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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Sonnez Ici ! - Le nouveau rendez-vous estival de musique contemporaine !


INNOVATIONS EN CONCERT
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Sonnez ici !
Le nouveau rendez-vous estival de musique contemporaine

Six concerts
6, 7, 8 aoł¬t
ĺ─ó 13, 14, 15 aoł¬t
19 h 30

Au Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal
4750 Henri Julien (Młętro Mont-Royal)
Prix des billets : 10 $ rłęgulier - 5 $ łętudiants, artistes, ałĂnłęs
Renseignements (grand public) : 514.252.8520



Montrłęal, le mardi 28 juillet 2009 ĺ─ý Sonnez ici !, voilłŢ ce que propose la toute nouvelle słęrie estivale dĺ─˘Innovations en concerts. Prłęsentłęs du 6 au 8 et du 13 au 15 aoł¬t inclusivement et dĺ─˘une durłęe dĺ─˘une heure sans entracte, les six concerts de la słęrie Sonnez ici ! se veulent le reflet de la diversitłę des tendances du milieu de la nouvelle musique de chambre.

Ce nouveau rendez-vous estival porte un nom qui reflł«te bien son emprise dans le temps et lĺ─˘espace. Il sĺ─˘adresse dĺ─˘une part łŢ lĺ─˘auditoire, qui est invitłę łŢ Č┤ sonner ici Ȭ, łŢ entrer dans lĺ─˘univers inoułě de la musique dĺ─˘aujourdĺ─˘hui. Les musiciens, quant łŢ eux, sont invitłęs łŢ faire sonner leurs instruments dans les nouvelles salles du Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal pour une expłęrience sonore palpitante.

Michel Frigon, directeur artistique de Sonnez ici !, a concoctłę une słęrie haute en couleur. Au programme: de la musique łęlectroacoustique, de la musique instrumentale dĺ─˘influence orientale et occidentale, de la musique contemporaine inspirłęe des diffłęrents folklores et la crłęation de plusieurs nouvelles ëýuvres en compagnie dĺ─˘artistes dĺ─˘ici et dĺ─˘ailleurs tels que Louis Dufort, In Extensio, Yuki Isami, Jłęrłąme Ducharme, QAT, Jeremy Brown, Luciane Cardassi et Quasar.

Sonnez ici !
Six concerts envoł¬tants et intrigants qui ne manqueront pas de piquant !


Programmation

Jeudi 6 aoł¬t 2009, 19 h 30
Bifurcation
Louis Dufort
musique immersive, David Cronkite piano
Un concert de musique complexe, chaotique et fractalisante
ĺ─ń! Ce compositeur rłęputłę pour sa musique expressionniste łŢ tendance cathartique, nous prłęsente un concert de primeurs. Il vous fera entendre une nouvelle version de sa pił«ce pour piano et vidłęo en temps rłęel, Particule III, qui sera interprłętłęe par David Cronkite ainsi quĺ─˘une nouvelle pił«ce de musique immersive conł▀ue łŢ partir dĺ─˘une technique dĺ─˘łęcriture que le compositeur a imaginłęe suite łŢ ces rłęcentes lectures sur la systłęmique. Vous entendrez łęgalement son cycle Matłęrio dans une version octophonique, qui figure sur lĺ─˘album Matłęriaux composłęs paru chez empreintes DIGITALes.


Vendredi 7 aoł¬t 2009, 19 h 30
Jeremy Brown saxophone
, Luciane Cardassi piano
De calgary, le saxophoniste Jeremy Brown et la pianiste Luciane Cardassi, tout deux membres du prestigieux Rubbing Stone Ensemble vous proposent un programme dĺ─˘ëýuvres mixtes. Entre autres, des pił«ces pour saxophone et łęlectronique de Laurie Radford, David Eagle et Chantale Laplante (crłęation) et une ëýuvre magistrale de Luigi Nono pour piano et bande, Č┤... sofferte onde serene...Ȭ, oł╝ le jeu en rafale de la pianiste vous garantit une expłęrience de concert inoubliable.

Samedi 8 aoł¬t 2009, 19 h 30
QAT
Xavier Brossard-Młęnard
clarinette
, Chantal Bergeron violon
Sheila Hannigan violoncelle
, Sonia Wheaton Dudley piano
Cet ensemble łŢ głęomłętrie variable fondłę en 2004 se consacre łŢ lĺ─˘interprłętation de pił«ces contemporaines de tous horizons. Mise en espace, improvisation, mouvement, połęsie et projections sont autant dĺ─˘expłędients que QAT utilise pour crłęer un contexte musical nouveau. Ils vous prłęsenteront trois ëýuvres contrastantes : une pił«ce de lĺ─˘italien Marco di Bari qui łęvoque lĺ─˘univers naturel des oiseaux et qui utilise des appeaux de colombe et de griveĺ─Ô; Trails of Gravity and Grace de lĺ─˘albertain Allan Bell ainsi quĺ─˘une crłęation de la canadienne dĺ─˘origine serbe Katarina Curcin rłęputłęe pour sa musique aux accents folkloriques.


Jeudi 13 aoł¬t 2009, 19 h 30
In Extensio
MariEve Lauzon
flł¬te
, Louise Campbell clarinette, Barah Hłęon-Morissette percussions
Un concert aux influences folkloriques, In Extensio propose de visiter les reliefs de diffłęrentes rłęgions du monde par lĺ─˘entremise des ëýuvres de Renłę Orłęa-Sanchez (Venezuela), Etelka Nyilasi (Hongrie), Malina Rauschenfels (łÔtats-Unis) et Yiorgos Vassilandonakis (Grł«ce). Ce voyage musical nous fera dłęcouvrir entre autres : la musique rythmłęe de Renłę avec la saya bolivienne, un genre musical de racine africaine et celle de Malina qui est pour sa part teintłęe dĺ─˘humour et de jazz. Avec la musique de Yiorgos, la gestuelle musicale interagit avec lĺ─˘environnement sonore et la complicitłę des interprł«tes et finalement la musique dĺ─˘Etelka sĺ─˘inspire de la danse et de la musique irlandaise du Cap Breton.


Vendredi 14 aoł¬t 2009, 19 h 30
Yuki Isami flł¬te
, Jłęrłąme Ducharme guitare
Lĺ─˘exotisme japonais łŢ son meilleur. Ces deux jeunes musiciens vous proposent un concert de musiques qui puisent łŢ la fois dans la tradition avec des pił«ces de Sakichi Kineya et Kazuo Fukushima et dans la musique dĺ─˘aujourdĺ─˘hui avec Toru Takemitsu dont vous entendrez les ëýuvres słęduisantes et mystłęrieuses Voice, Air et Toward the Sea.


Samedi 15 aoł¬t 2009, 19 h 30
Quasar
Marie-Chantal Leclair
saxophone soprano
, Mathieu Leclair saxophone alto
Andrłę Leroux saxophone tłęnor
, Jean-Marc Bouchard saxophone baryton
Assister au concert de Quasar łŢ la mi-aoł¬t, cĺ─˘est monter dans lĺ─˘astronef de lĺ─˘łęclectisme. Entre lĺ─˘univers de Simon Martin, fondłę sur lĺ─˘łęvolution de sons multiphoniques, et celui de Frank Zappa, chargłę dĺ─˘une puissante et fantastique ironie, la distance est pour le moins cosmique. Mais nous la franchissons sans vergogne. Au fil de cet hyperespace, vous croiserez Daniel Peter Biro, qui nous offre Hoe Down, ëýuvre łętonnante pour saxophone seulĺ─ń; Will Gregory, dont la pił«ce fera Č┤ giguer Ȭ le saxo barytonĺ─ń; et le regrettłę Franco Donatoni, avec un opus dłęjłŢ classique. Attachez vos ceinturesĺ─ń!



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Fondłę en 1994, lĺ─˘organisme Innovations en concert (IEC) se consacre principalement łŢ la musique de chambre, aux solistes et aux petits ensembles. Il privilłęgie ainsi un contact intime et personnel entre les artistes et le public, afin de favoriser le rayonnement de la musique de crłęation. Dotłę d'une vision stylistique trł«s large, l'organisme prłęsente des concerts de musique classique contemporaine, actuelle, improvisłęe, expłęrimentale, łęlectroacoustique et de jazz contemporain. La programmation est partagłęe entre les compositeurs et interprł«tes rłęgionaux et nationaux, et l'accueil łŢ Montrłęal des artistes łętrangers en tournłęe.

Innovations en concertPatrimoine canadien,
le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec et le Conseil des arts de Montrłęal.
remercie de leur appui

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Le Festival de Knowlton accueille la brillante soprano Sumi Jo dans l'opłęra la Sonnambula

Le Festival de Knowlton accueille la brillante soprano Sumi Jo

dans lĺ─˘opłęra La Sonnambula dirigłę par Kent Nagano

Montrłęal et Knowlton, le 29 juillet 2009 ĺ─ý Maestro Kent Nagano, le directeur musical de lĺ─˘OSM et directeur artistique du Festival, dirigera deux reprłęsentations en version concert de La Sonnambula de Vincenzo Bellini les dimanche 9 et samedi 15 aoł¬t, avec la spectaculaire soprano Sumi Jo dans le rłąle titre. Lĺ─˘Orchestre du Festival de Knowlton, composłę de musiciens słęlectionnłęs spłęcialement pour lĺ─˘łęvłęnement, accompagnera les solistes lors de ces deux reprłęsentations et dans les deux concerts Bel Canto.

Č┤ Lĺ─˘an dernier, Sumi Jo a connu un grand succł«s auprł«s des festivaliers lorsque elle a chantłę des airs de Mozart, Bellini et Donizetti. Nous sommes trł«s heureux quĺ─˘elle ait acceptłę lĺ─˘invitation de revenir cette annłęe et de jouer le rłąle titre dans La SonnambulaȬ, a commentłę Marco Genoni, directeur exłęcutif du Festival de Knowlton. Č┤ Cĺ─˘est une soprano exceptionnelle de renommłęe internationale qui se retrouve encore une fois sous la direction de Kent Nagano dans le cadre champłütre de Knowlton. Ȭ

Sumi Jo, qui revient au Festival pour la deuxił«me annłęe consłęcutive, se distingue comme l'une des plus remarquables sopranos de sa głęnłęration. Parmi ses derniers engagements, notons de nouvelles productions des Contes d'Hoffmann au Washington Opera, łŢ l'Opłęra de Paris, au Los Angeles Opera et au Festival d'Orange. Elle a aussi repris ses cłęlł«bres interprłętations de Lucia di Lammermoor de Donizetti et de la Reine de la Nuit dans Die ZauberflłĆte de Mozart dans plusieurs villes dont Sydney, San Juan, Los Angeles, Orange, Palerme et Paris. Elle a rłęcemment ajoutłę łŢ son rłępertoire les rłąles de Lakmłę de Delibes, Dinorah de Meyerbeer et Giulietta dans I Capuletti e i Montecchi au Minnesota Opera. En 2008, elle a notamment participłę łŢ un concert gala aux cłątłęs de Jonas Kaufmann, Renłęe Fleming et Dmitri Hvorostovsky dans le cadre des Jeux olympiques de Beijing. On a pu lĺ─˘entendre quelques jours aprł«s, lors de lĺ─˘łędition 2008 du Festival de Knowlton, dans le rłąle titre de Norma de Bellini

Le tłęnor Barry Banks, l'un des meilleurs interprł«tes actuels du rłępertoire italien du bel canto, chantera le rłąle dĺ─˘Elvino. La basse Riccardo Zanellato, laurłęat du Concours Operalia łŢ Tokyo en 1996, sera Rodolfo. Ekatherina Lekhina, laurłęate du premier prix au Concours Operalia de Paris en 2007, jouera Lisa tandis que Susan Platts, protłęgłęe de Jessye Norman, le rłąle de Teresa. Le tłęnor Juan Noval-Moro, laurłęat de lĺ─˘łędition 2007 du Concours international de chant de Clermont-Ferrand campera quant łŢ lui le notaire.

Bellini a composłę La Sonnambula en seulement deux mois et lĺ─˘ëýuvre a łętłę crłęe le 6 mars 1831 łŢ Milan et, dł«s la premił«re, devait connałĂtre un succł«s qui ne sĺ─˘est jamais dłęmenti. Le thł«me de l'amour tendre et contrastłę entre Amina et Elvino offre łŢ Bellini l'occasion d'exalter sa veine lyrique. L'ëýuvre culmine dans l'un des airs pour soprano les plus sublimes, łŢ savoir le cłęlł«bre Ah, non credea mirarti, que le personnage d'Amina chante dans une scł«ne de somnambulisme.

Devant le remarquable succł«s remportłę lĺ─˘łętłę dernier, le Festival de Knowlton devient une manifestation annuelle dĺ─˘envergure internationale. Du 4 au 16 aoł¬t, se succłęderont concerts symphoniques, soirłęes dĺ─˘airs d'opłęra, prłęsentation en version orchestrale de lĺ─˘opłęra Bel Canto La Sonnambula de Vincenzo Bellini, rłęcitals, concerts de la relł«ve, classes de małĂtre pour jeunes chanteurs et activitłęs dĺ─˘initiation łŢ la musique pour enfants.

Les biographies dĺ─˘artistes, la programmation et les coordonnłęes de la billetterie sont disponibles sur le site du festival au www.festivaldeknowlton.com

Le Festival de Knowlton est prłęsentłę par la sociłętłę Festival de musique de Knowlton inc. en collaboration de lĺ─˘Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia de Rome et la participation de lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal. Le Festival sĺ─˘appuie łęgalement sur lĺ─˘apport important de plusieurs commanditaires et partenaires financiers dont Bombardier inc., BFL Canada, le Cabinet de relations publiques NATIONAL inc., Tourisme Qułębec, La Ville de Lac Brome, le Mouvement des caisses Desjardins, Swiss International Air Lines, Groupe StrataTech et Ultramar.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

MJF - Solveig Barber

The Markham Jazz Festival 2009
Solveig Barber


Markham, ON-Local Markham resident and acclaimed vocalist Solveig Barber performs on her townĺ─˘s Main Street on Sunday, August 16th with the 12th Annual Markham Jazz Festival.

Norwegian born singer and actress Solveig Barber grew up in Canada where she developed her musical talents. She has performed with the Canadian Opera Company and in upscale nightclubs throughout Ontario and Quebec. She has appeared on television, in movies and has even traveled to the Far East to entertain our Armed Forces. Currently, she performs with the vocal group The Canadian Singers, and as a soloist or with an ensemble for private and special events. She is performing twice with the Markham Jazz Festival this year, first on Sunday August 9th for a promotional concert at Markville Shopping Centre, a silver sponsor of the festival, and then as a quartet with local jazz musician Larry Bond and his trio on Sunday, August 16th on Main Street Markham.

The Markham Jazz Festival runs from August 14th-16th, 2009 and is one of the townĺ─˘s most notable events, attracting thousands from across Ontario to the picturesque main streets of Markham and Unionville. With over 20 performers on four stages, plus many ĺ─˙hot spotsĺ─¨ (local bars and restaurants who book their own acts under the umbrella of the Markham Jazz Festival), this yearĺ─˘s festival is sure to provide ĺ─˙coolĺ─¨ sounds for all fans of great music!Solveig Barber

When: Sunday, August 9th 2009
Location: Markville Shopping Centre
Time: 1:00-3:00 pm
When: Sunday, August 16th 2009
Location: Main Street Markham
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm

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Danielle de Niese The Mozart Album

Danielle de Niese
The Mozart Album

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Sir Charles


In Stores: September 8th, 2009
Album Released to Digital Retailers: August 18th, 2009
Duet with Bryn Terfel Available Exclusively at
iTunes Music Store July 28th, 2009

ĺ─˙Her singing is utterly delectable and completely assuredĺ─ÂSheer ĺ─˛joie de vivreĺ─˘ and mastery come spilling across, to the eyes as well as the ears.ĺ─¨ -The New York Times

New York, NY ĺ─ý On September 8th, 2009, Decca will release The Mozart Album, the hotly anticipated second solo recording from 30-year-old soprano Danielle de Niese. The full album will be available at digital music retailers including the iTunes Music store on August 18th. On July 28th, iTunes will exclusively offer the single ĺ─˙La ci darem la manoĺ─¨ performed by Danielle de Niese together with baritone Bryn Terfel.

An Australianĺ─ýborn American soprano of Dutch and Sri Lankan heritage, the exotically beautiful de Niese has been captivating audiences since childhood, when she was a fixture of Los Angeles local television hosting a weekly arts showcase for teenagers, for which she won an Emmy Award. De Niese was just 18 when she was accepted as the youngest artist ever into the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program of the Metropolitan Opera. She made her Met debut as Barbarina in Le nozze di Figaro, alongside Renłęe Fleming, Bryn Terfel, and Cecilia Bartoli and led by James Levine. On September 22nd of this year, de Niese returns to the Met to perform the leading role of Susanna in the same Jonathan Miller production of Le Nozze di Figaro in which she made her debut over a decade ago.

From the age of 19, when Danielle de Niese made that auspicious Metropolitan Opera debut it was clear that she was destined to be a major Mozart singer, given her extraordinary ability to communicate emotion through her one-of-a-kind voice, personal charisma, star quality and the irresistible force of her personality. So Mozart is a natural next step for de Niese in her recording career following up on her debut album of Handel arias released in 2007. The selections on The Mozart Album reflect her career on stage, as well as her own favorite Mozart arias. Sir Charles Mackerras, a world authority on Mozart, leads the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

In addition to her engagement with the Metropolitan Opera, the 2009-10 season sees Danielle de Niese performing as Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro with Lyric Opera of Chicago under the direction of Edward Gardner. She also appears in Lĺ─˘incoronazione di Poppea with the Teatro Real and Semele with Thłęłótre des Champs Elysłęes. Additionally, Ms. de Niese will tour Europe with the period instrument group Il giardino armonico with an all Handel program with performances in Amsterdam, Vienna, Berlin and Madrid.

Visit Danielle de Niese on her website at www.danielledeniese.com and join her more than 1000 friends at www.myspace.com/danielledeniese.

Danielle de Niese in Performance USA 2009-2010

Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
September 22, 29,
October 1, 5, 9,
December 4, 8, 12
Conductor: Edward Gardner
Metropolitan Opera


Mozart: Le nozze di Figaro
February 28,
March 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 20, 22, 24, 27
Conductor: Edward Gardner
Lyric Opera of Chicago



Danielle de Niese: The Mozart Album Tracklisting
WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756ĺ─ý1791)

Exsultate, jubilate (K.165)
Bella mia fiamma (Concert aria K.528)
Giunse al fin il momento ... Al desio di chi t'adora (Alternative Aria in Act 4 of "The Marriage of Figaro" K.577)
Una donna a quindici anni (from "CosłĘ fan tutte" K.588)
Quando avran fine o mai ... Padre, germani, addio! (from "Idomeneo" K.366)
Ah Fuggi il Traditor (from "Don Giovanni" K.527)
Oh, temerario Arbace! ... Per quel paterno amplesso (Concert aria K.79)
L'amerłż (from "Il re pastore" K.208)
La ci darem la mano (Duet with Bryn Terfel) (from "Don Giovanni" K.527)
Laudate Dominum (from "Vesperae solennes de Confessore" K.339)

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Monday, July 27, 2009

SweetWater Music Festival 2009

SWEETWATER MUSIC FESTIVAL 2009
Friday Saturday Sunday, September 18, 19, 20 2009

Artistic Director Mark Fewer is pleased to announce the sixth annual SweetWater Music Festival. The Festival presents a series of breathtaking chamber music concerts which features internationally-acclaimed musicians and inspired programming. Music students are encouraged to sign up for Free Masterclass Workshops by Festival artists (see contact details below). September 18 to 20, 2009 at Historic Leith Church in Georgian Highlands (20 min N.E. of Owen Sound) and Division Street United Church in Owen Sound.

The Festival takes a new spin this season! SweetWater welcomes two highly regarded Guest Directors: for Friday evening Barry Shiffman will present music by Gideon Klein, Osvaldo Golijov and Mozart; for Sunday afternoon's concert Adrian Butterfield will present music by Handel, Vivaldi, Couperin, Leclair and Muffat. The commissioned composer for this year is award-winning jazz legend Phil Dwyer. Also, Saturday evening's performance will include a showstopper version of Vivaldi's Four Seasons with four different violin soloists: Jonathan Crow, Adrian Butterfield, Barry Shiffman, and Mark Fewer. Saturday's performance will also feature soprano Melanie Conly singing Edith Piaf and a new arrangement by Mark Fewer of Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne".

Performers for the weekend will include: Virginia Barron; Adrian Butterfield; Melanie Conly; Jonathan Crow; Steven Dann; Denise Djokic; Mark Fewer; Peter Longworth; Myron Lutzke; Douglas McNabney; Joseph Phillips; Ken Slowik; Barry Shiffman.

This year's "Pre-Concert Chat", taking place at 6:45pm before the Saturday evening concert, will take the form of a panel discussion moderated by Mark Fewer, with guest directors Barry Shiffman and Adrian Butterfield as panelists. All Saturday evening patrons are welcome to attend, no extra ticket required.

Tickets:
Fri 8pm (Leith Church) $25, Sat 8pm (Division St. United Church, Owen Sound) $30 (incl. pre-concert chat), Sun 2pm (Leith Church) $25
Three-concert series ticket: $75
Roxy Theatre Box Office 519-371-2833 (1-888-446-ROXY)
or call 519-376-3517
or email info@swmw.ca
http://www.swmf.ca

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Orchestras in the Park: the weather did not stop the music!


Canadaĺ─˘s Capital Region ĺ─ý The National Capital Commission (NCC) and the National Arts Centre (NAC) thank the 18,700 concert-goers who made the third edition of Orchestras in the Park a resounding success. The program of four free outdoor concerts in LeBreton Flats Park, from July 23 to 26, came to a close yesterday evening.

In spite of weather forecasts that threatened rain all four nights, concert-goers were rewarded with concerts that went ahead on time and in their entirety under almost entirely rainfree skies.

This excerpt from an unsolicited e-mail received this morning summarized what a lot of concert-goers were saying about these four perfect concerts:

ĺ─˙My family appreciated the concerts at LeBreton Flats Park. I can't imagine a better way to give the general public an opportunity to hear music that some might not be familiar with. It also provided an opportunity for people who cannot afford to attend concerts at the NAC to hear good music performed by world-class musicians. My wife and I enjoyed Thursday, Friday and Sunday the most. My two granddaughters, however, thought that Natalie MacMaster was wonderful (and she was). The setting and ease of access to the site could not have been better.ĺ─¨

Indeed, the National Capital Commission and the National Arts Centre are proud of the strong line-up of performers featured this year with the NAC Orchestra and the Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne: Anton Kuerti, Julian Kuerti, Amy Horvey, Jean-Marie Zeitouni, Erin Wall, Antonio Figueroa, James Westman, Laurence Ewashko, Jean-Philippe Tremblay, Hong Xu and of course, Natalie MacMaster.

Orchestras in the Park is a collaboration between the NAC and the NCC to present a series of free outdoor orchestral concerts at LeBreton Flats Park, the biggest gathering site for cultural events in the Capital.

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Festival to Transform Washington D.C. into ĺ─˙Piano Capital of the Worldĺ─¨

301.230.6556

Festival to Transform Washington D.C. into ĺ─˙Piano Capital of the Worldĺ─¨


2009 Washington International Piano Festival to Feature World-Renowned Lecturers and Artists


Washington, D.C. ĺ─ý The nationĺ─˘s capital will become the ĺ─˙Piano Capital of the Worldĺ─¨ next month as internationally renowned artists and lecturers will be joined by 44 participants from the U.S., China, Japan, Russia and Germany at the 2009 Washington International Piano Festival. The festival, made possible by a partnership with the Catholic University of America, begins the week of August 9th and is an opportunity for young aspiring concert pianists, teachers, amateurs, and piano lovers at-large to participate in an inspiring and informative one-week program.


ĺ─˙We are incredibly excited about the Washington International Piano Festival and hope that through beautiful music from some of the worldĺ─˘s most elite artists, participants and observers alike will develop a greater appreciation for the highest standard of classical music,ĺ─¨ said Nikita Fitenko, Internationally acclaimed pianist and Co-Director of the festival.


Festival participants will have an opportunity to work with prominent instructors in daily one-on-one coaching sessions as well as educational workshops and master classes. The program also includes seminars presented by outstanding guest lecturers, covering such topics as style, technique, methods and the art of teaching, as well as business aspects of teaching among others. Participants will also have an amazing opportunity to perform in concert at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, which will be webcast live at www.kennedy-center.org.


Each day of the festival will conclude with piano concerts featuring renowned artists such as Milen Petroff and Ivo Kaltchev performing at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage and Joseph Banowetz, Anderson & Roe and Alessio Bax at the Ward Recital Hall on Campus of the Catholic University of America.


The concerts are open to the community at a cost of $20. Tickets may be purchased at the door or may be reserved by emailing the Washington International Piano Festival at washingtonpianofest@gmail.com. In addition, the 2009 Festival participants will present three concerts that are free and open to the public. To learn more visit www.WashingtonPianoFest.com.


About WIPF

WIPF is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the performance and teaching of classical music at the highest standard. The Festival is sponsored by Jordan Kitt's Music and Yamaha.

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Gang Violence: From the Streets to the Stage

Gang Violence: From the Streets to the Stage

Toronto, July 27, 2009 ĺ─ý Mixed Company Theatre partners with the Toronto Police Service to create theatre for social change with youth affected by gang violence.

"The Toronto Police Service's partnership with Mixed Company Theatre creates an excellent opportunity to engage communities through the use of theatre arts and assists our ongoing efforts to enhance relationships with citizens of Toronto. Positive community relations improve our effectiveness in keeping our community safe,ĺ─¨ said Staff Superintendent Glenn De Caire, Central Field, Toronto Police Service.

For the next four weeks, youth will meet at York Memorial Collegiate Institute, collaborating with professional theatre, dance and music artists, including Chalmers Award Winning script-writer, Rex Deverell. They will participate in intensive workshops, covering hip-hop, rap, and script-development, learning to express their voices to make their communities safer.

"With support from the Toronto Police Service, Mixed Company Theatre has had the opportunity to connect with many community groups across Toronto, hearing the voices of those who have experienced gang violence. This new interactive performance incorporates these experiences, focusing on gang presence in our neighbourhoods and the pressures youth face finding social connection and identity,ĺ─¨ remarked Simon Malbogat, Artistic Director, Mixed Company Theatre.

With the help of the Toronto Police Service, Mixed Company Theatre has been reaching out to young people through the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS), the Youth in Policing Initiative and other community-based programs such as Project PEACE, Breaking the Cycle and L.O.V.E.. The end result, a forum theatre production addressing gang violence, will debut August 14 and August 16 at York Memorial CI. The presentation will tour to communities within 12 and 31 Divisions plus many more between August 17 ĺ─ý 21.

Mixed Company Theatre produces innovative, socially relevant drama as a tool to educate, engage and empower for positive change.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Jayce Ogren conducts The Cleveland Orchestra

David Fray makes his Cleveland Orchestra debut as soloist in Mozartĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 25

Jayce Ogren conducts The Cleveland Orchestra in ĺ─˙Mozart Masterpiecesĺ─¨ program featuring Symphonies Nos. 40 and 41 (ĺ─˙Jupiterĺ─¨) at the Blossom Festival on August 15

CLEVELAND, July 24, 2009 ĺ─ý Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Jayce Ogren will conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in a program titled ĺ─˙Mozart Masterpiecesĺ─¨ at the Blossom Festival on Saturday, August 15, at 8:00 p.m. The program features Mozartĺ─˘s Symphonies Nos. 40 and 41. French pianist David Fray will make his Cleveland Orchestra debut as soloist in Mozartĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 25. The concert will mark Mr. Ogrenĺ─˘s final performance with the Orchestra as one of its assistant conductors.

The August 15 program begins with Wolfgang Amadł« Mozartĺ─˘s Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K. 550. Next on the program is Mozartĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K. 503, with David Fray (pronounced FRY) as soloist. After intermission, the program concludes with Mozartĺ─˘s Symphony No. 41 in C major, K. 551 (ĺ─˙Jupiterĺ─¨).

Program notes are available at www.clevelandorchestra.com by the week of the program.

New this season, Lawn/General Admission tickets allow patrons to sit on the lawn or in newly designated General Admission areas in the rear corner sections of the Pavilion, adding 1,500 lower-priced seats in the Pavilion. These seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis to any ticketholder.

Also new in 2009, children 12 and under will be admitted free to the Lawn for all concerts. For each adult ticket purchase, two children will be admitted free to the Lawn. Each child will receive a free Kidsĺ─˘ Lawn Pass. Kidsĺ─˘ Lawn Passes will be available at the Severance Hall Ticket Office, the Blossom Box Office, and the Lawn Ticket Booth at Blossom, and also will be available for downloading and printing online at BlossomLawnFun.com. Kidsĺ─˘ Lawn Passes are required for all children 12 and under on the Lawn. The passes are not valid for entry into the Pavilion. Anyone wishing to sit in the new General Admission area of the Pavilion needs to have a Lawn/General Admission Ticket.

Prior to the concert, The Cleveland Orchestra will offer patrons an All-American Cookout on the Blossom grounds. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for picnicking. Concertgoers may purchase grilled fare including hot dogs, hamburgers, and ribs as well as potato salad, baked beans, and more, prepared by Blossom chefs. As usual, patrons are welcome to bring their own picnics, packed with everything needed to make the evening complete.

The Blossom Grille will be open for pre-concert dining also. Dinner reservations may be made by calling (330) 916-6063 Monday-Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or after 4:00 p.m. on Festival concert nights.

The August 15 concert is sponsored by The Sherwin-Williams Company. David Frayĺ─˘s appearance with The Cleveland Orchestra is made possible by a contribution to the Orchestraĺ─˘s Guest Artist Fund from The Hershey Foundation.

Biographical information on Jayce Ogren and David Fray is available on request.

A video clip from a documentary film on David Fray and his CD recording of Bach keyboard concertos is available on YouTube.

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TICKET PRICES: Pavilion $42, $31, $26; Lawn/General Admission $19. $82 box seats include complimentary parking in FirstEnergy Lot A and access to the Kulas Plaza VIP services. Children ages 12 and under are admitted to the Lawn seating area for free for all Blossom Festival concerts.

TICKETS for all remaining 2009 Blossom Festival concerts are now on sale through the Severance Hall Ticket Office, the Blossom Music Center Box Office, online at clevelandorchestra.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets. The Severance Hall Ticket Office is located in the Smith Lobby. The entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service parking are along the west side of the building on East Boulevard. The Ticket Office is open during the summer Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Blossom Music Center Box Office is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (and through intermission on Blossom Festival concert dates).

To charge tickets by telephone on American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard and Visa, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at (216) 231-1111 (local call for 216 and 440 area codes) or (800) 686-1141 during the regular Severance Hall Ticket Office hours listed above. Subscriptions and single tickets are also available through The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s website at clevelandorchestra.com. The website offers secure ticket transactions with any major credit card and provides complete concert listings. Please note: There are no added service charges or handling fees for Blossom Festival concert tickets purchased in person or by phone through the Blossom or Severance Hall ticket offices, or online through the Orchestraĺ─˘s website.

PARKING: Ample free parking is available. Patrons who buy Pavilion tickets at least 10 days prior to these performances will receive a free dated parking pass for one of Blossomĺ─˘s paved parking lots. (The 10-day advance purchase requirement is to allow time for postal delivery.) These paved parking lots are ADA accessible with ADA transport services to the Pavilion. In addition, there are a limited number of paid parking spaces available in the FirstEnergy Lot A (behind the Box Office) for purchase at $15 per vehicle (10-day advance purchase required). Call (216) 231-1111 or (800) 686-1141 for further details.

CALENDAR LISTING

Saturday, August 15, 2009, at 8:00 p.m.

Blossom Music Center

THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA

JAYCE OGREN, conductor

DAVID FRAY, piano

ĺ─˙Mozart Masterpiecesĺ─¨

MOZART Symphony No. 40, K. 550

MOZART Piano Concerto No. 25, K. 503

MOZART Symphony No. 41 (ĺ─˙Jupiterĺ─¨), K. 551

Concert Sponsor: The Sherwin-Williams Company

Guest Artist Fund: The Hershey Foundation

TICKETS: Pavilion $82 (box), $42, $31, $26; Lawn/General Admission $19

Lawn seating for children 12 and under: FREE

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The Devil's Fiddler at Chamberfest

The Devilĺ─˘s Fiddler to perform at Chamberfest!

Roby Lakatos, accompanied by his talented five-piece 'Gypsy Band', slithered and scampered his way - at about 100 notes a second - through four show stoppers, each more preposterously exuberant than the last. - The London Times

The Ottawa Chamber Music Society is thrilled to announce the Ottawa debut of Roby Lakatos as a surprise addition at the 16th Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival thanks in part to the support of the Marquee Tourism Events Program. Lakatos and his ensemble, a scorching Hungarian gypsy band will perform at Chamberfest on Wednesday, July 29 at 7 pm at Dominion-Chalmers United Church.

Roby Lakatos is not only an impressive virtuoso, but a musician of amazing versatility. With an unusual musical scope - as composer, classical violinist and gypsy violinist, Roby Lakatos is at home in the Hungarian folklore as well as in classical music and jazz. He was born into a legendary family of gypsy violinists who are descended from Janos Bihari, known as the "King of Gypsy Violinists". His musicianship evolved not only within his own family as he was initiated into secrets of gypsy music as a child, but also at the Błęla Bartłäk Conservatory of Budapest, where he won the first prize for classical violin in 1984.

The combination of his heritage and his nomadic free spirit and classical violin education has allowed Lakatos to become a classical virtuoso, a jazz improviser, a composer and arranger, a fiery violinist ĺ─ý all at the same time.

"Since Haydnĺ─˘s time the influence of Gypsy music has been evident throughout classical music. There is no other performer or ensemble in this day and age that encapsulates the true essence of the Gypsy tradition, its virtuosity, its passion, and sheer ability to entertain, as does violinist Roby Lakatos and his remarkable ensemble," raves Roman Borys, cellist of the Gryphon Trio, the Artistic Directors of the Festival.

His musical prowess borders on genius. Lakatos follows in the footsteps of masters such as Liszt and Brahms in combining classical music with pulsating, vibrant Hungarian Gypsy overtones. Xpress (Abu Dhabi)

ĺ─˙My style has three elements,ĺ─¨ says Lakatos. ĺ─˙The base is Gypsy music, of course, but also it includes classical music and jazz. The arrangements are very classical - but we have a lot of improvisation, too, because Gypsy music is like jazz,ĺ─¨ he explains. ĺ─˙And, of course, we never make the same concert twice.ĺ─¨

In addition to sold-out performances at the 2009 festivals of Domaine Forget and Orford, Lakatos and his ensemble have performed to great acclaim in concert halls in North America and Europe, including New Yorkĺ─˘s Carnegie Hall, Santa Cecilia in Rome, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. The other members of Roby Lakatos' ensemble are Kł░lmł░n Csłęki, Lł░szlłä Błäni, Oszkł░r Nłęmeth and Attila Rontłä.

Reserved tickets for this performance can be purchased online at www.chamberfest.com, in person at the OCMS office, Dominion Chalmers United Church Box Office, or at any festival concert, or by calling 613-234-6306. General admission tickets are available only at the door. A Festival pass provides access to this, as well as 90 other Chamberfest concerts. Full ticket and pass details are available at www.chamberfest.com or at 613-234-6306.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Chamber Music America Announces $253,000 in Grants to Jazz Ensembles

CMA announces $253,000 in grantS to JAZZ ensembles

for the creation and development of new work

Twelve U.S. jazz ensembles to receive support

NEW YORK, NY (July 23, 2009)ĺ─ţChamber Music America (CMA), celebrating its 32nd year of service to ensemble music professionals, today announced the recipients of 12 grants through CMA's New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development program. The grantees were selected in June by an independent, five-member panel of professional jazz musicians. CMA received 161 applications from jazz ensembles in 16 states.

Made possible through the generosity of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, New Jazz Works supports the creation and performance of new works by professional U. S. jazz ensembles, funds activities that extend the life of the work, and encourages the development of career-related business skills. Since its inception in 2000, the program has provided support to more than 132 jazz ensembles.

"We're delighted to be offering the New Jazz Works program," said Margaret M. Lioi, chief executive officer of Chamber Music America, "not only because of the new compositions it is supporting, but also because of the opportunities for professional development it will foster for composers over the three-year grant period. More than ever, creative artists need to be competent administrators and promoters of their own work. CMA is grateful to the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for its generosity in making the program possible, and we look forward to working closely with these exceptional musicians over the next several years."

Grantees and their Projects

Rez Abbasi Group (New York, NY) In Motherland, Abassi will draw from indigenous Pakistani music and his experiences as a Pakistani-American to create a work for his quartetĺ─ţguitar, piano, bass, and drum setĺ─ţand a guest vocalist.

Amir ElSaffar and Two Rivers (Yonkers, NY) ElSaffar's piece for sextet will integrate a harmonic language based on the intervals of the Maqam, a system of melodic modes used in traditional Arabic music; alternative tunings; a melodic and rhythmic template, and improvisation. The piece will feature voice, trumpet, alto saxophone, santour, oud, buzuq, violin, bass, dumbek, frame drum, and drum set.

John Escreet Project (New York, NY) Escreet explores his interest in the relation between speech and music with a new work that looks into the compositional possibilities of multiple, simultaneous speech tracks. His ensemble includes alto saxophone, trumpet, electronics, piano, bass, and drum set.

Ellery Eskelin and Different But the Same (New York, NY) Eskelelin plans a work in which the instrumentalists will improvise as composers, rather than simply playing solos in a pre-composed piece. Instrumentation includes tenor saxophones, bass, and drum set.

Joel Harrison Group (Brooklyn, NY) Harrison draws from the formal concepts of Charles Ives, John Adams, Oliver Messiaen, GyłĆrgy Ligeti, and Aarvo Płžrt to construct densely textured suite for alto saxophone, violin, cello, guitar, bass, hajini, dejmbe, frame drum, and drum set.

John Hollenbeck and The Claudia Quintet (New York, NY) Suite Lorraineĺ─ţbased loosely on structures, melodies, and harmonies of select jazz standardsĺ─ţwill feature polyrhythms, sonic "tapestries," and rhythmic counterpoint. The piece will be scored for clarinet, tenor saxophone, accordion, vibraphone, bass, piano, percussion, and drum set.

Jason Kao Hwang and Edge (Jersey City, NJ) Jason Kao Hwang will sequence written notation and improvisations, creating "a musical landscape through which each instrument, as a character, will journey." Instrumentation: cornet/flugelhorn, trombone, tuba, violin/viola, erhu, pipa, bass, and drum set.

Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet (Brooklyn, NY) Gamak is planned as a multi-movement work for alto saxophone, guitar, bass, and drum set. Mahanthappa will explore melodic ornamentation, alternative tunings, and rhythm beat cycles derived from Indian, African, and Indonesian music in a jazz context.

Ole Mathisen and F.F.E.A.R. (New York, NY) Mathisen conceives Mirage as a multi-movement work built on unusual meter, tempo, and micro-tonal relationships. As the title suggests, the piece is meant to project the illusion that the quartet (saxophones, clarinet, trombone, bass, and drum set) is part of a much larger group of instruments.

Josh Moshier and Moshier/Lebrun Collective (Evanston, IL) For a work inspired by Studs Terkel's memoir Touch and Go, the composer will utilize both sequenced song and through-composition in five self-contained songs. The work will be scored for tenor saxophone, piano, guitar, bass, and drum set.

Mario Pavone and Orange Double Tenor Ensemble (Prospect, CT) In anticipation of his 70th birthday, Pavone will compose a polyrhythmic work for sextet that alternates composed sections with structured and open improvised sections. The five-part suite will feature tenor and soprano saxophones, trumpet, piano, bass, and drum set.

Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures (Maplewood, NJ) Yeyi: A Wordless Psalm of Protypical Vibrations is envisioned as a 12-part suite for six multi-instrumental improvisers. The work will investigate rhythm themes, thematic melodies based on intervallic materials and develop Rudolph's "Cyclic Verticalism" and prototypical signal rhythm patterns. Instrumentation includes winds (B-flat and bass clarinet, soprano saxophone, bansuri, hichiriki, shakuhachi, bass, C and alto flute, cornet, flugelhorn, and kuduhorn), strings (guitars, oud, banjo, dotar, and sintir), and percussion (djembe, dumbek, tarija, cajon, bata, conga, thumb piano, bender, qarqaba, gongs, slit drum, marimbula, udu drum, caxixi, achimevu, and drum set).

Chamber Music America was founded in 1977 to develop and strengthen an evolving chamber music community. With a membership of over 6,000, including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artists' managers, educators, music businesses, and advocates of ensemble music, CMA welcomes members representing a wide range of musical styles and traditions. In addition to its funding programs, CMA provides its members with consulting services, access to health and instrument insurance, conferences, seminars and several publications, including Chamber Music magazine, and a website www.chamber-music.org.

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people's lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research and the prevention of child maltreatment, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke's properties. Visit www.ddcf.org.

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Premił«re du Nouveau quatuor łŢ cordes Orford - ce samedi 25 juillet łŢ 20h


FESTIVAL ORFORD 2009

En grande premił«re mondiale!

Le Nouveau quatuor łŢ cordes Orford refait lĺ─˘histoire!

Avec Jonathan Crow, Andrew Wan, Eric Nowlin et Brian Manker

Le samedi 25 juillet łŢ 20 h

Orford, le 22 juillet 2009 ĺ─ý Il y a quarante-quatre ans, un nouveau quatuor łŢ cordes canadien voyait le jour au camp dĺ─˘łętłę des Jeunesses musicales du Canada (aujourdĺ─˘hui le Centre dĺ─˘arts Orford) dans le parc national du Mont-Orford. Le Quatuor łŢ cordes Orford a donnłę son premier concert le 11 aoł¬t 1965. Ses nombreux enregistrements et tournłęes nationales et internationales en ont fait lĺ─˘un des ensembles canadiens les plus cłęlł«bres. Aprł«s avoir donnłę plus de deux mille concerts sur cinq continents pendant vingt-six ans, le quatuor a prłęsentłę son dernier rłęcital le 28 juillet 1991, pour ensuite se dissoudre. Maintenant, en 2009, apparałĂt tel un phłęnix le Nouveau quatuor łŢ cordes Orford dans le sillage de la rłęputation et de la tradition de son glorieux prłędłęcesseur.

Quand Davis Joachim, directeur głęnłęral, a approchłę Jonathan Crow pour lui demander de considłęrer la formation dĺ─˘un nouveau quatuor łŢ cordes łŢ Orford, son idłęe nĺ─˘łętait pas de simplement crłęer un autre ensemble qui offrirait quelques concerts de temps łŢ autres. Le Centre dĺ─˘arts Orford avait besoin dĺ─˘un ensemble de haut niveau qui reprłęsenterait lĺ─˘excellence de notre acadłęmie et de notre festival, et qui vłęhiculerait le nom dĺ─˘Orford łŢ travers le monde. Il voulait aussi honorer les noms et les rłęalisations de ceux qui sont venus avant, puisquĺ─˘ils ont łętłę les artisans de vingt-six annłęes dĺ─˘histoire et de concerts remarquables par le premier Quatuor Orford.

Andrew Dawes, membre fondateur et Premier violon du Quatuor Orford original, a travaillłę avec Davis Joachim afin de sĺ─˘assurer que nous pourrions appeler ce nouvel ensemble le Nouveau quatuor łŢ cordes Orford, et Jonathan Crow sĺ─˘est chargłę de rłęunir autour du projet un groupe de musiciens hors pair.

ł─ sa sortie de lĺ─˘Universitłę McGill alors quĺ─˘il nĺ─˘avait que 19 ans, Jonathan Crow se joignait łŢ lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal. Nommłę Violon solo en 2002, il a occupłę ce poste jusquĺ─˘en 2006. Il est ainsi devenu le plus jeune premier violon au sein dĺ─˘un orchestre majeur en Amłęrique du Nord .Il a ainsi rłęuni autour de lui quelques-unes des premił«res chaises des orchestres symphoniques de Montrłęal et de Toronto. En aoł¬t 2008, Andrew Wan a łętłę promu Premier violon assistant de lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal, ce qui a fait de lui un des plus jeunes premiers violons dĺ─˘un orchestre majeur en Amłęrique du Nord. Eric Nowlin est membre rłęgulier du Jupiter Chamber Players łŢ New York et tourne łęgalement avec les ensembles Musicians for Marlboro et Musicians from Raviniaĺ─˘s Steans Institute. En plus de sa carrił«re de soliste et de chambriste, il a rłęcemment łętłę nommłę Altiste solo associłę du Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Nommłę violoncelle solo łŢ lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal en 1999, Brian Manker prend un plaisir tout particulier łŢ interprłęter des quatuors łŢ cordes depuis son adolescence, et il le fait toujours avec autant de passion. MM. Jonathan Crow et Brian Manker sont łęgalement membres de la facultłę de lĺ─˘Acadłęmie Orford 2009.

Poursuivant fił«rement la tradition dĺ─˘innovation et dĺ─˘excellence du Centre dĺ─˘arts Orford, ce soir, les initiatives de Joachim et de Crow trouveront leur aboutissement dans ce concert inaugural du Nouveau quatuor łŢ cordes Orford. Venez nombreux !

LE NOUVEAU QUATUOR ł─ CORDES ORFORD

Jonathan Crow and Andrew Wan, violons, Eric Nowlin, alto et Brian Manker, violoncelle

Le samedi 25 juillet łŢ 20 h łŢ la salle de concert Gilles-Lefebvre, Festival Orford 2009
Billetterie : 819-843-3981 Prix rłęgulier : 37 $

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Quatuor łŢ cordes en do majeur, op. 20, no 2

Sir Ernest MacMillan (1893-1973) Quatuor łŢ cordes en do mineur

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) Quatuor łŢ cordes no 15 en lamineur, op. 132


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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Toronto Summer Music Festival Opens

 Toronto Summer Music


TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL 2009

Opened with a World Premiere and Concludes with an Opera Extravaganza

The fourth annual Toronto Summer Music Festival (TSM) opened last night with the world premiere pairing of Grammy and Juno Award-winning violinist James Ehnes, and Leeds International Competition winner, pianist Jon Kimura Parker, in concert together. This spectacular event was just the beginning of the Festival, which continues until August 13.

August concerts begin with beloved Toronto pianist, Anton Kuerti. Kuerti, who is an Officer of the Order of Canada and was awarded the Canadian Governor General's lifetime artistic achievement award in 2008, sold out his previous appearances with TSM. On August 1, Kuerti will present a programme which includes two composers whose anniversaries are being celebrated by the Festival this year: Haydn (Sonata in E Flat Major) and Mendelssohn (17 Variations Słęrieuses, Op. 54, and Scherzo łŢ Capriccio in F Sharp Minor); and Beethoven's Sonata in F Minor and Robert Schumann's Sonata in G Minor, Op 22.

Long-time collaborator with the TSM, violinist Mayumi Seiler will be joined by fellow violinist Ian Swensen on August 4. Swensen is a winner of the top prize in both solo and chamber music sections of the prestigious Walter W. Naumburg International Competition. Performing together as a duo for the very first time in Toronto, Swensen and Seiler will play rarely performed pieces by Bartłäk, Corelli, Martinu, Purcell, Saraste, Shostakovich, Telemann, and Vivaldi.

Two hot young string quartets will grace the stage of Walter Hall on August 6: Cecelia String Quartet and the Tokai String Quartet. They bring fresh energy and insight to the works of Haydn, Mozart, and Mendelssohn. In addition, they will present a world premiere of Jacques Hłętu's Hommage łŢ Mendelssohn. Hłętu himself will present the pre-concert lecture.

Star French flutist Patrick Gallois will be joined by his wife, pianist Cecilia LłĆfstrand, on August 8. Gallois, who enjoys extraordinary success as a flute soloist, is also currently the Artistic Director and principal conductor of Sinfonia Finlandia. The pair will present an evening of sparkling duo sonatas by Desbił«re, Gaubert, Poulenc, and Prokofiev.

Juno Award-winning fan favourite and one of the premier chamber ensembles in North America, Gryphon Trio will perform on August 11. They will play Mendelssohn's Trio No. 2 in C Minor and Haydn's Trio in C Major. They will be joined by the sublimely elegant soprano, Monica Whicher, in a variety of Scottish Folk Songs, arranged by Beethoven and Haydn.

Opera Extravaganza will close the festival on August 13, conducted by TSM Artistic Director Agnes Grossmann. She will be joined by star alumni of the TSM's Opera Studio in a varied and delightful programme of arias from Cilea, Donizetti, Verdi, and Mozart, duets from Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, and Richard Strauss, and ensembles from Donizetti and Verdi. Singers will include sopranos Melinda Delorme, Teiya Kasahara and Dłęsirłęe Till, mezzo-sopranos Erica Iris Huang and Lauren Segal, tenors Joey Niceforo and Paul Ouellette, baritone Phillip Addis, and bass-baritone Tomislav Lavoie.

TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

July 21 - August 13, 2009

AUGUST CONCERTS

Anton Kuerti: Saturday, August 1 at 8pm ***

Pre-concert lecture: "Bicentennials and Sonatas" presented by Stephen Cera

Swensen & Seiler: Tuesday, August 4 at 8pm **

Pre-concert lecture: "A SmłĆrgłÇsbord of Paris: Musical Duets over the Centuries" presented by

Dr. Timothy McGee

Cecilia String Quartet and Tokai String Quartet: Thursday, August 6 at 8pm **

Pre-concert lecture: "Mendelssohn: The Child Prodigy" presented by Jacques Hłętu

Gallois & LłĆfstrand: Saturday, August 8 at 8pm **

Pre-concert lecture: "The Monk and the Rascal: A Look at Francis Poulenc's dual personality" presented by Charlł«ne St. Aubin

Gryphon Trio with Monica Whicher: Tuesday, August 11 at 8pm **

Pre-concert lecture: "Scotland the Exotic? Scottish Folksong Settings by Haydn and Beethoven" presented by Dr. James Kippen

Opera Extravaganza: Thursday, August 13 at 7:30pm ***

Pre-concert lecture: Presented by one of Canada's leading experts on opera, Ian Scott

JULY CONCERTS

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 **

Festival passes ($120 - $300) and single tickets ($20 - $75) are available online www.torontosummermusic.com or by calling 416.597.7840

Pre-concert lectures are free and take place at 6:45pm the night of the concert in Room 330, Edward Johnson Building

*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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UBC School of Music announces three new conductors!

Three (Yes 3!) New Conductors Appointed at the UBC School of Music

Vancouver, B.C. ~ UBC School of Music welcomes three new full-time faculty members: Dwight Bennett as Director of the UBC Symphony Orchestra; Dr. Graeme Langager as Director of Choirs; and Dr. Robert Taylor as Director of Bands. Each brings new energy, excitement, and vision to UBC's performing ensembles and conducting courses. September will be wild and exhilarating when auditions take place and rehearsals begin. Almost every student in the School will be involved performing in, or with, one of these large ensembles.

About the appointments Director of the School, Dr. Richard Kurth said,
"It's a rare and exciting moment in the School's history to welcome three new conductors all at once. Professors Bennett, Langager, and Taylor each bring impressive experience, marvelous musicality, and creative energy to the training and programming of their ensembles, and they will build on the wonderful musical legacies of their precursors--Jesse Read, Bruce Pullan, and Marty Berinbaum respectively. The arrival of the new conductors signals an inspiring new era in the School's trajectory. Indeed, it is a special pleasure to welcome them in the 50th anniversary year of our Bachelor of Music program, a year in which we celebrate all the wonderful contributions and achievements so many have made so far, and in which we also strive for new growth and continue our pursuit of excellence, to the lifelong benefit of our students and their audiences."

Get to know our new faculty members:

Dwight Bennett has an extensive international career conducting orchestras and opera companies around the world. He studied with Karel Ancerl, Julius Herford, Franco Ferrara, Kiril Kondrashin, and Bernard Haitink. After winning first prize at the Heinz Unger Conductor's Competition, Dwight Bennett conducted over 100 performances in North America with the Canadian Opera Company.

Mr. Bennett conducted complete symphonic cycles of Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven and Brahms while serving as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra and the Windsor Symphony. He has recorded with CBC, Verdi and Bongiovanni. He was Assistant Conductor (Vienna State Opera), Resident Conductor (Canadian Opera Company), Chief Conductor/Head of Music (New Israeli Opera), Artistic Director (Royal Opera Canada), and Principal Guest Conductor (Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra). He has worked at such Festivals as Gars, Westben and Strasbourg, and conducted numerous orchestral tours of Europe and Asia. Mr. Bennett was Director and Professor of Music at Lakehead University, and later Director of the University of Toronto conducting program and Symphony Orchestra. He has recently conducted in Germany, Austria, Italy, the Netherlands, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Croatia, Canada, Taiwan, Korea, and China, including a new production/DVD of Massenet's Don Quichotte for Teatro Verdi (Trieste) and symphonic programs with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2007, he was awarded the title "Commendatore Stella Della SolidarietłŢ Italiana" from the President of Italy for his contribution to Italian culture and art.


Dr. Graeme Langager has served as the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Arkansas, and at Cuesta College in San Luis Obispo, California. A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Dr. Langager received the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from California State University, Long Beach. He has studied under Earl Rivers, Stephen Coker, Lynn Bielefelt, and Marc Hafso, and has received additional training from Helmut Rilling, Anton Armstrong, Thomas Davies, John Alexander, and Robert Page. Dr. Langager has taught in California, Ohio, North Carolina and Arkansas. He is sought after as a clinician and guest conductor, and is an active composer and arranger. Dr. Langager has served on the national board of the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and on the boards of the Arkansas and California Chapters of the American Choral Directors Association. Dr. Langager's choirs have been invited to perform at ACDA, MENC, All-State, and IAJE conferences. His choirs have performed throughout Europe and the United States including such prestigious venues as St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, Stefansdom in Vienna, Notre Dame in Paris, St. Nicholas in Prague, and St. Stephen's in Budapest.

Robert Taylor is the new Director of Bands at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, where he will conduct the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and teach instrumental conducting. Prior to his appointment at UBC, Dr. Taylor served as Director of Bands at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, and Chair of the Performing Arts Department at Eureka High School in northern California. He received the Master of Music and Doctor of Music degrees in conducting from Northwestern University and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Trumpet and Music Education from Humboldt State University. His research has been published in GIA's Teaching Music Through Performance in Band series and featured in presentations at several regional and national music conferences. As a passionate advocate of music in the schools, Dr. Taylor has adjudicated numerous music festivals and is in high demand as a rehearsal clinician and guest conductor throughout North America. Past engagements include collaborations with a wide range of international artists ĺ─ţ from Allen Vizzutti, Gail Williams, and Ingrid Jensen, to Manhattan Transfer and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy ĺ─ţ as well as frequent appearances with young musicians as principal conductor of the Puget Sound Youth Wind Ensemble and guest conductor of the CODA/ASTA Honor Orchestra, Humboldt Youth Academy Orchestra, and numerous honor groups.


Catch the downbeats of their first concerts at UBC . . .


Dwight Bennett conducts the UBC Symmphony Orchestra offering the overture to Glinka's opera Russlan and Ludmilla, Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juilet and Symphony No. 10 by Shostakovich on October 9th at 8:00 pm. Soon after Bennett conducts for the UBC Opera Ensemble's production of Puccini's Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi November 5 ĺ─ý 8.


Graeme Langager conducts the University Singers October 22nd at noon and October 23rd at 8:00pm. Graeme Langager and Dwight Bennett will each conduct a work at the School's big end of term choral and orchestra concert December 5th. This concert brings together the massed choirs of the University Singers and UBC Choral Union with the UBC Symphony Orchestra to perform Bach's Magnificat in D and Beethoven's Mass in C, Op. 86.


Robert Taylor conducts the UBC Symphonic Wind Ensemble October 8th at 8:00 pm. In November concerts are Noon on November 19th and 8:00 pm on November 20th.


All above performances will be held at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC

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Juilliard String Quartet's Sony Classical Releases Available Digitally


SONY CLASSICAL RELEASES DIGITAL RECORDINGS FOR DOWNLOAD BY THE JUILLIARD STRING QUARTET


WORKS INCLUDE THE COMPLETE STRING QUARTETS OF BEETHOVEN AND BARTłýK; QUARTETS BY DEBUSSY, RAVEL AND DUTILLEUX; AND COLLABORATIONS WITH LEGENDARY MUSICIANS


Sony Classical has announced that its catalog of recordings by the Juilliard String Quartet is being made available for download. The Quartet has been associated with Sony since the ensemble's inception in 1946.


The releases are as follows:


Bartłäk: String Quartets Nos. 1-6

Beethoven: The Early String Quartets (Op. 18, Nos. 1-6)

Beethoven: The Middle String Quartets (Op. 59, Nos. 1-3; Opp. 74 & 95)

Beethoven: The Late String Quartets (Opp. 127, 130, 131, 132, 133 and 135)

Debussy/Ravel/Dutilleux: String Quartets

Great Collaborations


The members of the Juilliard String Quartet jointly stated, "We are thrilled that a substantial amount of our recorded legacy will now be available through the latest technology, for listeners of all ages. With Nick Eanet now joining the Quartet, we look forward to continuing our relationship with this great label."


Alex Miller, General Manager of Sony Masterworks, said, "The Quartet has a long and celebrated relationship with the label and we are delighted to begin making their remarkable and diverse catalogue available to the public digitally."


The first six recordings will include the complete string quartets of Beethoven and Bartłäk (the latter a Juilliard String Quartet specialty). On CDs, the Beethoven quartets comprised a total of nine discs (three three-disc sets); the Bartłäk quartets comprised two discs; the French collection one disc; and Great Collaborations two discs. All of the titles to be digitized have been released previously on CD; all titles also appeared on the LP format with the exception of the French disc, which was released on CD only.


The Great Collaborations release includes Dvorak's Piano Quintet with Rudolf Firkusny, piano; Barber's Dover Beach with Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, baritone; Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht with Walter Trampler, viola, and Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Schumann's Piano Quintet with Leonard Bernstein, piano; Copland's Sextet for Clarinet, Piano and Strings with Aaron Copland, piano, and Harold Wright, clarinet; and Franck's Piano Quintet with Jorge Bolet, piano.


Each title of the new releases will include a digital booklet of liner notes.


About the Juilliard String Quartet

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


This 2009/10 season is the inaugural season with first violinist Nick Eanet. Highlights include Da Camera of Houston, Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, Shriver Hall Concert Series in Baltimore, dates at The Juilliard School, and tours in Japan and throughout Europe.


Recent seasons heard the JSQ in concert at the Kennedy Center, on tour in Australia, at the Konzerthaus Vienna, at the Palacio Real in Madrid, and at the Citłę de la musique in Paris with an accompanying two-day residency at the Conservatoire National Supłęrieur de Musique. The Juilliard String Quartet offered special programming in recognition of Elliott Carter's 100th birthday, performing the world premiere of his new Clarinet Quintet with Charles Neidich at The Juilliard School, the European premiere of the work at the Konzerthaus in Berlin, and his String Quartet No. 2 in concerts around the world. As ardent advocates of Carter's complex and visionary string quartets, the Juilliard's landmark recording of Quartets Nos. 1-4 was released by Sony in 1991.


The Quartet celebrated its 60th anniversary season with complete Bartłäk cycles (the Juilliard Quartet played the American premiere of the Bartłäk cycle at Tanglewood in 1948) in major cities throughout the U.S. and Japan. In honor of both the Juilliard's 60th birthday and the Shostakovich centennial, Sony BMG Masterworks released a 2-CD set of the Juilliard Quartet's recordings of Shostakovich Quartets Nos. 3, 14, 15 and the Piano Quintet with Yefim Bronfman. The Juilliard Quartet also celebrated Mozart's 250th birthday, performing Quartets K. 421, K. 428 and K. 465, newly informed by first-edition parts recently donated to The Juilliard School. Other recent highlights include a pair of concerts presented by the Los Angeles Philharmonic in Disney Hall; the world premiere of Ezequiel Vił▒ao's Quartet II, "The Loss and the Silence," commissioned for them by The Juilliard School in honor of its 2006 centennial; and international performances of Bach's "Art of the Fugue."


In 2003 the Quartet marked the celebrations of its 40th anniversary as Quartet-in-Residence at the Library of Congress with a twelve-concert complete Beethoven cycle interspersed with works by American composers whose work the Quartet has championed throughout its existence. The JSQ has performed complete Beethoven cycles in seven-concert series at Alice Tully Hall in New York, at Casals Hall in Tokyo, at Michigan State University and, most recently, at the International Beethoven Festival in Bonn and at the Tonhalle in Dł║sseldorf.


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


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


In a momentous occasion at Tanglewood in 1997, the Juilliard String Quartet's founder and first violinist Robert Mann retired from the group after fifty years. Earlier that season, Musical America named the Quartet "Musicians of the Year," making it the first chamber music ensemble ever to appear on the cover of the publication's annual International Directory of the Performing Arts.


In its history, the Juilliard String Quartet has performed a comprehensive repertoire of some 500 works, ranging from the great classical composers to masters of the current century. It was the first ensemble to play all six Bartłäk quartets in the United States, and it was through the group's performances that the quartets of Arnold Schoenberg were rescued from obscurity. An ardent champion of contemporary American music, the Quartet has premiered more than 60 compositions of American composers, including works by some of America's finest jazz musicians.


The ensemble has been associated with Sony Classical, in its various incarnations, since 1949. In celebration of the Quartet's 50th anniversary, Sony released seven CDs containing previously unreleased material as well as notable performances from the Quartet's award-winning discography. With more than 100 releases to its credit, the ensemble is one of the most widely recorded string quartets of our time. Its recordings of the complete Beethoven quartets, the complete Schoenberg quartets, and the Debussy and Ravel string quartets have all received Grammy Awards. Inducted into the Hall of Fame of the National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences in 1986 for its recording of the complete Bartłäk string quartets, the Juilliard Quartet was awarded the Deutsche Schallplattenkritik Prize in 1993 for Lifetime Achievement in the recording industry. In 1994, its recording of quartets by Ravel, Debussy, and Dutilleux was chosen by the Times of London as one of the 100 best classical CDs ever recorded.


Nick Eanet, Violin (Pronunciation: Eanet, rhymes with "senate")

Nick Eanet began his violin studies at the age of three with Nicole DiCecco, and was an avid chamber musician almost from the beginning, playing quartets by the age of five. When he was only eleven, his young quartet was invited to perform at a festival by Shinichi Suzuki in Matsumoto, Japan. At the age of twelve, he was admitted to The Juilliard School Pre-College where he studied with Dorothy DeLay, continuing at the college with Robert Mann. After graduating from Juilliard with a bachelor of music degree, Mr. Eanet joined the Mendelssohn String Quartet as leader and first violinist.


During his years with the Mendelssohn String Quartet, Mr. Eanet performed around the world in major venues such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and the Library of Congress. His teaching responsibilities included posts at Harvard University and the North Carolina School of the Arts. Numerous summer festival appearances include the Mostly Mozart Festival, Sante Fe Chamber Music Festival, Aspen Music Festival, Maui Chamber Music Festival, Steamboat Springs Strings in the Mountains Festival, among others. His playing, hailed by the New York Times as "brilliant and passionate," is in great demand: In addition to performing with the Sea Cliff Chamber Players and at Bargemusic, Mr. Eanet is a key member of Amadeus Virtuosi, a chamber orchestra that he also conducts. He has premiered and recorded the violin music of Frederich Nietzsche, available on the Newport Classic label.


Mr. Eanet's exposure to solo work also began when he was quite young. At age eight he was invited by Zubin Mehta to appear as soloist with the New York Philharmonic in one of the orchestra's Young People's Concerts. Two years later, he performed as soloist on the Philharmonic's subscription series and its New Year's Eve gala concert. Mr. Eanet has since performed as soloist with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra led by James Levine at Carnegie Hall, the Minnesota Orchestra with Sir Neville Marriner, the New York Youth Symphony, and others.


From 1999 until he joined the Juilliard String Quartet, Mr. Eanet was the concertmaster of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, a position appointed by James Levine. During his tenure with the orchestra, Mr. Eanet performed across Europe and Japan, and regularly appeared in orchestral and chamber music concerts at all three venues at Carnegie Hall. Nick Eanet is a native Brooklynite.


Ronald Copes, Violin

Praised by audiences and critics alike for his insightful artistry, violinist Ronald Copes has received international acclaim as concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician. Having appeared as a featured performer in the Marlboro, Tanglewood, Bermuda, Cheltenham, Colorado and Olympic music festivals, Mr. Copes has toured extensively with Music From Marlboro ensembles, the Los Angeles and Dunsmuir piano quartets, and, since 1997, with the Juilliard String Quartet in concerts throughout Europe, Asia and North America.


He has recorded numerous solo and chamber music works for radio and television broadcast as well as for Sony Classical, Orion, CRI, Klavier, New World Records, ECM and the Musical Heritage Society. Devoting considerable energy to the development and presentation of contemporary string literature, he has worked closely with composers and has given the first performances of a number of solo and chamber works.


Mr. Copes has garnered prizes in several national and international competitions including the Artists' Advisory Council, the Merriweather Post and the Concours International d'execution Musicale in Geneva. For two decades, he served as Professor of Violin at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and, in 1997, joined the faculty of The Juilliard School in New York City. During the summer he is on the artist-faculty of the Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival.


Samuel Rhodes, Viola

Samuel Rhodes is celebrating his 41st year as a member of both the Juilliard String Quartet and the faculty of The Juilliard School where he is chair of the viola department. He has been a participant in the Marlboro Festival since 1960 and is a faculty member of the Tanglewood Music Center. His solo appearances have included several recitals at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., and an unaccompanied recital at The Juilliard School. This celebratory season includes recitals in Hamburg, Germany, and at Juilliard. In June 2001, Mr. Rhodes was invited to play a recital in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the festival Viola Space in Tokyo, Japan. He gave the world premiere of Figment IV for solo viola by Elliott Carter in January 2008 in Paris. In 1998, Mr. Rhodes had the honor of being invited to join the late Isaac Stern as a coach at his Chamber Music Workshops in Jerusalem, Israel; Miyazaki, Japan and Carnegie Hall, New York.


A native New Yorker, Samuel Rhodes studied the viola with Sydney Beck and Walter Trampler. He has a bachelor of arts degree from Queens College, New York, and a master of fine arts degree from Princeton University where he studied composition with Roger Sessions and Earl Kim. As a composer, Mr. Rhodes wrote a string quintet for two violins, two violas and cello, which has been performed by the Blair, Composer's, Galimir, Pro Arte and Sequoia quartets. The Pro Arte Quartet recently recorded the work with the composer as guest artist.


Mr. Rhodes has been artist-in-residence at Michigan State University and has been awarded honorary doctorates by Michigan State, the University of Jacksonville and the San Francisco Conservatory. He has appeared as a guest artist with many ensembles including the Beaux Arts and Mannes trios and with the Brentano, Cleveland, Guarneri, and Mendelssohn quartets.


Joel Krosnick, Cello

Joel Krosnick has performed as soloist, recitalist, and chamber musician around the world. As a member of the Juilliard String Quartet since 1974, he has performed the great quartet literature throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. With his sonata partner of more than 30 years, pianist Gilbert Kalish, Mr. Krosnick has performed recitals throughout the U. S. and Europe. Since 1976, they have given annual series of recitals in New York City and recently presented the series American Milestones of the Last 100 Years at The Juilliard School.


With Mr. Kalish, Mr. Krosnick has recorded the complete sonatas and variations of Beethoven and the sonatas of Brahms as well as works by Poulenc, Prokofiev, Carter, Hindemith, Debussy, Janacek, and Cowell for the Arabesque label. Especially noteworthy is their CD devoted to the cello and piano music of Ralph Shapey. Yet to be released is a CD, Forgotten Americans.


Mr. Krosnick completed his bachelor of arts degree at Columbia College where he began his lifelong commitment to contemporary music. He has performed and premiered a large number of new works by composers including Donald Martino, Ralph Shapey and Richard Wernick. Joel Krosnick's recording of the Sonata for Solo Cello by Artur Schnabel appears on the CP2 label, and his CD of Roger Sessions' Six Pieces for Solo Cello is presented on Koch Classics.


A dedicated and passionate teacher, Mr. Krosnick is chair of the cello department of The Juilliard School and is a member of the faculty of Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival in Maine. He has been associated with the Aspen, Marlboro and Tanglewood music festivals, and appeared for the third time as a member of the artist-faculty of the Piatigorsky Seminar at the University of Southern California. A recipient of the Chevalier du Violoncelle Award from the Eva Janzer Memorial Cello Center at the Indiana University School of Music, Mr. Krosnick holds honorary doctoral degrees from Michigan State University, Jacksonville University, and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

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Toronto Summer Music Festival August Concerts

TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL 2009
Opened with a World Premiere and
Concludes with an Opera Extravaganza

The fourth annual Toronto Summer Music Festival (TSM) opened last night with the world premiere pairing of Grammy and Juno Award-winning violinist James Ehnes, and Leeds International Competition winner, pianist Jon Kimura Parker, in concert together. This spectacular event was just the beginning of the Festival, which continues until August 13.

August concerts begin with beloved Toronto pianist, Anton Kuerti. Kuerti, who is an Officer of the Order of Canada and was awarded the Canadian Governor General's lifetime artistic achievement award in 2008, sold out his previous appearances with TSM. On August 1, Kuerti will present a programme which includes two composers whose anniversaries are being celebrated by the Festival this year: Haydn (Sonata in E Flat Major) and Mendelssohn (17 Variations Słęrieuses, Op. 54, and Scherzo łŢ Capriccio in F Sharp Minor); and Beethoven's Sonata in F Minor and Robert Schumann's Sonata in G Minor, Op 22.

Long-time collaborator with the TSM, violinist Mayumi Seiler will be joined by fellow violinist Ian Swensen on August 4. Swensen is a winner of the top prize in both solo and chamber music sections of the prestigious Walter W. Naumburg International Competition. Performing together as a duo for the very first time in Toronto, Swensen and Seiler will play rarely performed pieces by Bartłäk, Corelli, Martinu, Purcell, Saraste, Shostakovich, Telemann, and Vivaldi.

Two hot young string quartets will grace the stage of Walter Hall on August 6: Cecelia String Quartet and the Tokai String Quartet. They bring fresh energy and insight to the works of Haydn, Mozart, and Mendelssohn. In addition, they will present a world premiere of Jacques Hłętu's Hommage łŢ Mendelssohn. Hłętu himself will present the pre-concert lecture.

Star French flutist Patrick Gallois will be joined by his wife, pianist Cecilia LłĆfstrand, on August 8. Gallois, who enjoys extraordinary success as a flute soloist, is also currently the Artistic Director and principal conductor of Sinfonia Finlandia. The pair will present an evening of sparkling duo sonatas by Desbił«re, Gaubert, Poulenc, and Prokofiev.

Juno Award-winning fan favourite and one of the premier chamber ensembles in North America, Gryphon Trio will perform on August 11. They will play Mendelssohn's Trio No. 2 in C Minor and Haydn's Trio in C Major. They will be joined by the sublimely elegant soprano, Monica Whicher, in a variety of Scottish Folk Songs, arranged by Beethoven and Haydn.

Opera Extravaganza will close the festival on August 13, conducted by TSM Artistic Director Agnes Grossmann. She will be joined by star alumni of the TSM's Opera Studio in a varied and delightful programme of arias from Cilea, Donizetti, Verdi, and Mozart, duets from Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, and Richard Strauss, and ensembles from Donizetti and Verdi. Singers will include sopranos Melinda Delorme, Teiya Kasahara and Dłęsirłęe Till, mezzo-sopranos Erica Iris Huang and Lauren Segal, tenors Joey Niceforo and Paul Ouellette, baritone Phillip Addis, and bass-baritone Tomislav Lavoie.

TORONTO SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL
July 21 - August 13, 2009

August Concerts
Anton Kuerti: Saturday, August 1 at 8pm ***
Pre-concert lecture: "Bicentennials and Sonatas" presented by Stephen Cera
Swensen & Seiler: Tuesday, August 4 at 8pm **
Pre-concert lecture: "A SmłĆrgłÇsbord of Paris: Musical Duets over the Centuries" presented by
Dr. Timothy McGee
Cecilia String Quartet and Tokai String Quartet: Thursday, August 6 at 8pm **
Pre-concert lecture: "Mendelssohn: The Child Prodigy" presented by Jacques Hłętu
Gallois & LłĆfstrand: Saturday, August 8 at 8pm **
Pre-concert lecture: "The Monk and the Rascal: A Look at Francis Poulenc's dual personality" presented by Charlł«ne St. Aubin
Gryphon Trio with Monica Whicher: Tuesday, August 11 at 8pm **
Pre-concert lecture: "Scotland the Exotic? Scottish Folksong Settings by Haydn and Beethoven" presented by Dr. James Kippen
Opera Extravaganza: Thursday, August 13 at 7:30pm ***
Pre-concert lecture: Presented by one of Canada's leading experts on opera, Ian Scott

July Concerts
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 **

Festival passes ($120 - $300) and single tickets ($20 - $75) are available online www.torontosummermusic.com or by calling 416.597.7840

Pre-concert lectures are free and take place at 6:45pm the night of the concert
in Room 330, Edward Johnson Building

*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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Kent Nagano dirige l'intłęgrale des quatre symphonies de Brahms au Festival de Knowlton


Kent Nagano et l'OSM dans l'intłęgrale des quatre symphonies de Brahms au Festival de Knowlton

Montrłęal et Knowlton, le 22 juillet 2009 ĺ─ý Maestro Kent Nagano, directeur musical de l'OSM et directeur artistique du Festival de Knowlton, dirigera l'OSM dans l'intłęgrale des quatre symphonies de Johannes Brahms lors de quatre concerts qui auront lieu łŢ Knowlton les 7, 8, 13 et 16 aoł¬t Ces concerts seront jumelłęs łŢ des ëýuvres de musique vocale, interprłętłęes par certains des artistes lyriques les plus en demande sur la scł«ne internationale.

Č┤ Avec les quatre symphonies de Brahms, Kent Nagano, directeur artistique du Festival de Knowlton, lance le dłębut des prłęsentations symphoniques au festival Ȭ, a expliqułę Marco Genoni, directeur exłęcutif du Festival de Knowlton. Č┤ . Les spectateurs qui auront la chance d'assister aux quatre symphonies dans un contexte champłütre auront łęgalement l'occasion de voir et d'entendre de grands artistes lyriques de renommłęe internationale, parmi lesquels certains n'ont pas chantłę au Qułębec depuis un long moment. Ȭ

Les concerts mettront en vedette les artistes suivants :

Čů Le 7 aoł¬t, la mezzo-soprano Marie-Nicole Lemieux interprłętera la Rhapsodie pour alto, chëýur d'hommes et orchestre de Brahms et les Deux chants pour voix d'alto, dans lesquels dialoguent deux voix d'alto, l'une humaine et l'autre instrumentale (la partie d'alto sera assurłęe par Neal Gripp, alto solo de l'OSM).

Čů Le 8 aoł¬t, le tłęnor hłęrołěque Ben Heppner fera un retour des plus attendus au Qułębec dans six lieder de Richard Strauss, dont le sublime Morgen, cadeau de mariage du compositeur łŢ sa femme Pauline.

Čů Le baryton Thomas Hampson se joindra łŢ l'OSM le 13 aoł¬t lors du troisił«me concert de cette słęrie, dans trois lieder de Strauss rarement interprłętłęs.

Čů Et finalement, le 16 aoł¬t, lors du concert de clłąture du Festival, les sopranos June Anderson, Sumi Jo et Susan Platts offriront des extraits du płętillant opłęra Le Chevalier łŢ la rose, de Richard Strauss. Ce concert, sera suivi d'un grand pique-nique champłütre avec Kent Nagano, les artistes et musiciens de l'OSM.

Les symphonies de Brahms, vłęritables monuments du genre, sont des ëýuvres de musique pure et doivent leur puissance au talent du compositeur łŢ jouer avec le langage musical. Un univers vaste et glorieux attend donc l'auditeur prłüt łŢ consacrer quatre soirłęes łŢ la musique orchestrale de Brahms. Que ce soit le combat hłęrołěque de la Premił«re Symphonie, la beautłę idyllique de la Deuxił«me, la młęlancolie automnale de la Troisił«me ou la majestłę imposante de la Quatrił«me, ces chefs-d'ëýuvre sauront rłęvłęler toute leur splendeur.

Devant le remarquable succł«s remportłę l'łętłę dernier, le Festival de Knowlton devient une manifestation annuelle d'envergure internationale. Du 4 au 16 aoł¬t, se succłęderont concerts symphoniques, soirłęes d'airs d'opłęra, prłęsentation en version orchestrale de l'opłęra Bel Canto La Sonnambula de Vincenzo Bellini, rłęcitals, concerts de la relł«ve, classes de małĂtre pour jeunes chanteurs et activitłęs d'initiation łŢ la musique pour enfants.

Les biographies d'artistes, la programmation et les coordonnłęes de la billetterie sont disponibles sur le site du festival au www.festivaldeknowlton.com

Le Festival de Knowlton est prłęsentłę par la sociłętłę Festival de musique de Knowlton inc. avec la participation de l'Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal et avec la collaboration de l'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia de Rome. Le Festival s'appuie łęgalement sur l'apport important de plusieurs commanditaires et partenaires financiers dont Bombardier inc., BFL Canada, le Cabinet de relations publiques NATIONAL, le Mouvement des caisses Desjardins, Tourisme Qułębec, La Ville de Lac Brome, Swiss International Air Lines, Groupe StrataTech et Ultramar.

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Laitman's Mystery Garners Further Acclaim in Patricia Green's New CD


Laitman's Mystery Garners Further Acclaim in Patricia Green's New CD


"Laitman is one of the best and most prolific song writers at work today," writes Robert Moore in the American Record Guide Review of Patricia Green's new Blue Griffin release, Unsleeping, in which the Canadian mezzo-soprano pays tribute to six living international composers, with Laitman singled out to represent the United States with a song cycle titled Mystery. This version of the 1998 cycle, originally composed for baritone and recorded on Laitman's eponymous first solo CD, has already received several glowing reviews, and serves as a testament to the composer's extraordinary skills in adapting her remarkable art songs to a variety of voice types, making them accessible to a wider tapestry of vocal talent. In speaking of her approach and method, the composer says:

"In my vocal writing, I always compose the vocal line first. I custom construct each melody to emphasize the words or phrases of a poem that I find most important. I also take great care to create a musical line that will work well for the voice. Of course, other musical aspects factor into my work, but having a primary focus on melody makes my songs particularly adaptable to other voice types ĺ─ţ so long as the accompaniment can function in another key and the text remains appropriate."


The song cycle consists of five settings to poems by American poet Sara Teasdale. Of the current recording Gramophone Magazine writes: "The teaming of composer Lori Laitman and poet Sara Teasdale in Mystery results in five songs of generous lyricism and propulsive ardour." Colin Clarke of Fanfare Magazine says: "Laitmanĺ─Â has made her name in the field of art song, and it is not difficult to hear why. These are exquisitely crafted miniatures. The delicious love song, "Spray" (the cycle's second movement), is most movingly and tenderly rendered here. The quasi-improvised nature of the piano part to "The Mystery" gives it almost a late-night jazz feel before "The Rose" introduces the character of Pierrot in a portrayal of deeply felt regret."


The youngest composer featured on this new recording, Lori Laitman's "exceptional gifts for embracing a poetic text and giving it new and deeper life through music" (The Journal of Singing), finds the composer with over 200 songs to her credit, setting the words of classical and contemporary poets with uncanny skill and unmatched beauty. Laitman's own fourth solo CD, Within These Spaces, was released in May 2009 by Albany Records. The composer's full-length opera, The Scarlet Letter, to poet David Mason's libretto on Hawthorne's literary masterpiece, opened to splendid accolades in November 2008.


Laitman is currently composing Vedem, a Holocaust oratorio commissioned by Music of Remembrance. The work is based on the story of the underground magazine published at the Terezin concentration camp, and weaves poet David Mason's haunting new libretto with poetry written by the Czech boys imprisoned at the camp. Vedem will premiere on May 10, 2010 in Seattle, WA, and will feature musicians from Music of Remembrance as well as the famed Northwest Boy choir. The busy composer's calendar in the upcoming months will see her presenting master classes and workshops at Cleveland Institute of Music, Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, The Buckeye NATS Fall Workshop, Colorado College, and the Virginia NATS Spring Conference.


Find more information about Lori Laitman's music on her official website at: www.artsongs.com.

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National Youth Orchestra of Canada returns for annual summer visit

National Youth Orchestra of Canada returns to the NAC for its annual summer visit with a free concert under the baton of Alain Trudel on July 28

Ottawa, Canada ĺ─ý The National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYOC) will return to the National Arts Centreĺ─˘s Southam Hall on Tuesday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. for a free concert under the baton of Alain Trudel. The 100-member ensemble of elite young musicians from across Canada will perform Haydnĺ─˘s Symphony No. 96 and Mahlerĺ─˘s Symphony No. 6 on a program that opens with Dreams of Flying by Canadian composer and NYOC alumnus Rob Teehan, who at age 26 is the youngest composer the NYOC has ever commissioned.

Tickets for the concert on Tuesday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m. are free and may be picked up in person at the NAC Box Office during regular Box Office hours, Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Once tickets run out, patrons are encouraged to come on the night and will be seated if space becomes available.

The National Arts Centre concert on July 28 is part of a two-week tour across Ontario and Quebec including Notre Dame Basilica in Montreal and Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto sponsored by TD Financial Group. In addition, on August 2, 2009 at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (NYOC) will make history as one of the first Canadian orchestras to broadcast a concert live via the internet (www.nyoc.org/webcast). In 2010, the NYOC will celebrate its 50-year anniversary with a series of concerts across the country.

National Capital Region participants this summer are Benoit Constant, 20 (violin), Pamela Cummings, 19 (violin), Ruza McIntyre, 17 (violin), Christine Yoo, 16 (violin), Sunmock Yang, 17 (viola), Heather Bourne, 20 (viola), Josh Brintrall, 22 (clarinet), Roxanne Lłęveillłęe, 23 (clarinet) and Christopher Graham, 22 (trombone). They were chosen from among over 550 applications received from across the country after auditions were held in major cities in January.

For four weeks in June, they underwent intensive training at the University of Western Ontario in London. During this time, they received professional instruction from Canadaĺ─˘s top orchestral musicians and had more practical hours of training than most universities offer in a year.

The 2009 NYOC principal conductor is Alain Trudel, who is no stranger to Canadian orchestral music lovers. Mr. Trudel is currently principal conductor of the new National Broadcast Orchestra (which replaced the CBC Radio Orchestra) and principal guest conductor of the Victoria Symphony Orchestra. He is also music director and conductor of lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Laval and serves as artistic advisor to the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra.

The National Youth Orchestra of Canada is Canadaĺ─˘s advanced orchestral training institute for musicians ages 14 to 28. Its mission is to educate, elevate, and empower Canadaĺ─˘s most gifted young orchestral musicians. The NYOC supports, strengthens and advances the art of orchestral music in Canada through nationally prominent concert tours, recordings, outreach activities, and through the performance and commissioning of Canadian music. Over the years, the reviews and praise bestowed on the NYOC have been nothing short of amazing. It was called ĺ─˙the best youth orchestra in the worldĺ─¨ at the World Youth Orchestra Conference in Tokyo. One third of Canadaĺ─˘s professional orchestral musicians (and more than half of the National Arts Centre Orchestra,) got their start in the NYOC. For more information on the NYOC, visit www.nyoc.org.

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Musicians of the Portland Symphony Orchestra Ratify New Four-Year Agreement


Musicians of the Portland Symphony Orchestra Ratify New Four-Year Agreement
  • All stakeholders participating in moving towards financial health
  • Terms allow for flexibility and responsiveness to future conditions
  • Utilized new negotiations template
PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý The Musicians of the Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO), Boston Musicians Association and the PSO Board of Trustees jointly announced a four-year labor Agreement today ĺ─ý the first with the American Federation of Musicians in the PSO's 84-year history. The new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is retroactive to September 1, 2008 and extends to August 31, 2012, provides stability in Musician/Management relations for four years. The successful ratification of the Agreement is a critical piece of the Sustainability Plan adopted by the Board of Trustees in March 2009 in response to financial challenges and changing economic conditions faced by the institution.

Highlights from the new four-year Agreement include:
  • level funding of all compensatory items with the opportunity to reopen discussions for 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons if certain predetermined benchmarks of financial health are met;
  • maintaining minimum guaranteed services; and
  • modernized language which allows for greater scheduling flexibility along with new due process procedures for musicians.
Gordon Gayer, President of the PSO Board of Trustees, declared, "I am pleased and honored to announce both a landmark new Agreement that provides for stability, and also a new partnership between our Musicians, the Board of Trustees, and the Boston Musicians Association. We are deeply grateful to all the individuals involved in the negotiations for their hard work and vigilance in producing a new Agreement, particularly in these challenging times. I believe the new Agreement is an essential ingredient in moving towards financial health, while preserving the Symphony's excellence on stage and its place in the community as one of Portland's cultural gems."

"Musicians are dedicated to the long-term health and artistic growth of the orchestra," said Pat Hollenbeck, president of BMA. "We are confident that this new Agreement and partnership with the PSO will support both those priorities for northern New England's largest professional orchestra."

Robert Couture, Boston Musicians Association's Negotiator: "We are pleased to have struck an agreement that promotes the long-term fortunes of the venerable PSO, an institution that nurtures music-making as an art and recognizes its musicians as the elite professionals that they are."

PSO Executive Director Ari Solotoff said, "We were honored to draw upon a new and collaborative framework for negotiations which respected the expertise and professionalism of the parties involved. At the same time, the new Agreement establishes an interest-based model for addressing shared institutional challenges and seizing new opportunities. We are especially grateful for the leadership and counsel from our facilitators at the Harvard Law School Negotiation Project and Triad Consulting."

The PSO began the interest-based negotiation process in July 2008, funded by a grant from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation. Interest-based negotiations focus on collaboratively solving problems, acknowledging interests, and creating new options for moving forward. All parties participated in an intensive two-day training session in interest-based negotiations.

The goals of the grant and new negotiations template included:
  • enhancing collaborative spirit and partnership between musicians, management, and the Board of Trustees;
  • creating a space to explore new community and artistic initiatives;
  • desire to set an example for similarly-sized orchestras to employ these techniques;
  • establishing a template for future negotiations; and
  • increasing awareness, understanding, and respect for stakeholder needs.
In February 2009, the PSO announced a series of administrative and programmatic cuts in response to its significantly deteriorated financial health. In March 2009, the PSO Board of Trustees adopted a three-year Sustainability Plan and Bridge Initiative. Combined with significant reductions in administrative expense, and through the ratification of this new Agreement, the PSO can achieve nearly $1 million, or a 30% reduction, in overall expenses. By doing so, all stakeholders have come together to support long-term financial health while maintaining high standards of artistic quality and performance.

Solotoff continued, "I have confidence that with the efforts and commitment of our Musicians, and the Sustainability Plan, the PSO can be both artistically and fiscally healthy and vibrant. This is the first stage of that process, and we are moving forward together."

Lyle Voss, PSO trustee and chair of the Negotiations Committee, stated, "When we embarked on interest-based bargaining in July 2008 we had no idea how critical this framework would be in meeting the economic challenges faced by all stakeholders. We are particularly grateful to the Musicians for their commitment to the PSO and this process."

"The Musicians are honored to be partners in future strategic planning," said Richard S. Kelly, PSO percussionist and Orchestra Committee Chair. "This new Agreement, and interest-based negotiations, have set the stage for ongoing collaboration and discussions of how the PSO can be most artistically meaningful and relevant to our community."

Negotiation Teams:

Musicians:

  • Richard Kelly, Percussion, Chair
  • Carolyn Cantrell, Horn
  • Sasha Callahan, Violin
  • Tony D'Amico, Bass
  • Tom Parchman, Clarinet
  • Margaret Phillips, Contrabassoon
  • John Tanzer, Tympani
PSO:
  • Ari Solotoff
  • Carolyn Nishon
  • Lyle Voss, Chair
  • Alan Cardinal
  • Deborah Galarneau
  • Gordon Gayer
  • Phyllis Givertz
  • Norm Rapkin
Triad Consulting:
  • Doug Stone
  • Gillien Todd

Choristes recherchłęs

Choristes recherchłęs

pour Carmina Burana et Cavalleria Rusticana


Montrłęal, le 21 juillet 2009 - Le Chëýur philharmonique du Nouveau Monde (CPNM) est łŢ la recherche de choristes motivłęs pour sa prochaine saison ĺ─ý septembre 2009 łŢ mai 2010 - qui annonce une cuvłęe exceptionnelle axłęe sur la qualitłę. Au programme, l'łęnergique Carmina Burana, de Carl Orff, l'opłęra Cavalleria Rusticana, de Pietro Mascagni et le grand classique Requiem, de W.A. Mozart, pour ceux et celles qui l'ont dłęjłŢ chantłę, que le CPNM prłęsentera pour la 10e annłęe consłęcutive łŢ la Basilique Notre-Dame en novembre. Une tournłęe en Italie et en Bulgarie, ouverte łŢ tous mais optionnelle, est prłęvue pour l'łętłę 2010. Une voix juste, une bonne oreille et un engagement pour la saison complł«te sont les prłę-requis. L'amour de la musique est essentiel, lire la musique est un atout. Les pratiques se tiennent łŢ l'łÔcole Vincent-d'Indy (Outremont) les mardis de 19h15 łŢ 22h, łŢ partir du 1er septembre 2009. Les auditions auront lieu łŢ l'łÔcole Vincent d'Indy les mardis, 25 aoł¬t, 1er et 8 septembre.


Michel Brousseau est directeur artistique et chef du Chëýur et de l'Orchestre philharmonique du Nouveau Monde, des Chanteurs de Sainte-Thłęrł«se, du Chëýur classique d'Ottawa et du Chëýur Tremblant. Il a fait sa marque sur plusieurs grandes scł«nes au Canada, aux łÔtats-Unis et en Europe. www.michelbrousseau.com


Renseignements et rendez-vous pour les auditions :

Suzanne Tardif (514) 271-5540

suzanne.tardif@micc.gouv.qc.ca

łÔdyth Chaput (514) 761-4210

edyth_chaput@hotmail.com


www.cpnm.ca


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Quartango en spectacle au Corona


L'ensemble Quartango cłęlł«bre 25 ans de carrił«re et la parution

d'un 6e album par une słęrie de spectacles au Corona



Montrłęal, le 21 juillet 2009 ĺ─ý Quartango est l'une des rares formations qułębłęcoises qui peuvent se vanter d'exister depuis 25 ans. Et preuve qu'il n'a rien perdu de sa fougue ni de sa ferveur, l'ensemble Quartango a dłęcidłę de souligner cet anniversaire en proposant un nouveau spectacle inspirłę de son plus rłęcent disque, El Fuego.


Pour l'occasion, Quartango offrira trois spectacles inłędits conjuguant musique, danse et chant lyrique. Aux quatre membres du groupe se joindront les chanteurs classiques Marc Hervieux, un des tłęnors les plus recherchłęs ici et sur la scł«ne internationale, Gianna Corbisiero, une soprano qui a interprłętłę les rłąles-titres des plus grands opłęras, de młüme que les danseurs argentins Roxana et Fabian Belmonte, qui foulent depuis 20 ans les scł«nes de tango les plus rłęputłęes du monde.


Ce spectacle concept proposera un młęlange imprłęvisible de la grande musique d'opłęra et des rythmes ensorcelants du tango, de Bizet łŢ Piazzolla en passant par Puccini et Gardel. Les danseurs crłęeront pour leur part de vłęritables tableaux vivants qui transporteront le public au cëýur de La Boca, le quartier de Buenos Aires qui bat au rythme du tango.


Les reprłęsentations auront lieu le 7 octobre łŢ 20 h et les 9 et 10 octobre łŢ 20 h 30 au Thłęłótre Corona. Un souper-spectacle est disponible pour les deux dernił«res reprłęsentations. Les billets sont disponibles łŢ la billetterie du Thłęłótre Corona, au 514 931-2088, ou via le rłęseau Admission, au 514 790-1245 ou łŢ www.admission.com.


ł─ propos de Quartango

Quartango est composłę de Renłę Gosselin, directeur artistique et contrebassiste, du pianiste Richard Hunt, compositeur et arrangeur, du bandonłęoniste Douglas Schmidt et du violoniste Charles-łÔtienne Marchand. La discographie de Quartango, laurłęat de trois prix Opus et d'un Fłęlix, comprend cinq enregistrements remarqułęs pour leur qualitłę et leur originalitłę. Le vaste rłępertoire de Quartango est caractłęrisłę par des arrangements musicaux recherchłęs qui explorent le tango nuevo de Piazzolla, avec des allusions au classique et au jazz.

Monday, July 20, 2009

The VSO Presents Final Fantasy in Concert


The VSO Presents the Canadian Premiere of FINAL FANTASY in Concert with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra!

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý The VSO announces its presentation of Distant Worlds: Music from FINAL FANTASY, on Thursday, October 8, 2009, at the newly renovated Orpheum Theatre. The concert will feature Nobuo Uematsuĺ─˘s award-winning music from Square Enixĺ─˘s enormously successful FINAL FANTASY video game series, performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Grammy award-winner Arnie Roth. State of the art videos will be projected on screens to showcase the games most memorable and thrilling sequences. This concert will also feature the North American premiere performance of the FINAL FANTASY VII Main Theme.

FINAL FANTASY is a worldwide sensation, and one of the most successful video game franchises in the history of gaming. One of the top-selling video game franchises, FINAL FANTASY has created a lasting legacy in the video game world as one of the most innovative and influential role-playing games ever released. It has received worldwide critical acclaim for its originality, graphics, and of course, its rich, sumptuous, exciting music scores. Tickets go on-sale to the public on Monday, July 27th at 10am. Tickets are available online at www.vancouversymphony.ca, or call 604.876.3434.

Video game music has become increasingly popular in the last decade with the advancement of gaming console technology and has become essential in enhancing a gameĺ─˘s overall experience. In fact, the music of FINAL FANTASY has become just as popular as the ongoing video game franchise due to its epic scores, which incorporate a variety of musical styles. The series veteran composer Nobuo Uematsu was named as one of the ĺ─˙Innovatorsĺ─¨ in Time Magazineĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Time 100: The Next Wave ĺ─ý Musicĺ─¨ feature.

A classically trained violinist, conductor, composer, producer and Grammy award-winning artist, Arnie Roth performs across a wide array of musical genres. Mr. Roth has performed with a host of artists, including Il Divo, Diana Ross, Jewel, and Josh Groban. He is also a long-time member of the Grammy award-winning group Mannheim Steamroller. Orchestras which Mr. Roth has conducted include the London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and Tokyo Philharmonic. Mr. Roth was the music director and conductor of the ĺ─˙Dear Friends: music from FINAL FANTASYĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙VOICES: music from FINAL FANTASYĺ─¨ concerts. He then became the principal conductor and music director of PLAY! A Video Game Symphony featuring music from blockbuster video games such as FINAL FANTASYČĂ, World of WarcraftČĂ, Elder Scrolls III: MorrowindĺĐó and Battlefield 1942ĺĐó.

CONCERT INFO

Specials:

Final Fantasy in Concert

Thursday, October 8, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Arnie Roth, conductor

Tickets $25 to $65

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

BIOGRAPHIES

Arnie Roth, conductor

A classically trained violinist, conductor, composer, producer and Grammy award-winning artist, Arnie Roth performs across a wide array of musical genres. Mr. Roth has performed with a host of artists, including Il Divo, Diana Ross, Jewel, The Three Tenors, The Irish Tenors, Charlotte Church, Josh Groban, Patrick Stewart, Branford Marsalis and Andrea Bocelli. He is also a long-time member of the Grammy award-winning group Mannheim Steamroller. Orchestras which Mr. Roth has conducted include the London Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Hollywood Bowl Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Winnipeg Symphony, Joffrey Ballet Orchestra, Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic, the WDR Rundfunkorchester KłĆln, and the Sydney Symphony. Since 2004 Arnie Roth has brought critical acclaim to the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra as music director and principal conductor showcasing artists including Michael Feinstein, Art Garfunkel, Linda Ronstadt, Wynonna Judd, the Beach Boys and Johnny Mathis. Under his direction the Chicagoland Pops Orchestra appeared in a nationally broadcast PBS Special featuring The Irish Tenors.

Mr. Roth was the music director and conductor of ĺ─˙Dear Friends: music from FINAL FANTASY.ĺ─¨ In 2006 Mr. Roth conducted the new ĺ─˙VOICES: music from FINAL FANTASYĺ─¨ concert in Tokyo with the Tokyo Philharmonic. He then became the principal conductor and music director of PLAY! A Video Game Symphony featuring music from blockbuster video games such as FINAL FANTASYČĂ, World of WarcraftČĂ, Elder Scrolls III: MorrowindĺĐó and Battlefield 1942ĺĐó. Mr. Roth conducted PLAY! with many international orchestras including the National Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, the Singapore Symphony and the Sydney Symphony at the Sydney Opera House. As both producer and music director, Arnie Roth premiered ĺ─˙Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASYĺ─˙ in December 2007 with the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in Sweden. The release of the new ĺ─˙Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY CDĺ─˙ recorded by Roth and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic coincided with the start of the ĺ─˙Distant Worldsĺ─˙ 2008 world-tour.

As music director, conductor and arranger, Mr. Roth was involved in a number of PBS specials including: Charlotte Church: Enchantment - From Cardiff, Wales for Sony, The Irish Tenors: Heritage, the WTTW Soundstage shows featuring: Jewel, Peter Cetera and Symphony, An Evening with Dennis DeYoung, Lyle Lovett, Randy Newman, Michael McDonald and the Doobie Brothers, and WTTWĺ─˘s Four Seasons in Chicago. In 2006 he was the music director and conductor for a ten part television series for RTE featuring the Irish Tenors. He appeared on NBCĺ─˘s Today Show with Il Divo in 2006.

He is the producer, composer, conductor and arranger for nine of the BarbieĺĐó Princess CGI animated films from Mattel Entertainment. Mr. Roth won the Best Score Award at the 2003 DVD Premier Awards for his score for the film BarbieĺĐó as Rapunzel, and was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for his original song ĺ─˙Shineĺ─¨ from the movie BarbieĺĐó in The Twelve Dancing Princesses. 2007 also marks the premiere of Mr. Roth's first live concert creation with Mattel. BarbieĺĐó at the Symphony is a special film with orchestra presentation of the best-selling BarbieĺĐó Princess movies. Music director Arnie Roth is touring the world in performances featuring great works by classical composers and BarbieĺĐó highlights from all of the CGI animated films.


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Mercury Opera presents Il Tabarro on the Edmonton Queen Riverboat


Mercury Opera presents

IL TABARRO

Rollin' on the river with the small but hot opera company

All aboard the Edmonton Queen Riverboat as Mercury Opera presents Puccini's one act opera Il Tabarro. This shocking story of a passionate and tragic love-triangle sets sail on the August 13th and 15th at 7.30pm. Admission, which is $75, includes a riverboat cruise, hors d'hoeuvres, as well as a cash bar, followed by Mercury Opera's intimate and stunning performance of Il Tabarro. Tickets for are on sale now at TIX On The Square, call 780-420-1757 or visit www.tixonthesquare.ca


Il Tabarro (The Cloak), the first in Puccini's Il Trittico, a triptych of one-act operas, is the brooding tale of a barge owner, Michele, and his younger wife, Giorgetta. Traditionally set in 1910 Paris, Mercury Opera's production takes its audience to the banks of sultry New Orleans, where Giorgetta and Luigi, a stevedore, reveal their secret mutual love. As Michele reflects on his marriage's happier days and attempts to uncover his wife's seducer, Luigi plots to kill Michele and flee with Giorgetta.


Mercury Opera's production of Il Tabarro features Georgian baritone Zurab Ninua in his debut as Michele, Edmonton-native and soprano Darcia Parada as Giorgetta, and American tenor Christian ëŢebek as Luigi, as well as Boris Derow, Roland Burks and Lilia Krieger as Tinca, Talpa and Frugola, respectively. The cast includes Mark Gowda, Dan Rowley, Michael Otto, Adam Arnold, Paul Chachia, Russ Bergen, Matt Kinsman, Jonathan Vanderzyde, Connor Meeker, Claire Meeker, Joseph Chambrinho, Jessy Mossop, Michelle Diederichs, Regina Landek, Amanda Clark, Sanja Szakanji, and Nansee Hughes.


A professional company recently relocated to Edmonton from New York, Mercury Opera is tiny but hot, like the planet nearest the sun. With a mission to mount and stage imaginative opera performances in a non-traditional arena, the company presents innovative multimedia productions in intimate settings, making the audience feel it's a part of the action. Proving opera doesn't have to be big to be grand, Pagliacci, Mercury Opera's Edmonton premiere, enjoyed rave reviews last summer, capturing the imaginations of critics and audiences alike during its runs inside a tent in Giovanni Caboto Park and the Edmonton International Fringe Festival.


For more information about Mercury Opera or its production of Il Tabarro, please visit www.mercuryopera.com.

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Morro and Jasp... DO PUBERTY... Again!

Morro and Jaspĺ─Â DO PUBERTYĺ─Â Again!


Toronto, July 20, 2009 ĺ─ý Mixed Company Theatre is excited to announce that loveable and laughable clowns, Morro and Jasp, have been chosen as Best of the Fringe!

Morro and Jasp have finally reached puberty. Written and Performed by Heather Marie Annis and Amy Lee, this hilarious show explores the trials and tribulations that we all went through, or are about to go through, in becoming a grown-up. Sixty minutes of laughter, longing, tears and tampons!

ĺ─˙Funny and touching, itĺ─˘s a Fringe winnerĺ─¨ - Jon Kaplan, NOW Magazine

ĺ─˙ĺ─Âa must-see of the Fringeĺ─¨ - Caroline Lock, Eye Weekly

WHEN: Wednesday July 22 7:00pm; Thursday July 23 9:00pm; Friday July 24 9:00pm; Saturday July 25 9:00pm

WHERE: The Berkeley Street Theatre - 26 Berkeley Street at Front Street

TICKETS: $16.50 - Info available at 416.368.3110 or www.canstage.com or http://fringetoronto.com/fringe09/bestoffringe.html

In partnership with Mixed Company Theatre, Morro and Jasp will also tour to elementary schools across Ontario this Fall as part of our Breaking the Cycle of Violence Program. In The Bully Show: CLOWN IN THE ROUND, the clowns interact with the audience through theatre in the round, inviting students to get involved and suggest their own approaches for dealing with bullies.

Mixed Company Theatre produces innovative, socially relevant drama as a tool to educate, engage and empower for positive change.

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Gotham Chamber Opera presents IL MONDO DELLA LUNA directed by Diane Paulus




GOTHAM CHAMBER OPERA
in partnership with the American Museum of Natural History
and in association with American Repertory Theater
presents


IL MONDO DELLA LUNA
(The World on the Moon)
An opera by Joseph Haydn

at the Hayden Planetarium, Rose Center for Earth and Space,
American Museum of Natural History

Directed by Diane Paulus
January 19 - 28, 2010

Gotham Chamber Opera, in partnership with the American Museum of Natural History and in association with American Repertory Theater, presents Il mondo della luna (The World on the Moon) by Joseph Haydn, in a new production staged by Diane Paulus, director of Hair, which received the 2009 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Il mondo della luna will run from January 19 - 28, 2010 at the Hayden Planetarium in the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History. Tickets are $30-$125 and are available at www.ticketcentral.com or by phone at 212-279-4200.

For the first time ever, the Hayden Planetarium will be transformed into an intimate opera house using a 180-degree dome and projections courtesy of NASA. Taking advantage of breakthroughs in laser and light technology, Il mondo della luna will fuse live opera and stargazing, immersing the audience in a completely new kind of theatrical event - an out-of-this-world experience for opera lovers, science buffs, and theatergoers alike.

"This is Gotham's grandest and most audacious production in our eight-year history. The combination of Haydn, the Hayden, Diane Paulus, and our incomparable lineup of singers and designers adds up to a once-in-a-lifetime experience," said Neal Goren, Artistic Director and founder of Gotham Chamber Opera.

The production will be directed by Diane Paulus, whom Opera News calls one of the top 25 names in U.S. opera. Leading the 27-piece orchestra is conductor Neal Goren. Video and production design is by Philip Bussmann, costume design is by Anka Lupes, with Andrew Eggert as associate director. Il mondo della luna features Hanan Alattar, Albina Shagimuratova, Rachel Calloway, Nicholas Coppolo, Matthew Tuell, Timothy Kuhn, and Marco Nisticłż.
Gotham Chamber Opera will literally take audiences to the moon in this production, Haydn's personal favorite of all his operas. Written in 1777, it's the story of a nobleman who refuses to let his daughters marry their true loves. With the help of a fake astronomer and a sleeping potion, the daughters trick their father into believing he's been sent to the moon, where he discovers they do things differently, especially when it comes to courtship. On the moon, women are allowed to choose their own husbands.


Gotham Chamber Opera is the nation's foremost opera company dedicated to producing rarely-performed chamber operas from the Baroque era to the present. The company's mission is to present innovative, fully-staged productions of the highest quality in intimate venues.
Founded by conductor and Artistic Director Neal Goren in 2000, in its short history, Gotham Chamber Opera has presented seven U.S. premieres of 18th- and 20th-century operas, including such masterpieces as Mozart's Il Sogno di Scipione; Darius Milhaud's Les Malheurs d'Orphłęe; Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu's Dada opera, Les Larmes du Couteau; and Swiss composer Heinrich Sutermeister's Die schwarze Spinne. In February 2005, Gotham presented the U.S. stage premiere of Handel's Arianna in Creta. Also in 2005, Lincoln Center Festival and Spoleto Festival USA presented Gotham Chamber Opera's U.S. premiere of Ottorino Respighi's fantastical puppet opera, La bella dormente nel bosco featuring the puppetry of Basil Twist. In the spring of 2006, Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring received its first professional staging in New York in more than 30 years, and in winter 2007, Rossini's Il signor Bruschino received its first major professional New York staging in over a half century. In the 2007/2008 season, Gotham Chamber Opera celebrated dance with productions of Astor Piazzolla's tango opera Marłéa de Buenos Aires, directed by David Parsons and featuring Parsons Dance, and with a new work entitled Ariadne Unhinged, directed by Karole Armitage and featuring members of Armitage Gone! Dance. And in 2009, Mark Morris directed the U.S. stage premiere of Haydn's L'isola disabitata. In the future, Gotham Chamber Opera will present Montsalvatge's El gato con botas (Puss in Boots), staged by Tony Award-nominated director Moisłęs Kaufman.
A.R.T. Artistic Director Diane Paulus is a director of opera and theater. Her recent theater work includes The Public Theater's revival of Hair at the Delacorte in Central Park, now transferred to Broadway (2009 Tony Award winner for Best Revival of a Musical, nominated for 8 Tony Awards including Best Director, as well as winner of a Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award and Drama League Award for Best Revival of a Musical). She is the creator and director of The Donkey Show, a disco adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream, which ran for six years Off-Broadway, and toured internationally to London, Edinburgh, Madrid, and Evian, France. Other recent work includes Kiss Me Kate at Glimmerglass Opera; Lost Highway, based on the David Lynch film, an ENO co-production with the Young Vic in London, which received The South Bank Show Award for outstanding achievement during 2008; Another Country by James Baldwin at Riverside Church; Turandot: Rumble for the Ring at the Bay Street Theatre; The Golden Mickeys for Disney Creative Entertainment; Best of Both Worlds, a gospel/R&B adaptation of A Winter's Tale produced by Music-Theatre Group and The Women's Project; and The Karaoke Show, an adaptation of Comedy of Errors set in a karaoke bar. She directed the Obie Award-winning and Pulitzer Prize finalist Running Man by jazz composer Diedre Murray and poet Cornelius Eady for Music-Theatre Group, and Swimming with Watermelons, created in association with Project 400, the theater company she co-founded with her husband Randy Weiner. Other work Off-Broadway: Brutal Imagination, and the Obie Award-winning Eli's Comin, featuring the music and lyrics of Laura Nyro. As an opera director, her productions include Don Giovanni, Le nozze di Figaro, Turn of the Screw, Cosi fan tutte, and all three Monteverdi operas, Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, L'incoronazione di Poppea, and Orfeo at Chicago Opera Theater. She is a frequent collaborator with British conductor Jane Glover. In 2002, their critically acclaimed production of Orfeo was presented as part of The Monteverdi Cycle at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City. Ms. Paulus has taught at Barnard College/Columbia University, and the Yale School of Drama, and was recently appointed Professor of the Practice in Harvard University's English Department. She is a 2009 recipient of the Harvard College Women's Professional Achievement Award and Columbia University's I.A.L Diamond Award, presented each year to a Columbia University alumnus/a who has demonstrated continued commitment to and has found success in the arts. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University with a B.A. in Social Studies, and has a M.F.A. in Directing from Columbia University's School of the Arts.


The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) seeks to expand the boundaries of theater, exploring the best texts from across cultures and ages. A resident company of professional artists, teachers, technicians, and administrators, the A.R.T. provides a home for outstanding directors, a training ground for young artists, and a vital cultural resource for the community.

The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world's preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to explore and interpret human cultures and the natural world through a wide-reaching program of scientific research, education, and exhibitions. The Museum accomplishes this ambitious goal through its extensive facilities and resources. The institution houses 45 permanent exhibition halls, state-of-the-art research laboratories, one of the largest natural history libraries in the Western Hemisphere, and a permanent collection of more than 30 million specimens and cultural artifacts. With a scientific staff of more than 200, the Museum supports research divisions in Anthropology, Paleontology, Invertebrate and Vertebrate Zoology, and the Physical Sciences. The Museum shares its treasures and discoveries with approximately four million on-site visitors from around the world each year. AMNH-produced exhibitions and Space Shows can currently be seen in venues on five continents reaching an audience of millions. In addition, the Museum's Web site, www.amnh.org, extends its collections, exhibitions, and educational programs to millions more beyond the Museum's walls.

Performances of Il mondo della luna are made possible in part with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Il mondo della luna will run from January 19 - 28, 2010 at the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, with performances on Tuesday, January 19 at 7:30pm (Opening Night); Wednesday, January 20 at 8pm; Monday, January 25 at 8pm; Tuesday, January 26 at 8pm; and Thursday, January 28 at 8pm. The Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History is located in the Rose Center for Earth and Space on West 81st Street (between Central Park West and Columbus Avenue). Tickets are $30-$125 and are available through Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or www.ticketcentral.com. Opening Night and after-party tickets are $500 ($325 tax-deductible) and are available by calling (212) 868-4460.
For more information, visit www.gothamchamberopera.org.





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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Le 23e Festival International Nuits d'Afrique bat son plein

23ił«mełędition

Festival International

Nuits d'Afrique

14 au 26 juillet 2009

Le 23e Festival International Nuits d'Afrique bat son plein

Montrłęal le 18 juillet -Aprł«s quatre jours de concerts et l'ouverture officielle, le 16 juillet, en prłęsence de l'Orchestre national de Barbł«s, le festival est bel et bien parti. Les chants aux influences africaines vont continuer łŢ rłęsonner encore plusieurs jours au Club Balattou, au Młętropolis, au Kola Note, au National, au Lion d'Or et łŢ la Tulipe.

Les prochains concerts seront łŢ l'image du festival : riches d'influences variłęes, rythmłęs, enthousiasmants. D'Amłęrique latine, de Somalie, du Cap Vert, d'Algłęrie, du Maroc, de France et du Qułębec, les artistes continueront łŢ emmener le public montrłęalais vers des contrłęes oł╝ la musique occupe une place łŢ part. Voici une petite prłęsentation de ces magiciens des notes et des rythmes.

Maria de Barros : Choisie par Cesaria Evora pour łütre sa filleule, cette chanteuse hors-pair propose une musique aux rythmes chaloupłęs, mis en valeur par sa voix chaude, dans le respect des morna et coladeira traditionnelles. Cette Cap-verdienne a vłęcu au Słęnłęgal, en Mauritanie et aux łÔtats-Unis. Une errance qui lui donne de prłęcieuses influences qu'elle sait manier avec talent.

Watcha Clan : Ce groupe originaire de Marseille propose un voyage musical łętonnant autour de la Młęditerranłęe, du Maroc łŢ la France, d'Algłęrie jusqu'en Israł┤l. Leur fusion młüle chałóbi algłęrien, sons łęlectroniques, hip-hop, groove chłęrifien... Avec une łęnergie et une curiositłę qui ne se dłęment jamais, ni dans leur album Diaspora Hi-Fi ni sur scł«ne.

Joanne Griffith : aprł«s une dizaine d'annłęes dans un chëýur de gospel, Joanne Griffith s'est lancłęe dans une carrił«re solo. Son premier album, YłąYłü, a montrłę combien cette dłęcision fut la bonne. Sa voix chaude et sa volontłę de varier les instruments aboutissent łŢ une musique plurielle oł╝ l'afro blues s'immisce dans un air de jazz, oł╝ la błęguine apparałĂt entre deux rythmes brłęsiliens.

Empress Deeqa : de sa Somalie natale, Empress Deeqa a gardłę un sens du rythme certain et une voix profonde et claire. Aujourd'hui, elle młüle ces influences avec sa grande passion : le reggae. Une alliance hors du commun qui nous emmł«ne sur des routes oł╝ l'oreille se perd, oł╝ l'esprit peut vagabonder, entre Jamałěque et Afrique de l'est.

-Maria de Barros (Cap Vert)Le 18 juillet, 21:00, au Kola Note

-Watcha Clan (Maroc/France)Le 19 juillet, 20:30, au Kola Note

-Joanne Griffith (Antilles/Qułębec) et

-Empress Deeqa (Somalie/Qułębec)

Le 19 juillet, 21:00, au Club Balattou

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Cantiques sacrłęs de Henry Du Mont

Cantiques sacrłęs de Henry Du Mont (1652)

Henry Du Mont, co-fondateur du Grand Motet pour le Roi Soleil, est aussi l'un des premiers łŢ publier de petites ëýuvres vocales liturgiques avec instruments concertant, aujourd'hui appelłęes petits motets. Les Editions du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles viennent de rłęłęditer le premier recueil du genre, les Cantica Sacra. Composłę de 35 partitions vocales pour 2 voix, 3 voix ou 4 voix, pour femmes, pour hommes ou łŢ voix mixtes, avec ou sans instruments, les pił«ces sont variłęes, contrastłęes et toutes d'une grande sensibilitłę. Les chëýurs, les ensembles vocaux et les chanteurs trouveront aisłęment une ëýuvre łŢ leur convenance. Disponibles en łędition critique, des recueils słęparłęs permettent łęgalement l'interprłętation łŢ des tarifs trł«s attractifs.

Plus d'information : http://editions.cmbv.fr

Henry Du Mont :Cantica sacra (1652),
łędition scientifique de Jean Lionnet revue et augmentłęe par Jean-Yves Hameline et Thomas Leconte.
Collection Monumentales - Henry Du Mont II.3.1, (1re łędition 1997) Čę 2008, CVIII-225 p., 23x31 cm, brochłę, ISMN M-707034-14-9. La collection monumentale consacrłęe łŢ Henry Du Mont est soutenue par le Conseil głęnłęral des Yvelines. Publiłę avec le soutien de Musica Gallica. Avec : introduction (franł▀ais/anglais), illustrations, textes (latin/franł▀ais/anglais) notes critiques.


CMBV-014 Cantica sacra, łędition critique (revue et augmentłęe) : 76,50 ĺăĘ

Matłęriel des ëýuvres vocales disponibles entre 2,60 et 6,90 euros : voir conditions de vente.

Les łÔditions du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles sont disponibles en stock chez nos libraires partenaires (liste sur : http://editions.cmbv.fr/lire/index.php?rubid=1). Elle peuvent łęgalement łütre commandłęes sur Internet (http://editions.cmbv.fr).


Sacred songs by Henry Du Mont (1652)

35 sacred baroque vocal pieces composed for Sun King newly republished!

Henry Du Mont is one of the creator of the Grand Motets for the Sun King. He is also one of the first composer to publish small liturgical works for voices and concerted instruments, today knows as Petits Motets. The Editions du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles has just republish the first book for this configuration: the Cantica Sacra. It is included 35 vocal works for 2 voices, 3 voices or 4 voices, for women, for male or for mixed voices, with or without instruments. There is a great variety of works, contrasted and skilful. Choruses, vocal band or singers will easily find something for them. The book is available in a critical edition and works are also available separately for performance for a really affordable price.

Find more information at: http://editions.cmbv.fr

Henry Du Mont: Cantica sacra (1652)
edited by Jean Lionnet, revised by Jean-Yves Hameline and Thomas Leconte.
Series Monumentales - Henry Du Mont II.3.1, (1st publication: 1997) Čę 2008, CVIII-225 p., 23x31 cm, paperback, ISMN M-707034-14-9. The Monumentale series devoted to Henry Du Mont is supported by the Conseil głęnłęral des Yvelines. This publication have been supported by Musica Gallica
too. The book include: an introduction (French/English), illustrations, texts (Latin/French/English), works in sheet music and critical notes.


CMBV-014 Cantica sacra, critical edition (revised) : 76,50 ĺăĘ
Works and parts available from 2,60 to 6,90 euros: see conditions.


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 (USA) at OMI (http://www.omifacsimiles.com)
In California (USA) at Theodore Front (http://www.tfront.com)
In Toronto (Canada) at
dance OREMUS danse (http://www.danceoremusdanse.org)
In Hebden Bridge (England) at Jacks Pipe and Hammers (http://www.jackspipesandhammers.com)

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Carolyn Fe sings the blues at Petit Campus, Aug. 26

An Evening of Great Blues with Carolyn Fe

August 26 at Petit Campus

MONTREAL, July 2009 ĺ─ý Carolyn Fe will be in top form on Wednesday, August 26 at Petit Campus, performing songs from her current EP Carolyn Fe 100%. Songs from the recording have been getting airplay on 97.7 CHOM FM's Black Cat Alley with Randy Renaud and 91.9 FM Planł«te Jazz, as well as on online radio stations. On both www.mohawk-radio.com and www.radiorockcafe.com, her songs remain in the Top 5 of their hit list.

Stretching her versatility to the max, Carolyn Fe, produces only original material with phrasing that at once evokes Janis Joplin begging for love, the hard-core, in-your-face strength of Tina Turner or the dreamy allure of Cowboy Junkies' Margo Timmins. Until now, fans have enjoyed Carolyn Fe in a duo or trio format but this time, Carolyn Fe rocks the house with a full band. Fans will be in for a full out Blues treat. She is backed by veteran musicians who've played with the likes of Percy Sledge, Freddie James and Carol Franklin (Aretha's sister).

Carolyn is thrilled to be playing Petit Campus after having to cancel various shows in June and July due to illness, including playing before an audience of 5000 at a fundraiser for Cancer at Parc de Maisonneuve, a recent show celebrating 2009 Martin Luther King Award Winner Ethel Bruneau at Bourbon St. West, and various festivals and gigs around Quebec.

What they had to say about Carolyn Fe:

"It's been a really long time since I've listened to Black Cat Alley and let me tell you, with this recession and job cuts happening everywhere, a good does of the blues really chases the clouds away. I'm sitting here in the middle of a mess of boxes and cannot get a tune out of my head. I checked CHOM's website and playlist. Indigo Heat, by Carolyn Fe is an amazing song. This lady has a haunting voice. I hope you play more of her songs in your upcoming shows."- Alison

"I saw this lady play live a couple of months ago doing an acoustic gig at a small bar on Bishop Street. She has quite a stage presence and pipes to back it up. It's a pleasant surprise to hear her on air. Please keep playing her songs. Long Live CHOM's Black Cat Alley!" ĺ─ý Max

"Il y a quelques jours que mes amis m'avaient suggłęrłę d'acheter le CD de Carolyn Fe, chanteuse de blues Montrłęalaise. Je n'łętais pas sł¬r car je ne la connaissais pas. Maintenant que tu me l'as introduit via Black Cat Alley, je suis certaine que mon achat ne serait pas perdu. Merci beaucoup de l'avoir introduit cette dame avec une voix onctueuse. C'est toujours un plaisir d'entendre du blues qui est trł«s prł«s de nous ici łŢ Montrłęal." -Młęlanie

"Last night during your show, Black Cat Alley, you played a female artist. I've never heard of her before. Caroline Fe? What a smoky voice she has! Can you play more of her tunes?" ĺ─ýAlain

Carolyn is a talented performer who wears many hats: actress, singer and producer (more info: www.carolyn-fe.com). As a singer, Carolyn co-founded the band DD Swank (myspace.com/ddswank) and fronted for them under the pseudonym of Mama B, singing in French, English and Spanish. Through song, the band told stories of the life of DD Swank, the elusive lady of the early 1900s. However the urge to do something on her own tugged strongly at her heartstrings.

With influences as diverse as Tom Waits, Patsy Cline and Blind Lemon, it is no surprise that Carolyn Fe's singing style reflects a wide range of genres, all of which she effortlessly slides into, seamlessly morphing from the sweet purity of a Holly Cole to the raunchy rock and roll edge of Tina Turner. Her acting experience gives her the unique ability to infuse lyrics with highly charged emotions. Likely a left-over from her days as a hoofer, Carolyn Fe truly marches to her own beat, with percussion taking the lead in her unconventional treatment of music, able to transform a gospel into steamy jazz or fusing native and blues rhythms.

What, When, Where:

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Petit Campus, 57 Prince Arthur St. East

Doors open at 8pm

Tickets: 8$ advanced sales, 10$ at the door (plus taxes and service charge)

Tickets can be purchased directly at Petit Campus Box Office (you can save a few dollars on the service charge), 514 844-1010 or

At Admissions: www.admissions.ca, 514 790-1245

The EP, Carolyn Fe 100%, is available at Archambault Musique store on Berri and Ste. Catherine in the blues section or can be ordered online at www.cdbaby.com/carolynfe. The EP will be on sale at the show for 7$ each.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Festival de musique de chambre d'Ottawa


Chamberfest '09

La musique dans toute sa splendeur

Du 25 juillet au 8 aoł¬t

"ĺ─ un des łęvłęnements les plus attendus en son genre." -- Where Ottawa, aoł¬t 008

Du 25 juillet au 8 aoł¬t, plus de 250 musiciens de calibre international se produiront dans le cadre du 16ił«me Festival international de musique de chambre d'Ottawa. Pour une płęriode de deux semaines, młęlomanes et musiciens convergent vers Ottawa pour le populaire festival. Chamberfest '09 offre plus de 90 concerts prłęsentłęs en divers lieux, dont les plus belles łęglises et łędifices historiques d'Ottawa. Le Festival prłęsente aussi des concerts extłęrieurs gratuits le long du Canal Rideau (inclus au patrimoine mondial par l'Unesco) et sur les pelouses de Rideau Hall łŢ la rłęsidence de la Gouverneure głęnłęrale. De Mozart łŢ Miles Davis, les młęlomanes se rłęgaleront d'un choix estival de musiques inoubliables.

"Chamberfest 09 est un dłęlicieux młęlange de classiques et de saveurs audacieuses łęmanant de nouvelles collaborations. Les amateurs de musique sont invitłęs łŢ utiliser leurs laissez-passer comme un passeport, qui les entrałĂnera dans un voyage extraordinaire łŢ la dłęcouverte de la musique", dłęclare Glenn Hodgins, directeur exłęcutif de la Sociłętłę de musique de chambre d'Ottawa.

Cette annłęe marque le 200ił«me anniversaire de la mort de Haydn et de la naissance de Mendelssohn. Chamberfest '09 a donc invitłę plus d'une douzaine d'ensembles de musique de chambre provenant des quatre coins du globe pour rendre hommage łŢ ces deux grands małĂtres. On soulignera łęgalement le 100ił«me anniversaire de naissance de Benny Goodman avec un concert rłęunissant James Campbell et Gene DiNovi.

"Chamberfest est une cłęlłębration du lien privilłęgiłę qui unit l'interprł«te et l'auditoire, oł╝ se manifeste la magie de la communication musicale. Cet łęchange d'łęnergie qui nous en fait redemander d'avantage est notre thł«me ", ajoute Roman Borys, porte-parole du Gryphon Trio, qui assume la direction artistique du Festival.

Chamberfest dłębute avec un concert błęnłęfice exceptionnel mettant en vedette James Ehnes et Jon Kimura Parker (respectivement rłęcipiendaires de prix Grammy et Juno), rłęunis sur scł«ne łŢ Ottawa pour une premił«re fois. Leur prestation, łęnergique et intime łŢ la fois, comprend entre autres des oeuvres de Prokofiev, Mozart et Ravel.

Les amateurs de musique ancienne seront choyłęs : Charles Daniels et Les voix baroques, l'Ensemble Caprice (laurłęat d'un Prix Juno) et la soprano Ann Monoyios accompagnłęe par l'Ottawa Bach Choir et le Festival Baroque Consort offriront diffłęrentes prestations młęmorables. Les mordus de nouvelle musique apprłęcieront entre autres les interprłętations du Quatuor Molinari, de Gary Hayes et des membres de Ottawa New Music Creators et pourront applaudir l'ensemble Toca Loca.. Doreen Taylor-Claxton, originaire d'Ottawa, et Frłędłęric Lacroix interprłęteront Elemental Voices, un spectacle concept crłęłę par Mme Taylor-Claxton qui incorpore voix et danse. Par ailleurs, Gary Kulesha, compositeur, interprł«te et łęducateur canadien de renom animera les Dialogues sur la nouvelle musique, une słęrie de concerts mettant en vedette plusieurs interprł«tes de la rłęgion d'Ottawa.

Chamberfest '09 fait place łŢ la prochaine głęnłęration de virtuoses et prłęsente Jan Lisiecki, pianiste originaire de Calgary, extraordinairement doułę pour ses 14 ans, ainsi que le Quatuor Afiara, ensemble canadien nouvellement apparu sur la scł«ne internationale. Le concert des łÔtoiles montantes, łęvłęnement toujours aussi populaire, mettra en vedette de jeunes artistes locaux tout aussi accomplis que remarquables.

La słęrie de concerts Monter en flł«che au-delłŢ de toute attente ĺ─ý les femmes et la composition comprend entre autres la premił«re mondiale de Elektras Tanz de la pianiste et compositrice Heather Schmidt dłędiłęe aux femmes compositrices contemporaines (et du XIXe sił«cle) qui ont fait leur marque dans le monde de la musique. Le Festival cłęlł«bre aussi Fanny Mendelssohn et Clara Schumann, deux compositrices qui ont su transcender les attentes de leur temps en composant des ëýuvres qui nous łęmeuvent encore.

"J'ai cru une fois que je possłędais du talent pour la crłęation, mais j'ai abandonnłę cette idłęe; une femme ne doit pas vouloir composer- il n'y en a encore jamais eu une capable de le faire. Devrais-je croire que je puis łütre celle-lłŢ? - Clara Schumann łŢ 20 ans

Harry Halbreich, musicologue europłęen de renom, revient cet łętłę avec ses Rłüveries musicales, alors qu'il partage ses rłęflexions sur le rłępertoire de la journłęe pour huit jours. Cette annłęe, la słęrie comprendra des prestations d'ëýuvres de Haydn en l'honneur du 200ił«me anniversaire de sa mort. De plus, les Rłüveries musicales incluent deux prłęsentations matinales par Yung Chin, małĂtre archetier qui compte parmi les facteurs d'archets les plus respectłęs au monde; il partagera avec les festivaliers les Mystł«res de l'archet.

Toujours aussi courus et apprłęciłęs, les Concerts pour les jeunes sont de retour, ainsi que les sympathiques prłęsentations destinłęes aux familles, en association avec le Festival du canal Rideau, le samedi 1er aoł¬t et le dimanche 2 aoł¬t. Le premier concert nłęcessitera la participation de la foule, non seulement pour jouer de la musique mais pour participer au dłęfilłę de bicyclettes du Festival du canal Rideau! Lors du deuxił«me concert, les musiciens de Chamberfest animeront la Flottille du Festival, oł╝ figurent des douzaines de bateaux dłęcorłęs avec originalitłę. Les ensembles de cuivres captiveront les festivaliers en jouant łŢ bord des bateaux de la flottille, sur le rivage, sur les ponts surplombant et tout autour.

Grłóce łŢ une nouvelle association, la SMCO est heureuse d'annoncer le retour de la trł«s populaire Słęrie de fin de soirłęe. Chamberfest transporte ses concerts de fin de soirłęe au Club łęmeraude de Saint Brigid (Centre Saint Brigid pour les arts et humanitłęs, 314 rue St. Patrick, au coin de Cumberland et St. Patrick) - un des endroits les plus branchłęs de la capitale. Les festivaliers pourront se dłętendre devant leur boisson prłęfłęrłęe et savourer 15 nuits de classique, jazz et musique du monde tout en se młülant aux musiciens dans une atmosphł«re dłętendue et familił«re. On peut se rendre au Club dł«s 21h 30; les prestations dłębutent vers 22h 30. L'entrłęe est libre pour les dłętenteurs d'un laissez-passer du festival.

Le festival prend fin avec łęclat avec CelebrEIGHT! - un magnifique concert błęnłęfice mettant en vedette la soprano Donna Brown, originaire d'Ottawa et l'ensemble de violoncelles du Festival (huit violoncelles), qui interprłęteront les splendides Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5 de Villa-Lobos. Le St. Lawrence String Quartet et le Ying Quartet, deux ensembles fort rłęputłęs se rłęuniront pour jouer le fameux Octuor de Mendelssohn.

Le Festival offre une gamme de laissez-passer łŢ des coł¬ts raisonnables qui conviennent łŢ tous les budgets. Les laissez-passer, les billets pour le concert d'ouverture et le concert błęnłęfice de clłąture sont disponibles dł«s le 21 mai. Tous les renseignements sur les billets et le programme complet du festival sont disponibles łŢ www.chamberfest.com.

On peut se procurer les laissez-passer et les billets au bureau de la Sociłętłę de musique de chambre d'Ottawa, au 201-4, rue Florence (au coin de la rue Bank), łŢ la billetterie de la SMCO situłęe łŢ l'łÔglise unie Dominion-Chalmers, 355, rue Cooper Street, et en ligne łŢ www.chamberfest.com.

La Sociłętłę de musique de chambre d'Ottawa tient łŢ remercier ses commanditaires, associłęs et donateurs pour leur głęnłęreux soutien.

Ville d'Ottawa

Conseil des arts de l'Ontario

Patrimoine canadien

Le Fonds pour les manifestations culturelles de l'Ontario

La Fondation Trillium de l'Ontario

Conseil des Arts du Canada


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Youth by Youth Cinema Series


THE CALGARY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FOR YOUTH BY YOUTH CINEMA SERIES


The Calgary International Film Festival's (CIFF's) 3rd Annual Youth by Youth Cinema Competition is looking for young directors to submit their work and compete in the 2009 YYC Competition! Youth by Youth Cinema (YYC) is part of the Calgary International Film Festival and is an open competition for young filmmakers from grades 4 through 12. Over $2000.00 in cash and prizes will be awarded at the event and all finalists will be treated to a one of a kind opportunity as delegates and VIP's of the festival.


Competition Guidelines:

Čů Films must be between 30 seconds and 7 minutes in length.

Čů Both fiction and non-fiction films are accepted.

Čů Films must have been completed after August 2008.

Čů Films must be directed by youth aged 9 ĺ─ý 18 at the time of the film's completion.

Čů Any one applicant may submit up to three films (including group projects).

Čů All applicable copyrights (music/image/text sources) must be secured by the filmmaker(s).

Čů Preview screeners accepted ONLY on DVD formats.

Čů Preview screeners must be labeled with title, director name, contact email address, and running time.


Submission Deadline: July 31, 2009


Submissions to:

Juan Delgado - YYC Coordinator

Calgary International Film Festival

1320 ĺ─ý 15th Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta T3C 0X7

P: 403.209.5908 F: 403-457-3784

E: juan@calgaryfilm.com

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Ottawa Chamber Music Festival


Chamberfest ĺ─˘09 ĺ─ý

Exceptional entertainment, Exceptional value!

July 25-August 8

ĺ─˙ĺ─Âone of the genreĺ─˘s most anticipated annual events.ĺ─¨ -- Where Ottawa 13/08/2008

From July 25 to August 8, more than 250 of the worldĺ─˘s finest musicians will gather for the 16th Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival ĺ─ý Chamberfest 09 for two weeks of superb music-making. Over 90 indoor and outdoor concerts and events will be presented at venues including some of the city's most beautiful churches and heritage sites, including free concerts along the world-famous Rideau Canal (UNESCO World Heritage Site) and the Governor Generalĺ─˘s residence, on the grounds of Rideau Hall. From Mozart to Miles Davis, savour a summer sampling of unforgettable sounds!

ĺ─˙Chamberfest 09 is a delicious mix of core favourites blended with the bold flavours of new collaborations. I encourage patrons to use their Festival pass as a passport taking them on an extraordinary journey of musical discovery, ĺ─˙says Ottawa Chamber Music Society Executive Director Glenn Hodgins.

This year is the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the year of Haydnĺ─˘s death and Mendelssohnĺ─˘s birth. Over a dozen string quartets from around the world and a handful of piano trios and other ensembles will perform masterpieces by these musical giants during the fourteen days of Chamberfest ĺ─˘09. Another celebration will be a lively concert by James Campbell and Gene DiNovi to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Benny Goodmanĺ─˘s birth.

ĺ─˙This is a celebration of that special bond between performer and audience, where the magical communication of music happens. We all know and love that exchange of energy that has kept us all coming back for more,ĺ─¨ says Roman Borys, on behalf of Artistic Directors, the Gryphon Trio.

Chamberfest begins with an outstanding opening benefit concert featuring Grammy and Juno award winner James Ehnes and Jon Kimura Parker partnering on an Ottawa stage for the very first time. Their powerful yet intimate performance will include selections from Prokofiev, Mozart and Ravel.

Early Music aficionados will be thrilled with performances by Les Voix Baroques, the Juno award wining Ensemble Caprice, and world-renowned soprano Ann Monoyios accompanied by the Ottawa Bach Choir and the Festival Baroque Consort.

New Music fans will be captivated by performances by the Molinari Quartet, Gary Hayes and members of the Ottawa New Music Creators, and Toca Loca, to name but a few. Ottawaĺ─˘s own Doreen Taylor-Claxton and Frłędłęric Lacroix will perform Elemental Voices, a concept created by Ms. Taylor-Claxton that incorporates voice and dance. Esteemed Canadian composer, performer and educator, Gary Kulesha will offer insights as he hosts New Music Dialogues, a series of concerts featuring many Ottawa performers.

The next generation of virtuosos will be well represented at Chamberfest 09 by the extraordinarily talented Calgary pianist 14 year old Jan Lisiecki and the Afiara Quartet, Canadaĺ─˘s hottest new entry on the international quartet scene. The ever-popular Rising Stars concert will feature incredibly accomplished young local artists.

Soaring Beyond Expectation ĺ─ý Women in Composition is a series of concerts, including the world premiere of a piece by pianist and composer Heather Schmidt, dedicated to 19th century and contemporary women composers who have made their mark on the musical world. Fanny Mendelssohn and Clara Schumann, both women who were limited by prevailing attitudes of the time, are but two women composers celebrated during the festival.

"I once believed that I possessed creative talent, but I have given up this idea; a woman must not desire to compose ĺ─ţ there has never yet been one able to do it. Should I expect to be the one?" - Clara Schumann at age 20

Renowned European musicologist Harry Halbreich returns this summer for eight days to offer his Musical Musings on the repertoire of the day. A new feature to this musical start to the festival day will be Highlights from Haydn, the addition of a live performance of a piece by Haydn in honour of the 200th anniversary of his death. In addition to the Musical Musings will be two morning presentations by master bow maker Yung Chin, one of the most respected and sought-after bow makers in the world, to share with festival-goers the Mysteries of the Bow.

Young Peopleĺ─˘s Concerts make their popular return, as well as family friendly presentations offered in partnership with the Rideau Canal Festival on Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2. The first of two concerts involves participation from the crowd making music while participating in the Rideau Canal Festivalĺ─˘s Bicycle Parade! The second concert will see Chamberfest musicians animating the Canal Festivalĺ─˘s Flotilla, which features dozens of elaborately decorated boats. Festival-goers will be captivated by brass musicians performing from flotilla boats, on the shore, on the bridges above, and throughout surrounding areas.

In another new partnership, the OCMS is happy to announce the return of the very popular Late Night Series. Chamberfest brings Late Night concerts to Ottawaĺ─˘s coolest hot spot, Saint Brigidĺ─˘s Emerald Club (Saint Brigidĺ─˘s Centre for the Arts and Humanities, 314 St. Patrick Street at the corner of Cumberland and St. Patrick). Festival-goers can relax with their favourite brew as they enjoy 15 nights of classical, jazz and world music while mingling with musicians in an informal, relaxed atmosphere. Doors open at 9:30 pm, with a 10:30 soft start for performances. Admittance is free with a festival pass.

The festival closes with a dazzling benefit concert. CelebrEIGHT! will include Ottawaĺ─˘s own Donna Brown and the Festival Cello Ensemble (eight cellos!) performing the glorious Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5 and the St. Lawrence String Quartet and the Ying Quartet performing Mendelssohnĺ─˘s famous Octet.

We have created a range of fairly priced passes with an option to suit every budget. Festival passes and tickets for the Opening and Closing Benefit Concerts are available for purchase as of May 21. All ticket information and the full schedule is available online at www.chamberfest.com.

Passes and tickets are available at the Ottawa Chamber Music Society office at 201-4 Florence Street (at the corner of Bank Street), the OCMS Box Office situated at Dominion-Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper Street, and online at www.chamberfest.com.

The Ottawa Chamber Music Society gratefully acknowledges the support of its sponsors, partners and donors.

City of Ottawa

Ottawa Arts Council

Canadian Heritage

Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund

The Ontario Trillium Foundation

Canada Council for the Arts

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Jahja Ling conducts The Cleveland Orchestra

Jahja Ling conducts The Cleveland Orchestra in program featuring works by Brahms and Schumann at the Blossom Festival on August 9

Garrick Ohlsson is soloist in Brahmsĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 2

CLEVELAND, July 16, 2009 ĺ─ý Jahja Ling, music director of the San Diego Symphony and former Blossom Festival Director, will conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in a program featuring Brahmsĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 2, with Garrick Ohlsson as soloist, and Schumannĺ─˘s Symphony No. 2 at the Blossom Festival on Sunday, August 9, at 7:00 p.m.

Mr. Ling, who is celebrating his 25th consecutive season of concerts with The Cleveland Orchestra, also will conduct the Orchestra at Blossom on Sunday, August 2, in a different program.

The August 9 program begins with Robert Schumannĺ─˘s Symphony No. 2 in C major, Opus 61. After intermission, the program concludes with Johannes Brahmsĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Opus 83, featuring Garrick Ohlsson as soloist.

Program notes are available at www.clevelandorchestra.com by the week of the program.

New this season, Lawn/General Admission tickets allow patrons to sit on the lawn or in newly designated General Admission areas in the rear corner sections of the Pavilion, adding 1,500 lower-priced seats in the Pavilion. These seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis to any ticketholder.

Also new in 2009, children 12 and under will be admitted free to the Lawn for all concerts. For each adult ticket purchase, two children will be admitted free to the Lawn. Each child will receive a free Kidsĺ─˘ Lawn Pass. Kidsĺ─˘ Lawn Passes will be available at the Severance Hall Ticket Office, the Blossom Box Office, and the Lawn Ticket Booth at Blossom, and also will be available for downloading and printing online at BlossomLawnFun.com. Kidsĺ─˘ Lawn Passes are required for all children 12 and under on the Lawn. The passes are not valid for entry into the Pavilion. Anyone wishing to sit in the new General Admission area of the Pavilion needs to have a Lawn/General Admission Ticket.

The August 9 concert is sponsored by The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation and co-sponsors The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.

Biographical information is available on request and also at http://www.opus3artists.com/artists/jahja-ling for Jahja Ling. Biographical information on Garrick Ohlsson and a video clip of an interview with him is available at http://www.opus3artists.com/artists/garrick-ohlsson.

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TICKET PRICES: Pavilion $42, $31, $26; Lawn/General Admission $19. $82 box seats include complimentary parking in FirstEnergy Lot A and access to the Kulas Plaza VIP services. Children ages 12 and under are admitted to the Lawn seating area for free for all Blossom Festival concerts.

TICKETS for all remaining 2009 Blossom Festival concerts are now on sale through the Severance Hall Ticket Office, the Blossom Music Center Box Office, online at clevelandorchestra.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets. The Severance Hall Ticket Office is located in the Smith Lobby. The entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service parking are along the west side of the building on East Boulevard. The Ticket Office is open during the summer Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Blossom Music Center Box Office is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (and through intermission on Blossom Festival concert dates).

To charge tickets by telephone on American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard and Visa, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at (216) 231-1111 (local call for 216 and 440 area codes) or (800) 686-1141 during the regular Severance Hall Ticket Office hours listed above. Subscriptions and single tickets are also available through The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s website at clevelandorchestra.com. The website offers secure ticket transactions with any major credit card and provides complete concert listings. Please note: There are no added service charges or handling fees for Blossom Festival concert tickets purchased in person or by phone through the Blossom or Severance Hall ticket offices, or online through the Orchestraĺ─˘s website.

PARKING: Ample free parking is available. Patrons who buy Pavilion tickets at least 10 days prior to these performances will receive a free dated parking pass for one of Blossomĺ─˘s paved parking lots. (The 10-day advance purchase requirement is to allow time for postal delivery.) These paved parking lots are ADA accessible with ADA transport services to the Pavilion. In addition, there are a limited number of paid parking spaces available in the FirstEnergy Lot A (behind the Box Office) for purchase at $15 per vehicle (10-day advance purchase required). Call (216) 231-1111 or (800) 686-1141 for further details.

CALENDAR LISTING

Sunday, August 9, 2009, at 7:00 p.m.

Blossom Music Center

THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA

JAHJA LING, conductor

GARRICK OHLSSON, piano

SCHUMANN Symphony No. 2

BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2

Concert Sponsors: The Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation and co-sponsors

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.

TICKETS: Pavilion $82 (box), $42, $31, $26; Lawn/General Admission $19

Lawn seating for children 12 and under: FREE

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Roberta Gambarini's new album So In Love


Celebrated Singer Roberta Gambarini Affirms Her Status as One of the Most Important Vocalists Today with the Release of ĺ─˛So In Loveĺ─˘ out on Groovinĺ─˘ High/Emarcy on August 25, 2009

Every once in a while, a truly great singer comes along who possesses the beauty, individuality and talent to remind us of the magic and majesty of the human voice: that singer is Roberta Gambarini, celebrated throughout the world by fans, critics and many of the worldĺ─˘s greatest musicians.

With the August 25, 2009 release of ĺ─˛SO IN LOVE,ĺ─˘ Roberta Gambarini affirms her status as the ĺ─˙true successor to Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Carmen McRaeĺ─¨ (Boston Globe) and ĺ─˙the best singer to emerge in over 60 years,ĺ─¨ as declared by 2009 GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Mr. Hank Jones.

Mr. Jones, the legendary pianist who accompanied Roberta Gambariniĺ─˘s 2008 major label debut, ĺ─˛You Are There,ĺ─˘ a superb follow-up to Gambariniĺ─˘s GRAMMY-nominated debut, ĺ─˛Easy to Love,ĺ─˘ knows a thing or two about great vocalists ĺ─ý he has accompanied almost all of the most renowned vocalists of the 2oth century such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Nat ĺ─˙Kingĺ─¨ Cole, and Billy Eckstine.

Roberta didnĺ─˘t set out to call the new album ĺ─˛So In Love,ĺ─˘ but looking back at the song list after the recording, she realized that the ĺ─˙album is all about love: the love between a man and a woman, the love of song, children, and most of all, the love of life.ĺ─¨

As Roberta explains, she rarely goes into the studio with a ĺ─˙concept,ĺ─¨ instead she says that she tries ĺ─˙to let the songs come out of a balance between life experience and reflection,ĺ─¨ capturing the music I feel in the moment.ĺ─¨

Joining her in this adventurous journey is a group of ĺ─˙exceptionally talented, sensitive, and sympathetic musicians,ĺ─¨ who are long-time supporters, friends, and collaborators of Roberta since her arrival in the States from Torino, Italy: James Moody; Roy Hargrove; Tamir Hendelman; Eric Gunnison; Gerald Clayton; Chuck Berghofer; Neil Swainson; George Mraz; Jake Hanna; Al Foster; Montez Coleman; and Jeff Hamilton.

Recorded by Al Schmitt at the legendary Capitol Studios, with Roberta arranging all but two of the tracks, ĺ─˛So In Loveĺ─˘ is dedicated to the loving memory of her dear friends, Johnny Griffin, Ronnie Mathews, and David ĺ─˙Fatheadĺ─¨ Newman.

ĺ─˛SO IN LOVEĺ─˘ Track List:

1. So In Love (Cole Porter)

2. Day In Day Out (Rube Bloom/Johnny Mercer)

3. Get Out Of Town (Cole Porter)

4. Crazy (Willie Nelson)

5. That Old Black Magic (Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer)

6. Estate (Bruno Martino/Bruno Brighetti)

7. Golden Slumbers / Here, There and Everywhere (Lennon/McCartney)

8. I See Your Face Before Me (Arthur Schwartz/Howard Dietz)

9. From This Moment On (Cole Porter)

10. You Must Believe In Spring (M. Le Grand/J. Demy/A. Bergman/M. Bergman)

11. This Is Always (Harry Warren/Mack Gordon)

12. You Ain't Nothing But a JAMF (Johnny Griffin/lyrics by Roberta Gambarini)

13. Medley from "Cinema Paradiso": Main Theme/For Elena (Ennio Morricone/Andrea Morricone/ English lyrics by A. Stewart)

14. Over the Rainbow (Harold Arlen/E.Y. Harburg)

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Nurhan Arman conducts opening concert of Spanish Festival

NURHAN ARMAN CONDUCTS OPENING CONCERT OF SPANISH FESTIVAL

Nurhan Arman, Music Director of Sinfonia Toronto, will lead the opening concert of Spain's 29th International Montserrat Festival. Maestro Arman will be on the podium on July 20th to conduct the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra in a program of Haydn, Mendelssohn and Schubert. German violinist Karl-Heintz Schulz will be the soloist in Mendelssohn Violin Concerto.

The opening concert of the popular festival will celebrate the anniversaries of two great composers: Haydn with his Symphony No. 49 (La Passione) and Mendelssohn with his violin concerto.

Maestro Arman is a frequent guest conductor in Europe. He has appeared in most of the countries of Europe with numerous European orchestras in cultural centres like Paris, Lisbon, Budapest, Milan, Brussels, Ljubljana and Bucharest. Last November he led Sinfonia Toronto in a five-city tour in Germany.
This spring he conducted an all-Haydn program with Italy's Orchestra del Teatro Olimpico, and he will return to Italy in October for concerts with the Orchestra Sinfonica di Bari. Other European appearances next season will include a series of concerts with Kammerphilharmonie Munchen in Munich and other German cities.

Nurhan Arman's next Toronto appearance will be the opening concert of Sinfonia Toronto's Masterpiece Series on October 23, in their 'Violin Diva' concert with renowned Canadian violinist Lara St. John.

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Ode, une sixił«me saison dans la Płęninsule acadienne

Ode, une sixił«me saison dans la Płęninsule acadienne et un nouveau spectacle

Le collectif Ode entamera ce samedi 18 juillet 2009 sa sixił«me saison dans la Płęninsule acadienne. Avec quatre spectacles diffłęrents łŢ lĺ─˘affiche qui seront prłęsentłęs 40 fois entre le 18 juillet et le 2 septembre, lĺ─˘łęquipe dĺ─˘Ode sera des plus occupłęe cet łętłę. Elle accueillera par ailleurs son 200 000e spectateur depuis le premier spectacle prłęsentłę łŢ lĺ─˘łętłę 2004 łŢ Caraquet.

ł─ lĺ─˘affiche cet łętłę : Ode łŢ lĺ─˘Acadie classique, Carte blanche aux artistes dĺ─˘Ode tout revampłę, Le Pays dĺ─˘Ode, nouveau spectacle, et łŢ lĺ─˘occasion du Congrł«s mondial acadien, lĺ─˘łęquipe offre une reprłęsentation unique et płętillante dĺ─˘Ode en fłüte, un party pour faire swigner la compagnie.

Cette annłęe, le groupe Ode sĺ─˘enrichi avec lĺ─˘arrivłęe dĺ─˘un jeune musicien originaire du nord du Nouveau-Brunswick, BenołĂt Picard. Comme les six autres artistes sur scł«ne, il met son talent de chanteur et de multi-instrumentiste au service de la belle histoire de la chanson en Acadie. Benoit Picard a commencłę sa carrił«re de musicien au sein de plusieurs formations musicales dans le nord de la province. Il a łętudiłę sept ans en piano et a aussi une formation en contrebasse et en percussion de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Moncton. Musicien polyvalent, il joue du piano, de la guitare, de la mandoline, des percussions, de lĺ─˘accordłęon et de la basse.

Monique Poirier, Patricia Richard, Isabelle Thłęriault, Christian KIT Goguen, Franł▀ois łÔmond et Louise Vautour complł«tent la distribution de cette troupe dĺ─˘artistes aux multiples talents.

Ode łŢ lĺ─˘Acadie

Le public sera invitłę łŢ retrouver lĺ─˘essence des dłębuts du dłęsormais classique Ode łŢ lĺ─˘Acadie qui a łętłę modifiłę au fil des ans. Onze reprłęsentations de ce spectacle seront prłęsentłęes. Ode łŢ lĺ─˘Acadie est maintenant reconnu comme le plus grand succł«s dans le monde du spectacle musical en Acadie. Il a łętłę prłęsentłę devant des dizaines de milliers de spectateurs sur trois continents. Č┤ Lĺ─˘histoire que raconte le spectacle Ode łŢ lĺ─˘Acadie est plus grande que nous. łßa reste un grand privilł«ge dĺ─˘łütre en quelque sorte les vłęhicules de ce message lłŢ. Nous avons hłóte de prłęsenter le spectacle, surtout en cette annłęe du CMA Ȭ, confie lĺ─˘artiste Monique Poirier. La direction artistique et la mise en scł«ne dĺ─˘Ode łŢ lĺ─˘Acadie sont de Renłę Cormier et la direction musicale est dĺ─˘Isabelle Thłęriault.

Carte blanche

Beaucoup de changements sont prłęvus pour Carte blanche aux artistes dĺ─˘Ode puisque plus du tiers du spectacle sera complł«tement renouvelłę. En plus dĺ─˘intłęgrer le nouveau membre de lĺ─˘łęquipe, Benoit Picard, plusieurs changements ont łętłę apportłęs au rłępertoire du spectacle, question de donner de nouveaux dłęfis aux artistes et de faire faire de nouvelles dłęcouvertes aux gens qui viendront revoir le spectacle. Le but est toujours de prłęsenter ce spectacle dans un esprit intime et convivial. Lĺ─˘łęquipe de crłęation, Monique Poirier, Allain Roy et Isabelle Thłęriault, y travaillent depuis quelques mois. Neuf reprłęsentations de ce spectacle sont łŢ lĺ─˘horaire.

Un nouveau spectacle : Le Pays dĺ─˘Ode

Un tout nouveau spectacle verra le jour en cette annłęe de grandes cłęlłębrations : Le Pays dĺ─˘Ode, Č┤ un płęriple musical qui puise son inspiration dans lĺ─˘imaginaire acadien Ȭ. Les Productions Ode ont fait appel au tandem initial de crłęation dĺ─˘Ode łŢ lĺ─˘Acadie pour ce troisił«me spectacle de la troupe. Renłę Cormier en assume la direction artistique et la mise en scł«ne et Isabelle Thłęriault voit łŢ la direction musicale. Ce spectacle sera prłęsentłę łŢ 19 reprises au cours de lĺ─˘łętłę et prendra la route vers Moncton en octobre.

Ode en fłüte

Une reprłęsentation spłęciale du spectacle Ode en fłüte aura lieu lors de la Rencontre de la famille Albert durant le Congrł«s mondial acadien le samedi 22 aoł¬t łŢ 21 h 30. Ce spectacle de type festif a łętłę prłęsentłę avec beaucoup de succł«s au Festival Interceltique de Lorient en France łŢ lĺ─˘łętłę 2008. Pour ce spectacle la direction musicale est partagłęe par Isabelle Thłęriault et Franł▀ois łÔmond. Ode en fłüte sera prłęsentłę au Chapiteau des Płücheries GEM sur le site du Chalet du Capitaine łŢ Saint-Simon. Cette soirłęe est rłęservłęe au 19 ans et plus au coł¬t de 12,50 $ plus frais.

Billets en vente

Les billets pour tous les spectacles dĺ─˘Ode sont en vente łŢ la Billetterie Accł«s au www.billetterieacces.ca ou 1.800.992.4040 et 506.727.7665. Les spectacles Ode łŢ lĺ─˘Acadie, Carte blanche et Le Pays dĺ─˘Ode seront prłęsentłęs cet łętłę łŢ la salle de spectacle de lĺ─˘łęglise de Grande-Anse qui accueille la troupe pour une troisił«me annłęe consłęcutive. Les billets sont au coł¬t de 7,50 $ pour les 12 ans et moins, de 17,50 $ ou 22 $ pour les łętudiants et les 65 ans et plus et de 22 $ ou 27 $ pour les adultes. Des frais de la Billetterie Accł«s sĺ─˘ajoutent au coł¬t de tous les billets.

Les Productions Ode est une compagnie łŢ but non lucratif incorporłęe en 2005 qui reł▀oit lĺ─˘appui des gouvernements du N.-B. et du Canada. La compagnie błęnłęficie łęgalement de partenariats et de collaborations spłęciales avec la Coopłęrative de Caraquet, les Caisses populaires acadiennes, CHAU TVA, les Chalets de la Plage, le Village Historique Acadien et Techno 90.

Pour plus dĺ─˘information et pour le calendrier au complet de la saison estivale 2009, consultez le nouveau site des Productions Ode łŢ www.ode.ca.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

2e prix littłęraire pour auteur et photographe montrłęalais, Simhananda

Second prix Č┤ Gold Ȭ au Č┤ Nautilus Book Awards Ȭ pour lĺ─˘auteur et photographe montrłęalais, Simhananda

Montrłęal, 15 juillet 2009ĺ─ţ Les Publications Orange Palm and Magnificent Magus sont heureuses dĺ─˘annoncer que le livre de photographies transformatives intitulłę Č┤ Our Ordinary Extraordinary Earth and Its Extraordinary Ordinary People Ȭ par Simhananda est le rłęcipiendaire du prix Č┤ Gold Ȭ du Č┤ Nautilus Book Awards Ȭ dans la catłęgorie Č┤ Art/Gift/Specialty Ȭ. Les gagnants ont łętłę annoncłęs au Book Expo America 2009 łŢ New York. Il sĺ─˘agit dĺ─˘un second prix Č┤ Gold Ȭ du Č┤ Nautilus Book Awards Ȭ pour lĺ─˘auteur montrłęalais Simhananda.

Les photographies de ce volume sont quelque peu comme des łęchos ou des faisceaux de lumił«re (dĺ─˘łóme) nous stimulant łŢ un plus grand łęveil et nous menant łŢ voir le monde dĺ─˘une perspective entił«rement frałĂche : lĺ─˘univers nĺ─˘est dĺ─˘aucune manił«re ordinaire, ni jamais au grand jamais ennuyant.

Simhananda invite le lecteur łŢ se laisser toucher par la beautłę et les mystł«res de la planł«te Terre. Chacune des photographies dans ce livre a łętłę soigneusement choisie pour son originalitłę et contient la possibilitłę dĺ─˘expłęrimenter de multiples niveaux de conscience, parfois rłęvłęlłęs par une touche humoristique.

Č┤ La contemplation de ce livre crłęe une paix intłęrieure chez celui qui prend le temps dĺ─˘apprłęcier les pages une łŢ une. Laissez le sens subtil contenu dans chaque photographie vous surprendre et vous faire sourire Ȭ dit Josłęe D. Senłęcal, łęditrice en chef des Publications Orange Palm.

Č┤ Un trł«s beau livre que chacun devrait avoir Ȭ, mentionne Alim Thompson, prłęsident de New Leaf Distributing Company.

Č┤ Our Ordinary Extraordinary Earth and Its Extraordinary Ordinary People Ȭ est le troisił«me livre de la collection de photographies transformatives de Simhananda, qui travaille prłęsentement łŢ la rłędaction de son quatrił«me ouvrage sur le sujet, łŢ parałĂtre łŢ lĺ─˘hiver 2009.

Information Booklet
Excerpts

ł─ propos de lĺ─˘auteur
łÔrudit, poł«te, amant de la musique et collectionneur dĺ─˘art, Simhananda, cet avide voyageur de notre Č┤ terre Ȭ, capture lĺ─˘essence de ses nombreux voyages dans sa photographie. Son premier livre de photographie intitulłę Č┤ Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Khadromas and the Way of the Pilgrims Ȭ a łęgalement łętłę le rłęcipiendaire dĺ─˘un prix Č┤ Gold Ȭ du Č┤ Nautilus Book Awards Ȭ en 2008. Simhananda vit discrł«tement en płęriphłęrie de Montrłęal, au Canada.

ł─ propos du Nautilus Book Awards
Le Č┤ Nautilus Book Awards Ȭ met de lĺ─˘avant des livres crłęatifs, inspirants, qui changent notre manił«re de vivre. Il souligne la contribution des auteurs au changement social positif, łŢ la croissance spirituelle, łŢ une vie plus consciente, łŢ un bien-łütre de haut niveau et łŢ un leadership responsable. www.nautilusbookawards.com

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Harry Manx arrive en ville

Harry Manx

Un guitariste dĺ─˘exception dĺ─˘envergure internationale

au Mondial des Cultures de Drummondville

Drummondville, le mercredi 15 juillet ĺ─ý Cĺ─˘est le jeudi 16 juillet dł«s 17h łŢ la Folkothł«que du Mondial des Cultures que le musicien Harry Manx fera dłęcouvrir łŢ son public un son młęconnu et novateur łŢ la rencontre de diffłęrentes cultures.

Rłęsident de Salt Spring Island ( B-C ), Harry Manx se promł«ne sur la planł«te depuis plusieurs annłęes avec le but ultime de partager sa passion , la musique. Ayant trouvłę en lĺ─˘Inde une terre adoptive, il utilise maintenant un instrument qui est un croisement entre une guitare/une cithare qui se nomme Mohan Veena et qui lui a łętłę offert par un małĂtre luthier indien. Il a ainsi su crłęer un son unique, une fał▀on trł«s personnelle dĺ─˘interprłęter qui unit dans un młüme thł«me lĺ─˘Orient et lĺ─˘Occident.

Harry Manx compte sept albums łŢ son actif, plusieurs nominations aux Juno Awards et a de plus rłęcoltłę un Grammy au cours de cette fructueuse carrił«re.

Cĺ─˘est ici łŢ Drummondville quĺ─˘il invite les spectateurs łŢ entendre ses alliances musicales łŢ la rencontre du blues, du folk et de la musique traditionnelle indienne.

www.mondialdescultures.com


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łÔric Dubeau est nommłę directeur głęnłęral de la FCCF

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

łÔric Dubeau est nommłę directeur głęnłęral de la FCCF

La Fłędłęration culturelle canadienne - franł▀aise est heureuse d'annoncer l'embauche de M. łÔric Dubeau łŢ titre de directeur głęnłęral.

Č┤ Nous sommes heureux que M. Dubeau ait acceptłę de se joindre łŢ l'łęquipe de la FCCF. Sa grande expłęrience dans le milieu des arts et de la culture et ses capacitłęs de stratł«ge et de gestion lui permettront de mener łŢ bien les grands dossiers priorisłęs par les membres de la FCCF Ȭ, indique la prłęsidente de la FCCF, Mme Raymonde Boulay LeBlanc.

łÔric Dubeau achł«ve une małĂtrise en politique publique, en administration et en droit et a łętłę jusqu'łŢ tout rłęcemment Chef des partenariats francophones et Responsable des arts franco-ontariens pour le Conseil des arts de l'Ontario. D'origine franco - ontarienne, il connałĂt bien la francophonie canadienne et le milieu des arts et de la culture en particulier, pour avoir siłęgłę entre autres łŢ titre de Prłęsident du conseil d'administration de l'Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique, ainsi que sur le conseil de direction de la FCCF. Ses expłęriences en tant qu'artiste et administrateur seront des atouts importants en vue d'assumer la direction głęnłęrale de la FCCF au moment oł╝ celle-ci amorce la mise en oeuvre d'une nouvelle planification stratłęgique et qu'elle entreprend un vaste travail de prłęparation en vue de la prłęsentation d'un Forum sur les synergies artistiques et culturelles au sein de la francophonie canadienne en 2010.

łÔric Dubeau succł«de łŢ Pierre Bourbeau, qui a terminłę son mandat le 27 fłęvrier dernier. Monsieur Bourbeau łętait directeur głęnłęral depuis septembre 2004. Č┤ Le bilan de Pierre Bourbeau łŢ la direction głęnłęrale est exceptionnel, dłęclare Mme Boulay LeBlanc. C'est pendant son mandat que la FCCF a amorcłę un travail de positionnement des arts et de la culture au coeur du dłęveloppement des communautłęs francophones et de la sociłętłę canadienne. Au nom des membres et des partenaires de la FCCF, je le remercie pour sa contribution au rayonnement des arts et de la culture de la francophonie canadienne Ȭ.

La Fłędłęration culturelle canadienne - franł▀aise est un organisme national qui regroupe les associations nationales et provinciales de dłęveloppement des arts et des industries culturelles, les organismes provinciaux et territoriaux de dłęveloppement culturel, ainsi que les rłęseaux de diffusion rłęgionaux de la francophonie canadienne. Elle a pour mission de promouvoir l'expression artistique et culturelle des communautłęs francophones et acadiennes.

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M. Louis Dallaire est nommłę directeur du Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivił«res

Le Conservatoire de musique et dĺ─˘art dramatique du Qułębec accueille
M. Louis Dallaire łŢ la direction du Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivił«res

M. Nicolas Desjardins, directeur głęnłęral du Conservatoire de musique et dĺ─˘art dramatique du Qułębec, est trł«s heureux dĺ─˘annoncer la nomination de M. Louis Dallaire łŢ la direction du Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivił«res. M. Dallaire entrera officiellement en fonction le 27 juillet prochain.

Originaire de Saguenay, Louis Dallaire y łętudie le violoncelle au Conservatoire de musique. Il poursuit ses łętudes au Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal, oł╝ il obtient son diplłąme dĺ─˘łętudes supłęrieures avec le regrettłę Walter Joachim, puis se młęrite un baccalaurłęat en interprłętation łŢ lĺ─˘Universitłę McGill.

M. Dallaire dirige le Concours de musique du Canada depuis 1995. Familier de la płędagogie musicale, il avait au prłęalable enseignłę au Cłęgep de Drummondville et au Conservatoire de musique de Val-dĺ─˘Or. Membre de plusieurs formations de la grande rłęgion de Montrłęal, de lĺ─˘Orchestre des jeunes du Qułębec, il a łęgalement łętłę violoncelliste au sein de lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivił«res pendant plusieurs annłęes.

Č┤ Le Conservatoire de musique et dĺ─˘art dramatique du Qułębec a pour mission de former les meilleurs musiciens et acteurs de demain. M. Dallaire, łŢ titre de directeur du Concours de musique du Canada pendant plus dĺ─˘une dłęcennie, a vu dłęfiler les jeunes interprł«tes les plus prometteurs au pays, partageant avec eux ce goł¬t et surtout cette volontłę du dłępassement et de lĺ─˘excellence. Ce formidable bagage lui sera un atout certain dans ses nouvelles fonctions Ȭ, se fłęlicite le directeur głęnłęral, Nicolas Desjardins.
Mme Francine Grłęgoire, prłęsidente du conseil dĺ─˘administration du Conservatoire, joint sa voix łŢ celle de Nicolas Desjardins pour souhaiter łŢ M. Dallaire la meilleure des chances dans ses nouvelles fonctions.

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Volunteers needed for the 2009-10 Cleveland Orchestra concert and event season at Severance Hall

Severance Hall seeks volunteers to serve as ushers, greeters, ticket takers, tour guides, and store volunteers

CLEVELAND, July 15, 2009 ĺ─ý Severance Hall, home of The Cleveland Orchestra, is seeking volunteer ushers, greeters, ticket takers, tour guides, and store volunteers for the 2009-10 season. The season includes evening subscription, matinee, education, family, and holiday concerts by The Cleveland Orchestra; performances by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony, and the Cleveland Womenĺ─˘s Orchestra; and many other musical and non-musical events.

Tour guides conduct public and private tours and offer historical and architectural detail about Severance Hall. Store volunteers offer sales assistance in the Cleveland Orchestra Store during weekdays and weekends at concert times.

Severance Hall also seeks middle- and high-school students to join the Junior Volunteer Corps. Students assist at Family Concerts, Musical Rainbow performances, Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra concerts, Holiday concerts, and other special events (mostly daytime performances during the weekend). An orientation and training program prepares students for service as ushers, ticket takers, and Cleveland Orchestra Store volunteers. Adult ushers also serve as mentors.

Severance Hall volunteers are asked to commit for the entire season from September through June, and are required to attend a two-hour training and orientation session in September, at the beginning of the season. Training session dates are September 22 and 24 at 6:00 p.m. and September 24 at 9:00 a.m.

Open interviews for new volunteers will be held at Severance Hall on Friday, August 28, from 5 - 7 p.m. and Saturday, August 29, from 10 a.m. ĺ─ý 2 p.m. Stop in any time during these hours to fill out an application, and learn about the program and speak with Front of House Staff members.

While providing excellent customer service, Severance Hall volunteers have the opportunity to hear great music in a beautiful venue, enjoy the company of other music-loving volunteers, and contribute their talents and time to a premier arts organization.

Those interested in more information about volunteering at Severance Hall may call the House Managerĺ─˘s Office at Severance Hall at (216) 231-7425.

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Summer Series 2009

RENłÔE FLEMING STARS IN DIGISCREENĺ─˘S SUMMER CINEMA SERIES WITH OPUS ARTEĺ─˘S LA TRAVIATA, FROM THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE

The much-anticipated performance of operaĺ─˘s megastar Renłęe Fleming at Covent Garden is one of the many highlights of DigiScreenĺ─˘s Summer Opera/Ballet/Concert Cinema Series, which will screen at selected theatres throughout Canada in July and August. Theatres will present an opera, a ballet and a classical music concert from the great stages of London, England.

The summer series opens on July 25th & 26th, when cinema audiences have the pleasure of experiencing, for the first time in Canada, the excitement of the BBCĺ─˘s LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS from The Royal Albert Hall in London.

On August 15th, Shakespeare meets Mendelssohn meets Balanchine at Sadlerĺ─˘s Wells for the enchanting ballet A MIDSUMMER NIGHTĺ─˘S DREAM.

Saturday August 29th and August July 30th will be ĺ─˙Donĺ─˘t miss Renłęe Fleming at Covent Garden!ĺ─¨ days.

On Saturday July 25th and 26th, DigiScreen and the BBC present a first: Canadian audiences will finally experience the exuberance of LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS. The Proms at The Royal Albert Hall has a special place in the hearts of British people and all fans of classical music around the world. The September feast of music is the highlight of the symphonic season, which culminates with the hottest concert ticket in London, LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS! Lucky audiences are treated to the works of leading international artists and an all-embracing classical music programme, introducing new works alongside much-loved classics. Sir Roger Norrington makes his first ĺ─˙Last Nightĺ─¨ appearance leading an all-star dazzling final concert.

On Saturday August 15th, select theatres across Canada will present the enchanting ballet A MIDSUMMER NIGHTĺ─˘S DREAM. Choreographed by an artistic genius, George Balanchine and performed by the Pacific Northwest Ballet, Shakespeareĺ─˘s comedy of magic and loveĺ─˘s delusions set to the music of Felix Mendelssohn is a guaranteed audience pleaser. The Pacific Northwest Ballet displays all the vitality, brilliance and versatility of its wonderful dancers in this awardĺ─ýwinning production of Balanchineĺ─˘s first original full-length ballet. Balanchineĺ─˘s pure dance magic, Shakespeareĺ─˘s stage wizardry and Mendelssohnĺ─˘s bewitching tunefulness make for a special experience.

For two presentations only in August (29th and 30th), cinema audiences will be able to enjoy beloved American soprano Renłęe Fleming on Londonĺ─˘s Covent Garden stage starring in The Royal Operaĺ─˘s production of Verdiĺ─˘s best-loved work LA TRAVIATA. Captured live by Opus Arte in London on June 30th, audiences will see her performance replayed in select theatres throughout Canada. Richard Eyreĺ─˘s 2009 production is a revival of his highly acclaimed 1994 staging which dazzled audiences with its striking visual feast. Renłęe Fleming and company soar with some of the most poignantly tuneful music in all of opera.

Tickets are available at $19.95 + tax per adult, $16.95 + tax per senior and $9.95 + tax per child. For cinema locations and to purchase advance tickets throughout Canada visit www.empiretheatres.com/opusarte. For Landmark Cinemas in Alberta and BC, go to www.landmarkcinemas.com. For independent theatres in Vancouver and Waterloo, please visit www.festivalcinemas.ca, www.princesscinemas.com

About DigiScreen Corporation

DigiScreen is a digital network for the distribution and presentation of independent film and alternative content. DigiScreen launched the network in 2007 with an exclusive collaboration with Opus Arte and the Royal Opera House in London. Thanks to this collaboration, the company is able to showcase the worldĺ─˘s most prestigious contemporary performing arts companies in an ongoing series of spectacular operas and ballets. These productions are captured live, in High Definition, from locations such as Covent Garden (London), Palais Garnier (Paris), Teatro Real (Madrid), Liceu (Barcelona), War Memorial (San Francisco) and other great stages of the world. DigiScreen Corporation, in partnership with Opus Arte, releases 16-20 HD productions throughout the year. These HD productions are presented exclusively by DigiScreen and its partners to audiences in more than 300 cinemas across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe, Japan and Australia. Presentations in South Africa and other territories will be starting shortly.

For photos, more information or to find a participating theatre near you, please visit www.digiscreen.ca or contact Blair Haynes, bhaynes@digiscreen.ca 514-847-3537 ext 4520

                      About The Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House is the home of three world class performing companies - The Royal Ballet, The Royal Opera, and The Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. It is a focal point for Englandĺ─˘s national and international artistic excellence, where the evolving traditions of opera and ballet are taken to the highest levels. It is a shining symbol of excellence without compromise since 1732.

About Opus Arte

Opus Arte, owned by the Royal Opera House, has been recording in High Definition for the past decade and has amassed a substantial catalogue of outstanding productions from around the world. Opus Arte led the way by being the first company to release a Classical HD-DVD, and also the first to release a Classical Blu-ray disc into the world market. Working closely with top organizations such as the BBC and TVE, Opus Arte has enabled a large number of people to share the magic of seeing an opera or ballet from the worldĺ─˘s top opera houses.

About BBC Worldwide

BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximise the value of the BBCĺ─˘s assets for the benefit of the licence payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has seven core businesses: BBC Worldwide Channels, BBC Worldwide Content & Production, BBC Worldwide Digital Media, BBC Worldwide Global Brands, BBC Worldwide Sales & Distribution, BBC Magazines and BBC Home Entertainment. In 2007/08, BBC Worldwide generated profits of Čú117.7million on sales of Čú916.3million.

For more about The Pacific Northwest Ballet, please go to: www.pnb.org

For more about The Royal Opera House, please go to: www.roh.org.uk

For more about Opus Arte, please go to: www.opusarte.co.uk

Bravo! is the proud television sponsor for the DigiScreenĺ─˘s Summer Cinema Series. For more information on Bravo! please visit www.bravo.ca

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Last Night of the Proms

For The First Time, Cinema Audiences Can Experience the Excitement of Londonĺ─˘s Extraordinary Symphonic Event of the Season:

LAST NIGHT
OF THE PROMS

From The
Royal Albert Hall!


DigiScreen and the BBC present

LAST NIGHT
OF THE PROMS

at Empire Theatres across Canada and other select cinema locations

On Saturday July 25th and 26th, DigiScreen and the BBC present a first: Canadian audiences will finally experience the exuberance of LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS. The Proms at The Royal Albert Hall has a special place in the hearts of British people and all fans of classical music around the world. The September feast of music is the highlight of the symphonic season, which culminates with the hottest concert ticket in London, LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS! Lucky audiences are treated to the works of leading international artists and an all-embracing classical music programme, introducing new works alongside much-loved classics.

Look for LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS in high definition and full surround sound at Empire Theatresĺ─˘ locations across Canada and other select cinema locations.


The Proms, a British musical tradition for more than a century, is one of the most popular classical music concerts in the world, watched and listened to by an audience of many millions around the globe. The two-month celebration of timeless classics and exciting new works culminates in one extraordinary evening - the internationally renowned Last Night of the Proms at The Royal Albert Hall! "Last Night" encapsulates the spirit of the Proms in one party-filled night.

LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS 2008 brings together the different themes of the season under the helm of Sir Roger Norrington who makes his first "Last Night" appearance, leading an all-star dazzling final concert. As usual, the line-up is an eclectic mix of new pieces and the old classics, including the world premieres of the BBC commissions from Chris Hazzell and Anna Meredith. The world's most famous feast of classical music features Beethoven's The Creatures of Prometheus and Fantasia in C minor, star turns from Puccini's Tosca and Verdi's Falstaff, orchestral movements from Wagner's Tannhłžuser, Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No.1and Vaughan Williams' Sea Songs. The programme also celebrates traditional folk music from Scotland, Ireland, and Wales. Featuring Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone), Hłęlł«ne Grimaud (piano), BBC Singers, BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra.


LAST NIGHT OF THE PROMS was captured live at The Royal Albert Hall in High Definition and Full Surround Sound in September 2008.

ĺ─˙An exuberant and irreverent romp! Enthralling! A Last Night to remember!ĺ─¨
ĺ─ý Geoffrey Norris, The Telegraph


Tickets will be available at $19.95 + tax per adult, $16.95 + tax per senior and $9.95 + tax per
child. For cinema locations and to purchase advance tickets throughout Canada visit
www.empiretheatres.com/opusarte.


For Landmark Cinemas in Alberta and BC, go to www.landmarkcinemas.com. For independent theatres in Vancouver and Waterloo, please visit www.festivalcinemas.ca, www.princesscinemas.com

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In Tough Economic Times, People Turn to Classical Music

CLASSICAL ARCHIVES LAUNCHES THE ULTIMATE CLASSICAL MUSIC DESTINATION

New Music Store and Subscription Service Offers Largest Collection

of Classical Recordings and Most Sophisticated Interface on the Internet


New York, NY ĺ─ýClassical Archives (www.classicalarchives.com) is bringing online classical music shopping and listening into the 21st century! The site is the ultimate destination for online classical music on-demand streams, hi-definition downloads, and expert musicology. Classical Archives also offers a breakthrough in site navigation that will be welcomed by all. Catering to serious aficionados and eager newcomers alike, the site offers the largest collection of classical music available online as well as extensive background information on works, composers, artists, and much more.


Best of all, the site features a new proprietary navigation and search engine capability that lets visitors search and cross-reference by any relevant criteria: composer, work title, artist, albums, historical period, instrument, genre, and many others that make finding and comparing the best classical recordings easier than it has ever been. In addition to albums from major labels such as DG/Decca, Angel/EMI/Virgin, Sony/Columbia, and 110+ more, the site offers a large collection of free streaming tracks from its own roster of world-class talents.


Pierre R. Schwob, CEO and Founder, notes, "The Renaissance starts here! Classical Archives will become the ultimate classical music site and a model for music sites in general: where the music you want can be easily and immediately found, and where composers, artists, and works get the respect they deserve. It marks the dawn of a new era for online music sales in terms of its navigation system and the wealth of contextual information it offers. Our sophisticated but elegant system has been developed by our expert team of musicologists, and built by our engineers using the latest advances in web technology. Anyone who has purchased music online, particularly classical music, knows well the current limitations of Internet music shopping and discovery. Classical Archives is changing the whole user experience."


The newly launched Classical Archives opens its doors as the most complete classical music resource on the Internet with over 620,000 recorded tracks (building to over 1 million!) representing 7,800 composers, 27,000 artists and 110+ record labels representing a unique blend of the majors and independent labels. Tracks are available in high quality DRM-free MP3 for listening or downloading and some in MIDI format for synthesizers. The company's ultimate goal is to offer the complete catalogs of all classical music record labels, as well as independent classical artists in DRM-free format, and to identify the recordings in a proper, consistent, and easily searchable form. Classical Archives will always allow users to keep their downloads for life: they are not tied to any conditions such as staying in a subscription program.


Dr. Nolan Gasser, Artistic Director, states, "We are very proud of the contribution that the new Classical Archives is making to the world of classical music as a whole; for too long, the online consumer has dealt with a broken system, where the music is identified and displayed in an inconsistent, if not inaccurate, manner, making the process of finding and comparing recordings difficult or impossible. Admittedly, it is no easy task to correctly identify the vast repertoire of classical works, and then coordinate their various recordings, but our expert team of musicologists is committed to this goal, and the consumer will experience the music as they have only imagined."


The site provides detailed musicological information for each work: its proper movements and subdivisions, genre, principal instruments, year of composition, and key. Users can then easily compare various recordings of a given work, each identified in a proper and consistent manner ĺ─ý something not possible with any other site.


The new Classical Archives offers unique membership opportunities that allow users to take advantage of its vast resources easily and affordably. Fees are $9.95/month or $99.50/year. Benefits include the ability to listen to music from the whole site (entire tracks or works); a 10% discount on all downloads (which are yours to keep for life!); the first two weeks as a free trial of the service; the ability to access and download MIDI files free of charge.


Free registered members also enjoy great benefits: the ability to freely listen to Classical Archives' own large catalog of contributed tracks, which includes many performances from world-class talents; the ability to listen to any music clips (30-60 seconds); the ability to purchase hi-definition downloads; and the ability to access and download free MIDI files.

For more information, please visit: www.classicalarchives.com.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Jahja Ling conducts The Cleveland Orchestra

Jahja Ling conducts The Cleveland Orchestra in program featuring Dvo뢳░k's Symphony No. 8 at the Blossom Festival on August 2

Johannes Moser is soloist in Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1

Tito Muł▒oz conducts Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra in works by Mendelssohn and Mussorgsky

CLEVELAND, July 14, 2009 ĺ─ý Jahja Ling, music director of the San Diego Symphony and former Blossom Festival Director, will conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in an extended-length program at the Blossom Festival on Sunday, August 2, at 7:00 p.m. The program presents The Cleveland Orchestra and the Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra separately and in a side-by-side performance of Dvo뢳░k's Symphony No. 8. Cellist Johannes Moser will be featured with The Cleveland Orchestra in Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1.

Mr. Ling will return to conduct the Orchestra at Blossom on Sunday, August 9, in a different program.

The August 2 program begins with two works performed by the Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra led by Cleveland Orchestra Assistant Conductor Tito Muł▒oz. They are: Claude Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (arranged by Arnold Schoenberg) and Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 4 in A major, Opus 90 ("Italian"). After the first intermission, The Cleveland Orchestra's portion of the program, conducted by Jahja Ling, begins with Modest Mussorgsky's Prelude to Khovanshchina, followed by Dmitri Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Opus 107, featuring Johannes Moser as soloist. After a second intermission, members of the Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra will join The Cleveland Orchestra for Antonłén Dvo뢳░k's Symphony No. 8 in G major, Opus 88.

Program notes are available at www.clevelandorchestra.com by the week of the program.

New this season, Lawn/General Admission tickets allow patrons to sit on the lawn or in newly designated General Admission areas in the rear corner sections of the Pavilion, adding 1,500 lower-priced seats in the Pavilion. These seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis to any ticketholder.

Also new in 2009, children 12 and under will be admitted free to the Lawn for all concerts. For each adult ticket purchase, two children will be admitted free to the Lawn. Each child will receive a free Kids' Lawn Pass. Kids' Lawn Passes will be available at the Severance Hall Ticket Office, the Blossom Box Office, and the Lawn Ticket Booth at Blossom, and also will be available for downloading and printing online at BlossomLawnFun.com. Kids' Lawn Passes are required for all children 12 and under on the Lawn. The passes are not valid for entry into the Pavilion. Anyone wishing to sit in the new General Admission area of the Pavilion needs to have a Lawn/General Admission Ticket.

The August 2 concert is co-sponsored by the Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust and by Mr. and Mrs. William C. Zekan.

Biographical information is available on request, as well as at http://www.opus3artists.com/artists/jahja-ling for Jahja Ling and at http://www.titomunoz.com/ for Tito Muł▒oz.

Johannes Moser, cello

To hear audio clips of Johannes Moser, visit his website at http://www.johannes-moser.com/discs/

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TICKET PRICES: Pavilion $42, $31, $26; Lawn/General Admission $19. $82 box seats include complimentary parking in FirstEnergy Lot A and access to the Kulas Plaza VIP services. Children ages 12 and under are admitted to the Lawn seating area for free for all Blossom Festival concerts.

TICKETS for all remaining 2009 Blossom Festival concerts are now on sale through the Severance Hall Ticket Office, the Blossom Music Center Box Office, online at clevelandorchestra.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets. The Severance Hall Ticket Office is located in the Smith Lobby. The entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service parking are along the west side of the building on East Boulevard. The Ticket Office is open during the summer Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Blossom Music Center Box Office is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (and through intermission on Blossom Festival concert dates).

To charge tickets by telephone on American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard and Visa, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at (216) 231-1111 (local call for 216 and 440 area codes) or (800) 686-1141 during the regular Severance Hall Ticket Office hours listed above. Subscriptions and single tickets are also available through The Cleveland Orchestra's website at clevelandorchestra.com. The website offers secure ticket transactions with any major credit card and provides complete concert listings. Please note: There are no added service charges or handling fees for Blossom Festival concert tickets purchased in person or by phone through the Blossom or Severance Hall ticket offices, or online through the Orchestra's website.

PARKING: Ample free parking is available. Patrons who buy Pavilion tickets at least 10 days prior to these performances will receive a free dated parking pass for one of Blossom's paved parking lots. (The 10-day advance purchase requirement is to allow time for postal delivery.) These paved parking lots are ADA accessible with ADA transport services to the Pavilion. In addition, there are a limited number of paid parking spaces available in the FirstEnergy Lot A (behind the Box Office) for purchase at $15 per vehicle (10-day advance purchase required). Call (216) 231-1111 or (800) 686-1141 for further details.

CALENDAR LISTING

Sunday, August 2, 2009, at 7:00 p.m.

Blossom Music Center

THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA

KENT/BLOSSOM CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

JAHJA LING, conductor

TITO MUłŰOZ, conductor

JOHANNES MOSER, cello

DEBUSSY Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

(arranged by Arnold Schoenberg)

MENDELSSOHN Symphony No. 4 ("Italian")

Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra, Tito Muł▒oz conducting

MUSSORGSKY Prelude to Khovanshchina

SHOSTAKOVICH Cello Concerto No. 1

The Cleveland Orchestra, Jahja Ling conducting

DVO벳┼K Symphony No. 8

The Cleveland Orchestra and Kent/Blossom Chamber Orchestra,

Jahja Ling conducting

Concert Co-sponsors: Mary and Dr. George L. Demetros Charitable Trust and

Mr. and Mrs. William C. Zekan

TICKETS: Pavilion $82 (box), $42, $31, $26; Lawn/General Admission $19

Lawn seating for children 12 and under: FREE

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Andrełęs Orzo-Estrada and the Basque National Orchestra

ANDRłÔS OROZCO-ESTRADA APPOINTED CHIEF CONDUCTOR WITH THE BASQUE NATIONAL ORCHESTRA


Andrłęs Orozco-Estrada has been appointed Chief Conductor of the Basque National Orchestra (San Sebastian, Spain). This Colombian conductor (aged 31), who has been living in Vienna for over a decade, will be the Orchestra's chief conductor in the coming years.


The Chief Conductor. Andrłęs Orozco-Estrada is a young conductor with a solid international career who can be described as dynamic, with enormous energy, talent and gusto - qualities perfectly complementing the personality of the Basque National Orchestra.
From 2006 until 2009, he was the conductor of the Grosses Orchestra Graz (Austria). He has worked repeatedly as a guest director in Central Europe with orchestras like the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, the Deutsches Symphony in Berlin, the Basel Symphony, Vienna Symphony, Hamburg Philharmonic and Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestras, and in South America, mainly with the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra.
In addition to his position at the head of the Basque National Orchestra, Orozco-Estrada will also be the Chief Conductor of the Tonkł║nstler Orchestra of Vienna from the 2009/2010 season onwards.


The Orchestra. Andrłęs Orozco-Estrada's appointment corresponds to the Orchestra's desire to further its artistic progression and obtain expanded results in the areas of quality, flexibility and dynamism. The Basque Orchestra is a benchmark ensemble at state level. It forms a perfect part of the Basque cultural and social life, with a following now standing at 7,000 subscribers, making it the second most important orchestra in Spain, after Barcelona, as far as its number of subscribers are concerned. The over 150,000 spectators registered in recent years make this the most popular classical music institution in the Basque Country. Qualified as "the most travelling of all Spanish orchestras", in 27 years it has made 13 international tours, to countries including Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, the UK and Italy; it is a frequent guest at festivals, complementing its concerts with educational programs for children and has made a large number of recordings, mainly endeavouring to highlight the important works of Basque composers.


The Orchestra was created in 1982, promoted and developed by the Basque Government Department of Culture. Since then, it performed with major conductors as Yehudi Menuhin, Tugan Sokiev, Carlo Rizzi, Christopher Hogwood, Paul McCreesh, Yakov Kreizberg, Oleg Caetani, Jerzy Semkov, Lawrence Foster, Jesłćs Lłäpez Cobos, and great soloists including Maria Joao Pires, Radu Lupu, Frank Peter Zimmermann, Mischa Maisky, Antonio Meneses, Christian Zacharias, Leonidas Kavakos, Joaqułén Achłćcarro, Heinrich Schiff, Plł░cido Domingo, Marłéa Bayo, Ainhoa Arteta, Carlos Alvarez, Katia and Marielle Labł«que, Carlos Mena, etc. The 2009/2010 season will feature other important names including Hłęlł«ne Grimaud and Janine Jansen.

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Deux soirłęes de grand piano au Festival de Knowlton


Deux soirłęes de grand piano au Festival de Knowlton

Montrłęal, le 14 juillet 2009 ĺ─ý Loin de se restreindre au rłępertoire du bel canto, le Festival de Knowlton accueille cet łętłę deux pianistes exceptionnels. Le mardi 4 aoł¬t la jeune pianiste Gabriela Montero, qu'on a pu entendre en compagnie d'Itzhak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma et Anthony McGill łŢ l'assermentation du prłęsident amłęricain Barack Obama, interprłętera le cłęlł«bre Concerto pour piano no 2 de Rachmaninov łŢ l'invitation du Youth Orchestra of the Americas dans. La semaine suivante, le mercredi 12 aoł¬t, Stephen Kovacevich, qui continue de susciter l'admiration pour ses interprłętations de Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart et Schubert depuis plus de 40 ans, offrira un trł«s attendu rłęcital en sol qułębłęcois.

Č┤ Nous sommes particulił«rement heureux d'accueillir ces deux grands pianistes au Festival de Knowlton, a dłęclarłę Marco Genoni, directeur exłęcutif du Festival. Ainsi, dł«s cette annłęe, le Festival de Knowlton deviendra un rendez-vous estival pour les amateurs du rłępertoire pianistique et pour tous ceux qui apprłęcient les rłęcitals de piano.Ȭ

Les interprłętations visionnaires et les dons d'improvisatrice de Gabriela Montero lui ont rapidement valu un succł«s international. Nłęe łŢ Caracas au Venezuela, la pianiste a joułę avec de nombreux orchestres, dont le New York Philharmonic, le LA Philharmonic, le Philharmonia Orchestra, le Philharmonique de Rotterdam et le UBS Verbier Chamber Orchestra. Son CD Bach and Beyond a reł▀u en 2006 la mention Č┤ Choc de la musique de l'annłęe Ȭ du magazine Le Monde de la musique. Cette młüme annłęe, elle a łęgalement reł▀u le titre de claviłęriste de l'annłęe aux Prix Echo Klassik de Munich qui, en 2007, lui dłęcernaient le Prix Klassik sans frontił«res. Son dernier disque, Baroque, comprenant des improvisations, a łętłę mis en nomination pour un Grammy l'annłęe dernił«re.

Quant łŢ Stephen Kovacevich, sa rłęputation internationale a łętłę błótie łŢ la fois grłóce łŢ ses prestations en concert, reconnues pour leur grande profondeur et leur intensitłę, et aux enregistrements trł«s prisłęs qu'il a produits tout au long de sa carrił«re, Ses enregistrements de concertos, notamment ceux de Beethoven, Schumann et Bartłäk, ont longtemps łętłę des incontournables du catalogue. Son enregistrement du Concerto pour piano no 1 de Brahms a obtenu un Grammy, le Gramophone Award 1993 et a łętłę nommłę Č┤ disque de l'annłęe Ȭ par Stereo Review Record, alors que sa version du 2e concerto du młüme compositeur obtenait un Diapason d'or. Il a de plus rłęalisłę des enregistrements exceptionnels de sonates de Schubert ainsi que des 32 sonates de Beethoven, rłęalisant ainsi une des versions les plus renommłęes łŢ ce jour. M. Kovacevich a rłęcemment enregistrłę les Variations Diabelli de Beethoven, exactement 40 ans aprł«s son premier enregistrement de l'ëýuvre en 1968. Il reprendra ce chef-d'ëýuvre lors de cette soirłęe, ainsi que la Partita no 4 de Bach et les touchantes Scł«nes d'enfants, regard tendre posłę sur l'enfance du compositeur Robert Schumann.

Devant le remarquable succł«s remportłę l'łętłę dernier, le Festival de Knowlton devient une manifestation annuelle d'envergure internationale. Du 4 au 16 aoł¬t, se succłęderont concerts symphoniques, soirłęes d'airs d'opłęra, prłęsentation en version orchestrale de l'opłęra Bel Canto La Sonnambula de Vincenzo Bellini, rłęcitals, concerts de la relł«ve, classes de małĂtre pour jeunes chanteurs et activitłęs d'initiation łŢ la musique pour enfants.

Les biographies d'artistes, la programmation et les coordonnłęes de la billetterie sont disponibles sur le site du festival au www.festivaldeknowlton.com.

Le Festival de Knowlton est prłęsentłę par la sociłętłę Festival de musique de Knowlton inc. avec la participation de l'Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal et avec la collaboration de l'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia de Rome. Le Festival s'appuie łęgalement sur l'apport important de plusieurs commanditaires et partenaires financiers dont Bombardier inc., BFL Canada, le Cabinet de relations publiques NATIONAL, le Mouvement des caisses Desjardins, Tourisme Qułębec, La Ville de Lac Brome, Swiss International Air Lines, Groupe StrataTech et Ultramar.

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La Scł«ne Musicale amorce l'annłęe 2009-2010 avec son nouveau Rłępertoire des Arts, Robert Lepage dans La SCENA

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Montrłęal, le 13 juillet 2009 / La Scł«ne Musicale abordera le dłębut de la saison 2009-2010 en grande forme avec deux produits visant la rentrłęe scolaire et la rentrłęe culturelle dĺ─˘automne.

Nouveau Rłępertoire des Arts
La Scł«ne Musicale est heureuse dĺ─˘annoncer que le tout premier Rłępertoire annuel des arts et de la musique deLa SCENA sera en kiosques le 19 aoł¬t 2009. Ce rłępertoire, le premier du genre au Qułębec, sera sans nul doute une source prłęcieuse dĺ─˘information pour les artistes professionnels, les łętudiants et les amateurs dĺ─˘art de la province. Les lecteurs y trouveront des listes complł«tes dĺ─˘łęcoles, de conservatoires, de professeurs, de programmes, de concours, de sites Web, de salles, de chëýurs et ensembles amateurs et professionnels, de magasins de fournitures, de boutiques pour audiophiles, dĺ─˘agents, etc., dans les domaines de la musique, de la danse, du thłęłótre, du cinłęma et des arts visuels. Le rłępertoire bilingue comprendra des listes rłęgionales et nationales en plus dĺ─˘une section internationale tarifłęe. Paraissant łŢ temps pour la rentrłęe scolaire, il constituera un guide essentiel pour lĺ─˘enseignement et la pratique des arts et de la musique et pourra łütre consultłę tout au long de lĺ─˘annłęe.

Č┤ Nous utilisons notre vaste base de donnłęes pour offrir aux consommateurs, aux musiciens et aux artistes lĺ─˘outil le plus complet possible Ȭ, affirme Wah Keung Chan, prłęsident fondateur de La Scł«ne Musicale / The Music Scene, lĺ─˘organisme łŢ but non lucratif qui publie depuis 13 ans les płęriodiques La Scena Musicale, The Music Scene et La SCENA ainsi que le site Web SCENA.org. Au total, 25 000 exemplaires du rłępertoire seront distribułęs au Qułębec. En couverture, nous cłęlłębrerons le 60e anniversaire des Jeunesses Musicales du Canada.

Pour participer, veuillez remplir le formulaire qui suit.

La rentrłęe culturelle dĺ─˘automne
La rentrłęe culturelle en musique et en art occupera la premił«re place dans le numłęro dĺ─˘automne de La SCENA, qui parałĂtra le 3 septembre. En couverture, łŢ notre grande joie, lĺ─˘homme de thłęłótre, cinłęaste et artiste multimłędia de Qułębec et mondialement reconnu Robert Lepage. On pourra lire dans nos pages une entrevue fouillłęe avec Lepage ainsi que des comptes rendus de ses ëýuvres rłęcentes. On trouvera łęgalement dans ce numłęro dĺ─˘automne de La SCENA le numłęro de septembre de La Scena Musicale, mettant en vedette le tłęnor Marc Hervieux ĺ─ý quĺ─˘on pourra entendre deux fois dans cette 30e saison de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal. Le CD Dłęcouverte mensuel sera consacrłę au chef-dĺ─˘ëýuvre de Schubert, le cycle Die SchłĆne Mł║llerin, interprłętłę par Jean-Paul Jeannotte, premier directeur głęnłęral de lĺ─˘OdM. Finalement, ce numłęro prend peu łŢ peu la forme dĺ─˘un numłęro spłęcial sur lĺ─˘opłęra et le thłęłótre.

Lĺ─˘annłęe 2009-2010
Le calendrier de production de lĺ─˘annłęe 2009-2010 est maintenant łętabli. Nous publierons 10 numłęros bilingues de La Scena Musicale. Quatre numłęros (septembre, dłęcembre-janvier, avril et juin) seront insłęrłęs dans la publication trimestrielle sur les arts La SCENA; les six autres numłęros słęparłęs seront consacrłęs łŢ la musique. Deux de ces numłęros (mai et juin) seront des łęditions nationales axłęes sur les festivals (en mai : festivals de jazz, musique du monde et folklorique; en juin : festivals de musique classique et dĺ─˘art). En outre, nous publierons deux numłęros en anglais de The Music Scene Ontario (en novembre et mars). Les tarifs publicitaires en 2009-2010 demeurent les młümes quĺ─˘en 2008-2009.

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Deux numłęros pour la rentrłęe scolaire et la rentrłęe culturelle

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  • Le seul rłępertoire des arts au Qułębec
  • Thł«me : La rentrłęe scolaire
  • Contenu : rłępertoire des łęcoles, dĺ─˘achat, chorales, concours, sites Internet et plus encore
  • Sujets : musique, danse, thłęłótre, cinłęma et arts visuels
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La SCENA Automne 2009

  • 3e annłęe
  • En couverture : Robert Lepage
  • Thł«me : La rentrłęe culturelle
  • Sujets : danse, thłęłótre, cinłęma, arts visuels et musique
  • Inclut La Scena Musicale septembre 2009 avec Marc Hervieux en couverture
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Orchestre symphonique de Laval


Un łętłę en musique avec l'Orchestre symphonique de Laval!


Laval, 14 juillet 2009- Cet łętłę, l'Orchestre symphonique de Laval ne fait pas relłóche et ne propose rien de moins qu'un concert et un opłęra, les 9 et 16 aoł¬t prochains. Deux łęvłęnements łŢ ne pas manquer!


Le dimanche 9 aoł¬t, dans le cadre des festivitłęs de Sainte-Rose-en-bleu, venez vibrer au son des cuivres et percussions de l'OSL łŢ leur concert champłütre donnłę łŢ 16 h face łŢ l'łęglise Sainte-Rose-de-Lima (219, boul. Sainte-Rose). Y seront interprłętłęs, notamment, West Side Story, de Leonard Bernstein et Fanfare for the Common Man, d'Aaron Copland. Maestro Alain Trudel, directeur artistique de l'OSL, dirigera l'ensemble des cuivres et des percussions de l'orchestre. Des moments enchanteurs en perspective !


De plus, le dimanche 16 aoł¬t, l'Orchestre symphonique de Laval participe de superbe fał▀on łŢ la 15e łędition de la Semaine italienne de Montrłęal en prłęsentant l'opłęra La Traviata (en version abrłęgłęe) de Giuseppe Verdi! ł─ 19 h 30, au parc de la Petite Italie (angle de la rue Saint-Zotique et du boulevard Saint-Laurent), les spectateurs pourront entendre la voix magnifique de Gino Quillico, dans le rłąle de Giorgio Germont. Un bel hommage łŢ son pł«re, puisque le baryton Louis Quillico avait fait ses dłębuts au New York City Opera dans ce rłąle. Des artistes italiens, soit Natalia Roman (Violetta Valery); Giuseppe Varano (Alfredo Germont); Gloria Polcari (Flora Bervoix) complł«tent la distribution des rłąles principaux. Ils ont łętłę soigneusement choisis par le chef d'orchestre Gianluca Martinenghi, invitłę pour l'occasion łŢ diriger l'Orchestre symphonique de Laval. Maestro Martinenghi s'est illustrłę notamment łŢ la Fondation Arena di Verona ainsi qu'au Thłęłótre Massimo de Palermo, dont il a assurłę depuis 1997 la direction artistique et la gestion et oł╝ il a dirigłę de nombreux concerts.


Cet łętłę, venez cłęlłębrer la musique avec l'OSL!

Abonnez-vous dł«s maintenant pour la saison 2009-2010 de l'Orchestre symphonique de Laval
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Art for Obama: Designing Manifest Hope and the Campaign for Change




Designing Manifest Hope and the Campaign for Change
Edited by Shepard Fairey & Jennifer Gross

Art for Obama front cover

Few events in recent memory have captivated the world's attention like that of Barack Obama's historic presidential campaign. Not only did it stir passionate political momentum, but it also inspired an array of creative arts from a world of artists, illustrators, and graphic designers. Shepard Fairey's iconic "HOPE" portrait became the face of the campaign, prompting a personal thank-you note from the president, which is included in ART FOR OBAMA (Abrams Image; October 2009; $22.50 US / $29.50 CAN; ISBN: 978-0-8109-8498-1). In conjunction with the themes of hope and change, all of the authors' profits from this book will be donated to Americans for the Arts (http://www.americansforthearts.org/) charity.

Innovative portraits and graphic designs from artists around the country became a powerful symbol of the country's desire for change, and engaging artists-from the grassroots level to the international level-became a central strategy to inspire passion and win the presidential race. In ART FOR OBAMA, Fairey showcases 150 of those powerful images from the campaign, including works created by well-known artists such as, Ron English, David Choe, Kwaku Alston, Maya Hayuk, Justin Hampton, and Shel Starkman. The Manifest Hope art shows, which took place in Denver during the Democratic National Convention and Washington DC preceding the inauguration, featured artists who used their talents to motivate the grassroots movement that carried Barack Obama to victory. The shows were put on by Evolutionary Media Group, Obey Giant, MoveOn.org, Political Action, SEIU and Studio Number One.

ART FOR OBAMA is comprised of collages, paintings, photo composites, prints, and computer-generated pieces, showcasing the well-known images of the campaign as well as less famous, but equally creative pieces from around the globe. This is a volume for design and art aficionados, as well as supporters of the forty-fourth president of the United States who want a keepsake as uncommon as his extraordinary campaign.

ART FOR OBAMA: Designing Manifest Hope and the Campaign for Change
Abrams Image / October 2009
$22.50 US / $29.50 CAN; ISBN: 978-0-8109-8498-1
150 full-color illustrations; 184 pages

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Michael Murphy Rafael Lopez David Choe


MORE ABOUT SHEPARD FAIREY

Shepard Fairey is the man behind OBEY GIANT, the graphics that have changed the way people see art and the urban landscape. What started with an absurd sticker he created in 1989 while a student at the Rhode Island School of Design has since evolved into a worldwide street art campaign, as well as an acclaimed body of fine art. In 2003, Shepard founded Studio Number One, a creative design firm dedicated to applying his ethos at the intersection of art and enterprise. Shepard's art reached a new height of prominence in 2008, when his "HOPE" portrait of Barack Obama became the iconic image of the presidential campaign and helped inspire an unprecedented political movement. Shepard is currently the subject of a 20-year career survey at the ICA Boston. The show's next stop is the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA and will continue to tour museums across the U.S. in 2010. For more information, visit www.obeygiant.com.


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Founded by Harry N. Abrams in 1949, ABRAMS was the first company in the United States to specialize in the creation and distribution of art and illustrated books. Now a subsidiary of La Martinił«re Groupe, the company publishes visually stunning illustrated books in the areas of art, photography, cooking, interior and garden design, craft, architecture, entertainment, fashion, sports, pop culture, as well as children's books and general interest titles. The company's imprints include Abrams, Abrams ComicArts, Abrams Image, Abrams Books for Young Readers, Amulet Books, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, and STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books. Abrams also distributes books for The Vendome Press, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate, Royal Academy of Arts, Booth-Clibborn Editions, Five Continents and others. www.abramsbooks.com

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Monday, July 13, 2009

La Scene Musicale Starts 2009-2010 with New Arts Directory as well as Robert Lepage Cover for La SCENA

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Montreal ĺ─ý July 13, 2009

La Scene Musicale is kicking off the 2009-2010 Season in style with two products aimed at Back-to-School and the Fall Arts Scene.

New Arts Directory
La Scene Musicale is pleased to announce the first-ever annual La SCENA Arts Directory, which will hit stands August 14, 2009. The directory will be the first of its kind in Quebec and promises to be a premier source for professional artists, students, and arts-lovers in the province. Through the directory, readers will have access to comprehensive listings of schools, conservatories, teachers, programs, competitions, websites, performance spaces, amateur and professional choirs and ensembles, supply stores, high end audio, agents and much more in the fields of music, dance, theatre, film, and visual arts. There will be regional listings as well as national listings, plus a fee based international section. The appearance of this bilingual directory is timed for back-to-school, and will be the essential guide for arts and music learning and participation, consulted all year long. ĺ─˙We are using our extensive database to provide the most complete resource for consumers, musicians and artistsĺ─¨ says Wah Keung Chan, founding president of La Scene Musicale / The Music Scene, the 13-year-old non-profit organization publishing the print magazines La Scena Musicale, The Music Sceneand La SCENA, and the website SCENA.org. In total, 25,000 copies of the directory will be distributed across the province of Quebec.

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Fall Arts Preview
The fall arts and music scene will be extensively covered in the Fall Edition of La SCENA, which will appear on September 3, 2009. We are thrilled to grace its cover with Canadian auteur Robert Lepage, the internationally acclaimed playwright, filmmaker and multimedia artist. In addition to an interview with Lepage, critical reviews of his recent works will also be presented. Included in La SCENA Fall issue will be the September issue of La Scena Musicale, featuring tenor Marc Hervieux who will perform twice in Opłęra de Montrłęalĺ─˘s upcoming 30thseason. The monthly Discovery CD features a recital of Schubertĺ─˘s masterpiece Die SchłĆne Mł║llerinperformed by Jean-Paul Jeannotte, the Opłęra de Montrłęalĺ─˘s first general director. This issue is shaping to be a special issue on Opera and Theatre.

2009-2010 Publishing Year
The production schedule for the 2009-2010 year is now available. All 10 issues of the bilingual La Scena Musicale are planned, with four of these issues (September, December-January, April and June) inserted into the quarterly Arts magazine La SCENA, leaving six issues as stand alone music magazines. May and June are national issues focused on festivals (May focused on Jazz, World and Folk music festivals, while June contains Classical Music and Arts festivals). In addition, there will be two issues of the all-English The Music Scene Ontario (November and March). The advertising rates for 2009-2010 remain the same as in 2008-2009.

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La SCENA/La Scena Musicale 2009-2010 Back-to-School/Fall Preview

Two Issues for Back to School and Fall Arts and Music Preview

La SCENA Arts and Music Directory

  • NEW: 1st edition
  • The only Arts Directory in Quebec
  • Read All Year Long
  • Theme: Back to school
  • Contents: schools, purchase, choir guide, competition guide, venues, ensembles, websites and much more
  • Subjects: music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts
  • Appearance: August 19, 2009
  • Ad Deadline: August 14, 2009
  • Print run: 25,000 copies
  • Distribution: Montrłęal, Quebec City, Ottawa/Gatineau and through the province of Quebec
  • Target audience: students (high school to university level to adults), amateur and professional artists, music and arts lovers

La SCENA Fall 2009

  • 3rd year
  • On the cover: Robert Lepage
  • Theme: Fall Arts and Music preview
  • Subjects: music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts
  • including La Scena Musicale September 2009 featuring on the cover tenor Marc Hervieux
  • Appearance: September 3, 2009
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David Zinman conducts The Cleveland Orchestra

David Zinman conducts The Cleveland Orchestra in Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Symphony No. 5 at the Blossom Festival on August 1

Ingrid Fliter is soloist in the Schumann Piano Concerto

Aspen Academy conductor James Feddeck makes his Cleveland Orchestra debut with a Mendelssohn overture

CLEVELAND, July 13, 2009 ĺ─ý David Zinman, music director of the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zurich and music director of the Aspen Music Festival and School in Colorado, will conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in a program featuring Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Symphony No. 5 at the Blossom Festival on Saturday, August 1, at 8:00 p.m. The program also features the Schumann Piano Concerto with pianist Ingrid Fliter as soloist. James Feddeck will make his Cleveland Orchestra debut conducting the opening work on the program, Mendelssohnĺ─˘s Overture: ĺ─˙The Fair Melusina.ĺ─¨

James Feddeck, a participant at the American Academy of Conducting at Aspen for the summers of 2006-2008, and assistant conductor there this summer, was selected to conduct the Orchestra through a partnership between The Cleveland Orchestra and the Aspen Festival and School, where David Zinman created and leads the American Academy of Conducting. In March 2009, Mr. Feddeck was appointed an assistant conductor of The Cleveland Orchestra and music director of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, to begin in September 2009.

Argentine pianist Ingrid Fliter, recipient of the 2006 Gilmore Artist Award, one of the most prestigious awards for pianists, made her Cleveland Orchestra debut at the Blossom Festival in August 2007. Ms. Fliter made her major American orchestra debut with the Atlanta Symphony in January 2006, just days after the announcement of her Gilmore Award. Since then, in addition to The Cleveland Orchestra, she has made debut appearances with the orchestras of Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Saint Louis, San Francisco, and Toronto, as well as with the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C. and the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, and at the Aspen, Grant Park, and Mostly Mozart festivals. Equally busy as a recitalist, Ms. Fliter has recently performed in New York at Zankel Hall in Carnegie Hall and at the Metropolitan Museum, in Fort Worth for the Van Cliburn Foundation, and in Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, and Vancouver.

The August 1 program will begin with Felix Mendelssohnĺ─˘s Overture: ĺ─˙The Fair Melusina,ĺ─¨ Opus 32, conducted by James Feddeck. David Zinman will conduct the remainder of the program, which continues with Robert Schumannĺ─˘s Piano Concerto in A minor, Opus 54, with Ingrid Fliter as soloist. After intermission, the program concludes with Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Opus 64.

Program notes are available at www.clevelandorchestra.com by the week of the program.

New this season, Lawn/General Admission tickets allow patrons to sit on the lawn or in newly designated General Admission areas in the rear corner sections of the Pavilion, adding 1,500 lower-priced seats in the Pavilion. These seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis to any ticketholder.

Also new in 2009, children 12 and under will be admitted free to the Lawn for all concerts. For each adult ticket purchase, two children will be admitted free to the Lawn. Each child will receive a free Kidsĺ─˘ Lawn Pass. Kidsĺ─˘ Lawn Passes will be available at the Severance Hall Ticket Office, the Blossom Box Office, and the Lawn Ticket Booth at Blossom, and also will be available for downloading and printing online at BlossomLawnFun.com. Kidsĺ─˘ Lawn Passes are required for all children 12 and under on the Lawn. The passes are not valid for entry into the Pavilion. Anyone wishing to sit in the new General Admission area of the Pavilion needs to have a Lawn/General Admission Ticket.

The August 1 concert is sponsored by National City, now a part of PNC, a Cleveland Orchestra Partner in Excellence.

Biographical information on David Zinman, James Feddeck, and Ingrid Fliter is available on request. For a recent interview with James Feddeck in The Aspen Times, see http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20090708/NEWS/907079955/1060

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TICKET PRICES: Pavilion $42, $31, $26; Lawn/General Admission $19. $82 box seats include complimentary parking in FirstEnergy Lot A and access to the Kulas Plaza VIP services. Children ages 12 and under are admitted to the Lawn seating area for free for all Blossom Festival concerts.

TICKETS for all remaining 2009 Blossom Festival concerts are now on sale through the Severance Hall Ticket Office, the Blossom Music Center Box Office, online at clevelandorchestra.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets. The Severance Hall Ticket Office is located in the Smith Lobby. The entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service parking are along the west side of the building on East Boulevard. The Ticket Office is open during the summer Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Blossom Music Center Box Office is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (and through intermission on Blossom Festival concert dates).

To charge tickets by telephone on American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard and Visa, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at (216) 231-1111 (local call for 216 and 440 area codes) or (800) 686-1141 during the regular Severance Hall Ticket Office hours listed above. Subscriptions and single tickets are also available through The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s website at clevelandorchestra.com. The website offers secure ticket transactions with any major credit card and provides complete concert listings. Please note: There are no added service charges or handling fees for Blossom Festival concert tickets purchased in person or by phone through the Blossom or Severance Hall ticket offices, or online through the Orchestraĺ─˘s website.

PARKING: Ample free parking is available. Patrons who buy Pavilion tickets at least 10 days prior to these performances will receive a free dated parking pass for one of Blossomĺ─˘s paved parking lots. (The 10-day advance purchase requirement is to allow time for postal delivery.) These paved parking lots are ADA accessible with ADA transport services to the Pavilion. In addition, there are a limited number of paid parking spaces available in the FirstEnergy Lot A (behind the Box Office) for purchase at $15 per vehicle (10-day advance purchase required). Call (216) 231-1111 or (800) 686-1141 for further details.

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Une installation sonore hors du commun cet łętłę au Gesł╝

Imaginez une łęglise sans clocher qui malgrłę tout fait sonner et rłęsonner des sons dĺ─˘ici et dĺ─˘ailleurs au travers dĺ─˘un clocher invisible. Entrez et dłęcouvrez Les voix dans la nef et Le dialogue imaginaire, deux installations interactives oł╝ le visiteur sera entrałĂnłę au fil des sons dĺ─˘une culture łŢ une autre.

Le compositeur Hans Tutschku rencontrera ceux et celles qui auront rłępondu łŢ lĺ─˘appel des cloches le dimanche 27 septembre de 13 h łŢ 16 h dans le cadre des journłęes de la culture.


AILLEURS_INTERIEUR
AUGUST 2 TO SEPTEMBER 27, 2009
OPENING SUNDAY, AUGUST 2ND AT 2 P.M. WITH THE ARTIST

IMAGINE workers, tourists and artists walking on De Bleury Street by habit ou by pure coincidence. The sounds of unusual bells lead their gazes towards a tower without a bellĺ─Â They enter into the naveĺ─Â They travel to the other end of the worldĺ─Â Will they dare to undertake this imaginary dialogue?

Le clocher invisible (extłęrieur): Tous les jours de 12 h łŢ 18 h
Intłęrieur : Du 2 au 23 aoł¬t, du mardi au dimanche
de 14 h łŢ 18 h et les dimanches 30 aoł¬t, 6, 13 et
20 septembre de 13 h łŢ 16 h


VERNISSAGE LE DIMANCHE 2 AOł§T ł─ 14 H EN PRłÔSENCE DE Lĺ─˘ARTISTE

Cette partie de lĺ─˘installation a łętłę prłęsentłęe dans le passłę dans les villes suivantes : Jena, Weimar, Posterstein (Allemagne), Montbłęliard (France), Florence (Italie), Cambridge MA (łÔ.-U.). Cĺ─˘est une installation qui a suscitłę beaucoup de rłęactions positives łŢ un tel point que la ville de Montbłęliard voulait lĺ─˘acheter pour la rendre permanente.

This part of the installation has been previously shown in: Jena, Weimar, Posterstein, Germany ; Montbłęliard, France ; Florence, Italy ; Cambridge, Mass., USA

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Shaw Festival mourns the loss of director Neil Munro

Shaw Festival mourns the loss of director Neil Munro

The Shaw Festival Company is deeply saddened to announce today the passing of long-time Resident Director, Neil Munro. Mr. Munro died July 13, 2009 at the age of 62 at London Ontarioĺ─˘s University Hospital after a lengthy illness. He is predeceased by his wife Carole Galloway and is survived by his sister Anna Munro, nephew John Munro and his mother-in-law Stella Galloway and sister-in-law Jackie Martinez.

On making this announcement, Jackie Maxwell commented: ĺ─˙Neil Munro created an indelible mark on the Shaw Festival. As a director he had a vision that was unique ĺ─ţ blending extraordinarily detailed preparation with brilliant and at times outrageous ideas, always in the service of illuminating and revitalizing each play. His passion for theatre was immense, only matched by that for the artists he worked with ĺ─ý especially actors. As Resident Director, his commitment to and love for the Ensemble and all it stood for was clear daily as was his brilliant sceptical humour which unsuccessfully hid his true warmth and empathy. We already miss him terribly but our vivid memories of his talent and his passion will live on here at The Shaw, and I know, in the hearts of the many, many Canadians artists whose lives he touched.ĺ─¨

Mr. Munro has been one of Canadian theatreĺ─˘s most vital artists for more than 35 years as a director, actor and playwright. He is revered at The Shaw as a director who brought a fascinating and often controversial directorial touch to many plays, notably, his recent productions of Somerset Maughamĺ─˘s The Circle and Tennessee Williamsĺ─˘ Summer and Smoke (2007). Other Shaw Festival credits include: Michael Oĺ─˘Brienĺ─˘s adaptation of the H.G. Wellsĺ─˘ novel The Invisible Man, The Constant Wife, Something on the Side, Man and Superman, Harlequinade, Misalliance, The Plough and the Stars, Detective Story, Chaplin (The Trial of Charles Spencer Chaplin, Esq.), The Man Who Came to Dinner, Laura, the North American premiere of Lord of the Flies, Time and the Conways, You Can't Take It With You, All My Sons, Joy, Berkeley Square, Counsellor-at-Law, Saint Joan, The Front Page, The Petrified Forest, Rashomon, Marsh Hay, The Seagull and all of the Festival's productions of the works of Granville Barker including The Voysey Inheritance, The Marrying of Ann Leete, Rococo, Waste, The Madras House, The Secret Life and His Majesty.

Born in Musselburgh, Scotland, Mr. Munro moved to Toronto at an early age. After graduating from the National Theatre School of Canada, he performed at the National Arts Centre, the Citadel Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Tarragon and the Toronto Free Theatre, as well as at the Shaw and Stratford Festivals.

Mr. Munro also appeared in many television and radio productions and feature films, most notably in The Jonah Look, which he also wrote, and as Beethoven in the Emmy award-winning Beethoven Lives Upstairs. Mr. Munro played the title role in CBC Radio's Investigations of Quentin Nickles series.

Mr. Munro also wrote for the stage. His adaptations for The Shaw included Feydeauĺ─˘s Something on the Side and Ibsenĺ─˘s Rosmersholm. His productions of Crossing Over and Bob's Kingdom at the Factory Theatre in Toronto won critical praise and in 1991 his adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet, entitled Hamlet's Room, was recognized by Toronto theatre critics as one of the year's ten best plays.

He received a Best New Play Dora Award for Bob's Kingdom and a Best Director Dora Award for Hamlet's Room. He was also the recipient of two ACTRA awards and was a Chalmers Award nominee for best new play for Extreme Close Up.

Details regarding a memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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NACO: July 23-26: Orchestras in the Park

National Arts Centre Orchestra & NCC / News Release

Featuring three NAC Orchestra concerts and one by the Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne

Ottawa, Canada ĺ─ý The National Arts Centre (NAC) together with the National Capital Commission (NCC) present the third summer of Orchestras in the Park from Thursday, July 23 to Sunday, July 26, a glorious open-air festival in LeBreton Flats Park of four free evening concerts at 7:30 p.m. The first three concerts feature the National Arts Centre Orchestra (ĺ─˙Classics and Kuertisĺ─¨ on July 23; ĺ─˙Opera Under the Starsĺ─¨ on July 24; and Natalie MacMaster on July 25), and the final concert features the Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne (ĺ─˙Beethovenĺ─˘s Fifthsĺ─¨ on July 26). Admittance is free and no tickets are required. Each concert is approximately 90 minutes without intermission. The NCC is offering a free shuttle from Tunneyĺ─˘s Pasture as well as free valet bike parking (details at the end).

Activities on site include a free Kids Zone introducing children to music one hour before each performance. Orchestras in the Park also offers the opportunity to participate in a Photo Contest for a chance to win prizes. Audience members are invited to submit photos representing their experiences while attending the 2009 festival. (Details and rules are online at the NAC website.)

Orchestras in the Park begins on Thursday, July 23 with ĺ─˙Classics and Kuertisĺ─¨, featuring renowned Ottawa favourite Anton Kuerti at the piano and his son Julian Kuerti (assistant conductor of the Boston Symphony, and an alumnus of the NAC Conductors Program) leading the the NAC Orchestra in Mendelssohnĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 1. This concert also features trumpet player Amy Horvey, this yearĺ─˘s recipient of the Richard Li Young Artist Chair, performing the Hummel Trumpet Concerto. The younger Kuerti will also lead the Orchestra in Mozartĺ─˘s Overture to Cosi fan tutte and Dvorakĺ─˘s Symphony No. 8.

For ĺ─˙Opera Under the Starsĺ─¨ on Friday, July 24, conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni leads the NAC Orchestra, soprano Erin Wall, tenor Antonio Figueroa, and baritone James Westman ĺ─ý three sensational Canadian singers ĺ─ý in favourite arias from Mozartĺ─˘s The Marriage of Figaro, Don Giovanni and The Magic Flute, Gounodĺ─˘s Romłęo et Juliette and Faust and Verdiĺ─˘s La Traviata, joined by the Opera Lyra Ottawa Chorus directed by Laurence Ewashko.

On Saturday, July 25, the electrifying Natalie MacMaster, Cape Bretonĺ─˘s fiddling, step-dancing sensation guarantees to have the audience on its feet cheering her and the NAC Orchestra in a night of Celtic delights with Jean-Marie Zeitouni once again on the podium. Natalie is joined by her pianist Mac Morin and drummer Vince Ditrich in favourites such as Strathspey & Reels, Three Jigs, Jesseĺ─˘s Polka, and Anniversary Waltz, plus a classical vs. fiddle face-off titled ĺ─˙Bach ĺ─ý Devilĺ─˘s Dreamĺ─¨.

Orchestras in the Park concludes on Sunday, July 26, when the Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne takes over the outdoor stage in ĺ─˙Beethovenĺ─˘s Fifthsĺ─¨ led by founding Music Director Jean-Philippe Tremblay. Pianist Hong Xu, the 2006 Laureate of the Honens International Piano Competition performs Beethovenĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Emperorĺ─¨ Piano Concerto No. 5 and Tremblay leads the Orchestra in Beethovenĺ─˘s mighty Fifth Symphony!

A special Kids Zone prior to each Orchestras in the Park concert starting at 6:30 p.m. allows children and their families to explore the world of music. There will be live demonstrations by young string players and roving performance ensembles, plus an instrument ĺ─˙petting zooĺ─¨, complementary reading material from the Ottawa Public Library, and crafts tables for colouring.

Concertgoers are reminded to pack their lawn chairs or blankets for this event. Limited onsite parking is available; the public is encouraged to use public transit. There is also a free shuttle service from Tunneyĺ─˘s Pasture starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, and 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, as well as following each concert. As an additional green measure, the NCC also offers a valet bike parking service where cyclists can check their bikes for free in a supervised parking area.

There is a drop off spot and reserved area for people with disabilities. For those with hearing impairment, assistive listening devices will be available at the First Aid tent, located at the south entrance of the park, off of Wellington Street.

LeBreton Flats Park, a 3.6 hectare area between the Canadian War Museum and Wellington Street offers spectacular views and is the biggest gathering site for cultural events in the Capital.

DETAILED CONCERT LISTINGS:

Thursday, July 23

Classics and Kuertis

National Arts Centre Orchestra

Julian Kuerti, conductor

Anton Kuerti, piano

Amy Horvey, trumpet (Richard Li Young Artist Chair)

MOZART Cosi fan tutte: Overture

HUMMEL Trumpet Concerto in E-flat major

MENDELSSOHN Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor

DVORAK Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88

Friday, July 24

Opera Under the Stars

National Arts Centre Orchestra

Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor

Erin Wall, soprano

Antonio Figueroa, tenor

James Westman, baritone

MOZART The Marriage of Figaro: Overture

MOZART The Marriage of Figaro: E Susanna non vien - Dove Sono (Wall)

MOZART The Marriage of Figaro: Hai gia vinta la Causa ĺ─ý Vedro (Westman)

MOZART Don Giovanni: Giovinette che fatte all'amore (Wall, Westman, Chorus)

MOZART Don Giovanni: Il Mio (Figueroa)

MOZART Don Giovanni: La Ci darem la mano (Wall, Westman)

MOZART The Magic Flute: Overture

MOZART The Magic Flute: Dies Bildnis (Figueroa)

MOZART The Magic Flute: Finale: Die Strahlen der Sonne (Westman, Chorus)

GOUNOD Romłęo et Juliette: Overture-Prologue: Vłęrone vit jadis deux familles rivales (Chorus)

GOUNOD Romłęo et Juliette: Duet Madrigal: Ange adorable (Wall, Figueroa)

GOUNOD Faust: Jewel Song (Wall)

GOUNOD Faust: Ainsi que la brise lłęgł«re (Wall, Figueroa, James)

VERDI La Traviata: Un Di felice (Wall, Figueroa)

VERDI La Traviata: Gypsy chorus (Chorus)

VERDI La Traviata: Di Provenza il mar, il suol (Westman)

VERDI La Traviata: Libiamo Drinking Song

Saturday, July 25

Natalie MacMaster and the NAC Orchestra

National Arts Centre Orchestra

Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor

Natalie MacMaster, fiddle

Mac Morin, piano

Vince Ditrich, drums

Sunday, July 26

Beethovenĺ─˘s Fifths

Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne

Jean-Philippe Tremblay, conductor

Hong Xu, piano (Honens Competition Laureate)

BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73 ĺ─˙Emperorĺ─¨

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67

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Concerts łŢ venir au Domaine Forget

Saint-Irłęnłęe, le 13 juillet 2009 ĺ─ý Le 25 juillet, le public a rendez-vous avec Roby Lakatos, une personnalitłę musicale unique, łŢ la fois violoniste virtuose, compositeur imaginatif et improvisateur flamboyant. En compagnie des fabuleux musiciens de l'Ensemble Roby Lakatos, il ravivera l'łóme de la musique gitane avec un programme variłę oł╝ figurent des airs traditionnels russes et tsiganes, des musiques de films, un arrangement de la Deuxił«me rhapsodie de Liszt et l'incontournable Csł░rdł░s de Monti.

Mais tout d'abord, le jeudi 23 juillet, l'alto sera łŢ l'honneur pour souligner la prłęsence au Festival de l'altiste Antoine Tamestit, surnommłę la star de l'alto. ł─ l'occasion de son retour, l'altiste interprłętera des ëýuvres de Britten et des extraits de la suite tirłęe du ballet Romłęo et Juliette de Prokofiev, dans une transcription pour alto et piano. Six musiciens et professeurs łŢ l'Acadłęmie de musique et de danse du Domaine Forget prendront łęgalement part au concert. Enfin, le vendredi 24 juillet, dans le cadre de la słęrie La Musique ancienne, le contre-tłęnor Matthew White et l'ensemble Les Voix baroques transporteront le public dans l'Angleterre du XVIIe sił«cle łŢ l'łępoque du compositeur Henry Purcell dont on cłęlł«bre en 2009 le 350e anniversaire de naissance.


Jeudi 23 juillet, 20 h 30 La Musique de chambre


Antoine Tamestit : Č┤ Star Ȭ de l'alto !


Aprł«s avoir słęduit le public la saison dernił«re łŢ l'occasion de ses dłębuts łŢ la salle Franł▀oys-Bernier, l'altiste Antoine Tamestit sera de retour le jeudi 23 juillet, cette fois en compagnie de la pianiste serbe Lidija Bizjak.


La premił«re moitiłę de la soirłęe sera entił«rement consacrłęe łŢ l'alto alors qu'Antoine Tamestit et la pianiste Lidija Bizjak livreront le Lachrymae de Britten, sous-titrłęe Reflexion on a Song by John Dowland. Crłęłęe en 1950, cette ëýuvre reprend un air de John Dowland, If my complaints could passion move, comme thł«me d'une słęrie de dix variations marqułęe par un lyrisme poignant et une grande intensitłę. Suivra Cinq pił«ces tirłęes de la Suite Romłęo et Juliette de Prokofiev. Cet arrangement pour alto et piano du lłęgendaire altiste russe Vadim Borisovsky offre une nouvelle lecture de cette merveilleuse musique tout en mettant en lumił«re la virtuositłę de l'interprł«te.


En deuxił«me partie, les violonistes Yehonatan Berick et Jonathan Swartz, les altistes Jean-Luc Plourde et Jocelyne Bastien et les violoncellistes Paul Marleyn et Thomas Wiebe, tous professeurs łŢ l'Acadłęmie de musique et de danse, prendront place sur scł«ne pour interprłęter le Sextuor łŢ cordes en la majeur, opus 48 B 80 de Dvorak. Fort du rłęcent succł«s de sa premił«re słęrie de Danses slaves, opus 46, Dvorł░k compose en deux semaines seulement le Sextuor en la majeur. Reposant sur des airs et des danses puisłęs dans le folklore slave, cette ëýuvre contribua łŢ la renommłęe internationale du compositeur.


Vendredi 24 juilet, 20 h 30 La Musique ancienne


L'Angleterre du XVIIe sił«cle dłęvoilłęe


Le 24 juillet, le Festival accueillera Les Voix baroques, un ensemble dirigłę par le contre-tłęnor Matthew White. Placłęs pour l'occasion sous la direction de l'organiste et claveciniste Alexander Weimann, les 11 instrumentistes et chanteurs de l'ensemble transporteront le public dans l'Angleterre du XVIIe sił«cle avec The League of Purcell, un programme permettant la dłęcouverte de compositeurs anglais ayant cłątoyłę Henry Purcell.


Formłę en 1999, Les Voix baroques est un ensemble łŢ głęomłętrie variable voułę łŢ l'exploration et łŢ l'interprłętation d'ëýuvres młęconnues du rłępertoire baroque. L'ensemble est dirigłę par le contre-tłęnor Matthew White dont la carrił«re d'artiste lyrique l'a dłęjłŢ menłę partout en Amłęrique du Nord, en Europe, ainsi qu'en Asie et en Nouvelle-Złęlande. On l'a vu łŢ l'ëýuvre dans des productions d'opłęra avec le Glyndebourne Festival Opera, le Grand Opera de Houston, l'opłęra de Cleveland, l'Opera Atelier et le Pacific Opera de Victoria. En concert, on a pu l'entendre avec de nombreux ensembles, notamment le Bach Collegium du Japon, Tafelmusik, Les Violons du Roy, l'Ensemble Arion et Le Concert Spirituel de Paris.


Pour ses dłębuts łŢ la salle Franł▀oys-Bernier, l'ensemble Les Voix baroques propose un vłęritable voyage au cëýur de l'Angleterre du XVIIe sił«cle. Le programme qui conjuguera musique instrumentale et musique vocale, tracera le portrait de la musique anglaise de l'łępoque avec quelques pages de Purcell et des ëýuvres de quelque 14 compositeurs anglais dont John Blow, Mathew Locke, Thomas Tomkins, John Coperario, John Milton, William Croft et Godfrey Finger.


Samedi 25 juillet, 20 h 30 Les Grands concerts


Soirłęe La Coop fłędłęrłęe

L'Ensemble Roby Lakatos et la musique tsigane rłęinventłęe !


Le samedi 25 juillet, l'Ensemble Roby Lakatos sera de passage pour un soir seulement pour faire vibrer la salle Franł▀oys-Bernier au son de sa musique tsigane. Surnommłę le violoniste Č┤ du diable Ȭ, Roby Lakatos est un virtuose łęblouissant mais aussi compositeur et arrangeur. Sa musique offre un incomparable alliage de musique classique, d'improvisation jazz et de musique folklorique hongroise qui soulł«ve le public łŢ tout coup. Avec sa moustache rappelant Salvator Dali et son allure de dandy, ce violoniste tsigane est aussi un łętonnant personnage qui semble tout droit sorti du XIXe sił«cle romantique.


Issu d'une dynastie de violonistes, Roby Lakatos est un descendant du lłęgendaire Janos Bihari, surnommłę le Č┤ roi des violonistes tsiganes. Ȭ Aprł«s avoir remportłę un premier prix en violon au Conservatoire Bela Bartłäk de Budapest, il forme son ensemble et s'łętablit łŢ Bruxelles. De 1986 łŢ 1996, il divertira le public aux Ateliers de la Grande Ile, un cłęlł«bre restaurant-cabaret russe de la ville. Il compte parmi ses admirateurs Stłęphane Grapelli et Yehudi Menuhin, ce dernier ne manquant jamais une occasion d'aller l'entendre lors de ses słęjours łŢ Bruxelles. En 2004, il fait sensation łŢ Londres łŢ l'occasion d'un concert avec le London Symphony Orchestra et Maxim Vengerov dans le cadre du festival Głęnies du violon. L'Ensemble Roby Lakatos est aujourd'hui acclamłę dans le monde entier, notamment au Japon, au Canada et aux łÔtats-Unis.


Un ensemble formłę de jeunes musiciens prodigieux

Roby Lakatos sera secondłę par le violoniste Lł░szlo Błäni et quatre jeunes musiciens prodigieux : le guitariste Laszlo Balogh, le pianiste Frantisek Janovska, le contrebassiste Robert Fehłęr et le fabuleux joueur de cymbalum, Jelow Lisztes, qui impressionnera assurłęment le public avec son arrangement de la cłęlłębrissime Rhapsodie hongroise no 2 de Liszt. Plusieurs airs cłęlł«bres sont aussi au programme, notamment le thł«me du film Le grand blond łŢ la chaussure noire de Cosma, l'air traditionnel Deux guitares et le Csardł░s de Monti.


Les Brunches-musique Casino de Charlevoix


Le contrebassiste Daniel Marcoux et son trio agrłęmenteront le brunch-musique du 26 juillet avec leur jazz Č┤ endimanchłę Ȭ. Deux services sont offerts : łŢ 10 h 30 et łŢ 12 h 30.


Les cours de małĂtre et les concerts des stagiaires

de l'Acadłęmie de musique et de danse


Prłęsentłęs en collaboration avec Stein Monast s.e.n.c.r.l., avocats

Le jeudi 23 et le samedi 25 juillet, łŢ 16 heures auront lieu deux concerts des łętudiants ayant participłę au stage des cordes. Le mardi 28 juillet, deux cours de małĂtre seront prłęsentłęs. Le premier aura lieu łŢ 9 h 30 et sera donnłę par la violoniste Mimi Zweig, suivi łŢ 13 h 30, par celui du violoncelliste Matt Haimovitz.


information et rłęservations


418 452-3535

ou 1 888-DFORGET (336-7438)

Tłęlłęcopieur : 418 452-3503

www.domaineforget.com


Słęrie La Musique de chambre

Jeudi 23 juillet, 20 h 30

Antoine Tamestit : la star de l'alto

Antoine Tamestit, alto
Yehonatan Berick et Jonathan Swartz, violons
Jean-Luc Plourde et Jocelyne Bastien, altos
Paul Marleyn et Thomas Wiebe, violoncelles
Lidija Bizjak, piano


Britten Lachrymae pour alto et piano, opus 48
Prokofiev Cinq pił«ces extraites de la Suite Romłęo et Juliette
(Transcription pour alto et piano de V. Borisovsky)
Dvorak Sextuor łŢ cordes en la majeur, opus 48 B 80


Coł¬t : adultes : 32 $ ; ałĂnłęs (60 ans et plus) : 28,50 $ ; jeunes adultes (21 łŢ 30 ans) : 22 $;

łętudiants (13 łŢ 20 ans) : 18 $ ; enfants (12 ans et moins) gratuit


Słęrie La Musique ancienne

Vendredi 24 juillet, 20 h 30

L'Angleterre du XVIIe sił«cle dłęvoilłęe

Les Voix Baroques
Alexander Weimann, chef invitłę


The League of Purcell (1659ĺ─ý1695)

ëÝuvres de Thomas Tomkins, John Coperario, Matthew Locke, Simon Ives, Robert Ramsey, John Milton, Pelham Humfrey, Henry Purcell, John Blow, William Croft, Godfrey Finger, Martin Peerson, John Jenkins, Timolphus Thopull et Thomas Theophilus Lupo



Coł¬t : adultes : 30 $ ; ałĂnłęs (60 ans et plus) : 28 $ ; jeunes adultes (21 łŢ 30 ans) : 22 $;

łętudiants (13 łŢ 20 ans) : 18 $ ; enfants (12 ans et moins) gratuit. Les prix incluent toutes les taxes.


Słęrie les Grands concerts

Samedi 25 juillet, 20 h 30

łÔlectrisante soirłęe tsigane !


Ensemble Roby Lakatos


Roby Lakatos, violon et direction

Lł░szlo Błäni, violon

Laszlo Balogh, guitare

Frantisek Janovska, piano

Robert Fehłęr, contrebasse

Jelow Lisztes, cymbalum


Balogh Fire Dance et Gipsy Bolero

Legrand Papa Can You Hear Me?

Lakatos A Night in Marrakech

Traditionnel Deux Guitares

Cosma Le Grand Blond avec une chaussure noire

Balogh Cickom Paraphrase

Liszt /Lisztes Thł«me de la Rhapsodie hongroise no 2

Traditionnel russe I've Met You / Mama

Traditionnel russe Russian Tango / Konfetki Baranotchki

Monti Csł░rdł░s


Coł¬t : adultes : 40 $ ; ałĂnłęs (60 ans et plus) : 34 $ ; jeunes adultes (21 łŢ 30 ans) : 22 $;

łętudiants (13 łŢ 20 ans) : 18 $ ; enfants (12 ans et moins) gratuit. Les prix incluent toutes les taxes.


ł─ venirĺ─Â

Dimanche 26 juillet Fłüte champłütre

Mercredi 29 juillet La musique de chambre pour cordes

Vendredi 31 juillet et samedi 1er aoł¬t L'Orchestre des jeunes des Amłęriques et la pianiste Gabriela Montero

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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Le Thłęłótre d'objet et la journłęe Zen au Mondial des Cultures

Les lłęgendes internationales et le courant zen

se rencontrent au mondial des cultures !

Drummondville, le dimanche 12 juillet 2009 ĺ─ý Le mercredi 15 juillet 2009, le Mondial des Cultures rłęserve une programmation toute en diversitłę łŢ ses visiteurs : une journłęe aux accents d'ailleurs qui słęduira tous les festivaliers !

Au parc Woodyatt, maquillage, bricolage ou promenades en petit train sont proposłęs aux jeunes festivaliers łŢ chaque jour ! ł─ 14 h 00 et łŢ 16 h 00, l'Espace Jeunesse Hydro-Qułębec prłęsente łęgalement une toute nouvelle activitłę płędagogique et artistique : le Thłęłótre d'objet. Six comłędiens de l'łęcole nationale de Thłęłótre donnent vie łŢ des personnages atypiques en utilisant chaque forme d'un objet non transformłę comme un symbole, en l'assemblant łŢ un autre pour crłęer une drłąle de marionnette. Tout devient vivant ! Imaginez la mise en scł«ne de cinq lłęgendes internationales : une thłęił«re discutant joyeusement avec une trompette, une tasse transformłęe en un visage au nez pointu ! Le succł«s du thłęłótre d'objet est indiscutable ! Durant les dix jours de festival, les lłęgendes internationales auront fait rłüver nombre d'enfants... et leurs parents !

Cette młüme journłęe, le Pavillon des Cultures entre dans l'aire du Zen ! Salons de massages, cours de Thałě-Chi, atelier de culture du bansałě et du bambou, dłęgustations de thłę... autant d'activitłęs qui ouvriront le public łŢ ce mouvement relaxant et exotique. L'ensemble folklorique Fong-Shiang de Tałěwan - un des premiers coups de cëýur du public pour cette 28e łędition - participera łŢ cet aprł«s-midi de dłętente colorłęe. ł─ 18 h 00, une dłęgustation de mets vłęgłętariens sera proposłęe aux gourmands et gourmets ! La journłęe Zen se clłąturera par une soirłęe Flower Power. Boom FM animera la soirłęe dansante oł╝ les festivaliers pourront chanter, danser et vivre les traditions du mouvement Zen !

Le Mondial des Cultures rłęserve des surprises aux milles couleurs durant ses dix jours de fłüte, du 9 au 19 juillet 2009 ! C'est un rendez-vous łŢ ne pas manquer !

www.mondialdescultures.com

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Le 13e Festival acadien de połęsie lance sa programmation



Le 13e Festival acadien de połęsie lance sa programmation

(Caraquet, 10 juillet 2009) - Du samedi 1er au mardi 4 aoł¬t prochain, amoureux des mots et des vers se donnent rendez-vous łŢ Caraquet pour la 13e łędition du Festival acadien de połęsie. Comme łŢ chaque annłęe, l'łęvłęnement a lieu conjointement avec le Festival acadien de Caraquet qui se dłęroule du 1er au 15 aoł¬t 2009.

Č┤ En cette annłęe de grand rassemblement, les auteurs de notre łęvłęnement proviennent de diffłęrents horizons de l'Acadie, nos choix s'łętant arrłütłęs sur des Gaspłęsiens, des Acadiens du Nouveau-Brunswick ou de la Nouvelle-łÔcosse ou vivant hors des Provinces maritimes, ou encore des poł«tes de l'extłęrieur qui ont des liens avec l'Acadie d'ici. Une poł«te de la Louisiane a łęgalement łętłę invitłęe. Pour cette 13e łędition, nous avons fait une słęlection de poł«tes aux parcours variłęs et offrant diffłęrents styles d'łęcriture Ȭ, explique Violette Lanteigne, directrice adjointe du Festival acadien de Caraquet et responsable du Festival acadien de połęsie.

Claude Le Bouthillier, Dyane Lłęger, Jean-Mari PłĂtre, Paul Bossłę et Pauline Dugas du Nouveau-Brunswick ; Martine Jacquot de la Nouvelle-łÔcosse ; Philippe Garon, Jean-Paul Daoust, France Cayouette et Sonia Cotten du Qułębec ; Paul Savoie du Manitoba ; et Beverly Matherne de la Louisiane seront de la fłüte de la połęsie.

Le samedi 1er aoł¬t łŢ 14 h, le bal est lancłę avec une confłęrence sur la połęsie acadienne offerte par Raymond-Guy LeBlanc, pionnier de la połęsie en Acadie. La confłęrence aura lieu au Centre culturel de Caraquet et l'entrłęe est libre. L'ouverture officielle du Festival se dłęroulera le młüme jour dans le cadre d'un 5 łŢ 7 toujours au Centre culturel de Caraquet. Lors du 5 łŢ 7 aura łęgalement lieu l'ouverture officielle du Festival acadien de Caraquet, le vernissage de l'exposition L'ArtCADIE et le lancement du CD Acadie-Qułębec.

Le dimanche 2 aoł¬t, c'est un triple lancement des łÔditions Perce-Neige. L'occasion de dłęcouvrir les ëýuvres Fragment d'eau de Pauline Dugas, Frł«re de feu de Jean-Mari PłĂtre et l'Anthologie de la połęsie acadienne, une łędition de Serge Patrice Thibodeau. Les auteurs seront sur place et l'łęvłęnement aura lieu partir de łŢ 16 h łŢ la Librairie Płęlagie et la Boulangerie Grains de folie de Caraquet. L'entrłęe est libre.

Cette annłęe, le Festival acadien de połęsie partagera la scł«ne avec le Festival acadien de Caraquet, pour une Belle soirłęe połęsie Martin-PłĂtre et Jazz, le lundi le 3 aoł¬t łŢ 20 h. Les artistes invitłęs sont Les Improbables, en musique, et les poł«tes Sonia Cotten, Claude Le Bouthillier, Philippe Garon, Dyane Lłęger et Jean-Mari PłĂtre. Il est possible de se procurer des billets pour la soirłęe au coł¬t de 14 $ pour adultes et 10 $ pour łętudiants et 65 ans et plus. Les billets sont disponibles dans le rłęseau de la billetterie Accł«s au www.billetterieacces.ca ou 1.800.992.4040.

D'autres activitłęs sont łŢ la programmation du Festival acadien de połęsie qui est disponible au www.festivalacadien.ca.

PROGRAMMATION

Festival acadien de połęsie 2009

Le samedi 1er aout 2009

14 h : Confłęrence du poł«te Raymond-Guy LeBlanc sur la połęsie acadienne

Centre culturel de Caraquet

Gratuit

16 h 45 : 5 łŢ 7 - Ouverture officielle du 47e Festival acadien de Caraquet suivie de l'Ouverture officielle du Festival acadien de połęsie

Centre culturel de Caraquet

Gratuit

19 h 30 : Le premier versĺ─Â avec Jean-Paul Daoust, Claude Le Bouthillier, Dyane Lłęger et Beverly Matherne

Bot'łŢ chansons - Extłęrieur du Carrefour de la mer - Caraquet

Gratuit

Le dimanche 2 aoł¬t 2009

14 h 30 : Połęsie sur mer avec France Cayouette, Jean-Paul Daoust, Philippe Garon et

Martine Jacquot

Bot'łŢ chansons - Extłęrieur du Carrefour de la mer - Caraquet

Gratuit

16 h : Triple lancement par les łÔditions Perce-Neige des livres Fragment d'eau de

Pauline Dugas, Frł«re de feu de Jean-Mari PłĂtre et L'Anthologie de la połęsie acadienne, une łędition de Serge Patrice Thibodeau

Librairie Płęlagie / Boulangerie Grains de folie - Caraquet

Gratuit

17 h : Grains de połęsie avec Pauline Dugas, Dyane Lłęger, Jean-Mari PłĂtre et

Paul Savoie

Boulangerie Grains de folie - Caraquet

Gratuit

18 h : Błęnłędiction des bateaux avec participation spłęciale du poł«te Claude Le Bouthillier

Quai de Caraquet

Gratuit

19 h 30 : ł─ grande lettreĺ─ avec Paul Bossłę, Sonia Cotten, Beverly Matherne et Jean-Mari PłĂtre

La Grande Maison - Caraquet

Gratuit

Le lundi 3 aoł¬t 2009

11 h łŢ 13 h : CKRO Festival diffusłę au 97,1 MF avec Lecture radiophonique połętique avec Martine Jacquot

14 h 30 : Douceurs et połęsie avec Pauline Dugas, Philippe Garon, Martine Jacquot,

Beverly Matherne et Paul Savoie - Tisanes et petites douceurs servies

Sous le chapiteau au GłĂte - l'Isle-du-Randonneur, 539, boul. Saint-Pierre Ouest - Caraquet

Gratuit

16 h 30 : Cafłę poł«me avec Paul Bossłę, France Cayouette, Pauline Dugas et Paul Savoie dans le cadre d'un 4 łŢ 7, ambiance intime

Lieu : Cafłę Phare Caraquet ĺ─ý Gratuit

20 h : Belle soirłęe de połęsie Martin-PłĂtre suivie de la soirłęe Jazz avec Les Improbables avec les poł«tes Sonia Cotten, Philippe Garon, Claude Le Bouthillier, Dyane Lłęger et

Jean-Mari PłĂtre

Centre culturel de Caraquet

Billets : Adultes : 14 $ / łÔtudiant.e.s et 65 ans et + : 10 $ + frais de billetterie et frais d'amłęlioration de la salle

Le mardi 4 aoł¬t 2009

11 h : Le dernier versĺ─Â avec Paul Bossłę, France Cayouette, Sonia Cotten et Jean-Paul Daoust - Plage de Bas-Caraquet

Gratuit

*En cas de mauvaise tempłęrature, łŢ la salle du Conseil municipal de Bas-Caraquet

BIOGRAPHIE DES POłÓTES

Beverly Matherne, nłęe en Acadie tropicale au bord du Mississippi łŢ l'ouest de la Nouvelle-Orlłęans, a grandi dans l'ambiance de cette rłęgion, sa tradition orale, sa musique cadienne et country, le jazz et le blues. Professeur de crłęation littłęraire et de langue franł▀aise łŢ la Facultłę de l'Universitłę du Michigan du Nord łŢ Marquette, elle a obtenu six prix de połęsie et un prix de traduction. Elle a publiłę cinq recueils.

Dyane Lłęgerĺ─Â qui est-elle ? Elle vous rłępondra : je suis une ligne dans le temps, un point vers l'łęternitłę. Je suis celle qui łęcritĺ─Â et chacun de mes livres me dłęlivre un secret de plus. Ma conclusionĺ─Â dans la vie, il y a le miroir qui regarde, et le livre qui parle. Entre les deux, soixante mots ont łętłę łęcrits.

France Cayouette enseigne la littłęrature et anime des ateliers d'łęcriture. Tant dans ses recueils de hałěkus, La lenteur au bout de l'aile et Verser la lumił«re (aux łÔditions David, 2007 et octobre 2009) que dans son recueil de połęsie, Jolie vente de dłębarras (łÔditions du NorołĂt, 2008), ses textes brefs et ciselłęs tłęmoignent łŢ la fois de la grandeur des petites choses et de la fragilitłę humaine.

Jean-Mari PłĂtre est nłę en 1971, łŢ Robertville (N.-B.) Journaliste au quotidien L'Acadie Nouvelle, il a publiłę en 2009 un premier recueil de połęsie intitulłę Frł«re de feu.

Jean-Paul Daoust a publiłę depuis 1976 une trentaine d'ouvrages de połęsie et deux romans. Laurłęat du prix du Gouverneur głęnłęral en1990 pour Les cendres bleues, il a łętłę directeur de la revue de połęsie Estuaire de 1993 łŢ 2003. Il a effectułę une rłęsidence d'łęcrivain łŢ Moncton au cours de l'hiver dernier, qui a donnłę lieu łŢ la rłędaction de Carnets de Moncton.

Claude Le Bouthillier est originaire de Bas-Caraquet (N.-B.). Son ëýuvre a łętłę rłęcompensłęe de plusieurs prix littłęraires, dont le prix France-Acadie, le prix Champlain et le prix Pascal Poirier. Il est l'auteur de plusieurs romans et des recueils de połęsie Tisons Płęninsulaires et La mer poivre (La Grande Marłęe, 2001 et 2007).

Paul Savoie, originaire de Saint-Boniface, au Manitoba, a une trentaine de livres łŢ son actif, dans plusieurs genres littłęraires. En plus de CRAC, qui lui a rapportłę le Prix Trillium en 2006, et Racines d'eau, publiłę dans la collection ovale du NorołĂt, il a łęcrit un recueil de połęsie intitulłę L'incendiaire en collaboration avec Dyane Lłęger. Il vit prłęsentement łŢ Toronto.

Pauline Dugas vit łŢ Caraquet, (N.-B.) Elle vient de publier Fragment d'eau, son premier recueil de połęsie. Figure connue dans le monde des arts visuels, elle poursuit une dłęmarche artistique depuis 20 ans. Elle est membre fondateur du groupe d'artistes Existe et du Festival des arts visuels en Atlantique.

Philippe Garon est nłę au Qułębec łŢ Ste-Anne-des-Monts en 1974. Il a publiłę le rłęcit Salut, mon frł«re ! aux łęditions Vents d'Ouest en 2004. Il termine prłęsentement la rłędaction de Comme un dictionnaire du bout de la terre ainsi que d'une pił«ce de thłęłótre. Il aime les arbres, la philosophie et la soupe aux lłęgumes.

Sonia Cotten ĺ─ý Nłęe en Abitibi en 1974, Sonia Cotten a participłę łŢ de nombreuses lectures-performances alliant jazz et połęsie. Elle a publiłę son premier recueil, Changer le Bronx en or, en 2002. Son second, Nique łŢ Feu, paru en 2006 aux łÔditions Poł«tes de Brousse, contribue łŢ faire entendre une parole parfois dure, considłęrłęe comme une des voix les plus percutantes de la relł«ve połętique qułębłęcoise.

Martine Jacquot ĺ─ý Auteure prolifique et journaliste libre basłęe dans la vallłęe de l'Annapolis (N.-łÔ.), Martine L. Jacquot łęcrit łŢ plein temps. Elle a publiłę 23 livres łŢ cette date (połęsie, romans, nouvelles, essais) dont certains ont łętłę finalistes ou couronnłęs de prix, ou sont en cours de traduction (anglais, arabe, russe). Souvent auteure-confłęrencił«re invitłęe, elle voyage de par le monde.

Paul Bossłę ĺ─ý Nłę łŢ Moncton en 1971. Il a publiłę en 2000 Un cendrier plein d'ancłütres suivi en 2004 de Averses et de Saint-George / Robinson en 2008, tous aux łÔditions Perce-Neige. Il est łęgalement connu comme scłęnariste, rłęalisateur et dramaturge, de młüme que pour sa połęsie łęclatłęe et ses performances sur scł«ne.

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

July 2009 SCENA.org Update

[Version franł▀aise]

Hello,

  • adfasd
    LSM June 2009
    La Scena Musicale's July-August 2009 Issue has been distributed since July 2nd and will be available for sale on newsstands on July 17 along with this month's Discovery CD. Violinist Jonathan Crow is our cover and Discovery CD artist. You can also find the issue online in PDF and HTML format at http://www.scena.org. See editorial below.
  • View HTML back issues of our magazines from the last 12 years of innovative reporting. Find them at www.scena.org/lsm/back_issues-en.asp
  • Our blog (http://blog.scena.org) is active with news, reviews, commentary and birthdays and our jazz blog (http://jazzblog.scena.org) is hopping with Fall Previews. Come back often for updates!
  • Our newswire service (http://newswire.scena.org) continues to be your guide to the latest music and arts news. Weĺ─˘ve published over 1300 press releases since December 2007.
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  • We are pleased to introduce the new La SCENA Arts Lover Card, which will allow arts and music fans to experience arts and culture with discounts and special promotions including access to the Naxos Music Library (a $189 value) while receiving copies of our magazines in the mail. Vsithttp://LaSCENACard.scena.org for more details. Our goal is to develop a network and community of arts lovers across the country. The cost of the card is $40 for Canadians, which includes 10 issues of La Scena Musicale/La SCENA mailed to your home. A $35 PDF option is available for International subscribers.
  • Opera Weekend in Toronto: Join La Scena Musicale in an opera weekend in Toronto onOctober 17 and 18, 2009 to see two operas over two days presented by the Canadian Opera Company: Puccini's Madama Butterfly and Stravinsky's The Nightingale and Other Short Fables(directed by Robert Lepage). Don't miss this unforgettable weekend! More info here.
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EDITORIAL


As we conclude our publishing year, we reflect with pride on a fruitful season full of memorable moments. We had the opportunity to profile passionate, talented artists such as Marc-Andrłę Hamelin, Marc Boucher, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Maria Schneider, and this month, Jonathan Crow. We delved into the wealth of jazz, world and classical festivals to create comprehensive festival guides. We were thrilled to meet many of you at our Choral Extravanganza, a beautiful and inspiring gala celebration. Subscribers have benefited from our recent addition of a free Discovery CD with each issue, as well as access to the extensive and invaluable online NAXOS music library.

Looking towards the fall, we are pleased to announce the first-ever annual La SCENA Arts and Music Directory, which will hit stands August 12, 2009. The directory will be the first of its kind in Quebec and promises to be a premier source for artists, students, and arts-lovers. Readers will have access to comprehensive listings of schools, teachers, competitions, websites, performance spaces, amateur and professional choirs and ensembles, supply stores, high-end audio, agents and more in the fields of music, dance, theatre, film, and visual arts. This bilingual directory is timed for back-to-school publication, and will be the essential guide for arts and music learning and participation. (Info)

The Fall Edition of La SCENA (special Fall Arts Preview) will appear on September 3, 2009, featuring Canadian auteur Robert Lepage, the internationally-acclaimed playwright, filmmaker, and multimedia artist. Included in the Fall issue will be the September edition of La Scena Musicale, featuring tenor Marc Hervieux. This issue is shaping up to be a special issue on Opera.

With the current state of arts funding and the recent downturn of the economy, it is not always easy to find the funds necessary to maintain the quality of publication that our readers have come to expect. A recent drop in advertising revenues has been particularly difficult as we depend on advertising for 80% of our budget. As well, LSM received a blow with the recent amendment of the Canada Council for the Arts abolishing the possibility of funding support for controlled-circulation print magazines. The fact that we have flourished for 13 years without any government support is a testament to the power of La Scena Musicale, and the subsequent financial support of readers, philanthropists, and advertisers. In light of these recent financial concerns, we need your help more than ever. Only through your involvement and generosity can we continue to promote and defend arts and culture with passion and dedication. Here are two key ways that you can help LSM to stay afloat (Download formula):

  • Subscriptions: For only $40/yr, receive our magazine at your doorstep. You will receive exclusive offers only available to subscribers, such as the free monthly Discovery CD and access to the NAXOS music library. All subscribers will be eligible for the Subscription Drive Contest, which offers $20,000 in prizes. If you already have a subscription, consider giving a friend or family member the gift of LSM.
  • Donations: Your contribution will help sustain and improve LSMĺ─˘s work, allowing us to attain a higher quality of writing, editing and translation. For example, $300 can sponsor the text of a feature article while $175 contributes to its effective translation.

For the past thirteen years, it has been our greatest pleasure to inform and entertain you and we hope to continue providing you with editorial excellence and innovation for many years to come. Thank you for all of your support!



Wah Keung Chan
Founding Publisher and Editor
La Scena Musicale
La SCENA

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SCENA.org mise-łŢ-jour Juillet 2009

[English Version]


Bonjour,

  • Le numłęro de juillet-aoł¬t 2009 de La Scena Musicale a łętłę distribułę le 2 juillet et sera en vente dans les kiosques le 17 juillet avec notre CD Dłęcouverte du mois. En couverture du magazine et CD Dłęcouvere est le violoniste Jonathan Crow. Vous pouvez łęgalement le trouver en ligne en format PDF et HTML łŢ http://www.scena.org. Voir l'łęditorial (en bas) pour plus dłętails.
  • Notre blogue (http://blog.scena.org) est plein de nouvelles, de critiques, de commentaires d'anniversaires et notre blogue jazz (http://jazzblog.scena.org) est rempli de choix de spectacles dans les festivals d'łętłę. Revenez souvent pour lire les dernił«res nouvelles !
  • Notre fil de presse (http://newswire.scena.org) demeure votre meilleur guide pour l'actualitłę dans le monde de la musique et des arts. Nous avons publiłę plus de 1500 communiqułęs de presse depuis dłęcembre 2007.

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  • IDłÔE CADEAU -- CD 150e anniversaire Puccini : Cłęlłębrant le grand compositeur avec les plus illustres interprł«tes du passłę. En collaboration avec les Disques XXI et leur distributeur Universal Music Canada, LSM a lancłę le 4 novembre une compilation commłęmorative de deux CD. Voir la critique.
  • La Carte des amateurs d'art de La SCENA permet aux amateurs de musique et d'art d'łütre en contact avec les arts et la culture en błęnłęficiant de rabais et d'offres spłęciales, incluant l'accł«s łŢ la discothł«que numłęrique Naxos (une valeur de 189 $), tout en recevant des exemplaires de nos magazines par la poste. Pour plus dłętails, visitezLaSCENACard.scena.org.
  • LSM planifie deux week-ends dĺ─˘opłęra łŢ lĺ─˘automne : łŢ Toronto le 17 et 18 octobre 2009 pour les productions de la Canadian Opera Company de The Nightingale and Other Short Fables de Stravinski (mise-en-scł«ne de Robert Lepage) et Madama Butterfly de Puccini, et łŢ Montrłęal le 3 octobre pour les productions de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal dĺ─˘I Pagliacci de Leoncavallo et de Gianni Schicchi de Puccini. Veuillez communiquer avec nous au 514-948-2520 ou łŢoperaweekend@scena.org pour obtenir des billets. Info.

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łÔditorial: La Scena Musicale juillet-aoł¬t 2009

Au moment de terminer notre annłęe de publication, nous pouvons łütre fiers dĺ─˘une saison fructueuse, pleine de moments młęmorables. Nous avons interviewłę des artistes aussi talentueux et passionnłęs que Marc-Andrłę Hamelin, Marc Boucher, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Maria Schneider et, ce mois-ci, Jonathan Crow. Nous avons publiłę des guides extraordinairement complets des festivals de jazz, de musique du monde et de musique classique. Nous avons łętłę extrłümement heureux de voir beaucoup dĺ─˘entre vous łŢ notre Fłüte chorale, qui fut une magnifique soirłęe-błęnłęfice. Nos abonnłęs ont pu profiter de lĺ─˘ajout rłęcent dĺ─˘un CD Dłęcouverte offert gratuitement avec chaque numłęro ainsi que dĺ─˘un accł«s en ligne gratuit łŢ lĺ─˘abondante et prłęcieuse discothł«que NAXOS.

Si nous regardons vers lĺ─˘automne, nous sommes heureux dĺ─˘annoncer que le tout premier Rłępertoire annuel des arts et de la musique de
La SCENA sera en kiosques le 14 aoł¬t 2009. Ce rłępertoire, le premier du genre au Qułębec, sera sans nul doute une source prłęcieuse dĺ─˘information pour les artistes professionnels, les łętudiants et les amateurs dĺ─˘art de la province. Les lecteurs y trouveront des listes complł«tes dĺ─˘łęcoles, de conservatoires, de professeurs, de programmes, de concours, de sites Web, de salles, de chëýurs et ensembles amateurs et professionnels, de magasins de fournitures, de boutiques pour audiophiles, dĺ─˘agents, etc., dans les domaines de la musique, de la danse, du thłęłótre, du cinłęma et des arts visuels. Ce rłępertoire bilingue parałĂtra łŢ temps pour la rentrłęe scolaire et constituera un guide essentiel pour lĺ─˘enseignement et la pratique des arts et de la musique. (Info)

La rentrłęe culturelle en musique et en art occupera la premił«re place dans le numłęro dĺ─˘automne de
La SCENA, qui parałĂtra le 3 septembre. En couverture, łŢ notre grande joie, lĺ─˘homme de thłęłótre, cinłęaste et artiste multimłędia de Qułębec et mondialement connu Robert Lepage. On trouvera łęgalement dans ce numłęro dĺ─˘automne le numłęro de septembre de La Scena Musicale, mettant en vedette le tłęnor Marc Hervieux. Ce numłęro prend peu łŢ peu la forme dĺ─˘un numłęro spłęcial sur lĺ─˘opłęra.

łÔtant donnłę lĺ─˘łętat actuel du financement des arts et la rłęcente dłębłócle łęconomique, il nĺ─˘est pas toujours facile de trouver les fonds nłęcessaires pour maintenir la qualitłę de publication łŢ laquelle nos lecteurs sont habitułęs. Dernił«rement, la diminution des revenus publicitaires a łętłę particulił«rement płęnible, puisque nous dłępendons de la publicitłę pour 80 % de notre budget. En outre,
LSM a essuyłę un important revers lorsque le Conseil des Arts du Canada a rłęcemment aboli les subventions aux płęriodiques łŢ diffusion contrłąlłęe. Le fait que nous ayons tenu bon pendant treize ans sans aucun appui gouvernemental tłęmoigne de lĺ─˘łęnergie dłęployłęe łŢ La Scena Musicale et du soutien financier des lecteurs, de nos młęcł«nes et des annonceurs. Cependant, en raison de cette conjoncture financił«re, nous avons plus que jamais besoin de votre aide. Votre engagement et votre głęnłęrositłę sont un apport prłęcieux qui nous aide łŢ promouvoir et dłęfendre les arts et la culture. Il y a deux fał▀ons de venir en aide łŢ LSM (voirformulaire):

  • Abonnements ĺ─ý Pour seulement 40 $/annłęe, vous pouvez recevoir notre magazine łŢ la maison. Vous jouirez des privilł«ges rłęservłęs aux abonnłęs, comme le CD Dłęcouverte mensuel gratuit et lĺ─˘accł«s łŢ la discothł«que NAXOS. Tous les abonnłęs seront admissibles łŢ notre concours dĺ─˘abonnement, qui offre des prix dĺ─˘une valeur de 20 000 $. Si vous łütes dłęjłŢ un abonnłę, vous pouvez offrir un abonnement łŢ LSM łŢ un ami ou un membre de la famille.
  • Dons ĺ─ý Les fonds de cette campagne nous aideront łŢ poursuivre et amłęliorer le travail de LSM. Vous nous aiderez łŢ atteindre notre but dĺ─˘excellence en matił«re tant de contenu que de prłęsentation. Par exemple, un don de 300 $ peut permettre la publication dĺ─˘un article et un montant de 175 $ nous permettra de le faire traduire.

Depuis treize ans, nous avons le plaisir de vous informer et de vous divertir et nous espłęrons continuer łŢ vous offrir excellence et innovation pour de nombreuses annłęes encore. Merci łŢ tous de votre soutien.

Wah Keung Chan
Fondateur et Rłędacteur en Chef
La Scena Musicale
La SCENA

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Details of the 20th Birthday of Bayview Residences Victoria Symphony Splash announced today

The largest annual outdoor symphony concert in British Columbia turns 20!

Victoria, BC ĺ─ý Details of the 2009 Bayview Residences Victoria Symphony Splash were unveiled today in a Bayview Residences penthouse overlooking the event site. Sunday, August 2nd marks the 20th birthday of this spectacular community event. Twelve of the original Victoria Symphony orchestra members will make return appearances and 15 year old pianist Christine Wong and 18 year old tenor Josh Lovell make their debut as the 2009 Young Soloists.

In her opening remarks the Victoria Symphonyĺ─˘s Music Director Tania Miller stated ĺ─˙This city has a wealth of gifts and I believe that Bayview Residences Victoria Symphony Splash and the incredibly talented musicians of the Victoria Symphony are two of them. This annual concert is such a great community event and one that I am proud to be a part of ĺ─ý I give my thanks on this 20th Birthday to those that created it, Murray Glazier in particular, and the many supporters, including our title sponsor Bayview Residences, who keep it alive so that we can continue to bring orchestral music into the community.ĺ─¨

Ken Mariash, owner of Bayview Properties, announced that the corporate support of the event is stronger than ever with the Provincial Capital Commission and A British Columbia joining Bayview Residences, WestJet, Thrifty Foods, Splashes Kitchen and Bath, 98.5 The Ocean and JACKfm, the Times Colonist, Tom Lee Music, Seaspan International and Level Ground Trading as corporate sponsors of this event.

Maestra Tania Miller proudly announced that at least 12 members of the Victoria Symphony orchestra who performed in 1990 will be performing this year, among them Principal Cello Lawrence Skaggs, Principal Flute Richard Volet, Principal Oboe Michael Byrne, and Principal Bass Mary Rannie.

The Victoria Symphonyĺ─˘s concert program is full of musical favourites from previous years. Maestra Tania Miller has chosen Elgarĺ─˘s Pomp and Circumstance March no. 4 to open the concert, which was performed in the very first Splash concert in 1990.Gershwinĺ─˘s Rhapsody in Blue will be performed by 15 year old pianist Christine Wong. This same piece was performed by the first Splash Young Soloist, Timothy Haig, in 1994.

Symphony Splash founder, Murray Glazier gave a moving recollection of how, along with former General Manager C. Stephen Smith, and former Music Director Peter McCoppin, he brought the Victoria Symphony to the people on a sunny day in August. He recalled being moved to tears as he looked out over the crowd of over 30,000 people who flooded the Inner Harbour for what was initially thought to be a crazy idea.

Many traditions have been established during the two decades of this event, including the Canadian Scottish Regiment Pipe and Drum Band who not only have the distinction of playing a prominent role in Bayview Symphony Splash but also of having the only member to actually make an actual ĺ─˙splashĺ─¨ during the event when one of the pipers fell into the harbour.

Perhaps the best loved tradition is the Victoria Symphony performance of Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s 1812 Overture accompanied by and fireworks. On August 2nd it will be performed for 20th time in as many years at the event.

The 20th Birthday of Bayview Residences Victoria Symphony Splash takes place on August 2nd, 2009. From a floating stage in Victoriaĺ─˘s picturesque Inner Harbour, Maestra Tania Miller, the Victoria Symphony and special guests celebrate the remarkable 20 year history of this incredible event. The day begins at 2pm with kidsĺ─˘ activities on the Provincial legislative lawn and ends with Victoria Symphonyĺ─˘s performance of Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s 1812 Overture at 10pm accompanied by fireworks and cannons.

Bayview Residences is proud to be the title sponsor of the annual Bayview Residences Victoria Symphony Splash. A master-planned, 20 acre urban community, Bayview Residences overlooks Victoriaĺ─˘s world famous Inner Harbour. Bayview One is currently open for immediate occupancy. For further information, please visit us at 80 Saghalie Road, phone 250.388.9924 or visit www.bayviewvictoria.com.

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York U Celebrating Haydn Aug 6-9 with Penderecki String Quartet

Celebrating Haydn - His Times and Legacy

York Universityĺ─˘s Department of Music is hosting an international conference and two public concerts in August in commemoration of the bicentenary of the death of the composer Joseph Haydn. The events will take place August 6-9 at Yorkĺ─˘s Keele campus. Highlights include a performance by the Penderecki String Quartet on August 6 and a fortepiano recital by Malcolm Bilson on August 7 in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall. Both concerts take place at 8pm and tickets are available to the general public.

With a prodigious output in all of the main genres of classical music of his era, Haydn was the focus of keen interest throughout his life, and serious scholarship continues to the present day. While there is already a wealth of extant research, the Haydn anniversary offers fresh impetus for consideration of his music and its reception. The conference at York will bring together internationally renowned Haydn scholars as well as emerging scholars to share their research, which ranges from musicology, performance practice and theatre to art history, drama and literature.

Plenary speakers include James Webster, Goldwin Smith Professor of Music, Cornell University; Julian Rushton, Professor Emeritus, University of Leeds; Elaine Sisman, Anne Parsons Bender Professor of Music, Columbia University; and dramaturg, choreographer and stage director Sigrid Tĺ─˘Hooft (International Opera Foundation Eszterhł░za, Belgium).

The conference also includes two lecture-performances. Bilson will address the question: Are We Reading Notation of the 18th and 19th Centuries Correctly? and British composer Geoffrey Palmer will introduce his new string quartet, a work inspired by Haydn. The Toronto-based Windermere Quartet will perform Palmerĺ─˘s piece, which he composed especially for this occasion.

The evening concerts by the Penderecki String Quartet and Malcom Bilson offer the public the opportunity to join in the celebration of Haydnĺ─˘s legacy.

Founded in Poland in 1986, the Penderecki String Quartet has become one of the most celebrated chamber ensembles of its generation. Hailed by Fanfare Magazine as "an ensemble of formidable power and keen musical sensitivityĺ─¨, the quartet has graced the major concert stages of four continents and has more than 20 recordings in its critically-acclaimed discography. The Penderecki String Quartetĺ─˘s concert will feature three Haydn String Quartets: Op. 74, No.1 in C Major; Op. 76, No.5 in D Major; and Op.77, No.2 in F Major.

American pianist and musicologist Malcolm Bilson (Cornell University, Eastman School of Music) is one of the worldĺ─˘s foremost authorities on historical performance practice on period pianos and the music of the Haydnĺ─˘s time. [check] Through his performances and recordings, he has played a key role in restoring the fortepiano to the concert stage and to fresh interpretations of European classical repertoire of the 18th and 19th centuries. He will perform his York recital on a copy of a 1799 Longman and Clementi fortepiano. The program will include works by Dussek, Mozart and three Haydn Sonatas: Sonata in C, Hob. 50; Sonata in D, Hob. 51; and Sonata in Eb, Hob. 52 by Haydn.

More information and a detailed schedule of all the presentations is available on the conference website.

Celebrating Haydn: His Times and Legacy is one of the special events being held this year in celebration of York University's 50th anniversary. Organized jointly by York music Professor Dorothy de Val and Professor Patricia Debly of the Department of Music, Brock University, the conference is co-sponsored by The Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies, University of Alberta and supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


Celebrating Haydn - His Times and Legacy

When: Conference dates August 6-9, 2009
Where: Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele Street.
Registration & Information: www.brocku.ca/haydnconferenceyork

Public Concerts:

Penderecki String Quartet
When: Thurs. August 6, 8pm
Where: Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele Street. [Map]
Admission: $20, students & seniors $15.
Box Office and Information: 416-736-5888 | www.yorku.ca/perform/boxoffice

Malcolm Bilson, fortepiano
When: Fri. August 7, 8pm
Where: Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele Street. [Map]
Admission: $20, students & seniors $15.
Box Office and Information: 416-736-5888 | www.yorku.ca/perform/boxoffice


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Artists Release Bach Sonatas for Viola Da Gamba by Audrey and Paul Cienniwa

Artful Bach Sonatas



Grace and beauty define the New England duo Audrey and Paul Cienniwa (SIN-uh-wah) as they perform these beloved pieces.



On this recording, Audrey Cienniwa fluently demonstrates that her "baroque", gut-string violoncello piccolo suits Bach's viola da gamba sonatas admirably. And, together with Paul Cienniwa's elegant harpsichord, offer the listener every reason to pay special attention to their performance.



This debut release for Whaling City Sound was performed in the acoustic majesty of Boston's First Church and deftly captured by engineer Angus Lansing. Paul and Audrey's gifted reading is further enhanced by the superior sonics evident on this disc.



Rounding out the CD are two cantata aria transcriptions. Written for cello piccolo, solo voice and continuo; they are the Cienniwa's own transcriptions, with the harpsichord providing the continuo part and solo voice.


Audrey and Paul began playing as a duo in 1998 after meeting in Brussels as students. Since then, they have performed regularly throughout New England and Europe, part of a new generation of early music performers, specializing in historical performances of the Baroque and pre-Classical periods.


Now a teacher at the Music School of the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Providence College, Audrey studied the baroque cello with the renowned Hidemi Suzuki.



Following undergraduate studies at DePaul University with harpsichordist Roger Goodman, Paul was awarded a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Yale in 2003, where he was a student of Richard Rephann. He is currently active on many fronts as the Music Director of Newport Baroque, Sine Nomine choral ensemble and First Church in Boston.



This gracious commentary by renowned harpsichord performer and instrument expert, Bach specialist, writer, educator, and recording producer Peter Watchorn brings it all into focus.


"This new recording of the three sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord, played on the 5-string cello piccolo by Audrey Cienniwa, and partnered by harpsichordist Paul Cienniwa provides a high level of artistry from both performers as well as the level of ensemble that comes only from long experience of playing together. It is well paced, thoughtful and flexible in the best sense. The readings combine virtuosity and gravitas, rhythmic precision and a fine sense of phrasing and architecture: the perfect mix in Bach performance.

"The use of the five-string cello provides a level of clarity and cutting-power from the string instrument that is hard to match on the viola da gamba, and its use is no less authentic. The disc is augmented by transcriptions by the performers of substantial movements from two Bach cantatas (BWV 175 & 183), a practice occasionally undertaken by Bach himself, for example in one version of the G major sonata for violin & harpsichord, where a movement reappears as an aria in cantata BWV 120. Good sound, excellent performances. A truly worthy release for all Bach lovers."


Audrey & Paul Cienniwa's Bach Sonatas for Viola da Gamba is a special gift to all music lovers.

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"United Breaks Guitar" spotlights issue of importance to all Musicians

ĺ─˙United Breaks Guitarĺ─¨

spotlights issue of importance to all Musicians.


AFM Canada, countryĺ─˘s largest musicianĺ─˘s union throws support behind internet sensation David Carroll.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Toronto, ON July 9, 2009 ĺ─ý AFM Canada, the Canadian representatives of the American Federation of Musicians, applauds the resounding success of David Carrollĺ─˘s retaliatory anthem ĺ─˙United Breaks Guitarĺ─¨ in turning the spotlight on a topic of importance to all touring musicians. Following its posting to YouTube earlier this week the light-hearted song has become one of the siteĺ─˘s most popular videos, and in turn has refocused attention on the unionĺ─˘s ongoing issue of instruments as carry on luggage.


ĺ─˙With this one song David has remarkably been able to accomplish something that lobbyists have been trying to resolve for 10-years,ĺ─¨ explains Bill Skolnik, the AFM Vice President from Canada. ĺ─˙It is not unlike the classic David and Goliath story with David Carroll drawing on his craft to create a metaphoric slingshot that hits right at the heart of the matter. This achievement illustrates the unique ability art has to empower the public, and as such we are hopeful that the attention this internet sensation has garnered will spiral into a resolution to our continuing negotiations with the airline industry at largeĺ─¨.


As a direct result of airport security clampdowns that followed the 2001 terrorist attacks, many musicians traveling on commercial airlines encounter extreme difficulty traveling with their instruments. While the union has been able to secure a commitment from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to help alleviate some of the carry-on luggage restrictions for professional musicians, many problems with individual airlines remain. AFM Canada members are provided with a copy of the TSA letter which outlines their instrument policy but the compliance to those terms are subject to the discretion of individual airlines and their security personnel. In many cases, musicians are left with no options but to check their valuable instruments even though the instruments may meet the carry on luggage criteria.


While AFM Canada appreciates the necessity of the enhanced airline security measures, the union believes strongly that musicians have the right to freely and conveniently travel in order to entertain diverse audiences and earn a living, and are actively pursuing negotiations with the Air Transport Association, the airline trade association to resolve the ongoing problems.

AFM Canada offers its full support to David Caroll and has invited this long-standing AFM member to perform his United Airlines trilogy of songs at the 2010 AFM Convention.


About AFM Canada

AFM Canada is a complementary yet independent office of the American Federation of Musicians, United States and Canada and is uniquely positioned to address Canadian issues for its Canadian membership. It is the leading professional organization of its kind available to Canadian musicians and represents over 17,000 professional musicians in Canada. In June 2009, AFM Canada began a year-long 30th Anniversary celebration. For more information please visit our website, www.afm.org.

Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art

NEW ADVENTURES IN SOUND ART Presents:

SOUND TRAVELS FESTIVAL of SOUND ART

Various venues at the Artscape Wychwood Barns

Outdoors on Centre Island and an Outdoor Park

Continues Until October 31

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - TORONTO, ON - July 9, 2009: New Adventures in Sound Art (NAISA) is pleased to present the 11th edition of the Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art, which runs until October 31, 2009. As part of a summer-long celebration of sound art, NAISA presents indoor and outdoor performances, sound installations, outdoor interactive sound sculptures, SOUNDwalks, newly commissioned works, a series of workshop intensives and the third annual Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium at various venues at the Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street) as well as outdoors on Centre Island and an outdoor park TBA (as soon as the strike by Toronto city workers comes to an end).

In a world that often focuses too much on the visual, Sound Travels brings about a refreshing change as it brings the soundscape into the foreground through the lens of the sound artists of today. It always begins with listening. The genius of the sound artist is to extract compelling musicality and wordless dramas from everyday sounds often taken for granted. From this lush auditory experience, audiences author their own imaginary world in their mindĺ─˘s eye ĺ─ý Darren Copeland, Artistic Director, New Adventures in Sound Art.

Outdoor at Centre Island

The summer-long festival was launched on June 14th with the annual opening of NAISAĺ─˘s two interactive sound sculptures on Centre Island that will once again run from June to October ĺ─ý Synthecycletron by Barry Prophet (a favourite amongst cyclists ĺ─ý near the pier) and Sonic Boardwalk by Kristi Allik and Robert Mulder (on the Boardwalk). During the strike by Toronto city workers, NAISA suggests taking the Toronto Island Marina service (go to < http://torontoislandmarina.com/tender_service.html > for schedule information) or one of the Water Taxis (416 388 4629) which are both available at the York Quay terminal.

Indoor at Artscape Wychwood Barns

This year's Sound Travels indoor installations will open on August 6th and run until August 30th at the Loop Studio Centre for Lively Arts in the Artscape Wychwood Barns focusing on the topic of ecology from an acoustic point of view. Kenneth Emigĺ─˘s Listening is an interactive sound installation that presents sounds from a nearby environment around a suspended parabolic dish. Stefan Roseĺ─˘s Sound Travels Documents and Sound Travels in Portrait each present portraits of Sound Travels events on Toronto Island from the first 10 years of its existence. Kevin Allenĺ─˘s GOWANUS: Over/Under-Water combines binaural under-water and over-water sound recordings with stereoscopic images. Viv Corringhamĺ─˘s Shadow-Walks, Toronto edition is an audio-visual installation derived from recordings and found objects collected during a visit to Toronto at the Artscape-Wychwood Barns in which local people shared their special walks with Corringham.

Music with kites and moreĺ─Â

The Sound Travels performances once again create a cinema for the ear entirely through sound. August 6th opens the Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium with works by participants in the symposium. August 7th includes world premieres by Montrealĺ─˘s Nicolas Bernier (commissioned by NAISA) and Torontoĺ─˘s Marilyn Lerner as well as Bernierĺ─˘s Les Arbres, Ozone by Hervłę Birolini, Champs de fouilles (Excavations) by Martin Błędard and łÔcologie Matłęrielle by Adam Basanta. August 8th features retrospectives of work by internationally renowned composers Benjamin Thigpen and Annette Vande Gorne. And finally what would happen if you connected a kite to a guitar resonator and pickups? Join us for this not to be missed outdoor performance on August 9th (at an outdoor park location TBA) by Winnipeg media artist Ken Gregory in which he will coax music out of kites with his site-specific performance work Against the Wind.

Opportunities abound for artists of all ages and backgrounds at this yearĺ─˘s Sound Travels Festival. August 4-6 includes the first ever Sound Travels Intensive, a 3-day series of workshops for emerging and mid-career artists offering them the opportunity to hone their craft with world renowned artists Benjamin Thigpen, Annette Vande Gorne, David Ogborn, Eldad Tsabary, Darren Copeland, Ken Gregory and Nicolas Bernier. The August 4 and 5 performances showcase works by the participants in the Sound Travels intensive and invite discussion by both audience and participants. The third annual Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium ĺ─ý this year co-presented by the Canadian Electroacoustic Community ĺ─ý will include 19 papers and several concert works curated by an international jury and to be presented August 7 and 8. And finally the now annual Making Art With Sound week-long workshops August 10-15 and 17-23 provide opportunities for youth (ages 15 to 18) to create art entirely through sound.

Sound Travels Festival of Sound Art is partially funded by the government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, Ontario Trillium Foundation, an agency of the Government of Ontario, the Laidlaw Foundation, 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.

SOUND TRAVELS FESTIVAL of SOUND ART

As of Now until October 31, 2009

At various venues at the Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie Street including:

the NAISA Space (#252), Loop Studio Centre for Lively Arts (#170), the LOOP Centre for Lively Arts and Learning (#176) as well as outdoors on Centre Island* and an outdoor park TBA.

* During the strike by Toronto city workers, Water Taxis (416 388 4629) are available or try the

Toronto Island Marina service both at York Quay terminal.

Workshop Intensive Pass $150 / Symposium/Performance Pass $35 / Single Tickets $5 - $15

Toronto Island events free / Installations are Pay What You Can

www.soundtravels.ca



SOUND TRAVELS FESTIVAL of SOUND ART

At a Glance

June 14 - October 31, 2009, runs 24/7 FREE SYNTHECYCLETRON by Barry Prophet between the pier and the boardwalk on Centre Island* runs 24/7 FREE

Visitors that encounter the "Synthecycletron" generate power by pedaling on stationary bicycles which in turn activate synthesizers and generate sounds connected to their movements.

July 7 - October 31, 2009, runs 24/7 FREE SONIC BOARDWALK by Kristi Allik/Robert Mulder on the west end of the boardwalk on Centre Island*.

Sonic Boardwalk, by Robert Mulder and Kristi Allik, is a sound installation located on the Ward's Island boardwalk that generates a microsound landscape activated by the kinetic imprint of passing visitors.

July 25, 2009, 1-4pm, FREE

Artist Talk by Viv Corringham on her Shadow-walks The NAISA Space, 601 Christie St #252

James Joyce wrote that places remember events. Corringham believes everything that happens leaves a trace. Shadow-Walks, Toronto edition will be derived from recordings and found objects collected during her visit in which local people share their special walks with Corringham. Those interested in participating in a Shadow-Walk are requested to email naisa@naisa.ca to book an appointment with the artist.

August 4-6, 2009, 9-5pm each day, $150 (includes admission to concerts in the evenings) SOUND TRAVELS INTENSIVE The Loop Studio Centre for Lively Arts, 601 Christie St #170

The first ever Sound Travels Intensive is a 3-day series of workshops for artists offering the opportunity to hone their craft with world renown artists Benjamin Thigpen, Annette Vande Gorne, David Ogborn, Eldad Tsabary, Darren Copeland, Ken Gregory and Nicolas Bernier.

Some scholarships and billeting available. Must apply by July 15, 2009 to qualify. To register, go to www.naisa.ca and click on On- line Registration.

Click here http://www.naisa.ca/soundtravels/ Residency.html for a full schedule and more info.

August 4-5, 2009, 8pm, $5 (iFREE for ST Intensive Participants) SOUND TRAVELS INTENSIVE CONCERTS The Loop Studio Centre for Lively Arts, 601 Christie St #170

Performances of work by emerging and mid-career composers attending the Sound Travels Intensive (a series of workshops over a 3-day period). Performances will feature classic analog and sensor-based digital spatialization techniques. Feedback and discussion from audience is encouraged.

August 6, 5-8 pm opening of Sound Travels indoor Installations, PWYC (recommended $5) runs from August 6-30, 2009 Thurs & Fri 5-8pm; Sat 9am-noon (except Aug 8); Sun 1-4pm (except Aug 9) Loop Studio Centre for Lively Arts, 601 Christie St #170

LISTENING by Kenneth Emig

SHADOW-WALK, TORONTO EDITION by Viv Corringham

GOWANUS: Over/Under Water by Kevin T. Allen

SOUND TRAVELS DOCUMENTS & SOUND TRAVELS IN PORTRAIT by Stefan Rose

This year's Sound Travels indoor installations will open on August 6th and run until August 30th at the Loop Studio in the Artscape Wychwood Barns focusing on the topic of ecology from an acoustic point of view. Kenneth Emigĺ─˘s LISTENING is an interactive sound installation that presents sounds from a nearby environment around a suspended parabolic dish. Stefan Roseĺ─˘s SOUND TRAVELS DOCUMENTS and SOUND TRAVELS IN PORTRAIT each present portraits of Sound Travels events on Toronto Island* from the first 10 years of its existence.

Kevin Allenĺ─˘s GOWANUS: Over/Under-Water combines binaural under-water and over-water sound recordings with stereoscopic images. Viv Corringhamĺ─˘s SHADOW-WALK, TORONTO EDITION is an audio-visual installation derived from recordings and found objects collected during a visit to Toronto at the Artscape-Wychwood Barns in which local people shared their special walks with Corringham.

August 6, 8pm, $15/$10 (FREE for INTENSIVE and SYMPOSIUM participants) Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium (TES) Opening Night Concert Loop Centre for Lively Arts and Learning, 601 Christie St #176

Celebrate the opening of the Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium by listening to a multichannel concert of works by international artists attending the symposium. Works featured were juried by an international panel of artists, researchers and teachers assembled by the Canadian Electroacoustic Community.

August 7-8, 9-5pm, $35

TORONTO ELECTROACOUSTIC SYMPOSIUM (TES), the Loop Studio Centre for Lively Arts, 601 Christie #170

The Canadian Electroacoustic Community and New Adventures in Sound Art are pleased to announce the 2009 Toronto Electroacoustic Symposium. The symposium presents a selection of refereed papers and presentations as well as a keynote lecture by internationally

acclaimed scholar Annette Vande Gorne. This is your opportunity to

find out the latest in sound art activity around the world. The proceedings of the symposium will be published in a forthcoming issue of the CEC's online journal, eContact!. To register, go to www.naisa.ca and click on On-line Registration. Click here http:// www.naisa.ca/soundtravels/Residency.html for a full schedule and more info.

August 7, 8pm, $15/$10

Ecology: Water, Air, Sound Concert

Loop Centre for Lively Arts and Learning, 601 Christie St #176

A chance to hear the latest emerging voices in sound art with acousmatic and mixed electroacoustic works performed using NAISA spatialization system. Featured are world premieres by Nicolas Bernier (commissioned through the Canada Council for the Arts) and Marilyn Lerner. Also included is Les Arbres by Bernier, along with works by Emilie LaBel, Hervłę Birolini, Martin Bedard, and Adam Basanta. Performers include Nicolas Bernier and Scott Trottier.

August 8, 8pm, $15/$10

Two Portraits Concert

Loop Centre for Lively Arts and Learning, 601 Christie St #176

Retrospectives of work by Benjamin Thigpen and Annette Vande Gorne - two sound artists that are little known in Toronto but who have contributed greatly to the development of sound art in Europe in recent years. Thigpen's side of this duo portrait includes Balagan, Incandescence and Malfunction3093 while Vande Gorne's side features Ce quĺ─˘a vu le vent dĺ─˘Est, Exil, Chant II and Figures d'espace from a her latest release on the famed empreintes DIGITALes label. Both artists work feature a wide range of energy, intensity and colour.

The artists will both be on hand to perform their work and provide some insight to the processes behind their works.

August 9, 2pm, $15/$10

Against the Wind Outdoor Concert with Kites

Visit www.soundtravels.ca for location information

What would happen if you connected a kite to a guitar resonator and pickups? Join us for this not to be missed outdoor performance by Winnipeg media artist Ken Gregory in which he will coax music out of kites with his site-specific performance work Against the Wind.

August 10-14, 2009, $50

Week 1 of MAKING ART WITH SOUND

The NAISA Space, 601 Christie St #252

NAISA is inviting youth aged 15-18 to create art entirely with Sound, Radio, Electronics, and/or Performance through exploration according to their own individual interest - through building a NAISAtron, a micro-transmitter, or working with basic recording and editing software. All equipment will be provided by New Adventures in Sound Art and no experience is necessary. Please contact Nadene at naisa@naisa.ca or Andrew at info@naisa.ca. Limited spots available.

August 17-21, 2009, $50

Week 2 of MAKING ART WITH SOUND

The NAISA Space, 601 Christie St #252

NAISA is inviting youth aged 15-18 to create art entirely with Sound, Radio, Electronics, and/or Performance through exploration according to their own individual interest - through building a NAISAtron, a micro-transmitter, or working with basic recording and editing software. All equipment will be provided by New Adventures in Sound Art and no experience is necessary. Please contact Nadene at naisa@naisa.ca or Andrew at info@naisa.ca . Limited spots available.

NOTE: For those wishing to register for both weeks, we will provide more advanced instruction during the second week.

* During the strike by Toronto city workers, NAISA suggests taking the Toronto Island Marina service (go to < http://torontoislandmarina.com/tender_service.html > for schedule information) or one of the Water Taxis (416 388 4629) which are both available at the York Quay terminal.

NAISA Inquiries & general information:

Nadene Thłęriault-Copeland

Managing Director

New Adventures in Sound Art

Address: Artscape Wychwood Barns, 601 Christie St #252, Toronto, ON M6G 4C7

Tel 416 652 5115

www.naisa.ca

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Brooklyn Center Announces 2009/2010 Season

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts

2009-2010 Performance Calendar

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College announces its 55th season of music, dance, theater, and family programming reflecting the multicultural diversity of Brooklyn. The outstanding line-up features performances from Jamaica, Cuba, Israel, and Ukraine as well as the United States, and includes both Brooklyn premieres and returning favorites.

"Like all Brooklyn Center seasons, 2009-2010 offers something for everyone," says Brooklyn Center Managing Director Frank Sonntag. "There are fantastic jazz artists on the season, and plenty for Brooklyn's Jewish, Ukrainian, Caribbean, and African-American communities. We are bringing back a major international orchestra for the first time in many years, and our family programs are always popular. We strive to bring an astounding variety of stellar artists that reflect the tremendous diversity of our Borough at prices that are within reach for most families. This year, in particular, I believe we have succeeded spectacularly."

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' 2009-2010 season includes:
* I Love a Piano
* The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon
* Luna Negra Dance Theater with the Turtle Island Quartet and Paquito D'Rivera
* Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company
* Of Mice and Men
* The Colonial Nutcracker
* The Clark Sisters
* Hairspray
* The Israel Ballet - Don Quixote
* National Dance Theater Company of Jamaica
* Odessa Philharmonic
* David Gonzalez's Sleeping Beauty
* Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band
* David Broza in concert
* In the Mood
* Dirty Sock Funtime Band
* Chinese Acrobats of Hebei
* Tap Kids
* United States Air Force Band of Liberty

I Love a Piano - September 13, 2009 at 3pm
Showcasing the music of legendary songwriter Irving Berlin, this musical captures the spirit of America from the Ragtime rhythms of the early 20th century through the innocent optimism of the 1950s. Including timeless classics such as "White Christmas," "God Bless America," "Puttin' On the Ritz," and "There's No Business Like Show Business," I Love a Piano does more than define the music of a generation - it defines the music of our country.
Tickets $25

The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon - October 11, 2009 at 2pm
Enchantment Theatre Company returns to Brooklyn Center with a new theatrical adaptation of Crockett Johnson's beloved children's classic. Using life-size puppets, masks, magic and music, this family musical tells the story of Harold, a brave and resourceful little boy who creates the world he wants to explore using only a big purple crayon and his sky's-the-limit imagination.
Tickets $6

Luna Negra Dance Theater with the Turtle Island Quartet and Paquito D'Rivera - October 25, 2009 at 2pm
Dedicated to the works of Latino choreographers, Luna Negra Dance Theater celebrates its 10th anniversary by teaming up with the bold Turtle Island Quartet and legendary jazz musician Paquito D'Rivera, both multiple Grammy Award winners, in a celebration of the rich music and dance traditions of Cuba with their newest work entitled Danzłän.
Tickets $30

Virsky Ukrainian National Dance Company - November 8, 2009 at 2pm
Direct from Kiev, this spectacular company of 65 dancers and musicians combines brilliant ballet techniques with traditional folk dance in a tribute to the culture, beauty and spirit of the Ukraine.
Tickets $35, $25

Of Mice and Men - November 22, 2009 at 3pm
John Steinbeck's literary masterpiece about a unique friendship between two migrant workers and their quest for the American Dream is brought to life by the TonyČĂ Award-winning Barter Theatre.
Tickets $25

The Colonial Nutcracker - December 13, 2009 at 2pm
An annual holiday favorite at Brooklyn Center, Dance Theatre in Westchester performs an abridged, narrated version of Tchaikovsky's classic ballet set in wintry colonial Yorktown.
Tickets $6

The Clark Sisters - January 23, 2010 at 8pm
One of the top female gospel groups in the country, the Clark Sisters have pioneered contemporary gospel music for the past three decades. They bring their Grammy-winning harmonies and inspirational message to Brooklyn in an uplifting evening of music and praise.
Tickets $40, $30

Hairspray - January 24, 2010 at 3pm
Pleasantly plump Tracy Turnblad has only one desire - to dance on the "Corny Collins Show." But she's got obstacles to overcome - all without denting her 'do! Don't miss Broadway's musical comedy phenomenon that inspired a major motion picture and won eight TonyČĂ Awards, including Best Musical.
Tickets $40, $30

The Israel Ballet - Don Quixote - February 21, 2010 at 2pm
Making their first U.S. tour in 25 years, the acclaimed Israel Ballet performs one of the most beloved full-length ballets in the classical repertoire, Don Quixote, featuring choreography by the legendary Russian Imperial Ballet Master Marius Petipa.
Tickets $30, $20

National Dance Theater Company of Jamaica - March 6, 2010 at 8pm and March 7, 2010 at 2pm
Always a Brooklyn Center favorite, this jewel of the Caribbean blends the lore, music and dance of Jamaica, Africa, and the American south with modern and classical forms. Under the direction of Professor Rex Nettleford, they will present two programs combining new works with favorites from their extensive repertoire.
Tickets $40, $30

Odessa Philharmonic - March 13, 2010 at 8pm
Directed by maestro Hobart Earle, the brilliant Odessa Philharmonic returns to the United States for the first time in ten years with a program including Shubert's Ninth Symphony (Unfinished), Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, and Saint Sał┤ns' cello concerto featuring soloist William DeRosa.
Tickets $35, $25

David Gonzalez's Sleeping Beauty - March 14, 2010 at 2pm
Master storyteller David Gonzalez puts a new spin on the classic fairy tale, using live and electronic music, dance, image projections, and exquisite lighting to create a magical multimedia world in which a beautiful princess is awakened by true love's kiss.
Tickets $6

Poncho Sanchez Latin Jazz Band - March 20, 2010 at 8pm
Widely acknowledged as the most popular Latin jazz artist in the world today, Grammy Award winner Poncho Sanchez brings his explosive congas and legendary ensemble to Brooklyn for a sizzling hot evening of Afro-Cuban jazz, salsa, and vintage Latin soul.
Tickets $35, $25

David Broza - March 21, 2010 at 2pm
A superstar in his homeland of Israel, this multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter's unique compositions combine Middle Eastern pop and folk influences with flamenco and American country, rock and blues to create a true world music sound.
Tickets $25

In the Mood - March 28, 2010 at 2pm
Recall the music that moved a nation's spirit in this nostalgic 1940s revue. Featuring such favorites as "Sing, Sing, Sing," "Moonlight Serenade," and "Stardust," the sensational String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra and the talented cast of In the Mood take audiences on a sentimental journey in an afternoon of swing, jitterbug, and big band classics.
Tickets $25

Dirty Sock Funtime Band - April 11, 2010 at 2pm
Nominated Best Kid's Band by Time Out New York Kids, the Dirty Socks captivate children and parents alike with their high-energy concerts full of rockin' singalong jams and audience participation.
Tickets $6

Chinese Acrobats of Hebei - April 18, 2010 at 3pm
The world-class gymnasts, contortionists, and jugglers from Hebei combine gravity-defying acrobatics with the discipline of martial arts to create a spellbinding kaleidoscope of color, drama and skill for the whole family.
Tickets $30

Tap Kids - April 25, 2010 at 2pm
Eight of the nation's most talented young tap dancers take to the stage in this rousing, joyous celebration of American youth culture. Hip, contemporary and uplifting, this electrifying performance takes tap to dizzying new heights of passion and precision
Tickets $6

United States Air Force Band of Liberty - May 16, 2010 at 2pm
For the past 25 years, the United States Air Force Band of Liberty has served the nation with its inspirational repertoire ranging from symphonic band masterworks, to traditional military marches, to pops and jazz. Tickets to this event must be requested by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Brooklyn Center, PO Box 100163, Brooklyn, NY 11210, attn: Air Force Band Tickets. No phone orders.
Tickets FREE

Brooklyn Center's 2009-2010 season ticket packages include Theater Subscriptions (I Love a Piano, Of Mice and Men, and Hairspray) for $75; Arts in the Afternoon Subscriptions (The Israel Ballet, David Broza, and In the Mood) for $60; and the WorldPack (a minimum of three performances from Brooklyn Center's World Stages series, priced $73-$165 depending on performances selected). All seats for all performances in Brooklyn Center's Target FamilyFun series are $6. Multibuy packages (three or more performances) save up to 15% off individual ticket prices. Multibuy discounts do not apply to Target FamilyFun performances. Discounts are available for seniors, students, Brooklyn College faculty/staff/ alumni, and groups of 15 or more.

About Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Founded in 1954, the mission of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts is to present outstanding performing arts and arts education programs, reflective of Brooklyn's diverse communities, at affordable prices. Brooklyn Center's presentations explore both the classical traditions and the boldest contemporary performances, embracing the world culture that defines Brooklyn. Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts welcomes over 70,000 people to the 2,400 seat Walt Whitman Theatre each season, and boasts one of the largest arts education programs in the borough, serving schoolchildren from over 225 schools annually with its SchoolTime series.
Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College
2900 Campus Road, Brooklyn

Online orders: BrooklynCenterOnline.org
Box Office: (718) 951-4500, Tuesday - Saturday, 1PM - 6PM
Subscription Orders/Season Brochure Requests: (718) 951-4600, ext. 25
Groups of 15 or more: (718) 951-4600, ext. 22


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' programs are made possible in part with public funding from the City of New York Department of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding for Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts' 2009-2010 season is provided by: Target; JP Morgan Chase; Independence Community Foundation; Con Edison; National Grid; TD Bank; Macy's; The Harkness Foundation for Dance; Air Jamaica; the Carnegie Corporation of New York; and the Lila Acheson Wallace Theater Fund, established in the New York Community Trust by founders of The Reader's Digest Association. Additional support provided by Courier-Life Publications, The Brooklyn Eagle, The Brooklyn Paper, and WBGO.
Marriott New York LaGuardia Airport is the official hotel of Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts 2009-2010 season.
Backstage catering graciously provided by Bettina Harris of The Corn Bread Diner and by Applebee's.

Brooklyn Center gratefully acknowledges generous support from the Members of the Brooklyn Delegation to the New York State Assembly and Speaker Sheldon Silver; Members of the Brooklyn Delegation to the New York State Senate and Majority Leader Malcolm Smith; Members of the Brooklyn Delegation to the New York City Council and Speaker Christine C. Quinn; Cultural Affairs Committee Chairman Domenic M. Recchia, Jr. and Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Kate Levin.

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Summer openings at the Shaw Festival: The Devil's Disciple, Albertine in Five Times, Star Chamber and Play, Orchestra, Play

Summer openings at the Shaw Festival: The Devilĺ─˘s Disciple, Albertine in Five Times, Star Chamber and Play, Orchestra, Play

The Shaw Festivalĺ─˘s summertime openings begin tomorrow evening with Bernard Shawĺ─˘s rollicking adventure The Devilĺ─˘s Disciple at the Festival Theatre. On Friday, July 10, a new translation of Michel Tremblay's Albertine in Five Times (Albertine en Cinq Temps) by Governor Generalĺ─˘s Award winner Linda Gaboriau premieres at the Court House Theatre and on Saturday, July 11, the rarely produced Star Chamber, the comedy gem from Noł┤l Cowardĺ─˘s Tonight at 8:30 collection; and Play, Orchestra, Play, the second Noł┤l Coward triplet, open at the Royal George Theatre. Sunday in the Park with George, Brief Encounters, In Good King Charlesĺ─˘s Golden Days, Moon for the Misbegotten and Born Yesterday opened The Shawĺ─˘s 2009 season in May.

In commemoration of the achievements of The Shawĺ─˘s creative team, gala dinners are held prior to opening night performances and are attended by dignitaries from local government, Canadaĺ─˘s artistic and business communities; and by Shaw supporters.

The Devilĺ─˘s Disciple

by George Bernard Shaw

directed by Tadeusz Bradecki

Opens ĺ─ý July 9 Closes ĺ─ý October 11

Festival Theatre

Sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Itĺ─˘s the height of the American Revolution and Dick Dudgeon ĺ─ţ the black sheep son ĺ─ý is known as the Devilĺ─˘s Disciple. When he is mistaken for a crusading minister and imprisoned by English forces, the lines between saint and sinner are blurred. A comedy, an adventure and a love story, its first production in 1897 was so successful that Shaw was able to quit his day job as a critic.

Albertine in Five Times

by Michel Tremblay

translated by Linda Gaboriau

directed by Micheline Chevrier

Opens ĺ─ý July 10 Closes ĺ─ý October 10

Court House Theatre

What would you say to your younger self if you had the chance? What if you met yourself 10, 20, 30 years in the future? Albertine, Qułębłęcois theatreĺ─˘s most iconic character, gets the chance to converse with five versions of herself in varying stages of her life, reviewing past pains, loves and losses.

Star Chamber

by Noł┤l Coward

directed by Kate Lynch

Opens ĺ─ý July 11 Closes ĺ─ý October 11

Royal George Theatre

A committee of actors meet to discuss the refurbishment of Garrick Haven, a home for retired thespians. Though the stage manager and secretary dutifully arrive on time, the rest of the group make their tardy, and rather dramatic, entrances. With duelling divas and tales of past glories and gossip, the agenda is quickly forgotten and the meeting quickly reduces into comic chaos. Coward made sure every known and enjoyed type of performer makes an appearance during the meeting. Star Chamber is this seasonĺ─˘s lunchtime presentation.

Play, Orchestra, Play

by Noł┤l Coward

directed by Christopher Newton

Opens ĺ─ý July 11 Closes ĺ─ý October 31

Royal George Theatre

Taken from the Noł┤l Coward song ĺ─˙You Were Thereĺ─¨, the title Play, Orchestra, Play highlights the significant role music plays in this Coward cluster and features some of his most celebrated songs. From the backstage lives of a singing and dancing comedy act in Red Peppers, to the rare Coward stage depiction of suburban life in Fumed Oak, to Shadow Play, the musical fantasy of a couple falling in and out of love; this Coward compilation combines lyrics, laughter and longing.

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VO Launches 10,000-hour Community Connections volunteer service program

Vancouver Opera Launches ĺ─˙Community Connectionsĺ─¨

Volunteer Service Program

Sponsored by Goldcorp Inc., VO commits 10,000 volunteer service hours to B.C. communities in celebration of VOĺ─˘s Golden Anniversary

Vancouver, BC ~ Starting this month, Vancouver Opera embarks on Community Connections, a ground-breaking program to give back to the communities that have supported it for the past fifty years.

From July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010, VO artists, staff, volunteers, supporters and board members will provide a prodigious 10,000 hours of volunteer service to a variety of charities, in celebration of VOĺ─˘s Golden Anniversary. Also participating in the Community Connections program are the staff of Vancouver-based resource leader Goldcorp Inc. Goldcorp has made a major gift to Vancouver Opera through a three-year sponsorship, beginning with the 2009-2010 Golden Anniversary season. This first-ever multi-season sponsorship makes VOĺ─˘s Community Connections program possible.

ĺ─˙The Community Connections program allows us to celebrate our Golden Anniversary in a unique way,ĺ─¨ says James W. Wright, General Director of Vancouver Opera. ĺ─˙We're thrilled to be working with Goldcorp, whose generous gift, secured through the hard work of VOĺ─˘s Board of Directors, will help VO to continue to maintain the highest artistic standards in all that we present. Itĺ─˘s an extraordinary sponsorship, and fitting for our milestone Golden Anniversary.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙Goldcorp is proud to sponsor Vancouver Operaĺ─˘s Golden Anniversary and the innovative Community Connections program. For fifty years Vancouver Opera has presented world-class creative productions to diverse audiences, providing inspiration and enriching the lives of so many people,ĺ─¨ said Chuck Jeannes, President & Chief Executive Officer of Goldcorp. ĺ─˙We are excited to be a part of the Community Connections program as we recognize the importance of giving back to our local communities. Together, through volunteer service, Goldcorp employees will endeavour to positively affect the lives of others within our community. Jointly with Vancouver Opera, we look forward to reaching the goal of 10,000 hours of community service over the coming year.ĺ─¨

Organizations that will benefit from this landmark commitment include the Powell Street Festival, Habitat for Humanity, Run 4 the Cure, Vancouver Food Bank and Power To Be Adventure Therapy. A full list of participating organizations is available at www.vancouveropera.ca. In addition, any other volunteer service performed by VO supporters for organizations beyond this list will be recognized under the Community Connections program.

ĺ─˙During the company's fifty years, audiences of all ages have embraced the work that we have presented,ĺ─¨ says Doug Tuck, VO's Director of Marketing and Community Programs. ĺ─˙Our mainstage productions, education programs, touring performances and community engagement events reach widely and deeply into communities throughout B.C. It is only fitting that we honour the support of those communities by connecting with them in new ways through our volunteer work.ĺ─¨

Community Connections will touch communities in B.C. where VO and Goldcorp are active, recognizing and reinforcing the strong connections VO and Goldcorp enjoy with the communities they serve.

VO began as a small group of determined people seeking to build an opera company for their community. Fifty years later, VO has become an internationally respected producer of opera and a vital artistic and educational force in B.C. VOĺ─˘s extraordinary record of community engagement includes touring education programs and outreach to diverse communities through concerts and forums.

VOĺ─˘s Golden Anniversary season includes a long-awaited production of Belliniĺ─˘s Norma (November 28 ĺ─ý December 5, 2009), John Adamsĺ─˘s stunning 1987 opera Nixon in China (March 13 ĺ─ý 20, 2010); Mozartĺ─˘s beloved The Marriage of Figaro (April 24 ĺ─ý May 4, 2010); and Pucciniĺ─˘s Madama Butterfly (May 29 ĺ─ý June 10, 2010). A Golden Anniversary Gala Concert will be held on November 6, 2009.

Throughout the Golden Anniversary season, Vancouver Opera In Schools (VOIS) will continue to present Jack Pine, VOĺ─˘s new commissioned opera for young audiences by Vancouver composer Veda Hille, in schools and community venues across the province. The Golden Anniversary celebrations will culminate in the November 2010 world premił«re of Lillian Alling, by acclaimed composer John Estacio with libretto by award-winning playwright John Murrell.

Goldcorp, headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, employs more than 10,000 people worldwide. In 2008, the company achieved very strong operating results, growing revenues by 10% and gold reserves by 7%. Goldcorp was able to share its success by investing over $90 million in community development initiatives throughout the Americas. For Goldcorp, the true measure of a company is not only in achieving success but also in sustaining it and the company cannot achieve long-term sustainable growth without the support of the communities in which it works.

VO and Goldcorp invite all supporters of Vancouver Opera to participate in Community Connections. For more information, and to sign up, visit www.vancouveropera.ca.

About Vancouver Opera and Goldcorp

Vancouver Opera is the second largest opera company in Canada. It is regarded worldwide for its fine mainstage productions; for its country-leading education programs, which have reached more than 1.6 million children and their families in 35 years; for its innovative and award-winning community programs; and for forging groundbreaking cross-cultural creative partnerships that have brought opera to new generations of Canadians. Visit www.vancouveropera.ca for more information.

Goldcorp is North Americaĺ─˘s lowest-cost and fastest growing senior gold producer with operations in safe jurisdictions throughout the Americas. Goldcorpĺ─˘s aim is to deliver value to shareholders by providing them the best possible return on their investment. This is accomplished through our many valued partnerships with employees, shareholders, vendors and local communities. Visit www.goldcorp.com for more information.

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Cinq grands chefs d'orchestre au Festival de Knowlton


CINQ GRANDS CHEFS D'ORCHESTRE AU FESTIVAL DE KNOWLTON

Montrłęal, le 7 juillet 2009 ĺ─ý Du 4 au 16 aoł¬t, cinq chefs d'orchestre parmi les plus renommłęs dirigeront au Festival de Knowlton : Kent Nagano, Carlos Miguel Prieto, Carlo Rizzari, Bernard Labadie et Massimiliano Muralli.

Kent Nagano y dirigera sept concerts. Directeur musical de l'Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal et de l'Opłęra d'łętat de Bavił«re łŢ Munich, et directeur artistique du Festival de Knowlton, maestro Nagano dirigera l'OSM dans l'intłęgrale des quatre symphonies de Johannes Brahms, qui seront jumelłęes łŢ des ëýuvres de musique vocale, interprłętłęes par certains des artistes lyriques les plus en demande łŢ travers le monde les 7, 8, 15 et 16 aoł¬t. Il dirigera łęgalement l'Orchestre du Festival dans deux reprłęsentations en version concert de l'opłęra La Sonnambula de Vincenzo Bellini, avec la soprano Sumi Jo dans le rłąle-titre, les 9 et 15 aoł¬t.

Č┤ Kent Nagano a dłęjłŢ affirmłę que la mise sur pied du Festival de Knowlton łętait un rłüve qui se concrłętisait. Ceci n'est pas une affirmation gratuite, de la part d'un musicien qui a dłęjłŢ atteint les plus hauts sommets au cours de sa carrił«re Ȭ, a affirmłę Marco Genoni, directeur exłęcutif du Festival.

Le 4 aoł¬t, Carlos Miguel Prieto dirigera le Youth Orchestra of the Americas dans un programme qui comprend notamment la Symphonie Č┤ du Nouveau Monde Ȭ de Dvo뢳░k. M. Prieto est considłęrłę actuellement comme l'un des jeunes chefs les plus dynamiques. Il occupe simultanłęment quatre postes de directeur musical dans son Mexique natal ainsi qu'aux łÔtats-Unis.

Le chef d'orchestre italien Carlo Rizzari, actuellement assistant d'Antonio Pappano łŢ l'Orchestre de l'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, mł«ne une importante carrił«re. łÔlł«ve du lłęgendaire Carlo Maria Giulini, il fut finaliste du Concours international de direction d'orchestre Kirill Kondrashin. Il dirigera le concert Bel Canto du 10 aoł¬t.

Un concert des Violons du Roy dirigłęs par leur chef Bernard Labadie, qui fera ses dłębuts au Metropolitan Opera de New York en septembre 2009 dans La Flł¬te enchantłęe de Mozart sera prłęsentłę le 11 aoł¬t et mettra en lumił«re des pages de Handel ĺ─ý notamment son cłęlł«bre Water Music ĺ─ý, compositeur dont on cłęlł«bre cette annłęe le 250e anniversaire de dłęcł«s.

Le directeur d'orchestre Massimiliano Muralli dirigera des chanteurs de la relł«ve dans des extraits d'I Capuleti e I Montecchi de Bellini le 14 aoł¬t. En tant que chef assistant łŢ La Scala, łŢ l'Opłęra d'łętat bavarois de Munich et au Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, M. Muralli a travaillłę avec des chefs salułęs dont Kent Nagano, Zubin Mehta et Riccardo Muti. Il a łęgalement collaborłę avec le Philharmonique de Munich et l'Orchestre symphonique de la radio bavaroise.

Devant le remarquable succł«s remportłę l'łętłę dernier, le Festival de Knowlton devient manifestation annuelle d'envergure internationale. Du 4 au 16 aoł¬t, se succłęderont concerts symphoniques, soirłęes d'airs d'opłęra, prłęsentation en version concert de l'opłęra Bel Canto La Sonnambula de Vincenzo Bellini, rłęcitals, concerts de la relł«ve, classes de małĂtre pour jeunes chanteurs et activitłęs d'initiation łŢ la musique pour enfants.

Biographies d'artistes, programmation et billetterie au www.festivaldeknowlton.com

Le Festival de Knowlton est prłęsentłę par la sociłętłę Festival de musique de Knowlton inc. avec la participation de l'Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal et avec la collaboration de l'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia de Rome. Le Festival s'appuie łęgalement sur l'apport important de plusieurs commanditaires et partenaires financiers dont Bombardier inc., BFL Canada, le Cabinet de relations publiques NATIONAL, le Mouvement des caisses Desjardins, Tourisme Qułębec, La Ville de Lac Brome, Swiss International Air Lines, Groupe StrataTech et Ultramar.

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Just Announced: Monster Concert in Support of SickKids

Mary Kenedi and the North Toronto Institute of Music present

Monster Concert in Support of

SickKids Foundation
Massey Hall, Saturday, October 31, 2009, at 3 p.m.

Tickets $45.00 to $25.00 ĺ─ý Call 416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office


Mary Kenedi is seeing monsters! The respected Canadian pianist, educator and founder of the North Toronto Institute of Music will present a Monster Concert at Massey Hall at 3:00pm on Halloween, Saturday, October 31st, 2009. This not-to-be missed concert extravaganza features popular works by Gottschalk, Rossini, Liszt, Saint-Saens and Bizet performed simultaneously on 10 Steinway grand pianos by 20 professional pianists alongside 30 North Toronto Institute of Music students ranging in age from 8 to 16. The always entertaining Luba Goy, star of the much-loved CBC comedy series Royal Canadian Air Farce is slated to host the Halloween themed fundraiser. Tickets for the family-friendly event are now on sale with all proceeds going to support SickKids Foundation.


The North Toronto Institute of Musicĺ─˘s Monster Concert continues the long-standing fundraising tradition begun in the 1830s by the composer Czerny and features multiple pianists performing solos, duets and ensemble works. The first known Monster Concert held in Toronto took place in 1931 and was orchestrated by influential pianist and teacher Mona Bates to raise funds for the underprivileged. The ensemble was comprised of the best-known Bates pupils and was conducted by Bates herself. Mary Kenedi, a noted student of Mona Batesĺ─˘ famed Jarvis Street music school, is dedicating the concert to the memory of her mentor. The October 31st tribute also marks the 120th Anniversary of Batesĺ─˘ birth in Burlington, Ontario.


ĺ─˙Iĺ─˘ve always been impressed by what Mona Bates accomplished during her lifetime,ĺ─¨ explains Mary Kenedi. ĺ─˙As a musician and teacher I understand the unique privilege we are given as educators to not only inspire passion in our students, but also to instill a lasting sense of discipline that will help them to achieve their goals, musical or otherwiseĺ─¨.


Mary Kenedi founded the North Toronto Institute of Music in 1995 as a welcoming environment for students of all ages to explore their creativity and develop an outlet for self-expression. Based on the understanding that an enhanced musical literacy provides an elevated appreciation of the art form, Mary strives to impart to her students the same passion for music that has fuelled her own compelling musical journey.



As a refugee of the Hungarian Revolution, Mary Kenedi credits her own motherĺ─˘s strength and resilience for inspiring her to surmount obstacles in both her performance and teaching careers. Whether launching her own teaching academy or embarking on remarkable projects, such as single-handedly staging the upcoming Monster Concert at Massey Hall, Mary Kenedi does so with a survivorĺ─˘s instinct. This extraordinary talent and drive has earned Mary a renowned reputation as an interpreter of the music of fellow Hungarians, Błęla Bartłäk and Zoltan Kodł░ly, as well as a respected interpreter of contemporary Canadian music. She last appeared at Massey Hall as an ensemble performer during the Royal Conservatory of Musicĺ─˘s 1990 Monster Concert and made her Carnegie Hall debut in 1983. She holds a Licentiate Diploma, Bachelor of Music in Performance and Master of Music in Music Education from the University of Toronto, and a Diploma from the Liszt Academy in Budapest, Hungary. In addition to her 30+ years experience teaching at such noted establishments as the Royal Conservatory and McMaster University, Kenedi maintains a busy international performance and recording schedule in solo and concerto appearances.


North Toronto Institute of Musicĺ─˘s Monster Concert is sponsored in-part by Remenyi House of Music with media sponsorship provided by Classical FM. For more information about Mary Kenedi and the North Toronto Institute of Music or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities please visit www.ntimusic.com or call 416-488-2588.


Tickets for the North Toronto Institute of Musicĺ─˘s Monster Concert are $45.00 to $25.00 and are available in person at the Roy Thomson Hall box office, 60 Simcoe St., by calling 416.872.4255 or online at www.masseyhall.com.


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Announcing the Vancouver Symphony Centre and VSO School of Music's first Executive Director

Announcing the Vancouver Symphony Centre and

VSO School of Musicĺ─˘s first Executive Director

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce Shaun Taylor as the first Executive Director of the Vancouver Symphony Centre and VSO School of Music. Mr. Taylor will begin his new position in September 2009. As Executive Director, Mr. Taylor will play an integral role in managing the Centre and shaping the direction of the Music School, in accordance with the strategies and objectives for the School established by the VSO.

Originally from Los Angeles, Mr. Taylor earned a Bachelor of Music Degree in Tuba performance from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Music Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has worked as the Music Program Manager of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts, the Program Coordinator for the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, kindergarten through Grade 8 Music Teacher at the Central City Cyberschool of Milwaukee and as a freelance musician.

Now a Canadian citizen, Shaun has been the Principal of the Chilliwack Academy of Music since September 2004, and President of the BC Association of Community Music Schools since 2007. His track record at the Academy in the areas of student and faculty recruitment and retention, program development, fundraising, budgeting, strategic planning and facility management has been extremely impressive. He has also made important contributions to the creation of the Chilliwack Cultural Centre and in the acoustic, aesthetic and technical designs for that facility, which is scheduled to open next summer.

President & CEO Jeff Alexander stated: ĺ─˙I am delighted we have been able to engage an administrator, educator, musician and person of Shaun Taylorĺ─˘s experience to head up the Vancouver Symphony Centre and VSO School of Music. This exciting initiative continues to take shape and Shaun will be the ideal person to move it toward and beyond the grand opening in early 2011.ĺ─¨

The VSO School of Music within the Symphony Centre will be a locus of lifelong learning, providing programs from preschoolers to seniors. The School of Music, a distinct not ĺ─ýfor-profit charitable society, will see hundreds and eventually thousands of students attending the school on a weekly basis, taking private and group lessons, chamber music workshops, theory and composition classes from members of the VSO and Vancouverĺ─˘s freelance musician community, as well as Master classes from VSO conductors and guest artists, and much more. Distance learning opportunities will also be provided to students from throughout British Columbia and further afield. The School of Music itself will include a recital hall, private teaching studios, classrooms, function space, recording capabilities, and a retail presence at street level.

The VSO School of Music will comprise a portion of the first four floors of Wall Financial Corporationĺ─˘s Capitol Residences development, immediately adjacent to the Orpheum on Seymour Street (the former site of the Capitol 6 cinema).

-VSO-

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Charlypop & Friends : un łętłę fort occupłę pour Chalypop !

Charlypop & Friends

Les 24, 25 et 26 juillet au Studio Juste pour rire

Montrłęal, mardi 7 juillet 2009 - Qui dit Charlypop dit plaisir sonore! Avec son nouveau spectacle Charlypop & Friends, lĺ─˘humoriste entertainer (nomination Č┤Dłęcouverte de lĺ─˘annłęeȬ ĺ─ý Olivier 2007) nous invite łŢ un cabaret musical oł╝ se cłątoient beatbox, humour et musique. Cĺ─˘est łęgalement lĺ─˘occasion de belles rencontres ĺ─ý numłęros inłędits et duos łęlectrisants - avec ses amis, les humoristes Stłęphane Fallu, Dave Richer, Alexandre Płępin, le Dj Huggies et le quatuor High Shop. Ce małĂtre du beatbox qui sĺ─˘est produit łŢ travers le monde, vous promet une vłęritable cłęlłębration de la musique et vous surprendra par son inventivitłę et sa fantaisie. La mise en scł«ne a łętłę confiłęe łŢ lĺ─˘auteur humoriste Christian Viau qui, notamment, a participłę łŢ lĺ─˘łęcriture du trł«s populaire one man show de Rachid Badouri, Arrłüte ton cinłęma.

Charlypop & Friends est prłęsentłę par le Zoofest dans le cadre de la słęrie Tout show du Festival Juste pour rire, les 24, 25 et 26 juillet, łŢ 21h, au studio Juste pour rire.

Un łętłę chaud!

Lĺ─˘łętłę est plutłąt occupłę pour Charlypop, avec, en particulier, une prłęsence fort assidue au Festival Juste pour rire. Il a łętłę ovationnłę au gala de Normand Brathwaite les 3 et 4 juillet derniers et il y a fort łŢ parier quĺ─˘il rłępłętera lĺ─˘expłęrience au gala de Rachid Badouri, les 8 et 9 juillet ou celui de Mike Ward les 10 et 11 juillet. Dans le cadre des Arts de la rue, il initiera les festivaliers aux joies du beatbox grłóce au Charlypop Workshop les 18,19, 25 et 26 juillet, łŢ la Place Labatt Bleue.

Les billets de Charlypop & Friends sont disponibles au www.hahaha.com et au www.zoofest.ca ou en composant le (514) 845-2322. Une commandite du Club La Boom de Montrłęal.

www.comedieshop.com/charlypop


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The Classical Archives Celebrates the Splendor of American Music

THE CLASSICAL ARCHIVES CELEBRATES

THE SPLENDOR OF AMERICAN MUSIC

Interview With American baritone, Thomas Hampson

and New One-Click Concerts Featured Throughout July


Palo Alto, CA -- The Classical Archives (www.ClassicalArchives.com) proudly presents a unique American Music Celebration throughout the month of July ĺ─ý including an exclusive interview with acclaimed American baritone, Thomas Hampson, in anticipation of his 2009 Song of America tour starting this month:

Čů The Celebration features an exclusive interview with famed baritone Thomas Hampson, as he prepares to resume his acclaimed Song of America tour, in partnership with the Library of Congress. The tour, entitled "250 Years of American Song", begins on July 9 in Winona, MN, and continues through February 2010 ĺ─ý with stops at the Ravinia, Tanglewood, and Grand Teton Music Festivals. Alongside the in-depth and provocative interview, the Hampson feature also includes a special presentation of the original EMI Classics CD Song of America, from the first tour in 2005-06, complete with notes from the Library of Congress.\

Čů The Celebration also features a two-part concert of seminal American classical music from Revolutionary times to the present. Each One-Click ConcertĺĐó features outstanding selections from our top performers of works by Billings, MacDowell, Ives, Copland, Gershwin, Bernstein, Glass, Adams, Corigliano, and many others. Each selection is then enriched with historical notes by Dr. Nolan Gasser, Artistic Director of the Classical Archives.

Classical Archives also features its new Home Page layout, offering dynamic presentations of this week's Featured Composer (Aaron Copland); Featured Artist (conductor Michael Tilson Thomas); and an array of New Releases by the major classical labels.


Classical Archives continues its offering of free One-Click ConcertĺĐó for historical periods, and its state-of-the art classical navigation system. All this and unlimited streaming of our entire classical catalogue can be enjoyed at no cost by signing up for a 14-day Free Trial today!


Visit the Classical Archives at www.ClassicalArchives.com.

About Classical Archives

The Classical Archives (www.classicalarchives.com), the ultimate classical music destination, is the largest digital music subscription service dedicated to classical music. The site offers more than 620,000 tracks, 6,800 composers, and 27,000 artists representing more than 110 record labels. It also features a breakthrough in site navigation that allows users to search and cross-reference by any relevant criteria: composer, work title, artist, albums, historical period, instrument, genre, and many others that make finding and comparing the best classical recordings easier than it has ever been. Classical Archives offers unique membership opportunities that allow users to take advantage of its vast resources easily and affordably. Fees are $9.95/month or $99.50/year. Benefits include the ability to listen to music from the entire site (complete tracks or works); a 10% discount on all downloads (which are yours to keep for life!); and the first two weeks as a free trial of the service. Free registered members also enjoy great benefits: the ability to freely listen to The Classical Archives' own large catalog of contributed tracks, which includes many performances from world-class talents; the ability to listen to any music clips (30-60 seconds); the ability to purchase hi-definition downloads; and the ability to access and download free MIDI files.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

OSM / Free concerts in the Parks

THE OSM IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD!

Three OSM / Loto-Qułębec Concerts in the Parks hosted by Andrłę Robitaille

Čů Granby, Parc Daniel-Johnson, July 21

Čů Montreal, Ahuntsic Park, July 23

Čů Repentigny, Parc de lĺ─˘łĂle Lebel, July 28

Montreal, July 6, 2009 ĺ─ý The summer season of the Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal opens on July 21 with the popular free series OSM / Loto-Qułębec Concerts in the Parks, hosted for a third straight year by Andrłę Robitaille. The Orchestra, led by first assistant conductor Stłęphane Laforest, will be visiting Granby, Repentigny and Ahuntsic Park in Montreal to perform some of the works audiences love best. After each of the concerts, representatives of the Montreal Planetarium will be on hand for a stargazing session as part of the International Year of Astronomy.

A program for the entire family

The OSM / Loto-Qułębec Concerts in the Parks are a unique opportunity to take advantage of beautiful summer evenings while enjoying symphonic repertoire in a family setting. And this summer the program is offering a tour of the world in music. The repertoire includes the ĺ─˙Farandoleĺ─¨ from Bizetĺ─˘s Lĺ─˘Arlłęsienne, the Radetzky March by Johann Strauss and the famous overture to Rossiniĺ─˘s William Tell. Lovers of movie music have not been forgotten, with a movement from the symphonic suite assembled by John Williams from his Star Wars soundtrack figuring in the programming, as well as the ĺ─˙Mamboĺ─¨ from Leonard Bernsteinĺ─˘s West Side Story. Stłęphane Laforest, first assistant conductor with the OSM, will also conduct Louis Bernierĺ─˘s Fantaisie sur des airs de Fłęlix Leclerc.

Three free concerts will be offered to the public. The first will take place on July 21 at 7:30 p.m. at Parc Daniel-Johnson in Granby. The concert will mark the OSMĺ─˘s first visit to this Eastern Townships municipality. The second will be held at Ahuntsic Park in Montreal on July 23 at 7:30 p.m., while the last concert will take place at Parc de lĺ─˘łÚle Lebel in Repentigny on July 28 at 7:30 p.m.

The skyĺ─˘s the show

Four hundred years ago this summer, the Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei pointed his refracting telescope at the starry heavens. To call attention to his discoveries, 2009 has been designated the ĺ─˙International Year of Astronomy,ĺ─¨ and in association with the Montreal Planetarium each of the three OSM / Loto-Qułębec Concerts in the Parks will be followed by a free stargazing session. Amateur astronomers will be making a number of telescopes available to the public, allowing them to relive Galileoĺ─˘s experience when he looked for the first time through his rudimentary apparatus.

A rendezvous not to be missed

Over the years, the OSM / Loto-Qułębec Concerts in the Parks have become an essential part of the summer season. Begun at the Mount Royal chalet in 1938 by Wilfrid Pelletier, the free open-air concerts remain a wonderful tradition of the OSMĺ─˘s, faithfully supported by Loto-Qułębec for a good number of years now. These popular concerts enable our orchestra to forge links with its community. The Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal wishes to thank the cities of Montreal, Repentigny and Granby for their invaluable collaboration.

Detailed program of the OSM / Loto-Qułębec Concerts in the Parks.

Tchaikovsky Capriccio Italien, Op.45

Bizet Excerpt from Carmen

Rossini William Tell Overture

Mascagni Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana

Bizet Farandole from Lĺ─˘Arlłęsienne

Toyama Dance of Celestials from the ballet Yugen

Stłęphane Laforest La fłüte celtique

Bernstein Mambo from West Side Story

Leclerc / Bernier Fantaisie sur des airs de Fłęlix Leclerc

Williams Excerpts from Star Wars

The Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal is presented by Hydro-Qułębec

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PORToperaĺ─˘s 15th Anniversary Gala Concert Features Internationally Acclaimed Singers

PORTopera's 15th Anniversary Gala Concert Features Internationally Acclaimed Singers

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý On July 30th, seven nationally and internationally recognized opera singers will take the stage at Merrill Auditorium in celebration of PORTopera's 15th Anniversary season. The Gala's featured singers will present selections from the company's past productions, as well as pieces from operas under consideration for future years, accompanied by a full orchestra.

Directed by PORTopera's Artistic Director Dona D. Vaughn, the concert will be conducted by Robert Moody, celebrated Music Director of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Featured singers for the concert include PORTopera past guest artists: Pamela Armstrong (soprano), Jeneice Golbourne (mezzo-soprano), Sandra Lopez (soprano), Michael Mayes (baritone), Lauren McNeese (mezzo-soprano), Jan Opalach (bass-baritone), and Gaston Rivero (tenor).

Pamela Armstrong, a graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, has appeared in countless productions across the United States, Europe, and has even appeared as the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Vienna State Opera in Beijing, China. Other leading roles include Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, the title role in Susannah, and Mimi in La Bohł«me. Armstrong made her debut with the Metropolitan Opera, Palm Beach Opera, Pittsburgh Opera and Opera Pacific in the 2001-2002 season, and recently returned to Europe to sing the role of the Countess in Toulouse, France. She appeared in La Bohł«me for PORTopera in 1999.

Jeniece Golbourne's career highlights include singing the lead role in Carmen and Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, both at the Manhattan School of Music, and Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Westminster Opera Theater. A graduate of Westminster Choir College and the Manhattan School of Music, Golbourne has a master's degree in Voice Performance. She has performed in the U.S. from California to New York and has even crossed the ocean to appear at concerts in Germany with the Deutsche Kammeracademie Neuss am Rhein Orchestra and Wł║rzberg Orchestra. Golbourne sang Lola in PORTopera's Cavalleria Rusticana in 2004.

Sandra Lopez has captivated audiences across the country, appearing as Catherine in the premier run of A View from the Bridge at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, the title role in Tosca, Mimi in La Bohł«me, and many other performances in Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Connecticut and Massachusetts. She has been the recipient of numerous prizes, awards and grants, including winning the Metropolitan Opera Competition, receiving a Grand Prize with the Florida Grand Opera Young Patroness Association, receiving a Career Grant from the George London Foundation, and being honored as a World Finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti Competition. She has appeared in several PORTopera productions: Carmen in 2005, Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana in 2004 and Faust in 2002.

Michael Mayes has been recognized by the opera world internationally for his masculine presence and stage command. In companies like the Madison Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Palm Beach Opera and more, Mayes has recently appeared as the title role in Don Giovanni, Marcello in La Bohł«me and Morales in Carmen. Here in Portland, he took on the role of Mercutio in Romłęo et Juliette for PORTopera. Abroad, he has appeared in conjunction with La Fenice in Castel-Franco Veneto, Italy. Past honors he has received include 3rd place at the Metropolitan National Council Auditions in Chicago, and the Entergy Young Texas Artist Competition Vocalist Award among others.

Lauren McNeese, whose voice has been described as "creamy", has appeared in the Los Angeles-staged, Woody Allen production of Gianni Schicchi as La Ciesca. In addition to her appearance at the PORTopera Gala celebration this summer, she will also travel to Italy to reprise this role in the Festival dei Due Mondi. In a 2007 PORTopera production of The Barber of Seville, Lauren played the role of Rosina, and also performed the following season in Romłęo et Juliette. A graduate of the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center of Lyric Opera of Chicago, McNeese will make her debut at the Arizona Opera this coming season in addition to returning to the Los Angeles Opera to sing in Das Rheingold and GłĆtterdłžmmerung.

Jan Opalach has been hailed as one of the most versatile vocalists in the U.S. Playing in both dramatic and comic roles, he has appeared with the Oratorio Society of Washington and New York, the Handel Festival Orchestra, the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and Musica Sacra, and the New York City Opera. He has performed in two PORTopera shows: Don Giovanni in 2006 and The Barber of Seville in 2007. Opalach has recorded a number of works, including Igor Stravinsky's Renard/Pulcinella, Wolpe's Quintet with Voice and more. His awards include the 1979 Metropolitan Opera National Auditions, the 1980 Walter M. Naumburg Vocal Competition, and the 1981 International Vocal Competition at s'Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands.

Tenor Gaston Rivero made his debut performance in New York City in Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme on Broadway in 2003 and has since performed a number of roles on the operatic stage. The young Uruguayan-American sang Romłęo in PORTopera's 2008 production of Romłęo et Juliette. Other roles include Don Josłę in Carmen and B.F. Pinkerton in Madame Butterfly, among others, at Deutsche Oper Berlin, L'Opłęra de Lausanne, Opera Carolina and more. Rivero also frequently appears at Carnegie Hall in New York. He has received numerous awards, including the Deutsche Oper Berlin Award in 2009 and the Vidda Award from Opera Orchestra of New York for the 2007-2008 season.

The July 30th PORTopera Anniversary Concert will feature selections from: Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, Verdi's La Traviata, Puccini's La Boheme, Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci, Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana and Bizet 's Carmen. Tickets range from $38 to $100 plus PortTix handling fees, and may be purchased at www.porttix.com, by calling (207) 842-0800, or by visiting the PortTix box office Monday through Saturday from noon to 6:00 p.m.

For more information about the concert and other PORTopera 15th anniversary events, visit www.portopera.org.

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Mixed Company Theatre has a Playwright in the House!

Mixed Company Theatre has a Playwright in the House!

Toronto, July 6, 2009 ĺ─ý Mixed Company Theatre is thrilled to announce that Heather Marie Annis will be the ĺ─˙Playwright in the Houseĺ─¨ for six weeks. Generous funding from the Ontario Arts Council allows for a Playwright in Residence.

Annis will be working on two new pieces, one focused on sexual harassment and the other on street violence.

Annis has worked with Mixed Company Theatre on the creation of two plays about sexual harassment and assault, Under the Table and Bells and Whistles. Annis has also acted with the company extensively, in anti-bullying presentations, Showdown and The Bully Show: Clown in the Round.

In keeping with Mixed Company Theatre's mandate to create drama as a tool for positive social change, the company nurtures and develops artists within the community. Playwrights learn from Mixed Company's experienced artistic team how to take feedback from the community and incorporate it into the final creation of a Forum Theatre play.

Mixed Company Theatre acknowledges the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council.

Mixed Company Theatre produces innovative, socially relevant drama as a tool to educate, engage and empower for positive change.

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Naked Body Stands in for Humanity

Her Naked Body Stands In For Vulnerable Humanity

4th Annual Human Body Project
At the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival
August 13-23, 2009

Click link below to watch the Human Body Project video (2 min.)


Barack Obama observes that the global empathy deficit is far more serious than the financial one. As a mother, it feels intensely urgent to me that we humans address this issue. This project, me volunteering as a "sample human," is my way to do whatever I can do to move humanity forward.

I am an artist. For ten years I lived on the edge trying to make it as a painter. I am also a longtime yoga practitioner, a college instructor, and a former journalist. My events reflect who I am, my wisdom, and my depth. Rather than a separate public persona, I show up as a real, struggling human. The events are in the moment, workshop-like, contemplative. One participant said it was like a new religion, sacred.

I use my 47-year-old naked body (no plastic surgeries, two babies, flabby, not what you'd call titillating) to create a felt, visceral experience of shared vulnerability. I also write about my life, as authentically as I am able to, on my blog.

It's hard! I am not comfortable without my defenses. Who I am is a heartful person. Or, at least, this is what I want to own as a human being and what I want all of us to own as human beings. This is the most vulnerable thing to be. I have learned that being naked is way easier than being openhearted.

Sacredness, authenticity, heartfulness, these attitudes or qualities are mostly missing from how we live. For instance, I often feel painfully disconnected when I participate in or am complicit in the many superficialities and detachments from heartfulness that life presents. But how do we create or deal with or engage with heartfulness? I certainly haven't been taught how. In fact, I learned quite the opposite: not to deal with these qualities, not to "go there."

It is a profoundly difficult dilemma that must be understood in a visceral sense, beyond intellect and cognition. Our separation from sacredness has led to everything from individual health problems (such as my own, which I sometimes write about) to global issues like climate change and poverty. It's mine, but it's yours too.

When I conceived this project in 2006 I decided to commit to do at least one annual public event until I die, partly as a chronicle of my sample human body and the changes that take place in it over the years. I also hope to continue to provoke a serious consideration of vulnerability, our own, as humans in a body, and, by extension, the troubled planet's.

Gandhi said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." By choosing to use my own body and life experience, I have chosen to "be" and represent that which we all share: physicality, mortality, fragility, and vulnerability. It may be mine you're looking at, but it's yours too.


Location at the Edmonton Fringe
Venue #3
Acacia Hall
10433-83 Ave.

Dates and Times at the Edmonton Fringe
August 14 10:45pm-12:15am
August 16 2:15pm-3:45pm
August 17 6:00pm-7:30pm
August 19 12:30pm-2:00pm
August 20 4:00pm-5:30pm
August 22 8:15pm-9:45pm

Tickets
$12 regular
$10 for students and seniors
(18 and over)


About the Artist
Tasha Diamant has paintings in hundreds of corporate and private collections. She has been a journalist for national newsmagazines including Maclean's and Australia's Who Weekly. She has also been a yoga instructor and experiential workshop facilitator at the largest holistic health facilities in the US, Kripalu Center and the Omega Institute. She now teaches public speaking at Lethbridge College. Tasha lives in Lethbridge, Alberta, with her husband and two daughters.


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Friday, July 3, 2009

Multiple honours for Wajdi Mouawad

Multiple honours for Wajdi Mouawad

The Avignon Festival's Associated Artist is honoured by Canada and the Acadłęmie franł▀aise

Ottawa, Canada ĺ─ý Just a few days before the opening of the Avignon Festival, where he is this year's Associated Artist, Wajdi Mouawadĺ─ţwriter, director, actor, and artistic director of the National Arts Centre (NAC) French Theatreĺ─ţwas honoured by the Acadłęmie franł▀aise and appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

The first announcement came last week, when Mr. Mouawad received the Grand Prix du Thłęłótre presented by the Acadłęmie franł▀aise in recognition of his achievements as a playwright. He will receive the award next December at a ceremony to be held under the Dome of the Institut de France in Paris. Established in 1980, the Grand Prix du Thłęłótre is awarded annually in recognition of a playwright's body of work; past recipients include Jean Anouilh and Marguerite Duras.

Wajdi Mouawad made the news again this week when Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michał┤lle Jean, Governor General of Canada, announced his appointment to the rank of Officer of the Order of Canada. The Order, this country's highest civilian honour, recognizes "a lifetime of outstanding achievement and merit of the highest degree, especially in service to Canada or to humanity at large."

These honours came as Wajdi Mouawad was preparing for the July 7 opening of the 2009 Avignon Festival, where, besides acting as Associated Artist, he will present the original versions of three of his plays: Littoral (translated into English as Tideline), Incendies (Scorched), and Forłüts. For the first time ever, the three plays will be presented in a single performance stretching from dusk to dawn. The Festival will also present (separately) Mr. Mouawad's latest play, Ciels, completing the tetralogy entitled Le Sang des promesses.

"The National Arts Centre congratulates Wajdi Mouawad on receiving these prestigious honours," said Peter Herrndorf, President and CEO of the National Arts Centre. "We're proud to be associated with such an outstanding artist."

Wajdi Mouawad will return to Ottawa and the NAC in September for the exclusive North American engagement of Littoral.

Two other friends of the National Arts Centre were also honoured by the Governor General this week: Robert Lepage, former French Theatre artistic director, and John Manley, a director of the NAC Foundation, the Centre's fundraising arm. Messrs Lepage and Manley were appointed respectively to the rank of Companion and Officer of the Order of Canada.

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Young Toronto Conductor gets Montrłęal Symphony Appointment

AWARD-WINNING YOUNG TORONTO CONDUCTOR NATHAN BROCK

APPOINTED ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR OF MONTREAL SYMPHONY

Toronto, July 3, 2009 ĺ─ý Nathan Brock, 30, has been named assistant conductor of lĺ─˘Orchestre Symphonique de Montrłęal. He will take up residence in Montreal this month and assist Maestro Kent Nagano during the symphonyĺ─˘s busy summer at the Lanaudił«re and Knowlton festivals.

The orchestra members and Maestro Nagano chose Brock, who is currently based in Zł║rich, Switzerland, from a field of more than 40 internationally based candidates. He will work closely with Maestro Nagano and guest conductors during the symphonyĺ─˘s 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons in Montreal. In addition, he will conduct family, education, outreach, and symphonic concert programs.

His first OSM concert, also his Canadian debut, will be with soprano Marie-Josłęe Lord at Montrealĺ─˘s Notre Dame Cathedral, December 15 and 16, 2009.

Brock is currently an instructor and assistant to Professor J. Schlaefli, leader of the orchestral conducting program at the Hochschule der Kł║nste in Zł║rich, Switzerland.

About his return to Canada and the new position, he commented, ĺ─˙The OSM is highly regarded in Europe, largely because of its Decca recordings, which it made under former conductor Charles Dutoit. I look forward to playing a role as the orchestra continues to blaze new trails under Maestro Nagano.ĺ─¨

Born in Toronto in 1978, Nathan Brock began his varied musical training at an early age, first as a drummer/percussionist, continuing on piano, and treble and bass viola da gamba, and finally cello. Holding an Honours BA in History and a performance certificate in Music from the University of Toronto, where he studied cello with Shauna Rolston, he began conducting in 2002 and moved to Switzerland the following year to complete his studies in orchestral conducting at the Zł║rcher Hochschule der Kł║nste. Through this program, he conducted many concerts across Europe. He has also conducted concerts in the U.S. and Mexico.

With the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Nathan Brock conducted in master classes around the world with such great conductor/pedagogues as Jorma Panula, Bernard Haitink, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Michael Tilson Thomas. He received his first formal training at the Pierre Monteux School, and has twice been invited as a fellow by David Zinman to the American Academy of Conducting at the Aspen Music Festival.

From 2003 to 2008, he served as founding artistic director and conductor of the Northern Lights Music Festival in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Brock won the 2007 Bern Chamber Orchestraĺ─˘s young conductorsĺ─˘ competition and was one of six finalists in a field of more than 150 at Spainĺ─˘s eighth Cadaqułęs International Conducting Competition in May 2006.

Quebec native Stłęphane LaForest has also been named assistant conductor of the OSM, and begins in September.

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Jewel in the Tonight at 8:30 crown currently in previews at the Shaw Festival

Jewel in the Tonight at 8:30 crown currently in previews at the Shaw Festival

Star Chamber, the rarely produced comedy gem from Noel Cowardĺ─˘s Tonight at 8:30 collection, continues in previews at the Shaw Festivalĺ─˘s Royal George Theatre.

A committee of actors meet to discuss the refurbishment of Garrick Haven, a home for retired thespians. Though the stage manager and secretary dutifully arrive on time, the rest of the group make their tardy, and rather dramatic, entrances. With duelling divas and tales of past glories and gossip, the agenda is quickly forgotten and the meeting quickly reduces into comic chaos. Drawing on his own experiences as President of the Actors' Orphanage and reflecting his affection for the eccentricity of actors, Coward makes sure every known and enjoyed type of performer makes an appearance at the meeting.

Directed by Kate Lynch, this lunchtime production marks the first time since its initial performance in 1936 that Star Chamber has been produced along with Cowardĺ─˘s other nine plays in the Tonight at 8:30 series. Featuring the ensemble cast of Neil Barclay, Evan Buliung, Fiona Byrne, Sharry Flett, Gabrielle Jones, Marla McLean, Mark Uhre, Jenny L. Wright, Peter Krantz, Guy Bannerman and Kelly Wong, Star Chamber has set and costumes designed by the Shaw Festivalĺ─˘s Head of Design, William Schmuck, lighting design by Kirsten Watt and musical direction and arrangements by Reza Jacobs. The stage management team includes Stage Manager Dora Tomassi and Assistant Stage Manager Annie McWhinnie.

Star Chamber began preview performances on Thursday, June 25; opens Saturday, July 11; and plays in repertory until Sunday, October 11.

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The VSO Appoints New Concertmaster

VSO Appoints New Concertmaster

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý Maestro Bramwell Tovey and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra are proud to announce the appointment of world-renowned violinist Dale Barltrop as VSO Concertmaster, effective September 2009.

Originally from Brisbane, Australia, Dale Barltrop earned his Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of Maryland, followed by a Professional Studies Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with William Preucil, Concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Barltrop has been Principal Second Violin of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 2003 and Principal Second Violin of the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra in San Diego since 2005. He was also a co-founder and Director of the Philharmonia Ensemble at the University of Maryland from 2000 to 2002.

An accomplished violinist, Mr. Barltrop has won the Grand Prize at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in 2003, the Jules C. Reiner Violin Prize at the Tanglewood Music Festival in 2002, and First Prize at the University of Maryland Concerto Competition in 2000. He has been featured as a soloist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in the works of Bach, Locatelli, Piazzolla, Schubert and Vivaldi.

In commenting on his appointment, Mr. Barltrop said: ĺ─˙I'm honoured to be the Vancouver Symphony's new concertmaster. I had the opportunity to tour with the VSO this past May and the music-making was inspiring. They are wonderful musicians and I'm very much looking forward to joining them and calling Vancouver my home.ĺ─¨

Maestro Bramwell Tovey was enthusiastic in his praise of Mr. Barltrop, stating: "Dale is an exceptional musician in every way. He is not only a tremendous violinist and great classical artist, he is also a devoted advocate of music. I was so impressed with his professionalism and skill on our Central Canada Tour and the weeks in which he performed with us at the Orpheum, and look forward to Dale joining the orchestra on a full-time basis. I am delighted that Dale will make his home here in Vancouver, and he will become an indispensable part of the music community of British Columbia."

Equally enthusiastic was President & CEO Jeff Alexander, who noted: ĺ─˙We are delighted to welcome Dale to the VSO family. I know the entire organization and the Vancouver arts community will benefit greatly from his extraordinary musicianship and leadership abilities.ĺ─¨

As Concertmaster of the VSO, Mr. Barltrop takes on a position central to the artistic success of a symphony orchestra. The Concertmaster is the leader of the orchestraĺ─˘s string section, and he will serve as the artistic ĺ─˙right handĺ─¨ to Music Director Bramwell Tovey. He will in fact be the conduit between every conductor and the orchestra during rehearsals and performances. Mr. Barltrop will appear as soloist with the VSO on a regular basis, and be a member of every audition committee for future appointments to the orchestra.

In addition to his substantial artistic role, Mr. Barltrop will be active in the VSO's extensive educational programs, serve as an ambassador of the VSO at public and private functions, and participate in various fundraising and social functions on behalf of the organization.

Biography:

Dale Barltrop has held the position of Principal Second Violin in The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra since 2003. He has appeared as soloist with the SPCO in works of Bach, Vivaldi, Locatelli, Piazzolla, Schnittke and Schubert. Hailing from Brisbane, Australia, Barltrop came to the United States in 1998 to study at the University of Maryland as a student of Gerald Fischbach and the Guarneri Quartet. He continued his studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music with William Preucil, concertmaster of the Cleveland Orchestra. Barltrop has appeared as soloist with the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra, the Maryland Chamber Orchestra, the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and back home with the Queensland Symphony and Queensland Pops Orchestras. Prior to joining the SPCO, he was associate concertmaster of the Akron Symphony Orchestra in Ohio. Barltrop was a founding member of the Verklłžrte Quartet, grand prize winner at the 2003 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition. His quartet was ensemble-in-residence at the Yellow Barn Chamber Music Festival in Vermont and guest artists at the Emilia Romagna Festival in Italy. Barltrop has also participated in the Mainly Mozart, Swannanoa, Kneisel Hall and Tanglewood Music Festivals and the New York String Orchestra Seminar. Barltrop has a keen interest in youth music and coaches regularly for the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. At the University of Maryland, he co-founded and directed the Philharmonia Ensemble, a highly successful student chamber orchestra. Dale also enjoys teaching, swimming, hiking and traveling.

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Loras John Schissel conducts The Cleveland Orchestra

Pianist Inon Barnatan makes his Cleveland Orchestra

debut as soloist in Gershwinĺ─˘s Rhapsody in Blue

Loras John Schissel conducts The Cleveland Orchestra in program of music by Gershwin, Ellington, and Rodgers at the Blossom Festival on July 25

CLEVELAND, July 2, 2009 ĺ─ý Loras John Schissel will conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in a program featuring music by George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Kurt Weill, and others at the Blossom Festival on Saturday, July 25, at 8:00 p.m. The program includes Gershwinĺ─˘s Rhapsody in Blue (in the original jazz band version, arranged by Ferde Grofłę) with pianist Inon Barnatan as soloist, in his Cleveland Orchestra debut.

Born in Tel Aviv in 1979, Inon Barnatan won the Avery Fisher Career Grant in April and has just finished his third season at a member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Centerĺ─˘s CMS Two, which spotlights young musicians in the early stages of major careers.

The July 25 program will begin with Alfred Newmanĺ─˘s Street Scene (arranged by Edward Powell and Loras John Schissel), followed by Kurt Weillĺ─˘s Kleine Dreigroschenmusik (Suite from The Threepenny Opera). Next on the program are David Raksinĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Love is for the Very Youngĺ─¨ from The Bad and the Beautiful and Richard Rodgersĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Slaughter on Tenth Avenueĺ─¨ from On Your Toes (orchestrated by Hans Spialek). After intermission, the program continues with George Gershwinĺ─˘s Rhapsody in Blue (original jazz band version, arranged by Ferde Grofłę), with Inon Barnatan as soloist. Next on the program are Edward K. (Duke) Ellingtonĺ─˘s Sophisticated Lady (arranged by Morton Gould) and Cole Porterĺ─˘s Night and Day (arranged by Hans Spialek). The program concludes with Gershwinĺ─˘s Final Ballet Sequence from Shall We Dance?

New this season, Lawn/General Admission tickets allow patrons to sit on the lawn or in newly designated General Admission areas in the rear corner sections of the Pavilion, adding 1,500 lower-priced seats in the Pavilion. These seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis to any ticketholder.

Also new in 2009, children 12 and under will be admitted free to the Lawn for all concerts. For each adult ticket purchase, two children will be admitted free to the Lawn. Each child will receive a free Kidsĺ─˘ Lawn Pass. Kidsĺ─˘ Lawn Passes will be available at the Severance Hall Ticket Office, the Blossom Box Office, and the Lawn Ticket Booth at Blossom, and also will be available for downloading and printing online at BlossomLawnFun.com. Kidsĺ─˘ Lawn Passes are required for all children 12 and under on the Lawn. The passes are not valid for entry into the Pavilion. Anyone wishing to sit in the new General Admission area of the Pavilion needs to have a Lawn/General Admission Ticket.

The July 25 concert is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank and co-sponsored by The Sisler McFawn Foundation.

Inon Barnatanĺ─˘s appearance with The Cleveland Orchestra is made possible by a contribution to the Orchestraĺ─˘s Guest Artist Fund from The Payne Fund.

Biographical information on Loras John Schissel and Inon Barnatan follows.

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TICKET PRICES: Pavilion $47, $36, $31; Lawn/General Admission $21. $87 box seats include complimentary parking in FirstEnergy Lot A and access to the Kulas Plaza VIP services. Children ages 12 and under are admitted to the Lawn seating area for free for all Blossom Festival concerts.

TICKETS for all 2009 Blossom Festival concerts are now on sale through the Severance Hall Ticket Office, the Blossom Music Center Box Office, online at clevelandorchestra.com and at all Ticketmaster outlets. The Severance Hall Ticket Office is located in the Smith Lobby. The entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service parking are along the west side of the building on East Boulevard. The Ticket Office is open during the summer Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (closed Monday, July 6). The Blossom Music Center Box Office is open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. (and through intermission on Blossom Festival concert dates).

To charge tickets by telephone on American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard and Visa, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at (216) 231-1111 (local call for 216 and 440 area codes) or (800) 686-1141 during the regular Severance Hall Ticket Office hours listed above. Subscriptions and single tickets are also available through The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s website at clevelandorchestra.com. The website offers secure ticket transactions with any major credit card and provides complete concert listings. Please note: There are no added service charges or handling fees for Blossom Festival concert tickets purchased in person or by phone through the Blossom or Severance Hall ticket offices, or online through the Orchestraĺ─˘s website.

PARKING: Ample free parking is available. Patrons who buy Pavilion tickets at least 10 days prior to these performances will receive a free dated parking pass for one of Blossomĺ─˘s paved parking lots. (The 10-day advance purchase requirement is to allow time for postal delivery.) These paved parking lots are ADA accessible with ADA transport services to the Pavilion. In addition, there are a limited number of paid parking spaces available in the FirstEnergy Lot A (behind the Box Office) for purchase at $15 per vehicle (10-day advance purchase required). Call (216) 231-1111 or (800) 686-1141 for further details.

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