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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Symphony Nova Scotia performs new music in partnership with the Canadian New Music Network

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Halifax, NS ĺ─ý Symphony Nova Scotia partners with the Canadian New Music Network, Upstream Music Association, and Vocalypse Productions to present ĺ─˙New Music for a New Year,ĺ─¨ an innovative concert of all-new Canadian music on Wednesday, January 7 at 7:30 pm at the Sir James Dunn Theatre, Halifax.

Conducted by Symphony Nova Scotia Music Director Bernhard Gueller, ĺ─˙New Music for the New Yearĺ─¨ features six brand-new diverse Canadian works for orchestra by composers Mark Armanini, Sandeep Baghwati, Jłęrłąme Blais, Tim Brady, Paul Cram, and Derek Charke. The performance also serves as the opening event of the Canadian New Music Networkĺ─˘s international Forum 2010 conference, ĺ─˙Partnering Diversity.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙Symphony Nova Scotia is always ready to rise to a challenge,ĺ─¨ says Gueller. ĺ─˙And what can be more challenging for musicians and interesting for audiences than to have a whole concert dedicated to contemporary music?

ĺ─˙We are very happy to collaborate with the Canadian New Music Network. The music that was sent to me for consideration showed again what at what a high level our composers produce. The first challenge for me was to choose from amongst the submissions. I know audiences will also enjoy the challenge, for the pieces range from very free improvisation to formally structured notation, with lyricism and minimalism.ĺ─¨

Each of the works on the program presents an imaginative new vision of creating music in the 21st century. Paul Cram's Beyond Benghazi is a rollicking collision of jazz improvisation and high-energy orchestral composition, while Derek Charke's Inuit Throat Singing Games is a colourful score crossing cultural boundaries into the North.

Mark Armanini's Heartland features the ethereal playing of Vancouver erhu player Lan Tung, Jerome Blais' Dremlen Feigl oyf di tsvaygn is sung in Yiddish by Halifax's own Janice Jackson, and Tim Brady's Three or Four Days After the Death of Kurt Cobain uses music from the Nirvana song Smells Like Teen Spirit to create a haunting orchestral miniature.

The program also features Sandeep Baghwati's Steel 3 for James Tenney, a work that makes the conductor "compose" the music in real time, working with the players to create the piece during the performance.

During the concert, the composers and soloists will be interacting with the audience and musicians, sharing inside stories about the process, results, and motivations behind their works.

Tickets for this unique performance are $20 / $15 / $10, and are available at the Dalhousie Arts Centre Box Office at 494.3820 or 1.800.874.1669 or online at http://artscentre.dal.ca.

For more information about the Forum 2010 ĺ─˙Partnering Diversityĺ─¨ and other concerts during the conference, visit www.newmusicnetwork.ca.

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!

About the Canadian New Music Network

The Canadian New Music Network (CNMN) / Rłęseau canadien pour les musiques nouvelles (RCMN) is a network of artists, ensembles, orchestras, production companies, record labels, music educators, music media, musicologists, music lovers and fans who believe in the importance and value of creative music making in Canadian society. The CNMN was founded in November 2005, after almost 3 years of discussions with the national new music community.

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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Performing Arts Looks Towards Greening Industry First Ever Survey and Study on Greening the Performing Arts Released

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NEW YORK, NY ĺ─ý On Friday, January 8, 2010, Arts Presenters, in partnership with the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and leading consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, will hold a press conference to announce the findings and analysis of the first study of greening in the performing arts industry. In a rapidly changing environment, Arts Presenters and its partners seeks to both raise awareness and activate change within the industry, and the individuals and communities it serves to collectively move towards sustainability.

WHO: Sandra Gibson, President and CEO, Arts Presenters
Terrence D. Jones, President and CEO,
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
David Erne, Senior Associate, Booz Allen Hamilton
WHAT: Press Conference
WHEN: Friday, January 8, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. EDT
WHERE: New York Hilton
1335 Avenue of the Americas (on Avenue of the Americas (6th Ave.) between West 53rd and West 54th Streets)
Room: Petite Trianon

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Beethovenĺ─˘s Symphony No. 9 ĺ─˛Ode to Joyĺ─˘

Vancouver, BC ĺ─ý Beethovenĺ─˘s Symphony No. 9 was his final complete symphony, and arguably the greatest piece of music ever written. The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents this epic piece along with Beethovenĺ─˘s Ah, Perfido! and Fidelio: Overture on January 2nd and 4th at 8pm at the Orpheum Theatre. Maestro Bramwell Tovey conducts a concert that features soprano Joni Henson, mezzo-soprano Norine Burgess, tenor Michael Colvin, baritone Greg Dahl and the Vancouver Bach Choir.

Truly one of the most profound creations of the human mind, Beethoven's Ninth is always fresh and current, and always the most inspiring, uplifting and joyful concert experience one can hope to have. The Ode to Joy also makes a particularly significant prelude to Vancouver's 2010 Winter Olympic Games, and rings in the new decade with a message of hope, joy and brotherhood.

Composed over a ten-month period in 1823/1824, the Ninth was Beethovenĺ─˘s last symphony, a genre he had not written in for ten years. And as much as the Ninth is seen as being revolutionary, and in many ways it is, much of the work harks back to styles and influences of Beethovenĺ─˘s past. Even the famous final melody was an earlier creation, dating to 1794 in the guise of a song called ĺ─˛Gegenliebeĺ─˘ (Mutual Love), then used again by Beethoven as the principal theme of the 1808 ĺ─˛Choral Fantasiaĺ─˘ before finding its apotheosis as the choral finale of the Ninth. The truly revolutionary aspect of the Ninth was the addition of solo vocalists and a choir to the final movement. This had not been done before to any effect, and changed music forever. The choral finale of the Ninth is also no mere added bauble ĺ─ý it brings the work together with Beethovenĺ─˘s musical setting of Frederick Schillerĺ─˘s ode, ĺ─˛To Joyĺ─˘, a poem Beethoven had long desired to set to music (in fact, it seems Beethoven did manage to set the entire poem to music as he wanted to, but the work was tragically lost). The aggressive, operatic choral writing adds weight and brilliance to the conclusion, giving the words a profound credibility.

The Ninth is, in a very real sense, a musical and metaphorical journey, the centerpiece of which is a struggle for D minor to find its way to D Major, reflecting a very human struggle to overcome the troubles of the world with peace, and enter into the fields of Elysium. D Major ultimately finds its way, after being thwarted and parried and teased throughout, bursting forth triumphantly in the final movement in stunning fashion, heralding the arrival of the people into Elysium. The choral finale is of course the most famous part of the piece, and rightly so ĺ─ý it is a magnificent statement of hope, happiness and friendship, as well as a powerful, dramatic and joyful end to a musical journey, a musical career, and, in many ways, a musical life.

CONCERT INFO

PricewaterhouseCoopers Masterworks Silver Series

Saturday and Monday, January 2 & 4, 8pm, Orpheum Theatre

Beethovenĺ─˘s Ode to Joy

Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Joni Henson, soprano

Norine Burgess, mezzo-soprano

Michael Colvin, tenor

Greg Dahl, baritone

Vancouver Bach Choir

Beethoven Fidelio: Overture

Beethoven Ah, Perfido!

Beethoven Symphony No. 9 in D minor

Visit Joni Henson at: www.jonihensonsoprano.com

Visit Norine Burgess at: www.norineburgess.com

Visit Michael Colvin at: www.michaelcolvin.com

Visit Greg Dahl at: www.gregorydahl.com

Visit the Vancouver Bach Choir at: www.vancouverbachchoir.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

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.

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. An esteemed guest conductor, Tovey has worked with orchestras in Europe and the UK including the London Philharmonic, London Symphony, Frankfurt Radio and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestras. 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.

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.

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.

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Franz Welser-MłĆst leads The Cleveland Orchestra in concerts featuring Brahmsĺ─˘s Symphony No. 2 at Severance Hall on January 14, 15, and 16

Leila Josefowicz (Photo by J. Henry Fair)

Program for Thursday and Saturday includes Cleveland Orchestra premiere of Thomas Adł«sĺ─˘s Violin Concerto with Leila Josefowicz as soloist


CLEVELAND, December 18, 2009 ĺ─ý Music Director Franz Welser-MłĆst will conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in a program featuring Brahmsĺ─˘s Symphony No. 2 at Severance Hall on Thursday, January 14, at 8:00 p.m.; Friday, January 15, at 11:00 a.m.; and Saturday, January 16, at 8:00 p.m.

The program for Thursday and Saturday evenings begins with Richard Straussĺ─˘s Don Juan, Opus 20, followed by the first Cleveland Orchestra performances of Thomas Adł«sĺ─˘s Violin Concerto: Concentric Paths, Opus 23, with Leila Josefowicz as soloist. After intermission, the program concludes with Johannes Brahmsĺ─˘s Symphony No. 2 in D major, Opus 73. The Friday morning concert, performed without intermission, consists of the works by Strauss and Brahms.

About Thomas Adł«sĺ─˘s Violin Concerto: Concentric Paths ĺ─ý

British composer Thomas Adł«sĺ─˘s Violin Concerto was written in 2004-05 and given its world premiere in September 2005. Born in London in 1971, Adł«s is widely regarded as the outstanding composer of his generation. In 2000, he became the youngest composer ever to receive the prestigious Grawemeyer Award, often described as ĺ─˙the Nobel Prize of music.ĺ─¨ Program annotator Paul Schiavo has written that the Violin Concerto ĺ─˙bears the title Concentric Paths, an allusion that carries possible poetic and certainly formal connotations. Circular patterns, both large and small, permeate the work. The music unfolds in a traditional concerto format of three movements [titled ĺ─˛Rings,ĺ─˘ ĺ─˛Paths,ĺ─˘ and ĺ─˛Roundsĺ─˘] ĺ─Â arranged in a familiar fast-slow-fast patternĺ─Â.ĺ─¨

Canadian violinist Leila Josefowicz attracts audiences around the world with her fresh approach to repertoire and dynamic virtuosity. She came to national attention with her Carnegie Hall debut in 1994, at the age of 16. In recognition of her advocacy and commitment to contemporary music, Ms. Josefowicz was awarded a 2008 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. She has collaborated with contemporary composers including John Adams and Oliver Knussen, and last season she premiered concertos written for her by Steve Mackey, Colin Matthews, and Esa-Pekka Salonen. Ms. Josefowicz first performed with The Cleveland Orchestra in July 1991 and most recently appeared with the Orchestra in October 2005.

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Mixed Company Theatre Springs into 2010 with Ontario Arts Council Support

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Toronto, December 18, 2009 - The Ontario Arts Council has confirmed their support for Mixed Companyĺ─˘s Spring 2010 Educational Tour. This assistance from the Ontario Arts Council will help students understand issues from the perspective of others through Mixed Companyĺ─˘s delivery of interactive, entertaining, and age-appropriate theatrical presentations. Secondary and elementary level offerings for the coming season include:

DISS - Touring March 22 ĺ─ý April 16 2010

For Grades 9-12

Why is gang life so appealing? Mixed Companyĺ─˘s acclaimed 2009 Summer production focuses on gang presence in our neighbourhoods and the pressures youth face finding social connection and identity. Created in collaboration with the Toronto Police Service and youth who have experienced violence, the plot covers snitching, family relationships, friendship, theft, gun violence and many other issues that affect young people living with gang presence in their communities.

Morro and Jasp...GO GREEN! - Touring April 12 ĺ─ý 30 2010

For Grades K-6

Mixed Company Theatre partners with UNIT - Up Your Nose and In Your Toes ĺ─ý to tour ĺ─˙their best show yet: an eco-tainment piece about environmental issues that's both funny and informational for youngsters.ĺ─¨ (NOW Magazine, Toronto, July 4, 2008). Clowns Morro and Jasp turn assumptions about being green on their heads, teaching that every little bit does make a difference. This show delivers the ĺ─˛going greenĺ─˘ message like never before!

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Canadian Debut of Alt-Classical Quartet Highlight of January Performances

The New Year is almost upon us, and The Royal Conservatory will kick off the next decade with a wide ranging set of performances encompassing classical music, flamenco dance, and the blues.

Concerts begin on January 16, when musical globetrotters Quartetto Gelato come to Koerner Hall. Praised by The New York Times for their ĺ─˙warm, endearing vitality,ĺ─¨ they will warm up the winter with selections from their latest disc, Musica Latina, which explores the hot and cool sounds of South America. Joining them in a double bill is New York-based alt-classical string quartet, ETHEL, in their Canadian debut. This amplified ensemble of Juilliard graduates has been described by The Guardian as ĺ─˙the fiercest string quartet this side of hell.ĺ─¨ Having collaborated with everyone from Ornette Coleman to Lenny Kravitz, their music fuses classical, rock, blues, and jazz. Dedicated to educational outreach, the group will also present a free public master class on January 15. The concert is sponsored by CBC Radio 2, who will be recording the performance for future broadcast.

A blast of blues will hit Koerner Hall on January 18, when the TBS Maple Blues Awards come to The Royal Conservatory for the first time. Co-presented by the Toronto Blues Society, the 13th edition of Canadaĺ─˘s only national blues awards program will honour the best blues musicians across Canada. Hosting duties will be handled by popular blues performer and radio host Danny Marks, along with Nanaimoĺ─˘s Juno-nominated blues musician David Gogo. Performers include Quebec Cityĺ─˘s Clio & The Blues Highway, Vancouverĺ─˘s The Twisters, Torontoĺ─˘s Paul Reddick, B.C.-based Harry Manx, and The Maple Blues Band, featuring Gary Kendall, Michael Fonfara, Teddy Leonard, Tom Bona, Al Lerman, Chris Whiteley, Pat Carey, and Chris Murphy.

Koerner Hallĺ─˘s first dance performance comes courtesy of the electrifying Spanish touring company, Noche Flamenca, and its incomparable dancer, Soledad Barrio. Hailed for their emotional performances, Noche Flamenca is recognized as the most authentic flamenco touring group in the field today. The Village Voice has exclaimed that ĺ─˙the company digs deep into flamencoĺ─˘s dark soul.ĺ─¨ Their thrilling combination of music, song, and dance makes a welcome two night return to Toronto on January 30 and 31, as part of their North American tour.

Performances in Mazzoleni Hall begin on January 17, with distinguished Toronto musicians and Conservatory faculty members Bryan Epperson and Dianne Werner. These frequent collaborators will present a diverse program of Beethoven, Rachmaninov, and modern Polish composer Andrzej Panufnik.

Beautiful chamber music continues on January 31, when the highly sought-after ensemble, The Duke Trio, comes to Mazzoleni Hall. Having performed in recitals across North America, Conservatory faculty members Mark Fewer (violin), Thomas Wiebe (cello), and Peter Longworth (piano) will perform an all-Brahms program of duo and trio works, and will be joined by violist Douglas McNabney for the Piano Quintet in G Minor.

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.

The Royal Conservatory acknowledges all of its donors and recognizes the remarkable generosity of:

TELUS ĺ─ý Official season sponsor of the 2009-10 Koerner Hall Concert Season

The Globe and Mail ĺ─ý Season media sponsor

CONCERTS AND EVENTS AT THE ROYAL CONSERVATORY ĺ─ý JANUARY 2010

KH ĺ─ý Koerner Hall; MH ĺ─ý Mazzoleni Hall; CT ĺ─ý Conservatory Theatre

ETHEL Master Class: Friday, January 15, 2010 at 5pm; FREE (CT)

Quartetto Gelato & ETHEL: Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 8pm; $20-$50 (KH)

Bryan Epperson with Dianne Werner: Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 2pm; $30 (students $20) (MH)

TBS Maple Blues Awards: Monday, January 18, 2010 at 7pm; $20-$28 (KH)

Noche Flamenca: Saturday, January 30, 2010 at 8pm and

Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 3pm; $30-$75 (KH)

The Duke Trio: Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 2pm; $30 (students $20) (MH)

INDEPENDENT PRESENTATIONS

Arianna Huffington: The Brave New World of the ĺ─˙New Mediaĺ─¨ (Advertising Week 2010):

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 4pm; $75 (KH)

Penderecki Plus! (Esprit Orchestra): Friday, January 29, 2010 at 8pm; $15-$43 (KH)

Tickets are available online at www.rcmusic.ca, by calling 416.408.0208,

or in person at the Weston Family Box Office, 273 Bloor Street West, Toronto

More information about upcoming concerts and events is available The Royal Conservatory website at www.rcmusic.ca.

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Severance Hall offers free MLK Day Community Open House on Monday, January 18

Event includes performances by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus

Ensembles including Cleveland Metropolitan School District All-City Choir and Drum Line, Opera Per Tutti, and Gabrielĺ─˘s Horns to perform during the day

CLEVELAND, December 17, 2009 ĺ─ý Severance Hall will hold its eleventh annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Open House on Monday, January 18, 2010, from 12:00 to 5:15 p.m. The free day of activities and performances celebrates the legacy of Dr. King and will include performances by some of Clevelandĺ─˘s finest community performing arts groups, including the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus. Other performances include the Cleveland Metropolitan School District All-City Choir and Drum Line; ĺ─˙On Ma Journey: A Celebration of the Negro Spiritualĺ─¨ by Opera Per Tutti; and a big band/jazz performance by Gabrielĺ─˘s Horns. Activities throughout the afternoon include the ĺ─˙I Have a Dreamĺ─¨ wall where children can ĺ─˙color their dreams,ĺ─¨ the ĺ─˙Picture Yourself At Severance Hallĺ─¨ photo activity, and popular DJ Terry Macklinĺ─˘s Sounds of Entertainment.

Performances and Activities

The Community Open House kicks off in Reinberger Chamber Hall at 12:10 p.m. with a performance by the Cleveland Metropolitan School District All-City Choir. At 12:45 p.m., the Cleveland Metropolitan School District All-City Drum Line will lead concertgoers up into the Grand Foyer for their performance, then into the Main Concert Hall. The All-City Arts Program is a district-wide, after-school and weekend program providing artistic and college-readiness skill development for students of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

At 1:00 p.m. in the Main Concert Hall, an ensemble of French horn students from area middle schools, high schools, and colleges, and including members of The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s horn section, will perform selections by Weber, Schubert, and Bach, led by Loras John Schissel. The students are participating in a special day of clinics and masterclasses titled ĺ─˙Hornapalooza,ĺ─¨ led by members of The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s horn section.

At 2:00 p.m., the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra will perform under its music director, James Feddeck. Their program includes Coplandĺ─˘s Fanfare for the Common Man, including members of The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s horn section; Coplandĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Simple Giftsĺ─¨ Theme from the Appalachian Spring Suite; Ravelĺ─˘s Piano Concerto in G major featuring Stephanie Lee as soloist; George Walkerĺ─˘s Lyric for Strings; and the first movement of Brahmsĺ─˘s Symphony No. 4. The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra is supported by generous grants from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, the Surdna Foundation, and many other donors. Endowment support is provided by The George Gund Foundation and Christine Gitlin Miles.

At 3:00 p.m. in the Main Concert Hall, Opera Per Tutti will perform On Ma Journey: A Celebration of the Negro Spiritual. Opera Per Tutti is a non-profit organization that brings opera to Northeast Ohioans at performances throughout the community including the Art Walk in Little Italy, the annual Home & Garden Show at Clevelandĺ─˘s IX Center, and al fresco concerts at the Italian Cultural Garden in Rockefeller Park.

At 4:00 p.m., Gabrielĺ─˘s Horns will perform big band and jazz music in the Main Concert Hall. The ensemble, directed by James T. May, Jr., is a Cleveland-based, non-profit community jazz-praise big band whose members include professional and amateur musicians, music teachers, youth pastors, ministers, high-school and college students, and talented youth.

The Community Open House concludes with a 4:45 concert by the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus under its director, Frank A. Bianchi. The Youth Chorus program will feature music from around the world, including Glinkaĺ─˘s Russian folk tune Traveling Song, a traditional Negro spiritual Ezekiel Saw De Wheel (arranged by Moses Hogan), a Spanish folk song titled El Vito, and classical selections. The concert will conclude with a performance of Jai Ho, the theme song from the 2008 hit movie Slumdog Millionaire. The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Chorus is supported by the Edward and Ruth Wilkof Foundation.

Throughout the day, and especially in between Concert Hall performances, attendees can enjoy a DJ from Terry Macklinĺ─˘s Sounds of Entertainment ĺ─ý DJ-driven musical fun including line-dancing for the whole family, in the Bogomolny-Kozerefski Grand Foyer. Attendees will have an opportunity to write their ĺ─˙dreams for the worldĺ─¨ or color line drawings of Dr. King, to be included on the ĺ─˙I Have a Dreamĺ─¨ Wall in Severance Hallĺ─˘s Smith Lobby. And, attendees can participate in ĺ─˙Picture Yourself At Severance Hallĺ─¨ (sponsored by Macyĺ─˘s Foundation) ĺ─ý a photo opportunity where you can pretend you are ĺ─˙performingĺ─¨ on the Severance Hall main stage.

A complete schedule of ĺ─˙Community Open Houseĺ─¨ performances and activities follows.

Shopping, Food & Parking

The Cleveland Orchestra Store, located in the Lerner Lobby, will be open to the public from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. Offering a unique shopping experience, the store features Cleveland Orchestra recordings and signature merchandise as well as specialty musical gift items and childrenĺ─˘s toys.

Light concessions will be available for purchase in the Smith Lobby.

Parking will be available in the Case Western Reserve University Campus Center Garage (the underground garage located directly behind Severance Hall). Convenient off-site and alternative parking options include the Cleveland Botanical Garden, which offers two levels of covered parking. The garage is located on the corner of East Boulevard and Wade Oval Drive. CWRU Lot 1, located off Euclid Avenue across from Severance Hall, and University Circle Lot 13A on Adelbert Road are surface lots within walking distance of Severance Hall. There is also metered street parking along East Boulevard between Severance Hall and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Visit universitycircle.org for more details on parking.

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The 2010 MLK Day Community Open House is sponsored by Medical Mutual of Ohio, the exclusive health insurer of The Cleveland Orchestra and a Cleveland Orchestra Partner in Excellence. Additional support is provided by Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council.

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Cleveland Orchestra to perform 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert on January 17

Music Director Franz Welser-MłĆst to lead free program at Severance Hall featuring the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus, the Central State University Chorus, and Sphinx Competition prizewinner Tony Rymer

Mayor Frank G. Jackson to participate in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Community Service Award presentation

Pre-concert talk with James Rose to begin at 6:00 p.m.

Concert to be broadcast live on WCLV, WCPN, and WNWV radio stations

CLEVELAND, December 17, 2009 ĺ─ý The Musical Arts Association and Mayor Frank G. Jackson today announced The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s 30th annual concert in celebration of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. The concert will take place at Severance Hall on Sunday, January 17, 2010, at 7:00 p.m., under the direction of Franz Welser-MłĆst. The program will feature selections by Ludwig van Beethoven, Antonłén Dvo뢳░k, and Aaron Copland, as well as spirituals and gospel songs. Performing as cello soloist in this yearĺ─˘s celebration concert is Sphinx Competition prizewinner Tony Rymer. The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus and the Central State University Chorus, prepared by William Henry Caldwell, also will participate.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Chorus is a 125-member volunteer chorus from the greater Cleveland community, and the internationally acclaimed Central State University Chorus (directed by William Henry Caldwell) is the official choir of Central State University, located in Wilberforce, Ohio. Cellist Tony Rymer, first-prize winner from the 2009 Sphinx Competition for Black and Latino string players, Senior Division, will make his Cleveland Orchestra debut as soloist in a performance of Dvo뢳░kĺ─˘s Cello Concerto in B minor, Opus 104 (First Movement). The Orchestraĺ─˘s performance of Bernsteinĺ─˘s ĺ─˙One Hand, One Heartĺ─¨ from West Side Story features two students from John Hay High School: soprano Imaris Rivera and tenor Martin Parries.


PRE-CONCERT TALK WITH JAMES ROSE
James Rose, vice president, sales and national accounts for OEConnections, will give the pre-concert talk, beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Concert Hall. The talk is free to ticket holders for the eveningĺ─˘s concert. A native of Detroit, Mr. Rose has served as mentor for Detroit Symphony Youth Orchestra musicians for more than 16 years, played horn with the Detroit Metropolitan Orchestra, and has been involved with the national Sphinx Competition.

COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS TO BE PRESENTED AT CONCERT
In cooperation with the City of Cleveland, The Cleveland Orchestra and the Greater Cleveland Partnership will present the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Community Service Awards at the Orchestraĺ─˘s 2010 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Concert. Awards will be presented in recognition of the services and achievements of an individual, a business or organization, and a youth who have positively impacted Cleveland in the spirit of the teachings and example of Dr. King.

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Midemnet Lab Unveils 15 Innovative Startups

Paris, 17 December 2009 ĺ─ý MidemNet Lab, the showcase for cutting-edge digital initiatives, today unveils the 15 start-ups chosen to take part in the inaugural edition. This line-up, which covers every aspect of the music sector and brings together some of the most promising digital innovations of the moment, forms a palette of services responding to the music industryĺ─˘s changing needs. The 15 companies will showcase their activities in the area of the market dedicated to the MidemNet Lab for the duration of MIDEM, from 23 to 27 January in Cannes.

ĺ─˙The first edition of MidemNet Lab is extremely encouraging. Thanks to a selection process designed by MIDEM, involving a call for entries and selection by a jury of entrepreneurs, we have succeeded in unearthing some very innovative projects from all around the world. It is extremely exciting to put these 15 companies in contact with the wider music industry,ĺ─¨ said Dominique Leguern, director of MIDEM.

The 15 start-ups chosen to participate in the MidemNet Lab by Music Ally and the entrepreneursĺ─˘ jury, operate across a wide range of digital fields that offer opportunities for the industry, such as live applications (Awdio, Songkick, Streamjam), digital licensing of sheet music and lyrics (DigiClef, TuneWiki), artist management (BandCentral), managing key data for artists (Band Metrics), digital distribution (Pops Worldwide), web radio (Radionomy), remixing (Aviary, GoMix and Tracksandfields), musical discovery (Thesixtyone), artistic financing (Kickstarter) and on-line advertising (Silence Media).

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La SCENA lance sa Carte verte pour les amateurs dĺ─˘art

Une solution encore plus łęconomique pour nos lecteurs soucieux de lĺ─˘environnement

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Montrłęal, QC ĺ─ý Le 8 dłęcembre 2009 ĺ─ýLes amateurs dĺ─˘art soucieux de lĺ─˘environnement peuvent maintenant lire les magazines de musique classique et de jazz les plus complets du Canada łŢ leurs ordinateurs. LSM, lĺ─˘łęditeur de La Scena Musicale / The Music Scene / La SCENA, est fił«re de lancer cet hiver sa nouvelle Carte verte La SCENA pour les amateurs dĺ─˘art. Les membres du club Carte verte łęconomiseront 15 $ łŢ lĺ─˘abonnement et plus de 65 % du prix en kiosques.


Pour seulement 25 $ par annłęe, les membres recevront des versions łęlectroniques en haute rłęsolution des dix numłęros de La Scena Musicale (lĺ─˘actualitłę en musique classique, jazz et musique du monde), 4 numłęros de La SCENA (spłęcialisłęe dans les arts visuels, la danse, le thłęłótre et le cinłęma) et 2 numłęros de The Music Scene (couvrant la musique dans le Canada anglais). En tout, cĺ─˘est 16 magazines chaque annłęe. Non seulement les abonnłęs sont-ils les premiers łŢ connałĂtre les concerts et disques łŢ venir, mais ils ont en plus un accł«s exclusif łŢ la vaste Discothł«que Naxos, oł╝ ils peuvent łęcouter plus de 39 000 CD (cĺ─˘est presque 3000 jours de musique ininterrompue !) et peuvent tłęlłęcharger gratuitement chaque mois un nouveau CD Dłęcouverte (produit en partenariat avec les Disques XXI) mettant en vedette les meilleurs musiciens du Canada du passłę et du prłęsent. Les dłętenteurs de la Carte verte peuvent łęgalement tłęlłęcharger la totalitłę de la collection de CD Dłęcouverte publiłęe jusquĺ─˘ici (10 CD). Et ce nĺ─˘est pas tout : la Carte verte vous donne droit łŢ des escomptes exclusifs dans dĺ─˘autres commerces et institutions, dont Archambault, lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal et lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal. Qui plus est, nous offrons des CD et billets chaque mois łŢ un abonnłę chanceux et, comme membre du club, vous recevrez des invitations particulił«res łŢ des confłęrences, des lancements et dĺ─˘autres łęvłęnements spłęciaux du secteur culturel.

Głótez-vous en cette fin dĺ─˘annłęe et devenez membre du club. Et pendant que vous y łütes, quoi de mieux que dĺ─˘offrir łŢ vos amis et vos proches le cadeau de la musique et des arts łŢ domicile avec un abonnement łŢ LSM ? ł─ lĺ─˘approche des fłütes, cĺ─˘est le moment parfait. Chaque abonnłę joue un rłąle actif dans la promotion de la musique classique et des arts en appuyant LSM, un organisme sans but lucratif enregistrłę. Et avec la nouvelle Carte verte ainsi que notre forfait dĺ─˘abonnement habituel, vous łütes assurłę de faire plaisir łŢ tout amateur dĺ─˘art sur votre liste de cadeaux de Noł┤l.

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LSM lance sa campagne Fonds de dotation 2010

Chaque dollar donnłę łŢ LSM vaudra en contrepartie 1,50 $ du gouvernement du Qułębec




Montrłęal, QC ĺ─ý Le 8 dłęcembre 2009 ĺ─ý La Scł«ne musicale / The Music Scene (LSM), lĺ─˘organisme sans but lucratif qui publie les magazines dĺ─˘art La Scena Musicale / The Music Scene / La SCENA, est heureuse dĺ─˘annoncer quĺ─˘elle a obtenu le statut dĺ─˘organisme ayant droit au programme de subventions de contrepartie Placements Culture du gouvernement du Qułębec. Pour chaque dollar donnłę łŢ LSM avant le 30 novembre 2010, le gouvernement du Qułębec versera 1,50 $ łŢ lĺ─˘organisme.


Placements Culture est conł▀u pour inciter les organismes culturels sans but lucratif łŢ crłęer des fonds de dotation. LSM entend collecter 100 000 $ au cours des 12 prochains mois, ce qui, ajoutłę łŢ la contribution gouvernementale de 150 000 $, crłęera un fonds de dotation de 250 000 $. Cela est extrłümement important pour la płęrennitłę des magazines La Scena Musicale, rłęcipiendaire dĺ─˘un Prix du magazine canadien, ainsi que La SCENA et The Music Scene, du site Web SCENA.org, couronnłę par de nombreux prix, et des autres activitłęs de promotion des arts de LSM.


Cłęlłębrant cette annłęe ses 14 ans dĺ─˘existence, LSM est un organisme sans but lucratif voułę łŢ la promotion de la musique et des arts dans ses trois magazines, un site Web et dĺ─˘autres activitłęs de diffusion. LSM rłęunit les musiciens/artistes, la communautłę des arts et les amateurs de musique et dĺ─˘art au moyen de lĺ─˘łęducation et lĺ─˘information. Aidez-nous łŢ poursuivre notre ëýuvre en faisant un don (en argent, biens ou services) et en devenant błęnłęvole.


Souhaitant profiter de cette nouvelle subvention de Placements Culture, LSM lance donc sa campagne Fonds de dotation 2010 et espł«re que durant cette saison des fłütes, les amateurs dĺ─˘art de partout se montreront głęnłęreux. Tous les dons faits avant le 31 dłęcembre donneront droit łŢ un reł▀u dĺ─˘impłąt pour 2009. En appuyant LSM, chaque donateur joue un rłąle actif dans la promotion de la musique classique et des arts.


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Icewine Plus Jazz Equals A Unique Niagara Experience

Throughout January Niagara-on-the-Lake celebrates Icewine with the sounds of jazz

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 17, 2009) - On New Year's Day Niagara-on-the-Lake will launch a month-long Icewine and Jazz Celebration featuring numerous events in local restaurants and retailers, in the town's Heritage District and in the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Icewine and jazz are a natural pairing because Niagara-on-the-Lake will soon be home to the future Canadian Jazz Hall of Fame, a national centre of recognition for the great jazz musicians of Canada.

In addition to daily events at the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake, three special weekends are planned for the town's Heritage District featuring Icewine culinary events, tasting seminars and an Icewine cocktail competition. On Sunday January 17, the Canadian Jazz Quartet will entertain jazz lovers at the Canadian Jazz Hall of Fame Brunch (which will also feature Icewine, of course).

Full details about the featured weekends and a complete listing of all wineries and restaurants Icewine and Jazz Celebration events are available at: www.wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com/icejazzjanuary.

"This is the only region in the world that produces and celebrates Icewine annually," said Sherri Lockwood, chair of the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake. "And since our Canadian Jazz artists -- some of the finest in the world -- will be celebrated here for all time at the new Jazz Hall of Fame, it's natural that we acknowledge their special place in Canadian culture together."

Special weekend packages -- including accommodations and admission to selected events -- are available, and each of the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake has special tour and tasting experiences scheduled during the month.

"Canadian wines are taking root with wine-lovers all over the world," added Ms. Lockwood, "but Icewine has already become a Canadian icon worldwide."

About the Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake

The Wineries of Niagara-on-the-Lake is a group comprised of 22 distinctive wineries located in one unforgettable place nestled below the Niagara Escarpment amidst a landscape of vineyards and orchards. The 22 wineries are: Cattail Creek, Chateau des Charmes, Coyote's Run, Hillebrand, Inniskillin, Jackson-Triggs, Joseph's, Konzelmann, Lailey, Maleta, Marynissen, Niagara College, Palatine, Peller, Pillitteri, Ravine, Reif, Southbrook, Stonechurch, Stratus, Strewn, Sunnybrook Farm. More information about each of the wineries can be found at www.wineriesofniagaraonthelake.com.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Le Festival de Lanaudił«re annonce la venue de lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Pittsburgh et de lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal

Montrłęal, le 11 dłęcembre 2009 ĺ─ý Alex Benjamin, directeur artistique du Festival de Lanaudił«re, est heureux dĺ─˘annoncer deux concerts donnłęs par lĺ─˘un des orchestres amłęricains les plus rłęputłęs, lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Pittsburgh, et deux autres concerts par un grand orchestre de chez nous, lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal.

Le Festival reł▀oit lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Pittsburgh

Le Festival de Lanaudił«re est lĺ─˘une des rares institutions qułębłęcoises łŢ donner aux młęlomanes lĺ─˘occasion dĺ─˘entendre en concert de grands orchestres łętrangers. Depuis de nombreuses annłęes, il invite des ensembles marquants de la scł«ne internationale łŢ se produire łŢ lĺ─˘Amphithłęłótre de Joliette et, en 2010, lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Pittsburgh, dirigłę par son directeur musical, lĺ─˘autrichien Manfred Honeck, offrira deux concerts sur la scł«ne de lĺ─˘Amphithłęłótre, les 23 et 24 juillet 2010.

Le vendredi 23 juillet, lĺ─˘Orchestre livrera un concert tout Beethoven avec la Symphonie no 7 et le Concerto pour piano no 5 (Č┤ Empereur Ȭ), ëýuvres toujours favorites du public. Le lendemain, le concert sera consacrłę łŢ Wagner (Lohengrin : Prłęlude), Richard Strauss (Don Juan) et Mahler (Symphonie no 1). Le plus rłęcent enregistrement de lĺ─˘Orchestre de la Symphonie no 1 de Mahler a dĺ─˘ailleurs reł▀u un accueil unanime de la critique pour lĺ─˘exceptionnel jeu des musiciens et la qualitłę, lĺ─˘audace et la frałĂcheur de lĺ─˘interprłętation.

La clłąture du Festival confiłęe łŢ lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal

En 2010, lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Montrłęal, dirigłę par Kent Nagano, se verra confier la clłąture classique du Festival, les 6 et 7 aoł¬t, lors de deux concerts aux programmes trł«s diffłęrents lĺ─˘un de lĺ─˘autre.

Le vendredi 6 aoł¬t, la violoniste Isabelle Faust se joindra łŢ lĺ─˘OSM pour interprłęter le Concerto pour violon en rłę majeur, op. 77, de Brahms. Le programme de ce concert sera complłętłę par la Symphonie no 10 de Dmitri Chostakovitch, lĺ─˘une des symphonies les plus connues du compositeur.

Les amateurs dĺ─˘art lyrique se donneront certainement rendez-vous le samedi 7 aoł¬t pour entendre lĺ─˘OSM, trois solistes et le Chëýur St-Laurent dans ce qui est aujourdĺ─˘hui considłęrłę comme lĺ─˘un des plus grands chefs-dĺ─˘ëýuvre de Haydn, lĺ─˘oratorio La Crłęation.





Chł«ques-cadeaux en vente dł«s aujourdĺ─˘hui

Le public peut se procurer des chł«ques-cadeaux łęchangeables łŢ la billetterie du Festival dł«s aujourdĺ─˘hui sur le site Internet www.lanaudiere.org, dans la section Boutique en ligne.

Ces certificats sont łęchangeables pour lĺ─˘ensemble des activitłęs proposłęes par le Festival en 2010.

La programmation complł«te disponible en mars 2010

La programmation complł«te de la 33e saison du Festival de Lanaudił«re sera dłęvoilłęe en mars 2010. Consultez le site Internet du Festival pour obtenir davantage de dłętails et pour vous inscrire pour la recevoir aussitłąt quĺ─˘elle sera disponible au www.lanaudiere.org.

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Le Prix Mnłęmo 2010 est dłęcernłę cette annłęe łŢ Jean-Nicolas Orhon pour l'excellence de son film Tant qu'il reste une voix.

Tant qu'il reste une voix

La remise du Prix a eu lieu samedi dernier, le 12 dłęcembre, łŢ la Maison de la culture Villeray ĺ─ţ Saint-Michel ĺ─ţ Parc-Extension (Salle le Prłęvost) dans le cadre de la Virłęe dans Villeray, organisłęe conjointement par la Sociłętłę pour la promotion de la danse traditionnelle qułębłęcoise (SPDTQ) et la Maison de la culture.

Tant quĺ─˘il reste une voix est une rłęflexion połętique sur la młęmoire et le collectage qui łępouse le regard et le parcours de Francine Brunel-Reeves. Sur les traces de La Blanche Biche ĺ─ţ une chanson qui la passionne, transmise de bouche łŢ oreille, dĺ─˘une culture łŢ une autre et dĺ─˘un ocłęan łŢ lĺ─˘autre depuis des sił«cles ĺ─ţ elle remonte aussi le fil de sa propre vie.

Le cinłęaste Jean-Nicolas Orhon rend hommage de trł«s belle fał▀on łŢ la młęmoire, au temps, łŢ la passion. La dłęmarche ethnologique est bien situłęe. Francine Brunel-Reeves place bien ses mots, ses idłęes et ses łęmotions tandis que les divers intervenants, du chanteur au chercheur, donnent un appui solide au discours ethnologique qui met en valeur la tradition orale par le fil conducteur de la Blanche biche.

De plus, la mise en images, le choix des intervenants et l'utilisation d'archives contribuent łŢ faire sentir la continuitłę dans le temps. Ce patrimoine oral et souvent intangible voyage au grłę des souvenirs et des apparitions dans les rłępertoires de l'un ou de l'autre. Il renałĂt łŢ chaque fois comme dit si bien Francine, c'est une de ses beautłęs. On fait comprendre aux gens que ce n'est pas que passłęiste tout ł▀a. Il met en relief la possibilitłę de recherche sur chaque chanson mais surtout la passion qui anime autant les chercheurs que les amateurs ou les simples passeurs. On y sent aussi le plaisir, la convivialitłę, le partage!

TANT QUĺ─˘IL RESTE UNE VOIX
Un documentaire de Jean-Nicolas Orhon
2008, 52 minutes, HD, couleur
Disponible aux Distributions Netima. Vous pouvez l'acheter en ligne au coł¬t de 25$.
Plus de dłętails łŢ venir sur le site du Centre Mnłęmo

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The National Arts Centre English Theatre Company extends A Christmas Carol!

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National Arts Centre English Theatre

Peter Hinton, Artistic Director


Based on the Novel by Charles Dickens
Performance added ĺ─ý Sunday, December 27
2 p.m. in the NAC Theatre

Ottawa, Ontario ĺ─ý With tickets selling at a brisk pace this holiday season, the NAC English Theatre is pleased to announce that an additional performance of Charles Dickensĺ─˘ A Christmas Carol has been added on Sunday, December 27 at 2 p.m.

A Christmas Carol is as well known as any work can be. For the first time, a faithful telling of Charles Dickensĺ─˘ cherished holiday story of a miserĺ─˘s last chance for redemption is presented by the National Arts Centre English Theatre, on the full Shakespearean thrust stage.. The production stars Stephen Ouimette as Scrooge alongside the 40th Anniversary NAC English Theatre Acting Company.

Purchase your tickets at the NAC Box Office, by phone at 613-755-1111, or at Ticketmaster.ca.
To learn more about the NAC English Theatre Companyĺ─˘s production of
A Christmas Carol, go to www.nac-cna.ca/en/theatre/0910/christmascarol.


The Ottawa Citizen is a proud sponsor of Theatre5 Series.
Supported by Trinity Development Group ĺ─ý Share the Spirit.

A Christmas Carol plays December 8 - 27, 2009 in the Theatre at the National Arts Centre.

Adults: $20 - $61
Students: $11.25 - $31.75

For any information, please call:
Sean Fitzpatrick, Communications Officer, National Arts Centre English Theatre
613-947-7000 ext. 389; e-mail:
sfitzpat@nac-cna.ca
or visit the NAC website at
www.nac-cna.ca

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Cirque du Soleil unveils Viva ELVIS


Written and Directed by Vincent Paterson

LAS VEGAS ĺ─ý December 15, 2009 ĺ─ý Cirque du Soleil, in partnership with Elvis Presley Enterprises, a CKX, Inc (NASDAQ: CKXE) company, was thrilled to unveil today its latest resident show Viva ELVISĺĐó, at ARIA Resort & CasinoĺĐó at CityCenter in Las Vegas. Preview performances for Viva ELVIS will start on December 18, 2009.

The show

Viva ELVIS, a harmonious fusion of dance, acrobatics and live music, is a tribute to the life and music of Elvis Presley. Nostalgia, modernity and raw emotion provide the backdrop for his immortal voice and the exhilaration and beauty of his music.

Created in the image of The King of Rock ĺ─˘nĺ─˘ Roll ĺ─ý powerful, sexy, whimsical, truly unique and larger than life ĺ─ý the show highlights an American icon who transformed popular music and whose image embodies the freedom, excitement and turbulence of his era.

Significant moments in his life ĺ─ý intimate, playful and grandiose ĺ─ý blend with timeless songs that remain as relevant today as when they first hit the top of the charts. Viva ELVIS focuses on the essential humanity of the one superstar whose name will forever be linked with the history of Las Vegas: Elvis Presley.

ĺ─˙On a creative level, it was extremely stimulating to draw our inspiration from this musical icon,ĺ─¨ said Guy Lalibertłę, Founder of Cirque du Soleil. ĺ─˙Viva ELVIS showcases the raw energy and pure talent of Elvis and highlights the exhilaration and beauty of his music on a grand scale.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙It makes perfect sense that Elvis should live on in Las Vegas, where his iconic status was cemented,ĺ─¨ said Robert F.X. Sillerman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CKX, Inc. ĺ─˙When we teamed with Cirque du Soleil, we knew that any show they created would match Elvisĺ─˘ larger-than-life presence. So we were pleased to open the vaults at Graceland and make available to Cirque du Soleil historic archival materials, recordings and concert footage that would help them create a show that will carry Elvisĺ─˘ legacy into the future.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙An evolutionary destination designed to transform Las Vegas at its core, CityCenter is larger than life, just like Elvis himself,ĺ─¨ said Bill McBeath, President and COO of ARIA Resort & Casino. ĺ─˙We want to bring the element of fun to ARIA, the centerpiece of CityCenter. Viva ELVIS will bring the King of Rock ĺ─˘nĺ─˘ Roll back to Las Vegas for millions of his fans and create a buzz that will enable his persona to attract untold numbers of new followers.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙Elvis has always been in the forefront of new, contemporary entertainment and technology,ĺ─¨ said Priscilla Presley. ĺ─˙I believe Viva ELVIS continues this and reaches out and expands his legacy in a new, creative and exciting way.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙The showĺ─˘s acrobatic elements, set designs and other artistic components are part of an overall creative vision designed to showcase the timeless music of Elvis, his unique voice and unequaled talent as a performer,ĺ─¨ said Gilles Ste-Croix, Senior Vice-president of Creative Content and New Project Development at Cirque du Soleil.

ĺ─˙The unique strength and power of Elvis was in his voice,ĺ─¨ said Vincent Paterson, the showĺ─˘s Writer and Director. ĺ─˙I was greatly inspired by the originality and complexity of this musical legend. What I tried to paint, in all humility, is the show he might have created today.ĺ─¨

The creative team

Artistic Guide Guy Lalibertłę

Artistic Guide Gilles Ste-Croix

Writer and Director Vincent Paterson

Director of Creation Armand Thomas

Musical Director and Arranger Erich van Tourneau

Set Designer Mark Fisher

Costume Designer Stefano Canulli

Acrobatic performance Designer Daniel Cola

Acrobatic Equipment

and Rigging Designer Guy St-Amour

Lighting Designer marc brickman

Image Content Designer Ivan Dudynsky

Sound Designer Jonathan Deans

Choreographers Bonnie Story

Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo

Mark Swanhart

Catherine Archambault

Props Designer Patricia Ruel

Makeup Designer Nathalie Gagnłę

Viva ELVIS will be presented exclusively in the custom-built Elvis Theater at ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter in Las Vegas. Preview performances for Viva ELVIS begin December 18, 2009. The premiere will be held Friday, February 19, 2010.


TICKET PRICES

*$175, $150, $125, $99

All preview performances* will be discounted 25 percent.

*Preview performances for Viva ELVIS begin December 18, 2009. During these performances, the creative team is in the very final stages of production for the show. The audienceĺ─˘s reaction and participation is an important step in this process.

Please consult the most current show schedule at www.cirquedusoleil.com/vivaelvis. Schedule is subject to change without notice.

Following the preview period and beginning February 21, 2010, Viva ELVIS will be performed Friday through Tuesday at 7:00 pm & 9:30 pm. There will be no shows on Wednesdays or Thursdays.

TO RESERVE TICKETS

By phone: 877-253-5847 or 702-531-2031

Online: www.cirquedusoleil.com/vivaelvis

In person: At the Elvis Theater box office at ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter or any of the MGM MIRAGE box offices in Las Vegas.

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Appel aux artistes de la rłęgion

La Maison Trestler invite tous les artistes de la rłęgion łŢ soumettre une ëýuvre dĺ─˘art pour son exposition/vente dĺ─˘ëýuvres dĺ─˘arts annuel ĺ─╝ĺ─╝Entre-Nousĺ─ćĺ─ć. Le vernissage aura lieu le jeudi 14 janvier 2010 łŢ 19h30; lĺ─˘exposition se poursuivra jusquĺ─˘au dimanche 21 fłęvrier 2010. Les ëýuvres seront reł▀ues les 5 et 6 janvier 2010 de 10h00 łŢ 12h00 et entre 13h00 łŢ 15h30 łŢ la Maison Trestler. Le tableau doit łütre encadrłę ou avoir des rebords finis et ne devra dłępasser le format maximal de 36" x 36", incluant lĺ─˘encadrement. Les sculptures seront aussi acceptłęes. Un bref curriculum vitae et une description de la dłęmarche artistique, dactylographiłęs sur papier 8Čçĺ─¨ X 11ĺ─¨ seraient apprłęciłęs. Un coł¬t de participation de 10.00$ sera exigłę lors de votre inscription. Pour obtenir plus de dłętails, voir lĺ─˘invitation sur le panneau łŢ lĺ─˘extłęrieur de la Maison Trestler, 85 chemin de la Commune łŢ Vaudreuil-Dorion. Nĺ─˘hłęsitez pas łŢ communiquer avec nous au (450) 455-6290 ou par courriel : info@trestler.qc.ca. Veuillez noter que la Maison Trestler sera fermłęe du 18 dłęcembre łŢ midi au 3 janvier 2010 inclusivement.

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Sybarbite5 and the cell announce 2010 residency

ĺ─˙SYBARITE5@the cell,ĺ─¨ 338 W. 23RD STREET: JANUARY 22-24; OCTOBER 22-24; DECEMBER 10-12

NINE-CONCERT RESIDENCY JUXTAPOSES THE WORKS OF STRAVINSKY, DVORAK, AND MOZART WITH RE-IMAGINED ARRANGEMENTS OF RADIOHEAD AND OTHER WORKS WRITTEN FOR SYBARITE5

Sybarite5, known for breaking down musical boundaries, embarks on a nine-concert residency, ĺ─˙Sybarite5@the cell.ĺ─¨ The residency, part of the ensembleĺ─˘s Alternative Venue Initiative, continues the groupĺ─˘s tradition of innovative programming in non-traditional performance spaces.

The three weekend-long programs explore the spectrum of Sybarite5ĺ─˘s artistic mission, juxtaposing the works of Dvorak, Mozart, Piazolla and Stravinsky, with arrangements of Radiohead songs and works by contemporary composers Piotr Szewczyk, Dan Visconti, Matt Van Brink, Deborah Barnekow and Thomas Osborne.

As Louis Levitt the Director of Sybarite5 says, ĺ─˙Our programming has always tried to reflect our commitment to both the traditional chamber music repertoire and the music of our generation. By performing the music of Radiohead alongside composers like Stravinsky and Dvorł░k we hope to move chamber music into the future while still respecting the traditions of the past.

"We are excited to embark on this residency with the cell. We hope this collaboration will establish a new venue for New Yorkĺ─˘s music lovers to hear interesting chamber music. Chelsea will now have a resident string quintet at their front door.ĺ─¨

Nancy Manocherian, Founding Director of the cell, ĺ─˙We are thrilled to expand our programming to include top-notch chamber music. We look forward to collaborating with Sybarite5 to establish a new home for great music.ĺ─¨

Tickets for individual programs are $20; tickets for all three programs $50 available by calling (513) 543-1981 or rsvp@sybarite5.org or at the cell box office: 338 W.23rd Street, NYC.

The complete programs are as follows (subject to change):

January 22, 2010 (repeated January 23, 24, 2010)

ORIGINS/ROOTS/UMAMI:
Examining the roots of the ensemble, in classical music and as individuals.


Piotr Szewczyk - The Rebel
Igor Stravinsky - Pulcinella Suite, arr. Levitt/Barnes
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Dan Visconti - Black Bend
Astor Piazolla - Tango Suite
Radiohead Remixed Project - Arr. Paul Sanho Kim
Selections TBD


October 22, 2010 (repeated October 23, 24, 2010)

EXPLORE/INNOVATE/ADVANCE:
Exploring new works commissioned for the ensemble along with pieces that have changed the landscape of classical music.


Matt Van Brink - Tureasca
Deborah Barnekow - Yesterdayĺ─˘s Rose (NY Premier)
Led Zeppelin
Selections TBD
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Dave Brubeck - Blue Rondo a la Turk
Radiohead Remixed
Selections TBD
Thomas Osborne- Furioso: Vendetta for String Quintet

December 10, 2010 (repeated December, 11, 12, 2010)


JUXTAPOSE/CONTRAST/SHUFFLE:
Pressing the shuffle button on a live iPod: Sybarite5. Mozart, Radiohead, Stravinsky, Dvorak, Led Zeppelin, Visconti & many more.


About Sybarite5:

Devoted to expanding the repertoire for string quintet, SYBARITE5 challenges conventional musical boundaries to boldly step forward into a new genre of chamber music. SYBARITE5 has been featured on American Public Radioĺ─˘s Performance Today, the CBS Early Show, Strings Magazine and the international classical music channel Medici.tv. They have performed at Lincoln Center in New York City and numerous Aspen Music Festival Concerts in Colorado. In August of 2008, they were invited to perform for former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice & Madeline Albright. Their innovative fusion of the Baroque with multi-media resulted in the critically acclaimed DIDO Project; a new production of Henry Purcellĺ─˘s Dido and Aeneas, performed at the Samsung Experience in New York City.

They were the first string quintet admitted to the Aspen Music Festival and Schoolĺ─˘s Advanced Quartet Studies program, where they worked with Earl Carlyss of The Juilliard Quartet, bassist Edgar Meyer, as well as the Cavani, American, and Ying String Quartets.

Recent projects include: Radiohead Remixed- commissioning, performing, and recording classical works inspired and influenced by the British band Radiohead; as well as The DIDO Project- melding art technology & humanism in the heart of New Yorkĺ─˘s Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle.

Other ongoing projects include: the Alternative Venues Initiative seeking out untraditional performance venues as well as an International Composition Contest. In June of 2009 SYBARITE5 represented the Aspen Music Festival in a new capacity as the AMFS Alumni Ensemble.

Based in New York City, SYBARITE5 is a non-profit arts organization that continues to perform and educate at the Aspen Music Festival and across the US.

For more information on Sybarite5 please visit www.sybarite5.org

About the players:

Sami Merdinian, violin

Argentinian violinist Sami Merdinian has received worldwide recognition for his outstanding performances as a soloist and chamber musician. Sami has recently appeared as a soloist with the Montevideo Philharmonic, the Argentinian National Symphony, The Charlemagne Orchestre, Symphony Pro Musica, The Gagneung Philharmonic in South Korea, and Philharmonia of the Nations at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. As chamber musician, Mr. Merdinian has performed in Spoleto, Italy, The Perlman Chamber Music Workshop, The Festival of The Hamptons, Bargemusic, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Concertgebouw, among other venues. Also a member of Sejong Soloists since 2008, Sami has performed throughout the United States and Asia, including a West Coast Tour with Gil Shaham, and has recorded for Universal Records. Mr. Merdinian has been prize-winner in several international competitions including Gold Medal in the XII International Young Solo Instrumentalists Competition in Argentina and the New Talent Competition in Slovakia organized by the European Radio. He has also received the Rising Star Award by Tiffany & Co. and was named Outstanding Artist of the Year by the Argentinian Press. While at The Juilliard School and Yale University, Mr. Merdinian was a pupil of Dorothy Delay, Naoko Tanaka and Peter Oundjian, and has participated in masterclasses for artists such as Itzahk Perlman, Ruggiero Ricci, Emmanuel Ax, Pamela Frank and members of the Tokyo, Cleveland and Guarnieri String Quartets.


Sarah Whitney, violin

Sarah Whitney, an active solo, and chamber musician, has been heard worldwide across stages in Europe, Asia, South America and the United States. As a chamber musician, Ms. Whitney has performed as guest artist on the Cleveland Institute of Music Faculty Concert Series, the Cleveland Composerĺ─˘s Guild and the Memphis Chamber Music Society Solo Concert Series As a soloist she received second prize in the 2000 Philharmonic Society of Arlington, MA Young Artists Competition. Most recently, Ms. Whitney led the Cleveland Central Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra as concertmaster on tour to Carnegie Hall and again returned to the stage with the New World Symphony. She has participated in festivals in Italy, France, and China as well as the Aspen Music Festival, the Music Academy of the West and the Spoleto Music Festival USA. She has also collaborated with the Josh Ritter Band and can be heard on their latest album, The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter, produced by Sony Music BMG. Ms. Whitney received her M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music and her B.M with honors from the University of Michigan. Her teachers include Kathleen Winkler, Aaron Berfosky, Cyrus Forough, Stephen Shipps, Paul Kantor and William Preucil. Ms. Whitney plays on a Luigi Sofritti violin made in 1885.

Angela Pickett, viola

Angela Pickett has performed as a violist, violinist, and fiddler throughout North America and Europe. A member of the Princeton Symphony, Angela has also performed with Wet Ink Music, Ne(x)tworks, Continuum, and recently premiered a new version of Helmut Lachenmannĺ─˘s Mouvement with the Argento Chamber Ensemble. In 2006, Angela performed Ann Southamĺ─˘s Re-Tuning for viola and tape at the 34th International Viola Congress, and a subsequent performance of Re-Tuning at the 2006 International Sound Symposium was recorded for national radio broadcast. As a fiddler, she has performed with Irish tenor John McDermott, the Chieftains, and appeared on numerous recordings of Irish/Newfoundland traditional music. A doctoral candidate in viola performance at the Manhattan School of Music, Angela completed a Masters degree from The Juilliard School and a Bachelor of Music in her hometown of St. Johnĺ─˘s, Newfoundland, Canada. Angela has attended Tanglewood Music Centre, Aldeburgh Festival, Banff Centre for the Arts, Centre dĺ─˘Arts Orford, and has twice been a recipient of the Canada Council for the Artsĺ─˘ Grant for Classical Musicians. Angelaĺ─˘s principal teachers include Michael Tree, Samuel Rhodes, Karen Tuttle and Karen Dreyfus.

Laura Metcalf, Cello

Cellist Laura Metcalf enjoys an active performing career in and around New York City, having been heard recently such venues as Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, the French Consulate of New York, the Tenri Cultural Institute, the J.P. Morgan Library, St. John the Divine Cathedral, and Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall. As a member of the Stella Piano Trio, she gave her Carnegie Hall debut at Weill Recital Hall in 2006, and in 2007 participated in the ARD Competition in Munich, Germany, where the trio was the top-ranked North American ensemble. She gave her New York concerto debut in 2007 performing Beethovenĺ─˘s Triple Concerto with the Ensemble 212 Orchestra, and was named a semi-finalist in the 2007 Hudson Valley Concerto Competition. Laura has performed at music festivals including Taos, IMS Prussia Cove, Sarasota, Aspen, and Fontainebleau (France). As an orchestral musician, she was recently appointed assistant principal cellist of the Chamber Orchestra of New York, and performs regularly as a member of Michael Tilson Thomasĺ─˘s New World Symphony. She studied with Timothy Eddy and Michael Reynolds, and is a faculty member at the Opus 118 Harlem School of Music.

Louis Levitt, double bass

Louis Levitt has performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, the New World Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, Orchestra of the S.E.M. and was principal of the Springfield Symphony. An active chamber musician Mr. Levitt has performed along side the Grammy nominated Quartet San Francisco, and multiple Grammy-winning composer Bob James. Other appearances include the Aspen Music Festival Salida Chamber Series, American Modern Ensemble, LaSalle Chamber Music Series in Cincinnati Ohio, as well as the Telluride Music Festival in Colorado. He has appeared as a soloist performing Frank Proto's Carmen Fantasy with orchestra, Jean Francaix's Mozart New Look, and most recently David Andersonĺ─˘s Capriccio at the WABASS Institute for 21st Century Bassists. Mr. Levitt received his degrees from the Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music where he studied with Albert Laszlo. He has also received multiple fellowships to the Aspen Music Festival where he studied with Paul Ellison, Albert Laszlo, Eugene Levinson, Bruce Bransby, and Stuart Sankey. Mr. Levitt is originally from Sarasota Florida, where he studied with John Miller.

About the cell:

the cellĺ─˘s mission is to incubate and present new works that mine the mind, pierce the heart and awaken the soul. the cell is located at 338 W. 23rd Street, NYC.

For more information please visit www.thecelltheatre.org org>

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Parsons Dance presents Remember Me

an all-new version of the dance/rock opera
with the lead vocalists and music of the
Grammy Award-nominated

EAST VILLAGE OPERA COMPANY
The Joyce Theater, February 2 - 14, 2010

Parsons Dance presents REMEMBER ME, an all-new version of last season's collaboration with the lead vocalists of East Village Opera Company (EVOC), featuring the music of the acclaimed rock opera band at The Joyce Theater from February 2-14, 2010. Following last season's World Premiere at The Joyce Theater, a PBS Special and a year-long national tour, REMEMBER ME returns to NYC with new choreography, lighting design by Tony Award-winning designer Howell Binkley and costume design by Project Runway designer Austin Scarlett. Program A features REMEMBER ME with EVOC's two lead vocalists live onstage with Parsons Dance. Program B will feature Parsons Dance favorites including the stroboscopic Caught.

"Awesome dancing and a backbeat to knock it all home. Eye-popping digital effects. Excellent showbiz-savvy performers. Perpetually smoldering. Lusty, sensual movement."
- Deborah Jowitt, The Village Voice

David Parsons, Tyley Ross (lead male vocalist and co-founder of EVOC) and AnnMarie Milazzo (lead female vocalist) have created a storyline that connects EVOC's signature operatic arias (fourteen songs from the band's albums) with David Parsons' original choreography. REMEMBER ME is a thoroughly modern re-telling of a classic story of a tragic love triangle. With contemporary dance, aerial dance, live and recorded music, video projections, complex digital lighting and visual effects, REMEMBER ME is the most ambitious production created by Parsons Dance in its 22 year history.

"After completing our first national tour of Remember Me, we are thrilled to bring this show back to New York audiences, in a completely revamped version," said David Parsons, artistic director of Parsons Dance.

EVOC's signature works re-imagine opera arias as popular songs, including pieces by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart and Schubert. These classics collide with electric sounds from the golden era of rock and roll, pop, R&B, and soul, exploding into a mosaic of sound in a triumphant musical celebration. They have received commissions to pen new works from both the New York Public Theatre and New York City Opera, with whom they have also performed at Lincoln Center. EVOC alternately headlines in prestigious classical concert halls and rock clubs, and records exclusively for Decca/Universal records. They have released three CD's. "Pop-infused, hard-hitting arrangements of arias and ensembles from classic operas. The group has won fans among both opera buffs and rockers."- The New York Times

Parsons Dance creates American works of extraordinary artistry that are engaging and uplifting to audiences throughout the world. It is the goal of Parsons Dance to make contemporary dance accessible to the widest possible audiences. In addition to choreography and performance, Parsons Dance positively impacts children, students, and communities through student performances, lecture-demonstrations, master classes, post-show discussions and more. Parsons Dance has a company of eleven full-time dancers and maintains a repertory of more than 70 works choreographed by David Parsons, twenty of which feature originally commissioned scores by leading composers and musicians, including Dave Matthews, Michael Gordon and Milton Nascimento. Parsons Dance has collaborated with many other leading artists, including Julie Taymor, William Ivey Long, Annie Leibovitz, Donna Karan and Alex Katz (to name a few). The New York Times called David Parsons "one of the great movers of modern dance." New York Magazine referred to him as "one of modern dance's great living dance-makers."

Parsons Dance dancers are Julie Blume, Eric Bourne, Sarah Braverman, John Corsa, Zac Hammer, Lauren Putty, Miguel Quinones, Abby Silva, Billy Smith, Melissa Ullom and Steven Vaughn.

The two programs follow:

Program A:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday at 7:30pm; Thursday - Saturday at 8pm
REMEMBER ME featuring the music of EVOC: Overture, Maria, Mari!, Habanera, Che Gelida Manina, Flower Duet, La Donna E Mobile, Ave Maria, O Mio Babbino Caro, Una Furtiva Lagrima, Ebben? Ne Andro Lontana, When I Am Laid in Earth, Butterfly Duet

Program B:
Saturday and Sunday at 2pm - Family Matinees
Caught (female dancer), Hand Dance, Wolfgang, Sleep Study, Scrutiny, Caught (male dancer)

Caught (1981) is an internationally renowned stroboscopic dance masterpiece that features a solo dancer performing more than 100 leaps in less than six minutes. Each leap is "caught" by the flash of a strobe light, to create a breathtaking illusion of flight. Caught has been performed thousands of times, worldwide, for more than 27 years. Hand Dance (2003), a playful work set to the vibrant music of Kenji Bunch, features ten "hands" that decide to take on a life of their own. Through gesture and mime, five dancers offer "an endless variety of imaginative evocations, from grasping and forming pistons of a locomotive to playing air cello." Imaginative and fun, Hand Dance leaves audiences laughing and begging for more. A relentless display of movement, Wolfgang (2005) juxtaposes the classical music of Mozart with the modern choreography of David Parsons. This piece highlights the dancers' technique and musicality, while underscoring their ability to make the constant motion seem effortless and fluid. Sleep Study (1987), a delightfully charming crowd-pleaser, translates common, universal movements into clever choreography. Audience-goers of all ages can easily recognize and identify with the familiar bedtime stirring that David Parsons has cleverly infused with humor, creating a true slumber party. In Scrutiny (1987), David Parsons explores the societal pressures to conform. This work premiered with the Parsons Dance Company on August 25, 1987 in Beckett, Mass. as part of Jacob's Pillow. It received a land grant from Jacob's Pillow.
Parsons Dance will perform February 2-14, 2010 at The Joyce Theater, with performances Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday at 7:30pm; Thursday - Saturday at 8pm; and Saturday and Sunday at 2pm. The Joyce Theater is located at 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street), NYC. Tickets start at$10 and are available by phone at 212-242-0800 or joyce.org.
Parsons Dance is committed to building new audiences for contemporary dance by creating American works of extraordinary artistry that are engaging and uplifting to audiences throughout the world. The company tours regionally, nationally and internationally. Since 1985, Parsons Dance has toured an average of 32 weeks per year, to a total more than 235 cities, 30 countries, six continents and millions of audience members. Many others have seen Parsons Dance on PBS, Bravo, A&E Network, and the Discovery Channel. Millions watched Parsons Dance perform live in Times Square as part of the internationally broadcast, 24-hour Millennium New Year's Eve celebration. In New York City, Parsons Dance has been featured at The Joyce Theater, City Center, New Victory Theater, Central Park Summerstage, Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art and The World Trade Center.

David Parsons (Artistic Director/Founder) has enjoyed a remarkable career as a performer, choreographer, teacher, director and producer of dance. Mr. Parsons was born in Chicago and raised in Kansas City. He was a leading dancer with The Paul Taylor Dance Company, where Mr. Taylor created many roles for him in works such as Arden Court, Last Look and Roses. He is a recipient of the 2000 Dance Magazine Award, as well as the 2001 American Choreography Award, for his work as a co-producer of AEROS, a production featuring the Romanian Gymnastic Federation that was featured on Bravo. Mr. Parsons has created more than 70 works for Parsons Dance. He has received commissions over the years from The American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the American Dance Festival, Jacob's Pillow, the Spoleto Festival and Het Muziektheater in Amsterdam, to name a few. His work has been performed by Paris Opera Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Nederlands Danse Theatre, National Ballet of Canada, Hubbard Street Dance and BatSheva Dance Company of Israel, among many others. In June 2007, Mr. Parsons was honored to be the very first contemporary choreographer ever to stage work at the centuries-old Arena di Verona, in Verona Italy, where he choreographed Verdi's Aida. The Arena is one of Italy's most respected operatic venues. In September 2007, he directed and choreographed Gotham Chamber Opera's production of Marłéa de Buenos Aires, which made its world premiere at a sold-out engagement in New York, at NYU's Skirball Center for the Arts.

East Village Opera Company was formed in New York City's East Village in 2004 by Canadians Peter Kiesewalter and Tyley Ross. The East Village Opera Company turned the heads of New York's music community with a series of electric genre defying shows at Joe's Pub, the intimate venue housed by the Public Theatre. Initially meant as a one-off project, they were quickly signed to Decca/Universal records and met with universal praise from both classical and rock critics and fans. The Washington Post proclaimed that "Opera crossover acts are becoming a veritable cottage industry, but the East Village Opera Co. is markedly different." They have toured the world with a unique live show, combining a seemingly incongruous classical string section with a powerhouse rock band. Time Out New York stated that the group "electrifies the classics for a new generation." The Associated Press mused the band was "dramatic" and "mesmerizing" while the Wall Street Journal agreed, noting "The band rocks hard, and deranges the opera stuff with savvy skill." In a rare feat not many artists can claim, EVOC headlines around the world in both eclectic rock clubs as well as some of the most prestigious classical concert halls. The band's appeal is evident in both cases. The Chicago Tribune raved "Nobody puts a fresher, friskier contemporary spin on opera's greatest hits than the East Village Opera Company." The band has also performed at esteemed events such as the Sundance Film Festival, the Miss USA pageant (nationally televised on NBC), and the world-premiere of "The Da Vinci Code" in Hong Kong. EVOC's PBS Special "EVOC LIVE" was celebrated with an Emmy at the 2006 Emmy Awards. Their most recent Decca album entitled Olde School was nominated for a Grammy in the Classical Crossover Album category.

Tyley Ross (Male Vocalist / EVOC co-founder) A native of Ottawa Canada, Tyley started performing professionally in his early teens while still a student at Canterbury's school of the Arts. In the years since then, has been a street busker, a cartoon and voice artist, acted for the small and large screen, written and recorded two solo albums (his composition You Take My Breath Away was featured in the film Woman Wanted directed by Kiefer Sutherland and starring Holly Hunter), and he has performed as a guest soloist with orchestras across Canada and in the USA. After being discovered by Pete Townshend of The Who in 1994, Tyley was cast in the title role of the Canadian premiere of the Who's Tommy. For his work in that show, he was honored with the Dora Award for Outstanding Performance in a Musical. He spent the next ten years on musical stages across North America, including starring roles at the Shaw and Stratford Festivals, and on Broadway. In 2001, Tyley was introduced to Peter Kiesewalter and they began experimenting with recording opera arias in a variety of modern contexts. This project led to the release of the CD La Donna and the unveiling of the East Village Opera Company in 2004 with a series of acclaimed performances at New York's Joe's Pub. Within a year the band had signed a multi-record deal with Decca/Universal, and has since released two CD's: East Village Opera Company (2005) and Olde School (2008). Tyley has his master's degree in voice studies from London's Central School of Speech and Drama.

AnnMarie Milazzo (Female Vocalist) is a singer, arranger, composer and lyricist living in NYC. She has done the vocal arrangements for Spring Awakening, the Broadway musical at the Eugene O'Neill Theater; Next To Normal, which premiered Off Broadway at Second Stage Theatre; Bright Lights, Big City at New York Theatre Workshop; and the Paramount feature film "The Marc Pease Experience" starring Ben Stiller. Some of her most recent work includes a new musical Pretty Dead Girl, which premiered at The Sundance Film Festival and is now being produced by the Araca Group in New York City, book by David Henry Wang. Also currently in progress is the musical Sea Change based on the Lois Gould novel, book by Karen Hartman. AnnMarie is the lyricist for Franco Dragone's Carmen, which premiered at The Jolla Playhouse and will open in Madrid, 2009. She is currently writing lyrics for Cirque du Soleil's, Le Reve, at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas. AnnMarie's singing credits include working with artists such as Angelique Kidjo on her Black Ivory Soul Tour also singing with Carlos Santana. She also toured with Jonatha Brooke and performed on her DVD Back In The Circus, shot live in NYC.

The Joyce Theater Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization, has proudly served the dance community and its audiences since 1982. The founders, Cora Cahan and Eliot Feld, acquired and renovated the Elgin Theater in Chelsea, which opened as The Joyce Theater in 1982. The Joyce is named in honor of Joyce Mertz, beloved daughter of LuEsther T. Mertz. It was LuEsther's clear, undaunted vision and abundant generosity that made it imaginable and ultimately possible to establish the theater. One of the only theaters built by dancers for dance, The Joyce Theater has provided an intimate and elegant New York home for more than 290 domestic and international companies. The Joyce has also commissioned more than 130 new dances since 1992. In 1996, The Joyce created Joyce SoHo, a dance center providing highly subsidized rehearsal and performance space to hundreds of dance artists. New York City public school students and teachers annually benefit from The Joyce's Dance Education Program, and adult audiences get closer to dance through pre-engagement Dance Talks and post-performance Humanities discussions. The Joyce Theater now features an annual season of approximately 48 weeks with over 340 performances for audiences in excess of 135,000. Additionally, for the last five years The Joyce has co-produced Evening Stars as part of the River To River Festival in Battery Park.
The World Premiere production is made possible by lead commissioning support from The Ellsworth Kelly Foundation; and Dr. and Mrs. Edward J. Prostic, in honor and memory of their daughter Elizabeth Anne Prostic.

For more information, visit parsonsdance.org and eastvillageoperacompany.com.

PARSONS DANCE
The Joyce Theater, 175 Eighth Avenue (at 19th Street), NYC
February 2-14, 2009

Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday at 7:30pm; Thursday - Saturday at 8pm; Saturday and Sunday at 2pm
Tickets start at $10
JoyceCharge: 212-242-0800
joyce.org

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Les Productions Strada prłęsentent Kadou - Chansons pour le solstice d'hiver


Occitanie, Angleterre, Mexique, Hanouka, Głęorgie, Pologne, Bulgarie, Grł«ce


Lundi 21 dłęcembre łÔglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste łŢ 19 h 30
4237, avenue Henri-Julien

10$ par personne, 12 ans et moins gratuit

Mardi 22 dłęcembre St. Matthias' Church łŢ 19 h 30

10 avenue Church Hill

10$ par personne, 12 ans et moins gratuit



Montrłęal le 7 dłęcembre 2009 - Depuis la nuit des temps, le solstice hivernal a donnłę lieu łŢ des fłütes entourant le retour de la lumił«re. Des quatre coins de lĺ─˘Europe, Strada en rapporte les plus belles traditions musicales.

Tour łŢ tour młęnestriers ou bergers, les artistes du spectacle Kadou chantent, jouent et racontent les histoires qui ont forgłę lĺ─˘imaginaire qui nous habite toujours. łÔlaborłę autour des noł┤ls de Provence, le rłępertoire sĺ─˘ouvre aux colinde de Bulgarie, aux kalantas grecs, aux alilos de Głęorgie et aux chansons de la Fłüte des Lumił«res juive : Hanouka. Un łętonnant voyage musical et un merveilleux kadou łŢ sĺ─˘offrir en famille, durant les longs mois dĺ─˘hiver.


Kadou : dłęrivłę du roumain cadou qui signifie cadeau ou łętrenne.

Pierre Langevin (clarinettes, flł¬tes, cornemuses et dulcimer), Gabrielle Bouthillier (flł¬tes, cromorne et voix), Liette Remon (violon, clarinette, cornemuse et voix),

Jean-Philippe Reny (oud et banjo), Pierre Tanguay (percussions et guimbardes) et Andrew Wells-Oberegger (bouzouki et laouto)


Concerts Kadou ĺ─ý chansons pour le solstice dĺ─˘hiver łŢ Qułębec

Samedi 19 dłęcembre łÔglise de Cap-Rouge, Qułębec łŢ 19 h 30

1460, rue Provancher, Cap-Rouge

10$ par personne, 12 ans et moins gratuit, billets en vente łŢ la porte

Dimanche 20 dłęcembre La Chapelle du Musłęe, Qułębec łŢ 14 h

2, cłąte de la Fabrique, Qułębec

10$ par personne, 12 ans et moins gratuit, billets en vente łŢ la porte

www.strada.ca

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Curtis Celebrates Centenary of Samuel Barber (ĺ─˘34) with New Production of Antony and Cleopatra by Curtis Opera Theatre

PHILADELPHIA ĺ─ý A principal theme of the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Musicĺ─˘s performance season is the 100th birthday of composer Samuel Barber (ĺ─˘34), one of the schoolĺ─˘s most illustrious alumni. Events center around the Barber anniversary in March 2010, with Curtis 20/21, the schoolĺ─˘s contemporary music ensemble, performing an all-Barber program on the composerĺ─˘s 100th birthday, March 9. Later that month, the Curtis Opera Theatre presents Barberĺ─˘s Antony and Cleopatra at the Perelman Theater in Philadelphiaĺ─˘s Kimmel Center, in a new production directed by Chas Rader-Shieber and conducted by George Manahan. Curtis On Tour marks the centenary with performances of Barberĺ─˘s String Quartet No. 1, the source of the famous Adagio for Strings, in New York and nationwide in February and March.

The Curtis Symphony Orchestra performs Barberĺ─˘s Symphony No. 1 under conductor Giancarlo Guerrero at Philadelphiaĺ─˘s Verizon Hall on April 24. Curtis alumni will also join the centennial celebrations, giving two special recitals at the schoolĺ─˘s Field Concert Hall in January and March; and Curtis student recitals from January through May also feature works by the celebrated alumnus.

One of the most important American composers of the last century, Samuel Barber (1910-81) made distinguished contributions to the orchestral, choral, operatic, piano and chamber music repertories. His Adagio for Strings is widely considered a modern masterpiece. Barber came from a musical family, and was among the first students to enter the Curtis Institute of Music when it opened in 1924. Studying composition with Rosario Scalero and piano with the renowned Isabelle Vengerova, he added a third major, voice, in 1926. It was while studying at Curtis that he met his future collaborator and life-partner, opera composer and librettist Gian Carlo Menotti (ĺ─˘33).

Even before his graduation from Curtis in 1934, Barberĺ─˘s works were premiered by the Philadelphia Orchestra and Eugene Ormandy. The composer soon established himself within Americaĺ─˘s classical community, winning the favor of such important artists as Koussevitzky and Horowitz.

While espousing no one school or style, Barber has sometimes been labeled ĺ─˙neo-Romantic.ĺ─¨ His work is essentially tonal, and yet too dissonant and experimental to be considered anything but modern. His numerous honors include two Pulitzer Prizes, the Rome Prize, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

On the 100th anniversary of Barberĺ─˘s birth, March 9, 2010, Curtis 20/21 ĺ─ý the schoolĺ─˘s contemporary music ensemble, dedicated to the music of the 20th and 21st centuries ĺ─ý presents a celebratory program in Field Concert Hall. Curtis 20/21 will perform vocal and chamber works by Barber, and Barber-inspired works by Curtis alumnus Jonathan Holland (ĺ─˘96) and current student Christopher Rogerson. Two days earlier, the same concert will be performed in Barberĺ─˘s hometown, West Chester, PA, at his family church, the First Presbyterian Church; and on March 15, Curtis 20/21 takes the celebratory program to the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.

Also in March, the Curtis Opera Theatre will present Barberĺ─˘s Antony and Cleopatra at the Perelman Theater at Philadelphiaĺ─˘s Kimmel Center. This new production is directed by Chas Rader-Shieber, described as ĺ─˙a force to be reckoned with in the opera worldĺ─¨ (Torontoĺ─˘s Classical 96.3 FM). Presented in association with Kimmel Center Presents and the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the production features a cast of Curtis opera and voice students with the Curtis Symphony Orchestra under George Manahan. The opera was first performed in New York City in 1966, at the grand opening of the new Metropolitan Opera House, and then substantially revised eight years later, with the help of Menotti. Writing in the New York Times in 1984, Tim Page reported that ĺ─˙Barber always felt that Antony and Cleopatra was his finest work.ĺ─¨ After Manahan conducted a performance of the opera at Carnegie Hall this past January, the New York Timesĺ─˘s Anthony Tommasini praised ĺ─˙the fervent and sensitive performance that Mr. Manahan presided over,ĺ─¨ and described the work itself:

ĺ─˙Barberĺ─˘s score is rich with restless chromatic harmony, arching melodic outpourings, lush orchestration, percussive flourishes to evoke the conquering Romans, and reedy, harmonically astringent writing to conjure up Egyptian exotica. ĺ─Â[I]n recent decades plenty of safely conventional, neo-Romantic new operas have been produced that showed nothing like the intelligence and ingenuity of this Barber work.ĺ─¨

Curtis On Tour, which continues to bring the extraordinary artistry of the Curtis Institute to audiences nationwide and abroad, marks the centenary with performances of Barberĺ─˘s String Quartet No. 1 (1936), whose slow movement is the source of his popular Adagio for Strings. Violinist Ida Kavafian and cellist Peter Wiley (ĺ─˘74), both Curtis faculty members, appear with Curtis students on the 2009-10 tour, which includes a special New York appearance on March 10 at the Allen Room in Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center. One of New Yorkĺ─˘s most spectacular venues, this lovely setting overlooks Central Park South. Its superb acoustic will beautifully complement a program that presents the Barber quartet alongside Dvorł░kĺ─˘s Piano Quintet No. 2 and world premieres of new works commissioned from two current composition students at Curtis: Christopher Rogerson and Daniel Shapiro. In addition to the New York performance, stops on the tour include Detroit, MI; Davis, CA; Seattle, WA; Rockport, ME; and Highland Park, IL.

Called ĺ─˙an orchestra that any city would be lucky to have as its professional ensembleĺ─¨ (Philadelphia Inquirer) and praised for its ĺ─˙professional level of sophisticationĺ─¨ (New York Times), the Curtis Symphony Orchestra performs Samuel Barberĺ─˘s Symphony No. 1 under conductor Giancarlo Guerrero on April 24 at Verizon Hall. Barber wrote his first symphony ĺ─ý a one-movement work in three sections ĺ─ý in Rome in 1936 after winning the Rome Prize. In his program note for the New York premiere the following year, the composer described its form as ĺ─˙a synthetic treatment of the four-movement classical symphonyĺ─¨; the New York Times reports that ĺ─˙warm applauseĺ─Âgreeted the world premiere,ĺ─¨ and the work has since been praised for the ĺ─˙compositional mastery and sincerity of feeling [Barber] commandedĺ─¨ in it (Londonĺ─˘s Independent, 1992). Rounding out the April program will be Mussorgskyĺ─˘s Songs and Dances of Death, featuring soloist John Relyea (ĺ─˘96); Ligetiĺ─˘s Atmosphł«res; and Straussĺ─˘s Also sprach Zarathustra.

January 17 sees the first of two Curtis alumni events in the schoolĺ─˘s Field Concert Hall celebrating the centennial. The Dolce Suono Ensemble offers a performance titled ĺ─˙Samuel Barber at 100 ĺ─ý The Composer and His Worldĺ─¨. Founded by flutist and artistic director Mimi Stillman (ĺ─˘99), the Dolce Suono Ensemble includes many Curtis alumni. The group will perform music by Barber and his contemporaries and successors, all of whom have connections to Curtis, from emeritus faculty member Ned Rorem (ĺ─˘44) to current faculty member Jennifer Higdon (ĺ─˘88). Soon after the centenary itself, on March 16, Leon McCawley (ĺ─˘95) performs a piano recital juxtaposing Barberĺ─˘s works with those of Chopin. McCawley, whose extensive discography includes Barberĺ─˘s complete works for piano on the EMI/Virgin Classics label, is a leading member of Englandĺ─˘s new generation of pianists. The New York Times described his New York debut as a ĺ─˙lyrical, heartfelt performance.ĺ─¨

A chronological listing of Curtisĺ─˘s Barber centenary performances follows.

About the Curtis Institute of Music

Described by the New York Times as ĺ─˙one of Americaĺ─˘s elite conservatoriesĺ─¨ and recently highlighted in U.S. News and World Reportĺ─˘s 2010 college survey as the most selective institution in the United States for students seeking a bachelorĺ─˘s degree, the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music presents an exciting season with more than 130 concerts, operas, and recitals. With an enrollment of 160, Curtis provides an intimate environment in which students receive personalized attention from a celebrated faculty. A busy schedule of performances is at the heart of Curtisĺ─˘s distinctive ĺ─˙learn by doingĺ─¨ approach. Since the schoolĺ─˘s founding in 1924, this philosophy has produced an impressive number of notable artists, from such legends as Barber and Leonard Bernstein to current stars Juan Diego Flłärez, Alan Gilbert, Hilary Hahn, Jennifer Higdon, Lang Lang, and Time for Three.

CURTIS INSTITUTE OF MUSIC

Samuel Barber Centenary

2009-10 Season

Sunday, January 17 at 3pm

Guest recital: Dolce Suono Ensembleĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Samuel Barber at 100 ĺ─ý The Composer and His Worldĺ─¨

Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Barber Summer Music; Capricorn Concerto

Rorem Trio

Higdon Autumn Music

Ludwig Haiku Catharsis

February 26 ĺ─ý March 26

Curtis On Tour (venues and dates below)

Barber String Quartet No. 1, Op.11

Rogerson Lullaby: no bad dreams

Shapiro Sonata for Viola and Piano

Dvorł░k Piano Quintet No. 2 in A, Op. 81

Ida Kavafian and Benjamin Beilman, violins; Hyo Bi Sim, viola; Peter Wiley, cello (ĺ─˘74); Yekwon Sunwoo, piano

Philadelphia ĺ─ý Friday, February 26 at 8pm

Detroit ĺ─ý Sunday, February 28 at 7pm

Seattle ĺ─ý Tuesday, March 2 at 7:30pm

Davis, CA ĺ─ý Saturday, March 6 at 8pm and Sunday, March 7 at 2pm

New York ĺ─ý Wednesday, March 10 at 8pm

Kennett Square, PA ĺ─ý Saturday, March 13 at 8pm

Orono, ME ĺ─ý Friday, March 19 at 8pm

Rockport, ME ĺ─ý Saturday, March 20 at 7pm

Highland Park, IL ĺ─ý Friday, March 26 at 8pm

For ticket and venue information, visit www.curtis.edu/html/50600.shtml#tour

Tuesday, March 9 at 8pm

Curtis 20/21: Samuel Barber Centenary Celebration

Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Barber Hermit Songs; Dover Beach; Sonata in E-flat minor; Summer Music

Rogerson Lullaby: no bad dreams

Holland commissioned work TBA

This program will also be performed on March 7 at 3pm at First Presbyterian Church, West Chester, PA; and on March 15 at 12pm at Coolidge Auditorium of Library of Congress, Washington, DC.

Tuesday, March 16 at 8pm

Guest recital: Leon McCawley, piano (ĺ─˘95)

Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Chopin Four Mazurkas, Op. 6; Sonata No. 2 in B-flat minor, Op. 35;

Nocturne in C-sharp minor, Op. 27 No. 1

Barber Excursions; Nocturne: Homage to John Field; Sonata in E-flat minor

Wednesday, March 17 at 7:30pm

Friday, March 19 at 8pm

Sunday, March 21 at 2:30pm

Barber: Antony and Cleopatra

Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia

Curtis Opera Theatre

George Manahan, conductor

Chas Rader-Shieber, stage director

Presented by Kimmel Center Presents in association with the Opera Company of Philadelphia

Saturday, April 24, 2010 at 8pm

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center, Philadelphia

Curtis Symphony Orchestra

Jack Wolgin Orchestral Concerts

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor

John Relyea, bass-baritone (ĺ─˘96)

Barber Symphony No. 1

Mussorgsky Songs and Dances of Death

Ligeti Atmosphł«res

R. Strauss Also sprach Zarathustra

www.curtis.edu

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Dr. Norman Bethune Celebrates new Works by Richard Saucedo

Monday May 31, 7:30 p.m., musicians from Dr. Norman Bethune C.I. invite you to celebrate spring with their musicians and vocalists at Markham Theatre. The concert will feature new and published works by the composer Richard Sausedo who will conduct his works.

In addition to the band works, the concert will feature the choir led by Ann Willoughby; Jazz Ensemble led by Rick Humphrey; Drum Line led by Jason Alaksa and featuring the premiere of a work by Bill Thomas, educator and composer. The Junior Band led by Nora Mular-Richards will perform Saucedoĺ─˘s work Meeting at Tryon Palace and the Senior Band will perform the premiere of a new work by Saucedo.

Tickets are $15. For further information or tickets, please call 416-396-8200 ext. 20137.

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Un concert de musique classique Franz Schubert sera donnłę le 16.01.2010 au Thłęłótre du Conservatoire National Supłęrieur d'Art Dramatique (au profit de

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Au programme : Trio en Mi b majeur D.929 et Quintette en La majeur "Die Forelle" D.667

Michł«le Scharapan: piano
Thomas Gautier: violon
Hłęlł«ne Desaint: Alto
Martine Bailly: violoncelle
Marc Marder: contrebasse

Amis dans la vie, musiciens sur scł«ne, ces 5 artistes joueront pour notre plaisir dans le magnifique dłęcor du conservatoire dĺ─˘art dramatique de Paris. La salle oł╝ Berlioz crłęa la symphonie fantastique błęnłęficie dĺ─˘une acoustique remarquable. Elle sera rendue, pour un soir, łŢ sa vocation premił«re.
Un rendez vous łŢ ne pas manquer.

Informations pratiques
16.10.2010 łŢ 20h30
Thłęłótre du Conservatoire National Supłęrieur d'Art Dramatique
2 bis rue du conservatoire, 75009 Paris (metro Grands Boulevards)
Placement libre
Billetterie
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- par messagerie łŢ chiavedimi@demaret.eu
- par tłęlłęphone au 06 23 08 55 55 aprł«s 16 heures (chł«ques łŢ lĺ─˘ordre de Chiave di Mi)

20ĺăĘ tarif normal - 15ĺăĘ łętudiants et chłąmeurs - 10ĺăĘ groupe łŢ partir de 10 personnes
Proposłę par Michł«le Scharapan http://www.michele-scharapan.com

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Andre Mathieu Music on Art & Fine Living with Jona Radio Show Dec. 2009

By Jona Rapoport
Jona Rapoport Artist Management/Radio Host
December 15, 2009


Art & Fine Living with Jona marks the end of 2009 with a special program to air four (4) times, from December 20th to the 30th, 2009. It is dedicated entirely to the music of Canadian pianist/composer Andre Mathieu (1929-1968). Mathieu's Songs for Choir and Orchestra and his entire Concerto No. 4 in E Minor are presented on the program. These appear on the 2008 Analekta recording with pianist Alain Lefevre, who was given the lost piano recordings and commissioned the full orchesration of the concerto.

The very first West Coast performance of Mathieu's Concerto No. 4 will be conducted by Israeli-born Nir Kabaretti, music and artistic director of The Santa Barbara Symphony, in January 2010.

Closed captioning for this program is provided by:

Composer Lori Laitman: Vedem Oratorio premiere, Music of Remembrance, May 2010.

Conductor Nir Kabaretti: Ooh La La:Pianist Alain Lefevre in works by Mathieu/Franck, Santa Barbara Symphony Orchestra, January 23-24, 2010.



Music: Andre Mathieu: Concerto No.4; Orchestral Works - Alain Lefevre/George Hanson & Tucson Symphony Orchestra (Analekta, 2008)

Art & Fine Living with Jona airs on 1650 AM in Montreal, and live stream on our website at www.radio-shalom.ca.

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 worldĺ─˘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 the proud media partner of Lĺ─˘Opera de Montreal, The Centaur Theatre Company and The Montreal Bach Festival. 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 Chamber Orchestra and many others.

Guests who appeared on Art & Fine Living with Jona include, among many others, the prolific piano virtuoso Lang Lang, Director Gordon McCall, 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, Vocalist Nikki Yanofsky, 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.

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Richard King, recording engineer and associate professor at the Schulich School of Music nominated for 5 Grammy Awards

Montreal, Tuesday, December 15, 2009 ĺ─ý Richard King, recording engineer and associate professor of at McGill University, has been nominated for 5 different Grammy and Grammy Gratis Awards by the Academy of Recording Arts. The awards will be presented at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards to be held at the end of next month.

King has been nominated for:

  • Best Classical Album (Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s) if other than the Artist):

    Bernstein: Mass

    Marin Alsop, conductor; Jubilant Sykes; Steven Epstein, producer;

    Richard King, engineer/mixer (Asher Edward Wulfman; Baltimore Symphony

    Orchestra; Morgan State University Choir & Peabody Children's Chorus)

    [Naxos]

  • Best Classical Crossover Album:

    The Melody Of Rhythm

    Leonard Slatkin, conductor; Błęla Fleck, Zakir Hussain & Edgar Meyer

    (Detroit Symphony Orchestra)

    [E1 Music]

      Yo-Yo Ma & Friends: Songs Of Joy And Peace

      Yo-Yo Ma (Odair Assad, Sergio Assad, Chris Botti, Dave Brubeck, Matt

      Brubeck, John Clayton, Paquito d'Rivera, Renłęe Fleming, Diana Krall,

      Alison Krauss, Natalie McMaster, Edgar Meyer, Cristina Pato, Joshua

      Redman, Jake Shimabukuro, Silk Road Ensemble, James Taylor, Chris Thile, Wu Tong, Alon Yavnai & Amelia Zirin-Brown)

      [Sony Classical]

  • Best Tropical Latin Album (Vocal or Instrumental):

    Bach In Havana

    Tiempo Libre

    [Sony Classical]

  • Best Contemporary Jazz Album (For albums containing 51% or more playing time of INSTRUMENTAL tracks):

    Sounding Point

    Julian Lage

    [Emarcy/Decca]

  • Best Classical Vocal Performance (Award to the Vocal Soloist(s)):

    Verismo Arias

      Renłęe Fleming (Marco Armiliato; Jonas Kaufmann; Orchestra Sinfonica Di Milano, Giuseppi Verdi; Coro Sinfonica Di Milano Giuseppi Verdi)

      [Decca]

The Grammy Awards are the only peer-presented award to honour artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry without regard to album sales or chart position. The 52nd Grammy Awards will be held on January 31st, 2010, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Schulich Music Students Win Awards / Les łętudiants de lĺ─˘łÔcole de musique Schulich gagnent des prix

Montreal, December 11, 2009 ĺ─ý Schulich School of Music Students end the year with prizes and nominations from the OSM Standard Life Competition, The Canada Council for the Arts and the Recording Academy.

OSM Standard Life Competition

Masters students Tristan Longval-Gagnłę, piano and Benjamin Duinker, percussion have each won first prizes at the 70th OSM Standard Life Competition, held November 18-21. Longval-Gagnłę won $10,000 in the piano category (class A) and also claimed the $2,000 prize for ĺ─˙Best Performance of a Canadian Work,ĺ─¨ and also received an Orford Arts Center prize, covering tuition and accommodation for a two-week music session at the Orford Arts Center in 2010. Duinker, who won the $10,000 first prize in the percussion category, also claimed a $2,000 prize for ĺ─˙Best Performance of a Canadian Workĺ─¨ in the percussion category. In addition to the first place wins, percussion student Noam Bierstone won third prize in that category and received the Domaine Forget Prize, a scholarship covering tuition and accommodation for a two-week music session at Domaine Forget in 2010.

Grammy nomination

Graduate voice students Jonathan Woody and Garry McLinn, vocal students of baritone Sanford Sylvan, are part of a cast recording of John Mustoĺ─˘s ĺ─˛Volpone,ĺ─˘ which has been nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. The Grammy Awards are the only peer-presented award to honour artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry without regard to album sales or chart position. The 52 Annual Grammy Awards will be held on Sunday, January 31, 2010.

Jules Lłęger Prize

Doctoral Composition Student Jimmie LeBlanc won the Canada Council for the Arts 2009 Jules Lłęger Prize for New Chamber Music for his work ĺ─˙Lĺ─˘Espace intłęrieur du mondeĺ─¨. The work was created for 15 musicians and electronics, and premiered in March 2008 in Lyon, France by the Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. The $7500 prize, established in 1978, is designed to encourage the creation of new Canadian chamber music and to encourage its performance by Canadian ensembles. LeBlancĺ─˘s winning work will be broadcast nationally by CBC Radio 2 and also by Radio Canadaĺ─˘s Espace-Musique at a later date.

About the Schulich School of Music:

Founded in 1904, the Schulich School of Music of McGill University embodies the highest international standards of excellence in professional training and research. The school is renowned for its orchestral, operatic, jazz, contemporary and early music training programs as well as its music research disciplines.Its leadership in sound recording and music technology are unparalleled in North America, and helps foster unique collaborative projects each year. The Schulich School of Music is recognized as one of the top music schools in North America and abroad and the reputation of its more than 240 professors attracts over 850 undergraduate and graduate students each year. The school presents approximately 700 concerts and events annually.

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Montrłęal, le 11 dłęcembre 2009 ĺ─ý Les łętudiants de l'łÔcole de musique Schulich terminent l'annłęe en rłęcoltant prix et nominations du Concours OSM Standard Life, du Conseil des Arts du Canada et de la Recording Academy.

Concours OSM Standard Life

Les łętudiants de małĂtrise Tristan Longval-Gagnłę, pianiste, et Benjamin Duinker, percussionniste, ont remportłę chacun des premiers prix au 70e Concours OSM Standard Life qui s'est tenu du 18 au 21 novembre. M. Longval-Gagnłę a obtenu le prix de 10 000 $ dans la catłęgorie piano (classe A) et s'est vu łęgalement octroyer le prix de 2 000 $ pour la Č┤ meilleure exłęcution d'une ëýuvre canadienne Ȭ; il a aussi reł▀u un prix du Centre d'Arts Orford qui couvre les frais et l'hłębergement pour un stage de musique d'une durłęe de deux semaines au Centre en 2010. M. Duinker a gagnłę le premier prix de 10 000 $ dans la catłęgorie percussion ainsi qu'un prix de 2 000 $ pour la Č┤ meilleure exłęcution d'une ëýuvre canadienne Ȭ dans cette catłęgorie. En plus des premiers prix gagnłęs, le troisił«me prix dans la catłęgorie percussion a łętłę dłęcernłę łŢ l'łętudiant percussionniste Noam Bierstone qui a łęgalement młęritłę le prix Domaine Forget, soit une bourse couvrant les frais et l'hłębergement pour un stage de musique de deux semaines au Domaine Forget en 2010.

Nomination pour un prix Grammy

Les diplłąmłęs en chant Jonathan Woody et Garry McLinn, łętudiants du baryton Sanford Sylvan, font partie du groupe d'enregistrement de l'opłęra Volpone de John Musto qui a łętłę mis en nomination pour le Grammy 2009 du meilleur enregistrement d'opłęra. Les prix Grammy sont les seuls prix remis par des pairs pour souligner la rłęalisation artistique, le savoir-faire technique et lĺ─˘excellence głęnłęrale dans lĺ─˘industrie de lĺ─˘enregistrement sans łęgard au nombre dĺ─˘albums ni łŢ la position au palmarł«s. Les 52 prix Grammy annuels seront dłęcernłęs le dimanche 31 janvier 2010.

Prix Jules-Lłęger

Lĺ─˘łętudiant en composition au doctorat Jimmie LeBlanc a łętłę le laurłęat du Prix Jules-Lłęger 2009 de la nouvelle musique de chambre du Conseil des Arts du Canada pour son ëýuvre Č┤ Lĺ─˘Espace intłęrieur du monde Ȭ. Lĺ─˘ëýuvre a łętłę crłęłęe pour 15 musiciens et łęlectronique, et a łętłę joułęe pour la premił«re fois en mars 2008 łŢ Lyon, France, par le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne. Le prix de 7 500 $ łętabli en 1978 a pour but dĺ─˘encourager la crłęation de nouvelles ëýuvres de musique de chambre canadienne et dĺ─˘encourager leur exłęcution par des ensembles canadiens. Lĺ─˘ëýuvre primłęe de M. LeBlanc sera diffusłęe łŢ lĺ─˘łęchelle nationale sur Radio 2 de CBC et sur Espace Musique de Radio-Canada łŢ une date ultłęrieure.

łÔcole de musique Schulich

Fondłęe en 1904, lĺ─˘łÔcole de musique Schulich de lĺ─˘Universitłę McGill incarne les plus hauts standards internationaux dĺ─˘excellence en formation professionnelle et en recherche. Elle est rłęputłęe pour ses programmes en formation orchestrale et opłęratique, en jazz, en musique ancienne et contemporaine. Son statut de chef de file en enregistrement sonore et technologie de la musique lui permet dĺ─˘uniques possibilitłęs de collaboration avec le milieu musical. Reconnue aujourdĺ─˘hui comme lĺ─˘une des łęcoles les plus importantes dĺ─˘Amłęrique du Nord, la rłęputation de ses 240 professeurs, les quelque 750 concerts et łęvłęnements prłęsentłęs par annłęe ainsi que ses programmes de recherche en technologies attirent chaque annłęe plus de 850 łętudiants du Qułębec, du Canada et de lĺ─˘łętranger.

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Ludovico Ensemble presents the 2010 Roman Garnett Concert Series

(BOSTON ĺ─ý DECEMBER 2009) The Ludovico Ensemble, now entering into its seventh season as an Ensemble-in-Residence at The Boston Conservatory, presents the second annual Roman Garnett Concert Series featuring two evenings consisting of a prelude and main event concert of evening length works.
Tickets are $12 general admission, $7 for seniors and free to all students. Tickets can be purchased starting on January 13, 2010 through The Boston Conservatory Box Office: 617-922-9222 or online at http://bostonconservatory.ticketforce.com/.
Concert I
Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 6:00pm
Recitations by George Aperghis
with Jennifer Ashe, soprano
Concert II
Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 8:00pm
Aspern Suite by Salvatore Sciarrino
with Aliana de la Guardia, soprano, and Jeffery Means, conductor
Concert III
Saturday, January 30, 2010, 5:00pm
Klavierstł║ke by Karlheinz Stockhausen (selected)
with Karolina Rojahn, piano
Concert IV
Saturday, January 30, 2010, 8:00pm
Strange and Sacred Noise by John Luther Adams
with percussionists Nicholas Tolle, Jeffrey Means, Aya Kaminaguchi, and Tomas Schmidt
Restriction has been the underlying theme in Ludovicoĺ─˘s past for several seasons, and this year the ensemble takes it a bit further: one piece per concert.
ĺ─˙Pieces of this length are often difficult to program because of how much room they take up on a program, but we sought them out for precisely that reason.ĺ─¨ ĺ─ý Nicholas Tolle, Director
The Ludovico Ensemble, founded in 2002 by percussionist Nick Tolle, dually promotes rarely heard works of the European avant-garde as well as works by Boston-area composers. The core of this ensemble consists of four local artists; Pianist Karolina Rojahn, Soprano Aliana de la Guardia, Percussionist Nick Tolle and Cellist Eliza Jacques. In addition to the core members, the ensemble expands as required by the repertoire often inviting accomplished guest artists to participate in the concert series.

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La Fondation Arte Musica prłęsente le Temps des Fłütes en Musique

Sous les fresques de Michel-Ange

Concerts de musique polychorale avec le Studio de musique ancienne de Montrłęal (SMAM) sous la direction de Christopher Jackson

Le dimanche 27 dłęcembre łŢ 14 h
le mardi 29 dłęcembre łŢ 14 h
et le mercredi 30 dłęcembre łŢ 14 h

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Salle des miroirs du pavillon Michal et Renata Hornstein
Musłęe des beaux-arts de Montrłęal
1379, rue Sherbrooke Ouest
fondationartemusica.ca



Montrłęal, le 3 dłęcembre 2009
ĺ─ý
La Fondation Arte Musica prłęsente une nouvelle słęrie de concerts de musique vocale entre Noł┤l et le jour de lĺ─˘An. Cette płęriode de lĺ─˘annłęe offrant peu de concerts, la Fondation est heureuse de convier le public łŢ une pause favorable au recueillement dans le dłęcor łęvocateur de la Salle des miroirs.

Cette annłęe, lĺ─˘ensemble invitłę est le Studio de musique ancienne de Montrłęal (SMAM) qui prłęsente un concert intitulłę Sous les fresques de Michel-Ange. Ces concerts łęvoquent la musique entendue łŢ la chapelle Sixtine au XVIe sił«cle. Au programme, des ëýuvres de Palestrina, Roland di Lassus et Luis de Victoria, ainsi que le cłęlł«bre motet Miserere dĺ─˘Allegri. Ces małĂtres de la Renaissance ont cultivłę lĺ─˘łęcriture łŢ plusieurs chëýurs qui tire partie de lĺ─˘espace et du son dans une stłęrłęophonie avant la lettre. Veuillez noter que le programme est le młüme pour chacun des concerts.

Reconnu comme lĺ─˘un des meilleurs ensembles vocaux de musique ancienne au pays, le SMAM est formłę de 12 chanteurs choisis pour la puretłę et la clartłę remarquables de leurs voix. Il a łętłę fondłę en 1974 par Christopher Jackson qui le dirige encore avec la passion des premiers jours.

Atelier choral gratuit
Ne manquez pas lĺ─˘activitłę prłę-concert pour la famille : un atelier choral gratuit (avec billet de concert) qui sera prłęsentłę dans le Lab Design le dimanche 27 dłęcembre de 13 h 15 łŢ 13 h 45. Dirigłę par le jeune chef de chëýur et clarinettiste de formation Xavier Brossard-Młęnard, lĺ─˘atelier permettra aux petits et aux grands de chanter en famille un canon de la Renaissance, en lien avec le rłępertoire qui sera entendu au concert du SMAM !



Programme des concerts

Musique polychorale de la Renaissance

Fleuron de la civilisation occidentale, la polyphonie vocale atteint son apogłęe au XVIe sił«cle. Se jouant de toutes les complexitłęs au moyen dĺ─˘un contrepoint aussi souple que savant, les małĂtres de la Renaissance cultivent lĺ─˘łęcriture łŢ plusieurs chëýurs, dans une stłęrłęophonie avant la lettre qui tire partie łŢ la fois de lĺ─˘espace et du son.

Giovanni de Macque (v.1550-1614)
Motet Ave Regina cëýlorum łŢ 12 voix en 3 chëýurs

Tomł░s Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
Motet Ave Maria (In annuntiationis Beata Maria Virginis) łŢ 8 voix

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (v.1525-1594)
Motet Laudate pueri Domine łŢ 8 voix en 2 chëýurs

Luca Marenzio (1553-1599)
Motet Lamentabatur Jacob łŢ 12 voix en 3 chëýurs

Gregorio Allegri (1582-1652)
Motet Miserere łŢ 9 voix en 2 chëýurs

Luca Marenzio
Motet Super flumina Babylonis łŢ 12 voix en 3 chëýurs

Nicolas Gombert (1495-1560)
Motet Tulerunt meum Dominum łŢ 8 voix

Roland de Lassus (v. 1532-1594)
Motet Domine quid multiplicati sunt łŢ 12 voix en 3 chëýurs

Tomł░s Luis de Victoria
Motet Laetatus sum łŢ 12 voix en 3 chëýurs

Billets de concert :
Grand public : 25 $
30 ans ou moins : 12,50 $
VIP du MBAM : 18 $
16 ans ou moins : GRATUIT

En vente :
par tłęlłęphone (jusquĺ─˘au 23 dłęcembre łŢ 16 h) : 514-285-2000 # 5
en ligne : mbam.qc.ca/concerts
en personne łŢ la Billetterie du Musłęe
ou łŢ lĺ─˘entrłęe de la Salle des miroirs łŢ partir de 12 h 30 le jour de chaque concert

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Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Appoints New Concertmaster


Music Director Robert Spano and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra today announced the appointment of violinist David Coucheron as ASO Concertmaster, effective September 2010. Mr. Coucheronĺ─˘s chair is endowed by Mr. and Mrs. Howard R. Peevy. He succeeds Cecylia Arzewski, who completed her tenure with the Atlanta Symphony at the end of the 2007-08 season.

Originally from Oslo, Norway, Mr. Coucheron began playing violin at the age of three. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree from The Curtis Institute of Music, his Master of Music from The Juilliard School, and his Master of Musical Performance from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying with teachers including Igor Ozim, Aaron Rosand, Lewis Kaplan, and David Takeno Mr. Coucheron has worked with conductors such as Robert Spano, Alan Gilbert, Michael Tilson Thomas, Simon Rattle, Mstislav Rostropovich, David Zinman, Roger Norrington, Simone Young, and Charles Dutoit, and performed as a soloist with orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (Maxim Vengerov conducting), the Sendai Symphony Orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra. He has played solo recitals at the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall (London), the Kennedy Center, the Olympic Winter Games (Salt Lake City, Utah), as well as in Beograd, Serbia, and Shanghai, China. Mr. Coucheronĺ─˘s chamber music performances have included appearances at Suntory Hall, Wigmore Hall, the Oslo Chamber Music Festival, and Alice Tully Hall. His recordings with sister, and pianist, Julie Coucheron, include ĺ─˙David and Julieĺ─¨ (Naxos/Mudi), and ĺ─˙Debutĺ─¨ (Naxos). Some of his awards and recognitions are first prize at the Concorso Internazionale di Musica ĺ─˙Citta di Pineroloĺ─¨ Competition in 2009 (Turin, Italy), first prize at The Princess Astrid Competition in 2002 (Trondheim, Norway), and Third Prize at the Manchester International Violin Competition in 2005 (Manchester, U.K.). Mr. Coucheron plays a 1725 Stradivarius.


ĺ─˙Mr. Coucheron impressed us all through this long and detailed search process,ĺ─¨ said Music Director Robert Spano. ĺ─˙It is very exciting to have such a vital and dynamic talent join us. We eagerly anticipate welcoming him to Atlanta.ĺ─¨


ĺ─˙I am so excited to work with the warm, wonderful, and talented musicians of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra,ĺ─¨ said Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Designate David Coucheron. ĺ─˙I am especially anticipating collaborations with Music Director Robert Spano and Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles
ĺ─ţ they are both so inspiring, and always bring out the very best in this Orchestra. Although it is early in my career, I recognize the responsibilities that come with this position. I am thrilled to be here, and I look forward to heightening the musicianship of this great Orchestra so that we continue to offer the very best musical experience for our audience.ĺ─¨


ĺ─˙I am just delighted for David,ĺ─¨ said violinist and teacher Aaron Rosand. ĺ─˙David worked with me for five years at The Curtis Institute ĺ─ţ he is a gifted and thorough musician, and resonates qualities of leadership, presence, and a very gentle character with a wonderful demeanor. I think David is the ideal person for this position, and I know the ASOĺ─˘s audience will love him.ĺ─¨

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Continuum Contemporary Music presents Chrysalis: A workshop for emerging composers

Sunday, January 24, 2010 (2-6 pm)

Gallery 345 ĺ─ý Free Admission

Toronto, December 14, 2009: Intrigued by the creative process of composing? Continuum invites audience members to step inside the creative process by presenting Chrysalis, Sunday, January 24 (2-6 pm) at Torontoĺ─˘s Gallery 345. The concert / workshop led by the insightful Victoria composer Christopher Butterfield is a rare opportunity to gain insight into the specific challenges of writing music, through discussion and performance. Composers Anna Hostman, Lan-Chee Lam, William Peltier, Chris Thornborrow and Hiroki Tsurumoto (selected from a local call for scores) will have works performed by Continuumĺ─˘s ensemble. Shedding a light on the craft of writing music, the lively composition master class - a discussion between Butterfield and participating composers ĺ─ý can be described as a ĺ─˙behind-the-sceneĺ─¨ experience. The event also includes a performance of Butterfieldĺ─˘s four pearls for piccolo, violin, cello and piano. Admission is free.

The Continuum ensembleĺ─˘s experienced musicians (Anne Thompson, flute; Max Christie, clarinet; Carol Lynn Fujino, violin; Paul Widner, cello; Laurent Philippe, piano; and Ryan Scott, percussion) and their unique ensemble chemistry promise a memorable event for participants and audience alike as they perform ghosts of swallows (Anna Hostman); La Defense (Lan-Chee Lam); Springtime for Gentle Risings within Gridlock (William Peltier); Music for Marionettes (Chris Thornborrow); and Code Thumbnail 1 (Hiroki Tsurumoto). Continuum has performed workshops at UBC, Banff, U of T, York University, University of Aberdeen (Scotland), and Trinity College of Music (England).

Christopher Butterfield has established himself as one of Canadaĺ─˘s leading composers and educators through

performance art, rock nĺ─˘ roll, opera, installations, multi-disciplinary work, and chamber music (for which he has received the Jules-Lłęger Prize). His music has been played and broadcast across Canada, as well as in Finland, Slovakia, France and Russia. He studied composition with Rudolf Komorous at the University of Victoria (B.Mus. 1975) and with Bł║lent Arel at the State University of New York at Stony Brook (M.A. 1977). He lived in Toronto between 1977 and 1992, where he was active as a performance artist, rock guitar player, and composer. In 1979/1980 he taught in the graduate visual arts department at Concordia University in Montreal, and in 1986 and 1989 he taught in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. In 1992 he was appointed assistant professor of composition at the University of Victoria. His music has been performed across Canada and in Europe, and is recorded on the CBC and Artifact labels.

Featured composers:

  • A doctoral student in composition at the University of Toronto, Anna Hostman has written works ranging from opera and orchestral to chamber and installation.
  • Lan-chee Lam trained in her native Hong Kong and is now a doctoral student at the University of Toronto. She has received numerous international awards, including the Grand Prize of the Georges Enescu Competition (symphonic section).
  • William Peltier is a composer re-emerging after a lengthy hiatus. He has some history at Wilfrid Laurier and McGill and early on was performed at Gaudeamus Music Week in Amsterdam; more recently he has had performances in New York, Cuba and various places in Europe.
  • Chris Thornborrow studied at Wilfrid Laurier University and is now in the doctoral programme at the University of Toronto. He is a member of Toy Piano Composers Collective.
  • Hiroki Tsurumoto has an undergraduate degree in economics, and degrees in composition from the CUNY and the University of Toronto. His works have been performed in Asia, North America and Europe.

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.

Continuumĺ─˘s 25th anniversary season continues on February 28th with a performance of chamber works by James Rolfe at The Royal Conservatoryĺ─˘s Mazzoleni Hall, in preparation for a Centrediscs recording of Rolfeĺ─˘s works. 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 headlined by actor RH Thomson as narrator in works by Tom Johnson and a commission by Juliet Palmer on a text by Thomas King.

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

Chrysalis

A workshop for emerging composers

Sunday, January 24, 2010, 2-6 pm at Gallery 345

345 Sorauren Avenue, south of Dundas

Free admission, open to the public

For more information on this concert please visit www.continuummusic.org,

email josh@continuummusic.org or call (416) 924-4945.

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Production 30e Anniversaire : Tosca de Giacomo Puccini

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TOSCA

de Giacomo Puccini

Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts

30 janvier, 3, 6, 8, 11 fłęvrier 2010 łŢ 20 h & 13 fłęvrier 2010 łŢ 14 h


AIMER ł─ MORT

Montrłęal, 14 dłęcembre 2009 ĺ─ţ Il y a 30 ans, lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal lanł▀ait sa compagnie avec le drame et la passion de Tosca de Giacomo Puccini. Pour souligner ses trente ans dĺ─˘existence, lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal remet łŢ lĺ─˘affiche lĺ─˘ëýuvre de Puccini, ici au sommet de son art, dans une nouvelle production du San Diego Opera. Pour incarner lĺ─˘histoire tragique de Floria Tosca confrontłęe łŢ un dilemme insoluble pour sauver la vie de son amant, deux chanteurs qui font leurs dłębuts łŢ la compagnie : la soprano germano-italienne Nicola Beller Carbone incarnera lĺ─˘intense rłąle-titre et le tłęnor canadien David Pomeroy celui de son amant, le peintre Mario Cavaradossi. ł─ leurs cłątłęs, le baryton-basse amłęricain Greer Grimsley (Barbe-Bleue ĺ─ý 2003) incarnera le sinistre Scarpia, le chef de la police, le baryton-basse canadien Alexandre Sylvestre (Lĺ─˘łÔtoile ĺ─ý 2005), celui du Sacristain et le baryton-basse canadien Stephen Hegedus, le rłąle de Cesare Angelotti.

La production łęvoluera dans des dłęcors signłęs par le concepteur franł▀ais Jean-Pierre Ponnelle, des costumes de Malabar et des łęclairages dĺ─˘Anne-Catherine Simard-Deraspe. La mise en scł«ne a łętłę confiłęe au Canadien Michael Cavanagh qui signait Turandot (1997), Madame Butterfly (2002) et Romłęo et Juliette (2007) pour la compagnie. Lĺ─˘Orchestre Młętropolitain et le Chëýur de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal seront dirigłęs par le chef Paul Nadler. Messieurs Cavanagh et Nadler ont dĺ─˘ailleurs contribułę łŢ la rłęussite de la production de Romłęo et Juliette prłęsentłęe łŢ la compagnie en 2007.

Apłęro łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra

La grande gagnante du projet Apłęro łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra, la soprano Annie Sanschagrin (Crabtree), participera łęgalement łŢ la production de Tosca : dans les dłęcors et avec orchestre, elle chantera le grand air Vissi dĺ─˘arte et le duo du premier acte avec le tłęnor de la production David Pomeroy lors de la reprłęsentation du 13 fłęvrier 2010 et ce, aprł«s la reprłęsentation rłęgulił«re. Apłęro łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra fait lĺ─˘objet dĺ─˘une słęrie documentaire de sept łępisodes en collaboration avec La Presse Tłęlłę et diffusłęe sur ARTV dł«s le mardi 26 janvier łŢ 19 h (rediffusion : les samedis łŢ 15 h 30 et dimanches łŢ 9 h et 18 h); cette słęrie prłęsentera toutes les coulisses du projet et le travail des six candidats qui ont suivi une formation intensive de chanteurs dĺ─˘opłęra tout lĺ─˘automne łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal.

Puccini

Puccini pense łŢ mettre en musique la pił«ce de Sardou dł«s 1896, łŢ peine six mois aprł«s la premił«re de La bohł«me, et finit par obtenir lĺ─˘autorisation de lĺ─˘auteur qui accepte la suppression dĺ─˘un acte mais exige le maintien de la fin rapide et violente de lĺ─˘ëýuvre. La premił«re reprłęsentation fut un łęchec complet, mais Tosca ralliera trł«s vite le public. Le livret de Giacosa et dĺ─˘Illica resserre la trame narrative et łęvacue pratiquement le contexte historico-politique. Il concentre lĺ─˘action sur lĺ─˘affrontement entre Tosca, Cavaradossi et Scarpia, vłęritable moteur du drame. Lĺ─˘intrigue correspond łŢ la mise en place du pił«ge quĺ─˘il manigance et qui le mł«ne łŢ la mort avant de se refermer sur Tosca et Mario.

Avec son superbe thł«me caractłęristique, Puccini compose une ëýuvre forte oł╝ le dialogue dramatique prłędomine et colle au vłęrisme par lĺ─˘expression des passions exposłęes crł¬ment et ce souci du rłęalisme. Lĺ─˘atmosphł«re est sombre (Puccini choisit des tessitures basses et une seule voix fłęminine) et oppressante, et la fine musique de Puccini ne cł«de łŢ aucun dłębordement. Le pivot dramatique de lĺ─˘ëýuvre, lĺ─˘acte II, est lĺ─˘affrontement łŢ huis clos des trois protagonistes, oł╝ Puccini dłępeint avec beaucoup dĺ─˘acuitłę lĺ─˘łętouffement, le pił«ge qui se referme sur les amants. Avec Tosca, Puccini brille dĺ─˘efficacitłę et livre lĺ─˘łęmotion, quĺ─˘on pense seulement łŢ lĺ─˘air de lamentation du deuxił«me acte oł╝ Tosca chante sa douleur (Vissi dĺ─˘arte, vissi dĺ─˘amore), et celui de dłęsespoir de Cavaradossi au dłębut du troisił«me acte (E lucevan le stelle).

Parmi les plus cłęlł«bres cantatrices qui ont interprłętłę le rłąle de Tosca, une place particulił«re doit łütre rłęservłęe łŢ Maria Callas qui y dłębuta le 27 aoł¬t 1942, et acheva sa carrił«re scłęnique par ce rłąle fłętiche, le 5 juin 1965. Elle est considłęrłęe comme la Č┤ Tosca du sił«cle Ȭ.

T O S C A

de GIACOMO PUCCINI


A R G U M E N T

La cantatrice Floria Tosca est la małĂtresse du peintre Mario Cavaradossi, qui vient d'aider son ami Angelotti łŢ fuir Rome. Le chef de la police, Scarpia, joue sur la jalousie de Tosca pour piłęger Cavaradossi. On annonce la victoire de Napolłęon łŢ Marengo. Cavaradossi est arrłütłę et Scarpia exerce un odieux chantage sur Tosca : qu'elle cł«de et son amant sera sauvłę. Tosca accepte et Scarpia donne l'ordre qu'on simule l'exłęcution de Cavaradossi. Discrł«tement, il donne un contre-ordre, puis signe le sauf-conduit des deux amants. Lorsqu'il s'approche de Tosca, cette dernił«re le poignarde. Elle se prłęcipite au chłóteau Saint-Ange et rassure son amant : I'exłęcution ne sera qu'un simulacre. Mais Mario est fusillłę et c'est un cadavre criblłę de balles que Tosca retrouve. La mort de Scarpia est dłęcouverte. Tosca enjambe le parapet et se jette dans le vide.

Opłęra : Puccini ĺ─ý Tosca | 30 janvier, 3, 6, 8, 11 fłęvrier 2010 łŢ 20 h & 13 fłęvrier 2010 łŢ 14 h

Genre : Drame tragique

Structure : En trois actes

Langue : En italien avec surtitres franł▀ais et anglais

Livret : Giuseppe Giacosa et Luigi Illica (dĺ─˘aprł«s la pił«ce de Victorien Sardou)

Crłęation : Rome, Teatro Costanzi, le 14 janvier 1900

Production : San Diego Opera

Dernił«re production łŢ la compagnie : mars 2002


DISTRIBUTION

Floria Tosca

Nicola Beller Carbone, soprano (Allemagne)

Directrice artistique du Piccolo Teatro Santĺ─˘Andrea et membre de Le Arti Orafe Academy de Lucques, Nicola Beller Carbone łętudie dĺ─˘abord lĺ─˘art dramatique avant de se tourner vers le chant. Parmi ses engagements des dernił«res saisons, on remarque le rłąle-titre de Salome łŢ lĺ─˘Aalto Theater dĺ─˘Essen, au Deutsches Nationaltheater de Weimar, au Teatro Regio de Turin et au Grand Thłęłótre de Genł«ve ; le rłąle-titre dans Tosca au Staatstheater de Darmstadt, łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra de Nice, łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra de Nantes et łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra National de Grł«ce ; Marie (Wozzeck) łŢ lĺ─˘Aalto Theater dĺ─˘Essen ; Jenny (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny) et Santuzza (Cavalleria rusticana) au Deutsche Oper de Berlin. Dłębuts łŢ lĺ─˘OdM.


Cavaradossi

David Pomeroy, tłęnor (Canada)

Dotłę dĺ─˘une riche voix de tłęnor et de notes aiguł┤s sensationnelles, David Pomeroy a attirłę lĺ─˘attention des directeurs artistiques partout łŢ travers le monde. Ses engagements rłęcents lui ont permis dĺ─˘aborder Ladislov (Les deux veuves) au Edinburgh Festival en łÔcosse, Pinkerton (Madame Butterfly) łŢ lĺ─˘Opera Theatre de St. Louis et au Michigan Opera Theatre, Ruggero (La Rondine) aussi au Michigan Opera Theatre, Skuratov (De la maison des morts) łŢ la Canadian Opera Company, le Duc de Mantoue (Rigoletto) au Calgary Opera et Don Josłę (Carmen) au Vancouver Opera. Il a aussi chantłę avec la plupart des orchestres et sociłętłęs chorales dĺ─˘importance au Canada, en plus de participer łŢ des enregistrements pour la compagnie Centrediscs. Dernił«re prłęsence łŢ lĺ─˘OdM : Dłębuts łŢ lĺ─˘OdM.


Scarpia

Greer Grimsley, baryton-basse (łÔtats-Unis)

Greer Grimsley est reconnu łŢ travers le monde pour ses dons remarquables de chanteur et dĺ─˘acteur, en plus dĺ─˘łütre un chef de file parmi les interprł«tes du rłępertoire wagnłęrien. Il a fait ses dłębuts au Metropolitan Opera dans le rłąle du Capitaine Balstrode (Peter Grimes) pour ensuite y interprłęter Escamillo (Carmen), Jokanaan (Salomłę), Scarpia (Tosca), Telramund (Lohengrin) et Amfortas (Parsifal). Il a dĺ─˘abord retenu lĺ─˘attention internationale dans Escamillo (La tragłędie de Carmen) partout łŢ travers le monde. Parmi ses plus rłęcentes apparitions sur scł«ne on remarque Don Pizzarro (Fidelio) avec lĺ─˘Opera Company of Philadelphia, le Portland Opera et lĺ─˘Opłęra National Portugais, ainsi que Scarpia (Tosca) avec le San Diego Opera. Dernił«re prłęsence łŢ lĺ─˘OdM : Le chłóteau de Barbe-Bleue (2004).


Le Sacristain

Alexandre Sylvestre, baryton-basse (Canada)

Ancien membre de lĺ─˘Atelier lyrique de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal, Alexandre Sylvestre a fait ses dłębuts łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal dans les rłąles de Zalzal et du Chef de police (Lĺ─˘łętoile) en 2005, pour łütre ensuite invitłę łŢ chanter au Gala 2006. Parmi ses plus rłęcentes prises de rłąle : le Duc de Vłęrone (Romłęo et Juliette), le Prince Yamadori (Madame Butterfly) et Jack Wallace (La fanciulla del West) łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal, le deuxił«me Prłütre (La flł¬te enchantłęe) pour le Pacific Opera de Victoria et Orchestra London, ainsi que le Stabat Mater de Haydn avec Les Violons du Roy. Dernił«re prłęsence łŢ lĺ─˘OdM : Le Gala (2009).

Angelotti

Stephen Hegedus baryton-basse (Canada)

Un ancien de lĺ─˘Atelier lyrique de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal, Stephen Hegedus a łętłę dłęcrit comme Č┤ un acteur charmant et, mieux encore, un chanteur au potentiel łęnorme Ȭ (Opera Canada). Il a fait ses dłębuts łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal dans le rłąle de Silvano (Un bal masqułę) et y revient en Grłęgorio (Romłęo et Juliette), Fiorello (Le barbiere de Słęville) et Il Commissario (Madame Butterfly). Parmi ses engagements rłęcents : le rłąle-titre des Noces de Figaro au Teatro Municipal de Santiago, le rłąle de Don Alfonso (CosłĘ fan tutte), avec lĺ─˘Atelier lyrique, et la Messe en si mineur de Bach au Carnegie Hall. Dernił«re prłęsence łŢ lĺ─˘OdM : Macbeth (2009).


Spoletta

AARON FERGUSON, TłÔNOR (Canada)

Prłęsentement en premił«re annłęe łŢ lĺ─˘Atelier lyrique de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal, il chantera Charles Gill (Nelligan) dans la production de lĺ─˘Atelier et Le Doyen de la Facultłę (Cendrillon) łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal. Aussi, il est soliste du spectacle Noł┤l łŢ lĺ─˘opłęra avec lĺ─˘Orchestre Młętropolitain et dans le Requiem de Mozart avec lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Laval. Rłęcemment, il a chantłę Apollo (Semele) et un Cłęnobite (Thałěs) au Pacific Opera Victoria, de młüme que dans lĺ─˘Ode to St. Ceciliaĺ─˘s Day de Handel avec le Victoria Symphony. Dernił«re prłęsence łŢ la compagnie : Le Gala (2009).


Sciarrone

Roy del Valle, baRYTON (MEXIQUE)

Natif du Mexique, Roy Del Valle en est łŢ sa deuxił«me saison łŢ lĺ─˘Atelier lyrique de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal. Il a chantłę dans plusieurs productions canadiennes notamment au Banff Centre for the Arts, łŢ lĺ─˘Institut dĺ─˘łętudes młęditerranłęennes de Montrłęal, avec le McGill Chamber Orchestra, lĺ─˘Orchestre Młętropolitain et lĺ─˘Atelier lyrique et lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal. ł─ lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal, il chantera Le Surintendant des Plaisirs (Cendrillon). Dernił«re prłęsence łŢ la compagnie : Macbeth (2009).


Gełąlier

Pierre Rancourt, barYTON (Canada)

En premił«re annłęe łŢ lĺ─˘Atelier lyrique de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal, Pierre Rancourt participe cette saison aux productions de Gianni Schicchi, La flł¬te enchantłęe, Tosca et Cendrillon łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal et łŢ celle de Nelligan de lĺ─˘Atelier lyrique. Avant son entrłęe łŢ lĺ─˘Atelier, il a chantłę Don Magnifico (La Cenerentola) łŢ Opera NUOVA, Giove (La Calisto) łŢ lĺ─˘Atelier dĺ─˘opłęra de lĺ─˘Universitłę Laval et la Messe Nelson de Haydn avec lĺ─˘Ensemble Polyphonia de Qułębec. Dernił«re prłęsence łŢ la compagnie : La flł¬te enchantłęe (2009).


Berger

Suzanne Rigden, SOPRANO (CANADA)

En premił«re annłęe łŢ lĺ─˘Atelier lyrique, Suzanne Rigden a dłęjłŢ reł▀u de nombreux prix de chant dont le Metropolitan Opera First Encouragement Award 2009; elle est lĺ─˘une des laurłęates du concours des Jeunes ambassadeurs lyriques 2009. On a pu lĺ─˘entendre rłęcemment sur notre scł«ne dans lĺ─˘un des trois esprits dans La flł¬te enchantłęe et chantera Gertrude (Nelligan) dans la production de lĺ─˘Atelier lyrique de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal. Dernił«re prłęsence łŢ la compagnie : La flł¬te enchantłęe (2009).


Chef dĺ─˘orchestre

Paul Nadler (łÔtats-Unis)

Lĺ─˘un des chefs les plus enthousiasmants les plus respectłęs au monde, il a dirigłę plus de 50 reprłęsentations au Metropolitan Opera, parmi lesquelles Rigoletto, Un bal masqułę, Aida, Le barbier de Słęville, Tannhłžuser, Don Carlo, Andrea Chłęnier, La traviata, Carmen et Fidelio, avec des vedettes telles Luciano Pavarotti, Plł░cido Domingo, Karita Mattila, Bryn Terfel et Ben Heppner. Il a aussi collaborłę avec des solistes renommłęs : Garrick Ohlsson, Emmanuel Ax, Misha Dichter, Elmar Olivera et Glenn Dicterow. Il est le directeur musical honoraire du Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra, principal chef invitłę du Filarmonica de Stat Iasi (Roumanie), co-directeur et fondateur de lĺ─˘International Vocal Arts Institute et fondateur du Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Dernił«re prłęsence łŢ lĺ─˘OdM : Le Gala (2008).


Metteur en scł«ne

Michael Cavanagh (Canada)

Lĺ─˘un des metteurs en scł«ne les plus polyvalents et les plus populaires de tout le Canada, il a dirigłę des opłęras partout au pays : au Vancouver Opera (Lĺ─˘Italienne łŢ Alger, Carmen, The Rake's Progress, Don Giovanni, Madame Butterfly), au Edmonton Opera (Macbeth, Of Mice and Men, La traviata, La bohł«me, The Rake's Progress), Opera Lyra Ottawa (La fille du rłęgiment, Un bal masqułę, Les płücheurs de perles), łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal (Turandot, Madame Butterfly), au Manitoba Opera (Cavalleria rusticana, Pagliacci) et au Calgary Opera (Tosca, Le barbier de Słęville, La traviata, La Cenerentola). Aux łÔtats-Unis, il a travaillłę pour plusieurs compagnies, parmi lesquelles le Minnesota Opera, le Hawaii Opera Theatre, lĺ─˘Arizona Opera, lĺ─˘Austin Lyric Opera et le Tulsa Opera. Dernił«re prłęsence łŢ lĺ─˘OdM : Romłęo et Juliette (2007).


Dłęcors

Jean-Pierre Ponnelle (FRANCE)

Jean-Pierre Ponnelle (1932-1988) a łętłę un grand metteur en scł«ne qui a laissłę sa marque sur plusieurs opłęras, auprł«s des plus grandes maisons dĺ─˘Europe et des łÔtats-Unis. Il fit ses dłębuts en Allemagne en 1952 avec la conception de lĺ─˘opłęra Boulevard Solitude de Henze. Aprł«s avoir fait les dłęcors et la mise en scł«ne de Tristan und Isolde en 1962, il dłęcida de sĺ─˘occuper de tous les aspects de la mise en scł«ne dĺ─˘opłęra. Il fut un partisan de la premił«re heure des co-productions internationales, dans lesquelles deux ou plusieurs compagnies dĺ─˘opłęra partagent le succł«s dĺ─˘une nouvelle mise en scł«ne. Parmi ses ëýuvres, on compte de nombreuses productions au Metropolitan Opera et au San Francisco Opera, mais aussi des versions filmłęes dĺ─˘opłęras pour la tłęlłęvision et le cinłęma. Dłębuts łŢ lĺ─˘OdM.


łÔclairages

ANNE-CATHERINE SIMARD-DERASPE (Canada)

Au thłęłótre, elle a conł▀u les łęclairages pour Les fourberies de Scapin (Thłęłótre Denise-Pelletier), Le caillou de saturne (Thłęłótre du p'tit loup), Le pł«re Lłęonidas et la Rłęaction (Montreal Arts Interculturel), Ce fou de Platonov (Thłęłótre Prospero); Molił«re en hiver (Bain St-Michel) et Thłęłótre sans animaux (Thłęłótre La Licorne) ł─ lĺ─˘opłęra, elle a rłęalisłę les łęclairages pour Il tabarro/Suor Angelica (Opłęra de Montrłęal, 2006) et łętait assistante aux łęclairages pour Thałěs (Palm Beach Opera). Directrice technique et conceptrice pour I Musici de Montrłęal, elle est prłęsentement directrice technique au Centre d'Arts Orford. Dernił«re prłęsence łŢ la compagnie : La flł¬te enchantłęe (2009).


MłętrOpłęra autour de Puccini et lĺ─˘opłęra italien par les chanteurs de lĺ─˘Atelier lyrique de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal. Dates : łŢ dłęterminer ; station : Berri-UQAM.

PrłęOpłęra - confłęrence sur lĺ─˘ëýuvre, donnłęe par le musicologue Pierre Vachon avant chaque reprłęsentation, łŢ 18 h 45 (soirłęe) ou 12 h 45 (matinłęe), au Piano Nobile de la PDA.


Opłęra de Montrłęal | Saison 0910


Tous les opłęras sont prłęsentłęs en langue originelle, avec surtitres bilingues projetłęs au-dessus de la scł«ne.


Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier de la Place des Arts (PDA)

Verdi ĺ─ý Simon Boccanegra | 13, 17, 20, 22, 25 mars 2010 łŢ 20 h

Massenet ĺ─ý Cendrillon | 22, 26, 29, 31 mai 2010 & 3 juin 2010 łŢ 20 h

Monument-National

Atelier lyrique de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal

Gagnon-Tremblay ĺ─ý Nelligan | 6, 8, 10, 11 mars 2010 łŢ 20 h & 13 mars 2010 łŢ 14 h

Vente de Billets

Abonnement pour les 18 łŢ 30 ans : La banque td tĺ─˘emmł«ne łŢ lĺ─˘opłęra

Grłóce au soutien de TD Canada Trust, lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal poursuit son offre spłęciale dĺ─˘abonnement destinłęe aux jeunes de 18 łŢ 30 ans : 30 $ le billet avec lĺ─˘abonnement ! Achat minimal requis de deux opłęras de la saison rłęgulił«re. Abonnements offerts łŢ la billetterie de la Place des Arts.

Billets ł─ la Pił«ce

Billetterie de la Place des Arts : 514-842-2112 ĺ─ó 1 866 842-2112

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And If the Song Be Worth A Smile: An Evening of American Song, Featuring The Work of Six Living Composers

SOPRANO LISA DELAN, WITH MATT HAIMOVITZ AND KRISTIN PANKONIN, PERFORM THE ART SONGS OF BOLCOM, GETTY, HEGGIE, GARNER, CORIGLIANO, AND WOOLF, FRIDAY, MAY 21, 2010, 8 P.M.

AT ROSE THEATER IN FREDERICK P. ROSE HALL

HOME OF JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER


Soprano Lisa Delan, pianist Kristin Pankonin and cellist Matt Haimovitz, present a rich and varied collection of art songs by living American composers entitled AND IF THE SONG BE WORTH A SMILE: AN EVENING OF AMERICAN SONG, Friday, May 21, 2010 at 8 p.m. at Rose Theater in Frederick P. Rose Hall, home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Broadway at 60th Street.


This evening of music, presented by PentaTone Classics, pays tribute to the American art song, a form which has grown in popularity and stature in recent years. The program will include works by William Bolcom, John Corigliano, David Garner, Gordon Getty, Jake Heggie and Luna Pearl Woolf.


The program celebrates the release of the SACD available from PentaTone Classics also entitled AND IF THE SONG BE WORTH A SMILE (PTC 5186 099), featuring the same performers.


Tickets to the May 21 concert are $25-$35, Students/Seniors $15.

For Tickets:

Jazz at Lincoln Center Box Office

Broadway at 60th Street, Ground Floor

Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 12pm-6pm

CenterCharge 212-721-6500

www.jalc.org

The program is as follows (subject to change):

Four Cabaret Songs William Bolcom

(b. 1938)

Amor

Oh Close the Curtain

Waitin

Toothbrush Time

Poor Peter Gordon Getty

(b. 1933)

Where is My Lady

Tune the Fiddle

The Ballad of Poor Peter

Three Songs Jake Heggie

(b. 1961)

Barbĺ─˘ry Allen

Heĺ─˘s gone away

The Leather-Winged Bat

Phenomenal Woman David Garner

(b. 1954)

Call Letters: Mrs. V.B.

Impeccable Conception

Lord, in My Heart

The Gamut

Request

No Loser, No Weeper

Phenomenal Woman

Three Cabaret Songs John Corigliano

(b. 1938)

Dodecaphonia

Marvelous Invention

End of the Line

Odas de Todo el Mundo Luna Pearl Woolf

(b. 1973)

Michael Kaeshammer makes his orchestral debut with the Victoria Symphony


Victoria, BC ĺ─ý On December 19, at the Royal Theatre, charismatic jazz sensation Michael Kaeshammer makes his orchestral debut with the Victoria Symphony. Performing uniquely stylized Christmas favourites and songs from his latest album lovelight, this concert provides a brilliant and broad range of entertainment.

Michael Kaeshammer, the triple threat sensation singer/songwriter/pianist, selected the Victoria Symphony for his orchestral debut. Conducted under the baton of Giuseppe Pietraroia, The Days of Christmas concert features charming seasonal songs such as ĺ─˙Merry Christmas Baby,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙I'll Be Home for Christmas,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙Marshmallow World,ĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙Mary's Little Boy Childĺ─¨ along with the gorgeous pop ballad ĺ─˙Isabelleĺ─¨ and a cover of Sam Cookeĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Cupidĺ─¨ with lyrical piano playing and a jaunt melody.

ĺ─˙Having my orchestral debut with the Victoria Symphony is a very special moment for me. Victoria is my home and I started my career here, so performing my music with the Victoria Symphony Orchestra means a lot to me. It being Christmas makes it even more personal. I canĺ─˘t wait!ĺ─¨ exclaims Michael Kaeshammer.

Kaeshammerĺ─˘s live rhythm section, noted Toronto players Marc Roger (bass) and Mark McLean (drums) will join the Victoria Symphonyĺ─˘s orchestra on stage, providing a broad stylistic range of songs. Kaeshammerĺ─˘s vocal work is both relaxed and convincing, exhibiting an appealing confident and sexy swagger. His boyish good looks, natural and quick-witted sense of humour, and endless talent sells out his shows nationally and internationally.

Michael Kaeshammerĺ─˘s on stage charm has helped him become an in-demand entertainer across North America and Europe, recently selling out across Germany and in Toronto. He has received a Juno Award nomination for three of his albums and, in 2002, Kaeshammer won the West Coast Music Awards in the Musician of the Year and Performer of the Year categories. Kaeshammer has been nominated for three Smooth Jazz Awards in the categories Male Vocalist of the Year, Keyboardist/Pianist of the Year, and Best Original Composition (for ĺ─˙Isabelleĺ─¨), just announced last month.

Giuseppe Pietraroia, conductor in residence for the Victoria Symphony and Pacific Opera Victoria, has been the Music Director of the Victoria Choral Society since 2005. Giuseppe Pietraroia is the recipient of the George and Jane Heffelfinger Pacific Opera Victoria Artist of the Year Award and the Canada Councilĺ─˘s Jean-Marie Beaudet Award in Orchestral Conducting.

The Victoria Symphony is Vancouver Islandĺ─˘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 Symphonyĺ─˘s 2009-2010 season offers a diverse and exciting line-up of over 50 concerts led by its vibrant Music Director Tania Miller.

Michael Kaeshammer ĺ─ý The Days of Christmas

December 19 at 8:00pm, Royal Theatre

250.385.6515 or 250.386.6121

$12, $35, $45

www.victoriasymphony.ca.

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L'Olympiade culturelle de Vancouver 2010: les corps en mouvement dans l'ëýil des cinłęastes canadiens, et de nouvelles avenues dans la mire de CODE En d

VANCOUVER, le 14 dłęc. /CNW/ - Deux danseurs en une łętreinte passionnłęe, qui pirouettent pour ensuite fusionner, donnant vie łŢ une danse originale łŢ couper le souffle : telle est l'essence du court-młętrage Duet, oł╝ la beautłę de la danse rivalise avec l'ingłęniositłę de la crłęation. Dans un entrepłąt de Vancouver, les visiteurs voient la place qu'ils occupent dans l'univers grłóce łŢ la juxtaposition de leur position et du noir de l'espace, projet intitulłę We Are Stardust. Il s'agit lłŢ de deux ëýuvres qu'on prłęsentera pendant les Jeux dans le cadre de CODE, l'łędition numłęrique de l'Olympiade culturelle de Vancouver 2010.

L'annonce d'aujourd'hui marque la fin du dłęvoilement des projets qui constituent l'Olympiade culturelle de Vancouver 2010, une prłęsentation de Bell. Ces projets auront lieu un peu partout dans la rłęgion młętropolitaine de Vancouver et le corridor Sea to Sky pendant le festival de grande envergure, qui commencera le 22 janvier 2010. Cet łęvłęnement culturel de huit semaines, qui s'inscrit dans l'esprit Des Jeux pour tout le Canada, est le premier łŢ intłęgrer łŢ l'expłęrience olympique la technologie du numłęrique pour cłęlłębrer la culture et les arts.

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Duet est l'un des 16 courts-młętrages de 2 minutes crłęłęs expressłęment pour les Jeux d'hiver de 2010, qu'un jury a słęlectionnłęs parmi plus de 200 ëýuvres reł▀ues de tous les coins du pays. Les films, que des dizaines de milliers de spectateurs et d'athlł«tes olympiques pourront dłęcouvrir sur les grands łęcrans aux sites de cłęlłębrations de la rłęgion młętropolitaine de Vancouver et de Whistler utilisłęs pendant les Jeux, mettront en vedette les corps humains en mouvement. Dans certains cas, ils feront voler en łęclats les idłęes prłęconł▀ues des spectateurs et changeront complł«tement leur fał▀on de voir les limites du corps et de l'esprit humains confrontłęs łŢ des situations extrłümes. Tous les films błęnłęficient d'un financement qui provient de Tłęlłęfilm Canada et leur agence provinciale ou territorial respective.

D'une vision humoristique de notre passion pour les sports d'hiver łŢ une exploration enjoułęe des jeux d'enfants, en passant par un portrait poignant de toutes les łętapes de la vie, les films illustrent un grand łęventail de sujets et d'łęmotions et donnent voix łŢ diffłęrentes rłęgions du pays.

"La portłęe, la vision et le talent artistiques des crłęations qu'ont prłęsentłęes des rłęalisateurs de tout le Canada nous ont subjugułęs", explique Burke Taylor, vice-prłęsident, programme de culture et cłęlłębrations du Comitłę d'organisation des Jeux olympiques et paralympiques d'hiver de 2010 łŢ Vancouver (COVAN). "Nous avons pu compter sur l'aide d'un comitłę de słęlection reprłęsentant nos partenaires, Tłęlłęfilm Canada et l'association des organismes provinciaux et territoriaux de financement de films, pour procłęder łŢ la słęlection des ëýuvres łępoustouflantes qui composent le programme annoncłę aujourd'hui."

On peut voir cinq (5) des 16 films en avant-premił«re dł«s maintenant sur le rłęseau olympique de Bell Mobilitłę łŢ compter de la mi-dłęcembre, et pendant toute la durłęe des Jeux. Grłóce łŢ cette initiative, les Canadiens pourront faire l'expłęrience de ces courts-młętrages sur leurs appareils portatifs, oł╝ qu'ils soient. L'un des cinq films que Bell prłęsente est Inuit High Kick, de la rłęalisatrice Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, du Nunavut. Mettant en vedette Johnny Issaluk, l'ëýuvre tournłęe au ralenti fait dłęcouvrir aux spectateurs tous les efforts musculaires qu'exige ce sport unique pratiqułę dans le Grand Nord canadien.

CODE Cinłę-kinłę prłęsentera łęgalement 15 autres courts-młętrages, tous rłęalisłęs par des cinłęastes diffłęrents. Il s'agit de 365 (Matt Embry, Alb.); Aerial Artistry (Talia Pura, Man.); Climb (Brett Bell, Sask.); Duet (Raul Inglis, C. B.); Geared-Up (Kenneth Sharman, Ont.); Hand to Hand (Tamas Wormser, Qc); Joy (Zuzana Hudackova, Ont.); Patin Fute (Emmanuel Lagacłę, Priscillia Rousseau, Jonathan Beaudry, Młęlanie Breton, Diana M. Cortijo et Christine Thłęriault, Qc); Play (Lisa Porter, T. N. L.); Momentum (Sheona McDonald, C. B.); RGB Move (Ryan Enn Hughes, Ont.); Sheng Qi (Maxime-Claude L'łÔcuyer, Qc); Skywriter (Josh Usheroff, Qc); Spring (Lynne Kamm, Ont.); et The Rushing of Time (Daniel Conrad, C. B.). Pendant les Jeux, il sera aussi possible de voir les films łŢ l'adresse www.vancouver2010.com/codefr et łŢ bord des vols d'Air Canada, sociłętłę ałęrienne officielle des Jeux d'hiver de 2010, qui les offrira dans son systł«me de divertissement.

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We Are Stardust est l'une des quelque 40 ëýuvres d'art numłęrique de CODE En direct, un łęvłęnement spłęcial d'une durłęe de 18 jours qui se tiendra en fłęvrier lors de l'Olympiade culturelle de Vancouver 2010. Dans le cadre de cet łęvłęnement, les visiteurs pourront admirer tout łŢ fait gratuitement une exposition d'ëýuvres d'art visuel rłęalisłęes par de grands artistes avant-gardistes canadiens et de renommłęe internationale, dont ceux annoncłęs aujourd'hui. Ils pourront łęgalement assister, sur prłęsentation d'un laissez-passer, aux performances nocturnes de musiciens exceptionnels, notamment lors des spectacles du phłęnomłęnal platiniste vidłęo Mike Relm, du duo britannique Addictive TV, de Kid Koala et de Chromeo ainsi que lors du Hard Rubber Orchestra's Drum & Light Festival. Les laissez-passer sont en vente łŢ l'adresse www.vancouver2010.com.

CODE En direct dłębutera le 4 fłęvrier 2010 dans trois grands łętablissements de Vancouver favorisant la crłęativitłę et l'ouverture d'esprit : le Campus Great Northern Way (577, Great Northern Way), l'Emily Carr University (1399, rue Johnston) et la Bibliothł«que publique de Vancouver (350, rue Georgia Ouest), situłęe en plein centre-ville. Des installations individuelles seront aussi exposłęes un peu partout dans la ville et łŢ la Surrey Art Gallery.

CODE En direct błęnłęficie du soutien de Bell, du ministł«re du Patrimoine canadien et du Conseil des arts du Canada ainsi que de la contribution financił«re d'artistes de l'Alberta, de l'Ontario, du Qułębec et du Nunavut.

"CODE prłęsente des projets trł«s diversifiłęs, du spectacle de lumił«res Vectorial Elevation projetłę sur la baie English aux vłütements interactifs, en passant par les courts-młętrages et la musique łęlectronique, mais ces projets sont tous animłęs par le młüme esprit. Nous utilisons la technologie numłęrique pour łęlargir l'espace crłęatif dans lequel les artistes et le public crłęent des liens", explique Rae Hull, directrice artistique de CODE. "Le but est de rapprocher le spectateur de l'art, que ce soit en lui donnant simplement plus de choix quant au moment ou łŢ la fał▀on de s'engager ou encore en le plał▀ant au cëýur du travail de crłęation. CODE se veut un outil de rapprochement, de crłęation et de collaboration."

Au Campus Great Northern Way, on prłęsente le projet nłęerlandais Dune 4.0, crłęłę par Studio Roosegaarde, oł╝ les visiteurs sont invitłęs łŢ emprunter un sentier bordłę de lumił«res DEL qui s'illuminent et se balancent sur leur passage, comme un champ de blłę au vent. ł─ l'intłęrieur de la galerie, les visiteurs peuvent łęgalement explorer la profondeur de l'espace et faire un voyage panoramique autour du monde grłóce aux projets We Are Stardust et Vested, crłęłęs respectivement par George Legrady et Don Ritter.

ł─ l'Emily Carr University, on propose aux visiteurs d'essayer des vłütements łęlectroniques qui sont sensibles au toucher ou qui agissent de fał▀on imprłęvisible dans le cadre du spectacle de groupe Electromode. On leur propose łęgalement de faire le tour de Granville Island et de dłęcouvrir comment on les observe łŢ partir des installations crłęłęes par Simon Levin, Jer Thorpe et les łętudiants de l'universitłę pour CODE.lab.

Grłóce au Musłęe des beaux-arts du Canada, les visiteurs les plus aventureux peuvent łęgalement dłęcouvrir une salle de cinłęma miniature et visionner The Paradise Institute, un court-młętrage canadien de renommłęe internationale crłęłę par Janet Cardiff et Georges Bures Miller qui permet au spectateur de plonger dans un monde oł╝ la rłęalitłę et la fiction s'entremłülent de fał▀on inattendue et d'explorer un environnement sonore complłęmentaire.

L'atrium du rez-de-chaussłęe et le fossłę de l'łętage infłęrieur de la Bibliothł«que publique de Vancouver sont tout dłęsignłęs pour accueillir des ëýuvres d'art axłęes sur la culture, le mouvement et la collectivitłę. Seen, de David Rokeby, enregistre le mouvement des passants et le reproduit par juxtaposition sur des łęcrans adjacents, ce qui donne lieu łŢ des motifs surprenants. Le projet d'art participatif Room to Make your Peace donne aux visiteurs l'occasion de collaborer en ligne avec des contributeurs et de rłęflłęchir sur ce qu'il faut faire pour rłętablir la paix, dans le cadre de l'initiative Trłüve olympique pour Vancouver 2010.

Remarque aux łęditeurs de photos

Il est possible de tłęlłęcharger en haute rłęsolution les images des projets dans la galerie d'images du Centre des młędias, łŢ www.vancouver2010.com/fr/plus-information-2010/centre-des-młędias/galerie-d'images/photos-de-l'olympiade-culturelle/.

Au sujet de l'Olympiade culturelle

L'Olympiade culturelle de Vancouver 2010, prłęsentłęe par Bell, est une słęrie de festivals multidisciplinaires et de programmes numłęriques prłęsentant le meilleur de la culture populaire et des arts canadiens et internationaux. Lancłę en 2008, le programme se terminera en grand avec l'Olympiade culturelle 2010 d'une durłęe de 60 jours (du 22 janvier au 21 mars 2010), qui commencera avant les Jeux et se poursuivra pendant les Jeux olympiques et paralympiques d'hiver en 2010. CODE est l'łędition numłęrique de l'Olympiade culturelle, une słęrie de programmes conł▀us pour encourager de fał▀on crłęative la participation du public national et international grłóce łŢ la technologie numłęrique.

Partenariats

Bell

Bell est la plus grande entreprise de communications du Canada, offrant aux consommateurs et aux entreprises des solutions łŢ tous leurs besoins de communications, y compris les services sans fil de Bell Mobilitłę, les services haute vitesse Bell Internet, les services de tłęlłęvision directe par satellite Bell Tłęlłę, le service local et interurbain Bell Tłęlłęphonie, les services IP-large bande ainsi que les services des technologies de l'information et des communications. Bell est fił«re d'łütre un Grand partenaire national et le partenaire exclusif en matił«re de tłęlłęcommunications des Jeux olympiques et paralympiques d'hiver de 2010 łŢ Vancouver. Bell est la propriłętłę exclusive de BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE : BCE). Pour plus d'information sur les produits et services de Bell, visitez le site www.bell.ca; pour plus d'information sur BCE, visitez le site www.bce.ca.

Tłęlłęfilm Canada

Tłęlłęfilm Canada est un organisme culturel fłędłęral voułę au dłęveloppement et łŢ la promotion de l'industrie audiovisuelle canadienne. Il offre un soutien financier au secteur privłę pour crłęer des produits distinctement canadiens qui rejoignent un auditoire national et international. La sociłętłę administre aussi les programmes de financement du Fonds du long młętrage du Canada, du Fonds canadien de tłęlłęvision et du Fonds des nouveaux młędias du Canada. Visitez www.telefilm.gc.ca.

Association des organismes provinciaux et territoriaux de financement de films

Cette association est un regroupement d'organismes provinciaux et territoriaux responsables du dłęveloppement de l'industrie canadienne de la production cinłęmatographique et tłęlłęvisuelle. Ces organismes travaillent en collaboration dans le but de rłępondre aux questions nationales et d'appuyer les initiatives qui contribuent łŢ la croissance du secteur.

Gouvernements

L'Olympiade culturelle de Vancouver 2010 est reconnaissante du soutien du gouvernement du Canada et des gouvernements de toutes les provinces et de tous les territoires canadiens, ainsi que de leurs agences culturelles respectives : Colombie-Britannique, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Qułębec, Nouvelle-łÔcosse, Nouveau-Brunswick, łÚle-du-Prince-łÔdouard, Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador, Nunavut, Territoires du Nord-Ouest et Yukon. En plus des entreprises partenaires et des partenaires gouvernementaux de l'Olympiade culturelle, le Conseil des Arts du Canada et l'Office national du film du Canada appuient fił«rement CODE. New Media BC et Wavefront Innovation Society participent aussi activement au projet. Le Conseil des Arts du Canada appuie głęnłęreusement le Programme de tournłęe et de spectacles nationaux.

ł─ propos du COVAN

Le COVAN est responsable de la planification, de l'organisation, du financement et de la tenue des XXIes Jeux olympiques d'hiver et des Xes Jeux paralympiques d'hiver en 2010. Les Jeux olympiques d'hiver de 2010 auront lieu łŢ Vancouver et łŢ Whistler du 12 au 28 fłęvrier 2010. Vancouver et Whistler accueilleront les Jeux paralympiques d'hiver du 12 au 21 mars 2010. Visiter www.vancouver2010.com.

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Sophie Lemaire poursuit sa route artistique

(Montrłęal, 14 dłęcembre 2009) - Le projet Apłęro łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra auquel Sophie Lemaire participait depuis le dłębut de lĺ─˘automne sĺ─˘est terminłę en grande pompe sur la scł«ne Wilfrid-Pelletier de la Place des Arts łŢ Montrłęal, dimanche dernier avec la prłęsentation du majestueux Gala 2009. Le projet Apłęro łŢ lĺ─˘Opłęra comportait deux prix : un premier grand prix (chanter dans Tosca) et un deuxił«me prix (chanter au Gala).


Rappelons que Sophie Lemaire, aprł«s six semaines intenses de formation łŢ lĺ─˘Atelier lyrique de lĺ─˘Opłęra de Montrłęal, avait łętłę proclamłęe laurłęate du prix qui łętait de chanter au Gala. Pour lĺ─˘occasion, elle y a interprłętłę LE NOZZE DI FIGARO, Acte IV de Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Elle partageait cet honneur avec deux de ses pairs, Lise Brunelle et Annie Sanschagrin. Cĺ─˘est dĺ─˘ailleurs cette dernił«re qui a remportłę le grand prix de chanter dans Tosca.

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Č┤ Sophie Lemaire possł«de des qualitłęs vocales, musicales et scłęniques qui manquent łŢ bien des professionnels. Ȭ - Claude Gingras, La Presse


Lĺ─˘aventure se poursuit pour Sophie Lemaire car, en plus dĺ─˘avoir vłęcu cette expłęrience trł«s enrichissante, elle sera la doublure dĺ─˘Annie Sanschagrin pour son rłąle dans Tosca. Ce mandat implique quĺ─˘elle suive toutes les łętapes de rłępłętitions de Tosca comme sa premił«re interprł«te. Pour Sophie Lemaire, cette prochaine expłęrience lui permet de profiter, encore une fois, dĺ─˘une aventure hors du commun et dĺ─˘un milieu de formation exceptionnel.


Sophie Lemaire ne boude pas la chanteuse populaire en elle pour autant. Elle prłępare aussi son propre spectacle qui fera łęcho łŢ la sortie de son premier album, Toujours dimanche. Elle sera dĺ─˘ailleurs sur la scł«ne du Studio-thłęłótre de la Place des Arts le 27 fłęvrier 2010 dans le cadre de la słęrie Les week-ends de la chanson Quebecor.


Dĺ─˘ici lłŢ, son album Toujours dimanche et les billets de son spectacle du 26 fłęvrier prochain sĺ─˘avł«rent de trł«s bonnes idłęes cadeau! Pour plus dĺ─˘informations, visitez www.sophielemaire.com

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Symłętrie fłüte ses 10 ans !

Depuis 1999, Symłętrie se consacre exclusivement łŢ la musique łŢ travers la publication dĺ─˘ouvrages de rłęfłęrence, de beaux livres, de revues et de partitions.

Crłęation de la collection Č┤ Symłętrie Recherche Ȭ

ł─ lĺ─˘occasion de cet anniversaire, Symłętrie a le plaisir de vous annoncer la crłęation de sa nouvelle collection de livres scientifiques, Symłętrie Recherche, dirigłęe par un comitłę scientifique prłęsidłę par Patrick Tałěeb. Cette collection accueille des ouvrages de fond sur la musique sous ses diffłęrentes formes et dans ses rapports multiples avec les autres arts, lĺ─˘histoire et la sociłętłę.

Symłętrie Recherche se dłęcline en plusieurs słęries thłęmatiques :

ĺ─ó Anciens et Modernes, słęrie consacrłęe łŢ la musique ancienne, du Moyen łăge łŢ lĺ─˘łępoque baroque, dirigłęe par Marc Desmet (universitłę Jean-Monnet de Saint-łÔtienne) ;

ĺ─ó Musique romantique franł▀aise, słęrie en partenariat avec le Palazzetto Bru Zane, dirigłęe par Alexandre Dratwicki (Centre de musique romantique franł▀aise, Venise) ;

ĺ─ó 20-21, słęrie dłędiłęe aux musiques contemporaines, des annłęes 1920 łŢ nos jours, dirigłęe par Nicolas Donin (IRCAM-Centre Pompidou, Paris) ;

ĺ─ó Histoire du concert, słęrie proposant des outils de recherche et des essais, dirigłęe par Patrick Tałěeb (R.P.C.F. et universitłę de Rouen).

Symłętrie Recherche sĺ─˘inscrit dans un dłęsir toujours renouvelłę de proposer au public des ouvrages alliant rigueur scientifique, conception łęditoriale de qualitłę et goł¬t du savoir partagłę.

Lĺ─˘łęquipe de Symłętrie

Fondłęe par des musiciens diplłąmłęs du Conservatoire national supłęrieur de musique et de danse de Lyon, Symłętrie est riche dĺ─˘une łęquipe de 12 personnes qui prennent en charge toutes les łętapes dĺ─˘un processus łęditorial de qualitłę. Grłóce łŢ la prłęsence en interne de toutes les compłętences (prłęparation, łędition, correction, gravure musicale, recherche iconographique, typographie, graphisme, informatique et P.A.O.), Symłętrie peut intłęgrer łŢ ses ouvrages de nombreux łęlłęments : fac-similłęs, iconographie en couleur, exemples musicaux, index dłętaillłęs, disques compacts audio, cłędłęroms interactifs. La małĂtrise des technologies modernes lui permet łęgalement de dłęvelopper des bases de donnłęes ou des sites compagnons associłęs łŢ certains ouvrages ainsi que des livres łęlectroniques.

Nos partenaires

Les ouvrages de Symłętrie reł▀oivent rłęgulił«rement le soutien de nombreuses institutions, publiques et privłęes, parmi lesquelles lĺ─˘Acadłęmie musicale de Villecroze, lĺ─˘Agence Rhłąne-Alpes pour le livre et la documentation (ARALD), le Centre national de la recherche scientifique (C.N.R.S.), le Centre national du livre (C.N.L.), le Chłóteau-Musłęe de Dieppe, lĺ─˘łÔcole des hautes łętudes en sciences sociales (E.H.E.S.S.), la Fondation dĺ─˘entreprise La Poste, la Fondation Francis et Mica Salabert, lĺ─˘Institut de recherche sur le patrimoine musical en France (I.R.P.M.F.), lĺ─˘Observatoire international de la crłęation et des cultures musicales (O.I.C.C.M.), la Sociłętłę des auteurs, compositeurs et łęditeurs de musique (SACEM), lĺ─˘universitłę Paris Sorbonne-Paris IV, lĺ─˘universitłę Jean-Monnet (Saint-łÔtienne), lĺ─˘universitłę de Rouen, lĺ─˘universitłę Franł▀ois-Rabelais (Tours)ĺ─Â

Symłętrie a łęgalement menłę des projets łęditoriaux en collaboration avec le Concours international de musique de chambre de Lyon (C.I.M.C.L.), le Conservatoire national supłęrieur de musique et de danse de Lyon (C.N.S.M.D.), Deutsche Grammophon, les łęditions Durand-Salabert, les łęditions Leduc, France culture, France musique, la Lettre du musicien, les Presses de lĺ─˘universitłę de Saint-łÔtienne (PUSE), Universal musicĺ─Â

Symłętrie est en outre lĺ─˘łęditeur associłę du Palazzetto Bru Zane ĺ─ý Centre de musique romantique franł▀aise, qui a pour vocation de valoriser le rłępertoire musical franł▀ais de la płęriode 1780-1920, notamment łŢ travers la recherche et lĺ─˘łędition de partitions et de livres.

Nous profitons łęgalement de ce message pour vous souhaiter de bonnes fłütes de fin dĺ─˘annłęe.

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Tel Aviv Museum of Art Opens Critical Exhibition of Mature Israeli Artist Joram Rozov

17 Dec 2009 through 13 Feb 2010

Joram Rozov's (b. 1938) exhibition Landscapes and Milestones features works from the series "Landscapes" (1983-2009), which presents vistas embedding his overt and covert life story, and "Milestones" (2003-2009), which presents landmarks extracted from the vast panorama of the artist's life: childhood, military service, engagement with wars, educational and other travels in the world. Through his immediate surroundingsĺ─ţlandscapes of the Galilee, Hebron, Africa, Tuscany, views of foliage, trees, Sabra hedges, etc.ĺ─ţand their modes of symbolization, he delves into broad, intricate realities.

Over the course of time, Rozov's works have come to indicate the end of the age of innocence of Eretz-Israeli Zionism. The disillusionment with the Zionist dream was already discernible in his early works where he portrayed pilots, soldiers, and arms, and subsequently in the depictions of cracked walls, and his turning to distant views during his travels. Concurrently, the artist's fascination with the "Other" manifests his search for broader, hidden strata of meaning.
Rozov creates a threatening atmosphere; a sense of destruction often reminiscent of apocalyptic cinematic scenes. Violence is often present in his works in an indirect, restrained manner. Some of the scenes are depopulated, and are typified by excessive detail, attesting to anxiety. Many of them feature battle situations, solitude, alienation, and pain associated with political, national, religious or personal violence. The portrayals of wartime reality form an indirect, personal allusion to the death of the artist's father, in June 1967, the month in which the Six-Day War was fought.

Addressing violence linked with situations of excess or lack, Rozov frequently ties the beautiful with the terrible, spectacle with horror. His works possess a documentary facet, often abstract or implied, out of conscious decision to avoid direct depictions of atrocity, or possibly due to the desire to transcend the particular case and engage in the universal, mythical dimension.
Rozov's works combine local and European painterly traditions. They are characterized by realism abounding with textures, and by intricate baroque compositions with rich coloration and accentuated voluminosity. Most of Rozov's works fuse "warm" personal expression with "cold" technical photographic mediationsĺ─ţinstilling his works with an air of desistence. The camera functions as a tool which may facilitate renewal of the lost affinity with the local setting, as well as "conquest" of a foreign territory.

GENERAL INFORMATION:
Tel Aviv Museum of Artĺ─«
Sun CLOSED; Mon, Wed 10-16; Tues, Thurs 10-22; Fri 10-14; Sat 10-16ĺ─«
Box Office+972 3 6077020, Reservations by phone 14-21 daily
ĺ─«Address: 27 Shaul Hamelech Boulevard, Tel Aviv, Israelĺ─«
Website:
www.tamuseum.com

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2010: The Concert announces hosts for Celebration of Culture

Winnipeg, MB ĺ─ý December 12, 2009 ĺ─ýWinnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO), Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010, and Manitoba Homecoming 2010 are pleased to announce that Monique LaCoste and Wab Kinew will be the hosts for 2010: The Concert. The event, which was announced earlier, will feature a diverse and impressive array of seventeen performances that will dazzle and awe the audience!

Bios on the hosts and featured guest artists are detailed below:

Hosts:

Monique LaCoste: A seasoned TV and radio host, Monique LaCoste is best known for her many years with Radio-Canada Manitoba. Fluently bilingual, this veteran voice over artist and Master of Ceremonies has lent her voice to hundreds of commercials, documentaries, and corporate projects worldwide. In February, she will realize her Olympic dream by taking part in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, as an announcer for the team welcome ceremonies as well as the curling venue.

Wab Kinew: Wab Kinew (pron: WOB ka-NOO) is a one-of-a-kind musical talent, becoming one of the artists ĺ─˙to watch forĺ─¨ emerging from the Prairie Provinces. He is a hip-hop artist and CBC radio producer/host based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Wab exemplifies what it means to be multicultural in Canada today, holding both a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and training in the traditional Medicine ways of his Anishinaabe people.

Guest Artists:

Monica Huisman: Touted as the ĺ─˛next great voice on the Canadian Opera scene exuding dramatic flair with a resonant voice as rich as melted chocolateĺ─˘ (Winnipeg Free Press), lyric soprano Monica Huisman has already made her mark in the musical world. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Ms. Huisman received her operatic training at the University of Toronto in the studio of Mary Morrison. Ms. Huisman continued on to the International Opera Centre of the Netherlands, where she made her European debut at the famous Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She has sung with Pacific Opera Victoria, Vancouver Opera, Edmonton and Calgary Opera and Opera Hamilton and, of course, Manitoba Opera.

School of Contemporary Dancers: is recognized as a leading national centre for professional contemporary dance training in Canada whose mandate is to prepare students for careers in contemporary dance performance. The Professional Program of The School of Contemporary Dancers is a four-year professional training program for dancers seeking a career in contemporary dance performance. The Fourth-Year of the Program is a special bridging year from the professional student to the professional emerging artist level. Fourth-Year dancers are given opportunities to connect with the professional community and to undertake professional projects. The School of Contemporary Dancers is co-directed by Odette Heyn-Penner and Faye Thomson.

Steve Bell: Singer, song writer, story teller, Steve Bellĺ─˘s music offers an astonishing combination of familiar and fresh, provocative and comforting, exuberant and reflective, salty and sweet. Immediately attractive, it rewards repeated listening: the genuine beauty on the surface gives away to treasures in the depths. In a normal year of touring, Steve Bell performs about one hundred concerts. Steveĺ─˘s concerts feature his award winning songwriting and evocative tenor vocals, as well as his scintillating finger style acoustic guitar artistry and his captivating story telling.

D.Rangers: From where else but Winnipeg could come an operation like the D.Rangers? Their brand of music is simultaneously dangerous-as-hell and brilliantly inventive. Blending bluegrass, western swing, punk rock, and just about anything else, the D.Rangers are one of a kind. Described as ĺ─˙mutant bluegrass,ĺ─¨ un-country, and ĺ─˙arm-swinging hillbilly-stomp,ĺ─¨ their live shows are an engaging mix of originals, traditional classics and off-the-wall covers.

Fred Penner: At a recent keynote address to an early childhood education conference, acclaimed family entertainer, singer/songwriter, composer, actor, writer, author, TV host and keynote speaker Fred Penner delivered a simple, yet powerful message. "Never underestimate your ability to make a difference in the life of a child." A gentle giant with kind eyes and an undeniable ability to make you feel good about yourself, this musical master brings 25 years of commitment, consistency and depth to a career that skillfully blends the many genres of performing and communication. Dubbed "Mr. Multi-Media" by Billboard Magazine, his diverse repertoire includes a prolific 12 Childrenĺ─˘s albums and countless energetically packed live shows for throngs of eager audiences across North America.

Fubuki Daiko: Audiences everywhere are energized by Fubuki Daiko's (Blizzard Drums) high-powered style of Japanese drumming. The group's North American roots push the envelope of tradition to create a truly eclectic experience that is part martial arts, part meditation and all rhythm. For Hiroshi Koshiyama, Naomi Guilbert, and Bruce Robertson, taiko is not just a performance art form but a way of life. Performing, training, and teaching year-round, each member has over ten years of taiko experience including four years of traditional Japanese apprenticeship under the watchful and highly critical eye of Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, founder of the San Francisco Taiko Dojo and the father of North American taiko. After performing at Carnegie Hall and leaving with their Sensei's blessing, the three core members relocated to Winnipeg, Manitoba where they expanded into the five member professional touring ensemble that is Fubuki Daiko. The group has since gone on to electrify audiences in festivals, rodeos, bars, temples, schools, legions, hockey arenas, land fills and concert halls from San Francisco to Prince Edward Island with their innovative brand of taiko.

Camerata Nova: Camerata Nova was founded in Winnipeg in 1996 as a choral ensemble dedicated to the exploration and performance of a cappella Renaissance music. As the group has evolved, it has branched out well beyond this period to medieval and early Baroque works as well as 20th-century repertoire, including compositions by Andrew Balfour, the groupĺ─˘s Artistic Director. Camerata Nova takes an increasingly innovative approach to performance, experimenting with unusual venues and exploring the use of unconventional sounds, including throat and overtone singing, and instruments such as crystal bowls, sackbut, and didgeridoo, in contemporary compositions and in arrangements of traditional works.

Sierra Noble: Best known as a fiddle virtuoso who breezes through Celtic, Bluegrass, Jazz, World beat and other styles of music with stunning ease, Sierra's breadth of experience is impressive. Her talent has taken her around the world where she has visited countries in Asia, Europe and North America. She amazes audiences with compelling contemporary performances which feature exceptional instrumentals, beautiful innovative vocals, and her infectious down to earth charm. Sierra dedicates much of her time to various causes, from her involvement with the global fight to ban landmines, her work with welcoming war-affected refugee families to Canada, as well as programs for inner-city youth in Winnipeg, all in an effort to make the world a better place.

Anna-Lisa Kirby: Before moving to Winnipeg in 2003, Anna-Lisa Kirby established her professional career as a jazz vocalist in New York City. She has had the privilege of sharing the stage with many world-class jazz artists. Some of these include Steve Kirby, Wynton Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, Ted Nash, Stefon Harris and Xavier Davis. Anna-Lisa is featured on the Larry Roy and Steve Kirby 2008 CD-release Wicked Grin and is the vocalist for Steve Kirbyĺ─˘s acclaimed Oceanic Jazz Orchestra.

Steve Kirbyĺ─˘s career as a jazz musician spans over 25 years of performance collaboration with many of the finest artists in the field, both in North America and abroad. Throughout these years, his role as an educator has been a fundamental and vital part of his commitment to music. Steve has performed extensively and recorded with some of the most high profile jazz artists on the scene today. He spent two years as bassist for Elvin Jones and Jazz Machine and four years with Cyrus Chestnut Trio. He is the bass player on two of Mr. Chestnuts Atlantic Recordings: the critically acclaimed Dark Before the Dawn and Earth Stories. He has also performed in club and/or concert hall settings with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz @ Lincoln Center, opera star Kathleen Battle, legendary Jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln, Jazz violinist Regina Carter and The Joanne Brackeen Trio featuring Horatio "El Negro" Hernandez. In the summer of 2003, Steve Kirby accepted the position as the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Manitoba. Since then, Steve has overseen a full-fledged rejuvenation of the jazz scene in Winnipeg.

Momentum Aerial: Momentum is comprised of performers who share a background of dance, gymnastics, and the aerial arts. The performance group is dedicated to bringing dance, acrobatics, and the circus arts of aerial fabric, hoop, and trapeze together in the spirit of exploration to create exciting new works for Winnipeg audiences in both indoor and outdoor venues. Troupe members have studied and performed across Canada, the United States and Europe. Locally, members have performed during the 1999 Pan Am Games, The Festival of the Arts at The Forks, The Festival of Trees & Lights at The Winnipeg Convention Centre, The MTS Opening, The Junos held at MTS Centre, and various school and sporting events throughout Winnipeg.

Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble: For nearly half a century Rusalka has been capturing the imagination of audiences around the world with its often fiery, always colourful presentation of Ukrainian dance. Tours of North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, combined with performances for heads of state, religious figures and royalty, have placed Rusalka among the most widely recognized Ukrainian dance groups in the world. The Ensemble embarks on a new era as it begins preparing for its 50th Anniversary in 2012 under the Artistic Directorship of Marijka Stanowych, a former Rusalka dancer/instructor and professional Ballet teacher with Canadaĺ─˘s Royal Winnipeg Ballet Schools, who studied at the Choreographic School of the Ukrainian Folk Dance Ensemble named after Pavlo Virsky. Deep within each dancer burns a passion to showcase the power and beauty of Ukrainian dance and they are eager to enchant audiences with the experience that is, Rusalka!

James Keelaghan: "I love touching people with my music as a performer," James Keelaghan says. "Putting a song across so that people get inside the story. I love the immediacy of it, the feedback.ĺ─¨ James is one of Canada's greatest songwriters, and he's written songs recorded by the likes of Cry,Cry,Cry. But he can sing too, you know. Like, really sing. In a resonant baritone voice that has been called everything from sweet and smooth, to coffee-rich, to glorious. "Keelaghan's voice is so easy to listen to that the thorns in his lyrics can catch the listeners unawares," comments Dirty Linen. "I am not just a pen," James points out wryly. "I am a voice as well."

Daniel ROA: Daniel ROA = francophone pop with a worldly twist and a unique blend of socially aware, witty and intelligent lyrics, touching matters of the heart and of everyday life. Daniel ROA's fiery musical universe is rich in flavor, overflowing with humor, candor and intelligence. In love with life, song and poetry, Daniel presents an alternative pop woven with original sounds in a style like no other. With an ear consistently attuned to new sounds, and an eye forever gazing on the human condition, the leader of the highly-acclaimed Johnny Cajun performs music that will have you dancing to a Rio swing before exploding into modern pop, with stops from spacious all the way to funky.

Stacey Nattrass: Stacey Nattrass is a versatile vocalist known to musical theatre, jazz and classical audiences alike. In addition to performing with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, she has appeared with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, Winnipegĺ─˘s Classical Guitar Society, and Winnipegĺ─˘s Contemporary Dancers. Staceyĺ─˘s stage credits include The Full Monty, The Sound of Music, The Wizard Of Oz, Miss Saigon, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Footloose (Rainbow Stage), My Fair Lady (MTC), and Strike!

Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Versatility, technical excellence, and a captivating style are the trademarks of Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet; qualities that have garnered both critical and audience acclaim. These qualities keep the RWB in demand as it presents more than 100 performances every season. Founded in 1939, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet holds the double distinction of being Canada's premier ballet company and the longest continuously operating ballet company in North America. In 1953, the Company received its royal title, the first granted under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. In 1958, Arnold Spohr was appointed artistic director, and under his direction, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet grew and developed to take its place among the world's internationally renowned companies.

Eagle & Hawk:
One listen to Eagle & Hawkĺ─˘s distinctive sound and youĺ─˘ll be hooked. By blending inspired vision with musical talent, Eagle & Hawk have created a progressive style of ĺ─˛rockĺ─˘ steeped in roots, fusion, and solid songwriting that continues to earn fans ĺ─ý and loads of fanfare ĺ─ý worldwide. Eagle & Hawkĺ─˘s music takes the lead in defining the genre of contemporary Indigenous music. Envisioning a sound that fused modern rock with traditional elements, guitarist and bandleader Vince Fontaine founded Eagle & Hawk in 1994. The journey took the band from Winnipeg, Manitoba to stages in European capitals where they blasted onto the scene with a powerful live show. While their effervescent performances won over international and national audiences, their talent and determination quietly garnered respect from fans and critics alike.

Tickets to 2010: The Concert are affordably priced at $20.10 in order to be accessible to all Winnipeggers. The faster you buy tickets the better chance you have at choice seating.

To purchase tickets, please call the WSO Box Office at 949-3999; go to www.wso.ca; call Ticketmaster at 780-3333 or go to www.ticketmaster.ca.

Winnipeg, MB ĺ─ý December 12, 2009 ĺ─ýWinnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO), Winnipeg Cultural Capital of Canada 2010, and Manitoba Homecoming 2010 are pleased to announce that Monique LaCoste and Wab Kinew will be the hosts for 2010: The Concert. The event, which was announced earlier, will feature a diverse and impressive array of seventeen performances that will dazzle and awe the audience!

Bios on the hosts and featured guest artists are detailed below:

Hosts:

Monique LaCoste: A seasoned TV and radio host, Monique LaCoste is best known for her many years with Radio-Canada Manitoba. Fluently bilingual, this veteran voice over artist and Master of Ceremonies has lent her voice to hundreds of commercials, documentaries, and corporate projects worldwide. In February, she will realize her Olympic dream by taking part in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games, as an announcer for the team welcome ceremonies as well as the curling venue.

Wab Kinew: Wab Kinew (pron: WOB ka-NOO) is a one-of-a-kind musical talent, becoming one of the artists ĺ─˙to watch forĺ─¨ emerging from the Prairie Provinces. He is a hip-hop artist and CBC radio producer/host based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Wab exemplifies what it means to be multicultural in Canada today, holding both a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and training in the traditional Medicine ways of his Anishinaabe people.

Guest Artists:

Monica Huisman: Touted as the ĺ─˛next great voice on the Canadian Opera scene exuding dramatic flair with a resonant voice as rich as melted chocolateĺ─˘ (Winnipeg Free Press), lyric soprano Monica Huisman has already made her mark in the musical world. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Ms. Huisman received her operatic training at the University of Toronto in the studio of Mary Morrison. Ms. Huisman continued on to the International Opera Centre of the Netherlands, where she made her European debut at the famous Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. She has sung with Pacific Opera Victoria, Vancouver Opera, Edmonton and Calgary Opera and Opera Hamilton and, of course, Manitoba Opera.

School of Contemporary Dancers: is recognized as a leading national centre for professional contemporary dance training in Canada whose mandate is to prepare students for careers in contemporary dance performance. The Professional Program of The School of Contemporary Dancers is a four-year professional training program for dancers seeking a career in contemporary dance performance. The Fourth-Year of the Program is a special bridging year from the professional student to the professional emerging artist level. Fourth-Year dancers are given opportunities to connect with the professional community and to undertake professional projects. The School of Contemporary Dancers is co-directed by Odette Heyn-Penner and Faye Thomson.

Steve Bell: Singer, song writer, story teller, Steve Bellĺ─˘s music offers an astonishing combination of familiar and fresh, provocative and comforting, exuberant and reflective, salty and sweet. Immediately attractive, it rewards repeated listening: the genuine beauty on the surface gives away to treasures in the depths. In a normal year of touring, Steve Bell performs about one hundred concerts. Steveĺ─˘s concerts feature his award winning songwriting and evocative tenor vocals, as well as his scintillating finger style acoustic guitar artistry and his captivating story telling.

D.Rangers: From where else but Winnipeg could come an operation like the D.Rangers? Their brand of music is simultaneously dangerous-as-hell and brilliantly inventive. Blending bluegrass, western swing, punk rock, and just about anything else, the D.Rangers are one of a kind. Described as ĺ─˙mutant bluegrass,ĺ─¨ un-country, and ĺ─˙arm-swinging hillbilly-stomp,ĺ─¨ their live shows are an engaging mix of originals, traditional classics and off-the-wall covers.

Fred Penner: At a recent keynote address to an early childhood education conference, acclaimed family entertainer, singer/songwriter, composer, actor, writer, author, TV host and keynote speaker Fred Penner delivered a simple, yet powerful message. "Never underestimate your ability to make a difference in the life of a child." A gentle giant with kind eyes and an undeniable ability to make you feel good about yourself, this musical master brings 25 years of commitment, consistency and depth to a career that skillfully blends the many genres of performing and communication. Dubbed "Mr. Multi-Media" by Billboard Magazine, his diverse repertoire includes a prolific 12 Childrenĺ─˘s albums and countless energetically packed live shows for throngs of eager audiences across North America.

Fubuki Daiko: Audiences everywhere are energized by Fubuki Daiko's (Blizzard Drums) high-powered style of Japanese drumming. The group's North American roots push the envelope of tradition to create a truly eclectic experience that is part martial arts, part meditation and all rhythm. For Hiroshi Koshiyama, Naomi Guilbert, and Bruce Robertson, taiko is not just a performance art form but a way of life. Performing, training, and teaching year-round, each member has over ten years of taiko experience including four years of traditional Japanese apprenticeship under the watchful and highly critical eye of Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, founder of the San Francisco Taiko Dojo and the father of North American taiko. After performing at Carnegie Hall and leaving with their Sensei's blessing, the three core members relocated to Winnipeg, Manitoba where they expanded into the five member professional touring ensemble that is Fubuki Daiko. The group has since gone on to electrify audiences in festivals, rodeos, bars, temples, schools, legions, hockey arenas, land fills and concert halls from San Francisco to Prince Edward Island with their innovative brand of taiko.

Camerata Nova: Camerata Nova was founded in Winnipeg in 1996 as a choral ensemble dedicated to the exploration and performance of a cappella Renaissance music. As the group has evolved, it has branched out well beyond this period to medieval and early Baroque works as well as 20th-century repertoire, including compositions by Andrew Balfour, the groupĺ─˘s Artistic Director. Camerata Nova takes an increasingly innovative approach to performance, experimenting with unusual venues and exploring the use of unconventional sounds, including throat and overtone singing, and instruments such as crystal bowls, sackbut, and didgeridoo, in contemporary compositions and in arrangements of traditional works.

Sierra Noble: Best known as a fiddle virtuoso who breezes through Celtic, Bluegrass, Jazz, World beat and other styles of music with stunning ease, Sierra's breadth of experience is impressive. Her talent has taken her around the world where she has visited countries in Asia, Europe and North America. She amazes audiences with compelling contemporary performances which feature exceptional instrumentals, beautiful innovative vocals, and her infectious down to earth charm. Sierra dedicates much of her time to various causes, from her involvement with the global fight to ban landmines, her work with welcoming war-affected refugee families to Canada, as well as programs for inner-city youth in Winnipeg, all in an effort to make the world a better place.

Anna-Lisa Kirby: Before moving to Winnipeg in 2003, Anna-Lisa Kirby established her professional career as a jazz vocalist in New York City. She has had the privilege of sharing the stage with many world-class jazz artists. Some of these include Steve Kirby, Wynton Marsalis, Cyrus Chestnut, Ted Nash, Stefon Harris and Xavier Davis. Anna-Lisa is featured on the Larry Roy and Steve Kirby 2008 CD-release Wicked Grin and is the vocalist for Steve Kirbyĺ─˘s acclaimed Oceanic Jazz Orchestra.

Steve Kirbyĺ─˘s career as a jazz musician spans over 25 years of performance collaboration with many of the finest artists in the field, both in North America and abroad. Throughout these years, his role as an educator has been a fundamental and vital part of his commitment to music. Steve has performed extensively and recorded with some of the most high profile jazz artists on the scene today. He spent two years as bassist for Elvin Jones and Jazz Machine and four years with Cyrus Chestnut Trio. He is the bass player on two of Mr. Chestnuts Atlantic Recordings: the critically acclaimed Dark Before the Dawn and Earth Stories. He has also performed in club and/or concert hall settings with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz @ Lincoln Center, opera star Kathleen Battle, legendary Jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln, Jazz violinist Regina Carter and The Joanne Brackeen Trio featuring Horatio "El Negro" Hernandez. In the summer of 2003, Steve Kirby accepted the position as the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Manitoba. Since then, Steve has overseen a full-fledged rejuvenation of the jazz scene in Winnipeg.

Momentum Aerial: Momentum is comprised of performers who share a background of dance, gymnastics, and the aerial arts. The performance group is dedicated to bringing dance, acrobatics, and the circus arts of aerial fabric, hoop, and trapeze together in the spirit of exploration to create exciting new works for Winnipeg audiences in both indoor and outdoor venues. Troupe members have studied and performed across Canada, the United States and Europe. Locally, members have performed during the 1999 Pan Am Games, The Festival of the Arts at The Forks, The Festival of Trees & Lights at The Winnipeg Convention Centre, The MTS Opening, The Junos held at MTS Centre, and various school and sporting events throughout Winnipeg.

Rusalka Ukrainian Dance Ensemble: For nearly half a century Rusalka has been capturing the imagination of audiences around the world with its often fiery, always colourful presentation of Ukrainian dance. Tours of North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia, combined with performances for heads of state, religious figures and royalty, have placed Rusalka among the most widely recognized Ukrainian dance groups in the world. The Ensemble embarks on a new era as it begins preparing for its 50th Anniversary in 2012 under the Artistic Directorship of Marijka Stanowych, a former Rusalka dancer/instructor and professional Ballet teacher with Canadaĺ─˘s Royal Winnipeg Ballet Schools, who studied at the Choreographic School of the Ukrainian Folk Dance Ensemble named after Pavlo Virsky. Deep within each dancer burns a passion to showcase the power and beauty of Ukrainian dance and they are eager to enchant audiences with the experience that is, Rusalka!

James Keelaghan: "I love touching people with my music as a performer," James Keelaghan says. "Putting a song across so that people get inside the story. I love the immediacy of it, the feedback.ĺ─¨ James is one of Canada's greatest songwriters, and he's written songs recorded by the likes of Cry,Cry,Cry. But he can sing too, you know. Like, really sing. In a resonant baritone voice that has been called everything from sweet and smooth, to coffee-rich, to glorious. "Keelaghan's voice is so easy to listen to that the thorns in his lyrics can catch the listeners unawares," comments Dirty Linen. "I am not just a pen," James points out wryly. "I am a voice as well."

Daniel ROA: Daniel ROA = francophone pop with a worldly twist and a unique blend of socially aware, witty and intelligent lyrics, touching matters of the heart and of everyday life. Daniel ROA's fiery musical universe is rich in flavor, overflowing with humor, candor and intelligence. In love with life, song and poetry, Daniel presents an alternative pop woven with original sounds in a style like no other. With an ear consistently attuned to new sounds, and an eye forever gazing on the human condition, the leader of the highly-acclaimed Johnny Cajun performs music that will have you dancing to a Rio swing before exploding into modern pop, with stops from spacious all the way to funky.

Stacey Nattrass: Stacey Nattrass is a versatile vocalist known to musical theatre, jazz and classical audiences alike. In addition to performing with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, she has appeared with the Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, Winnipegĺ─˘s Classical Guitar Society, and Winnipegĺ─˘s Contemporary Dancers. Staceyĺ─˘s stage credits include The Full Monty, The Sound of Music, The Wizard Of Oz, Miss Saigon, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Footloose (Rainbow Stage), My Fair Lady (MTC), and Strike!

Royal Winnipeg Ballet: Versatility, technical excellence, and a captivating style are the trademarks of Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet; qualities that have garnered both critical and audience acclaim. These qualities keep the RWB in demand as it presents more than 100 performances every season. Founded in 1939, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet holds the double distinction of being Canada's premier ballet company and the longest continuously operating ballet company in North America. In 1953, the Company received its royal title, the first granted under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. In 1958, Arnold Spohr was appointed artistic director, and under his direction, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet grew and developed to take its place among the world's internationally renowned companies.

Eagle & Hawk:
One listen to Eagle & Hawkĺ─˘s distinctive sound and youĺ─˘ll be hooked. By blending inspired vision with musical talent, Eagle & Hawk have created a progressive style of ĺ─˛rockĺ─˘ steeped in roots, fusion, and solid songwriting that continues to earn fans ĺ─ý and loads of fanfare ĺ─ý worldwide. Eagle & Hawkĺ─˘s music takes the lead in defining the genre of contemporary Indigenous music. Envisioning a sound that fused modern rock with traditional elements, guitarist and bandleader Vince Fontaine founded Eagle & Hawk in 1994. The journey took the band from Winnipeg, Manitoba to stages in European capitals where they blasted onto the scene with a powerful live show. While their effervescent performances won over international and national audiences, their talent and determination quietly garnered respect from fans and critics alike.

Tickets to 2010: The Concert are affordably priced at $20.10 in order to be accessible to all Winnipeggers. The faster you buy tickets the better chance you have at choice seating.

To purchase tickets, please call the WSO Box Office at 949-3999; go to www.wso.ca; call Ticketmaster at 780-3333 or go to www.ticketmaster.ca.

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En primeur łŢ Qułębec chez Sillons le disquaire, CD Młęlomane et Musique du Faubourg dł«s le 15 dłęcembre 2009

Michel Cłątłę, saxophone

Andrłę Lachance, guitare

Franł▀ois Cłątłę, batterie

Guillaume Bouchard, contrebasse et composition

En magasin dł«s le 19 janvier 2010


Qułębec, le 11 dłęcembre 2009 - Aprł«s Happy Blue, duo de contrebasses avec Michel Donato enregistrłę en 2006 sous le label parisien Zig-Zag Territoires, le contrebassiste qułębłęcois Guillaume Bouchard lance son nouveau disque Chemins. Guillaume Bouchard nous surprend par ses compositions oł╝ les młęlodies qui nous transportent se młülent łŢ une harmonie toujours riche et recherchłęe. Entourłę des excellents musiciens Michel Cłątłę (saxophone), Andrłę Lachance (guitare) et Franł▀ois Cłątłę (batterie), Guillaume Bouchard nous prłęsente cet album, qui se place dans la grande lignłęe du jazz traditionnel, comme un voyage dans son univers musical.


Lancement de lĺ─˘album le 22 dłęcembre 2009 łŢ 17h

au bar de lĺ─˘Hłątel Clarendon, 57 rue Sainte-Anne, Qułębec

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La carrił«re du chef dĺ─˘orchestre qułębłęcois Jean-Michał┤l Lavoie progresse rapidement !

Montrłęal, 11 dłęcembre 2009 ĺ─ý Installłę en France depuis un an, le jeune chef dĺ─˘orchestre qułębłęcois Jean-Michał┤l Lavoie se dłęmarque de plus en plus comme łętant un chef au talent remarquable et au professionnalisme irrłęprochable.

Tout dernił«rement, il a łętłę finaliste pour le poste de Directeur musical et Chef Principal de l'Orchestre de Besanł▀on Franche-Comtłę. Pour un nouveau venu, se rendre łŢ ce stade de la compłętition relł«ve presque du miracle, ce qui dłęmontre lĺ─˘intłęrłüt rapide et grandissant que les łętablissements franł▀ais portent łŢ Jean-Michał┤l Lavoie.

ł─ preuve, voici les engagements qui jalonnent lĺ─˘horaire de Jean-Michał┤l pour les prochains mois :

- Chef Associłę du Choeur Accentus pour lĺ─˘automne 2009

- Chef invitłę de l'Ensemble orchestral de Paris (11-12 dłęcembre 2009 et 11, 17, 18, 19 fłęvrier 2010)
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orchestral-paris.com/orchestre/ensemble-orchestral-paris>
- Chef invitłę de l'Orchestre de Bretagne pour une tournłęe de 7 concerts (juin-juillet-aoł¬t 2010)
- Avril 2010 : Enregistrement d'un disque pour l'łętiquette Nałěve avec l'Orchestre de Bretagne
http://www.orchestre-de-bretagne.com/
<http://www.orchestre-de-bretagne.com/>

Pour en savoir plus sur la carrił«re de Jean-Michał┤l Lavoie, consultez son site internet :
www.jean-michaellavoie.com
<http://www.jean-michaellavoie.com/>


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Choisi par Pierre Boulez et Susanna Młžlkki pour łütre chef assistant de lĺ─˘Ensemble intercontemporain (EIC), słęlectionnłę parmi 47 candidats et premier canadien łŢ occuper ce poste, Jean-Michał┤l Lavoie a rapidement gagnłę la confiance de la prestigieuse formation parisienne. Il a dirigłę son premier concert łŢ la tłüte de lĺ─˘Ensemble en janvier 2009.

Natif de Saint-Cłęsaire en Montłęrłęgie, Jean-Michał┤l Lavoie complł«te ses łętudes musicales łŢ Montrłęal łŢ la Schulich School of Music de lĺ─˘Universitłę McGill, oł╝ il a łętudiłę le piano dans la classe de Richard Raymond en plus de se spłęcialiser en direction dĺ─˘orchestre, analyse, orchestration et histoire de la musique.

Chef dĺ─˘orchestre actif au Canada, il est dĺ─˘abord chef assistant du McGill Contemporary Music Ensemble de 2003 łŢ 2007 et chef assistant łŢ Opera McGill en 2005 et 2006. Il fait des dłębuts trł«s remarqułęs en 2006 łŢ la SMCQ łŢ lĺ─˘occasion du concert dĺ─˘ouverture du 40e anniversaire de la Sociłętłę. Il est tout de suite rłęinvitłę pour diriger deux crłęations nord-amłęricaines lors du Festival international Montrłęal/Nouvelles Musiques en mars 2007. Dĺ─˘abord chef assistant du Chëýur de Radio-Canada depuis fłęvrier 2006, il est rapidement nommłę directeur artistique adjoint pour la saison musicale 2007/08.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

LSM launches 2010 Endowment Fund Campaign

Every $1 Donated Will be Matched by $1.50 From Quebec Government



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Montreal, QC ĺ─ý December 8, 2009 ĺ─ý La Scł«ne musicale / The Music Scene (LSM), the non-profit organization that publishes the arts magazines La Scena Musicale / The Music Scene / La SCENA is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a spot in the matching program, Placements Culture, by the Quebec government. For every $1 donated to LSM by November 30, 2010, the Quebec government will contribute $1.50.


Placements Culture is designed to create endowment funds for charitable arts organizations. LSM plans to raise $100,000 over the next 12 months, which, combined with the government contribution, will create a $250,000 endowment. This is highly important for the longevity of the Canada National Magazine Awards-honoured La Scena Musicale, La SCENA and The Music Scene magazines, the multiple award-winning website SCENA.org, and LSMĺ─˘s other arts promotion activities.


Now celebrating its 14th year, LSM is a registered non-profit charity promoting music and the arts through three magazines, a website, and other outreach activities. It connects musicians/artists, the arts community and music/art lovers together through education and information. Help us continue our work with a donation (cash and goods are helpful) and by volunteering.


In light of the new Placements Culture subsidy, LSM is launching its 2010 Endowment Fund campaign and hopes that during this holiday season of giving, arts lovers everywhere will donate generously. All contributions made by December 31 will qualify for a 2009 tax receipt. Every donor will play an active part in promoting classical music and the arts by supporting LSM.



Donations Requested:

For more information, please contact 514-948-2520 or info@lascena.org

Donate at CanadaHelps.org or through Paypal

Charitable tax no. 14199 6579 RR0001

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La SCENA Green Card Launched For Arts Lovers

[Version franł▀aise]

Environmentally-Friendly Membership Offers Cheaper Alternative


Montreal, QC ĺ─ý December 8, 2009 ĺ─ý Environmentally conscious arts lovers can now enjoy Canadaĺ─˘s most comprehensive classical music and jazz magazines from the comfort of their computers. La Scena Musicale / The Music Scene / La SCENA (LSM) proudly launches the new La SCENA Green Card for Arts Lovers this winter. Green Card club members will save $15 off the traditional subscription fee and over 65% off newsstand prices.

For only $25 a year, members will receive high-resolution electronic versions of all 10 issues of La Scena Musicale (the latest in classical, jazz, and world music), 4 issues of La SCENA (specializing in visual arts, dance, theatre, cinema), and 2 issues of The Music Scene (focus on music in English-language Canada): thatĺ─˘s 16 magazines every year. Not only are subscribers the first to know about upcoming concerts and recordings but they gain exclusive access to the extensive Naxos Music Library , where they can listen to over 39,000 CDs (thatĺ─˘s almost 3,000 non-stop days of music!), as well as receive a new Discovery CD monthly (in partnership with XXI Records) featuring Canadaĺ─˘s top musicians of the past and future for download. Green Card members can also download the entire past Discovery CD Collection (10 CDs already). And thatĺ─˘s not all: the Green Card gives you access to special subscriber-only discounts from other retailers and institutions including Archambault, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, and the Opłęra de Montrłęal. Whatĺ─˘s more, we give away CDs and tickets each month to a lucky subscriber, and as a special club member you will always receive select invitations to conferences, launches, and other special arts industry events.

Treat yourself this season and join the club. While you are at it, what can be better than offering your friends and family the gift of music and the arts at their doorstep with a LSM subscription? As the holidays approach, this is the perfect time to give LSM. Every subscriber plays an active part in promoting classical music and the arts by supporting LSM, a registered non-profit charity. And with the new Green Card as well as our traditional subscription package to choose from, you are sure to please any arts lover on your shopping list.

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Japanese Opera Star Mihoko Kinoshita to Sing in Phoneix

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WILL STAR AS CIO-CIO-SAN IN PHOENIX OPERAĺ─˘S MADAMA BUTTERFLY

ACCLAIMED BY CRITICS FOR HER BUTTERFLY INTERPRETATION

Madama Butterfly

February 12, 14, 2010

In February Phoenix Opera will present an internationally renowned soprano in the role of Cio-Cio-San in Pucciniĺ─˘s Madama Butterfly at the Orpheum Theatre. Mihoko Kinoshita has been called by some ĺ─˙the greatest Cio-Cio-Sanĺ─¨ due to her rich and incomparably controlled voice, and her unparalleled portrayal of the wide spectrum of emotions necessary for the role. Kinoshita has sung the role of Butterfly throughout Europe, Japan, and several major cities in the United States to enthusiastic reviews:

ĺ─˙ĺ─ÂKinoshitaĺ─˘s vocal accomplishment is absolute. ĺ─Âbound up in Kinoshitaĺ─˘s vocal prowess is her stage savvy. Her acting instincts elevate her singing to a devastating naturalism. We believe in this ingenuous Butterfly as surely as she believes in her marriage to the long-departed Lt. Pinkerton.ĺ─¨

- The Detroit News

ĺ─˙ĺ─Âgaining strength and richness; dramatically on target, with a wealth of detail in the acting. Kinoshita left quite a vivid mark on the [Butterfly] roleĺ─Âĺ─¨

- Baltimore Sun

ĺ─˙Soprano's brilliant performance carries ĺ─˛Butterfly'ĺ─¨

- Midland Daily News


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Mihoko Kinoshita was born in Kagoshima, Japan. She completed both her Bachelor and Master's Degree at the Musashino Academy of Music. In 2001, she began studying abroad in Italy. She has been awarded numerous prizes, such as first place in the Santa Margherita International Opera Competition and Bevagna International Opera Competition, as well as second place in Verdian voice International Competition in Busseto and the Riccardo Zandonai International Opera Competition. She was also awarded the New Nippon Steal Award-Fresh artist award (2006), and the Idemitsu Music Award (2007), one of Japan's highest awards in the field of arts.

In 2007, Kinoshita was awarded first prize in the Licia Albanese Puccini Foundation Competition and caused a sensation in their winner's concert at Lincoln Center. Her "One Fine Day" (Un bel di vedremo) fascinated not only her audience but also the other winners.

She had her Baltimore Opera debut, in May 2008, as Madama Butterfly, following her debut with the Midland Symphony Orchestra in the same role. She also made her Detroit Opera debut at Michigan Opera Theater (MOT) in November. In all of the performances, her brilliant talent showed her full range of the Butterfly character, and won her much approval from critics and the public. Even now, audiences seldom have the chance to see such a talented Japanese singer, who can perform the title role as brilliantly.

In December, she was invited to the Puccini 150th Anniversary Gala Concert by Di Capo Opera and sang the "Love Duet" from Madama Butterfly with Raul Melo at Lincoln Center.

She has recognized as major interpreter of the role of Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, having sung the role at the Santa Margherita Opera Festival in Italy (2002), Belgrade Opera (2003), Sofia National Opera (2004), Tokyo Bunkakaikan of Nikikai Opera Theater (2004, 2006), the Kanagawa Philharmonic (2004) and the Sofia summer Festival (2006).

Kinoshita will make her Canadian debut as "Cio-Cio-San" at Vancouver in 2010. She resides in New York.

In the opera, Lieutenant B.F. Pinkerton marries a young Japanese girl, Cio-Cio-San. Taking his marriage vows lightly, Pinkerton abandons Cio-Cio-San and returns to America where he finds a new wife. Only realizing that she had been abandoned three years later, shortly before a return visit by Pinkerton and his new wife, Cio-Cio-San begins to set the stage for the third actĺ─˘s shocking conclusion. Madama Butterfly premiered at LaScala. In Milan, in 1904 and has consistently been one of the most performed operas in the repertoire.

Pucciniĺ─˘s Madama Butterfly will be presented on February 12th and 14th, 2010 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster or by calling the Orpheum Theatre at 602-262-7272.

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Classiques: łÔvłęnements d'intłęrłüt communautaire / Community Events

łÔvłęnement d'intłęrłüt communautaire

łÔvłęnement : Cours de violon pour tous

Date : Dł«s maintenant

Heure : Sur rendez-vous

Adresse : 176, chemin du Bord-du-Lac ĺ─ý Lakeshore, Pointe-Claire

Coł¬t : Varie selon le niveau de lĺ─˘łęlł«ve.

Description : Apprendre łŢ jouer du violon, un instrument des plus expressifsĺ─ pourquoi pas ? Nos trois professeures hautement qualifiłęes utilisent la Młęthode Suzuki avec les enfants qui apprennent tout en sĺ─˘amusant et dłęveloppent un sentiment de confiance en soi et de fiertłę. Il reste encore quelques places tard en aprł«s-midi les mardis, mercredis et samedis. Pour les 5 łŢ 85 ansĺ─ ou plus ! Ne tardez pas, tłęlłęphonez pour plus dĺ─˘information.

Organisation : Centre culturel de Pointe-Claire, Stewart Hall

Contact : Rłęceptionniste

Tłęlłęphone : 514-630-1220


Community Event

Event: Violin Lessons

Date: On going

Time: By appointment only

Address: 176 ch. du Bord-du-Lac ĺ─ý Lakeshore, Pointe-Claire

Cost: Varies according to studentĺ─˘s level

Description: Why not learn to play the violin, a most expressive and versatile instrument? Give yourself or your kids this very special and enjoyable skill. Using the Suzuki Method with the children, our three highly qualified and experienced professors make learning the violin a fun experience, instilling at the same time a sense of accomplishment and pride. There are still spaces available in the late afternoon on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. All ages are welcome! Donĺ─˘t wait, call us for information.

Organization: Pointe-Claire Cultural Centre, Stewart Hall.

Contact name: Receptionist

Telephone: 514-630-1220


łÔvłęnement d'intłęrłüt communautaire

łÔvłęnement : Cours de flł¬te traversił«re (pour enfants ou adultes)

Date : Dł«s maintenant

Heure : Sur rendez-vous seulement

Adresse : 176, chemin du Bord-du-Lac ĺ─ý Lakeshore, Pointe-Claire

Coł¬t : Varie selon le niveau de lĺ─˘łęlł«ve.

Description : Ah, la flł¬te ! Qui peut rester indiffłęrent łŢ la musique exquise et si douce qui łęmane de cet instrument ? Rares sont ceux qui ne peuvent apprendre łŢ le jouer avec plaisir, surtout avec notre professeur remarquable, Claire Marchand, flł¬tiste renommłęe. Offrez-vous ce plaisir ou offrez łŢ votre enfant un passe-temps qui cultivera aptitudes rythmiques et młęlodiques tout en dłęveloppant concentration et confiance en soi, un don qui lui servira toute la vie. Pour les jeunes et moins jeunes. Ne tardez pas, venez nous parler : cĺ─˘est sans obligation aucune.

Organisation : Centre culturel de Pointe-Claire, Stewart Hall

Contact : Rłęceptionniste

Tłęlłęphone : 514-630-1220


Community Event

Event: Transverse Flute Classes (for children or adults)

Date: Register now

Time: By appointment only

Address: 176 ch. du Bord-du-Lac ĺ─ý Lakeshore, Pointe-Claire

Cost: Varies according to studentĺ─˘s level

Description: Ah, the flute! Who is not moved by the exquisite and gentle music emanating from this instrument? Few cannot learn to play it with pleasure, especially with our outstanding professor, Claire Marchand, a flutist of some renown. Give yourself this most satisfying pleasure, or give your child a pass-time that will develop rhythmic and melodic ability, and foster concentration and self confidence at the same time, a gift that will last a lifetime! For young and old. Donĺ─˘t wait, call now! Thereĺ─˘s no obligation.

Organization: Pointe-Claire Cultural Centre, Stewart Hall.

Contact name: Receptionist

Telephone: 514-630-1220

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Jordan Wentworth Farrarĺ─˘s The Day Boy and the Night Girl

A World Premiere Opera

An operatic re-imagining of a classic Victorian fairy tale


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The Day Boy and the Night Girl

Written by Jordan Wentworth Farrar

Directed by Louisa Jonason and Rebecca Bani Kerr


Conducted by Jordan Wentworth Farrar


Adapted from the book by George MacDonald




Commissioned by the After Dinner Opera Company to commemorate its
60th anniversary.



Leonard Nimoy Thalia Hall at Symphony Space

December 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m.


2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY 10025


Tickets: $12 students and seniors, $15 general admission, $10 each for groups of
10 or more.

Call 212-864-5400 or go to
symphonyspace.org.



New York, N.Y.
ĺ─ţThe After Dinner Opera Company presents the world premiere of Jordan Wentworth Farrarĺ─˘s The Day Boy and the Night Girl, an operatic re-imagining of the classic Victorian fairy tale by George MacDonald. Wentworth Farrarĺ─˘s new three-act opera debuts at Symphony Space on December 29, 2009.


The Day Boy and the Night Girl follows the lives of Phytogen and Nycteris, both of whom have been imprisoned by the sorcery of Watho, the she-wolf. The boy, Phytogen, has been cursed never to see night while Nycteris, the girl, is doomed never to see the light of day. This retelling of the fairy tale was adapted by Wentworth Farrar from her memory of reading the story as a child. ĺ─˙I wanted to take the premise of the book and make it my own,ĺ─¨ she says.


According to Curator Magazine, ĺ─˙Wentworth Farrarĺ─˘s music is tonal, with haunting melodic themes interspersed with tightly stacked vocal harmonies... a new and unusual work.ĺ─¨


DigitalCity notes "an eerie yet beautifully melodic chorus adorned with splendid vocal harmonies reverberates out from a fantastical scene of dancing fireflies, mystical mermaids and other apparitions."


The Village Voice calls it "An enchanted evening."


The opera also marks the 60th anniversary of the After Dinner Opera Company, which commissioned The Day Boy and Night Girl to celebrate its milestone birthday. Since 1950, the After Dinner Opera has produced hundreds of American chamber operas by more than 70 composers, including Duke Ellington and Leonard Bernstein.



About Jordan Wentworth Farrar:
Jordan Wentworth Farrar is a New York City based composer and singer. Her performances include roles and solo engagements with Gran Teatre del Liceu of Barcelona, New Yorkĺ─˘s Amato Opera, Austin Civic Opera, and the Civic Light Opera of Seattle. The Day Boy and the Night Girl


For more information about THE DAY BOY AND THE NIGHT GIRL by JORDAN WENTWORTH FARRAR please visit dayboynightgirl.com.


Hear music samples from The Day Boy and the Night Girl on the DBNG Facebook page.
is her first opera.

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Highlights at Midem Jazz 2010





Sophie Hunger
Čę Benoit Peverelli

Tigran Hamasyan
Čę Christian Ducasse

Klaus Doldinger
Čę Warner Music Group


Paris, 11 December 2009 ĺ─ý The MIDEM Jazz event will once again be welcoming a selection of international artists next month. A sparkling line-up of performers will take the stage at the eventĺ─˘s jazz club in the Salon Złęphyr at the Hotel Carlton from 24-26 January 2010.

For the third consecutive year, the Talent Jazz stage will offer one concert each evening from Sunday through Tuesday:

ĺ─ó Sunday 24 January, Swiss singer Sophie Hunger will transport the audience to her unique universe, where folk meets pop and jazz. The composer, pianist, guitar player and singer will be joined by trombonist Michael Flury and Christian Prader (flute, piano and guitar).
ĺ─ó Monday 25 January will see Tigran Hamasyan performing his virtuoso improvisations. The 22 year old New York-based Armenian pianist has already produced three albums, won prizes from international competitions (Montreux, Juan-les-Pins and the Martial Solal Competition) and collaborated with the likes of Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock and John McLaughlin.
ĺ─ó Tuesday 26 January is when Canadian pianist Franł▀ois Bourassa will share his daring musical explorations. This master of polyrhythm, whose remarkable compositions are heavily influenced by French music, has spent the last twenty five years travelling the world with his musical collaborators.

Each night, Talent Jazz will be followed by MIDEM Jazz Club, from 11pm to 1.30am:

ĺ─ó Sunday 24 January will have a Spanish flavour with two of the hottest acts from the Catalan scene: Double bass player Giulia Valle will explore her experimental rhythms, followed by a concert from the Xavier Dotras Trio.
ĺ─ó Monday 25 January, MIDEM will be presenting the Carte Blanche SACEM evening. The line-up includes guitarist Louis Winsberg, winner of the Django dĺ─˘Or 2008, and his amazing Jaleo project where jazz blends with flamenco and Indian music. The second part of the evening will be dedicated to Davy Sicard, with his Creole-tinted jazz and its Madagascan, Indian and African influences.
ĺ─ó Tuesday 26 January, MIDEM will be honouring German producer Siggi Loch, founder of the Act label. Two exceptional events will mark the celebrations: The reforming of the mythical jazz fusion group of the 1970s that made his name, Passport, with its leader Klaus Doldinger; followed by a unique session with artists from his hotbed of budding talent brought together under the moniker Act Family Band: Niels Landgren, Michael Wollny, Lars Danielsson, FrłŻy Aagre, Wolfgang Haffner and Nguyen Lłü.

New this year:
ĺ─ó MidemNet for free! - Access to the cutting-edge digital business conference included in MIDEM registration.
ĺ─ó MidemNet Lab - Discover the latest digital innovations through the selection of 15 promising start-ups, chosen by a jury of successful entrepreneurs.
ĺ─ó MIDEM+ - Innovative networking solutions and one-on-one expert guidance to boost business efficiency.
ĺ─ó Redesigned exhibition zone - Networking, knowledge and open meeting places right at the heart of the market.
ĺ─ó The Fringe - A friendly and efficient manner to showcase artists to the world.

Discover all the latest news on our website www.midem.com.

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Time For the WSO to ĺ─˙Go Baroqueĺ─¨

Winnipeg, MB ĺ─ý December 10, 2009 ĺ─ý The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO), together with Virtuosi Concerts, are proud to present Baroque I ĺ─ý Bach & Sons. The two concerts being held at the Eckhardt-Gramattłę Hall at The University of Winnipeg, on December 12 and 13, will feature the WSOĺ─˘s Gwen Hoebig, Yuri Hooker, and the Baroque Chamber Players performing classics by Bach.

Johann Sebastian Bach's towering musical stature produced sons whose music reflected both their heritage and their times. With stories and insights to complement the music, we explore the mightiest of musical families.

Recognized as one of Canada's most outstanding violinists, Gwen Hoebig is a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York City and has been the WSO concertmaster since 1987, a position she was awarded by a unanimous choice of the audition committee. Gwen was recently recognized at the 50th anniversary celebrations for the Canadian Music Centre for her exemplary commitment to the performance of the music of Canadian composers.

Principle Cellist with the WSO and Manitoba Chamber Orchestra (MBO) and an avid chamber musician, Yuri Hooker has performed with a variety of ensembles at numerous venues throughout Western Canada and the United States. In past seasons he has performed concertos with the WSO, MCO and MusikBarock, arranged and performed music for the MCO Chamber Music Night, and has been featured on CBC Radio's Arts Encounters.

For more information, visit www.wso.ca or www.virtuosi.mb.ca.

In partnership with Virtuosi Concerts, the WSO presents Baroque I on Sunday, December 12 at 8 pm and Saturday, December 13 at 2 pm at the Eckhardt-Gramattłę Hall at The University of Winnipeg.

Regular tickets are $29 and student tickets are just $10. Tickets for Saturday are nearly sold out and are only available through Virtuosi at 785-9000. Tickets for Sunday are available at the WSO box office until noon on Friday, December 11, at 949-3999 or wso.ca. After noon, tickets will be available through Virtuosi.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Vivaldiĺ─˘s Four Seasons with the VSO and Elizabeth Wallfisch

Vancouver BC ĺ─ý Vivaldiĺ─˘s Four Seasons is a timeless classic and a staple of the Holiday season. This year, Elizabeth Wallfisch will lead the orchestra from the violin in her interpretation of the piece, as well as chamber works by Purcell and Handel. Additionally, VSO Principal Oboist Roger Cole will be featured in Bachĺ─˘s Concerto for Oboe d'amore in A Major. The concerts take place on December 18th and 19th at the Chan Centre for Performing Arts and Massey Theatre in New Westminster on December 21st for one performance at 7:30pm.

Elizabeth Wallfisch is in demand world-wide as a soloist on both modern and period instruments, and as leader directing from her instrument. Her playing has taken her from the Lincoln Center in New York, where she led the Orchestra of the Enlightenment in the opening concert of the 2003 Handel Festival, to Zimbabwe, where she appeared as soloist with the Harare Symphony Orchestra. Libby - as she is universally known - proves herself time and again as a favourite with both audiences and orchestras because of her superb instrumental abilities, her generous and sparkling personality and her impeccable musicianship.

Vivaldiĺ─˘s Four Seasons is one of the most popular works ever written. Vivaldi played a significant role in many important music developments, most notably the rise of the concerto. He wrote over five hundred concerti for various instruments, the most popular of those being for the violin. Vivaldi was paid the tremendous compliment of having Johannes Sebastian Bach transcribe many of his concerti. The Four Seasons are of course Vivaldiĺ─˘s most enduringly popular works, probably due both to their exceptional quality and the programmatic, or descriptive, nature of the music. Vivaldi made pioneering efforts in the area of descriptive composition, and was explicit to a greater degree than any of his other compositions in terms of his elaborate description of what the music portrays. The Four Seasons has become an iconic work, standing alongside the likes of Beethovenĺ─˘s 9th as the most recognized and loved music ever written.

CONCERT INFO

Friday and Saturday, December 18 and 19, 8pm, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC

Monday, December 21, 7:30pm, Massey Theatre

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.

The presentation of this series is made possible in part through the generous assistance of the Chan Centre for Performing Arts of the University of British Columbia.

Bach & Beyond Series Endowed By: The Chan Foundation of Canada

Bach & Beyond Series Radio Sponsor: CHQM-FM

Tickets for December 18th & 19th: $35 - $62.50 (senior, student and subscriber discounts available)

Tickets for December 21st: $28 - $37 (senior, student and subscriber discounts available)

Tickets available online at www.vancouversymphony.ca or by calling VSO customer service at 604.876.3434

BIOGRAPHIES

Elizabeth Wallfisch, leader/violin

The violin gives Elizabeth Wallfisch a voice not only as a prominent interpreter of baroque and classical repertoire but also as the instrument of an inspiring leader and director. Always grounded in period performance practice, Libby - as she is universally known - proves herself time and again as a favourite with both audiences and orchestras because of her superb instrumental abilities, her generous and sparkling personality and her impeccable musicianship.

She is in demand world-wide as a soloist on both modern and period instruments, and as leader directing from her instrument. Her playing has taken her from the Lincoln Center in New York, where she led the Orchestra of the Enlightenment in the opening concert of the 2003 Handel Festival, to Zimbabwe, where she appeared as soloist with the Harare Symphony Orchestra (and brass band from the local police department!) in a rendition of Brahms' Violin Concerto. She has appeared with and directed Les Musiciens de Louvre, Tafelmusik, Apollo's Fire, L'Orfeo Barokorchester, Hanover Band, Israel Chamber Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Philharmonia Baroque and many others. For 15 years she has been the concert master of the prestigious Carmel Bach Festival in California. In January 2007 she was the Music Director of National Music Camp Australia.

Elizabeth Wallfisch's long and impressive discography offers a window onto her expansive musical world. From the High Baroque Italian violinist-composers such as Vivaldi, Corelli, Veracini, Tartini, Geminiani and the Classical and Romantic greats from Mozart to Mendelssohn, she also embraces the music of their lesser-known contemporaries such as Myslivecek and Abel. She has explored the music of Paganini and Viotti and has recorded most of the music of the great Baroque tradition, from the earliest Italian violin music of Cima, to Biber, Telemann, Bach and the rich, sensual music of the French Baroque. She has recently recorded Vivaldi's L'Estro Armonico with Tafelmusik in Toronto, to be released in September 2007. Future guest-directing engagements include the European Union Chamber Orchestra, the Music of the Baroque Orchestra in Chicago, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Pacific Baroque Orchestra in Vancouver and the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester.

Elizabeth has collaborated with ensembles such as the Purcell Quartet, Convivium (formerly Locatelli Trio) and now the 'Wallfisch Band'. With Jaap ter Linden and David Breitman she has formed the Oberlin Fortepiano Trio, exploring the languages of Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and Brahms on period instruments.

Elizabeth Wallfisch also teaches at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague. So far she has published one treatise, specifically on fundamental aspects of baroque violin playing: The Art of Playing Chin-Off for the Brave and the Curious, published by King's Music.

Roger Cole, oboe

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Roger Cole has been principal oboist of the Vancouver Symphony and the CBC Radio Orchestra since 1976. He received his early musical training in Seattle, Washington and went on to become a scholarship student at Yale University and The Juilliard School where he studied with the renowned American oboist, Robert Bloom.

Mr. Cole has participated in summer music festivals at Aspen, Tanglewood,and Marlboro. Since 1998 he has been the principal oboist of the Carmel Bach Festival in California and in June 2003 Mr. Cole was named Music Director and Senior Orchestra Conductor of the Vancouver Youth Symphony Orchestra.

He performs regularly in solo and chamber music recitals and has appeared as soloist with the VSO and the CBC Vancouver Orchestra many times. He has recorded a CD for CBC Records entitled "The Expressive Oboe".

Mr. Cole currently teaches at the University of British Columbia and the Vancouver Academy of Music.

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The weather outside is frightful, but the ESOĺ─˘s holiday music is so delightfulĺ─Â


December 10th, 2009

A Very Merry Pops

Friday, December 18th ĺ─ý 8:00 pm

Saturday, December 19th ĺ─ý 8:00 pm

A Family Christmas Concert

Saturday, December 19th ĺ─ý 2:00 pm

Edmonton, AB ĺ─Â The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) wraps up its holiday season at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music with not only two of the most-anticipated Robbins Pops performances of the season, but also a special family matinłęe that will get young sugar-plums dancing around the Christmas tree! In A Very Merry Pops, Steven Reineke, Music Director of the New York Pops and favourite ESO guest conductor, returns to lead Edmontonĺ─˘s orchestra in its popular potpourri of seasonal songs, carols, light classics, and sing-alongs. On Saturday afternoon, Mr. Reineke will be joined by ESO Resident Conductor, Lucas Waldin, in A Family Christmas Concert.

Lustrous baritone Tyler Hamilton, with his rich vocals and engaging stage presence, along with nearly 100 voices from the Greenwood Singers and the Cantilon Chamber Choir, will light up the stage with their dynamite mix of talent and charisma in A Very Merry Pops. The Cantilon Chamber Choir returns for the family concert, which features medleys of everyoneĺ─˘s favourite carols, plus a presentation of the film The Snowman. This wordless animated adventure about a young boy who makes a snowman that magically comes to life, will be projected above the stage as the orchestra performs the score live. This charming family film, with music by Howard Blake, has become a favourite with ESO audiences in the last few seasons. A Family Christmas Concert will last approximately 75 minutes, without intermission.

Limited single ticket seating remains for these ESO holiday concerts. Ticket prices for A Very Merry Pops range from $20 ĺ─ý $69 (agency fees apply). Ticket prices for A Family Christmas Concert are Adult $30 / Child $15 (agency fees apply). Call the Winspear Centre Box Office at (780) 428-1414, toll-free 1-800-563-5081, or purchase online at www.edmontonsymphony.com.

The ESO will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Edmonton Food Bank at concerts throughout the month of December.

The next Robbins Pops performances will take place on January 29th & 30th, 2010. The łÝran and Kokopelli Choirs join the ESO to take audiences down The Great White Way with Broadwayĺ─˘s most recent hits.

The next special performance for the ESO will take place on March 10th, 2010. Piano Spectacular, a unique concert all things pianistic, features Bill Eddins, Angela Cheng, Jon Kimura Parker, and Michael Massey, performing entertaining piano solos, duets, and excerpts from concerti.

Thank you to our generous Robbins Pops series sponsor, Bill and Mary Jo Robbins, and our season media sponsors CBC and the Edmonton Journal.

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.

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The Cleveland Orchestra presents second ĺ─˙Musically Speakingĺ─¨ concert of the season, focusing on Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Symphony No. 4, at Severance Hall on Jan

Narrator Gerard McBurney

Beyond the ScoreČĂ program narrated by Gerard McBurney illuminates music through multimedia approach

Dutch conductor Jaap van Zweden makes his Cleveland Orchestra debut with week of subscription concerts

CLEVELAND, December 10, 2009 ĺ─ý The Cleveland Orchestra will perform the second concert in its ĺ─˙Musically Speakingĺ─¨ series of Sunday afternoon concerts on January 10, at 3:00 p.m. Jaap van Zweden (pronounced YAP van ZVAY-den), music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, will conduct the program, which focuses on a single work: Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Opus 36. Mr. van Zweden makes his Cleveland Orchestra debut with concerts on January 7, 8, 9, and 10.

This Musically Speaking concert will be a Beyond the ScoreČĂ event, a series launched by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during the 2005-06 season. As written and created by the CSOĺ─˘s creative director, Gerard McBurney, Beyond the ScoreČĂ shares the illuminating stories found ĺ─˙insideĺ─¨ the music, through narrative and video, calling on the orchestra to provide live musical examples that illustrate the structure of each composition. Mr. McBurney has commented, ĺ─˙Above all else, I want to give listeners a sense that this music is there for them and that there are thousands of different ways to listen to it.ĺ─¨

The first half of the January 10 program will feature a multi-media presentation of Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Symphony No. 4, allowing the audience to learn the workĺ─˘s rich context in history, how it fits into the composerĺ─˘s output of works, and the details of the composerĺ─˘s life that influenced its creation. When Gerard McBurney presented this program in Chicago one year ago, The Chicago Tribune wrote that his exploration ĺ─˙took apart Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s music movement by movement, theme by theme, examining it in light of the composerĺ─˘s melancholy personality, his repressed homosexuality, his brief and disastrous marriage and, above all, his deeply rooted belief in fateĺ─˘s implacable hold over human existence.ĺ─¨

Gerard McBurney will appear as narrator at this concert, in his Cleveland Orchestra debut. Actor Terence Cranendonk will read from Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s letters. Mr. Cranendonk made his Cleveland Orchestra debut in the first Musically Speaking concert of the season, on November 29. He has appeared with the Cleveland Play House, Cleveland Public Theatre, and New World Performance Lab. After intermission, the Orchestra will perform the Symphony No. 4 in its entirety, straight through. Listeners are invited to stay after the concert for a question-and-answer session with guest artists and musicians. Click here to watch or download Beyond the ScoreČĂ on Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Symphony No. 4.

The third and final ĺ─˙Musically Speakingĺ─¨ concert of the 2009-10 season will take place on Sunday, March 7, 2010 (ĺ─˙Wolfgang ĺ─ý Mozart the Manĺ─¨).

FREE PRELUDE CONCERT

Another aspect of the ĺ─˙Musically Speakingĺ─¨ series, which The Cleveland Orchestra inaugurated during its 2005-06 season, is the Prelude Concert of chamber music performances given by members of the Orchestra in Reinberger Chamber Hall beginning at 2:00 p.m. These extremely popular programs highlight interesting connections with the music on the program for that afternoonĺ─˘s Orchestra concert. The January 10 Prelude Concert features Chul-In Park, Sae Shiragami, Patrick Connolly, Joanna Patterson, Paul Kushious, and David Alan Harrell performing the first movement (Allegro con spirito) from Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Souvenir de Florence, Opus 70 (for two violins, two violas, and two cellos), and Peter Otto and Eli Matthews performing Eugł«ne Ysał°eĺ─˘s Sonata for Two Violins, Opus posthumous.

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Cleveland Orchestra performs third concert in Fridays@7 series at Severance Hall on January 8

Polygraph Lounge (from left) Mark Stewart, Rob Schwimmer, Melissa Fathman

Jaap van Zweden leads program featuring

Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Fourth Symphony

Polygraph Lounge to perform post-concert

CLEVELAND, December 10, 2009 ĺ─ý Jaap van Zweden (pronounced YAP van ZVAY-den), music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, will conduct The Cleveland Orchestra in its third Fridays@7 concert, at Severance Hall on Friday, January 8, at 7:00 p.m. Mr. van Zweden will be making his Cleveland Orchestra debut with concerts on January 7, 8, 9, and 10. The January 8 program, titled Tragedy to Triumph, features Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Opus 36, which was written during a time of great personal crisis for the composer that was also one of the greatest periods in his artistic career, culminating with his Fourth Symphony. The opening work on the program is Johan Wagenaarĺ─˘s Cyrano de Bergerac Overture, Opus 23.

The new Fridays@7 series offers early-evening programs that are about 75 minutes long, performed straight through, followed by informal performances of music curated by Cleveland percussionist Jamey Haddad. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with bars open to serve drinks and light food. Each concert begins at 7 p.m. and runs without intermission. After the concert, audience members can move to the Bogomolny-Kozerefski Grand Foyer just outside the Concert Hall and sample interesting cuisine, enjoy cocktails, and mingle with musicians while listening to world music. The first two concerts in the series drew large, enthusiastic audiences.

On January 8, the featured post-concert performers will be the New York duo Polygraph Lounge, called ĺ─˙zany, musically tight, and lyrically brilliantĺ─¨ by New York magazine. The members of Polygraph Lounge, Mark Stewart and Rob Schwimmer, will be joined by vocalist Melissa Fathman and an ensemble of Cleveland Orchestra members to introduce ĺ─˙inspired lunacy from an arsenal of musical instruments plundering the cultural currency of our times.ĺ─¨ Audience participation will be highly encouraged.

Upcoming Fridays@7 programs:

February 19, 2010: Musical Obsession, with Music Director Franz Welser-MłĆst conducting orchestral music by Richard Wagner

April 30, 2010: Royal Drums & Trumpets, with baroque specialist Bernard Labadie guest-conducting Handelĺ─˘s Water Music

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Jaap van Zweden makes his Cleveland Orchestra debut in concerts featuring Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Symphony No. 4 at Severance Hall on January 7 and 9

Jaap van Zweden


Cleveland Orchestra Concertmaster William Preucil

is soloist in Marc Neikrugĺ─˘s Violin Concerto at the

January 7 and 9 concerts


CLEVELAND, December 10, 2009 ĺ─ý Jaap van Zweden (pronounced YAP van ZVAY-den), music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, will make his debut with The Cleveland Orchestra conducting a program featuring Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Symphony No. 4 at Severance Hall on Thursday, January 7, and Saturday, January 9, at 8:00 p.m. (He will also conduct the Orchestraĺ─˘s Fridays@7 concert on January 8 at 7:00 p.m. and the Musically Speaking concert on Sunday, January 10, at 3:00 p.m., both of which also feature Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Fourth Symphony.) The January 7 and 9 concerts present Marc Neikrugĺ─˘s Violin Concerto, with Cleveland Orchestra Concertmaster William Preucil as soloist. The program for January 7 and 9 begins with Johan Wagenaarĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Cyrano de Bergeracĺ─¨ Overture, Opus 23, and continues with the Neikrug concerto. After intermission, the program concludes with Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Opus 36.

About Johan Wagenaarĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Cyrano de Bergeracĺ─¨ Overture:

This concert overture, the most successful work composed by Johan Wagenaar, a Dutch composer who lived from 1862-1941, is based on the play Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand. In addition to the success of Cyrano de Bergerac onstage, it has been adapted as a film, most recently for the 1987 movie Roxanne, starring Steve Martin. Wagenaarĺ─˘s overture is written in the Late Romantic style, and is reminiscent of the tone poems of Richard Strauss. This is the first piece by Wagenaar to be performed by The Cleveland Orchestra.

About Marc Neikrugĺ─˘s Violin Concerto:

American composer Marc Neikrugĺ─˘s Violin Concerto was written in 1982 and given its world premiere in 1984 by violinist Shlomo Mintz with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, which had commissioned the work, under the direction of Sergiu Comissiona. Program annotator Richard Rodda has written that the Violin Concerto contains ĺ─˙music of decidedly modernist harmony, melody, and texture, yet at its core lies a deeply expressive, almost Romantic expression.ĺ─¨

Soloist William Preucil served as first violinist of the Grammy-winning Cleveland Quartet and as concertmaster of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra before being named as concertmaster of The Cleveland Orchestra in April 1995. He has appeared regularly as a soloist with the Orchestra in concerto performances at both Severance Hall and the annual Blossom Festival. Mr. Preucilĺ─˘s most recent solo appearances with the Orchestra were in November 2008.

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Lancement du disque lĺ─˘Ensemble RłÔMI-JEAN LEBLANC

(Moncton, N.-B., 10 dłęcembre 2009) - Rłęmi-Jean LeBlanc, jeune bassiste acadien trł«s actif dans le domaine musical montrłęalais, vient de lancer son premier disque łęponyme (łętiquette CAMPNOFUN). Entił«rement composłę de musique originale, le disque met aussi en vedette John Roney, Samuel Joly, Jean-Słębastien Williams, Chet Doxas, Yannick Rieu et Jocelyn Tellier.

łăgłę de 25 ans, Rłęmi-Jean LeBlanc s'est dłęjłŢ taillłę une place dans les hauts cercles de la communautłę musicale montrłęalaise en participant aux albums de Ginette Reno (Fais-moi la tendresse), Yannick Rieu (Spectrum) et Carl Naud (L'Ascenseur).

Il a de plus participłę łŢ divers projets avec le Steve Amirault Trio, le Joel Miller Band, le Chet Doxas Quartet, le John Roney Trio, le Dan Thouin Large Ensemble et le James Gelfand Trio pour ne nommer que ceux lłŢ. Il revient dĺ─˘un słęjour de 4 mois łŢ Paris oł╝ il a suivi un cours de małĂtre (masterclass) avec le bassiste Linley Marthe (Zawinul Syndicate).

Depuis quelques annłęes, le bassiste versatile a montłę sur scł«ne dans plusieurs coins du monde y inclus les grandes villes des łÔtats-Unis (tournłęe Frank Marino), Płękin, Shanghai, Paris, Londres, Azerbaijan et lĺ─˘ouest canadien. Il a aussi łętłę mis en vedette lors des dernił«res łęditions du Festival international de jazz de Montrłęal.

Dans la rłęgion du Grand Moncton, le disque est disponible chez Frankĺ─˘s Music (Centre Trinity) et au Spin-It Records (rue Main), ou en composant le (506) 383-8668.

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Le Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique appuie les recommandations du Comitłę parlementaire du patrimoine

Montrłęal, le 10 dłęcembre 2009 - Dans un rapport dłęposłę le 8 dłęcembre, le Comitłę parlementaire du patrimoine recommande le rłętablissement des programmes de subventions accordłęs au Conseil des Arts du Canada pour les musiques spłęcialisłęes. Rappelons que ce rapport fait suite aux coupures annoncłęes łŢ ce sujet par Patrimoine canadien, le 31 juillet dernier.

Le Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique se rłęjouit que le Comitłę reconnaisse la nłęcessitłę de programmes spłęcifiques pour les musiques spłęcialisłęes. Il se rłęjouit łęgalement que le rapport dłęmontre l'impact positif des programmes rattachłęs au volet diversitłę de la musique canadienne pour des centaines d'artistes et ensembles sur le plan de la recherche, de la crłęation, du dłęveloppement et de la promotion.

Dans le cadre de leur mandat, les membres du Comitłę parlementaire du patrimoine ont entendu plusieurs tłęmoignages, dont celui du Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique, qui a notamment fait ressortir les consłęquences nłęfastes de ces coupures sur tout un secteur de la diversitłę musicale du pays.

Tout comme les porte-parole des partis d'opposition en matił«re de patrimoine - et de concert avec la communautłę musicale -, le Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique demande au ministre du Patrimoine canadien et des Langues officielles de tenir compte de ce rapport et de rłętablir d'une fał▀on ou d'une autre sans tarder les deux programmes abolis.

Le Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique est un organisme sans but lucratif, dont la vocation est de regrouper des organismes et des individus professionnels ouvrant dans le domaine de la musique de concert.

Ce dossier peut łütre suivi sur site Web du Conseil qułębłęcois de la musique : www.cqm.qc.ca.

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In the midst of the Copenhagen Summit, here is a new perspective on the subject of climate changeĺ─Â

Hot News from the Arctic

ARCTIC SYMPHONY

By Vincent Ho

World Premiere Performance: February 6, 2010

At Opening Gala of 2010 Winnipeg Symphony Orchestraĺ─˘s New Music Festival

Centennial Concert Hall, Winnipeg

December 10, 2009: Following his once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Canadaĺ─˘s arctic aboard a scientific research vessel in 2008, Vincent Ho - Composer-in-Residence at the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra- delivers Arctic Symphony, a piece of music that expresses his new-found spiritual connection to the land he describes as ĺ─˙wondrous and full of angelic beauty untouched by utilitarian society.ĺ─¨ The 30-minute symphony will be premiered as part of the opening gala of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestraĺ─˘s New Music Festival, February 6, 2010 at Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg. The performance will include the Nunavut Sivuniksavut Performers, a group of throat singers from various Nunavut communities, and recorded sound-files of the Arctic environment. WSOĺ─˘s Music Director Alexander Mickelthwate conducts the awaited performance, which will be recorded by CBC Radio Two and broadcasted coast to coast as part of ĺ─˛The Signalĺ─˘ with host Laurie Brown on February 13, and ĺ─˛In Concertĺ─˘ with host Bill Richardson on February 28, 2010. Arctic Symphony will also be available for streaming on CBC's website as a ĺ─˛Concert on Demandĺ─˘ (http://www.cbc.ca/radio2/cod/).

For 2010, the WSO New Music Festivalĺ─˘s theme is ĺ─˛Earthĺ─˘, and features music that reflects our connection with nature. The creation of Hoĺ─˘s Arctic Symphony coincides with the International Polar Year. The commissioning of the piece was part of a partnership between WSO and the worldwide climate change research community. Many of the people involved in this arctic research project have been invited to attend the gala concert, including some of the world's leading climate change scientists to celebrate arctic research, which will be featured throughout the Festival.

About Arctic Symphony: ĺ─˙In the summer of 2008, I was provided with the opportunity to visit the Arctic region as part of an ĺ─˛Artist on Boardĺ─˘ program through the Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study (CFL),ĺ─¨ explains Vincent Ho. ĺ─˙I was taken on board a state-of-the-art research vessel, the CCGS Amundsen, where I was introduced to studies conducted by many of the worldĺ─˘s leading arctic research scientists. I was also taken to Inuit communities to learn about their culture and how the current state of the environment has impacted their way of life. The goal was to provide me with first-hand experience of the Northern region while gaining a better understanding of climate change (from both the scientific and the cultural perspective) so it may inspire the composing of a large-scale symphonic work. During my limited time there, I spent my days and nights observing the landscape. Though the information given to me from the scientists and local Inuit communities was invaluable in broadening my perspective, I ultimately felt that the musical work had to be my own interpretation of the region. Writing it from any other perspective (let it be from the scientistsĺ─˘ or Inuit point of view) would be creatively disingenuous and unrepresentative of my connection to the North. As well, I found myself developing a spiritual connection with the environment, and for good reason: I was in a vast open area; I was constantly being subjected to the environmental conditions of the region; and I was continually surrounded by natureĺ─˘s angelic beauty, untouched by utilitarian society. I therefore felt that the music needed to express this spiritual connection that had formed.ĺ─¨

The work is written in five movements: I. Prelude ĺ─ý Lamentations; II. Meditation; III. Aboard the Amundsen; IV. Nightfall; and V. O Glorious Arcticus ĺ─ý Postlude.

Vincent Ho aboard the CCGS Amundsen

Photo by Doug Barber

About Vincent Ho: Born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1975, Vincent Ho has emerged as a much sought-after composer and is the winner of numerous awards and prizes. During his academic studies, his works were already being performed by many prestigious ensembles and orchestras, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, and lĺ─˘Orchestre de la Francophonie canadienne. His music has also been featured at numerous festivals such as the Winnipeg New Music Festival, New Yorkĺ─˘s MATA New Music Festival, Parry Soundĺ─˘s Festival of the Sound, Markham Music Festival, Torontoĺ─˘s Massey Hall New Music Festival, Ottawaĺ─˘s Strings of the Future Festival, and Bakersfieldĺ─˘s New Directions Series. In addition to North America, his works have been performed in China, France and Italy. He is currently the Composer-In-Residence to the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. After studying music in Ottawa, Calgary and Toronto, he received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California in 2005. He also studied in Europe. An accomplished pianist, Vincent Ho is also a former dance teacher and an avid runner. He enjoys exploring the vast world of creative thinking, bridging Eastern and Western musical languages.

Upcoming projects include Hellshock: A Pulp Fiction Symphony (for full orchestra) and Five Snapshots of a Dream (for flute and piano), both to be premiered during the WSOĺ─˘s 2011 New Music Festival; Red Zen (re-orchestrated version of an existing work for wind symphony) to be performed during the WSOĺ─˘s 2012 New Music Festival; and a new piano piece to be written for internationally acclaimed pianist Jenny Lin.

About the International Polar Year: As part of the International Polar Year (IPY), the Canadian Government has funded the Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study (CFL) through the University of Manitoba (www.ipy-cfl.ca). The study has brought together over 300 scientists from 27 countries including Russia, USA, France, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Japan, Spain, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, UK, Sweden, China and Canada, for a multi-year climate change study in the Canadian high Arctic. For more details about the International Polar Year, please visit: www.ipy.org .

For more information, please visit:

Čů Vincent Ho: http://vinceho.com/

Čů Circumpolar Flaw Lead System Study: http://www.ipy-cfl.ca/

Čů Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra: http://www.wso.ca/

Arctic Symphony

By Vincent Ho

World Premiere Performance: February 6, 2010

Pre-concert talk at 7:30PM; 8PM performance

Opening Gala of 2010 Winnipeg Symphony Orchestraĺ─˘s New Music Festival

Program also includes works by Steven Stucky and John Tavener

Alexander Mickelthwate, WSO Director

Centennial Concert Hall: 555 Main St Winnipeg, Manitoba


For tickets, visit https://tickets.wso.mb.ca

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Un incontournable de la 28e łędition du FIFA Premił«re qułębłęcoise du nouveau documentaire dĺ─˘Antonine Maillet : Antonine Maillet ĺ─ý Les possibles sont i

FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DU FILM SUR L'ART

Montrłęal, le jeudi 10 dłęcembre 2009 ĺ─ý Le FIFA, seul festival de films sur tous les arts en Amłęrique du Nord, est fier dĺ─˘annoncer que le documentaire Antonine Maillet ĺ─ý Les possibles sont infinis sera prłęsentłę en premił«re qułębłęcoise łŢ Montrłęal le vendredi 19 mars 2010 dans le cadre de sa 28e łędition et ce, en prłęsence de lĺ─˘łęcrivaine. Cet łęvłęnement incontournable fera plaisir aux cinłęphiles car ce sera lĺ─˘occasion dĺ─˘en apprendre davantage sur cette auteure au parcours unique, entre autre rłęcipiendaire dĺ─˘un prix Goncourt pour son roman Płęlagie-la-Charrette.

Renłę Rozon, directeur et fondateur du FIFA, se rłęjouit dĺ─˘accueillir cette grande artiste au Festival et cette ëýuvre acadienne sur ses łęcrans : Č┤ La cinłęaste Ginette Pellerin a rłęussi łŢ faire de son film une incursion complice dans la vie et lĺ─˘ëýuvre de cette femme de lettres exceptionnelle, qui sĺ─˘y rłęvł«le comme jamais. Ȭ

ł─ propos dĺ─˘Antonine Maillet ĺ─ý Les possibles sont infinis

Devenue cłęlł«bre en 1971 grłóce łŢ lĺ─˘immense succł«s de La Sagouine, puis portłęe au sommet de la gloire avec lĺ─˘obtention du prix Goncourt pour Płęlagie-la-Charrette, en 1979, Antonine Maillet fait rłęsonner depuis 50 ans la voix du peuple acadien dans le monde entier. Seule laurłęate canadienne du Goncourt łŢ ce jour, elle a publiłę une cinquantaine dĺ─˘ëýuvres en autant dĺ─˘annłęes. Antonine Maillet ĺ─ý Les possibles sont infinis convie le spectateur łŢ visiter les lieux marquants de la vie de lĺ─˘łęcrivaine, de Bouctouche łŢ Montrłęal, en passant par Moncton et le Thłęłótre du Rideau Vert. Montrant une discipline de fer, un dynamisme, une assurance et une luciditłę face łŢ sa vie et łŢ son ëýuvre, Antonine Maillet aura rarement parlłę dĺ─˘elle-młüme avec autant de transparence et de głęnłęrositłę, laissant ainsi un tłęmoignage autobiographique incontournable. Le film est produit par Murielle Rioux-Poirier du Studio Acadie de lĺ─˘ONF, en coproduction avec Pauline Bourque dĺ─˘Amłęri Ka Productions.

La rłęalisatrice Ginette Pellerin

Ginette Pellerin travaille dans le secteur de la production tłęlłęvision et cinłęma-vidłęo depuis 1981. Titulaire dĺ─˘un baccalaurłęat en arts visuels de lĺ─˘Universitłę de Moncton et cofondatrice des Productions Phare-Est inc. et dĺ─˘Amłęri Ka Productions, elle sĺ─˘est tournłęe vers la crłęation dĺ─˘ëýuvres documentaires. Depuis le dłębut des annłęes 1990, elle a rłęalisłę de nombreux films, dont Lĺ─˘łăme sëýur, Se donner des Č┤ elles Ȭ, łÔvangłęline en qułüte, Mathilda, la passionnaria acadienne et Durelle, tous produits ou coproduits par lĺ─˘ONF, ainsi que plusieurs łępisodes de la słęrie documentaire Trłęsors vivants. Entre autres distinctions, elle a remportłę en 2002 le prix Historia de lĺ─˘Institut dĺ─˘histoire de lĺ─˘Amłęrique franł▀aise pour Anna Malenfant dĺ─˘Acadie, qui a aussi łętłę en nomination au Gala des prix Głęmeaux. Trois ans de travail ont łętłę nłęcessaires łŢ la rłęalisation du film Antonine Maillet ĺ─ý Les possibles sont infinis.

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Don't miss A CHRISTMAS CAROL on Geordie's Mainstage, now playing until Sunday, December 20th

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** SPECIAL UPDATE **
December 10, 2009
************ EXTRA PERFORMANCES ADDED! ************

Click here to watch a trailer

A Christmas Carol | By Charles Dickens | Adaptation by Alexandria Haber
Directed by Dean Patrick Fleming | Set & Lights by Ana Cappelluto | Costumes by James Lavoie


It's Christmas Eve on a dark Victorian night and the wealthy miser Mr. Scrooge is haunted by a series of ghosts who show him the inevitable consequences of his selfish ways, if he doesn't change. As the bell in the clock-tower rings, Scrooge is taken on an unforgettable journey into his past, present and future that will help him discover the true spirit of the holidays and open his heart to love.


PERFORMANCES REMAINING:
Friday, Dec. 11 at 7pm

Saturday, Dec. 12 at 4pm
Sunday, Dec. 13 at 1pm & 4pm
ADDITIONAL PERFORMANCES: Saturday Dec 19 at 4pm & Sunday Dec 20 at 1pm

TICKETS: $20 Adults / $18 Senior or Student / $15 Child (14 & under) / Group rates available
=> Subscribe to the season! Tickets as little as $13 when purchased as part of a package!
VENUE: D.B. Clarke Theatre, Concordia's Hall Building| 1455 de Maisonneuve W, Montreal

AGE RECOMMENDATION: Children age 7+ and adults of all ages
SHOW'S RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes plus intermission


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

To read the press release, please click here >>
To watch the promotional video, please click here >>

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ł─ Noł┤l, Offrez la Haute Couture !

HAUTE COUTURE. PARIS, LONDRES, 1947-1957.
Lĺ─˘łăGE Dĺ─˘OR, DU 4 FłÔVRIER AU 25 AVRIL 2010

Qułębec, le jeudi 10 dłęcembre 2010 Čž Cette annłęe, offrez un cadeau signłę Dior, Balmain, Fath
et Balenciaga. Comment? En glissant dans le bas de Noł┤l de lĺ─˘łütre cher un chł«que cadeau qui lui
permettra de visiter lĺ─˘exposition internationale Haute couture. Paris, Londres, 1947-1957. Lĺ─˘łóge
dĺ─˘or prłęsentłęe au Musłęe national des beaux-arts du Qułębec dł«s le 4 fłęvrier 2010. Un cadeau
distinctif et abordable qui plaira łŢ coup sł¬r!

Par tłęlłęphone
418 643-2150 / 1 866 220-2150
ł─ la billetterie du Musłęe
Parc des Champs-de-Bataille, Qułębec
ł─ Place Ste-Foy, jusquĺ─˘au 26 dłęcembre
Kiosque du Musłęe (face łŢ Simons)

CONCOURS
Achetez vos billets en dłęcembre et courez la chance de gagner 2 laissez-passer pour la Semaine de Mode de Montrłęal (mars 2010) et 2 nuitłęes en occupation double au Loews Hłątel Vogue Montrłęal, une valeur approximative de 1 100 $. Vous avez jusquĺ─˘au 31 dłęcembre 2009 pour participer. Le tirage aura lieu le 15 janvier 2010.

RENSEIGNEMENTS (grand public) :
418 643-2150 ou 1 866 220-2150 / www.mnba.qc.ca

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The Choral Art Society Presents the Epiphany Celebration at the Immanuel Baptist Church January 2 in Portlandĺ─«ĺ─«

PORTLAND, Maine ĺ─ý Celebrate the new year with the Choral Art Societyĺ─˘s annual Epiphany Celebration at Immanuel Baptist Church in Portland on Saturday, January 2 at 7:30 p.m.ĺ─«ĺ─«

The concert features the Camerata chorus, the most select group of The Choral Art Society, and instrumentalists including organist Dan Moore.ĺ─«ĺ─«

ĺ─˙The Epiphany Celebration is a wonderful way to usher in 2010 and reenergize after the holidays,ĺ─¨ notes Robert Russell, music director of Choral Art Society. ĺ─˙This concert will offer hope, inspiration, and celebration for the upcoming year.ĺ─¨ ĺ─«ĺ─«

Tickets are available at www.choralart.org or by calling 828-0043. They are priced at $15.00 for advance sales and $20.00 at the door at time of the performance. Tickets are also available at the fine stores that support Choral Art Society: Longfellow Books and Starbird Music in Portland, Books etc. in Falmouth, and Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick. ĺ─«ĺ─«

The concert is sponsored by Duffy Anderson Investment Management, Inc.

About The Choral Art Society:ĺ─«
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 season of performances visit www.choralart.org or call (207) 828-0043.

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Dans le cadre des Rendez-vous Loto-Qułębec Le Chëýur de lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Qułębec Offre un concert gratuit de chants traditionnels

Le vendredi 18 dłęcembre, 18 h
Cour Centrale, Place Ste-Foy

Qułębec, le 10 dłęcembre 2009 ĺ─ţ Dans le cadre des Rendez-vous Loto-Qułębec, le Chëýur de lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Qułębec propose les grands classiques de Noł┤l. Un concert magique et enjoułę qui saura vous transporter dans lĺ─˘ambiance des Fłütes.

Le Chëýur de lĺ─˘OSQ, dirigłę par David Romprłę, vous offre en cadeau les plus beaux chants traditionnels de Noł┤l. Au programme et pour le plus grand plaisir de tous, venez fredonner les Minuit, Chrłętiens, Mon beau sapin, Adeste fideles, Sainte Nuit, et plusieurs autres chants qui bercent encore nos souvenirs en ce temps de rłęjouissancesĺ─Â

Le Chëýur de lĺ─˘Orchestre symphonique de Qułębec propose les classiques de Noł┤l łŢ la Cour Centrale de Place Ste-Foy, le vendredi 18 dłęcembre, łŢ 18 h.

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Č┤ Le rłęcit de la Nativitłę Ȭ Carols, cantigas, lieder et cantiques anciens pour le temps de Noł┤l

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Le rłęcit de la Nativitłę, en paroles et en musique, voilłŢ ce que vous proposent les musiciens de lĺ─˘Ensemble Viriditas, dirigłę par Angł«le Laberge. Les textes sont tirłęs des łÔvangiles de Luc et de Mathieu et les carols, cantigas, lieder et cantiques reprennent, dłęveloppent ou commentent les łępisodes du rłęcit. Le rłępertoire, trł«s variłę, comprend des pił«ces du Moyen łóge et de la Renaissance et des chansons traditionnelles de diffłęrents pays dĺ─˘Europe dans des harmonisations plus rłęcentes. Lĺ─˘auditeur peut ainsi apprłęcier le caractł«re particulier de chaque tradition musicale qui se reflł«te łęgalement dans le type dĺ─˘instruments utilisłęs : flł¬tes, chalłęmie, hautbois, clarinette, cor anglais, nyckelharpa, violon, vił«le, vielle łŢ roue, bouzouki, guitare baroque, harpe, percussions.

Lĺ─˘histoire qui sera racontłęe met en scł«ne Marie, Joseph et lĺ─˘Enfant, les anges, les bergers, les Rois mages, le bëýuf, lĺ─˘łóne et le cruel Hłęrode, mais łęgalement des nonnes, des bergł«res, des commł«res, des voisins, des conteursĺ─Âtous ceux qui nous ont transmis ce rłęcit que lĺ─˘on raconte encore aujourdĺ─˘hui. Mais lĺ─˘image qui domine, cĺ─˘est celle de la mł«re, qui tient dans ses bras son enfant et lui fredonne łŢ lĺ─˘oreille de douces młęlodiesĺ─ÂLe rłępertoire du concert est donc rłęparti en 5 sections : 4 łępisodes du rłęcit de la Nativitłę (Annonciation, Naissance de lĺ─˘enfant, Annonce aux bergers, Visite des rois mages) et une section de chants de louange łŢ la Vierge-mł«re. Cĺ─˘est lĺ─˘łęcho de sa voix quĺ─˘on entend dans les berceuses qui nous font passer en douceur dĺ─˘un łępisode łŢ lĺ─˘autre du rłęcit.


Lĺ─˘ensemble Viriditas prłęsente ainsi, par le mariage harmonieux des timbres vocaux et instrumentaux, un spectacle vivant, colorłę, original, qui plaira aux auditeurs de tous les łóges. Il rłęunit pour ce programme : Martine Chiasson, instruments łŢ cordes frottłęes, Marie-Josłęe Goyette, mezzo-soprano, Angł«le Laberge, soprano et harpe, Mathieu Lavoie, instruments łŢ cordes pincłęes et percussions, Catherine Messier, instruments łŢ vent et Anne Saint-Denis, soprano et narration.


Le concert sera prłęsentłę :

Dimanche, 20 dłęcembre 2009 łŢ 16hres łŢ lĺ─˘łęglise St-Michel de Vaudreuil, 414 avenue St-Charles, Vaudreuil-Dorion, autoroute 40 sortie 35 (Vaudreuil Centre-Ville)

Adultes : 10 $, gratuit pour les enfants de moins de 12 ans

Renseignements : 450-455-4282

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Lĺ─˘Institut Douglas et Les Impatients ouvrent les portes dĺ─˘un espace de crłęation et de vente









Montrłęal, le mercredi 9 dłęcembre 2009
ĺ─ý Les Impatients et lĺ─˘Institut universitaire en santłę mentale Douglas inauguraient aujourdĺ─˘hui un nouvel espace de crłęation et de vente sur la rue Wellington łŢ Verdun en prłęsence de Barry Crago, chef clinico-administratif au Douglas et responsable du Centre Wellington, Lorraine Palardy, directrice głęnłęrale des Impatients, Clłęmence Desrochers, porte-parole des Impatients et Andrłę Savard, conseiller dĺ─˘arrondissement et maire supplłęant de Verdun.


Une entente qui porte des fruits

La revitalisation des installations du Centre Wellington sĺ─˘inscrit dans le contexte dĺ─˘une entente de collaboration rłęcemment convenue entre le Douglas et Les Impatients. Cette entente facilite le dłęveloppement de la crłęation de tous ceux et celles qui participent aux activitłęs des deux organismes. Č┤ Le Centre Wellington de lĺ─˘Institut Douglas sĺ─˘ouvre łŢ une plus grande communautłę en accueillant Les Impatients dans ses murs pour promouvoir l'expression via des activitłęs artistiques. Ȭ souligne Barry Crago.

Les Impatients sont fiers dĺ─˘apporter leur esprit crłęateur łŢ cette grande institution quĺ─˘est le Douglas. Č┤ Cette association avec lĺ─˘Institut Douglas nous permet dĺ─˘łętendre nos services dans lĺ─˘ouest de Montrłęal. Dłęsormais, Les Impatients de Wellington seront au cëýur de nos diverses activitłęs.Ȭ fait remarquer Lorraine Palardy.


ł─ la boutique, des prłęsents qui font une diffłęrence


Des objets originaux sont offerts au Centre Wellington. Ceux et celles qui les offriront łŢ Noł┤l contribueront łŢ aider des personnes souffrant dĺ─˘une maladie mentale łŢ faire un pas de plus dans leur dłęmarche vers une participation active łŢ la sociłętłę. Tous les profits de la vente des objets de la boutique serviront łŢ financer la tenue des ateliers de crłęation. Jusquĺ─˘łŢ Noel, la boutique sera ouverte du mardi au samedi, entre 12 h et 17 h.

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Lĺ─˘Institut Douglas et Les Impatients ouvrent les portes dĺ─˘un espace de crłęation et de vente









Montrłęal, le mercredi 9 dłęcembre 2009
ĺ─ý Les Impatients et lĺ─˘Institut universitaire en santłę mentale Douglas inauguraient aujourdĺ─˘hui un nouvel espace de crłęation et de vente sur la rue Wellington łŢ Verdun en prłęsence de Barry Crago, chef clinico-administratif au Douglas et responsable du Centre Wellington, Lorraine Palardy, directrice głęnłęrale des Impatients, Clłęmence Desrochers, porte-parole des Impatients et Andrłę Savard, conseiller dĺ─˘arrondissement et maire supplłęant de Verdun.


Une entente qui porte des fruits

La revitalisation des installations du Centre Wellington sĺ─˘inscrit dans le contexte dĺ─˘une entente de collaboration rłęcemment convenue entre le Douglas et Les Impatients. Cette entente facilite le dłęveloppement de la crłęation de tous ceux et celles qui participent aux activitłęs des deux organismes. Č┤ Le Centre Wellington de lĺ─˘Institut Douglas sĺ─˘ouvre łŢ une plus grande communautłę en accueillant Les Impatients dans ses murs pour promouvoir l'expression via des activitłęs artistiques. Ȭ souligne Barry Crago.

Les Impatients sont fiers dĺ─˘apporter leur esprit crłęateur łŢ cette grande institution quĺ─˘est le Douglas. Č┤ Cette association avec lĺ─˘Institut Douglas nous permet dĺ─˘łętendre nos services dans lĺ─˘ouest de Montrłęal. Dłęsormais, Les Impatients de Wellington seront au cëýur de nos diverses activitłęs.Ȭ fait remarquer Lorraine Palardy.


ł─ la boutique, des prłęsents qui font une diffłęrence


Des objets originaux sont offerts au Centre Wellington. Ceux et celles qui les offriront łŢ Noł┤l contribueront łŢ aider des personnes souffrant dĺ─˘une maladie mentale łŢ faire un pas de plus dans leur dłęmarche vers une participation active łŢ la sociłętłę. Tous les profits de la vente des objets de la boutique serviront łŢ financer la tenue des ateliers de crłęation. Jusquĺ─˘łŢ Noel, la boutique sera ouverte du mardi au samedi, entre 12 h et 17 h.

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Dłęvoilement des laurłęats des Prix Arts-Affaires de Montrłęal 2009 : TELUS, Les Brasseurs du Nord et Me Maurice Forget

English to follow.

Montrłęal, le 9 dłęcembre 2009 - Les coprłęsidents du Comitłę d'honneur des Prix Arts-Affaires de Montrłęal, Michel Leblanc, prłęsident et chef de la direction de la Chambre de commerce du Montrłęal młętropolitain, et Louise Roy, prłęsidente du Conseil des arts de Montrłęal, ont dłęvoilłę les noms des trois laurłęats de l'łędition 2009 des Prix Arts-Affaires de Montrłęal. Cette annłęe, TELUS (catłęgorie Grande entreprise), Les Brasseurs du Nord (catłęgorie PME) et Me Maurice Forget, associłę chez Fasken Martineau (catłęgorie Personnalitłę Arts-Affaires), raflent les honneurs.

Chaque annłęe, ces prestigieux prix sont dłęcernłęs łŢ une grande entreprise, łŢ une PME et łŢ une personnalitłę d'affaires qui s'impliquent activement dans la culture. Cet appui peut se faire de diverses manił«res : prłüt d'une collection, campagne de financement, participation łŢ un conseil d'administration, etc. Ce sont les organismes culturels de la grande rłęgion de Montrłęal qui soumettent la candidature des entreprises et des gens d'affaires qui leur ont apportłę un prłęcieux soutien.

Č┤ Le secteur culturel montrłęalais est crłęateur de richesse : il głęnł«re 12 milliards de dollars en retombłęes łęconomiques annuelles, dont huit milliards en retombłęes directes, soit 6 % du PIB de la młętropole. Malgrłę cela, le coeur crłęatif de la młętropole demeure fragile. En effet, les revenus des artistes, auteurs, compositeurs et interprł«tes reprłęsentent la moitiłę du salaire moyen łŢ Montrłęal. Le secteur privłę est dłęjłŢ un acteur important dans le financement de la culture, mais le dłęfi est de trouver des moyens d'approfondir notre apport. Les Prix Arts-Affaires de Montrłęal ont justement łętłę crłęłęs pour favoriser les rapprochements entre les milieux des affaires et des arts. En rłęcompensant les grands młęcł«nes et en faisant rayonner leur engagement, nous espłęrons qu'ils en inspireront d'autres łŢ suivre leurs traces Ȭ, a dłęclarłę Michel Leblanc, prłęsident et chef de la direction de la Chambre de commerce du Montrłęal młętropolitain.

Č┤ Les trois laurłęats des Prix Arts-Affaires de Montrłęal 2009 montrent bien que l'engagement des entreprises et des gens d'affaires a un impact significatif et structurant sur le dłęveloppement des organisations artistiques. Mais l'inverse est tout aussi vrai. Il est difficile de mesurer l'effet d'une oeuvre d'art au mur d'un bureau, d'un midi concert, d'une soirłęe thłęłótrale ou plus simplement d'un łęchange avec un artiste. Pourtant, l'impact sur la performance et la crłęativitłę des employłęs et des dirigeants est tout aussi significatif et structurant pour les entreprises. Les deux communautłęs ont beaucoup łŢ gagner łŢ travailler ensemble Ȭ, a dłęclarłę Louise Roy, prłęsidente du Conseil des arts de Montrłęal.

Dans la catłęgorie Grande entreprise, c'est TELUS qui s'est vu remettre le Prix Arts-Affaires de Montrłęal, parrainłęe par l'łÔcole nationale de thłęłótre du Canada (łÔNT). Grłóce łŢ l'implication de TELUS, depuis plus de trois ans, l'łÔNT peut offrir łŢ ses łętudiants un volet de formation supplłęmentaire, le Thłęłótre jeune public. TELUS a łęgalement reł▀u des lettres d'appui de huit autres organismes culturels.

Les laurłęats de la catłęgorie PME sont Les Brasseurs du Nord, qui soutiennent depuis bientłąt 10 ans Vues d'Afrique, mais łęgalement de trł«s nombreux łęvłęnements culturels, particulił«rement ceux liłęs łŢ l'łęmergence de la relł«ve musicale qułębłęcoise.

Enfin, c'est Me Maurice Forget, associłę chez Fasken Martineau, qui a remportłę le Prix Arts-Affaires dans la catłęgorie Personnalitłę Arts-Affaires. Figure bien connue du milieu culturel montrłęalais, Maurice Forget remporte les honneurs grłóce łŢ sa remarquable implication auprł«s de la Galerie d'art Stewart Hall, mais łęgalement de 22 autres organismes qu'il soutient activement.

Le jury łętait composłę de M. Wah Keung Chan, łęditeur et rłędacteur en chef de La Scena Musicale, de Mme Arlette Cłątłę, directrice corporative, Communications et affaires publiques łŢ Loto-Qułębec, de M. Daniel Dion, directeur głęnłęral et artistique d'Oboro, de M. Franł▀ois Forget, consultant chez Forget Idłęation-Conseil, et de Mme Vłęronique Lacroix, directrice artistique de l'Ensemble contemporain de Montrłęal.

ł─ propos des Prix Arts-Affaires de Montrłęal

Les Prix Arts-Affaires de Montrłęal sont une initiative de la Chambre de commerce du Montrłęal młętropolitain et du Conseil des arts de Montrłęal, en collaboration avec le quotidien Le Devoir et ARTV, en vue de rłęcompenser les sociłętłęs d'affaires et les individus qui ont apportłę leur soutien łŢ des organismes artistiques et culturels montrłęalais.

ł─ propos de la Chambre de commerce du Montrłęal młętropolitain

La Chambre de commerce du Montrłęal młętropolitain compte quelque 7 000 membres. Sa mission est de reprłęsenter les intłęrłüts de la communautłę des affaires de l'agglomłęration urbaine de Montrłęal et d'offrir une gamme intłęgrłęe de services spłęcialisłęs aux individus, aux commerł▀ants et aux entreprises de toutes tailles de fał▀on łŢ les appuyer dans la rłęalisation de leur plein potentiel en matił«re d'innovation, de productivitłę et de compłętitivitłę. La Chambre est le plus important organisme privłę au Qułębec voułę au dłęveloppement łęconomique.

ł─ propos du Conseil des arts de Montrłęal

Partenaire dynamique de la crłęation artistique montrłęalaise, le Conseil des arts de Montrłęal soutient et reconnałĂt l'excellence dans la crłęation, la production et la diffusion artistiques professionnelles au moyen d'appui financier, de conseils et d'actions de concertation et de dłęveloppement. Depuis plus de 50 ans, le Conseil des arts de Montrłęal contribue par ses actions structurantes au dłęveloppement de Č┤ Montrłęal, młętropole culturelle Ȭ.

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Announcement of the winners of the 2009 Prix Arts-Affaires de Montrłęal:
TELUS, Les Brasseurs du Nord and Mr. Maurice Forget

Montrłęal, December 9, 2009 - The co-chairs of the Honorary Committee for the Prix Arts-Affaires de Montrłęal, Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, and Louise Roy, President of the Conseil des arts de Montrłęal, have announced the names of the three winners of the 2009 edition of the Prix Arts-Affaires de Montrłęal. This year, TELUS (Large enterprise category), Les Brasseurs du Nord (SME category) and Mr. Maurice Forget, a partner at Fasken Martineau (Arts/Business Personality category), take home the honours.

Every year, these prestigious prizes are awarded to a large enterprise, an SME and a business personality who have been actively involved in culture. Their support can take a variety of forms: the loan of a collection, a fundraising campaign, sitting on a board of directors, etc. Cultural organizations in the Greater Montrłęal area nominate the companies and businesspeople that have offered them invaluable support.

"Montrłęal's cultural sector is a source of wealth: it generates $12 billion in annual economic benefits, $8 billion of that in direct benefits, or 6% of the city's GDP," says Michel Leblanc, President and CEO of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal. "In spite of this, the city's creative core remains fragile. The income of artists, authors, composers and performers is half the average salary in Montrłęal. The private sector is already an important player in funding culture, but the challenge is to find the means to further our support. The Prix Arts-Affaires de Montrłęal have been created specifically to encourage the worlds of business and the arts to come together. By recognizing the major patrons and making their commitment known, we hope to inspire others to follow in their footsteps."

"The three winners of the 2009 Prix Arts-Affaires de Montrłęal demonstrate that the commitment of companies and businesspeople has a significant and formative impact on the development of arts organizations," says Louise Roy, President of the Conseil des arts de Montrłęal. "But the reverse is just as true. It's difficult to measure the effect of a work of art on the wall of an office, a noontime concert, an evening at the theatre or a simple discussion with an artist. And yet, the impact on the performance and creativity of employees and managers is just as significant and formative for companies. The two communities have a lot to gain from working together."

In the Large enterprise category, TELUS earned the Prix Arts-Affaires de Montrłęal, sponsored by the National Theatre School of Canada (NTS). Thanks to the involvement of TELUS, for over three years the NTS has been able to offer its students an additional stream of training, called Theatre for Young Audiences. TELUS has also received letters of support from eight other cultural organizations.

The winner in the SME category is Les Brasseurs du Nord, which has supported not only Vues d'Afrique for almost 10 years now, but also a large number of cultural events, particularly related to the emergence of new talent in Quebec music.

Finally, Mr. Maurice Forget, a partner at Fasken Martineau, has won the Prix Arts-Affaires in the Arts-Business Personality category. A well-known figure on the Montrłęal cultural scene, Maurice Forget is being honoured for his outstanding contribution to the Stewart Hall Art Gallery, but also to 22 other organizations that he actively supports.

The jury was made up of Mr. Wah Keung Chan, publisher and editor of La Scena Musicale, Ms. Arlette Cłątłę, Corporate Director, Communications and Public Affairs at Loto-Qułębec, Mr. Daniel Dion, General and Artistic Director of Oboro, Mr. Franł▀ois Forget, a consultant with Forget Idłęation-conseil, and Ms. Vłęronique Lacroix, Artistic Director of the Ensemble contemporain de Montrłęal.

About the Prix Arts-Affaires de Montrłęal

The Prix Arts-Affaires de Montrłęal are an initiative of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal and the Conseil des arts de Montrłęal, in collaboration with daily newspaper Le Devoir and ARTV, that aim to reward businesses and individuals who have shown their support for Montrłęal arts and cultural organizations.

About the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal

The Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal has some 7,000 members. Its primary mission is to represent the interests of the business community of Greater Montrłęal and to provide individuals, merchants, and local businesses of all sizes with a variety of specialized services to help them achieve their full potential in terms of innovation, productivity and competitiveness. The Board of Trade is Quebec's leading private economic development organization.

About the Conseil des arts de Montrłęal

A dynamic partner of Montrłęal artistic creation, the Conseil des arts de Montrłęal supports and recognizes excellence in professional artistic creation, production, and distribution through financial support, advice, and cooperative and development actions. For over 50 years, the Conseil des arts de Montrłęal has contributed through its actions to the development of "Montrłęal, cultural metropolis."

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One of Vancouverĺ─˘s favourite musical traditions: A Phonix Christmas

December 9, 2009 - (Vancouver, BC) ĺ─ý The countdown is on to one of Vancouverĺ─˘s favourite musical traditions: A PHOENIX CHRISTMAS, on Sunday, December 20, 2009 at 8:00PM.

Under the direction of Dr. Ramona Luengen, Vancouverĺ─˘s Phoenix Chamber Choir has become the most successful choir in the history of the CBC Choral Competition, and was the only North American adult-choir finalist in the 2007 prestigious International Let the Peoples Sing Competition. Last year Phoenix celebrated 25 years with 3 world premił«res of specially commissioned works and the Canadian premił«re of Joby Talbotĺ─˘s Path of Miracles.

A Phoenix Christmas offers an escape far removed from the hustle and bustle of the season, a magical, joy-filled evening of traditional carols and heartwarming music, both new and old, presented in the reflective ambiance that makes this a very special concert indeed. Come be moved by the strikingly original and heartrending portraits of the three kings by Jonathan Dove, the eloquent search for peace in I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day by Canadian composer Mark Sirett, and the sumptuous beauty of Morten Lauridsenĺ─˘s O magnum mysterium. Following a long and rewarding tradition of collaboration, the choir will once again be joined by Vancouverĺ─˘s gifted organist Roy Campbell.

Last yearĺ─˘s concert sold out. Order your tickets early!

Who:
Vancouverĺ─˘s Phoenix Chamber Choir ĺ─ý the most celebrated choir in the history of the CBC Choral Competition with renowned conductor and composer Ramona Luengen

What:
A Phoenix Christmas ĺ─ý one of Vancouverĺ─˘s favourite musical traditions

When/Where:
Sunday, December 20, 8:00PM

Shaughnessy Heights United Church

1550 W. 33rd Avenue, Vancouver

Tickets:

$25 Adults|$20 Students/Seniors|$15 for groups of 10 or more

Online: tickets@phoenixchamberchoir.bc.ca or call 604.584-4755

www.phoenixchamberchoir.bc.ca

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Composer / Pianist Gregg Kallor Releases New CD "Exhilaration - Dickinson and Yeats Songs," with Mezzo-Soprano Adriana Zabala

Exhilaration ĺ─ý Dickinson and Yeats Songs, a new recording of Gregg Kallorĺ─˘s settings of poems by Emily Dickinson and William Butler Yeats, has been released on the composerĺ─˘s own independent label (GKM 50020-1). The recording features mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala, who premiered these song cycles with Mr. Kallor at his Carnegie Hall debut recital in 2007. Also included on the disc are his setting of Christina Rossettiĺ─˘s poem, Song, and Lullaby, to lyrics by Herschel Garfein.

The contents of the CD, with music by Gregg Kallor, follows:

Song (2:29)

(Poem by Christina Rossetti)

Yeats Songs

(Poems by William Butler Yeats)

Ribh in Ecstasy (2:43)

He wishes for the Cloths of Heaven (2:40)

A Coat (1:59)

The Ladyĺ─˘s First Song (2:23)

A Drunken Manĺ─˘s Praise of Sobriety (2:08)

Exhilaration

(Poems by Emily Dickinson)

Exhilaration is the Breeze (2:00)

It bloomed and dropt, a Single Noon ĺ─ý (2:50)

Bee! Iĺ─˘m expecting you! (1:08)

We Cover Thee ĺ─ý Sweet Face ĺ─ý (2:27)

Wild Nights ĺ─ý Wild Nights! (1:50)

What Inn is this (1:41)

I should not dare to leave my friend (3:02)

Still own thee ĺ─ý still thou art ĺ─ý (1:39)

Exhilaration ĺ─ý is within ĺ─ý (3:36)

Lullaby (3:07)

(Lyrics by Herschel Garfein)

About the Repertoire

In his liner notes for the recording, Gregg Kallor observes about Emily Dickinson, ĺ─˙A poem, for her, was no mere abstraction, but a vital force ĺ─ý a prayer, a comfort, an inspiration. She felt impelled to let others hear the ĺ─˛noiseless noise in the Orchardĺ─˘ and her poems incite us to seek that noise ĺ─ý that essence ĺ─ý ourselves.ĺ─¨

About his response to the poetry of William Butler Yeats, Mr. Kallor has said: ĺ─˙Yeatsĺ─˘ lilting rhythms and strong cadences ĺ─ý the very sounds of his words ĺ─ý are captivating, but it is the vulnerability in his poems that I find so moving. Amidst the stronger, more Bard-like poems are moments of great tenderness.ĺ─¨

And Mr. Kallor writes about the opening and closing songs on the recording: ĺ─˙Christina Rossettiĺ─˘s Song is a love letter at lifeĺ─˘s end; Lullaby is a musical kiss to a life just beginning.ĺ─¨

About Gregg Kallor

Gregg Kallor was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1978, and raised in West Hartford, Connecticut. From the age of six, he studied classical and jazz piano, and started composing and improvising. In high school he performed in jazz ensembles and rock bands, appearing at The White House and touring Europe. Mr. Kallor studied with Kenny Barron at Rutgers University, and Fred Hersch at the New England Conservatory of Music. After moving to New York City, he continued piano study with Sophia Rosoff and composition with Herschel Garfein.

In March 2007, the Abby Whiteside Foundation presented Gregg Kallorĺ─˘s official New York concert debut as pianist and composer in Carnegie Hallĺ─˘s Weill Recital Hall. The performance featured the premiere of his Dickinson and Yeats song cycles (with Adriana Zabala), and solo works by Ginastera, Scriabin, Bach and Rachmaninoff. Harris Goldsmith wrote: ĺ─˙It took but a few impeccably shaped phrases to make it plain that Kallor is a formidably well-trained technician and a master of stylish proportion as wellĺ─ÂThis superb recital debut truly established a new, important voice in our musical annals.ĺ─¨

Again presented there by the Abby Whiteside Foundation in April 2009, he played a rich and innovative program -- classic repertoire by Brahms, Prokofieff and Rachmaninoff, improvisation, contemporary pieces (including music by Brad Mehldau and Elliott Smith) and the premiere of two original compositions. The Hartford Symphony Orchestra commissioned and premiered his ĺ─˙Fantasy Overtureĺ─¨ in 2009.

In 2002 Gregg Kallor released his first recording, Thereĺ─˘s a Rhythm, with his jazz trio (bassist Chris Van Voorst Van Beest and drummer Kendrick Scott). Exhilaration is his second recording.

More information is available on Mr. Kallorĺ─˘s website: www.greggkallor.com.

About Adriana Zabala

Mezzo-soprano Adriana Zabala recently joined the Minnesota Opera in the title role of the American premiere of Jonathan Doveĺ─˘s The Adventures of Pinocchio. For her role in Waiting for the Barbarians by Philip Glass, The New York Times hailed her as ĺ─˙a vivid, fearless presence,ĺ─¨ and the Los Angeles Times called her ĺ─˙extraordinary - a young, vibrant mezzo.ĺ─¨

An avid recitalist, Ms. Zabala has appeared at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the Barns at Wolf Trap. She studied lieder as a Fulbright Scholar at the Mozarteum, and served for five years as the Artistic Director of the Southeastern Festival of Song. Ms. Zabala is an alumna of Louisiana State University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She has appeared in over 50 opera productions throughout the U.S. and abroad, and has been guest soloist on concerts with the Virginia Symphony and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, among many others.

Upcoming engagements include the role of Hansel with the Austin Lyric Opera, and a return engagement to the Opera Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain, in productions of Carmen and Salome under Zubin Mehta.

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Naxos Digital CD Release: Grammy-Nominated Pianist Adam Neiman Performs Anton Arensky

ACCLAIMED AMERICAN PIANIST BRINGS TO LIGHT SOLO PIANO WORKS BY ONE OF THE BRIGHTEST STARS OF PRE-REVOLUTIONARY RUSSIA ĺ─ý ANTON ARENSKY

FULL CD RELEASE OF THE ALBUM TO FOLLOW IN JUNE, 2010

An album featuring an intriguing program of solo piano works by the brilliant 19th-century Russian composer Anton Arensky, recorded by Grammy-nominated pianist Adam Neiman for the Naxos label, was digitally released this month and is available for download. The full album release is scheduled for June, 2010.

The unique choice of repertoire made by Mr. Neiman, an acclaimed American soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, pays homage to an essential figure in romantic music of pre-revolutionary Russia whose talents were overshadowed by his better-known mentor Rimsky-Korsakov and the unavoidable influence of Tchaikovsky. However, time has allowed Arenskyĺ─˘s unique voice to resurface, gaining recognition more and more as a wonderful contribution to the great style of Russian romanticism, worthy of inclusion into the company of the great Russian masters.

ĺ─˙His piano music has a wonderful stylistic blend between the lyricism and refinement of Frederic Chopin and the melancholic harmonic mysticism of Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakoffĺ─¨ writes Neiman. ĺ─˙ Arensky has a wonderful, unique style within the tradition of Russian romantic music, and I think listeners will be touched by the beauty of his piano writing when they hear some of these pieces on the recording. ĺ─˙

This album joins Adam Neimanĺ─˘s earlier release by Naxos of his world premiere performance of Jennifer Higdon's Piano Trio, live from the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival. Other recordings include an award-winning 2-CD solo recital set for the VAI label entitled "Adam Neiman Live in Recital", chosen by the American Record Guide as it's "Critic's Choice" for 2007 and 2008. A recording of complete Brahmsĺ─˘ Viola and Piano Sonatas for Deutsche Grammophon with violist Richard Oĺ─˘Neill is currently underway, scheduled to be released in 2011.

The CD contains Six Pieces, Opus. 53; Four Etudes, Opus 41; Twelve Etudes, Opus 74 and Pres de la Mer, Opus. 52; and is available for digital download at www.classicsonline.com, among other.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Adam Neimanĺ─˘s full statement about the recording:

ĺ─˙Anton Arensky was a pivotal figure in Russian romantic music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. As a teacher his most illustrious pupils included Rachmaninoff and Scriabin, and as a composer his works works spanned every genre. His piano music has a wonderful stylistic blend between the lyricism and refinement of Frederic Chopin and the melancholic harmonic mysticism of Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakoff. It was, in fact, his close association with and the powerful influence of Tchaikovsky and Rimsky-Korsakoff that ultimately served to bury Arensky's reputation under a cloak of obscurity, as the older masters panned Arensky as a cheap copy of themselves, a judgement that history has proven wrong. Arensky has a wonderful, unique style within the tradition of Russian romantic music, and I think listeners will be touched by the beauty of his piano writing when they hear some of these pieces on the recording. He didn't compose any large-scale works for piano solo -- only short etudes and concert pieces -- and thus I created a program cycle of four sets of short works. It is my belief that Arensky's piano music could easily fit into the standard repertory of every pianist who loves to play Russian music, and I hope this recording serves to help bring some added awareness to this deserving composer.ĺ─¨

About Adam Neiman:

American pianist Adam Neiman is hailed as one of the premiere pianists of his generation, praised for possessing a truly rare blend of power, bravura, imagination, sensitivity, and technical precision. With a burgeoning international career and an encyclopedic repertoire that spans over fifty concertos, Neiman has performed as soloist with the symphony orchestras of Belgrade, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Minnesota, Saint Louis, San Francisco, Umbria, and Utah, as well as with the New York Chamber Symphony and the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C. He has collaborated with such conductors as Jiri Belohlavek, Giancarlo Guerrero, Carlos Kalmer, Uros Lajovic, Yoel Levi, Andrew Litton, Peter Oundjian, Leonard Slatkin, and Emmanuel Villaume.

An acclaimed recitalist, Neiman has toured throughout North America, playing in the major halls of La Jolla, Miami, New York, Phoenix, Seattle, Vancouver, Washington D.C., and at Caramoor and Ravinia. His European recital tours have brought him throughout Italy, France, Germany, and Japan, where he made an eight-city tour culminating in his debut at Tokyo's Suntory Hall.

Neiman's '09-'10 season highlights include his debut with the Orchestra Verdi of Milan, a major tour of Slovenia as soloist with the Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, a tour of New England performing as soloist with the Manchester Chamber Orchestra, as well as performances with the Orquesta Sinfonica de Chile, Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Sacramento Philharmonic, Santa Cruz Symphony, Oakland Symphony, Symphony in C, and Plano Symphony, among others. In addition, he will perform as a recitalist in Washington D.C., Seattle, Vancouver, and Chicago, and he will take part in prestigious festivals in Seattle, Manchester, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, San Diego, as well as at the International Festival Cervantinos in Mexico. A major exponent of contemporary music, Neiman will perform works by Elliott Carter, Lera Auerbach and George Tsontakis, and he is to receive a concerto dedication by the renowned composer Benjamin Yusupov.

Neiman continues to expand his widely varied discography with his latest commercial release: a 2-CD set of Mozart's early keyboard concertos K. 238, 246, and 271 with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, distributed internationally by VAI Audio. Other recordings for VAI include his award-winning 2-CD solo recital set entitled "Adam Neiman Live in Recital", proclaimed by the American Record Guide as it's "Critic's Choice" for 2007 and 2008, as well as a DVD entitled "Adam Neiman: Chopin Recital".

Neiman has signed a contract with Naxos for an upcoming recording of solo piano music by Anton Arensky, due for digital release in November 2009 and full CD release in June 2010. Naxos also recently released his world premiere performance of Jennifer Higdon's Piano Trio, live from the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival.

In addition, Neiman will pair up with acclaimed violist Richard O'Neill for a recording of the complete Viola and Piano Sonatas of Brahms for Deutsche Grammophon, due for release in 2011.

Radio and television broadcasts featuring Neiman regularly span international airwaves, and his live performance of the Brahms Rhapsodies, Op. 79 at the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival on NPR's "Performance Today" was nominated for a Grammy Award. Chosen as a featured artist by the Academy Award nominated director Josh Aronson, Adam Neiman appeared in the PBS documentary film "Playing for Real", which aired worldwide, and continues to air on the Bravo and Ovation networks.

Born in 1978, Neiman has captured the attention of audiences and critics alike since his concerto debut at 11 in Los Angeles' Royce Hall. Clavier Magazine wrote: "Adam Neiman gave a performance that rivaled those of many artists on the concert stage today...his playing left listeners shaking their heads in disbelief." At 14 he debuted in Germany at the Ivo Pogorelich Festival, and at 15 he won second prize at the Casagrande International Piano Competition in Italy, the youngest winner in the competition's history. In 1995 Neiman also became the youngest ever winner of the Gilmore Young Artist Award. The following year he won the Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and went on to make his Washington D.C. and New York recital debuts at the Kennedy Center and the 92nd Street Y. The Washington Post remarked, "A collection of Chopin's Waltzes and Nocturnes danced and stormed, and Prokofieff's Second Sonata enthralled with a dazzling display of inner voices rather than a mere display of muscle. This was playing of wisdom and light befitting an artist in the autumn of his career." Young Concert Artists additionally bestowed upon Neiman the Michaels Award and presented him in a critically acclaimed solo recital at Alice Tully Hall.

Two-time winner of Juilliard's Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition, Neiman was honored with the Rubinstein Award upon his graduation in 1999, the same year in which he received the Avery Fisher Career Grant. Neiman's principal teachers have included Trula Whelan, Hans Boepple, and Herbert Stessin, and he has participated in master classes with legendary pianists Gyorgy Sandor and Jacob Lateiner.

In addition to his career as a concert pianist, Adam Neiman devotes time to composition. He has written works for solo piano, voice, chamber ensemble, and symphony orchestra. He frequently performs his works in recital, and his newest chamber work, Two Elegies for Clarinet and Piano, will be premiered in Mexico at the International Festival Cervantinos with Jose Franch-Ballester, clarinetist. In addition, he has composed the score for a documentary film entitled "Forgiveness" by the Emmy Award-winning director Helen Whitney, due to air over two nights on PBS. Mr. Neiman is managed exclusively by Isabella Puccini Artists Management, LLC. www.adamneiman.com

About Anton Stepanovich Arensky: (compiled by David Truslove)

Born in Novgorod on 12 July 1861 Anton Stepanovich Arensky belonged to the generation of Russian composers, including Glazunov, Gretchaninov and Lyadov, who came to prominence in the closing decade of the nineteenth century. He was blessed with musical parents: his father, a doctor, was a keen cellist and his mother a fine pianist, and by the time he was nine he had already composed several songs and piano pieces. Between 1879 and 1882 he studied under Rimsky-Korsakov at the St Petersburg Conservatory, an institution founded by Anton Rubinstein just two decades earlier. Having completed his training and won a gold medal, Arensky took up a teaching appointment as one of its youngest professors at the Moscow Conservatory where his pupils included Rachmaninov and Scriabin. Whilst there, where Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s encouragement was particularly beneficial, he gained attention as a conductor of the Russian Choral Society. His varied creative energies during this period included two symphonies, a number of chamber and choral works and his first opera, A Dream on the Volga, which enjoyed considerable success at its 1891 premił«re.

From this year Arensky also produced an impressive Violin Concerto, a work contemporary with his two piano collections, the Six Esquisses and Six Pił«ces. In 1895 Arensky returned to St Petersburg when he succeeded Balakirev as Director of the Imperial Chapel, relinquishing this post six years later with a comfortable pension of 6000 roubles. From this time until his untimely death aged 45 his work was compromised by a life-style which Rimsky-Korsakov described as ĺ─˛a dissipated course between wine and card-playingĺ─˘. To these last years, where his health was irreparably undermined by tuberculosis, also belong the twelve Etudes. Perhaps it was these pieces that Taneyev played at a soirłęe at Rimsky-Korsakovĺ─˘s house less than a year after Arenskyĺ─˘s death in Finland in February 1906.

As a gifted pianist Arensky wrote nearly a hundred works for his own instrument across a composing career spanning almost 25 years. He appended his first opus number to the Six Canonic Pieces, a student work for piano of 1882 and his penultimate opus number, 74, to the twelve Etudes belonging to 1905. Unlike Glazunov and Tchaikovsky, the medium of the sonata held no interest for Arensky, whose creative impulse and easy command of keyboard textures found outlet in dozens of small scale and attractive pieces such as Caprices, Preludes, Romances and Etudes. In addition, Arensky also contributed to the scant repertoire for two pianists in his five Suites for two pianos. His early Piano Concerto in F minor (Naxos 8.570526) demonstrates his absorption of Chopin and Liszt (amongst others) whose stylistic influence, along with the lyricism of Mendelssohn and Grieg, was to remain part of his musical vocabulary for his subsequent piano works. Although Arensky did not extend the pianoĺ─˘s expressive potential, as Scriabin, Medtner and Rachmaninov were later to do, he nonetheless made a welcome contribution to the keyboard repertoire in numerous beautifully spun miniatures.

The Piano Concerto also appeared to presage a glittering future, and while his career flared briefly in the musical world of pre-Revolutionary Russia where he gained success as composer, conductor, pianist and teacher, these accomplishments have been mostly overlooked. Despite enthusiastic support during his lifetime from many significant admirers including Balakirev, Taneyev and Tchaikovsky his early promise never quite translated into lasting achievements owing to a combination of dissolute living and the lack of a distinctive personal style. These shortcomings prompted his erstwhile teacher Rimsky-Korsakov to remark ĺ─˛he will soon be forgottenĺ─˘, a blunt observation from his memoirs Chronicle of My Musical Life published in 1909. This prediction has not proved entirely true as whilst there is still no biography in English, his Variations on a theme by Tchaikovsky, and Piano Trio in D minor continue to hold a place on the fringes of the orchestral and chamber repertoire and confirm his innate craftsmanship and lyric gifts.

This gift for melody is readily apparent in his Six Pieces, a collection comprising contrasting movements in the shape of a Suite: indeed, the opening Prelude makes its stately progress in the grand French manner, its repeated dotted rhythmic patterns enlivened by expressive dissonances. An extended three-part Scherzo follows in which fast chordal writing embraces a calmer central section, its syncopated melody and arpeggio flourishes add to the movementĺ─˘s playful spirit. In the charming Elłęgie sighing phrases reach a brief climax before yielding to a central passage marked by cross rhythms, its understated Russian melancholy typical of the composer. Echoes of Tchaikovsky can be detected in the spirited Mazurka while the Romance attempts to reach a deeper emotional expression. In the concluding Etude a more robust side of Arenskyĺ─˘s personality makes its presence known.

If the Six Pieces show Arenskyĺ─˘s wide stylistic awareness then the strongly characterised Four Etudes, Op. 41, reveal echoes of Chopin especially in the harmonic idiom, rippling left hand and long-breathed melodic line of the opening Allegro molto. Only in its use of 5/8 does Arensky show an original touch, a metre whose recurring use prompted Tchaikovsky to rebuke him in a letter in 1895 warning that his predilection for 5/4 rhythms threatened to become a habit and suggesting that ĺ─˛the otherwise beautifulĺ─˘ basso ostinato in his Six Pieces, Op. 5, would have been better in either 3/4 or 6/4 time. Internal melodic lines feature in both the second and third Etudes; ĺ─˛hiddenĺ─˘ in the right hand in the first and shared between the right handĺ─˘s outer fingers amid constant arpeggio movement in the second. In the fourth Etude playing in sixths, rhythmic drive and (in a central episode) expressive phrases combine to make these studies more than just technical exercises.

These Etudes share with the Op. 74 set, written during his final year, an undimmed melodic facility and wealth of invention despite the composerĺ─˘s rapidly deteriorating health. Indeed Arensky endows these richly varied Etudes with every pianistic resource making full use of his trademark quintuplet metre, ardent lyricism and, in the fourth Etude, daring harmonic turns. It is possible that Arensky intended to write a further twelve studies since these begin in C major and rise chromatically if somewhat irregularly through the keys to reach G sharp minor for the final Etude (although the eleventh is in A flat major). He also skillfully varies weight and texture and in the sixth a more flamboyant effect is heard. It is astonishing that these magnificent pieces have yet to be published.

Of his Op. 52 Six Esquisses, Prł«s de la mer, the first is dominated by a recurring arpeggio flourish that prefaces each of the many falling phrases. There follows a rondo in five sections propelled forward by a Lisztian turbulence. The restraint of the third is all the more sharply felt with its poignant lyricism and undulating accompaniment. Its ĺ─˛calm watersĺ─˘ give way to a Schumannesque movement, while the fifth comprises recurring ideas in short abbreviated episodes that never quite hide the salon prettiness. The last movement is an exhilarating affair, sustaining interest until the final triumphant bar.

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Montrłęal, mercredi 9 dłęcembre 2009 ĺ─ý Avant de tourner la page de la dłęcennie 2000 et de passer łŢ 2010, Bande łŢ part vous invite łŢ dresser le palmarł«s des dix artistes francophones dĺ─˘ici qui ont le plus marqułę les dix dernił«res annłęes.


Une liste de 50 artistes est prłęsentement en ligne au Bandeapart.fm. Les auditeurs et internautes ont jusquĺ─˘au 29 dłęcembre pour aller voter pour les dix artistes qui, selon eux, ont łętłę les plus marquants de la dłęcennie, se sont imposłęs łŢ notre imaginaire collectif et ont influencłę la scł«ne musicale dĺ─˘ici. Pour vous aider łŢ faire votre choix, il y a des fiches dĺ─˘artistes łŢ consulter et des extraits łŢ łęcouter.


Le palmarł«s des artistes francophones de la dłęcennie sera dłęvoilłę le 31 dłęcembre 2009 łŢ midi lors dĺ─˘une łęmission spłęciale de Bande łŢ part łŢ la radio satellite Sirius (frłęquence 87). On le retrouvera ensuite en ligne sur le site.


Cĺ─˘est une invitation łŢ ne pas manquer! Venez parcourir la liste des 50 artistes słęlectionnłęs au Bandeapart.fm et votez pour les dix artistes devant faire partie du palmarł«s de la dłęcennie.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Cleveland Orchestra, C.G. Conn to hold Hornapalooza on January 18

Clinics, workshops open to French horn players of all skill levels, culminating with performance on Severance Hall main stage


CLEVELAND, December 9, 2009 ĺ─ý On January 18, 2010, The Cleveland Orchestra, in partnership with C.G. Conn, invites French horn players of all skill levels to participate in Hornapalooza, a day of clinic sessions, and a culminating performance on Severance Hallĺ─˘s main stage. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. ĺ─ý 2:00 p.m. on Monday, January 18, 2010, at Severance Hall.

The event includes clinic sessions teaching fundamental horn skills led by members of The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s horn section, and a group performance under conductor Loras John Schissel on the main stage of Severance Hall. Participants can also visit with experts from C.G. Conn to learn about horn care and maintenance.

Hornapalooza will culminate in a main stage group performance at 1:00 p.m. The performance is part of the free 2010 Martin Luther King Day Community Open House, which runs from noon to 5:15 p.m. that day. The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra concert at 2:00 p.m. will feature members of The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s horn section.

Registration forms for Hornapalooza are due by December 18 and are available at clevelandorchestra.com or by emailing education@clevelandorchestra.com or calling The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s Office of Education and Community Programs at (216) 231-7355. There is a registration fee of $15.


Hornapalooza is part of The Cleveland Orchestraĺ─˘s Community Music Initiative, a series of artistic initiatives and new programs aimed at diversifying the Orchestraĺ─˘s offerings and reaching more children, adults, teachers, students, musicians, and families than ever before. These diverse programs offer everyone, from preschool children to adults, the opportunity to experience music in a variety of ways, throughout their lives, and throughout the community.

C.G. Conn brass instruments are manufactured and distributed by Conn-Selmer, Inc. The largest manufacturer of band and orchestral instruments and accessories in the United States, Conn-Selmer, Inc. is a subsidiary of Steinway Musical Instruments, Inc. To contact Conn-Selmer, write to P.O. Box 310 Elkhart, IN 46515-0310 U.S.A. or visit www.conn-selmer.com.

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Actor Pierre Collin joins Porte Parole for Sexy błęton III: Abandon

By Annabel Soutar. Dramaturgical consultant, Carole Frłęchette.
Directed by Sophie Vajda
January 11 to 21 at the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts
5170, ch. de la Cłąte-Ste-Catherine (Just a five-minute walk from Metro Cłąte-Ste-Catherine)

Starting January 11, 2010, Porte Parole presents the last chapter in the story of the collapse of the Concorde overpass. Sexy błęton III: Abandon reveals the inner struggle of ordinary individuals who shoulder the enormous burden of a potential fight against the government. In the ongoing investigation of actors Brett and Maude, there are some final surprises, including a lead from none other than the former premier of Quebec.

Porte Parole is delighted to welcome Pierre Collin to the cast of Sexy błęton III. Mr. Collin plays, among other roles, the now-retired designer of de la Concorde overpass. Pierre Collin is known to audiences for his performances in numerous plays, as well as the films, La Grande Słęduction and, more recently, De pł«re en flic.

ĺ─˙ĺ─ÂMontreal-specific bilingual theatre that not only flirts with journalism, but seeks to usurp it.ĺ─¨
Pat Donnelly, The Montreal Gazette

ĺ─˙ĺ─Âthe good citizens of Montreal would be wise (and well entertained) to see this play.ĺ─¨
Anna Fuerstenberg, Rover Arts.

Sexy błęton III marks the directorial debut of theatre veteran Sophie Vajda (Andromaque, Lorenzaccio, Les 7 jours de Simon Labross), with the ensemble cast of Pierre Collin, Alex Ivanovici, Maude Laurendeau-Mondoux, France Rolland, Paul Stewart, & Brett Watson.

Sexy błęton III : Abandon : A bilingual play in French and English
At the Segal Centre for the Performing Arts at the Saidye


All show dates: Monday January 11 at 7:30pm, Tuesday January 12 at 7:30pm, Wednesday January 13 at 7:30pm, Thursday January 14 at 7:30pm, Saturday January 16 at 9:00pm, Sunday January 17 at 2:30pm and 7:30pm, Tuesday January 19 at 7:30pm, Wednesday January 20 at 7:30pm,Thursday January 21 at 7:30pm

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Classissima.com, the 100% classical music website is now available in German

Dedicated to classical music and opera, the vision of Classissima is global. Launched in January in English and French, then in Spanish and Italian, the site is now available in German.


The classical music lovers and casual visitors can now review in one click all sources of information in German on classical music and opera (news, blogs, forums), can watch thousands of videos, can discover more than 6,000 websites, and use a powerful thematic search engine...


Members may add new sources, videos and websites, and share their preferences. It is free!

Each month, tens of thousands of users visit Classissima. The monthly visits rise by 30%.


For more information: www.classissima.com

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Project Opera to perform Winter Concert

Project Opera Holiday Concerts

Project Opera, The Minnesota Operaĺ─˘s co-ed youth opera training program, will be performing a winter concert on January 17, 2010, in Augsburg Collegeĺ─˘s Hoversten Chapel. Both the Ragazzi (grades 4-7) and Giovani (grades 8-12) ensembles will join forces for this exciting seasonal presentation, which will feature selections from Handelĺ─˘s Messiah, ĺ─˙Evening Prayer Duetĺ─¨ from Hansel and Gretel, Climb to the Top of the Highest Mountain by Carolyn Jennings, Night of Silence by Daniel Kantor, operatic choral excerpts from Nabucco, Dido and Aeneas and Don Pasquale, as well as many other pieces. The concert is free and open to the public, and free-will donations will be accepted.


Event Information

What: Project Opera Winter Concert
Where: Hoversten Chapel, Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55454
When: Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 4:00 p.m.
Tickets: No tickets required; free and open to the public. Free-will donations will be accepted.

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Les Productions Strada prłęsentent Kadou - Chansons pour le solstice d'hiver

Occitanie, Angleterre, Mexique, Hanouka, Głęorgie, Pologne, Bulgarie, Grł«ce



Lundi 21 dłęcembre łÔglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste łŢ 19 h 30
4237, avenue Henri-Julien

10$ par personne, 12 ans et moins gratuit

Mardi 22 dłęcembre St. Matthias' Church łŢ 19 h 30

10 avenue Church Hill

10$ par personne, 12 ans et moins gratuit


Montrłęal le 7 dłęcembre 2009 - Depuis la nuit des temps, le solstice hivernal a donnłę lieu łŢ des fłütes entourant le retour de la lumił«re. Des quatre coins de lĺ─˘Europe, Strada en rapporte les plus belles traditions musicales.

Tour łŢ tour młęnestriers ou bergers, les artistes du spectacle Kadou chantent, jouent et racontent les histoires qui ont forgłę lĺ─˘imaginaire qui nous habite toujours. łÔlaborłę autour des noł┤ls de Provence, le rłępertoire sĺ─˘ouvre aux colinde de Bulgarie, aux kalantas grecs, aux alilos de Głęorgie et aux chansons de la Fłüte des Lumił«res juive : Hanouka. Un łętonnant voyage musical et un merveilleux kadou łŢ sĺ─˘offrir en famille, durant les longs mois dĺ─˘hiver.

Kadou : dłęrivłę du roumain cadou qui signifie cadeau ou łętrenne.

Pierre Langevin (clarinettes, flł¬tes, cornemuses et dulcimer), Gabrielle Bouthillier (flł¬tes, cromorne et voix), Liette Remon (violon, clarinette, cornemuse et voix), Jean-Philippe Reny (oud et banjo), Pierre Tanguay (percussions et guimbardes) et Andrew Wells-Oberegger (bouzouki et laouto)


Concerts Kadou ĺ─ý chansons pour le solstice dĺ─˘hiver łŢ Qułębec

Samedi 19 dłęcembre łÔglise de Cap-Rouge, Qułębec łŢ 19 h 30

1460, rue Provancher, Cap-Rouge

10$ par personne, 12 ans et moins gratuit, billets en vente łŢ la porte

Dimanche 20 dłęcembre La Chapelle du Musłęe, Qułębec łŢ 14 h

2, cłąte de la Fabrique, Qułębec

10$ par personne, 12 ans et moins gratuit, billets en vente łŢ la porte

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Elektra Women's Choir and Morna Edmundson, Artistic Director, present Elektra Women's Choir Conductor Mentorship Program 2010

Elektra Women's Choir and Morna Edmundson, Artistic Director, are pleased to announce the choir's Conductor Mentorship Program, which runs through January and February, 2010. Topics covered will include choral warm-ups, vocal ranges, conducting technique, rehearsal technique, repertoire selection, and score preparation. In creating the mentorship program within the context of Elektra, it is hoped that the participating conductors will become more familiar with both the repertoire and sound of a women's choir and be inspired to work in this genre.
Two "Level A" applicants will be chosen to work closely with Edmundson, receiving personal feedback on rehearsal and conducting techniques with their own choirs. The same conductors will work with Elektra at an open rehearsal on March 1. Full details and application information are available at http://elektra.ca/index.php?article=mentor

Choral Conducting Workshop - All Welcome
Saturday, January 16, 2010 10 am - 1 pm
Fireside Room, Ryerson United Church Hall, 2195 W 45th Ave, Vancouver BC
$30 plus GST Payment may be made through PayPal on the Elektra website: http://elektra.ca/index.php?article=mentor
In addition to the Level A intensive program, Morna Edmundson will lead a 3-hour workshop for conductors of any skill level and type of choir. The workshop will include discussion of warm-ups and vocal technique, conducting technique, and repertoire selection. If possible, please pre-register by contacting manager@elektra.ca by January 13. If pre-registration is not possible, on-site registration before 9:45 am will be available. Payment may be made by Visa/Mastercard or cheque. Please bring a bag lunch.


Open Rehearsal with Elektra
Monday, March 1, 2010 7 pm
Ryerson United Church, 2195 W45th Ave, Vancouver BC
Free Admission
Come and observe as the Level A conductors work with Elektra Women's Choir in an open rehearsal and mini-performance. Meant as an informal opportunity to observe the participants of Elektra's Conductor Mentorship Program working with Elektra, this evening will feature some wonderful music and offer insights into Elektra's music.

For full details about Elektra's Conductor Mentorship Program, please visit:


Elektra gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts, City of Vancouver, Government of British Columbia, CBC, LadnerBordenGervais, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, Martha Lou Henley Charitable Foundation, Hamber Foundation, and Wolrige Foundation. Elektra also thanks its many generous individual donors and volunteers - their support makes us sing.

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Opera.ca announces recipient of the 2009/10 National Opera Directors Recognition Award

8 December, 2009

SPONSORED BY BMO FINANCIAL GROUP

MS ALBERTA CEFIS OF OPERA ATELIER


Toronto, ON ĺ─ý Opera.ca, the national association for opera in Canada, is proud to announce the recipient of the Opera.ca National Opera Directors Recognition Program, Ms Alberta Cefis, Chair of the Board of Directors, for Opera Atelier. In its second year, this distinction, sponsored by BMO Financial Group, honours one opera board director annually for exemplary leadership and support on behalf of their opera company and the community they serve.


In acknowledging the dedication of board members across the country, the National Opera Directors Recognition Award highlights the tenets of good governance, celebrates models of volunteer excellence and raises the bar for board director commitment.


ĺ─˙BMO is pleased honour Ms Cefis as this yearĺ─˘s honouree of the National Opera Directors Recognition Award.ĺ─¨ said Nada Ristich, Senior Manager, Corporate Donations, at BMO Financial Group. ĺ─˙As a supporter of many opera companies in Canada, BMO understands the critical role volunteer directors play in developing their local opera companies as cultural pillars in their community.ĺ─¨


ĺ─˙We are very proud that Alberta Cefis has been recognized with this award. Her dedication is matched by a genuine and passionate interest in opera and ballet,ĺ─¨ stated Marshall Pynkoski, Co-Artistic Director for Opera Atelier. ĺ─˙She has led the company through very difficult times to a period of artistic creativity and financial and administrative stability that other companies only dream of.ĺ─¨


Pynkoski added that under Ms. Cefisĺ─˘ leadership, the company has moved to a two-production subscription season in Torontoĺ─˘s historic Elgin Theatre, selling up to 18,000 tickets a year, while continuing to tour every other year. The companyĺ─˘s budget is now approaching $2.5M and under Ms Cefisĺ─˘ aegis, Opera Atelier has realized a 30% increase in subscriptions and a 27% increase in fundraising revenues in the last fiscal year.


ĺ─˙Opera.ca is delighted to be joining with BMO Financial Group in extending this honour to Ms Cefis who has played a vital role for Opera Atelierĺ─¨ stated Christina Loewen, Executive Director for Opera.ca.


ĺ─˙Opera.ca places a high priority on the development of leadership capacity within the opera sector and Ms Cefis represents the impact that this leadership can have within the governance of an opera company.ĺ─¨


An Adjudication Committee oversees the selection process, choosing one recipient annually. This yearĺ─˘s Adjudication Committee was chaired by Opera.ca Board member, Monica Sloan, also past Chair of Calgary Opera. She was joined by Nada Ristich, Senior Manager, Corporate Donations, BMO Financial Group, Monette Malewski, an active business and community leader and president of łÔcole Superieure de Ballet Contemporain de Montrłęal, Kevin Patterson, General Director, Austin Lyric Opera and Rob Collins, inaugural recipient and past board member of the Canadian Opera Company.


Opera.ca member companies are eligible to nominate one director each year for the honour.


Opera.caĺ─˘s commitment to recognizing excellence in governance stems from a belief shared with sister association OPERA America, that the strength of an opera company is directly linked to the quality of governance demonstrated by its board members. OPERA America demonstrates this belief through their Annual National Opera Trustee Recognition Award, in which a single honouree is chosen from each of the four OPERA America budget levels.


Joining Ms Cefis in receiving this honour in February 2010 in New York City are OPERA Americaĺ─˘s National Opera Trustee Recognition honourees for 2009/10.


About Opera.ca


Opera.ca is the national association for opera companies and professionals in Canada. It seeks to create and sustain an environment that makes opera central to Canadian life. It works with members across the country to advance the interests of Canadaĺ─˘s opera community and create greater opportunity for opera audiences and professionals alike.


About Opera Atelier

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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Sundance Channel Rises in Canada


CORUS ENTERTAINMENT INC.

Corus Entertainment to launch the celebrated brand March 1, 2010

TORONTO, Dec. 8 /CNW/ - Corus Entertainment (TSX:CJR.B, NYSE:CJR) and Rainbow Media today announced that they have finalized a licensing agreement that will enable Corus to add Sundance Channel to its portfolio of Canadian specialty services. Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel features a broad range of programming, from niche, genre-focused cinema to socially provocative films, documentaries and original series. Sundance Channel will launch on Monday, March 1, 2010.

"Sundance Channel is a unique movies and lifestyle channel that will provide a diverse and engaging selection of films, documentaries and original programs that are typically not offered by other services in Canada," said John Cassaday, President and CEO, Corus Entertainment. "Corus is proud of the opportunity to launch this world-renowned brand in Canada and enhance the quality and breadth of programming for our audiences."

Films on the network will include titles such as the 1984 John Sayles' urban fantasy comedy/sci-fi gem The Brother from Another Planet, Dae-wung Lim's horror picture Bloody Reunion and the American Film Theatre's film adaptations of stage plays such as The Iceman Cometh starring Jeff Bridges. Documentaries include Errol Morris' off-centre look at pet cemeteries in the acclaimed 1978 Gates of Heaven, Rupert Murray's exploration of the ocean crisis in The End of the Line and an entertaining look at a rapidly expanding musical subculture in Nerdcore Rising.

Original series will include Isabella Rossellini's critically acclaimed Green Porno, which takes a scientifically accurate yet extremely entertaining look at the reproductive habits of marine animals and other creatures; and The Lazy Environmentalist, which makes the case that helping the planet doesn't have to be hard.

Sundance Channel is available in Canada based on a licence agreement with Rainbow Media.

About Sundance Channel

Sundance Channel is the television destination for independent-minded viewers seeking something different. Sundance Channel offers audiences a diverse and engaging selection of films, documentaries, and original programs, including the critically-acclaimed original Iconoclasts and web series such as Isabella Rossellini's Green Porno. Under the creative direction of Robert Redford, Sundance Channel launched in 1996 and was acquired by Rainbow Media in 2008. Building on its success with the transactional On Demand platform, Rainbow Media launched Sundance Selects in 2009, an On Demand offering for feature documentary films.

About Rainbow Media Holdings LLC

Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC). Rainbow Media owns and operates some of the world's most popular and award-winning entertainment brands, including AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv, Wedding Central and IFC Entertainment (IFC Center, IFC Festival Direct, IFC Films, IFC In Theaters and IFC Productions). Additional information about Rainbow Media's multiplatform brands is available at www.rainbow-media.com.

About Corus Entertainment Inc.

Corus Entertainment Inc. is a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, advertising services, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's animation. The Company's multimedia entertainment brands include YTV, Treehouse, W Network, CosmoTV, VIVA, Movie Central, HBO Canada, Nelvana, Kids Can Press and radio stations including CKNW, CKOI and Q107. Corus creates engaging branded entertainment experiences for its audiences across multiple platforms. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto (CJR.B) and New York (CJR) exchanges. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

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Concours National de Crłęation Młędia de Radio Canada International Racines Roots



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ST. MICHAELĺ─˘S CHOIR SCHOOL releases their 10th recording IN MIDNIGHTĺ─˘S STILLNESS at this yearĺ─˘s 70th annual Christmas performance


Toronto, ON Monday, December 7, 2009

Just in time for Christmas, St. Michaelĺ─˘s Choir School announces the upcoming release of its 10th recording. In Midnightĺ─˘s Stillness is one of this celebrated choirĺ─˘s most moving Christmas albums to date. With music ranging from sacred to secular this collection offers a host of traditional carols, sacred melodies and new contemporary Christmas favourites. In the hands of the Choir School conductors Jerzy Cichocki, Caron Daley and Teri Dunn, along with the choristers of the Elementary, Junior and Senior choirs, these timeless Christmas melodies are fresh, interesting, and soaring with jubilation. Special guest artist, award-winning quintet the True North Brass adds a special festive sparkle throughout the glorious new recording.

In Midnightĺ─˘s Stillness takes its name from the breathtaking traditional Polish carol, ĺ─˙Wë§rłäd Nocnej Ciszyĺ─¨. Arranged by St. Michaelĺ─˘s Choir Schoolĺ─˘s Artistic Director, Dr. Jerzy Cichocki, ĺ─˙In Midnightĺ─˘s Stillnessĺ─¨ displays the lyrical beauty and charm of Polish folklore. Other musicians featured on this exceptional recording include St. Michaelĺ─˘s Choir School alumnus Dr. Kola Owolabi, who contributed several striking compositions including the award-winning ĺ─˙Hodie Christus natus estĺ─¨, a setting of a Christmas antiphon stylistically reminiscent of the double choir motets of Heinrich Schł║tz; and a festive arrangement of ĺ─˙Joy to the Worldĺ─¨ written for CBC Radioĺ─˘s 1997 Christmas Sing-In. Kolaĺ─˘s brother Kunle Owolabi contributed the beautiful piece ĺ─˙Medieval Carolĺ─¨, which he penned at the remarkable age of 15.

In Midnightĺ─˘s Stillness is dedicated to Monsignor Thomas Barrett Armstrong, a priest of the Archdiocese of Toronto, a graduate of St. Michael's Choir School and former Director of Music of this world-renowned institution. Although he passed away on November 14, 2009, Monsignor Armstrongĺ─˘s contributions to music will never be forgotten. Included in this recording is Monsignorĺ─˘s rich, reverent and soaring setting of ĺ─˙To One That is So Fair and Brightĺ─¨. This setting of the XVth century Marian text is a wonderful tribute to the memory of Monsignor Armstrong.

The release of In Midnightĺ─˘s Stillness will coincide with St. Michaelĺ─˘s Choir Schoolĺ─˘s 70th annual Christmas concert Sing We Noł┤l, Noł┤l We Sing at Massey Hall on Friday, December 11th and Saturday December 12, 2009. Tickets are $36.50 - $22.50 and can be purchased by calling 416-872-4255 or by visiting the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto, www.masseyhall.com. The CD will be available for purchase at these concerts, and from the school by calling 416-398-5518, or by visiting the schoolĺ─˘s website at www.smcs.on.ca.

About St. Michaelĺ─˘s Choir School

Founded in 1937 with the purpose of providing sacred music for services at St. Michaelĺ─˘s Cathedral in downtown Toronto, St. Michaelĺ─˘s Choir School is a centre for musical and academic excellence. It is one of only six choir schools in the world affiliated with the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome. Each student admitted to the Choir School is trained in vocal, technical, and instrumental music, and sings in one of the schoolĺ─˘s choirs.

Balancing the sacred and the secular is customary for the school. St. Michaelĺ─˘s Choir School is not only known for its music program, but also academic achievement, consistently ranking at the top of Fraser Institute surveys. For seventy years, graduates of the Choir School have pursued studies in science, education, medicine, law, and business and, of course, music. In the last group are the Crew Cuts and Four Lads of the 1950s and present-day musical artists Michael Schade, John McDermott, Stewart Goodyear, Kevin Hearn (of The Barenaked Ladies), Robert Pomakov, Matt Dusk, Michael Colvin, Claude Morrison (of The Nylons), and Michael Burgess.

In addition to the annual Christmas concert, the choirs perform publicly in an annual tour and at many local events. Dignitaries such as His Holiness Pope John Paul II, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and former Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrłętien have enjoyed the choirĺ─˘s performances. For more information: www.smcs.on.ca.

Massey Hall, Friday, December 11, 2009, 8 PM and Saturday, December 12, 2009, 3 PM.

Tickets: $36.50ĺ─ţ$22.50 - Call 416-872-4255 or visit the Roy Thomson Hall Box Office

www.masseyhall.com

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Casse-Noisette de Tchałěkovski et le Messie de Haendel au cinłęma Beaubien łŢ compter du 12 dłęcembre

Montrłęal, 7 dłęcembre 2009 ĺ─ý Juste avant les Fłütes, profitez dĺ─˘un łęvłęnement unique organisłę au Cinłęma Beaubien pour enchanter vos yeux et vos oreilles. Dł«s le 12 dłęcembre prochain, quittez votre salon et venez assister dans les fauteuils de votre cinłęma de quartier, aux captations de deux spectacles exceptionnels accessibles uniquement en salle. Venez łęblouir vos sens avec Casse-Noisette de Tchałěkovski et le magnifique Messie de Haendel. Enregistrłęs cette annłęe en Angleterre, dans deux lieux mythiques, le Covent Garden de Londres et la chapelle du Kingĺ─˘s College de lĺ─˘universitłę Cambridge, ces deux łęvłęnements sont indispensables łŢ la magie du temps des fłütes.

Connu de tous, Casse-Noisette fait partie de ces ëýuvres qui font scintiller les yeux des enfants comme les lumił«res multicolores du sapin rłęjouissent leurs cëýurs. Conte musical merveilleux avec ses personnages magiques, ses costumes magnifiques et sa musique entrałĂnante, Casse-Noisette est łęgalement une ëýuvre qui fascine par ses chorłęgraphies majestueuses. Cette rłęcente production, montłęe par le trł«s prestigieux Royal Ballet de Londres, sĺ─˘inspire de la chorłęgraphie originale de Lev Ivanov, tout en lĺ─˘actualisant dans un łęblouissement de couleurs somptueuses et un festoiement de mouvements łęlłęgants.

Nous rappelant lĺ─˘origine sacrłęe de la fłüte de Noł┤l, Le Messie de Haendel est lĺ─˘une des ëýuvres les plus connues du compositeur allemand. Centrłę sur les diffłęrents łęvłęnements de la vie du Christ, cet oratorio est une occasion unique de profiter de lĺ─˘acoustique extraordinaire de la chapelle du Kingĺ─˘s College de Cambrige. Ce concert du prestigieux Chëýur du Kingĺ─˘s College offre lĺ─˘occasion exceptionnelle dĺ─˘łęcouter cinq solistes de classe internationale dans une ëýuvre majeure de lĺ─˘art lyrique et religieux. Un moment de grłóce łŢ ne pas manquer.

Salle de rłępertoire et de quartier, le cinłęma Beaubien poursuit la vocation des visionnaires dłęsireux de rendre lĺ─˘art accessible łŢ tous. Soucieux dĺ─˘offrir łŢ son public les meilleures conditions de projection, le cinłęma Beaubien, dont les salles ont łętłę rłęcemment rłęnovłęes, propose de nouvelle manił«re dĺ─˘aller au cinłęma et de dłęcouvrir une programmation diffłęrente grłóce łŢ un nouvel łęquipement audiovisuel de lĺ─˘ł«re numłęrique. ł─ compter du 12 dłęcembre, venez dłęcouvrir ces rencontres dĺ─˘un nouveau type oł╝ les arts de la performance dialoguent avec le 7e Art.

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Samedi 12 dłęcembre, 13 h Jeudi 17 dłęcembre, 13 h

Samedi 19 dłęcembre, 13 h Jeudi 24 dłęcembre, 13 h

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Dimanche 13 dłęcembre, 13 h Mercredi 16 dłęcembre, 13 h

Dimanche 20 dłęcembre, 13 h Mercredi 23 dłęcembre, 13 h

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Adultes : 12,50 $ łÔtudiants : 10 $

65 ans et plus : 10 $ Enfants de moins de 12 ans : 8 $


AUCUN laissez-passer, cinłę-carte ou coupon rabais. Les billets seront en vente łŢ la billetterie du Cinłęma seulement. Aucune rłęservation. Aucune place rłęservłęe: premier arrivłę, premier assis.

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Rencontres Inattendues łŢ l'Agora de la Danse

Montrłęal, le 15 dłęcembre 2009 ĺ─ý Une nouvelle saison audacieuse voit le jour łŢ lĺ─˘Agora de la danse oł╝ nous vous proposons le parfait łęquilibre entre jeunes chorłęgraphes, talents confirmłęs, productions qułębłęcoises, canadiennet internationales. Leur point commun ? Lĺ─˘originalitłę et les rencontres inattendues !

Du 20 au 23 janvier 2010, Pierre Lecours prłęsente Les steppes. C'est la Sibłęrie... et c'est quelque part aux confins de notre conscience. Les personnages sontĺ─ŕils rłüvłęs, vłęcus, prłęsents, en devenir ? Fidł«le łŢ luiĺ─ŕmłüme, le chorłęgraphe emprunte au thłęłótre : parler comme danser, babiller, bavarder, balbutier, psalmodier, soliloquer, chuchoter, dłęclamer, hurler. ł─ la musique, aux mouvements des danseurs se młülent des bribes de causeries, des brins de jasettes, loufoques, insensłęes, des lambeaux de confidences. Des steppes... quelque part en nous.

Lĺ─˘incontournable Margie Gillis, quant łŢ elle, nous invite łŢ dłęcouvrir Filatures du 28 au 30 janvier et du 4 au 6 fłęvrier 2010. Filature : usine oł╝ on fabrique le fil, oł╝ on prłępare les liens d'un łęventuel tissage... mais aussi action de suivre quelqu'un, de l'łępier. Margie Gillis suit la piste d'une trame essentielle dans sa rencontre avec l'łóme humaine et nous guide dans une exploration de nos propres młęandres. Au moyen d'une structure toute... textile, dont le procłędłę narratif łęvoque celui de la tapisserie ou de la courtepointe, la danseuse et chorłęgraphe nous amł«ne łŢ prendre conscience que les liens qui łętoffent nos vies parsł«ment souvent des trajectoires autiques que plurielles.

ssi łęclecPuis du 25 au 27 fłęvrier 2010, Gina Gibney dans View Partially Obstructed provoque une rłęflexion rłęelle et originale sur les liens qui unissent les łütres, rłęvłęler ce que c'est qu'łütre humain. Que savonsĺ─ŕnous de la rłęalitłę ? ł─ quoi prłütonsĺ─ŕnous attention ? L'artiste newĺ─ŕyorkaise s'interroge sur une łęvidente contradiction de l'łütre humain : nous savons que notre perception du rłęel nous est personnelle, mais nous pensons nłęanmoins avoir une vue d'ensemble de ce que nous sommes, de ce que les autres sont et du monde en głęnłęral, malgrłę des informations tronqułęes et dłęnaturłęes. Cette oeuvre d'une femme engagłęe, paradoxalement brute et raffinłęe, exige de ses interprł«tes łŢ la fois de la concentration, de la force et de la virtuositłę. Elle nous est prłęsentłęe en premił«re canadienne. Des danseurs exceptionnels, une musique originale, des projections visuelles audacieuses... Un spectacle total, d'une rare intensitłę.

Par la suite, du 10 au 13 mars 2010, Bodies to Bodies III (Les chemins de traverse Metz) de la chorłęgraphe Isabelle Van Grimde nous mł«ne par des voies dłętournłęes mais combien lumineuses łŢ considłęrer d'un regard neuf la relation qui parałĂt si łęvidente entre la musique et la danse. Avec une virtuositłę hors du commun, elle dłęconstruit le son et le geste, entrałĂne danseurs et musiciens en d'improbables improvisations qui laissent le spectateur pantois... et ravi. Elle en tire une oeuvre primale marqułęe par la tension qui existe entre gestuelle architecturale et pulsions łęlłęmentaires des corps : une rencontre chorłęgraphique et musicale charnelle et łęlectrisante. Une intrigante aventure łŢ suivre de prł«s !

Avec Nu, prłęsentłę du 18 au 20 mars 2010, le chorłęgraphe Harold Rhłęaume, traite de la vulnłęrabilitłę de l'łütre et de la complexe głęomłętrie des relations humaines. Il y a dans Nu une charge łęmotive łŢ laquelle on ne peut rester indiffłęrents, avec en filigrane une lueur, un espoir qui permet de croire que les guerres, les scandales, le cynisme ambiant, les drames et les misł«res auront une fin. Harold Rhłęaume ne nie pas la rłęalitłę. Il croit simplement en la force de l'art et en celle de l'łóme. Nu est une oeuvre belle, accessible et łęmouvante : on est touchłęs, on vit un plaisir esthłętique apaisant. Le chorłęgraphe nous convie łŢ une rencontre inoubliable, łŢ un moment d'intimitłę riche, d'une dłęlicate sensualitłę.

Enfin CockPit du chorłęgraphe Wen Wei Wang du 21 au 24 avril 2010, nous plonge dans une rłęalitłę qui a łętłę le lot des łęlł«ves de pensionnats, il n'y a pas si longtemps. Le chorłęgraphe installe dans un inconfortable huis clos quatre garł▀ons et les fait jouer łŢ des jeux qui risquent de głęnłęrer de la violence... ou d'attiser le dłęsir. Mais, łęgalement et toujours, une femme... Qui enivre, słęduit, contrarie... Rłüve ou rłęalitłę ? Le sujet abordłę est explosif. L'humour trł«s fin, trł«s nuancłę de Wen Wei Wang se traduit dans l'utilisation tour łŢ tour dramatique et sensuelle des corps des interprł«tes, prolongłęs de longues plumes de paons qui ajoutent au mouvement souplesse et couleur, ampleur et połęsie. Ces accessoires sont un rappel de la tradition de l'opłęra chinois. Ils y łętaient l'apanage des seigneurs de la guerre. L'objet demeure, la signification
change. CockPit... une oeuvre intense, qui laisse sa marque...

Dans lĺ─˘esprit dĺ─˘ouverture qui caractłęrise lĺ─˘Agora de la danse, nous vous invitons łŢ dłęcouvrir en parallł«le au Laboratoire de lĺ─˘Agora de la danse deux expositions dĺ─˘art actuel oł╝ le paysage et la nature sont łŢ lĺ─˘honneur :

CONTES ET RłÔCITS de Luc Bergeron, du 20 janvier au 6 fłęvrier 2010. Voir, explorer, vivre, rłęinventer le paysage. Aprł«s une longue frłęquentation de l'art abstrait, Luc Bergeron s'adonne, łŢ sa fał▀on, łŢ une vłęritable interprłętation du monde matłęriel. Le paysage devient l'objet d'une minutieuse łętude : du microscopique łŢ l'immensitłę de l'horizon, du bourgeonnement biologique łŢ l'apparente immobilitłę de la situation głęographique. Dłęvoilement de lumił«res intimes, mais aussi approche nouvelle de la reprłęsentation et du traitement pictural, la nouvelle manił«re de l'artiste ouvre large la voie łŢ l'interprłętation.

NATURALIA de Monique Mongeau, du 25 fłęvrier au 20 mars 2010. Monique Mongeau cueille, collectionne et classifie les spłęcimens vłęgłętaux avec l'obsession du botaniste. Pas tant pour nommer, cataloguer, conserver que pour dłęceler dans la fibre vłęgłętale l'itinłęraire qui mł«ne łŢ l'homme. Retrouver la trace du temps. Renouer avec la fragilitłę de l'łütre. Retenir de la nature une silhouette symbolique. Faire de l'oeuvre une reprłęsentation dłępouillłęe de tout contexte narratif, une icłąne silencieuse de la vie. La młęmoire. ł─ quoi s'ajoutent le mouvement et l'łęlan, vłęritables moyens de transcender le rłęel et d'accłęder łŢ l'universel, toutes scories disparues. Le Laboratoire de lĺ─˘Agora est ouvert de 19h30 łŢ 22h les soirs de reprłęsentation au Studio.

Bianse \ www.agoradanse.com

Renseignements et rłęservation
Billetterie de lĺ─˘Agora danse (840, rue de la Cherrier, młętro Sherbrooke) \ 514.525.1500
Rłęseau Admission \ 514.790.1245

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Musłęe en Musique

ALTITUDES : MUSIQUES NOUVELLES
POUR CONTRE-TłÔNOR ET CORDES
PAR ERREUR DE TYPE 27 (E27)

Qułębec, le mardi 8 dłęcembre 2009 Čž ł─ lĺ─˘occasion de lĺ─˘exposition Emporte-moi/Sweep me off my feet, le Musłęe national des beaux-arts du Qułębec prłęsente le concert Altitudes : musiques nouvelles pour contre-tłęnor et cordes.

Plusieurs ëýuvres musicales de compositeurs łętablis tels Andrłę Prłęvost, Bruce Mather et Gavin Bryars sont proposłęes. Dĺ─˘autres compositions crłęłęes autour du thł«me des grands sentiments amoureux par deux łętudiants łŢ la małĂtrise en composition musicale łŢ lĺ─˘Universitłę Laval, Mathieu Dumont et Genevił«ve Dupuis, complł«teront la prłęsentation.

Avec : Jean-Franł▀ois Gagnłę, contre-tłęnor et altiste, accompagnłę de Młęlanie Charlebois, violoniste, Marie-Claude Perron, altiste, et Raphał┤l Dubłę, violoncelliste.
Dimanche 13 dłęcembre, 14 h
15 $ (Abonnłęs-Amis et łętudiants : 12 $)
Lĺ─˘admission au concert donne accł«s łŢ toutes les expositions en cours au Musłęe.
Sous la direction artistique de Marie-Hłęlł«ne Breault, Erreur de type 27 (E27) sĺ─˘investit dans la promotion de lamusique contemporaine dans la rłęgion de Qułębec. E27 propose une grande variłętłę de concerts, dĺ─˘łęvłęnements musicaux et dĺ─˘activitłęs płędagogiques autour dĺ─˘une programmation alliant lĺ─˘improvisation et les classiques du XXe sił«cle.

RłÔSERVATIONS ET RENSEIGNEMENTS (grand public) :
418 643-2150 ou 1 866 220-2150 / www.mnba.qc.ca

Lĺ─˘exposition dĺ─˘art contemporain Emporte-moi/Sweep me off my feet est prłęsentłęe au Musłęe national des beaux-arts du Qułębec jusquĺ─˘au 13 dłęcembre 2009.
Fier partenaire de la programmation culturelle DIMANCHE 13 DłÔCEMBRE, 14 H

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The WSO Spreads the Joy of the Season Through Share the Music Program!


Winnipeg, MB ĺ─ý December 7, 2009 ĺ─ýThe Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) was excited to spread holiday cheer this season with the sold-out presentation of Raymond Briggsĺ─˘ heart-warming film, The Snowman, conducted by Richard Lee.

Through the WSOĺ─˘s Share the Music Program, the WSO provided over 300 tickets at no cost to families that would otherwise not be able to attend this symphony concert.

The following organizations were the recipients of the Share the Music tickets:

Adult EAL Program, Winnipeg School Division
Association for Community Living, Beausejour Branch
Behavioural Health Foundation Inc.
Big Brothers & Sisters of Winnipeg
Canadian Mental Health Association, Winnipeg Region
Community Living Winnipeg
Doray Enterprises Inc.
Event Horizon Planning Inc.
Immigrant Centre of Winnipeg
Independent Living Resource Centre
Jewish Child & Family Services
Lĺ─˘Arche Winnipeg, Inc.
Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council Inc.
Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba
Native Womenĺ─˘s Transition Centre
Point Douglas Residents Committee
Ronald McDonald House
Simaril Inc.
Society for Manitobans with Disabilities - Adult Leisure & Recreation
Teulon & Area Advocates for Active Living Inc.
University of Manitoba Access Program
Voices: Manitobaĺ─˘s Youth in Care (Winnipeg Boys & Girls Club)
Winnipeg Child & Family Services

ĺ─˙For more than a decade, the WSO has provided concert tickets to more than 30 organizations allowing disadvantaged children and families to experience the magical world of symphonic music,ĺ─¨ says Carol Cassels, WSO Development Manager. ĺ─˙Providing the opportunity to see and hear live music being performed, opening their eyes to new sights and sounds and exposing them to a genre of music they might never hear otherwise, helps to enrich our community. As well, our exceptional musicians are wonderful role models for young people and inspire many to pursue music in their own lives. We are very grateful to our patrons and sponsors who have enriched our community by supporting our Share the Music program.ĺ─¨

This holiday season families got to enjoy The Snowman. The charming tale of the little boy James who builds a snowman ĺ─ý only to have it come to life ĺ─ý brought the audience to its feet when the WSO performed Howard Blakeĺ─˘s magical soundtrack score live to the film yesterday.

Soprano Andrea Macasaet was the vocal highlight of The Snowman, singing its famous song Walking in the Air. Macasaet, a 15-year old Grade 10 student at Garden City Collegiate in Winnipeg, was a finalist for YTV and CMTĺ─˘s ĺ─˙Karoke Star Jrĺ─¨ and the 2009 Grand Champion of Red River Exĺ─˘s Stars of Tomorrow.

For Sundayĺ─˘s concert, CBC TVĺ─˘s Janet Stewart narrated three favourite fables of Aesop in Anthony Plogĺ─˘s engaging settings with orchestra. Janet is well known for her contributions to the community having served as the Honorary Chairperson of Easter Seals and the Parkinson Society of Manitoba.

Pre-concert activities began at 1 pm with crafts, rhythm ensembles, a conducting station, and more, in partnership with the Music For Young Children program!

Share the Music is a unique partnership with other Winnipeg organizations that enables economically disadvantaged children, adults and their families to attend WSO performances. Because of the generous donations by corporations and individuals, more than 3000 tickets are provided to organizations across the province each year. These organizations distribute the tickets free of charge to people they know want to hear the orchestra, but simply could not afford it.

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Victoria Philharmonic Choir - Family Christmas Carol Sing-Along Concert

Music Director: Peter Butterfield

Guest organist: Nicholas Fairbank

Tuesday, December 22, 7:00 pm, Church of St. John the Divine

1611 Quadra St., Victoria, BC

Itĺ─˘s the essence of a Christmas celebration: entire families from babies to grandparents together in a lovely old church, singing beloved and familiar carols along with an excellent choir and majestic organ accompaniment.

For VPC music director Peter Butterfield, itĺ─˘s all about creating a joyous musical experience thatĺ─˘s family-friendly and accessible. ĺ─˙If little children want to come up front and help me conduct, I make that happen,ĺ─¨ he says.

The audience gets to sing along on traditional pieces such as O Come All Ye Faithful, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, and See Amid the Winterĺ─˘s Snow, as the 40-member Victoria Philharmonic Choir adds gorgeous harmonies and soaring descants.

The choir, on its own, will perform some more complex and perhaps less familiar short works, including: ĺ─˙Of the Fatherĺ─˘s Love Begottenĺ─¨, with text by a 5th century Roman poet and a vocal line that recalls plainchant; the Basque hymn, ĺ─˙The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Cameĺ─¨, Morten Lauridsenĺ─˘s mystical setting of ĺ─˙O Magnum Mysteriumĺ─¨, a four-part unaccompanied setting of Blakeĺ─˘s ĺ─˙The Lambĺ─¨ by John Tavener (the contemporary composer, not the 16th century one!) and ĺ─˙The Shepherdsĺ─˘ Farewellĺ─¨, from Lĺ─˘Enfance du Christ, Op. 25, by Berlioz.

Guest performer is Nicholas Fairbank, prize-winning organist and composer.

Peter Butterfield began organizing family sing-along carol concerts with his choir, VancouverVoices, at St. Helenĺ─˘s Church in Point Grey about 5 years ago, and theyĺ─˘ve quickly become a hugely popular ĺ─ý even sold-out ĺ─ý event.

While there should be some tickets available on concert night at the door of St. John the Divine, itĺ─˘s advisable to purchase advance tickets from Ivyĺ─˘s Books, Cadboro Bay Books or Long & McQuade Music in Victoria, or Tannerĺ─˘s Books in Sidney.

Tickets are $20 adult, $15 student/senior. Children 12 & under will be admitted free with an adult, but MUST have their own tickets.

More information: www.vpchoir.ca

Hi-res photos of VP Choir & Peter Butterfield may be downloaded from the website media page, or e-mailed to you.

Media contact: Sherry Lepage, volunteer publicist 250.598.6433 or sherrylepage@shaw.ca

And in other newsĺ─Â We can now confirm that the Victoria Symphony Orchestra will be playing the Victoria Philharmonic Choirĺ─˘s performance of Bachĺ─˘s monumental sacred work, the St. Matthew Passion, on March 27, 2010 at St. Andrewĺ─˘s Cathedral. Soloists will be announced in the New Year.

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Wigmore Hall Live Releases New CD

SIMON KEENLYSIDE, BARITONE, AND MALCOLM MARTINEAU, PIANO, PERFORM WORKS BY FAURłÔ, RAVEL, WOLF AND SCHUBERT

ĺ─˙Everything that happens in your life - the good and the bad - is somewhere in my box of song texts or lieder or French song," said Simon Keenlyside in an interview with The Guardian in 2007. In two Wigmore Hall recitals with Malcolm Martineau in October 2008, he covered considerable musical, thematic and emotional ground with a selection of songs by Schubert (including two of the most famous, An Silvia and Stłžndchen), six of Wolfĺ─˘s MłĆrike-Lieder, settings of Victor Hugo, Paul Verlaine and other, lesser-known French poets by Faurłę, and Ravelĺ─˘s five whimsical and discreetly anthropomorphic animal portraits, Histoires naturelles. Mr. Keenlysideĺ─˘s Wigmore Hall recital of 26 October 2008 is now available on a new Wigmore Hall Live recording (catalogue no. WHLive0031).

The contents of the CD are as follows:

FRANZ SCHUBERT

An Silvia ĺ─ó Einsiedelei ĺ─ó Verklłžrung ĺ─ó Die Sterne ĺ─ó Himmelsfunken ĺ─ó Stłžndchen

HUGO WOLF

Der Knabe und das Immelein ĺ─ó Gesang Weylaĺ─˘s ĺ─ó An die Geliebte

Auf eine Christblume II ĺ─ó Lied eines Verliebten ĺ─ó Lied vom Winde

GABRIEL FAURłÔ

Aubade ĺ─ó En sourdine ĺ─ó Green ĺ─ó Notre amour ĺ─ó Fleur jetłęe

Spleen ĺ─ó Madrigal ĺ─ó Le papillon et la fleur

MAURICE RAVEL

Histoires naturelles (Le paon, Le grillon, Le cygnet, Le martin-płücheur, La pintade)

(encore announcement)

FRANCIS POULENC

Hłątel

Total CD timing: 74:08

BBC Music Magazine has described Mr. Keenlyside as ĺ─˙the greatest lyric baritone of our time, indeed one of the greatest of any time. He submerges his personality in the roles he portrays, and does it with virtually unique insight and completeness. Everything is built, however, on superb breath control and a remarkable capacity for colouring the voice, combined with flawless legato, the principles underlying all great singing.ĺ─¨ While the subject there was a recording of operatic arias, the same praise could apply to Mr. Keenlyside in recital: he is thought of as an artist who does not self-consciously impose his interpretation on a song or on the audience; he subtly allows the words and the notes to speak for themselves.

SIMON KEENLYSIDE Simon Keenlyside was born in London, studied zoology at Cambridge and singing at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

He made his operatic debut at the Hamburg State Opera as Count Almaviva (Le Nozze di Figaro). He has since sung in Geneva (Hamlet and Pellłęas), Zurich (Don Giovanni), Barcelona (Don Giovanni and Hamlet), Madrid (Posa), San Francisco (Pellłęas), Sydney (Figaro), Berlin (Figaro), Brussels (Orfeo), Paris (Papageno, Pellłęas, Guglielmo, Yeletsky, Dandini and Wozzeck), Vienna (Eugene Onegin, Figaro, Marcello, Count Almaviva, Billy Budd, Don Giovanni, Papageno and Posa), Munich (Marcello, Count Almaviva and Wolfram), Tokyo (Don Giovanni with La Monnaie and Wolfram with the Bayerische Staatsoper), at the Metropolitan Opera, New York (Belcore, Marcello, Papageno and Count Almaviva), the Salzburg Festival (Guglielmo and Papageno) and Salzburg Easter Festival (Pellłęas), La Scala, Milan (Papageno and Count Almaviva under Muti), in Ferrara (Don Giovanni under Abbado), and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (Billy Budd under Hickox; Count Almaviva and Ford under Haitink; Don Giovanni under Mackerras; Valentin, Pellłęas and Posa under Pappano; Belcore, Marcello, Guglielmo under Colin Davis; Papageno under Colin Davis and Mackerras; Hamlet under Langrłęe; Prospero in the world premiere of The Tempest under Adł«s; and Oreste under Bolton). For Billy Budd at the English National Opera and Winston in the world premiere of 1984 at the Royal Opera House, he won the 2006 Olivier Award for outstanding achievement in opera. In 2007 he was given the ECHO Klassik award for male Singer of the Year.

He will return to the Vienna State Opera (Macbeth), Metropolitan Opera (Hamlet) and the Royal Opera House (Posa, Macbeth).

Mr. Keenlyside enjoys extensive concert work, appearing with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe under Abbado, Berlin Philharmonic under Abbado, City of Birmingham Symphony under Rattle, London Symphony Orchestra under Colin Davis, Philharmonia Orchestra under von Dohnł░nyi and Sawallisch, Cleveland Orchestra under Welser-Moest, Vienna Philharmonic under Muti, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra under Mackerras, and the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra under Welser-Moest.

Simon Keenlyside has appeared in recital in New York, San Francisco, Lisbon, Geneva, Moscow, Paris, Amsterdam, Ferrara, Rome, Brussels, London, Graz, the Edinburgh, Aldeburgh, Salzburg, Munich and Schwarzenberg Schubertiade Festivals, at La Scala Milan, and both the Konzerthaus and Musikverein in Vienna. He sang in Trisha Brownĺ─˘s choreographed Winterreise at the Holland, Mostly Mozart (New York), Lucerne and Melbourne Festivals, at the Barbican, London and La Monnaie, Brussels.

For EMI he has recorded two recital discs with Malcolm Martineau, of Schubert and Strauss, and - for Hyperion - a disc of Schumann lieder with Graham Johnson. He has also recorded Des Knaben Wunderhorn under Rattle for EMI, the title role in Don Giovanni under Abbado for DG, Carmina Burana under Thielemann for DG, Marcello in La Bohł«me under Chailly for Decca, the title role in Billy Budd under Hickox, Papageno in The Magic Flute under Mackerras for Chandos and Count Almaviva in the GrammyČĂ award-winning Le Nozze di Figaro under Jacobs for Harmonia Mundi. For Sony BMG he has released an orchestral arias disc which won the Gramophone 2007 best recital award, and an operetta disc with Angelika Kirchschlager.

Mr. Keenlysideĺ─˘s appearances in New York City during the 2009-10 season include a solo recital in Alice Tully Hall (28 February 2010) and the title role in a new production of Ambroise Thomasĺ─˘s Hamlet at the Metropolitan Opera (16 March ĺ─ý 9 April 2010).

MALCOLM MARTINEAU
Malcolm Martineau was born in Edinburgh, read music at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and studied at the Royal College of Music.

Recognized as one of the leading accompanists of his generation, he has worked with many of the worldĺ─˘s greatest singers, including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Janet Baker, Olaf Błžr, Barbara Bonney, Ian Bostridge, Angela Gheorghiu, Susan Graham, Thomas Hampson, Della Jones, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Magdalena KoëŠenł░, Solveig Kringelborn, Jonathan Lemalu, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Karita Mattila, Lisa Milne, Ann Murray, Anna Netrebko, Anne Sofie von Otter, Joan Rodgers, Amanda Roocroft, Michael Schade, Frederica von Stade, Bryn Terfel and Sarah Walker.

Malcolm Martineau has presented his own series at St. Johnĺ─˘s, Smith Square (the complete songs of Debussy and Poulenc), Wigmore Hall (a Britten and a Poulenc series broadcast by the BBC) and at the Edinburgh Festival (the complete lieder of Hugo Wolf). He has appeared throughout Europe (including Londonĺ─˘s Wigmore Hall, Barbican, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Royal Opera House; La Scala, Milan; the Chłótelet, Paris; the Liceu, Barcelona; Berlinĺ─˘s Philharmonie and Konzerthaus; Amsterdamĺ─˘s Concertgebouw; and the Vienna Konzerthaus and Musikverein), North America (including New Yorkĺ─˘s Alice Tully Hall and Carnegie Hall), Australia (including the Sydney Opera House) and at the Aixĺ─Űenĺ─ŰProvence, Vienna, Edinburgh, Schubertiade, Munich and Salzburg Festivals.

Recording projects have included Schubert, Schumann and English song recitals with Bryn Terfel for DG; Schubert and Strauss recitals with Simon Keenlyside for EMI; recital recordings with Angela Gheorghiu and Barbara Bonney for Decca, Magdalena KoëŠenł░ for DG, Della Jones for Chandos, Susan Bullock for Crear Classics, Solveig Kringelborn for NMA and Amanda Roocroft for Onyx; the complete Faurłę songs with Sarah Walker and Tom Krause for CRD; the complete Britten Folk Songs for Hyperion; and the complete Beethoven Folk Songs for DG.

This seasonĺ─˘s engagements include appearances with Sir Thomas Allen, Susan Graham, Simon Keenlyside, Angelika Kirchschlager, Magdalena KoëŠenł░, Dame Felicity Lott, Christopher Maltman, Kate Royal, Michael Schade, and Bryn Terfel.

Mr. Martineau was given an honorary doctorate at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2004, and appointed International Fellow of Accompaniment in 2009.

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The Daily Miracle

written by David Sherman
directed by Guy Sprung
January 26 - Feb. 14
Previews Jan. 26 & 27
Opening Night Thursday Jan. 28
Bain St-Michel
5300, rue St-Dominique
Box Office
(514) 987 - 1774

SYNOPSIS: Marty's back to work after suffering a nervous breakdown; Elizabeth's daughter is sick at home with a babysitter; Carrie uses all her charms to impress as she dreams of a job in television while Benjamin is just trying to get the paper out, all overseen by the ghosts of an industry that used to be. It's another night on the news desk, where a few battle-scarred, overworked copy editors wrestle with fractured syntax and crushed ideals to get the next edition out in the shadow of a marathon corporate management meeting. Tempers frayed from layoffs, cutbacks and corroded ambitions; it's a miracle they can get the paper out at all. A miracle that happens every day.

BIO: David Sherman is a journalist, screenwriter and playwright and former playwright in residence at the Centaur Theatre. He has worked at The Montreal Star and The Gazette as a copy boy, music critic, feature writer, reporter and lastly, as a copy editor. He began writing The Daily Miracle a few years ago while he was working as an editor on the news desk at The Gazette. The play, The Daily Miracle, is a work of fiction, as are the characters, but the true strains and stress of working the desk in today's deteriorating newspaper industry are stranger than fiction.

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A Leahy Family Christmas with the NAC Orchestra takes to the stage on December 18 in Southam Hall of the National Arts Centre

Additional seats now available due to audience demand!

OTTAWA, December 7, 2009 ĺ─ţ A Leahy Family Christmas with the NAC Orchestra ĺ─ý a unique holiday concert during the NACĺ─˘s 40th Anniversary season ĺ─ý unites Canadian musical powerhouse family Leahy with conductor Stłęphane Laforest, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, under the direction of Kevin Reeves. A Leahy Family Christmas with the NAC Orchestra will be performed in Southam Hall of the National Arts Centre on Friday December 18 at 7 p.m. (please note early curtain time). This concert has been in such demand with music-lovers that the front rows of Southam Hall have been slightly reconfigured, adding over 100 seats to the hallĺ─˘s capacity. Tickets for these seats are available now.

The eight award-winning brothers and sisters of Leahy have been making music together their entire lives. This year, they invite you to join them for A Leahy Family Christmas with the NAC Orchestra -- where youĺ─˘ll feel just like one of the gang at a festive family gathering back home in Lakefield, Ontario. The step-dancing, fiddle-playing, song-singing Leahy family, together with the NAC Orchestra and the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, promise a full spectrum of Christmas music, from sacred hymns and slow airs to fiery Celtic tunes and best-loved carols. Itĺ─˘s sure to be an exhilarating Christmas adventure!

Embarking on this tour gives the members of Leahy the chance to share a bit of the enchantment of the Christmas season that began when they were children and still continues today. Family Christmas traditions included not only honoring the sacredness of the season, but also partaking of good food, the company of family and friends ĺ─ý and, always, copious amounts of music. A Leahy Family Christmas with the NAC Orchestra offers audiences a peek in the window of the Leahy home to experience a bit of the magic of the season for themselves.

The Leahy family consists of Donnell (fiddle), Doug (fiddle), Angus (fiddle), Frank Jr. (drums), Siobheann (bass, vocals, dance), Denise (guitar, vocals, dance), Maria (guitar, vocals, dance), and Erin (piano, vocals, dance). Leahy will focus their set-list mainly on Christmas favourites and original seasonal pieces as well as typical Leahy fare that audiences have come to love. The concert will feature selections such as A Christmas Festival, The Huron Christmas Carol, Christmas in Killarney, and a special Christmas sing-along medley.

On recent tours, audiences have learned that these instrumentalists, singers, and dancers bring a rare level of originality and musicianship to the stage. This originality includes music that Leahy writes, arranges, and produces. Known for their unique blend of musical styles and genres, their repertoire is more distinct than ever. The bandĺ─˘s four acclaimed CDs ĺ─ý Leahy, Lakefield, In All Things, and Live ĺ─ý have world-wide sales of over half a million copies. Leahy is now in the process of recording their fifth CD, due out in 2010. Pure and authentic ĺ─ý Leahy continues to be one of Canadaĺ─˘s most sought after exports.

A Leahy Family Christmas with the NAC Orchestra will be performed in Southam Hall of the National Arts Centre on Friday December 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $19, $29, $40, $52, $62, $70 and $81 for adults and $10.75, $15.75, $21.25, $27.25, $32.25, $35.75, and $41.75 for students (upon presentation of a valid student ID card). Tickets are available at the NAC Box Office (in person) and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111; Ticketmaster may also be accessed through the NACĺ─˘s website www.nac-cna.ca.

Subject to availability, full-time students (aged 13-29) with valid Live RushĺĐó membership may buy up to 2 tickets per performance at the discount price of $11 per ticket. Tickets are available online (www.nac-cna.ca) or at the NAC box office from 10 a.m. on the day before the performance until 6 p.m. on the day of the show or 2 hours before a matinee. Groups of 10 or more save 15% to 20% off regular ticket prices to all NAC Music, Theatre and Dance performances; to reserve your seats, call Julie Laroche at 613-947-7000, ext. 634 or e-mail grp@nac-cna.ca.

For additional information, visit the NAC website at www.nac-cna.ca

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Acclaimed conductor Trevor Pinnock returns to the National Arts Centre to lead the NAC Orchestra and gifted soloists in Handelĺ─˘s Messiah

on December 15-16 in Southam Hall

OTTAWA, December 3, 2009 ĺ─ţAn undisputed highlight of the NACĺ─˘s 40th Anniversary season, Handelĺ─˘s Messiah will be performed at 7 p.m. (please note early curtain time) in Southam Hall of the National Arts Centre on Tuesday December 15 and Wednesday December 16.

The NAC Orchestra will be under the baton of conductor Trevor Pinnock. Soloists performing this treasured holiday classic will be radiant soprano Geraldine McGreevy; Marie-Nicole Lemieux, a Canadian contralto known for the richness, warmth and resonance of her voice; Canadian tenor Benjamin Butterfield, famous for his absolutely gorgeous voice and total musicality; and rising star Robert Gleadow, hailed for the rare beauty of his supple bass-baritone. They will be joined by the Cantata Singers of Ottawa and Seventeen Voyces.

Trevor Pinnock is a renowned British conductor and harpsichordist. Mr. Pinnock was also artistic director and principal conductor of the NAC Orchestra from 1991 to 1996. As Steven Mazey wrote in the Ottawa Citizen on November 14, 2009 ĺ─˙ĺ─Â[Pinnock] seems to have a special feeling for Handelĺ─˘s Messiahĺ─Â. His recording of the piece has been widely praised as among the best versions available, and his Ottawa performances of Messiah have been memorable. ĺ─Âin 2004, music critic Richard Todd praised [Pinnockĺ─˘s performances] as ĺ─˙the most refined and musical Messiah to grace Southam Hall in many years. Pinnockĺ─˘s sense of the musicĺ─˘s shape and proportion would be hard to find in another conductor, and he found beauty in many details that normally flow by unnoticed.ĺ─¨

George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) ĺ─ý whom Beethoven called ĺ─˙the greatest composer that ever livedĺ─¨ ĺ─ý was arguably the most cosmopolitan and versatile theatrical composer of the Baroque period. He was born and trained in Germany, achieved mastery and success in every musical genre while in Italy, and then settled for nearly five decades in England, during which time he assimilated all those nationĺ─˘s musical styles and specialised in operas and oratorios.

Messiah was first performed in Dublin in 1742. It immediately won huge popular success and has become the most performed and recorded and listened-to choral work in the repertoire. The popularity of Messiah is not difficult to explain. Musical scholars note the spaciousness in Handelĺ─˘s music, the dramatic silences, and the stirring contrast.. Handelĺ─˘s music often blends different styles, including English church music, the German Passion-music tradition, and the Italian melodic style.

Although often regarded as Christmas music, Messiah was actually written for Easter, a celebration of birth, but also of death and resurrection. Handel composed Messiah in 24 days without once leaving his house. While writing the "Hallelujah Chorus", his servant discovered him with tears in his eyes. He exclaimed, ĺ─˙I did think I did see all Heaven before me, and the great God Himself!!ĺ─¨ The King was so deeply stirred with the exultant music that when the first ĺ─˛Hallelujahĺ─˘ rang through the hall, he rose to his feet and remained standing until the last note of the chorus echoed through the house. From this began the custom of standing for the ĺ─˛Hallelujahĺ─˘ chorus.

Trevor Pinnock at the harpsichord

MUSIC FOR A SUNDAY AFTERNOON: Sold Out!

December 20, 2009 ~ 2 p.m.

Auditorium of the National Gallery of Canada

Adults $29 Students (with ID) $14.50

Program includes:
CORELLI Concerto Grosso, op. 6, No. 8 "Christmas Concerto"
BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major

HANDEL Trio Sonata in B minor, op. 2, No. 1 for Flute, Violin, and Continuo

TELEMANN Burlesque de Don Quixotte

VIVALDI ĺ─˙Winterĺ─¨ from The Four Seasons

Trevor Pinnock, harpsichord
Yosuke Kawasaki, Jessica Linnebach, violin
Joanna Gĺ─˘froerer, flute
Members of the NAC Orchestra

This concert will be recorded by Radio-Canadaĺ─˘s music radio network Espace musique (102,5 FM) for broadcast on Tuesday December 22, 2009 as part of Soirłęes classiques, which is presented from Monday to Thursday at 8 p.m. It will also be available on the Espace classique web radio service at Radio-Canada.ca/espaceclassique. The concert will also be broadcast on CBC Radio Two (103.3 FM)

on Tempo, with host Julie Nesrallah, on Wednesday December 23 at 11 a.m.

The NAC Orchestra performs Handelĺ─˘s Messiah in Southam Hall of the National Arts Centre on Tuesday December 15 and Wednesday December 16 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25, $34, $46, $54, $64, $74, and $89 for adults and $13.75, $18.25, $24.25, $28.25, $33.25, $38.25 and $45.75 for students (upon presentation of a valid student ID card). Tickets are available at the NAC Box Office (in person) and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111; Ticketmaster may also be accessed through the NACĺ─˘s website www.nac-cna.ca.

Subject to availability, full-time students (aged 13-29) with valid Live RushĺĐó membership may buy up to 2 tickets per performance at the discount price of $11 per ticket. Tickets are available online (www.nac-cna.ca) or at the NAC box office from 10 a.m. on the day before the performance until 6 p.m. on the day of the show or 2 hours before a matinee. Groups of 10 or more save 15% to 20% off regular ticket prices to all NAC Music, Theatre and Dance performances; to reserve your seats, call Julie Laroche at 613-947-7000, ext. 634 or e-mail grp@nac-cna.ca.

For additional information, visit the NAC website at www.nac-cna.ca

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The National Arts Centre English Theatre Company presents A Christmas Carol

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National Arts Centre English Theatre

Peter Hinton, Artistic Director

Based on the Novel by Charles Dickens
Starring Stephen Ouimette as Ebenezer Scrooge
with the 40
th Anniversary English Theatre Acting Company:
nisha ahuja, Michael Blake, Richard Donat, Randi Helmers,
Tanja Jacobs, Geordie Johnson, Kris Joseph, Ron Kennell, John Koensgen, Jani Lauzon, Julie Tamiko Manning, Alex McCooeye, Niall Patrick McNeil, Matt Miwa,

Jeremiah Sparks, Waneta Storms, Matthew Tapscott
and also featuring: Joshua Bajpai, Ananya Rajkumar, and Nina Rose Taylor

Directed by Peter Hinton

December 8 - 26, 2009 NAC Theatre

ĺ─˙Keep Christmas in your own way and let me keep it in mine.ĺ─¨ Ebenezer Scrooge

Ottawa, Ontario ĺ─ý A Christmas Carol is as well known as any work can be. All that has to be said is ĺ─˙Scroogeĺ─¨, ĺ─˙God bless us everyoneĺ─¨ or even ĺ─˙humbugĺ─¨ and everyone gets the reference. In fact, the story of Ebenezer Scrooge has become as much a tradition of Christmas as the holidays themselves. For the first time, a faithful telling of Charles Dickensĺ─˘ cherished holiday story of a miserĺ─˘s last chance for redemption is presented by the National Arts Centre English Theatre, presented on the full Shakespearean thrust stage and starring Stephen Ouimette as Scrooge with the 40th Anniversary NAC English Theatre Acting Company.

A Christmas Carol is a powerful moral allegory about the importance of goodwill and generosity in a time of economic hardship and poverty. It stresses the unparalleled importance of caring for those who suffer due to ignorance or want. At the same time, it is also a spine-tingling ghost story, which tells of a covetous old miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, haunted by three spirits on Christmas Eve. Over the course of the night, Scrooge witnesses the power of charity, and is warned of the dangers of a society where money is valued above family, friendship, community and the true spirit of giving.

Since late October, English Theatreĺ─˘s Peter Hinton and Paula Danckert (Artistic Director and Company Dramaturg & Artistic Associate respectively) have been rehearsing with the 40th Anniversary NAC English Theatre Acting Company, which includes18 of the best artists from across the country (nisha ahuja, Michael Blake, Richard Donat, Randi Helmers, Tanja Jacobs, Geordie Johnson, Kris Joseph, Ron Kennell, John Koensgen, Jani Lauzon, Julie Tamiko Manning, Alex McCooeye, Niall Patrick McNeil, Matt Miwa, Stephen Ouimette, Jeremiah Sparks, Waneta Storms, and Matthew Tapscott).

Joining this amazing group of artists are two local youngsters, who will share the role of Tiny Tim. Joshua Bajpai and Ananya Rajkumar won the roles in an audition this past September wherein over 70 children from the Ottawa area tried out for the role. Also joining the cast is teen Nina Rose Taylor from Toronto.

Alongside these artists are the 40th Anniversary English Theatre Company, featuring Musical Direction and Arrangement by Allen Cole, Set & Costume Design by Eo Sharp, Lighting Design by Jock Munro, Sound Design by Troy Slocum, Choreography by Dayna Tekatch, and Company Historian David Dean. The Stage Manager is Jane Vanstone Osborn and the Assistant Stage Manager is Stłęfanie Słęguin.

The NAC English Theatre is proud to offer this production as a gift to our audiences and as an ideal way for families to help celebrate the holiday. Nothing could speak more to the value of peace and goodwill toward oneĺ─˘s fellow man than to experience the suspense, joy and transformation of Scrooge.

The NAC 40th Anniversary English Theatre Company will follow up A Christmas Carol with Bertolt Brechtĺ─˘s Mother Courage and Her Children in January in the NAC Theatre and in February at the Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg.

Ottawa Citizen is proud sponsor of Theatre5 Series.

Supported by Trinity Development Group ĺ─ý Share the Spirit.

Niall Patrick McNeil is the recipient of the 2010 David Leighton Arts Fellowship.

A Christmas Carol plays December 8 - 26, 2009 in the Theatre at the National Arts Centre.

Pay What You Can: Tuesday, December 8
Previews: Wednesday, December 9 and Thursday, December 10
Opening: Friday, December 11

Hinterview: Saturday, December 12 at 1 p.m. in the NAC Panorama Room.
Artistic Director Peter Hinton will be interviewing NAC English Theatre Company Historian David Dean.

Student Club: Friday, December 11

Talkbacks: Wednesday, December 16 & 23, Thursday, December 17 and Sunday, December 20

In the NAC Theatre: Evening performances Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday matinees are at 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 20 at 2 p.m.
No performances on Mondays or on December 24 and 25

Adults: $20 - $61 Previews: $30
Students: $11.25 - $31.75 Previews: $16.25
Groups of 10+ receive great discounts! For more information contact
grp@nac-cna.ca or
visit our
webpage.

Tickets are available for purchase:
In person at the NAC Box Office
At all Ticketmaster outlets
By telephone from Ticketmaster, (613) 755-1111
Online through the Ticketmaster link on the NACĺ─˘s website (
www.nac-cna.ca)
A service charge applies on all purchases made through Ticketmaster

Find out more about NAC English Theatre on Facebook and YouTube. To discover more about A Christmas Carol and the 40th Anniversary English Theatre Acting Company, click www.nac-cna.ca/en/theatre/christmascarol.

This performance is eligible for the Live Rush program.
Students with a valid
Live RushĺĐó membership card may buy up to 2 tickets per eligible performance at the discount price of only $11 per ticket. New this season! All unsold tickets for Live Rush eligible performances will be made available to Live Rush members on the day before the performance, starting at 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on the day of the performance. This includes all available seats, including the best seats in the house.
Check out
liverush.ca for information on the Live Rush program.

For any information, visit the NAC website at www.nac-cna.ca

The National Arts Centre English Theatre Company presents
A Christmas Carol

Based on the Novel by Charles Dickens
Starring Stephen Ouimette as Scrooge

with the 40th Anniversary English Theatre Acting Company

Show Run Dates

December 8 - 26, (Pay-what-you-can December 8, previews December 9 & 10, opening night December 11)

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ĺ─˙The Pipelineĺ─¨ Reading Series

Dec. 11 ĺ─ý 13, 2009

Bain St-Michel

5300, rue St-Dominique

FREE to public

(Suggested donation $5)

Friday December 11th ĺ─ý 7 PM

KENNEDY: THE MUSICAL

By Arthur Holden


Saturday December 12th ĺ─ý 7 PM

LIFE HERE AFTER

(Pam Dunn Write-On-Q Playwrighting contest winner)

By Alexandria Haber

Sunday December 13th ĺ─ý 2 PM (matinłęe)

The Return of Corporal Mazenet

By Nick Carpenter

For more information log on to http://www.infinihteatre.com or call (514) 987 ĺ─ý 1774.

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Des suggestions culturelles de Rłęseau Scł«nes pour cłęlłębrer le temps des Fłütes bien au chaud!


Que ce soit pour divertir votre famille ou pour prendre une pause de rłęceptions gastronomiques, Rłęseau Scł«nes vous propose en dłęcembre et janvier, quelque 200 reprłęsentations. Profitez-en pour offrir des spectacles grłóce łŢ de nombreux forfaits-cadeaux disponibles chez nos diffuseurs!

La jeunesse łŢ lĺ─˘honneur (13 propositions)

Humour grinł▀ant Les Zapartistes

Ambiance des fłütes en musique Matt Herskowitz, Lambert et Calliari, Mes Ałěeux, Bruno Pelletier, Les Cowboys fringants

Pour les amateurs de jazz, une combinaison gagnante John Pizzarelli et Coral Egan

Les Entrłęes en scł«ne Loto-Qułębec en janvier avec Denis Chang et Wołónda

PHOTOS

Programmation en ligne

La jeunesse łŢ l'honneur !

COPEAUX DE NEIGE, Thłęłótre des deux mains
Thłęłótre de marionnettes (5 łŢ 10 ans)

Maison des arts de Laval
Du 6 dłęcembre (famille) au 10 dłęcembre (scolaire)


LES CLOWNS DU CARROUSEL ĺ─ý NOłŃL AUTOUR DU MONDE
Azimut diffusion, Sorel-Tracy

6 dłęcembre (famille)


GROS BISCUIT! ĺ─ý RENłÔE ROBITAILLE
Dĺ─˘aprł«s les albums de Robert Munsch (3 łŢ 8 ans)

Cabaret La Basoche, Gatineau
6 dłęcembre (famille) et 7 dłęcembre (scolaire)


Salle Pauline-Julien, Sainte-Genevił«ve
20 dłęcembre
(famille)


PETITE JACINTHE ET VICTOR ĺ─ý NOłŃL Cĺ─˘EST PAS UN CADEAU
Spectacle en chanson (2 łŢ 8 ans)

Centre dĺ─˘art La petite łęglise, Saint-Eustache
13 dłęcembre


ARTHUR Lĺ─˘AVENTURIER ĺ─ý LA CHASSE AUX TRłÔSORS
(2 łŢ 9 ans)

Salle Albert-Dumouchel, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
13 dłęcembre (famille)


LE BAIN, Thłęłótre Bouches Dłęcousues
(3 łŢ 7 ans)

Thłęłótre de la Ville, Longueuil
Du 13 dłęcembre (famille) au 15 dłęcembre (scolaire)


Maison des arts de Laval
Du 17 au 30 dłęcembre


NOłŃL COOL AVEC FREDO LE MAGICIEN
(4 łŢ 12 ans)


Salle Jean-Desprłęz, Gatineau
Du 13 dłęcembre (famille) au 15 dłęcembre (scolaire)


SALVADOR, Le Carrousel, compagnie de thłęłótre
(łŢ partir de 9 ans)

Maison des arts de Laval
Les 13 (famille) et 14 dłęcembre (scolaire)


BANDEAU

UNE FORłńT DANS LA TłńTE, Thłęłótre de lĺ─˘Avant-Pays
Thłęłótre de marionnettes (4-8 ans)

Thłęłótre Hector-Charland, Lĺ─˘Assomption
Du 15 au 17 dłęcembre (complet les 15 et 17)


CASSE-NOISETTE
L'łęcole de danse Neva Shelton prłęsente cette histoire de Noł┤l avec l'aide de quelques danseurs invitłęs ainsi que ses łęlł«ves du niveau prłę professionnel.


Salle Albert-Dumouchel, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
Les 17 et 18 dłęcembre


CASSIOPłÔE DANSE

Thłęłótre du Marais de Val-Morin
19 dłęcembre


LE CHAT BOTTłÔ, Thłęłótre Advienne que pourra
(łŢ partir de 3 ans)

Salle du Pavillon, Chłóteauguay
20 dłęcembre (famille)


LES PARFAITS INCONNUS
Cirque (4 ans et plus)

Thłęłótre Lionel-Groulx, Sainte-Thłęrł«se
29 dłęcembre (famille)


HUMOUR GRINłßANT

bruno
LES ZAPARTISTES - ZAP 2009, la revue de l'annłęe

Centre dĺ─˘art La petite łęglise de Saint-Eustache
14 dłęcembre

Cabaret-Thłęłótre du Vieux-Saint-Jean,
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
18 dłęcembre

Thłęłótre de la Ville, Longueuil
19 dłęcembre


Thłęłótre Lionel-Groulx, Sainte-Thłęrł«se
14 janvier




AMBIANCE DES FłńTES EN MUSIQUE

MATT HERSKOWITZ - L'ange Gabriel

Centre dĺ─˘art La petite łęglise de Saint-Eustache
11 dłęcembre


lambertLAMBERT et CALLIARI - Du reel łŢ la tanrantelle

Thłęłótre de la Ville, Longueuil
12 dłęcembre

Thłęłótre Lionel-Groulx, Sainte-Thłęrł«se
27 dłęcembre

Thłęłótre Hector-Charland, Lĺ─˘Assomption
18 dłęcembre


MES AłŔEUX

Cabaret-Thłęłótre du Vieux-Saint-Jean
12 dłęcembre



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BRUNO PELLETIER

Salle Pauline-Julien, Sainte-Genevił«ve
18 dłęcembre

LES COWBOYS FRINGANTS

Polyvalente Saint-Joseph, Mont-Laurier
19 dłęcembre


POUR LES AMATEURS DE JAZZ, UNE COMBINAISON GAGNANTE

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JOHN PIZARELLI et CORAL EGAN

Thłęłótre Hector-Charland, Lĺ─˘Assomption
2 dłęcembre

Thłęłótre des Deux Rives,
Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu
6 dłęcembre

Centre culturel de Beloeil
11 dłęcembre


Les Entrłęes en scł«ne Loto-Qułębec en janvier

LOTO

Les Entrłęes en scł«ne Loto-Qułębec soutiennent des artistes en łęmergence de toutes les rłęgions du Qułębec et de toutes les disciplines des arts de la scł«ne.

DENIS

DENIS CHANG - Jazz manouche

Thłęłótre de la Ville, Longueuil
15 janvier


ARIANEWOłăNDA - Thłęłótre ł─ l'Envers
en coproduction avec le Thłęłótre Quatre/Corps
Thłęłótre dĺ─˘ombres et marionnettes pour (4-9 ans)

Salle Pauline-Julien, Sainte-Genevił«ve
17 janvier


Maison des arts de Laval
31 janvier


Les diffuseurs de Rłęseau Scł«nes vous souhaitent de Joyeuses Fłütes, une bonne Annłęe 2010 remplie de dłęcouvertes artistiques. Pour en savoir plus sur la programmation des diffuseurs de Rłęseau Scł«nes - Sur Scł«ne prł«s de chez vous, visitez reseauscenes.com

The ever-popular Kinderconcerts Series ĺ─ý presented by the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Jeunesses Musicales of Canada

ĺ─ý continue with the special presentation of Le grand bal de Noł┤l (presented in French) on December 6 in the Panorama Room

OTTAWA, November 30, 2009 ĺ─ţ Le grand bal de Noł┤l is a special Kinderconcert with a wonderful Christmas theme. As in all Kinderconcerts, music, instruments, theatre and storytelling capture youngstersĺ─˘ imaginations, providing tons of fun and discovery of the endless wonders of music.

Le grand bal de Noł┤l takes place in the Panorama Room (on the floor, so bring a cushion!) on Sunday December 6 at 1:30 and 3 p.m. This magical Kinderconcert ĺ─ý performed in French only -- is perfect for families and children aged 3-8.

From their distant home on an ice floe, three penguin musicians (in full penguin costume) have waddled all the way to the North Pole for a great Christmas party. But what a disappointment -- theyĺ─˘re refused admission! To get in, they have to perform an original Christmas song. For Amatin, Ademain and Atemplein, making up a Christmas song on the spot is a real challenge. Will the three chums find inspiration? Will they be ready in time for the dazzling celebration? Help them out and come along to the party! After all, Christmas is about more than just a song. Le grand bal de Noł┤l features Marc Fortin (trombone), Pierre Blais (banjo), and Jean Sabourin, (sousaphone).

Upcoming Kinderconcerts include:

Skarazula

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Featuring Steve Grenier, percussion, psaltery; Franł▀ois Rainville, cittern, mandore, oud, tromba marina, vielle; Franł▀ois Perron, recorders, flute

Take off on an adventure to medieval Europe with the members of Skarazula! Travel with them along the roads of France, Spain, Italy, Turkey, the countries of Eastern Europeĺ─Â listen to them sing in different languages and discover some rather odd instruments. A musical voyage that promises to delight both young and old.

Giggle and Stomp

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Featuring Bruno Roy and Louis-Daniel Joly, percussion

This powerful history of percussion starts in Africa, the land of rhythm, where instruments resonate and music resounds. This animated concert takes listeners on a magical journey through percussion history, with stops along the way in the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. From African and Brazilian music to the hip-hop of today, these instruments transcend all culture and time. Discover exotic and colourful percussion instruments like the kalungu, djembe, derbouka, tambourine, cymbals and apito in this rhythmic concert experience!

A Journey to Dixieland

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Featuring Le Dixieband, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, banjo, sousaphone and drums; Marielle Grenier, actress and singer

The ageless, electrifying music of Dixieland recalls the festive atmosphere of the early years of the 20th century when the New Orleans and Dixieland styles emerged. The show focuses on the songs, dances and dreams of this colourful period, as a lively old lady called Miss New Orleans relives her young, carefree years. Like a gramophone that takes us back in time, Miss N.O. introduces the audience, to her marvellous memories, as she recounts the legends of blues, Charleston, shimmy and scat music. A magical, rhythmic show that is educational, exciting, and nostalgic, and that will enchant the whole family!

All Kinderconcert performances are in the NACĺ─˘s Panorama Room.

English performances are at 9:30 a.m. (recommended for ages 3 ĺ─ý 6); 11 a.m. ĺ─ý recommended for ages 3 ĺ─ý 6; and 1:30 p.m. ĺ─ý recommended for ages 5 - 8

The French performance is at 3 p.m. ĺ─ý recommended for ages 3 ĺ─ý 8

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Je lĺ─˘aimais

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Un film de Zabou Breitman

au Cinłę-Club du Quartier

de la Salle Pauline-Julien


France. 2009. 112 minutes. Avec Daniel Auteuil, Marie-Josłęe Croze, Florence Loiret-Caille. Adaptłę d'un roman d'Anna Gavalda.
Prłęcłędłę du court młętrage LA VIE COMMENCE dĺ─˘łÔmile Proulx-Cloutier (Qułębec, 2009, 14 minutes).

En une nuit, Pierre va partager avec sa belle-fille Chlołę, ce grand secret qui le hante depuis vingt ans, celui qui le mit face łŢ lui-młüme, łŢ ses contradictions et łŢ ses choix, łŢ son rłąle d'homme et łŢ ses manques. Le secret de cet amour pour Mathilde, pour lequel il n'a pas tout abandonnłę, choisissant une route plus sł¬re et plus connue. En une nuit, nous saurons la vie d'un homme qui n'osa pas.

Č┤ Un film d'une rare intensitłę, małĂtrisłę de bout en bout. Ȭ - Le Journal du Dimanche

Lundi 14 dłęcembre, 19 h 30


15 615, boulevard Gouin Ouest, Sainte-Genevił«ve

Info : 514 626.1616

www.pauline-julien.com

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The National Arts Centre grants the NAC Award to three prominent Canadian contemporary composers

Recipients John Estacio, Peter Paul Koprowski, and Ana Sokolovic receive music commissions and residencies valued at $75,000 each

OTTAWA, November 30, 2009 ĺ─ţ Peter Herrndorf, President and CEO of the National Arts Centre, and Pinchas Zukerman, Music Director of the NAC Orchestra, are delighted to announce the recipients of the prestigious NAC Award. They are John Estacio, Peter Paul Koprowski, and Ana Sokolovic, three talented Canadian contemporary composers with enviably successful careers. Each NAC Award includes a series of commissions and residencies valued at $75,000.

The National Arts Centre is ensuring that Canadian repertoire takes centre stage. Each composer will be commissioned to create three new music works for the NAC Orchestra over the next 5 years, and each will teach students during the NACĺ─˘s annual Summer Music Institute. The announcement of these awards underscores the National Arts Centreĺ─˘s commitment to new music, to Canadian contemporary composers, and to artistic innovation. The NAC is proud to support and promote Canadian music and, over the years, the NAC Orchestra has commissioned 82 Canadian works, all of which have been performed in hundreds of concerts at the NAC and on tour across Canada and around the world.

ĺ─˙Throughout its 40 year history, the National Arts Centre has been fully committed to developing and showcasing Canadaĺ─˘s composers,ĺ─¨ said Peter Herrndorf. ĺ─˙Through their imaginative works, our talented music creators give voice to this countryĺ─˘s epic story while celebrating the spirit of its peoples. The NAC is proud to contribute to the great Canadian repertoire through these special awards and our numerous new music initiatives.ĺ─¨

Pinchas Zukerman said, ĺ─˙The second phase of our New Music Program will build on the excellent groundwork weĺ─˘ve laid over the past 8 years, especially through the development and support of emerging composers in the Summer Music Institute. In addition to creating new work for the Orchestra and its ensembles, our NAC Award composers will add their voices to the excellent faculty weĺ─˘ve built for training young artists. This Program continues to reinforce the Orchestraĺ─˘s commitment to creation, performance, and learning.ĺ─¨

Christopher Deacon, Managing Director of the National Arts Centre Orchestra, said, ĺ─˙The NAC Award gives each of these composers the opportunity to think big and create works of lasting importance that can have an impact nationally and internationally. In our view, these three composers are brilliant and weĺ─˘re delighted to be able to support their work.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the award recipients,ĺ─¨ said Minister of Canadian Heritage & Official Languages James Moore. ĺ─˙We have a thriving contemporary music scene in Canada, and these awards being presented today are a great way to further its development.ĺ─¨

The National Arts Centre also bestowed NAC Awards on Canadian composers Gary Kulesha, Denys Bouliane, and Alexina Louie in 2002, and the relationship included commissions, education activities, and touring with the NAC Orchestra. Their works were often performed at the NAC and on tour across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. The National Arts Centre must train and inspire this countryĺ─˘s next wave of creators. In March 2008, the NAC acted as a direct conduit between a Canadian creative icon and the next generation of artists with a four-day tribute to R. Murray Schafer on his 75th birthday. As part of the NACĺ─˘s eXpressions new music festival, the event showcased ten of Schaferĺ─˘s works, which were broadcast nationally by CBC Radio. Murray also led a choral music workshop and a two-day symposium for students, educators, and young composers. An archive of these activities is available in the Music section of the NACĺ─˘s performing arts educational website, ArtsAlive.ca.

INITIATIVES IN SUPPORT OF CANADIAN MUSIC

DURING THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTREĺ─˘S 40TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON (2009-10)

Čů On July 1, 2009, the National Arts Centre launched the award-winning NACmusicbox.ca as part of its performing arts educational website, ArtsAlive.ca. NACmusicbox.ca features over 120 NAC Orchestra recordings from 1969 to the present; fifteen of these are works by Canadian composers. In 2010, NACmusicbox.ca will expand to include an additional 65 Canadian compositions. These will be featured in a timeline that will bring a distinctly Canadian dimension to the history of orchestral music by proudly showcasing 51 Canadian composers and placing them within the context of Canadian events, classical music and world history.

Čů On October 8-9, 2009, Music Director Pinchas Zukerman led the NAC Orchestra in a 40th birthday celebration featuring Canadian baritone Russell Braun performing Songs for an Acrobatĺ─Â an outstanding work by former NAC composer-in-residence Linda Bouchard. This concert was recorded for national broadcast by CBC Radio. Maestro Zukerman will again be on the podium when the work is reprised as part of the NAC Orchestraĺ─˘s performance at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto on January 16, 2010.

Čů On November 9, 2009, the National Arts Centre partnered with the Canadian Music Centre (on the occasion of their golden anniversary) to co-present a capacity-audience concert entitled Celebrating Canadian Composers ĺ─ý Canadian Music Centreĺ─˘s 50th Anniversary. The evening included works by Ann Southam, Christos Hatzis, Harry Somers, Alexina Louie, Abigail Richardson, and Denis Gougeon.

Čů On March 15, 2010, the NAC will co-produce, with the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, a unique program of Canadian chamber music, choral music, projected visual imagery, dance, and spoken word entitled Made in Canada at the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver. This concert will include works by Alexina Louie, R. Murray Schafer, and Stephen Chatman, and a commission by Kati Agłägs.

Čů Also on March 15, 2010, the NAC will launch an online teacher resource guide for elementary schools celebrating Canadian composers, their works and their stories with extensive cross-curricular lesson plans. NAC teacher resource guides have been downloaded over one million times from ArtsAlive.ca.

Čů In June 2010, the National Arts Centre will produce and host the 8th annual NAC Composers Program as part of the NAC Summer Music Institute. This program enables talented young composers -- the future of Canadian music -- to create works for live performance and to work with distinguished Canadian and international faculty at the NAC. Since its creation in 2003, the NAC Composers Program has provided training to 41 emerging composers, including affiliate composers (3) and auditors (11), resulting in 28 NAC commissions. The composers, 85% of whom are Canadian, have studied with the three NAC Award composers -- Gary Kulesha, Alexina Louie and Denys Bouliane -- and several international guest composers, including Roberto Sierra (USA), John McCabe (England), Alexander Raskatov (Russia), Joseph Schwantner (USA), and Poul Ruders (Denmark). Each summer the emerging composers have their new compositions workshopped in several sessions with a dedicated ensemble from lĺ─˘Orchestre de la francophonie canadienne, led by its Music Director and conductor Jean Philippe Tremblay. The pieces are then premiered in a public concert and have been recorded by CBC Radio for future broadcast.

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Acclaimed conductor Peter Oundjian conducts the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in a Bombardier Great Performers Series concert on December 10

in Southam Hall of the National Arts Centre

The program includes music by Christopher Theofanidis, Philip Glass, and Beethovenĺ─˘s Symphony No. 6 ĺ─˙Pastoralĺ─¨

OTTAWA, November 27, 2009 ĺ─ţ In the second Bombardier Great Performers Series concert of the NACĺ─˘s 40th Anniversary season, world-renowned conductor Peter Oundjian leads the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) in Southam Hall of the National Arts Centre on Thursday December 10 at 8 p.m.

The program for the evening includes:

CHRISTOPHER THEOFANIDIS Rainbow Body
PHILIP GLASS Violin Concerto No. 2 (
The American Four Seasons)
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 "Pastoral"

Not yet 40 years old, American composer Christopher Theofanidis has been hailed as one of the leading composers of his generation. He was the winner of the UKĺ─˘s $50,000 Masterprize in 2003 for Rainbow Body, which has subsequently become the worldĺ─˘s most-performed orchestral work by a living composer. This atmospheric work is inspired by a melody from the medieval mystic Hildegard von Bingen and by Tibetan Buddhismĺ─˘s concept of oneness with the universe.

Philip Glass is the first composer to win a wide, multi-generational audience in the opera house, the concert hall, the dance world, in film and in popular music. Here he reimagines Vivaldiĺ─˘s famous violin concertos in his fresh-off-the-page Violin Concerto No. 2 The American Four Seasons. The concerto receives its world premiere one day before the NAC concert, on December 9 in Toronto. The work will premiere in London and the U.S. in 2010; it will also be recorded and performed on tour around the world. The TSO was one of five co-commissioners for this new work, written for violinist Robert McDuffie.

Beethoven conducted the premiere of his famous Pastoral Symphony in Vienna in 1808. A series of portraits of country life, the work expressed the composerĺ─˘s deep, lifelong love of nature, which he considered essential to his mental and physical health. (He did important creative work while tramping through woods and fields.) The Sixth is a genial piece -- spacious, relaxed, lyrical -- yet it was radical enough to influence program music for generations. Beethoven described the Pastoral Symphony as ĺ─˙more the expression of feeling than paintingĺ─¨, and it conveys a visitorĺ─˘s musical impressions of the countryside over the course of one day.

Friends of the NAC Orchestra Silent Auction

The silent auction ĺ─ý which features special items donated from across Canada and around the world -- will be held in the NAC foyer before the concert, at intermission, and for 20 minutes following the performance. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the NAC Orchestraĺ─˘s commitment to

music education programs for young people.

The Toronto Symphony Orchestra performs in Southam Hall of the National Arts Centre on Thursday December 10 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $19, $29, $39.50, $46, $50, $60, and $70 for adults and $10.75, $15.75, $21, $24.25, $26.25, $31.25, and $36.25 for students (upon presentation of a valid student ID card). Tickets are available at the NAC Box Office (in person) and through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111; Ticketmaster may also be accessed through the NACĺ─˘s website www.nac-cna.ca. Subject to availability, full-time students (aged 13-29) with valid Live RushĺĐó membership may buy up to 2 tickets per performance at the discount price of $11 per ticket. Tickets are available online (www.nac-cna.ca) or at the NAC box office from 10 a.m. on the day before the performance until 6 p.m. on the day of the show or 2 hours before a matinee. Groups of 10 or more save 15% to 20% off regular ticket prices to all NAC Music, Theatre and Dance performances; to reserve your seats, call Julie Laroche at 613-947-7000, ext. 634 or e-mail grp@nac-cna.ca.

For additional information, visit the NAC website at www.nac-cna.ca

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MUR ł─ MUR, une exposition signłęe Diane Dufresne et Richard Langevin

ł─ Espace Crłęation Loto-Qułębec

du 3 fłęvrier au 9 mai 2010

Č┤ Je chante pour gagner ma vie, mais je crłęe pour vivre. Ȭ

                    - Diane Dufresne -

Diane Dufresne, une inspiratrice łŢ la crłęativitłę dłębridłęe. Richard Langevin, un scłęnographe-sculpteur complice de sa muse. Quĺ─˘arrive-t-il lorsquĺ─˘ils se rencontrent łŢ Espace Crłęation? Leur imaginaire se dłęploie łŢ la grandeur de lĺ─˘espace et sĺ─˘łętale Mur łŢ mur.

Du 3 fłęvrier au 9 mai 2010, Diane Dufresne en duo avec son compagnon de vie, donne accł«s łŢ son monde intłęrieur aux visiteurs dĺ─˘Espace Crłęation et leur fait vivre un voyage dĺ─˘art actuel sonore et visuel.

Aucune cloison dans la tłüte de Diane Dufresne. La musique se transforme en mise en scł«ne. La peinture se młętamorphose en sculpture. Les mots deviennent des installations multimłędias. Et lĺ─˘univers scłęnique prend la forme dĺ─˘une installation vidłęo.

Derrił«re chaque ëýuvre en surgit une autre. Richard Langevin se colle łŢ lĺ─˘imaginaire de celle qui lĺ─˘inspire et revisite ses crłęations en les amenant encore plus loin. Avec lui, le personnage se dłęcoupe et sort de son cadre. Les łęcrits se fixent sur des structures łętonnantes.

Mur łŢ Mur vibre dĺ─˘łęnergie pure. Cĺ─˘est le geste brut de lĺ─˘artiste qui sĺ─˘amuse au grłę de la couleur et de la forme. Un voyage intimiste et inattendu.

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Bal Nouvelle-France avec Anne-Marie Gardette et l'Ensemble Claude-Gervaise

samedi 12 dłęcembre !

Anne-Marie Gardette

Bal-dłęmonstration le samedi 12 dłęcembre
Toutes et tous sont invitłę(e)s au bal ! (inscrits ou non aux ateliers de l'automne). Des danses simples, ainsi que celles apprises en ateliers, avec en plus des dłęmonstrations de contredanses de la Nouvelle-France et de danses baroques thłęłótrales, par des danseurs plus avancłęs, le tout dans une ambiance conviviale (rafrałĂchissements et amuse-gueules).

Lieu : Au Centre Jean-Marie-Gauvreau, 911, rue Jean-Talon Est, łŢ Montrłęal (młętro Jean-Talon).

Tarifs pour le bal du 12 dłęcembre :
tarif rłęgulier : 17$
tarif łętudiant : 12$
pour ceux qui ont suivi un atelier de cet automne : 14$


Inscription par tłęlłęphone au : 514-274-2675, ou par courriel łŢ am.gardette@danse.qc.ca

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Bob Rae, Lisa Raitt, Elizabeth May and Ottawa Mayor Larry O'Brien to Make Onstage Appearances at the Thirteenth Annual Black & White Opera Soirłęe

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OPERA ON THE HILL

FABULOUS FUNDRAISER BENEFITS THE NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE ORCHESTRA AND OPERA LYRA OTTAWA

OTTAWA, November 26, 2009 ĺ─ţĺ─ý Hosted by Sheila Copps and Maxime Bernier, the 13th annual Black & White Opera Soiree features the NAC Orchestra, the Opera Lyra Ottawa Chorus, and magnificent singers performing operaĺ─˘s most popular hits. The Black & White Opera Soiree -- themed Opera on the Hill -- takes place on Saturday February 27, 2010 at 8 p.m. in Southam Hall of the National Arts Centre. The NAC Orchestra will be conducted by Andrew Grams, and the Opera Lyra Ottawa Chorus is under the direction of Chorus Master Laurence Ewashko.

The Black & White Opera Soiree -- an annual winter benefit for the National Arts Centre Orchestra and Opera Lyra Ottawa -- is presented for the thirteenth year by founding sponsor Bell.

Last year, the Black & White Opera Soiree was acknowledged as one of the freshest and funniest ever, with a sparkling constellation of stars from politics and journalism joining some of Canadaĺ─˘s finest singers and musicians. Major public figures sang, danced, and parodied their public image, and special surprise guests -- politicians, journalists, and entertainers -- made hilarious cameo appearances. That tradition continues this year as brilliant writers skewer the wacky world of Parliament Hill. Appearances have been confirmed by public figures who cover the spectrum of Canadian politics: Bob Rae (Liberal), Lisa Raitt (Conservative), Elizabeth May (Green) and Ottawa Mayor Larry Oĺ─˘Brien.

Bob Rae, Member of Parliament for Toronto Centre, has been elected ten times to federal and provincial parliaments, winning every election he has contested. Bob was Ontario's 21st Premier, from 1990 to 1995. He has experience at the highest levels of government in Canada and was an active participant in some of the most important constitutional talks of the day. Bob Rae ran for the leadership of the Liberal Party in 2006 and 2008. He currently serves as the foreign affairs critic for the Liberal Party of Canada.

The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources, Member of Parliament for Halton, was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008. Prior to that, Ms. Raitt was the President and CEO of the Toronto Port Authority. She had previously served as their general counsel and harbourmaster. As a lawyer, Ms. Raitt specialized in the areas of intellectual property, commercial litigation, and shipping arbitration. Ms. Raitt resides in Halton and is the mother of two boys.

Environmentalist, writer, activist and lawyer Elizabeth May has a four-decade record as a dedicated advocate for social justice, the environment, human rights, and pragmatic economic solutions. She is a graduate of Dalhousie Law School and was admitted to the Bar in both Nova Scotia and Ontario. In 2006, Elizabeth stepped down as Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada to run for the leadership of the Green Party of Canada; she was elected the partyĺ─˘s ninth leader in August 2006. Elizabeth May is a mother and grandmother.

In November 2006, voters elected Larry Oĺ─˘Brien as Mayor of Ottawa. A newcomer to politics, Mayor Oĺ─˘Brien stated his commitment to run the city on a more business-like basis. Mayor Oĺ─˘Brien was born in Ottawa and graduated from the Algonquin School of Technology 1972 with a diploma in Technology. He founded CALIAN Technologies Ltd. in 1982 as a one-person consulting company and built it into an internationally competitive technology firm. Mayor Oĺ─˘Brien is married to Colleen McBride and has two sons, Mike and Matthew.

The Black & White Opera Soiree evening includes a cocktail reception, a sumptuous gourmet dinner devised by NAC Executive Chef Michael Blackie, and an elegant post-concert reception with the artists. Itĺ─˘s clear that the Black & White Opera Soiree -- alive with Ottawaĺ─˘s A-list, from politicians to corporate executives to some of Canadaĺ─˘s most popular artists and entertainers ĺ─ý is the undisputed highlight of the Ottawa social season!

The Black & White Opera Soiree proudly showcases Canadian talent, with proceeds divided equally between the NAC Orchestra and Opera Lyra Ottawa. A vital source of funding for both organizations, since its inception in 1998 the Black & White Opera Soiree has raised more than $2.94 million. All the funds raised stay in the local community, helping to foster Canadaĺ─˘s next generation of talented musical artists. The Black & White Opera Soiree makes possible much-needed education programs and tours to Ottawa-Gatineau schools as well as numerous training, mentoring, and performance opportunities.

The Black & White Opera Soiree takes place on Saturday, February 27, 2010 at the National Arts Centre.

Soiree tickets are $325, which includes a cocktail reception, dinner, concert, and a post-concert party with the stars. Soiree tickets may be purchased through the NAC Foundation at 613-947-7000, ext. 322 or from Opera Lyra Ottawa at 613-233-9200, ext. 224.

Concert-only tickets are $80, $65, and $50 and are available:

Čů at the NAC Box Office in person or by faxing 613-233-5431

Čů at the Opera Lyra Ottawa Box Office in person or by calling 613-233-9200, ext. 221

Čů through Ticketmaster (with surcharges) at 613-755-1111; Ticketmaster may also be accessed through the NACĺ─˘s web-site at www.nac-cna.ca.

For more information on the event please visit the website of the NAC (www.nac-cna.ca ) or of Opera Lyra Ottawa (www.operalyra.ca).

Symphony Nova Scotia presents re-creation of Handelĺ─˘s 1742 ĺ─˙Dublinĺ─¨ Messiah

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December 7, 2009

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Halifax, NS ĺ─ý In honour of the 250th anniversary of Handelĺ─˘s death, Symphony Nova Scotia presents a very special version of his masterpiece Messiah on Friday, December 18 and Saturday, December 19 at 7:30 pm at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium in Halifax.

Instead of the ĺ─˙standardĺ─¨ version of Handelĺ─˘s Messiah that orchestras usually perform this time of year, Symphony Nova Scotia and the 80-member Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus will perform the beloved oratorio in its unaltered original version, which premiered in Dublin, Ireland in 1742 to rave reviews.

ĺ─˙Words are wanting to express the exquisite Delight it afforded to the admiring crouded Audience,ĺ─¨ said a Dublin newspaper the following day.

This ĺ─˙Dublinĺ─¨ Messiah will be led by Toronto-based Irish conductor Kevin Mallon, who is also a Baroque music specialist. Torontoĺ─˘s Wholenote Magazine has praised him as ĺ─˙Canadaĺ─˘s crown prince of period performance.ĺ─¨

ĺ─˙All too often, we get a ĺ─˛conglomerateĺ─˘ version of Messiah,ĺ─¨ says Mallon. ĺ─˙People have a way of taking a piece from this version and a piece from that. Itĺ─˘s exciting to be doing one particular version from one date and place. Itĺ─˘s the first time that a re-creation like this has been done in Canada.ĺ─¨

Some of the biggest differences between this version of Messiah and the versions we usually hear include:

Čů The standard chorus ĺ─˙Their sound is gone outĺ─¨ was not part of the first performance, as it wasnĺ─˘t written until 1745.

Čů ĺ─˙The bass accompagnato ĺ─˛Thus saith the Lord, the Lord of Hosts,ĺ─˘ started life as a little arioso,ĺ─¨ says Mallon. ĺ─˙If I can decipher Handelĺ─˘s scribbling we may do a little of it!ĺ─¨

Čů The famous air ĺ─˙But who may abide the day of His coming,ĺ─¨ usually performed by an alto, was originally written as a recitative for bass.

Čů The soprano air ĺ─˙Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zionĺ─¨ was originally in a lilting 12/8 rhythm.

Čů The aria ĺ─˙How beautiful are the feet,ĺ─¨ usually sung by a soprano, was originally written as a duet for two altos plus the chorus.

Čů Several other airs, including ĺ─˙If God be for usĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙He shall feed His flock,ĺ─¨ were originally written for solo alto to complement Susannah Cibber, the famous contralto performing at the premiere. Cibber was noted as much for her tumultuous personal life as for her singing, and legend has it that upon hearing her exquisite performance, the chancellor of St Patrick's Cathedral loudly proclaimed "Woman, for this be all thy sins forgiven thee!"

Mallon and the orchestra will be joined by soprano Laura Albino, mezzo-soprano Marion Newman, tenor Lawrence Wiliford, and bass-baritone Sean Watson, along with the Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus, led by chorus master Jeff Joudrey.

Expecting a full house at the 1742 premiere, the Dublin Journal requested that ladies who would ĺ─˙honour the performance with their presence be pleased to come without hoopsĺ─¨ [hooped skirts] and that men ĺ─˙kindly leave their swords at home.ĺ─¨

Happily honouring this tradition and also anticipating sell-out performances, the Symphony kindly requests that this yearĺ─˘s audiences do the same.

Get your tickets now! Prices range from $29-49 (HST included), or you can pick up 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 Kevin Mallon

Irish musician Kevin Mallon, now resident in Canada, is quickly developing a worldwide reputation. He learned his craft as a violinist with such orchestras as the Hallłę and the BBC Philharmonic, and later as concertmaster with Le Concert Spirituel and Les Arts Florissants in Paris. After moving to Canada, he accepted positions with the University of Toronto, the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, and the Toronto Chamber Orchestra, and founded the acclaimed Toronto-based Aradia Ensemble. A world-renowned baroque conductor, Mallon has appeared in concert halls around the world, including Europe, Russia, Japan, and New Zealand. He has made over 40 recordings for Naxos in baroque and classical repertoire.

About Laura Albino, soprano

Laura Albino has quickly emerged as one of Canada's finest young lyric sopranos, and has recently been named a winner of the Ottawa Choral Society's New Discoveries Auditions. Laura's operatic roles include Donna Anna in Mozart's Don Giovanni with the Britten-Pears Young Artist Program in Aldeburgh, England, Mary Warren in Ward's The Crucible with the International Vocal Arts Institute in Tel Aviv, and the role of Bridey in The Midnight Court at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Laura is a member of the Canadian Opera Companyĺ─˘s Ensemble Studio and a favorite guest artist with Kevin Mallon's Aradia baroque ensemble.

About Marion Newman, mezzo-soprano

First Nations mezzo-soprano Marion Newman "has a distinctive, dusky voice that suggests drama with every note" (Toronto Star) and has been noted as "a show stealer" (BBC Music Magazine). In her debut with Corkĺ─˘s Opera 2005 in the title role of Carmen, she was widely praised for her ĺ─˙superbly sinuous sexualityĺ─¨ and as ĺ─˙a very exciting new talentĺ─¨ by the Irish Examiner. Marion frequently performs with Kevin Mallonĺ─˘s Aradia Ensemble.

About Lawrence Wiliford, tenor

Described as having a ĺ─˙lovely sound,ĺ─¨ a ĺ─˙lithe legato,ĺ─¨ and ĺ─˙beautifully directional phrasing,ĺ─¨ American-born tenor Lawrence Wiliford is quickly gaining international recognition on both the concert and operatic stage. Making his Canadian Opera Company leading role debut in CosłĘ fan tutte on five hoursĺ─˘ notice, he received critical acclaim as ĺ─˙a talented and lyric tenor,ĺ─¨ ĺ─˙serving up an impressive Ferrando.ĺ─¨ On the concert stage he has been noted as ĺ─˙animated, exciting, and yet at the same time technically unimpeachable.ĺ─¨

About Sean Watson, bass-baritone

With a career that encompasses both opera and oratorio, bass-baritone Sean Watson has sung throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East. Recent performances included The Bonze in Madama Butterfly with Opera Hamilton, the title role in The Mikado with Toronto Operetta Theatre, and John Estacio's The Houses Stand Not Far Apart with Chorus Niagara and the Orpheus Choir.

About Jeff Joudrey, chorus master

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

About the Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus

The Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus was founded in 2001 under the leadership of conductor Jeff Joudrey to provide a highly trained symphonic chorus for performances with Symphony Nova Scotia. Chorus membership includes the Halifax Camerata Singers as the core choir and auditioned singers from around the province.

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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The WSO Sleigh Makes Stops All Over Manitoba!


Winnipeg, MB ĺ─ý December 7, 2009 ĺ─ý Proudly presented by Manitoba Hydro, The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO) is decking the halls all over Manitoba with four stops on the Power Smart Holiday Express Tour on December 8, 14, 15, and 16!

The orchestra is packing up and travelling to Steinbach, Gimli, Neepawa, and Portage la Prairie to perform holiday favourites like The Christmas Song, Sleigh Ride, Ave Maria, Tchaikovskyĺ─˘s Nutcracker Suite and more! The orchestra will also perform Howard Blakeĺ─˘s magical soundtrack score live to the heart-warming film, The Snowman.

Richard Lee will steer the symphony sleigh throughout Manitoba, with the first stop in Steinbach. Gabriela