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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Illness forces Ben Heppner to Withdraw from COC 60th Anniversary Concert

  

    
For immediate release: October 31, 2009

ILLNESS FORCES BEN HEPPNER TO WITHDRAW FROM COC 60TH ANNIVERSARY CONCERT

OPERA STARS RAMłýN VARGAS AND RUSSELL BRAUN TO PERFORM WITH NEW COC MUSIC DIRECTOR, JOHANNES DEBUS, AND COC ORCHESTRA

Toronto, Ontario ĺ─ý The Canadian Opera Company (COC) regretfully announces that renowned tenor Ben Heppner is unable to perform at the company's 60th anniversary concert on November 7, 2009 at the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts.  Mr. Heppner has not sufficiently recovered from a viral infection caught in October while singing Tristan in Tristan und Isolde at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

"I caught an infection in London and I had hoped to have fully recovered by this time," says Mr. Heppner.  "Unfortunately, a visit with my doctor and my coach confirmed that I will not be able to give the first-class performance Toronto audiences deserve."

The COC's anniversary concert will take place as planned on Saturday, November 7, 2009 featuring conductor Johannes Debus making his debut as the COC's new Music Director, and the celebrated COC Orchestra.  The company is very pleased to announce that it has secured world renowned artists, tenor Ramłän Vargas and baritone
Russell Braun to sing at the concert.  Additional artists will be confirmed early next week.

"We are terribly sad that Ben is unable to perform with us on Saturday.  His presence means a lot to the Canadian Opera Company and we're sorry that he can't be here to celebrate with us," says Alexander Neef, General Director of the COC.  "Fortunately, another one of the world's greatest tenors, Ramłän Vargas, was available on short notice and is very pleased to make his debut with us.  And, of course, it is always a pleasure to welcome our good friend Russell Braun back to Toronto.  I am very happy that we have secured some great vocal talent to celebrate the COC's 60th anniversary and Johannes Debus's first appearance as new Music Director.  We know that this new program, along with the wonderful COC Orchestra, will make for a spectacular concert."

Regulars at all the great opera houses of the world, Ramłän Vargas and Russell Braun perform extensively with the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Munich State Opera, and San Francisco, among many others.

Ramłän Vargas is currently performing as Faust in the Metropolitan Opera's production of Robert Lepage's production of La Damnation de Faust.  He returns to the Met in 2010 to sing in a new production of Attila, and next spring performs Werther at the Vienna State Opera and Medea in Corinto at the Munich State Opera.  The Metropolitan Opera has graciously agreed to allow Mr. Vargas to appear at the COC anniversary concert.

This season, Russell Braun makes his role debuts as The Traveller in Benjamin Britten's Death in Venice at the Theater an der Wien in Vienna and as Lescaut in the ROH Covent Garden production of Manon, as well as appearing with the Chicago, Cleveland, Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver symphony orchestras.

Portions of the evening's program remain unchanged, and additional arias will be performed. The complete program will be announced early next week.


The 60th anniversary celebration on Saturday, November 7 begins with a pre-concert reception at 6 p.m. in the Isadore and Rosalie Sharp City Room at the Four Seasons Centre, followed by the concert which begins at 7 p.m.  All tickets include a complimentary glass of Trius Brut sparkling wine or Peller Estates Icewine.  

To add even more sparkle to the event, a draw for a spectacular 1.26 carat Canadian diamond, valued at $20,000, will be held at the concert.  The Hearts and Arrows brilliant-cut diamond, courtesy of De Beers Canada, originated from the pristine tundra of the Canadian Arctic and has been environmentally and ethically mined, cut, and polished.  Diamond Raffle tickets are $100 each or three for $250 and will be available for purchase at the Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W. or by calling 416-306-2309.  

Supporting Sponsors of the COC's Diamond Anniversary Concert: BMO Financial Group, Diamond and Schmitt Architects

Wine Sponsor: Andrew Peller Limited

Diamond Raffle Sponsor: De Beers Canada

Russell Braun's appearance is generously underwritten by Earlaine Collins.

The COC is grateful to Colleen Sexsmith for offering her generous financial support to make the other artists' appearances possible.



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Friday, October 30, 2009

New Music Concerts: Robert Aitken Receives the Walter Carsen Prize

Flutist, composer and conductor Robert Aitken wins the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts awarded by the Canada Council for the Arts

Ottawa, October 20, 2009 ĺ─ý Internationally renowned flutist, composer and conductor Robert Aitken, of Toronto, is the winner of the 2009 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts. The $50,000 prize, administered and presented by the Canada Council for the Arts, recognizes the highest level of artistic excellence and distinguished career achievement by Canadian artists who have spent the major part of their career in Canada in theatre, dance or music.

Mr. Aitken was selected by a peer assessment committee consisting of Henri Brassard, pianist and professor (St-Charles-sur-Richelieu, QC); Jani Lauzon, multi-disciplinary Młętis performing artist (Toronto); and Ian McDougall, trombonist, composer and teacher (Victoria, BC).

In awarding the prize to Mr. Aitken, the committee said, "A masterly force in the world of contemporary Canadian music, Robert Aitken has demonstrated for over half a century a tireless commitment to its development, performance and promotion in every corner of the globe. As a flutist, composer, interpreter and teacher, he is a distinguished innovator and continues to exert a strong influence on upcoming generations."

Robert Aitkenĺ─«World renowned Canadian flutist, composer and conductor Robert Aitken has been honoured with the Order of Canada and is a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (France). In 1970, having previously served as principal flute for both the Vancouver and Toronto Symphony Orchestras, Mr. Aitken embarked on a solo career that has taken him all over the world.

He has more than 40 recordings to his credit and such notables as R. Murray Schafer, John Cage, George Crumb, Elliott Carter, Toru Takemitsu, Gilles Tremblay, John Beckwith and Bruce Mather have dedicated works to him. In 2003 he was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association (USA). In 2004 he retired as Professor fł║r FlłĆte at the Staatliche Hochschule fł║r Musik in Freiburg, Germany, a position he had held for 16 years.

As a composer, he holds bachelor and master's degrees from the University of Toronto and all of his works are published by Universal Edition, Salabert, Ricordi and Peer Music. Mr. Aitken was director of the Banff Centre Winter Program in Music, founder and artistic director of Music Today, Music at Shawnigan and co-founder, with Norma Beecroft, of New Music Concerts which he has directed since its inception in 1971.

Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts
Presented for the first time in 2001, the Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts was created as a result of a generous donation of $1.1 million to the Canada Council by Toronto businessman and philanthropist Walter Carsen, O.C. The prize is normally awarded annually on a fourĺ─Űyear cycle: dance, theatre, dance, music. Previous prize winners include dancer/choreographer Margie Gillis, playwright Judith Thomson, choreographer David Earle, composer R. Murray Schafer and principal dancer/producer-director Veronica Tennant.

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

Please visit our website (www.canadacouncil.ca) for a complete listing of these awards.

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Chor Leoni presents Stolen Voices Nov 8 (Surrey), Nov 11 (West Van & Vancouver)

Chor Leoni Men's Choir
Diane Loomer, C.M.
Artistic Director

present

Stolen Voices

17th annual Remembrance Day concerts

Sunday, November 8, 2009 @ 3 pm
Church of the Good Shepherd
2250 150 St, Surrey, BC

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 @ 1 pm
West Vancouver United Church
2062 Esquimalt Ave, West Vancouver, BC

Wednesday, November 11, 2009 @ 7:30 pm
Christ Church Cathedral
690 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC

Veterans admitted free. Please RSVP by November 1 to 604.263.7061.

Ticketmaster 604.280.3311 $28 | $23
Information 604.263.7061 www.chorleoni.org


Their terrified, haunted expressions stare at us from television screens, newspapers, and the internet. They are children and young people caught amidst the cataclysm of war. Stolen Voices will view war through the eyes of these innocents, with readings from diaries written by children and mothers dating from WWI through to the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. The concert will feature newly commissioned works by Larry Nickel, Marcus Goddard, and Ken Cormier.

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Portlandĺ─˘s Choral Art Society Announces 2009-10 Season

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý Portland, Maine's Choral Art Society (CAS) has announced their 2009-2010 concert season which opens with the immensely popular annual Christmas at the Cathedral performances and, again this year, includes two concerts alongside the Portland Symphony Orchestra at Merrill Auditorium. The full season includes:

Christmas at the Cathedral
Sat., December 5, 2009 ĺ─ý 12:00 noon preview and 8:00 p.m. concert Sun., December 6, 2009 ĺ─ý 2:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. concerts at Cathedral of Immaculate Conception, Portland
The mid-sized CAS group, Choral Art Singers, will be joined by the Portland Brass Quintet and organist Dan Moore. This year the concerts feature a new work, the premiere performance of Charles Kaufmann's "A Longfellow Winter," commissioned by CAS. Kaufmann is an award-winning composer, the founding director of Portland's The Longfellow Chorus and a well-known Baroque bassoonist as well as an organist.

Sponsored by Norton Insurance and Financial and Ramblers Way Farm, the Christmas at the Cathedral concerts take place at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, 307 Congress Street in Portland. Tickets range from $10 (preview show, available at the door only) to $30 with a limited number of $5 youth tickets, and will be available through CAS by calling (207) 828-0043 or visiting www.choralart.org.

CAS Annual Messiah Sing-Along Mon., December 14, 2009 ĺ─ý 7:30 p.m. at St. Patrick's Church, Portland
CAS and the Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra present the annual Messiah Sing-Along and Handel on Hunger food drive to benefit Project FEED. This fun and popular event takes place at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1342 Congress Street, Portland. Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items and/or donations. A suggested donation of $5 at the door is welcomed and students are free.

Christmas with Cornils Tues., December 22, 2009 ĺ─ý 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium, Portland
For their annual holiday concert, the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ have invited the CAS Camerata to join the Kotzschmar Festival Brass, the Parish Ringers handbell choir from Brunswick and Portland Municipal Organist Ray Cornils. The concert takes place at Merrill Auditorium located at 20 Myrtle Street in Portland. Tickets range from $19-$33 and are available through PortTix at (207) 842-0800 or www.porttix.com, or at the box office at 20 Myrtle Street.

Epiphany Celebration Sat., January 2, 2010 ĺ─ý 7:30 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church, Portland
The CAS Camerata, the Choral Art Society's select a cappella group, will perform the Epiphany Celebration concert with an instrumental ensemble including organist Dan Moore. The program includes a Bach Cantata in addition to seasonal a cappella songs, at the Immanuel Baptist Church, 156 High Street, Portland. The concert is sponsored by Duffy Anderson Investment Management and tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information call CAS (207) 828-0043 or visit www.choralart.org.

"Life, Death, Transfiguration" Tues., March 9, 2010 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium, Portland
The CAS Masterworks Chorus joins the Portland Symphony Orchestra for a performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Requiem. The concert will be held at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, Portland. Tickets range from $20-$70 and are available online at www.porttix.com, by calling (207) 842-0800, or at the box office at 20 Myrtle Street.

Mozart's Requiem Tues., March 30, 2010 ĺ─ý 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium, Portland
In collaboration with Portland Ballet, the CAS Singers and Camerata will perform Mozart's Requiem ĺ─ý the composer's last work and one of his most profound pieces ĺ─ý with musicians from the Portland Symphony Orchestra. The Portland Ballet Company dancers will present new choreography, created specifically for this joint production by choreographer Kennet Oberly. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, Portland. Tickets will be available online at www.porttix.com, by calling (207) 842-0800, or at the box office at 20 Myrtle Street.

"Mighty Mahler" Sun., May 2, 2010 ĺ─ý 2:30 p.m. and Tues., May 4, 2010 ĺ─ý 7:30 p.m. at Merrill Auditorium, Portland
For the Portland Symphony Orchestra's final concerts of the year, the CAS Masterworks Chorus joins the Symphony for a performance of Mahler's epic Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection." The concert will be held at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, Portland. Tickets range from $20-$70 and are available online at www.porttix.com, by calling (207) 842-0800, or at the box office at 20 Myrtle Street.

"My Spirit Sang All Day" Sat., June 5, 2010 ĺ─ý 7:30 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church, Portland
The CAS Camerata will perform British composer Gerald Finzi's 1937 My Spirit Sang All Day among other works at the Immanuel Baptist Church, 156 High Street, Portland. The concert is sponsored by Duffy Anderson Investment Management and tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. For more information call CAS (207) 828-0043 or visit www.choralart.org.

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

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

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KINOBE & Soul Beat Africa, Grande premił«re au Club Balattou le 25 octobre

NUITS D'AFRIQUE des spectaclesĺ─Â..toute l'annłęe !

Prłęsentent
En Grande Premił«re


KINOBE
and Soul Beat Africa
(Ouganda)

Dimanche le 25 octobre ĺ─ý 21h
au Club Balattou

Č┤ĺ─Â.parmi les musiques les plus exquises sortant de l'Afrique aujourd'huiȬ
-Zina Saro-Wiwa , BBC-

Montrłęal le 15 octobre 2009- KINOBE (prononcłę CHI-NO-BłÔ) chanteur, multi-instrumentiste, compositeur et arrangeur accompli et son groupe Soul Beat Africa, revisitent avec modernitłę les sons et rythmes traditionnels d'Ouganda en Afrique de l'est. Son talent et son inventivitłę hors pairs lui ont trł«s vite permis d'accompagner les plus grandes stars de la scł«ne musicale africaine.

KINOBE qui a łętudiłę au Mali avec le grand małĂtre de la kora Toumani Diabatłę, soigne son jeu, sa technique et surtout, łęlabore son propre style musical, qui signera plus tard la coloration rłęsolument Č┤łęlectroȬ de son ëýuvre. Imprłęgnłę de sons novateurs vłęhiculłęs par les grands noms de l'Afrobeat et du blues sahłęlien, KINOBE, accompagnłę de musiciens exceptionnels, reste trł«s fidł«le aux rythmes et harmonies que lui ont lłęgułęes ses racines ougandaises. KINOBE s'avł«re łütre un extraordinaire archiviste musical.

KINOBE & Soul Beat Africa mixe les traditions et les instruments de musique ougandais avec des influences de l'Afrique de l'ouest et de la musique moderne afin de crłęer un style unique, łŢ la fois novateur et pourtant ancrłę dans la tradition africaine.

Grłóce łŢ un premier album, Č┤Soul LanguageȬ sorti en 2007 sous l'łętiquette Multicultural Młędia, KINOBE rłęussit łŢ s'imposer comme une des meilleures formations Č┤Afro-world de la scł«ne musicale mondiale. Par la suite, Il effectue une słęrie de concerts en Afrique et en Europe pour effectuer la promotion de cet album.

Il puise ses influences łŢ travers le globe. Des nouveaux sons pour un nouveau monde. Le jeune virtuose de la kora, KINOBE incarne les ponts jetłęs entre la crłęation contemporaine et la musique traditionnelle d'Afrique, crłęant ainsi un alliage de rythmes łęlłęgants et ensorcelants. ł─ cet univers musical unique, qui est le sien, s'ajoute son immense talent de parolier. Et c'est sur un ton d'optimisme et d'humour qu'il compose la totalitłę de ses textes.

KINOBE (nłę en 1983) joue de plusieurs instruments traditionnels tels que l'Adungu (harpe ougandaise), l'Endingidi (flł¬te), la kora, la kalimba (piano łŢ main), le tama (talking drum) (pour ne nommer qu'eux) dł«s l'łóge de 5 ans, płęriode łŢ laquelle dłębute son łęducation musicale.

A l'łóge de 10 ans, il entreprend sa premił«re tournłęe en Afrique et en Europe accompagnłę des personnages phare de la musique africaine. Au cours de cette annłęe KINOBE visite l'Allemagne avec un chëýur de jeunes musiciens afin de reprłęsenter l'Ouganda dans le cadre d'une confłęrence culturelle internationale.

A peine sorti de l'enfance, il s'embarque aux cłątłęs de Youssou N'Dour, Baaba Maal, Toumani Diabatłę et Salif Keita, les monstres sacrłęs de la musique mandingue. De plus il partage la scł«ne avec Angłęlique Kidjo, Oliver Mtukudzi, Miriam Makeba et plusieurs autres,

Dans le cadre de leur toute premił«re tournłęe nord-amłęricaine, soutenue par l'Alliance Franł▀aise, KINOBE & Soul beat Africa viendront nous prłęsenter au Club Balattou, le dimanche 25 octobre prochain, leur nouvel album Č┤ Kinobe et Soul Beat Africa Ȭ sorti en 2009, sous l'łętiquette Multicultural Młędia.

KINOBE, un jeune multi-instrumentiste, virtuose de la Kora
Un nom łŢ retenir pour ceux qui n'ont pas encore eu la chance de le dłęcouvrir.

Dimanche le 25 octobre ĺ─ý 21h
au Club Balattou
4372, boul. St-Laurent (coin Marie-Anne) - Montrłęal

Billets en vente dł«s maintenant !!!
Au Club Balattou ĺ─ý (514) 845-5447
Sur Rłęseau Admission ĺ─ý (514) 790-1245
www.admission.com
www.festivalnuitsdafrique.com

Lang Lang plays Beethoven!

INTERNATIONAL SUPERSTAR LANG LANG PLAYS BEETHOVEN
WITH MAESTRO BRAMWELL TOVEY AND THE VSO

VANCOUVER, BC ĺ─ý World-renowned pianist Lang Lang returns to Vancouver for a special concert on Wednesday, November 4th, at 8pm at the Orpheum Theatre with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. He performs one of the most exciting piano concertos in the repertoire: Beethovenĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 2. Maestro Bramwell Tovey conducts a concert that also includes Mendelssohnĺ─˘s The Hebrides (Fingalĺ─˘s Cave) and Symphony No. 4.

ĺ─˙ĺ─Âthere will be no stopping this nonchalant dervish of the keyboardĺ─Â[Lang Langĺ─˘s] playing was so raptly beautiful that one was afraid to breathe for fear of missing anything.ĺ─¨
ĺ─ţChicago Tribune

Heralded as the ĺ─˙hottest artist on the classical music planetĺ─¨ by The New York Times, 27-year-old Lang Lang has played sold-out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world, and he is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic and the top American orchestras. On October 1st, he was a featured performer at the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Peopleĺ─˘s Republic of China in Beijing. Last May, it was announced that Lang Lang was chosen and one of three official worldwide Ambassadors for the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, alongside NBA player Yao Ming and actor Jackie Chan.

Lang Lang performed for a worldwide audience at the opening ceremony for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and he appeared on the 50th GRAMMYČĂ Awards show in a memorable piano duet with Herbie Hancock. As further testimony to his tremendous success, Lang Lang recently made Time magazine's list of the ĺ─˙100 Most Influential People in the World.ĺ─¨ Lang Lang will perform Beethovenĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 2, a concerto that the composer wrote as a vehicle to enhance his own reputation as a virtuoso pianist. This concert also celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of Classical musicĺ─˘s greatest composers, Felix Mendelssohn.

CONCERT INFO

Wednesday, November 4, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre
Lang Lang plays Beethoven!

Bramwell Tovey, conductor
Lang Lang, piano (Cherniavsky Laureate)

Mendelssohn The Hebrides (Fingalĺ─˘s Cave)
Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4, Italian
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 2

The VSO celebrates the 200th Anniversary of the birth of one of historyĺ─˘s greatest composers: Felix Mendelssohn. And classical musicĺ─˘s most exciting superstar, Lang Lang, performs one of the most exciting piano concertos in the repertoire: Beethovenĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 2.

Visit Lang Lang at: www.langlang.com

Tickets: $50 - $125 (senior, student and subscriber discounts available)
Tickets available online at www.vancouversymphony.ca or by calling VSO customer service at 604.876.3434

BIOGRAPHIES

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

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

Bramwell continues as Music Director of the Vancouver Symphony, a post he has held since 2000. He continues as Principal Guest Conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and as founding host and conductor of the New York Philharmonicĺ─˘s Summertime Classics series at Avery Fisher Hall. In 2008, the orchestras co-commissioned him to write a new work, the well-received Urban Runway, which has also been premiered in Canada.

Last season with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bramwell toured China and South Korea with guest artist Hillary Hahn. The VSO was the first orchestra from Canada to perform in China in 30 years, which ended with a performance at the Beijing Music Festivalĺ─ţanother first for a Canadian symphony. Further highlights of the Vancouver season include an in-depth Brahms Festival, featuring all four symphonies, the two piano concertos and the violin concerto. The Brahms Violin concerto is performed with violinist James Ehnes who, along with the VSO, won both a GRAMMY Award and a Juno Award in 2007 for a CBC recording of violin concertos by Walton, Korngold and Barber. Other special guest artists during the season include violinist Joshua Bell as well as a joint performance by celebrated vocalists Samuel Ramey and Frederica von Stade.

An esteemed guest conductor, Tovey has worked with orchestras in Europe and the UK including the London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Frankfurt Radio Orchestra as well as the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra with whom he works regularly. This season, Tovey returns to the Ulster and Helsingborg Orchestras having made his successful debut in 2008/09 and to Opera North and Trondheim Symphony. He makes his debut with Bergen Philharmonic in 2009/10 and will also return to Melbourne as curator of the contemporary Metropolis Festival in summer 2010 and to the main subscription season in autumn 2011. That season, he will also conduct the Sydney Symphony Orchestra for the first time. In North America, along with his work with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonics, Tovey has made guest appearances with the orchestras of Baltimore, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Seattle, Montreal as well as ongoing performances with Toronto, where he conducts each season.

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

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

Renowned as a choral conductor, Tovey has performed works ranging from Mahlerĺ─˘s Symphony No. 8 to Bachĺ─˘s Mass in B Minor. In opera, his repertoire includes works by Puccini, Strauss, Mozart, Menotti, Poulenc, Britten and Stravinsky. In 2004, he premiered a new opera by John Estacio, jointly commissioned by the Banff Centre and the Calgary Opera, which he reprised for the National Arts Centre in Ottawa in 2005.With a profound commitment to new music, Tovey has established himself as a formidable composer and is the first artist to win a Juno Award in both conducting and composing. He has been commissioned by the Calgary Opera to compose the companyĺ─˘s third original full-length opera. Written with librettist John Murrell, this work is based on the extraordinary life of Alexander ĺ─˙Sandyĺ─¨ Keith, a notorious 19th century con artist and criminal from Halifax, Nova Scotia. An immense undertaking, the piece will premiere in Calgary in January of 2011. Toveyĺ─˘s other accomplishments as a composer include receiving the Best Canadian Classical Composition 2003 Juno Award for his Requiem for a Charred Skull, performed and recorded by the Amadeus Choir and the Hannaford Band in Toronto.

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

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

Lang Lang, piano

Heralded as the "hottest artist on the classical music planet" by the New York Times, 27-year-old Lang Lang has played sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world and is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic and the top American orchestras. Testimony to his success, Lang Lang recently appeared in the 2009 Time 100 ĺ─ý Time magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2008, over 5 billion people viewed Lang Lang's performance in Beijing's opening ceremony for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad where he was seen as a symbol of the youth and future of China. This status has inspired over 35 million Chinese children to learn to play classical piano ĺ─ý a phenomenon coined by The Today Show as "the Lang Lang effect." Recognizing Lang Lang's powerful cultural influence, in 2008, the Recording Academy named him their Cultural Ambassador to China. Most recently, Lang Lang has been chosen as an official worldwide ambassador to the 2010 Shanghai Expo.ĺ─«ĺ─«Lang Lang has made it his mission to share classical music around the world, with an emphasis on training children and young musicians through education and outreach programs. To that effect, in October 2008 he launched the Lang Lang International Music Foundation in New York with the support of the Grammy's and UNICEF. The Lang Lang International Music Foundation was created enrich the lives of children through a deeper understanding and enjoyment of classical music and to inspire and financially support the next generation of musicians. In May 2009, Lang Lang and his three chosen scholars from the foundation ĺ─ý aged between 8 and 10 years old ĺ─ý performed together on The Oprah Winfrey Show on "Oprah's Search for the World's Most Smartest and Most Talented Kids."ĺ─«ĺ─«Lang Lang also continues to give master classes regularly throughout the world at the invitation of the most prestigious music institutions, including the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music and Hanover Conservatory, as well as all the top conservatories of China where he holds honorary professorships. He has held music residencies in Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco, London, Rome and Stockholm, which include master classes for exceptional students. In addition to his numerous commitments, Lang Lang holds the title of the first Ambassador of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. His role in this groundbreaking project created by YouTube and Google reflects his devotion to building new audiences and bringing classical music to young people worldwide.ĺ─«ĺ─«In 2008, his biography, Journey of a Thousand Miles, published by Random House in eight languages, was released to critical acclaim. As part of his commitment to the education of children, he released a version of his autobiography specifically for younger readers, entitled Playing with Flying Keys.ĺ─«ĺ─«In 2010, Lang Lang continues his busy touring schedule around the world, and will be a featured highlight of the Carnegie Hall China Festival this Fall. Tens of thousands of people have enjoyed Lang Lang's performances in open-air concerts in parks and venues around the globe, including New York City's Central Park, Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Chicago's Ravinia Festival, Theaterplatz in Dresden and Hamburg's Derby Park. In December 2007, Lang Lang was guest soloist at the Nobel Prize concert in Stockholm, an event attended by the Nobel Laureates and members of the Royal Family. Collaborating with Maestro Seiji Ozawa, he appeared at the New Year's Eve gala opening for the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. He participated in the opening concert at Munich's Olympic Stadium with Mariss Janson, marking the commencement of the World Cup and in a celebratory concert for the closing of '08 Euro Cup finals Lang Lang played with the Vienna Philharmonic under the baton of Zubin Mehta in front of SchłĆnbrunn Palace.ĺ─«ĺ─«Lang Lang has become the face and vision for numerous global campaigns. Following, Lang Lang and Herbie Hancock's performance at the 50th Grammy Awards, the pair have recorded a new commercial entitled "Heart" for United Airlines, featuring their rendition of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Steinway has recognized Lang Lang's popularity with children, by creating five versions of the "Lang LangTM Steinway" designed for early music education. This is the first time in its 150-year history that Steinway has ever used an artist's name to produce pianos. Lang Lang is global brand ambassador for Sony Electronics with whom he anticipates achieving innovative and creative possibilities for the future. He has also collaborated with Adidas, creating a limited edition "Gazelle" shoe in his name and continues his honored relationship with Audi Automobiles as their global brand ambassador. He recently signed on to represent Aegon's worldwide financial services. When in Berlin, Lang Lang stays at the grand hotel The Ritz-Carlton and in California, his official home is Shutters on the Beach hotel.

Lang Lang began playing piano at the age of 3 and by the age of 5 he had won the Shenyang competition and given his first public recital. Entering Beijingĺ─˘s Central Music Conservatory at age 9, he won first prize at the Tchaikovsky International Young Musicians Competition and played the complete 24 Chopin łÔtudes at the Beijing Concert Hall at age 13. Lang Langĺ─˘s break into stardom came at age 17 when he was called upon for a dramatic last-minute substitution at the ĺ─˙Gala of the Centuryĺ─¨, playing the Tchaikovsky concerto with the Chicago Symphony. Following this gigantic debut, he performed successful concerts around the world, leaving the London Times to remark: ĺ─˙Lang Lang took a sold-out Albert Hall by stormĺ─Â This could well be history in the making.ĺ─¨ He has appeared three times on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, and 60 Minutes. Lang Lang has been featured on every major TV network and in news and lifestyle magazines worldwide, including such diverse publications as Vogue, GQ, Die Welt, Readerĺ─˘s Digest and People. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the ĺ─˙biggest, most exciting keyboard talent encountered in many years,ĺ─¨ Lang Lang has progressed from one triumphant appearance to the next.

Lang Lang has performed for numerous international dignitaries including the former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan, President George H. W. Bush, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, President Hu Jin-Tao of China, President Horst Koehler of Germany, H.R.H. Prince Charles, as well as Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and French President Nicolas Sarkozy.

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Spooktacular afternoon of musical treats for young ghouls and goblins - Oct. 31

ESSO Symphony for Kids
Pumpkinful afternoon of frightful tricks and musical treats

Spooktacular
Saturday, October 31st ĺ─ý 2:00 pm

Edmonton, AB ĺ─Â A ghostly host joins your Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) to take the whole family on a witchĺ─˘s broom ride through the Francis Winspear Centre for Music. Conductor Bruce Hangen will reveal an orchestral graveyard of frightening noises and eerie effects that will have children screaming with delight!

This chilling performance will haunt the music hall with the Addams Family Values Tango, Brattonĺ─˘s The Teddy Bearsĺ─˘ Picnic, Dukasĺ─˘ The Sorcererĺ─˘s Apprentice, selections from The Phantom of the Opera and Pictures at an Exhibition, and so much more. This 60-minute concert is performed without intermission.

Fill your cauldron of Halloween activities with a pumpkinful afternoon of musical tricks and treats. Creep over to the Winspear Centre for pre-concert activities starting at 1:15 PM in the main lobby, where young ghouls and goblins will have a frightfully fun time crafting Halloween masks.

Ticket prices for this matinee performance range from $21 to $29 for Adults, and $13 to $17 for Children (agency fees apply). Call the Winspear Centre Box Office at (780) 428-1414 or 1-800-563-5081, or purchase online at www.edmontonsymphony.com.

The next performance of the ESSO Symphony for Kids series will take place on November 21st. Bring the wee lads and lasses to the Winspear Centre for A Celtic Adventure with Bill Eddins and the Knock School of Irish Dance.

Thank you to our generous series sponsor ESSO Imperial Oil Foundation, our series media sponsor 105.9 Shine FM, and our season media sponsor CBC.

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

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, marking its 58th season in 2009-2010, has taken its place as one of Canada's foremost orchestral ensemble. Its current roster includes 56 musicians from Canada and around the world, performing a wide-ranging repertoire from the great classical masterworks to pops and children's concerts. The presence of the orchestra and its enrichment of the community's quality of life are key elements in the stature and profile of Edmonton on the national and international scene.

Winspear Centre Box Office:
#4 Sir Winston Churchill Square
(780) 428-1414 or 1-800-563-5081
www.edmontonsymphony.com

Biography

Bruce Hangen is Director of Orchestral Activities at the Boston Conservatory, serving as the Conservatoryĺ─˘s principal orchestral conductor as well as director of both the orchestra and conducting programs. The 2008/2009 season marked his 11th season as the Music Director of the Indian Hill Symphony. Recently, Mr. Hangen completed his tenure as the Principal Pops Guest Conductor of the Boston Pops. This position was created in May 2002 especially for Mr. Hangen, reflecting the strong musical relationship built over two decades of regular guest conducting. Other past positions include Music Director of the Omaha Symphony. From 1998 to 2000, he was Acting Resident Conductor of both the Utah and Kansas City Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Hangen was for ten seasons (1976-86) Music Director and Conductor of the Portland (Maine) Symphony; 1973-79 Associate Conductor of the Denver Symphony; 1975-79 Music Director of the Arapahoe Chamber Orchestra in Denver; six summer seasons (1966-72) Assistant Conductor of the Colorado Philharmonic.

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a major in conducting, Hangen was also a conducting fellow at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood for two summers, where his conducting teachers included Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. His recent appearances have included concerts with the Florida Philharmonic and Boston Symphony as well as the orchestras of St. Louis, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Naples (FL), and Houston. His repeat engagements with the Boston Pops and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestras alone totaled well over 200 performances since 1979. Mr. Hangen is the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the University of New England, and in Omaha he received the ICAN Foundationĺ─˘s 1990 Browning Award for Career Excellence and Vision. Bruce Hangen was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania and was raised in Great Falls, Montana.

Mr. Hangen last appeared with the ESO in September, 2008.

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Herbert Barrett Management and Vantage Artists Management Inc. Complete Merger

BARRETT VANTAGE ARTISTS
Chosen as New Corporate Name

Combined Artist Roster Includes over 110
Celebrated Musicians and Ensembles

New York, NY, October 19, 2009: Herbert Barrett Management and Vantage Artists Management Inc. today announced their merger, creating a new performing arts management company named Barrett Vantage Artists. The merged company will be led by longtime Herbert Barrett Management President John A. Anderson and will combine the staff from both companies, including industry veterans Emmy Tu as Managing Director, Senior Vice President Mary Lynn Fixler and Vice Presidents Alexandra Bacon and Bonnie Barrett. The roster of Barrett Vantage Artists includes 68 vocalists, as well as 45 instrumentalists, ensembles and conductors, representing oustanding musicians across classical, opera, jazz and cabaret genres.

Commenting on the new organization, Barrett Vantage Artists President John A. Anderson remarked, "I am pleased that the legacy of the late Herbert Barrett will now be carried forward in this new venture. Since 1957, Herbert Barrett Management has had a proud tradition of representing world-class performing artists, developing careers and reaching out to audiences. The combined strength of the rosters and staffs of HBM and Vantage Artists creates a new platform from which together we can address the challenges and opportunities of the music industry today."

ĺ─˙Vantage Artists has always explored new ways of reaching audiences with dynamic artists and creative approaches to doing business in a mature industry,ĺ─¨ states Emmy Tu, who will serve as Managing Director in the newly formed organization. ĺ─˙We are looking forward to leveraging our collective strengths on behalf of our terrific artist roster.ĺ─¨

The legendary baritone Sherrill Milnes, who has been represented by Herbert Barrett Management from the beginning of his career (1960) to this day, notes: ĺ─˙Herbert Barrett was one of the great impresarios of the 20th Century and a dear friend. I think he would be delighted to see the company he founded and nurtured expanding to meet the needs of its artists and its presenters around the world today, while still honoring the rich 52-year history of Herbert Barrett Management.ĺ─¨

Guitar virtuoso Eliot Fisk, part of the Vantage Artists roster since the companyĺ─˘s inception in 2004, added, ĺ─˙I am delighted to be part of Barrett Vantage Artists. It is especially gratifying for me, because at the start of my career I had the pleasure of meeting Herbert Barrett. I look forward to continuing my wonderful relationship with Vantage Artists and collaborating with the excellent team from the Barrett office. This is an exciting synergy of two very complementary companies, and a great development for all those who love the sacred art of music.ĺ─¨

Francesca Caccini, Femme de głęnie

Le vendredi 6 novembre 2009, 20 h 00
Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, 400, rue Saint-Paul Est, Vieux-Montrłęal

Prix des billets :
Entrłęe simple 28 $ / AłĂnłę (65 ans et +) 25 $
łÔtudiant, temps plein, 25 ans et moins 10 $
15 ans et moins accompagnłę d'un adulte : gratuit
Renseignements et rłęservations : 514-748-8625 ĺ─ý www.clavecinenconcert.org

Montrłęal, 15 octobre 2009 ĺ─ý Pour son deuxił«me concert de saison, Clavecin en concert vous invite łŢ une soirłęe qui vous permettra de dłęcouvrir l'art de Francesca Caccini (1587-1640), fille du compositeur italien Giulio Caccini. Estimłęe par le grand Claudio Monteverdi, Francesca Caccini fut la premił«re femme łŢ composer des opłęras. Son łęcriture vocale est d'une absolue beautłę.

Avec Shannon Mercer (soprano), Luc Beausłęjour (clavecin et orgue positif), Sylvain Bergeron (luth, thłęorbe, guitare baroque) et Amanda Keesmaat (violoncelle).

Programme
Francesca Caccini, extraits de Il primo libro delle musiche (1618)ĺ─«ĺ─«S'io men vłż / Non słż se quel sorriso / Rendi alle mie speranze il verde / Io mi distruggo /
Ch'Amor sia nudo / O chiome belle / Chi desia di saper che cosa ł« Amore /
Dov'io credea le mie speranze vere / Regina ceali

PAUSE

Su le piume / Dolce Maria / Se muove / Dispiegate / Lasciatemi /
La pastorella / O vive rose / Fresche aurette


ĺ─«Clavecin en concert remercie le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, le Conseil des Arts du Canada et le Conseil des arts de Montrłęal de leur soutien.

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Gryphon Trio Premieres Two New Commissions

Wave by Gary Kulesha ĺ─ý Inaugural Esther Gelber Fund Commission
Berliner Konzert by Paul Frehner ĺ─ý Commemorates the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall

Toronto, ON (October 19, 2009)ĺ─ÂIn November, Torontoĺ─˘s Gryphon Trio will continue its practice of championing contemporary Canadian composers and their works when it premieres two new commissions: Wave by Gary Kulesha and Paul Frehnerĺ─˘s Berliner Konzert.

Wave is a 21-minute chamber symphony for soprano, violin, cello and piano by composer Gary Kulesha, based on excerpts from Virginia Woolfĺ─˘s 1931 novel The Waves which follows six main characters from birth to death through a series of interior monologues. Kuleshaĺ─˘s chamber symphony focuses on Susan, a character for whom Woolf wrote the most astonishingly beautiful language of her career. A Gryphon Trio commission made possible through the Esther Gelber Fund, Wave will have its world premiere on Thursday, November 5th when Music TORONTO presents the Gryphon Trio with soprano Valdine Anderson in the Jane Mallett Theatre at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts (227 Front Street East).

The Esther Gelber Fund was created by sisters Nance Gelber, Patty Rubin, Judith Gelber and Sara Charney in honour of their late mother, Esther Gelber, a well-known Toronto arts supporter and philanthropist. The fund provides performers with the opportunity to select and commission a composer of their choice for a debut performance. Established in 2007, the fund is administered by the Canadian Music Centre. The CMC is Canadaĺ─˘s primary resource for more than 700 Canadian composersĺ─˘ scores and recordings. With a mandate to actively promote its 21,000 works catalogue, the centre distributes the music within Canada and around the world. The Gryphon Trioĺ─˘s commission of Gary Kuleshaĺ─˘s Wave is the first to be awarded and premiered through the fund.

Esther Gelber and her husband Arthur Gelber were both passionate about the visual arts, music, theatre and dance and became very active in the Toronto cultural scene with a number of organizations including COMUS Music Theatre of Canada, the National Ballet, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

ĺ─˙Our mother was a major supporter of new initiatives, and wanted artists to have the chance to create and perform new work,ĺ─¨ said Patty Rubin, the second daughter of Esther Gelber. ĺ─˙Torontonians are very generous in their support of the arts, and this has been particularly evident in the many ĺ─˛bricks and mortarĺ─˘ campaigns that are transforming the face of the city. Through the fund, my sisters and I hope to raise awareness that commissioning work is another great option for people who are interested in supporting the arts.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙The Trioĺ─˘s production of Constantinople presented an opportunity for us to invite supporters and fans to get behind an initiative that we were very passionate about and help us get it to the finish line,ĺ─¨ said cellist Roman Borys. ĺ─˙Since then weĺ─˘ve had numerous commissions and touring projects funded by individuals from Canada and abroad. Funding the creation of a new piece of chamber music and gaining insight into the creative process is very rewarding; however the greatest satisfaction comes from witnessing the workĺ─˘s evolution from performance to performance. We bring these pieces to life and share them with audiences everywhere we go.ĺ─¨

Later in November Gryphon Trio and Germanyĺ─˘s Wł║rttemberg Chamber Orchestra will perform the world premiere of Berliner Konzert by Canadian composer Paul Frehner to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. A co-commission with Soundstreams Canada, the work will be presented as part of their 2009-2010 season on November 24th at Jane Mallett Theatre at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts. Following the world premiere, Gryphon Trio and Wł║rttemberg Chamber Orchestra will perform Frehnerĺ─˘s piece at Dominion Chalmers Church (www.chamberfest.com) in Ottawa (November 27).

Tickets to Music TORONTO presents the Gryphon Trio with soprano Valdine Anderson on Thursday, November 5th at 8 p.m. and Soundstreams Canadaĺ─˘s Berliner Koncert on Tuesday, November 24th at 8 p.m. are available through the St. Lawrence Centre Box Office by calling 416-366-7723, 1-800-708-6754 or on-line at www.stlc.com.

Gryphon Trio, founded in 1993 by violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon, cellist Roman Borys and pianist Jamie Parker, is one of Canadaĺ─˘s pre-eminent ensembles. Based in Toronto, Gryphon Trio tours extensively throughout Canada, the United States and Europe, and has released 10 CDs on the Analekta label including the Juno award-winning Canadian Premieres, which features the work of leading Canadian composers. Gryphon Trio is strongly committed to expanding the piano trio repertoire and has commissioned and premiered over 50 works. Dedicated to pushing the boundaries of chamber music, the Trio has collaborated on numerous special projects including Christos Hatzisĺ─˘ Constantinople, a groundbreaking multimedia production which was performed in Canada, the United States, and at the Royal Opera House in Londonĺ─˘s Covent Garden in 2006. Between 2007-2009, Gryphon Trio served as interim Artistic Directors of the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival. Permanent appointments were made in August 2009, with cellist Roman Borys serving as Artistic Director with Patipatanakoon and Parker acting as Artistic Advisors. The Trio members continue teaching and nurturing future generations of classical musicians and audiences, all three are Artists-in-Residence at the University of Torontoĺ─˘s Faculty of Music, where Dr. Parker is the Rupert E. Edwards Chair in Piano Performance and violinist Annalee Patipatanakoon is an Assistant Professor.

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ĺ─«ĺ─«Chants Libres prłęsente, en premił«re mondiale, sa nouvelle crłęation ĺ─«ĺ─˛Lĺ─˘eau qui danse, la pomme qui chante et lĺ─˘oiseau qui dit la vłęritłęĺ─˘

Uun opłęra fłęrie de ĺ─«GILLES TREMBLAY, composition
PIERRE MORENCY, livret
ĺ─«ROBERT BELLEFEUILLE, mise en scł«neĺ─«
NOUVEL ENSEMBLE MODERNE+, sous la direction de LORRAINE VAILLANCOURT
ĺ─«12 CHANTEURS ĺ─«Salle Ludger-Duvernay du Monument-National ĺ─«Jeudi 19, vendredi 20 et samedi 21 NOVEMBRE 2009, 20 hĺ─«
1182, St-Laurent, Montrłęal (Qułębec, Canada)ĺ─«
Info : www.chantslibres.org ĺ─«Durłęe : 2 h 20, avec un entracte
ĺ─«40$ [rłęgulier] ĺ─ý 20$ [łętudiants, ałĂnłęs]ĺ─«
Billetterie : Monument-National : 514-871-2224 / 1-866-844-2172

ĺ─«Montrłęal, lundi 19 octobre 2009 ĺ─ţ Chants Libres, compagnie lyrique de crłęation, sous la direction artistique de Pauline Vaillancourt, prłęsentera en premił«re mondiale les 19, 20 et 21 novembre 2009 łŢ la salle Ludger-Duvernay du Monument-National łŢ Montrłęal, un opłęra fłęerie, Lĺ─˘eau qui danse, la pomme qui chante et lĺ─˘oiseau qui dit la vłęritłę.

ĺ─«ĺ─«Deux grands artistes majeurs du Qułębec contemporain et grands observateurs de la nature, qui ont reł▀u pour lĺ─˘ensemble de leur ëýuvre plusieurs hautes distinctions, signent respectivement leur premier opłęra : le compositeur Gilles Tremblay, pilier des cultures musicales qułębłęcoise et canadienne, qui a sonorisłę le pavillon du Qułębec łŢ lĺ─˘expo 67 et Pierre Morency, poł«te, homme de thłęłótre, de radio et de tłęlłęvision, auteur du magnifique ouvrage Lĺ─˘ëýil amłęricain, La mise en scł«ne łętłę confiłęe łŢ lĺ─˘homme de thłęłótre Robert Bellefeuille, łŢ qui lĺ─˘on doit des mises en scł«ne de crłęations remarqułęes (Le conte de Monte-Cristo, Jouliks, La Dame aux camłęlias). La scłęnographie est de Jean Bard, la chorłęgraphie de Lina Cruz, les łęclairages de Nicolas Descoteaux, le visuel de Geodezik, les costumes de Marianne Thłęriault et les maquillages dĺ─˘Angelo Barsetti.ĺ─«ĺ─«Dans la fosse, Lorraine Vaillancourt assure la direction musicale des 12 interprł«tes et des 25 musiciens du Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, dont cĺ─˘est la 4e collaboration avec Chants Libres, aprł«s Il suffit dĺ─˘un peu dĺ─˘air de Claude Baliff, La Princesse blanche de Bruce Mather et Le Vampire et la Nymphomane de Serge Provost.ĺ─«ĺ─«

Lĺ─˘eau qui danse, la pomme qui chante et lĺ─˘oiseau qui dit la vłęritłę nous invite dans un monde fłęerique et nous relate les 3 łępreuves que doit remporter lĺ─˘amour victorieux. Sur scł«ne, des personnages plus colorłęs les uns que les autres prennent vie par une jeune distribution entił«rement canadienne : YBY, Jean Maheux (comłędien-baryton) ; BELLE-łÔTOILE, Marianne Lambert (soprano) ; POULANE, Marie-Annick Błęliveau (alto) ; FEINTISE, Michł«le Motard (mezzo-soprano) ; Lĺ─˘OISEAU, Scott Belluz (haute-contre) ; LE ROI, Taras Kulish (basse) ; CHłÔROT, Sylvain Parłę (tłęnor) ; LA POMME QUI CHANTE et LA SIRłÓNE, Claudine Ledoux (mezzo-soprano) ; TOURTERELLE, Stłęphanie Pothier (mezzo-soprano) ; BLONDINE, Anne Saint-Denis (soprano) ; PETIT-SOLEIL, Julien Patenaude (baryton) ; BEAUJOUR, Philippe Martel (baryton). ĺ─«ĺ─«Cette production sera enregistrłęe pour diffusion ultłęrieure sur Espace musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada (100,7 FM łŢ Montrłęal), dans le cadre de l'łęmission animłęe par Sylvia L'łÔcuyer tous les samedis.ĺ─«ĺ─«

OPłÔRA FłÔERIE est une crłęation de Chants Libres, prłęsentłęe avec lĺ─˘appui du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, du Conseil des arts de Montrłęal, du Conseil des Arts du Canada et de Opłęra.ca, et avec la collaboration du NEM. Chants Libres est partenaire de la słęrie HOMMAGE łŢ Gilles Tremblay, une initiative de la Sociłętłę de musique contemporaine du Qułębec (SMCQ).

Final Fantasy performs with Symphony Nova Scotia for the Halifax Pop Explosion

Halifax, NS ĺ─ý Symphony Nova Scotia teams up with indie/pop/classical artist Final Fantasy on Friday, October 23 at 7:30 pm at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium as part of the Halifax Pop Explosion.

Named in tribute to the video game series, Final Fantasy is a one-man band made up of Canadian violinist/pianist/composer Owen Pallett. His trademark performances feature him using a foot pedal to loop the live violin in simultaneous layers, building a grand, intricate sound.

This classically trained violinist has written arrangements for artists like Arcade Fire, the Pet Shop Boys, and Mika, and won the inaugural Polaris Prize for his album He Poos Clouds. This concert will be his second orchestral appearance, following a performance with the Brooklyn Philharmonic earlier this year.

"The forthcoming Final Fantasy album is entirely orchestral, and this concert is a wonderful opportunity to perform these songs the way they were meant to be heard,ĺ─¨ says Owen. ĺ─˙I also took some time to revisit some older songs, revise them for a symphonic performance."

Final Fantasyĺ─˘s performance with Symphony Nova Scotia will be conducted by Martin MacDonald, and will feature Owenĺ─˘s own arrangements of some of his most popular songs, including Arctic Circle, He Poos Clouds, Oh Heartland, Up Yours!, Took You Two Years to Win My Heart, Lewis Takes Action, The CN Tower, and Ultimatum. He will also perform several pieces solo, and Symphony Nova Scotia will perform orchestral works by Prokofiev and Mercure. The entire performance will be recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio Two.

This performance is almost sold out, so pick up your tickets today! Prices range from $29-49 (HST included), or you can purchase a subscription package and save up to 30%. For tickets and more information, call 494.3820 or visit our website at www.symphonynovascotia.ca.

About Final Fantasy
Owen Pallett's live violin-looping project, Final Fantasy, has released four albums and EPs, including Has a Good Home and He Poos Clouds. The Village Voice praised He Poos Clouds as having "the best lyrics of the year," Pitchfork described it as "a joy to hear... this is, in a word, fierce ĺ─ý it can engage you on a level most albums can't," and many publications put it in their top-ten lists for the year. Canadian journalists voted and awarded it the inaugural Polaris Prize for best Canadian full-length album.

In addition to curating the Maximum Black Festival in early 2008, Owen has been touring constantly while writing string and orchestral arrangements for many releases, including Arcade Fire's Neon Bible (and Funeral), Grizzly Bear's Yellow House, Beirut's The Flying Club Cup, The Last Shadow Puppets' The Age of the Understatement, and the Pet Shop Boysĺ─˘ Yes. He is currently working on his forthcoming full-length romance album entitled Heartland.

About Symphony Nova Scotia
Symphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotiaĺ─˘s orchestra. Each year more than 50,000 audience members (including 15,000 young music lovers) join us in communities across Nova Scotia for performances of the music they love ĺ─ý from baroque and classical to pop and rock and folk. Under the inspirational leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is recognized as one of the finest orchestras in the country. Visit www.SymphonyNovaScotia.ca to learn more, listen online, or subscribe today!

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

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Portland Symphony Orchestra Welcomes Special Guest Judd Nelson for "Great Stories to Tell" at Merrill Auditorium, November 8

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý For the first Sunday Classical concert of the 85th anniversary season, the Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) welcomes celebrity guest narrator Judd Nelson for "Great Stories to Tell!" Led by Music Director Robert Moody, the matinee performance will also feature members of Portland Ballet Company. The concert takes place on Sunday, November 8 at 2:30 PM in Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street in Portland.

"Great Stories to Tell!" blends music, story-telling, dance and colorful costumes to appeal to all the senses. The concert begins with Respghi's Ancient Airs and Dances (Suite No. 1), composed in 1917 and based on themes of Renaissance-era lute music, followed by selections from Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream Op. 61, written to accompany the Shakespearean romantic comedy.

The centerpiece of the program is Stravinsky's L'histoire du Soldat ("A Soldier's Tale") ĺ─ý a 1918 theatrical work "to be read, played, and danced" ("lue, joułęe et dansłęe"). L'histoire du Soldat is a parable based on a Russian folk tale about a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil for a book that predicts the future of the economy. The music is witty and acerbic, and includes elements of ragtime, early jazz, and tango. Dancers from Portland Ballet Company portray the Soldier, the Devil, and the Princess, while Nelson narrates, all accompanied by a virtuoso ensemble of select PSO players.

Judd Nelson, best known for his roles as John Bender in The Breakfast Club, Alec Newbary in St. Elmo's Fire and Jack Richmond in Suddenly Susan, is a native of Portland, and returns to the city to narrate this exciting performance. Nelson's father Leonard is a past Board President of the Portland Symphony Orchestra.

Sponsored by Cardiovascular Consultants of Maine, "Great Stories to Tell!" will take place at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, at 2:30 PM on November 8. Tickets range from $20-$70 and are available through PortTix at (207) 842-0800 or www.porttix.com. Phone and internet orders are subject to $6-per-ticket handling fees. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office at 20 Myrtle St., Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 PM.

A Concert Conversation with Dr. Scott Harris, Director of the USM School of Music, takes place at 1:15 PM in the Rehearsal Hall, and a Post Concert Q&A will be held onstage with the artists immediately following the performance. Cardiovascular Consultants of Maine will be providing free health screenings in the auditorium lobby. A live recorded broadcast of the concert can be heard on Maine Public Broadcasting Network on Wednesday, December 9, 2009.

The PSO's 2009-10 season is sponsored by IDEXX Laboratories. For complete season information, including artist biographies; program notes; and Online Insights, provided with support from season Enrichment Sponsor Fairpoint Communications; visit www.portlandsymphony.com.

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BENT By Martin Sherman

Directed by Carolyn Fe
Thursday, November 5 - Sunday, November 15, 2009

Max: "We'll miss the Olympics next month in Berlin."
Horst: "I knew there was a reason I didn't want to be here in Dachau."

Montreal, October 2009 - BENT is a story of acceptance, tolerance and love in the wrong place and time. Altera Vitae is honoured to present their fourth production, playing at Espace 4001 (formerly Geordie Space) from November 5 to 15. Directed by Carolyn Fe, the talented cast includes Vance De Waele, Yves Jacquier, Adam Leblanc, Christopher Moore, Serge Turcotte and Mark Waters in this poignant piece. Altera Vitae produces quality works of theatre that engage and service the community. One of the company's raisons d'łütres is helping those who need to be heard. With each new production, they partner with a valuable organization whose mandate is similar to themes in the play. For Bent, Altera Vitae supports GRIS-Montreal. Says Carolyn Fe, Altera Vitae's artistic director, "I am proud to have found GRIS-Montreal for this production. Their important work takes them into the schools and demystifies homosexuality to local youth by educating students with a non-lecturing, judgment-free approach." This year marks GRIS-Montreal's 15th year servicing the community.

Bent highlights Paragraph 175, a largely ignored German law making homosexuality a criminal offense, which Hitler reactivated and reinforced during his rise to power. Gays were arrested and interned at work camps prior to the genocide of the Jews, Gypsies and handicapped, and continued to be imprisoned even after the fall of the Third Reich and liberation of the camps. To director Carolyn Fe, herself a visible minority, it is important to show the 'minorities' that were sharing the horrors of the concentration camps. Each coloured patch- pink, red, green, black, brown, purple, blue and of course, yellow, had a meaning and a 'pride line'. The pink triangle was the lowest. Fe hopes the play reminds people how to find strength and dignity at their lowest moments, "For me, this play goes beyond the pink triangle; it goes all the way to accepting and believing in oneself regardless of how difficult the environment or the times may be." The company is so pleased at the number of school groups who will be seeing the production.

Christopher Moore plays Max, a character both filled with hope and in denial. For Moore, the play is summed up beautifully and painfully in the last lines when Max says to Horst, "I love you. What's wrong with that?" He says the role has brought to his attention what it takes to survive certain atrocities that many people outside (and some inside) North America face every day, "I hope the audience is able to appreciate the idea of this union of love in a time when it was illegal and especially in the camp, unthought-of and not dared." He would like people to go home answering, "There is nothing wrong with that". For Vance De Waele, in the role of Horst, additionally, "The themes in the play go beyond sexual orientation or identity." Bent also contains an unforgettable love scene.

The integral designs are by creative team Scott Drysdale, lights and Dan Legault, sound. The stage manager is Anne-Marie Pierre. The play's theme song is David Bowie's Heroes: "Though nothing will drive them away; We can beat them, just for one day; We can be Heroes, just for one day."

Taken from the Latin expression, Spes Altera Vitae, meaning 'another hope of life', Altera Vitae Productions proposes a peek at another life through theatrical presentations. This, if only for a brief moment in time, whether it be as a member of the audience, on stage or behind the scenes. In keeping with Altera Vitae providing a peak at 'another life', Bent is an excellent example. In its short time on the local theatre landscape, Altera Vitae has managed to capture the attention of the public and the media, garnering an Honorable Mention for the Revelation Award at the 2008 Montreal English Critics' Circle Award (MECCA) ceremony.

"I worked a deal. I'm good at that."- Max

BENT
Altera Vitae Productions
Playing at Espace 4001
4001 Berri (near Duluth)

Tuesday to Sunday, 8:00 pm
Matinees: Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 pm
20$ regular, 18$ students/seniorsĺ─«Two-for-one: Sat. Nov. 7 and Sun. Nov. 8 at 2pm, to help spread word of mouth


Reservations: 514-823-8823 or purchase online: http://www.alteravitae.com/bent/tickets.html
www.alteravitae.com
www.gris.ca

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Venue Change for Sky Gilbert's "Why We Tortured Him: A Meditation on the Nature of Violence"

Hamilton, Ontario (Thursday, October 15, 2009) - The venue for Hammertheatre's upcoming production of WHY WE TORTURED HIM: A MEDITATION ON THE NATURE OF VIOLENCE by Sky Gilbert has changed. The eagerly awaited play will
now be presented at The James Street North Theatre.

SHOW DATES AND TIMES: All performances of WHY WE TORTURED HIM: A MEDITATION ON THE NATURE OF VIOLENCE will take place at the intimate James Street North Theatre located just above "The Factory" at 126 James Street North, Hamilton, Ontario.

Tickets are $15 each with Pay-What-You-Can Sunday Matinees. Tickets can only be purchased in person at the theatre 30 minutes before the show starts. Cash only.

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 8:30pm
Friday, October 30, 2009 at 8:30pm
Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 8:30pm
Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 2:30pm

Tuesday, November 3, 2009 at 8:30pm
Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 8:30pm
Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 8:30pm
Friday, November 6, 2009 at 8:30pm
Saturday, November 7, 2009 at 8:30pm
Sunday, November 8, 2009 at 2:30pm

CREATIVE TEAM: Bill Chabassol (LIGHTING DESIGNER), Mark Crawford as DOUG, Alex Fiddes as GARY, Sky Gilbert (WRITER/DIRECTOR), Ian Jarvis (PROMO MATERIALS DESIGNER), Denise Lisson (DESIGN CO-ORDINATOR), Haley McGee as BRANDY,
Kerry Mounfield (SET DESIGNER), Stephen Newman (STAGE MANAGER), and Diana Stephens (COSTUME DESIGNER)

THEATRE COMPANY: Sky Gilbert founded Hammertheatre in January 2007. Hammertheatre is devoted to theatre research in Hamilton, particularly in plays by Artistic Director Sky Gilbert that deal with issues of gender and sexuality in experimental ways.

PERFORMANCE SPACE: The James Street North Theatre was once known as The Forester's Hall. Built in 1884 by the Ancient Order of Foresters, the architect was W.A. Edwards. The hall housed meetings and functions for many years and was used as a performance space. It was rumoured to have hosted artists such as Caruso and Billie Holiday during its heyday. Currently, the space is Hamilton artist Colina Maxwell's studio and gallery.

SPONSORS: Ontario Arts Council

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David Altmejd remporte le Prix artistique Sobey 2009

Montrłęal, le 16 octobre 2009 - David Altmejd, artiste de renommłęe internationale diplłąmłę du baccalaurłęat en arts visuels et młędiatiques de l'UQAM, a remportłę le Prix artistique Sobey 2009 pour lequel il reprłęsentait le Qułębec. Remis łŢ tous les deux ans łŢ un artiste de moins de 40 ans, ce prix est lĺ─˘un des plus prestigieux en arts visuels au Canada et sĺ─˘accompagne dĺ─˘un montant de 50 000 $.

Le jury de conservateurs du Prix artistique Sobey 2009 est composłę de : Liz Wylie, conservatrice, Kelowna Art Gallery; Kitty Scott, directrice Arts visuels, The Banff Center; Ivan Jurakic, conservateur, Cambridge Galleries; Louise Dłęry, directrice et conservatrice, Galerie de l'UQAM; Terry Graff, conservateur et dłęputłę de directeur, Galerie d'art Beaverbrook. Les membres du jury ont salułę la vision originale de l'artiste et reconnu unanimement lĺ─˘excellence de son ëýuvre.

La Galerie de lĺ─˘UQAM a contribułę łŢ la notoriłętłę de David Altmejd de plusieurs fał▀ons, notamment lorsque Louise Dłęry, directrice de la Galerie, a łętłę commissaire du pavillon du Canada łŢ la Biennale de Venise de 2007 et y a prłęsentłę une exposition majeure de lĺ─˘artiste. La Galerie a publiłę les deux monographies existantes sur lĺ─˘artiste, David Altmejd. The Index (2007) et David Altmejd (2006). Elle a organisłę la seule circulation canadienne dĺ─˘une exposition lui łętant entił«rement consacrłęe en 2007.

Ceux qui ont envie de dłęcouvrir prochainement le travail de David Altmejd pourront le faire lors de lĺ─˘exposition Expansion qui sera prłęsentłęe łŢ la Galerie de lĺ─˘UQAM du 26 fłęvrier au 27 mars 2010, dans le cadre du 40e anniversaire de lĺ─˘Universitłę.

David Altmejd ĺ─«David Altmejd est nłę łŢ Montrłęal et vit łŢ New York. Il est diplłąmłę en arts visuels de lĺ─˘UQAM (B. A. 1998) et de Columbia University (MFA 2001). Il a exposłę au Qułębec (Galerie de lĺ─˘UQAM, Skol, Optica, Clark, B-312), aux łÔtats-Unis et en Europe. En quelques annłęes, David Altmejd a acquis une rłęputation internationale en participant notamment aux biennales dĺ─˘Istanbul (2003), du Whitney (2004) et de Venise (2007).

Connu pour ses installations qui multiplient les rłęfłęrences aux lłęgendes, au cinłęma et łŢ la science-fiction, David Altmejd a rłęussi, en quelques annłęes seulement, łŢ susciter l'intłęrłüt des critiques et des spłęcialistes de l'art łŢ l'łęchelle internationale. Lĺ─˘artiste est reprłęsentłę par Andrea Rosen Gallery, une influente galerie new-yorkaise, et par la galerie Modern Art de Londres. ł─ 35 ans, ses ëýuvres se retrouvent dans des collections permanentes aussi prestigieuses que celles du Musłęe Guggenheim et du Whitney Museum de New York.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Announcing: Orson's Shadow

ORSON' S SHADOW
by AUSTIN PENDLETON
Conceived by JUDITH AUBERJONOIS

Directed by RONA WADDINGTON
A PILOT GROUP PRODUCTION

THEATRE PASSE MURAILLE, MAINSPACE
NOVEMBER 27 - DECEMBER 12

Starring
PAUL EVES, JANET PORTER, STEVE ROSS,
CAMILLA SCOTT, GEOFF SCOVELL, CHRISTOPHER STANTON

Based on true events, Orson's Shadow is set in 1960 London, where Orson Welles, already in the declining years of his career, is directing a production of Eugł«ne Ionesco's Rhinoceros starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Plowright. Olivier, fresh from his triumphant portrayal of vaudevillean Archie Rice on stage and about to reprise the role in the film adaptation of John Osborne's The Entertainer, and Plowright are in the early stages of a romantic liaison developing at the end of his tumultuous marriage to Vivien Leigh. All four, and critic Kenneth Tynan, figure in the plot, which debates the merits of stage vs. screen, the mental and emotional struggle theatrical performers endure when contemplating a leap to films, and what occurs when their movie careers are hampered by the controls thrust upon them by the studio establishment.

Orson's Shadow is a study of theatrical egos, each of the protagonists living more on the stage than in real life, each feeling betrayed and insecure, each finding hope and power through dominating the other, using bluster, candor, half-truths and downright lies to get through the rehearsal, get through the day, get to the next phase of a career. The play received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Play and won the Drama League Award for Distinguished Performance.

Debuting at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago in January 2000 Orson's Shadow was performed at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in September of that year. The off-Broadway production, directed by David Cromer, opened on March 13, 2005 at the Barrow Street Theatre, where it ran for 349 performances. Since its New York City staging, Orson's Shadow has been mounted by a number of regional theatres, including Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, California, Round House Theatre in Bethesda, Maryland, Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri and the Gorilla Theatre in Tampa, Florida. In 2006 Orson's Shadow received a rehearsed reading at London's Old Vic Theatre.

Orson's Shadow
A PILOT GROUP PRODUCTION
Presented at
THEATRE PASSE MURAILLE, MAINSPACE, 16 Ryerson Ave. Toronto
NOVEMBER 27 - DECEMBER 12
Tuesday to Saturday at 7:30PM
PWYC Saturday Matinee at 2:00PM
TICKETS on sale by the ARTS BOX OFFICE
416.504.7529 artsboxoffice.ca
visit us at www.orsonsshadow.com

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Renowned American violinist Rachel Barton Pine makes her VSO debut

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý World-renowned violinist Rachel Barton Pine graces the Orpheum stage on October 24th & 26th at 8pm. Guest conductor and Music Director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, Giancarlo Guerrero, leads the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in a beautiful concert featuring the works of Respighi, Saint-Sał┤ns, and Ravelĺ─˘s epic orchestration of Mussorgskyĺ─˘s masterpiece Pictures at an Exhibition.

"An exciting, boundary-defying performer ĺ─ý (Rachel Barton) Pine displays a power and confidence that puts her in the top echelon."
- Washington Post

ĺ─˙Guerrero understood them completely, and his uninhibited, vividly physical complicity with the orchestra in boldly making them happen was a joy to encounter.ĺ─¨
- The Globe and Mail

Rachel Barton Pine began playing the violin at age 3 and played at many renowned venues throughout her childhood and teen years including her debut with the Chicago Symphony under the baton of Erich Leinsdorf at age 10. At age 17, she became the youngest and first American winner of the gold medal at the J.S. Bach International Competition in Germany.

Rachel Barton Pineĺ─˘s story is one of inspiration and extraordinary resilience in addition to exquisite technique and music-making. In January of 1995, Barton Pine was severely injured in a train accident, one that came close to killing her and would have ended the majority of careers. As she was exiting a train in Winnetka, Illinois, the strap to her violin case was trapped between the doors, pinning her shoulder to the train. She was dragged 366 feet by the train before being pulled underneath and run over, severing one leg and mangling the other.

After a 2-year hiatus to recover from her injuries in which she had to endure over 40 surgeries, Barton Pine made a noteworthy return to the classical world. She has appeared as soloist with many of the worldĺ─˘s most prestigious orchestras, including the Montreal, Chicago, Vienna, Royal Scottish National, Royal Philharmonic, and New Zealand Orchestras. She has also earned critical acclaim for her prolific discography of over 16 recordings. Her musical interests extend well beyond classical and she has successfully crossed over to the genres of Celtic, folk, rock and jazz. Declared one of Americaĺ─˘s most important young musicians, Rachel Barton Pine performs on the Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona 1742), known as the ĺ─˙ex-Soldat,ĺ─¨ on generous loan from her patron.

Ms. Barton Pine runs a charitable foundation ĺ─ý The Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation ĺ─ý which provides career assistance and instruments to young musicians in need and promotes the study and appreciation of classical music by African-American composers.

Costa Rican conductor Giancarlo Guerrero is highly sought after as a guest conductor from prolific orchestras world-wide. He has recently made two important debuts abroad: his European debut with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, where he was immediately invited to return, and his UK Debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He has also recently made successful debuts with several major American orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Guerrero holds degrees from Baylor and Northwestern Universities. His principal conducting teachers were Michael Haithcock, Stephen Heyde, Victor Yampolsky and Guillermo Scarabino. He was most recently the Music Director of the Eugene Symphony. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Guerrero served as Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra. He made his Minnesota Orchestra subscription debut in March 2000, leading the world premiere of John Coriglianoĺ─˘s Phantasmagoria on the Ghosts of Versailles. He returned on subscription every subsequent season during his time there. Prior to his tenure with the Minnesota Orchestra, he served as music director of the Tł░chira Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela.

CONCERT INFO

PricewaterhouseCoopers Masterworks Silver

Saturday and Monday, October 24 and 26, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre
Rachel Barton Pine with the VSO

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Rachel Barton Pine, violin

Respighi Trittico Botticelliano
Saint-Saens Concerto No. 3 in B minor, Op. 61
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

Mussorgskyĺ─˘s Pictures at an Exhibition evokes images in music (as does Respighiĺ─˘s Three Botticelli Pictures) with the grand orchestration of Ravel. In her starburst of a career so far, Rachel Barton Pine has left critics scratching their heads in search of superlatives ĺ─ý it is no wonder she is being called the most important American violinist of her generation.

Visit Giancarlo Guerrero at: www.giancarloguerrero.com
Visit Rachel Barton Pine at: www.rachelbartonpine.com

Series Sponsor: PricewaterhouseCoopers
Video Screen Sponsor: TELUS
Special Video Screen Presentations Created and Produced by: Columbia Academy

Tickets: $25 - $78.50 (senior, student and subscriber discounts available)
Tickets available online at www.vancouversymphony.ca or by calling VSO customer service at 604.876.3434

BIOGRAPHIES

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor
Giancarlo Guerreroĺ─˘s 09/10 season marks his first as Music Director of the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. A champion of new music, Guerrero has collaborated with and championed the music of several of Americaĺ─˘s most respected composers, including John Adams, John Corigliano, Osvaldo Golijov, Jennifer Higdon, Michael Daugherty and Roberto Sierra. A new CD on Naxos of music by Michael Daugherty, with the Nashville Symphony, is scheduled for release in September 2009.

Mr. Guerreroĺ─˘s guest conducting engagements in the 09/10 season include appearances with the symphony orchestras of Milwaukee, New Jersey and Fort Worth, the Pacific Symphony, in Costa Mesa as well as the Curtis Institute of Music. Abroad, he conducts the Symphony Orchestras of Vancouver and Edmonton in the fall and the Slovenian Philharmonic in the spring.

As a guest conductor, Guerrero recently made two important debuts abroad: his European debut with the Gulbenkian Orchestra, where he was immediately invited to return, and his UK Debut with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He has also recently made successful debuts with several major American orchestras, including the Baltimore Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra (where he was invited back for a subscription week and tour), the Seattle Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Philadelphia Orchestra (where he returned in the 07/08 season). Other recent orchestral engagements in North America include appearances with the orchestras of Columbus, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Phoenix, San Antonio and San Diego; the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington, D.C., and at the Grant Park Festival.

Also in demand in Central and South America, Guerrero conducts regularly in Venezuela with the Orquesta Sinfłänica Simłän Bolłévar, with which he has had a special relationship for many years. His debut at the Casals Festival with Yo-Yo Ma and the Puerto Rico Symphony in 2005 was followed by return engagements in 2006 and 2007. He also made his debut at the Teatro Colłän in Argentina in 2005. Elsewhere he is a regular guest conductor of the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand.

Equally at home with opera, Guerrero works regularly with the Costa Rican Lyric Opera and in recent seasons has conducted new productions of Carmen, La bohł«me and most recently a new production of Rigoletto. In February 2008, he gave the Australian premiere of Osvaldo Golijovĺ─˘s one-act opera Ainadamar at the Adelaide Festival, to great acclaim.

In June 2004, Guerrero was awarded the Helen M. Thompson Award by the American Symphony Orchestra League, which recognizes outstanding achievement among young conductors nationwide.

Guerrero holds degrees from Baylor and Northwestern universities. He was most recently the Music Director of the Eugene Symphony. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Guerrero served as Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra. He made his Minnesota Orchestra subscription debut in March 2000, leading the world premiere of John Coriglianoĺ─˘s Phantasmagoria on the Ghosts of Versailles. He returned on subscription every subsequent season during his time there. Prior to his tenure with the Minnesota Orchestra, he served as music director of the Tł░chira Symphony Orchestra in Venezuela.

Rachel Barton Pine, violin
American violinist Rachel Barton Pine has appeared as soloist with many of the worldĺ─˘s most prestigious orchestras, including the Chicago, Atlanta, St. Louis, Dallas, Baltimore, Montreal, Vienna, New Zealand and Iceland Symphonies, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Israel and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, working with conductors including Charles Dutoit, Zubin Mehta, Erich Leinsdorf, Marin Alsop, Neeme Jłžrvi, and Placido Domingo. Acclaimed collaborations include Daniel Barenboim, Christoph Eschenbach, William Warfield, Christopher Oĺ─˘Riley and Mark Oĺ─˘Connor. Her festival appearances include Ravinia, Marlboro, and Salzburg. She has been featured on St. Paul Sunday, Performance Today, From the Top, CBS Sunday Morning, and NBCĺ─˘s Today.

Her 16 critically acclaimed albums for the Cedille, Dorian, and Cacophony labels include "Brahms and Joachim Violin Concertos" with Carlos Kalmar and the Chicago Symphony, "Scottish Fantasies" with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, and "Beethoven and Clement Violin Concertos" with Josłę Serebrier and the Royal Philharmonic. She holds top prizes from the J.S. Bach (gold medal), Queen Elisabeth, Paganini, Kreisler, Szigeti, and Montreal international competitions, and has twice been honored as a Chicagoan of the Year. A tireless ambassador for classical music, Ms. Pine is dedicated to community engagement and music education. She frequently participates in pre-concert conversations, gives master classes, and presents programs in public schools. Her creative efforts to reach new audiences include appearances on rock radio stations and solo concerts in alternative venues.

Ms. Pineĺ─˘s charitable activities include serving as a trustee of the Music Institute of Chicago and president of the Rachel Elizabeth Barton Foundation. She plays the Joseph Guarnerius del Gesu (Cremona 1742), known as the ĺ─˙ex-Soldat,ĺ─¨ on generous loan from her patron.

A Chicago native, Pine began violin studies at age three and made her professional debut four years later at age seven with the Chicago String Ensemble. Her earliest appearances with the Chicago Symphony (at ages ten and fifteen) were broadcast on television. Her principal teachers were Roland and Almita Vamos and she has also studied with Ruben Gonzalez, Werner Scholz, Elmira Darvarova and several specialists in early music performance practice. Pine resides in Chicago with her husband.

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Roy Thomson Hall's 13th Annual Free Noon Hour Choir & Organ Concerts: featuring Frłędłęric Champion, organ on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 12 Noon

Roy Thomson Hallĺ─˘s 13th Annual Free Noon Hour Choir & Organ Concerts
Frłędłęric Champion, organ
Solo Recital by the First Prize Winner of the Canadian International Organ Competition
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 12 Noon / Roy Thomson Hall / Toronto
FREE Admission - Call 416-872-4255 for further information
For reservations of 20 or more, call 416-593-4822, Ext.225
Concert suitable for ages 6 and up - www.roythomson.com

Toronto, ON, October 16, 2009 - French organist Frłędłęric Champion launches Roy Thomson Hallĺ─˘s 13th Annual Free Noon Hour Choir & Organ Series with a solo recital of organ masterworks on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at 12 Noon. The event is the first of four FREE noon hour concerts during the 2009-2010 season that celebrate the artistry of outstanding organists and choral ensembles, and spotlights Roy Thomson Hallĺ─˘s magnificent Gabriel Kney Pipe Organ, one of the largest mechanical action instruments in Canada.

Frłędłęric Champion won the top prize at the inaugural Canadian International Organ Competition (CIOC), held in Montreal in October 2008. The first prize included a three-year career management contract with Karen McFarlane Artists, a CD recording with ATMA Classique, which will be released in October 2009, and a $30,000 cash award. He was also voted the audience favourite to win the $5,000 Richard Bradshaw Audience Prize. The competition attracted 60 applications from 17 countries; and following a pre-selection round, 16 competitors from 11 countries were chosen to participate. Mr. Championĺ─˘s Roy Thomson Hall solo recital is part of his debut North American tour as the initial ambassador of this prestigious new triennial competition. Organist John Grew is the Artistic Director of the CIOC.

A native of Lyon, France, Frłędłęric Champion has won a string of top prizes at major international organ competitions, including First Prize at the Minoru Yoshida Tokyo Competition; the Bach Prize at the Leipzig Bach Competition; First Prize at the International Competition Gottfried Silbermann; and First Prize at the International Competition Musica Antiqua in Bruges. He has performed regularly as a solo organist and with orchestras and choirs, appearing in concerts in France, Germany, Russia, Portugal and Japan. Mr. Champion is acclaimed for his exceptional talent at improvisation.

Frłędłęric Championĺ─˘s Recital Program at Roy Thomson Hall Nov. 10, 2009 at 12 Noon
Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750) - Prelude in E-flat major ĺ─˙St. Anneĺ─¨
Jean-Baptiste LULLY (1632-1687) - Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (excerpts)
Felix MENDELSSOHN (1809-1847) - Sonata 6 in D-minor
Charles-Marie WIDOR (1844-1937) - Allegro Vivace from Symphony No. 5
Frłędłęric CHAMPION (1976 -) - Improvisation

Roy Thomson Hallĺ─˘s Choir & Organ Concerts are generously supported by Edwards Charitable Foundation

Roy Thomson Hallĺ─˘s 2009-2010 Free Noon Hour Choir & Organ Concerts (Call 416-872-4255):
- Tues Nov 10/09 12 Noon: Frłędłęric Champion - Solo Organ Recital
- Tues Dec 15/09: Victoria Scholars & The Sr. Choir of St. Michaelĺ─˘s Choir School - A Christmas Celebration
- Thurs Mar 25/10: Elora Festival Singers - Celebrating the Music of J.S. Bach
- Wed April 7/10: The Choirs of Viva! Youth Singers of Toronto - Youthful Treasures

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Sylvie Paquette & Monsieur Mono, en solo et en duo łŢ eXcentris

Montrłęal, le 13 octobre 2009 ĺ─ţ Les 28, 29 et 30 octobre, eXcentris consacrera trois soirłęes łŢ Sylvie Paquette et łŢ Monsieur Mono, deux auteurs-compositeurs reconnus pour leur sensibilitłę ainsi que pour leur approche toute personnelle de la chanson.

Sylvie Paquette prłęsente un tout nouveau spectacle : Les valises
łÔlłęgance, raffinement, intensitłę : voilłŢ quelques-uns des termes souvent employłęs pour dłęcrire la grande Sylvie Paquette. Cette auteure-compositrice-interprł«te, qui a łęcrit pour Luce Dufault,
Catherine Durand, Stłęphanie Lapointe et, plus rłęcemment, Marie Carmen, poursuit depuis plus de 15 ans un parcours axłę sur la crłęation, l'exploration et la qułüte d'authenticitłę.

Sylvie Paquette, Č┤ ĺ─ qui doit łütre considłęrłęe parmi les plus accomplies auteures-compositricesinterprł«tes de l'Amłęrique francophone Ȭ (Alain Brunet, La Presse), prłęsente Les valises, un concert intime oł╝ elle revisite les plus belles chansons de son rłępertoire en solo dans une formule acoustique et chaleureuse.
Mercredi 28 octobre łŢ 19 h 30, salle Fellini

Monsieur Mono avec Petite musique de pluie
Alter ego solo d'łÔric Goulet, leader de la formation Les Chiens et rłęalisateur łęmłęrite (Vincent
Vallił«res, WD-40, Yann Perreau), Monsieur Mono avait rłęussi łŢ łęlever la młęlancolie łŢ des sommets inłęgalłęs de beautłę avec un premier disque paru en 2005, Pleurer la mer morte, inspirłę d'une peine d'amour. De ce Č┤ succł«s involontaire Ȭ, pour reprendre les termes du principal intłęressłę, on retient entre autres les łęmouvantes L'Ocłęan et Tout autour, ainsi que la trł«s belle relecture opłęrłęe en duo, avec Mara Tremblay, de Love Hurts.

En 2008, Monsieur Mono remettait ł▀a avec Petite musique de pluie, un album sur lequel il
continuait d'explorer la młüme veine crłęatrice. Il nous convie łŢ un spectacle intimiste traversłę
d'ombres et de lumił«res, oł╝ les łęmotions se dłęclinent sur tous les tons.
Jeudi 29 octobre łŢ 20 h, salle Fellini

Sylvie Paquette et Monsieur Mono sur la młüme scł«ne
Les deux crłęateurs partageront la scł«ne le 30 octobre lors d'un spectacle oł╝ leurs univers se
croiseront. Avec des artistes aussi entiers, on peut s'attendre łŢ une soirłęe haute en atmosphł«res
conjuguant la sensualitłę de Sylvie Paquette et la nostalgie de Monsieur Mono. Une occasion łŢ ne
pas manquer de voir ces deux artistes interprłęter ensemble les succł«s de l'un et de l'autre!
Vendredi 30 octobre łŢ 20 h, salle Fellini

excentris.com | ticketpro : 514 790 1111 | info : 514 847 0399

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The VSOĺ─˘s Elementary School Concerts begin next month

October 15, 2009 - Vancouver BC ĺ─ý The VSO is proud to present VSO Goes Global! on November 16, 18, 23 and 25. Each concert takes place at 10am and 12pm at the newly-renovated Orpheum Theatre and is designed for students from grade 4 to 7. VSO Assistant Conductor Evan Mitchell leads the orchestra in an internationally-themed concert featuring the works of two Canadian composers ĺ─ý VSO Composer-In-Residence Scott Good and video game composer Marc Baril.

The VSO highly encourages students to attend an Elementary School Concert, which are open to all schools and homeschools. Supported by study guides and materials that support the curriculum, the concerts are an affordable, educational, and fun experience for students. Students can sing-along with the orchestra to the African folk tune Siyahamba and discover new cultures and music from around the world. They will learn in an entertaining and stimulating environment while the VSO circles the globe in less than one hour!

The VSO has a long standing tradition of providing grade-appropriate Elementary School concerts and each season up to 35,000 students from over 400 schools and homeschools attend. A wonderful combination of orchestral music, theatre and video technology, the VSO school concerts provide students with an interactive live music experience. Video screens located on both sides of the Orpheum stage provide students with close-up shots of the orchestra and conductor as they perform. Study Guides, podcasts, music tracks and bonus features ĺ─ý designed to prepare teachers and students for the concerts ĺ─ý can be downloaded for free on the VSOĺ─˘s website: www.vancouversymphony.ca/esc.

The VSO thanks its series sponsor Industrial Alliance Pacific and TELUS, Premier Education Partner, for their continued generosity and support, which has enabled the Symphony to freeze the ticket price at $5.50 per student ĺ─ý the lowest Elementary School Concert ticket price out of all major Canadian Symphony Orchestras.

CONCERT INFO
VSO Goes Global!ĺ─«Climb aboard with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and travel the world without ever leaving the Orpheum Theatre! Discover cultures and music from around the world as the VSO circles the globe in less than an hour!ĺ─«ĺ─«Intermediate Concert: Grades 4 to 7ĺ─«
November 16, 18, 23 and 25ĺ─«
10:00am and 12:00pm daily
ĺ─«NOVEMBER 18th, 10 am SOLD OUT

TICKET PRICE:
Students: $5.50 (incl. GST)ĺ─«
Teachers: Teachers and Special Needs Assistants are free
ĺ─«Chaperones: One adult per 10 students will be free. All additional adults are $5.50 (incl. GST)

ORDER: online at www.vancouversymphony.ca/esc or call 604-684-9100 ext. 246 to request a brochure and fax or mail it in.

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Lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique du Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal prłęsente Lĺ─˘hłęritage de Dvo뢳░k

Montrłęal, le 15 octobre 2009 ĺ─ţ Le Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal convie le public łŢ assister en grand nombre łŢ un concert intitulłę Lĺ─˘hłęritage de Dvo뢳░k. Deux reprłęsentations seront donnłęes par lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique du Conservatoire, łŢ Montrłęal et łŢ Sherbrooke, sous la direction de Raffi Armenian. Le premier concert aura lieu le vendredi 30 octobre łŢ 19 h 30, łŢ la salle Jean-Eudes, situłęe au 3535, boulevard Rosemont, en collaboration avec la maison de la culture Rosemontĺ─ýLa Petite-Patrie (entrłęe libre), et le second, le dimanche 1er novembre, łŢ 15 h, łŢ la salle Maurice Oĺ─˘Bready, łŢ Sherbrooke, en collaboration avec lĺ─˘łÔcole de musique de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Sherbrooke (prix d'entrłęe, 10$).

ł─ cette occasion, lĺ─˘Orchestre interprł«tera la Symphonie no 8 en sol majeur op. 88 dĺ─˘Antonłén Dvo뢳░k, composłęe durant l'automne 1889 dans sa maison de campagne de Vysoka prł«s de Pribram. L'łęnergie et la joie qui se dłęgage de cette ëýuvre tłęmoignent de l'euphorie crłęatrice toute personnelle de Dvo뢳░k. L'esprit purement tchł«que de cette symphonie et ses młęlodies aux accents de chansons populaires, nous dłęmontrent combien il łętait profondłęment enracinłę dans son pays natal.

En premił«re partie du concert, Philippe Młęnard, łęlł«ve en direction dĺ─˘orchestre, de la classe de Raffi Armenian, dirigera lĺ─˘ouverture tant apprłęciłęe du public de La Forza del destino de Giuseppe Verdi. Par la suite, on pourra entendre le Concerto en rłę majeur de Joseph Haydn avec la violoncelliste Viviane Gosselin, łęlł«ve de la classe de Carole Sirois. Et suivra le Concerto pour piano no 3 en do majeur op. 26 avec Mehdi Bilal Ghazi, łęlł«ve de la classe dĺ─˘Andrłę Laplante.

Professeur en direction dĺ─˘orchestre au Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal depuis 1981, Raffi Armenian y dirige łęgalement lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique. Depuis le dłębut de sa carrił«re, Raffi Armenian s'est intłęressłę tour łŢ tour łŢ la direction d'orchestre, łŢ l'opłęra et łŢ la musique de chambre. Il a łętłę frłęquemment appelłę łŢ diriger les grands orchestres canadiens, dont celui de Montrłęal. Depuis juin 2008, il est le directeur du Conservatoire de musique de Montrłęal.

Nous vous invitons łŢ consulter le site Web du Conservatoire łŢ l'adresse suivante pour en savoir plus et pour connałĂtre toutes nos activitłęs łŢ venir : www.conservatoire.gouv.qc.ca.

Ce site vous offre de vous abonner łŢ un fil RSS, une fał▀on simple et pratique dĺ─˘łütre informłę sur nos activitłęs www.conservatoire.gouv.qc.ca/rss

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Symphony Nova Scotia Music Director to receive honorary doctorate

October 15, 2009 - Halifax, NS ĺ─ý Symphony Nova Scotia Music Director Bernhard Gueller will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, from Dalhousie University on Saturday, October 17.

Dalhousie Universityĺ─˘s honorary degrees are awarded to recognize individuals who, by their example of extraordinary achievements and service to society, provide inspiration and models of leadership and integrity to Dalhousieĺ─˘s student body. Gueller, who recently renewed his contract with Symphony Nova Scotia for another five years, is recognized for his inspiring leadership of the Symphony and the connection he makes with audiences.

Under Guellerĺ─˘s direction, Symphony Nova Scotia has been praised artistically as one of the top orchestras in Canada. The orchestra regularly performs in both Halifax and communities across the province, and reaches more than 15,000 young audience members each year with its education and outreach programs. New programs created at Symphony Nova Scotia under Guellerĺ─˘s tenure include the Musical Munchkins program for three- to five-year-olds, the TD Under-30 Access Pass, annual collaborations with the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra, and partnerships with local organizations such as Phoenix Youth Programs, the Halifax Pop Explosion, and the IWK.

ĺ─˙I am deeply humbled and honoured to receive this degree,ĺ─¨ says Gueller. ĺ─˙I see it as a wonderful recognition of the work done by all of us at Symphony Nova Scotia.ĺ─¨

Gueller will accept the honorary degree during Dalhousie Universityĺ─˘s Fall 2009 Convocation on Saturday, October 17 at 2:30 pm at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Honorary degrees will also be awarded to Ms. Alexa McDonough and Senator James Cowan. For more details, visit http://dalnews.dal.ca/2009/10/14/fall_convo.html.

About Symphony Nova Scotia
Symphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotiaĺ─˘s orchestra. Each year more than 50,000 audience members (including 15,000 young music lovers) join us in communities across Nova Scotia for performances of the music they love ĺ─ý from baroque and classical to pop and rock and folk. Under the inspirational leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is recognized as one of the finest orchestras in the country. Visit www.SymphonyNovaScotia.ca to learn more, listen online, or subscribe today!

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

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eighth blackbird wins the newly-established Meadows Prize from Southern Methodist University

The ensemble plans to curate a new music series in partnership with the Dallas Arts District

eighth blackbird, the Grammy Award-winning new music sextet, has been awarded the new Meadows Prize by Southern Methodist University, one of Texas's most prestigious academic institutions. Named for philanthropists Algur H. and Virginia Meadows, the prize, which was established in August 2009, is given to "professionals with an emerging international profile" and may be given to as many as four recipients each year.

An SMU press release states:

"The [Meadows] prize includes housing for a one-to-three-month residency in Dallas, transportation expenses, studio/office space and project costs, in addition to a substantial prize/stipend. In return, recipients will be expected to interact in a substantive way with Meadows students and to leave a lasting legacy in Dallas."

eighth blackbird is committed to nurturing a new generation of artists, and as part of the prize the ensemble will work with music students at SMU's Meadows School of the Arts and other local schools, as well as in the wider community.

The Meadows Prize is also intended to help spark a local, sustainable contemporary and fringe arts scene in Dallas. Its creation coincided with the opening of the AT&T Performing Arts Center on October 12, an event that marked the completion of one of the world's largest arts districts and that brings vibrancy to the downtown Dallas area. As part of this goal, eighth blackbird will curate a new music series in partnership with the Dallas Arts District. Dallasĺ─˘s new AT&T Performing Arts Center, which opened this week, is the center of a revived arts scene in the downtown area.

"This is a huge honor,ĺ─¨ says Tim Munro, eighth blackbirdĺ─˘s flutist. ĺ─˙SMUĺ─˘s School of the Arts has a strong national reputation with a distinguished faculty, and the AT&T center looks amazing. We can't wait to get our feet wet in this fascinating project!"

eighth blackbird was nominated for the Meadows Prize by a committee including choreographer Paul Taylor, producer/director James Houghton, composer John Zorn and actor Laura Linney. The other recipient is CreativeTime, an artist collective and arts consulting group.

eighth blackbird, currently in residence at the University of Southern Californiaĺ─˘s Thornton School, moves shortly to its recurring residency at the University of Richmond (VA). The ensemble will also be in residence at Philadelphiaĺ─˘s esteemed Curtis Institute of Music in February. In the near future eighth blackbird plays concerts in Chicago, Louisville, La Jolla, San Diego, Cincinnati and elsewhere. Details at www.eighthblackbird.com

www.eighthblackbird.com

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Gluckĺ─˘s revolutionary opera Iphigłęnie en Tauride returns to Toronto!

Toronto, ON Opera Atelier begins its 2009/10 season with a revival of Christoph Willibald Gluckĺ─˘s great reform opera, Iphigłęnie en Tauride. The opera attacked the very core of French operatic tradition and caused a sensation when it premiered at the Paris Opera in 1779, and again when Opera Atelier first staged it in 2003.

Iphigłęnie en Tauride tells the story of the Greek princess Iphigłęnie, daughter of Agamemnon, who is abandoned on the island of Tauride for the duration of the Trojan War. Miraculously reunited with her brother Oreste following the murder of their mother (Clytemnestra), Iphigłęnieĺ─˘s courage and self-sacrifice ensure their safe return to Greece.

Hailed as a work of genius by ecstatic critics, Iphigłęnie en Tauride is considered the greatest triumph of Gluckĺ─˘s career. ĺ─˙It is melodrama in the best sense of the word,ĺ─¨ says OAĺ─˘s co-artistic director Marshall Pynkoski. ĺ─˙Huge human emotions are being explored with a psychological depth that is unique for the 18th century. Gluck points the way to the intense interest in human psychology that is usually associated with the 19th century. There is nothing superfluous.ĺ─¨

Iphigłęnie en Tauride runs October 31, November 1, 3, 4, 6 and 7, 2009 and is sung in French with English SURTITLESTM. Performances are at Torontoĺ─˘s Elgin Theatre (189 Yonge Street) and begin at 7:30 p.m. with the exception of the November 1st matinee at
3 p.m.

American soprano Peggy Kriha Dye, a favourite with OA audiences, returns as Iphigłęnie, the incredibly courageous young heroine. Croatian tenor Kresimir Spicer, who sang the title role in OAĺ─˘s Idomeneo, makes his role debut as her brother Oreste. Both Ms. Kriha Dye and Mr. Spicer received Dora nominations for their performances in Opera Atelierĺ─˘s 2008 production of Idomeneo. Canadian tenor Thomas Macleay makes his company debut as Pylade, beloved companion of Oreste. Thoas, King of Tauride, is sung by bass-baritone Olivier Laquerre, and bass-baritone Curtis Sullivan sings the role of Le Ministre. Esteemed British conductor Andrew Parrott will lead the Tafelmusik Orchestra and Chamber Choir and the full corps of Artists of Atelier Ballet. This production is directed by Marshall Pynkoski and choreographed by Jeannette Lajeunesse Zingg with set designs by Gerard Gauci, costumes by Dora Rust Dĺ─˘Eye, lighting by Kevin Fraser and fight direction by Jenny Parr.

Tickets for Iphigłęnie en Tauride are $30 to $135 and are available by calling TicketMaster at 416-872-5555, on-line at www.ticketmaster.ca or at the Elgin Theatre box office. Operatix are $20 and may be purchased by people under the age of 30 with valid I.D. in person at the Elgin Theatre Box Office (subject to availability). Group discounts (15 people +) are available by calling 416-703-3767 ext. 22. For podcasts and more information visit www.operaatelier.com or check out our Vox Populi blog at www.operaatelier.com/blog/

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

2009/10 Season Sponsor: Sun Life Financial
Iphigłęnie Production Sponsor: BMO Financial Group
2009/10 Major Sponsors: Scotiabank, TD Canada Trust Music, The Dominion of Canada General Assurance Company

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

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Phiaton Offers Book Lovers a Great Listen; Announces $100 Discount With Audiobooks from Audible.com!

Irvine, CA ĺ─ý Phiaton, a top premium headphone brand is giving book lovers an ultimate audiobook experience from Audible.com, a leading provider of premium digital spoken-word information and entertainment. Starting today, customers who sign up to enjoy Audible's more than 60,000 titles for one year can get a $100 discount on any of Phiaton's headphone and earbud models purchased from Amazon.com (www.audible.com/phiaton).

More and more savvy audio book lovers are stepping up to premium headphones for their increased comfort and enhanced fidelity over long listening periods. As Phiaton's James Baik notes, "Great headphones are like reading glasses for your audio book, and are the best choice to ensure that you hear every word clearly and avoid ear fatigue over long periods of listening. Phiaton's headphones and ear phones are the perfect way to enjoy all your favorite Audible selections whether it's an audiobook, magazine, radio show, stand-up comedy or timeless classic."

Here's some key things to think about when buying headphone for extended periods of audio book enjoyment:

-- Make sure the headphone fit is right for you. No matter how great and expensive your headphone is, if the fit isn't right for you, you won't get the best experience. Fit can make a huge difference in terms of sound quality.

-- Make sure the headphones are comfortable. Many headphones and earphones that seem fine at first can become quite uncomfortable during extended use. The pressure from the earphones and the weight affect how a model feels. With any headphones, prolonged listening can make your ears warm and sweaty. High quality headphones offer great comfort and quality with soft ear-cushions and pads, and via material that controls the pressure level. For example, Phiaton uses steel band which helps to maintain the original tension of the headband.

-- For the best sound, stick with corded models. Most corded models and some wireless sets are fine for use with a TV or, if you're not too critical, for listening to music. Over-the-ear corded headphones are often the best choice for serious audio and music listening at home. While wireless headphones can be convenient, many have background hissing and/or dynamic range compression that flattens the sound to some extent.

-- Size Matters. Portable Headphones may sacrifice some sound quality for small size, but they are handy. Ear buds and insert models are great for listening to audio and music during on-the-go activities. If you'll be doing a lot of flying, or listening in a noisy environment, we recommend noise cancelling technology. Also, over-the-ear and insert types can block ambient noise. All of Phiaton's M and S small sized headphones are designed to be folded in to two steps for easy travel.

Just as Audible.com offers one of the widest selections of digital spoken-word information and entertainment, Phiaton offers a full array of premium headphones and earbuds, including the MS 400 headphones ($249 MSRP), PS 320 headphones ($199 MSRP), PS 300 NC Noise Cancelling headphones ($299 MSRP), and the PS 200 earphones ($249 MSRP).

About Phiaton Corporation
Phiaton Corporation is a premium manufacturer of high-end noise cancelling headphones, earphones and Music Docking Stations for consumers who appreciate design, technology and aesthetics. The Phiaton brand is created for audiophiles who demand the extraordinary from the consumer electronics they buy. All Phiaton products provide authentic sound reproduction, eye-catching design, and comfortable fit.

Phiaton's parent company, Cresyn Company Ltd., was founded in 1959 to develop and manufacture high quality phonograph needles. Under the leadership of Chairman Jon

Bae Lee, Cresyn has heavily invested in R&D and developed a significant portfolio of patented audio technologies. Over time, these technologies have become an integral part of today's most popular leading personal audio brands. Today, Cresyn markets its own growing family of industry leading products, including headphones, noise canceling headphones, earphones, Bluetooth headsets and camera modules.

About Audible.com
Audible, Inc. (www.audible.com) is a leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the internet. Content from Audible is downloaded and played back on personal computers, CDs, or AudibleReady computer-based and wireless mobile devices. Audible has over 50,000 audio programs from more than 800 content providers that include leading audiobook publishers, broadcasters, entertainers, magazine and newspaper publishers, and business information providers. Audible is the preeminent provider of spoken-word audio products for Apple's iTunes Store. Audible, Audible.com, AudibleListener, AudibleReady and AudibleKids are trademarks of Audible, Inc. or its affiliates. Other product or service names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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Le premier concert de la saison montrłęalaise de l'ensemble Masques intitulłę L'Europe baroque

English below

Montrłęal, QC, le 13 octobre 2009 - Ne manquez pas le premier concert de la saison montrłęalaise de l'ensemble Masques intitulłę L'Europe baroque. Au programme, des chefs d'ëýuvres des compositeurs J.S. BACH, F. COUPERIN, A. VIVALDI, H.I.F. von BIBER et J.M. LECLAIR. Ce concert mettra en vedette les violonistes Sophie GENT (Australie), Tuomo SUNI (Finlande), la violoncelliste Kate HAYNES (Boston), l'altiste Kathleen Kajioka (Toronto), la gambiste et flł¬tiste Młęlisande CORRIVEAU ainsi que le claveciniste Olivier FORTIN (Montrłęal).

Ce concert sera prłęsentłę le jeudi 22 octobre prochain łŢ 20h łŢ la Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, dans le Vieux-Montrłęal, avant d'łütre repris en tournłęe la semaine suivante łŢ la Frick Collection de New York, łŢ la National Gallery de Washington ainsi qu'łŢ l'Universitłę du Vermont. Une chance unique d'entendre un programme mettant en valeur les qualitłęs exceptionnelles des musiciens de l'ensemble MASQUES qui, avec un calendrier de tournłęes internationales bien rempli, se produira seulement łŢ deux reprises łŢ Montrłęal cette annłęe.

L'Ensemble Masques a łętłę formłę łŢ Montrłęal en 1998 afin de se consacrer łŢ l'interprłętation du rłępertoire vocal et instrumental des XVIIe et XVIIIe sił«cles. Constitułę des meilleurs musiciens canadiens de la relł«ve jouant sur instruments originaux, l'ensemble travaille en łętroite collaboration avec de jeunes talents europłęens, favorisant ainsi ses łęchanges avec des interprł«tes issus de diffłęrents milieux. Les musiciens de l'ensemble se produisent frłęquemment en tant que solistes et instrumentistes łŢ travers le Canada, les łÔtats-Unis et l'Europe au sein d'ensembles tels Capricio Stravagante, Tafelmusik, La Petite Bande, Les Voix humaines et le Ricercar Consort.

En juin dernier, Masques prłęsentait son premier opłęra (Dido and Aeneas de Purcell) dans le cadre du Festival Montrłęal Baroque ainsi qu'au Domaine Forget. Plus tłąt, l'ensemble avait dłęjłŢ prłęsentłę un showcase (en mars 2009) łŢ Musicora (Paris).

L'Ensemble Masques s'est rapidement distingułę sur la scł«ne internationale, notamment en remportant le Premier Prix du Concours Dorian/Early Music America en 2000. L'ensemble s'est par la suite produit en concert d'un ocłęan łŢ l'autre dans de prestigieux festivals et słęries allant de Vancouver łŢ New York, oł╝ il fit ses dłębuts łŢ la Frick Collection. En 2008, Masques signe un contrat de reprłęsentation avec l'agence Colbert Artists Management de New York. Cette agence hautement respectłęe lui ouvre de nombreuses perspectives et dłęjłŢ de nombreux contrats sont signłęs pour la nouvelle saison, incluant un retour łŢ la Frick Collection de New York ainsi que de nombreux autres concerts.

Dł«s 2002, l'ensemble poursuit ses activitłęs d'enregistrement avec la maison canadienne Analekta. Ses enregistrements (au nombre de cinq, pour la maison Analekta) reł▀oivent des criques łęlogieuses dans des revues spłęcialisłęes telles Diapason et Le Monde de la Musique, en plus de remporter un Prix Opus dans la catłęgorie disque baroque de l'annłęe avec Mensa Sonora en 2006. Rłęcemment, l'Ensemble Masques convenait avec la maison ATMA classique, d'une nouvelle entente.

VOUS AIMEZ NOTRE TRAVAIL et dłęsirez contribuer łŢ notre dłęveloppement? Masques est un organisme łŢ but non lucratif enregistrłę auprł«s de l'Agence de Revenu du Canada. Nous pouvons łęmettre des reł▀us d'impłąts pour les dons łęmis łŢ notre organisme. Contactez-nous pour plus d'information: 514 349 9639.

L'EUROPE BAROQUE
Jeudi le 22 octobre 2009, 20h
Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours
400, rue St-Paul Est, Vieux-Montrłęal, QC
Informations et rłęservations : 514 349 9639
Admission głęnłęrale et Age d'Or: $20 / łÔtudiants $10
www.ensemblemasques.org

PROGRAMME
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704)
Sonata VIII a cinque in G Major (extrait de Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servientes, 1676)

Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)
Ouvertura op.13 Nr.3 (extrait de Ouvertures et sonates en trio, op.13, Paris 1753)
- Grave - Allegro - Largo - Allegro assai

Franł▀ois Couperin (1668-1733)
Huitił«me Concert dans le goł¬t thłęłótral (extrait du recueil Les Goł¬ts Rłęunis - Paris, 1724)
- Ouverture - Grande Ritournłęle - Air tendre - Rondeau - Air animłę et lłęger - Sarabande - Air de Baccantes - Trł«s animłę.

Antonio Vivaldi (1668-1741)
Concerto RV443 en do majeur pour flł¬te sopranino (Młęlisande Corriveau, soliste)

Johann-Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Sonate en trio en rłę mineur BWV527
- Allegro - Adagio - Allegro

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Sonate en trio en la mineur pour violon, basse de viole et basse continue BuxWV27

H.I.F von Biber
Sonata III en rłę mineur a cinque (extraite de Fidicinium sacro-profanum, 1683)

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Montrłęal, QC, October 13th, 2009 - Don't miss the first concert of the Montreal season of Masques Ensemble dedicated to some of the majors European composers of the baroque Era. Join us for an extraordinary evening of fine music by great composers such as tels J.S. BACH, F. COUPERIN, A. VIVALDI, H. BIBER and J.M. LECLAIR with the violinists Sophie Gent (Australia) and Tuomo SUNI (Finland), the cellist Kate HAYNES (Boston) and the violist Kathleen KAJIOKA (Toronto) as well as the recorder and gamba player Młęlisande CORRIVEAU and the harpsichordist Olivier FORTIN.

This concert will be presented on Thursady, October 22nd at 8pm at the Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, in Old Montreal. The following week, Masques will present this program in the prestigious venues of the Frick Collection (New York), the National Gallery (Washington) and the University of Vermont (Burlington). A unique chance to hear this exceptional group of musicians playing in Montreal this year!

Founded in 1998, Montreal-based Masques is dedicated to the performance of vocal and instrumental music of the 16th and 17th on period instruments. Under the leadership of harpsichordist Olivier Fortin and violinist Sophie Gent, Masques has become a meeting point for Canada's young musicians and collaborates regularly with up and coming European talents, thereby maintaining close ties with musicians from diverse backgrounds.

All the performers of Masques have enviable performing experience and regularly concertize as soloists and chamber musicians throughout Canada, the United States and Europe with world famous ensembles such as Tafelmusik, Capriccio Stravagante or Ricercar Consort. The core group is formed of six musicians and varies its size according to the different projects it presents. Last June, Masques has presented his first opera (Dido and Aeneas by Purcell) during the Montreal Baroque Festival.

The ensemble has risen rapidly to international attention, winning the Grand Prize in the Dorian/Early Music America competition in 2000. Following the release of the ensemble first's recording on the Dorian label, Masques has been heard coast to coast in various festivals around Canada and the US.

Since 2004, Masques is recording exclusively for the Canadian label Analekta. Five cds have been released and have all been critically acclaimed by the musical press around the globe. Praised for the generosity of its sound, a highly stylistic and refined approach to the music as well as lively and engaged interpretations, Masques is today recognised as a one of the top North-American early music ensembles. The ensemble discography includes music by Bach, Purcell, Biber and Charpentier. All titles are available on iTunes.
Masques presents it's own concert series in Montreal.

L'EUROPE BAROQUE
Thursday October 22nd 2009, 8PM
Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours
400, St-Paul East St.
Montreal, QC
Informations and reservations : 514 349 9639
General admission and Seniors: $20 / Students $10
www.ensemblemasques.org

PROGRAM
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644-1704)
Sonata VIII a cinque in G Major (From Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servientes, 1676)

Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)
Ouvertura op.13 Nr.3 (From Ouvertures et sonates en trio, op.13, Paris 1753)
- Grave - Allegro - Largo - Allegro assai

Franł▀ois Couperin (1668-1733)
Huitił«me Concert dans le goł¬t thłęatral (From Les Goł¬ts Rłęunis - Paris, 1724)
- Ouverture - Grande Ritournłęle - Air tendre - Rondeau - Air animłę et lłęger - Sarabande - Air de Baccantes - Trł«s animłę.

Antonio Vivaldi (1668-1741)
Concerto RV443 in C major for sopranino recorder (Młęlisande Corriveau, soloist)

Johann-Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Trio sonata in D minor BWV527
- Allegro - Adagio - Allegro

Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
Trio Sonata in A minor for violin, bass viol and basso continuo BuxWV27

H.I.F von Biber
Sonata III in D minor a cinque (From Fidicinium sacro-profanum, 1683)

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Nosferatu: A Special Halloweĺ─˘en Night with the VSO!

VANCOUVER, BC ĺ─ý The VSO announces A Halloweĺ─˘en spectacular! The great 1922 Silent Film Nosferatu will be presented with the music performed live by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra on Halloween Night, Saturday October 31st, 8pm, at the Orpheum Theatre. Guest conductor Gillian Anderson leads the orchestra. For one fun night, the Orpheum is transformed back into the movie house that it used to be for the camp and terror that awaits audiences who will thrill to this great silent film with the chilling and dramatic score performed live by the full Vancouver Symphony Orchestra!

Although, commonly referred as just Nosferatu the complete title is fittingly named Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror (In German: Nosferatu: eine Symphonie des Grauens). This German Expressionist horror film was directed by F.W. Murnau and starred the brilliantly frightening Max Schreck as Count Orlock. No charming aristocrat like later Draculas, this vampire is scary and macabre, a living corpse who feeds mercilessly on his victims. The wonderful Hans Erdmann score has thrilled audiences for generations, with its moody orchestral colours and drama lending a tangible weight and anticipation to the film itself. Hailed as one of the greatest movie adaptations of the vampire legend, youĺ─˘ll never have more fun being scared!
Concertgoers are encouraged to come in costume. Give us your best zombie, vampire, werewolf ĺ─ý or whatever you dream up ĺ─ý and win Cash and Ticket Prizes!

CONCERT INFO
Saturday, October 31, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre
Nosferatu! A Special Halloweĺ─˘en Presentation
Gillian Anderson, conductor
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra
Tickets: $25 - $30 (senior, student and subscriber discounts available)
Tickets available online at www.vancouversymphony.ca or by calling VSO customer service at 604.876.3434

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Thrills and chills in weekend of Halloween Pops concerts - Oct. 30 & 31

Robbins Pops
Trick-or-treat through a ghoulish graveyard of unnerving melodies

Halloween: The Concert
Friday, October 30th ĺ─ý 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 31st ĺ─ý 8:00 pm

Edmonton, AB ĺ─Â Expect the unexpected when your Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO), conductor Bruce Hangen, and a creepy cast haunt the concert hall with a frightening mix of music. In this Halloween weekend of concerts, the orchestra will send all the right chills down your spine, while filling the Francis Winspear Centre for Music with a spooky spirit.

These ghoulish performances with eerie special effects will see a number of musicians from the strings to the brass dressed up in cryptic costumes, performing suspenseful selections from Phantom of the Opera, Psycho, and Pictures at an Exhibition. Dukasĺ─˘ The Sorcererĺ─˘s Apprentice and Saint-Sał┤nsĺ─˘ Danse macabre are also daunting highlights in these concerts of grave consequences.

Wear your most spooktacular Halloween costumes and trick-or-treat down to the Winspear Centre Box Office for tickets. Ticket prices range from $24 ĺ─ý $79 (agency fees apply). Purchase by phone at (780) 428-1414 or 1-800-563-5081, or online at www.edmontonsymphony.com.

The next Robbins Pops performances ĺ─ý the most anticipated of the season ĺ─ý take place on December 18th and 19th. Steve Reineke returns to conduct our yearly tidings of carols, light classics, and sing-a-longs in A Very Merry Pops.

Thank you to our generous seriesĺ─˘ sponsor, Bill and Mary Jo Robbins, and our season media sponsor CBC.

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, marking its 58th season in 2009-2010, has taken its place as one of Canada's foremost orchestral ensemble. Its current roster includes 56 musicians from Canada and around the world, performing a wide-ranging repertoire from the great classical masterworks to pops and children's concerts. The presence of the orchestra and its enrichment of the community's quality of life are key elements in the stature and profile of Edmonton on the national and international scene.

Winspear Centre Box Office:
#4 Sir Winston Churchill Square
(780) 428-1414 or 1-800-563-5081
www.edmontonsymphony.com

Biography
Bruce Hangen is Director of Orchestral Activities at the Boston Conservatory, serving as the Conservatoryĺ─˘s principal orchestral conductor as well as director of both the orchestra and conducting programs. The 2008/2009 season marked his 11th season as the Music Director of the Indian Hill Symphony. Recently, Mr. Hangen completed his tenure as the Principal Pops Guest Conductor of the Boston Pops. This position was created in May 2002 especially for Mr. Hangen, reflecting the strong musical relationship built over two decades of regular guest conducting. Other past positions include Music Director of the Omaha Symphony. From 1998 to 2000, he was Acting Resident Conductor of both the Utah and Kansas City Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Hangen was for ten seasons (1976-86) Music Director and Conductor of the Portland (Maine) Symphony; 1973-79 Associate Conductor of the Denver Symphony; 1975-79 Music Director of the Arapahoe Chamber Orchestra in Denver; six summer seasons (1966-72) Assistant Conductor of the Colorado Philharmonic.

A graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a major in conducting, Hangen was also a conducting fellow at the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood for two summers, where his conducting teachers included Seiji Ozawa, Leonard Bernstein, Michael Tilson Thomas, and Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. His recent appearances have included concerts with the Florida Philharmonic and Boston Symphony as well as the orchestras of St. Louis, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Atlanta, Jacksonville, Naples (FL), and Houston. His repeat engagements with the Boston Pops and Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestras alone totaled well over 200 performances since 1979. Mr. Hangen is the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from the University of New England, and in Omaha he received the ICAN Foundationĺ─˘s 1990 Browning Award for Career Excellence and Vision. Bruce Hangen was born in Pottstown, Pennsylvania and was raised in Great Falls, Montana.

Mr. Hangen last appeared with the ESO in September, 2008.

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York Artists offer a Contemporary Take on an Ancient Tale with A Compendium of Scenes from Virgilĺ─«ĺ─«



Toronto
, October 14, 2009: York Universityĺ─˘s Music Department celebrates the heroic genesis of a new era with The Aeneid: A Compendium of Scenes from Virgil, an original cycle of musical tableaux based on the famed Latin epic. ĺ─«ĺ─«A dynamic mix of opera, oratorio, cantata, dance and digital media, this contemporary retelling of an ancient tale unfolds November 11 in York Uĺ─˘s Tribute Communities Recital Hall.ĺ─«ĺ─«The founding myth of classical Roman culture, The Aeneid was the final work of the poet Virgil, who dedicated it to Romeĺ─˘s first emperor, Caesar Augustus. The story follows the warrior-hero Aeneas and his fellow Trojans as they sail to find a second home after the fall of Troy. Fraught with divine intervention, their journey encompasses momentous battles, love affairs, suffering and sacrifice. It culminates in a final battle in Italy where Aeneas emerges victorious, setting the stage for a glorious new epoch leading to the founding of Rome.

ĺ─«ĺ─«Bringing Virgilĺ─˘s myth-history to life are professional musicians, performers, academics and students in York Uĺ─˘s Music Department and Faculty of Fine Arts, joined by leading guest artists. ĺ─«ĺ─«Music Professor Michael Coghlan conceived the project, composed the music and scripted the (English and Latin) texts, devising a distinctive musical setting for each of the twelve dramatic scenes.ĺ─«ĺ─«

Featured performers include York U faculty members, mezzo soprano Catherine Robbin, multi-instrumentalist Rob Simms, choral conductor Lisette Canton, Bill Thomas, conductor of the York U Wind Symphony, clarinetist Patricia Wait and flamenco guitarist Roger Scannura. Guest artists include the award-winning Mississauga Children's Choir, internationally renowned trumpeter Guido Basso, bass/baritones Daniel Lichti and Peter Wall, and York U alumna, soprano Leigh Anne Martin.

ĺ─«ĺ─«Coghlan, the director of Yorkĺ─˘s Graduate Program in Music, has extensive professional credits as a composer, performer, conductor, record producer and music director. He has worked in a wide range of musical genres and techniques, from medieval and classical to jazz, popular, world and contemporary music, with dozens of published scores and recorded compositions. His most recent compositions are two pieces, Peregrine Riffs and Lucky Cube 343, commissioned for the Royal Canadian College of Organistsĺ─˘ 100th anniversary this year. A specialist in digital music production, he is known nationally for his work in the development and use of contemporary music technologies in artistic and pedagogical practices.ĺ─«ĺ─«

The Aeneid: A Compendium of Scenes from Virgil is a YU50 event, created in celebration of York Universityĺ─˘s 50th anniversary.ĺ─«ĺ─«

When: Wed. November 11 at 7:30pm ĺ─«Where: Tribute Communities Recital Hall, Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St. Admission: $15 | $5 students & seniors ĺ─«Box Office: 416.736.5888 | www.yorku.ca/perform/boxofficeĺ─«ĺ─«ĺ─«

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Que la danse commence : Premier spectacle de la słęrie danse au Thłęłótre Centennial

Man and Mouse avec The Choreographers

Mardi 20 octobre 2009 20 h
ĺ─«Causerie avant-spectacle 19 h 15 - Foyer du Thłęłótre Centennial
Rłęgulier $24.00, AłĂnłę (60+) $15.00, łÔtudiant (avec carte) $15.00

Les personnages de Lennie et George sont gravłęs dans les młęmoires de ceux qui ont lu ou vu Des souris et des hommes de John Steinbeck. Les Choreographers dłęcrivent gestuellement lĺ─˘amitiłę qui lie les deux hommes et les conflits qui les habitent lĺ─˘un lĺ─˘autre. Cela donne quelques belles foires dĺ─˘empoigne, des prises łŢ bras-le-corps assez coriaces et des accolades bien senties. Lĺ─˘enchevłütrement des corps et la musique donnent le ton łŢ cette incursion de jeunes chorłęgraphes dans la littłęrature amłęricaine. Des jeunes łŢ suivreĺ─ Ce sont Katie Ward, Audrłęe Juteau, Peter Trosztmer et Thea Patterson.

En collaboration avec le Centre Culturel de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Sherbrooke, le Thłęłótre Centennial invite le public łŢ sĺ─˘abonner łŢ 5 spectacles de danse (parmi une słęlection de 9 spectacles) pour $100. Les abonnłęs sont automatiquement łęligibles au concours Une sortie de premił«re avec le Toronto Dance Theatre łŢ Toronto qui permettra łŢ une personne gagnante dĺ─˘aller assister łŢ la premił«re de la nouvelle production du Toronto Dance Theatre au Harborfront Centre łŢ Toronto. Ce prix comprend deux billets de train allez-retour Montrłęal-Toronto, une nuit łŢ lĺ─˘Hłątel et deux billets pour le spectacle du Toronto Dance Theatre. Ce voyage aura lieu du 16 au 17 fłęvrier 2010. La valeur de ce prix est de 640 $. Dłętails du concours et la programmation sur notre site www.centennialtheatre.ca

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Rabbit Rabbit and Suburban Motel in Montreal

November 10 - 29
Infinithłęłótre
presents
RABBIT RABBIT
By Amy Lee Lavoie
Directed by Guy Sprung
Starring Ashley Dunn & Howard Rosenstein

Larry, a paedophilic birthday clown, is on

a "date" with Britney, a sixteen-year-old prostitute working for a fetish escort service. If Britney gets another bad score from a client - she's had a string of bad-luck lately - her pimp will put her back out on the street. Larry asked for his usual girl, twelve-year-old Sabrina, who wasn't available. He really wanted his regular fix, as he has his sights set on a young girl who he will be seeing next week at a birthday party, his next clown job. He knows what he will do if he doesn't get some relief. It is D-Day in the hotel room. Through embarrassing, traumatic attempts at having sex, and in spite of Britney's nerves and Larry's broken routine, the two characters form a unique bond. The hotel room becomes a confessional for dark secrets and future dreams.

Bain St-Michel

5300 St-Dominique
Tues. thru Sat. - 8 PM
Sun. matinłęe - 2 PM
Adult.: $20 - Students & Seniors: $15 - Groups (6+): $10 MATURE SUBJECT MATTER
(514) 987 - 1774
www.infinitheatre.com

"Rabbit author"(Amy Lee Lavoie) at

tached - courtesy of Infinithłęłótre


November 10 - 29

Tableau D'Hłąte Theatre
presents
SUBURBAN MOTEL
By George F. Walker

Set in the same seedy motel room in no-place Canada, Governor General Award winning playwright George F. Walker brings us this hilarious and tragic series of six plays that can exist on their own but also share one interconnecting theme. The first time all six plays have been produced consecutively, Tableau D'Hłąte Theatre invites you to celebrate some of Canada's most exciting talent, featuring over thirty local actors, directors, and designers in this Montrłęal first.

Mainline Theatre
3997, boul. St-Laurent
Tues. thru Sat. - 8 PM
Sun. matinłęe - 2 PM
Adult.: $20 - Students & Seniors: $15 - Special Group Rates available MATURE SUBJECT MATTER
514-849-FEST (3378)
www.tableaudhotetheatre.ca/

"Motel Collage" photo attached by Martin Reisch

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Roland Announces Regional Finalists in V-Drums Contest

CNW Group Portfolio E-Mail



ROLAND CANADA LTD.

The Best from the East and West Will Battle it out at Montreal Drum Festival

RICHMOND, BC, Oct. 14 /CNW/ - The 1st Roland V-Drums Contest has come to a close, and the two regional finalists will battle it out for the title of Canada's V-Drums Contest National Grand Champion on the Montreal Drum Fest stage. Representing the East is Francois Lalibertłę from Montreal, QC, who will face off with Western Regional Finalist Gary Grace from Port Coquitlam, BC.

After trying both the guitar and piano, at the age of eight Francois picked up his first pair of drumsticks. Since then, he has studied with many internationally known percussionists including Aldo Mazza and Dom Famularo, and is currently studying under Mario Roy at Cegep St-Laurent in Montreal. Francois has been recognized in both regional and international competitions; in 2008 he received honourable mention at the Modern Drummer's Undiscovered Drummer Contest. Francois dreams of using his music as a tool for peace, and of bringing his music all over the world.

Gary Grace was born into a family of drummers, following in the footsteps of both his father and older brother. Growing up, Gary was interested in many different genres and musical styles. Gary went on to study at the Crane School of Music in New York and has studied under many other drumming greats including Joe Morello and Jim Chapin. He has shared the stage with many great Canadian musicians and currently performs with the Canadian classic rock band "Prism." When not performing, Gary passes on his talent and knowledge to his students.
For the past few months, Roland Canada has been hosting the Roland V-Drums Contest, a national drum solo competition that gives drummers from across Canada the chance to compete for an autographed, top-of-the-line, Roland V-Drums TD-20KX V-Pro Series kit and the opportunity to perform at the prestigious Montreal Drum Fest this fall. The finals will be held on October 24, 2009 at 11:00am on the Montreal Drum Fest stage.

About Roland Canada Ltd.
Roland is a world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of electronic musical instruments, professional audio equipment, multimedia products and music accessories. The Roland brand family includes Roland, BOSS, EDIROL by Roland, Rodgers, RSS by Roland, and Cakewalk by Roland. Roland's impressive line of products includes, but is far from limited to, guitar effects pedals, electronic percussion, acclaimed digital pianos, synthesizers, digital mixers and music production software.

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Symphony Nova Scotia to perform Macmillan's Suite Silver Dart at Celtic Colours

Halifax, NS ĺ─ý Symphony Nova Scotia takes to the road this week to be part of the annual Celtic Colours Festival in Cape Breton. The orchestra will perform the world premiere of Nova Scotia guitarist/composer Scott Macmillanĺ─˘s newest work, Suite Silver Dart, on Friday, October 16, 2009 at 7:30 pm at Glace Bayĺ─˘s Savoy Theatre and on Saturday, October 17 at 2:00 pm at Mabouĺ─˘s Strathspey Place.

The Suite Silver Dart commemorates the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight in Canada. Spearheaded by Alexander Graham Bell and the Aerial Experiment Association, the first flight of the Silver Dart took place on February 23, 1909 in Baddeck, Cape Breton. Commissioned by Celtic Colours, the Silver Dart Centennial Association, and the Centre Bras d'Or, Suite Silver Dart is a musical exploration of the hard work, anticipation, and celebration surrounding this historic event.

Suite Silver Dart will be conducted by Symphony Nova Scotia resident conductor (and native Cape Bretoner) Martin MacDonald, and will feature Chris Stout, violin; Catroina McKay, harp; Paula-Jane Francis, piano; and of course, composer/guitarist Scott Macmillan. The concert program will also include highlights of Alexander Graham Bellĺ─˘s favourite symphonic music, featuring vocalists Peter Gillis and Laurel Brown.

ĺ─˙Iĺ─˘m so excited about returning home to Cape Breton for the second time in a year with Symphony Nova Scotia,ĺ─¨ says Symphony Nova Scotia resident conductor Martin MacDonald. ĺ─˙Itĺ─˘s such an honour to be collaborating with Scott Macmillan and Celtic Colours to present the Suite Silver Dart on this very special occasion.ĺ─¨

Tickets for both performances range from $20-35 and are available at 1.888.355.7744 or www.celtic-colours.com.

About Symphony Nova Scotiaĺ─«Symphony Nova Scotia is Nova Scotiaĺ─˘s orchestra. Each year more than 50,000 audience members (including 15,000 young music lovers) join us in communities across Nova Scotia for performances of the music they love ĺ─ý from baroque and classical to pop and rock and folk. Under the inspirational leadership of Music Director Bernhard Gueller, Symphony Nova Scotia is recognized as one of the finest orchestras in the country. Visit www.SymphonyNovaScotia.ca to learn more, listen online, or subscribe today!

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

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Canada Council for the Arts announces the finalists for the 2009 Governor General's Literary Awards



TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 14, 2009) - The Canada Council for the Arts today announced the finalists for the 2009 Governor General's Literary Awards. The finalists include authors, illustrators and translators from ages 27 to 78. The English and French awards are in the categories of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, children's literature (text and illustration) and translation. In total, 70 books are shortlisted.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Canada Council involvement with the Governor General's Literary Awards. A total of 1,541 eligible books were submitted for this year's awards. Thirty-eight of the 75 finalists are nominated for the first time. At least seven of the finalists are under the age of 35 and three of the finalists are aboriginal. A sense of belonging, family, war and religion are themes that figure prominently in several of the books.

The names of the finalists, the titles of their works, and the peer assessment committees' citations for each work as well as the names of the members of the 14 committees (seven English and seven French) are listed here:
www.canadacouncil.ca/news/releases/2009/wi128999467161854957

Download images of the shortlisted books:
www.canadacouncil.ca/imagegallery/ga128999385012522209

Additional information about the 2009 Awards is available on the Canada Council website at www.canadacouncil.ca/prizes/ggla.

CONTACT INFORMATION:
350 Albert Streetĺ─«Post Office Box 1047ĺ─«
Ottawa, Ontario K1P 5V8ĺ─« www.canadacouncil.ca

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La collection des Impatients s'expose en prłęsentant les ëýuvres d'Antonio Mazza

Montrłęal, le mercredi 14 octobre 2009-Le commissaire łÔric Mattson et la directrice głęnłęrale des Impatients, Lorraine Palardy, sont heureux de prłęsenter, pour la premił«re fois, les ëýuvres de l'artiste Impatient Antonio Mazza dans le cadre de l'exposition Č┤ Antonio Mazza, Le quotidien, Les łęcritures Ȭ. L'exposition sera prłęsentłęe du 14 octobre au 18 dłęcembre 2009.

Antonio Mazza est nłę en 1964 łŢ Montrłęal, d'une famille d'origine italienne. Il frłęquente les ateliers depuis le tout dłębut de la crłęation des ateliers. Il utilise des crayons aquarelle pour illustrer avec des effets visuels trł«s colorłęs de petites narrations pleines de dłętails soigneusement ordonnłęs. De nombreuses descriptions vivantes disent ses souvenirs avec cocasserie. Au premier abord, c'est błęnin parfois młüme gentiment inoffensif. Une lecture un peu plus attentive nous fait dłęcouvrir l'imminence du malheur : le professeur va słęvir, l'espił«gle sera douloureusement łęlectrocutłę, et, quant łŢ nous, nous cesserons de trouver le dessin simplement drłąle.

łÔric Mattson est un commissaire indłępendant montrłęalais qui poursuit deux passions : la musique et l'art brut. Son travail en audio est reconnu tant sur la scł«ne locale qu'łŢ l'łętranger. Cofondateur de la regrettłęe Sociłętłę des arts indisciplinłę, devenu travailleur indłępendant, il s'associe en l'an 2000 aux Impatients. Aprł«s de nombreuses annłęes łŢ dłęvelopper le site internet de la FATABQ et łŢ effectuer la documentation des concerts et des expositions qu'elle produit, il rłęalise ici une exposition majeure, celle d'Antonio Mazza, une des figures emblłęmatiques des Impatients, conteur en images peintes du quotidien.
Le Centre Les Impatients a pour double mission d'offrir un lieu d'expression artistique aux personnes souffrant de problł«mes de santłę mentale et de favoriser les łęchanges avec la communautłę par la diffusion de leurs rłęalisations.

L'exposition Antonio Mazza, Le quotidien, Les łęcritures sera prłęsentłęe du 14 octobre au 18 dłęcembre 2009. La galerie sera ouverte du lundi au vendredi de 10 h łŢ 17 h et le samedi et dimanche de 13 h łŢ 17 h.

Les Impatients
100, rue Sherbrooke Est,4e łętage łŢ Montrłęal
Information : 514-842-1043

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Pierre Gauvreau et Janine Carreau vont envahir la Galerie Michel-Ange dans le Vieux-Montrłęal du 14 octobre au 1er novembre 2009


EXPOSITION du 14 octobre au 1er novembre 2009.
łÔCHOS D'UN AUTRE MONDE
VERNISSAGE, le 14 octobre dł«s 18 heures.


Notre łęquipe sera łŢ votre disposition pour vous faire dłęcouvrir l'univers fascinant des Cadavres exquis de Pierre Gauvreau et Janine Carreau. On pourra en voir une trentaine, ainsi que des tableaux individuels qui permettront de mieux identifier la participation de chacun dans l'ëýuvre exłęcutłęe łŢ deux, toujours sans voir la contribution de l'autre avant le dłęvoilement final, selon l'impłęratif du jeu surrłęaliste. On aura accł«s łŢ des ëýuvres rłęcentes et łŢ quelques ëýuvres charnił«res, qui nous permettront de comprendre leur parcours individuel.

Peintre, rłęalisateur, auteur et pionnier de la tłęlłęvision, Pierre Gauvreau s'est vu attribuer plusieurs reconnaissances par le grand public et par ses pairs. Ce signataire de Refus Global, continue łŢ Quatre-Čévingt-sept ans, de peindre avec la dłętermination du jeune homme en colł«re. Janine Carreau, elle travaille la peinture et la photographie et intł«gre les deux dans ses photomontages.

En dłęcidant de vivre ensemble il y a bientłąt trente-quatre ans, ils ont fait le pacte d'axer leur vie sur la crłęation. Ils n'ont pas dłęrogłę. Janine Carreau pratique le cadavre exquis depuis plus de vingt-cinq ans, mais surtout avec Pierre Gauvreau depuis quinze ans. Leurs ëýuvres sont modernes, explosives, łęnergisantes. Que ce soit sur toile avec des caches, ou łŢ la manił«re Č┤ montrłęalaise Ȭ comme l'appelle Ray Ellenwood dans un texte de l'ouvrage qui accompagne l'exposition, les ëýuvres sont toujours imprłęvues. Les pił«ces dłęcoupłęes de manił«re łęgales et structurłęes ou libres, permettent un dialogue que Carreau et Gauvreau s'amusent łŢ renouveler. Leurs flamboiements ne sont pas sans rappeler leur jardin. Osez płęnłętrer dans cet univers unique aux mille et deux couleurs.

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Lemony Snicketĺ─˘s childrenĺ─˘s story comes alive withĺ─« composer Nathaniel Stookey



Winnipeg, MB - October 13, 2009 ĺ─ý Admired childrenĺ─˘s author Lemony Snicketĺ─˘s The Composer is Dead comes to Winnipeg in a breathtaking interactive performance of a symphonic murder mystery perfect for families being performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO). Mr. Snicket is also known for the wildly popular book: ĺ─˙A Series of Unfortunate Events.ĺ─¨
Composer Nathaniel Stookey presents and narrates this best selling novel with original text by Lemony Snicket on Sunday, October 18 at 2:00 p.m. at the Centennial Concert Hall in the Great-West Life, Great Explorations Sundays with the Family concert series. Original music by Mr. Stookey is based on symphonic masterpieces.

This New York Times best-selling picture book, with music by Nathaniel Stookey, is a mystery that needs to be solved at the Centennial Concert Hall, and all the suspects are lurking somewhere on stage! Each instrument is brought to dramatic life in this engaging introduction to the sections of the orchestra.

ĺ─˙Itĺ─˘s a guide to the orchestra in the guise of a murder mystery,ĺ─¨ says composer Mr. Stookey. ĺ─˙The narrator takes the role of the inspector who is investigating the murder of the composer. He interrogates all the sections of the orchestra as to why they would have wanted to off the composer. And they all have very good reasons.ĺ─¨

Nathaniel Stookey, a native of San Francisco, CA, has collaborated with a remarkable range of artists, from The Mars Volta to the Philadelphia Orchestra. At 23, he was awarded the first Hallłę Orchestra Composition Fellowship, serving as resident composer under Kent Nagano from 1993-1996. In 2006, the San Francisco Symphony premiered their commissioned work, The Composer is Dead, with libretto by Lemony Snicket, which was immediately taken up by the Toronto Symphonyĺ─˘s New Creations Festival and has since been programmed by orchestras across North America.

In partnership with Music for Young Children, families can also participate in pre-concert musical activities at 1:00 pm with crafts, rhythm ensembles and round-singing. Children can visit the Conducting Station where they get a chance to conduct a group of musicians or visit the Instrument Petting Zoo.

Sundays with the Family concert series is sponsored by Great-West Life.
Nathaniel Stookey is an accomplished living composer who is not entirely above suspicion in this perplexing murder mystery and available for interviews. Also available for media interviews is former Winnipegger Susan Rich who is Lemony Snicketĺ─˘s Editor.

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Shanghai Symphony Orch, historic N. American Tour comes launches at Carnegie Hall, Nov '09

This November, the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra (SSO), the oldest orchestra in Asia and one of the oldest classical ensembles in the world, will make history as it tours the U.S. and Canada under the baton of Maestro Long Yu. Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the People's Republic of China and the 130th anniversary as one of Asia's best-known cultural ambassadors, the SSO will bring a rare musical experience to American audiences. The tour launches Tuesday, November 10th in New York City at Carnegie Hall.

As the Music Director of the SSO, China Philharmonic and Guangzhou Symphony and as the Artistic Director and co-founder of the Beijing Music Festival, Maestro Long Yu has also made appearances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg State Opera, and the Sydney Symphony, among many others.

One of the most influential leaders of the classical music scene in China today, Long Yu has a bold vision for the future of SSO. Only in his first year as its Music Director, Maestro Yu has rebuilt and re-energized the orchestra by inviting some of the finest international players, who were hand picked through recent auditions in New York and Berlin.

"I am honored to become the Music Director of the extraordinary Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, whose past is legendary and whose future is full of endless possibility" says Maestro Long Yu "Because of its high artistic level and bold approach to classical music, this ensemble is in a unique position to serve as a cultural bridge between the East and the West. The musicians, the staff and myself are looking forward to sharing the legacy of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra with new audiences in China and worldwide."

Both at home and on tour SSO frequently features the world's brightest classical stars, including Lang Lang, who will perform Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18. Along with the standard Western Repertoire, SSO consistently programs new music, including Chen Qigang's iconic Iris dłęvoilłęe, which will be performed in the composer's presence at Carnegie Hall, as part of the Ancient Paths, Modern Voices festival celebrating Chinese culture.

The program of the 12-city North American tour will also include China Air Suite by another living Chinese composer Bao Yuan Kai. Guest soloists will be the up-and-coming Chinese pianists Yuja Wang and Peng Peng. During the two weeks following the Carnegie Hall performance SSO will travel across the North American continent, visiting Fairfax, Santa Barbara, Berkeley, Toronto, etc.

Formed in 1879, SSO has always promoted the European classical tradition and trained Chinese musicians in this style, bridging the gap between East and West. Having played over 10,000 concerts, this esteemed ensemble has an extensive discography, which includes the soundtrack of the Oscar and Grammy-winning film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

TOUR SCHEDULE & PROGRAM

Tues, Nov 10, 2009 ĺ─ý NEW YORK, NY
Isaac Stern Hall, Carnegie Hall
Soloist: Lang Lang, piano
Program: RACHMANINOFF, Piano Concerto No. 2; CHEN QIGANG, Iris dłęvoilłęe
For tickets: 212-247-7800, www.carnegiehall.org

Wed, Nov 11, 2009 ĺ─ý WORCESTER, MA
Mechanics Hall
Soloist: Yuja Wang, piano
Program: MUSSORGSKY, Khovantchina: Intro (Dawnĺ─ÂMoscow River); RACHMANINOFF, Piano Concerto No. 2; CHEN QIGANG, Iris dłęvoilłęe
For tickets 508-752-0888, www.mechanicshall.org

Thu, Nov 12, 2009 ĺ─ý NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ
State Theatre, Regional Arts Center
Soloist: Yuja Wang, piano
Program: MUSSORGSKY, Khovantchina: Intro (Dawnĺ─ÂMoscow River); RACHMANINOFF, Piano Concerto No. 2; CHEN QIGANG, Iris dłęvoilłęe
For tickets: 732-246-7469, www.statetheatrenj.org

Fri, Nov 13, 2009 ĺ─ý GREENVALE, NY
North Fork Hall, Tilles Center
Soloist: Yuja Wang, piano
Program: TCHAIKOVSKY, Romeo and Juliet Overture; BAO YUANKAI, China Air Suite; RACHMANINOFF, Piano Concerto No. 2
For tickets 516-299-3100, www.tillescenter.org

Sat, Nov 14, 2009 ĺ─ý FAIRFAX, VA
Center for the Arts , George Mason Univ.
Soloist: Peng Peng, piano
Program: TCHAIKOVSKY, Romeo and Juliet Overture; BAO YUANKAI, China Air Suite; RACHMANINOFF, Piano Concerto No. 2
For tickets: 888-945-2468/703-993-2787, www.gmu.edu/cfa/

Mon, Nov 16, 2009 ĺ─ý TORONTO, ON, CANADA
Roy Thomson Hall
Soloist Yuja Wang, piano
Program: MUSSORGSKY, Khovantchina: Intro (Dawnĺ─ÂMoscow River); RACHMANINOFF, Piano Concerto No. 2; CHEN QIGANG, Iris dłęvoilłęe
For tickets: 416-872-4255, www.roythomson.com

Thu, Nov 19, 2009 ĺ─ý LA JOLLA, CA
Copley Symphony Hall
Soloist: Yuja Wang, piano
Program: TCHAIKOVSKY, Romeo and Juliet Overture; BAO YUANKAI, China Air Suite; RACHMANINOFF, Piano Concerto No. 2
For tickets: 858-459-3728, www.ljms.org/Performances-and-Tickets/Venues-and-Directions/Copley-Symphony-Hall.html

Fri, Nov 20, 2009 ĺ─ý SANTA BARBARA, CA
Grenada Theatre
Soloist: Yuja Wang, piano
Program: MUSSORGSKY, Khovantchina: Intro (Dawnĺ─ÂMoscow River); RACHMANINOFF, Piano Concerto No. 2; CHEN QIGANG, Iris dłęvoilłęe
For tickets: 805-899-2222, www.camasb.org

Sat, Nov 21, 2009 ĺ─ý DAVIS, CA
Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center
Soloist: Yuja Wang, piano
Program: TCHAIKOVSKY, Romeo and Juliet Overture; BAO YUANKAI, China Air Suite; RACHMANINOFF, Piano
For tickets 530-754-2787, www.mondaviarts.org

Sun, Nov 22, 2009 ĺ─ý BERKELEY, CA
Zellerbach Hall, UC Berkeley
Soloist Yuja Wang, piano
Program: MUSSORGSKY, Khovantchina: Intro (Dawnĺ─ÂMoscow River); RACHMANINOFF, Piano Concerto No. 2; CHEN QIGANG, Iris dłęvoilłęe
For tickets: 510-642-9988, www.calperfs.berkeley.edu

Tue, Nov 24, 2009 ĺ─ý COSTA MESA, CA
Segerstrom Concert Hall
Soloist Yuja Wang, piano
Program: MUSSORGSKY, Khovantchina: Intro (Dawnĺ─ÂMoscow River); RACHMANINOFF, Piano Concerto No. 2; CHEN QIGANG, Iris dłęvoilłęe
For tickets: 949-553-2422, www.philharmonicsociety.org

Wed, Nov 25, 2009 ĺ─ý PALM DEERT, CA
McCallum Theatre
Program: MUSSORGSKY, Khovantchina: Intro (Dawnĺ─ÂMoscow River); RACHMANINOFF, Piano Concerto No. 2; CHEN QIGANG, Iris dłęvoilłęe
For tickets: 760-340-1787, www.mccallumtheatre.com


ABOUT THE ARTISTS
LONG YU, Music Director and Conductor, will conduct all 12 concerts with various artists during the SSO North American Tour 2009. Programs including Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2, Iris dłęvoilłęe by Chen Qigang, Khovantchina: Intro by Mussorgsky, China Air Suite by Bao Yuankai, and Romeo and Juliet Overture by Tchaikovsky. As one of the most distinguished Chinese conductors with an established international reputation, Maestro Long Yu is currently Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the China Philharmonic Orchestra, Music Director of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, President of the Beijing Music Festival Artistic Committee and President of the Artistic Committee of the Shanghai Oriental Center. Besides his concerts throughout the year with the China Philharmonic and the Guangzhou Symphony, Long Yu has appeared with the world's major orchestras and opera companies, including the Chicago Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington DC, the Hamburg State Opera, the Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin, the Radio Symphony Orchestra of Leipzig, the Budapest Radio Symphony Orchestra, Le Theatre de Nice, the Ireland National Philharmonic Orchestra, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and the Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Long Yu was born in Shanghai in 1964 into a family of musicians. He received his early music education from his grandfather Ding Shande, a celebrated composer and an educator of high prestige. This prepared him for the rigorous formal music education he subsequently received first at the Shanghai Music Conservatory and then at the Hochschule der Kunst in Berlin. In 1992, he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Central Opera Theatre in Beijing. In the same year, he was involved in organizing the inaugural Beijing New Year's Concert, now an annual event, and served as its conductor for three successive years. In 1998, he founded the Beijing Music Festival held the position of Artistic Director and has been President of the Beijing Music Festival Arts Foundation since 2005. Under his leadership the Beijing Music Festival has become one of the internationally acclaimed festivals. Along with numerous performances by world-renowned ensembles and artists, the festival has been commissioning new music from composers such as Krzysztof Penderecki, Philip Glass and Guo Wenjing. In 2000, Long Yu co-founded the China Philharmonic Orchestra and was appointed Artistic Director and Principal Conductor. Now entering his 7th season with the CPO, he has maintained the high standard of orchestral performance and artistic administration. In 2003, Long Yu was appointed the Music Director of the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra. He has toured extensively with the China Philharmonic and the Guangzhou Symphony. From February to April 2005, the China Philharmonic Orchestra took an international tour under the baton of Maestro Long Yu. Within 40 days they appeared in 22 cities throughout North America and Europe. This is the first time a symphony orchestra gave performances in the two continents in China's history, a tour de force even among orchestras all over the world. Mr. Long Yu's recordings include, on Deutsche Grammophon with the China Philharmonic, Brahms's Piano Quartet in G Minor (orch. Arnold Schoenberg) and Wagner's Tannhłžuser Overture, highlights of Chinese symphonic music and Yellow River Concerto with Lang Lang. Recordings on Naxos include Korngold's Violin Concerto and Ding Shande's Long March Symphony. Long Yu received the 2002 Montblanc Arts Patronage Award from the Montblanc Cultural Foundation, and in 2003 came Le grade de chevalier dans l'ordre des Arts et des Lettres (The Honor of Chevalier of French Art and Culture) from the Government of France. In 2005, Italian President honored Maestro Long Yu L'onorificenza di commendatore.

LANG LANG, pianist, will play Rachmaninoff Piano Concert No. 2 with SSO as the soloist on Nov. 10, 2009 at Carnegie Hall, which is the opening concert of SSO North American Tour, and also the closing ceremony of the China Festival at Carnegie Hall. Heralded as the "hottest artist on the classical music planet" by the New York Times, 27-year-old Lang Lang has played sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world and is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic and the top American orchestras. Testimony to his success, Lang Lang recently appeared in the 2009 Time 100 ĺ─ý Time magazine's annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2008, over five billion people viewed Lang Lang's performance in Beijing's opening ceremony for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad where he was seen as a symbol of the youth and future of China. This status has inspired over 40 million Chinese children to learn to play classical piano ĺ─ý a phenomenon coined by The Today Show as "the Lang Lang effect." Recognizing Lang Lang's powerful cultural influence, in 2008, the Recording Academy named him their Cultural Ambassador to China. Most recently, Lang Lang has been chosen as an official worldwide ambassador to the 2010 Shanghai Expo. Continuing his presence on the world stage, Lang Lang was featured at the 2008 Grammy's, pairing up with jazz great Herbie Hancock,for an astounding performance that was broadcast live to 45 million viewers worldwide. The two pianists continued their collaboration with an inaugural world tour in summer 2009. ĺ─«ĺ─«Lang Lang has made it his mission to share classical music around the world, with an emphasis on training children and young musicians through education and outreach programs. To that effect, in October 2008 he launched the Lang Lang International Music Foundation in New York with the support of the Grammy's and UNICEF. The Lang Lang International Music Foundation was created to enrich the lives of children through a deeper understanding and enjoyment of classical music and to inspire and financially support the next generation of musicians. In May 2009, Lang Lang and his three chosen scholars from the foundation ĺ─ý aged between 8 and 10 years old ĺ─ý performed together on The Oprah Winfrey Show on "Oprah's Search for the World's Most Smartest and Most Talented Kids." Lang Lang also continues to give master classes regularly throughout the world at the invitation of the most prestigious music institutions, including the Juilliard School, the Curtis Institute of Music, Manhattan School of Music and Hanover Conservatory, as well as all the top conservatories of China where he holds honorary professorships. He has held music residencies in Chicago, Toronto, San Francisco, London, Rome and Stockholm, which include master classes for exceptional students. In addition to his numerous commitments, Lang Lang holds the title of the first Ambassador of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra. His role in this groundbreaking project created by YouTube and Google reflects his devotion to building new audiences and bringing classical music to young people worldwide. In 2009, Lang Lang continues his busy touring schedule around the world. As the youngest instrumentalist to ever receive an invitation, Lang Lang will also be in residence with the Berlin Philharmonic - where, among other shows, he will perform on the New Year's Eve concert with 100 school children from Berlin. Furthermore, Lang Lang will also be featured in a special tour of Japan with the Vienna Philharmonic. www.langlang.com

YUJA WANG, pianist, will play Rachmaninoff Piano Concert No. 2 in 10 of the 12 concerts with SSO during the tour as the soloist. Wang's performance dates: Nov. 11, 2009 in Worcester, MA; Nov. 12, 2009 in New Brunswick, NJ; Nov. 13, 2009 in Greenvale, NJ; Nov. 16, 2009 in Toronto, Canada; Nov. 19, 2009 in La Jolla, Canada; Nov. 20, 2009 in Santa Barbara, CA; Nov. 21, 2009 in Davis, CA; Nov. 22, 2009 in Berkeley, CA; Nov. 24, 2009 in Costa Mesa, CA; Nov. 25, 2009 in Palm Desert, CA. Twenty-two year old Chinese pianist Yuja Wang is widely recognized for playing that combines the spontaneity and fearless imagination of youth with the discipline and precision of a mature artist. Yuja's command of the piano has been described as "astounding" and "superhuman," and she has been praised for her authority over the most complex technical demands of the repertoire, the depth of her musical insight, as well as her fresh interpretations and graceful, charismatic stage presence. Yuja has already performed with many of the world's leading orchestras including the Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, National, New World, and San Francisco symphonies, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra in the U.S., and abroad with the Tonhalle Orchestra, the China, London and Nagoya philharmonics, the NHK Symphony and Orchestra Mozart. In 2006 Yuja made her New York Philharmonic debut at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival and performed with the orchestra the following season under Lorin Maazel during the Philharmonic's Japan/Korea visit. In 2008, she toured the U.S. with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields led by Sir Neville Marriner and in 2009 Yuja performed as a soloist with the You Tube Symphony Orchestra. Yuja has given recitals in major cities throughout North America and abroad, makes regular appearances at festivals, and is a dedicated performer of chamber music. Highlights of Yuja's 2009-10 season include her recent Carnegie Hall orchestral debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon's piano concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra. In addition to her tour of the U.S. with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, she will tour with the Russian National Orchestra and perform with the Indianapolis, New World and San Francisco symphonies, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra in Beijing, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London and Spain, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic. She will give recitals in San Francisco, Vancouver, Philadelphia, and Washington DC, among other cities worldwide, and will return to the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the Verbier Festival in the summer of 2010. Yuja is an exclusive recording artist for Deutsche Grammophon. Her debut recording, titled Sonatas & Etudes, was released in the spring of 2009. Born in Beijing, Yuja began studying piano at age six, and then at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing. After attending three Morningside Music summer programs at Calgary's Mount Royal College from 1999-2001, she moved to Canada to study at the Mount Royal College Conservatory. Yuja moved to the U.S. at 15 to study with Gary Graffman at The Curtis Institute of Music, where she graduated in 2008. In 2006 Yuja received the Gilmore Young Artist Award.

PENG PENG, pianist, will perform Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 as pianist on Nov. 14, 2009 in Fairfax, CA. Born in China, 16-year-old pianist and composer Peng Peng began piano lessons at the age of five and gave his first public recital in Nanjing at the age of eight. In 2002 he made his concerto debut with the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra performing Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1. He appeared on NPR's From the Top and performed in Red Cross benefits at Carnegie's Weill Recital Hall. Peng Peng made his Lincoln Center debut performing in Alice Tully Hall with Itzhak Perlman conducting the Julliard Pre-College Chamber Orchestra. He has also performed with the Aspen Festival Orchestra led by Leonard Slatkin and made his European debut at Musłęe de Louvre. Peng Peng was also on the Spring 2006 national TV broadcast of PBS' Live from Lincoln Center as part of Juilliard's Celebrating 100 Years Gala in which he performed the opening movement of Rachmaninofff's Second Piano Concertoio with conductor/composer John Williams. In February 2007, he performed Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 with the San Francisco Symphony for their Chinese New Year celebration concert, and again joined the symphony twice in 2008 with pianist/composer Conrad Tao. In the 2007 Peng Peng appeared as guest soloist at the 2007 American Symphony Orchestra League Conference with the conference sponsoring orchestra, the Nashville Symphony, conducted by Mr. Slatkin. In September 2007 he again joined Mr. Slatkin for the National Symphony's opening season gala. This season he will give recitals in Florida, Missouri, and San Jose, and perform in Beijing with the China National Symphony. Peng Peng has won numerous competitions including the Junior Category of the 2005 New Jersey Philharmonic Orchestra's competition and the Juilliard School's 2003-04 and 2005-06 Pre-College Mozart Piano Concerto Competitions. Over the past two seasons he has appeared with the Big Spring Symphony, Philharmonic of New Jersey, Midland-Odessa Symphony, Orlando Philharmonic, Corpus Christi Symphony, Orchestra of St. Lukes, Norwalk Symphony, Nashua Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Nashville Symphony, U.S. National Symphony, Dominican Republic National Symphony, RTV Slovenia Symphony, Brazilian National Symphony, and California Symphony. He has also given recitals throughout the United States and China. An avid composer, Peng Peng studies composition at Juilliard with Andrew Thomas. He has written numerous works for piano, chamber ensembles and orchestras. In 2006, Peng Peng won an ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Award, the Charlotte V. Bergen Scholarship, for his piano work "Immortal Struggle." His work, "Exit, Stage Left!," "Scherzo for Orchestra" won the 2004-05 Juilliard Pre-College Division Composition Competition. Peng Peng currently studies piano with Yoheved Kaplinsky at Juilliard. http://www.opus3artists.com/artists/peng-peng

XIAODUO CHEN, Soprano, will perform as the first soprano in Qigang Chen's Iris dłęvoilłęe on the following dates: Nov 10, 2009 in New York, NY; Nov 11, 2009 in Worcester, MA; Nov 12, 2009 in New Brunswick, NJ; Nov 16, 2009 in Toronto, Canada; Nov 20, 2009 in Santa Barbara, CA; Nov 22, 2009 in Berkeley, CA; Nov 24, 2009 in Costa Mesa, CA; Nov 25, 2009 in Palm Desert, CA An active performer in China and around the world, Xiaoduo Chen was a prizewinner at Beijing's 2004 National Singing Competition and Belgium's Queen Elizabeth Competition. Ms. Chen won the 2001 Vera Rosa Award for most promising singer in Belgium and the 2002 Best New Singer award in Taiwan. She has performed with the China Philharmonic, Beijing Symphony Orchestra, Shanghai Symphony Orchestra, and at the Central Opera House of China. In 2004 she was asked to serve as a cultural ambassador by China's Ministry of Culture. She studied at the China Conservatory of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. Touring across the United States and Canada, Ms. Chen received critical acclaim as the lead role in the musical Terracotta Warriors. She performed at the Gwangju Jungyoulsung International Music Festival in Korea and toured as a guest performer with Italian singer Renzo Arbore. In 2006 she sang the lead role in the Chinese opera Ms. Du Shi Niang at the Central Opera House.

MENG MENG, Soprano, will perform as the second soprano in Qigang Chen's Iris dłęvoilłęe on the following dates: Nov 10, 2009 in New York, NY; Nov 11, 2009 in Worcester, MA; Nov 12, 2009 in New Brunswick, NJ; Nov 16, 2009 in Toronto, Canada; Nov 20, 2009 in Santa Barbara, CA; Nov 22, 2009 in Berkeley, CA; Nov 24, 2009 in Costa Mesa, CA; Nov 25, 2009 in Palm Desert, CA. Meng Meng, currently a student at the China Conservatory of Music, was admitted to the Shan Dong Opera School at age twelve, where she won first prize in the New Talents Cup and second prize in the A Cappella Group competition. Ms. Meng has performed in many productions at the Qing Dao Theater and sang in the Chinese ballet Da Hong Deng Long Gao Gao Gua in 2003. She is a first-prize winner of the China Opera Essay Competition. Singing in Qigang Chen's symphonic work Die Lian Hua with the Guangzhou Symphony Orchestra, Ms. Meng performed in Guangzhou, Australia, France, Germany, Belgium and Egypt.

Three young Chinese traditional instrumentalists, NAN WANG, JIA LI and XIN SUN, will perform in Qigang Chen's Iris dłęvoilłęe on the following dates: Nov 10, 2009 in New York, NY; Nov 11, 2009 in Worcester, MA; Nov 12, 2009 in New Brunswick, NJ; Nov 16, 2009 in Toronto, Canada; Nov 20, 2009 in Santa Barbara, CA; Nov 22, 2009 in Berkeley, CA; Nov 24, 2009 in Costa Mesa, CA; Nov 25, 2009 in Palm Desert, CA. Both Nan Wang and Jia Li were featured soloist with the National Orchestra of France at the world premiere of this piece.

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L'Orchestre Symphonique des Musiciens du Monde prłęsente L'Est rejoint l'ouest - le monde s'unit par la musique

Joseph Milo, Chef d'orchestre Lundi 19 octobre au Centre Pierre Płęladeau

MONTREAL, Le Octobre 2009 ĺ─ý L'orchestre symphonique des musiciens du monde (OSMM) sous la direction de Joseph Milo, a le plaisir d'annoncer un concert de music folklorique et classique mettant en vedette plusieurs troupes d'artistes invitłęes provenant de cinq rłęgions diffłęrentes du monde. En effet, durant la premił«re partie du spectacle, des musiciens de Chine, de l'Inde, du Moyen Orient, du Płęrou et d'Afrique vous enchanteront avec leur vaste rłępertoire de pił«ces. Ensuite, ils se joindront łŢ l'orchestre symphonique des musiciens du monde pour vous entrałĂner encore plus loin.

L'OSMM a connu beaucoup de succł«s en trois ans d'existence, en effet, depuis qu'ils sont ensemble ils ont mis sur pied plus de 20 concerts. Le programme du concert international en question inclus: The Butterfly Lovers, des extraits du concerto pour violon interprł«te par la soliste Venus Fu qui est imbue de culture folklorique chinoise ancienne, Ragleela, un groupe qui interprł«te des pił«ces reflłętant la spiritualitłę des Indes, Okto Echo, un groupe dłędiłę a l'łęvolution de la music du moyen orient vers un style moderne, Armonia Andina qui se spłęcialise en młęlodies łęmouvantes des Andes, un młęlangłę de młęlangłę de musique Płęruvienne, Argentine et Bolivienne ainsi que Samajam, une troupe de percussion africaine soulevante qui viendra finir la soirłęe avec des rythmes entrainants !

Aprł«s l'entracte, tous ces musiciens invites se joindrons ensuite a l'OSMM pour prłęsenter la pił«ce Dvorak une symphonie du Nouveau monde, soutitree The Global Sound. Dans le contexte de cette ëýuvre, ils interprł«terons des solos dans un in dialogue fascinant avec les musiciens de l'orchestre. L'inspiration de composer la Symphonie du Nouveau monde vient de ce que Dvorak a vu en Amłęrique surtout les gens diffłęrents de ceux en Europe. Le concert se terminera par une grande finale ou tous seront intł«gres artistiquement accompagnes de la musique inspirante 'paix sur la terre'. Cette expłęrience de concert spłęcial ne doit pas łütre manqułęe.

L'OSMM a łętłę crłęłęe pour rłępondre łŢ un besoin particulier de la communautłę musicale de Montrłęal. Le chef d'orchestre, Joseph Milo, a rłęalisłę que plusieurs musiciens ayant beaucoup de talent et provenant de partout au monde, qui aprł«s leur immigration au Canada, n'avaient aucunes opportunitłęs d'exprimer leur talent. Il a donc, pris l'initiative de former un orchestre multiculturel qui permettrait łŢ ces derniers de dłęployer leur talent et de s'intłęgrer dans la communautłę musicale de Montrłęal. Pour Milo, l'OSMM dłępasse la somme de ses membres. Č┤ En ce qui concerne le concert l'est rejoint l'ouest, ceci est encoure plus vrai, Č┤ Nous łŢ l'OSMM, reprłęsentons un pont reliant la musique du monde entier et les fervents de musique łŢ travers le monde.Ȭ

Cet orchestre est extrłümement important pour tous les membres et ce concert en particulier, personnifie la mission de l'orchestre. Faire parti de l'OSMM est vital pour Venus Fu, notre małĂtre de concert. Č┤ L'orchestre apporte un nouvel espoir łŢ tous ces musiciens immigrants. Ils peuvent łŢ nouveau contribuer leur talent łŢ la promotion des arts et de la culture. Ȭ Pour Paul Serralheiro, l'OSMM a łęlargie son monde musical, Č┤ L'orchestre reprłęsente un tremplin qui m'a permis de sortir et de faire parti d'un monde actif de la musique Ȭ. Pour plusieurs comme Anna Levitina, łütre membre de l'OSMM a un impact plus grand que celui de jouer en groupe, Č┤ L'orchestre m'a donnłę la chance de rencontrer des gens magnifiques, m'a servi de stimulus pour amłęliorer ma performance et a enrichi ma vie en głęnłęral. Ȭ

L'OSMM qui comprend plus de 50 musiciens provenant de partout au monde est le premier orchestre de ce genre au Canada. Il a łętłę reconnu avec enthousiasme par la Ville de Montrłęal. Le rłüve de tous ses membres est de faire une tournłęe łŢ travers tous leurs pays d'origine donc la Korłü, la Chine, la Russie, l'Armłęnie, la Romanie, l'Allemagne, l'Iran, la Nouvelle Złęlande, le Venezuela, l'Estonie, la Grł«ce, les łÔU, la Moldovie, le Kazakhstan, l'łÔgypte, la Hongrie, la Scandinavie, l'Israł┤l, l'Albanie, le Portugal and la Belarusse et d'autres.

Č┤ Au dłępart, certains musiciens ne voulaient młüme łütre assis ensemble dans la młüme, cependant la musique et le besoin de collł«gues et d'amis ont trł«s vite rendu le groupe solidaire et ont fait dissiper les egos. Ȭ

-Lucy Ravinsky, Directrice Exłęcutive OSMM


Pour de plus amples renseignements prił«re de visiter le site suivant: www.musiciansoftheworld.ca

Salle Pierre Mercure au the Centre Pierre Płęladeau
300 boulevard de Maisonneuve Est
Billets: 35$, 25$ pour les łętudiants et pour les ałĂnłęs. Prix de groupe disponibles.
Billets en vente au Bureaux de l'Orchestre: 514 484-7428 ou łŢ la Salle Pierre Mercure 514 987-6919 ainsi aux bureaux d'admission, 514-790-1245, www.admission.com
(des frais de service sont applicables donc łęconomisez en achetant vos billets directement au guichet ou en les rłęservant au bureau de l'orchestre)

Joseph Milo, Fondateur et Chef d'orchestre
Joseph Milo est chef d'orchestre, compositeur et pianiste diplłąmłę de l'Acadłęmie de Musique d'Israł┤l. Il a łętudiłę avec plusieurs grands małĂtres aux łÔU et en Italie. Il est aussi diplłąmłę avec distinction de l'universitłę McGill dans les disciples de chef d'orchestre sous la tutelle d'Alexander Brott. Il a vłęcu łŢ New York oł╝, il a dirigłę plusieurs ensembles orchestraux, des chorales et les troupes de thłęłótre musical et a aussi enseignłę dans plusieurs łęcoles de musique. Depuis qu'il habite Montrłęal, il a dirigłę l'Orchestre symphonique junior de Montrłęal sous le patronage de Sir Wilfrid Pelletier, l'Orchestre de chambre de Hampstead et plusieurs chorales. De plus, pendant plusieurs annłęes, il a łętłę le directeur musical du Centre des Arts Saidye Bronfman. Mr Milo a fondłę l'Orchestre symphonique des musiciens du monde en 2006 afin d'offrir aux immigrants qui sont musiciens professionnels une avenue pour dłęployer leur talent łŢ Montrłęal.

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World famous pianist Andrłę Laplante appears with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra



Winnipeg, MB - October 13, 2009 ĺ─ý The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) is proud to present world famous Canadian pianist, Andrłę Laplante, in two concerts this week.

Over the last decade, Canadian pianist Andrłę Laplante has firmly established himself as one of the great romantic virtuosos. He garnered international attention after winning prizes at the Geneva and Sydney International Piano Competitions, then capturing the silver medal at the International Tchałěkovsky Competition in Moscow.

In 2006, Mr. Laplante was awarded the prestigious Opus Award for ĺ─˙Best Performer of the Yearĺ─¨. He was honored to be named an Officer of the Order of Canada. His performance of Jacques Hetu's Piano Concerto No. 2 for CBC Records won the 2004 Juno award for orchestral recordings, as well as the Western Canadian Music Award.

In February 2008, the worldĺ─˘s leading classical music magazine Gramaphone voted Laplanteĺ─˘s recording of Brahmsĺ─˘ Sonata No. 3 as its top pick among all currently available CDs of that work.

In recent years, Laplante has appeared as soloist with the Montrłęal and Chicago Symphony Orchestras, the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, the Minnesota Orchestra conducted by Sir Neville Marriner, on tour in Europe with the Toronto Symphony under Andrew Davis and with the Royal Philharmonic under the baton of the late Sir Yehudi Menuhin during their extensive North American tour.

Mr. Laplante will be performing Beethovenĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 5 at the Centennial Concert Hall on October 16 at 8:00 pm in the Musically Speaking series. In addition, patrons are invited to explore the long-standing connection between music and royalty with composers Handel, Johann Strauss and Antonio Salieri.

Mr. Laplante will also be performing Beethovenĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 5 at the October 17 Masterworks concert at the Centennial Concert Hall at 8:00 pm; in addition patrons will be able to hear Brahmsĺ─˘ masterpiece: Symphony No. 4.

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EMI & LiveHereNow capture Berlioz event live in U.K.

EMI Classics Is Set to Capture Collaboration of City of Birmingham Symphony and Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestras and Choirs Conducted by Valery Gergiev at Birmingham's Symphony Hall

LiveHereNow Will Produce Live Instant Recordings of Berlioz's Requiem (Grande messe des morts, Op. 5), Available Only on Night of Performance

Dates:
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009

When the combined forces of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Orchestra and Chorus of the Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, take over Birmingham's Symphony Hall on October 14 and 15, 2009, their performances of Hector Berlioz's spectacular Requiem (Grande messe des morts, Op. 5), will be uniquely documented. In a first for EMI Classics, through the LiveHereNow initiative and in partnership with the CBSO, Mariinsky Theatre, and Town Hall & Symphony Hall, Birmingham, the event will be recorded and a strictly limited edition of CDs burned per night, available to those who purchase at the event itself. The CDs ĺ─ý to be prepared in the foyers of Symphony Hall ĺ─ý will be hot off the presses within minutes of the end of the concert, and ready for audience members to experience once again what promises to be the musical event of a lifetime.

Stephen Johns, Head of Artists & Repertoire for EMI Classics, said, "Through history, recordings have endeavored to capture the essence of the live experience and make it available for listeners to appreciate again and again. EMI Classics, who have been making recordings for over 112 years, are pleased to announce their first live recording to be available to the audience on CD immediately following the recorded performance. For such an innovative project, the recording is of a suitable scale ĺ─ý Berlioz's monumental Requiem (Grande messe des morts, Op. 5), written for large chorus, orchestra, and four additional brass groups ĺ─ý the latter, in this case, spread around Birmingham's justifiably famous auditorium. The unique nature of this project is heightened by the one-off combination of performers ĺ─ý the joint orchestras and choirs of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, conducted by one of the great musicians of our time, Valery Gergiev."

Berlioz composed the Requiem to commemorate the fallen heroes of the French Revolution of 1830. In addition to being a Grande messe des morts, the work can be heard as a celebration of the glory of the French nation. Through his Requiem, Berlioz, who was not a religious man, wished to create a communal experience akin to the Day of Judgement in which each listener would be "shaken to the depths of his soul." The composer achieved this through his magnificent score and his use of massive choral and orchestral forces, including four brass bands and extra percussion intended to fill the immense open spaces of Paris's Cathedral of Saint-Louis-des-Invalides. In a footnote to the manuscript, Berlioz wrote: "The number [of performers] indicated is only relative. If space permits, the chorus may be doubled or tripled and the orchestra be proportionally increased." Four hundred performers took part in the premiere of Berlioz's Requiem in December 1837. The joint orchestral and choral forces in Birmingham next week will total around 380.

Valery Gergiev's inspired leadership as Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre since 1988 has taken Mariinsky ensembles to 45 countries, presenting the best of Russian opera and ballets as well as the complete Shostakovich and Prokofiev symphonies and Wagner's Ring cycle, and has brought universal acclaim to this legendary institution. Presently Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev is also founder and Artistic Director of the "Stars of the White Nights" Festival and New Horizons Festival in St. Petersburg, the Moscow Easter Festival, the Gergiev Rotterdam Festival, the Mikkeli International Festival, and the Red Sea Festival in Eilat, Israel. In 1998, Valery Gergiev succeeded Sir Georg Solti as conductor of the World Orchestra for Peace.

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) is a world-renowned orchestra at the heart of the U.K. that has been celebrating music and musical talent for nearly 100 years. The arrival of Andris Nelsons as its Music Director in 2008 has seen the orchestra go from strength to strength with record ticket sales and huge acclaim both in the U.K. and internationally. CBSO's "Ignite" program inspires individuals to sing, play, compose, and experience music and includes five talented and renowned choruses, a youth orchestra, and an education and outreach program that reaches over 50,000 people regionally each year. The CBSO is a charity that is core-funded by the Arts Council of England and Birmingham City Council. The CBSO was one of the first U.K. orchestras to invite Valery Gergiev to perform with them; he made his debut with the orchestra in 1989, conducting several concerts over subsequent seasons in Birmingham's Town Hall, and visiting Symphony Hall before its public opening.



The Mariinsky Theatre Symphony Orchestra enjoys a long and distinguished history as one of the oldest musical institutions in Russia. Founded in the 18th century during the reign of Peter the Great and housed in St. Petersburg's famed Mariinsky Theatre since 1860, the Orchestra entered its "golden age" in the second half of the 19th century under the musical direction of Eduard Nł░pravnłék, who single-handedly ruled the Theatre for more than half a century (1863-1916). The Mariinsky Theatre was also the birthplace of numerous operas and ballets regarded as masterpieces of the 19th and 20th centuries, having presented world premieres of works by Glinka, Borodin, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Khachaturian. Renamed the "Kirov" during the Soviet era, the Orchestra continued to maintain its high artistic standards under the leadership of Yevgeny Mravinsky and Yuri Temirkanov. Now, in the post-Glasnost era, the Theatre has reclaimed the Mariinsky name and under the leadership of Valery Gergiev has forged important relationships with the world's greatest opera houses and concert halls as it has entered its second "golden age." In addition to touring extensively with the Opera and Ballet Companies, the Orchestra has performed throughout the world to international acclaim, and has been acknowledged in the London press as one of the ten best orchestras in the world.

The performances in Birmingham, which will also feature Prokofiev's Cantata for the 20th Anniversary of the October Revolution, form the centerpiece of the Mariinsky Opera's October 2009 U.K. tour, managed by the Mariinsky Theatre Trust. The tour will also include three concerts in the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff; the opening concert of the 2009 Belfast International Festival; and the opening concert of the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall's International Classical Concert series. The Mariinsky Theatre Trust is a U.K. charity established in 1993 with Valery Gergiev. As well as supporting Mariinsky projects in Russia, the Trust plays an active role in facilitating performances of the Mariinsky's most innovative projects and repertoire in the U.K.

With its world-famous acoustics and unique design, Symphony Hall, Birmingham is one of the few concert halls in the U.K. capable of presenting a project the size of Berlioz's Requiem. The performances on October 14 and 15 will be two of the biggest concerts ever presented on its stage. Symphony Hall, which is promoting and funding this unique pair of concerts, has a long-standing relationship with Maestro Gergiev and his Mariinsky company, dating back to 1991 when the Kirov (as it was then known) became the first opera company to perform in the newly-opened concert hall.

The concerts on October 14 and 15, 2009 represent an Anglo-Russian cultural venture on an unprecedented scale. Over a period of four days of rehearsals and performances, British and Russian musicians will work closely together with conductor Valery Gergiev to form one huge international ensemble. Stephen Maddock, Chief Executive of the CBSO, said: "We are thrilled to be taking part in what will be one of the greatest orchestral spectacles of its kind, in the acoustics of one of the best concert halls in the world. Gergiev has an energy that captures the imagination of the audience: we will certainly be in for a treat." Andrew Jowett, Director of Town Hall & Symphony Hall, said, "During Symphony Hall's long association with the Mariinsky company we have enjoyed some very memorable concerts. However, this new opportunity, which brings together Gergiev's great opera company with Birmingham's own celebrated symphony orchestra and chorus, may yet surpass them!"

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Over the River & Through the Woods this Sunday Oct 18 @ 4 pm

Oct 13, 2009 - Choral works by Stephen Smith, John Rutter, Aaron Copeland, Paul Halley and more will be heard this coming Sunday afternoon (4 pm) at Vancouver's Christ Church Cathedral as the Vancouver Children's Choir welcome their special guests and Vancouver's newest 'elder' choir, EnChor, for Over the River & Through the Woods.

This Thanksgiving concert will feature each ensemble in solo sets as well as in combined selections, bringing the lightness of youth and the warmth of age into a fine mix of music. There will be plenty of opportunity for the audience to sing along as well in a selection of favourite Thanksgiving hymns, and the entire audience is invited to a pumpkin pie reception following the concert! Over the River and Through the Woods is a perfect way to celebrate the bounty of the season and the joys of family - we hope to see you there.

Vancouver Children's Choir
Rupert Lang, Founder and Director
presents
Over the River and Through the Woods
with special guests

EnChor
Diane Loomer, C.M., Artistic Director

Sunday, October 18, 2009 ~ 4 pm
Christ Church Cathedral
690 Burrard St, Vancouver BC
Admission by donation
(suggested donation $10 per person, $20 per family)
Pumpkin pie reception to follow.
information: 604.682.636

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Multiple Award-winning Bassist, Composer and Arranger, Dave Young, Releases New Quartet CD, Mean What You Say

Featuring Kevin Turcotte, Robi Botos and Frank Botos
and...celebrates his new recording with a Special CD Launch at Torontoĺ─˘s vibrant new Jazz Venue, ĺ─˙The TRANE STUDIO Jazz Loungeĺ─¨
Thursday ĺ─ý November 12th ĺ─ý from 8:00 pm

ĺ─˙To my way of thinking, Dave Young is one of the most talented bassists on the jazz scene. His harmonic simpatico and unerring sense of time have kept him in the foreground of the jazz picture.ĺ─¨
-Dr. Oscar Peterson

ĺ─˙...Flawless time, big buoyant tone and bold solo ideas...keen instincts and depth of musicality. The results of (his playing) are a testament to his ability to listen and adapt his concept of time from player to player.ĺ─¨
-Bill Milkowski, JAZZ TIMES

ĺ─˙Dave Young has been properly acclaimed as a musician with bold solo ideas, flawless timekeeping and a large, gorgeous tone.ĺ─¨
-Geoff Chapman, The Toronto Star

TORONTO ĺ─ý OCT. 7, 2009 ĺ─ý On this coming November 12th, Award-winning and internationally recognized jazz bassist, composer and arranger, Dave Young will be releasing his third excellent CD as a leader. On the footsteps of Daveĺ─˘s previous hit jazz recordings, Tale of the Fingers and Mainly Mingus (JustinTime), Mean What You Say is an independent release and a thrilling musical collaboration (as well as bass-centric jazz recording masterpiece). In addition to Dave on bass, the quartet recording also features the considerable talents of first-call trumpet genius Kevin Turcotte, as well as gifted pianist Robi Botos and dynamic drummer Frank Botos.

Well-Produced by noted award-winning bassist, composer and producer Roberto Occhipinti, Mean What You Say is comprised of material from some of the most intriguing jazz composers of the modern musical era (e.g. title-track author Thad Jones, Oscar Pettiford, Sam Jones, W.C. Handy, Bud Powell, Cole Porter and Matt Dennis) as well as original pieces by Dave Young himself. ĺ─˙The TRANE Studio Jazz Loungeĺ─¨ is located at 964 Bathurst St. (at Fallis Ave. ĺ─ý South of Dupont Ave.). For reservations (HIGHLY recommended) and further venue info, please call 416-913-8197, or log on to www.tranestudio.com. ĺ─˙The Trane Studio Jazz Loungeĺ─¨ is also a Fine Arts Gallery, and is currently exhibiting Mark Tearleĺ─˘s photographic tribute: ĺ─˙Doug Richardson: 1937 -2007ĺ─¨. Nouvelle gourmet appetizer and full dinner menus (from 6:00 PM) are available. Performances will begin at 8:00 PM, and there will be a $10 Music Charge for the general public.

The eclectic, musically sophisticated and deeply swinging material on Mean What You Say includes the title track, written by legendary jazz trumpeter, arranger and bandleader Thad Jones (one third of the Pontiac, Michigan jazz dynasty that includes late drum legend Elvin and still swinging pianist Hank Jones). Itĺ─˘s only natural that Thadĺ─˘s tune should be a feature for Kevin Turcotteĺ─˘s agile and sumptuous sound while also including strong rhythmic work from Frank Botos and inspired solos from Robi Botos and Dave. ĺ─˙Will You Still Be Mineĺ─¨ comes from the late, prolific Sinatra inspired vocalist/composer Matt Dennis, and is arranged here as a jaunty, rhythmic swing with an impressive arco solo by Dave as well as more exquisite lead trumpet work from Turcotte and strong solo piano sections from Robi Botos. Innovative bass/cello genius Oscar Pettifordĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Bohemia After Darkĺ─¨ is a bass-centric stand out, and one of the most appealing tracks on the CD. Of particular beauty are penultimate American tunesmith Cole Porterĺ─˘s classic and moving ballads, ĺ─˙Every Time We Say Good-byeĺ─¨ and the sumptuous, more up-tempo ĺ─˙Dream Dancingĺ─¨ ĺ─ý both of which display the communicative sensitivity and superb musicianship of the entire quartet. Other highlights of Mean What You Say include ĺ─˙Celiaĺ─¨, by revered seminal bop pianist Bud Powell; Dave Youngĺ─˘s original compositions ĺ─˙Sanduĺ─¨ (which features a gorgeous pizzicato bass solo), ĺ─˙Minor 101ĺ─¨ and the emotionally evocative ĺ─˙Last Time I Saw Herĺ─¨. Also, avant-garde jazz bassist/composer Sam Jonesĺ─˘ progressively smooth bopper, ĺ─˙Seven Mindsĺ─¨ and the gospel-tinged bass feature, ĺ─˙Morning Starĺ─¨ from jazz progenitor and rag-time king, W.C. Handy.

About Dave Young......
Toronto-based and Winnipeg-born multiple award-winning bassist and composer Dave Young, is, without a doubt, one of Canadaĺ─˘s most valuable and beloved musical exports. Whether heĺ─˘s performing as part of a classical symphony, or as an integral member of an iconic jazz trio (with the likes of the late Oscar Peterson), or leading any of his dynamic ensembles, Dave remains a total musician, with artistic soul in abundance. He first began studying the guitar and violin at age ten, but a turn of events at his first gig (a University dance band) compelled him to pick up the bass. Equally comfortable in the worlds of orchestral classical music and jazz, Dave is a multiple threat. As a classical musician, he has been a member of The Edmonton Symphony, The Winnipeg Symphony and The Hamilton Philharmonic.

As a jazz artist, he is a chameleon-like bassist, who often shines brightest in collaborative efforts with other musicians. Because of his technical skill, few bassists (jazz or otherwise) are able to dig in, swing hard and still render a lyrical arco solo as Dave can.

One of Daveĺ─˘s most beloved gigs was a five year stint (1961-66) as a member of iconic jazz guitarist Lenny Breauĺ─˘s quartet. Recently, Randy Bachmanĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Guitar Archivesĺ─¨ label has released Bourbon Street ĺ─ý a LIVE recording of Dave and Lenny in duo format, digitally restored and originally recorded on a primitive reel to reel at Torontoĺ─˘s late, lamented jazz venue. The list of musicians with whom Dave has shared the stage is a virtual ĺ─˙Whoĺ─˘s Whoĺ─¨ of international jazz...including the late Oscar Peterson (with whom Dave had a thirty-five year musical relationship), Clark Terry, Harry ĺ─˙Sweetsĺ─¨ Edison, Zoot Simms, Joe Williams, Oliver Jones, Kenny Burrell, Cedar Walton, Hank Jones, Nat Adderly, Peter Appleyard, Gary Burton, Barney Kessell, Ed Bickert, Ranee Lee, Marcus Belgrave, Don Thompson, Kenny Burrell and James Moody.

In recent years, Dave Young has released a number of excellent CDs as leader: the JUNO winning Fables and Dreams with co-leader Phil Dwyer (Justin Time Records); We Three with Phil Dwyer and Michele Lambert (torontosound.com) and Two by Two ĺ─ý Volumes 1 & 2 (1995 & 96) which featured Dave in duet performances with jazz legends Oscar Peterson, Cedar Walton, John Hicks, Mulgrew Miller, Tommy Flanagan, Ellis Marsalis, Barry Harris, Kenny Barron, Renee Rosnes, Cyrus Chestnut and Oliver Jones and the hit recordings Tale of the Fingers with Special Guest Mulgrew Miller (Justin Time), and the excellent quintet album, Mainly Mingus (Justin Time), which features Daveĺ─˘s re-imaginings of the music of Charles Mingus and Horace Silver.

In addition to club appearances, touring, recording and concert/festival performance work, Dave is also a dedicated jazz educator, having taught at numerous music seminars and jazz clinics, as well as being an ongoing member of the Faculty of Music at Humber College and The University of Toronto. In the classical milieu, Dave regularly tours with clarinettist James Campbell and pianist Gene Di Novi in a successful programme of ĺ─˙Classical Fusionĺ─¨. He also stretches both his classical and jazz chops at the annual ĺ─˙Festival of the Soundĺ─¨ in Perry Sound, Ontario, where he has been an integral part of this two-week eclectic musical event for some years.

Dave Young was recently named as a member to The Order of Canada ĺ─ý our countryĺ─˘s highest and most prestigious civilian honour. He was installed for his huge international contribution to the music world and to Canada. Dave Young is also the winner (several times over) of the prestigious National Jazz Award ĺ─˙Bassist of the Yearĺ─¨. Dave is currently performing as part of the 17-piece orchestra accompanying award-winning choreographer Twyla Tharpĺ─˘s latest Broadway-bound dance extravaganza: ĺ─˙Come Fly With Meĺ─¨ ĺ─ý The Music of Frank Sinatra. The orchestra (led by drummer/arranger Dennis Mackrel) is performing ĺ─˙LIVEĺ─¨ to vocal tracks drawn from Sinatraĺ─˘s long, distinguished recording career. Vocalist Dee Daniels (also ĺ─˙LIVEĺ─¨) adds her unique voice to the performance. The show has already received rave reviews, and will be touring major U.S. and Canadian cities prior to what promises to be a long run on The Great White Way.

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Nikki Chooi's debut performance on the $4.3M violin with the Victoria Symphony

Victoria, BC ĺ─ý On October 19 at the Royal Theatre, Nikki Chooi, winner of the use of a 1729 Guarneri del Gesł╝, debuts the historic instrument with the Victoria Symphony. This concert, Dvo뢳░k Symphony no. 8, conducted by Alain Trudel, features Nikki Chooi performing Saint-Sał┤ns' violin concerto.

The Victoria Symphony's Dvo뢳░k Symphony no. 8 concert will be the first time Nikki Chooi will play the "Ex-Heath" Guarneri del Gesł╝ of 1729 in public, since being declared on of the winners of the Canada Council's Musical Instrument Bank competition on September 23, 2009. He will be performing Camille Saint-Sał┤ns' (1835-1921) Concerto no. 3 in B Minor for Violin and Orchestra, op. 61. The Concerto no. 3 is one of Saint-Sał┤ns' great works that has survived from its composition in 1880 to the present day.

This concert also marks the debut of Alain Trudel as Principal Guest Conductor of the Victoria Symphony and the performance of his piece Rhea. Rhea, named after one of the most respected divinities in the Greek mythology, is commissioned by and dedicated to Andrea Alexander, whose was the inspiration behind this work.

Finishing the repertoire is the concert title piece, Dvorak Symphony no. 8. Surprised by his own force of inspiration, Dvorak wrote Symphony no. 8 in G major in the summer and autumn of 1889. His work achieved golden opinions worldwide on the basis of their sense of unity and sheer melodic charm.

Alain Trudel, Principal Guest Conductor of the Victoria Symphony, is also the Music Director of l'Orchestra Symphonique de Laval and was the Artistic Advisor to the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra in 2008-09. Trudel made his conducting debut in Russia with the St.Petersburg Symphony Orchestra and conducted the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 2009.

Nikki Chooi born in 1989 in Victoria, British Columbia, Nikki Chooi, is enrolled at the Curtis Institute of Music, studying with renowned violinists Joseph Silverstein and Ida Kavafian. His previous teachers include Bill van der Sloot at the Mount Royal Conservatory, and Sydney Humphreys at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. He is a recent recipient of the Sylva Gelber Foundation Award of the Canada Council of the Arts. (Full bio of Nikki Chooi attached.)

The Victoria Symphony is Vancouver Island's largest and most active arts organization performing for more than 125,000 people each year, including 10,000 schoolchildren. Showcasing the outstanding talents of its musicians and guest artists, the Victoria Symphony's 2009-2010 season offers a diverse and exciting line-up of over 50 concerts led by its vibrant Music Director Tania Miller.

The Victoria Symphony wishes to acknowledge the generous support of Series Sponsor Butler Brothers.

Dvo뢳░k Symphony no. 8
October 19, 2009 at 8pm, Royal Theatre
250.385.6515 or 250.386.6121
$12, $29.50, $39.50, $48.50
www.victoriasymphony.ca

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NEC Announces Launch of Abreu Fellows, Major Initiative of El Sistema USA

10 Outstanding Musicians from US, Canada, South America to Begin Training October 13 at NEC

Fellows To Divide Time Between Boston and Venezuela

ĺ─˙It is not enough for them to love their instruments; they must learn to love their responsibility as citizens. They need to be apostles to society.ĺ─¨
ĺ─ţJosłę Antonio Abreu on the obligations of young professional musicians.

Ten outstanding graduate-level musicians will converge on New England Conservatory Oct. 13, as NEC launches the Abreu Fellows training program, one of the first major initiatives of El Sistema USA. The Fellows will spend a year studying at NEC and in Venezuela developing the leadership skills needed to direct nucleos (music education centers) in the US and beyond. Hailing from the US, Canada, and Central America, the Fellows are the first of a projected 50 who will receive training at the Conservatory. The program envisions Fellows establishing nucleos in Boston and in many cities nationally and internationally.

The Fellows were selected on the basis of their passion for music and for social justice and their probability of success in leading programs that further social action through music. Members of the class include a conductor, an education and community engagement director from the North Carolina Symphony, a "music teacher of the year" in the Juneau, Alaska public schools, a participant in the NEA's Chamber Music for Rural America Initiative, and an entrepreneur who has developed infrastructure for Morningstar Investments' Pan-European and Asian Fund research initiative. The Fellows' ages range from 22 to 44. All are graduates of university or conservatory music programs and they play trombone, trumpet, piano, French horn, flute, clarinet, bassoon, viola and percussion.

Founded earlier this year, El Sistema USA serves as the major support network for the El Sistema movement in the United States. Headquartered at NEC, it allows the many local programs inspired by Venezuela's model of social change through music to share ideas, collaborate, and connect. In addition to the Abreu Fellows program, it will educate about and advocate for the movement as well as identify funding sources and providing valuable resource and training materials. It will also provide a direct US link to the El Sistema organization in Venezuela.

NEC's central role in El Sistema USA stems from the Conservatory's long friendship with the Venezuelan organization and its founder/director Josłę Antonio Abreu, spearheaded by NEC's Dean and Artistic Director of Preparatory and Continuing Education, Mark Churchill. By creating a national music movement of change and transformation, the Conservatory believes it is fulfilling its the mission and core values to ĺ─˙ensure music a central place in contemporary societyĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙to share our sublime art with the widest possible audience.ĺ─¨ During a 2008 study tour to Caracas led by NEC President Tony Woodcock, Dr. Abreu "anointed" NEC to lead the American effort. Awarded the prestigious TED Prize in February, Dr. Abreu was granted a "Wish to Change the World," and asked the TED community to support the creation and documentation of an El sistema leadership training program at NEC.

The post-graduate certificate-granting Abreu Fellows program, administered by NEC's School of Continuing Education, is headed by Mark Churchill. Planning for the curriculum and selection of Fellows was done in conjunction with a national advisory committee that includes representatives from Los Angeles, Baltimore, New York, Chicago, Miami, and the League of American Orchestras. The much admired teaching artist and arts-in-education national leader Eric Booth serves as Senior Advisor, helping guide the curriculum, faculty selection, evaluation, and project design for the program. Seminar Director Eli Epstein, a horn player for the Cleveland Orchestra from 1987ĺ─ţ2005, will prepare and host faculty, moderate discussions, review progress on projects, and advise Fellows. Mark Churchill has taken on the additional role of NEC's El Sistema USA Director, and Stephanie Scherpf is Managing Director of El Sistema USA.

Now 32 years old, Venezuela's El Sistema is a phenomenally successful program of social action through music education that transforms the lives of at-risk children. It currently provides free music lessons and orchestral playing experience to 300,000 children and young adults throughout Venezuela. Its intent is to provide poor children with what Dr. Abreu terms "affluence of the spirit." Through its intense time commitment, rigor, loving concern for each child, and emphasis on the individual player as an essential member of the ensemble, it has rescued many youngsters from the social ills they might otherwise experience. Many graduates continue to play in professional orchestras and many have gone on to college and successful working lives. El Sistema's flagship orchestra, the Słémon Bolłévar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela has become internationally renowned. And the young El Sistema-bred conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, has become a superstar, recently opening his first season as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

One of the hallmarks of El Sistema music training is an emphasis on the love of music and the pleasures of performing rather than a dogged stress on instrumental technique. A goal of the Abreu Fellows program will be to inculcate this special El Sistema teaching style in trainees so they can inspire youngsters in the US and abroad. The Fellows will also receive an immersion course in the various proficienciesĺ─ţfrom child psychology to fundraising to publicityĺ─ţthey will need to run nucleos. During the second semester, they will spend two months closely observing the operations of and teaching in nucleos throughout Venezuela. At the end of the year-long course, they will be required to devote at least one year to advance or found an El Sistema program outside Venezuela. Half of the Fellows already have positions in US cities beginning in the fall of 2010, and there is serious interest in hiring Abreu Fellows by a dozen other US and international organizations.

The Abreu Fellows 2009-10
Daniel Berkowitz received his bachelor degrees in both music and economics from Northwestern University, where he studied trombone with Michael Mulcahy, Randall Hawes and Charles Vernon. He has performed across Europe, Asia, and the US, including a residency in China with the Xiamen Philharmonic Orchestra. As an instructor, Berkowitz held master classes in China, and served on the staff of the Pennsylvania Governorĺ─˘s School for the Arts and Northwesternĺ─˘s National High School Music Institute. From 2008-2009, he lived and worked in London, studying with many of Europeĺ─˘s most well-respected trombonists. In parallel, Berkowitz worked as an entrepreneur developing the infrastructure for Morningstarĺ─˘s Pan European and Asian Fund research endeavor. He looks forward to combining his broad musical background and entrepreneurial experience to serve the Abreu Fellows Program

Jonathan Andrew Govias holds a Bachelor of Music (BM) degree with distinction from the University of Victoria (Canada), a certificate in arts administration from the International Institute of Culture Management (Munich), and a Master of Music (MM) degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Denver. He has served in a variety of artistic and administrative roles worldwide, including the Director of Marketing for the Victoria Symphony (Canada), the Assistant Conductor of the Colorado Youth Symphony, and Music Director for the Calcutta Orchestra (India). He is the recipient of multiple international awards, including the Reinhold Mohn Fellowship given by the German media company Bertelsmann AG, which recognized his achievements in cultural and social entrepreneurship. He has presented at a number of prominent business schools and conferences, hosted by leading institutions in Spain, Germany and China. His artistic accomplishments are no less significant. Appointed Music Director of the Calcutta Orchestra immediately after finishing his undergraduate degree, he has performed with orchestras on three continents, including a June 2009 debut with Canadaĺ─˘s National Arts Centre Orchestra, and participated in highest level workshops with Kurt Masur, Jorma Panula, Marin Alsop and Gustav Meier.

Lorrie Heagy is a music teacher and librarian at Glacier Valley Elementary School in Juneau, Alaska, where she works with community, parents and teachers to integrate and advocate the arts for all kids. Named "music teacher of the year, she initiated the Art is Elementary program, which won the Kennedy Centerĺ─˘s Creative Ticket National School of Distinction Award, an honor given annually to only five schools in the country. The instrumental music program she helped initiate at Glacier Valley spread to other Juneau elementary schools through grants and school district funding. Lorrie also teaches at University of Alaska Southeast for its MAT Program in Elementary Education, and at the Basic Arts Summer Institutes for Alaskan teachers. She accompanies for local arts organizations throughout Juneau and was one of fifty teachers selected nationally as a 2009 Yale School of Music Distinguished Music Educator.

Rebecca Levi was born and raised in New York City. She studied classical music from an early age, playing piano and flute at the Mannes and Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Divisions. She then attended Yale University, where she played piano for musical theater productions and sang in the folk music group Tangled Up In Blue. In 2007, she graduated with a B.A. in Italian and English Literature. Since then, she has been living in Urubamba, Peru, working in a home for abused children and teaching music and English classes.

David Malek, clarinetist, hails from San Antonio, Texas. In 1987, he made his solo clarinet debut with the San Antonio Symphony performing Debussyĺ─˘s Premiere Rhapsody. His clarinet studies led him to the North Carolina School of the Performing Arts under the instruction of Robert Listokin. Here David was one of three students selected by Affiliate Artists, Inc. New York for their Search for Talent in America competition. In addition to an active chamber music career, David has performed in orchestras across Europe and the US. Davidĺ─˘s chamber music group, Group du Jour, was selected as the first ensemble to participate in the Chamber Music for Rural America Initiative sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and Affiliate Artists, Inc. After touring with The Russ Morgan Orchestra, the longest continuously touring big band in the country, he joined the United States Air Force Band in San Antonio, Texas as principal clarinet. While in San Antonio, David was professor of clarinet at St. Maryĺ─˘s University for eight years and played clarinet in the Corpus Christi and Victoria Symphony Orchestras. Recently David was selected to play principal clarinet in the inaugural concert of the International Wind Symphony in New Yorkĺ─˘s Avery Fisher Hall. Davidĺ─˘s passion for teaching has led him to working with kids in rural parts of America, inner-city high schools in San Antonio and most recently as a member of the Harmony Project, where he worked with underserved students in South Central Los Angeles.

Dantes Rameau, born in Ontario, Canada, is of Haitian and Cameroonian descent. He attended McGill University for a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance, studying with Stłęphane Lłęvesque and Mathieu Harel of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. He graduated from McGill in 2005, receiving the award for ĺ─˙Outstanding Performance in Bassoonĺ─¨. He then attended Yale University School of Music where he received his Master of Music in 2007. Dantes then went on to the Performance Residency Program at Carnegie Mellon University, studying with Nancy Goeres of the Pittsburgh Symphony. Among festivals he has attended are the Orford Arts Center (2000, 2002), Banff Festival (2004, 2005) and Aspen Music Festival (2006, 2007). He has performed with Charleston Symphony, Wallingford Symphony and Aspen Chamber Symphony. He was a finalist for African American Fellowships with both the Detroit Symphony (2009) and Pittsburgh Symphony (2008). His teaching credits include the Yale School of Music Outreach program (2006-2007), Coach at Carnegie Mellon University Basketball camp (2008), and volunteer, camp counselor, lifeguard and swimming instructor at the Downtown YMCA in Ottawa. He will volunteer for the Leading Note Foundation, an El Sistema-inspired music education program in Ottawa in September 2009.

ł┼lvaro Rodas, who was born and raised in Guatemala City, Guatemala, is a percussionist, teacher and arts administrator. A Fulbright Scholar, ł┼lvaro holds a Masters degree in Arts Administration from Columbia University. From 1992 to 2004 he was principal percussionist at the Guatemala National Symphony. He also taught percussion at the Guatemala National Conservatory. For two years he co-directed an 80-piece high school marching band that was the first Latin American ensemble to take part in the 1994 Hollywood Christmas Parade. Since 1997, he has been deeply involved in the replication of El Sistema in Guatemala. He has served as an administrator, percussion instructor, and coordinator of programs throughout the country, including the formation of a youth orchestra in Quetzaltenango with a grant from the World Bank in 2000-2001. More recently, ł┼lvaro worked in a remote Mayan village as a percussion teacher and administrative consultant for a rural youth orchestra supported by World Vision Guatemala. During 2008, he created an audience development project which included the first performing arts audience survey in Guatemala City.

Stanford Leon Thompson is a native of Decatur, GA where he began his musical studies at the age of eight. He studied trumpet with members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Georgia State University. Stanford earned a Bachelor of Music from The Curtis Institute of Music where he held the William A. Loeb Fellowship. While in Philadelphia, he had the opportunity to perform with the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Curtis Symphony Orchestra, Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, and Symphony in C, and recorded on the Ondine label with Christoph Eschenbach. Stanford also appeared as soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Ocean City Pops Orchestra and the North Springs Philharmonic. He has led residencies with his brass quintet, Philos Brass, and performed extensively with the Rittenhouse Jazz Quintet. He has collaborated with such organizations as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Kenyan Urithi Education Fund, The Curtis Institute of Music, Musicopia, and Symphony in C to design and present programs for students and adults. In addition to serving as the founding Artistic Director of the Reading Summer Music Institute, Stanford also serves as the Director of Operations for the Atlanta Trumpet Festival and served on the faculty of the Atlanta Academy of Music and Symphony in C Summer Camp. He manages professional music ensembles, maintains a private trumpet studio and counsels musicians of all ages.

Christine Witkowski has shaped a musical career in both performance and outreach. At Northwestern University, she studied horn performance with Gail Williams and William Barnewitz, receiving her Bachelor of Music in 2007. While living in Evanston duringher undergraduate studies, Christine began volunteering for Youth Organizations Umbrella Inc. and soon became the program director for ĺ─˙Breakfast Club,ĺ─¨ a mentoring and tutoring program for disadvantaged youth. During her time at Northwestern, Christine was fortunate to have many fulfilling musical experiences, including attending the Colorado College Summer music festival, playing principal horn in the New York String Orchestra and attending the Norfolk chamber music festival.

In the fall of 2007, Christine moved to Montreal to study horn with John Zirbel and attend McGill University for her Masterĺ─˘s degree. While in Montreal, Christine appeared with the McGill Symphony Orchestra as a soloist playing Haydn's First Horn Concerto, played extra horn with the Montreal Symphony, and was awarded a full fellowship to study at the Aspen Music Festival and School. Dedicated to music outreach, Christine recently won the horn position in the Miami Music Project in Miami, Florida, an organization that is dedicated to bringing music performance to children in the Miami area.

Kathryn Wyatt is an accomplished musician and new personality in orchestra management. As Director of Education and Community Engagement for the North Carolina Symphony from 2007-2009, she created and expanded programs that would inspire and captivate young audiences for the future of symphony orchestras. In 2006, she was selected to be an Orchestra Management Fellow of the League of American Orchestras. This year-long leadership training program is designed to launch executive careers in orchestra management through the observation of management practices in host orchestras, an intense course of study and hands-on work experience. Leading up to her work in orchestra management, Wyatt was a violist with the New World Symphony and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas. Her call to leadership in the arts was inspired by YOAĺ─˘s joint performances with the Słémon Bolłévar Orchestra of Caracas, VZ in 2005. The power and success of El Sistema moved her to begin thinking how and where else this passion for music could translate to benefitting communities.

Wyatt holds bachelor degrees in Political Science and Viola Performance from Indiana University as well as a Masterĺ─˘s Degree in Viola Performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She has performed with the indie folk-rock chamber orchestra Lost in the Trees, the New World Symphony, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Youth Orchestra of the Americas, and the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra of Charleston, S.C.

For further information including interviews with the Fellows, check the NEC Website or the El Sistema USA website at www.elsistemausa.org

ABOUT NEW ENGLAND CONSERVATORY
Recognized nationally and internationally as a leader among music schools, New England Conservatory offers rigorous training in an intimate, nurturing community to 720 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral music students from around the world. Its faculty of 225 boasts internationally esteemed artist-teachers and scholars. Its alumni go on to fill orchestra chairs, concert hall stages, jazz clubs, recording studios, and arts management positions worldwide. Nearly half of the Boston Symphony Orchestra is composed of NEC trained musicians and faculty.

The oldest independent school of music in the United States, NEC was founded in 1867 by Eben Tourjee. Its curriculum is remarkable for its wide range of styles and traditions. On the college level, it features training in classical, jazz, Contemporary Improvisation, world and early music. Through its Preparatory School, School of Continuing Education, and Community Collaboration Programs, it provides training and performance opportunities for children, pre-college students, adults, and seniors. Through its outreach projects, it allows young musicians to engage with non-traditional audiences in schools, hospitals, and nursing homesĺ─ţthereby bringing pleasure to new listeners and enlarging the universe for classical music and jazz.

NEC presents more than 600 free concerts each year, many of them in Jordan Hall, its world- renowned, 106-year old, beautifully restored concert hall. These programs range from solo recitals to chamber music to orchestral programs to jazz and opera scenes. Every year, NECĺ─˘s opera studies department also presents two fully staged opera productions at the Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.


NEC is co-founder and educational partner of From the Top, a weekly radio program that celebrates outstanding young classical musicians from the entire country. With its broadcast home in Jordan Hall, the show is now carried by National Public Radio and is heard on 250 stations throughout the United States.

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T&T Legend Desmond Waithe delivers the 2009 Lise Waxer Memorial Lecture at York U: ĺ─˛Steelpan and Calypso ĺ─ý Trinidad and Tobagoĺ─˘s Troubadoursĺ─˘


Toronto, October 13, 2009: Caribbean music icon Desmond Waithe will be the featured speaker for the 2009 Lise Waxer Memorial Lecture in the Department of Music at York University on October 23. His talk on ĺ─˙Steelpan and Calypso ĺ─ý Trinidad and Tobagoĺ─˘s Troubadoursĺ─¨ will be framed by vintage calypso music performed live by a guest quintet comprising keyboards, bass, pan, percussion and quarto.

Waitheĺ─˘s lecture will cover the history of steelpan and calypso, from the panĺ─˘s ĺ─˛tamboo-bambooĺ─˘ roots in the 1920s and ĺ─˛30s, through the evolution of the instruments using oil drums in the ĺ─˛40s, to calypsoĺ─˘s important role in spreading news about current events, fighting the censorship of the British government and pushing the boundaries of free speech.

A native of Trinidad, Waithe is an internationally recognized expert in calypso and pan music. His career spans well over four decades of composing, arranging, teaching and promoting steelpan music. Currently on faculty with the University of Trinidad and Tobago, he is also a regional coordinator for T&Tĺ─˘s Ministry of Education, developing curriculum for pan in the classroom. As a musical director, he leads the champion Exocubs Junior Steel Orchestra and the Renegades Steel Orchestra, who recently performed to standing ovations at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. with T&Tĺ─˘s finest opera singers in celebration of the 47th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

ĺ─˙I have the pleasure of knowing Mr. Desmond Waithe for over four decades as friend and as a mentorĺ─¨ said Lindy Burgess, who directs the Caribbean ensemble in Yorkĺ─˘s world music program. ĺ─˙Heĺ─˘s an extremely talented, accomplished musician who has travelled the globe promoting the music of Trinidad and Tobago. Along the way he has amassed numerous awards and accolades for his contributions. His visit to York University will have a lasting impact on those privileged to hear him.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙Bringing this world-renowned musician to York is a natural choice for the Lise Waxer Memorial Lecture, since Ms. Waxer's primary area of research was Latin American music, said Professor Michael Coghlan, Director of Yorkĺ─˘s Graduate Program in Music which is hosting Waitheĺ─˘s visit. ĺ─˙We are honoured that our students will have the opportunity to learn directly from a true pioneer of T&Tĺ─˘s most treasured instrument.ĺ─¨

The lecture commemorates musician, ethnomusicologist, author and educator Lise Aerinne Waxer, an alumna of Yorkĺ─˘s music program who passed away in 2002. Waxer's work in ethnomusicology included producing and hosting one of Toronto's first world music radio programs on CIUT 89.5 FM and conducting fieldwork on salsa music in Cali, Colombia. She also authored two books: Situating Salsa: Global Markets and Local Meanings in Latin American Popular Music (Routledge 2002) and The City of Musical Memory: Salsa, Record Grooves, and Popular Culture in Cali, Colombia (Wesleyan University Press 2002), which received the 2003 Alan P. Merriam Prize and the 2003 ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for popular music. At the time of her death, Waxer was a faculty member in the music department at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut.

Waxer's family, friends and colleagues established the Lise Waxer Memorial Lecture at York University to celebrate her love of music of all cultures and her joy in sharing that passion with others. Previous speakers in the series include acclaimed Canadian jazz artist Jane Bunnett; York music Professor Michael Marcuzzi; T.M. Scruggs, professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Iowa; and Gage Averill, then Chair of the Music Department and director of the Program in Ethnomusicology at New York University.

The music curriculum at York University features numerous courses which expose students to a wide variety of Latin American music styles. Offerings include Caribbean steelpan; Cuban music; bossa nova workshop; ska, reggae and dancehall; Escola de Samba; Latin and Caribbean popular music; music of the Americas; and popular music of the world.

What: Desmond Waithe delivers the 2009 Lise Waxer Memorial Lecture at York U: ĺ─˛Steelpan and Calypso ĺ─ý Trinidad and Tobagoĺ─˘s Troubadoursĺ─˘
When: Friday, October 23, 7:30pm
Where: Sterling Beckwith Studio, 235 Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele St
Admission: Free
Information: www.yorku.ca/finearts/music/events

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Classical Archives Features Exclusive Interview with Joshua Bell

Palo Alto, CA -- Classical Archives (www.classicalarchives.com), the ultimate classical music destination, proudly presents a high-profile Exclusive Interview with star of the classical music world, violinist Joshua Bell, who has a stellar new release.

The engaging and fascinating interview with preeminent violinist Joshua Bell was conducted one day before the release of his new Sony Classical album, At Home With Friends ĺ─ý which soared to Number 1 on the Billboard Classical Albums Chart! In a rich discussion with Classical Archives Artistic Director Dr. Nolan Gasser, Mr. Bell discusses the impetus behind the new cross-genre release, which features collaborations with some of the brightest stars in the broader music world ĺ─ý including Sting, Josh Groban, Kristin Chenoweth, Chris Botti, and new vocal sensation Regina Spektor. The album stems largely from a series of informal soirłęes held at Mr. Bell's Manhattan apartment ĺ─ý which he describes as "a kind of a dream I've had to have a regular salon-type series at my house." The interview also touches on the musical approach to arrangements on the album, his experience in the recording studio, future plans, and much more. A must read!

Classical Archives also features its new Home Page layout, offering a dynamic presentations of this week's Featured Composer (Giuseppe Verdi); Featured Artist (new LA Philharmonic conductor Gustavo Dudamel); and an array of New Releases by the major classical labels.

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Jackie Richardson Adds Soul to the STARS Gala

Toronto, October 13, 2009 ĺ─ý Mixed Company Theatre is delighted to announce that Jackie Richardson will be performing at the 1st Annual STARS Awards Gala, Mixed Company Theatreĺ─˘s 25th Anniversary celebration.

One of Canada's foremost singers of gospel, blues and jazz, Richardson has a powerful and supple voice and a warm, vibrant stage presence. The music of Jackie Richardson is an experience of soul, a profoundly personal synthesis of the remarkable gospel, blues and jazz women she has embodied on stage and screen. A veteran of the stage and the small and large screens, Jackie Richardson forged a very successful acting career with roles in "No! No! Nanette Anything Goes"; "Hello Dolly!" and ĺ─˙Raisin in the Sun". She became well known for her part in "Ain't Misbehaving", which earned her a Dora Award.

Richardson has worked with Mixed Company Artistic Director, Simon Malbogat, and Mixed Company is excited to partner with her for the 1st Annual STARS Awards Gala.

Enhanced by artistic performances, a silent auction, award ceremony and cocktail reception, celebrating Mixed Company Theatreĺ─˘s 25 years of positive change will be an evening to remember.

WHERE: SHAMBA foundation, 48 Yonge Street, Suite 1200, Toronto, ON

WHEN: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Tickets are $75 per person or $200 for 3 people and can be purchased by calling 416 515 8080 or visiting www.mixedcompanytheatre.com.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Rappel Les Borł«ades, concert jeudi 15 oct. 20h Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours. Le Baroque, c'est jouissif !

Montrłęal, jeudi 8 octobre 2009 ĺ─ţ Les Borłęades, sous la direction artistique de Francis Colpron, prłęsente son premier concert de saison Telemann et quelques Franł▀ais, le jeudi 15 octobre 2009 łŢ 20 h łŢ la Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, lieu de prłędilection de lĺ─˘ensemble.

ł─ lĺ─˘image de sa 14e saison qui allie musique expressive, plaisirs et raffinement, les compositeurs au programme, Georg PhilippTelemann (le prolifique), Michel Corrette (le ludique) et Pierre-Gabriel Buffardin (le virtuose) opł«rent une fascinante fusion des goł¬ts. Les passionnłęs de musique sont conviłęs łŢ une soirłęe de concertos oł╝ variłętłę des timbres, contraste des couleurs et des tempos et virtuositłę des musiciens sont de mise. Ils pourront entendre un instrument rare, le chalumeau, ancłütre de la clarinette. Le Baroque, cĺ─˘est jouissif !

Nłę en Italie et łŢ lĺ─˘origine prłęvu pour le violon, le concerto sĺ─˘est rłępandu en Europe comme une trałĂnłęe de poudre, chaque pays adaptant lĺ─˘exubłęrance italienne łŢ son caractł«re national. Les małĂtres franł▀ais ainsi que Telemann łęcrivaient des concertos pour la flł¬te traversił«re et pour tous les instruments de lĺ─˘łępoque, parmi lesquels, le chalumeau.

Les musiciens Francis Colpron (flł¬te traversił«re), Hłęlł«ne Plouffe (violon) ; Mark Simons (chalumeau) ; Colin Savage (chalumeau) ; Eric Milnes (clavecin) ; łÔmilie Brulłę (violon) ; Jacques-Andrłę Houle (alto) ; Ellie Nimeroski (alto) ; Młęlisande Corriveau (violoncelle) et Francis Pelletier-Palma (violone), interprłęteront les ëýuvres suivantes :

Georg Philipp Telemann (Allemagne, 1681-1767)
Concerto pour flł¬te traversił«re, cordes et basse continue en rłę majeur.
Concerto pour 2 chalumeaux, cordes et basse continue en rłę mineur.
Concerto pour flł¬te traversił«re, violon principal, cordes et basse continue en mi mineur.

Telemann łętait łŢ l'affł¬t de toutes les nouveautłęs. Il emploie tous les instruments de son temps, les młüle, les agence et les fait dialoguer afin dĺ─˘exploiter leurs qualitłęs sonores propres, se montrant tout łŢ fait moderne. Ses concertos ont contribułę en leur temps łŢ la dłęfinition du style musical germanique et łŢ lĺ─˘łęmergence dĺ─˘une conscience artistique nationale. Telemann, cĺ─˘est lĺ─˘łęlłęgance, lĺ─˘ingłęniositłę, la vitalitłę, la variłętłę et la libertłę.

Michel Corrette (France, 1709-1795)
Concerto comique nČć 25 Les Sauvages pour violon concertant, flł¬te traversił«re, cordes et basse continue en sol mineur.
Concerto pour clavecin, chalumeau*, cordes et basse continue en rłę mineur opus 25 nČć 6.
* La traversił«re prłęvue par Corrette est remplacłęe ici par le chalumeau.

Corrette, compositeur fłęcond et organiste, a łętłę le premier en France łŢ łęcrire des concertos pour vents. On pourrait dire de lui quĺ─˘il est un prłęcurseur de la musicothłęrapie, puisquĺ─˘il estimait ses Concertos comiques Č┤ utiles aux młęlancoliques Ȭ. Ceux-ci ont łętłę composłęs sur des thł«mes populaires (Jĺ─˘ai du bon tabac) qui servaient de divertissements dansłęs entre les pił«ces de thłęłótre.

Pierre-Gabriel Buffardin (France, 1690-1768)
Concerto pour flł¬te traversił«re, cordes et basse continue en mi mineur.

Buffardin, łęminent flł¬tiste, dĺ─˘une extraordinaire virtuositłę, a enseignłę la flł¬te łŢ Johann Jacob Bac et a łętłę membre de lĺ─˘orchestre de la cour de lĺ─˘łęlecteur de Saxe łŢ Dresde. Il a joułę en France son Concerto en mi mineur au Concert spirituel en 1726 et en 1737.

Ce concert est enregistrłę par Espace musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada (100, 7 FM łŢ Montrłęal) et sera diffusłę ultłęrieurement sur ses ondes dans le cadre des Soirłęes classiques, animłęes par Michel Keable, du lundi au jeudi łŢ 20 h, d'un bout łŢ l'autre du pays. Il sera łęgalement disponible pour łęcoute sur demande sur la webradio classique d'Espace musique łŢ Radio-Canada.ca/musique.

Spłęcialisłę dans le rłępertoire baroque, lĺ─˘ensemble Les Borłęades (www.boreades.com) a łętłę fondłę en 1991 par Francis Colpron. Il a choisi comme approche une interprłętation fidł«le, tant par le respect des rł«gles de la pratique ancienne que par lĺ─˘emploi dĺ─˘instruments dĺ─˘łępoque. Ses prestations fluides font resurgir une sonoritłę particulił«rement riche pour rłęvłęler une musique aussi raffinłęe que ludique. La critique et le public au Canada et łŢ lĺ─˘łętranger ont unanimement salułę la verve, la spontanłęitłę ainsi que le jeu thłęłótral, expressif et łęlłęgant de lĺ─˘ensemble, qualitłęs qui tłęmoignent dĺ─˘une comprłęhension intime de lĺ─˘esprit du Baroque. Lĺ─˘ensemble a dłęjłŢ łŢ son actif une solide discographie de vingt enregistrements distribułęs łŢ travers le monde.

ł─ son łępoque, le baroque łętait porteur de modernitłę, dĺ─˘imagination et de crłęativitłęĺ─Â Les Borłęades renoue plus que jamais avec cet łętat dĺ─˘esprit en proposant une 14e saison particulił«rement festive qui conjuguera musique expressive, plaisirs gastronomiques et thłęłótre burlesque.

CONCERTS ET ACTIVITłÔS ł─ VENIR

JEUDI 12 NOVEMBRE 2009, 18 h, Belvłędł«re du Centre des Sciences de Montrłęal

GRAND GALA BłÔNłÔFICE BOUCHłÔES EXQUISES POUR MUSIQUE BAROQUE
Sous la prłęsidence dĺ─˘honneur de Liliane Colpron, prłęsidente de Premił«re Moisson, ce grand cocktail dłĂnatoire sera animłę par la comłędienne Sophie Faucher. Dix musiciens des Borłęades interprłęteront des extraits dĺ─˘ëýuvres de leur rłępertoire et le chef propriłętaire du restaurant Chez Lĺ─˘łÔpicier, Laurent Godbout, offrira aux convives quelques-unes de ses crłęations culinaires, dłęveloppłęes łŢ partir des produits Premił«re Moisson.

LANCEMENT Dĺ─˘UN Disque / livreT de recettes Du baroque łŢ la bouche
Sous łętiquette ATMA Classique, le coffret rassemble une compilation de huit ëýuvres issues de la discographie des Borłęades qui accompagne huit recettes illustrłęes, łęlaborłęes par des chefs de Premił«re Moisson. Disque en vente dans toutes les succursales Premił«re Moisson dł«s le 13 novembre 2009.

SAMEDI 30 JANVIER 2010, 20 h, Monument-National

TABARINADES
Musique et thłęłótre des variłętłęs fał▀on XVIIe sił«cle, avec 12 musiciens des Borłęades et les comłędiens Jean-Franł▀ois Gagnon dans la peau de Tabarin, prłędłęcesseur de Molił«re, farceur notoire du thłęłótre de foire łŢ la verve truculente ; et Carl Błęchard dans celle du MałĂtre Mondor. Je joue moi non plus !

JEUDI 22 AVRIL 2010, 20 h, Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours

LA VOCE DEL CORNETTO
Musique italienne et allemande du XVIIe sił«cle - Avec William Dongois, cornet łŢ bouquin et quatre musiciens des Borłęades. E la voce va !

Les Borłęades reł▀oit lĺ─˘appui du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, du Conseil des Arts du Canada et du Conseil des arts de Montrłęal.

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Ottawa Chamber Music Society ~ Arion Baroque Orchestra

Beautiful and impressive playing like this sets the standards to which others must aspire.
- Early Music Review (United Kingdom)

Ottawa (October 13, 2009) ĺ─ý The Ottawa Chamber Music Society (OCMS), under the Artistic Direction of Roman Borys, the Gryphon Trio, in partnership with Front+Centre/Shenkman Arts Centre presents the first concert of the OCMSĺ─˘ annual fall/winter Concert Series. The Arion Baroque Orchestra will perform on Saturday, October 17 at 8 PM at the Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Boulevard, Orleans.

Arion is a Montreal-based baroque orchestra which performs on period instruments. Arionĺ─˘s concerts have been unanimously acclaimed for their clarity and gusto, as well as their refined and expressive performances which have been chosen from a wide array of early music works. Their program will include works by Vivaldi, Telemann, Locatelli and Johann Sebastian Bach. This concert is a co-production with Front+Centre/Shenkman Arts Centre, the first of two during the 2009/2010 OCMS Concert Series.

...this is generally music-making of such high quality and imagination that, regardless of what you may have heard before, there are plenty of new insights to be had.
- Laurence Vittes, Gramophone

The Arion ensemble was founded in 1981 by flautist Claire Guimond, violinist Chantal Rłęmillard, gambist Betsy MacMillan and harpsichordist Hank Knox. Claire Guimond has been Arionĺ─˘s artistic director ever since its first concerts. Meticulous attention to detail has placed Arionĺ─˘s artistic achievements amongst those of the greatest current early music ensembles.

By playing on period instruments, the Arion players want to recreate the sound and colours that the composer originally intended for the music. ĺ─˙It takes away a couple of hundred years in between the composer and you,ĺ─¨ flautist Claire Guimond says. ĺ─˙It sounds like the music was composed today for those instruments with its original colours. It speaks the music better.ĺ─¨ (Vue Weekly)

A recipient of numerous awards and grants, Arion has toured extensively throughout Canada, Europe, Mexico and the United States. Arionĺ─˘s discography features 25 CDs, distributed internationally both as a quartet and in a larger setting with the collaboration of such fine artists as soprano Suzie LeBlanc, mezzo Kimberly Barber, countertenors Matthew White and Daniel Taylor, as well as some of the countryĺ─˘s top baroque soloists.

OCMS Concert Series
The OCMSĺ─˘ annual fall/winter Concert Series promises exceptional artistry and great variety. ĺ─˙We are thrilled to present the world-class talents of the Arion Baroque Orchestra, the Cantata Singers and Capital BrassWorks, the Wł║rttemburg Chamber Orchestra of Heilbronn, Rob Kapilow, Cecilia String Quartet, the Tallis Scholars, and of course the Gryphon Trio. What a phenomenal series we have to look forward to!ĺ─¨ said Glenn Hodgins, Executive Director of the OCMS.

In the spirit of community interaction and collaboration, the OCMS has welcomed opportunities to partner with the new Shenkman Arts Centre, the Cantata Singers/Capital BrassWorks and the Ottawa New Music Creators. ĺ─˙Helping other organizations in the community achieve their goals while adding quality and programming diversity to our own concert offerings is a winning formula. The Shenkman Arts Centre is an outstanding new venue that allows the OCMS to get closer to a community that for many years championed chamber music with its own chamber music series. Collaborating with the Cantata Singers and Capital BrassWorks gives us the opportunity commemorate Remembrance Day on a grand scale, and our partnering with the Ottawa New Music Creators helps give this new organization the momentum and presence it requires in order to continue its very important work for years to come,ĺ─¨ says Roman Borys.

Ticket Information

Full 2009-2010 Concert Series details are available on the OCMSĺ─˘ website at www.chamberfest.com.

Subscription benefits include: access to the best seats in the house, a 40% savings off single tickets, and the ability to exchange tickets for other concerts during the season. Single tickets are also available. For more information, please contact the OCMS office at 613-234-6306.

Mark your calendars! Chamberfest 2010 will take place from July 24 to August 7.

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

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Minnesota Orchestra Names Sarah Hicks Principal Conductor of Pops and Presentations

Ms. Hicks to lead Orchestra's U.S. Bank Pops Season through August 2013

October 12, 2009 -- Sarah Hicks has been appointed the Minnesota Orchestra's Principal Conductor of Pops and Presentations, Orchestra President and CEO Michael Henson announced today. Ms. Hicks, who will assume the new role immediately, will lead the Orchestra's signature U.S. Bank Pops Season for a term of four years, through 2012-13. Ms. Hicks joined the Orchestra as assistant conductor in 2006, making history as the first woman to hold a titled conducting post with the Minnesota Orchestra.

"Pops concerts play an important role in the Minnesota Orchestra's artistic offerings, and we have taken our time in identifying a new pops leader in order to find the right fit with audiences, the Orchestraĺ─ţand the music itself," says Michael Henson. "We've discovered that Sarah Hicks is made for this role. She sparks great connections with audiences; she has earned the respect of the musicians; she is a creative programmer; and she wants to focus her creative energies on expanding the boundaries of pops programming for new audiences."

Says Music Director Osmo Vłžnskłž, "We knew from the start of Sarah's tenure with the Minnesota Orchestra that she was a conductor to watch, someone who had a great deal to offer. Today we share that conviction with the public with this important appointment. I have always said that we must take care of all the music we present and our pops performances will be in very capable hands with Sarah. She is ready to lead them in new directions."

Ms. Hicks will oversee artistic planning for the Orchestra's pops season and will conduct a minimum of four sets of pops concerts each year. Under the terms of the agreement, she will also "cross over" to lead programs of many types with the Minnesota Orchestra every year. She will continue to conduct and program the popular Inside the Classics concerts and will lead holiday concerts and additional performances presented by the Orchestra. In the upcoming two weeks, for example, Ms. Hicks will lead Beethoven's Pastoral Symphony in a pair of Inside the Classics concerts, a Broadway-themed pops performance, a "sampler" program introducing audiences to the Orchestra's varied offerings, and the Minnesota Orchestra debut of singer-songwriter Ben Folds.

"Being able to conduct concerts with such great variety, from Beethoven to Ben Folds, is my dream job," says Ms. Hicks. "I am thrilled to embark on this new role with the Minnesota Orchestra because I believe there is tremendous artistic potential for where we might go. While the Orchestra has an established tradition of celebrating American popular music, from Broadway to Big Bandĺ─ţwhich we'll continue to doĺ─ţthere are many other avenues across the spectrum of popular music for us to explore, and I look forward to that journey in upcoming seasons."

In the 2009-10 pops season, Ms. Hicks will conduct the return of country star Kathy Mattea, "Scandinavian Christmas" performances in December, jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli in a Valentine's Day celebration and Michael Cavanaugh singing the music of Billy Joel, among other concerts.

Ms. Hicks joins the Minnesota Orchestra artistic leadership team that includes Music Director Osmo Vłžnskłž, Artistic Director of Sommerfest Andrew Litton, and Artistic Director of Jazz Irvin Mayfield. Trumpeter Doc Severinsen served as the Orchestra's Principal Pops Conductor from 1993 to 2007, and now serves as Pops Conductor Laureate.

"The Minnesota Orchestra offers a great range of concerts through its seasonĺ─ţfrom classical and jazz to pops and summer fareĺ─ţand we are pleased to have top artistic leadership in place for all of this music to thrive for years to come for Minnesota audiences," says Mr. Henson.



Sarah Hicks joined the Minnesota Orchestra as assistant conductor in 2006. In 2007 the Orchestra launched a new three-concert series called Inside the Classics, tapping Ms. Hicks to serve as conductor and co-host with violist Sam Bergman, with whom she now maintains a blog at insidetheclassics.org. Offering a fresh take on symphonic classics, Inside the Classics is written and programmed by Ms. Hicks and Bergman and, in its third season, has achieved series renewals exceeding 95 percent, a 35 percent increase over the prior year. In December 2008, Ms. Hicks introduced a new holiday offering, arranging music for and conducting "A Scandinavian Christmas," which will return for its second season in December 2009. Ms. Hicks made her classical subscription debut last October and returns to that series this November conducting performances of Hansel and Gretel.

Before joining the Minnesota Orchestra, Ms. Hicks served as associate conductor of the Richmond Symphony. She was previously resident conductor of the Florida Philharmonic and assistant conductor of the Reading Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Singers, the chorus of the Philadelphia Orchestra. She has also served as music director of the Hawaii Symphony, an ensemble she founded in 1991 and led for five seasons. In September 2009 she was appointed associate conductor of the North Carolina Symphony.

Ms. Hicks has guest conducted both in the U.S. and abroad, leading such ensembles as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Prime Philharmonic of Korea and the East Slovak State Opera. Her engagements for the 2009-10 season include guest performances with the National Symphony Orchestra and sessions to complete a recording project with the Vermont Symphony for release on the Koch label.

Born in Tokyo and raised in Honolulu, Ms. Hicks received her bachelor's degree from Harvard University as a composition major; her AIDS Oratorio was premiered there in May 1993 and received a second performance at Harvard's Fogg Art Museum. She holds an artist's diploma in conducting from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with renowned pedagogue Otto-Werner Mueller. After graduation, she maintained her association with Curtis as a faculty member from 2000 to 2005. Ms. Hicks and her husband, a horn player, recently bought a home in Minneapolis.

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Darlene Miller releases debut album, "Concerto Night"

Darlene Miller, the extremely gifted pianist from Englewood, OH, has just released the debut album, "Concerto Night" which contains 'Concerto in C minor' by Beethoven, and 'Concerto in G minor' by Saint Saens. Her performance is like no other, bringing life into the piano with every touch of the keys, and touching your soul. This recording will truly please all who listen, experience, and feel her music.

It doesn't take long for those who have recently discovered the incredible talent of Darlene Miller to become a fan of this very gifted concert pianist. Darlene plays with her entire heart and soul. She creates that strong emotional connection that immediately draws you into the music. Her technical mastery of the piano is evident in her flawless technique and incredible control over her dynamics. Darlene seems to feel every note, and the music seems to flow out of her like an endless refreshing spring. Darlene is extremely versatile, and flawlessly performs sophisticated compositions from classical to jazz with tremendous heart, soul and emotion.

Expect to see a lot more of Darlene Miller, as she is poised to become one of the most visible and influential pianists in modern times.

"Concerto Night" is currently available for sale at the official Darlene Miller site, www.DarleneMillerMusic.com.

Darlene has grown up playing the piano, since she was a very tender age. She currently resides in Englewood, Ohio. Darlene's favorite quote is "I have to play from my toenails.....for the heart stops too short in the chest".

Radio, press and bulk order inquiries can be directed to Olympic Advantage at 615.627.7523

Radio Stations, music directors and DJs can listen to and download Darlene Miller's songs and artwork, by going to www.AirplayDirect.com/DarleneMiller.

Marketing and Promotion by Olympic Advantage
Nashville, Tennessee

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Music for Heart and Soul

October 10, 2009 - Toronto General Hospital invites musical performers to participate in its Concert series, Music for Heart and Soul. Performances are on Thursday and Sunday afternoons in the DeGasperis Conservatory, cardiac wing. The series which has been presented for four years welcomes new performers to share their music with patients, families, staff and public.

In addition to performers, volunteers are welcomed to join to assist with concerts as hosts and other capacities.

Please call, 416-340-4115 or noramr@sympatico.ca for further information about performance or volunteer opportunities.

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Les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada cłęlł«brent leur 60e anniversaire tournłęes vers l'avenir



ĺ─«English follows.

MONTRłÔAL, LE VENDREDI 9 OCTOBRE 2009 - ĺ─«Les Jeunesses Musicales du Canada annoncent officiellement la programmation complł«te de leur 60e saison.ĺ─«ĺ─«

En bref:
ĺ─«ĺ─«- Marc Hervieux, porte-parole officielĺ─«
- Plus de 800 concerts et plus de 700 ateliers prłęsentłęs dĺ─˘un bout łŢ lĺ─˘autre du Canada
ĺ─«- Quelque 80 artistes
ĺ─«- 200 lieux de diffusion au Qułębec, en Ontario, dans les provinces maritimes, en particulier au Nouveau-Brunswick, et en Colombie-Britannique
ĺ─«- Confłęrences musicales pour les enfants des łęcoles dłęfavorisłęes de Montrłęal, prłęsentłęes du 14 au 16 juin 2010 łŢ la Maison JMC par le pianiste et communicateur Alain Lefł«vre
ĺ─«- Festival Chopin, prłęsentłę du 22 au 25 avril 2010 łŢ la Maison JMC
ĺ─«- Un coffret-souvenir (3 DCs) produit par le label canadien Analekta mis en vente au printemps
ĺ─«- Plusieurs łęmissions et reportages consacrłęs aux JMC, prłęsentłęs par Espace musique, Espace classique et CBC Radio Two
ĺ─«- Un tout nouveau site web JMC, en ligne le 16 octobre 2009
ĺ─«- Tout au long de lĺ─˘annłęe, plusieurs ensembles musicaux du pays souligneront le 60e anniversaire des Jeunesses Musicales du Canada par des concerts-hommages, saluant la contribution du mouvement łŢ la vie musicale canadienne.
ĺ─«- Quatuor Cecilia de lĺ─˘łÔcole de musique Schulich de lĺ─˘Universitłę McGill, en rłęsidence łŢ la Maison JMC pour deux ans
ĺ─«- Des concerts offerts par des artistes JMC łŢ diffłęrents łętablissements de santłę du Qułębec par la Sociłętłę ĺ─«pour les arts en milieux de santłę
ĺ─«- Les JMC collaborent dłęsormais avec Č┤ łńtre Ȭ, cabinet-conseil en relations philanthropiques, et błęnłęficient de conseils stratłęgiques de pointe pour la poursuite de leurs objectifs de notoriłętłę et de financement.

Consultez le www.jeunessesmusicales.com pour connałĂtre les programmes musicaux dłętaillłęs

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Jeunesses Musicales of canada celebrates its 60th anniversary looking to the future

ĺ─«MONTREAL, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2009 - Jeunesses Musicales of Canada officially announces the programming for its 60th season.

ĺ─«At a glance:ĺ─«ĺ─«
- Marc Hervieux, official spokesman
ĺ─«- Over 800 concerts and more than 700 workshops from coast to coast across Canada
- Some 80 artists
ĺ─«- 200 venues in Quebec, Ontario, the Maritimesĺ─ţin New Brunswick in particularĺ─ţand in British Columbia
ĺ─«- Musical lectures for children from Montrealĺ─˘s underprivileged schools, presented from June 14 to 16, 2010 at the JMC House by pianist and presenter Alain Lefł«vre
ĺ─«- Chopin Festival, from April 22 to 25, 2010 at the JMC House
ĺ─«- A souvenir box-set (CDs) produced by Canadian record label Analekta, on sale in the spring
ĺ─«- Several programmes and reports on JMC broadcast on Espace musique, Espace classique, and CBC Radio Two
ĺ─«- An all-new JMC website, online on October 16, 2009
ĺ─«- All year long, several of the countryĺ─˘s musical ensembles will mark Jeunesses Musicales of Canadaĺ─˘s 60th anniversary with tribute concerts, paying homage to the movementĺ─˘s contribution to Canadian musical life.
ĺ─«- Cecilia Quartet of the Schulich School of Music, Quartet in residence at Jeunesses Musicales Canada House
ĺ─«- Concerts given by JMC artists at various health care establishments in Qułębec, presented by the Sociłętłę pour les arts en milieux de santłę


Visit www.jeunessesmusicales.com to see the complete musical programme and detailed schedule for each of the concerts.

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Premier concert de la saison de Pentał«dre / 15 octobre

PENTAłÓDRE prłęsenteĺ─«ĺ─«
CONCOURS AU CONSERVATOIRE
ĺ─«ou la terrible łępreuve des pił«ces imposłęesĺ─«ĺ─«
Le quintette łŢ vent Pentał«dreĺ─«
Louise Lessard, piano
ĺ─«M Traiteur ĺ─ý Jean-Franł▀ois Vachon, chefĺ─«ĺ─«
Jeudi 15 octobre, 17 hĺ─«
Salle Tudor, Ogilvyĺ─«1307, Ste-Catherine Ouest, 5e łętageĺ─« ĺ─«30 $ (buffet inclus)ĺ─«
Billets : 514-790-1245 www.admission.com
ĺ─«Rłęservations par Pentał«dre: 514-270-2558ĺ─«
www.pentaedre.com

ĺ─«Montrłęal, 25 septembre 2009 - Pour ouvrir sa saison 2009-2010, Pentał«dre vous invite łŢ un concert Č┤ Musique au salon Ȭ, formule qui permet dĺ─˘łęcouter des pił«ces musicales originales, tout en dłęgustant vins et bouchłęes en lien avec le thł«me du concert, franł▀ais cette fois.ĺ─« ĺ─«

Chaque annłęe depuis 1824, les łętudiants finissants du Conservatoire national supłęrieur de Paris doivent interprłęter une ëýuvre imposłęe en vue dĺ─˘obtenir le prestigieux diplłąme de cette institution rłęputłęe. Depuis 185 ans, des compositeurs cłęlł«bres ou complł«tement oubliłęs se sont prłütłęs au jeu de fournir des Č┤ pił«ces de concours Ȭ. Pentał«dre prłęsentera cinq de ces pił«ces, łęcrites il y a un sił«cle pour les aspirants diplłąmłęs de 1909 et 1910 en plus de deux quintettes łŢ vent rarement entendus. ĺ─«

Vins et bouchłęes łŢ la franł▀aise accompagneront le concert.ĺ─« ĺ─«ĺ─«ĺ─«

Programme :ĺ─«ĺ─«

Albert Perilhou
Ballade en sol mineurĺ─«

łÔmile Paladilhe
Soloĺ─«

Claude Debussy
Premił«re rhapsodieĺ─«

Florent Schmitt
Lied et Scherzoĺ─«

Henri Bł║sser
Rłęcit et thł«me variłęĺ─«

Andrłę Souris
Rengainesĺ─«

Adrien Barthe
Passacaille ĺ─«ĺ─«

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

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

ĺ─«Quatuor Alcanĺ─« En concert łŢ Montrłęal !ĺ─« ĺ─«Dans le cadre des activitłęs soulignant leur 20e anniversaire

łŢ ĺ─«ĺ─«Mercredi 14 octobre, 20 hĺ─«ĺ─« ĺ─«Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteurĺ─«
100, rue Sherbrooke Est
ĺ─«Information : 514 872-5338

ĺ─«Montrłęal, 9 octobre 2009 ĺ─ý Juste avant de sĺ─˘envoler pour la Chine, oł╝ il effectuera une tournłęe du 15 au 28 octobre , le Quatuor Alcan sĺ─˘arrłüte łŢ la Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur de Montrłęal le mercredi 14 octobre prochain pour une soirłęe oł╝ Bethoven, Evangelista, Annunziata, MacMillan et Mendelssohn seront łŢ lĺ─˘honneur.ĺ─« ĺ─«ĺ─«La saison 2009-2010 marque le dłębut, pour le Quatuor Alcan, dĺ─˘une troisił«me dłęcennie dĺ─˘activitłęs dans une carrił«re riche en projets artistiques aussi passionnants quĺ─˘inspirants. Au cours des vingt dernił«res annłęes, les membres du Quatuor Alcan ont offert tant aux aficionados de musique de chambre quĺ─˘aux amoureux de la musique en głęnłęral des performances brillantes et enthousiastes, dĺ─˘une qualitłę artistique irrłęprochable. ĺ─«ĺ─«ĺ─«

PROGRAMME

ĺ─«Quatuor a cordes no. 4 en do mineur, op.18 (1800)
L. van Beethoven ĺ─«(1770-1827)ĺ─«
I. Allegro ma non troppo
II. Andante scherzoso quasi Allegretto
III. Menuetto (Allegretto)ĺ─«
IV. Allegroĺ─«ĺ─«

Spanish Garland (1992)
12 chansons folkloriques espagnol
Josłę Evangelista (1943 - )ĺ─«ĺ─«

Meltemi (2001)
Alessandro Annunziata (1968 - )ĺ─«

Deux Esquisses pour quatuor łŢ cordes (1927)
Ernest MacMillan (1893-1973)
-Notre Seigneur en pauvre

ł─ Saint-Malo ĺ─«ĺ─«Quatuor łŢ cordes en fa mineur op.80 (1847)
F. Mendelssohn (1809-1847)ĺ─«
I. Allegro vivace assai
II. Allegro assaiĺ─«
III. Adagio
IV. Finale: Allegro moltoĺ─«

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Prestigious CD Label Features Canadian Composer

Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae by Peter-Anthony Togni
A deeply expressive piece with ancient origins for modern times

Performance & CD Launch on ECM label ĺ─ý A Canadian First!
Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. at St. Anneĺ─˘s Anglican Church
Elmer Iseler Singers - Lydia Adams, Conductor
Jeff Reilly, Bass Clarinet and Rebecca Whelan, Soprano
Special Guest: Peter-Anthony Togni

Toronto, ON, October 9, 2009: Virtuoso bass clarinetist Jeff Reilly and soprano Rebecca Whelan join the celebrated Elmer Iseler Singers and conductor Lydia Adams for the performance and CD launch of Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae: Concerto for bass clarinet and choir (2007), by Halifax composer Peter-Anthony Togni on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. (please note starting time) at St. Anneĺ─˘s Anglican Church in Toronto. The new CD will be available at the November 14 concert, and will become available at Canadian retailers in January 2010.

Weaving an intricate, universal tale of a prophet who speaks the truth and is disregarded, Jeff Reilly, often improvising the bass clarinet, Rebecca Whelan, and the 20-voiced ensemble offer a poignant interpretation of Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae (Lamentations of Jeremiah), a compelling and expressive piece that was commissioned by the Canada Council for the Arts. This is the first work by a Canadian composer to appear on the prestigious ECM label (under the guidance of producer/guru Manfred Eicher) as part of the ECM New Series, which has launched the careers of some of the world's most famous contemporary composers. In the year of its 40th anniversary, ECM Records has been named both Classical and Jazz Label Of The Year by the world's leading publications in these genres, Gramophone and Downbeat respectively.

After a world premiere in Toronto in 2007 and a 2008 tour in Nova Scotia, Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae was recorded in Halifax in October 2008 in the richly acoustical All Saints Cathedral in Halifax, Nova Scotia. As Keith Horner explains in his CD liner notes, Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae is ĺ─˙a virtuoso concerto, incorporating improvisation and choral supportĺ─¨. Composer Peter-Anthony Togni points out that the origins of the word ĺ─˛concertoĺ─˘ embrace the concept of ĺ─˛playing together.ĺ─˘ ĺ─˙So I wanted this sense of performing together, and still have the bass clarinet as concerto virtuoso and improviser, and then combine this with the challenge of telling a story,ĺ─¨ adds Togni.

"Togni's music is deeply felt, simply put well-crafted and irradiated by a personal sense of the divineĺ─Â Jeff Reilly is an undisputed master of the Bass Clarinet who has gone to the end to explore its sonic universe."
ĺ─ý Halifax Herald

Lamentatio Jeremiae Prophetae (Lamentations of Jeremiah): Concert/CD Launch
Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.
The Elmer Iseler Singers, Lydia Adams, conductor
Soloists: Bass clarinetist/improviser Jeff Reilly, soprano Rebecca Whelan
Special Guest: Peter-Anthony Togni
St. Anneĺ─˘s Anglican Church: 270 Gladstone Avenue, Toronto
For tickets (Reg. $35/ Sen. $30/ Students $10) please call 416-217-0537
Group rates available http://www.elmeriselersingers.com/

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

L'Automne łŢ l'Outremont

MONTRłÔAL, LE 9 OCTOBRE 2009 - D'ici łŢ la fin octobre l'arrondissement d'Outremont offre łŢ son jeune public l'occasion de dłęcouvrir deux compagnies thłęłótrales dont la renommłęe n'est plus łŢ faire. Dans le cadre des dimanches jeune famille Youtheatre prłęsentera Simon et l'ëýuf et le Thłęłótre de l'Avant-Pays, la pił«ce de l'auteure Marie-Christine Lłü-Huu, Le voyage. Par ailleurs, le 22 octobre, l'Orchestre Młętropolitain prłęsentera le concert ł─ la russe. ł─ cette occasion, l'OM sera dirigłę par le chef britannique Leo Hussain.

Diffłęrents forfaits sont disponibles pour profiter de la programmation de l'arrondissement d'Outremont. Tous les billets sont disponibles łŢ la billetterie du Thłęłótre Outremont (1248, avenue Bernard Ouest); informez-vous en tłęlłęphonant au (514) 495-9944. Cependant les achats tłęlłęphoniques se font exclusivement via Ticketpro au (514) 908-9090.
www.theatreoutremont.ca

BIENTłţT ł─ L'OUTREMONT

Le mardi 27 octobre, łŢ 19 h 30
CIBLER (danse)

Le dimanche 1er novembre, łŢ 16 h
LA MIGRATION DES OISEAUX INVISIBLES (thłęłótre, Dimanche jeune famille)

Le mardi 3 novembre, łŢ 19 h 30
LES FRłÓRES LAFORłńT (Thłęłótre)

Le dimanche 8 novembre, łŢ 16 h
C'EST PAS MOI, JE LE JURE ! (Cinłę-Zoom)

Le mardi 10 novembre, łŢ 19 h 30
RYTHMES NOMADES : LE 8E FEU (Musique)

Le dimanche 20 dłęcembre, łŢ 16 h
LA VłÔRITABLE HISTOIRE DU PłÓRE NOłŃL (Film)
Simon et l'Oeuf
Le dimanche 18 octobre, łŢ 16 h

L'Homme reł▀oit, de la part d'un certain Simon, un colis contenant un ëýuf głęant brillant de lumił«re qui le transporte sur une łĂle fragile et mystłęrieuse nommłęe Penumbra. L'łĂle semble d'abord paradisiaque, mais l'Homme constate rapidement les effets nłęfastes de changements climatiques et de catastrophes environnementales ! Ne sachant toujours pas pourquoi il se retrouve sur cette łĂle, l'Homme s'aperł▀oit que Penumbra ressemble łętrangement łŢ sa planł«te, la Terre. Il dłęcouvre alors l'importance de ne pas abandonner l'espoir d'un monde meilleur.

www.youtheatre.ca

Čę Alexis Chartrand
Le voyage
Le dimanche 25 octobre, łŢ 16 h

Un enfant et sa mł«re marchent łŢ travers les montagnes, au Japon, pour atteindre un village. Ils sont dans la neige, au milieu de nulle part. Leur survie dłępend de ce trajet łępuisant pour l'enfant. Sa mł«re, pour lui donner du courage, lui racontera trois histoires. Des histoires d'amour, de courage et de patience, qui l'aideront non seulement łŢ marcher dans le froid et le noir, mais aussi łŢ apprivoiser la nouvelle vie qui les attend tous deux. Cette nouvelle vie dont l'enfant ne voulait pas vraimentĺ─Â

Le Thłęłótre de l'Avant-Pays a dłębutłę ses activitłęs en 1976. Tout au long de son histoire et łŢ travers 31 productions diffłęrentes, la compagnie a prłęsentłę łŢ son public enfance-jeunesse et adulte la diversitłę du langage Č┤ marionnettique Ȭ. ł─ travers ses 32 saisons, la compagnie aura donnłę 3 291 reprłęsentations au Qułębec, en Ontario, au Nouveau-Brunswick, en France, en Belgique, en Allemagne et aux łÔtats-Unis rejoignant plus de 712 000 spectateurs. Plusieurs de ses spectacles ont marqułę la pratique de la marionnette au Qułębec. Soucieux de populariser le młędium de la marionnette, la compagnie a participłę łŢ plusieurs festivals et organisłę de nombreuses expositions.
www.avant-pays.com

Orchestre Młętropolitain : ł─ la russe
Le jeudi 22 octobre, łŢ 19 h 30
Confłęrence prłę-concert łŢ 18 h 30

Trois des plus grands compositeurs russes de l'łępoque romantique sont ici rłęunis pour notre bonheur. Composłęe immłędiatement aprł«s le Capriccio espagnol et Shłęhłęrazade, l'ouverture de concert La Grande Płóque Russe restitue de manił«re saisissante la majestłę et la couleur si particulił«re des offices religieux de l'łęglise orthodoxe.

Avec Casse-Noisette, l'irrłęsistible Concerto pour violon de Tchałěkovski compte parmi les ëýuvres les plus joyeuses du compositeur. C'est aussi l'un des concertos les plus virtuoses et les plus populaires du rłępertoire violonistique tout entier. Il sera interprłętłę par le violoniste belge d'origine hongroise Yossif Ivanov.

Par ses sources d'inspiration, la Symphonie no 2 de Borodine, dite Č┤ łępique Ȭ est voisine de son opłęra Le Prince Igor. Comme ce dernier, elle s'inspire de l'histoire de la Russie młędiłęvale avec, tour łŢ tour, des łępisodes enflammłęs, des łęchos de danses russes et des młęlodies nostalgiques d'une grande beautłę.

Le jeune chef d'orchestre britannique Leo Hussain, qui a collaborłę avec Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin łŢ Salzbourg łŢ l'łętłę 2008, sera sur le podium.

www.orchestremetropolitain.com

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Veteran journalist Rosemary Thompson named National Arts Centre Director of Communications and Public Affairs

(Ottawa, Canada) ĺ─ý The National Arts Centre (NAC) today announced the appointment of Rosemary Thompson as Director of Communications and Public Affairs.

Ms. Thompson, an award-winning reporter who is currently deputy bureau chief for the national CTV News, will start her new role at the NAC on November 2nd. She takes over the position from Jayne Watson, who was recently named CEO of the National Arts
Centre Foundation, the organizationĺ─˘s fundraising arm.

ĺ─˙Journalism is a calling, but so are the arts.ĺ─¨ said Ms. Thompson, who is fluently bilingual in French and English. ĺ─˙CTV has let me do everything a journalist could dream of doing. But I also have a passion for music and theatre and dance. I'll be telling the Canadian story in a different way through the National Arts Centre.ĺ─¨ ĺ─«

ĺ─˙We are thrilled to have Rosemary on board,ĺ─¨ said Peter Herrndorf, President and CEO of the National Arts Centre. ĺ─˙She brings a pan Canadian view to the position, having lived in both the eastern and western parts of Canada. Her experience and extensive contacts will be invaluable as we continue working with artists, arts organizations and arts educators across the country.ĺ─¨

As a journalist, Rosemary Thompson has covered it all. She was CTV's Montreal Bureau Chief in 1995 and had a seat on the campaign bus during the referendum. She was posted in Washington as CTVĺ─˘s correspondent in 2000 and covered the events of 9-11 and its aftermath. Then it was off to Ottawa where she has covered every leadership convention and election over the past seven years.

Ms. Thompsonĺ─˘s western ties will be a definite asset to the NAC as it prepares to host the 2011 Prairie Scene festival to feature hundreds of artists from Manitoba and Saskatchewan.ĺ─«ĺ─«ĺ─˙My journalistic roots are firmly planted in the prairies,ĺ─¨ said Ms. Thompson. ĺ─˙CBC Winnipeg gave me my first break in television. I was a cub reporter at the Manitoba Legislature when Gary Doer was an opposition Member of the Legislative Assembly.ĺ─¨ (Ms. Thompsonĺ─˘s has another strong prairie connection through her sister Virginia Thompson who was executive producer of Corner Gas, the wildly successful TV series set in Saskatchewan.)ĺ─«ĺ─«At the age of five, Rosemary Thompson's father enrolled her in piano lessons at Vincent D'Indy, a well known conservatory in Montreal. For 15 years she practised, and hoped one day she would work in the arts. ĺ─˙I am excited to come back to the arts and to be part of the NAC team,ĺ─¨ added Ms. Thompson.

Ms. Thompson has won numerous awards during her journalistic career for her coverage of major news events, including a nod from Americaĺ─˘s National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in recognition of her reporting of the September 11, 2001, attacks and their aftermath. She was also nominated for a Gemini for her work on Million Dollar Babies, a documentary about the Dionne Quintuplets.

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Un nouveau venu dans les relations arts-affaires: artsScł«ne Montrłęal

L'łęquipe de artsScł«ne Montrłęal souhaite vous inviter au lancement de sa premił«re saison d'activitłęs łŢ Montrłęal. Crłęłę par Le monde des affaires pour les arts (Business for the arts), artsScł«ne propose des activitłęs, de l'information et une plateforme de rłęseautage pour tous les jeunes professionnels de Montrłęal qui croient łŢ la crłęativitłę et qui souhaitent dłęcouvrir et soutenir le milieu culturel. Nous savons que vous travaillez fort pour diversifier vos publics et multiplier les contacts avec la communautłę d'affaires. Aussi, souhaitons-nous agir en complłęmentaritłę avec vous pour rassembler les jeunes professionnels autour des arts et les convaincre de l'importance de s'impliquer łŢ diffłęrents niveaux, pour soutenir vos activitłęs de crłęation, que ce soit par l'achat de billets de spectacle, le błęnłęvolat ou encore le młęcłęnat.

Pour le lancement de la saison 2009-2010 nous visiterons le Centre Canadien d'Architecture et entamerons une discussion que nous souhaitons ouverte et inspirante sur le thł«me La crłęativitłę dans les liens entre le milieu culturel et celui des affaires. Lorraine Pintal, directrice artistique et głęnłęrale du Thłęłótre du Nouveau Monde, animera un panel qui rłęunira Mirko Zardini, directeur et conservateur en chef du Centre Canadien d'Architecture, Jean-Franł▀ois Bouchard, prłęsident et associłę principal de SIDLEE, D. Kimm, directrice głęnłęrale et artistique de Les Filles łęlectriques et Jan-Fryderyk Pleszczynski, directeur głęnłęral et vice-prłęsident affaires de Digital Dimension. Vous trouverez en pił«ce jointe l'invitation pour la soirłęe de lancement du 14 octobre, ainsi que le communiqułę de presse. Les billets sont en vente au lien suivant: http://bfta-artsscene-montreal.eventbrite.com/.

N'hłęsitez pas łŢ nous łęcrire pour plus de renseignements, notre volontłę łętant de travailler en łętroite collaboration avec vous et vos organisations. En espłęrant que vous accueillerez favorablement ce nouveau venu dans les liens arts-affaires issu de la volontłę de quelques jeunes gens d'affaires engagłęs pour les arts, veuillez recevoir nos meilleures salutations.

L'łęquipe de artsScł«ne Montrłęal
Gwenola Appłęrłę, Julie Arsenault, Anne-Marie Bergeron, Hłęlł«ne Brown, Natalie Chapdelaine, Kim Darlington, Robert Landry, Dominic Pilon, Młęlisande Simard, Sophie Tarnowska
artsscenemontreal@businessforthearts.org
www.businessforthearts.org/artsScene-Montreal

artsScł«ne Montrłęal błęnłęficie de l'appui du Conseil des arts de Montrłęal, de la Jeune Chambre de commerce de Montrłęal, de Błęnłęvoles d'Affaires et de ses prłęcieux młęcł«nes-fondateurs:

Me Brian Levitt, Associłę et co-prłęsident chez Osler et Prłęsident du conseil d'administration du Musłęe des beaux-arts de Montrłęal

Me Maurice Forget, Associłę chez Fasken-Martineau et ancien Prłęsident du Conseil des arts de Montrłęal

Pierre Bourgie, Prłęsident et chef de la direction de la fondation ArteMusica

Jean-Pierre Desrosiers, Associłę chez KPMG et Prłęsident du conseil d'administration du Cirque łÔloize

Franł▀ois Dufresne, Associłę chez Ernst & Young et Prłęsident de la Fondation du Musłęe d'art contemporain de Montrłęal

Amel Chamandy, Prłęsidente et Directrice Artistique de Galerie NuEdge, Membre du conseil d'administration de la Fondation du Musłęe des beaux-arts et membre du comitłę consultatif de la Facultłę des arts et des sciences de l'Universitłę McGill

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Roy and Gaudet - Winnipeg Debut

WINNIPEGČé October 9, 2009 ĺ─ţ On Saturday, October 17, 2009, Virtuosi Concerts will host the western Canadian debut of violinist Jean-Słębastien Roy and pianist, Mathieu Gaudet. CBC radio will record this Winnipeg concert which is also the first in a series of appearances under the auspices of Prairie Debut that will take the duo across Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

"As this will be the first time either of us has performed in Winnipeg, we are particularly pleased to include Quebec composer, Andrłę Mathieu in our programme," says Roy. "We've enjoyed a revival of his work in our home province but not many western Canadians have had the pleasure of discovering what I could only call his genius."

Jean-Słębastien Roy studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montrłęal, earning his first prize at the Conservatory with great distinction. He also obtained his master's degree in interpretation from the Universitłę de Montrłęal in May 2004. During his career, Roy has won top prizes, including the Cleveland Institute of Music Competition and the OSM contest, the Prix d'Europe and the Prix Joseph Rouleau at the Concours International de Musique de Montreal. He has performed across Canada, the United States and Europe where he recently performed in London, Munich and Paris.

Since his acclaimed dłębut in Baltimore, USA with Brahms' Piano Concerto No 2, Pianist Mathieu Gaudet has become much in demand as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. He is the co-founder of Gros Morne Summer Music, a highly successful concert series in Newfoundland, Canada. In addition to his busy musical life, Mathieu Gaudet is studying medicine at Universitłę de Montrłęal.

Programme: MATHIEU, Sonata for violin and piano; BLOCH, Nigun; FAURłÔ, Quatre pił«ces; FRANCK, Sonata for violin and piano; SAINT-SAENS, Introduction and rondo capriccioso

Concert Information: 8PM, Eckhardt-Grammattłę Hall, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Ave. www.virtuosi.mb.ca . For Tickets call 786-9000: Adults $29 / Full-time post-secondary students $10/ High-School students $5 (subject to availability at door)

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Tournłęe en Chine de l'Orchestre I Musici de Montrłęal

English follows

Montrłęal, le 9 octobre 2009 ĺ─ţ L'Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montrłęal (IMM) finalise ses derniers prłęparatifs pour sa prochaine tournłęe en Chine. Du 14 au 25 octobre, l'Orchestre dirigłę par maestro Yuli Turovsky visitera sept villes de la Rłępublique populaire de Chine : Dongguan, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Changzhou, Wuhan, Zhengzhou et Beijing. Le rłępertoire inclura notamment Souvenir de Florence, l'ultime ëýuvre de musique de chambre de Tchałěkovski qui a fait d'ailleurs l'objet d'un enregistrement rłęcent par I Musici, sous łętiquette Analekta.

Quatrił«me tournłęe en Chine pour IMMĺ─«La dernił«re visite dans l'Empire du Milieu de l'orchestre montrłęalais remonte łŢ 1997. La premił«re escale de 2009 se fera au Dongguan Yulan Grand Theatre puis au Shenzhen Poly Theatre. L'un des temps forts de la tournłęe sera une prestation au prestigieux Concert Hall du Shanghai Oriental Art Center. Dotłęe d'une acoustique remarquable, cette salle de concert a vu se produire plusieurs instrumentistes de renom tels que Yoyo Ma et Isaac Stern ainsi que plusieurs orchestres de la citłę, dont le Shanghai Symphony Orchestra. Par la suite, la tournłęe se poursuivra au Changzhou Grand Theater puis au Wuhan Quintai Grand Theatre. Le 22 octobre, un concert sera prłęsentłę au splendide Henan Art Center de Zhengzhou ĺ─ţ un complexe architectural moderne et hautement sophistiqułę, rłęalisłę par l'architecte canadien Carlos Ott. Finalement, la tournłęe d'I Musici de Montrłęal se terminera dans la capitale chinoise au Beijing Forbidden City Concert Hall, situłę łŢ proximitłę de Tian'anmen dans l'enceinte de la Citłę interdite.

Le programme de la tournłęe prłęsentera des pages incontournables au rłępertoire de l'Orchestre. Divertimento K 136 de Mozart, le huitił«me quatuor łŢ cordes de Chostakovitch et trois pił«ces majeures de Tchałěkovski : Słęrłęnades pour cordes, Andante Cantabile et Souvenir de Florence. Cette dernił«re ëýuvre, qui baigne dans une contagieuse joie de vivre, est considłęrłęe comme l'une de ses compositions les plus lumineuses. L'album Souvenir de Florence mis en valeur dans une splendide transcription orchestrale de Yuli Turovsky est disponible chez les disquaires depuis le 22 septembre dernier. Enregistrłę łŢ l'łęglise Saint-Matthieu de Beloeil, ce nouvel opus, le 52e enregistrement d'I Musici de Montrłęal, est sous łętiquette Analekta (AN 2 9954).

La tournłęe en Chine de l'Orchestre de chambre I Musici de Montrłęal est rendue possible grłóce au soutien financier du Conseil des Arts du Canada, du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec. I Musici de Montrłęal tient łęgalement łŢ remercier chaleureusement Power Corporation Canada, commanditaire majeur pour cette tournłęe.

Pour łütre au fait des dernił«res nouvelles de l'Orchestre, visitez notre site Internet : imusici.com

I MUSICI DE MONTRłÔAL TO TOUR CHINA

Montreal, October 9, 2009 ĺ─ţ I Musici de Montrłęal is thrilled to be returning for the fourth time to China for a seven-city concert tour between October 14-25, 2009! Maestro Yuli Turovsky and the fifteen string players will perform at prestigious concert halls in Shanghai, Dongguan, Shenzhen, Zhengchou, Changzhou, Wuhan and end the tour in splendour, playing at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing.

The orchestra will have the privilege of performing in state-of-the-art concert halls such as the Dongguan Yulan Grand Theatre, the Shenzhen Poly Theatre, the Shanghai Oriental Art Centre and the Henan Art Centre in Zhengzhou; a sophisticated building created by the Canadian architect Carlos Ott.

I Musici de Montrłęal will perform a wonderful programme of works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich. The highlights will include Shostakovich's "Chamber Symphony in C minor", Opus 110a and Tchaikovsky's "Souvenir de Florence", Opus 70, and his famous "Serenade for Strings". The latter work can be enjoyed, accompanied by Tchaikovsky's delightful "First String Quartet in D major" Opus 11, on I Musici's most recent recording on the Analekta label. Both works are splendid string orchestral transcriptions created by Maestro Turovsky.

The tour has been made possible thanks to the support of the Canada Arts Council, the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Qułębec as well as the generosity of Power Corporation of Canada, the principal sponsor of the tour.

To learn all the latest news on the orchestra, visit our web site at imusici.com

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Diouf : l'antidote idłęal pour contrer la grisaille automnale

Montrłęal, le 9 octobre 2009 ĺ─ţ De retour d'une tournłęe mondiale de plus de deux ans avec le spectacle Delirium du Cirque du Soleil, le groupe Diouf prłęsentera łŢ la salle Cassavetes un spectacle festif et młętissłę. Au programme : une solide dose de musique du monde colorłęe d'afrobeat, de reggae et de rythmes chauds et ensoleillłęs!

Installłęs łŢ Montrłęal depuis le milieu des annłęes 1990, les frł«res El Hadji Fall et Pape Abdou Karim Diouf, originaires du Słęnłęgal, ont su s'imposer rapidement dans l'univers musical qułębłęcois. Percussionnistes łęmłęrites et compositeurs inspirłęs, El Hadji et Karim ont multipliłę les collaborations avec des groupes tels que Dubmatique, Loco Locass et Les Colocs.

En 2003, sous le nom Diouf, le groupe enregistre un premier disque trł«s attendu, Dund (Č┤ vivre Ȭ, en wolof), qui recevra un Prix łÔtoiles Galaxie de Radio-Canada. Fort de ce premier succł«s, Diouf prłępare actuellement son second opus.

Entourłęs d'un batteur, d'un guitariste, d'un bassiste et d'un claviłęriste, les frł«res Diouf, chanteurs, musiciens et grands rassembleurs, vous convient łŢ une grande fłüte montrłęalaise. Si vous n'avez pas encore vu Diouf en spectacle, attention! Le plaisir crołĂt avec l'usage...

Jeudi 29 octobre łŢ 20 h 30, salle Cassavetes

BILLETTERIE : excentris.com | ticketpro : 514 790 1111 | info : 514 847 0399

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Tiny Tots: Concerts for the Little Ones!

VANCOUVER, BC ĺ─ý The Vancouver Symphonyĺ─˘s Tiny Tots is a 4-concert series for children up to four years of age, focusing on fun and music education for early childhood development. Concerts take place on Fridays at 10:00am, 11:30am, and 1:30pm at the Playhouse Theatre in downtown Vancouver and Saturdays at 10:00am and 11:30am at the Terry Fox Theatre in Port Coquitlam. This series features professional music educators and musicians, Let Your Music Shine with Lisa and Linda, in their own musical presentations for kids.

The Tiny Tots series begins on October 23rd and 24th with Musical Olympics for Tots, a concert of winning melodies and favourite classics. The next concert in the series takes place in December ĺ─ý Holiday Hooray! features the music of Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Nutcracker and other frosty favourites for children to sing-along with. The Cirque de Classic concert in March presents music by Beethoven, Haydn and Mozart and features magic, movement, and classic miniatures. The final concert of this series, Gallop and Go!, takes place in May and will be a symphonic adventure into farmyard fun.

Lisa Grace Allison and Linda Sebenius, the creators of Let Your Music Shine!, are Redmond-based twin sisters, educators, composers, and performers. They have performed their original musical theatre scores for thousands of Northwest families, as well as releasing multiple award-winning CDĺ─˘s and DVDĺ─˘s. Music Shine Media, LLC is a multi-media production company devoted to developing, producing, and distributing the original products and performances of Let Your Music Shine! with Lisa & Linda.

Check out Let Your Music Shineĺ─˘s new YouTube channel at: http://www.youtube.com/user/LetYourMusicShine

Single concert tickets: Adult $15, Child $7, Children under 6 months by donation
Tickets available online at www.vancouversymphony.ca or by calling VSO customer service at 604.876.3434

TELUS Premier Education Partner

The VSOĺ─˘s Tiny Tots series has been endowed by a generous gift from Mary and Gordon Christopher.


CONCERT INFO

Friday, October 23, 10am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre
Saturday, October 24, 10am, 11:30am, Terry Fox Theatre
Musical Olympics for Tots
Let Your Music Shine with Lisa & Linda, childrenĺ─˘s entertainers

I can sing, I can play! Winning melodies and favourite classics highlight this GOLD medal show.


Friday, December 11, 10am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre
Saturday, December 12, 10am, 11:30am, Terry Fox Theatre
Holiday Hooray!
Let Your Music Shine with Lisa & Linda, childrenĺ─˘s entertainers

Featuring the music of Tchaikovsky. Move-along with the Nutcracker and sing-a-long to frosty favourites!


Friday, March 26, 10am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre
Saturday, March 27, 10am, 11:30am, Terry Fox Theatre
Cirque de Classic
Let Your Music Shine with Lisa & Linda, childrenĺ─˘s entertainers

Let's all go to the 3-ring musical circus! Filled with magic, movement and classic miniatures.


Friday, May 21, 10am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, Vancouver Playhouse Theatre
Saturday, May 22, 10am, 11:30am, Terry Fox Theatre
Gallop and Go!
Let Your Music Shine with Lisa & Linda, childrenĺ─˘s entertainers

This symphonic adventure into farmyard fun will have tots bouncing to that barnyard beat.


BIOGRAPHIES

Let Your Music Shine with Linda and Lisa, childrenĺ─˘s entertainers

Lisa G. Allison and Linda Sebenius, are composers, producers and educators. Their performance duo is committed to presenting the highest quality original, engaging, and age appropriate music education programs and products for young children.

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

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

For more information, please visit www.letyourmusicshine.com

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Cleveland Orchestra launches Celebrity series at Severance Hall on November 7

Program saluting John Williams features music from many of his best-known films

CLEVELAND, October 8, 2009 ĺ─ý The Cleveland Orchestra presents the first program in its new three-concert Celebrity series at Severance Hall on Saturday, November 7, at 8:00 p.m. The new Celebrity series explores the avenues of orchestral music that stretch beyond the borders of the classical world ĺ─ý movie scores, jazz riffs, Broadway, and beyond. The opening program, titled A Salute to John Williams, will be led by MGM conductor and movie expert Richard Kaufman and will feature music from Williamsĺ─˘s film scores for E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Harry Potter and the Sorcererĺ─˘s Stone, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars, Superman, and more. During the November 7 concert, Mr. Kaufman, who made his Cleveland Orchestra debut this past May leading its sold-out ĺ─˙Music from the Moviesĺ─¨ concert, will share insights and behind-the-scenes stories with the audience. A complete program listing follows at the end of this release.

Additional Celebrity series programs this season:
March 30, 2010: Pink Martini, a ĺ─˙little orchestraĺ─¨ from Portland, Oregon, is steeped in jazz, Japanese pop, Italian film scores, and French cabaret. They have performed their multicultural repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, Lebanon, Canada, and the United States ĺ─ý including multiple concerts with the Boston Pops and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, the grand opening of Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and the opening party of New Yorkĺ─˘s Museum of Modern Art. The group will bring their eclectic sounds to this performance with The Cleveland Orchestra for a vibrant evening of fun.

April 25, 2010: Chris Botti ĺ─ý Jazz trumpeter Chris Botti joins The Cleveland Orchestra for an evening that combines jazz standards and classical hits. Botti has recorded familiar songs including ĺ─˙When I Fall in Loveĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙To Love Againĺ─¨ and has worked with many musicians, including Joshua Bell, Michael Bublłę, Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, Yo-Yo Ma, Frank Sinatra, and Sting. He also has performed with many leading symphony orchestras and at prestigious events including the World Series and the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony. Bottiĺ─˘s 2008 performances with the Boston Pops, titled Chris Botti in Boston, have been featured on the PBS network, with which he has an ongoing association, and are available on CD, DVD, and Blu-ray.

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The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s 2009-10 season at Severance Hall is sponsored by UBS. Headquartered in Zurich and Basel, Switzerland, UBS is a global firm providing services to private, corporate and institutional clients. Its strategy is to focus on international wealth management and the Swiss banking business alongside its global expertise in investment banking and asset management. In Switzerland, UBS is the market leader in retail and commercial banking.

UBS is a significant supporter of orchestral music globally. In addition to its season sponsorship of The Cleveland Orchestra, the firm currently sponsors several other outstanding symphony orchestras, such as the Boston Symphony Orchestra and The Philadelphia Orchestra. These partnerships reflect UBSĺ─˘s dedication to supporting the communities where it operates, as well as a philosophy of working collaboratively with its clients to deliver the customized solutions that help them pursue their goals.

ĺ─˙UBS is proud of our ongoing relationship as Season Sponsor of The Cleveland Orchestra,ĺ─¨ said Marten Hoekstra, CEO, UBS Wealth Management Americas. ĺ─˙Supporting the arts is ingrained in our corporate culture and we view our partnership with this internationally renowned orchestra as a reflection of our ongoing commitment to communities where we live and work.ĺ─¨

SUBSCRIPTIONS to the Celebrity series are still available at three concerts for the price of two. Subscriptions begin at $66. Call the Cleveland Orchestra Subscription Office at (216) 231-1111 or 800-686-1141, or order online at clevelandorchestra.com.

SINGLE TICKET PRICES: Box: $84; Orchestra: $66, $51; Dress Circle: $66, $45, $33; Balcony: $45, $33.

TICKET SERVICES:
The Severance Hall Ticket Office is located in the Smith Lobby. The entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service parking are along East Boulevard. Single tickets for all concerts in the 2009-10 season are now on sale.

Severance Hall Ticket Office Hours:
M-F 9-6
Sat. 10-6
Closed Sundays and major holidays, except for those days with performances, when the Ticket Office opens three hours prior to the performance start time.

To charge tickets by telephone on American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard, and Visa, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at (216) 231-1111 (Cleveland) or 800-686-1141 during the regular 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.

PARKING:
For evening subscription concerts at Severance Hall, parking can be purchased for $10 per vehicle, when space permits, in the Campus Center Garage (the underground garage located directly behind Severance Hall). Pre-paid parking for the Campus Center Garage can be purchased in advance through the Ticket Office at the cost of $14 per concert (this includes City of Cleveland parking tax and handling fee). The pre-paid parking ensures patrons a parking space, but availability of these pre-paid parking passes is limited.

For further information, or to order pre-paid parking, patrons should call the Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Office during regular office hours at (216) 231-1111 or 800-686-1141. Pre-paid parking passes are also available through The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s website at clevelandorchestra.com.

Saturday, November 7, at 8:00 p.m.
Severance Hall
Celebrity Series Concert
THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA
RICHARD KAUFMAN, conductor
A Salute to John Williams

WILLIAMS
March from Superman
Music from Jurassic Park
ĺ─˙Sayuriĺ─˘s Themeĺ─¨ from Memoirs of a Geisha
ĺ─˙Harryĺ─˘s Wondrous Worldĺ─¨ from Harry Potter and the Sorcererĺ─˘s Stone
Suite from Far and Away
Main Theme from Star Wars
ĺ─˙The Raiders Marchĺ─¨ from Raiders of the Lost Ark
ĺ─˙The Face of Panĺ─¨ from Hook
ĺ─˙Flight to Neverlandĺ─¨ from Hook
Main Theme from Jaws
Suite from Close Encounters of the Third Kind
ĺ─˙Adventures on Earthĺ─¨ from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Ticket Prices: $33-$84 ĺ─ý Call (216) 231-1111 or 800-686-1141, or order online at clevelandorchestra.com

Season Sponsor: UBS

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The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s annual holiday concerts take place at Severance Hall from December 10-21

Mercedes-Benz of Bedford is new Holiday Festival sponsor
Cleveland Orchestra Store offers unique gift ideas

CLEVELAND, October 8, 2009 ĺ─ý The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s 2009 Holiday Festival sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of Bedford takes place from December 11-21. The 10-day festival consists of eight Christmas Concerts with The Cleveland Orchestra and Choruses; two performances of Eileen Ivers ĺ─ý An Irish Christmas (a concert by Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul with The Cleveland Orchestra, telling the story of a real Irish Christmas through music and dance); and two performances of Burning River Brass, featuring the 12-member Burning River Brass ensemble and organist Todd Wilson.

Additional holiday concerts are two performances of Handelĺ─˘s Messiah, on Thursday, December 10, and Saturday, December 12; and three different PNC Holiday Musical Rainbow programs for children up to age 10 ĺ─ý ĺ─˙Music of Chanukah,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙All About Kwanzaa,ĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙Christmas Brass Quintet,ĺ─¨ featuring members of the Orchestra and guests.

Families can arrive early for the 3:00 p.m. Christmas Concerts on December 12, 13, 19, and 20 and enjoy Lunch with Santa in Severance Restaurant from 12:00 p.m. until 3 p.m. Call (216) 231-7373 or email reservations@clevelandorchestra.com for reservations.

The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s holiday concerts season gets underway with the placement of a lighted wreath on the front of Severance Hall on Monday, November 30, at 11:00 a.m.

An updated calendar for all holiday concerts at Severance Hall follows. Single tickets for all holiday concerts are now on sale. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are also available. Information on purchasing tickets is provided below.

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HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS
The Cleveland Orchestra Store offers many unique gift items for the holidays, including the latest Cleveland Orchestra CD and DVD recordings along with an extensive discography from years past, music boxes and decorative glass from Italy and Israel, music-themed holiday ornaments, stationery, books, stuffed toys and musical gifts for children of all ages, fashion scarves, jewelry, and Cleveland Orchestra logo apparel. The Store is open Tuesday through Friday during regular Store hours from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and before, during, and after concerts. The Store phone number is (216) 231-7478 and may be visited online at clevelandorchestra.com.

In addition, Cleveland Orchestra gift certificates and Blossom Lawn Ticket Books for The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s 2010 Summer Season at Blossom Music Center are available at the Severance Hall Ticket Office by calling (216) 231-1111 or (800) 686-1141, or at clevelandorchestra.com.

For 42 years, the Schreibman family of Pepper Pike has sold engraved Silver Bells to benefit The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s education programs. The Silver Bells, engraved with ĺ─˙Christmas 2009ĺ─¨ and priced at $20 each, have become a favorite holiday tradition and are available for purchase at the Cleveland Orchestra Store and several gift shops in greater Cleveland. Contact the Store at (216) 231-7478 for details or shop online at clevelandorchestra.com.
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TICKET SERVICES:
The Severance Hall Ticket Office is located in the Smith Lobby. The entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service parking are along East Boulevard. Single tickets for all concerts in the 2009-10 season are now on sale.

Severance Hall Ticket Office Hours:
M-F 9-6
Sat. 10-6
Closed Sundays and major holidays, except for those days with performances, when the Ticket Office opens three hours prior to the performance start time.

To charge tickets by telephone on American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard, and Visa, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at (216) 231-1111 (Cleveland) or 800-686-1141 during the regular 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.
Tickets for groups of 10 or more are also available for The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s holiday concerts. To order group tickets, visit clevelandorchestra.com; call (216) 231-7463; or email groupsales@clevelandorchestra.com.
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CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA CHRISTMAS CONCERTS

Traditional holiday programs of seasonal music, sing-along selections, and Christmas classics
with choruses and The Cleveland Orchestra.

Friday, December 11, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 3:00 p.m.
Friday, December 18, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 3:00 & 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 3:00 & 7:00 p.m.

Severance Hall

THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA
ROBERT PORCO, conductor
CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA CHORUS (all concerts)
Robert Porco, director
CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA CHILDRENĺ─˘S CHORUS (Dec. 13, 19, and 20 at 3:00 p.m.)
Ann Usher, director
MEMBERS OF THE CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY CHORALE (Dec. 11 and 12)
Brian Bailey, director

The program will include favorites such as O Come, All Ye Faithful, the Hallelujah Chorus from Handelĺ─˘s Messiah, Joy to the World, Sleigh Bells, and White Christmas, among many others.

TICKETS: $33-$63; Box seats $80
Call (216) 231-1111 or 800-686-1141, or order online at clevelandorchestra.com
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EILEEN IVERS ĺ─ý AN IRISH CHRISTMAS

Wednesday, December 16, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.

Severance Hall

Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul
The Cleveland Orchestra
James Feddeck, conductor

The program features Irish fiddle player Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul along with local Irish dancers performing with The Cleveland Orchestra in traditional Irish songs and airs from the 12th century to the present, telling the story of a real Irish Christmas through music and dance.

TICKETS: $33-$63; Box seats $80
Call (216) 231-1111 or 800-686-1141, or order online at clevelandorchestra.com
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BURNING RIVER BRASS

Monday, December 21, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.

Severance Hall

Burning River Brass
Todd Wilson, organ

A holiday favorite, the twelve-piece Burning River Brass ensemble entertains
with its signature style.

TICKETS: $26-$48; Box seats $60
Call (216) 231-1111 or 800-686-1141, or order online at clevelandorchestra.com


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ADDITIONAL CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA HOLIDAY CONCERTS:

HANDELĺ─˘S ĺ─˙MESSIAHĺ─¨

Thursday, December 10, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.

Severance Hall

THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA
ROBERT PORCO, conductor
MARY WILSON, soprano
ANTHONY ROTH COSTANZO, countertenor
ALEK SCHRADER, tenor
JOHN RELYEA, bass-baritone
CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA CHAMBER CHORUS
Robert Porco, director

HANDEL Messiah

Concert Sponsor: National City, Now a part of PNC

TICKETS: $31-$92; Box seats $117
Call (216) 231-1111 or 800-686-1141, or order online at clevelandorchestra.com
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PNC HOLIDAY MUSICAL RAINBOWS
(for children up to age 9)
Friday, December 11, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.
Sunday, December 13, 2009 at 12:30 p.m.
Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall

Music of Chanukah
Carolyn Warner, violin and piano
Stephen Warner, violin
Kathryn Wolfe Sebo, cantor
Maryann Nagel, host
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Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.
Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall
Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 11:00 a.m.
Main Concert Hall at Severance Hall

Christmas Brass Quintet
Jack Sutte, trumpet
Michael Miller, trumpet
Hans Clebsch, horn
Edward Zadrozny, trombone
Ronald Bishop, tuba
Maryann Nagel, host
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Friday, December 18, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.
Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall

All About Kwanzaa
Barbara Eady, storyteller, from the Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers
William Clarence Marshall III, bass
Mell Csicsila, percussion
Andrew Pongracz, percussion
Maryann Nagel, host

TICKETS: $7 General Admission
Call (216) 231-1111 or 800-686-1141, or order online at clevelandorchestra.com

The PNC Musical Rainbow Series is endowed by the Pysht Fund.
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All artists and programs are subject to change.

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Amanda Martinez - Friday, October 23, 2009 at 8 PM, Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory

Toronto, ON. October 8, 2009: A new concert hall, a new recording and a new chapter in the promising career of Canadian Latin-jazz songstress Amanda Martinez begins at Koerner Hall on October 23rd, 2009. Backed by an award winning 6-piece band featuring guitarist Kevin Lalibertłę and special guests including pianist Robi Botos, Martinez will debut a bevy of songs penned for her long-awaited sophomore release, Amor ĺ─ý a disc radiant with the soulful array of original bossa-infused Jazz, Afro-Cuban and Mexican folk songs that have been earning the Toronto-based Martinez rave reviews across the country. The concert will also feature a string quartet led by Vancouver based cellist Harold Birston.

Perhaps best known to Toronto Latin music fans as the charismatic host of the JazzFM.91's Cafe Latino, Amanda Martinez is a staple on the city's Latin live music circuit. Her lustrous vocal stylings and emotive delivery have prompted notable praise from critics including CBC Radio Host Matt Galloway who states her new album Amor is ĺ─˙a tremendously confident leap ahead from her Sola debut; polished but with none of the passion missing. Slow dancing is encouraged."ĺ─«ĺ─«In February 2008, Martinez accepted an invitation to travel with award winning guitarist Jesse Cook to perform at the International Jazz Festival of Dubai and then to New York to perform at Dizzyĺ─˘s Club at Jazz at Lincoln Centre. Her talents have been recognized with the Emerging Artist Award from FACTOR, 3-consecutive National Jazz Award nominations (2007-2009) including Latin Jazz Singer of the Year; and an invitation to make her debut at New Yorkĺ─˘s legendary Blue Note Club this November.

Born in Canada to a Mexican father and South African mother, Amanda grew up in a house that loved music. Although she spent her school years studying classical piano and ballet, Amanda obtained an undergraduate degree in biology and later completed her masterĺ─˘s degree in international business. It was only after her first year as associate director of finance at one of Canadaĺ─˘s leading banks that she made the decision to pursue music professionally. Her debut album ĺ─˙Solaĺ─¨ won Best World Music at the Toronto Independent Music Awards, selling over 6000 copies and becoming Torontoĺ─˘s top selling independent release.

AMANDA MARTINEZ
Friday, October 23, 2009 at 8 pm
Koerner Hall / 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto / Tickets $49.50 - $39.50
Roy Thomson Hall Box Office - 416-872-4255 / www.roythomson.com
The Royal Conservatory Box Office - 416-408-0208 / www.rcmusic.ca

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Lancement de lĺ─˘album Projet Bali X

Bali... RemiX!

Le mercredi 21 octobre prochain au Club Lambi, 4465 Saint-Laurent, un vent de nouveautłę soufflera dans le paysage musical qułębłęcois avec le lancement de Projet Bali X, premier album trł«s attendu du gamelan Giri Kedaton, en rłęsidence łŢ la Facultłę de musique de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal.

Projet Bali X, cĺ─˘est 26 musiciens dĺ─˘ici, un gigantesque ensemble de percussions balinaises, des guitares, des synthłęs tout droit sortis de la guerre des łętoiles, des tambours cubains batłŢ, la batterie frłęnłętique de Jean-Słębastien Nicol, de lĺ─˘łęlectro et des beats, des beats, beaucoup de beats, qui vous cloueront sur votre fauteuil pour un hallucinant voyage entre le soleil chaud de Bali et les planchers de danse enflammłęs de la planł«te!

Aprł«s plus de deux ans de travail acharnłę, le groupe, bien connu du public pour ses interprłętations flamboyantes de musique balinaise traditionnelle, dłęvoile enfin le fruit du travail de 7 crłęateurs montrłęalais, tous membres de Giri Kedaton. Dirigłę par łÔric Vandal, Nino Gabrielli et Gabriel Evangelista, lĺ─˘album comprend 7 morceaux, tous plus audacieux les uns que les autres.

Projet Bali X est un album iconoclaste et łęclectique qui nous transporte dĺ─˘un monde łŢ lĺ─˘autre. Dans ce feu roulant dĺ─˘łęmotions, on passe du surf rock aux rłęminiscences dĺ─˘Ennio Morricone, des rythmes cubains hypnotiques au młętal, de la gentille balade aux technobeats, tout ceci, bien sł¬r, mariłę avec la musique traditionnelle de Bali, que Giri Kedaton pousse łŢ lĺ─˘extrłüme! Avec la gentille permission du quintette britannique, le groupe fait dĺ─˘ailleurs parałĂtre sa propre version de la pił«ce Kid A de Radiohead, adaptłęe pour le gamelan.

Dites adieu łŢ la musique prłędigłęrłęe et aux mił«vreries sirupeuses des radios commerciales... Projet Bali X, un album pour les amateurs de sensations fortes et tous ceux qui souhaitent łütre dłępaysłęs!

Giri Kedatonĺ─«Lancement de lĺ─˘album Projet Bali Xĺ─«
Mercredi 21 octobre 2009 au Club Lambiĺ─«
4465, rue Saint-Laurent (Młętro Mont-Royal)
ĺ─«ł─ partir de 18h / Prestation du groupe łŢ 19h15ĺ─« ĺ─«
En vente dł«s maintenant sur : http://www.espace-emergence.com/giri-kedaton-projet-bali-x.html

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Art & Fine Living with Jona Partners with The Montreal Bach Festival 2009

Proudly promoting music and arts for over a decade!
Program airs:
Sundays at 4pm; Tuesdays at 11pm

Jona Rapoport's radio show, Art & Fine Living with Jona on CJRS 1650 in Montreal, is proud to announce media partnership with the third edition of the Montreal Bach Festival. The festival, inspired by the venerable tradition of the Bach festivals in Europe, runs from November 24th to December 5th , bringing together many of the most prestigious classical music artists on the international stage with the best of the classical music scene in Montreal.

Art & Fine Living with Jona is the brainchild of Montreal radio host and producer, Jona Rapoport, who has contributed to Radio Shalom for over a decade. It is a veritable showcase of some of the world's renowned and emerging talents in music, theatre, cinema, dance, literature, visual and performing art. The show has been lauded as a unique platform which supports the arts through insightful interviews, cultural news, coverage of upscale lifestyle trends and presentation of new releases in classical music and jazz. The show is also a proud media partner of L'Opera de Montreal and the Centaur Theatre Company. Jona Rapoport is also an artist manager and publicist who represents acclaimed American composer Lori Laitman.

Art & Fine Living with Jona has been endorsed by some of Canada's leading cultural institutions and presenters, among them Celebritas, The Centaur Theatre Company, The Montreal Symphony Orchestra, The Opera de Montreal, I Musici and many others.

For more information on the festival's events visit www.bach-academie-montreal.com


Visit Art & Fine Living with Jona at www.radio-shalom.ca.
Visit Jona Rapoport's official website at www.jonarapoport.com

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

Jona's website: www.jonarapoport.com
Radio: www.radio-shalom.ca

Jona Rapoport
Executive Producer/Host

Art & Fine Living with Jona is a veritable showcase of some of the world's renowned and emerging talents in music, theatre, cinema, dance, literature, visual and performing arts. The show has been lauded as a unique platform which supports the arts through insightful interviews, cultural news, coverage of upscale lifestyle trends and presentation of new releases in classical music and jazz.

www.jonarapoport.com

Jona Rapoport
Executive Producer & Hostĺ─«Art & Fine Living with Jonaĺ─« CJRS 1650 AMĺ─« Tel: 514: 488-0246
www.radio-shalom.caĺ─«www.jonarapoport.com

Media Partner of:
ĺ─«The Centaur Theatre Company ĺ─«L'Opera de Montreal
The Montreal Bach Festival 2009

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Vancouver Opera Receives Largest Special-Event Sponsorship in its History

Vancouver Opera Celebrates 50 Years of Spectacular Music with Golden Anniversary Concert & Gala



Vancouver, BC ~ On November 6, 2009, Vancouver Opera will salute 50 years of touching lives with music, drama and spectacle, at a very special celebration: The Golden Anniversary Concert & Gala.

Toasting VOĺ─˘s illustrious past and looking ahead to its shining future, the glamorous evening will celebrate this milestone anniversary with magnificent performances at the Golden Anniversary Concert at the Orpheum Theatre, followed by a Gala Dinner at the historic Commodore Ballroom.


The Golden Anniversary Concert

The Golden Anniversary Concert will feature performances from international and Canadian opera stars, including Tracy Dahl, Brett Polegato, Yalun Zhang, Kimberly Barber, Kathleen Brett, Benjamin Butterfield, Alain Coulombe and Sally Dibblee, with the VO Orchestra and Chorus, all under the baton of VOĺ─˘s music director, Maestro Jonathan Darlington.

The program will include favourites from Puccini, Mozart, Verdi, Bizet, Richard Strauss and Korngold, as well as two very special treats: a sneak-peek at Lillian Alling, a brand-new opera by John Estacio and John Murrell commissioned by VO that will round out the Golden Anniversary celebrations with its world premiere in October 2010; and the ensemble performance of a selection from Johann Straussĺ─˘s beloved and highly entertaining Die Fledermaus. The scene is a party at the home of Prince Orlofsky, where the only rule is that each does according to his or her own taste: ĺ─˙chacun łŢ son goł¬t!ĺ─¨. With surprise guests and, of course, virtuosic singing, this delightful performance will reflect the merriment of the Golden Anniversary celebrations.

Attendees will also view a display of masterful, highly decorative cakes - celebrating VOĺ─˘s Golden Anniversary - from some of the cityĺ─˘s most talented cake artists, including Queen of Tarts, sweet eĺ─˘s, and Cake Tease. Gala Package ticket holders will be treated to an exclusive pre-Concert Cocktail Reception.

The Golden Anniversary Gala

Following the Concert, Gala package ticket holders will continue the celebration at the historic Commodore Ballroom with a sumptuous dinner catered by the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver.

Stars from the opera world will dine alongside attendees, and Associate Conductor and VO Chorus Director Leslie Dala will lead soprano Heather Pawsey and mezzo-soprano Barbara Towell in cabaret-style musical entertainment. Some of the biggest stars in the opera world will make presentations in person and by video link. The eveningĺ─˘s entertainment will include a cross-cultural collaboration of the Japanese and First Nations performance groups Sawagi and Tiqilap.


Tickets

The Golden Anniversary Concert & Gala celebration takes place on Friday, November 6, 2009.

The Concert begins at 7:00pm at the Orpheum Theatre; the Gala begins at 8:30pm at the historic Commodore Ballroom.

Tickets to the Golden Anniversary Concert are $19 - $75 and are available at www.vancouveropera.ca or through the VO Ticket Centre at 604-683-0222.

Gala Package tickets include both the Concert and Gala portions of the evening as well as a private pre-Concert Reception and valet parking. The Gala Package is $650 (includes $300 tax receipt) and is available exclusively through the VO Ticket Centre at 604-683-0222.


Artists and program are subject to change


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Hello,

Vancouver Opera is pleased to recognize the support of Scotiabank Group for the Scotiabank Group Golden Anniversary Concert & Gala. PDF of the news release is attached and text is below. Please let me know if you need any more information.

Many thanks!
Selina
Selina Rajaniĺ─«Communications Manager | Vancouver Operaĺ─«ĺ─«T. 604-331-4824ĺ─«835 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC V6B 2P4ĺ─«www.vancouveropera.caĺ─«ĺ─«ĺ─«Celebrating Vancouver Operaĺ─˘s Golden Anniversary Season 2009 ĺ─ý 2010ĺ─«GALA CONCERT & DINNER | NORMA | NIXON IN CHINA | THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO | MADAMA BUTTERFLYĺ─«ĺ─«VOIS ON TOUR: JACK PINE
VO Receives Largest Special-Event Sponsorship in its History for Scotiabank Group Golden Anniversary Concert & Gala
VANCOUVER OPERA
NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Vancouver, BC ~ Vancouver Opera is proud to recognize the support of Scotiabank Group for the Scotiabank Group Golden Anniversary Concert & Gala on November 6, 2009, celebrating 50 years of touching lives with music, drama and spectacle.

Scotiabank Group is the title sponsor for this very special celebration with a generous Diamond Level contribution of $100,000. This is the largest special-event sponsorship in the history of Vancouver Opera.

ĺ─˙We are extremely grateful to Scotiabank Group for its generosity on this very special occasion,ĺ─¨ said VOĺ─˘s General Director James W. Wright. ĺ─˙We are thrilled to have them on board as we toast VOĺ─˘s illustrious past and shining future. Through its support of this special fundraising celebration, Scotiabank Group shows that it recognizes the value of all that Vancouver Opera has brought to the community over five decades: exciting mainstage productions, popular education and touring programs that have reached more than 1.6 million children, and innovative community-engagement events that directly connect this marvelous art form to peopleĺ─˘s lives. This sponsorship also showcases Scotiabank Groupĺ─˘s commitment to our community and province, for which we are all very grateful.ĺ─¨

Scotiabank Group Golden Anniversary Concert & Gala information

Vancouver Opera invites all to celebrate this milestone season with a sublime evening of sumptuous dining, gracious company and magnificent performances.

The Scotiabank Group Golden Anniversary Concert & Gala celebration takes place on Friday, November 6, 2009.

The Concert begins at 7:00pm at the Orpheum Theatre; the Gala begins at 8:30pm at the historic Commodore Ballroom.

Tickets to the Scotiabank Group Golden Anniversary Concert are $19 - $75 and are available at www.vancouveropera.ca or through the VO Ticket Centre at 604-683-0222.

Gala Package tickets include both the Concert and Gala portions of the evening as well as a private pre-Concert Reception. The Gala Package is $650 (includes $300 tax receipt) and is available exclusively through the VO Ticket Centre at 604-683-0222.

Artists and program are subject to change

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Hold the Dates! Altera Vitae Productions Presents Bent

By Martin Sherman
Directed by Carolyn Fe

Mark these dates in your fall calendar

Thursday, Nov. 5 ĺ─ý Sunday, Nov. 15, 2009
Bent is a story of acceptance, tolerance and love in the wrong place and time.

With: Vance De Waele, Yves Jacquier, Adam LeBlanc, Christopher Moore, Serge Turcotte and Mark Waters

Altera Vitae ĺ─ý helping those who need to be heard
Each Altera Vitae production is partnered with a community organisation whose mandate is similar to the theme of the play. For this production, Altera Vitae is proud to support GRIS, an organisation that provides a judgment free environment for teens coming out of the closet.

Bent
Altera Vitae Productions
At Espace 4001 (formerly Geordie Space)
4001 Berri (corner of Duluth)

Tuesday to Sunday, 8:00 pm
Matinees: Saturday and Sunday, 2:00 pm
Two-for-one: November 7 and 8 matinees
Tickets: 514-823-8823 or purchase online at http://www.alteravitae.com/projects.html

www.alteravitae.com
Join them on Facebook under Altera Vitae Productions

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Regards croisłęs sur Darius Milhaud

5 novembre 2009, 13h00
Facultłę de musique de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal
Salle Serge-Garant (B-484)

Montrłęal, le 5 octobre 2009 ĺ─ý Dans le cadre de ses activitłęs de diffusion de recherche, l'Observatoire international de la crłęation et des cultures musicales (OICCM) prłęsente une journłęe d'łętude sur Darius Milhaud, le 5 novembre 2009 entre 13h et 17h, łŢ la salle Serge-Garant (B-484) de la Facultłę de musique de l'Universitłę de Montrłęal (200, Vincent d'Indy, młętro łÔdouard-Montpetit). Admission libre.

Acteur principal de la modernitłę musicale franł▀aise, Milhaud occupe pourtant une place płęriphłęrique dans l'historiographie contemporaine. Associłęe łŢ l'łęphłęmł«re mais incontournable Groupe des Six, łŢ la polytonalitłę et au nłęoclassicisme, son ëýuvre monumentale et protłęiforme, dont une grande part demeure encore aujourd'hui młęconnue, s'accorde mal avec l'łętroitesse des łętiquettes. L'łęvłęnement, organisłę par Franł▀ois de Młędicis, Jacinthe Harbec et Marie-Noł┤lle Lavoie sera l'occasion d'en explorer quelques aspects tout en favorisant les łęchanges sur les orientations actuelles de la recherche milhaudienne.

Confłęrenciers invitłęs
Les intervenants de cette journłęe seront : Audrłęe Descheneaux (doctorante, Universitłę de Montrłęal), Jacinthe Harbec (professeure, Universitłę de Sherbrooke), Barbara Kelly (professeure, Keele University, RU), Marie-Noł┤lle Lavoie (doctorante, Universitłę de Montrłęal), Pascal Lłęcroart (małĂtre de confłęrences, Universitłę de Franche-Comtłę, Fr), Jens Rosteck (musicologue et łęcrivain, Nice, Fr).

L'Observatoire international de la crłęation et des cultures musicales
L'OICCM est un groupe de recherche interuniversitaire et international qui travaille sur les thłęmatiques głęnłęrales de la crłęation et des cultures musicales. Cette łęquipe compte dłęjłŢ prł«s d'une vingtaine de chercheurs qułębłęcois, canadiens et łętrangers. L'OICCM est conł▀u pour permettre le dłęveloppement de la recherche en musicologie, ethnomusicologie, composition instrumentale et łęlectroacoustique. Il regroupe trois laboratoires : le Laboratoire musique, histoire et sociłętłę (LMHS), le Laboratoire informatique acoustique et musique (LIAM) ainsi que le Laboratoire de recherche sur les musiques du monde (LRMM).

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Yuja Wang Named Gramophone's 2009 Young Artist of the Year

October 2, 2009 ĺ─ý Gramophone magazine today announced that twenty-two year old pianist Yuja Wang has been named the Classic FM Gramophone Awards 2009 Young Artist of the Year. The Gramophone Awards are widely regarded as the most important and influential classical music awards. The awards were announced earlier today in London at a ceremony hosted by Gramophone magazine's Editor-in-chief James Jolly, Editor James Inverne and British soprano Elizabeth Watts. For a complete list of award winners visit http://www.gramophone.co.uk/.

Yuja Wang is an exclusive artist for Deutsche Grammophon. Her debut album, Sonatas & Etudes, released in the spring of 2009 "suggests a combination of blazing technique and a rare instinct for poetry." [Gramophone] The recording includes works by Chopin, Ligeti, Scriabin and Liszt. Yuja will make her Carnegie Hall orchestral debut performing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 2 with the Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Charles Dutoit on Tuesday, October 13 at 8:00 p.m.

Recognized for playing that combines the spontaneity and fearless imagination of youth with the discipline and precision of a mature artist, Yuja is noted for her authority over the most complex technical demands of the repertoire, the depth of her musical insight, as well as her fresh interpretations and graceful, charismatic stage presence. She has been praised for her controlled, prodigious technique and her command of the piano has been described as "astounding" and "superhuman."

In the few short years since her 2005 debut with the National Arts Center Orchestra led by Pinchas Zukerman, for which the Canadian press reported "a star is born," Yuja has already performed with many of the world's prestigious orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony, Boston Symphony, Chicago Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Symphony, New World Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Pittsburgh Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony, in the U.S., and abroad with the Tonhalle Orchestra, China Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Nagoya Philharmonic, the NHK Symphony in Tokyo and Orchestra Mozart, among others. In 2006 she made her New York Philharmonic debut at the Bravo! Vail Music Festival and performed with the orchestra the following season under Lorin Maazel during the Philharmonic's Japan/Korea visit. That same season she performed in Leeds, U.K., and toured the Netherlands with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic led by Yuri Temirkanov. In 2008 Yuja toured the United States with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields led by Sir Neville Marriner and in 2009 she performed as a soloist with the You Tube Symphony Orchestra led by Michael Tilson Thomas at Carnegie Hall. This past summer Yuja opened the Lucerne Festival performing Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 conducted by Claudio Abbado. She has given recitals in major cities throughout North America and abroad, is a dedicated performer of chamber music, and makes regular appearances at festivals including the Aspen Festival, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, the Gilmore Festival, the Schleswig Holstein Festival and the Verbier Festival.

Yuja's 2009-10 North American season includes four performances with the Philadelphia Orchestra led by Charles Dutoit at the Kimmel Center prior to her Carnegie Hall debut. This season she will also make her Kimmel Center recital debut, appear as soloist with the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra and Russian National Orchestra during their U.S. tours, and perform with the Indianapolis Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, and the New World Symphony. She will also perform the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon's piano concerto with the National Symphony Orchestra led by Andrew Litton and give recitals in San Francisco, Vancouver, Detroit, and Washington DC, among other cities.

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Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie make their Fleck Dance Theatre debut with LIVING DANCES

An Evening of Contemporary Kudelka
November 4-7, 2009

For their Fleck Dance Theatre debut, internationally renowned Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie (CLC) will present an evening of dance, including a world premiere and a Toronto premiere, featuring an all-contemporary programme of works by resident choreographer James Kudelka.

Montreal transplants, now based in Regent Park, Coleman and Lemieux, want to open a dialogue with Toronto! They have decided to do this by presenting a collection of contemporary works that James Kudelka, former artistic director of the National Ballet of Canada, is not particularly known for.

The world premiere, which will be performed first, is created for Bill Coleman and award-winning counter-tenor Daniel Taylor. LIVING DANCES also includes Soudain, l'hiver dernier (1987), which the Village Voice called "extremely moving" in 2007; a revisioned In Paradisum (1983), the company's flagship piece; and solo for Laurence Lemieux, See #1 (2007), the first in the series of See, which will receive its Toronto premiere.

Both Coleman and Lemieux have proven a muse for Kudleka, but it is their artistry and celebration of life that brought them back together after working together at Toronto Dance Theatre in the 90s.

Incorporated as Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie in 2000, but married in 1995, their life and their work is all about collaboration: between performance and choreography, urban and rural, stage and community, tradition and innovation, art . . . and the wider world!

Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie
present
LIVING DANCES
An Evening of Contemporary Kudelka
Performed by Kate Alton, Val Calam, Bill Coleman, Luke Garwood, Andrew Giday, Jones Henry,
Laurence Lemieux, Michael Sean Marye, Graham McKelvie and Christianne Ullmark
Daniel Taylor and the Theatre of Early Music ensemble
Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West, Harbourfront Centre
Wednesday, November 4 - Saturday, November 7, 2009
Tickets: $35-45
Student/Seniors: $25
Harbourfront Centre Flex Pass $33-43
Box Office: 416.973.4000 or www.harbourfrontcentre.com
Presented in association with Harbourfront Centre
WWW.COLEMANLEMIEUX.COM

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Release: Laitman's "Four Dickinson Songs" on YCA Winner Jeanine De Bique's Debut Recitals

October 4, 2009 - One of composer Lori Laitman's most frequently performed song cycles, "Four Dickinson Songs," will be presented at The Kennedy Center and Merkin Hall in the debut recitals of Trinidadian soprano Jeanine De Bique. De Bique was the winner of the 2008-2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions and also YCA's Paul A. Fish Memorial First Prize. De Bique will be accompanied by the renowned pianist Warren Jones, who recorded the cycle on Dreaming, Laitman's second solo CD (2003, Albany Records).

Lori Laitman is one of America's most prolific and widely performed composers of vocal music. She has composed nearly 200 songs, setting the words of classical and contemporary poets from Emily Dickinson to Richard Wilbur. "It is difficult to think of anyone before the public today who equals her exceptional gifts for embracing a poetic text and giving it new and deeper life through music." (The Journal of Singing)

Laitman's new opera, The Scarlet Letter, premiered in 2008 to rave reviews. "Composer Lori Laitman has written gorgeous music that works hand-in-glove with the words of librettist David Mason and underpins the very essence of this psychological-social drama...the few arias are at key moments and are stunningly effective." (The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette). The opera, commissioned by The University of Central Arkansas, is based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's literary masterpiece, as adapted by award-winning poet David Mason. Mason and Laitman are continuing as collaborators on a new opera, based on Mason's verse novel, Ludlow. Currently they are working on Vedem, a Holocaust oratorio which tells the story of the boys at Terezłén and their secret journal. Vedem was commissioned by Music of Remembrance and will premiere at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA on May 10, 2010.

Music of Remembrance also commissioned Laitman's song cycle The Seed of Dream, released on Naxos to critical acclaim. The cycle sets the poetry of Vilna Ghetto survivor Abraham Sutzkever. Dr. Sharon Mabry, in The Journal of Singing, pronounced the work "a masterpiece that should not be missed!"

Since launching her career in 1991, Laitman's music has been performed frequently in the US and abroad. Some recent U.S. venues include The Frye Art Music and Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA; The Kennedy Center and The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC; Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Hall in New York, NY; The Granada in Santa Barbara, CA and The USC Fisher Museum in Los Angeles, CA. Her discography also continues to grow, with releases on Albany Records, Naxos, Channel Classics and other labels, showcasing the talents of some of today's top musicians, among them Jennifer Check, Sari Gruber, Warren Jones, Maureen McKay, Robert McPherson, Lee Poulis, Barbara Quintiliani, Randall Scarlata and William Sharp. Laitman frequently travels to universities and festivals to present master classes on her music.

Within These Spaces, Laitman's latest solo CD released in May 2009, is receiving exceptional praise: "This is music of depth and richness that connects with the soul." (American Record Guide); "Her affinity for the voiceĺ─Âis beyond doubtĺ─Âher songs represent outpourings of great beauty." (Fanfare Magazine). Gramophone Magazine called Laitman's Becoming a Redwood: "An extraordinarily impressive achievementĺ─Â[which indicates] increasing evidence of a major talent. Lori Laitman's beautiful, sensitively crafted songs deserve to be performed widely." In a review of her 2000 release, Mystery, Opera News says: "Composer Lori Laitman knows how to let the voice soar and exploreĺ─Âspinning lyrical neo-romantic vocal lines over shifting post-modern sonorities." A Journal of Singing review says of her 2003 album, Dreaming: "This is a stunning collection of widely varied songs by one of the finest art song composers on the scene today...Lori Laitman deservedly stands shoulder to shoulder with Ned Rorem for her uncommon sensitivity to text, her loving attention to the human voice and its capabilities, and her extraordinary palette of musical colors and gestures."

Laitman graduated magna cum laude from Yale College and received her Master of Music degree in flute performance from The Yale School of Music. Her recordings are available on her website, www.artsongs.com, as well as Amazon and ITunes.

Laitman is represented by Jona Rapoport Artist Management.

Recital Details:

October 25, 2009, 2pm: Terrace Theater, The Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. Tickets: $30.

November 3, 2009, 7:30 pm: With Guest Artist, YCA Alumnus Daniel Phillips, violist., Merkin Concert Hall, 129 W. 57th Street, NY, NY. Tickets: $40, $25, $10 (Discounted tickets can be purchased at the box office or by calling 212-501-3330).

Visit Lori Laitman's Official Website:
www.artsongs.com

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North Toronto Institute of Music's Mary Kenedi produces Monster Concert extravaganza - Massey Hall, Saturday, October 31, 2009, at 3 p.m.

NORTH TORONTO MUSIC MAVEN
PULLING OUT ALL STOPS FOR SICK KIDS FUNDRAISER!
North Toronto Institute of Musicĺ─˘s Mary Kenedi produces Monster Concert extravaganza.
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

Friday, October 2, 2009 ĺ─ý If there is one thing that North Toronto Institute of Musicĺ─˘s founder, Mary Kenedi knows something about, it is that you never give up on a dream. The tireless concert pianist, recording artist and educator has embarked on realizing a very personal aspiration ĺ─ý one that involves 10 Steinway grand pianos, 50 pianists and one of the worldĺ─˘s most famous concert halls. At 3:00pm on Saturday, October 31st the dream becomes reality when Mary Kenedi along with NTIM faculty and students present a Halloween-themed Monster Concert at Massey Hall in support of SickKids Foundation.

ĺ─˙I wanted to do something special to inspire my students,ĺ─¨ explains Kenedi, ĺ─˙and having taken part in the RCMĺ─˘s Massey Hall Monster Concert almost 20-years ago, I knew that this experience would be something these children would remember for a lifetime. My hope is that this event could possibly even change someoneĺ─˘s life, be it through inspiration or through the funds we will raise for the SickKids Foundationĺ─¨.

Kenediĺ─˘s infectious enthusiasm for the fundraiser has helped her land some impressive support with Luba Goy, star of the much-loved CBC comedy series Royal Canadian Air Farce signing on to host; and Maestro William Shokhoff conducting. Shokhoff, who is widely known for his 8-year stint as conductor of the house orchestra for the long-running Toronto production of the Phantom of the Opera, is no stranger to the monster concert model, having famously conducted a classical fundraiser in the White House at the personal request of former first-lady Rosalyn Carter.

The NTIM Monster Concert promises an impressive evening of music featuring popular works by Gottschalk, Rossini, Liszt, Saint-Saens and Bizet along with a few surprises for music fans of every age. It 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.

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.

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.


About THE NORTH TORONTO INSTITUTE OF MUSIC

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.

About MARY KENEDI

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.

About ECHIQUIER RECORDS

Mary Kenediĺ─˘s most recent recording, A Voice Not Stilled, produced by her own record label Echiquier Records, showcases the incredible spirit of another remarkable woman. The title recording is based on themes by Gabriella Kolliner, a fellow Hungarian who perished in Auschwitz. Gabriellaĺ─˘s nephew, Peter Kolliner first documented his Auntĺ─˘s childhood melodies upon hearing them as remembered by his father. Peter went on to commission composer Michael Easton to create a musical canvas for these deeply cherished family treasures. The stunning result, A Voice Not Stilled (2000) Sinfonia Concertante for piano and orchestra debuted in Peterĺ─˘s native Australia.

Mutual acquaintance would later unite Peter Kolliner with Kenedi, who was instrumental in orchestrating the European and Hungarian premiere. Peter Kolliner traveled to Europe to meet Kenedi for the first time, and to hear her perform the piece with The North Czech Philharmonic, under the direction of conductor Charles Olivieri-Munroe. This stunning live performance of is captured on this breathtaking new disc. For more information or to purchase copies of the CD please visit www.marykenedi.com.

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The Cleveland Orchestra presents ĺ─˙The Trusty Tromboneĺ─¨ Musical Rainbow concerts on October 30 and 31 in Severance Hallĺ─˘s Reinberger Chamber Hall

CLEVELAND, September 30, 2009 ĺ─ý Retired Cleveland Orchestra trombonist Allen Kofsky will introduce children ages 3-6 to ĺ─˙The Trusty Tromboneĺ─¨ in the October 30 and 31 PNC Musical Rainbow concerts, held in Severance Hallĺ─˘s Reinberger Chamber Hall. Local actress and singer Maryann Nagel hosts the 30-minute, age-appropriate programs, which include narration, demonstration, short solo selections, and audience participation.

The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s Musical Rainbow concerts have a new sponsor this season. As part of PNCĺ─˘s Grow Up Great initiative in Cleveland, they are sponsoring the Musical Rainbows Series for preschoolers as well as a wide range of other activities and programs designed to give very young children ĺ─˙A Great Early Start in the Arts.ĺ─¨ PNC Musical Rainbow programs introduce very young children to the instruments of the orchestra, one at a time.

Friday, October 30, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Reinberger Chamber Hall at Severance Hall

PNC Musical Rainbow: ĺ─˙The Trusty Tromboneĺ─¨ (ages 3-6)

ALLEN KOFSKY, trombone
MARYANN NAGEL, host
LAURA SILVERMAN, piano

The PNC Musical Rainbow Series is endowed by the Pysht Fund.

TICKETS: $7 for adults and children; general admission
To order tickets by phone, call (216) 231-1111. Tickets are also available online at clevelandorchestra.com.

PARKING ĺ─ý For PNC Musical Rainbow concerts at Severance Hall, Standard Parking provides parking in the underground garage adjacent to Severance Hall at a special Rainbow Concert rate of $4.50 per vehicle. Clearly marked school buses and vans may park for free on the west side of East Boulevard. Metered parking is also available on some side streets near Severance Hall.

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The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s PNC Musical Rainbow Series is part of a broad array of educational programs designed to foster a love of music and a lifetime of participation in the musical arts. Other programs include Cleveland Orchestra Family Concerts for ages 7 and up, Cleveland Orchestra Education Concerts (which bring more than 25,000 school children to Severance Hall each year), the Learning Through Music school partnership program, Concert Previews and Music Study Groups for adults, and several programs to nurture aspiring young musicians (Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, Youth Chorus, and Childrenĺ─˘s Chorus). For more information, call the Orchestraĺ─˘s Educational and Community Programs Department at (216) 231-7355.

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Jesse Harris with very special guest Jillian Lebeck Quartet

Thursday, October 29th, 2009 at 8 PM / Glenn Gould Studio
Tickets on sale to FriendsFirst members Thursday, October 1 at noon;
to the Public on Friday, October 2 at 10 AM
$34.50 - Call 416-872-4255 or online at www.roythomson.com
or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

Toronto, ON. Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - Jesse Harris rose to fame when millions of music lovers discovered his Grammy Award winning song "Don't Know Why" on Norah Jones's debut album Come Away With Me. Since then he has been leading many different projects and has been collaborating with a wide range of artists. Recently, he wrote and recorded the score for the Ethan Hawke movie "The Hottest State" which soundtrack features versions of Harris songs by artists such as Willie Nelson, Norah Jones and Brad Mehldau.

After over a year of touring as a duo, playing the 6-string banjo (tuned like a guitar) with a Brazilian-based percussionist, Jesse Harris decided to make that surprisingly full and efficient instrumentation the foundation of his new album Watching The Sky. Expanding upon the rhythmic direction of his previous release, Feel, this new recording is centered around the backbone percussion of Mauro Refosco (David Byrne, Bebel Gilberto) who also plays vibes, marimba, and keyboards; and augmented by the versatile bass and guitar playing of his old pal from Jesse's earlier band The Ferdinandos, Tony Scherr (Bill Frisell, Willie Nelson).

For this exceptional concert, Jesse is joined by the Jillian Lebeck Quartet. Jillian is a Vancouver-based vocalist, pianist and songwriter known as one of the freshest and most dynamic new voices in Canada. Jillian has performed across the world and opened for the legendary saxophonist Joe Lovano, among others. Her vocal and songwriting influences range from Keren Ann to Ron Sexsmith and Rufus Wainright, while her piano influences draw from instrumentalists such as Paul Bley and Keith Jarrett. Lebeck favours simple, subtle melodies which lead to inventive and smart improvisation.

In the true spirit of collaboration, Jillian and Jesse will be joining each other on their respective sets to perform together! For information about these dynamic artists please visit their websites at www.jesseharrismusic.com and www.jillianlebeck.com.

JESSE HARRIS
With Very Special Guest Jillian Lebeck Quartet
Thursday, October 29 2009 at 8 pm / Glenn Gould Studio
250 Front Street West, Toronto
Tickets $34.50 - Call 416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office
www.roythomson.com

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Tchaikovsky Piano Trio No. 50 &ĺ─«Rachmaninov Trio łęlłęgiaqueĺ─«All-Star Trio Collaborate on Pianistĺ─˘s First Chamber Music Recording Released onĺ─«October 20


Rebecca Davis PR Presents Lang Lang









NEW YORK, NY ĺ─ý On October 20th, Deutsche Grammophon will release a recording which reveals a side of pianist Lang Langĺ─˘s prodigious talent rarely heard beforeĺ─ţhis finesse as a collegial interpreter of chamber music. In this, his first chamber music recording, Lang Lang revisits two stellar exponents of Russiaĺ─˘s Romantic musical soul, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov. Making the news of Lang Langĺ─˛s first ever chamber music recording bigger is the fact that he is joined by two giants of the violin and cello: Vadim Repin and Mischa Maisky. Lang Lang could not be in better company to reveal the inexhaustible inventiveness of Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Piano Trio No. 50 in A minor or the tender consolations of Rachmaninovĺ─˘s Trio łęlłęgiaque in G-minor, a short early masterpiece composed before Rachmaninov was twenty.

People have often bracketed Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s great A minor Trio together with RacRebecca Davis Public Relations presents Lang Langhmaninovĺ─˘s first Trio łęlłęgiaque, and in Lang Langĺ─˘s view this is appropriate. Rachmaninovĺ─˘s teenage work reflects a huge influence by the older composer, he says, and the trios inhabit the same emotional world: ĺ─˙Both works are tragic, but what really makes you cry is their beauty.ĺ─¨ Lang Lang, Mischa Maisky and Vadim Repin first performed these works together at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland on July 21st of this year. ĺ─˙We are trying to live through them together,ĺ─¨ says Repin. ĺ─˙This is our essential preparation for the recording.ĺ─¨

This concert may have been their first joint foray, but the chemistry is already good. It needs to be, since their personalities are big, their backgrounds are diverse, and ĺ─ý with Maisky at 61, Repin at 38, and Lang Lang at 27 ĺ─ý they effectively represent three generations. The ebullient Maisky, born in Riga, has had a highly unconventional career: his inbuilt rebelliousness led to his being put in jail by the Soviet authorities, then in a work camp, then in a mental hospital, before what he calls his ĺ─˙repatriationĺ─¨ in 1972 to Israel, from where his career as a soloist and chamber player took off. Repin, whose playing is now routinely compared with that of his hero David Oistrakh, only gravitated to the violin because when he was five and wanted to attend the music school in his hometown of Novosibirsk, the one available place was for that instrument. Lang Langĺ─˘s well-documented rise from obscure provincial origins in China has catapulted him into non-stop global orbit: he brings not only a different generational approach to this music, but a profoundly different cultural perspective as well. ĺ─˙Lang Langĺ─˘s youthfulness makes his playing shine, as though itĺ─˘s full of light,ĺ─¨ says Repin. ĺ─˙Mischa and I are trying to harness that quality.ĺ─¨

In the past ten years, Lang Lang has become an international phenomenon, playing sold out recitals and concerts in cities around the world. His influence and status in China has helped to inspire over 35 million Chinese children to learn to play pianoĺ─ţa phenomenon dubbed by NBCĺ─˘s The Today Show as "the Lang Lang effect." Earlier this year, Time magazine included Lang Lang in its 2009 list of the "100 Most Influential People in the World."

On October 27th, just a week after the release of this recording, Lang Lang will perform the Tchaikovsky Trio at Carnegie Hall with emerging and established Chinese and Chinese-American musicians in a program entitled ĺ─˙Lang Lang and Friends.ĺ─¨ This concert is one of three in which Lang Lang will star during Carnegieĺ─˘s expansive Ancient Paths, Modern Voices: A Festival Celebrating Chinese Culture presented together with the Philharmonic Society of Orange County in Costa Mesa, California. ĺ─˙Lang Lang and Friendsĺ─¨ will also be presented there on November 3rd. These engagements are part of a busy performing schedule for Lang Lang in the US this fall which also includes appearances in Denver, Seattle, Los Angeles and Washington DC before the end of November.

For more information about this recording, please visit: ĺ─«www.deutschegrammophon.com/langlang-repin-maisky
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Lang Lang in Performance USA Fall 2009

October 27, 2009
New York Carnegie Hallĺ─«
Lang Lang and Friends: Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Bizet & Chinese Piecesĺ─«ĺ─«

October 28, 2009
New York Carnegie Hallĺ─«
Chen: Piano Concerto, Julliard Orchestra , Michael Tilson Thomas

October 30th
Denver Boettcher Concert Hallĺ─«
Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 3, Colorado Symphony, Jeffrey Kahane

November 1, 2009
Seattle Benaroya Hall ĺ─«
Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 2 , Seattle Symphony, Gerard Schwartz

November 3, 2009
Segerstrom Hall (Orange County Performing Arts Center)ĺ─«
Lang Lang and Friends: Schubert, Tchaikovsky, Bizet & Chinese Pieces

November 8, 2009
Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hallĺ─«
Beethoven: Piano Sonata op. 2; Piano Sonata op. 57; Albłęniz: "Iberia" Book 1; Prokofiev: Piano Sonata op. 83

November 10, 2009
New York Carnegie Hallĺ─«
Tan Dun: Piano Concerto, China Philharmonic, Long Yu

November 13, 2009
Washington Kennedy Center ĺ─«
Beethoven: Piano Concerto no. 1; Prokofiev: Piano Concerto no. 3 National Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton

November 14, 2009
Purchase SUNY Purchase College / Performing Arts Centerĺ─«
Beethoven: Piano Sonata op. 2; Piano Sonata op. 57; Albłęniz: "Iberia" Book 1; Prokofiev: Piano Sonata op. 83

ĺ─«Vadim Repin in Performance USA Fall 2009ĺ─«ĺ─«

October 28-31, 2009
San Francisco Davies Symphony Hallĺ─«
Sibelius: Violin Concerto, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vłžnskłž

November 5-7, 2009
Washington Kennedy Centerĺ─«
Brahms: Violin Concerto, National Symphony Orchestra, Alexander Vedernikov

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Afro Cuban All Stars

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 8 PM / Massey Hall
$69.50 - $39.50 - Call 416-872-4255 or online at www.masseyhall.com
Or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

Toronto, ON. Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - The Washington Post proclaims, ĺ─˙The Afro Cuban All Stars continue to meld the hard-won experience of old masters with the energy and enthusiasm of a new generation of Cuban musicians....[They play] a sizzling sonic stew laced with sleek rhythms, searing horns, sharp percussion and sensuous vocals.ĺ─¨ After a 3-year absence, renowned bandleader Juan de Marcos leads his four-time Grammy-nominated, multi-generational band as it serves up an authentic taste of Havana in a feast of Cubaĺ─˘s unique and addictive sounds at Massey Hall on Tuesday, October 27th, 2009.

The Afro Cuban All Stars were first brought together by Juan De Marcos, the leader of the son group Sierra Maestra, and original member of the Buena Vista Social Club. Determined to preserve the traditions of early Cuban music, singer-guitarist De Marcos saw this landmark project as an opportunity to invite listeners to explore the rich musical heritage of the island, by showing the world the diversity, continuity, and vitality of Cuban music. Since coming together with Nick Gold of the London-based World Circuit record label in 1997, the Afro Cuban All Stars have become an undeniable force in the global revival of Afro-Cuban music, making producer Juan De Marcos one of the most important figures in Cuban music today.

The Afro Cuban All Stars, a power-house, dream ensemble, comprised of four generations of Cubaĺ─˘s finest musicians not only capture the fiery big band sound of pre-Castro, 1950s Cuba, but also continue to break barriers with brand-new arrangements that celebrate Cubaĺ─˘s fantastic musical legacy of Latin dance music, mambo, cha cha, salsa, rumba, son montuno, timba, guajira, danzłän, abakuł░, and bolero. The first Afro Cuban All Stars album, A Toda Cuba le Gusta, recorded shortly before the Buena Vista Social Clubĺ─˘s groundbreaking album, with many of the same musicians in both recordings, pays homage to the legendary soneros of the 1940s and 1950s and it is through these two projects Juan de Marcos rekindled the world's fascination with traditional Cuban music.

Named the best ĺ─˙Beyond Bandĺ─¨ by Jazz Magazine, members of the All Stars have garnered tremendous recognition with numerous award-winning albums, including the Grammy Award-winning The Buena Vista Social Club, which inspired an Academy Award-nominated documentary of the same name.

AFRO CUBAN ALL STARS
Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 8 pm / Massey Hall
178 Victoria Street, Toronto
Tickets $69.50 - $39.50 - Call 416-872-4255
www.masseyhall.com

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Canada Day Ensemble, York U Jazz at Noon Oct 27

Jazz at Noon with Harris Eisenstadtĺ─˘s ensemble, Canada Dayĺ─«ĺ─«

Harris Eisenstadt is a Toronto-born, Brooklyn-based jazz drummer and composer. He brings his ĺ─˛Canada Dayĺ─˘ ensemble to Toronto to promote the bandĺ─˘s eponymous debut recording.ĺ─«ĺ─«

This release - Eisenstadtĺ─˘s eighth as a bandleader - documents his book of originals for Canada Day, developed at gigs around New York and beyond. Itĺ─˘s built around the specific personalities of the band members - trumpeter Nate Wooley, saxophonist Matt Bauder, vibraphonist Chris Dingman and bassist Eivind Opsvik ĺ─ý with whom Eisenstadt has been performing since 2005.ĺ─«ĺ─«

ĺ─˙Iĺ─˘m proudly Canadian, and happy to name my band after my country,ĺ─¨ writes Eisenstadt in the album liner notes. The band got its name when its first gig with this permanent line-up fell on July 1st. Two of the tracks, ĺ─˙Halifaxĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙Every Day is Canada Day,ĺ─¨ are dedicated to Canada, while the others take their inspiration from outdoor bathing, life on tour and a line from Isaac Bashevis Singerĺ─˘s book, Shadows on the Hudson, among other things.ĺ─«ĺ─«

Nominated for up-and-coming artist of the year or 2009 by the international Jazz Journalists Association, "Harris Eisenstadt is strong proof that jazz is still young and growing" (L.A. Weekly). Critics have called him "a rising presence as a composer of note" (AllAboutJazz.com), and "vital and increasingly influential" (jazzreview.com).

ĺ─«ĺ─«A highly versatile and prolific musician, Eisenstadtĺ─˘s eclectic resume includes studies with some of the most respected names in both improvised music and West African drumming, and performances in genres ranging from film and theatre to poetry and dance, contemporary classical music and opera. Most active in jazz and improvised music, he has performed all over the globe and has appeared on more than 35 recordings over the past decade. His latest, Guewel (Clean Feed, 2008), was named one of the yearĺ─˘s best in publications such as AllAboutJazz.com, Time Out New York and the Village Voice.

ĺ─«ĺ─«ĺ─«York U Jazz at Noon with Harris Eisenstadtĺ─˘s ensemble, Canada Dayĺ─«

When: October 27, 12:30pmĺ─«

Where: Martin Family Lounge, 219 Accolade East Building, York University, 4700 Keele Street. [Map]ĺ─«

Admission: Freeĺ─« Information: 416-736-2100x22926 www.yorku.ca/finearts/music/events

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Continuum Contemporary Music presents start : stop Launching Continuumĺ─˘s 25th season

Sunday, October 25, 2009, 8 pm at The Music Gallery
Part of the Music Galleryĺ─˘s Xavant Festival

Toronto, October 1, 2009: Continuum Contemporary Music celebrates its 25th anniversary this season, beginning with start : stop on Sunday October 25th at the Music Gallery. The eveningĺ─˘s program examines beginnings and endings, and things between and beyond: a definition of Continuum.

Chris Paul Harmanĺ─˘s Incipits distills Domenico Scarlattiĺ─˘s keyboard sonatas into a sense of perpetual inception; Samuel Andreyev dissolves and truncates in Stopping. Between the beginning and the end is the fluttering state of energy of Encore/Da Capo by Italian composer Luca Francesconi and the propulsive rhythms of Juan Trigosĺ─˘s Pulsaciłän y Resonancias. Beyond are the subtly shifting colours of Fuhong Shiĺ─˘s Emanations. These last two pieces were discovered in Continuumĺ─˘s 2007 biennial Call for Scores. Continuumĺ─˘s ensemble is joined by Colleen Cook (bass clarinet), Diane Leung (viola), Paul Rogers (double bass), and Mark Duggan (percussion), with David Fallis conducting.

The composers and works
ĺ─ó Canadian composer Chris Paul Harman writes, ĺ─˙An incipit is the series of words that appears at the beginning of a poem or other literary piece. The term is also applied to music where one may view the opening measure or measures of a piece of music in the context of an index. In this work Incipits, I postulated what it might be like if a musician seated at the piano never cared to leave the index page of musical examples -- that is to say what if this reference page was a complete musical statement in and of itself?ĺ─¨ The resulting work by Chris Paul Harman follows his interest in recent years in working in sections ĺ─ý creating full and complete statements sometimes in under one minute.
ĺ─ó ĺ─˙The tension between continuation and cessation forms the crux of Stopping,ĺ─¨ writes oboist, composer and poet Samuel Andreyev. Written for two vibraphones because of the potential for treating attack, resonance and the cessation of sound, the work is made up of gestures that are strongly inclined to their own dissolution. Stopping contains sudden proliferations of seemingly alien material, which are just as likely to disappear as to dominate.
ĺ─ó Born in 1956, Luca Francesconi has studied composition with Karlheinz Stockhausen and Luciano Berio. His compositions have won numerous international awards. He has taught as visiting or guest professor at Rotterdam Conservatory and at lĺ─˘Universitłę de Montrłęal, and has served as composer-in-residence with numerous international organizations. Encore/Dacapo is a work that builds up of the fibrillating relationship between layered instruments, over time coalescing into rhythm and broader gestures.
ĺ─ó Mexican composer and conductor Juan Trigos received his musical training in Mexico and in Italy. His music is in general characterized by a primal "pulsation", articulated by obsessive rhythmic gears and a "Concertante" relationship between instrumental forces, in Pulsascione y Resonancias between piano and percussion. His recent work has centered on the creation of a new genre, which he calls ĺ─˙Hemofiction Operaĺ─¨. ĺ─˙Hemofictionĺ─¨, is a literary aesthetic invented by his father, the Mexican play writer and novelist Juan Trigos S. Mr. Trigos maintains a busy schedule of composing and conducting from his home base of Toronto.
ĺ─ó Emanation, by Toronto-based Chinese composer Fuhong Shi, is inspired by the ancient Chinese text Yijing (the Book of Changes) and Mongolian folk music. Yang and yin archetypal forces are represented in the contrasting timbres of the string instruments and percussion. Ms. Shi writes, ĺ─˙according to the eight basic tri-grams in Yijing ĺ─Â music expresses the character of life everlasting.ĺ─¨ This is a piece that goes beyond start : stop to the eternal universe. The recipient of numerous awards in China, Taiwan and Canada for young composers, Fuhong Shi studied composition in Beijing, Victoria and Toronto.

Continuumĺ─˘s 25th anniversary season
Continuumĺ─˘s 2009-2010 season continues on January 24th with an open workshop at Gallery 345 for local emerging composers, with guest conductor/commentator Christopher Butterfield. On February 28th Continuum performs chamber works by James Rolfe at The Royal Conservatoryĺ─˘s Mazzoleni Hall, in preparation for a Centredisc recording of Rolfeĺ─˘s works; and the season concludes with performances May 20th, as part of the free concert series at the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre, and May 21st at the Music Gallery, both featuring soprano Carla Huhtanen, the latter headlining actor RH Thomson as narrator in works by Tom Johnson and a commission by Juliet Palmer on a text by Thomas King.

Continuum
Led by artistic director Jennifer Waring, Continuum presents concerts featuring the core ensemble of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion, as well as unusual instrumental combinations. The organization has commissioned and premiered more than 100 new works from emerging Canadian and international composers, and also established composers charting new territory. Increasingly the group engages in collaboration and interdisciplinary work. Continuum has toured to Banff, Brandon, Kitchener, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver and Winnipeg; touring twice to Europe, it has appeared in Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Ghent, Huddersfield, Leeuwarden, London, and ĺ─˛s-Hertogenbosch. The group has recorded two CDs on its own label, formed the recording ensemble for a Centrediscs release of works by Chris Paul Harman and is soon to record a CD of works by James Rolfe, also for Centrediscs. Interdisciplinary projects have paired music with dance, installation, film, architecture and philosophy. In 2005 Continuum presented lĺ─˘Oreille Fine, three days of concerts and a symposium featuring philosophers, poets, critics and a psychologist dealing with the subject of contemporary expression in a classical art form. Last season Continuum mounted SHIFT, a festival of Canadian and Dutch music, film and literature, in Amsterdam and Toronto.

Continuum is generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council, SOCAN Foundation, the George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation through its Strategic Initiatives programme and many private donors.

Continuum Contemporary Music presents
start : stop
Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 8 pm at The Music Gallery
197 John Street, north of Queen
Tickets ($20 regular/$15 senior & arts workers/$10 student)
are available at the door on the night of the concert.

For more information on this concert please visit www.continuummusic.org,
email josh@continuummusic.org or call (416) 924-4945.

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PSO POPS! Brings Cirque de la Symphonie to Merrill Auditorium, October 24 and 25



PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý For the first Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) POPS! performance of the 85th anniversary season, Music Director Robert Moody leads the PSO along with performance troupe Cirque de la Symphonie for an spectacular collaboration of cirque artists and full orchestra, sharing the stage of Merrill Auditorium.

A dazzling partnership to match the PSO's impeccable artistry, the Duluth News Tribune called Cirque de la Symphonie "ĺ─Âstellar entertainment, with a lush-sounding orchestra and [cirque performers] taking us beyond what seems possible." It's an exciting adaptation of artistic performances widely seen in theaters and arenas everywhere, and it showcases many of the best cirque artists in the world, bedazzling the audience with aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, and strongmen. Audiences will hear Dvorak's Carnival Overture, dramatic excerpts from Bizet's Carmen, Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, Khachaturian's Gayane and Masquerade, Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 and more. These powerful orchestral works amplify the visual effects of classic cirque artistry as the music literally comes to life.

Sponsored by L.L. Bean, Cirque de la Symphonie will take place at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street in Portland, Saturday at 7:30 PM and Sunday at 2:30 PM. The shows are recommended for the entire family (ages 8 and up).

The PSO's 2009-10 season is sponsored by IDEXX Laboratories. Tickets range from $20-$64 and are available through PortTix at (207) 842-0800 or www.porttix.com. Phone and internet orders are subject to $6-per-ticket handling fees. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office at 20 Myrtle St., Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 PM. Special pricing may be available for students, seniors, and groups of 10 or more.

For complete season information, including artist biographies; program notes; and Online Insights, provided with support from season Enrichment Sponsor Fairpoint Communications; visit www.portlandsymphony.com.

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Verdi's Nabucco Opera to Be Staged at the Foot of the Historic Masadaĺ─« Fortress

25th Anniversary of Israeli Opera Celebrates with Conductor Danielĺ─« Oren and Opera Legend Jessye Norman to Perform at One-of-a-kind Venue

Portland, OR ĺ─ý September 29, 2009 ĺ─ý A 5,500-seat amphitheatre will beĺ─« constructed at the base of the towering plateau fortress of Masada in theĺ─«Dead Sea region of Israel for use for one weekend only - June 3 - 5, 2010. ĺ─«Ya'lla Tours USA is the only tour company in the United States to be activelyĺ─« promoting the tickets to the concerts and that has access to area ĺ─«accommodations. To round out this chance of a lifetime, Ya'lla has created 7-ĺ─«day and 13-day Musical Israel travel programs that each include a Jessyeĺ─« Norman concert at the Masada venue on June 4 and the Nabucco opera on ĺ─«June 5. Other key highlights of the event include:ĺ─«+ A private recital by pianist Issak Tavior at his secluded mountaintop homeĺ─«+ A concert by "Musicians of Tomorrow," a youth group of economicallyĺ─« disadvantaged Israeli students that participate in a free music educationĺ─« programĺ─«+ Other cultural events include participating in a Bedouin village feast, wineĺ─«tasting at a boutique winery and private guided tours.

Accommodations in the Dead Sea region, which are rather limited, are alreadyĺ─« set aside for the Ya'lla group. The 13-day program travels June 28-July 10 ĺ─«with 10 days of touring and the 7-day program travels June 30-July 7 with 5ĺ─« days of touring. Tour prices range from $5,695 to $8,285. Both tours areĺ─«available in two price categories: the Gold Category includes 5-starĺ─« accommodations and Level 1 seating at the Masada performance, Bronzeĺ─«category include 3-star accommodations and Level 2 seating at the Masadaĺ─«performance. The initial, non-refundable, deposit of $1,000 is due ĺ─«immediately and final payment is due December 31, 2009. Ya'lla Tour ĺ─«packages are available through your local travel agent.

Nabucco is an opera in four acts by Giuseppe Verdi that follows the plight ofĺ─« the Jews as they are assaulted and subsequently exiled from their homelandĺ─« by the Babylonian King Nabucco. Its first performance took place on March 9,ĺ─«1842 at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. The Jessye Norman concert willĺ─«include opera arias, lieder, folk songs and spirituals; with performances by the ĺ─«Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon LeZion conducted by Rachel Worby. Ms.ĺ─«Norman has performed with many philharmonic orchestras including those inĺ─«Los Angeles, New York, London and Vienna.

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Lĺ─˘Agora de la danse cłęlł«brera du 4 au 7 novembre 2009 le 10e anniversaire de Victoria

Dulcinłęe Langfelder & Cie
Victoria
4 au 7 novembre łŢ 20 h

Dĺ─˘aprł«s des textes de Charles Fariala
Interprł«tes \ Dulcinłęe Langfelder et Erik Lapierre ou łÔric Gingras
Scłęnographie et łęclairages \ Ana Cappelluto
Compositions łęlectroacoustiques \ Christian Calon
Rłęalisation des vidłęos \ Yves Labelle
Consultant en vidłęo \ Jimmy Lakatos
Collaboration łŢ la mise en scł«ne et direction de jeu \ Maryse Pigeon
Crłęation du rłąle du prłęposłę \ Rłęal Bossłę


Lĺ─˘Agora de la danse cłęlł«brera du 4 au 7 novembre 2009 le 10e anniversaire de Victoria, cette production-choc de Dulcinłęe Langfelder et Cie qui a littłęralement łębloui ses publics en abordant avec humour et compassion la large, riche et si actuell e thłęmatique du vieill issement.

Č┤Il est de ces oeuvres quĺ─˘on reł▀oit comme un coup : coup de poing, coup de coeur. Avec une finesse dĺ─˘esprit, un raffinement dĺ─˘exłęcution, une richesse dĺ─˘intention, Dulcinłęe Langfelder offre une Victoria bouleversante.Ȭ
Dominique Lachance, Le Journal de Montrłęal, 26 fłęvrier 1999

Au menu des festivitłęs : une exposition multimłędia, des discussions publiques aprł«s chacune des reprłęsentations oł╝ participeront entre autres Chlołę Sainte-Marie, Gilles Carle et dĺ─˘autres invitłęs-surprises, ainsi quĺ─˘une rłętrospective de la carrił«re de Dulcinłęe Langfelderĺ─ puisque la compagnie de cette artiste inclassable cłęlł«bre aussi ses 25 ans dĺ─˘existence! Plus de dłętails concernant lĺ─˘łęvł«nement seront disponibles sur le site Internet de lĺ─˘Agora de la danse (www.agoradanse.com).

Victoria a 90 ans et a presque tout perdu : la młęmoire, sa chatte, le contrłąle de sa vieĺ─ et de sa vessie. Son univers gravite autour de son fauteuil roulant, de sa chambre et dĺ─˘un aide soignant qui en a dłęjłŢ plein sur les bras. Elle glisse dans les młęandres de son imaginaire en tentant de reconstruire sa młęmoire dłęfaillante.

En prłęsentant Victoria, lĺ─˘Agora de la danse souhaite en plus souligner łŢ sa fał▀on la Semaine des proches aidants du Qułębec. Lĺ─˘oeuvre permet dĺ─˘envisager avec humour la vulnłęrabilitłę comme une force plutłąt quĺ─˘une faiblesse. Dĺ─˘imaginer notre victoire sur nos peurs. Et de nous munir de confiance. Confiance en soi, bien sł¬r, mais aussi en notre sociłętłę, en nos artistes et en notre culture. Une chorłęgraphie łęclatante, une rłęflexion parfois drłąle, mais toujours profonde et bouleversante.

La pił«ce Victoria a łętłę soigneusement traduite et adaptłęe en six langues afin de transmettre son message encourageant et universel et ainsi de pouvoir soigner le monde łŢ sa fał▀on. La voilłŢ maintenant de retour dans le lieu qui lĺ─˘a vue nałĂtre il y a dix ans, aussi envoł¬tante quĺ─˘au premier jour.

Le prix des billets est de 26 $ (20 $ pour les ałĂnłęs, 18 $ pour les łętudiants et les membres du RQD et de lĺ─˘UDA ).

Renseignements et rłęservations \ Billetterie de lĺ─˘Agora de la danse
840, rue Cherrier, młętro Sherbrooke \ 514 525.1500 \ rłęseau Admission 514 790.1245

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Nuit_Nacht_Notte prłęsentłę du 27 au 31 octobre 2009

Chorłęgraphe et interprł«te \ Jocelyne Montpetit
łÔclairages \ Marc Parent
Musique \ Canteloube, Purcell, Bizet
Collaborateur artistique \ Francesco Capitano
La danse est aussi un art introspectif

Aprł«s le succł«s connu łŢ la suite de Faune en 2008, Jocelyne Montpetit revient łŢ lĺ─˘Agora de la danse du 27 au 31 octobre 2009 pour prłęsenter Nuit_Nacht_Notte, sa plus rłęcente crłęation.

Nuit_Nacht_Notte rłęvł«le lĺ─˘espace połętique de la nuit. Nuit interne, nuit du dehors, nuit utłęrine, nuit sexuelle. Des nuits qui frłąlent le nłęant. Des songes qui habitent ces nuits. Le corps se laisse traverser par la młęmoire, mais aussi, par le mystł«re de la Grande Nuit, celle quĺ─˘on sait inłęvitable, inexorable. Dans son solo, imprłęgnłę de la troublante atmosphł«re que lĺ─˘on retrouve chez les grands małĂtres du clair-obscur, la danseuse płęnł«tre diffłęrentes nuits : la sienne bien łęvidemment, mais aussi celles de lĺ─˘łęcrivain Pessoa dont le texte Ode łŢ la nuit y est interprłętłę comme en łęcho par lĺ─˘acteur Italien Francesco Capitano.

Pour Jocelyne Montpetit, la danse est un art dĺ─˘introspection. Elle dłęveloppe depuis des annłęes un espace młętaphysique oł╝ les questions existentielles sont sondłęes. Imprłęgnłęe par les nombreuses annłęes passłęes en France et au Japon łŢ travailler auprł«s des plus grands małĂtres du corps, inspirłęe par la peinture et la sculpture, influencłęe par certains łęcrivains, elle perł▀oit son corps comme un matłęriau qui lui permet dĺ─˘accłęder łŢ lĺ─˘inconscient, łŢ une łęcriture personnelle et fłęminine, łŢ une vłęritable danse dĺ─˘auteure.

Depuis son passage łŢ lĺ─˘Agora de la danse en 2008, Faune a łętłę prłęsentłę łŢ Palerme en Italie ainsi quĺ─˘au Japon oł╝ Jocelyne Montpetit a łętłę invitłęe en tant que chercheure au Dłępartement du corps et de lĺ─˘image de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Rikkyo. Jocelyne Montpetit est łęgalement une habitułęe des collaborations thłęłótrales. Elle est invitłęe comme chorłęgraphe łŢ de nombreuses productions thłęłótrales, dont plus rłęcemment La Dłęraison dĺ─˘amour mis en scł«ne par Lorraine Pintal et prłęsentłę au Trident, au TNM et au thłęłótre Les Cłęlestins łŢ Lyon, ainsi que pour la production Une truite pour Ernestine Shuswap mis en scł«ne par Andrłę Brassard et prłęsentłę łŢ lĺ─˘ESPACE GO.

ĺ─Â un moment trł«s touchant, intime, hors du temps.
Stłęphanie Brody, La Presse, 1er fłęv. 2008

Parole de chorłęgraphe \ 29 octobre

Nuit_Nacht_Notte a błęnłęficiłę de rłęsidences de crłęation łŢ Academia Nazionale di Danza de Rome, Agora de la danse, Dłępartement de danse de lĺ─˘UQAM . Le prix des billets est de 26$ (20$ pour les ałĂnłęs, 18$ pour les łętudiants et les membres du RQD et de lĺ─˘UDA ).

Renseignements et rłęservations \ Billetterie de lĺ─˘Agora de la danse
840, rue Cherrier, młętro Sherbrooke \ 514 525.1500 \ rłęseau Admission 514 790.1245
Source \ Agora de la danse T \ 514 525.7575 poste 249 bianka@agoradanse.com

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The Sinatra Project with Michael Feinstein and the VSO

VANCOUVER, BC ĺ─ý Five-time Grammy nominee and the ĺ─˙Ambassador of the Great American Songbook,ĺ─¨ Michael Feinstein has played all around the world from Buckingham Palace to the White House. He plays at the Orpheum Theatre for one-night only, Wednesday, October 21st, at 8pm. Bill Elliot conducts the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in this very special concert that also celebrates the music of other legendary interpreters of the American Songbook, including Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Nat ĺ─˛Kingĺ─˘ Cole and more.

ĺ─˙Simply put, nobody knows more about the great songs and the people who wrote them, and nobody is better at sharing his love for the music than Mr. Feinstein.ĺ─¨
- The New York Sun

ĺ─˙Feinstein demonstrates heĺ─˘s not mainly a singer or musician or walking encyclopedia of American popular song. He is an entertainer, and a grand one at that.ĺ─¨
- Variety

This special concert, based on Michael Feinsteinĺ─˘s latest album, is a tribute to ĺ─˙Olĺ─˘ Blue Eyesĺ─¨ himself, Frank Sinatra. It focuses on songs written for Sinatra that were never recorded during his golden years at Capitol Records and is comprised of classics such as Fools Rush In, Iĺ─˘ve Got a Crush on You, At Last Love, Exactly Like You, and many more. Mr. Feinstein explains, ĺ─˙For years Iĺ─˘ve had the desire to celebrate Sinatraĺ─˘s musical sensibilities, but I have no desire to copy the classic songs that he rendered better than anyone else. I wanted to create an album that would explore his style of singing and his style of music.ĺ─¨

More than a mere performer, Mr. Feinstein is also a music historian and curator. He is nationally recognized for his commitment to the American popular song, both celebrating its art and preserving its legacy for the next generation. Visit Michael Feinstein at: www.michaelfeinstein.com.

CONCERT INFO

Specials:
Wednesday, October 21, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre
The Sinatra Project with Michael Feinstein

Bill Elliott, conductor
Michael Feinstein, singer/piano
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra

Exactly Like Youĺ─«
There's a Small Hotelĺ─«
Fools Rush In
ĺ─«The Song Is You
ĺ─«The Same Hello, the Same Goodbye
ĺ─«Begin the Beguine
ĺ─«I've Got a Crush on Youĺ─«
Itĺ─˘s All Right with Meĺ─«
You Go to My Headĺ─«
How Long Will It Lastĺ─«
All My Tomorrows/All the Wayĺ─«
At Long Last Love

Singer, pianist and passionate protector of the Great American Songbook, Michael Feinstein created The Sinatra Project as a tribute to arguable the greatest interpreter of that song book, Olĺ─˘ Blue Eyes himself. Not only a tribute to the Chairman of the Board, Feinstein pays homage to other greats of the post-war/pre-rock era, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Nat ĺ─˙Kingĺ─¨ Cole and others. Youĺ─˘ll hear classic tunes such as Begin the Beguine, Under My Skin, Iĺ─˘ve Got a Crush on You, Fools Rush In, and so many more great songs performed in Frankĺ─˘s own unmistakable style.

Tickets: $25 - $78.50 (senior, student and subscriber discounts available)
Tickets available online at www.vancouversymphony.ca or by calling VSO customer service at 604.876.3434

BIOGRAPHIES

Bill Elliot, conductor
Bill Elliott is a composer and arranger whose songs have been prominently featured in many feature films and TV shows, including the HBO film INTRODUCING DOROTHY DANDRIDGE and the Disney Channel film ALLEY CATS STRIKE. Elliott began his career as a rock'n'roll piano player, touring and recording with such artists as Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, and many others, before finding his calling as a swingmeister while writing and arranging songs for the 1989 film DICK TRACY. The Swing Orchestra, formed in 1993, was an outgrowth of Elliott's continuing success in writing original, vintage-sounding swing music for film, television, and commercials. He has assembled many of L.A.'s hottest musicians for his mission of recreating the authentic fire and style of big bands at their peak in the late '30s. The band also features BILL'S LUCKY STARS, a vocal quartet who sing in the close-harmony style of the Pied Pipers and the Modernaires, and glamorous lead singer Cassie Miller in featured solos as well. Playing a dominant role in southern California's current swing revival, Elliott's band is a favorite among the young jitterbug and Lindy Hop dancers whose vibrant new counterculture has been growing rapidly. Elliott's music is in the style of the great swing bands of the late '30s and early '40s - as hard-swinging as they come, with an emphasis on colorful arrangements, sophisticated and light-hearted lyrics, and danceability.

Michael Feinstein, vocalist
Michael Feinstein started playing the piano by ear when he was five; he moved to Los Angeles when he was 20 and was introduced to the great lyricist Ira Gershwin by the widow of the legendary concert pianist-actor, Oscar Levant. Feinstein became Gershwinĺ─˘s assistant for six years, archiving the extensive Gershwin works and gaining unprecedented access to numerous unpublished Gershwin songs, which he has since performed and recorded. After launching his own career he was spotted by Liza Minnelli who was so impressed with the young musician, she helped launch his career. Feinstein became a household name after his Broadway show, Isnĺ─˘t It Romantic, which opened in 1986. Through his live performances, recordings, film and TV appearances and his song writing (in collaboration with Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Lindy Robbins and Carole Bayer Sager), he has become one of the premiere interpreters of American popular song. Visit Michael Feinstein at: www.michaelfeinstein.com

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

An Evening with Measha Brueggergosman to benefit AMREF (African Medical and Research Foundation)

Measha Brueggergosmanĺ─˘s sole Toronto performance of 2009
all for a cause close to her heart - AMREF

Saturday, October 17 at 5:00 PM / St. Andrewĺ─˘s Presbyterian Church (at King & Simcoe)

Tickets: $60 / $125 / $175. Students: 50% off with valid ID. Call 416 961 6981 orinfo@amrefcanada.org

October 8, 2009

Toronto, Ontario ĺ─ý Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman, with German pianist Andreas Kern, will perform in Toronto on Saturday, October 17th. Recovering from heart surgery in June, the 32-year old style icon and classical music star is proving sheĺ─˘s as fierce as ever. On the cusp of a brand new record release, the singer is kicking off a series of North American concerts in support of AMREF ĺ─ý the African Medical & Research Foundation ĺ─ý a cause close to her heart. An Evening with Measha Brueggergosman is at 5 PM on Saturday, October 17th, 2009 inside Torontoĺ─˘s historic St. Andrewĺ─˘s Presbyterian Church (at King and Simcoe), followed by a private reception for 100 guests. This will be Brueggergosmanĺ─˘s sole Toronto performance of 2009.

In 2007, Brueggergosman became the Goodwill Ambassador for AMREF Canada ĺ─ý the African Medical & Research Foundation and visited AMREFĺ─˘s health projects in Uganda and Kenya. Her experience with Kenyan street children and war-affected children in northern Uganda strengthened her dedication to help them break free from the cycle of poor health and poverty. Brueggergosman is now giving her time and her voice for this special performance with 100% of net proceeds helping empower the most vulnerable and marginalized people in Africa.

Tickets for this special performance are $60, $125 and $175 with a 50% discount for students. For information or purchase tickets, members of the public can contact AMREF Canada at 416-961-6981 or info@amrefcanada.org.

The African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) is the worldĺ─˘s leading international African not-for-profit health organization. Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya since 1957, AMREF has major programmes in Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda, and trains health workers across the continent and beyond. AMREFĺ─˘s work spans HIV/AIDS, TB and STIs, malaria, safe water and sanitation, clinical outreach, training and education and maternal and infant health. AMREF Canada is one of 11 offices in countries outside Africa and works to support AMREF to empower African communities to live healthier lives.

Known for her sharp sense of humour, her larger than life personality and her off the cuff remarks, soprano Measha Brueggergosman is one of Canadaĺ─˘s most magnificent performers and sought-after personalities. A style icon, Measha has guest judged Project Runway Canada, Idol Underground, and is a media fixture in print and radio.

She is critically acclaimed by Canadian and international press as much for her innate musicianship and voluptuous voice as for her sovereign stage presence. Her vocal mastery has led her to perform with some of the worldĺ─˘s leading orchestras and conductors. Measha has given a Royal Command Performance for Queen Elizabeth II and has performed for the Prince of Wales, President Halonen of Finland, several Canadian leaders including Her Excellency the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, and for Nelson Mandela and Kofi Annan.

Following several recordings with CBC Records, her extraordinary versatility, intuitive musicality, and radiant star quality yielded her an exclusive recording contract with Deutsche Grammophon. Her first recording on the label, ĺ─˙Surpriseĺ─¨, garnered a Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year 2007. The same year, Measha became AMREF Canadaĺ─˘s Goodwill Ambassador. Passionate about health and Africa, Measha has travelled twice to visit AMREFĺ─˘s vital work in northern Uganda and Kenya. Her first-hand experience with African children and young women strengthened her dedication to help them break free from the cycle of poor health and poverty. Doing what she knows best, Measha is lending a hand by lending her voice.

Pianist Andreas Kern is Meashaĺ─˘s co-host on ĺ─˙Arte Loungeĺ─¨, a TV show that promotes classical music in Germany. Mr. Kern flew in specifically for this concert. He studied at the Privatinstitut fł║r pianistische Studien in Dusseldorf and later on at the renowned Hochschule der Kł║nste. As a soloist, Andreas has performed in concerts around the world, including in Germany, Italy, India and Japan. He has performed with several orchestras, including the Hannover Philharmonie, Kottmann Stringorchestra and the Aachen Youth Orchestra. He has also performed contemporary music for a radio concert series for the German radio station, WDR. Since 1999 he has been the artistic director of Sommernachtstraum Arts Festival in Berlin. A versatile performer, Andreas recorded film scores composed by Christian Biegai for the upcoming DVD release ĺ─˙Croatian Fairytales from Long Agoĺ─¨, directed by Helena Bulaja. In 2004, he was the collaborative pianist for the acclaimed Sasha Waltz Dance Company in the South of France. In the same year he performed Mozart at the ĺ─˙Wiener Festwochenĺ─˙. He was also been invited to serve on the Jury of the prestigious Steinway Competition for 2006 in Berlin. In the same year he produced his own classic show for Arte TV which was aired in May 2007. He also performed twice his new show of "Dolce&Ciabatta" for the German EU-Presidency.

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ł─ la Russe ! L'Orchestre Młętropolitain poursuit son envol avec son deuxił«me concert de la saison 2009-2010

Montrłęal, le jeudi 8 octobre 2009 - Aprł«s un premier concert grandiose, l'Orchestre Młętropolitain poursuit sa lancłęe avec ł─ la Russe, qui prłęsentera quatre des plus grands compositeurs russes de l'łępoque romantique.

Rimski-Korsakov : La Grande Płóque russe
Tchałěkovski : Concerto pour violon
Moussorgski : La Khovantchina, Prłęlude Č┤ Lever du jour sur la Moskova Ȭ
Borodine : Symphonie nČâ2 en si mineur Č┤ łÔpique Ȭ

Le concert dłębutera par La Grande Płóque russe de Rimski-Korsakov qui restitue de manił«re saisissante la majestłę et la couleur, si particulił«res des offices religieux de l'łęglise orthodoxe. L'Orchestre fera ensuite entendre l'irrłęsistible Concerto pour violon de Tchałěkovski, l'un des plus populaires de tout le rłępertoire, suivi par le trł«s połętique prłęlude de l'opłęra La Khovantchina de Moussorgski. Enfin, la Symphonie nČâ2 de Borodine transportera le public au cëýur de la Russie młędiłęvale.

Pour ce concert, l'Orchestre Młętropolitain aura l'immense plaisir d'accueillir au pupitre le jeune chef d'orchestre britannique Leo Hussain, rłęcemment nommłę directeur musical du Landestheater de Salzbourg. Le concert permettra łęgalement d'apprłęcier les talents du jeune violoniste belge d'origine hongroise Yossif Ivanov, laurłęat du Concours Musical International de Montrłęal 2003.

L'Orchestre Młętropolitain est fier de rendre hommage, avec ce concert, aux Jeunesses Musicales du Canada (JMC) łŢ l'occasion de leur 60e anniversaire. L'Orchestre tient łŢ souligner la formidable contribution des JMC łŢ la vie musicale canadienne et łŢ la diffusion et au rayonnement de la musique classique, en particulier auprł«s des jeunes, d'un bout łŢ l'autre du Canada.

Gratuit ! Le Młętropolitain offre des confłęrences prłęparatoires gratuites, une heure avant chaque concert, sauf łŢ Ahuntsic le 27 octobre.

Billets : 13$ łŢ 45$

Le concert ł─ la Russe sera prłęsentłę :
Thłęłótre Maisonneuve, PDA
19 octobre, 19 h 30
Billets : 514-842-2112

Et en tournłęe :

Outremont, Thłęłótre Outremont
22 octobre, 19 h 30
Billets : 514-495-9944

Rivił«re-des-Prairies, Cłęgep Marie-Victorin
24 octobre, 20 h
Billets : 514-872-9814

Ahuntsic, Premił«re łęglise łęvangłęlique armłęnienne
27 octobre, 19 h 30
Billets : 514-872-8749

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New Wynton Marsalis Titles Added to SmartMusic

Compositions from Pulitzer- and Grammy-winning musician offer unique jazz practice tools

Minneapolis ĺ─ý October 8, 2009 ĺ─ý MakeMusic, Inc. (NASDAQ: MMUS) today announced that SmartMusicČĂ, the music learning software for band, orchestra and voice, has added Wynton Marsalis Volume IV, a collection of 13 original jazz titles from Wynton Marsalis, in addition to the dozens of Marsalis titles already included in SmartMusic.

New repertoire includes: ĺ─˙Aural Oasis,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙For Wee Folks,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Delfeayoĺ─˘s Dilemma,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙J Mood,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Melodique,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Later,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Doinĺ─˘ (Y)Our Thing,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙These are Soulful Days,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Naked Feet Running,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙The Cry of the Lonely,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Big Butter,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Gentlenessĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙In the Heat of Battle.ĺ─¨

Students of all instruments can play Marsalisĺ─˘ melodies, improvise over his chord changes and take advantage of all of SmartMusicĺ─˘s powerful music practice tools. These titles also provide on-screen transcriptions of Wynton Marsalisĺ─˘ rhythm section of bassist Carlos Henriquez, drummer Ali Jackson, and pianist Robert Rodriguez. Bass, drum and piano students can see exactly what world-class musicians play, hear it performed and practice along at any tempo, for a music lesson unlike any other.

ĺ─˙SmartMusic is revolutionizing music education.ĺ─¨ stated Marsalis. ĺ─˙SmartMusic helps students develop the skills they need to improvise. As they master these skills, students become free to focus on listening to their fellow musicians, and thus are able to contribute appropriately to the democratic dialog that is the heart of jazz.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙Wynton Marsalis is an inspiration,ĺ─¨ added MakeMusic CEO Ron Raup. ĺ─˙His performances, recordings, compositions ĺ─ý and his dedication to music education and the arts ĺ─ý are nothing short of awe-inspiring, and remind us all to set our sights higher. Wynton Marsalis titles in the SmartMusic library provide students with a practical means to achieve the highest musical goals, and expanding on this repertoire represents very exciting additions to our comprehensive library.ĺ─¨

Search the library repertoire included with SmartMusic here. Follow MakeMusic activities on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube and meet some of our employees on Flickr.

About MakeMusic, Inc. ĺ─«MakeMusicČĂ, Inc., a Minnesota corporation, is a world leader in music technology whose mission is to develop and market solutions that transform how music is composed, taught, learned and performed. For more than 20 years, FinaleČĂ has been the industry standard in music notation software. It has transformed the process by which composers, arrangers, musicians, teachers, students and publishers create, edit, audition, print and publish musical scores. Additionally, MakeMusic is the creator of SmartMusicČĂ, the complete practice tool for band, orchestra and voice and SmartMusic GradebookĺĐó, the web-based student grading and records management system. Further information about the company can be found at www.makemusic.com.

About Wynton Marsalisĺ─«Wynton Marsalis is a jazz and classical trumpeter, composer, band leader, educator, and arts advocate. He is the winner of nine Grammy Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, has produced over 60 records, and has sold more than 7 million records worldwide. Learn more at www.wyntonmarsalis.com.

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International Performing Arts for Youth presents the 32nd International Showcase of Performing Arts for Young People, "Showcase 2010," January 20-23

Philadelphia, PA - The International Showcase of Performing Arts for Young People (Showcase 2010), presented by International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY), is returning to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on January 20-23. This annual conference, held in a different city each year since 1979, will occur in and around Pittsburgh's Cultural District, and will be hosted by Pittsburgh International Children's Theater, a division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Showcase 2010 features 21 professional performing arts companies from around the world that create dance, music, and theater specifically for young people. The companies are selected by an international committee comprised of experts in the field of performing arts for youth, including accomplished artists and artistic or programming directors, arts education directors, children's festival directors, and artist managers. This year's companies come from Australia, Canada, Iceland, The Netherlands, Scotland, Spain, The United Kingdom, and The United States.

Showcase attracts more than 400 artists, agents and presenters from across the world to view, discuss, and book the work for North American tours. Showcase features an exhibit area that provides display information and video material on touring productions. As an educational service to the field, the conference offers professional development learning communities which engage current issues and trends. Of particular significance this year, IPAY will present a keynote address by Liz Lerman of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and a guest lecture by renowned children's book author Mo Willems.

Showcasing artists are 500 Clown (USA), Arena Theatre Company (Australia), Bambalina (Spain), The Billy Jonas Band (USA), Dallas Brass (USA), DynamO Thłęłótre (Canada), Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (Canada), Katarsis Educaciłän y Teatro S.L. (Spain), Le Thłęłótre Motus (Canada), Mark Nizer (USA), Polyglot Theatre (Australia), The Possible Theatre/Moguleikhusid (Iceland), Project (USA), Runt Productions (USA), Tall Stories (UK), Terrapin Puppet Theatre (Australia), Theatreworks, USA (USA), Visible Fictions (Scotland), Windmill Performing Arts (Australia), and Youth dance company De Stilte (The Netherlands).

Registration for Showcase 2010 is available at www.ipayweb.org. Register to exhibit before November 1 or register to attend Showcase before December 1 and save $50. Contact Daniel Student, Administrative Director, at 267-690-1325 or daniel@ipayweb.org for any questions regarding the conference.

ABOUT IPAY
Since 2001, International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) has created professional and educational opportunities supporting meaningful performing arts experiences for young audiences in North America. IPAY is proud to be the only service organization devoted exclusively to the entire performing arts for youth industry, including all forms of theatre, dance, and music. It exists to serve its membership consisting of presenters, artists, and agents/managers from throughout the world by providing meaningful engagement with, and support of, the presentation and creation of new and established work for young audiences in North America. Learn more about IPAY and whether membership is right for you at www.ipayweb.org.

ABOUT PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S THEATER
Pittsburgh International Children's Theater, a division of The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, opens the door for children to experience professional performing arts programming for children which inspires, challenges, educates, and stimulates respect for and an understanding of all cultures in an entertaining and enlightening way. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit organization whose mission is the cultural and economic development of Pittsburgh's 14-block Cultural District through public and private support. The Trust presents and encourages diverse performing and visual arts programs within the District, and is an impetus for additional development in downtown Pittsburgh.

ABOUT LIZ LERMAN
Liz Lerman is a choreographer, performer, writer, educator, and speaker. Described by the Washington Post as "the source of an epochal revolution in the scope and purposes of dance art," her dance/theater works have been seen throughout the United States and abroad. She founded Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976, and has cultivated the company's unique multi-generational ensemble, with dancers whose ages span five decades, into a leading force in contemporary dance. Liz has been the recipient of numerous honors, including the American Choreographer Award, the American Jewish Congress "Golda" Award, and Washingtonian magazine's 1988 Washingtonian of the Year.

ABOUT MO WILLEMS
Mo Willems began his career as a writer and animator for PBS' Sesame Street, where he garnered 6 Emmy Awards for his writing. His debut children's book effort, Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! became a New York Times Bestseller and was awarded the first of Mo's three Caldecott Honors in 2004. In addition to picture books, Mo created the Elephant and Piggie books, a series of "Easy Readers", which were awarded the Theodor Suess Geisel Medal in 2008 and 2009, and an illustrated memoir of his year-long trip around the world in 1990-91 entitled You Can Never Find a Rickshaw When it Monsoons. Mo is currently writing the script and lyrics for Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical, commissioned by the Kennedy Center for its 2010 season.

ABOUT THE SHOWCASING ARTISTS
Since 2000, 500 Clown has used action-based performance and circus arts to tell long-form dramatic stories. In 500 Clown Frankenstein, three clowns embark on a madcap journey to construct Dr. Frankenstein's laboratory. Bound in elaborate period costumes, the trio struggles through acrobatic feats in an extended battle with an unruly table. The result is the creation of unexpected horror, "scattershot, ribald, and exhilarating" -The New York Times

Established in 1966, Arena Theatre Company is one of Australia's longest-running producers of theatre for young audiences. Created for 5-12 year olds and their families, Mr Freezy is an inventive and hilarious blend of puppetry and live performance set in an ice-cream van.

Over its 27 years of history, Bambalina has always been outstanding for the interdisciplinary vocation of its shows and for its use of a theatre language in tune with the most contemporary playwrights. Trees give us shade, fruit, flowers, medicine, oxygen... and paper. They were asking themselves where the soul of a tree converted into paper could be hiding. One thing occurred to them: make the folds sing. And that is what gave rise to Kraft.

The Billy Jonas Band's music is percussion-based, making use of found and traditional instruments, helping audiences discover the music within common items and within themselves. Jonas has received multiple awards including a First Place/Gold from AFIM (American Federation of Independent Musicians), numerous Parent's Choice Golds and two New York Times "Best" listings.

Since its founding in 1983, the Dallas Brass has become one of America's foremost musical ensembles. Their show, American Musical Journey, takes the audience on a musical travelogue from George Washington's era through the present with marches, Broadway musicals, music from Hollywood, Dixieland, and much more. The Dallas Brass has performed at Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and more.

DynamO Thłęłótre focuses on producing and performing original plays that draw on acrobatic movement, physical acting, clowning and poetic imagery as a dramatic language. Thrice upon a time... is a modern-day tale that draws on domestic and foreign legends. It features three young people forced to confront their fears to overcome an evil witch, as movement and live music grippingly and evocatively depict the courage of children in our often forbidding world.

Canada's premiere Aboriginal dance company, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre creates, produces and presents original works, festivals and educational programming inspired by Aboriginal culture. Entertaining and insightful, the Iroquois Creation Story comes to life in A Story Before Time. Audiences are delighted by the perfect fusion of contemporary and traditional dance and music.

A new and dynamic company, Katarsis, Educaciłän y Teatro S.L. was founded in 2006 by Canada's Actor and Director Kevin Stewart and Spanish Artist and Educator Carolina Ramos. They will perform Bedtime (Pa Cama), in which two friends discover a world of adventures before bedtime that distracts them from falling asleep.

Le Thłęłótre Motus combines the talents of a new generation of artists with artists who have already made their mark in Quebec's theatre community to explore colored shadow theatre, acting techniques and puppeteering. In Baobab, a huge and ancient baobab stands in the middle of a Western African forest. One day, this ancient baobab brings forth an egg. From this egg is born a little boy. But who is he?

Performance Magazine called Mark Nizer's show "nothing less than brilliant." His invention of the Laser Diablo merges juggling, light and technology. Imagine four lasers being juggled at thousands of rpms, with the spinning laser beams dancing just above the audience's heads.

Polyglot Theater is Australia's leading creator of experiential, interactive and installation theatre for children aged up to 12 years. We Built This City is a conceptual installation which celebrates absolute simplicity and the power of children's imaginations. It is a public construction site, using nothing but thousands and thousands of cardboard boxes and the energy and ingenuity of kids and families. We Built This City is not a play - it IS play.

The Possible Theater/Moguleikhusid is a professional theatre in Reykjavik that concentrates on plays for children and young people. The Prophecy tells the story of Odinn, a prominent god in Nordic mythology, and his ongoing quest for knowledge. Featuring one actor and a cellist, this play is performed in the style of Storytelling Theater, where the actor both narrates and transforms into several characters.

Project is a dynamic chamber music ensemble comprised of three virtuosic composer/performers from Brooklyn, NY. Blending their classical training with an eclectic taste in musical styles, Project has burst right out of the internet generation with Greg Pattillo's 40 million views on youtube.com and a special appearance on the Nickolodeon show, iCarly.

Runt Productions was founded in 1998 to produce compelling stories that both entertain and educate. Bo Eason's life story, Runt of the Litter premiered in Houston in 2000; and enjoyed 2 off-Broadway runs in 2001 and 2007. The NY Times called it, "One of the most powerful plays about sports in the last decade."

London-based Tall Stories presents old, new and timeless stories in a physical, visual style and link original music with movement and lots of laughs. In Room on a Broom, an adventure about friendship and cooperation, a helpful dog, bird and frog find a witch's lost things, and they all hop on board her broomstick for a ride. "Tall Stories sets the benchmark for children's theatre" (The Sunday Times)

Terrapin Puppet Theatre is the Australian innovator of puppetry-based visual theatre embracing new technologies, creating contemporary storytelling, and touring and collaborating nationally and internationally. Boats is a story of two mariners fleeing their past and embracing adventure. The sound effects are created live, a boat is cut from bread, a bird tied from a rope, a circus hides in a jacket. And finally a storm is made with a teacup.

Theatreworks, USA was founded in 1961and has since received honors such as the Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, and Jonathan Larson Performing Arts Foundation Awards. Click Clack Moo is a new musical based on the Caldecott Honor book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin, directed by Tony Award winner John Rando.

For over 17 years, Visible Fictions has created vibrant, high quality and accessible theatre for both young people and adults alike. In Shopping for Shoes, a visually witty, fast paced performance, ever-changing kinetic set, and funny, award-winning script tell a heart warming tale of new found love, dog poo and of course - shoes.

Since its inception in 2002, Windmill Performing Arts has performed across Australia and the world winning a swag of state and national awards. Featuring rhyme, funky tunes, quirky puppetry and intriguing design, Plop! is specifically crafted to provide preschool audiences with intimate and non-threatening first theatrical experiences. Plop! explores the fear of unknown things that sometimes aren't so scary after all.

Youth dance company De Stilte is the only professional dance company in the Southern region of The Netherlands that focuses entirely on developing and producing performances for children. In Madcap, three dancers enter the stage for a splendid event: children at play. They vie to conquer their place in a game, to share their imagination and to confirm their friendship.

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Legendary actor Theodore Bikel to receive tribute / Le lłęgendaire acteur Theodore Bikel recevra l'hommage

"If it were not for the unions and guilds, we would have nothing to protect us from our own folly
or from those who seek to abuse our love for what we do."
~ Theodore Bikel

Toronto, ON October 8, 2009 - In his autobiography, theatrical and music legend, Theodore Bikel writes, "It seems that I have conducted my life on two different emotional planes: one lighthearted, gregarious, even frivolous; the other politically and socially involved and following a serious social and moral commitment." On Wednesday, October 14th as the curtain falls on the opening night performance of Bikel's SHOLOM ALEICHEM: LAUGHTER THROUGH THE TEARS' Canadian premiere, AFM Canada will pay special tribute to Mr. Bikel's extraordinary 55-year commitment to the labour community.

Theodore Bikel's dedication to social justice is a testament to both the man and the professional. A member of five different AFL-CIO unions (Actors' Equity Association, American Federation of Musicians, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Screen Actors Guild and American Guild of Variety Artists) Bikel has been a vocal supporter of the rights of professional artists ĺ─ý helping to shape not only our unions and our economy, but also our culture.

"Theodore Bikel's advocacy is second to none," explains Bill Skolnik, the AFM Vice President from Canada. "It will be a great honour to recognize and celebrate Theo Bikel's decades of social activism on behalf of many causes, particularly his untiring work representing the collective rights of artists and his over 50 years of membership in the AFM".

The special presentation, will take place on the Winter Garden Theatre stage immediately following the gala performance. Skolnik will be joined by Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company's Co-Artistic Director Avery Saltzman; and award-winning AFM member, trumpeter David Buchbinder, who will offer a very musical tribute recognizing Bikel's own virtuosic talents.

Theo's love of music, in particular folk music, has remained a constant throughout his life. From his concert debut at the Carnegie Recital Hall in 1956 to spending his off time during The Sound of Music playing at small folk music clubs to his heavy touring schedule to this day. Bikel's passion for folk music has offered a forum for the fusion of Theo the Artist and Theo the Activist. His many accolades in the folk community include co-founding the Newport Folk Festival; to this day the premier folk music festival in the United States, in 1959 and seeing his 1961 book Folksongs and Footnotes demand three reprint editions. His experiences as a folk musician in turbulent times in America's history, however, provide much insight into this compelling labor leader. A supporter of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in its early years, Theo often traveled the American South performing with bass player Bill Lee, father of filmmaker Spike. At one point, Theo was arrested for taking part in demonstrations in Birmingham, Alabama, and led his fellow cell mates in song to protest their treatment. For more information please visit www.bikel.com.

Deeply researched, powerfully felt and beautifully sung, SHOLOM ALEICHEM: LAUGHTER THROUGH TEARS is the true tale of the great Yiddish storyteller's youth, fame and challenging journey to America. SHOLOM ALEICHEM: LAUGHTER THROUGH TEARS will have its Canadian premiere at Toronto's Winter Garden Theatre, October 13 - 18, 2009 as part of the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company's 2009/2010 season. For more information please www.hgjewishtheatre.com.

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.

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Č┤ Si ce n'łętait des syndicats et des guildes, rien ne nous protłęgerait de notre propre folie ou de ceux qui cherchent łŢ abuser de l'amour que nous vouons łŢ ce que nous faisons. Ȭ
~Theodore Bikel

Toronto
, ON ĺ─ý le 8 octobre 2009 ĺ─ý Dans son autobiographie, la lłęgende vivante du thłęłótre et de la musique Theodore Bikel łęcrit : Č┤ Il me semble avoir menłę ma vie łŢ deux niveaux łęmotionnels : le premier au cëýur lłęger, grłęgaire et młüme frivole; le second politiquement et socialement concernłę, suivant un słęrieux engagement social et moral. Ȭ Mercredi 14 octobre, łŢ la tombłęe du rideau de la soirłęe d'ouverture de la premił«re canadienne du spectacle SHOLOM ALEICHEM: LAUGHTER THROUGH THE TEARS de Bikel, l'AFM Canada rendra un hommage particulier łŢ l'engagement extraordinaire de 55 ans de M. Bikel envers la communautłę de travailleurs.

La conscience de Theodore Bikel pour la justice sociale est rłęvłęlatrice łŢ la fois de l'homme et du professionnel. Membre de cinq syndicats FAT-COI ĺ─ý Fłędłęration amłęricaine du travail et Congrł«s des organisations industrielles ĺ─ý (l'Actors' Equity Association, l'American Federation of Musicians, la Federation of Television and Radio Artists d'Amłęrique, la Screen Actors Guild et l'American Guild of Variety Artists), Bikel ĺ─ý depuis toujours le dłęfenseur des droits des artistes professionnels ĺ─ý a participłę non seulement łŢ l'łęlaboration de nos syndicats et de notre łęconomie, mais aussi de notre culture.

Č┤ Dans le domaine de la dłęfense des droits, Theodore Bikel ne cł«de sa place łŢ personne Ȭ, explique Bill Skolnik, le vice-prłęsident du Canada de la FAM. Č┤ C'est pour nous un grand honneur que de reconnałĂtre et de cłęlłębrer les dłęcennies consacrłęes par Theo Bikel łŢ la protection d'intłęrłüts sociaux, et notamment son travail infatigable dans la reprłęsentation des droits collectifs des artistes et ses plus de cinquante annłęes comme membre de la FAM. Ȭ

Cette prłęsentation spłęciale aura lieu sur la scł«ne du Winter Garden Theatre immłędiatement aprł«s la performance gala. Skolnik sera accompagnłę par Avery Saltzman, codirecteur artistique de la Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company; le trompettiste David Buchbinder, membre primłę de la FAM, offrira en outre un hommage trł«s musical aux talents de virtuose de Bikel.

Son amour de la musique et particulił«rement de la musique folklorique, est depuis toujours une constante dans la vie : de ses dłębuts au Carnegie Recital Hall en 1956 jusqu'łŢ ses tournłęes importantes d'aujourd'hui, en passant par les petites bołĂtes de musique folk oł╝ il se produisait entre les reprłęsentations de The Sound of Music. La passion manifestłęe par Bikel pour la musique folklorique lui a permis d'effectuer la fusion entre Theo l'Artiste et Theo l'Engagłę. Parmi ses nombreux bons coups dans la communautłę folk, mentionnons la fondation en 1959 du Newport Folk Festival, encore de nos jours le plus prestigieux festival de musique folklorique des łÔtats-Unis, et son livre Folksongs and Footnotes (1961) qui en est łŢ sa troisił«me rłęłędition. Ses expłęriences en tant que musicien folklorique au cours de la rłęcente turbulente histoire d'Amłęrique ont fait de lui un dirigeant syndical łęclairłę. Un partisan du Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) pendant ses premił«res annłęes d'existence, Theo a souvent visitłę le sud des łÔtats-Unis oł╝ il se produisait avec le bassiste Bill Lee, le pł«re du cinłęaste Spike Lee. Il a młüme dłęjłŢ łętłę mis en łętat d'arrestation pour avoir participłę łŢ des manifestations łŢ Birmingham en Alabama. En cellule, il incitait ses codłętenus łŢ chanter en guise de protestation. Pour plus de renseignements, consulter le site www.bikel.com.

Le fruit d'une profonde recherche, d'une facture puissante et chantłę de fał▀on admirable, le spectacle SHOLOM ALEICHEM: LAUGHTER THROUGH TEARS est l'histoire vraie de la jeunesse, la cłęlłębritłę et le voyage rempli de dłęfis vers l'Amłęrique de ce grand conteur yiddish. SHOLOM ALEICHEM: LAUGHTER THROUGH TEARS sera prłęsentłę en premił«re canadienne au Winter Garden Theatre de Toronto du 13 au 18 octobre 2009 dans le cadre de la saison 2009-2010 de la Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company. Pour plus de dłętails, consulter le site suivant : www.hgjewishtheatre.com.

ł─ propos de l'AFM Canada
AFM Canada est le bureau complłęmentaire bien que tout łŢ fait distinct de l'American Federation of Musicians, United States and Canada (la Fłędłęration amłęricaine des musiciens des łÔtats-Unis et du Canada) et łŢ ce titre, occupe une place unique pour traiter des questions canadiennes de ses membres canadiens. C'est l'organisme professionnel de premier rang dans son domaine d'activitłę, au service des musiciens canadiens, et reprłęsente au-delłŢ de 17 000 musiciens professionnels au Canada. En juin 2009, l'AFM Canada a amorcłę les cłęlłębrations soulignant son 30e anniversaire qui dureront toute l'annłęe. Pour plus de renseignements, prił«re de consulter notre site Web au www.afm.org.

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Sunday Showcase series is Taking Flight with utmost musicianship - Oct. 18

Sunday Showcase: Promising young talent and a composer from the ESOĺ─˘s ranks propel series opener

Taking Flight
Sunday, October 18th ĺ─ý 2:00 pm

October 8th, 2009 - Edmonton, AB ĺ─Â Performing timeless musical works, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) and Music Director William Eddins kick-off the newly formatted Sunday Showcase series by Taking Flight at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music. Bringing a new, unique essence to the series, these matinee concerts can be considered the perfect stepping stone for families with teens and young adults.

In this diverse and lyrical showcase of music, 17-year-old prodigious Canadian violinist and student at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music, Maia Cabeza, demonstrates the technically brilliant style of Glazunovĺ─˘s Violin Concerto. ESO Principal Trombone John McPherson will be featured soloist in his own composition Walk in Beauty, and Bill Eddins and the orchestra bring natureĺ─˘s music to the concert hall with Respighiĺ─˘s sparkling suite Gli uccelli (The Birds). Mozartĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Pragueĺ─¨ Symphony, written in gratitude for the people of Bohemia, closes the series opening concert.

Following the performance, join Resident Conductor Lucas Waldin and violinist Maia Cabeza in the main lobby for our Sunday Coffee Shop. Audience members are invited to ask questions about the performance in a casual, relaxed, and fun atmosphere.

In appreciation of educators in our community, the ESO welcomes Kathy Goudreau, new principal of A. Blair McPherson School to the matinee concert. Ms. Goudreau will be available to speak with students, their parents, and all ESO patrons. Join her to learn about the progress on the building and discover her unique vision for the school, which opens in September, 2010. It was previously announced that John McPhersonĺ─˘s father, a strong advocate and volunteer for public education, would be granted a namesake school.

Many of the ESO musicians are also educators, active in the community as private music lesson instructors. An online directory of these musicians and their current instruction offerings is now available on the ESO website.

Ticket prices for Taking Flight range from $20 ĺ─ý $65 (agency fees apply), and are available through the Winspear Centre Box Office. Youth tickets are only $20 (plus fees). Call (780) 428-1414, toll-free 1-800-563-5081, or purchase online at www.edmontonsymphony.com.

The next performance of the Sunday Showcase series takes place on January 17th, 2010. ESO Principal Trumpet Robin Doyon and Canadian pianist Daniel Fung create music of medieval magic and folk-art celebration, together with Bill Eddins, in European Inspirations.

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, marking its 58th season in 2009-2010, has taken its place as one of Canada's foremost orchestral ensemble. Its current roster includes 56 musicians from Canada and around the world, performing a wide-ranging repertoire from the great classical masterworks to pops and children's concerts. The presence of the orchestra and its enrichment of the community's quality of life are key elements in the stature and profile of Edmonton on the national and international scene.

Biographies

Canadian violinist Maia Cabeza started violin studies in Toronto at the age of four. Accepted at 13, she is currently a student at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where Ida Kavafian and Joseph Silverstein are her violin teachers. She had her first soloist performance with orchestra at the age of 10, and more recently, she performed with the Reno Philharmonic, the Detroit Symphony at Meadow Brook Music Festival, and with the Sphinx Chamber Orchestra. In 2004, she was loaned an 1892 Gragnani violin by the Stradivari Society of Chicago, and in 2005, she was awarded a fellowship from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development towards advancing musical studies. A finalist in the 2009 Albert M. Greenfield Philadelphia Orchestra Competition and a semi-finalist in the 2008 Yehudi Menuhin International violin competition, Ms. Cabeza has won prizes in numerous competitions.

Now 17, Maia Cabeza has performed as a soloist with several orchestras, including the Orquesta Academica del Teatro Colłän in Buenos Aires, the Chapel Hill Philharmonia, the Duke String School Chamber Orchestra, the Danville Symphony, and the Triangle Youth Philharmonic. She was the concertmaster of the Triangle Youth Philharmonic for the 2005-2006 season, and has worked under conductors such as Simon Rattle, Christoph Eschenbach, and Charles Dutoit as a member of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra. Past violin teachers include Patinka Kopec (Manhattan School of Music), Richard Luby (UNC), and Robert Lipsett. Maia has attended several prestigious summer festivals including the Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland, Yellow Barn Young Artists Program, Encore School for Strings, and the Aspen Music Festival and School.

This is Ms. Cabezaĺ─˘s debut with the ESO.

Since 1980, John McPherson has been Principal Trombone of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. A native Edmontonian, John has been both a trombone and euphonium soloist with the ESO. In addition, the orchestra has performed many of his compositions. Previous orchestral experience includes the Toronto Symphony, Hamilton Philharmonic, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra, and the Canadian Opera Orchestra.

An active musician in many areas, John has played with the Tommy Banks Band, the New Orleans Connection, the Canadian Hot Stars Dixieland Band, the Alberta Jazz Repertory Orchestra, the Bad for Business Big Band and many others. As a chamber musician, John has performed and recorded as a member of the Canadian Chamber Ensemble, the Malcolm Forsyth Trombone Ensemble, the Albertasauras Tuba Quartet, the Old Strathcona Town Band, and the Plumbers Union. He is a founding member of E-SWAT, a tactical musical strike team of the ESO which launches surgical attacks of music where itĺ─˘s least expected.

As an educator John has been part of the ESOĺ─˘s Adopt a Player program, taught at numerous music camps, and since 1985 has been Visiting Assistant Professor of Trombone and Euphonium at the University of Alberta.

Composition has become an increasingly important part of Johnĺ─˘s career. He has received commissions from Grande Prairie Regional College, the Wild Rose String Quartet, and the Alberta Foundation for the Performing Arts. His works have been performed by such groups as the Edmonton Symphony, the Hammerhead Consort, Take 3, the NOWage Orchestra, the Beau String Quartet of Calgary, Basstiality of Toronto, and the Festival City Pops Orchestra. Many of these performances have been recorded and broadcast on programs such as Arts National, Two New Hours, and Alberta In Concert.


Under Music Director William Eddinsĺ─˘ charismatic and energetic direction, the Edmonton Symphony has attained a level of musicianship and profile in the community it has rarely achieved. He has conducted performances in nearly every subscription series the ESO has presented, as well as a wide variety of special concerts and galas.

Billĺ─˘s musical life began at age five when his parents bought a Wurlitzer Grand piano at a garage sale. He attended the Eastman School of Music, graduating at age eighteen, making him the youngest graduate in the history of the institution. He also studied conducting with Daniel Lewis at the University of Southern California. Previous positions include a five-year tenure as Principal Guest Conductor of the RTłÔ National Symphony Orchestra (Ireland) and as Resident Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Associate Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra.

Bill Eddins continues to pursue many varied interests, both personally and professionally. While conducting has been his principal pursuit, he continues to perform on piano in Edmonton and elsewhere. He recently built a state of the art recording studio and has begun work on a series of chamber music recordings. He blogs regularly on insidethearts.com and has done a series of podcasts called Classical Connections available at williameddins.com.

Committed to his leadership of the ESO, Mr. Eddins accepts a limited number of guest appearances elsewhere. He led a highly-acclaimed production of Porgy and Bess for Opłęra de Lyon in June 2008, which he will reprise during the summer of 2010, and most recently toured South Africa in August 2009 with the stunning soprano Renłęe Fleming and KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra. His latest recording, of American music for Cello and Piano, has been released on the Naxos label.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Bill currently resides in Minneapolis with his wife Jen, a clarinetist, and their two boys, Raef and Riley.

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Ouverture du 2e Forum social qułębłęcois ce soir łŢ Montrłęal; 5 000 participantes sont attendues de partout au Qułębec

Montrłęal, le 8 octobre 2009 - Le 8 octobre łŢ 20h30, la 2e łędition du Forum social qułębłęcois ouvrira ses portes avec un grand spectacle au Medley. Le spectacle marque le dłębut de quatre jours de confłęrences, ateliers, expositions, activitłęs culturelles et un festival de film engagłę. Les activitłęs prendront fin le lundi 12 octobre avec une grande marche manifestive et un spectacle de clłąture łŢ la Place łÔmilie-Gamelin.

Le 2e Forum social qułębłęcois a principalement lieu au Cłęgep du Vieux Montrłęal mais des activitłęs se dłęrouleront łŢ l'Universitłę du Qułębec łŢ Montrłęal, łŢ la Place łÔmilie-Gamelin et dans plusieurs bars participants du Quartier Latin.
ĺ─«L'łęvłęnement attirera plusieurs milliers de personnes de partout au Qułębec et offrira plus de 450 activitłęs ouvertes au public, organisłęes par des groupes provenant de toutes les rłęgions et impliqułęs dans leurs milieux.

Le vendredi en aprł«s-midi et le samedi et dimanche toute la journłęe, des centaines d'ateliers de rłęflexion permettront la tenue des dłębats et discussions entre les participantEs sur divers thł«mes, allant des droits humains et des luttes sociales au Qułębec łŢ l'environnement et la santłę et passant par les arts et la culture et la dłęmocratisation de l'information. Des ateliers seront prłęsentłęs sur l'abus envers les ainłęEs, les dłęfis des młędias alternatifs, l'exploitation minił«re au Qułębec et le cas de Malartic, les enjeux d'immigration au Qułębec, la permaculture urbaine, la rłęalitłę des travailleurs agricoles migrants, la dłęcroissance et la crise łęconomique. Et ce n'est qu'un mince aperł▀u de l'łęventail de sujets traitłęs !

De plus, six grandes confłęrences laisseront la parole łŢ des panłęlistes d'ici et d'ailleurs, qui se prononceront sur des thł«mes tels que le militarisme, l'exclusion sociale et la privatisation du savoir. Entre autres, participeront Albert Jacquard, philosophe et łęcrivain franł▀ais, Aminata Tourłę Barry, militante malienne, Gordon Edwards du Regroupement pour la surveillance du nuclłęaire et le palestinien Ahmad Jaradat.

Une centaine d'activitłęs culturelles
Durant la journłęe et en soirłęe, les participantEs auront le choix parmi une centaine d'activitłęs culturelles comme le festival Cinłę-paix, des pił«ces de thłęłótre, des spectacles de jazz, chanson et rock qułębłęcois et des expositions de photographie sur des thł«mes comme le nuclłęaire, le lock-out du Journal de Montrłęal et les travailleuses et travailleurs du Nord du Qułębec.

Le Forum social qułębłęcois est un espace non partisan, organisłę par la sociłętłę civile : groupes communautaires, fłęministes, łętudiants, organisations syndicales, citoyennes et citoyens engagłęs. Il s'inscrit dans la mouvance des forums sociaux mondiaux qui visent łŢ rłęflłęchir łŢ un autre modł«le de dłęveloppement. Il se veut aussi le creuset d'łęmergence d'une nouvelle culture politique d'implication citoyenne qui stimule l'engagement et la participation du plus grand nombre łŢ la vie publique.

En 2007, plus de 5 000 personnes d'horizons les plus divers avaient participłę łŢ la premił«re łędition du Forum social qułębłęcois. Au Qułębec, plusieurs forums rłęgionaux ou locaux se sont tenus en 2008 et 2009.

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Provost, Zaldivar, Richard et Lłęveillłę en concert łŢ la Maison de la Culture Frontenac



QUATRE CONCERTS POUR LE 10łÓME ANNIVERSAIRE Dĺ─˘EFFENDI
DURANT LA SłÔRIE FRONTENAC JAZZ

Montrłęal, le jeudi 8 octobre 2009 ĺ─ý Effendi Records est fier de prłęsenter quatre concerts durant la słęrie Frontenac Jazz, qui sĺ─˘inscrivent dans les activitłęs cłęlłębrant le 10ł«me anniversaire du label.

Pour sa słęrie de concerts jazz qui se dłęroulera du 16 au 23 octobre, la Maison de la Culture Frontenac souligne le 10ł«me anniversaire du label montrłęalais, et prłęsente cette annłęe quatre artistes Effendi. Lĺ─˘entrłęe est libre.

Vendredi 16 octobre 2009 ĺ─ý 20h
Sylvain Provost Trio / Dłęsirs Dłęmodłęs

Avec son nouvel album Dłęsirs Dłęmodłęs (EfČéfendi Records - sortie mars 2009), le guitariste Sylvain Provost poursuit sa dłęmarche et nous propose, fidł«le łŢ ses habitudes, une oeuvre originale et personnelle, inspirłęe par la richesse lyrique des divers sons de ses guitares favoriČétes. Il profite de cet album pour nous prłęsenter sa nouvelle formation en trio, composłęe de ses amis et complices, les musiciens Guy Boisvert łŢ la contrebasse et Alain Boyer łŢ la batterie.

Mercredi 21 octobre 2009 ĺ─ý 20h
Rafael Zaldivar Trio

Rafael Zaldivar est un jeune pianiste jazz au riche parcours musical issu de la trł«s exigeante łęcole cubaine. Il se sert de ses racines pour agrłęmenter ses compositions et improvisations. Beaucoup de professionnels łŢ Montrłęal (musiciens et journaČélistes confondus) le considł«rent dĺ─˘ores et dłęjłŢ comme un grand pianiste. Il sortira son premier album sur Effendi Records en mars 2010. Il sera accompagnłę pour lĺ─˘occasion de Morgan Moore łŢ la contrebasse et de Jim Doxas łŢ la batterie.

Jeudi 22 octobre 2009 ĺ─ý 20h
Franł▀ois Richard Nouvel Orchestra

Le Franł▀ois Richard Nouvel Orchestra prłęsente lĺ─˘intłęgrale de son plus rłęcent opus, intitulłę simplement Nouvel Orchestra. Avec lĺ─˘ajout dĺ─˘introductions et de solos plus łęlaborłęs et rłęalisłęs en direct, le concert prłęsente des compositions entił«rement originales, en majoČéritłę łęcrites par le chef qui performe sur scł«ne avec les musiciens. Avec Franł▀ois Richard (flł¬te et flł¬te alto), Yannick Rieu (saxophones tłęnor et soprano), Geoff Lapp (piano), Fraser Hollins (contrebasse), Martin Auguste (batteČérie), Młęlanie Błęlair (violon), Stłęphane Allard (violon), Ligia Paquin (alto) et Sheila HanniČégan (violoncelle).

Vendredi 23 octobre 2009 ĺ─ý 20h
Yves Lłęveillłę Sextet / Amazing Graceĺ─Â continuum

Plusieurs compositions inłędites du pianiste et compositeur Yves Lłęveillłę et un survol des musiques de ses quatre prłęcłędents albums (parus sur Effendi Records) dont le dernier intitulłę Soho. Puisant son inspiration aussi bien dans lĺ─˘univers de la musique classique, des musiques du monde et bien entendu dans le monde du jazz, les compositions de Lłęveillłę reflł«tent un univers łŢ la fois dense et fluide. Les arrangements sont soignłęs et recherchłęs, les compositions restent toujours prł«s du coeur. Yves Lłęveillłę (piano et compositions), Aron Doyle (trompette), Roberto Murray (saxophoČénes), Frank Lozano (saxophones et clarinette basse), Marc Lalonde (contrebasse) et Ugo Di Vito (batterie).

Informations :
Maison de la Culture Frontenac
2550, rue Ontario Est
Montrłęal, QC, H2K 1W7
514-872-7882

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Celso Machado le 17 octobre au Thłęłótre Centennial

Celso Machado : arrłüt exclusif en Estrie avant la Suł«de
Thłęłótre Centennial / Universitłę Bishop
Le samedi 17 octobre 2009 20 h
Rłęgulier $23.00, AłĂnłę (60+) $12.50, łÔtudiant (avec carte) $12.50

Homme-orchestre de grand talent, Celso Machado est aussi une sommitłę en termes de partitions de guitare et un guitariste hors-pair. Brłęsilien dĺ─˘origine, il est installłę en Colombie-Britannique dĺ─˘oł╝ il łęlabore ses tournłęes canadiennes en plus de rłępondre łŢ de multiples demandes de concerts łŢ lĺ─˘łętranger. Son art consiste łŢ reproduire des atmosphł«res au moyen de diverses percussions joułęes concurremment łŢ la guitare ou solo. On se croirait dans lĺ─˘univers crłęłę. Sa musique sĺ─˘inspire bien łęvidemment des rythmes brłęsiliens et des bruits de la jungle amazonienne mais aussi de la cłąte ouest oł╝ il demeure maintenant. ł─ voir pour toute la dimension nature du spectacle. ł─ entendre pour se laisser bercer de sons chauds. Extraits/Dłętails Site Web : www.celsomachado.com

Spectacle de lancement de la słęrie musique du Monde de la saison 2009-2010 au Thłęłótre Centennial, cĺ─˘est aussi la dernił«re chance pour le public de sĺ─˘abonner łŢ cette słęrie de 5 spectacles pour $90 (Manou Gallo/Constantinople/Inti-Illimani/Alex*Cuba).

SAISON 2009-2010 SEASON - WWW.CENTENNIALTHEATRE.CA
Bishop's University 2600 College ĺ─«Sherbrooke, Qułębec ĺ─«Canada J1M 1Z7

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Inherit the Wind & Pulitzer Prize Winner at Segal Centre

The Segal Centre for Performing Arts
and
Ernst & Young
Present
INHERIT THE WIND
By Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Directed by Greg Kramer
October 18 to November 8, 2009

MONTREAL October 5, 2009 ĺ─ý The Segal Centre is proud to launch its new theatre season with Lawrence and Leeĺ─˘s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, Inherit the Wind.

This thrilling courtroom drama was inspired by the famous ĺ─˛Scopes Monkey Trialĺ─˘ of 1925 in Dayton, Tennessee where schoolteacher John Scopes was accused of violating a state law against teaching the theory of human evolution.

ĺ─˙Lawrence and Lee wrote Inherit the Wind during the 1950s when Senator McCarthy was on the scene in the United States,ĺ─¨ said Bryna Wasserman, Artistic and Executive Director of the Segal Centre. ĺ─˙The play is a metaphor for the importance of intellectual freedom and the dangers of restricting free speech

ĺ─˙Our production will make a lasting impression on theatergoersĺ─¨, adds Wasserman. ĺ─˙Director Greg Kramerĺ─˘s brilliant choice of actors adds a unique dimension and depth to the play and Elli Buntonĺ─˘s imaginative set strives to bring the audience into the action of the playĺ─¨.

Costumes are by Susana Vera and lighting is by Robert Thomson. John Gilbert is the musical director.

The play stars Sean McCann (defence lawyer Henry Drummond) and David Francis (prosecutor Matthew Harrison Brady). McCann is one of Canada's most esteemed character actors and has been presented with or nominated for almost every major Canadian award in film, TV and theatre. Francis works equally in English and French in film, television, radio and theatre and has won Critics Choice Awards for both Sleuth and Passion Play at the Segal Centre.

In keeping with the Segal Centreĺ─˘s objective to enhance the theatregoing experience, we are pleased to announce that Pulitzer Prize recipient Edward Larson will lecture at Sunday @ the Segal on October 18, 2009 at 11am.

Professor Larson won the Pulitzer Prize for history for his book, Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and Americaĺ─˘s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion.

Larson is a professor at the Pepperdine University School of Law. He has addressed Inherit the Wind audiences in the United States, including Tony Randallĺ─˘s National Actors Theatre production on Broadway, and on the Showtime television version of the play with George C. Scott and Jack Lemmon. More recently, Larsonĺ─˘s work was featured in the playbill for the 2007 Broadway revival of Inherit the Wind with Christopher Plummer and Brian Dennehy. Dennehy used Larsonĺ─˘s book to prepare for his character.

Several scholars, scientists and theologians will attend Professor Larsonĺ─˘s lecture at the Segal Centre, including renowned ethicist Margaret Somerville. Somerville is the Founding Director of the Centre for Medicine, Ethics and Law at McGill University.

This year marks the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of his work, On the Origin of Species. The debate between Darwinĺ─˘s theory of evolution and creationism is as relevant today as it was in 1925.

CAST BIOS

Tyrone Benskin - Reverend Jeremiah Brown
Tyrone has appeared on some of Canadaĺ─˘s most distinguished stages and in over 100 film and television projects. His most recent roles include: Joseph Boulogne in Le Code Noir (Black Theatre Workshop), an Alaskan in An Enemy of the People (Segal Centre), and Bob in the Hallmark production of The Christmas Choir. As the Artistic Director of Black Theatre Workshop and the National Vice-President of ACTRA, life is full!

Tamara Brown ĺ─ý Rachel Brown
When Tamara first walked through the doors of the Segal Centre it was to teach theatre classes at the Youth Institute. Four years later, she is thrilled to debut on the Segal stage and to work with this incredible team. Tamaraĺ─˘s acting credits include: Blacks Don't Bowl and Harlem Duet (Black Theatre Workshop); and Lion in the Streets (Tableau Dĺ─˘Hłąte Theatre).ĺ─«
Bill Corday ĺ─ý Elijah

Bill came to Montreal 40 years ago from Philadelphia, where he was a prominent director of dramas, musicals and operas. His work with the Rittenhouse Opera Society led to a position at The Academy of Vocal Arts teaching acting for opera. In Montreal he produced and directed at the Czarda Dinner Theater. As a screen actor he appeared in many films, including Nuremburg and Varianĺ─˘s War.

Bill Croft ĺ─ý Judge
Originally from Vancouver, Bill appeared on the hit television seriesĺ─˘ McGyver, DaVinciĺ─˘s Inquest, X Files, Stargate and Andromeda. Movie credits include Legends of the Fall, Stakeout, Needful Things, It and Shoot to Kill. Bill spent six months in China filming Charge out of the Amazon, which won Chinaĺ─˘s best picture in 2002. Bill recently performed in the Segalĺ─˘s production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Graham Cuthbertson ĺ─ý Tom Davenport
Graham is a graduate of Concordia University's Theatre department and a founding member of the SideMart Theatrical Grocery. SideMart's winter production of Haunted Hillbilly will run in the Segal Centre Studio this December and feature Juno-nominated musician Matthew Barber and an all-star Montreal ensemble. Haunted Hillbilly's workshop production won Graham the Best New Script award from Montreal Critics.

David Francis - Matthew Harrison Brady
An intrepid traveler, Davidĺ─˘s career has taken him throughout England and Europe, India and the South Atlantic, the U.S and Canada ĺ─ý most recently to Stratford for eight seasons. But nothing beats going to work on the metro. Home again, heĺ─˘s just finished Quartet (Hudson) and Truth and Treason (Teesri Duniya). David has a special affection for the Segal since appearing here in Sleuth and Passion Play.

Holly Gauthier Frankel ĺ─ý Mrs. Blair
Holly is thrilled to be at the Segal once again, last seen in their production, Houdini. A professional voice actor and singer for over 20 years, Holly can be heard in various cartoons, films and commercials. She also performs burlesque all over the world, teaches workshops, and is planning a cross-Canada tour with a one-woman burlesque extravaganza! Love and thanks to all!ĺ─«

Karl Graboshas - Bertram Cates
A native Montrealer, Karl is thrilled to be back at the Segal (where he last performed in Death and Taxes) sharing the stage with this fine group of actors. A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada (ĺ─˘02) and Dawsonĺ─˘s Professional Theatre Program (ĺ─˘99), Karlĺ─˘s recent credits include roles in the series Durham County and the feature Beastly. Karl thanks his friends and family for their invaluable support.

Marcel Jeannin - E. K. Hornbeck
Segal credits: The Odd Couple, An Enemy of the People, The Diary of Anne Frank and Tuesdays with Morrie. Marcel has performed in various theatres across Canada, notably the National Arts Centre, the Great Canadian Theatre Company, the Stratford Festival, Theatre Columbus, the Globe Theatre in Regina, and the Centaur Theatre, where he will be seen next year in The Comedy of Errors.

Elan Kunin ĺ─ý Jesse Dunlop
Elan began his career at the Segal Centre with The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz in the breakout role of Duddy. He followed that with leading roles in Old Wicked Songs, On Second Ave, The Great Houdini, Pirates of Penzance, and several others. He is currently the Composer in Residence at the Segal where he is writing the upcoming production of The Jazz Singer and a new English musical.

Daniel Lillford ĺ─ý Mr. Meeker
Daniel has been an actor and playwright for 27 years, working in Australia and Canada.
He was last seen at the Segal in An Enemy of the People. Over 30 productions of his plays have been produced (garnering several awards) in Australia, Canada, the United States and Scotland. Daniel and his wife Rachel, who left Australia in 1997, live in Nova Scotia with their three sons.

Sean McCann - Henry Drummond
Sean is one of Canada's most esteemed character actors. He has been presented with or nominated for almost every major Canadian award in his long career in film, TV and theatre. His notable film and TV credits include: the Academy Award winning Chicago, Simon Birch, Tommy Boy, Naked Launch, Guilty as Sin, and the mini series The King Chronicle where he played the title role of MacKenzie King.

Leni Parker ĺ─ý Mrs. Brady
Leni has worked with numerous companies for the past 23 years. Her recent credits include Down From Heaven, Age of Arousal, The Baroness and The Pig, (MECCA for Best Production 2008), Life is a Dream, Isadora: Fabulist, Chapter Two, Assorted Candies (MECCA for Best Actress), Bye Bye Baby,Tout comme elle. Her TV and film credits include Earth: Final Conflict, Adamĺ─˘s Wall, Afterwards, and Orphan.

Glenn Roy ĺ─ý Storekeeper/Sillers
Glenn is very pleased to be appearing in his first production at the Segal Centre. Selected Montreal area productions: Brigitĺ─˘s Reel (Theatre Panache); The Eddy Cantor Story (Cameo Productions); Ethan Claymore, Melville Boys (Hudson Village Theatre West); Look Back In Anger, Juno and the Paycock, Oliver! (Centaur); Man of La Mancha, The Megantic Outlaw, Groucho, Loot, Mrs. Warrenĺ─˘s Profession (Theatre Lac Brome).

Set Designer ELLI BUNTON
Costume Designer SUSANA VERA
Lighting Designer ROBERT THOMSON
Stage Manager TODD BRICKER
Assistant Stage Manager JEN JONES
Assistant Director CAITLIN MURPHY
Musical Director JOHN GILBERT

88.5 CBC Radio One proudly presents Sunday-@-the-Segalĺ─«
Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 11am. Admission is free.ĺ─«
Lecturer: Pulitzer Prize recipient Edward Larson. Professor Larson won the Pulitzer Prize for history for his book Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and Americaĺ─˘s Continuing Debate Over Science and Religion.

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

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

TICKETS INFORMATION
ĺ─«ĺ─«Run: ĺ─«October 18 to November 8, 2009ĺ─«ĺ─«
Previews: ĺ─«October 18 - 1:30 pmĺ─«
October 19-21 - 8:00 pmĺ─«ĺ─«
Sunday-@-the-Segal: ĺ─«October 18 - 11:00 am
Performances: ĺ─«Monday - Thursday, 8:00 pm
ĺ─«Saturday 8:30 pmĺ─«
Sunday 7:00 pmĺ─«ĺ─«
Matinłęes: ĺ─«Wednesdays 1:00 pmĺ─«
Sundays 2:00 pmĺ─«ĺ─«
Box Office: ĺ─«(514) 739-7944ĺ─«ĺ─«
Admissionĺ─«(514) 790-1245ĺ─«
www.admission.comĺ─«ĺ─«ĺ─«

Segal Centre for Performing Artsĺ─«
5170 Cłąte Ste. Catherine Rd.

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La culture łŢ son meilleur et łŢ la portłęe de tous ! Thłęłótre Outremont Automne 2009

Pour le dłębut de la saison 2009-2010 du Thłęłótre Outremont, l'arrondissement offre une programmation riche et variłęe et accueille des artistes professionnels, que ce soit en danse, en musique ou en thłęłótre.

Les jeunes sont łŢ l'honneur cet automne avec 6 dimanches jeune famille, qui proposent du thłęłótre pour les 5 łŢ 12 ans, et le retour du cinłę-zoom.

La musique prend łęgalement une belle place dans la programmation avec Des airs de famille, spectacle prłęsentłę dans le cadre du projet De l'łĂle łŢ la mer, l'Orchestre Młętropolitain et le nouveau spectacle de la Maison des cultures nomades, Rythmes nomades : le 8e feu.

Diffłęrents forfaits sont disponibles pour profiter de la programmation de l'arrondissement d'Outremont. Tous les billets sont disponibles łŢ la billetterie du Thłęłótre Outremont (1248, avenue Bernard Ouest); informez-vous en tłęlłęphonant au (514) 495-9944. Cependant les achats tłęlłęphoniques se font exclusivement via Ticketpro au (514) 908-9090.

www.theatreoutremont.ca

Mia et le Migou
Le dimanche 4 octobre, łŢ 16 h
Rłęalisateur : Jacques-Rłęmy Girerd. France, Italie (2008)

Mia est une fillette d'łŢ peine dix ans. Alertłęe par un pressentiment, elle dłęcide de quitter son village natal quelque part en Amłęrique du Sud pour partir łŢ la recherche de son pł«re. Ce dernier travaille sur un chantier gigantesque visant łŢ transformer une forłüt tropicale en luxueuse rłęsidence hłątelił«re. Mia doit franchir une lointaine montagne, entourłęe d'une forłüt łęnigmatique et peuplłęe d'łütres mystłęrieux. Au coeur de ce monde de lłęgende, la fillette dłęcouvre un arbre hors du commun et se confronte aux vłęritables forces de la nature....

Simon et l'Oeuf
Le dimanche 18 octobre, łŢ 16 h
Une crłęation de Youtheatre (youtheatre.ca)
Auteur et comłędien : Michel Lefebvre
Concepteurs : dłęcors, Vłęronique Bertrand; łęclairage, Caroline Ross; vidłęo, foumalade
Compositeurs : Martin Messier et Guillaume Poulin

L'Homme reł▀oit, de la part d'un certain Simon, un colis contenant un ëýuf głęant brillant de lumił«re qui le transporte sur une łĂle fragile et mystłęrieuse nommłęe Penumbra. L'łĂle semble d'abord paradisiaque, mais l'Homme constate rapidement les effets nłęfastes de changements climatiques et de catastrophes environnementales ! Ne sachant toujours pas pourquoi il se retrouve sur cette łĂle, l'Homme s'aperł▀oit que Penumbra ressemble łętrangement łŢ sa planł«te, la Terre. Il dłęcouvre alors l'importance de ne pas abandonner l'espoir d'un monde meilleur.

Le voyage
Le dimanche 25 octobre, łŢ 16 h
Production du Thłęłótre de l'Avant-Pays (marionnettes) (avant-pays.com)
Texte et mise en scł«ne : Marie-Christine Lłü-Huu
Dłęcor et marionnettes : Patrick Martel

Un enfant et sa mł«re marchent łŢ travers les montagnes, au Japon, pour atteindre un village. Ils sont dans la neige, au milieu de nulle part. Leur survie dłępend de ce trajet łępuisant pour l'enfant. Sa mł«re, pour lui donner du courage, lui racontera trois histoires. Des histoires d'amour, de courage et de patience, qui l'aideront non seulement łŢ marcher dans le froid et le noir, mais aussi łŢ apprivoiser la nouvelle vie qui les attend tous deux. Cette nouvelle vie dont l'enfant ne voulait pas vraiment...

La migration des oiseaux invisibles
Le dimanche 1er novembre, łŢ 16 h
Crłęation de la compagnie Mathieu, Franł▀ois et les autresĺ─Â
Texte : Jean-Rock Gaudreault
Mise en scł«ne : Jacinthe Potvin
Interprł«tes :
Marie-Josłęe Forget, Marilyn Perreault
Concepteurs : łęclairages, Andrłę Rioux;
scłęnographie, Richard Lacroix;
musique originale et environnement sonore, Larsen Lupin

Sinbad et Rat d'eau, petits clandestins de la vie, enfants voyageurs, marqułęs par l'infortune, migrent avec leurs espoirs pour seuls bagages. Sinbad est convaincu de possłęder le pouvoir de devenir invisible. Rat d'eau, petit marin contraint łŢ se cacher dł«s qu'une terre est en vue, est chargłę łŢ bord de dłębusquer les clandestins. La rencontre entre Sinbad et Rat d'eau est d'abord une capture, une menace de trahison, une promesse de divulguer la magie, mais elle enclenche bientłąt le parcours d'une amitiłęĺ─ aussi inattendue qu'inespłęrłęe !

C'est pas moi, je le jure !
Le dimanche 8 novembre, łŢ 16 h
CINłÔ-ZOOM
Rłęalisateur : Philippe Falardeau. Qułębec (2008)
Avec : Antoine L'łÔcuyer, Suzanne Clłęment, Daniel Brił«re

Au dłębut de l'łętłę '68, Lłęon Dorłę, 10 ans, passe łŢ un cheveu de se pendre accidentellement. Sa mł«re le sauve in extremis, comme l'łętłę prłęcłędent dans la piscine, comme il y a deux ans dans le congłęlateur. Quand maman dłęcide de quitter la famille pour aller refaire sa vie en Grł«ce, Lłęon va tout faire pour sublimer la douleur. Piller la maison du voisin, devenir menteur professionnel, trouver de l'argent pour acheter un billet d'avion pour la Grł«ce. Et młüme, pourquoi pas, tomber amoureux de Lłęa. Ensemble, ils rłęussiront le temps d'un łętłę łŢ surmonter la douleur de vieillir quand on se sent abandonnłę.

La vłęritable histoire du Pł«re Noł┤l
Le dimanche 20 dłęcembre, łŢ 16 h
Rłęalisateur :
Juha Wuolijoki. Finlande (2007)

Dans un village de Laponie, le jeune Nikolas perd sa famille. Les villageois le prennent en charge et, chaque annłęe au jour de Noł┤l, Nikolas va vivre dans une nouvelle maison. Pour montrer sa gratitude, il fait des jouets pour les enfants des familles qui l'ont hłębergłę. Au cours des annłęes, presque chaque maison dans le village a des prłęsents sur son seuil le matin de Noł┤l. Cela ce poursuit une fois Nikolas adulte, mais, lorsqu'il devient un vieil homme, la tradition des cadeaux de Noł┤l est en danger et cela prendra un miracle pour la sauver. Une histoire de pertes surmontłęes, de reconnaissance de l'aide reł▀ue et de głęnłęrositłę anonyme, racontłęe avec autant de połęsie et de magie que de sobriłętłę.

Des airs de famille
Le mardi 13 octobre, łŢ 19 h 30
Alan Cłątłę (voix et guitare), Danielle Vaillancourt (voix, guitare et percussions), accompagnłęs de leurs deux filles, Jeanne (voix et percussions) et Mathilde (voix et piano)

De la Gaspłęsie łŢ Montrłęal. La famille Cłątłę Vaillancourt vit łŢ Petite-Vallłęe en Gaspłęsie. Les chansons aiment entrer dans leur maison et, eux aiment partager l'hłęritage chansonnier de leur famille et de tout un village.

Ce spectacle s'inscrit dans la programmation du projet De l'łĂle łŢ la mer.
De l'łĂle łŢ la mer ĺ─ý (rencontres culturelles entre Montrłęal et le Qułębec maritime) est une vitrine sur le talent des artistes en arts visuels et en arts de la scł«ne en provenance de la Gaspłęsie, des łÚles-de-la-Madeleine et du Bas-Saint-Laurent, prłęsentłę dans 17 arrondissements du rłęseau Accł«s culture de la Ville de Montrłęal.

Orchestre Młętropolitain : ł─ la russe
Le jeudi 22 octobre, łŢ 19 h 30
Confłęrence prłę-concert łŢ 18 h 30
Chef : Leo Hussain
Soliste : Yossif Ivanov, violon
Au programme :
Rimski-Korsakov : La Grande Płóque Russe
Tchałěkovski : Concerto pour violon
Borodine : Symphonie no 2

Trois des plus grands compositeurs russes de l'łępoque romantique sont ici rłęunis pour notre bonheur. Composłęe immłędiatement aprł«s le Capriccio espagnol et Shłęhłęrazade, l'ouverture de concert La Grande Płóque Russe restitue de manił«re saisissante la majestłę et la couleur si particulił«re des offices religieux de l'łęglise orthodoxe.

Avec Casse-Noisette, l'irrłęsistible Concerto pour violon de Tchałěkovski compte parmi les ëýuvres les plus joyeuses du compositeur. C'est aussi l'un des concertos les plus virtuoses et les plus populaires du rłępertoire violonistique tout entier. Il sera interprłętłę par le violoniste belge d'origine hongroise Yossif Ivanov.

Par ses sources d'inspiration, la Symphonie no 2 de Borodine, dite Č┤ łępique Ȭ est voisine de son opłęra Le Prince Igor. Comme ce dernier, elle s'inspire de l'histoire de la Russie młędiłęvale avec, tour łŢ tour, des łępisodes enflammłęs, des łęchos de danses russes et des młęlodies nostalgiques d'une grande beautłę.

Le jeune chef d'orchestre britannique Leo Hussain, qui a collaborłę avec Yannick Nłęzet-Słęguin łŢ Salzbourg łŢ l'łętłę 2008, sera sur le podium.

Rythmes nomades : le 8e feu
Le mardi 10 novembre, łŢ 19 h 30

Le spectacle est une production de la Maison des cultures nomades, corporation sous la direction artistique de Manon Barbeau, qui favorise le rapprochement interculturel
Avec Samian, Madeskimo et d'autres musiciens

La Maison des cultures nomades prłęsente son tout nouveau spectacle oł╝ de jeunes musiciens des Premił«res Nations reł▀oivent sur scł«ne des jeunes musiciens de la diversitłę culturelle. Artistes autochtones et artistes urbains błótissent des ponts entre eux, tentent ensemble de se forger une place dans la sociłętłę canadienne et d'y intłęgrer leur hłęritage. Alliant modernitłę et tradition, ils młülent leurs voix pour scander avec l'łęnergie de l'espoir, leurs rłüves de solidaritłę et de partage. Parmi les artistes invitłęs, on retrouve le rappeur młętis Samian ainsi que le VJ et DJ Geronimo Inutiq, mieux connu sous le nom de Madeskimo.

Cibler
Le mardi 27 octobre, łŢ 19 h 30
Production Danse K par K / dansekpark.com
Chorłęgraphe : Karine Ledoyen
Interprł«tes : Sonia Montminy, Ariane Voineau, Vłęronique Jalbert, Sophie Thibeault.
Concepteurs : lumił«res, Denis Gułęrette; musique originale, Mathieu Doyon; scłęnographie, Karine Ledoyen.

La nouvelle pił«ce de Karine Ledoyen met en scł«ne trois danseuses et une comłędienne dans un rythme łępoustouflant. La pił«ce nous rappelle la fragilitłę qui habite l'łütre humain dans les moments charnił«res de sa vie.

Les Frł«res Laforłüt
Le mardi 3 novembre, łŢ 19 h 30
Crłęation de Janvier Toupin Thłęłótre d'Envergure
Texte : Franł▀ois Archambault
Mise en scł«ne : Patrice Dubois
Assistance łŢ la mise en scł«ne : Catherine LaFrenił«re
Interprł«tes : Patrice Dubois, Dany Michaud et Armand Vaillancourt
Concepteurs : Ludovic Bonnier, Julie Breton, Martin Gagnłę, Olivier Landreville et Dany Michaud

ł─ la mort de leur pł«re, deux frł«res aux tempłęraments fort diffłęrents se rencontrent pour s'affranchir des tristes tłóches reliłęes łŢ de pareilles circonstances. C'est łŢ la suite de la lecture du testament de leur paternel que les deux frł«res vont confronter leurs visions diamłętralement opposłęes du monde. La pił«ce aborde les questions telles: Č┤ De quoi ai-je hłęritłę ? Ȭ, Č┤ De qui je retiens ? Ȭ, Č┤ Pourquoi suis-je ainsi ? Ȭ. Comment se fait-il que deux hommes qui ont łętłę łęlevłęs par les młümes personnes aient des visłęes complł«tement diffłęrentes dans la vie.

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The VSOĺ─˘s BACH & BEYOND Series at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts begins on October 16th and 17th with Baroque specialist Martin HaselbłĆck

October 2, 2009 - VANCOUVER, BC ĺ─ý Focusing on arguably the most important time in music's development, the VSOĺ─˘s 5-concert Bach & Beyond series features the great masterpieces of Bach and the Baroque era, through the Classical style of Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. Bach & Beyond takes audiences on an exciting, beautiful journey through the evolution of classical music. The series begins on Friday, October 16th and Saturday, October 17th with renowned conductor, organist, and founder of the Vienna Academy Ensemble, Martin HaselbłĆck, in a concert celebrating the masters of the Baroque era.

The Bach & Beyond series is performed in the beautiful Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC, a concert hall built to showcase music from this era, and each concert is perfectly crafted to take advantage of this wonderful venue and its sparkling acoustics. The VSO is grateful to the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts and the University of British Columbia for their generous assistance. The Bach & Beyond series has also been endowed by a generous gift from the Chan Foundation of Canada. The VSO is also grateful to the Chan Centre and the UBC Rose Garden Parkade for working together to provide free parking for VSO customers from 7pm on concert nights.

The Bach & Beyond series takes listeners on a beautiful journey from the Baroque era, represented by the music of Bach, Handel, Telemann, Purcell and Vivaldi, into the music of the Classical era, including Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven.

The 2009/2010 Season includes a lineup of internationally-renowned guest artists, including conductor/organist Martin HaselbłĆck, conductor/violinist Elizabeth Wallfisch, conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni, pianist Andrew Armstrong, and conductor/pianist Barry Douglas. VSO Music Director Maestro Bramwell Tovey conducts one of the concerts, and two VSO musicians take solo turns during the Season: Principal Flute Christie Reside, and Principal Oboe Roger Cole.

Order the series and save! Subscribing to all five concerts ensures guaranteed seating and savings of up to 25% over single concert ticket prices.

Single Concert Tickets: $35 - $62.50 (senior, student and subscriber discounts available)
Tickets available online at www.vancouversymphony.ca or by calling VSO customer service at 604.876.3434

CONCERT INFO

Bach & Beyond

Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17, 8pm, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC
Baroque Masters

Martin HaselbłĆck, conductor/organ

Telemann Concerto for Three Trumpets and Orchestra in D Major
Handel Concerto for Organ and Orchestra in F Major, Op. 4, No. 4, HWV 292
Bach Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068
Haydn Symphony No. 103 in E-flat Major, Drum Roll

Martin HaselbłĆck may not be a name that you know, but you should want to: founder of the Vienna Academy Ensemble, acclaimed conductor and organist, Baroque specialist and prolific recording artist with over sixty records to his name, he has done it all ĺ─ý and continues to excel in his field. He leads and performs in a quintessential Bach & Beyond concert.

Friday and Saturday, December 18 and 19, 8pm, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC
Vivaldiĺ─˘s Four Seasons

Elizabeth Wallfisch, conductor/violin
Roger Cole, oboe dĺ─˘amore

Purcell Abdelazar, Z.570: Suite
Handel Concerto Grosso, Op 6, No. 9, HWV 327, in F Major
JS Bach Concerto for Oboe d'amore in A major, BMV 1055
Vivaldi The Four Seasons

Wonderful violinist and Baroque conductor Elizabeth Wallfisch leads from the violin in a program that includes Bachĺ─˘s deliciously beautiful Concerto for Oboe dĺ─˘amore ĺ─ý with VSO Principal Oboist Roger Cole taking a solo turn ĺ─ý and Vivaldiĺ─˘s timeless classic The Four Seasons, which has stayed on the top of the charts for over two hundred and eighty years.

Friday and Saturday, February 19 and 20, 8pm, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC
A Little Night Music: Mozart and Haydn

Jean-Marie Zeitouni, conductor
Andrew Armstrong, piano

Haydn Il Mondo della Luna, Overture
Haydn Piano Concerto Hob XVIII: 4 in G Major
Mozart Serenata Notturna K 239
Mozart Notturno K 286
Mozart Concert Rondo in A Major K 386
Mozart Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Mozart and Haydn: Musical perfection. Haydn took hold of the torch passed to him by Bach and the great composers of the Baroque era and kept the flame ablaze; Mozart took that torch and turned it into a bonfire. Great young Canadian conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni will present their music with the style and grace it deserves.

Visit Andrew Armstrong at: www.andrewarmstrong.com

Friday and Saturday, April 23 and 24, 8pm, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC
Bach and Beyond

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Bach Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
Stravinsky/Pergolesi Pulcinella: Suite
Mozart Masonic Funeral Music, K.477
Haydn Symphony No. 73 in D Major, La chasse

Maestro Tovey conducts a concert that features Baroque and Classical music with an exciting twist. Bachĺ─˘s Orchestral Suites are some of the pinnacle achievements of the Baroque era. Haydnĺ─˘s Symphony No. 73 is another of his many great works of refined beauty. And hereĺ─˘s a twist: the suite from Russian composer Igor Stravinskyĺ─˘s great ballet music Pulcinella, written in the twentieth century and based on the music of eighteenth century Italian Baroque composer Giovanni Pergolesi.

Friday and Saturday, May 21 and 22, 8pm, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC
Barry Douglas plays Beethoven

Barry Douglas, conductor/piano

Mozart Symphony No. 25 in G minor, K.183
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1
Haydn Symphony No. 104 in D Major, London

Barry Douglas is truly an extraordinary musician. Studying piano, clarinet, cello and organ while growing up in Belfast; and in 1986 he became the first non-Russian to win outright gold in the International Tchaikovsky Piano Competition since Van Cliburn in 1958. Douglas will conduct and perform in a concert that features Mozartĺ─˘s scintillating little G minor symphony and Beethovenĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No.1.

Visit Barry Douglas at: www.barry-douglas.com

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5-Penny presents MIKROKOSMOS, music for sixteenth-tone piano

Sudbury Concert Features Extraordinary Piano

Distinguished composer-pianist Bruce Mather is the featured artist as Sudbury's 5-Penny New Music Concert series launches its 2009-10 season. The concert is on Friday, October 16, 2009, at 8 p.m. at St. Peter's United Church in Sudbury. Admission is $15 and $10 for students. Tickets will be available at the door or at Black Cat, 96 Durham Street, Sudbury.

For this concert, Mather will bring from Montreal his "microtonal" piano. The only one of its kind in Canada, it looks like an ordinary piano but sounds extraordinarily different. The instrument is pitched in sixteenth-tone intervals from key to key, instead of the semitones of conventional pianos. It has 97 keys instead of the usual 88, yet the instrument spans only one octave from top to bottom. Within this range, delicate waves of sonorities are created as the performer moves between the intervals.

At the concert, Mather will perform selections from his set of Microtonal Etudes. Composed in 2000, they explore a range of expressive moods in a shimmering, bell-like style reminiscent of the Javanese gamelan. Also on the program are pieces by John Burke, Jacques Desjardins, John Oliver, Gilles Tremblay and Alain Banquart, the latter with electronics.

Born in Toronto in 1939, Bruce Mather taught at McGill University until his retirement in 2001. A leading figure in Canadian contemporary music, Mather has written extensively in a variety of genres. He has performed widely as a pianist, including with his wife, Pierrette LePage, as a member of the Mather/LePage piano duo.


This event is presented by the 5-Penny New Music Concerts in collaboration with Laurentian University and Cambrain College. It is also made possible with the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, SOCAN Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Greater Sudbury.

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Women's Committee of The Cleveland Orchestra to hold open rehearsal and luncheon

CLEVELAND, October 2, 2009 ĺ─ý The Womenĺ─˘s Committee of The Cleveland Orchestra invites members of the community to attend a ĺ─˙Meet the Artistĺ─¨ Luncheon program titled ĺ─˙Touring With The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─¨ on Friday, October 16, 2009, at Severance Hall. Guests will enjoy an Open Rehearsal of The Cleveland Orchestra, luncheon, and a conversation with an Orchestra musician and members of the Orchestraĺ─˘s staff.

Can you imagine traveling with a tuba? How would you pack your piano? Beginning with an Open Rehearsal, guests will be privileged to be part of the only audience to hear previews of music that the Orchestra will play on their fall tour. (They leave the next day!) Following a delicious luncheon, conversations will be held in Reinberger Chamber Hall among musicians and staff, presenting a unique ĺ─˙travelogueĺ─¨ as well as insights and personal stories of previous tours with The Cleveland Orchestra, just prior to their departure for Toronto, Paris, and Vienna.
The event begins with registration at 9:15 a.m. in the Smith Lobby. Guests will attend the Open Rehearsal from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Main Concert Hall. A luncheon follows at 12:30 p.m., and a special program begins at 1:30 p.m. in Reinberger Chamber Hall, featuring principal percussionist Richard Weiner, along with other musicians and MAA staff in conversation with Gary Ginstling, general manager of The Cleveland Orchestra. Mr. Weiner was appointed to The Cleveland Orchestra in 1963, and has participated in every foreign tour that the Orchestra has undertaken except the first, including tours to Australia, China, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Scandanavia, and the Soviet Union, as well as Central and South America.
The luncheon is part of the Womenĺ─˘s Committee of The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Meet the Artistĺ─¨ luncheon and program series, which continues on December 4 and March 19.

ĺ─˙Meet the Artistĺ─¨ Luncheon: ĺ─˙Touring With The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─¨
Presented by the Womenĺ─˘s Committee of The Cleveland Orchestra

Friday, October 16, 2009
Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106

9:15 a.m. Registration begins (Smith Lobby)

10:00 a.m. Open Rehearsal (Main Concert Hall)
The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-MłĆst, conductor

12:30 p.m. Luncheon (Smith Lobby)

1:30 p.m. Program (Reinberger Chamber Hall)
The program features Richard Weiner, principal percussionist, along with other musicians and MAA staff in conversation with Gary Ginstling, general manager of The Cleveland Orchestra.

Tickets: $65.00
Reservation deadline: October 9, 2009
For more information, or to order tickets, please call Lori Cohen at (216) 231-7557.

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Geordie goes West with The Jungle Book tour!

Geordie Productions logo
"A must-see...an endearing story featuring the right mix of humour and suspense." - Kathryn Greenaway, Montreal Gazette

October 7, 2009 (MONTREAL) - Geordie Productions heads out this Friday to tour its 2008 smash hit, The Jungle Book to Western Canada with 39 performances scheduled in Edmonton and Winnipeg.

Rudyard Kipling's classic collection of short stories, adapted by Tracey Power and directed by Dean Patrick Fleming, premiered on Geordie's Montreal Mainstage in May 2008. Hailed a success by audiences and critics alike, the production was recognized with 3 MECCA nominations, and was the winner in the category for Best Costume Design. With a series of sold-out shows at the D.B. Clarke Theatre, it played to over 5,500 children, teachers and grown-ups from the Greater Montreal area. Now, with tour dates in Edmonton's The Citadel Theatre (October 17 - November 1) and Winnipeg's Manitoba Theatre for Young Audiences (November 6 - 15), it will have the opportunity to reach nearly 20,000 new audience members.

Although Geordie has a strong history of presenting traveling plays to communities across Quebec and Eastern Canada - for over 28 years the Geordie School Tour travels over 27,000km annually, and has performed in the Far North and the U.S. - this will be the first time the company will tour a Mainstage production that has been designed specifically for a fully-equipped major venue.

"Being able to tour a production of this scale, both in technical set-up and stage requirements, is a tremendous opportunity. We are honored that our colleagues from across Canada have invited us to perform on their stages so that this show can be shared with many more Canadians outside our Montreal community." - Dean Patrick Fleming

Design team include: Lighting Design by Ana Cappelluto; MECCA-nominated Sound by percussionist Kristie Ibrahim; MECCA-nominated Set Design by Amy Keith; MECCA award-winning Costume & Mask Design by Susana Vera. Stage management is provided by Melanie St-Jacques.

The touring cast features many of the same accomplished actors from the original production: Glenda Braganza, Chip Chuipka, Paula Jean Hixson, and Oliver Koomsatira, who received the Elsa Bolam Award for Best Emerging Artist in his portrayal of Mowgli; with new cast members Alain Goulem and Mike Payette.

[photo: The Jungle Book]

THE JUNGLE BOOK | Adapted by Tracey Power | Directed by Dean Patrick Fleming
Raised by a pack of wolves and other creatures of the wild, Mowgli is still growing and learning his true nature. When Shere Khan, a Bengal tiger, threatens the way of the jungle, Mowgli must find the courage that sets him apart from his friends and family.

The Citadel Theatre, Edmonton
Box Office: (780) 425-1820
October 17 - November 1, 2009

MTYP, Winnipeg
Box Office: (204) 942-8898
November 6 - 15, 2009

Geordie Productions gratefully acknowledges The Canada Council for the Arts, and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, for their financial support of this tour.

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BTW Presents Ranee Lee in Swan Song of Maria by Carol Cece Anderson Beginning Nov. 3

Ranee Lee returns to the theatrical stage in a moving production about one womanĺ─˘s struggle against Alzheimerĺ─˘s

Black Theatre Workshop Presents

Swan Song of Maria
(A Tragic Fairy Tale)

By Carol Cece Anderson - Directed by Tyrone Benskin

Starring Ranee Lee and Joel Miller
With Classical Ballet Performances Throughout the Production

November 3 ĺ─ý 22 - MAI ĺ─ý 3680 Jeanne Mance

This year we are in a more intimate space so tickets will sell out quickly
Call today: 514-932-1104 ext 226 or email: boxoffice@blacktheatreworkshop.ca

In Collaboration with Alzheimer Groupe Inc.

MEMORY SURRENDERED
ĺ─˙Youĺ─˘ll look into my eyes. And you wonĺ─˘t see me anymore. You wonĺ─˘t see me anymore, because Iĺ─˘ll be gone. Iĺ─˘ll have surrendered. Thatĺ─˘s when the time will come, Joe...Thatĺ─˘s when youĺ─˘ll know.ĺ─¨ ĺ─ý Jillian from Swan Song of Maria

Montreal, October 7 ĺ─ý If nothing changes, over one million Canadians will have Alzheimerĺ─˘s disease or a related dementia within 25 years, with no hope of surviving. Black Theatre Workshop presents the magical world premier of its Mainstage production Swan Song of Maria (a tragic fairy tale) by Carol Cece Anderson. Starring two of Canadaĺ─˘s finest performers, Ranee Lee and Joel Miller, accompanied by a classical ballerina and live pianist, Swan Song of Maria studies this mysterious decease, and tells the poetic story of a coupleĺ─˘s past, present and uncertain future. Spanning over fifty years and across two continents, this incredible production is directed by Tyrone Benskin and presented at the MAI from November 3 ĺ─ý 22, 2009.

ĺ─˙Before it all went to hell, it was justĺ─Âconfusion. Just a dark space. Just a huge yawning space that swallows you for an instant. Takes you back in time. And tricks you into thinking youĺ─˘re still here. ĺ─˛Til you come out of it. And you donĺ─˘t know where youĺ─˘ve been. And you donĺ─˘t have any idea how long youĺ─˘ve been away.ĺ─¨ ĺ─ý Jillian from Swan Song of Maria

Recently work shopped and commissioned by the National Arts Centre in Toronto, this award winning production brings together language, music and dance flavoured with a Latin twist to tell the tale of Jillian. As she struggles with Alzheimerĺ─˘s and the theft of her past, Jillian is haunted by her husband Joeĺ─˘s ever present muse: a beautiful ballerina named Maria. Jillian fights against being drawn into a world where time and all that she was starts to disappear, all the while wondering where she belongs in her husbandĺ─˘s life. Spanning the years before and during their lives together Swan Song of Maria is a story of two hearts struggling to rediscover love before it is lost forever.

Black Theatre Workshopĺ─˘s productions are reaching new levels this year as we come closer to our 40th anniversary, and today we stand as the only African Canadian Theatre Company in the world. Whether for BTWĺ─˘s Mainstage productions, school tours for Black History Month, Youthworks performance troupes, or for community arts development projects, all contributions are dedicated to encouraging and promoting the development of a Black and Canadian Theatre. To purchase tickets call our box office at 514-932-1104 ext. 226. For more information on Black Theatre Workshop go to our website www.blacktheatreworkshop.ca.

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14e s a i s o n 2 0 0 9 ĺ─ý 2 0 1 0ĺ─« Musique expressive, plaisirs gastronomiques et thłęłótre burlesqueĺ─« - Le baroque, cĺ─˘est jouissif !ĺ─«

Spłęcialisłę dans le rłępertoire baroque, lĺ─˘ensemble Les Borłęades, sous la direction artistique de Francis Colpron joue sur instruments dĺ─˘łępoque. Leurs prestations fluides font resurgir une sonoritłę particulił«rement riche pour rłęvłęler une musique aussi raffinłęe que ludique. ł─ son łępoque, le baroque łętait porteur de modernitłę, dĺ─˘imagination et de crłęativitłęĺ─ Les Borłęades renoue plus que jamais avec cet łętat dĺ─˘esprit en proposant une 14e saison particulił«rement festive qui conjuguera musique expressive, plaisirs gastronomiques et thłęłótre burlesque.ĺ─«ĺ─«

En ouverture de saison le jeudi 15 octobre 2009 łŢ 20 h łŢ la Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours, les passionnłęs de musique sont conviłęs łŢ un rendez-vous avec Telemann, cłęlł«bre compositeur allemand de la płęriode baroque et avec des małĂtres franł▀ais, dans des concertos oł╝ variłętłę des timbres, contraste des couleurs et des tempos et virtuositłę sont de mise. Ce concert est enregistrłę pour diffusion ultłęrieure sur les ondes dĺ─˘Espace Musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada. Le baroque, cĺ─˘est jouissif !ĺ─«

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours - 400, rue Saint-Paul Est, Vieux-Montrłęal - 28 $ et 23 $ - łÔtudiant : 10 $ - Billetterie Admission : 514-790-1245 - www.admission.comĺ─«ĺ─«

Le jeudi 12 novembre 2009 łŢ 18 h, dans le belvłędł«re du Centre des sciences de Montrłęal, cĺ─˘est la fłüte avec le Grand gala błęnłęfice oł╝ musique et plaisirs gastronomiques sont łŢ lĺ─˘honneur. Accords parfaits ! Lors de ce concert cocktail dłĂnatoire, animłę par la comłędienne Sophie Faucher, dix musiciens des Borłęades interprłęteront des extraits dĺ─˘ëýuvres de leur rłępertoire et le chef propriłętaire du restaurant Chez Lĺ─˘łÔpicier, Laurent Godbout offrira aux convives quelques-unes de ses crłęations culinaires, dłęveloppłęes łŢ partir des produits Premił«re Moisson. Le Grand gala błęnłęfice, sous la prłęsidence dĺ─˘honneur de Liliane Colpron, prłęsidente de Premił«re Moisson se dłęroulera en prłęsence de plusieurs personnalitłęs, dont Johanne Goyette, directrice dĺ─˘ATMA Classique, Daniel Pinard, animateur dĺ─˘łęmissions gastronomiques et Jean-Michel Leprince, reporter łŢ Radio-Canada.

ĺ─«Belvłędł«re du Centre des Sciences de Montrłęal - 2, rue de la Commune Ouest, Vieux-Montrłęal - BILLET : 150 $ (taxes incluses - Reł▀u pour fins dĺ─˘impłąt : 120 $) - En vente sur le site : www.boreades.comĺ─«ĺ─«

Un disque / livret de recettes Č┤ Du baroque łŢ la bouche Ȭ sera lancłę łŢ cette occasion. Ce coffret original, concoctłę par Francis Colpron et Premił«re Moisson, rłęunit une compilation de huit ëýuvres issues de la discographie des Borłęades, agrłęmentłęes dĺ─˘autant de recettes crłęłęes par les chefs de Premił«re Moisson. Les Borłęades fait ainsi revivre, associłę aux dłęlices culinaires, lĺ─˘esprit des musiques de table, issues des XVIIe et XVIIIe sił«cles. Un młęnage parfait pour lĺ─˘union des plaisirs. Sous łętiquette ATMA Classique, le coffret sera en vente dans toutes les succursales Premił«re Moisson, dł«s le 13 novembre 2009. Bouchłęes exquises pour musique baroque !

ĺ─«ĺ─«Le samedi 30 janvier 2010 łŢ 20 h au Monument-National, place au thłęłótre des variłętłęs fał▀on XVIIe sił«cle, avec Les Tabarinades, mettant en vedette les comłędiens Jean-Franł▀ois Gagnon dans la peau de Tabarin, prłędłęcesseur de Molił«re, farceur notoire du thłęłótre de foire łŢ la verve truculente qui proposait dans les annłęes 1630 aux passants du Pont Neuf et de la place Dauphine de courtes farces avec musique ; et Carl Błęchard dans celle du MałĂtre Mondor. Douze musiciens composent lĺ─˘effectif des Borłęades, dans une mise en scł«ne de Jean-Franł▀ois Gagnon. Je joue moi non plus !ĺ─«

Monument-National - 1182, boul. Saint-Laurent - 35 $ et 30 $ - łÔtudiant : 15 $ - Billetterie : 514-871-2224ĺ─«ĺ─«

Le jeudi 22 avril 2010 łŢ 20 h łŢ la Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours, le concert La voce del cornetto clłąturera la saison sur des notes dĺ─˘une sensualitłę irrłęsistible avec le soliste franł▀ais William Dongois au cornet łŢ bouquin - considłęrłę, avec le violon, comme le meilleur imitateur de la voix humaine ĺ─ý et quatre musiciens des Borłęades, dans des musiques italienne et allemande du XVIIe sił«cle. Č┤ On ne dira jamais assez combien William Dongois est un małĂtre parmi les małĂtres du cornet. Il se joue des difficultłęs avec une souplesse qui coupe le souffle Ȭ - Le Monde de la Musique - E la voce va !

ĺ─«Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours - 400, rue Saint-Paul Est, Vieux-Montrłęal - 28 $ et 23 $ - łÔtudiant : 10 $ - Billetterie Admission : 514-790-1245 - www.admission.com

ĺ─«Le concert sera łęgalement prłęsentłę le mercredi 21 avril 2010 au Palais Montcalm łŢ Qułębec.ĺ─«ĺ─«

Les Borłęades, sous la direction de Francis Colpron, sĺ─˘associe łŢ des musiciens de talent qui dłęsirent partager comme lui, avec le public młęlomane, leur passion pour la musique des XVIIe et XVIIIe sił«cles. www.boreades.com

Les Borłęades reł▀oit lĺ─˘appui du Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, du Conseil des Arts du Canada et du Conseil des arts de Montrłęal.

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Tickets on Sale for Mixed Company Theatreĺ─˘s STARS Awards Gala

Toronto, October 7, 2009 ĺ─ý Tickets are now on sale to the 1st Annual STARS Awards Gala, Mixed Company Theatreĺ─˘s 25th Anniversary celebration.

Mixed Company Theatre is thrilled to partner with Master of Ceremonies, Suhana Meharchand, desert sponsor, Dufflet, and host, SHAMBA foundation to celebrate the STARS Awards Gala.
Enhanced by artistic performances, a silent auction, award ceremony and cocktail reception, celebrating Mixed Company Theatreĺ─˘s 25 years of positive change will be an evening to remember.

WHERE: SHAMBA foundation, 48 Yonge Street, Suite 1200, Toronto, ON
WHEN: Wednesday, November 25, 2009 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
ADDITIONAL DETAILS: Tickets are $75 per person or $200 for 3 people and can be purchased by calling 416 515 8080 or visiting www.mixedcompanytheatre.com.

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Laitman's Songs in Concert Celebrating Artist Victor Raphael at USC Fisher Museum October 2009

Los Angeles, CA - October 3, 2009 - Two art songs by acclaimed American composer Lori Laitman will be performed in a concert celebrating the work of artist Victor Raphael, in conjunction with the University of Southern California Fisher Museum retrospective titled "Travels and Wanderings, 1979-2000." Soprano Julie Makerov, accompanied by pianist Victoria Kirsch, will perform "Nightfall" and "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" to poetry by Sara Teasdale and Francis Bourdillon. Both works were recorded on Laitman's first solo CD (Mystery, Albany Records, 2000). The October 15, 2009 concert, titled "Songs in the Earth and Air," will also feature composer Thadeus Frazier Reed, and will include operatic excerpts, readings and a selection of art songs which reflect on images of the sun, moon, starts, planets, earth and water.

Lori Laitman is one of America's most prolific and widely performed composers of vocal music. She has composed nearly 200 songs, setting the words of classical and contemporary poets from Emily Dickinson to Richard Wilbur. "It is difficult to think of anyone before the public today who equals her exceptional gifts for embracing a poetic text and giving it new and deeper life through music." (The Journal of Singing)

Laitman's new opera, The Scarlet Letter, premiered in 2008 to rave reviews. "Composer Lori Laitman has written gorgeous music that works hand-in-glove with the words of librettist David Mason and underpins the very essence of this psychological-social drama...the few arias are at key moments and are stunningly effective." (The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette). The opera, commissioned by The University of Central Arkansas, is based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's literary masterpiece, as adapted by award-winning poet David Mason. Mason and Laitman are continuing as collaborators on a new opera, based on Mason's verse novel, Ludlow. Currently they are working on Vedem, a Holocaust oratorio which tells the story of the boys at Terezłén and their secret journal. Vedem was commissioned by Music of Remembrance and will premiere at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA on May 10, 2010.

Music of Remembrance also commissioned Laitman's song cycle The Seed of Dream, released on Naxos to critical acclaim. The cycle sets the poetry of Vilna Ghetto survivor Abraham Sutzkever. Dr. Sharon Mabry, in The Journal of Singing, pronounced the work "a masterpiece that should not be missed!"

Since launching her career in 1991, Laitman's music has been performed frequently in the US and abroad. Some recent U.S. venues include The Frye Art Music and Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA; The Kennedy Center and The Phillips Collection in Washington, DC; Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Hall in New York, NY; The Granada in Santa Barbara, CA and The USC Fisher Art Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Her discography also continues to grow, with releases on Albany Records, Naxos, Channel Classics and other labels, showcasing the talents of some of today's top musicians, among them Jennifer Check, Sari Gruber, Warren Jones, Maureen McKay, Robert McPherson, Lee Poulis, Barbara Quintiliani, Randall Scarlata and William Sharp. Laitman frequently travels to universities and festivals to present master classes on her music.

Within These Spaces, Laitman's latest solo CD released in May 2009, is receiving exceptional praise: "This is music of depth and richness that connects with the soul." (American Record Guide); "Her affinity for the voiceĺ─Âis beyond doubtĺ─Âher songs represent outpourings of great beauty." (Fanfare Magazine). Gramophone Magazine called Laitman's Becoming a Redwood: "An extraordinarily impressive achievementĺ─Â[which indicates] increasing evidence of a major talent. Lori Laitman's beautiful, sensitively crafted songs deserve to be performed widely." In a review of her 2000 release, Mystery, Opera News says: "Composer Lori Laitman knows how to let the voice soar and exploreĺ─Âspinning lyrical neo-romantic vocal lines over shifting post-modern sonorities." A Journal of Singing review says of her 2003 album, Dreaming: "This is a stunning collection of widely varied songs by one of the finest art song composers on the scene today...Lori Laitman deservedly stands shoulder to shoulder with Ned Rorem for her uncommon sensitivity to text, her loving attention to the human voice and its capabilities, and her extraordinary palette of musical colors and gestures."

Laitman graduated magna cum laude from Yale College and received her Master of Music degree in flute performance from The Yale School of Music. Her recordings are available on her website, www.artsongs.com, as well as Amazon and ITunes. Laitman is represented by Jona Rapoport Artist Management.

Concert Details:
October 15, 2009, 7:30 pm, USC Fisher Museum of Art, University Park Campus, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Admission is free. For more information please visit www.usc.edu/visionsandvoices

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Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts October 10th through November 25th, 2009

Opening reception: October 10th, 2009. 7:00 p.m.
ĺ─«ĺ─«Location: Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts. 2043 North Miami Avenue. Miami, FL 33127
ĺ─«ĺ─«Dates: From October 10th through November 25th, 2009ĺ─«ĺ─«
Admission: Freeĺ─«ĺ─«
Regular hours: Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

CECILIA PAREDES | Fugitive Dreams

Paredes combines origin, nature and femininity to create a beautifully subtle blend of visual aesthetics, self-introspection and representation. Her artwork is created through the lens of past and present life experiences, integrated with cultural, poetic and environmental influences. Her immersion in a variety of cultures gives her a nomadic perspective that informs her work. Her itinerant existence is reflected in her art as she wanders, and metaphorically portrays her many selves. Paredes explores exactly where she fits in with the natural world. In more recent photo-performance works, she shifts her focus to feelings about migration and displacement.

Paredes' work recognizes the inherent relationship between the origins of humanity and the natural world. While methods and aesthetics have changed, she addresses the same range of issues from origin, to migration, to femininity. Her balance between traditional artistic methods and the incorporation of natural elements creates a genuinely beautiful fusion and contrast between art and nature - where her art always insinuates itself. As much as these images and objects are viewed in public, they retain a sense of privacy or ritualistic secrecy. In the process of creating and interpreting, the artist seeks a poetic connection to the world. And the art produced through her investigations creates a window into a reality where she expertly delivers a simultaneous sense of enchantment and verisimilitude.
An Animal in Her Time, Ruth Miller and Mark Jew.

Project Room
CHRIS NATROP | Dewdrop Cloud Machine

Natrop employs transparent plastics, video projection and multi-channel audio alongside intricate, hand-cut paper to create fully immersive environments within gallery and museum spaces. Viewers are encouraged to enter these installations to experience the realm where elements of light, shadow and form coalesce into a fully unified world. Most individual components are hand-cut in the studio, then custom-arranged for a particular space. For works on paper, each piece is spontaneously created without the use of patterns or pre-drawing - this stream-of-consciousness approach is the crux of the artist's practice.

Graphic silhouettes emerge from meditative-channeling activated by the repetitive practice of cutting paper. Natrop works on sheets of Lenox 100 paper stretched out on his studio wall. Wielding a standard utility knife, he spontaneously cuts away creating a hybrid of landscape imagery. Natrop's free-form "knife drawing" process reveals negative space by removing emptiness in-between forms. Often an amalgam of things previously observed, the graphic nature becomes a freeze-frame of Natrop's own surroundings revealing his particular sense of place. In many cases one feature will be multiplied, resulting in a dense layering of a single element. A multiplicity of water droplets, crawling vines or cracks in the pavement may be rendered and reworked within each installation. Emotional forces further contextualize the work within this structure: anticipation, apprehension, disorientation or joyfulness often encapsulate the work's inherently myopic narrative. This fusion between internal, emotional space and external, physical landscape is the framework for much of Natrop's practice.

Diana Lowenstein Fine Arts
2043 N Miami Avenue
Miami, FL 33127
Ph: 305.576.1804
Fax: 305.576.1805
info@dlfinearts.com
www.dlfinearts.com

For more information about local openings and events, please visit www.miamiartguide.ca

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The Cleveland Orchestra presents fully staged performances of CosłĘ fan tutte at Severance Hall

Music Director Franz Welser-MłĆst to conduct Mozart's comic opera on March 2, 4, 6, and 8, 2010

CLEVELAND, October 7, 2009 ĺ─ý The Cleveland Orchestra brings Mozart's comic opera CosłĘ fan tutte to Severance Hall for four performances of a fully staged production from the Zurich Opera. Music Director Franz Welser-MłĆst conducts the production, which he previously led in Zurich in collaboration with stage director Sven-Eric Bechtolf, set designer Rolf Glittenberg, and costume designer Marianne Glittenberg. An international cast of soloists appears with the Orchestra for the production, which will be performed in Italian with projected English supertitles. Members of the Cleveland Orchestra Opera Chorus, prepared by Robert Porco, will appear as soldiers, servants, and sailors in Mozart's "dramma buffa" (comic drama).

Singers Malin Hartelius, soprano (Fiordiligi); Anna Bonitatibus, soprano (Dorabella); Martina Jankovł░, soprano (Despina); Javier Camarena, tenor (Ferrando); Ruben Drole, baritone (Guglielmo); and Oliver Widmer, bass (Don Alfonso) all appeared in the Zurich production. The entire principal cast of singers is reunited for these four performances at Severance Hall. More details on the production will appear in later releases.

When Franz Welser-MłĆst led the Zurich production, Marinella Polli wrote in Corriere del Ticino:
"It was a great musical evening above all because of the magic baton of Franz Welser-MłĆst, who offered a powerful reading of this tragicomedy in two acts, offering at the same time a powerful reading of Mozart's genius as well."

With Franz Welser-MłĆst, the Orchestra has re-established itself as an important operatic ensemble. Together, they gave five sold-out performances of Dvo뢳░k's Rusalka at the Salzburg Festival in 2008. Last spring, Mr. Welser-MłĆst and The Cleveland Orchestra gave four sold-out staged performances of The Marriage of Figaro in Cleveland, marking the return of staged opera to Severance Hall for the first time in decades. CosłĘ fan tutte continues a traversal of the remarkable three operas created by Mozart with librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte. In 2011, the Orchestra and Mr. Welser-MłĆst will complete the set with staged performances of Don Giovanni at Severance Hall.

The Lincoln Center Festival and The Cleveland Orchestra recently announced that beginning in 2011, the Orchestra and Franz Welser-MłĆst will appear every other year at the Lincoln Center Festival, performing concerts in the first year and subsequently ĺ─ý in 2013 and 2015 ĺ─ý performing as the pit orchestra at Lincoln Center's David H. Koch Theater for productions of the Vienna State Opera, where Franz Welser-MłĆst becomes general music director in 2010.

TICKET PRICES: $68-$222
The Severance Hall Ticket Office is located in the Smith Lobby. The entrance and 15-minute Ticket Service parking are along East Boulevard. Single tickets for all concerts in the 2009-10 season are now on sale. Severance Hall Ticket Office Hours:
M-F 9-6
Sat. 10-6
Closed Sundays and major holidays, except for those days with performances, when the Ticket Office opens three hours prior to the performance start time.

To charge tickets by telephone on American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard, and Visa, call Cleveland Orchestra Ticket Services at (216) 231-1111 (Cleveland) or 800-686-1141 during the regular 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.

Sunday, February 28, 2010, at 3 p.m. at Severance Hall
Music Director Franz Welser-MłĆst will discuss CosłĘ fan tutte with members of the cast. ĺ─«Free, but reservations are required.
Call (216) 231-1111 or 800-686-1141.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010, at 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, March 6, 2010, at 7 p.m.
Monday, March 8, 2010, at 7 p.m.

Severance Hall, 11001 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland

THE CLEVELAND ORCHESTRA
FRANZ WELSER-Mł˝ST, conductor
MOZART CosłĘ fan tutte ("Women are Like That")
Sung in Italian with projected English supertitles

Ticket Prices: $68-$222 ĺ─ý Call (216) 231-1111 or 800-686-1141, or order online at clevelandorchestra.com

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Infolettres de la Sociłętłę de musique contemporaine du Qułębec | 7 octobre 09


Hubert Reeves, prłęsident d'honneur de la SłÔRIE HOMMAGE, ĺ─«et Francine Dłęcary, prłęsidente de la SMCQ, lors du discours d'ouverture. (Photo: Jacques Cabana)

Un blogue en hommage łŢ Gilles Tremblayĺ─«ĺ─«
Le 1er octobre dernier, la SMCQ lanł▀ait son blogue en hommage łŢ Gilles Tremblay, qui sera alimentłę tout au long de la saison par des compositeurs, interprł«tes, musicologues et młęlomanes. Nous vous invitons łŢ venir "lire" Gilles Tremblay au hommagetremblay.wordpress.com mais aussi łŢ "łęcrire" Gilles Tremblay en y inscrivant vos commentaires.

ĺ─«Retour sur le grand concert d'ouverture
ĺ─«Jeudi dernier, le 1er octobre, l'ensemble de la SMCQ sous la direction de Walter Boudreau prłęsentait le premier concert de la SłÔRIE HOMMAGE, avec un rłępertoire entił«rement construit autour de Gilles Tremblay. Grande surprise de la soirłęe: la crłęation d'une ëýuvre en son honneur signłęe Simon Bertrand et interprłętłęe par Emmanuel Tremblay, fils du compositeur cłęlłębrłę. Un grand moment d'łęmotion pour tous ceux qui łętaient prłęsents - dont Hubert Reeves, prłęsident d'honneur de la SłÔRIE HOMMAGE et ami de Gilles Tremblay, ainsi que Gilles Tremblay lui-młüme, qui avait pu se dłęplacer malgrłę ses rłęcents problł«mes de santłę. La saison Tremblay est maintenant bel et bien lancłęe!ĺ─«ĺ─« Des photos de l'łęvłęnement sont maintenant disponibles sur la page Facebook de la SMCQ.

Walter Boudreau et Marie-Josłęe Simard ĺ─«nous parlent d'ëýuvres de Tremblay
En prłęparation au concert du 1er octobre dernier, la SMCQ a produit un clip de 10 minutes dans lequel Walter Boudreau et Marie-Josłęe Simard parlent des ëýuvres au programme. Une vidłęo łŢ łęcouter młüme "aprł«s coup", pour płęnłętrer dans l'univers musical de Gilles Tremblay. Pour visionner ce clip, cliquez ici.



Un catalogue d'estampesĺ─«sur Gilles Tremblayĺ─«ĺ─«
Les estampes prłęsentłęes par Arprim (regroupement pour la promotion de l'art imprimłę) dans le cadre de la SłÔRIE HOMMAGE sont maintenant regroupłęes dans un petit catalogue, que vous pouvez vous procurer gratuitement sur les lieux de l'exposition (Salle Pierre-Mercure, jusqu'au 20 octobre) ou lors des concerts de la SMCQ.

Offre de stage: ĺ─«adjoint aux communications
La Sociłętłę de musique contemporaine du Qułębec (SMCQ) est łŢ la recherche d'un(e) stagiaire comme adjoint(e) aux communications. Le stage se dłęroulera sur 22 semaines, du 16 novembre 2009 au 16 avril 2010. Salaire offert: entre 11$ et 13$ l'heure, selon la formation et l'expłęrience. Ce poste peut devenir permanent (critł«res disponibles ici). Si cette offre de stage vous intłęresse, veuillez envoyer votre curriculum vitae accompagnłę d'une lettre de prłęsentation łŢ l'attention de Pierrette Gingras łŢ l'adresse smcq@smcq.qc.ca avant le 8 octobre 2009.ĺ─«

Retrait de Patrimoine canadien: mobilisons-nous!
Le Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique nous faisait parvenir rłęcemment un communiqułę concernant le retrait par Patrimoine canadien de programmes au Conseil des arts du Canada.
Nous vous invitons łŢ consulter le site du CQM en cliquant ici pour obtenir plus de renseignements et collaborer łŢ votre tour łŢ faire avancer ce dossier. N'oubliez pas d'appuyer la Dłęclaration en cliquant ici ou en envoyant votre nom et votre titre łŢ projets@cqm.qc.ca!
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Des nouvelles de nos membres

La compositrice Analia Llugdar, membre du comitłę artistique de la SMCQ, sera joułęe en Belgique le 25 octobre prochain. En effet, son ëýuvre Luvina (pour violoncelle solo) sera interprłętłęe par Gabriel Prynn dans le cadre du festival TRANSIT Leuven 2009. Tous les dłętails ici.

Mercredi prochain, le 14 octobre, Michelle Boudreau lancera son disque Entre Belacqua et Nell, auquel a participłę l'ensemble de la SMCQ sous la direction de Walter Boudreau. Les dłętails sont disponibles sur le site web de la compositrice.ĺ─«

Nous cherchons des błęnłęvolesĺ─«ĺ─«
Le błęnłęvolat est un łęlłęment essentiel au succł«s de la SMCQ. Que ce soit au niveau de l'accueil lors des concerts, du soutien administratif, des communications ou des activitłęs błęnłęfices, vos compłętences peuvent nous łütre utiles. Si l'expłęrience vous intłęresse, veuillez communiquer avec Isabelle Picard, ipicard@smcq.qc.ca.

Calendrier d'octobre

16 octobre, 20 h : ĺ─«Premier des sept "concerts Tremblay" prłęsentłęs cette annłęe łŢ la Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur, avec le duo Fiolł¬trłĆniq (Clłęo Palacio-Quintin hyperflł¬tes et łęlectronique; Elin SłĆderstrłĆm, viole de gambe). Dłętails en ligne. ĺ─«ĺ─«

Jusqu'au 20 octobre : ĺ─«Arprim, regroupement pour la promotion de l'art imprimłę, prłęsente une exposition autour de Gilles Tremblay dans le hall d'entrłęe de la Salle Pierre-Mercure / 300, boulevard De Maisonneuve Est, Montrłęal.

23 octobre, 20 h : ĺ─«Le pianiste Guy Livingston łŢ la Chapelle historique du Bon-Pasteur prłęsente Phases de Gilles Tremblay łŢ cłątłę de son cłęlł«bre "One minute more". Dłętails en ligne. ĺ─«

SłÔRIE HOMMAGE: ĺ─«il est encore temps ĺ─«de vous procurer des forfaits! łÔconomisez jusqu'łŢ 35% ĺ─«sur les prix des billets.ĺ─« Tous les dłętails ĺ─«sur le site Internet de la SMCQ.

La SMCQ est soutenue par le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Qułębec, Patrimoine canadien, le Conseil des arts du Canada, le Ministł«re de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition fłęminine du Qułębec, le Ministł«re de l'łÔducation, des Loisirs et du Sport du Qułębec, le Conseil des arts de Montrłęal, la Fondation Socan, la Ville de Montrłęal et la Banque Nationale.
Sociłętłę de musique contemporaine du Qułębec, 300 boul. de Maisonneuve Est, Montrłęal (Qułębec), H2X 3X6 www.smcq.qc.ca | 514-843-9305 | smcq@smcq.qc.ca

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Portland Symphony Orchestra Features Concertmaster Charles Dimmick in Performances of Brahms, Berg, and Sibelius, October 27

October 7, 2009 - PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý The Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) and Music Director Robert Moody presents a program titled "It Is Enough" on Tuesday, October 27 at Merrill Auditorium with music by Brahms, Berg and Sibelius, and featuring a solo performance by PSO concertmaster Charles Dimmick.

"It Is Enough" opens with Brahms' lively Academic Festival Overture, composed in 1880 as a "thank you" to the University of Breslau for awarding him an honorary doctorate, and based on boisterous student drinking songs of the time. The powerful Violin Concerto by Berg, with PSO Concertmaster Charles Dimmick in the soloist role, is often considered a "double requiem" for the daughter of a close friend as well as for Berg himself, who died shortly after finishing the piece. Sibelius' vivid, fresh and powerful Symphony No. 2, often connected with Finland's struggle for independence, will close the program.

Charles Dimmick joined the Portland Symphony Orchestra as a member of the violin section in 1999, and became Concertmaster of the orchestra in 2002. Dimmick, also Concertmaster of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project and a member of the Rhode Island Philharmonic, began playing the violin at age 5, and has worked with the Tokyo and Juilliard String Quartets. He attended the prestigious Tanglewood Music Center, and performed as a soloist with the University of Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, Maine Mid-Coast Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic and Miami Valley Symphony.

Sponsored by Verrill Dana, "It Is Enough" will take place at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, at 7:30 PM. Tickets range from $20-$70 and are available through PortTix at (207) 842-0800 or www.porttix.com. Phone and internet orders are subject to $6-per-ticket handling fees. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the box office at 20 Myrtle St., Monday through Saturday, noon to 6 PM.

A Concert Conversation with Robert Moody and Charles Dimmick precedes the performance at 6:15 PM and the concert will be followed by a PostConcert Q&A with the artists. A live recorded broadcast of the concert can be heard on Maine Public Broadcasting Network on Wednesday, November 11, 2009.

Audience members are also invited to attend Afterglow, a new afterparty at Restaurant Grace immediately following all Tuesday Classical performances. Patrons can mingle with the artists while supporting the PSO, as Restaurant Grace will donate a portion of the evening's proceeds to the PSO.

Students in grades 5 and up are invited to attend the open dress rehearsal on Monday, October 26 at 10:00 AM. Dress rehearsals are free, but space is limited and reservations are required. Email education@portlandsymphony.com or call (207) 773-6128 ext. 308 for more information.

The PSO's 2009-10 season is sponsored by IDEXX Laboratories. For complete season information, including artist biographies; program notes; and Online Insights, provided with support from season Enrichment Sponsor Fairpoint Communications; visit www.portlandsymphony.com.

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Charest-Weinberg Gallery presents Davis / Langlois's Into The Void: The Ballad of The Martyr as Told by Ingres


Robert Davis and Michael Langlois. Resurrection (Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres). 2009. Oil on canvas. 40 x 50 inches

ĺ─«Opening reception: October 7th, 2009. 6:00 p.m.
Location: Charest-Weinberg Gallery. 250 NW 23rd Street. Space 408. Miami, FL 33127
Dates: From Oct 7th through Nov 21st, 2009
Admission: Free

"Let me hear no more of that absurd maxim: ĺ─˛We need the new, we need to follow our century, everything changes, everything is changed.ĺ─˘ Sophistry- all of that! Does nature change, do the light and air change, have the passions of the human heart changed since the time of Homer? ĺ─˛We must follow our centuryĺ─˘: but suppose my century is wrong? Because my neighbor does evil, am I therefore obligated to do it also? Because virtue, as also beauty, can be misunderstood by you, have I in turn got to misunderstand it? Shall I be compelled to imitate you!ĺ─¨
- Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres, c.1834

Charest-Weinberg Gallery presents the first Miami exhibition of artists Davis / Langlois, Into The Void: The Ballad of The Martyr as Told by Ingres, taking place October 7th through November 21st, 2009. This exhibition will showcase work fresh from their exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (September 5th - 28th, 2009), as well as new pieces made specifically for their Miami debut. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, October 7th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Davis / Langlois conceived Into the Void as a meta-fable narrated by a resurrected Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. The story features Iman, a 15-year-old Palestinian-American, as she contemplates the plight of Suquamish leader Chief Seattle, who is forced to relinquish his sacred land to the tune of Black Sabbath and the howls of Soundgarden. In her quest for honor, Iman finds herself hanging on to every prophetic line. Through the tradition of martyrdom in Baroque and Neo-Classical painting, Davis / Langlois explore contemporary notions of assimilation, empire, xenophobia and environmentalism. The exhibition invokes the question ĺ─˛what is honor, and what is honorable? What price does one pay for steadfast commitment and profound devotion?ĺ─˘

Rob Davis and Mike Langlois have been artistic collaborators since 1997 after meeting at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Redefining the conventional notion that paintings are made by a single artist or hand, each takes an equal role in developing ideas, choosing subjects and executing the works.

Known for their contemporary representational paintings, the duo constructs narratives, each painting acting as part of a larger story and by their proximity, forcing viewers to make a conceptual jump from image to image. With a vocabulary derived from popular culture and subcultures, the artists are committed to applying classical techniques to contemporary art. Their seemingly dissimilar installations center on themes ranging from desire, family, identity, martyrdom, utopia and politics.

About Charest-Weinberg Gallery
Charest-Weinberg Gallery, located in the heart of Miamiĺ─˘s Wynwood district, has joined an elite core of Miami art venues, both private and institutional. With an international roster of artists, Charest-Weinberg mounts exhibitions of some of todayĺ─˘s most renowned and influential emerging artists.ĺ─«ĺ─«

Charest-Weinberg Galleryĺ─«
250 NW 23rd Street. Space 408ĺ─«
Miami, FL 33127ĺ─«
info@charest-weinberg.comĺ─«
www.charest-weinberg.com

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One night only! Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra presents East Meets West- The World Unites in Music

Joseph Milo, conductor
Monday, October 19 at Centre Pierre Płęladeau

To see an uplifting video about the Orchestra: Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra

MONTREAL, October 2009 ĺ─ý The Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra (MWSO), under the conductorship of Joseph Milo,

is pleased to announce a unique folk and classical music concert featuring invited guest artist ensembles from five different parts of the world. Musicians from China, India, the Middle East, Peru and Africa will engage you with their wide spectrum of pieces in the first half of the evening. They will then join the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra and continue to wow you even further. The MWSO's nickname is The People's Orchestra- people from around the world for the people of Montreal

The MWSO has been unbelievably prolific in the over three years they have been together, having performed 20 concerts. This u

pcoming international program includes: The Butterfly Lovers, segments of a violin concerto performed by soloist, Venus Fu, rich with ancient Chinese folklore; Ragleela, an ensemble playing selections in the spirit of India; Okto Echo, a group dedicated to the advancement of Middle Eastern traditional music in a modern style; Armonia Andina, haunting melodies of the Andes in a mix of Peruvian, Argentinian

and Bolivian music, and Samajam, an exciting African percussion band to enhance the evening with lively rhythms!

The guest musicians will then join the MWSO after the intermission for the presentation of Dvorak's New World Symphony, subtitled The Global Sound. Here, they will be performing solos in a fascinating dialogue with the orchestral musicians. Dvorak was inspired to write the New World Symphony by the various peoples he saw in America, so different from what he was used to in Europe. The concert will culminate in a grand finale with everyone playing together, all artistically integrated, and inspiring a 'world at peace, through music'. This special concert experience is not to be missed.

The Musicians of the World Symphony Orc

hestra was created to fulfill a very special

need in the Montrłęal musical community. Conductor Joseph Milo realized that there were a large number of talented musicians from all over the world who, after immigrating to Canada, could not find orchestral playing opportunities despite their talent. Consequently, he took the initiative to form a multicultural orchestra

that would offer a platform on which to he

lp these musicians showcase their talents while integrating into the Montrłęal musical community. For Milo, the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra exceeds the sum of its parts. And for this East Meets West concert in particular, that is truer than ever, "We at the MWSO are the bridge connecting music of the world for the benefit of music lovers the world over."

This orchestra is extremely meaningful for the member musicians and this concert in particular personifies the orchestra's mission. Being part of the MWSO is vital to Venus Fu, concertmaster, "The Orchestra provided new hope to all these immigrant musicians; they can once again contribute their talent to the promotion of art and culture." For Paul Serralheiro, the MWSO has expanded his musical world, "The orche

stra has been a means for me to get out and be part of a larger experience of music making." For many, such as Anna Levitina, being part of the Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra has meaning beyond just playing together, "The orchestra gave me an opportunity to meet many wonderful people, to find a stimulus for enhancing my performance and to enrich my life in general."


Made up of over 50 musicians from all over the world, the MWSO is the first of its kind in Canada, and has been received with great enthusiasm by the City of Montrłęal. Their dream is to eventually tour to every country that makes up the orchestra, including Korea, China, Russia, Armenia, Romania, Germany, Iran, New Zealand, Venezuela, Estonia, Greece, USA, Moldovia, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Hungary, Scandinavia, Israel, Albania, Portugal and Bellarusse, among others.

"At first there were musicians who would r

ather not sit together in the same room, but the music, the need for colleagues and friends made the group cohesive almost from the beginning, and egos quickly evaporated."-Lucy Ravinsky, Executive Director, MWSO

For further information please visit: www.musiciansoftheworld.ca

Musicians of the World Symphony Orchestra- One Night only!
East Meets West- The world unites in music
Monday, October 19, 2009 at 8:00 pm
Salle Pierre Mercure at the Centre Pierre Płęladeauĺ─« 300 blvd. de Maisonneuve Est
Tickets: $35, $25 for students and seniors. Group rates available.
Tickets can be purchased from the Orchestra office: 514 484-7428 or Salle Pierre Mercure, 514 987-6919 as well as from Admission, 514-790-1245, www.admission.com
(Service charges applicable- save money by purchasing tickets directly at the box office or reserving through the Orchestra office)

About Joseph Milo, conductor and Orchestra founder
Joseph Milo, conductor, composer and pianist, is a graduate of the Israeli Academy of Music, and has studied with various masters in the US and Italy. He is also a graduate of McGill University, graduating with distinction in conducting, under the tutelage of Alexander Brott. While living in New York, Mr. Milo directed various orchestral ensembles, choirs and musical theatre, and taught in a number of music schools. In Montreal, he directed the Montreal Junior Symphony Orchestra under the patronage of Sir Wilfrid Pelletier, the Hampstead Chamber Orchestra, many choirs and was the music director of the Saidye Bronfman Center for the Arts for many years. Mr. Milo founded the Musicians of The World Symphony Orchestra in 2006 to offer a platform for immigrant professional musicians in Montreal.

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American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada to Present Lifetime ĺ─«Achievement Award to Peter Nero in Philadelphia, PA on October 7

American Federation of Musicians
ĺ─«1501 Broadway, Suite 600ĺ─«New York, NY 10036

October 6, 2009 - New York, NY - The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) will present Philly Pops Artistic Director Peter Nero with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Philly Pops concert at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia on October 7, 2009. In addition, the Philadelphia Musicians Union (AFM Local 77) will honor him with an Honorary Lifetime Membership Award.

An AFM member since 1951, a world class pianist, and the founding Artistic Director and Conductor of the Philly Pops since 1979, Nero has been a major source of inspiration for musicians and music listeners for over fifty years. A two time Grammy Award winner, Nero has appeared on numerous recordings throughout his distinguished career, collaborating with artists including Mel Torme, Doc Severinsen and Rod Stewart. He has made numerous television appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and many PBS programs.

AFM International President Thomas F. Lee notes, "Peter Nero's commitment to the AFM for fifty-eight years and his lifelong dedication to excellence in music deserve the highest recognition. Peter has always exhibited the greatest respect for the musicians who have worked with him, which has earned him a stellar reputation. It is our privilege to present Peter Nero with the AFM Lifetime Achievement Award and wish him the very best for many years of music making ahead."

ABOUT THE AFM
ĺ─«Founded in 1896, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM), AFL-CIO, is the largest organization in the world dedicated to representing the interests of professional musicians.
With more than 90,000 members, the AFM represents all types of professional musicians, including those who record music for sound recordings, film scores, videogames, radio, television and commercial announcements, as well as perform music of every genre in every sort of venue from small jazz clubs to symphony orchestra halls to major stadiums. Whether negotiating fair agreements, protecting ownership of recorded music, securing benefits such as health care and pension, or lobbying legislators, the AFM is committed to raising industry standards and placing the professional musician in the foreground of the cultural landscape. http://www.afm.org

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Une dłęmarche łęlectrisante! Le fameux Quatuor Belcea au Club musical de Qułębec, le 19 octobre

Qułębec, le 6 octobre 2009 - Le CLUB MUSICAL DE QUłÔBEC prłęsente le fameux Quatuor Belcea, le lundi 19 octobre łŢ 20 heures, łŢ la Salle Louis-Frłęchette du Grand Thłęłótre de Qułębec.

Le Quatuor Belcea
Unis autour du grand rłępertoire, deux hommes, deux femmes, des quatre coins de l'Europe, forment l'un des ensembles de musique de chambre les plus rłęputłęs de l'heure : Corina Belcea et Laura Samuel au violon, Krzysztof Chorzelski łŢ l'alto et Antoine Lederlin au violoncelle. Quinze ans aprł«s leur rencontre, les Belcea continuent łŢ envouter tous les publics par leur approche łęlectrisante. Leur venue ayant łętłę annulłęe en 2006, ils nous arrivent maintenant dans une forme exceptionnelle!

Au programme :
Joseph Haydn , Quatuor en ut majeur, opus 20 no 2, Hob.III.32
Dimitri Chostakovitch, Quatuor no 14 en fa dił«se majeur, opus 142
Ludwig van Beethoven, Quatuor no 7 en fa majeur, opus 59 no 1

Encore cette saison, les plus GRANDS se succł«dent au Club musical de Qułębec, avec le Quatuor Belcea, le lundi 19 octobre, au Grand Thłęłótre de Qułębec.

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

Le Quatuor Belcea
Corina Belcea, violon
Laura Samuel, violon
Krzysztof Chorzelski, alto
Antoine Lederlin, violoncelle

Fort d'une rłęputation internationale bien łętablie, le Quatuor Belcea est aujourd'hui un des ensembles de musique de chambre majeurs de sa głęnłęration. Constitułę au Royal College of Music en 1994, oł╝ il a suivi l'enseignement des Quatuors Chillingrian, Alban Berg et Amadeus, l'ensemble enseigne łęgalement łŢ la Guildhall School of Music and Drama de Londres et est quatuor en rłęsidence łŢ l'Atheneum Concert Hall de Bucarest.

Dłętenteur d'un contrat d'exclusivitłę avec EMI Classics, le Belcea a remportłę en 2001 le Gramophone Award du premier enregistrement. Sa discographie loge łŢ l'enseigne de la diversitłę: Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Faurłę, Britten... Rłęcemment, il gravait une intłęgrale Bartłäk pour laquelle il a reł▀u le Prix de l'ensemble de musique de chambre de l'annłęe des prestigieux Echo Klassik Awards allemands et a łętłę nommłę pour un Gramophone Award en 2008.

Le Quatuor Belcea mł«ne une carrił«re internationale qui le conduit łŢ Vienne (Konzerthaus et Musikverein), Amsterdam (Concertgebouw), Bruxelles (Palais des Beaux-Arts), Lisbonne (Gulbenkian), Zł║rich (Tonhalle), Stockholm (Konzerthuset), New York (Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center), San Francisco (Herbst Theatre), Paris (Thłęłótre du Chłótelet, Citłę de la Musique, Opłęra Bastille, Musłęe d'Orsay, Thłęłótre des Bouffes du Nord), Milan (Sala Verdi). Il joue łęgalement dans de nombreux festivals : Lubłęron, Fayence, Valloires, Istanbul, Trondheim, Lausanne, Salzburg, Mecklenburg, Schwarzenberg Schubertiade... En Angleterre, il se produit dans les festivals de Bath, Aldeburgh, Edinburgh, Perth et Cheltenham et il joue rłęgulił«rement au Wigmore Hall de Londres oł╝ il a łętłę ensemble en rłęsidence de 2001 łŢ 2006.

Parmi leurs partenaires de musique de chambre, on compte entre autres Thomas Adł«s, Isabelle Van Keulen, Michael Colins, Paul Lewis, Imogen Cooper, Yovan Markovitch, Natalie Clein, Piotr Anderszewski, Valentin Erben. Le quatuor collabore łęgalement avec des chanteurs parmi lesquels on peut citer Ann Murray, Simon Keenlyside, Lisa Milne, Anne Sofie von Otter, Angelika Kirschlager et Ian Bostridge.

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Celebrated Conductor Uri Mayer Joins The Royal Conservatory

Dr. Peter Simon, President of The Royal Conservatory, and James Anagnoson, Dean of The Glenn Gould School, are pleased to announce that conductor Uri Mayer has been appointed Director of The Glenn Gould School Orchestral Programme and Resident Conductor.

ĺ─˙His vast experience coupled with his past association with The Royal Conservatory make him a perfect fit,ĺ─¨ says Dr. Peter Simon. ĺ─˙This new position will enable the Royal Conservatory Orchestra to double the amount of performances, and will allow our students to learn from one of Canadaĺ─˘s most respected conductors.ĺ─¨

Prior to his appointment at The Royal Conservatory, Mr. Mayer taught at the faculties of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, McGill University in Montreal, and Rice University Shepherd School of Music in Houston. Later this month he will receive an honorary Doctorate of Music (D. Mus.) from the University of Western Ontario.

ĺ─˙Maestro Mayer has conducted our orchestra on numerous occasions in recent years, and we quickly realized that he is an excellent pedagogue as well as an outstanding conductor,ĺ─¨ says Mr. Anagnoson. ĺ─˙We are confident that this appointment will add a valuable new dimension to the growing orchestral programme at The Glenn Gould School.ĺ─¨

Born in Romania, Uri Mayer grew up in Israel, where he studied viola and conducting at the University of Tel Aviv. On the recommendation of Leonard Bernstein, he continued to further his education at the Juilliard School of Music in New York, where he was awarded a Post Graduate Diploma with a double major in orchestral conducting and viola.

An accomplished violist, Mayer won prizes at the Munich and Geneva International Viola Competitions, and held the position of Principal Viola of the American Symphony in New York and the Montreal Symphony. He has also received important prizes at the International Conducting Competitions in Budapest and Katowice.

Noted for his strong command of a broad repertoire, Maestro Mayer has conducted symphony orchestras all over the globe. He served as Principal Conductor of the Kansai Philharmonic Orchestra in Osaka, Japan, and Artistic Director of the Israel Sinfonietta. In Canada, he was Music Director of the Edmonton Symphony and of Orchestra London, and appeared regularly as guest conductor for the National Ballet of Canada. Some of the distinguished soloists who have collaborated with Mr. Mayer include Ely Ameling, Kathleen Battle, Frederica von Stade, Peter Oundjian, Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Yo-Yo Ma, Janos Starker, Mstislav Rostropovich, Emanuel Ax, and Andrł░s Schiff. Maestro Mayer has recorded for the Arabesque, CBC, Denon Japan, Hungaroton, and Koch labels. He has also taped numerous concerts for television companies in Canada, Germany, Hungary, Israel, and Japan.

The Glenn Gould School of The Royal Conservatory is an internationally recognized centre for professional training in music performance at the bachelor and graduate levels. The School provides an intimate training environment, with a curriculum designed to prepare gifted young musicians for all aspects of a professional career. Founded in 1987, The Glenn Gould School was renamed to honour Canada's legendary pianist in 1997.

Founded in 1886, The Royal Conservatory is the largest and oldest independent arts educator in Canada. It is an internationally renowned centre for performance and learning, providing opportunities for personal development through music and arts education in over 300 communities across Canada and a dozen countries around the world. Each year more than 500,000 Canadians take part in RCM programs, exams, and public school initiatives.

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"The Fusion Wireless MP4" Modified MP3 Player Invented

PITTSBURGH...InventHelp announces that one of its clients, an inventor from Coatesville, Pa., has designed an MP3 player that would allow for a more enjoyable listening experience.ĺ─«ĺ─«THE FUSION WIRELESS MP4 was developed to make it easier for the user to listen to an MP3 player when engaged in other activities. The device would minimize distractions for the user, and it would be ideal for use by exercise enthusiasts and other active individuals. Additionally, it would contain lightweight features and could be produced in different colors and sizes.ĺ─«ĺ─«The inventor conceived the idea for THE FUSION WIRELESS MP4 from personal experience. "I wasn't satisfied with the MP3 player I owned because it was troublesome to use, so I designed an alternative," said the inventor.ĺ─«ĺ─«The original design was submitted to the King of Prussia office of InventHelp. It is currently available for licensing or sale to manufacturers or marketers. For more information, write Dept. 07-KIP-475, InventHelp, 217 Ninth Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, or call (412) 288-1300 ext. 1368. Learn more about InventHelp's Invention Submission Services at http://www.InventHelp.com.ĺ─«

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Peterborough Singers announce a vibrant new season of music, including a concert of Beatles music: full and mini-series tickets available

Peterborough, October 6, 2009: A vibrant and various array of music is being prepared by the Peterborough Singers for its 2009-10 concert season, including a full concert of Beatles music in February! Seasons tickets are now available, along with a special new ĺ─˙mini-seriesĺ─¨ ticket which allows concert-goers to choose any two concerts for a special low price.

To launch the season, the Singers are again joined by the Canadian Staff Band of the Salvation Army, for CAROLS WITH BRASS on November 28, 2009. Sing along or sit back and enjoy many seasonal favourites!

The choir reprises its popular presentations of the Handelĺ─˘s MESSIAH on December 14 & 15, 2009, and once again audience members will be invited to sing ĺ─˙Hallelujahĺ─¨ along with the choir in a rousing encore.

The Singers break new ground this season with a full concert of the yearĺ─˘s most popular retro composers ĺ─ý the Beatles. COME TOGETHER! on February 27, 2010, will feature sing-along favourites like ĺ─˙Yesterdayĺ─¨, ĺ─˙Hey Judeĺ─¨, ĺ─˙All You Need is Loveĺ─¨ and more.

Finally, the choir presents Mendelssohnĺ─˘s masterpiece oratorio ELIJAH on May 8, 2010.

Special guests joining the choir this year include Sopranos Leslie Fagan, Pam Birrell, and Sandra Tucker; Mezzo-Sopranos Vicki St. Pierre and Jennifer Enns Modolo, Tenor Adam Bishop and Basses Andrew Tees, Giles Tomkins and Paul Massel.

PLEASE NOTE: All concerts take place at George St. United Church at 7:30 pm, with the exception of COME TOGETHER!, which is a 2:00 pm matinee performance at Calvary Church.

Seasonsĺ─˘ tickets for the year are $100 (adult & senior) and $35 (student). Mini-series tickets (any two concerts) are $52. Individual concert tickets are also available for $28 (adult & senior) and $10 (student). Contact the Singers office at singers@peterboroughsingers.com or 705-745-1820.

The PETERBOROUGH SINGERS is a highly regarded ensemble which has grown to over 100 members, singing under the inspired directorship of Syd Birrell. It has been a magnet for world-class soloists, has commissioned works by some of Canadaĺ─˘s greatest composers, has performed at the prestigious Winchester Cathedral in the UK, and reached the finals of the CBC Choral Competition in 2004.

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Portland Symphony Orchestra Achieves Balanced Budget Following New Music Director's Inaugural Season

Organization successfully meets first benchmark in 3-year plan for sustainability

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý After a challenging year that included budget cuts, layoffs and endowment losses, the Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) achieved a balanced budget for the fiscal year ending July 31, 2009, bolstered by record attendance at universally acclaimed performances during the inaugural season of Music Director Robert Moody. The first step for Maine's largest performing arts organization on its overall path to fiscal health, ending the year in the black represents a significant milestone, particularly during a period of extraordinary economic adversity.

Preliminary audit results, excluding one-time initiatives, show operating revenues of $2,806,000 and expenses of $2,799,000. The process of reaching the balanced budget required an extensive evaluation of the net impact for all operating activities, followed by the implementation of a mid-year contingency plan which reduced expenses from administration and artistic operations by $150,000.

This represents the first time that the PSO finished the year in the black following nine consecutive years of deficits. During the 2008-2009 fiscal year, the PSO was also successful in paying off its $250,000 line of credit, leaving it with no bank debt. However, the PSO has sustained endowment losses resulting in a still-unhealthy ratio of a $2.5 million endowment to $2.4 million in operating expenses. The organization also needs to build sufficient cash reserves to cover current operations.

"It's been a true collaboration to reach this point," said executive director Ari Solotoff. "Each of the organization's stakeholders ĺ─ý musicians, Trustees, and staff ĺ─ý rallied behind the urgent need to 'get healthy.' We're certainly not out of the woods yet, but we are very proud to have achieved the first major benchmark in our three-year plan to restore fiscal health."

In March 2009, the Board of Trustees adopted a three-year Sustainability Plan and Bridge Initiative. The Plan is part of the PSO's new approach to producing quality core artistic experiences and education programs, while operating within known financial limitations. Bridge Initiative funding to date includes $704,000 in one-time gifts, grants and pledges, committed over three years, to restore cash reserves and allow the PSO to reinvest in its musicians, with 85% of gifts coming from individual donors.

Both public and private sectors have played a role in the PSO's progress towards sustainability, with diverse funders including corporations such as IDEXX Laboratories and organizations like the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, Sam L. Cohen Foundation, and the Maine Arts Commission all contributing invaluable support. The PSO increasingly relies on private philanthropy, currently 45% of its operating revenues.

"We want to assure the community that we continue to take steps to preserve this cultural treasure for future generations," said PSO Board President Gordon Gayer. "This is welcome news, and we are grateful to our audiences and funders as we enter our 85th year. The Trustees also recognize that we're only in the first phase of the plan to become financially healthy, and we need the community to help us reach that goal."

Excitement around the inaugural season of Music Director Robert Moody resulted in an increase in both attendance and donations. The season was capped off by a sold-out Endowment Benefit Concert with internationally-renowned soprano Renłęe Fleming. Attendance at concerts increased over the previous year by 18%to 26,000, while ticket income increased 23% to $1.6 million. The number of donors increased by 8%, with a 5% increase in contributed income totaling $1.2 million.

Solotoff continued, "Last year was difficult for so many individuals and businesses. We were humbled by the response of the community and learned the immense value that orchestral music and live performances can have for people during challenging times. We still have more peaks to climb to make progress towards fiscal health and to invest in our musicians, who consistently perform at such extraordinary levels of artistry."

About the Portland Symphony Orchestra:
Serving the city of Portland, the state of Maine, and northern New England, the Portland Symphony Orchestra (PSO) is the largest performing arts organization in Maine. With critically acclaimed performances and broad community engagement, the PSO is widely regarded as one of the top symphony orchestras of its size in the country. Established in 1923, 2009-10 marks Music Director Robert Moody's second season, and the organization's 85th anniversary season. For more information about the PSO visit www.portlandsymphony.com.

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Phiaton Headphones Win ĺ─˙Good Design Awardĺ─¨ ČŢ Japan's Top design Award Recognizes Phiaton In The Network/Personal Audio-Video Equipment Category

Irvine, CA ĺ─ý Phiaton, a worldwide audio leader that is earning raves here in the U.S., has just been honored with a coveted "Good Design Award" for its PS 320 Primal Series headphones. Phiaton's advanced PS 320 features a coaxial dual driver system that delivers a wider frequency response and higher definition reproduction for discerning music lovers. Phiaton won the "Good Design Award" in the "Network/Personal Audio-Video Equipment" category. They were chosen from almost 3,000 entries from around the world.

Jong-Bae Lee, Chairman of Phiaton Corporation, said, "Phiaton is very honored to once again receive the extremely prestigious "Good Design Award" from Japan's Industrial Design Promotion Organization, this time for the PS 320. This award underscores Phiaton's ongoing dedication to design excellence in all of our personal audio products."

The Good Design Award (generally known as the "G Mark system") is Japan's only comprehensive design evaluation and commendation system. The Good Design Awards accept submissions from around the world and has earned a reputation for being a prestigious trademark for outstanding design and quality. Good Design Awards have been presented to 34,000 products to date.

Phiaton's PS 320 headphones ($199 MSRP) are designed for music aficionados who want to enjoy every last note and detail of their favorite classical, jazz, rock or acoustic music. Compact, lightweight and supremely comfortable, these closed air, dynamic headphone feature leather ear cups and soft ear pads that assure relaxing comfort even after hours of listening. Matching comfort with the latest in technology, the PS 320's employs a coaxial dual dynamic driver with passive crossover network to ensure richer bass and the full spectrum of the high frequency range. The dual driver system incorporates a 40mm subwoofer, middle range speaker and a 16mm in one housing for superior music reproduction.

About Phiaton Corporation
Phiaton Corporation is a premium manufacturer of high-end noise cancelling headphones, earphones and Music Docking Stations for consumers who appreciate design, technology and aesthetics. The Phiaton brand is created for audiophiles who demand the extraordinary from the consumer electronics they buy. All Phiaton products provide authentic sound reproduction, eye-catching design, and comfortable fit.

Phiaton's parent company, Cresyn Company Ltd., was founded in 1959 to develop and manufacture high quality phonograph needles. Under the leadership of Chairman Jong-

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Le Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique extrłümement inquiet des changements majeurs imposłęs au Conseil des Arts du Canada








Le Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique extrłümement inquiet des changements majeurs imposłęs au Conseil des Arts du Canada par Patrimoine canadien! (Montrłęal, le 5 octobre 2009) - Rłęunis en assemblłęe le 28 septembre dernier, les membres du Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique sont venus exprimer leur grande inquiłętude quant łŢ l'avenir des musiques spłęcialisłęes, łŢ la suite de l'annonce du ministre du Patrimoine canadien, James Moore, du retrait de deux importants programmes głęrłęs par le Conseil des Arts du Canada. On se souviendra que, dans un communiqułę łęmis le 31 juillet dernier, le ministre Moore, tout en annonł▀ant la bonne nouvelle du renouvellement pour cinq ans du Fonds de la musique du Canada, annonł▀ait du młüme coup des changements majeurs łŢ ce fonds : le retrait des programmes Subventions łŢ l'enregistrement sonore de musique spłęcialisłęe et Aide łŢ la distribution de musique spłęcialisłęe. Cette rłęaffectation des investissements du gouvernement canadien allait rediriger la somme de 1,3 million de dollars vers de nouveaux objectifs. Cette somme łętait initialement dłędiłęe au dłęveloppement des musiques spłęcialisłęes, du jazz łŢ la musique łęlectroacoustique, en passant par les musiques actuelles et les musiques du monde. Le Conseil des Arts du Canada administrait ce fonds depuis la fin des annłęes 80 pour le compte du ministł«re du Patrimoine dans le volet de la diversitłę musicale canadienne du Fonds de la musique du Canada. Le programme Subventions łŢ l'enregistrement sonore visait łŢ soutenir l'enregistrement de Č┤ musique canadienne spłęcialisłęe Ȭ par des artistes, des ensembles, des groupes, des orchestres, des maisons de disques et des rłęalisateurs indłępendants canadiens. Il visait łŢ favoriser la production d'une grande variłętłę de musique canadienne issue d'une dłęmarche artistique et łŢ faire en sorte qu'elle soit accessible au public. Le programme Aide łŢ la distribution venait appuyer la distribution de Č┤ musique spłęcialisłęe Ȭ par des sociłętłęs de distribution et des maisons de disques appartenant łŢ des intłęrłüts canadiens et contrłąlłęes par des Canadiens, tout en permettant aux błęnłęficiaires d'une subvention de distribuer, de commercialiser et de vendre de fał▀on efficace des enregistrements de musique spłęcialisłęe canadienne qui, malgrłę leur importance sur le plan culturel, ont un accł«s limitłę aux marchłęs et aux consommateurs. Le Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique soutient que le Conseil des Arts du Canada głęrait avec succł«s ces programmes. Ceux-ci soutenaient des centaines d'artistes et ensembles sur le plan de la recherche, de la crłęation, du dłęveloppement et de la promotion. Mentionnons d'ailleurs que, parmi ces artistes et entreprises de disques plusieurs ont łętłę rłęcompensłęs au fil des ans lors de la remise des prix annuels de l'ADISQ et des prix Opus. Prłęcisons que pour l'instant aucune autre instance canadienne ne peut accueillir la clientł«le durement touchłęe par ces coupures de programmes dans le cadre de leurs propres critł«res d'admissibilitłę. Ces dernił«res semaines, les porte-parole en matił«re de patrimoine ont exprimłę leur opposition łŢ cette mesure. Le dłęputłę du NPD de Timmins-Baie-James, Charlie Angus, demande au ministre James Moore de renverser sa dłęcision qu'il qualifie de tragique : Č┤ [...] ce programme, qui favorise le dłęveloppement de nouveaux projets musicaux innovateurs depuis plus de 20 ans, est une des principales raisons qui expliquent la vitalitłę de la scł«ne musicale canadienne [...] Un łęlłęment crucial de notre scł«ne musicale riche et diversifiłęe va complł«tement disparałĂtre avec cette restructuration [...] Nous ne verrons peut-łütre pas les effets de ces coupures avant plusieurs annłęes, mais łŢ ce moment-lłŢ nous rłęaliserons que nous avons sacrifiłę une głęnłęration de musiciens et de compositeurs [...] Ȭ Le dłęputłę d'Honorłę-Mercier du Parti libłęral du Canada, Pablo Rodriguez, intervenait le 18 septembre 2009 lors de la 40e lłęgislature du Parlement du Canada : Č┤ Le ministre du Patrimoine canadien et des Langues officielles ne semble pas łütre un amateur de musique jazz, folk, world, łęlectroacoustique ou młüme classique contemporaine puisqu'il a coupłę en cachette des programmes qui venaient appuyer cette musique. Ȭ Dans une lettre adressłęe le 29 septembre au Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique, la dłęputłęe de St-Bruno-St-Hubert du Bloc qułębłęcois, Carole Lavallłęe, affirmait : Č┤ Il nous faut constater que la refonte effectułęe par le gouvernement a laissłę tomber un secteur important de la musique spłęcialisłęe : 80 % des artistes qui avaient accł«s łŢ ce Fonds n'ont dłęsormais aucune forme de financement. Ȭ Le gouvernement fłędłęral doit donc reconnałĂtre l'importance de la musique crłęłęe, interprłętłęe et diffusłęe par nos musiciens et du rłąle essentiel de ces crłęateurs dans le paysage canadien. En consłęquence, le CQM lui demande d'assurer le soutien aux crłęateurs et aux maisons d'enregistrement sonore des musiques spłęcialisłęes par des programmes adaptłęs aux rłęalitłęs spłęcifiques du milieu de la crłęation et de financer ces programmes łŢ la hauteur du besoin de ce secteur. Ce dossier peut łütre suivi sur site web du CQM : www.cqm.qc.ca

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Husky Energy donates $1 million to The Banff Centre

Million-dollar Husky Energy donation to Banff Centre will support tomorrowĺ─˘s artists

Canadaĺ─˘s next generation of artists will have access to career-changing professional development programs at The Banff Centre, thanks to $1-million in support from Husky Energy Inc.
Mary Hofstetter, president and CEO of The Banff Centre, says Huskyĺ─˘s support will have a transformative impact on the careers of emerging artists from across Canada. ĺ─˙For many young artists, the opportunity to attend a Banff Centre program marks a turning point in their career. This generous donation will not only enable promising young artists to come to Banff, it will also help us bring in faculty who are at the top of their field to mentor those artists.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙We are proud to support the work of The Banff Centre and the role it plays in nurturing young artists,ĺ─¨ said Husky Energy President & Chief Executive Officer John C.S. Lau. ĺ─˙Investing in their dreams and creative energy will benefit communities across Canada and around the world.ĺ─¨

John Lau and his wife Heather are long-term supporters of The Banff Centre. Husky is the presenting sponsor of the Banff Midsummer Ball which raised more than $586,000 this year for scholarships and creative arts programs at the Centre. Husky has been a supporter of the Centre since 1986, and presenting sponsor of the Midsummer Ball since 1998. The event is the flagship fundraiser for The Banff Centre, and is one of the most successful arts-related fundraising functions in Canada, raising over $4.2 million for artists scholarships from 1998 to 2009.

Huskyĺ─˘s $1-million donation to the Campaign for The Banff Centre will be directed to continued support for the Midsummer Ball, and to the revitalization of Centreĺ─˘s campus. As part of the Banff Centre Revitalization project, the largest meeting space in the new Kinnear Centre for Creativity & Innovation, to open in July 2010, will be named the Husky Great Hall.

Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Husky Energy Inc. is one of Canada's largest energy and energy-related companies. From 2004 to 2008, Husky invested over $25 million in community and charitable organizations. A post-secondary learning institution located in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, The Banff Centre is Canada's creative leader in arts and culture.

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Roland Crowns 3rd V-Accordion Festival Winner / Roland couronne le gagnant du 3e Festival de V-Accordłęon Roland

Alexander Sevastian to Represent Canada at the International Finals in Italy

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - Alexander Sevastian was crowned the next "V-Accordion Idol" at the Roland V-Accordion Festival National Finals, held on September 24th at the Hansa Haus in Mississauga. The competition showcased three semi-finalists who were chosen out of dozens of entries from accordion players across the country. As first place winner, Alexander Sevastian is now preparing for his performance at the International Finals on November 20th and 21st in Rome, Italy, where he will be representing Canada.

Sevastian is no stranger to the spotlight. A four-time world accordion champion, Alexander started playing the accordion at the age of seven. Born in Minsk, Belarus, Alexander's musical education took him to Moscow, where he obtained his Masters Degree in Performance. He has toured the world as both a solo performer and with several symphony orchestras; most recently touring Atlantic Canada with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Alexander is also a member of the internationally renowned quartet 'Quartetto Gelato'.

Alexander's performance at the National Finals began with a dramatic piece titled "Cosmo Romance", which was a personal composition directly inspired by the sounds featured on the Roland FR-7 V-Accordion. The piece showcased dissonant, droning chords and highlighted Alexander's dynamic playing abilities. His performance concluded with a set of three traditional European accordion pieces; Sentido Unico by Argentine Tango Composer Astor Piazzolla, Don Rhapsody by Viatcheslav Semionov and Neapolitan Dance by Russian Composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. It was apparent from the very first notes that emanated from Alexander's V-Accordion that the audience was in store for something incredibly special. Alexander's charisma, intensity and virtuosic technical skills generated a thunderous applause from the audience of over 250 people.

The 3rd Roland V-Accordion Festival invited accordion players from across Canada to submit a short video of an accordion performance to Roland Canada's Headquarters between May 6, 2009 and September 8, 2009.

Sergiu Popa from Montreal placed second in the competition and Valery Borodin from Victoria took third spot - each winning a Roland FR-3S and FR-1 V-Accordion respectively.

About Roland Canada Ltd.
Roland is a world leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of electronic musical instruments, professional audio equipment, multimedia products and music accessories. The Roland brand family includes Roland, BOSS, EDIROL by Roland, Rodgers, RSS by Roland, and Cakewalk by Roland. Roland's impressive line of products includes, but is far from limited to, guitar effects pedals, electronic percussion, acclaimed digital pianos, synthesizers, digital mixers and music production software.

Alexander Sevastian reprłęsentera le Canada łŢ la finale internationale en Italie.

MISSISSAUGA, ON, le 2 oct. /CNW/ - Alexander Sevastian a łętłę couronnłę le prochain "V-Accordion Idol" łŢ l'occasion de la finale du concours de V-Accordłęon Roland tenue le 24 septembre dernier łŢ la Hansa Haus de Mississauga, en Ontario. Trois finalistes choisis parmi des dizaines d'accordłęonistes de partout au Canada ont participłę łŢ la compłętition. Dłęclarłę grand gagnant, Alexander Sevastian se prłępare maintenant en vue de sa participation łŢ la finale internationale qui aura lieu les 20 et 21 novembre prochain łŢ Rome, en Italie, oł╝ il reprłęsentera le Canada.

Alexander n'est pas łętranger aux feux de la rampe. Champion mondial łŢ quatre reprises, Alexander a commencłę łŢ jouer de l'accordłęon łŢ l'łóge de sept ans. Nłę łŢ Minsk, au Błęlarus, les connaissances musicales d'Alexander l'ont amenłę łŢ Moscou oł╝ il a obtenu une małĂtrise. Il a fait des tournłęes mondiales en solo et avec plusieurs orchestres symphoniques; plus rłęcemment, il a effectułę une tournłęe des provinces de l'Atlantique du Canada avec l'Orchestre symphonique de Toronto. Alexander est łęgalement membre du "Quartetto Gelato", quatuor de renommłęe internationale.

Lors de la finale nationale, Alexander a dłębutłę sa prestation avec une pił«ce dramatique intitulłęe "Cosmo Romance", composition personnelle inspirłęe directement des sons caractłęristiques au Roland FR-7 V-Accordłęon. La pił«ce prłęsentait des accords dissonants, statiques et mettait en łęvidence les talents musicaux d'Alexander. Sa prestation s'est terminłęe avec une suite de trois pił«ces europłęennes traditionnelles; Sentido Unico par Argentine Tango du compositeur argentin Astor Piazzolla, Don Rhapsody de Viatcheslav Semionov et Neapolitan Dance du compositeur russe Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Dł«s les premił«res notes, il łętait łęvident que le public s'attendait łŢ assister łŢ quelque chose de vraiment exceptionnel. Le charisme, l'intensitłę et les compłętences techniques d'Alexander ont provoqułę un tonnerre d'applaudissements des quelque deux cent cinquante personnes prłęsentes.

Dans le cadre du 3e festival de V-Accordłęon de Roland, les joueurs d'accordłęon de partout au Canada łętaient invitłęs łŢ soumettre łŢ Roland Canada une courte vidłęo de leur prestation entre le 6 mai et le 8 septembre 2008.

La deuxił«me place est revenue łŢ Sergiu Popa, de Monrłęal et Valery Borodin, de Victoria, a remportłę la troisił«me place. Tous deux ont respectivement remportłę un accordłęon Roland FR-3S et FR-1 V-Accordion.

ł─ propos de Roland Canada Ltd.
Roland est un chef de file mondial sur les plans de la conception, de la fabrication et de la distribution d'instruments de musique numłęriques, d'łęquipement audio professionnel, de produits multimłędias et d'accessoires de musique. Les produits Roland constituent une famille composłęe des marques Roland, BOSS, EDIROL par Roland, Rodgers, RSS par Roland et Cakewalk par Roland. La gamme impressionnante de produits Roland, loin de s'y limiter, inclut notamment des płędales d'effet pour guitare, des percussions łęlectroniques, des pianos numłęriques rłęputłęs, des synthłętiseurs, des consoles de mixage numłęrique et des logiciels de production musicale.

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Le Conseil des Arts de Montrłęal lance le Prix de la Relł«ve - Caisse de la Culture/The Conseil des Arts de Montrłęal launches The Prix de la Relł«ve

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Montrłęal, le 1er octobre 2009 ĺ─ý Un nouveau prix viendra rłęcompenser ceux qui oeuvrent au dłęveloppement des arts łŢ Montrłęal : le Prix de la relł«ve - Caisse de la Culture du Conseil des arts de Montrłęal est destinłę łŢ reconnałĂtre le travail des jeunes artistes ou organismes professionnels qui posent des actions structurantes pour la relł«ve artistique. Ce prix est accompagnłę dĺ─˘une bourse de 5 000 $ offerte par la Caisse de la Culture et sera głęrłę par le Conseil des arts de Montrłęal dans le cadre dĺ─˘Outiller la relł«ve artistique montrłęalaise.

Que ce soit en stimulant le partage des ressources, en soutenant lĺ─˘intłęgration au marchłę du travail, en facilitant lĺ─˘accł«s łŢ du soutien financier, ou encore, en proposant de nouveaux modł«les organisationnels, les candidats au Prix de la relł«ve - Caisse de la Culture doivent dłęmontrer que, par leurs interventions, ils ont contribułę łŢ lĺ─˘amłęlioration des conditions de pratique des artistes de la relł«ve. Ce Prix pourra rłęcompenser autant un individu, un collectif, une coopłęrative, un regroupement quĺ─˘un organisme (łŢ but non lucratif), du moment oł╝ il oeuvre principalement dans les arts et est basłę sur lĺ─˘łĂle de Montrłęal. Les candidatures seront łęvalułęes par un jury composłę dĺ─˘un membre de la Caisse de la Culture, de deux artistes ou travailleurs culturels de la relł«ve et de deux membres du Conseil des arts. Ils analyseront les dossiers selon diffłęrents critł«res tenant compte, notamment, de la qualitłę, de la pertinence, du rayonnement et des impacts des actions posłęes pour soutenir le dłęveloppement de la relł«ve artistique.

La prłęsidente du Conseil des arts de Montrłęal, Louise Roy, sĺ─˘est dłęclarłęe ravie de cette Č┤ initiative originale qui rłęcompense lĺ─˘innovation et lĺ─˘intelligence derrił«re les meilleures pratiques. Cette implication en faveur des jeunes artistes dłęmontre la vision dĺ─˘avenir de la Caisse de la Culture, un nouveau partenaire pour le Conseil des arts de Montrłęal qui, comme nous, est attentif łŢ stimuler le dłęveloppement des arts. Ȭ

Le prłęsident de la Caisse de la Culture, Jacques lĺ─˘Heureux, a dłęclarłę : Č┤ Soutenir la relł«ve, c'est reconnałĂtre sa force crłęatrice et l'importance de son apport au rayonnement des arts et de la culture au Qułębec Ȭ.

Les candidats au Prix de la relł«ve - Caisse de la Culture doivent soumettre leur dossier au Conseil des arts de Montrłęal dĺ─˘ ici le 15 dłęcembre 2009. Les critł«res dĺ─˘admissibilitłę et le formulaire dĺ─˘inscription sont disponibles sur le site Internet dĺ─˘Artł«re : www.artere.qc.ca. Pour des renseignements complłęmentaires, on peut communiquer avec Cynthia Bellemare, coordonnatrice - relł«ve artistique au Conseil des arts de Montrłęal (514 280-3724, cbellemare.p@ville.montreal.qc.ca). Le premier laurłęat du Prix de la relł«ve - Caisse de la Culture sera rłęcompensłę en mars 2010, dans le cadre du 25e dłęjeuner du Grand Prix annuel du Conseil des arts de Montrłęal.
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Montreal, October 1, 2009 ĺ─ý A new prize has been created to reward those devoted to developing the arts in Montreal: the Prix de la relł«ve - Caisse de la Culture du Conseil des arts de Montrłęal, which will recognize the efforts of young artists or professional organizations whose actions make a significant contribution to emerging artists. This prize is accompanied by a $5,000 bursary, offered by the Caisse de la Culture, and will be administered by the Conseil des arts de Montrłęal, as part of the Outiller la relł«ve artistique montrłęalaise project.

Whether it is by stimulating the sharing of resources, supporting integration into the workforce, facilitating access to funding, or even by proposing new organizational models, the candidates for the Prix de la relł«ve - Caisse de la Culture must demonstrate that they have, through their actions, contributed to improving the working conditions of young, emerging artists. This prize can be presented to an individual, as well as a collective, cooperative, group, or non-profit organization, as long as he/she/it works primarily in the arts and is based on the Island of Montreal. Candidacies will be reviewed by a jury consisting of a member of the Caisse de la Culture, two emerging artists or cultural workers and two members of the Conseil des arts. They will study the files according to various criteria taking into account, notably, the quality, relevance, influence, and impacts of the actions taken to support the development of emerging artists.

The Chair of the Conseil des arts de Montrłęal, Louise Roy, is delighted with this ĺ─˙ original initiative that rewards the innovation and intelligence behind the best practices. This involvement with young artists demonstrates the Caisse de la Cultureĺ─˘s vision of the future. They are a new partner for the Conseil des arts de Montrłęal and share with us the need to stimulate the development of the arts.ĺ─¨

The President of the Caisse de la Culture, Jacques lĺ─˘Heureux, declared: ĺ─˙ Supporting emerging artists is a way of acknowledging their great creativity and their import contribution to the growth of arts and culture in Quebec. ĺ─¨

Candidates for the Prix de la relł«ve - Caisse de la Culture must submit their file to the Conseil des arts de Montrłęal between now and December 15, 2009. Eligibility criteria and the application form are available on the Artł«re webste: www.artere.qc.ca. For more information, please contact Cynthia Bellemare, Coordinator ĺ─ý Emerging Artists, at the Conseil des arts de Montrłęal (514 280-3724, cbellemare.p@ville.montreal.qc.ca). The first winner of the Prix de la relł«ve - Caisse de la Culture will be announced in March 2010, during the 25rd annual Grand Prix du Conseil des arts de Montrłęal luncheon.

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Makemusic updates Finale NotePad and Finale Reader

Minneapolis ĺ─ý Oct 1, 2009 ĺ─ý MakeMusic, Inc. (NASDAQ: MMUS) announced today the simultaneous release of Finale NotePadČĂ 2010 and an updated, free-of-charge Finale ReaderĺĐó. Both music notation software packages support current operating systems and provide compatibility with files created with FinaleČĂ 2010, MakeMusic's world-standard music notation software program.

Finale NotePad 2010 represents the easiest and most affordable introduction to the world of music notation. Available as a download for $9.95, or purchased on disc for $19.95, NotePad lets anyone create, play, print, save and share music notation. Notes can be entered with a mouse, a MIDI keyboard, or by opening MIDI files. Music plays back with the nuance of Human PlaybackČĂ and can be heard via the 128+ included sounds or through an external MIDI device. NotePad also fosters collaboration as it can edit, play, print and save files created with other Finale music notation products.

NotePad 2010 includes several new features:
Čů Improved Percussion Notation - NotePad simplifies the process of getting notes on percussion staves to look ĺ─ý and play back ĺ─ý exactly the way you want them to.
Čů Fully compatible with Finale 2010, PrintMusic 2010 and SongWriter 2010 files.
Čů Improved documentation, transparent selection handles and more.

The Finale Reader is a free download that can open, view, print and play files created by Finale and other MakeMusic products. In addition to full compatibility with files created by Finale 2010, PrintMusic 2010 and SongWriter 2010, this latest version of the Reader can also display colored note heads in files created with Finale.

"Finale NotePad and Finale Reader put the promise of Finale into everyone's hands," stated Ron Raup, MakeMusicĺ─˘s CEO. "From music educators sharing Finale-created quizzes with students using the Reader, to composers and arrangers collaborating on edits to Finale scores with Finale NotePad, these two products let everyone participate in the world of music notation."

Learn more and download NotePad and Reader at www.finalemusic.com. Meet some MakeMusic employees on Flickr and follow their activities on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

About MakeMusic, Inc. ĺ─«
MakeMusicČĂ, Inc., a Minnesota corporation, is a world leader in music technology whose mission is to develop and market solutions that transform how music is composed, taught, learned and performed. For more than 20 years, FinaleČĂ has been the industry standard in music notation software. It has transformed the process by which composers, arrangers, musicians, teachers, students and publishers create, edit, audition, print and publish musical scores. Additionally, MakeMusic is the creator of SmartMusicČĂ, the complete practice tool for band, orchestra and voice and SmartMusic GradebookTM, the web-based student grading and records management system. Further information about the company can be found at www.makemusic.com.

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Remise des prix du Conseil supłęrieur de la langue franł▀aise

LE CONSEIL SUPłÔRIEUR DE LA LANGUE FRANłßAISE REMET LES INSIGNES DE Lĺ─˘ORDRE DES FRANCOPHONES Dĺ─˘AMłÔRIQUE, DU PRIX DU 3-JUILLET-1608 ET DU PRIX LITTłÔRAIRE łÔMILE-OLLIVIER ł─ Lĺ─˘ASSEMBLłÔE NATIONALE DU QUłÔBEC

Qułębec, le 30 septembre 2009. ĺ─ý Le Conseil supłęrieur de la langue franł▀aise a dłęcernłę, pour la trente et unił«me fois, lĺ─˘Ordre des francophones dĺ─˘Amłęrique łŢ sept personnalitłęs łęminentes de la Francophonie. Il a łęgalement remis le Prix du 3-Juillet-1608 łŢ un organisme qui sĺ─˘est distingułę par son action exemplaire pour la dłęfense et la promotion de la langue et de la culture franł▀aises en Amłęrique, ainsi que le prix littłęraire łÔmile-Ollivier łŢ un łęcrivain canadien francophone, de lĺ─˘extłęrieur du Qułębec, qui contribue par son oeuvre au rayonnement de la langue franł▀aise. Cette cłęrłęmonie avait lieu łŢ la salle du Conseil lłęgislatif de lĺ─˘hłątel du Parlement, łŢ Qułębec. Elle łętait prłęsidłęe par la ministre de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition fłęminine et ministre responsable de lĺ─˘application de la Charte de la langue franł▀aise, Mme Christine St-Pierre.

En prłęsence de nombreux invitłęs des milieux artistique et politique, notamment M. Claude Błęchard, ministre responsable des Affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes, et M. Rłęgis Labeaume, maire de Qułębec, le Conseil a honorłę neuf rłęcipiendaires et laurłęats qui ont permis łŢ la langue franł▀aise de sĺ─˘łępanouir, au Qułębec, en Acadie, en Ontario, dans lĺ─˘Ouest canadien, ailleurs en Amłęrique et sur dĺ─˘autres continents. Selon le prłęsident du Conseil supłęrieur de la langue franł▀aise, M. Conrad Ouellon : Č┤ Ceux et celles que nous honorons ici ce soir oeuvrent tous łŢ la promotion de la langue et de la culture franł▀aises dans leur milieu et contribuent ainsi de manił«re active et militante łŢ la vitalitłę du franł▀ais dĺ─˘Amłęrique, une vitalitłę qui sĺ─˘appuie sur la force de nos łęcrivains, de nos artistes, de nos intellectuels, de nos łęducateurs et de nos dirigeants. Ȭ La ministre Christine St-Pierre a łęgalement soulignłę que Č┤ les prix dłęcernłęs illustrent l'affection que portent les Qułębłęcoises et les Qułębłęcois aux francophiles ainsi quĺ─˘aux francophones qui vivent łŢ lĺ─˘extłęrieur du Qułębec. Ils tłęmoignent aussi de notre gratitude łŢ lĺ─˘endroit des rłęcipiendaires dont lĺ─˘apport exceptionnel au dynamisme de la langue franł▀aise est fort inspirant pour son avenir. Ȭ

Les rłęcipiendaires de lĺ─˘Ordre des francophones d'Amłęrique sont :

Pour le Qułębec :
M. Andrłę Gladu, cinłęaste;
M. Gilles Pellerin, łęcrivain et militant pour la Coalition pour la diversitłę culturelle.

Pour l'Acadie :
M. Aurel Schofield, coordonnateur pour la formation młędicale francophone du Nouveau-Brunswick.

Pour l'Ontario :
Mme Liliane Vincent, directrice des Services aux francophones.

Pour l'Ouest canadien :
M. Ibrahima Diallo, doyen au Collł«ge universitaire de Saint-Boniface.

Pour les Amłęriques :
Mme Silvia Pratt, traductrice et interprł«te (franł▀ais-espagnol) au Mexique.

Pour les autres continents :
M. Hidehiro Tachibana, professeur de franł▀ais łŢ l'Universitłę de Waseda, au Japon.

Le laurłęat 2009 du Prix du 3-Juillet-1608 est :
Le Centre de recherche en civilisation canadienne-franł▀aise de lĺ─˘Universitłę dĺ─˘Ottawa, en Ontario, pour sa grande contribution au dłęveloppement de la francophonie nord-amłęricaine.

Le laurłęat du prix littłęraire łÔmile-Ollivier 2009 est :
M. Daniel Marchildon, pour son roman Lĺ─˘eau de vie (Uisge beatha), publiłę aux łÔditions David.

Une sociłętłę franł▀aise dynamique
Par la remise de ces distinctions, le Conseil veut souligner lĺ─˘importance dĺ─˘une collectivitłę francophone dynamique qui tient łŢ conserver et łŢ dłęvelopper sa langue. Ce geste a valeur dĺ─˘inspiration pour les głęnłęrations futures qui auront łŢ fał▀onner Č┤ une sociłętłę sł¬re de ce quĺ─˘elle est devenue, et donc ouverte łŢ lĺ─˘autre! Une sociłętłę łŢ visages multiples et rłęsolument tournłęe vers lĺ─˘avenir! Une sociłętłę accueillante mais pour laquelle la primautłę de la langue franł▀aise reste une valeur fondamentale Ȭ, a dłęclarłę M. Ouellon.

Lĺ─˘Ordre des francophones dĺ─˘Amłęrique est considłęrłę comme une haute distinction dans la Francophonie et le Prix du 3-Juillet-1608 commłęmore lĺ─˘łęvłęnement fondateur de la ville de Qułębec par Samuel de Champlain, tout en rappelant lĺ─˘importance historique de Qułębec pour les francophones dĺ─˘Amłęrique. Le prix littłęraire łÔmile-Ollivier, quant łŢ lui, a łętłę crłęłę en 2004 par le Conseil en collaboration avec le Secrłętariat aux affaires intergouvernementales canadiennes.
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LES RłÔCIPIENDAIRES 2009 DE Lĺ─˘ORDRE DES FRANCOPHONES Dĺ─˘AMłÔRIQUE

M. Andrłę Gladu, Qułębec
Cinłęaste
Aprł«s avoir fait des łętudes łŢ lĺ─˘łÔcole des beaux-arts de Montrłęal, puis en Angleterre, et avoir łętudiłę le cinłęma łŢ New York, M. Andrłę Gladu a pris le parti de mettre en valeur lĺ─˘originalitłę de la culture des francophones du Qułębec et de ceux qui ont essaimłę ailleurs en Amłęrique. Selon le professeur Virgil BenołĂt, de lĺ─˘Universitłę du Dakota du Nord, il est parvenu łŢ Č┤ ancrer les gens dans notre młęmoire collective Ȭ. Son oeuvre reflł«te les multiples visages et le riche patrimoine culturel et linguistique des francophones dĺ─˘Amłęrique.

M. Gilles Pellerin, Qułębec
łÔcrivain et militant pour la Coalition pour la diversitłę culturelle
Titulaire dĺ─˘une małĂtrise en littłęrature de lĺ─˘Universitłę Laval, enseignant, łęcrivain engagłę et visionnaire, łęditeur et confłęrencier łęloquent, M. Gilles Pellerin se rłęvł«le łŢ nous comme Č┤ le chantre fabuleux de notre langue Ȭ, dont il fait la promotion avec ferveur, et toujours avec beaucoup dĺ─˘humour. Rłęcemment fait chevalier de lĺ─˘Ordre des Arts et des Lettres de la Rłępublique franł▀aise et łęgalement laurłęat du Prix du rayonnement des lettres belges łŢ lĺ─˘łętranger, remis par la Communautłę franł▀aise de Belgique, il demeure un inlassable militant pour lĺ─˘avł«nement dĺ─˘une francophonie dĺ─˘Amłęrique active, crłęatrice, humaniste et plurielle.

M. Aurel Schofield, Acadie
Coordonnateur pour la formation młędicale francophone du Nouveau-Brunswick
Docteur en młędecine de lĺ─˘Universitłę Laval, fellow du Collł«ge des młędecins de famille du Canada, M. Aurel Schofield a łętłę le premier directeur du Centre de formation młędicale du Nouveau-Brunswick, dont il assure encore aujourdĺ─˘hui la direction. Il est professeur de młędecine depuis vingt-six ans et doyen associłę łŢ la Facultłę de młędecine et des sciences de la santłę de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Sherbrooke, de młüme quĺ─˘łŢ la Facultłę des sciences de la santłę et des services communautaires de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Moncton. Le docteur Schofield est considłęrłę comme un chef de file acadien, voułę łŢ la formation młędicale adaptłęe aux besoins de santłę des francophones de sa province.

Mme Liliane Vincent, Ontario
Directrice des Services aux francophones
Mme Liliane Vincent a effectułę des łętudes de premier cycle en sciences linguistiques łŢ lĺ─˘Universitłę Laurentienne, puis des łętudes de deuxił«me cycle en traduction, łŢ lĺ─˘Universitłę dĺ─˘Ottawa. Elle a fait carrił«re sur la scł«ne nationale au sein de la Fłędłęration canadienne des enseignantes et des enseignants. Comme directrice des Services aux francophones, elle a appuyłę le personnel enseignant des łęcoles francophones en milieu minoritaire, notamment dans lĺ─˘intłęgration des enfants pour favoriser leur rłęussite łŢ lĺ─˘łęcole de langue franł▀aise. Animłęe par le souci de lĺ─˘intłęgritłę de la langue franł▀aise dans une sociłętłę de plus en plus diversifiłęe, elle a aussi mis sur pied et dirigłę les Services linguistiques. En 1993, lĺ─˘Association des traducteurs et interprł«tes de lĺ─˘Ontario (ATIO) a dłęcernłę łŢ Mme Vincent le premier Prix de lĺ─˘ATIO, en reconnaissance de sa contribution aux professions langagił«res.

M. Ibrahima Diallo, Ouest canadien
Doyen au Collł«ge universitaire de Saint-Boniface
Doyen depuis aoł¬t 2000 de la Facultłę des arts, dĺ─˘administration des affaires et des sciences au Collł«ge universitaire de Saint-Boniface, au Manitoba, le professeur Diallo est titulaire dĺ─˘un doctorat en sciences et młędecine vłętłęrinaires de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Dakar, au Słęnłęgal, son pays natal. Au Manitoba, il a enseignłę les sciences biologiques en franł▀ais pendant quinze ans, tout en faisant de la vulgarisation scientifique dans les łęcoles et dans la presse łęcrite et parlłęe (radio et tłęlłęvision). En octobre 2007, le professeur Diallo a łętłę dłęcorłę par lĺ─˘Association interculturelle Dinamba du Manitoba pour sa contribution łŢ la francophonie manitobaine et pour services rendus aux communautłęs ethnoculturelles. Par son ouverture dĺ─˘esprit, son dynamisme et sa crłęativitłę, M. Diallo a su canaliser les forces vives des milieux francophones autour dĺ─˘une vision commune porteuse dĺ─˘avenir.

Mme Silvia Pratt, Les Amłęriques
Traductrice et interprł«te (franł▀ais-espagnol) au Mexique
Aprł«s des łętudes de traduction et dĺ─˘interprłętation łŢ lĺ─˘Alliance franł▀aise du Mexique et aprł«s avoir approfondi sa connaissance du franł▀ais łŢ lĺ─˘Universitłę de Lausanne, en Suisse, Mme Silvia Pratt a łętłę responsable de la Direction acadłęmique et du Dłępartement de diffusion de la culture łŢ lĺ─˘Institut supłęrieur des interprł«tes et des traducteurs au Mexique, oł╝ elle a aussi łętłę professeure. Elle a enseignłę, pendant vingt ans, la traduction et lĺ─˘interprłętation, donnłę des cours, des ateliers et des confłęrences, et łęcrit un nombre impressionnant dĺ─˘articles consacrłęs łŢ la littłęrature qułębłęcoise. En novembre 2005, lĺ─˘Universitłę du Qułębec lui remettait une distinction honorifique pour lĺ─˘ensemble de sa carrił«re et de son travail de recherche, de traduction et de diffusion de la littłęrature et de la culture qułębłęcoises.

M. Hidehiro Tachibana, Autres continents
Professeur de franł▀ais łŢ lĺ─˘Universitłę de Waseda, au Japon
M. Tachibana a poursuivi des łętudes pour lĺ─˘obtention dĺ─˘une małĂtrise et doctorat en littłęrature franł▀aise łŢ lĺ─˘Universitłę de Waseda, au Japon. Il a obtenu un diplłąme dĺ─˘łętudes approfondies en littłęrature franł▀aise łŢ lĺ─˘Universitłę Sorbonne Nouvelle ĺ─ý Paris 3. Ardent dłęfenseur de la francophonie au Japon, le professeur Tachibana manifeste une prłędilection pour la culture des Antilles et celle du Qułębec. Ainsi, en plus dĺ─˘enseigner la langue et la littłęrature franł▀aises łŢ lĺ─˘Universitłę de Waseda, il effectue des recherches de haut niveau sur les littłęratures francophones. M. Hidehiro Tachibana est lĺ─˘un des rares Japonais francophiles qui ont acquis une connaissance łętendue du Qułębec et de la littłęrature francophone dĺ─˘Amłęrique.

LE LAURłÔAT 2009 DU PRIX DU 3-JUILLET-1608
Le Centre de recherche en civilisation canadienne-franł▀aise de lĺ─˘Universitłę dĺ─˘Ottawa
Le Centre de recherche en civilisation canadienne-franł▀aise a łętłę fondłę en 1958. Unitłę de recherche pluridisciplinaire rattachłęe łŢ la Facultłę des arts de lĺ─˘Universitłę dĺ─˘Ottawa, cet organisme scientifique et culturel est voułę łŢ la diffusion et łŢ lĺ─˘łępanouissement de la langue et de la culture franł▀aises ainsi quĺ─˘au dłęveloppement de la francophonie en Amłęrique. Il a pour principale mission de susciter et de promouvoir la recherche concernant tous les aspects du Canada franł▀ais, en particulier de lĺ─˘Ontario, mais łęgalement du Qułębec. Source de fiertłę pour les milieux minoritaires, le Centre est devenu, au fil des ans, le dłępositaire de la młęmoire collective de lĺ─˘Ontario franł▀ais et un lieu de ressourcement indispensable łŢ la survie des francophones de cette province. Il contribue ainsi grandement au dłęveloppement de la francophonie nord-amłęricaine.

LE LAURłÔAT 2009 DU PRIX LITTłÔRAIRE łÔMILE-OLLIVIER
M. Daniel Marchildon, Ontario
M. Daniel Marchildon habite la rłęgion de Penetanguishene, situłęe łŢ environ 150 km au nord de Toronto. Titulaire dĺ─˘un baccalaurłęat spłęcialisłę en traduction et en lettres franł▀aises de lĺ─˘Universitłę dĺ─˘Ottawa, il a publiłę plusieurs ouvrages łŢ caractł«re historique. M. Daniel Marchildon a reł▀u de nombreux prix pour son oeuvre, qui comprend des romans pour la jeunesse, des nouvelles littłęraires, des scłęnarios pour la tłęlłęvision et le cinłęma, et des textes pour lĺ─˘alphabłętisation populaire. Lĺ─˘oeuvre de M. Daniel Marchildon se distingue par son originalitłę, de młüme que par la qualitłę de son łęcriture et de sa documentation.

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Canadian schools jubilant as MusiCounts invests half a million dollars in music education

60 MusiCounts Band Aid grants confirmed for 2009-2010

TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - MusiCounts, Canada's music education charity associated with CARAS, announced today that 60 Band Aid grants will be given out in 2009/2010.
MusiCounts provides opportunity and access for Canadian students of all ages and backgrounds to comprehensive music programs through their schools. Research proves that children's music education aids their cognitive development, creativity, as well as their overall attitude toward their studies. The demand for support of music programs is ever more apparent and this year is no exception.

For a complete list of 2009-2010 recipients, please visit www.musicounts.ca.

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Lionsgate Music Names Tracy McKnight as Vice President, Film Music

SANTA MONICA, Calif. and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Oct. 1 /CNW/ -- Tracy McKnight has been named Vice President of Film Music for the music arm of Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), the leading next generation studio, it was announced today by Lionsgate Music President Jay Faires. The appointment, paired with the recent promotion of Russell Ziecker to head Lionsgate's television music operations, signals the Company's continued commitment to put experienced and talented executives in charge of the musical component of its upcoming film and television slates. McKnight will work on numerous major film projects for Lionsgate's feature film slate in her new role, including FIVE KILLERS, starring Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigl, WARRIOR, starring Nick Nolte, and THE WINNING SEASON, with Sam Rockwell and Emma Roberts.

McKnight's diverse experience as a music supervisor, record producer and label co-founder has already earned her a respected place in the entertainment industry. MovieMaker Magazine called her one of 2006's "25 Coolest People to Know" in independent film. Her diverse film credits include such major studio films as THE EX, FRIENDS WITH MONEY and THE ICE HARVEST, acclaimed documentaries BORN INTO BROTHELS and MURDERBALL, and independent films such as COFFEE AND CIGARETTES and THE GUITAR. Prior to joining the Lionsgate Music team, McKnight co-founded Commotion Records with Walter Yetnikoff. Commotion's impressive slate of releases includes the acclaimed film soundtracks from HOTEL RWANDA, THE COOLER and MY ARCHITECT.

McKnight also recently completed work with SUPERBAD director Greg Mottola on ADVENTURELAND for Miramax, and with first-time director Sophie Barthes on COLD SOULS starring Paul Giamatti, Emily Watson and David Strathairn. In addition to her work as a supervisor, label head and now VP of Film Music at Lionsgate, McKnight continues to be an ally of the Sundance Institute/Festival, participating for the past 10 years in their Producers Conference and Composers Lab as an advisor, as well as co-programming the Festival's yearly "Music Meets Film" concert. She also advises for the Independent Film Project and has served on the host committee for the Gotham Awards.

"Nobody understands the combination of music and film better than Tracy," said Faires. "Lionsgate prides itself on producing and releasing some of the most original, distinctive and provocative films in the world. With Tracy coming aboard, we now have in place an executive who can add to the power of our upcoming film slate with equally fresh, dynamic and exciting music."

About Lionsgate
Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF) is the leading next generation studio with a strong and diversified presence in the production and distribution of motion pictures, television programming, home entertainment, family entertainment, video-on-demand and digitally delivered content. The Company has built a strong television presence in production of prime time cable and broadcast network series, distribution and syndication of programming through Debmar-Mercury and an array of channel platform assets, including TV Guide Network in partnership with JPMorgan's One Equity Partners and Allen Shapiro, the Epix multiplatform channel expected to launch in October 2009 with partners Viacom and MGM, the FEARnet branded horror channel with partners Comcast and Sony, and the KIX and Thrill branded action and horror channels in Asia. Its feature film business achieved a number one box office opening weekend in September 2009 with the eighth film in the Tyler Perry franchise, I CAN DO BAD ALL BY MYSELF, with the sixth film in the SAW franchise opening in October 2009. The Company's home entertainment business has grown to more than 7% market share and leads the industry in its box office-to-DVD revenue conversion rate. Lionsgate handles a prestigious and prolific library of approximately 12,000 motion picture and television titles that is an important source of recurring revenue and serves as the foundation for the growth of the Company's core businesses. The Lionsgate brand remains synonymous with original, daring, quality entertainment in markets around the world.

About Lionsgate Music
Lionsgate Music oversees music for Lionsgate's film and TV slate, builds the Company's music publishing assets and releases its soundtracks and scores. The music team has received two Oscar nominations for Marco Beltrami's score for 3:10 TO YUMA and for Bird York's song "In The Deep" for Best Picture Academy Award Winner CRASH. Current and upcoming projects include the soundtrack for PRECIOUS, to be released through Interscope Records and featuring a lead track from Mary J. Blige. PRECIOUS is directed by Lee Daniels (MONSTER'S BALL) and presented by Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry. The film has already attracted significant buzz, winning the Audience Award at this month's Toronto Film Festival in addition to winning the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. Additional upcoming projects include the Jim Sheridan film BROTHERS, scheduled for release in December featuring music from U2, as well as music for such upcoming films as THE EXPENDABLES, starring Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham and Jet Li, FIVE KILLERS, starring Katherine Heigl and Ashton Kutcher, KICK ASS, starring Nicolas Cage, and Academy Award winning director Paul Haggis' THE NEXT THREE DAYS, starring Russell Crowe. The Lionsgate Music team is also working on the Starz! television series Crash, featuring music from Paul McCartney and The Doors, the third season of AMC's Emmy-winning series Mad Men, scored by the critically lauded composer David Carbonara, and its live musical revue, Mad Men Live Revue, which premiered last fall to rave reviews at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre, with more productions upcoming.

www.lionsgate.com

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Classical Archives features exclusive interview with soprano Danielle de Nieseĺ─«

Star Of The Metropolitan Opera's Current Production Of Mozart's ĺ─«The Marriage Of Figaro Discusses Her Roles And Future of Classical Music

Palo Alto, CA -- Classical Archives (www.classicalarchives.com), the ultimate classical music destination, proudly features an Exclusive Interview with rising-star soprano Danielle de Niese, who shares the story of her fairy-tale rise from child sensation to top-draw lyric soprano at the world's foremost opera houses ĺ─ý including her current run as Susanna in the Met's production of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro. In this honest and insightful interview with Classical Archives Artistic Director, Dr. Nolan Gasser, Ms. de Niese discusses her breakout role as the seductive Cleopatra in Handel's Giulio Cesare, her rigorous approach to "owning" the roles she sings, her optimistic attitude toward the future of classical music, her reverent love of singing, and much more. Don't miss this great interview, along with a special "Best of Danielle de Niese" Playlist!ĺ─« ĺ─«

In addition to the interview presentation, Classical Archives continues its profile on the Sony Masterworks ĺ─ý Zenph Studios collaboration that is bringing new life to classic piano recordings of yesteryear.

These include stunning "Re-Performed" recordings by Sergey Rachmaninov, Glenn Gould, and jazz legend Art Tatum. ĺ─« ĺ─«These special presentations join the new Classical Archives Personalized Playlist feature, which allows members to create, save, and share their favorite recordings in personalized Playlists that can be grouped by any criteria they choose. Also new is the Home Page layout with this week's Featured Composer (Giuseppe Verdi), Featured Artist (conductor Simon Rattle); and an array of New Releases by the major classical labels, including the new Sony release, At Home With Friends by violinist Joshua Bell ĺ─ý who will be subject of next week's Classical Archives Exclusive Interview!

Visit the Classical Archives at www.ClassicalArchives.com.

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Le Conseil des Arts de Montrłęal met en place huit nouveaux comitłęs d'łęvaluation/Conseil des Arts de Montrłęal creates eight new evaluation commitees

Montrłęal, le 29 septembre 2009 ĺ─ý Tel que prłęvu dans son plan stratłęgique 2009-2012, le Conseil des arts de Montrłęal modifie son fonctionnement en crłęant de nouveaux comitłęs dĺ─˘łęvaluation. Jusqu'łŢ maintenant une responsabilitłę exclusive des membres du Conseil des arts de Montrłęal, la fonction dĺ─˘łęvaluation sera dłęsormais dłęlłęgułęe łŢ ces comitłęs de pairs qui seront toutefois prłęsidłęs chacun par un membre du Conseil. Cette nouvelle structure permettra au Conseil dĺ─˘łütre davantage łŢ lĺ─˘łęcoute des demandes, des aspirations et des prioritłęs du milieu quĺ─˘il dessert tout en renforł▀ant lĺ─˘expertise dans les łęvaluations. Chaque comitłę est formłę de six łŢ neuf pairs, cĺ─˘est-łŢ-dire dĺ─˘artistes ou dĺ─˘autres professionnels des arts, choisis par le Conseil pour leur expłęrience personnelle et pour leur connaissance experte du milieu et des divers aspects de la discipline en question.

Ces nouveaux comitłęs diffł«rent cependant des jurys de pairs traditionnels par un mandat de trois ans qui favorise le sentiment dĺ─˘appartenance et le partage dĺ─˘une vision au service de la vie artistique montrłęalaise. Les membres des comitłęs łęvaluent les demandes dans le cadre du programme głęnłęral de subventions, du programme de tournłęes et du parrainage fiscal. Ils auront aussi la responsabilitłę de choisir les finalistes pour le Grand Prix et ils pourront łütre appelłęs łŢ se prononcer sur des dossiers interdisciplinaires. Leur mandat est de formuler des recommandations au Conseil quant łŢ lĺ─˘aide financił«re łŢ accorder aprł«s lĺ─˘examen des demandes de subventions et des analyses prłęparłęes par les conseillers culturels et les autres professionnels. Ils pourront aussi tłęmoigner des besoins du milieu et identifier les enjeux relatifs łŢ chaque discipline.

Ainsi, 58 professionnels oeuvrant dans chacune des disciplines artistiques łęligibles aux subventions du Conseil ont acceptłę błęnłęvolement de participer aux huit comitłęs : arts numłęriques, arts visuels (incluant młętiers dĺ─˘art, design et architecture), cinłęma et vidłęo, danse, littłęrature (incluant les płęriodiques culturels et le conte), musique, les nouvelles pratiques artistiques (incluant la multi-, trans- et interdisciplinaritłę) et les arts du cirque, thłęłótre. La composition des comitłęs tient compte de la diversitłę des pratiques artistiques et des domaines de spłęcialisation professionnelle, ainsi que de la diversification des expłęriences reprłęsentłęes en termes de głęnłęration, de la prłęsence łęquitable dĺ─˘hommes et de femmes, et de la diversitłę culturelle. Les membres doivent rłęsider sur le territoire de lĺ─˘łĂle de Montrłęal et/ou exercer leur profession au sein dĺ─˘organismes artistiques dont le sił«ge social est situłę sur lĺ─˘łĂle de Montrłęal. Les membres des comitłęs doivent aussi avoir une vision dĺ─˘ensemble de leur discipline, une capacitłę dĺ─˘łęcoute jouxtłęe łŢ une facilitłę dĺ─˘expression, une grande ouverture dĺ─˘esprit, et auront plaisir łŢ travailler en łęquipe.

La nouvelle structure qui se met actuellement en place sera fonctionnelle dł«s novembre, pour lĺ─˘łęvaluation des demandes dłęposłęes le 15 septembre dernier pour le programme głęnłęral ainsi que celles dłęposłęes le 30 septembre pour le programme de tournłęes.
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Montreal, September 30, 2009 ĺ─ý As outlined in its 2009-2012 Strategic Plan, the Conseil des arts de Montrłęal is modifying its operations by creating new evaluation committees. Up until now, evaluations were the exclusive responsibility of the members of the Conseil des arts de Montrłęal. This function will henceforth be delegated to these peer committees, which will, however, each be chaired by a member of the Conseil. This new structure will allow the Conseil to be more sensitive to the demands, aspirations and priorities of the milieu that it serves, while reinforcing expertise in the evaluations. Each committee will be formed of six to nine peers, i.e. artists or other arts professionals chosen by the Conseil for their personal expertise and expert knowledge of the sector, as well as the various aspects of the discipline in question.

These new committees differ from traditional peer juries notably by their three-year mandate, which will promote a sense of belonging and a shared vision in the service of Montrealĺ─˘s artistic life. Committee members will evaluate the requests submitted within the General Financial Assistance Program, Touring Programs and Fiscal Sponsorship. They will also have the responsibility of choosing the finalists for the Grand Prix and could be called upon to give their opinion on interdisciplinary files. Their mandate is to formulate recommendations to the Conseil regarding funding once they have reviewed the grant request analyses prepared by the professionals of the Conseil. They can offer testimony on the needs of the sector and identify the issues affecting each discipline.

Thus, 58 persons working in each of the artistic disciplines eligible for funding from the Conseil have accepted to voluntarily take part in the eight committees: digital art, visual arts (including fine crafts, design and architecture), film and video, dance, literature (including cultural periodicals and storytelling), music, new artistic practices (including multi-, trans- and interdisciplinarity), and circus arts and theatre. The composition of the committees will take into account the diversity of artistic practices and areas of professional specialization, as well as the diversification of experiences represented in terms of generations, the equitable presence of men and women and cultural diversity. Members must reside in the territory of the Island of Montreal and/or practice their profession within arts organizations whose head office is located on the Island of Montreal. Committee members must also have an overall vision of their discipline, an ability to listen combined with a facility to express themselves, an open mind, and enjoy teamwork.

The new structure, which is currently being put into place, will be operational as of November, in order to evaluate the requests submitted on September 15, 2009 for the General Assistance Program and those submitted on September 30, 2009 for the Touring Programs.

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Harry Freeman Fund announced

ĺ─«ĺ─«The Freedman family is pleased to announce the Harry Freedman Fund, established in memory of the pioneering Canadian composer. Housed and administered by the Canadian Music Centre, the Fundĺ─˘s main activity is to offer the Harry Freedman Recording Award. ĺ─«ĺ─«

The Award will be offered to a successful candidate - a Canadian composer working in collaboration with one to six musicians, or a Canadian composer/performer - through a competitive process. Its purpose will be to contribute towards the creative costs associated with making audio recordings of Canadian composersĺ─˘ music that are confirmed future commercial release. ĺ─«ĺ─«

The Harry Freedman Recording Award is currently valued at $1,500 CDN and will be offered on a biannual basis , starting in the 2009/2010 season. ĺ─«ĺ─«Proposals must be submitted in writing and received no later than 5pm on Friday January 10, 2010 to be given due consideration. Any submissions received past this date will not be considered.

Proposals may be sent to:
The Harry Freedman Fundĺ─«
c/o Canadian Music Centre - Ontario Region
ĺ─«20 St. Joseph St. ĺ─«
Toronto, ON M4Y 1J9

La famille Freedman est heureuse dĺ─˘annoncer la crłęation du Fonds Harry Freedman, en młęmoire dĺ─˘un grand pionnier canadien dans le domaine de la composition. Logłę et administrłę au Centre de musique canadienne, le Fonds aura pour activitłę principale de dłęcerner le Prix dĺ─˘enregistrement Harry Freedman.

Ce prix sera remis au laurłęat ĺ─ý un compositeur canadien ëýuvrant en collaboration avec un ou plusieurs musiciens (six au maximum), ou un compositeur-interprł«te canadien ĺ─ý łŢ la suite dĺ─˘un concours. Le prix a pour but de participer aux frais de crłęation associłęs łŢ la rłęalisation dĺ─˘enregistrements audio de musique de compositeurs canadiens dont le lancement commercial łŢ venir a łętłę confirmłę.

Le Prix dĺ─˘enregistrement Harry Freedman, actuellement estimłę łŢ 1 500 $ CAN, sera dłęcernłę tous les deux ans, łŢ partir de la saison 2009-2010.ĺ─«ĺ─«Les candidatures devront łütre soumises par łęcrit et parvenir au Fonds au plus tard łŢ 17h le vendredi 10 janvier 2010 pour łütre valides. Toute candidature reł▀ue aprł«s cette date ne sera pas retenue.

Les candidatures peuvent łütre envoyłęes łŢ :
Le Fonds Harry Freedmanĺ─«
a/s Centre de musique canadienne ĺ─ý Rłęgion de lĺ─˘Ontarioĺ─«
20 St. Joseph St. ĺ─«
Toronto, ON M4Y 1J9

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The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences & Music Education Charity of Canada announces 2009-2010 officers and Board of Directors

Toronto, ON - The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and the Music Education Charity of Canada (MusiCounts) announced today its 2009-2010 Officers, Board of Directors and incoming Chair following its Annual General Meeting.

CARAS and MusiCounts announced the appointment of Ed Robinson as Chair to the Board of Directors. With a long and distinguished career in the Canadian television industry, including many years of association with the JUNO Awards at both CTV and CBC, Robinson brings to CARAS a wealth of knowledge and experience. Robinson recently retired from CTV where he was the Executive Vice-President for Programming, as well as President and General Manager of The Comedy Network and SPACE: The Imagination Station. His career in entertainment began at CBC Television in 1980 as Deputy Creative Head for their Arts, Music, Science and Variety Department.

"This is a real honour," said Robinson. "I have incredible respect for CARAS and the great work it does on behalf of our music industry. CARAS plays a critical role in not only promoting Canadian music around the world but also by helping foster new talent from coast to coast. I'm looking forward to learning all aspects of the music industry during my tenure as Chair."

In a related announcement, Melanie Berry, President, has been promoted to the title of President & CEO of The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and the Music Education Charity of Canada (MusiCounts).

"Ed is a perfect fit as Chair of the Board," said Berry. "This position requires someone who will take an active, hands-on role while blazing a trail for CARAS in the coming years. Ed's exemplary leadership skills and passion for the music industry will ensure that we continue to steer this organization towards a bright future."

CARAS and MusiCounts gratefully acknowledges the commitment of its Board members who continue to proactively impact Canada's music industry and bring forth their expertise, insights and leadership to the organizations.

The Complete List of the 2009-2010 CARAS and MusiCounts Officers and Board of Directors:

Chair: Ed Robinson: CARAS & MusiCounts Chair
1st Vice-President: Steve Kane: President, Warner Music Canada
2nd Vice-President: Randy Lennox: President & CEO, Universal Music Canada
Secretary/Treasurer: Humphrey Kadaner: President, HMV Canada
Melanie Berry: President & CEO, CARAS & MusiCounts
Bruce Allen: President, Bruce Allen Talent
Vivian Barclay: General Manager, Warner Chappell Music Canada Ltd.
Deane Cameron: President, EMI Music Canada
Shane Carter: Co-President, SONY Music Entertainment Canada Inc.
Vinny Cinquemani: President, SL Feldman & Associates
Rob Farina: Executive Vice President, Content for Astral Media Radio
Paul Haagenson: President, Canada, West, Live Nation
Ralph James: President, The Agency Group Canada
Aideen O'Brien: President, Mighty Craic
Julien Paquin: President ĺ─ý Agency Division, Paquin Entertainment Group
Ed Robertson: Artist, Barenaked Ladies
Patti-Anne Tarlton: VP Live Entertainment, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Ltd.
Chris Taylor: Owner & Founder, Taylor Mitsopulos Klein Oballa
Louis Thomas: President & CEO, Sonic Entertainment Group

About CARAS
The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/L'academie canadienne des arts et des sciences de l'enregistrement (CARAS) is a not-for-profit organization created to preserve and enhance the Canadian music and recording industries and to contribute toward higher artistic and industry standards. The main focus of CARAS is the exploration and development of opportunities to showcase and promote Canadian artists and music through vehicles such as The JUNO Awards. For more information on the 39th Annual JUNO Awards or The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) please visit our websites at www.junoawards.ca and www.carasonline.ca.

About MusiCounts
MusiCounts, the music education charity of Canada associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, is helping to keep music alive in schools across Canada. MusiCounts continues to inspire young Canadians through its mandate to ensure that every student has the opportunity to receive quality music education, develop their talent and build self-esteem. MusiCounts provides grants, fosters music programs and awards scholarships. Since the Program's establishment in 1997, over $3 million has been donated impacting close to 200,000 students, their schools and communities from coast to coast. MusiCounts has also honoured four extraordinary music teachers through the MusiCounts Teacher of the Year Award. MusiCounts is supported by various initiatives such as the JUNO Award nominee compilation CD; annual contributions by CTVglobemedia; EMI Music Canada Inc.; Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.; Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada Ltd.; as well as Songwriters' Circle sponsored by CMPA and SOCAN; Juno Cup sponsored by The Keg Steakhouse and Bar; and individual and corporate contributions, including Astral Media, Rogers Broadcasting Limited and SIRIUS Canada Inc. For more information, please visit: www.musicounts.ca

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Richard Rodzinski retires after 23 years as president of Van Cliburn Foundation; new professional opportunity to be announced by year's end

Seamless administrative transition anticipated as Alann Bedford Sampson, four-term board chairman, is named interim executive director

FORT WORTH, TEXAS ĺ─ţRichard Rodzinski, president and executive director of the Van Cliburn Foundation for the past twenty-three years, was honored by the Van Cliburn Foundation board of directors, staff, and arts community colleagues at a tribute on Tuesday evening at Rivercrest Country Club. At the same gathering, board vice chairman Wesley R. Turner announced that effective immediately, Mrs. Alann Bedford Sampson will assume the position of interim executive director.

Mr. Rodzinski was honored by a formal resolution adopted by the cabinet, executive committee, and board of directors of the Van Cliburn Foundation, ĺ─˙expressing appreciation for the outstanding contribution made by Richard Rodzinski to the Van Cliburn Foundation, which during his almost quarter century involvement with the Van Cliburn Foundation, has been instrumental in enabling the Van Cliburn Foundationĺ─˘s Quadrennial International Piano Competition to become regarded by most as the premier piano competition in the world.ĺ─¨ Upon his departure, Mr. Rodzinski will be named president emeritus.

Prior to the reception, 250 invited guests were captivated by a musical salute to Richard Rodzinski played by Stanislav Ioudenitch, winner of the 2001 Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Gold Medal.

Reflecting on his tenure at the Van Cliburn Foundation, Richard Rodzinski remarked: ĺ─˙It has been a true privilege to have been given the opportunity to usher young, deserving musicians onto the world stage and to contribute to their career development. For over two decades, I have enjoyed the unflagging support of an ever-encouraging board and a wonderful staff. Together we have brought some of the finest performances of classical music to the world, both in live concert and through the media. The Cliburn has a great mission that will allow it to flourish for years to come.ĺ─¨

Mr. Rodzinski directed six competitions, beginning in 1986, and served as executive producer of award-winning documentary films aired on PBS and syndicated internationally. In addition, Mr. Rodzinski has instituted numerous advances for the competition, including live screening auditions around the world; voting procedures that have been adopted by other instrumental competitions; a format and schedule designed to showcase its unique festival nature; a competition for American composers held within the International Piano Competition that offers a showcase for new American works; advances in the use of technology, including real-time Internet streaming; and a landmark webcast in 2009.

In 1999, he started the International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs, a quadrennial event that alternates with the International Piano Competition. The Amateur Competition has been presented five times. Recognizing his commitment to active adult musical engagement, in 2007 the top prize was named the Richard Rodzinski First Prize Award in his honor and has been endowed in perpetuity.

Mr. Rodzinski produced two decades of the Cliburn Concerts series, bringing musicians of the highest caliber to audiences in the Southwest. He also initiated the Cliburn at the Modern series, which showcases works of living American composers. Committed to developing an appreciation of music in the Cliburnĺ─˘s youngest constituents, he created Musical Awakenings, an education program for elementary school students.ĺ─«ĺ─«Mr. Rodzinskiĺ─˘s philosophy on competitionsĺ─ţwhich follows the analyses of sociologist Leon Festingerĺ─ţhas been widely documented in published papers. He often quotes the author William Goode, also a follower of Festinger, in his own writing, including a reference in his article for the Tenth Competition program book: ĺ─˙Winning a formal award suggests that oneĺ─˘s talents are worthy of respectĺ─Âthe award is a proof that at one point one reached a certain level.ĺ─¨ In naming the first prize for him at the Amateur Competition, and in honoring him with an official resolution on the occasion of his retirement, the Cliburn board of directors has bestowed such an imprimatur of its ongoing esteem for Mr. Rodzinskiĺ─˘s leadership and the lasting impact it will have on the Van Cliburn Foundation.

Of Mrs. Sampsonĺ─˘s appointment, Wesley R. Turner, vice chairman of the Cliburn board, said, ĺ─˙Alann Bedford Sampson has been involved with the Van Cliburn Competition since its inception, and she has a deep knowledge of the Foundation and the Fort Worth community. We are extremely fortunate that Alann is willing to take on the additional responsibility for the day-to-day operation while we conduct a full search for the next executive director. We know that the Foundation is in very good hands.ĺ─¨

Chairman of the Van Cliburn Foundation since 1994, Alann Bedford Sampson has been a volunteer with the Van Cliburn Foundation since the First International Piano Competition in 1962. A member of the board since 1971, she organized and was president of the Cliburn Council in 1975, predecessor of the International Association. A passionate advocate for music as an essential element of a vital daily life and a civilized society, Mrs. Sampson produced the inaugural Cliburn Concerts Series in 1976.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in history, Mrs. Sampson helped to organize Fort Worth Country Day School and taught history there from 1963 through 1968, serving as head of the history department and as student council advisor. In 1976, she began a career in banking with the First National Bank of Fort Worth, now Bank of America, and in 1986 was named vice president of private banking there.

Mrs. Sampson was an organizing member of Fort Worth Streams and Valleys in 1969, past president of the Tarrant County Medical Education and Research Foundation, and served on the board of the Junior League of Fort Worth and the Association of Junior League International. Appointed by the mayor and city council in 1972, she was chairman of the 1976 bicentennial celebration. In 1989, she served as chairman of Toast of the Town for the Arts Council, and in 1992 was president of the Jewel Charity Ball benefiting Cook Childrenĺ─˘s Medical Center. In 2007, she was named a Great Woman of Texas.

Reflecting on Mrs. Sampsonĺ─˘s many achievements, Van Cliburn commented: ĺ─˙Alann Bedford Sampson has inspired so many with her remarkable vision and magnetic personality to strengthen the cause of education, great music, and the enrichment of the careers of brilliant young artists. Her dedication and commitment to refinement and cultivation have left an indelible fingerprint on our wonderful city of Fort Worth.ĺ─¨

In addition to her chairmanship of the Van Cliburn Foundation board, Mrs. Sampson serves as a senior trustee of Austin College; on the board of overseers of Curtis Institute of Music; on the International Fine Arts Board of Visitors, College of Fine Arts and Communication of Texas Christian University; and on the boards of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Streams and Valleys, an environmental organization dedicated to the preservation of Fort Worthĺ─˘s Trinity River.

For more information on the Van Cliburn Foundation, please visit www.cliburn.org

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Initiative seeks to make Mizzou a 'Mecca' for Young Composers


ST. LOUIS -- The University of Missouri at Columbia has created the Mizzou New Music Initiative, a diverse array of programs intended to position the school as a leading center for music composition and new music. The initiative is a direct result of a $1 million donation by the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation, headed by Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield.
ĺ─«Jeanne Sinquefield has long envisioned turning the university into a "mecca" for new music. In addition to the donation, she and the foundation fund and sponsor a statewide competition for young composers called C.O.M.P., or Creating Original Music Competition. The competition is aimed at students from kindergarten through 12th grades.


ĺ─«"I see the Mizzou New Music Initiative as a truly ground-breaking effort to help spur creativity among young composers," Jeanne Sinquefield said. "I couldn't be more excited about this initiative and what it means for so many talented young people. I think Missouri could become the hub for turning out world-class fine arts composers."


ĺ─«The components of the New Music Initiative include:
ĺ─«ĺ─ó Starting in 2010, two full-tuition scholarships will be awarded each year to incoming freshmen seeking a bachelor's degree in composition. The recipients of the scholarships will have an opportunity to work with the young people in the C.O.M.P. program.
ĺ─«ĺ─ó Three graduate assistantships will be offered each year to talented performers dedicated to promoting new music. The graduate assistants will play in the New Music Ensemble under the direction of faculty composer Stefan Freund. The assistantships include a full tuition waiver and an annual stipend of about $5,000.
ĺ─«ĺ─ó The Sinquefield composition prize, which is eligible to all undergraduate or graduate students at the University of Missouri who submit a fine art composition. The winner is given the opportunity to have his or her work performed by one of the university's large ensembles.
ĺ─«ĺ─ó The New Music Summer Festival, which will feature eight to 10 composers from around the world creating a composition to be performed by Alarm Will Sound, an internationally acclaimed new music ensemble.
ĺ─«ĺ─ó The C.O.M.P. program.
ĺ─«ĺ─ó Composer Connection, a program that allows young composers from throughout Missouri to receive instruction from a graduate student in composition at University of Missouri. Under this distance-learning program, young composers can email works in progress and questions about composing to the graduate student.


ĺ─«For more detailed information, please check out a website devoted to the New Music Initiative: http://music.missouri.edu/newmusicinitiative.html.


ĺ─«For more information on the Sinquefield Foundation and Jeanne Sinquefield, go to www.sinquefieldcharitablefoundation.com.

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Statement of AFM President Thomas F. Lee on ĺ─«FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's Announcement on Network Neutrality

American Federation of Musicians
1501 Broadway, Suite 600ĺ─«New York, NY 10036ĺ─«ĺ─«ĺ─«

"The American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM) applauds FCC Chairman Genachowski for announcing his intention to open a rulemaking proceeding to ensure that the Internet remains open and neutral. ĺ─« ĺ─«

"A free and open Internet is necessary so that musicians and artists can effectively distribute their work. Artists of all levels of success use the Internet to get their music to fans, no matter if they are selling their work or streaming it. The Internet allows music and musicians to flourish.ĺ─«

ĺ─«"While AFM strongly supports the Chairman's efforts to see that network neutrality regulations are passed by the FCC, AFM hopes that the Chairman will also focus on the need to address Internet piracy. It is important to AFM that the FCC not unintentionally limit the ability of ISPs, content creators or the federal government to protect copyrighted content traversing the Internet.ĺ─« ĺ─«

"Protecting copyrighted content is not antithetical to network neutrality and ensuring that the Internet remains open, neutral and free. AFM hopes to work with the Commission to see that both principles are enshrined in their regulations."ĺ─« ĺ─«ĺ─«ĺ─«

ABOUT THE AFM
ĺ─«Founded in 1896, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM), AFL-CIO, is the largest organization in the world dedicated to representing the interests of professional musicians.

ĺ─«With more than 90,000 members, the AFM represents all types of professional musicians, including those who record music for sound recordings, film scores, videogames, radio, television and commercial announcements, as well as perform music of every genre in every sort of venue from small jazz clubs to symphony orchestra halls to major stadiums. Whether negotiating fair agreements, protecting ownership of recorded music, securing benefits such as health care and pension, or lobbying legislators, the AFM is committed to raising industry standards and placing the professional musician in the foreground of the cultural landscape.

http://www.afm.orgĺ─«

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Le Thłęłótre Segal in French!



Le Centre Segal des arts de la scł«ne est fier d'avoir 3 pił«ces en franł▀ais dans notre Studio cette saison thłęłótrale. La premił«re pił«ce, Sexy Błęton, fut prłęsentłęe par la compagnie thłęłótrale Porte Parole du 21 septembre au 1er octobre. La deuxił«me pił«ce, Etty Hillesum, produite par Le Thłęłótre de L'arc-en-ciel (France) en collaboration avec Espace Art Nature Qułębec, sera sur scł«ne du 15 au 22 octobre. La troisił«me production sera la version franł▀aise de Macbeth (du 7 au 28 avril, 2010). De plus, notre pił«ce en anglais Old Wicked Songs (7 - 21 mars, 2010) est une coproduction avec le Thłęłótre du Rideau Vert.

Bientłąt sur scł«ne au Centre Segal...


Du 15 au 22, octobre 2009
Du lundi au jeudi łŢ 20h, samedi łŢ 20h30, ĺ─«Dimanche łŢ 14h et 19h, matinłęe le mercredi łŢ 13h
Centre Segal pour les arts de la scł«ne
5170, ch. de la Cłąte-Ste-Catherine, Montrłęal

Avec Iris Aguettant et Cłęcile Maudet
Mise en scł«ne Cłęcile Maudet
D'aprł«s Une vie bouleversłęe
journal d'Etty Hillesum łęditions du seuil France

Crłęation musicale et interprłętation
Eveline Causse, violoncelle, accordłęon,
Colin Pip Dixon, violon

Images Flore Angł«le, Lumił«res Philippe Bourgeais
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Sensible łŢ l'extrłüme, intelligente, sensuelle, drłąle et tellement łęprise de vivre, de percer le mystł«re de sa propre existence, telle est cette Etty Hillesum qui se prłęsente łŢ nous dans son journal. Elle l'łęcrit en 1942 łŢ Amsterdam, elle, la jeune juive qui se savait promise łŢ la mort, et il nous parvient aujourd'hui incroyablement moderne, vłęritable hymne łŢ la vie et łŢ la libertłę.Č┤ La grande prise de conscience Ȭ et le travail incessant de l'łóme qu'elle entreprend, cette annłęe lłŢ, non sans douleur, est celui d'une artiste. Rien ne lui łęchappe parce que tout lui importe : la couleur du jasmin, la souffrance de son peuple, l'absurditłę de la haine, le regard de l'homme aimłę. Elle meurt łŢ Auschwitz en novembre 1943.

INTENTION - Tout l'intłęrłüt de l'aventure de cette femme rłęside dans le chemin parcouru par la lumił«re au travers des tłęnł«bres. Si elle devient capable de regarder en face la haine, la violence de son łępoque, c'est qu'elle les a connues et reconnues en elle d'abord et cela non en moraliste, mais en artiste, c'est łŢ dire non avec sa tłüte mais avec son coeur et ses sens. Aussi ce qui intłęresse le spectateur, ce n'est pas tant le but atteint par Etty que la młętamorphose qui se produit en elle, łŢ laquelle elle assiste et nous invite łŢ assister nous aussi : de l'opacitłę łŢ la transluciditłę, łŢ travers l'humaine łępaisseur.

LA PRESSE - Č┤ Un spectacle łęblouissant oł╝ se młülent sur scł«ne le jeu des comłędiennes, les lumił«res, les graphiques, les images et un accompagnement musical exceptionnel. On en ressort le souffle coupłę. Ȭ La Marseillaise. Č┤ On soulignera la performance des deux actrices, trł«s convaincantes face łŢ un sujet si dur łŢ traiter : l'intłęrieur d'un łütre. Ȭ Le Progrł«s.

Dłębat ''łÔcritures et Głęnocides'' łŢ l'issue de la dernił«re reprłęsentation le jeudi 22 octobre łŢ Montrłęal

Avec David Trop, survivant de l'Holocauste, Iris Aguettant et Cłęcile Maudet comłędiennes, Alexandra Pleshoyano, auteur du livre ''J'avais encore mille choses łŢ te demander'' et Anne Sirois de l'institut canadien pour l'łęducation sur les głęnocides (ICESG). Animłę par Sonia Sarah Lipsyc, directrice de l'ALEPH. Dłębat organisłę par le cafłę thłęłótrale de ALEPH, Centre d'łÔtudes Juives Contemporaines en partenariat avec le Centre Commłęmoratif de l'Holocauste, le Centre Segal et avec la collaboration de atuvu.ca

LE THłÔATRE DE L'ARC EN CIEL ĺ─ý FRANCE est nłę de la rencontre de comłędiens, scłęnographes, techniciens... łŢ la recherche d'une cohłęrence de vie et de travail. Cette qułüte d'un art de vivre a donnłę naissance łŢ une ''famille d'artistes'' qui s'łęlargit avec les annłęes et selon le besoin des crłęations. www.theatrearcenciel.com

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Cremata Gallery presents "Cardo ni ortiga cultivo ... " A solo exhibition by Pepe Herrera Friday, October 9th, 2009. 7:30 p.m.


Pepe Herrera. From the series "La ciudad de las columnas". 2009. 46" x 46". Mixed media on canvas

ĺ─«Opening reception: Friday, October 9th, 2009. 7:30 p.m.ĺ─«ĺ─«
Location: Cremata Gallery. 1646 SW 8th Street. Miami, FL 33135ĺ─«ĺ─«
Dates: From October 5th through November 2nd, 2009ĺ─«ĺ─«
Admission: Free
ĺ─«ĺ─«Regular hours: Tuesday - Saturday 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. and Mondays by appointment

ĺ─«ĺ─˙Cardo ni ortiga cultivo ... ĺ─¨ the one-man show by Cuban artist Pepe Herrera presented at Cremata Gallery, is his ĺ─˙opera primaĺ─¨ in our city. He arrives preceded by his recent and very successful participation in two major exhibitions in Spain: ĺ─˙Entre rłéasĺ─Âĺ─¨ reviewed extensively in El Nuevo Herald (July13th, 2009), inaugurated in the very center of Madridĺ─˘s art triangle next to the Prado Museum, and ĺ─˙La isla expandidaĺ─¨ showcased at Huelvaĺ─˘s Museum of Art.ĺ─«ĺ─«Pepe Herrera is a master twice over: he enjoys international recognition as an outstanding figure of the celebrated 1980s Cuban generation, and at the same time, he is one of the best serigraphers of our time. His move to Barcelona 20 years ago and later to Madrid helped him become a major player in the European market. In his previous visit, he launched the first of a series of serigraphs of master Cundo Bermłćdez carried out by him, edited by Cremata Gallery. Let this exhibition, full of mystery and subtlety, fill you with wonder as it explores an imaginary garden.ĺ─«ĺ─«

Cremata Gallery ĺ─«1646 SW 8th Streetĺ─«
Miami, FL 33135ĺ─«
Ph: 305.644.3315
ĺ─«Cell: 305.300.0068ĺ─«
Fax: 305.644.3319ĺ─«
cremata@crematagallery.com
ĺ─«www.crematagallery.com

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Baroque repertoire showcased with Canadian piano sensation - Oct. 14

Midweek Classics
Graceful, elegant style of guest pianist merges with sophistication of Baroque repertoire

Inspirations
Wednesday, October 14th ĺ─ý 7:30 pm

Edmonton, AB ĺ─Â The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) welcomes accomplished and innovative Canadian pianist Stewart Goodyear back to the Francis Winspear Centre for Music to open the ESOĺ─˘s Midweek Classics series. Music Director William Eddins and Resident Conductor Lucas Waldin will lead the orchestra and gifted pianist through a program of shimmering concertos, a magical operatic overture, and a symphony of utmost sophistication.

Bill Eddins opens the evening by taking a seat at the harpsichord, conversing with the orchestra as both a soloist and conductor in the highly exuberant Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major by Bach. A showcase of virtuosity on the keys will close the evening as well, with Mr. Goodyear bringing his unique cadenza improvisation ability to his performance of Johann Nepomuk Hummelĺ─˘s Piano Concerto No. 2 in A minor. Lucas Waldin brings the uncanny finesse of Mozartĺ─˘s Die ZauberflłĆte overture to life, while Mr. Eddins unleashes the extraordinary spirit that the same composer infused into the ĺ─˙Pragueĺ─¨ Symphony, a piece composed in honour of a city that so readily welcomed his music.

In appreciation of educators in our community, the ESO is pleased to welcome hundreds of teachers from school boards in Edmonton and surrounding areas to this concert event. Many of the ESO musicians are also educators, active in the community as private music lesson instructors. An online directory of these musicians and their current instruction offerings is now available on the ESO website.

The Edmonton Symphonyĺ─˘s educator recognition week continues through Sunday, October 18th, when Kathy Goudreau, new principal of A. Blair McPherson School, joins us in Taking Flight, the kick-off to the ESOĺ─˘s newly formatted Sunday Showcase series. Our Sunday matinees are a perfect stepping stone for families with teens and tweens, and feature young, promising musicians playing with your ESO. Last season, it was announced that the father of ESO Principal Trombone John McPherson, would be granted a namesake school.

Ticket prices for Inspirations range from $20 ĺ─ý $65 (agency fees apply), and are available through the Winspear Centre Box Office. Call (780) 428-1414, toll-free 1-800-563-5081, or purchase online at www.edmontonsymphony.com.

The next performance of the Midweek Classics series takes place on January 27th, 2010. Guest conductor Jean-Marie Zeitouni is joined by Canadian soprano Simone Osborne in an inspiring program that includes Bachĺ─˘s beloved ĺ─˙Jauchzet Gott in allen Landenĺ─¨ and Schubertĺ─˘s celebrated ĺ─˙Unfinishedĺ─¨ Symphony.

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Handel and Hadyn Society and new Artistic Director Harry Christophers present 2009-2010 season featuring an international roster of artists

2009-2010 Season opens with the Society debuts of European early music specialists Andreas Scholl and ĺ─«Jean-Christophe Spinosi; showcases enticing collaborations with new and returning artists; and features both familiar and lesser-known works, while continuing a commitment to audience development and music education

Boston, Mass. ĺ─ţ Marking the much anticipated first season with Artistic Director Harry Christophers, the Handel and Haydn Society Čéĺ─ţ Americaĺ─˘s acclaimed chorus and period instrument orchestra ĺ─ţ begins its 2009-2010 Season with a series of exciting appearances and innovative programs. The season also sees the eagerly awaited returns of distinguished, long-time collaborator Sir Roger Norrington and acclaimed conductors Jane Glover and Laurence Cummings, as well as the Society conducting debuts of celebrated period specialists Jean-Christophe Spinosi and Jaap ter Linden. Continuing its tradition of showcasing both established and emerging artists, the Society welcomes back Robert Levin on the fortepiano, bass-baritone Nathan Berg, soprano Gillian Keith, tenor Tom Randle, countertenor Daniel Taylor, and announces the Society debuts of tenor Thomas Cooley, countertenor Iestyn Davies, soprano Suzie LeBlanc, bass-baritone Matthew Brook, and the rare North American appearance of countertenor Andreas Scholl.

The 2009-2010 Season is an exploration of both intimate and large works of the Baroque and Classical periods featuring Vivaldiĺ─˘s Stabat Mater; Mozartĺ─˘s Piano Concerto no. 21; Caldaraĺ─˘s Crucifixus and Beethovenĺ─˘s Symphony no. 4 ĺ─ţ both new to the Societyĺ─˘s repertoire; excerpts from Gluckĺ─˘s Orfeo ed Euridice; Mozartĺ─˘s Mass in C Minor; and a program of works by J.S. Bach highlighting cantatas, motets, and the Brandenburg Concerto no. 5.

As Artistic Director of the Handel and Haydn Society, Christophers crafted a balance between the Societyĺ─˘s core repertoire and the introduction of less familiar Baroque and Classical programming for voice and period instruments. ĺ─˙The foundation of the season is built on a sense of theatrical drama and pure entertainment which, in our performances, will test emotions and serve as inspiration to performer and listener alike,ĺ─¨ said Christophers.

Season Highlights
October opens the season with rare North American appearances and the debut collaboration of European early music phenomena, celebrated countertenor Andreas Scholl and young conductor Jean-Christophe Spinosi, performing some of Vivaldiĺ─˘s and Handelĺ─˘s finest works. World-wide, Scholl is billed as the preeminent countertenor today, acclaimed for his voiceĺ─˘s extraordinary color and tone as well as his virtuosity. In a program of sacred vocal works by Vivaldi, including that great declaration of faith, the Stabat Mater, Spinosi and Scholl make their Society debuts and continue the Handel and Haydn Societyĺ─˘s tribute to Handel in the 250th year of his death. Harry Christophers will join Scholl, Spinosi and Society audience members for an opening night reception following the performance.

November welcomes back Society favorites and established period specialists conductor Jane Glover and fortepianist Robert Levin. The program, which includes orchestral interludes from Mozartĺ─˘s heroic drama, Thamos, King of Egypt and his technically demanding Piano Concerto no. 21, closes with Haydnĺ─˘s Symphony no. 45 in F-sharp Minor, Farewell.

In celebration of the Societyĺ─˘s 156th annual performance of Handelĺ─˘s Messiah, Harry Christophers makes his first appearance as Artistic Director in December. Acclaimed countertenor Daniel Taylor and charismatic tenor Tom Randle return, joined by soprano Suzie LeBlanc and bass-baritone Matthew Brook, both debut appearances. Christophersĺ─˘ critically acclaimed interpretation of the Societyĺ─˘s 2007 Messiah performance demonstrates his commitment to Handelĺ─˘s vision. ĺ─˙[The Messiah] is much more than a collection of exquisite arias and brilliantly vivid choruses,ĺ─¨ said Christophers. ĺ─˙It exemplifies Handelĺ─˘s eternal love of opera, and his vision of continuity, from advent through the passion of our Lord bursting into a jubilant finale of resurrection, ascension and the promise of final redemption.ĺ─¨

Dutch cellist and conductor Jaap ter Linden continues the Societyĺ─˘s holiday programming by making his debut and leading Corelliĺ─˘s Concerto Grosso in G Minor, op.6, no. 8, also known as the Christmas Concerto; J.S. Bachĺ─˘s Suite (Overture) no. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067; Handelĺ─˘s Concerto Grosso in B flat Major, op. 3, no. 2; and works by Manfredini and Muffat.

Harry Christophers ushers in the new year with Mozartĺ─˘s glorious Mass in C Minor, KV 427 featuring an acclaimed roster of soloists including returning guest artists soprano Gillian Keith and bass-baritone Nathan Berg along with mezzo-soprano Tove Dahlberg and tenor Thomas Cooley, both debuting with the Society. The program will also include excerpts from Gluckĺ─˘s opera Orfeo ed Euridice featuring British countertenor Iestyn Davies, as well as the 16-part Crucifixus by Antonio Caldara, a prolific composer who influenced the work of generations of composers from J.S. Bach to Brahms.

In February, British harpsichordist Laurence Cummings makes his first appearance since 2006 and presents a Valentineĺ─˘s Day program featuring some of the most passionate music and poetry on the subject of love by Monteverdi, Shakespeare and the English madrigalists. Leading from the harpsichord, Cummings will also join a select group of Handel and Haydn Society Chorus members in singing several selections.

A uniquely intimate March program led by the Societyĺ─˘s principal bass player Robert Nairn, features a small ensemble from the Handel and Haydn Society. Recreating the atmosphere of an early 19th century salon and showcasing soprano Susan Consoli, the program includes chamber works by Mozart, Viotti, Novello, and Rossini, culminating with Schubertĺ─˘s Trout Quintet, D. 667. This concert is interspersed with readings from works by Shelley and Keats among others, and includes on-stage audience seating, as was typical of salon entertainment of the day. The Society collaborates with the Huntington Theatre Company to create the perfect setting for this historically inspired experience.

Under Sir Roger Norringtonĺ─˘s direction, the Society presents an April program of Beethovenĺ─˘s Symphony no. 6 in F Major, op. 68, Pastoral, and Symphony no. 4 in B-flat Major, op. 60. Led by one of the worldĺ─˘s most courageous Beethoven interpreters, this program marks the Handel and Haydn Societyĺ─˘s first performance of Symphony no. 4.

The 2009-2010 Season concludes with Harry Christophers leading an all Bach program featuring two cantatas, two motets, the Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 and Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins with soloists Concertmaster Daniel Stepner and Principal Second Violin Linda Quan. ĺ─˙Bach challenges all of us, performers and audience alike; yet above all, he constantly lifts our spirits whether it is through the effervescence of Brandenburg no. 5 or the sheer dynamic majesty of Cantata no. 50,ĺ─¨ said Christophers. ĺ─˙This will undoubtedly be an uplifting close to a truly enlightening season.ĺ─¨

This season also brings partnerships with like-minded organizations throughout Boston and Cambridge. The Handel and Haydn Society will collaborate with the New England Conservatory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Boston Public Library and the Huntington Theatre Company.

Special Audience and Community Programs
With the introduction of Harry Christophers as Artistic Director, the Society also brings new and enthusiastic audience development efforts to the 2009-2010 Season. Reaching out to young professionals in the Greater Boston area, the H2 initiative offers a fresh take on post-concert and special events aimed at Generation X and Y Baroque and Classical music fans.

November brings the Thirteenth Annual Boston International Fine Art Show. Held at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, party-goers will enjoy delicious food, fine wine, festive music performed by Society artists, and the first choice of a dazzling array of fine art at this special event where all proceeds benefit the Handel and Haydn Society.

Continuing its partnership with the Boston Public Library, Handel and Haydn Society musicians will perform at the library in March as part of a lecture series on the baroque and classical eras.

Free pre-concert lectures, held one hour prior to each performance, remain an important tool in engaging and interacting with audience members. This season, the Society continues post-concert talks for select performances. Musicologist Teresa Neff, Ph.D. leads the discussions. Providing this service is part of the Societyĺ─˘s mission to offer educational opportunities and foster a greater understanding of Historically Informed Performance (HIP).

Educational Outreach
Handel and Haydn Societyĺ─˘s professional period instrument musicians and artistic staff ĺ─ý including new artistic director Harry Christophers ĺ─ý are committed to working with patrons, local students and faculty, and partner organizations to foster increased communication and performing arts education opportunities.

During 2009-2010 Season, the Society will continue its successful Vocal Apprenticeship Program, an initiative under the Karen S. and George D. Levy Educational Outreach Program. December and May student concerts will be held at United Parish in Brookline and at the Boston Latin School. As part of its Heartstrings initiative, Handel and Haydn Society will offer the children and families affiliated with outreach programs continued access to performances and music education at reduced or no cost.

Substantive partnerships with area colleges like the New England Conservatory (NEC), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and Harvard University remain a priority for the Handel and Haydn Society. Society musicians will perform the first movement of Beethovenĺ─˘s Symphony no. 9 at Harvard University in October as part of Professor Thomas Kellyĺ─˘s First Nights music class. In early 2010, a symposium will be held at NEC featuring performances by both students and Society musicians, and lectures by notable scholars. The Society and NEC will continue to explore opportunities to expose students to authentic performances of specialized repertoire.

For the second season, Handel and Haydn Society will continue its comprehensive program where MIT music students study specific aspects of the Societyĺ─˘s repertoire to deepen their understanding of Historically Informed Performance. Students attend open rehearsals and workshops with musicians and meet with guest soloists that participate in sessions with the MIT chorus and orchestra.

Society Personnel Announcements
After 24 years, Daniel Stepner will relinquish his post as concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society at the end of the 2009-2010 Season. He plans to devote more time to his work as first violinist of the Lydian String Quartet in residence at Brandeis University, Artistic Director of the Aston Magna Festival in the Berkshires, Preceptor in Music at Harvard University, and with the Boston Museum Trio which is in residence at the Museum of Fine Arts. Under the direction of Music Directors Christopher Hogwood and Grant Llewellyn, Stepner led the Handel and Haydn Society orchestra through the transition from a modern instrument orchestra to one of the worldĺ─˘s preeminent period-instrument orchestras of today, consistently praised for its historically informed performances. In addition to his duties as Concertmaster, he has conducted several Society programs, been featured as a concerto soloist, and frequently performs chamber music programs with his colleagues in the orchestra. To celebrate his tenure as concertmaster, he will be a featured soloist in the Bach Double Violin Concerto in the final concert of the 2009-2010 Season in Symphony Hall.

Ira Pedlikin, Handel and Haydn Societyĺ─˘s new Director of Artistic Planning comes from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra where he worked for three years as Artist Coordinator of Symphony Center Presents. Previous to the CSO, Pedlikin was an Associate Manager of Attractions and an Associate in Program & Travel at International Creative Management in New York. A former bassoonist, he graduated from Brown University with a degree in Classics and is originally from the Boston area.

Teresa Neff, Ph.D. joins the Handel and Haydn Society as this Seasonĺ─˘s HIP fellow. Neff received her Ph.D. in Musicology from Boston University. Focusing her research on Gottfried van Swieten, a late 18th century Viennese patron and composer, Neffĺ─˘s edition of Swietenĺ─˘s symphonies will be published by Artaria later this year. She has presented papers at the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studiesĺ─˘ annual meeting, the New England Chapter of the American Musicological Society, and the Architecture/Music/Acoustics Conference. Neff also presents concert preview lectures for Elderhostel and Boston Lyric Opera and teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Boston Conservatory.

Michł«le Campbell, Senior Marketing Communications Manager for the Society is a seasoned marketing and advertising professional, having worked in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Her previous employers include Elderhostel, Broadway in Boston, and Berklee College of Music. Campbell is a classical music enthusiast who plays the cello for the Merrimack Valley Philharmonic Orchestra. She will oversee marketing and communications strategy and implementation, including customer service.

Touring, Media and Recording Projects
WGBH Boston Radio will continue to locally broadcast the Societyĺ─˘s performance of Handelĺ─˘s Messiah, a tradition since 1978. The program ĺ─ý conducted by Artistic Director Harry Christophers ĺ─ý will also be featured on Performance Today, a daily national classical program that airs in 240 cities around the U.S. Further plans for national and international distributions are being discussed.

On December 7, the Society performs in Quebec City ĺ─ý an international center for the early music scene. Accomplished harpsichordist and Society Associate Conductor John Finney leads this special appearance featuring internationally-celebrated contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux. The program at the Grand Thłęłótre de Qułębec features Corelliĺ─˘s Concerto Grosso in G Minor, op. 6, no. 8 (Christmas Concerto), Bachĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Bereite dich, Zionĺ─¨ from Christmas Oratorio, selections from Handelĺ─˘s Messiah and works by Torelli Sammartini, and Scarlatti. This concert is presented by Club Musical de Qułębec.

The Handel and Haydn Society plans to resume its recording in January 2010 starting with a live performance of Mozartĺ─˘s Mass in C Minor, KV 427 for release on the CORO label later that year. Releases of archival performances will follow, plus a series of recordings marking Harry Christophersĺ─˘ association and partnership with the Society. Formed in 2001, CORO serves as the lively and successful record label of Harry Christophers and The Sixteen and has re-mastered, re-packaged and re-issued recordings of the ensemble and now releases most of their new recordings. CORO recently launched the Acoustic World series of discs which espouses values of performance excellence using authentic instruments, highlighting brilliance of sound and world class musicians.

HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY 2009-2010 SEASON CALENDAR

Viva La Voce!
Friday, October 9, 2009 at 8:00pm Symphony Hall
Sunday, October 11, 2009 at 3:00pm Symphony Hall
Jean-Christophe Spinosi, conductor (debut)
Andreas Scholl, countertenor (debut)
Vivaldi: Fida Ninfa Overture
Vivaldi: Cantata "Cessate, omai cessate"
Vivaldi: Sinfonia, RV169 ĺ─˙Al santo sepolcroĺ─¨
Handel: "Dall'ondoso periglio" (from Giulio Cesare)
Handel: "Aure, deh, per pieta" (from Giulio Cesare)
Handel: "Se parla nei mio cor" (from Giustino)
Vivaldi: "Filiae Maestae Jerusalem"
Vivaldi: Stabat Mater

Returns and Farewell
Friday, November 6, 2009 at 8:00pm Symphony Hall
Sunday, November 8, 2009 at 3:00pm Symphony Hall
Jane Glover, conductor (Messiah, 1996)
Robert Levin, fortepiano (Mozart Double Piano Concerto, 2007)
Mozart: Thamos, KłĆnig in łĐgypten, K. 345/336a (Entr'actes)
Mozart: Piano Concerto no. 21 in C Major, K. 467
Haydn: Symphony no. 45 in F-sharp Minor, Farewell

Preview Party for the Thirteenth Annual Boston International Fine Art Show
Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 5:30pmĺ─« Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts

Handelĺ─˘s Messiah
Friday, December 4, 2009 at 7:30pm Symphony Hall
Saturday, December 5, 2009 at 3:00pm Symphony Hall
Sunday, December 6, 2009 at 3:00pm Symphony Hall
Harry Christophers, conductor (Celebrate Handel, 2008)
Suzie LeBlanc, soprano (debut)
Daniel Taylor, countertenor (Messiah, 2006)
Tom Randle, tenor (Messiah, 2007)
Matthew Brook, bass-baritone (debut)
Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
Handel: Messiah

Quebec City Performance
Monday, December 7, 2009 at 8:00pm
Salle Louis Frłęchette, Grand Thłęłótre de Qułębec

John Finney, conductor
Marie-Nicole Lemieux, contralto
Torelli: Concerto łŢ 4 in G Minor, op. 8, no. 6
Handel: ĺ─˙O Thou that Tellest Good Tidingsĺ─¨ from Messiah
Handel: ĺ─˙How Beautiful are the Feetĺ─¨ from Messiah
Sammartini: Concerto Grosso in G Minor, op. 5, no. 6
Scarlatti: Salve Regina
Corelli: Concerto Grosso in G Minor, op. 6, no. 8 (Christmas Concerto)
Bach: ĺ─˙Bereite dich, Zionĺ─¨ from Christmas Oratorio
Bach: ĺ─˙Vergnł║gte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlustĺ─¨ from Cantata no. 170
Christmas Carols
This concert will be presented by Club Musical de Qułębec.

A Baroque Gift
Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 8:00pm NECĺ─˘s Jordan Hall
Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 3:00pm NECĺ─˘s Jordan Hall
Jaap ter Linden, conductor (debut)
Manfredini: Concerto Grosso in C Major, op. 3, no. 12 (Christmas Concerto)
Handel: Concerto Grosso in B flat Major, op. 3, no. 2
Muffat: Armonico Tributo, Sonata V in G Major
J.S. Bach: Suite (Overture) no. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067
Corelli: Concerto Grosso, op. 6, no. 8, G Minor (Christmas Concerto)

Passion in Vienna
Friday, January 29, 2010 at 8:00pm Symphony Hall
Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 3:00pm Symphony Hall
Harry Christophers, conductor
Iestyn Davies, countertenor (debut)
Gillian Keith, soprano (Celebrate Handel, 2008)
Tove Dahlberg, mezzo-soprano (debut)
Thomas Cooley, tenor (debut)
Nathan Berg, bass-baritone (Beethoven Mass in C Major, 1998)
Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
Caldara: Crucifixus a 16
Gluck: Orfeo ed Euridice (Vienna version)
Act II Scene I (complete)
Ballo, ĺ─˙Che puro cielĺ─¨ and Coro from Act II Scene 2
Mozart: Venite populi KV260 (248a)
Mozart: Mass in C Minor, KV 427

Zest for Love
Friday, February 12, 2010 at 8:00pm NECĺ─˘s Jordan Hall
Sunday, February 14, 2010 at 3:00pm Sanders Theatre
Laurence Cummings, conductor (Messiah, 2006)
Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
Monteverdi: ĺ─˙Altri canti d'amorĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙altri canto di marteĺ─¨
Monteverdi: ĺ─˙Ecco mormora l'ondeĺ─¨
Marini: Echo Sonata
Monteverdi: ĺ─˙Lamento della ninfaĺ─¨
Monteverdi: ĺ─˙Hor cheĺ─˘l ciel e la terra e ĺ─˛l vento taceĺ─¨
John Bennet: ĺ─˙All creatures nowĺ─¨
John Wilbye: ĺ─˙Draw on sweet nightĺ─¨
Gesualdo: ĺ─˙Belta, poi che t'assentiĺ─¨
Monteverdi: ĺ─˙T'amo mia vitaĺ─¨
Thomas Tomkins: ĺ─˙Oh yes! Has any found a lad?ĺ─¨
Thomas Vautor: ĺ─˙Sweet Suffolk Owlĺ─¨
Merula: Ciaconna
Monteverdi: ĺ─˙Dolcissimo uscignoloĺ─¨

A Musical Salon
Friday, March 19, 2010 at 8:00pm NECĺ─˘s Jordan Hall
Sunday, March 21, 2010 at 3:00pm NECĺ─˘s Jordan Hall
Rob Nairn, leader/bass
Susan Consoli, soprano
Mozart: Trio for Piano, Viola, and Clarinet in E flat Major KV 498 (Andante)
Viotti: Duo for Double Bass and Violin
Schubert: ĺ─˙Die Forelleĺ─¨ (In einem Błžchlein helle), Song for Voice and Piano, D. 550 (op. 32)
Novello: ĺ─˙Thy Mighty Forceĺ─¨ for soprano, piano and double bass obligato
Rossini: Duetto for Double Bass and Cello
Schubert: Trout Quintet, D. 667 (op. post 114)

Beethovenĺ─˘s Pastoral
Friday, April 9, 2010 at 8:00pm Symphony Hall
Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 3:00pm Symphony Hall
Sir Roger Norrington, conductor (Haydn in London, 2009)
Beethoven: Symphony no. 6, op. 68, F Major, Pastoral
Beethoven: Symphony no. 4, op. 60, B-flat Major

Bach Portrait
Friday, April 30, 2010 at 8:00pm Symphony Hall
Sunday, May 2, 2010 at 3:00pm Symphony Hall
Harry Christophers, conductor
Daniel Stepner, violin
Linda Quan, violin
Handel and Haydn Society Chorus
J.S. Bach: "Singet dem Herrn"
Brandenburg Concerto no. 5, BWV 1050, D Major
Cantata no. 50, "Nun ist das heil" for St. Michael's Day
"Der Geist hilft"
Concerto in D Minor for Two Violins, BWV 1043
Cantata no. 29, "Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir"

All programs and artists are subject to change.

2009ĺ─ý2010 Season Ticket Information
Subscriptions to the 2009-2010 Season and single tickets for concerts and special events are now on sale. Subscriptions and tickets may be purchased through the Handel and Haydn Box Office by phone at 617 266 3605, online at www.handelandhaydn.org, or in person at the Handel and Haydn office, Horticultural Hall, 300 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston (M-F 10:00am ĺ─ý 6:00pm).


ABOUT HANDEL AND HAYDN SOCIETY
The Handel and Haydn Society is a professional chorus and period instrument orchestra that is internationally recognizeČéd as a leader in the field of Historically Informed Performance, a revelatory style that uses the instruments and techniques of the time in which the music was composed. Founded in Boston in 1815, the Society is the oldest continuously performing arts organization in the United States and has a longstanding commitment to excellence and innovation: it gave the American premieres of Handelĺ─˘s Messiah (1818), Haydnĺ─˘s The Creation (1819), Verdiĺ─˘s Requiem (1878) and Bachĺ─˘s St. Matthew Passion (1889). The Society today, under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, is committed to its mission ĺ─˙to perform Baroque and Classical music at the highest levels of artistic excellence and to share that music with as large and diverse an audience as possible.ĺ─¨ The Society is widely known through its local subscription concerts, tours, concert broadcasts on National Public Radio, and recordings. The Societyĺ─˘s Lamentations and Praises won a 2002 Grammy Award, and its two most recent CDs, All is Bright and PEACE, appeared simultaneously in the top ten on Billboard Magazineĺ─˘s classical music chart. Since 1985, the Societyĺ─˘s award-winning Karen S. & George D. Levy Educational Outreach Program has fostered the knowledge and performance of classical music among young people including in underserved schools and communities. This school year alone, the program will bring music education and vocal training to more than 10,000 students in the Greater Boston area.

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NAC Gala (with PM Stephen Harper) raises $575,000

National Arts Centreĺ─˘s annual Gala raises $575,000 for the NACĺ─˘s National Youth and Education Trust Prime Minister Stephen Harper makes a surprise appearance singing in concert with Yo-Yo Ma


Ottawa, Canada ĺ─ý The National Arts Centreĺ─˘s 2009 Gala has raised an impressive $575,000 for the National Arts Centre Foundationĺ─˘s National Youth and Education Trust. It also featured a surprise performance by Canadaĺ─˘s Prime Minister Stephen Harper singing in concert with Yo-Yo Ma! The National Youth and Education Trust provides funds for the NACĺ─˘s wide array of performing arts programming for young artists, young audiences and schools.

The NAC Gala on Saturday, October 3 had been sold out for months with audiences looking forward to an evening with superstar cellist Yo-Yo Ma, NAC Music Director Pinchas Zukerman and the National Arts Centre Orchestra, along with rising star pianist Avan Yu. Yo-Yo Ma together with Avan Yu had already thrilled the standing-room-only crowd with an encore duet at the end of the first half. Then to their astonishment and delight, Yo-Yo Ma led out Prime Minister Stephen Harper for an surprise performance of ĺ─˙Iĺ─˘ll Get By With a Little Help From my Friendsĺ─¨ backed by cellist Ma and the local group Herringbone. The Prime Ministerĺ─˘s wife Laureen Harper was the Honourary Chair of the Gala.

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

In addition to TELUS as the Presenting Sponsor, the Gala is supported by A&E, University of Ottawa and TD Bank Financial Group. Media partners are the Ottawa Citizen, Ottawa Business Journal, Le Droit, Embassy Newspaper and The Hill Times.

The Gala Committee was chaired for the fourth year by Janet Yale, Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs of TELUS, the Presenting Sponsor of the Gala, and Founding Partner of the National Youth and Education Trust.

Janet Yale said: ĺ─˙What a thrilling night! To have the privilege of being able to see such consummate performers as Yo-Yo Ma and Pinchas Zukerman and our own NAC Orchestra share the stage with pianist Avan Yu, a shining example of the next generation of artists, is exactly what this Gala is all about. It is wonderful to have our community, including our Honourary Gala Chair Laureen Harper and our surprise guest performer Stephen Harper, come together in this way to show their support for this fantastic cause.ĺ─¨

Jayne Watson in her new role as NAC Foundation CEO added: ĺ─˙I am so grateful to all the supporters of the National Youth and Education Trust who have demonstrated through their attendance at this Gala just how important a place the arts have in their lives. Janet Yale and the Gala Committee have really done us proud by raising such an impressive amount in these challenging economic times. I applaud Pinchas Zukerman and the musicians of the NAC Orchestra for donating their services for the Gala, and also Yo-Yo Ma who took time on the afternoon of the Gala to give a workshop to local music students.ĺ─¨

The crowd of over 2,100 included ambassadors, cabinet ministers, senators and members of Canadaĺ─˘s corporate elite. A luxurious wine and canapłę reception in the lavishly decorated NAC Foyer was followed by the concert which featured Yo-Yo Ma performing the Dvorł░k Cello Concerto with the National Arts Centre led by Pinchas Zukerman. To conclude the evening, 650 Gala guests on the transformed Southam Hall stage dined on a spectacular gourmet dinner created by the NACĺ─˘s new Executive Chef Michael Blackie.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

'Clowning Around' at the Harbourfront Centre

Toronto ĺ─ý Jasp arrives for her first day at a new school. Morro, the local bully, decides that Jasp is the perfect new target and things go from bad to worse.

Combining Forum Theatre and Theatre in the Round, loveable and laughable clowns Morro and Jasp along with young bystander, Wit Ness invite kids to get involved and suggest their own approaches for dealing with bullies.

The Bully Show: Clown in the Round kicks off the season in Hamilton elementary schools, followed by free performances at HarbourKIDS: Respect, a 3-day festival for kids October 10 ĺ─ý 12.

The interactive play will then tour to elementary schools across Toronto, empowering kids to stand up for themselves and for those around them who just might need a helping hand.

WHAT: The Bully Show: Clown in the Round, a new interactive anti-bullying performance for kids
WHERE: Harbourfront Centre - Lakeside Terrace - York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto

WHEN: Saturday, October 10 - 12:00 pm ĺ─ý 1:00 pm
Sunday, October 11 - 12:00 pm ĺ─ý 1:00 pm
Monday, October 12 - 12:00 pm ĺ─ý 1:00 pm

ADDITIONAL DETAILS: All performances are FREE. Additional information is available at http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/harbourkids/events.cfm?id=1757.

To learn more about The Bully Show: Clown in the Round and Mixed Company Theatreĺ─˘s Educational Tour, additional information is available at www.mixedcompanytheatre.com or by calling 416 515 8080.

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Winnipeg High School Students get Up Close & Orchestral with the WSO