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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Un troisił«me album pour Joseph Edgar arrive en gare !


Č┤ Y'a un train qui s'en vient... Ȭ

un troisił«me album pour Joseph Edgar arrive en gare !

Deux ans et demi aprł«s la parution de Č┤ oh ma ma Ȭ, Joseph Edgar offre au public un troisił«me album intitulłę Č┤ Y'a un train qui s'en vient... Ȭ, en vente łŢ partir du mardi 5 mai. L'auteur-compositeur-interprł«te acadien, ex-chanteur principal du groupe populaire Złęro └÷Celsius, livre un disque composłę de 11 nouvelles pił«ces, dont la plupart ont łętłę crłęłęes au cours de la dernił«re annłęe. DłęjłŢ, depuis le dłębut avril, le premier extrait Č┤ Rłüves volłęs Ȭ a łętłę lancłę aux radios et sur Internet et suscite un grand intłęrłüt de la part des critiques. La chanson a dłęjłŢ fait son entrłęe sur les palmarł«s des radios communautaires francophones en Atlantique et, młüme s'il s'agit d'une production maison, le vidłęoclip de cette chanson a fait beaucoup de chemin sur divers sites web.

S'alliant une fois de plus au rłęalisateur Marc Č┤ Chops Ȭ Arsenault (Pascal Lejeune, Petunia, Serge Brido...), bassiste du groupe Les Pałěens dont les membres font partie de l'łęquipe principale du disque, Joseph Edgar raconte que ce cd vient finalement combler son dłęsir de faire un album qui a comme vocation de Č┤ joindre le plus possible l'łęnergie et la force du spectacle łŢ une expłęrience sonore qu'on ne peut explorer qu'en studio. Ȭ Le chanteur ajoute qu'il a rłęussi łŢ obtenir le son qu'il cherchait Č┤ grłóce au travail de tous ceux et celles qui ont joułę sur l'album et qui sont venus complłęmenter les chansons de leur talent magique, et surtout, grłóce au travail passionnłę du rłęalisateur qui a aussi agi comme ingłęnieur et mixeur. Ȭ

En plus des autres membres du groupe Les Pałěens (Jean Surette, Denis Surette et Słębastien Michaud), les autres musiciens que l'on retrouve sur l'album sont Isabelle Thłęriault, Chris Colepaugh et Lisa LeBlanc, entre autres.

Rappelons que Joseph Edgar a łętłę rłęcipiendaire du trophłęe Artiste de l'annłęe en musique au Gala des prix łÔloizes en 2008 pour son album Č┤ oh ma ma Ȭ sorti łŢ l'automne 2006 et sur lequel l'extrait Č┤ Fantłąme de Blanchard Ȭ a rłęussi łŢ capter l'attention et les łęloges de quelques grands noms de la scł«ne qułębłęcoise dont Daniel Błęlanger et Ariane Moffatt. On entend souvent dire que Joseph Edgar est l'hłęritier de Zachary Richard !

ł─ la mi-mai, Joseph Edgar partira łŢ travers les provinces atlantiques pour promouvoir l'album avec sa Č┤ Tournłęe du tounerre Ȭ łŢ laquelle s'ajoute le groupe Les Pałěens. Lors de son arrłüt au Thłęłótre Capitol łŢ Moncton le 23 mai, Oumou Soumarłę, Georgette LeBlanc, Isabelle Thłęriault, Lisa Leblanc et Brian Coughlan s'ajouteront au spectacle. Joseph Edgar devrait łütre de passage łŢ Montrłęal en juin.

Les dłętails de la tournłęe ainsi que d'autres informations se retrouvent sur le site www.myspace.com/josephedgar ainsi que sur la page Facebook de l'artiste.

Č┤ Y'a un train qui s'en vient... Ȭ est distribułę en magasin et sur Internet par Distribution Plages (www.plages.net) et sera aussi disponible sur les sites Internet zik.ca et iTunes.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Twenty-Year Old Piano Prodigy Ran Jia makes her Vancouver Debut


Twenty-Year Old Piano Prodigy Ran Jia makes her Vancouver Debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý Twenty-year-old wunderkind Ran Jia took her homeland China by storm, performing from the age of seven ĺ─ý now, she sets her sights on North America. The VSO is honoured to present her Vancouver debut in an all-Mozart series finale in the Bach & Beyond and Beltone Symphony Sundays series packages. She will perform Mozartĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 12, while Maestro Bramwell Tovey leads the orchestra in Mozartĺ─˘s Paris and Linz symphonies.

Pianist Ran Jia has been hailed as ĺ─˙Chinaĺ─˘s new championĺ─¨ and a ĺ─˙piano poet.ĺ─¨ The daughter of Professor Daqun Jia, Dean of the Graduate Study Programs at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music and one of Chinaĺ─˘s leading composers, she began studying the piano at age 3 and immediately showed extraordinary natural abilities. Her professional career skyrocketed when she was the only concert pianist invited to perform at Thelonious Monkĺ─˘s 90th birthday in New York. The winner of numerous accolades the world over, she now studies with Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

This concert celebrates the music of historyĺ─˘s greatest musical genius, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Symphony No.31, better known as the ĺ─˙Parisĺ─¨ Symphony, is one of Mozartĺ─˘s most famous symphonies. Longing to escape from the tyrannical, unappreciative grip of his employer, the Archbishop of Salzburg, in September 1777 Mozart and his mother set out to find him a new job. They arrived in Paris and over the next six months, Wolfgang and his music drew an indifferent response. To make matters worse, his mother died in July. One of the few bright spots of the Parisian period was his association with the Concert spiritual, a series of public musical events managed by Jean Le Gros. This impresario commissioned several works from Mozart including Symphony No.31 which was positively received by Parisian audiences.

Mozart composed Symphony No.36 in the autumn of 1783. After an emotionally strained visit with his family in Salzburg, he and his wife Constanze stopped in the city of Linz during their return journey to Vienna. They enjoyed the hospitality of Count Thun, a music-loving nobleman whose wealth allowed him the luxury of his own orchestra. As a gesture of gratitude to his host, Mozart composed this work for him. Written in just four days, it has been known as the Linz Symphony ever since.

Mozart launched his life as a freelance artist in Vienna in May 1781. Since he was best known there as a pianist, he composed numerous piano works, including Piano Concerto No.12 in A Major, to play at his own subscription concerts. Despite the modest nature and scoring of this concerto, it stands out in Mozartĺ─˘s early works for that instrument.

CONCERT INFO

Bach & Beyond and Beltone Symphony Sundays Series:

Music of the Master: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Friday & Saturday, May 15 & 16, 8pm, Chan Centre

Sunday, May 17, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Ran Jia, piano

Mozart Symphony No. 31, Paris

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 12

Mozart Symphony No. 36, Linz

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

Tickets available through VSO Customer Service at 604.876.3434 and online at www.vancouversymphony.ca

Chan Centre performance tickets also available at the Chan Centre Box Office, or Ticketmaster Charge-by-Phone, 604.280.3311.

Generously Supported By:

The Bach & Beyond Series has been endowed by a generous gift from the Chan Foundation of Canada.

Radio Sponsor: CHQM-FM

Symphony Sundays Series Sponsor: Beltone

BIOGRAPHIES

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

A musician of striking versatility, Bramwell Tovey is acknowledged around the world for his artistic depth and warm, charismatic personality on the podium. Toveyĺ─˘s career as a conductor is uniquely enhanced by his work as a composer and pianist, lending him a remarkable musical perspective.

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

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

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

Ran Jia, piano

At twenty, pianist Ran Jia is already regarded as a striking musician with unusual natural abilities. Tan Dun hailed her a ĺ─˙piano poet with dramatic skill in music-makingĺ─¨.

Born on December 31, 1988 in Chengdu, Sichuan, China, Ms. Jia began studying piano at the age of three. She made her solo debut in 1995, and has since performed publicly in Shanghai, Nanjing, Chengdu, Fuzhou, and Xiamen in China. Her numerous awards include The Special Prize for her performance of a Mozart Sonata in the Second Piano International-E-Competition in 2004; the Silver Medal in The National Cultural Ministry Dandelion Youth Arts Competition in Nanjing, China in 2001; First Prize and the Osaka Mayer Prize in the Shanghai-Osaka Chinese and Japanese Friendship Youth Piano Competition in 2000; First Prize in The Sichuan Youth Piano Competition in 1998; and Second Prize in The National Xinghai Cup Piano Competition in 1998.

In October 2001, Ms. Jia performed Mozartĺ─˘s Sonata in F major (K. 533) at a master class at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. Piano master Fou Tĺ─˘song praised her talent in the Evening News Standard in Shanghai as ĺ─˙an amazing natural feeling for music.ĺ─¨ In May 2004, Ms. Jia presented an ambitious recital at the Heluting Concert Hall at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. The program included sonatas by Mozart, Prokofiev, and Schubert, Chopinĺ─˘s Ballade No. 1, Debussyĺ─˘s Preludes and Lisztĺ─˘s Mephisto Waltz No. 1. Her recital was received with great enthusiasm by the audience and the media. Oriental TV broadcasted two documentaries featuring Ranĺ─˘s life as a young artist including her live performance at the Conservatory.

In November 2005, Ms. Jia was selected to perform at Lincoln Centerĺ─˘s Alice Tully Hall with her teacher, Gary Graffman, and the Orchestra of St. Lukeĺ─˘s at a ĺ─˙Junior/Senior Concertĺ─¨ organized by the Musicians Emergency Fund, Inc. Ms. Jia performed Mozartĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K. 467 under Maestro Li Jian. Highlights of 2006 included a return, sold-out concert at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, and a performance of two Mozart concerti with the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra at the Shanghai Concert Hall. She has recently been featured in a live concert on Chicagoĺ─˘s classical music station WFMT and has given her recital debut at the concert series of Rockefeller University in New York. She was the only classical pianist invited to perform for a celebration concert in New York City in honor of Thelonious Monkĺ─˘s 90th Birthday. This concert was broadcast worldwide on WQXR. Ms. Jia will make her debut at the Klavierfestival Ruhr in Germany in the summer of 2008 and will make her Carnegie Hall recital debut in the 08/09 season and return to Shanghai for a solo recital.

Ran Jia is currently studying with Gary Graffman at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Her father, Professor Daqun Jia, is one of the leading composers in China and Dean of the Graduate Study Programs at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

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The Shaw Festival receives $2.1 million


The Shaw Festival receives $2.1 million in funding support from the Government of Canada

Colleen Blake, Executive Director of the Shaw Festival, announced today that the theatre festival is receiving $2,131,860 million in funding through the Marquee Tourism Events Program (MTEP).

ĺ─˙The Shaw Festival is thrilled to receive this significant grant from the Government of Canada during this challenging economic time,ĺ─¨ said Blake. ĺ─˙Not only will this funding assist the Shaw Festival in extending our marketing efforts to increase the visibility of our events both nationally and internationally by investing in building visitors now and in the future, but we are confident this injection of support will also have a positive economic impact for our community partners and the entire Niagara Region.ĺ─¨

The announcement was made on behalf of the Government of Canada by the Hon. Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and MP for Niagara Falls at The Shawĺ─˘s Royal George Theatre. Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell and Board Chair Janet McKelvey spoke on behalf of the Festival and a performance by Shaw Festival Ensemble member Jay Turvey from The Shawĺ─˘s production of Sunday in the Park with George concluded the celebration.

Funding from the Marquee Tourism Events Program (MTEP) must be used to support costs associated with new activities, programs or experiences that enhance a tourism event. In The Shawĺ─˘s case, this funding will be used primarily to support marketing initiatives that will increase ticket sales.

The Shaw will launch an immediate and aggressive strategic marketing plan to turn the current sales trend around early. One of the marketing initiatives is ĺ─˙Great Theatre in the Heart of Niagara Wine Countryĺ─¨, a fully integrated marketing project that leverages many partners in the Niagara Region (wineries, accommodation and fine dining) creating ĺ─˙Staycationĺ─¨ value-added packages to promote the experience of great theatre in a region rich in fine wine, fabulous dining experiences and award-winning accommodation. These and other funded activities will support and promote great theatre in the heart of Niagara wine country. The project deals not only with this yearĺ─˘s needs, but also focuses strongly on initiatives to grow future audiences to levels that ensures sustainability.

A powerful economic force in the Niagara (and Ontario) economy, The Shawĺ─˘s season lasts from April to the end of October, and critically affects the health of many industries that rely on Shaw visitors for this period. The Shaw believes it is vital to be in the market place more aggressively, for a longer period of time, and in more markets and this incremental marketing funding makes that possible.

In thanking the Government for its investment in The Shaw, Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell spoke about the important role of theatre in times such as these: ĺ─˙We become more, not less necessary. We are here to explain, to distract, to clarify, to comfort, and to give the reasons why. We have been heartened by the incredible support of our donors who are coming to the fore to ensure we can continue to create work that is both challenging and entertaining. The Government of Canadaĺ─˘s support of the Shaw Festival with this Marquee Tourism Events grant makes a critical contribution towards ensuring financial stability for both the Shaw Festival and tourism in the Niagara Region. Thank you for creating this innovative funding initiative.ĺ─¨

The Shaw Festival is an internationally renowned theatre company, one of the pre-eminent theatre companies in North America, and one of the major performing arts organizations in Canada. Its Academy plays an important role in training future actors, directors, and designers ĺ─ý a major contribution to the health of theatre in Ontario and Canada. As well, The Shaw plays a vital part in the important tourism business of the Niagara Region, with an annual direct economic impact of over $80 million.

The Shaw Festival is just one of several of Canadaĺ─˘s annual, world-class marquee tourism events that have been granted funding under the MTEP Summer 2009 funding stream.

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Nouveautłę partition de CMBV


Nouveautłę partition : entre oratorio et divertissement, l'Idylle "Un Pasteur de son peuple" de B.-A. Dupuy (1707-1789)

Le divertissement que publient les łÔditions du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles en partition est trł«s original. Composłę en 1761 par Bernard-Aymable Dupuy pour la nomination d'Arthur-Richard Dillon łŢ l'archevłüchłę de Toulouse, il s'agit d'un portrait en musique de cet homme d'łęglise, hłęritier d'une grande famille au passłę militaire glorieux, en forme d'oratorio.


Le compositeur toulousain montre une ambition dłępassant largement l'aspect circonstanciel de l'ëýuvre : la vivacitłę et la variłętłę dominent cette musique qui enchałĂne les airs, les rondeaux, les ariettes, les ritournelles, les chëýurs, les danses, les rłęcitatifs, les duosĺ─ Młęnageant un juste łęquilibre entre spontanłęitłę italienne et łęlłęgance franł▀aise dans un beau style classique.


Aussi divertissante pour le public que pour les interprł«tes, l'ëýuvre se prłüte parfaitement bien łŢ un cadre płędagogique ambitieux associant toutes les disciplines de la scł«ne : chant, chëýur, orchestre, danse, mise en scł«ne, l'on peut młüme envisager une narration. Les professionnels trouveront eux une petite ëýuvre lyrique classique extrłümement divertissante dont la frontił«re entre profane et religieux tangue.


L'effectifs comprend 4 chanteurs solistes, chëýur łŢ 5 parties (soprani divisłęs), et orchestre (piccolo, flł¬tes (1 & 2), hautbois (1 & 2), basson, Cor (ut), violon 1 & 2, violoncelles et basse continue).


BERNARD-AYMABLE DUPUY (1707-1789)

MałĂtre de chapelle de Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges et de Saint-Sernin łŢ Toulouse.

Idylle Č┤ Un pasteur de son peuple Ȭ [BAD. 70] (livret non identifiłę), transcription Franł▀oise Talvard collection ëÝuvre lyrique ĺ─ý słęrie Patrimoine musical en Midi-Pyrłęnłęes proposłęe par Franł▀oise Talvard, Čę 2008, 79 pages, 19x24 cm, conducteur brochłę, ISMN M-56016-178-5 : avec introduction et livret (franł▀ais).


cahiers-178 Idylle Č┤ Un pasteur de son peuple Ȭ, conducteur.......................... 20,00 ĺăĘ
cahiers-178-mv Idylle, chant/basse continue............................................................ 15,50 ĺăĘ

cahiers-178-mo Idylle, matłęriel d'orchestre........................................................... 110,00 ĺăĘ


Les publications des łÔditions du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles peuvent łütre commandłęes sur leur boutique en ligne (http://editions.cmbv.fr) et sont en stock dans le rłęseau des librairies partenaires (liste disponible : http://editions.cmbv.fr/lire/index.php?rubid=1). Elles peuvent par ailleurs łütre commander dans toute librairie musicale.


Short opera for an archbishop


The lyric work newly published in a full score by the łÔditions du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles is really original. Composed in 1761 as an oratorio by Bernard-Aymable Dupuy for the nomination of His Grace Arthur-Richard Dillon as archbishop of Toulouse, it is a musical portrait of this man of the church, heir to a great family with a glorious military past. This short classical lyric work, full of freshness, is on a fluctuating borderline between sacred and secular music.


The composer from Toulouse (South of France) goes beyond the conventional form of a works such as this: the music is extremely lively and varied, linking aria, rondeau, duet, dance, recitative, arietta, chorusĺ─Â with a good balance between Italian liveliness and French clarity and elegance in a beautiful classical esthetic.


Entertaining for the public and the performers, the work can be used for a show merging all aspects of the stage arts: soloists, chorus, orchestra, dance, dramaĺ─Â a narrator should be added. Professionals will enjoy a short classical lyric work, full of freshness, on a fluctuating borderline between sacred and secular.


The work can be performed by 4 singers (SABB), a five parts choir (soprani divided) and an orchestra (piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboe, bassoon, Horn (C), Violins 1 & 2, cellos and continuo).


For further information, see : http://editions.cmbv.fr/achat/new.php?langue=en

The Editions du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles are available from:
The website http://editions.cmbv.fr (delivery all over the world)
In New-York at OMI (http://www.omifacsimiles.com)
In California at Theodore Front (http://www.tfront.com)
In England at Jacks Pipe and Hammers (http://www.jackspipesandhammers.com)



web : http://www.cmbv.fr
boutique : http://editions.cmbv.fr


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Le Mois de la Photo łŢ Montrłęal 2009




Jeff Guess, From Hand to Mouth, 1993. Vue de l'installation / Installation view, The American Center, Paris, 1995. Dłętail / Detail. Avec l'aimable autorisation de l'artiste / Courtesy of the artist


LE MOIS DE LA PHOTO ł─ MONTRłÔAL DłÔVOILE UN APERłßU DE SA 11e łÔDITION

Le Mois de la Photo łŢ Montrłęal est heureux de dłęvoiler un aperł▀u de la programmation de sa 11e łędition, qui se dłęroulera du 10 septembre au 11 octobre prochain. L'łęvłęnement automnal transformera la ville en une vaste exposition de photographie contemporaine.

Sous le thł«me Les Espaces de l'image, dłęveloppłę par la commissaire invitłęe Gał┤lle Morel, la 11e łędition du Mois de la Photo łŢ Montrłęal propose d'explorer la question des dispositifs et de la mise en espace, perł▀ue comme une des clłęs de lecture essentielles des diffłęrents projets photographiques prłęsentłęs au cours de ces dernił«res annłęes.

Sorties de leur cadre traditionnel, les images se dłęploieront dans l'espace d'exposition sous la forme d'installations photographiques et vidłęo. Le spectateur sera invitłę łŢ faire l'expłęrience d'une variłętłę de procłędłęs visuels et sonores : agrandissement et monumentalitłę des tirages, projections multiples, conception in situ, fabrication et utilisation d'objets et de machines, etc.

EXPOSITIONS
Au programme : 24 expositions individuelles d'artistes en provenance de 13 pays et de 4 continents, qui associent leurs images łŢ de vłęritables expłęriences scłęnographiques. Parmi ceux-ci, mentionnons : Luc Courchesne (Canada), Jeff Guess (łÔ.-U./France), Alfredo Jaar (Chili/łÔ.-U.), Emmanuelle Lłęonard (Canada), Oscar Muł▒oz (Colombie) et Beat Streuli (Suisse). Plusieurs oeuvres seront prłęsentłęes en premił«re nord-amłęricaine et mondiale.

Les expositions et interventions extłęrieures seront rłęparties dans une variłętłę de lieux de diffusion montrłęalais en partenariat avec des musłęes, galeries, centres d'artistes et maisons de la culture. La soirłęe d'ouverture et plusieurs expositions se dłęrouleront dans un łędifice du quartier historique de Saint-Henri. Grłóce łŢ la głęnłęrositłę de nos partenaires, toutes les expositions et les activitłęs ouvertes au grand public seront gratuites.


ł─ PROPOS DE L' łÔVłÔNEMENT

Le Mois de la Photo łŢ Montrłęal est une biennale internationale de photographie contemporaine dont la premił«re łędition s'est tenue en 1989, afin de cłęlłębrer le 150e anniversaire de l'invention de la photographie. En 2007, le directeur du British Journal of Photography, Simon Bainbridge, situait Le Mois de la Photo łŢ Montrłęal parmi les 10 meilleurs festivals de photographie dans le monde et le considłęrait comme la plus importante biennale de photographie en Amłęrique du Nord.


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LE MOIS DE LA PHOTO ł─ MONTRłÔAL PRESENTS ITS PROGRAM PREVIEW
Le Mois de la Photo łŢ Montrłęal is delighted to present the preview of the program for its 11th presentation, to be held from
September 10 to October 11, 2009. This fall, the event will transform the city into a vast exhibition of contemporary photography.

Organized around the theme The Spaces of the Image, developed by guest curator Gał┤lle Morel, the 11th presentation of Le Mois de la Photo łŢ Montrłęal will explore the questions of mechanisms and staging, perceived as essential keys to reading the different photographic projects presented in recent years.


Taken out of their traditional framework, images will be deployed in the exhibition spaces in the form of in situ photographic and video installations. Visitors will be invited to immerse themselves in a variety of visual and sound experiences: enlargement and monumentalization of prints, projections, the use of objects and devices, staging strategies, etc.

EXHIBITIONS
The event will feature 24 solo exhibitions by artists from 13 countries and 4 continents, whose practices combine images with scenographic experiences. Among them are Luc Courchesne (Canada), Jeff Guess (USA/France), Alfredo Jaar (Chile/USA), Emmanuelle Lłęonard (Canada), Oscar Muł▒oz (Colombia), and Beat Streuli (Switzerland). A number of the works are being presented for the first time in North America or as world premił«res.

The exhibitions and public space interventions will be presented in a variety of different sites across the city in partnership with museums, galleries, artist-run centres, and maisons de la culture. The public event launch and several exhibitions will be held in the historic Saint-Henri district. Thanks to the generosity of our partners, all of our exhibitions and activities open to the general public will be presented free of charge.

ABOUT THE EVENT
Le Mois de la Photo łŢ Montrłęal is an international biennale of contemporary photography first presented in 1989, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the invention of photography. In 2007, the editor of the British Journal of Photography, Simon Bainbridge, listed Le Mois de la Photo łŢ Montrłęal among the 10 best photographic events in the world, and named it North America's premier biannual photo festival.

PARTENAIRES D'EXPOSITIONS / EXHIBITIONS PARTNERS
Centre Canadien d'Architecture | Fonderie Darling |Galerie B-312 | Galerie Leonard & Bina Ellen
Galerie de l'UQAM | Les Ateliers Jean Brillant | MAI (Montrłęal, arts interculturels)
Maison de la culture Frontenac | Maison de la culture Plateau-Mont-Royal
SBC, galerie d'art contemporain | VOX, image contemporaine


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PSO Percussion Kinderkonzert Series, Beginning May 18

Portland Symphony Orchestra Presents Kinderkonzert Series on Percussion Instruments Beginning May 18
Introducing young children to instrument families and musical concepts

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) begins its last Kinderkonzert series of the 2008-09 season with "Percussion: Wood, Metal, Skins!" The programs will travel to six Southern Maine locations May 18 through May 29.

The PSO Percussion trio will introduce kids aged three to seven to their fascinating array of both standard and unusual percussion instruments. They'll see and hear how wood, metal and "skins" are used to create rhythms and melodies. The "Percussion: Wood, Metal, Skins!" program opens on May 18 at the South Hiram Elementary School and then travels to five other locations for a total of 15 performances.

Kinderkonzerts are entertaining, interactive programs with Portland Symphony musicians where kids ages 3 - 7 can sing, dance, wiggle, clap, and have fun listening and learning about music and instruments. School systems can coordinate the Kinderkonzert visit with Science and English Language Arts instruction in addition to Visual and Performing Arts. Specially prepared worksheets designed to support Maine's Learning Results are available online or by contacting the PSO.

Sponsored by Time Warner Cable, all Portland Symphony Orchestra Kinderkonzert tickets are $3 per person with advance reservation, $4 at the door (adult or child). For additional information, reservations and ticketing information visit www.portlandsymphony.com or call (207) 773-6128.

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PSO Kinderkonzert Schedule for Percussion: Wood, Metal, Skins!:

May 18, 2009 | 9:30, 10:30 AM
South Hiram Elementary School
213 South Hiram Road, South Hiram

May 19
, 2009 | 9:30, 10:30 AM
South Portland High School Auditorium
637 Highland Avenue, South Portland

May 21, 2009 | 9:30, 10:30 AM, 1:00 PM
Brunswick High School's Crooker Theater
116 Maquoit Road, Brunswick

May 27, 2009 | 9:30, 10:30 AM
Reiche Community School
166 Brackett Street, Portland

May 28
, 2009 | 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 AM
Olin Arts Center, Bates College
75 Russell Street, Lewiston

May 29, 2009 | 9:30, 10:30* AM, 1:00 PM
C.K. Burns Elementary School
135 Middle Street, Saco

* SOLD OUT

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Laudate Singers present VIVA VIVALDI! May 22

Laudate Singers present

VIVA VIVALDI!


with

Nancy DiNovo, violin

and Baroque instrumentalists


Friday May 22, 2009 at 8:00 pm

St. David's United Church, West Vancouver

(Taylor Way @ Hwy 1)


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

604.729.6814 or info@laudatesingers.com

www.laudatesingers.com


Laudate Singers and artistic director Lars Kaario bring their 14th season to an exhilarating close, as they join forces with violinist Nancy DiNovo and an ensemble of Vancouverĺ─˘s finest Baroque instrumentalists for Viva Vivaldi! The choir and orchestra will present such beloved Vivaldi masterpieces as the joyful Gloria, the refined Beatus Vir (both featuring soprano soloists Catherine Crouch and Heidi Ackermann and mezzo-soprano Jennifer Stephanson) and the Credo. DiNovo will also perform the glittering Spring movement from Vivaldi's most famous work, The Four Seasons.


Viva Vivaldi! provides a brilliant, spirited conclusion to a season that ĺ─ý in true Laudate fashion ĺ─ý has ranged from the very old to the brand new, including several world premieres of new pieces by Canadian composers. The choirĺ─˘s varied programming has spanned centuries, cultures and musical styles, taking audiences on a journey through the ancient mysteries of the medieval mass, the colourful sounds of the tango and, now, the beauties of a Baroque Venetian spring. Hearts will be lifted and ears dazzled, as Laudate Singers, Nancy DiNovo and friends give virtuoso performances of some of the most popular works in the Western classical canon.


www.laudatesingers.com

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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Phila Singers in Concert at Verizon Hall is Centrepiece of National Conference

THE PHILADELPHIA SINGERS PRESENTS CENTERPIECE CONCERT OF 32ND ANNUAL CHORUS AMERICA CONFERENCE

500 arts leaders from across the United States and Canada expected to attend Conference and The Philadelphia Singers Centerpiece Concert in The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

PHILADELPHIA, PA ĺ─ý The Philadelphia Singers will host the 32nd Annual National Chorus America Conference in Philadelphia from June 10th through the 13th at the Hyatt at Pennĺ─˘s Landing and has the distinct honor of presenting the Centerpiece Concert in Verizon Hall at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Broad and Spruce Streets, on Thursday, June 11 at 8:00 p.m. The concert will include Donald Martinoĺ─˘s a cappella Seven Pious Pieces and Charles Martin Loefflerĺ─˘s gorgeous By the Rivers of Babylon performed by The Philadelphia Singers fully professional chorus. The finale will feature Anton Brucknerĺ─˘s exquisite and seldom performed masterpiece, Mass in E Minor, featuring the glorious 150-voice Philadelphia Singers Chorale. The concert is open to the general public. Tickets are $36, $51 and $61 and may be purchased by calling 215-893-1999 or online at www.philadelphiasingers.org.

Music Director David Hayes said, ĺ─˙The Centerpiece Conference will put the artistic focus almost exclusively on the chorus, showcasing The Philadelphia Singersĺ─˘ artistry and virtuosity.ĺ─¨ Brucknerĺ─˘s Mass in E Minor combines moments of quiet a cappella tranquility with passages of soaring beauty. The Philadelphia Singers Chorale will be joined by woodwinds and brass from the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. A unique combination of flutes, harp, cello and organ will accompany the women of The Philadelphia Singers on Loefflerĺ─˘s By The Rivers of Babylon and will feature organist Michael Stairs on The Kimmel Centerĺ─˘s magnificent Fred J. Cooper memorial organ. An expanded chorus of fifty-voices from the fully-professional ensemble will perform Martinoĺ─˘s a cappella Seven Pious Pieces.

Brucknerĺ─˘s Mass in E Minor for chorus, wind and brass instruments is considered his first great work, premiering in 1866 when he was 42 years old. It is a beautiful combination of intricate Italian Renaissance polyphony and the dark sonorities and lush harmonies of the Romantic period. His use of a wind band makes it unique among the composer's works and among 19th-century liturgical works in general. Bruckner's choral writing is among the most glorious and powerful in all Romantic music: the polyphony for eight-part chorus in the Kyrie and the Sanctus is matched by few of his contemporaries. Bruckner's harmonic language is enormously expressive throughout, and much of the music is obviously inspired by the music of Wagner, whose Tristan und Isolde Bruckner had just heard.

American Donald Martino, who died in 2005, won the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1974 and was the former chair of the New England Conservatoryĺ─˘s composition department. His Seven Pious Pieces is an a cappella work for mixed chorus set to texts by 17th century poet Robert Herrick. The Philadelphia Singers previously performed the piece in 1994 at its Philadelphia Premiere. Although Martino was known as an academic and a serialist composer, in an interview with the Boston Globe in 1980, he said, ''My music is not austere and academic. It is a fantasy that anyone writes academic music. I write music for people to listen to, to react to; I want them to say, 'Hey, this is nice!' " It is in this spirit that he set out to write Seven Pious Pieces, which he composed with an intent to demonstrate that a twelve-pitch piece could be made to sound tonal.

Charles Martin Loeffler was born in Germany, but lived most of his life in America, becoming a U.S. Citizen in 1887. By the Rivers of Babylon is set to text from Psalm 137. It is typical of his choral writing, which he often set to texts that reflect the sadness and transience of life, the loss of something once known and loved. To express this quality, he used a unique instrumentation of two flutes, harp, cello and organ. The melodic line is reminiscent of the reciting tones of Gregorian chant and the unusual orchestration provides an intriguing contrast to the womenĺ─˘s chorus.

The 32nd Annual Chorus America Conference and Centerpiece Concert will shine a national spotlight on The Philadelphia Singers, and welcome the service organization back to its birthplace. Michael Korn, who founded The Philadelphia Singers in 1972, established Chorus America in 1977 as the Association of Professional Vocal Ensembles. The association has since expanded and in 1993 officially changed its name to Chorus America to reflect its role as a service organization that embraces the broad spectrum of choruses. For more information on Chorus America Conference and the Conference visit www.chorusamerica.org.

The Philadelphia Singers, a professional choral ensemble, engages and inspires a broad range of audiences in the Philadelphia region with compelling concert experiences. The Singers has a special commitment to preserve and strengthen Americaĺ─˘s rich choral heritage through performances, commissions, and music education. It seeks to enrich the broader community through embodying the highest standards of classical musicianship and providing a platform for its musicians to serve the community in a wide variety of formats.

Founded in 1972 by Michael Korn, The Philadelphia Singers has been under the dynamic leadership of Music Director and Conductor David Hayes since 1992. For 36 years, The Philadelphia Singers has contributed to the cityĺ─˘s vibrant cultural community through presenting choral music of the highest caliber, meaningful education and community programs, and significant collaborations with local, national and internationally recognized performing arts organizations. In 2001, The Philadelphia Singers Chorale was named Resident Chorus of The Philadelphia Orchestra, the first time in the orchestraĺ─˘s history that a chorus has received this distinction. The Philadelphia Singers Chorale appears on all of the orchestraĺ─˘s choral subscriptions concerts including performances at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts annual performances of Handelĺ─˘s Messiah and the ĺ─˙Glorious Sounds of Christmasĺ─¨ as well as appearances at the Saratoga Performance Arts Center. Maestro Wolfgang Sawallisch, Conductor Laureate of The Philadelphia Orchestra, hails The Singers as ĺ─˙one of the musical treasures of Philadelphia.ĺ─¨

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JAZZ@MASSEY/09-10 season/Starting Aug 5!


Massey Hall presents

JAZZ @ MASSEY HALL 09/10

Single Tickets Now On Sale!

Čů Lang Lang & Herbie Hancock ĺ─ý Wednesday, August 5, 2009 8pm

Čů Ornette Coleman ĺ─ý Thursday, September 24, 2009 8pm

Čů Brad Mehldau Trio ĺ─ý Saturday, April 10, 2010 8pm

Single Tickets On Sale to FriendsFirst members: 10 am, Wed April 22, 2009

Single Tickets On Sale to Public: 12 Noon, Sat April 25, 2009

Subscriptions (3 Concerts) Still Available

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

Or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office


JAZZ @ MASSEY HALL 2009-2010 Season (Series of 3 concerts)

Massey Hall presents its 2nd spectacular season of Jazz @ Massey Hall ĺ─ý a three-concert series featuring a stellar lineup of internationally acclaimed artists with three very distinct perspectives on jazz. The lines are blurred between classical and jazz; contemporary popular music is re-worked as jazz standards; and uncharted territory is explored through improvisation. Toronto audiences will be treated to the extraordinary partnership of piano greats Lang Lang and Herbie Hancock, the inimitable genius of saxophonist Ornette Coleman, and the incomparable stylings of the Brad Mehldau Trio ĺ─ý all on the stage of Massey Hall, Canadaĺ─˘s historic concert venue long recognized internationally as one of the great halls for jazz.

Subscriptions (3 concerts) Still Available: $295 - $145

1) LANG LANG & HERBIE HANCOCK with ORCHESTRA

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 8 PM Massey Hall

Single Tickets: $199.50 - $69.50

Pianists Lang Lang and Herbie Hancock reunite after their thrilling, dueling-keys performance of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue at the 50th Grammy Awards in 2008. The hottest artist on the classical music planet and the legendary jazz pianist join forces to perform a variety of solos, duets and concertos for two pianos, with orchestra, by such masters as Gershwin, Bernstein, Ravel, and others.

"...a genre-crossing revamp of George Gershwin's ''Rhapsody in Blue'' was the perfect showcase for these two hugely talented ivory tinklers." -- Entertainment Weekly on 50th Grammy Awards performance

2) ORNETTE COLEMAN

Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 8 PM Massey Hall

Single Tickets: $89.50 - $69.50

Fifty years ago, saxophonist Ornette Coleman shook up the world of jazz with The Shape Of Jazz To Come, a groundbreaking album whose influence has been felt by virtually every jazz musician. Coleman has always sought that most prized quality in jazz: freedom. His profound artistry was recognized in 2007 with both a Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement. We have heard first hand how powerfully his music continues to resonate, thanks to his deeply memorable concert at Massey Hall in 2005. ĺ─˙There are concerts in the world of jazz, plenty of concerts, and then there are events. Ornette Colemanĺ─˘s appearance in Toronto was both.ĺ─¨ --The Globe & Mail

3) BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO

Saturday, April 10, 2010 at 8 PM Massey Hall

Single Tickets: $69.50 - $49.50

Universally admired as one of the most adventurous pianists on the jazz scene today, Brad Mehldau pushes boundaries to blend musical genres and blaze trails into new musical territory. His hauntingly beautiful melody lines and stunning improvisations reveal his deeply intelligent musicianship. Mehldau has recorded and performed around the world since the mid 1990s as a soloist and in collaboration with Pat Metheny, Joshua Redman, Wayne Shorter, and many others. His acclaimed trio includes bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jeff Ballard. ĺ─˙The elliptical lines, volatile rhythmic figures and unexpected bursts of color and dissonanceĺ─Â prove that Mehldau writes as cleverly as he plays.ĺ─¨ --The Chicago Tribune

Jazz @ Massey Hall is sponsored by TD Canada Trust

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Eighth Blackbird Performs Steve Reich's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Double Sextet at Ojai Music Festival


*Steve Reich and members of Nexus perform Reichĺ─˘s Drumming at 2008 Ojai Music Festival

STEVE REICH WINS PULITZER PRIZE FOR DOUBLE SEXTET

Work To Be Performed By Eighth Blackbird at Ojai Music Festival Sunday, June 14

Steve Reich, the 2008 featured composer at the Ojai Music Festival described by New Yorker magazine as ĺ─˙the most original musical thinker of our time,ĺ─¨ has won a Pulitzer Prize for Double Sextet, which was commissioned and premiered in 2007 by eighth blackbird, the music director of the 2009 Ojai Music Festival. The 22-minute work can be performed either by a sextet playing against a prerecording of the work or as an ensemble of 12 instrumentalists.

On Sunday, June 14, the closing day of the four-day Ojai Music Festival, eighth blackbird will be joined by six ĺ─˛liveĺ─˘ musicians in a performance of Steve Reichĺ─˘s Double Sextet, to open the Festivalĺ─˘s four-hour Marathon Finale.

Grammy Award-winning sextet eighth blackbird, known for its provocative and engaging performances, comprising flutist Tim Munro, clarinetist Michael J. Maccaferri, violin/violist Matt Albert, cellist Nicholas Photinos, percussionist Matthew Duvall, percussion; and pianist Lisa Kaplan. The sextet, which plays with a virtuosic and theatrical flair, debunks the myth that contemporary music is only for a cerebral few.

The six artists joining eighth blackbird in the June 14 performance of Double Sextet are flutist Alexis Kenny, clarinetist John Schertle, violinist Andrew McCann, cellist Darrett Adkins, percussionist Greg Beyer, and pianist Amy Briggs.

American composer Steve Reich, an early pioneer in tape music and American minimalism, has established himself as one of the foremost composers of our time. The 72-year-old composer has been described by The Guardian as one of the few composers who have "altered the direction of musical history" and by The New York Times as ĺ─˙our greatest living composer.ĺ─¨ His music has been performed by countless orchestras and ensembles worldwide, and noted choreographers have created dances to his music. Known for steady pulse, repetition, and a fascination with canons, his music has been influential to composers and pop musicians all over the world. Mr. Reich has been recognized with Grammy Awards for Different Trains and Music for 18 Musicians (also to be performed at the 2009 Ojai Music Festival), and his ĺ─˙documentary video operaĺ─¨ works The Cave and Three Tales, created in collaboration with video artist Beryl Korot, have expanded the boundaries of the operatic medium.

The 63rd annual Ojai Music Festival, under 2009 Music Director eighth blackbird, takes place from June 11 to June 14. The Festival, which for six decades has become well known for its fearlessness in championing pioneering musical ideas and personalities, takes place in the unspoiled beauty of Californiaĺ─˘s Ojai Valley, and is known worldwide for providing artists with the freedom to present music they are passionate about. Many of todayĺ─˘s finest contemporary artists have been gathered for this yearĺ─˘s festival, which has been described as ĺ─˙a wild and diverse musical party of extraordinary talents.ĺ─¨ Among them are freewheeling chamber ensemble Tin Hat; the matchless recorder quartet from Berlin, QNG; American pianist Jeremy Denk; composer/guitarist Steven Mackey, actor/singer Rinde Eckert, and renowned sound sculptor Trimpin. The Ojai Music Festival is located 75 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Ojai Music Festival single tickets range from $35 to $95 for reserved seating; lawn seats are $15. For a full schedule of events, visit www.ojaifestival.org

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

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

Death and the Maiden

By Ariel Dorfman

Directed by Jesse Corbeil

Wednesday, May 13 - Sunday, May 24

"During all those years not an hour has passed that I haven't heard it, that same voice, next to me, next to my ear, that voice mixed with saliva, you think I'd forget a voice like his?" - Paulina

Montreal, April 2009- Altera Vitae is proud to present their third production, Death and the Maiden, playing at MainLine Theatre from May 13 to 24. Directed by Jesse Corbeil, the capable cast includes Sam Croitoru (Dr. Roberto Miranda), Carolyn Fe (Paulina Salas) and William Ward (Paulina's husband, Gerardo Escobar). Altera Vitae produces works of theatre that engage and service the community. With each new production, the company partners itself with a valuable, charitable organization whose mandate is similar to themes in the play. For Death and the Maiden, Altera Vitae supports RIVO, assisting the organization in their public awareness strategies. Carolyn Fe, Altera Vitae's artistic director, wants the public to know about this vital intervention network of therapists and community workers concerned with the well being of survivors of torture and other forms of organised political violence. "RIVO helps people like Paulina get on with their lives and thriveĺ─Ânot forgetting the past but moving onto the future with pride."

Years after the fall of a dictatorship, a woman gets the chance to confront her torturer. Is this a time for forgiveness or revenge? Death and the Maiden is an inquest into the darker side of humanity ĺ─ý one in which everyone is implicated and justice seems like a fragile, ambiguous invention. Winner of the 1992 Olivier Award for Best Play, Ariel Dorfman's explosively, provocative drama is set in a country that has only recently returned to democracy. Gerardo Escobar has just been chosen to head the commission that will investigate the crimes of the old regime when his car breaks down and the benevolent doctor Roberto Miranda picks him up. But Gerardo's wife, Paulina Salas, thinks she recognizes another man ĺ─ý the one who raped and tortured her as she lay blindfolded in a military detention center years before. What would you do?

Director Jesse Corbeil comments on the unfortunate timelessness of the story, "Though it's not explicitly mentioned anywhere in the text, the play references the forces that were at work in Chile during the early post-Pinochet years; but the themes are still very fresh today." He continues, "Torture and the presumption of guilt are everywhere, and habeas corpus is becoming nothing more than a notion." Jesse would like audience members to come away questioning what it is that moves people to make assumptions where guilt and innocence are concerned, especially with so many people still imprisoned on the strength of extremely flimsy evidence.

Death and the Maiden is about survival and survivors' will to live and show the strength in humanity. Producer/actor Carolyn Fe is passionate about the play on many levels, "It amazes me how much the human body and mind can take when there is a goal, a promise, a hope or objective that is held onto." For Carolyn it is also deeply personal, "I've chosen to do this play to bring out the silent scream in everybody." She continues, "This play makes you listen to that scream in the dark that nobody hears after barricading yourself for too long. Yes, it is political, but it also speaks to those who lack confidence." Carolyn believes if you have a goal and you remain focused on it, you can attain anything.

Rounding out the team is stage manager and lighting designer Mindy Sirois, sound designer Dan Legault, fight choreographer Vladimir Cara, technical director Scott Drysdale, technical assistant Jeffery Farrer and photographer Litratista.

"If he's innocent? Then he's really screwed." - Paulina

Death and the Maiden

Altera Vitae Productions

Playing at MainLine Theatre

3997 Blvd. St. Laurent

Tuesday to Sunday, 8:00 pm

Matinees: Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 pm

$20 regular, $15 student/senior

Pay-what-you-can: Wed. May 13 preview and May 16 and 17 matinees, to help spread word of mouth

Reservations: 514 849-3378 or www.mainlinetheatre.ca

Showtimes: May 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23 at 8:00 pm

Matinłęes: May 16, 17, 23, 24 at 2:00 pm

www.alteravitae.com

RIVO- http://www.web.net/~rivo/EngFramesHome.htm

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Free public reading May 8

Free Public Reading of

Speak Oppenheimer or Elephants

by Jaspreet Singh


Infinithłęłótre is pleased to present a free public reading of award-winning Montrłęal writer Jaspreet Singh's play, Speak Oppenheimer or Elephants on Friday, May 8th 2009 at 7:30 PM at the NDG Maison de la culture.


The drama focuses on the culturally schizophrenic post-9/11 existence of Irfan Hussein, a Kashmiri-American nuclear physicist traveling back to his birthplace to bury his mother. The play explores themes of nuclear proliferation, terrorism, racism and the complicated identities that characterize our globalized existence.


Montreal writer Jaspreet Singh was born in India and moved to Canada in 1990. A former research scientist, Singh holds a PhD in chemical engineering from McGill University. Singh has won critical acclaim for his short stories, including his collection entitled, 17 Tomatoes: Tales from Kashmir. His First novel, Chef, published last year, was nominated for four major national and international literary awards.


An open discussion of the play will follow the reading with the author present. The reading of Speak Oppenheimer or Elephants, will be held at:


Friday,May 8, 2009

7:30pm.

Maison de la culture in NDG

3755 rue Botrel


Call to reserve:

(514) 872 - 2157

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Friday, April 17, 2009

The VSO Presents the Vancouver Debut of Alexander Gavrylyuk


The VSO Presents the Vancouver Debut of Alexander Gavrylyuk, performing Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s other Piano Concerto!

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý Celebrated for his outstanding technique and dramatic musicality, Alexander Gavrylyuk is unquestionably one of the top pianists of his generation. Mr. Gavrylyuk plays Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 2 in his Vancouver debut. Maestro Bramwell Tovey wields the baton in a string of other Russian classics performed by the orchestra, including Rimsky-Korsakovĺ─˘s Russian Easter Overture, Shostakovichĺ─˘s The Age of Gold Suite and Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s 1812 Overture. This extraordinary concert is featured at the Orpheum and the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey in the final concert of the 2008/2009 Surrey Nights series.

ĺ─˙A world class pianist performing at his absolute bestĺ─Âĺ─¨

- New York Times

ĺ─˙ĺ─Âsuch blow-your-socks-off virtuosity is complemented with a dark, intense, ferociously-concentrated essence and natureĺ─Âunlike so many competition winners we shall surely be hearing a lot more of this prodigiously gifted young pianist and life force.ĺ─¨

- The Gramophone

Winner of the 1999 Vladimir Horowitz Competition, the 2000 Hamamatsu Competition and, most notably, the 2005 Arthur Rubinstein Competition, Mr. Gavrylyuk is undeniably a superstar in the making. Currently based in Moscow, Mr. Gavrylyuk had his solo debut recital last year at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatorium at the invitation of Nikolay Petrov and also performed a solo recital at the Kremlin.

Alexander Gavrylyukĺ─˘s upcoming engagements include a recital at the hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, concerts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Netherlands Philharmonic, the Israel Philharmonic and the Moscow Radio Orchestra. Gavrylyuk has also been invited to record the complete Prokofiev concerti with conductor Vladimir Ashkenazy and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Gavrylyuk performs Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No.2, a rarely-performed gem of the repertoire that lives in the shadow of its much more famous big brother, the popular Piano Concerto No.1. Although not blessed with such an intense beginning or as many memorable melodies, many passages of the Second are as dramatic and beautiful as anything ever written for piano and orchestra. Mr. Gavrylyukĺ─˘s debut features this extraordinary work that has rarely been heard in Vancouver in an exciting, all-Russian classical celebration.

CONCERT INFO

Musically Speaking & Surrey Nights Series:

Exciting Russian Classics! Gavrylyuk Plays Tchaikovsky

Saturday, May 9, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Monday, May 11, 8pm, Bell Performing Arts Centre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano*

Rimsky-Korsakov Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major*

James Maxwell Olympic Commission

Shostakovich The Age of Gold Suite

Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture

Rubinstein Competition winning piano prodigy Alexander Gavrylyuk is one of the top pianists of his generation, standing shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Lang Lang and Yundi Li. His performance of Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s other piano concerto will blow you away.

Tickets for May 9 Concert: $20 to $56 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets for May 11 Concert: $37 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

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

Generously Supported By:

May 9 Concert Sponsor: HSBC Canada

Video Screen Sponsor: TELUS

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

Radio Sponsor: 103.5 QM/FM

The Surrey Nights Series has been endowed by a generous gift from Werner and Helga HłĆing.

BIOGRAPHIES

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

A musician of striking versatility, Bramwell Tovey is acknowledged around the world for his artistic depth and warm, charismatic personality on the podium. Toveyĺ─˘s career as a conductor is uniquely enhanced by his work as a composer and pianist, lending him a remarkable musical perspective.

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

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

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

Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano

Winner of the 11th Arthur Rubinstein Masters Piano Competition 2005. Winner of the 4th Hamamatsu International Piano Competition Japan 2000. Winner of the 3rd Horowitz International Piano Competition in Ukraine in 1999.

Alexander's upcoming engagements include solo recital at the big hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, concerts with the Rotterdam Philharmonic, the Netherlands Philharmonic, Israel Philharmonic, the Moscow Radio Orchestra. Gavrylyuk has been invited to record and perform the complete Prokofiev concerti with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and Vladimir Ashkenazy conducting in 2009.

In January 2007 Alexander had his solo debut recital at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatorium at the invitation of Nikolay Petrov. Gavrylyuk has also performed a solo recital at the Kremlin. 2007 took Alexander to Australia, Canada, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Taipei, and the USA.

Alexander has performed with the Russian National Orchestra, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, Osaka Philharmonic, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, the, Kiev Philharmonic Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony, and Western Australia Symphony. Lately Gavrylyuk has performed with conductors Lazarev, Spivakov, Segerstam, Fedoseyev, Gruppman, Ettinger, Tovey and Soudan.

Alexander Gavrylyuk was born in 1984 in the Ukraine and began his piano studies at the age of seven. He gave his first concerto performance when he was nine years old. In 1996 he was a prize winner in Senigalia, Italy and in 1997 was a 2nd prize winner at the Second Horowitz International Piano Competition in Kiev. The next big step for Alexander was going back to compete at the Third Horowitz International Piano Competition and winning the coveted First prize and Gold medal in 1999.

Proclaimed as ĺ─˙the best sixteen year old pianist of the late twentieth centuryĺ─¨ by critics in Japan in November 2000 after winning First Prize in the prestigious Hamamatsu International piano Competition in Japan. He was 16 years old in a field of competitors ranging in age from 16 to 32. Alexander returns regularly, touring Japan and performing to a full house in Suntory Hall and Tokyo Opera City Hall. He recorded his first two CDĺ─˘s in Japan.

Alexander lived in Sydney, Australia from 1998-2006. His Australian concert activities in more recent years include recitals at the Sydney Opera House, City Recital Hall in Sydney as well as performances with the Melbourne Symphony and the West Australian Symphony Orchestraĺ─˘s in 2006.

In April 2005, Gavrylyuk won the First Prize, Gold Medal as well as the Best Performance of a Classical Concerto in the internationally renowned Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Masters Competition. That year, VAI International recorded his live performance at the Miami Piano Discoveries Festival, USA, for international DVD release which went on to receive four and five star ratings in the international press. In May 2007 he recorded his second DVD with VAI.

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Previews begin for Shavian Restoration comedy In Good King Charles's Golden Days


Preview performances of In Good King Charlesĺ─˘s Golden Days, George Bernard Shawĺ─˘s Restoration romp begin Friday, April 17, 2009, at the Royal George Theatre.

A religious leader (Ric Reid), an artist (Ken James Stewart) and Charles II, the Merrie Monarch (Benedict Campbell), meet at Sir Isaac Newtonĺ─˘s (Graeme Somerville) house. The set-up for a joke? No, itĺ─˘s Shawĺ─˘s Restoration comedy, where debates on everything ĺ─ý from geometry to art to love potions ĺ─ý ensue.

First produced in 1939, Shawĺ─˘s history lesson in three acts is a witty and decidedly Shavian take on some great men (and women) of history. The playĺ─˘s subtitle, "A True History that Never Happened", gives insight into Shawĺ─˘s whimsical approach to this fascinating and humorous discussion piece. Shaw pondered what would happen if several prominent and influential men of history met at the height of their powers? What debates and discussions would this gathering inspire? And what if this discussion was, on occasion, interrupted by one or several of the Kingĺ─˘s mistresses? The result is a lively dialogue spanning both the serious and comedic on a wide-range of topics.

Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell considers this brilliant ensemble piece ĺ─˙a glorious opportunity for our actors to display their unparalleled gifts for Shavian comic mayhem.ĺ─¨ In Good King Charlesĺ─˘s Golden Days also features Shaw Ensemble members Laurie Paton, Esther Maloney, Mary Haney, Nicola Correia-Damude, Claire Jullien, Lisa Codrington and Andrew Bunker.

Directed by Eda Holmes, director of last seasonĺ─˘s The Little Foxes and the highly acclaimed 2004 Shaw Festival production of the musical Floyd Collins, In Good King Charlesĺ─˘s Golden Days has set design by Camellia Koo, costume design by Michael Gianfrancesco, lighting design by Bonnie Beecher and fight direction by John Stead. The stage management team includes Stage Manager Beatrice Campbell, Assistant Stage Manager Barry Burns and Production Stage Manager Judy Farthing.

In Good King Charlesĺ─˘s Golden Days begins preview performances Friday, April 17; opens Thursday, May 21; and plays in repertory until Friday, October 9. In Good King Charlesĺ─˘s Golden Days is generously sponsored by the Producers Circle.

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En mai, La Scena Musicale mettra lĺ─˘accent sur les festivals de jazz, de musiques du monde et de musique folklorique

[English version]

Nouvelles dates de tombłęes :

łÔdition Qułębec :

  • Pour les rłęservations d'annonces : 27 avril
  • Maquettes : 28 avril łŢ 10 h
  • Distribution : 1er mai

łÔdition Canada anglais :

  • Pour les rłęservations d'annonces : 1er mai
  • Maquettes : 1er mai
  • Distribution : 8 mai
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Chaque annłęe, La Scena Musicale publie son numłęro spłęcial Č┤ Jazz Ȭ. Le premier de deux numłęros distribułęs łŢ lĺ─˘łęchelle nationale, il parałĂt le 1er mai et contient toute lĺ─˘information dont vous avez besoin pour planifier votre łętłę ici et ailleurs, notamment notre Guide annuel des festivals de jazz, de musiques du monde et de musique folklorique (plus de 180 festivals!). C'est łęgalement un dossier spłęcial sur les femmes dans le Jazz. La compositrice et chef Maria Schneider fait la couverture et nous parlons łęgalement avec la chanteuse et pianiste Patricia Barber. Vous trouverez aussi notre choix de festivals de jazz et des critiques de disques de jazz. Lucia di Lammermoor sera la prochaine production de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal et nous publions une łętude musicologique du chef-dĺ─˘ëýuvre de Donizetti. Cette production fait aussi partie de notre prochaine activitłę de collecte de fonds : un week-end dĺ─˘opłęra łŢ Montrłęal le 23 mai. La Sociłętłę chorale de Saint-Lambert cłęlł«bre ses 90 ans, alors que le Quatuor Guarneri prend sa retraite aprł«s 45 ans dĺ─˘existence. Nous vous amenons dans les coulisses de lĺ─˘łędition de 2009 du Concours Musical International de Montrłęal (chant). Le CD Dłęcouverte de mai est consacrłę aux ëýuvres complł«tes pour guitare du compositeur Francesco Tł░rrega (1852-1909), interprłętłęes par le guitariste qułębłęcois Michel Beauchamp. La date de tombłęe pour les annonces est le 27 avril et le 1er mai.

LSM est fił«re de son rłąle primordial dans la promotion des festivals dĺ─˘łętłę, et en complłęment du jazz, la section Č┤ rłępertoire des festivals Ȭ comprendra aussi les festivals de musique du monde et de musique folklorique. N'oubliez pas quĺ─˘en juin, nous publierons notre rłępertoire annuel des festivals canadiens d'łętłę de musique classique. En couverture : la contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux. Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez consulter :


Pour plus dĺ─˘information sur les tarifs et la production, voir notre calendrier 2008-2009 łŢ http://ads.scena.org ou communiquer directement avec notre service des ventes au 514-948-0509 ou łŢ sales@scena.org.

Pour vous abonner (et recevoir la Collection Dłęcouverte), visitez http://www.scena.org/LaSCENACard

Salutations cordiales,

Wah Keung Chan
łÔditeur et rłędacteur en chef fondateur
La Scena Musicale
La SCENA
The Music Scene

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Mai 2009 : le numłęro Č┤ Jazz Ȭ de La Scena Musicale

  • En page couverture de LSM : la compositrice et chef Maria Schneider
  • Entrevue avec la chanteuse/pianiste Patricia Barber
  • L'article sur le CD Dłęcouverte : Francesco Tł░rrega (1852-1909), ëýuvres interprłętłęes par le guitariste qułębłęcois Michel Beauchamp.
  • Lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal prłęsente Lucia di Lammermoor de Donizetti
  • Concours Musical International de Montrłęal, Chant 2009
  • La Sociłętłę chorale de Saint-Lambert cłęlł«bre ses 90 ans
  • Le Quatuor Guarneri prend sa retraite
  • et d'autres articles

GUIDE

  • festivals de jazz, de musiques du monde et de musique folklorique: plus de 180 festivals

łÔdition nationale 50 000 exemplaires (100 000 lecteurs)

łÔdition Qułębec

  • Qułębec : 2 500
  • Montrłęal : 18 500
  • En kiosque : 2 000
  • Abonnements : 2 000

łÔdition Canada anglais

  • Vancouver : 4 500
  • Victoria : 2 500
  • Calgary : 2 500
  • Edmonton : 2 500
  • Ottawa : 3 000
  • Toronto : 10 000

łÔdition Qułębec :

  • Pour les rłęservations d'annonces : 27 avril
  • Maquettes : 28 avril łŢ 10 h
  • Sortie : 1er mai

łÔdition Canada anglais :

  • Pour les rłęservations d'annonces : 1er mai
  • Maquettes : 1er mai
  • Sortie : 8 mai

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La Scena Musicale : juin 2008

  • En couverture : Marie-Nicole Lemieux

łÔdition nationale 50,000 copies (100,000 lecteurs)

łÔdition Qułębec

  • Qułębec : 2 500
  • Montrłęal : 18 500
  • En kiosque : 2 000
  • Abonnements : 2 000

łÔdition Canada anglais

  • Vancouver : 4 500
  • Victoria : 2 500
  • Calgary : 2 500
  • Edmonton : 2 500
  • Ottawa : 3 000
  • Toronto : 10 000

Sortie : le 1er juin
Tombłęe publicitaire : le 22 mai

Maquettes :

  • le 25 mai

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La Scena Musicale : juillet/aoł¬t 2008

50 000 lecteurs
Distribution : 25 000

  • Qułębec : 2 500
  • Montrłęal : 18 500
  • En kiosque : 2 000
  • Abonnements : 2 000

Sortie : le 1er juillet
Tombłęe publicitaire : le 19 juin
Maquettes : le 22 juin

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La Scena Musicale vous invite łŢ Lucia di Lammermoor

Cette annłęe, La Scena Musicale cłęlł«bre la fłüte des Mł«res avec une invitation łŢ Lucia di Lammermoor de Donizetti, le 23 mai, prłęsentłę par l'Opłęra de Montrłęal. Le chef-dĺ─˘oeuvre de Donizetti, lĺ─˘un des małĂtres du bel canto. En łÔcosse, Lucia aime Edgardo, membre du clan ennemi, mais Enrico, le frł«re de Lucia, oblige sa soeur łŢ łępouser Arturoĺ─ Une tragique histoire dĺ─˘amour et de folie.

Donizetti : Lucia di Lammermoor
Opłęra de Montrłęal
le samedi 23 mai łŢ 20 h
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier,
Place des Arts, Montrłęal
514-948-2520 / operaweekend@scena.org

Billets:

  • catłęgorie 2 (Corbeille): 106 $ chacun. Offre spłęciale : achetez deux billets de cat. 2 et vous recevrez un DVD de Lucia di Lammermoor (valeur de 40$)
  • catłęgorie 3 (Mezzanine): 76 $ chacun.

NOTEZ: 10% de rabais pour abonnłęs de LSM
Voir http://www.scena.org/LaSCENACard

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Aussi, en octobre 2009:
Weekend d'opłęra łŢ Toronto

> Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
> The Nightingale and Other Short Fables (Stravinsky), mise-en-scł«ne de Robert Lepage

Canadian Opera Company
Les 18 et 19 octobre 2009

1 (877) 948-2520
operaweekend@scena.org

Nombre de places limitłę

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Festivals

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.
  • Festivals canadiens de jazz, de musique du monde et folk (plus festivals internationaux 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 de juin de La Scena Musicale (comprenant le numłęro dĺ─˘łętłę 2009 de La SCENA). Cĺ─˘est un numłęro national (distribution doublłęe łŢ 50 000 exemplaires) et les tarifs publicitaires sont 1,5 fois les tarifs habituels.
  • Voir http://ads.scena.org pour plus dĺ─˘information.

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Płętition pour le rłętablissement du financement par le Conseil des Arts du Canada en faveur des płęriodiques łŢ diffusion contrłąlłęeLe 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 : http://www.scena.org/blog/2009/02/le-conseil-des-arts-du-canada-ne.html

Płętition en ligne :

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Nouveau łŢ LSM Online

Nouveau: services RSS. Visitez http://www.scena.org/rss_scena.html

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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.

ł─ NOTER:

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

Profil des lecteurs

  • aisłęs, haut niveau d'instruction, 35 ans +, młęlomanes
  • musiciens, artistes et łętudiants

Renseignements :

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Faites mieux travailler votre budget !

Laissez LSM vous aider łŢ obtenir des prix plus concurrentiels pour vos imprimłęs (affiches, dłępliants, brochures, programmes, etc.).Forte de ses 15 annłęes dĺ─˘expłęrience en achat dĺ─˘outils de marketing chez des imprimeurs de partout au pays, LSM peut vous ouvrir un accł«s aux meilleurs prix dĺ─˘impression existants. Investissez lĺ─˘argent łęconomisłę dans de meilleures surfaces publicitaires (annonces plus grandes ou mieux placłęes) parmi les divers produits młędias de LSM.

łÔCONOMISEZ dans vos imprimłęs et PROFITEZ dĺ─˘une meilleure visibilitłę !

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Dons et błęnłęvoles demandłęs

La Scena Musicale/The Music Scene est un organisme de bienfaisance enregistrłę qui fait la promotion des arts et de la musique en publiant trois magazines et un site Web. Nous rapprochons les musicien(ne)s et les artistes avec la communautłę artistique, les młęlomanes et les amateurs dĺ─˘art. Aidez-nous łŢ poursuivre notre travail avec un don (d'argent ou de biens) ou par du travail błęnłęvole.Communiquer avec nous au 514-948-2520 ou łŢ info@scena.org

Donnez łŢ CanaDon.org

No dĺ─˘organisme de bienfaisance łŢ lĺ─˘ARC : 14199 6579 RR0001

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May's La Scena Musicale puts the accent on jazz, world and folk festivals!

[Version franł▀aise]


NEW Deadlines:
  • Quebec Edition:
    • Deadline for ad reservations: April 27
    • Deadline for artwork: April 28 at 10 AM
    • Distribution: May 1
  • English Canada Edition:
    • Deadline for ad reservations: May 1
    • Deadline for artwork: May 1
    • Distribution: May 8

May is an exciting month for La Scena Musicale as we feature our annual Jazz and Folk Edition. The first of two nationally distributed issues, it appears May 1 and continues to provide more of the essential information you need to plan your summer at home and abroad, including our annual Guide to Jazz, World and Folk Music Festivals (more than 180 festivals!). It is also a special issue on Women in Music. Composer and bandleader Maria Schneider is on the cover, while we also feature singer and pianist Patricia Barber. You will also find Jazz Festival picks and more jazz CD reviews. Lucia di Lammermoor is next on Opłęra de Montrłęalĺ─˘s bill, and we provide a musicological view of Donezettiĺ─˘s masterpiece. The performance is also part of our next fundraising event: Opera weekend in Montreal on May 23rd. The St. Lambert Choral Society celebrates 90 years while the Guarneri Quartet retires after 45 years of music making, and weĺ─˘ll provide you with a behind the scenes look into the 2009 Edition of the Montreal International Music Competition (Voice). The May Discovery CD features composer Francesco Tł░rregaĺ─˘s (1852-1909) complete works for guitar, presented by Canadian guitarist Michel Beauchamp. The deadline for advertising is April 27.

LSM prides itself on its leading role in promoting festivals and, in addition to jazz, this month's festival guides will cover summer festivals of world and folk music. Keep an eye out for our summer classical festival guide in June. For more information on these guides, please consult:

Reach over 100,000 readers with 25,000 copies distributed in Montreal and the province of Quebec, and another 25,000 copies in English Canada. La Scena Musicale 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 450,000 viewings per month.

For more info on rates and production please visit http://ads.scena.org for our 2008-2009 schedule or contact our sales department directly at 514-948-0509 or sales@scena.org.

To subscribe, call 514-948-2520.

Yours sincerely,

Wah Keung Chan
Founding Publisher and Editor
La Scena Musicale
La SCENA
The Music Scene

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Upcoming Issues:

La Scena Musicale: May 2008 National Edition

50,000 copies (100,000 readers)

Contents:

  • On the cover: Composer and bandleader Maria Schneider
  • Interview with singer/pianist Patricia Barber
  • Opłęra de Montrłęal performs Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor
  • 2009 Montreal International Music Competition
  • St. Lambert Choral Society celebrates 90 years
  • Guarneri Quartet retires
  • Guide: Jazz, World and Folk Music Festivals (more than 180 festivals!)

Quebec Edition (25,000 copies)

  • Qułębec City: 2 500
  • Montreal: 18,500
  • Newsstands: 2,000
  • Mailing: 2,000

English Canada Edition (25,000 copies)

  • Vancouver: 4,500
  • Victoria: 2,500
  • Calgary: 2,500
  • Edmonton: 2,500
  • Ottawa: 3,000
  • Toronto: 10,000
  • Quebec Edition:
    • Deadline for ad reservations: April 27
    • Deadline for materials: April 28 at noon
    • Distribution: May 1
  • English Canada Edition:
    • Deadline for ad reservations: May 1
    • Deadline for materials: May 1
    • Distribution: May 8

La Scena Musicale: June 2008 National Edition

  • Guides to classical music and arts festivals

50,000 copies (100,000 readers)

Content:

  • On the cover: Marie-Nicole Lemieux

Quebec Edition (25,000 copies)

  • Qułębec City: 2 500
  • Montreal: 18,500
  • Newsstands: 2,000
  • Mailing: 2,000

English Canada Edition (25,000 copies

  • Vancouver: 3,500
  • Victoria: 2,500
  • Calgary: 2,500
  • Edmonton: 2,500
  • Ottawa: 3,000
  • Toronto: 10,000
  • Maritimes: 1,000

Distribution date: June 1, 2009
Advertising Deadline: May 22

Materials:

  • May 25 (colour)
  • May 25 (black and white)


La Scena Musicale: July/August 2008

50,000 readers

Quebec

circulation: 25,000 copies

  • Montreal : 20,500
  • Qułębec City : 500
  • Newsstands: 2,000
  • Mailing: 2,000

Distribution date: July 1
Advertising deadline: June 19

Materials deadline: June 22

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Festivals:

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
  • 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: June issue of La Scena Musicale (including the Summer 2009 issue of La SCENA). This is a national issue (double distribution to 50,000 copies) and the ad rates are 1.5 times the regular rates.

Visit http://ads.scena.org for more info (to come).

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La Scena Musicale takes you to Lucia di Lammermoor

This year, La Scena Musicale celebrates the month of mothers with an outing on Saturday, May 23 to the Opłęra de Montrłęal's production of Donizetti's masterpiece Lucia di Lammermoor. In Scotland, Lucia is in love with Edgardo, member of an enemy clan. But Enrico, Lucia's brother, forces his sister to marry Arturo. A tragic story of love and madness..

Donizetti : Lucia di Lammermoor
Opłęra de Montrłęal
Saturday, May 23, 8 p.m.
Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier,
Place des Arts, Montrłęal
514-948-2520 / operaweekend@scena.org

Prices:

  • Category 2 (Corbeil): $106 each. Special: Buy 2 tickets of cat. 2 and receive a DVD of Lucia di Lammermoor (value of $40)
  • Category 3 (Mezzanine): $76 each. Special: Buy 2 tickets of cat. 3 and receive the LSM Puccini CD-set (value of $23).

NOTE: 10% off for LSM subscribers.
See http://www.scena.org/LaSCENACard for more details about becoming a subscriber.

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Also, in October 2009:
Opera Weekend in Toronto

> Madama Butterfly (Puccini)
> The Nightingale and Other Short Fables (Stravinsky), Robert Lepage, director

Canadian Opera Company
October 17 and 18, 2009

1 (877) 948-2520
operaweekend@scena.org

Nombre de places limitłę / Number of tickets limited.
More details to come.

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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.

See our blog article for details: http://www.scena.org/blog/2009/02/canada-council-drops-support-for.html

Online petition: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/restore-canada-council-funding-to-controlled-circulation-magazines

and a Facebook group Restore Canada Council Funding to Controlled-Circulation Magazines

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New LSM Online Feature:

NEW: RSS Feeds for our news, blogs and Lebrecht Weekly: http://www.scena.org/RSS_SCENA .html

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Advertise with us and reach Canadaĺ─˘s most cultured consumers:

Want to reach the affluent, sophisticated, urban 35+ demographic or professional and student musicans and artists?

La Scena Musicale invites you into the lives of 100,000 highly educated Canadians with sophisticated taste in culture and lifestyle. Our readers are passionate about music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts, as well as food, fashion and their homes.

Our award-winning magazines La Scena Musicale, La SCENA and The Music Scene contain thought-provoking articles and reviews. La Scena Musicale and La SCENA are the only bilingual Montreal publications dedicated to covering classical music, jazz, world music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts. In addition, we publish Canadaĺ─˘s most in-depth cultural calendar, which ensures repeat viewings: over 225,000 per month. Our new direct distribution to affluent households ($100K+) means our magazines truly deliver. We are read, and read often.

Readership Profile

  • 50,000 readers per issue
  • 225,000 readings per month, 675,000 readings for three-month issues
  • Affluent, educated, 35+, music and arts lovers including the desired Baby Boomers.
  • Music and arts professionals and students

For more info on rates and production please visit http://ads.scena.orgor contact our sales department directly at 514-948-0509 or sales@scena.org.

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PRINTING: Make Your Budget Work Smarter for You!

Let LSM help you secure more competitive prices for your printing needs (posters, flyers, pamphlets, programs, etcĺ─Â).SAVE on your printing needs and GAIN better advertising exposure!

With over 15 years of experience sourcing marketing materials from printers across Canada, LSM can help you access the best available printing prices. Invest the money you save on better advertising ĺ─˛real estateĺ─˘ (larger ads and/or better ad positioning) in LSM through its varied media product offering.

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Donations Requested:

La Scena Musicale/The Music Scene is a registered charity promoting music and the arts through three magazines and a website. We connect musicians/artists, the arts community and music/art lovers together through education and information. Help us continue our work with a donation (cash or goods) or by volunteering.

Please contact 514-948-2520 or info@scena.org

Donate at CanadaHelps.org

Charitable tax no. 14199 6579 RR0001

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Nouvelle directrice des programmes łŢ Radio Ville-Marie

RADIO VILLE-MARIE

MADAME CLAUDETTE LAMBERT,

NOUVELLE DIRECTRICE DES PROGRAMMES

Radio Ville-Marie (CIRA-FM) a le plaisir d'annoncer la nomination de Madame Claudette Lambert łŢ la direction des programmes. Madame Lambert possł«de une vaste expłęrience dans le monde des młędias et connałĂt trł«s bien l'univers de la radio. Č┤ C'est une trł«s belle acquisition pour notre młędia qui ne cesse de se dłęvelopper.Ȭ de dire Jean-Guy Roy, directeur głęnłęral. Le rłęseau de la Sociłętłę Radio Ville-Marie est devenu depuis ses dłębuts en 1995 un incontournable dans le paysage młędiatique qułębłęcois. Avec ses 306 000 auditeurs (CROP) et ses cinq frłęquences, ce młędia spłęcialisłę est sans contredit l'un des plus culturels du Qułębec.

L'arrivłęe de Madame Lambert łŢ la programmation vient enrichir une łęquipe qui regroupe plus de deux cents professionnels łŢ Montrłęal et en rłęgions. Journaliste, animatrice, rłęalisatrice et relationniste, Claudette Lambert a travaillłę pendant vingt-quatre ans łŢ la Sociłętłę Radio Canada. Elle s'est fait connałĂtre łŢ la radio et łŢ la tłęlłęvision dans plusieurs słęries fort populaires et particulił«rement łŢ la barre de l'łęmission quotidienne Femme d'aujourd'hui. Elle a łętłę aussi enseignante et jusqu'łŢ tout rłęcemment attachłęe de presse aux łęditions Novalis, Bayard et l'Atelier. Elle a effectułę des collaborations en journalisme łęcrit dans plusieurs revues dont L'Actualitłę, Le Lundi et Spiritualitłę Santłę.

Femme d'łęquipe, Madame Claudette Lambert possł«de łęgalement une excellente formation universitaire en communication, en płędagogie et en sociologie. Rłęcemment nommłęe łŢ la direction des programmes, Claudette Lambert est toutefois une grande collaboratrice et amie de la station depuis plusieurs annłęes. Elle a łętłę membre du comitłę de programmation et du conseil d'administration de la Sociłętłę pendant cinq ans. Radio Ville-Marie, tout un monde łŢ dłęcouvrir.

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Juilliard String Quartet Welcomes Nick Eanet As It's New First Violinist


THE JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET WELCOMES NICK EANET AS ITS NEW FIRST VIOLINIST


WEDNESDAY, JULY 8, 2009, AT THE RAVINIA FESTIVAL


THE QUARTET'S DEBUT WITH EANET AS MEMBER MARKS A NEW ERA IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD-RENOWNED ENSEMBLE


The Juilliard String Quartet, whose name has been synonymous with the highest quality in chamber music, will perform its first concert with Nick Eanet as its first violinist at the Ravinia Festival (in Highland Park, IL, a suburb of Chicago) on Wednesday, July 8, 2009, at 8 p.m. This is only the ninth incarnation of the Quartet since its inception in 1946, with changes in membership occurring singly and slowly, with an average of eleven years' gap between changes. Mr. Eanet's arrival marks the newest chapter in the ever-evolving history of the Juilliard String Quartet.


Mr. Eanet is leaving his position as concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra to join the Juilliard Quartet. He replaces Joel Smirnoff, who is assuming the position of President of the prestigious Cleveland Institute of Music. The existing members of the Quartet, after Mr. Smirnoff's departure, are Ronald Copes, violin; Samuel Rhodes, viola; and Joel Krosnick, cello.


Mr. Eanet is welcomed enthusiastically by the continuing members of the Juilliard String Quartet, whose goal was to find a player who would take the Quartet into the next generation and continue the Juilliard String Quartet's legacy with youthfulness and vitality. The qualifications for the new member included an interest in performing contemporary music and a dedication to teaching. Mr. Eanet was a natural choice, as he brings to the Quartet the ideal qualities of having a new viewpoint as well as a shared emotional connection and musical philosophy with his new colleagues.


For Nick Eanet, the connection to the Juilliard String Quartet is almost familial. "It's very emotional for me to join this particular quartet," Eanet said. "Besides its being 'the' quartet when I was growing up, I have had a relationship with the founding violinist, Robert (Bobby) Mann, Sam, and both Joels since I was in school at Juilliard. As a freshman, I remember leaving my first quartet coaching with Bobby and thinking 'I must study with him.' That was to happen a few years later, and he was my violin teacher during my last year in school."


Nick Eanet's passionate connection to quartet playing, and his memories of the Juilliard, date back to his early childhood. "When I was only five years old, my young quartet was invited by Shinichi Suzuki to participate in his festival in Matsumoto, Japan. String quartets still hold a cherished place in my heart. Wonderful memories from a very early age, with some of the most personal and unique masterpieces in classical music, make a powerful combination -- those late Beethoven quartets sometimes feel like they dropped from the sky. I will never forget hearing Opus 132 for the first time: It was one of the Juilliard String Quartet's home concerts, and I was still quite young -- that slow movement was the most intense thing I had ever heard!"


Delighted to join this august group, Eanet embraces its tradition of teaching and inspiring new works: "The importance of the JSQ to the world of string quartets is impossible to calculate. Just the number of important commissions they have added to this already-rich repertoire would be a major accomplishment -- or their role in mentoring almost all the major American string quartets. And then there are those incredible recordings... It's intensely exciting to now share the responsibility for such an important institution. I can't wait to start the adventure."


The Ravinia program will include works by Schubert, Bartok and Mendelssohn; the complete program is as follows:


Schubert - Quartet No. 13 in A minor, D. 804, Op. 29, "Rosamunde"

Bartok - String Quartet No. 2

Mendelssohn - Quartet in F minor, Op. 80

(Program subject to change)


About the Juilliard String Quartet

The Juilliard String Quartet was founded as Juilliard's resident string quartet in 1946 by then-Juilliard President William Schuman. The current Quartet with violinist Joel Smirnoff has been together since 1997, when the founding violinist of the Quartet, Robert Mann, retired after 50 years. At that time, Mr. Smirnoff assumed the first violin position, with Ronald Copes joining as second violin.


Nick Eanet was a member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet earlier in his career and had continued his chamber music performance while a member of the Met Opera Orchestra since 1999. He is also an experienced teacher of his instrument; while a member of the Mendelssohn String Quartet, he was in residence and taught at Harvard University. He also was a member of the faculty of the University of Delaware and the North Carolina School of the Arts.


As champions of contemporary music since their founding, the Juilliard String Quartet's commissioned works come from noted composers such as Milton Babbitt, Ralph Shapey, Ezekiel Vił▒ao, and Richard Wernick. In 2007-08, the Juilliard String Quartet offered special programming in honor of Elliott Carter's 100th birthday, and on April 29, 2008 at Juilliard, the Quartet, with clarinetist and Juilliard faculty member Charles Neidich, performed the world premiere of Elliott Carter's Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet. In addition to the Quartet's North American performances, tours of Asia and Europe are planned for the 2009ĺ─ţ2010 season.


Tickets for the July 8 concert at Ravinia go on sale to the general
public on April 16 exclusively at www.ravinia.org.

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Queen of Puddings in Europe with Love Songs


QUEEN OF PUDDINGS MUSIC THEATRE

LOVE SONGS Tours EUROPE

Canadian Production Debuts in Paris, Ljubjana and Zagreb

Queen of Puddings Music Theatreĺ─˘s stunning one-woman show, Love Songs debuts in Europe this weekend at the legendary Centre Culturel Irlandais, in the historic Quartier Latin in Paris (France) on Saturday, April 18, followed by performances at Cankarjev Dom ĺ─ý a multi-venue state-of-the-art performing arts facility in the heart of magical Ljubjana (Slovenia) on April 21, and in Zagreb (Croatia) on April 24, as part of the prestigious international Zagreb Music Biennale.

Love Songs is a spectacular virtuosic (a cappella) tour de force for solo female singer starring mezzo-soprano Lauren Phillips. Award-winning composer Ana Sokolovic chose her favourite love poems from many different languages, set them to music and framed each set with ĺ─˙I Love Youĺ─¨ in 100 languages. A Queen of Puddings commission, Love Songs had a very successful premiere in Toronto last year at the Canadian Opera Companyĺ─˘s Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre and was remounted at Harbourfront in July 2008, and in Montreal in February 2009. ĺ─˙ĺ─Âa magnificent workĺ─Â Phillips went beyond virtuosity and entered into the various states of love with purity of heart as well as voice, and conveyed an exhilarating freedom and daring as she leapt from language to language ĺ─ý especially in the dizzying ĺ─˙I love youĺ─˘sĺ─¨ - Tamara Bernstein, The Globe and Mail (March 2008)

Lauren Phillips has been described as ĺ─˙incantatoryĺ─¨ in her singing. Originally from Ottawa, she has won Opera Guild Scholarships, a University of Western Ontario Gold Medal, as well as the Vivian Asfar Memorial Award through an opera competition as a young artist with Opera Lyra Ottawa. Ana Sokolovic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia and is now based in Montreal. Her works have been performed in North America and abroad. This opera is her third collaboration with Queen of Puddings Music Theatre (having written Sirens and The Midnight Court). Ana Sokolovic has won many distinctions and prizes, including the CBC Radio National Competition for Young Composers. She also represented Canada at UNESCOĺ─˘s International Rostrum of Composers in Paris.

The Toronto based Queen of Puddings Music Theatre creates boundary bursting music theatre ĺ─ý a music theatre that is dynamic, provocative and precedent setting. The company, founded in 1995 by Artistic Directors Dł░irine Nłé Mheadhra & John Hess, is acclaimed for its unique aesthetic based on a physical, singing theatre.

LOVE SONGS

Singer Lauren Phillips

Director/Choreographer Marie-Josłęe Chartier

Music Director Dł░irine Nłé Mheadhra

Production Manager/Lighting Designer Glenn Davidson

This tour has been made possible through the Touring programs of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.

www.queenofpuddingsmusictheatre.com

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

VSO's May Concert Listings


The VSOĺ─˘s May Concert Listings

Vancouver, BC ĺ─ý The month of May is jam-packed with a thrilling array of musical choices, beginning with Russian piano prodigy Alexander Gavrylyuk, playing Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s rarely-performed Piano Concerto No. 2 (a piece that is not nearly as famous as its big brother, but just as exciting!). This Rubinstein Competition winner is without a doubt one of the top pianists of his generation, and he makes his VSO debut on this concert pair at the Orpheum and the Bell Performing Arts Centre in Surrey. Next up is another young piano genius, eighteen-year old Ran Jia, also in her VSO debut. She will be highlighted in this all-Mozart Bach & Beyond series finale at the Chan Centre, and Beltone Symphony Sundays series finale at the Orpheum.

Moving along, the final Vancouver Sun Symphony at the Roundhouse concert of the season features a new work by VSO Composer-In-Residence Scott Good titled ĺ─Âblood which flowed. The final Pacific Arbour Tea & Trumpets of the season is next, featuring local choir En Chor in an explosive concert of Musical Fireworks.

A spectacular London Drugs VSO Pops concert celebrates the beloved music of George Gershwin. Principal Pops Conductor Jeff Tyzik, Canadian pianist Jon Nakamatsu and vocalist Doug LaBrecque are featured in some of the most memorable and enjoyable music ever written, including the delicious Rhapsody in Blue. Next up is the seasonĺ─˘s final concert for the little ones: Tiny Tots Letĺ─˘s Have a Playdate with Let Your Music Shine with Lisa and Linda. Toddlers can play games to the classic music of Brahms. Older children can enjoy the fun Spectra Energy Kids Koncert How the Gimquat Found Her Song featuring renowned childrenĺ─˘s entertainers Platypus Theatre. Through the captivating tale of an imaginary creature in search of her identity, this program explores the history of western music from Gregorian chant to the present day. With stops in Leipzig, Vienna, Berlin and New Orleans among many more, Gimquat and the children discover the music of the ages.

Last up in May is pianist Benjamin Hochman making his VSO debut, with VSO Conductor Laureate Kazuyoshi Akiyama in a concert that features a rare Mozart piano concerto and the passionate music of Russian master Sergey Prokofiev.

May is a month of concerts sure to thrill and excite Vancouver audiences, who will voraciously consume information about these extraordinary, world-renowned artists making their VSO debuts performing some of the greatest artistic works ever created in a remarkable month of concert events.

CONCERT INFO:

Musically Speaking Series:

Exciting Russian Classics! Gavrylyuk Plays Tchaikovsky

Saturday, May 9, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano*

Rimsky-Korsakov Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major*

James Maxwell Olympic Commission

Shostakovich The Age of Gold Suite

Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture

Rubinstein Competition winning piano prodigy Alexander Gavrylyuk is one of the top pianists of his generation, standing shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Lang Lang and Yundi Li. His performance of Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s other piano concerto will blow you away.

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

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

Generously Supported By:

Video Screen Sponsor: TELUS

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

May 9 Concert Sponsor: HSBC Canada

Surrey Nights Series:

Exciting Russian Classics! Gavrylyuk Plays Tchaikovsky

Monday, May 11, 8pm, Bell Performing Arts Centre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Alexander Gavrylyuk, piano

Rimsky-Korsakov Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36

Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Major*

James Maxwell Olympic Commission

Shostakovich The Age of Gold Suite

Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture

Rubinstein Competition winning piano prodigy Alexander Gavrylyuk is one of the top pianists of his generation, standing shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Lang Lang and Yundi Li. His performance of Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s other piano concerto will blow you away.

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

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

Generously Supported By:

The Surrey Nights Series has been endowed by a generous gift from Werner and Helga HłĆing.

Bach & Beyond Series:

Music of the Master: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Friday & Saturday, May 15 & 16, 8pm, Chan Centre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Ran Jia, piano

Mozart Symphony No. 31, Paris

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 12

Mozart Symphony No. 36, Linz

An all-Mozart series finale! The VSO celebrates the music of historyĺ─˘s greatest musical genius, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Eighteen year-old pianist Ran Jia has been praised as ĺ─˙a poet, with dramatic skill in music making.ĺ─¨ She will perform an early Mozart piano concerto in her VSO debut.

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

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

Generously Supported By:

The Bach & Beyond Series has been endowed by a generous gift from the Chan Foundation of Canada.

Radio Sponsor: CHQM-FM

Beltone Symphony Sundays Series:

Music of the Master: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Sunday, May 17, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Ran Jia, piano

Mozart Symphony No. 31, Paris

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 12

Mozart Symphony No. 36, Linz

An all-Mozart series finale! The VSO celebrates the music of historyĺ─˘s greatest musical genius, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Eighteen year-old pianist Ran Jia has been praised as ĺ─˙a poet, with dramatic skill in music making.ĺ─¨ She will perform an early Mozart piano concerto in her VSO debut.

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

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

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: Beltone

The Vancouver Sun Symphony at the Roundhouse Series:

That was then, these are now

Sunday, May 17, 8pm, Roundhouse Theatre

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

GyłĆrgy Ligeti Chamber Concerto

Jocelyn Morlock Music of the romantic era

Jordan Nobles Entropy

Scott Good ĺ─Âblood which flowed

John Adams Chamber Symphony

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

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

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: The Vancouver Sun

Financial Support By: SOCAN Foundation

Pacific Arbour Tea & Trumpets Series:

Musical Fireworks!

Thursday, May 21, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre

Evan Mitchell, conductor

En Chor, choir*

Bernstein Candide: Overture

Handel/Harty Royal Fireworks

Shostakovich Festive Overture

Tchaikovsky 1812 Overture*

Mussorgsky Night on Bald Mountain

Dvorak Slavonic Dance

This music created quite a stir in its time, and continues to do so. Thrill to the sounds of Handelĺ─˘s Royal Fireworks Music, Dvorakĺ─˘s Slavonic Dances, Mussorgskyĺ─˘s Night on Bald Mountain, Rimsky-Korsakovĺ─˘s Flight of the Bumblebee, Glinkaĺ─˘s Russlan and Ludmilla, and many more exciting classics.

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

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

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: Pacific Arbour

London Drugs VSO Pops Series:

A Gershwin Celebration

Friday & Saturday, May 22 & 23, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Jeff Tyzik, conductor

Jon Nakamatsu, piano

Doug LaBreque, vocalist

Gershwin Funny Face Overture

Gershwin I Got Rhythm

Gershwin Embraceable You

Gershwin They Canĺ─˘t Take That Away From Me

Gershwin An American in Paris

Gershwin Catfish Row

Gershwin Fascinatinĺ─˘ Rhythm

Gershwin Our Love Is Here To Stay

Gershwin Swanee

Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

The iconic, beloved music of George Gershwin needs no introduction. This spectacular concert is an all-Gershwin celebration that fills the Orpheum with some of the most memorable and enjoyable music ever written.

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

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

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: London Drugs

Radio Sponsor: CHQM-FM

Tiny Tots Series:

Letĺ─˘s Have a Playdate!

Friday, May 22, 10:00am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre

Saturday, May 23, 10:00am, 11:30am, Terry Fox Theatre

Let Your Music Shine with Lisa and Linda, entertainers

Featuring the music of Brahms. Hide and seek, bounce the ball and other favourite games set to the music of the classics.

Adult Tickets $15, Child Tickets $7

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

Premier Education Partner:

TELUS

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

Spectra Energy Kidsĺ─˘ Koncerts Series:

How the Gimquat Found Her Song

Sunday, May 24, 2pm, Orpheum Theatre

Evan Mitchell, conductor

Platypus Theatre, entertainers

Through the captivating tale of an imaginary creature in search of her identity, this program explores the history of western music from Gregorian chant to the present day. With stops in Leipzig (where the audience becomes Bachĺ─˘s choir!), Vienna, Berlin and New Orleans among many more, Gimquat and the children discover the music of the ages.

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

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

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: Spectra Energy

Premier Education Partner: TELUS

The Kidsĺ─˘ Koncerts Series has been endowed by a generous gift from the William and Irene McEwen Fund.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Masterworks Silver Series:

Melody and Power: Mozart and Prokofiev

Saturday & Monday, May 30 & June 1, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Kazuyoshi Akiyama, conductor

Benjamin Hochman, piano

Kabalevsky Colas Breugnon: Overture, Op. 24

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat Major, Jeunehomme

Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100

An early Mozart piano concerto is a rarely heard musical treat. This is followed up by the main course: the huge, exciting, passionate music of Russian master Sergey Prokofiev.

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

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

Generously Supported By:

Series Sponsor: PricewaterhouseCoopers

Video Screen Sponsor: TELUS

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

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Un mois de pur ravissement musical avec le Festival de musique de chambre de Montrłęal !

Festival de musique de chambre de Montrłęal
14e łędition

1er au 30 mai 2009

Un mois de pur ravissement musical !

łÔglise St-James
463, Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montrłęal / Młętro Place-des-Arts

Sala Rossa
4848, boulevard St-Laurent, Montrłęal

Biletterie : 514.848.9696 / 514.489.7444
www.festivalmontreal.org <http://www.festivalmontreal.org>


Montrłęal, le 14 avril 2009 ĺ─ý Cĺ─˘est łŢ un mois de pur ravissement musical auquel vous convie le Festival de musique de chambre de Montrłęal, qui se dłęroulera du 1er au 30 mai prochain, principalement łŢ lĺ─˘łÔglise St-James de Montrłęal, mais aussi łŢ La Sala Rossa, pour ce qui est de la toute nouvelle słęrie Chamber Rock McAuslan.

La programmation, łępoustouflante et dĺ─˘une qualitłę artistique sans pareille, propose des prestations musicales dĺ─˘artistes au sommet de leur art tels que Anton Kuerti, Lara St-John, Andrłę Laplante, Oliver Jones, Nathalie Paulin, Jonathan Crow, Florence K et Ivo Janssen, en plus dĺ─˘accueillir de prestigieux ensembles tels que lĺ─˘incomparable Quatuor Guarneri, pour leur dernier concert au Canada et le Quatuor Afiara.

De plus, le Festival innove cette annłęe en proposant une passionnante nouvelle słęrie de concerts, la słęrie Chamber Rock McAuslan. Nłęe de la constante volontłę dĺ─˘innover du Festival, elle propose un mariage unique de styles musicaux. On pourra ainsi entendre les artistes indi-rock Torngat et Courtney Wing & the Liederwolfe Collective ainsi que Philippe B., auxquels sĺ─˘associeront des musiciens de formation classique tels que la marimbiste Anne-Julie Caron, le Quatuor łŢ cordes Roddick et lĺ─˘accordłęoniste Vladimir Sidorov.

Le rłęputłę violoncelliste et directeur artistique Denis Brott a fondłę le Festival de musique de chambre de Montrłęal en 1995 dans le but dĺ─˘atteindre un vaste public au moyen de concerts novateurs, qui associent musique de chambre et autres formes dĺ─˘art telles que le thłęłótre, la danse et les arts visuels. Le Festival accueille des musiciens de rłęputation internationale, du Canada et de lĺ─˘łętranger, et donne aussi łŢ des jeunes lĺ─˘occasion de se produire en compagnie dĺ─˘artistes rłęputłęs, ce qui suscite de passionnantes rencontres musicales. Enfin, le Festival se distingue par sa volontłę de prłęsenter tous ses concerts dans des lieux qui tłęmoignent de la richesse culturelle et patrimoniale de Montrłęal.

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Noł┤l Coward's Tonight at 8:30 started with previews of Brief Encounters at the Shaw Festival


Noł┤l Cowardĺ─˘s Tonight at 8:30 series started with previews of Brief Encounters at the Shaw Festival Theatre


Still Life, We Were Dancing and Hands Across the Sea, three of the best known one-act plays from Noł┤l Cowardĺ─˘s Tonight at 8:30, began preview performances in Brief Encounters on Saturday, April 11, 2009 at the Festival Theatre. Directed by Artistic Director Jackie Maxwell, this first triple bill in the Shaw Festivalĺ─˘s Coward cycle of ten one-act plays marks the start of a world premiere ĺ─ţ the first time all ten plays have been presented together in repertory theatre history.

Repressed love after a chance meeting at a train station; flaming passion from a single dance across the floor; mistaken identity following a passing holiday acquaintance ĺ─ý three different stories all inspired by three brief moments in time, come together to make up Brief Encounters. This opening triplet of Cowardĺ─˘s Tonight at 8:30 cycle features three miniature delights only possible from the pen of Noł┤l Coward and demonstrate the great range of his writing ĺ─ý from drama to comedy to music.

Initially conceived by Coward to revive the one-act play, Tonight at 8:30 also provided the opportunity for Coward to showcase his and his favourite actress, Gertrude Lawrenceĺ─˘s acting, singing, and dancing talents. Staying true to Cowardĺ─˘s original idea, Deborah Hay, Patrick Galligan, Corrine Koslo and Thom Marriott perform multiple roles and show off their triple threat talents in this threesome of Coward short plays. Brief Encounters also features Krista Colosimo, Gray Powell, Goldie Semple, Michael Ball, Prince Amponsah, Wade Bogert-Oĺ─˘Brien, Beryl Bain and David Schurmann in multiple roles.

Brief Encounters has set and costumes designed by the Shaw Festivalĺ─˘s Head of Design, William Schmuck, lighting design by Head of Lighting Design Kevin Lamotte, musical arrangements and sound design by John Gzowski, projections by Adam Larsen, choreography by Valerie Moore. The stage management team includes Production Stage Manager Judy Farthing and Assistant Stage Manager Amy Jewell.

Jackie Maxwell and William Schmuckĺ─˘s previous collaborations include last seasonĺ─˘s production of The Stepmother and Rutherford and Son in 2004.

Brief Encounters preview performances began on Saturday, April 11; opens Wednesday, May 20; and plays in repertory until Saturday, October 24. Brief Encounters is sponsored by CIBC World Markets.

First presented in January 1935, the Tonight at 8:30 collection was completed, with the exception of Star Chamber, in May 1936. Previously, the Shaw Festival had presented We Were Dancing, Family Album and Shadow Play in 1971.

For more information on this once in a lifetime presentation of Tonight at 8:30, please visit www.tonightat830.com.

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Les Estivales de Musique au Coeur du Młędoc

LES ESTIVALES DE MUSIQUE AU CëÝUR DU MEDOC

Festival de musique classique dans le Młędoc

Du 2 au 16 juillet 2009


Pour leur sixił«me łędition, les Estivales de musique au cëýur du Młędoc, association parrainłęe par le cłęlł«bre musicien et chroniqueur de France inter, Frłędłęrique LODEON, organise une słęrie de 6 concerts dans les hauts lieux viticoles.


Les chłóteaux prestigieux du Młędoc (Lagrange, Branaire Ducru, Talbot, Lafite Rothschild, Malleret, Loudenne) dłęvoileront les prestations des laurłęats des grands concours internationaux.


Leurs prestations seront clłąturłęes par une dłęgustation de vins.


Ce festival, alliant musique et vin lors des concerts-dłęgustation a pour mission de faire dłęcouvrir au grand public les talents les plus prometteurs de la musique classique, rencontre d'excellence, d'exigence et de tradition.


Programmation 2009


Jeudi 02 juillet łŢ 21H

Duo lyrique au Chłóteau Lagrange / Saint Julien Beychevelle

Isabelle Druet (Mezzo Soprane) et Szabolcs Brikner (Tłęnor)

1er et 2nd prix du concours reine Elisabeth Bruxelles 2008

Accompagnement piano : Stłęphane Jamin.


Mardi 07 juillet łŢ 21H

Rłęcital d'alto au Chłóteau Branaire Ducru / Saint Julien Beychevelle

Arnaud Thorette

Laurłęat concours Głünes, Paris, Nł║remberg, Haverhill.


Mercredi 08 juillet łŢ 21H

Flł¬te et Harpe au Chłóteau Talbot / Saint Julien Beychevelle

Seiya Ueno et Rino Kageyama

Laurłęats du concours Rampal Paris 2008 et Laskin Paris 2008

ł« Prłęsence et commentaires de Frłędłęric Lodłęon


Jeudi 09 juillet łŢ 21H

Piano au Chłóteau Lafite Rothschild / Pauillac

Jean Frederic Neuburger

Laurłęat des concours Long Thibaut, Valence, Etlingen et nominłę aux Victoires de la musique 2007


Mercredi 15 juillet łŢ 21H

Duo de violons au Chłóteau de Malleret / Le Pian Młędoc

Sarah Nemtanu (rłęvłęlation de l'annłęe soliste aux Victoires de la musique 2007) et sa sëýur Deborah Nemtanu

Laurłęates des concours Ravel, Stradivarius.

ł« Exposition de l'artiste Cathy Schein (du 2 au 20 juillet au Chłóteau)


Jeudi 16 juillet łŢ 21H

Quintette łŢ vent au Chłóteau Loudenne / Saint Yzans de Młędoc

L'ensemble łŢ vent Aquillon, 1ier prix du concours ARD de Munich en 2006


En savoir plus :

www.estivales-musique-medoc.com



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Monday, April 13, 2009

Young Stars of the Young Century: 3 Teenage Virtuosi Perform in Toronto, May 9


Saturday, May 9 at the Glenn Gould Studio

SHOW ONE PRESENTS THREE ASTOUNDING YOUNG TALENTS

IN YOUNG STARS OF THE YOUNG CENTURY CONCERT

ĺ─˙These concerts are so full of youthful energy and true virtuosity that I cannot think of a better way to inspire your kids and give yourself hope for the next generation,ĺ─¨ says Svetlana Dvoretskaia.

Her company, Show One Productions, is about to present the 2009 edition of its signature series, Young Stars of the Young Century. Three teenage virtuosi from the former Soviet Union ĺ─ý all international award-winners ĺ─ý perform in Toronto Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. W.

Tickets, $35; students and seniors $30, are available from the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office, www.roythomson.com or 416-872-4255. Details including the complete program, and group rates may be obtained by visiting www.ShowOneProductions.ca.

The three Young Stars ĺ─ý all winners of awards from the California-based Guzik Foundation ĺ─ý are coming direct from their Carnegie Hall debuts, the night before.

Georgian pianist Luka Okrostsvoridze is back for his third Young Stars performance, after his successful North American solo recital debut in Toronto in 2007. Armenian clarinetist Narek Arutyunyan returns after his first Toronto visit in Young Stars in 2008. Russian violinist Yuri Revich makes his Canadian debut.

Their concert features musical favorites from the sublime romanticism of Chopin and Schumann to the jazzy delights of Gershwin and Piazzolla, with plenty of virtuosic musical fireworks, individually and in duos and trios. Among other features composers are Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Sarasate and Franł▀aix.

LUKA OKROSTSVORIDZE, piano (born in Tblisi, Georgia in 1991), studied with Professor Dorensky (teacher of Denis Matsuev) at the Moscow Conservatory. An accomplished pianist and composer, Luka has won international competitions and festivals, including the Colmar in France. After Lukaĺ─˘s first Toronto performance, with Young Stars in 2006, he made his North American solo recital debut here in 2007, winning fans with his charm, and passionate and mature playing. ĺ─˙His intensity is palpable,ĺ─¨ remarked the National Post.

YURI REVICH, violin (born in Moscow in 1991), has performed with the Russian National conducted by Mikhail Pletnev, the Moscow Soloists under Yuri Bashmet, and other leading orchestras. Yuri has won such international competitions as Virtuosi of the XXI Century and the David Oistrakh in Russia, and the Oldenburg Promenade and International Kloster-Schontal Violin Competition in Germany. In 2008, French master Alan Karbonar presented Yuri with a violin made especially for him. Germanyĺ─˘s Weinheimer Nachrichten (Weinheim News) described how Revich ĺ─˙left the public open-mouthed with the drama, passion and directness of his performance.ĺ─¨

NAREK ARUTYUNYAN, clarinet (born in Gumri, Armenia, 1992) is a regular soloist with the great Russian orchestras, under the likes of Constantine Orbelian, Vladimir Spivakov, and Yuri Bashmet. Narek has also given solo recitals in France, Italy and Switzerland. A winner of many international competitions, Narek is equally gifted in classical and jazz. At his 2008 Toronto debut in Young Stars, Alexa Petrenko of Classical 96.3 FM exclaimed that ĺ─˙this performance stopped time.ĺ─¨

The artistsĺ─˘ Carnegie Hall debuts, May 8, mark the U.S. debuts of Okrostvoridze and Revich, and the New York debut of Arutyunyan.

YOUNG STARS OF THE YOUNG CENTURY

ĺ─˙The Glenn Gould is a perfect acoustic venue,ĺ─¨ says Svetlana Dvoretskaia. ĺ─˙It also has a legacy, being named for one of the most important musicians in the world ĺ─ý which should make it as inspiring for the young virtuosi to play there as it is for the audience to hear them.ĺ─¨

For the last five years, Show One Productions has presented the Young Stars of the Young Century gala concerts, featuring the cream of the most talented young musicians from the former U.S.S.R.

Their concerts are a celebration of musical achievement, friendship and peace. The youthful artists have received outstanding critical acclaim through the years, along with exposure to new audiences. The Toronto Star has called Young Stars a ĺ─˙high-wattage evening of classical music favorites.ĺ─¨

THE GUZIK FOUNDATION

Every year, music schools throughout Russia groom their finest students to compete for scholarships granted by the Palo Alto-based Guzik Foundation. Over $400,000 is granted annually in cash prizes, recording contracts, concerts and other career enhancement. The Guzik Foundation Scholarship Program is funded by innovative philanthropist Nahum Guzik, a high-tech industrialist and Russian łęmigrłę.

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Announcing Jazz Piano Star Lynn Arriale May 12TH CD/DVD


JAZZ PIANO STAR LYNNE ARRIALE FORMS NEW ALLIANCES TO RELEASE "NUANCE - THE BENNETT STUDIO SESSIONS" FEATURING RANDY BRECKER, GEORGE MRAZ AND ANTHONY PINCIOTTI
CD/DVD ON MOTEMA MUSIC AVAILABLE MAY 12, 2009

Catch Lynne Arriale LIVE - MAY 19 @ NYC Jazz Standard with Randy Brecker, George Mraz and Anthony Pinciotti
Plus MAY 21-24 @ Chicago's Jazz Showcase with Hans Glawischnig and Anthony Pinciotti
and more dates to be announced!

(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.Motłęma.com and at www.lynnearriale.com
(plus www.JazzStandard.net and www.JazzShocase.com )

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 - http://www.motema.com/video/LynneArrialeTrio/55
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.

Arriale regularly performs at such internationally acclaimed venues as The Spoleto Arts Festival, Ireland's Cork Jazz Festival, The Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Pori Jazz Festival, the Burghausen and Stuttgart Jazz Festivals, The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Folly Theater, The Gilmore Festival, The Jacksonville Jazz Festival, The San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival and numerous other festivals, concerts and clubs throughout Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Italy, Poland, Romania, Norway, The Czech Republic, Ireland, the UK and Australia.

Leading up to the release, Lynne will tour internationally in the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Norway, Poland, Austria, and The Netherlands. RANDY BRECKER, who plays flugelhorn and trumpet on NUANCE, has recorded for more than three decades with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, Steely Dan, James Taylor, David Sanborn, George Benson, Chaka Khan, and Frank Zappa. GEORGE MRAZ (bass) has recorded and performed with Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones, Stan Getz, Bill Evans, Chet Baker, Charles Mingus, Lionel Hampton and Tommy Flanagan. ANTHONY PINCIOTTI is a rising star and drum master who is a first-call sideman for such jazz luminaries as James Moody, John Abercrombie, Kenny Werner, Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, Gary Bartz, Marcus Belgrave, Ira Sullivan and Frank Foster.

Deeply committed to jazz education, Lynne Arriale is currently Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano and Director of the Jazz Combo Program at The University of North Florida at Jacksonville. She also conducts master classes, clinics and workshops internationally for professionals, students and communities at large.

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Motłęma Music, founded in 2003 in San Francisco, is now based in Harlem, New York, The company is a division of the Motłęma Foundation, a private foundation that is dedicated to promoting excellence and humanity in jazz and other creative art forms that promote harmony and enrich the world around us. For more information, please visit: www.Motłęma.com.

This CD recording was produced by Lynne Arriale and Suzi Reynolds. The DVD was produced by Suzi Reynolds of Suzi Reynolds & Associates, LLC. and was made possible, in part, by a grant from Women in Jazz, Inc.

"NUANCE" PHOTO - L to R: RANDY BRECKER, LYNNE ARRIALE, GEORGE MRAZ, ANTHONY PINCIOTTI - (Photo Credit: R. Andrew Lepley)

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Pentał«dre prłęsente : Le jeu de l'inventaire


Pentał«dre prłęsente :


LE JEU DE Lĺ─˘INVENTAIRE
Pentał«dre et Jean Maheux, comłędien

Musique : Michel Longtin
Texte : Michel Garneau
Metteur en scł«ne : Alexis Martin


Les 7, 8 et 9 mai 2009, 20 h



Espace Dellĺ─˘Arte
40, rue Jean-Talon Est (Młętro Jean-Talon / De Castelnau)
Billets : 25 $ - 15 $ (ałĂnłęs/łętudiants)
Renseignements et billetterie : 514-490-9613 #101
www.pentaedre.com <http://www.pentaedre.com>


Montrłęal, 8 avril 2009 - En 1948, Le Refus Global, co-łęcrit et signłę par ce que le Qułębec comptait dĺ─˘artistes, de poł«tes et dĺ─˘intellectuels les plus brillants dłęnonł▀ait, entre autres choses, lĺ─˘omniprłęsence et les diktats de lĺ─˘łÔglise Catholique. Ce texte causa une onde de choc qui mł«nera łŢ la rłęvolution tranquille et łŢ la naissance du Qułębec moderne.
Au dłębut des annłęes 1980, le poł«te Michel Garneau et le compositeur Michel Longtin crłęent, łŢ la demande de lĺ─˘ensemble aujourdĺ─˘hui disparu York Winds, Le Jeu de lĺ─˘Inventaire, une ëýuvre musicale et połętique sur Le Refus Global. łÔcrit pour un acteur et un quintette łŢ vent, Le Jeu de lĺ─˘Inventaire est łŢ la fois une reprłęsentation musicale et thłęłótrale de la sclłęrose intellectuelle et sociale dłęnoncłęe par le manifeste, une połętisation de son message ainsi quĺ─˘une exploration fantastique des interactions possibles entre un comłędien devant se faire musicien et des musiciens devant se glisser dans leur peau dĺ─˘acteur. Lĺ─˘ëýuvre, jamais crłęłęe łŢ ce jour, sera donnłęe en premił«re par Pentał«dre, avec le comłędien Jean Maheux, dans une mise en scł«ne dĺ─˘Alexis Martin.

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Depuis ses dłębuts en 1985, PENTAłÓDRE se consacre łŢ la dłęcouverte d'un rłępertoire de musique de chambre variłę, original et souvent moins connu. Composłę de cinq musiciens talentueux, dont la technique et la prłęcision de jeu sont unanimement reconnues, Pentał«dre effectue des tournłęes au Qułębec, au Canada, aux łÔtats-Unis et en Europe. Pentał«dre collabore avec des artistes de renom et participe łŢ des crłęations audacieuses, dont rłęcemment lĺ─˘opłęra comique A Chair in Love ou Lĺ─˘amour est un opłęra muet avec les mimes Omnibus. Pentał«dre a reł▀u deux Prix OPUS : Meilleur disque 2008, musique classique, romantique, postromantique, impressionniste pour son Winterreise avec le tłęnor Christoph Prłęgardien, qui sĺ─˘est attirłę de nombreux łęloges internationalement, et Meilleur concert de lĺ─˘annłęe 2002, musiques actuelle, contemporaine, łęlectroacoustique.

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Yves Garand est nommłę łŢ la direction głęnłęrale et artistique de Orgue et Couleurs

Yves Garand est nommłę łŢ la direction głęnłęrale et artistique
de ORGUE ET COULEURS



Montrłęal, jeudi 8 avril 2009 ĺ─ţ Le Conseil dĺ─˘administration est heureux dĺ─˘annoncer la nomination de monsieur Yves Garand łŢ la direction głęnłęrale et artistique de ORGUE ET COULEURS, prenant le relais de Rłęgis Rousseau, nommłę en octobre dernier łŢ la direction du Conservatoire de musique de Saguenay.

Monsieur Garand est entrłę officiellement en fonction le lundi 6 avril 2009 et poursuivra la mission de lĺ─˘organisme łŢ faire connałĂtre le rłępertoire diversifiłę de lĺ─˘orgue łŢ un plus large public, avec la prłęsentation de son łęvłęnement automnal annuel, le Festival dĺ─˘automne Orgue et Couleurs, dont ce sera la onził«me łędition en 2009. ORGUE ET COULEURS continuera łęgalement de prłęsenter, en collaboration avec lĺ─˘arrondissement de Mercierĺ─ýHochelaga-Maisonneuve, sa słęrie estivale Les Concerts populaires de Montrłęal, crłęłęe il y a 45 ans, pour rendre plus accessible la musique symphonique łŢ la population de Montrłęal.

Trł«s actif sur la scł«ne culturelle de lĺ─˘łÚle de Montrłęal, artiste polyvalent, pianiste, organiste, professeur, agent et producteur, Yves Garand travaille rłęgulił«rement avec des artistes lyriques et instrumentistes, de młüme quĺ─˘avec plusieurs chorales du Qułębec.

Yves Garand a reł▀u sa formation musicale au Collł«ge Marguerite-Bourgeois, au Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal et łŢ la Facultłę de musique de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal, auprł«s de Franł▀oise Aubut, Marcelle Martin-Graton et Raymond Daveluy (orgue), Janine Lachance (piano dĺ─˘accompagnement) et Agnł«s Grossmann (direction chorale). En 1985, il est boursier du gouvernement du Qułębec, ce qui lui permet d'aller se perfectionner łŢ Paris.

Yves Garand sĺ─˘intłęresse łŢ diverses formes dĺ─˘expression artistique, ce qui lĺ─˘amł«ne łŢ assumer diffłęrentes fonctions dans le domaine musical. Il est directeur de Lĺ─˘łÔcole de musique Auguste-Descarries de Lachine et y enseigne le piano et le chant ; est depuis 1999, directeur musical du Chëýur Ambiance de Lachine ; et est directeur artistique de la słęrie de concerts Les Saint-Anges en musique prłęsentłęe dans le cadre de Les Concerts Lachine, łŢ lĺ─˘łęglise des Saints-Anges, dont il est lĺ─˘organiste titulaire. Il est membre du Conseil dĺ─˘administration de la Fłędłęration des Amis de lĺ─˘orgue (FQAO).

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In rep, Riverside Drive & My Child, Gleams Theatre at MainLine- April 28-May 10

Hold the Dates!

GLEAMS THEATRE presents

"SECLUDED SPOTS"
In rep, two hot plays in two short weeks

Directed by Constantin Sokolov

Mark these dates in your spring calendar

Tuesday, April 28 to Sunday, May 10, 2009

Riverside Drive by Woody Allen offers up Allen's continuing preoccupation with people who rationalize their actions, hide what they're doing and inevitably slip into sexual deception.

And

My Child by Mike Bartlett. Here, a father finds himself being phased-out of his son's life while we watch the extraordinary lengths used to hold on to him. Together on a bare stage, trapped in a 'cage', actors and spectators will face the challenge of Bartlett's sharp, fast-paced dialogue.

Gleams Theatre is honoured to welcome Mike Bartlett, author of My Child, for his one-week visit to Montrłęal from the UK- Tuesday, April 28, to Tuesday, May 5- for this North American Premiere of his show.

Secluded Spots- Riverside Drive & My Child (playing in rep)

Gleams Theatre

At MainLine Theatre

3997 Blvd. St. Laurent

Great ticket packages available

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

TorontoJazzBuzz brings YOU an upSwing to trump the economic downturn!


TorontoJazzBuzz brings YOU Connick sidemen, Marsalis, Juno winners, FREE downloads, and an upSwing to trump the economic downturn ĺ─ý for $15!

When: Wed, May 6th 2009 ĺ─ý 7:30pm

What: (Harry Connick Jr's bassist) Neal Caine Quintet with Jason Marsalis

Where: Chalkers Pub ĺ─ý 247 Marlee Ave, North York ĺ─ý www.ChalkersPub.com

How Much: $15 Limited Advance - $35@door

Tickets: www.TorontoJazzBuzz.com

TorontoJazzBuzz and Chalkers Pub with Groove Factor Drums present this talent-laden Modern Jazz ensemble which features original music by its leader, bassist/tunesmith, Neal Caine, (who will be fresh from his Connecticut performance as guest bassist with the Branford Marsalis Quartet. (Caine is bassist with the Harry Connick Jr. Orchestra, and formerly of Diana Krall's group). Jason Marsalis will be on drums ĺ─ý (there's that iconic surname again), brother of Branford and Wynton Marsalis. The group's tenor saxophonist (Stephen Riley ĺ─ý formerly of Harry Connick Jr's Orchestra) will still be warm from his concert with Marcus Roberts in the days prior to this May 6th performance with Caine's Quintet. Ellis Marsalis-trained Juno winning trumpeter, William Sperandei (who has toured with Wynton Marsalis), will provide the fourth leg of this intrepid group, while Juno nominated pianist, Robi Botos (a favourite of the late legend, Oscar Peterson's) will complete this band of thoroughbreds.

Repertoire: Original works from Caine's last release, "Backstabber's Ball", some new unreleased tunes, and a few standards.

Adv. ticket buyers receive FREE downloads of:

Čů A 2008 Jason Marsalis / TorontoJazzBuzz concert

Čů Neal Caine Quartet recordings (2 tunes)

Čů Selected downloadable video links of artists TJB has presented

Keita Hopkinson's accidentally philanthropic hobby company ĺ─ý TorontoJazzBuzz (www.TorontoJazzBuzz.com) ĺ─ý developed this event. Though still a novice Jazz Impresario, Hopkinson has presented some of the best Jazz musicians in the business, including Juno winners, Jason Marsalis, and musicians associated with Harry Connick Jr, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, and Buddy Rich. TJB has presented shows for the 2005 Downtown Toronto Jazz Fest, Luminato, 2008 CBC Canada Reads Awards Gala, the 2008 Toronto Book Awards, and the Royal Canadian Yacht Club.

Hopkinson lost the equivalent of 3/4s of his annual salary when he produced, promoted, booked, managed, and funded his first Jazz concerts in 2005.

He has shouldered the funding of most of these concerts himself on the strength of his abundant energy, a modest part time day-job income, a line-of-credit and a credit card. He is also a Realist oil painter ĺ─ý having apprenticed in an academy whose lineage strides back over 300 years through some of the best studios in Europe . He has not yet entered the market to sell his works, but aims to do that this year, in part to help fund more Jazz concerts. (www.TheSquareInch.blogspot.com).

He has received accolades and encouragement from accomplished US and Canadian performers, including famed saxophonist and record label founder Branford Marsalis, several Canadian and US Jazz that he champions, and other elite musicians who have expressed an interest in working with him. Even Toronto 's Mayor, David Miller congratulated this ill-equipped impresario when the Mayor co-hosted the 2008 Toronto Book Awards ĺ─ý (where TorontoJazzBuzz musicians performed, and where the Mayor spoke briefly with Hopkinson about his TJB projects).

Modern Jazz&Groove thrills, built on the pillars of Swing!!!

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Hometown pianist Avan Yu plays Rachmaninoff at the Orpheum, and on Tour with the VSO


Vancouver BC ĺ─ý Vancouverĺ─˘s own piano virtuoso and long-time VSO friend, Avan Yu, performs Rachmaninoffĺ─˘s thrilling Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini from April 25 to 27 at the Orpheum Theatre. Bramwell Tovey leads the orchestra in Debussyĺ─˘s Prłęlude łŢ lĺ─˘aprł«s midi dĺ─˘un faune and Stravinskyĺ─˘s Petrouchka.

ĺ─˙(Avan Yu) has killer fingers and whatĺ─˘s more, he has a definite ear for tone.ĺ─¨

- The Vancouver Sun

In addition to his three Orpheum performances on VSO subscription series, Mr. Yu will accompany the VSO on its Central Canada Tour from May 1 to 4, 2009 as featured soloist. The tour was planned around an invitation from the National Arts Centre in Ottawa as part of BC Scene, a celebration of the arts and cultural scene in British Columbia. The tour will take the orchestra to Qułębec City, Ottawa, Toronto and Montrłęal.

Last month, Avan Yu embarked on a two-week concert tour in Spain. He gave successful recitals in Vitoria, Seville, Peł▒aranda de Bracamonte, Gijłän, Oviedo, Avilł▀es, and Santander. The last time the pianist was in Spain was in August 2008, when he won the Silver Medal and the Audience Prize at the 16th Paloma Oĺ─˘Shea Santander International Piano Competition. Launched in 1974, the Paloma Oĺ─˘Shea Santander International Piano Competition takes place every three years and has become one of the most important piano competitions in the world today. In a span of less than two weeks, the contestants had to play five different concerts, including two concertos with orchestras as well as a chamber concert with the Casals Quartet.

At age 21, Canadian pianist Avan Yu has already performed in recital and with orchestras on four continents, captivating audiences with his extraordinary musicianship and ability. He is the only pianist to win first prize in both the junior and senior divisions of the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition. He made his debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the age of fourteen, and in October of this season, made his successful New York debut at the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall. Mr. Yu first came to national attention by taking first prize at the Canadian Chopin Competition at the age of 17, after having won the Canadian Music Competition in both 2001 and 2002.

CONCERT INFO

PricewaterhouseCoopers Masterworks Silver Series & Beltone Symphony Sundays 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

Tickets for April 25 & 27: $25 to $78.50 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

Tickets for April 26: $20 to $56 (Student, Senior and Subscriber discounts available)

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

Generously Supported By:

Masterworks Silver 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.

CBC Radio 2 will record Rachmaninoffĺ─˘s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini for Sunday Afternoon in Concert

Symphony Sundays Series Sponsor: Beltone

BIOGRAPHIES

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

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

The 2008-09 season holds many highlights for Tovey. In the fall of his ninth season with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the conductor takes the ensemble on tour to China and South Korea with guest artist Hillary Hahn. The first orchestra from Canada to perform in China in 30 years, the tour is capped by a performance at the Beijing Music Festivalĺ─ţanother first for a Canadian symphony. Upon returning to Vancouver, Tovey leads the orchestra through an in-depth Brahms Festival, featuring all four symphonies, the two piano concertos and the violin concerto. The Brahms Violin concerto is performed with violinist James Ehnes who, along with the VSO, won both a GRAMMY Award and a Juno Award in 2007 for a CBC recording of violin concertos by Walton, Korngold and Barber. Other special guest artists during the season include violinist Joshua Bell as well as a joint performance by celebrated vocalists Samuel Ramey and Frederica von Stade.

Recently branded the "...the hottest hot-weather conductor in America right now..." by The Baltimore Sun, Tovey continues both his second season as Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and his sixth season as founding host and conductor of the New York Philharmonic's Summertime Classics series at Avery Fisher Hall in summer 2009. The orchestras recently co-commissioned him to write a piece, the well-received Urban Runway, which receives its Canadian premiere this season.

An esteemed guest conductor, Tovey has worked with orchestras in Europe and the UK including the London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra as well as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra which he revisits this season. Tovey's other debuts include performances with the Ulster and Helsingborg Orchestras and Opera North. He also makes his Australian debut in fall 2008 with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and guest artist Christian Tetzlaff. In North America, along with his work with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Tovey has made guest appearances with the orchestras of Baltimore, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Seattle, Montreal as well as ongoing performances with Toronto, where he conducts this season.

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

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

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

With a profound commitment to new music, Tovey has established himself as a formidable composer and is the first artist to win a Juno Award in both conducting and composing. He has been commissioned by the Calgary Opera to compose the company's third original full-length opera. Written with librettist John Murrell, this work is based on the extraordinary life of Alexander "Sandy" Keith, a notorious 19th century con artist and criminal from Halifax, Nova Scotia. An immense undertaking, the piece will premiere in Calgary in January of 2011. Tovey's other accomplishments as a composer include receiving the Best Canadian Classical Composition 2003 Juno Award for his Requiem for a Charred Skull, performed and recorded by the Amadeus Choir and the Hannaford Band in Toronto.

Tovey has also built a strong reputation as an accomplished jazz pianist with two recordings to his name and has made memorable appearances on television, including two documentaries with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and a 1996 CBC TV broadcast of Victor Davies' Revelation, a full-length oratorio based on the Book of Revelation, with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. He has also recorded several DVDs, of works including Holst's The Planets Suite with distinguished guests such as percussionist Evelyn Glennie, among many others.

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

Avan Yu, piano

At the age of 21, Canadian pianist Avan Yu has already performed in recital and with orchestra on four continents, consistently captivating audiences with his extraordinary musicianship and prodigious ability. He is the only pianist to win First Prize in both the Junior and Senior Divisions of the Missouri Southern International Piano Competition. During a recent tour of Quebec and Ontario for Jeunesses Musicales of Canada, Claude Gingras of Montreal's La Presse wrote, "Avan Yu is destined to become a very important pianist."

Most recently in August 2008, Avan captured the Silver Medal and the Audience Award at the prestigious 16th Paloma O'Shea Santander International Piano Competition in Spain. As a result, he will be performing in various European venues during the coming seasons.

Avan made his debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the age of fourteen in a performance of Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. According to the Vancouver Sun, "He was astonishing, bringing out all the piano's harmonic depths and especially the music's poetry." Avan was then immediately re-engaged to perform the same work for a gala Summer Concert before an audience of 8,000 people. Since that time, he was engaged by the VSO for five of the six most recent seasons, including performances of the Chopin Concerto in F minor, the Prokofieff Second Piano Concerto, and Mussorgskyĺ─˘s Pictures at an Exhibition as part of their RussiaFest. This spring he will appear on the VSOĺ─˘s PricewaterhouseCoopers Masterworks Silver Series at the Orpheum and then will be their featured soloist when they tour Central Canada performing in Toronto, Ottawa, Montrłęal and Qułębec City.

In the past few years, Avan has collaborated with orchestras such as the Dresden Philharmonic, Real Filharmonłéa de Galicia, Victoria Symphony, Ottawa Symphony, Windsor Symphony, Xiamen Philharmonic in China, Orchestre Philharmonique of Morocco, B.C. Chinese Orchestra, Seattle Northwest Philharmonia, and Seattle Youth Orchestra.

On October 13th of this season, he made his successful New York debut at the Carnegie Weill Recital Hall. In addition, he has performed for the CBC, the Chopin Club in Warsaw, UNESCO, Vancouver Women's Musical Society, Far East Broadcast Corporation, Canadian Vocal and Performing Arts Society, Vancouver Chopin Society, Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver as well as a tour of ten Chopin recitals in British Columbia. Avan has also been invited by Debut Atlantic to tour the Canadian Atlantic Provinces in the 2009/10 season.

Avan Yu first came to national attention by taking first prize at the Canadian Chopin Competition at the age of seventeen, after having won the Canadian Music Competition in both 2001 and 2002. He was a prize winner at the International Radio Competition for Young Musicians in Prague (with violinist Nikki Chooi), the Fourth Tchaikovsky International Music Competition for Young Musicians in Xiamen, China, and at the Fourth Concours International de Musique in Morocco where he was awarded the Grand Prix du Publique. Avan has received support from the Koerner Foundation, the Vancouver Women's Musical Society, and the B.C. Arts Council.

Avan Yu began his musical studies in Hong Kong at the age of five. After moving to Vancouver in 1997 he studied with K.K. Sum, and since 2003 has been a student of Kenneth Broadway and Ralph Markham. Currently, Avan is continuing his studies at the University of Fine Arts in Berlin, Germany with Klaus Hellwig.

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Star Trekĺ─˘s Mr. Sulu joins Jack Everly for a Sci-Fi Spectacular


Star Trek's Mr. Sulu (George Takei) joins Jack Everly and the NAC Orchestra for a Sci-Fi Spectacular from April 23 to 25

Ottawa, Canada - Jack Everly and the National Arts Centre Orchestra boldly go where no orchestra has gone before when they bring the "Sci-Fi Spectacular" to Southam Hallĺ─Â the final frontierĺ─Â from Thursday, April 23 to Saturday, April 25 at 8 p.m. George Takei (pronounced Ta-KAY), best known as helmsman Mr. Sulu from the original Star Trek television series and six Star Trek feature films, beams in as narrator for this concert, joined by tenor Mike Eldred, soprano Kristin Plumley, and the Laurence Ewashko Singers.

NAC Orchestra Principal Pops Conductor Jack Everly raises his "lightsabre" to lead music from sci-fi and fantasy movie soundtracks, much of it by supercomposer John Williams, including Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone; Star Wars: The Phantom Menace; Somewhere in Time; Superman; Close Encounters of the Third Kind; 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Day the Earth Stood Still, the latter in a special new arrangement by Jack of the 1951 movie score. Jack is also responsible for an arrangement titled Lost in Syndication - a medley of science fiction television show theme songs including The X-Files, The Jetsons, My Favourite Martian, The Twilight Zone, Lost in Space, The Outer Limits and Stargate. A dazzling laser light show adds special effects to a concert that is truly out of this world!

Roaming the NAC Foyers will be such Sci-Fi characters as Darth Vader, Boba Fet, Star Trek, Storm troopers etc. and audience members also are encouraged to dress up and come as their favourite space personality.

George Takei, best known for his portrayal of "Mr. Sulu" in the acclaimed television and film series Star Trek, is currently a recurring guest star on NBC's hit ensemble drama series Heroes. His five-decade career includes more than 40 feature films and hundreds of television guest-starring roles. He received a star on Hollywood Boulevard's Walk of Fame in 1986 and he placed his signature and handprint in the forecourt of the landmark Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood in 1991. His many credits include a 1987 Grammy nomination in the "Best Spoken Word or Non-Musical Recording" category.

Mike Eldred is one of North America's most in-demand and beloved tenors, starring on Broadway in the recent "final cast" of Les Misłęrables in the role of Jean Valjean. He has performed with many symphony orchestras as well as award-winning artists including Jim Brickman, Michael Bolton, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Richard Marx, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder and Trisha Yearwood. Mr. Eldred has released five solo recordings.

Kristen Plumley has portrayed such opera heroines as Norina (Don Pasquale), Zerlina (Don

Giovanni), Barbarina (Le Nozze di Figaro), Adele (Die Fledermaus) Despina (CosłĘ fan tutte) and Yum-Yum (The Mikado). Plumley's orchestral appearances include Mozart's Coronation Mass and Haydn's Mass in Time of War with the New England Symphonic Ensemble at Carnegie Hall.

Jack Everly is now his fifth year as Principal Pops Conductor of the NAC Orchestra. His many memorable concerts include On the Air: Music of the Fabulous 40s, The Beat Goes On, A Cole Porter Celebration, Pops Goes Vegas, and his recent tribute to the 70s: Disco Days and Boogie Nights. Everly is also the Principal Pops Conductor with the Baltimore and Indianapolis Symphony Orchestras, as well as Music Director for the Symphonic Pops Consortium.

Tickets for the NAC Orchestra's "Sci-Fi Spectacular" from April 23 to 25 in Southam Hall are on sale now at $29, $39, $49, $59, $69 and $86 (GST and Facility Fee included) at the NAC Box Office (Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.), and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111. Ticketmaster may also be accessed through the NAC's web-site at www.nac-cna.ca.

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

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

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Carmina Nova: ancient times, modern ears


Carmina Nova

Folk songs and ballads from ancient times, heard through modern ears

Tuesday & Wednesday, May 5 & 6, 2009 at 8 pm

Trinity St. Paulĺ─˘s Centre

Torontoĺ─˘s Talisker Players conclude their 2008/09 season with Carmina Nova, a fascinating programme featuring Luciano Berioĺ─˘s stunning Folk Songs, R. Murray Schaferĺ─˘s captivating Minnelieder and the world premiere of The Song of Henry Pyne by Alexander Rapoport. The Talisker Players share the stage with mezzo-soprano Norine Burgess, who brings her unique flair and ease in countless styles and languages to these outstanding works. Delving into ballads, folk songs and stories from ancient times in many cultures as heard through the ears of some of the greatest composers of the modern age, Carmina Nova is presented at Trinity St. Paulĺ─˘s Centre on May 5 and 6.

Luciano Berio's Folk Songs is a pioneering work from 1964 that draws on traditional melodies from America, Armenia, Sicily, Genoa, Sardinia, the Auvergne and Azerbaijan. The composer honours the original melodies while creating a highly inventive and personal framework for the ensemble ĺ─ý mezzo soprano with viola, cello, flute, clarinet, harp and percussion. His muse was his wife, the great mezzo soprano Cathy Berberian, who established the work's popularity through many performances and an acclaimed first recording.

Minnelieder, by Canada's R. Murray Schafer, is an early work, written in 1956 when he was studying and working in Vienna. The composer, who at 75 has recently received the Governor General's Lifetime Achievement Award, has stated that it is "the first work I would regard as a useful contribution to music." It is indeed a beautiful piece, for mezzo-soprano with woodwind quintet. The texts are in medieval German, by Minnesinger (the name derives from the word minne, Middle High German for love) from the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, and they speak mostly of passionate but unfulfilled love.

As a companion to these two compelling works, Talisker Players have commissioned a new work from the well-known Toronto composer Alexander Rapoport. The Song of Henry Pyne is a retelling of an ancient middle-European ballad, for mezzo-soprano, viola, flute, bassoon and harp. The libretto, written by the composer, follows the young protagonist through various trials of love, with the instruments of the ensemble taking on the voices of the different characters in the story, in the style of medieval madrigal comedy. One of Toronto's most distinguished composers, Alexander Rapoport has had numerous commissions for orchestral and solo works, and for vocal works of all types, as well as music for film and theatre. An accomplished librettist, he also co-wrote the libretto for his acclaimed one-act opera, The Dragon in the Rocks, commissioned by the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus in 2007/08. His clever and light-hearted Music Theory Song, commissioned by the Riverdale Youth Singers in 2006, has already become a staple of the repertoire.

The evening includes readings from some of the most famous literature of medieval and Renaissance Europe, which describe the period in lusty detail. Excerpts from Don Quixote, The Canterbury Tales and The Decameron will be delivered by the well-known Toronto actor and director Stewart Arnott.

Photo of Norine Burgess.Norine Burgessĺ─˘s compelling stage presence and beauty of tone have brought her renown in opera houses and on concert stages around the world. She has appeared in opera production in Canada and abroad. Equally acclaimed on the concert stage, the Canadian singer performs regularly with The Aldeburgh Connection and with leading orchestras such as the Montreal Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and many other ensembles across Canada, the U.S. and in Europe.

Carmina Nova

Tuesday, May 5 & Wednesday, May 6, 2009 at 8 PM

Ballads and folk songs from ancient times, heard through modern ears

Trinity St. Paulĺ─˘s Centre, 427 Bloor Street West

Norine Burgess, mezzo soprano

The Talisker Players

Stewart Arnott, actor

R. Murray Schafer: Minnelieder, for voice and woodwind quintet

Luciano Berio: Folk Songs, for voice, flute, clarinet, viola, cello, harp and percussion

Alexander Rapoport: The Song of Henry Pyne, for voice, viola, flute, bassoon and harp

*world premiere*

TICKET INFORMATION

Individual tickets: $30 / $20 (seniors) / $10 (students)

Box office: 416-504-7529

General information: 416-466-1800

Email: words.music@taliskerplayers.ca

www.taliskerplayers.ca

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Monday, April 6, 2009

2009 Lineup Announced - TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival

2009 TD Canada Trust Toronto Jazz Festival Line-Up
Tickets are on sale now!
June 26 - July 5, 2009
For detailed listings, more club shows and free concerts visit www.torontojazz.com



Canon Theatre 8pm (TicketKing - 416.872.1212)
Tony Bennett ĺ─ý Sunday, July 5


Mainstage Concert Theatre - Nathan Phillips Square 8pm (416.870.8000)
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings ĺ─ý Friday, June 26 (Blackburn opens)
Medeski Martin & Wood ĺ─ý Saturday, June 27
Buckwheat Zydeco / BeauSoleil ĺ─ý Sunday, June 28 *double bill*
Kool & The Gang ĺ─ý Monday, June 29 (Harrison Kennedy opens)
Jamie Cullum ĺ─ý Tuesday, June 30
Dave Brubeck Quartet ĺ─ý Wednesday, July 1 (Brandi Disterheft Quartet opens)
Al Di Meola World Sinfonia '09 ĺ─ý Thursday, July 2 (Amanda Martinez opens)
Dave Holland Quintet / An Evening w. Branford Marsalis ĺ─ý Fri, July 3*double bill*
Curtis Stigers / Eliane Elias ĺ─ý Saturday, July 4 * double bill*
Sadao Watanabe ĺ─ý Sunday, July 5


Enwave Theatre ĺ─ý Harbourfront Centre 7pm (416.973.4000)
Josłę Gonzł░lez Trio ĺ─ý Friday, June 26
Jackie Richardson & Joe Sealy ĺ─ý Sunday, June 28
Melody Gardot ĺ─ý Monday, June 29
Chucho Valdłęs ĺ─ý Wednesday, July 1 (two shows - 7pm & 9:30pm)
Kenny Werner Quintet ĺ─ý Saturday, July 4


Fleck Dance Theatre ĺ─ý Harbourfront Centre 7pm (416.973.4000)
Freddy Cole Quartet ĺ─ý Friday, June 26
Maria Schneider Orchestra ĺ─ý Sunday, June 28 (9pm)
Hiromi ĺ─ý Monday, June 29
Mose Allison Trio ĺ─ý Tuesday, June 30


Notable Concerts
Madeleine Peyroux ĺ─ý Tues, June 30 @ Danforth Music Hall (416.870.8000)
Susan Tedeschi ĺ─ý Friday, July 3 @ Opera House (416.870.8000)


Church of the Redeemer, 7pm 162 Bloor St. West (416.870.8000)
Monks Casino ĺ─ý Friday, June 26
Delirium ĺ─ý Saturday, June 27
Motif ĺ─ý Monday, June 29
Enrico Rava & Stefano Bollani ĺ─ý Wednesday, July 1
Cabaret, The Old Mill Inn 8pm (416.870.8000)
Adi Braun & Andrłęe Bernard ĺ─ý Friday, June 26
Ray Jessel ĺ─ý Saturday, June 27
Carolyn Scott / Judy Marshak ĺ─ý Sunday, June 28
Adam Brazier ĺ─ý Monday, June 39
Nancy White / Judith Lander ĺ─ý Tuesday, June 30
George Evans / Maureen Kennedy ĺ─ý Wednesday, July 1
Adam Brazier ĺ─ý Thursday, July 2


Supermarket 9:30pm (416.870.8000)
The Heavy ĺ─ý Friday, June 26 (10pm)
The Sea & Cake ĺ─ý Saturday, June 27
Alice Russell ĺ─ý Tuesday, June 30
wordPEOPLE ĺ─ý Thursday, July 2
Joyce ĺ─ý Friday, July 3 (9pm)


The Pilot 9pm (416.870.8000)
Russ Little Quintet ĺ─ý Friday, June 26
Charlie Hunter ĺ─ý Saturday, June 27 (two shows ĺ─ý 9pm & 11pm)
Chris Potter's Underground ĺ─ý Monday, June 29 & Tuesday, June 30
Bobby Militello ĺ─ý Thursday, July 2
Grant Stewart Quartet ĺ─ý Saturday, July 4
Felix Stussi w. Ray Anderson ĺ─ý Sunday, July 5


*Previously Announced*
Sonny Rollins ĺ─ý Friday, June 26 @ Four Seasons Centre (416.363.8231)
Gary Burton Quartet Revisited w. Pat Metheny, Steve Swallow & Antonio Sanchez ĺ─ý Monday, June 29 @ Four Seasons Centre (416.363.8231)

*** tickets subject to GST and all applicable facility fees and service charges**

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

For more information visit www.torontojazz.com


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Symphony Nova Scotia performs at eight elementary schools this spring


Halifax, NS ĺ─ý Symphony Nova Scotia takes to the road this spring to perform at eight schools across the Halifax Regional Municipality and beyond.


Sponsored by RBC Financial Group and conducted by Symphony Nova Scotia resident conductor Martin MacDonald, these engaging in-school concerts introduce young audiences to musical instruments, classical music, and the orchestra in a fun, interactive way.


Each in-school concert provides students with a unique educational experience. This yearĺ─˘s program will explore music from a wide variety of cultures, including European, Middle Eastern, African, Asian, Latin American, and French Canadian.


Then, students will be able to discover the character and qualities of each family of instruments as the orchestra performs the sounds of the cultures that form our Canadian identity.


ĺ─˙We are so excited about the focus of this program,ĺ─¨ says Christina Murray, Symphony Nova Scotiaĺ─˘s Education and Outreach Manager. ĺ─˙Weĺ─˘ve developed it in collaboration with teachers to help open a dialogue about intercultural understanding.ĺ─¨


The orchestra will be performing this special program between April 8 and May 7 for seven schools: Southdale-North Woodside Elementary (Dartmouth), Enfield District School, Oyster Pond Academy, Seaside Elementary (Eastern Passage), BLT Elementary (Timberlea), Hillside Park Elementary (Lower Sackville), and Somerset and District Elementary (Berwick). They will also be performing a smaller program for pre-school and primary students at Halifax Independent School.


In-school concerts are just part of Symphony Nova Scotiaĺ─˘s comprehensive music education initiatives, along with open rehearsals, school matinees, special workshops, the Adopt-a-Musician program, the Musical Munchkins program, and the Library Series. These programs allow the orchestra to share the love of musical learning with over 14,000 young audiences each year.

For more information about Symphony Nova Scotiaĺ─˘s education and outreach programs, visit www.symphonynovascotia.ca.


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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Over the River and Through the Woods




The Segal Centre for Performing Arts

and

Saputo Inc.


Present


OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS


By JOE DIPIETRO

Directed by STEVEN SCHIPPER

April 19 - May 10, 2009


MONTREAL April 2009
ĺ─ý The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is delighted to present Joe DiPietro's hilarious and endearing Off-Broadway hit Over The River and Through the Woods.

"The theme of family relationships has been at the heart of our season", said Bryna Wasserman, Artistic and Executive Director of the Segal Centre. "Joe DiPietro's play will make you laugh until you roar and it will wrap its warm arms around you during its more touching moments".

Set in New Jersey in 1994, the play is about Nick, a young, single Italian-American who announces to both sets of grandparents that he has been offered a dream job in Seattle. Devastated by the news, his doting, salt-of-the-earth grandparents, with whom he has dinner every Sunday, cook up a plot to keep him from leaving the nest.

DiPietro, who has been compared to playwright Neil Simon for writing compelling autobiographical plays, says the grandparents he created "Are quite true to life. And if anyone thinks that this play exaggerates them, they would have only had to talk to them. One of them is still alive -- Ida (the inspiration for one of the play's characters, Aida). She gets mad when I reveal her exact age, so let's just say she's comfortably over 90".

Director Steven Schipper says DiPietro's humourous portrait of his grandparents is universal. "He must have sat behind the couch at my house with a tape recorder. There is no other explanation for the accuracy, the word-for-word authenticity of what is on that stage. Sure, my family was Jewish and he's writing about Italians, but you just have to change the pasta to matzo, and you'll see what I mean".

"The arts can create bridges of understanding and respect between cultures and
Over the River and Through the Woods accomplishes this beautifully," adds Bryna Wasserman.

It is in this spirit that the Segal Centre created a 21-day festival called 'A Salute to the Italian Community'.

The 'Salute' will run concurrently with
Over The River and Through the Woods and will feature Italian films, moviemakers and artists. Films showing at the Segal Centre's CinemaSpace include: Italian classics (Estate Violenta, La Traviata, La Resa Dei Conti); modern hits (Cinema Paradiso, Mambo Italiano); movies by Montreal Italian directors; and films about Africa by Italian directors, as part of the 25th annual Vues D'Afrique Festival.

The Lounge, the Segal Centre's increasingly popular downstairs cafłę, will display select works by photographer Geraldo Pace, sculptor Egidio Vincelli and Italian-born Montreal painters Vito Del Signore and Umberto Bruni.

Finally, Joe DiPietro will be in Montreal to watch Steven Schipper's outstanding cast incarnate his beloved family on the Segal stage. He will also give a lecture about Over the River and Through the Woods and his life as a playwright at Sunday @ the Segal (Sunday, April 19, 11am)

Contact
Suzanne Shugar for more information or interview requests.
Tłęl. (514) 739-2301, ext 8302 or sshugar@segalcentre.org

CAST BIOS

Doreen Brownstone - Emma Cristano

Well-known in Winnipeg, Doreen has also worked for Drayton Entertainment, Belfry, Sunshine, Citadel, Lunchbox, Globe and Magnus Theatres, plus two northern Manitoba/Ontario winter tours for the Manitoba Theatre Centre. Her resume includes radio, film and TV. In October 2004 she received the National Canadian Actors' Equity Life Membership Award, and in June 2006 a
Life Achievement Award from Manitoba ACTRA. Grateful thanks to director Steven Schipper for this opportunity to appear at the Segal Centre.

Diana Donnelly - Caitlin O'Hare

Diana was born and raised in Montreal. Last time she performed on this stage was with the Montreal Young Company. She recently completed a tour of Tarragon's
East of Berlin in which she originated the role of Sarah. Diana is going into her third season with Soulpepper Theatre after having spent four years with the Shaw Festival. Other Montreal credits include Impromptu on Nun's Island (Centaur); Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream (Repercussion Theatre). She is married to the wonderful Jeff Meadows.

DeAnn Mears - Aida Gianelli

DeAnn is delighted to be acting in Montreal for the first time with husband Frank Savino. Her
Broadway credits include: Tiny Alice, Abelard and Heloise, Too True To Be Good, Never Live Over A Pretzel Factory and Dear Liar. Ms Mears has performed in major regional theatres throughout the United States and Canada and was a leading actor for seven years at the famed American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. FILM/TV credits include: Presumed Innocent, Petulia, and Justine. She has recurring roles on Law and Order, Beacon Hill, and Another World and was recently seen on Law and Order-Special Victims Unit.
Bernie Passeltiner - Nunzio Cristano

Bernie Passeltiner is thrilled to be back at the Segal where he starred in
Tuesdays with Morrie and Visiting Mr. Green. Broadway appearances: Cafe Crown, Goodbye Fidel, Yentl and The Office. Off-Broadway shows include: Isn't it Romantic, The Dybbuk and The Sunshine Boys. He has toured the U.S., Canada and Japan in West Side Story and Grand Hotel and has played major roles in regional theatres across the U.S. and Canada. Film and TV credits include: Tootsie, 84 Charing Cross Road, What about Bob?, Law and Order, Ed and Kojak.

Frank Savino - Frank Gianelli

Frank has worked many times in Canada. His Canadian credits include: the Canadian Premiere of
Broadway Bound (The Citadel, Edmonton & Royal Alex, Toronto), Much Ado About Nothing (Theatre Calgary) and The Royal Hunt of the Sun (O'Keefe Centre, Toronto). Broadway appearances include: Daughter of Silence, Room Service, and Mixed Emotions. Film and TV credits include: Three Days of the Condor, The Race That Won The West, The Trade; Louis Riel and the series Jake and the Kid (CBC), The Sopranos, Law and Order and Hill Street Blues.

Gianpaolo Venuta - Nick Cristano
Over the River and Through the Woods marks Gianpaolo's return to the Segal Centre after more than a year. He was last seen on this stage in The Diary Of Anne Frank in the role of Peter and prior to that starred in Infinitheatre's The Elephant Song. Gianpaolo's film and TV experience includes leading roles in Pure, Il Duce Canadese, Take-Out, as well as a recurring role in Naked Josh. My Claudia, a short film written and directed by Gianpaolo, recently premiered at The Toronto World Short Film Festival and was well-received.

DESIGN TEAM

Set and Costume Design MICHAEL GIANFRANCESCO
Lighting Design
KIRSTEN WATT
Sound Design
ARLO C. BATES
Stage Manager
LUCIANA BURCHERI
Assistant Stage Manager
JEN JONES


**MEDIA CALL**

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


The media is invited to photograph and tape an excerpt of
Over the River and Through the Woods

12:30pm for still cameras
1pm for video cameras

Contact
Suzanne Shugar for more information or interview requests.
Tłęl. (514) 739-2301, ext 8302 or sshugar@segalcentre.org


MONDAY NIGHT TALKBACKS

As usual following the play, some of the actors and/or designers will remain on stage to take questions from the audience. Monday Night Talkbacks provides an intimate opportunity for audiences to engage up close and personal with the personalities bringing first class professional English language theatre to Montreal.

BUILDING AUDIENCES FOR THE FUTURE

Everyone knows the importance of creating and fostering new theatre audiences. To this end, the Segal Centre is offering substantial savings for those under 30, providing an opportunity for full-time college and university students and young professionals to experience high quality theatre at an affordable price.

TICKETS AND MEDIA INFORMATION

Run:
April 19 - May 10, 2009

Previews:
April 19 1:30 pm
April 20, 21 8:00 pm

Sunday-@-the Segal:
April 19 11:00 am
Media Opening Night:
Wednesday, April 22 8:00 pm
Performances:
Monday - Thursday, 8:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 pm
Sunday 7:00 pm

Matinłęes:
Wednesdays 1:00 pm
Sundays 2:00 pm

Box Office:
(514) 739-7944

Admission
(514) 790-1245
www.admission.com

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Lĺ─˘OSJM vous invite łŢ devenir chef dĺ─˘orchestre dĺ─˘un soir


L'OSJM vous invite łŢ devenir chef d'orchestre d'un soir


Qui n'a jamais rłüvłę de diriger un orchestre symphonique, ou qui ne s'est jamais demandłę łŢ quoi peut bien servir un chef d'orchestre? Est-ce si difficile? Faut-il vraiment des connaissances particulił«res?

Cette annłęe, l'Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de Montrłęal vous offre la possibilitłę de diriger cet orchestre de 60 musiciens pendant cinq minutes au cours d'une soirłęe błęnłęfice qui aura lieu le 20 mai prochain, łŢ 20 heures łŢ la salle Claude-Champagne.

Pour courir la chance de diriger l'Orchestre, rien de plus simple : il suffit au candidat Chef d'un soir de s'inscrire łŢ l'adresse www.osjm.org/inscriptionchef puis de demander łŢ ses connaissances et amis de le soutenir en versant des dons łŢ son nom łŢ l'adresse www.osjm.org/soutenirchef, une page qui permet les paiements słęcurisłęs par carte de crłędit ou compte Paypal.

Les trois chefs qui auront reł▀u le plus important soutien financier pourront diriger l'Orchestre le 20 mai prochain et participer łŢ une de ses rłępłętitions. Un quatrił«me chef sera dłęsignłę parmi les autres candidats.

L'Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de Montrłęal (OSJM) a łętłę fondłę en 1976 et rłęunit chaque annłęe une soixantaine d'instrumentistes łógłęs en moyenne de 18 ans, admis aprł«s audition. Prł«s de 1 000 jeunes instrumentistes provenant de l'łĂle de Montrłęal, łęlł«ves de nos grandes łęcoles de musique, ont ainsi acquis une formation de haute qualitłę permettant łŢ nombre d'entre eux de faire partie de nos orchestres professionnels.

Le rłępertoire de l'OSJM est puisłę łŢ młüme le vaste łęventail de la musique symphonique allant de Mozart łŢ Mahler, en passant par Debussy, Chostakovitch et Beethoven. Plusieurs solistes, instrumentistes, chanteurs et compositeurs de renom, autant qułębłęcois qu'łętrangers, ont partagłę la scł«ne avec l'OSJM.

L'OSJM a effectułę des tournłęes au Qułębec, en Ontario, en Alberta, en łÔcosse, en Grł«ce et en France. L'Orchestre compte łŢ son actif plusieurs disques, dont la Symphonie # 3 avec orgue de Camille Saint-Sał┤ns ainsi que Le lac des cygnes et Casse-Noisettes de Tchałěkovsky.

ł─ propos de Louis Lavigueur
Louis Lavigueur dirige l'Orchestre symphonique des jeunes de Montrłęal depuis septembre 1986. Laurłęat du concours international de jeunes chefs d'orchestre de Besanł▀on (France), il est chef-adjoint et coordonnateur de l'Orchestre du Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal, chef de l'Orchestre de Pierre-Laporte, directeur artistique et chef de l'Orchestre des concerts symphoniques de Gatineau et de l'Ensemble Sinfonia de Montrłęal. Il a łętłę chef d'orchestre en rłęsidence łŢ l'Universitłę McGill.

L'un des rares chefs łŢ connałĂtre et former aussi bien les chëýurs que les orchestres, il dirige le chëýur du Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal, les cinq chëýurs du programme musique-łętudes de l'łÔcole Pierre-Laporte, l'Ensemble vocal Polymnie de Longueuil et le Chëýur Polyphonique de Montrłęal. Il a łętłę dłęcorłę de l'Ordre du Młęrite Choral et a remportłę le Prix de la Ville de Versailles pour la meilleure interprłętation d'une ëýuvre pour orchestre de Darius Milhaud.

Płędagogue recherchłę, Louis Lavigueur a enseignłę aux Universitłęs Laval, McGill et Montrłęal. En tant que chef invitłę, il a dirigłę plusieurs orchestres et chëýurs au Canada, en France, en Suisse et en Rłępublique tchł«que. Il a frłęquemment enregistrłę des łęmissions tant łŢ la radio qu'łŢ la tłęlłęvision de Radio-Canada. Il a signłę plusieurs disques avec l'Orchestre Młętropolitain ainsi que des ëýuvres de Saint-Sał┤ns et Tchałěkovsky avec l'OSJM, qu'il a menłę en tournłęe en Grł«ce et en France.

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Le Spotlight is back!/Le Spotlight est de retour

MUSICAL THEATRE TAKES CENTRE STAGE IN LE SPOTLIGHT 2009


Get ready for the city's most exciting night of musical theatre on Tuesday evening, May 5 at the Gesł╝ in downtown Montreal. Le Spotlight: Montreal's Musical Theatre Challenge is the third edition of this celebration of local performing excellence, sponsored by the Centre for Education and Theatre in Montreal (CETM)


INCREASING THE VISIBILITY OF MONTREAL-BASED TALENT


Ten Montrealers were selected during a round of preliminary auditions held recently at CETM. The judging panel included noted stage director Corey Castle, speech and accent coach Julia Lenardon, and drama educator Cathy Burns. "The quality of this year's talented contestants is positively amazing," said Stephen Pietrantoni of CETM. "Montreal has a lot to be proud of, and we will spend the evening celebrating that reality."


This year's Le Spotlight finalists are: Shayne Devouges, Katia DiPerna, Braulio Elicer, Lisa Ashley Gontovnick, Kayla Grunfeld, Shannon Hamilton, Coralie Heiler, Julie Lapierre, Stephanie Lessard and Heather White. Each will have just four minutes alone on stage to demonstrate acting, singing and movement skills before a panel of professional judges and a live audience. The winner will receive free tuition for a two-day musical theatre master class with Group Theatre Musical Montreal a guaranteed featured part in the Next Wave Festival of New Musicals coming to the McCord Museum and the Gesł╝ in August.


ROBERT MARIEN GUEST STARS


Numerous special guests will add their own special lustre to this annual celebration of musical theatre in La Grande Młętropole. Leading the way will be Montreal-based Broadway star Robert Marien, who will perform a specially-orchestrated medley of hit songs from musical theatre. Eighty-one year old local legend Geraldine Doucet will add her grace and experience to a quartet of Broadway Babies, and Tocadłęo, (Montreal's answer to Il Divo), will be among the special performers to display their musical theatre artistry.


All performers will appear with a live 10-piece orchestra under the direction of Chris Barillaro. The show will be directed by Patrick Olafson and hosted by Le Spotlight creator, Stephen Pietrantoni. A partial list of judges for the finals includes radio personality and musical theatre enthusiast Sharman Yarnell of CJAD radio, Kevin John Saylor, Artistic Director of the Kateri Performing Arts centre in Kahnawake, and Sergine Dumais from the faculty at LAMDA, with three others to be revealed at a later time.


VOX POPULI


For the first time this year, those present in the audience will be given the opportunity to vote for their favorite performer. "We'll see if the judges and the public choose the same contestant," said Pietrantoni, "but it's the evaluation of the judges that will decide who we ultimately will see on stage in August."


Tickets are $25 (all taxes and facility fees included), and may be obtained at the Gesł╝ box office (Tues. ĺ─ý Sat., noon to 6 p.m.). Student/senior rates are available.


Venue: Amphithłęłótre du Gesł╝, - Centre de crłęativitłę, 1200 Bleury (between Ste-Catherine and Renłę-Lłęvesque) Montreal. Metro: Place des Arts. buses: 15, 80 or 150.


More information about the competition is available from Le Spotlight's official website: www.lespotlight.ca.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Portland Symphony Announces 2009-10 Season

Portland Symphony Orchestra Announces 2009-10
85th Anniversary Season, 30th Anniversary of Magic of Christmas
  • Concerts include actors, dancers, and multimedia components
  • Two programs with vocal soloists and full chorus
  • Guest artists include Dame Evelyn Glennie, Yuja Wang, and mandolin phenom Chris Thile
PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý For the Portland Symphony Orchestra's 85th anniversary, Music Director Robert Moody guides Maine's premier orchestra through the 2009-10 concert season filled with traditional and new works of classical repertoire, internationally celebrated guest artists and an entertaining variety of Pops and contemporary musical offerings. The PSO's 2009-10 season is sponsored by IDEXX Laboratories.

Among the many guests visiting Merrill Auditorium are Dame Evelyn Glennie in her first PSO appearance in 15 years; mandolin legend Chris Thile; pianist Yuja Wang; Byron Stripling on trumpet; and vocalists Natalie Fagnan, Mary Phillips, Lisa Saffer, John McVeigh and Timothy Jones. Guest ensembles include members of the Portland Stage Company, Choral Art Society, Cirque de la Symphonie, and Maine's very own Motor Booty Affair. Guest conductors include Matthew Fritz, Conductor of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic's "Discovery" Series; Alfred Savia, Music Director of the Evansville Philharmonic; Scott Terrell, Resident Conductor at Charleston Symphony; and Matthew Troy, Assistant Conductor at the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra.

The PSO performs two premieres: the New England premiere of Concerto for Mandolin, a new work by Chris Thile co-commissioned by the PSO; and the Maine premiere of Chasing Lightĺ─Â by Joseph Schwantner, part of Ford Made in America Consortium, a partnership program of the League of American Orchestras and Meet the Composer.

Music Director Robert Moody said, "Our commitment to the greatest masterworks in our repertory is unbending. At the same time, we are also exploring works which are not yet part of the canon, but perhaps will be one day. I will always try to pair music that might challenge us a bit with "tried and true" music from the repertory. Pairing Brett Dietz's Headcase with Ravel and Mozart is an example of that approach. None of us will be here in 100 years to know for sure which works survive and thrive, but it is an immense privilege, and great responsibility, to be part of that initial journey."

Another first for the PSO this year will be two performances of Mahler's Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection," which will close both the Tuesday Classical and Sunday Classical series. Executive Director Ari Solotoff explains: "Performing a work as powerful and momentous as Mahler's Resurrection Symphony is something that many orchestras aspire to. However it's a very expensive program, requiring chorus, soloists, and many more musicians than we usually have onstage. Having this program close both of our classical series makes it possible for more people to experience this incredible music. It is also a great example of the kind of efficient and strategic thinking we are using during these economically challenging times, as two performances of the same program can be more cost-effective than one."

"We've enjoyed 85 years of incredible music making with the PSO, but this year will be transformative," added Gordon Gayer, President of the PSO Board of Trustees. "At the same time the PSO continues to provide quality programming and educational activities in an economically sustainable way, our 2009-10 season promises to reinforce why the PSO is such an integral part of Portland's community and culture."

Music Director Moody adds, "I have always looked to music as an outlet and a celebration of all that life has to offer, especially during times of challenge. This season is all about experiences that are energetic, 'electric,' poignant, evolving, inspiring, entertaining, and moving. If we do our job right, people should still be recovering from the goose-bumps, and remembering this 85th anniversary season, for a long time to come."

Tuesday Classical:
Six concerts on Tuesdays at 7:30 PM

Tuesday, October 6, 2009: Heroes and the American Dream
Robert Moody, conductor
Actors from Portland Stage Company
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, "Eroica"
  • Boyer: Ellis Island: The Dream of America
Celebrates the American immigrant experience and the American dream. Brings elements of theatre and multimedia into the concert hall, employing actors and projected historical images from the Ellis Island archives.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009: It Is Enough
Robert Moody, conductor
Charles Dimmick, violin
  • Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
  • Berg: Violin Concerto
  • Sibelius: Symphony No. 2
Tuesday, February 16, 2010: Rach and Romance
Robert Moody, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano
  • John Adams: The Chairman Dances
  • Hanson: Symphony No. 2, "Romantic"
  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
Tuesday, March 9, 2010: Life, Death, Transfiguration
Robert Moody, conductor
Natalie Fagnan, soprano; John McVeigh, tenor; boy soprano tba
Choral Art Society
  • Theofanidis: Rainbow Body
  • Richard Strauss: Tod und Verklłžrung ("Death and Transfiguration")
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber: Requiem
Tuesday, April 6, 2010: Sounds and Light
Alfred Savia, guest conductor
Evelyn Glennie, percussion
Sponsored by Verrill Dana, LLP
  • Schwantner: Chasing Lightĺ─Â (Maine premiere)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 8
  • Masson: Snare drum Concerto
  • Joe Duddell: Snowblind for solo percussion and strings
  • Ravel: Bolero
The Portland Symphony PSO's performance of Joseph Schwantner's Chasing Lightĺ─Âis part of Ford Made in America, a partnership program of the League of American Orchestras and Meet The Composer.

Ford Made in America is made possible by Ford Motor Company Fund, the philanthropic arm of Ford Motor Company.

Major support is also provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional funding from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, and The Amphion Foundation.


Tuesday, May 4, 2010: Mighty Mahler
Robert Moody, conductor
Lisa Saffer, soprano; Mary Phillips, mezzo soprano
Choral Art Society
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection"

Sunday Classical:
Four concerts on Sundays at 2:30 PM


Sunday, November 8, 2009: Great Stories to Tell!
Robert Moody, conductor
Narrator, dancers tba
  • Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances, Suite 1
  • Mendelssohn: Selections from A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Stravinsky: L'histoire du Soldat ("A Soldier's Tale")
Sunday, January 24, 2010: Head and Heart
Robert Moody, conductor
Timothy Jones, baritone
  • Ravel: Pavane pour une infante defunte ("Pavane for a dead princess")
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 25, "Little G minor"
  • Dietz: Headcase
A musical journey through a major stroke that the composer suffered when he was 29. Incorporates voice, electronic sounds, and projected images.

Sunday, March 28, 2010: Chris Thile in Concert with the PSO

Scott Terrell, guest conductor
Chris Thile, mandolin
  • Copland: Appalachian Spring (Original Version)
  • Schoenberg: Verklłžrte nacht ("Transfigured Night ")
  • Thile: Concerto for Mandolin (PSO co-commission, New England premiere)
Sunday, May 2, 2010: Mighty Mahler
Robert Moody, conductor
Lisa Saffer, soprano; Mary Phillips, mezzo soprano
Choral Art Society
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 2, "Resurrection"

PSO Pops!
:

Four concerts on Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Four concerts on Sundays at 2:30 PM


October 24 - 25, 2009: Cirque de la Symphonie
Robert Moody, conductor
Sponsored by L.L. Bean
  • Ring juggling, magic, contortionists, aerial artistry on silk fabrics etc. to dramatic light classical music (no amplification) like Bizet's Carmen, Khatchaturian Sabre Dance, Tchaikovsky Swan Lake. It's like Cirque du Soleil backed by a full symphony orchestra.
November 14 - 15, 2009: Tribute to Louis Armstrong
Matthew Fritz, guest conductor
Byron Stripling, trumpet and vocals
Sponsored by Holiday Inn By the Bay and New England Coffee
  • Singing and playing in the legendary style of Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong, world-renowned trumpet virtuoso Byron Stripling lights up the stage!
February 20 ĺ─ý 21, 2010: Isn't It Romantic?
Matthew Troy, guest conductor
  • The most romantic love duets from Broadway shows throughout the ages.
April 24 - 25: Play that Funky Music, PSO!
Robert Moody, conductor
Motor Booty Affair, guest ensemble
  • Is that Robert Moody in a white Saturday Night Fever leisure suit? PSO pays tribute to the music of the 70's.

Magic of Christmas
:

Eleven performances

Sponsored by Hannaford Supermarkets, IDEXX Laboratories, Northeast Delta Dental

December 11 ĺ─ý 20, 2009: 30th Anniversary Season
Robert Moody, conductor
  • Celebrating 30 years of Magic! Guest artists and program details to be announced in May 2009.

Pricing and Ticket Information:
  • Tuesday Classical subscription prices: $114 - $351
  • Sunday Classical subscription prices: $52 - $168
  • PSO Pops! subscription prices: $68 - $218
  • Magic of Christmas ticket prices: $25 - $55
Special pricing is available for students, seniors, and groups of 10 or more.

Subscriptions and Magic of Christmas tickets now on sale. Single tickets for all series concerts on sale beginning September 1, 2009. Order through PortTix at 207-842-0800 or visit www.portlandsymphony.com.

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Flutist Linda Chatterton with Diverse Voices

VIRTUOSO FLUTIST LINDA CHATTERTON RELEASES NEW CD, "DIVERSE VOICES ĺ─ý AMERICAN MUSIC FOR FLUTE"

A new CD of performances by flutist Linda Chatterton, with pianist John Jensen, has just been released on her own independent label (LC8032). "Diverse Voices -- American Music For Flute" features works by Aaron Copland, Lowell Liebermann, Paul Schoenfield, Edie Hill, and Roberto Sierra. With her remarkable technique and expressive personality, Ms. Chatterton imbues this music with a huge variety of colors, effects and textures.

The contents of the CD (total timing: 52:18) is as follows:

Aaron Copland - Duo for Flute and Piano
Flowing (5:24)
Poetic, somewhat mournful (4:44)
Lively, with bounce (3:16)
Lowell Liebermann - Sonata, Op. 23
Lento con rubato (10:08)
Presto energico (3:20)
Paul Schoenfield - Achat Sha'alti (3:28)
Paul Schoenfield - Ufaratsta (2:00)
Edie Hill - This Floating World (8:50)
Skylark
Harvest Moon and Tide
Winter Solitude
Petal Shower
A Wild Sea
Roberto Sierra - Sonata No. 1
Fast (3:59)
Expressive (3:18)
With gusto (3:28)

About her new CD, "Diverse Voices - American Music for Flute," Linda Chatterton says that the repertory "showcases what I am passionate about as a musician: sharing the many "diverse voices" of contemporary music ĺ─ý if Aaron Copland can still be considered contemporary! -- with audiences; pushing the artistic extremes of what the flute can do, from the technical fireworks of Lowell Liebermann to the pastel shadings of Edie Hill; and connecting with people through music, whether it is in the concert hall or in listeners' living rooms."

Ms. Chatterton's upcoming performances include a 20-city U. S. concert tour in March, 2010, featuring selections from this new CD. She will also perform in New York City in August, 2009, as part of the National Flute Association international conference, and will perform the world premiere of a concerto by Native American composer Brent Michael Davids (based on the Plains Indian "love flute" used for courtship rituals) and a flute and pipa concerto by Chen Yi (dates to be announced).

About the Repertory
Aaron Copland's (1900-1990) Duo was commissioned by students and friends of Philadelphia Orchestra flutist William Kincaid in his memory, and was completed in 1971. The Duo certainly seems to encompass many hallmarks of Copland's style, from the pastoral, expansive mood of the first movement to the mournful and introspective feeling of the second movement to the joyful and almost jazzy exuberance of the third.

Lowell Liebermann's (b. 1961) two-movement work showcases the flute's ability to create sinuous melodic lines and invoke a broad palette of tone colors as well as display the instrument's dazzling technical capabilities.

Paul Schoenfield (b. 1947) Achat Sha'alti and Ufaratsta are Schoenfield's arrangements of two selections from his Six Improvisations on Hasidic Melodies for solo piano, which are themselves derivations of music he improvised at Hasidic gatherings in the 1980's. The texts of the original songs are from Psalms and Genesis.

Edie Hill (b. 1962) "This Floating World" is a collection of five musical illustrations of the Haiku by Basho as translated by Robert Hass. Edie Hill often uses extra musical material ĺ─ý such as these elegant images -- as a means of generating structure and color in her music.

Roberto Sierra (b. 1953) Although the three movements of the sonata differ in terms of mood, tempo and character, they are based on the same two four-note groups. The low and high registers of both instruments are used to create mood and convey the very expressive nature of the music. The sonata ends with a joyful montuno-like dance (montuno is a rhythmic-melodic pattern used in salsa music) where the flute becomes not only melodic, but also an instrument capable of producing incisive rhythms.

About Linda Chatterton
A flutist with an equal flair for the dramatic, lyrical, powerful, or playful, her range of repertoire perfectly reflects the varied facets of her solo, chamber music, and concerto performances. The Minneapolis Star Tribune, commenting on a live performance by Ms. Chatterton, wrote that she "ushers listeners into a dreamy world buoyed by smooth melody line and radiant timbre."

A Yamaha Performing Artist, Ms. Chatterton has toured throughout much of the country as well as in Germany and the United Kingdom. She has performed in New York at Carnegie and Alice Tully Hall, was a featured recitalist on the prestigious Dame Myra Hess series in Chicago, and has been heard on the Minnesota Public Radio and National Public Radio networks. Ms. Chatterton has performed with numerous groups including the Minnesota Orchestra and the Dale Warland Singers, and tours regularly as a duo performer with both harp and piano. She is also a member of Trio Callisto (with harpist Min Kim and cellist Sally Gibson Dorer). As a concerto soloist, Ms. Chatterton has given many performances of the Lukas Foss Renaissance Concerto.

A 2008-2009 recipient of a $25,000 McKnight Foundation Artist Award, Ms. Chatterton also has garnered prizes and awards from the Jerome Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the American Composers Forum.

In addition to her concert schedule, Ms. Chatterton retains an active studio where she teaches a wide range of students including those who request professional coaching. She also is highly regarded for her insightful master classes, and she serves as a mentor to music students at the University of Minnesota's College of Liberal Arts. Ms. Chatterton also presents a motivational program, "It Sounded Better at Home!" based on her extensive work on the psychology of optimum performance. "It Sounded Better at Home!" will be released as a book in late 2009.

Ms. Chatterton received her Master of Music degree from the University of Minnesota and her Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music as a scholarship student of Bonita Boyd. Ms. Chatterton has played a Yamaha 881 flute since 1986. She has recorded on the CBS Masterworks, Innova, and Gothic labels, and has also independently released five compact disc recordings.

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Previews for Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park with George"

Previews begin at the Shaw Festival for

Stephen Sondheim musical Sunday in the Park with George


The Shaw Festival celebrates the start of its 48th season this week with preview performances of Stephen Sondheimĺ─˘s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park with George at the Royal George Theatre.

Inspired by maverick pointillist painter Georges Seuratĺ─˘s "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte - 1884", Sunday in the Park with George is a compelling story about love, art, inspiration and community revolving around Seurat (Steven Sutcliffe) during the creation of his now celebrated masterpiece and his fictionalized great-grandson George, a struggling installation artist and inventor. A hundred years later, while visiting La Grande Jatte, the ghosts of the past provide creative encouragement and a connection to the Seurat legacy for his descendant George.

Considered Stephen Sondheimĺ─˘s most personal musical because it looks at the life of the artist, Sunday in the Park with George has been called "an audacious, haunting and, in its own intensely personal way, touching work" by the New York Times. Sondheim, with writer James Lapine, wrote the musical after his own artistic struggles and his announcement that he was leaving musical theatre to write mystery novels. Lapine coaxed him back with the Seurat painting and the idea of imagining the life of an artist who was at times misunderstood, but who also loved to create.

As Seurat brings his canvas to life on stage, so too does he give voice to the figures in the frame. Meet the characters within the painting such as the boatman (Mark Uhre), the man sitting in top hat and cane (Kyle Blair), the old woman under a parasol (Sharry Flett) and the gentleman (Jay Turvey) who accompanies Dot (Julie Martell), the woman in the hat who is also Georgesĺ─˘ mistress and muse. Hear about their lives and loves and their impressions of this unconventional painter. The cast also includes Kawa Ada, Neil Barclay, Alix Boyd, Celeste Brillon, Saccha Dennis, Patty Jamison, Melanie Janzen, Gabrielle Jones, Anthony Malarky, Melanie Phillipson, Jacqueline Thair, Robin Evan Willis and Kelly Wong.

Sunday in the Park with George is directed by award-winning director Alisa Palmer, with musical direction by Paul Sportelli, choreography by Bill Coleman, set and costume design by Judith Bowden, lighting design by Alan Brodie and associate Conductor/pianist Ryan deSouza. The stage management team includes Stage Manager Meredith Macdonald, Assistant Stage Manager Annie McWhinnie and Apprentice Stage Manager Erin Finn.

Sunday in the Park with George begins preview performances Tuesday, April 1; opens Friday, May 22; and plays in repertory until Sunday, November 1. Sunday in the Park with George is sponsored by TD-Canada Trust Music.

Sunday in the Park with George

Music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim

Book by James Lapine

Originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine

Originally produced on Broadway by The Shubert Organization and Emanuel Azenberg by arrangement with the Playwrights Horizon, Inc., New York City, which produced the original production of Sunday in the Park with George in 1983.

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The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra announces 2009/2010 season


Listenĺ─Â Your ESO is Playing!

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra 2009-2010 Season

Edmonton, AB ĺ─Â The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) and Music Director William Eddins today announced exciting details of the upcoming 2009-2010 season. Audiences are invited to experience the inspiration and indulge in the celebration of the new season which will feature rousing concerts, acclaimed conductors, and renowned guest artists. Leading the ESO into their 58th season, and his fifth as Music Director, Bill Eddins will conduct concerts in every series including the Classic Landmarks Masters, Sunday Showcase, Robbins Lighter Classics, Midweek Classics, Robbins Pops, Symphony for Kids, and ESO Specials.

"In this uncertain time that we find ourselves living, it is comforting to know that some things do not change - great soloists, a great hall, and the fabulous Edmonton Symphony Orchestra back for another year of music to delight and surprise you with. Come join us as we hold the torch of civilization high and remind our community that these are still wonderful times to enjoy classic music, and that there are even better times ahead." ~ Bill Eddins

Internationally renowned artists Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Dawn Upshaw, Manuel Barrueco, Karen Gomyo, and Marc-Andrłę Hamelin are just a few of the very special guests who will grace the Winspear stage with the ESO throughout the 2009-2010 season.

While Mr. Eddins will conduct over 30 programs this upcoming season, the ESO will also be led by returning guest conductors and audience favourites Robert Bernhardt, Jacques Lacombe, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Giancarlo Guerrero, Bruce Hangen, Jack Everly, Erich Kunzel, and Steven Reineke. Making their conducting debuts with the ESO this season are Eri Klas and Alondra de la Parra.

Beginning his first season with the ESO will be new Resident Conductor, Lucas Waldin. He will begin his tenure with the ESO at the start of the 2009-2010 season, under the mentorship of Music Director Bill Eddins. This is a two-year appointment, funded in part by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Musicians of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will take centre stage in a variety of series this coming season. Charles Pilon (Assistant Principal Viola) and Colin Ryan (Principal Cello) will be featured in the Classic Landmarks Masters series. Lidia Khaner (Principal Oboe) and Robin Doyon (Principal Trumpet) perform in both the Classic Landmarks Masters and Midweek Classics series. John McPherson (Principal Trombone) and Robin Doyon are both featured in the Sunday Showcase series, Nora Bumanis (Principal Harp) makes an appearance in both Sunday Showcase and Robbins Lighter Classics, and Elizabeth Koch (Principal Flute) appears in the Robbins Lighter Classic series.

The 2009-2010 season begins on September 14th, 2009, as the ESO welcomes one of the great voices of the century, internationally acclaimed baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, for a special Gala performance with conductor Bill Eddins. In this spectacular orchestral event, ESO patrons have a rare opportunity to hear the expansive, refined, and powerful voice of this world-renowned Russian opera singer. This will be Mr. Hvorostovskyĺ─˘s debut with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.

Many ESO Specials highlight next seasonĺ─˘s calendar. The orchestra and conductor Bob Bernhardt proudly present the Canadian debut of Sonnenschein Express in Oktoberfest!, a family friendly event showcasing the lively tradition of Bavarian alpine music. Beloved Canadian tenor John McDermott will offer a heartfelt salute to those who have bravely served their country in Lest We Forget, while jubilant Christian artist Sandi Patty sings timeless hymns and inspirational classics about the struggles, joys, and moments of peace in our lifeĺ─˘s journey. And finally, it will be a potent panoply of piano pleasures in a tuneful evening of solos, duets, and excerpts from concerti. Piano Spectacular will present an unforgettable evening of enjoyment with pianists Angela Cheng, Jon Kimura Parker, Michael Massey, and Bill Eddins.

The ESOĺ─˘s flagship series, the Classic Landmarks Masters, features a diverse blend of great classics and captivating discoveries. From time-honoured masterpieces including Beethovenĺ─˘s Ninth Symphony, Vivaldiĺ─˘s Guitar Concerto, and Bartłäkĺ─˘s Violin Rhapsody, plus music by Brahms, Mahler, Mozart, Respighi, and Schubert, this series continues to serve as the core of the 2009-2010 season. Among a number of Edmonton Symphony Orchestra premieres is a titan of the opera repertoire, Wagnerĺ─˘s glorious Die Meistersinger, arranged as a lush 50-minute orchestral tone poem and given its first Canadian performance.

Some of the most lauded musicians in the world today appear with the ESO in The Classic Landmarks Masters series lineup next season. Jacques Lacombe, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Giancarlo Guererro, Eri Klas, and of course Bill Eddins, all take to the podium to the lead the orchestra, while George Gao (erhu), cellist Julie Albers, violinists Karen Gomyo and Lara St. John, guitarist Manuel Barrueco, pianists Marc-Andrłę Hamelin and Katherine Chi, sopranos Dawn Upshaw, Laura Whalen and Lyne Fortin, and the Richard Eaton Singers all make guest appearances.

Audiences are invited to try something different next season. Late Night with Bill Eddins is all about being able to enjoy great music in a relaxed atmosphere. Taking place on two (2) Friday evenings at 9:30 pm, audiences can hear music of the masters in these spontaneous, intermission-free concerts. Following an evening celebrating Beethoven, and a springtime journey featuring the music of France, guests are also welcome to relax after the concert with some live music and cocktails in the lobby.

The ESO Presents is another new addition to the season lineup that will certainly appeal to all audiences. Working with some of todayĺ─˘s brightest young musicians, the ESO will bring future stars on their way to the top right to the Winspear stage. These two (2) special concerts will feature debut artists in performance with the ESO in the first half, then in solo recitals in the second half. Dazzling pianist Gabriela Montero, who recently performed with former ESO Gala artist Yo-Yo Ma at the inauguration ceremony for President Barack Obama, will first perform Rachmaninoffĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No.2, then proceed to connect to her audience in a completely unique and powerful way through improvisational performance. Cameron Carpenter will make his brilliant Canadian debut in a performance youĺ─˘ll have to see to believe, with breathtaking performances on the Davis Concert Organ.

Meet a soloist from the ESO and a young, imminent musician in our Sunday Showcase performances which blend timeless masterpieces and new discoveries. Sparkling suites, medieval magic, tango tradition, and an enchanting fusion of ballet and salon music, are all highlights of this seriesĺ─˘ rich music programming. Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra, renowned for her orchestral leadership and founding of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, will be joined by marimbist Pius Cheung. Young Canadian violinist Maia Cabeza and pianist Daniel Fung join conductor Bill Eddins.

The Midweek Classics series returns for its fourth season, as a sanctuary of beloved music from the heart of the baroque and classical repertoire. Providing audiences a refuge in the midst of their busy weeks, these four vibrant concerts interspersed throughout the season will feature soloists from the ESO, plus special guests including pianist Stewart Goodyear, soprano Simone Osborne and Edmonton organist Jeremy Spurgeon, performing a dramatic baroque concerto on the Davis Concert Organ. Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Lucas Waldin, and Bill Eddins all conduct colourful, inspiring, and groundbreaking showpieces, including Schubertĺ─˘s Unfinished Symphony and Mozartĺ─˘s Oboe Concerto in the Midweek Classics.

Accessibility continues to be the premise of the Robbins Lighter Classics series, as some of musicĺ─˘s ĺ─˙greatest hitsĺ─¨ are presented live on stage by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. These six Thursday evening themed concerts are hosted by engaging conductors including Bob Bernhardt, Bill Eddins, and Steven Reineke. Whether delving into the breadth of Celtic music, the treasure trove of Mozart, tapping into a rich vein of holiday sentiment, or celebrating athletic excellence through musical exuberance, this series will be an unforgettable musical journey for concertgoers. The ESO will be joined by soprano Jolaine Kerley, pianist Michael Massey, organist Jeremy Spurgeon, baritone Nathan Berg, pianist Sarah Ho, the Richard Eaton Singers, and the Knock School of Irish Dance.

The ESO is once again offering a remarkable lineup of Robbins Pops concerts. Pops master Jack Everly and an all-star cast of singers and dancers will kick-off this spectacular series with Disco Days and Boogie Nights, a tribute to the 70s featuring disco anthems, monster rock hits and classic ballads. Returning for a ghoulish evening of spine-tingling music is Bruce Hangen conducting Halloween: The Concert, while the łÝran and Kokopelli Choirs join American pops legend Erich Kunzel to lead audiences down The Great White Way with Broadwayĺ─˘s most recent hits. The excitement continues as violinist Roby Lakatos takes the passionate, hot-blooded tradition of gypsy music and creates musical fireworks as the ĺ─˙devilĺ─˘s fiddlerĺ─¨ in an Eastern European feast for the senses. Rounding out this dazzling series will be the return of Edmonton-favourite Jack Everly with the Richard Eaton Singers performing a choral of classical and operatic treats, and Bill Eddins spending A Night at the Oscars, celebrating timeless cinematic music as film scenes are projected on a screen above the Winspear stage.

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra prides itself on offering innovative programs for young audiences. The ESOĺ─˘s family series Symphony for Kids will offer four eclectic and interactive orchestral matinees, best enjoyed by children aged 5 ĺ─ý 12. Families are first invited to haunt the hall in their Halloween costumes for Spooktacular with conductor Bruce Hangen, then bring the wee lads and lasses back to embark on A Celtic Adventure with Bill Eddins. Families will need to help the orchestra restore the musical silence that has plagued the hometown of a little girl who loves to sing, in Dandi Productionsĺ─˘ The Mysterious Maestro, adapted from the 2003 Governor Generalĺ─˘s Award-nominated book The Maestro. Conductor Lucas Waldin and the ESO bring Mozart to life through his stories and most famous classical works, with a guest appearance by the genius himself!

However you celebrate the holiday season, the ESO presents the perfect blend of festive music to add that extra sparkle to one of the most magical times of the year. Our perennially popular performances of Handelĺ─˘s Messiah will feature four young Canadian singers and two of Edmontonĺ─˘s finest chamber choirs, University of Alberta Madrigal Singers and i Coristi Chamber Choir. In one of the most anticipated performances of the season, lustrous baritone Tyler Hamilton, along with the Greenwood Singers will create A Very Merry Pops with conductor Steven Reineke. Mr. Reineke and the ESO will also tap into a rich vein of holiday sentiment and memory with A Lightly Classical Christmas, and they will be joined by conductor Lucas Waldin and special guests in A Family Christmas Concert. The incredibly powerful and diverse voices of the Canadian Tenors will return to the Winspear Stage for an evening of holiday favourites.

Concluding the summer festival season in Edmonton is Sobeys Symphony Under the Sky. Taking place Labour Day weekend, September 4th ĺ─ý 7th, 2009, this annual festival is sure to delight concert-goers of all ages, by bringing the invigorating sounds of the ESO to the beautiful river valley setting of Hawrelak Park. Conductor Bob Bernhardt returns to lead the ESO in five outdoor concerts, showcasing classical masterpieces, operatic classics, and Hollywood favourites. Not to mention a tribute show to Old Blue Eyes himself, Frank Sinatra. Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s 1812 Overture, featuring the the guns and members of the Royal Canadian Artillery, will wrap up the festival in this tradition of grand proportions. Soprano Kathleen Brett, vocalist Steve Lippia, hometown favourite trumpeter Jens Lindemann, and Bill Eddins on piano are all part of the stellar lineup celebrating our festivalĺ─˘s 15th anniversary.

Purchasers of ESO subscription packages can save up to 36% percent off single ticket prices, depending on the series and the seating. Subscribers also have the opportunity to purchase single tickets to ESO concerts before they go on sale to the general public. Subscription prices have not been raised for the upcoming season.

Once again, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestraĺ─˘s innovative 2 for 1 New Subscriber Promotion will be offered for the upcoming season. This fantastic offer gives every new subscriber household the opportunity to purchase 2 subscriptions for the price of 1 in their first year. More subscriber information is available online at www.edmontonsymphony.com. The 2 for 1 subscription campaign is generously sponsored by Maclab Enterprises.

Subscription packages for the 2009-2010 season are on sale now.

Subscriber Single Tickets on sale & Sampler Pass redemption begins August 11th.

Single tickets for the season go on sale to the general public on August 18th.

For a full listing of the 2009-2010 season, please visit www.edmontonsymphony.com.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art


NEW ADVENTURES IN SOUND ART Presents:

DEEP WIRELESS FESTIVAL of RADIO & TRANSMISSION ART

May 1 - 31, 2009 at Artscape Wychwood Barns and Gladstone Hotel

http://www.deepwireless.ca


Toronto, ON, April 1, 2009: New Adventures in Sound Art is pleased to launch the 8th edition of the Deep Wireless Festival of Radio & Transmission Art, taking place May 1-31, 2009. As part of a month-long celebration of radio and transmission art, NAISA presents cutting edge performances, a theatre production, sound installations, new commissions for CBC's Outfront, special radio broadcasts, a compilation CD and the Radio Without Boundaries conference. "In an era when the channels for creative radio are rapidly being extinguished, Deep Wireless returns every May to bring people together from around the world who are continually pushing the creative boundaries of the world's oldest electronic media as well as redefining radio and transmission through new technologies."ĺ─ý Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art.


The month-long festival is launched with a whirlwind first week of activities beginning on May 1st with an open house at the NAISA space where the public and media are invited to experience radio and transmission first-hand as well as to sample upcoming highlights of the festival. Then on May 3rd in Mississauga the soundscape becomes the focus for International Dawn Chorus Day - a worldwide celebration of Nature's daily Miracle, the chorus of sound initiated by birds at sunrise. The environs provide the concert, as Mark Cranford from the South Peel Naturalists' Club will be on-hand to help identify the performers all of which will be recorded for later broadcast. Then on May 6th at Theatre Direct's Loop Studio and May 7th at the Gladstone Hotel, NAISA launches three installations: Phoning in the Answer by John Gzowski and Camellia Koo, the Radio Art Salon curated by Darren Copeland and GOWANUS: Over/Under-Water by Kevin T. Allen. When we think of communications technology there is always a physical component. The rotary telephone had its handset, the radio its dial. With the installations at Deep Wireless, listening becomes a physical encounter ĺ─ý an ear to the handset, a gaze into a stereoscope with accompanying binaural soundscapes, and a listening lounge for radio art using a modified hair salon dryer dome.


On May 7th the NAISA space becomes both the venue and conduit for its annual translocal event in a realization of Quasimodo the Great lover, by Alvin Lucier and directed by Matt Rogalsky and Laura Cameron. Whale and bird sounds are transformed by their passage through acoustic spaces and connected via the internet across Lake Ontario and then down to the bottom of the Americas in Buenos Aires. Canadian performers include dreamSTATE at the NAISA space in Toronto, Gayle Young/Reinhardt Reitzenstein in Grimbsy, Laura Kavanagh/Ian Birse in Buenos Aires and Matt Rogalsky/Laura Cameron in Kingston.


The week ends with two cutting edge performances on May 8th and May 10th by BenołĂt Maubrey (director of Die Audio Gruppe, Germany), as Feedback Fred and Toronto dancer Marie-Josłęe Chartier as the Audio Ballerina both perform wearing electronics clothes. FEEDBACK FRED, equipped with an oversized loudspeaker box on his back and a microphone-mask, "feeds back" his own voice through the interaction of his wearable PA system and physical gyrations throughout the performance space. This personality can be likened to a cross-cloning of Hamlet and an electronic-laden Hunchback of Notre-Dame. The AUDIO BALLERINA uses -- among other electronic instruments-- light sensors that enable her to produce sounds through the interaction of her movements and the surrounding light (PEEPER choreography). Via movement sensors, she can also trigger electronic sounds that are subsequently choreographed --or "orchestrated"-- into musical compositions as an audio ballet.


Threshold Theatre joins forces with NAISA to present i dont want to be an inside me anymore an adaptation of the radio documentary by Darren Copeland based on the autobiography i dont want to be inside me anymore by Birger Sellin and performed by German actor Sebastian Schłžfer. Birger Sellin is determined to throw off the loneliness that "like a great clod of earth" threatens to "weigh down his soul." But, despite the eloquence and power of his writing, he remains severely autistic; his world is unbelievably remote from ours. Yet the uncompromisingly honest messages he sends to "humanity-without-me" will touch all those who read them and serve as he hopes, as inspiration for others who must struggle to express ideas and emotions locked deep inside themselves.


May 27th the NAISA space is the venue for the annual RADiO iN AMBiENCE performances co-presented with the AMBiENT PiNG. Listen to Vancouver sound/radio artist Kristen Roos with Anna Friz and Nilan Perera as they coax the radio ether into an outer-worldly electro ambient chill.


The Radio Without Boundaries conference will close the month-long celebrations May 28 ĺ─ý 30, 2009 as it explores the many potentials, boundaries and artist perspectives of radio. Conference speakers include keynote speakers Gregory Whitehead (USA), Hank Bull (Can) and Brandon LaBelle (Germany/USA), Chris Brookes (Can), Andrea Dancer (Can), Paul Ingles (USA), Neil Sandell (Can) and many more. Workshops by Chris Brookes, Andra McCartney and others will be offered during the conference for attendees only. The weekend also includes performances that will surprise and delight audiences both familiar and unfamiliar with radio art. Kristen Roos (of Ghost Station fame at Nuit Blanche 2007) performs using radio transmitters, Italian Alessandro Bosetti performs using his Mask/Mirror, a sampler that processes recordings of spoken language in real time. And finally, performances that challenge disciplinary boundaries by the Deep Wireless Ensemble this year consisting of sound and media artist Jessica Thompson, musician and sound artist Franł▀ois Girouard, sound artist Brandon LaBelle, and actor and interdisciplinary artist Lisa Pijuan-Nomura. Also included are works commissioned by CBC Outfront by Paolo Pietropaolo, Hłęlł«ne Prłęvost, Iain Reid and Andra McCartney.


NAISA will launch its 2-CD set Deep Wireless 6 Radio Art Compilation CD that includes radio art collected in response to the 2008 call for submissions on the theme Ecology: water, air, sound. This radio art compilation was curated from these submissions and represents the many talented radio and sound artists world-wide.


The Deep Wireless festival is partially funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, and the SOCAN foundation.


New Adventures in Sound Art is a non-profit organization that produces performances and installations spanning the entire spectrum of electroacoustic and experimental sound art. Included in its Toronto productions are: Deep Wireless, Sound Travels, and SOUNDplay.


What: Deep Wireless

Where: Various venues at the Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street including: the NAISA Space (#252), Theatre Direct's Loop Studio (#170), the LOOP Centre for Lively Arts and Learning (#176) as well as The Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St W

When: May 1 - 31, 2009

Singles tickets: $5-$15

Conference Pass ĺ─ý includes Radio Without Boundaries plus 6 performances: $150/130

Performance Pass ĺ─ý includes 6 performances: $40/30

Passes and tickets can be purchased online at www.naisa.ca

www.deepwireless.ca


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Demi-Finale des SYLI D'OR de la Musique du Monde


Demi-finale des

SYLI d'OR

de la Musique du Monde

Mardi 28 et mercredi 29 avril - Edition 2009

Montrłęal le 30 Mars 2009,- Les Productions Nuits d'Afrique ont eu le plaisir, au cours de ces dernił«res semaines, d'accueillir 20 formations sur les 36 inscrites au programme des Syli d'Or de la Musique du Monde.

Les prestations rłęvłęlant un classement trł«s serrłę, les Productions Nuits d'Afrique ont dłęcidłę d'organiser une demi-finale, les mardi 28 et mercredi 29 avril 2009 au Club Balattou. En effet, les records d'affluence de cette 3ił«me łędition tłęmoignent d'un engouement grandissant pour ces distinctions musicales. La richesse, la qualitłę et la diversitłę des prestations rłęvł«lent l'essor important que suscite la scł«ne locale en musique du monde.

Les demi finalesĺ─Â

6 des 36 formations inscrites au Syli d'Or de la Musique du Monde et ayant obtenu le plus de vote du public, participeront łŢ la demi-finale. A raison de trois groupes par soirłęes, la demi finale se dłęroulera en deux parties : le mardi 28 et le mercredi 29 avril au Club Balattou łŢ partir de 20h30. En plus du vote du public, un jury, composłę de professionnel de la musique du monde, viendra appuyer la słęlection des trois grands finalistes.

En bref, les Syli d'Or de la Musique du Monde c'est :

- 36 formations participent au Syli d'Or de la Musique du Monde au Club Balattou du 24 fłęvrier au 22 avril 2009.

- 6 formations choisies par vote du public, participeront łŢ la demi finale au Club Balattou, mardi 28 et mercredi 29 avril 2009

- 3 formations finalistes participeront au Gala des Syli d'Or au Kola Note le Jeudi 30 Avril 2009 pour dłęcerner le Syli d'Or, d'Argent et de Bronze.

Cette initiative des Productions Nuits D'Afrique łŢ łętłę crłęe il y a trois ans et vise łŢ promouvoir et encourager les artistes locaux catłęgorie musique du monde. A travers une promotion accrue et l'attribution de distinctions musicales officielles, les Syli d'Or de la Musique du Monde assurent un rayonnement et un dynamisme aux artistes de musique du monde au sein l'industrie canadienne des arts de la scł«ne.

Demi-finale des

SYLI D'OR de la Musique du Monde

28-29 Avril 2009

ENTRłÔE GRATUITE

Au Club Balattou

4372 boul St-Laurent - Montrłęal

(coin Marie-Anne)

Tel : (514) 845-5447


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łÔcole de fouilles archłęologiques de Pointe-łŢ-Callił«re

Lĺ─˘łÔcole de fouilles archłęologiques de Pointe-łŢ-Callił«re
fait la dłęcouverte majeure dĺ─˘un cadran solaire du 17e sił«cle

Montrłęal, le 1er avril 2009 ĺ─ý Pointe-łŢ-Callił«re, musłęe dĺ─˘archłęologie et dĺ─˘histoire de Montrłęal est fił«re dĺ─˘annoncer la dłęcouverte majeure dĺ─˘un cadran solaire datant du 17e sił«cle par son łÔcole de fouilles archłęologique.

Un fascinant casse-tłüte archłęologique
ł─ quelques pas de Pointe-łŢ-Callił«re, sous le 214, place Dĺ─˘Youville, dorment les vestiges du fort de Ville-Marie (1642-1688) łędifiłę par Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve et ceux du Č┤ chłóteau Ȭ (1688-1765) construit ensuite par le gouverneur de Callił«re.

Entre 1999 et 2007, lors de fouilles menłęes sur ce site fondateur de Montrłęal dans le cadre de lĺ─˘łÔcole de fouilles archłęologiques de Pointe-łŢ-Callił«re, des archłęologues ont recueilli des fragments dĺ─˘ardoise pour la plupart incisłęs de lignes. Ils associent tout dĺ─˘abord les premiers fragments dłęcouverts łŢ la toiture du chłóteau de Callił«re. Mais au fur et łŢ mesure quĺ─˘ils trouvent de nouveaux fragments, permettant łŢ un objet de prendre forme, les archłęologues dłęcł«lent un motif dĺ─˘angles rayonnant łŢ partir dĺ─˘un point central. Lĺ─˘objet est-il un rapporteur dĺ─˘angles...? Lĺ─˘hypothł«se restait łŢ valider!

Ce sont les restaurateurs du Centre de conservation du Qułębec, łŢ qui les fragments ont łętłę confiłęs pour restauration, qui infirment cette deuxił«me hypothł«se et en proposent une nouvelle, grłóce au concours de spłęcialistes en astronomie et en mathłęmatiques : il sĺ─˘agit dĺ─˘un cadran solaire. Le tracłę des angles correspond łŢ celui dĺ─˘un cadran solaire vertical, utilisable łŢ la latitude de Montrłęal (45ë░31ĺ─˘ Nord) et qui aurait pu łütre fixłę au mur sud d'un łędifice du domaine de Callił«re (fin du 17e sił«cle), voire du fort de Ville-Marie (milieu du 17e sił«cle).

Dĺ─˘autres pistes łŢ explorer
Selon des experts, il pourrait sĺ─˘agir du premier cadran solaire łŢ avoir łętłę fabriqułę łŢ Montrłęal. Des recherches sont prłęsentement en cours afin de dłęterminer la provenance de lĺ─˘ardoise (locale ou franł▀aise) et sa datation. Dĺ─˘autres questions se posent aux chercheurs. Pourquoi les lignes horaires ne sont pas identifiłęes et quĺ─˘aucun trou ne semble destinłę łŢ accueillir le gnomon ou style (qui, par son ombrage, indique lĺ─˘heure tout au long du jour)? Le cadran date-t-il de lĺ─˘łępoque du fort ou de celle du chłóteau?

Il est toutefois indłęniable quĺ─˘il sĺ─˘agit dĺ─˘une dłęcouverte majeure permettant une avancłęe importante dans la recherche entourant le lieu de fondation de Montrłęal.

Le Musłęe est subventionnłę par la Ville de Montrłęal.

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Toronto Summer Music Festival announces 2009 lineup


Fourth Annual
TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
From July 21 to August 14

Renowned conductor and Artistic Director Agnes Grossmann is thrilled to present the fourth annual TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL (TSMF) in Toronto this summer. The finest artists from the world of chamber music will come to the city from July 21 to August 14, 2009. This year's Festival theme, Eternal Stars, will highlight the performances from such distinguished artists as Menahem Pressler and Anton Kuerti, as well as star composers, three of whom have significant anniversaries this year - Joseph Haydn, Felix Mendelssohn, and Bohuslav Martinu.

One of the biggest highlights of the Festival will be the return of perhaps the most outstanding chamber musician of our time, pianist Menahem Pressler. On July 23, Menahem Pressler & Friends - his relatively newly formed quartet - will play piano quartets by Mozart and Dvorak.

For the second consecutive year, the Festival will open at the spectacularly refurbished Carlu Concert Hall, formerly the Eaton Auditorium. On Tuesday, July 21 TSMF will present two extraordinary Canadian artists, together for the first time - Grammy and Juno award-winning violinist James Ehnes and Leeds International Competition winner, pianist Jon Kimura Parker. The duo will perform pieces by Mozart, Prokofiev, Kernis, and Ravel.

The TSMF will also be the first to present another exciting, newly-formed duo - Ian Swensen and Mayumi Seiler. On August 4, these two brilliant violinists, both of whom are accomplished soloists as well as chamber musicians, will perform rare Baroque pieces as well as Bartok's Duos and Shostakovich's Three Violin Duos.

Duo concerts will also include the immensely popular Canadian pianists James Anagnoson and Leslie Kinton (who most recently sold out concerts at The Royal Conservatory) on July 28. They will play, among other pieces, Mozart's Sonata for Two Pianos in D Major, K. 448, the only composition Mozart wrote for two pianos. In the last duo recital, on August 8, French star flutist Patrick Gallois and Swedish pianist Cecilia LłĆfstrand will present Sonatas by Gaubert, Prokofiev, and Poulenc, as well as Desbrił«re's Cinq Pił«ces łÔtrangers.

On July 25, the foremost Japanese string players - cellist Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi & Friends (violinist Yasuko Ohtani and violist Yoshiko Kawamoto) - will unleash the power of Czech folk music in Martinu's String Trio No. 2. The program also includes one of Mozart's greatest achievements in the field of chamber music, his Divertimento in Eb Major, K. 563.
On July 30, the celebrated Leipzig String Quartet will make their annual pilgrimage to the TSMF, this time with clarinetist Karl Leister, who served as the principal clarinetist of the Berlin Philharmonic. He will join the Quartet in Brahms' Clarinet Quintet in B Minor. On July 31, the Penderecki String Quartet, one of Canada's most celebrated ensembles devoted to exciting new music, will play Hatzis' award-winning Quartet No.2, The Gathering. On August 6, two of Canada's up and coming young quartets - Cecilia String Quartet & Tokai String Quartet will join forces to perform Mendelssohn's Octet in Eb Major, op. 20.

Another Toronto favourite group and Juno award-winners, the Gryphon Trio, will appear on August 11 with soprano Monica Whicher in a programme of Scottish Folk Songs. Other works on the programme will include Hayden's Trio in C Major and Mendelssohn's Trio No. 2 in C Minor.

Legendary pianist Anton Kuerti will present the only solo recital during the Festival on August 1, after selling out his TSMF concerts for two consecutive years. Haydn, Mendelssohn, Schuman, and, of course, Beethoven will be on the programme of this renowned Beethoven expert.

Opera Extravaganza on Thursday, August 13, will feature some of the star alumni of the TSMF Academy Opera Studio, accompanied by the National Academy Orchestra, and conducted by TSMF Artistic Director Maestra Agnes Grossmann. The evening will be filled with some of the most beautiful and powerful operatic arias, duets, and ensembles.

Prior to each concert lecturers such as Iain Scott, Keith Horner, and composer Christos Hatzis, will introduce the works being performed that evening. The Lecture Series are free.

Agnes Grossman said: "This summer we are celebrating two composers, who have been shining key figures in the evolution of the musical universe: Joseph Haydn - father of the Viennese classical period in the age of Enlightenment and Felix Mendelssohn - "the brightest light amongst composers of the Romantic Era" (Robert Schumann). Through our great performers, Toronto Summer Music's 2009 Festival, with this year's theme "Eternal Stars", will celebrate for our fourth season, stellar moments of musical interpretation."

TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
July 21 - August 15, 2009
James Ehnes & Jon Kimura Parker: Tuesday, July 21 at 8pm *
Pressler & Friends: Thursday, July 23 at 8pm **
Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi & Friends: Saturday, July 25 at 8pm **
Anagnoson & Kinton: Tuesday, July 28 at 8pm *
Leipzig String Quartet with Karl Leister: Thursday, July 30 at 8pm ***
Penderecki String Quartet: Friday, July 31 at 8pm **
Anton Kuerti: Saturday, August 1 at 8pm ***
Swensen & Seiler: Tuesday, August 4 at 8pm *
Cecilia String Quartet & Tokai String Quartet: Thursday, August 6 at 8pm **
Gallois & LłĆfstrand: Saturday, August 8 at 8pm **
Gryphon Trio with Monica Whicher: Tuesday, August 11 at 8pm **
Opera Extravaganza: Thursday, August 13 at 7:30pm ***
Festival passes ($120 - $300) and single tickets ($20 - $75) are available online www.torontosummermusic.com or by calling 416.597.7840

*Carlu Concert Hall, 444 Yonge Street, 7th Floor, Toronto

**Walter Hall, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, 80 Queen's Park Crescent, Toronto

***MacMillan Theatre, Edward Johnson Building, University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, 80 Queen's Park Crescent, Toronto

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