 in A Major, K. 414; and no. 7 in F Major for two pianos, K. 242, for which he is joined by his wife Katherine Jacobson-Fleisher. Founded in 1945, the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra has held a top position in the international orchestral world for more than 60 years. Under founder and director Karl Mł║nchinger, the ensemble had developed and cultivated the repertoire of the Viennese Classicists.

LEON FLEISHER was a student of the great Artur Schnabel, who studied with keyboard giant and pedagogue Theodor Leschetizky, a pupil of Carl Czerny, who in turn studied with Ludwig van Beethoven. Debuting with the New York Philharmonic in 1944 at the age of 16, Fleisher quickly established himself as one of the world's premier classical pianists, concertizing with every major orchestra and making numerous touchstone recordings. A year of celebratory performances in 2008 commemorating Leon Fleisher's 80th birthday saw his return to three of Europe's most prestigious musical capitals ĺÓÝ London, Brussels and Lucerne ĺÓÝ playing his first two-hand recitals there in over forty years to enthralled capacity audiences. Leon Fleisher received the 2007 Kennedy Center Honors and is the subject of the OSCAR and EMMY-nominated documentary film Two Hands.

LPO DATES
Friday, 20 February at 7:30 PM, Royal Festival Hall, London (UK)
Thursday, February 26 at 8:00 PM, Music Centre at Strathmore (MD)
Friday, February 27 at 8:00 PM, Avery Fisher Hall, (NY)
PROGRAM
Rachmaninov: The Isle of the Dead (London only)
Mahler: Adagio from Symphony No.10 (Strathmore and New York only)
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K.488
Ligeti:
Atmosphł«res (Strathmore and New York only)
Strauss:
Also sprach Zarathustra

For more information on Leon Fleisher or Boss Sounds, please contact Nell Mulderry (nell@bosssounds.com, 212-741-7959), or Widya Widjaja (widya@bosssounds.com, 212-741-7959).


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Ottawa Chamber Music Society ~ Beethoven Benefits the Ottawa Chamber Music Society



BEETHOVEN BENEFITS

THE OTTAWA CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ottawa (January 27, 2009) ĺ─ý The Ottawa Chamber Music Society is proud to present the Gryphon Trio and special guest mezzo-soprano Julie Nesrallah in a benefit concert for the Ottawa Chamber Music Society featuring a spectacular all-Beethoven program. The concert will take place Thursday, February 5 at 7:30 PM at Dominion-Chalmers United Church and will include a selection of Beethovenĺ─˘s charming Op. 108 Scottish Songs, the Trio in G major Op. 1, No. 2, and will conclude with the Trio in B flat Op. 97 Archduke, one of the greatest chamber works of all time.

Featuring one of his first published chamber works as well as one of his best known, the program also includes lesser known arrangements of folk music that Beethoven produced ĺ─˙on the sideĺ─¨. All proceeds from this concert will support the year-round musical presentations and the education and outreach initiatives presented by the Ottawa Chamber Music Society.

ĺ─˙This unusual Beethoven concert is guaranteed to delight audiences. One of Beethovenĺ─˘s earliest published works, the Piano Trio No. 2 in G major, is a sparkling work that features great breadth and brilliance and reveals the promise of even greater works to come,ĺ─¨ enthuses Roman Borys, cellist for the Gryphon Trio.

A collection of Beethovenĺ─˘s lively and lyrical folksongs are beautifully performed in a premiere collaboration with Ottawa artist Julie Nesrallah and the Gryphon Trio. Beethoven arranged over 200 Scottish, Welsh, Irish, English and other folk songs, most of which are virtually unknown today. While some suggest that he arranged these songs to earn extra money, their charm suggests that the great master truly enjoyed this form of composition. The stunning program concludes with the Piano Trio No. 7 in B-flat major, opus 97, Archduke. Composed in honour of his long-time patron and dear friend, Archduke Rudolph, Beethovenĺ─˘s passionate and touching Archduke Trio continues to stand today as one of the greatest works of chamber music ever written.

Single tickets for the benefit concert can be purchased for the special sale price of $30 - $47 and are available at the Ottawa Chamber Music Society box office (401-200 Isabella Street), by calling 613-234-8008, or at the door.


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Opera.ca announces recipient of National Opera Directors Recognition Award

Opera.ca Logo
OPERA.CA ANNOUNCES RECIPIENT OF THE NEW NATIONAL OPERA DIRECTORS RECOGNITION AWARD SPONSORED BY BMO FINANCIAL GROUP

J. ROB COLLINS
Toronto, 27 January 2009

Opera.ca, the national association for opera, is proud to announce the first recipient of the Opera.ca National Opera Directors Recognition Program, Mr. J. Rob Collins of the Canadian Opera Company. In its inaugural year, this distinction, sponsored by BMO Financial Group, honours one opera board director annually for exemplary leadership and support on behalf of their opera company and the community they serve.

In acknowledging the dedication of board members across the country, the National Opera Directors Recognition Program highlights the tenets of good governance, celebrates models of volunteer excellence and raises the bar for board director commitment. The following excerpt from the COCĺ─˘s nomination highlights the accomplishments of this yearĺ─˘s honouree, Mr. J. Rob Collins. ĺ─˙For 16 years, Rob Collins served as a Canadian Opera Company Director, including as Chair and President of the Board of Directors, and Chair of the Canadian Opera House Companyĺ─˘s (COHC) Building Committee. A successful lawyer in his own right with the firm Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Mr. Collins dedicated an unprecedented amount of time and leadership to the COC in ensuring that the vision of a world-class opera house for the COC, now the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, became a reality.ĺ─¨

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Monday, January 26, 2009

Tableau D'Hłąte Production at Segal Centre February 2009 - MEDIA

World Premił«re Celebrates 100th Birthday of Jewish Canadian Poet A. M. Klein

Tableau D'Hłąte Theatre proudly brings the world premił«re of Haunted House to the Segal Centre for Performing Arts. The play, written by poet and playwright, Endre Farkas, explores the life of A.M. Klein, one of Canada's most important poets whose 100th birthday will be celebrated this February, runs in the Segal Centre's Studio from February 18 to March 5.


Haunted House is a poignant and innovative journey into the labyrinth of A.M. Klein's, mind, soul and times. One of the most creative Canadian poets of the 20th century, Abraham Moses Klein was born a century ago to Jews who fled the pogroms of the Ukraine to Montrłęal. During his lifetime, he produced a rich and powerful body of work that reflected the turbulent 20s, 30s and 40s.


A complex and conflicted man, Klein grew up as a "Jew boy" in the neighbourhoods around St. Urbain, The Main and Mount Royal, the ghetto streets of Montrłęal where he "dreamt pavement into pleasant bible-land" and battled the nightmares of private and worldly hells.


Seamlessly weaving his own text with Klein's poems, fiction, journals, and editorials, Farkas succeeds in creating an evocative, multi-layered play about the "realities" Klein lived in, explored, became entangled in, and never exited.


Directed by Liz Valdez, Haunted House is the multi-faceted portrait of Klein the poet, Klein the ghostwriter, Klein the lawyer, editorialist, almost-politician, and lobbyist for a Jewish homeland before and after the Holocaust. Valdez, a private acting coach and Concordia theatre professor, who has previously worked with Farkas on a number of projects including his plays Surviving Wor(l)ds and Voices, brings her unbridled passion and unique directorial insight and vision to make this play, this journey into silence, a truly haunting experience


Eric Hausknost (previously in Tableau D'Hłąte's One Night and 7 Stories) plays Klein, the only singular role in the script, while the remaining five cast members, Audrey Finkelstein (Geordie Productions' Peacemaker and Tangente's Knot of Nots), Paula Jean Hixson, (last seen in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Segal), Nem Jevtovic (toured with Geordie Productions last year and will appear in their May production of Alice Through the Looking Glass), Christopher Moore, (Iago in Persephone's Othello last fall), and Saro Saroyan (Lion in the Streets for Tableau D'Hłąte and The Handy Man Can for the Montrłęal Fringe Festival), each play multiple key figures in Klein's life and form an amorphous chorus to reflect the politics and social climate of the time as well as Klein's inner voices.



Set design is furnished by Lara Kaluza (The Beekeepers, 2008 Montrłęal Fringe and Toronto Summer Works and The Last Dance for Marsha Kane, 2008 New York Fringe Festival) with lighting and costumes by Nołęmi Poulin (her sixth collaboration with Tableau D'Hłąte) and sound by Lucie Monsarrat, a recent graduate of the Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal and composer of the theme for the 2008 production of Lion in the Streets (Tableau D'Hłąte). The production is stage managed by Paul Brian Imperial (Houdini) with assistance from Amy Steinman (Houdini and I, Claudia).






Dates & Times Feb. 18 ĺ─ý Mar. 5

Preview Feb. 18 8:00 PM

Opening Feb. 19 8:00 PM

Tues. through Sun. 8:00 PM

Sunday Matinees 2:00 PM

Mondays & Fridays DARK

Closing Mar. 5 8:00 PM

NOTE: Feb. 21 & 25 SOLD OUT

Tickets:

General Admission $22.00

Students, Seniors & CAEA $15.00

Group Rates (10 or more) $14.00

Venue:

The Studio

Segal Centre for Performing Arts at the Saidye

5170, ch. de la Cłąte-Ste-Catherine

http://www.segalcentre.org/

Box Office:

514-848-9696

tickets@tableaudhotetheatre.com

http://www.cshow.ca/

Web Sites:

http://www.tableaudhotetheatre.com/

http://endrefarkas.com/

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SHIFT Festival: February 25-March 3


SHIFT

Movement and meaning between Canada and the Netherlands

A Festival of Canadian and Dutch Music, Film and Literature

Phase Two ĺ─ý Toronto: February 25 ĺ─ý March 3, and April 2, 2009

Harbourfront Centre, Music Gallery, Gallery 345, Isabel Bader Theatre

www.shift-festival.ca

For Immediate Release ĺ─ý Toronto, January 26, 2009: Following the highly successful first phase of the festival of Canadian and Dutch music, film and literature mounted by Continuum Contemporary Music and partners in Amsterdam in November, SHIFT is coming to Canada. From February 25-March 3, and on April 2, 2009; SHIFT events will take place at Harbourfront Centre, Music Gallery, Gallery 345 and the Isabel Bader Theatre. Programmed by some of Canadaĺ─˘s top artistic voices ĺ─ý Continuum Contemporary Music, Authors at Harbourfront Centre and The Images Festival, in collaboration with York Quay Galleries, Ives Ensemble and Toca Loca ĺ─ý SHIFT is an opportunity for self definition and comparison between two historically connected but markedly different nations.

SHIFT Toronto

Concerts, screenings, exhibitions, workshops, literary happenings, collaborations, and artistic exchange and dialogue pick up in Canada where they left off in Amsterdam. Some of the concerts and events in Toronto are a reprise of Amsterdam activity; others were designed specifically for SHIFT in Canada. Besides the nexus of SHIFT activity in Toronto from February 25 ĺ─ý March 3, with a later event on April 2, there is the Canadian tour of the esteemed Ives Ensemble, with concerts in Montreal, Ottawa, Kitchener and Vancouver.

Highlights include a joint concert of Continuum and the Ives Ensemble, one of the premiere Dutch new music groups. These two ensembles, important in their respective countries for supporting aesthetic adventure in music, combine for commissioned works by Linda Bouchard (CA) and Guus Janssen (NL) and perform other works separately, by Gyula Csapo (CA) for the Ives, and by Mayke Nas (NL), for Continuumĺ─˘s musicians all playing inside the piano. SHIFT offers emerging Toronto composers the benefit of the Ivesĺ─˘ skill and dedication in a workshop held at the Music Gallery. In Toronto only, the inspired and versatile jazz pianist and new music composer Guus Janssen performs a solo concert at Gallery 345. Toronto-based Toca Loca hasnĺ─˘t been on the scene long but is keenly felt as a thorn in the side of convention. In e1gh+ČÇ 31gh7 they bring the spirit of Dutch rebellion to an often staid Toronto by performing more works by Mayke Nas and Guus Janssen, as well as works by Canadians Laura Barrett, Myra Davies, Jerome Blais and world premieres by Chris Smalloochi and Aaron Gervais. In the eight hands and 40 digits of Quatuor Bozzini, new music is executed with brilliance. From their Amsterdam programme they repeat works by Dutch composers Martijn Voorvelt, Hanna Kulenty (originally from Poland, she shares her time between the two countries) and Richard Ayres (originally from the UK.) For the past several decades the Netherlands has imported labourers, chiefly from Turkey and Morocco, to do jobs that native Dutch demur; the country has also welcomed arts migrants, people who go there often to study then stay for the advantageous climate they find for art. Kulteny and Ayres are two such. Though Ayresĺ─˘ quartet is from 2003, Quatuor Bozzini gave its first complete performance in Amsterdam as they are the only quartet yet to be able to handle the difficult middle movement. Dutch and Canadian film and video works, programmed by Images Festival, are presented in one evening and the festival kicks off with an authorsĺ─˘ panel presented by Authors at Harbourfront Centre ĺ─ý new and startling Dutch and Canadian voices in discussion. See detailed schedule below.

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, a bond created during the Second World War and through the subsequent wave of immigration to Canada; SHIFT provides 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─¨

SHIFT Toronto Schedule

Jan 24 ĺ─ý Mar 8

Exhibition by Dutch jeweller Felieke van der Leest

York Quay Galleries, Harbourfront Centre

235 Queens Quay West

Free Admission

Info: 416-973-4000

łŢ Dutch artist Felieke van der Leest combines toy animals, crochet work and precious metals to form humourous and colourful jewellery and objects.

Wednesday, Feb 25

19:30 Authors at Harbourfront Centre

Brigantine Room, York Quay Centre

235 Queens Quay West

Tickets: $8/FREE members & students with ID

Box Office/Info: 416-973-4000

łŢ Dutch authors Lieve Joris, Anja Sicking, Lucette ter Borg, and Tommy Wieringa, along with a Canadian author TBC, take part in a panel discussion to share ideas, explore new writing, and spark discussion of larger issues in literature.

Thursday, Feb 26

19:30 Film and video from The Netherlands and Canada

Studio Theatre, York Quay Centre

235 Queens Quay West

Free Admission

Info: 416-973-4000

łŢ This special double feature was conceived of as an exchange between two festivalsĺ─ţthe Impakt Festival in Utrecht and the Images Festival in Torontoĺ─ţon the occasion of the SHIFT Festival. Arjon Dunnewind (Impakt) and Pablo de Ocampo (the Images Festival) have each assembled a program that tries to define something about their respective countries through video.

Anna Lange: De Aardappeleters (The Netherlands)

Julika Rudelius: Tagged (The Netherlands)

Corinna Schnitt: Das schlafende Młždchen (Germany)

Klaas van Gorkum & Iratxe Jaio: Monitoring the Dordtselaan for Maximum Peace of Mind (The Netherlands)

Erik van Lieshout: Respect (The Netherlands)

Wendelien van Oldenborgh: No False Echoes (The Netherlands)

Aleesa Cohene: All Right (Canada)

Daniel Cockburn: Brother Tongue / Langue Fraternelle (Canada)

Kevin Lee Burton: Nikamowin (Song) (Canada)

Mike Rollo: Ghosts and Gravel Roads (Canada)

Friday, Feb 27

20:00 Concert: Toca Loca

The Music Gallery, St. John-the-Martyr Church

197 John Street

Tickets: $25 adults / $15 seniors & arts workers / $5 students

Box Office/Info: (416) 204-1080

łŢ Toca Loca presents: e1gh+ČÇ 31gh7

Toca Loca's Simon Docking and Gregory Oh tackle Ordinateur v Typewriter, Say-Say=CC, live Aussie irony and straight talk from Stevie Harper. With Xin Wang and The Walter Haul: Nichol S. Robertson, banjo, Chris Willes, sax/elec, Bram Gielen, bass and Dean Pomeroy, drums.

Mayke Nas: DiGiT #2 (two players and a piano)

Mayke Nas: Anyone can do it (for six unprepaired players)

Guus Janssen: Veranderingen [Changes] for 2 pianos

Aaron Gervais: Sensational Revolution in Medicine (for soprano and speaking pianist), world premiere

Jerome Blais: Con Stella (for piano and ensemble)

Chris Smalloochi: Pierogie State Fair (for piano, dildo, typewriter, office bell, voice, kazoo, and fascist cock-bag Prime Minister), world premiere

Laura Barrett: Robot Ponies

Myra Davies: No Time

Saturday, Feb 28

19:30 Concert: Continuum and the Ives Ensemble

Brigantine Room, York Quay Centre

235 Queens Quay West

Tickets: $25 adults / $15 seniors & arts workers / $5 students

Box Office/Info: 416-973-4000

łŢ Continuum Contemporary Music and the Ives Ensemble perform individually and together in a performance of Canadian and Dutch works.

Linda Bouchard: Joint Venture (Ives and Continuum combined)

Guus Janssen: Ex Tempore (Ives and Continuum combined)

Gyula Csapo: Parmi les Blancs et Noirs... at...Intervals...from the Cabin (Ives Ensemble)

Mayke Nas: Douze mains (Continuum)

Gerald Barry: Piano Quartet No. 1 (Ives Ensemble)

Sunday, Mar 1

20:00 Concert: Quatuor Bozzini

The Music Gallery, St. John-the-Martyr Church

197 John Street

Tickets: $25 adults / $15 Music Gallery members / $5 students

Box Office/Info: (416) 204-1080

łŢ The acclaimed Quatuor Bozzini performs Canadian and Dutch works

Richard Ayres: No. 38 Three Small Pieces for String Quartet (2003)

Hanna Kulenty: String Quartet No. 3 (Tell me about it) (2006)

Martijn Voorvelt: 4/4 for string quartet (1999)

Walter Boudreau: Le grand młęridien (2002)

Tuesday, Mar 3

16:00 ĺ─ý 20:00 Ives Ensemble workshop for students and emerging composers

The Music Gallery, St. John-the-Martyr Church

197 John Street

Free admission

Box Office/Info: (416) 204-1080

łŢ The Ives Ensemble presents a workshop for local students and emerging composers (composers working professionally but not yet established). Composers are invited to submit scores for consideration.

Thursday, April 2

20:00 Notes on Composing ĺ─ý opening night of the 2009 Images Festival

Isabel Bader Theatre

93 Charles Street West

Tickets: $15 adults / $12 students & seniors

Advance tickets available March 13: www.imagesfestival.com/store

Info: (416) 924-4945

łŢ The Images Festival and Continuum Contemporary Music present an evening of collaborations: five Canadian filmmakers working with Canadian and Dutch composers

Composer/Filmmaker: Title

Martin Arnold/Christina Battle (Toronto/Toronto): Behind the Shadows

Richard Ayres/Guy Maddin (Renkum/Winnipeg): Glorious

Oscar van Dillen/Clive Holden (Rotterdam/Toronto): 2 Cameras @ Sea

Rick Sacks/Vera Frenkel (Toronto/Toronto): ONCE NEAR WATER: Notes from the Scaffolding Archive

Malcolm Goldstein/Dałěchi Sałěto (Montreal/Montreal): Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis

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 josh@continuumusic.org , or visit www.shift-festival.ca .



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Infinithłęłótre production Feb. 2009

World Premił«re of BLESSED ARE THEY Explores the Question "Where Is God?"

MONTRłÔAL, January 2009 - Infinithłęłótre tops off their season of "love, hope and faith" with Bruce M. Smith's world premił«re, BLESSED ARE THEY, a challenging look at the role of religion in today's fast-paced society. The company ventures out of the Plateau to present the play in the site-specific St. James United Church from February 19th to March 8th, (with previews on February 17th and 18th).


A minister, his beliefs riddled with doubt and uncertainty, is confronted by a charismatic new member of the congregation whose life has been saved by his renewed faith in Christ. Set in a small rural community in contemporary Qułębec, the two figures, one based upon Apostle Paul, the other on Apostle Peter, struggle to define true faith.


Impressed with Smith's writing for television, (his script for Prairie Giant: the Tommy Douglas Story was nominated for a Gemini award) Artistic Director, Guy Sprung, asked him to write a play for Infinite. Self-described as a deist rather than religious, Smith has studied the Bible with Korean missionaries, the Book of Mormon with a Mormon elder and engaged in dialogues with Jehovah's Witnesses. What he has come to realize is that "no two people experience faith in the same way yet it has a role in everybody's life." Thus the play's universal theme was born. Smith uses a weekly Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in a United Church basement as the rich backdrop to develop characters, with various backgrounds and needs, in discussion about faith in their daily lives.

The play went through two public readings in Infinithłęłótre's The Pipeline series, before making it into the 2008-09 season, a process that many of Infinite's productions undergo as part of their mandate to discover and develop new Qułębec works. BLESSED ARE THEY passes no judgments but instead gives audiences the opportunity to eavesdrop on a dialogue within a particular denomination with the goal of generating further debate. The play invites people to step out of their own sectarian experience and participate in an exploration of faith.

Directed by Guy Sprung, the play stars Andreas Apergis, Emily Bamforth, Eric Davis, Joanna Noyes, Juno Mills-Cockell, Igor Ovadis and Vlasta Vrana with set and costume design by Elli Bunton, lighting by Sarah Yaffe and stage management by Kathryn Cleveland, assisted by Danielle-Ariel Caddell-Malenfant.



Dates & Times Feb. 17 ĺ─ý Mar. 5

Previews Feb. 17 & 18 8:00 PM

Opening Feb. 19 8:00 PM

Tues. through Sat. 8:00 PM

Sunday Matinees 2:00 PM

Mondays DARK

Closing Mar. 5 8:00 PM

Tickets:

General Admission $20.00

Students and Seniors $15.00

Group Rates (6+) $10.00

Venue:

St. James United Church

463 St. Catherine Street West

Box Office:

514-987 ĺ─ý 1774 ext. 104

box-office@infinitheatre.com

Web Site:

www.infinitheatre.com


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OPERA America Announces Recipients of the 2009 National Opera Trustee Recognition Award


OPERA AMERICA ANNOUNCES RECIPIENTS OF THE

2009 NATIONAL OPERA TRUSTEE RECOGNITION AWARD

New York, NYĺ─ţOPERA America, the national service organization for opera, is proud to announce the 2009 recipients of the National Opera Trustee Recognition Award. In its second year, this award honors trustees of U.S. opera companies for exemplary leadership, generosity and audience building efforts on behalf of their respective opera companies.

The 2009 National Opera Trustee Recognition honorees are Mr. John T. Cody, Jr. of The Dallas Opera, Mr. Richard Holland of Opera Omaha, Mrs. Beth Ingram of Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Mr. C. Guy Rudisill, III of Piedmont Opera.

OPERA America is committed to recognizing strong trustee leaders, understanding the pivotal role they play in the success of opera companies and the vitality of the communities they serve. In acknowledging and celebrating the dedication of board members at the national level, the National Opera Trustee Recognition Program seeks to strengthen the relationships between opera companies and their trustees and to inspire exemplary service to opera companies across the United States.

ĺ─˙Presenting consistently high-quality opera requires a dedicated staff guided and supported by a strong board,ĺ─¨ stated Marc A. Scorca, president & CEO of OPERA America. ĺ─˙The value of dedicated board members who provide passion, vision and generous support cannot be overstated. We are pleased to be joined by Bank of America in recognizing the achievements of these trustees.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙Bank of America is a leading supporter of the arts and believes that these institutions are critical to ensuring the cultural and economic vitality of our communities,ĺ─˘ĺ─¨ said Keith Banks, head of Bank of America Global Private Client, Institutional and Investment Management. ĺ─˙We are pleased to sponsor this noble initiative as the trustees play an important role in developing their local opera company as cultural pillars in their community.ĺ─¨

Each year, OPERA America member companies are invited to nominate one of their trustees for this award. A single honoree from each of the four OPERA America budget levels is chosen by an adjudication committee through a competitive selection process.

The honorees represent a significant range of accomplishments, generosity and a deep commitment to promoting opera in their communities. The following profiles illustrate just a few examples of the dedication of these trustees.

After fourteen seasons with The Dallas Opera, John Cody held the top administrative position for a year while the company searched for its new general director. He has resumed the position in the wake of the brief tenure of George Steel. Mr. Cody is the retired President and COO of J.C. Penney with more than 35 years of executive experience. He joined the Board of Directors of The Dallas Opera in 1993 and has served on the Development, Finance and Marketing committees, as well as on the Board of The Dallas Opera Foundation. Mr. Cody became President of the company in June 2004 and guided a two-year project to develop a strategic positioning statement and roadmap designed to take The Dallas Opera through its historic move into the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House. He served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2006-2008 and as Interim General Director from June through September 2008. He resumed the position of Interim General Director as of January, 2009.

Native Omahan and retired advertising executive Richard Holland has been a tireless advocate of Opera Omaha. Shortly after its 1958 founding, Mr. Holland joined other community leaders in helping them grow from a community enterprise to a budding professional regional company. He served as Board President from 1966 to 1970 and, over the past 40 years, has remained a constant supporter, both in a governance capacity and as a donor. In his forward for the book Opera Omaha: The First Fifty Years, Mr. Holland wrote ĺ─˙ĺ─Âwe believe we have helped make Omaha a better place to live and work.ĺ─¨ While maintaining and expanding his leadership giving to Opera Omaha, Mr. Holland is a major supporter of many social service organizations. He called on the Peter Kiewit Foundation to co-commission a study on the economic impact of performing arts in Omaha, which clearly proved the high value these groups bring to the region.

Beth Ingram is an enthusiastic promoter and generous patron of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. As a 42-year member of the Board of Directors, she has held the officer positions of secretary, treasurer, vice-president, president, vice-chairman and chairman. She was the first woman president on the Lyric Opera Board and continued in her leading role by serving on the Executive Committee for the majority of those years. Mrs. Ingram was the lead donor and honorary chairman for the Companyĺ─˘s 2003 Endowment Campaign that raised $11.5 million to establish a fund to enhance the artistic quality of productions and twice has served as honorary chairman for the Companyĺ─˘s major fund raising event, the Lyric Opera Ball. The Golden Anniversary Ball held last season raised a record-breaking $1.4 million for the Company and ensured adequate funding for their ambitious 50th Anniversary Season.

C. Guy Rudisill, III has been involved with Piedmont Opera for more than ten years, serving as President of the Board from 2000 to 2002. A member of Piedmont Operaĺ─˘s Major Gifts Committee, Mr. Rudisill is highly involved with fundraising for the company and last year helped raise $200,000 over and above the companyĺ─˘s budget. For a period of time during his tenure as Board President, Piedmont Opera was without a General Manager. Until a successor could be identified, Mr. Rudisill assumed many of the General Managerĺ─˘s duties. Mr. Rudisill also serves on the Advocacy Committee of the local Arts Council and takes an active role in reminding the local, state and national elected officials of the importance of the arts to the community, state and nation.

OPERA America and Bank of America will pay tribute to the 2009 honorees and celebrate their remarkable achievements at a dinner and reception on Saturday, February 21, 2009, in New York City.

OPERA Americaĺ─˘s commitment to recognizing excellence in governance is shared by its sister organization Opera.ca, the Canadian national association for opera. Opera.ca honors Mr. J. Rob Collins of the Canadian Opera Company as the first recipient of its National Opera Directors Recognition Program.


About OPERA America

OPERA America leads and serves the entire opera community, supporting the creation, presentation and enjoyment of opera.

  • Artistic services help opera companies and creative and performing artists to improve the quality of productions and increase the creation and presentation of North American works.
  • Information, technical and administrative services to opera companies reflect the need for strengthened leadership among staff, trustees and volunteers.
  • Education, audience development and community services are designed to enhance all forms of opera appreciation.

Founded in 1970, OPERA Americaĺ─˘s worldwide membership network includes nearly 200 Company Members, 300 Associate and Business Members, 2,000 Individual Members and more than 18,000 subscribers to the associationĺ─˘s electronic news service.

OPERA Americaĺ─˘s long tradition of supporting and nurturing the creation and development of new works led to the formation of The Opera Fund, a growing endowment which allows OPERA America to make a direct impact on the ongoing creation and presentation of new opera and music-theater works. Since its inception, OPERA America has made grants of more than $10.5 million to assist companies with the expenses associated with the creation and development of new works.

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Double debut in evening of masterful music - Jan. 31 and Feb. 1


Classic Landmarks Masters

Double debut for conductor Maximiano Valdłęs and pianist Sara Davis Buechner in Keyboard Masterpieces

January 31st ĺ─ý 8:00 pm, February 1st ĺ─ý 2:00 pm

Edmonton, AB ĺ─ The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) is thrilled to present Maestro Maximiano Valdłęsĺ─˘ anticipated debut with the ESO, in our weekend of concerts spotlighting great works for keyboard. Pianist Sara Davis Buechner will make her Masters debut in Mozartĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 9. The beautiful sounds of the awe-inspiring Davis Concert Organ will close each evening of masterful music with Saint-Sał┤nsĺ─˘ Symphony No. 3. When asked about his "Organ" Symphony, Saint-Sał┤ns declared, "I gave everything I was able to give. What I have done, I will never do again."

Ticket prices for this performance range from $20 to $69 (agency fees apply). Student and senior $20 rush tickets are on sale, subject to availability, two hours prior to performance time. Friday eveningĺ─˘s Afterthoughts will feature conductor Maximiano Valdłęs and pianist Sara Davis Buechner. Saturday eveningĺ─˘s 7:15 pm Symphony Prelude features Duo Majoya (Marnie Giesbrecht & Joachim Segger).

The next performance of The Masters takes place on February 20th and 21st with conductor/harpsichordist William Eddins, conductor Gary Kulesha and pianist Jon Kimura Parker.

This series is generously supported by Classic Landmarks Master Builder

Media Sponsors: CKUA Radio Network, Davis Concert Organ Performance Trust and the Edmonton Journal



Biographies

In February 2008, Chilean conductor Maximiano Valdłęs was named Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Puerto Rico Symphony, beginning with the 08/09 season. Mr. Valdłęs is also Music Director of the Orquesta Sinfonica del Principado de Asturias in Spain. Born in Santiago, Chile, Mr. Valdłęs began his studies in piano and violin at the Conservatory of Music there and continued at the Accademia de Santa Cecilia in Rome, where he took courses in composition and conducting. Completing his diploma in piano, he decided to concentrate entirely on conducting and enrolled in the conducting classes of Franco Ferrara in Bologna, Siena and Venice and also worked with Sergiu Celibidache in Stuttgart and Paris. In 1976, Mr. Valdłęs was engaged as Assistant Conductor at the Teatro la Fenice in Venice, and the following year was a conducting fellow at Tanglewood, where he worked with Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa. He won First Prize at the Nicolai Malko Competition in Copenhagen, First Prize at the Vittorio Gui Competition in Florence, and Second Prize from the Rupert Foundation Conducting Competition in London.

Mr. Valdłęs made his American symphonic debut in October 1987 with the Buffalo Philharmonic, and was immediately re-invited for the following season. After a successful return to the orchestra in 1989, he was appointed Music Director, a position he held for almost 10 years. In North America, he has guest conducted many of the leading orchestras, including the Saint Louis, National, Montrłęal, Baltimore, Seattle, Houston, Dallas, and New World symphonies, and the Calgary Philharmonic.

This is Mr. Valdłęsĺ─˘ debut with the ESO.

A major prizewinner of many of the world's most prestigious international piano competitions - Reine Elisabeth of Belgium, Leeds, Salzburg, Sydney and Vienna - Sara Davis Buechner established her early career by winning the Gold Medal of the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition in Salt Lake City, and as a Bronze Medalist of the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow.

With an active repertoire of nearly 100 piano concertos ranging from Bach to Wuorinen, Ms. Buechner has appeared as soloist with America's most prominent orchestras: the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Saint Louis and San Francisco Symphony Orchestras; and abroad with the Japan Philharmonic, City of Birmingham (U.K.) Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Kuopio (Finland) Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic and the Orquesta Sinfłänica de Castilla y Lełän (Spain). She recently made her debut at Lincoln Center's "Mostly Mozart" Festival. She tours widely throughout the Far East on a yearly basis.

Pro Piano has recently released Ms. Buechner's CD of the complete piano music of Stephen Foster, and her fourth recording for Koch International was recently released featuring piano music by Rudolf Friml. Ms. Buechner's extensive discography also includes more than ten disks for the Yamaha Disklavier and Piano Soft systems. In 2003 Ms. Buechner was appointed Assistant Professor of Piano at the University of British Columbia.

Ms. Buechner last appeared with the ESO in May 2008. This is her Masters debut.

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Appassionata - Promenade nocturne łŢ Vienne, Mercredi 18 fłęvrier, 20h, salle Redpath


Promenade nocturne łŢ Vienne
Mercredi 18 fłęvrier 2009, 20h,
salle Redpath
3461, rue McTavish, Montrłęal

20 musiciens de lĺ─˘Ensemble instrumental Appassionata ; Daniel Myssyk, chef
Soliste invitłę : Rex Richardson, trompette

W.A. Mozart : Petite musique de nuit ba Arnold Schoenberg : La nuit transfigurłęe ba
En complłęment de programme, Dana Wilson : Concerto pour trompette et orchestre


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Billets : 30$, 25$, 10$
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Montrłęal, lundi 26 janvier 2009 ĺ─ţ Lĺ─˘Ensemble instrumental Appassionata, orchestre de chambre composłę principalement dĺ─˘instruments łŢ cordes, sous la direction artistique de son chef Daniel Myssyk, prłęsente la deuxił«me Promenade de sa huitił«me saison, cette fois-ci łŢ Vienne.

Ville impłęriale par excellence, Vienne a accueilli łŢ un sił«cle dĺ─˘intervalle deux des plus grands compositeurs de lĺ─˘histoire de la musique : Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791), dont le głęnie musical a exercłę un rłąle dłęterminant sur lĺ─˘łęcriture classique europłęenne et Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951), dont lĺ─˘influence sur la musique du XXe sił«cle a łętłę considłęrable.

Oeuvres au programme :

Petite musique de nuit (Eine kleine Nachtmusik, KV 525 en sol majeur, 1787)
Słęrłęnade pour quintette łŢ cordes (violon I & II, alto, violoncelle et contrebasse)
Ce nocturne en trois mouvements, lĺ─˘ëýuvre instrumentale de Mozart sł¬rement la plus connue, semble avoir łętłę łęcrite dĺ─˘un trait, lĺ─˘annłęe de la mort de Leopold Mozart, pł«re du musicien, et alors quĺ─˘il łętait łŢ la composition de son opłęra Don Giovanni.
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La Nuit transfigurłęe (Verklłžrte Nacht, op. 4, 1899, rłęv. 1943)
Pour orchestre łŢ cordes
Prłęcłędłęe dĺ─˘une courte prłęsentation par Daniel Myssyk, avec extraits sonores avec lĺ─˘orchestre.
Ce chef-dĺ─˘ëýuvre de jeunesse de Schoenberg (il avait alors 25 ans), rłęvł«le de riches couleurs et une charge łęmotionnelle łŢ couper le souffle, et va au-delłŢ des conventions de lĺ─˘łępoque. Il a łętłę łęcrit en moins de trois semaines dans un łęlan amoureux pour Mathilde von Zemlinsky, qui deviendra peu aprł«s lĺ─˘łępouse du compositeur.

La musique sĺ─˘inspire dĺ─˘un poł«me extrait du recueil La Femme et le monde (Weib und Welt) de Richard Dehmel, un ami du musicien, et dłęcrit une promenade nocturne d'un couple amoureux dont la femme avoue qu'elle attend un enfant d'un autre. Elle obtient le pardon de son amant. Tous deux marchent heureux, sous la lune, dans cette nuit transfigurłęe.

Refusłęe une premił«re fois par la Sociłętłę de musique de chambre de Vienne, provoquant une querelle parmi le public. łÔcrite pour sextuor łŢ cordes, lĺ─˘ëýuvre est ensuite orchestrłęe par le compositeur en 1917, puis rłęvisłęe en 1943 pour orchestre łŢ cordes, version offerte au public de ce concert.
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En complłęment de programme
Concerto pour trompette et orchestre łŢ cordes (2005)
Rex Richardson, trompette solo
Cette ëýuvre de lĺ─˘Amłęricain Dana Wilson (1946 -) est une młęditation sur des poł«mes de William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) qui cultive les extrłümes afin de provoquer le drame. Les premier et troisił«me mouvements, sont inspirłęs du poł«me No Second Troy, tout en double sens, qui łęvoque la possible prise sanglante de Dublin par les Anglais et lĺ─˘amour que lĺ─˘auteur łęprouve pour Maud Gonne. Ce concerto est une commande du trompettiste amłęricain Rex Richardson au compositeur.

Rex Richardson
La carrił«re de soliste du trompettiste Rex Richardson a connu ces dernił«res annłęes un essor considłęrable. Il est de toutes les rencontres internationales ; il participe notamment au National Trumpet Competition, łŢ lĺ─˘International Trumpet Guild Conference (łÔtats-Unis) et au Masters International Brass Band Championships de Cambridge, au Regent Hall Brass Arts Festival de London et au Stars of Brass Festival de Brisbane en Australie. Il sĺ─˘est rapidement taillłę une rłęputation de grand dłęfenseur de la musique contemporaine. ł─ son aise aussi bien en classique quĺ─˘en jazz, Rex Richardson, dont la critique a soulignłę łŢ maintes reprises la virtuositłę łępoustouflante, provoque lĺ─˘enthousiasme du public partout oł╝ il passe. łÔgalement płędagogue, il est professeur assistant łŢ la Virginia Commonwealth University de Richmond, en Virginie.

CONCERTS ł─ VENIR

Promenade łŢ Dakar
Vendredi 29 mai 2009, 20h - 30$, 25$, 10$ - Auditorium Patro Le Prłęvost, 7355, avenue Christophe-Colomb
Cinq ateliers confłęrences autour de ce concert seront offerts łŢ 30 nouveaux immigrants.
Polyrythmie et sonoritłęs exotiques, avec la crłęation de Koralio , une ëýuvre pour kora et orchestre de chambre de Renłę Orłęa-Sanchez et La crłęation du monde de Darius Milhaud . Soliste invitłę : Zal Idrissa Sissokho, kora.

Promenade en Russie
Lĺ─˘histoire du soldat de Igor Stravinski - Guy Beausoleil, adaptation, narration et mise en scł«ne
6-7-8 mars 2009, heures variłęes, pour un jeune auditoire - Maisons de la culture Plateau Mont-Royal, Frontenac, Chapelle historique du bon-Pasteur et Notre-Dame de Grłóce, dans le cadre de la semaine de la musique des Jeunesses musicales du Canada.

Lĺ─˘Ensemble instrumental Appassionata

Appassionata a lancłę en novembre 2008, sous łętiquette FIDELIO, son premier disque, Idyla, quatre ëýuvres importantes du rłępertoire classique et romantique pour orchestre łŢ cordes, autour de la passion amoureuse : Idyla du Tchł«que Leoë░ Janł░čšek, lĺ─˘Adagio pour orchestre łŢ cordes, Op. 3 du Belge Guillaume Lekeu, Two Elegiac Melodies, Op. 34 du Norvłęgien Edvard Grieg et Serenata Notturna K.239 de Mozart.

Fondłę en 2000 łŢ Montrłęal par Daniel Myssyk et Franł▀oise Henri, cet orchestre de chambre ancrłę dans lĺ─˘arrondissement Villeray-Saint-Michel-Parc-Extension, est composłę de 15 instruments łŢ cordes auxquels se greffent łŢ lĺ─˘occasion dĺ─˘autres vents. Dłęsirant rendre la musique classique accessible au plus grand nombre, et contribuer au mieux-łütre de la sociłętłę, lĺ─˘Ensemble prłęsente annuellement une słęrie de concerts autour dĺ─˘une programmation trł«s diversifiłęe.

Diffusłę rłęgulił«rement sur les ondes de Espace musique łŢ la radio de Radio-Canada, lĺ─˘orchestre a accompagnłę des solistes de rłęputation internationale, notamment les guitaristes Bill Kanengiser (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet) et Dimitri llarionov, le corniste John Zirbel et les violonistes Yehonatan Berick et Darren Lowe. Dĺ─˘une grande polyvalence, Appassionata participe łŢ plusieurs festivals internationaux et participe łŢ la crłęation dĺ─˘ëýuvres contemporaines canadiennes.

Son directeur artistique, Daniel Myssyk, est invitłę rłęgulił«rement łŢ diriger divers orchestres en Amłęrique du Nord. Au cours de la dernił«re saison, il a fait ses dłębuts avec les Thirteen Strings dĺ─˘Ottawa, lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivił«res ainsi quĺ─˘au Festival international de Lanaudił«re. Il a rłęcemment łętłę nommłę directeur des activitłęs orchestrales łŢ la Virginia Commonwealth University de Richmond en Virginie.

Photos haute rłęsolution tłęlłęchargeables łŢ partir du site : http://www.appassionata.ca
Appassionata reł▀oit lĺ─˘appui du Conseil des Arts du Canada, du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, du Conseil des arts de Montrłęal, du Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique et de la Corporation de Dłęveloppement łÔconomique Communautaire (CDEC) de Villeray-St-Michel-Parc-Extension,. Appui de Musicaction pour la production du disque Idyla.


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NAC Feb. 3: Manhattan on the Rideau: trumpet legend Randy Brecker


The NAC Manhattan on the Rideau jazz masterclass series continues with trumpet and flugelhorn legend Randy Brecker on February 3

Ottawa, Canada ĺ─ý The National Arts Centreĺ─˘s 2008-2009 ĺ─˙Manhattan on the Rideauĺ─¨ series of jazz masterclasses continues on Tuesday, February 3 with American trumpeter and flugelhorn legend Randy Brecker at the NACĺ─˘s Fourth Stage from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Admission is free. Manhattan on the Rideau links leading jazz faculty members of Manhattan School of Music (MSM) with accomplished music students at the National Arts Centre. The sessions use the very latest in broadband videoconference technology to connect teachers and students in real time with high fidelity audio and video. The series is produced by NAC New Media as part of the Hexagon Project in association with MSM.

Randy Brecker will teach students from the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, the University of Toronto and Humber School of Creative and Performing Arts, who will be backed by J.P. Allain on piano, Tom Denison on bass and Don Johnson on drums. A masterclass is a one-on-one lesson in which a master musician teaches a selected student or ensemble under the watchful eyes of fellow students and members of the public. The audience can learn from the master along with the talented student in the spotlight. Each masterclass involves 2 to 3 students in succession followed by questions-and-answers.

Randy Brecker has been shaping the sound of Jazz, R&B and Rock for more than three decades. He has performed and recorded on trumpet and flugelhorn with a wide range of artists from James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Charles Mingus, Chaka Khan, George Benson and Parliament-Funkadelics to Frank Sinatra, Steely Dan, David Sanborn, Horace Silver, Jaco Pastorius and Frank Zappa. Randy Brecker continues to influence and inspire young musicians, and thoughout the years, has been in constant demand as a Yamaha Clinician, performing at Colleges and Universities the world over. His recordings have been nominated many times over, and his Brecker Brothers CD Out of the Loop was a double Grammy winner. He won his first Grammy as a soloist when Into the Sun was named ĺ─˙Best Contemporary Jazz Performanceĺ─¨ in 1998.

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


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NACO, Feb. 1: Donna Brown and NACO ensembles perform on the next Music for a Sunday Afternoon


Soprano Donna Brown and ensembles of the NAC Orchestra perform Haydn, Schubert and Brahms on the next Music for a Sunday Afternoon on Feb. 1

Ottawa, Canada ĺ─ý The next Music for a Sunday Afternoon chamber music concert celebrates the human voice in songs by Haydn, Schubert and Brahms featuring internationally renowned soprano Donna Brown. The Ottawa based singer will be joined by ensembles of the NAC Orchestra including concertmaster Yosuke Kawasaki, who in addition will precede each set of songs with a chamber music composition by the same composer. This concert takes place on Sunday, February 1 at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium of the National Gallery of Canada.

Musicians: Donna Brown, soprano, Yosuke Kawasaki, violin; Carole Sirois, cello; Jean Desmarais, piano; Jessica Linnebach, violin; David Thies-Thompson, viola.

Program:

HAYDN: Piano Trio No. 27 in A-flat major (Hob XV: 14)

HAYDN: Six folksong arrangements:

Ein Wandrer kommt von ferne (The wanderer from afarĺ─Â)

Es sang und sang ein VłĆgelein (A little bird sang so sadlyĺ─Â)

Ich stehe auf der Heide (Iĺ─˘m standing on the moorĺ─Â)

Es weiden meine Schafe (My sheep are grazingĺ─Â)

Schlaf in deiner engen Kammer (Sleep little oneĺ─Â)

Durchs Feld macht ich morgens im Lenz einen Gang (I went for a walk one spring morningĺ─Â)

SCHUBERT: Quartettsatz in C minor, D. 703

SCHUBERT:

Am Bach im Frł║hling (At the Brook in Springtime) D. 361

Wanderers Nachtlied II (Wayfarerĺ─˘s Night Song) ł˙ber allen Gipfeln, D. 768

Die junge Nonne (The Young Nun) D. 828

Der Jł║ngling auf dem Hł║gel (The Youth on the Hill) D. 702

BRAHMS: Sonatensatz in C minor (from the F-A-E Sonata)

BRAHMS: trans. Walter

ł˙ber die Heide (Over the Heath) Op. 86, No. 4

O kł║hler Wald (O Cool Forest) Op. 72, No. 3

Von ewiger Liebe (Of Everlasting Love) Op. 43, No. 1

Auf dem See (On the Lake) Op. 106, No. 2

Stłžndchen (Serenade) Op. 106, No. 1

Donna Brown, soprano

Renowned for the floating golden-hued quality of her voice, celebrated Canadian soprano Donna Brown performs on the worldĺ─˘s great opera and concert stages of Paris, London, Tokyo, Geneva, Berlin, Vienna, Rome, Sao Paolo, Tel Aviv, Barcelona, Toronto, Vancouver, San Francisco. She has numerous recordings to her name, and her latest CD release of Bachianas Brasileiras No.#5, with Roberto Minczuk conducting, has received rave reviews.

Highlights of the current season include recitals in France with Philippe Cassard, a Bach and Haendel program with Ottawaĺ─˘s 13 Strings, concerts with the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, and Haydnĺ─˘s Creation with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and the Petrobas Orchestra in Rio de Janeiro. Donna Brown made her debut with NACO in 1992 singing Gitanjali, written for her by the Canadian composer R.Murray Schafer, and returned for last seasonĺ─˘s eXpressions festival to sing it once again. In 2006 she appeared in a joint recital with Russell Braun at the NAC and in the week prior to Music for a Sunday Afternoon, she performs with the NAC Orchestra in Haydnĺ─˘s Lord Nelson Mass.

Tickets for Music for a Sunday Afternoon on February 1 are on sale now at $29.00 (GST and Facility Fee included) at the NAC Box Office (Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.), and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111. Ticketmaster may also be accessed through the NACĺ─˘s website at www.nac-cna.ca. They may also be purchased at the National Gallery one hour before the concert.

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The VSO raW


Symphony at the Roundhouse: contemporary music

in the cool, intimate surroundings of the

Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý The VSO presents the Vancouver Sun Symphony at the Roundhouse, a three-concert series featuring a wide and eclectic range of contemporary orchestral music ĺ─ý including works by cutting edge Canadian composers ĺ─ý at the Roundhouse Community Centre in downtown Vancouver. An important aspect of the orchestraĺ─˘s artistic operations, the Roundhouse series features Music Director Bramwell Tovey, as well as Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell, and a number of soloists from the orchestra. Each concert is carefully programmed by Composer-in-Residence Scott Good, ensuring an interesting and exciting mix of music that reflects what is current in the orchestra music scene and showcases the extraordinary talents of VSO musicians.

The first concert of the series this season is performed on February 9, at 8pm. The VSO raW features works by James Rolf, Helena Tulve, Ka Nin Chan and VSO Resident Composer Scott Good. Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell conducts.

In raW (2003), by Toronto composer James Rolfe, J.S. Bachĺ─˘s Second Brandenburg Concerto is heard as if filtered through Bob Marleyĺ─˘s War (Bachĺ─˘s first movement), Burning Spearĺ─˘s The Invasion (second movement), and John Philip Sousaĺ─˘s Stars and Stripes Forever (third movement). These pieces were melded together over the course of many drafts, as if by an artist who alters a photograph by hand creating a new work with fleeting echoes of the originals. It was written just before the American invasion of Iraq, although the connection of the titles of the source pieces was only made in hindsight. raW was commissioned and premiered by Ergo Concerts with the assistance of a grant from The Toronto Arts Council. It received the 2006 Jules Lłęger Prize for Chamber Music, and has been performed across Canada, as well as in the U.K. and Scotland. (Program Notes Čę 2008 James Rolf)

Helena Tulve has studied composition at the Estonian Academy of Music with Erkki-Sven Tł║ł║r and has graduated from Jacques Charpentierĺ─˘s composition class at the Conservatoire Superieur de Paris. At present Tulve teaches composition at the Estonian Academy of Music. Her music has been performed in Europe, USA and Canada. ł─ travers (1998) was commissioned by The NYYD Ensemble. The piece begins with the flute in a high register and then unhurriedly changes to lower ones. Given the general slowness of the musical course, a few unexpected gestures brief oboe solos, the entering of brass instruments are heard as major events. At the end of the piece the flute returns to its initial material but is now joined by the whole ensemble, implying a renewed context. The musical setting itself will give us a clue to a possible meaning of the title of the piece. (Program Notes Čę 2008 Helena Tulve)

Commissioned by the Ensemble Contemporain de Montrłęal with a grant from Canada Council, Par-ł▀i, par-lłŢ is a social comment on the diversified cultures of Canada. The French title reflects the composerĺ─˘s interest in Quebecĺ─˘s heritage. The words, par-ł▀i, par-lłŢ [ĺ─˛this way, that wayĺ─˘] which are quite musical in themselves, are sung by the instrumentalists in this one movement work. On a personal level, this work also reflects the composerĺ─˘s search for his own identity. Born in Hong Kong as a British subject of Chinese origin, Ka Nin Chan has spent two-thirds of his life in Canada. The composer laments the fact that when China took over Hong Kong in 1997, his birthplace began to treat him like a foreigner. The music expresses this inner conflict throughout. The spatial location of the musicians in relations to the audience enhances visually and aurally this personal musical statement. (Program Notes Čę 2008 Ka Nin Chan)

The compositional emphasis of Scott Goodĺ─˘s Variations for Chamber Orchestra is to explore a variety of timbres, moods, and structures for a chamber orchestra with a single connecting thematic idea. Chamber orchestra is a unique ensemble. It is the synthesis of the intimacy of chamber music with the size and sonic impact of an orchestra, thus, posing an interesting challenge to explore the dichotomy of these contrasting musical concepts. (1) Theme ĺ─ý The theme is presented over the opening gesture. As each note is sounded, the orchestration and harmony thickens. Starting with solo flute, the ensemble builds to a dense and loud texture. (2) Fast ĺ─ý Fleeting gestures are paired with long melodies in the beginning of this movement. Constantly surging, a groove is finally established, and rushes the work to the ending. (3) Slow ĺ─ý The low instruments are featured in this dirge like movement. Relating to instruments and are paired with long melodies above. Jazz like harmonies are eluded to throughout. (4) Spirited ĺ─ý This quick little movement is defined by a complex repeating eight measure rhythm. The theme is divided into three distinct sections, yet still maintaining the regularity of the unusual rhythmic pattern. (5) Fugatto ĺ─ý The subject of this ĺ─˙fugueĺ─¨ consists of four distinct melodic riffs. The countersubject contrasts the subject with irregular short note gestures. This movement is an experiment in erratic form, and should feel at times improvised, although it is highly notated. (Program Notes Čę 2008 Scott Good)

CONCERT INFO

The Vancouver Sun Symphony at the Roundhouse Series:

the VSO raW

Monday, February 9, 8pm, Roundhouse Theatre

Evan Mitchell, conductor

James Rolf raW

Scott Good Variations for Chamber Orchestra

Helena Tulve ł─ Travers

Ka Nin Chan Par-ł▀i, Par-lłŢ

Tickets $27 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: The Vancouver Sun

Financial Support By: Socan Foundation

BIOGRAPHIES

Evan Mitchell, Assistant Conductor

Conductor Evan Mitchell is proving to be one of Canadaĺ─˘s most promising young conductors. Currently the Assistant Conductor of the Vancouver Symphony, Evan is slated to play a key role in programming, artistic development and of course performance with the VSO, leading the orchestra through a wide assortment of concerts.

Equally at home with chamber music, opera and full symphonic masterpieces, Evan has enjoyed critical acclaim with recent operatic performances including Brittenĺ─˘s Albert Herring, Wardĺ─˘s The Crucible, Hindemithĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Hin und Zuruckĺ─¨ and the world premiere of Glenn Jamesĺ─˘ opera ĺ─˙To Daniel.ĺ─¨ Evan also won positions with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada for four consecutive years as both conductor and percussionist and now holds the title of Associate Mentor with the orchestra. Highlights include conducting violin soloist Elizabeth Pitcairn, the concertmaster of the New West Symphony and owner of the Mendelssohn Stradivarius 1720 ĺ─˙Red Violin.ĺ─¨

Evan is an advocate of contemporary music. Recently the resident conductor of NUMUS New Music Ensemble, he has premiered several new works, toured across Canada conducting a festival of contemporary Chinese music and recorded works for the CMC, collaborating with such Canadian artists as the Pentaedre Wind Quintet, Penderecki String Quartet and Dancetheatre David Earle. Evan has also conducted and performed works during the highly acclaimed Open Ears Festival.

As a percussionist Evan has enjoyed equal success. In demand as a recitalist and concert soloist (recent performances of the Rosauro Marimba concerto and the Mayuzumi Xylophone concerto), Evanĺ─˘s percussive performance has been hailed as ĺ─˙breathtaking in (his) sensitivityĺ─¨ as well as ĺ─˙wizardlyĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙awe-inspiring.ĺ─¨ Evan has toured Canada, the United States and abroad, including a memorable tour as Canadian ambassador during a concert tour with virtuoso composer/percussionist Nebojsa Zivkovic, during which he performed as concert soloist and along with the composer in a sold out performance of Zivkovic's celebrated ĺ─˙Trio per Unoĺ─¨ at the Stuttgart International Theatre. Evan is a frequent performer with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and has performed with Orchestra London and the Toronto Symphony. Evan has also been a faculty member and guest lecturer with Wilfrid Laurier University, primarily as Music Director of the Flute Ensemble.

Awards include First Prize at the Werlde Musik Kontest in Kerkrade, Netherlands, finalist at the upcoming TD Canada Trust Elora Festival Competition and Winner in Marching category as part of the Kavaliers DCI Drum Corps. Evan is also the winner of the 2006 Pioneer Leading Edge Arts Award.

Evan is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University where he completed an Bachelor of Music degree as a percussion major; he is also a graduate of the University of Toronto, where he studied on a full scholarship sponsored by Elmer Iseler and Victor Feldbrill, earning a Masters degree in conducting. His principal conducting teachers include Raffi Armenian, Doreen Rao, Paul Pulford and Boris Brott. Additionally, he has studied and performed in concert series with Denise Grant, Martin Fischer-Dieskau and most notably, Helmuth Rilling, in the inaugural Toronto Bach festival.


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Mari Kodama, DSO-Berlin, Kent Nagano - Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2


Beethoven

Piano Concerto Nos. 1 & 2

AN 2 9955

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Kent Nagano, honorary conductor

Mari Kodama, pianist

Release date: January 27, 2009

Montreal, January 27, 2009 ĺ─´ Kent Nagano, Music Director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montrłęal and General Music Director of the Bavarian State Opera in Munich since 2006, conducts once more the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, an orchestra he knows well as he was its Artistic Director from 2000 to 2006, and pianist Mari Kodama in a recording devoted to Ludwig van Beethoven's first two piano concertos.

In November 1792, shortly before his 22nd birthday, Ludwig van Beethoven moved to Vienna. Among the compositions which he took from Bonn was a Piano Concerto in B-flat majorĺ─ýthe Concerto No. 2ĺ─ý, a work with which he introduced himself to the musical public. Even after the successful first performance Beethoven made changes on at least three occasions. In no other work by Beethoven can we trace so clearly the various stages of its musical development.

Chronologically, Beethoven's First Piano Concerto was his second. It already contains what was later to characterize the concertos and symphonies of the classical Viennese composer: intensive thematic work, subliminal links between the movements, but above all the principle of contrast between the various planes of the composition. In a sense, these two concertos serve as translation of the sound of the times, beneath a European horizon.

Pianist Mari Kodama has established an international reputation for her musical sensitivity and outstanding virtuosity. In performances throughout Europe, the USA and Japan, she has consistently proven the profound aesthetics of her very personal and unique style. Recent concert highlights include Beethoven concerto performances with orchestras in Berlin, Montreal, Baden-Baden, Bad Kissingen, Singapore and Osnabrł║ck, and in appearances at the Schleswig-Holstein and Bad Kissingen Festivals.

Kent Nagano has established a reputation as a gifted interpreter of both the operatic and symphonic repertoire. He was Music Director of the Opłęra National de Lyon, Music Director of the Hallłę Orchestra and Associate Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. In 2003, Kent Nagano became the first Music Director of Los Angeles Opera. A very important period in his career was his time as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin from 2000-2006 after which he was then given the title Honorary Conductor.

www.analekta.com http://www.dso-berlin.de


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Classics: Elmer Iseler Singers

CLASSICS

Friday, February 13, 2009

Glenn Gould Studio - Toronto (7:00 P.M.)

The Elmer Iseler Singers continue their 30th anniversary celebrations with a splendid concert entitled CLASSICS. Lydia Adams, who also celebrates her 10th anniversary as Artistic Director and Conductor, has designed a programme which highlights the ensembleĺ─˘s ĺ─˙pure mastery and virtuosityĺ─¨ through J. S. Bachĺ─˘s rousing Motet BWV 230, Lobet den Herrn and Lutheran Mass #4. The evening also includes the serene Responsorium in Memoriam Annon Lee Silver by British composer John Tavener and Arvo Płžrtĺ─˘s beautiful Berliner Messe. The EIS share the stage with a hand-picked chamber orchestra led by concertmaster Jacques Israelievitch, with the participation of organist Christopher Dawes at Torontoĺ─˘s Glenn Gould Studio on Friday, February 13, 2009 at 7:00 P.M.

Lobet den Herrn (Sing to the Lord a New Song) is one J. S. Bachĺ─˘s famous and beloved six motets. The text comes from the Bible (Psalm 117). His Lutheran Mass #4 (Mass BWV 236 in G major) is one of four Lutheran Masses, which were the standard type of Mass composition to be performed in the Lutheran worship service in Leipzig on high feasts of the church year. Celebrated composer John Tavener (born in 1944), who has been closely linked with religious music, is much admired throughout the world. His best-known (or at least most widely heard) piece is the 'Alleluia' sung at the close of the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales. Responsorium in Memoriam Annon Lee Silver, composed in 1971, is one of Tavenerĺ─˘s most profound memorial works. Born in 1935 in Estonia, Arvo Płžrt is recognized worldwide as one of todayĺ─˘s most significant composers. He has written a succession of magnificent sacred choral works. The Berliner Messe (or Berlin Mass) uses Płžrt's tintinnabuli technique (from the Latin, little bells), while at the same time following in form standard mass settings.

This concert will be recorded for future broadcast on 94.1 F.M. CBC Radio Two, Choral Concert, hosted by Peter Togni.

ĺ─˙The Iseler Singers demonstrated at the top of the show just why they are one of the world's great chamber choirs. They sing with a single intent. Their tone is luminous, thrillingly tuned, blended into bloom like the colour of a hybrid rose.ĺ─¨ - Stephen Pedersen (Chronicle Herald)

CLASSICS

The Elmer Iseler Singers, Lydia Adams ĺ─ý conductor

With Orchestra - Jacques Israelievitch, Concert Master; Christopher Dawes, Organist

Friday, February 13, 2009 at 7:00 pm

Glenn Gould Studio ĺ─ý 250 Front Street West, Toronto

For tickets (Reg. $40/ Sen. $35/ Students $10) please call 416-217-0537

Group rates available.

http://www.elmeriselersingers.com/

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Dominique Breau łŢ la Place des Arts de Montrłęal


Le conteur Dominique Breau łŢ la Place des Arts de Montrłęal

(Montrłęal, 26 janvier 2009) ĺ─ý C'est un beau rłüve qui se rłęalise enfin pour Dominique Breau qui prłęsentera son spectacle J'vous ai t'y contłę ? łŢ la Place des Arts de Montrłęal. Tous les jeudis, du 16 avril au 14 mai, dans la chaleur et l'intimitłę du Studio-Thłęłótre, le conteur acadien, accompagnłę en musique par Julien Breau, rłęjouira les oreilles et les cëýurs par ses contes savoureux et ses płętillantes chansons traditionnelles. Dans le cadre des Week-ends de la chanson Quebecor, grłóce łŢ l'appui du Village Historique Acadien, cinq reprłęsentations sont donc prłęvues : cinq soirłęes uniques pour ragaillardir les imaginaires et rłęchauffer les łómes de la rłęgion montrłęalaise !

L'annłęe 2009 s'annonce faste pour Dominique. ł─ peine revenu de la France, il termine un słęjour łŢ Montrłęal oł╝ il participait le 19 janvier dernier, łŢ l'enregistrement d'un conte pour l'łęmission Vous łütes ici, animłęe par Patrick Masbourian, łŢ Radio-Canada. Il a łęgalement fait un saut łŢ Toronto pour l'łęvłęnement Contact-Ontarois. Cette foire de spectacles rłęunit les diffuseurs de toute la province et d'ailleurs et Dominique y a łętłę invitłę łŢ y faire une prłęsentation. Y'a de la tournłęe dans l'air !

Accueilli dans le studio que la Maison Chłęnier-Sauvłę, sur la Rive-Nord de Montrłęal, met łŢ la disposition des artistes de passage, Dominique a łęgalement profitłę de son słęjour pour concocter quelques nouveaux contes... Des p'tits dłęlices que les oreilles gourmandes attendent avec impatience !

Et l'artiste retournera en Ontario en fłęvrier pour le Bal de neige, łŢ Ottawa, et sera łŢ nouveau łŢ Montrłęal łŢ la fin fłęvrier pour participer łŢ un spectacle au Lłęzard de la parole et łŢ la Grande Nuit Blanche du festival Montrłęal en Lumił«res.

Rappelons qu'en mars 2008, Dominique Breau a łętłę finaliste au dernier Grand prix des conteurs de Chevilly-Larue, en France. Tout au long de l'łętłę suivant, il a prłęsentłę Les soupers łŢ Dominique au Village Historique Acadien, prł«s de Caraquet, et sa słęrie de Mardis du conte a remportłę un succł«s phłęnomłęnal puisque plus de 2 000 personnes au total sont venues sous le chapiteau de Tracadie-Sheila pour łęcouter, rire et applaudir ses histoires. Il a rłęcemment łętłę l'invitłę d'honneur du Festival du conte et de la calligraphie łŢ Amiens, en France, et lors de la FrancoFłüte en Acadie, en novembre 2008, alors que le conte łętait prłęsent pour une toute premił«re fois en vitrine, Dominique s'est młęritłę deux prix : Acadie-Roseq et Acadie-Rłęseau Grands Espaces.

Le succł«s qu'il connałĂt n'est pourtant pas łętonnant : profondłęment inspirłę par l'Acadie, ses traditions et ses gens, Dominique Breau choisit de demeurer fidł«le łŢ la manił«re des conteux d'autrefois, dans la simplicitłę et la proximitłę qu'il entretien avec son auditoire. Amoureux des mots, poł«te łŢ sa manił«re, il a le tour de dłęclencher de grandes vagues de rire et aussi celui toucher les cëýurs. Dans l'atmosphł«re d'une veillłęe de cuisine, son spectacle J'vous ai t'y contłę ? porte la grande młęmoire des petites gens d'Acadie et saura certainement słęduire l'auditoire montrłęalais par la grande humanitłę et l'irrłęsistible bonne humeur qui envahiront la Place des Arts dł«s avril prochain !

On peut consulter le site de Dominique Breau au www.dominiquebreau.com.

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Laurłęats Opus 2007-2008 An 12



GALA DES PRIX OPUS 2007-2008 : UNE DOUZIłÓME łÔDITION SOUS LE SIGNE DE L'EXCELLENCE ET LA DIVERSITłÔ (Montrłęal, le 25 janvier 2009) - C'est dans une ambiance festive que la 12e łędition du Gala des prix Opus s'est tenue aujourd'hui łŢ la Salle Claude-Champagne, łŢ Montrłęal. Les artisans de la musique de concert, rłęunis pour cette fłüte annuelle, ont łęcoutłę attentivement et applaudi avec beaucoup d'entrain tout au long de la remise de prix. Animłę par Franł▀oise Davoine d'Espace musique et Martin Bernier, le gala a mis łŢ l'honneur la musique et les musiciens d'ici. Pour l'occasion, 11 musiciens parmi les plus dynamiques sur la scł«ne musicale qułębłęcoise ont accompagnłę la remise de prix avec des arrangements signłęs Louis Babin. Au total, 26 prix ont rłęcompensłę le talent des interprł«tes, compositeurs, musicologues, producteurs et diffuseurs qułębłęcois qui ont marqułę la saison s'łęchelonnant du 1er septembre 2007 au 31 aoł¬t 2008. Les prestations musicales mettaient en vedette plusieurs ensembles issus de rłępertoires variłęs : le Strada, l'ensemble Mont-Royal, l'Auguste et le Quatuor de tourne-disques. Le prix Hommage a łętłę remis łŢ l'organiste Bernard Lagacłę. Sans contredit l'un des organistes actuels les plus importants sur le plan international, il a donnłę, durant sa longue carrił«re, de nombreux rłęcitals et a participłę łŢ des concours internationaux au Canada, aux łÔtats-Unis et en Europe. Il a gagnłę plusieurs prix et l'on a fait appel łŢ lui en tant que juge lors de compłętitions internationales d'orgue chez nous et łŢ l'łętranger. Ses qualitłęs de płędagogue ainsi que son engagement dans le mouvement de renaissance de l'orgue classique au Canada lui ont confłęrłę une influence considłęrable dans le milieu musical au pays et łŢ l'łętranger. Bernard Lagacłę a reł▀u, en 1978, le Prix Denise-Pelletier du gouvernement du Qułębec pour les arts d'interprłętation et le Prix de musique Calixa-Lavallłęe de la Sociłętłę Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montrłęal en 1989 qui voulait ainsi reconnałĂtre non seulement Č┤ le głęnie musical de Bernard Lagacłę, mais aussi la sensibilitłę, l'intłęrioritłę et l'łęloquence de l'artiste... Ȭ. Il a łętłę nommłę Membre de l'Ordre du Canada en 1985 et Officier de l'Ordre du Canada en 2002. Crłęłę par le Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique, ce gala souligne l'excellence de la musique de concert au Qułębec dans ses diffłęrents rłępertoires. Le Qułębec foisonne de musiciens de talent et la qualitłę des laurłęats de cette annłęe nous a permis encore une fois de le constater. L'łęvłęnement vise łŢ rendre hommage aux musiciens d'ici, mais aussi, et surtout, transmettre au public et aux młęlomanes le goł¬t de dłęcouvrir la musique de concert. Le Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique a remerciłę les principaux partenaires du gala, soit le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, Musicaction, le Conseil des Arts du Canada, le ministł«re de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition fłęminine du Qułębec, la Sociłętłę de dłęveloppement des entreprises culturelles, le Conseil des arts de Montrłęal, Galaxie, le rłęseau de musique continue de Radio-Canada, Espace musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada, Le Devoir, la Facultłę de musique de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal, la Librairie Monet et La Scena Musicale. La liste des laurłęats accompagne ce communiqułę.


Prix Opus - Laurłęats 2007-2008





Concert de l'annłęe - Montrłęal
(prix accompagnłę d'une bourse de 3 000 $ du Conseil des arts de Montrłęal) Paul Verlaine, Jean-Franł▀ois Lapointe, baryton et Louise-Andrłęe Baril, piano, Sociłętłę Musicale Andrłę-Turp, 15 juin 2008 Concert de l'annłęe - Qułębec Unique, monumental, puissant, Orchestre symphonique de Qułębec, 15 mars 2008 Concert de l'annłęe - Rłęgions Vers la fin du temps, Jean-Franł▀ois Normand (clarinette), David Jalbert (piano), Marc Djokic (violon), Denise Djokic (violoncelle), Concerts aux łÚles du Bic, 8 aoł¬t 2008 Concert de l'annłęe - Musiques młędiłęvale, de la Renaissance, baroque Musique au temps de Philippe le Bel, La Nef reł▀oit La Rota, 10 novembre 2007 Concert de l'annłęe - Musiques classique, romantique, postromantique, impressionniste Unique, monumental, puissant, Orchestre symphonique de Qułębec, 15 mars 2008 Concert de l'annłęe - Musiques moderne, contemporaine Influences rłęciproques, Quatuor Molinari, 8 fłęvrier 2008 Concert de l'annłęe - Musiques actuelle, łęlectroacoustique 2 X 4 II, Codes d'accł«s, 29 avril 2008 Concert de l'annłęe - Jazz, musiques du monde Dłęserts, La Nef, 26 avril et 3 mai 2008 Concert de l'annłęe - Jeune public (prix accompagnłę d'une bourse de 5 000 $ du ministł«re de la Culture et des Communications et de la Condition fłęminine du Qułębec) Voyage autour du monde, Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal, 18 novembre 2007 Disque de l'annłęe - Musiques młędiłęvale, de la Renaissance, baroque Pił«ces de Guitarre de Monsieur Rłęmy Młędard [1676], David Jacques, XXI-21 productions inc. Disque de l'annłęe - Musiques classique, romantique, postromantique, impressionniste Winterreise, Pentał«dre - Christoph Prłęgardien, tłęnor, ATMA classique Disque de l'annłęe - Musiques moderne, contemporaine Shostakovich, 24 Prłęludes & fugues, op. 87, David Jalbert, ATMA classique Disque de l'annłęe - Musiques actuelle, łęlectroacoustique Clic, Bernard Falaise, DAME / Ambiances Magnłętiques Disque de l'annłęe - Jazz, musiques du monde Rasstones, Franł▀ois Bourassa Quartet, Effendi Records Crłęation de l'annłęe Circuits parallł«les, Nicolas Gilbert, compositeur, Sociłętłę de musique contemporaine du Qułębec, La ReCrłęation du monde, 24 avril 2008 Livre de l'annłęe alcides lanza - Portrait of a composer, Pamela Jones, McGill-Queen's University Press Article de l'annłęe Musiques au tournant du XXIe sił«cle : l'unitłę dans la diversitłę, Nołęmie Pascal, Musiques, une encyclopłędie pour le XXIe sił«cle, vol. 5 : L'unitłę dans la musique. Sous la direction de Jean-Jacques Nattiez, Arles, Actes Sud/Citłę de la musique Compositeur de l'annłęe (prix accompagnłę d'une bourse de 10 000 $ du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec) Nicolas Gilbert Dłęcouverte de l'annłęe (prix accompagnłę d'une bourse de 5 000 $ de Galaxie, le rłęseau de musique continue de Radio-Canada et d'une annłęe en rłęsidence łŢ la radio de Radio-Canada) Valłęrie Milot, harpiste Diffuseur de l'annłęe Domaine Forget Directeur artistique de l'annłęe Michel Levasseur Festival de Musique actuelle de Victoriaville - 25e anniversaire łÔvłęnement musical de l'annłęe Słęrie hommage no 1 / Claude Vivier Interprł«te de l'annłęe (prix accompagnłę d'une bourse de 5 000 $ du Conseil des Arts du Canada) Quartango Prix Hommage Bernard Lagacłę, organiste Rayonnement łŢ l'łętranger Marc Boucher, baryton Reconnaissance łŢ un facteur d'instruments (prix accompagnłę d'une bourse de 5 000 $ de la Sociłętłę de dłęveloppement des entreprises culturelles) Jean-Franł▀ois Laporte

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Friday, January 23, 2009

A Baroque Celebration with Canadian Legend, soprano Nancy Argenta

The VSO Presents Canadian Soprano Nancy Argenta

In A Baroque Celebration

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý Canadian soprano Nancy Argenta will grace the Chan Centre stage on February 6th and 7th and the Centennial Theatre stage on February 9th for A Baroque Celebration ĺ─ý a celebration of beautiful baroque and chamber music by Muffat, Bach, Mozart and Schubert. All concerts take place at 8pm and will be conducted by Victoria Symphony Music Director Tania Miller, former VSO Associate Conductor.

ĺ─˙Argentaĺ─˘s voice possesses a bell-like clarity, but the tone has a natural, unforced lyricism ĺ─Â Feeling is released with simplicity, and no undue archness or artifice interferes with her appealing directness of manner.ĺ─¨

- Globe and Mail

ĺ─˙ĺ─Â(Tania Miller) has absolute authority over the score, clarifying its dense textures, her long term thoughts giving it the shape it needs and bringing out every detail, its variety, its delicious orientalisms, the ravishments of the slow movement. She has the gift of disappearing into the music, the sign of a true conductor. It was 45 minutes of bliss."

- The Vancouver Sun

A true Canadian superstar, Nancy Argenta began her career in Vancouver taking voice lessons with Jacob Hamm and at the University of Western Ontario with Martin Chambers. After winning the S.C. Eckhardt-Gramattłę Competition in 1980, she began her studies in Europe with her mentor Vera Rosza. Her professional operatic debut was in Hippolyte et Aricie at the 1983 Aix-en-Provence Festival. Since then, she has been in high demand world-wide for her clear and flexible soprano voice that is seen as ideal for classical-era music. Although Argenta is regarded as ĺ─˙the supreme Handel soprano of our ageĺ─¨ she is also renowned for her interpretations of Bach, Mozart, Shubert and Purcell. The VSO is honoured to share the stage with this Canadian star in her element.

At only thirty-five years of age, Victoria Symphonyĺ─˘s Music Director Tania Miller is the youngest Music Director of any major Canadian orchestra today. She has also made history by being the first Canadian woman to be appointed to such a prestigious position within Canada. Prior to her appointment in Victoria, Maestra Miller was the VSOĺ─˘s Associate Conductor and she is always a Vancouver audience favourite. Her expertise in baroque music from her work as the Assistant Conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival is sure to impress both baroque enthusiasts and casual listeners of this concert.

CONCERT INFO

Bach & Beyond and North Shore Classics Series:

A Baroque Celebration

Friday & Saturday, February 6 & 7, 8pm, Chan Centre

Monday, February 9, 8pm, Centennial Theatre

Tania Miller, conductor

Nancy Argenta, soprano

Muffat Concerto Grosso No.12, Propitia Sydera

Bach Cantata No.209, Non sa che sia dolore

Mozart Il re pastore, K.208: Lĺ─˘amero saro costante

Mozart Voi avete un cor fedele, K.217

Schubert Symphony No.6, Little C Major

Internationally-renowned soprano Nancy Argenta makes her VSO debut, with Victoria Symphony Music Director Tania Miller. This is an evening of beautiful baroque and chamber music at its best.

Tickets for February 6 & 7: $35 to $59 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available ONLY through Ticketmaster outlets, Charge-by-Phone at 604.280.3311 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca

Tickets for February 9: $37 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

The VSOĺ─˘s Bach & Beyond Series Endowed By:

The Chan Foundation of Canada

The presentation of this series is made possible in part through the generous assistance of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts of the University of British Columbia.

BIOGRAPHIES

Tania Miller, conductor

Tania Millerĺ─˘s reputation as a consummate musician, leader, and communicator has grown rapidly in todayĺ─˘s orchestral scene. At the age of thirty-five, Ms. Miller is the youngest current Music Director of a major Canadian orchestra and the first Canadian woman to be appointed to such a significant position in Canada. The 2007/2008 Season will mark Ms. Miller's fifth season as Music Director of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra.

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

Tania Miller co-founded the Michigan Opera Works in 1997 with a mandate to provide performance opportunities for emerging young professional artists. She also served as Artistic Director and conductor from 1997-2000, and led productions of Handelĺ─˘s Semele, Brittenĺ─˘s The Rape of Lucretia, Purcellĺ─˘s Dido and Aeneas, and Mozartĺ─˘s Cosi fan Tutte. Ms. Miller has also conducted with Detroitĺ─˘s Friends of Opera in performances of Pucciniĺ─˘s La Boheme. In 2000, she was asked to conduct a production of Offenbachĺ─˘s Les Contes dĺ─˘Hoffmann in 2000 with Opera McGill of Montreal on short notice when their conductor fell ill. The performances were such a success that she was invited back the following season to conduct Mozartĺ─˘s Le Nozze di Figaro.

Ms. Miller has worked extensively in the areas of Baroque and contemporary music. Her work as the Assistant Conductor of the Carmel Bach Festival from 1997-2001 gave her a unique opportunity to work closely with the internationally renowned conductor Bruno Weil and many of the world's leading Baroque artists. Tania began her work in the field of contemporary music as Assistant conductor of the Banff Festival of the Arts in 1997 in Banff, Canada. She has been a frequent guest conductor with the Toronto contemporary ensemble ERGO, with whom she premiered a number of compositions in Munich, Toronto and New York.

Originally from Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, Tania Miller received her D.M.A and Master's degree in conducting from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan; studying with teachers Kenneth Kiesler and H. Robert Reynolds.

Nancy Argenta, soprano

With a repertoire spanning three centuries, Nancy Argenta has been hailed as the supreme Handel soprano of our age and praised for her performances of works by composers as diverse as Mahler, Mozart, Schubert and Schoenberg. Her ability to adapt from large scale orchestral works to chamber music and recitals has earned her great recognition and praise.

Conductors include Ozawa, Gardiner, Davis, Blomstedt, Pinnock, Hogwood and Norrington with orchestras including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Boston Symphony, Singapore Symphony, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Toronto, Montreal, Sydney and West Australian Symphony Orchestras. In opera, concert and recital she has appeared at many leading festivals including Aix-en-Provence, Salzburg, Mostly Mozart and the BBC Proms. Her discography of over 50 recordings includes Bach's St John Passion, B Minor Mass, Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio with Gardiner, Purcell's King Arthur and Haydn Masses with Pinnock and Hickox, Mozart's Requiem, Magic Flute and Don Giovanni with Norrington. As an EMI/Virgin Solo Artist she has recorded Schubert Lieder, Scarlatti Cantatas and two discs of Bach Solo Cantatas as well as two of Purcell songs, the first of which, O Solitude, was honoured with a Classic CD Award. Recent CD releases include Handel's Saul with Paul McCreesh (Archiv), Handel's Resurrezione with the Combattimento Consort and Lost is my quiet a collection of English Music from Purcellĺ─˘s time.

As a devotee of the song repertoire of all periods, Nancy Argenta tours widely as a recitalist, presenting songs with their "original" keyboard accompaniment of harpsichord, fortepiano or modern piano. Recent recital locations with Maggie Cole, keyboards have included The Netherlands, Hungary, Israel, Canada and Spain.

Recent concerts include performances with Die KłĆlner Akademie for concerts in Spain with Michael Chance, a programme of Purcell and Handel with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra, a programme celebrating 100 years of English Music with the NDR Radiophilharmonic Orchestra in Hannover and the St Matthew Passion in Hamburg. Future concerts include the North Carolina Symphony, the Vancouver Bach Choir and performances of the St Matthew Passion with the Baldwin Wallace Bach Festival in Ohio.

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Concert de la Saint-Valentin par trois grands choeurs montrł«alais en appui La Scena

Concert de la Saint-Valentin par trois grands choeurs montrłęalais en appui łŢ La Scena Musicale

Montrłęal, 19 janvier 2009- Le milieu choral de Montrłęal salue Wah Keung Chan, fondateur et łęditeur de la revue de musique classique La Scena Musicale, par un concert błęnłęfice donnłę au profit de la publication le 14 fłęvrier łŢ 20 h łŢ la salle Pollack de la facultłę de musique de l'Universitłę McGill ?. L'łęvłęnement rłęunira trois des meilleurs chëýurs de la młętropole: Concerto Della Donna, Musica Orbium et le Studio de Musique ancienne de Montrłęal, dirigłęs respectivement par les piliers de la musique chorale łŢ Montrłęal que sont Iwan Edwards, Patrick Wedd and Christopher Jackson. Au programme, des chants d'amour de toutes les łępoques, depuis Gabrieli et Palestrina jusqu'łŢ Copland et Gershwin. Ayant exłęcutłę chacun une portion du programme, les trois ensembles uniront leurs voix pour le grand finale.

Iwan Edwards, directeur artistique de la soirłęe et membre de l'Ordre du Canada (1995), explique: Č┤Patrick Wedd, Christopher Jackson et moi avons rłęuni nos choeurs deux fois dłęjłŢ, pour des concerts du matin de Płóques łŢ la radio de CBC. Je suis ravi que mes łęminents collł«gues acceptent de renouveler l'expłęrience. Ce concert de gala est une occasion pour nous d'exprimer la profonde admiration que nous portons łŢ Wah Keung Chan pour l'incomparable apport łŢ la vie musicale qu'est La Scena Musicale.Ȭ

L'aventure de La Scena Musicale commenł▀ait en 1996, lorsque Wah Keung Chan publiait un calendrier musical sur deux pages des concerts prłęsentłęs łŢ Montrłęal; avec le temps, le petit bulletin s'est transformłę en revue nationale des arts de la scł«ne et de la musique avec articles de fond, critiques de disques et guides de l'enseignement de la musique ; plus rłęcemment, La Scena Musicale s'est portłęe łŢ la dłęfense de la musique et des arts. Č┤ En assistant łŢ cette soirłęe, dit l'łęditeur, les amateurs de musique feront plus que s'offrir un magnifique concert, ils participeront avec La Scena Musicale łŢ la promotion de la belle et grande musique partout au pays. Ȭ

Billets:

30 $ - rłęguliers

20 $ - łętudiants et ałĂnłęs (se les procurer łŢ La Scena Musicale, au guichet de la facultłę de musique de McGill ou aux points de vente Admission).

130 $ - les meilleurs sił«ges et rłęception prłę-concert en compagnie des trois chefs de chëýur (s'adresser directement łŢ La Scena Musicale)

Pour voir le programme.

La Scena Musicale
Tłęl. : 514-948-2520
Courriel :
gala2009@scena.org
(cartes VISA, MasterCard et AMEX)


Guichet de McGill:
Tłęl. : 514-398-4547.
(cartes VISA et MasterCard)

Points de vente Admission. Frais de service.

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Three of Montreal's top choirs support La Scena Musicale in Valentine's Benefit Con

Three of Montreal's top choirs support La Scena Musicale in Valentine's Benefit Concert

Montreal--January 19, 2009-- Montreal's choral community is expressing their support for Wah Keung Chan, founding editor and publisher of the classical music magazine La Scena Musicale, by collaborating in a benefit concert supporting the publication. The event, scheduled for 8 p.m. on February 14, 2009, features three of Montreal's top choirs: Concerto Della Donna, Musica Orbium, and the Studio de Musique ancienne de Montrłęal, conducted by stalwarts of the Montreal choral scene Iwan Edwards, Patrick Wedd and Christopher Jackson, respectively. The ensembles will perform choral love songs from Gabrieli and Palestrina to Copland and Gershwin, with each choir singing their own segment and then joining forces for the finale.

Edwards, a Member of the Order of Canada since 1995 and the concert's artistic director, says, "Christopher, Patrick and I had worked together on the CBC Radio Easter Morning Sunrise Service from Montreal on two separate occasions, so I was delighted when these outstanding directors and their ensembles agreed to collaborate once again, particularly since it gave us the opportunity to express our admiration for Wah Keung Chan and the tremendous contribution he has made to classical music through La Scena Musicale."

Chan started the publication in 1996, as a 2-page newsletter focusing on Montreal concert listings; it soon grew to a full-fledged magazine covering arts and music nationwide, including articles, CD reviews, music education guides, and recently, it has come to the defense of music and the arts. Chan says, "by attending this concert, music lovers will not only be treated to a great evening of choral love songs, they will be partnering with La Scena Musicale in promoting high quality music-making across the country."

Tickets are $30 (regular price) and $20 (student/senior), available at La Scena Musicale, the McGill Box Office, and local Admission outlets. VIP seating and the chance to meet the conductors at a pre-concert reception are available for $130.

For more info about the concert and the programme, click here.

La Scena Musicale
Tel: (514) 948-2520
E-mail: gala2009@scena.org
(VISA, MasterCard, or AMEX accepted, VIP admission only available directly through LSM)

McGill box office:
514-398-4547.
(VISA or MasterCard accepted)

Admission outlets. Service charges apply.

514-790-1245 or 1-800-361-4595

Info: Dawna Coleman, 514-948-2520, dawnacoleman@scena.org

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Nominations announced for BBC Music Magazines 2009


BBC Music Magazine ĺ─ý the biggest classical music title in the world ĺ─ý will host its annual awards ceremony this year on 7th April at Kings Place in London. The BBC Music Magazine Awards were launched in 2006 with the aim of recognising the best in classical music worldwide, by giving the public a chance to vote for their favourite performances of the year. Now in their fourth year, the BBC Music Magazine Awards are renowned in the industry as a prestigious annual event rewarding the highest achievements in international classical music recording.

This yearĺ─˘s star-studded nominations list balances giants of the international scene like Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Murray Perahia, Susan Graham and Sir Charles Mackerras in core repertoire, with some exciting new performers and musical discoveries by Tarik O'Regan, Peteris Vasks, Ernest Bloch, Gabriel Piernłę and Donizetti.

The BBC Music Magazine Awards 2009 are the only classical music awards with a selection of categories voted for by the public. Those who win not only receive esteemed industry recognition, but also the accolade of being the peopleĺ─˘s choice. Since the awardsĺ─˘ inception in 2006 voting has surged from 3,000 to over 89,000 last year.

The nominations for the Public Awards were selected from over 250 outstanding discs released in 2008, by a jury of classical music experts including Misha Donat, the former Head of Chamber Music for BBC Radio 3; Roger Nichols, author and expert on French and 20th-century music; and Christopher Cook, BBC Radio 3 presenter and chair of the Cheltenham Music Festival. The nominees are:

Instrumental Nominees:

  • Murray Perahia ĺ─ý Bach Partitas 2, 3 & 4 (Sony Classical)
  • Steven Osborne ĺ─ý Tippett Piano Concerto/Sonatas (Hyperion)
  • Jean-Efflam Bavouzet ĺ─ý Debussy Compete Works for Piano Vol. 3 (Chandos)

Chamber Nominees:

  • Goldner Quartet with Piers Lane ĺ─ý Bloch Piano Quintets (Hyperion)
  • Dante Quartet ĺ─ý Faurłę and Franck String Quartets (Hyperion)
  • Trio Parnassus ĺ─ý Peteris Vasks (MDG)

Orchestral Nominees:

  • Marin Alsop ĺ─ý Dvorak Symphony No. 9, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Naxos)
  • Sir Charles Mackerras ĺ─ý Mozart Symphonies 38-41, Scottish Chamber Orchestra (Linn)
  • Sir John Eliot Gardiner ĺ─ý Brahms Symphony No. 1, Orchestre Rłęvolutionnaire et Romantique and the Monteverdi Choir (Soli Deo Gloria)

Choral Nominees:

  • Paul Hillier and the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir ĺ─ý Tarik Oĺ─˘Reganĺ─˘s Scattered Rhymes (Harmonia Mundi)
  • Sir John Eliot Gardiner with the Monteverdi Choir and Orchestra plus soloists ĺ─ý Bach Cantatas, Vol. 27 (Soli Deo Gloria)
  • Antoni Wit and Iwona Hossa with the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra ĺ─ý Szymanowski Choral Works (Naxos)

Vocal Nominees:

  • Susan Graham and Malcolm Martineau ĺ─ý Un Frisson Franł▀ais: A Century of French Song (Onyx)
  • Gerald Finley and Julius Drake ĺ─ý Musorgsky: Songs and Dances of Death (Wigmore Hall Live)
  • Christian Gerhaher and Jerold Huber ĺ─ý Melancholie: Lieder by Robert Schumann (RCA Red Seal)

Opera Nominees:

  • Patricia Petibon and Daniel Harding ĺ─ý Amoureuses: Arias by Haydn, Mozart & Gluck (DG)
  • Nicole Cabell and Mark Elder ĺ─ý Donizetti: Imelda di Lambertazzi (Opera Rara)
  • Sophie Marin-Degor, Jean-Słębastien Bou and Nicolas Chalvin ĺ─ý Gabriel Piernłę: Sophie Arnould (Timpani)

Notes to Editors:

Voting opens at www.bbcmusicmagazine.com/awards on 21st January and closes on 1st March 2009. The website also features the BBC Music Magazine Awards 2009 Podcasts, a series of six podcasts, which will be released weekly from 21st January. Chaired by BBC Radio 3ĺ─˘s Petroc Trelawny, the podcasts feature jury members Helen Wallace and Oliver Condy discussing the selection criteria, judging process and shortlist for each category, and include excerpts from the nominated discs


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Thursday, January 22, 2009

The VSO's February Concert Listings


The VSOĺ─˘s February Concert Listings ĺ─ý Hot Concerts for a Cold Winter Month!

Vancouver, BC ĺ─ý February kicks off with a fun concert for kids starring the Magic Circle Mime Co. who will perform the classic musical tale of Peter & The Wolf. Next up is a celebration of great baroque and chamber music with Canadian soprano Nancy Argenta, and the VSOĺ─˘s good friend Tania Miller, Music Director of the Victoria Symphony.

The month continues with the first concert of the eclectic Vancouver Sun Symphony at the Roundhouse series, entitled the VSO raW featuring the works of James Rolf, Helena Tulve, Ka Nin Chan and VSO Resident Composer Scott Good. The Roundhouse series presents contemporary orchestral music in the cool, intimate surrounding of the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown.

There is also a very special concert for Valentineĺ─˘s Day: the VSO has the perfect concert featuring piano powerhouse Ian Parker and the romantic music of Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Romeo & Juliet, as well as Ravelĺ─˘s exciting Piano Concerto and Bizetĺ─˘s Romantic Carmen Suite.

Next, the VSO presents the legendary Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, one of the worldĺ─˘s greatest and most famous orchestras, in a very special concert celebrating their fiftieth anniversary. This is a rare chance for Vancouver audiences to hear such a legendary music-making institution, in a concert that also showcases world-renowned German violinist Julia Fischer who will lead from the violin.

The month wraps up with two extraordinary classical concerts: brilliant Canadian pianist Louis Lortie makes his welcome return to Vancouver after too long an absence, performing works by Liszt; followed by electrifying violinist Kyoko Takezawa playing Elgarĺ─˘s epic Violin Concerto in B minor.

An exciting and busy month for Lower Mainland audiences!

CONCERT INFO

Spectra Energy Kidsĺ─˘ Koncerts Series:

Magic Circle Mime: Peter & The Wolf

Sunday, February 1, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre

Evan Mitchell, conductor

Magic Circle Mime, entertainers

Without upsetting the Maestro, three musicians and a conductor's assistant must outwit a fearsome wolf that threatens orchestra and audience alike. The concert hall becomes the dramatic setting and musicians are the characters of the story as Prokofiev's classic musical tale springs to life, putting kids on the edge of their seats. Magic Circle Mime Co. performs with every major orchestra in North America as one of the top childrenĺ─˘s entertainment groups in the business.

Tickets $26 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: Spectra Energy

Premier Education Partner: TELUS

Bach & Beyond Series:

A Baroque Celebration

Friday & Saturday, February 6 & 7, 8pm, Chan Centre

Tania Miller, conductor

Nancy Argenta, soprano

Muffat Concerto Grosso No.12, Propitia Sydera

Bach Cantata No.209, Non sa che sia dolore

Mozart Il re pastore, K.208: Lĺ─˘amero saro costante

Mozart Voi avete un cor fedele, K.217

Schubert Symphony No.6, Little C Major

Internationally-renowned soprano Nancy Argenta makes her VSO debut, with Victoria Symphony Music Director Tania Miller. This is an evening of beautiful baroque and chamber music at its best.

Tickets $35 to $59 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available ONLY through Ticketmaster outlets, Charge-by-Phone at 604.280.3311 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca

The VSOĺ─˘s Bach & Beyond Series Endowed By:

The Chan Foundation of Canada

The presentation of this series is made possible in part through the generous assistance of the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts of the University of British Columbia.

Radio Sponsor:

CHQM-FM

North Shore Classics Series:

A Baroque Celebration

Monday, February 9, 8pm, Centennial Theatre

Tania Miller, conductor

Nancy Argenta, soprano

Muffat Concerto Grosso No.12, Propitia Sydera

Bach Cantata No.209, Non sa che sia dolore

Mozart Il re pastore, K.208: Lĺ─˘amero saro costante

Mozart Voi avete un cor fedele, K.217

Schubert Symphony No.6, Little C Major

Internationally-renowned soprano Nancy Argenta makes her VSO debut, with Victoria Symphony Music Director Tania Miller. This is an evening of beautiful baroque and chamber music at its best.

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

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

The Vancouver Sun Symphony at the Roundhouse Series:

the VSO raW

Monday, February 9, 8pm, Roundhouse Theatre

Evan Mitchell, conductor

James Rolf raW

Scott Good Variations for Chamber Orchestra

Helena Tulve A Travers

Ka Nin Chan Par-ł▀i, Par-lłŢ

Tickets $27 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: The Vancouver Sun

Financial Support By: Socan Foundation

Musically Speaking Series:

Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Romantic Romeo & Juliet

Saturday, February 14, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Ian Parker, piano

Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra

Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major

Bizet Carmen Suite

Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet

The Parker family is a family of pianistic powerhouses; Ian Parker returns to perform Ravelĺ─˘s exciting Piano Concerto. Also, the Romantic music of Bizet and Tchaikovsky round out a perfect Valentineĺ─˘s evening.

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

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Generously Supported By:

Video Screen Sponsor: TELUS

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

Specials:

The VSO Presents the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields

Sunday, February 15, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, orchestra

Julia Fischer, soloist and leader

Mozart Divertimento for Strings in F, K.138

Bach Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, BWV 1041

Bach Violin Concerto No. 2 in D Major, BWV 1042

Walton Sonata for Strings

The VSO presents one of the worldĺ─˘s most famous and important orchestras, on the fiftieth anniversary of their founding by Sir Neville Marriner. Exciting violinist Julia Fischer leads from the violin in a beautiful program of Mozart, Bach and Walton.

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

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Co-Presented By:

Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad

Surrey Nights Series:

Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Romantic Romeo & Juliet

Monday, February 16, 8pm, Bell Performing Arts Centre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Ian Parker, piano

Aaron Young Olympic Commission

Ravel Piano Concerto in G Major

Bizet Carmen Suite

Tchaikovsky Romeo & Juliet

The Parker family is a family of pianistic powerhouses; Ian Parker returns to perform Ravelĺ─˘s exciting Piano Concerto. Also, the Romantic music of Bizet and Tchaikovsky round out a perfect Valentineĺ─˘s evening.

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

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Generously Supported By:

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

PricewaterhouseCoopers Masterworks Silver Series:

Fantasies and Odysseys: the Exciting Music of Liszt and Strauss

Saturday & Monday, February 21 & 23, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Louis Lortie, piano

Beethoven The Ruins of Athens: Overture

Liszt Totentanz

Liszt Fantasy on Motives from Beethovenĺ─˘s Ruins of Athens

Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30

Brilliant Canadian pianist Louis Lortie makes his welcome return to Vancouver after too long an absence. Hear him perform the exciting music of Liszt, then thrill to the musical masterpiece by Richard Strauss that launched 2001: A Space Odyssey to fame.

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

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: PricewaterhouseCoopers

February 23 Concert Sponsored By: Friends of the VSO

Video Screen Sponsor: TELUS

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

Masterworks Gold Series:

Epic Elgar and Rachmaninoff, with Kyoko Takezawa

Saturday & Monday, February 28 & March 2, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Andrew Litton, conductor

Kyoko Takezawa, violin

Walton Crown Imperial

Elgar Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61

Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 44

Celebrated conductor Andrew Litton takes the reins in a concert featuring exciting violinist Kyoko Takezawa, and a rarely performed Romantic gem by Rachmaninoff.

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

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at www.vancouversymphony.ca


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Applications accepted for the 2009 NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition


Applications are being accepted for the

2009 NAC Orchestra Bursary Competition with prizes totaling $18,750

Ottawa, Canada ĺ─ý Applications are now being accepted for the 2009 National Arts Centre Orchestra Bursary Competition which has available a total of $18,750 in prizes for talented music students in the National Capital Region who are studying for careers as orchestral musicians. Deadline for applications is March 15, 2009, at 5 p.m. Finalists from amongst the applicants will be selected from auditions to take place at the University of Ottawa before a jury of National Arts Centre Orchestra musicians and special guests on May 16 and 17, 2009. These finalists will then be invited to perform on Tuesday, May 19 in the NAC Salon at 7 p.m., at which time the winners will be chosen and announced by the jury. The Finals are open to the public.

The Bursary Committee and Jury are chaired for the eighth year by Vernon G. Turner, Canadaĺ─˘s former Ambassador to the USSR and Israel, and an active volunteer at the National Arts Centre.

The NACO Bursary was established in 1979 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the founding of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and to thank the people of the National Capital Region for their support during the Orchestraĺ─˘s first decade. The first competition took place in 1981. The NACO Bursary Trust Fund provides funding for the NACO Bursary of $7,000; the NACO Vic Pomer Award of $2,000; and the NACO Special Prize for Best Orchestral Excerpts worth $750. The NACO Bursary Committee also has available three additional prizes to be awarded at the Juryĺ─˘s discretion: the Harold Crabtree Foundation Award of $5,000; the Friends of the National Arts Centre Orchestra Award of $3,000, created in 1993 to celebrate the Orchestraĺ─˘s 25th season; and the Piccolo Prix of $1,000 initiated in 2001 by Pasqualina (Pat) Adamo.

Eligible applicants are music students aged 16 to 24 who are following a recognized course of music study in preparation for careers as professional orchestral musicians. They must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada. Their family or principal residence must be in the National Capital Region (NCR), or their principal residence must have been in the NCR for one year immediately prior to applying, or they must have been studying under a recognized orchestral instrument teacher in one of the music schools of the NCR over that year.

Apply online at www.nac-cna.ca.

For additional information, please call Kelly Abercrombie:

613-947-7000, ext. 390 or email to mused@nac-cna.ca

Mail or fax applications to:

National Arts Centre Music Department

P.O. Box 1534, Station B

Ottawa, Canada K1P 5W1

FAX: 613-992-5225

Applications must be received at the NAC by 5 p.m. on March 15, 2009.


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Wigmore Hall Series on the WFMT Radio network


WIGMORE HALL PERFORMANCES TO BE BROADCAST THROUGHOUT NORTH AMERICA ON THE

WFMT RADIO NETWORK


LIVE FROM WIGMORE HALL FEATURES 13 ONE-HOUR BROADCASTS MADE AVAILABLE TO STATIONS

BEGINNING APRIL 1, 2009


Wigmore Hall, considered by many to be the world's foremost venue for chamber music, is bringing its programming to American audiences via the WFMT Radio Network. Live From Wigmore Hall, a series of 13 one-hour broadcasts, will feature performances from some of the world's great solo and chamber artists. The series will also be offered to the member states of the European Broadcasting Union and to their associate members throughout the world. Stations may begin broadcasting the series starting April 1, 2009, and have a six-month period in which to broadcast all programs. Please consult your local listings for local station information and broadcast dates and times.



Live From Wigmore Hall will feature performances from the Wigmore archives, some that have been released on the Wigmore Hall Live label, and performances from the upcoming season. The series is sponsored by the American Friends of Wigmore Hall.


"The Live From Wigmore Hall series allows us to bring the unique Wigmore Hall musical experience into living rooms across the United States, and we are delighted to be undertaking this ground-breaking series. Wigmore Hall has long been regarded as one of the world's great chamber music venues and it is only right that its remit extends far beyond London's West End," says Wigmore Hall's director, John Gilhooly.


The WFMT Radio Network's General Manager, Steve Robinson, echoes the sentiment: "Wigmore Hall is the most prestigious home for chamber music in the world and, as the most prolific radio producer and distributor of chamber music concerts in the United States, WFMT is thrilled and honored to partner with them on this series. The range of artists and the exceptionally high quality of each performance on this first series is breathtaking and we look forward to many more seasons of concert broadcasts of this caliber."


Performances featured on these broadcasts include recitals from soprano Christine Brewer with pianist Roger Vignoles, the Ysał°e Quartet, the Nash Ensemble, and Flamenco guitarist Paco Peł▒a, among others.


About Live From Wigmore Hall

Live From Wigmore Hall, produced by Darius Weinberg and hosted by Jon Tolansky, is produced on location in the Hall itself. Executive Producers are Wigmore Hall's Director, John Gilhooly, and WFMT's General Manager, Steve Robinson, along with host Jon Tolansky and series producer Darius Weinberg.


The series features recitals from the Arditti Quartet; soprano Christine Brewer with pianist Roger Vignoles; Michael Collins and Friends; the Gould Piano Trio; the Kopelman Quartet; baritone Christopher Maltman with pianist Julius Drake; the Nash Ensemble; Flamenco guitarist Paco Peł▒a; the Scottish Ensemble; the Skampa Quartet; and the Ysał°e Quartet.


PROGRAM #1:

FOR BROADCAST ON OR AFTER: April 1, 2009

SOLOISTS: Ysaye Quartet

Debussy: String Quartet in G Minor

Stravinsky: Concertino

Three Pieces for String Quartet

Double Canon

PROGRAM #2:

FOR BROADCAST ON OR AFTER: April 8, 2009

SOLOISTS: Scottish Ensemble

Finzi: Romance for String Orchestra

R. Strauss: Metamorphosen

SOLOISTS: Michael Collins and Friends

Schubert: The Shepherd on the Rock

PROGRAM #3:

FOR BROADCAST ON OR AFTER: April 15, 2009

SOLOISTS: Christine Brewer, soprano; Roger Vignoles, piano

Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder

Britten: Cabaret Songs

Plus three encores including a Negro Spiritual

PROGRAM #4:

FOR BROADCAST ON OR AFTER: April 22, 2009

SOLOIST: Paco Peł▒a, Flamenco guitar

A Flamenco Guitar Recital

PROGRAM #5:

FOR BROADCAST ON OR AFTER: April 29, 2009

SOLOISTS: Nash Ensemble

Mendelssohn: Octet in E-Flat Major, Op. 20

SOLOISTS: Arditti Quartet

Nancarrow: String Quartet No. 3

PROGRAM #6:

FOR BROADCAST ON OR AFTER: May 6, 2009

SOLOISTS: Scottish Ensemble, Jonathan Morton, Director

Bartok: Divertimento for Strings

Stravinsky: Concerto in D

PROGRAM #7:

FOR BROADCAST ON OR AFTER: May 13, 2009

SOLOISTS: Nash Ensemble

Beethoven: Clarinet Trio

SOLOISTS: Arditti Quartet

Ligeti: String Quartet No. 2

PROGRAM #8:

FOR BROADCAST ON OR AFTER: May 20, 2009

SOLOISTS: Skampa Quartet

Mozart: String Quartet in D Major, K. 575

Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 8

PROGRAM #9:

FOR BROADCAST ON OR AFTER: May 27, 2009

SOLOISTS: Christopher Maltman, baritone; Julius Drake, piano

Songs by Schubert, Wolf, Debussy, Duparc and Warlock

PROGRAM #10:

FOR BROADCAST ON OR AFTER: June 3, 2009

SOLOISTS: Kopelman Quartet

Tchaikovsky: String Quartet in E-Flat Minor, Op. 30, No. 3

PROGRAM #11:

FOR BROADCAST ON OR AFTER: June 10, 2009

SOLOISTS: Gould Piano Trio

MacMillan: 14 Little Pictures

SOLOISTS: Skampa Quartet

Smetana: String Quartet No. 2 in D Minor

PROGRAM #12:

FOR BROADCAST ON OR AFTER: June 17, 2009

SOLOISTS: Ysaye Quartet

Faure: String Quartet in E Minor

SOLOISTS: Arditti Quartet

Dutilleux: String Quartet, Anisi la nuit

PROGRAM #13:

FOR BROADCAST ON OR AFTER: June 24, 2009

SOLOIST: Gould Piano Trio

Schubert: Piano Trio No. 2 in E-Flat, D. 929

Programs are subject to change.


About Wigmore Hall

Wigmore Hall was built in 1901 by the German piano firm Bechstein next to its showrooms on Wigmore Street. The Hall was intended to provide a venue both grandly impressive and yet intimate enough for recitals. Originally called Bechstein Hall, it opened with two gala concerts on May 31 and June 1, 1901, featuring Italian pianist Ferrucio Busoni, Belgian violinist Eugł«ne Ysał°e, Ukrainian pianist Vladimir de Pachmann and several others


Designed by the leading English architect Thomas Collcutt in Renaissance style, using alabaster and marble walls, flooring and stairway, the celebrated acoustics soon attracted great artists including Artur Schnabel, Pablo Sarasate, Percy Grainger, Myra Hess, Arthur Rubinstein and Camille Saint-Sał┤ns.


The outbreak of war in 1914 brought a political climate hostile to German firms in London; even Nellie Melba was criticized for singing Land of Hope and Glory accompanied on a Bechstein. At auction in 1916, the entire business ĺ─ý including studios, offices, warehouses, 137 pianos and the Hall itself ĺ─ý was sold to Debenhams for ĺăž56,500. The Hall alone had cost ĺăž100,000 to build. Since reopening as Wigmore Hall in 1917, the roll call of artists appearing has included Elisabeth Schwarzkopf; Sergei Prokofiev; Paul Hindemith; Andrłęs Segovia; Benjamin Britten; Francis Poulenc; Shura Cherkassky; the Amadeus Quartet and Jacqueline du Prłę. In modern times, the list has gone on to include such leading artists as Andrł░s Schiff; the Takł░cs Quartet; Brigitte Fassbaender; Geoffrey Parsons; Graham Johnson; Malcolm Martineau; Olaf Błžr; Dame Felicity Lott; Ann Murray; Sir Thomas Allen; Cecilia Bartoli; Thomas Hampson; Dame Margaret Price; Anne Sofie von Otter; Ian Bostridge; Julius Drake; Matthias Goerne; Roger Vignoles; Joshua Bell; Steven Isserlis; Leif Ove Andsnes; the Belcea; Borodin; Emerson; Endellion and Hagen Quartets; the Academy of Ancient Music; The English Concert and The King's Consort.


William Lyne became the Hall's Director in 1966, and is credited with building Wigmore Hall's international artistic reputation as one of the leading recital halls. The Hall was the first to introduce themed seasons, with the Faurłę Series in 1979/80: in the course of 22 concerts, all of Faurłę's chamber works and instrumental sonatas, as well as a substantial selection of the instrumental music and songs, were performed. Subsequent series have been devoted to the complete Britten songs, Schumann, Purcell, Haydn, Bartłäk, Janł░čšek, Bach, Schubert, Shostakovich, and many others.


John Gilhooly was appointed as Director in 2005, having previously been Executive Director since 2000. Mr. Gilhooly led the Hall's ĺăž4 million capital appeal and ĺăž3 million refurbishment project (in 2004) which was widely praised. He has also overseen the complex negotiations around the purchase of a long-term lease for the venue and is currently leading a new ĺăž3.1 million development appeal, to which ĺăž2.4 million has now been pledged. Had the Hall not obtained the lease when it did, crippling rent increases would have curtailed the scope of the Hall's artistic remit, and it would no longer be able to maintain its international pre-eminence.


Since 2005, John Gilhooly has overseen all executive and artistic matters and recent seasons have seen the Hall reach an all-time high in terms of fundraising and concert attendance. In January 2008, Luke Bedford was named as the Hall's first ever Composer-in-Residence and a pledge of ĺăž500,000 towards the commissioning of new music was also announced.


In 2005, Mr. Gilhooly launched the Hall's own CD label, Wigmore Hall Live, with the intention of bringing the Hall's musical programming to a wide international audience. Wigmore Hall Live already boasts 21 releases from recent and archival recitals, which have garnered critical acclaim. With peerless acoustics and a distinguished roster of artists, Wigmore Hall Live will continue to be a cherished catalogue and archive of first-rate concerts at the highest level.


In the ten years since it was started, the Wigmore Hall/Kohn Foundation International Song Competition has attracted applications of international standard from all over the world. Wigmore Hall is proud to be reinstating this prestigious competition and therefore highlighting its unique position as a leading song recital venue, continuing its ongoing commitment to this art form and to the fostering of emerging singers and pianists dedicated to the performance of song. The Kohn Foundation has generously provided critical support in underpinning the competition financially in 2007, 2009 and 2011.


About The WFMT Radio Network

The WFMT Radio Network syndicates concerts by the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio, Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, performances in Live! at the Concertgebouw, as well as ongoing series and documentary specials such as Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin and the Peabody Award-winning series Leonard Bernstein: An American Life.


The WFMT Radio Network has presents a broadcasting landmark, a full season of American opera companies with performances by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Los Angeles Opera On Air, San Francisco Opera and the Houston Grand Opera.


The WFMT Radio Network also offers exclusive programming from Germany's Deutsche Welle Radio, and a wide range of classical, folk, jazz, and public affairs programs to radio outlets around the world.


Over the years, the WFMT Radio Network programs have won every major award and honor in broadcasting. These include the Prix Italia, George Foster Peabody Award, Major Armstrong Awards, Ohio State Awards and awards from the International Radio Festival of New York.


WFMT's reach extends far beyond Chicago's borders. Through the WFMT Radio Network and its Beethoven and Jazz Satellite Networks, the station offers broadcasts of major symphony concerts, grand opera, drama, mainstream jazz, and folk music to over 650 outlets in the U.S. and around the world. Whether heard locally, nationally, or internationally though cable and syndicated programming, WFMT is a cultural resource that continues to become more vibrant every day.


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Rłępłętitions de l'Opłęra Macbeth


Renłę Richard Cyr

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MACBETH

de Giuseppe VERDI

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

31 janvier Čů 4 Čů 7 Čů 9 Čů 12 fłęvrier 2009 łŢ 20 h

NOUVELLE PRODUCTION

en collaboration avec Opera Australia

Prłęsentation Mouvement des caisses Desjardins

Appel de camłęra & SESSION DE PHOTOS

AUX DEUX GłÔNłÔRALES

SALLE WILFRID-PELLETIER

ENTRłÔE : 260, boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest

(Entrłęe des artistes de la PDA)

Avec costumes, dłęcors, maquillage, chëýur, orchestre, scł«ne avec les chanteurs et solistes

MERCREDI 28 JANVIER 2009, 19 h

Chef d' orchestre : Stephen Lord

JEUDI 29 JANVIER 2009, 19 h

Chef d' orchestre : Stephen Lord

Confirmation requise auprł«s de :

ALAIN LABONTłÔ 514-523-9922 | alain@alainlabonte.ca

Macbeth John Fanning, baryton / baritone

Lady Macbeth Michele Capalbo, soprano / soprano

Macduff Roger Honeywell, tłęnor / tenor

Banquo Brian McIntosh, baryton-basse / bass-baritone

Malcolm Luc Robert, tłęnor / tenor

Un Młędecin / A Doctor Alexandre Sylvestre1, baryton-basse / bass-baritone

Une Servante / Lady-in-Waiting Lara Ciekiewicz1, soprano / soprano

Un Serviteur / A Servant Roy Del Valle1, baryton-basse / bass-baritone

Un Assassin / A Murderer Stephen Hegedus1, baryton-basse / bass-baritone

Direction musicale / Conductor Stephen Lord

Mise en scł«ne / Stage Director Renłę Richard Cyr

Concepteur des dłęcors / Set Designer Claude Goyette

Concepteur des costumes / Costume Designer Franł▀ois St-Aubin

Concepteur d'łęclairages / Lighting Designer łÔtienne Boucher

Chef de chëýur / Chorus Master Claude Webster

Pianiste-rłępłętitrice / Rehearsal Pianist Esther Gonthier

Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal

Chëýur de l'Opłęra de Montrłęal

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High Notes January 2009 / Notes lyriques janvier 2009

January 2009

Focus on Canadian Opera Creation

Opera.ca announces COCF Results for 08/09
Opera.ca, through its Canadian Opera Creation Fund, has awarded a total of $185,000 for the development and production of seven new Canadian operas:

ĺ─ó Chants Libres for Opłęra Fłęerie and Alexandra
ĺ─ó Pacific Opera Victoria for Mary`s Wedding
ĺ─ó Queen of Puddings Music Theatre for Svadba
ĺ─ó Soundstreams Canada for The Childrenĺ─˘s Crusade
ĺ─ó Tapestry New Opera Works for The Shadow
ĺ─ó Vancouver Opera for Lillian Alling

Read the full media release here

Queen of Puddings presents INłńS
The Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, in association with Harbourfront Centre, will present the world premiere of their new chamber opera INłńS on February 22, 2009 at the Enwave Theatre in Toronto. The opera was composed by James Rolfe and written by Paul Bentley with Portuguese translations from Anna Camara and Rui Mota. The opera is based on the medieval Portuguese legend of Inłüs de Castro and has been adapted to depict life within Torontoĺ─˘s Portuguese community in the 1960ĺ─˘s. INłńS will have 5 performances from February 22 to March 1. For more information, please see here. INłńS was supported in part by the Canadian Opera Creation Fund.


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Opera.ca Announces a New Program - Creative Connections

Opera.ca is calling upon all Professional Company Members, currently working with, or thinking of working with a composer/librettist team on a new opera, to submit a Letter of Interest to participate in Creative Connections, a new opera creation project. (In collaboration with The Banff Centre and the Banff Opera Colloquium and made possible by funding from the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation).

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Save the Dates!!

February 10, 2009 - Ontario Regional Roundtable
Opera.ca will host an Ontario Roundtable for companies throughout the province on February 10, 2009. The Roundtable is made possible through the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation. This event will provide opera producers with the opportunity to learn more about each others' activities, goals and challenges. We will be joined by David Parsons ĺ─ý Classical Music Officer, and John Brotman ĺ─ý Executive Director of the Ontario Arts Council who will speak about the OAC's strategic plan. To download an agenda and registration form, click here.

August 14-16, 2009 - Banff Opera Colloquium
From August 14-16, 2009, The Banff Centre and Opera.ca will bring together opera leaders and professionals from across the country for the third bi-annual Banff Opera Colloquium. A unique professional development initiative for the Canadian opera community, this Colloquium is an opportunity for artistic and general directors, board members, staff, educators, volunteers and those committed to the vibrancy and future of the field, to share information, challenges and opportunities, and to develop a richer understanding of the field. Mark your calendars and watch for further information on the Colloquium in the coming weeks.


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Advocacy update

Report on Ottawa PAA
Following the inaugural meeting of the Performing Arts Alliance in Ottawa this past December, board and advocacy committee members of the CDA, Opera.ca, Orchestras Canada and PACT have continued to actively meet with MPs from across the country. Read more.


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Introducing Greg!

Opera.ca is happy to announce that Greg Wagland has joined us as the new Membership and Communications Coordinator. Greg is looking forward to speaking and working with you over the coming months. He can be reached at g_wagland@opera.ca or by calling our offices at 416-591-7222.


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Singer Services Workshop

Opera.ca will present its third Singer Services Workshop on March 7 at the University of Western Ontario. During this day-long event, a panel of professionals working in the Canadian Operatic sector will assist emerging singers in identifying their professional goals and planning their career paths. Contact Opera.ca for more information.


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Member News

The Canadian Opera Company has announced conductor Johannes Debus as the companyĺ─˘s new Music Director. Debus made his debut with the COC in 2008 when he conducted their production of War and Peace. Debus will begin his appointment with the 09/10 season. You can read the full release here.

The Canadian Opera Company has also announced the details of their 09/10 season which marks their 60th. Please see here for the release.


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People

Peter Dominic Charbonneau has been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada. For more information, please see here.


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Of Note

Youth Internship Program ĺ─ý Feb 1 deadline
The Cultural Human Resources Council, through its Youth Internship Program, seeks proposals from cultural organizations who can offer an opportunity in Arts Practice or Administration to a post-secondary graduate under 30 years of age. To find out more about the program, please see here. For the application, see here. The Deadline to submit is February 1, 2009.

CCA Chalmers Workshop
The Canadian Conference of the Arts has announced the 2009 Chalmers Workshop. The National Cultural Strategy Workshop ĺ─ý a Chalmers Event and the CCA Awards Ceremony will be held in Ottawa on March 12, 2009. For more information and registration form, please see here.

Canadians Celebrating Culture ĺ─ý upload your video!
A new website and YouTube channel ĺ─ý Canadians Celebrating Culture
ĺ─ý wants you to help celebrate the gift of culture in Canada by uploading your video of an audience applauding artists.


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Deadlines

Creative Connections - A new opera creation project
Letter of interest deadline: January 30, 2009

Alberta Foundation for the Arts - Professional Performing Arts Companies
Operating Grant Application deadline: February 1, 2009


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Janvier 2009

Pleins feux sur la crłęation dĺ─˘opłęras canadiens

Opera.ca alloue 185 000 $ łŢ la crłęation de nouveaux opłęras canadiens
Opera.ca, par le biais du Fonds de crłęation dĺ─˘opłęras canadiens, a alloułę un total de 185 000 $ łŢ six compagnies pour le dłęveloppement et la production de sept nouveaux opłęras canadiens :

ĺ─ó Chants Libres pour Opłęra Fełęrie et Alexandra
ĺ─ó Pacific Opera Victoria pour Mary`s Wedding
ĺ─ó Queen of Puddings Music Theatre pour Svadba
ĺ─ó Soundstreams Canada pour The Childrenĺ─˘s Crusade
ĺ─ó Tapestry New Opera Works pour The Shadow
ĺ─ó Vancouver Opera pour Lillian Alling

Pour plus de renseignements, voir ici.

Queen of Puddings prłęsente INłńS
Le Queen of Puddings Music Theatre, en collaboration avec le Harbourfront Centre, prłęsentera la premił«re mondiale de son nouvel opłęra de chambre, INłńS, le 22 fłęvrier 2009 au Enwave Theatre łŢ Toronto. Composłę par James Rolfe et łęcrit par Paul Bentley, lĺ─˘opłęra dłęcrit la communautłę portugaise des annłęes soixante łŢ Toronto en se fondant sur la lłęgende portugaise młędiłęvale dĺ─˘Inłüs de Castro. Les traductions du portugais sont dĺ─˘Anna Camara et Rui Mota. INłńS aura cinq reprłęsentations du 22 fłęvrier au 1er mars. Pour plus de renseignements, voir ici. INłńS a reł▀u un appui du Fonds de crłęation dĺ─˘opłęras canadiens.


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Opera.ca annonce un nouveau programme :
Liens crłęatifs

Opera.ca invite toutes les compagnies professionnelles membres, qui travaillent actuellement, ou envisagent de travailler łŢ un nouvel opłęra avec une łęquipe compositeur/librettiste, łŢ soumettre une lettre dĺ─˘intłęrłüt Liens crłęatifs, un nouveau projet de crłęation dĺ─˘opłęras (rłęalisłę en collaboration avec le Banff Centre et le Colloque de Banff sur lĺ─˘opłęra et rendu possible grłóce au soutien de la George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation). Lire la suite. indiquant leur dłęsir de participer łŢ


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Indiquez la date dans votre agenda!

le 10 fłęvrier 2009 - Table ronde rłęgionale de lĺ─˘Ontario
Opera.ca accueillera une Table ronde rłęgionale de lĺ─˘Ontario pour les compagnies dĺ─˘art lyrique de toute la province le 10 fłęvrier 2009. Rendue possible grłóce łŢ lĺ─˘appui de la Fondation Trillium de lĺ─˘Ontario, cette table ronde fournira aux producteurs dĺ─˘opłęra lĺ─˘occasion dĺ─˘łęchanger sur leurs activitłęs, leurs objectifs et les dłęfis quĺ─˘ils doivent relever. David Parsons, responsable de la musique classique au Conseil des arts de lĺ─˘Ontario, se joindra łŢ nous, ainsi que John Brotman, directeur głęnłęral du CAO, qui nous fera part du plan stratłęgique du Conseil. Pour registrer maintenant, appuyez ici.

14-16 aoł¬t 2009 ĺ─ý Colloque de Banff sur lĺ─˘opłęra
Du 14 au 16 aoł¬t 2009, le Banff Centre et Opera.ca rłęuniront des leaders et des professionnels de lĺ─˘art lyrique de tout le Canada pour le troisił«me Colloque biannuel de Banff sur lĺ─˘opłęra. Une initiative de formation professionnelle unique pour la communautłę de lĺ─˘opłęra au Canada, le colloque est une occasion pour les directeurs artistiques et głęnłęraux, les membres de conseils dĺ─˘administration, les membres de personnel, les łęducateurs, les błęnłęvoles et tous ceux qui ont łŢ cëýur lĺ─˘avenir de lĺ─˘opłęra, de partager des informations, des dłęfis et des opportunitłęs, et de dłęvelopper une meilleure comprłęhension du domaine. Indiquez ces dates dans votre agenda et guettez les renseignements supplłęmentaires sur le colloque qui suivront dans les prochaines semaines.


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Mise łŢ jour sur les activitłęs en faveur des arts

Suite łŢ la premił«re rłęunion de lĺ─˘Alliance des arts de la scł«ne łŢ Ottawa en dłęcembre dernier, les membres du conseil dĺ─˘administration ainsi que ceux du comitłę de reprłęsentation de lĺ─˘ACD, dĺ─˘Opłęra.ca, dĺ─˘Orchestres Canada et de PACT ont poursuivi activement leurs rencontres avec les dłęputłęs de lĺ─˘ensemble du pays. Lire la suite.


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Bienvenue łŢ Greg!

Opera.ca est heureux dĺ─˘annoncer que Greg Wagland est notre nouveau coordinateur en matił«re de communications et dĺ─˘adhłęsion. Greg a hłóte de vous connałĂtre et de travailler avec vous au cours des mois łŢ venir. Il peut łütre joint łŢ g_wagland@opera.ca ou par tłęlłęphone łŢ nos bureaux au 416-591-7222.


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Atelier de services au chanteur

Opera.ca prłęsentera son troisił«me Atelier de services au chanteur le 7 mars łŢ lĺ─˘University of Western Ontario. Au cours de cet łęvłęnement dĺ─˘une journłęe, un panel de sommitłęs dans le secteur canadien de lĺ─˘opłęra aidera les chanteurs łęmergeants łŢ identifier leurs buts professionnels et łŢ planifier leur carrił«re. Veuillez contacter Opera.ca pour de plus amples informations.


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Nouvelles de nos membres

La Canadian Opera Company a annoncłę la nomination de Johannes Debus au poste de directeur musical de la compagnie. M. Debus a fait ses dłębuts łŢ la COC en 2008, y dirigeant la production de War and Peace de la compagnie. M. Debus entrera en fonction au dłębut de la saison 2009-2010. Le communiqułę de la COC łŢ ce propos est affichłę ici.

La Canadian Opera Company a aussi fait connałĂtre les dłętails de sa saison 2009-2010, qui marquera son 60e anniversaire. Voir le communiqułę ici.


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Personnalitłęs

Peter Dominic Charbonneau a łętłę nommłę membre du conseil dĺ─˘administration de CBC/Radio-Canada. Pour plus de renseignements, voir ici.


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Programme Jeunes stagiaires ĺ─ý Date limite : 1er fłęvrier
Le Programme Jeunes stagiaires du Conseil des ressources humaines du secteur culturel lance un appel de propositions aux organismes culturels capables dĺ─˘offrir une expłęrience pratique de gestion łŢ un diplłąmłę du postsecondaire de moins de 30 ans. Pour en savoir davantage sur le programme, voir ici. Pour obtenir un formulaire de demande, voir ici. La date limite des soumissions est le 1er fłęvrier 2009.

Atelier Chalmers de la CCA
La Confłęrence canadienne des arts a annoncłę lĺ─˘Atelier Chalmers 2009. Lĺ─˘atelier de Stratłęgie nationale pour le secteur culturel ĺ─ý Un łęvłęnement Chalmers et la remise des Prix de la CCA auront lieu le 12 mars 2009 łŢ Ottawa. Pour obtenir plus de renseignements sur lĺ─˘łęvłęnement et lĺ─˘inscription, voir ici.

Č┤ Canadians Celebrating Culture Ȭ ĺ─ý tłęlłęchargez votre vidłęo!
Un nouveau site web et une chałĂne de YouTube, Č┤ Canadians Celebrating Culture Ȭ, veut vous aider łŢ cłęlłębrer la culture au Canada en tłęlłęchargeant votre vidłęo dĺ─˘un auditoire applaudissant les artistes.


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Dates limites

Liens Creatifs - Un nouveau program pour la creation d'opera
date limite pour lettres d'interets le 30 Janvier 2009

Fondation de lĺ─˘Alberta pour les arts- Compagnies professionnelles dĺ─˘arts dĺ─˘interprłętation
date limite pour les demandes de subvention le 1er fłęvrier 2009


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Green Mountain Opera Festival


Green Mountain Opera Festival Announces 2009 Season
May 28 ĺ─ý June 21, 2009


Waitsfield, VT -- Taras Kulish, Artistic Director of the Green Mountain Opera Festival, has announced plans for the 2009 Festival season. Now in its fourth year, the Festival brings talented artists to Vermont's scenic Mad River Valley to give concerts and master classes in the beautifully renovated historic Joslyn Round Barn (www.theroundbarn.com) and other venues. The three and a half week long Festival will culminate with two fully staged performances of Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, at the Barre Opera House on June 19 and 21. The Festival orchestra and chorus will accompany the opera.


Kulish says, "Mozart's Figaro is one of my favorite operas, which will charm everyone. This piece is like a modern day soap opera filled with love and betrayal, laughter and tears, and of course the transcendent music of Mozart. What else could one wish for in today's world but to be swept away by a fun plot and gorgeous music!"


This year, Kulish is especially excited to have engaged Canadian maestro Jacques Lacombe as conductor. Lacombe served as principal guest conductor of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montrłęal from 2002 to 2006 and is a regular guest conductor with orchestras throughout Canada, the United States and Europe. In 2009, he returns to the Deutsche Oper Berlin. In 2004, he conducted Massenet's Werther at the Metropolitan Opera and was invited back in 2005 to conduct Strauss's Die Fledermaus. Anthony Tommasini, opera critic for the New York Times, praised Lacombe's conducting as "lithe, crisp and refreshingly unmannered."


Ellen Schlaefer will join the Festival as stage director. She has directed productions for the Washington Opera and has collaborated with Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti. Schlaefer has directed all over the United States in houses such as Houston Grand Opera, Connecticut Opera, Michigan Opera, Orlando Opera, Santa Fe Opera among others. She is general director and founder of Fly By Night Productions, a nonprofit organization that produces Opera for Kids, with performances in elementary schools to introduce children to opera. Schlaefer serves as director of opera studies at the University of South Carolina.


American soprano Jennifer Aylmer will sing the role of Susanna. Aylmer made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera during its 2005-2006 season, singing Bella in Tobias Picker's An American Tragedy and returned the next year to sing Papagena in Mozart's Die ZauberflłĆte. In 2006, she sang Gretel in Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel at New York City Opera. Aylmer has recently sung with Portland Opera, Atlanta Opera, Utah Opera, Minnesota Opera and several other theaters and orchestras. She is a graduate of the prestigious Juilliard Opera Center.


Minnesota baritone Andrew Wilkowske will sing the title role of Figaro, which he has previously sung for the Minnesota Opera. This season's engagements have included the role of the Scientist in the North American premiere of Howard Shore's The Fly at Los Angeles Opera, directed by David Cronenberg and conducted by Placido Domingo. He has also performed with Minnesota Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, Lyric Opera San Antonio and Opera Pacific.


Mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala will perform the role of Cherubino. She was recently praised by the New York Times as "a vivid, fearless presence," and by the L.A. Times as "extraordinary." She will sing the title role in Rossini's La Cenerentola with the Atlanta Opera and Rosina in The Barber of Seville at Opera Carolina. Zabala performs extensively internationally and throughout the United States. She also serves as Artistic Director of the Southeastern Festival of Song.


Chicago soprano Kate Mangiameli will sing Countess Almaviva, a role she has previously sung with Shreveport Opera. Since launching her career, she has won praise in roles from a wide repertoire. The Charlottesville Daily Progress called her voice "full and luxurious" with "beautiful sforzandos and pianissimos that were breath-taking." She has sung with opera companies such as Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Eugene Opera, Ash Lawn Opera Festival, Opera Omaha, and was a graduate of the prestigious San Francisco Opera Merola Program.


Canadian baritone Phillip Addis will sing the role of Count Almaviva. He is making his debut in this same role with the Florida Grand Opera just before he arrives in Vermont. During the last few seasons, he has sung with many opera companies in the United States, Europe and Canada, most notably singing the role of Zurga in Bizet's Les Płücheurs de Perles at L'Opłęra de Montrłęal in 2008. Last season in the United States, he performed with Opera Carolina, Atlanta Opera and Fort Worth Opera.


Canadian mezzo soprano Katrina Corbeil will take on the role of Marcellina, and American bass Mark Freiman will sing the role of Bartolo. American character tenor Brett Noorigian-Colby will sing the roles of Basilio and Curzio.


For the third year, the Festival is continuing its Emerging Artist Program under the direction of pianist and coach Bruce Stasyna. This year the program welcomes five new singers who will spend three and half weeks of intense training and performing. Free and open to the public master classes will continue at the historic Joslyn Round Barn. The program features masters such as American bass-baritone Sanford Sylvan, maestro Jacques Lacombe and others. For the first time, the Festival will include an abridged version of Donizetti's opera The Elixir of Love performed by the Emerging Artists at the Round Barn on June 11.


The Festival also features the Opening Gala Performance on June 4, a Broadway Picnic on June 10, an Opera & Conversation Lunch on June 18, and a variety of free open rehearsals master classes. Prior to the Festival a concert of Opera's Greatest Moments will be performed on March 7 at the Barre Opera House and the Festival's Annual Gala Fundraiser will be held on March 22 at the Joslyn Round Barn.


The Green Mountain Opera Festival is sponsored by the Green Mountain Cultural Center, in collaboration with the Inn at the Round Barn Farm in Waitsfield, Vermont. The Festival is proud to announce that it has recently received a generous grant from the US National Endowment for the Arts and is supported by several foundations and individual contributions. For more information on Festival activities, call the GMCC at 802-496-7722 or go to www.greenmountainoperafestival.com.

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Evłęnements łŢ venir avec Les Impatients

Le Lundi 19 janvier : Sortie du coffret Mille mots dĺ─˘amour dans tous les Renaud-Bray du Qułębec

Le mardi 10 fłęvrier : Lecture de lettres dĺ─˘amour au Centre dĺ─˘arts Orford ( Estrie ) avec Normand Chouinard, Robert Blondin, Yves Allaire et Josłę Acquelin

Le mercredi 11 fłęvrier : Vernissage de lĺ─˘exposition Parle-moi dĺ─˘amour ĺ─ý Un hommage łŢ Clłęmence Des Rochers avec la participation spłęciale de Stłęphane Rousseau et Torill Kove (Academy Award pour le meilleur film dĺ─˘animation The Danish poet )

Le lundi 23 fłęvrier : Lecture de lettres dĺ─˘amour au TNM avec Monique Giroux, Rłęmi Girard, Rita Lafontaine, Lorraine Pintal, Chrystine Brouillette, Marc Błęland, Betty Achard, Sophie Faucher, Claudia Larochelle, France Castel, James Hyndman, Danielle Oderra,

Clłęmence Des Rochers et quelques Impatients dans une mise en scł«ne de Mouffe.

Le mercredi 18 mars : Clłąture de lĺ─˘exposition Parle-moi dĺ─˘amour en prłęsence des Impatients

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COC Fidelio Changes Cast

For immediate release: January 22, 2009

FIDELIO CAST CHANGE

The Canadian Opera Company announces a cast change in the current production of Beethovenĺ─˘s Fidelio. American tenor Jon Villars, who was scheduled to perform the role of Florestan, has been replaced by prominent Icelandic tenor Jon Ketilsson and celebrated Canadian tenor

Richard Margison. Mr. Ketilsson will sing the role for the first five performances, January 24, 27, 30, February 4, and 7, and Mr. Margison will sing the remaining five performances, February 12, 15, 18, 21, and 24, 2009 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Jon Ketilsson, began his professional career with the Prague State Opera as Alfredo. He has since appeared as Florestan in GłĆteborg and Marseille, and has sung with many European opera houses including Opłęra national du Rhin, Opłęra de Lausanne, Paris Opera, and the Royal Opera Copenhagen. He has worked with such esteemed conductors as Antonio Pappano, Jeffrey Tate, Lorin Maazel, Sylvain Cambreling, Zubin Mehta, Jesłćs Lłäpez-Cobos, Bertrand de Billy and Kent Nagano.

The COC is happy to welcome back one of the worldĺ─˘s most acclaimed tenors, Richard Margison who makes his Four Seasons Centre stage debut. Mr. Margison last appeared as Calaf in the COCĺ─˘s production of Turnadot in 2004. Mr. Margison, who received the Order of Canada in 2001, has performed in the worldĺ─˘s leading opera houses including the Metropolitan Opera, the Vienna Staatsoper, the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the San Francisco Opera, the Thłęłótre Royale de la Monnaie in Brussels, Covent Garden, the Sydney Opera and the Netherlands Opera.

Tickets for Fidelio are available online at www.coc.ca, by calling 416-363-8231, or in person at the Four Seasons Centre Box Office (145 Queen St. W., Toronto). Tickets range from $60 to $290. Special young peopleĺ─˘s tickets for all performances throughout the season are priced from $30 to $98. These ticket prices apply to those who are 15 years of age or under, accompanied by and sitting next to an adult.

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For more information please contact:

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

Vanessa Somarriba
Publicist
Canadian Opera Company
227 Front St. E. Toronto, ON M5A 1E8
E-mail: vanessas@coc.ca
Phone: 416-306-2303 Fax: 416-363-5584
coc.ca
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Achłę Brasil heats up Harbourfront Centre with Afro-Brazilian rhythms on Sunday, February 15 in a free family performance!


Achłę Brasil heats up Harbourfront Centre with Afro-Brazilian rhythms on Sunday, February 15 in a free family performance!




TORONTO, Thursday, January 22, 2009 ĺ─ţ A true visual feast, Achłę Brasil fuses Afro-Brazilian music, dance, martial arts and acrobatics into a dynamic, high energy performance that makes it thrilling to watch, fun to dance to, and impossible to stand still. An explosion of colour, energy and music awaits families at this exciting Music with Bite family performance. Achłę Brasil performs on Sunday, February 15, at 1 p.m., as part of Kuumba Black History Month celebrations at Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West. Music with Bite is a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales Ontario. Admission is free. For information, the public can call 416-973-4000 or visit harbourfrontcentre.com.





Achłę Brasil represents the culture: traditions, beliefs, music and movement of the people of Brazil. Equal parts dance, music and spectacle, the group's performances include the samba and capoeira, the famous Brazilian dance, martial arts style combining acrobatics performed to the rhythm of the berimbau (a bow like instrument). The performers of Achłę Brasil exhibit a rare combination of authenticity and excellence in their work, which is presently unmatched in North America. The word "achłę" stems from Yoruba, meaning, "all things positive," and it is with this spirit in mind that Achłę Brasil is proud to bring the culture of the Brazilian people to Canadian audiences.





Mestre Eclilson de Jesus, Achłę Brasil's Brazilian-born founder, artistic director, choreographer and percussionist, is also a master of capoeira with over 20 years of experience. Eclilson de Jesus was influenced at an early age by the folkloric musical atmosphere of his birthplace, Recife. Known for his sinuous agility and breathtaking acrobatics, Eclilson de Jesus was invited to perform for children's festivals throughout North America in 1990, and decided to make Vancouver his new home. He runs a capoeira academy with two schools in Canada, plus six in his native Brazil, and regularly conducts workshops and master classes.





Music with Bite is a refreshing experience where children can pull up a comfy cushion and sit in front of the stage for an enjoyable, interactive music performance tailored for the youngest audience members. After the concert, children can enjoy a complimentary Natrel milk beverage and cookies. Concerts take place on select Sundays at 1 p.m. Music with Bite is a co-production with Jeunesses Musicales Ontario, which is affiliated with Jeunesses Musicales of Canada, who since 1949 has dedicated its work to musical excellence and the promotion of young artists and music for young people. Jeunesses Musicales of Canada is a member of Jeunesses Musicales International.





Music with Bite is produced with the support of the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council and Desjardins.




FOCUS: Pause



Harbourfront Centre wants you. to. slow. down. In a world where we are constantly bombarded with information and images, what happens when someone really takes the time to reflect? Through May, Harbourfront Centre wants you to pause and make a connection to art, recreation, the world. Find time for yourself by taking one of our Courses and Workshops; reflect while you wait for the World Stage curtain to rise; enjoy while you skate on the Natrel Rink. Harbourfront Centreĺ─ţtime well spent.

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Taafłę Fanga en concert le 30 janvier au Kola Note

Des spectacles TOUTE lĺ─˘annłęe!


Grand gagnant 2007, des Syli dĺ─˘Or de la Musique du Monde

au Kola Note łŢ Montrłęal

Vendredi 30 janvier 2009 ĺ─ý 21h

Montrłęal, le 7 janvier 2009 Le 30 janvier prochain TAAFłÔ FANGA, grand rłęcipiendaire du Syli dĺ─˘Or de la musique du Monde 2007, enflammera la scł«ne du Kola Note de Montrłęal, dans le cadre de la programmation annuelle des Productions Nuits dĺ─˘Afrique.

Les Syli dĺ─˘Or de la Musique du Monde se veut un łęvłęnement annuel encourageant la reconnaissance des artistes de musique du monde auprł«s du grand public, assurant ainsi łŢ ces artistes exceptionnels mais souvent młęconnus, un rayonnement auprł«s de lĺ─˘industrie de la musique de la grande młętropole.

Taafłę Fanga qui signifie en bambara, le pouvoir du pagne rłęvł«le toute lĺ─˘ampleur de son talent sur scł«ne. Cette formation voit le jour en 2001 et est composłę de 8 artistes. Les danseuses de ce groupe ont łętłę formłęes par le grand małĂtre de danse reconnu, M. Oumar Nĺ─˘Diaye. Kora, balafon et chants associłęs au djembłę, doundouns et autres percussions sont les principaux artifices de cette effervessence sonore. La danse porteuse de lĺ─˘intarissable łęnergie du groupe, est prłęnominante et est des plus spectaculaires.

Taafłę Fanga rłęunit le meilleur des deux mondes. Leur prestation explosive fera vibrer łŢ coup sł¬r la grande scł«ne du Kola Note. Une soirłęe endiablłęe qui charmera le public, toutes głęnłęrations confondues. Avec leur rłępertoire de chants traditionnels, leurs rythmes colorłęs et leurs danses młętissłęes aux chorłęgraphies acrobatiques, de lĺ─˘Afrique de lĺ─˘ouest.Taafłę Fanga partage avec leur public leur passion des rythmes africains et permet, lors de chaque concert, un rapprochement culturel des plus spontanłę et des plus chaleureux.

KETEKE, seul et unique collectif de percussions et danse du Ghana au Qułębec rłęchauffera les planches du Kola Note en premił«re partie.

Chants endiablłęs, rythmes colorłęs et danses explosives dĺ─˘Afrique de lĺ─˘ouest.

Leurs performances envoł¬tantes, łęlectrisantes, dłęclenchent une irrłęsistible envie de danser. Taafłę Fanga nous fait voyager łŢ travers un univers musical unique łŢ eux en y incorporant un alliage rythmique ensorcelant et des plus raffinłę et. En 2007, lors de la finale des Syli dĺ─˘Or de la Musique du Mondeĺ─Â.Les membres de Taafłę Fanga ont su charmer le public et conqułęrir la totalitłę des membres du juryĺ─Â. Qui leur a accordłę une note parfaite. Grand gagnant parmi 35 autres groupes en compłętition tout au long de lĺ─˘łęvłęnement et devanł▀ant les 2 autres formations en compłętition le soir młüme.

Taafłę Fanga un nom łŢ retenir pour ceux et celles qui nĺ─˘ont pas eu la chance de les dłęcouvrir et łŢ redłęcouvrir pour les autres. Un concert oł╝ chaque pił«ce est un joyau łŢ contempler sous toutes ses facettes.

Les Productions Nuits dĺ─˘Afrique lancera officiellement la 3e łędition des Syli dĺ─˘Or de la Musique du Monde dĺ─˘ici quelques semaines. Afin de donner un avant goł¬t de la qualitłę artistique et de la variłętłę musicale des groupes participant łŢ cet łęvłęnement, Taafłę Fanga animłę de sa passion de la scł«ne donnera le coup dĺ─˘envoi de cette magnifique słęrie.

Les Syli dĺ─˘Or de la Musique du Monde, un cadre rassembleur et unique afin de cłęlłębrer la grande richesse culturelle de Montrłęal et dĺ─˘unir par la młüme passion de la musique, le grand public.

Une soirłęe flamboyante łŢ ne pas manquer pour ses prestations impressionnantes, łęnergisantes et rythmiques. Taafłę Fangaĺ─Â.un rendez-vous musical unique.

Vendredi 30 janvier 2009 ĺ─ý 21h

Kola Note - 5240, avenue du Parc, (coin Fairmount) -

Billets en vente dł«s maintenant !!!

Le Kola Note ĺ─ý (514) 274-9339

Sur Rłęseau Admission ĺ─ý (514) 790-1245

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TSO's New Creations Festival



Maestro Peter Oundjian and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
present the 5th Annual
NEW CREATIONS FESTIVAL
March 5 - 11, 2009

Cutting edge, modern, and Canadian! The Toronto Symphony Orchestra presents the best in new music with the fifth annual NEW CREATIONS FESTIVAL, March 5-11, 2009. This year's festival is devoted to string instruments with a theme that is distinctly Asian. Highlights of this year's Festival will include one world premił«re and two Canadian premił«res, composer Tan Dun conducting three of his own works, American powerhouse violinist Hilary Hahn, and cellists Anssi Karttunen and Shauna Rolston.

Maestro Oundjian and the TSO established the NEW CREATIONS FESTIVAL in 2005, soon after Oundjian's arrival at the helm of his hometown orchestra. He said the following about this year's Festival:

"Tan Dun is an old friend of the orchestra's, and I am thrilled to have him visit us again. I heard his dazzling cello concerto, The Map, some years ago, and it got me thinking about his music, and about string concertos. It was a natural evolution to bring some of the world's finest string soloists to Toronto to perform some of the best new concertos being created right now. I am particularly pleased that my alma mater quartet, the Tokyo Quartet, is coming! It has been many years since I've played with them, and I am very excited about working with them. Through all these concerts, I have programmed music that has been important to Tan Dun, to his heritage, and to his creative life, including music by his mentor, the great Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu. I am particularly pleased to feature our outstanding Principal Viola, Teng Li, in a beautiful concerto by Takemitsu. New Creations has always been about variety, and this year's festival is going to be an eclectic and widely appealing festival experience."

This year's NEW CREATIONS FESTIVAL will take over Roy Thomson Hall with contemporary art events in the lobby spaces including an ambient gong-sound installation, intermission chats with artists involved in the performances, post-concert live musical performances, and other surprises outside the building.

TSO Music Director Peter Oundjian will act as host for all of the concerts and will conduct select pieces, alongside other guest conductors. The Festival will open with Asian Inspiration on March 5 and will feature the Canadian premił«re of The Map (Concerto for Cello, Video, and Orchestra) by the Oscar-winning composer Tan Dun. Tan Dun will also conduct the piece and celebrated Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen will be the soloist, making his TSO debut. TSO Principal Teng Li will be the viola soloist in Takemitsu's haunting A String Around Autumn, and Frederick Schipizky's Odyssey will round out the programme.

Eastern Portraits, on March 7, will again see Tan Dun take centre stage, this time conducting his Secret Land for Twelve Cellos, as well as his Pipa Concerto, performed by pipa master Wu Man. The last piece on the programme will be the world premił«re of TSO & CBC Radio co-commission of Alexina Louie's Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra, performed by the internationally renowned Tokyo String Quartet (in which Peter Oundjian played first violin for many years). This concert will be recorded for a future broadcast on CBC Radio.

Takemitsu's magnificent work for string orchestra, A Way A Lone II, will open the final evening of the Festival on Wednesday, March 11, titled String Creations. Grammy Award-winner and 2008 Gramophone Artist of the Year, Hilary Hahn, will be the soloist in the Canadian premił«re of Jennifer Higdon's Violin Concerto, a work that was co-commissioned by the TSO, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, and Curtis Institute of Music. Innovative Canadian cellist Shauna Rolston will perform Gary Kulesha's Cello Concerto, which he will also conduct. Gary Kulesha, in addition to being the TSO's Composer Advisor, has worked closely with Peter Oundjian to help shape this year's Festival.

Maestro Peter Oundjian and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra
present the 5th Annual
NEW CREATIONS FESTIVAL
March 5 - 11, 2009

Thursday, March 5 at 8 pm
ASIAN INSPIRATION
Peter Oundjian, conductor/host
Tan Dun, conductor
Teng Li, viola
Anssi Karttunen, cello
Frederick Schipizky: Odyssey
Takemitsu: A String Around Autumn
Tan Dun: The Map (Concerto for Cello, Video, and Orchestra) - Canadian Premił«re

Saturday, March 7 at 8 pm
EASTERN PORTRAITS
Peter Oundjian, conductor/host
Tan Dun, conductor
Wu Man, pipa
Tokyo String Quartet
Tan Dun: Secret Land for Twelve Cellos
Tan Dun: Pipa Concerto
Alexina Louie: Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra (TSO & CBC Radio Co-Commission) - World Premił«re

Wednesday, March 11 at 8 pm
STRING CREATIONS
Peter Oundjian, conductor/host
Gary Kulesha, conductor
Hilary Hahn, violin
Shauna Rolston, cello
Takemitsu: A Way A Lone II
Gary Kulesha: Cello Concerto
Jennifer Higgdon: Violin Concerto (TSO/Baltimore Symphony Orchestra/Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra/Curtis Institute of Music Co-Commission) - Canadian Premił«re

All concerts take place at Roy Thomson Hall
60 Simcoe Street, Toronto
Tickets range from $37 - $125
Call the Roy Thomson Hall box office 416.593.4828
or purchase online: www.tso.ca

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PSO Kinderkonzerts Present Tribute to Brass Instruments, 2/13 - 3/25



PORTLAND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA PRESENTS KINDERKONZERT SERIES ON BRASS INSTRUMENTS BEGINNING FEBRUARY 13

Introducing young children to instrument families and musical concepts

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) kick off its second Kinderkonzert series of 2009 with "Brass: Blast Off!" The programs will travel to nine Southern Maine locations February 13 through March 25.

The PSO Brass Quintet (trumpets, French horn, trombone and tuba) will take space explorers aged 3-7 on a journey to a galaxy far, far away to explore the stars and planets through music. The "Brass: Blast Off!" program opens on February 13 at Windham High School and then travels to eight other locations for a total of 23 performances.

Kinderkonzerts are entertaining, interactive programs with Portland Symphony musicians where kids ages 3 - 7 can sing, dance, wiggle, clap, and have fun listening and learning about music and instruments. School systems can coordinate the Kinderkonzert visit with Science and English Language Arts instruction in addition to Visual and Performing Arts. Specially prepared worksheets designed to support Maine's Learning Results are available online or by contacting the PSO.

Sponsored by Time Warner Cable, all Portland Symphony Orchestra Kinderkonzert tickets are $3 per person with advance reservation, $4 at the door (adult or child). For additional information, reservations and ticketing information visit www.portlandsymphony.com or call (207) 773-6128.

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Cecila Bartoli adds 2nd Show



Roy Thomson Hallĺ─˘s 08-09 International Vocal Recitals

1st show SOLD OUT; 2nd performance added

Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano

With Orchestra La Scintilla of Zł║rich Opera

On Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 7 PM / Roy Thomson Hall

(Sunday, March 1 at 2 PM is sold out)

Tickets on sale to FriendsFirst members Friday December 12 at 10 AM

To the Public on Monday, December 15 at 10 AM

$195 - $75 - Call 416-872-4255 or online at www.roythomson.com

Or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Toronto, ON. December 11, 2008

Due to the very high demand for tickets to Cecilia Bartoli's concert on March 1 at 2:00 pm, Roy Thomson Hall is pleased to announce that Ms. Bartoli has agreed to perform a 2nd concert the same day at 7:00 PM. Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, December 15 at 10 AM.

Cecilia Bartoli is one of the worldĺ─˘s most cherished and celebrated classical artists and undisputedly the most famous mezzo-soprano of her generation. Her two upcoming recitals, 2 PM and 7 PM, at Roy Thomson Hall on March 1, 2009 celebrate the life and roles of 19th century opera diva Maria Malibran (1808-1836), a superstar of her era and muse for such composers as Rossini and Donizetti.

Ms. Bartoli is joined by the 25-member Orchestra La Scintilla of Zł║rich Opera, a distinguished period instrument ensemble, for a program drawn from Ms. Bartoliĺ─˘s award-winning album Maria, and includes works by Garcia, Persiani, Mendelssohn, Rossini, Donizetti, Balfe, Beriot and Malibran. The orchestra will be led by concertmaster Ada Pesch.

The 2 PM performance is sponsored by RBC Financial Group.

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Bach Children's Chorus concert-Saturday May 9


Whistle while You Work with the Bach Children's Chorus and Bach Chamber Youth Choir


The Bach Children's Chorus and Bach Chamber Youth Choir will invite you to Whistle While You Work at their Spring concert on Saturday May 9, 7:30 pm. in the Recital Hall of the Toronto Centre for the Arts, where they are a Company in Residence.


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.

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Cecilia Bartoli - Second Performance Addedd to her Roy Thomson Hall appearance

Roy Thomson Hall's 08-09 International Vocal Recitals


1st show SOLD OUT; 2nd performance added

Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano

With Orchestra La Scintilla of Zł║rich Opera

On Sunday, March 1, 2009 at 7 PM / Roy Thomson Hall

(Sunday, March 1 at 2 PM is sold out)

Tickets on sale to FriendsFirst members Friday December 12 at 10 AM

To the Public on Monday, December 15 at 10 AM

$195 - $75 - Call 416-872-4255 or online at www.roythomson.com

Or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office


Toronto, ON. December 11, 2008


Due to the very high demand for tickets to Cecilia Bartoli's concert
on March 1 at 2:00 pm, Roy Thomson Hall is pleased to announce that
Ms. Bartoli has agreed to perform a 2nd concert the same day at 7:00
PM. Tickets go on sale to the public on Monday, December 15 at 10 AM.


Cecilia Bartoli is one of the world's most cherished and celebrated
classical artists and undisputedly the most famous mezzo-soprano of
her generation. Her two upcoming recitals, 2 PM and 7 PM, at Roy
Thomson Hall on March 1, 2009 celebrate the life and roles of 19th
century opera diva Maria Malibran (1808-1836), a superstar of her era
and muse for such composers as Rossini and Donizetti.


Ms. Bartoli is joined by the 25-member Orchestra La Scintilla of
Zł║rich Opera, a distinguished period instrument ensemble, for a
program drawn from Ms. Bartoli's award-winning album Maria, and
includes works by Garcia, Persiani, Mendelssohn, Rossini, Donizetti,
Balfe, Beriot and Malibran. The orchestra will be led by
concertmaster Ada Pesch.

The 2 PM performance is sponsored by RBC Financial Group.

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Concert de la Saint-Valentin par trois grands choeurs montrłęalais en appui łŢ La Scena Musicale

[English version]

Montrłęal, 19 janvier 2009- Le milieu choral de Montrłęal salue Wah Keung Chan, fondateur et łęditeur de la revue de musique classique La Scena Musicale, par un concert błęnłęfice donnłę au profit de la publication le 14 fłęvrier łŢ 20 h łŢ la salle Pollack de la facultłę de musique de l'Universitłę McGill. L'łęvłęnement rłęunira trois des meilleurs chëýurs de la młętropole: Concerto Della Donna, Musica Orbium et le Studio de Musique ancienne de Montrłęal, dirigłęs respectivement par les piliers de la musique chorale łŢ Montrłęal que sont Iwan Edwards, Patrick Wedd and Christopher Jackson. Au programme, des chants d'amour de toutes les łępoques, depuis Gabrieli et Palestrina jusqu'łŢ Copland et Gershwin. Ayant exłęcutłę chacun une portion du programme, les trois ensembles uniront leurs voix pour le grand finale.

Iwan Edwards, directeur artistique de la soirłęe et membre de l'Ordre du Canada (1995), explique: Č┤Patrick Wedd, Christopher Jackson et moi avons rłęuni nos choeurs deux fois dłęjłŢ, pour des concerts du matin de Płóques łŢ la radio de CBC. Je suis ravi que mes łęminents collł«gues acceptent de renouveler l'expłęrience. Ce concert de gala est une occasion pour nous d'exprimer la profonde admiration que nous portons łŢ Wah Keung Chan pour l'incomparable apport łŢ la vie musicale qu'est La Scena Musicale.Ȭ

L'aventure de La Scena Musicale commenł▀ait en 1996, lorsque Wah Keung Chan publiait un calendrier musical sur deux pages des concerts prłęsentłęs łŢ Montrłęal; avec le temps, le petit bulletin s'est transformłę en revue nationale des arts de la scł«ne et de la musique avec articles de fond, critiques de disques et guides de l'enseignement de la musique ; plus rłęcemment, La Scena Musicale s'est portłęe łŢ la dłęfense de la musique et des arts. Č┤ En assistant łŢ cette soirłęe, dit l'łęditeur, les amateurs de musique feront plus que s'offrir un magnifique concert, ils participeront avec La Scena Musicale łŢ la promotion de la belle et grande musique partout au pays. Ȭ

Billets:

30 $ - rłęguliers

20 $ - łętudiants et ałĂnłęs (se les procurer łŢ La Scena Musicale, au guichet de la facultłę de musique de McGill ou aux points de vente Admission).

130 $ - les meilleurs sił«ges et rłęception prłę-concert en compagnie des trois chefs de chëýur (s'adresser directement łŢ La Scena Musicale)

Pour voir le programme.

La Scena Musicale
Tłęl. : 514-948-2520
Courriel : gala2009@scena.org
(cartes VISA, MasterCard et AMEX)

Guichet de McGill:
Tłęl. : 514-398-4547.
(cartes VISA et MasterCard)

Points de vente Admission. Frais de service.

514-790-1245 or 1-800-361-4595

Info: Dawna Coleman, 514-948-2520, dawnacoleman@scena.org

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Three of Montreal's top choirs support La Scena Musicale in Valentine's Benefit Concert

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Montreal--January 19, 2009--
Montreal's choral community is expressing their support for Wah Keung Chan, founding editor and publisher of the classical music magazine La Scena Musicale, by collaborating in a benefit concert supporting the publication. The event, scheduled for 8 p.m. on February 14, 2009, features three of Montreal's top choirs: Concerto Della Donna, Musica Orbium, and the Studio de Musique ancienne de Montrłęal, conducted by stalwarts of the Montreal choral scene Iwan Edwards, Patrick Wedd and Christopher Jackson, respectively. The ensembles will perform choral love songs from Gabrieli and Palestrina to Copland and Gershwin, with each choir singing their own segment and then joining forces for the finale.

Edwards, a Member of the Order of Canada since 1995 and the concert's artistic director, says, "Christopher, Patrick and I had worked together on the CBC Radio Easter Morning Sunrise Service from Montreal on two separate occasions, so I was delighted when these outstanding directors and their ensembles agreed to collaborate once again, particularly since it gave us the opportunity to express our admiration for Wah Keung Chan and the tremendous contribution he has made to classical music through La Scena Musicale."

Chan started the publication in 1996, as a 2-page newsletter focusing on Montreal concert listings; it soon grew to a full-fledged magazine covering arts and music nationwide, including articles, CD reviews, music education guides, and recently, it has come to the defense of music and the arts. Chan says, "by attending this concert, music lovers will not only be treated to a great evening of choral love songs, they will be partnering with La Scena Musicale in promoting high quality music-making across the country."

Tickets are $30 (regular price) and $20 (student/senior), available at La Scena Musicale, the McGill Box Office, and local Admission outlets. VIP seating and the chance to meet the conductors at a pre-concert reception are available for $130.

For more info about the concert and the programme, click here.

La Scena Musicale
Tel: (514) 948-2520
E-mail: gala2009@scena.org
(VISA, MasterCard, or AMEX accepted, VIP admission only available directly through LSM)

McGill box office:
514-398-4547.
(VISA or MasterCard accepted)

Admission outlets. Service charges apply.

514-790-1245 or 1-800-361-4595

Info: Dawna Coleman, 514-948-2520, dawnacoleman@scena.org

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Coeur łŢ coeur 2009 - Soirłęe cabaret du Big Band de l'UdeM


Cëýur łŢ cëýur 2009

L'Ambassadrice du Big Band de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal,

Sophie Desmarais,

et le directeur de la formation,

Ron Di Lauro,

sont heureux de vous convier łŢ Cëýur łŢ cëýur 2009

une soirłęe cabaret qui aura lieu

le mardi 10 fłęvrier, łŢ 20 h, au Thłęłótre Corona.

Vous trouverez, en pił«ce jointe,

le communiqułę de presse de cet łęvłęnement

Source :

Stłęphane Pilon

Conseiller en communication

Facultłę de musique de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal

514 343-6365

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Susanne Yi-Jia Hou to replace tenor Terence Mierau in upcoming Symphony Nova Scotia performances


Susanne Yi-Jia Hou to replace tenor Terence Mierau in upcoming Symphony Nova Scotia performances


Halifax, NS - Young Canadian violinist Susanne Yi-Jia Hou will perform Beethovenĺ─˘s brilliant Violin Concerto with Symphony Nova Scotia on Thursday, February 12 in Halifax and on Friday, February 13 in Lunenburg.


Susanne will be replacing Maritime tenor Terence Mierau, who was originally scheduled to perform Benjamin Brittenĺ─˘s Les Illuminations. Mierau is unable to perform due to health reasons.


"We wish Terence a speedy recovery, and regret that we wonĺ─˘t be able to hear him perform,ĺ─¨ says Symphony Nova Scotia CEO Erika Beatty. ĺ─˙However, we know our patrons will appreciate the opportunity to hear Beethoven's Violin Concerto performed by one of the best young violinists in Canada.ĺ─¨


Houĺ─˘s playing has been praised as ĺ─˙strangely strong yet delicate; her technique near flawlessĺ─¨ (The Strad), and ĺ─˙absolutely phenomenalĺ─¨ (Lord Yehudi Menuhin). She performs on a $3 million 1729 Guarneri violin, on a three-year loan from the instrument bank of the Canada Council for the Arts.


Suzanne performed with Symphony Nova Scotia in both 2006 and 2007, and on both occasions was praised with standing ovations and enthusiastic reviews. This will be her first Nova Scotia performance of Beethovenĺ─˘s huge Violin Concerto, the ĺ─˙Everestĺ─¨ of the violin repertoire.


The orchestra will also perform Dvorakĺ─˘s melodic Wind Serenade and Beethovenĺ─˘s elegant Symphony no. 4.


For tickets or more information, call 494.3820 or visit www.SymphonyNovaScotia.ca.


About Susanne Yi-Jia Hou

Acknowledged as one of Canadaĺ─˘s most captivating and gifted young performers, Susanne Hou is in demand across Canada and around the world. Along with regular solo orchestral appearances, she is a lead violinist with Bowfire, the highly acclaimed production led by Lenny Solomon. Susanne has been seen on PBS and the Today Show amongst the top virtuoso violinists and fiddlers in each genre of modern string playing.


Suzanne recently performed the violin solos in the Atom Egoyan film Adoration, and was the subject of a CBC documentary entitled Shanghai Violinist.


About Symphony Nova Scotia
Expect the Unexpected with Symphony Nova Scotia ĺ─ý from Baroque to Berlioz to bluegrass! Each year the 37-member ensemble performs for more than 40,000 audience members (including 14,000 young music lovers) in communities across Nova Scotia. Under the inspirational leadership of Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is recognized as one of the finest orchestras in the country. Join the orchestra in celebrating its 25th anniversary this season!


Symphony Nova Scotia is grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts, Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture, and Heritage, and the Halifax Regional Municipality for their continued support.

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Des nouvelles des Grands Explorateurs

Les Grands Explorateurs 2 prłęsentations exceptionnelles łŢ Sainte-Agathe

Au plus fort de l'hiver, les grands Explorateurs reviennent nous rłęchauffer le cëýur. Sainte-Agathe-des-Arts, en collaboration avec la Caisse populaire Desjardins de Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, la Ville de Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts et le Centre local de dłęveloppement Laurentides, offrira deux reprłęsentations de la prestigieuse słęrie Les Grands Explorateurs łŢ la Polyvalente des Monts les 26 fłęvrier et 2 mars prochain.


Au fil des ans, Les Grands Explorateurs n'ont cessłę de bonifier leurs spectacles, afin de choisir les meilleurs films, rłęalisłęs et commentłęs par les meilleurs explorateurs, et que vous pouvez voir dans les meilleures conditions, prł«s de chez vous! Les films, de qualitłę numłęrique, sont prłęsentłęs par les explorateurs-rłęalisateurs, qui animent sur scł«ne, la projection avec talent et passion, tout en partageant anecdotes et secrets captivants.


Les municipalitłęs de Sainte-Lucie-des-Laurentides, Val-David, Ivry-sur-le-Lac, Saint-Adolphe-d'Howard et Saint-Donat qui appuient financił«rement Sainte-Agathe-des-Arts permettent łŢ leurs citoyens, en plus de ceux de Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, d'avoir accł«s łŢ des tarifs d'abonnement łŢ des coł¬ts trł«s avantageux. C'est un rendez-vous łŢ ne pas manquer.


Une (1) confłęrence; 17,50 $, deux (2) confłęrences; 30,00 $.

Le 26 fłęvrier 19 h 30 Quatre saisons en Himalaya

L'Himalaya comprend tous les sommets de plus de 8000 mł«tres. Olivier Soudieux et Carole Soubiran partent en couple avec la volontłę de le traverser entił«rement łŢ pied, du Zanskar, łŢ l'extrłüme Nord de l'Inde, jusqu'łŢ l'Everest, au Nłępal. Un tłęmoignage authentique, ayant dłęjłŢ reł▀u quatre prix. Un voyage initiatique oł╝ ils dłęcouvrent pas łŢ pas l'essentiel.


Le 12 mars 19 h 30 L'Argentine

L'Argentine recł«le plusieurs secrets bien gardłęs. Le cinłęaste-confłęrencier łÔtienne Trłępanier et sa collaboratrice Amy Arnold vous invitent łŢ les dłęcouvrir au cours d'un płęriple qui vous mł«nera aux confins du continent sud-amłęricain. Laissez-vous słęduire par la vitalitłę culturelle des Argentins dont la fał▀on de vivre balance entre Europe et Amłęrique du Sud. Une formidable aventure qui vous dłęvoilera les contrastes de ce pays inoułě de L'Altiplano jusqu'łŢ la Terre de Feu.


Renseignements et rłęservations : (819) 326-3655 et www.theatrepatriote.com

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Opłęra - The Rape of Lucretia

N'hłęsitez pas łŢ me contacter pour toute demande d'entrevue et pour confirmer votre prłęsence!

A.

łÔcole de musique Schulich de l'Universitłę McGill

Concerts et publicitłę

555, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montrłęal, Qułębec H3A 1E3

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