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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Ondine Signs Violist David Aaron Carpenter and Announces North American April Releases

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Ondine North American News and Releases for April 2009

Čů Signs violist David Aaron Carpenter

Čů Releases world premiere recording of long-lost Hindemith work, the Klaviermusik mit Orchester, Op. 29

Čů Releases Bizarre Bazaar featuring clarinetist Kari Kriikku

Čů Releases world premiere recording of Hallgrłémsson's Cello Concerto performed by Truls MłŻrk


Debut recording ĺ─ý Viola Concertos by Elgar and Schnittke ĺ─ý will be released internationally in September 2009 and features the Philharmonia Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach. A pre-release sample is available at

Ondine is pleased to announce the signing of a recording agreement with 22-year-old violist David Aaron Carpenter, who has recently emerged as one of the world's most promising young talents. The initial agreement calls for four CD releases. Mr. Carpenter, who was the Winner of the 2006 Walter W. Naumburg Viola Competition, will be performing in recital at Carnegie Hall in Zankel Hall on Monday, April 13, 2009 at 7:30 pm (

His debut recording ĺ─ý to be released in September 2009 ĺ─ý couples two concertos: a viola arrangement of Sir Edward Elgar's famous Cello Concerto and the Viola Concerto (1985) by Alfred Schnittke. Christoph Eschenbach leads the Philharmonia Orchestra. David Aaron Carpenter adapted much of the Elgar Concerto himself, using the well-known and Elgar-sanctioned arrangement by Lionel Tertis as a basis.

Since making his orchestral debut in 2005 with The Philadelphia Orchestra under Christoph Eschenbach, David Aaron Carpenter has been performing with leading musicians and orchestras in the United States and Europe. In 2007, he became the first American and youngest protłęgłę for The Rolex Mentor and Protłęgłę Arts Initiative and the protłęgłę of world-renowned violinist and violist Pinchas Zukerman. He was chosen among an international selection that included every violinist and violist of his generation.

David Aaron Carpenter has been acclaimed as producing, "a seductively rich sound and demonstrating both a forceful interpretive personality and remarkable control of his instrument," (The New York Times) and, "whose beautiful modulated tone makes a striking impression." (The Strad)

Industry veteran Kevin Kleinmann, who brought David Aaron Carpenter to Ondine's attention and serves as Executive Producer for this and future recordings with the artist on Ondine, said, "In my more than thirty years working with classical musicians, I have rarely encountered a more striking talent than David Aaron Carpenter. He combines an incandescent and imaginative musical personality with effortless technique an maturity far beyond his years. His intense musicality and talent brings to my mind such past greats as Michael Rabin and Jacqueline du Prłę. Working on the Elgar recording project made me realize how, I David's hands, this Concerto works so well on the viola."

Reijo Kiilunen, Managing Director of Ondine, added, "It is my pleasure to welcome this outstandingly gifted young musician to Ondine and to release his debut recording. I believe that David Aaron Carpenter combines superstar potential with an artistic depth uncommon for his age. The juxtaposition of the concertos by Elgar and Schnittke underlines our label's artistic vision, and we look forward to many further exciting recordings with David in the future."

On signing with Ondine, David Aaron Carpenter said, "I want to express my gratitude to the Rolex Mentor and Protłęgłę Arts Initiative for making this recording possible. I look forward to my collaboration with Ondine, a company that remains true to its core musical principals. I am fortunate that Ondine aligns its vision with my own to establish the viola as a solo instrument. Making my first recording with Maestro Eschenbach and the Philharmonia Orchestra has been a truly remarkable journey. Performing the Elgar Cello Concerto on viola has definitely been the highlight of my musical career thus far, and I hope that listeners will appreciate this masterpiece interpreted in a new light." Subsequent to the release of his debut album, David Aaron Carpenter will be performing the Schnittke Concerto in Dresden with the Dresden Staatskapelle conducted by Christoph Eschenbach on November 29th and 30th, 2009.

Artist profile at

Artist profile on The Rolex Mentor & Protłęgłę Arts Initiative website:

Video portrait of the artist:

Video showing the artist working with his mentor Pinchas Zukerman:

Interview with the artist:

Official website of the artist:

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Op. 29 (for Piano Left Hand)



SYMPHONY No. 9 in E minor

Op. 95 "From the New World"

Leon Fleisher, piano

The Curtis SymphonyOrchestra

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

ODE 1141-2

Release date: April 28, 2009

Ondine is proud to announce the April 28, 2009 release of the first-ever commercial recording of a long-lost major work by Paul Hindemith, the Klaviermusik mit Orchester, Op. 29 for piano left-hand and orchestra. The New York Times has called it, "a fantastic work that requires tremendous technique and stamina" (December 2, 2006). The disc also features Antonłén Dvo뢳░k's popular Symphony No. 9 ("From the New World").

Hindemith wrote this concerto in 1923 for the left-hand pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm during the First World War. Wittgenstein never performed it, and it was only upon the death of his widow, in 2002, that the piece was discovered in a farmhouse in Pennsylvania; the work received an acclaimed 2004 world premiere in Berlin, with piano legend Leon Fleisher as soloist and the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle. Leon Fleisher, who is one of the most prominent specialists of left-hand repertoire, is the soloist on this recording.

Watch the Christoph Eschenbach and the Curtis Symphony Orchestra performing Dvo뢳░k Symphony No. 9 on YouTube.

********************************** KRIIKKU, CLARINET



JAN Sł˝DERBLOM, conductor

ODE 1140-2

Release date: April 28, 2009

Hailed by press and public as one of the world's foremost clarinetists, Kari Kriikku is celebrated for his musical inventiveness and fresh attitude towards traditional performance. His versatility covers numerous periods, ranging from Mozart to the contemporary, and has been a muse for composers such as Magnus Lindberg, Kaija Saariaho and Kimmo Hakola.

Kari Kriikku's passion for traditional folk music shines through in Bizarre Bazaar, his new album release on Ondine. The eclectic programme showcases the diverse use of the clarinet in Jewish klezmer, Portuguese fado, Argentinean tango and Arab music. "I have followed my instincts in gradually bringing together works from various cultures that have impressed me on my travels and then unabashedly adapted those works for concert use," says Kari Kriikku who performs here with the chamber orchestra Tapiola Sinfonietta and additional oud, qanun and laud players. The Finnish press hailed their live performances as "vibrantly energetic and entertaining" (Helsingin Sanomat).

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JOHN STORGłÍRDS, conductor

ODE 1133-2

Release date: April 28, 2009

The celebrated Norwegian cellist Truls MłŻrk is known as a tireless champion of the best contemporary music. On this release, he presents the Icelandic composer Hafliłâi Hallgrłémsson ĺ─ý himself a professional cellist ĺ─ý with his two works for cello and orchestra. Truls MłŻrk joins forces with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, one of the finest ensembles of its kind, under the direction of John StorgłÇrds. This CD includes the first commercial recording of the Cello Concerto, which Hallgrłémsson dedicated to MłŻrk in 2003. Since the premiere, he has championed the work in a number of performances across Europe to great acclaim; The Times called it, "a remarkable new addition to the cello repertoireĺ─ one of his [Hallgrłémsson's] finest work to dateĺ─Â" (Hilary Finch, The Times, 28 January 2004), Scotland's Herald spoke of "a work of haunting beauty" (Michael Tumelty, The Herald, 26 January 2004).


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

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

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

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

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When WiIl the iPod Become Obsolete?

When WiIl the iPod Become Obsolete?

Toronto sound artist explores the ever-changing state of
music experience through sly exchange of human technologies

Terrace Hotel ArtGallery in Kitchener, April 25th-- May 3

(Toronto, ON) ĺ─ý What does it mean to be obsolete? This key question sparked sound artist Micheline Roiĺ─˘s inspiration for Obsolescence, a sound installation that explores the ever-evolving manner in which music reaches us.

For Roi, the home piano stands as an icon and witness to vast changes in music technology. Over the last century, its function has shifted from being one of the main sources of home entertainment to nothing more than a piece of furniture. Displaced by electronic keyboards, hi-fidelity audio and home speaker systems, the home piano is reduced to a curiosity ĺ─ý an ornamental antique of music technology. Now the loudspeaker functions as the central audio interface in home entertainment, creating a radical shift in the sound of domesticity from a social, self-produced acoustic to a manufactured digital environment. The question now is: how much longer will the loudspeaker last before it is superseded by the next piece of technology?

In Obsolescence, which opens at the Walper Terrace Hotel Art Gallery in Kitchener on April 25th, the roles of an antique upright piano and 52 loudspeakers are exchanged. In this whole-gallery installation, the loudspeaker is positioned as an antique ornament through which the voices of pianists are heard, and the piano evolves from an ornamental piece to a modern-day transducer by which other sounds are made ĺ─ý not by it, but on it and through it.

Obsolescence is just one of over thirty events in CMCĺ─˘s 2008-2009 New Music in New Places festival series, designed to showcase the work of Canadaĺ─˘s talented composers outside of the concert hall and in the communities where they work and live. Obsolescence also appears as part of the Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound, running April 24 ĺ─ý May 3 in various locations throughout Kitchener, Ontario.


WHO: Composer and Sound Artist Micheline Roi

Canadian Music Centre ĺ─ý Ontario Region

Open Ears Festival of Music and Sound

WHAT: The Canadian Music Centreĺ─˘s New Music in New Places festival series presents Obsolescence ĺ─ý a sound installation that explores the ever-evolving manner in which music reaches us. For more information, visit or

WHEN: April 25 4 - 7 pm
April 26 12 - 5 pm
April 28 4 - 7 pm
April 29 4 - 7 pm

April 30 4 - 7 pm
May 1 4 - 7 pm
May 2 12 - 5 pm
May 3 12 - 5 pm

WHERE: Walper Terrace Hotel Art Gallery
1 King St. W, Kitchener, ON N2G 1A1
Take #401 to Highway 8. Highway 8 becomes King Street. Continue on King.
The Hotel is on the corner of King & Queen (Entrance off Queen).


New Music in New Places acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Music Fund, administered by The SOCAN Foundation.

The complete New Music in New Places concert schedule is available online at

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RCM May and June events

The Royal Concert Season 08.09
Ends With an Eclectic Selection of Shows

Spring is in full bloom at The Royal Conservatory and the shows couldn't be more exciting! The May/June schedule includes world music, family shows, and a concert by some of The Conservatory's own, combining to create the perfect end to an exciting season.
The May/June concert series begins with a concert from The Royal Conservatory's Academy Symphony Orchestra (May 2), followed by award-winning artist Kiran Ahluwalia and the Rez Abbasi Trio, who will perform together on May 28. The season will end with two family-friendly shows from dance troupe Motus O who will present Petrouchka (May 30 and 31) and East of the Sun, West of the Moon (June 5-7).

The Academy Symphony Orchestra, conducted by David Visentin (Associate Dean of The Glenn Gould School and Dean of Young Artists Performance Academy), will perform their second of two symphonic concerts this season on May 2. Comprised of senior string students of the Young Artists Performance Academy of The Royal Conservatory, the orchestra will perform repertoire from Antonio Vivaldi to Arvo Part. Young Artist Performance Academy provides its students with the chance to work with internationally acclaimed faculty and guest artists in order to refine and enhance their performance skills, musicality, and desire for artistic excellence. This concert is free.

Indo-Canadian JUNO Award-winner Kiran Ahluwalia will be performing her blend of ghazal (a form of sung poetry that originated in Persia 1000 years ago) and Punjabi folk music, with her husband, Rez Abbasi of the Rez Abbasi Trio, on May 28. Abbasi, described as one of the foremost modern jazz guitar players on today's scene, has received critical acclaim for his latest album Bazaar, which also features Ahluwalia on several tracks. Ahluwalia's approach to ghazals reflects her own transplanted upbringing (she was born in India but grew up in Toronto) and her bi-cultural life experience has made her adept at reaching new audiences. She is one of the few modern artists who composes new music for the Urdu language ghazals.

Dance group MOTUS O, founded in 1990 by an American gymnast, an Australian sheep shearer, and a Canadian figure skater, bring two of their critically acclaimed full-length productions, created for both family and adult audiences and everyone else who has ever been in love, to The Royal Conservatory. The classic Russian tale of Petrouchka (May 30 and 31), with iconic music by Igor Stravinsky, tells the story of a magical world where a wizard and his three marionettes learn about love and valour. East of the Sun, West of the Moon (June 5-7), is a mythological story which explores the timeless themes of love and redemption, with original music by Peter Jarvis and Paul Tedeschini.

The 2008.09 season was a very exciting one for The Royal Conservatory with the return to the
newly renovated TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning on Bloor Street. The new Centre has garnered much praise for the beautifully restored Ihnatowycz Hall, the state-of-the-art technology, and the impressive new academic spaces.

Academy Symphony Orchestra (Rising Stars Series): Saturday, May 2, 8pm*

Rez Abbasi Trio with Kiran Ahluwalia (World Music Concerts): Thursday, May 28, 7:30pm

Motus O Dance Theatre presents Petrouchka (Family Series): Saturday, May 30, 2pm
Motus O Dance Theatre presents Petrouchka (Family Series): Sunday, May 31, 2pm

Motus O Dance Theatre presents East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Family Series): Friday, June 5, 7:30pm
Motus O Dance Theatre presents East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Family Series): Saturday, June 6, 2pm
Motus O Dance Theatre presents East of the Sun, West of the Moon (Family Series): Sunday, June 7, 2pm

Tickets $20.00, students $10
Motus O performances are free for children 5 and under
Tickets are 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

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Monday, March 30, 2009

Juno Award-Winning Composer John Burge at Avery Fisher Hall

Music of 2009 Juno Award-Winning Canadian Composer John Burge to be Performed at Lincoln Center

ĺ─˙In attempting to communicate the suffering of political prisoners, to pay tribute to Amnesty Internationalĺ─˘s role in ending it and to write a large piece, the young composer set himself a challenging taskĺ─ÂJohn Burgeĺ─˘s Mass for Prisoners of Conscience is a triumph.ĺ─¨-- Kingston Whig Standard

A classical and a modern Mass

It has just been announced that a recording of the music of John Burge, Flanders Fields Reflections, by the Sinfonia Toronto, conducted by Nurhan Arman, is the winner of a 2009 Juno Award, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammys, in the category of Best Canadian Classical Music Composition. The US premiere of the Burge Mass for Prisoners of Conscience will be presented in a performance dedicated to human rights organization Amnesty International, at Lincoln Centerĺ─˘s Avery Fisher Hall, Sunday, April 5, at 2:00 PM. Conductor Laureate Doreen Rao will conduct musicians and singers from the University of Toronto, where she is Director of Choral Programs, and Queenĺ─˘s University in Ontario, where Dr. Burge is Director of the School of Music.

As a counterpoint to the Burge Mass, the evening will also feature the Mass No. 12 in B minor ("Theresienmesse") of Franz Josef Haydn, under the baton of Guest Conductor Eric Johnson. This work features the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra International and the Distinguished Concerts Singers International, which consists of vocalists from all corners of the United States and abroad. Guest soloists for this section of the program will be Orna Ariana, Soprano, Shannon Magee, Mezzo, John Tiranno, Tenor, and Samuel Smith, Baritone.

Previous recognition; First musical setting for world-famous poem

John Burge has written a large body of vocal, chamber, and orchestral compositions. His piece, Angelsĺ─˘ Voices, for choir and orchestra, received the 2006 Outstanding New Choral Composition Award from the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors and was performed in New York Cityĺ─˘s Carnegie Hall in 2005. As a long-serving past-President of the Canadian League of Composers, Burge has been a passionate advocate for contemporary music and Canadian music in particular. His oeuvre contains many works that are inspired by Canadian poetry and landscape, such as One Sail, based upon a poem by Canadian poet Margaret Avison. Regarding the Juno-nominated Flanders Fields Reflections, based on the iconic poem by Canadian military officer John McCrae, conductor Nurhan Arman said, ĺ─˙Recording these works was a real labour of love for us, and we are delighted that now peopleĺ─Âwill be able to listen to these remarkable compositionsĺ─Âitĺ─˘s a great privilege to help pieces as beautiful as these become better known.ĺ─¨

The Program

Mass for Prisoners of Conscience, commissioned in 1987 by Vancouverĺ─˘s Christ Church Cathedral Choir, is scored for baritone, mezzo-soprano and child soloists, accompanied by choir and a small instrumental ensemble of four solo woodwind instruments, two pianos and percussion. The text material for the soloists consists entirely of settings of first-hand accounts of political prisoners and their families sung in English. These accounts or testimonials are drawn from material provided by Amnesty International. The choir sings sections from the liturgical Mass in Latin, and comments on the emotions and situations expressed in the solo movements. Musically, the work is highly dramatic in the way that it combines percussively angular passages with lyrical vocal writing. The work was premiered by the University of Toronto Symphony Chorus, Dr. Doreen Rao, conductor, on November 9th, 1990.

The Theresienmesse was composed following Haydnĺ─˘s tenure in England, where he had secured his reputation as the greatest living composer of his day. He would write no more symphonies, but did accept a commission from Nicholas II, the fourth of the Esterhł░zy princes whom he had served, to write a Mass each year celebrating the name day of Nicholasĺ─˘s wife. The Theresa Mass is written for four vocal soloists, chorus, and a somewhat unusual orchestra consisting of two clarinets, bassoon, two trumpets, timpani and strings.


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

In just two short years, DCINY has joined the ranks of major classical music production companies in America, nearly doubling its roster of participating ensembles and attracting talent from all over the globe. Among the events DCINY is honored to present this season are: one world and two US premiere performances of major new works by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins, which took place on January 19, the US Premiere of Mass for Prisoners of Conscience by Canadian composer John Burge, and the world premiere of two new choral pieces by American composer Eric Whitacre, one this past March 15 and the other on June 28. Please visit for details regarding other highlights of DCINYĺ─˘s 2009/2010 Season.


Victoria Symphony announces 2009-2010 season

Grammy-award winner James Ehnes headlines Victoria Symphony's 09/10 season!

Victoria, BC ĺ─ý On Friday, March 27, Music Director Tania Miller unveiled the Victoria Symphonyĺ─˘s new season of concerts for 2009/10. Highlights include performances by acclaimed violinist James Ehnes and jazz vocalist Michael Kaeshammer and of masterworks such as Holstĺ─˘s The Planets, Bachĺ─˘s Magnificat and Rachmaninoffĺ─˘s Piano Concerto no. 3.

In front of an enthusiastic crowd of over 500 Victoria Symphony supporters, media and members of the arts community at the Royal Theatre, Maestra Miller, Conductor in Residence Giuseppe Pietraroia, trombonist Marcus Hissen and Concertmaster Terence Tam, presented personal highlights for the season.

The biggest announcement of the evening was that the Grammy-award winning violinist James Ehnes would appear with the Victoria Symphony in December and perform Beethovenĺ─˘s powerful Violin Concerto.

The return of the Canadian College of Performing Arts and the Victoria debut of renowned pops specialists Five By Design in the Beltone Pops series was met with much excitement. In addition, the orchestral debut performance of jazz pianist and vocalist Michael Kaeshammer with the Victoria Symphony is set to be one much anticipated concert in the season, as well as Charlie Chaplinĺ─˘s silent film City Lights which will be screened with orchestral accompaniment.

Maestra Tania Miller comments, ĺ─˙We are very proud of the series weĺ─˘ve assembled this year and we will continue to connect and engage our audience. Many of our series show great strength in the music and the special guests we have this season. Iĺ─˘m very excited that artists such as James Ehnes, Five By Design and the students of the CCPA will be joining us, as well as again working with homegrown talent such as the Victoria Choral Society and Nikki Chooi.ĺ─¨

This season launch marks the Victoria Symphonyĺ─˘s 69th year and Tania Millerĺ─˘s 7th year as Music Director. Conductors Alain Trudel, Giuseppe Pietraroia and Brian Jackson join Maestra Miller as the Victoria Symphonyĺ─˘s artistic leaders.

The Victoria Symphony is Vancouver Islandĺ─˘s largest and most active arts organization. It is committed to producing high quality live music, fostering new music and encouraging community involvement through music education. The 2009/10 season offers a diverse and exciting line-up of over 50 concerts led Tania Miller, its vibrant Music Director.

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52nd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival

52nd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Presented By Verizon

Celebrates The Joy Of Jazz With Legendary Icons, Classic Tributes And Young Upstarts On 9 Stages For 3 Days Of Nonstop Jazz Entertainment, September 18 - 20, 2009

2009 Artists-In-Residence Wynton Marsalis And The Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra Headline Arena/Lyons Stage

Dave Brubeck Quartet Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of Time Out

Conrad Herwigĺ─˘s Latin Side All-Star Band Plays The Music Of Miles Davis

And John Coltrane Commemorating 50th Anniversary

Of Kind of Blue and Giant Steps

American Icon And Folk Pioneer Pete Seeger Makes MJF Debut

Showcase Artist Joe Lovano Performs With NEA Jazz Master Hank Jones,

Us 5, John Patitucci Trio, Conrad Herwig

Commission Artist Jason Moran & The Bandwagon

Debuts Signature Piece, ĺ─˙Feedbackĺ─¨

Debut Of Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars Featuring Kenny Barron,

Regina Carter, Kurt Elling And Russell Malone

Sunday Nightĺ─˘s Arena Show Features Three Generations Of Pianists:

Corea, Clark & White, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Jason Moran & The Bandwagon

March 30, 2009; Monterey, CA; The Monterey Jazz Festival Presented by Verizon will once again celebrate the joy of jazz as it launches its fifty-second edition with a variety of legendary performers, American icons, and visionary new artists in weekend of jazz, blues, folk, and American song that has characterized the world-renowned event on the oak-studded and beautiful land of the Monterey Fairgrounds, the location of the Festival since its inception in 1958. The 52nd Monterey Jazz Festival Presented by Verizon takes place September 18 - 20, 2009.

Tickets are on sale now by phone at (925) 275-9255 and on the Monterey Jazz Festivalĺ─˘s website, Full Weekend Arena Packages are available from $225; Daily Grounds Tickets are from $35; Full Weekend Grounds Tickets are $110.00. MJFĺ─˘s new Family Discount Pack is $80 for 2 Adult and 2 Youth Tickets.

The Arena/Jimmy Lyons Stage will be the focal point of the Festival, with a lineup that is a celebration of the past, present, and future of American music with multiple award-winning artists and special projects, including NEA Jazz Master Hank Jones with Grammy winning saxophonist Joe Lovano (MJF/52 Showcase Artist); the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by 9-time Grammy-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis (MJF/52 Artists-In-Residence); the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars featuring pianist Kenny Barron, violinist Regina Carter, vocalist Kurt Elling, and guitarist Russell Malone; the gifted bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding; vocalist extraordinaire Dee Dee Bridgewater; the incomparable Grammy-winning pianist George Duke; the incendiary Jason Moran & The Bandwagon (MJF/52 Commission Artist); and the highly-anticipated super-trio of 15-time Grammy winner and NEA Jazz Master, pianist Chick Corea with legendary bassist Stanley Clarke and fiery drummer Lenny White.

A celebration of strings will also be featured in the Arena with soulful roots/blues guitarist and vocalist, Susan Tedeschi; the American icon and folk music pioneer Pete Seeger; and the gospel-soaked baptismal blues of John Scofield and the Piety Street Band.

Special golden anniversary celebrations of classic and historic jazz recordings from 1959 will fill the Arena with Conrad Herwigĺ─˘s Latin Side All-Star Band (with special guests, the 5-time Grammy-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker and Joe Lovano, playing the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the beloved and influential jazz classics, Kind of Blue and Giant Steps. NEA Jazz Master, living legend and pianist Dave Brubeck returns to the stages of Monterey for his 15th appearance to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his world-wide best selling and groundbreaking recording, Time Out.

The fruits of music education will also take center stage in the Arena, with the top high school big band -- selected at the Monterey Jazz Festivalĺ─˘s Next Generation Festival (April 3 - 5, 2009) -- kicking off the Sunday Arena program, followed by MJFĺ─˘s own Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, featuring Wynton Marsalis and the top high school musicians in the country.

Tickets are on sale now by phone at (925) 275-9255 and on the Monterey Jazz Festivalĺ─˘s website, Full Weekend Arena Packages are available from $225; Daily Grounds Tickets are from $35; Full Weekend Grounds Tickets are $110.00. MJFĺ─˘s new Family Discount Pack is $80 for 2 Adult and 2 Youth Tickets.


In 2009, members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will serve as the Festivalĺ─˘s Artists-In-Residence, with participation at the Next Generation Festival, April 3 - 5, 2009, the MJF Summer Jazz Camp in June 2009, and at MJF/52. Featured members of JALC members include saxophonist Sherman Irby, trumpeter Sean Jones, trombonist Vincent Gardner, drummer Ali Jackson, and the 9-time Grammy-winner and Pulitzer Prize recipient, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis. At MJF/52, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will be performing both in the Arena and on the Grounds.

Grammy-winning saxophonist Joe Lovano will be the MJF/52 Showcase Artist, and will put in four different performances with a myriad of groups: as a co-leader with NEA Jazz Master Hank Jones, featuring bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade; in Mr. Patitucciĺ─˘s Trio (also with Brian Blade); leading the intergenerational US5, with bassist Esperanza Spalding, pianist James Weidman, and drummers Francisco Mela and Otis Brown Jr.; and as a featured member of Conrad Herwigĺ─˘s Latin Side All-Star Band playing the music of Miles Davis and John Coltrane.

Pianist Jason Moran serves at the MJF/52 Commission Artist. Described by Rolling Stone magazine as "the most provocative thinker in current jazz," Moranĺ─˘s piece, ĺ─˙Feedback,ĺ─¨ will be debuted by his ensemble, The Bandwagon on the Arena stage, and the group will perform an additional set on the Grounds.

The longtime and growing tradition of Arena artists performing on the grounds is also unusually rich for MJF/52 -- patrons will be able to catch sets from Conrad Herwigĺ─˘s Latin Side All-Star Band, the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars featuring Kenny Barron, Regina Carter, Kurt Elling, and Russell Malone; Esperanza Spalding; John Scofield, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Joe Lovano with John Patitucci and Brian Blade; and Jason Moran & The Bandwagon on Grounds stages throughout the weekend.


Friday, September 18 in the Arena will kick off MJF/52 with an extravaganza of talent -- starting off with the MJF debut of up-and-coming bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding; followed by the latest edition of the Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars featuring pianist Kenny Barron, violinist Regina Carter, vocalist Kurt Elling, guitarist Russell Malone, bassist Kiyoshi Kitigawa and drummer Johnathan Blake. Closing the Arenaĺ─˘s first evening is Conrad Herwigĺ─˘s explosive Latin Side All-Star Band featuring Randy Brecker and Joe Lovano, updating Miles Davisĺ─˘ Kind of Blue and John Coltraneĺ─˘s Giant Steps in honor of the 50th anniversary of their release.

Friday night on the Grounds, New Grooves comes back to Dizzyĺ─˘s Den for 7th year. Kicking it off is the return of the deep soul of vocalist Lizz Wright, followed by breakout sensation Esperanza Spalding in her second set of the evening. Across the pathway in the Night Club, the Scott Amendola Trio will get the venueĺ─˘s evening of to a quirky bebop-oriented set, followed by the stellar John Patitucci Trio, featuring Joe Lovano and Brian Blade. Closing the Night Club will be Forro in the Dark, performing the Brazilian-folk dance music that has world-wide appeal. On the outdoor Garden Stage, the Roger Eddy Group gets the music started with his West Coast-flavored jazz, followed by the straight-ahead 2009 Berklee-Monterey Quartet, a harbinger of future musical talent. Global Noize -- a mash-up project headed by keyboardist Jason Miles and DJ Logic -- closes out the Garden stage on an inclusive world music note. In the Coffee House Gallery, fans will be treated to three sets from pianist Jonathan Batiste, the next generation of a New Orleans musical dynasty. In Lyons Lounge, DJ Vinnie Esparza will shake things up with an extended set of Salsa, Afro-Latin and Brazilian music.

Saturday, September 19 in the Arena features an afternoon of radically different guitar styles: John Scofield and the Piety Street Band opens the day with a sanctified set of New Orleans and Gospel-inflected blues, followed by American icon and visionary acoustic folk pioneer Pete Seeger in a very special and historic MJF debut. Soulful blues guitarist and lauded vocalist Susan Tedeschi also debuts on Saturday to close the afternoon with another MJF first. Saturday nightĺ─˘s Arena program returns with three classic jazz acts -- starting the evening is the Joe Lovano and Hank Jones Quartet, featuring John Patitucci and Brian Blade; followed by vocalist, jazz ambassador, radio personality, and actress Dee Dee Bridgewater. Closing the evening is the Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, the Artists-In-Residence of MJF/52.

Saturday on the Grounds will get off to a rousing start with a wide variety of performers and styles on the Garden Stage, including a tribute to Charles Brown from pianist Martin Headman; the Texas blues of guitarist, vocalist and songsmith Ruthie Foster; the raucous and funky New Orleans All-Stars featuring Henry Butler and Cyrile Neville; the soul-pop of guitarist and vocalist Raul Midłän; and the Afro-Brazilian funk of Wayne Wallace and Rhythm & Rhyme.

Dizzyĺ─˘s Den will open on a ĺ─˙Blue Noteĺ─¨ with an historical conversation with Blue Note label president, Bruce Lundvall and Mosaic Records founder and 3-time Grammy-winner, producer Michael Cuscuna. Journalist Dan Ouellette returns with his longtime MJF favorite, the DownBeat Blindfold Test -- this time with legendary pianist George Duke. The Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars with Kenny Barron, Regina Carter, Kurt Elling, and Russell Malone will put on their second show of the weekend, followed by the groove-oriented Soulive, featuring John Scofield. Closing out Dizzyĺ─˘s will be Dee Dee Bridgewater, also her second appearance of the weekend. Visitors in the intimate and dynamic Coffee House Gallery will be treated to three sets each of classic and progressive jazz from the Weber Iagoĺ─˘s ĺ─˙The Dhanyavad Projectĺ─¨ and the Peter Erskine and Alan Pasqua Trio.

In the Night Club, the day gets off to a youthful start with the top college vocal group from MJFĺ─˘s Next Generation Festival, followed by the Monterey Bay Jazz Orchestra. The eveningĺ─˘s shows will simmer with the Cuban and Latin jazz of the Rodriguez Brothers, the burninĺ─˘ post-bop trumpet of Ambrose Akinmusire (a former MJF Next Generation Jazz Orchestra member) and regale in a special tribute from Conrad Herwigĺ─˘s Latin Side All-Star Band, playing the music of Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.

On the other end of the grounds in Lyons Lounge, DJ Vinnie Esparza will pump out a second extended set of Soul-jazz, Afro-Latin and Brazilian music in what has become an ongoing tradition (now in itĺ─˘s third year at MJF) in pushing the musical envelope.

Sunday, September 20th in the Arena reflects MJF's 52-year support of jazz education with the top high school big band from the Next Generation Festival, followed by followed by MJFĺ─˘s own Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, featuring Wynton Marsalis and the top high school musicians in the country. The Grammy-winning George Duke closes the afternoon set. Sunday night celebrates Three Generations of Pianists, with the premiere of the MJF/52 Commission piece, ĺ─˙Feedbackĺ─¨ and set from Jason Moran & The Bandwagon, followed by the incomparable Dave Brubeck Quartet as they celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Brubeckĺ─˘s groundbreaking recording Time Out. Capping off the Arenaĺ─˘s Sunday program is the highly-anticipated super-trio Corea, Clark & White. Featuring former Return to Forever members the 15-time Grammy winner and NEA Jazz Master, pianist Chick Corea, trendsetting bassist and Grammy winner Stanley Clarke, and influential drummer and Grammy winner Lenny White, the MJF/52 Arena program will end on a highly eclectic and electric note.

Sunday will be no less eclectic on the Grounds. The Night Club will host the top eight student groups from MJFĺ─˘s Next Generation Festival, with the eveningĺ─˘s concerts featuring the pianist and NEA Jazz Master Toshiko Akiyoshi/Lew Tabackin Quartet, followed by Jason Moran & The Bandwagon.

Dizzyĺ─˘s Den will feature an afternoon of jazz education and music, with a conversation with NEA Jazz Master Toshiko Akiyoshi, hosted by journalist Yoshi Kato, followed by a Jazz Journalists Association panel entitled Jazzĺ─Âand the DJs Who Played the Records. Dizzyĺ─˘s Den will enjoy an evening of jazz stardom with shows from Joe Lovano leading US5, with bassist Esperanza Spalding, pianist James Weidman, and drummers Francisco Mela and Otis Brown Jr. The closing show in Dizzyĺ─˘s Den will feature the Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

The outdoor Garden Stage will have the top college big band from the Next Generation Festival, followed by master trumpeter, Scotty Barnhart. Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez will close out the afternoonĺ─˘s Garden Stage. The evening shows will subvert the norm with the debut of Buffalo Collision, a collective-improv supergroup featuring pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer Dave King of the Bad Plus, with New York downtown improvising legends saxophonist Tim Berne and cellist Hank Roberts. The Shotgun Wedding Quintet will bring their own contemporary take on the acoustic tradition with a blend of hip-hop and jazz to end the evening.

DJ Logic will take a turn in Lyons Lounge with an extended evening set, and the Coffee House Gallery will host the Terrence Brewer Trio for two sets of boss guitar; a clinic with the 2009 Berklee-Monterey Quartet, followed by two sets from the visionary pianist, the Vijay Iyer Trio.

All weekend long in the evening, Lyons Lounge at the end of Lyons Lane will pulse with Samba, Afro-Cuban, funk and Soul-jazz sounds of Vinnie Esparza (Friday and Saturday) and DJ Logic (Sunday) -- both DJs are returning for encore performances. Lyons Lounge and Lyons Lane are named in honor of MJF founder Jimmy Lyons. The Lounge will again offer fans a hip jazz club to chill out on the north end of the Grounds, departing from the acoustic offerings of the Festival.

Also on the Grounds, a companion exhibit in the Coffee House Gallery celebrates the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records, entitled Somethin' Else: The Art of Blue Note Records, which showcases the iconic photography of Francis Wolff combined with the classic Blue Note record designs by Reid Miles. The art of over thirty classic albums will be displayed in what will be a visual feast of landmark graphic design from the worldĺ─˘s most celebrated jazz label. In addition, Blue Note recording artists will have a strong presence at MJF/52 with Artist-In-Residence Wynton Marsalis, Showcase Artist Joe Lovano, and Commission Artist Jason Moran. In what has become a signature MJF welcome, Sue Downs will be performing on the Yamaha Disklavier on the Courtyard Stage, at the entrance of the Festival grounds.

The Jazz Theater will show simulcasts of the Arena shows all weekend long in the 900-seat venue. In addition, there will also be special film screenings of the Ralph J. Gleason presentation, The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi, the official documentary authorized by the Guaraldi family about the influential and popular West Coast pianist, hosted by Toby Gleason (Saturday); and Music Is My Life, Politics My Mistress: The Story of Oscar Brown Jr. about the American singer, songwriter, playwright, poet, and civil rights activist, presented by director and producer, donnie l. betts (Sunday).


New for 2009, families can take advantage of MJFĺ─˘s Family Discount Pack, which includes two Adult Grounds Tickets and two Youth Grounds Tickets (2 - 18 years old) for only $80 on Friday, $100 on Saturday or Sunday--a savings of up to $20. With kids under 2 years free, the family can enjoy MJF/52 together and save. Families will enjoy the music, exhibitions, food, beverages, an international shopping bazaar, and much more on the 20 acres of beautiful forested fairgrounds, with lots of room to roam, play, and picnic.

Sunday, September 20th marks the Festivalĺ─˘s 4th Annual Family Day! Families and children of all ages can participate in special activities, hear the countryĺ─˘s top student jazz musicians, and join in the fun with the return of the popular Percussion Playshop, MJFĺ─˘s innovative ĺ─˙Instrument Petting Zooĺ─¨ with high-tech, professional gear provided by Yamaha. The younger set can also bounce in the ĺ─˙Jazzy Jumperĺ─¨ on the West Lawn.


The Festival's 11th Annual Golf ĺ─˛nĺ─˘ Jazz Tournament will be a spectacular outing at the Links at Spanish Bay in Pebble Beach, rated as one the ĺ─˙Top 100 Golf Resortsĺ─¨ by Condłę Nast Travelerĺ─˘s Readersĺ─˘ Poll for 2008. Participants will enjoy world class golf with guest artists, lunch, awards ceremony, Callaway Golf putting contest, great prizes, and much more on Thursday, September 17, 2009. To register, please visit, call (831) 373-3366, or e-mail All net proceeds benefit MJF's Jazz Education Programs.

MJFĺ─˘s Front Box Auction presents a golden opportunity for jazz fans to enjoy the Monterey Jazz Festival while supporting jazz education. The Front Box Auction opens on March 30, 2009 at 9:00 am and concludes on June 1, 2009 at 4:00 pm Pacific Time; patrons can bid to sit at the front of the Arena with three of their closest friends in four Front Box seats for the 52nd annual MJF. For more information, please visit

During the Festival, fans are also encouraged to visit the MJF Education Booth in the center of the midway to participate in the MJF Silent Auction featuring unique jazz memorabilia and collectorĺ─˘s items, with all auction proceeds benefiting MJFĺ─˘s Jazz Education Programs.


Čů Every year, partners play an important role in helping the Festival fund its Jazz Education Programs, with efforts led by Presenting Partner, Verizon, now celebrating their 25th year in partnership with the Monterey Jazz Festival!

Čů Best Buy returns for the second year, partnering with MJF/52 and with the Next Generation Festival. Best Buy will host an expanded store at the center of the midway, where artists will be signing CDs.

Čů Korbel Champagne once again hosts Klub Korbel, a champagne bar in the Fairgrounds' Turf Club Patio featuring Arena simulcasts

Čů Monterey County favorites, Jekel and Five Rivers Wines return as Official Wines, served throughout the MJF/52 grounds

Čů Yamaha, a long time partner of both the Festival and MJF's Jazz Education Programs, will once again be providing Yamaha pianos and drums on MJF/52 stages, and music on the Yamaha Disklavier with on the Courtyard Stage

Čů North Coast Brewing Company returns as Official Beer for MJF/52, with a variety of North Coast brews available all around the grounds of the Monterey Jazz Festival, led by their lauded Brother Thelonious Belgian-style abbey ale

Čů Apple/iTunes will be providing free music sample download cards to all MJF/52 attendees, featuring a collection of Monterey Jazz Festival artists

Čů Returning Bay Area Media Partners, the San Jose Mercury News and KKSF, as well as DownBeat magazine, will be helping MJF get the word out about the Festival and its Jazz Education Programs

The Monterey Jazz Festival also receives invaluable support for the Festival and its Jazz Education Programs from the National Endowment for the Arts, Surdna Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, David & Lucile Packard Foundation, D'Addario Music Foundation, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Joseph Drown Foundation, Harden Foundation, William McCaskey Chapman & Adaline Dinsmore Chapman Foundation, Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation, Inc., Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Pebble Beach Company Foundation, Rotary International, as well as from generous individuals like you.

The Monterey Jazz Festival encourages jazz fans to purchase tickets early for the 52nd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Presented by Verizon. Arena Packages traditionally sell out quickly and are available only on a first-come, first-serve basis. Grounds Tickets will increase by $5 per day Tuesday through Sunday of Festival week, (September 15 - 20) so fans are advised to act quickly and save on the already low price of Grounds Tickets!

Tickets are on sale now by phone at (925) 275-9255 and on the Monterey Jazz Festivalĺ─˘s website, Full Weekend Arena Packages are available from $225; Daily Grounds Tickets are from $35; Full Weekend Grounds Tickets are $110.00. MJFĺ─˘s new Family Discount Pack is $80 for 2 Adult and 2 Youth Tickets.

MJF/52 Highlights Include:

  • Return of jazz legends Chick Corea, Stanley Clarke, John Scofield, Dave Brubeck
  • World Premiere of Commission Artist Jason Moran & The Bandwagonĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Feedbackĺ─¨
  • Showcase Artist Joe Lovano performs in trio, quartet, quintet, and big band groups
  • Artists-In-Residence Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performs in the Arena and Grounds
  • American icon and folk legend Pete Seeger, blues guitarist Susan Tedeschi, and new sensation Esperanza Spalding make debuts at MJF
  • 50th anniversary celebrations of classic jazz recordings with Conrad Herwigĺ─˘s Latin Side All-Star Band playing Kind of Blue and Giant Steps; Dave Brubeck plays Time Out
  • Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars features Kenny Barron, Regina Carter, Kurt Elling, and Russell Malone
  • Lyons Lounge features Vinnie Esparza and DJ Logic remixing soul-jazz, salsa, hip-hop, and Afro-Cuban
  • Fridayĺ─˘s "New Grooves" features Esperanza Spalding, Lizz Wright, and Global Noize
  • New Orleans and Gulf Coast music celebrated with Jonathan Batiste, New Orleans All-Stars featuring Henry Butler and Cyrile Neville, John Scofieldĺ─˘s Piety Street Band, Wynton Marsalis, Ruthie Foster, and Martin Headmanĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Tribute to Charles Brownĺ─¨
  • Special conversations with Blue Noteĺ─˘s Bruce Lundvall and Michael Cuscuna; Toshiko Akiyoshi; DownBeat Blindfold Test with George Duke
  • Blue Noteĺ─˘s 70th anniversary celebrated with Somethin' Else: The Art of Blue Note Records with iconic photography by Francis Wolff and classic designs by Reid Miles
  • Return of Sunday's ĺ─˙Family Dayĺ─¨ with fun for all ages
  • Film screenings of The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi and Music Is My Life, Politics My Mistress: The Story of Oscar Brown Jr.
  • Continued releases from Monterey Jazz Festival Records, featuring rare and rarified recordings from the last 50 years on CD in conjunction with Concord Music Group

52nd Annual Monterey Jazz Festival Presented by Verizon, September 18 - 20, 2009

Artists-In-Residence: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

Showcase Artist: Joe Lovano

Commission Artist: Jason Moran & The Bandwagon



Conrad Herwigĺ─˘s Latin Side All-Star Band with special guests Randy Brecker and Joe Lovano; Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars featuring Kenny Barron, Regina Carter, Kurt Elling, and Russell Malone; Esperanza Spalding

SATURDAY (Sept. 19)

Susan Tedeschi; Pete Seeger; John Scofield and the Piety Street Band; Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis; Dee Dee Bridgewater; Hank Jones & Joe Lovano Quartet with John Patitucci and Brian Blade

SUNDAY (Sept. 20)

George Duke; Next Generation Jazz Orchestra with special guest Wynton Marsalis; Top High School Big Band from the Next Generation Festival; Corea, Clarke & White; Dave Brubeck Quartet; Jason Moran & The Bandwagon



NEW GROOVES with Esperanza Spalding, Lizz Wright, Global Noize; John Patitucci Trio with Joe Lovano and Brian Blade; Jonathan Batiste; Scott Amendola Trio; Forro in the Dark; Roger Eddy Group; Berklee-Monterey Quartet 2009; Vinnie Esparza

SATURDAY (Sept. 19)

Monterey Jazz Festival All-Stars featuring Kenny Barron, Regina Carter, Kurt Elling, and Russell Malone; Conrad Herwigĺ─˘s Latin Side All-Star Band; Dee Dee Bridgewater; Soulive with Special Guest John Scofield; Peter Erskine & Alan Pasqua Trio; the New Orleans All-Stars featuring Henry Butler and Cyrile Neville; Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet; Rodriguez Brothers; Raul Midłän; Wayne Wallace and Rhythm & Rhyme; Martin Headman, Ruthie Foster; Vinnie Esparza; Weber Iago Trio; DownBeat ĺ─˙Blindfold Testĺ─¨ featuring George Duke; conversation with Blue Noteĺ─˘s Bruce Lundvall and Michael Cuscuna; The Anatomy of Vince Guaraldi (film)

SUNDAY (Sept. 20)

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis; Jason Moran & The Bandwagon; Joe Lovanoĺ─˘s Us 5 with Esperanza Spalding, James Weidman, Francisco Mela and Otis Brown Jr.; Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Quartet; Vijay Iyer Trio; Buffalo Collision; DJ Logic; Scotty Barnhart; Terrence Brewer Trio; Alfredo Rodriguez Trio; the Shotgun Wedding Quintet; Family Day with the Countryĺ─˘s Best High School and College Bands; conversation with Toshiko Akiyoshi; Music Is My Life, Politics My Mistress: The Story of Oscar Brown Jr. (film)


Sue Downs on the Yamaha Disklavier; Arena Simulcasts in the Jazz Theater and Klub Korbel; Coffee House Gallery Exhibit: Somethin' Else: The Art of Blue Note Records - Iconic photography by Francis Wolff, classic designs by Reid Miles

Partial list, with more artists to be announced. Artists subject to change.

Tickets are on sale now by phone at (925) 275-9255 and on the Monterey Jazz Festivalĺ─˘s website, Full Weekend Arena Packages are available from $225; Daily Grounds Tickets are from $35; Full Weekend Grounds Tickets are $110.00. MJFĺ─˘s new Family Discount Pack is $80 for 2 Adult and 2 Youth Tickets.

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Fermeture annoncłęe de la Librairie Champlain de Toronto

Association des auteures et auteurs de l'Ontario franł▀ais (AAOF)

Fermeture annoncłęe de la Librairie Champlain de Toronto

Le 26 mars 2009 - L'Association des auteures et auteurs de l'Ontario franł▀ais (AAOF) et la Table de concertation du livre franco-ontarien sont consternłęs par la fermeture prochaine de la Librairie Champlain de Toronto. Fondłęe en 1960, cette librairie łętait l'une des huit (8) librairies francophones de l'Ontario. Des sept qui restent, quatre sont łŢ Ottawa, deux łŢ Sudbury et une łŢ Hearst. Selon le propriłętaire de la Librairie Champlain, Marcel Arsenault, certaines bibliothł«ques et les conseils scolaires, qui łętaient deux clients majeurs de la librairie, passent maintenant directement leurs commandes avec les gros distributeurs ou achł«tent sur Internet.

Comme en Ontario c'est la loi de la jungle concernant les achats de livres, rien ne protł«ge les petites librairies francophones, qui risquent toutes d'łütre dłęvorłęes par le souffle virtuel mais combien rłęel du Web et des multinationales qui offrent des escomptes incroyables.

Au Qułębec, une telle saignłęe n'est plus possible depuis l'entrłęe en vigueur en 1981 de la Loi 51, qui oblige les institutions publiques (bibliothł«ques, łęcoles, entre autres) łŢ se fournir dans une librairie agrłęłęe de leur rłęgion. Les achats doivent łütre effectułęs au prix public. L'une des consłęquences de la Loi 51 a łętłę le dłęveloppement d'un rłęseau de librairies sur l'ensemble du territoire qułębłęcois. Qu'attend-on en Ontario franł▀ais pour se doter d'une telle Loi 51, adaptłęe łŢ notre propre rłęalitłę? Cela ne pourrait-il pas faire partie d'une politique du livre ciblłęe sur l'Ontario franł▀ais?

La librairie est au coeur de l'industrie du livre. Fermer une librairie sur huit a des consłęquences nłęfastes sur l'ensemble de l'infrastructure et sur tous les acteurs de la chałĂne du livre, qui se sentent soudainement fragilisłęs devant la Č┤ walmartisation Ȭ de leurs intłęrłüts vitaux en lecture, en alphabłętisation et en rayonnement culturel.

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Rolando Villazłän's Handel on Deutsche Grammophon 3/31

Rolando Villazłän and Handel Make a Surprising Musical Coupling in a New Deutsche Grammophon Release In Stores March 31st

Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Players Join Villazłän for Idiomatic and Passionate Music-Making

ĺ─˙Rolando Villazłän hasĺ─Âstepped into the operatic spotlight with a vengeance: an exuberantly brilliant, youthful, agile, all-around lyric tenor who defies the canard about tenorsĺ─˘ intelligence, who can genuinely act and who outstrips his rivals with a maverick breadth of repertory from Monteverdi to Puccini." New York Times

NEW YORK, NY ĺ─ý March 30, 2009 ĺ─ý On March 31st, 2009, Deutsche Grammophon will release the second studio recording from Mexican tenor Rolando Villazłän. Paul McCreesh ĺ─ý a Gramophone Award winner for his previous Handel recordings ĺ─ý and the Gabrieli Players energize this all Italian Handel aria program. This recording follows the tremendous worldwide success of Villazłänĺ─˘s 2008 Deutsche Grammophon debut, Cielo e Mar, and spotlights a dramatically different side of this versatile and winning singer.

For those who associate Rolando Villazłän with the lyric tenor heroes of 19th-century operas, the notion of him singing Handel may come as a bit of a shock. ĺ─˙I was in Paris, at the start of my career,ĺ─¨ he explains, ĺ─˙and I bought a CD of Cecilia Bartoli singing Vivaldi. I became obsessed by it. Ever since then I have sought out recordings of Baroque music. And I dreamed of singing it myself.ĺ─¨

His chance came when he met the conductor and harpsichordist Emmanuelle Hałěm. She persuaded him to make a CD of Monteverdi. ĺ─˙And I must say that it was one of the most spiritually fulfilling experiences of my career. Another door opened in my inner life.ĺ─¨ Having convinced himself that he could sing Baroque arias, Villazłänĺ─˘s next venture into that repertoire seemed obvious. With the 250th anniversary of George Frideric Handelĺ─˘s death on the horizon, he made the bold choice to record some of the greatest arias from Handelĺ─˘s opere serie. Until he made this recording he had sung barely a note of Handel in public.

What Villazłän wanted to do was engage fully ĺ─ý musically, stylistically and philosophically ĺ─ý with the world of period-instrument Baroque performance which is why Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Players ĺ─ý who are at the forefront of Britainĺ─˘s period-instrument movement was engaged to work on the project.

ĺ─˙In a sense this marks the coming-of-age of the Baroque music revival,ĺ─¨ the conductor says. ĺ─˙Even great Romantic tenors want to sing it now! Of course, the convention is for lighter voices to do this repertoire. But once I had some preliminary rehearsals with Rolando, I realized that he has a fantastic instrument for Baroque music.ĺ─¨

Rolando Villazłänĺ─˘s Handel album is released as he makes his return to the American opera stage for the first time in two seasons. In January and February, he appeared as Edgardo in Donizettiĺ─˘s Lucia di Lammermoor opposite Anna Netrebko at the Metropolitan Opera. Villazłän returns to the Met on April 8th to showcase his comic prowess as Nemorino in Lĺ─˘Elisir dĺ─˘Amore also by Donizetti.

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CMQ - Analekta rłęcolte deux Prix Junos


Montrłęal, le 30 Mars 2009 ĺ─ý Analekta est fił«re d'annoncer que deux de ses enregistrements ont rłęcoltłę un Prix Juno dans les catłęgories Č┤ album classique de l'annłęe : grand orchestre ou soliste(s) accompagnłę(s) d'un grand orchestre Ȭ et Č┤ album classique de l'annłęe : chanteur solo ou chorale Ȭ. Ces rłęcompenses confirment la qualitłę d'enregistrement mettant en lumił«re les musiciens canadiens les plus reconnus.

Dans la catłęgorie Č┤ album classique de l'annłęe : grand orchestre ou soliste(s) accompagnłę(s) d'un grand orchestre Ȭ, l'Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal et son directeur musical Kent Nagano ont rłęcoltłę un Prix Juno pour Beethoven: L'Idłęal de la Rłęvolution franł▀aise, disque sur lequel on retrouve Le Głęnłęral, une ëýuvre qui rend hommage au lieutenant głęnłęral Romłęo Dallaire.

Dans la catłęgorie Č┤ Album classique de l'annłęe : musique vocale ou chorale Ȭ, Analekta a rłęcoltłę un Prix Juno pour son disque Gloria ! Vivaldi et ses anges de l'Ensemble Caprice, sous la direction artistique de Matthias Maute.

Avec ces deux rłęcompenses, Analekta confirme la place unique qu'elle dłętient sur le marchłę canadien de la musique classique et s'affirme comme l'une des plus importantes maisons de disques, tous genres confondus.

Devenue au fil des ans la plus grande maison indłępendante de disques de musique classique au Canada, Analekta a cłęlłębrłę en 2008 son 20e anniversaire. Plusieurs prix et distinctions ont couronnłę la qualitłę de ses enregistrements et le talent de ses artistes.


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Sunday, March 29, 2009

Le plateau d'or 2009, les journłęes ludiques de Qułębec


(Qułębec, le 30 mars 2009)- Les inscriptions łŢ la troisił«me łędition du concours Le Plateau dĺ─˘or sont enfin ouvertes!!!

Encore une fois cette annłęe, ce concours qułębłęcois de crłęation de jeux de sociłętłę rłęunit les auteurs, les maisons dĺ─˘łęditions et les joueurs pour mettre en lumił«re lĺ─˘incroyable łęnergie de la culture ludique qułębłęcoise.

Lĺ─˘objectif de ce concours est de donner de la visibilitłę aux auteurs de jeux de sociłętłę afin quĺ─˘ils puissent faire reconnałĂtre leur talent ludique et avoir la chance de faire łęditer leurs crłęations. Ce dłęfi a dĺ─˘ailleurs łętłę relevłę au cours des deux premił«res łęditions puisque trois des quatre gagnants, Č┤ Qułębec 1608 Ȭ, Č┤ Nankin Ȭ et Č┤ Poison Ȭ, seront bientłąt łęditłęs respectivement par Filosofia Games (Canada), Lost Battalion Games (łÔtats-Unis) et Repos Prod (Belgique).

Pour łęvaluer les candidatures, l'łędition 2009 du jury est composłę de cinq membres provenant du milieu professionnel des jeux, des młędias et de la communautłę des joueurs. Cette annłęe, nous pourrons compter sur la prłęsence de Franł▀ois-Dominic Laramłęe, chroniqueur łŢ la Revanche des Nerdz au Canal Z, Raymond poirier (CKRL, Radio-Canada), łÔric Raymond (Joubec) et Charles Veilleux. Le tout sera prłęsidłę pour une troisił«me annłęe consłęcutive par Chantal Campagna (Distribution Le Valet).

Les crłęateurs de jeux ont jusquĺ─˘au 9 mai 2009 pour inscrire leurs jeux. Ils doivent entre autres sĺ─˘assurer dĺ─˘łütre disponibles pour prłęsenter leurs crłęations en personne durant les Journłęes ludiques de Qułębec, les 30 et 31 mai 2009. Toutes les procłędures dĺ─˘inscription, les rł«glements du concours et des complłęments dĺ─˘information sont disponibles łŢ lĺ─˘adresse suivante :

Saturday, March 28, 2009

30ł«me Salon du livre de l'Outaouais

Regroupement des łęditeurs canadiens-franł▀ais (RłÔCF)

Une soixantaine d'auteurs et d'łęditeurs de la francophonie canadienne prłęsents au 30ł«me Salon du livre de l'Outaouais

Ottawa, 28 mars 2009 - Le Salon du livre de l'Outaouais sera vłęritablement investi par une soixantaine d'auteurs et d'łęditeurs de la francophonie canadienne qui se retrouveront dans le stand 19 du Regroupement des łęditeurs canadiens-franł▀ais (RłÔCF). Cette annłęe encore, plusieurs łęditeurs de l'Ontario, mais aussi de l'Acadie et de l'Ouest canadien, profitent du 30e anniversaire du Salon du livre de l'Outaouais pour lancer des nouveaux titres en prłęsence de leurs auteurs et permettre la rencontre du public et des auteurs lors de słęances de signatures. Les łęditeurs du RłÔCF seront aussi łŢ l'honneur lors du dłęvoilement des finalistes de l'łędition 2009 du Prix des lecteurs de Radio-Canada, le 28 mars prochain.

Les łÔditions L'Interligne se distinguent par ses auteurs finalistes ou laurłęats des Prix des lecteurs de Radio-Canada. Gilles Dubois, laurłęat du Prix des lecteurs Radio-Canada 2008 pour son roman pour adulte Akuna-Aki, meneur de chiens, lancera un roman pour adolescents, Aurłęlie Waterspoon. Ce titre figure parmi les trois finalistes du Prix des lecteurs 15-18 ans Radio-Canada et Centre FORA 2009 tout rłęcemment annoncłęs. Toujours aux łęditions L'interligne, l'oeuvre de Marguerite Andersen, Le figuier sur le toit, figurera parmi les cinq finalistes du Prix des lecteurs 2009 de Radio-Canada. Quant łŢ Franł▀oise Lepage, auteure pour la jeunesse reconnue par de nombreux prix, elle fait parałĂtre Les chercheurs d'łętoiles.

Pas moins de deux des cinq titres des finalistes du Prix des lecteurs des Radio-Canada 2009 sont publiłęs aux łÔditions du Vermillon, Avec le temps de Paul Genuits et Cap Nord de Hłędi Bouraoui. Les nouveautłęs seront łęgalement nombreuses aux łÔditions du Vermillon. Jean-Louis Grosmaire prłęsente un nouveau roman, Tout le monde vous aime Monsieur Salim, tandis que Lysette Brochu, dłęvoile un recueil de nouvelles pour adolescents, Tłüte froide, ainsi qu'un album pour les enfants, Camille et la fłüte de l'Action de grłóce. Les łÔditions du Vermillon convient les lecteurs de Gatineau et d'Ottawa łŢ la dłęcouverte de leur production du printemps lors d'un lancement collectif, le samedi 28 mars łŢ 16 h 30, Salle La Lił«vre, en prłęsence d'une dizaine de ses auteurs.

Les łÔditions David pour leur part, organisent un lancement le vendredi 17 mars łŢ 18 h, sur la scł«ne Jacques-Poirier. Le nouveau roman de Katia Canciani, 178 secondes et le nouveau recueil de nouvelles de Claude Forand, R.I.P. Histoires mourantes seront en vedette. L'eau de vie de Daniel Marchildon est le 4ł«me titre des łęditeurs du RłÔCF finaliste au Prix des lecteurs Radio-Canada 2009.

Les łÔditions Prise de parole seront reprłęsentłęes par le dramaturge franco-ontarien, Michel Ouellette, et sa pił«ce Iphigłęnie en trichromie, alors que Rolande Faucher, biographe de l'homme politique franco-ontarien Jean-Robert Gauthier sera aussi de la partie.

De plus, Paul Roux, błędłęiste bien connu dans la rłęgion, fait parałĂtre un quatrił«me livre, Petite Angłęlique (Bouton d'or Acadie). Du Cłątłę de l'Ouest canadien, Nadine Mackenzie, de Calgary, qui łęcrit aussi bien pour les enfants et les adultes, lance un nouveau roman La ranł▀on de l'espionnage (łÔditions de la nouvelle plume). Plusieurs autres auteurs seront prłęsents. (Voir la liste des auteurs en słęance de dłędicace.)

Les cinq titres finalistes au Prix des lecteurs Radio-Canada 2009, parmi lesquels quatre sont publiłęs par les łęditeurs du RłÔCF, seront dłęvoilłęs lors d'une łęmission spłęciale, enregistrłęe le vendredi 27 mars łŢ 19 h 30, sur la scł«ne Yves-Thłęriault. C'est l'animateur Claude Naubert de Radio-Canada qui dłęvoilera les livres finalistes de la neuvił«me łędition du Prix des lecteurs. L'łęmission sera diffusłęe d'un ocłęan łŢ l'autre łŢ l'antenne de Radio-Canada le samedi 28 mars 2009, de 10 h łŢ 11 h.

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Friday, March 27, 2009

Steven Pasquale - star of TV's "Rescue Me" - releases debut CD on PS Classics





STEVEN PASQUALE (Pas-quł░l) has partnered up with PS Classics, the label dedicated to the heritage of Broadway and American popular song, to release his debut album Somethin' Like Love. The ruggedly handsome actor-singer unbuttons his collar and rolls up his sleeves for an album of romantic jazz-tinged classics. Pasquale is best known for his work as fireman "Sean Garrity" on FX's critically acclaimed hit series "Rescue Me" and is currently starring on Broadway in the Neil LaBute play reasons to be pretty. The album will have an exclusive pre-release at iTunes on March 31 and will be available in stores on April 21.

"It's always been a dream of mine to make an old-fashioned jazz record," says Steve. "When we went on hiatus due to the writer's strike, I was afforded the time to finally sit down and do what I had always talked about doing." The CD, produced by John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey, features Larry Fuller and Tony Monte on piano, Martin Pizzarelli on bass, Tony Tedesco on drums, Marcus Parsley on muted trumpet and John Pizzarelli on guitar.

Somethin' Like Love finds him invoking his musical stage roots which include The Light in the Piazza, for which he created the lead role of "Fabrizio," and his Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk-nominated performance in A Man of No Importance. He offers signature interpretations of some of the most enduring standards in the Great American Songbook. The twelve selections range from a haunting rendition of the David Raksin/Johnny Mercer gem "Laura" to a wistful "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" to a swinging starry-eyed "On the Street Where You Live," to the title song, newly written by Pizzarelli and Molaskey. This alluring new album will surprise and delight his fans and win him many new ones.

"Steve has a gift for singing rich, legato lines and has a sound that harks back to another time, while still feeling very much of the present," says Pizzarelli. "The result is an intimate performance that's rare for an artist's first solo outing."

STEVEN PASQUALE is a Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominee for Lincoln Center's A Man of No Importance and currently starring on Broadway in Neil LaBute's reasons to be pretty. He has starred in LaBute's Fat Pig (MCC), Beautiful Child (Vineyard Theatre), A Soldier's Story (Second Stage), Spinning into Butter (Lincoln Center), and The Spitfire Grill (Playwrights Horizons). TV and film roles include HBO's "Six Feet Under," Sofia Coppola's "Platinum," Aurora Borealis, The Last Run, and Fox's hit "AVP: Requiem." Steven was most recently seen in the Roundabout Theatre's A Little Night Music opposite Vanessa Redgrave, Natasha Richardson, and Victor Garber.

PS CLASSICS - founded in 2000 by Tommy Krasker & Philip Chaffin, and a four-time Grammy nominee (for its cast recordings of Nine: The Musical, Assassins, Grey Gardens, and Company) - has made significant contributions to the heritage of American popular song through its critically acclaimed cast recordings; solo albums by such luminaries as Maureen McGovern, Victoria Clark and Jessica Molaskey; and recordings drawn from rare sound archives, including Sondheim Sings. PS Classics is distributed exclusively by Image Entertainment. Visit

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Opera Division singers perform Cole Porter

Singers from the Opera Division to perform songs of Cole Porter

TORONTO ĺ─ý Singers from the Opera Division of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music will present Why Can't You Behave?, a revue celebrating the songs of Cole Porter, and the wit of writer/poet Dorothy Parker. The program includes some of Porter's most famous songs, such as Anything Goes, In the Still of the Night, I Get a Kick Out of You, Night and Day, and Let's Do It. The two performances take place
Friday and Saturday, April 3 & 4, 2009, at 7:30 pm in Walter Hall. Tickets ($14 adults and $8 seniors/students) can be purchased at the Faculty of Music box office in person or by calling 416-978-3744.

Part of Canadaĺ─˘s top university, the University of Toronto Faculty of Music has an illustrious history as one of North Americaĺ─˘s leading centres for the scholarly and professional study of music, offering a rich array of degree and diploma programs from the undergraduate to post-graduate levels. Many of this countryĺ─˘s greatest musicians such as John Weinzweig, Lois Marshall, Elmer Iseler, Adrienne Pieczonka, Russell Braun, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet have studied or taught at the Faculty. With over 100 events featuring students, faculty and distinguished guests, the Facultyĺ─˘s performance season embodies its commitment to an education that champions diversity, depth and explorations. Highlights of the 2008-09 season include cellists Steven Isserlis and Shauna Rolston, baritone Sherrill Milnes, composer Maria Schneider, conductors David Briskin and Miah Im, jazz great Phil Nimmons, the Mirłä, and St. Lawrence String Quartets, the Gryphon Trio and Nexus.

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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Les Idłęes heureuses - Concert annuel de la Passion - Vendredi saint

Concert annuel de la Passion : le Vendredi saint 10 avril 2009 łŢ 17 h łŢ l'łÔglise du Gesł╝

avec la soprano Suzie LeBlanc

Montrłęal, le 19 mars 2009 ĺ─ţ ł─ l'occasion de la semaine sainte qui commłęmore la Passion du Christ, Les Idłęes heureuses prłęsente un concert le Vendredi saint 10 avril łŢ 17 h łŢ l'łÔglise du Gesł╝. Suzie LeBlanc, la cłęlł«bre soprano canadienne, est l'une des interprł«tes vedettes de ce programme de musique religieuse baroque. Matthew Jennejonh, hautbois d'amour, se joint comme soliste aux musiciens de l'ensemble des Idłęes heureuses dans plusieurs pił«ces de ce programme. Depuis 2005, Les Idłęes heureuses souhaite łętablir une tradition au centre-ville de Montrłęal en prłęsentant dans sa słęrie rłęgulił«re les Vendredis saints aprł«s-midis, un concert dont les pił«ces se rłęfł«rent au Carłüme et łŢ la Passion.

Suzie LeBlanc

Partageant son temps entre le concert, la scł«ne lyrique, l'enregistrement, l'enseignement et la recherche, Suzie LeBlanc a explorłę et enregistrłę nombre de rłępertoires inłędits, notamment une collection d'airs romains du 17e sił«cle, Amor Roma (ATMA Classique) et Lagrime Amare (Teldec). Sa discographie rłęcente comprend des lieders de Mozart avec Yannick Nezet-Seguin (ATMA), Die ZauberflłĆte (Pamina) avec La Petite Bande (BAYER) et Membra Jesu Nostri de Buxtehude (ATMA) avec Les Voix Baroques sous la direction d'Alexander Weimann, gagnant du Prix Opus pour la musique ancienne, ainsi que Chants de terre et de ciel (Olivier Messiaen), disponible en octobre 2008 sur ATMA Classique. Elle assure la direction artistique de l'ensemble Le Nouvel Opłęra en rłęsidence au Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal et enseigne le chant baroque łŢ la Facultłę de Musique de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal. Le rłęcent film de Rodrigue Jean, Lost Song, dans lequel Suzie LeBlanc joue le rłąle titre fłęminin a remportłę le Prix du meilleur long młętrage canadien du Festival international du film de Toronto (FIFT) et le Prix de la meilleure ëýuvre acadienne moyen ou long młętrage au Festival international de cinłęma francophone en Acadie.


Cette annłęe, le programme fait place łŢ trois compositeurs baroques allemands majeurs et contemporains : J.S. BACH (1685 ĺ─ý 1750), C. GRAUPNER (1683 ĺ─ý 1760) et G.P. TELEMANN (1681 ĺ─ý 1767). Il met l'emphase sur le hautbois d'amour (un hautbois en la, c'est-łŢ-dire łŢ la tierce mineure infłęrieure par rapport au hautbois) dont la sonoritłę sombre et chaleureuse, douce et envoł¬tante, convient particulił«rement au temps liturgique de la Passion. Son qualificatif "d'amour" provient de sa tendresse un peu młęlancolique qui se marie si bien avec la musique łŢ caractł«re pastoral. Son łępanouissement se fait surtout en Allemagne dans la premił«re moitiłę du XVIIIe sił«cle et sa premił«re utilisation rłęfłęrencłęe avec son nom est dans une cantate Graupner composłęe en 1717 (un an avant la cantate au programme).

C. Graupner

De C. Graupner, Les Idłęes heureuses interprłętera une cantate composłęe en 1718 pour le quatrił«me dimanche du Carłüme, pour soprano solo, cordes et hautbois d'amour obligłę. Le poł«me de Conrad Lichtenberg est basłę sur le psaume 102. Il s'agit de la 26e cantate de Graupner du rłępertoire de l'ensemble depuis 2002. On entendra aussi des extraits de la cantate pour le Vendredi saint composłęe la młüme annłęe pour la młüme formation. Compositeur prolixe de musique d'łęglise (mille quatre cent vingt-trois cantates), Graupner joue sur une grande intłęrioritłę, oł╝ l'łęcriture młüle austłęritłę et accents intimes.

G.P. Telemann

G. P. Telemann a łęcrit au fil de sa vie 46 Passions sur les textes des łęvangłęlistes Marc, Matthieu et Luc. Un air avec flł¬te łŢ bec obligłę et soprano de sa Passion selon saint-Luc de 1737 est au programme.

J.S. Bach

La suite en do mineur pour clavecin de J.S. BACH peut sembler hors-propos, mais ses diffłęrents mouvements (prłęlude ĺ─ý fugue ĺ─ý sarabande ĺ─ý gigue et double), intercalłęs entre les pił«ces vocales se rłęvł«leront łütre de vłęritables moments de młęditation. Selon la brillante thł«se du musicologue qułębłęcois Guy Marchand[1], la fugue de cette suite serait en fait un microcosme de la Passion selon saint-Matthieu et le cëýur emblłęmatique de la pensłęe musico-religieuse de Bach. Le Č┤ complexe thłęmatique Ȭ de cette fugue illustre l'interprłętation luthłęrienne de la Passion. Le thł«me de la sarabande s'avł«re par ailleurs une paraphrase du dernier chëýur de la Passion selon Saint-Matthieu.

łÔglise du Gesł╝

L'łęglise du Gesł╝ (Jłęsus en italien), oł╝ Les Idłęes heureuses se produit pour la premił«re fois, est la seule łęglise entił«rement de style baroque łŢ Montrłęal. Elle a łętłę construite en 1865. Ce cadre magnifique, dans le centre-ville de Montrłęal, convient parfaitement au moment de recueillement musical proposłę en ce jour de commłęmoration de la mort du Christ.

Les Idłęes heureuses

Fondłę en 1987, Les Idłęes heureuses a produit plus de 100 concerts dans dans sa słęrie rłęgulił«re au centre-ville de Montrłęal. Une centaine d'autres concerts ont łętłę diffusłęs dans les maisons de la culture de l'łĂle de Montrłęal, aux łÔtats-Unis, ainsi que, depuis 2004, dans les plus importants festivals de musique baroques europłęens (Bruges, Bruxelles, Ambronay, Pontoise, Picardie, Modena, etc.). Placłę sous la direction artistique et musicale de Genevił«ve Soly, Les Idłęes heureuses se distingue par sa recherche de rłępertoire baroque inłędit, interprłętłę devant un public słęduit par la redłęcouverte et par ses concerts commentłęs.

C. GRAUPNER : Choral Jesus dein Kreutz will ich halten et Air Ans Kreutz zum Todt pour soprano, hautbois d'amour et continuo, extraits de la cantate Christus hat uns erlłĆset - pour le Vendredi saint (Darmstadt, 1718) ; Herr, hłĆre mein Gebet, cantate pour soprano, hautbois d'amour, 2 violons, alto et continuo pour le dimanche Laetare (1718) ;

J.S. BACH: Suite en do mineur (BWV 997) ;

G.P. TELEMANN : Aria Bringe mich zu deinen Herden pour soprano, flł¬te łŢ bec soprano, cordes et continuo, extrait de la Passion selon Saint-Luc (Hamburg, 1737).

Suzie LeBlanc, soprano, Hłęlł«ne Plouffe et Olivier Brault, violons - Jacques-Andrłę Houle, alto - Isabelle Bozzini, violoncelle - Nicolas Lessard, contrebasse - Natalie Michaud, flute łŢ bec - Matthew Jennejohn, hautbois d'amour - Genevił«ve Soly, orgue continuo, clavecin solo et direction musicale.

łÔglise du Gesł╝, 1202 rue de Bleury, młętro Place-des-arts

Billets : rłęgulier : 30 $ - ałĂnłę (65 ans et plus) : 25 $ - łętudiant : 10 $

INFORMATION : 514 843 5881 -

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NAC Orchestra musicians and Bursary winner perform Bursary Benefit Concert

NAC Orchestra musicians and Bursary winner perform chamber music at the NACO Bursary Benefit Concert on April 5

Ottawa, Canada ĺ─ý Ensembles of musicians of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, including six principal musicians plus concertmaster Yosuke Kawasaki, will join together with last yearĺ─˘s winner of the NACO Bursary Competition to perform an afternoon of chamber music favourites in the NAC Salon on Sunday, April 5 at 2 p.m. The Bursary Benefit Concert is organized by the musicians of the NACO Bursary Committee to raise funds towards prizes for future Competition winners, some of whom will go on to pursue careers in professional orchestras.

The Friends of the National Arts Centre Orchestra have offered to match funds raised on the day up to $2,000, so those attending this musical matinee will know that the price of their ticket will go twice as far towards supporting talented local musicians.


ROSSINI: Duo for cello and double bass in D major

Carole Sirois, cello

Joel Quarrington, double bass

BOZZA: Image for Solo Flute, Op. 38

Amelia Lyon*, flute

* 2008 NACO Bursary recipient

RAVEL: Mother Goose Suite

Joanna Gĺ─˘froerer, flute

Charles Hamann, oboe

Kimball Sykes, clarinet

Lawrence Vine, French horn

Christopher Millard, bassoon

DVORł┼K: String Quintet in G major, Op.77

Yosuke Kawasaki, 1st violin

Jessica Linnebach, 2nd violin

Jethro Marks, viola

Carole Sirois, cello

Joel Quarrington, double bass

(subject to change)

The first NACO Bursary Competition was in 1981. The Bursary provides recognition and financial support to help further the development of young Canadian orchestral musicians who have connections to the National Capital Region. The first year, one prize of $1,000 was awarded. Thanks to the generosity of additional organizations and individuals, other prizes have been added for a total in 2009 of $18,750.

Donĺ─˘t miss this fabulous concert and the special opportunity to contribute to the development of young musicians! Tickets for the Bursary Benefit Concert on April 5 are $15.00 (GST and Facility Fee included) and are on sale now at the NAC Box Office (Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.), and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111. Ticketmaster may also be accessed through the NACĺ─˘s web-site at Donations towards the NACO Bursary Competition will also be gratefully accepted at the door.

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U of T Symphony Season Finale

Ivars Taurins conducts U of T Symphony Orchestra in season finale

TORONTO ĺ─ý On Thursday, April 9, 2009, the University of Toronto Symphony Orchestra presents the last concert of the season. Conducted by Ivars Taurins, the program includes Giovanni Gabrieliĺ─˘s Canzon primi toni a 8 (from Sacrae Symphoniae 1597), Beethovenĺ─˘s Symphony No. 2 in D major and Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Symphony No. 5. The concert takes place at 7:30 pm at MacMillan Theatre in the Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queenĺ─˘s Park. Tickets ($18 adults and $10 seniors/students) can be purchased at the Faculty of Music box office in person or by calling 416-978-3744.

Ivars Taurins conducts symphonic and choral repertoire with equal expertise. Founder and director of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir since 1981, he was also principal violist of the Tafelmusik Orchestra for its first 23 years. Under his direction the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir has been widely praised for its clarity and brilliance, and in 1991 was awarded the Canada Council's Healey Willan Prize ô─ňin recognition of the consistently high level of achievement by the choir and its unique contribution to choral art in Canada.ô─š
A passionate lecturer and teacher, Mr. Taurins teaches conducting and baroque ensembles at the University of Toronto. He is in demand as a guest lecturer, adjudicator and clinician. He was guest lecturer at Podium 2000, the conference of the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors. He has been a guest teacher at the Universitłę de Sherbrooke in Quebec, the University of Western Ontario, the University of Alberta, and at the Glenn Gould School in Toronto. Mr. Taurins is director of the vocal/choral programme at the annual Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute.

Part of Canadaĺ─˘s top university, the University of Toronto Faculty of Music has an illustrious history as one of North Americaĺ─˘s leading centres for the scholarly and professional study of music, offering a rich array of degree and diploma programs from the undergraduate to post-graduate levels. Many of this countryĺ─˘s greatest musicians such as John Weinzweig, Lois Marshall, Elmer Iseler, Adrienne Pieczonka, Russell Braun, and the St. Lawrence String Quartet have studied or taught at the Faculty. With over 100 events featuring students, faculty and distinguished guests, the Facultyĺ─˘s performance season embodies its commitment to an education that champions diversity, depth and explorations. Highlights of the 2008-09 season include cellists Steven Isserlis and Shauna Rolston, baritone Sherrill Milnes, composer Maria Schneider, conductors David Briskin and Miah Im, jazz great Phil Nimmons, the Mirłä, and St. Lawrence String Quartets, the Gryphon Trio and Nexus.

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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Christina Petrowska Quilico Plays Music of Ann Southam & Honours Suzukis

Launch of 22nd CD, Pond Life ĺ─ý Tuesday, May 12



Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico, winner of the 2007 Friends of Canadian Music Award, will perform the music of Ann Southam in memory of visual artist Aiko Suzuki and in recognition of the work of The David Suzuki Foundation.

The concert features music from Petrowska Quilicoĺ─˘s 22nd CD, Pond Life, and takes place at the Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. W., Tuesday, May 12, 7:30 p.m. At a reception following the concert, the Canadian Music Centre launches the CD, her sixth on the Centrediscs label.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the David Suzuki Foundation.

Petrowska Quilico describes the eveningĺ─˘s experience as ĺ─˙the underwater world of Ponds, Creeks and Riversĺ─Âmesmerizing, sensual and hypnotic colors of water in serene, tranquil and sometimes virtuosic waves of music.ĺ─¨

Pond Life is a two-CD set of music by Ann Southam. It includes new pieces written especially for Petrowska Quilico (Ponds, Creeks, Soundstill and Noisy River). The first of Southamĺ─˘s Ponds series was inspired by the painting Spatial View of Pond by the late Aiko Suzuki (1937-2005).

Petrowska Quilico recorded another water-themed CD of Southamĺ─˘s music for Centrediscs in 2005 ĺ─ý the acclaimed three-CD set, Rivers, on the Canadian Composers Portrait Series. She has also recorded Michel-George Brłęgentĺ─˘s Portraits, and Eclipse by David Mott, and appears on two other Centrediscs CDs ĺ─ý Chris Paul Harman (music by Harman), and So You Want to Write a Fugue?, a compilation of new Canadian compositions honoring Glenn Gouldĺ─˘s 75th anniversary.

Tickets for Pond Life: Ponds, Creeks, Soundstill and Noisy River are $20; $10 students, and are available from the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office, 60 Simcoe Street, or online at -> Buy Tickets, or by phone at 416-872-4255. Tickets will also be sold just prior to the concert at the Glenn Gould Studio Box Office.

Further information is available at ĺ─ý which includes sound samples and links to 17 YouTube videos ĺ─ý and at Ann Summers International,

For information on Aiko Suzuki, visit


ĺ─˙An extraordinary talentĺ─Âdazzling virtuosityĺ─¨ ĺ─ý New York Times.

ĺ─˙****ĺ─ÂShimmeringĺ─Â dazzlingĺ─Â.Amazing, for the amount of virtuosity and variety Petrowska Quilico has squeezed onto a mere two discs.ĺ─¨ ĺ─ý Globe and Mail review of her two-CD set, Ings, September 2008

Pianist Christina Petrowska Quilico has premiered hundreds of new works over an illustrious career, including over 20 piano concertos. Born in Ottawa, Petrowska Quilico studied with Boris Berlin at the Royal Conservatory of Music, where she made her debut, with orchestra, at age 10. She received a scholarship to study at New Yorkĺ─˘s Juilliard School as a student of Rosina Lhłęvinne, Jeaneane Dowis and Irwin Freundlich. From them, she acquired the formidable technique that has allowed her to learn challenging new works in very short time, and to perform them with dazzling virtuosity. At 14, she made her New York concert debut with full orchestra at Town Hall as a co-winner with fellow student Murray Perahia of the High School of the Performing Arts Concerto Competition. After graduation, she studied at the Sorbonne in Paris, and later in Darmstadt and Berlin with Karlheinz Stockhausen and GyłĆrgy Ligeti. She is a Full Professor of Piano Performance and Musicology at York University.

Many of her 22 recordings are devoted to music of the 20th century. As well, she has solo CDs featuring the likes of Chopin, Liszt and Debussy, and four recorded with her late husband, Metropolitan Opera baritone Louis Quilico. In recognition of her exceptional commitment to Canadian composers and their music, in 2008 the Canadian Music Centre and Canadian League of Composers presented Petrowska Quilico with their 2007 Friends of Canadian Music Award.

Christina Petrowska Quilicoĺ─˘s CDs may be ordered through the Canadian Music Centre Boutique at, and

Christina Petrowska Quilico is managed by Ann Summers International.

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Y'fait chaud c'printemps !


Encore une fois cette annłęe, le talent de Juan Sebastian Larobina n'a pas łęchappłę aux organisateurs de plusieurs łęvłęnements importants qui auront lieu prochainement :

D'abord, dans le cadre du premier Forum sur la mise en oeuvre de la Loi sur les langues officielles du Nunavut, Juan Sebastian prłęsentera, le samedi 28 mars prochain, son spectacle Č┤ Norte-Sur Ȭ łŢ Iqaluit au Nunavut.

De retour łŢ Montrłęal, il reprendra la scł«ne des Bobards le vendredi 3 avril łŢ 21h30.

Juan-Sebastian participera łęgalement aux Syli d'or prłęsentłę par les productions Nuits d'Afrique. Son spectacle aura lieu le 21 avril łŢ 22h sur la scł«ne du Balatou. Les Syli d'or offrent au public 18 soirłęes de spectacles GRATUITS. Les votes du public pourraient permettre łŢ Juan Sebastian d'atteindre la finale du concours le 30 avril au Kola-Note.

Finalement, on lui a confiłę les commandes du grand spectacle de clłąture de Musique et Monde prłęsentłę par le Festival MMM (Musique MultiMontrłęal). ł─ voir au Cabaret des festivaliers de la Maison de la culture Ahuntsic, samedi le 25 avril 2009 łŢ 22 h. Le musicien au parcours peu commun prłęsentera donc son spectacle NORTE SUR accompagnłę de ses cinq musiciens multi-instrumentistes.

Juan-Sebastian Larobina est nłę en Argentine, a grandit au Mexique et a łęmigrłę en Gaspłęsie en 1997. Rłęcipiendaire du prix du public du Festival en chansons de Petite-Vallłęe en 2002, du prix łÔtoile-Galaxie en 2006 et rłęcemment arrivłę łŢ Montrłęal, le sympathique auteur-compositeur propose un savoureux młętissage de ses origines sud-amłęricaines et de ses influences qułębłęcoises.

Le rłęsultat est un młęlange unique Č┤ 100% latino-gaspłęsien Ȭ qu'il nous offre par le biais de ses chansons aux rythmes chauds, dansants et enchanteurs. Impossible de rester assis durant un spectacle de Juan-Sebastian Larobina!

Actuellement en tournłęe, le spectacle NORTE-SUR a provoqułę l'enthousiasme des młędias et des spectateurs partout sur son passage, du Festival d'łętłę de Qułębec au Festival des Rythmes du Monde łŢ Chicoutimi, de Młęmoires et Racines dans Lanaudił«re jusqu'au Festival du Bout du Monde de Crozon en Bretagne.

C'est donc avec une belle łęnergie et beaucoup d'enthousiasme que Juan-Sebastian Larobina vous convie łŢ ces grandes fłütes de la musique :

- au Nunavut le 28 mars

- aux Bobards le 3 avril łŢ 21h30

- au Balatou le 21 avril łŢ 22h00

- łŢ la Maison de la culture Ahuntsic le 25 avril łŢ 22 h!

Pour plus d'information, visitez le

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Classissima : launch of the collaborative website dedicated to classical music and opera

e-media management launches, the collaborative website dedicated to classical music and opera

Classissima is a collaborative website dedicated to classical music and opera. It offers to music lovers and casual visitors possibilities to discover contents available on the Net, to share preferences and comments. As such, it can be called as a "social network".

Today, Classissima is an international directory of websites related to classical music: almost 6000 are already available. Classissima also incorporates editorial and multimedia contents produced daily by third parties for each language covered. For example, it provides access to more than 7,000 biographies and dozens of news flows about classical music and opera.

Classissima opens in English and French. Other languages will be available soon: Spanish, Italian, German, ... Classissima is completely free for users. Innovative information services will come soon.

The vocation of Classissima is to support all audiences of classical music and opera in their use of the Internet. Without bias, Classissima is the site of all those interested in classical music, in all their diversity.

Internet and music settle in a sustainable way in all the cultural universes. Our vision is that Classical music and opera should particularly benefit from the opportunities of the web: diversity of works and artists, diversity of knowledge and expectations, importance of the quality of information, need to share and exchange, absence of frontiers...

Classissima is provided in total independence. e-media management ensures full funding. The advertising revenue of the site will contribute to its development and give resource to develop all the information services required by classical music and opera.


Thursday, March 26, 2009

La Traviata Closes Edmonton Opera Season



Closes the 2008-2009 Edmonton Opera season

La Traviata, the heartbreaking and tragic masterpiece, closes Edmonton Opera's 2008-2009 season with Verdi's acclaimed score April 25, 28 and 30 at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Tickets are on sale now at Ticketmaster, call 780-451-8000 or visit La Traviata is sung in Italian with English supertitles projected above the stage.

Violetta Valłęry, the notoriously beautiful and vivacious courtesan, is the toast of glittering Paris salon-life. While Violetta hosts the French łęlite at a party celebrating her recovery from a recent illness, Alfredo, a young nobleman, confesses his long-time adoration of her. Preferring her freedom to the confines of a romantic relationship, Violetta at first rejects Alfredo's advances. She is soon persuaded by his romantic declarations, and the couple settles into life at her country home. Furious that his son's affair is disgracing the family, Alfredo's father, Germont, demands she let Alfredo go. Although her health is failing, Violetta, in the grip of consumption, rejects him at Germont's request, sending Alfredo into a jealous rage. Will the lovers reconcile before tragedy strikes?

"I am not alone in counting La Traviata as one of the greatest of all operas, for so many reasons," says Artistic Director Brian Deedrick. "The beauty of the piece, the richness of the characters, the glorious evocations of another time and the tissue-essential heartbreak make Traviata, a must-see for everyone."

Alberta-born soprano Laura Whalen, who last graced the city's stage as Filumena, sings the role of Violetta, with Qułębec tenor Marc Hervieux as Alfredo, and Edmonton favourite Theodore Baerg as Germont. Thomas Macleay (Gastone), Doug MacNaughton (Douphol), Brian McIntosh (Dr. Grenvil), Krista de Silva (Flora), Alexander Dobson (Marquis d'Obigny) and Renłęe Brad (Annina) join Conductor Steven Osgood and past Edmonton Opera Artistic Director Michael Cavanagh in closing the opera season. The Edmonton Opera Chorus and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra lend their talents to this much-loved production.

All performances of La Traviata begin at 7:30pm and run at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Single tickets, which range from $28 to $160, are available at Ticketmaster at 780-451-8000 or visit For more information, please visit

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Pour la FCCF : la couverture rłęgionale culturelle en sort fragilisłęe

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

Pour la FCCF : la couverture rłęgionale culturelle en sort fragilisłęe

Ottawa, le 26 mars 2009 : ł─ la suite des compressions łŢ Radio-Canada, la FCCF rłęagit. Č┤ Nous avions craint des coupures beaucoup plus importantes dans les rłęgions et celles-ci sont relativement łępargnłęes. Dans ce contexte budgłętaire particulił«rement difficile, l'effort qui a łętłę fait est salułę par la FCCF. Cependant, la disparition d'łęmissions culturelles telles Č┤ Les arts et les autres Ȭ en Ontario, Č┤ TamTam en Acadie Ȭ, ainsi que la dłęcision de mettre en veilleuse l'łęmission Č┤ Zeste Ȭ dans l'Ouest, et de rłęduire le nombre et la frłęquence d'łęmissions spłęciales, comme le Chant'Ouest, sont accablantes et viennent dłęfinitivement fragiliser la couverture rłęgionale culturelle et la prłęsence des artistes franco-canadiens sur le rłęseau de la SRC. Bien que nous comprenons les impłęratifs de la SRC, aujourd'hui est une journłęe bien sombre pour les milieux artistiques et culturels des communautłęs francophones et acadiennes. Ȭ dłęclare Mme Raymonde Boulay LeBlanc, Prłęsidente de la FCCF.

Pour la FCCF, la SRC est et doit rester un partenaire essentiel pour les arts et la culture de la francophonie canadienne. Č┤ C'est un incontournable łŢ notre appropriation des ondes et un lieu de diffusion privilłęgiłę pour les artistes, les produits de nos industries culturelles et nos grands łęvłęnements d'antenne, reflets de notre imaginaire collectif et de notre culture francophone. Ȭ insiste Mme Boulay LeBlanc.

La FCCF estime que la SRC doit demeurer un vłęritable espace młędiatique francophone, distinctif et rassembleur, porteur d'identitłę pour les francophones et acadiens, avec des łęmissions culturelles de qualitłę. Č┤ Il faut lui donner les moyens et le cadre qui lui permettront de mener łŢ bien ce rłąle. Il importe donc d'accorder łŢ la SRC les fonds et la latitude nłęcessaires pour maintenir sa force de frappe. Si le gouvernement fłędłęral considł«rait qu'un diffuseur public fort est une nłęcessitłę pour l'affirmation et la promotion de notre culture, il devrait se commettre en faveur d'un financement pluriannuel stable et suffisant. L'existence d'un diffuseur public ne doit en aucun cas rłępondre aux seuls impłęratifs du marchłę, la SRC doit rester encore et avant tout un service public engagłę qui partage les responsabilitłęs de la sociłętłę qui la finance et qu'elle dessert. VoilłŢ pourquoi, il est essentiel que des fonds adłęquats, prłęvisibles et rłęguliers soient consentis łŢ cette institution. Le gouvernement fłędłęral doit prendre des initiatives pour prłęserver le service public canadien qui aujourd'hui doit faire face łŢ des dłęfis łęconomiques et technologiques de plus en plus importants. Enfin, et au-delłŢ des questions de financement de la SRC, il y a ici des enjeux culturels qu'on ne peut ignorer. Ȭ de conclure Mme Boulay LeBlanc.

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

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ESO Concertmaster to take leave of absence for 09/10 season

Martin Riseley to take leave of absence in 2009-2010

ESO Concertmaster to share extensive knowledge with new generation of musicians

Edmonton, AB ĺ─Â Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) Concertmaster Martin Riseley is taking a leave of absence for the 2009-2010 concert season.

ĺ─˙My family and I are travelling to Wellington, New Zealand for one year in order for me to be Head of Strings at the New Zealand School of Music,ĺ─¨ Dr. Riseley says. ĺ─˙I will see what I can do there to both help the school and its students, and to develop my own solo and chamber music playing. I am excited to take on a class of university-aged students again, as I have enjoyed teaching in the past, and passing on various 'guild secrets' to the new generations of musicians! Also, shaping the developing curriculum of the school is an exciting opportunity, one which does not come along very often. I also look forward to coming back to Edmonton during the year for solo engagements with both our Edmonton Symphony and the Alberta Baroque Society!ĺ─¨

Mr. Riseley has previously served as the Interim Associate Concertmaster of the National Arts Centre Orchestra for the 2002-2003 season, and was Guest Concertmaster of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra during 2003.

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. 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. 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 Centre.

Martin Riseley has been Concertmaster of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra since 1994, giving his first performance on November 30th of that year. Highlights of Martinĺ─˘s term as ESO Concertmaster include the North American premiere of the violin concerto ĺ─˙The Bully of Bashanĺ─¨ by Gavin Bryars, and the premiere of a concerto by former ESO Composer in Residence Allan Gilliland in 2002.

Mr. Riseley will return next season to perform with the ESO in both the Classic Landmarks Masters and Lighter Classics series. On September 18 & 19, 2009, he will perform Red Violin Chaconne by John Corigliano. On January 14, 2010, Martin will present some of his favorite ĺ─˙party piecesĺ─¨ for violin and orchestra, including music by Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Saint-Sał┤ns, Kreisler, Khachaturian, and Wieniawski. Music Director William Eddins will conduct both programs.

The ESO wishes Martin and his family all the best in their new endeavours. In the meantime, the ESO has begun the process of finding a Guest Concertmaster for the 2009-2010 concert season.


Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The ESO and local choirs embrace powerful and evocative scenic cantata - Apr. 4 & 5

Classic Landmarks Masters

The ESO laments lost love, the coming of spring, and fickle fate in epic cantata Carmina Burana

Saturday, April 4th ĺ─ý 8:00 pm; Sunday, April 5th ĺ─ý 2:00 pm

Edmonton, AB ĺ─Â An overwhelming feeling of rhythmic energy will pulsate through Enmax Hall at the Winspear Centre as the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) brings to life the primitive tales of love, lust, the pleasures of drinking, and the heightened moods evoked by springtime. The towering epic and 20th century masterpiece Carmina Burana is a compelling drama that explodes with its expressive intensity and stirring poetry.

Joining the ESO and Music Director William Eddins in this grand production are Allene Hackleman (ESO Principal horn), tenor Bonaventura Bottone, soprano Ilana Davidson, baritone Hugh Russell, plus the amalgamation of voices from the Kokopelli & łÝran choirs, Cantilon Chamber Chorus, and the Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton. Over 200 performers will powerfully denote events of foreboding nature and the capriciousness of fate in O Fortuna, one of the most widely heard and recognized classical music themes of our time.

ĺ─˙Everything I have written to date, and which you have, unfortunately, printed, can be destroyed. With Carmina Burana, my collected works begin.ĺ─¨ ~ Carl Orff, 1937

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. Learn more about the performance on Saturday at Symphony Prelude: 7:15 pm in the Upper Circle (Third Level) Lobby with D.T. Baker.

The next performance of the Masters series will take place on May 8th and 9th, as conductor Jacques Lacombe leads the ESO and Richard Eaton Singers Womenĺ─˘s Chorus in A Space Odyssey. Celebrate the heavenly bodies in this, the International Year of Astronomy.

This series is generously supported by Classic Landmarks Master Builder.

Saturday eveningĺ─˘s performance is generously sponsored by Finning Canada.

Media Sponsors: The Edmonton Journal and CKUA Radio Network

Guest Artist Sponsors: Dr. & Mrs. G. Tertzakian & Dr. James Timourian

Sponsorship inquiries can be directed to Marc Carnes, Director of Development, at (780) 401-2518.

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Hornist Jamie Sommerville and Symphony Nova Scotia

Hornist Jamie Sommerville conducts and performs with Symphony Nova Scotia in Halifax, Wolfville and Liverpool

Halifax, NS ĺ─ý Jamie Sommerville, principal horn with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and music director of the Hamilton Philharmonic, joins his former colleagues at Symphony Nova Scotia for four performances featuring music by Mozart, Sibelius, and Canadian composer Gary Kulesha.

First, Sommerville will perform on Thursday, April 2 at 7:30 pm at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax. Then, he and the orchestra will travel to Liverpool on Friday, April 3 to perform at the Astor Theatre at 7:30 pm. On Saturday, April 4, they will perform in Wolfville's Festival Theatre at 8:00 pm; and then on Sunday, April 5, they return to the Rebecca Cohn in Halifax for a Sunday afternoon encore performance at 2 pm.

Sommerville was once the principal hornist with Symphony Nova Scotia, and this will be his first "homecoming" as conductor. "It's tremendously exciting for me to come back to the Rebecca Cohn stage after so many years away," he says. "I have such great memories of my years playing in Symphony Nova Scotia, and of life in Halifax, but most of all, the passion and talent of my colleagues in the orchestra.

"For this, my first re-appearance here as a conductor (though with horn in tow!), I have chosen a program that, above all else, features the Symphony's fantastic musicians. They are all pieces I've come to love, and I'm so looking forward to bringing the audience along as we discover them together."

All four performances will feature Sommerville in Mozart's Horn Concerto no. 3 on French horn, and Symphony no. 38 "Prague" as conductor. He will also conduct Sibelius' incidental music for the play Pellłęas et Melisande and Canadian composer Gary Kulesha's Beethoven-inspired Symphony no. 3. Kulesha will actually be traveling to Nova Scotia to attend the performance.

Get your tickets now! Tickets for the Halifax performances are available at 494.3820 or 1.800.874.1669, or at Tickets for the Liverpool performance are available at 902.354.5250 or, and tickets for the Wolfville performance are available at 902.542.5500 or 1.800.542.TICK (8425).

While in Nova Scotia, Jamie will also be leading two masterclasses. The first will be on Monday, March 30 at 6 pm at Dalhousie University's Arts Centre, Room 406. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students and seniors) and are available at the Music Department and at the door. The second will be on Saturday, April 4 at 1 pm at Acadia University's Festival Theatre. Tickets are $15 and are available by calling 421.1300, ext. 229.

About Jamie Sommerville

Jamie Sommerville joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as principal horn in January 1998. As a former hornist for the Toronto Symphony, the Montreal Symphony, the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, and as acting solo horn of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe, he has traveled throughout the globe and recorded extensively as an orchestral player. Sommerville is heard regularly on the CBC network in various chamber music combinations, and has recorded the entire standard horn repertoire for broadcast over the past 20 years. He maintains an active and growing conducting career, presenting a full season of subscription and educational concerts in Hamilton each year.

About Symphony Nova Scotia
Expect the Unexpected with Symphony Nova Scotia ĺ─ý from Baroque to Berlioz to bluegrass! Each year the 37-member ensemble performs for more than 40,000 audience members (including 14,000 young music lovers) in communities across Nova Scotia. Under the inspirational leadership of Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is recognized as one of the finest orchestras in the country. Join the orchestra in celebrating its 25th anniversary this season!

Symphony Nova Scotia is grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts, Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture, and Heritage, and the Halifax Regional Municipality for their continued support.

This concert is generously sponsored by Women for Music.

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Opera Lyra Ottawa Presents Eugene Onegin by Pietr Ilych Tchaikovsky

Opera Lyra Ottawa Presents Eugene Onegin by Pietr Ilych Tchaikovsky

April 4 ĺ─ý 11, 2009 Southam Hall National Arts Centre

March 24 2009. Opera Lyra Ottawa (OLO) presents for the first time Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s great romantic opera Eugene Onegin April 4, 6, 8 and 11, 2009 at the National Arts Centre. Exquisite singing, beautiful dancing and gorgeous music will transport audiences to 19th century St. Petersburg.

For this production, Opera Lyra Ottawa has brought together a stellar cast of Canadian and international singers led by baritone Russell Braun in the title role. With a voice that has been described as thrilling, glorious, powerful, elegant, soft-grained, and spine-tingling, Russell first sang the role of Onegin in San Francisco in 2004. Russian-born soprano Inna Dukach takes on the role of Tatiana, a beautiful and innocent young woman who falls passionately in love with Onegin. Acclaimed for her ĺ─˙appealing emotional vulnerabilityĺ─¨ĺ─Âcolourful shaping and shadingĺ─¨ (Opera News), this is Inna Dukachĺ─˘s first appearance with OLO. Richard Troxell brings an ĺ─˙intensity and sensitivityĺ─¨ to the role of Lenski who, through jealousy, is doomed to die by Oneginĺ─˘s hand in a duel.

As Olga, ĺ─˙radiant and rich-voicedĺ─¨ Ottawa-based mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Turnbull is doomed to lose her lover Lenski in a flirtatious moment with Onegin. New Yorker Peter Volpe, who appears as Prince Gremin, was ĺ─˙especially impressive in both voice and stage presenceĺ─¨ (Opera) in the same role in the recent Vancouver Opera presentation of Eugene Onegin. Highly appreciated for her dramatic stage presence, Polish mezzo-soprano Agnes Zwierko, makes her Canadian debut as Madame Larina bringing to the role a ĺ─˙dark and homogenous voiceĺ─Âand a well-established stage authorityĺ─¨ ( Rounding out this superb cast are Emilia Boteva in the role of the maidservant Filippyevna, Hugues Saint-Gelais as Triquet, and Alexander Savtchenko as Zaretski.

Stage Director Joseph Bascetta, choreographer Jean Leger, and lighting designer Louise Guinand, using Neil Patelĺ─˘s set design from the new Vancouver Opera, will recreate the luxury and elegance of 19th century Russian high society on the stage of the NACĺ─˘s Southam Hall. Opera Lyra Ottawaĺ─˘s Artistic Director and Conductor, Tyrone Paterson, will lead the National Arts Centre Orchestra and OLOĺ─˘s Chorus.

Sung in Russian, with English and French Surtitles, performances of Eugene Onegin will begin at 8:00 pm. Pre-opera chats are presented free of charge to all patrons one-hour prior to each performance in the lobby. These offer an opportunity to learn more about the composer, context and historical significance of the opera.

The Story

Based on the epic Russian novel by Alexander Pushkin, Eugene Onegin is the story of a melancholic young aristocrat whose restlessness and yearning for meaning in his life leads to heartbreak and death.

Through his best friend Lenski, Onegin is introduced to the young and innocent Tatiana who is captivated by this aloof and serious young man. She professes her love for him in a letter but is rejected by Onegin who admits he was touched by her letter but adds that he would tire quickly of marriage ĺ─ý the most he can offer is a brotherĺ─˘s love. Crushed, Tatiana rushes away.

Some months later, Onegin and Lenski attend a party in honour of Tatianaĺ─˘s name day given by Madame Larina at her country estate. Onegin dances with Tatiana but is clearly bored by his fellow guests and their provincial sensibilities. To get back at Lenski for dragging him to the party, Onegin dances with Tatianaĺ─˘s sister Olga, who is betrothed to his friend. In a fit of jealousy, Lenski challenges Onegin to a duel. Although both men privately admit they would prefer to be laughing together than fighting a duel, pride does not allow them to back down; the duel is fought and Lenski is fatally shot.

Several years later, Onegin finds himself once again in St. Petersburg at a magnificent ball where he encounters Tatiana. She is no longer the girl he knew ĺ─ý she is now a confident, poised woman, married to Prince Gremin. This time it is Onegin who rights an impassioned letter, begging for Tatianaĺ─˘s love. In a meeting at the Greminĺ─˘s town house, she finds the courage to reject him. As his pleas grow more ardent, Tatiana rushes from the room, leaving a distraught Onegin behind.

Background Notes:

In this era of email, Twitter, and text messaging, modern means of communication are seemingly endlessĺ─ţwe are overloaded with digital ephemeraĺ─ţbut in the nineteenth century the letter was the primary means of sharing news and gossip, and of cultivating friendships. So it is not surprising that letters play a pivotal role in our understanding of both the personal and public life of Tchaikovsky, especially in the writing of Eugene Onegin. It was in the late spring of 1877, during a social visit, that contralto Yelizaveta Lavrovskaya casually suggested to Tchaikovsky that he might write an opera based on Pushkin's beloved novel. This was a timely notion as he had been considering composing a vocal work on Tatianaĺ─˘s letter scene for some time. He enlisted the assistance of his friend Konstantin Shilovsky to help him construct the libretto and together the two of them worked out a text that maintains a great deal of Pushkinĺ─˘s original verses. Tchaikovsky exploited the episodic nature of the novelĺ─ţindeed he titled his work a lyric drama rather than an operaĺ─ţoffering up juxtaposed vignettes of pivotal moments in these lives for our scrutiny. Though flying in the face of dramatic conventions, the resulting work espouses the contemporary penchant for realism in opera, the Russian equivalent of Verdiĺ─˘s Traviata and Massenetĺ─˘s Manon.

Ticket Information:

Single tickets, from $39 to $165, are available from the NAC box office and all Ticketmaster locations (service fees will be applied). Visit Ticketmaster online or call 613-755-1111. DISCOUNTS: For groups of 10 or more please call Opera Lyra Ottawa at 613-233-9200 and ask about our group rates. Students with a valid Live RushĺĐó membership card may buy up to 2 tickets per performance at a discounted price. Tickets may be purchased online or in person at the NAC Box Office on the day of the performance from 2 to 6 pm. More information is available at

About Opera Lyra Ottawa

Opera Lyra Ottawa is a not-for-profit organization with the mandate to produce and present opera in the National Capital Region of the highest quality and to promote opera as an art form, making it accessible to as large a segment of the population as possible through community outreach and education. Wherever possible, Opera Lyra Ottawa is committed to encourage, nurture and support Canadian artists. For more information please visit

Opera Lyra Ottawa gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our sponsors who make the 2008-2009 season possible. We thank Bell, Season Sponsor, as well as our other Principal Sponsors: Bel-Air Lexus, Rio Tinto Alcan, Sun Life Financial, and Ottawa Citizen; Major Sponsors: Arosa Suites Hotel, Custom Printers, Kolegram and Handa Travel. Opera Lyra would also like to thank the following agencies for their support: the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the City of Ottawa.

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Symphony Nova Scotia presents the 2009 Library Series

Symphony Nova Scotia presents the 2009 Library Series

Halifax, NS ĺ─ý Symphony Nova Scotia is once again back at the Halifax Public Library for a series of fun and informative chamber music performances. Please bring your lunch and join us for wonderful music and entertaining stories about the composers from host Max Kasper. All concerts are free of charge, and begin at 12:00 noon.

Still Movements

Wednesday, April 29 ĺ─ý Spring Garden Memorial Branch, Halifax

Friday, May 1 ĺ─ý Alderney Gate Branch, Dartmouth

In this concert, the Library Players explore the evolution of the "movements" of a piece of music. Most symphonies and quartets that we know all follow a familiar four-movement pattern. Using the music of Haydn, Mozart, Bach and Purcell, we will illustrate the differences and evolution of the string quartet movements.

The Library Players are:

Yi Lee ĺ─ý violin

Anita Gao-Lee ĺ─ý violin

Jane Levitt ĺ─ý viola

Max Kasper ĺ─ý bass

Christmas in May

Thursday, May 14 ĺ─ý Spring Garden Memorial Branch, Halifax

We're pleased to welcome back Halifax's own Rłęjouissance as they once again play at the Library. Join us for some festive Baroque music on period instruments. Though most of the music was written for the Christmas holidays, it's wonderful to hear anytime of the year (...and it's never too early to start preparing for Christmas!).

Rłęjouissance is:

Karen Langille ĺ─ý baroque violin
Ivor Rothwell ĺ─ý baroque bassoon, recorder
Shawn Whynot ĺ─ý harpsichord
Hilary Brown ĺ─ý baroque cello

The Best Music You've Never Heard of...

Thursday, May 28 ĺ─ý Spring Garden Memorial Branch, Halifax

Friday, May 29 ĺ─ý Alderney Gate Branch, Dartmouth

Most of us have only heard about 5% of the composers out there. Even the ones that were very famous in their time and wrote wonderful music have somehow become overshadowed by the "Greats." It's time to hear some of these composers again. The music is well worth it! Join the Gatto Dolce Duo as they perform music by Pleyel, Matthews, Aslan, Neher, Boismortier, Corrette and Romberg, to name a few!

The Gatto Dolce Duo is:

Colin Matthews ĺ─ý cello

Max Kasper ĺ─ý Bass

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!

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Kyiv Chamber Choir Makes Awaited Return

Roy Thomson Hall: Friday, April 24 at 7:30PM

For Immediate Release ĺ─ý Toronto, March 24, 2009: Platinum Concerts International (PCI) proudly presents the world-renowned Kyiv Chamber Choir and conductor Mykola Hobdych at Roy Thomson Hall on Friday April 24 at 7:30 p.m. This concert is part of a Canadian tour which includes 12 Canadian cities and marks the much-anticipated return of this award-winning ensemble, which last appeared in Canada in 2006 to public and critical acclaim. The Toronto performance is unique however, as the Kyiv Chamber Choir joins forces with renowned choral ensembles Elmer Iseler Singers, Vesnivka Choir, and St. Michaelĺ─˘s Choir School for an evening of classical Ukrainian choral works sung in the antiphonal style, with the sounds of these Choirs coming from around Roy Thomson Hall.

Kyiv Chamber Choir performances always bring audiences to their feet. Presenting programmes that combine choral works drawn from a rich Ukrainian musical history dating back over 1,000 years, the 21-voice ensemble has earned a world-wide reputation as the foremost proponent of Ukrainian choral music, and has won three Grand Prix awards in European choral competitions. Ukrainian folk music, arranged by the finest contemporary composers, is also a part of the Choirĺ─˘s dynamic performance, featuring costumes, instruments and choreography. The Kyiv Chamber Choirĺ─˘s outstanding performances are unlike anything else in the world of music. ĺ─˙This is an ensemble of rare quality, a purveyor of music at its transcendent bestĺ─¨, wrote Bill Richardson in The Georgia Straight after the KCCĺ─˘s last Canadian visit.

In addition to their touring and concerts, the celebrated Kyiv Chamber Choir has recorded over 30 CDs, featuring the best music of their homeland, delivered with outstanding skill and overwhelming passion. The Kyiv Chamber Choirĺ─˘s 2009 spring tour (taking place April 22 to May 5) includes Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Kitchener-Waterloo and (for the first time) Victoria B.C. and St. Catharines, Ont.

Platinum Concerts International is a Toronto-based organization whose primary goal is to bring the ĺ─˛hidden treasureĺ─˘ of great Ukrainian choral music to mainstream arts and music audiences in North America. For more details, please visit PCIĺ─˘s website -

Kyiv Chamber Choir / Mykola Hobdych, conductor

With the Elmer Iseler Singers (Lydia Adams, conductor)

Vesnivka Choir (Halyna Kvitka Kondracki, conductor)

St. Michaelĺ─˘s Choir School (Jerzy Cichocki, conductor)

Roy Thomson Hall ĺ─ý Friday, April 24 at 7:30PM

For tickets: $65, $55, $45 (incl. all sales taxes), please visit

or call the box office at 416-872-4255

Tickets are also available through PCI toll-free at 1-877-266-2557

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30th Anniversary Concert: Elmer Iseler Singers


30th Anniversary Concert

Friday, April 17, 2009 at 7PM

Metropolitan United Church

For Immediate Release ĺ─ý Toronto, March 23, 2009: The Elmer Iseler Singers conclude their 30th anniversary celebrations with a glorious concert entitled CELEBRATE! Founded by the late Dr. Elmer Iseler in 1979, the Elmer Iseler Singers are one of Canadaĺ─˘s most illustrious professional choral ensembles. On Friday, April 17, the celebrated twenty-voice chamber choir shares the stage with mezzo-soprano Andrea Ludwig and EIS guest alumni for an evening of stunning music, all under the direction of Lydia Adams, who also celebrates her 10th anniversary as Artistic Director and Conductor. This salute to the ensembleĺ─˘s 30 year journey (which has featured Canadian composers, the classics, folk, gospel and the first performance of an opera in Cree, among others) features works by Aaron Copland, Benjamin Britten, Imant Raminsh, Srul Irving Glick, Healy Willan and Arthur Honegger.

ĺ─˙The choirĺ─˘s mastery of dynamics, attacks and the other paraphernalia of musical expression gives them the broadest possible palette of hue and colour from the palest tint to the most richly saturated hue.ĺ─¨ ĺ─ý Chronicle Herald

The legacy of the Elmer Iseler Singers has set standards for all choirs. For 30 years the organization has been a leader of excellence in choral singing, in creation and performance of new works and has led the way in touring, broadcasting, recording and performing throughout the small and large centers of Ontario, Canada and U.S. The Elmer Iseler Singers have recorded extensively and have had a profound impact on the international artistic field, with a discography of over 50 recordings. This has been the backbone of repertoire development for conductors and choirs throughout Ontario, Canada and worldwide. Known for the unique beauty of their sound, the Elmer Iseler Singers bring to life exciting repertoire that spans 500 years of great choral music.

Program: In the Beginning ĺ─ý Aaron Copland

Rejoice in the Lamb ĺ─ý Benjamin Britten

Magnificat ĺ─ý Imant Raminsh

Psalm Elegy ĺ─ý Srul Irving Glick

Lady Motets ĺ─ý Healy Willan

Laudate Dominum (final movement) ĺ─ý Arthur Honegger


30th Anniversary Concert

Featuring Andrea Ludwig, mezzo-soprano & Guest Alumni of the Elmer Iseler Singers

Lydia Adams, conductor

Friday, April 17, 2009 at 7PM

Metropolitan United Church: 56 Queen Street East, Toronto

For tickets ($35 Regular and $30 Seniors/Students), call 416 217-0537

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Coco Love Alcorn's New Album


Toronto, ON ĺ─ý Acoustic, jazz, folk, R&B, groove, pop and extraordinary vocals to name a few, have often been used to describe Coco Love Alcorn's incredible mix of musical talent. This Spring be prepared for some playful, soulful and compelling new music from Alcorn's sixth album Joyful (Sound of Pop / Fontana North) April 21, 2009. She is currently on tour and will be visiting cities nationally in support of her new album.

Joyful features new fan favourites "Intellectual Boys", "Revolution" and "I Got A Bicycle", all of which resonate Alcorn's 'joyful soul'. "Writing this album was yet another evolution for me", remarks Alcorn. "Inspiration was coming from everywhere as I traveled. I've finally stopped worrying about trying to fit my music into a neat and tidy genre box." Laced with themes of fun, love and social awareness, Joyful leaves the listener feeling happy and hopeful.

Alcorn has previously toured with an impressive roster of musicians including Ani DiFranco, Burton Cummings, 54.40, Chantal Kreviazuk, Steve Poltz, Matt Andersen and Jesse Cook. Her current solo tour travels coast to coast where you will be able to purchase Alcorn's new clothing line Simon +Coco which is made of up-cycle clothing with Coco-centric silkscreen designs.

Canadian Tour Dates:

March 27 South River, ON Renee's Cafe
March 29 Sault Ste. Marie, ON Shingwauk Theatre
March 30 Thunder Bay, ON Black Pirates Pub
April 2 Edmonton, AB Blue Chair
April 3 Canmore, AB Communitea
April 4 Nelson, BC North Shore Hall
April 5 Winlaw, BC House Concert
April 8 Nakusp, BC Bonnington Centre for the Arts
April 9 Revelstoke, BC The Village Idiot
April 10 Nelson, BC The Sugar Shack
April 11 Kaslo, BC Longham Theatre
April 17 Vancouver, BC The Rio Theatre
April 18 Pender Harbour, BC Pender Harbour Music Society
April 19 Courtenay, BC Joe's Garage
April 21 Ucuelet, BC Wild Heather Books
April 22 Duncan, BC Duncan Garage Showroom
April 23 Bowen Island, BC Cates Hill Chapel
April 24 Merritt, BC Capitol Soundstage
April 25 Rossland, BC Old Fire Hall
April 27 Lethbridge, AB The Slice
April 28 Calgary, AB The Ironwood
May 1 Saskatoon, SK Persephone Theatre Second Stage
May 2 Souris, MB Forbidden Flavours
May 3 Winnipeg, MB The Edge Gallery
May 4 Thunder Bay, ON Black Pirates Pub
May 7 ĺ─ý 10 Penticiton, BC Dream Cafłę (with Matt Andersen)
May 20 Montreal, QC St. Ambroise
May 23 Charlottetown, PEI Haviland Club
May 29 Antigonish, NS The Dragonfly
May 31 Halifax, NS The Carleton
June 5 Brookside, NS Moosehorn
June 6 Margaretsville, NS The Evergreen
June 7 Guysborought, NS Chedabucto Place
June 14 Toronto, ON Hugh's Room

Track List:

1. Compassion

2. I Got A Bicycle

3. Stranger

4. Revolution

5. Super Glue

6. Intellectual Boys

7. Where Do The Robots Go When They Die

8. Sleepless

9. Props

10. Hope For The World

11. Joyful

Weblinks: or

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Jewish lawyer defends neo-Nazi in play CHERRY DOCS

Militant Right & Liberal Left Collide Head-On in "CHERRY DOCS"

Persephone Productions tackles complex social and racially charged issues in CHERRY DOCS, a taut psychological two-hander by Canadian playwright, David Gow from April 16th to 26th at Theatre Ste-Catherine (264 Ste-Catherine East). Written more than 10 years ago, this is the first time a local company stages the play in Gow's hometown, though it gained renewed notoriety in 2006 with Steel Toes, the film version. Since its 1998 premiere, CHERRY DOCS has become one of the most successful dramas in Canadian theatre history, with twenty productions in a number of languages, firmly establishing it in the international repertoire.

The rhythmic text has Danny Dunkelman, a Jewish liberal-minded lawyer, assigned as public defender for Mike Downey, a neo-Nazi skinhead who has kicked an Asian man to death with his cherry red Doc Marten combat boots. "One of the play's issues is that of first impressions," says Director, Gabrielle Soskin. "Mike comes on as a militant bigot, navigating his world guided solely by race. Danny is a successful professional with a strong sense of his Jewish identity. Yet as the two square off for what they both consider a necessary but repugnant partnership, unexpected depths are revealed to themselves, the audience and each other. That peeling away, one layer of the onion at a time, is where the drama lies", she confides. Not one to shy away from tough, provocative subjects, Soskin continues to say, "The play also deals with the possibility of redemption. Can we forgive? Should we forgive? Is it possible for us to change ourselves and our perspective?" It connects with audience and artists alike, demanding a great deal of both, never trying to avoid the full repercussions and complexity of its subject matter. "There is an ambiguity in the conclusion of the play; we are left looking at both sides of the argument and our own personal sensibility will inevitably influence our perspective".

"ĺ─Âa collision of primal and ideological forces [with] no moral high ground and no easy answers"

- Eye Magazine

Dan Jeannotte, a founding member of the improv group Uncalled For with Fringe hits Thunderspank! and Blastback Babyzap, as well as the hugely popular nightly Fringe show, The 13th Hour, plays the zealous neo-Nazi. Winnipeg native, Sean Carney, plays the middle-aged lawyer who gradually becomes obsessed with the case and the offensive delinquent he initially dismisses as a lost cause. Given the company's mandate of providing unique opportunities to new talent, though both actors are not new to the stage, certainly the high-octane role of the pugnacious skinhead is one of Dan's greatest acting challenges to date. For Sean Carney, an erudite McGill theatre professor who is customarily in the position of instructor and director, embarking on the lawyer's arduous journey as he examines his liberal ideology and consequently suffers great loss, is definitely a career highlight.

"This is an epic battle that will leave each man marked by the other's belief."

- The Toronto Sun

Ms. Soskin is assisted in her direction by John Abbott alumnus, Heidi Hawkins, last seen in The Real Inspector Hound. Mee Youn, a recent Concordia graduate who is one of the first to come out of the Segal Internship program under Norberts Muncs, designed the set and lighting. The sound design is provided by Rob Denton with stage management by Mary Davidson.

For additional details, please visit the web site at

Dates & Times: April 16 - 26

Tues. through Sat. 20:00

Weekday Matinłęes (April 21, 22, 23 & 24) 12:30

Sunday Matinłęes 14:00

Monday DARK


General Admission $21

Seniors, Students, PWM, QDF/Equity $15

Groups (10 or more) $15

Discount Evenings (April 23 & 24) $12


Theatre Ste-Catherine

264 Ste-Catherine East

Box Office:


OCNA, le 28 mars : Le maestro Boris Brott dirige Č┤ Bravo Beethoven Ȭ

Le maestro Boris Brott dirige Č┤ Bravo Beethoven Ȭ ĺ─ý le prochain concert des Aventures familiales TD Canada Trust, le 28 mars

Ottawa (Canada) ĺ─ý Le grand Ludwig Van Beethoven est łŢ l'honneur au cours du prochain concert de la słęrie Aventures familiales TD Canada Trust avec l'Orchestre du Centre national des Arts sous la direction du premier chef des concerts jeunesse et famille Boris Brott, le samedi 28 mars łŢ 13 h 30 et 15 h 30. Le concert Č┤ Bravo Beethoven Ȭ met en vedette le comłędien d'Ottawa Peter Duschenes, du Thłęłótre Platypus, dans le rłąle du compositeur, avec le violoniste Nikki Chooi, le percussionniste de l'OCNA Kenneth Simpson au synthłętiseur et un rassemblement de chëýurs de jeunes de la rłęgion et du secteur scolaire coordonnłę par Barbara Clark. Les Aventures familiales TD Canada Trust sont des concerts bilingues parfaitement adaptłęs aux enfants de cinq ans et plus accompagnłęs de leurs amis adultes.

Le billet inclut les activitłęs Č┤ Dorłęmiville Ȭ prłęsentłęes avant le concert dans le Foyer du CNA par les Amis de l'Orchestre du CNA, 45 minutes avant le dłębut de chaque concert, soit łŢ 12 h 45 pour le premier concert et 14 h 45 pour le second.

Retrouvez Ludwig van Beethoven (incarnłę par Peter Duschenes) tandis qu'il redłęcouvre sa propre musique grłóce łŢ une prothł«se auditive du XXIe sił«cle. Les jeunes spectateurs pourront partager la joie de Beethoven łŢ l'łęcoute de chefs-d'ëýuvre musicaux tels que la Cinquił«me Symphonie, la Symphonie Č┤ Hłęrołěque Ȭ, Č┤ La Bataille de Vitoria Ȭ et la tempłüte de la Symphonie Č┤ Pastorale Ȭ. Nikki Chooi, violoniste originaire de Victoria, ancien łęlł«ve des conservatoires de Victoria et du Collł«ge Mount Royal, qui a łęgalement participłę łŢ l'Institut estival de musique du CNA, jouera un extrait du Concerto pour violon de Beethoven. ł─ la fin du concert, les membres de l'auditoire seront invitłęs łŢ chanter avec le chëýur d'enfants le magnifique Č┤ Hymne łŢ la joie Ȭ de la Neuvił«me Symphonie!

Le Centre national des Arts Centre dłędie ces concerts łŢ la młęmoire de Mario Duschenes, cłęlł«bre flł¬tiste, compositeur et chef d'orchestre (et pł«re de Peter Duschenes) qui est mort un peu plus tłąt cette annłęe. Mario Duschenes a dirigłę les tout premiers concerts de l'Orchestre du CNA destinłęs au public familial et a continułę łŢ exercer ce rłąle de 1973 łŢ 1988. Il a dirigłę l'Orchestre du CNA pour la dernił«re fois en 2001 pour la prłęsentation du spectacle musical Des rebuts et des rythmes, une commande du CNA qui a łętłę reprise en janvier dernier sous son nouveau titre : Musique au clair de lune.

Les activitłęs Č┤ Dorłęmiville Ȭ prłęsentłęes łŢ l'occasion du concert Č┤ Bravo Beethoven Ȭ comprennent une exposition de la Bibliothł«que publique d'Ottawa sur le thł«me de Beethoven; un coin d'activitłę animłę par Musique pour Jeunes Enfants; une exposition touche-łŢ-tout d'instruments łŢ cordes prłęsentłęe par l'Acadłęmie des orchestres des jeunes d'Ottawa; un coin de bricolage pour fabriquer des signets inspirłęs par Beethoven et une zone pour rłępłęter l'Hymne łŢ la joie de Beethoven en vue du concert. Le Chëýur des jeunes de la rłęgion d'Ottawa, le Chëýur d'enfants d'Ottawa, l'Ottawa Catholic School Board Choir, le chëýur de jeunes filles Cantiamo d'Ottawa et l'łÔcole secondaire publique De La Salle disposeront de tables d'information.

Toutes les Aventures familiales TD Canada Trust błęnłęficient de l'OCNAtron prłęsentłę en collaboration avec la Tłęlłęvision Rogers. Cinq camłęras de tłęlłęvision installłęes sur scł«ne et dans la salle enregistrent en direct des images vidłęo des musiciens pendant qu'ils jouent sur scł«ne et les transmettent sur l'łęcran głęant surplombant la scł«ne, afin de permettre au public de suivre de prł«s tout ce qui se passe.

L'Ottawa Citizen est le młędia partenaire des Aventures familiales TD Canada Trust avec l'Orchestre du CNA.

Les billets pour Č┤ Bravo Beethoven Ȭ, spectacle prłęsentłę le samedi 28 mars łŢ 13 h 30 et 15 h 30, incluant les activitłęs Č┤ Dorłęmiville Ȭ avant le concert, sont en vente dł«s maintenant łŢ 12 $ pour les enfants et 20 $ pour les adultes (TPS et frais d'łętablissement inclus dans les cas qui s'appliquent), łŢ la Billetterie du CNA (du lundi au samedi de 10 h łŢ 21 h) et par l'entremise du rłęseau Ticketmaster (frais de service en sus) au (613) 755-1111. Consultez le site Web du Centre national des Arts łŢ l'adresse .

Formez un groupe de 10 personnes et plus et łęconomisez de 15 % łŢ 20 % sur le prix normal des billets pour l'Orchestre du CNA, la Danse et le Thłęłótre. Pour rłęserver, composez le 947-7000, poste 384, ou łęcrivez łŢ

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Monday, March 23, 2009

U of T presents Grammy-winning composer Maria Schneider

University of Toronto Faculty of Music to present Grammy-winning composer Maria Schneider

"To call Schneider the most important woman in jazz is missing the point in two ways. She is a major composer - period." - TIME MAGAZINE

"...she puts together stories that speak with the clarity of Ernest Hemingway and the musical grace of Aaron Copland."


TORONTO ĺ─ý The Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto presents Grammy Award-winning composer Maria Schneider in a lecture and a concert with the U of T Jazz Orchestras. On Thursday, April 2, the Roger D. Moore Distinguished Visitor in Composition will present a lecture in Walter Hall as part of the Thursdays at Noon Series, and on Saturday, April 4, she will join the Faculty of Musicĺ─˘s 10 Oĺ─˘Clock and 11 Oĺ─˘Clock Jazz Orchestras in a concert in MacMillan Theatre. Details of the events are as follows:

Thursday, April 2, 2009
Roger D. Moore Distinguished Visitor in Composition
12:10 pm. Walter Hall, 80 Queenĺ─˘s Park. Free

Saturday, April 4, 2009
CONCERT with the U of T Jazz Orchestras

Maria Schneider conducts her own music with the U of T Jazz Orchestras
7:30 pm. MacMillan Theatre, 80 Queenĺ─˘s Park. Tickets: $14 ($8 seniors/students).
Box Office: 416-978-3744
Box office hours: 1 ĺ─ý 7 pm, Monday to Friday, with extended hours on performance nights.
Address: Lobby level, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queenĺ─˘s Park, Toronto ON M5S 2C5

Maria Schneider's music has been described as evocative, majestic, magical, heart-stoppingly gorgeous, and beyond categorization. Born in Windom, Minnesota, Schneider arrived in New York City in 1985 after studies at the University of Minnesota, the University of Miami and the Eastman School of Music. She immediately sought out Bob Brookmeyer to study composition, and at the same time became an assistant to Gil Evans, working on various projects with him.

The Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra came into being in 1993, appearing at Visiones in Greenwich Village every Monday night for a stretch of five years. Subsequently, her orchestra has performed at festivals and concert halls across Europe as well as in Brazil and Macau. She's received numerous commissions and invites with American and Europeans orchestras, guest conducting in Brazil, Italy, Portugal, France, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Canada, Scotland, Australia, Greenland and Iceland, as well as across the U.S. Commissions include the Norrbotten Big Band's and Danish Radio Orchestra's commission to arrange and conduct concerts with Toots Thielemans. Other commissioning organizations include the Metropole Orchestra, Stuttgart Jazz Orchestra, Orchestre National de Jazz (Recapitulation), Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra (El Viento), Monterey Jazz Festival (Scenes from Childhood), University of Miami Concert Jazz Band (Three Romances), Hunter College (Concert in the Garden and Sky Blue), Jazz at Lincoln Center (Bulerłéa, Soleł░ y Rumba), Los Angeles Philharmonic Association (Aires de Lando) and Peter Sellars' New Crowned Hope Festival (Cerulean Skies). Maria was also the recipient of a Doris Duke award to compose a dance work (Dissolution) in collaboration with the Pilobolus dance group. It was performed with her orchestra at the American Dance Festival and Kennedy Center. Her latest major work, commissioned by The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, debuted in October of 2008 Written to feature soprano, Dawn Upshaw, it is entitled Carlos Drummond de Andrade Stories.

Schneider has had a distinguished recording career as well. Her debut recording Evanescence, was nominated for two 1995 Grammy Awards. Her second and third recordings Coming About and Allłęgresse were also nominated for Grammys. Her third album, Allłęgresse was chosen by both TIME and BILLBOARD in their Top Ten Recordings of 2000, inclusive of all genres of music.

Concert in the Garden, released only through her website (an ArtistShareČĂ site), was a watershed in her career when she won the 2005 Grammy Award for ô─ňBest Large Ensemble Albumô─š and became the first Grammy-winning recording with Internet-only sales. It also receivedô─ňJazz Album of the Yearô─š by the Jazz Journalists Awards and the DOWNBEAT Critics Poll. Both also awarded her ô─ňComposer of the Yearô─š andô─ňArranger of the Yearô─š and the Jazz Journalists also named her group ô─ňLarge Jazz Ensemble of the Yearô─š.

Her newest fan-funded ArtistShareČĂ recording, Sky Blue, was released in July 2007 and received unanimous praise. It was nominated for two Grammy Awards, winning one in the category of ô─ňBest Instrumental Compositionô─š (Cerulean Skies). The album received the honor of ô─ňJazz Album of the Yearô─š from the VILLAGE VOICE Critics Poll as well as a Choc Award in France and was one of only two albums to receive a five-star review from DOWNBEAT in 2007.

Artist website:

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Gala de la musique: DłęjłŢ 1 000 votes pour le Prix du public Qułębec-Scope !

1er Gala de la musique de Qułębec

DłęjłŢ 1 000 votes pour le Prix du public Qułębec-Scope !

Qułębec, le 23 mars 2009 - Plus de 1 000 personnes ont dłęjłŢ votłę pour dłęterminer le Prix du public Qułębec-Scope et il reste encore trois semaines łŢ la płęriode de votation, soit jusqu'au 14 avril prochain. Pour les membres de l'Association des professionnels de la grande rłęgion de Qułębec (APMGRQ), le deuxił«me tour de scrutin s'amorce aujourd'hui dans les cinq catłęgories qui contenaient le plus de nominations, soit album chansons francophones, album pop-rock, vidłęo clip, son studio et rłęalisation studio.

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Notes on Composing


Movement and meaning between Canada and the Netherlands

A Festival of Canadian and Dutch Music, Film and Literature


5 collaborations in film and music

Final Event of SHIFT Festival Marks Opening Night of the


April 2, 2009 at Isabel Bader Theatre

For Immediate Release ĺ─ý Toronto, March 23, 2009: SHIFT is not over yet, but the big bulge of activity at the end of February -- swelling the city's cultural offerings like an early spring thaw -- has passed. After continuing on to Vancouver for a concert with Vancouver New Music Society, Ives Ensemble musicians (now great musical friends of many in Canada) have returned to the Netherlands; Quatuor Bozzini returned to Montreal before setting off on yet another European tour; having made their guerrilla hit, Toca Loca's musicians have again dispersed. But Continuum is hard at preparations for the final event.

On April 2 at the Isabel Bader Theatre, The Images Festival and Continuum present Notes on Composing: 5 collaborations in film and music. Premiered at the Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ in Amsterdam, the event features works on diverse themes by well-known and emerging Canadian film and video artists with music by composers from Canada and the Netherlands: Clive Holden (CA) and Oscar van Dillen (NL) deal with the sea as the Pacific Ocean and the North Sea are juxtaposed on a split screen; Christina Battle (CA) and Martin Arnold (CA) treat the mutual invasion of the human and natural worlds as represented by clips from old movies intercut with highly processed images of birds and bats in flight; Vera Frenkel (CA) and Rick Sacks (CA) have created a poignant view of the loss of connection with water in Toronto's urban environment; Dałěchi Sałěto (CA) and Malcolm Goldstein (CA) muse on trees in Parc Mont-Royal in Montreal; and Guy Maddin (CA) and Richard Ayres (NL) present the story of an aging gangster's paranoid delusions, near death experience and revival through highly unconventional means.

NOTES ON COMPOSING ĺ─ý Opening Night of the 2009 IMAGES FESTIVAL

Thursday, April 2 at 8PM at Isabel Bader Theatre: 93 Charles Street West

Tickets: $15 adults / $12 students & seniors

Advance tickets available at: Info: (416) 971-8405

Composer/Filmmaker: Title

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

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

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

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

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


Admittance to all screenings (except Youth Screenings) is restricted to those 18 years of age or older. The Images Festival believes in freedom of artistic expression and is against discrimination on the basis of age. However, under the Ontario Theatres Act, film and video festivals are required to adopt a blanket adult rating in order to hold public screenings without having to submit all works for prior classification. Film and video are the only forms of expression subject to this kind of censorship system in Ontario. The Images Festival complies with the Ontario Theatres Act under protest.

Continuum is supported through grants from The Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and the city of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council; the Metcalf Foundation's Strategic Initiatives programme; the SOCAN, Emerald and McLean foundations; by patrons Aurora Tewksbury Reford, Ann Southam and Christopher Des Brisay; by the accounting firm Newman & Sversky; and as well, through the generosity of many private donors. SHIFT is supported by The Canada Council for the Arts, Muziek Centrum Nederland, Muziekgebouw aan ĺ─˛t IJ, the Consulate-General of The Netherlands, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Charles Street Video and a variety of individual and corporate donors.

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

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Les MłęlodłĂnes de la Place des arts - Le piano et l'orgue łŢ l'honneur en avril


Le piano et lĺ─˘orgue łŢ lĺ─˘honneur en avril

Les jeudis 2 et 9 avril 2009 de 12 h 10 łŢ 12 h 50

Montrłęal, le 23 mars 2009 ĺ─ý Pour terminer la saison en beautłę, Christian Parent, pianiste, et Pierre Grandmaison, organiste, deux artistes au sommet de leur art, sont au programme des MłÔLODłÚNES au mois dĺ─˘avril. Les MłęlodłĂnes sont coproduites par la Sociłętłę Pro Musica et la Place des Arts.

Jeudi 2 avril de 12 h 10 łŢ 12 h 50 au Piano nobile de la Place des Arts

Belge dĺ─˘origine, le pianiste Christian Parent reł▀oit sa formation musicale au Conservatoire royal de musique de Lił«ge. Plusieurs institutions et łęvłęnements dĺ─˘Europe soulignent aussitłąt ses performances en lui octroyant prix et distinctions. Installłę en permanence au Canada, il perfectionne son art avec Irving Heller. La critique et le public vantent son jeu spontanłę et sa virtuositłę saisissante qui concourent łŢ donner une sonoritłę unique łŢ ses interprłętations. Artiste accompli, il sĺ─˘intłęresse łęgalement aux techniques dĺ─˘enregistrement dans le studio quĺ─˘il a crłęłę et oł╝ il grave des CD de ses compositions et interprłętations. Professeur de piano łŢ la Facultłę de musique de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal et au collł«ge Vincent-dĺ─˘Indy, il donne aussi des classes de małĂtre et participe, łŢ titre de jury, łŢ plusieurs concours. Il prłęsentera des pił«ces de Scarlatti, Beethoven, Medtner et Rachmaninov lors de ce concert du 2 avril.

Jeudi 9 avril de 12 h 10 łŢ 12 h 50 au Piano nobile de la Place des Arts

Pierre Grandmaison entreprend ses łętudes musicales en tant que pianiste et organiste. ł─ son retour de Paris, boursier du gouvernement du Qułębec, il se consacre łŢ lĺ─˘orgue. En 1973, il est nommłę titulaire des grandes orgues de la basilique Notre-Dame de Montrłęal et, en 1977, il a le plaisir dĺ─˘inaugurer lĺ─˘orgue Casavant restaurłę de lĺ─˘łęglise de Saint-Hilaire. łÔminent spłęcialiste de musique sacrłęe, il enseigne au Grand Słęminaire de Montrłęal et participe łŢ dĺ─˘importantes manifestations łŢ caractł«re religieux, notamment łŢ Notre-Dame de Paris et łŢ Saint-Pierre de Rome. Pierre Grandmaison est aussi compositeur. Citons, entre autres, son oratorio Plłęnitude et Rłęsonnances, crłęłę en 2005 lors du centenaire de fondation de lĺ─˘Oratoire Saint-Joseph. En ce Jeudi Saint, qui ouvre le Tridium Pascal, le concert quĺ─˘il prłęsente est une formidable occasion de relier le sacrłę et la beautłę.

Une production de la Sociłętłę Pro Musica en collaboration avec la Place des Arts.

Entrłęe : 8 $ (taxes incluses) ĺ─ý Apportez votre lunch !

Rłęservations : Billetterie de la Place des Arts 514 842-2112 ou 1 866 842-2112 ou


Piano and organ spotlighted in April

Thursdays, April 2 and 9, 2009 from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m.

Montreal, March 23, 2009 ĺ─ý To close the season in style, pianist Christian Parent and organist Pierre Grandmaison, two artists at the height of their career, will perform on the program of LES MłÔLODłÚNES in April. The series is co-produced by the Sociłętłę Pro Musica and Place des Arts.

Thursday, April 2 from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the Piano nobile of Place des Arts

The Belgian-born pianist Christian Parent trained at the Conservatoire Royal de Musique in his native city of Lił«ge. He was soon winning prizes and distinctions at competitions throughout Europe. After immigrating to Canada, Parent perfected his art with Irving Heller. Critics and public alike have praised his spontaneous style and astonishing virtuosity, which combine to give his performances a unique flavour. Recording is also a major part of Christian Parentĺ─˘s career: as the owner of his own studio, he is able to record his interpretations of masterworks for the piano, as well as his own compositions. Christian Parent teaches piano at the Universitłę de Montrłęalĺ─˘s faculty of music and at the Collł«ge Vincent-dĺ─˘Indy; he also gives master classes at various institutions and serves on the juries of numerous competitions. In this concert on April 2, he will perform works by Scarlatti, Beethoven, Medtner and Rachmaninov.

Thursday, April 9 from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. at the Piano nobile of Place des Arts

Pierre Grandmaison began his studies as a pianist before turning to the organ. Awarded a grant by the Quebec government, he studied in Paris for two years. On his return from France, he gave organ recitals throughout Quebec and in 1973 was named the regular organist at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montreal. In 1977, he had the honour of inaugurating the restored Casavant organ at Mont St-Hilaire, one of the builderĺ─˘s first instruments. An eminent specialist in sacred music, he teaches at the Grand Słęminaire de Montrłęal and performs at major religious events at such churches as Notre-Dame in Paris and St. Peterĺ─˘s in Rome. As a composer, he has written several masses, as well as the oratorio Plłęnitude et Rłęsonances, created in 2005 for the 100th anniversary of the founding of St. Josephĺ─˘s Oratory. On this Holy Thursday before Easter, he is a presenting a program combining the sacred and the beautiful.

A production of the Sociłętłę Pro Musica in collaboration with Place des Arts.

Admission: $8 (taxes included) ĺ─ý Bring your lunch!

Reservations: Place des Arts box office 514-842-2112 / 1-866-842-2112 /

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NACO, March 28: TD Canada Trust Family Adventures presents "Bravo Beethoven"

ĺ─˙Bravo Beethovenĺ─¨ led by Maestro Boris Brott ĺ─ý the next TD Canada Trust Family Adventures concert on March 28

Ottawa (Canada) ĺ─ý The great Ludwig Van Beethoven himself is celebrated in the next TD Canada Trust Family Adventures series concerts with the National Arts Centre Orchestra led by Principal Youth and Family Conductor Boris Brott on Saturday, March 28 at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon. ĺ─˙Bravo Beethovenĺ─¨ features Ottawa performer Peter Duschenes of Platypus Theatre in the role of the composer, joined by violinist Nikki Chooi, NACO percussionist Kenneth Simpson on synthesizer, and a massed youth choir from community and school choirs coordinated by Barbara Clark. These bilingual TD Canada Trust Family Adventures are perfect for kids 5 and up and their grown-up friends.

The concert ticket includes ĺ─˙TuneTownĺ─¨, pre-concert activities in the NAC Foyer organized by Friends of the NAC Orchestra 45 minutes prior to each concert, beginning at 12:45 p.m. for the first concert and 2:45 p.m. for the second concert.

Join Ludwig van Beethoven (played by Peter Duschenes) as he rediscovers the sounds of his music with the help of a 21st century hearing device. Children can share Beethovenĺ─˘s delight in listening to such musical masterpieces as the Fifth Symphony, the ĺ─˙Eroicaĺ─¨ Symphony, ĺ─˙Wellingtonĺ─˘s Victoryĺ─¨, and the Storm from the ĺ─˙Pastoralĺ─¨ Symphony. An excerpt from Beethovenĺ─˘s Violin Concerto will feature Victoria-born violinist Nikki Chooi, a former student at the Victoria and Mount Royal College Conservatories and a participant in the NACĺ─˘s Summer Music Institute. For the grand finale, audience members are invited to join with the childrenĺ─˘s choir in singing the magnificent ĺ─˙Ode to Joyĺ─¨, from the Ninth Symphony!

The National Arts Centre is dedicating these concerts to the memory of Mario Duschenes, the famed Canadian flutist, composer and conductor (and father of Peter Duschenes) who died earlier this year. Mario Duschenes led the NAC Orchestraĺ─˘s first-ever family concerts and continued to do so from 1973 to 1988. He last conducted the NAC Orchestra in 2001 in the NAC-commissioned score for Rhythm in Your Rubbish, which was reprised this January under its new title Music Under a Midnight Moon.

The ĺ─˙TuneTownĺ─¨ activities for ĺ─˙Bravo Beethovenĺ─¨ include an Ottawa Public Library book display on the theme of Beethoven; an activity station by Music for Young Children; a string instrument petting zoo with the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy; a craft station to make Beethoven bookmarks, and an area to sing along and rehearse Beethovenĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Ode to Joyĺ─¨ in preparation for participating in the concert. There will also be information displays from the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, the Ottawa Childrenĺ─˘s Choir, the Ottawa Catholic School Board Choir, the Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa, and łÔcole secondaire publique De La Salle.

All TD Canada Trust Family Adventures feature NACOtron presented in collaboration with Rogers Television. Five television cameras positioned on stage and in the hall capture live video images of the musicians while they are performing, and these images are projected onto a giant screen above the stage allowing the audience to watch the action in close-up.

The Ottawa Citizen is the media partner of the TD Canada Trust Family Adventures with the NAC Orchestra.

Tickets for Bravo Beethoven on Saturday, March 28 at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., including TuneTown Pre-Concert Activities, are $12.00 for children and $20.00 for adults (including GST and Facility Fee where applicable) and are on sale now 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. Visit the National Arts Centreĺ─˘s web site at

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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Jazz Piano Star Lynne Arriale Forms New Alliance to Release - "Nuance - The Bennet Studio Sessions"

"No question about it: Arriale is the most interesting - and underrated - jazz pianist around at the moment. Audiences at Ronnie Scott's finally had a chance to savour the American player's unfailingly melodic soloing a few weeks ago. Her latest release marks a dramatic change of direction as she forsakes her old trio for a new quartet featuring the dependable Randy Brecker on trumpet...her eye for unorthodox material - including a lyrical treatment of the Police tune Wrapped Around Your Finger - is as sharp as ever. The real meat, in a way, is to be found on the bonus DVD, recorded after the album itself." - 3/22/09 - The Sunday Times (London)



(New York, NY) Motłęma Music proudly announces the release of LYNNE ARRIALE'S "NUANCE - The Bennett Studio Sessions" - featuring RANDY BRECKER, GEORGE MRAZ and ANTHONY PINCIOTTI, on-sale May 12, 2009. In a departure from her ten previous trio recordings, leader/composer/arranger Arriale is collaborating with an extraordinary new lineup of iconic musicians: Grammy winning Randy Brecker on trumpet/flugelhorn; jazz legend George Mraz on bass; and critically acclaimed Anthony Pinciotti on drums. More information, please visit:

www.Motłę and at

The project was recorded at the multi-Grammy and Emmy Award winning BENNETT STUDIOS, just outside New York City, and includes video documentation of "behind the scenes" footage of the CD recording, a bonus DVD program of a live, private, "in-studio" audience concert, and up-close and personal interviews with each artist. The release displays a new creative direction for Arriale, as she continues her illustrious musical journey, which began with a ten-year run of her celebrated former trio. Arriale continues to garner praise in every configuration in which she chooses to play as an outstanding leader, including from The New York Times: "brilliant musicianship and bandstand instincts (which) place her among the top jazz pianists of the day." This new release, with iconic jazz masters Brecker and Mraz, brings even more heightened originality to Arriale's sound as evidenced in her six powerful, new compositions and inspired arrangements of covers by composers as disparate as Sting, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie and Tommy Wolf.

"This is music that really transports the listener into the wondrous world of Lynne's imagination," said Jana Herzen, President of Motłęma Music. "I'm proud to say it is really like no other jazz record I have ever heard. What I find most interesting is, if you check out the DVD interviews, Randy and George - these iconic jazz stars who have recorded over 1000 records between them - are so taken with Lynne's completely singular approach to composing and recording."
"It's all about the 'nuance,' and that's what we went for," said Randy Brecker, working with Arriale here, for the first time. "She knows how to tug at the heartstrings (and) I don't think I can compare her to anyone...her music transcends jazz. It's just pure music."

Please visit the "Nuance" EPK -
The fulltrack list for "Nuance," a CD & DVD set, includes: Wrapped Around Your Finger (Sting); I Mean You (Thelonious Monk); Longing (Lynne Arriale); Crawfish & Gumbo (Lynne Arriale); Ballad of the Sad Young Men (Tommy Wolf); Carry On (Lynne Arriale); La Noche (Lynne Arriale); Yada Yada Yada (Lynne Arriale); I Hear A Rhapsody (J. Baker, G. Fragos & D. Gasparre); A Night In Tunisia (Dizzy Gillespie) and A Gentle Soul (Lynne Arriale).

Arriale has been capturing the imaginations of jazz and mainstream music lovers with her outstanding CD / DVD recordings and sold out performances for nearly 20 years. Critically acclaimed as having a 'singular voice' as a pianist, leader, composer, arranger and for "putting the heart back into jazz" (London Times), Arriale's consistently excellent recordings have topped every notable jazz chart. With back to back #1 Jazz Week radio hits, a #17 debut on Billboard's Jazz Chart, the top ten "Best Of" lists for The New Yorker, United Press International and a two time winner of The German Record Critics Association, Arriale has earned her place among elite international artists. Arriale has met the mainstream through her featured performances on the PBS nationally televised program, Profile of a Recording Artist, and on multiple NPR programs including Weekend Edition, Jazz Set, and Piano Jazz with Marion McPartland.

Lynne Arriale, Randy Brecker, George Mraz and Anthony Pinciotti

Arriale's 2007 release, LIVE (Motłęma), was recorded by BR-TV at Germany's oldest and most prestigious jazz event, The Burghausen Jazz Festival, and won the 2007 German Record Critics Award for best jazz CD/DVD recording. She has toured Japan with the legendary "100 Golden Fingers" group, sharing the stage with jazz legends Hank Jones, Tommy Flanagan, Kenny Barron, Cedar Walton, Ray Bryant, Junior Mance, Harold Mabern, Roger Kellaway and Monty Alexander.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Symphony Nova Scotia rocks you with the music of Queen

Symphony Nova Scotia rocks you with the music of Queen ĺ─ý ALMOST SOLD OUT!

Halifax, NS ĺ─ý Symphony Nova Scotia teams up with rock group Jeans ĺ─˛n Classics, guest vocalist Michael Shotton, and the Soundtrax Choir on Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 at 7:30 pm to bring the epic rock of Queen to the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium.

Conducted by Maestro Bernhard Gueller, the orchestra will be pulling out all the stops to bring its big, broad sound to Queen classics such as Another One Bites the Dust, Killer Queen, We Will Rock You, Bohemian Rhapsody, We Are the Champions, Who Wants to Live Forever, You Take My Breath Away, The Show Must Go On, Under Pressure, Somebody to Love, and many more.

As vocalist Michael Shotton says, ĺ─˙This wonĺ─˘t be one of those shows where you sit in your seats quietly and clap and say, ĺ─˛Wasn't that sassy!ĺ─˘ĺ─¨

These concerts are almost sold out, so get your tickets now! Tickets are $32-47.50 (HST included) or 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 Jeans ĺ─˘n Classics
Jeans 'n Classics is a group of rock musicians who love orchestras and are committed to popular music. They have performed with symphony orchestras across the continent with arrangements that remain ideally poised between staying true to the original rocker spirit and creating a new, broader rock and roll sound.

About Michael Shotton
English-born Michael Shotton has led a life of rock and roll. The singer, drummer, composer and producer has recorded with rock icons such as Boston, Guns Nĺ─˘ Roses, Diamond Life, and Von Groove. He wrote and co-produced the 2007 anthem for the Canadian Special Olympics as well as a 9/11 fundraiser song featured on a compilation disc with Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney. Shottonĺ─˘s enormous vocal range, charismatic stage presence and lust for life have made him an international audience favourite and captivating performer.

About Symphony Nova Scotia
Expect the Unexpected with Symphony Nova Scotia ĺ─ý from Baroque to Berlioz to bluegrass! Each year the 37-member ensemble performs for more than 40,000 audience members (including 14,000 young music lovers) in communities across Nova Scotia. Under the inspirational leadership of Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is recognized as one of the finest orchestras in the country. Join the orchestra in celebrating its 25th anniversary this season!

Symphony Nova Scotia is grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts, Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture, and Heritage, and the Halifax Regional Municipality for their continued support.

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Friday, March 20, 2009

Duo Concertante to appear in Classical 96 lobby concert April 8 - launches "It Takes Two"


Toronto, ONTARIO - East coast violin/piano pair Duo Concertante (violinist Nancy Dahn and pianist Timothy Steeves) is thrilled to release its fourth CD, entitled "It Takes Two", a Marquis Classics/EMI Canada recording of encore chestnuts to please and delight any classical music fan. Excerpts from the CD will be performed and broadcast live at The New Classical 96.3 FM on Wednesday, April 8, at 1:20 PM and classical music fans can tune in or watch on the internet at The Duo will also perform on Tuesday, May 5 at the Canadian Opera Company's Free Concert Series from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

The uniqueness of this album originates with the arrangements. When violinist Nancy Dahn and pianist Timothy Steeves wanted to release an album of encore pieces, they approached Canadian composer Clifford Crawley for inspiration - and the collaboration was mutually rewarding. "We wanted to present encore pieces which featured both instruments equally," explain Nancy and Timothy. "When we approached Clifford about arranging some materials, we suggested some of our favourite opera arias, jazz tunes, and orchestral pieces. He had great ideas and for the next year created the 14 arrangements that comprise this disc. We are indebted to his great skill, enthusiasm, and generous spirit. The title of the disc should really be 'It Takes Three.'"

Duo Concertante's previous recordings, all under the ATMA Classique label, reveal the pair's wide range: "Wild Honey" (2003), highlighting Canadian composers Kelly-Marie Murphy, Chan Ka Nin, Omar Daniel, Jean Lesage, and Andrew Paul MacDonald; "Of Heart and Homeland" (2002), was a disc of JanłŢcek, de Falla, Shostakovich, Michael Parker, Smetana, Dvorł░k, and Piazzolla; and "łŢ Deux" (1998), which featured Beethoven, Stravinsky, Ravel, and Brahms.

"It Takes Two" repertoire list: de Abreu: Tico Tico; Gershwin: Lady Be Good (medley); Saint-Sał┤ns: Mon coeur s'ouvre łŢ ta voix; Khachaturian: Sabre Dance; Grieg: Solveig's Song; Gillespie: A Night in Tunisia; (trad): The Lark; Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet; Sibelius: Valse triste; Rodgers: "It's a Grand Night for Falling in Love with the Most Beautiful Girl on a Carousel"; Bonfł░: Black Orpheus; Tchaikovsky: June - Barcarolle; Mozart: Rondo alla Turka; and Puccini:
Humming Chorus.

"It Takes Two" will be available April 14, 2009 and available online at

Since forming in 1997, Duo Concertante has been acclaimed for performances characterized by brilliance, subtlety, and passion, across North America and abroad. Hailed for their "artistry, poetry, impeccable technique", and "exceptional warmth and intimacy", violinist Nancy Dahn and pianist Timothy Steeves are renowned for their extraordinary teamwork and powerfully-charged performances which them apart from more conventional violin/piano collaborations. The San Francisco Classical Voice wrote, "Brilliant, saucy and soulful . . . you hear splendid sweet nuances everywhere; Duo Concertante makes a powerful case for thinking of violin/piano sonatas as duo music, rather than as music for a pianist and a violinist."

Clifford Crawley was born in 1929 and educated in England. Affiliated with the Canadian League of Composers and the Canadian Music Centre, he has over 80 published compositions. He believes "originality is not necessarily something new, but often [the result of] looking at the familiar in a different way," which perfectly sums up his contribution to "It Takes Two." He is Professor Emeritus at Queen's University, having taught composition and music education there from 1973 to 1993. He has worked as a music consultant in Central America and Asia, and participated in many Composer/Artist in the Classroom programs. He now lives and enjoys an active musical life in St. John's, Newfoundland.

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Woodwind concert rounds out Chamber Music Series

TORONTO ĺ─ý The Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto presents the final concert of the acclaimed Chamber Music Series. Titled Petite Offrande Musicale, the program features chamber music for 3 to 7 woodwind and brass players, including Petite Offrande Musicale (Nino Rota), Divertissement (Jean Francaix), Mladi ("Youth") (Leos Janacek) and Septet for Wind (Paul Hindemith). The performers are some of the top players in Toronto, including Harcus Hennigar, horn, Kathleen McLean, bassoon, Joseph Orlowski, bass clarinet, Stephen Pierre, clarinet, Clare Scholtz, oboe, Douglas Stewart, flute, and Barton Woomert, trumpet. The concert takes place on Monday, March 30 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.

Harcus Hennigar has been a member of the Toronto Symphony since 1986, and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.
A native of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Hennigar graduated from the University of Toronto, studying with Eugene Rittich, and further studied in Czechoslovakia with Frantisek Solc, Hungary with Ferenc Tarjani, and Russia with Vitali Bujanovsky.

Kathleen McLean received her musical training at the Curtis Institute of Music and has been associate principal bassoon of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 1992 and was principal bassoon with the Canadian Opera Company. She was bassoon instructor at the University of Victoria until 1988 and since then has been on faculty at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Joseph Orlowski has been a member of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra since 1988. Joseph has acted as Principal clarinettist with the Canadian Opera Company and was the Associate Principal Clarinettist with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He teaches at the University of Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Joseph is also a Certified Personal Trainer, focusing on injury prevention and strengthening for professional musicians.

Stephen Pierre has been principal clarinet with the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra for the last twenty years, a position he has also held with the Victoria Symphony. Stephen attended the University of Toronto Faculty of Music and studied with Robert Marcellus of the Cleveland Orchestra and Stan McCartney and Avrahm Galper of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Stephen is currently on the faculties of both the University of Toronto and McMaster University.

Clare Scholtz was principal oboe of the Saskatoon Symphony for four years, and taught at the University of Saskatchewan. Clare has performed with the National Ballet Orchestra in Toronto, Europe and across Canada, the Toronto Symphony, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Esprit Orchestra, Opera Atelier, Soundstreams, Arraymusic, Continuum, the International Bach Festival with Helmuth Rilling and many other ensembles. She is on the faculties at the University of Toronto and York University.

Douglas Stewart is Principal Flute in the Canadian Opera Company Orchestra and the Esprit Orchestra. He has studied with Albert Horch, Nick Fiore, Robert Aitken, Marcel Moyse, James Galway, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Julius Baker and Samuel Baron. He teaches at the University of Toronto and has been Visiting Professor at the Freiburg Hochschule of Music in Germany.

Since 1982, Barton Woomert has been Associate Principal trumpet with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and trumpet instructor at Faculty of Music, University of Toronto. In addition to performing in the symphony and teaching at the University of Toronto, Barton maintains a busy private trumpet studio and performs as an associate member of the True North Brass. During the summer, he serves on the music faculties of the Interprovincial Music Camp and the Lancaster County Music Camp of Elizabethtown College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

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 Pacifica 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.

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La FCCF salue l'annonce du Fonds de dłęveloppement culturel

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

La FCCF salue l'annonce du Fonds de dłęveloppement culturel

Ottawa, le 20 mars 2009 : C'est aujourd'hui, lors d'une confłęrence de presse łŢ la Grande Bibliothł«que de Vancouver que le ministre de Patrimoine canadien James Moore a fait l'annonce du nouveau Fonds de dłęveloppement culturel inscrit dans la Feuille de route pour la dualitłę linguistique 2008-2013.

Č┤La FCCF salue l'engagement du gouvernement fłędłęral avec les investissements qui viennent d'łütre annoncłęs dans le Fonds de dłęveloppement culturel. Cette annonce łętait attendue avec grand intłęrłüt par les milieux artistiques et culturels de la francophonie canadienne et c'est un premier pas encourageant. Pour autant, et comme la FCCF l'avait dłęjłŢ indiqułę lors de la prłęsentation de la Feuille de route pour la dualitłę linguistique, le fonds d'un montant de 14 millions de dollars pour les quatre prochaines annłęes reste une mesure timide au regard des besoins concrets des arts et de la culture de la francophonie canadienne. Par ailleurs, les paramł«tres du Fonds tels qu'ils viennent d'łütre prłęsentłęs, nous interpellent d'autant plus que certaines interrogations persistent. Ȭ dłęclare Mme Raymonde Boulay LeBlanc, prłęsidente de la FCCF.

En fait, la FCCF s'interroge sur la notion de diversification du financement des projets avec un apport substantiel des gouvernements provinciaux et/ou territoriaux. Č┤ Concrł«tement cela doit se traduire par une politique plus volontariste łŢ l'łęgard des arts et de la culture de la part des gouvernements provinciaux et territoriaux. On connait parfaitement les disparitłęs actuelles dans le financement de nos secteurs łŢ la grandeur du pays, quelles seront donc les mesures d'incitation du gouvernement fłędłęral pour convaincre les autres paliers gouvernementaux łŢ s'investir dans l'łęconomie crłęative francophone et acadienne? Enfin, en matił«re culturelle et de dualitłę linguistique, il ne faudrait pas assister łŢ une dłęresponsabilisation du fłędłęral aux dłępens des provinces et territoires.Ȭ estime Mme Boulay LeBlanc.

Č┤ Notre rłęseau artistique et culturel est prłüt łŢ dłęmarrer avec des projets structurants et transversaux mais il reste des dłęfis permanents directement liłęs łŢ notre environnement płęriphłęrique et minoritaire. Č┤ L'accł«s aux enveloppes budgłętaires du Fonds ne doit pas devenir un parcours du combattant, notre prłęoccupation reste donc celle de voir la volontłę de Patrimoine canadien d'assouplir les modalitłęs administratives entourant l'injection des sommes. Ȭ ajoute la prłęsidente de la FCCF.

Enfin, la FCCF estime que, dans le cadre des prochains budgets fłędłęraux, les budgets alloułęs dans ce fonds vont devoir dłęfinitivement łütre rłęvisłęs łŢ la hausse. Ainsi le Fonds de dłęveloppement culturel pourrait certainement devenir, łŢ long terme, une source vitale de financement pour notre infrastructure artistique et culturelle łŢ travers le pays, et ce pour soutenir pleinement l'expression artistique francophone. Mais la FCCF rłęitł«re sa position Č┤ il devient plus qu'urgent que le Canada łŢ l'instar d'autres pays industrialisłęs se dote d'une politique culturelle nationale et d'une vision qui reconnaisse mieux l'unicitłę que reprłęsente l'łęcosystł«me artistique et culturel franco-canadien au sein de notre sociłętłę canadienne. Ȭ de conclure Mme Raymonde Boulay LeBlanc.

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

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Hold the dates: Death and the Maiden , Altera Vitae at MainLine Theatre- May 13-24

From the 2009 World Theatre Day Message (March 27) by Augusto Boal

Theatre is the Hidden Truth. When we look beyond appearances, we see oppressors and oppressed people, in all societies, ethnic groups, genders, social classes and casts; we see an unfair and cruel world. We have to create another world because we know it is possible. But it is up to us to build this other world with our hands and by acting on the stage and in our own life. We are all actors: being a citizen is not living in society, it is changing it.

Hold the Dates!

Altera Vitae Productions


Death and the Maiden

By Ariel Dorfman

Directed by Jesse Corbeil

Mark these dates in your spring calendar

Wednesday, May 13 ĺ─ý Sunday, May 24, 2009

Years after the fall of a dictatorship, a woman gets the chance to confront her torturer.

Is this a time for forgiveness or revenge?

Altera Vitae ĺ─ý helping those who need to be heard

Each Altera Vitae production is partnered with a community organization whose mandate is similar to the theme of the play. For this production, Altera Vitae is proud to support RIVO, a network of therapists and community workers concerned with the well being of survivors of torture and other forms of organised political violence.

Death and the Maiden

Altera Vitae Productions

At MainLine Theatre

3997 Blvd. St. Laurent

Tuesday to Sunday, 8:00 pm

Matinees: Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 pm

Pay-what-you-can: Wed. May 13 preview and May 8 and 9 matinees

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Concours Syli d'or de la musique du monde - Olivier Laroche



Montrłęal, le 20 mars 2009 - Aprł«s son passage remarqułę en fłęvrier, Olivier Laroche sera de retour le mercredi 25 mars au Club Balattou dans le cadre des SYLI D'OR. Avec sa musique festive, ses textes bien ficelłęs et ses rythmes młętissłęs, Olivier Laroche offre des performances pleines de folie et de joie de vivre. Artiste charismatique et hors norme, il se situe łŢ la croisłęe des chemins entre la chanson franł▀aise, les musiques du monde et la pop.

Crłęłęs par les Productions Nuits d'Afrique, les Syli d'Or est un concours qui rłęunit les meilleurs artistes łęmergents de la musique du monde, le public est invitłę łŢ voter. Avec ses musiciens, Olivier Laroche se mesurera łŢ 35 autres formations qui se partagent la scł«ne du Balattou łŢ raison de deux par soir du 24 fłęvrier au 22 avril.

En attendant la sortie du premier album qu'il souhaite lancer en 2009, dłęcouvrez cet artiste unique au Club Balattou le mercredi 25 mars łŢ 21H, 4372 boul. St-Laurent, coin Marie-Anne, Montrłęal.

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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Budget du Qułębec 2009 : des mesures pour protłęger les acquis du milieu culturel 19 mars 2009

Budget du Qułębec 2009 :
des mesures pour protłęger les acquis du milieu culturel

Montrłęal, le 19 mars 2009 ĺ─ý ł─ la suite du dłępłąt du budget du Qułębec 2009-2010, Culture Montrłęal remarque que si ce dernier ne recł«le pas de grandes surprises pour le milieu culturel, il comporte des interventions importantes visant entre autres la prłęservation des emplois et le maintien des acquis au Qułębec. Plus spłęcifiquement, Culture Montrłęal se rłęjouit du fait que la culture ait łętłę identifiłęe par la ministre des Finances, madame Monique Jłęrłąme-Forget, comme lĺ─˘un des secteurs privilłęgiłęs capables de contribuer łŢ lĺ─˘łęventuelle relance de lĺ─˘łęconomie, cette conviction łętant appuyłęe par des mesures spłęcifiques.

Soutenir le milieu culturel et reconnałĂtre son apport, cĺ─˘est lĺ─˘aider łŢ maintenir sa capacitłę dĺ─˘offrir des emplois de qualitłę; de proposer une formation professionnelle reconnue mondialement; et de poursuivre ses efforts en matił«re de diffusion internationale. Lĺ─˘annonce dĺ─˘un investissement supplłęmentaire de 3 M $, destinłę au soutien łŢ la tournłęe, va en ce sens. Cette somme rłępondra aux besoins urgents des organismes en arts de la scł«ne, qui pourront łęgalement błęnłęficier de bonifications au crłędit dĺ─˘impłąt remboursable pour la production de spectacles. Lĺ─˘industrie audiovisuelle pourra pour sa part profiter de bonifications au crłędit dĺ─˘impłąt remboursable pour la production dĺ─˘enregistrements sonores; et sa relł«ve se verra soutenue par le biais dĺ─˘une augmentation de 1 M $ du budget de lĺ─˘Institut national de lĺ─˘image et du son, un geste que salue Culture Montrłęal. Si lĺ─˘ensemble de ces actions traduit un dłęsir certain dĺ─˘accompagner le milieu culturel en temps de crise, il ne rłęduit pas la menace planant sur un secteur qui, comme plusieurs autres, se voit fragilisłę par un contexte łęconomique prłęcaire. Bien que le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec dispose dĺ─˘une certaine marge de manëýuvre, il est souhaitłę que les organismes et entreprises culturelles puissent błęnłęficier de mesures sĺ─˘inspirant du nouveau Fonds dĺ─˘urgence de 500 M $ destinłę aux entreprises, crłęłę en partenariat avec le Fonds de solidaritłę FTQ et la SGF.

Le gouvernement annonł▀ait łęgalement aujourdĺ─˘hui une hausse de 5 M $ du budget de Placements Culture pour lĺ─˘exercice 2009-2010. Ces nouvelles sommes permettront łŢ certains organismes ayant dłęjłŢ complłętłę une campagne de financement privłę et prłęsentłę une demande de subvention de contrepartie de recevoir le montant attendu.

En novembre 2007, le gouvernement du Qułębec sĺ─˘engageait łŢ participer łŢ la rłęalisation du Plan dĺ─˘action 2007-2017 pour le dłęploiement de Montrłęal, młętropole culturelle. Le maintien des sommes alloułęes łŢ la culture par le gouvernement du Qułębec contribuera łŢ la poursuite des objectifs citłęs au plan. Pour sa part, le Plan qułębłęcois des infrastructures pourrait permettre la mise en ëýuvre de projets culturels dont Montrłęal a grandement besoin pour continuer de rayonner localement et łŢ lĺ─˘łętranger.

Si elle est bien rłęelle et menace plusieurs secteurs de lĺ─˘łęconomie, la crise actuelle peut sĺ─˘avłęrer une occasion unique de faire valoir notre capacitłę dĺ─˘innover et de trouver des solutions durables pour lĺ─˘ensemble des collectivitłęs du Qułębec. Lĺ─˘injection de fonds dans le milieu culturel et le soutien łŢ lĺ─˘action citoyenne font partie de ces solutions. Culture Montrłęal espł«re que le dialogue engagłę par le gouvernement en amont de lĺ─˘annonce de ce budget se poursuivra avec des acteurs issus de tous les secteurs.

Tłęlłęchargez le communiqułę : 090319_commBudgetQC.pdf

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The VSO Presents the Legendary Judy Collins for One Night Only!

The VSO presents the legendary Judy Collins for One Night Only!

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý The iconic Judy Collins makes her debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and conductor Evan Mitchell, for one night only on March 30, 8pm, at the Orpheum Theatre. Known as one of folk musicĺ─˘s pioneers, Ms. Collins has firmly established herself as a legend of the genre with a career that spans over four decades.

While Judy Collins made her public debut performing Mozart's "Concerto for Two Pianos," at the age of 13, it was the music of traditional folk artists such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger that sparked Judy Collinsĺ─˘ love of lyrics. By 16, Ms. Collins moved away from classical piano and began her lifelong love of guitar. For nearly 45 years, she has galvanized a generation with more than 40 albums, numerous Top 10 hits, Grammy nominations and gold and platinum selling albums.

Ms. Collins is often noted in her career for her rendition of "Both Sides Now" on her classic album Wildflowers, a song which has since been entered into the Grammy Hall of Fame. She was also awarded the "Song of the Year" at the 1975 Grammy Awards for her version of "Send in the Clowns", a ballad written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical, "A Little Night Music". Without doubt, the definition of a living legend, Ms. Collins has seen her artistry influence music and politics over the decades and her vocal interpretations and charity work inspire millions around the world. Ms. Collins has also given inspiration to many who have felt the grief of loved ones lost too soon, with the release of her book, Sanity and Grace: A Journey of Suicide, Survival and Strength. This book is a deeply moving memoir, focusing on the death of her only son and the healing process following the tragedy. The book speaks to all who have endured the sorrow of losing a loved one before their time. In the depths of her suffering, Judy found relief by reaching out to others for help and support. Now, she extends her hand to comfort other survivors whose lives have been affected by similar tragedy.

Truly a unique, powerful and lasting performer, the inimitable Judy Collins appears for one night only with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on March 30th, 2009, 8pm at the Orpheum. Visit Ms. Collins online at



Judy Collins in Concert with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra!

Monday, March 30, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Evan Mitchell, conductor

Judy Collins, entertainer

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Tickets: $35 to $55 (Senior, Student & Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at


Evan Mitchell, conductor

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

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

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

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

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

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

Judy Collins, entertainer

Judy Collins has thrilled audiences worldwide with her unique blend of interpretative folksongs and contemporary themes. Her impressive career has spanned more than 40 years. At 13, Judy Collins made her public debut performing Mozart's "Concerto for Two Pianos" but it was the music of such artists as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, as well as the traditional songs of the folk revival, that sparked Judy Collins' love of lyrics. She soon moved away from the classical piano and began her lifelong love with the guitar. In 1961, Judy Collins released her first album, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, at the age of 22 and began a thirty-five year association with Jac Holzman and Elektra Records.

Judy Collins is also noted for her rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" on her classic 1967 album, Wildflowers. "Both Sides Now" has since been entered into the Grammy's Hall of Fame. Winning "Song of the Year" at the 1975 Grammy's Awards show was Judy's version of "Send in the Clowns," a ballad written by Stephen Sondheim for the Broadway musical "A Little Night Music."

Released on September 29th, Judy's new book, Sanity and Grace, A Journey of Suicide, Survival and Strength, is a deeply moving memoir, focusing on the death of her only son and the healing process following the tragedy. The book speaks to all who have endured the sorrow of losing a loved one before their time. In the depths of her suffering, Judy found relief by reaching out to others for help and support. Now, she extends her hand to comfort other survivors whose lives have been affected by similar tragedy.

In a recent appearance on ABC's Good Morning America, Judy performed "Wings of Angels," the heartbreaking ballad that she wrote about the loss of her son. The song is currently available on the newly released Judy Collins Wildflower Festival CD and DVD, which also feature guest artists Arlo Guthrie, Tom Rush and Eric Andersen. This extraordinary concert was filmed at the famed Humphrey's By the Bay in San Diego, CA. The concert was the culmination of a 25 city national tour.

Judy Collins continues to create music of hope and healing that lights up the world and speaks to the heart.

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Free Event: The Timekeepers

Fringe Theatre Adventures


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A powerful production about friendship and hope in a time of horror, The Timekeepers, by Israel's Ocean of Sugar, returns to Edmonton for an exclusive Canadian engagement. In recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day April 21, Fringe Theatre Adventures invites new and returning audiences to experience this important, internationally-acclaimed drama free of charge, by donation only. The Timekeepers plays the TransAlta Arts Barns' Westbury Theatre April 14 to 19.

When Hans, an outrageous gay German, and Benjamin, a conservative Jewish horologist, are thrown together in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp, they appear to have little in common. As they work to repair watches for the Nazis under the Capo's tyrannical eye, their mutual prejudice and mistrust slowly give way to a touching friendship.

Addressing the Holocaust with a combination of humour and sorrow, The Timekeepers accentuates the prisoner's private experience amidst a tragedy of millions. An audience favourite and Hold-Over at 2006 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival, this award-winning production has met with rave reviews in London, Tel Aviv, New York and Vancouver.

Written by American playwright Dan Clancy, The Timekeepers is performed by Israeli actors Victor Attar, Roy Horovitz and Omer Etzion. Daniel Salomon composed the original score, with set and lighting design by Uri Ofir, costume design by Inge Barba, and vocal coaching by Professor Hanna Hacohen.

The Timekeepers runs April 14 through 19 at 8pm nightly, with matinee performances April 18 and 19 at 2pm. For more information about Fringe Theatre Adventures' presentation of The Timekeepers, please call 780-409-1910 or visit

Warning: The Timekeepers deals with mature subject matter. Discretion advised.

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Concert Party at the Old Mill: New Series of Cuisine and Concerts Begins April 15

Starting April 15 with the Grand Salon Orchestra



Monthly Concerts Wednesdays in Spring and Fall

The Old Mill Inn and Spa, at 21 Old Mill Road, on the Humber River, is Torontoĺ─˘s premier place for great dance music and excellent cuisine in a party atmosphere. And a new series of six Wednesday evening Concert Parties with leading Canadian musicians is just the ticketĺ─Âand then some!

Live dance music has been a tradition at The Old Mill since 1921, and this year marks the 95thOn Wednesday, April 15, Kerry Stratton is ĺ─˙Puttinĺ─˘ on the Ritzĺ─¨ as he conducts his 18-piece Grand Salon Orchestra in an evening that evokes the elegant, sophisticated salon era of the 1920s and ĺ─˘30s, with the enduring music of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and the Gershwins, and energetic dances like The Charleston. anniversary of the Old Mill. What could be better than to revive the music and spirit of the age? The Grand Salonĺ─˘s irresistible rhythms will have audiences up and dancing all evening!

The Grand Salon ĺ─ý Canadaĺ─˘s palm court orchestra ĺ─ý launches the new Concert Party at the Old Mill series. These evenings continue in the spring and fall, presenting some of Canadaĺ─˘s finest musicians in repertoire sure to appeal to a wide range of music-lovers. The effervescent Maestro Stratton (host of Conductorĺ─˘s Choice, Sundays on Classical 96.3 FM) hosts the six concerts, talking about the music and recounting colorful anecdotes.

Following the Grand Salonĺ─˘s April 15 opening concert are soprano Mary Lou Fallis (ĺ─˙the fabulousest, Canadianest diva of them allĺ─¨ ĺ─ý Toronto Star) pianist Peter Tiefenbach and the Amaro String Quartet (May 6); Jazz in a Classical Key with pianist Gene DiNovi, clarinetist James Campbell and bassist Dave Young (June 10); Quartetto Gelato (September 23); and Fiddle On Fire, with violin virtuoso Lance Elbeck, joined by a pianist and dancer (October 21).

Maestro Stratton and his Grand Salon return for the final concert, November 4. Mezzo-soprano Barbara Sadegur will be special guest in another evening of dining and dancing ĺ─ý a Remembrance Day salute to the songs of Vera Lynn that buoyed the Allies during World War II.

Concert Party dinners begin at 6 pm (łŢ la carte from the menu). Concerts ($39) start at 8 p.m. To reserve, call 416-236-2641 or e-mail For more information, visit

Michael Kalmar, President of The Old Mill Inn, comments, ĺ─˙I enjoy the entire spectrum of music. Music and dancing are fabulous social activities that have a wonderful ability to make you feel great! I like to add the element of dining, in an up-close and personal experience that is hard to find today.ĺ─¨

The following is description for each Concert Party (all Wednesday evenings):

April 15/09: Kerry Strattonĺ─˘s Grand Salon Orchestra ĺ─ý Puttinĺ─˘ On the Ritz ĺ─ý Under the baton of its eloquent and effervescent founder, Kerry Stratton, the Grand Salon Orchestra recreates the elegant, sophisticated salon era of the 1920s and ĺ─˘30s, with irresistible music by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and the Gershwins. And remember The Charleston? A hit wherever it performs, the Grand Salon will inspire you with its infectious rhythms!

May 6/09: Mary Lou Fallis, soprano; Peter Tiefenbach, piano; & the Amaro String Quartet ĺ─ý Up for an evening of fun and great music? Canadaĺ─˘s foremost musical comedienne, soprano Mary Lou Fallis ĺ─ý famed for her Diva Diaries on CBC Radio, and for her Primadonna series of one-woman shows ĺ─ý joins pianist Peter Tiefenbach and Torontoĺ─˘s versatile Amaro String Quartet for an evening of hilarity and delight. And from the brilliantly inventive mind of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the Amaro String Quartet ĺ─ý led by violinist Amalia Canzoneri of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra ĺ─ý performs the great ĺ─˙Dissonantĺ─¨ Quartet, K.465.

June 10/09: Jazz in a Classical Key ĺ─ý Gene DiNovi, piano, James Campbell, clarinet, Dave Young, bass ĺ─ý As Gene DiNovi says: The question is: ĺ─˙Does every great classical musician dream of being a great jazz musician, or vice versa?ĺ─¨ Magic occurs when two of Canadaĺ─˘s jazz greats, Gene DiNovi and Dave Young, join forces with James Campbell (ĺ─˙Canadaĺ─˘s pre-eminent clarinetist and wind soloistĺ─¨ ĺ─ý Toronto Star). Together, they meld the classical and jazz worlds into a fascinating and entertaining musical program. Their joint CD Manhattan Echoes (Marquis Classics) is selling out on You gotta hear what they do with tunes like Hoagy Carmichaelĺ─˘s Stardust, or Fat Wallerĺ─˘s Jitterbug Waltz!

September 23/09: Quartetto Gelato ĺ─ý Peter DeSotto, tenor/violin/mandolin; Alexander Sevastian, accordion; Kornel Wolak, clarinet; Carina Reeves, cello ĺ─ý Classical in intent, eclectic by design, Quartetto Gelato not only thrills its audiences with the mastery of six instruments, but also offers the wonderfully unexpected bonus of a brilliant operatic tenor. Performed without scores, their shows radiate a sense of spontaneity and excitement rarely seen on the classical stage. Quartetto Gelato has enchanted audiences and critics worldwide with its exotic blend of musical virtuosity, artistic passion and charismatic presence.

October 21/09: Fiddle On Fire ĺ─ý Lance Elbeck, violin, with accompanying pianist and dancer ĺ─ý A delightfully entertaining musical theatre presentation, Fiddle On Fire stars the versatile virtuoso Lance Elbeck as ĺ─˙The Fiddlerĺ─¨ with accompanying pianist, and a dancer performing in Celtic and modern dance styles. The great Leonard Bernstein recognized Lanceĺ─˘s talents at an early age, and solo appearances with the Chicago Symphony and the New York Philharmonic followed, with Bernstein conducting. Elbeckĺ─˘s show, Fiddle on Fire, portrays the historical relationship of several famous violin virtuosi, while the ĺ─˙Fiddlerĺ─¨ dazzles the audience with a fascinating display of violin wizardry. Itĺ─˘s entertaining, informative, and totally lighthearted!

November 4/09: Kerry Strattonĺ─˘s Grand Salon Orchestra ĺ─ý Vera Lynn: Weĺ─˘ll Meet Again ĺ─ý With Barbara Sadegur, Mezzo-Soprano ĺ─ý The songs of the Allied ĺ─˙Forces Sweetheartĺ─¨ Vera Lynn buoyed the spirits of the entire free world during World War II. On the eve of Remembrance Day, Kerry Stratton conducts his Grand Salon Orchestra in enduring melodies from the 1940s. With her powerfully moving mezzo-soprano voice, Barbara Sadegur recreates the happier moments of those years, with such memorable Vera Lynn favorites as White Cliffs of Dover and Weĺ─˘ll Meet Again in an unforgettable close to our first season of the Concert Party at the Old Mill series.

Concert Party: Historical Notes:

The Concert Party concept originated in New Yorkĺ─˘s ballrooms in the 1960s and lasted 30 years as the ĺ─˙inĺ─¨ place to go. Celebrities, such as famed pianist/conductor Skitch Henderson, jazz pianist Billy Taylor, and journalist and broadcaster Alistair Cooke, read the program notes for the audience ĺ─ý much as Kerry Stratton will do at the new Concert Party at the Old Mill series.

The Old Mill became an entertainment hub as a tea garden and place of leisure on the first day of World War I, 95 years ago, in 1914. A destination for live dance music since the early 1920s, the Old Mill featured the resident duo of pianist Nelson Hatch and violinist Cec Ryder. After playing dance music for patrons since 1921 in the Print Room, in 1929 they expanded to a nine-piece live orchestra.


Music for all Seasons - 20 April 2009





MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2009, 6:30 to 9 P.M. AT STEINWAY HALL

The Juilliard String Quartet, one of the most prominent and revered ensembles of all time, will appear before the public in its newest incarnation -- with new member Nick Eanet as first violinist -- in an interview with Nancy Shear, as part of Music For All Seasons' popular and acclaimed "Conversations" series. The event will be held on Monday, April 20, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at Steinway Hall, 109 West 57th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues), the magnificent and historic flagship showroom of Steinway & Sons. The members of the Quartet will discuss the inner workings of the ensemble, from achieving instrumental balance to negotiating repertory and issues of interpretation, to the delights and trials of traveling and other rarely-discussed aspects of membership in this renowned ensemble.

The 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.

Tickets to the Juilliard String Quartet event are $75 ($30 tax deductible). Seating is limited. For information and reservations, please call MFAS at 908-322-6300, or toll-free at 1-866-524-(MFAS).

Music For All Seasons' popular and acclaimed "Conversations" series is an innovative program that has an enthusiastic and devoted following. Guests who have appeared include Andrłę Previn, Lorin Maazel, Andrłę Watts, Steven Isserlis, Dawn Upshaw, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Richard Stoltzman, Peter Schickele, Barbara Cook and Marni Nixon. Each of the "Conversations" is held in an attractive, unusual venue in New York City. Current and past locations include Steinway Hall, CFM Gallery, Bond #9, BłĆsendorfer New York, the New York Society for Ethical Culture, and BMI.


Music For All Seasons, now celebrating its 17th season, is active in 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.

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, which has received support from the NEA, the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, and donations and grants from corporations, foundations and individuals.

Additional Information


The Juilliard String Quartet is internationally renowned and admired for performances characterized by a clarity of structure, beauty of sound, purity of line and an extraordinary unanimity of purpose. Celebrated for its performances of works by composers as diverse as Beethoven, Schubert, Bartłäk and Elliott Carter, it has long been recognized as the quintessential American string quartet.

The current season sees the Juilliard String Quartet in performances throughout the U.S., with dates including its annual returns to Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, performing world premieres by Richard Wernick and Melinda Wagner; in concert at the Kennedy Center Baylor University, Cornell, and Oberlin Conservatory of Music; and at the Mikazaki International Music Festival in Japan. The JSQ also performs in New York City, Phoenix, Cincinnati, New Jersey and elsewhere. Appearances abroad include a tour of Australia and a European tour with dates in Istanbul, Vienna, Haarlem, Madrid, Helsinki and at the Konzerthaus Berlin.

In 2007/08, the Juilliard String Quartet offered special programming in recognition of Elliott Carter's 100th birthday ĺ─ý a composer with whom they have had a long and remarkable collaboration ĺ─ý with special celebrations of his work at the Ravinia Festival and the Juilliard School, where it performed the world premiere of his new Clarinet Quintet with Charles Neidich. As ardent advocates of Carter's complex and visionary string quartets, the Juilliard's landmark recording of Quartets Nos. 1-4 was released by Sony in 1991. The Quartet toured throughout the US, with notable appearances at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.; at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society; the La Jolla Music Society; Chamber Music Society of Detroit; in Florida, Massachusetts, Ohio, Michigan, and elsewhere. A tour of Europe featured performances at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, a performance at the Citłę de la musique in Paris with an accompanying two-day residency at the Conservatoire National Supłęrieur de Musique, and a return to Spain, where they performed, for the second time, on the Royal Family's matched set of inlaid Stradavari at the Palacio Real in Madrid.

In January 2008 Chamber Music America honored the Juilliard String Quartet with its highest honor, the Richard J. Bogomolny National Service award, in recognition of the Quartet's artistry, dedication and exemplary influence in chamber music.

The 2006/07 season marked the Juilliard Quartet's 60th anniversary, with a year-long celebration distinguished by the Quartet's performance of seven complete Bartłäk cycles (The Juilliard Quartet played the American premiere of the Bartłäk cycle at Tanglewood in 1948) in major cities throughout the U.S. and Japan. The Juilliard Quartet also celebrated Mozart's 250th birthday, performing quartets K. 421, K. 428 and K. 465, newly informed by first-edition parts recently donated to the Juilliard School.

Other recent highlights include a pair of concerts presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney Hall; the world premiere of Ezequiel Vił▒ao's Quartet II, "The Loss and the Silence," commissioned for them by the Juilliard School in honor of its 2006 centennial; and international performances of Bach's "Art of the Fugue."

At Carnegie Hall, the Quartet appeared in Maurizio Pollini's "Perspectives" series with pianist Martha Argerich, and in the Hall's 100th anniversary gala. Annual guests at Tanglewood's Seiji Ozawa Hall, the Juilliards played in the Hall's opening concert and are the lead-off artists in the recent recording celebrating its 10th anniversary. They are frequent guests at the Miyazaki Festival in Japan, and at festivals in Europe including the Lucerne Festival and the Schubertiade in Feldkirch. In a departure from the classical norm, the Juilliard Quartet has twice been the featured ensemble ĺ─ý comedic and musical ĺ─ý on Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion."

As Quartet in Residence at New York City's Juilliard School, the Juilliard String Quartet is widely admired for its seminal influence on aspiring string players around the world. The Quartet continues to play an important role in the formation of new American ensembles, and was instrumental in the formation of the Alexander, American, Concord, Emerson, La Salle, New World, Mendelssohn, Tokyo, Brentano, Lark, St. Lawrence, Shanghai and Colorado string quartets.

In a momentous occasion at Tanglewood in 1997, the Juilliard String Quartet's founder and first violinist Robert Mann retired from the group after fifty years. Earlier that season, Musical America named the Quartet "Musicians of the Year."

In its history, the Juilliard String Quartet has performed a comprehensive repertoire of some 500 works, ranging from the great classical composers to masters of the current century. An ardent champion of contemporary American music, the Quartet has premiered more than 60 compositions of American composers, including works by some of America's finest jazz musicians.

The ensemble has been associated with Sony Classical, in its various incarnations, since 1949. With more than 100 releases to its credit, the ensemble is one of the most widely recorded string quartets of our time; and its recordings of the complete Beethoven quartets, the complete Schoenberg quartets, and the Debussy and Ravel string quartets have all received Grammy Awards. Inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences in 1986 for its recording of the complete Bartłäk string quartets, the Juilliard Quartet was awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Prize in 1993 for Lifetime Achievement in the recording industry. In 1994, its recording of quartets by Ravel, Debussy, and Dutilleux was chosen by the Times of London as one of the 100 best classical CDs ever recorded.

The members of the Juilliard String Quartet are all American-born and trained.


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. She wrote entries for the 1992 Encyclopedia of New York (co-published by Yale University Press and the New-York Historical Society), and has written a book on the cultural phenomenon of The Three Tenors. Ms. Shear has taught at New York University's School of Continuing Education, NYU's Vernon Center for Foreign Affairs and The New School, and frequently lectures at educational institutions such as The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College of Music on the business and art of music, and music in an historical context. 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.

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Edith Wiens Voice Masterclasses

Order of Canada soprano presents masterclasses at Faculty of Music

TORONTO ĺ─ý The Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto presents renowned soprano Edith Wiens in masterclasses with students of voice and opera. On Monday, March 23 and Tuesday, March 24, the soprano will coach students singing opera, oratorio, and Lieder repertoire. Other stops on Wiens' 2009 teaching tour include masterclasses at Juilliard and the Royal College of Music in London.

*Edith Wiens was born in Saskatoon and educated at Oberlin, making her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in 1981. As a soprano in the concert field, Wiens has performed with such conductors as Daniel Barenboim, Colin Davis, Charles Dutoit, Sir Neville Marriner, and Sir Georg Solti, and appeared at many major music festivals. She has sung with many major London and North American orchestras, as well as the Israeli Philharmonic, the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, and the Dresden State Orchestra. In Canada Wiens has sung with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Toronto Symphony, the Calgary Philharmonic, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Highlights of Wiens' busy recording career include Bach cantatas and the St. Matthew Passion with conductor Helmuth Rilling, multiple recordings of Mozart's Mass in C Minor, numerous discs of German song, and the album Ae Fond Kiss with CBC Records.

In recital, Wiens favoured works by Brahms, Schubert, Schumann, and Strauss, but her repertoire extended to Gershwin, Stephen Foster, and North American folksongs. She made her Toronto recital debut in 1994, a year in which she also gave masterclasses at the University of Toronto. She was inducted into the Order of Canada in 2000.

Monday, March 23, 12:10 pm, Walter Hall, and
Tuesday, March 24, 12:10 - 2:30pm, Geiger Torel Room

Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, 80 Queens Park. Free admission.

*with materials from and the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada

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Obsł«ques du Pł«re Fernand Lindsay




Joliette, le 19 mars 2009 - Toute l'łęquipe du Festival de Lanaudił«re aimerait exprimer sa plus profonde gratitude pour les innombrables manifestations de sympathie qui ont afflułę hier suite łŢ l'annonce du dłęcł«s de son fondateur, le Pł«re Fernand Lindsay. Nous remercions sincł«rement tous les collaborateurs, les partenaires et les amis du Festival qui nous soutiennent en ce moment douloureux.

Lors de la prochaine saison du Festival de Lanaudił«re, un hommage sera rendu au Pł«re Lindsay pour sa contribution inestimable łŢ l'institution et au domaine de la musique au Qułębec. Grłóce aux bases trł«s solides jetłęes par son fondateur et au fidł«le soutien des nombreux młęlomanes, le Festival est plus en mesure que jamais, de relever les nouveaux dłęfis qui se prłęsentent łŢ lui. Pour honorer la młęmoire du Pł«re Lindsay, le Festival de Lanaudił«re continuera łŢ porter fił«rement le flambeau de la musique classique au Qułębec et dans le monde.

La dłępouille du Pł«re Lindsay sera exposłęe mardi prochain łŢ la Maison provinciale des Clercs de Saint-Viateur et les obsł«ques seront cłęlłębrłęes le lendemain par monseigneur Gilles Lussier łŢ la Cathłędrale de Joliette. Selon la volontłę des Clercs de Saint-Viateur, la cłęrłęmonie religieuse sera empreinte de la plus grande simplicitłę et les Chanteurs de la Place Bourget y rendront un dernier hommage łŢ leur directeur musical.

Exposition de la dłępouille : Mardi 24 mars de 13 h 30 łŢ 17 h et de 19 h łŢ 21 h

Maison provinciale des Clercs de Saint-Viateur

132, rue St-Charles-Borromłęe Nord, Joliette

Obsł«ques : Mercredi 25 mars łŢ 10 h

Cathłędrale de Joliette

2, rue St-Charles-Borromłęe Nord, Joliette


Table ronde - Double voix double

Front des rłęalisateurs indłępendants du Canada (FRIC)

Table ronde - Double voix double : le rapport entre l'artiste-cinłęaste et l'artiste-sujet avec les cinłęastes Rodolphe Caron, Marie Cadieux, Marlene Millar et Nadine Valcin

Le Front des rłęalisateurs indłępendants du Canada prłęsente łŢ la Cinłęmathł«que qułębłęcoise une table ronde avec les rłęalisateurs Rodolphe Caron, Marie Cadieux, Marlene Millar et Nadine Valcin. Cette table ronde aura lieu le mardi 24 mars 2009 de 14h łŢ 16h łŢ la Salle Fernand-Seguin de la Cinłęmathł«que qułębłęcoise (335, boul. De Maisonneuve Est, Montrłęal). Elle aura comme sujet les rapports possibles entre l'artiste cinłęaste et l'artiste sujet/participant łŢ la rłęalisation. L'entrłęe est libre.

Quel rapport s'łętablit entre le cinłęaste et son sujet quand ce dernier est aussi artiste? Comment se dłęvoile le rłąle des deux artistes, comment le cinłęaste rłęussit-il łŢ intłęgrer la vision esthłętique du sujet łŢ la sienne, de reprłęsenter łŢ sa fał▀on le travail, la vie du sujet? Le film est-il un vłęhicule pour montrer la crłęativitłę du rłęalisateur ou celle du sujet reprłęsentłę? Les participants tenteront de rłępondre łŢ ces questions en puisant łŢ młüme leurs expłęriences filmiques rłęcentes.

Marie Cadieux (Moncton) termine en ce moment un troisił«me long młętrage documentaire L'łęloge du chiac, Part two et vient de publier un premier recueil de nouvelles Enfance et autres fissures. En plus de rłęaliser ł─ double tour et Sentence vie, deux documentaires produits par l'ONF, elle a scłęnarisłę quelques słęries documentaires et une słęrie dramatique de 36 łępisodes pour TFO. Elle travaille parfois en łętroite collaboration avec d'autres rłęalisateurs. C'est le cas pour Le matois ou L'effet Laurie Henri, prłęsentłę au FIFA en 2008, et Mon pays (portrait de Patrice Desbiens), primłę au FIFA en 1992.

Rodolphe Caron (Moncton) est nłę łŢ Lac Baker, au Nouveau-Brunswick. Il est membre fondateur de Cinłęmarłęvie Coop Ltłęe (1980) et de Productions Appalaches (2004). Sa filmographie comprend notamment, ł─ cheval sur une frontił«re, Avec le coeur, Au pays du Madawaska..., Le champion. En 2006, le Festival international du cinłęma francophone en Acadie lui attribue le prix La Vague de la meilleure oeuvre acadienne pour son documentaire Lłęonard Forest cinłęaste et poł«te. Sa dernił«re rłęalisation est prłęsentłęe cette annłęe au FIFA: Marie-Hłęlł«ne en dialogue avec la pierre. Avec la prłęsence de Marie-Hłęlł«ne Alain.

Formłęe en cinłęma, en danse et en design, Marlene Millar (Montrłęal) a conł▀u et prłęsentłę des oeuvres documentaires et expłęrimentales au Canada et aux łÔtats-Unis depuis le dłębut des annłęes 1990. En 2001, Marlene Millar et Philip Szporer ont fondłę la maison de production Mouvement Perpłętuel, pour crłęer et produire des documentaires axłęs sur l'art, ainsi que des films dansłęs: Au fils du mouvement, The Hunt, a soft place to fall, Butte, Byron Chief-Moon: le cavalier au cheval gris, The Greater the Weight. Ce dernier est prłęsentłę au FIFA cette annłęe.

Depuis plus d'une quinzaine d'annłęes, Nadine Valcin (Toronto) scłęnarise, rłęalise et produit des łęmissions, des magazines pour la tłęlłęvision et des documentaires. Parmi ses rłęalisations, on retrouve les documentaires Black, Bold and Beautiful (1999), Une łęcole sans frontił«res (2005) et Derrił«re l'image, un portrait de Sylvie Błęlanger (2007). La cinłęaste aborde aujourd'hui la fiction. En 2008, elle s'est młęritłęe un des Drama Prize du National Screen Institute pour le court młętrage bilingue Entre deux/In Between. Elle dłęveloppe aussi son premier long młętrage intitulłę Trajectoires.

L'animation de la table ronde est assurłęe par Michel Coulombe.

Le Front des rłęalisateurs indłępendants du Canada (FRIC) est un regroupement de rłęalisatrices et rłęalisateurs francophones venant de partout au Canada. Depuis 2004, le FRIC s'emploie łŢ reprłęsenter ses membres sur la scł«ne politique et culturelle du Canada; il participe aux diffłęrentes initiatives de l'espace culturel francophone et travaille au dłęveloppement professionnel et au rayonnement de ses membres.

Le FRIC remercie le Festival international du film sur l'art, la Fłędłęration culturelle canadienne-franł▀aise et Patrimoine canadien pour leur appui łŢ l'organisation de cette activitłę.

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Les Cultures gourmandes de Pointe-łŢ-Callił«re


Sur la place Royale et aux abords du Musłęe
Le samedi 30 mai de 11 h łŢ 19 h
Le dimanche 31 mai de 11 h łŢ 18 h
łÔvłęnement extłęrieur gratuit

Pointe-łŢ-Callił«re, musłęe dĺ─˘archłęologie et dĺ─˘histoire de Montrłęal prłęsente le samedi 30 et le dimanche 31 mai prochain sur la place Royale et aux abords du Musłęe, Les cultures gourmandes de Pointe-łŢ-Callił«re. łÔvłęnement extłęrieur gratuit, Les cultures gourmandes de Pointe-łŢ-Callił«re propose une vitrine de choix sur la rłęalitłę et la pluralitłę des nombreuses communautłęs culturelles montrłęalaises en proposant aux visiteurs des spectacles, de lĺ─˘animation, des activitłęs pour les enfants, des kiosques de restauration, des prłęsentations de chefs culinaires reconnus, des produits typiques, des jeux, et plus encore.

Č┤ Jĺ─˘invite tous les citoyens et les touristes de passage łŢ venir cłęlłębrer avec nous la richesse de Montrłęal et de ses communautłęs culturelles.
Les cultures gourmandes de Pointe-łŢ-Callił«re est un lieu de rencontre et de partage extraordinaire, une merveilleuse fał▀on de cłęlłębrer lĺ─˘łętłę qui est łŢ nos portes! Ȭ, souligne Francine Lelił«vre, directrice de Pointe-łŢ-Callił«re.

En avant la musique!
Des artistes de divers pays se produiront sur la scł«ne principale de la place Royale. Ces prestations animeront joyeusement les lieux laissant planer des rythmes envoł¬tants et une ambiance festive. Une deuxił«me scł«ne animera la rue Saint-Paul, sous la forme dĺ─˘un cafłę bistro.

Des chefs vous livrent leurs recettes
La diversitłę culinaire des communautłęs culturelles de Montrłęal sera bien reprłęsentłęe sous le chapiteau des chefs. Des chefs montrłęalais rłęputłęs proposeront des dłęmonstrations et des ateliers tout en partageant quelques-uns des secrets de leur cuisine respective.

Des spłęcialitłęs łŢ dłęguster
Plusieurs restaurateurs montrłęalais auront pignon sur rue prł«s du chapiteau des chefs pour vendre leurs spłęcialitłęs. Cuisine du Mexique, de lĺ─˘Afrique et dĺ─˘Hałěti, desserts, sucreries et autres dłęlices, les participants auront la possibilitłę de stimuler toutes leurs papilles gustatives.

Des activitłęs pour les enfants
Les enfants auront une place de choix dans Les cultures gourmandes de Pointe-łŢ-Callił«re. Contes, maquillage, jeux et ateliers de bricolage sauront les faire rire et sourire. Du temps prłęcieux passłę en famille łŢ faire le plein de dłęcouvertes.

La cuisine du voyage en mer
Cette annłęe, un accent particulier sera mis sur la cuisine du voyage en mer, celle des pirates, corsaires et flibustiers. La toute nouvelle exposition Pirates, corsaires et flibustiers qui commence le 20 mai inspirera diverses dłęmonstrations et activitłęs qui se tiendront durant toute la fin de semaine.

Un quartier animłę hautement colorłę
Des kiosques de jeux seront amłęnagłęs et proposeront aux visiteurs de tester leurs habiletłęs et leurs connaissances des passe-temps de diverses cultures. La płętanque, lĺ─˘Awalłę et le Yotłę sont parmi les jeux łŢ dłęcouvrir. De plus, lĺ─˘art de la table, les origines et les traditions de diverses fłütes culturelles seront soulignłęs par des prłęsentations originales et fascinantes.

Cette activitłę błęnłęficie du soutien financier du ministł«re du Patrimoine canadien et de la Sociłętłę de dłęveloppement commercial Vieux-Montrłęal. Les cultures gourmandes de Pointe-łŢ-Callił«re remercie Loto-Qułębec łŢ titre de commanditaire majeur ainsi que la Vinerie du Kildare et le Domaine Pinnacle. Le Musłęe tient łęgalement łŢ remercier La Presse, The Gazette, les hebdos Transcontinental et Radio Centre-Ville pour leur appui łŢ la promotion de lĺ─˘łęvłęnement.

Le Musłęe est subventionnłę par la Ville de Montrłęal.

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CCOC in two COC productions this spring

Canadian Children's Opera Company
to appear with the
Canadian Opera Company this Spring!

The Canadian Children's Opera Company (CCOC) has already enjoyed a very full 2008/09 season. In addition to a number of Christmas concerts and their own production of A Dickens of a Christmas at the Enwave Theatre, they also participated in three Toronto Symphony Orchestra concerts. And they are just getting started . . .

Next on the schedule for these tremendously busy and talented young singers are two productions with the Canadian Opera Company: Giacomo Puccini's La bohł«me, which will run from April 17 to May 24, and Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream, playing from May 5 to 23. Both productions take place at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.

Puccini's ever-popular La bohł«me is a staple for every opera company and is one of the most frequently performed operas in the world. Twenty of the CCOC choristers will make their appearance in Act 2, as a great crowd gathers and the children clamour to see the wares of Parpignol, the toy seller.

Adapted from Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream, the opera of the same name is perhaps Britten's most enchanting work. It is full of beautifully crafted, dreamlike and atmospheric music. The chorus of 20 fairies, all of whom will be supplied by the CCOC, has a huge part in this opera, appearing at the very beginning during the opening scene, all the way until the very end. Four choristers will also have solo parts (Cobweb, Moth, Mustardseed, and Peaseblossom) and play musical instruments (2 recorders, woodblocks, and cymbals) on stage.

Being a part of the CCOC requires enormous commitment from the young singers, but nothing can compare to the thrill of being on stage for a major, full-scale production!

The Canadian Children's Opera Company, led by Artistic Director Ann Cooper Gay, is one of the world's few children's opera companies. The CCOC commissions, produces, records, and tours new operas and choral music, with children as principal performers. The company also regularly collaborates with other leading arts organizations and prominent individual performers, conductors, and directors. The Company contains six divisions, with over 200 children, and youth of ages 5 to 19. The newest division, OPERAtion Kids, is a non-auditioned program for ages 8-13.

Canadian Children's Opera Company and the COC
La bohł«me - April 17 to May 24, 2009
A Midsummer Night's Dream - May 5 to May 23, 2009
Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts
145 Queen Street West, Toronto
Tickets available online at, by calling 416-363-8231,
or in person at the Four Seasons Centre Box Office

Special young people's tickets $30 to $109
(15 years of age or under, accompanied by and sitting next to an adult)

Beginning Saturday, April 4, 2009 at 10am, $20 tickets are available for patrons between the ages of 16 and 29 through the Opera for a New Age program
Valid photo ID is required upon pickup

Regular ticket prices range from $60 to $315

For more information, long on to

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

NACO, March 25-26: Yefim Bronfman plays Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3

Yefim Bronfman tackles the formidable Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3 led by Pinchas Zukerman on March 25-26

Ottawa (Canada) ĺ─ý The knuckle-busting Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3, an incredible unleashing of notes from beginning to jaw-dropping end, demands virtuoso piano technique which soloist Yefim Bronfman has in spades! Bronfman will tackle the ĺ─˙Rach 3ĺ─¨ (made infamous in the Oscar-winning movie Shine) in Mark Motors Audi Signature Series concerts with the National Arts Centre Orchestra led by Music Director Pinchas Zukerman on Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26 at 8 p.m. in the NACĺ─˘s Southam Hall.

The programme opens with Weberĺ─˘s evocative Oberon Overture, followed by Le bourgeois gentilhomme Suite, Richard Straussĺ─˘s clever musical adaptation of Molił«reĺ─˘s classic comedy.

There are two ĺ─˙Musically Speakingĺ─¨ activities connected to these concerts. There will be a Pre-Concert Chat in French both nights at 7 p.m. titled ĺ─˙Romantique łęgarłę au vingtił«me sił«cleĺ─¨ ĺ─ý a discussion with music critic Jean-Jacques van Vlasselaer led by NAC Artistic Attachłę Paul Lefebvre.

Then after each concert, audience members are invited to stay for a Post-Concert Talkback with conductor Pinchas Zukerman and piano soloist Yefim Bronfman hosted by Paul Lefebvre.

Sergei Rachmaninov was 6ĺ─˘6ĺ─¨ tall with a hand span of 12 inches, which perhaps help explain why the New York Herald wrote that the Third Piano Concertoĺ─˘s ĺ─˙great length and extreme difficulties bar it from performances by any but pianists of exceptional technical powers.ĺ─¨

Yefim Bronfman is widely regarded as one of the most talented virtuoso pianists performing today. His commanding technique and exceptional lyrical gifts have won him consistent critical acclaim and enthusiastic audiences worldwide, whether for his solo recitals, his prestigious orchestral engagements or his rapidly growing catalogue of recordings. As an ĺ─˙On Locationĺ─¨ Artist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the 2008-09 season, is performing orchestral and chamber music in LA as well as a tour of the Far East. Other highlights of this season include a duo recital tour with Emanuel Ax and a solo recital tour traversing the US and Europe. Bronfman debuted with the NAC Orchestra in 1988 and his most recent appearance was in June 2008 playing Mozartĺ─˘s Piano concerto K. 482. He won a Grammy award in 1997 for his recording of the three Bartłäk Piano Concertos with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Tickets for these Mark Motors Audi Signature Series concerts with pianist Yefim Bronfman, conductor Pinchas Zukerman and the NAC Orchestra on Wednesday, March 25 and Thursday, March 26 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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JAZZ.FM91 and Don Valley North Lexus presentĺ─Â

Thursday, May 7, 2009, 8:00PM
Convocation Hall

JAZZ.FM91 Celebrates 5th Anniversary of JAZZ LIVES

Toronto, Ontario ĺ─ý Celebrating its 5th year as Canada's premier jazz concert, JAZZ LIVES 2009 will continue its tradition for showcasing top local and international emerging and established jazz performers, Thursday, May 7, 2009 at Convocation Hall in Toronto.

Plans for the 5th Anniversary concert were announced today on JAZZ.FM91 by President and CEO Ross Porter who promised "a show to beat them all" when describing this year's spectacular line-up of acclaimed musicians and performers. "When we first started JAZZ LIVES we had no idea it would grow to become such a popular, groundbreaking event. The accolades we have received from the international jazz community and support we feel from our audience who continue to make the concert a sold-out event each year, is truly inspirational," said Ross Porter. "Our 5th anniversary show will be a tribute to all the musicians, sponsors, volunteers and of course the fans that have supported JAZZ LIVES for the last 4 years."

Headlining JAZZ LIVES 2009 are: guitar virtuoso, Larry Coryell; Order of Canada member and one of Canada's most popular jazz vocalists, Ranee Lee; legendary pianist, composer and jazz encyclopedia, Gene DiNovi; award-winning singer-songwriter, Jill Barber; pre-eminent jazz violinist and Juno Award winner, Lenny Solomon; crooner, Colin Hunter; the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band; trombone giant Russ Little; and a special performance by Joe Sealy and Dan Hill from Sealy's Juno Award-winning CD Africville Suite.

Tickets range in price from $20 - $60 and are available now from, 416-978-8849 or by visiting the UofTtix Box Office located at Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle at the University of Toronto.

The Executive Producer of JAZZ LIVES 2009 is Ross Porter, Producer is Jaymz Bee and the Musical Director is Russ Little. JAZZ LIVES 2009 would not be possible without the support of Presenting Sponsor Don Valley North Lexus and secondary sponsors Northwest Mutual Funds, Robert Lowrey's Piano Experts and Sunwing Vacations.

JAZZ LIVES was created in 2005 to spotlight the leading jazz musicians of the past and present whose music and careers are promoted on Canada's Premier Jazz Station, JAZZ.FM91, and as a fundraiser for Canada's only registered not-for-profit radio station dedicated to the jazz community and music education.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Mikhail Simonyan's VSO Debut

The VSO presents the Vancouver debut of trail-blazing

Russian violinist Mikhail Simonyan

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý The VSO proudly presents Mikhail Simonyan ĺ─ý a violinist hailed as having ĺ─˙a flawless, liquid line and ravishing tone,ĺ─¨ by The Washington Post ĺ─ý performing Chaussonĺ─˘s Poł«me and Ravelĺ─˘s Tzigane. The program, Fine French Fantasies, will be conducted by VSO Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell and also features Berliozĺ─˘s Le corsaire, Op. 21, Ravelĺ─˘s Mother Goose Suite and Dukasĺ─˘ The Sorcererĺ─˘s Apprentice. The concerts take place on Saturday, March 28 at 8pm and Sunday, March 29 at 2pm at the Orpheum Theatre and will mark Mr. Simonyanĺ─˘s debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Marking another debut, this concert features Evan Mitchellĺ─˘s 2008/2009 Musically Speaking concert debut. These two great young artistic talents team up for a beautiful concert of French repertoire.

Mikhail Simonyan, who hails from Novosibirsk (the same city that Vadim Repin and Maxim Vengerov call home), began to study the violin at the age of five. As part of the first generation of artists to forge careers in an era with substantially decreased government support, he has blazed a trail for young musicians in Russia. In 1999, at 13, Mr. Simonyan made his acclaimed New York debut at Lincoln Center with the American Russian Young Artists Orchestra (ARYO) and his debut in St. Petersburg, Russia at the Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre in ARYO's joint concert with the Mariinsky Youth Orchestra, performing the Szymanowski Violin Concerto No. 1.

Mr. Simonyan has earned first prize awards at the all-Russia Competition in Saint Petersburg, the Siberian Violin Competition, the National Prize Prizvanie in Moscow, and the Salon de Virtuosi in New York. He is a winner of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation Award, and received the 2000 Virtuoso of the Year award in Saint Petersburg. In 2003, the National Academy of Achievement selected him for an award in the Performing Arts. In 2005, he received the highest level of recognition when President Putin received him at the Kremlin, in acknowledgment of his status as one of Russiaĺ─˘s most promising young musicians.

Now in his early twenties, Mr. Simonyan is recognized as one of the great talents of his generation. Celebrated for his ĺ─˙breadth, lyricism and fleet techniqueĺ─¨ by The New York Times and compared to master violinist David Oistrakh ĺ─˙on a good dayĺ─¨ by The Miami Herald, Mr. Simonyan proves that he has the talent and dedication to be one of the great talents of our time.


Musically Speaking Series & Beltone Symphony Sundays Series:

Fine French Fantasies: Simonyan Plays Ravel and Chausson

Saturday, March 28, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Sunday, March 29, 2pm, 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

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

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at

Generously Supported By:

Musically Speaking Series Video Screen Sponsor: TELUS

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

Symphony Sundays Series Sponsor: Beltone


Evan Mitchell, conductor

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mikhail Simonyan, violin

At just 22 years of age, Mikhail Simonyan is already recognized as one of the most celebrated talents of his generation. The New York Times has praised his, ĺ─˙breadth, lyricism and fleet technique,ĺ─¨ and reported that ĺ─˙Mr. Simonyan play[s] as if every note counted.ĺ─¨ The Miami Herald has declared, ĺ─˙Mikhail Simonyan . . . played with the poise, perfection and inner burning fire of a master like David Oistrakh ĺ─ý in his prime on a good night.ĺ─¨

Mr. Simonyan has performed with, among others, the Russian National Orchestra, the Kirov Orchestra, the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, the Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, the Vienna Tonkł║nstler Orchestra, the Novosibirsk Philharmonic, and the Moscow Virtuosi. He has worked with conductors including Valery Gergiev, Mikhail Pletnev, Constantine Orbelian, Vladimir Spivakov, Arnold Katz, Kristjan Jłžrvi, Leon Botstein, and the late Yehudi Menuhin.

Performance highlights for Mr. Simonyan include a solo appearance with Leonard Slatkin at the Kennedy Center's 35th Anniversary Gala in 2001, after which he made his official debut with Maestro Slatkin and the National Symphony Orchestra in 2002. Later that same year, he performed at the Davos World Economic Summit.

In 2004, Mr. Simonyan made his debut with the Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre under Maestro Valery Gergiev in Eduoard Lalo's Symphonie Espagnole at the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, DE, and at Mechanics Hall in Worcester. Also in 2004, he made his subscription debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performing the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto with Maestro Gergiev. He also soloed with Maestro Constantine Orbelian at the Moscow State Conservatoryĺ─˘s Great Hall, and in Saint Petersburg with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic.

In addition, he was selected to appear at the Horatio Alger Awards Dinner in Washington DC. In spring of 2004, he performed the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto at SUNY Performing Arts Center and with the Boston Pops Symphony Orchestra.

In the autumn of 2004, after studying at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Mr. Simonyan returned to Russia and was immediately in demand by the leading Orchestraĺ─˘s of his home country. After his debut with the Russian National Orchestra, the Moscow Times wrote, ĺ─˙ĺ─ he seems destined to be ranked on the same Superstar level as fellow Novosibirsk natives Maxim Vengerov and Vadim Repin.ĺ─¨ Highlights of the 2004-2005 season included his debut in Viennaĺ─˘s Musikverein as soloist with Maestro Kristjan Jłžrvi and the Tonkł║nstler Orchestra, a highly acclaimed solo recital debut in Washington D.C. at the Kennedy Center, as well as recitals and orchestral performances in New York and other cities across the US.

Other performance highlights of Mr. Simonyanĺ─˘s past seasons include a tour of the United States with the Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre under Maestro Valery Gergiev, concerts with Maestro Kristjan Jłžrvi and the Russian National Orchestra, his debut at the Prague Spring Festival under Maestro Pletnev, and recitals in Europe, Asia and the United States.

Highlights of Mr. Simonyanĺ─˘s current concert season include debuts at the Wigmore Hall in London and at the Berlin Philharmonie; his debut at the Teatro Municipal in Santiago, Chile, performing the Bruch Violin Concerto; a recital during the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Musikfestival in Germany as part of the ĺ─˙Junge Eliteĺ─¨ concert series; appearances with the Seoul Philharmonic, the Vienna Tonkł║nstler Orchestra at the Musikverein, and the Vancouver Symphony; and recitals in the United States and Russia. In addition, his much anticipated debut recording of the Prokofiev Sonatas for Violin and Piano, recorded with Grammy Award-winning producer Adam Abeshouse, will be released in 2008.

Mr. Simonyan continues to work with Victor Danchenko in the United States and now lives in Philadelphia. He performs on a Zygmuntowicz violin. He is managed worldwide by Tanja Dorn at IMG Artists.

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Ondine Announces World Premiere Recording of Hindemith's Klaviermusik mit Orchester

Ondine announces world premiere

recording of major Hindemith Work

Klaviermusik mit Orchester, Op. 29

featuring pianist Leon Fleisher

with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra

led by Christoph Eschenbach

North American release date: April 28, 2009

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Ondine is proud to announce the April 28, 2009 release of the first-ever commercial recording of a long-lost major work by Paul Hindemith, the Klaviermusik mit Orchester, Op. 29 for piano left-hand and orchestra. The New York Times has called it, "a fantastic work that requires tremendous technique and stamina" (December 2, 2006). The disc also features Antonłén Dvo뢳░k's popular Symphony No. 9 ("From the New World").

Hindemith wrote this concerto in 1923 for the left-hand pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm during the First World War. Wittgenstein never performed it, and it was only upon the death of his widow, in 2002, that the piece was discovered in a farmhouse in Pennsylvania; the work received an acclaimed 2004 world premiere in Berlin, with piano legend Leon Fleisher as soloist and the Berlin Philharmonic under Sir Simon Rattle. Leon Fleisher, who is one of the most prominent specialists of left-hand repertoire, is the soloist on this recording.

Christoph Eschenbach, one of today's leading conductors, directs the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, an orchestra the Philadelphia Inquirer claimed, "that any city would be lucky to have as its professional ensemble."

The Curtis Institute of Music expresses its deep appreciation to the Neubauer Family Foundation, which has made possible and underwritten this recording of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra.


Paul Hindemith (1895ĺ─ý1963)

1ĺ─ý4 Klaviermusik mit Orchester, Op. 29 (1923)

for piano (left hand) and orchestra

Leon Fleisher, piano (world premiere recording)

Antonłén Dvo뢳░k (1841ĺ─ý1904)

5ĺ─ý8 Symphony No. 9 in E minor,

Op. 95 "From the New World"

Curtis Symphony Orchestra

Christoph Eschenbach

Live recording [64'18]

Full price CD


UPC: 0761195114124

US STREET DATE: April 28, 2009


Leon Fleisher

Renowned pianist, conductor and teacher Leon Fleisher started piano lessons in his native San Francisco at age four, and gave his first recital at eight. A year later he began studying with the great German pianist Artur Schnabel, a fourth-generation Beethoven pupil, and by 16, in 1944, made his debut with the New York Philharmonic. He was the first American to win the prestigious Queen Elisabeth of Belgium competition, in 1952. Fleisher's career was on a smooth upward trajectory for the next dozen years: he concertized all over the world with every major orchestra and conductor, gave recitals, and made numerous touchstone recordings, including the piano concertos of Beethoven, Brahms, Grieg, Schumann, and Rachmaninov, with George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Fleisher was suddenly struck silent when two fingers of his right hand became immobile in 1965. He was forced to "retire" when only 37 years old. This was the defining moment in his career until the late 1990's, when he began treatments that finally helped relieve the neurological affliction known as 'focal dystonia.' Fleisher has been playing infrequently with both hands again, and in 2004 made his first two-hand recording in 40 years called Two Hands. In the years since Leon Fleisher's keyboard career was so suddenly curtailed, he has followed two parallel careers ĺ─ý as conductor and teacher ĺ─ý while learning to play the extensive but limiting repertoire of compositions for piano left-hand.

Mr. Fleisher's reputation as a conductor was quickly established when he founded the Theatre Chamber Players at the Kennedy Center in 1967 and became Music Director of the Annapolis Symphony in 1970. He has since appeared as guest conductor with the Cleveland Orchestra and the Symphony Orchestras of Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Montreal, and Detroit, among others. He also had a regular association with the New Japan Philharmonic as its Principal Guest Conductor, as well as with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the Gustav Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Teaching has been a crucially important element in Leon Fleisher's life. As a revered pedagogue, he has held the Andrew W. Mellon Chair at the Peabody Conservatory of Music since 1959, and also serves on the faculties of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. From 1986ĺ─ý97 he was Artistic Director of the Tanglewood Music Center. His teaching activities at the Aspen, Lucerne, Ravinia, and Verbier festivals have brought him in contact with students from all over the world. He has also given master classes at the Salzburg Mozarteum, the Paris Conservatory, the Ravel Academy at Saint-Jean-de-Luz, the Reina Sofia School in Madrid, the Mishkenot in Jerusalem, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Christoph Eschenbach

Held in high esteem by the world's foremost orchestras and opera houses for his commanding presence, versatility, and consummate musicianship, Christoph Eschenbach has also been acclaimed for his creative insight and dynamic energy, as a conductor, collaborator, and ardent champion of young musicians.

A prolific recording artist, Mr. Eschenbach has made numerous recordings on various labels as conductor, pianist, or both. His discography includes works of Bach, Bartłäk, Berg, Berlioz, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Mendelssohn, Messiaen, Mozart, Ravel, Schoenberg, Schumann, Shostakovich, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky. A champion of contemporary music, Mr. Eschenbach has also recorded works by such composers as Adams, Berio, Glass, Louriłę, Picker, Pintscher, Rouse, and Schnittke.

Before turning to conducting, Mr. Eschenbach had earned a distinguished reputation as a concert pianist. He began winning major competitions at the age of 11, and made his United States debut in 1969 with the Cleveland Orchestra. He learned the art of conducting under, among others, George Szell, who personally took him as his protłęgłę, and with whom he worked for over three years. In addition, Herbert von Karajan was his mentor for nearly 25 years, and he credits him as having had a tremendous influence on his development as a conductor.

Mr. Eschenbach made his conducting debut in Hamburg in 1972. In 1981 he was named principal guest conductor of Zurich's Tonhalle Orchestra, and was chief conductor from 1982 to 1986. Additional posts include music director of the Houston Symphony (1988ĺ─ý1999); chief conductor of the Hamburg NDR Symphony (1998ĺ─ý2004); music director of the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (1999ĺ─ý2002); music director of the Ravinia Festival, summer home of the Chicago Symphony (1994ĺ─ý2003); music director of The Philadelphia Orchestra (2003ĺ─ý2008); and music director of the Orchestre de Paris since 2000. In autumn 2010, he will assume the music directorship of the National Symphony Orchestra and the specially created position of music director of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, both in Washington, D.C.

Among Mr. Eschenbach's most recent awards are the Lłęgion d'Honneur of France and the Officer's Cross with Star and Ribbon of the German Order of Merit. In 1993 he received the Leonard Bernstein Award, presented to him by the Pacific Music Festival, where he served as co-artistic director from 1992 to 1998.

Christoph Eschenbach has had a long and continuing association with the Curtis Institute of Music, working closely with its conducting, composition, and general student body, as well as conducting the Curtis Symphony Orchestra on a regular basis.

The Curtis Institute of Music

"We are delighted to have the opportunity to share the extraordinary artistry of Curtis students with a worldwide audience. Over the past few years, Christoph Eschenbach has led the Curtis Symphony Orchestra in many outstanding performances, and this project captures their unique relationship on record." (Roberto Dłéaz, President of The Curtis Institute of Music).

The Curtis Institute of Music trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. One of the world's leading music schools, Curtis provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its 162 students, ensuring that admissions are based solely on artistic promise. A Curtis education is uniquely tailored to the individual student, with personalized attention from a celebrated faculty and unusually frequent performance opportunities. This distinctive "learn by doing" approach to musical training has produced an impressive number of notable artists, from such legends as Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber to current stars Juan Diego Flłärez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, and Lang Lang.

Curtis Symphony Orchestra

The Curtis Symphony Orchestra, composed of more than one hundred players between the ages of fourteen and twenty-five, has been called "an orchestra that any city would be lucky to have as its professional ensemble" (The Philadelphia Inquirer). The orchestra performs a three-concert season in Philadelphia's Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, as well as programs elsewhere in the region and occasionally at Carnegie Hall. World-renowned conductors frequently lead the orchestra in reading sessions and in concert; recent visiting conductors include Charles Dutoit, Alan Gilbert, Simon Rattle, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. This real-world training has enabled Curtis alumni to assume prominent positions in major orchestras across the United States, Canada, and abroad.

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Concert Orchestre Symphonique de Laval mercredi 25 mars

Mozart łŢ tout vent

13 musiciens de l'OSL au service de Mozart et de Strauss

Le mercredi 25 mars łŢ 20 h łŢ l'łęglise Sainte-Rose-de-Lima

Laval, le 17 mars 2009 ĺ─ý L'Orchestre symphonique de Laval offre łŢ son public un concert exceptionnel en prłęsentant une ëýuvre małĂtresse de Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. La Słęrłęnade en si błęmol majeur, K. 361, aussi appelłęe Č┤ Gran Partita Ȭ, est considłęrłęe comme le plus grand chef-d'ëýuvre que Mozart ait łęcrit pour des instruments łŢ vent. Le talent des treize musiciens de la section des vents, qui forme pour l'occasion l'orchestre de chambre de l'OSL, mis en valeur par l'acoustique extraordinaire de l'łęglise Sainte-Rose-de-Lima, permettra au public de mesurer l'ampleur du głęnie de Mozart et de savourer toute la beautłę de cette ëýuvre immense. łÔgalement au programme de ce concert commentłę par Alain Trudel, directeur artistique et chef de l'OSL, la Słęrłęnade en mi błęmol majeur, op. 7, et la Suite en si błęmol majeur, op. 4, de Richard Strauss.

Le concert Mozart łŢ tout vent sera prłęsentłę le mercredi 25 mars łŢ 20 h, łŢ l'łęglise Sainte-Rose-de-Lima, en plein cëýur du Vieux-Saint-Rose.


Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

Słęrłęnade en mi błęmol majeur, op. 7 (1881) pour 13 instruments łŢ vent

Suite en si błęmol majeur, op. 4 (1884) pour 13 instruments łŢ vent

I Prłęlude ĺ─ý Allegretto

II Romance ĺ─ý Andante

III Gavotte ĺ─ý Allegro

IV Introduction et Fugue- Andante cantabile- Allegro con brio

Formłę dans la plus pure tradition płędagogique du XIXe sił«cle, soit l'enseignement particulier de małĂtre łŢ łęlł«ve, Strauss, grłóce łŢ son pł«re musicien, assiste dł«s sa tendre enfance aux rłępłętitions de l'orchestre du thłęłótre de la cour łŢ Munich. ł─ dix-sept ans, il entend Tristan łŢ Bayreuth : il en est si gravement intoxiqułę qu'il ambitionne dłęsormais d'łęcrire des opłęras. Dł«s 1889, son poł«me symphonique Don Juan lui vaut l'estime de toute l'Allemagne qui voit en lui le plus prometteur de ses jeunes compositeurs et le successeur naturel de Wagner. Richard Strauss a abordłę tous les genres musicaux. Tout au long de ses sept dłęcennies de crłęation, Strauss, l'un des derniers musiciens romantiques łęgarłęs au XXe sił«cle, n'innove certes pas łŢ la manił«re d'un SchłĆnberg, d'un Bartok ou d'un Stravinski, mais il n'en demeure pas moins un compositeur łŢ la personnalitłę originale et au młętier łęblouissant et ce, jusqu'łŢ la toute fin de sa vie.

Composłęes pour treize instruments łŢ vent et manifestement inspirłęes de Mozart, Beethoven et Schumann, la Słęrłęnade en mi błęmol majeur, op. 7, et la Suite en si błęmol majeur, op. 4, appartiennent łŢ la toute premił«re jeunesse du compositeur, moment oł╝ il hłęsite encore łŢ s'łęloigner du giron classique. Strauss avait d'ailleurs inaugurłę sa carrił«re de chef d'orchestre avec cet opus 4.


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)

Słęrłęnade en si błęmol majeur, K. 361, Č┤ Gran Partita Ȭ, pour 13 instruments

Largo ĺ─ý Allegro molto



Menuet- Allegretto

Romance-Adagio Allegretto

Thł«mes et variations

Rondo- Molto allegro

Mozart qui avait approfondi l'łętude des instruments łŢ vent au contact de l'orchestre de Mannheim, explore ici de nouvelles combinatoires audacieuses et cette Č┤ Gran Partita Ȭ dłęmontre łŢ quel point le głęnie mozartien peut młętamorphoser tout matłęriel musical en ëýuvre d'art de haut niveau. La premił«re exłęcution publique qui nous soit connue de cette ëýuvre a eu lieu au Burgtheater de Vienne, le 23 mars 1784.

En rłęsumłę

Concert : le mercredi 25 mars łŢ 20 h, łŢ l'łęglise Sainte-Rose-de-Lima de Laval (219, boulevard Sainte-Rose).

Le concert est une prłęsentation de Protectron

Les billets pour ce concert sont disponibles

En ligne :

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

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

Via le Rłęseau admission : (514) 790-1245

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Raquel Bitton releases hot new French/Latin Jazz recording "Boleros"


Where Passion Meets Romance

French Jazz singer Raquel Bitton celebrates renowned Latin composers in her hot new French/Latin Jazz recording ĺ─˙Bolerosĺ─¨ released today in the US and Canada.

ĺ─˙Bolerosĺ─¨, Raquel Bittonĺ─˘s 7th recording to date, sung in French and Spanish was engineered by 11x Grammy award winner Rafa Sardina and showcases the music of legendary Latin composers including Armando Manzanero, Consuelo Velasquez, Augustin Lara, Isolina Carillo and others.

Raquel Bitton is accompanied by a 28 piece orchestra featuring notable Latin Jazz musicians including: Ramon Stagnaro on acoustic guitar, (Andrea Bocelli, Shakira, Luis Miguel) Cuban percussionists Orestes Vilato (Santana, Celia Cruz, Rubłęn Blades) and Jesus Diaz (Tito Puente, Pete Escovedo Orchestra) and Rebeca Mauleon on Piano (Santana, Cachao, Joe Henderson)

The CD cover illustration is by award winning Martin French (Los Lobos, The Chronicles of Narnia)

Included is an exquisite 20 page booklet with Spanish and French lyrics and biographies of each composer as well as historical research on the birth of the Bolero.

ĺ─˙Romance intertwined with passion, this is the Bolero, a true expression of my heart said Raquel Bitton. I fell in love with the Bolero when I listened to the sultry voices of Tona La Negra and Maria Dolores Pradera. This music transported me back to my birthplace and the songs I heard growing up in Marrakesh where Spanish music was on everyoneĺ─˘s lips, Spain being so close to then French Moroccoĺ─¨

Bittonĺ─˘s journey in researching the composers and songs, led her to Mexico City where she met Armando Manzanero (composer of Elvis Presleyĺ─˘s hit song ĺ─˙Itĺ─˘s Impossibleĺ─¨) who is widely considered the premiere Mexican romantic composer of the postwar era. ĺ─˙Raquel Bittonĺ─˘s new CD Boleros is magnificent; her version of my song, "Adoro" is so beautiful!ĺ─¨ said Armando Manzanero

Raquel Bitton sings "Aranjuez mon amour" from Joaquin Rodrigoĺ─˘s "Concierto de Aranjuez", one of the most recognizable compositions in the Spanish Guitar repertoire in tandem with the extraordinary Acoustic Guitarist Ramon Stagnaro.

Classic songs including; Solamente una Vez by Augustin Laura or Dos Gardenias by Isolina Carillo, the song that helped revive Ibrahim Ferrerĺ─˘s career (Buena Vista Social Club) and Besame Mucho, by Consuelo Velasquez are sung with Bittonĺ─˘s captivating voice and set to an entrancing beat.

Boleros is available at Amazon, iTunes and leading retail outlets nationwide. To listen to selected tracks visit and click on the media player.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

Concert-błęnłęfice avec Michel Rivard

Communiqułę - Press release

Michel Rivard et
Lĺ─˘Orchestre de chambre
I Musici de Montrłęal
Mercredi 22 avril 2009
20 h

Thłęłótre Outremont
1248, avenue Bernard Ouest

Concert-błęnłęfice au profit de
Lĺ─˘Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montrłęal

Montrłęal, le 16 mars 2009 ĺ─ţ Michel Rivard, lĺ─˘un des auteurs-compositeurs-interprł«tes les plus prolifiques de la scł«ne qułębłęcoise, se joindra łŢ maestro Yuli Turovsky et ses Musici, pour cłęlłębrer łŢ sa fał▀on le 25e anniversaire de Lĺ─˘Orchestre. Pour un soir seulement, Michel Rivard revisite ses plus belles chansons enjolivłęes par les riches sonoritłęs de lĺ─˘orchestre de chambre mondialement reconnu. Des classiques revus et inspirłęs grłóce aux orchestrations originales de Blair Thomson procureront un bonheur certain. Et pour notre plus grand plaisir, ce concert-błęnłęfice dłęvoilera un Michel Rivard młęlomane et passionnłę de musique classique. Ses pił«ces favorites du rłępertoire de Lĺ─˘Orchestre seront interprłętłęes par I Musici de Montrłęal.

Michel Rivard
Photographe: Jean-Franł▀ois Gratton

Č┤ Les musiciennes et musiciens d' I MUSICI DE MONTRłÔAL sont des virtuoses capables de mettre leur talent au service d'un formidable son d'ensemble. Je les ai d'abord connus sur disque et le coup de foudre initial ne s'est jamais estompłę. En concert, leur łęclectisme est une force palpable. Chanter avec eux est non seulement un honneur, c'est aussi un plaisir que j'ai trł«s hłóte de revivre.Ȭ
Michel Rivard

Deux explorateurs qui sĺ─˘aventurent vers de nouvelles avenues musicales
Michel Rivard, auteur-compositeur-interprł«te, comłędien et ex-joueur de la Ligue nationale dĺ─˘improvisation sĺ─˘est produit avec divers orchestres qułębłęcois. Sur la scł«ne du Thłęłótre Outremont nous retrouverons des incontournables de ce poł«te urbain tels que La lune dĺ─˘automne, Lĺ─˘oubli, Je voudrais voir la mer, Un trou dans les nuages, Le Privłę, Rivił«re et Les chemins de gravelle. Endossant lĺ─˘habit de małĂtre de cłęrłęmonie, Michel Rivard introduira ses coups de cëýur du rłępertoire dĺ─˘ I Musici de Montrłęal : Prłęlude et Scherzo de Chostakovitch, lĺ─˘Adagio pour cordes de Barber et la Petite musique de nuit de Mozart. Rencontre de deux univers, les chansons de Rivard nichłęes dans de magnifiques orchestrations et de trł«s belles pages de la musique classique savoureusement interprłętłęes par I Musici de Montrłęal. Depuis sa fondation, I Musici de Montrłęal multiplie les collaborations avec des artistes issus de divers horizons. Des aventures musicales inłędites oł╝ maestro Turovsky et ses Musici ont partagłę la scł«ne avec, entre autres, Oliver Jones, Omara Portuondo, Michel Legrand, Nathalie Choquette, lĺ─˘ensemble Kleztory ou encore avec les comłędiens Albert Millaire et Kim Yaroshevskaya. Rłęcemment, Lĺ─˘Orchestre participait aux spectacles de Ma vie avec Mozart de et avec lĺ─˘łęcrivain et dramaturge franł▀ais łÔric-Emmanuel Schmitt (Festival Montrłęal en lumił«re).

Cłęlłębrez avec Michel Rivard les 25 ans de Lĺ─˘Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montrłęal
Le 22 avril, soyez de la fłüte, soufflez avec nous les 25 chandelles de Lĺ─˘Orchestre! Une soirłęe festive qui sera młęmorable łŢ souhait. Assistez au concert-błęnłęfice et exprimez votre passion pour I Musici. Au Thłęłótre Outremont, 1248, avenue Bernard Ouest. Coł¬t des billets : 46.75 $ (rłęgulier), 66,75 $ (donateur) et 101.75 $ (VIP). Renseignements et billetterie : 514 982-6038 ou łŢ Pour en savoir davantage sur notre 25e saison :

I Musici de Montrłęal tient łŢ remercier Radio-Classique Montrłęal CJPX 99, 5 fm et Rock Dłętente 107, 3 fm les partenaires młędias pour cet łęvłęnement-błęnłęfice

Michel Rivard &
L'Orchestre de chambre
I Musici de Montrłęal
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
8 PM

The Outremont Theatre
1248 Bernard Avenue West

Benefit Concert for the
L'Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montrłęal

Montreal, March 16, 2009 ĺ─ţ Michel Rivard, one of Quebec's most prolific writer-composer-musician, joins Maestro Yuli Turovsky and his Musici to celebrate the orchestra's 25th anniversary. For one night only, Michel Rivard will revisit his most beautiful songs embellished by the rich sonority of the world-renowned chamber orchestra. His classics, revisited and inspired by the original orchestration of Blair Thomson, will deliver certain happiness. And for our great pleasure, this benefit concert will reveal Michel Rivard as a passionate lover of classical music. His favourite pieces of the orchestra's repertoire will be interpreted by I Musici de Montrłęal.

Michel Rivard
Photographe: Jean-Franł▀ois Gratton

"The musicians of I Musici de Montreal are virtuosi capable of using their talent in service to a wonderful ensemble sound. I first knew of them on CD and the initial love at first sight has never dimmed. In concert, their eclecticism is a palpable force. Singing with them is not only an honour, but also a pleasure which I am very much looking forward to again."
Michel Rivard

Two explorers on an adventure towards a new musical destination!
Michel Rivard, writer-composer-musician, actor and ex-player on the "Ligue nationale d'improvisation", has performed with various Quebec orchestras. On stage at the Outremont Theatre, we will find the wonderful songs of this urban poet such as La Lune d'automne, L'oubli, Je voudrais voir la mer, Un trou dans les nuages, Le Privłę, Rivił«re and Les chemins de gravelle. Playing the role of master of ceremonies, Michel Rivard will introduce his favourite pieces of I Musici's repertoire: Prelude and Scherzo by Shostakovich, Barber's Adagio, and A Little Night Music by Mozart. A meeting of two universes, Rivard's songs nested in magnificent orchestrations and very beautiful pieces of classical music interpreted deliciously by I Musici de Montrłęal. Since its beginning, L'Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montrłęal has been multiplying its collaborations with artists from various horizons. Musical adventures where Yuli Turovsky and his Musici have shared the stage, amongst others,with Oliver Jones, Omara Portuondo, Michel Legrand, Nathalie Choquette, Kleztory as well as actors Albert Millaire and Kim Yaroshevskaya. Recently, the orchestra participated in the show Ma vie avec Mozart with writer/playwright Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt (Montreal Highlights Festival).

Celebrate L'Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montreal's 25th anniversary with Michel Rivard!
On April 22nd, be part of the party! A surely memorable festive evening! Come express your passion for I Musici de Montrłęal at this Benefit Concert. Ticket prices: $46.75 (regular), $66.75 (donor) and $101.75 (VIP) Information and tickets: 514-982-6038 or at To know more about our 25th season:

I Musici would like to thank media partners Radio-Classique Montreal CJPX 99, 5 fm and Rock Dłętente 107, 3 fm for supporting this benefit concert.

Partenaires de la Saison - Season Partners

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Musique Nouvelle-France !

MariMusette prend l'air!

L'Atelier du conte en musique et en images łŢ Baie-Comeau, sur la Cłąte et jusqu'au Nord du Qułębec.

L'Atelier du conte en musique et en images prłęsente MariMusette mettant en vedette musiques et instruments, contes et traditions qui ont animłę la vie des colons franł▀ais venus s'installer en terre d'Amłęrique. Offert aux jeunes du primaire le mardi 21 avril prochain au Thłęłótre de Baie-Comeau, le spectacle s'envole vers Natashquan, Blanc-Sablon, Tłüte-łŢ-la-Baleine, Chevery et La Romaine et poursuit sa course jusqu'au 13 mai łŢ Lebel-sur-Qułęvillon, Val-Paradis et Matagami!

Au son d'instruments d'łępoque (cornemuse, dulcimer, vielle łŢ roue, flł¬te d'Allemagne et guimbarde) et par le jeu de plusieurs marionnettes, les artistes Philippe Głęlinas et Lise Dyke font revivre des musiques, chansons et contes populaires de la Nouvelle-France.

Interprł«te spłęcialisłę en musique ancienne, Philippe Głęlinas prend part łŢ plusieurs tournłęes en Amłęrique et en Europe, et fonde l'Atelier du conte en musique et en images, organisme artistique voułę au jeune public et łŢ la famille depuis 1989, dont il assure la direction artistique. Parmi les diverses crłęations rłęalisłęes par la compagnie, Le Młęnłętrier rłęcolte un Prix Opus dłęcernłę en 1999 par le Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique. Inspirłę de ce concert-dłęmonstration, l'album intitulłę Philippe Głęlinas ĺ─ý Młęnłętrier (OLCD 9545) est nominłę au Gala de l'ADISQ 2003. Travaillant en łętroite collaboration avec Philippe Głęlinas depuis 1993, la płędagogue Lise Dyke est spłęcialiste en arts visuels. Scłęnographe, elle conł▀oit et rłęalise avec lui dłęcors et marionnettes pour six des productions de l'Atelier du conte en musique et en images, et occupe le poste de marionnettiste dans quatre d'entre elles.

Mentionnons que MariMusette a entre autres łętłę prłęsentłę cet łętłę au Festival Juste pour rire ainsi qu'au Festival Młęmoire et Racines, et que les Jeunesses musicales du Canada l'ont intłęgrłę łŢ leur programmation en fłęvrier dernier.

Cette tournłęe, rendue possible grłóce au soutien financier du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec et une commandite d'Air Labrador, ainsi que dans le cadre du programme La Culture łŢ l'łęcole, permettra łŢ prł«s de deux mille jeunes spectateurs de renouer avec la musique et les coutumes d'autrefois.

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Pacific Opera Presents The Magic Flute

APRIL 16, 18, 21, 23, 25 AND 27, 2009

Pacific Opera Victoria is proud to present its first "Magic Flute", in over twenty years. Mozart's enchanting adventure for all ages, THE MAGIC FLUTE is presented at The Royal Theatre in Victoria, April 16, 18, 21, 23, 25 and 27, 2009.

Mozart's final opera, THE MAGIC FLUTE (Die ZauberflłĆte) was written in 1791 to a libretto by Emanuel Schikaneder, and it has become one of the most beloved masterpieces in the repertoire. The young lovers, Prince Tamino and Princess Pamina, the imposing Sarastro, the tempestuous Queen of the Night, and the whimsical bird-catcher Papageno have been entertaining audiences for over 200 years in a work that is both playful and profound.

What transforms this sophisticated, joyous adventure into one of the most prodigious masterworks in the repertoire is, of course, Mozart's music. Encompassing infectious folk airs, sonorous majesty, and coloratura pyrotechnics, it is stunning in its variety and beauty. And with a story and characters that inspire and amuse, THE MAGIC FLUTE has something for everyone. Sublime and bewitching, it is an opera to grow up with and to grow old with.

Award-winning Maestro Timothy Vernon and Director Glynis Leyshon team up with designer John Ferguson and local artists Miles Lowry and David Ferguson to present a Magic Flute infused with the graceful spirit and elegance of turn-of-the-century Vienna.

An exceptional ensemble cast includes Shannon Mercer, a Juno-award nominee who makes her company debut as Pamina, Colin Ainsworth as Tamino, and Canadian coloratura Aline Kutan in her signature role of The Queen of the Night. Uwe Dumbrach as Sarastro and Hugh Russell as
Papageno are joined by Marilyn Arsenault (Papagena), Michel Corbeil (Monostatos) and Bruce Kelly (High Priest).

Also featured in this production are members of Pacific Opera Victoria's Resident Artist Program, which offers advanced operatic training to outstanding young professional singers. Making their POV debuts are Resident Artists Lucia Cesaroni, Leticia Brewer, and Erin Lawson as the three ladies, with Joseph Schnurr and Alexandre Sylvestre as the two priests.

Kids love opera and a special 6th performance of THE MAGIC FLUTE is presented with children and their favourite grown-ups in mind. The April 27th performance of THE MAGIC FLUTE begins at 7pm (an hour earlier than other performances), and tickets are offered to children and youth aged 17 and under for half price.

Sung in German with English dialogue and surtitles, Pacific Opera Victoria's production of THE MAGIC FLUTE runs April 16, 18, 21, 23, 25 and 27, 2009 at the Royal Theatre in Victoria. All performances begin at 8pm, except for the April 27 performance which begins at 7pm. Priced between $25 and $110, tickets are available from the Royal and McPherson Box Office at 250-386-6121 or

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

For more information, please contact Pacific Opera Victoria at (250) 385-0222 or visit

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COC Fine Wine Auction


Toronto, Ontario ĺ─ý Canadian Opera Company's successful Annual Fine Wine Auction celebrates its 10th anniversary this year bringing wine lovers together as they raise their glasses and bidding paddles on Thursday, April 16, 2009 at the newly-renovated Crush Wine Bar and Restaurant. Returning to lead the live auction is Auctioneer Stephen Ranger of Ritchie's Auctioneers and Appraisers. The evening's events include a live auction, where wine enthusiasts and ardent collectors can either add to or begin a collection of some truly notable treasures. Guests can also bid in a silent auction that offers an assortment of exclusive and exciting items including a trip for two to Quebec City, Niagara winery tours, and dinner packages for some of Toronto's top restaurants. Wine and

hors d'oeuvres are served at 6 p.m. with the live auction beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased online at or by calling 416-363-8231.

This year's Fine Wine Auction offers bidders a chance to purchase from a wide variety of incredible wines from around the world including a 1989 Chłóteau Lłęoville-Las Cases, 1989 Chłóteau Mouton Rothschild, 1995 Chłóteau Lafite Rothschild, 2001, 2002, 2003 Harlan The Maiden, and 1996 Domaine de la Romanłęe-Conti Echezeaux.

Last year, the COC's Fine Wine Auction raised over $86,000, and all proceeds are in support of the COC. For more information please contact Sarah Jarvis at 416-306-2305.



Thursday, April 16, 2009

Crush Wine Bar

455 King St. W.

Reception at 6 p.m.

Auction at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $50 ĺÓ˘ Call 416-363-8231

Presented in part by Crush Wine Bar and Restaurant, the Austrian Trade Commission, The Cheese Boutique, as well as CTV and The Globe and Mail.

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.

Canadian Opera Company Website

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

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

Lancement du premier album de Louise Vautour


Un premier album de Louise Vautour

La violoniste Louise Vautour lance Traces, un premier album solo composłę entił«rement de pił«ces originales. Lĺ─˘album aux sonoritłęs celtiques mł«ne en voyage au-delłŢ de diverses frontił«res avec une musique łŢ la fois douce et rythmłęe qui rappelle de bons souvenirs, un coup dĺ─˘archet passionnłę qui porte au-delłŢ de lĺ─˘ocłęan ou qui parfois, nous ramł«ne łŢ la maison.

Č┤ Quand je dłęcouvre de nouveaux endroits, de nouvelles cultures et de nouvelles personnes, mon inspiration est toujours avec moi, affirme lĺ─˘artiste qui propose des compositions qui ont vu le jour en Espagne, en France et aux łÚles-de-la-Madeleine. Jĺ─˘ai de la difficultłę łŢ laisser mon violon łŢ la maison, młüme lorsque je voyage pour le plaisir Ȭ, affirme-t-elle.

Lĺ─˘album propose des compositions parfois personnelles dont la douce et młęlodique Grandpaĺ─˘s Waltz, une pił«ce qui honore la młęmoire du grand-pł«re maternel de lĺ─˘artiste. Lĺ─˘artiste a composłę cette premił«re pił«ce łŢ lĺ─˘łóge de 15 ans suite au dłęcł«s de celui qui lĺ─˘a profondłęment inspirłęe dans son choix de carrił«re. La pił«ce Lament for the Boys in Red, qui a łętłę łęcrite en młęmoire des sept joueurs de basket-ball de Bathurst High dłęcłędłęs en janvier 2007, est une collaboration entre Louise et son pł«re, Daniel Vautour. Par ailleurs, Pas perdus a łętłę composłę par Louise avec son conjoint, Christian KIT Goguen, lequel signe aussi la pił«ce Cowboy Tune.

Une histoire de famille

Louise Vautour est originaire dĺ─˘une famille oł╝ les violoneux abondent ; elle sera la premił«re fille łŢ adopter lĺ─˘instrument łŢ lĺ─˘łóge de 13 ans sous les conseils de son pł«re. Elle dłęveloppe rapidement une passion pour la musique celtique qui la mł«nera jusquĺ─˘łŢ Dublin oł╝ elle łętudiera les origines irlandaises du violon. De retour chez elle łŢ Bathurst, au Nouveau-Brunswick, elle dłęcide de transformer son amour du violon en gagne-pain et met sur pied lĺ─˘łÔcole de violon Louise Vautour. Pendant deux annłęes, elle enseigne le violon łŢ des łęlł«ves de tous les niveaux dĺ─˘łóge.

Au cours de sa jeune carrił«re de violoniste, Louise Vautour a fait partie de diverses formations incluant le groupe Vilajoie du Village Historique Acadien qui assurait les soirłęes musicales au Chłóteau Albert. Au fil des ans, elle est montłęe sur scł«ne avec lĺ─˘Ensemble Adłęlałěde, la Belle Amanchure, Bourasque, la Famille Basque et bien dĺ─˘autres. En 2004, elle joint les rangs dĺ─˘Ode łŢ lĺ─˘Acadie, spectacle qui rend hommage łŢ la chanson acadienne dĺ─˘hier et dĺ─˘aujourdĺ─˘hui. Avec Ode, Louise continue łŢ faire chanter son violon comme elle lĺ─˘a fait un peu partout dans les Maritime, au Qułębec, en Ontario, aux łÔtats-Unis, en Europe et młüme en Afrique. Dans le cadre du spectacle Carte blanche aux artistes dĺ─˘Ode, elle fait connałĂtre certaines de ses compositions originales en plus de faire dłęcouvrir au public une trł«s belle voix douce et młęlodieuse.

Lĺ─˘album Traces englobe les łęmotions de diverses aventures sur la route lors de voyages. Č┤ On a vraiment voulu conserver lĺ─˘idłęe du voyage łŢ travers tout le processus de crłęation Ȭ, explique-t-elle.

Cĺ─˘est en 2007 et 2008 que lĺ─˘album Traces a łętłę enregistrłę dans les villages de Barachois et Maisonnette au Nouveau-Brunswick, ainsi quĺ─˘aux łÚles-de-la-Madeleine, par Franł▀ois łÔmond, et au Studio 126 de Rogersville par Denis Roy.

Louise sĺ─˘est entourłęe de musiciens de grand talent : Christian Kit Goguen et Rłęmi Arsenault aux guitares, łŢ la basse et au cajon ; Pastelle LeBlanc łŢ lĺ─˘accordłęon ; Patricia Richard au bodhran ; Luc Roy aux percussions ; et Nicolas Basque łŢ la guitare. Le graphisme de la pochette est de Julie Arsenault et la photographie de Karine Wade. Traces est une production de Louise Vautour qui a travaillłę łŢ la rłęalisation en collaboration avec Christian Kit Goguen et Rłęmi Arsenault. Le mixage est de Franł▀ois łÔmond et Christian Kit Goguen et le matrił▀age de Mike Bourgeois.

Traces de Louise Vautour est distribułę par Distribution Plages et lĺ─˘album peut łütre achetłę dans plusieurs points de vente et au


La pił«ce Gilbratar (Gilbratar Jig / Quenn Ysable Reel) est suggłęrłęe comme premier extrait pour les radios. Le CD arrivera dans les radios cette semaine. Gilbratar a łętłę composłę par Louise Vautour au retour de lĺ─˘un de ses voyages les plus młęmorables, soit un voyage en Espagne.

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Prochain The Music Scene, La Scena Musicale, La SCENA

[English version]

Cĺ─˘est un mois de mars occupłę, alors que nous prłęparons trois magazines : le numłęro de printemps de The Music Scene Ontario, le numłęro dĺ─˘avril de La Scena Musicale et le numłęro de printemps de La SCENA dont la une sera consacrłęe łŢ Robert Lepage, rencontrłę pour une entrevue.

Le numłęro de printemps de The Music Scene Ontario sortira le 24 mars et comprendra notre Guide annuel des camps dĺ─˘łętłę en art et en musique ainsi que notre Guide international des festivals dĺ─˘art, deux outils utiles pour organiser lĺ─˘łętłę. En couverture, le quatuor St. Lawrence, qui cłęlł«bre son 20e anniversaire, fait un bilan de son incroyable parcours; Joseph So se penche sur lĺ─˘histoire derrił«re Lĺ─˘Incoronazione di Poppea de Monteverdi et sur la production prochaine de lĺ─˘Opera Atelier; et Jeanne Lamon parle de lĺ─˘approche de Haydn de Tafelmusik, qui prłęsentera bientłąt sa Crłęation. łÔgalement, le Quartetto Gelato, qui repart en tournłęe avec deux nouveaux membres, et un regard sur le dynamique Calgary Opera. De plus, nos choix dans les festivals internationaux, les concerts vocaux et instrumentaux łŢ venir dans le sud de lĺ─˘Ontario et nos critiques de disques. The Music Scene Ontario sera distribułęe łŢ Toronto et łŢ Ottawa ainsi que dans des łęcoles ailleurs au Canada. La date de tombłęe pour les annonces est le 17 mars.

En vedette dans La SCENA, le metteur en scł«ne de Qułębec Robert Lepage discute de sa nouvelle production thłęłótrale Le Dragon bleu et de son travail łŢ lĺ─˘opłęra. Lĺ─˘entrevue sera complłętłęe par des critiques du Dragon bleu et de la mise en scł«ne de Lepage de La Damnation de Faust de Berlioz. Le numłęro dĺ─˘avril de La Scena Musicale (insłęrłę dans La SCENA) prłęsentera une łętoile montante, la violoniste Caroline Chehadłę, et le CD Dłęcouverte dĺ─˘avril contiendra un rłęcital inłędit de Schubert de la soprano canadienne Colette Boky, qui vient de publier son autobiographie. Ce numłęro combinłę comprendra łęgalement notre 2e Guide annuel des festivals internationaux dĺ─˘art et de musique classique. La date de tombłęe pour les annonces est le 23 mars.

Pour plus dĺ─˘information sur les tarifs et la production, voir notre calendrier 2008-2009 łŢ ou communiquer directement avec notre service des ventes au 514-948-0509 ou łŢ

Pour vous abonner (et recevoir la Collection Dłęcouverte), visitez

Salutations cordiales,

Wah Keung Chan

łÔditeur et rłędacteur en chef fondateur
La Scena Musicale
The Music Scene


Printemps 2009 The Music Scene Ontario

  • En page couverture : le Quatuor St. Lawrence
  • Lĺ─˘incoronazione di Poppea de Opera Atelier
  • Tafelmusik sur la Crłęation de Haydn
  • Calgary Opera
  • Guide: International Music and Arts Festivals


  • Camps d'łętłę en arts et en musique
  • Guide international des festivals dĺ─˘art


  • 2000 exemplaires : envois aux abonnłęs et membres du milieu artistique
  • 3000 exemplaires : łęcoles de musique et d'arts pour faire un pont entre musiciens et artistes visuels
  • Toronto: 15,000
  • Ottawa: 5,000

Dates de tombłęe

  • Sortie : 24 mars
  • Date de tombłęe publicitaire : 17 mars
  • Maquettes : 18 mars


Printemps 2009 La SCENA / Avril 2009 La Scena Musicale

  • En page couverture : Robert Lepage
  • Calendrier des arts 3-mois. Envoyez vos łęvłęnements łŢ
  • plus d'autres articles (en dłęvelopement)

  • En page couverture de LSM : Caroline Chehadłę
  • L'article de CD Dłęcouverte : la soprano Canadienne Colette Boky
  • plus d'autres articles (en dłęvelopement)


  • Guide international des festivals dĺ─˘art et de musiques classiques

Distribution au Qułębec de La Scena Musicale (25 000 exemplaires ; 90 % distribułęe avant le 10 du mois)

  • 2000 exemplaires : envois aux abonnłęs et membres du milieu artistique
  • 4000 exemplaires : łęcoles de musique et d'arts pour faire un pont entre musiciens et artistes visuels
  • 2000 exemplaires : kiosques łŢ journaux łŢ travers la province de Qułębec (prix au dłętail : 5,35 $)
  • 2000 exemplaires : dans la ville de Qułębec par distribution directe lors de manifestations culturelles
  • 15000 exemplaires : en ville (Montrłęal) łŢ diffusion contrłąlłęe (salles de concerts et spłęctacles, magasines, etc)

Dates de tombłęe

  • Sortie : 1 avril
  • Date de tombłęe publicitaire : 23 mars (Info :
  • Maquettes : 24 mars


Płętition pour le rłętablissement du financement par le Conseil des Arts du Canada en faveur des płęriodiques łŢ diffusion contrłąlłęe

Le Conseil des Arts du Canada, dans ses procłędures de demande de subvention pour 2009, a abandonnłę le soutien qu'il accordait aux płęriodiques łŢ diffusion contrłąlłęe. Donc, La Scena Musicale (LSM), The Music Scene Ontario et La SCENA nĺ─˘ont plus droit łŢ cette source de financement.

En 2007-08, le Conseil des Arts du Canada a subventionnłę 106 magazines dĺ─˘art et littłęraires pour un total de 2 661 900 $. Dĺ─˘aprł«s nous, il faut traiter tous les płęriodiques consacrłęs łŢ lĺ─˘art et łŢ la littłęrature de manił«re juste et łęquitable, ce qui signifie notamment que leurs demandes de soutien devraient łütre łętudiłęes par un jury. Cĺ─˘est pourquoi La Scena Musicale a dłęcidłę de lancer une campagne visant łŢ faire annuler ce changement de politique.

Nous vous prions de manifester votre soutien łŢ lĺ─˘łęgard de tous les płęriodiques dĺ─˘art łŢ diffusion contrłąlłęe (y compris les nłątres) en signant la płętition et en la faisant circuler.

Pour en savoir plus, lisez lĺ─˘article suivant dans notre carnet Web :

Płętition en ligne :


Au sujet des festivals de musique et des arts, La Scena Musicale, La SCENA et The Music Scene sont les ressources łŢ consulter pour trouver les festivals de musique et des arts internationaux et canadiens en 2009 (en imprimłę et en ligne). Les numłęros suivants couvriront tous les festivals de 2009 :

  • Festivals internationaux de musique classique et des arts : numłęro de printemps 2009 de The Music Scene et numłęro de printemps 2009 de La SCENA (comprenant le numłęro dĺ─˘avril de La Scena Musicale).
  • Festivals canadiens de jazz, de musique du monde et folk (plus festivals internatinonaux de jazz) : numłęro de mai 2009 de La Scena Musicale. Cĺ─˘est un numłęro national (distribution doublłęe łŢ 50 000 exemplaires) et les tarifs publicitaires sont 1,5 fois les tarifs habituels.
  • Festivals canadiens de musique classique et des arts : numłęro dĺ─˘łętłę 2009 de La SCENA (comprenant le numłęro de juin de La Scena Musicale). Cĺ─˘est un numłęro national (distribution doublłęe łŢ 50 000 exemplaires) et les tarifs publicitaires sont 1,5 fois les tarifs habituels.
  • Voir pour plus dĺ─˘information.


Guides 2008-2009

La Scena Musicale est reconnue comme un chef de file dans lĺ─˘information sur la musique et les arts. Visiter pour notre liste de guides en 2008-2009


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Annoncez avec nous et joignez les consommateurs canadiens les plus friands de culture.

Vous voulez toucher une population aisłęe, informłęe et urbaine de 35 ans et plus, ou encore les musiciens et artistes professionnels ou łętudiants ?

La Scena Musicale vous invite chez 100 000 Canadiens parmi les plus instruits, avertis en matił«re de culture et de consommation. Nos lecteurs sont passionnłęs de musique, de danse, de thłęłótre, de cinłęma et dĺ─˘arts visuels, et ils sĺ─˘intłęressent łŢ la nourriture, la mode, la dłęcoration.

Nos revues renommłęes La Scena Musicale, La SCENA et The Music Scene publient des articles et critiques qui font rłęflłęchir. La Scena Musicale et La SCENA sont les seules publications bilingues łŢ Montrłęal consacrłęes łŢ la musique (classique, jazz et musiques du monde) et aux arts (danse, thłęłótre, cinłęma et arts visuels). En plus, notre calendrier culturel est le plus complet au Canada et assure des lectures rłępłętłęes (plus de 225 000 par mois). Distribułęes gratuitement dans certains foyers aisłęs (100 000 $ +), nos publications tiennent leur promesse. Nous sommes lus, et lus souvent.


  • 50 000 lecteurs par parution
  • 675 000 lectures du magazine (3 mois) ou 225 000 lecteurs par mois

Profil des lecteurs

  • aisłęes, haute niveau d'instruction, 35 ans +, młęlomanes
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Forte de ses 15 annłęes dĺ─˘expłęrience en achat dĺ─˘outils de marketing chez des imprimeurs de partout au pays, LSM peut vous ouvrir un accł«s aux meilleurs prix dĺ─˘impression existants. Investissez lĺ─˘argent łęconomisłę dans de meilleures surfaces publicitaires (annonces plus grandes ou mieux placłęes) parmi les divers produits młędias de LSM.

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L'Amour courtois et l'art des troubadours au Palais Montcalm - 21 mars

Une production du Chëýur Les Rhapsodes

L'Amour courtois et l'art des troubadours au Palais Montcalm

Le Chëýur Les Rhapsodes prłęsente Č┤ Amour courtois Ȭ le samedi 21 mars 2009, łŢ 20 h, au Palais Montcalm. Sous la direction musicale et artistique de David Romprłę, le tłęnor Dominique Gagnłę, les luthistes Alexis Risler et Guy Ross, la claveciniste Anne-Marie Bernard et les soixante choristes du Chëýur Les Rhapsodes proposeront les plus belles chansons d'amour des troubadours et des trouvł«res, composłęes łŢ la Renaissance pour se młęriter la faveur des belles. Cette musique raffinłęe sera parfaitement servie par l'acoustique du nouveau Palais Montcalm.

Le jour de l'arrivłęe du printemps, le Chëýur Les Rhapsodes transforme le Palais Montcalm en cour d'amour d'un chłóteau de la Renaissance. Le Chëýur et les solistes invitłęs interprłęteront les magnifiques pages de la Renaissance franł▀aise et anglaise, que chantaient les troubadours lors des soirłęes d'amour courtois.

Sous la direction de David Romprłę, le Chëýur Les Rhapsodes, le tłęnor Dominique Gagnłę, les luthistes Alexis Risler et Guy Ross, et la claveciniste Anneĺ─ŰMarie Bernard feront revivre les plus belles pages de William Byrd, John Dowland, Orlande de Lassus, Guillaume Costeley et Clłęment Jannequin. Une soirłęe raffinłęe, pour les amoureux de l'art vocal et des instruments d'łępoque.

Le concert Č┤ Amour courtois Ȭ est prłęsentłę avec l'appui de STEAMATIC.

La saison 2008-2009 du Chëýur Les Rhapsodes

Le 30 mai 2009, le Chëýur Les Rhapsodes prłęsentera Les Saisons de Haydn, pratiquement deux sił«cles jour pour jour aprł«s la mort du grand compositeur. Pour interprłęter le cłęlł«bre oratorio seront rłęunis au Palais Montcalm prł«s de deux cents choristes, solistes et instrumentistes, sous la direction de Louis Lavigueur et David Romprłę. Ce concert est prłęsentłę avec l'appui de Assurances et Services Financiers des Amłęriques et INDUSTRIELLE ALLIANCE Valeurs mobilił«res inc.

La saison 2008-2009 du Chëýur Les Rhapsodes est produite en partenariat avec Assurances et Services Financiers des Amłęriques et INDUSTRIELLE ALLIANCE Valeurs mobilił«res inc. L'ensemble de la saison 2008-2009 est commanditłę par VOYAGES FUNTASTIQUE et L'INSTITUT CANADIEN DES PRODUITS PłÔTROLIERS. Le Chëýur Les Rhapsodes błęnłęficie de l'appui du Service de la culture de la Ville de Qułębec, du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, du Conseil des Arts du Canada, de Patrimoine canadien, de Placements Culture, du ministł«re de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition fłęminine et de la Facultłę de Musique de l'Universitłę Laval.

ł─ propos du Chëýur Les Rhapsodes

Le Chëýur Les Rhapsodes prłęsente en 2008-2009 sa 47e saison. Il compte soixante choristes placłęs sous la direction musicale et artistique de David Romprłę depuis 2000. Le Chëýur Les Rhapsodes est reconnu comme l'un des organismes musicaux majeurs de la Capitale nationale. Il a pour mission de promouvoir l'art musical et en particulier le chant choral, de dłęvelopper de nouveaux publics et de favoriser le dłęveloppement des nouveaux talents łŢ Qułębec en engageant łŢ chacun des concerts de sa saison des solistes et instrumentistes professionnels de la rłęgion. Pour plus d'information, visitez le site Internet du Chëýur,

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Ontario Music Centre 2009

Attendees at 2009 Ontario Music Centre music camp will make music, dine daily with Juno Award nominees

Everyone who attends the 2009 Ontario Music Centre (OMC) music camp this summer will have an opportunity that most amateur and professional musicians can only dream of: to make music, learn from and dine on a daily basis with several 2009 Juno Award nominees.

Michael Occhipinti, a guitarist and the artistic director of the campĺ─ţwhich runs this year from August 2 to 16 in Lakefield, Ontarioĺ─ţrecently was nominated for a Juno Award in the category of Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year, for the recording 'Sicilian Jazz Project.' This is the eighth time Michael's musicianship has been honoured in this way. With his band The Sicilian Jazz Project, Michael creates contemporary works based on the traditional pieces, incorporating new voicings, rhythms and harmonies. Also an extraordinary music educator, Michael will be teaching guitar and composition at the music camp.

Barry Romberg is a drummer who, with his Random Access Large Ensemble, also has been nominated this year in the category of Contemporary Jazz Album, for the CD 'Existential Detective.' Last April, the band won the Best Electric Band Award at the 2008 National Jazz Awards. Barry will teach percussion during the first week of the OMC music camp, August 2-9. That week focuses on jazz, world and folk traditions.

Vocalist Maryem Tollar and saxaphone and Arabic flute player Ernie Tollar have been nominated for the World Music Album of the Year for their CD 'Cairo to Toronto.' They will be instructors during the first week of the music camp.

Michael, Barry, Maryem and Ernie will perform at a concert on August 6. The rest of the OMC's faculty members will perform at concerts August 3 and 10. The concerts are open to camp attendees and anyone from Lakefield and beyond; a small fee is charged to people who are not attending the camp.

WHAT: Ontario Music Centre's Summer Camp, Lakefield College School, Lakefield

WHO: Faculty members include Juno Award nominees Michael Occhipinti, Barry Romberg, Maryem Tollar and Ernie Tollar

WHEN: August 2-9 (Jazz, World and Folk Traditions) and August 9-16 (Classical, Chamber, World and Folk Traditions)


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March 2009 - Next The Music Scene, La Scena Musicale and La SCENA

[Version franł▀aise]

Itĺ─˘s a busy March as we work on three magazines: The Music Scene Ontario Spring 2009 issue, La Scena Musicale April 2009 issue and La SCENAĺ─˘s Spring 2009 issue featuring on the cover an exclusive interview with Robert Lepage.

The Music Scene Ontarioĺ─˘s Spring issue comes out March 24 and features our annual Guide to Summer Music and Arts Camps, as well as our Guide to International Arts Festivals, both essential tools to organize the summer. On the cover, The St. Lawrence String Quartet celebrates their 20th anniversary and looks back at their incredible career. Joseph So looks into the history behind Monteverdiĺ─˘s Lĺ─˘incoronazione di Poppea and its period production by Opera Atelier, and Jeanne Lamon talks about Tafelmusikĺ─˘s approach to Haydn with their upcoming performance of his Creation. Also featured is Quartetto Gelatoĺ─˘s reentrance into the touring scene with their two newest members, and a look into the dynamic Calgary Opera. In addition, our International Festival picks, Southern Ontario Vocal and Instrumental Previews and CD Reviews. The Music Scene Ontario will be distributed in Toronto and Ottawa and music schools across Canada. The deadline for advertising is March 17.

On the cover of La SCENA is Canadian director Robert Lepage who discusses his new theatre production The Blue Dragon and his operatic staging. Reviews of Blue Dragon and Lepageĺ─˘s staging of Berliozĺ─˘s Damnation of Faust will also accompany the feature. La Scena Musicaleĺ─˘s April issue (inserted in La SCENA) will feature young Canadian violinist Caroline Chehadłę and the April Discovery CD is an unpublished Schubert recital of Canadian soprano Colette Boky who recently published her autobiography. The combined issue will also contain our 2nd annual guide to International arts and classical music festivals. The deadline for advertising is March 23rd.

Reach over 50,000 readers with 25,000 copies distributed in Montreal and the province of Quebec. La Scena Musicale/La SCENA contains award-winning editorial features, an extensive calendar of events (province of Quebec including radio and TV listings) and product reviews; readers consult each issue 4.5 times a month, generating 225,000 viewings per month. The Music Scene also features excellent editorial and 50,000 readers, only without a detailed calendar.

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La Scena Musicale
The Music Scene


Upcoming Issues:

The Music Scene Ontario: Spring 2009 Issue

  • On the cover: St. Lawrence String Quartet at 20
  • Opera Atelier's Lĺ─˘incoronazione di Poppea
  • Tafelmusik on Haydn's Creation
  • Calgary Opera
  • Guide: International Music and Arts Festivals

Circulation: 25,000 copies in Ontario (Toronto, Ottawa) and schools across Canada

  • Toronto: 16,000
  • Ottawa: 4,000
  • Schools across Canada: 3000
  • Mailing: 2,000

Appearance: March 24
Ad Deadline:
March 17
Artwork deadline:
March 18


Spring 2009 La SCENA / April 2009 La Scena Musicale

  • On the cover: Robert Lepage
  • Guide: International Music and Arts Festivals
  • 3-month calendar and Event picks, send listings to
  • plus more features in development
  • Theme: Careers

  • On the cover of LSM: Canadian violinist Caroline Chehadłę
  • Discovery CD Feature: Canadian soprano Colette Boky
  • Other features in development
  • Plus our regular features: regional calednar, jazz and world music sections.


  • International Classical Music and Arts Festivals (International Jazz festivals will appear in the May National Jazz issue)

Distribution (25,000 copies; 90% distribution by the first 7 to 10 days):

  • 2000 copies: mailed to paying and non-paying subscribers (including the music and arts industry)
  • 15000 copies: controlled circulation at cultural venues, record stores, schools, etc. in Montreal
  • 4000 copies: Music and Arts Schools targeting students and educators in Montreal and the province of Quebec.
  • 2000 copies: Quebec City
  • 2000 copies: newsstands in Quebec


  • Distribution: April 1, 2009
  • Display ad reservations: March 23 (info :
  • Materials: March 24


Petition: Restore Canada Council Funding to Controlled-Circulation Magazines

The Canada Council for the Arts (CCA) has recently dropped support for controlled-circulation print magazines in its 2010 application process, rendering La Scena Musicale (LSM), The Music Scene Ontario and La SCENA ineligible to compete for CCA grants.

In 2007-08, the Canada Council funded 106 arts & literary magazines for a total of $2,661,900. We feel that all arts and literary magazines should be treated equally and fairly, and this means the ability to submit an application that is reviewed by a peer jury. Consequently, La Scena Musicale has launched a campaign to reverse the Canada Council policy change.

Please show your support for all controlled-circulation arts magazines (including our family of magazine) by signing up and circulate this appeal.

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Talking about music and arts festivals. La Scena Musicale, La SCENA and The Music Scene are the place to find International and Canadian music and arts festivals in 2009 (in print and online). The following three issues will cover all the 2009 festivals:

  • International Classical Music and Arts Festivals: Spring 2009 issue of The Music Scene and the Spring 2009 issue of La SCENA (including the April issue of La Scena Musicale).
  • Canadian Jazz, World and Folk Festivals plus International Jazz festivals: May 2009 issue of La Scena Musicale. This is a national issue (double distribution to 50,000 copies) and the ad rates are 1.5 times the regular rates.
  • Canadian Classical Music and Arts Festivals: Summer 2009 issue of La SCENA (including the June issue of La Scena Musicale). This is a national issue (double distribution to 50,000 copies) and the ad rates are 1.5 times the regular rates.

Visit for more info (to come).


Guides / Directories 2008-2009

La Scena Musicale has proven to be a leader in providing music and arts information. Visit for our list of guides for 2008-2009


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Friday, March 13, 2009

Rainer Hersch with the WSO

Rainer Hersch presents new orchestra show:
Last Night of the Proms...Ever!
Rainer Hersch, musician, comedian and conductor
Lindsay Sutherland Boal, soprano soloist
Friday, March 27 at 8pm
Saturday, March 28 at 8pm
Sunday, March 29 at 2pm
ĺ─˙You really have to see (Hersch) live to appreciate how skillfully he can weave together music and mirth. And the beauty of it is that you don't have to know your Bach from your Elgar to appreciate the punch lines."
- Evening Standard Comedy Choice
A perennial favourite of Winnipeg Symphony and Fringe Festival audiences, Rainer Hersch (click for bio) returns to the river city, following a year hiatus, to perform a brand new show with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. The Last Night of the Promsĺ─ÂEver! pokes fun at all things British and musical and parodies the jewel of the British concert season, the BBC Proms**.
Though Britain has no official national anthem, several songs have made their way in to the heart of British patriotic repertoire ĺ─ý Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia, God Save the Queen, Danny Boy and Scotland the Brave ĺ─ý and Rainer (respectfully) takes aim at them all.
With the help of the top-notch WSO musicians and soprano Lindsay Sutherland Boal (click for bio), Rainer will navigate the world of ĺ─˛pomp and circumstanceĺ─˘ that is British classical music. Whether you know anything about classical music or not makes no difference ĺ─ý maestro Rainer Hersch presents a program of truly classic comedy.
Caring for the Caregivers
This concert, an uplifting mix of music and comedy, is also an opportunity for the WSO to honour Winnipeg healthcare workers for their outstanding contributions to our community. Thanks to generous support from Manitoba Lotteries Corporation Great-West Life and Manitoba Artists in Healthcare, the WSO has invited these caregivers to the Friday night performance.
Ticket Info
Tickets for Rainer Herschĺ─˘s Last Night of the Proms range from $28.50 to $65.00 and are available through the WSO box office at 949-3999, online at or at any Ticketmaster outlet.
As a thank-you for their hard work and dedication to our community, Winnipeg firefighters, police and paramedics may purchase tickets for any of the three performances for $25 (best available seats, excluding loge).
**The BBC Proms is an eight-week concert series featuring daily classical music events throughout London that has been a tradition for over one hundred years. The Last Night of the Proms concert features light classics and the most well-loved and patriotic of British music, including Elgarĺ─˘s Pomp and Circumstance Marches.

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Symphony Nova Scotia

Symphony Nova Scotia announces its 2009-10 season

Halifax, NS ĺ─ý Symphony Nova Scotia is delighted to announce its 2009-10 concert season! This season the orchestra brings you more of the music you love ĺ─ý more classical heavyweights, more Canadian and Maritime content, and more of Nova Scotiaĺ─˘s best artists and bands.

ĺ─˙We enter our next quarter-century of music-making with a bang, and what a bang ĺ─ý from the complete Midsummer Nightĺ─˘s Dream by Mendelssohn to ABBA!ĺ─¨ says Music Director Bernhard Gueller.

ĺ─˙We are proud to present exciting and celebrated soloists in exciting and celebrated works. Our 2009-10 concerts include the Dvo뢳░k Festival, where weĺ─˘ll perform his cello and violin concertos with the Eighth and Ninth symphonies. We will also welcome back Anton Kuerti, along with Suzie LeBlanc, JoAnn Falletta, John McDermott, Jeanne Lamon, Ashley MacIsaac, and Howard Cable.ĺ─¨

Subscriptions are available now for 2009-10. Highlights include:

CELEBRITY SERIES: nine incredible classical music concerts

  • The 2009-10 season kicks off with Mendelssohnĺ─˘s A Midsummer Nightĺ─˘s Dream ĺ─ý complete with narrator and expanded orchestra ĺ─ý on the 200th anniversary of the composerĺ─˘s birth.
  • Canadian pianist extraordinaire Anton Kuerti joins the orchestra to perform Mozartĺ─˘s Piano Concerto K. 271.
  • Audiences will have a rare opportunity to hear Schubertĺ─˘s Death and the Maiden, one of Maestro Guellerĺ─˘s personal favourites, arranged for full orchestra and conducted by JoAnn Falletta.
  • And then, the annual composer festival continues with the music of Dvo뢳░k. Symphony Nova Scotia performs some of this brilliant composerĺ─˘s greatest works, including the New World Symphony and the beautiful Cello Concerto.

POPS SERIES: eight lively Trad and Maritime Pops performances

  • Maestro Gueller conducts the greatest hits of ABBA with six-piece Finnish ensemble Rajaton.
  • One of Canadaĺ─˘s most exciting and innovative violinists, Owen Pallett (a.k.a. Final Fantasy), joins the orchestra as part of the Halifax Pop Explosion.
  • Howard Cable calls big band music the ĺ─˙most memorable and evocative sounds of the 20th century.ĺ─¨ He conducts a huge salute to the ĺ─˙swing yearsĺ─¨ with Peter Appleyard in Symphonic Swing.
  • Local favourites and ECMA-winners like Jenn Grant, David Myles, and MIR light up the Maritime Pops series.

BAROQUE SERIES: three exquisite concerts in an intimate venue, plus Handelĺ─˘s Dublin Messiah

  • Tafelmusikĺ─˘s incomparable Jeanne Lamon joins the orchestra once again to perform selections from the Baroque masters, including Bachĺ─˘s Wedding Cantata and Handelĺ─˘s brilliant Concerto Grosso.
  • Virtuoso violinist David Greenberg performs ĺ─˙Delirium Amorisĺ─¨ ĺ─ý a concert full of the most passionate Baroque music ever written.
  • The orchestra performs Bachĺ─˘s magnificent Mass in b minor for the first time in more than a decade.
  • Baroque specialist Kevin Mallon conducts Handelĺ─˘s Dublin Messiah. To honour the 250th anniversary of Handelĺ─˘s death, the orchestra will perform the original version of Messiah.

SYMPHONY SUNDAYS: this matinee series returns with three encore performances

  • Symphony Nova Scotiaĺ─˘s principal oboist Suzanne Lemieux performs one of the most beautiful pieces in the oboe repertoire, Straussĺ─˘ Oboe Concerto.
  • Irish tenor John McDermott will warm the heart with beloved favourites from years gone by.
  • Hear a concert of contrasts as Janina Fialkowska joins the orchestra for a performance featuring both Chopin and Beethoven.


  • DRUM! comes to the Symphony this fall. Symphony Nova Scotia teams up with this incredible production to create a show-stopping DRUM! extravaganza.
  • The All-Ages (formerly Family) concerts include our annual holiday hit The Nutcracker, along with Hollyĺ─˘s Magic Brush, a very special multisensory concert for adults and children and everyone in between.
  • The Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra joins Symphony Nova Scotia for a performance of three spectacular works by Rachmaninoff, Ravel, and Britten.

A brochure describing Symphony Nova Scotiaĺ─˘s 2009-10 season is available by calling the box office at 494.3820 or 1.800.874.1669, or by visiting the Symphony Nova Scotia website at

Single tickets for Symphony Nova Scotiaĺ─˘s 2009-10 season go on sale August 1, 2009. Subscriptions ĺ─ý including U-Pick subscriptions ĺ─ý are available now.

Subscribers receive a host of rewards, including savings of up to 30%, the best available seats in the house, a free open rehearsal pass, free e-programs, and an exclusive subscriber rewards card. And if you're under 30, you can save even more ĺ─ý up to 60% ĺ─ý with the Symphony's Under-30 U-Pick.

To purchase a subscription, call 494.3820 or 1.800.874.1669 today!

About Symphony Nova Scotia
Symphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotiaĺ─˘s orchestra ĺ─ý and we play the music Nova Scotians love, from baroque and classical to pop and rock and folk. Each year our 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 us in 2009-10!

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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Faculty of Music presents Darryl Edwards voice recital

Faculty of Music presents Darryl Edwards in recital

TORONTO ĺ─ý The University of Toronto Faculty of Music presents Earth, Water, Wind and Fire, a vocal recital featuring faculty artists Darryl Edwards, tenor, with Liz Upchurch, piano, Friday, March 20, 7:30 pm, in Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, 80 Queens Park. Tickets ($25 adults and $15 seniors/students) can be purchased at the box office in person or by calling 416-978-3744.

This is the final concert in the Faculty Artist Series, featuring tenor Darryl Edwards and pianist Liz Upchurch in a widely varied program showcasing art song, Shakespeare songs with lutenist John Edwards, and a dramatic cantata with mezzo-soprano Erin Crooks. Operatic selections round out the program, from Mozart's Idomeneo to Toronto composer Raymond Luedeke's I Confess, I Have Lived, based on the stormy poetry of Nobel winner Pablo Neruda. Each selection portrays vivid human emotions ĺ─ý fear, love, longing for home ĺ─ý experienced and described in terms of the visceral, concrete world around us, made of earth, water, wind and fire.

Tenor DARRYL EDWARDS has appeared to critical acclaim in oratorio, recital, and opera in England, Germany, France, Italy, Corsica, the United States, and across Canada. His recent and upcoming engagements include Kodł░ly's Psalmus Hungaricus with the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, the Verdi Requiem at Dalhousie University: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Orff's Carmina Burana with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, Mozart Requiem with the Toronto Philharmonia, and Handel's Messiah with the Elmer Iseler Singers.

Darryl Edwards is the Artistic Director of the Centre for Opera in Sulmona, Italy, and the Concert Opera Group. His voice students appear with major companies and orchestras across Canada, the United States and Europe (Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera Covent Garden, New York City Opera, Philadelphia Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera, Bavarian State Operaĺ─ý Munich, Zurich Opera, Chicago Lyric Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Greek National Opera, and the Canadian Opera Company). He has served as the Ontario District Governor of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, and is the voice columnist for the Canadian Music Educator.

Critics praise him as a "rich-voiced, cultured tenor who mastered the high notes effortlessly" (Coburg Tageblatt, Germany), and an "effective communicator who expressed the text with sensitivity and fervour" (Hamilton Spectator). His recordings and broadcasts include performances with American National Public Radio (NPR), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC Radio 2), and the Canadian Music Centre (Centrediscs).

LIZ UPCHURCH is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London, England, where she won several prizes as solo pianist and accompanist. As a music director, vocal coach and repetiteur she has worked in 21st-century and traditional opera, music theatre and theatre. She has also covered a wide range of working techniques with singers, actors and instrumentalists in community and educational projects. For many years she worked with young artists at the Britten-Pears School in Aldeburgh where she played for masterclasses with artists such as Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Suzanne Danco, William Pleeth and Dame Joan Sutherland. Ms Upchurch has also worked at the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg festival in Germany and the National Theatre in London. She held a faculty position in the 20th-century Opera and Song program at the Banff Centre for the Arts and was repetiteur and chorus director at Edmonton Opera. As a pianist she has performed all over Europe and has been broadcast with the BBC, Norwegian Radio and the CBC. Ms Upchurch also appeared as a judge on Bravoĺ─˘s hit series, Bathroom Divas: So you want to be an opera singer!

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.

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Local Composer and Professor to Present Pre-Concert Lecture at Elijah, March 31

Composer and Bowdoin Music Professor Elliott Schwartz to Present Pre-Concert Lecture on Mendelssohn's Elijah, March 31

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Felix Mendelssohn's birth, Portland's Choral Art Society will perform Mendelssohn's oratorio Elijah in its full splendor on Tuesday, March 31, at Merrill Auditorium. Local composer and Bowdoin Professor of Music Elliott Schwartz will present a lecture in the auditorium before the concert, at 6:30 p.m.

Born and raised in New York City, Elliott Schwartz studied composition at Columbia University. In 1964 he began teaching at Bowdoin College, where he chaired the Music department for twelve 12 years, and is now the Robert K. Beckwith Professor of Music. A prolific composer, lecturer and author, Schwartz's works have been performed by orchestras around the world.

A hallmark among 19th century oratorios, Elijah depicts the dramatic story of the Old Testament prophet Elijah, who, according to the Book of Kings, raised the dead, brought fire down from the sky, and ascended to Heaven in a whirlwind. Mendelssohn evokes the full power of this dramatic story in his setting for orchestra and chorus.

The Choral Art Society will perform Elijah under the baton of music director Robert Russell, with the 120 voice Masterworks Chorus, members of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, and guest soloists Lisa Saffer (soprano), Jennifer DeDominici (mezzo-soprano), John McVeigh (tenor) and Philip Cutlip (bass). Cutlip returns to Portland following his memorable performance in Brahms's Requiem in 2008. Portland resident Lisa Saffer is well known for her performances in the operas of Handel, many of which have been released on the Harmonia Mundi label.

Elijah will be performed at Portland's Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, Tuesday, March 31 at 7:30 p.m., with the lecture starting at 6:30 p.m. Tickets range from $15-$47 and are sold through PortTix at (207) 842-0800 or Tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office at 20 Myrtle Street, Monday through Saturday, from noon to 6 p.m.

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

For more information about The Choral Art Society and the 2008-09 performances visit or call (207) 828-0043.

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April Concert Listings

The VSOĺ─˘s April Concert Listings

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý Spring is in full swing in April, and so is the VSO! The monthĺ─˘s journey begins in the Baroque era with a Pacific Arbour Tea & Trumpets matinee on April 2nd, featuring host Christopher Gaze, conductor Evan Mitchell, and featured members of the VSOĺ─˘s cello section: Janet Steinberg and Zoltan Rozsnyai. Next up, we Stay Tuned with Five by Design ĺ─ý a trip down memory lane to the golden era of television in the London Drugs VSO Pops series. The same weekend sees the orchestra perform for children and families with Dandi Productions, in the Spectra Energy VSO Kids Koncerts series.

One of classical musicĺ─˘s most exciting superstars performs with the VSO on April 17th: Joshua Bell, hailed as the ĺ─˙greatest American violinist active today.ĺ─¨ Bell will perform Laloĺ─˘s Symphonie espagnole for Violin and Orchestra in an all-Spanish night also featuring Ravelĺ─˘s Bolero.

From Argentina, pianist Ingrid Fliter is a major star who makes her VSO debut playing Chopin on April 19th and 20th. The following weekend, another great pianist ĺ─ý local prodigy turned international star Avan Yu ĺ─ý takes a turn with the VSO performing Rachmaninoffĺ─˘s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, one of the most popular piano works of all time. Avan Yu performs with the Symphony three times, April 25th to 27th.

Another great, action-packed month at the VSO!


Pacific Arbour Tea & Trumpets Series:

The Best of Baroque

Thursday, April 2, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre

Evan Mitchell, conductor

Janet Steinberg, cello*

Zoltan Rozsnyai, cello*

Gabrieli Canzona, Primi Toni

JS Bach Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066;

Overture; Courante; Gavotte I; Minuet II; Passpied

Jeremiah Clarke The Prince of Denmarkĺ─˘s March

Vivaldi Concerto for Two Cellos in G minor, RV531*

Gabrieli Sonata Piane Forte

Handel Water Music

Overture; Air; Minuet; Bouree; Hornpipe

Pachelbel Canon

Ah, Bach. The beautiful sounds of Baroque will weave their gossamer webs throughout the Orpheum. You will be enchanted by the music of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and of course, Pachelbelĺ─˘s Canon.

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:

Stay Tuned!

Friday & Saturday, April 3 & 4, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Evan Mitchell, conductor

Five By Design, entertainers

Following in the tradition of the Modernaires, Manhattan Transfer and New York Voices, the extraordinarily talented singers of Five by Design present their latest show: Stay Tuned, a trip down memory lane ĺ─ý in Variety Show style ĺ─ý to the early days of television. Re-live the good times, unique characters, and great tunes of a truly golden era in entertainment.

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

April 4 Concert Sponsor: Craftsman Collision

Radio Sponsor: CHQM-FM

Spectra Energy Kidsĺ─˘ Koncerts Series:

Dandi Productions: The Mysterious Maestro

Sunday, April 5, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre

Evan Mitchell, conductor

Dandi Productions, entertainers

The Mysterious Maestro is a concert-story about a little girl named Hannah who loves to sing..who moves to a town where music is forbidden; a town named Hamelin, about thirty years after the infamous Pied Piper led all Hamelinĺ─˘s children away. Her passion for music eventually wins out, and music is restored to Hamelin. A bewitching concert featuring the music of Verdi, Mendelssohn, Liszt and Villa-Lobos, with top notch performances by Dandi Productions.

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

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: Spectra Energy

Premier Education Partner: TELUS


Joshua Bell with the VSO!

Friday, April 17, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Joshua Bell, violin

Chabrier Espał▒a

Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccioso espagnol, Op. 34

Ravel Bolero

Lalo Symphonie espagnole, Op. 21

The VSO is proud to perform with Joshua Bell, hailed as one of the greatest violinists of the last fifty years. Thrill to a concert filled with music flavoured by the full-blooded passion of Spain. Maestro Bramwell Tovey conducts.

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

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at

Masterworks Diamond Series:

Great Classics: Ingrid Fliter Plays Chopin

Saturday & Monday, April 18 & 20, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Kazuyoshi Akiyama, conductor

Ingrid Fliter, piano

Mendelssohn Ruy Blas Overture, Op. 95

Chopin Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, Op. 21

Schumann Symphony No.1 in B-flat Major, Op. 38, Spring

Wherever award-winning Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter goes, accolades follow. The world has caught on: this pianist is a major star. Hear her VSO debut, performing the beautiful music of Chopin.

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:

April 20 Concert Sponsor: Canadian Western Bank

Radio Sponsor: CKNW AM980

PricewaterhouseCoopers Masterworks Silver Series:

Great Romantics: Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Stravinsky

Saturday & Monday, April 25 & 27, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Avan Yu, piano*

Debussy Prłęlude łŢ Lĺ─˘aprł«s-midi dĺ─˘un faune

Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini*

Stravinsky Petrouchka

Beauty, enchantment, and excitement: these words merely begin to describe the music of Debussy, Rachmaninoff, and Stravinsky. Hometown pianist Avan Yuĺ─˘s career is skyrocketing, and we are happy to have him on the Orpheum stage once again.

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

Tickets available by phone at 604.876.3434 or online at

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: PricewaterhouseCoopers

April 25 Concert Sponsor: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Video Screen Sponsor: TELUS

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

Radio Sponsor: CKNW AM980

Beltone Symphony Sundays Series:

Great Romantics: Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Stravinsky

Sunday, April 26, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Avan Yu, piano*

Debussy Prłęlude łŢ Lĺ─˘aprł«s-midi dĺ─˘un faune

Rachmaninoff Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini*

Stravinsky Petrouchka

Beauty, enchantment, and excitement: these words merely begin to describe the music of Debussy, Rachmaninoff, and Stravinsky. Hometown pianist Avan Yuĺ─˘s career is skyrocketing, and we are happy to have him on the Orpheum stage once again.

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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Symphony Nova Scotia presents Bach to Bach: A Choral Celebration

Symphony Nova Scotia presents Bach to Bach: A Choral Celebration
Halifax, NS ĺ─ý Conductor Jeff Joudrey and the Halifax Camerata Singers combine with Symphony Nova Scotia and soloists Shannon Mercer (soprano), Christianne Rushton (mezzo soprano), Ryan Billington (tenor), Peter Groom (bass), and Richard Simoneau (trumpet) to bring you the timeless choral works of J.S. Bach on Sunday, March 22 at 2:00 pm at St. Andrew's Church.

The program of music exclusively by Bach includes Cantata no. 4, Mass in G Major, and Cantata no. 51, "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen."

"I can't wait to share this incredible music with our baroque audience!" says chorus master Jeff Joudrey.

"The great Cantata no. 4 for Easter Sunday with its solos, duets, and fantastic choruses is a perfect contrast to Cantata no. 51 "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen" (Praise God in every Nation), written for soprano soloist and trumpet. The Lutheran Mass in G major will round out the program perfectly."

Don't miss this opportunity to experience music that has stood the test of time, performed by world-class singers and musicians from across our region.

Get your tickets now! General admission seats to Symphony Nova Scotia concerts at St. Andrew's United Church are $47.50 (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 Jeff Joudrey

Conductor Jeff Joudrey is highly regarded for his vision, musical leadership, and standards of excellence in choral music. Founder of the First Baptist Girls' Choir (1983) and Halifax Camerata Singers (1986), his leadership has provided challenging and rewarding choral opportunities for many Nova Scotia singers. In addition to being Director of Music at First Baptist Church, Jeff is Chorus Master of the Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus and is in demand as a guest conductor, choral clinician, teacher, and adjudicator.

About the Halifax Camerata Singers

The Halifax Camerata Singers are an auditioned ensemble of dedicated singers from across Nova Scotia. They are the province's leading chamber choir, performing an extensive repertoire covering all periods and styles. Camerata has a reputation for performance excellence that sets a high standard, even in a province known for its rich musical tradition.

About Shannon Mercer

Shannon Mercer is taking on the opera world as one of Canada's most promising young stars. Critically acclaimed by the international press for her musical artistry, she has been hailed as "one of Canada's most promising young sopranos" and a "Leader of Tomorrow" (Maclean's). She has been particularly praised for her performances of baroque and contemporary music.

About Christianne Rushton

Recognized as a rising talent in a new generation of Canadian artists, mezzo-soprano Christianne Rushton's recent performances have included the title roles of Orpheus in Gluck's Orpheus and Eurydice with Opera Nova Scotia and l'Enfant in Ravel's L'Enfant et les Sortilł«ges, with the Juilliard Opera Center. Christianne is currently head of the voice faculty at Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia where she teaches voice, vocal pedagogy and opera history.

About Ryan Billington

Ryan Billington is an assistant professor at St. Francis Xavier University, where he teaches voice, vocal improvisation, arranging, and vocal jazz ensembles, while conducting a growing family of university choirs. He is currently building a comprehensive performance program at St. FX for vocal musicians, which includes classes in voice pedagogy, diction for contemporary singers, vocal arranging, art song literature, and conducting.

Peter Groom, baritone

Baritone Peter Groom moved to Sackville, New Brunswick in 2006 from Regina, Saskatchewan, where he was head of the Voice Department at the University of Regina Conservatory of Performing Arts. A frequent performer in oratorio and recital, Peter has performed works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Vaughan Williams and others with the Regina Symphony Orchestra and other Western Canadian ensembles.

About Richard Simoneau

Principal trumpet with Symphony Nova Scotia since 1996, Richard Simoneau has become well-known as a soloist with Symphony Nova Scotia audiences. Born in 1970 in Quebec City, he pursued his studies at the Quebec and then Montreal Conservatories, graduating in May 1994. Richard has since played with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Hamilton Philharmonic and the National Arts Center Orchestra in Ottawa before moving to his current position with Symphony Nova Scotia.

About Symphony Nova Scotia
Expect the Unexpected with Symphony Nova Scotia ĺ─ý from Baroque to Berlioz to bluegrass! Each year the 37-member ensemble performs for more than 40,000 audience members (including 14,000 young music lovers) in communities across Nova Scotia. Under the inspirational leadership of Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is recognized as one of the finest orchestras in the country. Join the orchestra in celebrating its 25th anniversary this season!

Symphony Nova Scotia is grateful to the Canada Council for the Arts, Nova Scotia Tourism, Culture, and Heritage, and the Halifax Regional Municipality for their continued support.

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Nomination de Robert Pilon au poste de secrłętaire głęnłęral

Chambre de commerce du Montrłęal młętropolitain
Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal
For English version, see below

Nomination de Robert Pilon au poste de secrłętaire głęnłęral
du comitłę de pilotage de Montrłęal, młętropole culturelle :
un nouvel łęlan pour la rłęalisation du Plan d'action 2007-2017

Montrłęal, le 13 mars 2009 - Dans la foulłęe de la premił«re annłęe de mise en oeuvre du Plan d'action 2007-2017 nłę du Rendez-vous novembre 2007 - Montrłęal, młętropole culturelle, les membres du comitłę de pilotage ont nommłę un secrłętaire głęnłęral, M. Robert Pilon, qui aura pour mandat d'accłęlłęrer la rłęalisation des projets.

Č┤ La Chambre de commerce du Montrłęal młętropolitain est trł«s heureuse que les partenaires responsables de la mise en oeuvre du Plan d'action 2007-2017 se soient entendus pour l'embauche d'un coordonnateur de haut niveau, M. Robert Pilon. Le Plan d'action est ambitieux et exige de l'ensemble des acteurs publics et privłęs un engagement rłęel. DłęjłŢ, plusieurs projets ont vu le jour ou sont en cours de rłęalisation. Cependant, les dłęfis de la mise en oeuvre simultanłęe de multiples initiatives sont nombreux. Robert Pilon possł«de toute l'expertise et tout le dynamisme requis pour faire avancer rapidement les dossiers Ȭ, a dłęclarłę Michel Leblanc, prłęsident et chef de la direction de la Chambre de commerce du Montrłęal młętropolitain.

Č┤ Robert Pilon est la personne toute dłęsignłęe pour coordonner efficacement les efforts des nombreux collaborateurs impliqułęs dans la rłęalisation des diffłęrents projets mis de l'avant łŢ l'occasion du Rendez-vous novembre 2007 - Montrłęal, młętropole culturelle. Son excellente connaissance du milieu culturel ainsi que son expertise, associłęe łŢ celle des membres du comitłę de pilotage, contribueront trł«s certainement łŢ accłęlłęrer la mise en oeuvre du Plan d'action 2007-2017. L'arrivłęe de M. Pilon donnera assurłęment un nouvel łęlan łŢ la mise en commun de nos forces collectives, et ce, pour le plus grand błęnłęfice de notre młętropole et du plein dłęveloppement de sa vitalitłę culturelle Ȭ, a renchłęri Simon Brault, prłęsident de Culture Montrłęal et prłęsident du comitłę de pilotage.

Č┤ ł─ titre de membre du comitłę de pilotage, mais aussi łŢ titre de reprłęsentant de la communautłę des affaires, je tiens łŢ assurer Robert Pilon de mon entił«re collaboration. łÔconomie et culture sont les ingrłędients d'une młüme łęquation pour quiconque a łŢ coeur la prospłęritłę de Montrłęal. Je suis fermement convaincu que soutenir le dłęveloppement de la vitalitłę culturelle de notre młętropole, c'est aussi consolider les assises fondamentales de notre łęconomie : le talent, la crłęativitłę et l'innovation Ȭ, a ajoutłę Michel Leblanc.

Č┤ Plusieurs leaders influents de la communautłę des affaires ont acceptłę de collaborer łętroitement łŢ la mise en oeuvre du Plan d'action : Diane Giard de la Banque Scotia; Jacques Parisien d'Astral Media Radio et d'Astral Media Affichage; ainsi que Javier San Juan, de L'Orłęal Canada. Je suis trł«s fier de faire łęquipe avec eux, et ce, tout particulił«rement dans le contexte łęconomique actuel, oł╝ nous devons redoubler d'ardeur Ȭ, a conclu Michel Leblanc.

ł─ propos du Rendez-vous novembre 2007 - Montrłęal, młętropole culturelle

En novembre 2007, la Ville de Montrłęal, les gouvernements du Canada et du Qułębec, la Chambre de commerce du Montrłęal młętropolitain et Culture Montrłęal ont donnłę rendez-vous aux milieux de la culture et des affaires. Avec pour objectif d'accłęlłęrer le dłęveloppement de Montrłęal, młętropole culturelle d'envergure internationale, quelque 1 300 Montrłęalais se sont appropriłę un plan d'action construit sur un horizon de dix ans. Ce plan d'action comprend cinq grandes orientations : Amłęliorer l'accł«s łŢ la culture - Investir dans les arts et la culture - Enrichir la qualitłę culturelle du cadre de vie - Favoriser le rayonnement de Montrłęal au Canada et łŢ l'łętranger - Fournir łŢ Montrłęal les moyens d'une młętropole culturelle.


Appointment of Robert Pilon as secretary general of the
Steering committee for Montrłęal, cultural metropolis:
New impetus for the 2007-2017 Action Plan

Montrłęal, March 13, 2009 - In the wake of the one-year anniversary of the launch of the 2007-2017 Action Plan formulated during Rendez-vous November 2007 - Montrłęal, cultural metropolis, the members of the steering committee have named a secretary-general, Robert Pilon, whose mandate will be to accelerate the accomplishment of the projects.

"The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal is delighted that the partners responsible for implementing the 2007-2017 Action Plan have agreed to hire a high-level coordinator, Mr. Robert Pilon. The Action Plan is ambitious and requires a real commitment from all public- and private-sector players. Already, several projects have been accomplished or are under way. Nevertheless, there are many challenges involved in the simultaneous implementation of numerous initiatives. Mr. Pilon has the expertise and energy needed to quickly move these projects forward," declared Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.

"Robert Pilon is the ideal person to efficiently coordinate the efforts of the many collaborators involved in carrying out the various projects proposed during Rendez-vous November 2007 - Montrłęal, cultural metropolis. His in-depth knowledge of the cultural milieu and his expertise, combined with that of the members of the steering committee, will certainly help accelerate the implementation of the 2007-2017 Action Plan. The arrival of Mr. Pilon will no doubt give fresh impetus to the pooling of our collective strengths for the greater benefit of our metropolis and the full development of its cultural vitality," added Simon Brault, President of Culture Montrłęal and Chair of the steering committee.

"As both a member of the steering committee and a representative of the business community, I would like to assure Mr. Pilon of my full cooperation. Culture and the economy are part of the same equation for anyone committed to the prosperity of Montrłęal. I am firmly convinced that supporting the development of our city's cultural vitality will necessarily strengthen the cornerstones of our economy: talent, creativity, and innovation," added Leblanc.

"A number of influential business leaders have agreed to work closely on the implementation of the Action Plan: Diane Giard, of Scotiabank, Jacques Parisien, of Astral Media Radio and Astral Media Outdoor, and Javier San Juan, of L'Orłęal Canada. I am very proud to team with them on this initiative, particularly given today's difficult economic situation, when we must redouble our efforts," concluded Leblanc.

About Rendez-vous November 2007 - Montrłęal, cultural metropolis

In November 2007, the City of Montrłęal, the governments of Canada and Quebec, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, and Culture Montrłęal brought the business and cultural sectors together for a two-day meeting. With the goal of accelerating the development of Montrłęal as a world-class cultural metropolis, some 1,300 Montrealers generated a 10-year action plan organized around five major objectives: improve access to culture, invest in culture and the arts, enrich the cultural quality of the living environment, enhance Montrłęal's reputation in Canada and internationally, and provide Montrłęal with the means of a cultural metropolis.


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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Absinthe: concert d'Alex Cattaneo au MAI / Absinthe: a concert by Alex Cattaneo presented at the MAI

Spectacle Absinthe d'Alex Cattaneo : du 26 au 28 mars au MAI
Place łŢ l'improvisation !

(Musique arabe contemporaine)
English version will follow

Lancement de l'album Absinthe, jeudi 26 mars 2009, de 17h łŢ 19h au cafłę du MAI (entrłęe libre)
Concerts du jeudi 26 au samedi 28 mars łŢ 20h
Conversation avec les artistes vendredi 27 mars aprł«s le spectacle

Montrłęal, le 12 mars 2009 - Dans le cadre de sa słęrie musique Circulation, le MAI (Montrłęal, arts interculturels) accueille dans son thłęłótre le guitariste et compositeur de renom Alex Cattaneo pour le spectacle Absinthe, du jeudi 26 au samedi 28 mars łŢ 20h. Sur scł«ne, M. Cattaneo s'entoure de Sheila Hannigan au violoncelle, d'Annick Beauvais au hautbois, de Guillaume Bourque łŢ la clarinette ainsi que des trois percussionnistes Eric Breton, Bettil Schulrabe et Patrick Graham. Ce concert est prłęsentłę conjointement au lancement de l'album Absinthe qui aura lieu le jeudi 26 mars au cafłę du MAI, sous forme de 5 łŢ 7 (entrłęe libre).

Absinthe est nłę de la passion d'Alex Cattaneo pour la culture musicale du Moyen-Orient. Le polyvalent guitariste en intł«gre certaines caractłęristiques - systł«me des modes, cycles rythmiques asymłętriques - dans ses compositions. Prłęsentłę pour la premił«re fois en spectacle, ce rłępertoire inłędit est constamment enrichi sur scł«ne par le biais d'improvisations qui se jouent comme des conversations. Ainsi, chaque musicien contribue de fał▀on ludique et spontanłęe aux combinaisons formłęes au fil des diffłęrents rythmes et młęlodies. Entił«rement acoustique, Absinthe prłęsente une instrumentation łęclectique et originale : les percussions łęvoquent les sonoritłęs arabes, le violoncelle et le hautbois sont plus typiques de la musique de chambre, la clarinette est omniprłęsente dans le rłępertoire turque alors que la guitare rappelle le oud et le saz.

Alex Cattaneo a collaborłę avec la chanteuse Coral Egan sur l'album The Path of Least Resistance, nominłę en 2003 pour le Juno du meilleur album de jazz vocal. Son travail avec le percussionniste Ganesh Anandan l'a ensuite menłę łŢ rłęaliser l'album Asa Nisi Masa en 2005. ł─ titre de compositeur, M. Cattaneo a travaillłę avec Charles Papasoff sur le projet Catharsis, auprł«s de Luc Sicard sur la słęrie tłęlłęvisłę Č┤ Les Petites Vues Ȭ, ainsi qu'avec Isabelle Blais pour la słęrie tłęlłęvisłęe Nos łÔtłęs III. Il est aussi fondateur et membre des Roturiers, un groupe country qui a reł▀u une nomination pour un Fłęlix en 2008. Alex Cattaneo a rłęcemment rłęalisłę un album hommage au chanteur franł▀ais Nino Ferrer avec 12 artistes dont Mara Tremblay, Catherine Major et Alexandre Dłęsilets, qui parałĂtra ce printemps sur łętiquette Spectra Musique.

Le concert Absinthe sera enregistrłę et rediffusłę prochainement sur les ondes de CBC Radio 2.

On peut se procurer les billets pour ce spectacle 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


Absinthe, a concert by Alex Cattaneo: March 26 to 28 at the MAI
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