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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Yoav Talmi on Art & Fine Living with Jona

Conductor Yoav Talmi on Art & Fine Living with Jona March 2009
By Jona Rapoport
Jona Rapoport, Art & Fine Living with Jona
February 27, 2009

Next program will air on March 1st at 7pm and March 3rd at 11pm features an interview with conductor Yoav Talmi.The conductor reflected on this milestone in his career and elaborated on the creation of his composition, Dachau Reflections to be performed on March 18, 2009 in the upcoming Celebrating the Maestro! concert.

Also on the program, music from Ernest Bloch's Avodath Hakodesh, to be presented by the Montreal Symphony Orchestra in Montreal on March 30 and 31, 2001.

Segment Sponsors/Closed Captioning by:

a. The Montreal Symphony Orchestra

b. The Opera de Montreal - Starmania

c. The Centaur Theatre Company - Doubt

d. I.D. Foods Corporation

e. Composer Lori Laitman

Cultural Spotlight:

Quebec Symphony Orchestra ĺ─ý Celebrating the Maestro!, Pro Musica ĺ─ý Prazak Quartet, Arte Musica Foundation - Haydn 2009 , Centaur Theatre ĺ─ý Doubt, Montreal symphony Orchestra ĺ─ý Adams, Josefowitz concert, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens ĺ─ý Celis/Wei, Montreal Symphony Orchestra ĺ─ý Bloch ĺ─ý Avodath Hakodesh.

Personal Promo: James Ehnes, Eve Tanhelson, Jenny Pozniak, Ben Heppner

Music Selections:

Chandos Classics ĺ─ý Ernest Bloch ĺ─ý Avodath Hakodesh, Demo: Paul-Andre Bempechat: Beethoven ĺ─ý The Final Piano Sonatas, MSR ĺ─ý Mainstreet Brass (By Request), Analekta: Karina Gauvin: Proper Records ĺ─ý Jelly Roll Morton ĺ─ý Doctor Jazz , Atma - Bataclan

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Guests who appeared on Art & Fine Living with Jona include, among many others, the prolific piano virtuoso Lang Lang, Playwright Vittorio Rossi, Singer Sean Lennon, Violinist Gil Shaham, Actor/Director Maurice Podbrey, Pianist Elena Bashkirova, Soprano Natalie Dessay, Film director Mike Newell, Cellist/Conductor Yuli Turovsky, Poet David Mason,Soprano Measha Brueggergosman, Ritz Chef Paul Little, Actress Caroline Cave, Saxophonist Walter Blanding, Choreographer Peter Quanz, Director Bryna Wasserman, Conductor Yoav Talmi, Saxophonist Bill Prouten, Opera Atelier director, Chantal Lambert, Conductor Jacques Lacombe, Grand Ballets Alain Dancyger, Composer Lori Laitman, Violinist Jonathan Crow, Conductor Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Playwright Daniel Lillford, Comedy duo Bowser & Blue, Bassist Alain Caron, Bass Denis Sedov, Soprano Suzie Leblanc, Recital series director Richard Turp, Dancer Callie Robinson, Choreographer Stijn Celis, Director Peter Hinton, Violinist James Ehnes, Choreographer Shen Wei, Tenor Richard Margison, Photographer Varda Pollak-Sahm, Choreographer Ohad Naharin, Composer Ofer Ben-Amots, Director Roy Surette, Tenor Marc Hervieux, Composer Ofer Ben-Amots, Film Producer George Weiss, Cellist Denise Djokic, Dancer/Choreographer Margie Gillis, Conductor Bernard Labadie, Jazz Vocalist Sophie Milman, Artist Boaz Kaizman Tenor Ben Heppner and dozens of other fine artists!

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Friday, February 27, 2009

Cirque and the ESO collaborate to create illuminating feats of artistry - Mar. 20 & 21

Robbins Pops

World-class feats of artistry synchronize with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in

Cirque de la Symphonie

Friday, March 20th, 2009 ĺ─ý 8:00 pm

Saturday, March 21st, 2009 ĺ─ý 2:00 pm* & 8:00 pm

(*Saturday matinee added due to popular demand!)

Edmonton, AB ĺ─Â Imagine the dazzling performances of Cirque artists combined with the incredible musical experience of a full symphony. In one of the most anticipated concerts of the ESO season, Cirque de la Symphonie, for the first time, brings the magic of Cirque to the Winspear Centre in this illuminating collaboration of artistry with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO). World-class performers will astound audience members with their flawless execution of astonishing acrobatics, pushing the boundaries of imaginative athleticism. Aerial flyers, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen add a stunning visual enhancement to the sounds of popular contemporary music and classical masterpieces, performed by the ESO and led by Music Director William Eddins.

It will be a stimulating experience for the eyes and ears. Donĺ─˘t miss this incredibly unique synergy of orchestral music and the spectacle of Cirque. Best seats are available for Saturdayĺ─˘s matinee performance. Ticket prices for all three performances range from $24 to $79 (agency fees apply). Tickets are available through the Winspear Centre Box Office. On Friday evening, the Grant MacEwan Jazz Combo will be performing in the lobby, beginning at approximately 7:15 pm.

The next performance of the Robbins Pops series takes place on May 1st and 2nd, and features guest conductor Jeff Tyzik and vocalist/trumpeter Byron Stripling in Nothinĺ─˘ But the Blues.

This series is generously supported by Bill & Mary Jo Robbins.

Fridayĺ─˘s evening performance is generously sponsored by Deloitte.

Saturdayĺ─˘s matinee performance is generously sponsored by Bennett Jones.

Media Sponsor: The Edmonton Journal

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April at The Royal Conservatory

Mozart's Masterpiece CosłĘ fan tutte
an April Highlight
at The Royal Conservatory

Leading Mozart specialist Mario Bernardi returns to The Royal Conservatory, after successfully launching the 2008/2009 season with a sold out concert in September, to conduct Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's darkly comic opera masterpiece CosłĘ fan tutte. The performances run from April 2-7, and admission is free.

Mario Bernardi's career as a conductor began in 1953 with the Royal Conservatory Opera School and went on become one of the most outstanding Canadian conductors of his generation. He was the first conductor of the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, took over the CBC Vancouver Orchestra from John Eliot Gardiner, and became the first music director of the Calgary Philharmonic. Despite his busy schedule he continued to appear as guest conductor, particularly of operas, with such companies as the Canadian Opera Company, Chicago Lyric Opera, San Francisco Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Metropolitan Opera, and the English National Opera. Bernardi was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1972, received the Canadian Music Council medal in 1981, and has won two Juno awards.

In sharp contrast to the world premiere of the modern score of Pandora's Locker in December, CosłĘ fan tutte will be an offering in lush classical music. The cast will be in elaborate costumes, generously on loan from Opera Atelier. Stage director Jennifer Parr, who also directed Pandora's Locker, will once again be in charge of this hybrid concert version with some staging around the orchestra, which will be onstage.

The double cast will be made up of The Glenn Gould School Opera Division students and will feature Wallis Giunta (who impressed as Pandora in December) as Dorabella. Other cast members who also appeared in Pandora's Locker include Sean Catheroy as Guglielmo, and Adam Bishop as Ferrando. Taylor Strande and Michelle Danese will be alternating in the role of Despina. The GGS Opera is a distinguished diploma programme that offers superb training in performance to gifted singers from across Canada and from all over the world.

Free events at The RCM continue with Canadian master pianist Anton Kuerti, who will give the last lecture in his 5-part lecture series on Beethoven's Piano Concertos on Friday, April 2, at 2pm, and award-winning composer Brian Current (who conducted Pandora's Locker) will lead The GGS New Music Ensemble in contemporary classical music repertoire on Friday, April 17, at 12pm.

Violinist Atis Bankas and pianist Dianne Werner will together give the last concert of the Great Artists Series on Friday, April 17, at 8pm. This concert will feature Karol Shimanovsky's Nocturne and Tarantella, Op. 28, Leos Janacek's Ballade, and two of the greatest works written for these instruments: Franck's Sonata for Violin & Piano and Debussy's Sonata for Violin and Piano. Dianne Werner is an exceptional soloist and chamber musician. A member of Grammy-nominated ensemble

ARC (Artists of The Royal Conservatory), she is recognized for her lyrical and poetic style, and also
frequently performs as a duo partner with cellist Bryan Epperson. Atis Bankas has appeared as soloist in the former Soviet Union, Europe, U.S., and Canada, as well as with many distinguished orchestras under Paavo Jłžrvi, Iona Brown, and Sir Andrew Davis. Both Atis and Dianne are long-standing faculty members of the RCM.

The newly formed Luis Mario Ochoa Quintet will present one of its first concerts as part of the World Music Concerts series on Thursday, April 23, at 7:30pm. Havana-born, Toronto-based, Luis Mario Ochoa is a guitarist, vocalist, composer, arranger, bandleader, and music producer. In 2007 he was nominated for the Canadian Latin Jazz Artist of the Year. His quintet is comprised of the acclaimed Cuban pianist Hilario Duran, Jorge Torres on congas, and a dynamic rhythm section of bass and two percussionists. This special concert will showcase songs from their latest CD, Momentos Cubanos: classic Latin American songs ranging from rumba to samba, bolero to waltz, son to cha-cha, and a very impassioned vocal interpretation of Ernesto Lecuona's timeless ballad Siboney.

CosłĘ fan tutte (GGS Ope
Marehursday, April 2 at 8pm*
Anton Kuerti, piano (GGS Lecture Series): Friday, April 3 at 2pm*
CosłĘ fan tutte (GGS Opera): Friday, April 3 at 8pm*
CosłĘ fan tutte (GGS Opera): Sunday, April 5 at 2pm*
CosłĘ fan tutte (GGS Opera): Tuesday, April 7 at 1pm*
New Music Ensemble (Rising Stars Series): Friday, April 17 at 12pm*
Atis Bankas, violin & Dianne Werner, piano (Great Artists Series): Friday, April 17 at 8pm
Luis Mario Ochoa Quintet (World Music Concerts): Thursday, April 23 at 7:30pm

Tickets $20.00 - $30.00, students $10
Tickets available online at, by calling 416-408-2824 X321,
or at the door at the RCM, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto

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

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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Poul Ruders 60th Birthday Concert and Celebration

On Thursday, March 26, 2009, at 7:30 pm, the Scandinavia House and Bridge Records will present a concert devoted to the music of the Danish composer, Poul Ruders. The concert will take place at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue at 38th Street. Mr. Ruders will be in attendance and will speak about his music and the works on this program. The program features the world premiere of Pages I-X (2008) performed by guitarist David Starobin, and the US premiere of Serenade on the Shores of the Cosmic Ocean, to be performed by Mikko Luoma, accordion and the iO String Quartet. Also on the program are: Regime (1984) played by the Juilliard Percussion Ensemble, Star Prelude and Love Fugue (1990) performed by Vassily Primakov, piano; and New Rochelle Suite (2005) played by David Starobin, guitar and Daniel Druckman, percussion.

On the eve of his 60th birthday, Poul Ruders is widely acknowledged to be one of the leading composers of his generation. In the last decade Ruders' operas have been acclaimed in productions in England, the USA, Canada, and Denmark, and his orchestral scores have been commissioned and premiered by many of the world's great orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, the Berlin Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic. The next two years will see the world premiere of his 3rd Symphony ĺ─˙Dream Catcherĺ─¨ by the Royal Danish Orchestra, and his 4th Symphony ĺ─˙An Organ Symphonyĺ─¨ by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Odense Symphony Orchestra. His latest opera, Dancer in the Dark, will have its first production at the Royal Danish Opera, and premieres of new works are scheduled in locales as far flung as Estonia, Munich and Seattle. New recordings are due for release in 2009 on the DaCapo and Bridge labels.

Poul Ruders was born in Ringsted, Denmark on March 27, 1949. His early studies in piano and organ led eventually to studies in orchestration with the Danish composer Karl Aage Rasmussen. Ruders' first compositions date from the mid-60s. Writing about Ruders, the English critic Stephen Johnson states: "He can be gloriously, explosively extrovert one minute- withdrawn, haunted, intently inward-looking the next. Super-abundant high spirits alternate with pained, almost expressionistic lyricism; simplicity and directness with astringent irony." These extremes have defined the Ruders style, but only begin to touch on the rich variety found in his large catalog. The recent opera Kafka's Trial weaves disparate influences including Klezmer music, into a two-hour tapestry of wildly varying tonal shades; the 9/11-influenced Listening Earth for large orchestra, begins with teeming and optimistic orchestral explosions, only to wind down to a spare and devastatingly desolate conclusion; while the popular Concerto in Pieces riffs on a theme by Henry Purcell, and ends with a triumphant dancing fugue. Though not an "easy" composer, Ruders has managed to find a voice that is communicative, varied, recognizable and profound. More than 40 CDs of his music are currently available including his two grand operas (The Handmaid's Tale and Kafka's Trial), and a 400-plus page study of his work (Acoustical Canvases- The Music of Poul Ruders), published in 2007.

Tickets for the Ruders Birthday Concert are $15, and $10 for ASF members, please call 212 879 9779 for tickets reservations and sales. For further information contact Becky Starobin, 914 654 9270.

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Serie Intimate Sky, concert au MAI le 13 mars 2009/ Intimate Sky Series, concert at the MAI on March 13, 2009

Słęrie Intimate Sky de retour le 13 mars au MAI
Č┤ Send me a piece of your soul Ȭ
Une performance collective exaltante !
English version will follow

Chapitre 11, Č┤ Send me a piece of your soul Ȭ, vendredi 13 mars 2009 łŢ 20h
Chapitre 12, avec Nomadic Massive, vendredi 10 avril 2009 łŢ 20h

Montrłęal, le 27 fłęvrier 2009 - Aprł«s deux concerts fort apprłęciłęs en octobre et en dłęcembre derniers, la Słęrie Intimate Sky produite par le trompettiste Jason Č┤BlackbirdȬ Selman se poursuit au cafłę du MAI (Montrłęal, arts interculturels) avec un 3ł«me concert accoustique, vendredi le 13 mars łŢ 20h. Ce cycle de performances łŢ głęomłętrie variable rłęunissant plusieurs artistes par spectacle et młęlangeant jazz, soul, reggae, hip hop et spoken word s'inscrit dans le cadre de la Słęrie musique Circulation du MAI.

Č┤ Send me a piece of your soul Ȭ : voilłŢ le thł«me et la ligne directrice de ce 11ł«me chapitre. Comme pour le spectacle prłęcłędent, le groupe se divise en trios composłęs de deux chanteurs/chanteuses et d'un musicien. Afin de susciter l'łęchange entre les artistes, chaque chanteur interprł«te des textes łęcrits par l'autre vocaliste de son trio. La Słęrie Intimate Sky prłęsentera son dernier spectacle de la saison le 10 avril 2009 avec une collaboration complł«tement łęclatłęe entre des membres de Kalm Unity et du groupe Nomadic Massive.

Le concept de la Słęrie Intimate Sky repose sur la redłęcouverte d'artistes, issus notamment du collectif de plus de 70 artistes Kalm Unity, et met en lumił«re une facette moins connue de leur talent en les regroupant en petites formations. Qu'il s'agisse de thł«mes musicaux prłęparłęs ou improvisłęs, les vertus cachłęes des interprł«tes sont rłęvłęlłęes dans ce contexte particulier, au grand bonheur du public. Ces soirłęes rłęunissent musiciens, chanteurs, rappeurs et poł«tes dans une ambiance cabaret/club de jazz trł«s chaleureuse. Les artistes y prłęsentent des titres inłędits, dans l'intensitłę du moment prłęsent : une forme de simplicitłę, d'honnłütetłę.

Jason Selman occupe la scł«ne montrłęalaise depuis 10 ans comme trompettiste, poł«te et artiste engagłę. Il est notamment membre du collectif Kalm Unity, du groupe de hip hop Nomadic Massive et anime aussi des ateliers au Black Theater Workshop. Depuis 2005, Jason a commencłę łŢ produire les soirłęes Intimate Sky, une słęrie de połęsie et de musique qui s'inscrit dans le prolongement des activitłęs du collectif Kalm Unity.

On peut se procurer les billets pour ces reprłęsentations au coł¬t exceptionnel de 12 $ en se prłęsentant łŢ la billetterie du MAI, situłęe au 3680, rue Jeanne-Mance, en composant le (514) 982-3386 ou en visitant le site


The Intimate Sky Series returns to the MAI on March 13
"Send Me a Piece of Your Soul"
A brilliant improvised collective performance

Chapter 11 - "Send me a piece of your soul" - Friday, March 13, 2009 at 8 p.m.
Chapter 12 - Friday, April 10 at 8pm, 2009 with Nomadic Massive

Montreal, February 27 2009 - Following up on its successful debut last October, the Intimate Sky Series, produced by trumpet player Jason "Blackbird" Selman, continues in the cafłę of the MAI (Montrłęal, arts interculturels) with a second acoustic concert on Friday, March 13 at 8 p.m. This series of constantly evolving performances, bringing together many different artists merging jazz, soul, reggae, hip hop and spoken word, is part of the MAI's Circulation music series.

"Send me a piece of your soul" is the featured theme of this 11th edition of Intimate Sky. Once again, the group will divide up into trios composed of two singers and a musician. With the aim of creating heightened exchange between the artists on stage, the singers will be exchanging lyrics with the other vocalist in their respective trio. The Intimate Sky series will present its final show of the season on April 10 with an explosive collaboration between members of Kalm Unity and the band Nomadic Massive.

The Intimate Sky Series is rooted in the rediscovery of the members of the 70-artists collective Kalm Unity, and highlights their lesser-known talents by bringing them together in smaller groups. Whether through improvised or composed pieces, the hidden gifts of these artists will be highlighted in this special setting, to the great pleasure of the audience. These events bring together musicians, singers, rappers, and poets in an intimate jazz club/cabaret atmosphere, where artists give fresh, spontaneous performances highlighted by a bare-bones simplicity.

Jason Selman has been part of the Montreal music scene for the last 10 years as trumpeter, poet, and socially engaged artist. He is a member of the collective Kalm Unity, Nomadic Massive, and also leads workshops at Black Theatre Workshop. He produces the Intimate Sky music and poetry series within the framework of Kalm Unity's

Tickets to these performances can be purchased for only 12$ at the MAI's Box Office at 3680 Jeanne-Mance Street, by calling (514) 982-3386 or by visiting this website

Nathaniel Dett Chorale Celebrates 10 Years of Music

Nathaniel Dett Chorale Celebrates 10 Years of Music

The Hon. Aileen Carroll, Minister of Culture, Attends Event

Toronto ĺ─ý The halls of the Glenn Gould Studio were echoing with the joyful sounds of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale, one of Canadaĺ─˘s most renowned musical groups, for the celebration of its 10th Anniversary year. The February 25th concert, entitled ĺ─˙Voices of a Diaspora ... Dett to Africaĺ─¨, marked the close of Black History Month and was a powerful combination of favourite R. Nathaniel Dett compositions and exciting contemporary Afrocentric premił«res.

Joining the friends and supporters of the Chorale, was the Hon. Aileen Carroll, Minister of Culture. The Minister spoke about Ontarioĺ─˘s vibrant arts community and also noted how the Chorale is using a three-year, $280,500 grant received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation last year.

ĺ─˙The Nathaniel Dett Chorale has worked hard to bring Afrocentric music to the people of this province. Ontario is delighted to help them expand their work in raising awareness and instilling pride in African heritage,ĺ─¨ said Culture Minister Aileen Carroll.

The funds are helping to continue to build on the Choraleĺ─˘s organizational capacity by expanding on outreach initiatives helping high school students and youth to learn about Afrocentric music. It will also allow the Chorale to engage more volunteers to help build on this program and to further expand website and technological capabilities.

ĺ─˙We are very grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their ongoing support,ĺ─¨ says Brainerd Blyden-Taylor, the founder, Artistic Director and conductor of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale. ĺ─˙With this assistance we will be able to continue to empower a new generation of singers to demonstrate leadership and mentorship in their home schools, and to seek unity through music and celebrationĺ─¨.

The 10th Anniversary of the Nathaniel Dett Chorale is proving to be a memorable one. On January 20th, the Chorale performed at the invitation of the Canadian Embassy in Washington DC to help commemorate the inauguration of US President, Barack Obama. The group was also asked to sing at the Smithsonianĺ─˘s National Museum of the American Indian Out of Many festival concert on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 19th.

The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is Canada's first professional chamber choir dedicated to the creation and performance of Afrocentric music of all styles. Mr. Blyden-Taylor founded the chorale in response to a musical void in Canada; there had never before been a professional ensemble dedicated to the dissemination of Afrocentric choral music.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario. For over 25 years, the Foundation has supported the growth and vitality of communities across the province. OTF continues to strengthen the capacity of the volunteer sector through investments in community-based initiatives. For more information, please visit

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

2009 NAC Gala: a Magical Evening with Yo-Yo Ma and Pinchas Zukerman on Oct. 3

The 2009 NAC Gala offers a Magical Evening with Yo-Yo Ma and the NAC Orchestra led by Pinchas Zukerman on Oct. 3

Ottawa, Canada ĺ─ý ĺ─˙Yo-Yo Ma is the greatest cellist today. Everything he touches he turns to gold...gorgeous, almost voluptuous playing.ĺ─¨ Boston Herald

The National Arts Centre is delighted to announce that superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma, ĺ─˙the most popular artist in classical music today,ĺ─¨ will return as special guest for the 2009 NAC Gala on Saturday, October 3. Music Director Pinchas Zukerman will lead the National Arts Centre Orchestra for this ĺ─˙Magical Evening with Yo-Yo Maĺ─¨, presented by TELUS. The fundraising evening benefits the National Youth and Education Trust which provides funds for the NACĺ─˘s wide array of performing arts programming for young artists, young audiences and schools.

Yo-Yo Ma has been a cultural beacon for decades. Young and old flock to his sold-out concerts, coming away moved, thrilled, and inspired. This astonishing artist has performed at the Oscars, the Grammys, the Olympics, and recently before a live audience of over a million at the inauguration of President Barack Obama. He returns to the NAC Orchestra to perform Dvorł░kĺ─˘s beloved Cello Concerto with the NACĺ─˘s own luminary Pinchas Zukerman leading the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Additional programming will be announced at a later date.

There will be a pre-concert reception for all patrons at 5:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 6:30 p.m. Those who purchase Encore Seating will join Gala sponsors at a post-concert reception, followed by dinner on the Southam Hall stage.

Subscribers who sign up for the 2009-2010 National Arts Centre Orchestra season, which will be announced on March 3, will benefit from a priority purchasing period from April 1 to 15 before tickets go on sale to the general public on May 18.

The NAC is honoured once again to have TELUS, Founding Partner of the National Youth and Education Trust, as the Presenting Sponsor of the Gala ĺ─ý a commitment that reflects TELUSĺ─˘s continuing support of this primary resource for supporting the artistic development of young Canadians through educational materials, professional training, mentoring programs and young audience performances. The Trust is also supported by Michael Potter and Vłęronique Dhieux, supporters and patrons of the National Arts Centre Gala, and members of the NAC Foundationĺ─˘s Donorsĺ─˘ Circle.

The NAC is delighted to announce that Janet Yale, TELUSĺ─˘ executive vice president, Corporate Affairs, has agreed to chair the Gala Committee for the fourth year.

Yo-Yo Ma was born in 1955 to Chinese parents living in Paris. He began to study the cello with his father at age four and soon came with his family to New York, where he spent most of his formative years. Later, his principal teacher was Leonard Rose at the Juilliard School. He sought out a traditional liberal arts education to expand upon his conservatory training, graduating from Harvard University in 1976. He has received numerous awards, including 15 GrammyČĂ Awards from his discography of over 75 albums, the Avery Fisher Prize (1978), the Glenn Gould Prize (1999), the National Medal of the Arts (2001), and the World Economic Forumĺ─˘s Crystal Award (2008). Appointed a CultureConnect Ambassador by the United States Department of State in 2002, Yo-Yo Ma has met with, trained and mentored thousands of students worldwide. In 2006, Secretary General Kofi Annan named him a U.N. Messenger of Peace and in 2007 Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon extended his appointment.

Pinchas Zukerman has been Music Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra since 1998, and his genius and prodigious technique have been a marvel to critics and audiences for over four decades. He is equally respected as a violinist, violist, conductor, and chamber musician while his dedication to teaching has been a major catalyst for many of the education initiatives supported by the National Youth and Education Trust. Pinchas Zukerman's discography contains over 100 titles, and has earned him 21 Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards. He was named first-prize winner of the 1969 Leventritt Competition, and, in 1983, President Reagan awarded him a Medal of Arts for his leadership in the musical world. In October 2002, he became the first recipient of the Isaac Stern Award for Artistic Excellence at the National Arts Awards Gala in New York City.

Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra donate their services for the NACĺ─˘s annual Gala.

Concert tickets for the NAC Gala on Saturday, October 3 are priced at $70, $125 and $150 and include the pre-concert reception with wine and canapłęs at 5:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 6:30 p.m. These go on sale on April 1 to members of the NAC Donors Circle and to subscribers to the National Arts Centre Orchestraĺ─˘s 2009-2010 season which goes on sale on March 3. Orders can be made only with a valid order form which will be accepted online, by mail, by fax, or dropped off in person in the NAC Box Office from Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. This priority period lasts until April 15. The Box Office opens to the general public on May 18.

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PSO Welcomes Grammy Award-Winning Guest Conductor JoAnn Falletta, March 24

PSO Welcomes Grammy Award-Winning Guest Conductor JoAnn Falletta, March 24

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý For a concert featuring Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique," and other celebrated works, the Portland Symphony Orchestra welcomes guest conductor JoAnn Falletta, winner of two 2009 Grammy Awards, and guest violinist Michael Ludwig. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24 at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street in Portland.

The PSO's Symphony 'Pathetique' concert opens with Robert Schumann's Overture to Manfred, Op. 115. Guest soloist Michael Ludwig joins the PSO for Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61, one of the most celebrated works of the violin concerto repertoire.

The program closes with the Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique," by Tchaikovsky. Exquisitely passionate and intensely emotional, with some of the most beautiful music ever written, the composer considered it "the best and most open-hearted" of his works.

Guest conductor JoAnn Falletta, acclaimed by The New York Times as "one of the finest conductors of her generation," serves as the Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra (BPO) and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. This season, her 10th with the BPO, a recording by the Orchestra received a double Grammy Award for the first time in its history. The world premiere recording of John Corigliano's Mr. Tambourine Man was honored for Best Classical Vocal Performance and Best Classical Contemporary Composition. Both on and off the podium, Maestro Falletta is a vibrant ambassador for music and an inspiring artistic leader.

Violinist Michael Ludwig has been hailed by Strad Magazine for his "effortless, envy-provoking techniqueĺ─Â sweet tone, brilliant expression, and grand style." Ludwig enjoys a multi-faceted career as a recording artist, chamber musician, and as a highly sought-after soloist he has performed on four continents with the likes of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Pops, and Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra. He is Concertmaster of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, under Ms. Falletta.

Sponsored by Gorham Savings Bank, the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. with a Concert Conversation led by Maestra Falletta at 6:15 p.m. in the Rehearsal Hall. A radio broadcast of the performance can be heard on Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN) on April 29 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets range from $17-$65 and are sold through PortTix at (207) 842-0800 or, and 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

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OSM / It's better with Orchestra! : Dress rehearsal open to the public

It's Better with Orchestra! : Dress rehearsal open to the public

Be the first to experience a unique encounter between the worlds of radio and classical music

Tickets at $30 / $15 for 15 to 30 year olds

In light of the strong demand for tickets to the concert It's Better with Orchestra!, the OSM is unusually opening its dress rehearsal to the general public. That rehearsal will be held on Sunday, March 22, 2009, at 10 a.m. in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts. Under the direction of Maestro Kent Nagano, this will be the sole opportunity, for those who have been unable to obtain tickets for the concert itself (taking place that same afternoon), to hear the world premiere of the Concerto for radio host and orchestra.

Inspired by the radio program C'est bien meilleur le matin and its intimate and friendly formula, the work, commissioned by the OSM from composer Simon Leclerc (music of Dracula and of the movie Le dernier continent) will feature three big names from French-language radio: host Renłę Homier-Roy along with journalists Catherine Perrin (entertainment) and Marc Laurendeau (press review) from the same program, which has aired on the Premił«re ChałĂne service of Radio-Canada since 1997. The three guest "soloists" will blend their voices with those of the instruments of the Orchestra in a dialogue, in music and words, on subjects of current interest.

"The first time Kent Nagano talked to me about the project I thought he was joking," confesses composer Simon Leclerc. "Mr. Nagano explained to me that he was fascinated by the virtuosity of the host and by the musicality that the show C'est bien meilleur le matin gave off. He wanted to transpose that world to an original work for symphony orchestra. After thinking about it for a few months, I suggested I compose a concerto for radio host and orchestra, a work inspired both by the concerto grosso and by the symphonic poem. He was excited by the idea." From current affairs to the performing arts by way of sports and the weather, Homier-Roy, Perrin and Laurendeau will guide listeners through a work in which instruments also have "something to say."

"Surprisingly," says host Renłę Homier-Roy, "I never thought it was a joke. The Maestro's extreme intensity when he was making those strange remarks ĺ─ţ that what we were doing was something like music, that the rhythm of the show had a musicality of its own, and likewise our voices ĺ─ţ his seriousness and the sparkle I saw in his eye led me to believe, right away, that this crazy idea he had in his head was infinitely interesting. And it turns out I was right..."

The stage at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier will be set up like a radio studio with microphones and the traditional half-moon desk, helping bring to life the complete experience of a radio morning show for music lovers. The ninety-minute program will begin with the outstanding violinist Viviane Hagner in a performance of the Beethoven Violin Concerto, a composition both spiritual and intense. Rounding off the program will be Ottorino Respighi's remarkable symphonic poem The Pines of Rome, one of the OSM's biggest hits on disc.

Tickets for this dress rehearsal in the Musical Sundays series are available now at a cost of $30. A new feature this year at the OSM: those between the ages of fifteen and thirty can attend all concerts in the regular-season programming for only $15 per concert. To get your tickets and not miss out on this very special rendezvous, contact the box office at (514) 842-9951 or visit our website at

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

La chance : Nouvel album de Nathalie Renault

La pianiste et chanteuse Nathalie Renault se prłępare łŢ lancer son tout nouvel opus intitulłę La chance le jeudi 12 mars 2009 łŢ 18 h au Salon łętudiant du Pavillon Jeanne-de-Valois de l'Universitłę de Moncton, le vendredi 13 mars łŢ 17 h au foyer du Centre culturel de Caraquet et le samedi 14 mars łŢ 20 h łŢ la Galerie Restigouche de Campbellton, au Nouveau-Brunswick.

Au cours des derniers mois, Nathalie Renault a foulłę le Sol de la gamme des łęmotions, de la crłęation et de la production. De note en note, sa route tantłąt parsemłęe de dłęfis, de silences et de belles rencontres lui aura ouvert les horizons vers ce qu'elle appelle : Č┤ Le Tournant Renault : Sa route vers La chance. Ȭ

Nathalie, qui a travaillłę łŢ ce projet depuis plus d'un an, s'est entourłę de superbes musiciens tels Coral Egan, Sylvain Provost, Kevin Dean, Richard Gagnon et Charles Papasoff. Ce dernier, qui a remportłę le Fłęlix du meilleur rłęalisateur de l'annłęe łŢ l'ADISQ en 2004, s'est łęgalement associłę łŢ ce projet łŢ titre de rłęalisateur en plus de co-arranger l'album avec Nathalie.

Č┤ On pourrait qualifier le disque d'un bouquet de vivaces multicolores dont les racines sont faites de pop, de jazz, de swing feutrłę, de bossa et de ballade Ȭ, explique l'artiste. Celle que l'on considł«re comme la perle du paysage musical pop jazz actuel partage toujours sa crłęativitłę d'auteure avec d'autres paroliers tels que Jules Boudreau, France Bonneau et Patrick GonzłŢlez. Quant aux musiques, elles portent toutes la signature Renault.

La chance de Nathalie Renault, c'est un album de 11 nouvelles chansons. Une interprłętation marquante de La chanson des vieux amants de Jacques Brel boucle avec inspiration cette suite de dłęlices auditifs. Saisissez La chance !

La chance sera distribułę par Distribution Plages (

Premier extrait pour les radios

Le premier extrait est la chanson Moi-młüme. Les paroles sont de Jules Boudreau et Nathalie Renault et la musique est de Nathalie Renault. Č┤ C'est une chanson que je pourrais qualifier de girl talk sur l'album... avec bien sł¬r un sourire en coin. Les paroles reflł«tent en quelque sorte la difficultłę d'łütre soi-młüme ou de s'accepter rłęellement comme on est. Je la personnalise bien entendu mais je crois que la majoritłę des femmes peuvent se l'approprier, s'identifier łŢ elle. ł─ la fin, ł▀a se termine avec le plaisir d'łütre totalement soi, belle et fłęminine jusqu'au bout ! Et c'est tant mieux. Musicalement, c'est rigolo, up tempo et bien enveloppłę d'harmonies vocales avec un son swing des annłęes 30 Ȭ, explique l'artiste.

Č┤ Oh ! Dis-moi pourquoi // Est-ce si difficile d'łütre soi-młüme

Toujours ce dłęsir d'łütre plus riche // Plus belle, plus grande, plus mince

Oh ! Dis-moi pourquoi // Est-ce si difficile, d'łütre soi ! Ȭ

Notes biographiques de Nathalie Renault

Auteure compositrice et interprł«te de souche acadienne, Nathalie Renault vous invite aux frontił«res du jazz, de la pop et de l'enchantement... Titulaire d'un certificat d'łętudes universitaires en jazz et d'un baccalaurłęat et musique, la pianiste-chanteuse originaire de Campbellton au N.-B. a parcouru le Qułębec, le Nouveau-Brunswick et l'Europe au cours des dernił«res annłęes. Le cëýur prł«s du jazz et de la chanson pop, elle prouve de fał▀on concluante, que rłęussir le mariage de diffłęrents genres musicaux est une question de małĂtrise et de vocation. Et ł▀a s'entend: une brillante construction młęlodique, une interprłętation touchante et une voix exceptionnelle, chaude et puissante. Elle n'a sł¬rement pas fini de nous łętonner !

Son compagnon insłęparable, c'est le piano, dont elle semble connałĂtre toutes les subtilitłęs. Dire qu'elle s'accompagne au piano, ce ne serait pas rendre justice łŢ cette intimitłę, łŢ cette complicitłę qui existe entre l'instrument et la voix. Elle interprł«te ses chansons łŢ la voix et au piano. Elle dit d'ailleurs : Č┤ Je me sers de ma voix comme d'un instrument. Ȭ C'est tout łŢ fait juste; et on pourrait dire tout aussi justement qu'elle se sert du piano comme d'une seconde voix. Elle joue de la voix, chante du piano, młüle les deux ensemble en un contrepoint expressif. Autant lorsqu'elle caresse le texte que lorsqu'elle exłęcute un scat, elle sait user des subtilitłęs du phrasłę, des inflexions de timbre, des variations de volume pour enrichir la musicalitłę de son exłęcution.

Moins de deux ans aprł«s son album solo Č┤ Live at the Jazzhaus Freiburg, Germany Ȭ, Nathalie Renault sort Č┤ Creuser des Ocłęans Ȭ dans lequel elle poursuit son aventure dans le jazz vocal. La chanteuse et musicienne produit et rłęalise elle-młüme ce deuxił«me album. Pour ce tout nouvel opus, l'artiste a dłęcidłę cette fois-ci de s'entourer de Charles Papasoff (Meilleur rłęalisateur łŢ l'ADISQ 2004) afin d'explorer de nouveaux horizonsĺ─Â

Sur disque, Nathalie est superbe, devant un public aussi! On apprłęcie son talent et la chaleur de son interprłętation. Le contact se fait, la communication s'łętablit, et chacun des auditeurs a le sentiment qu'elle chante pour lui, ou pour elle. Elle dit nos bonheurs fugitifs, nos angoisses, nos dłęceptions, nos embł¬ches, et elle nous rassure; au bout de tout, il y a la vie. Nathalie Renault est une vivante.

Ce qui rend son interprłętation attachante, c'est son apparente fragilitłę. C'est une fragilitłę qui cache une volontłę tenace, une force de caractł«re peu commune. En scł«ne, elle est belle, d'une beautłę resplendissante. C'est peut-łütre le grain de sa peau qui est particulił«rement avantagłę par la lumił«re des projecteurs. Ou alors c'est cette belle łęmotion qui rayonne de l'intłęrieur.

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Vernissage: Galerie Wilder & Davis: Inde & Laos



Elizabeth Knox

Vernissage : vendredi 6 mars łŢ 18 h 30

du 6 mars au 29 mai 2009

La galerie Wilder & Davis a l'honneur de prłęsenter les ëýuvres photographiques de Elizabeth Knox du 6 mars au 29 mai 2009. Les photographies prłęsentłęes proposent une łętonnante reprłęsentation de l'Inde et du Laos, de leurs terres et habitants magnifiques. Les portraits słęlectionnłęs, les paysages et les scł«nes de la vie quotidienne, sont non seulement un kalłęidoscope de couleurs et de textures, mais se veulent aussi łütre tłęmoins de la dignitłę et de la fiertłę des sujets photographiłęs.

Młüme si beaucoup vivent dans la misł«re, Elizabeth Knox a łętłę surprise de trouver au cours de son voyage, des personnes enthousiastes et rłęceptives łŢ l'approche de son objectif. Au-delłŢ des diffłęrences de cultures et de langues, la photographe a saisi de rares et prłęcieuses occasions d'łętablir avec l'indigł«ne un rapport immłędiat et intime. En dłętournant dłęlibłęrłęment notre attention des conditions de vie atroces de ses sujets, elle produit l'impact visuel.

Ces photographies explorent aussi bien l'ordre et le sacrłę que le chaos et le profane, et elles nous donnent accł«s łŢ une force inexplicable qui contribue łŢ l'łęquilibre de la vie quotidienne de cette sociłętłę. Les images du Laos, au contraire, prłęsentent un univers relaxant, moins peuplłę, et principalement rural, oł╝ le rythme de vie y est beaucoup plus lent et paisible qu'en Inde. En fait, ces images prenantes amł«nent łŢ rłęflłęchir et cłęlł«brent la beautłę : d'un paysage, d'une personne, d'un rituel ou d'une culture aux fabuleux contrastes.

Le grand public et les młędias sont cordialement invitłęs łŢ rencontrer l'artiste łŢ l'occasion du vernissage, vendredi 6 mars łŢ partir de 18 h 30.

Pour plus d'informations, veuillez contacter Elizabeth Barbosa, responsable de la galerie (514) 289-0849

Heures d'ouverture: du lundi au samedi de 9 h 30 łŢ 18 h 00.

Lieu :

Wilder & Davis, 257 rue Rachel Est (entre Henri-Julien et Laval, metro Mont-Royal)

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The COCĺ─˘s 2008/09 Fall and Winter Runs Continue the Trend and Pack the House at 100%

Toronto, Ontario ĺ─ý The Canadian Opera Company is proud to announce that the winter run of the 2008/09 season Fidelio and Rusalka has played to 100% capacity. These two operas join Don Giovanni and War and Peace both of which also played to 100% attendance last fall. Since the opening of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in 2006 the COC has sustained a season attendance average of 99%.

Fidelio and Rusalka, which both closed this week, received critical praise. The winter run began with the "well sung and well conducted" (Classical 96.3) Fidelio and continued with Dvo뢳░k's Rusalka, hailed "absolutely necessary viewing for opera veterans and newbies alike" (National Post). An "electrifying" (Eye Weekly)

Don Giovanni opened the fall season followed by the COC premiere of the "unmissable" (Globe and Mail)

War and Peace.

Continuing the 2008/09 season is Verdi's powerful Simon Boccanegra which opens on April 11, 2009 and runs for eight performances. On April 17, the COC opens its very popular production of La Bohł«me which runs for 12 performances. The final production of the 2008/09 mainstage season opens May 5 with a luminous new production of Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream which runs for eight performances.

Subscriptions for the 2009/10 season went on sale to current subscribers on January 7, 2009 with a renewal deadline of April 30, 2009. Subscriptions go on sale to the general public, May 4, 2009 at 10 a.m.

Single tickets for the spring run go on sale Monday, March 2, 2009 and may be purchased online at, by calling 416-363-8231, or in person at the Four Seasons Centre Box Office

(145 Queen St. W., Toronto).

Production Sponsor of Don Giovanni: RBC Financial Group

Production Sponsor of Fidelio: National Bank Financial Group

Production Co-sponsors of La Bohł«me: CIBC World Markets and CIBC Mellon

About the Canadian Opera Company

Based in Toronto, the Canadian Opera Company is the largest producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America, and has an international reputation for artistic excellence and creative innovation. The COC currently enjoys a remarkable 99% attendance rate for its mainstage season. The company's new home, the

Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, was designed by Diamond and Schmitt Architects Inc. and is Canada's first purpose-built opera house. The contemporary expression of a traditional five-tiered, European horseshoe-shaped auditorium was specifically designed for opera with the highest level of acoustics and provides unparalleled intimacy between the audience and the stage. Acclaimed as one of the best opera houses in the world, the Four Seasons Centre is also the performance venue for The National Ballet of Canada.

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Canadian Talent Takes Centre Stage in the COC's Enduringly Popular La Bohł«me

Toronto, Ontario ĺ─ý The Canadian Opera Companyĺ─˘s spring season continues with a COC revival of one of the worldĺ─˘s most popular operas, Giacomo Pucciniĺ─˘s La Bohł«me. The young and almost entirely Canadian cast is led by COC Ensemble Studio graduates, critically-acclaimed soprano Frłędłęrique Vłęzina and vibrant lyric tenor David Pomeroy. Sharing the podium and leading the COC Orchestra and Chorus are conductor Julian Kovatchev, who conducted the COCĺ─˘s 2004 production of Rigoletto, and COC resident conductor Derek Bate. Ensemble graduate, Maer Gronsdal Powell, who recently acted as assistant director of RusalkaWar and Peace, directs this operatic favourite. and the triumphant

La Bohł«me runs for 12 performances at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, April 17, 19, 25, 30, May 4, 9, 12, 14, 17, 20, 22 and 24, 2009 and is sung in Italian with English SURTITLESĺĐó.

Last performed by the COC in 2005, La Bohł«me is set in the raucous streets of Parisĺ─˘s Latin Quarter in the 1830s and explores the love and lives of two young bohemians. Qułębłęcoise soprano Frłędłęrique Vłęzina, who performed at the 2006 Inaugural Celebrations for the Four Seasons Centre, returns to the COC stage to sing the role of the fragile seamstress MimłĘ. Rising star tenor David Pomeroy, who sang title role in Faust and Skuratov in From the House of the Dead, is MimłĘĺ─˘s lover, the poet Rodolfo. New Zealand soprano Anna Leese makes her North American debut as the spirited and flirtatious, Musetta, and recent Ensemble graduate baritone Peter Barrett returns as Musettaĺ─˘s lover, the painter Marcello. Former Ensemble baritone Jon-Paul Dłęcosse is Schaunard, a musician, and last seasonĺ─˘s Figaro, former Ensemble bass Robert Gleadow, reprises the role he sang with the company in 2005, the philosopher Colline. Bass-baritone Thomas Goerz sings the roles of BenołĂt, the blustering landlord, and Alcindoro, Musettaĺ─˘s elderly admirer.

Although a success with audiences at its Turin premiere in 1896, critically La Bohł«me was given a cool reception. However, within six months it was considered Pucciniĺ─˘s most popular work and has since been regarded as one of the worldĺ─˘s most-loved operas. The sets for the COCĺ─˘s production are designed by

Wolfram Skalicki with costumes by Amrei Skalicki. Stephen Ross creates the romantic Parisian lighting design.

Tickets for La Bohł«me are available Monday, March 2, 2009 online at, or by calling

416-363-8231, or in person at the Four Seasons Centre Box Office (145 Queen St. W., Toronto). Ticket prices for all performances range from $65 to $315. Special young peopleĺ─˘s tickets for La Bohł«me are priced from $34 to $109. These ticket prices apply to those who are 15 years of age or under, accompanied by and sitting next to an adult.

Starting Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 10 a.m., $20 tickets are available for patrons between the ages of 16 and 29 through the Opera for a New Age program presented by TD Bank Financial Group and may be purchased online at or in person at the Four Seasons Centre Box Office (145 Queen St. W., Toronto). Student group tickets are $20 per student and may be purchased by calling 416-306-2356. Remaining Opera for a New Age tickets will be released as $20 rush seats at 11 a.m. the morning of the performance, subject to availability.

Production Co-sponsors of La Bohł«me: CIBC World Markets and CIBC Mellon

Presenting Sponsor of SURTITLESłž: Sun Life Financial

Official Automotive Sponsor of the COC at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts:

Jaguar Land Rover Canada

Official Media Sponsors: CTV and The Globe and Mail

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


BMO Financial Group Pre-Performance Opera Chats

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

Bohemian Bite: La Bohł«me

The Canadian Opera Company and Hilton Torontoĺ─˘s Tundra Restaurant present an evening of cultural and culinary arts for patrons under 30 with Bohemian Bite: La Bohł«me, on Saturday, April 25, 2009. Young patrons can enjoy a prix-fixe dinner inspired by the drama of La Bohł«me, while learning about Pucciniĺ─˘s passionate opera. Following the 5 p.m. dinner, guests will attend a performance of La Bohł«me at Canadaĺ─˘s first purpose-built opera house, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Participants must be under 30 years of age and provide a valid photo ID when purchasing tickets. The dinner and opera package is $70 and can be purchased at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts Box Office (145 Queen St. W., Toronto) or online at Tickets for the dinner and performance must be picked up at the Four Seasons Centre Box Office prior to the event.

Canadian Opera Company Podcast Series

The Canadian Opera Company and Universal Music present a FREE podcast series that explores the depths of music in opera. Podcasts are available for downloading or streaming on or through Universal Music at La Bohł«me-themed podcasts will be online starting in March 2009. These are entertaining programs designed to give listeners a chance to learn about opera, COC productions, and hear interviews from the artists and creative team. Throughout the year, listeners can tune in to hear music from the COCĺ─˘s 2008/09 season, discussions with special artists, as well as preview operas in the COCĺ─˘s 2009/10 season. Each podcast is created and hosted by COC personnel.

About the Canadian Opera Company

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

Canadian Opera Company Website

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

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Kapilow and Gryphon to Unravel Beethoven

Unraveling Beethoven
Robert Kapilow and Gryphon Trio pair up for special presentation of Beethovenĺ─˘s Archduke Trio on March 9

TORONTO ĺ─ý Toronto can catch composer/conductor Robert Kapilow, dubbed "classical music's greatest evangelist" (Boston Herald), and the award-winning Gryphon Trio in a musical treasure hunt to explore Beethoven's Archduke Trio. The concert, presented as part of the Chamber Music Series, features Robert Kapilow in his insightful yet entertaining analysis of Beethoven's famous work, followed by a performance by the Gryphon Trio. Widely acclaimed for his knockout presentations that appeal to aficionados and neophytes
alike, Kapilow "commands an audienceĺ─˘s attention and offers many useful methods to listen more carefully to great works.ĺ─¨ (New York Sun). The concert takes place on Monday, March 9 at 7:30 pm in Walter Hall, 80 Queenĺ─˘s Park. Tickets ($25 adults and $15 seniors/students) can be purchased at the box office in person or by calling 416-978-3744.

For more than 15 years, ROBERT KAPILOW has brought the joy and wonder of classical music ĺ─ý and unraveled some of its mysteries ĺ─ý to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Characterized by his unique ability to create an ĺ─˙ahaĺ─¨ moment for his audiences and collaborators, whatever their level of musical sophistication or naivetłę, Kapilowĺ─˘s work brings music into peopleĺ─˘s lives: opening new ears to musical experiences and helping people to listen actively rather than just hear. As the Boston Globe said, ĺ─˙Itĺ─˘s a cheering thought that this kind of missionary enterprise did not pass from this earth with Leonard Bernstein. Rob Kapilow is awfully good at what he does. We need him.ĺ─¨
Kapilowĺ─˘s range of activities is astonishingly broad, including his What Makes It Great?ČĂ presentations (now in their twelfth seasons in New York and Boston), his family compositions and FamilyMusikČĂ events, and his ĺ─˙Citypiecesĺ─¨. The reach of his interactive events and activities is wide, both geographically and culturally: from Native American tribal communities in Montana and inner-city high school students in Louisiana to wine-tasters in the Napa Valley, and from tots barely out of diapers to musicologists long out of Ivy League programs, his audiences are diverse and unexpected, but invariably rapt and keen to come back for more. Kapilowĺ─˘s popularity and appeal are reflected in notable invitations and achievements: he appeared on NBCĺ─˘s Today Show in conversation with Katie Couric; he presented a special What Makes It Great?ČĂ event for broadcast on PBSĺ─˘s Live From Lincoln Center in January 2008; and he has written a book ĺ─ý All You Have To Do Is Listen ĺ─ý which will be published by the new alliance between Wiley and Lincoln Center on October 1, 2008. A documentary film, named Summer Sun, Winter Moon after Kapilowĺ─˘s choral/symphonic work of the same name, will trace the process of that workĺ─˘s composition from its conception through to its premiere, and will be broadcast on public television in fall 2008/spring 2009. Website:

"ĺ─˙Rob Kapilow ĺ─˛leaps into the void dividing music analysis from appreciation and fills it with exhilarating details and sensations.ĺ─˘ĺ─¨Čé - New York Times

ĺ─˙An educator, motivational speaker, and game show host, all rolled up in one ... Rob Kapilowĺ─˘s insightful and entertaining programs ... often bring moments of revelation to even the most seasoned aficionados.ĺ─¨ ĺ─ý Boston Globe

Now in their 16th year, the GRYPHON TRIO (Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin, Roman Borys, cello, Jamie Parker, piano) continues to delight audiences around the globe. Their celebrated recordings include works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Dvorak, Lalo, and Shostakovich. With a strong commitment to expanding the piano trio repertoire, the Trio has commissioned and premiered over 50 works. Their 2004 recording, Canadian Premieres, features the work of leading Canadian composers and was awarded a Juno. Their upcoming recording, Tango Nuevo, will represent their tenth CD for the Analekta label. Their complete recording of Schubert's piano trios has garnered a 2009 Juno Award nomination. As Canadaĺ─˘s pre-eminent ensemble, the Trio continues to be actively involved in teaching and nurturing future generations of both classical musicians and audiences. All three members of the ensemble teach at the University of Torontoĺ─˘s Faculty of Music where Jamie Parker is the Rupert E. Edwards Chair in Piano Performance. Strongly dedicated to pushing the boundaries of chamber music, their most ambitious undertaking has been the groundbreaking multimedia production of Christos Hatzisĺ─˘ Constantinople which was presented by the Royal Opera House in the Linbury Studio in March 2007. In 2008, the Gryphon Trio were the Artistic Programming Directors of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival, a position they will resume for the 2009 Festival.

ĺ─˙The three instruments join in a balance of rare perfection.ĺ─¨ - Le Soir, Brussels, Belgium

ĺ─˙ĺ─Âdynamics of unusual depth and varietyĺ─Âĺ─¨ - The Washington Post

The Faculty of Music CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES brings to Walter Hall some of the worldĺ─˘s finest chamber music groups. Recent and upcoming performers include the Miro Quartet, Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, St. Lawrence String Quartet, cellist Steven Isserlis, and the Gryphon Trio. For more information on this and other Faculty of Music concert series, please visit our website at or contact the Box Office at 416-978-3744.


Ticket sales and general inquiries:
Faculty of Music Box Office
Hours: 1 ĺ─ý 7 pm, Monday to Friday, with extended hours on performance nights.
Phone: 416-978-3744
Address: Lobby level, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queenĺ─˘s Park, Toronto ON M5S 2C5

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PSO Annual Wine Challenge & Auction, March 30

Portland Symphony Orchestra's Annual Wine Dinner Benefit Features Australian Wines and an Unusual Challenge for Chefs, March 30

FREEPORT, Maine ĺ─ý The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO)'s eagerly awaited annual Wine Challenge and Auction turns the traditional standard of pairing wines with a particular menu on its head ĺ─ý instead of matching wines to the food, chefs prepare each course to complement the wine selections. Held March 30 at the Harraseeket Inn in Freeport beginning at 5:00 p.m., this year's benefit will feature Australian wines, world-class Maine chefs and live and silent auctions.

Presented by Acadia Trust, N.A. the Australian Wine Challenge features Peter Lehmann Wines from the Hess Fine Wine Estates. The festive evening begins with wine and hors d'oeuvres during the silent auction at 5:00 p.m. Following the silent auction, guests will begin a carefully-crafted multi-course meal representing Maine finest culinary talents including:
  • Jonathan Cartwright: Executive Chef, White Barn Inn, Kennebunkport
  • Steve Corry: Proprietor & Executive Chef, Five Fifty-Five, Portland
  • Mitchell Kaldrovich: Executive Chef, Inn By the Sea, Cape Elizabeth
  • Gallit Sammon: Chef de Cuisine, Harraseeket Inn, Freeport
  • Melody Wolfertz: Proprietor & Executive Chef, In Good Company, Rockland
Dinner is followed by the live auction and dessert beginning at 8:30 p.m. The live and silent auctions feature diverse and unusual items donated by Maine artists and businesses in support of the PSO. Items include exciting getaways, event tickets, fine dining, unique gifts, accommodations, services, jewelry and more. A highlight of the live auction offerings is a tour of Australian wine country.

All proceeds from the Australian Wine Challenge & Auction benefit the Portland Symphony Orchestra and its education and community outreach programs.

The Wine Challenge sells out quickly, but reservations can be made now by calling (207) 773-6128 x309 or emailing Tickets to the dinner are $150 each. Tables of ten guests may be hosted for $1,500.

For more information about the Portland Symphony Orchestra, its events and activities, visit

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Tiny Tots: Magical Melody Train Ride

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý The VSO presents Tiny Tots: Magical Melody Train Ride on March 13th at 10:00am, 11:30am and 1:30pm at the Playhouse Theatre in Downtown Vancouver and March 14th at 10:00am and 11:30am at the Terry Fox Theatre in Port Coquitlam. Dance and sing to music from the New World, focusing on the great classical composer Antonin Dvorak, in these interactive concerts that engage the entire family.

Tiny Tots is a 4-concert series for the little ones, from toddlers to five years of age, held in the intimate performance spaces of the Playhouse Theatre in Downtown Vancouver and the Terry Fox Theatre in Port Coquitlam. This series features professional music educators and musicians, Let Your Music Shine with Lisa and Linda also known as twin sisters Lisa Allison and Linda Sebenius ĺ─ý a pair that is devoted to developing and presenting ĺ─˙The Very Best Music for the Very YoungTMĺ─¨. Visit Lisa and Linda at


Tiny Tots Series:

Magical Melody Train Ride

Friday, March 13, 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre

Saturday, March14, 10:00am, 11:30am, Terry Fox Theatre

Let Your Music Shine with Lisa and Linda, entertainers

Featuring the Music of Dvorak. Dance and sing, by land and sea to music from the New World.

Adult Tickets $15, Child Tickets $7

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at

Premier Education Partner:


Special Thanks:

The VSO's Tiny Tots series has been endowed by a generous gift from Mary and Gordon Christopher


Let Your Music Shine with Lisa and Linda, entertainers

Lisa G. Allison
Artistic Director (M.A. Music Education)
As Artistic Director, Lisa co-ordinates staging, set design, and costuming for live performances. In addition, Lisa is footage coordinator and lead editor for Music Shine Media video productions. When not performing with Let Your Music Shine and editing amazing footage, Lisa is a Voice/Performance Coach and Director of LGMusic Voice Studio and an Elementary Music Specialist for the Lake Washington School District.

Linda Sebenius
Music Director (B.A. Music Theory/Composition)
As Music Director, Linda is the lead orchestrator and arranger for Let Your Music Shine. Whether it is a brass quartet playing Beethoven's Fifth, or a string quartet playing Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Linda makes the magic of classical music come alive for the youngest listener. As a composer, Linda's original works were featured in the 2003 and 2005 New Works/New Hope concerts to benefit Gilda's Club. Linda also scores music for film and won a 1999 Nell Shipman award for the hilarious short film "Pendemonium."

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March Listings from RTH/MH/GGS


Wednesday, March 11 at 8 PM / GLENN GOULD STUDIO / $39.50

416 872 4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office at King & Simcoe /

From his groundbreaking transcriptions of Radiohead to his unforgettable interpretations of classic and new repertoire, pianist Christopher O'Riley has redefined the possibilities of classical music. This evening's program features the work of Radiohead, Nick Drake and Elliott Smith.

Sponsored by XM Satellite Radio at Glenn Gould Studio.


Saturday, March 14, 2009 / GLENN GOULD STUDIO / $39.50

416 872 4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office at King & Simcoe /

This concert marks a CD Release for the new album ĺ─˙From The Water.ĺ─¨ A Grammy-nominated, singer/songwriter/guitarist and producer, Colin Linden is one of this countryĺ─˘s national treasures, who spent most of 2008 touring the world as guitarist for Emmylou Harris. He has performed with and produced some of the best in the business, including Colin James, Bruce Cockburn, Keb Mo, Lucinda Williams and continues to somehow find the time to still have a very prolific solo career.


Saturday, March 14 at 8 PM / RTH / $89.50 - $39.50

416 872 4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office at King & Simcoe /

His signature vocalĺ─ţa stunning countertenor, both clear and resonantĺ─ţis instantly recognizable. One half of the iconic pop duo Simon & Garfunkel, his acting, songwriting, and sensitive interpretation of the American songbook, folk and rock & roll standards confirm his status: American icon.


Tuesday, March 17 at 8 PM / RTH / $69.50 - $49.50

416 872 4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office at King & Simcoe /

The Chieftains inspired the worldwide love affair with Celtic music over forty years ago and are just as popular today. This evening, celebrate St. Paddyĺ─˘s and the Scottish-Irish connection with a trio of renowned Scottish musicians Alyth McCormack, Brian Mcalpine, and Jonny Hardie.

Presented by rbi productions.


Thursday, March 19 at 8 PM / RTH

Friday, March 20 at 8 PM / RTH

$149.50-$49.50 / 416 872 4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office at King & Simcoe /

Under the leadership of beloved cellist Yo-Yo Ma, The Silk Road Project has been a catalyst for a new kind of conversation, opening avenues of inter-cultural communication and collaborative thinking. Since its inception ten years ago, the Silk Road Ensemble has traveled the globe, reaching new audiences, educating young and old. These concerts feature traditional works of the countries along the Silk Road and newly commissioned works from both established and emerging composers.

Presented in association with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

March 19 is sponsored by ENBRIDGE; March 20 is sponsored by LEXUS.


Saturday, March 21 at 8 PM / MH / $69.50 - $49.50

416 872 4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office at King & Simcoe /

Mavis Staples blazes a rhythm & blues trail, without relinquishing her gospel roots. Sheĺ─˘s a Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee, and her remarkable gifts inspire, heal and uplift. Grammy Award nominated James Hunter gets it all rolling with infectious vocal and guitar performances, clever songwriting and a skin-tight band.

RTH: 60 Simcoe Street (corner of King Street & Simcoe Street)

MH: 178 Victoria Street (corner of Shuter Street, just east of Yonge Street)

GGS: 250 Front Street West (at John Street)

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Sandra Le Couteur sur une compilation en Asie

Sandra Le Couteur sur une compilation en Asie

(Moncton, 24 fłęvrier 2009) ĺ─ý La chanson Cĺ─˘est extra de lĺ─˘artiste acadienne Sandra Le Couteur a łętłę choisie pour faire partie dĺ─˘une compilation en Asie via la maison de production Hinote basłęe łŢ Taiwan. La sortie de la compilation Parfums de Paris qui regroupe 22 chansons francophones de grandes dames de la chanson est prłęvue pour lĺ─˘łętłę prochain.

Gina Thai de la maison de production asiatique a trouvłę la chanson un peu par hasard sur cdbaby, un site qui est affiliłę avec Itunes et qui distribue lĺ─˘album de la chanteuse sur le web. Č┤ Cĺ─˘est mon agent franł▀ais Jean-Claude Vasseur qui mĺ─˘a appris la bonne nouvelle et qui mĺ─˘a łęcrit pour me dire que des gens de Taiwan voulaient la chanson Cĺ─˘est extra. Cela reprłęsente une trł«s belle opportunitłę pour moi, car cet album sera distribułę en Asie et sur le web. Les gens auront ainsi la chance de me dłęcouvrir en tant quĺ─˘artiste et qui sait, peut-łütre cela mĺ─˘ouvrira des portes sur le marchłę asiatique Ȭ, lance Sandra Le Couteur visiblement emballłęe par cette belle vitrine sur le continent asiatique.

Un nouveau disque pour lĺ─˘łętłę

Sandra Le Couteur sera en studio pour lĺ─˘enregistrement dĺ─˘un tout nouvel album en mars et avril prochain. Le nouvel album sĺ─˘annonce quelque peu diffłęrent du premier avec des młęlodies plus accessibles et radiophoniques que le premier, mais qui gardera la richesse des textes. De nombreux collaborateurs participeront łŢ cet album dont Michel Marin, Catherine Boulanger, Bruno Roy, Yves Savard, Renłęe Blanchar, Georgette LeBlanc, Carl Philippe Gionet, Diane Roy Friolet et Valłęry Robichaud. La sortie de lĺ─˘album est prłęvue pour lĺ─˘łętłę prochain.

Spectacles łŢ venirĺ─Â

Lĺ─˘hiver se veut tout aussi occupłę pour Sandra qui se rendra łŢ Cornerbrook, łŢ Terre-Neuve et Labrador, le 28 fłęvrier prochain afin de prendre part au Cabaret francophone des ECMA. Elle sera aussi en spectacle le 5 mars prochain au Ghota Lounge łŢ Montrłęal avec comme artiste invitłęe le comłędien Emmanuel Bilodeau qui interprłętera deux chansons de Regianni.

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Shannon Mercer & Skye Consort - Chansons galloises - AN2 9965

Montrłęal, le 24 fłęvrier 2009 ĺ─´ Shannon Mercer, l'une des łętoiles montantes les plus brillantes de l'univers lyrique canadien, qu'on retrouve notamment sur l'enregistrement Analekta Bach et l'annłęe liturgique, en nomination pour un Juno 2009, nous propose ici une incursion dans la musique folklorique galloise en compagnie du Skye Consort.

Pour ceux qui connaissent Shannon Mercer comme chanteuse classique, ce choix peut sembler łętrange. Pourtant, cette culture a modelłę sa vie. Č┤ Cette musique, cette culture et ce patrimoine gallois sont justement les raisons pour lesquelles je suis devenue chanteuse, explique-t-elle. Mon pł«re avait toujours dłęmontrłę sa passion et son amour de la musique. Il dłęcouvrit l'Ottawa Welsh Society et commenł▀a łŢ chanter avec les Gwalia Singers. Petite fille, j'ai pu poursuivre cette tradition et, łŢ l'łóge de 15 ans, j'ai voyagłę jusqu'łŢ Llangollen, au Pays de Galles pour participer au Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. Ȭ

Les chants choisis pour cet enregistrement datent du dłębut du XIXe sił«cle et se veulent un młęlange de pages familił«res et moins connues. Ils transcendent les łępoques et les genres, mais surtout racontent le płęriple d'un peuple passionnłę, łŢ travers des thł«mes de jeunesse innocente et d'amour, de joie et de peine, de naissance et de mort. Ils abordent aussi bien les multiples visages de l'amour ĺ─ý comme dans Y Deryn Pur, Fenyw Fwyn ou la cłęlł«bre berceuse galloise Suo Głón ĺ─ý que l'importance des souvenirs dans le folklore gallois ĺ─ý comme le dłęmontrent Y GëÁydd, dans lequel une vieille femme łęvoque ses łępreuves que dans le lancinant Dafydd y Gareg Wen. Les arrangements de ces airs, certains conł▀us pour łütre chantłęs et d'autres dansłęs, ont łętłę travaillłęs par Seł░n Dagher afin de redłęfinir harmonie, contrechant et rythme.

Encensłęe par la critique internationale pour son łętonnant talent, Shannon Mercer a łętłę salułęe comme Č┤ l'une des plus prometteuses jeunes sopranos au Canada Ȭ et l'une des Č┤ Leaders du futur Ȭ (Maclean's). On a dłęcrit sa voix comme chatoyante, lumineuse et scintillante ainsi que soulignłę la finesse, l'esprit et le piquant de son jeu. Au cours de la saison 2008-2009, Shannon a participłę łŢ plusieurs productions de La Flł¬te enchantłęe łŢ Hamilton, Toronto, Victoria et London (Ontario) mais a aussi chantłę avec le Vancouver Chamber Choir, Symphony Nova Scotia, Les Violons du Roy ainsi qu'en concert lors de la OffCentre Series de Toronto.

Fondłę en 1999, Skye Consort se produit en tournłęe, participe łŢ des festivals de musique de chambre et łŢ des słęries de concerts dans l'est du Canada et aux łÔtats-Unis. L'ensemble s'est fixłę pour but d'insuffler l'esthłętique et l'intłęrłüt de la musique savante łŢ des musiques du monde de diverses traditions.

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Shannon Mercer & Skye Consort - Wales, The Land of Song - AN2 9965

Montreal, February 24, 2009 ĺ─´ Shannon Mercer, one of Canada's most promising brilliant rising stars, featured recently on the Analekta recording Bach and the Liturgical Year, nominated for a Juno, invites us to discover the Welsh folksong repertoire with the Skye Consort.

To those who know the singer as a classical vocalist, this album may seem odd but this is the culture that shaped her path in life. "This music, this Welsh culture and heritage is the reason I became a singer," she explains. "My father always showed a passion and love for music. He discovered the Ottawa Welsh Society and began to sing with the Gwalia Singers. As a girl, I was able to carry on this inherited tradition when, at the age of 15, I travelled to Llangollen, Wales to sing in the prestigious Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod."

The folksongs presented on this recording, a mix of familiar and not-so-familiar, date back to the 1800s. They transcend time and gender, melding themes of innocent youth and love, joy and sadness, birth and death and tell the journey of an honest and passionate people. Love is a common theme ĺ─ý as in Y Deryn Pur, Fenyw Fwyn or the famous Welsh lullaby Suo Głónĺ─ýas memory, as in the old maid who is tediously weaving on the loom as she recalls her hardships in Y GëÁydd or the tragic and haunting Dafydd y Gareg Wen. Many of these songs, whether song melodies or dance tunes, are very well-known and Seł░n Dagher spent a great deal of time deciding which elements of previous arrangements (harmony, counter-melody, even rhythm) to keep and which to set aside.

Critically acclaimed by the international press for her musical artistry, Shannon Mercer has been hailed as "one of Canada's most promising young sopranos" and a "Leader of Tomorrow" (Maclean's). The 2008-2009 season features Shannon in multiple productions of The Magic Flute including performances in Hamilton, Toronto, Victoria, and London (Ontario). Season highlights include concerts with the OffCentre Series in Toronto, the Vancouver Chamber Choir, Symphony Nova Scotia, and Les Violons du Roy.

Skye Consort was formed in 1999 and since then has toured and participated in music festivals and concert series across eastern Canada and the United States. The group's goal is to bring art-music aesthetic and interest to the music of different world traditions.

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Monday, February 23, 2009

Bye Bye Baby (in French), Imago & Monument-National - March 19-28

Bye Bye Baby

By Elyse Gasco, Translated by Maryse Warda

Directed by Clare Schapiro

March 19-28, 2009

"Just give me her name. I won't even look for her. But at least I'll have something real." - Ellie

MONTREAL, February 2009 - Imago Theatre, in association with the Monument-National, is proud to present the French-language translation of Elyse Gasco's acclaimed success, Bye Bye Baby, directed anew by Clare Schapiro. The play first premiered in English in 2004 to critical and audience ovation and was subsequently remounted as part of Centaur Theatre's 2005-06 season. Bye Bye Baby is a dramatic comedy about truth, redemption and forgiveness- not to mention a secret desire to be Joni Mitchell's kin.

Bye Bye Baby follows Ellie, an adopted woman, on her journey through the labyrinth of Quebec's adoption laws (the strictest in Canada) towards the discovery of her birth mother. Her quest is made all the more pivotal by the arrival of her first child. All too aware of the questions of identity that her new baby will present, she is determined to solve the riddle of her life, once and for all.

"If you don't have a birth mother, one will be appointed to you by your imagination."- Playwright

Ellie's magical, metaphorical world collides with her concrete day-to-day experiences. In this contemporary mystery, four "suspects" (the elusive Birth Mother, the chatty imaginary friend, the Adoptive Mother and the orally-fixated social worker) make their intentions clear and argue a justifiable defence for their presence or absence in Ellie's life. Filled with zany humour and theatrical imagination, Bye Bye Baby is funny, witty and moving. Director Clare Schapiro addresses the relevancy of the piece, "The issue of identity is so pertinent to Quebec and a political context far beyond." She continues, "At its heart, Bye Bye Baby is about who we are and our right to information. It is human nature to question our roots."

Speaking to current concerns, playwright Elyse Gasco adds, "For our society as a whole, the issues surrounding adoption will only become more complicated. With all the other peculiar twistsĺ─ý surrogate motherhood, anonymous egg and sperm donors ĺ─ý it is really an emotional and biological issue whose time has come."

Clare, who is also the artistic director of Imago Theatre, is thrilled to initiate this French language premiere, "Imago has always enjoyed working together with members of the French theatre community. We love the way it influences how we create our work." This French-language production has been recast and redesigned. The lauded cast includes Martine-Marie Lalande as Ellie, Nathalie Claude as her Alter Ego, Dominique Leduc as the Adoptive Mother, Mathilde Monnard as the Imaginary Birthmother and Felicia Shulman reprises her role as social worker Babs DuBois.

Escorting us into Ellie's world with their strong imagistic designs are Yannik Larivłęe (set), Amy Keith (costumes), David Perreault Ninacs (lights) and Isabelle Lussier (music). Luciana Burcheri returns as both the assistant director and stage manager.

Opening night events

Maryse Warda's translation will be published by L'instant młüme. The play, inspired by Elyse Gasco's award-winning book of short stories; Can You Wave Bye Bye, Baby?, will be available for purchase at the theatre during the run, as well as in bookstores as of March 19th. The publisher is hosting a cocktail reception on opening night in honour of the book's official launch, inviting all in attendance to stay after the performance to toast this local success story and meet the artists involved.

Imago Theatre won both the MECCA (Montreal English Critics Circle Awards) and AQCT (Association qułębłęcoise des critiques du thłęłótre) Best English Production award last season for The Baroness and The Pig. Representatives from AQCT will be in attendance on opening night to present the award.

"I have to stop myself from remembering a pregnancy I never had." -Adoptive Mother

Bye Bye Baby in French

Imago Thłęłótre

Au Monument-National, Studio Hydro-Qułębec

1182, boulevard Saint-Laurent

-ten shows only-

Tuesday to Saturday at 8:30 pm

Matinee: Saturdays at 2pm

Reservations: 514-871-2224

Tickets: $20 regular, $18 students/seniors (tax and service charges apply)

Group rates available: 514-274-3222

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Laudate Singers present VOICE OF THE TANGO

Laudate Singers present



Douglas Schmidt, bandoneon

Kay Sleking, guitar

Saturday March 21, 2009 at 8:00 pm

St. David's United Church, West Vancouver


Tuesday March 24, 2009 at 8:00 pm

Capilano University Performing Arts Theatre, North Vancouver

Tickets $25 / $20 / Free for ages 17 & under (reservation required)

For March 21st: 604.729.6814 or

For March 24th: as above, and via Capilano University at 604.990.7810 or

Laudate Singers and artistic director Lars Kaario invite Vancouver audiences to dance a few steps off the beaten path with Voice of the Tango: a ground-breaking programme of sensuous, alluring choral music from Central and South America, featuring internationally-renowned instrumentalists Douglas Schmidt (on bandoneon, the quintessential instrument of the tango) and Kay Sleking (guitar). The repertoire ĺ─ý much of it very seldom performed in Canada to date ĺ─ý will include works by Astor Piazzolla, Oscar Escalada, Miguel Matamoros, Gustavo ĺ─˙Cuchiĺ─¨ Leguizamłän, Eduardo Ferraudi, Jorge Cardoso, Carlos Gardel and Hector Stamponi among others, as well as newly commissioned works for choir, bandoneon and guitar by Douglas Schmidt and Laudateĺ─˘s composer-in-residence Bruce Sled.

Laudate Singers ĺ─ý well known for their high level of technical skill and interpretive flexibility, as well as for consistently presenting repertoire that spans centuries and continents in a relevant and accessible manner ĺ─ý are excited about the artistic challenge of performing this dynamic, passionate music. They also look forward to working with and learning from instrumentalists who are internationally recognized experts in Latin and South American music. Mr. Schmidt, a transplanted British Columbian best known in Canada as a member of Tango Paradiso and Montreal's Quartango, comes to Vancouver from Germany. Mr. Sleking is based in Amsterdam, and works extensively in Europe both as a soloist and as a member of several high-profile tango ensembles.

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Rare Beethoven Letter

AMHERST, N.Hĺ─ţA rare handwritten letter from composer Ludwig van Beethoven has surfaced for auction at RRAuction in Amherst, NH.

The letter was written to Beethovenĺ─˘s good friend, composer and publisher Tobias Haslinger. Addressing Haslinger as ĺ─˙the best and brightest aide-de-campĺ─¨
, Beethoven asks, ĺ─˙whether you could come and see me tomorrow morning concerning the correction of the symphony. They [the corrections] should be done by then and it is necessary to discuss certain things as there are still several inconsistencies. So I expect you here since I will not be able to come to youĺ─Â.ĺ─¨

Beethoven expert Professor Barry Cooper of the University of Manchester in the UK pointed out the significance of the rare document: ĺ─˙Correcting proofs was a task Beethoven always found irksome, and occasionally he overlooked mistakes. Here, however, he had spotted several blunders, and was summoning Haslinger to discuss them.ĺ─˙ Professor Cooper added, ĺ─˙the letter was written at a time when Beethoven was too unwell to compose much music at all.ĺ─¨

The work to which Beethoven refers was evidently the Eighth Symphony, composed in 1812 and first performed in 1814. The letter itself probably dates to January 1817, at a time when Haslinger assisted Beethoven in preparing the Eighth Symphony for publication.

John Reznikoff of University Archives in Westport, Connecticut believes the Beethoven document will exceed the pre-auction estimate of $20,000, ĺ─˙We are lucky to have this offered in the United States as most Beethoven items never leave Europe. The last comparable item fetched nearly $80,000.ĺ─¨

The letter was previously purchased at the Berlin auction house Meyer & Ernst in October 1933 and remained in a private collection for nearly seven decades. RRAuction is the first auction house in the United States to offer the item.

Other items of particular interest among the more than 1,500 lots to be offered in the auction include a program from a 1908 aeronautical dinner signed by Wilbur Wright; a remarkable oversized photo inscribed by Marilyn Monroe to her The Prince and the Showgirl screenwriter, Terence Rattigan; and a rare presidential-date document signed by James Garfield.

The auction ends on March 11. For information, visit the RRauction web site at, or contact Elizebeth Otto at


America's favorite cowboys bring old time fun to the Winspear Stage in ESO Special Presentation - Mar. 16

ESO Special Presentation

Canadian debut for Riders in the Sky as they ride on into the sunset with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

One Night Only!

Monday, March 16th, 2009 ĺ─ý 7:30 pm

Edmonton, AB ĺ─Â Calling all buckaroos and buckarettes! Come ride the happy trails by the cool water and the tumblinĺ─˘ tumbleweeds and indulge in the comical and whimsical world of the singing cowboy. Legendary western music and comedy group Riders in the Sky make their Canadian debut as they gallop into Edmonton for an evening of rib-ticklinĺ─˘, knee-slappinĺ─˘ hijinks and hilarity. Guest conductor Steven Reineke joins in on the fun to lead the ESO down The Cowboy Way, as they perform authentic renditions of old classic cowboy songs.

This wacky harmonizing quartet is composed of Ranger Doug (The Idol of American Youth), Too Slim (The Idol of Canadian Elderly), Woody Paul (King of the Cowboy Fiddlers) and Joey (The Cowpolka King). Having written and performed music for major motion pictures, including Toy Story 2ĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Woodyĺ─˘s Roundup,ĺ─¨ which garnered the Riders their first Grammy Award in 2001 for "Best Musical Album for Children," Riders in the Sky will surely keep the entire family in stitches and provide a laugh-out-loud evening of wholesome skit-and-song entertainment.

Donĺ─˘t miss your chance to tip that cowboy hat, click those roper heels, and yodel along in this ESO special presentation! Tickets for this performance range from $20-$65 (agency fees apply). Tickets are available through the Winspear Centre Box Office.

Media Sponsors: 790 CFCW and the Edmonton Journal

Winspear Centre Box Office:

(780) 428-1414 or 1-800-563-5081

#4 Winston Churchill Square


For thirty years, Riders in the Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, reviving and revitalizing Western music. And while remaining true to the integrity of the genre, they have themselves become modern-day icons by branding it with their own legendary wacky humour and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life ĺ─˙The Cowboy Way!ĺ─¨

Riders In The Sky are stars of the stage, screen, the Grand Ole Opry, National Public Radio, XM Satellite Radio, Saturday morning TV, and are the only exclusively Western artist to have won a Grammy Award. They truly are "America's Favorite Cowboys!"

As a classic cowboy quartet, the trail has led them to heights they could have never predicted. The Riders have chalked up over 5,400 concert appearances in all 50 states and 10 countries, appearing in venues everywhere from the Nashville National Guard Armory to Carnegie Hall, and from county fairs to the Hollywood Bowl. Their cowboy charisma and comedic flair made them naturals for TV, and landed them their own weekly show on TNN, as well as a Saturday morning series on CBS. They have been guests on countless TV specials, documentaries and variety shows, appearing with everyone from Barney to Penn & Teller. And their animated likenesses have shared the screen with Daffy Duck on the Cartoon Network, and the Disney Channelĺ─˘s Stanley.

This is Riders in the Skyĺ─˘s debut with the ESO, as well as their Canadian debut.

Steven Reineke was recently named Principal Conductor of the New York Pops, succeeding the late Skitch Henderson. He is also Principal Pops Conductor of the Modesto Symphony Orchestra and serves as Music Associate and Principal Arranger/Composer of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Recognized as the sound of the Cincinnati Pops, Mr. Reinekeĺ─˘s 100+ arrangements for that orchestra have been performed worldwide. Mr. Reineke has also written and arranged for Doc Severinson, Jack Everly and Michael Krajewski. A protłęgłę of the legendary pops conductor Erich Kunzel, Steven Reinekeĺ─˘s recent guest conducting appearances include the orchestras of Cincinnati, Toronto, Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis, Edmonton and Windsor.

Mr. Reineke is also an established symphonic composer. His works Celebration Fanfare, Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Casey at the Bat are performed frequently in the United States and Canada. Mr. Reinekeĺ─˘s numerous wind ensemble compositions are published by the C.L. Barnhouse Company and are performed by concert bands around the world. A native of Ohio, Mr. Reineke is a graduate of Miami University of Ohio, receiving two Bachelor of Music Degrees with Honors, in both Trumpet Performance and Music Composition. He resides in Cincinnati.

Mr. Reineke last conducted the ESO in June 2008.

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Esprit presents world premieres by Andrew Staniland and Bruce Mather March 26th

Brand New and Pre-Loved features world premieres by Andrew Staniland and Bruce Mather

On Thursday, March 26, 2009, Esprit Orchestra presents Brand New and Pre-Loved, a concert featuring the world premiere of Andrew Stanilandĺ─˘s Big Bang! commissioned for Esprit by CBC Radio Music, the world premiere of Hommage łŢ John Hawkins by Bruce Mather, the Canadian premiere of La Belle Chocolatił«re by Dutch composer Mayke Nas, and Omar Danielĺ─˘s Trope, which was commissioned and premiered by Esprit in 2000.

Conducted by Alex Pauk, Espritĺ─˘s founding music director, the concert features the extraordinary Taiwanese-Canadian percussionist Aiyun Huang in her debut with Esprit Orchestra. An artist who challenges the boundaries of percussion and theatre, Ms. Huang is a founding member of Toca Loca and has performed with distinguished artists including Nexus, Trio le Cercle, Steven Schick, Steve Drury, Rivka Golani, George Russell and others in Canada, the United States, Taiwan, France, The Netherlands and Mexico. Ms. Huang is devoted to the creation of new works for percussion and has commissioned works from numerous composers including Canadians Gary Kulesha, Linda Bouchard, David Jaeger, Inouk Demers, Heather Schmidt, Chris Paul Harman and Alice Ho. Ms. Huang is a graduate of the University of Toronto and currently serves as Chair of Percussion at McGill Universityĺ─˘s Schulich School of Music.

Big Bang!, Andrew Stanilandĺ─˘s concerto for percussion and orchestra, celebrates the International Year of Astronomy 2009 and offers listeners the musical equivalent of the incredible density, heat, and exponential expansion of the first moments of the Universe. Staniland is a rapidly becoming one of Canadaĺ─˘s most in demand composers with a host of awards to his credit including top prizes in the SOCAN young composers competition, and the 2004 Karen Keiser Prize in Canadian Music. He is currently Affiliate Composer with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. As finalist in the 2009 CBC Evolution Composers Competition, Staniland will be sequestered in Banff but he will participate in Esprit rehearsals and experience the premiere of Big Bang! via satellite.

Bruce Mather is one of Quebecĺ─˘s preeminent composers and a talented pianist and teacher. His Hommage łŢ John Hawkins is an elegant and refined tribute to an important figure in the history of classical music in Canada, the late composer, pianist and educator John Hawkins.

La Belle Chocolatił«re is a jaunty work by Dutch composer Mayke Nas, named after the famous Droste cocoa tin with the image of a handsome nurse on it holding a tin of cacao powder featuring the same image of a nurse. The repetitive nature of this picture within a picture is referred to as the Droste effect and Mayke Nas applies this effect in her musical work.

With a flurry of awards and honours to his credit, Canadian composer Omar Daniel has created solo, chamber and orchestral works which have been performed extensively around the world. In Trope, Daniel borrows from a traditional medieval chant form, incorporates fragments from some of his earlier pieces, then interpolates, layers, magnifies and embellishes old and new material to create musical excitement.

Concert and Ticket Details

Brand New and Pre-Loved takes place on Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 8 p.m. at the Jane Mallett Theatre in the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts (27 Front Street East). A pre-concert talk begins at 7:15 p.m. Tickets to Brand New and Pre-Loved are $15 for students, $24 for seniors and $32 for adults. Group rates (8+ people) are $25. For tickets contact the St. Lawrence Centre Box Office at 416-366-7723 or .

About Esprit Orchestra

Esprit Orchestra is Canadaĺ─˘s only orchestra devoted exclusively to performing new orchestral music and developing a legacy of Canadian orchestral music. Founded by composer/conductor Alex Pauk in 1983, Esprit Orchestra is comprised of a core of 45 dedicated musicians with the special skills required to perform contemporary orchestral music. Esprit commissions and premieres new works each season and ensures continued public access to these works through encore performances, radio broadcasts, compact disc and film recordings, and national and international tours. For more information visit

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Crash Ensemble to celebrate 60th birthday of Kevin Volans

Crash Ensemble celebrates 60th birthday of composer
Kevin Volans with Free State concert

Crash Ensemble | Free State: Kevin Volans | April 9, 2009 | 8pm | Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

"When it comes to music, Crash abandons ĺ─˛safety firstĺ─˘ĺ─ its reputation at the cutting edge of contemporary composition has been veritably bulletproof for most of the decadeĺ─¨
Sunday Business Post on Free State III

ĺ─˙Volans remains one of the planetĺ─˘s most distinctive and unpredictable voices.ĺ─¨
Kyle Gann - Village Voice (New York)

Committed to showcasing new Irish Music, Crash Ensemble returns to Project Arts Centre to feature a concert of work by the internationally renowned composer Kevin Volans in this yearĺ─˘s Free State concert.

Having ended 2008 with a concert focusing on new Irish and British music, Crash opens 2009 with another Free State Concert; this time celebrating new Irish music through the renowned composer Kevin Volans, who turns 60 this year.

Crash has had a fruitful relationship with Volans since 2002, premiering works such as 1000 Bars and Joining up the Dots, written especially for Crash Ensemble.

For this very special concert Volans will curate an evening of cutting-edge music featuring young Irish composers alongside his own works. The centrepiece of the concert will be the world premiere of a new Volansĺ─˘ composition ĺ─ý an important event in new music - and in addition to composing the new work, Kevin will perform Nine Beginnings with the ensemble.

The 2009 FREE STATE concert, curated by Volans, is Crash Ensembleĺ─˘s fourth annual showcase of new music from Ireland. This concert is always an adventure of the unexpected and has previously premiered new works by Gerald Barry, Julie Feeney among other unique voices of the new generation of Irish composers.

As with all Crash Ensembleĺ─˘s FREE STATE concerts (the last of which was November 2008) works by young Irish composers is paramount. The composers featured this year are Jennifer Walshe, who will be over from New York (after her successful Grupat exhibition in the Project Arts Centre); Jonathan Nangle with a work for cello and viola and Simon Oĺ─˘Connor who will be writing a new work especially for the occasion.


Free State: Kevin Volans | April 9, 2009 | 8pm
| Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Kevin Volans | Nine Beginnings
Kevin Volans
| New Work (world premiere)
Kevin Volans
| Into Darkness
Jonathan Nangle
| my heart skipped a thousand beats
Simon Oĺ─˘Connor | New Work (world premiere)
Jennifer Walshe
| work featuring the composer

Running time approx 2hours


Project Arts Centre
39 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Phone: +353 1 881 9613

Ticket prices for each concert are ĺăĘ20/18. Tickets are on sale now from . Tickets will also be sold on the door.


Kevin Volans has been described as ĺ─˙one of the planetĺ─˘s most distinctive and unpredictable voicesĺ─¨ [Kyle Gann ĺ─ý Village Voice 1998]. He was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in 1949. After completing a B Mus at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg he went on to study in Cologne, principally with Karlheinz Stockhausen, later becoming his teaching assistant. In the mid-70ĺ─˘s his work became associated with the ĺ─˙Neue Einfachheitĺ─¨ (New Simplicity) ĺ─ý the beginnings of post-modernism in music.

In 1979 following several field recording trips to Africa, he embarked on a series of pieces based on African compositional techniques which quickly established Volans as a distinctive voice on the European new music circuit. In 1986 Kevin Volans began a productive collaboration with the Kronos Quartet. White Man Sleeps for string quartet (1986), Hunting: Gathering (1987) and The Songlines (1988) were all written for them, and given performances in festivals ranging from the Salzburg Festival to the Montreal Jazz Festival, Berliner Festwoche, Tokyo Inkspot, Adelaide Festival, Next Wave Festival (New York) and New Music America, bringing his work to a very wide audience. The Kronos discs, White Man Sleeps and Pieces of Africa broke all records for string quartet disc sales ĺ─ý the latter was number one on the US Classical and world music charts for 26 weeks, outselling all but Pavarotti.

In the 1990ĺ─˘s Volans gave increasing attention to writing for dance, collaborating with Siobhan Davies, Jonathan Burrows, Shobana Jeyasingh in Britain as well as numerous other companies around the world. In 1999 the South bank hosted a fiftieth birthday celebration of his work in the Queen Elizabeth Hall. John Allison wrote in The Times :ĺ─¨When it comes to composers, only a few today could be called true originals, and Kevin Volans is one of them.ĺ─¨

Latterly, he has turned his attention to writing for orchestra and as well as collaborating with visual artists. Recent commissions include a piano concerto for Marc-Andre Hamelin, a trio concerto for the Storioni Trio, new string quartets for the Smith and Vanburgh quartets and a chamber piece for the Crash ensemble. Future projects include a triple ensemble piece for exhibitions of the artist, Juergen Partenheimerĺ─˘s work at the IKON Gallery, Birmingham, and the Deutsches Kunstmuseum.

Crash Ensemble holds an international reputation for its repertoire and interpretations of cutting-edge music. Founded in 1997 by composer Donnacha Dennehy; conductor and pianist Andrew Synott; and clarinettist Michael Seaver, its repertoire features the works of major composers of the 20th and 21st century, including Reich, Stockhausen, Andriessen, Glass, and Cage. The ensemble has worked directly with composers such as Steve Reich, Louis Andriessen, Gavin Bryars, Michael Gordon, Kevin Volans and Arnold Dreyblatt in preparing important premieres and performances. Apart from regular concerts in Ireland, Crash has also performed in the UK, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Canada and the USA, and has featured in radio broadcasts in all of those countries. In 2008 Crash featured at the Canberra International Music Festival (where they were broadcast on ABC Radio), the infamous Bang on a Can Marathon in New York City, Electric Picnic in Stradbally and the Musica Viva Lisbon Festival in Portugal. Crash has made an indelible mark on the Irish music scene and beyond. The ensemble believes in a joyous yet absolutely rigorous engagement with the must adventurous music today and the (extremely) recent past. Crash feature in recordings by labels such as NMC (London) and Cantaloupe (New York) released in 2008. Crash Ensemble is supported by the Arts Council.

ALAN PIERSON, conductor
Alan Pierson has been praised as "a young conductor of monstrous skill" by Newsday, "commanding" by the New York Times, and "gifted and electrifying" by the Boston Globe. He is the artistic director and conductor of the acclaimed ensemble Alarm Will Sound which has been called "the future of classical music" by the New York Times and "a sensational force" with "powerful ideas about how to renovate the concert experience" by the New Yorker. In addition to his work with Alarm Will Sound, Mr. Pierson has appeared as a guest conductor with the London Sinfonietta, the Tanglewood Music Center Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and The Silk Road Project, among other ensembles. He has collaborated with major composers and perfomers including Yo Yo Ma, Steve Reich, John Adams, Augusta Read Thomas, David Lang, Michael Gordon, La Monte Young, and Wu Man, and choreographers Akram Khan and Elliot Feld. Mr. Pierson has recorded for Nonesuch Records, Cantaloupe Music, Sony Classical, and Sweetspot DVD.

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Friday, February 20, 2009

19th Annual Symphony Lovers' Ball - Most Successful Ever!

The 19th Annual Symphony Loversĺ─˘ Ball ĺ─ý

Most Successful Ever!

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý The Vancouver Symphony announces that the 19th Annual Symphony Lovers' Ball held on Thursday, February 12th, 2009, in the Pacific Ballroom of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver was the most successful ever, thanks in great part to the critical support of our sponsors in Vancouverĺ─˘s corporate community! We are thrilled to report that this event netted $620,000 to VSO operations.

Hosted by Master of Ceremonies Christopher Gaze, Vancouverĺ─˘s very own Bard, more than 400 guests enjoyed an evening inspired by the remarkable achievements of this past year: winning a GRAMMY and a JUNO award, the Raymond James Beethoven Festival (all nine of Beethovenĺ─˘s symphonies performed chronologically), the Wall Centre Brahms Festival (all four of Brahms symphonies performed chronologically, as well as all of his concertos), and the VSOĺ─˘s triumphant Asia-Pacific Tour to China, South Korea, and the Special Administrative Region of Macau. Later this season, commencing May 1st, the VSO will also tour Eastern Canada, making stops in Toronto, Montreal, Quebec City, and Ottawa.

ĺ─˙The entire Symphony Loversĺ─˘ Ball Committee is so proud to support the VSO,ĺ─¨ said Maria Menten, Volunteer Chair of the Loversĺ─˘ Ball Committee. ĺ─˙To have raised more than ever before is especially thrilling given todayĺ─˘s economic climate. It really speaks to the understanding of the VSOĺ─˘s value as a pillar of our community, and a cultural pillar of our society. We couldnĺ─˘t be happier!ĺ─¨

Vancouver Symphony Society Chair, Arthur Willms stated, ĺ─˙Thanks to our extraordinary volunteers, dedicated sponsors and generous attendees, this yearĺ─˘s Symphony Loversĺ─˘ Ball was a particular triumph. Not only did we raise more money than ever before in benefit our communityĺ─˘s cultural cornerstone, but we did it during incredibly tough economic times. This year, over 50,000 children will experience the wonder of the VSO through various educational initiatives and programs, thanks to such thoughtful generosity.ĺ─¨

The funds raised at the annual Symphony Loversĺ─˘ Balls support the VSO's performances each season of more than 140 concerts featuring over 60 celebrated guest artists attended by more than 250,000 people in 12 venues throughout the Lower Mainland. It also contributes to VSO education programs that reach more than 50,000 children each year. Since its inception in 1991, the Symphony Lovers' Ball has netted over $5 million in support of the Vancouver Symphony's many projects and continuing operations.

The Vancouver Symphony gratefully acknowledges the following for their generous support of the Nineteenth Annual Symphony Loversĺ─˘ Ball:


Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Concord Pacific Group Inc.


Ernst & Young LLP

Goldcorp Inc.

HSBC Bank Canada

Pacific Newspaper Group

Wesbild Holdings Ltd.

We would also like to thank the following for their generous support

Chan Foundation of Canada ĺ─ý Rix Family Foundation


Anthem Properties

Eminata Group

Peter Kiewit Sons Co.

Larco Investments Ltd.

Polygon Homes Ltd.

Raymond James

Rennie Marketing Systems


We would also like to thank the following for their generous support

Arthur H. Willms & Mary Ann Clark


Allied Holdings

CIBC World Markets

Kingwood Capital Corporation


Larkspur Foundation

Michael O'Brian Foundation for the Arts

Opus Hotels - Stikeman Elliott

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Spectra Energy


Deans Knight - Haywood Securities

Genus Capital Management

Philips, Hager & North

Stikeman Elliott

The James and Kathleen Winton Foundation

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Elliott Sharp łŢ Montrłęal en mars

Du pur instantanłę
avec le duo Elliott Sharp et Antoine Berthiaume et
et le trio dĺ─˘improvisateurs Philippe Lauzier, Pierre-Yves Martel & Martin Tłętreault
Mercredi 25 mars 2009, 20 h30, Sala Rossa
4848, boulevard Saint-laurent, Montrłęal
20$ / 10$

Les Productions SuperMusique, en collaboration avec la maison de disques DAME et S.A.L.A proposent une soirłęe ancrłęe dans lĺ─˘immłędiat autour dĺ─˘un dialogue Č┤ guitaristique Ȭ entre Elliott Sharp, figure centrale et incontournable de la musique d'avant-garde newyorkaise depuis plus de 30 ans, et Antoine Berthiaume, jeune musicien montrłęalais qui nĺ─˘a pas froid aux yeux. La soirłęe sĺ─˘ouvrira avec un trio dĺ─˘improvisateurs rłęunis par Philippe Lauzier. En prime, deux disques, mettant en vedettes les musiciens de ce concert, seront lancłęs au cours de la soirłęe.

Dans des improvisations ouvertes et fulminantes, Sharp et Berthiaume, sollicitent lĺ─˘imprłęvu et lĺ─˘inoułě dans la ferveur de lĺ─˘instant et de lĺ─˘instinct. Ici pas dĺ─˘auto censure et lĺ─˘auditeur se fait complice de lĺ─˘łęchange qui se dłęroule librement devant lui. Imprłęvisible, le tandem expressionniste fait łęmerger une musique dense qui nĺ─˘en est pas moins cohłęrente. Faisant corps avec leurs six cordes, les deux comparses frottent, pincent, varient les vitesses, amplifient le volume et młüme les parasites łęlectriques, rłęinventant leur instrument et faisant dĺ─˘eux de vłęritables trafiquants sonores. Une conversation łŢ błótons rompus et un tłüte-łŢ-tłüte musical łętonnant et dłętonnant !

Le trio incandescent composłę du saxophoniste et clarinettiste Philippe Lauzier, du violoniste Pierre-Yves Martel et du małĂtre du tourne-disque, Martin Tłętreault, łęvoquent quant łŢ eux les ambiances sonores dĺ─˘une usine dłęsaffectłęe. Des instrumentistes subtils et ingłęnieux, łŢ lĺ─˘approche bruitiste et połętique.

Lancement de deux disques, sous łętiquette Ambiances Magnłętiques et distribułęs par DAME.
BASE [AM178] - Antoine Berthiaume & Elliot Sharp
Premier disque du duo, BASE, propose 11 improvisations qui rappellent les structures et lĺ─˘intensitłę de Xenakis. Č┤ BASE se construit, se dłęconstruit et puis se reconstruit en un mur de sons qui va de lĺ─˘łęveil, en passant par lĺ─˘exploration et vers un concerto final, une sorte de hurlement en syncope des instruments. Lĺ─˘enfer a de quoi nous inquiłęter. Soyons sages, tendons lĺ─˘oreille. Ȭ ĺ─ţ Serge Abiaad

Elliot Sharp
Musicien incontournable de la crłęation musicale dĺ─˘aujourdĺ─˘hui, le guitariste Elliott Sharp dirige les projets Orchestra Carbon, Tectonics et Terraplane. Il est un pionnier dans l'application de la głęomłętrie fractale, de la thłęorie du chaos et des młętaphores głęnłętiques łŢ la composition et l'interaction musicales. Parmi ses collaborateurs passłęs et prłęsents figurent lĺ─˘Ensemble Modern, le chanteur Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, le Radio-Sinfonie-Orchester Frankfurt, la chanteuse pop Debbie Harry, les lłęgendaires bluesmen Hubert Sumlin et Pops Staples, les grands jazzmen Jack de Johnette et Sonny Sharrock, le platiniste crłęatif Christian Marcklay, ainsi que Bachir Attar (leader des Master Musicians of Jahjouka).

Antoine Berthiaume
Membre fondateur du groupe folk/western Rodłęoscopique et fłęru de jazz, le guitariste et compositeur Antoine Berthiaume sĺ─˘illustre depuis 10 ans sur les scł«nes des musiques improvisłęes. Parmi ses collaborateurs, on retrouve Pierre Tanguay, Michel Donato, Fred Frith, Derek Bailey, Takumi Seino et Elliot Sharp. Berthiaume a cinq disques łŢ son actif.

DISPARITION DE Lĺ─˘USINE łÔPHłÔMłÓRE [ AM 181] ĺ─ý Philippe Lauzier, Pierre-Yves Martel, Kim Myhr, Martin Tłętreault
Premił«re parution de ce quatuor qui regroupe des improvisateurs qułębłęcois et norvłęgien de premier plan. En combinant instruments nouveaux et anciens, le groupe łęvoque avec połęsie l'univers sonore d'une usine dłęcatie et abandonnłęe. Un orchestre polyphonique oł╝ tuyaux, pompes, roues, objets, cloches et moteurs se font entendre pour crłęer une grande machine de sons acoustiques et łęlectroniques.

Mercredi 29 et jeudi 30 avril 2009, 20 h 30 - Studio 01 de la Galerie OBORO
Natura Sonoris
Une Carte Blanche offerte łŢ Magali Babin autour dĺ─˘une ëýuvre multimłędia, rłęunissant autour de la bricoleuse de sons, la musicienne Mylłęna Bergeron, les concepteurs du duo lĺ─˘ëÝil de verre ainsi que le cinłęaste Karl Lemieux.

Mardi 12 mai 2009, 20 h 30 - Sala Rossa
Soirłęe błęnłęfice - Coup de chapeau łŢ Diane Labrosse
Une activitłę de financement pour le Fonds de crłęation crłęłę par PSM pour soutenir la recherche et lĺ─˘innovation musicale par lĺ─˘octroi de bourses łŢ des artistes de la scł«ne de la musique actuelle. Une soirłęe dłędiłęe łŢ la musicienne Diane Labrosse qui a łętłę, pendant 25 ans, codirectrice artistique de PSM. Au programme, performances, encan et tirage.

Crłęłę en 1979, Productions SuperMusique est entił«rement dłędiłę łŢ la musique actuelle, łŢ lĺ─˘improvisation et łŢ lĺ─˘expłęrimentation sonore et axe ses activitłęs sur la crłęation, la production, la programmation de concerts łŢ Montrłęal et propose des ateliers de crłęation sonore destinłęs łŢ de jeunes publics.
PSM assure lĺ─˘organisation des tournłęes internationales de plusieurs ensembles dont le trio Les Poules, le duo Nous perł▀ons les oreilles et lĺ─˘Ensemble SuperMusique.
SuperMusique est membre de Le Vivier, un regroupement de 22 ensembles et organismes qui ëýuvre dans le secteur des musiques nouvelles et qui sĺ─˘est donnłę comme objectif premier, dĺ─˘łętablir un lieu de diffusion, de crłęation, dĺ─˘łęchange et de formation au cëýur de Montrłęal.

DAME - Pour les mordus de musique actuelle et les oreilles curieuses,
Maison de disques crłęłęe en 1991 par la musicienne et productrice Joane Hłętu, DAME reprłęsente principalement le courant des musiques actuelles au Qułębec. Avec un catalogue de plus de 350 titres, DAME regroupe des łętiquettes indłępendantes qułębłęcoises dynamiques dont Ambiances Magnłętiques, Ambiances Magnłętiques Jazz, Malasartes Musique, Monsieur Fauteux mĺ─˘entendez-vous?, ainsi que la Collection QB. DAME offre une distribution tant au Canada quĺ─˘łŢ lĺ─˘international et occupe une place unique dans lĺ─˘industrie musicale et dans lĺ─˘łęchiquier de la distribution indłępendante.

SuperMusique remercie ses subventionneurs : Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, Conseil des Arts du Canada, Conseil des arts de Montrłęal, Patrimoine canadien, ses donateurs, les Amis de SuperMusique et ses partenaires DAME et S.AL.A.

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Tribute to my Mom

Special Tribute to Fanny Milstein on Art & Fine Living with Jona Feb 22 , 25, 2009
By Jona Rapoport

Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls: the most impressive characters are seared with scars...
Khalil Gibran

A special tribute to my late mother,Fanny Milstein on the 35th anniversary of her passing,will air on Art & Fine Living with Jona on Radio Shalom on February 22, 25, 2009. It is currently on the archive page of the program and can be heard on your computer anywhere in the world:

My mother's memory and extraordinary life are celebrated in this hour, with stories and poetry, and music she loved, heard and was inspired by throughout her life.

Featured guest: My grandmother, Zina Milstein.

The program will air on February 22nd at 7pm and on the 25th at 3pm.

Music : Philips - Galina Gorchakova (Tchaikovsky); Naxos - Milken Archive (Great Songs of the Yiddish Stage); DG - Violin Concerti (Nathan Milstein); Proper - Edith Piaf; Hataklit - Israel Songs; Analekta - Red Army Chorus; Delos - Dmitri Hvorostovsky (Where are you, my brothers?); Lori Laitman - My Garden (unpublished).

You can tune in to the show on the radio; livestream; archives:

Jona Rapoport
Producer & Host
Art & Fine Living with Jona


Thursday, February 19, 2009

Canadian Oboe Quartets: New CD

The Gallery Players of Niagara

Debut CD Features Works by Canadian Composers

John Abram Peter Hatch Michael Oesterle James Rolfe

The Gallery Players of Niagara proudly announce the release of their first CD, CANADIAN OBOE QUARTETS, featuring four original works by renowned Canadian composers James Rolfe, Michael Oesterle, Peter Hatch and John Abram. Violinist Julie Baumgartel, violist Patrick Jordan, cellist Margaret Gay and James Mason, one of Canadaĺ─˘s finest oboe players have generated a small but hopefully meaningful addition to the repertoire for this slightly under-represented grouping of instruments.

ĺ─˙The four pieces collected on this CD are in some ways obviously disparate and perhaps more closely connected than is immediately apparentĺ─¨, comments Margaret Gay, artistic director of the Gallery Players of Niagara. Three of the works, Michael Oesterleĺ─˘s Sunspot Letters, James Rolfeĺ─˘s Oboe Quartet and Peter Hatchĺ─˘s Wiki Mozart, all composed in 2006, were commissioned by the Gallery Players in celebration of the 250th anniversary of Mozartĺ─˘s birth. ĺ─˙Our request to the composers was to revisit and respond as literally or as figuratively as they chose to Mozartĺ─˘s Oboe Quartet in F Major K.370. John Abramĺ─˘s Oboe Quartet, composed in 2002 for the same group of players, is a revisiting of an earlier piece of his own composition. The results of these collaborations have been enormously gratifying to the Gallery Players and our audiencesĺ─¨, adds Ms. Gay.

The Gallery Players of Niagara - a collective of musicians that presents chamber music in the Niagara Region - has committed itself to the commissioning and performance of new Canadian works since the group was formed in 1993. The groupĺ─˘s goal is to present these new works as part of both traditional concert settings as well as in novel situations, making the works available to wider audiences.

Canadian Oboe Quartets was recorded in May 2008 at Humbercrest United Church in Toronto (Keith Horner, producer; Ron Searles, engineer).

The CD is available through,, CD Baby and iTunes

The performers on this CD are core members of The Gallery Players of Niagara.

James Mason is recognized as one of Canadaĺ─˘s finest oboe players. He has been principal oboe with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony since 1979. He has recorded for broadcast much of the chamber and solo repertoire for his instrument. Mr. Mason is on the faculty of Wilfrid Laurier University. Julie Baumgartel (violin) performs with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and Nota Bene Period Orchestra. Other activities include appearances with the Gallery Players, and at the Festival of the Sound (Parry Sound, ON) and the Elora Festival. She conducts the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Youth Sinfonia, and teaches at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Patrick Jordan (viola) is a member of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Gallery Players and the Eybler Quartet. He is principal viola of the Carmel Bach Festival in Carmel, California, and has served as principal viola in The Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra. He appears regularly with the Toronto Consort and Opera Atelier. Margaret Gay (cello) performs regularly with Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, Opera Atelier, the Eybler Quartet, and Ensemble Polaris, a group exploring the traditional music of various Nordic countries. She is Artistic Director of the Gallery Players of Niagara.

ĺ─˙Thereĺ─˘s no greater tribute to the musicianship of these four players than that they were able to hold the audienceĺ─˘s attention securely and solidlyĺ─¨ - The Globe and Mail

ĺ─˙Since scouring the Niagara peninsula for excellence in the professional performing-arts scene for almost a year, I have never had such a satisfying outingĺ─¨ - James Wegg Review

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New publication in French classical music/Nouvelle partition du rłępertoire classique franł▀ais

New publication: Concerto for Harpsichord in C, Op. 12 by J F Edelmann

The full score of the Concerto for harpsichord in C, Op 12 by J F Edelmann, just published by the Editions du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles in the Orchestre series continues CMBV's journey discovering French classical music.

A composer born in Alsace in 1749, Jean-Frłędłęric Edelmann is one of the first French keyboard soloists. Sensitive to the spirit of the French Revolution, he was committed to a Jacobin club. He died under the guillotine, leaving a pregnant widow.

This concerto is an excellent example of his work: sometimes brilliant, notably in the fast movements, sometimes expressive in the slow section, he is at the mid-point between the Galant style and early Romanticism. Ideal for a concert, it could also be used to teach the concerted style, played as a sonata, and can also be performed on a forte piano. The score and parts are available online, or from music shop partners Theodore Front Musical Literature (Van Nuys, California, USA), or Jacks Pipes and Hammers, Early Music Publisher and Stockists (Hebden Bridge, United Kingdom).

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Nouvelle parution : Concerto pour clavecin en ut majeur op. 12 de J.F. Edelmann

La partition du Concerto pour le clavecin en ut majeur, op. XII de J.-F. Edelmann, qui vient d'łütre publiłęe par les łÔditions du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles dans la collection Orchestre, poursuit la dłęcouverte du rłępertoire classique franł▀ais. Compositeur alsacien nłę en 1749, Edelmann est l'un des tout premier soliste au clavier. Animłę par l'esprit de la Rłęvolution, c'est un Jacobin engagłę : il finit guillotinłę en 1794, laissant une veuve enceinte. Ce concerto pour clavecin est un bel exemple de son ëýuvre : tantłąt brillant, notamment dans les mouvements rapides, tantłąt expressif dans les sections lentes, il se situe łŢ mi-chemin entre le style galant et le prłęromantisme. Il peut łütre utilisłę pour enseigner le style concertant, joułę łŢ la manił«re d'une sonate et s'adapte łęgalement au pianoforte.

Concerto pour le clavecin en ut majeur, op. XII de J.-F. Edelmann, transcription cmbv

Collection Orchestre, Čę 2008, 36 pages, 21x29,7 cm, conducteur brochłę,
ISMN M-56016-180-8. Avec introduction (franł▀ais).

cah-180 Concerto pour le clavecin en ut majeur, op. XII, conducteur......................................................... 13,00 ĺăĘ
cah-180-rc Concerto pour le clavecin en ut majeur, op. XII, partie de clavecin.................................................. 7,80 ĺăĘ
cah-180-mo Concerto pour le clavecin, op. XII, materiel en vente (Hb, Cor, Clav, Vn1, Vn2, Basses).................. 40,50 ĺăĘ

Les publications des łÔditions du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles peuvent łütre commandłęes sur leur boutique en ligne ( et sont en stock dans le rłęseau des librairies partenaires (liste disponible : Elles peuvent par ailleurs łütre commander dans toute librairie musicale.
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Symphony Nova Scotia teams up with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra

Two orchestrasČŢand 100 musicians perform together as Symphony Nova Scotia teams up with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra


Halifax, NS ĺ─ý Two orchestras. Three masterpieces. And more than a hundred musicians! Symphony Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra join forces for their biggest concert of the year on Sunday, March 1 at 7:30 pm at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium.


This performance is a unique opportunity for young musicians to perform alongside their teachers and mentors in the Symphony. Itĺ─˘s also an exciting opportunity for audiences to hear an orchestra this large right here at home.


ĺ─˙One of my personal highlights each year is this concert,ĺ─¨ says Symphony Nova Scotia Maestro Bernhard Gueller.


ĺ─˙The young musicians always rise to the occasion of playing with their professional colleagues and it gives us the chance to program really sensational works that give every section a chance to shine.ĺ─¨


Audiences will hear Straussĺ─˘s Death and Transfiguration, Bruchĺ─˘s Violin Concerto in g minor, and Berliozĺ─˘s evocative Symphony fantastique. These works arenĺ─˘t often heard in Nova Scotia ĺ─ý this will be Symphony Nova Scotiaĺ─˘s first time ever performing the full version of Symphonie fantastique.


ĺ─˙Symphonie fantastique is an extreme piece ĺ─ý you can hear the composer describing events like the Witch's Sabbath,ĺ─¨ says Gueller. ĺ─˙Then, the tone poem Death and Transfiguration takes us through the reflections of a man at the end of his life in the most wondrously bright orchestral colours. Finally, Dorothy Ro will give us Bruchĺ─˘s Violin Concerto, one of the all-time greats, and I have high expectations of this talented young lady's performance.ĺ─¨ ČŢ


ĺ─˙There is such an interesting 'dreams' parallel between the Berlioz and the Strauss,ĺ─¨ adds Dinuk Wijeratne, music director of the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra and former resident conductor with Symphony Nova Scotia.


ĺ─˙The former is about an impulsive young man's romantic visions; the latter about an old man alone with his memories. Both are masterpieces.ĺ─¨


Donĺ─˘t miss this rare opportunity to hear some of the Romantic eraĺ─˘s most compelling music, performed in all its dramatic splendour.


Get your tickets now! Prices range from $23-33.50 (HST included), or you can pick up a subscription and save up to 30%. Student and group discounts are also available. Call 494.3820 or 1.800.874.1669, or visit


About the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra

The Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1977. For 32 years, the NSYO has provided students with educational opportunities not available at any university, public school, or conservatory in the province. The Orchestra has been described by renowned professional conductors and musicians as one of the finest in Canada, and 85% of our 1000 alumni have gone on to careers in music-related fields. Past music directors include Robert Raines, Stan Fisher, Georg Tintner, and Gregory Burton. Our current music director is Dinuk Wijeratne.


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!


This concert is generously sponsored by Scotia Private Client Group and the Chronicle Herald.


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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The Royal Conservatory Launches Second Phase of Capital Camapaign

Announces $10 million in new donations


TORONTO ĺ─ý The Royal Conservatory will announce $10 million in new donations at an event officially launching the second phase of its Building National Dreams capital campaign.ČŢ Beginning at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, it will be held at the Conservatoryĺ─˘s Toronto headquarters in the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning.


The second phase of the Conservatoryĺ─˘s capital campaign will raise an additional $50 million to complete construction of its expanded facilities and to accommodate the ongoing growth of its diverse national programs.ČŢ This new campaign follows the successful completion of an initial $60 million campaign in 2006.


In addition to the $10 million in donations that has already been secured, proposals totalling more than $20 million are currently under review.ČŢ Campaign Co-Chairs Mr. Tony Comper and Mrs. Elizabeth Comper indicated that formal acknowledgement of individual gifts will be made ĺ─˙in the weeks and months ahead in special ways.ĺ─¨ČŢ


The launch event will also provide the first-ever opportunity to meet the Conservatoryĺ─˘s Campaign Cabinet, led by Mr. and Mrs. Comper.ČŢ This 59-member team is made up of a diverse cadre of Canadian business and civic leaders, all of whom share a deep commitment to the mission and values of the Conservatory.ČŢ ĺ─˙We are delighted to have the support of such a strong Campaign Cabinet and to be part of this exciting new chapter in the evolution of the Conservatory,ĺ─¨ affirmed the Compers.


Event guests will be able to take a sneak peek at the 1,140-seat Koerner Hall, the centrepiece of the second phase of the campaign. ČŢInvitees can view the progress of the hallĺ─˘s construction through a self-guided tour of an area that is currently closed to the public.ČŢ This acoustically excellent performance venue will be one of the countryĺ─˘s premiere concert halls when it opens in September.ČŢ

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Renee Fleming with the PSO

Renłęe Fleming Benefit Concert with Robert Moody and Portland Symphony Orchestra Merrill's Highest Grossing Show in History
In the wake of financial hardship at the PSO, concert brings record sales

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý Some much-needed good news for the Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and the arts community in Maine: last night's once-in-a-lifetime endowment benefit concert featuring superstar soprano Renłęe Fleming in her Maine debut was the highest grossing show in the history of Merrill Auditorium.

The concert sold out a week in advance and will contribute over $50,000 to the PSO's battered Endowment Fund. This is the first time in the almost 85-year history of the PSO that the organization has held an endowment benefit concert.

Renłęe Fleming charmed audiences at Merrill with her performances from both the classical and popular repertoire including: Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs, "I Could Have Danced All Night" from My Fair Lady, "Summertime" from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, and more.

The PSO's endowment provides financial security for the PSO's concert and education activities, and acts as a safety net especially during fluctuations in the economic climate. "This concert was a positive step in the right direction for the PSO during this time of increasing financial hardship," said PSO Executive Director Ari Solotoff.ČŢ Solotoff added, "Renłęe Fleming was a smashing success with the PSO ĺ─ý it was a thrill to have her perform, and a coup for our city, the Symphony, and the community members who had the opportunity to see Ms. Fleming in this unprecedented concert opportunity."

Serving the city of Portland, the state of Maine, and northern New England, the PSO is the largest performing arts organization in the state. With new musical leadership, critically acclaimed performances, and broad community engagement, the PSO is among the top symphony orchestras of its size in the country. For complete season information, including artist biographies and program notes, visit

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Hot Trumpet Nights with Allen Vizzutti!

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý Allen Vizzutti brought the house down in his last visit to the Orpheum, in what many said was one of the best Pops concerts in years. He makes his eagerly-anticipated return on March 6th and 7th at 8pm with the VSO and Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik. Vizzutti will perform Big Band classics such as Easy Livin', In a Sentimental Mood, Take the 'A' Train and King Porter Stomp ĺ─ý and a special bonus: the Canadian premiere of his own exciting Concierto Mexicano for Trumpet and Orchestra.


Jeff Tyzik and Allen Vizzutti have been long-time friends since working together on a trumpet concerto for Doc Severinsen, the leader of the Tonight Show band, during the early 1980's. This initial partnership would lead to a life-long collaboration on projects such as The Carnival of Venus and High Class Brass recordings.ČŢ


Last year, Yamaha launched Allen Vizzutti's own trumpet model, the YTR 9335VS. His idea was to design a trumpet that "could sing more openly above high 'C', have some classical weight to the sound, project when you lean on it and have a moderate amount of resistance, not to mention good intonation and never miss a note." Vizzutti jokes, "Well, you can't have everything. I got all except the 'never miss a note' partĺ─Â"


Concierto Mexicano for Trumpet and Orchestra is a five-movement work by Allen Vizzutti which premiered this past season with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra. Vizzutti says about the piece: "I desired in Concierto Mexicano, to capture elements of Mexican folk melody and harmony, as well as present a piece with some exciting 'Vizzutti' flair. Mexican culture is as steeped in tradition and richness as any culture on earth. I found, altered and orchestrated three existing pieces and wrote two original ones to complete a set of five." The piece is sure to be a smashing success and the VSO is proud to present its Canadian premiere.





London Drugs VSO Pops Series:


Allen Vizzutti with the VSO


Friday & Saturday, March 6 & 7, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Allen Vizzutti, trumpet


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

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at


Generously Supported By:


Series Sponsor: London Drugs


Radio Sponsor: CHQM-FM





Jeff Tyzik, conductor


Jeff Tyzik has earned a reputation as one of America's most innovative pops conductors. Described by the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle as "among the best pops conductors in America," Tyzik is recognized for his brilliant arrangements, original programming, and engaging rapport with audiences of all ages. During the 2008/09 season, Tyzik celebrates his 15th season as Principal Pops Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Also this season, he begins a new role as Principal Pops Conductor of the Oregon Symphony and continues to serve as Principal Pops Conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

In his fifteen years with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), where his contract was recently extended to 2011, Tyzik has developed an incredible relationship with devoted Rochester audiences who appreciate his creative pops programming. Over the course of his tenure, he has written over 160 works for the orchestra. A consummate musician, Tyzik is so appreciated in Rochester that the RPO has taken the unusual step of inviting their principal pops conductor to appear as a guest conductor in the orchestra's classical subscription series calendar on a regular basis. On his classical series concerts, Tyzik has performed works by some of the greatest American composers to critical acclaim. He also conducted the premiere of his own Trombone Concerto, which was funded by a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts and subsequently performed at Carnegie Hall. In May 2007, the Harmonia Mundi label released his recording of works by Gershwin with pianist Jon Nakamatsu and the RPO which by the summer had reached No. 3 on the Billboard classical chart. Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker, called it "one of the snappiest Gershwin discs in years".

"His concert is the kind of thing that's likely to give classical music a good name, perhaps even make it seem, dare I say, relevant," writes John Pitcher of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle (February 3, 2006). "What's great about Tyzik is his way of making any concert (classical or pops) seem contemporary and approachable without sugarcoating anything, without dumbing down the musical experience."

Highly sought after as a guest conductor, Tyzik has recently appeared with orchestras such as the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the New York Pops, the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. In addition to his commitments in Rochester, Oregon and Vancouver, during the 2008/09 season he continues his annual appearance with the Toronto Symphony and performs with orchestras across North America including Dallas, Detroit, Indianapolis, Milwaukee and New Jersey, as well as The Florida Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, among others.

A native of Hyde Park, New York, Tyzik began his life in music at nine years of age, when he first picked up a cornet. He studied both classical and jazz throughout high school, and went on to earn both his bachelor's and master's degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied composition/arranging with Radio City Music Hall's Ray Wright and jazz studies with the great band leader Chuck Mangione, both of whom profoundly impacted him as a musician.

Tyzik spent the next few years working with Mangione, soaking in every part of the music business. He became a skilled record producer, while continuing to be active as a performer and arranger (which included composing and arranging music for the Maynard Ferguson and Woody Herman Orchestras). These experiences led Tyzik to one of the great early opportunities of his career; the chance to co-compose a trumpet concerto with friend and virtuoso trumpeter Allen Vizzutti to be recorded by pops legend Doc Severinsen.

After that first recording project, Tyzik worked closely with Severinsen on many projects including orchestrating many of the great band leader's symphony orchestra programs, and producing a GRAMMY Award-winning album, The Tonight Show Band with Doc Severinsen, Vol. 1. To this day, he credits Severinsen as his greatest musical and professional inspiration.

As an accomplished composer and arranger, Tyzik has had his compositions recorded by ensembles including the London Symphony Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Summit Brass, and his arrangements have been recorded by groups including Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, the RPO, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and Doc Severinsen with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London. He has also produced and composed theme music for many of the major television networks, including ABC, NBC, HBO, and Cinemax, and released six of his own albums on Capitol, Polygram and Amherst Records.

Committed to performing music of all genres, Tyzik has collaborated with such diverse artists as Tony Bennett, Art Garfunkel, Dawn Upshaw, Marilyn Horne, Arturo Sandoval, The Chieftains, Mark O'Connor, Doc Severinsen, John Pizzarelli, Billy Taylor and Lou Rawls, and has created original programs that include the greatest music from jazz and classical to Motown and swing.

Actively sharing his passion for music with others, Tyzik has been recognized for his community service and educational work by Rotary International, the Monroe County Music Educators, and the Rochester Philharmonic League. He is also the recipient of the Arts & Cultural Council of Greater Rochester's 2002 Performing Artist award.

Tyzik currently serves on the Board of Managers of the Eastman School of Music, and as a board member of the Hochstein School of Music and Dance. He lives in Rochester, New York, with his wife Jill. For more information about Tyzik, please visit


Allen Vizzutti, trumpet


"Trumpet player supreme." -- Syracuse Post Standard

"Finely tuned wind, easy control, polyharmonic wit, orchestral penmanship, punctuated spiritual warmthĺ─Ârarely do so many qualities find themselves in one musician." --Chick Corea

Equally at home in a multitude of musical idioms, Allen Vizzutti has visited 40 countries and every state in the union to perform with a rainbow of artists and ensembles including Chick Corea, 'Doc' Severinsen, the NBC Tonight Show Band, the Airmen Of Note, the Army Blues and Army Symphony Orchestra, Chuck Mangione, Woody Herman, Japan's NHK Orchestra and the New Tokyo Philharmonic, the Budapest Radio Orchestra, , the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Leipzig Wind Symphony and the Kosie Wind Orchestra. Performing as a classical and a jazz artist, often in the same evening, he has appeared as guest soloist with symphony orchestras in Tokyo, Germany, St. Louis, Seattle, Rochester N.Y., Syracuse, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Phoenix, Edmonton, Vancouver and Winnipeg to name a few. Music lovers in Germany, Poland, England, Sweden, Brazil, Canada, Japan, Australia and the United States have heard his brilliant sound over the airwaves of national television. Allen's status as an artist has led to solo performances at the Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, Newport Jazz Festival, Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Montreaux Jazz Festival, the Teton, Vail, Aspen and Brechenridge Music Festivals, the Charles Ives Center and Lincoln Center in New York City.

From his home in Seattle Washington, Allen's current career activities embody an impressive schedule of recitals, concerts, recording and composing. His continued commitment to music education and the value of music in everyday life results in an extensive schedule of guest appearances at universities throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.

Allen's solo jazz recordings include CDs such as "Trumpet Summit" and "Skyrocket" from Summit Records. Classical CDs currently available from DeHaske Music Publishing Recordings are "The Emerald Concerto and Other Gems", with the Budapest Radio Orchestra, "Vizzutti Plays Vizzutti" and "Vizzutti and Soli On Tour". His "High Class Brass", (also DeHaske Recordings), is a wonderfully unique classical and jazz blend co-produced, co-written and performed with fellow trumpet artist, composer and conductor, Jeff Tyzik along with a 90 piece studio orchestra. Also of interest are "Baroque and Beyond", from Sony, "The Carnival of Venus", (Summit Records), and "A Trumpeter's Dream, (Ludwig Music Publishing).

As Artist in Residence, Allen has taught at the Eastman School of Music, the Banff Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas State University, Ohio State University, West Texas State University, the Skidmore Jazz Institute, and the Trompeten Akademie of Bremen Germany. He is currently 'Artist In Residence' at the University of Washington. His extensive treatise, "The Allen Vizzutti Trumpet Method" and his "New Concepts for Trumpet", (Alfred Music Publishing), have become standards works for trumpet study world wide. Many more of Allen's jazz and classical books, play along recordings, and student and recital compositions are published by DeHaske/Hal Leonard, Southern Music, and Ars Nova. His writing includes solo pieces for flute, clarinet, saxophone, trombone, tuba, and harp, chamber groups, wind ensemble, jazz ensemble, and symphony orchestra.

Allen's love of expression through composition has led to premier performances by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Budapest Radio Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic of London, the Nuremberg Symphony, Rochester Philharmonic, Syracuse Symphony, London Symphony, the renowned Summit Brass and others. After the world premier of his "Emerald Concerto" with the Syracuse Symphony Allen's writing was described in review: "The Emerald Concerto sparkles!...a vivacious treatment which speaks well for both his dramatic instinct and technical prowess as a composer."

While growing up in Montana, Allen was taught by his father, a self taught musician and trumpet player, until he left home to attend the Eastman School of Music on full scholarship. There he earned the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees, a Performer's Certificate, a chair in the Eastman Brass Quintet faculty ensemble, and the only Artist's Diploma ever awarded a wind player in Eastman's 85 year history.

While living in Los Angeles during the 80's, Allen performed on over 100 motion picture sound tracks, (such as Back To The Future and Star Trek), as well as countless TV shows, commercials and recordings with such artists as Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Neil Diamond, Chick Corea, the Commodores and Prince. His soaring sounds can be heard on projects including the movies "40 Days and 40 Nights", "Unfaithfully Yours", Gridiron Gang", "Scary Movie Four", and the "Medal of Honor" and "Halo II" video games.


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Art & Fine Lliving with Jona Partners with OSM Bloch Concert March 30-31

Art & Fine Living with Jona Partners Nagano OSM in Bloch's Avodath HakodeshČŢ
By Jona Rapoport
Jona Rapoport Artist Management/Radio Host
February 16, 2009

The Montreal Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kent Nagano, will perform Ernest Bloch's magnificent oratorio, Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service), on March 30th and 31st at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier of Place des Arts in Montreal.

This rarely performed work of soaring beauty and subdued lyricism brings together world-famous baritone Dwayne Croft, narrator Sherill Milnes and the OSM Chorus for an exceptional celebration of Jewish liturgy.Brahms Second Piano Concerto is also on the program, with Yefim Bronfman a soloist.

Jona Rapoport is honoured to partner with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra for this presentation. Her radio show, Art & Fine Living with Jona, is currently the media partner of The Centaur Theatre Company and The Opera de Montreal.

The concert will receive extensive coverage on Jona Rapoport's radio show throughout the months of February and March.

Don't miss this extraordinary event ĺ─ý call 514-842-9951 or visit for tickets and information.

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Art & Fine Living with Jona Partners with OSM Bloch Concert March 30-31

Art & Fine Living with Jona Partners Nagano OSM in Bloch's Avodath Hakodesh
By Jona Rapoport
Jona Rapoport Artist Management/Radio Host

The Montreal Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kent Nagano, will perform Ernest Bloch's magnificent oratorio, Avodath Hakodesh (Sacred Service), on March 30th and 31st at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier of Place des Arts in Montreal.

This rarely performed work of soaring beauty and subdued lyricism brings together world-famous baritone Dwayne Croft, narrator Sherill Milnes and the OSM Chorus for an exceptional celebration of Jewish liturgy.Brahms Second Piano Concerto is also on the program, with Yefim Bronfman a soloist.

Jona Rapoport is honoured to partner with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra for this presentation. Her radio show, Art & Fine Living with Jona, is currently the media partner of The Centaur Theatre Company and The Opera de Montreal.

The concert will receive extensive coverage on Jona Rapoport's radio show throughout the months of February and March.

Don't miss this extraordinary event ĺ─ý call 514-842-9951 or visit for tickets and information.

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Dłęlices italiens en compagnie de Pentał«dre !

Pentał«dre prłęsente :

Rossini, opłęra
et autres dłęlices italiens

Le quintette łŢ vent Pentał«dre
Sandra Murray, piano
M Traiteur - Jean-Franł▀ois Vachon, chef

Samedi 7 mars 2009, 14 h

Espace Dellĺ─˘Arte
40, rue Jean-Talon Est (Młętro Jean-Talon / De Castelnau)
Billets : 30 $
Renseignements et billetterie : 514-490-9613 #101

Montrłęal, 17 fłęvrier 2009 - Pentał«dre vous invite łŢ un rłęcital autour de la musique de La Cenerentola et de diverses fantaisies dĺ─˘opłęra, servis avec vins et bouchłęes łŢ lĺ─˘italienne.

Ce sont les sonoritłęs colorłęes et parfois moqueuses des musiciens de Pentał«dre qui donneront vie aux rires et aux młęchancetłęs de lĺ─˘horrible belle-famille de Cendrillon lors du prochain concert de lĺ─˘ensemble. Cĺ─˘est au moyen dĺ─˘une transcription par le clarinettiste allemand Ulf-Guido Schłžfer de lĺ─˘opłęra de Rossini La Cenerentola que les membres de Pentał«dre prendront plaisir łŢ personnifier les colorłęs personnages du cłęlł«bre conte en usurpant les envolłęes lyriques normalement rłęservłęes łŢ des chanteurs dans quatre extraits de ce chef-dĺ─˘ëýuvre de lĺ─˘opłęra italien.

Pour ouvrir avec brio cet aprł«s-midi de musique opłęratique, Pentał«dre propose trois fantaisies mettant en vedette trois des membres de lĺ─˘ensemble, accompagnłęs au piano de Sandra Murray,
ainsi quĺ─˘une exłęcution du virtuose et irrłęsistible Quintuor op.124 de Briccialdi.

Cĺ─˘est un rendez-vous pour un aprł«s-midi de plaisir musical et gustatif !

Au programme :
L. Bassi Fantaisie sur I Puritani
A. Pasculli Fantaisie sur La Favorita
P.-A. Genin Fantaisie sur La Traviata
B. Briccialdi Quintuor op.124
G. Rossini/U.-G. Schłžfer Extraits de La Cenerentola


Depuis ses dłębuts en 1985, Pentał«dre se consacre łŢ la dłęcouverte d'un rłępertoire de musique de chambre variłę, original et souvent moins connu. Composłę de cinq musiciens talentueux, dont la technique et la prłęcision de jeu sont unanimement reconnues, Pentał«dre effectue des tournłęes au Qułębec, au Canada, aux łÔtats-Unis et en Europe. Rłęcipiendaire du Prix OPUS 2002 du Meilleur concert de lĺ─˘annłęe, musique actuelle, contemporaine, łęlectroacoustique, Pentał«dre collabore avec des artistes de renom et participe łŢ des crłęations audacieuses, dont rłęcemment lĺ─˘opłęra comique A Chair in Love ou Lĺ─˘Amour est un opłęra muet avec les mimes Omnibus. Son enregistrement rłęcent du Winterreise de Schubert (version de chambre de Normand Forget), avec le tłęnor Christoph Prłęgardien, sĺ─˘est attirłę des łęloges de la critique internationale.

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The Pearl Fishers: A Special Presentation by the Edmonton Opera


The Pearl Fishers

An intimate and unique opera experience

Journey to an exotic island in the Indian Ocean as Edmonton Opera presents a tale of love and passion, friendship and betrayal, jealousy and sacrifice. A special production of Bizet's The Pearl Fishers (Les płücheurs de perles) plays for two nights only, March 12 and 14, in the intimacy of the Winspear Centre. Tickets are on sale now at the Edmonton Opera Box Office: call (780) 429-1000 or visit The Pearl Fishers is performed in French, with English surtitles projected above the stage.

A life-long friendship between two men, Nadir and Zurga, once nearly destroyed by their love for the same woman, survived thanks only to their vow to never see her again. When a mysterious priestess arrives on their island, Nadir recognizes her as the woman he and Zurga once loved, and, overcome by his passion, he must choose between the love of his friend and that of his Leila.

The most famous men's duet in all of opera, "Au fond du temple saint," is only one of the unforgettable musical moments in a haunting and beautiful tragic opera. Edmonton Opera is proud to welcome Amy Hansen, who sang Lakmłę in 2005, as Leila. She is joined by Colin Ainsworth, who sang Tonio in Daughter of the Regiment, Edmonton favourite Gregory Dahl, and bass Andrew Stewart in his Edmonton Opera debut. Director Brian Deedrick and Conductor Robert Dean lead the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Edmonton Opera Chorus in this innovative production.

"The extraordinary success of Lakmłę in the intimate acoustical splendour of the Winspear Centre has been the inspiration for The Pearl Fishers," says Deedrick. "We've spent four years looking for the project that could provide Edmonton audiences with an equally powerful and moving operatic experience. We are so pleased that CGI, The Pearl Fishers' presenting sponsor, is making this production possible."

Both performances of The Pearl Fishers begin at 7:30pm and run at the Winpear Centre. Tickets, which range from $24 to $110, are available at the Edmonton Opera Box Office, call (780) 429-1000 or visit

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MAłŔTA at Geordie

Geordie Productions
Geordie Productions presents Małěta on the Mainstage!

MONTREAL - Geordie Productions is proud to present Małěta, by Esther Beauchemin, produced by the Thłęłótre de la Vieille 17 and the Thłęłótre de Sable in collaboration with the Thłęłótre Franł▀aise at the National Arts Centre. Małěta is presented in an English translation by Henry Gauthier at the D.B. Clarke Theatre from March 13 to 22, 2009. Directed by Robert Bellefeuille, this poetic marionette production about freedom and hope is appropriate for adults and children age 7 & up.

ABOUT THE PLAY | Originally produced in 2000, Małěta comes to Geordie after an extensive tour in three different languages that has brought it across Quebec, Canada, to the United States and even Mexico. The production was last seen in Montreal in 2002 for an extremely successful French-language run at La Maison Thłęłótre. Esther Beauchemin won the Christine-Dumitriu-Van-Saanen Prize at Toronto French Book Fair for the script, and the production was a finalist at the 2003 Soirłęe des Masques for best production for young audiences, sound conception and original text.

THE STORY | Małěta, the daughter of a puppet maker, is sent by her father to work in a factory in order to pay off family debts. Before leaving his 8-year-old daughter, he bestows upon her Issane, a precious puppet on which Małěta's mother has sewn 1461 pearls, one for each day until her father will come for her. Since she knows how to read and write, Małěta becomes indispensable to Wunan, the factory foreman. Małěta works hard, but when night falls she recounts the tale of Issane - The Princess of Light - through shadow puppetry to the other children, and counts the days until she will finally gain her freedom.

GEORDIE'S VOW OF SILENCE | In honour of the true events that inspired this play, Geordie will be participating in Free the Children's "Vow of Silence" campaign. Free The Children is a Canadian charity and the world's largest network of children helping children through education, with youth involved in its innovative education and development programs in 45 countries. Beginning at 3pm on March 5, 2009 Geordie will join people around the world in remaining silent in support of those who are unable to speak up themselves. For more details, please visit

Małěta | Written by Esther Beauchemin | Produced by Thłęłótre de la Vieille 17 and the Thłęłótre de Sable and in collaboration with the French Theatre of the National Arts Centre

STARRING: Esther Beauchemin, Roch Castonguay, Henry Gauthier, Marie-Thłę Morin, Nathalie Poirłę; STAGE DIRECTION: Robert Bellefeuille; PUPPET DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION: Josłęe Campanale; STAGE MANAGEMENT & LIGHTING: Jean Hazel

PERFORMANCES: March 13 - 22, 2009| Opening night: March 13 at 7:00pm |

Weekend Family Performances: Mar. 14 & 15 at 3pm; Mar. 21 & 22 at 1pm & 3pm | School Matinłęes: Mar. 17 - 20, 10am & 12pm

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

TICKETS:(ON SALE NOW): $13.50 children, $16 adults; $15 seniors; all prices include tax

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Children age 7+ and adults of all ages | 60 minutes

BOX OFFICE and INFORMATION: (514) 845-9810 or

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LotusLand Project crosses musical style and space

Upcoming shows in Montreal and Almonte on February 27 and 28

MONTREAL, February 17th, 2009. Next week offers a cross-continent and cross-style musical experience brought to Montreal and Ottawa by four of Canada's most prolific jazz musicians. In the LotusLand Project, Newfoundland-born violinist Mark Fewer from Montrłęal and pianist John Novacek from Los Angeles join Vancouver-based jazz musicians Jodi Proznik on double-bass and Brad Turner on trumpet and drums. Their successful hybrid show features a mix of 20th century classical and jazz music, ranging from Fritz Kreisler to George Antheil, from Charlie Chaplin to Stuff Smith and Phil Dwyer.

The LotusLand Project started in 2005 with a live broadcast commissioned by the CBC. Since then, LotusLand has continued to expand, with new works being written by jazz musicians and classical composers across the continent.

Its director Mark Fewer is a versatile virtuoso with a talent for moving between styles. 2009 has already seen him perform with a brass band, a percussion ensemble, and a string orchestra; his current projects feature a baroque orchestra, a string quartet, a piano trio, and a jazz quartet.

John Novacek, pianist of LotusLand, is a sought-after collaborative artist and arranger who gained a Grammy nomination in 2004.

Bassist Judi Proznik was recently nominated Bassist of the Year at the 2008 National Jazz Awards.

Trumpet player Brad Turner has won several Juno and multiple jazz awards and is one of Canada's most prominent jazz musicians of our day.

Show dates:

Feb 27, 2009: 5 pm St. James United Church, Montrłęal, 463 rue Sainte-Catherine West (Metro McGill)

Feb 28, 2009: 8 pm Almonte Old Town Hall, 14 Bridge St, Almonte, Ontario

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Verdi's Simon Boccanegra returns to the Canadian Opera Company after 30 years

Toronto, Ontario ĺ─ý Last performed by the COC in 1979, Giuseppe Verdiĺ─˘s Simon Boccanegra returns to the Canadian Opera Company opening its spring season. Leading the cast are Grammy-nominated baritone Paolo Gavanelli and American soprano Tamara Wilson, both making their COC debuts. Bringing Verdiĺ─˘s powerful score to life is Marco Guidarini, music director of Opłęra de Nice, who makes his COC debut leading the COC Orchestra and Chorus. Renowned stage director Ian Judge also makes his company debut remounting this production he originally directed for Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Simon Boccanegra runs April 11, 14, 18, 22, 24, 28, May 3, 7, 2009 and is sung in Italian with English SURTITLESĺĐó.

Set amidst the political turmoil of medieval Italy and loosely based on the life of the first Doge of Genoa, Simon Boccanegra is a story of a man of the people whose rise to power results in the loss of all he holds dear. Italian baritone Paolo Gavanelli, a law student before turning to singing, has sung with some of the worldĺ─˘s great opera companies in London, Tokyo, Paris, and New York. Soprano Tamara Wilson, ĺ─˙a bona fide Verdi sopranoĺ─¨ (Houston Chronicle), sings Amelia, Simonĺ─˘s long-lost daughter, who after a 25-year absence, unknowingly exposes shifting political alliances and conspiracies that threaten her father and the city. Ameliaĺ─˘s devoted lover Gabriele is sung by COC favourite, tenor Mikhail Agafonov, who received rave reviews for his role as Pierre in this fallĺ─˘s triumphant production of War and Peace. Canadian bass Phillip Ens, Wurm in the COCĺ─˘s Luisa Miller, also returns to menace Simon as Fiesco, and baritone Daniel Sutin, Orest in Elektra, is Boccanegraĺ─˘s doomed political ally, Paolo. Rounding out the cast are former Ensemble Studio bass Alain Coulombe as Pietro, current Ensemble tenor Michael Barrett as a Captain, and Ensemble mezzo-soprano Erin Fisher as Ameliaĺ─˘s Maidservant. Set designer John Gunter and costume designer Deirdre Clancy make their COC debuts, and Nigel Levings returns to light this strikingly rich production.

Based on the play by Antonio Garcłéa Gutiłęrrez with a libretto by Francesco Maria Piave, Verdiĺ─˘s Simon Boccanegra premiered unsuccessfully at La Fenice in Venice in 1857. More than two decades later, Verdi and librettist Antonio Boito revised the opera which opened in 1881 at La Scala in Milan to rave reviews. The COC performs this second version which has become part of the standard operatic repertoire.

Tickets for Simon Boccanegra are available Monday, March 2, 2009 online at, or by calling 416-363-8231, or in person at the Four Seasons Centre Box Office (145 Queen St. W., Toronto). Ticket prices for all performances range from $60 to $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.

Starting Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 10 a.m., $20 tickets are available for patrons between the ages

of 16 and 29 through the Opera for a New Age program presented by TD Bank Financial Group

and may be purchased online at or in person at the Four Seasons Centre Box Office

(145 Queen St. W., Toronto). Student group tickets are $20 per student and may be purchased by calling 416-306-2356. Remaining Opera for a New Age tickets will be released as $20 rush seats at 11 a.m. the morning of the performance, subject to availability.

Presenting Sponsor of SURTITLESłž: Sun Life Financial

Official Automotive Sponsor of the COC at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts:

Jaguar Land Rover Canada

Official Media Sponsors: CTV and The Globe and Mail

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


BMO Financial Group Pre-Performance Opera Chats

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

Canadian Opera Company Podcast Series

The Canadian Opera Company and Universal Music present a FREE podcast series that explores the depths of music in opera. Podcasts are available for downloading or streaming on or through Universal Music at Simon Boccanegra-themed podcasts will be online starting in March 2009. These are entertaining programs designed to give listeners a chance to learn about opera, COC productions, and hear interviews from the artists and creative team. Throughout the year, listeners can tune in to hear music from the COCĺ─˘s 2008/09 season, discussions with special artists, as well as preview operas in the COCĺ─˘s 2009/10 season. Each podcast is created and hosted by COC personnel.

About the Canadian Opera Company

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

Canadian Opera Company Website

The Canadian Opera Companyĺ─˘s new website, at, contains information on all productions including synopses, historical background, and production photographs.

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Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame opens 2009 on a high note

EMP|SFM opens 2009 on a high note

High attendance at free and low cost events and steady paid admissions, make for a promising start to 2009

SEATTLEĺ─ţExperience Music Project|Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMP|SFM) has opened the new year on a high note with a promising start to 2009. In January, EMP|SFM welcomed 3,300 guests to its public programs, including an All Access Night on New Yearĺ─˘s Day, three Oral History Live! events with David Bryan, Jim Sherraden and Al Kooper; an Exposed: Inside Film screening of Pi and EMP|SFMĺ─˘s annual Jazz in January programming.

Excellent attendance during these January events put January 2009ĺ─˘s overall attendance numbers seven percent over January 2008ĺ─˘s attendance numbers. In total, just over 18,000 people came through the museumĺ─˘s doors via paid museum admission or to enjoy EMP|SFMĺ─˘s public programs. Yearly overall attendance for 2008 was up three percent over 2007.

EMP|SFM will continue to provide free and low cost programming in 2009 with programs such as Oral History Live!, Exposed: Inside Film, Pop Conference and its Sound Off! underage battle of the bands competition.

EMP|SFM is proud to host the West Coast premiere of Jim Hensonĺ─˘s Fantastic World. This highly anticipated exhibition, organized by The Jim Henson Legacy and the Smithsonian Institution will be on view this spring and summer in the science fiction galleries at the museum.

Exhibitions opening in 2009

Jim Hensonĺ─˘s Fantastic World

May 23-August 16, 2009
Jim Henson (1936-1990)ĺ─ţartist, puppeteer, film director and producerĺ─ţcreated elaborate imaginary worlds filled with unique characters, objects, environments and even languages and cultures. His work is enjoyed in dozens of languages in more than 100 countries. Jim Henson's Fantastic World offers a rare peek into the imagination and creative genius of this multitalented innovator and creator of Kermit the Frog, Big Bird and other beloved characters.

The exhibition features 100 original artworks, including drawings, cartoons and storyboards that illustrate Hensonĺ─˘s talent as a storyteller and visionary. Among the variety of exhibition objects are puppets, television and movie props, photographs of Henson and his collaborators at work and original video productions, including excerpts from Hensonĺ─˘s early career and experimental films.

Jim Henson's Fantastic World was organized by The Jim Henson Legacy and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in cooperation with the Henson family, The Jim Henson Company, The Muppets Studio, LLC, and Sesame Workshop.
This exhibition is made possible by The Biography Channel. Additional support has been provided by The Jane Henson Foundation and Cheryl Henson.

Spaced Out: The Final Frontier in Album Covers

August 15, 2009-Jan. 3, 2010

Organized by EMP|SFM, Spaced Out: The Final Frontier in Album Covers presents 117 spaced-themed record album covers released between the 1940s and 1969ĺ─ţthe dawn of the space age. In the post-war years, humanity seemed on the verge of taking a giant leap into space. Futuristic themes filled popular culture. Space was the place, and everyone wanted to be there. Musicians thronged to the fad, and space themes invaded album covers of every genre including pop, jazz, folk and classical.

These album covers embody the fantasy and mystery of spaceĺ─ţwhat we imagined it to be, what we hoped it would be.


Sweet Deal Sundays

Sundays in February, EMP|SFM visitors can park for free in the new Seattle Center Garage on 5th Ave. N and Harrison St. Visitors can bring their parking stub with them to an admission desk, and EMP|SFM will deduct their $7 parking fee from a regular paid admission.

All Access Nights

In January 2007, EMP|SFM began offering free admission and live music from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month. Since its inception, the museum has welcomed more than 42,000 visitors during All Access Nights. All Access Nights are sponsored by The Boeing Company.

Family Days

EMP|SFM hosts Family Days on the third Saturday of every month. Family Day activities can include interactive art projects, live music from local bands, free instrument workshops and more. Family Days are sponsored by IKEA.

Oral History Program

EMP|SFM is proud to have an oral history archive of more than 800 interviews filled with tales from musicians, producers, authors, filmmakers and artists who have shaped American popular music and science fiction. More than a hundred of these interviews are featured in the Sound and Vision: Artists Tell Their Stories exhibition currently on display at the museum. In addition, the Oral History Live! series at EMP|SFM features intimate interviews before a live audience. Recent guests have included, Al Kooper, Krist Novoselic, Billy Cox and Clive Barker. Oral History Live! is sponsored by Wells Fargo and The Boeing Company. Upcoming Oral History Live! events include: Stockpiling Star Wars: Inside Gus and Duncanĺ─˘s Comprehensive Guide to Star Was Collectibles Feb. 23 and Perspectives in Poster Design March 11.

Exposed: Inside Film

Through its Exposed: Inside Film series, EMP|SFM screens cult favorites and classic sci-fi films. Each screening is followed by a behind-the-scenes look through an interactive discussion with local filmmakers and experts in the subject matter, or with actors, directors or screenwriters associated with the film. Upcoming films include: Outlander Feb. 17 and Of All the Things April 21.

Sound Off! 2009

Sound Off! is the Pacific Northwestĺ─˘s largest battle of the bands. A launching pad for musical careers, Sound Off! has enjoyed hosting many young up-and-coming bands over the years including Schoolyard Heroes, Idiot Pilot, Mon Frere, The Lonely H, Dyme Def, The Lonely Forest, Natalie Portman's Shaved Head and New Faces.

Early last year, EMP|SFM crowned New Faces as winners of Sound Off! 2008, since then, theyĺ─˘ve been propelled into Seattleĺ─˘s music scene. Just a few months after their win, they were signed by Loveless Records, released their first album, Two Yearsĺ─ţwhich was just named top local release of 2008 by Three Imaginary Girls, and played to adoring fans at Bumbershoot.

This yearĺ─˘s semifinalists include Dearboy, Dyno Jamz, Love Trucker, Schoolboy Gutbuster, Brier Rose, Free City Collective, Makeup Monsters, The Mission Orange, Cyrus Fell Down, Kids Get Hit by Buses, Razpy & The Vigilantes and Sol. Upcoming semifinal concerts are held Feb. 21 and 28, 2009 and the finals are held March 7, 2009.

Sound Off! 2009 is sponsored by IKEA, Shureĺ─ţĺ─˙The Official Microphone of EMP|SFM,ĺ─¨ 107.7 The End, KEXP 90.3, KORG USA, Epiphone, Bumbershoot, The Stranger,, Orbit Audio, Glenn Sound Studio, London Bridge Studio, Northwest Folklife, The Vera Project and Redmond's Old Firehouse Teen Center.

Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival

EMP|SFM, in partnership with SIFF, presented the Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival Feb. 7, 2009 at the Seattle Cinerama Theater. The annual festival brings together industry professionals in filmmaking and the genres of science fiction and fantasy to encourage and support new, creative additions to science fiction and fantasy cinema arts.

After Hours

EMP|SFM is proud to partner with the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) to present After Hours, a new all-ages event at EMP|SFM designed by teens for teens. After Hours is an exciting, new all-ages event that takes place three times throughout the year. The evening features a dance party with a local DJ in Sky Church and can include access to gallery spaces, live music by local bands and film previews from student filmmakers. The next After Hours event is March 27.


Experience: The Band

Experience: The Band began in fall 2007 as a partnership between EMP|SFM and the Berklee College of Musicĺ─˘s City Music Network.

This year-long, innovative, full scholarship program integrates instrumental and vocal instruction in rock and jazz, ensemble performance and musicianship classes with state-of-the-art online learning materials.

Experience: The Band rehearses together every Saturday from late September to early June, with several public performances scheduled throughout the year. Band members are also eligible to be considered for scholarships to Berklee College of Musicĺ─˘s five-week summer performance program, as well as full tuition scholarships to Berklee College of Music. Experience: The Bandĺ─˘s next showcase is March 21 at 1 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public. Experience: The Band is supported by JP Morgan Chase Foundation and Puget Sound Energy Foundation.

Pop Conference

The Pop Conference at EMP|SFM, now in its eighth year, joins academics, critics, performers and writers of all kinds to discuss popular music. This yearĺ─˘s conference topic is ĺ─˙Dance Music Sex Romance: Pop and the Body Politic.ĺ─¨ The conference runs April 16-19, 2009.

Lessons & Workshops

Lessons & Workshops at EMP|SFM are weekend and evening classes for adults and teens 16 and older. This series provides in-depth, hands-on training on a specific music or science fiction-related topic. Lessons & Workshops are added throughout the year. Guitar 102 begins Feb. 18 and Stayin' Alive: Rock Band for Adults begins April 27.

Camps and Teen Artist Workshops

EMP|SFMĺ─˘s Camps and Teen Artist Workshops take youth on a journey of artistic exploration and self-discovery during their spring and summer breaks. Visit for a complete list of 2009 camps and workshops offered by EMP|SFM and partners Pacific Science Center and Seattle Childrenĺ─˘s Theater.

2008 Wallace Excellence Award

In November, EMP|SFM was granted a 2008 Wallace Excellence Award. EMP|SFM was among eight other Seattle arts organizations to receive the prestigious award, including On The Boards, One Reel, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle Opera, Seattle Repertory Theater, Seattle Youth Symphony and SIFF. EMP|SFM is thrilled to be among this impressive list of local arts organizations and to be honored by The Wallace Foundation.

EMP|SFM received a $585,000 grant to expand and enhance youth-driven programming that leverages the museumĺ─˘s unique collections and offerings to generate online content for the public. The museum will announce its specific plan to implement the grant later this year.


Museum Hours:

EMP|SFM is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. from September 2, 2008 through May 21, 2009 and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. from May 22, 2009 through September 7, 2009.

Museum Admission:

General adult admission to both Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (EMP|SFM) is $15. Admission for seniors, youth, military and students (w/ID) is $12, and admission for children under 5 is free. One ticket gives access to both museums.

Web site:


325 5th Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98109

Box office:


Current exhibitions include:

American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print
October 11, 2008 ĺ─ý July 16, 2009
American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print illustrates the fascinating fusion of art with popular culture and music history. Featuring the work of one of the nation's oldest operating printing shopsĺ─ţNashville, Tennessee's Hatch Show Printĺ─ţthe exhibition highlights the uniquely American posters produced to advertise everything from vaudeville shows, state fairs and stock car races to the Grand Ole Opry, Elvis Presley and Herbie Hancock.

Founded in 1879 in Nashville, Tenn., Hatch Show Print is still a working letterpress and design shop, creating posters today using the same letterpress methods as yesterday. American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print features historical and contemporary posters and original wooden print blocksĺ─ţsome never before seen by the public.

The exhibition, organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, is supported by America's Jazz Heritage, a Partnership of The Wallace Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution. The exhibition is supported locally by 4Culture.

Robots: A Designer's Collection of Miniature Mechanical Marvels
May 16, 2008 ĺ─ý April 19, 2009

Robots: A Designer's Collection of Miniature Mechanical Marvels celebrates our long fascination with humankind's technological version of itself. This exhibition draws from a one-of-a-kind assemblage of toy robots, which noted designer Tom Geismar has been collecting for decades. Inspired by antique tin and wooden toys, samurai warriors and mid-20th century Japanese film characters, these intricately detailed and beautifully designed miniatures are set against EMP|SFM's backdrop of life-sized robots, androids and cyborgs from the world of science-fiction film and television.

Jimi Hendrix: An Evolution of Sound
April 26, 2008 ĺ─ý April 11, 2010
Jimi Hendrix: An Evolution of Sound illustrates Hendrix's musical evolution from his early days in Seattle, to his time as a journeyman musician touring the southern "chitlin' circuit" and in New York City, to his explosion on the popular music scene in London and beyond. The exhibition and the visitor experience weave together the various musical styles and cultures that Hendrix soaked up throughout his all-too-short journey.

About the EMP|SFM Building
Since EMP opened in 2000 and SFM in 2004, EMP|SFM has welcomed more than 4.3 million visitors through its doors. From its museum planning stages in 1998 through 2007, EMP|SFM has been a key economic driver among Seattle nonprofit arts and culture organizations, with combined EMP|SFM institutional expenditures and EMP|SFM audience-member spending resulting in $580 million dollars of local economic impact. EMP|SFM is housed in a 140,000 square foot Frank O. Gehry-designed building. This spectacular, prominently visible structure has the presence of a monumental sculpture set amid the backdrop of the Seattle Center.

About Experience Music Project
Experience Music Project (EMP) is dedicated to the exploration of creativity and innovation in popular music. By blending interpretative, interactive exhibitions with cutting-edge technology, EMP captures and reflects the essence of rock ĺ─˛nĺ─˘ roll, its roots in jazz, soul, gospel, country and the blues, as well as rockĺ─˘s influence on hip-hop, punk and other recent genres. Visitors can view rare artifacts and memorabilia and experience the creative process by listening to musicians tell their own stories.

About Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame
The Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame (SFM) is the world's first museum devoted to the thought-provoking ideas and experiences of science fiction. SFMĺ─˘s exhibitions promote awareness and appreciation of science fiction literature and media while encouraging visitors to envision new futures for humanity. In the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, the museum pays homage to the most respected of science fiction practitionersĺ─ţwriters, artists, publishers and filmmakers.

Experience Music Project

Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame

t: (206) 262-3245 f: (206) 770-2727

330 Sixth Avenue North Suite 200 Seattle WA 98109


Current Exhibitions

American Letterpress: The Art of Hatch Show Print

October 11, 2008 ĺ─ý July 16, 2009

Jimi Hendrix: An Evolution of Sound

April 26, 2008 ĺ─ý April 11, 2010

Robots: A Designer's Collection of Miniature Mechanical Marvels

May 16, 2008 ĺ─ý April 19, 2009

Upcoming Exhibition

Jim Hensonĺ─˘s Fantastic World

May 23 ĺ─ý August 16, 2009

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Le Nouvel Opłęra en rłęsidence au Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal

Le Nouvel Opłęra en rłęsidence au Conservatoire

Montrłęal, le 9 fłęvrier 2009 ĺ─ţ Le Nouvel Opłęra joint ses activitłęs łŢ celles du Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal et prend rłęsidence au 4750, avenue Henri-Julien, łŢ Montrłęal. Le Conservatoire, qui dłęsire pousser plus loin son enseignement et son implication dans la promotion et la recherche en musique baroque et en art lyrique, est particulił«rement heureux de cette collaboration, qui permettra de mettre łŢ contribution son expertise et ses installations et dĺ─˘enrichir tant la formation que lĺ─˘expłęrience de ses łęlł«ves.

Le Nouvel Opłęra, un ensemble crłęłę il y a quelques annłęes, dĺ─˘abord sous le nom de L'Acadłęmie baroque de Montrłęal, sĺ─˘est donnłę pour mission de rapprocher contemporain et baroque, dans des spectacles et des ateliers oł╝ le respect des ëýuvres rime aussi avec crłęativitłę, entremłülant diffłęrents arts de la scł«ne tels le chant, la danse, le thłęłótre, la gestuelle et bien sł¬r, la musique. Il rassemble des artistes interdisciplinaires de renommłęe internationale dont la soprano Suzie LeBlanc, directrice artistique, le claveciniste Alexander Weimann, directeur musical, le contre-tłęnor Matthew White, directeur administratif, ainsi que la comłędienne, danseuse et chorłęgraphe spłęcialiste de la gestuelle Marie-Nathalie Lacoursił«re.

Pour Suzie LeBlanc Č┤ jumeler les activitłęs du Nouvel Opłęra łŢ celles du Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal nous donnera la chance dĺ─˘apporter notre enthousiasme, notre connaissance et notre dłęsir de crłęer au Conservatoire, qui nous ouvre toutes grandes les portes de ses nouveaux espaces magnifiquement rłęnovłęs. Ȭ

Raffi Armenian, directeur du Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal, se fłęlicite de lĺ─˘arrivłęe du Nouvel Opłęra dans ses murs, dł«s septembre 2009, Č┤ cĺ─˘est le dłębut de notre institut baroque, cĺ─˘est-łŢ-dire que je veux que le Conservatoire devienne un lieu de convergence oł╝ des ensembles de qualitłę et des artistes de grande renommłęe, qui se passionnent pour la musique baroque nous transmettent leur passion. Ȭ

Maintenant quĺ─˘il a son pied-łŢ-terre, le Nouvel Opłęra convie le public łŢ un premier atelier sur les opłęras de Purcell et sur la musique profane, au Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal, du 20 au 23 juin 2009.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

The VSO's March Concert Listings

The VSOĺ─˘s March Concert Listings

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý March begins with the magnificent violinist Kyoko Takezawa and acclaimed conductor Andrew Litton in an epic concert of Elgar, Rachmaninoff and Walton. This Masterworks Gold concert features a pre-concert talk at 7:05pm with VSO bassoonist Sophie Dansereau.

The month continues with Musical Tales from Vienna, a Pacific Arbour Tea & Trumpets concert led by Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell, hosted by Christopher Gaze, and featuring eleven year-old pianist Tristan Teo. Much of the worldĺ─˘s most famous and popular classical music came from Vienna, the Musical City ĺ─ý this concert highlights music from the Strauss family, Lehar, Mozart and Von Suppe.

Next up, the VSOĺ─˘s popular London Drugs Pops Series presents world-renowned trumpeter Allen Vizzutti who brought down the house in his last visit to the Orpheum. He makes his return performing Big Band classics such as In a Sentimental Mood, Take the ĺ─˛Aĺ─˘ Train, King Porter Stomp, and the Canadian premiere of his own piece Concierto Mexicano for Trumpet and Orchestra. The VSOĺ─˘s Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik conducts.

There is also a special concert for toddlers ĺ─ý Tiny Tots: Magical Melody Train Ride featuring the lovely music of Dvorak. Dance and sing with entertainers and professional educators Let Your Music Shine with Lisa and Linda.

Next, famed guest conductor Kenneth Slowik wields his baton for a concert devoted to the magnificent music of Bach and Haydn. These concerts are performed at the Chan Centre for Performing Arts at UBC and Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver.

We continue the month with the rebel, a co-presentation with the talented Kokoro Dance. This concert also features Canadian saxophonist Wallace Halladay and takes place in the modern and intimate settings of the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown.

The month wraps up with some Fine French Fantasies. Renowned violinist Mikhail Simonyan is recognized as one of the great talents of his generation. Fairy tales, poems and fantasies come to life when Simonyan plays the legendary pieces by Ravel and Chausson, and Evan Mitchell leads the orchestra in beautiful works by Berlioz and Dukas.

March marks the beginning of spring and another great month of VSO concerts!


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

Generously Supported By:

Radio Sponsor: CKNW AM980

Pacific Arbour Tea & Trumpets Series:

Musical Tales from Vienna

Thursday, March 5, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre

Evan Mitchell, conductor

Tristan Teo, piano*

Mozart The Magic Flute: Overture

Strauss Tales from the Vienna Woods

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor, K.466 (first movement)

Lehar Gold and Silver Waltz

Von Suppe Light Cavalry: Overture

Strauss Blue Danube Waltz

Strauss Radetzky March

Much of the worldĺ─˘s most famous and popular music came from the Musical City ĺ─ý you will hear from the Strauss family, Lehar, Mozart and von Suppe in a magical afternoon of waltz and song.

Tickets $36 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: Pacific Arbour

London Drugs VSO Pops Series:

Allen Vizzutti with the VSO

Friday & Saturday, March 6 & 7, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Allen Vizzutti, trumpet

Allen Vizzutti brought the house down in his last visit to the Orpheum, in what many said was one of the best Pops concerts in many years. He makes his return with the Canadian premiere of his own exciting Concierto Mexicano for Trumpet and Orchestra.

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

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: London Drugs

Radio Sponsor: CHQM-FM

Tiny Tots Series:

Magical Melody Train Ride

Friday, March 13, 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre

Saturday, March14, 10:00am, 11:30am, Terry Fox Theatre

Let Your Music Shine with Lisa and Linda, entertainers

Featuring the Music of Dvorak. Dance and sing, by land and sea to music from the New World.

Adult Tickets $15, Child Tickets $7

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at

Premier Education Partner:


Bach & Beyond Series:

The Magnificent Music of Bach and Haydn

Friday & Saturday, March 20 & 21, 8pm, Chan Centre

Kenneth Slowik, conductor

JS Bach Suite No.1

CPE Bach Harpsichord Concerto in G Major

JS Bach Harpsichord Concerto No. 7

Haydn Symphony No.96 in D Major, The Miracle

Baroque specialist Kenneth Slowik leads the orchestra in a performance that epitomizes the Bach & Beyond series: both Bachs, and one of Papa Haydnĺ─˘s most popular symphonies.

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

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:


The Vancouver Sun Symphony at the Roundhouse Series:

the rebel

Co-presentation with Kokoro Dance

Friday, March 20, 8pm

Evan Mitchell, conductor

Wallace Halladay, saxophone

Neil Miskey, viola

Brent Akins, violin

Kokoro Dance, dancers

Gareth Farr the Pagan Prayer

Scott Good Babbitt-Concerto for Saxophone(s)

Arvo Part Tabula Rasa

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

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: The Vancouver Sun

Financial Support By: SOCAN Foundation

North Shore Classics Series:

The Magnificent Music of Bach and Haydn

Monday, March 23, 8pm, Centennial Theatre

Kenneth Slowik, conductor

JS Bach Suite No. 1

CPE Bach Harpsichord Concerto in G Major

JS Bach Harpsichord Concerto No. 7 in G minor

Haydn Symphony No. 96, The Miracle

Baroque specialist Kenneth Slowik leads the orchestra in a performance that epitomizes the Bach & Beyond series: both Bachs, and one of Papa Haydnĺ─˘s most popular symphonies.

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

Tickets available ONLY through Ticketmaster outlets, Charge-by-Phone at 604.280.3311 or online at

Musically Speaking Series:

Fine French Fantasies: Simonyan Plays Ravel and Chausson

Saturday, March 28, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Evan Mitchell, conductor

Mikhail Simonyan, violin

Berlioz Le corsair, Op. 21

Ravel Mother Goose Suite

Chausson Poeme, Op. 25

Ravel Tzigane

Dukas The Sorcererĺ─˘s Apprentice

Fairy tales, poems and fantasies come to life under the baton of VSO Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell. At only twenty-two years of age, Russian violinist Mikhail Simonyan is recognized as one of the great talents of his generation.

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

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at

Generously Supported By:

Video Screen Sponsor: TELUS

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

Beltone Symphony Sundays Series:

Fine French Fantasies: Simonyan Plays Ravel and Chausson

Sunday, March 29, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre

Evan Mitchell, conductor

Mikhail Simonyon, violin

Berlioz Le corsair, Op. 21

Ravel Mother Goose Suite

Chausson Poeme, Op. 25

Ravel Tzigane

Dukas The Sorcererĺ─˘s Apprentice

Fairy tales, poems and fantasies come to life under the baton of VSO Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell. At only twenty-two years of age, Russian violinist Mikhail Simonyan is recognized as one of the great talents of his generation.

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

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: Beltone

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National Arts Centre appoints Michael Blackie as its new Executive Chef

National Arts Centre appoints Michael Blackie as its new Executive Chef

Ottawa (Canada) ĺ─ý The National Arts Centre (NAC) is delighted to announce the appointment of Michael Blackie as its new Executive Chef.

Chef Blackie is the highly successful culinary mastermind behind Perspectives Restaurant at the Brookstreet resort in Kanata, Ontario. After only three months under his leadership, Perspectives was awarded the coveted CAA/AAA four-diamond rating, which it has since maintained, becoming one of the top restaurants in Canada.

Chef Blackie begins his new role at the NAC on March 9.

ĺ─˙Michael Blackie is a creative force in the culinary world,ĺ─¨ said NAC President and CEO Peter Herrndorf. ĺ─˙We are so pleased he is bringing his enormous talents to help build on the foundation of culinary excellence of Le Cafłę and the NACĺ─˘s Restaurants and Catering departments established by Kurt Waldele. I have no doubt that our patrons will be delighted with their dining experience. Michael will leave them dreaming about their next visit and another taste of his incredible creations.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙Iĺ─˘m over the moon and absolutely thrilled to have this opportunity to be able to work with such an incredible artistic team on the world stage at the National Arts Centre,ĺ─¨ said Chef Blackie. ĺ─˙This is just massive for me.ĺ─¨

Michael was born in Leicestershire, England and raised in Montreal. Following his apprenticeship, he worked as chef with Jamie Kennedy at the Founders Club, a private food establishment at Torontoĺ─˘s SkyDome (now the Rogers Centre). Mr. Blackie also held positions as Sous Chef at Torontoĺ─˘s Westin Harbour Castle; Executive Chef at the Pierre Marques in Mexico; Executive Sous Chef at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong, which was voted ĺ─˙Best Hotel in Hong Kongĺ─¨ by Asiamoney Magazine and won both the ĺ─˙Gold List Awardĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙Best Hotel in Asiaĺ─¨ awards by Condłę Nast; and Executive Chef at the Oberoi in Bali, Indonesiaĺ─ţa five-star hotel that was given the highest overall score in the ĺ─˙Leading Hotels of the Worldĺ─¨ Quality Awards in 2002.

Michael visited Shanghai, Hong Kong and Macau in April 2008 as Guest Chef on the ĺ─˙Canadian Asian Cuisine Tour,ĺ─¨ and was a Host Chef on the ĺ─˙Exposing Canadian Cuisineĺ─¨ tour to Munich, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Zurich, sponsored by Ontario Tourism and Air Canada in February 2008. In January 2007 Michael won the Silver Medal in the Canadian Culinary Championship in Whistler, B.C.

NAC Culinary Director Kurt Waldele is thrilled to welcome Chef Blackie as part of his team. Chef Waldele has made and continues to make an enormous contribution to the NAC. Known for his sumptuous and creative meals for both Le Cafłę and catering clients, for over three decades Waldele has orchestrated many prestigious events, such as exceptional dinners for over 700 guests on the Southam Hall stage, beautiful summer garden parties for the Prime Ministerĺ─˘s office, and a reception on Parliament Hill for 900 to celebrate the inauguration of Canadaĺ─˘s new Governor General.

Chef Blackie will participate in a cooking demonstration and tasting event as part of BC Scene on April 23 at 7 p.m. The event, called Whatĺ─˘s Left in the Deep Blue Sea, will also feature Robert Clark, Executive Chef of Vancouverĺ─˘s award-winning C Restaurant. Tickets are $60 and will be on sale starting February 24th at the NAC Box Office, through Ticketmaster at 613.755.1111 or online at The demonstration will be followed by tasting plates and accompanied by B.C. wines.

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The Assumption of Empire, Unwashed Grape at MainLine Theatre- March 3-22

Unwashed Grape presents

The Assumption of Empire

A new play by Ann Lambert

Directed by Paul Hawkins

March 3-22, 2009

"Isn't it amazing how many lives we have?" -Sophie

Montreal, February 2009- Unwashed Grape is mounting Ann Lambert's most ambitious play, The Assumption of Empire, at MainLine Theatre March 3-22, directed by Paul Hawkins. Former head of the National Theatre School's playwriting program, Ann Lambert returned to writing for the stage two years ago in Unwashed Grape's acclaimed double-bill of Two Short Women and The Wall. She is collaborating with them once again, exploring where the political and the personal intersect in a world rocked by violence and dizzying changeĺ─ţthe shifting of tectonic platesĺ─ţsometimes all too close to home.

Lambert is excited about her ongoing exploration of this theme: "Over the past 25 years as a writer, I have examined this intersection of political and personal and whether the two can even be separated. I am interested in how people's lives change in ways they could never have anticipated, and how they face those changes."

The Assumption of Empire takes place in and around Montreal from 1978 to 2008, spanning the Revolution in Iran, the 1st referendum for independence in Quebec, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Dawson shooting. These events form the backdrop for the life of Sophie Wiseman, who is taken back in time when she learns of the mysterious death of her ex-husband's wife.

Sophie Wiseman, married to Steve, is haunted by her first marriage to Ivan. What happened to her dream of love and changing the world? How did she settle for the daily compromises that erode her? How does she come to terms with growing older and the struggle to feel like her life has added up to something? Lambert stresses however that more than anything, this play is a love story: "Although the backdrop of the play reflects some world events, this is really a love story about the many forms love can take in one lifetime- a love from the past that haunts the present, a married love that can feel like a limited substitute for the real thing, a love for a child that is a constant source of joy and torment and the passionate need to find meaning in a world that has changed so overwhelmingly in just 30 years."

"Ann Lambert has her finger on the pulse of the moment," notes director Hawkins, "but as well, she explores the choices that define Sophie's journey from her past to her present." He continues, "The Assumption of Empire is in search of lost time as Sophie is in search of meaning and orientation now. When Lambert writes about the past, it is with an uncanny and prophetic anticipation of the present world and its problems. Her topical situations unfold with surprise, humour and sometimes horror."

The Assumption of Empire marks Lambert's second collaboration with director Paul Hawkins and her fourth collaboration with leading actor Laura Mitchell, playing Sophie (a writer and actor, Laura has co-written and performed four theatre cabarets with TITTERS, co-wrote a feature film and co-produced, co-wrote and narrated Unbuckling My Bible Belt, which premiered at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema). Spanning the years with Mitchell are veteran performers Bill Croft as Steve (recently seen in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Segal Centre) and Tim Hine as Ivan (seen in Fallen Angels at the Segal Centre), and newcomer Alice Abracen in her first professional production as Sophie's daughter Eliot. Ann is especially thrilled to be working with Alice, her real-life daughter.

Rounding out the team is set and costume designer Louise Arsenault, a playwright with a love of design; lighting designer Steve Schon, currently technical director at Dawson College, Black Theatre Workshop and the Just for Laughs Festival; original music and soundscape composer Eduardo Pipman who has performed and recorded with various jazz and contemporary improvisational musicians and won the prestigious award for the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2000 and stage manager Anton Golikov, in his final semester studying Cinema & Communications.

The Assumption of Empire

Unwashed Grape

At MainLine Theatre

3997 Blvd. St Laurent

Reservations: 514-849-3378 or

Tuesday to Saturday, 8:00 pm

Matinees: Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 pm

Tickets: $20 regular, $17 student/senior, group rates available

$10 shows: Tuesdays (Mar. 3, 10, 17); Wed. preview Mar. 4; Sat. matinee, Mar. 7 at 2pm

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Canadian powerhouse quartet joins the ESO for one night only - May 4

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra presents vocal sensations and powerhouse quartet The Canadian Tenors

One Night Only!

Monday, May 4, 2009 ĺ─ý 7:30 pm

Edmonton, AB ĺ─Â The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) is thrilled to present one of Canadaĺ─˘s national treasures, The Canadian Tenors, live on-stage, for one night only! Having captivated audiences from coast to coast, and around the world, now is your opportunity to experience the incredibly powerful vocals, undeniable charm and dazzling blend of crowd-pleasing repertoire that will take your breath away. It will be a concert event unlike any other, featuring an eclectic mix of classical and contemporary pop ballads and operatic arias, performed in English, French, Spanish and Italian.

Tickets are on sale now! Ticket prices range from $20 - $65 (agency fees apply) and are available by calling the Winspear Centre Box Office at (780) 428-1414.

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Music For All Seasons | Marni Nixon-Nancy Shear Conversation | 9 March 09


MONDAY, MARCH 9, 2009, 6:30 to 8:30 P.M.




Singer Marni Nixon, the legendary "Voice of Hollywood," will be the next guest on Music For All Seasons' popular "Conversations" series. She will share her thoughts on life, art, and her extraordinary career, on Monday, March 9, 2009, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the New York Society for Ethical Culture. The event is co-sponsored by MFAS and NYSEC.

Music For All Seasons' popular and acclaimed "Conversations" series is an innovative program that has a devoted and enthusiastic following. Guests who have appeared on the series include Barbara Cook, Richard Stoltzman, Andrłę Previn, Lorin Maazel, Andrłę Watts, Steven Isserlis, Dawn Upshaw, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Richard Stoltzman and Peter Schickele.

Each evening's program includes a question-and-answer session and a Meet-the-Artist reception with drinks and substantial hors d'oeuvres for all members of the audience.

The conversations, led by distinguished writer and broadcaster Nancy Shear, provide rare insights into the careers and lives of the guests and offer a behind-the-scenes look into the music world. The interviews benefit Music For All Seasons, an organization that brings the healing power of live musical performances to residential institutions. MFAS has received support from the NEA, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and donations and grants from corporations, foundations and individuals.

In addition to the program with Marni Nixon on Monday, March 9, 2009, the series will feature the renowned Juilliard String Quartet on April 20. The event will feature the entire quartet, including Nick Eanet, who will join the quartet as first violinist beginning in July of 2009. Each event is held in an interesting, unusual venue in New York City. Current and past locations include Steinway Hall, Bond #9, BłĆsendorfer New York, and BMI.

Tickets to the Marni Nixon event are $75 ($30 tax deductible). Discounted tickets are available for two or more events, and for students with ID. Seating is limited. For information and reservations, please call MFAS at 908-322-6300, or toll-free at 1-866-524-(MFAS).

Additional Information


Best known as the singing voice of Deborah Kerr, Natalie Wood and Audrey Hepburn in the classics The King and I, An Affair to Remember, West Side Story and My Fair Lady, Emmy Award-winning soprano Marni Nixon's career includes both opera and Broadway. Her recordings include the works of Boulez, Villa-Lobos, Ives, Schonberg, Stravinsky and Copland. In addition to such major Broadway productions as Cabaret and Sondheim's Follies, she has appeared as an actress in Shakespeare and on television in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Mothers-in-Law, The Merv Griffin Show, the Today Show and the Tonight Show. Her children's program, Boomerang, has been in rerun for twenty-five years and has garnered twenty-six Emmy Awards and four personal Emmys for Best Actress. Her autobiography, I Could Have Sung All Night, was published in hardcover in 2006.

A much-sought-after judge of the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, National Association of Teachers and Singing, and other prestigious competitions, Ms. Nixon also presents master classes in colleges and universities and teaches privately throughout the USA.


Nancy Shear is well-known as writer, lecturer, producer, broadcaster and director of a performing arts production and public relations company. She has lectured for the New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra and Caramoor Festival; has hosted broadcasts of the New York Philharmonic, New Jersey Symphony, Frick Collection series and Naumburg Foundation; had her own interview programs on WNYC; and has been a commentator for the American Public Radio Network. Her articles have appeared in major publications such as Musical America, Ovation, the New York Times, Lincoln Center Stagebill and Symphony Magazine. Ms. Shear has taught at New York University's School of Continuing Education, NYU's Vernon Center for Foreign Affairs and The New School. She has hosted special events including benefits at the Rainbow Room and, with Andrłę Previn, co-hosted a gala at the Caramoor Music Festival. Her rich background includes almost two decades as orchestra librarian, for The Philadelphia Orchestra, Curtis Institute, and privately for Leopold Stokowski and other major figures of the current and recent past generations. Ms. Shear has also lectured on the life and work of Eleanor Roosevelt and on various travel subjects.


Music For All Seasons, now celebrating its 17th season, is active in five states: New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and California. By bringing live musical performances to a wide range of institutions including children's hospitals, retirement facilities, shelters for victims of domestic violence, juvenile detention centers, nursing homes, medical centers, halfway houses and hospices, MFAS aids the physical, mental and spiritual healing processes. MFAS brings together a wide variety of people and styles of music, provides opportunities for young professional artists to serve special audiences, and creates volunteer opportunities that serve local communities.


Ethical Culture is a Humanist and Ethical movement inspired by the ideal that the supreme aim of our lives is to create a more humane society. The NYSEC stands for separation of church and state, and believes that acting morally does not require a belief in God. Ethical Culture places its faith in the demonstrated capacity of people to do wonderful things. The Ethical Culture community believes that all people are part of something that transcends the individual experience.



Monday, March 9, 2009 Marni Nixon in Conversation with Nancy Shear

6:30-8:30 p.m.

New York Society for Ethical Culture, 2 West 64th Street, New York City

Tickets $75 each ($30 tax-deductible). Meet-the-Artist Reception included.

Music For All Seasons. Toll-free-1 866-524 MFAS (6327)

Monday, April 20, 2009 Juilliard String Quartet in Conversation with Nancy Shear

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Steinway Hall, 109 West 57th Street, New York City

Tickets $75 each ($30 tax-deductible). Meet-the-Artist Reception included.

Music For All Seasons. Toll-free-1 866-524 MFAS (6327)

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hold the dates- Bye Bye Baby (in French)

Hold the dates!

the French language premiere of

Bye Bye Baby

By Elyse Gasco

Translated by Maryse Warda

Directed by Clare Schapiro

Mark these dates in your winter calendar

Thursday, March 19 to Saturday, March 28, 2009

Imago Theatre, winner of last season's MECCA and AQCT Best English Production award for The Baroness and the Pig, is thrilled to present the French language translation of its acclaimed hit Bye Bye Baby.

Bye Bye Baby follows an adopted woman's journey through the labyrinth of Quebec's adoption laws towards the discovery of her birth mother. As she struggles to make sense of her own life and identity, her search is made all the more pivotal by the arrival of her first child. With Nathalie Claude, Martine-Marie Lalande, Dominique Leduc, Mathilde Monnard and Felicia Shulman.

Bye Bye Baby returns to the Monument-National's Studio Hydro-Qułębec where it first premiered in November 2004 to critical and public acclaim. After a remount as part of Centaur Theatre's 2005-06 season, the buzz from critics, the theatre community and the general public surrounding the original English play was such that a French translation became inevitable. Recast, redesigned and re-imagined, this is a rare occasion to see a local English show reinvent itself in quest of new horizons.

Rares sont les productions montrłęalaises d'expression anglaise de cette tenue.

Il serait triste que le secret de cette rłęussite demeure trop bien gardłę.- Hervłę Guay, Le Devoir, 5 mai 2006

Bye Bye Baby in French

Imago Thłęłótre

Au Monument-National, Studio Hydro-Qułębec

1182, boulevard Saint-Laurent

Tuesday to Saturday at 8 :30pm

Matinee : Saturday at 2pm

Reservations: 514-871-2224

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CCOC Open House

Canadian Children's Opera Company
CCOC holds an Open House
with all five divisions of choruses performing

The Canadian Children's Opera Company (CCOC) will be holding an Open House, where all five divisions of choruses can be seen "in action", on Saturday, March 7, 2009, between 1:00pm and 5:00pm, at the First Unitarian Church in Toronto.

The 2008/09 season has already been a busy one for the CCOC. Preceding the Christmas holidays, the CCOC presented a tremendously successful run of A Dickens of a Christmas at the Enwave Theatre, they sang at the Ontario Legislature in Lights Across Canada, appeared with the Hannaford Street Silver Band in a Christmas Joy concert, and were the chorus of choice for The Canadian Tenors.

The CCOC also participated in three Toronto Symphony Orchestra concerts this year, The Snowman, A Very Merry Christmas Pops and the concert version of Mozart's The Magic Flute. On February 20th a CCOC chorus will sing at the Bohemian Ball, a benefit for the Sick Kids Foundation, and on April 9th, all 200 kids will sing the national anthem at a Blue Jays Game.

It is a busy life for a CCOC chorister! The junior division practices once a week; the Principal Chorus rehearse for two hours twice a week and, when preparing for a specific production, they add staging rehearsals to the mix! This is an enormous commitment for a young singer, but it illustrates the professional commitment by the members and why the CCOC is held in such high regard in the music community.

The Open House is a unique opportunity to meet the energetic and remarkable CCOC Artistic Director, Ann Cooper Gay, and all 200 children that make up the current chorus. Observe the CCOC staff conductors in action as they run an informal performance and rehearsal demonstration with each division of the CCOC.

In addition, there will be guest workshops, props making and drama classes, a Make-an-Opera workshop, as well as a bake sale, displays, merchandise, and audition information.

Composer Dean Burry (Pandora's Locker) leads the Make-an-Opera workshop demonstrating how to create an opera with nothing but imagination. Sophia Perlman, Co-ordinator of OPERAtion KIDS, will lead a workshop with the junior divisions.

And for all aspiring opera singers -- information, application forms and audition registration will be readily available.

Canadian Children's Opera Company
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Ages 5-10: 1:00pm until 3:30pm; Ages 10-19: 2:30pm until 5:00pm
First Unitarian Church
175 St. Clair Avenue West (at Avenue Rd), Toronto
For more information call 416.366.0467

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Jamie Parker and Friends - Feb 27

Jamie Parker and Friends
Faculty artist concert showcases the music of Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann and Clara Wieck Schumann

TORONTO ĺ─ý A founder of the award-winning Gryphon Trio, pianist James Parker and his colleagues will present a concert dedicated to the music of Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, and Clara Wieck Schumann. The concert takes place on Friday, February 27
at 7:30 pm in Walter Hall as part of the Faculty Artist Series. Tickets $25 ($15 seniors/students) can be purchased at the Faculty of Music box office in person or by calling 416-978-3744. Walter Hall is located in the Edward Johnson Building at 80 Queen's Park, accessible by subway (Museum stop).

Johannes Brahms: Romanze in F, Op. 118 No. 5
Clara Wieck Schumann: Romance: Andante con sentimento, from Quatre pił«ces caractłęristiques, Op. 5 No. 3
Robert Schumann: Trłžumerei from Kinderscenen (Scenes from Childhood), Op. 15
Robert Schumann: Piano Trio No. 2, in F, Op. 80 (with Annalee Patipatanakoon, violin, and Roman Borys, cello)
Clara Wieck Schumann: Three Romances for violin and piano, Op. 22 (with Annalee Patipatanakoon)
Johannes Brahms: Piano Trio No. 3, in C minor, Op. 101 (with Annalee Patipatanakoon and Roman Borys)

A two-time JUNO Award winner and founder of the Gryphon Trio, pianist James Parker is one of Canada's most renowned artists. Whether in solo, chamber and orchestral concerts, he has appeared across Canada, US and Europe. Celebrated by critics, he has performed with every major Canadian orchestra including Montrłęal, Toronto, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Qułębec City and National Arts Centre orchestras, to name a few. James Parker studied at the Vancouver Academy of Music and the University of British Columbia with Kum Sing Lee, and then went on to study with Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School in New York. In September 2004, Dr. Parker was appointed as the Rupert E. Edwards Chair in Piano Performance on the music faculty at the University of Toronto.

Featuring music faculty members, the Faculty Artist Series has a long tradition of presenting some of Canadaĺ─˘s most celebrated artists and is considered one of the finest recital series in Toronto. For more information on this or other Faculty of Music concert series, please visit our website at or contact the Box Office at 416-978-3744.


Ticket sales and general inquiries:
Faculty of Music Box Office
Hours: 1 ĺ─ý 7 pm, Monday to Friday, with extended hours on performance nights.
Phone: 416-978-3744
Address: Lobby level, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queenĺ─˘s Park, Toronto ON M5S 2C5

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Wind and Brass Workshop


Canadian Amateur Musicians Musiciens Amateurs du Canada

Toronto Region

21 Dale Avenue #346 Toronto Ontario M4W 1K3

Phone: 416-925-6182

President: Kathy Gallyas

E-mail: or

Treasurer: Marion Wilk

CAMMAC presents a Wind and Brass Workshop

Saturday, April 25, 2009 1:30-4 p.m. ., CAMMAC, Canadian Amateur Musicians-Musiciens Amateurs du Canada will present Fran Harvey, Music and Education degrees from the University of Toronto. At the University of Toronto, she studied trumpet with Larry Weeks, James Spragg, Stephen Chennette, Robert Nagel and Armando Ghitalla and conducting with Victor Feldbrill, Stephen Chennette and Diana Brault.

The Winds and Brass Workshop will help players focus on sight-reading and performance skills. The workshop will focus on key performance skills such as dynamics, articulation, balance and blend, in an engaging hands-on learning experience. Tips and tools for great playing will be discussed and worked on through a variety of original works and arrangements for band. The Wind Band workshop welcomes all woodwind, brass and percussion players.

Fee: Non-members $20. Group fee: member rate (note, qualify 5 or more from the same group must apply: use separate forms please). Registration deadline: April 20, 2009.

For further information call 416-421-0779 or

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Les Gitans DHOAD du Rajasthan - EN EXCLUSIVITłÔ AU QUłÔBEC!


Le samedi 21 fłęvrier łŢ 20h le Thłęłótre Centennial accueillera les Gitans du Rajasthan, DHOAD en exclusivitłę au Qułębec. Ce groupe de 8 artistes incluant musiciens, chanteurs, danseuse et cracheur de feu - reprłęsentant les principales castes des musiciens du Rajasthan vous słęduiront par leur beautłę et leur łęlłęgance, reflets de la majestłę du Rajasthan. Voir communiqułę pour les dłętails.




Sonia Patenaude

Agente de dłęveloppement / Development Officer

Thłęłótre Centennial Theatre

Billetterie / Box Office: 819-822-9692

SAISON 2008-2009 SEASON:

Universitłę Bishop's University

2600, rue Collł«ge

Sherbrooke (Qułębec) J1M 1Z7

Tłęlłęphone/ Phone: 819-822-9600 #2617

Tłęlłęcopieur / Fax: 819-822-9703

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Solti Foundation US increases number of grants awarded to young American conductors

The Solti Foundation U.S.

Increases Number Of Substantial Grants Awarded To Young American Conductors

Solti Fellow of $25,000 to be given in fall 2009

New Grant of $10,000 to be awarded in 2010

New Career Assistance Awards to be given yearly beginning in 2009

Evanston, Illinois ĺ─ý Dedicated exclusively to assisting young American conductors in the early stages of their professional careers, The Solti Foundation U.S. today announced its intent to award $25,000 to a young American conductor for the second time in its history this coming fall 2009. The Foundation also announced a new $10,000 grant to be awarded in 2010, in addition to its current $5,000 grant, and new, smaller Career Assistance awards to be given annually.

Among the largest grants given to American conductors in the formative years of their careers, The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award, also known as the Solti Fellow, is a grant of $25,000 that includes introductions to three of Chicagoĺ─˘s most prestigious performing organizations: Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Opera Theater.

New, smaller annual Solti U.S. Career Assistance Awards, which vary in amount and number granted, will be introduced in 2009.

Beginning in 2010, the Foundation introduces The Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award, a grant of $10,000. The $5,000 Solti Foundation U.S. Career Development Award, last given in 2008 to Joseph Young, Assistant Conductor of the Baltimore Symphony, will also be given in 2010.

In announcing the new grants, Tom McNeill, Solti Foundation U.S. Board Chair, stated ĺ─˙It has been very exciting to see how well our recent awardees have done in their careers after being recognized by The Solti Foundation U.S. We hope that our enhanced awards program will attract many outstanding candidates.ĺ─¨

Established in 2000 to honor the memory of the legendary conductor Sir Georg Solti by his widow, Lady Valerie Solti, and their two daughters, Gabrielle and Claudia, The Solti Foundation U.S. seeks to lend significant support to talented young American conductors, providing critical assistance to them at the start of their professional careers. In 2004, The Foundation, which began with a more general mission, established its current focus of helping exceptional young U.S. conductors.

In 2007, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the passing of Sir Georg, the Solti Foundation U.S. awarded its first $25,000 Solti Fellow to Anthony Barrese, who is rapidly establishing himself in the conducting arena. Mr. Barrese was appointed Music Director and Principal Conductor of Opera Southwest beginning this 2008-09 season. As a result of receiving the Solti Fellow, Mr. Barrese has been hired as a cover conductor with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for three different weeks. His con-ducting credits include the Dallas Opera, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, Sarasota Opera and Teatro Ventidio Basso (Italy), among others. Earlier in 2009, Mr. Barrese made his debut with Opera De Massy in France, conducting Turnadot. Upcoming 2009 conducting engagements include Don Giovanni with the Boston Lyric Opera, and La cenerentola with Opera Southwest.

The Solti Fellow, given to a promising young American conductor, is dispersed over a 24-month period and may be used for career training and activities that will further develop and enhance the recipientĺ─˘s talent and experience. Beginning in 2009, the Solti Fellow will be awarded biennially to a single individual.

Career Assistance Awards will be given annually. These awards, of which the number and amount(s) are determined at the discretion of the Artistic and Awards Committee, may be used for a variety of career development needs, including transportation expenses, language studies, the creation of demonstration DVDs and other worthy projects.

The Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award, a new one-year grant of $10,000, will be given for the first time in 2010. The Foundation also bestows The Solti Foundation U.S. Career Development Award, a one-year grant of $5,000. The awarding of these two grants is rotated biennially with the Solti Fellow.

The Solti Foundation U.S. endeavors to seek out those musicians who have chosen to follow a path similar to that followed by Sir Georg himself. In keeping with the spirit of Sir Georgĺ─˘s active approach to his career, young conductors must apply to be considered for the awards. Applications for the grants are available to be downloaded through the Foundationĺ─˘s website, Citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are career-ready artists in the field of conducting are eligible to apply.

Applicants for all Solti Foundation U.S. awards must be able to demonstrate that he/she is developing a career as a symphonic/operatic conductor. Applicants for the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award (to be next awarded in fall 2009; application deadline is May 15, 2009) must be no more than 38 years of age by May 15th of the year the grant will be awarded. Applicants for The Sir Georg Solti Emerging Conductor Award (to be next awarded in fall 2010) must be no more than 35 years of age by May 15th of the year the grant will be awarded. Applicants for The Solti Foundation U.S. Career Development Award (to be next awarded in fall 2010) must be no more than 32 years of age by January 1st of the year the grant will be awarded. All applications from the above award categories are considered for a Solti U.S. Career Assistance Award (given annually). Applications are reviewed by an awards committee comprised of a panel of professionals with broad musical and conducting experience. The Foundation reserves the right to withhold a grant in any given year if the Awards Committee does not agree upon a suitable applicant.

The Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award (Solti Fellow) will be awarded in a gala event in Chicago this coming fall 2009.

Further details about The Solti Foundation U.S., grant applications, biographies and photos of the Foundationĺ─˘s past awardees and information about contributing to the Foundation can be found at

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Kyoko Takezawa with the VSO!

The VSO Presents exciting violinist Kyoko Takezawa

performing Elgarĺ─˘s Violin Concerto, in an epic concert

conducted by Andrew Litton

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents world-renowned violinist Kyoko Takezawa with Music Director of the Bergen Philharmonic Andrew Litton on February 28 and March 2, 8pm, at the Orpheum Theatre. Kyoko Takezawa will perform Elgarĺ─˘s epic Violin Concerto in B minor while Andrew Litton will lead the orchestra in Waltonĺ─˘s Crown Imperial and Rachmaninoffĺ─˘s rare gem Symphony No. 3 in A minor.

ĺ─˙Kyoko Takezawa is an operatic diva of the violinĺ─Âĺ─¨

- The Star Ledger

ĺ─˙[Andrew Litton is]ĺ─Âa leading conductor of his generation.ĺ─¨

- Gramophone

Kyoko Takezawa began her training in Japan as part of the Suzuki Method Association and later moved to the United States to continue her studies at the Julliard School under Dorothy DeLay. Ms. Takezawa graduated from Julliard in 1989 and went on to win the gold medal in the International Violin Competition in Indianapolis. Ms. Takezawa is always a favourite of Vancouver audiences.

Andrew Littonĺ─˘s love of conducting began when he was ten years old, after attending a (Leonard Bernstein) New York Philharmonic Young Peopleĺ─˘s Concert. Litton studied music and conducting at both The Fieldston School and Julliard. He served as the Principal Conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra from 1988 to 1994; Music Director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra from 1994 to 2006; and Music Director of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra in Norway since 2003. A celebrated conductor, Litton was awarded Yale Universityĺ─˘s Sanford Medal in 2003, the BBC Critics Award in 2005, and the Elgar Medal in 2007. He was recently praised for his collaboration with the Bergen International Festival, the National Theatre in Bergen and Grieg Hall, Opera Vest, and Den Nye Operaĺ─˘s in their joint production of Carmen.

Edward Elgarĺ─˘s Violin Concerto in B minor has been described by David Dubal, author of The Essential Canon of Classical Music, as ĺ─˙the greatest English contribution to the treasury of Romantic violin concertosĺ─¨. It was commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society in 1909, when Elgar was at the height of his fame. He dedicated the piece to Austrian virtuoso Fritz Kreisler who was the soloist at its first performance.


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.

Pre-Concert Talk with VSO bassoonist Sophie Dansereau at 7:05pm, FREE to ticketholders. Pre-concert talks take place in the auditorium, on the orchestra level.

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

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Andrew Litton, conductor

Andrew Litton is currently in his fifth season as the first American Music Director of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra of Norway and this summer, Litton brought the orchestra to Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, made the Norwegian orchestra's long awaited debut at the London BBC Proms, returned for his fifth season as Artistic Director of the Minnesota Orchestra Sommerfest, and appeared again with the Chicago Symphony at the Ravinia Festival, before launching into an intensive fall guest conducting schedule throughout North America, Europe, and Japan. In November, Litton takes the Bergen Philharmonic on an 18 day, 12 concert American tour commemorating the Centenary of Grieg's death (Grieg was one of Litton's predecessors as head of the 242-year-old orchestra). The orchestra's first return to America in 41 years is capped with a Carnegie Hall appearance on November 6.

An orchestra builder, Litton in 2005 concluded an acclaimed 12-year tenure as Music Director of the Dallas Symphony, during which he produced 27 new recordings (one of the largest outputs of any American orchestras in the period), 6 nationally televised concerts (including an "Amazing Music" series in use in American schools), made 4 Carnegie Hall appearances and 3 major European tours, and raised the orchestra endowment from $17 million to $100 million. Now Dallas Music Director Emeritus, Litton returns regularly to conduct his former orchestra. At Minnesota's Sommerfest, where Litton performs as conductor, piano soloist, and chamber musician, he enjoys a close collegial relationship with musicians and staff, with ever increasing audiences. In 2006 Litton spearheaded Norwegian initiatives to create the New Bergen Opera company, premiering with a triumphant "Tosca". This season, Litton and the New Bergen Opera perform the David McVicar / Glyndebourne production of Bizet's "Carmen".

Recent additions to Litton's discography of over 75 CD's include a Deutsche Grammophon CD of new works for Violin and Orchestra by John Tavener featuring Nicola Benedetti and the London Philharmonic, and a complete opera recording of Ambroise Thomas' "La Cour de Cłęlimł«ne" with the Philharmonia Orchestra for Opera Rara. Litton and the Bergen Philharmonic record for Swedenĺ─˘s BIS label and Britainĺ─˘s Hyperion label. BIS' releases of Prokofieff's Romeo and Juliet and unusual contemporary works by Aho are garnering rave reviews. A BIS complete Mendelssohn Symphony cycle shortly will follow. A disc of the piano concerti by Sinding and Alnaes for Hyperion was number 2 on the Gramophone Magazine best seller list.

Last season Litton made debuts with Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, the Vienna Tonkunstler at the Musikverein, and with Finlandĺ─˘s Lahti Symphony. Highlights of the current season include return appearances with the London Philharmonic (Elgar's 150 Birthday celebrations), the English Chamber Orchestra, the Utah Symphony, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Bournemouth Symphony (where he continues as Conductor Laureate), the BBC Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra (regular season), Canadaĺ─˘s National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the NHK Symphony, Japan. Litton makes debuts with the MDR Radio Symphony, Leipzig and the Orchestre National de Lille.

Long devoted to the development of young talent, Litton the past season conducted the Juilliard Symphony at Avery Fisher Hall, led a glorious Berlioz Requiem with Boston University students at Boston's Symphony Hall, and worked with students of the Royal College of Music in London.

In recognition of Litton's advocacy of Elgar's work, Britain's Elgar Society presented him its 2007 Award. Yale University previously awarded Litton its Sanford Medal on the occasion of his Walton Centennial performance of Walton's "Belshazzar's Feast", a work that had earned Litton a Grammy Award for a performance with Bryn Terfel and the Bournemouth Symphony.

Litton received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bournemouth and many civic awards from the city of Dallas, including keys to the city, presented for his devotion to his adopted city during his Dallas Symphony tenure. He is a graduate of the Fieldston School, New York and holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the Juilliard School. Litton, born in New York, began piano studies at age five and at ten decided to become a conductor. The youngest-ever winner of the BBC International Conductors' Competition, he served as assistant conductor at La Scala and Exxon/Arts Endowment Assistant Conductor for the Washington, DC National Symphony Orchestra under Mstislav Rostropovich.

Kyoko Takezawa, violin

Emotional power, musical sensitivity, flawless technique, and a tone remarkable for its singular beauty are the qualities that have established Kyoko Takezawa as one of today's foremost violinists. Ms. Takezawa's interpretive insight and virtuosity have made her a sought-after soloist with many of the world's leading orchestras. Ms. Takezawa has performed as soloist with such prominent ensembles as the New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, and the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, Cleveland, Baltimore, Saint Louis, Houston, Toronto, Dallas, Montreal, Detroit and Cincinnati. Abroad, she has been heard with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, the London Symphony, the Tonhalle Orchestra of Zurich, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, the NHK Symphony and the New Japan Philharmonic. She has collaborated with many distinguished conductors, including Seiji Ozawa, Sir Colin Davis, Michael Tilson Thomas, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Kurt Masur, Sir Neville Marriner, Leonard Slatkin, Charles Dutoit, Marek Janowski and Sir Andrew Davis. She has performed at major venues around the world, notably Carnegie Hall in New York; the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; London's BBC Proms; Musikverain in Vienna and Suntory Hall in Tokyo.

Highlights of Ms. Takezawa's 2006/2007 season included performances in North America with the St.Louis, North Carolina Symphonies. She toured in Australia with the Queensland and Melbourn Symphonies, and in Asia she performed with the Singapore, NHK, and Kyoto Symphonies, China Philharmonic and Guangzhou Symphony, and gave a recital tour throughout Japan.. She performed at festivals in La Jolla, Busan Music Festival and Great Mountain Music Festival in Korea. In past seasons she performed in North America with the Vancouver, Tucson and Jacksonville, Charlotte, Toronto and Seattle Symphonies. She also performed with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, the Japan Philharmonic, Singapore, Nagoya and Osaka Symphony in Asia, and with Denmark's Aarhus Symphony, France's Orchestre National de Lille, and Manchester's Halle Orchestra. She also appeared as the feature soloist on the Hamburg NDR Symphony tour of Japan.

A highly accomplished chamber music performer, Ms. Takezawa has participated in the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Aspen Music Festival, and La Jolla Music Festivals. Ms. Takezawa's chamber music performances have drawn high praise, and as co-director of the Suntory Festival Soloists of Suntory Hall in Tokyo, she has collaborated with the late Isaac Stern, Yo-Yo Ma, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Joseph Suk and many other distinguished artists. In recent seasons, she has performed at the Aspen Festival and at the first Taipei International Chamber Music Festival with Cho-Liang Lin. A former winner of the Indianapolis Violin Competition, Ms. Takezawa was also recently invited to serve as a juror at the competition.

A prolific recording artist, Ms. Takezawa can be heard on BMG's RCA Victor Red Seal label. Her most recent recording is a performance of the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 14, by Samuel Barber with Leonard Slatkin and the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Her other recordings include the Elgar Violin Concerto with Sir Colin Davis and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra; the Violin Concerto No. 2 by Bartłäk with Michael Tilson Thomas and the London Symphony; and the Mendelssohn Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 with Klaus Peter Flor and the Bamberg Symphony. Ms. Takezawa's CD of French violin sonatas was selected as one of the best recordings of 1993 by Stereo Review.

Ms. Takezawa began violin studies at the age of 3 and at 7 toured the United States, Canada and Switzerland as a member of the Suzuki Method Association. In 1982 she placed first in the 51st Annual Japan Music Competition, and at 17 she entered the Aspen Music School to study with Dorothy DeLay, with whom Ms. Takezawa continued to study at The Juilliard School until graduating in 1989. In 1986 she was awarded the Gold Medal at the Second Quadrennial International Violin Competition in Indianapolis and, most recently, she received the prestigious Idemitsu Award for outstanding musicianship. Ms.Takezawa who performs on the Antonio Stradivarius"Camposelice"(1710), generously provided by the Nippon Music Foundation, lives in New York with her husband and daughter.

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Les boeufs envahissent Paris! / Oxen invade Paris!

Les bëýufs envahissent Paris!
le 25 fłęvrier 2009
łŢ 20 h
au Thłęłótre Maisonneuve de la Place des Arts

Montrłęal, le 10 fłęvrier 2009 ĺ─ţ La 25e saison dĺ─˘I Musici de Montrłęal se poursuit sur ses notes festives. Maestro Yuli Turovsky accueille avec humour lĺ─˘arrivłęe du Bëýuf de la nouvelle annłęe chinoise. Flamboyante soirłęe prłęsentłęe en collaboration avec le Festival MONTRłÔAL EN LUMIłÓRE, Les bëýufs envahissent Paris! sĺ─˘amł«nent avec łęclat dans un dłęploiement musical łętincelant. Tout dĺ─˘abord, la divine Symphonie Č┤ Paris Ȭ de Mozart, puis la Suite Carmen de Shchedrin qui nĺ─˘en sera que plus percutante avec Lĺ─˘Ensemble łŢ percussion Sixtrum. Et en finale, Le Bëýuf sur le toit de Milhaud ĺ─ţun spectacle surrłęaliste originalement conł▀u par Jean Cocteau ĺ─ţ sera cette fois-ci mis en scł«ne par Alexandre Marine. Plongłęe circassienne dans lĺ─˘univers dĺ─˘un bordel parisien, Marine nous promet une adaptation des plus dłębridłęes. Situations absurdes ou burlesques, Marine jongle avec dłęrision des scł«nes quotidiennes peu banales. Pour cette bouffonne aventure, le metteur en scł«ne sĺ─˘entoure de deux comłędiens de sa compagnie, Vitali Makarov et Maria Monakhova, et de huit łętudiants et finissants de lĺ─˘łÔcole nationale de cirque. Fantaisie, virtuositłę et espił«glerie seront au rendez-vous pour cette escapade parisienne du 25 fłęvrier prochain.

Le Bëýuf sur le toit : de la Prohibition au lupanar
Composłę par Darius Milhaud (1892-1974), Le Bëýuf sur le toit se distingue par son exubłęrance, ses airs de music-hall et sa musique brłęsilienne. Milhaud envisageait cette płętillante partition pour un film muet de Charlie Chaplin. Mais cĺ─˘est plutłąt Jean Cocteau qui lĺ─˘a imaginłę en un ballet-pantomime avec les clowns du cirque Młędrano ĺ─ţ les Fratellini ĺ─ţ et situant lĺ─˘action dans un bar amłęricain łŢ lĺ─˘łępoque de la Prohibition. Alexandre Marine, lĺ─˘un des fondateurs du Thłęłótre Deuxił«me Rłęalitłę, (T2R) signe avec Le Bëýuf sa cinquił«me mise en scł«ne pour I Musici. Contrairement łŢ la mise en scł«ne originale, il campe plutłąt Le Bëýuf dans un autre lieu.
Č┤ (ĺ─Â) Notre adaptation de cette collaboration entre Milhaud et Cocteau nous mł«nera plutłąt dans un bordel de Paris oł╝ se croisent prostitułęes et clients. Univers de sexe et de drogue avec tout ce que cela suppose, au son de l'łętincelante musique de Milhaud inspirłę par des airs brłęsiliens. Un vrai carrefour culturel, comme l'est le Paris d'aujourd'hui. Ȭ Et Maestro Turovsky de rajouter : Č┤(ĺ─Â) que Milhaud ait songłę łŢ Charlie Chaplin ne nous a pas łęchappłę puisque notre adaptation est avant tout une comłędie!Ȭ Chassłęs-croisłęs de personnages hauts en couleurs et interprłętłęs par les acteurs Maria Monakhova (Madame, au bordel) et Vitali Makarov (głęrant du bar).

La distribution comprend łęgalement des łętudiants de lĺ─˘łÔcole nationale de cirque : Kaelyn Schmitt (prostitułęe 1 qui rłüve de devenir pilote), Vanessa Vollering (prostitułęe 2, mł«re monoparentale), Bridie Hooper (prostitułęe 3, prostitułęe-nłęe), Gregory Arsenal R. (videur 1), Yannick Thomas (videur 2), Giulio Lanzafame (client timide), Joachim Ciocca (drogułę et tłüte brł¬lłęe) et Matthew Holsbeke (policier malchanceux). En guise de dłęcor, une toile monumentale conł▀ue par lĺ─˘artiste-peintre Natasha Turovsky, violoniste dĺ─˘I Musici et fille du Maestro.

Suite Carmen ou la danse des percussions
Nłę en 1932, Rodion Shchedrin est considłęrłę comme lĺ─˘un des compositeurs russes les plus cłęlł«bres de sa głęnłęration. Composłęe łŢ lĺ─˘intention de son łępouse, la danseuse łętoile Maya Plisetskaya, sa Suite Carmen se dłęploie en 13 numłęros. De lĺ─˘ëýuvre originale de Bizet, Rodion Shchedrin dłęcida de conserver uniquement la section des cordes et dĺ─˘ajouter plusieurs percussions. La section rythmique sera brillamment reprłęsentłęe par Sixtrum, un sextuor de percussionnistes chevronnłęs qui sĺ─˘emploie łŢ faire dłęcouvrir les classiques du rłępertoire de percussion (Cage, Kagel, Xenakis). Crłęłę en 2007, Sixtrum regroupe des percussionnistes ĺ─ţ D'Arcy Philip Gray, Julien Grłęgoire, Philip Hornsey, Kristie Ibrahim, Robert Leroux et Fabrice Marandola ĺ─ţ parmi les plus actifs de la scł«ne montrłęalaise.

Symphonie Č┤ Paris Ȭ de Mozart
Mozart (1756-1791) a łęcrit sa Symphonie Č┤ Paris Ȭ en exploitant le goł¬t franł▀ais de lĺ─˘łępoque. Plusieurs critiques ont młüme soulignłę quĺ─˘il sĺ─˘agissait plutłąt dĺ─˘une parodie. Quoiquĺ─˘il en soit avec cette Symphonie, le compositeur autrichien sĺ─˘łętait assurłę quĺ─˘il plairait łŢ son auditoire. Lĺ─˘histoire lui donna raison puisque le public accueillit cette ëýuvre dans un dłębordement de joie et dĺ─˘effervescence.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphonie no 31 en rłę majeur, K. 297 (300 a) (Paris)
Rodion Shchedrin
Suite Carmen
Darius Milhaud
Le Bëýuf sur le toit, opus 58

Les bëýufs envahissent Paris! une escapade au cirque et en musique avec I Musici de Montrłęal. Premier concert de deux sur un thł«me parisien, le deuxił«me concert, Mangez, buvez et faites la fłüte! avec GARGANTUA et Edgar Fruitier se tiendra łŢ la Salle Pollack, le 11 mars 2009. Renseignements et billetterie : 514 982-6038 ou łŢ Pour en savoir davantage sur notre 25e saison :

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Oxen invade Paris!
February 25, 2009
at 8:00 pm
Thłęłótre Maisonneuve of the Place des Arts

Montrłęal, February 10, 2009 ĺ─ý With its 25th season I Musici de Montrłęal continues its celebrations. Maestro Yuli Turovsky welcomes with humour the arrival of Oxen for the new Chinese year! This flamboyant presentation of Oxen invade Paris! is produced in collaboration with the MONTREAL HIGH LIGHTS FESTIVAL. But to start with, we will hear the beautiful Paris Symphony by Mozart followed by the Carmen Suite in its treatment by Shchedrin of Bizetĺ─˘s immortal work ĺ─ý here with the participation of the Lĺ─˘Ensemble łŢ percussion Sixtrum. And then finally, Le Bëýuf sur le toit by Milhaud ĺ─ý a surrealist spectacle originally conceived by Jean Cocteau ĺ─ý this time directed by Alexandre Marine. Plunged into the circus atmosphere of a Parisian bordello, Marine promises us an unrestrained adaptation that juggles the banal daily scenes of a house of ill repute. For this buffoonery, the director has invited two actors from his company ĺ─ţ Vitali Makarov and Maria Monakhova ĺ─ţ and eight students from lĺ─˘łÔcole nationale de cirque. Fantasy, virtuosity and mischief will be the order of the day for this Parisian escapade on February 25.

Le Bëýuf sur le toit : from Prohibition to a brothel
Composed by Darius Milhaud (1892-1974), Le Bëýuf sur le toit is distinguished by its exuberance, its music hall atmosphere and its Brazilian melodies. Milhaud envisaged this sparkling score for a silent film by Charlie Chaplin. But its was finally Jean Cocteau who imagined it as a ballet-pantomime with clowns from the Młędrano Circus ĺ─ý the Fratellini ĺ─ý and placed the action in an American bar in the era of Prohibition. Alexandre Marine, one of the founding members of the Thłęłótre Deuxił«me Rłęalitłę (T2R), directs our version of Le Bëýuf. It is his fifth stage direction for I Musici.

Contrary to the original stage setting, Alexandre Marine places Le Bëýuf in another place. ĺ─˙ĺ─ÂOur adaptation of this collaboration between Cocteau and Milhaud will shift focus and take us back to Paris, to a brothel with prostitutes, and the characters that frequent them. A world of sex and drugs, and everything in between. All set to Milhaud's brilliant Brazilian variations and arrangements. A true cultural intersection, like present-day Paris.ĺ─¨ And Maestro Turovsky adds, ĺ─˙ĺ─ÂI think that Milhaud's thinking of Charlie Chaplin wasn't left unnoticed in our version at least as far as the humor is concerned.ĺ─¨

A great mix of very colourful characters will be interpreted by Maria Monakhova (the Madame of the bordello) and Vitali Makarov (Manager). The cast also includes students from lĺ─˘łÔcole nationale de cirque: Kaelyn Schmitt (Prostitute 1 - with a dream of becoming a pilot), Vanessa Vollering (Prostitute 2, single mother), Bridie Hooper (Prostitute 3 - prostitute by nature), Gregory Arsenal R. (Bouncer 1), Yannick Thomas (Bouncer 2), Giulio Lanzafame (Timide Client), Joachim Ciocca (Junkie Crackhead) and Matthew Holsbeke (Unfortunate Policeman). In the way of dłęcor, a huge canvas conceived by artist and I Musici violinist and daughter of the Maestro ĺ─ý Natasha Turovsky.

Carmen Suite or dancing percussion
Born in 1932, Rodion Shchedrin is considered as one of the most celebrated composers of his generation. Written for his wife, the star dancer, Maya Plisetskaya, his Carmen Suite consists of 13 episodes. From the original work by Bizet, Rodion Shchedrin decided to conserve uniquely the string section and then add several percussion instruments. The rhythmic component will be brilliantly executed by Sixtrum, a sextet of well-known percussionists whose main goal is bring to audiences the classics of percussion repertoire (Cage, Kagel, Xenakis). Created in 2007, Sixtrum is composed of Dĺ─˘Arcy Philip Gray, Julien Grłęgoire, Philip Hornsey, Kristie Ibrahim, Robert Leroux and Fabrice Marandola ĺ─ţ some of the most active percussionists in the Montreal scene.

Paris Symphony by Mozart
Mozart (1756-1791) wrote his ĺ─˙Parisĺ─¨ Symphony exploiting the French taste of the period. Some critics have even stated that it is perhaps a parody. Whatever its intention, the Austrian composer made sure to delight his audience. History has proven him right as the public has always enjoyed its overflowing joy and effervescence.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Symphony no. 31 in D major, K. 297 (300 a) (Paris)
Rodion Shchedrin
Suite Carmen
Darius Milhaud
Le Bëýuf sur le toit, op. 58

Oxen invade Paris! a circus escapade with I Musici de Montrłęal. First concert of two with a Parisian theme, the second concert, Eat, drink and be merry! featuring GARGANTUA and narrator Edgar Fruitier will be held in Pollack Hall on March 11, 2009. Information and tickets: 514 982-6038 or and to learn everything about our 25th season:

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Le Violon d'or attribułę łŢ une violoncelliste de l'łÔcole Schulich

Le Violon dĺ─˘or attribułę łŢ une violoncelliste de lĺ─˘łÔcole Schulich

Chlołę Dominguez reł▀oit la plus haute distinction pour musicien łŢ cordes de McGill

Chlołę Dominguez a commencłę le violoncelle alors quĺ─˘elle łętait en quatrił«me annłęe łŢ lĺ─˘łęcole Le Plateau łŢ Montreal.

Aujourdĺ─˘hui, inscrite en quatrił«me annłęe de doctorat łŢ lĺ─˘Universitłę McGill, elle vient de recevoir la plus importante bourse dĺ─˘łętudes privłęe du Canada en musique : le Violon dĺ─˘or de lĺ─˘łÔcole de musique Schulich.

Chlołę Dominguez est le troisił«me laurłęat de cette bourse de 20 000 dollars dłęcernłęe chaque annłęe łŢ un musicien łŢ cordes de McGill au talent exceptionnel, sur le point de terminer ses łętudes et voułę łŢ une prometteuse carrił«re dĺ─˘interprł«te.

Lĺ─˘annonce officielle sera faite ce soir (10 fłęvrier) dans le cadre de lĺ─˘łęvłęnement Bravo qui rend hommage aux chercheurs ayant remportłę des prix au cours de la dernił«re annłęe.

Mlle Dominguez succł«de au violoniste Emmanuel Vukovich et łŢ lĺ─˘altiste Lambert Chen, et se produira en trio avec eux łŢ lĺ─˘occasion de lĺ─˘łęvłęnement Bravo.

Č┤ Chlołę est depuis sept ans une source dĺ─˘inspiration extraordinaire pour les musiciens łŢ cordes de lĺ─˘łÔcole Schulich Ȭ, dłęclare Don McLean, doyen de lĺ─˘łęcole de musique. Avant dĺ─˘entreprendre des łętudes de doctorat, elle a obtenu un diplłąme dĺ─˘artiste et une małĂtrise en interprłętation musicale.

Č┤ Il se passe des choses extraordinaires sur la scł«ne musicale du Qułębec Ȭ, affirme Chlołę Dominguez, dont la recherche de doctorat porte sur lĺ─˘łęvolution de la musique pour violoncelle dans la province. Elle est la premił«re musicienne nłęe au Qułębec łŢ recevoir cette distinction.

Membre du Quatuor łŢ cordes Schulich, Chlołę se produit trł«s souvent avec les meilleurs formations musicales de Montrłęal. En 2007, elle a łętłę soliste pour lĺ─˘Ensemble Contemporain de Montrłęal, łŢ lĺ─˘occasion de sa tournłęe en Europe.

Membre du Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en musique, młędias et technologie, elle a participłę łŢ plusieurs projets de recherche et notamment au projet dĺ─˘orchestre numłęrique.

Elle compte terminer sa thł«se de doctorat cet łętłę et entend poursuivre sa carrił«re dĺ─˘interprł«te et de professeur.

Le prix Violon dĺ─˘or a łętłę crłęłę en 2006 par lĺ─˘homme dĺ─˘affaires et philanthrope Seymour Schulich, un an aprł«s que ce dernier eut versłę un don de 20 millions de dollars łŢ lĺ─˘łÔcole de musique de McGill.

łÔcole de musique Schulich
Fondłęe en 1904, lĺ─˘łÔcole de musique Schulich de lĺ─˘Universitłę McGill incarne les plus hauts standards internationaux dĺ─˘excellence en formation professionnelle et en recherche. Elle est rłęputłęe pour ses programmes en formation orchestrale et opłęratique, en jazz, en musique ancienne et contemporaine. Son statut de chef de file en enregistrement sonore et technologie de la musique lui permet dĺ─˘uniques possibilitłęs de collaboration avec le milieu musical. Reconnue aujourdĺ─˘hui comme lĺ─˘une des łęcoles les plus importantes dĺ─˘Amłęrique du Nord, la rłęputation de ses 240 professeurs, les quelque 600 concerts et łęvłęnements prłęsentłęs par annłęe ainsi que ses programmes de recherche en technologies attirent chaque annłęe plus de 850 łętudiants du Qułębec, du Canada et de lĺ─˘łętranger.

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L'artiste malgache MIKEA reł▀oit la Bourse MMM-UNESCO-Aschberg 2009


L'artiste malgache MIKEA

reł▀oit la Bourse MMM-UNESCO-Aschberg 2009

Montrłęal, le 10 fłęvrier 2009 ĺ─ý Musique Multi-Montrłęal (MMM) dłęvoile le nouveau rłęcipiendaire de la Bourse MMM-UNESCO-Aschberg pour l'annłęe 2009 : l'artiste malgache Thłęodore Rakotovao NOMENJANAHARY, dit MIKEA. ł─ ce titre, le musicien passera trois mois en rłęsidence de crłęation łŢ Montrłęal, du 15 fłęvrier au 15 mai 2009. Durant son słęjour, il aura la chance de travailler avec diffłęrents musiciens montrłęalais issus des communautłęs culturelles. Le rłęsultat de ce travail sera dłęvoilłę lors du 19e Festival MMM ĺ─ý Musiques ET Monde, du 17 au 25 avril 2009. La programmation sera disponible dł«s le 26 mars.

Auteur-compositeur-interprł«te natif de l'łĂle de Madagascar, Thłęo Rakotovao fonde en 2003 le groupe MIKEA, du nom d'une tribu de sa rłęgion (il se l'appropriera ensuite comme pseudonyme). MIKEA a trł«s tłąt composłę son propre rłępertoire. Il utilise la technique du beko, chant traditionnel malgache a capella, łŢ laquelle il apporte une touche personnelle caractłęrisłęe par une harmonisation et un traitement rythmique aux saveurs de blues. Dotłę d'une voix chaleureuse et saisissante, il joue łęgalement de la guitare acoustique et du cabosse, instrument traditionnel. Ses compositions łęvoquent la dłęforestation dont l'łĂle souffre actuellement, le dłępeuplement, les pillages ou encore l'amour. Son deuxił«me album, Taholy, lui a permis de figurer en octobre 2008 parmi les trois finalistes du Prix dłęcouverte RFI de Radio France International. Au cours de l'annłęe 2009, MIKEA sera en concert dans plusieurs festivals en France (Festival Musiques Młętisses d'Angoulłüme, Festival de Jazz de Coutances), et en tournłęe łŢ travers l'Afrique.


Dłęcernłęe pour la 6e annłęe par Musique Multi-Montrłęal, la Bourse MMM-UNESCO-Aschberg rłęcompense de jeunes artistes des pays en dłęveloppement en leur permettant d'łęchanger avec des artistes montrłęalais issus de toutes les cultures. Elle rłęsulte d'une entente conclue entre Musique Multi-Montrłęal et l'Organisation des Nations Unies pour l'łÔducation, la science et la culture (UNESCO), et błęnłęficie du soutien prłęcieux du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec.

Les prłęcłędents laurłęats de la Bourse MMM-UNESCO-Aschberg sont Hassan Boussou, du Maroc (2007); Lucho Quequezana, du Płęrou (2006); Mamadou Fofana, du Mali (2005); Luis Fernandes, du Portugal (2004); et Lucinłę Hovhannissian, d'Armłęnie (2003).


Depuis bientłąt vingt ans, Musique Multi-Montrłęal contribue au dłęveloppement et au rayonnement des musiques du monde au Qułębec. Sa mission est de faire connałĂtre les artistes d'ici de toutes origines, dans une dłęmarche de rapprochement et de convergence des cultures.

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Analia Llugdar wins 2008 Jules Lłęger Prize for New Chamber Music

Analia Llugdar wins 2008 Jules Lłęger Prize for New Chamber Music

Ottawa, February 10, 2009 ĺ─ý The Canada Council for the Arts announced today that the work Que sommesĺ─Űnous by composer Analia Llugdar is the winner of the 2008 Jules Lłęger Prize for New Chamber Music. The work was commissioned by Radio-Canada and was premiered by the Ensemble contemporain de Montrłęal+, under the baton of Vłęronique Lacroix, in May 2008.

This annual award is a partnership between the Canada Council, Canadian Music Centre and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Sociłętłę Radio-Canada. The prize is designed to encourage the creation of new Canadian chamber music and to foster its performance by Canadian chamber groups. The $7,500 prize was established in 1978 by the Right Honourable Jules Lłęger, then Governor General of Canada.

The competition for the prize is administered by the Canadian Music Centre. The Canada Council funds the award, selects the peer assessment committee and organizes the prize presentation ceremony. Every year, the winning work is broadcast nationally by CBC Radio 2 and Espace musique, Radio-Canada's music network. Que sommes-nous will be broadcast by CBC Radio 2 on June 14 and 16 between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. on The Signal, with hosts Pat Carrabrłę and Laurie Brown, and on Espace musique on May 14 during the Soirłęes classiques between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., hosted by Michel Keable.

The members of the peer assessment committee for the 2008 Jules Lłęger Prize were composer and pianist John Burge (Kingston, ON), composer John Oliver (New Westminster, BC) and composer Isabelle Panneton (Montreal). The committee was a "blind jury" which evaluated the works without knowing the names of the composers.

Of Que sommes-nous the jury said, "This piece displays virtuosic instrumental writing of the highest order, scored with a deftness that energizes the texture to masterfully combine transparency and density. This work is also characterized by a huge release of breath that supports it as it unfolds in an unforeseeable and always captivating way."

The jury made a special mention of two other works submitted for the Jules Lłęger Prize. Icebergs et soleil de minuit ĺ─ţ Quatuor en blanc by Simon Martin, which was premiered by Quatuor Bozzini in April 2007, and Big City, Little City by Michael Oesterle, which was premiered by Steven Dann and the Soundstreams Canada Chamber Ensemble in October 2007.

An image of Ms. Llugdar can be downloaded from the Canada Council image gallery at:

Analia Llugdar
Born in Argentina in 1972, Analia Llugdar studied piano and composition at Cłärdoba National University, Argentina. She continued her composition studies at University de Montrłęal, where she completed a master with Josłę Evangelista and a PhD in Music composition with Denis Gougeon.

She has received several awards for her work, including First Prize in the Composition Competition of the Orchestre de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal, the Canada Council for the Arts Grand Prize for the CBC Young Composers Competition (2002), and the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada Award. She has also received the Qułębec-Flandres Prize 2007 and a special mention for Le chłüne et le roseau in the 2006 Jules Lłęger Prize competition.

Her music has been performed by the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Ensemble Contemporain de Montrłęal+, the Trio Fibonacci, Prłęmices duet, the Laval Symphony Orchestra (Quebec), the Enfants Terribles, the ensemble S:I.C., the Ensemble de flł¬tes Alizłę and the ensemble I solisti del vento.

Le chłüne et le roseau represented Canada at the 52nd International Rostrum of composers. Several of her works were performed at festivals including the Montrłęal Nouvelle Musique (MNM), the Conference of Contemporary Music (Brussel), the International Society of Contemporary Music Concerts (Flandres), the Biennale Musiques en Scł«ne 2008 (Lyon), the Voix Nouvelles festival (Royaumont, France), Domaine Forget (Quebec), the 2008 Cornerstone Festival (Liverpool) and the Huddersfield New Music Festival (Huddersfield, UK).

General information
In addition to its principal role of promoting and fostering the arts, the Canada Council for the Arts administers and awards many prizes and fellowships in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural and health sciences, engineering, and arts management. These prizes and fellowships recognize the achievements of outstanding Canadian artists, scholars, and administrators. The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to raising public awareness and celebration of these exceptional people and organizations on both a national and international level.

Please visit our website ( for a complete listing of these awards.

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Infinithłęłótre evenement theatrale

La premił«re mondiale de BLESSED ARE THEY examine une grande question : Č┤ Oł╝ est Dieu ? Ȭ

MONTRłÔAL, fłęvrier 2009 - Infinithłęłótre termine sa saison 2008-09, Č┤ Love, Hope, Faith Ȭ, avec la premił«re mondiale de l'ëýuvre de Bruce M. Smith, BLESSED ARE THEY, łŢ l'łÔglise unie de St-James du 17 fłęvrier au 8 mars 2009. (Les prłęvues auront lieu les 17 et 18 fłęvrier 2009.)

Une confrontation entre deux personnages : un ministre dont la foi est incertaine, un nouveau paroissien retrouvłę dans la grłóce de Dieu. Situłę dans une petite communautłę qułębłęcoise, les deux personnages, l'un est basłę sur l'apłątre Paul, l'autre sur l'apłątre Pierre, tente de dłęfinir la rłęelle nature de la foi.

Une mise en scł«ne de Guy Sprung, la pił«ce met en vedette Andreas Apergis, Emily Bamforth, Eric Davis, Joanna Noyes, Juno London, Igor Ovadis et Vlasta Vrana. La scłęnographie et les costumes sont d'Elli Bunton, łęclairages de Sarah Yaffe et la rłęgie par Kathryn Cleveland, assistłęe de Danielle-Ariel Caddell-Malenfant et Kyla Miller.

Dates et heures : Du 17 fłęvrier au 8 mars

Du mardi au samedi 20 h

Matinłęes les dimanches 14 h

Billets :

Admission głęnłęrale 20,00 $

łÔtudiants, AłĂnłęs 15,00 $

Tarif de groupe (16ou plus) 10,00 $

Lieu :

St. James United Church

463, rue Ste-Catherine ouest

Billetterie :

514-987 ĺ─ý 1774 ext. 104

Sites Web :

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Infinithłęłótre Calendar event

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

MONTRłÔAL, February 2009 - Infinithłęłótre tops off their season of "love, hope and faith" with Bruce M. Smith's world premił«re, BLESSED ARE THEY, at the 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.

Directed by Guy Sprung, the play stars Andreas Apergis, Emily Bamforth, Eric Davis, Joanna Noyes, Juno London, 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 and Kyla Miller.

DATES & TIMES: FEB. 17 ĺ─ý MAR. 8

Tues. through Sat. 8:00 PM

Sunday Matinłęes 2:00 PM


St. James United Church

463 St. Catherine Street West


General Admission $20.00

Students and Seniors $15.00

Group Rates (6+) $10.00


514-987 ĺ─ý 1774 ext. 104

Web Site:

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Eddins and Kulesha conduct invigorating repertoire in Masters Series concerts - Feb. 20 and Feb. 21

Classic Landmarks Masters

William Eddins and Gary Kulesha both at the forefront in virtuosic evening of Bach and Beethoven

Friday, February 20th ĺ─ý 7:30 pm; Saturday, February 21st ĺ─ý 8:00 pm

Edmonton, AB ĺ─Â In a rare gesture, Canadian composer Gary Kulesha takes the baton to lead the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) in his own composition, Symphony No. 3. William Eddins will also command the role of conductor, but from the harpsichord, in Bachĺ─˘s Fifth Brandenburg Concerto. Also featured in this treasured Baroque masterpiece are ESO Concertmaster Martin Riseley, and Principal Flute Elizabeth Koch. Pianist Jon Kimura Parker takes the solo role in the eveningĺ─˘s concluding work, Beethovenĺ─˘s First Piano Concerto, a remarkable work marked with the bold strokes and propulsive energy of an emerging titan.

Ticket prices for this performance range from $20-$69 (agency fees apply). Student and senior $20 rush tickets are on sale, subject to availability, two hours prior to performance time. Afterthoughts, following Fridayĺ─˘s performance, will feature conductors William Eddins and Gary Kulesha. Saturday eveningĺ─˘s 7:15 pm Symphony Prelude features Allan Gilliland and Gary Kulesha.

Special $10 Friday morning ESO/Eddins concert on February 20th ĺ─ý 10:00 am

In addition to the Friday and Saturday night concert events, the ESO invites you to explore The Shapes and Shades of Music on Friday, February 20th at 10:00 am. During this highly interactive concert, host William Eddins, Gary Kulesha and Jon Kimura Parker will delve deep into live excerpts of musical works, enlightening audience members through discussion of tuneful aspects underlying the music. The excerpts from Bach, Beethoven, and Kulesha to be presented at the morning demonstration will be performed in their entirety both Friday and Saturday evenings. Donĺ─˘t miss this unique symphonic opportunity! Tickets for The Shapes and Shades of Music are only $10 (agency fee applies) and are available by calling the Winspear Centre Box Office at (780) 428-1414.

The next performance of The Masters takes place on March 7th and 8th, with conductor William Eddins and cellist Pieter Wispelwey in Music that Changed the World, featuring Beethovenĺ─˘s 5th Symphony, arguably the most well-known composition of classical music.

This series is generously supported by Classic Landmarks Master Builder.

Media Sponsor: CKUA Radio Network and the Edmonton Journal


Media contact:

Pamela Pecush, Publicist

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Office: (780) 401-2532; Cell: (780) 952-2532

Winspear Centre Box Office:

(780) 428-1414 or 1-800-563-5081

#4 Winston Churchill Square


William Eddins is Music Director of the Edmonton SymphonyBuffalo, N.Y., he currently resides in Minneapolis with his lovely wife Jen, a clarinetist, and their two boys Raef and Riley. Orchestra. A native of

Bill has been playing piano since he was five when his parents bought a Wurlitzer Grand piano at a garage sale. He started conducting during his sophomore year at the Eastman School of Music, and most of the '80s were spent trying to decide whether to pursue a career in conducting or piano. In 1989, Bill decided to study conducting with Dan Lewis at the University of Southern California, from whence he managed to land assistant conductor posts with the Chicago Symphony and the Minnesota Orchestra in 1992.

Bill is committed to bringing classical music to the greater public. He has started a podcast ĺ─ý Classical Connections ĺ─ý which is dedicated to exploring the history of classical music and highlights live chamber music performances in which Bill has taken part. He has also produced a solo piano CD ĺ─ý Bad Boys, Volume I ĺ─ý which features Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" Sonata and Albright's Nightmare Fantasy Rag.

Although principally a composer, Gary Kulesha is active as both a pianist and a conductor, and as a teacher. His music has been commissioned, performed, and recorded by musicians and ensembles all over the world. Mr. Kulesha's first opera, Red Emma, was included in Opera America's book of "Operas which should be performed more often", beside works by Copland, Bernstein, and Weill.

In 1988 to 1992, Gary Kulesha was Composer in Residence with the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra. He was Composer in Residence with the Canadian Opera Company from 1993 to 1995. In September 1995, he was appointed Composer-Advisor to The Toronto Symphony Orchestra, where his duties include composing, conducting, and advising on repertoire. In February 1998, the TSO premiered his Symphony for two conductors and orchestra, with Jukka Pekka Saraste and Gary Kulesha conducting. Symphony was awarded a prize at the Winnipeg Symphony New Music Festival in 2001 as Best Canadian Orchestra Composition of the 1990s. In March of 2005, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra premiered Second Symphony. In November of 2006, Shauna Rolston premiered Concerto for Cello and Orchestra with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In May of 2007, the National Arts Centre Orchestra premiered Third Symphony, the work which the ESO will perform at these concerts.

In 1990, Mr. Kulesha was nominated for a Juno award for his Third Chamber Concerto. He was nominated again in 2000 for The Book of Mirrors. In 1986, he was named Composer of the Year by PROCanada, the youngest composer ever so honoured. His conducting activities are extensive, and he has premiered literally hundreds of works. He has guest conducted frequently with several major orchestras throughout Canada, and has recorded for radio and CD. Mr. Kulesha is on the fulltime faculty of the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto. He lives in Toronto with his wife, composer Larysa Kuzmenko.

This is Mr. Kuleshaĺ─˘s debut as a conductor of the ESO. Previous compositions by Mr. Kulesha performed by the ESO are Dreams (October 1989) and Essay for Orchestra No. 2 (April 1986).

Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Jon Kimura Parker's extraordinary career has taken him from Carnegie Hall and London's Royal Festival Hall to Baffin Island and Zimbabwe. A true Canadian ambassador of music, Mr. Parker has given two command performances for Queen Elizabeth II, special performances for the United States Supreme Court, and has performed for the Prime Ministers of Canada and Japan. He is an Officer of The Order of Canada. He has performed as guest soloist with the New York Philharmonic, The Cleveland Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the NHK Tokyo Orchestra, and with major orchestra in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Montrłęal, San Diego, Salt Lake City, and Toronto.

Jon Kimura Parker is Professor of Piano at The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston. Mr. Parker is the E. Stephen Purdom Distinguished Visiting Artist at the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University, as well as Honorary Co-Chair of the Piano Pedagogy Research Laboratory at the University of Ottawa. "Jackie" Parker received all of his early education in Canada, training with his uncle, Edward Parker and his mother, Keiko Parker. He studied with Lee Kum-Sing at the Vancouver Academy of Music and U.B.C., Marek Jablonski at The Banff Centre, and with renowned pedagogue Adele Marcus at The Juilliard School, where he received his doctorate. He won the Gold Medal at the 1984 Leeds International Piano Competition. Mr. Parker has recorded for Telarc with Yoel Levi, Andre Previn and Peter Schickele. He was born, raised, and educated in Vancouver. He lives in Houston with his wife, violinist Aloysia Friedmann and their daughter Sophie.

Mr. Parker last appeared with the ESO in March 2007.

Originally from the Philadelphia area, Elizabeth Koch has been Principal Flute with the ESO since 1987. She studied at the New School of Music in Philadelphia, the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Blossom Festival School (summer home of the Cleveland Orchestra). Her teachers include David Cramer (Assistant Principal Flute, Philadelphia Orchestra), Jeffrey Khaner (Principal Flute, Philadelphia Orchestra) and Adeline Tomasone (Principal Flute, Philadelphia Opera). In the summer of 1987, Elizabeth was the only American flutist to play in the Schleswig-Holstein Musik Festival Orkester under Leonard Bernstein.

Since arriving in Edmonton, Elizabeth Koch has been in demand as a soloist with the ESO, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, ECHO and the Arden Ensemble. Elizabeth was a founding member of the woodwind trio Take 3 which was heard regularly on CBC Radio from 1992-1998. She is on faculty at King's University College and maintains a private studio. She is married to ESO violinist Murray Vaasjo. They have one son - and several cats.

A native of New Zealand, Martin Riseley began violin studies at the age of six, and gave his first solo concert when he was ten. After several years of study with the English violinist Carl Pini, he entered the University of Canterbury School of Music in 1986. In 1988 he won the Television New Zealand Young Musicians Competition and Australian Guarantee Corporation Young Achievers Award. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree he went to the Juilliard School in 1989 where he studied with Dorothy DeLay and Piotr Milewski, and was coached in chamber music by Samuel Rhodes and Joel Smirnoff of the Juilliard Quartet, and by Felix Galimir. Riseley graduated from Juilliard in 1996 with his Doctorate of Musical Arts degree.

Mr. Riseley assisted Dorothy DeLay as a teaching fellow in the Pre-College Division of Juilliard while in New York, and taught at the 92nd Street 'Y'. He was also soloist and concertmaster with the Chamber Players of the Juilliard School in their Merkin Hall debut, and in Alice Tully Hall as part of the Mozart Bicentennial celebrations at Lincoln Center.

Martin Riseley has been Concertmaster of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra since 1994, and his solo and chamber concerts have appeared on CBC radio. He gave the North American premiere of the violin concerto "The Bulls of Bashan" by Gavin Bryars, and played the Chaconne from The Red Violin by John Corigliano at the ESO's Enbridge Symphony Under the Sky festival. He also premiered a concerto by the ESO's Composer in Residence, Allan Gilliland in 2002.

He served as Interim Associate Concertmaster of the National Arts Center Orchestra for the 2002-2003 season, and was guest concertmaster of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra during 2003.

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Analia Llugdar wins 2008 Jules Lłęger Prize for New Chamber Music

Analia Llugdar wins 2008 Jules Lłęger Prize for New Chamber Music

Ottawa, February 10, 2009 ĺ─ý The Canada Council for the Arts announced today that the work Que sommes nous by composer Analia Llugdar is the winner of the 2008 Jules Lłęger Prize for New Chamber Music. The work was commissioned by Radio-Canada and was premiered by the Ensemble contemporain de Montrłęal+, under the baton of Vłęronique Lacroix, in May 2008.

This annual award is a partnership between the Canada Council, Canadian Music Centre and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Sociłętłę Radio-Canada. The prize is designed to encourage the creation of new Canadian chamber music and to foster its performance by Canadian chamber groups. The $7,500 prize was established in 1978 by the Right Honourable Jules Lłęger, then Governor General of Canada.

The competition for the prize is administered by the Canadian Music Centre. The Canada Council funds the award, selects the peer assessment committee and organizes the prize presentation ceremony. Every year, the winning work is broadcast nationally by CBC Radio 2 and Espace musique, Radio-Canadaĺ─˘s music network. Que sommes-nous will be broadcast by CBC Radio 2 on June 14 and 16 between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m. on The Signal, with hosts Pat Carrabrłę and Laurie Brown, and on Espace musique on May 14 during the Soirłęes classiques between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., hosted by Michel Keable.

The members of the peer assessment committee for the 2008 Jules Lłęger Prize were composer and pianist John Burge (Kingston, ON), composer John Oliver (New Westminster, BC) and composer Isabelle Panneton (Montreal). The committee was a ĺ─˙blind juryĺ─¨ which evaluated the works without knowing the names of the composers.

Of Que sommes-nous the jury said, ĺ─˙This piece displays virtuosic instrumental writing of the highest order, scored with a deftness that energizes the texture to masterfully combine transparency and density. This work is also characterized by a huge release of breath that supports it as it unfolds in an unforeseeable and always captivating way.ĺ─¨

The jury made a special mention of two other works submitted for the Jules Lłęger Prize. Icebergs et soleil de minuit ĺ─ţ Quatuor en blanc by Simon Martin, which was premiered by Quatuor Bozzini in April 2007, and Big City, Little City by Michael Oesterle, which was premiered by Steven Dann and the Soundstreams Canada Chamber Ensemble in October 2007.

An image of Ms. Llugdar can be downloaded from the Canada Council image gallery at:

Analia Llugdar

Born in Argentina in 1972, Analia Llugdar studied piano and composition at Cłärdoba National University, Argentina. She continued her composition studies at University de Montrłęal, where she completed a master with Josłę Evangelista and a PhD in Music composition with Denis Gougeon.

She has received several awards for her work, including First Prize in the Composition Competition of the Orchestre de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal, the Canada Council for the Arts Grand Prize for the CBC Young Composers Competition (2002), and the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada Award. She has also received the Qułębec-Flandres Prize 2007 and a special mention for Le chłüne et le roseau in the 2006 Jules Lłęger Prize competition.

Her music has been performed by the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, the Ensemble Contemporain de Montrłęal+, the Trio Fibonacci, Prłęmices duet, the Laval Symphony Orchestra (Quebec), the Enfants Terribles, the ensemble S:I.C., the Ensemble de flł¬tes Alizłę and the ensemble I solisti del vento.

Le chłüne et le roseau represented Canada at the 52nd International Rostrum of composers. Several of her works were performed at festivals including the Montrłęal Nouvelle Musique (MNM), the Conference of Contemporary Music (Brussel), the International Society of Contemporary Music Concerts (Flandres), the Biennale Musiques en Scł«ne 2008 (Lyon), the Voix Nouvelles festival (Royaumont, France), Domaine Forget (Quebec), the 2008 Cornerstone Festival (Liverpool) and the Huddersfield New Music Festival (Huddersfield, UK).

General information

In addition to its principal role of promoting and fostering the arts, the Canada Council for the Arts administers and awards many prizes and fellowships in the arts, humanities, social sciences, natural and health sciences, engineering, and arts management. These prizes and fellowships recognize the achievements of outstanding Canadian artists, scholars, and administrators. The Canada Council for the Arts is committed to raising public awareness and celebration of these exceptional people and organizations on both a national and international level.

Please visit our website ( for a complete listing of these awards.

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NACO, Feb. 18-19: Grammy-winner James Ehnes performs Korngold Concerto

Violinist James Ehnes performs the Korngold Violin Concerto for which he won a 2008 Grammy Award. These NAC Orchestra concerts on Feb. 18-19 led by David Lockington include the world premiere of ĺ─˙The Kissĺ─¨, an NAC-commission from composer Scott Good

Ottawa (Canada) ĺ─ý James Ehnes, the violin virtuoso from Brandon, Manitoba, who is widely considered one of classical musicĺ─˘s brightest talents, took the Triple Crown of music last year ĺ─ý winning, a GRAMOPHONE AWARD, a JUNO and a GRAMMY, the latter two for his recording of the Korngold Violin Concerto. He will perform this romantic masterpiece with the National Arts Centre Orchestra led by British conductor David Lockington on Wednesday, February 18 and Thursday, February 19 at 8 p.m. in the NACĺ─˘s Southam Hall. These Mark Motors Audi Signature Series concerts include the world premiere of ĺ─˙The Kissĺ─¨, a work commissioned by the NAC from Canadian composer Scott Good, a former participant in the NAC Summer Music Instituteĺ─˘s Composers Program. Maestro Lockington completes the evening with Elgarĺ─˘s Enigma Variations ĺ─ý fourteen charming portraits of the composer and his friends based on a theme, the identity of which is one of historyĺ─˘s greatest musical mysteries.

Korngold was the first composer of international stature to hold a contract with a movie studio, and in the Golden Age of Hollywood he turned out lush, romantic, heroic, swashbuckling scores enjoyed by millions in such classics as The Adventures of Robin Hood, Of Human Bondage, Captain Blood and The Sea Hawk, among many others. Korngoldĺ─˘s Violin Concerto draws most of its principal themes from his film scores, and it is pure romanticism all the way, with the soloist seldom out of the spotlight. It was premiered by none other than Jascha Heifetz.

James Ehnes won the 2008 GRAMMY and JUNO Awards for Best Classical Album of the year for his recording of the Korngold, Barber and Walton Concertos with the Vancouver Symphony. He also won the 2008 Gramophone Award for Best Concerto Recording of the Year for Elgarĺ─˘s Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra (London). And the honours keep coming! He recently received his 13th JUNO nomination for Homage, an extraordinary project featuring performances on 12 of the greatest string instruments ever made by master craftsmen Stradivari, the Guarneri family, Guadagnini and others, all belonging to the unique Fulton Collection. Ehnes performs 21 musical selections all carefully chosen to showcase each individual instrument. James Ehnes has performed in over 20 countries on five continents with many of the worldĺ─˘s most renowned orchestras and conductors. He first performed at the NAC in recital on the NAC Debut Series in 1993 at age 16 and a few months later made his NAC Orchestra debut at the CBC Young Performers Competition which he won. He has returned regularly since both with the NAC Orchestra and in recital.

Composer Scott Goodĺ─˘s association with the National Arts Centre began in 2005 when he became a member of the Orchestraĺ─˘s Composers program. He wrote a string quartet (Sun-Moon) and a work for chamber orchestra (Variations), both of which were performed at the NAC. His orchestral work Cry was also performed at the NAC by the Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne in 2007, at which time the NAC Orchestra commissioned him to write a new work which will now have its world premiere. Scott Good explains how he was inspired by the sculptures of renowned French artist Auguste Rodin. ĺ─˙The Kiss had a particularly profound impact on me with its sense of proportion and physical sensuality. The bodies are in perfect balance, neither dominating the other. The impression was so strong that I hoped somehow to pay tribute this work. The commission to write a new piece for the National Arts Centre Orchestra provided the appropriate opportunity.ĺ─¨

Tickets for these Mark Motors Audi Signature Series concerts with violinist James Ehnes, conductor David Lockington and the NAC Orchestra on Wednesday, February 18 and Thursday, February 19 at 8 p.m. are on sale now at $19.00, $39.00, $49.00, $59.00, $69.00 and $86.00 (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

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

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Monday, February 9, 2009

Fundraiser- Tshepang, March 3 and 4 at La Chapelle

Maurice Podbrey and Mopo Productions present



Written and directed by Lara Foot Newton

Tuesday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 4

Proceeds from these two performances go towards the development of a new generation of South African theatrical talent ĺ─ý one that will help bring purpose and hope to that country.

Tshepang's producer, Maurice Podbrey, has been initiating cultural development work in South Africa for the past 9 years since returning there from Montreal. Over 25 major projects have been completed in that time covering the whole field of training, development and production.

This compelling evening will also offer a reception with some excellent South African wines from the Cape Town area. Lara Foot Newton, playwright and director, will be present for the fundraisers and the audience is invited to meet the cast, Lara and Maurice to discuss the play and related subjects.

In Tshepang, Ruth, the mother of baby Tshepang, has not uttered a word in three years. Simon comes forward to protect her, and from the ashes of tragedy a most unusual tale of hope and love emerges. A powerful story told with humour and heartbreak. This highly successful play has toured South Africa and internationally to six countries, to overwhelming response. It is probably South Africa's most significant theatre piece of the past decade.

A fundraising evening featuring the play, Tshepang

Tuesday, March 3 and Wednesday, March 4, 2009

8:00 PM

La Chapelle, 3700 Rue Saint-Dominique

Tickets are $150, with tax receipts for $100 issued

Please call Maurice at (514) 509-6909,

All proceeds go towards Mopo Productions


Tshepang will be presented by La Chapelle from February 24th to March 7th.

Reservations: 514-843-7738 or

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Carnaval de la lumił«re au KOLA NOTE le 21 Fłęv

CarnavaL de la Lumił«re 2009

Le carnaval brłęsilien de Montrłęal

ł─ Montrłęal, le 8 janvier 2009- Pour la troisił«me annłęe de suite, le Carnaval de la Lumił«re est de retour et se tiendra le 21 fłęvrier 2009, au Kola Note łŢ Montrłęal. Le Carnaval de la Lumił«re, cĺ─˘est le carnaval brłęsilien classique dans tous ces excł«s et dans toute sa folie. Organisłę par Estał▀łúo da Luz, łęcole de percussion brłęsilienne dirigłęe par Vovłą, małĂtre tambourinaire de Bahia, cette orgie de musique fera battre les coeurs et rłęchauffera les łómes.

Cette annłęe, Estał▀łúo da Luz a invitłę ses grands amis : Paulo Ramos, Młąnica Freire, Niko Beki, Andiara, chanteuse de Salvador de Bahia et Peninha, małĂtre de lĺ─˘łÔquipe Capoeira Brasileira, avec ses łęlł«ves, pour venir faire trembler le sol.

Le Carnaval de la Lumił«re, cĺ─˘est plus de 3 heures de musique Č┤ live Ȭ avec un orchestre enflammłę de 12 percussionnistes accompagnant tous les chants populaires du Brłęsil dĺ─˘aujourdĺ─˘hui et dĺ─˘hier. Paulo Ramos tiendra la barre harmonique łŢ la guitare, tout en chantant, bien entendu. Le Carnaval de la Lumił«re, cĺ─˘est le carnaval de tous les brłęsiliens pour le monde entier.

Chaque annłęe, le Kola Note est plein łŢ craquer et le public sĺ─˘empare de la piste de danse de 22h łŢ 3h du matin pour danser la Samba, le Frevo et la Marcha. Sur la piste de danse, la transe est au rendez-vous. Surtout que les danseuses et les danseurs professionnels se młülent łŢ la foule car ils raffolent de la Č┤ cuisine Ȭ, de la cozinha, dĺ─˘Estał▀łúo da Luz qui mijote łŢ lĺ─˘annłęe longue.

Pour animer la soirłęe, Hamilton Cidade, de radio centre-ville, sera lĺ─˘hłąte qui saura faire saliver la foule.

Estał▀łúo da Luz est une łęcole traditionnelle de samba brłęsilienne. Les łęlł«ves sĺ─˘entrainent toute lĺ─˘annłęe afin battre le tambour łŢ sa juste valeur. Le terme łęcole rłęfł«re łŢ la tradition des grandes łęcoles de samba du Brłęsil, dirigłęes par de grands małĂtres.

Estał▀łúo da Luz a łętłę formłęe en 2005 dans le but de recrłęer lĺ─˘ambiance de ces łęcoles brłęsiliennes qui sont en fait, de grands centres communautaires axłęs sur le rythme et ses bienfaits.

Cĺ─˘est le temps de lłócher prise.

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Rłęservez ces dates: Bye Bye Baby (en franł▀ais)- Imago Theatre et Monument-National, du 19 au 28 mars

Rłęservez ces dates!

en co-diffusion avec le


Bye Bye Baby

Texte de Elyse Gasco

Traduction de Maryse Warda

Mise en scł«ne par Clare Schapiro

Marquez ces dates sur votre calendrier d'hiver

Du jeudi 19 au samedi 28 mars 2009

Imago Thłęłótre, la compagnie qui vient tout juste de se voir attribuer le prix de l'Association qułębłęcoise des critiques de thłęłótre pour sa production anglophone The Baroness and the Pig, offre cette fois au public francophone son grand succł«s, Bye Bye Baby.

Bye Bye Baby se veut une tragi-comłędie, qui raconte le płęriple d'une jeune femme enceinte łŢ la recherche de sa mł«re biologique et ses tribulations łŢ travers le labyrinthe bureaucratique de l'adoption au Qułębec. La pił«ce rłęunit sur scł«ne les comłędiennes Nathalie Claude, Martine-Marie Lalande, Dominique Leduc, Mathilde Monnard et Felicia Shulman.

Bye Bye Baby fut d'abord crłęłęe en anglais et prłęsentłęe au młüme Studio Hydro-Qułębec du Monument-National en novembre 2004, faisant salle comble łŢ la suite de critiques łęlogieuses et d'un bouche-łŢ-oreille fulgurant (Prix MECCA: Best New Play 2004-05) si bien que Bye Bye Baby fut choisie par le Thłęłótre Centaur pour la clłąture de sa saison 2005-06. Tant le grand public, que la critique et le milieu thłęłótral łętaient d'accord quant łŢ la pertinence d'offrir cette production au public francophone. C'est un rendez-vous łŢ ne pas manquer!

Rares sont les productions montrłęalaises d'expression anglaise de cette tenue.

Il serait triste que le secret de cette rłęussite demeure trop bien gardłę.- Hervłę Guay, Le Devoir, 5 mai 2006

Bye Bye Baby en franł▀ais

Imago Thłęłótre

Au Monument-National, Studio Hydro-Qułębec

1182, boulevard Saint-Laurent

Du mardi au samedi łŢ 20 h 30

Matinłęe: samedi łŢ 14 h

Billetterie: 514-871-2224


Olivier Laroche / Club Balattou 10 fłęv. 20H / musique festive !!!


Montrłęal, le 9 fłęvrier 2009 ĺ─ý Olivier Laroche et sa bande vous invitent au Club Balattou - 4372 boul. Saint-Laurent, coin Marie-Anne - le mardi 10 fłęvrier łŢ 20 h. Olivier prłęsentera les nouvelles compositions originales qu'il peaufine en vue d'un premier album prłęvu en 2009.

Avant de prendre le devant de la scł«ne en tant qu'auteur-compositeur-interprł«te, Olivier Laroche a collaborłę avec plusieurs artistes qułębłęcois dont Mario Peluso, Sara Rłęnłęlik, Jean Leloup et Ginette Reno. Il se consacre łŢ l'łęcriture de son propre matłęriel depuis bientłąt trois ans et a commencłę łŢ se faire connałĂtre du public, tant łŢ Montrłęal qu'en rłęgion, au cours des deux dernił«res annłęes. En 2007, il obtient le Prix Roseq du festival Le Tremplin de Dłęgelis et il est couronnłę grand gagnant de la 16e łędition du Festival de la Chanson de Saint-Ambroise dans la catłęgorie ACI. Rłęcemment, il s'est produit sur la scł«ne de l'Espace Dell'Arte łŢ Montrłęal dans le cadre de la 28e łędition de l'łęvłęnement ZOOM sur la relł«ve.

Passionnłę de la langue franł▀aise, ses crłęations empruntent l'esprit des Brassens, Renaud, Leloup et Charlebois. Pour lui, aucun sujet n'est tabou. Des textes colorłęs, d'une grivoiserie lłęgł«rement salłęe, le tout sur une musique entrałĂnante et festive, nous rłęvł«lent l'honnłütetłę d'un artiste charismatique qui propose un univers oł╝ l'humour et la joie de vivre cłątoient l'introspection et la dłęrision autobiographique.

Venez donc vous rłęchauffer et festoyer avec Olivier Laroche au Club Balattou - 4372 boul. St-Laurent, coin Marie-Anne - le mardi 10 fłęvrier łŢ 20 h.

Billets en prłęvente łŢ 6 $ et łŢ la porte łŢ 8 $.

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The Nathaniel Dett Chorale Commemorates 10th Anniversary Season With Culturally Rich Concert Series

The Nathaniel Dett Chorale

commeMOrateS 10th anniversary season

Founder, Artistic Director Brainerd Blyden-Taylor

For Immediate Release, Monday, February 9, 2009 - 2009 is a landmark year for Torontoĺ─˘s Nathaniel Dett Chorale. Their triumphant Washington-based performances during the recent US Presidential Inauguration were heralded as Canadaĺ─˘s gift to the American public ĺ─ý a sentiment that brought the Chorale congratulations and accolades from coast to coast. On Wednesday, February 25th and Saturday, February 28th, The Nathaniel Dett Chorale will celebrate yet another milestone as they commemorate their 10th Anniversary Season with Voices of the Diaspora, a musical evening which will reunite a host of Chorale members at the the acoustically dazzling Glenn Gould Studio in the Canadian Broadcasting Centre.

A powerful program, Voices of the Diaspora pays tribute to Africaĺ─˘s cultural, artistic and creative impact by featuring favourite R. Nathaniel Dett works alongside several contemporary Afrocentric compositions including the Canadian premiere of ĺ─˙The Angel Spoke" by Robert L. Norris; the Ontario premiere of ĺ─˙Africaĺ─¨ by Brian Tate a work commissioned for the National Youth Choir and containing a combination of Ghanaian and Latin sacred texts; as well as an encore performance of ĺ─˙Go Down Deathĺ─¨ by Canadian composer Stewart Goodyear.

Named for the celebrated African-Canadian composer, The Nathaniel Dett Chorale is Canada's first professional choral group dedicated to Afrocentric music of all styles, including classical, spiritual, gospel, jazz, folk and blues. The Chorale is comprised of classically trained, multi-faceted vocalists whose work stretches beyond the traditional repertoire of a classical chamber choir, challenging audiences to broaden their vision to include all genres of music appropriate to the traditions of the African diaspora. The thrilling 21-voice Chorale is directed by Brainerd Blyden-Taylor and has performed its jubilant repertoire extensively throughout North America, sharing the stage with internationally recognized artists such as Juno Award-winning jazz pianist Joe Sealy, opera star Kathleen Battle, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. During its 10-year history, The Nathaniel Dett Chorale has showcased a remarkable spectrum of talent with alumni that include soprano Measha Bruggergosman, impresario Andrew Craig, and Alana Bridgewater, star of the hit musical We Will Rock You.

Share the Music, an arts and education outreach program presented by the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall with the purpose of enriching the lives of young people through exposure to world-class performers and related educational activities, has purchased 30 tickets for underserved youth to attend The Nathaniel Dett Choraleĺ─˘s February 28th performance. The young guests will also attend an intimate pre-concert chat by Artistic Director Brainerd -Blyden Taylor.

Tickets for the Glenn Gould Studio series available in person at the Roy Thomson Hall box office, 60 Simcoe St., by calling 416.872.4255 or online at

For more information please visit

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Communiqułę Dłęcł«s Claude Girardin

Dłęcł«s de

Claude Girardin

Interprł«te, animateur, relationniste et promoteur

Nłę le 19 juillet 1931 łŢ Montrłęal / Dłęcłędłę le 5 fłęvrier 2009

Sa carrił«re professionnelle, Claude Girardin la dłębute en vendant de l'assurance-vie. Sa sëýur Marielle, qui fait partie des Disciples de Massenet, l'encourage fortement dans cette voie, tout en lui inculquant le goł¬t de la musique.

De 1953 łŢ 1956, Claude devient responsable de la promotion et de la publicitłę aux Publications Pierre Płęladeau inc. Aujourd'hui connues sous le nom de Qułębłęcor.

Ironie du sort, c'est en venant faire approuver des łępreuves d'annonces publicitaires que Claude rencontre nuls autres que Roger Mollet et Michł«le Sandry, propriłętaires du cabaret Č┤ la Cave Ȭ. L'animateur du spectacle, Fernand Robidoux est absent et on lui cherche un remplał▀ant. Sans hłęsitation, Claude dłęcide de relever le dłęfi. Il tiendra le rłąle pendant plusieurs semaines. Un soir, Roger Miron l'entend chanter et lui propose d'entrer en studio pour enregistrer Č┤ J'ai rłüvłę dans tes bras Ȭ, sa nouvelle carrił«re vient de commencer et l'artiste part łŢ la conqułüte des cabarets du Qułębec.

De 1956 łŢ 1968, Claude Girardin enregistre plus d'une vingtaine de 45 tours et cinq albums. Plusieurs de ses chansons sont reprises en chëýur par le public qui les entend frłęquemment sur les ondes : Č┤ Tu resteras dans mon cëýur, Un p'tit błęcot, Sans ton amour, L'łętranger d'un jour, Mon cëýur qui bat Ȭ Č┤ Aprł«s avoir connu, dit-il, le trac des planches, le stress des studios, la fił«vre du public, la rłęussite, les łęchecs, la popularitłę, j'ai senti que je devais passer łŢ autre chose de plus słęcurisant Ȭ Tous ces succł«s lui ont permis de travailler łŢ Las Vegas et d'łütre l'artiste invitłę de la premił«re partie du spectacle de Frank Sinatra au Sand's Hotel en 1964.

Claude Girardin entre alors łŢ l'emploi de CKVL comme directeur de la promotion et des relations publiques. De 1968 łŢ 1972, il contribue largement łŢ garder la station en tłüte des cotes d'łęcoute.

Il fonde Č┤ Les productions Claude Girardin inc. Ȭ - Producteur d'łęvłęnements młędiatiques tant politique qu'artistique jusqu'en 1993. Claude a du głęnie et il dłęcroche d'importants contrats de publicitłę pour des entreprises et des organismes prestigieuse comme les Alouettes, Pepsi Cola, Hydro-Qułębec et McDonalds ĺ─ý Č┤ Rose souvenir Ȭ lors de la visite du Pape et autres.

Il fonde le Č┤ Centre de Formation en communications Ȭ (łęcole de formation, animateurs radio-tłęlłęvision et DJ.

Le producteur qu'il est devenu accorde la prioritłę au monde du spectacle et des arts qu'il connałĂt sur le bout des doigts. Il fait valoir ses talents de communicateur dans les lancements de disques, de livres et de magazines. Il agit comme agent de presse de Renłę Simard, Ginette Reno, de Gilles Latulippe, de Raymond Berthiaume, de Daniel Hłętu et des peintres Gilles Gingras et Jacques Chevalier. A CKLM, oł╝ il anime l'łęmission Show-biz 90 (son łępouse, Marie-France, en est la recherchiste) il prend plaisir łŢ recevoir les artistes et łŢ promouvoir de toutes ses forces la chanson qułębłęcoise.

Aprł«s avoir ëýuvrłę au sein de sociłętłęs intimement liłęes au milieu de la tłęlłęvision et de la radio, on lui offre de devenir membre du conseil d'administration du Chez-nous des artistes, une rłęsidence pour les retraitłęs de la scł«ne. En 1993, il en devient directeur głęnłęral, poste qu'il occupera jusqu'łŢ la fin de 1998.

Pendant plusieurs annłęes, Claude a habitłę Mascouche avec son łępouse Marie-France Tremblay, qui le seconde admirablement bien dans tout ce qu'il entreprend. En mai 1998, Claude reprend les planches, Marie-France est dans les coulisses du Thłęłótre de Marieville 2000 pour lui apporter son soutien moral. Claude donne un tour de chant comme au bon vieux temps des cabarets, un temps qui n'est finalement pas si lointain. A l'occasion, l'oiseau de nuit devenu sage aime bien reprendre contact avec le public qui ne l'oublie pas.

Claude Girardin sera prłęsent dans plusieurs spectacles de Roger Sylvain de 1998 łŢ 2006 oł╝ il dłęcide vłęritablement de se retirer.

Paisiblement installłę łŢ Montrłęal, il partage sa vie avec la femme qu'il aime depuis 23 ans, Marie-France Tremblay. Elle aura łępousłę l'homme de sa vie et lui aura apportłę joie et rłęconfort jusqu'au dernier moment.

Si l'Amour ne meurt pasĺ─Âil en sera ainsi de Claude Girardin et Marie-France Tremblay.

(Extrait du texte de Marcel Brouillard)

La famille vous accueillera au Complexe Funłęraire Magnus Poirier 6825 rue Sherbrooke Est Montrłęal (tel 514.727.2847) les lundi et mardi, 9 et 10 fłęvrier, de 14h łŢ 17h et de 19h łŢ 22h et le mercredi dł«s 11h. Les funłęrailles seront cłęlłębrłęes le mercredi 11 fłęvrier łŢ 13h00 łŢ l'łÔglise St-Lłęonard (5525 Jarry Est, St-Lłęonard) et de lłŢ au Cimetił«re Le Repos St-Franł▀ois d'Assise.

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Prochain concert du Club musical de Qułębec: le pianiste Arnaldo Cohen, le 23 fłęvrier

La dłęcouvert de la saison,
le pianiste Arnaldo Cohen
au Club musical de Qułębec, le 23 fłęvrier,

Le CLUB MUSICAL DE QUłÔBEC prłęsente un grand pianiste młęconnu : Arnaldo Cohen, le lundi 23 fłęvrier łŢ 20 heures, łŢ la Salle Louis-Frłęchette du Grand Thłęłótre de Qułębec.
Ce concert est enregistrłę par Espace musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada 95,3 FM.

On rłępł«te du Brłęsilien Arnaldo Cohen qu'il est considłęrłę comme le plus grand des pianistes młęconnus. Tout au long de cette carrił«re mi-obscure, n'importe oł╝ dans le monde, chacune de ses apparitions suscite une admiration sans borne. Une exceptionnelle dłęcouverte comme seul le Club musical sait en rłęserver!

Au programme :
BACH, Partita no 1 en si błęmol, BWV 825
BEETHOVEN, Sonate en do mineur, op. 13, Č┤ Pathłętique Ȭ
LISZT, Sonate en si mineur

Encore cette saison, les plus GRANDS se succł«dent au Club musical de Qułębec, avec le pianiste Arnaldo Cohen, le lundi 23 fłęvrier, łŢ la Salle Louis-Frłęchette du Grand Thłęłótre de Qułębec.

Il reste encore de trł«s bonnes places pour ce concert. Les billets sont en vente łŢ la billetterie du Grand Thłęłótre de Qułębec, en composant le 643-8131 ou 1-877-643-8131 ou encore dans le rłęseau BILLETECH (

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Opera Atelier announces 2009-2010 Season

Opera Atelierĺ─˘s 2009/10 Season delivers a one-two knock-out punch!

Toronto, ON (February 9, 2009)ĺ─Â Today, Opera Atelier announced the details of its 2009/10 season featuring the two most revolutionary operas of the 18th century.

The season begins in October with a revival of Christoph Willibald Gluckĺ─˘s great reform opera, Iphigłęnie en Tauride, which tells the story of Iphigłęnie, the Greek princess who is abandoned on the island of Tauride for the duration of the Trojan War. Miraculously reunited with her brother Oreste following the murder of their mother (Clytemnestra), Iphigłęnieĺ─˘s courage and self-sacrifice ensures their safe return to Greece.

The opera attacked the very core of French operatic tradition and caused a sensation when it premiered at the Paris Opera in 1779, and again when Opera Atelier first staged it in 2003. Hailed as a work of genius by ecstatic critics, Iphigłęnie en Tauride is considered the greatest triumph of Gluckĺ─˘s career.

American soprano Peggy Kriha Dye, a favourite with OA audiences, returns next season as Iphigłęnie. Croatian tenor Kresimir Spicer, who sang the title role in last seasonĺ─˘s Idomeneo, returns as her brother Oreste. Swedish tenor Rickard SłĆderberg makes his Canadian operatic debut as Pylade, lifelong friend of Oreste. Thoas, King of Tauride, is sung by bass-baritone Olivier Laquerre, and bass-baritone Curtis Sullivan returns in the role of Le Ministre. Esteemed British conductor Andrew Parrott returns to lead the Tafelmusik Orchestra and Chamber Choir and the full corps of Artists of Atelier Ballet. This production is directed by Marshall Pynkoski and choreographed by Jeannette Lajeunesse-Zingg with set designs by Gerard Gauci, costumes by Dora Rust Dĺ─˘Eye, and lighting by Kevin Fraser. Iphigłęnie en Tauride runs October 31, November 1, 3, 4, 6 and 7, 2009 and is sung in French with English SURTITLESTM.

The season continues in the spring with a new production of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozartĺ─˘s popular The Marriage of Figaro. Based on the shocking Beaumarchais play, Mozartĺ─˘s racy tale of love, betrayal and forgiveness is a hilarious and subversive social commentary about a world on the brink of revolution.

This marks the third new Mozart production of Opera Atelierĺ─˘s ambitious ĺ─˙Mozart Sixĺ─¨ plan which to date includes Idomeneo (2007) and The Abduction from the Seraglio (2008). Costume designer Martha Mann, winner of six Gemini awards, makes her company debut. Ms. Mannĺ─˘s credits include Anne of Green Gables, Road to Avonlea, Glory Enough for All, Aida (Boston Lyric Opera), Intermezzo (New York City Opera), and The Mikado (Glimmerglass Opera).

The creative team also includes director Marshall Pynkoski, choreographer Jeannette Lajeunesse-Zingg, set designer Gerard Gauci, and lighting designer Bonnie Beecher. David Fallis conducts the Tafelmusik Orchestra.

Bass-baritone Olivier Laquerre brings his comedic talents to his debut performance as Figaro, wily manservant to Count Almaviva. Soprano Carla Huhtanen is his fiancłęe Susanna. Acclaimed Canadian baritone Philip Addis makes his OA debut as Count Almaviva, and soprano Peggy Kriha Dye appears as Countess Almaviva. Bass-baritone Curtis Sullivan sings the role of Dr. Bartolo and mezzo-soprano Laura Pudwell is his housekeeper, Marcellina. Mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta makes her main stage debut with Opera Atelier as the young love-struck page Cherubino. The Marriage of Figaro will be sung in English with English SURTITLESTM and runs April 24, 25, 27, 28, 30, and May 1, 2010.

Performances for Opera Atelierĺ─˘s 2009/10 season will take place at the Elgin Theatre (189 Yonge Street) in Toronto. Evening performances begin at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinee performances begin at 3:00 p.m.

Subscriptions for Opera Atelierĺ─˘s 2009/10 season are on sale now and may be purchased by calling 416-703-3767 ext. 22. Single tickets for Iphigłęnie en Tauride go on sale August 17, 2009. For more information visit .

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

2009/10 Season Sponsor: Sun Life Financial

2009/10 Major Sponsors: BMO Financial Group, Scotiabank, TD Canada Trust Music, The Dominion of Canada General Assurance Company

Opera Atelier is Canadaĺ─˘s premier baroque theatre company, producing opera, ballet and drama from the 17th and 18th centuries. While drawing upon the aesthetics and ideals of the period, Opera Atelier goes beyond ĺ─˙reconstructionĺ─¨ and infuses each production with an inventive theatricality that resonates with modern audiences. Over the past two decades, lead by founding director Marshall Pynkoski and founding choreographer Jeannette Lajeunesse-Zingg, Opera Atelier has garnered acclaim for its performances at home as well as in the United States, Europe and Asia.

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Evenement theatrale

Une premił«re mondiale cłęlł«bre le 100e anniversaire du poł«te canadien, A. M. Klein

Le Thłęłótre Tableau D'Hłąte est fier de prłęsenter en premił«re mondiale Haunted House au Centre Segal des arts de la scł«ne. La pił«ce, łęcrite par le poł«te et dramaturge Endre Farkas, explore la vie d'A. M. Klein, l'un des plus importants poł«tes canadiens dont on cłęlłębrera le centił«me anniversaire de naissance en fłęvrier. Farkas rłęussit łŢ crłęer une pił«ce łęvocatrice et multidimensionnelle sur les Č┤ rłęalitłęs Ȭ dans lesquelles Klein a vłęcu et s'est enlisłę, celles qu'il a łętudiłęes et dont il n'a jamais pu s'extirper.

mise en scł«ne par Liz Valdez avec

dłęcor par Lara Kaluza Eric Hausknost

łęclairage et costumes Nołęmi Poulin Audrey Finkelstein

son Lucie Monsarrat Paula Jean Hixson

rłęgie Paul Brian Imperial Nem Jevtovic

assistante rłęgie Amy Steinman Christopher Moore

Saro Saroyan


Du mardi au dimanche 20 h

Matinłęe du dimanche 14 h

NOTE : 21 & 25 Fłęvrier COMPLET


Admission głęnłęrale 22,00 $

łÔtudiants, AłĂnłęs et

Membres de la CAEA 15,00 $

Tarif de groupe (10 ou plus) 14,00 $


Le Studio

Centre Segal des arts de la scł«ne

5170, chemin de la Cłąte-Sainte-Catherine


(514) 848-9696


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Theatre event

World Premiere Celebrates 100th Birthday of 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. 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 with







Dates & Times Feb. 18 ĺ─ý Mar. 5

Tues. through Sun. 8:00 PM

Sunday Matinees 2:00 PM

Mondays & Fridays DARK

Feb. 21 & 25 SOLD OUT


General Admission $22.00

Students, Seniors & CAEA $15.00

Group Rates (10 or more) $14.00


The Studio

Segal Centre for Performing Arts

5170, ch. de la Cłąte-Ste-Catherine

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Leading Irish ensemble Fidelio Trio lead Ricordi celebration

RICORDI- Beyond 200

Celebrating 200 years of publishing new music. Curated by Ricordi London

A showcase of works by internationally acclaimed Ricordi, Durand and Salabert composers Messiaen, Sciarrino, Dusapin, EłĆtvłĆs - plus newer composers Dai Fujikura and Rolf Hind, performed by leading Irish contemporary music ensemble the Fidelio Trio. This concert also includes the London premiere of Fujikuraĺ─˘s ĺ─˛moromoroĺ─˘ for piano and DVD.

The Fidelio Trio (Darragh Morgan, violin, Robin Michael, cello and Mary Dullea, piano) perform extremely diverse repertoire throughout Europe, Asia and South Africa and frequently broadcast for BBC Radio 3. Since their South Bank debut they have appeared at FuseLeeds, Reggello Festival and Contemporaneamente Festival, Lodi (Italy), West Cork Music, Belfast Festival at Queens, Royal Opera House, London, Corsham Festival, Musica Viva (Portugal) and Composerĺ─˘s Choice Series, National Concert Hall, Dublin.

They have worked closely with many leading composers including Michael Nyman, Toshio Hosokawa and Howard Skempton and have premiered music by Salvatore Sciarrino, Edison Denisov, Beat Furrer and Toru Takemitsu. They are Music Network artists and the recipients of awards from PRS Foundation and the Arts Council of Ireland.

In 2009 they will undertake a concert tour of China and make their Wigmore Hall debut. CD releases in 2008 include Bulb on NMC D147 featuring trios by Kevin Volans, Donnacha Dennehy, Deirdre Gribbin and Ed Bennett, Metamorphoses, the chamber music of Icelandic composer Haflidi Hallgrimsson, on Delphian Records DCD34059, and Bartlebooth, the music of Joe Cutler, on NMC D134.


Sciarrino Piano Trio No. 1

Dai Fujikura (for piano, electronics and video)

Peter EłĆtvłĆs Two poems to Polly (Solo speaking cellist)

Rolf Hind the thing is (piano trio)

Messiaen Fantaisie (for violin and piano)

Dusapin Trio Rombach (piano trio)

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'Cellissimo!' - Denise Djokic Plays Saint-Saens


Sinfonia Toronto will present a Masterpiece Series concert on Friday, March 6, at 8 pm at Grace Church on-the-Hill (300 Lonsdale Road). Titled 'Cellissimo!' the concert will feature the brilliant Canadian cello sensation Denise Djokic. Orchestra's Music Director Nurhan Arman will conduct.

The soaring melodies of Saint-Saens' Cello Concerto in A Minor and Shostakovich's Sinfonia op. 73 will be heard, along with Sonatina and Partita Danzante by Czech composer Jan Slimacek.

One of the most captivating young artists of her generation, cellist Denise Djokic has thrilled audiences and critics worldwide with the passion, vigor, and sensitivity of her playing. Already one of North America's most sought after soloists, she has performed as guest soloist with every leading orchestra in Canada, including the orchestras of Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. She has also appeared with many orchestras in the United States and in Mexico.

As a recitalist and chamber musician, Denise performs throughout North America and Europe. She has performed in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Cologne, Mexico City, San Miguel de Allende, at Chicago's Dame Myra Hess Series, at Bargemusic and with the Jupiter Symphony Chamber Players in New York, in addition to all major Canadian centers. Her avid involvement in chamber music brings her to many festivals yearly, including the chamber festivals of Caramoor, Ottawa, Vancouver, Park City, Parry Sound, Domaine Forget, and Ravinia.

Denise has toured Canada extensively, during which she was featured as the subject of the documentary film "Seven Days, Seven Nights", which aired on Bravo TV and was screened at the Atlantic Film Festival. She was also named by MacLean's magazine as one of "25 Young Canadians who are changing our World", and by ELLE magazine as one of "Canada's 30 most Powerful Women".

Denise's debut recording was released in 2002 on the Sony Classical label to great critical acclaim, and won her an East Coast Music Award for "Best Classical Recording of the Year". During the same year, Denise was a featured performer at the 2002 Grammy Awards. She recently released her second recording, entitled "Folklore", on the Allegro/Endeavor label, which was featured on NPR's renowned "All Things Considered" program.
Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, into a large musical family, Denise began her studies with Olive Shaw and Shimon Walt. She is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music's "Young Artist Program", where she was a student of Richard Aaron, and later continued her studies in Boston with Paul Katz and Laurence Lesser.

There will be a free post-concert reception, giving audience members a chance to meet the orchestra members, conductor and soloist.

Online discount tickets are $35 adult, $27 senior, $7 student (16-29) and can be purchased at
or at regular price by phone 416-499-0403 or at the door.
Buy tickets and CDs at
Sinfonia Toronto
3901 Don Mills Road, Box 5
Toronto, ON M2H 2S7
Tel/Fax: 416.499.0403

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Concert błęnłęfice pour La Scena Musicale

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

Montrłęal, le dimanche 8 fłęvrier 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. L'łęvłęnement aura lieu le 14 fłęvrier łŢ 20 h łŢ la salle Pollack de la facultłę de musique de l'Universitłę McGill. Il 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


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)

La Scena Musicale
Tłęl. : 514-948-2520
Courriel :
(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,

Programme :

Le programme

Concerto Della Donna
Directeur: Iwan Edwards
directrice ajointe: Amy Henderson

Minnelied (Op. 4 Heft 1) ĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Â.......Johannes Brahms

Embraceable you...ĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Â.....Ira and George Gershwin, arr. Arne Dagsvik

Autumn of love (Seasons of love, No. 3) ĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Â......Eleanor Daley

Dacw 'nghariad I lawr yn y berllan ĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Â............. arr. Grace Williams

Bonjour, mon cëýur.....ĺ─Âĺ─Â...........Orlando di Lasso, arr. Norman Greyson

It was a lover and his lass........ĺ─Âĺ─Â..ĺ─Â..ĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Â..........Ward Swingle

Musica Orbium

Patrick Wedd, directeur artistique

Songs and Sonnets from Shakespeare .................................George Shearing

Live with me and be my love
When daffodils begin to peer
It was a lover and his lass
Who is Sylvia?
Fie on sinful fantasy
Hey, ho, the wind and the rain

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Studio de musique ancienne de Montrłęal
Directeur artistique: Christopher Jackson

Cantique des cantiques.......................................Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

Introduxit me rex

Vox dilecti mei

Surge, propera, amica mea

Vidi speciosamĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─ÂTomas Luis de Victoria

Trois chëýurs

Tous unis en chanson ĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Â......Paul Halley
Lieto godea sedendo ĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Â.......Giovanni Gabrieli
Las agachadas ĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Âĺ─Â................Aaron Copland

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MusiMars - du 2 au 7 mars

L'łÔcole de musique Schulich de l'Universitłę McGill prłęsente le programme de la 5e łędition du festival MusiMars qui se dłęroulera du lundi 2 au samedi 7 mars 2009.

Le thł«me de cette annłęe, tel qu'annoncłę par Denys Bouliane, directeur artistique du festival, est Č┤ Temps long ĺ─ý temps court, Bruckner ĺ─ý Webern : Ombres portłęes Ȭ.

Ce festival s'intłęressera łŢ la perception du temps chronologique et du temps psychologique grłóce łŢ l'exploration d'ëýuvres se distinguant soit par leur brił«vetłę, soit par leur longueur.

Important de consulter ce lien pour avoir l'horaire dłętaillłę du Festival ainsi que les programmes.

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Christipher O'Riley - March 11


Classical pianist CHRISTOPHER Oĺ─˘RILEY

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 8 PM / Glenn Gould Studio

$39.50 - Call 416-872-4255 or online at

or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

Heĺ─˘s charming, articulate, and a different kind of classical pianist. From his groundbreaking transcriptions of Radiohead to his powerful interpretations of repertoire classic and contemporary, pianist Christopher Oĺ─˘Riley has redefined the possibilities of classical music. He has taken his unique vision to both traditional classical music venues and symphonic settings, as well as to entirely new audiences on the radio, at universities and even clubs. As host of the most popular classical music radio show on the air today, National Public Radioĺ─˘s From the Top, Mr. Oĺ─˘Riley works and performs with the next generation of brilliant young musicians, demonstrating to audiences, with humour and lack of pretense, that these young artists are as diverse in their personal lives as they are in their music-making. In 2007, From the Top was filmed for public television in Zankel Concert Hall at Carnegie Hall and debuted on PBS in the spring. The series is now airing its third season.

Performances in the 2008-2009 season include tours with James Galway and cellist Carter Brey, recitals at the University of Colorado, Duke University, and orchestral engagements with the Baltimore Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, and Atlantic Classical Orchestra. At the Miller Theatre in New York City, Mr. Oĺ─˘Riley will showcase his own arrangements alongside classical repertoire in three programs juxtaposing works of Shostakovich (Preludes and Fugues) with Radiohead, Debussy (Images and Estampes) with Nick Drake, and Schumann (Arabeske and Kreisleriana) with Elliott Smith. This season also finds Oĺ─˘Riley playing recitals in Europe: London, Paris, Munich, Berlin, Salzburg and Vienna.

His first recording of Radiohead transcriptions, ĺ─¨True Love Waitsĺ─¨ (Sony/Odyssey) received 4 stars from Rolling Stone and was both critically acclaimed and commercially successful. His second set of music from the British alt-pop outfit, entitled ĺ─˙Hold Me to This: Christopher Oĺ─˘Riley plays the music of Radiohead,ĺ─¨ was released on World Village/Harmonia Mundi to a similarly enthusiastic response. In April 2006, his third set of transcriptions was released on the same label. Entitled ĺ─˙Home to Oblivion; An Elliott Smith Tribute,ĺ─¨ Mr. Oĺ─˘Riley tackled the deeply emotional and complex work from the troubled singer/songwriter who died prematurely in 2003. His most recent recording, released in April 2007 and entitled ĺ─˙Second Grace: The Music of Nick Drakeĺ─¨, is a disc of transcriptions of the music by the British folk singer. Nick Drake died in 1974 after releasing just 3 albums, yet influenced two generations of songwriters in his wake.

In 2004, Mr. Oĺ─˘Riley toured the US with the world-famous Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Orchestra visiting 10 cities in 2 weeks, playing Bach, Mozart and Liszt concerti. He has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, the Minnesota Orchestra, the symphonies of Pittsburgh, Detroit, Colorado, Atlanta and Baltimore. The illustrious group of conductors with whom he has collaborated includes Marin Alsop, David Zinman, Leonard Slatkin, John Williams, Neeme Jłžrvi, Bobby McFerrin, Hans Graf, Yoel Levi, Hugh Wolff and Andrew Litton. An enthusiastic advocate of new music, Mr. Oĺ─˘Riley has twice participated in the annual ĺ─˙Absolute Concertoĺ─¨ concerts at Avery Fisher Hall, a brainchild of Oĺ─˘Rileyĺ─˘s fan in the 80ĺ─˘s, Andy Warhol, premiering works by Richard Danielpour and Michael Torke. In 1999-2000 he performed Michael Daughertyĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Le Tombeau de Liberaceĺ─¨ with the Detroit Symphony and with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, both in St. Paul and on tour. He has also recently given premieres of works by Aaron Jay Kernis, including his piano quartet, ĺ─˙Still Movement with Hymn,ĺ─¨ (also recorded for Deccaĺ─˘s Argo label) and the ĺ─˙Superstarĺ─¨ Etude No. 1, inspired by the pianism of Jerry Lee Lewis. His radio and TV show can be found on-line at His personal website is at

Sponsored by XM Satellite Radio at Glenn Gould Studio.


Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 8 pm / Glenn Gould Studio

250 Front Street West, Toronto

Tickets $39.50 - Call 416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

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Eric Whitacre to Conduct World Premiere of His Latest Commissioned Work, 3/15,2009, 2 PM, Avery Fisher Hall

Eric Whitacre to Conduct World Premiere of His Latest Commissioned Work, and Others of His Works, Avery Fisher Hall, March 15, 2009

Concert Features Whitacreĺ─˘s New Choral Piece, Animal Crackers II, A DCINY Premiere Projects Commission, Based on Poetry of Ogden Nash

Olathe East Symphonic Winds, Eric Griffin, Director, Guest Ensemble

Personal appearance by the composer

Distinguished Concerts International will present an evening of music largely by classical-music phenomenon Eric Whitacre, conducted by the composer, at Lincoln Centerĺ─˘s Avery Fisher Hall, March 15, 2009, at 2:00 PM. Mr. Whitacre will be leading the Distinguished Singers International, consisting of ensembles from all over the United States. The repertoire will include: Animal Crackers I, Animal Crackers II (world premiere), Five Hebrew Love Songs, Leonardo, Lux Arumque, Three Flower Songs, Seal Lullaby, and Sleep. Mr. Whitacre will also conduct his composition Cloudburst, from his Grammy Award-nominated release of the same name, with the Olathe East Symphonic Winds (KS), the eveningĺ─˘s guest ensemble.

Popular appeal, critical acclaim, numerous awards

An accomplished composer, conductor and lecturer, Eric Whitacre has quickly become one of the most popular and performed composers of his generation. The Los Angeles Times has praised his compositions as "works of unearthly beauty and imagination, (with) electric, chilling harmonies"; while the BBC raves that "what hits you straight between the eyes is the honesty, optimism and sheer belief that passes any pretension.ĺ─¨

Though he had received no formal training before the age of 18, he completed his first concert work, Go, Lovely, Rose, at the age of 21. Mr. Whitacre earned his Master of Music degree from the Juilliard School, where he studied with Pulitzer- and Oscar-winning composer John Corigliano.

He has received composition awards from the Barlow International Composition Competition, the American Choral Directors Association and the American Composers Forum. In 2001, Whitacre became the youngest recipient ever awarded the coveted Raymond C. Brock commission by the American Choral Directors Association.

Most recently, Whitacre has received acclaim for Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings, a cutting
-edge musical combining trance, ambient and techno electronica with choral, cinematic, and operatic traditions. Winner of the ASCAP Harold Arlen award, this musical also gained Whitacre the prestigious Richard Rodgers Award for Most Promising Musical Theater Composer. Following its sold-out run, the most recent production earned 10 nominations at the 2007 Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Awards, including one for Best World Premiere Musical.

Guest ensemble

Eric Griffin holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in Music Education from Missouri State University and the University of Kansas. Under his direction, the bands at Olathe East have toured Florida twice, and in 2006, were the first performing group from the Olathe District Schools to perform in the Hawaiian islands. The Olathe East Bands have also performed at the prestigious Kansas Music Educators Association Convention four times since 2003. In 2007, Mr. Griffin was honored to be the Olathe District Schoolsĺ─˘ nominee for Kansas Teacher of the Year. The symphonic winds will perform music by Beethoven, Ralph Vaughan Williams, John Mackey, and Dr. Andrew Boysen, Jr.

Distinguished Singers International

Distinguished Singers International is comprised of the Sprague High School Concert Choir (OR, Director Russell Christensen), the Capital High School Chamber Singers (MT, Director Darcy Schulz), the Cedar Hill High School Choir (TX, Director Christopher Rhodes), and young womenĺ─˘s vocal group Canta Filia (MO, affiliated with the University of Missouri Kansas City, Director Jennifer Benjamin).


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

Premiere works; four-time Grammy Award nominees

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 was presented this past January 19, and Charles Bruffy, conducting the four-time Grammy Award-nominated Phoenix Chorale and Kansas City Chorale. Please visit for details regarding other highlights of DCINYĺ─˘s 2009/2010 Season.

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LMMC - communiqułę de presse pour le concert du 22 fłęvrier avec Hilary Hahn (2 formats)

Rosemary Neville
Secretary-treasurer / Secrłętaire-trłęsorił«re
Ladies' Morning Musical Club
1410 Guy Street / 1410, rue Guy
Suite 12 / bureau 12
Montrłęal, QC H3H 2L7
Tel.: 514-932-6796
Fax: 514-932-0510

e-mail / courriel:
Office hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 to 1:00
Heures de bureau: du lundi au vendredi 10h łŢ 13h

Les billets de la słęrie de Concerts LMMC sont disponibles par tłęlłęphone ou par courriel jusqu'a 13h le vendredi prłęcłędant chaque concert, et en personne au guichet de la Salle Pollack une heure avant le concert. Le coł¬t des billets est 35$ (15$ pour łętudiants ayant moins que 26 ans avec carte d'łętudiant), taxes incluses. Seulement l'argent comptant est acceptłę au guichet. Les billets sont non-remboursables.

Tickets to the LMMC concert series can be purchased by telephone or by e-mail until Friday at 1 p.m. prior to each concert, and in person at the Pollack Hall Box Office, one hour prior to each concert. Tickets are $35 ($15 for students under 26 years of age with student I.D.), tax inclusive. Only cash is accepted at the box office. All purchases are non-refundable.

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k.d. lang Cancels - TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival

k.d. lang Concert Cancelled

Toronto ĺ─ý The k.d. lang concert previously announced for Sunday, July 5, 2009 at the Canon Theatre, as part of the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival, has been cancelled.

"It is with deep disappointment that we announce the cancellation of the k.d. lang show", states Patrick Taylor, Executive Producer of the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival. "A sudden personal commitment has forced k.d. lang to withdraw her participation in our 23rd anniversary Festival. We look forward to presenting a great lineup with our previously announced headliners, Sonny Rollins and Gary Burton Quartet Revisited with special guest Pat Metheny."

Full details of the TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival will be announced on Monday, April 6, 2009.

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Hold the dates: The Assumption of Empire, Unwashed Grape at Mainline Theatre- March 3-22

Hold the dates!

Unwashed Grape presents

The Assumption of Empire

A new play by Ann Lambert

Directed by Paul Hawkins

Mark these dates in your winter calendar

Tuesday, March 3 ĺ─ý Sunday, March 22, 2009

Unwashed Grape (Dating Jesus; Two Short Women and the Wall; Biss-ous; Cuthbert's Last Stand-UNCUT!) is pleased to present its upcoming show, The Assumption of Empire, by Ann Lambert.

The Assumption of Empire is 'in search of lost time', exploring where the political and the personal intersect in a world rocked by violence and dizzying change, sometimes all too close to home. Taking place in and around Montreal from 1978 to 2008, The Assumption of Empire spans the Revolution in Iran, the 1st referendum for independence in Quebec, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Dawson shooting and the election of Obama. These events form the backdrop for the life of Sophie Wiseman, who is taken back in time when she learns of the mysterious death of her ex-husband's wife.

With Laura Mitchell, Tim Hine, Bill Croft and Alice Abracen.

The Assumption of Empire

Unwashed Grape

At MainLine Theatre

3997 Blvd. St Laurent

Reservations: 514-849-3378 or

Tuesday to Saturday, 8:00 pm

Matinees: Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 pm

Tickets: $20 regular, $17 student/senior

$10 shows: Tuesdays (Mar. 3, 10, 17); Wed. preview Mar. 4; Saturday matinee, Mar. 7 at 2pm

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Orchestre Młętropolitain du Grand Montrłęal - Communiqułę de presse - Press Release - Le Chant de la Terre, 22 fłęvrier 2009 - The Song of the Earth, february 22nd 2009

DAS LIED VON DER ERDE / Le Chant de la Terre

Montrłęal, le 6 fłęvrier 2009 ĺ─ý Le quatrił«me concert de la saison de l'Orchestre Młętropolitain du Grand Montrłęal est un concert błęnłęfice sous la prłęsidence d'honneur de Mme Sophie Desmarais.

Au programme : La Symphonie no100 de Joseph Haydn et Das Lied von der Erde de Gustav Mahler sous la direction de notre Maestro de rłęputation internationale Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin.

Das Lied von der Erde met en vedette Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano et John Mac Master, tłęnor. Ce cycle de six lieder est conł▀u comme une symphonie sans mouvements, comme le compositeur lui-młüme l'a prłęcisłę. Les textes allemands sont des adaptations de poł«mes chinois tirłęs d'un recueil du VIIIe sił«cle. Les thł«mes qui y sont abordłęs et le traitement musical du compositeur font du Chant de la Terre un chef-d'ëýuvre absolu qui bouleverse l'auditeur. L'Orchestre interprłętera auparavant la płętillante Symphonie no 100, dite Č┤ Militaire Ȭ, de Haydn. Elle doit son surnom aux instruments de percussion utilisłęs dans les deuxił«me et quatrił«me mouvements, łęvoquant la musique militaire.

Ce concert aura lieu le dimanche 22 fłęvrier 2009 łŢ 16 heures, łŢ la Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier de la Place des Arts. Les reprłęsentants des młędias sont priłęs de contacter l'Orchestre pour confirmer leur prłęsence. Le cocktail dłĂnatoire qui suit le concert est rłęservłę aux donateurs seulement.

Voir le communiqułę joint łŢ ce courriel. Pour plus d'information ou pour confirmer votre prłęsence, veuillez communiquer avec Hłęlł«ne Wermenlinger.

Hłęlł«ne Wermenlinger (514)598-0870 poste 26

DAS LIED VON DER ERDE / The Song of the Earth

Montreal, February 6, 2009 ĺ─ý For its fourth concert of the season, the Orchestre Młętropolitain du Grand Montrłęal presents Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth). This benefit event will take place under the honorary presidency of Ms. Sophie Desmarais.

This concert, under the direction of world-renowned Maestro Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin, will feature mezzo-soprano Christianne Stotijn and tenor John Mac Master. The Song of the Earth, a cycle of six lieder is cast as a symphony without movements, as Mahler himself pointed out. The texts of this work are taken from a collection of Chinese poems from the eighth century, in a German adaptation. The themes of these poems and the musical settings provided by the composer combine to create an absolute masterpiece that overwhelms the listener. The Orchestra will begin the concert with Haydn's sparkling Symphony No. 100, also referred to as "Military", due to the percussion instruments used in the second and fourth movements, evoking martial music.

Das Lied von der Erde will be performed on Sunday, February 22, 2009 at 4 p.m., in the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts. Representatives from the media are asked to kindly contact the Orchestra to confirm their presence at the event.

Please see the attached press release. For more information or to confirm your presence, please contact Hłęlł«ne Wermenlinger.

Hłęlł«ne Wermenlinger (514)598-0870 extension 26

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Major Music Dealers to Attend Summit at Conn-Selmer

Conn-Selmer Inc. is pleased to announce that major music dealers from across the country are to attend a First Annual Dealer Summit at the corporate headquarters located in Elkhart, Indiana, February 17-18, 2009. Twelve influential music business partners are to participate in this meeting, which will be hosted by John Stoner, CEO Conn-Selmer, Inc., and Dana Messina, CEO Steinway Musical Instruments.

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Holton Donates Historic "Holtonphone" to National Music Museum

The 110th anniversary of the founding of the Holton Company was marked during the summer of 2008 with the donation of a historic ĺ─˙Holtonphone,ĺ─¨ along with 368 other musical instruments, to the National Music Museum on the campus of The University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD, by Conn-Selmer, Inc., a subsidiary of Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc.

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Thursday, February 5, 2009

Miami Art Space presents an exhibition by H. Allen Benowitz

Miami Art Space presents an exhibition by H. Allen Benowitz
Thursday, February 12th, 2009. 7:00 p.m.

Opening reception
: Thursday, February 12th, 2009. 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Location: Miami Art Space. 244 NW 35th Street. Miami FL 33127

Dates: From February 12th through March 27th, 2009

Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment

Admission: Free

Life in Cuba: Old Havana before the Hurricanes
A stunning exhibition of original photographs from Mr.
Benowitzĺ─˘s recent trip to Cuba, reflecting on the culture, poverty, occupations and history of this island nationĺ─˘s people under Castro's rule, and the barrios and neighborhoods of Old Havana. The Exhibit features photographs taken shortly before Hurricanes Gustav and Ike wreaked their havoc on the people of Cuba, and Benowitzĺ─˘s pre-storm photographs beautifully preserve the impoverished state of this beautiful little island on film.

About the artist
Benowitz has received numerous honors and awards. His highly acclaimed photo, ĺ─˙Behind the Wall,ĺ─¨ received national recognition at Holland & Knight Charitable Foundationĺ─˘s Holocaust Remembrance Project Awards Dinner in Washington, D. C.

Recognition for
Benowitzĺ─˘s photography include a Judgesĺ─˘ Award at the UM Lowe Art Museumĺ─˘s Beaux Arts Festival; honorable mention in the International Kodak Contest; award winner B/W photography, One Ear Society; juried exhibition at the Washington Mutual Coconut Grove Art Festival. His work has appeared in the Beaux Arts Festival and Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL. Among numerous publications in which he has been featured and appeared are the ARTnews, Miami Monthly Magazine, The Andrews Journal, the Cherokee Scout, The Journal of Court Reporting, Miami Snow Ski Club Magazine, and Coastal Elegance & Wealth Magazine. His photo subjects include Landscape, Wildlife, People, and Adventure Travel.

Benowitzĺ─˘s exhibitions in North Carolina this past year were at The Design Gallery in Burnsville, on the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Altapass Orchard in Little Switzerland, and the Andrews Art Museum in Cherokee County.

About Miami Art Space
Miami Art Space (MAS) is a contemporary and innovative art space located in the heart of the Wynwood Art District that has hosted exhibits featuring renowned local and international artists for more than a year. Designed as a multi-use venue, Miami Art Space also welcomes/hosts private events such as corporate and private parties.

For more information please contact:
Alexis McClean of Miami Art Space
244 NW 35th Street Miami FL 33127

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Mark Fewer performs Lou Harrisonĺ─˘s violin concerto

MONTREAL, February 5, 2009. The next concert of the CBC/McGill series sees Montreal-based violinist Mark Fewer perform one of the most unique violin concertos of the 20th century: Lou Harrison's concerto for violin and percussion. The concert takes place on February 12th, 2009, at 8 pm at Pollack Hall.

Only a few days after his critically acclaimed appearance with the Foden's Brass Band in Manchester, Mark Fewer once again joins forces with an ensemble that is no standard choice for a classical violinist. In Lou Harrison's concerto for violin and percussion, the violin is accompanied not only by drums and cymbals, but also by flowerpots and plumber pipes. What you'd think might be an ear-deafening experience is indeed a lyrical piece full of subtleties and exploration of sound.

Lou Harrison, a pupil of Arnold Schoenberg and Charles Ives, was interested in the music of Asia and the native peoples of America and included many at that time foreign instruments and sounds in his music. Despite many exoticisms, his work is deeply American, based on Western European tradition, but at the same time exploring the diversity of cultures and sounds.

Violinist Mark Fewer has often proved his talent to switch roles and to move around styles. He has a strong reputation as soloist, chamber musician, orchestral leader, jazz musician, and artistic programmer. Mr. Fewer was concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra from 2004 to 2008, and he is the artistic director of the Scotia Festival of chamber music and the SweetWater Music Weekend in Owen Sound, Ontario. He teaches violin, chamber music, and string improvisation at the McGill University.

Mr. Fewer has just come back from Manchester, where he performed Bramwell Tovey's "Nine Daies Wonder" that had been specifically written for him. In this piece, Mr. Fewer follows the nine-day publicity stunt of Shakespeare's comedian William Kempe from London to Norwich in the 1600s, by singing, dancing, playing, and reciting Shakespeare texts.

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